a college degree is no longer the guarantor of a middle-class existence, the economic circle jerk, evolution pioneer dies

Nothing like an article in the NYT to confirm what many had suspected years ago – The Dwindling Power of a College Degree

One of the greatest changes is that a college degree is no longer the guarantor of a middle-class existence. Until the early 1970s, less than 11 percent of the adult population graduated from college, and most of them could get a decent job. Today nearly a third have college degrees, and a higher percentage of them graduated from nonelite schools. A bachelor’s degree on its own no longer conveys intelligence and capability. To get a good job, you have to have some special skill — charm, by the way, counts — that employers value. But there’s also a pretty good chance that by some point in the next few years, your boss will find that some new technology or some worker overseas can replace you.

Though it’s no guarantee, a B.A. or some kind of technical training is at least a prerequisite for a decent salary.

Those who hate to study or parents tempted to sigh in relief at not having to deal with the financial burden of college, still need to figure something out. What to do to have a good job and financial stability over a lifetime. Those who stop at a secondary education are generally doomed to low skilled jobs fast food, grocery stocking and janitorial work ( all honest and honorable work, but barely pay a living wage). There are some relatively high paying jobs that do not require a college degree, but they still require skills or special aptitude – air-traffic controller, sales – a business sales person can make good money if they have the personality for it. Many Americans that were in the great middle that used to be able to get a manufacturing job. While we still makes things – it might be years before the electronic manufacturing we used to – now done in Asia – migrates back to the U.S. It’s just more miserable news for those who do not go to college and just what has become the same old bad news for college grads.

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In the perfect world of pure unregulated capitalism – as we all know anything less is either creeping communism or the road to hell – companies could buy and sell each other without any interference. That has always lead to oligopoly or outright monopoly. In such cases the unregulated free market is no longer about competing for business, but seeing how much a company can squeeze out of its customers without causing consumer riots. At this point unregulated capitalism will have led to the demise of any actual free market activity. This phenomenon is other wise known as the conservative or libertarian economic circle jerk. AT&T, T-Mobile Merger: Companies Will Push Ahead Despite Big Concerns

They took the step to consider “all options at the FCC and to focus their continuing efforts on obtaining antitrust clearance for the transaction from the Department of Justice,” which filed a lawsuit in August to stop the deal, AT&T said in a statement.

“Both companies are continuing to pursue the sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T,” Deutsche Telekom stressed.

Both U.S. agencies worry that the deal would hamper competition and lead to higher prices for consumers.

“Competitive Shopper” Pepper Sprays Fellow Black Friday Shoppers At California Walmart. Which none of the victims should complain about because Fox News assures us that pepper-spray is just a food product. No harm, no foul. Fox News would not foist a load of doublespeak on the American public now would they.

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Seaweed gel transforms drops into edible beads. Besides being used to hold spices for cooking, scientists are also using the beads to package cancer cells so they can be studied in a 3D environment.

Lynn Margulis, Evolution Theorist, Dies at 73

The manuscript in which Dr. Margulis first presented her findings was rejected by 15 journals before being published in 1967 by the Journal of Theoretical Biology. An expanded version, with additional evidence to support the theory — which was known as the serial endosymbiotic theory — became her first book, “Origin of Eukaryotic Cells.”

A revised version, “Symbiosis in Cell Evolution,” followed in 1981, and though it challenged the presumptions of many prominent scientists, it has since become accepted evolutionary doctrine.

Endosymbiotic theory holds that the mitochondria and possibly the other organelles once thrived as independent organisms or other organisms had some of these structures and in the course of evolution absorbed those structures and made them part of the cell. There were and might still be ( I don’t read molecular cellular journals daily) some issues with the theory in that mitochondria for instance are unable to survive in a rich oxygen environment. This article among may others has tended to quiet such objections – Mitochondria Share an Ancestor With SAR11, a Globally Significant Marine Microbe.

World’s 10 Worst Toxic Pollution Problems [Slide Show]. Contrary to the first set of photos, never hold a drop of mercury in your bare hand.

Live – Lightning Crashes (acoustic)

Wild Nothing – Bored Games