*Any statements in this issue of the Watch which are not sourced are mine and identified by “WW”.
28% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction while 58% say it is on the wrong track. [Reuters/Ipsos, 12/5/17]
68% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country today. 27% are satisfied. [Pew, 12/4/17]
Continue reading “State of the Nation”
As a result of e-commerce, 6,000 brick and mortar stores have closed so far this year. There are 65,000 fewer retail jobs since January 2017. [Axios, 11/25/17]
Continue reading “This and That”
48% of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply of diapers.
The poorest 20% of Americans who buy diapers spend nearly 14% of their after-tax income on diapers.
Continue reading “More About Diapers”
(Courtesy of Simma Leibman; other sources as noted)
“You can’t help a chick peck out of the shell.”
— Author unknown (Julia Bromley)
‘Complicit’ is Dictionary.com’s word of the year: It is an adjective meaning “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity”
Continue reading “Quotes”
On December 11, 2017, Gallup found that 35% of Americans approve of President Trump’s job performance and 60% disapprove.
Continue reading “President Trump”
President Trump’s goal is to eliminate, undermine or otherwise undercut anything done by President Obama. Further, he will not do what Obama or George W. Bush would have done in any circumstance. [WW]
Trump’s actions don’t have an organizing principle. [Bob Woodward, Morning Joe, 11/8/17]
Continue reading “About President Trump”
The Trump administration has plans to shrink and diminish protections in at least ten of America’s national monuments. The goal seems to be to make many of these lands available for one form of exploitation or another including logging, mining and commercial fishing.
Continue reading “Disassembling”
The following is a list of people who have been mentioned (by themselves or others) as potential candidates in 2020. Folks are on the list whether or not they have claimed or disclaimed any interest in running.
Continue reading “2020”
The three members of Congress who resigned the week of December 4th is the largest number of resignations in a single week since the Civil War.
Continue reading “Congress”
Women make up 24% of the computing workforce, and that number is declining. Four out of ten women are leaving STEM careers despite engineering and computer science jobs being some of the fastest growing and highest paying in the world. With computer science and engineering fields having the highest return on investment compared to any other field of study, these jobs play an important role in the future of women and our world. [Gender Avenger Blog, 5/24/17]
Continue reading “Women Will Get It Done”
Pineapple & Pearls is the latest addition to the Barracks Row cluster of restaurants in Southeast Washington.
Continue reading “Restaurant: Pineapple & Pearls”
Seylou Bakery and Mill is off the beaten path of my usual ventures around Washington but I was intrigued by an extended story about Seylou in the Washington Post.
Continue reading “Restaurant: Seylou Bakery & Mill”