ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 194

TRUMP TO TESTIFY – BUT MAYBE NOT; TPP SETS SAIL AS TRUMP SHOWS OPENNESS TO JOINING, TRUMP & PORN STAR YESTERDAY’S NEWS IN TODAY’S NEWS  CYCLE; FEMALE OLYMPIC STARS AVENGED AS TEAM DOCTOR GETS 175 FOR SEXUAL ABUSE; 600,000 WOMEN MARCH IN L.A.; STEVE WYNN OUT AT RNC AFTER SEXUAL ACCUSATIONS; TRUMP PROPOSES IMMIGRATION PROGRAM; MORE..

 

ELDERUPDATES.COM, No. 194

JANUARY 27, 2018

 

GOVERNMENT shutdown came and went after 1 working day as Congress reached agreement to have vote on immigration in early February.  CHIP continued 6 years as part of the agreement.

 

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), remains on chopping block as Trump proposes $25 B for Wall, $5 B for staff (?), increasing number covered to 1.8 M from 600 K while overlooking many illegals never cross border but fly in and overstay their visas.  Trump also wants to triple the number of deportations.  The power behind the throne on immigration issues seems to be Steven Miller, formerly small time political operative launched into upper echelons of Trump White House.

 

IN Mexico, government struggles to integrate and educate American children who don’t speak Spanish.  (WK, 1-26-18.)  Sounds like losses all around, though some will view it as “just deserts”.

 

600,000 women ( and men), march in L.A. alone in support of women’s rights and against Trump (who sends them a congratulatory tweet about the progress they have made in this country).  Women marched all over the country and the world wearing their, (dare this blogger type the word(?), “pussy hats”.

 

STEVE Wynn forced to resign as head of Republican National Committee after allegations he paid manicurist $7.5 M settlement (great lawyering!), after coercing her to have sex, among other inappropriate and possibly illegal harassment by Wynn of many other employees.

 

79 women planning to run for governorships this year, and female challengers to House) incumbents increases from 32 last time to 208 in this election.  (WK, 2-2-18.)

 

PENNSYLVANIA Supreme Court overrules gerrymandering by GOP legislature and orders new map from lawmakers by February 9th.  (WK, 2-2-18.)

 

Note: The term “gerrymandering” comes from a suggestion by an early political leader (“Gerry”) to create a safe district that to some appeared like a salamander (“mandering”).  Us this tidbit to stump your know it all friends and colleagues.

 

PRESIDENT Trump goes to Davos, rubs shoulders and elbows with globalization’s world elite, makes calm speech that “America First does not mean America alone” but appears to limit this comment to economic growth, and not military protection.

 

Meanwhile, Canada and others set sail on new TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership economic alliance), without waiting for President Trump’s declaration that maybe something can be done together.

 

Trump states TPP was “terrible deal” and he will get a “substantially better deal”.  (NBR, 1-25-18.)  TPP will include 14% of world’s gross domestic product (WK, 2-2-18), as President Trump unwisely opts for bilateral negotiations.  U.S. was asked to throw the party, now hoping for an invitation to attend.

 

MEANWHILE, NAFTA negotiations continue to go poorly.  If NAFTA fails some jobs may come to the U.S., but with increased wages that will increase the price of products, thus raising costs to consumers.

 

APPLE credits new tax law for its decision to repatriate $252 B it had been keeping overseas, its return will cost the company $38 B, which Apple says will be used to fund 20,000 new U.S. jobs and $30 B in capital expenditures.  Critics claim the math means each job will cost $2.4 M.  (WK, 2-2-18.)

 

FLU spreads to every state except Hawaii.

 

FEMALE Olympians get justice after decades against doctor who molested them at an age when too many were even aware they were being molested; Dr. Nassar draws 175 years in addition to previous 60 years for child pornography.  But “justice” will never heal the mental and emotional scars these women suffered.

 

PARIS having 100 year flood just 2 years after a 100 year flood in 2016.  1st floor of Louvre closed and some art moved to higher floors.

 

MONTHS ago President Trump said he would “100%” testify under oath to Mueller, then said maybe will testify about Russian matters (leaving out his financial matters), then it is eported he told his White House attorney to fire Meuller last June, but the attorney refused and threatened to resign, so Trump did not fire Mueller.

 

LOS Angeles Metro riders unanimously agree with officer forcibly removing uncooperative woman from train after she refused to take her feet off of adjoining seat.  LAT receives 43 letters supporting officer; none criticizing him.

 

SOUTHLAND home prices, unadjusted for inflation, top 2007 high.  (LAT, 1-25-18.)

