The Incredible Shrinking Work Force

As a fan of the Atlantic Monthly, I found the below article quite interesting. Thoughts?

When unemployment fell to 8.6 percent last month, its lowest rate in two-and-a-half years, some newspapers hailed the number as a sure sign that the recovery is back on track. But when you dig into the numbers behind the numbers, a darker picture comes into focus. It’s not just that jobs are growing. It’s that the labor force is shrinking.

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Atlantis: The Final Journey

I am almost certain that every child growing up in my generation had some aspirations of traveling into space as an Astronaut. I had the path all carved out. Following my hall of fame worthy career with the Astros, I was going to become an astronaut. It sounded simple enough, right?

While I wasn’t alive during the tragic Challenger incident in 1986, there will always be two moments in the space shuttle program that will forever be ingrained within my mind.

First, in the late 1990s, I had the opportunity to watch the shuttle fly over Texas and the city of Houston during a night landing. The view was outstanding. An orange glow surrounded the base of the shuttle as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere.

The second memory occurred on the morning of February 1, 2003. I was driving just east of the Kingwood, Texas area when I noticed some sort of debris in the skies. I had no clue what it was at the time. About an hour later I received word that the Space Shuttle Columbia had disintegrated over the state of Texas.

On July 8th, STS-135 is tentatively set for launch, marking not only the final space flight for the Space Shuttle Atlantis, but also the final manned space flight for the shuttle program. Just six days from now an era that change the culture of American lifestyle will come to an end.

With that being said, enjoy the following photo gallery which depicts the history of the space shuttle program, courtesy of The Atlantic.

Jon Huntsman Becomes Latest GOP Candidate

Political participation is imperative to the success of a nation state. In the United States, Americans are given that opportunity every four years as they congregate on the first Tuesday in November at various poll sites to cast their ballot for the President of the United State.

Courtesy of the Associated Press

Courtesy of the Associated Press

Earlier today, Jon Huntsman tossed his name into the ever-growing list of Republicans seeking to limit President Obama to just one term in office.

As the 16th Governor of Utah, Huntsman has not only led an executive branch of government but he has also gained extensive experience in the field of foreign affairs as he was the Ambassador to China prior to submitting his resignation earlier this year.

With Huntsman throwing his name into the mix for the GOP nomination, he joins high-profile candidates such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachman.

Learn more on Jon Huntsman announcing his candidacy by clicking here, here, here and here.

Potential Big News From Egypt

With the ongoing political turmoil that has plagued the Middle East for decades, this could be a potential game-changer.

CAIRO, Egypt — The recently legalized political arm of Egypt’s most robust opposition movement for the past half-century, the Muslim Brotherhood, pledged to enter a broad coalition with the country’s foremost secular parties this week in Cairo, in preparation for parliamentary elections slated for September.

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