Median Florida Home Prices Increased by 10% in March from a Year Ago, Condo Prices Gain 21%
HT: Gary Lyle
Professor Mark J. Perry's Blog for Economics and Finance
1. Strong earnings reports from Union Pacific and CSX suggest that the U.S. economy is continuing its long, slow recovery.
Classic George Carlin on "Saving the Planet," featured annually on Carpe Diem around Earth Day (some profanity).
|Rank||Carload Commodity Group||2012 YTD||2011 YTD||% Increase|
|5||Lumber and Wood||45,593||41,517||9.8|
|6||Stone, Clay and Glass||105,344||97,694||7.8|
|7||Crushed Stone, Sand, Gravel||246,869||229,283||7.7|
|9||Pulp and Paper||91,554||89,390||2.4|
|10||All Other Carloads||69,623||68,430||1.7|
|11||Iron and Steel Scrap||73,345||72,675||0.9|
|13||Waste and Nonferrous Scrap||44,636||44,588||0.1|
|16||Grain Mill Products||142,419||144,430||-1.4|
1. Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon in a speech Tuesday in Oklahoma City,"In my opinion, natural gas is no bridge. It is absolutely the foundation of our economy for decades."
Inspired by Equal Pay Day, and in recognition of the significant gender differences in workplace deaths, let me propose the creation of “Equal Occupational Fatality Day.” That date symbolizes how long women will have to work before they experience the same loss of life from work-related deaths that men experienced in a given year. Because most women work in much safer occupations than men, they must work longer than men to experience the same number of occupational fatalities. Equal Occupational Fatality Day is being originated to illustrate the gap between men’s and women’s occupational deaths, and bring awareness to the fact that closing the pay gap would also close the work-related death gap and expose thousands of women to occupational fatalities each year.Now that another year has passed, and with new data on occupational fatalities from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, I hereby declare that the next “Equal Occupational Fatality Day” will occur on October 11, 2021. In 2010 (the most recent year available), 4,192 men died from fatal injuries while working compared to only 355 women (see chart below), so that women would have to work for almost the next decade to experience the same loss of life on the job as men in just one year.
1.Recycling America’s Abandoned Auto Plants: Shuttered U.S. auto plants aren't eyesores, they're valuable assets worth saving and recycling.
CNET.com -- "Nicholas Merrill is planning to revolutionize online privacy with a concept as simple as it is ingenious: a telecommunications provider designed from its inception to shield its customers from surveillance.
From my article in today's Washington Examiner, "Gas prices are complex, but not mysterious":