December 9, 2017

Year 13 Christmas/Holiday Layoff and Shopping Searches: Round 2

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 11:05 pm

Background behind these annual searches is here and here.

Here are the results of this year’s second round of searches.

Here goes with Google News searches done on December 9 at 11 p.m. ET (for the past month, sorted by date):

That’s a huge jump in the “Christmas” percentage from the first reading of 7.0 percent just before Thanksgiving — such an improvement that I had to verify that I did the searches correctly, and I did.

Now on to the second set of searches (for the past month, sorted by date):

  • Christmas layoffs (not in quotes, also excluding the word “challenger” to ensure that items relating to the mass layoffs report issued by Challenger & Christmas were excluded) — 10,700 (39.9%)
  • Holiday layoffs (not in quotes) — 11,700 (43.6%)
  • Holidays layoffs (not in quotes) — 4,430 (16.5%)

As has been the case in previous years, the press is more likely to use “Christmas” in connection with layoffs (2 times as likely in the most recent set — 39.9% vs. 17.1%).

The final searches will take place in roughly two weeks.

‘AP Explains’ on Jerusalem Fails to Note Prior Promises, Senate Resolution, 1995 Law

A Friday morning attempt by the Associated Press’s Tia Goldenberg to “explain” the “US pivot on Jerusalem” failed to make three crucial points: First, that three ultimately victorious U.S. presidential candidates promised that they would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and failed to deliver on those promises; second, that just six months ago, the United States Senate expressed unanimous support for the idea that “Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel”; and third, that previous presidents dodged the clear intent of a 1995 law mandating that the U.S. embassy be moved to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.


Newsweek Injects Heavy Bias, Distortion In Covering … Pence Family’s Pets

At what little is left of Newsweek, reporter John Haltiwanger published a story on the unfortunate deaths of several pets in Vice President Mike Pence’s family during the past two years. In doing so, he followed what has apparently become a rule in the establishment press during the Trump administration — “There shall be no puff pieces” — and put on a virtual clinic on how to maximize bias, distortion, and disinformation.


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (120917)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:30 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: Man credits dog with saving his life during shooting over parking spot

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 10:25 am

From Oakland, California:

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 8:50 PM CDT

Jimmy Martinez is still shaken when he’s asked about a dispute over a parking spot that ended with he and his beloved dog Chata being shot on an Oakland street earlier this week.

On Monday, Martinez’s trailer was parked on East 12th Street when a truck driver approached him and asked him to move his vehicle. When he refused, the truck driver became enraged.

“He just got really pissed off and said ‘Let me show you what truckers do to motherf—–s,’” Martinez said. “(He) went to his truck and pulled out a Glock 40 caliber.”

Martinez said the man hit him in the side of the head with the gun, leaving a gash that required stitches. That’s when Chata jumped to his owner’s protection.

“He shot her in the nose and it went actually into her mouth and then shot me, shot at me and it got me in the arm,” he said.

Martinez and Chata jumped into the trailer for protection as the brazen gunman continued firing before finally fleeing the scene.

“If it wasn’t for the dog, I wouldn’t be here,” he told KPIX 5 of Chata. “I would not be here at all.”