Thursday, August 21, 2014

Unread Ukraine

I'm not trying to mock you, readers; I just wanted you to know why I am no longer interested in the propaganda. Sorry for the surrender.

Confusion and alarm as Russian aid convoy heads to Ukraine 

The important thing to remember is after a clumsy and ineffectual start, Ukraine’s forces have taken back much of the territory once held by rebels.

Russia denies Ukraine claim of incursion" by Michael Birnbaum | Washington Post

Russian aid convoy awaits OK to enter Ukraine

Ukraine army advances on key rebel stronghold" by Andrew E. Kramer | New York Times

Rebels shelled convoy of refugees, Ukraine says

Killed women and children, sure they did, US can't confirm who again. Ukraine getting as bad as Israel.

Ukraine forces continue advance; Poroshenko, Putin set to meet" by Andrew Higgins and Andrew E. Kramer | New York Times

Didn't buy the paper that day, don't want to read. 2,086 dead and counting.

Ukraine units gain ground on separatists

How much more is more is left to take? 

And why has MH-17 been COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN? 

Because it was a complete hoax or false flag?

Oh, wait, look, up in the sky.

Republican Utters Racist Slur in Alaska

Related: Tea Party Struck Out in Senate

"Ex-attorney general wins Alaska GOP primary" by Kirk Johnson | New York Times   August 21, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A Republican former state attorney general, Dan Sullivan, defeated two challengers in Tuesday’s primary election here, including a candidate supported by the Tea Party, and will face Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat, in November in a closely watched race that could determine which party controls the Senate.

Sullivan, 49, was backed by political groups that ran ads attacking Begich and mostly ignoring the other contenders in the primary race: Joe Miller, a Tea Party favorite who came in second, and the state’s lieutenant governor, Mead Treadwell, who was a distant third.

Miller got robbed last time out.

Begich's outside backers in turn mostly went after Sullivan, with a combined exchange of salvos that set the template, in acrid arguments and copious dollars, for the battle now headed toward the general election.

With most of the votes counted, Sullivan had about 40 percent of the ballots cast, to 32 percent for Miller and 25 percent for Treadwell, who conceded a few hours after the polls closed. Miller won the Senate primary in 2010 against Senator Lisa Murkowski but lost to her in the general election after she ran a write-in campaign.

A lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps reserves, Sullivan ran as a military man and on a promise to defend Alaskans against “Obama administration overreach.” He painted Begich as a faithful backer of the president, which to many Alaskans is no small slur.

Begich, 52, a former mayor of Anchorage who was elected to a first term in 2008, emphasized his Alaskan roots, being born to a family that arrived before statehood in 1959. He also courted Alaska Natives, who tend to support Democrats; urban voters in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city; and women.

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McDonnell Speaks in His Own Defense

Related: In Defense of Bob McDonnell

"Former Va. governor testifies at corruption trial" Associated Press   August 21, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — Former Governor Bob McDonnell told jurors Wednesday that the former chief executive of a dietary supplements maker who gave him thousands of dollars in gifts and loans did not get any special treatment.

Testifying on his own behalf in his public corruption trial, the onetime Republican up-and-comer said Star Scientific founder Jonnie Williams got ‘‘mere routine, basic access to government’’ and nothing more — no state funds and no board or commission appointment.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company’s products.

Prosecutors say the McDonnells arranged a meeting with the state’s top health official and hosted a product launch event at the governor’s mansion.

The former governor, making frequent eye contact with jurors while his wife sat expressionless at the defense table, said the mansion was the site of at least two other events for individual businesses and that there was nothing unusual about asking administration officials to meet with people who wanted to pitch an idea or discuss a policy matter.

Williams testified for the prosecution under immunity. He said he showered the McDonnells with gifts and loans to entice them to help him gain acceptance and state-backed research for his company’s tobacco-based anti-inflammatory, Anatabloc.

The former governor’s lawyers have suggested that Maureen McDonnell acted largely on her own to promote the product. They are on trial together, but she has her own attorneys.

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Also seeSupreme Court puts same-sex marriages on hold in Va.

SeaWorld Drops Suit Against SEC

"SeaWorld drops appeal of OSHA violation"  |    August 21, 2014

ORLANDO — SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled underwater by a killer whale, ending any chance of trainers ever again swimming with orcas during shows.

The park company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week that it wasn’t going to pursue the appeal of a court’s decision to uphold the citations.

In April, a federal appeals court in Washington said SeaWorld’s challenge to the finding was unpersuasive, and that the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission was correct when it found that the SeaWorld park in Orlando had violated a federal workplace safety law.

SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed in 2010 when killer whale Tilikum grabbed her and pulled her into a pool.

Tilikum became the focus of a critical 2013 documentary film ‘‘Blackfish.’’

After an investigation into Brancheau’s death, OSHA recommended that trainers perform with killer whales only when they have a protective barrier or sufficient distance from the marine mammals, making it impossible for trainers to swim with the whales during shows.

Trainers, though, will be able to swim with the whales during behind-the-scenes safety training exercises in order to acclimate whales to humans in case someone accidentally falls into a pool, said SeaWorld spokesman Fred Jacobs.

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Related: SeaWorld Prison Cell

Washington Police Say Watch What You Say

In the land of free speech.

"Police to citizens: Be careful what you tweet" Associated Press   August 15, 2014

SEATTLE — Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing.

Like they have time to check their tweets, and if so, where is this NSA in all this? 

All that data collection meaning nothing, huh?

The ‘‘TweetSmart’’ campaign began in late July by a coalition of nine agencies, including the Washington state patrol and the Seattle police, and aims to raise awareness about social media’s potential impact on law enforcement.

I think Missouri is doing that.

Some have called the effort a step that could lead to censorship; others dismissed it as silly.

Police, however, say it’s just a reminder at a time when cellphones and social networks can hasten the lightning-quick spread of information.

The tracking has it's downsides.

A social media expert at the International Association of Chiefs of Police said she’s unaware of similar awareness campaigns elsewhere but the problem that prompted the outreach is growing.

‘‘All members of the public may not understand the implications of tweeting out a picture of SWAT team activity,’’ said Nancy Kolb, who oversees the association’s Center for Social Media in Virginia.

Yeah, you MIGHT CATCH THEM DOING SOMETHING BAD, and they DO NOT LIKE THAT!

Kolb said she is not aware of any social media post that has led to the injury of a police officer, but she said there have been a few close calls. Other times, tweets have interfered with investigations. 

I better watch what I say.

Kolb said citizen journalists generally respond well when the reasons are explained.

‘‘It’s not that they don’t want the public to share information,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s the timing of it.’’

Social media speculation and reports challenged Boston police during the search for the Marathon bombers.

Aaaaaah! The TRUTH about CRISIS DRILLS and stuff GOT OUT TOO QUICK!

Perry Merriel, a trucker from Ephrata, Wash., said he’s not sure why the public needs a reminder to follow common sense on social media. ‘‘They are putting their lives on the line for you,’’ he said.

That narrative is getting lost among the tear gas, threats, and beatings.

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Judge This Alabama Treatment For Yourself

"Arrested US judge embarrassed, entering treatment |    August 21, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama federal judge who was charged with domestic violence after his arrest in Atlanta is embarrassed and entering a treatment program, one of his attorneys said Wednesday.

Barry Ragsdale is representing US District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery in an administrative complaint filed by the chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

He said Fuller already has sought counseling and will check into a treatment program within days.

Fuller is seeking a program ‘‘that is best for his situation and circumstances,’’ Ragsdale said, but he declined to elaborate on the type of treatment Fuller is seeking.

