Two things grabbed my attention today.
The first is a line from Michael Ignatieff's speech in Toronto where he pointed out that the unemployment rate in Windsor is akin to one-in-six people not having a job. That's a stunning number. It is one in 10 people in Toronto.
I've read reports on the unemployment rate but for some reason it didn't really sink into me that an unemployment rate of almost 10 per cent is the same as almost one in every 10 people of working age not having a job. Probably more when you factor in the rate does not include unemployed people who have given up looking for a job.
For some reason that number hit home to me just how real this recession really is and how far we have to go to climb back from it.
The other thing is completely unrelated but came in the form of a report in the U.S. on the power draw of video game machines -- namely Xboxes, Playstations and Wiis. Living in a home with two of the three, this blog entry caught my interest.
When a video game console can use up the same amount of power as two refrigerators something is seriously wrong. Especially if the main reason they use so much power is sheer laziness of gamers to save their games and turn their machines off when they aren't being used.