THE DON JONES INDEX…

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

    3/4/20…  14,827.43

  2/26/20…  14,851.04

    6/27/13…  15,000.00

 

 

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  3/4/20…27,090/86; 2/26/20…26,957.69; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for March 4, 2020 – TWILIGHT of the ALSO-RANS!

 

So now, it is down to two… more or less right on schedule, sooner rather than later.  Well… two and a half (if you consider, also, the zombie campaign of Elizabeth Warren – see below for breaking news) or three, counting the unchallenged incumbent.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.

Less than a month ago, as it seemed, Donald J. Trump, 45th President of these United States, was cruising along towards re-election and four years of delicious payback, comfortable as a Roman Emperor in the back seat of a driverless car, gorging on liberals, Mexicans and RINOs roasting on kebabs and furiously twittering threats to and denunciations of his demoralized enemies.

The impeacher-ers had been routed, Chuck and Nancy banished to the shadows, and exoneration achieved with only one dissident – a Mormon tabernacle solo who actually helped Djonald Unchained Unchained focus by providing him with a name and a face to accompany the stormclouds of tyranny and treason that had briefly swirled around Mount Donald until dispelled by the fat wizard and his devices.

The economy was aflame – the Dow Jones Index roaring up, up, upwards towards a certain 30,000 landmark by November.  There were plenty of jobs… some Americans had two, or even three, (most of) the billionaire class were grateful for their tax cuts (although hungering for more).  Iran had been humiliated by the Presidential drones, terrorists of the Taliban, ISIS and al-Qaeda sort were wintering in their caves and bleating about peace deals – real or imaginary.  The North Koreans were eerily quiet and friendly Russians were hastening onwards towards the promotion of an angry old American Communist who would give POTUS a crack at the sort of victories achieved by Richard Nixon in 1972 and Ronald Reagan in 1984.  Them Chinese Communists seemed to be bending their principles again once more for chance to resolve the tariff troubles and go back to making money and  enjoying their upcoming New Years’ celebrations… appropriately, for the Donald and family, for Rudy and Sekulos and Cipollone, for all the pardoned and pardon-pending crooks and Blaggo and Millken and Roger “Be Patient” Stone: The Year of the Rat.

Twenty some odd Democrats and patently Odd Democrats were crawling out of the subways and dumpsters in back alleys, squealing and hissing about how bad things really were – and how they could make them better.

And then

And then?

Well, it might not have necessarily been a rat, but after some Chinaman ate some vermint purchased at the wild animal market in Wuhan (9th largest city of the Celestial Empire and a leader in automobile and steel production and pharmaceuticals) the world went to bloody hell.  Some experts allege that the villain was a pangolin, a sort of cross between an armadillo and anteater, a rare and scaly beast whose flesh is said to be delicious.  A diseased pangolin.  This may not have even occurred as part of the New Years’ festivities – American authorities in Washington State now believe that the disease caused by those funny little bluish spheres… cratered like the crown of some diseased Emperor and thus dubbed the “Coronavirus” (or to be scientific, CVD-19), a nasty little bug sort of like the flu, but with no known antidote and no known vaccine… had been hopping from host to tourist like the common cold since back then in 2019.

Once the disease hopped from a rat or a pangolin to a human to another human… many more, in fact, now that we know it can be transmitted, like colds and flu, through coughing, sneezing and shaking hands… it was only a matter of time before the CV spread to other Asian countries (notably South Korea and Japan) and, for some reason, to Italy.  And then an American got sick.  And another.

Doctors – some of whom were actually doctors of medicine – calculated the mortality rate of the CV to be in the neighbourhood of two percent, these tending to be persons with pre-existing conditions rendering them vulnerable to plague: the very young and very old, those with weakened immune systems or respiratory issues (like heavy smokers).  Two percent doesn’t seem all that bad until you consider that the flu kills only about a tenth of a percent of its victims (16,000 and counting this season) and even the Spanish Flu, the last real pandemic of about a century ago, also took the lives of about two percent of those who contacted it. And then they jacked that up to three percent, now three point five.