‘‘He’s embarrassed for this,’’ said Ragsdale, an old friend of Fuller from law school. ‘‘He’s embarrassed for his colleagues and his family.’’

The 11th Circuit already has stripped Fuller of his cases and stopped sending him new ones. The judge isn’t at home in Montgomery, where his wife remains, Ragsdale said.

Atlanta police arrested the 55-year-old judge on Aug. 10 and charged him with misdemeanor battery after his wife called 911 from a hotel and said he was beating her. Mark Fuller told police his wife became violent as she confronted him with allegations of cheating.

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RelatedAlabama Alligators

They even eat trains from what I saw.

Portugal's Proudest Bank Lo$es Spirit

It's a $uce$$ story, though.

"Portugal bank collapse and rescue raise questions" by Barry Hatton | Associated Press   August 05, 2014

LISBON — A new Portuguese bank appeared Monday, born from the ruins of a collapsed business empire, and declared on its website that it is now ‘‘stronger and safer.’’

Investors rattled by the eurozone’s latest financial drama will, however, need more reassurances.

Portugal’s biggest banking scandal, which compelled authorities on Sunday to put up $6.6 billion to prevent the collapse of Banco Espirito Santo, raised questions about how regulators were apparently hoodwinked. 

Uh-huh. I'm sure it is, as we found here at home with the kickback settlements, they "regulators" were in on it. It's a banker's pre$$ so they will only go $o far. 

I'm glad to know the poverty-stricken and austerity-laden Portuguese people picked up the tab, though.

It will also focus minds on the European Union’s yearlong health check of the banking sector, for which results are due in October.

Aaaaah! Having my mind focused.

The debt crisis that in recent years battered countries sharing the euro currency, forcing Greece, Ireland, and Portugal to request bailouts, has ebbed in recent months.

Interesting that you would mention those two nations. I just updated my Greece file, and Ireland is not that far behind. 

See:

Bond yields reflect Ireland’s gains

Case in which abortion is denied reignites controversy over Irish law

That's the latest that has been dug up by the Globe. Good enough for you?

Investors remain wary, though. They fear that more nasty surprises could be around the corner, and the scandal surrounding Banco Espirito Santo’s huge unreported debts is fueling those concerns.

This is so strange to me because I was led to believe by my ma$$ media that everything is all right now, everything's fine, we want you $leep well tonight.

I mean six years of recovery and record profits and somehow.... $igh.

Barclays analysts predicted investors will ‘‘remain guarded about risks which could stem from latent problems in the [Portuguese] financial system.’’ Lisbon’s difficulties demonstrated ‘‘the major surgery that Europe still has to undergo with respect to its economic and banking problems,’’ said a note from CMC Markets UK.

The European Central Bank, the eurozone’s main regulator, is examining the books of more than 100 of the bloc’s top banks. The goal is to weed out the lame ones, helping to ensure financial markets have faith in the banking system. The Banco Espirito Santo case could undermine that effort.

That drew a smile from me, as if anyone outside their elite club had "faith" in the $elf-$erving financial $y$tem. HA-HA-HA-HA!

Portuguese authorities sought late Sunday to extinguish the Espirito Santo wildfire by splitting it into two banks: a new one, called Novo Banco, which keeps the company’s healthy businesses and will later be sold, and a ‘‘bad bank’’ that will hold toxic assets and retain the Banco Espirito Santo name. The bad bank will be put into liquidation, meaning it will cease to exist once the bad investments are dealt with.

Notice there is no "good" bank, only a "bad" and "new" one.

Officials had last month attempted to halt the bank’s collapsing share price by insisting the bank had sound finances and that private investors were ready to take it over. That was until the true picture emerged last week: The bank reported a record half-year loss of $4.8 billion, trading in its shares was suspended, and the Espirito Santo family’s three main holding companies sought bankruptcy protection.

Bank of Portugal governor Carlos Costa conceded in a televised statement close to midnight Sunday that officials had been duped by a type of Ponzi scheme in which cash and debts were shifted around the Espirito Santo family’s tourism-to-health care business empire on four continents.

You know, regardle$$ of what you think of the bank THIS $Y$TEM $UCKS!

Costa said the bank’s activities ‘‘were in clear violation of Bank of Portugal rules’’ and used ‘‘fraudulent schemes.’’

Police suspect Ricardo Espirito Santo Salgado, the chief executive who stepped down last month, of fraud, forgery and money laundering at the bank, whose business dates from the 19th century and has been one of Portugal’s most venerable financial institutions, as well as for years its biggest private bank.

OMG! 

The 21st-century looter baron bankers destroyed a financial fixture and foundation that existed for centuries. 

What a crew. We have been ble$$ed to have lived at the end time and $een this crop in action.

I was angry and furious about it all as the sadness has enveloped me this past few weeks, but not now. 

These are GLORIOUS TIMES as we witness the RANK CORRUPTION DESTROYING EVERYTHING AROUND US! 

It isn't "terrorists" or me here blogging! 

They are $ELF-DE$TRUCTIVE and there is NO NEED to DO or SAY ANYTHING!

‘‘International experience shows that schemes of this kind are very hard to detect before they collapse, especially when it takes place in different countries,’’ Costa said.

Can't they call the NSA?

Just as worryingly, Costa said that an audit by the central bank of Banco Espirito Santo had detected problems 11 months ago. He said the central bank had attempted to ring-fence the problems, without elaborating.

HA-HA-HA-HA! 

They TRIED TO COVER IT UP and it DIDN'T TAKE! 

So much for "hard to detect," blah, blah, blah. 

HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

It remains unclear why action to shore up the bank was not taken back then.

Is it?

Some Portuguese politicians are demanding an inquiry into how Banco Espirito Santo slipped through the net of supervision.

PFFFFFFFFT!

Costa did not take reporters’ questions after his statement.

European stress tests of banks in 2009, 2010, and 2011 — conducted not by the European Central Bank but by another EU office with fewer powers — fell short of convincing markets.

Some banks passed the tests on paper but needed bailouts soon afterward. Banco Espirito Santo passed them all and was the only major Portuguese bank to not require any public aid during the country’s bailout program.

Simon O’Connor, a spokesman for the EU’s economic and monetary affairs commissioner, argued that Banco Espirito Santo was a special case. Its woes should not be taken as a sign of systemic weakness, neither for the eurozone as a whole nor for Portugal, he said.

Oh, okay. 

(Blog editor is cackling, hey. This is too much, man. I can't stop laughing!)

The rescue money will come from a special fund set up during the eurozone crisis that is designed to help financial institutions in difficulty.

These bankers, they always have $pecial funds -- otherwise known as the on switch to they printing pre$$ -- set up. Ha-ha-ha-ha. I can't.... ha-ha-ha-ha-ha...

That means Portugal does not have to raise new taxes to get the money or apply for more help from the EU.

Taxes will have the people in street, if not already. 

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Related: Is Portugal Next in Line for Wealth Confiscation?

I looked in my Globe for that but found nothing, and that ain't funny at all!!!! Some are even calling it progress: Portugal bank bailout means progress in Europe

Swiss Train, Brazilian Plane

"11 injured as train cars derail in Swiss Alps"  Associated Press   August 14, 2014

GENEVA — Three train cars derailed, injuring 11 people, after a landslide hit a train in the Swiss Alps on Wednesday, police said. One carriage slid down a steep slope, saved from a ravine only by large trees.

The accident occurred in a deep, wooded valley between Tiefencastel and Solis, southeast of Zurich in the canton (state) of Graubuenden. Police said about 140 people were on board at the time of the accident, about lunchtime. The landslide followed heavy rains over the previous day.

