Grim News for Those Out of Job Market

From The New York Times:



Amid the grim news about local government losses and feeble private sector growth, today’s jobs report shows that those who aren’t even counted in the official unemployment rate fared uniformly worse in September.

The number of people who are working part-time for economic reasons — meaning they would rather have a full-time job but could only secure a part-time one — rose by 612,000 to 9.5 million.

The group of people known as those marginally attached to the labor force, which means they want work and have looked within the last 12 months but did not search during the four weeks preceding the Labor Department’s survey, increased to 2.5 million in September from 2.2 million a year ago.

And discouraged workers, those who have stopped looking for work because they don’t believe there are any jobs available, increased by 503,000 from a year earlier, to 1.3 million.

All of these people weigh on a broader measure of unemployment, which rose to 17.1 percent in September, up from 16.7 percent in August and the highest it has been since April.

None of these numbers are going in the direction they should given that the economy is officially in recovery.

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A Dream Deferred

by Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes homepage

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Nazi Perkins Blames Suicides on Gay Community

Th Moonie  paper the Washington Times might as well close its doors the once reputable Washington Post has degenerated to  being a clone of the WT.

From The Advocate:

By Editors

Fascist Research Council president Tony Perkins recognized National Coming Out Day by blaming recent youth suicides on the gay community in an online column for the Washington Post.

In the Post’s On Faith blog, Perkins wrote that the “homosexual movement” was responsible for creating a sense of despair that drives some gay people to suicide.

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From Pam’s House Blend:

Four years ago, Perkins addressed the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (KKK), America’s premier white supremacist organization, the successor to the White Citizens Councils, which battled integration in the South. In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list. At the time, Perkins was the campaign manager for a right-wing Republican candidate for the US Senate in Louisiana. The Federal Election Commission fined the campaign Perkins ran $3,000 for attempting to hide the money paid to Duke. …

Six years later, in 2002, Perkins embarked on a campaign to avenge his mentor’s defeat by running for the US Senate himself. But Perkins was dogged with questions about his involvement with David Duke. Perkins issued a flat denial that he had ever had anything to do with Duke, and he denounced him for good measure. Unfortunately, Perkins’s signature was on the document authorizing the purchase of Duke’s list. Perkins’s dalliance with the racist Council of Conservative Citizens in the run-up to his campaign also illuminates the seamy underside of his political associations.

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Time to find a second Earth, WWF says

From Raw Story:

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 — 10:18 am

Carbon pollution and over-use of Earth’s natural resources have become so critical that, on current trends, we will need a second planet to meet our needs by 2030, the WWF said on Wednesday.

In 2007, Earth’s 6.8 billion humans were living 50 percent beyond the planet’s threshold of sustainability, according to its report, issued ahead of a UN biodiversity conference.

“Even with modest UN projections for population growth, consumption and climate change, by 2030 humanity will need the capacity of two Earths to absorb CO2 waste and keep up with natural resource consumption,” it warned.

If everyone used resources at the same rate per capita as the United States or the United Arab Emirates, four and a half planets would be needed, it said, highlighting the gap in “ecological footprint” between rich and poor.

The “Living Planet” report, the eighth in the series, is based on figures for 2007, the latest year for which figures are available.

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Monday There Was A Very dusturbing Comment Left On This Blog

It was left by someone who had posted here before but this time she chose anonymity.

I lacked an easy answer for her question.

I seen so many sisters die too young.

Life is so very hard for people with transsexualism or transgenderism, even more so if they are unable to fit in as members of the sex they transition to although that is often in their own mental picture of themselves and women come in such a wide range of shapes and sizes as well as levels of beauty.

I had/have another blog I started some six months before I started this blog.  It is very hard core left political. A few months after I started it, shortly after Obama was elected president something happened in Austin that had a profound effect on me.

Jennifer Gale, to all accounts a kind and gentle soul who helped Austin live up to its popular motto, “Keep Austin Weird!” died of exposure. She was a veteran, perhaps a bit crazy but even if she hadn’t started out that way being homeless tends to make people crazy in short order.  She was a TG/TS woman, perhaps a bit odd in appearance.

But you know something?  Being different shouldn’t be a freaking crime.

And in a country with so many fucking millionaires and billionaires no one should freeze to death on the streets.

I was a hippie in the 1960s.  I lived in a collective.  Wore thrift store and free clothes.  We ran food collectives and made big pots of beans and soups.

The Reagan Revolution’s war on the poor totally sucks.

The real unemployment in this country is running 15-20%.  And the rich who have waged war on the poor these last 30 years complain about paying their fair share of taxes.

So people fucking starve to death.  Veterans missing limbs beg on the streets.  “Only a drunken Bum.” say the people in the Lexus and Benzs.

It isn’t just TG/TS people who are on the edge of homelessness either.

Over 50, female and unemployed…  Say hello to the big box concrete floor…

Be thankful you have a job at all, even part time with out benefits.  And the Republi-Nazis want to cut or end Social Security.

1960s communes were difficult at best and yet with people willing to live sober and contribute to both the support and work of running a commune would permit people to pool resources and rent a place to live.

A place where shared resources would mean an ability to cook nutritious meals at a fraction of the cost of fast food.

Clothes can be bought at thrift stores and in some cities like San Francisco and Berkeley people have real “free trade meets” that are sort of like garage sales except everything is free.

Job hunting requires a home phone with answering and a computer.  One person who is down and out might not be able to afford those things or have a place to plug them in but by pooling resources perhaps 3 or 4 people living under the same roof could afford those things.

If one has some benefits from the government there are ways to stretch those by scavenging or working off the books.

We are told we should all aspire to the lifestyle that at most 5% of the population can afford to live.

When I was a hippie we lived with seriously down scaled aspirations.

Couples have a better chance of surviving than single individuals.  People with a support network have a better chance than those who view themselves as rugged individualists.

Transsexual and transgender people have a tendency to think the only people that will be friends with them and offer support are other TS/TG people but there are other alternative communities of non-straight heterosexual bohemian folks who are often willing to be part of our support system.

If you drink or take hard drugs getting clean and sober increases your ability to survive.  I know that from personal experience.

With the process of getting clean and sober opportunities open up.

I don’t have all the answers.

I do know the economy is hitting a lot of people hard and that is why I occasionally put up survival hints.

People are un-employed or under-employed.  Renters are being evicted and homes foreclosed upon.

Maybe we have to revive a phrase that was old when I first started using it in the 1960s, “Come the revolution…  But until then…”

We are in a depression not a recession.  The media lies to us because without propaganda about how wonderful capitalism is and how horrible socialism is we wouldn’t put up with the class war that has been waged on people who work for a living.