Someone is Lying

  • She’s one of Chicago’s top cops — so highly rated that she was one of three finalists to replace former Supt. Jody Weis.

    But Debra Kirby’s account of her actions in the aftermath of disgraced officer Anthony Abbate’s notorious videotaped attack on a bartender was directly contradicted in sworn testimony Tuesday in federal court by another officer and an assistant Cook County State’s attorney.


    Lawyers for the beaten bartender, Karolina Obrycka, hope the three wildly differing accounts from Kirby, Sgt. Joseph Stehlik and prosecutor Tom Bilyk about a phone call Kirby testified she made three days after the attack will convince a jury that Kirby is a liar who tried to hush up Abbate’s attack.
Just knowing what we know, and some of our number having been through the wringer, we speculate as follows:
  1. The prosecutor has no dog in the fight.  Anita has been looking to hang coppers for years and her predecessor didn't do us many favors either.  To think the States Attorney wouldn't have hung a copper out to dry in a heartbeat is nuts;
  2. If this was in fact, a heater case as is being portrayed, there is no way a sergeant takes it upon himself to get misdemeanor complaints signed under unless he's part and parcel of any conspiracy.  We don't mind sergeants for the most part, but let's not kid anyone - they aren't allowed to make decisions of this sort of import. 
  3. Kirby is throwing everyone she can under the bus in hope that the wheels jam up and save her the brunt of this one.
There is a reason that IAD reports directly to the Superintendent outside of any other chain of command.  It's the same reason the Superintendent reports directly to the mayor - political insulation.  And if there's a fire, insulation protects the "valuables."

From our e-mail:
  • Why isn't anyone asking about how IAD tried to farm out the SOS investigation to the States Attorney and the feds for over almost two years while the crew ran amok?  Kirby was in charge then and sat on it.
True?  

    Anyone Want to Gamble?

    Has anyone seen a list of schools that will be handing out these $25 Walgreens gift cards?  We have a pretty good idea of what the map would show.

    And here's a sure money bet:
    • Report card pick up is 12/13 November.  Within 24 hours some Tact team somewhere picks up a dope dealer with at least two gift cards in their pocket.
    Any takers on that one?  

    Walgreens could use the publicity at some point - supporting the drug habits of negligent parents since 2012.

    .05 per Bullet Shot Down

    Someone must have steered Preckwinkle in the direction of an Econ 101 textbook:
    • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today dropped plans for a five-cent bullet tax, but still wants to charge a $25 tax on every gun purchase.

      The compromise was negotiated over several days with Commissioners John Fritchey and Edwin Reyes, both Chicago Democrats, who had balked at the guns and ammo taxes.

      In exchange for their support, Preckwinkle agreed to create a $2 million fund to combat gun violence. Fritchey had proposed dedicating $1.4 million to anti-gun violence efforts. She also agreed to exempt law-enforcement officers from having to pay the tax, which helped convince Reyes to support the plan.
    Evidently, she only absorbed half the lesson though. If we can get a gun for $25 cheaper in Kane or Will or DuPage county, we'll be doing that instead and picking up a few hundred bucks worth of ammo while we're there.

    And if you thought for an instant that this was anything but a punitive tax on those who dare to own a gun, this ought to make it clear:
    • The bullet tax was projected to raise $400,000 in revenue. The gun tax would raise $600,000, Budget Director Andrea Gibson said.

      The revenue would help defray the cost of medical care for people who are shot and then treated at county-run, taxpayer subsidized Cook County Hospital. The hospital treats about 670 gunshot victims at year at an average cost of $52,000, Preckwinkle said.
    $1 million in new taxes to defray a bill of $34.8 million in gunshot care?  What a fucking joke.

    ADP Grossly Overstates Job Growth for Last 12 Months by 419,000 Jobs

    ADP has announced revised methodology to "enhance" its monthly job reports, no doubt because its prior numbers simply were grossly inaccurate.

    Indeed, I stopped commenting on ADP numbers because I thought they were absurd.

    Let's take a look at their revised methodology. Here is the ADP Jobs Report for September using the revised methodology.
    "Private sector employment increased by 88,200 jobs from August to September, according to the September ADP National Employment Report®. The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total U.S. nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally adjusted basis. Last month’s employment estimate was revised down from 80,000 to 76,400 jobs."
    Please note that last sentence. Compare to what ADP actually reported last month:
    "Employment in the U.S. nonfarm private business sector increased by 162,000 from August to September, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The estimated gains in previous months were revised lower: The July increase was reduced by 17,000 to an increase of 156,000, while the August increase was reduced by 12,000 to an increase of 189,000."
    Got that? September private business sector increased by 162,000 but now we see September was revised down to 76,400 from 80,000 (not 162,000 as actually reported).

    Revision Matching

    Check out this statement from ADP FAQs.

    Using this methodology developed for ADP by Moody’s Analytics, our adjusted historical ADP National Employment Report data dating back to 2001 has a 96 percent correlation with the revised BLS numbers.

    ADP revisions match BLS revisions over time. Lovely.

    Spotlight on Revisions

    ZeroHedge totaled up the ADP revisions for 2012 and concluded ADP "Cancels" 365,000 Private Jobs Created In 2012.

    I conclude the same thing. However, things are even worse than Zerohedge states. Here is a chart that I put together of ADP revisions.

    Note: numbers in charts and tables in thousands.

    ADP Original Vs. ADP Revised Monthly Job Gains or Losses



    click on chart for sharper image

    ADP was way underestimating job gains in 2011 and way over-estimated gains in 2012.

    The net effect was 136,000 jobs over 20 months (about 6,800 per month). However that is a very misleading way of looking at things as the following table shows.

    Time Period Analysis

    Time PeriodCumulative Miss
    2011 Miss229.0
    2012 Miss-365.1
    Last 12 Months-419.1
    Since Feb 2011-136.1

    As you can see, I match ZeroHedge for 2012. However, for the last year, ADP was off by an even higher 419,000 jobs, nearly 35,000 jobs a month for an entire year!

    For 2011, ADP was off in the other direction by 229,000 jobs, roughly 19,000 per month. Here is the complete table that I worked from.

    ADP Data Points Table

    DateADP RevisedADP OriginalRevisionCumulative Error
    2011-02155.3197-41.7-41.7
    2011-03215.919916.9-24.8
    2011-04174.516212.5-12.3
    2011-05156.447109.497.1
    2011-06118.3136-17.779.5
    2011-07180.312555.3134.8
    2011-08122.76755.7190.5
    2011-09197.510592.5283.0
    2011-10114.3142-27.7255.3
    2011-11173.2226-52.8202.5
    2011-12293.426726.4229.0
    2012-01218.918236.9265.8
    2012-02226.6228-1.4264.4
    2012-0389.7204-114.3150.1
    2012-04130.111218.1168.2
    2012-0581.2131-49.8118.4
    2012-06115.4173-57.660.8
    2012-07145.5156-10.550.4
    2012-0876.4189-112.6-62.3
    2012-0988.2162-73.8-136.1

    I note with amusement TrimTabs Says BLS Badly Missing Current Acceleration in Job Growth
    TrimTabs Investment Research said today that the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) hefty upward revision of its August job growth estimate proves that the BLS missed the important acceleration in job growth this summer because it relies on incomplete surveys that are frequently revised.

    Trimtabs said the BLS’ initial estimate for August job growth was 96,000. Today, the BLS revised its August estimate upward 48% to 142,000 new jobs. Meanwhile TrimTabs estimate, based on real-time withholding tax data, said employment growth in August was 185,000.

    TrimTabs reported the U.S. economy added 210,000 jobs in September while the BLS reported a job gain of only 114,000. TrimTabs said it expects the BLS to revise its September jobs estimate of 114,000 substantially higher next month.
    I did not buy that story then, and I do not buy it now. More than likely, the BLS was catching up to misses earlier in the year, perhaps even 2011 vs. a genuine recent hiring spurt.

