Okay, let me get this straight: Psychiatrists who loved doing talk therapy are upset because it doesn’t pay as well as it used to, so they switch over to prescribing drugs instead, are stressed out because of the longer hours and demands (not to mention they stop feeding their souls with the work they love) and are insistent that their standard of living remain exactly the same?
Poor psychiatrists. I think they need to see a good therapist, one who can help them discover that money isn’t everything. Oh, and maybe they can help with those control issues!
One in five Californians struggled to afford enough food for themselves and their families last year, according to a new report by the Food Research and Action Center.
The rate in California was slightly higher than the national average of 18%.
Jim Weill, president of the Washington-based nonprofit, said the figures underscore the need for a strong nutrition safety net — including food stamps and school meals — for families that continue to struggle as the economy begins to recover.
“While the nation’s Great Recession may have technically ended in mid-2009, it has not yet ended for many of the nation’s households,” Weill said in a statement Thursday. “For them, 2010 was the third year of a terrible recession that is widely damaging the ability to meet basic needs.”
The report was based on data collected for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which conducted telephone interviews with more than 350,000 people in 2010, including 35,543 people in California.
Just over 20% of California respondents answered yes to the question: “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”
That places the state at No. 16 in the nation for food hardship, the report said. The highest rate was recorded in Mississippi, where nearly 28% said they did not always have enough money to buy food. The lowest rate, just over 10%, was in North Dakota.
The report also looked at food hardship in the 100 metropolitan statistical areas with the largest number of respondents. These areas were defined by the Census Bureau and include cities and their surrounding communities.
So the majority party gets booted out because of the backlash against the IMF austerity deal that’s hurting the people, and the new right-wing ruling coalition has decided to keep the deal exactly the way it is. The new prime minister is a Dan Quayle-like empty suit whose only government experience was running the tourism bureau, and the new finance minister is (surprise!) a pro-business, anti-tax absolutist who is much loved by bankers.
“I wouldn’t see anything there that would scare the markets, scare Europe, scare the IMF or change anything very substantially going forward,” said Eoin Fahy, chief economist, Kleinwort Benson Investors.
From NPR and PBS. Glad to hear it, because too many people are getting away with too damned much, now that newspaper staffs have been cut to the bone:
WASHINGTON — NPR, PBS and local public broadcast stations around the country are hiring more journalists and pumping millions of dollars into investigative news to make up for what they see as a lack of deep-digging coverage by their for-profit counterparts.
Public radio and TV stations have seen the need for reporting that holds government and business accountable increase as newspapers and TV networks cut their staffs and cable television stations have filled their schedules with more opinion journalism.
“Where the marketplace is unable to serve, that’s the role of public media,” PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said last year at a summit on the future of media at the Federal Communications Commission. “PBS exists to serve the people, not to sell them.”
In the past three years, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has invested more than $90 million in federal funds on new journalism initiatives. That includes a $10 million local journalism initiative that is paying for the creation of five regional centers that will help local PBS and NPR stations cover news that affects wider geographic areas. Also, a $6 million grant from the group expanded the PBS investigative series “Frontline” from a seasonal series with a summer break to a year-round program.
Meanwhile, NPR has started an investigative reporting unit supported by philanthropic funds – including $3.2 million donated in the last year.
But of course! This is a guy who got elected by saying very little about what he’d actually do:
If he said it once, he said it a million times. When Attorney General Tom Corbett was campaigning for governor, he promised Pennsylvania voters an open and transparent government. With occasional exceptions, it seems, when it comes to the new governor’s personal appearances.
A Berks County state Senate candidate, Larry Medaglia, and the county GOP invited reporters to a fund-raiser Thursday at the Reading County Club, where Corbett was the headliner.
But no one except the 100 or so people who attended know what Corbett had to say.
Why? Because the governor tossed out reporters, saying he would not speak until they had left.
A stunned and chagrined Medaglia apologized to the press corps gathered there. Afterward, Corbett was whisked out a back door surrounded by security, according to the Pottstown Mercury.