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I'm also guessing Joe might not carry Minnesota anyway. The fires and looting will not help the Democrats in Minnesota. The riots will only help Trump.That is the sad truth here. It plays right into the hands of the "tough-on-crime" demagogues.......

Amy Klobuchar didn't prosecute officer at center of George Floyd's death
May 28, 2020

George Floyd's death in police custody is renewing criticism of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) prosecutorial record.

Before she became a senator and a top contender for former Vice President Joe Biden's vice presidential spot, Klobuchar spent eight years as the Hennepin County attorney, in charge of prosecution for Minneapolis. And while in that position, Klobuchar declined to prosecute multiple police officers cited for excessive force, and did not prosecute the officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck as he protested, The Guardian reports.

Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin saw at least 10 conduct complaints during his 19-year tenure before he was fired Tuesday, according to a database that documents complaints against police. In particular, he was involved in the shooting death of a man who had stabbed other people before attacking police, as well as some other undisclosed complaints. Klobuchar did not prosecute Chauvin and other officers involved in the first death, which occurred in October 2006 while she was running for Senate. The case was under investigation when Klobuchar took office in the Senate in January 2007, and later went to a grand jury, which declined to charge the officers. Chauvin was later placed on leave when he and other officers shot and wounded a Native American man in 2011.

As The Washington Post noted in March, Klobuchar "declined to bring charges in more than two dozen cases in which people were killed in encounters with police" as Hennepin County attorney. Instead, she "aggressively prosecuted smaller offenses" that "have been criticized for their disproportionate effect on poor and minority communities," the Post continues. And as Klobuchar undergoes vetting to become a possible vice presidential candidate, that track record is being scrutinized and criticized once again. Kathryn Krawczyk

Update May 29 11 a.m. ET: In a statement, the Hennepin County attorney's office said: "Sen. Klobuchar's last day in the office here was December 31 2006, and she had no involvement in the prosecution of this case at all." (This won't matter.)

Marathon Man Newz / It's the Narrative I Have a Problem With
« on: May 28, 2020, 03:03:26 PM »
First the op-ed. Spoiler...I don't agree.


We Refuse To Call It Murder, But How Else Do You Explain The Killing Of George Floyd?
May 28, 2020
Steve Almond

On Monday, police in Minneapolis were called to the scene of an alleged check forgery. They detained the suspect, a 46-year-old African American security guard named George Floyd, and eventually forced him onto the ground. Police claim Floyd resisted arrest, though explosive video footage from a nearby restaurant calls that claim into question.

Three officers then held Floyd’s body down, while one kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Because the entirety of the incident was filmed, we can hear Floyd beg for his life. After a few minutes, we see him stop moving. He is choked to death before our eyes.

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Had the officers in question chosen to restrict Floyd’s movements by, for instance, hanging him from a nearby tree, we would call what happened to him a lynching.

But because in America we reflexively employ the language of white supremacy, we don’t call what happened to Floyd a lynching, or a state-sanctioned execution, or even a murder. We call it a “violent incident” or “an alleged case of police brutality.”

The four officers in question have been fired, the FBI has initiated an investigation and the killing has sparked protests.

Amid the frenzied news coverage of Floyd’s death, it’s important to step back and place this atrocity into its proper historical context.

It is not some unfortunate anomaly towards which we should cast “thoughts and prayers.” Floyd’s slaughter is the natural and intended consequence of the Republican Party choosing to rally around a sense of exalted white grievance and victimization. Because that victimization is always weaponized and turned against people of color.

The dark irony of white supremacy is that it’s a disguise for the profound and lethal fragility of the white psyche in America.
Consider the public execution of human beings of color — which includes Floyd, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Ahmaud Arbery and hundreds of others whose deaths weren’t captured on film.

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Consider the manner in which the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionally ravaging communities of color, and the employees of color at meatpacking plants.

Consider the GOP’s concerted, shameless and illegal efforts to suppress voting in communities of color.

All of these outcomes arise directly from the empowerment of white supremacy.

They begin with the assumption that white lives, white liberty and white power are both sacred and constantly under siege, and that the lives of people of color are inherently disposable.

If you can’t accept that, please scour the internet and try to find a video of a group of African-American cops handcuffing a white suspect, wrestling him to the ground, and — while he pleads for his life — killing him. Or video of a white jogger being pursued through an African-American neighborhood, as a perceived criminal and shot dead.

I’ll wait.

The dark irony of white supremacy is that it’s a disguise for the profound and lethal fragility of the white psyche in America.

The very notion that white people should take routine precautions to protect themselves and others from infection during a global pandemic — to wear masks, that is, or quarantine at home — becomes, in the warped math of white supremacy, an abrogation of God-given rights, one that entitles them to storm a state capital, armed with automatic rifles.

Again, if you don’t believe in white supremacy, please show me the media coverage of heavily armed African-American protestors storming a state capital while law enforcement officials calmly absorb their aggressive behavior.

The very notion that an African-American bird watcher would tell a white dog owner to obey the posted rules and leash her animal becomes sufficient pretext for that white dog owner to call the police and fabricate a story about him threatening to harm her.

If you’re having trouble imagining the race roles reversed in this scenario, that’s because we live within the imaginative boundaries of white supremacy, a space where police are defined as guardians of white privilege against the perceived threat of uppity African Americans.

For decades, the Republican Party’s appeal to its “base” has been to stoke racial grievance as a diversion from the economic injustice of its policies. In this sense, too, the rise of Donald Trump was inevitable.

He merely wolf-whistled the racism that had been dog whistled in previous eras.

The point isn’t that he promoted a racist conspiracy against his African-American predecessor, or introduced himself as a candidate by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists,” or flaunted his contempt for “s***hole countries” or praised avowed fascists as “very fine people.”

The point is that his base adores him for doing these things, for openly promoting white supremacy.

It’s important to remember one of Trump’s first forays into civic activism here. It took place back in 1989, when he was just a failed real estate magnate seeking a toehold in politics.

A white woman jogging through Central Park was raped and assaulted. That same night, a group of boys entered the park from East Harlem. Some threw rocks at cars, others robbed passersby. The police took a number into custody and quickly concocted a theory that five of them — "the Central Park Five" — were the perpetrators.

Trump, with his unerring instinct for racial demagoguery, took out full-page ads in the daily papers advocating that the suspects — who had not yet even gone to trial — be executed.

“What has happened is the complete breakdown of life as we knew it,” he wrote. “Mayor Koch has stated that hate and rancor should be removed from our hearts. I do not think so. I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes.”

Thirteen years later, the Central Park Five were exonerated based on DNA evidence and a full confession from the actual rapist. The City of New York agreed to pay the five wrongly accused men $41 million in 2014.

In this dream, slavery may have ended, but its underlying racial assumptions live on.
Trump, of course, never apologized to the Central Park Five, or accepted the evidence of their innocence. As recently as last year, he claimed that “you have people on both sides of that.”

In a legal and scientific sense, of course, this is false. Everyone in the criminal justice system knows the Central Park Five are innocent.

But in a larger sense, Trump’s statement is true. There are people, such as the president and his core supporters, for whom white supremacy acts as a kind of overpowering dream, one with the force to undo reality. It grants them permanent immunity from moral oversight, and silences the biddings of their consciences.

In this dream, slavery may have ended, but its underlying racial assumptions live on. To be white is to be the unassailable sovereign, the eternal victim, the righteous accuser. The Central Park Five are still guilty. George Floyd deserved to die.

