Are you a member of Generation Screwed?: On other social networks we qualify this question with things like “are you riddled debt?” and “No job prospects?”, but considering we’re on Tumblr, probably all of you are members of Generation Screwed. Tell us your story. We’ll collect them and publish them on our site.
For inspiration, here’s our Newsweek story on the problem.
Photo: Parissah Lin, age: 19, occupation: College student
“My parents came to this country as immigrants and worked really hard. [But] I’m anticipating being in debt for many years.” (Spencer Heyfron for Newsweek)
Frontpage: Friday, June 8
1. American to Be Al Qaeda No. 2?: Intelligence experts say that al Qaeda has five men with the potential to succeed current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri—and one is a U.S. citizen.
2. U.N.: Civil War ‘Imminent’ in Syria: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday that civil war in Syria is “imminent” as Syrian government troops blocked unarmed United Nations monitors from investigating a massacre in the small town of Qubeir—and even firing on them.
3. Obama Takes on Sluggish Economy: In a statement Friday morning President Obama blamed an intractable Congress for scuttling the “bipartisan” jobs plan he sent them last year, and said that he urges legislators to reconsider.
4. Cameron to Testify in Hacking Inquiry: British Prime Minister David Cameron will give evidence next Thursday at the Leveson Inquiry into the country’s media ethics.
5. Algae Blooms Under Polar Ice: Scientists in an international team said they have recorded the most intense algae bloom ever—and it was under the polar ice caps in the Arctic last summer.
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Here’s Hamlet the Pig coming down the stairs to have some breakfast. Happy Friday!
I think SuperPACs pose a real danger to American democracy. The Supreme Court decision that made them possible, Citizens United, may have been, as one congressman called it, the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott.
Frontpage: Friday, May 4th
- Syrian Forces Fire on Thousands: Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad trained their guns on thousands of protesters Friday as Syrians demonstrated for regime change. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the gunmen fired on crowds in the city of Hama and another nearby town.
- Romney Gains Ground in OH, FL: The race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney continued to heat up this week, with a new poll showing that the Republican has caught up with the president in the swing states of Ohio and Florida. Obama pulled ahead in Pennsylvania, however, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.
- Chen Offered University Fellowship: In a deal that may bring an end to careful negotiations between the United States and China, blind activist Chen Guangcheng has been offered a university fellowship, American officials said Friday. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement Chen and his wife and children have been made an offer by an American university, and that the Chinese government should hold to its earlier indications that it would allow Chen to travel abroad for study.
- Calif. Pension Fund Sues Walmart: In what may be the first sign of serious blowback for Walmart after a bombshell New York Times report last month, the United States’ second-largest pension fund said it is suing the company over allegations of misconduct in Mexico. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System holds more than 5.3 million shares of Walmart Stores Inc.
- Report: (Only) 115,000 Jobs Added in April: Only 115,000 jobs were added to the American economy in April, according to the jobs report released by the Department of Labor Friday morning—the smallest gain in six months. That’s significantly fewer than the 154,000 jobs that were added in March, according to today’s revised report.
Photo: Happy Friday! (via theanimalblog)
Frontpage: Friday, Apr 6th
- Syria Broadens Damacus Attack: Despite agreeing to a ceasefire that would have gone into effect at 6 a.m. Thursday, Syrian government troops broadened an offensive against opposition fighters in three Damascus neighborhoods on Friday, with fierce fighting breaking out.
- Economy Added Only 120K Jobs: Bad news: the streak of robust hiring in the U.S. economy has come to a close. After three months of at least 200,000 new jobs added, the U.S. produced only 120,000 jobs in March, a disappointing number that was lower than expected.
- Bella Santorum Taken to Hospital: Rick Santorum’s three-year-old daughter Bella was taken to the hospital on Friday, according to his campaign spokesman. The Santorum campaign did not release any more details, except asking in a statement for “privacy and prayers as Bella works her way to recovery.”
- Obama: ‘Cannot Wait for Romney’: President Barack Obama told supporters at a fund-raising dinner on Thursday night in Washington that he “cannot wait” to compare and contrast his plan for America with what the Republicans bring to the table this election cycle.
- Report: Malawi President Dies: Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika reportedly died from a heart attack Thursday, doctors and cabinet ministers told the BBC, though the official announcement has not yet been made. State media reported that he was flown to a South African hospital, but sources told Reuters that Mutharika was dead when he was rushed to a hospital in Lilongwe.
This is Ellie. She works in sales after being rescued from an Alabama construction site. Sumbuddy needs a little doggie hard hat!
I keep hearing the president say he’s responsible for keeping the country out of a Great Depression. No, no, no, that was President George W. Bush and Hank Paulson.
