USC MFA Students Quit En Masse; Art Institute Students Seek Student Loan Forgiveness

I sympathize very much with the two groups of fine arts students currently in the news: the University of Southern California MFA class that quit, en masse, after issues with funding and work opportunities; and the Art Institute students fighting for student loan forgiveness after the announcment that most of the for-profit Art Institute campuses would be shut down.

Grocery Shopping Never Ends

Remember how I went grocery shopping last week and said “but it doesn’t feel like I bought any food?” Well, I was right on that count.

Banks Plead Guilty to Manipulating Global Currency Values

What’s going to happen next? The banks will be fined, of course. So far, no individual bank employees have been indicted, in part because (to quote the NYT) “the banks long ago dismissed most of the employees suspected of wrongdoing.”

It’s The Real Do 1 Thing

My 1 thing is to create an iconic advertising campaign. No. Wait. It’s to buy a birthday card. But I’ll pick an iconic birthday card!

The Cost of Getting Your Eyes Checked (When Your Health Insurance Does Not Include Vision)

At that point I wanted to bang my forehead against the mirrored wall and ask “does everything cost some ridiculous amount of money these days?” Glasses should cost no more than $150. My health insurance program should give me at least some kind of discount on my eye exam and my new frames.

How Apartment Hunting Is Different From Shoes Shopping

What becomes immediately obvious, when you start apartment hunting, is that there are no apartments.

Los Angeles Announces $15 Minimum Wage By 2020

Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council made plans to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15/hr by 2020. This comes after a series of #FightFor15 protests, including a 15-day hunger strike in front of LA’s City Hall.

What the Last Four Feature Films I Saw Taught Me About Money

It must be great to have a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist on your superhero team. ‘Cause none of those other Avengers are bringing in any income.

Why Self-Driving Trucks Are an Argument for Basic Income

Scott Santens’ thesis is that we need to start planning now for a Basic Income because as we continue to automate jobs like truck driver, we’ll need some kind of basic survival income to provide for all the people who become unemployed.