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  • The Luckiest Generation

    10/25/2013 7:52:17 PM PDT · by thecodont · 8 replies
    National Review / www.nationalreview.com ^ | OCTOBER 24, 2013 4:00 AM | By Kevin D. Williamson
    One of the great American assumptions — that while individuals and families may rise and fall, each generation will end up on average better off than the one that preceded it — has been the subject of much scrutiny in the past decade. Democrats and their affiliated would-be wealth redistributors have argued that the large income gains enjoyed by the highest-paid workers threaten the American dream of ever-upward generational mobility, while others have worried that the housing meltdown and the Great Recession, which inflicted serious damage on the net worths of many American families, now stand in the way of...
  • Gen X Oil Workers in Danger of 'Burning Out'

    09/09/2013 5:17:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 06, 2013 | Jon Mainwaring|
    Generation X oil and gas industry workers are in danger of burning out due to a combination of increasingly few mid-career professionals working in oil and gas, family commitments and an ever-increasing workload connected to an expanding energy sector, according to a senior member of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Taking part in the Offshore Europe 2013 conference’s final keynote session, Steve Walker – Head of Strategic Inventions for the HSE’s Energy Division – said: "We [know] there’s not enough of Generation X and yet they are extremely valuable, so I think there's a real danger of the...
  • Insight: Educated with a dead-beat job - the unseen legacy of Europe's crisis

    06/25/2013 1:04:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2013 | By Anders Melin
    As the first anniversary of her graduation in eco-tourism and cultural history approaches, Linnea Borjars remains jobless and frustrated. After finishing her studies at Sweden's Linkoping University, the 25-year-old accepted an unpaid, part-time position at Fair Travel, a non-profit group focused on human rights and tourism, hoping it would lead to a full-time job and a salary. But no such luck. Borjars' situation is a reflection of the depth of the European economic crisis. It is not only unemployment but also underemployment - including workers who are overqualified, interns who are unpaid or low-paid and part-time employees who want full-time...
  • Generation X Fares Poorly During Recession, Says Study

    06/01/2013 12:20:47 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/1/2013 | Abby Ellin
    Members of Generation X, the so-called slackers weaned on Saturday morning cartoons, divorce and cynicism, are now in their late 30s to late 40s. And according to a recent report, those born between 1966 and 1975 really do have something to complain about. A Pew Charitable Trust study, titled "Retirement Security Across Generations," examined the savings behavior of five age groups before the Great Recession hit and found that Gen Xers - the group of Americans following the baby boomers and range in age from 38 to 47 - fared especially poorly during the recent economic down swing. As a...
  • War Against the Young

    04/14/2013 10:46:46 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 43 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/9/13 | Victor Davis Hansen
    “What’s the matter with Kansas?” syndrome of young people voting against their economic interests. Thus follows the constant courting of the hip and cool Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lena Dunham, Occupy Wall Streeters, and others who blend pop culture, sex, youth, energy, and fad — almost anything to avoid the truth that today’s teenagers are starting out each owing a lifetime share of the national debt amounting to more than three-quarters of a million dollars. Those who ran up the debt enjoyed the borrowing, but won’t be around to pay back their proverbial fair share.
  • Biden and Ryan Represent Different Generations of Catholics

    10/19/2012 6:56:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/19/12 | Elise Ehrhard
    The past four years have witnessed a battle between different generations of Catholics in public life—Generation X Catholics have taken a very different path from Baby Boomer Catholics and those born before the boomers. Generation X Catholics have emerged prominently in the Republican Party. Many who were mentioned this year on Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential short list were Gen X Catholics—Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Kelly Ayotte and Marco Rubio. They were given prominent spots at the Republican National Convention (Jindal could not attend because of Hurricane Isaac). They continue to elicit excitement as the “future” of the Republican Party and conservatism...
  • Boomer Power and the War on the Young

