GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMS; BITCOIN BUBBLE POPPING?;
FLU GETS WORSE ALONG WITH SALINE SHORTAGE; PRESIDENT TRUMP IN “EXCELLENT” MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH; 20 OR MORE KILLED IN MONTECITO MUDSLIDES; NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS ON THE 20TH; MORE…
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JANUARY 19, 2018
GOVERNMENT shutdown looms on Friday as Trump digs in heels against continuance of Child Health Insurance Program and for a Wall. NBR reports now looking for extension of only 5 days. 61% of Centers for Disease Control will be laid off in shutdown.
If CHIP not funded California must find additional hundreds of millions of dollars. (Health Access, 1-11-18.)
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), remains on chopping block as Trump administration plans to reduce spousal work visas, affecting 41,000. (KL, 1-12-18.)
HOUSE passed Continuing Resolution Thursday night but Senate refuses to agree due to differences over DACA, in part. (NPR, 1-19-18.)
WOMEN (and men), expected to march and rally throughout the country on Saturday for women’s rights and human rights. Or, as Hillary Clinton said in China some years ago “women’s rights are human rights”.
Saturday is the 1 year anniversary of the Trump administration.
TRUMP administration adopts Medicare model with “bundled payments”, a structure similar to the Obama administration program included in the Affordable Care Act, and which the Trump administration rejected. (NYT, 1-10-18.)
CDC reports flu vaccine is 30% effective, but makes flu less severe for those getting it. 36 died of flu in L.A. County and 91 more died in San Diego County. (LAT, 1-16-18.)
FLU expected to cost employers $9 B due to lost productivity and increased medical costs (NBR, 1-18-18.)
LOS Angeles plans to house homeless in trailers and also seeks accelerated renovation of hotels to long term housing with 15 year contracts with vendors. (LAT, 1-16-18.)
PARENTS arrested after their 13 children found chained, malnourished and tortured. Adult children so small authorities thought they were minors. (LAT, 1-16-18.) The children were being home schooled and it is reported many kept journals of their torture.
FALSE bomb threat call by angry gamer results in death of non-participant in Kansas man leaving his home. 25 – year old gamer had been playing “Call of Duty: WW II”. (LAT, 1-6-18.)
STATES considering reclassifying taxes as “charitable contributions” to the states; precedent set by states giving religious schools similar deduction. (LAT, 1-12-18.)
JAMES Franco is latest powerful man accused of abusing power for sexual liberties. (LAT, 1-12-18.) French newspaper publishes letter from 100 women saying “#Metoo” has gone too far.
Your blogger believes there is a need for perspective and nuance; a hand on a knee is different than a rape and the punishment should fit the crime (or bad behavior).
PRESIDENT Trump passes physical and mental health exams with excellent rating.
RECENT Quinnipiac University poll has 39% of voters giving Trump an “F” for his first year as an additional 17% give him a “D”. (https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2511)
H & M advertises hoodie with “coolest monkey in the jungle” using black child model. Uproar results; H & M apologizes. How many ignorant and/or racist higher-ups had to approve this clearly offensive product and advertisement? They are too stupid for their jobs and heads should roll.
BREXIT champion Farage calls for do-over vote as U.K. expected to costs almost 500,000 jobs and $5 B; Trump cancels trip to London. President Trump gave a full-throated endorsement to Brexit during his campaign.
OVER 20 killed in Montecito mudslides with more rains expected.
Should voluntary evacuations be more easily converted to mandatory evacuations?
Should parents who disregard mandatory evacuation orders be held responsible in some way when their minor children are injured or killed?
Your blogger believes the failure to heed advice is attributable, in part, to the popular idea that experts know nothing more than your average Facebooker.
KENTUCKY implements work requirements for able-bodied receiving Medicaid. (NBR, 1-12-18.) Perhaps not what they thought they were voting for in Senate Leader Mitch McConnel’s home state.
TRUMP takes s__t for referring to African countries as s__tholes and asking why we can’t get more immigrants from Norway. (LAT, 1-13-18.) Hint: Norwegian don’t want to come here.
ENERGY generation from gas-fired plants fell to 36% in 2016 from 42% in 2006, and renewable increased from 11% to 25% over the same decade. Other states also see declines in gas use. (LAT, 1-17-18.)
BULLET train’s estimated cost jumps $2.8 B, to $10.6 B. (LAT, 1-17-18.) Had government acted earlier we might have had national system that runs efficiently and economically; we have been tied to roads, cars, gasoline, rubber and steel by the industries which benefit from the individual transportation mode.
China’s vast train system will someday prove a huge trade advantage, especially if the U.S. continues to cede influence and power to China and Russia.
SOUTH Korea and China threatening regulation of Bitcoin, which has fallen almost 50% from almost $20,000 to just over $11,000. (NBR, 1-18-18.)
BITCOIN also being used for blackmail, such as letters to men stating “I know you are having an affair, and will tell your wife unless you pay $2,000 in Bitcoin”. (NBR, 1-11-18.)
Your blogger has consistently opposed the use of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, which do not require users to use their true names, as a means for tax evasion, weapons and drug dealing, and even human trafficking, all safely annonymous on the “dark web”.
WAL-MART raises wages to $11 per/hr, attributing raises to new tax law. (NBR, 1-11-18.)
GOVERNOR Brown’s proposed budget with $3.5 B addition to rainy day fund. Democrats support the fund but want more social spending. (CGPC) Republicans want money spent on infrastructure, if at all. Budget assumes no change in funding levels by federal government.
AARP – American Association of Retired Persons
CGPC – California Budget and Policy Center
ECON – The Economist
KL – Kiplinger Letter
KTL – Kiplinger Tax Letter
KPPC – Los Angeles Public Radio
LAT – Los Angeles Times
NBR – Nightly Business Report
NYT – New York Time
NPR – Public Radio
WK – The WEEK
WP – Washington Post
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: Comments in parentheses are your blogger’s opinions. 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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