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  • EPI: If "missing workers" were counted, the jobless rate would be 9.9%:
    In today’s labor market, the unemployment rate drastically understates the weakness of job opportunities. This is due to the existence of a large pool of “missing workers”—potential workers who, because of weak job opportunities, are neither employed nor actively seeking a job. In other words, these are people who would be either working or looking for work if job opportunities were significantly stronger. Because jobless workers are only counted as unemployed if they are actively seeking work, these “missing workers” are not reflected in the unemployment rate.
    Currently, by the calculations of the Economic Policy Institute, the total number of missing workers is 5,730,000. If these missing workers were looking for work, the official unemployment rate would be 9.9 percent instead of 6.6 percent
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  • New bionic hand lets you "feel" what you're grasping:
    Research, sensors, computer chips, plastics and motors allowed for prosthetic hands that could actually open and close after they were implanted on an amputee. With practice, the human half to the bionic hand could learn to carefully pick up a china plate or crush a rock. He could use a screwdriver to repair a computer, hold a baby or help lift a sofa. But he had to practice without any sensory input from the hand itself. That is, he had to judge how much force to exert based on what he saw, how heavy the object felt when he lifted it, how it appeared to him. The hand itself gave him no feedback as to how the object felt.

    Until now.

  • Newspaper guild objects to "sales terrorists":
    Hearst’s Albany Times Union recently launched an ad sales campaign with a revenue goal of $750,000. The team headed by Anthony Troia was named “Troia’s Terrorists,” which didn’t go over well with the Albany Newspaper Guild.

    Guild president and Times Union reporter Tim O’Brien tells Romenesko readers: “We don’t think putting posters on the wall saying how far salespeople are from the goals set for them is an effective motivator. Last year virtually no one hit the goal. But branding them ‘terrorists’ is beyond the pale.

  • Portland cancels the challenge portion of its annual Worst Day of the Year Ride because of bad weather:
    By bad we mean that there will be as many as eight inches of snow on the ground in Portland. The ride is, of course, supposedly timed to the worst weather day of the year. And just yesterday, ride organizers were encouraging riders to "have no fear about the forecast."

    But, more than 48 hours before the event, "Portland's Favorite Wacky Winter Ride" has canceled its more challenging route "for safety reasons" and will instead ask riders to pedal around flat city streets for a few miles and then warm their little toesies by the fire with a warm cup of cocoa.

  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, we check back in on the Sochi hacking story, now called into question. Greg Dworkin gives us a flu update, and I catch the flu, live, during the broadcast. Next, an explainer on the "doc fix" and how it relates to ... the CVS story! Plus: a new poll out of KY shows Grimes with a slight edge over McConnell; new jobs numbers confound the pundits, and; Jared Bernstein expands on the CVS model. The first-ever hostage video featuring a captured military service dog raises some questions. AOL's new accounting trick gives C-Level Suite Looters a crack at your 401(k). And another installment of the Cocaine, Inc. story.

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  •  Dilbert thumbs nose at India's Supreme Court (7+ / 0-)

    Today's Dilbert strip features Asok the intern coming out as gay. On his blog Adams explains why

    Today Asok the intern came out. Tomorrow he'll have some things to say about the so-called government of India.

    Cue the inevitable cries of "Stop being political! You're ruining Dilbert!"

    Allow me to address that right now.

    It's only political if there's someone on the other side of the debate. In this case, no one favors a government deciding which sexual acts among consenting adults in the privacy of their own homes are allowed and which are punishable by jail.

    If I am wrong, and you favor the government restricting what kind of sex you can have with another consenting adult, please proudly state your case. I'm listening.

    Cue cricket sounds...

    I'm eager to see the skewering of bigotry tomorrow. Oddly enough this gay message coincided with the opening of the "ungay" Olympics in Sochi. I can't help but wonder if Scott Adams is poking fun at Putin at the same time?

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:02:02 PM PST

    •  He's right here, but I wouldn't go too far, guy's (0+ / 0-)

      an ass on other issues.

      "I wish you luck on not hating your parents for mixing up such an unthinkable person." --The frickin´ HP--

      by McWaffle on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:18:24 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Sure, and we can find reasons to piss on any (1+ / 0-)
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        wintergreen8694

        message if that's what we want to do. I'm not here to make Dilbert fans out of anyone but I'm glad somebody is calling out the homophobia in India and if it happens to take a swipe at Putin as well then all the better.

        Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

        by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:22:37 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  what do we know about the woody allen (0+ / 0-)

    and sexual molestation charges -nothing.
    there is no testimony. no charges

    I am a woman. i have filed sexual harassment charges. I know about being smeared. but i did bring charges and i did testify.
    i am a liberal.
    i believe there is sexism here at daily Kos
    i know child moleters often get away with it.
    and i am sick of all the dirt being thrown at woody allen

    and if i want to throw dirt at anyone it would be mia farrow.

    she was a parent, but somehow didnt force charges made against allen?  how dare she allow any other child to be at risk from a person she claims is a molester. there are claims she did this to protect her child. i dont buy that. this didnt happen forty years ago. there are ways now (as then) to help insure the safety of a child when they give testimony. you have to stand up when it happens. not twenty years later.

    and dont even get me going into how faulty the human memory is. and for a 7  year old to remember correctly something twenty years later.

    i cant stand our justice system, but there is a reason for the statute of limitations.

