Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Why is unemployment and underemployment so high in Oregon and the rest of the West Coast?


Interesting post over at The Oregon Economics Blog.  Patrick Emerson asks why is unemployment so bad on the West Coast?  Unfortunately it sounds like no one has a particularly good theory yet.

Underemployment in the West

Quick, what do California, Oregon and Washington have in common?  Among other things, the Pacific  Ocean and lots of good beer among them, they all have higher than average unemployment, much higher than average underemployment and, along with Nevada, the highest difference between unemployment rates and underemployment rates.
All this according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and nicely summarized by the Wall Street Journal.

Theories?

Monday, July 30, 2012

A friend of mine was assaulted for wearing cycling shorts (and possible for being A Troubled Piece of Fruit)

A friend of mine was beat up a few days ago for wearing cycling shorts.  I have rarely had any fear of being attacked while going about my normal activities but recently I have been seeing more and more events like this happening in my neighborhood and to people I know.  I know that something needs to be done to stop events like this from happening but I am honestly not sure what to do.


Like many of us he doesn't have insurance and isn't exactly rich.  Please read his blog post about the event and learn what happened and how you can help.



A Troubled Piece of Fruit: Some guys beat me up yesterday.