This Is How Bad
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chart by Amanda Cox. Horizontal axis shows months. Vertical axis shows the ratio of that month’s nonfarm payrolls to the nonfarm payrolls at the start of recession. Note: Because employment is a lagging indicator, the dates for these employment trends are not exactly synchronized with National Bureau of Economic Research’s official business cycle...
The Flashpoint Of Indian-Sino-Pakistani Relations
View large Lydia Polgreen, India Digs Under Top of the World to Match Rival […] India and China are hardly enemies, but much of the 2,521-mile border they share is disputed or ill marked. The two countries fought a brief but bloody border war in 1962, and while these days they have, on the surface, a mostly cordial relationship, it is marked by tension over border disputes and the...
A Hot Summer In New York
I had the misfortune of being in NYC on July 6. Sam Dolnick, The Cruelest Month - Suffering Through, Rather Than Savoring, Summer If the high and low temperatures in Central Park on Saturday average at least 77.5, July 2010 will rank as the hottest month in New York since records began in 1869. Stephen Fybish, a weather historian, has delved into the numbers, from the National Weather...
A Culture Of Unbridled Greed
American companies have cut staff at a higher rate than is necessary for the economic downturn and wrung productivity out of the remaining workforce without passing along any of the benefits as wage increases. In short, they are exploiting the workforce for the sake of profits and at the expense of our society. Bob Herbert, A Sin and a Shame Increases in the productivity of American workers...
In a blinding flash of inspiration, the other day I realized that “interactive”...– Brian Eno, Wired interview, 1995 via John Borthwick
You can fool people, but you can’t fool the fish.– Loulan Pitre Sr, regarding the pollution of the Gulf of Mexico. via Campbell Robertson
Russian Heatwave Continues
Clifford Levy, From Fires to Fish, Heat Wave Batters Russia Much of Russia has been reeling. Forest fires have erupted. Drought has ruined millions of acres of wheat. More than 2,000 people have died from drowning in rivers, reservoirs and elsewhere in July and June, often after seeking relief from the heat while intoxicated. In Moscow alone, the number of such deaths has tripled in...
World Population Will Be 7 Billion In 2011
Given current trends, the world will have 7 billion people living on it in 2011, and perhaps 8 billion in 2023: 2010 World Population Data Sheet - Population Reference Bureau Global population rose to 6.9 billion in 2010, with nearly all of that growth in the world’s developing countries. In contrast, the world’s developed countries, totaling 1.2 billion people, saw their...
After Auction, a New Owner for Churchill’s Wartime... →
The ‘dentures that saved the world’ sold at auction for $23,750.
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Grey Owl, 1936 His portraits are instantly recognizable to me- the regal expressions, the precisely woven lighting, and consistent head and shoulders crop are all dead giveaways. He had sittings with the most influential figures of the 20th century (his own life spanning almost it’s… via goodnightmoon
Things are getting out of hand in the world of “words invented by fashion writers”, aren’t they? We’ve had “shants” (“sheer pants”, to the uninitiated), “shresses” (sheer dresses) and, of course “treggings” (a cross between trousers and leggings), and now the good folks at ASOS.com* have been at it again, using the terms “jegging” to denote a cross between leggings and jeans. From...
Judge Susan Bolton Straightens Out The Arizona...
Judge Bolton explained basic points that those who support the Arizona law have ignored or forgotten: A state cannot require its police officers to demand the papers of people they stop and suspect are illegal immigrants. As the judge wrote, the law places an “unacceptable burden on lawfully present aliens.” Arizona cannot require that every arrested person have his or her immigration status...
English profs not amused by Canada’s immigration... →
From the Globe & Mail: Sara Landreth can only marvel at the absurdity of her situation. She has a PhD in English literature. She has been hired to teach English literature to Canada’s budding scholars. Yet her application for immigration will not be processed unless she submits to a $280 English language test, thanks to a ministerial instruction signed by Citizenship and Immigration...
2010 Is Likely To Be Hottest Year On Record
I better start work on my boat, since we seem to be headed for an iceless planet, which should raise the sea levels considerably: Global warming pushes 2010 temperatures to record highs Global temperatures in the first half of the year were the hottest since records began more than a century ago, according to two of the world’s leading climate research centres. Scientists have also...
$8.7B Unaccounted For By DoD In Iraq
U.S. Military Chief Presses Iraqis to End Political Deadlock An audit by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction offered new evidence of the disarray that has historically troubled American rebuilding efforts here. The audit said that the Department of Defense had failed to account adequately for $8.7 billion of the $9.1 billion it received from 2004 to 2007 from a fund...
