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Open Thread for Night Owls
At The Nation, Greg Kaufman writes:
There are 12.5 million unemployed people still seeking work in the United States, and over 5 million of them have been looking for work for twenty-seven weeks or longer.

These are “the long-term unemployed,” and their prospects for finding employment or getting assistance are rapidly diminishing.

long-term unemployment chart
The long-term unemployed now make up over 40 percent of all unemployed workers, and 3.3 percent of the labor force. In the past six decades, the previous highs for these figures were 26 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively, in June 1983.

Instead of helping these folks weather the storm and find ways to re-enter the workforce, our nation is moving in the opposite direction. In fact, this past Sunday, 230,000 people who have been looking for work for over a year lost their unemployment benefits. More than 400,000 people have now lost unemployment insurance (UI) since the beginning of the year as twenty-five high-unemployment states have ended their Extended Benefits (EB) program.

What makes the denial of this lifeline all the more absurd is the reason for it. As Hannah Shaw, research associate at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), writes, “Benefits have ended not because economic conditions have improved, but because they have not significantly deteriorated in the past three years.” [...]

It is all the more alarming—as National Employment Law Project executive director Christine Owens testified in Congress this week—that older workers ages 50 and up are disproportionately represented in the ranks of the long-term unemployed. They made up over 29 percent of long-term unemployed workers in 2011, compared to just 26 percent in 2007. In 2011, more than 54 percent of older jobless workers were out of work for at least six months, and those high rates have continued into 2012. Owens noted that prolonged periods of unemployment can have a severe impact on older workers’ retirement prospects and later-life well-being.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2003:

For those of you who suspected that the Department of Homeland Defense's color-coding scheme was a farce, reader Karen P sends in confirmation:
    •    9.11.01: WTC And Pentagon Attacks (3,044 dead)
    •    3.12.02: DHS's Homeland Security Advisory System established, alert set to Elevated
    •    9.10.02: Alert changed to High
    •    9.24.02: Alert changed to Elevated
    •    4.11.02: Tunisian Synagogue Truck Bomb (20 dead)
    •    5.8.02: Karachi Suicide Bomber (15 dead)
    •    6.14.02: Karachi Car Bombing (11 dead)
    •    10.6.02: French Tanker Bombing (1 dead)
    •    10.12.02: Bali Bombing (185 dead)
    •    11.28.02: Mombasa Bombing (15+ dead)
    •    2.7.03: Alert changed to High
    •    2.27.03: Alert changed to Elevated
    •    3.17.03: Alert changed to High
    •    4.16.03: Alert changed to Elevated
    •    5.12.03: Riyadh Bombing (29+ dead)
    •    5.16.03: Casablanca Bombing (41 dead)
    •    5.20.03: Alert changed to High 

Sources:
White House 
Reuters
    •   
In other words, the color-coding system is a crapshoot. Not even, because even a crapshoot gets it right occassionally.

Terrorists can strike when we're least prepared, that much is clear. So scrap this stupid "scare the people" gimmick once and for all. It's not doing anyone any good.


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  •  354,735 registered users on dKos now. (19+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos. Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not all spammers.)

    aloiskok1229
    wassimhvidbe512
    henitse44 (user #354,728: spammer)
    kareemhemmin24
    lucious4589820
    lyam56e1026
    mathiasmejer513
    Samu elKelly822
    ivypatton716
    EthanParker270


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #353,600: naldoskovsga610
    #353,700: sebastiaanha1231
    #353,800: urbanoshepar615
    #353,900: federigofree821
    #354,000: sandroprater37 (spammer)
    #354,100: diegoblum12
    #354,200: pexugarzite061
    #354,300: fabiancollie1230 (spammer)
    #354,400: headachedude5 (spammer)
    #354,500: jedrush616
    #354,600: acronyms89 (spammer)
    #354,700: pggqscqlo5132t
    #354,800:

    We've added a whopping 1,144 more users in just the last 24 hours.  This is a continuation of last weekend where we've been absolutely flooded with new users.  I'm pretty sure almost all of these new users are spammers.  Notice how they all have a number at the end.  What happened?  Why this overwhelming infestation starting last Saturday?  And can the tech people stop this from happening???


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, with Lady Gaga's appearance on The Simpsons tonight, here's "Bad Romance".

