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Total number of nonfarm private-sector jobs as of October 1999, according to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics
: 109,487,000. Total number of nonfarm private-sector jobs as of October 2009: 108,401,000. Net difference: -1,086,000. Gain in US population from 1999 to 2009: 34,573,000.
UC GOES IMF:
It was a sign that students were in danger of making a difference when, on December 1, the Academic Council of the University of California issued an open letter “to remind everyone of the limits of protest.” Twelve days earlier, the UC Regents met at UCLA and voted to raise undergraduate tuition by 32 percent, setting off a wave of occupations. At UCLA hundreds of students locked arms to prevent the Regents from leaving the scene of the crime. Within hours, students occupied buildings on the university’s Berkeley, Davis and Santa Cruz campuses. Dozens were arrested. “We can’t sit down and let this happen,” said UCLA sophomore
. “We have to shake things up.”
has done his best to paint the tuition hikes as inevitable, the painful but necessary outcome of California’s budget crisis. But the state’s once proud higher education system has been on a steady march toward privatization since well before the crisis began. Since 2003, says
, a UC Santa Cruz professor who served on the UC Budget and Planning Committee, administrators have been pledging tuition revenue as collateral for construction bonds, borrowing money on the basis of students’ ability to take out loans. This leaves California students in a situation like that faced by citizens of developing countries subject to IMF-imposed austerity programs, sacrificing their futures for the sake of someone else’s profit. Neoliberalism comes full circle. BEN EHRENREICH
UGANDA’S ANTIGAY PURGE:
Maybe antigay pastor
has been so busy living the purpose-driven life that he’s forgotten some of the Ten Commandments, like the sixth: “Thou shalt not kill.” Or maybe his application of biblical judgment is selective. Warren, who denounces abortion as “a holocaust,” has refused to condemn a bill in Uganda’s parliament that would punish anyone convicted of “aggravated homosexuality” with death. That includes serial offenders, HIV-positive people and those who use drugs or alcohol to facilitate gay sex. The bill also would decree life imprisonment for anyone found guilty of the “offense of homosexuality.” And witnesses to an act of homosexuality who fail to report it to the police within twenty-four hours could face up to three years in prison.