Off the Charts Blog | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | Today’s Jobs Report in Pictures

Today’s jobs report shows a familiar pattern. Private employers added jobs for the 41st straight month, yet nonfarm payroll employment remains lower than it was at the start of the recession in December 2007. It’s well below what’s required for full employment. The unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent, but as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stated recently, the current unemployment rate “overstates the health of our labor markets.” In particular, the share of the population with a job remains stuck near levels reached in the depth of the recession.

Below are some charts to show how the new figures look in historical context. Check back soon for my full statement with further analysis.

via Off the Charts Blog | Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | Today’s Jobs Report in Pictures.

Producing exclusively food for human consumption (Science Daily)

If we went vegan and walked or rode buses and trains – enough food for everyone at a reasonable price!?!


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Existing Cropland Could Feed Four Billion More by Dropping Biofuels and Animal Feed

Aug. 1, 2013 — The world’s croplands could feed 4 billion more people than they do now just by shifting from producing animal feed and biofuels to producing exclusively food for human consumption, according to new research from the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota.

Even a smaller, partial shift from crop-intensive livestock such as feedlot beef to food animals such as chicken or pork could increase agricultural efficiency and provide food for millions, the study says.


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Why did Home Office tweet about arrest of 139 immigrants out of 5,000 other arrests yesterday?

Same reason a peacock fans his tail – to see if anyone would notice how wonderful and powerful they are (not).

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

We already know the answer to this one, don’t we?

Why did the Home Office decide to tweet about the arrest of 139 immigrants yesterday when around 5,000 other people are arrested every day in the UK?

According to civil service guidelines, the Home Office isn’t allowed to publicly comment on anything which may be construed as party political and must not “act in a way that is determined by party political considerations, or use official resources for party political purposes”.

With Tory campaign ‘guru’ Lynton Crosby making immigration one of the corner stones of the Tories’ re-election campaign, couldn’t Home Office civil servants tweeting about the arrest of 139 immigrants – while not mentioning anything at all about the other approximately 5,000 people who are arrested every day in the UK – be construed as using official resources for party political purposes?

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Manus Island

antoine cassar


Manus Island, part of the Bismarck Archipelago, to the north-east of Papua New Guinea. 100 km by 30 km, population 50,321 as of the 2011 census. Known for its sea cucumbers (served as bêche de mer), the endemic emerald green snail (now an endangered species), and for its copper and gold deposits. In global focus, more recently, for hosting an “offshore refugee processing centre” on behalf of the Australian government. Having closed in 2003, the centre was re-opened in November 2012. To learn more about the conditions inside the centre, visit the website of Australian NGO ChilOut (as in CHILdren OUT of detention), or click here to watch an investigative report that goes inside the centre (ABC).

atlasThe new Atlas poem below is part of a growing series on islands and peninsulas. Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, a cartographical and poetic

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