В среду, 18 января, в Соединенных Штатах Америки ожидается публикация статистики по потребительской инфляции. В 16:30 МСК будет опубликован индекс потребительских цен без учета продуктов питания и энергоносителей (с учетом сезонности), который, как ожидается, в декабре вырос на 0,2% м/м. Между тем, индекс потребительских цен с учетом сезонности за аналогичный период, продемонстрировал рост на 0,3% м/м. В 22:00 МСК будет обнародована Бежевая книга. Из второстепенной статистики следует отметить ипотечные индексы, а также индекс потребительских цен ФРБ Кливленда за декабрь и индексы сопоставимых продаж крупнейших розничных сетей (Красная книга). Сегодня до открытия рынка будут опубликованы финансовые результаты Citigroup, Fastenal, Goldman Sachs Group, U.S. Bancorp и TD Ameritrade, а после закрытия - Netflix. Кроме того, сегодня состоятся выступления главы ФРС Джанет Йеллен и президента ФРБ Миннеаполиса Нила Кашкари.
В среду, 18 января, в Соединенных Штатах Америки ожидается публикация статистики по потребительской инфляции. В 16:30 МСК будет опубликован индекс потребительских цен без учета продуктов питания и энергоносителей (с учетом сезонности), который, как ожидается, в декабре вырос на 0,2% м/м. Между тем, индекс потребительских цен с учетом сезонности за аналогичный период, продемонстрировал рост на 0,3% м/м. В 22:00 МСК будет обнародована Бежевая книга. Из второстепенной статистики следует отметить ипотечные индексы, а также индекс потребительских цен ФРБ Кливленда за декабрь и индексы сопоставимых продаж крупнейших розничных сетей (Красная книга). Сегодня до открытия рынка будут опубликованы финансовые результаты Citigroup, Fastenal, Goldman Sachs Group и TD Ameritrade, а после закрытия - Netflix. Кроме того, сегодня состоятся выступления главы ФРС Джанет Йеллен и президента ФРБ Миннеаполиса Нила Кашкари.
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WASHINGTON ― In any given year, the vast majority of the thousands of jails in the United States do not report a single death. That makes sense. Jails are supposed to be controlled environments. You can’t get in a car accident behind bars. You shouldn’t be able to overdose on drugs or attempt suicide without a staff member noticing. If you have a health problem, jails should provide medical care. But each year, about 1,000 Americans die in jail anyway. Many die without the public knowing why, or whether their deaths could have been prevented. Although the federal government collects data on jail deaths, it only publishes that data years later, and in aggregate, making it impossible to identify facilities that have particularly high death rates. “It’s a national scandal that we have so little information about people who die in state custody,” said David Fathi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project. “I don’t know of any other developed country where it’s really impossible to say how many people died in jails and prisons in a given year.” Earlier this year, The Huffington Post sought to fill the gap by tracking jail deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016, the year following the high-profile death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland in a Texas jail. Unlike prisons, jails typically hold people for only short periods and most of their inmates have not been convicted of a crime. Although our list remains incomplete, we uncovered hundreds of deaths that were never reported in the media. Using this data of more than 800 deaths, we crunched the numbers to identify outliers, focusing on jails where three or more people died over the year — more than 40 facilities — and comparing those deaths to the jail’s average daily inmate population reported in 2013 or later. (In some cases, we contacted jails directly and received the most current population.) We identified 15 jails that had death rates more than double the last available national average, which is 135 deaths a year per 100,000 inmates. Here are the top 10, in alphabetical order: Charles County Detention Center (La Plata, Maryland) 3 deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016. No deaths since. Average daily population for November 2016: 300 Comment: “In December 2015, under the direction of Sheriff Troy Berry, a representative of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care was invited by Director Brandon Foster of the Charles County Detention Center to observe and assess the policies and practices at the CCDC relating to suicide prevention and in-custody deaths,” spokeswoman Diane Richardson said in a statement. “As a result of the assessment, several suggestions were made to enhance the monitoring of inmates, especially those who are potentially suicidal.” Delaware County Jail (Delaware, Ohio) 3 deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016. No deaths since. Average daily population for 2015: 240 Comment: Tracy Whited, a spokeswoman for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, noted that “in the decade prior to these unfortunate deaths, we only had one death in our jail.” She added that the department is engaged in “ongoing review of our policies, [correctional officer] training, and facilities retrofitting to reduce risk.” Floyd County Jail (Rome, Georgia) 6 deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016. No