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It's no wnormal to work several jobs at once

Do you remember, back before Wall Street broke the economy, when the sketch comedy show Living Color had a whole recurring character bit about a Jamaican family that was SO CRAZY because they all worked five jobs? Good times. Making a Living With Multiple Part-Time Jobs - NYTimes.com
Mr. Fierro, who is 26, has four jobs: working as a bilingual-curriculum specialist for the textbook publisher Pearson; handling estate sales and online marketing for a store that sells vintage items; setting up an online store for a custom pinata maker; and developing reality-show ideas for a production company. So far this month, he’s made about $1,800. Whereas most 9-to-5ers have some kind of structure in their lives, each workday can be wildly different for him. On a recent day, he worked on and off from 7 a.m. to midnight, making business calls, working on the pinata store’s Web site and visiting the vintage store, among other things. (To maintain his sanity, he made sure to schedule some “me” time from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8.) “I have eight million things going on,” said Mr. Fierro, who lives in the West Town area of Chicago. “It’s exhausting. Sometimes I just want to take a nap.” Some portions of the population — especially young, creative types like actors, artists and musicians — have always held multiple jobs to pay the bills. But people from all kinds of fields are now drawing income from several streams. Mr. Fierro, for one, has a degree in international studies and Latin American studies at the University of Chicago.

Corrupt Chinese officials steal billions, flee to America

Corrupt Chinese Officials Steal Billions and Flee to the U.S. | Public Intelligence
America is the destination most favored by high-ranking corrupt Chinese officials fleeing the country with large sums of money, according to a report by China’s central bank. Other popular destinations include Australia and the Netherlands. Those unable to get visas for Western countries opt for temporary stays in small countries in Africa, Latin America and eastern Europe while they wait for a chance to move to more developed countries, the People’s Bank of China report said. Low-ranking officials usually escape to neighboring countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Mongolia and Russia, it said. The report cited research by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences which revealed that about 16,000 to 18,000 government employees, police officers, judicial officers, senior managers of government institutions and state-owned companies, as well as employees of Chinese organizations in foreign countries, had escaped abroad or gone missing since the middle of the 1990s. The money they carried with them is said to add up to 800 billion yuan (US$123 billion).

June 23, 2011

Georgia's harsh anti-immigration law driving migrant laborers from the state

When you run a witch hunt against immigrants don't be surprised when immigrants leave your state and leave your farmers desperate for workers. And if your farmers won't pay a competitive wage for the labor, then your crops will rot on the ground without immigrant labor to pick it. Georgia Immigration Law Already Hurting Farmers | ThinkProgress
“It might almost be funny if it wasn’t so sad,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jay Bookman writes of the horrendous results of HB87, Georgia’s Arizona-like immigration law. Despite being signed just over a month ago, the law has already caused a mass exodus of undocumented laborers from the state, leaving Georgia farms at least 11,000 workers short of what is needed to operate. The result: millions of dollars’ worth of Georgia crops are rotting in the fields because there is no one there to harvest them. The state’s farmers are panicking, and Gov. Nathan Deal (R), who signed the law in May, is scrambling to keep more farmers from losing crops and in some cases their farms.