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”

Week’s Feed: Henri Blows, Asian Negation, NYC Crime

This week at Newsfeed – Tim W. Ferguson (timwferguson.com) is a trio of items touching on what the latest big storm (Henri) to hit the East Coast should remind us about living and building on the edge of cruel nature; on the latest disappointments in Covid-wracked Southeast Asia, which are not just economic; and onContinue reading “Week’s Feed: Henri Blows, Asian Negation, NYC Crime”

Housing Boom? Not in Land of Lincoln

You’d think housing prices are rising everywhere in America, the way the current boom is discussed. And that’s nearly true, for lots of reasons: the low interest rates on mortgages; the bidding up of asset prices at a time of loose money; the desire for bigger and more distanced properties in the pandemic, and  theContinue reading “Housing Boom? Not in Land of Lincoln”