deaths since. Daily population on Nov. 30, 2016: 630 Comment: “We recently contracted with Mr. Lindsay M. Hayes of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives to conduct a review of training, policies and procedures associated with suicide prevention,” said Cpl. Carrie Edge, spokeswoman for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. Hampton Roads Regional Jail (Portsmouth, Virginia) 6 deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016. One death since. Recent daily population: 1,150 Comment: Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe, who took over leadership at Hampton Roads Regional Jail after another high-profile death this August, said he’s implemented a number of changes, and no deaths have occurred since he took over. But McCabe said he’d expected the facility to have a higher death rate because several jails in the area send their sickest inmates there. “I still haven’t been able to find another jail like ours” that takes in sick inmates from a number of different jails, he said. Imperial County Jail (El Centro, California) 4 deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016. No deaths since. Daily population on Dec. 8, 2016: 436 Comment: Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter, a spokeswoman for Imperial County, said “it it is important to understand the nature of their deaths and the circumstances at the time of their deaths.” She noted that one of the inmates was apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and “died while he was in custody, however he was never an inmate of the county jail.” She added, “The County of Imperial takes the health and safety of both jail staff and its inmates very seriously.” Pinal County Jail (Florence, Arizona) 4 deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016. One death since. Average daily population: 600-650 Comment: Tim Gaffney, deputy chief for administration at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, emphasized that “it is important for your readers to understand the causes” of death. He added, “Inmate assaults unfortunately are going to occur when dealing with the criminal mind and their intentions. PCSO staff and Correctional Health do an excellent job on intervention, but unfortunately detention staff cannot be everywhere at all times. It is also unfortunate that suspects who are booked into jail are most often not honest regarding the substances they have ingested, to include the amount that they have ingested.” Richmond City Jail (Richmond, Virginia) 7 deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016. No deaths since. Average daily population in 2015: 1,078 Comment: “Jail deaths fluctuate depending upon circumstances,” said Richmond Sheriff’s Office General Counsel Tony Pham. “One year, there will be no deaths, another, there may be deaths which occur. No jail controls the individuals who are committed to their custody. This is similar to emergency rooms across the nation. Jails house temporary or short-term inmates who have short sentences or are transferred to the state’s department of corrections. Given the transient nature of the inmates in our custody, the medical professionals do their best to address the medical needs of a large jail population. However, unlike primary care physicians, jail professionals are not always provide[d] historical inmate medical histories for a variety of reasons, which may, at times, complicate matters.” Roanoke City Jail (Roanoke, Virginia) 3 deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016. No deaths since. Most recent average daily population: 560 Comment: “Medical care at the jail is provided by a highly specialized and nationally accredited medical services contractor,” said Maj. David Bell, chief deputy of the Roanoke Sheriff’s Office. St. Louis County Justice Center (Clayton, Missouri): 6 deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016. Two deaths since. December 2016 inmate population: 1,199 Comment: “One death in our jail is one to many,” Cordell Whitlock, director of communications for the county’s executive office, said in a statement. “The Department of Justice Services and Department of Public Health will continue to make every effort to prevent deaths from any cause. Morbidity/Mortality reviews are conducted after each death by a multi-disciplinary team from Department of Justice Services and Department of Public Health to determine if any changes to policy and/or procedures are needed. In regard to suicides, for example, all sheets and blankets have been removed from high risk areas and been replaced by suicide resistant sleeping bags and blankets, which are extremely difficult to tear. Air vents within cells have been replaced with louvered vents to reduce the likelihood of inmates to be able to fasten anything to vents. Risk assessments are also being updated to identify persons during admission screening so that they may be closely observed.” Warren County Regional Jail (Bowling Green, Kentucky) 3 deaths from July 13, 2015, to July 13, 2016. Number of deaths since is unclear. Average daily population in 2013: 508 Comment: No response. Some caveats: This list is based on a database of jail deaths that is still incomplete, so facilities where we obtained