The Jobs Recovery Is Going Strong (jdargis)
The one mystery this leaves is how to reconcile the robust job growth the United States is experiencing with tepid readings on overall economic growth. Gross domestic product contracted at an 0.7 percent annual rate in the first quarter, and based on data that is out so far analysts expect a so-so 2 percent growth reading for the second quarter, which ends June 30. Combine those, and the American economy appears to have grown at something like an 0.7 percent annual rate for the first half of 2015, which is wildly inconsistent with the 217,000 average monthly job creation so far this year.
In addition to mischaracterizing the EPA study, Newsweek and The Washington Times also excluded EPA’s explanation of why its findings don’t necessarily indicate “a rarity of effects on drinking water resources.” The agency identified several “limiting factors” in its analysis, including insufficient data, the lack of long-term studies, and inaccessible information, stating that these limitations “preclude a determination of the frequency of [drinking water] impacts with any certainty.” As the Environmental Defense Fund stated in a press release about the EPA study, “Better and more accessible data on activities surrounding hydraulic fracturing operations is needed.”
Today, the Clinton Foundation is unlike anything else in the history of the nation and, perhaps, the world: It is a global philanthropic empire run by a former U.S. president and closely affiliated with a potential future president, with the audacious goal of solving some of the world’s most vexing problems by bringing together the wealthiest, glitziest and most powerful people from every part of the planet.
All The Happy Workers (jdargis)
Few private-sector managers are required to negotiate with unions any longer, but nearly all of them confront a much trickier challenge, of dealing with employees who are regularly absent, unmotivated, or suffering from persistent, low-level mental-health problems. Resistance to work no longer manifests itself in organized voice or outright refusal, but in diffuse forms of apathy and chronic health problems. The border separating general ennui from clinical mental-health problems is especially challenging to managers in 21st century workplaces, seeing as it requires them to ask personal questions on matters that they are largely unqualified to deal with.
Lacking the expertise to mount its own projects, the Red Cross ended up giving much of the money to other groups to do the work. Those groups took out a piece of every dollar to cover overhead and management. Even on the projects done by others, the Red Cross had its own significant expenses – in one case, adding up to a third of the project’s budget.
On the nearby trees, some leaves had turned yellow and the almond husks appeared smaller than usual. In February, Mr. Hundal received emails from various water districts, informing him that, because of a historic drought that has left reservoirs nearly dry, he would most likely get no surface water to irrigate his 4,000 acres of crops this summer. Not one drop.
Rising temperatures across the planet have set new records, and NOAA has declared 2014 was the hottest year in modern history.
The globe experienced its hottest month of March since record-keeping began in 1880, and the period of January to March was also the warmest on record, NOAA has said.
“It lays the groundwork for the transformation of cultural and political views in a major topic that people would rather avoid,” he said. “This requires people to say, ‘What are we going to do? What are our choices? What do we believe in?’ ”
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