Usher’s News & Analysis for Aug. 1, 2020

Politicians who vote against taking care of all the people, who, through no fault of their own, will be economically and financially trashed due to COVID-19, should be summarily taken out and ____! That's the sentiment of millions of American citizens. It would be a harsh verdict, sentence, and act; however, those politicians, and their plutocratic puppet masters (yep, masters), would still have committed the greater sin.

Like you, I've been wondering all along how many agents provocateur and other false-flag monsters have been stirring up trouble in various places all with an eye to making Black people and leftists look bad. It's not even clear that certain people claiming to be militant anti-fascist anarchists are really that but rather fakes who are racist fascists. This question has been especially nagging ever since the shootings on Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington.

... a tipster emailed the Minneapolis Police Department identifying the man as a member of the Hell’s Angels biker gang who “wanted to sow discord and racial unrest by breaking out the windows and writing what he did on the double red doors,” according to the affidavit.

An investigation found that the man was also an associate of the Aryan Cowboy Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison and street gang based mainly in Minnesota and Kentucky. Several of its members were present in Stillwater, in eastern Minnesota, late last month when a Muslim woman was confronted by a group of men wearing white supremacist garb.

Police: Hell’s Angel Sparked Destructive Riots in Minneapolis

Pretty soon, we'll really find out whether hot, humid weather kills SARS-CoV-2.

The arrival of the summer monsoon storms typically provide increased humidity, ample moisture and cooler temperatures to help decrease fire activity.

The "cooler" there means less than 110F+.

Monsoon Arrival in Arizona Means End of Fire Restrictions

Why counter protest unless you're a racist?

Rural Black Lives Matter

Why move plenty of funding from policing to fixing the root causes of crime?

With more than 400 murders so far this year, Chicago is on track to surpass its 2016 homicide rate.

At the time, Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded by hiring over 1,000 new cops over two years. The estimated cost in salaries, benefits and supervision for the new hires was more than $130 million in the first year, or well over $1 billion in their first decade on the force. Emanuel’s administration defended the costly hiring spree by citing an alleged “top to bottom” analysis of the police department showing that the city needed hundreds of new cops.
The new hires would reverse the shrinking of the department that had taken place during Emanuel’s first term in office, when, in the face of a $500 million budget deficit, he allowed the number of sworn officers to dip below 12,000 for the first time since the mid-1980s.

But as the number of cops fell, so did crime: Between 2011 and 2015, the number of index crimes—which include murder, robbery, aggravated assault, arson, burglary, and motor vehicle theft—dropped by 30%, according to an Injustice Watch analysis of CPD data reported to the FBI. (This analysis excludes rapes and sexual offenses.)
Instead of more police funding, Williams argues solving Chicago’s gun violence crisis will take years of investments in social services like job training and mental health counseling.

“When I hear of someone shooting up a funeral, I think of PTSD, depression, loss of jobs,” he said. “We’re not going to arrest our way out of this problem.”

Butler likes to refer to these kinds of investments as “deep interventions”: Long-term commitments to struggling neighborhoods beyond punishment and incarceration.

In Englewood—after decades of the city tearing down thousands of homes, schools, and department stores without putting anything in their place—that means literally building parts of the neighborhood from the ground up, she said.

“We need to help homeowners secure their homes, initiatives to get people working on restoring and filling abandoned buildings. We need to build new housing,” she said.

Funding for those ideas should come out of the police department’s coffers, according to Louisa Manske, policy director at the Workers Center for Racial Justice in Bronzeville and lead author of a proposal calling for Chicago to cut its police budget by $900 million within three years.

The cuts would bring the city’s per capita spending on policing, currently at more than $600 per resident, “just under the current average spent among the nation’s top ten most populous cities,” according to the proposal.
“If we keep pouring money into the police instead of things that address the root causes of violence,” she said, “we’re going to keep getting the same results.”

Getting at the root causes has been a point of mine for decades. I'm glad to see it being mainstreamed.

Chicago Is Spending $1.6 Billion on 13,000 Police. Is It Worth It?

We see above that increasing policing didn't have the impact claimed before the increase but turned out to be counterproductive. Naturally, it would depend upon the type and quality of policing. However, President Trump doesn't appear to make any distinction.

