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News Summary for Week of July 02, 2020

8/02/2020 0700 HST

Global Covid Cases: 18,134,406

Global Covid Deaths: 690,787

New Deaths: 40,065 average of 5724 per day – this is down slightly from last week’s 6235

US Covid Cases: 4,783,757

US Covid Deaths: 158,094

New Deaths: 8537 average of 1,220 per day, up significantly from last week’s 947

Hawaii Covid Cases: 2197

Hawaii Covid Deaths: 26

Oahu Covid Cases: 1842

577 new cases last week. Average of 82 per day. Currently 902 active cases up from 427 last week.

Other Covid News: Several members of congress were diagnosed with Covid-19. Herman Cain, a prominent former presidential candidate who attended Trump’s rally in Tulsa died of Covid-19. The virus continues to spread in the US at a faster pace. Hundreds of children at a camp in Georgia were diagnosed with Covid but schools continue to rush headlong into opening. Hawaii pushed back the start date. In Indiana on the first day of school, at least one student tested positive – which is a nice catch but how many are missed? Major League Baseball began again and quickly had to shut down games due to many players testing positive. A cruise ship returned to sea and immediately had 36 crew members test positive. Trump administration says to expect about 30,000 deaths in the next month in the USA. Internationally, Brazil, India, Mexico, and South Africa appear to be turning into virus hotspots. Just about everything is Covid news right now, but let’s move on.

BLM and Civil Liberties Protests: The Federal Government agreed to remove Trumps CBP/ICE stormtroopers from Portland and big surprise, the demonstrations once again turned peaceful. The protests are reaching a point where people are losing interest from what I can see. The Federal crackdown re-enlivened them but with that stopping, I suspect that they will dwindle.

Economic News: The $600 supplement was not replaced and nothing has been agreed on to replace the now expired CARES act which boosted unemployment, put moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures, and gave other assitance. The titans of tech were called before congress for a video conference (which lacks all the impact of an actual sitting at those tables) and were grilled for monopoly and exploitation. Then they announced earnings and all earned billions of more dollars. Markets continue to be blown up larger than seems possible. Gold reached an all time new high. Silver is climbing but still sits far below its all time high. Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency were on a massive tear with Bitcoin passing $12k but then bringing down the entire crypto market in a minutes long flash crash that dropped the price to $10.5k before recovering to about $11.3k. The craziest market on the planet but in the long term, the one that I think will be the most important. Kodak made a deal with Trump to make chemicals for Covid testing and jumped from $3 per share to $36 per share. U.S. GDP lost 31% in the first quarter- far more than during the Great Depression. Unemployment numbers remain in the tens of millions and no relief is in sight. Bankruptcies and permanent closures appear to have accelerated.

Political News: China called out the USA for owing more than a billion dollars to the UN. Trump (after his humiliating Tampa rally where he was trolled by Tik-Tok users and K-pop fans) has said he is going to ban Tik-Tok because it is a national security risk. The RNC has barred the media from the Republican Convention. Trump floated the idea of delaying the election – which it seems certain he would do if he had the power, but we can expcet disruptions even if it does happen.

Severe Weather:

Hurricane Douglas missed the entire Hawaiian Island Chain last week, but it’s early in Hurricane Season. Hurricane I-whatever hit Puerto Rico and the Caribbean but didn’t do enough damage to merit Trump going on a paper-towel throwing mission. It’s lost power and become a tropical storm and will mostly miss Florida. Mother Nature is showing some mercy.

I’m going to take a one week break from Facebook starting now. Why not join me for a Facebook detox?

As always, please comment with any stories I may have missed.

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News Update for Week of 7/26/2020

7/26/2020

Global Covid Cases: 16,306,788

Global Covid Deaths: 650,122

New Deaths: 43,648 avg of 6235 per day up from 5340 last week

US Covid Cases: 4,336,782

US Covid Deaths: 149,557

New Deaths: 6631 avg of 947 per day up from 764 last week

Hawaii Covid Cases: 1620

Hawaii Covid Deaths: 26

Oahu Covid Cases: 1291

Avg of 38 new cases per day in the islands with each of that last three days breaking new records. 427 active cases up from 311 last week.

Other Covid News: RNC convention cancelled in Florida. Brazi, India, and Mexico have cases and death counts growing rapidly. Large numbers of US states are breaking daily records in new cases, hospitalizations. Florida, Arizona, the Carolinas, and Oklamhoma appear to be growing hot spots. California, Texas, and Florida remain the largest active and new cases. U.S. experts are urging further shutdowns but since this has become a political issue rather than a health issue, it seems unlikely. In Florida a nine year old girl with no pre-existing conditions died – yet politicians continue to push for schools to open in days or weeks. Insanity.

BLM and Civil Liberties Protests: Federal DHS troops continue to be used in Portland, Seattle, and Chicago. Last night 45 were arrested in Seattle as those DHS troops were attacked with rocks and other objects including fireworks. Protests seem to have transitioned from BLM to civil liberties protests while still pushing the BLM agenda. The use of DHS troops as a nationalist military was long foretold but those who denied such a thing could happen are now waking up to it – but again, since this has been made into a right/left issue – there is confusion. The natural allies of the protestors who don’t want federal troops in US cities are gun rights advocates, libertarians, and people like the folks who took of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge – but since the protests have been painted as ‘left wing’ ‘communists’ and ‘anarchists’ as well as ‘not white’ leaning – those who would usually be up in arms against the federal government overstepping it’s boundaries are cheering the DHS storm troopers on. More than one right wing constitutionalist has said ‘Enemy of my enemy is my friend’ which usually in history has ended up with a slow slaughter of opposition groups and eventually, an all powerful dictatorship flagging who goes to the camps next. In Seattle they burned down the Youth Detention Center. Protestors were shot in Austin and Aurora, Colorado were shot.

Eocnomic News:

Unemployment $600 pandemic supplement ended. Federal moratorium on evictions ended. No replacements approved yet as the two parties argue about how to help people without discouraging them from going back to work. Stock markets began to start focusing on reality a bit last week with a few mild declines instead of breaking new records. Keep in mind that in a capitalist system, mass unemployment means that wages can be lowered which is considered a positive for profit making – so this explains a tiny bit of why nearly 40 million unemployed caused the markets to burst to new highs. The U.S. is at a realistic 20% unemployment rate and when all other factors are added in that means that we are probably closer to 40% unemployment – with most of those not getting UI payments. Home sales are down 11% from a year ago with condos down 23% – there are however a large number of people abandoning cities and crowded areas – so rents in markets like SF, NYC, and Honolulu should be dropping, right? Major bankruptcies are happening daily and personal bankruptcies are approaching record numbers. The numbers of evictions and foreclosures are rising rapidly. The fantasy of a V-shaped recovery appears to be wearing off. Gold topped $1900 per ounce and Bitcoin is edging upwards.

International News:

U.S. forced closure of Chinese consulate in Houston (the first Chinese consulate in the US) and China responded with closure of American consulate in Chengdu. Europe’s economy is set to outpace the U.S. economy – which is a complete role reversal. Turkey continues its proxy war against the Kurds within Turkey and now in Syria as well.

Severe Weather:

Hurricane Douglas bypassed the Big Island of Hawaii but is heading towards the much more heavily populated islands of Maui and Oahu. Honolulu on Oahu has never been hit by a full strength hurricane but it looks like Douglas may make history as a Category I later today. Hurricane Hanna lashed the Gulf Coast of Texas and caused flooding.

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News Roundup for Week ending July 12, 2020

This is my weekly news roundup for the week of 7/12/20/
 
World Covid Cases: 12,925,331
World Covid Deaths: 569,097
(34084 newly dead – 4,869/day – from 4639 last week) :
 
US. Covid Cases: 3,380,429
US Covid Deaths: 137576
(5189 newly dead – 741 deaths per day from 597 last week)
This felt like the longest week since the early days of the pandemic. I’m sure that I missed plenty of stories, please share them in the comments.
 
Lots of people died this week. Now remember, this is the season we are supposed to have it easy as the virus gets weaker during the summer – so brace yourselves for autumn and winter. More and more accounts of healthy people who put themselves in precarious social situations (a party, a day at the lake, a family gathering) and then caught the virus, were hospitalized, posted on social media about their mistake and then died. Also 40 Bay Area principles meeting to discuss school opening strategies with other principles ALL BECAME COVID POSITIVE. 3 teachers working in the same classroom ALL CAUGHT COVID and one died. Even Trump is wearing a mask in public now. Many states are quickly reaching ICU capacity and death is marching across the most populous states in the USA. If you aren’t alarmed and you think all of this is some sort of hoax – good luck with your burial. Hawaii is considering pushing back the August 1 ‘reopening of tourism’ which would end the mandatory 14 day quarantine for out of state visitors but seems to be rolling ahead with the August 4th school re-opening. Disney World re-opened despite 15,000 new cases a day in Florida.
 
In politics – it was the Trump show as usual. Trump’s niece was allowed to publish her tell all book which among other things told how he paid someone else to take his SATs and college entrance exams. Trump gets to keep his financial info secret from congress but not from the New York prosecutor. Trump says he aced a cognitive test. Trump commuted his buddy Roger Stone’s sentence – Stone was convicted of, among many other things, lying to congress. Trump’s son’s girlfriend caught Covid-19. Trump’s admirer (president of Brazil) caught Covid. The US left the World Health Organization this week. Trump is trying to bully states into re-opening schools by withholding federal funding for education. Trump cancelled his New Hampshire rally – the Tulsa rally resulted in a large number of Covid cases to attendees – but his campaign says it is because of rainfall, not COVID – insiders say it is because of lower than expected attendance.
 
In economics – Chapter 11 bankruptcies are up by 26% but the stock market continues to climb based on the barest whisper of a possible vaccine or cure ignoring the fact that unemployment is still higher than anytime in generations, people are still not going out, and that the home saving $600 UI stipend will be ending at the end of the month. Renters are already skipping paying rent and the biggest foreclosure and eviction pandemic in US history is on our doorstep.
 
COVID has put more than 100 U.S. companies on court-assisted life support and hundreds more are destined for a similar path. All told, Chapter 11 business filings increased 26% in the first half of the year and the pace does not seem to be slowing. In the past few days, Brooks Brothers, Muji, and Sur La Table joined the somber list, which already includes Chesapeake Energy, Cirque du Soleil, Hertz, and J.C. Penney.
 
In social justice/protests/BLM – the marches and protests have largely stopped. The tearing down of statues has largely stopped. There has not been a huge amount of systemic change but it does feel like this has been a giant leap forward – if not in political action at least in awareness.
 
In international news – President Erdogan of Turkey continued to roll back the progressive moves of the country’s founder – this time by turning the Aya Sophia (Hagia Sofia) from a museum back into a mosque. Kamal Mustapha Ataturk turned Turkey from the ‘sick man of Europe’ into an economic and political powerhouse by making the country secularly governed while still Islamic in nature – Erdogan has largely ruined Turkey, selling national assets to his cronies, destroying the political structure, and in many cases blatantly trying to erase Ataturk from history. Trump has largely been following Ergogan’s game plan in shoring up power in the USA. Erdogan has been the most frequently telephoned world leader from the White House since Trump took office – think about that. Eventually, I believe we will see that the two of them are financially intertwined on multiple levels.
 
Serbia is facing huge anti-government protests over the country’s handling of coronavirus.
 
Most bizarre story of the week: Apparently after Hurricane Maria – Trump considered the possibility of selling Puerto Rico.
 
Most ominous herald: A new comet called NEOWISE is now visible in the night sky.
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: A Few Observations Amidst COVID-19/CoronaVirus Response and Reactions

I dive into the four horsemen metaphor at the end of this post but I think it is worthwhile to read everything in order to get there.

This is all unfolding at a pace that would have seemed impossible or ridiculous just a few days ago. Tens of thousands of people (maybe hundreds of thousands or millions) have already lost their jobs, though most of them probably don’t know it yet.

Airlines and cruise lines are shutting down. Casinos are shutting down. Movie theaters, restaurants, and bars are shutting down. Hotels are shutting down. At the moment, these are all temporary – but let’s face it – most businesses can’t survive a month or more without income. From where I sit, I can’t imagine this all being solved in a month.

The governments are printing money and will be handing out money to keep people from freaking out – they have to.  That process is going to make all of the money worth less than it was before. Prices will rise – not just from gouging, but because the cost of production will go up.

It seems to me that pretty much everyone is going to be exposed to this virus in one way or another. Those who become symptomatic (which I have no idea about a number, no one does) will seek treatment and most likely, there will not be enough beds/doctors etc.

We can’t all hide in our homes forever – so we are going to have to come out and interact with each other on some level – work, school, foraging, or just mental health.

I have no idea where this all goes, but it leaves things radically different than they were before. At the moment, it seems like we are trying to race the virus- come up with a way to defeat it before it defeats us – that might work if we can overcome the bureaucratic red tape around vaccine development and deployment – but it won’t really change anything about how people are forced to weather this thing.

But, let’s say that we don’t come up with a cure or the virus adapts after we do. What does the new society that comes out of this look like?

It seems to me that nature is forcing us to group together in smaller numbers and limiting the way that we are able to interact with one another. Maybe on some level, nature decided that letting humans easily move about from place to place covering large distances is a bad idea. Maybe the bottom line of all of this is that essentially, we are learning that ‘travel isn’t a good thing’.

Maybe this plays out by a large number of people dying and then small communities with immunity or with the disease wiped out within local borders, closing their doors to newcomers that might bring this (0r any) virus.

Is it worth it to conquer or control territory that might bring you the disease?

Maybe we are entering the age where the superpower and mega state loses control of our destiny. Maybe we are entering an era of local autonomy.

I don’t know…I’m simply watching like everyone else – and trying to put the potential pieces together in a way that makes sense.

I don’t think we are all going to die.

I think our countries and economies might already be dead.

I think capitalism might have just been dealt a death blow.

I think we are going to see a lot of elderly, homeless, and ill people heading into the great beyond.

I think that travel, tourism, and mass entertainment (sport, cinema, etc) might have just been given a choice to evolve or die.

I think monetary policy is on the verge of complete failure.

I think human beings are being given a choice about which direction they want to go now – and the choices are 1) End as a species or 2) Change everything

If we are to look at the classical progression of the end of the world, we can look at the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Death, Famine, War, and Conquest.

Horseman #1: Death:

We have started with death. This virus will run it’s course.

Horseman #2 Famine:

The result will be famine – a general lack of everything – and it wouldn’t surprise me if mother nature throws severe climate, storms, earthquakes and disasters on top of that.

Horseman #3 War:

Unfortunately – war will almost certainly follow. Politicians use war to preserve their power, to save economies, and to control resources for ‘their’ people. War is coming. On what level – we can’t know.

Horseman #4 Conquest:

Superpowers and nation states will do what they do. Strongmen will rise up and do what they do. They will try to use us to fulfill their ambitions. Ultimately they will fail.

Is there a way out? I don’ think so. If there is, it is to take away power from the large and to empower the small. Maybe that is what the lamb is all about. Decentralizing, focusing on municipality, commune, neighborhood, town – not on state, country or nation.

Metaphorically, I think the four horsemen of the apocalypse work – but I also think there is a metaphor built into the prophecy that gives us a way out. The lamb.

I’m not a religious person, I’m not saying everyone needs to find Jesus – I don’t believe that. I’m saying that there is a way to short circuit the four horsemen.

We need to embody the qualities of the lamb and the flock. Care for one another, be gentle, not over-graze, and stick together. The society of the lamb is a small group of people, they range in their pasture, they are not aggressive, and generally, they cannot be used for aggression.

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A Complete and Total Societal Failure

We can’t say that we didn’t see it coming and yet here we are – totally and completely unprepared. From the top leadership to the ground zero forces – we are totally unprepared to deal with the current state of the world. And, unfortunately, it is likely to get worse – and we are unlikely to get better.

There are so many levels here – personal, local, city, state, federal, international. On the health level, school level, home level, or business level – there are failures stacking up in every realm. The one that people are noticing right now is the financial – but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Still, it bears looking at.

I also failed. I knew how to prepare – or I thought I did, but then I lost the thread. For the past three years, I’ve been getting ready for the inevitable meltdown of the Trump economy.  One of the cornerstones of that was allocating a certain amount of my investments into volatility – for me it was TVIX – the Velocity Shares 2x VIX Short Term ETN. At one point late last year, I had over 200 shares – which for me was a big investment – but the constant infusions of cash into the economy by the Federal Reserve and the short sighted stimulus kept pumping the economy higher and higher – finally, in December, the TVIX was driven so low that there was a huge reverse split and I was left with  the process beginning again. This seemed like a good way to lose what little money I had – so I sold. And of course, today, at $350 each and I don’t have this particular hedge. So, like everyone – I am losing.

It turns out that there may not have been a good hedge, no place to hide out. Bitcoin and Gold are both tanking along with the markets today. Inflation is starting to reveal itself and that’s just going to get worse – so cash is nowhere to hide. Real estate is going to suffer along with everything else.

So, there is the financial end of things from my very tiny perspective. We should have known a pandemic would have this kind of effect – I mean, actually we did, but we ignored it. We should have known that ineffective leadership with temporary loyalist cabinet members and “Yes Sir” congress would lead to crisis – and I suppose we did, but here we are. All those baby boomers who kept loving their 401k growing under Trump’s grand manipulation of the economy, they probably don’t feel so good about him now, hiding out in their Boomer Bunkers with huge piles of toilet paper and soon to be dead spouses and call centers that keep telling them to call their PCP, the CDC, an Emergency Care Clinic, or someone else because no one knows how to take care of this.

Is this the end? Probably not. Let’s hope that it is the end of the disgusting capitalist ideology that got us here. There is a chance to change – that is the only real hedge – anything else is just like an injection of cash into the stock market by the inept and corrupt banking system or a new decree or ban from the inept and corrupt political leadership.

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The Shit is Really Hitting the Fan!

Wow. The stars are really lining up for massive change. Chaos at the Greek/Turkish border over the ‘catch and release’ of Syrian refugees into Europe from Turkey. Russia and Saudi Arabia getting into a gas price war that is going to screw American oil and shale extraction, North Korea launching something towards South Korea,  – plus the whole COVID-19 CoronaVirus mess. Bottom line is – get ready for some shit people. It’s hitting and it’s hitting all over all at once.

Crypto prices are tanking, stocks will most likely drop at record levels tomorrow, and who knows how many people were exposed to Covid-19 in DC, Seattle, Europe, and NYC.

But you know what – it’s spring. Maybe we need to start thinking about a good old fashioned May Day Celebration.

And you’ve gotta admit – it seems like maybe the Covid-19 virus is a conscious response from a conscious planet that has had enough of our bullshit. It seems to be targeting the main perpetrators. Yes, a May Day celebration is definitely in order with some good old fashioned Ring Around the Rosies, Pocket Full of Posies, Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall DOWN.

Here’s a little something to keep your soul cheerful.

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The Fall of the USA Continues

Words just can’t express how far we’ve already fallen – and yet, the crash is going to be so much more incredibly painful when we hit the bottom. We still have a long way to go. With the exception of Mitt Romney, the entire Republican Senate essentially proved that they have already sold their souls with the vote on Donald Trump’s impeachment. They gave him a pass – for everything. This is only going to get worse.