    10/14/2012 3:34:55 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 39 replies
    The American Interest ^ | October 4, 2012 | N/A
    The Economist ominously reports: The struggle to digest the swollen generation of ageing baby-boomers threatens to strangle economic growth. As the nature and scale of the problem become clear, a showdown between the generations may be inevitable. The statistics are frightening: The average federal tax rate for a median American household, including income and payroll taxes, dropped from more than 18% in 1981 to just over 11% in 2011. Yet sensible tax reforms left less revenue for the generous benefits boomers have continued to vote themselves, such as a prescription-drug benefit paired with inadequate premiums. Deficits exploded. Erick Eschker, an...
  • Ryan attracting younger voters

    08/14/2012 2:33:23 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 14, 2012 | Thomas Lifson
    Paul Ryan's realism about the fiscal cliff is showing signs of appealing to younger voters, a group which overwhelmingly voted for Obama, and which has been buffeted by the economy worse than most other demographic slices. The Washington Examiner reports on the latest Zogby poll: "According to Zogby the Ryan pick helped Romney with younger voters and independents, two key battleground constituencies. "Romney saw a bump in support among 18-29 year olds with 41 percent saying they would vote for the ticket of Romney and Ryan," said Zogby. "More importantly, Romney and Ryan led Obama and Biden among independent voters...
  • PICKET: Ryan's generation x-cellent

    08/11/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT · by paltz · 31 replies
    The Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | 8/11/12 | Kerry Picket
    Born in 1970, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is the first generation X’er to be on a national ticket. Since the 1990’s my fellow generation Xer’s have been an often overlooked group of individuals compared to the older and much larger generation of baby boomers and the World War II generation. We’ve been called slackers, baby busters, cynical, skeptical, angry and indifferent among other descriptions. However, is this really the case now? Forty percent of generation X’ers are from families whose parents divorced. Many became known as “latch key children.” The Bergen County Record reported in 1995: More than...
  • Could gay marriage debate drive young Christians from church?

    07/03/2012 4:26:09 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 88 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 3 2012 | Becky Bratu
    As the battle over gay marriage heats up in this election year, one evangelical Christian writer is calling for a truce, fearing that the outspoken opposition to gay marriage among some church leaders could alienate an entire generation of religious youth. . . . A 2011 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute shows the generation gap between young Christians and their elders is large, with 44 percent of white evangelicals aged 18-29 in support of marriage equality compared to only 12 percent of those 65 and older. According to the same survey, nearly 70 percent of young Christians also...
  • Gen X Disproportionally Affected by the Recession

    06/22/2012 5:44:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | June 21, 2012 | Blaire Broidy
    Though everyone seems to be feeling sorry for millennials, who are experiencing one of the highest unemployment rates and boomers, who are delaying their retirement due to the economy, the generation in between, Gen X, deserves their own time in the recession limelight. A Census report released on Monday found that people between 35 and 44 saw a 59 percent decline in median household net worth between 2005 to 2010, the largest drop of all age groups. Those 55 to 64, only saw a 25 percent drop, though they had a larger decline in actual dollar amount.
  • Young households ‘crushed’ by recession

    06/19/2012 11:05:08 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 43 replies
    ny post ^ | 6-19-12 | PAUL THARP
    Young US households — those aged 35-to-44 — lost a stunning 59 percent of their wealth during the recession, a government report released yesterday revealed. That’s the stiffest hit of any age group, said the report from the US Census Bureau. The age group — typically struggling with mortgages, tuition bills and rising tax bills — makes up the backbone of America’s middle class. The losses were mainly due to the drop in the value of their homes during the 2005 through 2010 period, the report said
  • WOW...25 years ago today...Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate

    06/12/2012 6:10:03 AM PDT · by rottndog · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | today | me
    President Reagan's remarks on East-West relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987.
  • Millennials Are Keeping The Economy Afloat One Splurge At A Time [technology addicted]

