Thursday, May 06, 2021

Thursday Is New Jobless Day

498K new lucky duckies. Still very high!

Monthly jobs report tomorrow.

Morning Thread

The best morning.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Wednesday Night

Rock on.

Playing A Role

I don't know what's going on precisely, but several times we've had "uh oh Biden's going to do the wrong thing" trial balloons, then people yell (my blog is very loud and heard of course), and then they do the right thing. Or at least announce they're going to.

Many people don't like the pessimism. I get that. But something to realize is that when "maybe they're going to do the wrong thing" is leaked to the press, it's likely because someone inside wants them to do the right thing and is trying to get very important people like me to yell about it. Because other people inside don't want to do the right thing.

Or maybe not? Who knows! But I don't think yelling at them hurts.

Happy Hour Thread

Gonna market my own version of the vaccine!

Another Step Towards Full Communism

Details matter, but... good!

Rudy's Taint Team

The worst job in the country.
Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to appoint an outside lawyer to review the records seized from Rudolph W. Giuliani — echoing the Justice Department’s pursuit of a criminal case against a previous attorney for former president Donald Trump, Michael Cohen.


It is not that unusual for authorities in a case involving lawyers’ records to use a “filter” or “taint” team to review seized material and decide what information is relevant to the warrant and keep separate any information that is covered by attorney-client privilege.

Getting Bigger

These are estimates, not the Census counts (which might be garbage so I'll take the estimates).

Decennial population peaked at 2,071,605 in 1950. Trough at 1,517,550 in 2000.

Innovations In Human Resource Management

Incredible what they come up with.
As March drew to a close, Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor in the Strip District found itself without enough workers for the upcoming spring and summer rush, and it certainly did not have enough workers to open the shop to its desired seven days a week schedule.

Then, on March 30, the parlor announced it would more than double the starting wage for the roles, going from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour, a scoop that seemed to captivate workers throughout the region and one that earned a significant amount of local media coverage.

"It was instant, overnight. We got thousands of applications that poured in," Maya Johnson, general manager of Klavon's, said. "It was very overwhelming, very. People were coming in by the next day that it broke on the news, they were coming in, filling out paper applications. I was doing on-the-spot interviews."

Any time I think about the math for hospitality jobs, it makes no sense that an extra few bucks an hour for labor (one of many inputs) is going to put all these places out of business.

My long belief is that labor costs are the one things managers have any control over - especially with chain and franchise operations where everything else is 100% controlled by The Brand - and so they're insane about it. A good manager is a manager who minimizes labor costs. That's all they can do.


Don't see any new info about Victoria Toensing, who, along with Rudes, had a search warrant against her.

Vicky and her husband Joe were such malevolent forces in DC for decades.

Oh I know justice never comes for elites, but at least they can squirm and have some legal bills.

All Crime All The Time

I try to balance legitimate interest in PROSECUTING ALL THE CRIMES with legitimate interest in ignoring everything else related to the last guy.

"We" really don't have to obsess about Palin II.


Apparently Rudy is having a hard time getting paid.

This is a shocking development that nobody could have predicted. Writers really outdid themselves with this twist! All the Pulitzers, Oscars, Emmys, for that one.

Morning Thread

Wednesday again. Too many Wednesdays. One every seven days!

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Tuesday Night

Rock on.

Ignoring The Last Guy

It really isn't hard to do.

Stories about Rudy in shackles can't be ignored, however.

Happy Hour Thread

Get happy.

Good Thing She Isn't Fed Chair

Yellen's of a generation of economists raised on the idea that Teh Markets demand that you threaten to kill every first born child if inflation rises above 2% in order to prevent it from happening.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen conceded Tuesday that interest rates may have to rise to keep a lid on the burgeoning growth of the U.S. economy brought on in part by trillions of dollars in government stimulus spending.

“It may be that interest rates will have to rise somewhat to make sure that our economy doesn’t overheat,” Yellen said during an economic seminar presented by The Atlantic. “Even though the additional spending is relatively small relative to the size of the economy, it could cause some very modest increases in interest rates.”

She started raising rates too early last decade, preventing us from having the horrible fate of full employment, which we finally just about reached under the last guy when, well, you know.

Hopefully Powell has other ideas.

Afternoon Thread

Is a bad thing happening to a bad person somewhere?

Your Moment of Zen

Just Vote

Returning to one of my pet issues from a long time ago, there's a problem with membership organizations that don't ask anything from their members except to give money or vote.

The Democratic Party isn't meaningfully a membership organization at any level (The DCCC calls House Reps its members, not you).

Most people don't want to do more than that, of course, and that's fine. Some people do, and many more want to feel like they could.

A triumph of the Obama campaign was that it gave a lot of people the illusion of involvement, which provided a sense of being involved.

And then they shut it down.

I probably do a version of this post every election cycle, at least, but after election day all organization is shut down, and then they try to crank it back up again the Labor Day before the next election.

This is not the best way to do things.

How Do We Reach The People We're Least Likely To Reach

Aim at vaccinating everyone, but "we" don't have to be obsessed with Trumpkin anti-vaxxers instead of just people who probably aren't being reached through current practices, but who would be more than willing to get a shot. We know plenty of high minority areas aren't being reached, and while vaccine hesitation might play some role there, too, as everywhere, it isn't the Trumpkin "refusing the vax to own the libs" bullshit.

Everything doesn't have to be directed at imagined Real Americans. Certainly not this.

Morning Thread

Need more Rudy news!!!