PRESIDENT TRUMP WEIGHS DACA AND NEW IMMIGRATION STRUCTURE CONCURRENTLY; TRUMP CONSIDERS TRADE WAR OVER REAL WAR IN N. KOREA; HARVEY MAY COST UPWARDS OF $125 B; N. KOREA EXPLODES ALLEGED HYDROGEN BOMB; DIRECTOR MUELLER WORKING WITH IRS; PERMAFROST LESS PERMANENT; NATIONAL PARKS UNDER ATTACK; MORE…
ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 188
SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review:
JUST BEFORE THIS WAS POSTED TO SOME SITES ON TUESDAY MORNING PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED THE PARTIAL TERMINATION OF DACA – THOSE 6 YEAR OLDS APPARENTLY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER THAN TO SNEAK ACROSS THE BORDER!
PRESIDENT Trump considering halving amount of legal immigration and replace the family-connection criteria with a “merit-based” skills criteria. (The WEEK, August 25, 2017.) (Your blogger supports this position.)
PRESIDENT Trump must also decide what to do about DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, rule enacted by President Obama. There is intense pressure on both sides of the issue and again, perhaps the decision will be determined by the last one to have Trump’s ear.
Childhood arrivals are the true undocumented immigrants, they came because that is what their parents said to do. Many have known only the U.S. as their homeland.
Technology companies urge Trump to keep DACA. (Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2017.)
HURRICANE Harvey blew into Houston, dropping 52” of rain, a U.S. record. On his first visit to the city, Trump spoke only of the federal government actions and how the city would be better than ever after the repairs. Obliviously, Malania wore 4” spike heels as if she were attending a gala event.
The storm “drew its energy” from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, 7.2 degrees above average. The storm stalled in 1 location (Houston), because strength of winds that normally push storms along has been weakened. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.) If climate change is real we may be seeing more of these horrible storms. (See Bengladesh, below.)
However, the President seems to have a crackerjack FEMA team working on this matter, whose leader recognizes it will take “years” to rebuild Houston.
On a second visit Trump spoke to victims, showing some empathy and understanding to the people and their losses, Melania appeared to be wearing sensible flats, maybe sneakers.
Water draining worsened because Houston has built up without planning for storms and without using water permeable road materials.
Damage estimates started at $42 B to $80 B, then went to approximately $125, and have now hit $190 B. 80% of those affected did not have flood insurance. (Various sources.)
IN middle of storm President Trump pitches tax reform, promising to cut “the crushing tax burdens on companies and workers. Trump wants to reduce top corporate rate to 15% but even Republican tax writers think the new corporate rate will end up between 22 and 25%. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.)
PRESIDENT Trump lifts ban on military giving excess gear to local police departments. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.)
NORTH Korea explodes underground test bomb with 6 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb. Forces on high alert. Asked what he will do about North Korea, Trump gave his best answer in his presidency “not sure”. Also not clear exactly how many forces are actually in the area; in the past there was tough talk but little movement of military.
Defense Secretary Mattis promised North Korea will be “annihilated” if there is a military confrontation.
President Trump trying to get countries to stop doing business with North Korea, which trades with both Russia and China. Secretary Mnuchin is drafting the language. The implication: we will have concurrent trade wars with China, Russia, and South Korea. Yes, Mrs. Robinson, this idea is fully baked.
TRUMP administration continues attack on Obamacare, now reducing on-going recruitment expenditures by $116.5 M. (Business Insider, August 31, 2017, New York Times, August 31, 2017.) The administration states the expenditures were inefficient, critics say the cuts are an attack on the program. Earlier, the Trump administration canceled $5 M in ads already paid for to publicize Obamacare. Ads already paid for.
RUSSIA investigation plows on, with Director Mueller now working with the IRS and various state Attorney Generals. As 1 commentator on State of the Nation said “just because you’re not interested in the Russia investigation doesn’t mean the Russia investigation isn’t interested in you”.
In proportional retaliation to extradition of U.S. personnel is Russia, U.S. closes Russian diplomatic offices in 3 cities, including San Francisco (Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2017), where it is probably too expensive for the Russians to rent apartments, anyway.
In other matters:
WELLS Fargo admits perhaps another 1.4 M accounts were opened without account holder’s consent. (DealB%k, August 31, 2017.)
PEOPLE getting 6 hours or less of sleep a night at increased risk of 1.2” greater girth than average. (The WEEK, August 25, 2017.)
DEFENSE Secretary Mattis said he will establish a panel of experts to research the LGBTQ ban ordered by the President, effectively delaying any further action for 6 months. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.)
INTERIOR Secretary Ryan Zinke is pushing to reduce the size of federal “monuments” (“parks” to the rest of us), stating the 1906 Antiquities Acts should not be used “to restrict public access, prevent hunting and fishing [or] burden private land”. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.)
BENGLADESH, India having worst floods in decades, with over 1,200 drowned and millions homeless. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.)
