Archive for April 7th, 2012

Twitter Updates for 2012-04-07

  • US official unemployment at 8.2%, but people not looking is a record high of 88 million, or 26% of population. Real unemployment about 13%. #
  • Make that 28% of the US population who are not looking or have given up looking for work. #
  • The AFL match in Sydney, where is everybody? 25% of the grandstands are vacant, the rest every third or fourt seat empty. #aflswansfreo #
  • Listening to the Essendon V Port Adelaide AFL match while watching the Sydney V Fremantle match and the horse races at Rosehill. #
  • Yay! I had the quinella in the Golden Slipper! #
  • Sydney's Westfield Chatswood is on fire according to @2GBNews. The fire apparently started in a Gloria Jeans coffee shop. #
  • @coffeyn @2gbnews flame grilled cappuccino was always my favourite. in reply to coffeyn #
  • Nattie and Pebbles going for a run this afternoon #
  • Listening to Adelaide V Western Bulldogs via Triple M Adelaide and watching Collingwood V Richmond, muted, on 7mate. #

April 7th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Nattie and Pebbles going for a run

Every few days Nattie and Pebbles go for a run in the afternoon instead of a walk. Usually they are taken up to the front oval of Campbell High School which is usually pretty quiet in the afternoon, especially in comparison to Reid Oval across the road, which is used by every football and cricket player, and every dog in the neighbourhood.

It also has the benefit of tiring them out, so that they want to have a sleep for a few hours when they get home. This is especially useful when it comes to Pebbles as she can be quite exhausting with seemingly near-endless amount of energy.

Anyway, while Nattie and Pebbles were having their run this afternoon, I filmed some of their activities. Enjoy!


April 7th, 2012 at 07:35pm

US unemployment and the economy

An email to 2UE’s John Kerr

Hi John,

Just on the US unemployment rate, whilst the official rate has fallen to 8.2%, this figure, like our unemployment rate, does not include people who have given up looking for work and are therefore no longer receiving unemployment benefits.

The number of people who are not employed and are not looking for employment has risen to an all-time record high of 88 million. That's 28% of the population. Real unemployment (ie. people who are out of work and want to find work) is actually around the 13 to 14% mark. The US economy has also suffered from the lowest rate of economic growth for any post-recession period in the last century. The economy there is hardly growing, the real number of unemployed is rising, and inflation is creating further problems. It's called "stagflation" and in many ways, the current President and his economic policies are to blame.

The recovery of the US economy is, sadly, a myth, and another four years of Obama will only make it worse. I'm not sure that the Republicans opposing him can turn it around quickly, but they will certainly try harder than Obama has and, I believe, do a better job than he has done so far.

Anyway, something more pleasant, the two little doggies Nattie and Pebbles were asleep downstairs a few minutes ago having dozed off while listening to you, Pebbles on a chair and Nattie on the footstool in front of the chair. A photo is attached which I hope you will like.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

April 7th, 2012 at 01:33am


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