February 14, 2018

Catch-Up: January ISM Non-Manufacturing Shoots Up to 59.9 Percent from 56.0 Percent In December

Filed under: Economy — Tom @ 5:08 pm

From the Institute for Supply Management:

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in January for the 96th consecutive month, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

The NMI® registered 59.9 percent, which is 3.9 percentage points higher than the seasonally adjusted December reading of 56 percent. This represents continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector at a faster rate.

The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index increased to 59.8 percent, 2 percentage points higher than the seasonally adjusted December reading of 57.8 percent, reflecting growth for the 102nd consecutive month, at a faster rate in January.

The New Orders Index registered 62.7 percent, 8.2 percentage points higher than the seasonally adjusted reading of 54.5 percent in December. The Employment Index increased 5.3 percentage points in January to 61.6 percent from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 56.3 percent.

The Prices Index increased by 2 percentage points from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 59.9 percent to 61.9 percent, indicating that prices increased in January for the 23rd consecutive month. According to the NMI®, 15 non-manufacturing industries reported growth.

The non-manufacturing sector reflected strong growth in January after two consecutive months of pullback. Overall, the majority of respondents’ comments are positive about business conditions and the economy. They also indicated that recent tax changes have had a positive impact on their respective businesses.

That’s a strong improvement, even a bit hotter than one might want to see if sustained for several months. The other GDP driver, Backlog of Orders, inched up to 50.5 percent from 50.0 percent.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021418)

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: For Moms Who Don’t Want an Abortion, This New Push Is Transforming Pro-Life Health Care

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Fairfax, Virginia, via the Christian Post (HT Life News):

Jan 26, 2018 6:55 AM

When some consider the pro-life movement they think about political efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade. But a consortium of women’s health care providers is reframing the picture, placing high standards of medical care front and center.

Several health care professionals who are presently operating pro-life medical offices from several states gathered before approximately 100 people at Busboys and Poets coffee shop in Brookland near The Catholic University of America last week just prior to the March for Life to launch the Pro Women’s Healthcare Centers.

“PWHC is transforming the cultural landscape for women’s health care in an era where women are looking for more choices,” said Chaney Mullins, operations manager for PWHC, in an interview with The Christian Post.

The mission of PWHC is to partner with women in providing high-quality medical services and access to social services that empower them to care for their health, a panel of five pro-life medical caregivers from Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona, and Virginia, explained. Crisis pregnancy centers around country can become certified members of this consortium once they expand to meet PWHC medical service requirements and implement the high standards for life-affirming care outlined in the official guidelines.

The gathering, which was sponsored by the Fairfax, Virginia-based Divine Mercy Care, took place to unify medical workers and supporters of the pro-life movement around the shared goals on the clinical side of saving unborn children. Attendees were given a four-page booklet outlining precisely what is required and what is encouraged in order to qualify to receive PWHC certification. PHWC certified affiliates must provide medical services that are comprehensive, convenient, compassionate, and high-quality. The over-arching goal is to provide women who do not want an abortion with excellent health care beyond prayers, sonograms, and material assitance.

Dr. John T. Bruchalski, who founded Divine Mercy Care and runs the Tepeyac OBGYN in Fairfax, Virginia, stressed in a panel discussion that it is about time that Christians and like-minded pro-lifers started doing health care in a new way, and frame the conversation about medical services in a more holistic manner, particularly since the health care system in the United States is in dire need of solutions.

“Abortion is considered good medicine today. The health care system has adopted abortion as a good item,” Bruchalski told CP in an interview.

And while there are patients and medical providers that absolutely disagree with that, “the missing piece has been doctors standing up and saying ‘We want to help women with real comprehensive and building of health care.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

NY Times Fires New Tech Lead Opinion Writer Hours After Announcing Her Hiring

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 5:03 am

The New York Times, the self-described paragon of journalism, embarrassed itself thoroughly Tuesday when it hired, and hours later fired, a “lead opinion writer” brought on to focus “on the power, culture and consequences of technology” — because the paper failed to adequately investigate her Twitter history.


St. Louis TV Station Describes Stolen Guns Used in Area Crimes As ‘Legal’

As bad as the establishment press’s coverage of national stories is, the situation with bias, ignorance, and sloppiness seen at local and regional news outlets may be worse. Here’s an example from Monday: A story at St. Louis TV station KSDK about “crimes involving stolen guns” was headlined “More legal guns used in St. Louis area crimes.”