Friday, July 31, 2020

Musical Interlude: David Gates, “Suite, Clouds & Rain”

David Gates, “Suite, Clouds & Rain”

"A Look to the Heavens"

"The most distant object easily visible to the eye is M31, the great Andromeda Galaxy some two and a half million light-years away. But without a telescope, even this immense spiral galaxy - spanning over 200,000 light years - appears as a faint, nebulous cloud in the constellation Andromeda. In contrast, details of a bright yellow nucleus and dark winding dust lanes, are revealed in this digital telescopic image.
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Narrow band image data recording emission from hydrogen atoms, shows off the reddish star-forming regions dotting gorgeous blue spiral arms and young star clusters. While even casual skygazers are now inspired by the knowledge that there are many distant galaxies like M31, astronomers seriously debated this fundamental concept in the 20th century. Were these "spiral nebulae" simply outlying components of our own Milky Way Galaxy or were they instead "island universes" - distant systems of stars comparable to the Milky Way itself? This question was central to the famous Shapley-Curtis debate of 1920, which was later resolved by observations of M31 in favor of Andromeda, island universe.”

Chet Raymo, "Awww…"

"Awww…"
by Chet Raymo

“In one of his always delightful essays, Stephen Jay Gould traced the "evolution" of Mickey Mouse from the time of his creation by Disney, in 1928, to the mouse we know today. The early Mickey was a bit of a rascal - mischievous, occasionally cruel. And he looked more or less like a real adult mouse: small head in proportion to body, pointy nose compared to cranial vault, beady eyes, spindly legs. As time passed, Mickey's personality softened and his appearance changed. Head and cranium became enlarged, eyes grew to half the size of the face, limbs got pudgier. Gould elucidated the evolutionary principle behind Mickey's transformation: It is called neoteny, or progressive juvenilization.

Mickey became a national symbol, and Americans like their national symbols cute and cuddly. Mickey's chronological age did not change, but he developed babyish features. To explain these perhaps unconscious developments on the part of Disney's artists, Gould referred to the work of animal behaviorist Konrad Lorenz, who believed that juvenile facial and body features release "innate triggering mechanisms" for affection and nurturing in adult humans. The adaptive value of this response is obvious, since the nurturing of young is necessary for survival of the species. According to Lorenz, evolution has provided us with a caring response to juvenile features, a genetically-programmed reaction that apparently overflows onto other species. If Lorenz is right, teddy bears and Andy Pandas are beneficiaries of our innate nurturing response to big eyes, round craniums, and pudgy limbs. Mickey Mouse evolved juvenile features in response to our evolved preference for all things cute and cuddly.”

Free Download: Kahlil Gibran, "The Garden of the Prophet"

"The Garden of the Prophet" 
by Kahlil Gibran

"Oftentimes we call Life bitter names, but only when we ourselves are bitter and dark. And we deem her empty and unprofitable, but only when the soul goes wandering in desolate places, and the heart is drunken with over-mindfulness of self.

Life is deep and high and distant; and though only your vast vision can reach even her feet, yet she is near; and though only the breath of your breath reaches her heart, the shadow of your shadow crosses her face, and the echo of your faintest cry becomes a spring and an autumn in her breast.

And Life is veiled and hidden, even as your greater self is hidden and veiled. Yet when Life speaks, all the winds become words; and when she speaks again, the smiles upon your lips and the tears in your eyes turn also into words. When she sings, the deaf hear and are held; and when she comes walking, the sightless behold her and are amazed and follow her in wonder and astonishment." 
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The Poet: W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"

"September 1, 1939"

"I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright 
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odor of death
Offends the September night.

Accurate scholarship can 
Unearth the whole offense
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return. 

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analyzed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.

Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse:
But who can live for long
In an euphoric dream;
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism’s face
And the international wrong.

Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play,
All the conventions conspire 
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.

The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart;
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.

From the conservative dark
Into the ethical life
The dense commuters come,
Repeating their morning vow;
“I will be true to the wife,
I’ll concentrate more on my work,"
And helpless governors wake
To resume their compulsory game:
Who can release them now,
Who can reach the deaf,
Who can speak for the dumb?

