atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4560: Savages gonna savage

I hope Jordan, as promised, savages right back at 'em. ISIS burned the Jordanian pilot alive, a particularly gruesome and brutal way to kill someone.

Also, if islamic law isn't anti-gay, why do islamic savages execute so many people for being gay? Because islamic law specifically mentions that poofters are to be executed, that's why. ISIS is throwing them off buildings, and then stoning the ones who survive.

Yet the people who are quickest to scream "homophobe!" and denounce all and sundry for the merest suggestion of anything other than loving acceptance of gays, those people are utterly silent when it comes to the routine execution of gays by islamic savages.

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The CEO of Gallup admits that the unemployment rate is pure propaganda.

Three ways you don't count as "unemployed" even if you are:
If you, a family member or anyone is unemployed and has subsequently given up on finding a job -- if you are so hopelessly out of work that you’ve stopped looking over the past four weeks -- the Department of Labor doesn’t count you as unemployed. That’s right. While you are as unemployed as one can possibly be, and tragically may never find work again, you are not counted in the figure we see relentlessly in the news -- currently 5.6%. Right now, as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely underemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren’t throwing parties to toast “falling” unemployment.

There’s another reason why the official rate is misleading. Say you’re an out-of-work engineer or healthcare worker or construction worker or retail manager: If you perform a minimum of one hour of work in a week and are paid at least $20 -- maybe someone pays you to mow their lawn -- you’re not officially counted as unemployed in the much-reported 5.6%. Few Americans know this.

Yet another figure of importance that doesn’t get much press: those working part time but wanting full-time work. If you have a degree in chemistry or math and are working 10 hours part time because it is all you can find -- in other words, you are severely underemployed -- the government doesn’t count you in the 5.6%. Few Americans know this.
The "much-reported 5.6%" rate is called "U3", and the figures and statistics have specifically been manipulated such that it is where it is now.

I remember, in about 2005, people saying that the 5% unemployment figure was a lie because "they're all low-quality jobs!" The real figure for unemployment, they said, was around 9%, the U6 figure that counts the three categories above as well as the U3 categories. The same people who said that are now happily claiming that the 5.6% figure is genuine and I never hear a word from them that U6 even exists, let alone what the current number is.

...not that it matters since the Bureau of Lies and Statistics is also gaming that number.

Anyone who is looking for a job knows what I'm talking about.

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So: Saturday the 31st, I could see the grass. Sunday--blizzard. Monday, the sundial is 2/3 buried.

"What a difference a day makes."

I woke up today and the sun was already over the yardarm. I never used to be able to sleep in a bright room, but since getting married and moving my sleeping into the master bedroom here at the bunker, it's a skill I've acquired. Now it doesn't matter to me.

...really, it shouldn't have, anyway. I still sleep the same way--face-down, on either my left or right side, so my eyes are blocked by pillow or blanket--and having a bright room around me shouldn't have made a lick of difference.

Anyway, so with all that WHITE! outside, it's particularly bright in the bedroom, and all I do upon noting the fact is to roll over and go back to sleep. That's a long way from having to thumbtack the drapes to the wall so the light shining around the edges doesn't bother me, you know, and having to keep them clipped shut with clothespins to keep out stray light.

It gives me hope that someday I'll be able to sleep through the noises generated by a playful cat on the other side of the house. *sigh*

Anyway, it looks like it's going to snow outside, and the weather radar confirms my impression. Whee!

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