    05/14/2012 7:14:49 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 11 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | May 11, 2012 | Julie Halpert
    John T. Rogers, age 26, grew up in rural West Texas, raised by a single mother who often worked three jobs to make ends meet. He says his 59-year-old mother remains fiscally conservative, refusing to spend a dime on herself, though she now earns a respectable income. But when it comes to spending, Rogers is not following in her footsteps. "Not to knock J.C. Penney's, but I definitely wanted to step up my style," he said. Earning $46,000 a year as a communications manager for a private, non-profit university in Denver hasn't held him back. He bought a hybrid Lexus...
  • Parisites are Devouring the Host Culture

    11/25/2011 12:48:15 PM PST · by Outlaw Woman · 38 replies
    FlickR From Yahoo ^ | October/November 2011 | Unknown
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  • Filling in the Generation Gaps

    11/25/2011 10:19:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2011 | Suzanne Fields
    Thanksgiving is the holiday that pulls families together, squeezing them around a table for a feast of turkey, tradition and togetherness. We encourage conversations meant to be personally relevant, but sometimes they turn into a horizontal Babel, with each generation speaking in a different tongue. It's a stretch to identify an entire generation by its tastes in fashion and music, but such tastes offer strong clues. You can separate boomers from Generation Xers and millenials by who prefers the Beatles, Michael Jackson or Lady Gaga. Seniors who came of age during World War II still groove on Glenn Miller and...
  • 'Occupy Student Debt' emerges in US

    11/22/2011 3:53:24 AM PST · by Cardhu · 119 replies
    Press TV ^ | November 22nd 2011 | Staff
    A number of student organizers in the US have unveiled what they call an 'Occupy Student Debt' campaign, urging borrowers across the country to default on their college loans. The campaign was made public Monday afternoon in New York's Zuccotti Park, where the national Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement emerged, the Huffington Post reported. “Since the first days of the Occupy movement, the agony of student debt has been a constant refrain,” said Andrew Ross, a professor at New York University and an active OWS member, while addressing a crowd in the park “We've heard the harrowing personal testimony...
  • Listen Up, Boomers: The Backlash Has Begun

    11/14/2011 9:11:04 AM PST · by Publius804 · 93 replies
    The American Interest ^ | November 13, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead
    Talkin’ about my generation”: the Who song once expressed the hope and self confidence of the Baby Boomers as they reached biological if not emotional maturity. It was an attack on the older generation, a defense of the young, but it includes an ominous refrain: “Hope I die before I get old.” Already, perhaps, the shadow of generational failure hung over the twenty something Boomers. Those shadows have darkened considerably as the Boomer sun moves past the meridian and an unmistakable air of twilight infiltrates into the declining hours of the long Boomer day. Talking about our generation is not...
  • Gen Y and Gen X get it right on the environment; old folks don’t

    11/13/2011 9:25:10 PM PST · by Minn · 44 replies
    Grist ^ | 7 Nov 2011 2:38 AM | Lisa Hymas
    Generation Y is more likely than older generations to support clean energy and environmental protection and to believe climate change is happening and is caused by human activity, according to new Pew polling and analysis. Generation X is close behind. Boomers aren't so bad either. It's the old folks, the so-called Silent Generation aged 66-83, that are the big problem. There's long been talk about how gay rights will continue to advance as homophobic old codgers die off. Looks like the push for a cleaner, greener society will get a boost from that same cohort replacement effect.
  • (More Generational Strife?) Retirement Wars

    11/10/2011 4:21:38 AM PST · by Publius804 · 65 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11.10.11 | David N. Bass
    Will Baby Boomers be the last generation to enjoy the modern concept of a leisure-filled retirement? It's a worthy question to ponder in light of a new Pew Research Center report showing a growing wealth gap between young and old in the United States. Using government data over the last 25 years, Pew found that households headed by those over 65 have made "dramatic gains" in economic well-being, while those headed by younger adults have fallen steadily behind. In 2009, elderly households possessed 42 percent more median net worth than their same-age counterparts had in 1984. Young adults veered in...
  • Gen X stymied by baby boomers hanging on to jobs

