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The Ugly Truth: What the Drop in Unemployment Doesn’t Tell You.

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It’s the same game, only harder!

The truth is out.  We are living in a time when a shocking four out of 5 U.S. adults will struggle with joblessness or poverty.  This revelation not only flies directly in the face of another drop in unemployment, but reconfirms what many of us had already known, we’re in trouble.

If you find yourself looking for a job, you’re in an over-crowded market where the young and educated are relegated to jobs well below their intellectual station. This is due in part to the heavy competition at the of the top of the job market among the highly-skilled.  Basically, those left out of the jobs they really want are knocked down a peg, creating what Economist Paul Beaudry calls “cascading.”  The top pushes down on the middle and the middle pushes down on the bottom, burying those who are most vulnerable and under-qualified.

This phenomenon stems from what’s been deemed  The Great Reversal.”  That is, there used to be an over-abundance of high-paying jobs that required skill, intellectual capital and education, but now there just aren’t.  In fact, demand for those types of jobs peaked all the way back in the year 2000.  That’s right, even with all this talk of a “skills gap,” the need for high-skill jobs actually stopped growing 13 years ago.… Read the rest

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Today in Disinformation: 7/11/13

Hungry for more news? Here are a few more items of interest that caught the attention of our all-seeing eye.

Arthur Machen in the underworld all_seeing_eye_gifneri7o

After torture, and between Harry Potter novels, CIA allowed KSM to design a vacuum cleaner

Earth: Did We Have Binary Moons?

Jack Parsons: Occultist, sci-fi muse, US space program pioneer

HIV used to cure 2 genetic diseases: The idea of an Italian scientist proves successful

Magickal Self-Defense on Aug 18, 2013

The Bestial Virus: The Infectious Origins of Werewolves, Zombies & Vampires

Buying behavior can be swayed by cultural mindset

5,000-Year-Old “Primitive Writing” Discovered in China

2,000-Year-Old Pyramid and Burials Unearthed in Eastern Mexico

Welcome to Drone U: When the Predator Comes Home

Work Makes People Miserable – Real Time Economics

The Horrible Psychology of Solitary Confinement 

Gun Rights Activist Adam Kokesh Refuses to Attend Court Hearing 

Phoenix Cop: “I’ve Got one Tool, To Beat People Up And Take Them To Jail”

Scientists Warn Of The Dangers Of Toxoplasma Gondii In Cat Feces http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/263110.php

The Soviets Built A Giant Gun That Could Shoot Nukes

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Is Following The News Bad For You?

too much newsAs they say, the medium is the message, and the 24-hour breaking news cycle may be degrading your mind and your life. Via the Guardian, Rolf Dobelli argues thus:

News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply.

News misleads. News leads us to walk around with the completely wrong risk map in our heads. So terrorism is over-rated. Chronic stress is under-rated. Astronauts are over-rated. Nurses are under-rated.

News works like a drug. As stories develop, we want to know how they continue. With hundreds of arbitrary storylines in our heads, this craving is increasingly compelling and hard to ignore. The more news we consume, the more we exercise the neural circuits devoted to skimming and multitasking while ignoring those used for reading deeply and thinking with profound focus. The physical structure of the brain changes.

News makes us passive.

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Tagboard.com: A New Ally In The Information War

A few days ago, I had heard that there were riots going on in Brooklyn.  I had no idea what was going on or why and didn’t feel like waiting for the evening news to tell me what was going on.  I knew that people were taking pictures on Instagram and tweeting under the hashtag #brooklynriot and #brooklynprotest, so I used a new website to get the big picture in one fell swoop.

Tagboard.com  is a hashtag aggregation website that searches all social media for the hashtag that you plug in.  In the case of the Brooklyn riot meme, I was able to see moment to moment what was occurring.

Of course, Tagboard was not created as a site to help protestors organize, but to keep the increasingly media savvy public well organized.  But one has to consider the power that a site like this can wield; across the board, from site to site, you have an eye in the sky.… Read the rest

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A Box For Manipulating The News On Other People’s Computer Screens

The artistic creation of Julian Oliver and Daniil Vasiliev, the Newstweek device allows for "altering reality on a per-network basis" by literally changing the headlines on people's screens:
Newstweek is a device for manipulating news read by other people on wireless hotspots. Built into a small and innocuous wall plug, the Newstweek device allows writers to remotely edit news read on wireless devices without the awareness of their users. While news is increasingly read digitally, it still follows a top-down distribution model and thus often falls victim to the same political and corporate interests that have always sought to manipulate public opinion. Newstweek intervenes upon this model, providing opportunity for citizens to have their turn to manipulate the press; generating propaganda or simply 'fixing facts' as they pass across a wireless network.
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Help Make A Disinfonaut An Astronaut

Smelly armpit deodorising company, Lynx (or Axe as they are known outside the United Kingdom) recently launched a contest to send 22 people into space, and I want to be one of them (vote for me here).

Via Space.com:

The company today (Jan. 9) kicked off its new AXE Apollo Space Academy, an online contest that promises to send 22 winners to the edge of space and back aboard a private spaceship. The winning space travelers will launch aboard a suborbital Lynx space plane built by the U.S. company XCOR Aerospace and operated by the tourism firm Space Expedition Curacao, AXE officials said.

“Space travel for everyone is the next frontier in the human experience,” Buzz Aldrin, who became the second person ever to walk on the moon during NASA’s 1969 Apollo 11 mission in 1969, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that AXE is giving the young people of today such an extraordinary opportunity to experience some of what I’ve encountered in space.”

The contest is open to men and women in more than 60 countries who sign up on the AXE Apollo Space Academy website (AXEApollo.com) and write about why they should be chosen to fly in space, while others will vote on the entries.

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How To Read USA Today

More from the just-deceased Neil Smith -- a classic dissection of how to properly read and understand the USA Today newspaper:
Each edition of USA Today has four seperate sections aimed at the broadest possible appeal -- there's News, Money, Sports, Life -- who could object to that?  
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Woman Shoots and Beheads Serial Rapist

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Via Daily Bhaksar

Yalvac (Turkey): A woman heavily pregnant with the child of her rapist, killed the perpetrator and left his severed head in the local village square, Sun reported.

The woman five-months pregnant with the rapist’s child has been pleading with authorities to let her have an abortion—although the law prohibits any woman beyond ten-weeks pregnant from taking such an action.

Sun reported that when police arrested her in the south-western village of Yalvac she told them that the head was of the one who ‘toyed with her honour.’

Womens’ groups in Turkey have praised the mother of two as a heroine after it emerged she was being blackmailed by her attacker.

Read more at Daily Bhaksar.

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The Blog Of Cops Shooting People

Perhaps designed to satisfy your morbid curiosity or shed light on the workings of our society, Cops Shooting People provides a round up of each day’s local news stories of fatal police shootings (not necessarily faulting the officers) from across the country. It’s staggering how many of these happen. A random sampling:

THEODORE WANN, 23, ALLEGEDLY WIELDING SHOVEL, SHOT AND KILLED BY COPS IN YUCAIPA, CA

“A parent’s request for help in dealing with an agitated son led to the son’s shooting death by a sheriff’s deputy, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies were summoned at 6:25 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, to the 34000 block of Avenue G in Yucaipa, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. One of the man’s parents told deputies the son returned home exhibiting symptoms of paranoia and believing that he was being followed, the department said.

The parent also said that the son might have ingested drugs and wouldn’t settle down.

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