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Good News…A Rise In Unemployment!

carlinSometime I wonder why I try.  I understand that newspapers rely on wire services to fill their pages, but I really don’t understand how Pittsburgh’s “conservative” paper can include drivel from the Associated Press on their pages.  The headline (with link);

Employers add 156K jobs

So really this is an anemic amount of job growth which they can only muster a description of “decent” adjective by the writer.  The real story is that the unemployment rate rose “slightly”.  Here is the mother of all kickers and I’ll quote straight from the article here;

Daddy 3.0

daddy“It was embarrassing to be a guy without a job.  I had thought staying home with the kids would be a part-time gig.  Getting a job in New York seemed like a cool idea, but after a few months of hunting during a hiring slump, I discovered the number of job openings to be about the same as the number of hairs on my bald head.  It seemed that the dot-com companies had finally decided to be prudent and control expenses.  Go figure.”

Just Listen

just-listenThis book was a Christmas gift from my boss last year.  I hadn’t read it until now and I am sorry that I waited so long to read Mark Goulston’s, Just Listen.  Goulston is a psychiatrist though his biography on the back of the book list this last after business advisor, consultant, coach, and speaker.  This is one of those books that, for me, reads like a novel in that it is just so well written and the author uses numerous real-world examples to make his points.  If you’ve read any of my posts you may know that I generally put post-its in part of my books (use the highlight feature in my Kindle) to note any sections that I’d like to use in my review.  In Just Listen I have so many that I cannot put them all in a review.  You’ll just have to read the book.

The Program

programDistrict Attorney Kirsten Lord has lost nearly everything after convicting a man who not only vowed revenge, but followed up on his threat.  Forced into hiding with her daughter, she still doesn’t feel safe and that fear almost comes to fruition.  Lord has no option but to enter the federal witness protection program, known as The Program.  Only problem is that she had gained some national celebrity being a vocal critic of the program and she is not sure whether she can trust those who run the program to keep her safe.  Her situation become more complicated when an old case comes up for appeal and if the man loses he also loses his life.

Heat & Light

heat-and-lightIn the novel Heat and Light, author Jennifer Haigh takes aim at gas drillers and in general the gas industry.  That in itself is not unusual these days, but she has used the tactic of using the form of a novel.  The only real interesting part for me is that it is set in Pennsylvania and so those of us who live in the state have been deluged with information and misinformation about the industry;

He’d Take A Knee If He Could Get Away With It

obama-sadPresident Obama has a right to his opinion as all Americans do.  I have to wonder why he so often chooses to trash our country when he is on foreign soil as he did on his recent trip to Asia.  Some thoughtful person put together eighteen of his complaints about the United States.  I offer my response (if anyone cares) in italics after his comment.  One has to remember, Obama is not some third-string quarterback for a lousy NFL team…he is the President of the United States.  Many of the things that he complains about are actually worse since he took office in 2009!

The Heiress of Linn Hagh

The Heiress of Linn Hagh heiress of linnis the first in the Detective Lavender Mystery Series.  Thie series is set in 19th Century Europe so there are not any fancy forensics or gadgets to solve the mystery.  Detective Lavender and his Constable Woods have been hired by a young lady’s uncle to try to solve the mystery of her disappearance from her home where she has been living with her two step-brothers and a step-sister.

The case turns into more than a simple kidnapping as dark family secrets, a forest full of gypsies, and a mysterious woodland stalker all beset the two investigators.

The Neon Lawyer

neon lawyerPerhaps the best quote EVER to start a book about the evil in man…

“At his best, man is the noblest of animals.  Separated from law and justice, he is the worst.”

– Aristotle

Brigham Theodore worked as a “facilities technician” at a local school.  He worked as a janitor to put himself through law school and once he passed his bar exam he needed to find a real job in a market that was flush with lots of people wanting the same thing.  Theodore lucked into a practice that paid-as-he-worked and gave him a case on his first day…a DUI.  The practice was advertised with a big neon sign on the door, hence the name of this novel; The Neon LawyerI won’t say whether he won, but he did distinguish himself.

The Girl On The Train

girl on the trainI saw my wife reading this about a year ago and I though “chick book” by Paula Hawkins.  I don’t mean that in a negative way, but in a way to describe a book that I most likely would not like (e.g. far too many discussions about feelings).  Turns out this is a very popular book that is being made into a movie and I see the movie trailer on television and it looks more like a mystery than a “chick book”.  Since it’s already paid for on a shared Kindle account I decide to read it.