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FEBRUARY 15-16,  2023

JUST WHAT WE NEED IN A TIME OF CRISIS:  From College Fix: 

A survey conducted by the Mary Christie Institute discovered that recent college graduates are not emotionally prepared for the workforce.

Specifically the survey found that more than half of these young professionals self-reported “emotional or mental health challenges.”

“Our findings show that once in the workplace, young people continue to struggle mentally and emotionally,” the think tank wrote.

The survey found that 43 percent of those individuals with mental health issues said they had anxiety while 31 percent reported having depression.

“Women reported worse mental health than men, with 68% of males self-reporting good or excellent mental health, compared to 45% of females,” the survey reported.

The College Fix reached out to the think tank for its reaction to the findings of the survey, what the causes and solutions of this issue are and if there is anything that colleges can do to better prepare students for the workforce.

The group has not responded to a request for comment sent in the past week. The Fix also reached out to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, a co-sponsor of the survey, to ask similar questions.

Survey respondents also reported burnout to be an issue as they enter into the workforce.

Over half of surveyed individuals reported that they feel burnout at least once a week in their careers. The survey defined “burnout” as “a state of prolonged physical and psychological exhaustion, which is perceived as related to the person’s work.”

Furthermore, almost 40 percent of respondents claimed that college is “not strongly perceived as preparing students emotionally for the workforce.”

These respondents believe that their time spent in college did not adequately prepare them to make the “transition” into the workforce.

The unique circumstances that many of these respondents faced – having to deal with the disruptions of COVID-19 on their education and a shift towards virtual learning – may have had a major impact on the concerning results of this survey, the think tank suggested.

A career coach and workforce expert told The Fix that the findings predict negative results for companies and the economy.

COMMENT:  We are becoming a directionless country.  Free of a moral core.  Free of a work ethic.  Free of a goal.  And don't even mention dedication. 

New leadership needed.  And schools that raise morale, not lower it, and convince students to dream, not trash their country.

February 16, 2023       Permalink 

 

POSSIBLY THE WORST CABINET MINISTER IN ALL HUMAN HISTORY, AND EVEN NON-HUMAN HISTORY:  And his name is Pete.  Ain't that cute?  From Fox: 

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg emphasized to Yahoo! Finance Live the large number of train derailments in this country while the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, has gotten the most "attention."

Buttigieg continues to face backlash after he was slow to discuss the train derailment causing toxic chemicals to pollute the East Palestine and the surrounding region. He finally addressed the disaster on Monday night, 10 days after the train crashed.

Buttigieg was asked by Yahoo! Finance about what the Transportation Department is doing.
"Look, rail safety is something that has evolved a lot over the years, but there's clearly more that needs to be done because while this horrible situation has gotten a particularly high amount of attention, there are roughly 1,000 cases a year of a train derailing," he said.

How encouraging, Pete.  Aren't you in charge of that department?

He added further, "Obviously, they have levels of severity, but where all of that points us to is a need to continue to raise the bar on rail safety. And that's especially true when it comes to rail that involves hazardous materials."

He commented that this more salient example of a derailment happened despite major regulations already on the books.

"Now this train was subject to certain enhanced requirements because of hazardous materials on board. But obviously, none of that prevented what happened in East Palestine," he said. "It's one of the reasons we're going to be paying very close attention to the findings that NTSB comes back with."

At least read the cover.  I mean, can you believe how out of touch this child is?

He went on to describe a major question he faces in his role as Transportation Secretary.
"Basically, the question that needs to be asked here is, with all of the regulation, with all of the supplemental regulations that apply to a hazardous cargo like vinyl chloride, how is it that this happened anyway? And what can be done to make sure it doesn't happen?" he asked.

This came less than 24 hours after Buttigieg blamed the Trump administration for his agency being "constrained by law on some areas of rail regulation."

Buttigieg has faced intense scrutiny for his performance in this role from both sides of politics.

Earlier this week, public figures on Twitter condemned him for his silence on the derailment as he called for more diversity in construction. 

