Usher’s News & Analysis for June 4, 2020

Molly Tuttle (Feat. Old Crow Medicine Show) - "Helpless" Official Music Video

"I’m excited to donate all proceeds from this song to WhyHunger. They are working to eradicate hunger at a systemic level and understand that food is a human right. Here’s a quote from their website that demonstrates why I have chosen to support this organization - 'WhyHunger works to address the root causes of hunger such as poverty, racism, sexist, classism, homophobia and other forms of oppression and structural inequities that create disproportionate barriers to food and land access for communities.'"

Rioting that erupted in cities across the United States after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis may rival the 1992 Los Angeles riots to become the most costly civil disorder in United States history.
The Insurance Information Institute said riots, civil commotion, vandalism, looting and fire in the U.S. are covered perils under virtually all business owners and commercial insurance property policies. Merchandise stolen by looters will also be covered.

III said about 40 percent of small to mid-sized businesses are also protected by business interruption coverage.

Insured Losses from Riots Reach ‘Catastrophe’ Levels, May Rival Record

As part of a consent decree filed Wednesday in Pierce County Superior Court, JRK will be required to forgive or pay back April rent for the 14 tenants and pay $246,900 to 1,441 other tenants, among other measures.

“JRK Residential knew about the governor’s proclamation, and ignored it,” Ferguson said.

Nevada Property Manager Paying $300K in Virus Eviction Ban Lawsuit

Contractors may try to convince customers to not pay their insurance deductible, which is now illegal in Texas. That law went into effect last September.

Roofing customers should pay deductibles to avoid penalties, scams

South Boston Fire Injures Five Firefighters, Displaces 40 People

Looters are more than a major pain.

I am totally on board, and always have been, with eliminating racist policing and weeding out as quickly as possible all sadistic, mentally deficient, and mentally ill cops.

However, there is no excuse whatsoever for property destruction and looting. All sorts of small-business owners who agree that racism is completely unacceptable have been seriously damaged by looters. They need to be protected by sane law-enforcement.

Those who do not condemn looting right along with racism and in the strongest terms are part of the problem.

The unrest in urban areas is largely affecting grocery delivery, according to several people interviewed for this story. Many drivers in big cities shifted to delivering groceries due to a surge in demand tied to the pandemic.

Amazon Delivery Drivers Say They Fear Becoming Target of Looters

Even if one is able to get rid of the military-backed PTI regime, the two conventional parties, the PPP and the PML-N, do not have a substantial alternative vision to deal with the growing crisis of a purely parasitic form of capitalism. There seems to be a convergence of all political actors on imposing the IMF-plans, facilitating big industrialists and land mafias while repressing the question of land reforms.

That's true, but contrary to the thrust of the article, Bolshevism is definitely not the answer. Bolshevism is violent, unnecessarily so, and anti-democratic. It is a one-party, violent dictatorship. It doesn't change hearts and minds. It rams through whatever it wants via the barrels of guns.

It is Right to Rebel peacefully and democratically.

... right-wing columnists quixotically urge Boris Johnson’s government to ‘embrace socialism immediately to save the liberal free market’. Cheered on my centrists, a Tory minister admits they will end up implementing ‘most of Jeremy Corbyn’s programme’.

And where is all the money coming from? Taxes? Obviously not, as tax income is sharply contracting. The deficit hawks have all flown off. Borrowing, then – but, MMT adherents argue, this is merely an accounting convention. As former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke admitted in 2009, ‘we simply use a computer to mark up the size of the account’.
In a society and state as dysfunctional as that of the United States, where the hollowing out of welfare and democracy has been deepest, it is easy to envisage an authoritarian trajectory. The rich are already panic-fleeing the cities. The frayed social bonds, deep poverty and widespread gun ownership of many American cities do not mix easily with food shortages and draconian containment measures. It is not fanciful to imagine severe social unrest, requiring the military to restore order. ...
... it is clear that democracy should be the focus. The argument should never have been about more or less state intervention in the economy, but in a moment when even that argument has been settled by the right, what now distinguishes the left? It can only be a demand for democratic, popular control over that intervention, to ensure that it serves the interests of workers, rather than simply lining the pockets of owners of capital and property.

Coronavirus Is the End of the End of History

"I Can't Breathe" a song for George Floyd and other victims

Keeping at least one metre apart and wearing face masks and eye protection are the best ways to cut the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to the largest review to date of studies on coronavirus disease transmission.

Distancing and masks cut COVID-19 risk, says largest review of evidence

You'll still see people calling themselves libertarians or progressives claiming Sweden's approach to COVID-19 has been a success. It has not been a success, quite the contrary.

Coronavirus tracked: Charting Sweden’s disastrous no-lockdown strategy

Multifamily CMBS:

The delinquency rate rose to 3.25% in May from 1.92% in April, according to Trepp. Apartment buildings are under some pressure as some tenants are taking a rent holiday and as many areas have imposed eviction holidays. But at least for now, tenants are still mostly paying their rents, given that stimulus payments and state and federal unemployment benefits arrived in many households.

CMBS Delinquency Rate Spikes by Most on Record

By the way, many people insist that Russia Today (RT) is all about ginning up disunity in the USA. I don't think so. I've never thought so. RT seems to be genuinely trying to report the news. They do it with a pro-Russia tilt, but it's not as tilted toward Russia as the vast majority of the US MSM is tilted toward the US.

The following is a completely positive statement about the USA, at least the part of it shown in the video.

A moment of unity | National Guardsmen & Philadelphia police kneel before demonstrators

Several police officers as well as National Guardsmen took a knee in front of Black Lives Matter demonstrators in Philadelphia on Monday. Protesters welcomed the gesture by cheering on and encouraging them.

I don't like being cynical, but would the officers and guards people refuse to follow orders to commit violence on peaceful protesters? I hope so with all my heart.

All four police officers involved in George Floyd's death now face charges | FULL PRESS CONFERENCE

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) has upgraded the charge against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes shortly before Floyd died, to second-degree murder.

Ellison also charged Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — the other officers who were at the scene of Floyd's death — with aiding and abetting second-degree murder Wednesday afternoon at a press conference.

Chauvin was initially arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday by the Hennepin County attorney's office. Both the Hennepin County medical examiner and an independent examiner hired by Floyd's family ruled Floyd's death a homicide.

Over the weekend, Gov. Tim Walz switched control of the case to Ellison, which gave him the ability to strengthen the charges.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) supported Ellison’s move, calling it “another important step for justice.”

I agree with upping the charge.

Quantifying who's done more violence is not easy even after defining the terms: types of violence, how many people impacted, measuring the degree of impact, measuring how long the damage lasts, etc. Nevertheless, Krystal and Saagar go at each other ever so slightly concerning who's been more violent: the police or the protesters (looters apparently included). I do not include the looters in with the protesters because I believe most of the looters are actually opportunistic thieves. Antifa, for instance, has not been found to have instigated the looting. That's per the FBI.


Krystal and Saagar: SHOCK POLLS show overwhelming support for protestors, military deployment