Bubba Ho-Tep on Psychotronic Review

Bubba Ho-TepI watched Bubba Ho-Tep the other night and wrote about it over on Psychotronic Review. I’m sure I’ll write more about it later. This last time I watched it, I was most struck with how it worked as a very serious film about the way that we abandon the elderly.

Of course, the film remains quite a fun romp, but there is lots of meaning if you are inclined to see it.

Getting People to Watch It

Bubba Ho-Top has been a troublesome movie for me for many years. When I first saw it, I loved it. So I introduced it to just about everyone I met. Yet it seemed no one could even make it half way through. I think it’s all the business about cancer on Elvis’ penis. I understand the problem. But if people would just push through, they would find that they really enjoy it. That’s especially true after it becomes a buddy picture. Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis make a wonderful pair.

If you have somehow managed to miss it these last 15 years, you really should find it. It’s extraordinary.

The Federal Reserve Keeps People Unemployed

Dean Baker on 2016 July Jobs ReportThe New York Times had an interesting piece that reported on the ways in which Uber uses techniques learned from behaviorial economics to get drivers to work longer hours than they might want. The article concludes by saying that with changes in the economy, many workers may have no choice but to rely on Uber jobs.

In this context, it is worth mentioning the Federal Reserve Board. The Federal Reserve Board has raised interest rates twice in the last four months because it is concerned that the economy is creating too many jobs. It is expected to raise interest rates three more times this year.

If people consider it bad that workers have few options other than working for Uber, they should be very upset that the Fed is raising interest rates. These interest rates are helping to ensure that millions of workers have limited job opportunities.

–Dean Baker
Uber and the Federal Reserve Board