Usher’s News & Commentary for Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022

The number of persons not in the labor force who currently want a job was little changed at 5.7
million ....


Back in 2016, I emailed others in my agency that InsurTech is hype. At the time, I was right. I still am. However, there will come a time .... Why Predictions That InsurTech Would Replace Agents Have Flopped

... "giving blanket approval for police officers and troops to fire without warning is unlawful and a recipe for disaster."

Kazakhstan President Condemned for 'Shoot to Kill' Orders Against Protesters

We don't need fearmongering over Omicron. South Africa excess deaths peak at fraction of previous Covid variants

One person's insurrection is another person's riot. I'm not sure whether it was an insurrection or not. It seems some people were engaging in an effort to topple anything standing in the way of Donald Trump remaining in office for another term. However, what did they know? They were being told that Biden won illegally. I don't see proof that Biden won illegally, but I do agree that some claims were not sufficiently investigated. That said, at this point, I don't favor going after anyone for insurrection but for rioting and the like. The FBI Comes Up Empty-Handed in its Search for an Insurrection – JONATHAN TURLEY

This jibes with my understanding. ‘Nationalists are on the rise’: How protests in Kazakhstan turned violent & why Russia feels it can’t stay silent

... at least four people were taken to hospitals for treatment. Two of the people have critical, life-threatening injuries and were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, one with burns and another with smoke inhalation. Two others were taken to St. David’s Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening. Four other people didn’t want to be taken to a hospital.

At least 4 taken to hospital after apartment fire in north Austin | KXAN Austin