Usher’s News & Analysis, Jan. 22, 2020

Do you think all of the below magically stops pertaining concerning an impeachment and Senate trial of a US President?

Let me preface wit the established fact that the US Constitution is the highest binding social-contract under secular law.

Now, let’s say you sign a contract. Everything about it is legal and binding. It says the other party can rescind the contract if you commit treason or high crimes and misdemeanors. Then they send you notification per the contract that they are rescinding the contract because you abused your power in their view. Your lawyer responds on your behalf requesting the other party to cite the contract provision allowing them to legally rescind the contract for abuse of power, which is not even mentioned in the contract. The other party responds by citing the “treason or high crimes and misdemeanors” provision. Your lawyer responds by requesting evidence that you committed treason or high crimes and misdemeanors. They respond that they have no evidence you did but that you abused your power and that abuse of power is covered by the provision concerning treason or high crimes and misdemeanors. How far do you think that other party would get in court? To top it off, the other party’s allegation against you that you abused your power is completely ambiguous, as the actions you took they deem abusive were within your legal authority to carry out. In fact, your lawyer maintains that you were legally obligated to carry out the acts you did.

Which federal judge would rule in the other party’s favor even if the other party were to cite the US Constitution as the highest law in the land and claim that treason or high crimes and misdemeanors covers abuse of power in the absence of treason or high crimes and misdemeanors?

Let’s say the other party cites conversations that were had before and/or after the express contract was finalized and executed wherein those conversations someone stated that it was his or her view that treason or high crimes and misdemeanors covers abuse of power in the absence of treason or high crimes and misdemeanors. Do you think the court would then rule that because of that language or position on that person’s part, the contract then means high crimes and misdemeanors covers abuse of power in the absence of treason or high crimes and misdemeanors?

Any judge dumb enough to rule that way certainly should not be on the bench?

This all matters very, very much because certain Democrats are working overtime to set an extremely dangerous and, frankly, illegal precedent that if accepted, established, and utilized going forward concerning this administration and subsequent administrations would constitute a real abuse of power jeopardizing democracy, which is already in a severely weakened state in the US. Any such precedent would be ripe for constant abuse.

Are the American people going to settle for the legislative branch impeaching and removing any President it feels like labeling abusive of Presidential powers regardless of properly enumerated and substantiated Presidential crimes?

Do not put tires in the ocean.

… at the infamous Osborne Reef near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where 2 million tires were spread over 35 acres in the Atlantic Ocean, only to end up damaging nearby natural reefs over the years. Restoration work has been underway there for years.

The End is Near For Guam’s Giant Underwater Tire Pile

What was Jeff Bezos doing using WhatsApp in the first place?

U.N. officials press Saudi Arabia on hack of Jeff Bezos’s phone

How sincere is all of this? We’ve been through waves of supposed conscience before only to see new standards rolled back. Of course, those waves were before the Internet gave nearly instant access to information (for those willing and able to dig).

Those waves were before AGW became widely accepted as the fact that it is. Can the plutocrats dupe the people enough so those plutocrats can continue holding all the economic power? We shall see.

Personally, I don’t think the plutocrats will win in the end.

I do hope Marc Benioff, chief executive of Salesforce, is telling the absolute truth about his position.

The idea of stakeholder capitalism has been gaining ground in recent years and last August the US Business Roundtable, which represents some of the country’s top CEOs, said it was abandoning the idea of shareholder primacy and instead defining the purpose of a corporation as “improving our society”.

Billionaire Salesforce founder: ‘Capitalism as we know it is dead’

The irony of those most to blame for the state of the world meeting to discuss how they are a force for good cannot be overlooked. If the past World Economic Forum meetings are anything to go by, this will be a meeting for the richest – mainly men and those from the West – to give each other a pat on the back and discuss how to get richer at our expense. The title of the event might be about sustainability but the backroom deals will be about the bottomline.

Forget the PR: Davos is a union meeting for the super-rich

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is such an all-out fascist.

