Today is Tuesday, money nerds, and it’s the last day that I (J.D.) will have primary curation duties here at Apex until mid-September.
I’m leaving for my Mediterranean cruise! (In reality, I’m nearly to Croatia at this moment in real life, but I’ve prepped some of these posts in advance.) Starting tomorrow, Jim takes over the task of finding top money stories for a couple of weeks.
We start today with a powerful piece:
Dear disgruntled white plantation visitors, sit down. [Afroculinaria] — “The Old South may be your American Downton Abbey but it is our American Horror Story, even under the best circumstances it represents the extraction of labor, talent and life we can never get back. When I do this work, it drains me, but I do it because I want my Ancestors to know not only are they not forgotten but I am here to testify that I am their wildest dreams manifest.”
An interactive exploration of dead-end careers. [Zippia] — “Not every career arc is equal…We graphed each industry to visualize the average worker income by age. The data showed there were distinct gaps among sets of industries, with one group sticking out as the obvious worst to work in.”
American doctor and patient travel to Mexico for surgical procedure. She paid less. He made more. [New York Times, so possible paywall] — “The hospital costs of the American medical system are so high that it made financial sense for both a highly trained orthopedist from Milwaukee and a patient from Mississippi to leave the country and meet at an upscale private Mexican hospital for the surgery.” Fact: The U.S. health-care system is fucked up. It’s insane.
Visualizing how much Americans spend on commutes. [HowMuch] — “We know commuting is costly, but just how much are Americans spending on their commutes? Depending on the state, Americans spend as much as $5,000 per year on their daily commutes — including gas, maintenance costs, public transportation, and other expenses.”
Lastly, here’s a quick video I made five years ago that describes how I pack for travel. Little has changed since then — except that I’m no longer this fit haha.
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