Usher’s News & Analysis, Feb. 17, 2020

I found this interesting. It’s from the 10th but hasn’t hit the MSM (yet) that I know of. The meat’s in the first 25 mins.

Mayor Pete’s First Donors REVEALED (TYTI Daily)


“I cannot stress to you how important the next 24 to 48 hours is for the people who are going to be affected,” Reeves said Saturday. “Today’s projections are showing the potential of this being the third worst flood in our history, therefore, today, I did declare a state of emergency.”

The river has risen above 38 feet only twice before, according to the Clarion Ledger — first during the historic floods in 1979 and then again in 1983.

Mississippi Pearl River Flooding Damages Dozens of Homes in Jackson, Nearby Communities


Mistrial Is Another Blow To US Coup In Venezuela; Our Work Continues


The following is not comforting but worth knowing.

Hubei Doctors Warn Of Even-Deadlier Coronavirus Reinfection Causing Sudden Heart Attacks


McCabe did serially mislead investigators, so plainly he had some reason for doing so. But even putting that aside, the IG’s conclusion was not that McCabe lacked authority to leak; it was that he lacked a public-interest justification for exercising that authority. He leaked for self-promotion purposes, and then he lied about it because it was humiliating to be caught putting his personal interests ahead of the Bureau’s investigative integrity.

Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged?

Why Wasn’t Andrew McCabe Charged? In the article, Andrew C. McCarthy gives his thoughts; however, my feeling is that the Trump administration wants Flynn and others to be cleared. If McCabe walked, and he did, then Flynn and others should also. Of course, I never thought Flynn should have been charged. What McCabe did was vastly worse if Flynn really did anything wrong at all.


Oh brother, some articles published by the National Review are decent. Others just stink to high heaven. The following is one of the latter.

… he openly argues for effectively nationalizing two major sectors of the economy — health care and energy, both of which have played a big role in driving growth ….

The Media’s Bernie Sanders Makeover Begins

Bernie Sanders does not openly argue for nationalizing healthcare. Medicare for All is not nationalizing healthcare. Nationalized healthcare is what the veterans have. Enhanced veterans care for all wouldn’t be a bad thing anyway.

Not only that but think about the idea that such nationalization would be bad because then “growth” off the sick, injured, and dying would be reduced. What kind of mind cares about economic growth over providing care to everyone regardless of ability to pay? Besides, if we do take care of everyone, the economy will improve, not get worse because of it.

Well, you can’t rightly accuse David Harsanyi of being a humanitarian. He’s preaching to the greedy: a dying breed, thank God!


Users who have installed the update and are experiencing issues can follow this procedure to uninstall the update and get rid of the problems:

1. Select the start button or Windows Desktop Search and type update history and select View your Update history.
2. On the Settings/View update history dialog window, Select Uninstall Updates.
3. On the Installed Updates dialog window, find and select KB4524244 and select the Uninstall button.
4. Restart your device.

Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 KB4524244 Issues and Pulls the Update


The following is a pack of proven lies, but that won’t stop war-mongering, “liberal-interventionist” CBS from repeating them ad nauseam:

The Russian attack on the 2016 election included hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee. U.S. intelligence agencies found, “…the Russian government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton…” Former deputy national intelligence officer and CIA Russia analyst, Andrea Kendall-Taylor worked on that report.

“The report itself was based on a large body of evidence that demonstrated not only what Russia was doing, but also its intent,” Kendall-Taylor said. “And it’s based on a number of different sources, collected human intelligence, technical intelligence.”

Kendall-Taylor said the evidence is convincing and it isn’t a close call.

“If you read the intelligence report, it’s the consensus view of three intelligence agencies; CIA, NSA and the FBI,” Kendall-Taylor said.

Why President Trump asked Ukraine to look into a DNC “server” and CrowdStrike

The so-called intelligence report is definitely not the consensus view of three intelligence agencies. It is the result of extremely cherry-picked analysts willing to “give the right answers” John Brennan conjured up. It even contains a disclaimer that it’s all merely speculation, not proof of anything. The head of the NSA didn’t even sign on with high confidence but only moderate, and that agency is the one most expert in computer science.


Human-caused-global-warming deniers are THE problem.

“I saw fire behavior I didn’t expect. And what I learned later was that the fire had created its own weather system,” Mullins said. “Big fires can form storm clouds, which then you have an inrush of air at the bottom, you have downbursts, just like a normal thunderstorm. You have lightning that can start fires 20, 25 miles away. And firefighters can lose their lives. So one night, an 8-ton fire truck was picked up by a downburst and put on its roof and killed a firefighter and injured the rest of them.”

“This is the type of summer you might not have expected till the middle of the century based on past projections,” Gergis said. “So I think this is really redefining what it means to actually be living through a period of rapid climate change.”

“So you’re saying you would have expected this kind of scenario that we saw this summer to happen in 2050?” Williams asked.

“Yeah, potentially,” Gergis said. “Middle of the century.”

Is Gergis shocked?

“Of course, I’m shocked,” Gergis, a lead author of an upcoming United Nations report on climate change, said.

Climate scientist Joelle Gergis says the future of Australia hangs in the balance. Williams asked her if the Australian people are being betrayed by their politicians.

