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  • Today's comic by Matt Bors is Wolf Blitzer, please chill out:
    Cartoon by Matt Bors -- Wolf Blitzer, please chill out
  • ADP—191,000 new private-sector jobs created in March: Although the monthly job-creation assessment of payroll giant Automatic Data Processing rarely meshes closely with the report of the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the ADP report Wednesday indicates that the BLS March report to be released Friday may prove to be the best in the past five months. The BLS includes both private- and public-sector jobs. The consensus of experts surveyed by Bloomberg is that the bureau will report 206,000 new jobs were created in March.
  • UCLA report: Drought could hinder economic growth in California for years:
    Economists said in the quarterly forecast that arid conditions in 2013, the driest year on record for the Golden State, could diminish the fishing and manufacturing sectors in the state. However, the effect depends on whether the drought is "normal" or the beginning of "a long arid period."

    California's employment could be suppressed about 0.2% during the next few years because of the drought, the report concluded.

  • Nun says masturbation makes boys gay and gay parents abuse their kids: Even though Sister Jane Dominic Laurel is a university professor at Aquinas College in Nashville, she apparently doesn't get out much. In a lecture at Charlotte Catholic High School, she said masturbation will most likely make a boy gay. Which would seem to mean the statistics we have about the percentage of gays in the population are upside-down since research has found that 95 percent of males masturbate. Sister Jane also said that boys of single moms are more likely to be gay as a consequence of not having a father around to teach them to be "masculine." She also said that gay parents abuse their kids, citing a single instance from Australia. Charlotte students, parents and alumni have objected to the lecture and sought an apology from the school. There is also a petition on the subject at Change.org.
  • Mumps swells the ranks of the ill in Ohio:
    The number of mumps cases from an outbreak in central Ohio has more than quadrupled over the last two weeks, to 116, mostly students at Ohio State University or people connected to the school, authorities said Tuesday. [...]

    At least three of the infected people are confirmed as not having received vaccinations for the mumps, said Jose Rodriguez, a Columbus health department spokesman.

    "If even one person is unvaccinated we are all at risk," he said.

  • Deer Trail, Colo., citizens decide against drone-hunting:
    Last July, we told you about the fun idea proposed by the town of Deer Trail, Colorado, (population 546): sell novelty “drone hunting licenses” that would promise a bounty to anyone who brought down a federally-owned unmanned aerial vehicle. You know, for a laugh, and to raise money for the town, and to send the message that the federal government better not mess with Liberty. Nobody was seriously thinking that the law would result in drones really getting shot down, since the $25 licenses would only allow “hunting” drones with a shotgun. But now, the humorless voters of Deer Trail have turned down the ballot initiative by a 75% margin, so their town will have to find other sources of revenue, at the small price of not becoming known as “that crazy place that lets you buy a license to shoot down drones.” After all, what could possibly have gone wrong?
  • American exceptionalism again—Fast new U.S. trains still slow: Transit officials in California, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and Washington have ordered 32 Siemens Charger diesel-electric locomotives. The are more efficient and faster than their predecessors. But they aren't truly high speed. In Illinois, the new locomotives on the upgraded rail corridor now being constructed from Chicago to St. Louis will be allowed to go 110 mph, faster than Amtrak’s current ceiling of 79 mph on that route. But the European Union’s defines "high speed" as trains able to travel more than 124 mph on conventional tracks, and 155 mph on tracks specifically upgraded for high-speed rail. The new locos' top speed is 125 mph.
  • In you missed it, James Clapper admitted to another lie last week:
    The FISA Act was written specifically to allow the NSA and other intelligence agencies to monitor communication between foreign nationals, but Clapper said in a letter to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden that the agency used a loophole in the law to spy on “US persons.”
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up ACA news. 71 other companies filing Hobby Lobby suits. Senate group works to rein in war powers. David Dayen spots banksters crying about regs on one of their favorite new scams. Flash Boys push-back.
  • Last Thursday, Jamilah Lemieux's life was turned upside down by a random tweet about a new black Republican magazine. On today's @TWiBprime we followed up with more information plus a discussion around what is becoming a regular practice within social media–attacking women of color with a combo of racism/sexism and an overall lack of respect. Subscribe on iTunes | Subscribe On Stitcher | Direct Download | RSS

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