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The real economy – macroeconomic choices and influences set up to feed priorities of police, banks, bankers, aristocrats, politicians – whoever holds the reins of power in local communities and state budget decision-makers –
The REAL numbers are available and were available showing a serious problem in the economy all along
Look how these numbers and priorities have been playing out –
Sales of new one-family houses in May 2009 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 342,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 0.6 percent ( 17.8%)* below the revised April rate of 344,000 and is 32.8 percent ( 10.9%) below the May 2008 estimate of 509,000.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 2009 AT 10:00 A.M. EDT
U.S. Census Bureau News Joint Release – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 20233
Erica Filipek or Stephen Cooper
Manufacturing and Construction Division
Table Q1. New Houses Sold by Sales Price: United States
[Thousands of houses. Components may not add to total because of rounding. Value of improved lot included in sales price]
My Note –
This is a great little chart – but about half way down the page, it includes the First Quarter 2009 in the chart entries for comparison. Just looking at the totals – it is obvious that year-to-date across each year’s totals from 2006 to first quarter 2009 shows an extreme downward slide in new home sales.
Look for yourself – the numbers are staggering. Anticipation of a quick recovery in the economy has been nothing but a pipe dream. Or, it was at best, wishful thinking. Seeing this overview makes it evident that the analysts and experts were at some point looking at the same numbers and had to understand what they were seeing.
Did they lead us to believe those numbers were getting better because their income depends on us and particularly, their clients believing that? Or are they more like a mechanic shop who says its the alternator when he knows the entire engine is going to have to be overhauled?
Were these analysts, experts and financial news shows simply stringing people along hoping that no one would notice the major cracks occurring in the system? The total number of new houses built and sold is disparate from one another. The total number of new houses sold in the US –
2005 – 1,283,000
2006 – 1,051,000
2007 – 776,000
2008 – 485,000
My Note – then it breaks it down into quarters where the first quarter of 2009 (estimates) are placed in that chart for comparison –
2005: 1st quarter – 328,000
2006: 1st quarter – 285,000
2007: 1st quarter – 213,000
2nd quarter – 235,000
3rd quarter – 181.9 thousands
4th quarter – 146.8 thousands
2008: 1st quarter – 141.9 thousands
2nd quarter – 143 8 thousands
3rd quarter – 116 9 thousands
4th quarter – 85,000
2009: 1st quarter – 87,000
[from – ]
Table Q1. New Houses Sold by Sales Price: United States
[Thousands of houses. Components may not add to total because of rounding. Value of improved lot included in sales price]
My Note –
So, now – 2009: 1st quarter – 87,000 new houses sold
Compared to – 2005: 1st quarter – 328,000 new houses sold
There is the value that undermining the banking and mortgage industry values because those houses wouldn’t exist if those loans on an expected return value had not already been made in order to build them. Then, the asset values of those loans as collateral for something else was compromised. It is true of commercial properties, subdivisions, shopping malls, manufacturing plants, office buildings, office towers in metropolitan areas, strip shopping centers, restaurants and a multitude of other new building construction loans and renovations whose returns were based on sales or occupancy rates.
The evidence was there all along – now, I want to know why the analysts lied to us and the news producers of business shows let them do it?
and from the news in the rest of the world –
Flanders encouraged to seek independence from Belgium by EU’s growing power
Leaders of one of Europe’s most unlikely separatist movements are celebrating each step towards the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty.
By Justin Stares in Brussels
Published: 8:30AM BST 28 Jun 2009
“The EU makes it possible for countries such as this one to split up. We believe we are experiencing both globalisation and localisation. Some problems are global, like defence or the environment, and these need to be dealt with by the EU. But at the same time democracy needs to be closer to the people, and that is why we are a regionalist party. The two trends go hand in hand.”
Tensions within Belgium between Flanders in the north and French-speaking Wallonia in the south have been a fact of life since the the tiny kingdom was created in 1830.
But only in recent years have they become so great that – encouraged by political squabbling that recently left Belgium without a functioning government for more than six months – breaking the country into its main constituent parts has been seriously considered.
[ . . . ]
Outside Belgium, other EU member states have strong separatist movements, including Spain (both the Basques and those seeking greater autonomy for Catalonia) and Britain (the SNP in Scotland). In Italy the Northern League spent a decade pushing for the creation of an independent “Padania” – to include such northern cities as Milan, Turin and Venice – free from what many saw as the corruption and poverty of the country’s south.
More recently it has changed tack and thrown its lot in with Silvio Berlusconi, joining the coalition currently governing the whole of Italy – and earning three cabinet posts.