It was this dream that Trump was evoking in his pledge to “Make America Great Again.” It was an implicit promise to reinvigorate the most shameful and abusive aspects of our national history, in which whiteness bestowed the right to bully, lie, cheat, spread illness and even murder without consequence — so long as the victim is a person of color.

Although I was pretty sure Surly wrote this at first, the actual source appears to be another strong advocate for special rights for special  Steve Almond, a best selling author and radio love-life adviser.

I'm not sure of his orientation, but five minutes of research and my gaydar is going off...dunno. 

I might have liked him, since he wrote a book trashing pro football, but apparently it is written from the perspective of one who once LOVED football, but has fallen out of love with it....which means that, to me, at some point, he was just as stupid as most football fans....not one of my people. I always hated football.

So..... this is THE prevailing liberal narrative about racism and the ongoing oppression of persons of color in America, all wrapped up in a neat package that ties together lynching, police brutality, Trumpism, White Privilege, gun freaks, and that silly woman in Central Park who called the cops on the black guy who asked her politely to leash her dog. And the racist COVID virus too.

Written of course, by a very liberal white guy, the son of not one, but two psychiatrists....who comes from Palo Alto CA, a place that has a  1.2% black population..and he's a Wesleyan grad who now teaches at Boston College. He's here  to tell me about MY fuckin' privilege.

It is titled "We Refuse To Call It Murder".

My question is," Who-the-fuck-is we, motherfucker?"  I  have no problem calling George Floyd's killing murder, and I haven't even watched the video. I've seen the stills....and that was enough. It was a brutal act that ended the life of a guy who didn't deserve being tortured and killed for being suspected of trying to pass a bogus 20 dollar bill. The cop should swing from a new rope.

But we get this whole enchilada he bakes up for us....that for one thing......makes it look like all white people (other than the Steve Almonds who preach this stuff, who have evidently been inoculated against the rampant systemic racism that is completely pervasive everywhere...except maybe in the toniest suburbs of Boston and on the best college campuses) are complicit in the ongoing oppression of all non-whites.

EVERYTHING is part of it. Since Trumo is racist (and who would argue with that? Not me.)...that it has given all the other white people the courage to throw off 55 years of racial integration at every level of our society, and come together to conspire for a new apartheid,

And the cop killing the black bouncer with his knee is really a LYNCHING,,,because?

Well in both things a black guy gets murdered by somebody who is they are the SAME thing...and George Floyd's death is not just a miscalculation by a mean-ass cop who really just wanted to be as cruel as he could be.....he must have just been channeling the inner racism of ALL of us......

Just like that flaky chick who called the cops on a black intellectual in Central Park.....she racist too, dat bitch. Never mind the last guy she went off on was white, and she apparently made up a cock-and-bull story about him and sued him in court.

Slavery is still with us. After all, I just read last week that Charlemagne tha God is ONLY four generations removed from slavery.....the intensity of it is so overwhelming, no wonder the blacks all think the government should write them reparations checks to ease the abiding grievances of their long-dead relatives.

And even the global pandemic, Everywhere else in the world it's a color-blind bat virus, a strand of RNA and a protein in the US it is a reminder of systemic racism. Because it preys on black people and brown people, who disproportionately live  and work in crowded conditions.

Never mind that we have had a steady stream of black and brown people lining up to come here to this live here and work a shit job......voluntarily..... for my entire lifetime...... in whatever conditions they had to live that they too, could pursue what we used to call the American Dream.....

You know, the one that made a lot of black and brown people filthy Ice Cube, who today called for  blacks to "Strike Back"........yeah......make a video about it dude. You are not oppressed. You have a net worth of 160 million bucks.


If the Trump base is unemployed in November, he is going to have a hard time convincing them that he made America great again.

Some of us know he has damn near destroyed most of the best things left about the US...and sold out his base to boot. But if the economy is booming and they think they're on the rise in terms of standard of living....none of that matters. And if they have an angry old white guy to scream everything is Obama's fault.

But it looks like the Trump base is going to be in a long bread line by November the way it's shaping up. All we need is a communist/ populist candidate and they'll flip like one of RE's fried eggs. If Bernie could have run next year, he might have gotten 70% of the popular vote, and even carried Utah.

The Trump dick-suckers like Lindsey Graham and Mike Pompeo and Mike Pence and Devin Nunes...might find the tide going out on their new-found political fortunes too. One can only hope.

GOP operatives worry Trump will lose both the presidency and Senate majority

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Washington (CNN)A little more than three months ago, as Democrats cast their ballots in the Nevada caucuses, Republicans felt confident about their chances in 2020. The coronavirus seemed a distant, far-off threat. Democrats appeared poised to nominate a self-described socialist for president. The stock market was near a record high. The economy was roaring. President Donald Trump looked well-positioned to win a second term, and perhaps pull enough incumbent Republicans along with him to hold the party's majority in the Senate.

Today, that view has drastically changed.
"Put it this way, I am very glad my boss isn't on the ballot this cycle," said one high-ranking GOP Senate aide.
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Republican strategists are increasingly worried that Trump is headed for defeat in November and that he may drag other Republicans down with him.
Seven GOP operatives not directly associated with the President's reelection campaign told CNN that Trump's response to the pandemic and the subsequent economic fallout have significantly damaged his bid for a second term — and that the effects are starting to hurt Republicans more broadly. Some of these operatives asked not to be identified in order to speak more candidly.

Several say that public polls showing Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden mirror what they are finding in their own private polls, and that the trend is bleeding into key Senate races. The GOP already had a difficult task of defending 23 Senate seats in 2020. The job of protecting its slim 3-seat majority has only gotten harder as the pandemic has unfolded. States like Arizona and North Carolina, once thought to be home to winnable Senate races now appear in jeopardy.
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Trump himself is being alerted to the problems. Politico reported this week that two of Trump's own outside political advisers, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, warned the President last week that his support was falling in some swing states.

All of this demonstrates how difficult it is to run as a Republican incumbent almost anywhere in 2020. Strategists who spoke to CNN worry that Trump has become a liability for Republicans needing to expand their coalition beyond the President's core base of supporters.

Whereas a few months ago, they were confident of the party's chances across the board, many of the strategists who spoke to CNN have lowered their expectations, and now talk in terms of minimizing what they worry could be a wipeout for the GOP. This leaves them hoping for a minor rather than devastating defeat, something akin to Mitt Romney's narrow loss in 2012, when Republicans lost two Senate seats, rather than John McCain's performance four years earlier, when they lost eight.
"Republican candidates need something more like Romney in '12 and less like McCain in '08," said Liam Donovan, a GOP strategist in Washington.

The broader fear among Republicans is that the election becomes a referendum on Trump's performance during the pandemic. Coupled with a cratered economy, the effect could be devastating by both depressing the Republican faithful and turning off swing voters.

That one-two punch could knock the GOP out of power in Washington-- and it's what has strategists hoping the President's reelection team can successfully transform the race to a choice between Trump and an unpalatable Biden.

But that effort has become increasingly difficult against the backdrop of a pandemic that has destroyed many of the economic gains Republicans had hoped to make the foundation of their re-election argument.

"This is the one thing he (Trump) cannot change the subject on," said a Republican strategist. "This is not a political opponent, this is not going way and he has never had to deal with something like this."

There is some evidence Trump is not getting the bulk of the blame for the economic downturn. In the most recent CNN poll, from early May, Trump overall has a 45% approval rating. While only 42% approve of how he's handled the pandemic, 50% still said they approve of Trump's handling of the economy.

