Good Morning Conflucians!!
Right off the bat we congratulate the SF Giants for their big win last night. They beat the Philadelphia Phillies in game 6, and are headed to the World Series on Wednesday. If they win it will be the first time since they moved to San Francisco:
The Giants continued their inspired postseason Saturday night by beating the Phillies 3-2 in a wild Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to reach a World Series that even the screwiest mind could not have conjured when the season began.
They got there because of a man who owns one championship ring, wants another and delivered what will be remembered as one of the greatest home runs in franchise history.
With two outs in the eighth inning, Uribe broke a 2-2 tie that had stood since the third inning when he attacked the first pitch from Ryan Madson and sent it just over the wall in right field, only his third hit in 14 at-bats in the series. Uribe raised his right arm in jubilation as he saw the ball go over.
The other big news of the day yesterday was that WikiLeads released many more documents that give an even more startling picture of the war in Iraq:
To the Iraqis who were there, the revelations from the WikiLeaks organization that the war they lived through was brutal and bloody have hardly come as a surprise.
Americans carelessly opened fire at checkpoints when Iraqis failed to stop. Militias and insurgents roamed the streets, randomly killing members of the other sect. Iraqi security forces rounded up suspects at will and tortured them. Iran infiltrated, armed and influenced the Shiite Muslim militias responsible for thousands of the deaths.
“We know all these things, and more,” Najah Lokon, 33, said. “These revelations don’t tell us very much.”
There are a lot of documents, almost 400,000, and some startling details about the surprising numbers of civilians killed, perhaps 80% of all killed, and some undisclosed details including drive by shootings and others.
Little Timmy Geithner is heading over to China to have talks:
On Saturday, the treasury secretary said the G20 meeting had agreed that a “gradual appreciation” in the currencies of major trade-surplus nations was required.
“Countries with significantly undervalued exchange rates committed to move towards more market-determined exchange-rate systems that reflect economic fundamentals, as China is now doing,” he said.
And at the same time, the economic news just keeps getting worse. The jobless rate fell in 23 states:
States hardest-hit by the housing bust, such as Florida and California, continue to struggle with double-digit unemployment rates. Nevada remained the state with the highest unemployment rate, at 14.4%, more than a percentage point higher than the 13% recorded in second-place Michigan. In all, 15 states had rates above the 9.6% national figure released earlier this month.
North and South Dakota continued to have the lowest rates in the country, at 3.7% and 4.4%, respectively.
Despite some improvement in jobless rates, 34 states reported a decrease in the number of people employed, possibly as fewer people hunted for jobs. Fourteen of the state declines are regarded as statistically significant. Just New Mexico, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C., posted statistically significant increases in employment from August.
Click on the map at the linked site for an interactive graphic showing stats on states. It’s not pretty.
Another source comments on the near record highs of unemployment we’re now hitting:
The largest over-the-month employment decreases were in California (-63,500), New York (-37,600), Massachusetts (-20,900), and New Jersey (-20,200). The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in the District of Columbia (+16,500), North Carolina (+10,100), Illinois (+8,600), Pennsylvania (+7,200), and New Mexico (+7,100)
Nevada’s unemployment rate was 14.4% followed by Michigan’s at 13% and California at 12.4%. North Dakota had a 3.4% jobless rate followed by South Dakota at 4.4% and Nebraska at 4.4%.
The number are unlikely to improve much in the hardest hit states anytime soon, particularly as compared to national averages. In Nevada, the decline in the gaming industry and construction is not likely to improve. Home prices in some parts of the state are down 50% from their 2006 peak. Foreclosures and defaults are the highest in the country. Perhaps most vexing, construction workers in Nevada cannot migrate to other parts of the US to get jobs because the real estate and construction industries remain depressed nationwide. Some economists suggest that construction and manufacturing workers should be retrained for other jobs, but that process would take years.
Michigan is the best example of a state where manfacturing jobs have been gutted — and will almost certainly never return. The hundreds of thousands of layoffs at the auto companies and support businesses are largely permanent, as troubled US automakers have cut production and improved the efficiency of their plant operations.
Unemployment nationwide may fall below 9% next year and 8% in 2012, but there is no ready solution that will bring it down in areas where the economic base of goods and services businesses — the industries that support a large number of jobs — are permanently damaged.
Which is of course why Dems are now pretending they’re on a roll, doing well, and will keep the majority in the House:
The pollsters and pundits consider it counterintuitive, even delusional. But House Democrats insist they have a path to success in next week’s congressional elections that would stave off the Republican offensive by flipping a few key congressional seats their way.
They have identified Republican-held seats in Louisiana, Delaware, Illinois, and Hawaii where strong Democratic candidates can win on Nov. 2, and party leaders say opportunities are emerging in the campaign’s final days for Democrats to play offense in several more races as part of a long-shot strategy to hold their majority.
“There are a number of great candidates out there that we’re very bullish about,’’ said US Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the House.
The campaign arithmetic, however, suggests Election Day will be bleak for House Democrats.
I believe delusional gets it right on that one. I think Dems have finally lost their minds completely. And speaking of delusion and the real campaign going on here, 2012 of course, Obama and Palin are making the rounds campaigning like there’s no tomorrow:
President Barack Obama warned against a return to the past while former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin invoked a past president’s name Saturday as each led midterm election rallies thousands of miles and millions of voters apart.
Obama closed a four-day campaign swing ahead of the Nov. 2 elections by imploring supporters to defeat the conventional wisdom that Democrats face steep losses. He cast the choice Election Day as one between the economic policies “that got us into this mess” and the policies leading the nation out.
Palin, at a Republican rally in Orlando, Fla., claimed Obama and other Democratic leaders created more debt instead of jobs by funding “shovel-ready” projects such as a $3 million Tallahasee turtle tunnel.
“We know what he’s shoveling and it’s not asphalt,” Palin said.
It’s popcorn time at the DT household. Both parties make different noises, but they push the same policies for the same monopoly backers. I’m voting for the people I like regardless of party or chances to win. I was fired by the Democratic party for being liberal, and that’s been kind of freeing.
An interesting study was done showing overly authoritarian parents screw up their kids:
The results show that the ideal family style in Spain is the indulgent one. “The scores for children from indulgent families were the same, or even better, than those from authoritative families,” the researcher points out.
According to the expert, imposed discipline systems, such as punishments, deprivation and strict rules, which try to force children do things, have a knock-on effect on family self-esteem, and are associated with incomplete emotional development and a certain level of resentment towards the family, even if they are applied by parents who have very cordial relationships with their children, “at least in cultures such as in Spain, where little value is placed on hierarchical relationships.”
The researchers highlight the need for parents to work hard “on aspects that are often not sufficiently addressed,” such as communication, polite relationships, showing an interest in children’s problems and giving reasoned explanations about the consequences of their actions. “These are activities that, at the end of the day, call for involvement, dedication and care,” says García, with the objective being for all people to become mature, responsible and able to do things for themselves.
That’s a bit of what’s happening today. Chime in with what you’er finding. And Go Giants!!
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