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Saturday, March 08, 2008

I Learned It On NPR

(1) As the Democratic nomination process continues and Wyoming is next in line to function as "The Decider", a Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Wyoming was interviewed on NPR about what Clinton and Obama face as they try to appeal to a predominantly Republican state. She said the ONLY issue that voters want to talk about is the lack of JOBS!

According to her research, Wyoming-ites as she referred to them have the highest divorce rate in the country. She says one of the factors that contributes to this is that Wyoming-ites marry young. Also in Wyoming, the greatest disparity in the nation exists between men's and women's earnings. She attributes this to the type of jobs that are available that she says are sterotypically men's jobs like working in oil and other natural resources industries.

Job security and job loss really seem be on most voter's minds throughout the country. Clinton knew this in Ohio and won Ohio. Now Pennsylvania is an important battleground and "jobs" is the big issue.

(2) Continuting with the "jobs" theme, on NPR's "Marketplace", I learned that 63,000 jobs were lost last month. This is not good. However there is good news for "the man". Top executives are doing great. The C.E.O. of Goldman Sachs raked in 100 million dollars last year. Why should any one person be paid 100 million dollars? Because he is probably awesome, that's why.

(3) From "The Splendid Table": Pinot Noir grapes are not as hard to grow and harvest as they were once touted to be. Good news for wine snobs. Or is it bad news?

(4) Also from "The Splendid Table": Foraging is now in for Yuppies. One of the segments of this week's program followed a UCLA instructor around as she foraged for food on the streets of LA. She gathered plants and weeds from a down town street for a salad. Yuppies really do have a lot of time on their hands. In order to have enough time in your day to do this sort of thing you are either one of two things: (1) unemployed or (2) make a six-figure salary at one of those jobs where you really don't have to work all that hard.


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