For those of you who just can't get enough of WhosPlayin, and who live on Facebook, you will be happy to know you can join me there. Yep, we held out for a long time, but finally had one too many invites and some time to kill. I'd love to hear from you on Facebook if you're on there.
We also have a Twitter feed now, which is sort of an utter waste of time, but occasionally fun to play with anyway.
Via Txsharon, who lives among these beasts. You may want to adjust your volume a bit, so this doesn't split your eardrums. At one point, a car passes by, which gives you a point of reference for how loud the fracturing is.
Wind industry jobs jumped to 85,000 in 2008, a 70% increase from the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday from the American Wind Energy Association. In contrast, the coal industry mining employs about 81,000 workers. (Those figures are from a 2007 U.S. Department of Energy report but coal employment has remained steady in recent years though it’s down by nearly 50% since 1986.) Wind industry employment includes 13,000 manufacturing jobs concentrated in regions of the country hard hit by the deindustrialization of the past two decades.
The big spike in wind jobs was a result of a record-setting 50% increase in installed wind capacity, with 8,358 megawatts coming online in 2008 (enough to power some 2 million homes). That’s a third of the nation’s total 25,170 megawatts of wind power generation. Wind farms generating more than 4,000 megawatts of electricity were completed in the last three months of 2008 alone.
Of course a lot of those jobs now are in Europe. We need to turn those into American jobs. We can do it, yes we can.
Effective immediately, WhosPlayin Communications, Inc. announces layoffs of 46,000 employees from our local blogging division. This cost-cutting move is expected to save the company up to $42.38 a year. Employees, who were waiting on a weather cancellation notice this morning, were notified via robocall not to show up for work. The company followed the robocall with an email, which is excerpted below:
Dear Former Employees: We just wanted to take this opportunity to send you bloodsucking parasites one final "fuck you" while your free email accounts still work. When I asked you ungrateful bastards to help me polish up the corporate jet, many of you bitched and moaned about not having enough "family time". When we moved our corporate headquarters to the Cayman Islands, we offered you incompetent boobs free round-trip airfare to anyone willing to smuggle large bundles of cash in their carry-on luggage.
We would talk about how much we regret the layoffs, but frankly, we can outsource your jobs to India and save enough money to buy a new corporate yacht AND pay for our "Read Local Bloggers" marketing blitz.
In closing, smell ya later, bitches. We'll be posting a form letter-of-recommendation later, that you can download and fill out for yourself, if you think it will do you any good. TTYN. Signed Dick S. Over, President
Mr. Over could not be reached for comment because... well, we just didn't give a crap. Suckit, Over.
Denton County Democratic Party presents its ANNUAL CHILI SUPPER
When: Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Cost: Only $15.00 per person (Cheap!) Where: Center for the Visual Arts 400 East Hickory Street, Denton At the corner of E. Hickory and Bell Ave.
What: Join area Democrats for fun and fellowship. Each year volunteers supply the chili, beans, cornbread and brownies for this great event.