better data may have more deaths logged. Many jails are small. It’s rare for small jails to have multiple deaths within a year. In 2013, only 6.4 percent of jail jurisdictions reported two or more deaths to the U.S. Justice Department. Some big facilities, such as Cook County Jail in Chicago, which had at least 14 deaths, do not appear on our list because the ratio of deaths to jail population isn’t more than double the national average. We used average daily inmate populations to identify jails with unusually high death rates. Average daily inmate populations can vary from year to year. In many cases, we were able to find recent Justice Department data. In some cases in which the best available data was older than 2013, we followed up with individual jails and used the population numbers they gave us. We also followed up with all 10 jails highlighted in this piece to get the most recent population numbers. We do not have multiple years of data, which would give a more complete picture of potential problems. When we contacted the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, for example, a spokesperson said that although there were three deaths in the time period we examined, there was only one in the decade prior. St. Louis County had only one death in the year prior to our data set. Charles County in Maryland, which had two suicides in a year, had just one in the prior decade. But that kind of multi-year information simply isn’t available without surveying individual jails. Not every death that occurs in custody is someone’s fault. Circumstances, like the mental health screening or medical care an inmate did or didn’t receive, are more important than overall numbers. But the circumstances of an inmate’s death can be difficult to discern from the publicly released data. Many in-custody deaths caused by force, for example, are attributed to another cause, said Steve Martin, a corrections expert who has monitored excessive force cases in prisons and jails across the U.S. A death may be listed as a heart attack, but the public might not know that a stun gun was used on an inmate prior to his or her death. But a high death rate, even for a year, can nevertheless be an indicator that a facility needs closer scrutiny. The Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where three people died during the period we examined, lost its state certification this month. The facility is among the 15 facilities we identified with a death rate of twice the national average. Sheriff Robert Arnold, who is facing a multiple-count federal indictment, is accused of profiting off a company that sold e-cigarettes to inmates and has been locked up after allegations he attempted to coerce witnesses and assaulted his wife. Hampton Roads Regional Jail, which is on the list, is the subject of a federal civil rights investigation after a number of questionable deaths — including that of a 24-year-old inmate with a mental illness who appears to have starved to death after being arrested for allegedly stealing about $5 in snacks. Other jails on our list appear to recognize there is room for improvement: A spokesperson for the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia told HuffPost the county jail started working with a suicide prevention expert in June, and St. Louis County in Missouri said it brought in suicide-resistant sleeping bags and blankets and replaced air vents in high-risk areas to make it harder for inmates to commit suicide. “The number of in-custody deaths during that period was extremely high and unusual for our detention center,” Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland, told HuffPost. One man, unable to afford $100 bond for a misdemeanor, took his own life the same day as Sandra Bland. Richardson noted that the sheriff had invited a representative of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to assess the jail’s policies in late 2015, following suicides in July and October of last year. All inmates now must wear slip-on shoes, and structural changes were made in the facility, including replacing air vents and sealing up holes in steel beds. Any death should raise a red flag, said Kit Wright, a sergeant and nurse at the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office in Texas, who noted that at one point her jail went eight years without a death. (The jail is not on our list.) Even in cases in which it’s clear that a deceased inmate had extenuating health problems, Wright said, it’s important to go through a medical file and determine what else could have been done, even if an inmate had complained of a runny nose and was not treated. In the year we looked at, St. Louis County Justice Center had six deaths. One of them was was Sherron Dale, a 42-year-old who reported to the jail last October to serve a 90-day sentence on a drug charge. He was found dead in his cell less than two weeks later. (Unlike Dale, most people who die in jail are awaiting hearings, trial or sentencing or are simply incarcerated because they can’t afford bail.) Dale died of a relatively common medical condition, a peptic ulcer, according to the St. Louis County medical examiner. Peptic ulcers are easily treated, usually with antibiotics and an acid reducer, according to medical experts consulted