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“Crap Tree” Post Tomorrow? December 3, 2016

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Too soon?

Manufacturing Jobs Continue to Drop and Josh Earnest is a Tool December 3, 2016

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Under the watchful, caring eye of the Obama administration, how could anything do other than flourish? Here’s how:

manufjobsdecember2016Yeah, that promise to add a million manufacturing jobs within 4 years was thoroughly and tragically broken a couple of months ago, and we’ve lost another 9000 manufacturing jobs since then.

lauraw mentioned this ridiculous quote from White House Spokesman Josh Earnest, who was talking about the 1000 jobs saved by Trump’s negotiations with Carrier:

“if [Trump] is successful in doing that 804 more times, then he will meet the record number of manufacturing jobs” created during Obama’s eight years in office.
Earnest went further, saying that the roughly 800,000 jobs he cited were new jobs created under Obama’s watch.

You can see that Earnest doesn’t mention the failed promise of President Obama to add a million jobs, which would have been 1.5 million total (500K manufacturing jobs were added before he promised the additional million). 1.5 million jobs promised vs. 0.8 million jobs “added” ==> I guess that equals success in Josh Earnest’s mind.

You also don’t see him mentioning this:

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President Obama hasn’t even managed to “create” enough manufacturing jobs to get back to  where we were when he was first inaugurated. In reality, an honest person would have to say that his administration lost 300K jobs.

You can only say that 800K jobs were created if you cherrypick the data by starting from the low point in February-March of 2010. And you can only call them “new jobs” if you ignore the fact that we lost nearly 3 million manufacturing jobs since 2006.

Bragging about this pitiful rebound is ridiculous and a terrible injustice to the manufacturing sector. Josh Earnest’s statement was misleading and insensitive.

Ah, the hell with it – let’s just call it what it is: Josh Earnest lied point blank to the press, and not one of them called him on it.

Par for the course for the past 8 years.

Job Recovery Has Stagnated in 2016 December 3, 2016

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Didn’t have time to post on yesterday’s humdrum Employment Situation Report, but I’m here for you today. Most articles written by Obama-fawners emphasized that nearly 180K jobs were created, while most articles written by his foes emphasized the large number of people leaving the workforce. Here’s my take:

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I think it’s easy to see that this year has not been a particularly good one for full-time job recovery. We may have reached a new normal, at least normal under this administration.

Hopefully the incoming administration can light a fire under the employment situation.

Air-Drying Wine Glasses and the Hilarity That Ensues November 29, 2016

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So Lifehacker had a post on how you can dry wine glasses by turning them upside-down on a rack of chopsticks to hold them up so air can get in:

Make a Wine Glass-Drying Rack Out of Chopsticks

The following comments ensued:

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Cowboy Is As Cowboy Does November 29, 2016

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I’m sure you’ll see this everywhere in the dextrosphere over the next couple of days, but here’s an excerpt from a WaPo review of James E. Mitchell’s new memoir (James E. Mitchell developed enhanced interrogation techniques for the CIA):

Far from trying to draw us in, KSM said that al-Qaeda expected the United States to respond to 9/11 as we had the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut — when, KSM told Mitchell, the United States ‘turned tail and ran.’

‘Then he looked at me and said, ‘How was I supposed to know that cowboy George Bush would announce he wanted us ‘dead or alive’ and then invade Afghanistan to hunt us down?’’ Mitchell writes. ‘KSM explained that if the United States had treated 9/11 like a law enforcement matter, he would have had time to launch a second wave of attacks.’ He was not able to do so because al-Qaeda was stunned ‘by the ferocity and swiftness of George W. Bush’s response.’

Via The Federalist (read the whole thing).

What a Difference an Election Makes November 29, 2016

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I’m not sure it’s warranted, but look at consumer confidence since the election:

They say it’s the highest since July 2007.

Venezuela Reaps What it Sowed November 28, 2016

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Ten years ago we were shaking our heads over Hugo Chavez’s rampant nationalization of various industries. Today we see the result:

It’s very sad to think of the plight of Venezuelan citizens, forced to scrounge for food, medicine and basic necessities. On the other hand, ten years ago they were pretty happy to spend the short-term gains acquired by stealing businesses and facilities from their owners.

Kind of like Bernie Sanders supporters in our country, who are, I guess thankfully, still limiting themselves to tax mechanisms in their theft.

In Case You’re Feeling a Little Too Complacent About Defense & Foreign Policy… November 27, 2016

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…I present you this video of Putin “joking” about the borders of Russia (starts at about :30s)

That untranslated comment he makes as he stands up was something to the effect of “I’m joking.”

Heh. Heh heh.

We Won’t Be Kicking Sand in Computers’ Faces For Much Longer November 27, 2016

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Ray Kurzweil, in his famous book The Singularity is Near, noted that the human brain can perform the equivalent of 10^18 floating point operations per second (= 1 exaflop). That was one of the benchmarks computers needed to reach in order support his thesis that humans and computers would interact/merge in interesting ways by 2050.  But it looks like this particular benchmark will be reached by 2020:

Japan is reportedly planning to build a 130-petaflops supercomputer costing $173 million (£131 million) that is due for completion next year.

Satoshi Sekiguchi, a director-general at Japan’s ‎National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, where the computer will be built, told Reuters: “As far as we know, there is nothing out there that is as fast.”

According to the Top 500 site listing the world’s fastest computers, the current number-crunching champ is China’s 93-petaflops Sunway TaihuLight, followed by its Tianhe-2, coming in at 34 petaflops. Japan’s most powerful system at the moment is a 13.5 petaflops machine. Overall, Japan has the fourth-largest number of supercomputers in the Top 500 listing, after the US, China, and Germany.

The UK comes in sixth; the most powerful system in the country is housed at the Met Office, and has a max performance of 6.8 petaflops.

That’s 0.13 exaflops, or 13% of the way to the exaflop goal. Of course it would need to be affordable and commonplace for it to really impact society, and there’s still plenty of work to do in other areas (algorithms, storage, throughput, brain science, etc.).

But it’s damn impressive.

How Are Things? November 26, 2016

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All Izz Well:

Empty Parking Lot November 25, 2016

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Mrs. Geezer and I ventured out into the Black Friday festivities today.

Yep, the Target parking lot was empty, just like this commercial says.

Have a Rip-Roaring T-giving!! November 24, 2016

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Welcome to Thanksgiving 2016!! I hope your chowing and shopping are rampant and excessive, and that your gatherings of friends and family are apolitical and congenial.

In fun Thanksgiving Day news we have:

Maybe she had really bad acne:  Massachusetts police say woman tried to use pizza as ID to enter bar

I like to think this was an IB party: Woman arrested for ‘shooting at house guests for being too loud’