THE DON JONES INDEX…

  

 NOTE: Consequences of the Coronavirus (disappearance or inaccuracy of data, internet inaccessibility etc.) mean that this index may or will not be appearing weekly but rather biweekly, or monthly, or not at all.  We hope such readers as we still possess remain healthy and/or, as the religionists say, “see you on the other side”.  After all, how much worse can Hell be than another Georgia summer?

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

 

 5/1/20…  14,036.20

 4/22/20…  14,111.94

   6/27/13…  15,000.00

 

 

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  5/1/20…24,345.72; 4/22/20…23,018.88; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for May 1, 2020 – STIM-U-LOSE (including  A Journal of the Plague Year” (part three, for April 22nd through 30th )

 

All across America, one can hear the sounds of a mighty nation slowly rising from a deep, Fentanyl sleep… still groggy, still slapping at the alarm buzzer… which is not necessarily the lucid melodies of corporate-captured memory as, for example, “Lean On Me” (WalMart)... but, rather, the jarring, jangling squawk of sirens rushing past to transport somebody… somebody else, one hopes… to the ICU.

A helpless and hapless President, who hinted that might be of import to get the country back to work before the unemployment rate hit 30%, the Democrats rolled out another stimulus bribe and the dollar crashed, found that the shiv in his back was put there by some of the most concurring (if not necessarily loyal) members of his own party.  To a man… even when that man was Senate Leader Mitch McConnell… they kowtowed to the mob demanding bread and circuses and threw them a few loaves of bread while most circuses remained on hiatus.  And, even as he was pontificating whilst on his increasingly decreasing briefings upon the benevolence and necessity of a gradual, “perfect” reopening, Governors… many of them also Republicans… were measuring the mass, multitude and firepower of the back-to-work protesters on their doorsteps and caving in; not merely joining but exceeding their President in rejection of caution’s spokespersons like Drs. Anthony Fauci and Kathleen Birx, those finger-puppets of waning amiability he’d been trotting out at every confrontation with the press as his MAGA=nation usurped the existential fears and pain of millions facing hunger and homelessness; invoking, instead, a war on science, medicine and the stark, but stable, mathematics of the plague.

(At least Djonald Unchained made an effort, howsoever lackluster, to walk back his own advice to Americans to shoot up an armful of Lysol, or quantify their UV exposure by a billionfold by standing six feet from a nuclear blast, or falling asleep in a tanning bed… if they could find one on the Dark Web.)

And so the Governor of Georgia (who’d already smacked down Trump’s purported protégé for a vacant Senatorial seat in favor of a foxy but feckless blonde) waved his wand and there arose a great din of clattering dishes, bowling pins knocked askew and tattoo needles (presumably unenhanced with Lysol) humming like dragonflies.  Minnesota followed suit, then Tennessee.  Florida opened its beaches with authorities helplessly bleating words of caution to the unmasked, anti-social congregating multitudes.  Not to be out-touristed, California followed (bathing) suit.

Reaping neither reverence nor respect from Don Jones, the President’s popularity slid into dropularity.

 

And still, the scientists persisted… not only those corralled in Trump’s corral, but the quasi-independent voices commissioned by the lyin’ media to dole out advice (if not cure-all pills) on the various, liberal-leaning fungi and to alternately assure and scare the sheep regarding their medical versus economic futures.  A rough but undead reckoning of the projections placed the cusp of the disease at or slightly past its apex… depending on whether one sought guidance on the nation as a whole or upon any of the widely-varying states, cities and demographics being duly tabulated by the various authorities, public and private.  A popular Go-Daddy benchmark for opening the gates was a two-week decline in cases, hospital admissions or deaths… although the rate of the latter tended to exceed the former, exacerbated by a continuing shortage of ventilators, common Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) like masks and gloves and as overworked, unprotected healthcare professionals quit their jobs, became sick themselves or just plain died.

And if developments in Camus’ novel more or less conformed to the portrait of a plague reaching its apex and perhaps starting to decline by the short Part Three of the novel, Don Jones may, perhaps, take some comfort in comparing the factual timeline of the coronavirus… (intimations as far back as 2019, flowering in early February and now, perhaps, starting a long slow decline after an up-escalator journey of less than three months) with the fiction of the plague of Oran (first observed on April 16th, still potent by September and October and refusing to bend to the contention of experts that it would be slain by the coming of colder weather… just as some aver that the current pandemic cannot survive the heat of an American summer) which had a longer gestation and peak, followed by a rapid decline.

