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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mornings News: Good News On the Economy, Bad News On Everything Else

Posted by on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM

More Good Economic News: Lots of jobs added, unemployment falls to lowest levels since the 1990s, and the Dow hits 17,000—but wages still stagnant, so the "good news" will make "fuck all" difference to "most Americans."

The Forever War: Clashes continue after revenge killing of Palestinian boy—militants in Gaza fire rockets into Israel, Israel masses troops at Gaza border.

Got Some Time? Two great longread reactions to the Hobby Lobby decision: Martha Plimpton's "Freedom Whore: Abortion, Shame, And the Right to Deny Me My Rights" and Joan Walsh's "GOP’s Culture War Disaster: How This Week Highlighted a Massive Blind Spot."

Rick Warren Has Gay Friends: But he doesn't want any gay employees. For those of you just tuning in: Pastor Rick Warren is a hateful liar whose alleged gay friends don't exist—unlike Rick's hateful bullshit, which is all too real.

That Blows: Hurricane Arthur is headed for North Carolina—vacationers being evacuated now, gays to be blamed later.

The 25 Cities No One Wants to Live In: Spokane doesn't make the list—unpossible!

Bristol Palin: Please shut up.

Double Murder Suspect: The man believed to have murdered two gay men in Seattle on June 1 has been spotted—robbing people in New Jersey.

New National Minimum Wage: Workers now guaranteed $11.60 an hour—in Germany. (Forward Seattle has not returned calls for comment.)


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Thanks for that map of No Sale Cities.

My ideal area in which to live would have a dramatically falling population.

Although if I wait (or live) long enough, it will surely happen here.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 3, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
rob! 2
Chart: Eleven states will have breached a $9 minimum wage by 2018.…
Posted by rob! on July 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM · Report this
TVDinner 3
My friend once said that Spokane is where hope goes to die.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on July 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 4
kind of a stretch to call most of those towns "cities". Yuma, AZ? it's <100K.
Posted by Max Solomon on July 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM · Report this
raindrop 5

From the linked article regarding unemployment, one cannot extrapolate (as Dan did) from this paragraph that "to lowest levels since the 1990s":
Employment has now grown above a 200,000-jobs pace for five straight months for the first time since the technology boom in the late 1990s. The economy has added an average of 231,000 jobs per month this year, the highest six-month average since 2006.

Good news, but that's a different measurement than the unemployment rate. Here are those rates during the presidency of George W. Bush:
2001 - 4.7%
2002 - 5.8
2003 - 6.0
2004 - 5.5
2005 - 5.1
2006 - 4.6
2007 - 4.6
2008 - 5.8

2001 - 4.7%
2002 - 5.8
2003 - 6.0
2004 - 5.5
2005 - 5.1
2006 - 4.6
2007 - 4.6
2008 - 5.8
Posted by raindrop on July 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM · Report this
Posted by rob! on July 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 7
@ raindrop, aren't you cute.

George W. Bush? The same guy that started 2 wars and put it all on a national credit card for the next generation to pay for? The same guy who ushered in the housing bubble and great recession? That's the guy you want to use as an example for unemployment?
Posted by Reverse Polarity on July 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM · Report this
venomlash 8
@5: I notice you omit the second half of 2008 going into 2009, which was when the shit hit the fan under Bush just in time for him to leave office and for all the Republicans to blame his mess on Obama.
Posted by venomlash on July 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
rob! 9
@1 "My ideal area in which to live would have a dramatically falling population."

I was briefly distracted by our dear raindrop, but you may find Conakry, Guinea to your liking.
…There is no cure for Ebola, but in theory the disease should be easy to fight, [Dr. Peter] Piot told CNN.

"You need really close contact to become infected. So just being on the bus with someone with Ebola, that's not a problem."

Simple hygienic measures like washing with soap and water, not re-using syringes, and avoiding contact with infected corpses are sufficient to stop spread of the disease, Piot said…
Posted by rob! on July 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Report this

Fearsome storm pounding the East Coast:…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 3, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Now, would Google allow The Stranger, or internationally renowned sex columnist, Dano Savage (and tres boring item on crossword puzzle clues), the same rights?……

And back on the NSA Front:…

Give peace a chance?

And the DoD/Facebook connection:
Posted by sgt_doom on July 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM · Report this
Anyone know why there is a picture of HELGA ESTEB on the main paige linking to this post? I mean... I don't have a problem with the actress, per se, but I just spent the better part of my morning clicking through and reading all of the links looking for any reference to.... OOOOOooooooh.
Posted by SimplyNotClever on July 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM · Report this
Never mind... I'm an idiot. The picture is Martha Plimpton and the caption is crediting the photographer. Forgive me... I'm new at internet.
Posted by SimplyNotClever on July 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM · Report this
treacle 14
How come no reporting of this?

Site of 1976 'Atomic Man' accident to be… (at Hanford)
Posted by treacle on July 3, 2014 at 12:18 PM · Report this
seatackled 15
So does anyone know any more about the light rail shooting the other day?
Posted by seatackled on July 3, 2014 at 1:06 PM · Report this
threnody 16
Since Forward Seattle advocates a $12.50 minimum with no carve-outs, I think they would say Germany isn't doing enough for low-wage workers.

But I'm not surprised they aren't returning the Stranger's calls lately.
Posted by threnody on July 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM · Report this
Rick warren is a good man. Even if he truly didn't want any openly homosexual employees, he would not mistreat the one's that might be employed there. besides that is like GLAAD employing openly heterosexual employees.not going to happen.
Posted by John way on July 4, 2014 at 9:00 PM · Report this

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