    Obamacare Employment Analysis

    I am sticking to what I said regarding Obamacare, especially Obama Slashes Four Hours Off Definition of "Full-Time" Employment

    Additional Obamacare Employment Analysis



    By the way, these ADP revisions suggest the stated unemployment rate is blatantly preposterous, something I say in every jobs report.

    Mike "Mish" Shedlock
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    Canada GDP "Unexpectedly" Shrinks; Pollyannas Come Out Of Woodwork

    Economists who cannot see anything but the rear view mirror were surprised to learn Canadian Economy Shrinks as Oil, Mining Slump.
    The Canadian economy shrank unexpectedly in August, pointing to a sharp third-quarter slowdown in growth from the first half and reinforcing the Bank of Canada's message that interest rate hikes are less imminent.

    The surprising 0.1 percent contraction in August from July reflected broad weakness across most industries, prompting economists to revise forecasts down. The Canadian dollar weakened to below parity with its U.S. counterpart.

    August's dip was the first monthly contraction in GDP since February. Statistics Canada said on Wednesday it was largely caused by decreased production in the natural resources sector - oil and gas extraction and mining - as well as in manufacturing,

    Statscan said temporary maintenance work at some mines and oilfields was partly to blame. But some economists argued that the economy had stalled more broadly.

    "There are too many negatives in this report to dismiss the headline weakness as being attributable to just temporary disruptions in some sectors," said Derek Holt and Dov Zigler of Scotia Capital.

    Doug Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets, noted that output fell in 10 of 18 sectors. "We can't brush this off as driven by special factors," he said.

    Flaherty was more sanguine. "We're going to see some variations, but overall, for the year we are on track with GDP growth," he told reporters.

    Flaherty expects 2.1 percent growth this year, based on the average forecast of private sector economists his office surveyed this month.

    The Bank of Canada has also suggested the third quarter was an anomaly. Last week it halved its forecast for third-quarter growth to an annualized 1 percent, but predicted a rebound to 2.5 percent growth in the fourth quarter and average growth of more than 2 percent through 2014.
    Pollyannas Come Out Of Woodwork

    BMO and Scotia Capital analysts may be late to the recession party (or not, I do not know previous calls),  but otherwise, Pollyannas like Jim Flaherty, Canada's Finance Minister, and officials at the Bank of Canada and Statscan are still looking for growth.

    Forget about it. This is not an anomaly as suggested by the Bank of Canada.

    As I have said repeatedly, the slowdown in Asia is going to hit Canadian commodity producers more than most think.  Moreover, signs suggest Canada's long overdue housing bust is finally underway according to the Canadian Real Estate Association Report on October 15.

    Here is the key item: Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity is down 15.1 % from year-ago levels, with more than half of all local markets posting declines of at least 10 per cent.

    The rest of the report staked out a claim that real estate was "balanced", I maintain in the same way that spinning plates in this video can be stated as balanced.


    With the US economy slowing, with Asia slowing, and with Europe in a full-blown recession, the odds of Canada and the US bucking the trend is essentially zero.

    Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

    "Google Law" Yet Another Warped Policy by Hollande; Government Motors French Style

    French president Fran├žois Hollande took two more swan dives into the pool of ludicrous actions in the past few days, first with car-maker Peugeot, quickly followed up with a guaranteed-to-fail proposal regarding search engine giant Google.

    Government Motors French Style

    Bloomberg reports France Guarantees Peugeot Debt in Exchange for Influence
    The French government stepped in to rescue PSA Peugeot Citroen (UG), Europe’s second-largest carmaker, by guaranteeing as much as 7 billion euros ($9 billion) in new bonds in exchange for greater influence over company strategy.

    The state and workers will each receive a seat on the board of directors, and an outside committee will be set up with veto power over any “significant” changes in Peugeot’s operations, the French Finance Ministry said today.

    “The state will want to see this business run more in the interest of government, rather than in the interest of the shareholders,” said Erich Hauser, a Credit Suisse analyst with a neutral rating on the shares. “The rising debt of Peugeot clearly shows that the core things are getting worse.”
    Sheer Madness

    I would like to point out how ridiculous this action is, but Pater Tenebrarum at the Acting Man blog beat me to it.  He did a first-class job of making Hollande look foolish in his post Peugeot Bailed Out, More Trouble for the Banks.
    The government and workers will receive board seats? Are they sure this is going to work out? We believe that this latest socialistic experiment is highly likely to turn into a bottomless pit for France's tax payers.

    Not surprisingly, competing car makers in other European countries are rather unhappy that an inefficient competitor is kept on artificial life support. They are perfectly right to complain. To keep companies that are not competitive artificially afloat harms the economy at large, but it is especially detrimental to more able companies in the same branch of industry.

    However, the French government insists that it is actually not providing aid to Peugeot, and will therefore not run afoul of EU regulations that forbid such state aid. It is not giving aid, it is merely providing 'support'.

    Hang on, it gets even better. Guess who Peugeot is now in an alliance with to produce new cars consumers will – hopefully – want? You guessed it…. GM, the original  'government motors': Peugeot said today it’s making progress with GM on the alliance and the two have selected four vehicle projects to work on together.
    "Google Law" Another Sign of Hollande's Warped Mind

    That piece by Tenebrarum is a tough act to follow. Nonetheless, please consider the Wall Street Journal article France Calls On Google to Settle Rift With Publishers
    France will consider adopting legislation that would force Google Inc. GOOG to pay for the right to cite news articles online if the U.S. search giant fails to settle a long-running dispute with French news publishers over how to share advertising revenue, the office of France's President Fran├žois Hollande said on Monday.

    Mr. Hollande's ultimatum marks an escalation in the protracted battle pitting news publishers against Google, which has long resisted the idea of sharing ad revenue with content providers.

    Google has warned it would exclude French newspapers from its search engine if France implements the proposed law, which would make search engines pay for the right to cite news online.

    Leading French newspaper publishers last month called on the government to adopt legislation imposing a settlement in their dispute with Google, forcing it and other search engines to share some of the advertising revenue. Their request follows the German government's approval of draft legislation in August that would force search engines to pay commissions to German media websites.

    The new law—sometimes dubbed the "Google law"—has been pitched by French newspapers as a means to help support their business, which is under threat from a long-term migration of advertising away from print media, a trend exacerbated by cuts in advertising as the French economy struggles.
    Do A Search For Anything

    Just so you know what we are talking about here, please do a Google search for anything. Hurricane Sandy is as good a topic as any.

    Here is an image of the results.



    Imagine Boston.Com, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, and the Weather Channel all demanding Google share add revenue with them for any ad that appears in those search results.

    While you are at it, imagine me demanding ad revenue sharing for those doing a Google search for Mish. Many people find me that way. "Mish" is my brand, and I appear at the top of any such search.

    Here is an image of a search for Mish.



    Instead of getting some ad revenue when people click on links to French news articles, there will be no links to click on at all if Hollande does what he says (and Google responds the way they have said).

    Hollande wants to help struggling newspapers, struggling car makers, struggling students, all with ludicrous actions on top of massive tax hikes. He even wants to ban homework because "It's Not Fair to Disadvantaged".

    On June 8, I reported Hollande About to Wreck France With Economically Insane Proposal: "Make Layoffs So Expensive For Companies That It's Not Worth It"

    It should be easy enough to guess the company that triggered that last bit of layoff-insanity, but in case you misplaced your thinking cap, the answer is Peugeot.

    Prepare for the implosion of France, because it is nearly certain with Hollande at the helm.

    Mike "Mish" Shedlock
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    Governor Chris Christie Strongly Praises Obama's Response to Sandy; Could Christie's Comments Tip the Election?

    Here's a headline story including an interview on Fox news that caught me by surprise: New Jersey Chris Christie Praises Obama, Doesn't 'Give a Damn' about Election Day
    The presidential candidates have canceled all campaign events on Tuesday, but Republican New Jersey Chris Christie seemed to be stumping for President Barack Obama by appearing on several networks to praise the federal response to Hurricane Sandy.

    In an interview on NBC, Christie called Obama "outstanding" for expediting relief efforts. He also told MSNBC that Obama "deserves great credit. He gave me his number at the White House and told me to call him if I needed anything," Christie said.

    The New Jersey governor even took his message to Fox News, saying that Obama had helped "tremendously."

    "I spoke to the president three times yesterday," he explained. "He called me for the last time at midnight last night asking what he could do. I said, if you can expedite designating New Jersey as a major disaster area that that would help us to get federal money and resources in here as quickly as possible to help clean up the damage here."
    Chris Christie Video



    Will Christie's Comments Tip the Election?

    New Jersey, Christie's home state is solidly in the Obama column. However, storm-damaged Virginia is in a virtual dead heat. Praise from Governor Christie certainly cannot hurt Obama's election chances.

    Mathematically, I do not believe Romney can win if he loses either Ohio or Virginia. Romney certainly cannot win if he loses both of them.

    Here is question of the day: Is this genuine praise or is Christie looking to run for president in four years? I suggest both.

    Regardless, widespread perception that Obama is doing a good job in response to Sandy, fueled by gushing praise from Christie may be enough to tip Virginia into the Obama column, and the election right with it.

    Mike "Mish" Shedlock
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    Kirby on the Hot Seat

    • A high-ranking official with the Chicago Police Department denied on Tuesday that she pushed for misdemeanor charges for an off-duty officer who attacked a female bartender in a beating that was caught on videotape and went viral.

      Debra Kirby, who was the head of Internal Affairs Division at the time of the 2007 beating, testified she wanted to seek felony charges against the officer, Anthony Abbate.


      Kirby appeared tense on the witness stand in the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse as she answered a series of questions by attorney Terry Ekl, who is representing the bartender, Karolina Obrycka, in her federal suit against Abbate and the city.
    Never let them see you sweat, Deb. But then, when you've got so many skeletons foisted on you by previous administrations and you're slowly coming to the realization that the closet you're supposed to hide them in is sorely lacking in space, then you've got problems on a scale unseen since Summerdale. How many other agencies were offered the SOS investigation?  And for how many years?
    • Kirby and Ekl sparred over the first question, disputing whether she was called to the superintendent's "conference room" or "office" when the department brass first learned of the videotape of the beating at Jesse's Short Stop Inn on the Northwest Side.
    Wow, the first question?  Talk about setting the stage.
    • Kirby also denied directing Internal Affairs Division investigators to take a blank misdemeanor complaint form to Obrycka's house for her to sign.
    She just threw the entire Internal Affairs Division under the bus.  Now the question becomes who catches the Rule 14?

    Rahm Snorting Chlorine Again

    • Is the lure of a $25 gift card enough to persuade a parent who’s not involved in their child’s education to get involved?

      Seventy Chicago Public Schools that have struggled to engage parents are about to find out.


      At Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s request, Walgreen Co. has agreed to provide $25 gift cards to parents who pick up their students’ report cards and participate in parent-teacher conferences during report card pickup days.


      “This is a way, in my view, of incentivizing responsible parenting,” Emanuel told a news conference at Field Elementary School, 7019 N. Ashland.

    Is he serious? "incentivizing responsible parenting?" In what parallel universe is this unmitigated ass living in? If you "incentivize" (which isn't even a real word) bad behavior, what do you get? More bad behavior.

    Every study in existence proves this. Example A is the entire welfare system - you pay someone not to work, you get a shitload of people not working. You give someone a check for pushing out babies, pretty soon the birthrate skyrockets and you have 15, 14 even 13-year-olds having babies. You know what reduced the teen birthrate back in the 1990's? Stopping the checks.
    • Emanuel said he got the gift card idea during one of his morning workouts.

      “That’s what happens when I start swimming. I start coming up with ideas,” the mayor said.


      The mayor then approached Walgreen CEO Greg Wasson, who jumped at the opportunity to “give back” to the city where the company has operated for 112 years and now has 150 stores.

    This explains part of  where he keeps getting these fucked up ideas - chlorine poisoning.

    And these idiot businessmen and women who keep enabling bad behavior, not only on the part of the parent, but on the part of an out-of-his-mind mayor.

    Delayed Penalty

    • A 16-year-old shot by a police officer during a foot chase on the South Side Sunday night has died, authorities said.

      Ricky Childs, of the 7900 block of South Ingleside Avenue, was pronounced dead at 9:51 p.m. Monday at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.


      [...] During the pursuit, Childs fired a gun at an officer pursuing him on foot, police said.


      After missing, Childs pointed the gun again in the officer's direction, and the officer fired his weapon, striking Childs in the head, police said.


      Authorities said police recovered a gun at the scene.

    Nice shot.

    By the way, he was just about to turn his life around.

    Mounted Unit

    WGN did a nice piece on the Mounted Unit the other day. 

    Here's a link to the story.

    The Marquez family meeting the horse bearing Donny's name is especially touching.

    All Right You Jokers

    OK, who put the Romney bumper sticker on the Commander's ride? This just came through from a gold star fan of ours:
    • Please ensure a supervisor visually inspects EVERY vehicle assigned to your district or parked at your facility by 0900 hours tomorrow morning. It has been raised that there may be a vehicle or two that have non-approved items affixed. Anything found will be removed immediately. If the item cannot be removed it will be transported to the appropriate garage where the vehicle will be taken out of service until the item can be removed.
    Unless they're talking about that Direct TV dish we had installed the other day? 

      Japan Manufacturing PMI Falls to 18-Month Low

      The Japanese economy continues to skid as evidenced by the October Japan Manufacturing PMI™
      Key points

      • Output and new orders both down at sharper rates
      • Employment falls at fastest pace since July 2009
      • Average output charges pared to steepest degree since December 2009

      Summary

      October’s PMI data indicated a further deterioration in the performance of the Japanese manufacturing sector. Orders and output both continued to fall during the month, while evidence of rising excess capacity led to a first reduction in employment for half a year. Manufacturers also intentionally cut back on their stock holdings as order books deteriorated and the outlook remained uncertain.

      Production and new orders both fell at similarly marked rates during the latest survey period. Panellists reported that the car industry was a particular source of softer demand. Overseas new orders also fell during the month, the seventh successive month that a decline has been recorded.

      As volumes of new orders and output fell further in October manufacturers were again able to make significant inroads into their work outstanding. Nearly a quarter of the survey panel indicated that backlogs were down in October and, with spare capacity seemingly rising, a number of companies also chose to lower their staffing levels.
      I have little to add that I have not said before numerous times. The entire global economy is heading South in a major way, and Japan is in serious trouble given its monstrous debt levels.

      Mike "Mish" Shedlock
      http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

      NY Subway May Take Weeks to Restore Service, 5 Million Affected; 80 Flooded Homes Destroyed by Fire; Stunning Flood and Fire Images

      Hurricane Sandy has moved on but the damage remains. The following picture of Times Square posted on Gizmodo caught my eye. Fortunately, it does not look real. Lights should not be on and there would be debris everywhere.

      However, the Metra chairman did say water was "literally up to the ceiling" at one downtown station, so take this image and use your imagination, adding dead rats, debris, and whatever else suits your fancy.



      Bloomberg reports the New York Subway System May Take Weeks to Recover From Flooding.
      Restoring service on New York subway lines that have been flooded could take weeks, said Mortimer Downey, a former MTA executive director and current board member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

      “From the New York viewpoint, they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them,” Downey said in an interview. “It’s going to be days and possibly weeks.”

      He declined to estimate what the recovery may cost because there’s no precedent for the work that will need to be done.
      Previous reports said the New York city subway would remain closed for 14 hours to four days.

      Unprecedented Challenges

      Reuters reports Sandy leaves unprecedented challenges for New York City subways
      The giant storm Sandy wreaked havoc on the New York City subway system, flooding tunnels, garages and rail yards and threatening to paralyze the nation's largest mass-transit system for days.

      "The New York City subway system is 108 years old, but it has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night," Joseph Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, said in a statement early on Tuesday.

      He later said that water was "literally up to the ceiling" at one downtown station.

      All seven subway tunnels running under the East River from Manhattan to Queens and Brooklyn took in water, and any resulting saltwater damage to the system's electrical components will have to be cleaned - in some cases off-site - before the system can be restored, MTA spokeswoman Deirdre Parker said on Tuesday.

      At dawn, emergency crews were assessing the damage to tunnels and elevated tracks. Restoring the system is likely to be a gradual process, Parker said.

      "It's really hard to say which areas will come back first," she said, adding it will likely be a combination of limited subway and bus service. "It will come back gradually."

      The storm brought a record storm surge of almost 14 feet (4.2 meters) to downtown Manhattan, well above the previous record of 10 feet (3 meters) during Hurricane Donna in 1960, the National Weather Service said.
      ABC Video



      Link if Video does not play: Sandy Floods NYC Subway System

      80 Flooded Homes Destroyed by Fire

      The Huffington Post reports At least 80 Flooded Houses Destroyed By NYC Blaze.
      A huge fire destroyed 80 to 100 houses in a flooded beachfront neighborhood Tuesday, forcing firefighters to undertake daring rescues and injuring three people.

      More than 190 firefighters contained the blaze but were still putting out some pockets of fire more than nine hours after it erupted.

      As daylight broke, neighbors walked around aimlessly through their smoke-filled Breezy Point neighborhood, which sits on the Rockaway peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. Electrical wires dangled within feet of the street.
      Click on preceding link for a video and images of the fire.

      The economic losses from Sandy will far exceed the physical damages. Ridership losses on the NY subway alone will be catastrophic.

      Mike "Mish" Shedlock
      http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

      Greece Coalition Splinters, Austerity Vote Delayed, PM Warns of 'Chaos'; Another Puppet Show or Is This For Real?

      In Greece, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras coalition has split. The result is yet another delay in an austerity vote required for the next tranche of loans to Greece, and the PM warns of 'chaos'.
      Greece's conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is at odds with the Democratic Left party, a coalition partner, which is threatening to vote against the new austerity measures unless labor reforms included in them are scrapped.

      Samaras formed a coalition with the traditional rival Socialists and the Democratic Left after general elections in June. In a statement, the prime minister said he had "exhausted all the available time" to try and reach a consensus.

      "The problem is not whether we (introduce) this measure or that measure. On the contrary: It is what we would do if no agreement is reached and the country is led into chaos."

      Unemployment in Greece has topped 25 percent, with rapidly worsening poverty that has prompted the Democratic Left to harden its position.

      "There are certain issues for us that are fundamental — like labor issues," Theodoros Margaritis, a senior member of the Democratic Left party, told private Skai television. "The dilemma is with Mr. Samaras. Does he want a left-wing party in his government or not? Does he want our consent on certain issues or does he want to proceed alone? If he wants, he may proceed alone."

      Cracks in Greece's coalition government are likely to be tested late Tuesday when lawmakers are set to vote on a privatization bill. The new law would give the government broader powers to privatize public utilities, but is facing growing dissent from deputies in the Socialist party and Democratic Left.
      Another Puppet Show or Is This For Real?  

      Is the inevitable about to happen or is this simply another puppet show for the masses?

      Having seen so many puppet shows only to see the leftist puppets succumb to warnings of chaos or worse, I simply do not know.

      However, when this coalition finally does splinter to smithereens, the radical left will win the next election and promptly tell the Troika to go to hell.

      Mike "Mish" Shedlock
      http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

      670,000 Without Power in NYC; Flood Crests 13.88 Feet, Besting 1960 Record of 10.02 Feet; Wall Street Flooded

      The good news for New York City is the storm crest has peaked. The bad news is the cleanup will take days, or longer, and much of the city is blacked-out.

      Please consider Hurricane Sandy’s Waters Flood Blacked-Out New York City.
      Hurricane Sandy sent floodwater gushing into New York’s five boroughs, submerging cars, tunnels and the subway system and plunging skyscrapers and neighborhoods into darkness. Two deaths were reported in Queens and more than 670,000 were without power in the region as of 11:30 p.m. local time yesterday, according to Consolidated Edison Inc.

      The company cut electricity to some areas to save its equipment and a transformer exploded at a plant on 14th Street, blacking out others. New York University evacuated its Langone Medical Center when it went dark and backup systems failed.

      After the storm’s tide crested about 8 p.m., the East River topped its seawall in the Financial District and flowed up Wall Street in a torrent that turned avenues into canals and intersections into lakes. Flooding took over Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, submerging cars to the roof, while the Gowanus Canal overflowed and tree limbs plummeted.

      A flood gauge at Battery Park, at the southernmost end of Manhattan, registered at 13.88 feet as of 9:24 p.m., beating the modern record of 10.02 feet in September 1960 during Hurricane Donna, the National Weather Service said.

      The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was investigating water entering a subway tunnel in Lower Manhattan, said Charles Seaton, spokesman for the largest U.S. transit agency, which stopped its 24-hour system for weather for only the second time in its 108-year history. There’s no way to tell when the system run again, he said.

      The Lincoln Tunnel was the only major crossing in and out of Manhattan by about 8:30 p.m. The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Queens Midtown Tunnel both had flooding, according to Ortiz.
      Anything electrical that salt water touches is likely ruined. If those subway systems were badly-flooded, there are going to be serious repercussions. We will know more Tuesday morning.

      Mike "Mish" Shedlock
      http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

      NYPD in Trouble (UPDATE)

      Comments here and over at TheeRant say that the 60th and 100th Precincts are being evacuated of police officers.  Buildings are being hit hard by flooding and have no power.  News reports across the board say Lower Manhattan is taking a beating and electrical grids are failing.

      Prayers for our brothers and sisters in New York and all those affected.

      UPDATE: A huge fire has already destroyed 50 homes in Queens.  FDNY can't get to the blazes due to impassible streets - and this is just a small corner of New York.  The entire eastern seaboard and surrounding states are getting trashed badly. 

      You Go Chalkie!

      • A father of four was on his way back from his morning ritual of getting his cup of coffee and morning newspaper when he was shot and killed, becoming the 436th homicide victim of the year in Chicago, surpassing the city’s murder count for all of last year.

        Carlos Alexander, 33, had just come back from the store a few hundred feet from his home in the 7900 block of South Escanaba when he was shot about 10:30 a.m. Monday.


        He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died, police said.
      Rahm decides to focus on the bullshit numbers that CompStat has been producing, none of which are based in reality:
      • Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today that it's "not good" the city has surpassed the homicide total for all of last year, even as he sought to keep the spotlight on what he said have been successes in fighting crime.

        "We have other milestones," Emanuel said. "One is, overall crime is down 9 percent in the city, has seen the largest drop ever. Second, we're tearing down the 200th building today where gangbangers and drug dealers hang out."
      Crime still isn't down - it's under-reported as citizens give up waiting for police that never arrive in a timely manner as we're busy cleaning up a 25% increase in dead bodies and assorted maimings.

      But hey, we have exactly the number of police we need - according to the mayor and supernintendo.

      How long until someone claims "that's racist"?

      November Retirement Numbers

      We got a few e-mails recently and a few comments last month about November being a particularly heavy month of retirements:
      • 4 to 7 captains
      • over a dozen lieutenants
      • 40 or more sergeants
      • well over 100 officers
      We're pretty sure someone out there has the exact numbers.

      We'd also point out that the Academy has around 200 or so recruits and the 500 hires that Rahm promised  seem a bit of a fantasy so far.

      More "Discrimination" at CFD

      • A physical abilities test the city is using to hire African-American firefighters in settlement of a race discrimination lawsuit is discriminatory against women, a suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court charges.

        Godfrey et al vs. City of Chicago was filed by 20 female plaintiffs on behalf of all female applicants who recently took the test and failed.