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame."

- W.H. Auden 
German troops invaded Poland on 
September 1, 1939, triggering World War II.

"Our True Friends..."

"Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for their own miserable lives."
- Paulo Coelho

Gregory Mannarino, "Alert! Expect Gold, Silver, and Crypto To Melt-Up! And This Is Why"

Gregory Mannarino,
"Alert! Expect Gold, Silver, and Crypto To Melt-Up! And This Is Why"

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"Memo from Insiders: Dear Bagholders, Thanks for Buying Our Shares at the Top"

"Memo from Insiders: 
Dear Bagholders, Thanks for Buying Our Shares at the Top"
by Charles Hugh Smith

"What looks like a powerful, can't-lose rally to newbies is recognized as distribution by old hands. In low-volume markets (as in the past few months), insiders holding large positions can't dump all their shares at once or the price of the stock would plummet due to the thinness of the bid. The only way to get top-dollar for one's overvalued shares is to play distribution games: sell a little each day on the upticks, and buy back shares when they threaten to drop below the key support levels followed by trading algos.

When insiders have finished distributing their shares to naive and trusting bagholders at the top, then the price can flush lower with a velocity that shocks the complacent bagholders who saw only the inevitability of an endless rally rather than the inevitability of a collapse of bubble valuations.

Stocks are priced for a V-shaped recovery and/or $1 trillion in federal giveaways per month. Neither is possible. The V-shaped recovery hopes were based on $6 trillion in federal/Federal Reserve stimulus washing over the nation, boosting household incomes and opening spigots of cash for enterprises and local governments.

The basic idea was to give the economy a needed shot of adrenaline to get to to the point where a recovery would be self-sustaining: companies would hire back laid-off workers, people would start borrowing and over-consuming again, sales and income tax revenues would return to pre-pandemic levels, etc.

The self-sustaining recovery is a fantasy that's evaporated. The spike in activity was all the giveaways being spent. Now that most of the free-money programs are expiring, there's no more stimulus to spend.

As for budgeting another trillion or two for future infrastructure projects: what few proponents of infrastructure spending realize is the number of companies and skilled workers capable of getting this work done is limited. You can create the cash out of thin air but you can't conjure up experienced welders, crane operators, etc. to get the work done or the complex operational skills required to manage these large, complicated projects. Also overlooked is the fact that most of these companies and workers are already busy, and it takes years to train new workers with the requisite skills.

So what's left to support the can't-lose rally? The promise of trillions of dollars more given directly to households and enterprises and local governments, at a run-rate of a trillion a month. Anything less won't be enough.

And then there's the line of dominoes that are toppling:
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"What Is A Bagholder?"
"Bagholder is a synonym for an investor who owns worthless stocks. Initially, the bagholder (investor) expected that the stock price would increase and make a profit. But the price plunges so low that it becomes worthless. When the stock price gradually decreases, investors may sell the shares they own in order to limit their loss. Yet, some investors don't do it, believing that the decrease is temporary, and the price movement will change its direction. While waiting for this reverse, the stock price deeps down even further, and the investors end up losing a big portion or even the entire amount invested."

"Doubt..."

"Cherish your doubts, for doubt is the handmaiden of truth. Doubt is the key to the door of knowledge; it is the servant of discovery. A belief which may not be questioned binds us to error, for there is incompleteness and imperfection in every belief. Doubt is the touchstone of truth; it is an acid which eats away the false. Let no one fear for the truth, that doubt may consume it; for doubt is a testing of belief. The truth stands boldly and unafraid; it is not shaken by the testing, for truth, if it be truth, arises from each testing stronger, more secure. He that would silence doubt is filled with fear; the house of his spirit is built on shifting sands. But he that fears no doubt, and knows its use, is founded on a rock. He shall walk in the light of growing knowledge; the work of his hands shall endure. Therefore let us not fear doubt, but let us rejoice in its help. It is to the wise as a staff to the blind; doubt is the handmaiden of truth."
 - Robert T. Weston

"Off the Charts; Off Their Rockers"

"Off the Charts; Off Their Rockers"
By Bill Bonner

SAN MARTIN, ARGENTINA – "These two headlines from Bloomberg caught our eye yesterday:

“U.S. Economy Shrinks at Record 32.9% Pace in Second Quarter”
“U.S. Jobless Claims Rise a Second Week in Sign of Growing Risks”

These are the reports we’ve been expecting. They tell us what we already knew: When you shut down an economy, well… you have less of an economy. About a third less, in this case. And since an economy is what provides our wants and needs… turn it off, and you have less of both of them.

