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  1. Overheal says:

    Y’all need weekend editors… I suggest the dog

  2. TuxthePenguin says:

    Since Consumerist doesn’t seem to want to write a post about the Unemployment Numbers that came out today, here it is.

    Expectation were for around 120k-130k new jobs and the rate to drop to 8.2%.

    Good news: Rate is down to 8.1%.
    Bad news: Only 96k new jobs

    So how does that work? A big miss but the rate drops further than expected? Oh, that’s right… people stop looking and are not counted anymore. 368k this time. Almost 4 times the number that found jobs.

    • Overheal says:

      As earlier pointed out to me though it’s still not as bad as 2008, when we were losing 750,000/month.

    • Laura Northrup says:

      I was looking back in the archives, and we don’t usually report the unemployment numbers month-to-month. Is that something that you guys would like us to do? Of course, I’m more of a raw data person, so I don’t pay much attention to what experts “expect” the numbers to be and would rather just look at the numbers.

      • Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

        “Is that something that you guys would like us to do?”


        • Laura Northrup says:

          Well then.

          It’s very mechanical. Unemployment is up, it’s down. We report it if there’s something interesting, like how Nevada had the highest rate or anything else unusual. Otherwise, the BLS has been handing out those numbers monthly in a ceremonial fashion for decades. This month’s numbers and the analysis are largely interesting because of their timing in terms of the presidential race.

          • Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

            “…in terms of the presidential race.”

            True, but it’s best to not use them in that context unless you want to see some fistfights around here. Maybe after November when it’s less fraught. (Hey! I actually used ‘fraught’ in a sentence! Awwwriiiight! [gives self a high-five]).

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        Since unemployment numbers aren’t exactly a consumer issue, I’d say no.

        Sure, you can tie it to a consumer issue through some fancy logic, but you can do that with just about anything. It’s still not a core consumer-related issue.

        • Worstdaysinceyesterday says:


        • nbs2 says:

          I’m sure there are plenty of reason to post or not post them (I’d lean towards posting them, if only because of the strong correlation between employment and greater participation in commerce – which, while true of many data points, is just as poigniant as mortgage participation), but arguing that they would deviate too far from Consumerist’s mission statement is a bridge long since burnt. If my memory serves me correctly, wh s ths n cnsmrst is the oldest of the disemvowelings.

          A quick Bing search yields 1290 and 1250 results searching for “employment rate” and “unemployment rate”, both with the qualifier.

        • TuxthePenguin says:

          You’ve been here long enough to know that Consumerist has some very, very long logic problems going. Student Loan Interest Rates anyone? That’s not exactly a consumer issue either…

          • Laura Northrup says:

            Ah, but education debt affects the rest of the economy. High debt burdens are why young adults aren’t buying houses.

            Also, student loans are a form of consumer lending. The collections process is nasty.

            • Overheal says:

              Agreed, and please keep reporting it. Clinton mentioned in his speech something about reforming repayments to scale with your income.

              • Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

                Yes! This is a significant program change that has been underreported and almost kept a secret by Washington.

            • TuxthePenguin says:

              And the same could be said for jobs. And jobs will have a much more direct impact on pretty much everything vastly more than whether student loan interest in at 3.2% or 6.4%.

              IIRC, student loan debt is a ten year note. So assuming someone has 100k in debt, the difference between those rates is $193 a month. For someone working part-time, that’s an issue. But working full time, that’s equivalent of $1.21 an hour (4 40-hour weeks).

              Really, the issue is why tuition is going up so much and ironically, student loans are one of the reason.

      • TuxthePenguin says:

        Normally I’d say no, but we’re seeing something really strange – the unemployment rate isn’t dropping because people are getting jobs, its dropping because people are giving up. And considering no job usually means no money, that means fewer consumers and a slower economy.

        Also, I assume the majority of readers are not like me but college/young adult, I think poor job prospects coming out of college are a chief concern. Especially when we see so many articles written about student loan rate extensions…

    • theblackdog says:

      As someone else pointed out to me, if you look at the details, the biggest drop in the rate is for the 16-24 year olds. What tends to happen at the end of August? School starts so of course it’s going to look like that group stopped looking for work.

  3. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Was not here last week, took the LA trip.

    Got to meet a bunch of cool chat people. Got to meet some composers. Busted out crying in front of the Family Guy dude and had to leave the room. :P Embarrassing.