Five people were seriously injured, and six sustained slight injuries, said a Graubuenden police spokeswoman, Anita Senti. They included eight Swiss, two Japanese citizens, and one Australian, police said. The train had set off from the ski resort of St. Moritz, heading north toward Chur, Graubuenden’s administrative capital.

Initially, police said the train ran into a landslide on the track, but revised that to say a landslide hit the train as it traveled between two tunnels along the side of a valley. One train car slid about 33 feet down the slope before being stopped by the trees.

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"Brazil presidential candidate dies in plane crash" Associated Press   August 14, 2014

SAO PAULO — A Brazilian presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos, died Wednesday when the small plane carrying him and several campaign officials plunged into a residential neighborhood in the port city of Santos, a City Hall official there said.

All seven people aboard the plane, including a campaign photographer and cameraman, a press adviser, and two pilots, died in the crash, City Hall press officer Patricia Fagueiro said.

In a statement on her blog, President Dilma Rousseff declared three days of mourning and said she would suspend her campaign during that time. ‘‘All of Brazil is in mourning,’’ the statement said. ‘‘We have lost a great Brazilian.’’

Polls show Campos was running in third place, trailing far behind Rousseff and another rival. But his Brazilian Socialist Party ticket was widely regarded as among the best-placed to challenge Rousseff and her popular Workers Party, thanks largely to his running mate, a popular former environment minister, Marina Silva.

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So who benefited from his assassination?

Taking a Trip to Rikers Island

Better make it a school field trip:

"Why violence toward inmates at NYC’s Rikers Island jail grew" by Michael Schwirtz and Michael Winerip | New York Times   August 14, 2014

NEW YORK — The portrait emerging last week from the report on Rikers Island by the US attorney’s office in Manhattan is of a place with almost medieval levels of violence, meted out with startling ferocity by guards and their superiors.

Think of that the next time Obummer is out their waxing about fake fraud hoaxes and such, and tossing about human rights, etc, etc.

The 2½-year investigation, which focused on the abuse of teenage inmates by correction staff, was exhaustive in cataloging the brutality. 

I thought that was something important.

But a critical question that went unaddressed is how conditions were allowed to get to this point.

Yeah, the government and mouthpiece media that pushed the agenda of tyranny and war upon us doesn't know how this happened? The government that sanctioned torture hasn't a clue.

Rikers has been a place of violent excess for decades. And the growing ranks of inmates with mental illnesses, reaching nearly 40 percent of the jail population today, have added to the challenges for correction officials.

Related: Not Over Troubled Bridgewater

That's been locked in isolation for a while now.

But conditions worsened substantially under the administration of mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, which reduced jail staff and failed to curb escalating violence by guards, say former correction officials, inmates’ advocates, and others familiar with the jail.

What? The great bipartisan, loving mayor who funds all sorts of causes and is so pro-gun control and put so many people out in the streets? 

“There was very little interest in expending political capital and financial capital on the jails,” said Martin F. Horn, who was correction commissioner during Bloomberg’s first two terms.

What an a$$hole!

As mayor, Bloomberg earned a reputation for being a consummate manager who leveraged his private sector experience to tackle municipal problems. But he never made Rikers a high priority, though conditions were deteriorating drastically, say people familiar with the jail’s problems.

In Bloomberg’s last term, the use of force by officers on inmates jumped by 90 percent, according to Correction Department data. Inmates’ advocates and public officials charged with overseeing the jails said they pleaded with the administration to address the issue.

“We met with the Department of Correction and the Bloomberg administration about the prevalence of violence directed by correctional staff towards prisoners, and they didn’t respond,” said Dr. Robert Cohen, a member of the New York City Board of Correction, a watchdog agency.

But they sure are quick to get out to Missouri, huh!!??

Early on, the Bloomberg administration cut more than 3,000 correctional positions. While some of the cuts were attributable to the declining inmate population and the closing of facilities, Horn said the reductions eventually went too far.

Did they open them back up for the illegal immigrant kids who have once again disappeared from my paper?

When even more were proposed in 2008, he sent a letter to the city’s budget office, warning that further reductions would be “impossible without compromising the safety of everybody in the jail.”

For the remaining officers, mandatory overtime became the norm. Exhausted guards were increasingly prone to lashing out at inmates, said officers and oversight officials.

Umm, I'm really NO LONGER INTERESTED in EXCUSES when it is AUTHORITY that CREATED the PROBLEM to BEGIN WITH!

More recently, in Bloomberg’s third term, the Correction Department greatly reduced the number of officers responsible for escorting mentally ill inmates to therapy, meaning that many were locked in solitary confinement 23 hours a day and rarely got out for services.

That.... IS TORTURE!! Right here in AmeriKa itself! 

Not Gitmo, not Bagram, not Abu Ghraib. RIGHT HERE on THESE SHORES! 

Where is that PIOUS PRESIDENT?!!!

Resentment and anger among inmates built up, said a senior Health Department official, leading to more attacks on guards by inmates. 

Oh, right, now it is the poor thin blue line that protects privilege under attack. Nice spin.

A mental health task force, created by the Bloomberg administration in 2011, produced few results and lacked participation by key city officials, including Raymond W. Kelly, who was the police commissioner. 

I always thought Kelly was a sphincter.

Stu Loeser, a former press secretary who is again a spokesman for Bloomberg, challenged claims that as mayor Bloomberg was indifferent to conditions at Rikers. Loeser pointed out that at City Hall the mayor sat a few feet from Linda I. Gibbs, the deputy mayor who oversaw the Correction Department, and conferred with her “throughout the day, almost every day.”

What, hello and goodbye?

The current crisis at Rikers stems in part from aggressive efforts to end the chaos and bloodshed that plagued its jails in the 1980s and 1990s.

By making it worse and adding to it?

At the time, the average daily population was around 20,000, almost twice its current level. Gangs like the Netas and the Latin Kings battled one another, as well as the guards. The chief problem then was inmate violence. Slashings and stabbings were routine. A thriving trade in drugs and weapons went virtually unchecked by a demoralized staff.

And how many of that staff were corrupt and helping get things in, because that is the only way they can.

Today, violence is once again surging, but now it is the guards who are perceived to be at the heart of the problem.

Not in AmeriKa, no way! Our loving security services wouldn't do that!

Bernard B. Kerik — he helped oversee Rikers from 1995 to 2000, first as the top deputy at the Correction Department and then as commissioner — is credited with bringing inmate violence under control. A beefed-up SWAT team was equipped with clubs, pepper spray, and electrified stun shields. A data system similar to the Police Department’s Compstat was created to identify the jail’s trouble spots.

Related: 9/11 Thug Bernard Kerik Released From Prison 

He also played Rambo when he was in Iraq, mo$tly forgotten now.  Too bad a "terrorist" didn't behead him when he was there.

In 1999, there were fewer than 100 stabbings by inmates, compared with 1,100 five years earlier.

But even as conditions improved, advocates warned that allowing guards to rely so heavily on force could get out of hand.

“Whenever you impose a system of restraint on this scale, it can easily be abused,” Jonathan S. Chasan, a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, told The New York Times in 1999.

He told that to the Times when? 

It's been OVER 15 YEARS that this problem was known and NO ONE in GOVERNMENT did a DAMN THING?

The frequency of officers’ using force on inmates remained steady during Kerik’s tenure under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and declined during Bloomberg’s first term, reaching its lowest point in 2004, according to department data. But then it spiked.

How did you know those buildings were going to collapse contrary to all the laws of physics, Rudy, and why did you destroy a crime scene by shipping the steel off to China?

In 2004, the department documented 961 altercations with inmates involving force. In 2013, with the ranks of inmates with mental illnesses on the upswing, there were 3,285. In the first six months of 2014, use of force was up by a third.

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At least the cops have been charged with crimes, right?

