So it’s been a while since I did a Pony Friday, so I figure I’ll start off with some random stuff from ED. Afterwards, once again we’ll hit up the usual news stuff and probably finish off today. Tomorrow’s a new ep of MLP so get excited

First off it’s a few songs from youtube…

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So let’s move onto today’s news story.

Top 50 Manga Bestsellers of 2011

Author: Leon

Oricon has released a ranking of the top selling manga of 2011, revealing once again the total dominance of Shonen Jump – over half the top 20 are comprised of Jump titles, and One Piece outsells the better part of the top 10 combined.

The ranking, covering November 2010 to November 2011:

1. One Piece [37,996,373]

2. Naruto [6,874,840]

3. Ao no Exorcist [5,223,712]

4. Fairy Tail [4,701,596]

5. Toriko [4,665,634]

6. Gintama [4,415,491]

7. Bakuman [4,399,938]

8. Bleach [4,187,258]

9. Kimi no Todoke [4,109,481]

10. Gantz [4,056,981]

11. Shingeki no Kyojin [3,766,194]

12. Sket Dance [3,157,012]

13. Hunter×Hunter [2,922,876]

14. Nurarihyon no Mago [2,853,552]

15. Beelzebub [2,607,474]

16. Saint Oniisan [2,597,768]

17. Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn [2,550,542]

18. Giant Killing [2,464,282]

19. Meitantei Conan [2,120,091]

20. Deadman Wonderland [1,853,198]

21. Fullmetal Alchemist [1,848,586]

22. Uchuu Kyoudai [1,800,132]

23. Ahiru no Sora [1,739,105]

24. Kuroko’s Basketball [1,712,983]

25. Ace of Diamond [1,711,607]

26. Chihayafuru [1,667,296]

27. March Comes in Like a Lion [1,640,891]

28. The World God Only Knows [1,494,817]

29. Hayate no Gotoku [1,481,743]

30. Kuroshitsuji [1,426,621]

31. Arakawa Under The Bridge [1,363,850]

32. Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu [1,310,002]

33. D.Gray-man [1,296,975]

34. Kekkaishi [1,281,128]

35. Suki Desu Suzuki-kun!! [1,264,317]

36. Soul Eater [1,264,217]

37. Natsume Yuujinchou [1,234,679]

38. Nodame Cantabile [1,111,747]

39. Medaka Box [1,111,444]

40. Mahou Sensei Negima! [1,103,573]

41. Ookiku Furikabutte [1,097,910]

42. Switch Girl!! [1,095,914]

43. To Love-Ru Darkness [1,067,988]

44. Hajime no Ippo [1,054,421]

45. Usagi Drop [1,042,526]

46. Shin Prince of Tennis [1,024,406]

47. Real [1,020,367]

48. Thermae Romae [1,006,323]

49. Nichijou [1,005,300]

50. Sukitte Ii Na Yo [960,150]

I kinda of laughed at the fact Nichijou sold just barely over a million copies of it’s book and Negima is ranked 40 at 1.1 million copies.

Next up is some news from WSJ about Tax cuts. There’s that word again, tax cuts…why the fuck is this word repeated over and over again in news. Like the media has OCD and can’t keep their mouths shut about governments and tax cuts, guys we’re in 2011 let’s not do this please…please.


Senate Blocks Tax-Cut Bills

BY NAFTALI BENDAVID AND JANET HOOK

The Senate late Thursday blocked competing Democratic and Republican proposals for extending the current payroll-tax break, but that could clear the way for the two parties to negotiate a broader deal on that and other crucial items by year end.

The Democratic bill extending the tax cut for an additional year, to have been funded by a surtax on those earning more than $1 million a year, won a 51-49 majority, short of the 60 needed for passage.

More surprising was the fate of the Republican version, to have been paid for by shrinking the federal workforce. It was blocked …

Shrinking the federal work force…hmm, are you suggesting, GOP, that we fire our government workers? What kind of red-necked malarkey are you jabbering about this time? And I supposed after you fire our workers in government you’ll fire the FBI and CIA too, eh? I hope not, cause you have to be mental to disable our arms for the US. I suppose you’ll disband the military too and the army reserve? You know if it wasn’t for this dangerous nuclear wasteland we call a home, A HOME, I’d probably wouldn’t care what you idiots up in government are doing cause you’re clearly not doing SHIT to help the people of the U.S. So why not, let’s just drop our arms and embrace death like we always have. No, we’ll not have a militia to defend our homeland, we will not pass go, we will not collect $200.

Next up, job loss.

Unemployment Slips to 8.6% as Private Sector Adds Jobs

By JOSH MITCHELL And JEFFREY SPARSHOTT

WASHINGTON—The U.S. labor market strengthened in November as private employers continued to add jobs at a healthy pace, while the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since March 2009.

Nonfarm payrolls rose by 120,000 last month, the U.S. Labor Department reported Friday in its monthly survey of employers. Private companies added 140,000 jobs, while the public sector—federal, state and local governments—lost 20,000 jobs.

The unemployment rate, obtained by a separate survey of U.S. households, fell to 8.6% in November from 9.0% the previous month. The rate hadn’t been below 9% since March, when it was 8.8%. The rate is now lower than at any point since March 2009, when it was 8.6% as well.

In another positive development, October’s figure for nonfarm payrolls was revised upward to show a gain of 100,000 from a previously reported 80,000, while September was revised up to a 210,000 gain from 158,000.

The results, while confirming the labor market remains sluggish, were broadly positive. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires forecast payrolls would rise by 125,000 last month and that the jobless rate would remain at 9%.

The Labor Department data showed that some industries fared better than others. Retail trade rose by 50,000 jobs, with much of the increase occurring in clothing and electronics and appliance stores, the Labor Department said.

Leisure and hospitality jobs rose by 22,000, and professional and business services registered a gain of 33,000. Health-care jobs rose 17,000, while manufacturing changed little.

The number of unemployed, according to the household survey, fell by 594,000 to 13.3 million. A broader measure that accounts for both job seekers and part-time workers who would prefer to be working full time—the so-called underemployed—fell to 15.6% from 16.2% in October.

The latest figures—the broadest snapshot of the labor market—come fewer than two weeks before the Federal Reserve’s next policy-making meeting. After taking steps in August and September to spur growth, the Fed is expected to pause until next year as it assesses the U.S. economic landscape and follows developments in Europe’s financial crisis.

The jobs data are the latest sign that the economy is on firmer footing than it was just two months ago, when a rocky start to the year spurred fears of a double-dip recession. However, the jobless rate remains high, and threats to the U.S. economic recovery remain, including further turmoil in the euro zone.

Friday’s report shows that Americans’ hourly earnings declined by two cents to $23.18. Wages are up by 1.8% over the past 12 months, trailing overall inflation, which is at 3.6%.

And the last bit of Euro news that we have is this.


Europe ends calls to stranded Mars probe

By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News

Apart from some brief radio contact with the wayward probe a week-and-a-half ago, there has been total silence from the spacecraft.

The European Space Agency announced on Friday that it was now ceasing any further attempts to get a signal.

Russian engineers are expected to keep trying to the last.

Phobos-Grunt is orbiting at an altitude of some 200km by 340km (124 miles by 211 miles). If engineers cannot re-establish control, the 13-tonne spacecraft will eventually fall back to Earth.

The probe was built to land on the larger of Mars’ two moons, Phobos, and scoop up rock to bring back to Earth.

Such a venture should yield fascinating new insights into the origin of the 27km-wide object and the planet it circles.

The mission is also notable because China’s first Mars satellite, Yinghuo-1, has been launched piggy-back on the main Russian spacecraft.

I will see you all next week, for another week of how the world is doing and maybe, just maybe, we’ll see some light. Good night everybody.