COMMENT:  Yeah, that's his big issue – diversity.  He's from the WOKE society.  Of course, I'm sure that if we had more left-handed, non-binary persons of color on that train, the accident would never have happened.

There is talk about Pete being president some day.  There is also talk that he may start to do his job.

February 16, 2023       Permalink

 

CALIFORNIA, THERE I WENT.  The state is dying right before our eyes, rivaling my own once-loved state of New York for the title of "state that loses the most people."  I love handing out honors.  From the L.A. Times: 

The California exodus has shown no sign of slowing down as the state's population dropped by more than 500,000 people between April 2020 and July 2022, with the number of residents leaving surpassing those moving in by nearly 700,000.

The population decrease was second only to New York, which lost about 15,000 more people than California, census data show.

California has been seeing a decline in population for years, with the COVID-19 pandemic pushing even more people to move to other parts of the country, experts say. The primary reason for the exodus is the state's high housing costs, but other reasons include the long commutes and the crowds, crime and pollution in the larger urban centers. The increased ability to work remotely — and not having to live near a big city — has also been a factor.
The census data show that the trend has continued and point to those states that have seen population gains even as California's has shrunk.

Net migration out of California surpassed that of the next highest state, New York, by about 143,000 people. Nearby states such as Utah have warned Californians who might consider moving to stay out. A similar story is playing out in Nevada, where California migrants are seeking to re-create their lifestyle.

California gained about 157,000 more people from natural change — the difference in number between births and deaths — than New York did, making New York's total population loss greater.

During the final year of the two-year span, from July 2021 to July 2022, California lost about 211,000 people, according to data from the state Department of Finance. Nearly half — 113,048 — were from Los Angeles County, the most populous of California's 58 counties.

The county had lost around 160,000 people in the previous 12 months, with nearly all of the population loss driven by domestic migration.

COMMENT:  Read the whole thing.  The real market is actually working.  People want safe, pleasant living at reasonable prices.  New York, especially New York City, doesn't make it.  Neither does a good part of California.  There was a time when, if a New Yorker said he was moving to Tennessee, people would snicker.  They are snickering no more.  The snobby New Yorkers and Californians are learning that other states actually have people who can read and write.  This is often a jolting discovery requiring immediate psychiatric intervention.

We will watch the population shifts play out in the 2024 elections.

February 15,  2023     Permalink

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 14,  2023

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE: 

SHOULD THEY REALLY BE CALLED "DOCTOR"?  From Fox:  Columbia University received intense backlash online after a resurfaced video showed medical students reciting a revised version of the Hippocratic Oath that included tenets of critical race theory.  The video, posted by nonprofit Mythinformed Milwaukee, shows the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Class of 2025 during a White coat ceremony reciting an oath led by Lisa Mellman, MD, a senior associate dean for student affairs and the Samuel Rudin Professor of Psychiatry.  According to a news release on the Columbia University Irving Medical Center website, the August 2021 ceremony was the first time in the medical school's 255-year history that the incoming medical students recited their personalized Class Oath, a spin on the Hippocratic Oath to "better reflect the values [students] wish to uphold as they enter their medical training.  The students must take the original Hippocratic Oath and have the opportunity to participate in the student-led initiative. In the future, each class will have the chance to create its own Oath."  The "New Hippocratic Oath" reciting was also published on the Columbia University YouTube channel and included the pledge in full.  "We enter the profession of medicine with appreciation for the opportunity to build on the scientific and humanistic achievements of the past. We also recognize the acts and systems of oppression effected in the name of medicine. We take this Oath of service to begin building a future grounded in truth, restoration, and equity to fulfill medicine's capacity to liberate," the Oath begins.  Imagine, in less than a decade we'll be able to go to a doctor who is board certified in socialism.  To our good health.

February 14, 2023       Permalink

 

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED TO JOE BIDEN ON THE WAY TO A SECOND TERM.  The operative word is "inflation."  It ain't over.  From CNBC:

Inflation turned higher to start 2023, as rising shelter, gas and fuel prices took their toll on consumers, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.