    Saw him at the concert we all went to. Did not cry. He had two chances to talk to me and didn’t really do it; more like veering toward, then away (didn’t take a chance to meet up later, either), just hanging near me awkwardly but not saying anything. I guess he wasn’t ready.

    I feel awful. I never had to fake so hard that I was having fun. There were fun parts and I enjoyed meeting my online friends, but without him it sucked. HARD. No one gets that. They think I’m being mean because they had fun.

    I still haven’t found a job. I messed up on my application to Dreamjob (no SS# on my resume; didn’t see it had to be there until too late) and was never called for testing. I give up. I have no ideas. I can’t even think anymore. My brain has shut down from stress.

    • The Beer Baron says:

      Terribly sorry to hear about the rough patch, Professor. It is my sincere hope that things will start looking up for you soon.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        Thanks. I hope so. All our problems were caused by temporary circumstances–one is already resolved. It’s so frustrating that he can’t see that.

    • Laura Northrup says:

      I posted this on your comment about Zola from yesterday, then realized you probably weren’t going to see it. So:

      I was a French major in college and I still have my copy of Germinal. I hated it, but I also had so much reading to do that it was overwhelming. (Don’t major in literature, kids.) Do the novels in the cycle work better in context? Maybe I should whip my account back out and start at the beginning.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I don’t know; I just like Zola. I liked Germinal too. Each book stands on its own, but you may enjoy some more than others. I like to recommend Nana to people who’ve never read Zola; since it’s set in the theater world and involves the demimonde (courtesans), it’s more interesting to most people than the mining stuff in Germinal. It was also the first Zola I ever read–my aunt loaned it to me when I visited her in London years ago. I took it all over the place, read it on the underground–I couldn’t put it down.

    • chizu says:

      I don’t think I have anything constructive to say but except I know how you feel exactly… Considering how I’m still battling with myself on a daily basis on that issue. (On top of all the drama that’s piling on this year…) So… *hugsss*

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Hey, I’m sorry you’re having such a rough go of it. I know it doesn’t mean much, but I’ve had some really bad times too. Right now is sort of bad, and I know it’s stressful. I’m glad you’re reading, etc. I’m reading the second Hunger Games book and loving it.

      Question – did you ever use Rosetta Stone for language learning? It’s so expensive, and I don’t want to invest the money if it’s not what it’s cracked up to be.

      Remember…one foot in front of the other for forward progress!!

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        No, I’ve never used it. It’s too expensive and you can’t resell it, or so I’ve heard.

        *hug* I wish yours and mine and everyone’s crap would work out the way we want it to. And that the way we want it to is the way it’s supposed to be.

  4. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    Happy Friday!

    I’ve been enjoying “Hell on Wheels” and “Breaking Bad” on Netflix streaming, and “Justified” on DVD. But I won’t get a new DVD tomorrow, because my DVD is still sitting in the outbound mail here at work (I’m about a mile from a main postal processing center). Why? Our mailman was instructed if he doesn’t have inbound mail for us, he isn’t supposed to pick up mail either. Even if he’s at the business next door, about 30 yards away. We suspect it’s a move to save money.

    I still have vacation days to use, so I’m looking forward to another 3 day weekend. I had saved up quite a few and didn’t need them all when my Dad had surgery, so I have to use ’em or lose ’em.

    I’m hoping to hit the 25 lb weight loss mark within the next week or so – I’m at 22 1/2 lbs with weigh in tomorrow AM. Keeping fingers crossed for at least 1 lb this week!

    Have a great weekend everyone – weather looks nice, at least here in PA with some thunderstorms tomorrow but clearning and temps in the lower 70’s for Sunday and Monday. Sweet!

    • Laura Northrup says:

      Well done! I’ve been sort of quietly losing weight since 2007 and some changes I made to my diet and dog-walking routines mean that it’s been dropping off faster. I probably had about 85 to lose at the beginning and I’m 35 down, maybe 36 depending on what happens when I weigh myself today. I use to smooth out the data points so I don’t get too fixated on up and down and look at the long trends.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        Congrats Laura. I wish I could get into it for more than a few weeks at a time.

