Labor Pains: Last week the BLS reported that a record 93.2 million Americans were “not in the labor force” - after another 277,000 dropped out in March, making it 2.1 million who have walked away in the last year. The participation rate dropped to 62.7%, the lowest level since 1978, when mom went to work.
Mother's Little Helpers: This summer elements of the US Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade - from their pretty new compound in Vicenza, Italy - will take part in military training exercises with Ukrainian troops including at least one avowedly Nazi battalion.
His Master's Voice: Goldman Sachs has told the Fed that “the right policy would be to put [interest rate] hikes on hold for now,” because “it is hard to be reasonably confident” in the inflation outlook given current economic conditions. They stopped short of publicly begging for more free money, but a wink's as good as a nod.
Security: US cops killed more than 100 people in March. Lawsuits are pending.
Edukation: Two Kansas school districts are being forced to end the school year early because they ran out of money after Gov. Sam Brownback (R, of course) cut school funding in an attempt to attract
Assisted Suicide: Naturally the two young women arrested for conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction – namely a propane tank – had been talked into doing so by
Repeat After Me: “Ms _______, this procedure will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being that is protected by the US Constitution and with whom you have an existing relationship that will be terminated by this procedure. I am required to tell you, even though it is not true, that this abortion will increase the risk of suicide ideation and suicide.” Note to doctors: The State of South Dakota requires you to read these exact words aloud to your patient, preferably in a flat, expressionless monotone.
Show Time: If California was actually serious about adressing its water problems it would prohibit all watering of lawns and landscape or washing of cars unless the water was recycled “grey water.” The drought in California is very bad and going to get much worse.
Grinches: Republican legislators in MO want to prevent people from using food stamps to buy "cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak." The junk food prohibitions are pretty much already in the law and are in the general spirit of the program – providing needed nutrition to the needy. But the ban seafood (say catfish or tilapia) and steak (any flat piece of beef is called steak) is simply mean spirited. Kansas wants to keep welfare recipients from using the up to $497 monthly in cash assistance to pay for cruises, spas, lingerie or psychics.
Left Hand/Right Hand: Asked about the National Institute on Drug Abuse report citing medical marijuana as effective in treating brain tumors, the Justice Department said they didn't give a rat's ass about whatever good it might do, they were going to rid the country of the scourge of pot and pot smokers even if they have to ignore Federal law to do so - especially those who think state laws will protect them.
Porn O'Graph: On average, it's above average.