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As the Bureau of Labor Statistics would have it, the job market is practically back to its old self again, with official unemployment down below 7% of the workforce for the first time since the depression began in 2008. As the BLS would have it, if you are unemployed but have given up looking, you're actually not unemployed! Congrats!

But, of course, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics, and the chart below shows you what's really going on.


As you can see, for every 100 people, there are fewer working, even fewer working full time, and more working part time. The ranks of the unofficially unemployed (those who don't meet the BLS standard for being considered unemployed) have swelled.

The bottom line: there are around 19 million Americans looking for full-time work that can't find it.

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Pro-Tip: If you find yourself using a Nazi method for destroying an economy on your own people, you need to check your math.


It seems almost impossible to believe that the exact strategy being used by the US Federal Reserve to supposedly help the US economy was also employed by Nazi Germany to attack the British economy. But it is absolutely true.

Operation Bernhard, named for it's mastermind, Bernhard Krüger, was a Nazi program to print millions of British Pounds and send them to Britain. The forgeries were so perfect that no one could tell the difference, and it was their plan that this "quantitative easing" would unhinge the economy through inflation, causing people to do all kinds of stupid things with their money and quit producing things of value. This is the general effect of inflation, and having lived through the Weimar inflation where wheelbarrows of Marks wouldn't buy a loaf of bread, Krüger was especially aware of this.

Unbelievably, economists and central bankers will spout off nonsense about how the strategy of devaluing money will somehow help the economy at large. This is, of course, self-evidently untrue, as the printing of trillions of dollars has failed to do anything but push up the price of everything we need to live (and Twitter stock).

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There's no such thing as a consumer economy.  "Consumption" doesn't drive squat. There are only producer economies, everything else is fakery and shenanigans.







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Tomorrow, January 1, 2014, the US Federal Government will finish its ban of traditional light bulbs, in favor of toxic mercury-containing bulbs. You know, for the environment.


Anyhow, now that we are being forced by government employees to buy poisonous light bulbs from the Chinese, we should know how to clean up if one breaks. Below is a slimmed down version of the EPA procedure.

Step 1:


Have people and pets leave the room, and avoid the breakage area on the way out.


Step 2: Ventilate


Open a window or door to the outdoors and leave the room for 5-10 minutes.

Shut off the central heating/air conditioning. (Totally practical in Louisiana in July, or Montana in January)


Step 3: Decontaminate


Collect materials you will need to clean up the broken bulb:

o    Stiff paper or cardboard

o    Sticky tape (e.g., duct tape)

o    Damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces)

o    Glass jar with a metal lid (such as a canning jar) or a sealable plastic bag.

Carefully scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place debris and paper/cardboard in a glass jar with a metal lid. If a glass jar is not available, use a sealable plastic bag. Since a plastic bag will not prevent the mercury vapor from escaping, remove the plastic bag from the home after cleanup.

Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder. Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag.

Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place the towels in the glass jar or plastic bag.


Step 4: Don’t Vacuum!


It is possible that vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor. If vacuuming is needed to ensure removal of all broken glass, keep the following tips in mind:

o    Keep a window or door to the outdoors open;  

o    Vacuum the area where the bulb was broken using the vacuum hose, if available.

o    Remove the vacuum bag (or empty and wipe the canister) and seal the bag/vacuum debris, and any materials used to clean the vacuum, in a plastic bag.


Step 5: Separate


Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of. 


Step 6: Call the authorities!


Next, check with your local government about disposal requirements in your area, because some localities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center.


Step 7: Sanitize


Wash your hands with soap and water after disposing of the jars or plastic bags containing bulb debris and cleanup materials.

Continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the HVAC system shut off, as practical, for several hours.


Step 8: Future Cleaning of Carpeting or Rugs (this is the best part)


The next several times you vacuum the rug or carpet, shut off the HVAC system if you have one, close the doors to other rooms, and open a window or door to the outside before vacuuming. Change the vacuum bag after each use in this area.

After vacuuming is completed, keep the HVAC system shut off and the window or door to the outside open, as practical, for several hours.


If that doesn't make you feel warm and fuzzy, I don't know what will!

Post-Script: There is, in fact, a loophole in the new ban for "rough service" bulbs, which allows the manufacture of a specific variety of old-style incandescent bulbs (needless to say, mercury-free). You can get them here: http://www.newcandescent.com/store/customer/

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