  •  I've been trying to create more wearable (13+ / 0-)

    understated Obama designs.

    I don't really like wearing logos on clothing, so I came up with these "rising sun logo" flowers to use as design elements. What do you guys think? (Ok, women.) What do you women think?

    Obama-Logo-Flowers-tshirt

    Obama 2012 Logo FlowersObama-Logo-Flowers-tshirt

  •  So, Meteor Blades... (16+ / 0-)

    In light of Cory Booker's "nauseating" comment on Meet the Press this morning, I'm thinking that having Democratic guests on the Sunday talk shows might not be such a good thing after all.

    In fact, we might actually be better off having Jim Cramer represent our views.

    As ridiculous as that sounds, I'm actually being serious.

    :-(

  •  Could use some input on a diary (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Trix, tardis10, palantir, Aunt Pat, basquebob

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:35:20 PM PDT

  •  The unemployed problem is why we have to (8+ / 0-)

    take back the House.  It's impossible to create meaningful spending legislation without controlling the House.

    Occupy the voting Booth!

    by anonevent on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:39:28 PM PDT

    •  Take back the house? (0+ / 0-)

      Right now we'd be lucky if we don't lose more seats.

      The definition of INSANITY: Voting Republican over and over and over and expecting the economy to get better.

      by pollbuster on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:41:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Republicans that replaced Dems in 2010 (7+ / 0-)

        and their % of win.  We need 27.  Yes, we can take the house back.

            District    Representative    Percent Win
        1    Texas 27    Blake Farenthold (R)    47.85
        2    South Dakota AL    Kristi Noem (R)    48.1
        3    Nevada 3    Joe Heck (R)    48.13
        4    Minnesota 8    Chip Cravaack (R)    48.2
        5    New Hampshire 2    Charles Bass (R)    48.34
        6    Illinois 8    Joe Walsh (R)    48.5
        7    Texas 23    Quico Canseco (R)    49.38
        8    North Carolina 2    Renee Ellmers (R)    49.47
        9    Arizona 1    Paul Gosar (R)    49.7
        10    New Jersey 3    Jon Runyan (R)    50
        11    Michigan 7    Tim Walberg (R)    50.1
        12    Colorado 3    Scott Tipton (R)    50.1
        13    New York 25    Ann Marie Buerkle (R)    50.1
        14    Ohio 6    Bill Johnson (R)    50.19
        15    Missouri 4    Vicky Hartzler (R)    50.4
        16    West Virginia 1    David McKinley (R)    50.4
        17    Virginia 5    Robert Hurt (R)    50.81
        18    New York 13    Michael Grimm (R)    51
        19    Idaho 1    Raúl Labrador (R)    51.02
        20    Alabama 2    Martha Roby (R)    51.1
        21    Virginia 9    Morgan Griffith (R)    51.2
        22    Illinois 14    Randy Hultgren (R)    51.3
        23    Arkansas 1    Rick Crawford (R)    51.79
        24    Michigan 1    Dan Benishek (R)    51.9
        25    Arizona 5    David Schweikert (R)    52
        26    Mississippi 4    Steven Palazzo (R)    52
        27    Ohio 16    Jim Renacci (R)    52
        28    Wisconsin 7    Sean Duffy (R)    52
        29    Indiana 9    Todd Young (R)    52.2
        30    Ohio 1    Steve Chabot (R)    52.4
        31    Colorado 4    Cory Gardner (R)    52.48
        32    Illinois 17    Bobby Schilling (R)    52.58
        33    Georgia 8    Austin Scott (R)    52.6
        34    New York 19    Nan Hayworth (R)    52.8
        35    New York 24    Richard Hanna (R)    53
        36    Washington 3    Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)    53
        37    Virginia 2    Scott Rigell (R)    53.1
        38    Pennsylvania 8    Mike Fitzpatrick (R)    53.5
        39    Florida 2    Steve Southerland (R)    53.6
        40    Ohio 18    Bob Gibbs (R)    53.86
        41    New Hampshire 1    Frank Guinta (R)    54
        42    Maryland 1    Andy Harris (R)    54.08
        43    Florida 22    Allen West (R)    54.3
        44    Ohio 15    Steve Stivers (R)    54.62
        45    North Dakota AL    Rick Berg (R)    54.7
        46    New York 20    Chris Gibson (R)    54.8
        47    Wisconsin 8    Reid Ribble (R)    54.8
        48    Pennsylvania 7    Pat Meehan (R)    54.9
        49    New Mexico 2    Steve Pearce (R)    55
        50    Pennsylvania 11    Lou Barletta (R)    55
        51    Pennsylvania 10    Tom Marino (R)    55
        52    South Carolina 5    Mick Mulvaney (R)    55.1
        53    Mississippi 1    Alan Nunnelee (R)    55.26
        54    Pennsylvania 3    Mike Kelly (R)    55.7
        55    Florida 8    Daniel Webster (R)    56
        56    Illinois 11    Adam Kinzinger (R)    57
        57    Tennessee 4    Scott DesJarlais (R)    57
        58    Indiana 8    Larry Bucshon (R)    57.54
        59    Arkansas 2    Tim Griffin (R)    57.9
        60    Kansas 3    Kevin Yoder (R)    58
        61    Tennessee 8    Stephen Fincher (R)    59
        62    Florida 24    Sandy Adams (R)    59.6
        63    Texas 17    Bill Flores (R)    61.8
        64    Louisiana 3    Jeff Landry (R)    63.8
        65    Tennessee 6    Diane Black (R)    67.3