And suddenly this became an issue.  Chinese people in China went into enforced and self-enforced quarantine and stopped making all of those toys sold to Americans… the creepy Halloween masks, the semiconductors, the “Kiss Me, Stupid” t-shirts.  And a million little gadgets that the Americans (not to mention the Euros and Koreans and the Japanese) needed to insert into bigger gadgets in order to make them do the things they were designed to do.  And certain minerals called “rare earths”, necessary to the guts of a few thousand high tech whizbang applications like the T-Phones that Our President uses to tweet lies and accusations about his enemies.  And pills… the pills so many round-eyes depended upon to keep them living long after they were supposed to be dead.

Moreover, the Chinese (and, increasingly the Japanese, Koreans and… go figure!... those Italians) stopped buying American goods from American companies – cars and cabbages, T-bills and action movies.  Not quite so much stuff as we bought from them… the trade deficit (see chart below) remained high but actually started to recede a bit.

The Dow was not amused.  From a closing high of 29,551.42 on Lincoln’s Birthday, it tumbled; slowly at first, then eight – nine – ten  percent every day until, late Friday afternoon, it hit a low of 24,681.01 before some clever operators (in their own minds, at least) decided to slurp up some profits and goosed it back up to 25,409.36 in the hope that the CV was just a passing fad like all those others… the war with Iran, the tariff tussles, the disruptions and eruptions of an average week.  And then March blew in on promises of Federal interest rate cuts, and the stocks shot back up Monday…

Plague?  What plague?

Were the bulls ahead of the game?

Well… the Fed not only cut interest rates, they cut them by half a percent instead of a quarter, and the markets swooned.  Oh… that plague!

Investors moaned and carped that the cuts were too deep.  Mister Trump said they were too shallow.  The Dow went back down, scraping the bottom as the final bell rang and the brokers and broke investors in Super Tuesday states scurried off to vote.

Results in, the mild and predictable Biden coming out on top while Bernie and his taxes were swept away (for the moment), the Dow went back up again, closing the Don week at approximately the same level as upon which it had begun last week.  The bulls snorted “What plague?” again, the bears biding… or Bidening… their time.

What next?

As the President is fond of saying, “we shall see”. 

(The President having also told his fawning, adoring subjects that the CV, like global warming, was “a hoax”, he proffered a low-ball budget for detection, treatment and quarantine.  A hoax dreamed up by Democrats just to aggravate Himself.  Him!  But just to cover all the bases, he peered downward into the roiling flask of medicine men from Washington, Atlanta, Seattle or wherever to pluck out a writhing little parasite to mobilize the our professional germ grabbers and make the virus, like the impeachment, go away before it actually… as an Italian said, upon hearing rumours that Pope Francis was among the victims … “went viral”.)

Trump’s choice?

Vice President Mike Pence.

The reaction was not particularly good except for the basest of the base – the intersection of the President’s MAGA-men and the Veep’s apocalyptic Christians.  The only happier campers were the late night pundits and comedians, to whom “Pray away the gay” became “Pray away Doomsday”.

Over the weekend, Djonald Unchained Unchained tried to turn Donald Upbeat, telling the sheeple by Tweetle and through his mass rallies of untested and presumably communicable zealots that there was nothing to be worried about.  But since this base also consisted of alt-right survivalists with a predisposition to panic, they flowed out of their stadiums and living rooms and down highways and byways to the local Costco where masks, disinfectant wipes, paper towels, canned and freeze-dried food and ammunition quickly disappeared from the shelves.

Otherwise meek and mincing Americans entertained themselves with fantasies of barricades and barbed wire, candles and canned spaghetti and guns, guns, guns which with to shoot the neighbors as they stormed adjacent houses in search of food or water or... blood?  Cabins in Montana, online manifestoes read by firelight.

A community of rugged individualists, banding together against the Chinese plague.

 

Across the ideological bulwarks, there was nurturing a mania of different sorts… election mania.  Black Saturday in South Carolina (the black being voters not seen in the vicinities of Iowa or New Hampshire) followed by Super Joe Tuesday, the gaggle of fourteen primaries (plus American Samoa and whatever Americans still remained abroad), both of which arrived, rolled around on warm, comfortable media waves awhile, and then departed – leaving the political beaches full of debris.

The preliminary round came on Saturday, when 77 year old “Sleepy” Joe Biden thrashed 78 year old “Crazy” Bernie Sanders while 78 year old non-combatant Mike Bloomberg (a few months younger than Bernie) mounted a catwalk high above the fray and flicked hundred dollar bills down into the maelstrom.