The Trump campaign has argued that Americans trust the President when it comes to handling the economy and they will choose him to be the person to lead the recovery.

"The economic message resonates strongly, particularly in a time like this," said Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh. "President Trump is clearly the one to restore us to that position. He did it once, he will do it again."

Still, the worry for Republicans beyond the Trump orbit is that if there are no signs of the economy turning the corner by November that will be an impossible argument for the Trump campaign to make.

"Absent some sort of V-shaped recovery many people think he is dead in the water," said the Republican strategist.

The Party of Trump

In the four years since winning the GOP nomination, Trump has solidified his position within the party. That has made it harder for Republicans in Congress to distance themselves from him without antagonizing his base. That, say Republican operatives, risks keeping away voters who may consider the GOP but don't like the President.
"It's a very, very tough environment. If you have a college degree and you live in suburbia, you don't want to vote for us," said one long-time Republican congressional campaign consultant, who added there is a serious worry about bleeding support from both seniors and self-described independent men.

The party's chief concern, some of these Republicans say, should be holding onto its Senate majority. The task requires Senate candidates to make appeals to suburban voters who flipped to Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections as a reaction against Trump.

But that goal is complicated by how dependent Republican candidates are on maximal turnout for the President, even in states the Trump campaign does not expect to win. GOP Sens. Cory Gardner in Colorado and Susan Collins in Maine cannot afford a depressed Trump base in their states, even as they play up their independent identities to win swing voters.

And the concern for Republicans goes beyond endangered incumbents -- including Sens. Martha McSally of Arizona and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. There is even a chance, in a bad year for Trump, that GOP-held Senate seats in Georgia and Montana could be in trouble, said Donovan.

Distance from the President

In the meantime, the cratered economy has intensified the need for Republican senators to differentiate themselves in subtle ways from Trump and his record. Scott Reed, the political director at the US Chamber of Commerce and a veteran of Republican campaigns, said that a presidential reelection campaign is "always" a referendum on the incumbent and his party.

While that bodes poorly for Republicans if the economy fails to improve or another wave of the virus emerges this summer, Reed said the GOP isn't necessarily doomed. Congress, he noted is, having a relative boom in popularity -- 31% support in the latest Gallup poll, the highest in over a decade -- thanks in part to the passage of economic relief.

Reed says incumbents should also trumpet their personal, localized accomplishments and areas where they have been independent of Trump without expressly alienating pro-Trump Republicans in their states.

Gardner, for example, has claimed to be the "chief architect" for the plan to relocate the headquarters of the federal Bureau of Land Management to Colorado, which the Trump administration announced last year. The first-term GOP senator has framed the decision as a bipartisan win for Western states, where the vast majority of federally managed land is, and a victory for Gardner against the Washington bureaucracy. It also has the benefit of having little to do with Trump himself or the economic crisis.
And in her campaign for fifth term, Collins has leaned heavily on her established political identity as an independent centrist. Her most recent TV ad touts her being named "the most bipartisan US senator" for the seventh year in a row by Georgetown University's Lugar Center.

The line aims to combat the most consistent line of criticism from Democrats -- that Collins has voted in line with the Trump administration on everything from judicial appointments to health care to the President's acquittal on impeachment -- without having to disavow Trump himself.

Republicans point out that while Democrats and progressive interest groups have already spent millions in TV and digital ads against incumbents, the GOP and its own allied PACs have yet to engage fully in the air war against Democratic challengers.

"The truth is despite being massively outspent by liberal dark money groups, Republicans are still well-positioned to hold the Senate majority in the fall," said Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The Trump campaign played down the worries of down-ballot Republicans, pointing out that a unified GOP offers the best chance of winning across the board in November.

"Any candidate that wants to win will run with the President," said Erin Perrine, the Trump campaign's deputy communications director. "He has the energy, the enthusiasm and the grass roots infrastructure. If you are a candidate you are going to want to be a part of that movement."
But what Republican professionals say would help immensely is if the President stuck to an encouraging message on bringing the country back from the pandemic.
"When he does it right three days in a row, it really bumps his numbers," said Reed. "We need command performance on message discipline."

Marathon Man Newz / AAWA in MN
« on: May 28, 2020, 11:17:58 AM »
Fuck the police.

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I'm guessing this neighborhood is about to become what is known in urban renewal language as a food desert.

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April 26th, 1992, there was a riot on the streets
Tell me, where were you?
You were sittin’ home, watchin’ your tv
While I was paticipatin’ in some anarchy

First spot we hit it was my liquor store
I finally got all that alcohol I can’t afford
With red lights flashin’, time to retire
And then we turned that liquor store into a structure fire

Next stop, we hit it was the music shop
It only took one brick to make that window drop
Finally we got our own P. A., where do you think
I got this guitar that you’re hearing today? Hey

When we returned to the pad to unload everything
It dawned on me that I need new home furnishings
So once again we filled the van until it was full
Since that day my livin’ room’s been more comfortable

'Cause everybody in the hood has had it up to here
It’s getting harder and harder and harder each and every year
Some kids went in a store with their mother
I saw her when she came out she was gettin' some pampers

They said, it was for the black man
They said, it was for the Mexican and not for the white man
But if you look at the streets it wasn't about Rodney King
It’s this fucked up situation and these fucked up police

It’s about coming up and staying on top
And screamin’, "187" on a motherfuckin’ cop
It’s not written on the paper it’s on the wall
National Guard smoke from all around

Let it burn, wanna let it burn, wanna let it burn
Wanna, wanna let it burn, I feel insane
Riots on the streets of Miami

Oh, riots on the streets of Chicago
On the streets of Long Beach, then San Fransisco
Riots on the streets of Kansas City

Oh, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Cleveland, Ohio
Fountain Berry, Paramount, Vista Belle
Eugene, Oregon Eureka, California

Hesperia, Santa Barbara
Motherfuckin' Nevada, Phoenix, Arizona, San Diego
Lakewood, Florida, fuckin' 29 Palms

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Dan Scavino Jr. is Trump's Twitter maven, He gets paid 180K a year, by you , the taxpayer. What he does  should be paid by the Trump campaign funds, but it isn't. Another scam.

Scavino is a long-term Trump lackey who started out at age 16 handing The Donald his golf clubs....his caddie. This is how people like Trump operate....surrounding themselves with trusted sidekicks who cater to their narcissism. Scavino is the guy who decides what conspiracy theory Tweets Trump gets to look at, basically....he has control of who Trump follows.


‘Get Scavino in here’: Trump’s Twitter guru is the ultimate insider

Trump responded by calling in the man who oversees his Twitter account.

“Get Dan Scavino in here,” Trump called out in the middle of the meeting earlier this year. In walked a man in his early 40s with close-cropped brown hair.

“Tell them how popular my policy is,” Trump instructed Scavino, who, according to two people with knowledge of the exchange, proceeded to walk lawmakers through the positive reaction he had picked up on social media about Trump’s Syria decision.

The sudden pivot from geostrategy to retweets and likes surprised the lawmakers. It was a remarkable moment given that not long ago Scavino was managing Trump’s golf club. But for Scavino himself, it was just another day on the job.

With few allies left in the West Wing, Trump frequently leans on his unassuming social media guru for affirmation and advice about how his most sensitive policies will be received, according to interviews with more than two dozen current and former White House officials, and others close to the president.

Scavino met Trump as a 16-year-old golf caddie and has spent much of his adult life by his side. Today, he sits just feet from the Oval Office and is present at most meetings, tapping away on his laptop in the background. He has joined Trump on trips to Saudi Arabia, Argentina and other far-flung destinations.

And officials say he talks to the president more than just about anybody else aside from Trump’s own family members, ping-ponging in and out of the Oval, sometimes more than a half-dozen times a day. Aides wanting a read on Trump’s mood often check in with Scavino, who can be counted on to know.

To admirers, Scavino is a social media pioneer who fine-tunes Trump’s critical bond with his supporters. To critics, he is a yes-man and enabler who has no business working in the White House. As he did in the meeting about Syria, Scavino routinely provides rationalizations or justifications for the president’s most controversial policy directives, from his attacks on NFL players to his hard line on immigration — moves that Scavino has told the president thrill the #MAGA warriors on Twitter.

One thing everyone agrees on is that Scavino is a survivor — somebody who has become one of Trump’s closest confidants inside a White House from which nearly all of Trump’s original staff have departed.

As Trump embarks on his reelection campaign, Scavino is the last of four completely trusted original insiders currently still at his side. Gone are his former bodyguard and sidekick Keith Schiller; communications director Hope Hicks; and body man John McEntee.

But most important is his role as caretaker of Trump’s explosive Twitter feed, which both rallies the president’s supporters and drives Washington’s daily news cycles.

In an interview with POLITICO, Trump acknowledged that Scavino plays a key role in shaping the tweets he can fire off by the dozens each day.

“Oftentimes, I’ll go through Dan,” Trump said. “You know, I’ll talk it over. And he can really be a very good sounding board. A lot of common sense. He’s got a good grasp.”

He also called Scavino indispensable as his social media chief during the 2016 campaign and touted him as a key asset for 2020.

“When I was running, I knew that Hillary had 28 people — and I had Dan. ... They used to say that we ran an unsophisticated campaign. And after we won, they said we ran one of the most sophisticated campaigns ever,” Trump said.

Scavino holds what would be a second-tier job in any other administration. But in Trump’s world it comes with the top White House salary of $179,700, coveted assistant to the president status and, as of last month, an upgraded title: senior adviser for digital strategy.

The president has cycled through five communications directors since taking office, including the recently departed former Fox News executive Bill Shine, and has finally concluded he doesn’t need one, according to associates. He has himself — and Scavino.

“He is essentially the comms department of the White House,” said Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist.

Scavino acts first and foremost as Trump’s validator — adopting what one official called a “let Trump be Trump” approach that now defines a White House from which a series of officials who sought to rein in Trump have been pushed out. One former White House official joked that he creates a “safe space” around the president.

But Trump’s critics worry the president isn’t well-served by Scavino’s positive reinforcement and that using social media metrics to influence weighty policy decisions is dangerous.

Trump “has this interest in data, but it’s Trumpian data, which means it’s a little bit of cotton candy and it’s not grounded in reality,” said Trump biographer Tim O’Brien. “Politicians have been using polls for decades to gauge policies, but Twitter followers have nothing at all to do with whether his Syria policy is popular.” (Trump eventually backtracked on his plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria. The administration decided to leave 400 troops in the country.)

Some who have witnessed Scavino’s interactions with the president up close say he is constantly reassuring Trump and regaling him with data points about how beloved he is. One person said he witnessed Scavino dismissing the string of tell-all books about the White House that infuriated the president, including Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury.”

“It’s this overt gushing to the president,” a former White House official said, adding that he recalls thinking, “Is Dan serious? Does he really feel that way?”

Yet it’s Scavino’s validation of the president that gives him influence. During his frequent visits to the Oval Office, conversations with the president on Air Force One or pull-asides in the president’s private study, Trump asks Scavino for feedback on a range of subjects, pressing him about how his tweets are playing, whether his policies are popular and what he thinks about potential administration hires, aides said.

Trump, in the interview with POLITICO, downplayed his influence on policy. “I don’t think Dan wants too much to get involved with policy,” he said.

It’s a remarkable rise for the New York native who met Trump as a teenage caddie and became general manager of Trump’s golf club in Westchester County, N.Y., before volunteering for his 2016 campaign.

Exactly how Trump’s tweets get made is a closely held secret inside the White House. But White House officials and even the president himself acknowledge that Scavino’s fingerprints can be found all over Trump’s feed.

Asked directly whether Scavino helps write his tweets, Trump said, “Generally, I’ll do my tweets myself,” but he allowed that his aide helps shape his missives “on occasion.”

Scavino — who regularly monitors Reddit, with a particular focus on the pro-Trump /r/The_Donald channel — has helped craft some of Trump’s most memorable social media moments.

It was Scavino who devised the “Game of Thrones”-themed motif that has repeatedly appeared in White House messaging in recent months, including a presidential tweet aimed at Iran last fall that featured an image of Trump with the words “Sanctions are Coming.”

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He also worked with Trump to preplan one of the president’s first public responses to the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, according to two administration officials. The April 18 tweet, timed to post minutes after Attorney General William Barr wrapped up his news conference about the report, declared: “No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats — Game Over.”

That tweet also borrowed its font from the hit HBO series — never mind that the network objected in a statement last November that it “would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”

White House officials have repeated the “game over” message for weeks, insisting that it’s time for Democrats and the media to move on.

“He has a knack for phrasing things in a way that can drive news cycles,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “Corporations pay people millions of dollars to break through on social media like that.”

While Trump used to dictate many of his tweets to Scavino, who would post them on his behalf, the president has grown more accustomed to tweeting unilaterally from his own account. When he does dictate his tweets to Scavino, the president is particular about exactly how they should be written, specifying capitalization and punctuation, White House officials said. The result is a sometimes-confounding presidential style guide in which the first letter of words like “collusion” and “witch hunt” are almost always capitalized.

The White House has created a separate review process for tweets that don’t originate from Trump or Scavino. Staffers propose a tweet, circulate it for feedback and then send it to Scavino, who sometimes “Trumps it up” before getting the president’s approval, according to a former White House official. Scavino has spent so much time around the president that he is an expert mimic of Trump’s speech patterns and predilections.

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“He does a better a job at channeling Trump than anyone,” another former White House official said. (Sometimes, tweets deemed too hot even for Trump’s feed are posted on Scavino’s personal account.)

The pressure of being Trump’s messenger can sometimes be intense. Last March, Trump dictated a tweet to Scavino saying that then-national security adviser H.R. McMaster was leaving the White House. But before sending it out, Scavino scrambled to make sure aides knew the tweet was imminent, according to a former White House official.

At the start of Trump’s presidency, White House officials took much greater pains to contain his rapid-fire tweeting. Scavino would present Trump with several draft tweets to choose from every morning that would allow Trump "a release valve," according to a person close to the president. The president circled the tweets he liked, and Scavino would send out the ones that he picked.

That setup didn’t last long, this person said. Trump "wasn’t feeling the actual euphoria of typing the tweet himself and … then within 15 seconds seeing it blasted on one of the cable shows.”

Scavino maintains his strong relationship with Trump and many senior officials in the White House by maintaining a low profile and keeping to himself — staying notably above the backstabbing, mistrustful White House fray. One former White House official called him the “least jazzy person” in the Trump orbit. More often than not, Scavino can be found in his office, on his laptop with headphones on, White House officials said.

Scavino is also admired for his aversion to talking to reporters. He declined interview requests for this story.

“He’s somebody who the president knows has no personal motivation. He’s not doing this for himself,” said Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

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Even so, Scavino has developed a following among tech-savvy Trump supporters online, especially in the pro-Trump corners of Reddit, where his tweets and videos often catch fire.

