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More unemployed women turning to stripping

More women needing cash go from jobless to topless

The tough job market is prompting a growing number of women across the country to dance in strip clubs, appear in adult movies or pose for magazines like Hustler.

Employers across the adult entertainment industry say they're seeing an influx of applications from women who, like Brown, are attracted by the promise of flexible schedules and fast cash. Many have college degrees and held white-collar jobs until the economy soured.

"You're seeing a lot more beautiful women who are eligible to do so many other things," said Gus Poulos, general manager of New York City's Sin City gentleman's club. He said he got 85 responses in just one day to a recent job posting on Craigslist.

. . .

"It is like giving a speech, but instead of imagining everyone naked, you're the one who's naked," Brown, 29, said.

The article comes--thoughtfully--with a suggestion to not actually do porn until you've considered the impact on your friends and family. This is where we are as a country. This is what Wall Street has done to us.

Sylvia Plath's son commits suicide in Alaska

Poet Sylvia Plath's son commits suicide in Alaska

Nicholas Hughes, the son of poet Sylvia Plath, has killed himself, 46 years after his mother committed suicide and almost 40 years to the day after his stepmother, Assia Wevill, did the same. He was 47.

Hughes, who was not married and had no children, hanged himself at his home March 16, Alaska State Troopers said. An evolutionary biologist, he spent more than a decade on the faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Marmian Grimes, the university's senior public information officer, said he left about a year ago.

. . .

Nicholas Hughes was only 9 months old when his parents, Plath and poet Ted Hughes, separated, and still an infant when his mother died in February 1963. A few months earlier, she had written of Nicholas: "You are the one/Solid the spaces lean on, envious/You are the baby in the barn."

Bedtime for Democracy - Voters quit when papers quit

What Happens When a Town Loses Its Newspaper? - TIME
A glimpse into what might happen has been offered up by a new study out of Princeton University. Assistant Professor of economics and public affairs Sam Schulhofer-Wohl and Miguel Garrido looked at communities affected by the closing of the Cincinnati Post at the end of 2007, and it's not an attractive view. The study is very small in scope, since the Post only had a total of 27,000 subscribers in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. And it only measures the outcomes in northern Kentucky, since Ohio has not had municipal elections since the Post's closure. But even with those limitations, a few trends seemed to emerge: in towns the Post regularly covered, voter turnout dropped, fewer people ran for office and more incumbents were reelected. That is, when there were fewer stories about a given town, its inhabitants seemed to care less about how they're being governed.

My local newspaper just died

Didn't even try reducing publication days, just pulled the plug. Dave-o said he heard on the radio the replacement is a weekly Web-based something. They'll print their new annarbor.com thing on Thursday and Sunday, which will probably end up being an ad-rich "penny saver" you'll throw out without opening. Ann Arbor News to close in July | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press
The Ann Arbor News will close in July and be replaced by a new online-only news organization, according the newspaper’s Web site. Laurel Champion, publisher of the News told employees this morning at a 9 a.m. meeting the newspaper had “steep losses” in 2008.

Is Joyful Nostalgia the Inverse of Schadenfreude?

Once Upon A Win: Epic Wins from when we...