"In deadly NYC jail beatings, no criminal charges" by Jake Pearson | Associated Press   August 21, 2014

NEW YORK — Agitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed.

Then this guy deserves to die.

What followed, according to investigative documents obtained by the Associated Press, was a quick punch back from the guard that put Ramirez on the floor. Then he was dragged away, beyond the view of security cameras, and three other guards were called in. Inmates later told investigators they heard screaming and the sickening crack of nightsticks against bone.

Ramirez, 50, died of numerous blunt-impact injuries that included a ruptured spleen, shattered ribs, and a stomach filled with blood. When a jail investigator interviewed the guards — eight months later — they insisted Ramirez was struck only once and only in self-defense.

That July 2011 case is among three deaths in New York City’s jails over the past five years in which inmates were alleged to have been fatally beaten by guards. Yet in none of those cases was anyone ever charged with a crime.

The lack of accountability in the city’s jail system was singled out time and again in a scathing federal review issued this month.

A Correction Department spokesman would not comment directly on Ramirez’s case but stressed that newly appointed Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte believes excessive force is ‘‘absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated on his watch.’’

Uh-huh. You gonna get out in front of it and stop it?

Ponte has begun rewriting use-of-force policy, installing more security cameras, and revising the recruitment and training of guards, spokesman Robin Campbell said.

Union leader Norman Seabrook, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, said that while any officer who illegally uses excessive or improper force should face criminal charges, the rarity of such prosecutions is proof of how frivolous many of the allegations against his members are.

Yeah, there isn't a conspiracy to cover up in government. 

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So who is the next shipment of prisoners?

"Times Square warnings cut into characters’ tips" Associated Press   August 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Bright red police leaflets warning Times Square tourists that photos with costumed characters are free, and tipping is optional, are taking a bite out of the bottom line for the many Elmos, Mickey Mouses, SpongeBobs, and Statues of Liberty who dress up to help make ends meet.

The blitz kicked off over the weekend, with officers handing out fliers in five languages.

That is what happens when you are a sanctuary city.

City officials say they had to take action after physical attacks on some visitors, including children.

Tip or else, huh?

The unruliness peaked last month when a Spider-Man was accused of punching a police officer for telling a woman the character could not force her to pay up.

Some of the mostly Spanish-speaking immigrants who wear the giant costumes say they have been left with far less to feed their families.

Standing 7 feet tall and swathed in light green robes with an American flag pouring down her right arm, Lady Liberty — as played by Hugo Gomez, a 34-year-old Dominican immigrant with three children — has a prime spot in the middle of Times Square.

He leaned down to whisper to a reporter that before the police-enforced measure, he drew about $150 in tips each day. In recent days, he made about $40.

New York police don't have bigger crimes or problems to solve, huh?

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So what is next in that stinking city, death squads?

I'm sure Bill can just buy them off if things go wrong.

Related: Louisiana Getting Rid of Good Old Boy Cops 

Little too late, isn't it? 

Send 'em up to New York City, I guess. They should fit right in.

Never You MonsterMind This Post

"Report: NSA eyed preset strikes in cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries without any human involvement, creating the risk of accidentally starting a war, according to a new report based on interviews with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The program, codenamed MonsterMind, would have let the military agency automate the process of "hunting for the beginnings" of a foreign cyberattack, the report said. The software would be constantly on the lookout for digital "traffic patterns" that indicated known or suspected attacks, the report published this week by Wired magazine said.

The report, part of a wide-ranging interview with Snowden in Moscow, described the MonsterMind program as "in the works" and went further than other programs that existed for decades. Without any human involvement, Snowden told the magazine, a counter-attack could be leveled at an innocent party — largely because initial attacks are often routed or diverted through other countries.

The problem of attribution after a cyberattack has long unsettled computer security experts....

Uh-huh. All that money into spying for $ecurity wa$ted then.

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How interesting that the Boston Globe decided another story was not worth covering not worth covering, 'eh?

FYI, most of the hacking attacks are coming from Silicon Valley, with help from the FBI

It's the $elf-$erving US government that fronts for corporate indu$tries that is the largest hacker on planet earth, even larger than Israel.

Whiskey Killed Caretaker

"Caretaker’s death ends old whiskey theft case"  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review   August 14, 2014

GREENSBURG, Pa. — The former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion has died, ending criminal charges that he drank more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey that he was supposed to be guarding.

A district judge last year ordered 63-year-old John Saunders, of Irwin, to stand trial after hearing testimony from the owner of the South Broadway Manor Bed and Breakfast.

But the Tribune-Review reported that Saunders died July 21, ending the case.

The mansion’s owner, Patricia Hill, told police she had found nine 12-bottle cases of whiskey hidden in the century-old mansion built by industrialist J.P. Brennan after she bought it in 2011.

According to court records, Hill hired Saunders that March to care for the property, which would have included safeguarding the whiskey.

But when Hill went to have the pre-Prohibition Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey appraised in March 2012 she discovered 52 empty bottles, on which police said they later found DNA from Saunders’ saliva.

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Burke Can Beat Walker in Wisconsin

‘‘Burke would be an unlikely scourge of the 1-percenters anyway, since she’s one of them — I come at this from a business perspective....  a ‘‘business-friendly, fiscal conservative.... sound like a Republican.’’

And you wonder why I'm not interested in the $hit-$how fooley of politics?

"Burke gives Wisconsin Democrats a new approach" by THOMAS BEAUMONT | Associated Press   August 14, 2014

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Only a few years ago, Wisconsin was the scene of huge protest rallies that shut down the state Capitol, a failed attempt to recall the new Republican governor, and an outpouring of end-times rhetoric by Democratic loyalists about the stunning loss of their government power. 

See: Wisconsin Recall Recall

That turbulent history is hardly in evidence as Mary Burke makes her way around the state these days, introducing herself to voters as a Democratic candidate for governor. In fact, she seems to be ignoring it, even though she is aiming to oust Republican Scott Walker and end his conservative revolution in Madison.

Whether mingling on small-town streets, giving radio interviews, or appearing at union hall rallies, Burke speaks in measured tones, saying little that stirs the old partisan passions.

‘‘I come at this from a business perspective,’’ she told voters in Janesville last month, ‘‘and you better have a detailed plan, and a plan that’s going to work.’’

Burke is the Wisconsin Democrats’ attempt at a reboot after their worst losses in recent history.

They think that is happening this year with the referendum being on Obama's Democratic administration's massive failures? With this candidate?

They lost to Walker in the 2010 governor’s race, again to him in the recall, and to Walker’s Republican allies in the Legislature as they stripped the Democrat-leaning public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights, triggering the protests. The latest polls peg the race as a dead heat, and groups on both sides are investing millions of dollars in the contest.

While populist slogans, union rights, and anti-elite insults are the traditional red meat of Democratic rallies, Burke — a former top executive at Wisconsin’s Trek Bicycles — is trying to win as an experienced business professional with a plan for improving the state’s underperforming economy. The idea is to attract more people concerned about Wisconsin’s fiscal health than labor issues.

It’s a test Democrats in other Midwestern states with similarly shrinking union bases will be watching.

Not me, not when Democrats here did the same thing to unions.

As a Harvard graduate, the daughter of Trek founder Richard Burke and the former director of the company’s European operations, Burke, 55, would be an unlikely scourge of the 1-percenters anyway, since she’s one of them — worth millions, not billions.

Her campaign speech is heavy on detailing her time expanding the company’s brand overseas and her work as its senior analyst.

Burke’s campaign plan calls for investing in key industries by region, such as paper in the Fox River Valley near Appleton, manufacturing in more populous southeast Wisconsin, and medical technology around Madison.

The shift in message has been noticed.

