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US Economy Added 178,000 Jobs in November; Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.6 Percent (washingtonpost.com) 504

The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent the previous month, according to new government data released (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternate source) Friday morning. From a report on the Washington Post: Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News had expected U.S. employers to create 180,000 new jobs last month -- roughly in line with the average number added in the first 11 months of the year. The first release after a contentious election in which the candidates disputed the health and direction of the economy, the data showed a job market that is continuing to steadily strengthen from the recession. The unemployment rate fell to levels not seen since August 2007, before a bubble in the U.S. housing market began to burst. The fall was driven partly by the creation of new jobs, and partly by people retiring and otherwise leaving the labor force. The labor force participation rate ticked down to 62.7 percent. Average hourly earnings declined by 3 cents to $25.89. The decrease pared back large gains seen in October, but over the year average hourly earnings are still up 2.5 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Comment Re:Garages? (Score 1) 11

Think about the power to weight ratio--with as little as a plastic vehicle with a passenger or two would weigh on Ceres, the ratio would be very high, especially after they found the ferromagnetics in the belt that could be magnetized a hundred times as strong as today's (that story, "The Pirate", is still in edit), replace the magnets in a 100 watt motor with them, and one watt will run that motor as well as 100 did the old.

They already had real moon buggies, they're still up there. They used wheels, but the moon is a LOT heavier than Ceres.

Imagine playing basketball on Ceres? I might add that to a story, there were microgravity sports in "Mars, Ho!".

Comment Re:Hard drive or software? (Score 1) 106

I don't back up daily, more like weekly, plus whenever I have a rash of new data. I keep the backup drive unplugged except when backing up, and never in s thunderstorm. Losing my non-backed up data would only hurt a little, it isn't like I'll lose a 10,000 customer database or anything.

Before I retired, backups were automatically done daily by software. I had to change the backup tapes weekly.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Santa Killed My Dog!

They say that Santa's coming,
He comes 'round every year.
He comes he'll meet a shotgun slug
'cause he ain't welcome here.

Five years ago this Christmas
The fatass came around
With jingle bells and ho ho hos
And looking like a clown.

He came in for a landing
As I let out a yawn
My house is pretty little
So he landed on the lawn.

Comment Re: Don't give him ideas (Score 1) 549

Those were all bad presidents. My grandmother, born in 1903, said Coolidge caused the depression but Hoover was a terrible president, too. Most historians consider Lincoln's predecessor, James Buchanan, .was history's worse.

I never thought I'd ever see a worse president than Carter, but GW proved me wrong.

Comment Re:Don't give him ideas (Score 4, Informative) 549

You can always kill the phone's sound before bed, and check messages when you get up. You kids just don't understand that answering your phone, whether talk, text, email, amber alert, or presidential alert is NOT MANDATORY. If you're driving, leave the damned thing in your pocket, whoever is attempting contact can wait until you get where you're going.

Stop being a slave to your phone!

If it looks like there may be tornadoes that night, you might want to let the presidential/amber alerts annoy you.

Previewing this, I laughed; this font makes "tornadoes" look like "tomadoes" (I've seen "tomatoes" misspelled like that before).

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 106

Do you work for Maxtor or something? I've had hard drives for decades, few have failed and the failures weren't brand specific, and all were old when they died.

Did you have it sitting next to a heater vent or something? Solid state electronics hate heat. I've had a 3TB Seagate for a couple of years now.

I do avoid Sony like the plague, because if you buy digital electronics from someone who deliberately vandalized your PC with malware that came on a Sony-BMG music CD your daughter bought in a record store, you're a fucking moron.

Comment Re:This is great! (Score 2) 106

Everyone has one and they are very useful. You should get one too.

Perhaps I'm a victim of Poe's Law, but that sentence is something I'd expect to hear from Trump; the second sentence directly contradicts the first. If everyone has one, nobody needs to get one.

STUPID STUPID STUPID, Annoyingly stupid. And possibly spam.

No, I do not have an Echo for the same reason I have no stores' "rewards cards"--I think being stalked by corporations is even creepier than being stalked by human beings,

There's no way in hell I'll buy a HD that automatically sends my data to someone else's systems. I have a 3TB extranal network drive to back up my computers, when they're full I'll buy another drive.

I don't trust anyone with my data, especially corporations.

Comment Have you "editors" graduated high school? (Score 1) 156

The aliteracy is annoying. "It's" is a contraction for "it is". "Its" is the posessive:
He's there
She's there
It's there
His car is broken
Her tire is flat.
Its OS is screwed up

Do none of you ever read books??? I expect this is comments, but NOT in a summary. If that mistake was in TFA, it is NOT a reputable publication.

Comment Re:Garages? (Score 1) 11

With hovercraft there are no tires needed and air pressure would still work, but it dawned on ma that a hovercraft wouldn't work in the near vacuum after the dome's leak. So I changed the story in the manuscript yesterday. He gets in his fan-powered car and it won't move, so he has to walk to the hospital.

Thank you for making me think of it.

Comment Nope. You should really take them meds... (Score 0) 1424

You clearly can't even look up what you wrote without your meds.

No, I said that the EC is working as intended: it kept a dangerous demagogue (Hillary Clinton) out of office.

Disregarding you again showing that you can't read properly while off your meds... again...

You argued that "lucky then that Republicans took care of that problem more than a century ago" to a comment pointing out that the reason for existence of Electoral College was "to give the slave states more power and it should be clear why that shouldn't be ok".
I.e. There was a problem EC was created to handle - and you argue that there is no longer such a problem.
Ergo, electoral college is no longer needed.
Since "more than a century ago".

Which leaves us with a single reason for EC's existence... which you can't read properly, which you've proven again and again.
Arguing the opposite of what the reason is... i.e. denying that reason too.

In true fascist fashion, you fantasize about the deaths of those who politically disagree with you.

See? More delusion.
Fascists don't fantasize. They get shit done. Trains running on time? Ring a bell? Like that sound reminding you to take more meds.

Besides... Nobody is "disagreeing" with you any more than one could "disagree" with a parrot. Or a broken record played backwards.
Or a can clanging down the flight of stairs.
Nothing you say makes enough sense to even be wrong. It's just noise.

And no one fantasizes about absence of noise. That would be a really depressing fantasy life. Like fantasizing about color gray.
Besides... sometimes it's fun to listen to some noise and nonsense.
Otherwise, one may get a faulty notion that everyone out there is a sane individual. Which, clearly, you are not.

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