Friday, May 07, 2010
Hey, how are you guys? As you may have surmised, I've been swamped, what with moving (packed myself, unpacking myself), doing a bunch of renovations on the new house, managing my piece of a public company in the Age of Obama, and -- here's where you are going to mock me -- training for my first triathlon at age 48. Tomorrow morning I am doing a practice swim in a wet suit, my first, in Barnegat Bay. So I have some stuff going on. But then there are the tabs, always the tabs, which have been prancing in the door faster than even I can read them.
Non-farm payrolls surged, although the headline unemployment rate increased because more people started looking for jobs. Notwithstanding justifiable cynicism, this really is good news for everybody but political partisans on the right. If you live in "soft America" or otherwise have held on to your job it is easy to forget how destructive long-term unemployment is, both to the affected individuals and their families but the economy, our civil society, and our future. Now all we need is a government that actually understands why some people hire other people to, you know, work for them.
"Mind-boggling" is an understatement, but that's how publicity-hungry our government has become.
Either Barack Obama knows what "tea-bagging" is and the hapless
Joe Robert Gibbs is covering up for him, or Michelle is not nearly as hot as she seems.
Did I just write that? Oh well, it's Friday. Move along.
Further clear thinking on the Cinco de Mayo flag kerfuffle.
The differences between fans of the Yankees and the Mets (thank you, er, Bomber Girl). Nowhere does it get to my reason for cheering for the Yankees this year, which is that we pin-striped corporate tools need to stick together. It's freaking hostile out there.
The Proctor & Gamble price chart reflecting yesterday's craziness.
Dow's down more than 200 again, as of 10:30. I blame George W. Bush.
A porn company has a great deal for federal government employees. No, really. Go ahead and register with that "dot gov" email address. What could possibly go wrong?
Anybody who has been to the Jersey shore on a Saturday in July knew this already. My question: If we do sequence the Neanderthal genome, will there ever be a day when we can, er, make one?
In-house lawyers run amok.
If Greece leaves the Eurozone, it will not be alone for long.
Linkorama at Maggie's Farm, including one back to a four year-old post of mine.
Ten things to talk about this weekend. If you live in Manhattan and read the New York Times.
"Either Barack Obama knows what "tea-bagging" is and the hapless Joe Gibbs is covering up for him, or Michelle is not nearly as hot as she seems."
Err, did you mean Robert Gibbs? Joe Gibbs was the coach of the Redskins, right? Or am I missing a meta-joke?
You're going to love open water swimming in a wetsuit. You won't believe the difference it makes. I sink like a rock without one, and have to expend lots of energy just keeping afloat. Slap on the wetsuit and it's all about going forward.
Pick up some body glide tonight if you haven't already. Start working on your sighting right away--that's the hardest thing about open water.
I think you'll like triathlons. Multisport is a natural transition as you age and your body can't take the repeated pounding of running.
Our deficit is over a trillion dollars right now. It'll be over a trillion forever. By my math, one trillion funds ten million jobs at $100,000 per year. And we're supposed to be happy about adding a couple of hundred thousand jobs.
Our economy is seriously unbalanced, folks. It'll take a lot to get back in balance. Obama-nomics only makes it worse.
Re: Yankees / Mets
I grew up in The Bronx during the Fritz Peterson - Mike Kekich days. The only action was off the field. 'Nuff said.
ConEd had a deal with the old stadium to give free bleachers seats to local kids. You just couldn't use the bathroom -- you'd be sure to have a knife pulled on you. I love the new stadium - it actually harkens back to the old stadium before the mid-1970s renovation.
How many people know that the Mets colors purposefully combine Dodger Blue and Giant Orange? The survey is dumb. Team loyalties have a lot to do with where you or your relatives grew up -- or if you moved to NYC which team was hot at the time -- Mets in the the late 1960s and mid 1980s -- Yankees in the late 1970s and since the mid-1990s.
ESPN did a series on the Yankees of 1977 -- The Bronx is Burning! It was mostly hilarious!
" Notwithstanding justifiable cynicism, this really is good news for everybody but political partisans on the right."
It is good news for employers, but it isn't good news for jobseekers, whether the jobseeker looking to leave his/her current job or is unemployed. They just got hundreds of thousands of more competitors. The number of "jobseekers per open positions" was already incredibly high, the number just got higher.
I mean, if you are unemployed, have been struggling to even get an interview and have faced rejection after rejection after rejection, are you overjoyed that the available workforce is now bigger?