The US's job market continues to grow: "U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old recovery." The unemployment rate, which is artificially low to begin with, as it does not include the huge number of citizens who are unemployed because they are serving time in the US's massive prison system (a prison system whose population exploded around the middle of the '70s), rose from 6.1 percent to 6.2 percent. An increase in people looking for work is seen as the reason for the rise. The graph of the US's job losses and gains since 2008 shows that Obama has regained all of the jobs lost in the crash that began under Bush...
The government jobs report explained in five charts. http://t.co/RpD6mtzLvf pic.twitter.com/zaWjuUDNSZ
— The Upshot (@UpshotNYT) August 1, 2014
The shameful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?They have put heavy pressure on food banks.
Republicans (of all people) block a bill that would fund Israel's war machine: "In the end, the Senate couldn’t even agree to deliver emergency aid to one of the United States’ closest allies. A last-ditch effort to deliver aid to Israel during its war with Hamas died on the Senate floor, as Republicans blocked the proposal over concerns that it would increase the debt." Later in the story: “Our number one ally — at least in my mind — is under attack. If this isn’t an emergency I don’t know anything that is...” A Democrat said this, not a Republican.
The 72-hour truce only lasted for two hours: Israel blames Hamas. But is Hamas that unified? Is everything really Hamas? Is Hamas that much in control of the situation in Gaza? It seems no effort is ever made to see if this or that attack was committed by any other organization than Hamas—an organization that I do not support, by the way. And the conflict is called: Israel's war with Hamas. And yet the great majority of the dead in this war are civilians.
One finding of a study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is that overdraft fees usually cost more than the item that caused the overdraft: "Large banks have generally charged a $34 penalty when people overdraw their debit-card accounts, even though most of the purchases involved were for less than $24."
That yellow cab:
Clean-up work under way after deadly gas pipeline explosions in Taiwan's city of Kaohsiung http://t.co/aeGgYYLOU0 pic.twitter.com/4ivZMsMfZB
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 1, 2014
Some progress appears in the blackest of Africa: "Uganda's Constitutional Court has annulled tough anti-gay legislation signed into law in February. It ruled that the bill was passed by MPs in December without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal." In my opinion, the anti-homosexual law, like the current Ebola nightmare in West African, has its roots in Europe's colonization of Africa. Both cultural and natural catastrophes can be traced back to the 19th-century metropolises of England and France. History is what matters.
Who is the richest person in your state? Find out here! And, yes, ours is still Bill Gates.
Science creates see-through mice: The good thing is that they are dead.
Seeing that I do not have the freedom to elect people who could really challenge things like American militarism, I tried to enjoy my other freedom (my great American freedom), which is the freedom to buy things I do not need: I could only eat one chip.
Goodnight forever to the great makeup artist Dick Smith...
RIP Dick Smith (1922-2014) To say he was a giant in his field is an understatement. He cast a monumental shadow. pic.twitter.com/XigA8j0Yz8
— Travis Louie (@travislouie) July 31, 2014