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the Snowden story, charged with cybercrimes in Brazil for publishing texts that embarrassed officials

The leaks did a great deal more than simply embarrass them. They proved they were utterly corrupt.

Glenn Greenwald Charged With Same Crime As Julian Assange

Conscience strikes:

Doctors’ groups historically resisted attempts to reform US healthcare, fearing payment cuts, but there is growing awareness that the system’s skyrocketing costs are hurting their patients.

Medicare for All supporters just locked down a huge endorsement within the healthcare industry

My favorite since my teens:

Open Showers

Open showers appear to visually increase the size of your bathroom, while also giving it more space and providing convenience for users. Long gone are the days of worrying about slipping over the edge of the tub while you’re trying to get out and dry off. While some may find this design has a lack of privacy, others enjoy the accessible openness and increased shower space.

14 Bathroom Design Trends For 2020

This article rips Joe Biden to shreds so Bernie and Elizabeth don’t have to. I am positive that Joe Biden would lose to Donald Trump. I think Bernie Sanders would beat Trump. In my view, Elizabeth would have a much harder time than would Bernie.

Why is the mainstream media so gentle to Joe Biden?

Krystal and Saagar call out Bernie’s weak Biden apology

Krystal Ball dismantles NBC News, HRC Bernie Bro lies

Hillary Clinton was literally forced to do what the Justice Democrats called on her to do.

Justice Democrats, the progressive group that supported Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other progressive Democrats in their races, launched a petition Tuesday afternoon urging Clinton to support the Democratic nominee.

“Secretary Clinton’s statement is unacceptable, out-of-touch, and dangerous,“ executive director Alexandra Rojas said in a statement. “We’re calling on her to do the right thing and immediately say that she’ll do everything she can to support whoever becomes the Democratic nominee.”

Hillary Clinton on Bernie Sanders: ‘Nobody likes him’ — herself included

The worst thing Bernie Sanders can do right now is to repeat Jeremy Corbyn’s terrible mishandling of all the anti-Semitic accusations: 1) cave in and apologize for things never done and positions never held and 2) not be tough enough to stand up to fight those accusers by turning the tables on them, which means failing to change the subject right back to just how awful those accusers’ policies and practices really have been.

Integrated corporate governance is a departure from the mindset and associated practices of shareholder primacy and corporate social responsibility, both of which treat ESG&D [Environmental, Social, Governance, and Data stewardship] factors as primarily non- or pre-financial matters. By contrast, an integrative approach takes a holistic view of shareholder and stakeholder interests by systematically internalizing ESG&D considerations into the firm’s strategy, resource allocation, risk management, performance evaluation, and reporting policies and processes.

Walking the Talk of Stakeholder Capitalism

Helping to explain the latest renewal trends, markets with higher resident turnover also tend to have more new supply, stronger job growth and younger populations. While these market characteristics influence retention, terms of individual leases themselves also make a difference.

Apartment Lease Renewals Continue to Climb

Best Appliances for Your Rental Property

MLK also believed that a UBI should be high enough to provide dignity for all, and that it should grow as the national economy grows. I too believe this. A UBI should be indexed to GDP per capita, so that as automation increases our productivity, our UBI increases. Such a setup would fully incentivize automation. Unemployment would no longer be a fear but a goal if the more robots we employed, the higher our monthly basic income checks grew.

Two conditions are indispensable if we are to ensure that the guaranteed income operates as a consistently progressive measure. First, it must be pegged to the median income of society, not at the lowest levels of income. To guarantee an income at the floor would simply perpetuate welfare standards and freeze into the society poverty conditions. Second, the guaranteed income must be dynamic; it must automatically increase as the total social income grows. Were it permitted to remain static under growth conditions, the recipients would suffer a relative decline. If periodic reviews disclose that the whole national income has arisen, then the guaranteed income would have to be adjusted upward by the same percentage. Without these safeguards a creeping retrogression would occur, nullifying the gains of security and stability.

