Monday September 01, 2014
April 6th, 2014
A few months ago, Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, and Marlene Seltzer, the chief executive of Jobs for the Future, published an article in Politico titled "Closing the Skills Gap." They began portentously: "Today, nearly 11 million Americans are unemployed. Yet, at the same time, 4 million jobs sit unfilled" - supposedly demonstrating "the gulf between the skills job seekers currently have and the skills employers need."
Over recent days the notices have gone out, an annual ritual of dashed hopes.
Brown University offered admission to the lowest fraction ever of the applicants it received: fewer than 1 in 10. The arithmetic was even more brutal at Stanford, Columbia, Yale. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had a record number of students vying for its next freshman class - 31,321 - and accepted about 1 in 6 who applied from outside the state. Notre Dame took about 1 in 5 of all comers.
Hope is the latest trend in journalism. Even hardened pessimists can't help noticing when serious investment money and donations flows into startups and new initiatives from traditional media companies, as the Pew Research Center's Journalism Project documented last week in its latest annual "State of the News Media" report.
If you were going to hold up a school as being exemplary in the way it puts athletics in, as they say, "the proper perspective," Northwestern University would certainly be one you'd point to. For instance, although it lacks the kind of winning tradition - at least in the big-time sports - that other schools in the Big Ten can boast of, it proudly points to the 97 percent graduation rate of its athletes.
The ruckus around the Affordable Care Act rollout has been loud, and Republicans are beefing up the amp to rally voters this November. Democrats, meanwhile, are reverting to bad old habits by using the wind machine as an accurate gauge of public feelings. They fight the wind rather than turn the machine around. And, of course, that's how they lose.
If you follow the debates about Ukraine, you can see three trends: those who use the crisis for humor, those who use it to reinforce preconceived views and those trying to figure out if it's telling us something new about today's world.
"A Dupont Circle neighbor said he seemed 'more like a nerd than a spy.'"
"The rabbi of the South Bend, Ind., temple where he was bar mitzvahed described him as an 'outstanding scholar and your prototype all-American boy.'"
Those were my words as a young reporter on the metro staff of The Washington Post, writing 28 years ago about the arrest of Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard outside the Israeli Embassy.
So it turns out that millions of people dealt with the Affordable Care Act enrollment cutoff pretty much the way they habitually deal with the April 15 income tax filing deadline: procrastinating until the last minute to insure maximum stress and standing in line. Like mobbing shopping malls on the day after Thanksgiving, it's the American way of life.
A new scientific report predicts more dire and irreversible consequences of the climate crisis than ever before.
“No one on this planet will be untouched by climate change,” declared Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which the UN runs jointly with the World Meteorological Organization.
climate change is heating up