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Chart of the day: The young, losing jobs

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From Gallup, which reports:

Fewer Americans aged 18 to 29 worked full time for an employer in June 2013 (43.6%) than did so in June 2012 (47.0%), according to Gallup’s Payroll to Population employment rate. The P2P rate for young adults is also down from 45.8% in June 2011 and 46.3% in June 2010.

Wednesday night ‘Save Post Office’ benefit

Well worth attending for Bay Area readers!

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Chart of the day: The tale of the numbers

From the Pew Research Center [PDF]:


Charts of the day: Suicides and homicides

In these two charts from the Centers for Diseases Control, note the stark differences in California, where fewer kill themselves and more are killed.

Smoothed, Age-adjusted Suicide Rates per 100,000 population, by County, United States, 2000–2006

Smoothed, Age-adjusted Suicide Rates per 100,000 population, by County, United States, 2000–2006

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Chart of the day: Barry boosts Bush?

The latest numbers from Gallup reveal something most folks probably thought impossible: Dubya’s becoming popular again. We suspect that folks are starting to grasp that his successor apparently loves him so much that he’s doing the very same things Dub did. WWDD?


Mass anti-austerity protests erupt in Europe

First, a report from Al Jazeera:

Demonstrators across Europe have embarked on protests against government austerity measures.

Protesters took to the streets in Spain, Portugal and Greece on Saturday to direct their anger against the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) while in Germany, demonstrators rallied for the second day in succession.

Protesters say they are demonstrating against the institutions’ role in pushing for austerity cutbacks as a way to fight the continent’s debt crisis.

Read the rest.

Next, a video report from RT on the action in Frankfurt:

From the program notes:

Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. The of anti-austerity demonstrators surrounded other financial organs paralysing the area.

They hoped to cut off access to institutions they deem to be at the heart of the recession crippling eurozone countries.

Many workers were advised to stay home.

Later marching on Frankfurt airport, the Blockupy activists were greeted by police who used batons to keep them from disrupting Europe’s busiest air terminal.

Protests in Athens highlight labor conscription

Greece’s center/right coalition government has found a unique qay of fighting protests. The government simply conscripts striking workers, effectively putting them under martial law.

But that didn’t stop a group of workers in Athens today, as Iran’s PressTV reports:

From the program notes:

Teachers, maritime workers, transport employees and local authority workers remain conscripted under military law.

They are prohibited from striking and any industrial action they pursue sets in motion a detention and arrest mechamism enforced by police, authorised by the courts.

Civil mobilisation orders do not expire unless explicitly nulled by the High Court.

Teachers are the most recently conscripted state workers. Their wages and pensions have been slashed by repeated austerity cuts and so has the state funding of public education, all by some 40 percent.

Seamen were conscripted last year, they too are at the mercy of fiscal restrictions demanded by Greece’s troika lenders. Despite conscription, they threaten to hold repeated strikes as of next Wednesday if they are not paid overdue wages by the country’s shipping industry.

Employees at the Athens Urban Rail Transport dared hold a strike earlier in the year but they too were conscripted upon the first hour of their walkout.

Local authority employees were conscripted in 2011.

Chaos erupts in Turkey

Meanwhile, massive protests have erupted across Turkey following brutal police repression of a protest in Istanbul sparked by plans to turn a public park over to private developers for creation of a new shopping mall.

A report from RT:

Ze Frank: The Human Test

Well, are you or aren’t you human?

Take Ze Frank’s test and find out!

Take The Human Test [Volume 1]

Take The Human Test [Volume 2]

Human Test Volume 3: Love & Loss

For more choice goodness, see his vlog.

Mr. Fish: Make Love

From his virtuously venerous blog, Clowncrack:


Mr. Fish: This Just In

From his salubriosly sanguiferous blog, Clowncrack:


Mr. Fish: This Just In

From his serenedipitously sensifacient blog, Clowncrack:


Mr. Fish: Be A Cock

From Clowncrack, his blog of avian aesthesia.


Quote of the day: Journalists, pols, and penises

From the always perceptive journalist and screenwriter David Simon:

I told myself that I wasn’t in journalism to chase something so ordinary, so adolescent as other people’s sexuality, that I wouldn’t play this game, that there were better reasons to be a reporter, and there were better things for readers to consume.  I knew that one soldier opting out from such a lurid and exalted battlefield of the media wars meant nothing, but I did it anyway.  Fuck Gingrich’s divorces.  Fuck Lewinsky.  Fuck where Anthony Weiner found some happy online moments.  I’m not playing anymore.  I long ago ceased to even pretend to care.

The arguments about character?  That human sexuality isn’t the most compartmentalized element of our nature?  That if someone will lie about sex, they’ll lie about other things? Really?  No, sorry, fuck that tripe.  Character has become the self-righteous rallying cry of far greater hypocrisy than any cheating husband.  It’s the excuse that makes our prurient leer seem meaningful and reasoned.

Observe the process by which we remove some of the most essential American figures of the last century for having failed to corral their sexual organs in the marital bedroom:  Roosevelt, gone.  Eisenhower, gone.  Kennedy, gone.  Lyndon Johnson, gone.  Clinton, gone.  Martin Luther King, Jr., gone.  Edward Murrow, gone.   Follow the gamboling penis to an arid expanse of sociopolitical wasteland, where many of the greatest visionaries and actors can never tred, a desert in which only the Calvin Coolidges and Richard Nixons remain standing.   Anyone who looks at the history of mankind and argues that private sexual fidelity exists in direct proportion to political greatness or moral leadership is either a chump or a liar.

Read the rest.

Headline of the day: Hot times in Lake Woebegone

Where temperatures, like the children, are all above average.

From a Greg Mitchell post for The Nation:

My Son, Age 25, Has Never Been Around for a Cooler-Than-Average Month

And for some graphic proof of his assertion, here’s a NASA animation of global temperatures from 1880 through 2011, using 1950 as a baseline [more here]:

Mr. Fish: Paper Pulp Fiction

From his blog of disilluding diegesis, Clowncrack.


Headline of the day II: Call it class unconsciousness

From the Village Voice:

Mike Bloomberg And His 11 Homes Think New York Homeless Shelters Are Too Damn Nice. Homeless Disagree

Headline of the day: Barry’s friends in high places

From GlobalPost:

Global business executives love Barack Obama?

Yes, according to a survey by the Financial Times and The Economist that says Obama would be better for the global economy than Mitt Romney.

And a final wedding picture [we promise]

Daughter and mom embrace after the ceremony.

12 August 2012, Nikon D300, 40 mm, ISO 400, 1/60 sec, f8

Blast from the past: Groucho’s Fathers Day songs

On Dick Cavett’s talk show:

Headline of the day: Back to the drawing board?

From CNBC:

Hitchhiker writing ‘The Kindness of America’ memoir shot by motorist in Montana

Mr. Fish: The Un-Masquerade Party

From his happily hellacious blog, Clowncrack: