Closing Thought–03Jul20

News from the Deep Deep South–Mississippi.

The Mississippi virus report…..

New Cases and Deaths as of July 1

New Cases

870

New COVID-19 positive test results reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. yesterday.

New Deaths

10

New COVID-19 related deaths reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. yesterday.

Mississippi’s totals……

  Confirmed Probable Total
Cases 28,573 197 28,770
Deaths 1,074 18 1,092

I was not a supporter of Tate Reeves when he ran for governor…but I will admit that he has done an excellent job handling the pandemic……he has put the opening up of Mississippi on 01Jul20 on hold….for now….

With coronavirus cases in Mississippi on the rise, Governor Tate Reeves announces a pause in the re-opening process.

Governor Tate Reeves took to Facebook yesterday to announce the state will not be ready to fully reopen.

“The plan had been to fully reopen by July 1st. That’s not happening. Our re-opening is paused and we’re considering what we need to do going forward. That was not an easy call,” Governor Tate Reeves said.

He went on to say that things are getting worse, not better.

(deltanews.tv)

Mississippi gets lots of revenue from the operations of casinos in the state……Even the money grubbing casinos have issued their demand that masks be worn….

You may listen to the news here…..https://m.magnoliastatelive.com/2020/07/02/mississippi-gamblers-told-to-mask-up-in-casinos-starting-friday-night/

Mississippi also made the news recently by abandoning the rebel flag as the state symbol…..and Reeves signed the law…..

But I want my readers to see how racism is ingrained into the media here…..

We’ve been hearing about racism much more frequently the past several weeks, but it’s not because racism just appeared. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Racism is sewn into the fabric of America and it doesn’t always look like overt racism. In fact, it doesn’t even always look like the microaggressions that we feel or see on a daily basis. The language we use is filled with racism that we don’t even realize or see. I like to call this “sneaky racism.” It’s sneaky because it is spoon fed to every American from birth through death, and if you aren’t made aware so you can look for it, it will pass right by you, creating what’s known as implicit bias.

https://www.upworthy.com/implicit-racial-bias-in-the-media

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As this holiday begins please…..be well and be safe…..and above all enjoy your time off and smile…..

“lego ergo scribo”

Dems In 2020

I have been writing about he Dems and the choice of the party to lead them to victory……and no I am not convinced the Biden can win……and if he does actually pull this election out of his butt then NOTHING will change for the average American.

Let’s be honest.

The Dems hand is weak….about all they have is “Beat Trump”…..did I say weak?  Read PATHETIC!

Before this year, it was almost unimaginable that anything could be a bigger story than a U.S. Presidential election.

However, COVID-19 has seriously disrupted the 2020 election—not only because it distorted or delayed many primaries, and eliminated in-person campaigning; but also because the candidates organized their campaigns and platforms around a world that doesn’t exist anymore, the world before the pandemic. And yet, because the public health crisis has effectively marginalized the election, there’s been little pressure to adjust to the new reality.

This will have to change by November. Democrats across the country, and presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, must make major adjustments. The social and economic impact of the pandemic far outstrips any domestic crisis in our lifetime. If Democrats want to win, the writing is already on the wall: they have to move in a strongly progressive direction.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/14/democratic-partys-hand-weak-only-progressives-can-strengthen-it

The big problem is that the DNC has nothing to offer the voter as a new direction for the country…..there is NOTHING new…..they keep going back to the failed issues that keeps them in second place…..

So what is to be done? There are several possible paths forward.

One path is a return to the failed and discredited supply-side trickle-down economics espoused by Art Laffer and Stephen Moore, whose policies during the Reagan administration drastically increased economic inequality in this country, in part by relentlessly attacking labor unions and cutting taxes for the wealthy.

Another path is a return to the “normalcy” that characterized the Obama/Biden era of milquetoast Democratic party governance. During that time, the Obama/Biden administration refused to hold Wall Street and corporate America accountable for the massive consolidation of wealth by the 1 percent at the expense of working families. Joe Biden’s recent appointment of Larry Summers, an architect of Clinton-era Wall Street deregulation, as an economic adviser, is an ill portent for the future.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/14/democratic-party-cannot-defeat-trump-returning-past-failures

New polling shows that this election may be a replay of 2016…..Trump could lose the vote but win the electoral college…..

New polling from CNN shows the Democratic Party’s presumptive 2020 presidential nominee Joe Biden trailing President Donald Trump in crucial battleground states even as the former vice president continues to lead nationally—portending an ominous repeat of 2016.

“I hope everyone understands that Trump could lose the popular vote by an even bigger margin in November and still pull off the same narrow electoral college win,” tweeted Vox writer David Roberts. “In fact, that seems the most likely outcome.”

Roberts added that he was “really getting ‘reliving the exact same nightmare all over again’ vibes lately.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/14/bad-news-biden-new-battleground-states-poll-shows-trump-could-lose-popular-vote-win

Dems in 2020 should adopt a new slogan…”Same As It Ever Was”…..

A snooze of an election…..If you are looking for change then sadly you will be disappointed.

We can change the person in the White House but that does not mean society will change…..

Not to worry…..my readers will see this post again as the election creeps nearer.

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Remember All Those Tariffs?

Well I do and I have written about Trump’s tariffs extensively……https://lobotero.com/2018/03/05/word-of-the-week-tariffs/ and https://lobotero.com/2019/12/18/tariffs-trump-weapon-of-choice/

Before I continue…do I need to refresh everyone’s mind on the tariff thing?

I thought so……https://lobotero.com/2019/10/03/sanctions-and-tariffs/

Now that I cover all my bases…..let’s move on to the news on tariffs.

A study by the Federal Reserve has found that the tariffs that Trump so loves has done MORE HARM than good….

President Trump‘s tariffs on imports — meant to boost the economy — ultimately led to job losses and higher prices, a new study from the Federal Reserve has found.

“We find that tariff increases enacted in 2018 are associated with relative reductions in manufacturing employment and relative increases in producer prices,” the report by Fed economists Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce reads.

MarketWatch first reported the study, noting that 10 primary industries were hit by retaliatory tariffs and higher prices, including producers of magnetic and optical media, leather goods, aluminum sheet, iron and steel, motor vehicles, household appliances, sawmills, audio and video equipment, pesticide, and computer equipment.

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/476100-fed-study-trump-tariffs-backfired-caused-job-losses-and-higher-prices

And how much of that profit hiding offshore accounts have returned to the shores of the US?

Not enough to make a difference….but wait I thought that was going to be a gimme when Trump won….what happened?

The world economy does not look good for the next several years…..between an idiot in the White House and a pandemic….all is NOT well.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has significantly increased its forecast for the contraction in global economy, warning that it will take a cumulative $12 trillion hit over 2020–2021. Updating its forecast yesterday, the IMF said the global contraction for 2020 would be -4.9 percent, some 1.9 percentage points below the forecast it issued in April.

The IMF said that for the first time ever all regions of the world are expected to experience negative growth in the 2020.

Growth in the advanced economy group is projected at -8 percent this year. The US economy is predicted to contract by 8 percent, Japan 5.8 percent, the UK 10.2 percent, Germany 7.8 percent, France 12.5 percent and Italy and Spain 12.8 percent.

If Trump wins in November I cannot to see what monumental economic stupidity he will cough up or pull out of his ass next.

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The Bounty Thing

I said in my original post on th situation that I was suspicious of the timing…….https://lobotero.com/2020/07/02/mutiny-of-the-bounties/

There is several different reports about this situation…..and I guess if depends where you stand politically…..so it depends on who you believe….think back a few years on the actions taken on faulty intel……

Digging below the bombshell headlines and MSM chyrons on the current Russian-bounty-on-US-soldiers-in-Afghanistan allegations, it seems three separate US government (USG) agencies — the CIA, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Pentagon – have different assessments as to the veracity of this story. To ascertain which assessments are most reliable, one has to understand how each agency is staffed and how it operates in gathering information to formulate its intelligence assessments. Having worked in Afghanistan for six years (and before that in Iraq) as an USG civilian advisor with a Top Secret clearance, I can offer insights on how to evaluate the veracity of this story – including my opinion on the real rationale behind the illegal leaks of classified intelligence that occurred and the political agenda this story is attempting to advance.

Who To Believe on Afghan Intelligence: CIA, NSA, or Pentagon?

The Congress is up in arms over the story….as they should be if it is true…..but they also have been trying to stop Trump from bringing the troops home from Afghanistan……they may have found the way to stop the troop withdrawal…..

The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday night to put roadblocks on President Donald Trump’s vow to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, apparently in response to bombshell report published by The New York Times Friday that alleges Russia paid dollar bounties to the Taliban in Afghanistan to kill U.S troops.

Despite at least three serious flaws with that reporting, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment was approved 45-11.

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House Using Shaky Russian Bounty Story To Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

How convenient. Liz Cheney joins Democrats leading the charge.

The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday night to put roadblocks on President Donald Trump’s vow to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, apparently in response to bombshell report published by The New York Times Friday that alleges Russia paid dollar bounties to the Taliban in Afghanistan to kill U.S troops.

Despite at least three serious flaws with that reporting, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment was approved 45-11.

The Crow amendment would block funding if the U.S. draws down below 8,000 troops and again below 4,000 troops “unless the administration certifies that doing so would not compromise the U.S. counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, not increase risk for U.S. personnel there, be done in consultation with allies, and is in the best interest of the United States,” reports The Hill. “It would also require an analysis on the effects of a drawdown on the threat from the Taliban, the status of human and civil rights, an inclusive Afghan peace process, the capacity of Afghan forces and the effect of malign actors on Afghan sovereignty.”

Rep. Jason Crow’s (D-Colo.) NDAA amendment will require several certifications, including an assessment of whether any “state actors have provided any incentives to the Taliban, their affiliates, or other foreign terrorist organizations for attacks against United States, coalition, or Afghan security forces or civilians in Afghanistan in the last two years, including the details of any attacks believed to have been connected with such incentives.”

House Using Shaky Russian Bounty Story To Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

The M-IC has needed something to bring the troop withdrawal to a screeching halt…..

As I have said….I am suspicious of the timing of this situation/

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