‘Bad News’ for the Wage Workers–Or No News?

The woke bent of many American newsrooms gives a topical edge to Batya Ungar-Sargon’s new book of reflections on class and race in America. “Bad News” (Encounter Books) is a useful check on the identity politics of the era from an avowed Jewish labor populist who is an opinions editor at the current iteration ofContinue reading “‘Bad News’ for the Wage Workers–Or No News?”

Shortage Economy: Will We Go Marching?

Washington pundits generally see the supply-chain hiccups and partially related price inflation as political risks for the Biden White House. Probably that’s so but there’s also opportunity for a left-ward administration. Check out the essay by reliable old Robert Kuttner in the latest New York Review of Books. After fondly recalling the marching orders givenContinue reading “Shortage Economy: Will We Go Marching?”

In the Wings, Another $Trillion Biden Push: Student Loans

It might seem like every major domestic spending program of the U.S. government is caught up in the multi-trillion-dollar budget “reconciliation” negotiations, but no. A significant exception is the huge college-student loan program and the massive ($1.7 trillion?) debt outstanding. It’s a separate agenda item. The Biden administration, under constant progressive pressure, is trying toContinue reading “In the Wings, Another $Trillion Biden Push: Student Loans”

The Rise of the Entrepreneurial Creative

The pandemic disrupted the labor force, but in the process also seems to have accelerated a certain type of entrepreneurialism: the startup “creative.” This includes performers of various sorts on platforms such as YouTube and TikTok, and writers and visual artists using the likes of Substack and Medium. Many of these individuals would have previouslyContinue reading “The Rise of the Entrepreneurial Creative”

Filling the News Hole: Advantage, Left

I’ve always enjoyed reading the lefty press—the honest-to-goodness lefty press, not the mainstream one that masquerades as impartial—because it tends to put a premium on information and sometimes reporting. If that side is indeed more informational than its right-wing counterparts, maybe that’s because the documentary instincts are stronger among the camp that sees its struggleContinue reading “Filling the News Hole: Advantage, Left”

5 at Feed: Ozy, Vietnam, Vegan Virtue, School Counts, Pakistan

10/1/21 This busy week features a fivesome of punditry nuggets at Newsfeed – Tim W. Ferguson (timwferguson.com) In reverse order, there’s the scandal that is overwhelming the once-adored (if unread) Ozy Media, the conflict that pits Vietnam’s quest for global commerce against its authoritarian state, the pretentious veganism of a star Manhattan chef, the latestContinue reading “5 at Feed: Ozy, Vietnam, Vegan Virtue, School Counts, Pakistan”

My Feed: Global Gig Slog, Syph Babies, Thai Visas, Freight Rail

Here’s the past week’s foursome from Newsfeed – Tim W. Ferguson (timwferguson.com) –my mini-commentaries off the recent media. This assortment includes: A review of the plight of “gig”-app drivers and delivery people around the world that forgets what these souls were doing before; a startling look at an upsurge in births from mothers with syphilis,Continue reading “My Feed: Global Gig Slog, Syph Babies, Thai Visas, Freight Rail”

3 At Feed: DHS & TSA, China’s Richest and Food Labeling

This week, Newsfeed – Tim W. Ferguson (timwferguson.com) hosts a trifecta of mini-commentaries plucked from the pages of our working press. Any anniversary of Sept. 11 would not be complete without a pass at its bureaucratic legacy, the Department of Homeland Security. As well, there’s a thought about the future tycoons of China, now thatContinue reading “3 At Feed: DHS & TSA, China’s Richest and Food Labeling”

At the Feed: Ida’s Rebuild, ‘Traffic Violence,’ Gen-Z Invests, Vax Cards, Dailies in Distress

This week at Newsfeed – Tim W. Ferguson (timwferguson.com) are *5* brief comments from items in the current press. Of course, the post-Ida storm response is one–should we keep tempting fate by restoring communities? Also: the alleged injustice of “traffic violence,” the reassuring aspect of Gen-Z’s bent toward equities (as opposed to equity), the trickyContinue reading “At the Feed: Ida’s Rebuild, ‘Traffic Violence,’ Gen-Z Invests, Vax Cards, Dailies in Distress”

At My Feed: Trains, Planes, Hospitals, Wall St. Touts

At Newsfeed – Tim W. Ferguson (timwferguson.com) this week, you can read my quick observations on current topics: Commuter-train counts show how dreadfully slow is Manhattan office districts’ rebound from the pandemic pounding; airports such as LAX are rich public assets just waiting to be turned into funding sources to rescue indebted municipalities like LosContinue reading “At My Feed: Trains, Planes, Hospitals, Wall St. Touts”