The consumer price index, which measures a broad basket of common goods and services, rose 0.5% in January, which translated to an annual gain of 6.4%. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been looking for respective increases of 0.4% and 6.2%.

Markets were volatile following the release, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down about 200 points at the open and heading lower.

Rising shelter costs accounted for about half the monthly increase, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in the report. The component accounts for more than one-third of the index and rose 0.7% on the month and was up 7.9% from a year ago. The CPI had risen 0.1% in December.

Energy also was a significant contributor, up 2% and 8.7%, respectively, while food costs rose 0.5% and 10.1%, respectively.

Rising prices meant a loss in real pay for workers. Average hourly earnings fell 0.2% for the month and were down 1.8% from a year ago, according to a separate BLS report that adjusts wages for inflation.

While price increases had been abating in recent months, January’s data shows inflation is still a force in a U.S. economy in danger of slipping into recession this year.

That has come despite Federal Reserve efforts to quell the problem. The central bank has hiked its benchmark interest rate eight times since March 2022 as inflation rose to its highest level in 41 years last summer.

“Inflation is easing but the path to lower inflation will not likely be smooth,” said Jeffrey Roach, chief economist at LPL Financial. “The Fed will not make decisions based on just one report but clearly the risks are rising that inflation will not cool fast enough for the Fed’s liking.”

In recent days, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has talked about “disinflationary” forces at play, but January’s numbers show the central bank probably still has work to do.

COMMENT:  What is often not discussed by the talking heads is that any inflation has a lasting effect.  When the Biden White House experiences a good month, and says that inflation is slowing, it's skipping over the damage done by the inflation that has already occurred.  I haven't seen any decline in food prices, have you?  They just go up, and families will continue to pay them.

February 14, 2023       Permalink

 

WHY AM I NOT CONVINCED?  Why is it that I think we've been given much less than the truth about the "objects" we whacked just days ago?  Maybe I'm just paranoid, or awake?  From Fox: 

The three unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that were shot down by the U.S. military over the weekend were "not engaged in hostile actions," according to sources with knowledge of an unclassified briefing for members of the House of Representatives Tuesday, but the military could not rule out whether a hostile country may have sent them.

And which country would that be?  Does it have a name?  Maybe "The Land of Oz."

A source with knowledge of the House briefing told Fox News Digital that the military determination that the UFOs weren’t hostile was "a determination about offensive capability not a determination as to motive or source country."

If they haven't recovered the wreckage yet, how could they be sure of capability?

So therefore, the military's "legal assessment" is that the objects were "not engaged in hostile actions," but they could not rule out whether a hostile country may have sent them.

Fox News learned that the House lawmakers were briefed by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Hemispheric Affairs Melissa Dalton, Director of All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office Sean Kirkpatrick, Lt. Gen. Douglas A. Sims II, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Commander Gen. Glen VanHerck of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command.

The source also said that the three objects shot down over the weekend were substantially different in size from the Chinese spy balloon that was shot down a week before over the coast of South Carolina. One was shaped more closely to a balloon-like object and the other two were the size of an ATV.

The Chinese spy balloon differed, as it was 200 feet tall, and the payload was 90 feet across.

COMMENT:  It's reported that the administration is floating the word "benign" to describe the last three objects shot down in the northwest part of the continent.  But all three were flying at altitudes where airliners fly.  A collision, even with a large balloon, could damage an airliner, especially if parts of the balloon were sucked into an engine.  That is not benign.

One administration spokesman speculated that the objects could have been research balloons sent up by universities or even corporations.  But the objects had nothing written on them.  Seems a bit farfetched to me to suggest that old Podunk U would send up a balloon with no I.D.

Not happy with the answers.  Not happy at all.  We have a large economic relationship with China, with many dollars changing hands and many careers involved.  Could there be some tampering with facts here?  Not charging.  I don't have direct evidence.  But just thinking.

February 14, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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