Give Southern Afghanistan To The Taliban, And...
When then-presidential candidate Joe Biden suggested a tri-partition of Iraq between Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds I thought it was a rational idea. Now, Robert Blackwill (who served as U.S. ambassador to India, deputy national security adviser for strategic planning and presidential envoy to Iraq in the George W. Bush administration) suggests we should accept the inevitable: that the Taliban will...
New Places In 2010
About two weeks ago my dad, Tom Boyd, started the first round of chemotherapy, seeking to slow the growth of bone tumors arising from metastatic lung cancer. He’s 84, and frail, to say the least. The result was really bad, leading to me taking him to the hospital last week. Among other side effects of the chemo his blood sugar spun out of control, making him a bit nuts —...
Systems On Systems On Systems...
There has been a dramatic rise in shipping costs as the result of undercapacity in global shipping capacity, all a result of the crash in the world economic system last year: Stephanie Clifford, Cost of Freight Shipping Rises, Hurting Retailers Fighting for freight, retailers are outbidding each other to score scarce cargo space on ships, paying two to three times last year’s freight rates —...
Why Is Facebook Blocking the Word 'Palestinian' in... →
Seems that Facebook put the word ‘Palestinian’ into a blacklist — along with ‘Nazi’ and ‘Al-Queda’ — and so couldn’t be used in the titles of Facebook groups. via TheSociologist
How Late Do The Trains Run?
Michael Grynbaum and Robert Gebeloff, Digging Into On-Time Figures for New York Trains On weekday mornings, 1 in 10 trains entering Pennsylvania Station arrived late, two-thirds by 10 minutes or more. At the peak of the rush, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., about 25 percent of New Jersey Transit trains entering Manhattan arrived late; about 2 in 5 of the late trains were tardy by at least 15...
French Youth Don't Read Newspapers
John Tagliabue, Defying Digital Craze, Newspaper for Youngsters Is Thriving Despite great journalistic names like Le Monde and Le Figaro, the French read ever fewer newspapers. On a per capita basis, only about half as many papers are sold here as in Germany or Britain, and readership is especially low among the young. Only 10 percent of 15- to 24-year-olds read a paid-for newspaper in...
Taishanese (via Wikipedia) Taishanese originates from the Taishan region, where it is spoken. Often regarded as a single language, Taishanese can also be seen as a group of very closely related, mutually intelligible subdialects spoken in the various towns and villages in and around Siyi (the four counties of Taishan, Enping, Kaiping, Xinhui). A vast number of Taishanese immigrants...
Future South China Sea War?
Is the political aggression between the US and China going to become more overt? Over the South China Sea Islands? Andrew Jacobs, China Warns U.S. to Stay Out of Islands Dispute The Chinese government reacted angrily on Monday to an announcement by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that Washington might step into a long-simmering territorial dispute between China and its smaller...
Indonesians’ Focus on Language Is Often English -... →
Looks like the ‘normative’ national language, Bahasa Indonesia, hasn’t really taken hold. It was only developed and advanced starting in 1928, as a way to displace Dutch. Nearly 100% of the population is ‘fluent’ in Bahasa, but other languages — Javanese, Minangkabau and Sundanese — are often used as the primary local language. Looks like English is...
It wasn’t the science, the scientists, or the economics that killed action on...– Paul Krugman
The Fabric Of Failure
Four ways that president Obama stumbled on climate change, leading to no meaningful action taken: Lee Wasserman, Four Ways to Kill a Climate Bill […] With climate change a stated priority for President Obama and Congress, how did they fall so short? By weaving four coordinated threads into a shroud of inaction. Thread No. 1: Climate is out; green jobs are in. Despite climate change being...
How Hot Is It?
Erik Eckholm, The Heat Goes On, Scorching Much of the Nation Washington in June recorded the highest average temperature for the month since record keeping began in 1871 — including 18 days of 90 degrees or more. July is on its way to a similar unwelcome record. In New York City, temperatures in July have averaged 5.5 degrees above normal, according to the private weather service AccuWeather. ...
Millions For Defense, But Not One Cent For...
Yeganeh June Torbati, Aging Transit Systems Face Budget Crunch More riders, aging mass transit systems and inadequate money for maintenance and upgrades — a familiar story line for commuters and those faced with the task of keeping the trains running. What is new this summer is that the problems are making headlines again, in part because of an extended heat wave that has smothered so much...
I hate the truth!– Lady Gaga