Tuesday, August 7, 2012

How to lower the unemployment rate? Stop firing people.

Via Corey Robin, an Atlantic article on how few government jobs we have now:
First, credit where it's due. The Hamilton Project has produced a beautiful graph illustrating the government employment to population ratio. As it shows, there are now fewer public sector employees per American than at any time dating back to the Carter administration (To be clear, we're talking state, federal, and local here). 
Here's the graph:
You think having much fewer government jobs available than we otherwise would have might contribute to the lack of jobs? Or, as Corey Robin put it: "I think we know the answer: First, stop firing people. Second, start hiring people."

Friday, August 3, 2012

Koch-funded skeptics admit climate catastrophe is real as nation of Kiribati is being swallowed by the sea and street lamps melt in Oklahoma

Global warming denialism is one of the reactionary causes that the billionaire Koch brothers are known for throwing money towards. This might get a bit more difficult, as even the deniers they are funding are starting to realize that we're facing a climate catastrophe:
CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.
That's nice. That's good. I'm glad he's figured this out. But as nations are being swallowed by rising sea levels:
But for residents of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, global warming is a terrifying real problem: Their entire country is about to be submerged under water.
And the heat in Oklahoma is getting so hot that it's melting street lamps:
Case in point: KFOR TV in Stillwater, Oklahoma is reporting that temperatures are so high that the street lamps have begun melting.
Do we have time to wait for every denier to realize that what the experts have been saying for years is, indeed, true?