‘‘Some of us weren’t too sure at first. We’re a pretty strong union town,’’ said Jacki Gackstatter, a Janesville Democrat and candidate for Rock County clerk of courts, after Burke addressed 400 at a union hall. Burke supports restoring the public employees’ collective bargaining rights, but believes workers should pay more for some benefits.

Earlier that day, Burke chatted up a group of men in Beloit, a recovering manufacturing town of about 35,000, and described herself as a ‘‘business-friendly, fiscal conservative.’’

‘‘You sound like a Republican,’’ Rick Holmin of Beloit shot back.

You know, I believe it was Harry Truman who said when you have a choice between a Republican and a Republican, choose the real Republican.

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Well, I've exorcised that pos. Next.

Louisiana Getting Rid of Good Old Boy Cops

"Age limit to oust some Louisiana court officials" by Melinda Deslatte | Associated Press   August 14, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. — A new law preventing anyone age 70 or older from running for constable or justice of the peace in Louisiana is facing stiff opposition — especially among the officials who are about to be banned from reelection because of their age.

The mandatory retirement provision was signed into law in June with little fanfare. Now, however, the law is drawing fire as the deadline for filing to run in the November election approaches next week. Some of the court officials affected by the new law say they intend to run anyway, even though it says they are too old.

‘‘I’m 77 years of age, but I feel that I’m more qualified and capable of being a justice of the peace at this age than I was when I was elected 42 years ago,’’ said Lynwood Broussard, who represents a ward in Lafayette Parish in south-central Louisiana. ‘‘I feel that the people in my district should decide if I’m capable or too old to represent them.’’

A law that sets a mandatory retirement age of 70 for constables and justices of the peace has been on the books since 2006. The law excluded anyone elected before then. Republican state Senator Elbert Guillory’s bill removed that exemption, a change that will affect about 160 officials.

Guillory says he sponsored the law on behalf of a constituent who said he represented the Louisiana Justice of the Peace and Constables Association. Guillory said the man raised concerns that the local officials are allowed to carry weapons under state law, while ‘‘in wheelchairs, some on oxygen tanks.’’

‘‘That sounded pretty reasonable,’’ Guillory said.

But the association denies any involvement in the bill.

‘‘Absolutely not. Put that in big huge bold letters and bold quotes. We did not ask for this and in no way wanted this,’’ said Connie Moore, a St. Tammany Parish justice of the peace and president of the association.

The story gets murkier from there.

Guillory said he doesn’t know the name of the person who requested the bill and can’t track him down because the man used a disposable phone to make the call. And while Moore said her association didn’t support the bill, no one from the organization raised public objections as the measure was moving through the Legislature over the course of a month.

Only one state lawmaker voted against the bill. But lawmakers now hit with criticism from local elected officials about to be ousted say they didn’t realize what the bill did, though its implications were explained during committee and floor hearings.

Moore said several officials have said they intend to defy the law and run for reelection.

‘‘I’ve told them they really need to think carefully about that,’’ Moore said.

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Related: Ferguson Protests Hijacked By Agent Provocateurs 

And as I predicted:

"The protests were more subdued Tuesday night, with smaller crowds, fewer confrontations, and no tear gas." 

Because the fraud has been exposed and the corporate media has been shown for what it is.

"Holder tries to reassure Ferguson protesters" by Alan Scher Zagier | Associated Press   August 21, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he was repeatedly stopped by officers who seemed to target him because of his race. 

Related: The Man Who Murdered Ibragim Todashev 

What was he saying?

Holder made the remarks during a visit to the St. Louis suburb that has endured more than a week of unrest fueled by the fatal shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white officer. The Obama administration intended the trip to underscore its commitment to civil rights in general and the Ferguson case in particular.

This just such garbage, such a hallmark of agenda-pushing division, trying to motivate the black base of Democrat slaves to the polls with this contrived and encouraged distraction to divide and impose force from above. 

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Holder also met briefly with Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who has been in charge of security in the community for nearly a week. The National Guard has also been called in to help keep the peace.

Doing a lousy job of it, too.

Asked whether he had confidence in the local investigation of the police officer, Johnson said Holder’s presence ‘‘is a guarantee on that.’’ 

I'm going to hold my mouth.

In Clayton, a grand jury began hearing evidence to determine whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown’s death. A spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said there was no timeline for the process, but it could take weeks.

At the college, Holder told his audience that the most experienced agents and prosecutors would be assigned to the Ferguson investigation.

Outside the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton, where the grand jury convened, two dozen protesters gathered in a circle for a prayer, chanted and held signs urging McCulloch to step aside.

McCulloch’s deep family connections to police have been cited by some black leaders who question his ability to be impartial in the case. McCulloch’s father, mother, brother, uncle, and cousin all worked for the St. Louis Police Department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

Oh, is that why he has been accused of racism. Looks like he comes from a long line of real AmeriKan heroes, doesn't it? 

And he IS a DEMOCRAT!

The prosecutor, who is white, has insisted his background will have no bearing on the handling of the Brown case, which has touched off days of nighttime protests during which authorities used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the streets.

Look at the agenda-pu$hing media just digging that race wedge into you!

The protests were more subdued Tuesday night, with smaller crowds, fewer confrontations, and no tear gas. Police said they still made 47 arrests, mainly of people who defied orders to disperse.

On Wednesday, police said an officer had been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them. A protester captured the exchange on video Tuesday and posted it to YouTube and other websites.

Yeah, I SAW THAT!

In a letter published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holder promised a thorough investigation while calling for an end to the violence in Ferguson. He said the bond of trust between law enforcement and the public is ‘‘all-important’’ but also ‘‘fragile.’’

That, sir, I'm sorry to say, has been completely shattered.

Meanwhile, Brown’s funeral arrangements were set....

Oh, yeah, the dead guy.

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Did you see who would be eulogizing him?

Also seeIn Ferguson protests, teens seek a wider justice

I didn't read that because that person fomented violence. 

Related: Arkansas Acrobatics

Why no fuss about that, and why has it disappeared down the ma$$ media memory hole?

UPDATE:

"In the midst of all the hoopla and uproar, people are waking up and they are not happy with what they see. At the same time, the focus on trivial enterprise is at an all time high. We're pinging and ponging between the inane and the ridiculous. All of the signs of a massive slide into Idiocracy are obvious.....

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"Are you in the mood for more irony? This should give you a second helping (mind that waistline!) Observe the obvious ploy here that should be evident to those with an IQ over one hundred. Unfortunately, it appears that a significant portion of the population does not come up to this mark. Whatever yellow sheet journalist turned this out, he/she is trying to give the impression that there is a concert of approving voices for the august (dripping with gravitas) Holder. Not only is Holder a proven criminal, he is also a traitor to his country but then, so is everyone he works for too. Given what a fatuous prig he is, this strutting marionette is unlikely to bring much of anything to the table since his usual position is on his knees under the table.

I sometimes stand back in stark awe when I look at people like Holder but then I also stand back in stark awe when I observe the sheared sheep of these end times. You can't get the one without the other....

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Nothing to Get Excited About in Economic Articles

I'm sorry about the profanity, dear readers, and I was feeling guilty last night for subjecting you to it; however, it was warranted.

You won't be getting that today as we are doing a dump. Sorry.

"Target earnings disappoint; Lowe’s cuts sales outlook" by Elizabeth A. Harris | New York Times   August 21, 2014

A disparate batch of retail companies released lackluster, mostly disappointing earnings results Wednesday, accompanied by a significantly lowered forecast from Target and more store closings from Staples.

Target released the roughest results Wednesday, with a huge slide in profits on the heels of several difficult quarters. To explain the unsatisfying results, executives pointed to continued difficulty in the company’s push in Canada....

PFFFFFT!

Target’s second-quarter results included $148 million of expenses related to the enormous breach of customer data during the holiday season last year, which has cost the company in consumer trust and in dollars.

Related: AmeriKa Media Missing the Target 

And that is why the government, that has been collecting all electronic communication and monitoring all movements just let it slide down the memory hole; that and the fact that the largest hacking organization in the world is in fact the Amerikan $urveillance $tructure that has been built over many decades and continues to be refined and reworked for presentation.

John Mulligan, Target’s chief financial officer, said total expenses related to the breach had reached $236 million, partly offset by $90 million in insurance coverage, bringing the net cost to $146 million. The company also said that it believed most of the costs related to the breach were behind it.

In Canada, where the company opened more than 100 stores in a matter of months last year, executives said that operational issues and inventory problems had persisted, creating inconsistent levels of products in some places, and that there was too much inventory overall....

Target reported $234 million in profits in its second quarter, down 61.7 percent from the same period last year, when profits reached $611 million. Revenue rose 1.7 percent, to $17.4 billion, up slightly from $17.1 billion a year earlier....

On a somewhat brighter note came Lowe’s, the country’s second-largest home improvement retailer, whose performance depends to a significant degree on the health of the housing sector, which has shown some encouraging signs lately...

What, a quarter-of-a-million dollars in three months time with revenue rising no good? 

Profits were $1.04 billion for the quarter, up 10.4 percent from the year before.

It's really amazing, isn't it? The other ends of this economy totoal $hit, and yet the top and corporations are $wimming in loot.

The news from Lowe’s was not altogether positive, however, as the company trimmed its sales growth estimate for the full year.... It also cut its growth estimates for sales.... 

I'm not going to listen to that because of what I saw featured on the front page I didn't buy.

These results come a day after Home Depot, the country’s largest home improvement retailer, reported a very strong quarter and raised its yearly earnings guidance.

That's better. Lie to me again.

Another retailer to report earnings Wednesday was American Eagle Outfitters, which, along with many other traditional teenage retailers such as AĆ©ropostale, has been struggling for several quarters.

After we have been told for three months second-quarter was hot, hot, hot! This is getting sooooo old.  

Btw, that means the kids have no money.

American Eagle performed better than expected, but those expectations were exceedingly low....

I love the $hit $hell game of the Bo$ton Globe bu$ine$$ section!

“The company successfully underpromised, overdelivered,” Richard E. Jaffe, an analyst at Stifel, wrote in a note to investors.

I'm sure there is a message to this failure of a White House and administration.

The struggling retailer Staples also reported earnings Wednesday, including a 2 percent decrease in total sales. 

See: Staples Shareholders Get $tuck 

How bad?

The company said that it had closed 80 of its North American stores in the second quarter and planned to close about 140 total stores during 2014. This year, the Framingham, Mass., chain announced that it would close 225 stores by the end of its next fiscal year.

Earnings are OK,” Ken Perkins, founder of Retail Metrics, said of the reports Wednesday. “Nothing to get too excited about.”

I'm not.

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Time for some fellatio:

"Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades" by Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press   August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve’s first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke’s Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.

She might one day recall her first six months as a too-brief honeymoon.

The perilous question that awaits Yellen’s Fed has put investors on nervous alert: Can it raise rates from record lows without weakening the US economy or spooking markets?

Or, conversely, will it wait too long to raise rates, causing the economy to overheat and inflation to surge?

No one knows.

(Blog editor holds hands out with palms toward ceiling) 

Which helps explain the anticipation surrounding Yellen’s speech Friday at the economic conference sponsored every August in Jackson Hole, Wyo., by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Given that this year’s topic is labor markets, Yellen is sure to spell out her latest assessment of the US job market.

What she says, or perhaps does not say, will shape perceptions of when and how aggressively the Fed will raise rates.

She has frequently characterized the job market as weaker than the unemployment rate suggests. She has noted that the jobless rate, a nearly normal 6.2 percent, belies other unhealthy trends: Weak pay growth, a sizable number of part-timers who want full-time work, and high proportions of people who looked for a job for more than six months or stopped looking.

Might Yellen describe those trends as chronic problems with no end in sight? Or temporary drags on the job market, destined to fade as the economy improves? Investors will seek a sign of a coming rate hike as it would mean higher rates on business and consumer loans and could hurt stock prices.

At Jackson Hole, Bernanke sometimes used his speeches to telegraph actions the Fed was considering. Yellen could take the opportunity to shed light on the Fed’s plans for withdrawing the extraordinary support it has provided since 2008.

‘‘The road ahead will get much tougher for Yellen when she starts outlining the Fed’s exit strategy,’’ said David Jones, an economist at DMJ Advisors and the author of a book on the Fed’s first century. ‘‘Any change could be accompanied by significant market instability.’’

This year, the Fed has been paring its monthly bond purchases, which have been intended to keep long-term rates low. Yellen has emphasized that after the bond purchases end this fall, the Fed will keep rates low and maintain its vast investment portfolio to keep downward pressure on rates.

The impending end of the purchases, a step investors once anticipated with dread, is now being taken in stride. The market has remained calm, and stocks are up this year, suggesting that Yellen’s reassurances have had an effect. 

I'm glad the central bankers and money junkies of the world are $table and $ecure. Let's phatten them up before meal time.

But her first six months have had stumbles. Responding to a question in her first press conference, stocks sank on fears that rate increases could start sooner than expected.

Asked about her six-month comment at her next press conference, Yellen decoupled the phrase ‘‘considerable time’’ from any specific period.

Orwell would be proud of the euphemi$m.

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Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, said Yellen was trying to be clear without perhaps recognizing how much a Fed chair’s words can be over-interpreted.

‘‘Yellen is a much clearer speaker than past Fed chairmen,’’ Swonk said. ‘‘But Yellen learned the dangers from being too clear. She will never use the words ‘six months’ again.’’

Oh, more censorship of the language and things you shouldn't say. Now go censor yourself.

Yellen has appeared comfortable fielding questions and has withstood grilling from members of Congress. She has remained cool and has parried attacks in a calm voice that hints of her native Brooklyn....

I could could say something, but I won't. It's a four letter word to be found in these phrases.

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Not really excited about bringing you anything from the Globe today or anymore, but will post shit, but now it is time to go look for a job.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Globe Economic Articles Are Enraging

You have been warned.

Celebrity Magazine Sales Plummet on Newsstands

I guess the Globe is making a habit of not carrying New York Times stories. Not surprising given the growing Jewishness of Boston and its hub as a top-notch health center. 

Anyway, the magazine sales are a sure sign this economy is not growing.

"Even as economy expands, wages stagnate for many" by Aki Ito, Ian Katz and Ilan Kolet | Bloomberg News   August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — Call it the no-raises recovery: Five years of economic expansion has done nearly nothing to boost paychecks for typical workers as the rich have gotten richer.

Yeah, we know. You guys are finally getting around to admitting it?

Meager improvements since 2009 have barely kept up with a similarly tepid pace of inflation, raising the real value of compensation per hour by 0.5 percent — the weakest growth since World War II. The increases averaged 9.2 percent at a similar point in past expansions, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled by Bloomberg.

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen has zeroed in on faster wage growth as a priority.

Stagnant earnings also explain an economy that’s having trouble sustaining a rebound in housing and consumer spending, said David Blanchflower, a professor of economics at Dartmouth College.

‘‘The bottom line is we’re a million miles from full employment,’’ said Blanchflower, a Bank of England policy maker from 2006 to 2009. ‘‘Workers are struggling, and they don’t see signs that things are suddenly going to change.’’

We voted for that six years ago and look where we are.

Households in the top 20 percent of US socioeconomic groups saw their incomes grow by an average of $8,358 a year from 2008 to 2012, versus a $275 annual decline for the lowest 20 percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

The discrepancy gained visibility after the publication of French economist Thomas Piketty’s bestseller ‘‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century.’’ It catalogs the widening global inequality between the rich and everyone else and has sparked worldwide debate.

And yet nothing has been done about it. Every week, day, hour, minute, and second the rich are getting richer.

In the United States, stagnant wages are linked to a question puzzling economists and policy makers alike: How many able and willing workers are still on the sidelines?

SeeI Don't Know What to Say 

I'm tired of responding to lies and propaganda, never mind reading the shit.

The issue may be among the topics Yellen and other central bankers discuss this week at their annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where the focus will be on labor. Until the economy burns through this excess capacity, employers have little incentive to give raises.

Unless it is to themselves.

Recoveries in the past exhausted that supply far faster than the current rebound, generating broad-based compensation increases that outpaced inflation and encouraged consumer spending.

If the economy had followed the historical relationship between joblessness and earnings, real wages would have been 3.6 percentage points higher by mid-2014, given how much unemployment has declined, according to a Chicago Fed study released last week.

The jobless rate was 6.2 percent in July, down from a post- recession high of 10 percent in October 2009. 

That's a rigged number, and I'm tired of it.

‘‘We’re sort of in uncharted territory,’’ said Guy Berger, a US economist at RBS Securities. ‘‘This isn’t fully behaving like prior cycles.’’

The abnormality reflects the depth of the 18-month contraction. It displaced millions of Americans who, even with a recent pickup in hiring, are still making their way back to gainful employment. The lack of wage increases also helps explain why consumers don’t seem to be on stronger footing this far into the expansion.

‘‘The scope for improvement is limited,’’ Berger said. ‘‘But real wage growth could make a difference.” 

I wouldn't count on it.

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"Labor market recovery reaching higher-pay jobs" by Ylan Q. Mui | Washington Post   August 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — The recovery in America’s job market is finally spreading to industries with good pay, after years of being concentrated in fields with low wages.

Says who?

Hiring has picked up steam in areas such as construction, manufacturing, and professional services in recent months — sectors with a median hourly wage of at least $20. Nearly 40 percent of the jobs created during the past six months have been in high-wage industries, compared with just a quarter during the last half of 2013, according to an analysis by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) for The Washington Post.

And here I have ben told time and again those high-wage industries were driving the recovery and responsible for increased inequality.

Meanwhile, growth in many low-paying jobs has leveled off or even declined.

‘‘I often hear that the recovery is only in low-wage jobs. That is categorically inaccurate,’’ Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview. ‘‘This recovery is creating a lot of good jobs.’’

Sigh. This government is completely incorrigible, as is it's ma$$ media mouthpiece.

If those trends hold, economists say, it could mean the bumpy road back from recession is beginning to even out — particularly if it means that more jobs with better pay can help boost household income.

Averaged across all occupations, the median hourly wage has fallen 3.4 percent since the recession, after adjusting for inflation, according to NELP research to be released Monday.

Many economists, including Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen, have pointed to an increase in earnings as one of the key missing pieces of the recovery. Yellen and other top economists from around the world will convene in Wyoming this week to discuss the health of America’s labor market.

Yeah, thank God that private looting scheme known as the Federal Reserve is looking out for all of us.

‘‘What I think matters most is wages,’’ NELP executive director Christine Owens said. ‘‘In terms of just looking at the balance, the crisis is as much a crisis of wages as it is which jobs are being created.’’

Translation: those unemployed not counted? Forget them now.

Even before the recession began, the economy was experiencing what academics call job polarization: growth at the high and low ends of the pay scale, but not much movement in the middle. Two big factors drove this: new technologies that replaced some skilled workers and increased international labor market competition. 

I love it! They JUST CONTRADICTED the WHOLE PREMISE of the OPENING! 

So HIGH END WAGES and JOBS WERE GROWING, huh? 

And you wonder why I am sick of this $hit and not caring for the mixed me$$ages and contradictions of a corporate crap paper?

The country’s deep downturn skewed that dynamic even further. Businesses of all stripes slashed jobs during the recession, but low-wage industries such as retail and food service bounced back most quickly. They now employ 2.3 million more workers than they did in 2007, according to NELP.

Whatever. 

Btw, low-wage bounced back because that is where the lost high-paying and middle-class jobs went. Those are the jobs they had to take. Makes it really a fal$e recovery, doesn't it?

Middle- and high-wage sectors have yet to recoup the ground they lost. NELP estimates 1.2 million jobs are still missing. But the pickup in hiring suggests the economy may be entering an inflection point.

We have been seeing and hearing that for FIVE FUCKIN* YEARS!!!!!!!!!!! 

Oh, right, I forgot. Banks Love You.

‘‘What was so unusual about this recovery was that the low-wage industry growth was faster than high-wage growth for so long after the recovery began,’’ said Sam Coffin, an economist at UBS.

I'm also sick of seeing banking economists experts so prolific in my paper.

Coffin said low-wage sectors tend to grow faster in the first two years after recession. But it has now been five years since the recession ended, and his research shows higher-paying jobs began to outpace others in the past three months.

Coffin divided jobs into two categories: those that pay above and below the median wage. A more detailed breakdown by JPMorgan separated growth by high-wage professional and managerial occupations from those in the low-paying service sector. It showed the turning point in job creation started at the end of last year.

Related: JPMorgan Chase Head of Real G-8

Perhaps most surprising, according to JPMorgan senior economist Robert Mellman, was the simultaneous rise in all other occupations, which he classified as middle-wage jobs.

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"Ranks of jobless rise in US states in July" by Christopher S. Rugaber | Associated Press   August 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in 30 states last month, even as employers in two-thirds of the states stepped up hiring. The trends reflect an increase in job hunters nationwide as an improving economy encourages more people to seek work.

Whatever, lying f***.

The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates fell in eight states in July and were unchanged in 12. At the same time, hiring rose in 36 states, fell in 13, and was unchanged in Iowa.

Does any of this swirling, steaming stinker make sense to you?

The national unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent in July from 6.1 percent in June, even as employers added 209,000 jobs.

The jobless rate in Massachusetts edged up to 5.6 percent in July, from June’s 5.5 percent, according to the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Massachusetts added 13,800 jobs, the office reported last week.

Related:The story for the Massachusetts economy, if you ignore high levels of unemployment and inequality, is the economy has been performing very well.” 

About the time I stopped paying attention to the bull$hit.

The reason the rate rose nationwide even as hiring increased is that more Americans launched job searches but didn’t find work. That lifted the number of unemployed. Still, the rise in people seeking jobs suggests they are more optimistic about their prospects.

Am I looking all positive, a$$hole!!!????

The jobless aren’t counted as unemployed unless they’re actively seeking work....

Meaning EVERYTHING coming from this GOVERNMENT is an AGENDA-PUSHING DISTORTION or LIE!

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That is their main mouthpiece.

"U.S. services firms grew at the fastest rate in more than eight years in July, the latest sign of an economy picking up speed in the second half of the year. 

They say this when the economists are all revising down their projections for the rest of the year

The strong reading suggests Americans are increasingly confident about the economy and willing to spend more. Americans are traveling more this summer, and faster growth in services should help accelerate growth and hiring. Manufacturing is already growing at a robust pace, while many service industries have lagged." 

Service industries have lagged when those low-wage jobs were the jobs created and they just grew at the fastest rate in more than eight years? 

WTF is with the MIXED MESSAGES in the SAME F***ING ARTICLE!!!!!!?????

Also seeUS jobless aid applications fell to 289,000 

Somehow that is $een as good news. 

At least profits were not hurting:

"US productivity recovers after steep first-quarter fall" by Christopher S. Rugaber | Associated Press   August 09, 2014

WASHINGTON — US workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.

The Labor Department said Friday that productivity increased 2.5 percent at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, after plummeting 4.5 percent in the first quarter. That was the steepest drop in 31 years, and reflected a sharp 2.1 percent contraction in the economy. Economists blamed most of that shrinkage on temporary factors, such as harsh weather and a cutback in stockpiling by businesses.

PFFFFFFTTT! 

Maybe you should check that with Wal-mart

Harsh weather? In this age of global warming?

Productivity measures output per hour of work. Greater productivity increases living standards because it enables companies to pay their workers more without having to increase prices, which can boost inflation.

It boost profits and they don't have to hire more workers. 

Good job, slave. 

Where are these alleged raises, too, since this post started with.... never f***ing mind!

Despite the first-quarter increase, labor cost gains have been tame throughout most of the recovery. Wages for most workers have barely kept up with inflation since the recession ended.

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Related:

"US retail sales were essentially flat in July, providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts about the economy despite recent job gains

Yeah, right. It is our fault because we have no money.

Spending dipped at auto dealers and department stores last month. The losses were offset by gains at grocery stores, gasoline stations, restaurants, clothiers, and building material stores. 

That is because those costs rose.

The figures suggest that Americans are hesitant to spend, which could limit growth for the economy.

Yup, it is OUR BROKE FAULT the economy is staying in depression! 

Retail sales have been flat even though employers have added more than 200,000 jobs a month for the past six months, but those gains have yet to meaningfully boost wage growth above inflation, causing spending to be more restrained. 

Because, despite what the lying government says, it's low-wage jobs with limited hours.

Retail sales have increased 3.7 percent over the past 12 months, but economists doubt that spending can grow much faster unless incomes rise."

There is a rising concentration of income among the top 1 percent, just as the $y$tem is designed as wealthier households account for a disproportionate share of consumer spending, and now you know why we have been in a depression. 

Related: The World's 1% Are Richer Than You Could Possibly Imagine

I have a new$paper designed to obscure that fact. That is why I've stopped reading it and did not buy one today. 

It's not just wealth inequality, either.

"The report ‘‘provides further confirmation that the US labor market has indeed shifted to a period of stronger growth,’’ said Jeremy Schwartz, an analyst at the bank Credit Suisse

Do I even need to note it? 

Schwartz at Credit Suisse, huh?

Known as the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTS, the report provides a detailed look at where employment might be heading. It records job postings, overall hiring, and the number of workers who either quit or were laid off. Roughly the same percentage of Americans quit their jobs in June as they did in May, though the rate has increased over the past year. Quit rates usually rise when employees are finding new and better-paying jobs, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy." 

Just ignore what you have read above.

Also see: 

Jobs Sweep
Stock Sweep 

They kind of go together. 

And look who the Globe found on a Sunday:

"The working poor who fight to live on $10 an hour; They are the waitresses, cleaners, clerks, and caregivers — one illness, rent hike, or layoff away from the very bottom" by Katie Johnston | Globe Staff   August 17, 2014

They are waitresses, department store clerks, and fast-food workers. They clean office bathrooms and airplane cabins, care for the elderly, and serve hors d’oeuvres at high-end fund-raisers. One in five workers in the state, the majority of them over 25, make $12 an hour or less.

As employers squeeze costs, these low-wage earners frequently can only get part-time work without benefits, some with irregular schedules that make second jobs and child care arrangements difficult. They have no protections from having hours cut and they receive no severance pay if they are let go without warning.

Many don’t have cars, making it hard to get to work when public transportation isn’t running. Those who have cellphones can’t always afford minutes, so employers struggle to reach them. Few have college degrees.

For workers in this precarious position, there is a thin line between survival and catastrophe, and one unexpected event — an illness, a rent increase, a layoff — can be devastating.

Increasingly, they are speaking upworking with union organizers, demonstrating for higher wages.

In Massachusetts, the minimum wage will rise to $11 an hour by 2017, the highest in the nation. But for most, it still won’t be enough.

See: Doing the Bare Minimum For This Post 

You want more?

Here are stories of the working poor, some cobbling together multiple jobs, others trying to advance by improving skills, all struggling to get by....

I'm so glad the Globe finally noticed you.

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RelatedWage gap rising, but less so in Boston

They still fourth in the nation in wealth inequality? 

I'm not complaining; the elite of Bo$ton are for whom the paper is written.

"Teen jobs fall short of Boston’s target" by Megan Woolhouse | Globe Staff   August 18, 2014

Thousands of teens have found jobs this summer, but thousands more remain unemployed and looking for work despite the efforts of state and local political leaders and millions of dollars in public funding.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has asked the business community to do more. 

Took a wipe at them, did he?

Shortly after taking office this year, Walsh implored private employers to hire city youths, and later set a goal of finding jobs for 12,000 city teens this summer — an attempt to best the record of 10,000 achieved by his predecessor, Thomas M. Menino.

But getting companies to hire teens has not been an easy sell. With summer more than halfway over, the Walsh administration said preliminary figures show that 9,842 teens have landed jobs, about 3,100 with private employers.

“We do have a little work to do there, but overall I’m happy with it,” Walsh said of the number, adding “I always want more — I want to do better.”

Pffft!

The city allocated nearly $4 million and receives another $2.6 million from the state to fund about 7,000 youth jobs, from camp counselors, to day care workers to lifeguards as well as some year-round positions. But getting private employers to match public efforts has been a challenge.

WHAT? In LIBERAL, DEMOCRATIC BOSTON?!!

Last year, youth activists descended on the Financial District with signs and chants demanding jobs.

And the fact that the propaganda pre$$ noticed makes it an agenda-pushing pos.

The group targeted Putnam Investments, a firm that manages $159 billion in assets, which had declined multiple requests to hire local teens. Earlier this year, the mayor phoned Putnam’s human resources office to make his pitch for hiring city youth.

The effort met success, although not on a grand scale. The firm created five jobs for city high-school students.

Translation: they SPIT in his f***ing hand!

“His personal touch [is] the reason we focused on it,” Rick Tibbetts, chief of human resources at Putnam said of the mayor’s efforts. “It’s about how can we give back as a good corporate citizen of Boston and help Boston youth.”

That must include the bad mortgage-backed securities they sold. 

Also see: Taking a Glancy at Putnam

Just being a good corporate puke.

Jobs that teens could once count on — in retail sales, bagging groceries, at a pharmacy — are increasingly filled by college students and older adults in an economy still shaking off the last recession....

WHAT!!!! The articles above are full of STEAMING RECOVERY!

Related: 


"US employers loaded up on college-educated workers in May. A hefty 332,000 new jobs last month went to those who finished college, the Labor Department said Friday. That caused the jobless rate for college graduates to dip to 3.2 percent from 3.3 percent in April. It was further evidence that businesses increasingly value educated workers, even when an advertised job doesn’t call for such a degree. The odds of finding work are poor for those who have spent no time on campus. They lost jobs last month. An additional 56,000 high school dropouts lost jobs last month. Still, a college degree isn’t an automatic pathway to the middle class. Many college grads are stuck working jobs that once went to high school dropouts."

At least you can always get a summer job, kids.

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RelatedHome remodeling rebounds as economy improves

Whatever, Globe. Which well-to-do friend did you interview?

Well, this post has really upset me and I'm none to eager to post any more bull$hit from the Bo$ton Globe. 

I think I will call in $ick tomorrow, too, because this is obviously going nowhere, as usual.