  •  It's Reaganomics Baby!!! (5+ / 0-)

    For all the teabaggers who read this:

    Reagan cut taxes and spending on social programs while increasing spending on national defense. In some cases literally throwing money away. Does Star Wars ring a bell?

    Those policies sent America's economy into a tailspin.

    Eventually Reagan was forced to raise taxes and increase domestic spending in order to change the trajectory of an economy in downward spiral.

    Too bad the Paul Ryan's only identifiable comparison with Reagan is getting the same haircut.

    Love will save you from the cold light of boring reality... But it won't save me -- SWANS

    by jethrock on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:43:42 PM PDT

  •  Interesting 60 Minutes piece (7+ / 0-)

    about residents of Tel Aviv and how they are living in a hedonistic bubble insulated from the problems their government's policies are perpetuating in the occupied West Bank.

    From fear to fortune: Tel Aviv's new attitude

    Republicans take care of big money, for big money takes care of them ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:44:36 PM PDT

    •  I've been there (6+ / 0-)

      Many times.

      I've smoked a joint while dancing on the beach.

      It was a lot of fun.

      Some of the kids danced fully armed.  Others stacked their machine guns before hitting the floor.

      Then I rented a car and drove into Palestine(?) way past Bethlehem.  (I've done this twice) And I encountered the other world. And I witnessed a confrontation between my Palestinian guide (a child) and some settler kids at an army post on King Herod's castle ruins.  IMO the hate between both cultures runs to deep to reach peace.  How sad.

      Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

      by Shockwave on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:26:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Older workers like say older IT workers (6+ / 0-)

    maybe a few more might have prevented the NASDAQ hiccup Friday during the FB ipo

    http://www.bloomberg.com/...

    Nasdaq CEO Blames Software Design for Delayed Facebook Trading

    Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NDAQ), under scrutiny after shares of Facebook Inc. were plagued by delays and mishandled orders on its first day of trading, blamed “poor design” in the software it uses for driving auctions in initial public offerings.

    Computer systems used to establish the opening price were overwhelmed by order cancellations and updates during the “biggest IPO cross in the history of mankind," Nasdaq Chief Executive Officer Robert Greifeld said yesterday in a conference call with reporters. Nasdaq’s systems fell into a “loop” that prevented the second-largest U.S. stock venue operator from opening the shares on schedule following the $16 billion deal, he said.

    While the errors were resolved and Facebook completed its offering, the day was another setback for equity exchanges trying to erase the memory of the botched IPO in March by Bats Global Markets Inc., another bourse owner. Nasdaq’s issues contributed to disappointment among investors as Facebook (FB)’s stock closed up 0.6 percent after rising 18 percent earlier.

    “It’s amazing that both Bats and Nasdaq unfortunately failed in an inglorious way,” William Karsh, the former chief operating officer at Direct Edge Holdings LLC, an exchange operator that competes with Nasdaq, said in a telephone interview yesterday. “It proves that technology isn’t infallible. There are so many moving parts that things can go wrong. That’s the lesson we learn.”