If there is hope to be found in the apparent leveling off of cases after only three months… roughly a third of the extent of the heyday of Camus’ plague… there may also be apprehensions that its decline might not be so precipitous (unless, indeed, the summer heat proves a virus killer).  If it is justified, Don Jones might well enjoy a “new normalcy” by Memorial Day, at best, or… more likely… Independence Day.  If not… if the dire predictions of pessimists of a pandemic surviving the summer heat, mutating in 2020-21 or retreating until people throw aside their cautions and mingle promiscuously once again are justified… well, as the President is wont to say, “We shall see what happens.”

Some Americans, like Cottard, the black-marketeer of the novel, might become so addled as to shoot up an armful of Lysol!

 

While the usual apologists declaim that the coronavirus is an equal opportunity plague, with the rich and powerful subject to the same inconveniences as most Don Joneses, the contention rings hollow with the exception of a few persons of status who catch the disease and die (and even those aren’t likely to be buried in cardboard boxes among the mass graves of the Hart Islands of America.

For the living, life goes on.  Shelter in place may be inconvenient, but it’s a lot less inconvenient in a Hollywood mansion with its own pool or Manhattan apartment (although the Central Park view of all those poor, dying souls under tents is a sort of bummer.  Internet access, 187 television stations on cable and streaming, take-out from the usual bistro and a country excursion now and again helps; the stock market is rising again and doctors of a certain persuasion concur that sex is better with a little bit of risk attached. 

On the other hand, life… granted the alternative… isn’t so great for what Senator Romney called the bottom 47 percent. Maybe even 77 percent.  A few of the downsides we’ll briefly explore this Lesson are the (probably inevitable) bureaucratic foul-ups involving stimulus checks and unemployment applications – as well as the legal shadowland inhabited by people of debt, for whom the long claw of the law is poised to snatch away what is, to many, their lifeline.  Another bane is the unholy roadkill stew of state and local mortgage foreclosure, rent and eviction laws… the government has declared that the newly unemployed will plummet into homelessness but some are finding this to be not so.  And then there are the political implications; has the plague been… as Jared Kushner gleefully asserted yesterday, “a great success story?”  Or will Don Jones trust big spending Uncle Joe Biden in the November elections – if there even are elections?

 

Complications to inhabit (without inhibiting) Americans’ fever dreams… like fleas, or Freddie Krueger… jumped off the dog as soon as the President and Congress agreed on Stimulus One: some tweaking of the unemployment protocols, a promise of relief payments to endangered small business, and a $1,200 payment to most Joneses making under $75,000 per year – said Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, being signed by President Trump on Friday, March 27, 2020.

 Some states like Iowa are now de-tweaking unemployment law to compel, for example, workers standing shoulder to shoulder without PPE on the meat processing lines to return to their jobs as soon as the Hurry-Up Harrys finish pretending to sanitize the factories and enable Don Jones to keep bringing home the bacon or be redlighted as “voluntary quits” and purged from the rolls.  The SBA loans have found their way into the pockets of big corporations and chain outlets, even Harvard University.  But, in the interests of those less secure Joneses living paycheck to paycheck, the cruelest catch is that the stimulus appears to be a bonanza for creditors deeply (and perhaps justly) worried about recouping their expenditures from the suddenly jobless and cashless… doctors, used car dealers, mortgage bankers, credit and insurance companies and, of course, the ubiquitous, iniquitous and ravenous student loan debt collectors.  (See the various Attachments from right and left wing media monsters, legal help blogs and a local New Jersey rag.)

 

W.H.O. CARES?

According to the National Consumer Law Credit’s April 24th information packet, the U.S. Treasury began issuing stimulus payments as early as April 15th to income-qualified Americans – monies which may be seized “…for amounts owed on outstanding court judgments. Millions of Americans have court judgments against them—often issued many years ago by default without the consumer’s knowledge. These consumers may not realize that they are potentially subject to bank account seizure, including the immediate loss of a stimulus payment.”