    •  It was the 1970s (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Meteor Blades

      Rape victims were raked over the coals for their apparel, their attitude, what they did and who they slept with. (Still are, in fact.) Do you think that a lawyer would have hesitated to do the same to a child, and make her doubt her own testimony?

      And Dylan Farrow isn't asking for Woody Allen to go on trial at this late date -- only that people realize that while he may be a great artist, he may be a shitty human being as well.

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 01:55:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Lightweights in Portland... (4+ / 0-)

    Here in the Frozen Tundra, formerly known as the Midwest, the weather Portland had/is having would be just another day. We're out on our bikes in all of this, including below zero and snow.

    "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

    by Bob Johnson on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:25:59 PM PST

    •  It was 17°F here in western WA yesterday (2+ / 0-)
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      and I was still wearing my shorts. I guess growing up in Minnesota has permanently altered my body's understanding of what "cold" feels like.

      Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:30:11 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I rode into work the other day when it was -6°. (2+ / 0-)
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        ontheleftcoast, LinSea

        A couple of days later, it was 12°. Its was downright balmy.

        "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

        by Bob Johnson on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:33:55 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I really need to take my kids to Minnesota (2+ / 0-)
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          Bob Johnson, Calamity Jean

          during the winter. Get them to understand what cold really is. The local news freaks out when it gets below 30°F. I heard the phrase, "It'll be bitterly cold tomorrow with temperatures around 15°F" Bitterly cold? Sorry, but unless the mercury's frozen in the thermometer it's not "bitterly cold".

          Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

          by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:39:24 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  We rarely get snow, so this shuts down the city. (1+ / 0-)
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      Bob Johnson

      I live on a major bus route and the street is unplowed - I don't know if the city owns any snowplows at all, to be honest, as I recognize that it's difficult to justify maintaining a large snow removal force for the kinds of storms that happen only every five years or so.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:42:08 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Studded tires. (0+ / 0-)

        They go through anything. These are the best.

        "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

        by Bob Johnson on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:48:02 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  True. But, having lived in Colorado where... (1+ / 0-)
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          JeffW

          ...they are unrestricted year-round, I can attest that they really tear up the roads.

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 02:10:28 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I think studded tires are illegal... (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Calamity Jean

            ...in Illinois for the road-destruction feature.

            Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

            by JeffW on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 02:42:02 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  They're illegal in many states for that reason. (2+ / 0-)
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              JeffW, Calamity Jean

              It's a fairly common problem that folks overreact to snow or driving in snow, unfortunately, so cities and states have found that they can't rely on people using common sense and only using things like that in regions where frequent untreated severe snow and ice is common.

              "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

              by auron renouille on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 03:22:29 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

            •  Not for bikes. (0+ / 0-)

              Cars, probably.

              "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

              by Bob Johnson on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 04:38:53 PM PST

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          •  Those are studded bike tires. (1+ / 0-)
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            Calamity Jean

            I don't think there's enough weight, even with me on the bike, to tear up the roads.

            "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

            by Bob Johnson on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 04:37:00 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

        •  We live in Portland and don't drive :). Although (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Bob Johnson, Calamity Jean

          someone should really make studded wheelchair tires, that would be kind of awesome.  Would probably be too much of a hassle for me to change out, I'd probably need two sets of wheels.

          "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

          by auron renouille on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 03:19:45 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  LOL, #snowfail2014 just makes me (5+ / 0-)

      love Portland even more than I already do!  The news channels start broadcasting 24/7 as soon as the snow starts falling - it's great!  

      Having grown up in a town in California with the same apocalyptic attitude towards two inches of snow I'm used to it - I only wish it happened more often!  

      Here are a few pics in my 'hood (note that this "dumping" of snow led to hours-long commutes for people who drive to work  -  I use the lightrail so though I left work early yesterday I had no trouble at all getting to the store to stock up on snowstorm snacks):

      IMG_1113

      IMG_1111

      IMG_1107

      IMG_1114

      More snow falling as I write this - yay!  

      “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” ― Winston Churchill

      by emsquared on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 01:37:56 PM PST

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  •  new digital pr0n industry toy-peripheral (3+ / 0-)
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    Meteor Blades, ontheleftcoast, JeffW
    Research, sensors, computer chips, plastics and motors allowed for prosthetic hands that could actually open and close after they were implanted on an amputee. With practice, the human half to the bionic hand could learn to carefully pick up a china plate or crush a rock. He could use a screwdriver to repair a computer, hold a baby or help lift a sofa. But he had to practice without any sensory input from the hand itself. That is, he had to judge how much force to exert based on what he saw, how heavy the object felt when he lifted it, how it appeared to him. The hand itself gave him no feedback as to how the object felt.
    Until now.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:28:17 PM PST

  •  DJ Justice messed up again on the Aftershow (1+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast

    when he described the origins of the Bible. He was completely wrong on every point, sounding like a Tea Party nut in reverse. He clearly has no idea what he's talking about on that subject.

