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Exports Data Stirs March 10, 2017

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I think I skipped the exports chart last month, but this month I’m getting back on track. Exports data is two months behind, so this is through January 2017. Like the other economic data, maybe, just maybe, we’re starting to see something good happening. Time will tell, but while you’re waiting with bated breath, you can enjoy this colorful chart:

ExportsRealityvsObamaJanMarchReport

Next month we’ll start to see the Trump bars in gold, as contrasted with the Obama bars, newly depicted in fanciful rainbow (as with the manufacturing chart, though I picked a different rainbow gradient for this chart).

Labor Participation Rate: Going Up? March 10, 2017

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In the hopes that employment data becomes a little more encouraging over the next year, I thought I’d start tracking the labor participation rate again. It bottomed out between 62.5 and 63% over the past 3 years, but over the past few months it’s been showing signs of life again. It’ll be fun (at least, by my definition of “fun”) to see what happens.

Here’s your chart:

Labor Participation Rate March 2017 Report

Manufacturing Jobs Continue to Rise March 10, 2017

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After the dismal performance of manufacturing jobs during the previous presidential term, it’s nice to see an upward trend over the past few months.

ManufJobsMarch2017Report

As has become my new custom, jobs during President Obama’s terms are shown in fanciful rainbow, while President Trump’s are in a ostentatious gold-ish gradient.

The Employment Situation, February 2017 March 10, 2017

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Kind of a boring employment report, but at least there’s an uptick, which is nice because we were flat for most of last year.

FullTimeEmpvsCivPopMarch2017Report

Best Comment of the Week March 9, 2017

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You’ve probably heard of the role-reversal experiment conducted recently, where actors studied a Trump and Clinton debate, and then reenacted it with a man as Hillary Clinton and a woman as Donald Trump [you can read more about it here]. It’s been rolling around the internet for a few days, with everyone remarking on how the sex reversal made Trumpchick seem much more palatable, while Clintondude seemed insincere and annoying.

Here is what I consider to be the best comment on the study:

ClintonTrumpReversalQuote

Poultry in Motion–New Addition to Touching Farewells March 7, 2017

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“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

“What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that.”

“She’s gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.”

Screw You, Kyler

 

 

Logan March 6, 2017

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I might be the only person in America that was disappointed in this movie. The action sequences are top notch and I’m certain the Marvel fans will love it, but I had a hard time looking past some obvious plot devices that were used throughout the movie simply to move the film in the right direction. There will be a few times when you’ll actually say to yourself “Why would anybody do that?” and “Don’t the bad guys know they’re mutants?” as they go rushing into slashing blades and other mutant related mayhem.

The R rating is well deserved, so if cursing and graphic violence are a problem then you probably should skip this one.

 

Twitter Insurance March 4, 2017

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What a world we live in – now the Japanese have insurance against viral scandals:

On 6 March insurance provider Sompo Japan will begin offering Enjo Insurance (“Flaming Insurance”) to websites and companies. This insurance will offer coverage to recover from unflattering information going viral on websites or social media.

More specifically “enjo” refers to widespread flaming of a single target due to negative rumors or scandals rather than one-on-one interactions. For example, when tabloid Friday accused actor Hiroki Narimiya of cocaine use, it was the target of a fierce enjo from his fans as well as fans of general human decency. McDonald’s Japan had to deal with a long-burning enjo after a tainted chicken scandal.

I’m sure this will prove useful and popular among the large corporations. Donald Trump should buy tons of coverage.

But doesn’t it seem like people might buy the insurance and then try to attract a Twitter-storm?

A Tale of Two Retailers February 28, 2017

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Walmart vs. Target. One of these retailers made a bold announcement back in April 2016, saying that it was going to allow anybody into any restroom, depending on how they felt on that particular occasion. It prompted a nationwide boycott, and 4 months later they said they’d spend $20 million constructing private bathrooms for the otherly-gendered.

Can you tell which one it was?

walmartvstarget

Now, it’s clear that Target has other problems, since its sales growth was already dropping by the time of their announcement (they have a weird fiscal year, so the announcement came at the end of 1Q16). But I think it’s also clear that their announcement didn’t do them any favors, sales-wise.

It’s interesting as well that Target’s online sales actually grew significantly, meaning that the sales in their brick-and-mortar stores are even lower.

I think Target executives truly thought that people would appreciate their progressive sentiments, boosting sales in the young-and-hipstery demographic. They completely forgot about the don’t-screw-around-with-my-lifelong-bathroom-paradigm segment.

In Western culture restroom visits are personal and private, so over time society has developed codes of conduct in the shared environs of the public restroom. For example, there was a raft of comedy routines a few decades ago about men’s rules for using urinals – funny, but funny because it was true.

Turning all of that upside down because you believe that people should be allowed to redefine their gender whenever the whim strikes them, is offending 99.7% of the population to accommodate a supposed injustice to 0.3% of the population.

Run those demographics through your sales projections, Target.

The Latest Terrifying Video from Boston Dynamics February 27, 2017

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This is quite the technical achievement, but more than a little disturbing.

Introducing…the Infinite Jukebox February 26, 2017

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Your favorite song just not long enough? Tired of the same old arrangement every time you listen to it? Enter the Infinite Jukebox!!

somebodythatiusedtoknowinfinitejukebox

WTH? You say?  Here’s how it works. The software analyzes the song you pick, and finds similarities between different sections of the song. It then teleports you to one of the similar sections.

And it never stops.

You can listen to the same song for the rest of your life, but it will keep changing the order of the musical phrases so that it never sounds the same.

I think this version isn’t going to be hugely successful, but as it improves, it could be a big player in the music scene.

When Graphics Outstrip the Message February 25, 2017

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Really cool, but pointless, graphic. I mean – does anybody really care?

The Tallest Building in Each State

But it sure is purty.