by HuffPost. But an untreated one would have caused severe pain for several days leading up to his death, and it would have been nearly impossible for him to sleep. Records indicated that Dale last had contact with a corrections officer at 11 p.m. on Oct. 14 according to the medical examiner’s report, and wasn’t found until 6:50 a.m. on Oct. 15, 2015. Jail records provided to The Huffington Post, which were heavily redacted, make it unclear what, if any, medical treatment Dale was provided. St. Louis County officials did not respond to specific questions about Dale’s case but said “most” of the six deaths at their facility were the result of “long-term drug abuse.” Peptic ulcers, however, are common, treatable, and not linked to drug abuse. Dale’s mother, Jeanette, called the chief medical examiner to find out more about what happened to her son. Dr. Mary Case told her the peptic ulcer was “a treatable condition,” according to medical examiner records. (Case also told Dale she “did not have opinions about any treatment he [Sherron Dale] received,” according to the report.) “Why they never checked on him in all that time?” Jeanette Dale asked HuffPost. At another facility on our list, the Richmond City Jail, a 26-year-old inmate died in January. Initial coverage of Gregory Lee Hill’s case suggested that he had a heart attack in his cell and that medical staffers were unable to revive him. His family claimed in a lawsuit that he took three or four doses of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax on a daily basis and was going through withdrawal, which went unrecorded by jail staff. When he became medically distressed, behaving in an “erratic and abnormal” manner, according to documents cited in the lawsuit, corrections officers “physically restrained and pepper sprayed” Hill before taking him to medical. Staff for the private correctional medical provider NaphCare warned jail officials that Hill was going to die if he wasn’t taken to the hospital, according to the lawsuit. Hill’s family claims the jail didn’t listen. A NaphCare representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Hill’s death — and thousands of others — have not been counted in the public reports released so far by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The agency’s last public report covers a period that ended nearly three years ago, in December 2013. And there are legal restrictions in place that prevent BJS from distributing useful data — the kind of data that would allow citizens, policymakers and reporters to identify jails with high death rates and begin to understand what changes should be made to save lives. “The American public has no idea what’s taking place, and because of the lack of public awareness, there’s a corresponding lack of public outrage,” said Erik Heipt, a lawyer who represents numerous families of individuals who died in jail during the year HuffPost examined. “Once people are locked up in jail,” said Sam Bagenstos, the former No. 2 official in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, “it’s almost like they are forgotten to politics.” Additional reporting by Mariah Stewart. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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It was announced that President-elect Donald Trump (how those four words still curdle in our throat!) will be appointing Andrew Puzder as his Secretary of Labor. Even though, considering all that's happened in the last 30 years, there is no real surprise in this appointment, let us count the ways that it should scare the bejeezus out of anyone who pulls for the working class. Firstly, Andrew Puzder is a deregulation fiend, a fanatic, who doesn't believe in the salutary effects of labor laws, whether they be municipal, county, state or federal. In a word, he views the majority of labor laws (including the landmark National Labor Relations Act) as impediments to doing business. As a consequence, he doesn't believe it's the federal government's place to establish a minimum wage (like any other "free market" fundamentalist, he believes the marketplace should freely determine an employee's rate of pay on a case by case basis), but if the feds insist on doing so, that figure should be no higher than $9 per hour, which amounts to $18,720 annually for someone working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. Secondly, as CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns, among other things, the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain, Andy Puzder opposes having fast-food workers and retail sales employees belong to labor unions. Considering that unions offer the triumvirate of better wages, better benefits, better working conditions, Andy's opposition is solely profit-based. Indeed, it might be classified as the doctrine of a "classic fiscal conservative." That or a "greedy bastard." This doctrine is unfortunate because fast-food workers and retail sales people (think of the employees of the mega- Wal-Mart corporation) are regarded by organized labor as the platform from which to launch the Second Wave of the labor movement. The First Wave was industrial; the Second Wave will be service oriented (with health care and civil service jobs already leading the charge). Unlike vulnerable