“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
Rest in peace, Ray Bradbury.
- 37% of recent high school grads without a college degree had a full-time job before the recession, according to a Rutgers University study
- 16% of recent high school grads without a college degree had a full-time job post-recession; part-time worker levels have gone down, too source
» A somewhat odd note from the article: ”In the two months since the survey was conducted, a large share of participants have had their phone numbers disconnected and could not be reached.” Now it’s possible they all got new cell phone numbers, or that they’re simply hard to track. But still, that’s not a common thing to happen in a survey.
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You use these things; they don’t use you. If you allow them to use you, you’re sunk. A library is no better than the person who walks into it. A CD-ROM is no better than the people who use it. A computer’s the same way. It’s all been done backwards. The shuttle should have been done 30 years ago. It’s mail-carrying. They’re making topographical photographs of the planet, making atmosphere studies. It doesn’t lift the heart the way landing on the moon did. We should have done the shuttle first and then taken off for the moon and stayed there. Then we should go to Mars. You have to do one to do the other, otherwise you can’t go. — Ray Bradbury, to Newsweek, November 12, 1995. Bradbury died today at 91. (via newsweek)
What Country Has the Worst Youth Unemployment? Not Spain or Greece…
The big loser is Turkey.
Despite the horror stories you may have heard about over half of Greek and Spanish youths being out of work, the reality is a bit more complicated. The above chart courtesy of the OECD (via Alan Beattie of the Financial Times) gives us a more accurate picture of youth joblessness. Instead of counting everyone under 25 who isn’t working as unemployed, it only counts everyone under 25 who isn’t working and isn’t in schol or a training program as unemployed. Things are still bad, but not nearly as bad as the headlines suggest.
Feeling Outshined -
“When you think of Oklahoma City what’s the first thought to pop into your head? “Timothy McVeigh?” “Natural gas?” “Cows?” How about “NBA powerhouse?” That’s right folks- the Oklahoma City Thunder, in just their fourth year in the Sooner State, have reached the NBA’s Western Conference Finals for the second consecutive year, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the playoffs. Led by young stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder appears to be a budding basketball powerhouse…”
How a car comes out of the closet. Happy Pride!
Louise McNaught.The Dance.
Wisconsin’s Scott Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election on Tuesday in a decisive victory that dealt a blow to the labor movement and raised Republican hopes of defeating President Barack Obama in the November election.
Unions and liberal activists forced the recall election over a law curbing collective bargaining powers for public sector workers passed soon after Walker took office in 2011.
With nearly all of the votes counted, Republican Walker won by 8 percentage points over Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a bigger victory for the governor over the same challenger than two years ago.
Republicans around the country were elated by the result in a state that President Obama won by 14 percentage points in 2008.
READ MORE: Scott Walker makes history surviving recall election