On Here Is Your Open Thread

Omg, here is my current playlist.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

On Does Someone You Work With Have a 'Dark Triad' Personality Trait?

Shh don't give away my secrets.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 10:37 am

On New "Harry Potter" Content Released, Free

@Stina Ester also thought I lived in a space underneath some stairs in real life.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm 1

On Other Fast Food Restaurants Paying Beyond the Minimum Wage

@garysixpack "It probably helps." I don't think it's naive to believe that investors are more focused on profits than whether or not employees can go home and pay their bills as Pepper openly points out. The question is then, if a fast food chain like In-N-Out Burger can sell $2.20 cheeseburgers and pay their employees a starting hourly rate of $10.50 an hour, why isn't this viable for other fast food restaurants?

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 6:54 pm 1

On Other Fast Food Restaurants Paying Beyond the Minimum Wage

@garysixpack True of franchises, but unlike truly privately owned restaurants these privately owned franchises must pay a percentage of their sales to the corporation—money that could otherwise go to other things like payroll.

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm 0

On Is "The Ice Cream Rule" Helpful?

So, when I buy a pint of Ben & Jerry's, I usually have three spoons of it for dessert and put the rest back in the freezer to eat slowly throughout the week. Perhaps this explains a lot about me. But! Since we've been discussing the need for New Financial Advice in a New Era, with stagnant incomes (wages have fallen to a record low as a share of our GDP), it can be difficult to set aside money for savings or aggressively pay off debt. And in that case, it's less about the ice cream rule and more about seeking a better salary.

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 10:46 am 2

On Defining 'Rich'

@samburger My guess is that some of these households include dual-incomes with kids, so the answer would be, "pay for college" or something like that.

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:28 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@andnowlights It was ... not good. Don't put bologna in your chilis or stews

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 9:37 am 1

On Is First-Hand Experience Necessary to Understand Poverty?

Still creating duplicate accounts I see! You've created so many already. Any new ones will be banned.

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 11:27 pm

On 10 Days in California for $500

Line has been edited—thanks for emailing the thoughtful note!

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm