harshing my mellow

i am on an ISDN line at the moment, so pulling the news down is a little slow. the first item that caught my eye on google news was “summer bummer”, blaring that flipflops are bad for you (an article that ends, confusingly, suggesting that you buy some):

In fact, podiatrists say that summer’s favorite footwear is responsible for more health problems than any other type of shoes, even high heels.

usually when absolutely meaningless stories like this are getting pumped, it means something else is going on. ahh right. the market is tanking because last month’s half-percentage point rise in seasonally adjusted unemployment was the biggest increase since january 1975.

A broader measure of unemployment that includes so-called discouraged workers rose to 9.7% in May from 9.2%.

oh, and oil spiked up 6% 7% at one point this morning after this hit the wire:

An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites looks “unavoidable” given the apparent failure of sanctions to deny Tehran technology with bomb-making potential, one of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s deputies said on Friday.

“If Iran continues with its program for developing nuclear weapons, we will attack it. The sanctions are ineffective,” Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz told the mass-circulation Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

“Attacking Iran, in order to stop its nuclear plans, will be unavoidable,” said the former army chief who has also been defense minister.

looks like it’s shaping up to be a good day to throw on the flipflops and head to the beach.






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