The Democrats meanwhile are so hell bent on keeping their campaign funding and power that they choose to completely ignore the will of the people and willfully pervert voting institutions like the Iowa Caucuses. I’ve got no beef with Pete Buttigieg – he’s a warrior fighting for LGBTQ equality, he did his time in the service honorably, and by most accounts he’s tried his best to be a good mayor. The DNC though is pulling their usual tricks – here’s what happened – I have no proof, but it’s obvious if you look.

They expected a Biden victory. Middle America is so terrified of socialism that when they saw that Bernie Sanders was going to walk away with it – they began messing with the caucuses. Finally, some lily white genius who probably can’t program a remote control decided to release the results in such a way that it looked like Buttigieg won it. They let Pete know about this and he spilled the beans.

The only reason the Iowa caucuses have ever mattered was for bragging rights and they took those from Bernie Sanders and gave them to Buttigieg. Make no mistake, it was some illegal shenanigans going on there and it was either willfully done by Democrats or masterfully manipulated by Donald Trump.

At this point, we can’t get rid of Trump. There’s no candidates who will beat him and if they do, he will be able to call foul play on the elections and refuse to step down. This is going to get really painful for some. My advice is that we just step back and let it play out. When things that actually threaten lives, freedom, or existence take place – then we step up. We need to embrace jiu jitsu here and just let him run with his head.

There’s plenty of other stuff happening at the same time Wuhan Corona Virus continues to balloon, the stock markets continue to go up and up and up – just like a roller coaster that is pulling the car up to where the tracks stop before pushing everyone to their deaths. None of this really matters – the stock markets I mean. That wealth is ephemeral. We’re all going to die at some point and this whole system is reaching the point where all it can do is collapse.

It’s my hope that when these cataclysms happen – we, as people, can find a way to take care of each other – and more importantly to take care of each other’s children. Right now there are 50 million people locked into a quarantine zone with what seems to be a very contagious and deadly disease – think about that. At least a third of those fifty million are kids – probably more.

We are at a time when we need leadership in the world – but we don’t have it. Maybe this crisis will bring it to the fore. Maybe this crisis is what will bring about real change. God help us all.

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Mr. Roarke is dead!

There will be no more fantasies.

Ricardo Montalban, the Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV’s Fantasy Island and the title character in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, died Wednesday morning at his home. He was 88.

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2009 promises to be like 2008- only with a worse economy

Here’s a few stories that caught my eye:

German billionaire kills himself over losses.
The funny thing here is that he probably still had about a billion more than me and I’m having a great time. What the fuck is wrong with people? Try living life instead of thinking life is all about the cash. I sure don’t have much, but what do I really need anyway?
and this in case you forgot the economy is sour.
And finally, instead of talking about the economy or the fact that Israel is on a genocide mission, maybe we should focus on some important news like the Bush cat being dead…the one member of the Bush family that was probably innocent…unless you count killing birds.
Do you think they will spend more on the cat funeral than on the funerals of all the Palestinians that are being massacred?

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Peruvian Jesus Born to Virgin Mary on Christmas '08

I would say that this raises the armageddon meter considerably…of course, it could also be the result of way too much planning…

LIMA (Reuters) – Virgin Mary, a 20-year-old Peruvian woman, gave birth to a baby boy on Christmas day and named him Jesus, Peru’s state news agency said on Friday.
The baby’s father, Adolfo Jorge Huamani, 24, is a carpenter. Religious Peruvians compared him to Joseph the Carpenter in the Bible.
“Two thousand years later the story of Bethlehem is relived,” read the headline about the birth in El Comercio, the main newspaper in Peru, a predominantly Catholic country.
The mother, Virgen Maria Huarcaya, delivered the 7.7 pound (3.5 kg) boy, Jesus Emanuel, in the early hours of Christmas at the central maternity hospital in Lima, the capital.
“A few days ago we had decided to name my son after a professional soccer player,” the father said. “But thanks to a happy coincidence this is how things ended up.”