Mitt Romney • At a town hall meeting today. We’re no political strategists, but we’re wondering how helpful it is for a presidential candidate to make a statement now, in 2012, that’s both pro-George W. Bush and pro-bailout. TARP, for instance, is currently sitting with a net -13 approval rating. Not exactly a winning issue. source (via • follow)
“No, no, no,”
Unlike nasal decongestants, which can be used to make methamphetamine, laundry detergent is generally used for its intended purpose after it is stolen, authorities and industry officials say. Many thieves are selling it on the street themselves at cut-rate prices, sometimes outside coin-operated laundries.
Tide detergent thefts sweep nation
Authorities and retailers across the country are on high alert as a most unlikely product, Tide liquid laundry detergent, becomes all the rage with shoplifters who are reselling it on the black market.
There’s a black market for Tide. Please realize that something here in the U.S. needs to change.
I’d make a joke out drugs and dilution but this is actually sad.
Frontpage: Friday, Mar 9th
- Syria Opposition Rejects Talks: The leader of Syria’s main opposition group on Friday rejected the idea of holding talks with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, saying it was pointless to speak to a regime that massacres its own people.
- February Adds 227K Jobs: Another good jobs report. The U.S. economy added 227,000 new nonfarm jobs in February, better than expectations, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the much-anticipated jobs data for the second month of the 2012 election year.
- Israeli Ex-Spy Chief: Don’t Strike: Even the former head of Israel’s intelligence service doesn’t think a military strike on Iran is smart right now. Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan said now isn’t the time to attack Iran over its nuclear program, and came to the defense of the country that’s often seen as the enemy of Israel.
- Taliban: Release bin Laden Wives: The Taliban on Friday pledged to attack the Pakistani government, police, and military officials if three of Osama bin Laden’s widows are not released from custody.
- U.S. Agrees to Afghan Prisoners Swap: The United States has agreed to hand over some 3,200 detainees—most of them suspected Taliban insurgents—to the Afghan government Friday in a much faster transfer than previously expected.
Video: Angelina Jolie tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Hawa Abdi at Women in the World Summit.
West’s comment suggests a desperation that will spread if future reports are as good as last week’s, which raises the question of what the Republicans will do next to try to wreck the economy.
I know, one isn’t supposed to talk like this. I know, it’s evil to suggest that politicians would put their electoral fate this fall ahead of the conditions of the people. And, I know, it’s just … ooooh, it’s so mean!
Michael Tomasky on the Tea Party Congressman Allen West calling the improved economic statistics “number games.”
(Paul Sancya / AP Photo)
‘The unemployment rate continued to trend downward Friday, reaching 8.3 percent, the lowest rate in three years.
Our own more inclusive statistic that adds the underemployed and those who want a job but have been out of work so long the government no longer counts them is down to 16.9 percent for January.
That’s the lowest we’ve seen since we started tracking the figure in January 2010.’
Our screamer said it all: UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS TO 3-YEAR LOW. CAPS LOCK SERIOUS!
Frontpage: Friday, Feb. 3rd
- SEC Letting Large Banks Off: A New York Times analysis shows that the Securities and Exchange Commission has been giving a pass on the biggest Wall Street firms in the last decade, letting them off on punishments meant to apply to fraud cases. Lulzies/headscratch.
- U.S. Jobless Rate Drops: Great news, and much better than expected: The U.S. economy created 243,000 non-farm jobs in January, up from a 200,000 increase in December, and the unemployment rate dropped from 8.5 percent to 8.3.
- U.S. Fears Israel Will Strike Iran: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is reportedly worried that Israel is going to attack Iran because of its nuclear ambitions.
- U.S. Tourists Kidnapped in Egypt: Two American tourists and their guide were kidnapped Friday after gunmen stormed their minivan in the Sinai near a popular Red Sea resort.
- Komen Founder Defends Decision: Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen breast-cancer foundation, has come out to defend the organization’s decision to stop awarding grant money to Planned Parenthood for breast-cancer screening—a move that many say is backlash against abortion. Watch Brinker’s interview on MSNBC.
Frontpage: Friday, Jan 27th
- Romney Pummels Gingrich: In last night’s debate in the key state of Florida, Romney slammed Gingrich after Newt accused Mitt of being “anti-immigrant.”
- U.S. Economy Grows at 2.8 Percent: Its fastest rate in over a year and half.
- UN Shrinks from Syria Sanctions: An advanced draft of a UN Security Council resolution obtained by Reuters shows the body will not call for sanctions on Syria.
- Candidates: Repeal Obama Health Plan: The four Republican candidates were all in agreement on the need to repeal Obama’s health-care plan at Thursday night’s Republican debate.
- Ford Posts Profit for Third Year: The Detroit auto company reported a $20.2 billion profit for 2011, the third straight year it has made money.
Photo: Officials announced the UK economy shrank by 0.2% during the last quarter of 2011. (Matt Cardy / Getty Images)