Camperforce: Laura Poitras documentary on the elderly precariat nomads who keep Amazon's warehouses working

Last September, I wrote about Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, Jessica Bruder's important, fascinating book-length investigation into the Americans who live on the road out of economic necessity, including the Camperforce, a precariat army of retirees who saved carefully all their working lives, only to be bankrupted in the 2008 financial crisis who travel from Amazon warehouse to Amazon warehouse, filling in as seasonal and temp workers on gruelling, 12-hour shifts that leave them in pain and with just enough money to make it to the next stop. Read the rest

Student loan garnisheeing topped $176M in three months

The latest figures on government-backed student loans are in, and with them, the news that the US government took $176 million out of ex-students paychecks and Social Security in the last three months of 2015. Read the rest

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Hollingsworth Hound and the American Dream of Upward Mobility

Visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE, for carefully constructed humor pieces, crucial information and thought-provoking essays, and follow RUBEN BOLLING on TWITTER for bursts of blurted inanity and embarrassing admissions made while inebriated. Read the rest