Biden, whose advertising highlighted a more believable montage of kind words from former President Obama than Bloomberg’s rode Barack’s coattails to a 48 percent plurality, 35 delegate harvest triumph.  Bernie finished a distant second, nobody else garnered a single delegate.  (See Attachment Three)

Over the rest of weekend, a gale-force storm of what seemed the stupids descended on the donkey boys as Senator Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (inexplicably) and second-rate billionaire Tom Steyer (explicably) abruptly clocked out.  A fistful of delegates was there for the grasping only hours away… Mayor Pete was registering over fifteen percent in Arkansas and Utah, very close to the “go” line in California and within striking distance in several other states, including Massachusetts and Texas, while Amy was leading the polls in her home state of Minnesota and poised to sweep up delegates across the rest of the Midwest and from women who were frightened of Elizabeth Warren and then they… quit?  After months of hectic trips by bus and train and shoe leather, thousands of local and ethnic meals devoured, millions of dollars incinerated?

If, as many believed, the nomination came down to a brokered convention, a candidate with even only forty or fifty delegates would have had a seat at the table. 

Now, Pete and Amy don’t, but were these losers stupid as they seemed… or were they just playing the game of “Let’s Make a Deal” by hopping beneath the big Biden umbrella like bad, viral bunnies.  By endorsing the former Veep Klobuchar, at least, was making a point of her own about becoming a Veep on her own – which prospect she coyly denied on the Tuesday morning talkshows despite having journeyed to Texas to bend over and kiss Sleepy Joe in the hopes that he’d awake and realize “hey, that’s a woman over there, and if and when I nab this nomination, I’d better have either a woman or a candidate of color on the ticket or the liberal cable networks and blogs will be mean to me.”

There was even a sort of a confirmation of this thinking when up popped the Ghost of Debatures Past… none other than the racially ambiguous Beto O’Rourke.  Was he really a Mexican-American or, as certain opinionated scribes alleged, an Irish-American pretending to be a Mexican… and that cat hasn’t danced since 1960.  No matter, Beto was there and gladhanding… virus be damned… and Biden, channeling Andrew Yang, was doing the math: down eight points in California polling with the dropouts at five or six each, if all of those Californs trooped out to vote as their fallen heroes directed, he’d cross the fifteen percent threshold and steal enough delegates to overtake The Bern.

Biden won those close contests in Minnesota and Texas thanks to these walking dead who sat up and twitched and opened and closed their mouths, the California blowout failed to materialize.

Mayor Pete also hauled himself onstage under the Lone Star to let Joe rub his shoulders even though there is no way he’ll be on the ticket in November, and he knows it.  Even if it wasn’t the gay thing, nor the inexperience thing, Buttigieg has a pale, pasty face and, also, a penis, and that just won’t cut it for a Veep-seeking 2020 Democrat chained to an old B-boy.  Enough to fold his hand and hope his five or six percent would mosey along with the herd and trust that a grateful new President would find him something interesting to do.  Because, otherwise, the Buttmeister has reached his apex – he has no future in Penceian Indiana; not as a Senator, not as Governor, probably not even as a Congressman.  So, the siren song of the Deep State proved irresistable.

(And then there was Steyer, who staked all his assets on South Carolina’s black vote, but Biden cleared the table, so the game was essentially over.  He did not garner a single delegate, and departed in disgrace - if not poverty, not even invited to Joe’s corona-bedeviled coronation.  “When the Lord closes the door to you,” he was reported as saying, “he opens a window and I will crawl through that window!”  Then he did a little dance and dropped out.)

And it was on to Super Tuesday.

 

If South Carolina was a firewall, the fourteen-plus Super Tuesday states were a full-scale assault on Sanders’ presumably insurmountable lead by Biden’s guerrilla army... back to their self-congratulatory mode of underdog insurgents.  And, to the Bern’s disgust, it was Uncle Joe overrunning the countryside, storming the Moncada, smoking a victory cigar – feet up on the Commie dictator’s desk.  (With a little help from Klobuchar in winning Minnesota and... who knew, Beto?... in overtaking the Vermonter in Texas.)