“The CARES Act didn’t include a provision to protect stimulus payments from debt collectors or creditors in bankruptcy, so there’s good reason to worry,” agrees NOLO, another legal clearinghouse.  See Attachment Nine and links to these specific self-helf categories…

·          The Threat to Families’ Stimulus Checks

·         Are There Special Limits on Judgment Creditors’ Garnishment of Stimulus Payments?

·         Determining If a Bank Account Is Subject to Garnishment

·         Strategies for At-Risk Direct Deposit Recipients

·         Special Strategy for At-Risk Social Security, SSI, and VA Beneficiaries

·         Should Consumers Provide Their Direct Deposit Information to the IRS or Wait to Receive Stimulus Payments by Paper Check?

·         Strategies to Avoid Garnishment for Those Receiving Paper Checks

·         Will the Consumer’s Own Bank Seize the Stimulus Payment?

·         For More Information

 

… AND IN NOVEMBER (IF there is a NOVEMBER)?

President Trump has cause to blame somebody for his waning popularity.  While his base in Michigan has shown they are prepared to revolt, to kill and to die for Djonald Unchained, the unarmed majority are not willing to vote for him; Fox News, hardly an agent of the liberal Deep State, declared a week ago Wednesday that he was down by eight points (See Attachment Eleven).  Pennsylvania – the same.  Florida, North Carolina – down the crapper with the used Charmin and the brown stuff… he’s holding on to Texas but looking shaky.

But blaming Brad Parscale for the dropoff is a wee bit self servingParscale’s wrists are bound with shackles of plague (as would be those of Joe Biden’s campaign manager, if he had one).   Deprived of the nourishment of his soul-sucking mass rallies, the President is being judged on his performance, not showmanship, and the outlook is grim.  Missed or confiscated stimulus checks, a bungled application process for small business loans and unemployment insurance, the ongoing shortfall of PPE for healthcare workers, testing swabs (essentially, long stemmed Q-Tips), injections of Lysol and, of course, his appearance of backing the wrong horse on the race for a cure… these are self-induced fails that are causing Don Jones to look up from the hundredth session of Monopoly with Mrs. Jones and the little ones and ask: just what the hell is going on?  (Or something stronger, if the kids are in another room.)

Championing conspiracy theories is often fun, but with stakes so high, Trump’s tactics… hitherto greenlighted or, at least, tolerated by Parscale, like the remaining professionals of his campaign team and Administration… of doubling down on every controversy he chooses not to walk back are reaching towards the third rail.  This morning, for example, he declared that he was in possession of secret knowledge that Red China deliberately manufactured, then released, the nasty little bug in an attempt to conquer and enslave the world.  (After all, Beijing can afford to sacrifice three hundred million of its own people in a tit for tat showdown with America and, in fact, the rest of the world, so why not go for the glory?... we all know that life is cheap to the Oriental mind).

Sarcastic?  Maybe.  Paranoid?  Probably.  But it’s probably also a good thing that the President is dialing back on his public appearances, because, at the very next press briefing, there is a damn good chance that some sarcastic little press weasel (from some left-wing rubbish like Fox, or the Wall Street Journal) will cut to the chase and ask the question that will snap the Trump presidency in two like the shinbone of an old lady falling down the stairs… “Sir, does this mean that you intend to go to Congress and ask for a Declaration of War?”

And then that will be that… Djonald Unchained will, to mix gaming metaphors either fold or lay all his chips on the double zero, hoping that Congress will be too scared to follow through,  But if it comes to a showdown, he is damned if they don’t and we are all damned if they do (or if he just pushes the button anyway and to Hell or Vermont with his legacy).

 

And now, the correlation of the past week – extended to today inasmuch as numerous pronouncements, prohibitions and perks are scheduled to end, be enhanced, or be renewed.

For the comparative progress of Camus and coronavirus through April 22nd, refer back to recent Lessons of the Don Jones Index, particularly that of last week.  Here are the correlations of the week…

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

 

  Infected: 842,624

     Dead:   46,785

 

      Dow:   23,475.82

President Trump celebrates 50th anniversary of Earth Day by firing his Virology Czar, Dr. Rick Bright of BARDA (the Biometical Advanced Research and Development Authority) and promising to re-open National Parks… CV’s bright side: worldwide pollution down.  (See L.A. below)  CDC head Robert Redfield predicts a second wave of plague worse than the present in the winter, cohabiting with the flu.  Australian experts say air-conditioners spread CV in tight quarters like nursing homes (remember Legionnaires’ Disease).  Plague detective say 1st US case happened in Santa Clara, CA on February 6th.  Plague wit and wisdom… Texas Lt. Gov says “there are more important things than living” and NY Post on resuscitating heartstopped Coronavictims: “Let them die!”