        “The city hasn’t been served yet with the lawsuit, so we cannot comment at this time,” said city Law Dept. spokesman Roderick Drew.


        The women are already members of two other class-action suits. 
      Not to be sexist pigs and all, but if you can't drag the equipment up two or four or forty flights of stairs, how are you going to actually, you know, fight a fire?  Anyone who insists there aren't any physical differences between men and women hasn't really been looking too closely.

      *** SLOW READERS PAY ATTENTION HERE ***

      That isn't to say there aren't any number of women qualified to do the job.  Many would probably out-perform us in various scenarios.  Running, climbing come to mind.  But you don't downgrade the entire testing process to accommodate people who can't do the basics.  If we need help, we don't care who rescues us....as long as they can actually rescue us.  Otherwise, what's the point?

        85% of Atlantic City Flooded; New York Subway in Jeopardy; Markets Closed Again Tuesday; Hurricane Sandy Image from Space

        As many as 2 million customers are without power as Sandy slammed into New Jersey and New York.

        The markets will be closed again on Tuesday but may  resume on Wednesday, the final trading day of the month. New York's mass transit system remains shut and it is unclear when service will be restored.

        Here is an Image of Hurricane Sandy from Space from a New York Post Tweet.



        Large Nor'Easter on Steroids

        Accuweather (Premium) says Northeast Catastrophe Unfolding.
        An extremely rare and dangerous storm, "Sandy," has roared in from the Atlantic Monday evening. Inundations have already occurred and will get worse through the first part of Monday night.

        According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Steve Wistar, "Sandy is unfolding as the Northeast's Katrina in terms of impact."

        There is the potential from the central New Jersey coast to New York City and western Long Island have some of their worst coastal flooding on record with Sandy tracking into New Jersey.

        High Winds, Power Outages and Downed Trees



        Sandy will not be your typical hurricane as it moves in from the southeast. Hurricanes are small and compact. Damaging wind gusts will reach from Boston to Washington, D.C., and inland to the central Appalachians.

        Sandy will be more like a large nor'easter on steroids. It could have the impact of a Category 2 hurricane in some locations.
        85% of Atlantic City Flooded

        The Wall Street Journal reports Flooded Atlantic City Feels the Early Brunt.
        "This is the worst-case scenario for us," said Tom Foley, Atlantic City's director of emergency management. "In 28 years, I've never seen weather this bad."

        Officials called for a mandatory evacuation of the entire county, closed the casinos, closed county and municipal roadways, installed a curfew of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and summoned the National Guard to assist with a rescue effort in Atlantic City that grew increasingly urgent as the storm bore down.



        Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

        About 3,000 of the city's 40,000 residents people stayed, Mr. Foley said. One woman had a fatal heart attack as she tried to evacuate, Gov. Chris Christie said. Her name wasn't immediately released.
        New York Subway in Jeopardy

        Please consider Salt Water Puts Subway 'In Jeopardy'
        Before Hurricane Sandy was expected to make landfall Monday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority worked to seal off openings that could allow corrosive salt water to sweep into the system and incapacitate trains into the coming weekend. Still, the threat of an extended shutdown loomed over a system that carries 5.2 million passengers a day and is essential to the city's economy.

        The subway system is "in jeopardy," MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said Monday. "Our subway system and salt water do not mix."

        The MTA closed down its entire regional network of rails and buses on Sunday evening and expect it will remain dark at least until Wednesday morning. Agency officials couldn't say how quickly the subway could be brought back into operation if the storm left the system awash in water from what were predicted to be surges as high as 11 feet. They said a timetable would depend on the amount of water that actually reached the 14 subway tunnels under the Harlem and East rivers, where the system is most exposed to catastrophic flooding.

        Klaus Jacob, a research scientist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, wrote in a report last year that it could take as long as 29 days to pump out a full inundation of the tunnels.

        "You can't order a part from Westinghouse or General Electric GE that is 100 years old," Mr. Jacob said. MTA workers will have to clean and test flooded equipment, "then you cross your fingers and hope that it works," he said.
        Broken Window Fallacy Yet Again

        With every catastrophe comes some economic illiterate talking about the stimulus benefits of it all. Presumably they have not read about the Broken Window Fallacy.

        For a discussion of the broken window theory, please see Government Bailouts and the Stock Market - The Seen and the Unseen.

        With the broken window in mind, please consider some complete economic nonsense in the Reuters article Economy may skirt direct hit from Hurricane Sandy.
        Economists say some of the impact caused by businesses closing will be offset by reconstruction efforts, and point to catastrophic storms like Katrina, which devastated New Orleans but did not deal lasting damage to the national economy.

        Peter Morici at the University of Maryland estimates that Sandy will cause about $35 billion to $45 billion in losses and damages but then be followed by as much as $36 billion in recovery spending.
        Evan Gold, a senior vice-president at Planalytics, a Philadelphia consulting firm that advises businesses on weather-related matters, was more realistic as was Mark Zandi at Moody's.

        Zanzi estimates regional GDP is $2.5 trillion and the cost to the region is about $10 billion a day if the region's economy grinds to a halt.

        Evan Gold states "If consumers in this part of the country are spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to buy things like generators, or after the storm, to do clean-up, that is likely going to cut into budgets that people might have for their holiday shopping".

        Broken windows and floods have a net economic cost, not a benefit.

        In general, it is never of economic benefit to have productive assets destroyed. It is also never of economic benefit to waste money on stimulus programs that have no realistic payback.

        Keynesian clowns still have not figured this out.

        Mike "Mish" Shedlock
        http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

        Hurricane Sandy Update: First $100+ Billion Storm in U.S. History?

        Sandy is classified as a Hurricane 1 status, a low-grade hurricane. However, don't let that fool you in terms of impact. It's not the absolute magnitude of the hurricane, but rather the magnitude vs. what the infrastructure can handle that matters.

        Barometric pressure is 27.76, the lowest pressure recorded for a storm in the Northeast. Sandy is unprecedented in size as well. The hurricane is likely to reach shore with a full moon high tide raising storm surges several more feet.

        Accuweather notes "The storm surge will reach generally 5-10 feet with up to 15 feet possible in a locations along and to the north of where the center makes landfall. When a 2-foot tide this evening is combined with 10- to 20-foot wave action, water will reach more than 30 feet above sea level in places. ... Total damage from Hurricane Sandy may well exceed Katrina's $96 billion. This could be the first $100+ billion storm in U.S. history."

        New Jersey, New York, Washington DC, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Vermont, and Connecticut have all declared states of emergency. Parts of New Jersey are under mandatory evacuation. At least 60 million people will be affected.

        As Sandy Barrels Toward New Jersey Coast, the hurricane remains on track to become a historic storm for the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.

        New Jersey and New York City face very dangerous conditions and catastrophic damage. As of 2:40 p.m. EDT Monday CNN, nearly 300,000 customers are without power in seven states. New Jersey has the most at 92,000. Over 7,000 flights have been cancelled.

        Damaging and life-threatening impact from the giant, powerful storm will reach as far inland as the central Appalachians and will span the coast from North Carolina to southern New England.

        The record tide gauge in Atlantic City New Jersey is 9.0 feet. Sandy is at 8.25 feet now, and a near-lock to surpass the previous high, perhaps by many feet. Moderate to major flooding is already occurring in the Chesapeake Bay.

        The Chesapeake Bay near Kiptopeke, Va., is at major flood stage of 5.95 feet, less than one foot below the record high of 7.1 feet set on March 7, 1962.

        The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Va., is at 6.71 feet. This is also only 1 foot below the record flood stage of 7.5 feet set on Sept. 18, 2003.

        In the Appalachian mountains, blizzard whiteout conditions with as much as two feet of snow are expected.

        You can follow the Path of Hurricane Sandy on Accuweather.

        You can also follow the life threatening storm on Weather Channel.

        The Weather Channel reports peak tide levels may top those from both Hurricane Irene by 2 feet and  the previous record from the Dec. 1992 Nor'easter and Hurricane Donna in 1960.