MAJOR weather events more common or calendars need adjusting. Last decade has produced 2 “500 year” floods in Houston in subsequent years, 2015 and 2016, And now Harvey, which is maybe a 1,0000 year rainfall until next year get more than 52”. As said in another context “Houston, we have a problem”.
ALASKA’S permafrost no longer permanent. By 2050 much may be gone, thus releasing many tons of methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane more potent facilitator of global warming, but lasts fewer years in our atmosphere.
THIS year Russian tanker carrying LNG passed through the Arctic without the assistance of an ice-breaker. (New York Times, August 26, 2017.)
WHITE House reviewing report finding “extremely likely” more than half of temperature rise over last 40 years caused by human activity. (Washington Post, August 7, 2017.)
82% of Americans want public schools to teach job-skills classes, and 86% believe schools should offer certificate or licensing programs that lead to jobs. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.)
APPLE to build tech center in Iowa after state approves tax breaks of $280 M. The $1.4 B investment will create 50 jobs. Apple will also invest $100 M in public works fund. $280 M / 50 = $5.6 M per job or my math is wrong. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.) Your blogger is available to do anything from anywhere for a mere $1 M a year, saving Iowa taxpayers $4.6 M right off the top.
MARION County, Indiana, attempts to remove early voting programs facilitating higher turnouts. In-person absentee ballots declined 26%, primarily in Obama friendly areas.
CONGRESS wants to question Donald Trump’s long time secretary Rhona Graff, gatekeeper to Trump Tower for more than 30 years. (Business Insider, August 11, 2017.)
TRUMP administration giving insurers extended deadline to calculate their 2018 premiums. Difficulty calculating the premiums results from Trump administration continuing failure to commit to more than month-to-month subsidy support.
SENATORS Bernie Sanders and Eleanor Warren to fight for single payer “Medicare for All” as polls show increasing support for allowing under 65s to buy into Medicare. (New York Times, August 26, 2017.)
ST. LOUIS lowered its minimum wage from $10 per hour to $7.70 per hour to comply with state law requiring Missouri cities to comply with State’s minimum wage law. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.)
BOOK critical of government for failure to take on really big villains in the 2008 Great Recession (title: The Chickenshit Club), recently published. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.)
AMERICANS spend 37% of their incomes on housing; experts recommend no more than 30%. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.) Unavailability of housing, foreign demand driving up pricing, stagnant wage growth for many and student loan obligations keep many from even renting apartment, let alone purchase a home.
AROUND the world 420,000 people die after falls each year, 32,000 in U.S. alone. 41% of these falls were due to “improper weight shifting”, average hospital cost being $34,000. (The WEEK, September 8, 2017.) No mention was made whether obesity was a contributing factor to falling and/or higher hospital costs.
LOS Angeles gets rid of Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. (September 1, 2017.) However, your blogger’s anthropologic understanding is these Indigenous People actually crossed over the Bering Streit. Perhaps is should be called “First Foreigners to Build a Home Here Day”.
LOS Angeles restarts “Angel’s Flight”. Yes, Mr. Garcetti is right when he says “you can ride it up to the Broad, or the Grand Central market. Admittedly, 1 4 year old saw the train as the little engine that could “I think I can, I think I can”. Your blogger awaits reports of actual riders. What must minority community members think of this government funded silliness? White peoples’ mass transit?
ON TUESDAY MORNING THE ANGEL’S FLIGHT WAS AGAIN UNDER REPAIR.
ETF Investor (August, 20917), argues the “small-cap effect” doesn’t really exist, except for the smallest of the small caps.
UNDER continuing pressure, Richard Cordray, head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, may step down to run for governor in Ohio. (Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2017.)
STUDIES show DACA recipients are active; 87% are using their work permits and 83% of those in school are working, and 12% have become homeowners. (Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2017.)
L.A. University gets state dental grant of $16.6 M to bring dental care to underserved communities around the U.S.C, Cal State L.A., and San Gabriel Valley areas.
SECRETARY of Education DeVos hires former DeVry official to head department that polices colleges for student aid fraud. Outrage ensues. (Los Angeles times, September 1, 2017.) But who better to know all the tricks?
LEUKEMIA drug removed from market years ago gets renewed approval for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia is some children and adults. (Nightly Business Report.
CUTS in government funding for public health result in increase in syphilis, which reaches across class and caste lines. Though currently primarily affecting minority gay men, rates are rising among white women and their infants. (New York Times, August 24, 2017.)
PAUL Ryan states “President Donald Trump should not have pardoned the former Arizona sheriff convicted of criminal contempt in case(s) of racial profiling…” (Thomson Reuters, August 26, 2017.)
CLEAN freaks, worrywarts and overthinkers just some of the neurotic people who live longer, reports Purewow, (August 26, 2017.)
The times are so newsworthy it has become impossible, due to limitations of space, time, energy and ability to cite all matters worthy of mention. I apologize in advance for any oversights, grammatical or other errors. According to some readers, I make more than my share of them.
Note: Citations generally refer to material before the citation. Comments after a citation are generally my own. Citations are not necessarily the only news sites your blogger has seen reporting on a story or issue.
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