And while the California ballot counters bollixed and bumbled their calculations long enough to sustain the illusion of a divided electorate, the former Veep won decisive victories in ten of the fourteen contests.  Sanders took the other four and Bloomberg... for all his time and money... only managed to steal American Samoa away from Tulsi Gabbard.  (See Attachment Four)

Wicked Wednesday dawned… the sunlight made Mayor Mike scrunch up his eyes and face reality… that, rich media prince as he was, he would never wear the Presidential corona.  He sulked awhile, like Charles Foster Kane in what some geezers still call the greatest American cinema classic but, after a healthy breakfast, he admitted to his image in the mirror that he was no William Randolph Hearst, and that his half billion dollar campaign had not been directed by Orson Wells, but by a fellow named Stu Loeser… and how had he missed that?  Anyway, it was Biden or the Bern, now, and he, too, whipped out his calculator and calculated the amount of taxes he would save if the former were to go on to the White House, so Bloomberg, too, endorsed the former Veep.

But, in anticipation of a better showing, advertising buys in upcoming states had apparently been made with a no refunds – no returns contract, so millions of Joneses were able to enjoy Mike’s appeals, concluding that America needed “a doer, not a debater” squinched between local newscast reports of Biden and the Bern motorvatin’ off to Michigan.

That left Elizabeth Warren, waxing outraged in one or another of her puffy overcoats in one or another of those cold, cold states and chattering, like an angry chipmunk, that he time was just around the corner – leading the wondering pundits to wonder whether her dropping out and supporting Sanders would counteract, at least in some small measure, the added heft to the former Veep’s appeal created by his zombie posse.  See below .

So it’ll be down to three, tangling next Tuesday in half a dozen states... the most lucrative of which is Michigan, which will test the residual populist anger of the Bernie bros against Biden’s labor clout (particularly the United Autoworkers with their indicted leadership) and the strangest is likely to be plague-buffeted Washington State.  And, barring an unlikely pink protest vote in the cold and sick corners of America, Warren will take home another third place finish, perhaps a handful of delegates (but no states) and a bouquet of inquiries as to if and when she, too, will drop out – throwing her support to Sanders to deflect some of the impact of Biden’s courting his defeated enemies.  Again, .

In the interests of transparency, it is incumbent upon us to mention that, while the incumbent President sailed through the Republican parties to date… both those that took place and those summarily cancelled by certain Republican state committees, (either to save money or as a dry run cancel all elections in 2024 and plant the corona of President-for-Life upon Djonald Unchained Unchained’s brow.

But all was not well in Des Moines.  Unlike most Democratic primary elections, there was no viability threshold for the Republican caucuses in Iowa, so Weld was able to get just enough of the vote in the state to score one delegate. One!  That will be some lonely guy or gal when the pachyderms’ proceedings begin in Charlotte more than a month after the Democrats’.  According to data from the Iowa Republican Party, 426 caucusgoers supported Weld on Feb. 3 compared to the 31,423 caucusgoers who supported the president.

"Donald Trump has done his best to deny that he is not the universal choice of Republicans," Weld communications director Joe Hunter told ABC News. “The fact that we earned a delegate in the nation's first contest makes it clear that is not the case.”

And this… Tulsi Gabbard, who is still in the running and still denying that her campaign is being funded by Russians, also received one delegate – from American Samoa, her birthplace – so she will be in Milwaukee too, screeching at the establishment and, maybe, getting a tattoo.  A Harley-Davidson tattoo?)

Only one of RCP’s innumerable and often-conflicting polls checked in today, but the current findings of the You Gov/Economist survey monkeys reflected South Carolina and Super Tuesday developments... Uncle Joe vaulted from ten points down to six ahead of the Bern in the nationwide study.  (See Attachment Five)  The Michigan prognostications did not take into account the collapse of the disviable candidates... if taken into account as wholly Bidenized, Joe’s six point lead swells to 26.  Of course, not all the Bloomberg, Buttigieg and Klobuchar aficionados will turn out to dutifully nominate Barack Obama’s running mate... quite a few will stay home and sulk, not only next Tuesday but in November.  Still, without a deathbed endorsement from Warren, it’s beginning to look like Sanders (and his supporters) will be out in the cold again, perhaps without even taking the superdelegates into consideration, and without a puffy overcoat.

And they’ll all be receiving tweets, appeals and messages from Moscow that November 3rd will be a great day to go fishing and... hey... RBG beat cancer again, who knows  how long she can hold out?

