Saturday, 6 October 2012

Sense out of the Unemployment Numbers

Where did the jobs come from....to push unemployment below eight percent?

Well....there are examples.  In Yakima, Washington....a German company is opening up a call-center.  Most of the employees will pull $10 an hour.  There's a hundred openings, and you can figure there's probably five managers among the one hundred, and they might get a yearly salary of $35k to $40k.  Not a great deal, but in Yakima....it's probably the only great news of the past two years.

Velociti is packing up its headquarters in Kansas City, and moving to Riverside, MO.  The number of folks moving? Ninety-seven.  Course, along the way....the kindly folks at Riverside offered up various benefits to the deal.

Construction companies added five thousand new employees in September.  A boost?  Well...the market might have seen some positives and picked up from where it was three years ago.

According to USA Today....the company SOXEDO is trying to fill around 1,200 positions, mostly in the catering business.

Starbucks is talking 1k new shops over the next five years....which likely translates into 20k new jobs.

So, yeah.....we are nickel and diming the whole decline of the unemployment rate.

Yeah, a lot of these are part-time jobs.

Yeah, a lot of these are $8 to $10 an hour jobs.

Yeah, there are guys who were making $50k four years ago, and today making $26k a year as a shift supervisor for Pizza Hut.

But you can't be picky about the recovery of the nation.  It could five years before we see unemployment back to around 6.5 percent (considered average by most folks).  And you guys who were pulling in seventy thousand dollars a year and unemployed today at 55 years old....may never be offered anything other than $32k a year as chief clerk at the tag department of the county.  It's the new world you have to accept.

The Cable News War

If you look over last weeks cable news numbers, it's become more of a comedy than anything else.

There are three times the number of folks watching the Comedy Central show....the Daily Show....than watching CNN's Piers Morgan.  Wolfe and Anderson Cooper are marginally doing any better than Piers Morgan on a weekly basis now.

MSNBC's Maddow show?  It's still behind Comedy Central dynamic duo of Colbert or the Daily Show....which means comedy news outranks real news.

Fox's O'Reilly is pulling eight times the viewers of Piers.

Even the Fox morning news show....is doing better than any MSNBC or CNN show.

At the rate of things....CNN likely will be bought by some Chinese TV network within six years....my personal humble opinion.

The Neanderthal Discussion

Some science guys wrapped up a long research project and published the results this week.  Bluntly, the Neanderthals and humans quit mixing up and having physical liaisons....about 47k years ago.   Then 17k years pass, and the Neanderthals are no more.

So you draw out the scenario   Caveman Joe (our friend Neanderthal) comes across this light-skinned human gal named Wanda....who lives four mountains over.  Naturally, Joe is hooked up with his cave gal Marge and typically stays on the straight and narrow path.  But once Joe gazes into Wanda's eyes....he is smitten and just can't get over how cute Wanda looks....even though she's not carry an extra forty pounds, or robust like Marge, and able to drag down a deer.

For several years, Joe admires Wanda and they share quiet interludes by the big lake.  Joe doesn't communicate much, but always brings over a freshly caught rabbit, or bag of apples.  Wanda thinks that Joe is different from the regular human guys.....kinda heavily built, and very "manly".  He doesn't do alot of talking, which Wanda prefers.

Eventually, Wanda hooks up with a permanent guy....Joe doesn't meet his weekend gal any longer, and the end to the Neanderthal passion occurs.

Over the next 17k years, the Neanderthal guys kinda find a closed off situation....a birth-rate declining within their tribe.....and the summer seasons are harder to adjust to because of all that body-fat   Eventually, the Caveman Joe's die off.

What you have left....are humans and this hybrid deal of some small percentage of Neanderthal-Humans...and this group of hybrids are being weeded out with more interaction with the humans.  You are left with this oddball question....why did Wanda drop Caveman Joe eventually?  There has to be some magical moment when someone said something or did something....and ruined this perfect odd relationship.

Just Observations

It's an odd thing....San Francisco  for decades, has kinda accepted nudity as a daily common thing....at least in one neighborhood.  It's the one city in America that you can think of the most radical stuff in your mind, and generally.....it's all good.  Well....this week, they finally around to some serious law-making rules, and determined that they were going to outlaw nudity in the city to some degree.  So if you hang around the sidewalks, the mini-parks, and the city METRO....in the nude....you get fined $100 on the first arrest, $200 on the second arrest, and $500 on all arrest after that.  All of the city supervisors have to sign off on this, and there is some suspicion that might not happen.  The mayor has to sign off, and it's likely a 50-50 thing with him.  And even then, it'll be challenged in court.  My humble guess is that the city is kinda worried over tourists and their impressions of a "nut-society" when they see a fair amount of nude folks walking around.

Rome got around to the same kind of law-fixing efforts as well.  Their beef with society involves tourists who run around the city all day, and stop off at monuments....to snack.  It's gotten to such degree that Rome's city council wants a fine of roughly twenty-five Euro on the first offense (figure roughly $30), but it could go up substantially.  You can imagine a busload of fifty British....stops off for 90 minutes to see five monuments in an area, and they walk from one spot to another....picking up popcorn, a sandwich  or some slice of pizza while on the run.  Some cop stops them and tries to render a fine.  You are asking for trouble here.  If you tried to establish some rule like this two thousand years ago when Rome was in its prime....there would have been total chaos.

Finally, some Democratic idiots (there are bright Democrats that exist too)....came up and hinted that Romney had some kind of secret note device in his handkerchief.  He kept using it and they think it had all these things written on it.  Generally, if you keep going to a handkerchief....it's a sign that the temperature in the room is up and you are sweating a bit more than usual.  Course, that should have been previewed as a "weakness", since the other guy was so "cool".  I'm guessing a couple of Democrats will want the moderator to view the clothing of everybody on the second debate and ensure no secret notes.  The sad thing is that Mitt probably had notes on the hanky....reminding him to buy milk at the store on the way home.