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:45:54 PM PDT

  •  MB: Link for alert system BFTP item (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat, OLinda

    goes to homepage addy.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:50:04 PM PDT

  •  A little friend (7+ / 0-)

    On my deck people who wear bright colors are likely to get buzzed by the locals as they check you out.

    Republicans take care of big money, for big money takes care of them ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:51:16 PM PDT

  •  I have just the cure for unemployment: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gooserock

    Whoops!  Wrong administration.

    Here we go, this is more like it:

    Oh wait.  Candidate Obama was OPPOSED to Free Trade with Columbia (something about concerns regarding workers, etc..)

    Finally, I think the below is what we want.  This is President Obama, NOT Candidate Obama:

    And about that NAFTA thing.. How'd that work out on creating American jobs?

    Up Next: Hope & Change meet Reality, get shit kicked out of them.

    There is a reason that Obama's Chiefs of Staff come from Wall Street Banks. And it has nothing to do with Change We Can Believe In.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:55:22 PM PDT

  •  R.I.P. Robin Gibb. (12+ / 0-)

    There are good memories from youth associated with your music.

    Here's one song that could be about Mitt: Jive Talkin'

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:00:18 PM PDT

  •  I'm in the last cadre you mention, MB. (10+ / 0-)

    Indeed, it get's worse. Now I am being asked to "explain" the gap in my job history. I don't know how to type a shrug of the shoulders into the online apps. To make it worse, I retrained and certified in another aspect of my professional field and tested in the top cadre. Doesn't matter. Appears to have been a waste of time and money.
    It's pathetic and disheartening.

    •  I Could Send You 2 Yachting Magazine Issues (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      714day, JeffW, basquebob

      and the number of ads by schools training you to be a winning classic wooden boat builder would make a stack thicker than your resume.

      For "classic wooden boat builder" substitute any career sector of the 21st, 20th, 19th or 18th century, and there's more money being made retraining desperate Americans to work in it than there is money available to hire people skilled in the trades of that epoch.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:32:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Not sure what better alternatives are out there (9+ / 0-)

    for dealing with the food and water crisis in Africa but I must say that I am rather suspicious as to how it's going to work out in the long term with companies like Monsanto and Dupont involved.

    Obama’s plan for food crisis in West Africa criticized for reliance on multinationals

    Leaders of the world’s eight wealthiest countries are gathering at Maryland’s Camp David today for the G8 Summit, and one of the main issues on the agenda is the ongoing food and water crisis in West Africa. President Obama announced a sweeping food security initiative this morning involving both national governments and multinational corporations. But some experts are concerned about an increased reliance on the private sector, including companies that promote pesticides and GMO crops.

    "I wish I could tell you, in the midst of all of this, that President Obama was waging the kind of fight against these draconian Republican proposals that the American people would like to see. He is not." -- Senator Bernie Sanders

    by Sagebrush Bob on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:04:13 PM PDT

  •  The suffering drives me mad (7+ / 0-)
    Instead of helping these folks weather the storm and find ways to re-enter the workforce, our nation is moving in the opposite direction. In fact, this past Sunday, 230,000 people who have been looking for work for over a year lost their unemployment benefits. More than 400,000 people have now lost unemployment insurance (UI) since the beginning of the year as twenty-five high-unemployment states have ended their Extended Benefits (EB) program.
    A little piece of you
    The little piece in me
    Will die [This could be a miracle]
    For this is not America

    There was a time
    A wind that blew so young
    For this could be the biggest sky
    And I could have the faintest idea

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:17:34 PM PDT

  •  Late night snack: I found a strawberry-rhubarb pie (7+ / 0-)

    today.  

    and we have both vanilla ice cream and whipped cream in the house.

    I might blow up, but most of me will be smile.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:18:08 PM PDT

  •  Tweedy vs. Farrah... (0+ / 0-)

    in the end, I'd like to see....

    "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." — Howard Zinn

    by blueyedace2 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:24:22 PM PDT

  •  My photos from the Eclipse, and a diary plug (12+ / 0-)

    While I've got you here's one last shameless plug for my second diary. Among other things, it has pooties and a veiled reference to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which no one has caught yet.