Scavino’s own Twitter account, which has more than 368,000 followers, has become a home for the many behind-the-scenes videos and photos that Scavino takes on his travels alongside Trump, which often give him a better vantage point than journalists.

His personal Twitter feed also displays a combative, populist sensibility virtually indistinguishable from Trump’s. When the president was feuding with MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in 2017, Scavino tweeted, “#DumbAsARockMika and lover #JealousJoe are lost, confused & saddened since @POTUS @realDonaldTrump stopped returning their calls! Unhinged.”

He has also unwittingly exposed his inexperience in politics and government, including in a 2017 tweet about a potential Trump visit to “Palestine.”

In his interview with POLITICO, Trump dismissed persistent rumors that Scavino might leave the White House.

“I would hope he’ll stay for another six years and maybe another four after that and then another four after that,” Trump said, adding that he only jokes about extending his term to drive the media crazy.

Trump often asks Scavino to tell visitors how many followers he has on social media — insisting that his aide tally followers across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms, instead of just Twitter, where former President Barack Obama dwarfs Trump’s follower count of 60 million by more than 45 million.

“How many people do I have?” Trump asked Scavino during the Syria meeting earlier this year with lawmakers, referring to his follower count.

Aides say Trump regularly complains about losing followers in what he suspects is politically motivated censorship of conservatives — but which Twitter attributes to a recent crackdown on spam accounts.

Trump confronted Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey about the matter in an Oval Office meeting last month. Seated beside Dorsey was Dan Scavino.

this new "Executive Order" Trump is about to issue that will muzzle the social media apt to be quite popular, I think...among the
Trump base . Lawsuits will follow, but that won't matter.

Marathon Man Newz / Texas Bar Owner Shows His Ass To The World
« on: May 27, 2020, 02:06:33 PM »

So..if you happen to own a bar in a  little country town whose only claim to fame is a decent barbecue sausage, you can get your fifteen minutes of fame and make the national outlawing masks inside your beer joint......that incidentally.......probably hasn't seen a capacity crowd since people quit picking cotton by hand in the 1940's. 

A very , very obvious publicity stunt .

Texas bar owner bans customers with masks

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The owner of an Elgin, Texas, bar has posted a notice barring any customers wearing masks.

“Due to our concern for our citizens, if they feel the need to wear a mask, then they should probably stay home until it’s safe,” the notice outside the Liberty Tree Tavern reads, according to a local NBC affiliate.

The city, which had just more than 10,000 residents in 2018, has recorded 52 cases of the coronavirus during the pandemic.

The establishment’s co-owner Kevin Smith told the station the notice was meant as a “push back” against “the snitches and the contact tracers out there,” saying “this is still a rural county.”

Smith told the outlet he was continuing to abide by social distancing guidelines. The notice disallowing masks says the bar will be at 25 percent occupancy and asks parties to keep six feet apart.

“I think that’s a risk. I think that’s foolish,” Ross Owens, a resident of Elgin, told the outlet. “They’re taking chances they don’t need to take, especially if they’re in public service.”

Charles Chamberlain, who told the affiliate he has been awaiting the reopening, said the notice will not deter him.

“I’m a stage 4 cancer survivor. It’s just a choice. He just put that up there to let people know if they aren’t feeling good, then they maybe shouldn’t come,” Chamberlain said. “Everybody is keeping safe distances, they aren’t bunching up.”

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced bars in the Lone Star State would be allowed to reopen last Friday, also expanding the amount of people allowed inside restaurants from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity.

The state reported its largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases May 17, the Sunday before the bar reopened, but the Department of State Health Services said a large number of those cases were the result of targeted testing of meat plant workers in Randall and Potter counties.

The number of new cases in Texas has trended down over the past several days, with 589 reported Tuesday.

Marathon Man Newz / More Trump Whispering By Noel Casler
« on: May 27, 2020, 12:45:55 PM »
I'm surprised Trump hasn't taken out a hit on this guy. As someone (me) who has some acquaintance with drugs and alcohol....and .....addiction.......this guy comes across to me as very believable.

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The affluent investment banker class that made Hong Kong what Hong Kong always was, have already fled to London, in droves. The Hong Kong dollar, pegged to the US dollar, is in real trouble.....the real estate bubble in Hong Kong, the most recent leg of which began in the early 2000's, is sure to finally burst when the PROC finally (in violation of its promises) does bring the city to heel by breaking enough heads and putting enough people in jail, and disappearing enough dissidents.

The fall of Hong Kong has been a foregone conclusion for some time. But it might be a bloody year before it settles down and Chinese banking leaves Hong Kong for mainland China for good.

You wanna know who needs to buy gold? Anybody with their money primarily in the HK dollar.

Hong Kong crisis: at least 360 arrested as China protests grow

Riot police flood city as pro-democracy groups protest against law criminalising ‘ridicule’ of Chinese anthem

Helen Davidson and Verna Yu in Hong Kong
Wed 27 May 2020 11.30 EDT First published on Tue 26 May 2020 20.30 EDT

Hong Kong police arrested at least 360 people during day-long protests and skirmishes across the city, as residents railed against controversial legislation aimed at bringing the territory further under Beijing’s control.

Police fired pepper-spray bullets into lunchtime crowds as people shouted slogans. Officers stopped and searched residents, including students, and rounded up suspected protesters, forcing them to sit in rows on the ground.

Thousands of armed police had flooded the streets to stop the planned demonstrations aimed at halting a law criminalising ridicule of China’s national anthem. The protests have been given a fresh urgency with Beijing announcing last week plans to force a sweeping anti-sedition law on Hong Kong, where similar legislation was shelved after it caused mass protests in 2003.

The National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, is expected to approve the plan on Thursday, bypassing Hong Kong’s own legislature.

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 At least 50 people are being held by police outside Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, after crowds marched in the street, chanting slogans in protest of the national anthem bill and national security law. It is unclear if they are under arrest.
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Protesters occupied the roads in Mongkok into the night after a day of protests and clashes. Police said that as of 9.30pm, over 360 people had been arrested for offences including unauthorised assembly and possession of objects such as petrol bombs.

Earlier in the day, police in riot gear stopped and searched mainly young people outside Hong Kong’s MTR railway stations during morning rush hour and lined walkways as commuters shuffled past, prompting accusations on social media that the city had become “a police state”.

Roads around the Legislative Council building (LegCo) were blocked off as lawmakers held a debate on the anthem law..

Protest organisers on social media urged people to “be water” and keep moving throughout the city, but acknowledged it would be difficult to stop the anthem debate without high risk of arrest. “But you can at least make a statement,” said one post.

Crowds regrouped from lunchtime. Schoolchildren were among those detained in Mongkok, while at least 180 were arrested in Causeway Bay for an unauthorised gatherings and protesters repeatedly charged at in Central and fired at with pepper-spray rounds.

Police accused protesters of setting fire to debris and throwing objects at officers. “Police had no other option and needed to employ minimal force, including pepper balls to prevent the relevant illegal and violent behaviour,” the force said.

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The crowds remained, swearing at police and chanting: “Hong Kong independence, it’s the only way.”

“I’ve come for something I care deeply about – ultimately it’s freedom,” said a 40-year-old lawyer who wished to remain anonymous, citing the national security laws, Beijing encroachment, and a recent report clearing police of wrongdoing. “If we keep quiet, they can get away with it. I don’t think we can change things but need to make sure our voices are heard.”