Some maintain that few national governments will give up their territorial power lightly – and all would, of course, have the right to veto a breakaway region’s application to join the EU as a new member.
The treaty will also give regions new powers to control the way billions of euros in the EU Cohesion Fund are spent.
On The Job
Tire Review – Jim Smith – ?Jun 24, 2009?
Just as consumer vehicles have changed over the years, so too have police vehicles, Van Sicklen said. “Today they are faster, more powerful, stop quicker …
Police department to get new vehicles
Greenville Herald-Banner – Brad Kellar – ?Jun 20, 2009?
… equipment which were no longer needed and raised enough funds, approximately $106000, to pay for three more police vehicles under the current budget. …
More Than 100 Police Vehicles Could Be Cut
WSMV – Sara Dorsey – ?Jun 5, 2009?
The magic number Metro police are trying to meet is $877000, adding up to more than 100 police vehicles. Metro police lost 100 cars from their fleet last …
For those of you who don’t speak car or just aren’t interested in such complex gears and ratios of such, let’s put this another way….. Police now get to drive cars such as the new Dodge Charger and Challenger, Ford Cobra, and Chevy Corvette…Yes they really do have some of the best cars.
Mainly because of the increased need to catch speed racers or out or control car chases, we’ve paid for them to have some of the best toys. Also though, the Police car of choice is the two Dodges listed above due to deals and reliablity. Still however, the Mechanic’s barn will then go under the hood of these fine machinery pieces and throw in Super chargers, ( That would be the piece attached to the hood) for increased performance and power. As well as attaching all the wonderful things we have come to know about police cars….the cage in the back, bumper guards, and even a partial roll cage . . .
Jan 10, 2008
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LOOKS, PERFORMANCE OF RONTAN’S SWEPT-BACK WINGLUX® LIGHTBAR WINS OVER POLICE FORCE
Award-winning redesigned Brentwood Police Department cruiser sports a swept-back, aerodynamic Winglux® lightbar.
Photo Rontan North America.
Tarpon Springs, Fla. — The Brentwood, Calif. Police Department had already decided on the swept-back Winglux® lightbar from Rontan North America as the new look for its cruiser fleet even before winning an award for “Best Cruiser Design” at the Cops West Trade Show last fall, according to Joe Garcia, BPD Fleet Manager.
The redesigned Brentwood PD cruiser sports a new paint job, changing from all white to a black and white color scheme. Rontan’s wing-shaped lightbar replaced a conventional, linear lightbar, related Garcia, who noted that the new design has received nothing but positive feedback from members of the department and community. Three new cruisers have been outfitted with the Winglux lightbar, and the department plans to put the Winglux on the rest of the fleet, he noted.
“The Winglux has a modern look and is much more appealing than traditional lightbars that we looked at. The Winglux gives you much more lighting at a 360-degree view. The overall lighting is definitely above and beyond the other competitors,” he observed. “Our goal is to have our entire patrol fleet outfitted with the new lightbar,” he added. The BPD fleet totals 25 patrol cruisers and 40 other vehicles, including unmarked vehicles and motorcycles.
Before selecting the Winglux for the new cruiser design, the department did its homework and researched products by other lightbar manufacturers, recounted Garcia. Technology was important, as was overall lighting, he noted. “We had an abundance of vendors come in and show us their products, but ultimately our decision was based on what we felt would fit our department,” he continued.
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CounterPunch – Vijay Prashad – ?Jun 22, 2009?
Figures for expenditure on world police forces are hard to come by (the US alone spends $214 billion on the police). Local governments have increased their …
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3i Infotech to Automate San Jose Police Department’s Citation Process
3i Infotech, a provider of mobile and wireless applications for state and local governments, announced that it has been selected by the San José Police Department to provide the mobile applications for the city’s Electronic Citation Project. By early 2007 the agency’s paper-based citation process will be replaced with an automated solution where up to 600 police officers will begin to issue, collect, and record citations for traffic violations and other infractions.
The City Council of San Jose voted unanimously to automate the police department’s citation process in order to streamline the data collection process in the field and improve the department’s efficiency. 3i Infotech is scheduled to provide a complete end-to-end solution on a single platform designed to improve data quality and reliability across the county. 3i Infotech has partnered with MobileFrame and Intermec to offer this end-to-end solution.
Officers will use handheld computers to process citations and send the information through a batch transfer process to a police database. With the implementation of 3i Infotech’s solution, the San Jose Police Department expects to dramatically improve data collection accuracy by centralizing data entry points into a single application. This will give officers real-time access to records and statistics and maximize time available for other duties.