Off the Charts: The decline in GDP didn’t merely break a record, it broke a whole vintage record shop, smashing the 1958 decline by three times and the 1932 Great Depression catastrophe by two times. Mathematicians say that such a collapse in GDP is a “10-sigma” event. That is to say, it is “off the charts.” By comparison, even the weirdness in the currency markets that brought down the 16 math geniuses at Long-Term Capital Management in 1998 was said to be only a “6-sigma” event. That’s the kind of thing that happens just once or twice in the life of the universe. Which goes to show what mathematicians know about markets and economics.

People don’t do exceedingly stupid things every day. Like playing Russian roulette, once or twice is usually enough. And if the feds shut down the economy – even once – that should probably be enough to convince them never to do it again. That’s why there are 10 sigmas… and not just two or three. People go off their rockers from time to time; but not often.

Better Than Normal: And it’s why we feel so lucky. How many people get to see such rare imbecility? How many get to gawk… point their fingers… and laugh so hard they practically burst? And what is even more fascinating than the actual calamity unfolding before our very eyes is the reaction of the masses, the movers, the shakers, and the intelligentsia.

Curiously, the economic drop is so shocking that people regard it as though it weren’t real. They think it is a “fluke”, caused by a virus, not something begotten by themselves. And they comfort themselves with mental legerdemain. By definition, 10-sigma events don’t come along very often. Ipso facto, they say, it will never happen again. It’s over. In the past. Like a bad night in Las Vegas; we’ll never mention it again.

That’s why – despite the worst economy on record – stocks are still priced as if everything were normal… even better than normal. And even with the biggest debt, and deficits, ever recorded in human history, both Democrats and Republicans aim to spend more.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown are certainly flukey. But the infection of the U.S. economy began long ago. From “patient zero” – the introduction of fake money in 1971 – to Greenspan’s “put” that protected investors from their own irrational exuberance… to the “deficits don’t matter” GOP… to the 2008-2009 bailout of Wall Street… to a $4 trillion deficit… and a $7 trillion Federal Reserve balance sheet – America’s finances were already suffering feverish day tremors and night sweats.

Its politics, too, had already degenerated long before COVID-19 ever appeared. In other words, the latest GDP report is an outlier. But it is part of a pattern, too, not an isolated event. There is little social distance between it and a whole group of sick phenomena. It is an interlocking mess – the decline of an empire… a desperate attempt to hold on to political and military power… paying for everything with fake money… rigging the economy and the markets to favor the rich… panicking in the face of the coronavirus… and turning the economy into a grotesque mockery of capitalism, depending not on capital, but – like a Banana Republic without the bananas – on phony money from the Fed.

Dramatic Event: And it’s not over. These trends lead to what analyst George Karahalios calls “a clusterf*ck of additional policies cheerfully designed to engender a better universe…”

Yes, Dear Reader, the second quarter is past. But the fever remains, with its something-for-nothing delusions… its fantasies of “printing press” money… and its “us against them” politics… And there is the U.S. economy… the Empire… the Constitution… capitalism… the peace and harmony of a once-prosperous nation – like an old man awaiting last rites… wasting away, his flesh fading and his chest rattling…

It may take centuries to build up a flourishing, civilized society. But it can go down fast. More to come…"

"How It Very Well May Be"

"I’ll tell you how it goes: Donald Trump will stand aside and yield to the military, to some general or committee of generals, and the country will be under martial law until the election is sorted out or re-run. And by then, the election may be the least of our problems, with tens of millions out-of-work, out-of-business, penniless, homeless, and hungry. That’s when they’ll truly be selling postcards of the hanging, as the old song goes. Then comes America’s Bonaparte moment. Yes, things can get that weird."