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Crowds led by the former legislator Leung Kwok-hung gathered at Admiralty station, near LegCo, were told by police to leave or they would be prosecuted. Protesters shouted back at police to “be Hongkongers”.

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“Of course I need to make my voice heard. They’re forcing this upon us and we can’t fight against them,” said Mrs Lam, 74.

A 73-year-old woman who gave the surname Cheung said she swam to Hong Kong from China to “escape the dictatorial rule of the CCP [Chinese Communist party]” when she was 15. “The Communist party is not trustworthy,” she said. “When they say you’re guilty then you’re guilty. Is there still ‘one country, two systems’? Of course we need to fight.”

A district councillor, Roy Tam, said police had pointed pepper-spray at him. “Police use force to intimidate people to disperse gatherings,” he said. “Freedom of assembly has gone.”

Several days have been set aside in the Hong Kong legislature for debate on the anthem law and the vote is scheduled for 4 June – the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre and another source of controversy given Hong Kong’s vigil this year will not be allowed.

Opponents say the anthem law could be weaponised against pro-democracy activists and legislators since “intent to insult” the anthem, such as by changing lyrics or music or singing in a “disrespectful way”, carries financial penalties and jail of up to three years.

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Booing of the March of the Volunteers, the national anthem of the People’s Republic of China, as well as Hong Kong and Macau, at Hong Kong football marches has previously embarrassed Beijing.

Macau enacted an anthem law in January 2019, but Hong Kong’s stalled amid political gridlock which later descended to violence. The government has denied the bill would suppress freedom of speech, and said an offence would occur only if someone expressed their views by publicly and intentionally insulted the national anthem.

Hong Kong media on Wednesday alsl reported that Beijing had expanded the scope of the draft security law legislation to target organisations as well as individuals, according to the public broadcaster RTHK and the South China Morning Post.

The proposed law has attracted criticism from across the world. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday set the stage for the US to withdraw Hong Kong’s preferential trade and financial status as he notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards it as autonomous from mainland China. The EU has said China must respect Hong Kong’s autonomy.

Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, has said her government would come up with measures to help Hong Kong residents, fearing for their safety under the new law, relocate to Taiwan.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said on Wednesday afternoon that his country would take “all necessary countermeasures” against foreign interference.

The commander of the People’s Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong said earlier this week his troops – estimated to number around 10,000 – stood ready to “safeguard” Chinese sovereignty and support national security laws.

Marathon Man Newz / Internet News Is Getting Harder To Read
« on: May 27, 2020, 11:48:27 AM »
Yeah I know I can clear my history and erase the cookies (whatever the hell cookies really are).....but the truth is that in the past several days I have noticed a  lot more paywalls popping up in the places where I take my random walks in cyberspace.  It makes the process of following links on the typical news aggregator site like Google News or Drudge.....damn near impossible now.

I have no problem with the woefully beset legacy print media outlets trying  to make a buck on the  internet....but the risk is that the headlines BECOME the stories....if that's all you can see for free. With shittier sites like Newser already dumbing down every story to two paragraphs, there is enough of this kind of bad-journalism-through -omission already happening.

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Marathon Man Newz / Joel Salatin on Joe Rogan's Show
« on: May 27, 2020, 09:57:05 AM »
Here's the guy who inspired me to try pig farming. I was not a success like he is....but I learned a lot. If you want to read some great writing about land reclamation and innovative modern sustainable farm practice, this is your go-to guy. He is a success for many reasons....but he still has had to swim upstream against Big Ag and their government crony regulators.......his books are fun, his YT videos are great.....

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Marathon Man Newz / Does The Trump Era End With A Psychotic Break?
« on: May 27, 2020, 08:10:19 AM »
Twitter is a dangerous political instrument. If it weren't I don't think Trump would be President now.

 It is the kind of platform designed (or maybe accidentally formed) to allow the wrong kind of discussion (oversimplified) to capture the floor of the national debate.. It is tailor made for hard-hitting insults and incisive sound bites that tend to be more style than substance....perfect for inflaming the half-wits in our society who are already out there driving around in a van filled with guns....... looking for someone to go off on.......

Now, since Trump wants to make crazy claims about people he doesn't like, accusing them of murdering people..repeating unfounded rumors.which he no doubt heard from one of his trusted sources (maybe Q? Don Jr.? One and the same?)....and he feels compelled to share it with millions of people late at night while he sits on the toilet in the throws of a depraved adderall binge.........Jack Dorsey has decided to at least post a fact check against his claims.

Trump has done a lot to keep Dorsey rich and he's loathe to cut Trump off. Or afraid..or some of both. He created a monster with Twitter and Trump.

Now King Donald will dismantle freedom of speech and clamp down on social media platforms in the pursuit of hanging on to his own Divine Right to hate speech.

This can't possibly end well.

As Trump sinks lower in the polls and people start laughing at him in public...I look for him to do some really dumb shit. I'm just scared he might get away with it, given the propensity for the Republicans in America to ignore his pathological lies and the signs of his drug-induced personality disintegration. Could a guy like Trump end up like Hiltler, crouched in a bunker?

After Twitter Fact-Checks Donald Trump's Tweet, President Threatens to Close Down Social Media Platforms


President Donald Trump has threatened to "strongly regulate" or close down social media platforms if they curb the speech of conservative users.

The commander-in-chief said on Wednesday morning that his administration would consider the measures if the tech platforms were to "totally silence conservative voices."

He also urged social media firms to "clean up" their acts a day after Twitter labeled two of his tweets as "potentially misleading."

Posting on social media, Trump said: "Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.

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"We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can't let a more sophisticated version of that happen again."

After claiming that voting by mail would lead to a "free for all on cheating" and electoral fraud, the president added: "Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!"

Newsweek has contacted the White House and Twitter for further comment. This article will be updated with any response.

Trump issued his warning to social media companies after Twitter fact-checked posts he made claiming that mail-in voting increased instances of fraud.

The social media platform tagged the president's two tweets with a message that linked to a page with statements refuting a connection between mail-in voting and increased voter fraud.

One of the president's tweets read: "There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed.

"The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one."

Twitter's action prompted Trump to accuse the company of "interfering" in the upcoming presidential election.

"They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post," the president tweeted on Tuesday night.

"Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"

The social media platform announced that it would be marking "potentially harmful and misleading content" with warning labels on May 11.

A spokesperson for the firm told CNN Business that the decision to mark Trump's tweets was "in line" with the announced approach.

Marathon Man Newz / Come On White People, Use That Video Camera
« on: May 27, 2020, 06:12:20 AM »
The truth is that video of police killing black guys sells more newspapers and gets more internet hits than cops killing the dozens of white trash denizens they shoot to death and beat to death.....each and every year. this me saying it's alright for cops to kill black people..or for white vigilantes to take the law into their own hands?

No It most definitely is NOT.

But it is a fact, plain and simple.

This article is written by a very smart black academician (John McWhorter......a linguist who teaches Comparative Literature at Columbia) who wanted to know the truth.....My beef is that the way these things are portrayed by the news like pouring gasoline on a fire, with regards to escalating racial tension and inciting riots.

Do I want crimes committed against innocent black people to be ignored? No. Do I want it to be seen in the broader context of police misconduct against the public?

Yes I do.

Police Kill Too Many People—White and Black


In March, something happened in Kentucky that tragically seems, in light of what happened to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week, business as usual. Constable Bobby Smith wanted to serve a warrant to Brandon Stanley, who tried to evade him. Smith tracked Stanley down to a convenience store and shot him dead.

