Scenes from a recession

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The New York Times gets made fun of a lot in the left blogosphere when it writes about the slightly harder lives of the rich, so it's only fair to note this piece by Michael Luo, on the overwhelmed application process for one $13/hr admin assistant job - i.e. basically my first job - in nearby Burns Harbor, Indiana.

Then again, the #1 most e-mailed story on the NYT is a column by the Friedman Unit on how the problem with the unemployed is that they don't have enough imagination or higher education.

People like these people:

"[The recruiter] dropped significantly overqualified candidates right away, reasoning they would leave when the economy improved. Among them was a former IBM business analyst with 18 years experience; a former director of human resources; and someone with a master’s degree and 12 years at Deloitte & Touche, the accounting firm."

The Mustache of Understanding calls the people who aren't these people "untouchables," because he has a tin fucking ear* - "an anti-ear, and it's absolutely infallible; he is a Joyce or a Flaubert in reverse, incapable of rendering even the smallest details without genius."

* Since he's a former foreign correspondent who has written quite a bit about India, I am assuming that he's using it in the caste sense and not the Eliot Ness sense - i.e. in trying to give him the benefit of the doubt I'll bet that he's voluntarily being a doofus. As is usually the case, it's hard to tell with him. Expect a book called The Untouchables: From Dalit to Dollars on your Kindle soon.

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