Daily Archives: June 5, 2010

A Purdue Philosophy Degree — Literally Not Worth The Printed Paper

I found this recent article on Daily Finance on how eBay halts indebted Purdue Grad’s diploma auction very amusing. While I feel sorry for the alumnus, it strengthens my belief that a degree in the philosawfical isn’t worth the printed paper you hand over for the printed parchment in return. As per the article, the graduate said that his philosophy degree has not given him the means to earn enough income to cover his $470 per month obligations to Sallie Mae.

A degree is only an investment if it increases your income — and since most liberal arts degrees don’t lead to a job, these degrees are just expenses. So if you can’t afford them, i.e. if you can’t afford to flush the 30K, 50K, or 100K down the toilet that some institutions will charge you for the privilege of obtaining the degree, don’t borrow. It’ll only end in tears, as it did for this poor soul who racked up 97K in debt getting degrees in religious and women’s studies.

This Is Gonna End Well … NOT!

As pointed out by Dick Locke in his post from earlier this week on More Headlines You Hate To See, this is an actual headline from DailyTech:

Foxconn Makes Employees Promise Not to Kill Themselves

FoxConn is asking all of its “colleagues” to sign a “health and wellness” letter that includes, in one of the numbered clauses, a statement that

I will not harm myself or others

in response to Apple’s demands to do something about the “suicide problem” in a factory that has seen almost fifteen suicides in recent months. (source) I think the nets that Foxconn chairman Terry Gou plans to build around the dormitories are going to be more effecitive. (source)

After all, how are you going to reprimand a dead employee? Flail him? He’s already dead, moron.

Hopefully Apple and Dell can figure out what failed and force Foxconn to fix the problem. (source)