Friday, March 24, 2023

Student Loan Forgiveness is another loser for the Democrats

 

Student Debt

Higher education should be free, but it's not, and not likely to be anytime soon. We're blowing a bunch of money already, so why not give these people a break? Because paying off a bunch of student loans now will only make higher education more expensive for those who follow.  Lots of deserving people are mired in debt and would love some help too. How easy will it be for Republicans to use this to divide people? 

When measured by income, the poorest one-fifth of Americans hold about 8 percent of all student debt in America. In contrast, the wealthiest one-fifth of American households have a third of all student debt. If you want to fix some things, and many things need fixing, maybe don't start with a cohort that is so easily portrayed by the other side as elite, when you couldn't even keep the COVID-era SNAP payments going. As a result of Democrats failure to protect children, 30 million Americans lost the help they desperately need to feed their hungry children, while inflation continues to surge.

Biden's order to liquidate up to $20,000 of student debt per borrower has been put on hold due to a lawsuit and The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case soon.  The Biden Administration knows it doesn't stand a chance with this conservative court, but they think telling borrowers that, "Well, we tried" will be adequate to explain their failure, as they have done with so many other things. Ultimately they will just disappoint those 43 million who have student loan debt while at the same time handing another explosive issue to the GOP. When will they learn that this sort of performance art just makes things worse?

It's time to tell this generation the truth -- the value of the average college education has dropped dramatically already and just wait till ChatGPT and other Artificial Intelligence starts replacing all those boring and repetitive computer-based jobs that currently require a 4-year degree. For most people, advanced skills will be much more important than advanced knowledge in the future. If enough people would find alternative career paths now, it will be better for them anyway, and then tuition will start to fall.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Funny Vintage Ads (74)

  Advertising has always been an interesting way to look at history. But when you see these vintage advertisements, the past seems a lot stranger than you thought.

