Record number of Americans gainfully employed

Bad Trump! Bad Trump! 

A Record 156,795,000 citizens are employed in the USA, which is the 13th Record-Breaker Under Trump.

The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent for the third month in a row; and the number of employed Americans once again reached an all-time high of 156,795,000, the 13th record since Donald Trump became president.
That unemployment rate is very close to full employment.  Among economists, it is agreed that there is a natural unemployment rate that occurs simply due to folks who are exiting the workforce or simply choosing not to work for whatever reason.  3.7 is probably very close to that natural rate, which is very, very good.  
Wages continued rising as well: In November, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 6 cents to $27.35. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 81 cents, or 3.1 percent.

UI football player arrested on rape charge

University of Idaho football player Kyree Curington was arrested today and faces the charge of rape, according to the Latah County Jail roster.

A warrant was issued for Curington’s arrest after police logged an incident report early Friday morning relating to an alleged sex offense at the university’s Wallace dormitories.

According to the Moscow Police Department’s daily log, a parent of the alleged victim made a call at 5:04 a.m. Friday morning from California, “advising possibly sexual assault.”

Curington was booked into the Latah County jail at 2:19 p.m. today. His bail is set at $75,000.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Teacher fired for refusing to use trans student’s pronouns

A girl puts on guys clothes and insists on being called a guy. 

Only a liar would call her a guy. 

This is not tolerance. It’s coercion. 

WEST POINT, Va. – A Virginia high school teacher who refused to use a transgender student’s new pronouns has been fired.

News outlets report that the West Point School Board voted unanimously Thursday to dismiss Peter Vlaming after a four-hour hearing that drew an overflow crowd. The school system said in a statement that Vlaming was fired for insubordination.

Over the summer, the ninth-grade student’s family informed the school system of the student’s gender transition to male. The student wasn’t involved in Thursday’s hearing.

Witnesses described a “slip-up” when the student was about to run into a wall and Vlaming told others to stop “her.” When discussing the incident with administrators, Vlaming made it clear he would not use male pronouns, a stance that led to his suspension referral for disciplinary action.

“I can’t think of a worse way to treat a child than what was happening,” said West Point High Principal Jonathan Hochman, who testified that he told Vlaming to use male pronouns in accordance with the student’s wishes.

Vlaming told superiors that his Christian faith prevented him from using male pronouns for the student. Vlaming said he had the student in class the year before when the student identified as female.

Vlaming’s attorney, Shawn Voyles, says his client offered to use the student’s name and to avoid feminine pronouns, but Voyles says the school was unwilling to accept the compromise.

Pullman-Moscow airport hopes to address laggy internet

Laggy internet? How about non-existent internet! 

The last two times I was at PUW, I couldn’t connect any device to the public WiFi there. 

I appreciate Kevin Owen (owner of FSR) providing internet as a free service. But it’s not a service if it’s unavailable when people need it. I would rather have no service than unavailable service. 

Internet service at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport may not be as fast as passengers would like, and the airport is hoping to fix that sooner than later.

“We’re maxed out with the capability that’s out there,” said Tony Bean, airport executive director.

By “there,” he means the corridor along Airport Road which lacks infrastructure to provide high-speed internet to many people, including airport patrons.

Pullman City Councilor Al Sorensen brought up the internet issues during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Sorensen said he has heard complaints from the public about the airport’s poor internet service.

Roger Stone: Rep. Adam Schiff is ‘con man,’ Mueller trying to frame me

Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone is slamming Democrat Congressman Adam Schiff for suggesting he lied while testifying to Congress.

While speaking before the American Priority Conference Thursday, Stone said the California representative is a “con man.”

This comes as Stone is being investigated by the special counsel. Stone called the investigation a “witch hunt” and suggested Robert Mueller is trying hard to frame him.

“This has been two and a half years of hell,” he explained. “Not only I was under surveillance in 2016, but I also know that Mr. Mueller and his strike force have examined every aspect of my life — my personal life, my family life, my social life, my business life, my political life, my sex life.”

Stone recently invoked the Fifth Amendment when asked to appear before House Democrats. He said he will only testify if he’s allowed a public hearing.

President Trump picks former Attorney General William Barr to lead Justice Dept.

What’s interesting here is that Barr was George H.W. Bush’s attorney general. 

Given all the nice things that the liberals are saying currently about Bush senior, will they criticize him Trump on this choice? 

Of course they will. That sentiment only lasts one day when the government is shut down. 

President Trump picks former Attorney General William Barr to lead Justice Dept.

100 years ago in Spokane: Spanish Flu Outbreak

I’ve always been intrigued by the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918. Of those who contracted the flu, 20% died. 50-100 million died worldwide — about 5% of the entire world’s population, over the course of a year.

This happened during WWI, and the massive troop movements likely led to the spread and hastening of the pandemic.

There are some excellent resources available about the Spanish Flu. Probably the best I’ve read is John M. Barry’s The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.

There have also been some great articles in the Spokesman Review’s “100 Years Ago Today” series that discusses the effect of the Spanish Flu on the Palouse.

Barry believes that the virus actually originated in Kansas.

Trump EPA proposes rolling back another Obama-era coal rule

This New York liberal is making good on his promises. 

Besides, if one President can create law with the stroke of the pen, why cannot the next one undo that same law? 

I mean, since we’re not following the constitution anyways. 

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed another rollback Thursday aimed at easing controls on emissions from coal-fired power plants, this time for new ones, even as warnings mount from the agency’s scientists and others about the growing toll of climate change.

