Sites of the Week: September 12, 2012

“Democracy is supposed to give you the feeling of choice, like Painkiller X and Painkiller Y. But they’re both just aspirin.”

Gore Vidal

Nearly 60% of all jobs added during the post-2008 economic recovery have been in low-paid professions such as retail sales and food preparation, with hourly wages ranging from $7.69 to $13.83, said a new study for the National Employment Law Project.

Now on to this week’s sites.  This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

9/11 From Space–abc-news-tech.html

This isn’t so much a site as it is an amazing photo and article that you may have missed. This past week marked the 11th anniversary of 9/11. As the only American aboard the International Space Station that day, Astronaut Frank Culbertson saw the attack on the World Trade Center from space and captured the image shown on this site. Be sure to also check out the actual landing of the Curiosity landing at:

Mars Exploration Rover Mission

The site comes by way of my friend Jack and is a clip from “Roving Mars”, an IMAX movie made in 2006. If you’re like me, you were amazed by the successful August 6 landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover. This video simulates the launch and landing of one NASA’s two rovers in January, 2004 that was part of NASA’s ongoing Mars Exploration Rover Mission. The Spirit and Opportunity rovers were active from 2004 – 2010. Watching this short video show you just how incredibly challenging the task and complex the technology is that would enable us to successfully land an unmanned mission on Mars.

Closing the Jobs Gap

This is an interesting but frankly depressing site. This shows you how long it would take to return to pre-recession level of employment given various levels of job creation. 140,000 jobs is this year’s average and 150,000 was last year’s average. What’s depressing is even if we add 472,000 jobs per month (most jobs added in a single month in the 2000s), it will take until Q1, 2015 to return to 2008 employment levels. This interactive site lets you enter your own hypothetical number. A related NPR site ( illustrates jobs gained or lost since 2008 by sector.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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