I don't really understand all the recent Uber hate. Uber has been a godsend to me - a single female - to have the security of knowing that my cab's path is being tracked and that I can find the cab driver again if I need to. Also, for whatever reason, I can never get a cab to stop for me and I never carry cash- so Uber is basically my only option. The whole cab industry is shady and Uber at least is solving a lot of those problems. Also, I really don't fault Uber for having its auto-price increases even in times of emergency. Yeah people wanted to get out of Sydney but how many cab drivers do you think wanted to drive into Sydney when there was a hostage situation going on? That extra money means there aren't shortages, something that is much worse than paying a high fare.
umm The Circle is NOT about how great companies give perks. It's about a seemingly great company that gets its employees to do kinda terrible things. Also it was very important that everyone working there be very enthusiastic. I hope reading comprehension isn't important at his new job at ...Newsweek.
@lisaf that makes me feel better - I've only waited since July.
My dad told me small businesses prefer cash to avoid taxes and he worked for the IRS at the time. And he always pays cash.
@Renleigh As my siblings and I were forgotten at least once by our parents, and as my sister was a juror for a case where the mom left her baby in the car, I don't think it's necessarily offensive. It's also nice that people notice and care. Community - it's busy-bodying but it can be nice to not always be anonymous.
I think the main problem with the article is this: "the ones who supposedly need such strict discipline, are poor students of color, while the students taught by good public and private schools where these methods aren’t used are white and well-off." The discipline described in the charter schools was similar to what I had growing up in a middle class school. The charter school kids are given stricter discipline, not because of their race, but because they are learning the basics. More advanced kids are given the ability to engage in more creative endeavors but it's hard to be creative without being able to read. Of course her methods with college students are different from remedial elementary school students. (I've tutored at a charter school and I thought the discipline was necessary - also because it may help some with tumultuous schedules at home).
I really considered replacing all my broken flats with new expensive designer flats but what's the point? They're all made in China (if not outsourced somewhere cheaper) and they'll all wear out in 2 years (hopefully not sooner). I'm more of a purpose-driven cool woman with $50 shoes.
@Anon Writer this list is seriously one of the best comments of all time. thank you and sorry to hear about your breakup. =(
"Do you know when I thought I’d find some use in anything former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist ever said or wrote? Never." This statement seems overly hostile directed at someone who was, as a gross understatement, an influential figure in the field in which the author works and also, probably not a bad person. I really like the Billfold but the random snide comments against conservatives irk me. Just because one person believes X, that doesn't mean they have no useful information to impart.
@DebtOrAlive It's not really very impressive. I make enough money so that I could pay off all my debt while living frugally - not monastically- though I did start to get a little crazy near the end about how I could shave off a few months from repayment. I think the main things were I put "paying off my debt ASAP" as a main life goal, I was lucky (that my very old car and computer didn't die and that my emergency hospital bill was not bad) and because i was exceptionally frugal during school, I knew that I wouldn't have to live like this for years on end.