    09/18/2011 2:04:40 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 269 replies
    Cleveland Dot Com ^ | Saturday, September 17, 2011, 11:06 PM | clevelanddotcom
    NEW YORK -- In Tiffany Spaulding's 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry, she has worked for three companies, two of which no longer exist, and relocated to four states. Now 39 and living in Brookfield, Conn., she hasn't had a promotion in five years and says she sees no chance to advance, stuck behind a wall of baby boomers. She would quit and turn her hobby of jewelry design into a business, she says, if not for the home and school loans that eat up half her salary. Spaulding, according to a new report, is a typical member of the...
  • Generation Vexed: Young Americans rein in their dreams Amid so much economic uncertainty,

    08/14/2011 9:13:05 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Aug 14, 2011 | Tiffany Hsu and Shan Li
    chicagotribune.com Generation Vexed: Young Americans rein in their dreams Amid so much economic uncertainty, many are rethinking career plans, putting off marriage and avoiding the stock market like the plague. By Tiffany Hsu and Shan Li August 14, 2011 Alicia Thomas, 20, had it all planned out: career at a nonprofit, married by 24, mortgage by 26. Then financial markets went on a wild roller-coaster ride, portending that high unemployment and the stalled economy won't be rebounding any time soon. "I don't want to invest in something I can't afford, given the economy breaking down," said Thomas, who is majoring...
  • Boomers Fleece Generation X with Social Security (December 12, 2001)

    08/13/2011 1:13:31 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 73 replies
    Cato.org ^ | December 12, 2001. | Thomas A. Firey
    Generation Xers and Gen-Yers like me have a hard time showing interest in what goes on in Washington. But we had better end our apathy -- and soon -- or we'll spend the rest of our lives paying for it. Members of the generation that came before us -- the Baby Boomers -- are trying to pull a scam under the guise of "protecting" Social Security. If they succeed, we -- and our children -- will be the poorer for it. Everyone knows Social Security is in trouble (and President Bush's Commission to Strengthen Social Security released its report on...
  • It's Bootstrap Time for Generation X

    08/13/2011 12:55:19 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 13, 2011 | Reed Galen
    Richard Ben Kramer’s seminal work on running for the presidency, What It Takes, introduced the idea of the ‘looking in the mirror’ moment. It was the second when an individual awoke, looked themselves in the eye, and decided that running the rigorous gauntlet of a campaign was worth it. I believe we as a country, and more specifically those of us in the Gen X cohort, are looking in the mirror today. The question facing us is essentially the same: do we have what it takes? Folks should be forgiven for asking, “For God’s sake, what’s next?” For any number...
  • Why You Need Generational Employee Resource Groups (in your Megalo-Corp)

    Gideon Hyacinth, 28, joined Dell ... two and a half years ago. He noticed quickly that there were a lot of young people, right out of college, working in their cubicles pretty much in isolation. “There was no way for us to connect with each other. We didn’t know how to network or have an impact on the company,” recalls Hyacinth, an HR business generalist. With two of his 20-something peers, Hyacinth formed GenNext, an employee-resource group. The goal was professional and leadership development, an increased sense of community and the ability to help the company reach younger consumers. They...
  • The children of Reagan reshaping Congress

    03/17/2011 10:56:50 AM PDT · by qam1 · 13 replies
    LA Time ^ | 3/17/2011 | Kathleen Hennessey
    Many of the GOP freshman class elected to the House last year are members of Generation X: Their average age is 47, and many of them formed their political notions during the Reagan presidency. Reporting from Washington The thing Rep. Scott DesJarlais remembers most about the energy crisis of 1979 is collecting extra gas money from his buddies. The Republican from Tennessee was 15. When President Reagan was renominated by his party in 1984, Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) was outside the Dallas convention center with his friends, wishing he was a few years older so he could vote for the...
  • Plastic Bertrand A Big Fat Phony ('Ca Plane Pour Moi' lawsuit)

