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Failure on so many levels: Millennials are signing up for “Adulting” classes

Failure on the parents’ part, public education and at the individual level. I also blame social media.

But I bet “Julia” and “Pajama Boy” are proud…

From CBS New York: Millennials lacking life skills — like cooking, budgeting, or time management — are now signing up for classes designed to teach them those basics.

The trend gives young people a crash courses on adulting, CBS News’ Laura Podesta reported Wednesday.

At a cooking class in Queens, 29-year-old Elena Toumaras said she’s finally learning skills she wishes she’d been taught years ago.

“I don’t know, I was so used to when living at home, my mom always cooking,” she said. “Doing simple things now that I’m on my own, I’m struggling with it.”

She’s not alone. The number of classes geared toward teaching adults how to “adult” is growing.

Rachel Flehinger is the co-founded the aptly named “Adulting School” in Portland, Maine.

This month she’s launching online classes geared toward millennials anywhere who want to know how to sew a button, understand modern art or tell someone they love them.

“How to have a relationship, how to talk to someone, conflict resolution — how not to fight,” Flehinger said.

Experts say millennials are behind because many haven’t left childhood homes. The U.S. Census Bureau said in 2015, 34 percent of Americans between 18 and 34 still lived with a parent. That’s compared to just 26 percent in 2005.

“It’s more common than living with roommates and more common than living with a spouse,” demographer Jonathan Vespa said.

That translates into young adults marrying later, having children later and ultimately figuring out those crucial life skills later, too.

“I’m always surprised about people not knowing what I think are the simple things as far as knife skills, or flavors that go together,” said Kim Calichio of TheConnectedChef.com.

Calichio said she’s happy to keep teaching classes to help millennials catch up in the kitchen — better late than never.


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Everyone is poorer under Obama, even the rich

We already know that that the median net worth of U.S. families plunged by 39% in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010.

We already know that the number of Americans living in poverty and receiving food stamps is at an all time high — more than 46.5 million Americans or 20% of U.S. households.

But it’s not just the poor and the middle class who are getting poorer under the Obama administration. Nearly four years of the POS steering the ship of state, even the rich have gotten poorer — as shown in U.S. Census Bureau data.

The Census Bureau’s annual report, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States,” says that 46.2 million Americans (15% of the U.S. population) lived in poverty in 2011. In fact, the number of poor Americans had increased for three consecutive years (2009-2011).

As noted by Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge, that led Wharton economist Justin Wolfers to comment that “The rich just keep getting richer.”

But Wolfers and other liberal pundits are wrong. Durden points out that if we look at the Census data of wealth dispersion by percentile, the data actually show “that both the household income of the … wealthiest 95th percentile, as well as the income spread between the 95th and 10th percentile, over the past 5 years has actually been going down. In fact, the average income of the richest disclosed percentile is $186,000, or the lowest since 1999. […] the wealth of the top percentile has been not only flat but modestly declining for 12 years.”

It may be that the rich are getting richer if what one means by “the rich” are the top 5% or top 1% or, most likely still, the top 0.1% or top o.00001%. Durden concludes that “the number of people truly getting richer in the current economy, is more and more limited to a few hundred people,” which is another way of saying 99% or 99.9% of Americans are getting screwed.

That, in turn, means that for all of Conservatives’ labeling Obama as “socialist,” he really isn’t one. Unless, of course, what is meant by “socialism” is the corrupt brand of “socialism” of the former Soviet Union and other Marxist-socialist countries, where everyone lives in poverty except for the supreme leader and the political elite of the Communist Party.


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