“’(T)here’s no question of heroism in all this.  It’s a matter of common decency.  That’s an idea which may make some people smile, but the only means of fighting a plague is – common decency.’

“’What do you mean by ‘common decency’?’ Rambert’s tone was grave.

“’I don’t know what it means for other people.  But in my case I know that it consists in doing my job.’”

Thursday, April 23, 2020

 

Infected: 868,945

      Dead:   47,200

 

      Dow:   23,515.26

House passes $480B aid package (stim 2) and Trump says he will sign.  Democrats, however, want more money for hospitals and testing (authorities blame epic testing fail on lack of swabs… a/k/a long Q-tips).  Unemployment rises to 26M or about a sixth of employable Americans… experts say this is “mainly” due to the CV.  Some states’ unemployment trust funds will be gone by June so Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tells them to declare bankruptcy.  Trump prophesies plague may not come back this fall, then fires Virus Czar Dr. Rick Bright and HHS Sec. Azar replaces him with a Labradoodle breeder.  Dog quarantines proposed as more lions, tigers and housecats sicken.  Bill Gates (see last week’s DJI) goes on television with a strange, white pulsing growth on his forehead; calls vaccine “the final solution” (but denies conspiracy of scientists and billionaires to cleanse the Earth), and predicts America will de-defund World Health Organization (Naïve! – WHO is U.S. President?).  Plague victims report freaky dreams – virus side effect or Freddy Krueger at work?

Begin “The Plague”, (Part III):  “Thus week by week, the prisoners of plague put up what fight they could.  Some, like Rambert, even contrived to fancy they were still behaving as free men and had the power of choice.  But actually it would have been truer to say that by this time, mid-August, the plague had swallowed up everything and everyone.  No longer were there individual destinies, only a collective destiny, made of plague and the emotions shared by all.  Strongest of these emotions was the sense of exile and of deprivation, with all the cross-currents of revolt and fear set up by these.”

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Seven different antibody tests now competing for support.  Trump says the Post Office must raise prices or go out of business.  Economists say high unemployment will motivate businesses to cut wages.  California joins Florida in re-opening beaches with cautions most people ignore although some few are arrested.  Thirty three sailors on USS Kidd reportedly infected.   One Dr. Giambone from Auburn U. says that CV, like MERS, will last “forever”.  Pulse Oximeters (Pulsox) that measure blood oxygen flying off the shelves.  Brad Pitt plays (and praises) Dr. Fauci on Saturday Night Live.

“(I)t was not the prospect of mere imprisonment that deterred these unhappy people, but the common belief that a sentence of imprisonment was tantamount to a death sentence, owing to the very high mortality pervading in the town jail.  It must be admitted that there was some foundation for this belief.  It seemed that, for obvious reasons, the plague launched its most virulent attacks o those who lived, by choice or by necessity, in groups: soldiers, prisoners, monks, and nuns.  For though some prisoners are kept solitary a prison forms a sort of community, as is proved by the fact that in our town jail the guards died of plague in the same proportion as the prisoners.”

Sunday, April 26, 2020

It’s National Pretzel Day, so the President unrolls a little pretzel logic on critics, saying the suggestion to inject Lysol was “sarcasm” directed against the media.  No more cases reported in Wuhan, but a “second wave” of plague in Harbin and Beijing blamed on foreigners returning from the sick, decadent West.  Optimistic spin from domestic airports who say the 95% drop in air traffic enables preventative maintenance.  Motion on the oceans as last patient on USS Comfort is discharged.  Red state rural officials tell strangers from the media: “We’re gonna treat you like you have the coronavirus.”

