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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Some peeves

Don't move files that aren't yours without asking!

When I email you a file 3 times in a month, don't send me an email
asking if I forgot to send it

if you need something prepared for a meeting, I prefer more than 30
minutes notice.

That is all (for now)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How did economists get it so wrong?


Monday, June 8, 2009

Another good map

Mean Population Center for the US - 1790 to 2000

Monday, May 18, 2009

Children of the Mountains - Link
Good special on life in coal country/appalachia

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Holy Crap

Pretty darn good NY Times article.  Proof of the arrogance/ignorance that allows even people who write about economics and finance every day to take out loans they'll never be able to repay.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

In the news....Are we running out of people to unemploy?

Weekly new unemployment drops again, looks as though 4 week rolling average of unemployment claims may have peaked, which often signals the end of the recession.
However, continued claims are still at a record high and the possibility of another "jobless recovery" is definitely out there.  We could definitely see a Japan-like scenario for the next five years where interest rates stay crazy low and housing doesn't appreciate at all. 
For those of us in the PNW the news is even a little worse. We were about 12-18 months behind the rest of the nation as most drank the "Can't happen here" kool-aid. Often in these cases an area does a bit of jogging to try to catch up, but never quite makes it. So I am going to put my amateur economic forecaster hat on here and make a few predictions.
1) 4 week unemployment average peaked 1-2 weeks ago. We will go ahead and say the nation is beginning it's recovery now. If we "jog to catch up" we likely are still 8-12 months behind the nation. which means
2) PNW recovery will begin early 2010 somewhere between December 2009 and March 2010.
Feel free to make your own prediction below, it will probably be every bit as accurate as half the economists' predictions out there.

Friday, May 1, 2009