"We Are Experiencing Economic Devastation On A Scale That America Has Never Seen Before"

Empty streets of Manhattan...
"We Are Experiencing Economic Devastation On
A Scale That America Has Never Seen Before"
 by Michael Snyder

"For a very long time we have been warned that a U.S. economic collapse was inevitably coming, and now it is here. Fear of COVID-19 and unprecedented civil unrest in our major cities have combined to plunge us into a historic economic downturn, and nobody is exactly sure what is going to happen next. On Thursday, we learned that U.S. GDP was down 32.9 percent on an annualized basis last quarter. That officially makes last quarter the worst quarter in all of U.S. history, and many people believe that this new economic depression is just getting started. But of course not all areas of the country are being affected equally. According to USA Today, states such as Hawaii, Nevada, Michigan and New York were hit particularly hard last quarter:

"Every state was walloped last quarter, though ones that rely heavily on travel and tourism, such as Hawaii and Nevada, were hit hardest by the downturn, according to employment figures analyzed by economist Adam Kamins of Moody’s Analytics. Michigan, the heart of the nation’s auto industry, was slammed as consumers put off car purchases. And densely populated Northeast states struck by the most severe virus outbreaks – like New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts – absorbed among the heaviest economic losses as governors shut down earlier and residents stayed home."

Originally, the mainstream media was telling us that the U.S. economy would come surging back to life during the third quarter, but we continue to get more signs that indicate that the economy is starting to slow down again.

For example, the Labor Department just released some new numbers that were more than just a little bit startling. If you can believe it, another 1.434 million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week. That was an increase over last week’s revised number, and it represents the second week in a row that initial claims have risen. Overall, new claims for unemployment benefits have now been above one million for 19 weeks in a row.

Personally, I don’t know how this is even possible. Prior to this year, the all-time record for a single week was just 695,000. The numbers that we have been getting week after week are so obscene that they are truly difficult to believe.

Overall, a grand total of more than 54 million Americans have filed new claims for unemployment benefits during the last 19 weeks. But there were only 152 million Americans working when employment peaked back in February. So how is it possible that 54 million workers have filed initial claims for unemployment benefits so far this year?

Have things really gotten that bad? Maybe they have. Bloomberg just reported on a recent Census Bureau survey that found that 30 million Americans claim that they did not have enough food to eat during the week that ended on July 21st: "Food insecurity for U.S. households last week reached its highest reported level since the Census Bureau started tracking the data in May, with almost 30 million Americans reporting that they’d not had enough to eat at some point in the seven days through July 21.

In the bureau’s weekly Household Pulse Survey, roughly 23.9 million of 249 million respondents indicated they had “sometimes not enough to eat” for the week ended July 21, while about 5.42 million indicated they had “often not enough to eat.”

Once again, those numbers are so shocking that they are hard for me to believe. Are there really tens of millions of Americans that cannot afford three meals a day right now? Maybe there are, but it is still difficult to grasp the fact that we have fallen so far in such a short period of time.

Meanwhile, we just got more bad news about the restaurant industry. According to the National Restaurant Association, at least 15 percent of all restaurants in the entire country will be shutting down. The following comes from Zero Hedge: "The National Restaurant Association has determined that at least 15% of all restaurants will close. This number could be a lot higher at the end of the year as Goldman Sachs reports the economic recovery is now reversing.

Small restaurant operators, who fear a double-dip recession, have now resorted to liquidating their eateries on Facebook Marketplace. A simple search of “restaurant” on Facebook Marketplace, within 80 miles of Trenton, New Jersey, comes up with dozens and dozens and dozens of mom and pop eateries that are trying to get out of the game." Actually, if we only lose 15 percent of our restaurants we should hold a massive celebration, because that will be a rip-roaring victory.

As fear of COVID-19 stretches on month after month, and as civil unrest becomes even worse, it will become increasingly difficult for restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other establishments where the public gathers to survive. In the end, I think that we are going to lose hundreds of thousands of restaurants, and it deeply grieves me to say that.