 

Don Jones, if not sick, or voting, will be keeping his eye on the Dow, which will probably yo-yo this way or that, depending… increasingly… not only on bread and butter issue like wars and jobs (and disease) but on the electability (or not) of that ogre, Sanders.  U.S. stock futures surged on Wednesday, continuing the volatile conditions that have emerged due to the surprise Fed rate cuts, Biden campaign momentum,” opined Market Watch,  After a week of thousand-plus point swings, it closed the week up by less than one percent.

Collateral damage… primarily the loss of jobs and the lack of key components in the supply chains of even the American companies… sent the Economy sector further down than the Dow would indicate.  Even worse numbers extended to Health (the coronavirus) and Weather/Disasters (tornadoes ripped through Nashville, killing at least two dozen).  What good comes of that latter lies in the likelihood of a summer of top shelf benefits for the relief efforts, those country boys and girls will play (and pay) to help their own.

Otherwise, Dunkin’ will sell “Bags o’ Bacon” and Nik Wallenda walked over a volcano (see Misc., below).

 

Breaking News Thursday morning…Pocahontas has fired the last arrow in her quiver, so Elizabeth Warren has thrown in her headband and rode back to an unwelcoming Massachusetts.  So now, it’s the two old white men and their canes in the dayroom!  (In anticipation of her endorsement of and a boost for Bernie, the Dow swung deeply down by noon!)

But wait!  According to CBS News, Warren said she needed "space" to think about her endorsement, saying she would not make a decision "right now."

Could she be angling for a space on the bottom half of Biden’s ticket?

 

      THE DON JONES INDEX

 

                CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

 

                                (REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

 

                                                          See a further explanation of categories here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

 

 

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX (45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

CATEGORY

VALUE

BASE

 

RESULTS

 

SCORE

SCORE

      OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS

 

  INCOME

(24%)

6/27/13

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

2/26/20

 3/4/20

SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)

9%

1350 pts.

2/12/20

+0.34%

3/11/20

1,352.31

1,352.31

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages  23.87

 

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

2/26/20

+0.06%

3/11/20

603.35

603.71

debtclock.org/    33,823

 

Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

2/12/20

+2.78%

3/11/20

583.32

583.32

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000   3.6

 

Official (DC – in millions)

2%

300

2/26/20

-0.21%

3/11/20

296.87

297.46

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 5,838

 

Unofficl. (DC – in millions)

2%

300

2/26/20

-0.27%

3/11/20

247.84

248.61

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    12,387

 

Workforce Participation

Number (in millions)

Percentage (DC)

2%

300

2/26/20

 

+0.02%

+0.10%

3/11/20

300.93

301.24

In 158,864  Out 94, 879 Total: 253,743

http://www.usdebtclock.org/  62.61

 

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

2/12/20

+0.32%

3/11/20

150.23

150.23

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  63.40

 

OUTGO

(15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Inflation

7%

1050

2/12/20

+0.1%

3/11/20

1046.85

1046.85

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.1

 

Food

2%

300

2/12/20

+0.2%

3/11/20

298.80

298.80

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.2

 

Gasoline

2%

300

2/12/20

 -1.6%

3/11/20

296.27

296.27

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     -1.6

 

Medical Costs

2%

300

2/12/20

+0.3%

3/11/20

297.90

297.90

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.3

 

Shelter

2%

300

2/12/20

+0.4%

3/11/20

298.20

298.20

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEALTH

(6%)

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

2/26/20

+0.49%

3/11/20

287.26

288.68

https://quotes.wsj.com/index/DJIA  27,090.86

 

 

Sales (homes)

Valuation (homes)

1%

1%

150

150

2/19/20

- 1.44%

- 2.99%

3/11/20

   153.07

147.24

   153.07

147.24

http://www.realtor.org/research-and-statistics

Sales (M):  5.46 Valuations (K):  266.3

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

2/26/20

+0.08%

3/11/20

292.47

292.23

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    63,089

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions)

2%

300

2/26/20

+0.03%

3/11/20

301.21

301.30

debtclock.org/       3,519

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

2/26/20

+0.09%

3/11/20

298.94

298.68

debtclock.org/       4,582

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

2/26/20

+0.08%

3/11/20

445.19

444.95

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    23,400

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

2/26/20

- 0.09%

3/11/20

443.98

443.56

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    75,913

 

 

GLOBAL

 