        Mike "Mish" Shedlock
        http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

        Retail Sales in Spain Plunge 10.9%, Largest Drop on Record; All Pain, No Gain

        In a seriously misguided effort to balance its budget, In early September Spain Passed Largest VAT Hike In History.

        I wrote at the time, "Stunning Ineptitude Will Make History Books".

        Spain's unemployment rate is over 25% and the youth unemployment rate is near 53% yet the fools in the Spanish government hiked taxes yet again, this time by the largest amount in history.

        Spain's handling of this economic implosion is sure to make the history books as a prime example of complete ignorance in how to deal with a fiscal crisis.


        History in the Making

        That prediction took a single month to pan out. Reuters reports Spain retail sales decimated by VAT hike.
        Spanish retail sales fell at their fastest pace on record in September as already battered consumer confidence took another hit from a hike in value added tax, driving many shoppers to trade down to cheaper products.

        Sales fell 10.9 percent year on year, Monday's National Statistics Institute data showed, reflecting an economy struggling through its second recession in three years and plagued by chronically high unemployment.

        The drop was the biggest in calendar-adjusted terms since current records began in January 2004, and marked the 27th monthly decline in a row.

        "It's clear there are no signs the crisis is abating," economist at Nomura Silvio Peruzzo said. "The headline (retail) figures show a sharp drop and indicate that domestic demand is not going to be anywhere near what the government is anticipating."
        All Pain, No Gain

        The last thing Spain needs is ridiculous tax hikes. Clearly they are counterproductive. So why do the jackasses keep hiking taxes?

        That's a good question, and here is the two-part answer.

        1. Counterpart jackasses in Brussels insist upon it
        2. The government in Spain refuses to change work rules and shrink government, something that desperately needs to be done

        To be sure more pain is coming to Spain. Shrinking government and reducing pensions would be painful as well, but at least there would be long-term benefit. Hiking taxes is all pain and no gain.

        Spain really needs to exit the euro, and it will, but not before the entire country is in the gutter and the masses have finally had enough.

        Mike "Mish" Shedlock
        http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

        EU Bureaucracy has Lost Control of Italy; Social Mood Turns Black

        In Italy, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi waged a full frontal attack on technocrat prime minister Mario Monti, Germany, Angela Merkel and the EU imposed austerity during a 1.5 hours press conference near Milan.

        The problem for Brussels is Berlusconi can force a vote because by withdrawing his support to Monti's government, the current coalition will collapse.
        The People of Liberty party needs to consider that "with a no-confidence vote by us, we would determine a situation that would be interpreted in a certain way by the financial markets and would cause early elections," Berlusconi told reporters yesterday near Milan. "We will consider these facts and decide whether to immediately withdraw our support of the government."

        Such a step would likely force President Giorgio Napolitano to call early elections, before a vote due by May. It also would probably fan Europe's debt crisis, as Monti's austerity policies have contributed to a decline in Italy's bond yields, with markets more focused on Spain in recent months.

        "It's impossible to say what is in Berlusconi's head now, but if he decides to end his support to Monti, early elections become almost inevitable," said Roberto D'Alimonte, a professor of politics at Rome's LUISS University. "Berlusconi would lose the elections anyway, but would likely get more votes thanks to an anti-austerity platform and that would increase his party's bargaining power in the next parliament."
        In Sicily, exit polls show the candidate of Beppe Grillo's Movimento 5 Stelle (Giancarlo Cancellieri) as the winner for the Regional Governor position with 27% of the votes.

        Reader "AM" who is from Italy but now lives in Hong Kong writes ...
        Hello Mish

        I am also an Italian citizen living in Hong Kong.  I have been away from Italy since 1995 but I still read and follow Italian (and European) news and politics. I believe the EU will not hold together over the medium term and some countries, for example Belgium, Italy and Spain, might not survive the collapse of the EU in the current form and might even break up.

        Some headlines from the "Corriere della Sera"  from this weekend for your information that might turn out to be eventful over time and some related considerations of mine:

        Record Vote Avoidance in Sicily

        Key Points

        • Only 47% of the people eligible voted yesterday in the regional elections in Sicily vs. close to 60% in 2008.
        • The results will become available later today and there are no official exit polls, but one partial exit poll in the Palermo province projects the candidate of Beppe Grillo's Movimento 5 Stelle (Giancarlo Cancellieri) as the winner for the Regional Governor position with 27% of the votes.
        • Whoever wins will not be able to govern Sicily without complex and likely most unstable alliances with other parties because of the extreme fragmentation due to the decline of the established parties.

        The mainstream media is desperately trying to support the established parties, especially the moderate small political centre parties (including trying to break up Berlusconi's PdL party in order to ferry votes to the centre).

        Their problem is that the centre and centre-left are crumbling. Instead of the rise of a moderate centre, the nationalistic and local right is rising: Movimento 5 Stelle is projected at over 20% of the national vote.

        Berlusconi Attacks Monti and Germany

        • Berlusconi is back with a frontal attack to Mario Monti, Germany, Angela Merkel and the EU imposed austerity during a 1.5 hours press conference near Milan on Saturday, 10/27.
        • Berlusconi might withdraw support to Monti's government already this week leading to early national elections in January or February.  This will be fought tooth and nail by the Italian and EU establishments. 
        • Berlusconi wanted to announce the withdrawal of his support for Monti's government already during the call on Saturday but his family and counselors managed to convince him ponder the decision for a few more days.

        This is a major, major political event in Italy and in the EU

        1. Berlusconi is back and might even form a new party if he cannot fully reform the PdL, his current party, part of which has been drifting toward supporting Monti for a second mandate.
        2. Berlusconi can and will force a vote because by withdrawing his support to Monti's government, he is accelerating the events, forcing his opponents, such as the PD (Partito Democratico, the reformed communists) to quickly drop support for the current government too because it will be fatal to any party to get to the elections still supporting Monti which is now a major liability for anyone close to him and his government.
        3. The EU bureaucrats have managed to impose an unelected government onto Italy but now the situation is exploding in their face and they seem to be genuinely surprised by the events i.e. the massive rise of the right in all its forms (localist, nationalist, radical, anti EU, anti Euro and populist).
        4. The political situation in Italy is fragmenting into at least five major aggregation areas: i) PD (reformed communists) estimated at 25% of the national vote; ii) Movimento 5 Stelle at 20% to 30%; iii) Berlusconi, possibly with his new party, for which there are no estimates and which just announced an alliance with Lega Nord, let's pencil in 20% together with Lega Nord; iv)The moderate, fragmented, catholic centre supporting Monti which is rapidly losing strength and that we can model at 20%; v) The radical left (communists) at 10%;

        The establishment is in panic. This was first page news on all Italian newspaper on Saturday evening and already on Sunday there has been a massive onslaught against Berlusconi from all sides.  Expect and EU onslaught shortly.

        Think what you want about Berlusconi's ethics and morals but he has an uncanny ability to assess the secular mood (he is a media tycoon after all) and where popular sentiment is going and he has just seen a major opening now at the right of all established parties and against the EU.

        Northern Italy has been fermenting with protests and is becoming radical.  The paradox is that the rich part of the country is collapsing under the Euro and the EU driven austerity, crushed by competition from Germany, competition from Asia and other emerging region with weaker currencies and improving technology and skills and by high commodity and energy costs.

        Angela Merkel seems to have misread the situation, underestimated Berlusconi and made major strategic blunders by openly driving out Berlusconi and getting an enemy for life and by openly supporting the failed Sarkozy reelection bid. Sarkozy is now gone, Hollande is now openly confronting her and Berlusconi could be back, possibly indirectly pulling the levers of Italy's next government as party president.

        Angela Merkel is increasingly despised in Italy (and beyond) with a speed which I found surprising. The social mood of the country is turning black very quickly.

        Expect massive fireworks in Italy and in the EU shortly.  I believe that the EU bureaucracy has lost control of Italy but have not realized it yet. The EU is also about to lose control in Spain, Greece and possibly France.

