Yeehaw! Met Our Fourth Goal, On to Our Fifth: Karōshi Prevention

If you’ve been watching our fundraiser headings, you’ll we were had started on fourth goal, that of bonuses for Lambert, Nick plus Jerri for her work the first half of the year, John McGregor, Conor Gallagher, and KLG, plus other honoraria. Your enthusiastic responses to the “John Z Double Your Donation” challenge pushed it over the top!

And you gave quickly in light of announcing that challenge on a weekend evening. We are now well on our wayto our new target of $24,000 for Karōshi, aka burnout, prevention.

This year, we’ve had generous and modest gifts, and the latter are often particularly meaningful, since those donors often tell us they are on tight budgets but want to do what they can to support this community. Please give now at our Tip Jar if you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, by check, credit or debit card, or PayPal. And if you doing well, dig deep to bolster the donations from people who gave despite having limited means.

We are on our way to meeting our fifth target, support for extra manpower so we can keep the make our 365 day a year, just about 24/7 coverage more sustainable.

If Yves the publisher and Yves the employee were two different people, Yves the employee would have gone on strike a long time ago.

Perhaps you’ve heard of karōshi, a Japanese word that translates roughly into “death by overwork”. The Guardian reported on this phenomenon:

Japan has again been forced to confront its work culture after labour inspectors ruled that the death of a 31-year-old journalist at the country’s public broadcaster, NHK, had been caused by overwork.

Miwa Sado, who worked at the broadcaster’s headquarters in Tokyo, logged 159 hours of overtime and took only two days off in the month leading up to her death from heart failure in July 2013….

Sado’s death is expected to increase pressure on Japanese authorities to address the large number of deaths attributed to the punishingly long hours expected of many employees.

You’ve shown in the past how essential this coverage is. In the last 16 months Yves was able sneak away to Maine, and get titanium hips and have a second medical procedure (Yves has never needed maintenance like this before_…but did you even much notice her absences? Perhaps that was due to the great job everyone on this site does, but it was also due to Yves taking off as little time as possible…including working on her nominal vacation. Back in 2021, Jerri also had not one but two urgent needs for treatment, and Nick had a rough case of Covid and had to put off some posts, but you readers are lucky enough that everyone pitched in to work around these schedule changes.

Even though your generous support of the site have allowed her to have a day and a half off from posting every week, and shift more of daily Links duty to Lambert, this hasn’t translated into more personal time for Yves. Even on her days off from posting, Yves is managing the business of the site, discovering and responding to e-mails she embarrassingly didn’t see, sometimes catching up on research, and often vetting story ideas or articles pitched to her.

A big reason that the site consumes more writing/production time than in the past is that we’ve kept improving our output and expanding our beats. Our Links section used to be 25-30 links. It is now 55 and sometimes more.

Similarly, in runup to the crisis, when anyone who knew about finance was a one-eyed man in the land of the blind, many of our posts had only a few hundred words of commentary on an extract or extracts from news articles. Now, a significant portion of what Naked Capitalism does is quick turn-around political economy analysis of a very high caliber. We often produce think tank level work but with the aim of stripping away obfuscation and holding people accountable. That means more writer time on average per post.

We joke that we run the site with 1.6 people, although with our increased commitment as a result of Covid-19, it might be up to 1.8 writer equivalents. Regardless of the precise figure, it’s a way to highlight that we provide a remarkable level of output and the consistency of coverage with very thin resources.

The amount we are seeking for this target, $24,000 for weekend, holiday, and “shit happens” support.. We hope you’ll recognize how essential this is and donate generously to keep Yves in fighting fettle and have other talented writers like Lambert and Jerri-Lynn Scofield contribute more regularly.

Donors keep sending kind notes. A sampling. From Petter:

NC is my go to trusted English language news site and has been since I discovered it around 2008, maybe a year or two later.

For anyone who reads NC on a regular basis, my thinking is that you HAVE to contribute if you can. There is no other site like it, from the quality of the posts to the commentariat.

From Skip Intro:

As embubbled tribes drift off from reality in various directions, it is increasingly important to sift media reports with a ‘hermeneutic of skepticism’, to glimpse reality through the narrative gaps produced by the clash of lies. NC and its commentariat (pats back) provides an invaluable process for doing this, with an impressive track record. I am glad for the opportunity to support this unique and valuable community./blockquote>

And we also appreciate the short “hurrahs” like the one from Cory T:

You and lambert maintain my sanity.

and Dave A:

Long live Naked Capitalism!

There are multiple ways to give. The first is here on the blog, the Tip Jar, which takes you to PayPal. There you can use a debit card, a credit card or a PayPal account (the charge will be in the name of Aurora Advisors).

You can also send a check (we really like checks, no middleman fees!) in the name of Aurora Advisors Incorporated to

Aurora Advisors Incorporated
164 Peachtree Circle
Mountain Brook, AL 35213

Please also send an e-mail to yves@nakedcapitalism.com with the headline “Check is in the mail” (and just the $ en route in the message) so we can count your contribution in the total number of donations.

Our sick days, weekend and vacation coverage target is $21,000, and we are already over $3,955 towards that goal. Thanks SO much for your generous support!

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5 comments

  1. SCraig

    Contribution sent. Thank you for everything that you and the team does every single day! The substance, breadth, quality, and style of this community have immeasurably improved my life.

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  2. barefoot charley

    Glad to strike a blow against burnout, and for all the necessary good sense we get here and nowhere else. Thanks to all!

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  3. Thomas Schmidt

    We don’t want Karoshi. If the truth be told, I find myself disagreeing with NC a lot. Except about the evils of the PMC. I don’t care for Lambert’s consistent posting on Covid; I wonder how he doesn’t see it’s a scam.

    But I appreciate his honesty and forthrightness, and I appreciate the Tom-Frank-inflected honest leftist critique I find here. So you earned my donation.

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