NYPD Doesn’t Care If You Have a Stalker

They claim the case is closed – even though it appears they haven’t done anything. The NYPD must take the ‘dirty doorman’ case seriously.

The cops say “there is no evidence” because he used an app. Really?

A lawyer who specializes in revenge-porn cases, Daniel Szalkiewicz, tells The Post that he’s managed to subpoena TextMe (the app in question) for user info in the past. And a former prosecutor notes that Aviles also texted pics with his distinctive chest tattoo, which cops could also match.

The truth is, they just don’t give a damn about acquaintance rape. (NYPD denies this!) The sex-crime division is understaffed, and they really just don’t care.

I wonder if any of the 5 victims of this stalker (he was a doorman, he potentially had access to their apartments) asked for a concealed carry license in the NYPD would approve it? My guess is no. (Rely on the state for everything! Even when it has been shown that you can’t.)

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A Government-mandated Solution and the Problems It Caused

The Law of Unintended Consequences seems to especially love .gov mandates. Biofuels and the Environment: The Second Triennial Report to Congress.

It is a government document, written in the turgid style that only academics can beat.

So the Congress passed (and George W. Bush signed) a law with a wonderful-sounding name, The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. It was supposed to spur an increased production of “clean renewable fuels.” It is the reason that we put corn into our gas tanks. It was supposed to help the environment. Turns out, not so much.

You see the EPA was SURE – so completely positive – that if they required ethanol be used in fuel, that all kinds of alternative sources including “advanced biofuels” would leap to market. Instead, corn and soybeans constitute most of the source for ethanol we burn in out vehicles. They found this out in 2011, and reaffirmed in 2018:

the environmental and resource conservation impacts of biofuel production and use as delineated in Section 204 of EISA were, on balance, negative [That’s from the Executive Summary of the document.]

An increase in the number of acres planted at the expense of habitat, seems to be the one most to the EPA’s dislike (though they hand wave some of it away.)

In the “Future Impacts” section, they are still hopeful that “past performance is no guarantee of the future” as they see some hope that those “advanced biofuels” will finally arrive to save the day, but mostly…

Available data suggest that current trends using corn starch and soybeans as primary biofuel feedstocks, with associated environmental and resource conservation impacts, will continue in the near term.

And as someone said, in the long term, we’re all dead anyway.

The hubris to think you can control the future, control the markets. I don’t know who is more to blame, the EPA or Congress.

The problems identified.

  • Land Use – as habitat is converted to farmland
  • Air Quality – the emissions caused by growing stock, manufacturing and delivering ethanol
  • Water Quality – specifically algae blooms
  • Water Quantity – in irrigation
  • Etc.

The document also touches on the importation of biodiesel and the impacts that can have overseas, but given what is happening in Indonesia, they certainly gloss over it.

So will this law, which was supposed to save the environment, but turns out that it is hurting the environment, be repealed? Of course not. That would be painted as being anti-environment. Besides, those “advanced biofuels” will be here in the blink of an eye, and we’ll all be driving electric vehicles anyway. (And the corn-growers love the fact that the price is higher.) Hat Tip to Legal Insurrection and also to Tuesday Links from Clair Wolfe.

Animas River Spill: Imagine the Outcry If This Happened Today

But it happened three years ago today, during a Democratic administration, so, “oops!” EPA crew accidentally turns Animas River orange – CNN

(I like this image because it catches the leading edge of the toxic plume. You can see at the top of the photo, what the color of the water should be, and at the bottom of the photo what the EPA did to the river.)

As far as I can tell, the EPA hasn’t paid any claims about this. They haven’t answered the leading question of, “How the hell did you allow this to happen?” But then they’re a .gov bureaucracy, they exist to make lives of citizens miserable, not the other way around. And no one was charged with a crime. Just an innocent mistake. (Can’t see that being the case today, somehow.)

If you click through the link above, there is a 15-second or so video from a drone flying over the contaminated river. The music is annoying and its on a loop, but it does give a good view of what happened as a result of the disaster.

Data Driven Government When The Data Is Wrong

Or why you may not get the response you are hoping for when you call 911. Data-Based Decisionmaking Works Great, Til Someone Cheats.

OK, for the purposes of this blog, I am interested in the impacts “cheating” or fudging the definition of the numbers around 911 response time. (What those of us in the data management know as metadata.) Personally I think some of the other cheats are just to be expected.

