Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
Millions of students will have an easier time paying back their student loans thanks to reforms President Obama announced yesterday, including a “Pay As You Earn” proposal and the option to reduce monthly payments.
The changes will help folks like John, a law student in Vermont. He is pursuing a degree in environmental law, and hopes to work at a nonprofit once he finishes grad school.
After he graduated from college two years ago, John says he struggled to find work:
“I had a really hard time finding a decent job—so I had to go a full year between college and law school without a job. I lived at home with my parents to make ends meet.”
But he thinks the new reforms will help:
“I have been keeping my eye on loan repayment options. It sounds like the President’s plans will be helpful for me when I graduate—and hopefully the job market will continue to improve.”
So the kid is solving the problem of not making any money, by taking on more debt, and keeping his eye on the options available for paying the debt back. I wonder if I’m alone in wishing he’d said “I’ve been keeping my eye on what environmental lawyers for nonprofits make per year so I can make sure my debt-load aligns with that.” But of course John didn’t say that.
Hey, we’re all glad John is excited about Obama’s plans. But I bet nobody in the Obama administration knows how much John is being charged to attain his J.D. It’s $43,468 per year, by the way. It’d be a lot easier for the Obama administration to help him pay this money back if they also did something about the kid getting price-gouged in the first place.
And blogger friend Terri notes:
I do always wonder about the interviewees in the Occupy movement. The papers mention the amount owed in student loans, but never the major.
Apparently President Obama used a “good” example the other day for his new student loan program.
This dude has been unemployed for a year after graduating in something. The new loan program will help him see his dream come true.
He is going back to school to major in environmental law in order to work at a nonprofit. Estimated cost of the degree? $130,000.
Anyone want to venture a guess as to the average wage of a nonprofit environmental lawyer? Are we being setup for future protests here?
Of course, John’s finances are John’s business. He’s doing a great job of going through the motions of being concerned with how it all turns out…”keeping an eye on loan repayment options” makes it kinda sound like that, right? Of course, in my experience, a friend-or-relative who takes charge of his finances by leaving his income anemic but eliminating some unloved expense, in Year N, is back in trouble by Year N+1. Eliminating expenses doesn’t help if lack of income is the problem. And if I’m understanding the proposal correctly, there’s more emphasis on flexibility involved in paying back the same amount so it isn’t even the elimination of expenses we’re talking about.
Environmental lawyer for a nonprofit. So…the kid thinks profit is something to be avoided…he’s about to get his wish. But then there’s the matter of all the rest of us. We’ve got this economy we’re all supposed to be wishing would get stronger. Our President thinks a great example of where our youth need to be going, is some vocation that doesn’t produce anything. Well hey, at least the Community Organizer is not being a hypocrite…but we don’t know what advantages Barry Soetoro had that John might not have. Who He knew, how He financed His school tuitions, where exactly Frank Marshall Davis entered the picture. Maybe everything’s on the up-and-up, but unfortunately this thick narrative of “you’re whacked in the head and probably racist if you don’t believe every little thing Obama says” has arisen to enshroud every single open question, and we saw last year what a remarkable event it is for our President to actually present a hunk of paper about something. Which is routine for all other presidents, and candidates for the presidency. The end result is, as He enters the last year of His term, we really don’t know an awful lot for sure. The one thing that seems almost certain is, connections had something to do with it.
So who did young Barry know? Who helped lighten the load? Is He going to helpfully offer some names to young John, maybe write some letters of introduction for our hopeful future environmental law (for a nonprofit) attorney?
Because if, for some reason, it all comes off the rails — I’d just like to know what’s going to be occupied, when, for how long, how much property is going to be damaged, how many women are going to be molested, how many human stools are going to be deposited on police cars, how many arrests there are going to be…what magnitude of a mess is goin’ down. Hey, we’re not wondering about the generalities of the end result anymore, I’m just asking about the particulars. We can’t count on Obama’s Twitter feed to do that for us.
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