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Sunday, November 29, 2009

News Factoids for November 2009

The Christian-fascist right has shown their true colors, now selling bumper stickers and t-shirts calling for President Obama's assassi- nation and citing Psalm 109:8 as their justifying sacred text (also check verse 9).

The feature film "Fair Game", based on the book by Valerie Plame Wilson is scheduled for release in 2010, starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts (click for latest info at IMDb).

As-of 2007, 300,000 acres of Colorado aspen trees were dead or damaged, per government aerial surveys, with more in adjacent states.
~~ per Smithsonian Magazine

42 percent of American adults are single nowadays.

When I moved into my new house in New Mexico, one of the toilets had a really bad leak, you could see the water moving. So I emptied the tank and dried it out and put nearly a full tube of sealer in the bottom, and that got 90% of the leak. Then recently, the tiny leak looked like it was growing, so I devised a plan. I went to AutoZone and bought a container of Bar's Leak Radiator Stop Leak, which said 'safe with plastic, rubber, aluminum & metal'. Didn't say porcelain, but I figured that the risk was small. So I poured half the bottle of Bar's Leak into the tank and let it set (using the other bathroom for a few days) and sure enough, the toilet leak seems to be gone. I also poured the second half into the tank a couple weeks later, just to be sure, and again waited a couple days. The leak appears to be totally fixed!

Jobless rate reaches 9.8 percent in September, the highest since June 1983.
~~ internet news headline

"Poverty rates rose in 31 states and the District of Columbia to a national high of 13.2 percent (the worst in 11 years) and the number of Americans receiving food stamps rose by 13 percent.
~~ Time Magazine, Sept 2009

"Since March, the dollar has lost about 15 percent of its value against other currencies."
~~ Justin Cox, Time Magazine, November 2009

"There are fewers jobs available today than in 2000, [and] about 12 million additional workers have entered the job market since then."
~~ Jim Hightower

"According to U.S. Conference of Mayors reports, no one in the U.S. can afford a one-bedroom apartment at the current federal minimum wage."
~~ Richard R. Troxell, National Coalition For The Homeless, 2009

"In 1946, one in 17 thousand Americans declared bankruptcy; [in 2008], one in three hundred did."
~~ Jill Lepore, in New Yorker Magazine

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