The silent city was no more than an assemblage of huge, inert cubes, between which only the mute effigies of great men carapaced in bronzed, with their blank stone or metal faces, conjured up a sorry semblance of what the man had been.  In lifeless squares and avenues these tawdry idols lorded it under the lowering skys stolid monsters that might have personified the rule of immobility imposed on us, or, anyhow, its final aspect, that of a defunct city in which plague, stone and darkness had effectively silenced every voice.“

Monday, April 27, 2020

Back to work week for stores, beaches and restaurants in rebel states, but not the cowardly Congress… choosing to hide out for another week.  Closing processing plants sets America only a few weeks from severe meat shortage.  Media touts heartburn drug Pepcid as latest silver bullet; hoarding begins immediately.  “Overwhelmed” ER doctor in New York commits suicide.  Inside Edition’s Dr. Ho says retail brawling due to “existential crises”.  Another TV psychologist on falling ratings for Trump briefings: “People are shut in and they don’t want to spend two hours looking at the same person.”  Longest ventilation survivor marks 32nd day on the plastic lung.

“The truth is that nothing is less sensational than pestilence, and by reason of their very duration, great misfortunes are monotonous.  In the memories of those who have lived through them, the grim days of plague do not stand out like vivid flames, ravenous and inextinguishable, beaconing a troubled sky, but rather like the slow, deliberate progress of some monstrous thing crushing out all upon its path.”

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

It’s National Superheroes Day.  Texas’ “Code Rocky” recovers after 40 days and 40 nights, greets media wearing an Atlanta Falcons hat.   University of Washington revises eventual death toll to 74,000 – we’re still on the downslope!  Gotham hospital admissions down 70%while New Orleans reports its first no-death-day and Italian cases  also down.  Only 1.6% of Americans have been tested despite Trump’s assertion that devolution of testing to the states will result in 2% tested per month thus schools should open before the end of the year.  “Young people,” he says, “do well.”  TV Dr, Agus (CBS)  disagrees… kids will transmit CV to vulnerable grandparents and Feds will test faster and better than states.  More critics call Djonald’s blueprint “suggestions without resources”; his response is blaming Fauci and Speaker Pelosi for “dancing in the streets of Chinatown.”  Pence, Vice Unmasked, visits the Mayo Clinic.  SBA relief applications crash amidst bailouts to big business (4.6B to L.A. Lakers).  Target CEO predicts mass retail bankruptcies as online sales soar – CVS and other pharmae delivering pills via drone.  CDC calls for social distancing from and among housecats as Winston the Pug becomes first dog to catch the plague (he recovers).  Also-recovered Prince Charles and Camilla clap, if half-heartedly, for UK plague superheroes.

“Our fellow citizens had fallen into line, adapted themselves, as eople say, to the situation, because there was no way of doing otherwise.  Naturally they retained the attitudes of sadness and suffering, but they had ceased to feel their sting.  Indeed, to some, Dr. Rieux among them, this precisely was the most disheartening thing: that the habit of despair is worse than despair itself.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

 

Infected: 1,0404.88

      Dead:   63,000+

 

       Dow:   24,345.72

 

 

 

 

Dr. Fauci touts anti-Ebola Remdesivir over Trump’s boyo Hydrochloroquin and the dark horses (Pepcid, Lysol)… the President demurs, but raises his testing quota promise to five million per day.  The first quarter GDP is down 4/4%, worst since 3008.  Hundreds of thousands of American pigs slated to be murdered and disposed of due to lack of processing personnel (why not enlist the Army as butchers… or drop the corpses on Tehran?).  Pig-processing Iowa warns that workers who refuse to return to unsafe jobsites will lose their unemployment status as “voluntary quits”.  “Trolls World Tour” movie earns $100 million streaming only, angry theater owners threaten to boycott pro-streaming studios despite Oscar capitulation to award awards for streaming-only ventures.  Up there in New York, Mayor di Blasio threatens mass arrests of Jews going to funerals, faces charges of… you know… racism.  And neighbors complaining of the stench rat out Brooklyn funeral home stockpiling 50… or 60… or 100 rotting plague bodies.  As more children die of heart failure, California proposes opening schools in August and a TV psychologist asserts that the plague’s effect on heart cells is to “make them unhappy and want to die.”  Over there in England, BoJo goes back to work and also becomes a dad.  

