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Fri, Jan. 7th, 2005, 02:17 pm
And more good news!

2004 Job Creation Is Best in Five Years

By LEIGH STROPE, AP Labor Writer

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added 157,000 workers overall to their payrolls in December, bringing the year-end total of new jobs to 2.2 million, the best showing in five years. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent.

The Labor Department reported Friday that the 2.2 million new jobs created in 2004 were the most in any year since 1999, when employers added 3.2 million positions, based on a government survey of businesses.
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Fri, Jan. 7th, 2005, 02:09 pm
Some good economic news

Dollar Surges Against Euro in Reversal

By Kevin Plumberg

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar quickly reversed course to rise against the euro on Friday, shrugging off losses sparked by lower-than-expected U.S. jobs growth, as traders continued to unwind bets against the U.S. currency.

By late morning, the euro slipped to a six-week low at $1.3044, down 0.9 percent compared with prices late Thursday in New York and well off the record high hit last week of $1.3667. Against the yen, the euro fell over 1 percent to a session low of 136.58 yen .

"There's been a meaningful shift in sentiment on the dollar. ... A few months ago it seemed like the dollar could do no right and it traded lower on everything whether the data was positive or negative," said Sophia Drossos, currency strategist at Morgan Stanley.

Drossos said comments from U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow on the dollar helped to accelerate the currency's gains.
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Fri, Jan. 7th, 2005, 12:05 pm
Oh dear, more Republican bashing!

Mr. Gonzales's Testimony

Friday, January 7, 2005; Page A18

ALBERTO R. GONZALES missed an important opportunity yesterday to rectify his position, and that of President Bush, on the imprisonment and interrogation of foreign detainees. At the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on his nomination to be attorney general, Mr. Gonzales repeatedly was offered the chance to repudiate a legal judgment that the president is empowered to order torture in violation of U.S. law and immunize torturers from punishment. He declined to do so. He was invited to reject a 2002 ruling made under his direction that the infliction of pain short of serious physical injury, organ failure or death did not constitute torture. He answered: "I don't have a disagreement with the conclusions then reached." Nor did he condemn torture techniques, such as simulated drowning, that were discussed and approved during meetings in his office. "It is not my job," he said, to decide if they were proper. He was prompted to reflect on whether departing from the Geneva Conventions had been a mistake, in light of the shocking human rights abuses that have since been reported in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Guantanamo Bay prison and that continue even now. Mr. Gonzales demurred. The error, he answered, was not of administration policy but of "a failure of training and oversight."

The message Mr. Gonzales left with senators was unmistakable: As attorney general, he will seek no change in practices that have led to the torture and killing of scores of detainees and to the blackening of U.S. moral authority around the world. Instead, the Bush administration will continue to issue public declarations such as those Mr. Gonzales repeated yesterday -- "that torture and abuse will not be tolerated by this administration" -- while in practice sanctioning procedures that the International Red Cross and many lawyers inside the government consider to be illegal and improper.
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Fri, Jan. 7th, 2005, 08:27 am

On one wall of my office I have framed film posters (not full size) for The Searchers, Singin' in the Rain, Bullitt, and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer. I also have film postcards (lobby cards?) for several other movies, like The Son and The Battle of Algiers.

Almost daily it seems someone will come into my office, and the subject of movies will come up, at which time the person will say, "Oh, I didn't know you liked movies." I'll motion to the wall of posters and they'll say, "Oh yeah, I guess you do. I hadn't noticed." Maybe I shouldn't expect such powers of deduction from a group of Ph.Ds and Ph.D candidates.

Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005, 08:27 pm

Vijay Singh is a fucking machine.

Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005, 02:59 pm
People continue to piss me off

"Guy Maddin continues to bowdlerize silent cinema for a sham cognoscenti. Antique pop culture still has more mystery and surprise than Maddin's drab campiness. In all, he distorts pop history" - Armond White

Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005, 11:27 am
So long, and thanks for all the fish

Looks like chaptal has deleted his account. He was one of my first LJ friends, and I'll miss him.

Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005, 11:23 am
Get a clue, Oliver

Apparently, Oliver Stone is convinced that the reason Alexander didn't have good box office numbers in the States is because Americans are a bunch of religious homophobes. That, or it sounds good in the British press. It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that he makes long, boring, preachy movies, could it? Nah, I didn't think so.

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