A guy who taught .gov employees discovers that the scores of the those with the lowest scores are eliminated from the city reporting. (Makes the average score go up, and the city workers look smarter/better trained than they actually are.) Or the case in Atlanta where teachers and administrators changed the grades of students on standardized tests to make them look better and save the teachers’ jobs. But the best one is…

A few years back, the Ohio auditor told us this story: “If there’s an oil spill and fish die, you send a biologist out to count dead critters. They get a [certain] amount for each dead critter [they find], and they send you the bill. I’m not saying anyone is cheating, but how can you possibly consider those numbers reliable?”

I’m sure those numbers are 100% authentic!

On the subject of 911, they often screw with the definition of “how long does it take.”

One of the areas in which measurements frequently leave misleading impressions is emergency response time. David Ammons, professor of public administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, tells us that when local governments report the average emergency response time, citizens and members of the city council tend to think that it is a measure of the time from when a citizen calls with a 911 emergency until the emergency unit rolls up onto the scene.

But in fact, the stopwatch may start when emergency units are dispatched, not when the calls come in. That means that citizens and council members may believe the emergency response time in their city is around six minutes when it may actually be eight minutes once the time between calls and dispatch is figured in.

Cooking the books is a time-honored tradition among thieves, and, it would seem, government employees.

Color Me Shocked – A .gov With Little Financial Accountability

Because “responsibility” is a conservative value. Or something. San Francisco continues to spend big in fight against homelessness — but is it working?.

(The WTF?! is inspired by the shear amount of money – which looks to be wasted.)

Between $245 million and $271 million in recent years, with next year’s budget set at about $280 million. That is JUST for homelessness, not for the whole of the city.

The article says the math comes out to $37,300 for each of the city’s homeless residents.

City supervisor hopeful Nick Josefowitz, however, said he believes San Francisco shouldn’t “invest a single public dollar without knowing if it is doing any good.”

“Despite decades of well-intentioned bills, spending efforts, or guiding plans, the same tragic scene continues day after day and year after year,” he wrote in an April article on Medium. “Indeed, in recent years the situation has become so much worse. Yet too often City Hall is still making decisions on homelessness based on folk wisdom rather than hard evidence.”

Because we scream “Do Something!” (The Left loves government action more than the Right, but it isn’t a Leftist monopoly.) And then we are surprised that the government is doing the wrong thing, or doing stupid things, or just throwing the money away.

A similar complaint the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board made years earlier – that the city isn’t doing enough to track their efforts.

“That a city can spend $241 million a year on programs and still confront such human misery suggests those dollars are not being spent with anything close to optimal effectiveness,” the board wrote in 2016. “Eight city departments and 76 private and nonprofit organizations draw from those funds in 400 contracts, yet the degree of accountability is highly suspect.”

You would think for $37,000 per person, you would be able to do something reasonable. But then again it is the government. (Hat tip to Chicks on the Right.)

Your Tax Dollars At Work – Kazakhstan Edition

So it isn’t just crazy politicians in America that spend tax money on crazy shit. Giant squirrel art installation in Kazakhstan sparks backlash over $67G cost

For $67,000 US you would think it would look better.

The art installation is 40 feet tall and just one of the pieces featured in the Art Energy Almaty festival, the BBC reports.

The huge rodent comes with a hefty price tag: production costs came to $23 million tenge ($67,000), with $15 million coming from city hall, the news outlet said.

It isn’t their money, why should they worry about it?

Public Schools and Sexual Assault

This is about Chicago, but do you think any of the other large districts are that much better? Betrayed: Chicago schools fail to protect students from sexual abuse — Chicago Tribune

They didn’t do proper background checks. When they fired people for cause, they didn’t bother to pass that information along to the next school.

Ineffective background checks exposed students to educators with criminal convictions and arrests for sex crimes against children. And CPS failed to disclose to other districts that past employees had resigned after investigators found credible evidence of abuse and harassment.

From rapes to groping to come-ons, the article details the failings of CPD. Though some of the abusers are in jail

And while there is enough incompetence to go around, in some cases the system worked to protect itself at the expense of the victims. (Color me shocked.)

The student-protection failures started in schoolhouses but include the CPS central office and the district’s Law Department, which kept the results of its investigations secret and even sought to undermine the athlete raped at Simeon when they fought her civil lawsuit.

The child-protection failures also extend to state government. Weaknesses in Illinois law help protect predators, and the State Board of Education sometimes takes years to discipline disgraced educators.

They also claim that the fact that the federal .gov is not collecting stats is a problem. Because apparently the Chicago Tribune thinks that the .gov should spend more money that it doesn’t have.