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Americans SPLIT over federal troops in U.S. cities

Brookings Institution Fellow and Sociologist, Dr. Rashawn Ray, and Law Professor at Rutgers University, Sahar Aziz, join Hill TV to discuss public opinion and the legality of the issue.

... U.S. senators, who support National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, do not view these whistleblowers as the whistleblowers they are. They did not blow the whistle the right way. They did not prioritize the interests of the national security state or military industrial-complex. That makes them “insider threats,” or worse, “traitors.”

Celebrating National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, Despite All Its Contradictions

As with other rulings, this will send insurance-contract drafters back to their drawing boards.

It was the second federal appellate court ruling this month that reaffirmed the principle that an insurer’s duty to defend a policyholder is broader than its duty to indemnify.

Insurer Must Defend Landlord in Security Deposit Lawsuit Despite Policy Exclusion

Tech will learn to make you love it.

Immersive Simulator Tests ‘Trust’ Between Humans and Self-driving Cars

Some agents give the insurance industry a worse reputation.

Former insurance agent who stole car and home premiums reaches plea deal in Genesee County

Some agents give the insurance industry a worse reputation, and some of them aren't very bright (and that's putting it mildly).

... Oliver was also found to have submitted fabricated documents to insurance companies in order to become the designated beneficiary of client life and annuity insurance policies.

It's a wonder these people even pass the exams.

Former Ohio Insurance Agent Gets 9 Years in Prison for $1.1M Theft from Clients

... contracted while at work.

Order by Connecticut Gov Presumes Workers Comp Benefits for Essential Employees

... loan defaults are rising and recovery rates are falling. In a stress test released in June by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a severe recession would result in enough losses to completely wipe out the capital and surplus of four insurance firms and hobble a handful of others. They declined to name which ones.

Insurers’ $158 Billion CLO Bet Is Putting the Industry at Risk

I know what the Fed thinks it's doing, but it isn't doing the right thing. It thinks it can't let the carbon-fuels industry simply fail because the Fed thinks that industries failure would be too great a shock to the economy. However, liquidating the carbon-fuels industry would actually improve the US economy. If the US economy were to need to continue a certain level of output by that industry, that would be reason to let it go through bankruptcy and to permanently nationalize it until completely doing away with it.

69 Organizations Tell Fed to Stop Buying Fossil Fuel Debt

... this fight isn’t over. Not by a long shot. We will continue to push Democrats to recognize reality and oppose Israel’s occupation. Instead of just expressions of opposition about “settlement expansion,” we will continue to press for conditioning U.S. aid to Israel—making it absolutely clear that there will be consequences if Israel does annex Palestinian land or continues the settlement enterprise.

‪Polls show that these positions have the support of most Democrats and they reflect political imperatives on the ground. It’s high time for our party’s platform to catch up with reality.

Why Is the Democratic Party So Timid on Palestinian Rights?

If you want to know why they're afraid, it's because they think they know the right-wing Zionists in Israel would turn to Russia if fully rejected by the US. However, there are non-right-wingers in Israel. Plus, Russia really wouldn't be in a position to simply give Israel the weapons the way the US does.

The US give billions to Israel and conditions it on Israel using the money to buy US weaponry.

Being a woman and being half Black doesn't excuse being a corporatist.

This week, a House subcommittee held a high-profile hearing interrogating the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google about their growing market power. But as more congressional Democrats scrutinize corporate America’s monopolistic business practices, their party may end up giving the vice-presidential nomination to a lawmaker who previously expressed misgivings about antitrust enforcement when it comes to Silicon Valley.

California Sen. Kamala Harris’ meteoric rise from San Francisco District Attorney to Democratic presidential contender occurred in the span of just over a decade and today, insiders believe she tops Joe Biden’s shortlist for VP.

During the 2020 election, Harris’s record on criminal justice proved too steep a hurdle during her party’s presidential primary just a few short months ago. She was dogged by criticism that as California Attorney General, she had been soft on white-collar crime like mortgage fraud while pursuing low-level offenses like truancy with zeal.

New Questions About Harris’s Record On Antitrust & White-Collar Crime

As for Susan Rice for US VP, being a black woman does not excuse her from being a raging neocon/fake-liberal "interventionist."