Of course every industry is going to be devastated by this new economic depression, and even the biggest names are going to get hit really hard. In fact, you know that things are starting to get really bad when even Walmart starts laying off workers: "Walmart Inc. is joining the ranks of Macy’s and L Brands in eliminating hundreds of corporate jobs in order to cut costs. Employees in the mega-retailer’s store planning, logistics, and real estate units have reportedly received pink slips, reported Bloomberg Thursday"

If Walmart executives truly believed that the U.S. economy was going to be returning to normal, they would not have made such a move. But at this point it should be clear to everyone that there isn’t going to be a return to normal. Very challenging times are on the horizon, and what we have experienced so far is just the tip of the iceberg.

More big corporations are going to go bankrupt, more businesses are going to fail, more workers are going to be laid off, and the financial dominoes are going to start to fall at a pace that is absolutely breathtaking. So many of the things that myself and so many other economic writers have been warning about are starting to happen. A great unraveling has begun, and it is imperative for all of us to find a way to survive the severe economic pain that is ahead of us."

"When the Going Gets Weird, the Weird Get Punked"

"When the Going Gets Weird, the Weird Get Punked"
by Jim Kunstler

"Did you happen to view the Attorney General being assailed by lunatics in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday? It kind of looked like a scene from the French Revolution acted out by a road company touring Alice in Wonderland. Mr. Barr stolidly endured their orchestrated calumnies as though he had larger matters on his mind. Do not suppose it will end there, or end well for this shabby claque of mutts and harpies.

There is the rectified essence of your Democratic Party circa the awful year 2020, spreading its poisons into every organ of society like a fungal overgrowth, making the nation crazy as the old economy of cheeseburgers and happy motoring disintegrates under the spell of a mystifying plague and the peoples’ zombie indifference turns to epic woe and fury.

If the forlorn homunculus Chairman Nadler accomplished anything, it was to ratchet up Mr. Barr’s determination to round up and indict the figures behind the years-long campaign of sedition waged against the public interest and decency. Sometime before Halloween, an awful wrath is going to befall Barack Obama’s wingmen and handmaidens, and it will be a supremely sobering moment.

It’s the elected Democrats of Oregon - Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Governor Kate Brown - who have turned the Federal Courthouse there into a new Alamo by ordering their police to stand down. And isn’t it rather strange that they’ve gotten The New York Times and CNN rooting against the tiny crew of federal officers bravely defending the place? In a sane country, these politicians would be indicted as accessories to riot and insurrection. And the same goes for elected Democrats in Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, Richmond and other cities where the Antifa freaks are allowed to run wild.

Meanwhile, there was an odor of desperation at the funeral for Rep. John Lewis in Washington as Mr. Obama inveighed against the use of tear gas on “peaceful demonstrators” - the big lie of the season. Who has not seen the many videos of these masked freaks launching mortars and smashing things in the streets? Such a naked hustle suggests that the former president is using the mobs to mau-mau the country while he maneuvers to keep a legion of his former lieutenants out of jail. The screws are turning, as Attorney General Barr’s unflappable demeanor implied during the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Tuesday.

The election itself is another front in this undeclared civil war. How exactly did the Democratic Party come to settle on a candidate with no credible capacity to serve as president? Who is Joe Biden fronting for, and who do they think they’re fooling? How can he possibly deliver an acceptance speech three weeks from now without giving away the game? That will be something to see - but I doubt we will actually see it. If the Dems don’t switch him out, there is no way Mr. Biden can survive the three-month homestretch of an election campaign. He can barely make it through a ten-minute appearance in front of twenty-three hand-picked partisans in a TV studio. Life imitates art, as Oscar Wilde tartly observed. The Manchurian candidate is truly here.

Mr. Barr is quite correct when he avers that an election by mail-in ballots is an invitation to fraud. The parallel campaign by the news media to ramp up extra hysteria over the corona virus is designed to ensure that scam. Keeping kids out of school is another angle on it, to plant a narrative that parents can’t possibly leave the house to go to a polling station. Wait for it. The result would be an election that can’t be resolved even by the Supreme Court. What will happen then?

