Wolfmoon wrote:I think one of the things that would help the economy is to not throw so much money at celebs for being on a movie screen for a couple hours. As far as I'm concerned, acting isn't real work.
And there are a lot of people in the government that could stand to make a lot less.
Alka wrote:I'm not entirely sure how relevant this comment is going to be so feel free to ignore it, but I really wish that someone had taught us/me more about budgetting/money handling/economics at school. I am rubbish with money and it is all my fault but I think if someone had sat me down and properly explained things in bigger terms then maybe I wouldn't have such a massive overdraft. Then again, it could've been one of the lessons I skipped.
TheWorstIdea wrote:Max, have you seen or read I.O.U.S.A? (You can watch the condensed version here).
Really interesting stuff, especially coming from the former US Comptroller General.
I think it really highlights the idea that you have to pay for everything eventually. It's like we've been programmed to believe that anything related to a bank or lending doesn't matter. And credit card companies have known for a long time that the people to target are young people (how many people were harassed by credit card companies on their campuses?) and people who make just enough to make minimum payments but not much more than that.
I find the US services versus taxes debate quite interesting...and something that really hasn't been in the news despite the gloom and doom economic reporting. Yes, we have medical service plans and disability insurance and employment insurance in Canada, but we also pay significantly more taxes. Interesting to see the cost-versus-benefit debate on a larger scale. And the political implications: do voters really understand that an economy cannot support certain services without tax changes and do politicians understand that services cost money?
It's really scary to think of the US dollar collapsing. Just a nightmare for countries that trade with US. I remember a couple of years ago the Canadian dollar was worth more than the US dollar for about a month, and it really screwed up trade. It's hard to devalue your currency against a currency that isn't worth much any more.
MotherNaturesRevenge wrote:me and a friend were just discussing how ridiculious the profession of acting is as far as the pay...sure you're entertaining me, but fuck man i could do that every night with my friends and i'm not making jack shit ha ha.
Max wrote:Seriously, how often have you seen or heard it played up like a virtue to know nothing or to not care about the basic workings of money, on college campuses. That's predatory, and it's not only accepted, it's encouraged
Max wrote:They just hear canada, and think of cheap drugs and single payer health care. There's no processing beyond that.
Max wrote:But, once they could get NAFTA through, other ridiculously oligarchical plutocrats could keep it rolling, til the till was completely disrupted, and yeah, the dollar so unstable that I could actually see a rally starting up based upon may's still-weak numbers, simply because it's not as bad as feb.... (Hey, can you tell I've been re-reading the Shock doctrine?)
Trying to get a full-time job as an actor is really fucking hard, because it's not consistent work. Usually people are working like one or two regular jobs just so they can go on auditions on the weekends.
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