Around the same time in Arizona, Daniel Shaver was playfully waving a pellet gun out of a motel window. A police officer detained him, and despite Shaver complying with all of his demands (there is a video) shot him dead. Also around this time in North Dakota, James Scott, allegedly intoxicated, dropped a gun and fled police officers but refused to put his hands up when detained; they shot him dead.

The men in these cases were white, not black, and yet all three were killed by police officers under circumstances that would almost surely have elicited indignant protest nationwide if they were black.

Cases of this kind are dismayingly numerous. Last February, an officer saw Andrew Thomas get into his SUV, suspected he was drunk and gave chase. Thomas’ vehicle rolled over, and the officer shot him in the neck as he was climbing. Thomas died in the hospital. Then in Fresno last month, Dylan Noble, 19, was stopped by police officers, had his hands up, but after reaching into his waist band was shot several times, at one point lifting his arm to say that he had been shot. There is a video; he’s dead now.

I am neither Republican nor conservative, and am not writing this out of some partisan allegiance to right-wing dismissals of Black Lives Matter. The amount of hate mail I get for supporting protests against the cops about black shooting deaths deep-sixes any notion of me as a reactionary. I seek progress on the main obstacle to getting past race in this country: the tensions between black people and the cops, including so many black people’s sense of the police as a racist occupying army.

The heart of the indignation over these murders is a conviction that racist bias plays a decisive part in these encounters. That has seemed plausible to me, and I have recently challenged those who disagree to present a list of white people killed within the past few years under circumstances similar to those that so enrage us in cases such as what happened to Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Walter Scott, Sam Debose and others.

The simple fact is that this list exists.

Example go on and on. Last December in Mississippi, officers tried to stop Michael Parker for a moving violation. Parker sped away; during the ensuing chase Parker was shot dead. Last year in January, a Montana officer, suspecting Loren Simpson of car theft, referred to him to his partner as a “little f*cker” of the sort who “go steal cars, they go break into sh*t.” The cops pursued Simpson, and when he tried to turn away from them they shot him dead, even though federal guidelines prohibit firing into moving vehicles. Back one more year, in 2014, the deaths of James Boyd, Alfred Redwine and Mary Hawkes in New Mexico were similar stories; what happened to Pastor Jonathan Ayers in 2009 in Georgia is but one example further back than that. (Ex-Baltimore police officer and criminology professor Peter Moskos’ blog is useful for data of this kind.)

The parallels in these cases with ones we have heard more about are chilling. Shaver’s waving the pellet gun parallels John Crawford, shot and killed two summers ago for playing with a toy BB gun at a Walmart. Dylan Noble’s reaching into his pocket and being killed for it parallels what seems to have happened to Alton Sterling and other black victims. The officer’s depiction of Loren Simpson as one of a menacing “they” recalls George Zimmerman’s “these a**holes, they always get away” in his 911 call about Trayvon Martin.

This list of whites dying at the hands of cops must inform how we go forward in grappling with the issues. Hillary Clinton and President Obama have suggested that the time has come to revive a national conversation on race. Many might reasonably assume that on the topic of the police, the purpose of this conversation will be to inform white America of the role that racist bias plays in these lethal encounters. However, might we open up to the possibility that the conversation will also include black people learning that racist bias may play much less of a role in these cases than one might think?

A common response will be that cops kill more black people proportionately than whites. According to a survey by the Washington Post, whites are 62% of the population but were roughly half of those killed by cops since January 2015, while blacks are 13% of the population but were about a quarter of those killed. However, this isn’t the slam dunk dismissal it may seem.

For example, from the 1970s through the 1990s, claims that too many black people were on welfare were often dismissed on the basis that more whites were numerically—despite that more black people were proportionally. Moreover, many would argue that disproportionate poverty levels among black people render them more likely to encounter police officers in the first place—vastly unfair, but different from the problem being simply cops’ standing racist bias.

In any case, I’m not sure statistics of this kind are what truly undergird the hurt we feel in these times. When a black man is killed by a cop, do we grieve more because there are 46 million of us as opposed to 198 million whites? I doubt it: most Americans never hear about the white men’s deaths at all.

Rather, we operate according to a meme under which cops casually kill black men under circumstances in which white men are apparently let off with a hand slap—and occasional cases of just that are what often get around social media, suggesting that they are the norm. That meme is quite understandable given the existence of racism in America. However, in 2016 that meme is vastly oversimplified.

Controversy will continue, such as over whether race affects how likely officers are to be exonerated for killings of this kind. However, at the end of the day any intelligent engagement with these issues must keep front and center that there was a Daniel Shaver for John Crawford, a Michael Parker for Walter Scott, a James Scott for Laquan McDonald. Economist Roland Fryer’s conclusions, stunning even to him, that cops use more force against black people but do not kill them more than they kill whites is perhaps less perplexing than it seems.

It can be hard to adjust the narratives we process life through, especially when the past and even present justify that narrative in so many ways. However, on black people and the cops, the stakes are grievously high. Our conversation must be based on facts, and the facts in 2016 are different than they once were. We can all agree that the police kill too many innocent people, but at this point, we can disagree—as eminently reasonable minds—that the cops kill out of bigotry.

The news media gets to decide what is news and what isn't.....but they have a responsibility, I think, to avoid deliberately provoking racial tensions in this country, which are high enough already....

This selective approach to news coverage is due to financial incentives.....what sells newspapers...I don't know how to fix this problem, but we ought to at least try to recognize that we get manipulated. I don't think anyone much gets this.....

Marathon Man Newz / Small Businesses Say Thanks, But No Thanks
« on: May 26, 2020, 12:49:07 PM »
It seems that many small businesses are hesitant to take on a PPP Loan that they probably won't get any forgiveness on.....and requires them to repay it, with interest, starting in November 2020...and with a 3 year payback.

A really smart move would be to give REAL small businesses loans at the same interest rate...which is 1%..but to make them bigger...and to stretch them out for 5, 10, maybe even 15 years.

This would give the business owners the confidence they need to actually spend some of the money....which won't be spent otherwise. It wouldn't hurt to offer some actual forgiveness, instead of making sure nobody can meet the criteria for loan forgiveness.

At least it looks that way to me....... The second round of PPP was not fully owners have left $138 Billion on the table......

The problem is that the Congress has been told for many years.....exactly what to corporate America, They have no clue what mom and pop businesses need, or how they think....the stupid parts of PPP are there because that's what the banks wanted,,,,and Mnuchin is a banker's tool.

I said before, and I still say...they only wanted to goose real thought was ever given to saving any non-corporate businesses, And the way they tried to do it was a failure, because small businesses take paying back loan money seriously, and they read the fine print. They aren't stupid. They are used to paying back the money they borrow.

Journal of Accountancy

PPP forgiveness guidance issued as Congress mulls changes
By Jeff Drew
May 25, 2020

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Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) guidance Friday night that provided some clarity on several loan forgiveness questions but didn’t address the two parts of PPP that arguably have generated the most concerns among the millions of small businesses and other entities that have received funding.

Two new interim final rules issued late Friday build upon the loan forgiveness application and instructions released May 15 but they don’t make changes to either the eight-week period during which PPP funds must be spent to qualify for forgiveness or the rule requiring PPP borrowers to spend at least 75% of the funds on payroll costs to qualify for full loan forgiveness.

Those two issues are the focus of multiple bills being considered in Congress.