        Best Regards,
        AM
        Mike "Mish" Shedlock
        http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

        Two More Police Shootings

        • Chicago police shot a man in the Englewood neighborhood Sunday at about 10 p.m., authorities said.

          The man was taken from the 5700 block of South Wolcott Avenue to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County with at least one gunshot wound, according to reports.


          Englewood District officers were on patrol near 57th Street and Wolcott Avenue following reports of gunfire in that area over the last few days, authorities said.


          On Sunday night, they were in that area when they heard gunshots and saw at least one person among a group of four or five shooting at a house, authorities said, citing preliminary information. The officers approached the group and announced their office, authorities said. That's when more gunfire erupted, reportedly in the cops' direction.


          This prompted at least one of the officers to return fire, striking one of the suspects from the group in the leg, authorities said. The wounded suspect, a 27-year-old man, then tried to elude the police on foot, but was apprehended a short time later near 58th Street and Winchester Avenue, authorities said.


          He was taken to Stroger Hospital and a gun was recovered, authorities said. The rest of the group was still at large early Monday morning.


          Meanwhile, Chicago police Sunday night shot another person who pointed a gun at them near 82nd Street and Drexel Avenue, authorities said. A gun was also recovered in that shooting, but further details about it weren't immediately available.
        Nice jobs all around.

        And Another Thing....

        ....this "shot spotter" crap?

        Even if it managed to beat a cell phone caller to the punch (which it hasn't);

        AND police actually arrived on the scene within moments of the shots being fired (which has happened without shot spotter)

        AND the program was able to determine an actual fixed address where the shots originated from (we have no idea of the software is that integrated);

        ...without actually seeing the shots coming from a house, does anyone realistically believe that we're just going to start kicking in doors and ransacking homes/apartments looking for the gun and/or shooter?

        In this day and age?

        With the amount of punitive damages and such being assessed against officers?

        With the number of officers at callback?

        With the brass we have in place who wouldn't back their own mother in a parking lot fender-bender?

        And even if we did, without the gun being in the hand, let alone the same room as the suspect shooter, does anyone really think Anita is going to charge anyone with the felony?

        That sound you hear is millions of dollars being flushed down the toilet - again. Millions that could hire more actual officers.

        Home Visits?

        Finally, a job that liberal bleeding hearts can go while supporting their dreams of nanny-statism and villages raising children:
        • On Friday, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy called for increased access to voluntary home visiting programs for new, at-risk parents to address the root causes of violent crime

          Pointing to a new report by the anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois, Superintendent McCarthy said research shows home visiting programs, which provide coaching for at-risk new parents, can cut abuse and neglect by as much as half and significantly reduce future violent crime. Home visiting programs provide trained workers, such as nurses or mental health professionals, to support new, at-risk parents starting before birth through the child’s toddler years. The services work on an ongoing, voluntary basis to help parents cope with the stresses of raising an infant or toddler, support the child’s social and emotional development and ensure infant and maternal health.
        Reduce the police staffing numbers to dangerous levels, watch the homicide rates rise, blame everything but the number of police officers, and finally, introduce some new "feel-good" crap that we can see is just going to raise our taxes again and produce zero results for us since we already know how to raise functional human beings.

        And does anyone else see the irony of McRevamp911 telling everyone how we're going to alter the way police answer calls, disregarding non-emergency and nonsense calls, while simultaneously pushing this non-police initiative?

        We've completely lost our direction thanks to McColumbus.

        Less Aldercreatures = Less Waste

        Almost a year ago, Northside posted this comment comparing the number of aldercreatures to those of other cities. If Rahm was truly interested in saving some real money, instead of nickel and dime-ing everyone to death, this would deserve some serious consideration:

        ====================
        WHY TWENTY-FIVE CHICAGO WARDS? TRY SEVENTEEN.

        The U.S. Census Bureau is the source of the final 2010 decennial population data for the nation's eight most populous cities. The respective number of city council members is in parentheses.

        1. New York City...8,175,133 (51)
        2. Los Angeles......3,792,621 (15)
        3. CHICAGO...........[see below]
        4. Houston..........2,099,451 (11)
        5. Philadelphia.....1,526,006 (17)
        6. Phoenix..........1,445,632 (9)
        7. San Antonio......1,327,407 (10)
        8. San Diego........1,307,402 (8)
        ___________________________________

        TOTAL (7 CITIES)...19,673,652 (121)

        3. CHICAGO..........2,695,598 (50)

        Excluding Chicago, the aggregate of the seven most populous cities in the nation have an average of less than 17 city council numbers per capita.

        While New York City has a population over three times larger than Chicago, they have only 51 city council members, a mean of one per every 160,297 residents. Chicago has a mean of one alderman per only 53,912 residents.

        WHY?
        =================

        Think of the savings, not to mention the reduction in graft, crooked contracting and having to divide the corruption pie so many different ways.

        Pension Post (and CA 49)

        This popped up in the comments:
        • On 01 October 2012, our City Council conducted hearings regarding city pensions including the Police & Fire Pensions. John Gallagher, Executive Director of the Police Pension Fund took the stand along with others to answer questions from the aldermen.

          Mr. Gallagher is remarkable advocate for his constituents -the active and retired members of the police department. It was recently announced that Mr. Gallagher will be leaving our Fund. I hope the new Executive Director has the same fire as Mr. Gallagher.

          Below are some facts and myths debunked at the hearings:

          Facts:•Our Pension is currently funded at approximately 35%.
          •Approximately 11,800 sworn members are currently contributing to our pension fund.
          •3,200 sworn members are 50 years old with 20 years seniority (27% of all sworn members).
          •Approximately 55% of retirees continue to live and spend money in Chicago.
          Myth:The city does not make their full payments to the pension fund.
          Fact:The city has statutorily met all its payments to the pension fund.
          Myth:The 2 times multiplier the city currently contributes to the pension is enough.
          Fact:According to Executive Director Gallagher, he has repeatedly informed the city that the 2 times multiplier is NOT enough.
          Myth:The pension fund is not hitting its mark on investments.
          Fact:The Actuarial Assumption for our fund is 8%, the pension fund has actually averaged about 8.8% since 1974. The Fund is currently over 10% for 2012, year to date (October 2012).
          Myth:Active members will not contribute more than 9% of their salary to the pension.
          Fact:Most active members will agree to a slight increase in the amount they contribute to their pensions Myth: Police pension COLAs are compounded annually.
          Fact:Police Pension COLAs are NOT compounded.
          Fact:No one born after 01 January 1955 will receive a COLA until they are 60 years of age and that COLA will be 1.5%.
          According to a Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV Poll published on 16 October 2012, "Illinois voters overwhelmingly blame politicians for creating the state's public employee pension mess."

          Executive Director Gallagher has been sounding the alarm for years. Voters know this is not a problem that occurred overnight. However, Alderman Richard Mell at the hearings is quoted, "We have to solve the situation as quick as we possibly can." (Chicago Tribune, 02 Oct 12). I hope the alderman means long term plans are needed, not a quick fix, because a quick, knee jerk reaction will NOT solve this problem.

          VOTE "NO" on the proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution, Resolution #49!

          One of these knee jerk reactions is the proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution, Resolution #49. This hastily written amendment WILL send many pension issues to the courts because it is written with such vague terms. No one wants their pension money/payments tied up in the Illinois Court System!!

          Who will decide what a pension benefit increase is? Perhaps even the inequitable 1.5% COLA increase at age 60 will require a 3/5 majority of the legislature. Why let the courts decide on your pension! Please vote "NO" and tell your family and friends to vote "NO."

          Lt. James Maloney
          Pension Board Representative
          &
          Lt. Michael Dejanovich
          Headquarters' Representative
        Makes sense to us.  Vote "NO" and spread the word.

        Multigenerational Households On Rise; Boomerang Students Return Home; What's the Impact on Housing Demand?

        According to a study by the U.S. Census Bureau Multigenerational households on rise in U.S.

