- U.S. Unemployment hits 8.5%
This number doesn’t include the under-employed, i.e. part-time workers, or the folks who’ve just given up.
The National Endowment for the Arts releases their report on Artist Unemployment Rates (March 4)
Artist unemployment rates would be even higher if not for the large number of artists leaving the workforce.
Brave New Voices premieres on HBO April 15
First of all kudos to Kamilah Forbes, who brings the Hip Hop Theatre Festival to NYC, SF, Chicago, and DC (maybe other places). Kamilah is Co-Executive Producer for Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices, a youth slam poetry series on HBO. “Def Poetry Jam” meets “American Idol”? Check it out.
Is Iowa the new California?
The Iowa Supreme Court this morning upheld a Polk County judge’s 2007 ruling that marriage should not be limited to one man and one woman. DesMoines Register
I think the trees have reached their peak, but there have been lots of tourists walking along the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Lots of free activities. The parade is tomorrow (Saturday, April 4) along Constitution Avenue. I drove past the Tidal Basin yesterday. But I took a walk past the trees I helped plant in front of a school in my own neighborhood several years ago. The green leaves are starting to sproutm and the wind and rain have been a strain on the petals. Catch them while you can.
- First the Answer:
The House and Senate pass companion budget plans
Now the questions: “What is good debt? What is bad debt?”
Quote of the Day:
“My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” President Obama at the meeting of the Financial CEOs as reported to Politico.