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Ben Rebhuhn - Astronaut Tough
Before strongman Ben Rebhuhn began selling body building books, he was convicted of shipping porn though the US mail in 1940.
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Science by Santa
Ads promoting nuclear power were a lot more effective before Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.
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Ideal Boilers - Your boiler is your boss
They had a point. Coal heating required lots of shoveling and someone had to go down in the basement in the middle of winter to do it -- though they probably didn't do it in a suit.
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Puffed Wheat - Empress of Venus
"The Empress of Venus will eat her cereal now." This was the 1950s when parents supposedly didn't put up with this kind of nonsense.
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National Association of Ice Industries
In 1939, the National Association of Ice Industries was still holding out hope that electric refrigerators were just a passing fancy and that iceboxes were going to make a comeback.
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Borden's Hemo
"Say now, are you being fair to the little fellow?"
If your kid is misbehaving, it probably the result of bad nutrition. In other words, it's YOUR fault for not feeding him right.
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The Original Ted Mack Amateur Hour
The Original Ted Mack Amateur Hour was a continuation of Major Bowes Amateur Hour which had been a radio staple from 1934 to 1945. Major Edward Bowes, the originator of the program and its master of ceremonies, left the show in 1945 and died the following year. He was ultimately succeeded by Ted Mack, when the show was brought into television in 1948.
The two greatest successes of the show's television era were Gladys Knight, then only a child, and Pat Boone. Other future celebrities discovered on the show include Ann-Margret, Jose Feliciano, Irene Cara and Tanya Tucker. 
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RCA TR-70 Videotape recorder
The solid-state RCA TR-70 Color or B&W TV recorder was introduced in 1966. An engineer was required to operate the unit, but the evening wear was optional.
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ILG Ventilation
In 1906, ILG started the long tradition of quiet ventilation fans that eventually become as loud as a jet engine.
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Keep death off the road learn the highway code
Her last bus had already passed when she was killed while running after it. The Ministry of Transport in the UK during WW2 ran a series of ads promoting road safety.
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Mrs Peeks Puddings
Can a wife fulfill her duties at home while working as an Air Raid Warden during WW2? Only if she prepares a hot meal for her husband every night. Meanwhile, her husband, "Jim" is an able-bodied man, so why isn't he at the front?
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Listerine for colds
In 1971, the Federal Trade Commission accused the maker of Listerine mouthwash of falsely claiming that the product cured, prevented or lessened colds and sore throats. In 1975, the FTC ordered the makers of Listerine to spend $10.2 million dollars on advertising telling people that Listerine is NOT a cold remedy.
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Happy Farmer Tractor
La Crosse Tractor Co. was incorporated in 1916. Happy Farmer Tractors were so unreliable that there was old saying about the two happiest days in a Happy Farmer owner’s life; the day he got the tractor and the day he got rid of it.
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Colgate - Nobody makes a pass at me
Use Colgate toothpaste and you too can pick up three guys and take them home. 
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Union Corrugated Containers
He supposedly knows that bra is from the "best makers" because it came in a cardboard box, aka a "corrugated container."
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Inside Quality Citrus
The Inter-State Fruit and Vegetable Company of La Feria, Texas thought nothing of using a racist depiction of a mammy character for their label in the 1930s and 40s.
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GE - Stop saving garbage
in 1937, GE said "stop saving garbage" and pour it all down the sink. Plumbers loved that. 
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Baldwin - bullets not grease
During WWII, the U.S. government urged Americans to save excess bacon grease rendered from cooking and donate it to the army to produce glycerin that was used to make gunpowder.
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O.J. for Spot-bilt
Prior to murdering his wife, O.J.'s endorsement was worth its weight in gold. Now, not so much.
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Fairbanks-Morse - Lucky Man
"She understands that sometimes it is important for him to play golf" - like when she's expecting her "back door man."
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Michelin Universal Cord
Michelin Man’s name is actually Bibendum, from the Latin slogan ‘Nunc est bibendum’ which means “Now is the time to drink”.
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Who else wants to look young?
"This new discovery took 10 years off my face" but they still had to put pancake makeup on for the second picture.
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Hot Dan the Mustard Man
Hot Dan the Mustard Man, the potato-shaped mascot introduced in the late 1930s, saved many a husband from having to eat "flat food."
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Fritchle Electric
The Fritchle 100-Mile Electric Automobile debuted in 1904. Compare that to today's Tesla's that, despite their inflated claims, have an "actual" range of 200-300 miles. Clearly, the technology hasn't improved very much in almost 120 years.
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Virginia Slims - Women are biologically superior to men
 The designers of this ad enthuse over women's superiority, then still end with that condescending, sexist slogan, "You've come a long way, baby."
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Seagram - We don't want bread money
In this 1930s ad, Seagram's suggests you don't spend the grocery money on booze.
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Hoover Constellation Walks on Air
The Constellation Vacuum Cleaner was introduced by Hoover in the U.S.in 1954 and advertised as "The cleaner that walks on air". By directing the exhaust air downwards, it was able to float and be easily pulled along by the user without the need for wheels or runners.
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Studebaker - Wait and see, Dad
Studebaker was founded in 1852, so when this ad appeared in 1949 it may have seemed like they would go on forever, but they were already in trouble. Only a year later, Studebaker revenues were declining rapidly. Starting in 1954, the company was losing money and production finally ended in 1966.
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Kawnear Indoor Toilet
“Place in any room, hall, or closet....Guaranteed sanitary”
OK then, I’ll put mine in the kitchen....guaranteed sanitary!
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Revell Beethoven Bomb
Hey Kids! Now you can build this NAZI bomber and make believe you're bombing London.
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Monday, February 6, 2023

Funny Vintage Ads (73)

  Advertising has always been an interesting way to look at history. But when you see these vintage advertisements, the past seems a lot stranger than you thought.