and outdated smoke-stack industries, restaurants and retail stores (of which there are tens of thousands nationwide) aren't "portable." Which is to say, you can't sell Carl's Jr. hamburgers to customers in Peoria, Illinois, by relocating the restaurant to labor-cheap Bangladesh. This circumstance gives fast-food workers at least a modicum of leverage. And thirdly, as Secretary of Labor, Andy Puzder will be the position to kick everyone's butt, and to do it legally. As the highest ranking (both functionally and symbolically) labor figure in the U.S., he will not only set the tone for labor-management relations during a Trump presidency, he has the right to appoint three (a majority) of the five members of the NLRB. This is a huge responsibility. Among other things, the NLRB is charged with adjudicating critical labor disputes--those involving the very definition of workers' rights. For instance, when a labor union, or a group of employees seeking to be represented by that union, contacts the NLRB and accuses the company of using unfair or illegal tactics to keep the union out, it falls upon the Labor Board to make a ruling, and that decision is pretty much final. Given Andrew Puzder's virulently anti-union sentiments, and him gleefully pulling the strings while eating hamburgers, one can only imagine how rare it's going to be for the Board to side with labor in any crucial dispute. As Bette Davis (playing Margo Channing) famously said, "Fasten your seat belts; it's going to be a bumpy night." -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
7 December 1933: The humble safety-pin has grown in grace of recent yearsThe safety-pin is usually looked upon as having a humble role. It is used on anti-scratch lines for mere youth, while maturer years look upon it as a very present aid in time of trouble, and more shoulder-straps and more garters are established by means of safety-pins than most people would care to admit. Safety-pins have, however, grown in grace of recent years, and they may be had in colours – though these necessitate greater thickness - and also on little gold rings, without which assorted sizes no one would venture to travel and expect to enjoy the process.The safety-pin seemed to reach its apotheosis when it was given at their christenings to babies in a gold version to fasten their bibs, even though the occasion for this had not yet appeared. Equally, it held in place the manly tie, and men felt greater and grander and nobler for its possession. Still, it was not general. The gold pin became purchasable for threepence, and perhaps the gold crisis caused the disappearance of the truly gold safety-pin in the interests of a vast number of shillings to the ounce. Continue reading...
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Donald Trump is already getting some Christmas jeer. Florida atheist and First Amendment activist Chaz Stevens has made the president-elect the subject of his “Distresstivus” Pole, placed next to a Nativity scene on city property in Deerfield Beach. That’s his version of a Festivus pole, the centerpiece of the secular holiday celebrated on Seinfeld known for its “airing of the grievances.” And when it comes to Trump, Stevens ― founder of the Religious Liberty Project ― has plenty of grievances. “Wrapped with an upside-down American flag (acknowledging the majority of Americans who didn’t vote for the Pumpkin In Chief), this year’s pole is shorter, a shout-out to Donald’s tiny hands,” Stevens said via email. “We’ve donned Distresstivus with the infamous Make America Great Again red cap, and fastened it all together with a big ol’ safety pin.” He is hoping to eventually burn the display and has applied for a fire permit from the city, but said he hasn’t heard back. Stevens has trolled Trump before. Earlier this year, members of his group wore a giant penis costume with Trump’s face as they crashed rallies. But it’s the holiday displays that have gained him national fame ― which may be ironic since his initial goal wasn’t to create a holiday scene, but to have the Nativity display in Deerfield Beach removed on First Amendment grounds. When the city refused, Stevens took a different tack and instead pushed for the inclusion of his own seasonal message ― choosing Festivus, with the pole each year themed to a topical issue. “I thought, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” Stevens told the Sun Sentinel last year, when he erected a rainbow-striped pole topped with a disco ball in celebration of gay rights. Last year’s poles were set up in at least five states, in capitol buildings and other public locations where governments have allowed Nativity scenes and other religious symbols. This year, Stevens has a pole going up in Delray Beach, also in Florida ― the third time it has been placed there ― along with the one in Deerfield Beach. “Additionally, we’re returning late this month to the Florida State Capitol rotunda, planting Distresstivus right down the hall from Gov. Skeletor’s office,” he said, referring to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Stevens has eight poles ready to go. Supporters who want to see them erected around the country can contribute to the Religious Liberty Project. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.