    07/30/2010 10:34:48 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Crawdaddy ^ | July 28, 2010 | James Greene Jr.
    You know “Ca Plane Pour Moi”, that wacky punk song Chevy Chase and his family inched through the Louvre to in National Lampoon’s European Vacation? That tune’s been the calling card of one-man Euro New Wave act Plastic Bertrand for decades now, his ace in the hole if he ever got a parking ticket or met a cute young intern. Alas, “Ca Plane” is Plastic Bertrand’s ace no more—today the singer was forced to admit he Milli Vanilli’d that shizzle. It turns out record producer Lou Deprijck sang the version of “Ca Plane Pour Moi” we all know and love....
  • Save the Boomers, Save the World: Redeeming Culture

    07/20/2010 11:01:23 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 48 replies
    patheos.com ^ | July 19, 2010 | Barbara R. Nicolosi
    The entertainment industry is in the full throes of the changing of the generations; films and television are beginning to reflect the visions of Generation Xers like Jason Reitman, (Up in the Air), Judd Apatow, (Knocked Up), Brad Byrd (Up, The Incredibles), and other young artists who dare to buck the tired irony-cool cynicism that has shaped and stifled too much of the culture. Suddenly, after decades of being shut out, minimized, or mocked, film characters have room in their lives for optimism, and even something almost like faith. The Church, if it seeks to be relevant in the future,...
  • When Image Became Everything: The New Coke Fiasco At 25

    04/23/2010 12:44:37 PM PDT · by qam1 · 61 replies · 1,383+ views
    The Faster Times ^ | 4/23/10 | Patrick Cassels
    Summer of 1985: Fidel Castro sits behind a transmitter and broadcasts a national radio address of monumental proportions: Cuba’s great American enemy to the north is in a state of decay. Though this statement came during the paranoid final years of the Cold War, Castro’s claim was not based on some clandestine CIA document smuggled by a double-agent. No, the proof of America’s decay, was that Coca-Cola tasted kind-of different. A few months earlier, before an audience of 700 reporters seated in New York’s Lincoln Center, Roberto C. Goizueta, Coke’s president and CEO (and, fittingly enough, a Cuban ex-patriot) made...
  • Older workers keeping young adults out of jobs

    04/07/2010 10:18:45 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 102 replies · 1,924+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/7/10 | Lucia Mutikani
    Young adults in the United States are being squeezed out of the labor force as older workers either delay retirement or seek jobs to rebuild nest eggs destroyed by the recession, a study showed on Wednesday. The size of the labor force fell 6.3 percent for young workers, but increased 8.5 percent for workers 55 years and older between December 2007 and January 2010, according to the study by the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
  • MTV president Van Toffler talks strategy - (MTV says it has not abandoned music, just Gen Xers)

    03/05/2010 11:07:48 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies · 765+ views
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 4, 2010, 03:29 PM ET | Georg Szalai
    NEW YORK -- Music videos are still valuable content for MTV, even though viewers' evolving tastes have required an expansion into reality and other shows, Van Toffler, president of Viacom's MTV Networks Music and Logo Group, said here Thursday. Asked about how good a business his firm's "Beatles: Rock Band" video game is, he said: "I believe it will sell forever, and it will be a good deal." The game has so far sold about a couple of million units, he said. Toffler made his comments during a keynote interview at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium here Thursday. Asked...
  • What is Behind the Collapse of Civilization?