      • TuxthePenguin says:

        Awesome! I’m down about 30 from where I started and I have another 30 to go. I would love to weigh less than when I got married…

        I use Livestrong myself, but now I’m going to go over to yours…

      • Overheal says:

        Honestly I don’t pay attention to weight or mass, since its the sum of way too many variables (water, fat, muscle, what I ate this morning).

        I’ve lost, on the scale, probably less than 15lbs over 6 months. In the same period however I dropped from a 42″ waist to beneath a 36″. That’s a metric I can appreciate. Well done on your weight loss!

        • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

          I get on the scales once per week, and just hope that it remains the same or goes down. My clothes are getting looser, so that’s all that really matters!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I’m thinking this is happening with my mailman too (at home). A couple of times I’ve put something out rather obviously and it wasn’t picked up. Annoying, since there isn’t a mailbox or PO close to me.

      Good luck with the weight loss. I’ve been walking a lot and have lost a bit; my pants kept threatening to fall down while I was traveling LOL.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        I need to get back to the walking part, but my poor dog is blind now, and he has a lot of trouble walking out and about without running into things :(

        • Coffee says:

          Hey lovemypets…you there?

          • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

            I am now! Just got home from work.

            • Coffee says:

              Oh, good! If you swing back around, I was hoping you’d send me an e-mail at…I have a question.

              No, I’m not selling anything, and yes, that’s my real e-mail :)

              If not, no worries.

              • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

                Gotcha – just sent it – I put my username in the subject line in case it comes through as spam. I have an email address (I know, I know…only high speed choice on my road).

  5. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    Shameless plug: I am attempting to be a “The Hobbit Fan of the Week” on Facebook. Here’s the link if anyone would be so gracious as to make a few clicks and help out!

    Otherwise, my birthday is on Monday! I took off work Monday and Tuesday. I’ll be going out for dinner with some friends and coworkers on Monday night after spending the day redeeming birthday freebies.
    My SO has a birthday the following week, so we’re going to celebrate them together next weekend.

    I made a Funfetti dip recipe to bring in to work today and came across a Grocery Shrink Ray. The boxes of cake mix are now 15.25 oz instead of 18.9 oz. Even Pillsbury’s own website still says 18.9 oz.

  6. rawrali says:

    I received a $100 credit in my checking account the other day labeled “Monthly Rewards – Cash Back.” I racked my brain trying to think of any reason I may be getting this. No clue, and there was no other identifying information in the transaction. Went to my bank to see if they could give me more details on the transacation and they asked if I had Charter for my cable/internet. I said yes and the lady shrugged, saying a lot of people with Charter had been getting this recently. No idea why, and no communication whatsoever from Charter about it. If its for real, I guess I’m happy, helps offet their enormously overpriced bills just a bit.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      The skeptical side of me would say “beware” about this money. But it’s not like you cashed a check if they just deposited it into your account. If it were a paper check, I’ve read articles where companies trick people into things by sending small checks. This certainly isn’t a small amount!

      I’d hang on to it for a month, just in case.

      • rawrali says:

        I am also quite skeptical and am going to be watching all of my accounts like a hawk for the near future (although I basically already do). I tried googling for a few minutes yesterday to see if I could find any info relating to Charter and this credit, but I didn’t see anything.

  7. thomwithanh says:

    I just want the puppy.

  8. ovalseven says:

    I have to ask… Why would I want Consumerist in my inbox? Has anyone tried this? Is it just links to the stories here, or is it some kind of newsletter? How often?

  9. Dustbunny says:

    Aarggh. Now I can only sign in to Consumerist on my home computer but not at work. Meanwhile…puppy nose boop starts in 3…2…2…!!

    • Dustbunny says:

      crap, that obviously should be 3..2…1. WTH is the edit button on this thing.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      Me too! I’ve had a terrible time. I use two web browsers at work – Firefox and IE. My IT staff took pity on me and allowed me administrative privileges so I could install updates, download Firefox (thank you unnamed IT person you are a gem), and just do normal computer stuff so they didn’t have to remotely take care of stuff.

      On both web browsers, the part of the banner that says “want consumerist in your inbox” and “Welcome lovemyets00 sign out” has disappeared. I was finally able to sign on in IE using the sign in box on one of the comments.

      Everything worked fine until last Tuesday maybe. At home, everything is still the same.


      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I actually no longer see the banner at the top, and subsequently, can’t click on it to get back to the home page.