Okay. Joseph Kishore has a really important article on the economic troubles and turmoil:
In the advanced industrial countries, including the United States and Europe, there are 13 million fewer jobs now then four years ago. Employment in these countries is not expected to recover until well past 2016. Youth unemployment is above 20 percent, and long-term unemployment has soared to record heights. (See, “ILO report warns of sharp employment downturn, social unrest“)
Beyond the immediate indicators of social distress—to which many more could be added—the ILO report points to an unprecedented state of global class relations. Conditions are building up for a social explosion on a world scale.
One of the ILO’s comments is especially revealing. Its report refers to the “paradox” of the past three years; that “the impact of the global economic crisis of 2007-08 on the financial sector was short-lived initially—despite it being at the very origin of the downturn.”
There is, however, nothing paradoxical about this. The crash of 2008 was set off by the collapse of an enormous speculative bubble. Since that time, world governments, led by Washington, have scrambled to ensure the wealth of the very financial aristocracy that created the crisis, at the direct expense of the vast majority of the population.
If you want Chuck spoilers, SPOILERS, click here. If you'd rather be surprised, ignore the link. It's nothing but teasers that might spoil a surprise or two. You were warned.
Could I consider covering Grim? I had an e-mail on that. Actually, I was meaning to mention that to Marcia. Ava and C.I. told me I would like Grim so I did watch it and I do love it. But it's the kind of sci fi that I think Marcia would really love so I'm giving her first crack at it.
If you follow ratings (I don't), here's a piece Alex e-mailed me and asked me to highlight it. New Girl is down in the ratings, Ringer holds steady, Body of Proof is up in the ratings -- those are all Tuesday night ratings.
And in reply to who covers what shows in this community:
"Chuck," -- I cover Chuck.
"Another great episode of Whitney," -- Betty covers the sitcom Whitney. (Which is a very funny show.)
"community," -- Rebecca covers the sitcom Community.
"Whitney" -- Marcia covers Whitney. (Again, hilarious show.)
"4 Men, 2 Women," -- Ann covers Whitney (and she covers the Diane Rhem Show every post -- she keeps track of the number of male and female guests on Diane Rehm's show)
"Body of Proof," -- Stan covers the medical drama Body of Proof.
"Desperate Housewives," -- Betty covers Desperate Housewives and, like Chuck, this is that show's last season.
"The Good Wife" -- Stan covers the legal drama The Good Wife.
"Fringe" -- and I cover Fringe.
Marcia used to cover The Event. Rebecca used to cover Heroes. Ruth and Betty covered The New Adventures of Old Christine. Stan covered The Cape and No Ordinary Family.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"