    02/11/2010 8:54:12 AM PST · by qam1 · 20 replies · 603+ views
    Sultan Knish ^ | 2/10/2010 | Sultan Knish
    What if the sympathy for terrorism and the drive toward socialism, the falling birth rates and cultural bankruptcy in civilized countries, the economic decay and decline of the family all had a common cause? What if that common cause lay behind the multitude of ways that we can see civilization collapsing around us. Following that cause will require a brief journey, not into the realm of geopolitics or global economics, but into the human spirit. They say that the child is father to the man. But what becomes of the man when the child never grows up? That is the...
  • Red Dawn Keeps American, Patriotic Feel of Original

    01/30/2010 8:14:45 PM PST · by Karma Police · 53 replies · 1,659+ views
    MTV Movies Blog ^ | 01/27/10 | Eric Ditzian
    "Call it "a live-action 'Call of Duty.'" Call it "fast, smart, hard." Call it a remake, a reimagining, whatever. The new "Red Dawn" is high on our list of action flicks that have us pumped about the 2010 cinema schedule. And while the updated version will make some key changes to the 1984 flick's storyline, the original's red, white and blue center will stay just the same."
  • 40 Years After Woodstock - The Woodstock Festival and Its Devastating Wake

    01/30/2010 6:26:33 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 107 replies · 1,981+ views
    The majority of Baby Boomers and those of the post sixties generation are joyfully celebrating the 40-year anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival which took place in 1969. Since then, the event has been glorified, glamorized, sensationalized and etched into the very fabric of our American consciousness and youth culture. This festival was the defining point against “the Establishment” and America’s core Judean/ Christian values. This festival was the brown acid of the radical Left’s agenda, whose goons in the reprobate (godless) music industry have steadily pushed the boundaries of morality over the past 40 years. In the wake of...
  • Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love? Why This Gen-Xer Is a Priest

    01/25/2010 10:29:30 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 562+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | January 25, 2010 | Fr. John Cihak
    Winter 1989, downtown South Bend, Indiana. The night is snowy and crisp. Inside the bar, already humid and smoky, the guitarist lights his cigarette, takes a long, patient drag and wedges it among the strings in the head of his guitar. As the smoke drifts from his mouth he begins moving his fingers across the fret board, the distortion turned up to eleven. The opening riffs of Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" crackle from the bending strings. Standing next to him, I watch his fingers glide effortlessly across the wood and steel. The toe of my boot taps...
  • Disillusioned with stressful jobs, a whole generation of women are opting out of the rat race

    01/24/2010 7:42:49 PM PST · by Lorianne · 69 replies · 1,955+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 25th January 2010 | Marianne Power
    Last summer, my friend Vanessa handed in her notice at work. She did not have another job to go to, and unlike thousands of people around the country, she wasn't made redundant. In fact, the online marketing company she worked for was thriving. And that was the problem. She was too busy and, at the grand old age of 34, she decided she could no longer be bothered to be busy. Vanessa is not alone. I can think of five close friends who have either quit their jobs or gone part-time in the past two years - and only one...
  • Generation X finds itself restless in recession (cry babies)

    11/16/2009 6:11:30 PM PST · by llevrok · 78 replies · 1,581+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 11/16/09 | MORRY GASH
    CHICAGO – They’re antsy and edgy, tired of waiting for promotion opportunities at work as their elders put off retirement. A good number of them are just waiting for the economy to pick up so they can hop to the next job, find something more fulfilling and get what they think they deserve. Oh, and they want work-life balance too. Sounds like Gen Y, the so-called “entitlement generation,” right? Not necessarily, say people who track the generations. In these hard times, they’re also hearing strong rumblings of discontent from Generation X. They’re the 32- to 44-year-olds who are wedged between...
  • Recession Intensifies GenX Discontent At Work

    11/15/2009 4:55:08 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 47 replies · 2,175+ views
    WSMV Nashville, TN. ^ | 11/15/2009 | WSMV
    CHICAGO -- They're antsy and edgy, tired of waiting for promotion opportunities at work as their elders put off retirement. A good number of them are just waiting for the economy to pick up so they can hop to the next job, find something more fulfilling and get what they think they deserve. Oh, and they want work-life balance, too. Sounds like Gen Y, the so-called "entitlement generation," right? Not necessarily, say people who track the generations. In these hard times, they're also hearing strong rumblings of discontent from Generation X. They're the 32- to 44-year-olds who are wedged between...
  • Hillary Clinton scrubs Ronald Reagan from history

