Month: October 2017

That’s Going to Leave a Mark

Ladies and Gentlemen, the newest member of the Vienna Boys Choir, singing castrato: A man shot himself in the penis after robbing two people at a business Tuesday morning in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. Just after 6 a.m., the 19-year-old robbed two people at gunpoint of their cellphones, wallets and cash at a business in the 700-block of West 116th Place, according to Chicago police. As the man was running away, he shot himself in the penis, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Christ Medical Center, where he was taken into custody. Charges are pending Tuesday morning, police said. Area South detectives are investigating. Can’t wait to see what downgraded charges Foxxx files. Five bucks says she never goes for the Aggravated Discharge.

Body Cams Almost Complete

So we were slightly off – not all Districts have body cams yet…but they will before the end of the year: The Chicago Police Department announced earlier this year that its body camera program will roll out in all all police districts before the end of the year – one year ahead of schedule. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Eddie Johnson have decided to step up the deployment of body cameras, and have every patrol officer in all 22 districts wearing one by the end of 2017. Originally, the city planned to complete the rollout by the end of 2018. Special Ed actually gets in a zinger: “We’ve seen where citizens love recording what we do, so now we are recording what they do. Honestly it helps us be better at what we do, but we have also seen where it changes people’s behavior whe...

Those Pesky Homicides

Seems that the Johnson brothers are leading the city in homicides again this year….and 011 keeps increasing its lead, adding homicides from three months ago: The death of a 72-year-old West Side man, who died after a domestic fight nearly three months ago, has been ruled a homicide. About 9:50 p.m. July 17, James L. Jefferies was involved in a fight in the 3900 block of West Arthington. A 61-year-old man struck Jefferies in the left eye and face, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. […] An autopsy at the time didn’t rule on cause and manner of death, with results pending further studies, but has since found he died of heart disease, according to the medical examiner’s office. Asthma and physical stress from the struggle were listed as contr...

Iceland’s Biggest Volcano Is “Ready To Erupt” As Europe Faces A Disaster

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, Iceland’s biggest volcano has been rocked by the strongest earthquake since it last erupted in 2014. With swarms of earthquakes occurring in the French Alps too, Europe is facing what could be one of the largest natural disasters in history. Last week, the 6,591-foot tall Bardarbunga, a “powerful and versatile” volcano, was rattled by the four largest earthquakes since it last erupted in 2014.  The earthquakes, measuring in magnitudes of 3.9, 3.2, 4.7, and 4.7 on the Richter scale, struck the caldera region over several days last weekend. Another magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit the 200km long and 25km wide volcanic system earlier last week and several tremors struck in September. Páll Einarsson, a volcanology expert at the University of Iceland, said th...

Goldman: Global Capex Is Accelerating (But It Might Not Be Good News)

In “Capex complex: Seeking a revival in global capex”, Goldman Sachs is reversing its bearish stance and getting bullish on global capex prospects. Global capex has hit a trough. After three years of declines, aggregate capex for Goldman Sachs’ coverage of c.2,500 companies is set to grow by c.4% yoy in 2017 according to our analyst estimates, in line with c.4% real growth in global GDP and an 8% rise in aggregate sales. However, to call this the beginning of a recovery in ‘growth capex’ seems premature. We’ll return to the issue of growth versus maintenance capex below but, at the aggregate level, each of the four constraints Goldman previously identified – low nominal GDP growth, overcapacity, uncertainty and technology – is easing. Firstly, our economists expect global GDP to grow at 6....

Suspected terrorist truck attack kills eight on New York bike path

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A man driving a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path alongside the Hudson River in New York City on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen in what authorities said was an act of terrorism.

Trick Or Treat: One Year Later, Is Trump A Blessing Or A Curse To The Deep State?

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute, Has Donald Trump been a blessing or a curse to the architects of the American police state? One thing is for sure: a year into his presidency, Trump hasn’t done much to improve the lot of the American people. The predators of the police state are still wreaking havoc on our freedoms, our communities, and our lives. The government still doesn’t listen to the citizenry, it still refuses to abide by the Constitution, which is our rule of law, and it still treats the citizenry as a source of funding and little else. Police officers are still shooting unarmed citizens and their household pets. Government agents—including local police—are still being armed to the teeth and encouraged to act like soldiers on a battlefield. Bloated governmen...

Connecticut Becomes Last State To Pass A Budget After 123-Day Battle

Four months after the beginning of the fiscal year, Connecticut has become the last state in the US to pass a budget after Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bipartisan budget bill, but used his line-item veto power to block a section of the nearly 900-page document related to the controversial hospital tax. The deal marks the culmination of a bitter struggle between Malloy and lawmakers in both chambers of the CT legislature as they struggled to close a $3.5 billion two-year budget deficit. Fiscal problems have plagued the state since the financial crisis thanks to its overly generous benefits from state employees that have left its pension accounts dangerously underfunded. Malloy was effectively frozen out of the budget negotiations after vetoing a bipartisan budget that was sent to ...

Welcome To The Offended States Of America

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog, If you know something is going to upset you, why would you deliberately put yourself in a situation in which you will be angered, saddened, or hurt? There’s no other answer except that you actually want to be offended. Why would you go to George Washington’s church if you’re offended by George Washington? Why would you attend the university founded by Thomas Jefferson if you are offended by Thomas Jefferson? Why do we live in a world in which the offended people get to make the rules when they deliberately propel themselves into places that are certain to offend them? It’s so blatant of late that I am positive they’re doing it on purpose. We no longer live in the United States of America. We live in the Offended States of America. Take...

Previewing Wednesday’s Fed Policy Decision: The Week’s Biggest Non-Event

While normally Wednesday’s Fed meeting would be the week’s biggest market-moving event, this time – smack in the middle of the busiest earnings week of the year – it may not even make the top three, buried ahead of the coming news of the next Fed Chair (in which Trump is set to unveil Jerome Powell on Thursday), and the GOP tax bill (which just saw its Wednesday release delayed by one day). One can make the argument that tomorrow’s fully priced in FOMC announcement is also secondary to not only Friday’s jobs report, which may help decide who is right, the Fed’s “dots” or the market, but also to tomorrow’s Treasury refunding announcement. In fact, the latter is precisely what JPM analyst Jay Barry claimed earlier today, saying the ...

Kentucky Teachers Blast Pension Reform Plan; Warn That 401(k) Plans Will “Dismantle Public Education”

Graves County Superintendent Kim Dublin in Kentucky is apparently concerned that forcing her teachers to accept the same retirement plans offered to almost every private sector employee in the country would literally “dismantle public education” as we know it. Speaking to a local NBC affiliate in Kentucky, Dublin told reporters that she relies on the excessive generosity of Kentucky taxpayers to underwrite her state’s lavish defined benefit plans that she uses as a recruiting tool to attract the ‘best talent’. A local school leader says she believes proposed changes to Kentucky’s pension system would dismantle public education.   Any day now, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin could call for a special session for a vote on pension reform.   Some changes inclu...

NEO – Private Military Companies: How Do You Close Pandora’s Box? – Veterans Today

Jim W. Dean – What we can agree on with Valarie Kulikov is that PMC’s have definitely become a Pandora’s box, where once let loose there is no way to get the monsters all back inside

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