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  • Quote:"But the weakness in the U.S. labor market has surprised most forecasters. That February estimate would have meant 2.2 million net jobs lost from March 2009 to March 2010. Since that survey was conducted, the economy has lost an additional 2.4 million jobs, or an average 400,000 jobs a month. To reach the economists’ February forecast, the economy would have to add an average of about 50,000 jobs over the next five months. The rate of jobs decline has moderated since earlier this year, but a net addition of nearly 250,000 jobs over the next five months seems a bit far-fetched.

    The biggest problem for stimulus proponents is that the labor market has been weaker than most private and public forecasters expected with or without government intervention. It’s harder to make the case that your policies have supported jobs when no one knows how bad it would have been had you done nothing.

  • // #13? College students probably don't need to be going to college at all.
  • Quote:"A knife-wielding man went on a slashing rampage in a kindergarten in eastern China, leaving three children and one teacher dead, area residents reported Wednesday.

    The unidentified assailant entered the school in a suburb of Zibo in Shandong province at about 4 p.m. Tuesday as parents were picking up their children, according to people living nearby contacted by telephone.

    About 20 children and staff were injured, two of the children seriously, they said.

    // When you criminalize knives…

  • // Somehow, I don't see this working well.
  • Quote:"Wikipedia's lawyers clearly had fun with the request [pdf], particularly because the bureau, in citing federal law, conveniently omitted the words "badge" and "identification card," apparently to make it seem like the law simply governed images as opposed to fake credentials. "While we appreciate your desire to revise the statute to reflect your expansive vision of it," the site's lawyers wrote, "the fact is that we must work with the actual language of the statute, not the aspirational version … that you forwarded to us." The site went on to politely decline the request and indicate it would gladly see the feds in court: "Badges and identification cards are physical manifestations that may be used by a possessor to invoke the authority of the federal government. An encyclopedia article is not."

    // Nice to see Wikipedia stand up for itself a bit.

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