 

HOUSING proposal calls for 1,173 units to be created at former IKEA store in Burbank.  (LAT, 1-27-18.)  At least people are starting to try thinking creatively.

 

JUDGE Presky, who sentenced college student Brock Turner to 6 months in County Jail after Turner raped unconscious woman now subject to recall in Santa Clara County.  (LAT, 1-27-18.)  Turner really lucked out, today he might have received 50 years.

 

PRESIDENT Trump has loving night with porn star just 4 months after son Barron born, news lost in maelstrom of weekly news.  Paid her $130,000 to keep it quiet.  (WK, 1-26-18.)  Question now is, will he threaten to sue her for going public?

 

“STEELE Dossier” report of “golden shower” merely refers to Trump allegedly having Russian prostitutes pee on bed where Obamas slept.  Generally, “golden shower” means something else but this is a family blog.

 

WORLD feigns outrage after President Trump refers to countries such as Haiti and the continent of Africa as “shitholes”.

 

FALSE alert of nuclear attack in Hawaii not corrected for 38 minutes.  WK, 1-26-18.)  Governor subsequently admitted he was partly at fault after forgetting his twitter password for almost 20 minutes.

 

PRESIDENT Trump calls for strong dollar at Davos, while Treasury Secretary Mnuchin highlights value of weak dollar that facilitates exports.

 

GOVERNNOR Brown gives final state of the state address, not mentioning, but clearly chastising, Trump administration.  Initially called “Governor Moonbeam” when he supported the State of California having its own satellite, his thought seems prescient and almost quaint today.

 

However, as fine a job as he has done, he will leave office with the bullet train as an albatross around his neck.  No doubt, many wondered why we needed a university system, as well.

 

NOT everyone apparently warned to get out before Montecito mudslides, despite news reports officers had gone to every door beforehand with warnings.  (LAT, 1-24-18.)

 

FOR some who can’t sleep, writing a “to do” list helps.  (WK, 2-2-18.)  Others, perhaps, might be upset by how much they have to do and lose even more sleep.  To paraphrase the commercial “what’s in your to-do list”?

 

THROUGH complex reasoning, 1 study alleges too much salt hurts the brain.  (WK, 2-2-18.)  World leaders eating fast food are likely getting plenty of salt.

 

HEALTH care is largest sector of employment, bigger than manufacturing and retail.  (WK, 2-2-18.)

 

30% tariff on solar panels imported from China may destroy 23,000 U.S. Solar jobs to save coal jobs.  In 2016, there were 260,000 solar related jobs, 5 times as many as in coal.  (WK, 2-2-18.)  Some warn of possible trade war.

 

Perhaps most overlook economic benefits of burning coal, which increases asthma, which increases GDP because of increased emergency room visits and costs of chronic care because it isn’t politically correct.  These biased people just refuse to see when the glass is half full.

 

DECREASED oxygen in oceans leading to increased size and number of “dead zones”, in which fish cannot live.  Dead zones are 12 M square miles of ocean.  (WK, 1-26-18.)

 

OZONE layer may fully heal in 50 years as result of international treaty outlawing use of chloroflorocarbons (CFCs).  (WK, 1-26-18.)

 

U.S. has 57% higher child mortality than other wealthy countries, primarily due to car accidents and gun violence.  (WK, 1-26-18.)

 

TAKING Ibuprofen for pain regularly may result in shrinking of testes which then don’t produce enough testosterone.  (WK, 1-26-18.)  As every day comes with a new story of sexual misconduct and criminal sexual behavior, usually by powerful men, we have at least learned how to lower their testosterone.

 

CREATING single bitcoin takes as much electricity as used by average home in 2 years (NYT, in WK, 2-2-18.)  Some bitcoin creators search for cheap hydro energy in Pacific northwest.

 

PARENTS funding children’s education with home equity loans in for shock when they learn such borrowings no longer tax deductible.  (WK, 2-2-18.)

 

RATE of those without health insurance increases from 10.9% at end of 2016 to 12.2% at end of 2017.  (WK, 1-26-18.)

 

MARK Zuckerberg trying to reduce Facebook as a political influence by reducing access to news stories other than those passed on by family and friends, lest he and Facebook go down in history as handing the 2016 election to President Trump.

 

MEANWHILE, 2 large investors pressure Apple to stop creating i-phone addicts out of children.  The i-phone apparently has timer switches that could limit use.  Parents simply don’t want to face crying children Apple has turned into “phone addicts”.

 

KEY CODE:

 

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

 

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