        More than 4.3 million, or 5.6 percent, of the 76 million family households in the U.S. today are multigenerational households, or families living together that include a grandparent, parent and children as well as other family members, according to a study by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey.

        Multigenerational Families

        • 3.7% in 2000
        • 4.0% in 2010
        • 5.6% in 2012

        There was only a gain of .3% in the 10 years between 2000 and 2010, but a gain of 1.6% in the next two years.

        That small 1.6% increase represents a decrease in demand of 1.216 million homes.

        However, those survey results are for three generations and thus do not include all the kids graduating from college, with no job, and moving back home.

        Boomerang Students Return Home

        Boomerang kids with no jobs returning home has an even greater impact on housing demand. CNN Living discusses the "boomerang" effect in College grads and their families learn to live together.
        More than half of college graduates move back home, sociologist Katherine Newman wrote in her book, "The Accordion Family: Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition," based on surveys conducted worldwide.

        And many of them are finding it isn't as painful as it sounds, she said. By setting ground rules and establishing expectations on both sides, parents and their adult children are learning to live together.

        "People anticipate it will be more complicated than it turns out to be," said Newman, dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. "It's remarkably smooth for most families."

        Perhaps that's because it's such a common phenomenon. A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. census data found that the share of Americans living in multigenerational households is at its highest level since the 1950s.

        Overall, 39% of adults ages 18 to 34 say they either live with their parents or moved back in at some point in recent years, according the report. Among 18- to 24-year-olds, 53% said they live at home or moved in temporarily, compared with 41% among adults ages 25 to 29, and 17% among those ages 30 to 34.

        For adult children, part of the fear of returning home has to do with being torn away from their social circles. But, thanks to social media, especially Facebook, they're staying in touch with more friends from different times in their lives, Newman said, and finding that others are moving back home, too. The Pew report found that among adults ages 25 to 34, 61% said they have friends or family members who have moved back in with their parents over the past few years because of economic conditions.
        Boomerang Generation OK Living With Mom

        The Pew Research Center notes The Boomerang Generation Feeling OK about Living with Mom and Dad.
        If there’s supposed to be a stigma attached to living with mom and dad through one’s late twenties or early thirties, today’s “boomerang generation” didn’t get that memo. Among the three-in-ten young adults ages 25 to 34 (29%) who’ve been in that situation during the rough economy of recent years, large majorities say they’re satisfied with their living arrangements (78%) and upbeat about their future finances (77%).

        To be sure, most young adults who find themselves under the same roof with mom and dad aren’t exactly living the high life. Nearly eight-in-ten (78%) of these 25- to 34-year-olds say they don’t currently have enough money to lead the kind of life they want, compared with 55% of their same-aged peers who aren’t living with their parents.

        One reason young adults who are living with their parents may be relatively upbeat about their situation is that this has become such a widespread phenomenon. Among adults ages 25 to 34, 61% say they have friends or family members who have moved back in with their parents over the past few years because of economic conditions. Furthermore, three-in-ten parents of adult children (29%) report that a child of theirs has moved back in with them in the past few years because of the economy.



        A Pew Research analysis of Census Bureau data shows that the share of Americans living in multi-generational family households is the highest it has been since the 1950s, having increased significantly in the past five years. Adults ages 25 to 34 are among the most likely to be living in multi-generational households: In 2010, 21.6% lived in this type of household, up from 15.8% in 2000 (the vast majority were living with their parents). The share of 25- to 34-year-olds living in multi-generational households was at its lowest in 1980 (11%) and has risen steadily since then, spiking upward since the recession started in 2007.

        The Pew Research survey found that among all adults ages 18 to 34, 24% moved back in with their parents in recent years after living on their own because of economic conditions.

        According to the survey 40% of 18- to 24-year-olds currently live with their parents, and the vast majority of them say they did not move back home because of economic conditions (in fact many of them may have never moved out in the first place). Among those ages 25 to 34, only 12% currently live with their parents, but another 17% say they moved back home temporarily in recent years because of economic conditions.

        Overall, 39% of all adults ages 18 to 34 say they either live with their parents now or moved back in temporarily in recent years, but there is considerable variance by age. Among 18- to 24-year-olds more than half (53%) live at home or moved in for a time during the past few years. Among adults ages 25 to 29, 41% live with or moved back in with their parents, and among those ages 30 to 34, 17% fall into this category.
        2010 Census Population Numbers



        What's the Impact on Housing Demand?

        According to data from Table 2 (above) of the 2010 Census, there are approximately 62.65 million people in the 20-34 age group.

        If 24% of them are currently living at home for economic reasons, that represents a potential 15 million houses, apartments or condos. Wow.

        However, the survey results are based on those who moved in "for a time during the past few years". It does not detail those currently living at home due to economic reasons.

        On the other hand, the survey does not reflect households doubling up, friends sharing houses or condos, sisters or brothers sharing houses, etc.

        Thus, a precise impact is not at hand, but it appears to easily be in the millions, and that is on top of the 4.3 million three-generational households as noted in the first link.

        Mike "Mish" Shedlock
        http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

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        Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Secessionist Candidates in Catalan Election

        Secessionist Candidates are about to dominate the next election according to recent polls in Catalonia.

        My friend Bran totals the polls up this way.

        • Corvergencia and Union goes from 62 seats to 65 or 66 (Independence)
        • ERC aumenta from 10 to 16 (Independence)
        • SI from 0 to 4 (Independence)
        • ICV-EUiA pasa from 10 to 12-14 (Moderate - more federalism , not rule out independence)
        • PSC drops from 28 to 18 (No independence)
        • PP drops from 18 to 17 (No independence)
        • Ciutadans from 3 to 6 (No independence )

        Moreover, although the PSC is against secession, the party wants to amend the Constitution to recognize the right of Calatanes decide.

        The leader of the PSC, Pere Navarro, has said that his party is a third way between the "centrality of PP and Artur Mas reckless prophecy "of independence.

        Navarro wants to recognize the right of the people to decide. In light of his statements likening independence with recklessness, I have to ask "decide what?"

        Here is the count as I see it.

        It seems there are 85-86 solid votes for independence, 12-14 votes wavering, 23 solid no votes, and 18 no votes yet supporting some sort of constitutional reforms.

        The score is 85 minimum for independence vs. 55+- other, even if you count the ICV votes as No independence.

        Mike "Mish" Shedlock
        http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com

        CAPS is Dead? Finally?

        • Chicago police officials are contradicting each other and withholding information about the future of the program designed to open communication networks with the community.

          On Friday afternoon, the director of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, or CAPS, added the latest twist, denying that anything will be different next year—except where it is.


          "Nothing has been changed, so to speak," says CAPS director Ron Holt.


          Really?


          As I reported earlier, the budget for the CAPS central office has been cut from about $4.6 million this year to zero for 2013.
        When your job (or your entire department/division/bureau) ends up as a line item of "ZERO," that usually means something is up.
        • While monthly or semimonthly beat meetings are scheduled to continue, police superintendent Garry McCarthy said this week that he wants to dramatically revamp things so that district commanders decide what to do with CAPS beat by beat.

          "I want a philosophy of policing. I don't want a program, and CAPS is actually a program," McCarthy said. "We haven't finished all the details on this now, but the fact is that we're distributing all the CAPS folks out into the districts, into the district commanders' hands, where it's localized and they have a better handle on what's going on."


          Aldermen repeatedly asked just how this new form of community policing would work, but McCarthy struggled to explain it—probably because, as he admitted, he didn't know himself just yet.


          "This is all being built as we speak," he said.

        That sounds ominous. But Wysinger has a different song book that he's singing from:
        • First deputy superintendent Al Wysinger added that Holt and other top CAPS officials—those who've been responsible for implementing community outreach citywide—would likely be given other duties. "We don't know where they're going to fit per se," he said.
        In the real world, that would be a kiss of death - but CAPS has had so many pronouncements of its demise (and it is the Halloween season where the dead walk....and vote) that we can't really believe it.

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