    11/10/2009 10:34:41 AM PST · by Schnucki · 30 replies · 1,990+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | November 10, 2009 | Nile Gardiner
    It’s bad enough that President Obama could not be bothered to attend the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But Hillary Clinton’s refusal to even acknowledge the role played by Ronald Reagan in the Wall’s demise as well as the downfall of Communism was highly insulting towards one of the greatest figures of our time, and reeked of petty and partisan mean-spiritedness. The Secretary of State’s remarks yesterday in Berlin completely erased from history the huge contribution played not only by President Reagan but also by the United States in confronting the Soviet Empire....
  • A-ha to break up after 25 years

    10/16/2009 2:24:28 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 53 replies · 1,520+ views
    BBC News ^ | 15 October 2009 | no byline
    Pop group A-ha have announced they are to call it a day, just months after achieving a top 10 album in the UK. "We've literally lived the ultimate boy's adventure tale," the group, which formed 25 years ago, said. The trio added that the split would allow them to pursue "other meaningful aspects of life, be it humanitarian work, politics, or whatever else". The Norwegian band scored international hits with The Sun Always Shines On TV and Take On Me in the 1980s. Their most recent album, Foot Of The Mountain, marked a return to their synth-pop roots after a...
  • Premiere: An Unreleased Live Nirvana Song From the Bleach Reissue (20th anniversary)

    10/01/2009 9:14:52 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies · 447+ views
    Pitchfork ^ | Wednesday, September 30 | no byline
    On November 3, Sub Pop will reissue Nirvana's classic 1989 debut Bleach. The 20th anniversary deluxe edition, which will be available on CD and 180 gram white vinyl, will include a complete live recording of a 1990 gig at Portland's Pine Street Theatre. Bleach producer Jack Endino mixed the previously unreleased show from the original tapes. Now, we've got one track from it. Endino really did a hell of a job on "Scoff", which sounds about a million percent crispier than your average live recording. Kurt Cobain's voice here is even more ragged than on the Bleach version, if that's...
  • Red October

    09/23/2009 5:05:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 684+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 23, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Entitlements: That day when Social Security pays out more in benefits than it takes in with payroll taxes is no longer years away. It's here now. Reform, alas, is not. It's widely known that Social Security is headed for deep financial problems. But mainly because projections didn't have the program running deficits until almost 2020, there's been little urgency to make changes in the system. Typical. Politicians are generally inclined to avoid making decisions on such difficult issues. When President Bush proposed a partial privatization plan four years ago, Congress deferred because most members figured they wouldn't be in office...
  • RWR: Remarks and a Q&A Session With Area Jr. HS Students [11-14-1988]

    09/04/2009 7:37:59 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 12 replies · 401+ views
    President Ronald Reagan Presidential Archives ^ | November 14, 1988 | Archived Transcript
    Remarks and a Question-and-Answer Session With Area Junior High School Students November 14, 1988 The President. You know, this is a real treat for me -- having you here and to have, in a little while, the chance to answer some of your questions. Let me also offer a special hello to those of you who are watching on C-SPAN and -- or the Instructional Television Network. Thank you for inviting us into your home or your school today. This marks the beginning of American Education Week, and I'm particularly pleased to be talking to American students in this, the first in...
  • Many Baby Boomers are Continuing Illicit Drug Use into Their Later Years...

    08/25/2009 10:42:46 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies · 1,626+ views
    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration ^ | August 19, 2009 | SAMHSA Press Office
    Many baby boomers (Americans in the generation born between 1946 and 1964) are continuing to use illicit drugs as they grow older, causing the rate of illicit drug use to go up within the 50 to 59 year old age segment of the population. According to a new analytical publication produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), those aged 50 to 59 reporting use of illicit drugs within the past year has nearly doubled from 5.1 percent in 2002 to 9.4 percent in 2007 while rates among all other age groups are statistically staying the same...
  • The next great bailout: Social Security (the day of reckoning may finally be here)