“The San Jose Police Department will leverage technology to improve the efficiency of the citation process, said San Jose Police Chief Robert L. Davis. “3i Infotech’s solution will dramatically decrease the number of errors and avoid the need to enter data into two systems. The technology will also provide us with the ability to access citation data during critical investigations.”
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Massachusetts City Fights Crime with Network Solution from Firetide and Axis Communications
Firetide Inc., a developer of wireless multi-service mesh technology, and Axis Communications, a provider of network video solutions, announced a strategic partnership to deliver high-quality video over wireless mesh networks. The two companies also announced a joint public safety deployment in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
Firetide’s mesh technology is designed to allow security and network professionals to install and operate Axis network cameras, video servers, and video management software virtually anywhere, indoors and outdoors, without the expense and physical limitations of wires or cabling. The system is engineered not to require any modification or additional configuration of the video equipment.
In Massachusetts, the Haverhill Police Department, working with iAffari Inc., a local integrator, selected Firetide and Axis for its own video surveillance system. Initially installed in a small, high-crime area downtown, the solution consists of Firetide HotPort outdoor and indoor wireless mesh nodes and Axis 214 PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) and Axis 211 fixed cameras. The cameras, connected directly to the HotPort nodes, are designed to offer remote viewing and can store 10 days of recorded digital video
New Hampshire State Police Select Memex to Help Agencies Share Information
Memex Inc., a provider of intelligence management and analysis solutions, today announced a statewide intelligence-led policing initiative in New Hampshire. On behalf of the Department of Safety and the New Hampshire State Police, the state selected Memex to provide a criminal-intelligence system that will aid terrorism investigations across the state.
Earnings by industry.
Private sector earnings fell in all states.
Nationally, the decline was 1.4 percent. Finance, manufacturing, and construction were the major contributors to the national decline and in fact can more than account for the entire loss.
Declines in these industries were offset somewhat by gains in the health care and government industries. First-quarter estimates of earnings in the government industry reflect pay raises which averaged 3.9% for federal civilian and military employees in 2009.
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Deadline looms for Carbon
Police car maker sets July 10 as date to choose site; Visteon’s bankruptcy complicates application for ‘green’ jobs loan
BY PAM THARP • CORRESPONDENT • June 26, 2009
CONNERSVILLE, Ind. — Carbon Motors Corp. is still considering the closed Visteon plant as a possible site to manufacture its C7 police vehicle, but local officials have only about two weeks to resolve problems that could derail the deal.
Carbon Motors has set July 10 as the deadline to decide on a site for its new manufacturing and research and development facility, said Bryan Coats, executive director of the Economic Development Group of Fayette County. The Georgia-based company is also considering four other sites in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The timeline for a decision has been complicated by Visteon’s bankruptcy and Carbon Motors Corp.’s loan application for a Department of Energy loan, Coats said. The company must list a site on the DOE application, which is due by July 31, he said.
The Department of Energy will be making $25 billion in loans through its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program to large and small auto and parts manufacturers. The program aims to reduce dependence on foreign oil and create “green” jobs.
Connersville Mayor Leonard Urban, left, shakes hands with Carbon Motors chairman and CEO William Santana Li during a welcome rally in May. (Palladium-Item file photo by Joshua Smith)
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Carbon Motors reports 10,000 pre-orders for diesel-powered E7 police car
by Jeremy Korzeniewski on Jun 12th 2009 at 4:28PM Green
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As it turns out, there’s quite a backlog of pent up demand for a purpose-built police car. Who knew that law enforcement officers were so fed up with their current fleet of Ford Crown Vics, Dodge Chargers and Chevrolet Impalas? Apparently, that would be Carbon Motors, which is now reporting an impressive 10,000 pre-orders for its diesel-powered E7 cruiser despite the fact that production isn’t schedule to start until 2012.
We can understand the interest. Each E7 will boast an impressive lise of features like 360-degree built-in police-duty LED lights, suicide rear doors with hose-out rear passenger compartment and a separate front compartment with high-tech touches like radar, LoJack, an automatic license plate recognition system, radiation and biological threat detectors and Carbon’s exclusive On-board Rapid Command Architecture (ORCA), which features a large touchscreen display and keyboard.
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Carbon Motors Surpasses 10,000 Reservations
We are thrilled to announce that we have now exceeded 10,000 production slot reservations for Carbon’s ‘E7’. The Company would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the hundreds of law enforcement agencies that placed those reservations from all across the country!