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Draw for money - Be an artist
Correspondence schools were operating as early as the 1890s, but the 1920s through the 1950s was their heyday. The Washington School of Art was once a legitimate art school, but the one thing they didn't teach was how to get paying work as an artist.
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Combaults - Good for man or beast
Hey, if it's good enough for your horse, it's good enough for you. 
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1807 London Walking Dress
What the well-dressed lady wore in London in 1807 - a walking dress for people who didn't have to do much walking.
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Spooky Pies
From the Facebook Marketplace: Spooky Pies!
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Gulf Roadmaps
Maps were available for free at most gas stations prior to the 1970s. In this ad, Gulf is offering to provide a "free, personally marked map of your trip" with "points of interest along the way."  
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The Veiled Prophet St Louis
The Veiled Prophet Parade was a yearly celebration in St. Louis, Missouri, over which a mythical figure called the Veiled Prophet presided. The first events were held in 1878.
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RCA Victor - the pick of the portables
Prior to the invention of the transistor in 1954, this was as "portable" as portable music devices got.
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Fleishmans Fresh Yeast
Yeast was marketed to teenagers as a treatment for acne in the 1940s, and in fact yeast is a great source of vitamins and minerals, and it also contains all nine essential amino acids.
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Our best movie projector
 "Our Best Movie Projector" is just as cheap and pathetic as our peep shows.
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Prudential - dollar a day
Once upon a time, $10,000 was quite a windfall. Now, not so much.
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The Farmer's Wife
"The Farmer's Wife" looks like she's about to pass out.
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You can win free milk - Welded Wire
What is the milkman saying?
We put a wire around our paper seal to make it seem more sanitary.
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Ridgid Portable Drive
Sexist? Absolutely.
The best pinups have always been distributed as advertising posters and calendars for display in such traditionally male territory as auto shops and hardware distributors. 
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Chevrolet Observation Car Visibility
A new innovation in automobile design: Windows!
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Kiddie Koop
Don't "handle" your baby so much. That's bad for him. Baby needs to be left "Severely" (strictly or harshly) alone. Just put him in the Kiddie-Koop and ignore his cries for attention.
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Hip pad and bustle
Large female bottoms go in and out of style about every 50 years or so.
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Donner 3500
The "portable" (28 lbs) Donner 3500 analog computer was first introduced in 1959, and was programmed by patch cords. 
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Morley ear-drum 1902
Unlike assistive aids to hearing, artificial eardrums were initially constructed as a surgical prosthetic, a replacement of a damaged part to become integrated with a user’s body.
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HBO - The great Entertainment Alternative
HBO pioneered modern pay television with its launch on November 8, 1972.  
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Hertz - a word to the wives
Ladies, if your husband is hogging the family car, just wait for him to tell you it's OK to rent a car from Hertz. 
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Dr. Hommel's Haematogen
Dr. Hommel's Haematogen was made from cow and ox blood. 
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Mista Joe Produce
They wanted to use "Uncle Tom" in this produce crate label, but decided "Mista Joe" would be a little less obvious and still get the point across.
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Heil Hitler - TOBE
During WW2 there was a rubber shortage, so if you were "driving carelessly or fast or needlessly" that meant you were helping Hitler.
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You can learn to play the drums
"The ladies love a drummer"
 That has never been true.
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Heli-home
The Heli-Home was a RV packaged as a helicopter. It even had optional floats that allowed it to land on water. Winnebago marketed it as “the most dramatic, comfortable, convenient and unique RV in the world.” 
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"It's his tobacco that won't pass the indoor test."
Make him go outside to smoke his stinky pipe and remind him that people who smoke pipes are more likely to develop cancers of the head and neck, liver, and lung as compared to nonsmokers.  
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The Stone Method
The Stone Method was a "system of concentrated exertion, by which more exercise is actually obtained in 10 minutes than by the use of apparatus two hours, and embraces a thorough course in deep breathing without extra expense." 
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100 Toy Soldiers
"Each with its own base" because they are all flat and wouldn't stand up otherwise.
"Packed in a" cardboard "footlocker!"
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Texas - Gim-Me-More Onions
Texas farmers pride themselves on their onions -- and their racism. 
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Father's Day Chocolate
A little inappropriate for Father's Day.
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