Okay, I know that money is one of the biggest stresses in life. It wreaks havoc on marriages and businesses, communities and governments. But in the last few days, I've seen some strange headlines...due mostly to our economic times. Keep in mind, except for the last article, I haven't read these articles. I skimmed a couple, but I was just too 'thrown' by the titles to really delve into them.
More Women Going from Jobless to Topless
How sad is this? Unemployed members of the fairer sex are sacrificing their bodies, their self-respect, and their moral fiber for the almighty dollar.
With the Economy Down, Vasectomy Rates Are Up
Couples...I'm assuming it's not just the men...are deciding to take matters into their own hands with respect to the creation of life. I mean, they always had the power to make things happen or not. But in increasing numbers, they're doing what they can to guarantee that they're not blessed with another mouth to feed.
AIG Bonus Outrage Has Employees Living in Fear
Okay, now I'm as outraged as the next person that a company that received more than $100B in bail-out funds turns around had rewards those same managers that couldn't save their own butts more than $160M in bonuses. That's like someone who can't pay their electric bill using their tax return to buy a new car. But the fact that otherwise rational people would stalk these people and threaten them is a scary, scary scenario.
In New Dilemma, Banks Cite Two Paths to Disaster
Option one, don't take the bail-out funds and probably go belly up.
Option two, take the bail-out funds and get stuck with the government's rules for how to do business, which many feel limit them too much to allow them to succeed in the real world. Everyone is so quick to push separation of church and state. I think they need to preach about the separation of the banks and state. But that's just me.
Weekly Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected
Who on earth expected LESS jobless claims?! I don't even read these articles, but if I was a betting woman, I would have bet on this one.
Ada vs. Wall Street
And then I thought we were going to get a home-grown, old-fashioned tutorial in how to dig in when the going gets tough from a sweet, old lady. Instead, her story starts with how she filed for bankruptcy and was forgiven all of her debt. I'm not saying that bankruptcy is such a bad thing. I just didn't get the warm-fuzzy, inspirational message I expected from this one. But kudos to Ada, nonetheless, for making it on a shoestring post-bankruptcy.