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

2/26/20

+0.12%

3/11/20

 305.82

    305.46

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   6,769

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

2/26/20

+0.48%

3/11/20

151.08

151.08

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/  209.6 nc

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

2/26/20

+2.52%

3/11/20

148.71

148.71

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/  258.5

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

2/26/20

+8.10%

3/11/20

150.98

150.98

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/  48.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL INDICES (40%)  

 

 

ACTS of MAN

(12%)

 

 

 

  World Peace

3%

450

2/26/20

  nc

3/11/20

435.71

435.71

Taliban peace deal now a maybe – maybe not proposition.  Saudis cause MidEast religious crisis by shutting down Mecca. Turks resume attacking Greece and Syria.  (The former is a NATO/EU member, if only barely, so shouldn’t there be more involvement from the Euros?)  Israeli elections prove… what else… inconclusive.

 

 

Terrorism

2%

300

2/26/20

  -0.2%

3/11/20

298.45

299.05

Five die in pre-convention Milwaukee brewery by our old friend… the disgruntled worker and five neo-Nazis and their arsenals busted before they can attack churches and un-Foxy journalists.  And also, a California worker had 20,000 rounds of ammo (and, no doubt, didn’t wash his hands).

 

 

Politics

3%

450

2/26/20

  +0.1%

3/11/20

457.03

457.49

Trump re-nominates failed Intelligence Czar John Ratliffe (R-Tn) for… Intelligence Czar.  (Can’t he just send him home to help with relief efforts?)  Bernie follows his B-bros in rolling out fishy Obama quasi-endorsement ads.  (Can’t the boys just both agree to quit and let Michelle have the pleasure of disintegrating Djonald in November?

 

 

Economics

3%

450

2/26/20

   -1.4%

3/11/20

448.62

442.34

Fed raises interest rates by a half percent and everybody’s complaining… too much, too little.  Add to CV job losses more at Penny’s as Bed and Bath deports 3,500 more to the Beyond.  Starbucks, however, is adding labor… child labor.  (They’re cheap.)  And the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo wings its way into bankruptcy over numerous child abuse cases (they tell their parents and their parents’ lawyers).

 

 

Crime

1%

150

2/26/20

  +0.1%

3/11/20

300.59

300.29

Florida woman zips hubby into a suitcase and smothers him.  Arizona discovers its 126th border drug tunnel.  To hell with ordinary carjackings… cops bust ambulance jacker and chase a stolen hearse in California.  (Innocent passenger/hostage found dead after apprehension – but he was already dead.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTS of GOD

(6%)

(with, in some cases, a little… or lots of… help from men, and a few women)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

2/26/20

-0.3%

3/11/20

450.43

449.08

March blows in with windy windstorms… blizzards and tornadoes.  But there is some good news… so many Chinese have been government- or self-quarantined that industry and traffic are down, so pollution is too.

 

 

Natural/Unnatural Disaster

3%

450

2/26/20

+0.8%

3/11/20

443.71

440.16

Nashville twisters kill at least two dozen.  Completing the elemental quadrifecta… Houston water main break floods city, San Francisco fire lights up neighborhood and unknown killed in Iranian earthquake… not so transparent over there.  The leaning tower of Dallas finally falls… and so does Oprah, onstage.  (She’s OK, it’s not.)

 

 

LIFESTYLE/JUSTICE INDEX   (15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science, Tech, Education

4%

600

2/26/20

  -0.1%

3/11/20

603.57

602.93

Panic eruption causes local schools to close for weeks or months and colleges to suspend or cancel Student Abroad programs.

 

 

Equality (econ./social)

4%

600

2/26/20

 +0.1%

3/11/20

602.39

602.99

North Carolina girl rassler pins the boys.  Marines ban Confederate memorial prize.  Roman Polanski wins French Oscars, reaps plaudits and boos.  Black Lives Matter storms (black) LA DA’s home for greenlight police hijinx but are driven off by her husband (also black) and his gun (metal).

 

 

Health

4%

600

2/26/20

  -2.7%

3/11/20

593.83

577.80

Coronavirus spreading, but China reports fewer cases… are draconian quarantine policies working, or are they just spreading disinformation.  Hardest hit are SoKo, Japan, Iran and Italy… but the glossy magazines are still touting expensive Italian cruises.  Expert expert Dr. Fauci of CDC predicts a vaccine is still at least a year off.