Scott Santens – “The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct, and immediate abolition of poverty.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Russia is leading the pack in this field.

The Russian project stands out due to its ambitious plans to cover all product groups, unlike other systems, which mostly monitor excise goods like tobacco and alcohol, and pharmaceuticals. It is entirely unmatched across the world in terms of its scale and capacity to process up to 100 billion unique codes per year.

From medicine to milk, this is Russia’s plan to make every good traceable

It will also help to bring in real-time inflation/deflation controls and also reduce and eliminate environmental damage.

Study: CDC’s Vaccine Schedule May Be Harmful To Children

A new study says that the CDC’s vaccine schedule, a guide for doctors and parents detailing which vaccines to get and when to get them, may have harmful effects. Plus, I explain the systemic bias against those who question the effectiveness and possible health impact of some vaccines.

News & Analysis, Jan. 20, 2020


Here’s Bernie Sanders in 1988 on C-SPAN clearly stating, “A Woman could be elected President.” I never for even a moment doubted that, that was, and remains, his position.

Don’t they?

Morales said on Jan. 13 that Bolivians had the right to organize and defend themselves, without firearms, from what he said were attacks by Bolivia’s interim government ….

U.S. official accuses ex-leader Morales of fostering violence in Bolivia

“… defend themselves, without firearms, from what he said were attacks by Bolivia’s interim government ….” Please note the propagandistic additional words “what he said were” rather than the truth, which leaves out that propaganda spinning. “… defend themselves, without firearms, from attacks by Bolivia’s interim government ….” That’s how it should have read. The “protesters” against Morales and the “interim government” definitely attacked all sorts of people who supported Morales. Many of the attacks were severe. The reverse was not the case.

Whether Morales was right or wrong in seeking another term (I say he was wrong, and he has openly admitted he thinks he probably made a mistake), there was never any justification for violence on the part of those against Morales serving another term.

In addition, there was zero election fraud conducted by Morales’ side. You’ll notice that Reuters (which hates the common people everywhere and is always for the elitists because that’s who owns Reuters) doesn’t give the other side (Morales’) of the story any more than it feels it has to or be caught out for what Reuters really is: a propaganda tool and not a pure-news service.

The trouble with the next article is that it fails to note that many Trump voters would switch and vote for Sanders but would not do that for any other Democratic candidate in the top tier in the polls. The entire impeachment effort does more damage to Sanders than to any other top-tier Democratic candidate. Maybe even Bernie doesn’t realize it.

How Trump Is Spreading a Conspiracy Theory About Pelosi, Biden and Sanders

Scientists at Heriot Watt University in Scotland have developed the world’s first building brick that’s made from 90% recycled construction and demolition waste.

The K-Briq uses less than one-tenth of the energy in its manufacture, creates one-tenth of CO2 emissions of a traditional fired brick, and can be made in any color.

The K-Briq is stronger and lighter than traditional kiln-fired bricks. It is produced from concrete, brick, and plasterboard waste, and it’s compressed without firing.

Scotland scientists invent groundbreaking low-emissions, recycled building brick

A report by a research unit of the German Bundestag, just released in Berlin, has defied the narrative of the European Union, NATO and the US, with the conclusion that since the Ukraine civil war began in early 2014, there has been no reliable evidence of Russian troop invasion or intervention by regular Russian military forces in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.


Good summation:

Capital is being thrown at the real estate market that may lead to critical excess. However, housing has been and still is in short supply, particularly in the moderate-income and workforce housing segments. Government reaction will be a critical factor in the coming years. Home ownership affordability will play a part in maintaining the demand for rentals as Millennials form new households. The National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association estimate that 325,000 new units will be needed annually to keep up with demand. Reducing development and operational cost will be vital, otherwise consumers will be forced to adapt in such a way as to reduce demand.

Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2020: What Does it Mean for Investors?