    Now for the pics. I didn't make it to one of the eclipse viewing events here in ABQ, which is just as well because I heard they were packed. Instead I had the best view ever, in shadows right on the front of my house! The full sequence is in this Flicker set, but here's a few shots to give you an idea:

    Starting to be noticeable - about 15 min. before totality
    Solar Eclips myhouse 052012

    Getting close -
    Solar Eclips myhouse 052012-003

    Totality!
    Solar Eclips myhouse 052012-005
    Notice that the most complete ring is at the lower left of the wall, next to my trash cart. And if you ask me, the one below it looks like the circled-A anarchist symbol. I'm just sayin '

  •  How does this (see below) work? Is it just (6+ / 0-)

    psychological suggestion?  That seems the only explanation to me.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:49:30 PM PDT

    •  There is always suggestion in "magic." (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      grover, Cartoon Peril

      I worked for a great prestidigitator way back when; Mark Wilson. (He had a kiddy show in the L.A. market in the 60's, too, I think.)
      Most of the suggestion is yours and a magician knows how to play it. As a rule, the answer to how a trick works is literally right before your eyes. But you don't want to think of something simple. It usually is.
      Even so, this guy works hard for his manual manipulation and has practiced his butt off. He's really, really good.
      Illusions (people disappearing, being levitated, and stuff like that) work with the same principle, which is - you don't want to know. You want to be wowed. People who make the illusions are good mathematicians and mechanics, and their assistants are as athletic as all hell.

    •  Slick trick (0+ / 0-)

      I think that part of the deal is that the Queen is the last card you can see clearly, and I think that the manual manipulation magic is that he displays it for slightly longer than the rest. The combination of being last and easier to see makes it the one that most people are going to remember.

      When I watched it, the first card I saw was a King, but it was so fast I sort of mentally switched to the Queen before he did the reveal.

      I'm never sure what to think of Mr. Blaine. On the one hand I find his manner annoying, but on the other the tricks are usually quite entertaining.

      •  Upon further review (in slow motion), I see it (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Cartoon Peril

        The Queen is the very last card in the deck, making it easier for him to make it visible longer than the rest. Also, as far as I can tell, the first riffle through is strictly for show, as I don't think you can see anything given how much less he spread them out.

        Still very slick.

  •  Why the Job Market Will Continue Shrinking (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    blueoasis
  •  "ALEC in Wisconsin: The Hijacking of a State" (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW
    Wisconsinites were shell shocked in 2011 by a wide-ranging legislative agenda in their State Capitol that seemed to come out of the blue. Anti-consumer bills, union busting legislation, voter ID, enormous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy along with requirements for "super majority" votes to raise revenue were fast tracked through the legislature.

    The extreme agenda sparked massive protests regularly topping 100,000 and an 18-day Capitol occupation. In the middle of all this, mild mannered UW Professor William Cronon posted a personal blog speculating that the legislative onslaught may not be home grown, but might have to do with a little known cadre of politicians and corporations known as the American Legislative Exchange Council. The Wisconsin GOP kicked up a media firestorm when it demanded all of Cronon's emails in a fruitless attempt to prove that this highly regarded historian was involved in partisan political activities.

    A year later, Professor Cronin's thesis has been upheld by a new report detailing the hijacking of Wisconsin by 49 ALEC members and their corporate sponsors. This massive ALEC caucus (Wisconsin only has 132 legislators), which includes top leadership in both houses, has worked with ALEC alum Scott Walker to transform the state in a manner only an ALEC corporation could love.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    2012: the Year of the Voting Woman. And by the way, Republicans ... we're pretty pissed about what you've done to our country. Republican Party Motto: "Tax the poor, gift the rich"

    by mumtaznepal on Sun May 20, 2012 at 10:25:47 PM PDT

  •  I am one: Vietnam Vet, 61 y.o. next month and... (8+ / 0-)

    ...twenty-six months unemployed as well as 34 out of the last 52 months.  As a nonprofit manager, I have experienced what I am calling sandwich layoffs.  First laid off in January of 2008 as county funding cuts began -- after three years on the job.  Eight months later, I found a job which lasted eighteen months before I was again laid off.

    I was sure I would be back at work before the end of 2010, and certainly before the end of my first year of unemployment in March of 2011.  I sweated through concerns about whether extended unemployment benefits would survive in both December of 2010 and December 2011.  I guess I am lucky that I was laid off twice, since I am -- for now -- still getting unemployment at least until July.