In addition to achieving this major milestone so soon, we would also like to thank members of the economic development communities in each of the following states for putting forth such thoughtful proposals and offers for the Carbon Campus: Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Rest assured that Carbon’s executive team is meticulously evaluating each offer, and the Company is targeting a final decision to be announced sometime this summer.
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polo 12:34AM (6/13/2009)
We absolutely DO NOT need luxury police cruisers.
This is disgusting. These pigs shoot and taser to death with impunity, and now they’re going to riding around 60miles an hour through neighborhoods in these things thinking their in MadMax or something.
Taxpayers pay their bills and any purchase of these “things” should be loudly protested.
Chris 1:21AM (6/13/2009)
You are an idiot polo. I would suggest you visit your local police department and ask for a few ride alongs. You are probably some angsty teenager that only looks at one side of the story, or the video of police officers tazing others after watching some video on youtube which only shows one side of the story. You really have no clue.
downtoearth 5:13AM (6/14/2009)
If this is true, this will be pure robbery of taxpayer money. What Carbon Motors didn’t tell you is that diesel cars total costs of ownership are much higher than gasoline equivalents.
5-year TOTAL costs (depreciation, maintenance, repairs, refueling, taxes)
2004 VW Jetta 2.0 115HP $31,341 
2004 VW Jetta TDI 90HP $34,396 
2005 Mercedes E 320 $48,830 
2005 Mercedes E320 CDI diesel: $51,417 
So… much higher initial price + higher total costs = no wonder USA are going bust.
Mr.Natural 4:47PM (6/12/2009)
What NO Donut holder ?? I’ll belive it when i see it.
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Carbon Motors E7
Pure Relentless Drive ™
OEM Carbon Motors Corporation
Vehicle Platform Codename E7
Brand Carbon Motors™
Nameplate To Be Determined
Assembly Location Under Negotiations
Price Comparable to Retail Passenger Car Outfitted with Law Enforcement Equipment. Detailed pricing will be announced in a few months.
POWERTRAIN / CHASSIS
Engine Forced Induction 3.0 Diesel
Recommended Fuel Ultra-low sulfur (ULS) Diesel or BioDiesel
Horsepower 300 bhp
Torque 420 lb-ft
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Front Brakes 14″ Vented Discs, ABS
Rear Brakes 13″ Vented Discs, ABS
Wheels 18 x 8″ Steel
Front Suspension Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension Multi-link, coil springs, self-leveling shocks, anti-roll bar
Front Track 66.9″
Rear Track 66.9″
Overall Length 200.0″
Overall Width 78.0″
Overall Height 64.2″
Ground Clearance 7.0″
Curb Weight 4000 lbs
Weight Distribution (front/rear) 50% / 50%
Front Headroom 40.0″
Rear Headroom 38.5″
Front Legroom 45.0″
Cargo Volume 20.0 cu ft
Fuel Capacity 18.0 gallons
0 – 60 mph 6.5 seconds
Quarter Mile 14.5 seconds @ 98.0 mph
Top Speed 155 mph
Braking 60 – 0 mph 125 feet
Lateral Acceleration 0.85 g
Combined City/Hwy Fuel Economy 28 – 30 mpg
SELECTED FEATURES AND OPTIONS
All-new purpose-built vehicle platform exclusively for law enforcement
* Meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements
* Designed to 250,000 mile durability specification
* Turn-key built-to-direct-order – 24/7/365 call center support
* Turn-key end-of-vehicle-life process
* Comprehensive warranty
* Aluminum spaceframe body structure
* 75 mph rear impact crash capability
* Cockpit with fully-integrated factory fitted law enforcement equipment
* Integrated emergency lights, spot lights, take down lights, and directional stick
* Segment exclusive coach rear doors for safer suspect ingress and egress
* Vehicle dynamic control
* Anti-lock brakes
* Optimized approach / departure angles and ground clearance
* NIJ Level III-A (or better) ballistic protection (front doors and dash panel)
* Purpose-designed seat for use with on-body equipment – Heated and ventilated seats
* Heads up display
* Reverse backup camera
* Remote start capability
* Driver specific intelligent key
* 360 degree exterior surveillance capability
* Automatic license plate recognition system
* Video and audio surveillance of rear passenger compartment
* 130hz – 350hz bass siren
* Nightvision compliant interior illumination
* Integrated forward looking infrared system (FLIR)
* Integrated shotgun mounts
* Optimized storage capability (compartment and cargo)
* Integrated front and rear passenger compartment partition
* Hoseable rear passenger compartment
* Integrated push bumpers and PIT capability
* Carbon Motors Corporation reserves the right to alter specifications at any time without notice due to business or technical improvements Meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements
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Bibb deputies test new cars
By Amy Leigh Womack – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is testing out new Ford Fusions to see if the vehicle is a cheaper alternative to its fleet of Ford Crown Victorias.
