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"Hang on I don't understand Japanese...let me download a patch." Somehow I doubt it's going to be that easy.
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Sure it could! Obama sez the unemployment rate "could" fall below 8% in time to pull his chestnuts out of the fire in Nov 2012.
I can save you the suspense and confirm that yes, the official unemployment rate will be below 8% by November of 2012. It will be below 8% because:
1) Obama appoints the head of the Labor department
2) That guy is the boss in charge of the agency
3) People who want to keep their jobs and/or get promotions will do what he tells them to do
You see? They'll find a way to game the statistics to move the official number below 8%. There won't be any e-mails or documents or official minutes to prove it, but this is what will happen, because Obama's got an election to win and he can't win if unemployment isn't "fixed".
The press will blithely report all the numbers as fact without any curiosity whatsoever how this miracle of economic recovery was accomplished.
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Example: National Labor Relations Board drops its case against Boeing because you can't have a sitting President looking like he's anti-job and pro-union with an election coming up.
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Then the businesses in Alabama have been profiting on illegal labor.
Here's the deal: these companies in Alabama can't fill the jobs at what they were paying illegal aliens to do the work. Americans simply put a higher value on their labor than illegals do, and if you need hard work done you'd better be willing to pay for it.
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Alleged economist Krugman finally recognizes what we've known all along: it's a Depression, baby!
Bank run in Latvia. Is this the beginning of the end?
...the Dow is down 220 as I write this, and half of that drop occurred within minutes of the open--another step function.
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As for me, I know what I need to buy in order to tuck the computer under the desk while keeping it off the floor.
Menard's has these shelves which are pretty cheap. They're particle board laminated with wood grain, and they come in various lengths and widths. I've got three of them up over the closets and door in my room, and they work very well as bookshelves.
It occurred to me that I could go buy a couple of these--one 8" wide and one 10" wide--and make an H-shaped fixture which would support the computer over the UPS but under the desk. Cut to length, drill some holes, add a few drywall screws--no problem. It'll look okay and cost less than $20 (probably less than $10, actually) and solve my problem.
So a trip to Menard's is in order.
...besides that, I'd given some thought to doing a little window shopping at the nearby mall, but I don't know how interested I actually am in doing that. I need to hit the grocery store for a few things, too, and I've got choir practice tonight, and I need to make a big pan of apple crisp for our Bible study group's Christmas party tomorrow night.
Last night I made a 9x9 pan of apple crisp, and once I'm home from the store I'll be making the Jello no-bake cheesecake to slather atop it. I might also take that with me to the group tomorrow night; we'll see how my willpower holds up.
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Christmas is a scant two weeks away, and I don't know what the hell my family is doing. No one has told me anything, so first thing upon sitting down at the computer I dashed off an e-mail to everyone asking WTH their plans are, so I can make my plans.
Non-negotiable: I am going to go to one of the two Christmas Eve services at church. I really want to attend the Christmas Day service, too (held only because this year the day is on a Sunday).
...and now that I think about it, one year ago today is when Mom had her stroke. It's been a year already--where did the time go?
I think of this because I recall last year that I was dreading the holiday season, and I didn't know why; I just felt this inchoate sense of, "I'd really just like to skip December this year and go right to January." The feeling set in sometime after Thanksgiving and would not go away, and of course a year ago today I found out why. *sigh*
On the other hand, this year I'm really, really looking forward to it. I'm back to my usual excitement and happiness that it's the Christmas season; I'm enjoying singing the songs in church, both for choir and part of the service (yesterday "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" was one of the hymns the congregation sang) and I'm putting up the outdoor lights for the first time in years. (Still not finished with that; that's another thing I need to accomplish soon.)
Even if I don't end up spending time with family on the day itself, I know that my friends will be available for fellowship and celebration. I'm not dreading the prospect of sleeping alone in the house on Christmas for the first time in my life, and in fact I kind of think it'll be a new and different experience for me.
Sometime in the next week I have to order the usual pies, and figure on Wednesday of next week I'll go get them and a 4-pack of Cinnabons. Whee!!!
(I didn't buy any of that eggnog brickle frozen custard from Culver's. I still might on Christmas Eve, but if I don't it merely means that many fewer calories hitting my waistline.)
Oh, I'm not expecting any Christmas miracles or anything of the sort; I'm just expecting a pleasant and agreeable weekend full of good food and holiday cheer. That's enough.