It NEVER Should Have Happened
It NEVER Should Have Happened by Brian Maher for Daily Reckoning
Another 6.6 million Americans went upon the unemployment lines this week.
A combined 16.78 million have been turned out within the past three weeks — sledgehammering all existing records to pieces.
No superlatives in the English vocabulary equal the cataclysm presently unfurling. A graphic image tells a far more grisly tale:
How outrageously unlikely are these events? Consider analyst Alex Danco on last week’s 6.6 million claims:
This week’s unemployment filings, compared to the last half century, are considered by frequentist statistics as a 30-sigma event: less likely to happen than if you had to select one atomic particle at random out of every particle in the universe, and then randomly again select that same particle five times in a row.
Imagine it. You select one random atomic particle from a near infinity of atomic particles in existence.
You proceed to empty it back into the grab bag. You shake the bag good and hard to mix things up. You reach your hand in again — and by a miracle of God — you bring up the identical particle.
You then repeat the process four consecutive instances. Each time you grab the same particle… on all six occasions.
Here you have a “30-sigma” event. This we have just witnessed.
Compare this enormity to 1987’s “Black Monday.”
A fellow going by the name Charlie Bilello directs research at Pension Partners LLC. He claims the likelihood of even a five-standard deviation event is “essentially zero” on any given day.
His researches further indicate that Black Monday was a 17-standard deviation event.
Probability theory suggests a 17-standard deviation event should never occur in the entire 4.6 billion year history of Earth. Not once. But it did on that October day in 1987.
And if a 17-standard deviation event should never transpire in the earthly history… what are we to possibly make of a 30-standard deviation event?
That it should never occur in nearly two histories of Earth?
The odds are so staggering, it is as if a tornado roared through a town and the debris assembled spontaneously into a dozen aircraft carriers…
Or that Joe Biden babbled a coherent sentence. Or that Donald Trump recited all the sonnets of Shakespeare backwards.
It is impossible, that is. But there you are.
Is almighty God playing devilish pranks on us? Or are events more prone to these “Black Swans” than the laws of chance suggest? (See Jim Rickards below for the answer.)
But consider your fortune!