“At this moment I think it is really reckless and potentially criminal because we know enough,” Gergis said. “We actually know enough about the science now. I think the science is crystal clear. And I think the impacts are now playing out now. Remember that Australia is actually an extraordinary continent. We have the highest level of plants and animals that are found here and nowhere else on earth.”

Australia’s bushfires show drastic effects of climate change


Awkward title but a good article:

Like a ‘second wife’: Wind energy gives American farmers a new crop to sell in tough times


I hate articles that are entirely one-sided in favor of the so-called “profit incentive.” The following article ignores all of the real nuclear-energy horror stories down through it short history. It also ignores the environmental problems associated with fracking and natural gas. Don’t fall for Michael Shellenberger’s spinning. I know he’s read about the downsides of what he’s pushing. While it’s true that we should continue researching nuclear-energy improvements, we sure would be stupid to ramp up fracking and natural-gas use.

As for the article’s title, let’s be honest. The Green New Deal is comprehensive and definitely plans to solve human-caused global warming. It’s the nuclear-energy, natural-gas, and fracking industries that are not focused on solving the issue but rather on simply making more money for the few at the top.

If They Are So Alarmed By Climate Change, Why Are They So Opposed To Solving It?


Permafrost is thawing so fast it’s gouging holes in the Arctic


Keep from polluting the air by polluting the oceans? What a terrible idea!

In the report the IMO, the United Nations agency responsible for regulating shipping, says that there is insufficient “toxicity data” to be able to assess the risk to humans caused by the increased use of exhaust gas cleaning systems, which are also known as “scrubbers”.

These devices reduce the amount of pollution emitted into the air by ships, but the cheapest and most popular models dramatically increase the amount of pollutants pumped directly into the sea.

Shipping pollution regulations ‘could harm food chain’


Trump wants more logging, mining and development of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, America’s largest natural reservoir for carbon storage. A similar proposal has been floated for national forests in Utah, and last year Trump signed an order increasing logging on all public lands.

Federal websites have been scrubbed of references to climate change. His administration has, or is trying to, cut nearly 100 environmental regulations.

If Trump says he wants to plant more trees, fine. But the public shouldn’t be fooled. His efforts have not been a solution to global warming; they’ve been part of the problem.

Donald Trump now a tree hugger? Please. Don’t be fooled by One Trillion Trees Initiative.


Are you ready to be radicalized?

Max Blumenthal on the imperial NGOs that ignore Julian Assange – and the billionaires behind them


Ghana | First-world electronics scrapyard in puts thousands at risk of cancer


Ah, computers:

Savannah Kristich – Zero


Usher’s News & Analysis, Feb. 16, 2020

Cumbersome might be a word for the process of handling the new requirement. “So we have to deploy the license prep package, reboot, rescan for updates, install the new updates and reboot again?” asked someone identified only as Eric on Twitter. (He claimed he was an administrator for more than 15,000 Windows clients in Cincinnati.)

“That is correct,” replied the Windows Update Twitter account.

Microsoft springs last-minute demand on buyers of Windows 7 after-expiration support


As Ukraine fashions a new identity for itself, Ukrainians have been seeking inspiration from Stepan Bandera, Roman Shukhevych and the other Nazi collaborators who piggy-backed on German military victories to advance the Ukrainian nationalist cause.

The trouble is that these Ukrainian nationalists, who proclaimed statehood in Lviv in 1941, were committed to more than just a tactical alliance with Nazi Germany. Their organization sympathized with Nazi ideas, too.

The Nazis regarded Jews, Poles and Russians as subhuman, and so did Stepan Bandera.

Fascism in Ukraine: the conspiracy of silence


Fallout from Soleimani assassination grows

Though the incident in Qamishli is a rare occurrence, as nearly all media reports have pointed out, it is likely a harbinger of the region-wide push that has seen countries like Syria and Iraq take a firmer posture towards the presence of American forces in their countries following the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in January.

At the time of his death, Soleimani, serving in a diplomatic capacity, had traveled to Baghdad in a civilian aircraft and was due to meet Iraq’s Prime Minister to discuss efforts to de-escalate regional tensions and promote Iraqi sovereignty at the time of his death. A well-known Iraqi militia leader, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, who many Iraqis credit with defeating Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq was also killed in the strike.

Scuffle Between Syrian Civilians and US Soldiers Reflects Increasing Hostility to US Troops


The Russians are correct.

The Russian defence ministry said earlier this week Turkey did not separate “fighters from the moderate opposition from terrorists,” referring to an agreed demilitarised zone within Idlib.

Turkey hits back at Russia claims over Syria’s Idlib

What the article doesn’t state is the fact that the Syrian military had been under constant attack from within Idlib by the forces Turkey supports there. The Syrian government held back for many weeks until it had finally had enough of the violations by those same Turkey-backed jihadis (many of whom are al Qaeda by simply another name).


Nobody likes him except for the hundreds of millions who do.

USA TODAY/Ipsos poll: For voters, Bernie Sanders outranks other Democrats – and Trump – on values, empathy


Missouri farm wins $265M in dicamba damage case


This is a terrible situation.

The fraught future of recycling

Recycling should be a nationalized (public) utility with strict training and enforcement. It would be a great place to create guaranteed federal jobs via the Green New Deal. In addition, many things shouldn’t be made in the first place.