By the WA State Office of the Insurance Commissioner:

… now that 21 states — including Washington — have asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an expedited hearing on the case, President Trump wants to slow things down. Why? He faces re-election. The last thing he wants is widespread exposure of his lie about protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

Truth about Trump: He wants to abolish your most vital healthcare protection

10 Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property

… debt ratios in US corporations have risen to unprecedented levels, far exceeding the levels that preceded the financial crisis. But this is hardly surprising, given that interest rates have never been so low for so long. While a leverage bubble will probably be a risk sometime in the future, there is no reason why it should burst, or even deflate, until interest rates significantly rise. This is why corporate leverage seems only a modest threat in 2020.

What Could Spoil 2020?

I’m afraid that most people who need this sort of article wouldn’t read it. Ha!

The Efficient Kitchen: A How-To Guide

Returning to the “Gold Standard” would be one of the dumbest moves we could make. We went off the Gold Standard because being on it hampered growth because there wasn’t enough of it (gold). In addition, gold mining has been an environmental disaster.

The Fed kept interest rates at historic lows throughout Barack Obama’s presidency but went on a spree of rate hikes after Trump took office. It raised rates eight times since Trump came into office, with the last hike triggering a stock market nosedive in December 2018. The central bank has held steady since then, and Trump continues to demand rate cuts.

The Fed reduced its benchmark short-term interest rate three times in 2019 to a range of 1.5 to 1.75 percent.

Trump … and Shelton all believe that the United States would be better off if its monetary system was returned to the gold standard, a system where the value of the dollar would be backed by gold held by the government. Prior to his election, Trump praised the gold standard but said it would be difficult to return to.

Under the current system, the dollar is fiat money that has no intrinsic value and exists largely as data on the networks of private banks and the privately owned Federal Reserve.

Trump Formally Announces Intent to Nominate Judy Shelton, Christopher Waller to Federal Reserve

Trump’s corporate-tax cuts were an obvious scam.

Proponents predicted lowering rates would give lenders more cash to fuel the economy, helping companies invest in expansion, hire workers and raise pay.

Here are the trends at the top six banks since then:

• Growth in their outstanding loans slowed to 1% last year, down from 3% in 2018, which was unchanged from 2017.
• They collectively shrank their workforce by about 1,200 people by the end of 2019 from two years earlier. To be sure, hiring and firing was mixed among the six lenders, and some raised base pay or enacted special bonuses. Some also updated investors this week on investments in technology to automate jobs.
• Shareholders were big beneficiaries. After banks cleared the Federal Reserve’s mid-year stress tests, the group announced plans to boost stockholder payouts by $21.5 billion, an increase of 14%.

The tax savings have spurred the banks to record profit.

Trump Tax Cut Hands $32 Billion Windfall to America’s Top Banks

… builders continue to grapple with a shortage of lots and labor ….

Housing Starts Soared in December

For years, multifamily housing has attracted the attention of investors looking for high-value, low-risk properties. The multifamily sector continues to lead as the most in-favor asset class for high-net-worth investors, according to recent data from National Real Estate Investor (NREI). A growing number of Americans are renting, due to workforce, demographic and lifestyle shifts, and those trends seem likely to continue in coming years. With occupancy rates high and vacancy rates low, now is a good time to pursue multifamily properties.

Get Started In Multifamily Real Estate Investment In 2020

It’s fundamental.

The IMF concluded that in 2017 alone, the world spent $5.2tn subsidising fossil fuels. This has to stop.

The world of finance has a responsibility to the planet, the people and all other species living on it. In fact, it ought to be in every company and stakeholder’s interest to make sure the planet they live on will thrive. But history has not shown the corporate world’s willingness to hold themselves accountable. So it falls on us, the children, to do that. We call upon the world’s leaders to stop investing in the fossil fuel economy that is at the very heart of this planetary crisis. Instead, they should invest their money in existing sustainable technologies, research and in restoring nature. Short-term profit should not trump long-term stability of life.

At Davos we will tell world leaders to abandon the fossil fuel economy