    I send out resumes each week and suffer through the now standard phone interviews.  Face to face interviews are rare.  Jobs are few and far between in Northern California, and while I have extended my search to the bay area, competition from locals is really, really tough there. In addition to folks already employed in nonprofits, we are now joined as applicants by laid off state and municipal workers, teachers and others.

    And while no interviewer has said they do not want to hire a 60 year-old when they have plenty of 30 year olds, I can tell that my age is a factor.  In addition to the higher salary I USED to command, my health insurance is double the cost of a younger worker and I am guaranteed to pay the max into a retirement plan, so the organization will have to match that much more!  When I do the math, it is pretty simple.

    I had to stop paying my COBRA before it timed out because two premium increases brought the premium to almost $800 a month.  Once tbe stimulus subsidy ended, it was a struggle to make payments even before the increases.

    And of course I had to dip into my retirement from my last job lst year, while 2012 found me rolling over my CALPERS into an IRA so I could withdraw some, have a little more ready to withdraw when needed and try to continue to save some -- which has already dropped in value.

    Meanwhile I am nineteen months away from early collection of significantly reduced social security benefits (at 62.5 in December 2013) and five years away from standard retirement at age 66.  Neither option will provide a liveable retirement benefit let alone a comfortable one.  And each month I am unemployed is another month I am not contributing to Social Security or a retirement plan, further reducing future distributions.

    And while as a Vietnam Veteran I am part of a class of folks for which the Republicans were shamed into passing hiring tax credits, I have found no easy way to bring up the subject with employers and no one is knocking down my door because of it.

    Some time ago, there was some outside the beltway discussion of providing early full retirement benefits to folks at age 62.  The talk did not last long, but I have to say that aside from my own selfish reasons (though I would still be a year or more away from being eligible), the idea makes a lot of sense.  It would open up jobs for younger workers without punishing older workers and would save in unemployment benefits and other costs as well.  Unfortunately it is exactly because it does not make sense that it likely will never see daylight in Congress.

    Sooooo, if anyone knows of a job in fund or program development in a nonprofit -- or a similar job in small business, I am available and open to relocation as well!

    •  I feel you, Jack. (4+ / 0-)
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      At this point, I'm happy to forgo additional company matched retirement funds and anything else I can shave so that I can have a decent income instead of floating in the underground economy.
      But you're correct about a whole lot of luck being involved before I can even get into a door to tell a prospective employer what I would be happy to do without.
      As to the insurance, younger and older workers, as well as employers, would all be shaving costs if we'd ever gotten a chance for a P.O. or medicare for all. That would've been too reasonable, though. There are private concerns that ...um...have concerns. About profits. They apparently have the government by the cojones whereas the people are an afterthought.
      Forget about growing the economy, these dunderheads think like Condi Rice; they will have hit the exits when any real poo hits the fans. And of course, we are nowhere near the bottom of the economic bucket yet.

    •  Where is "Northern California, Jack? (1+ / 0-)
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      East, South or North of the Bay Area?  You don't have to be more specific than that. It's just nice to know if we're talking about Gilroy vs Redding vs Stockton vs Santa Rosa.

      I'll keep my ears open and ask my friends to do so as well.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:29:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  MB..the 1% have found their "extremely literate (1+ / 0-)
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    African American" to defend vulture capitalist Mr "nauseating" Cory Booker. It's a shame when a rising poll goes for a suicide mission for his corporate funders. Cory is trying to walk back from his comment but that is only when he did what he was paid to do and what he was giving a platform to do (the Meet the Press with Gregory) I am not sure why he was not called out for his comment. (that the attack on vulture capitalism was "nauseating" to him)

    /If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer/. Thoreau

    by hron on Sun May 20, 2012 at 10:50:54 PM PDT

  •  Burst the Bubble for Mason-Dixon Pres Poll (2+ / 0-)
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    Ive seen some Republicans crowing about the latest Mason-Dixon poll showing Romney leading Obama with a 3 point lead even with a 37D-32R partisan split.  I hate to burst these Republicans' bubble, but ....  

    First, of the 10 percent who are undecided in this poll, the overwhelming majority are Dems or Dem-leaning Indies (so that 3 pt lead won't hold).

