January 5, 2016

In Early 2007, NY Times Declared a Bogus ‘Manufacturing Recession’; Today, With Worse Data, It’s Crickets

On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing Index for December came in showing contraction for the second consecutive month, and with a slightly worse reading (48.2 percent, versus 48.6 percent in November; any reading below 50 percent signifiies contraction). These two results followed readings which just slipped over the expansion bar (50.2 and 50.1 percent, respectively) in September and October.

The average of the past four months’ readingz is 49.3. In a situation that was not as troubling in late February 2007, David Leonhardt at the New York Times declared that “For Manufacturing, a Recession Has Arrived.” But after yesterday’s ISM report, as readers here would sadly expect, no Times reporter bothered to elaborate on the latest in an awful string of ISM manufacturing reports, instead posting wire service dispatches from Reuters and the Associated Press which appear not to have made the Old Gray Lady’s print edition.


AP’s Scott Bauer Has a New Obsession: Negatively Describing Ted Cruz

At the Associated Press, Wisconsin-based reporter Scott Bauer, who has spent the better part of the past five years describing Badger State Governor Scott Walker as "polarizing," has been given the opportunity to get involved with 2016 presidential campaign coverage.

Leftists and Democrats rarely earn negative descriptors in Bauer's reports, while Republicans and conservatives receive them routinely. Now that he has been tasked to cover Ted Cruz, Bauer has been using a scattershot approach, employing a plethora of negative terms, apparently in search of one or two which will cast the the Texas Senator in the most negative light possible.


Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010516)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Elevator hero wished woman ‘Happy New Year’ before being crushed to death

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New York:

January 1, 2016 | 4:51am | Updated January 1, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

​A 25-year-old man ​wished “Happy New Year” to a woman just before he saved her life by shoving her from a faulty elevator that suddenly took a plunge — but the brave act cost him his own life, witnesses said.

Stephen Hewett-Brown, 25, was in the crowded elevator at 131 Broome St. ​on Manhattan’s Lower East Side ​when Erudi Sanchez, 43, who lives in the building, ste​​pped inside around 11:45 p.m. with her 10-year-old nephew to throw out trash.

“When I got into the elevator, I felt it dropping and I thought my feet would get caught in the gap but the man pushed me out and said, ‘Happy New Year,’” Sanchez told The Post on Friday in Spanish.

But suddenly, the malfunctioning ​elevator dropped farther and Brown’s body was caught between ​it and the third floor, Sanchez said.

“I saw he was trapped and the elevator was crushing him. It was awful,” she said.

The woman’s son-in-law Emanuel Coronado, 23, desperately tried to pull Brown out, but it was too late.

“I feel bad I couldn’t save him. I tried to pull him out but the weight of the elevator was too heavy,” said Coronado, who was still shaken up by the horrific accident.

He said a woman in the elevator who appeared to be with Brown was in hysterics as she witnessed him being mangled.

“She was crying. He was saying, ‘I can’t breathe. Please help me,’” Coronado recalled.

​“To me, he is a hero. My mother-in-law might not be alive right now.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.