 

 

Freedom and Justice

3%

450

2/26/20

  -0.1%

3/11/20

452.25

451.80

Houston cop accused of framing 69 suspects who want… surprise!... new trials.  Varsity Blues perp Singer unmasked as a gumment stinger: celebrity suspects now want… surprise!... exoneration (or new trials for the already convicted).  But Felicity will never get those eleven days back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX        (7%)

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural incidents

3%

450

2/26/20

+0.1%

3/11/20

453.63

454.08

Boston Brexit for Brady?  Mystery video has Beantowners guessing.   Beaning cheating Astros players is the trend in spring training.  Shark Tank star scammed for $400,000.  Lady Gaga releases first single in three years.  Judge Judy hangs up her robes after 25 years on the bench and MSNBC host Chris Matthews abruptly runs off after hardball GQ article about his remarks on women’s looks.  RIP to author Clive Cussler and James Lipton of the Actors’ Studio.  Nik Wallenda walks over a volcano.

 

 

 

Miscellaneous incidents

4%

450

2/26/20

+0.2%

3/11/20

449.65

450.55

Final Chevy Impala rolls off the line.  Conspiracy theorists attack Leap Year as a liberal plot.  Awwww… to rhino calf born after 480 days hard labor, San Diego zoo’s new baby hippo and a sick puppy gets wheels for its hind legs.  Sales of fake meat reported up, but Dunkin’ (the greasepit formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts) unveils its new product: “Bags o’ Bacon”.  RIP to “Trader” Joe Coulombe and occupants of mass black grave found under Florida parking lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of February 26th through March 3rd, 2020 was DOWN 23.61 points.

 

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Attachment One – from various

 

TIMELINE – Debates

March 15, 2020

CNN/Univision Democratic Primary Debate

Watch On: CNN
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Sponsors: CNN, Univision, CHC BOLD
Moderators: TBD
Candidates: The two old white guys

April, 2020

Twelfth Democratic Primary Debate

Watch On: TBD
Location: TBD
Sponsors: TBD
Moderators: TBD
Candidates: TOWG

 

April 1st – first quarter 2020 fundraising results due.

 

TIMELINE – Primaries

 

·         March 10: March 10 primaries

 

 

March 10

 

 

Democrats Abroad presidential primary

Democratic-13 delegates

 

 

March 10

 

Idaho presidential primary

Democratic-20 delegates

Republican-32 delegates

 

 

March 10

 

Michigan presidential primary

Democratic-125 delegates

Republican-73 delegates

 

 

March 10

 

 

Missouri presidential primary

Democratic-68 delegates

Republican-54 delegates

 

 

March 10

 

 

Mississippi presidential primary

Democratic-36 delegates

Republican-39 delegates

 

March 10

 

North Dakota presidential primary

Democratic-14 delegates

 

March 10

 

Washington presidential primary

Democratic-89 delegates

Republican-44 delegates

 

 

·         March 13: Early voting in the Arizona primary ends.[331]

·         March 14: Northern Mariana Islands caucuses

·         March 17: March 17 primaries

·         March 24: Georgia primary

·         March 29: Puerto Rico primary

April 2020

·         April 4: April 4 primaries

·         April 7: Wisconsin primary

·         April 28: April 28 primaries

·         April 29: Voting in the Oregon primary begins.[339]

May 2020

·         May 2: May 2 primaries

·         May 5: Indiana primary

·         May 12: May 12 primaries

·         May 19: May 19 primaries

June 2020

·         June 2: June 2 primaries

·         June 6: Virgin Islands caucuses

July 2020

·         July 13–16: Democratic National Convention, in which delegates of the Democratic Party will choose the party's nominees for president and vice president in the general election in Milwaukee

·         Aug. 24-27: Republican National Convention at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

 

Attachment Three – from Bing

 

SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTS...

 

1.    54 delegates in South Carolina

100% precincts reporting

Candidate

Delegates added

Votes

Percent of vote

 

Joe Biden

35

256,047

48.44%

 

Bernie Sanders

13

105,197

19.9%

 

Tom Steyer

0

59,893

11.33%

 

Pete Buttigieg

0

43,606

8.25%

 

Elizabeth Warren

0

37,346

7.07%

 

Amy Klobuchar

0

16,677

3.16%

 

Tulsi Gabbard

0

6,754

1.28%

 

Andrew Yang

0

1,045

0.2%

 

Michael Bennet

0

753

0.14%

 

Cory Booker

0

643