    Yesterday, he spewed a lot of ill-understood nonsense about Copernicus and the Geocentrism-Heliocentrism debate of the 16th Century.

    History is clearly not DJ's metier. He needs to stick to current events.

    "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. -- John Stuart Mill (March, 1866)

    by Blood on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:29:43 PM PST

    •  Who is DJ Justice and why should I care how (2+ / 0-)
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      auron renouille, wintergreen8694

      messed up about biblical history or Copernicus he is?

      I'm still laughing at the fact that Pat Freaking Robertson said Ken Ham should shut the hell up about creationism because it makes religious people look bad. LOL, when you've lost Pat "The Gays Caused Katrina" Robertson you've lost big time. ;D

      Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:35:49 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  White House Under Lock Down, Suspect Hopped (4+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, LinSea, catwho, JML9999

    fence w/ 2 bags, is under custody. President is in MI at this time.

    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 Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:31:50 PM PST

  •  Sooo... I missed getting T-boned today by a few (5+ / 0-)

    seconds.  And had there been an accident, it would have been my fault, really.  Failure to maintain control, I believe they call it.

    Went down a street they had plowed rather poorly, leaving snow so compacted it acted like ice without sufficient caution.  Braked for the stop at intersection, and was rather shocked to notice I was still sliding forward pretty much at the same speed before I'd put the brakes on.  Looked left as I entered the intersection, and saw an oncoming vehicle that did not have a stop sign, and was thankful that at his own speed, I was going to simply pass in front of him, rather than having him embed himself in my driver's side door.

    Was able to juke the wheel just enough to slide up and into a parking lot across the way without simply destroying my front wheels on curb.  The other guy managed to come to a halt about 3 car lengths beyond where we would have collided if the timing had been slightly different.  (There was more of the snow/ice under his lane too.)  We looked at each other, saw nobody needed help, and both slowly pulled off again on our own ways.

    •  This snow and cold (2+ / 0-)
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      Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN, JeffW

      has produced an effect I had not noticed in previous years.

      The snow on the roads is so cold, that instead of melting under traffic, it simply sits there and embeds in your tire treads.

      I've been shimmying all over the place!  And, when I looked at my tires, the treads are packed with frozen snow.  So, it is like driving on ice tires!

  •  Portland biker (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, JeffW

    Picture courtesy of a viewer of KPTV Channel 12

     photo MrSnowBeard_zpse86f6065.png

    Hope it's not to big to post.

    "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress Chris Christie. But I repeat myself." ~ Mark Twain, (with a twist) ;o)

    by Terre on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:46:41 PM PST

  •  Think Filbert street in San Francisco (1+ / 0-)
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    annieli

    With blind curves and cliffs before you diss Portlanders for thinking slick snow might not be safe.

  •  Good article from Fred Kaplan (0+ / 0-)

    Obama isnt disengaged from the world.

    Too many pundits think war is the only way to engage with the world.

  •  Mitch McConnell's Reaction to Bill Clinton ;-) (0+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 12:48:53 PM PST

  •  mid-day thread, and still no Christie posts today? (1+ / 0-)
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    emsquared

    Jeez--I guess I'll need to try to reawaken my interest in other topics.  Or else wait for a Fri-evening news dump tonight...

  •  A collection of stupid stuff from the Rich (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Hopp

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

    Rich People Say The Darndest Things

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 01:01:04 PM PST

  •  We have the biggest icicles... (0+ / 0-)

    ...I've ever seen on the back of our house, since we moved in back in 1989.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 02:46:48 PM PST

  •  Portland Nordic Skiers Resurgent (0+ / 0-)

    Rather than cancelling an event, Portland Nordic skiers have an event that happens ONLY when it snows.
      The last Stumptown Birkebeiner ski race was in 2008, last time we got a good snow.  This morning there were over fifty people skiing through downtown.  With more snow coming tonight, another event starts tomorrow at 9AM at Powells Books, with a tour and sprint races. It looks to be a bigger event with Scandinavian regalia and customs.
    If the snow comes again Saturday night it will go again on Sunday.
    We Nordic skiers don't often get to ski in town -it's a seventy-five mile drive to a groomed trail -but when it snows here lots of people are out.

    Details at stumptownbirkebeiner.org
     

  •  Every day in Portland is a worst day to ride (0+ / 0-)

    We visited Portland for three days last July, the first time we'd ever been there.  We have lived in Orlando, which has notoriously clogged roads, but Portland's traffic was the worst we've ever seen.  Every day the interstates were bumper-to-bumper in mid-morning, a time when presumably all the commuters should have been at work already.  

    As bad as Orlando's traffic is, at least drivers let other drivers merge.  The Portland drivers weren't nearly so generous; I assume that a space on one of Portland's highways is too hard come by to yield.

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