    07/30/2009 7:25:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies · 2,761+ views
    Fortune ^ | 7/30/2009 | Alan Sloan
    [...] Perhaps as early as this year, Social Security, at $680 billion the nation's biggest social program, will be transformed from an operation that's helped finance the rest of the government for 25 years into a cash drain that will need money from the Treasury. In other words, a bailout. [...] Unlike the pigs feeding at Uncle Sam's trough, the people who qualify for Social Security old-age benefits -- the ones who'll benefit from the bailout -- have played by the rules and paid Social Security taxes for decades. It would be immoral to tell them, "Sorry, we have to...
  • Walter Cronkite's influence on Generation X (Generation Cronkite)

    07/27/2009 2:23:23 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 27 replies · 699+ views
    Examiner.com-Nashville ^ | 7-20-2009 | Raymond Gellner
    The sad news of the death of former correspondent and newscaster Walter Cronkite gripped the entire nation last week and continues to do so. Many generations are grieving for the man who brought the truth of living history into our homes and into our lives. Each generation has its own vision of the man who became affectionately known as “Uncle” Walter. To the older generations, born during the Great Depression and prior, he first gained national attention by reporting firsthand on the struggle of World War II. His coverage of the war included North Africa and Europe, where he participated...
  • America's Most Useful (But Unloved) Product?

    06/19/2009 10:24:33 AM PDT · by qam1 · 23 replies · 856+ views
    AOL Autos ^ | 6/19/09 | Rex Roy
    The Minivan Celebrates 25 Years Picture the American automotive landscape without the minivan. There was a time that no such vehicle existed here, although it's difficult to imagine. Chrysler invented the front-wheel-drive minivan that debuted in the fall of 1983 as the 1984 Dodge Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager. Here's the story that led to the creation of this entirely new type of vehicle. As much as the minivan continues to be one of the most important vehicles on the road (over 500,000 minivans are sold in the U.S. each year), it's lost a lot of luster to the popular...
  • Attempted Iran media clampdown meets Internet age

    06/17/2009 7:52:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 89 replies · 1,533+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | June 17, 2009 43 mins ago | REBECCA SANTANA and BARBARA ORTUTAY, Associated Press Writers Rebecca Santana And Barbara Ortutay,
    CAIRO – Iran clamped down Tuesday on independent media in an attempt to control images of election protests, but pictures and videos leaked out anyway — showing how difficult it is to shut off the flow of information in the Internet age. The restrictions imposed by the government made such social-networking sites as Twitter and Flickr more prominent — with even the U.S. State Department calling on Twitter to put off a scheduled shutdown for maintenance. Iranians were posting items online, but it wasn't known how much of that information was being seen by others inside the country. And although...
  • Bueller? Bueller? Cameron's House For Sale

    06/05/2009 6:58:14 PM PDT · by anonsquared · 45 replies · 2,236+ views
    370 Beech Street, Highland Park, IL 4 Bed, 4 Bath | 5,300 Sq Ft on 0.75 Acres $2,3000,000. THE BEN ROSE HOME-site of the famous movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", cantilevered over the ravine, these two steel and glass buildings, which can never be duplicated, have incredible vistas of the surrounding woods. This is a unique property designed by A. James Speyer and David Haid, both notable architects of the 20th Century. Estate Sale Sold -No disclosures! This is an amazing architectural treasure.
  • Who Will the Government Pay Back First: You or China? (A Screed)

    05/21/2009 1:36:19 PM PDT · by Puddleglum · 11 replies · 482+ views
    http://www.phawkins.com ^ | 5-20-09 | self
    As a working American, you have paid roughly 12% of all your earnings into Social Security. Is this your money? In my opinion it certainly is. The government took it from you with the promise that it would manage it wisely for you and provide for your future retirement. Please underscore that last part: the government took your money because it deemed itself more capable than you for providing for you in your golden years. Let us begin with the assertion, then, that this is your money. Upon your retirement the government owes it to you, with interest. The trouble...