The Senate could vote as early as this week on a bill that would double the loan forgiveness period to 16 weeks. The House is expected to vote this week on standalone legislation that would extend the loan forgiveness period to as long as 24 weeks and also eliminate the rule requiring PPP borrowers to spend at least 75% of the funds on payroll costs to qualify for full loan forgiveness. A separate Senate bill would also expand the loan forgiveness period to 24 weeks and eliminate the 75% rule.

Critics of the eight-week loan forgiveness period argue that it isn’t flexible enough for businesses that have dealt, and in many cases continue to deal, with state and locally mandated stay-at-home orders that have kept many types of businesses closed or operating at significantly reduced capacity. Critics of the 75% rule argue that it does not do enough to accommodate businesses whose employees haven’t been able to work because of government-imposed business closures.

Through May 23, the SBA approved more than 4.4 million PPP loans totaling more than $511 billion. About $138 billion in PPP funds remained available for additional lending as of May 23.

Provisions of note in 2 new interim rules
While the two proposed bills making their way through Congress would have an impact on loan forgiveness, the two new interim final rules released Friday are the most recent authoritative guidance. One addresses requirements for loan forgiveness (read PDF) and the other outlines  PPP loan review procedures and related borrower and lender responsibilities (read PDF).

The 26 pages of loan forgiveness requirements guidance, a substantial portion of which mirrors the instructions to the PPP loan forgiveness application released on May 15, answer more than a dozen questions related to the loan forgiveness process, which payroll and nonpayroll costs are eligible for forgiveness, and how various scenarios affect the amount of loan forgiveness for which a borrower qualifies. Highlights include:

Establishment of an alternative method for determining when the eight-week period starts for businesses with pay cycles of biweekly or more frequent. These borrowers can elect an alternative payroll covered period, which is the eight-week period starting the first day of the pay period after they received the funds. Previously, the only starting date allowed was the day the lender disbursed funds to the borrower — which remains the requirement for all businesses with pay periods less frequent than biweekly. The AICPA had issued a recommendation calling for increased flexibility for the beginning of the eight week covered period to align with the borrower’s pay period to improve the efficiency of the forgiveness application process.
Clarification that bonuses and hazard pay are eligible for loan forgiveness, as are salary, wages, and commission payments to furloughed employees. The payments cannot exceed the pro-rated amount of a $100,000 annual salary.

Establishment of caps on the amount of loan forgiveness available for owner-employees and self-employed individuals’ own payroll compensation. Specifically, the amount requested can be no more than the lesser of 8/52 of 2019 compensation (i.e., approximately 15.38% of 2019 compensation) or $15,385 per individual in total across all businesses. For self-employed individuals, including Schedule C filers and general partners, no additional forgiveness is provided for retirement or health insurance contributions.

Clarification on when non-payroll costs must be incurred or be paid to qualify for loan forgiveness. Specifically, the costs must be paid during the eight-week period or incurred during the period and paid on or before then next regular billing date, even if that date is after the eight weeks. The guidance also states that advance payments on mortgage interest are not eligible for loan forgiveness.

Reiteration of the previously announced guidance setting the rules for when employers can exclude from loan forgiveness calculations employees who refuse to be rehired. The new guidance reiterates that in calculating any reduction in full time equivalent employees, employers can exclude any employees who decline a good faith offer to return at the same pay and hours as before they were laid off or furloughed. The guidance released Friday includes a requirement for borrowers to notify the state unemployment office of an employee’s rejected offer within 30 days of that rejection.

Definition of full-time equivalent as 40 hours, and two methods for calculating FTEs for non full-time employees.

Declaration that borrowers can restore forgiveness if they rehire employees by June 30 and reverse reductions to salaries and wages for FTE employees by June 30. The guidance said loan forgiveness totals would not be reduced for both hours and wage reductions for the same employee.

The 19-page interim rule on PPP review procedures and related borrow and lender responsibilities covers procedural details. Most notably the rule:

Establishes that the SBA may review any PPP loan, regardless of size, to determine if the borrower is eligible for PPP loans under the CARES Act, whether the borrower calculated the loan amount correctly and used the funds for eligible costs, and whether the borrower is eligible for the amount of loan forgiveness it requests.
Declares that borrowers may appeal SBA determinations within 30 days of receipt. The guidance also says an appeal process will be established, with the specifics coming in a later interim final rule.

Requires lenders to decide on loan forgiveness within 60 days of receipt of the complete application from the borrower. The SBA then has 90 days to review the loan forgiveness application.

Clarifies that borrowers may be asked questions by lenders and the SBA

Confirms that lenders will not be paid their fees for any PPP loans the SBA deems ineligible .This includes a 1-year clawback provision on bank fees for those loans.

The PPP in brief

Congress created the PPP as part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, P.L. 116-136. The legislation authorized Treasury to use the SBA’s 7(a) small business lending program to fund loans of up to $10 million per borrower that qualifying businesses could spend to cover payroll, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities. PPP borrowers can qualify to have the loans forgiven if the proceeds are used to pay certain eligible costs. However, the amount of loan forgiveness will be reduced if less than 75% of the funds are spent on payroll over an eight-week loan forgiveness period.

Congress established the PPP to provide relief to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic as part of the CARES Act. PPP funds are available to small businesses that were in operation on Feb. 15 with 500 or fewer employees, including not-for-profits, veterans’ organizations, Tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors. Businesses with more than 500 employees in certain industries also can apply for loans.

The AICPA’s Paycheck Protection Program Resources page houses resources and tools produced by the AICPA to help address the economic impact of the coronavirus.

For more news and reporting on the coronavirus and how CPAs can handle challenges related to the pandemic, visit the JofA’s coronavirus resources page.

—Jeff Drew ( is a JofA senior editor.

I met Robert Kyosaki in 1990, long before his Rich Dad books brought him fame...My wife's brother is a close friend of his, and eventually he would lecture with Robert and his crew in places like Australia and New Zealand in the late 90's and the 2000's. I think Robert is an interesting character, if a bit of a showman....but I credit Robert with making me understand that debt can be a tool, and how it's related to cash flow.....and much later it would be Daniel Amerman who also re-inforced that teaching.....but this guy Duncan is worth listening to......because he totally groks what is going right now with the money it will work, or gets really good around the 27-28 minute mark, for those who don't have time to listen to it all.

The way Robert got started lecturing about money is interesting....his money mentors were followers of Bucky Fuller...and Robert and his original couple of teaching partners were deeply influenced by Fuller....I think all this is documented in his first couple of bestsellers, which came out a long, long time ago now.

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Inflation ahead? US velocity of money hits multi-decade lows
NEWS | 00:58 GMT | By Omkar Godbole

The US velocity of money, as measured by the M2 money stock ratio quarterly seasonally adjusted, has declined to 1.374, the lowest level since at least 1960s, as per the data tweeted by Jeroen Blokland, Portfolio Manager for the Robeco Multi-Asset funds.

The velocity of money equals the average number of times an average dollar is used to buy goods and services per unit of time. Inflation depends on growth in the money supply and velocity of money.

While the Federal Reserve has increased the money supply by leaps and bounds over the years and more so recently to ensure the smooth functioning of credit markets amid the coronavirus crisis, the velocity of money has tanked.

As a result, a sharp rise in inflation looks unlikely. Even so, gold, a hedge against inflation, could continue to rise on the back of the Fed's unprecedented balance sheet expansion. The yellow metal has already gained over 10% this year and was last seen trading at $1,730 per ounce.

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