1. Guy writes an article about a product.
2. Guy gets feedback, some of it far less than civil, stating that he was being irresponsible in his product recommendations.
3. Guy, rather than dismissing the issue as no doubt many would, actually does some research and writes a follow up.
I hardly think that this qualifies as "just about the most ignorant, one-sided article" on this topic, at least among those that you've read. This guy isn't a government agency or an academic group tasked with doing research into public safety concerns so it isn't his job to launch a comprehensive study into the issue.
I get that there seem to be some credible concerns, but you aren't going to win anyone over by making hyperbolic claims about anyone that fails to agree with you. Posting "ignorant, one-sided" insult laden posts on Slashdot isn't exactly helping your cause.
Those who don't remember history are doomed to buy Dr. Brush's Magic Tonsil Tonic.
Well, at least we can look forward to the fact that Dr. Brush's Magic Tonsil Tonic is likely to contain either an opiate or cocaine if not both!
I'm not an economist so I'll be right out there and say that my eyes glaze over a bit when I'm trying to dig through all of the info on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website about their methodology. Basically, they conduct a survey of 60,000 workers and poll them on their employment status. They then break that info up into six measures which they label as U1-U6.
The current chart that shows the breakdown can be found here: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t12.htm
"Chronically Unemployed" is the wrong term and that's my mistake. The actual term the government uses is "discouraged workers."
The 7.2 figure is the Bureau of Labor Statistics U3 number. There are also a U4, U5, and U6 which are increasingly larger. The U6 figure includes "total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers." And that rate is currently at 13.5 percent.
I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.