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Top News Stories 2008-06-04 07:00:59

Front Page: World Embraces Obama, Aid Leaving Myanmar, Economy Adds Jobs

  • World Embraces Obama: Just after Barack Obama secured the delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination, favorable reaction to the news came in from around the world. An editor of the Times of London said of the historic event, “In 220 years a country that has steadily multiplied in diversity, where ethnic minorities and women have risen to the very highest positions in so many fields of human life, has chosen a succession of 42 white men as its leader. For good measure, the vice presidency, the only other nationally directly elected position in the US government, has been held by a succession of 46 white males. But last night, in a tumultuous break with this long history, the ultimate realization of the American dream moved a little closer, and a black man became his party’s nominee for the presidency.” In addition to focus on that historic detail, news sources in China, and Pakistan also gave favorable reactions, and many European outlets gave the story the same amount of attention in garnered in the US.
  • Aid Leaving Myanmar: US Navy ships carrying aid for the victims of the Myanmar cyclone are due to leave the coastline after continued refusal of the government to allow them to help. After 15 failed attempts to convince the regime to let them in, the Navy said it would withdraw the four ships, carrying helicopters and landing craft. French and British navy ships have also been withdrawn after being refused permission to operate. Recent estimates show the cyclone left more than 133,000 people dead or missing.
  • Economy Adds Jobs: The US private-sector job market added 40,000 jobs in May, surprising analysts who had predicted a drop of almost that many. The news of growth comes after April saw the addition of 13,000 new jobs. All figures are according to a private report by ADP Employer Services released today.
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serial serial 8 years
I'm glad that the world is viewing the United States in a positive light again -- it's been so long coming. But, I have to ask, does middle America even care about what the rest of the world thinks? As a left coaster with some background on international relations and political economy, I'm very keen to the role of the U.S. in the international setting and how reputation equates to real, if only soft, power in achieving U.S. goals abroad. But we've had nearly eight years under and administration that squandered international goodwill post 9/11, rebutted international cooperation in global treaty areas like the Kyoto Accords, forgone diplomacy in favor of military action with respect to Iraq, labeled countries part of an axis of terror and aliens from certain countries (most of the middle east, south and southeast Asia) "suspect" subject to deportation. I'm sure there are other examples I'm missing. The point remains that we've had so long to get used to doing our own thing, and perhaps I'm stereotyping but we like the room to do what they want.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I am a contract worker, and I can't get unemployment, so what you are saying makes sense. Funny how they work the numbers. Thanks for all the info!
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
cine: actually the analysts do make that distinction when they are doing the general survey - that's how they're able to report on how many people are taking part time work in the quote i posted. the blurry part is in the unemployment #'s, which are typically what people look to when they want a quick gauge of the economy. many people don't realize that the unemployment rate is not the % of persons who are not working. it's actually the % of persons who are considered part of the labor force (everyone over age 18, not in prison, not in college, not in an institution), who are actively SEEKING a job. meaning, they have applied for unemployment benefits and/or job search assistance. if you are/were self employed and are now getting zero business, you're not considered part of the unemployed. if you are a contract worker and are only working 7 days a month you are not considered part of the unemployed. interesting? nah, didn't think so!
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Interesting YY. It does not specify if they are full time or part time. You would think they would make that distinction. Maybe I am one to see silver linings, but I am just happy there are more jobs out there, no matter what type they are. If my job goes, I have no problem flipping burgers to pay my bills until I can find another job in my field.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
You seem to be a VERY intelligent raccoon. You even have your own town here in WI, called Coon Valley. :evil:
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
raciccarone: i'm no fool. you clearly do not work at arby's. why do i know this? becuase I OWN ARBY'S and we don't have computers with internet access available for commenting on blogs all day. i think all that horsey sauce has gone to your head!
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Obviously I meant "...while you're number crunching..." in the above insane rant. I may be crazy but I am not stupid.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Yesteryear, I don't need your facts and figures! I am a person! A breathing man of flesh and blood and not some statistic you can so careless throw around like some rag doll in a rabid dog's mouth! Arby's has been a home to me for seventeen years and while I've never been promoted in that time, they treat me with respect! Did you know that Arby's has 3% less fat in the milkshakes than McDonalds? Bet you didn't. Oh, and while your number crunching at your desk with your facts and figures, remember this: I deal with real people. Hungry people. People who know that I hold the key to their very nourishment. Now who's cowering in the corner from fear? Yeah, that just happened! :jimmy: JIMMY! I TOLD YOU TO STAY IN THE STORAGE FACILITY!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Thank you are a very attractive shoe! ;) I know that there are countries that we really strongly disagree with, but like China, I think it would be an asset to have them be more cooperative with us.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
oh, and dave to answer your question: i'm an economic analyst. i re-package and publish employment, housing and construction data for public and private sector decision makers.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
raciccarone: i hope for your sake that you do not in fact work at arby's... but you bring up a good point. a quote from the BLS' april report: "In April, the number of persons working part time for economic reasons increased by 306,000 to 5.2 million. This level was 849,000 higher than in April 2007. These individuals indicated that they were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job." this illustrates what we typically think of as the main question in terms of job growth... what is the QUALITY of the jobs that are growing? basically what this type of growth will do is drive down unemployment (you cant sign up for unemployment benefits if you're employed part time) and paint a rosy picture of the employment situation.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I also wonder what sort of private growth we're talking about? I mean are we losing decent paying jobs for cashier jobs at Arby's? I'm only asking because I'm a cashier at Arby's and I don't need a lot of competition. I really screwed up an order yesterday and my boss is sort of mad at me. :rudolph:
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I agree stiletta! YY, I agree there is probably some skewing going on, but I have read other reports that there has been economic growth in the US for the last two months. I guess only time will tell.
stiletta stiletta 8 years
By the way, if that's you, you are a very attractive woman.
stiletta stiletta 8 years
I agree, Jill, if that support comes from countries that share our views, but should we embrace the support of a candidate from people who's goals are not in alignment of our own? That seems a bit sinister to me.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Stilletta how can it not be a good thing that Obama has the world's support? To combat terrorism and nuclear proliferation, we will need the help of other countries. Support from others only makes us stronger. Yesteryear, that is really interesting! You should start giving us monthly reports! ;)
stiletta stiletta 8 years
I don't understand why Myanmar wants to kill its own people? What purpose can it serve? As for the rest of the world "embracing" Obama, I am not sure that's a good sign judging by who we have to deal with.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
YY - What do you do with these reports? I can see why you would be so old and wrinkled, having to look at these reports...
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
whoa - that last paragraph was not supposed to all be a link - but click it, i was trying to point to the BLS stats report if anyone's interested in seeing what i gaze upon each day, all day. (ugh)
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
im suspicious of this report about job growth. why is the NY times reporting something from an employment services firm and not the Bureau of Labor Statistics? typically we'll look at the year-over-year to see real change because a lot of what we see month to month is seasonal. the BLS won't release may #'s until mid june, but according to them, we lost 29k jobs in the private sector between march and april 2008. i analyze this stuff for work, and i know the government skews stuff for their own benefit, so for the record i'm usually wary of their reports as well. maybe i just haven't had enough coffee yet - but i smell a rat.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I am really really happy that the private sector is adding jobs. It puts a giant smile on my face!
em1282 em1282 8 years
Ugh. Such a shame to read about the aid leaving Myanmar. 133,000 can't even wrap your head around such a huge figure.
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