I’ll tell you how it goes: Donald Trump will stand aside and yield to the military, to some general or committee of generals, and the country will be under martial law until the election is sorted out or re-run. And by then, the election may be the least of our problems, with tens of millions out-of-work, out-of-business, penniless, homeless, and hungry. That’s when they’ll truly be selling postcards of the hanging, as the old song goes. Then comes America’s Bonaparte moment. Yes, things can get that weird."

"Economic Fantasy Update 7/31/20"

"Economic Fantasy Update 7/31/20"
Chronicling the most enormous fraud and theft in human history,
down the rabbit hole of psychopathic greed and insanity...
Deceptive resemblances to reality by these arch-criminals are total lies.
Only the consequences are real, to YOU, never them.
"The more I see of the moneyed classes, 
the more I understand the guillotine."
- George Bernard Shaw
7/31/20

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"Americans Will Be Living With The Coronavirus For Decades"

7/31/20
By David Leonhardt

"Kids and the coronavirus: A new study suggests that children can carry at least as much of the coronavirus in their noses and throats as adults - suggesting they are likely to spread the virus, as well. “Kids don’t get visibly sick very often, and even when they do, only rarely go on to have complications or to die,” my colleague Apoorva Mandavilli explains. “But many people have -wrongly - extrapolated this to mean that kids don’t get infected.” They do, she added, and they may also pass the virus to others, which is only logical: “Kids are adept at spreading other kinds of viruses, including the flu, so why not this one?”

As usual, it will be important to see if more research confirms these findings. But the study offers one more reason that reopening schools will be complicated. (This Times map of the U.S. shows where reopenings would create the greatest risks.)

In other virus developments:
• Because of pandemic shutdowns, the U.S. economy shrank in the second quarter at the fastest rate since at least the 1940s. And today’s looming expiration of expanded jobless benefits has created a new risk for the economy. (These charts show how far apart the Republican and Democratic unemployment proposals are.)
• Cases in both New Jersey and Greenwich, Conn., have jumped recently, evidently because of parties.
• Herman Cain, the former pizza executive and Republican presidential candidate, died of complications from the virus, at age 74. Cain had posted a photograph of himself, without a mask, attending President Trump’s indoor rally in Tulsa, Okla., last month; it is unclear when he contracted the virus.

Updated July 31, 2020, 2:22 PM E.T.
Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak
More than 17,342,400 million people around the world have been infected
 with Covid-19;  4,533,915 of them are Americans. Here is the latest map/case count.

The number of daily tests conducted in the U.S. is only 41 percent of the level considered necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus. See how your state’s testing compares to others.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 7/31/20"

"Weekly News Wrap-Up 7/31/20"
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com

"The massive psyop from the mainstream media (MSM) and the so-called “Masters of the Universe” in the tech industry are intensifying. Twitter accounts of major conservative figures are being suspended, scientific videos are being scrubbed from the Internet and search results for conservative websites are being demolished. All the while, top tech CEO’s testified in front of Congress and said conservative censorship is not happening. It is happening. Bought and paid for Congress, on both sides of the isle, are not doing anything but accepting campaign cash to sell out America. This intense psyop is all in an effort to defeat President Trump in November.

More “peaceful” violence was brewing in Seattle when a van of explosives and other weapons was found by police. This is more of the same kind of thing that is continuing, which is violent attacks to have a Marxist/communist overthrow of the government of America. If you want this sort of thing to stop, then stop voting Democrat. The Dem Party has clearly moved to be radical Marxists in large part because that’s where the money is coming from.

Another 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment this week. The number is well over 50 million, and that is why Congress is going to have yet another Covid 19 stimulus package. The extra $600 per week unemployment benefit is expiring as is the moratorium on evictions. On a brighter note, gold is hitting all-time highs as the Fed and Congress spend newly printed money like drunken sailors. We are about 90 days to the November 3rd election, and there are many economic wild cards in play."

"Join Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com as he talks 
about these stories and more in the Weekly News Wrap-Up."