John Williams (@ShadowStats): Yes, the government removes long-term unemployed who have given up looking for work, also known as “discouraged workers,” from the headline unemployment number. The effect is that the headline unemployment rate drops, while broadest unemployment measure, including all of the long-term discouraged workers, has increased and remains close to a post-Great Depression high.
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The avant-garde impressionist Edouard Manet exhibited his scandalous painting of the enigmatic, fictional prostitute Olympia at the very Salon in which The Childlike Kiss was displayed. As in Feyen’s painting, the contrast in skin color denotes the differing occupational and social statuses of the two women. Unlike Feyen’s academic paean to maternal devotion, however, Manet avoided sentimentality altogether, opting instead to frankly put the sensual, reclining naked body of the white courtesan on display. A black woman wearing a headdress similar to that of the nurse in The Childlike Kiss brings a bouquet of flowers to her mistress, a present from one of her admirers. Her face so strongly resembles that of Feyen’s black serving woman that the model for both must be one and the same.
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Unfortunately, by law, McCulloch isn’t required to recuse himself for a conflict of interest based on that relationship. But even if there is no plan or collusion to protect Wilson, the mere appearance of it will have haunting effects if Wilson is not charged. And if he isn’t charged, many in the public will consider this McCulloch’s fault—and, quite frankly, it will be. In this case, McCulloch is working, out of the public eye, to decide whether or not a colleague will be prosecuted for murder. Nor is he within earshot of legal professionals who could protect the rights of Brown and his family.
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“First, what we’re seeing now is not an ‘outbreak’ or an ‘epidemic’ of Ebola in America,” he continued. “We’re a nation of more than 300 million people. To date, we’ve seen three cases of Ebola diagnosed here-the man who contracted the disease in Liberia, came here and sadly died; the two courageous nurses who were infected while they were treating him. Our thoughts and our prayers are with them, and we’re doing everything we can to give them the best care possible. Now, even one infection is too many. At the same time, we have to keep this in perspective. As our public health experts point out, every year thousands of Americans die from the flu.
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Where it’s happening is where you think it shouldn’t: deep South spots like Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina in the Senate wars; or reliably-black blue states like Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Ohio, where a strangely higher-than-normal share of black voters are sneaking over to the Republican side, while even larger numbers are undecided.
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