    Second, and most importantly, the poll overweighted with 65+ old voters.  22 percent of the Mason-Dixon poll was over 65.  In 2008, 65+ voters only made up 16 percent of the electorate.  Unless there is some type of over 65 Grey Panthers revival, I seriously doubt that the electorate in November will be as grey as Mason-Dixon is forecasting.  Even if the over 65 voting cohort went up to say 19 percent, that 3 pt lead in the Mason-Dixon poll is gone and with still with the overwhelming majority of the 10 percent undecided being Dems or Dem-leaning.  So at worst Mason-Dixon poll shows a soft Obama lead of a couple points. (And if the over 65 voter cohort is like it was in 2008 then Obama would have a lead of a few points).  Sorry Republicans but you need to be more reality-based.

  •  TPM's poll tracker sucks (4+ / 0-)
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    Does anyone else think so?  Nearly all of it is composed of Rasmussen polls.  TPM includes every crappy poll that comes out, regardless of reliability.  I hate seeing it flashing above the front page, making it look as though this country just loves Republicans, when just removing Rasmussen polls makes the total shift to +2 or +3 Democrats.

    •  TPM has been pretending to be (2+ / 0-)
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      fair and balanced lately.

      Josh Marshall (the owner of the site) was asked why his site, which purports to be progressive according to the Google, isn't.  Google TPM and this is what it says:

      Commentary on political events from a politically left perspective, by Joshua Micah Marshall.
      To which he tweeted in reply; says who? I never said that.

      Well ok.  Flip flop away, Josh.

      Not worth my time.

      •  Don't know if the explanation (1+ / 0-)
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        is that simple.  To me, TPM does appear to be mostly left, but has been succumbing to the Huffington Post tendency to have screaming headlines and controversial hooks more and more.  I just think Marshall wants to include every poll to be "fair," but by doing so, gives unearned credibility to Rasmussen.

  •  Fix unemploy #'s by letting Romney/ Bain (1+ / 0-)
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    have at it - as the job creationists they are...

    just sayin..................


    PLEASE Stop Mitt (the Pitts) Romney from stealing the Presidential Election!

    by laserhaas on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:52:51 AM PDT

  •  I used the phrase (1+ / 0-)
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    "pseudo intellectual Wilsonian claptrap" today.  What was I talking about?

    I'll always be...King of Bain...I'll always be...King of Bain

    by AZphilosopher on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:02:08 AM PDT

  •  GOP Sen. Scott Brown - Romney's man (1+ / 0-)
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    After Ted Kennedy's passing from brain cancer GOP Scott Brown, then a state representative, jumped into the race for US Senate.

    With campaigning and fundraising assist from then-Gov. Romney, Brown squeaked out a narrow victory over his Democratic challenger.

    "It's a new day in Massachusetts politics when the Democrats are calling for a recount," said Romney, who appeared at a Statehouse news conference with Brown after the election.

    "Scott Brown's election would shock the country," Romney wrote in a fundraising letter."Wouldn't it be nice to elect a fiscal conservative to Ted Kennedy's seat in the United States Senate?" Romney had challenged Kennedy for the seat in 1994, and lost.

    The month after Scott Brown's election to the Senate he joked that at the start of his Senate campaign "I could have held my campaign rally in a phone booth" and Romney was "one of those guys who was in that phone booth with me."

    http://www.google.com/...

    US unemployment crisis is a GOP production concentrated in red states, TX, OH, WI, ID, MI and FL where GOP governors have spread the pain. If not for public sector layoffs the national unemployment rate would be at roughly 7 % - Joan Walsh

    by anyname on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:56:34 AM PDT

  •  I don't see how anyone still in the work force can (2+ / 0-)
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    feel confident.  Even with a full-time job, one would feel driven to save, save, save in the event of disaster--in this case, reaching one's 50th birthday!

    I've been retired for 6 years, but although my spouse and I have been doing all right, fear of a "Republic" victory at the polls on the national level already has me in a state.  If someone like Paul Ryan or Rand Paul cuts Social Security by one-third and kills Medicare, we're really going to be up the proverbial sh*t creek.  I'm already wondering what we can do to weather the disaster.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon May 21, 2012 at 04:32:45 AM PDT

  •  When the color-coded system was scrapped.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...on April 22, 2011, it had been in place for 3,326 days.

    None of those days were spent at level Green or Blue.

    Proof positive that Bush-Cheney did NOT make us any safer.

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