Labor force dropout rate hits record high

Labor force dropout rate hits record high

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ June jobs report reveals a historically low level of participation in the U.S. labor force, with a smaller percentage of Americans seeking work than at any time since 1977. BLS numbers show that 93,626,000 people had dropped out of the labor force in June, with 157,037,000 participating. That yields a […]

An observation on the $135,000 cake refusal

An observation on the $135,000 cake refusal

Has anyone noted that the “Ferguson syndrome” of ruinously escalating fines for petty violations [covered widely in the liberal press, and here previously], and Oregon’s ordering of a couple to pay $135,000 for not complying with a request to bake a cake (being covered at AP, widely in the conservative press, and here previously, with […]

Cops arrest subway riders for “manspreading”

Cops arrest subway riders for “manspreading”

The Police Reform Organizing Project’s new “That’s How They Get You” report (PDF) features a roundup of stories compiled from long hours spent monitoring arraignment and summons courts. Among the 117 vignettes, which PROP director Robert Gangi said were usually based on court testimony—and occasionally on conversations with defendants and lawyers, or reviewing lawsuits or […]

Tucson digital traffic sign hacked

Tucson digital traffic sign hacked

A digital road sign on Pantano Road near 22nd Street in Tucson was hacked last week. The sign read “Zombies ahead,” and “nuclear fall-out truck spill, turn around now.” According to Mike Graham of the City of Tucson, Trafficade, the contractor who owns the signs, was alerted to the signs early Thursday morning. The signs […]

What if we didn’t have a Constitution?

What if we didn’t have a Constitution?

What if we didn’t have a Constitution? What if the government were elected by custom and tradition, but not by law? What if election procedures and official titles and government responsibilities merely followed those that preceded them, and not because any of this was compelled by law, but because that’s what folks came to expect? […]

Florida: Yellow light refunds highlight engineering failure

Florida: Yellow light refunds highlight engineering failure

Hmmm. Where have we heard about this before? In our last issue from contributor Mark Spear, that’s where. He’s suggested the same thing to the City of Tucson. Oh, but that would mean the red light company and the city wouldn’t get as much money out of us if they adopted that standard. – Ed. […]

2015’s best & worst states for military retirees

2015’s best & worst states for military retirees

With the observed Memorial Day this Monday and May being Military Appreciation Month and the average military retirement age being 44 years old, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees. To help ease the burden of retirement planning for our former military […]

An eighth grader’s Yo Mama jokes for Unitarians

An eighth grader’s Yo Mama jokes for Unitarians

Jack Killilea, Patheos – Presented at the Coming of Age Service at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, May 17, 2015 Yo mama so Unitarian, she feels guilty about her Prius Yo mama so Unitarian, she buys junk food at Whole Foods Yo mama so Unitarian, she brings vegan lasagna to a barbecue Yo mama […]

The Crowdfunding campaign to build a nuclear asteroid-blasting spaceship

The Crowdfunding campaign to build a nuclear asteroid-blasting spaceship

“It’s a crazy endeavour,” Professor Bong Wie, founding director of the Asteroid Deflection Research Centre at Iowa State University, said. “This kind of initiative should have been done by government agencies, not the people. [Governments], however, aren’t taking this threat seriously.” Wie is one of the people behind the “Help Defend Earth Against Asteroid Threats” […]

Gary Sinise to receive ‘Service to America Leadership Award’

Gary Sinise to receive ‘Service to America Leadership Award’

Oscar-nominated actor Gary Sinise will receive the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s Service to America Leadership Award for his work supporting veterans. “Gary Sinise is a talented actor who has brilliantly portrayed unique characters throughout his career,” NABEF president Marcellus Alexander said in a press release. “His support for veterans has made a positive […]