atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1788: It's the economy, stupid.

Linky-dink due do laziness:

Stock analyst says market is getting ready to crash.

Stimulus jobs "saved or created" are overstated by about 16%. Out of the 30,000 jobs "saved or created" roughly five to six thousand didn't happen.

Predictably, the White House is upset about AP reporting that the "saved or created" figure was overstated.

And speaking of overstated, the GDP is supposed to have grown by 3.5% while unemployment continues to increase.
The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent pace in the third quarter, the best showing in two years, fueled by government-supported spending on cars and homes. It's the strongest signal yet that the economy has entered a new, though fragile, phase of recovery and that the worst recession since the 1930s has ended.
The article does not say that "government-supported spending" is one of the indicators used to figure GDP, so that if government does that GDP will go up no matter how well or poorly the economy is actually doing.

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Earth has no meteor defense system. This isn't news. Hard SF folks have been talking about this issue for decades.

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The Ares 1-X suffered a fender-bender. Somehow it got dented.

I think it got dented during that little "swerve" it did right at liftoff. I'm probably wrong.

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Incidentally? Ares 1-X isn't the "new moon rocket". It's barely even the same type as the Ares.

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We should see evolution occur in a period of 58 million years, shouldn't we?
Researchers say a treasure trove of fossils found in a coal mine in Colombia indicate the tropical climate
that existed there 58 million years ago was considerably warmer and wetter than today's conditions, but the plants growing then have not changed, "down to the genus level."
Take from that what you will.

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Perhaps "laziness" is the wrong word. Of late I have been suffering from an energy deficit and a tendency for my hypoglycemia to have more of a hair trigger than is normal. Gut malf, cramps, lack of appetite, generalized lethargy, some intermittent congestion of upper respiratory system and chest...I've been calling it "piglet flu" but I doubt this actually has anything to do with H1N1.

More likely it's just emotional crap being expressed physically. I don't know what the hell could possibly be wrong; I mean, after all, the last three months have been just stellar don't you know....

I think I'm going to go back to bed now.

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