Chief Deputy David Davis said in recent years the county commissioners have asked the sheriff’s office to consider using smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles.
Woody Marshall/The Telegraph The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office purchased three new Ford Fusions, one seen above, to test as an alternative to Ford Crown Victorias.
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As a result, patrol deputies are putting two Ford Fusions on the road this week to gauge their ability to survive under harsh conditions such as driving through medians.
Davis also is driving an unmarked Fusion to gauge how the cars could be used in other divisions within the sheriff’s office.
[ . . . ]
But by and large, agencies are coming back to the Crown Victorias, said Bobby Reed, fleet manager for Brannen Motor Company in Unadilla, one of the largest suppliers of police vehicles in the Southeast.
“The Crown Vic is the most durable of all the police vehicles on the road today,” Reed said.
Davis said the purchase price of the front-wheel drive Fusions has already shown the sheriff’s office a cost savings as compared with rear-wheel drive Crown Victorias. The V6 Fusions cost $19,324, about $2,700 less than a V8 Crown Victoria, he said.
So far, the Fusions are getting 21 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. Davis said a typical Crown Victoria gets an average 17 miles per gallon.
He said departments buying Dodge Chargers typically are drawn by the car’s speed even though Chargers cost between $1,500 and $2,000 more than a Crown Victoria. A Charger can achieve speeds of 145 mph as compared with the Crown Victoria’s 135 mph.
But when the cars cross medians, some Chargers have had back windows to pop out and the body to crack, Reed said. Norris said some departments also have found the Chargers’ breaking systems to be inadequate.
[ . . . ]
Davis said the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office purchased three Dodge Chargers in 2007 through a state grant.
After driving them, deputies have found the Chargers to be more costly to maintain than the Crown Victorias and it’s harder to get parts, he said.
For example, it costs $580 to replace the front brake pads and rotors on a Charger while it costs $350 for a Crown Victoria, Davis said.
Norris said some departments have tried the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Explorers and Ford Expeditions, SUV’s which appear to hold up for more miles than some other vehicles although they don’t get the same fuel economy.
The city (Atlanta) itself created a wish list of nearly 60 “shovel ready” projects costing more than $1.8 billion that could qualify for funding through the stimulus package.
Several other metro Atlanta cities also submitted project lists to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, an advocacy group for municipalities across the country. In all, 10 Georgia cities have requested more than $2.6 billion.
Tom Harris, finance director for city of Alpharetta, said the city got a memo in December from the mayors group asking for a “ready to go” list of projects.
The city already had a list assembled and spent a week going over it before submitting $61.4 million worth of projects.
“We try to have that list ready at all times,” Harris said, “So we didn’t have to create a lot of new projects. We’re very aggressive in finding money to supplement our citizen commitment.”
Alpharetta’s requests include repair and renovation to dozens of roads, a community center, new police vehicles and an indoor shooting range.
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EU to help China test carbon capture
By AOIFE WHITE
AP Business Writer
BRUSSELS — The European Union said Thursday it will give China up to euro50 million ($70 million) to build a carbon capture and storage plant that will test a technology aimed at limiting climate change.
The EU’s executive commission says the money will help China develop coal-burning power stations that could capture carbon dioxide and bury it underground. That would allow China to use its most plentiful energy source, coal, without releasing more of the greenhouse gas linked to climate change.
During last month’s EU-China summit, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao asked Europe to help provide it with “clean coal” technology so China could curb emissions from coal-fired power stations.
Energy companies in Europe and the U.S. already are working on trial plants to test if the costly technology could work commercially and whether the carbon can be safely stored, and the EU wants to encourage that kind of work in Asia, too.
The EU is asking other European governments to contribute more public money to the China carbon capture and storage plant project, saying the technology “would be significantly delayed without immediate assistance from developed countries.”
Norwegian oil company Statoil already pumps carbon dioxide into an empty natural gas field under the North Sea and a gas reservoir in the Algerian desert. Swedish power firm Vattenfall is building a “clean coal” plant in Germany that stores CO2 in a nearby aquifer.
EU governments agreed in March to devote some euro1 billion ($1.4 billion) to building 12 demonstration plants in Europe by 2015.
June 25, 2009 – 10:12 a.m.
For that much money, why don’t they separate and sequester the carbon from the carbon dioxide soot and use the dioxide for fuel?
– about carbon capture by pumping into the ground which will be a disaster twenty years later.
– Cricket Diane