The EPA’s acting administrator signed a proposal that, if approved by the Trump administration after public review, would loosen an Obama-era rule that would have required cutting-edge carbon capture techniques for new coal plants. Andrew Wheeler said the curbs on coal emissions were “excessive burdens” on the industry.

Moscow residents adjusting to recycle changes

For you Moscow residents, here are the new recycling rules. 

Empty and clean metal, aluminum and tin cans, and mixed paper and cardboard that is clean, dry and without food debris is still accepted in curbside carts.

 

Residents used to be able to throw No. 1 through 7 plastics into their recycling carts, but LSI only accepts plastic bottles and jugs with screw tops, which typically fall under the No. 1 and 2 categories, Steely said. She said residents can leave the lid screwed onto the container or remove it.

Shredded paper is now only accepted at the Moscow Recycling Center and no longer in curbside recycling carts as previously allowed.

Single-stream cart customers were previously required to place the paper in a plastic bag before tossing it in their cart, but plastic bags are no longer accepted by LSI.

Steely said residents can still take shredded paper directly to the recycling center.

Aluminum foil is no longer accepted either as it is frequently contaminated by food, Steely said.

Moscow Sanitation Operations Manager Tim Davis said pots and pans are still accepted directly at the recycling center but not in curbside carts. Aseptic packaging is no longer accepted in curbside carts or at the recycling center.

Steely said certain plastics, such as salad containers, yogurt containers and clam shells are no longer accepted because local material recovery facilities do not have the sorting equipment to process those items properly.

Those easily crushable, thin lightweight plastics become flattened in the sorting process and get sorted incorrectly, Steely said.

She said the items mostly end up in the paper stream, which lowers the quality of the recycled paper and makes it more difficult to sell or recycle back to places where they use the recyclables to make paper.

Steely said plastic grocery bags are no longer accepted because they clog sorting lines at material recovery facilities, which can shut down equipment. WinCo and Safeway have bins available for customers to use to recycle plastic bags.

Steely said LSI employees have been hanging tags on recycling carts that are contaminated with food or non-recyclable materials. For those with contamination tags, she said residents can call LSI and Steely will visit the customer’s home to show the resident what is and is not accepted.

PETA criticized for equating ‘anti-animal’ language with racism and homophobia

Don’t they know that scones (bread) is bad for birds? 

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Taxpayers Will Pay $1 Million to Tear Down $18 Million Baseball Stadium That Predictably Failed to Rejuvenate Camden

That’s because politicians have no skin in the game. 

If they were forced to invest their personal money in these schemes, they would never happen. 

But there’s no consequences for wasting taxpayer money. 

Speaking in 2000 at the groundbreaking for a minor league baseball stadium in Camden, New Jersey, then-Governor Christine Todd Whitman reached for the most obvious cliche possible.

The state’s economic development authorities, she said, had “heard the message from the movie, Field of Dreams: ‘If you build it, they will come.'”

“Well, soon we will see a field of dreams right here in Camden, and my prediction is ‘they will come,'” Whitman said.

Taxpayers spent more than $18 million to build the stadium that would eventually be named Campbell’s Field, as part of a minor league ballpark-building frenzy across New Jersey that saw similar stadiums erected in Newark, Atlantic City, and Somerset—all part of redevelopment schemes that attracted independent minor league teams (that is, minor league teams not affiliated with the Major League Baseball farm system).

Less than two decades later, taxpayers in New Jersey will pay another $1 million to tear down Campbell’s Field.

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/05/taxpayers-will-pay-1-million-to-tear-dow

HT: David G. 

Fight for 15% More Low-Skilled Jobs

Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer’s $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America shows that the truly poor have great trouble finding and keeping even the lowest-skilled jobs in the formal sector. 

Question: If employers hesitate to hire the ultra-poor for $7.25 an hour, why on Earth would they hire them for $15?

“No one can live on $7.25 an hour,” you say?  Well, it sure beats living on $2.00 a day

And when Edin and Shaefer’s subjects fail to find a job, that’s precisely what they have to do:

[W]orkers at the very bottom continued to experience double-digit unemployment through 2012, well after the recession was officially over.  For low-level positions, there are often many more applicants than there are jobs.  Companies such as Walmart might have hundreds of applications to choose from, and it is not uncommon for many of these applicants to have some post-high school education, making it that much harder for a young woman of color with a GED and little previous work experience to make the cut.

How do these companies wade through so many applications?  How would you do it?

Via Bryan Caplan

Communist Havana is Collapsing, Building by Building

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From USA Today:

Some 3,856 partial or total building collapses were reported in Havana from 2000 to 2013, not including 2010 and 2011 when no records were kept. The collapses worsened an already severe housing shortage. Havana alone had a deficit of 206,000 homes in 2016, official figures show.

Officials estimate 28,000 people live in buildings that could collapse at any moment. Some residents refuse to leave structures that authorities have declared unsafe. “Of course we’re scared but what are we going to do?” said Yanelis Flores, 42, who rejected a government offer to move into a shelter.

Macron scraps French fuel tax hike amid violent protests

105356476 1532634431747gettyimages 1000604582 530x298And just two weeks ago he swore he’d never surrender. 

French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed that street violence won’t force him to back down over his government’s energy policy.

Typical French. Immediately surrendering. 

The sweep of the protests and their wide support by citizens of all political stripes has shocked Macron’s government. In the last few days, Paris saw the worst anti-government riot since 1968, French students set fires outside high schools to protest a new university application system, small business owners blocked roads to protest high taxes, and retirees marched to protest the president’s perceived elitism.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/dec/05/macron-scraps-french-fuel-tax-hike-amid-violent-pr/