Spent the afternoon talking about my job search with some people from the Jobs and Family Services. There's a few directions I need to get going. Also clearer on some future decisions. And I have ideas on how to rewrite the resume (for the fourth time). Just way too many things to discuss about that. So here's some other links.
But first, since I'm flipping channels, Hannity just had a guest who blamed Obama for the collapse of business in the private jet market. See, he (Obama) vilified CEOs flying around in their private jets (I seem to remember it being the Congress and the American People who did that, but whatever a persecution complex needs it'll manufacture), so those CEOs just won't buy them anymore. Yeah, that's why. Nothing to do with a collapse of the economy and private jets being a luxury item or the rise of plane-share programs. Nah, those wouldn't have anything to do with it. Well, Hannity is in the Reagan Library and this idiot of a business man got plenty of support of the crowd for his statements. It's the echo chamber in person. WIlliam Buckley is rolling in his fresh grave.
The Somali Pirate Business Model. Of somewhat an interest, reiterates things I already knew, but maybe interesting to some others. Piracy is business. Notice the reference to "investors."
One writer's story of breaking up with a publisher. And I can't say this is the first time I've heard similar stories. Take this as another push of the idea to remember writing is a business. We can sometimes get all caught up in the personalities, but when it comes down to the wire, it's a business relationship. I know in my own life that's a hard lesson to learn. But having just been laid off a third time in my professional career, I think that it's finally sinking in. (also grokked from Jay Lake).
Two Gallup polls that talk about being underemployed (a situation I'm staring in the face as we type). First up, the underemployed report worse health than the employed. Of course the survey doesn't go into causal questions (ie. are you underemployed because of the pain, or have the pain because you're underemployed?). Well, yes, I could have told them that. And, frankly, it's both. Then there's the emotional costs of unemployment. Go figure, people who want to work full time are experiencing emotion issues (stress, anger, sadness, worry) when they're not able to be fully employed. While they get to have more time with their family, really, I don't think that balances out the stresses. One major stress for me, even though they don't go into it in the surveys, health insurance. We're approaching two months being unemployed and without health insurance. I'm approaching a tipping point that I may not be able to get coverage because of pre-existing conditions (except for the "high risk" pool in the short run, then hopefully to regular insurance in 2014). You may see a connection in this poll on majority of poor, young, uninsured back HCR.