“For then coffins became scarce; also there was a shortage of winding sheets, and of space in the cemetery.  Something had to be done about this, and one obvious step, justified by its practical convenience, was to combine funerals and, when necessary, multiply the trips between the hospital and the burial place.  At one moment the stock of coffins in Rieux’s hospital was reduced to five.  Once filled, all five were loaded together in the ambulance.  At the cemetery they were emptied out and the iron-gray corpses put on stretchers and deposited in a shed reserved for that purpose, to wait their turn.  Meanwhile the empty coffins, after being sprayed with antiseptic fluid, were rushed back to the hospital, and the process was repeated as often as necessary.”

 

Sixteen states will ease restrictions this week, 32 by next.  WHO says that over 100 vaccines are in development, eight at the testing stage.  Remdesivir, the leader, said to cure in eleven days against a normal of sixteen.  Runner-up and Trump choice Hydrochloroquin confuses man into drinking chloroquin phosphate, a toxic fish tank cleaner.  He dies.  More MAGAmen ingesting bleach and Lysol.  The President plans an “Operation Warp Speed” to have a cure by January and blames Chinese germ warriors for the CV and his falling poll numbers as well as campaign manager Parscale.  His remedy, resume massive rallies.  Son-in-law Jared predicts normalcy by June and calls the pandemic response “a great success story.”

“But really, they were asleep already; this whole period was for them no more than a long night’s slumber.  The town was peopled with sleepwalkers, whose trace was broken only on the rare occasions when at night their wounds, to all appearance closed, suddenly reopened…

“In the morning they harked back to normal conditions – in other words, the plague.”

The week’s Index showed a preview of what America might look like if social distancing, shelter-in-place and… most importantly… a consensus testing mode (if not yet a vaccine or a cure) is put in place.  Specifically, the weekly labor landslides came to a screeching halt as, apparently, everybody who was going to be fired or furloughed was.  There could be some increase due to unemployment applications not being acknowledged or counted, let along being acted on, but if the opening up of more than half the states results in even a partial return to work for millions (without, as some fear) a renewed rate of infections, the labor elements of the Index may even start to improve… even as more people get sick and die.  The stock market, clay pigeon for Chinese trade rumours and, now, a gleeful response to the possibility that at least one of the over-one-hundred proposed vaccines may pan out.

It’s the Gold Rush days all over again!

Unless, of course, Djonald gets his war!

 

 

 

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

      OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS

 

  INCOME

(24%)

6/27/13

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

 4/8/20

4/15/20

4/22/20

5/1/20

                             SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)

9%

1350 pts.

4/8/20

 +0.46%

5/8/20

1.364.65

1.364.65

1.364.65

1.364.65

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages  24.07

 

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

4/22/20

 +0.04%

5/8/20

622.12

622.38

622.88

623.14

debtclock.org/    33,986

 

*Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

4/22/20

+25.71%

5/8/20

445.73

445.73

445.73

445.73

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000   4.4

 

*Official (DC – in millions)

2%

300

4/22/20

     0.19%

5/8/20

223.60

  97.40

100.00

  98.72

100.00

  98.53

100.00

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 32,398

 

*Unofficl. (DC – in millions)

2%

300

4/22/20

    -0.06%

5/8/20

199.98

147.53

147.53

149.54

147.53

149.63

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    3,341

 

Out of work – all categories

    -1.36%

 

 

Total: 36,169   35,683

 

*Workforce Participation

Number (in millions)

Percentage (DC)

2%

300

4/22/20

 

 

 -0.05%

 -0.05%

 

5/8/20

295.00

295.00

268.12

267.97

In 132,055 Out 107,937 Total: 239,992

http://www.usdebtclock.org/  55.02

 

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

4/22/20

 -1.10%

5/8/20

150.23

148.58

148.58

148.58

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  62.70

 

 

c Note… the DebtClock estimation of Americans seeking or not seeking work has completely collapsed and, so, is depicted in BROWN (as in, you know, that brown stuff?).  A naïf (like Admiral Crozier?) might say that Dons who have been kicking back and drinking wine for years have found a sense of responsibility (or Jesus) and it has nothing to do with all that government cash being strewn about, but Mr. Jones knows better… not that it’ll stop him from seeking his share.  If we’re running off the road, might as well do so in a Cadillac.

OUTGO

16%

Total Inflation

7%

1050

4/22/20

+1.5%

5/8/20

1,051.04

1,051.04

1,035.27

1,035.27

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

 

Food

2%

300

4/22/20

+1.9%

5/8/20

297.31

297.31

291.66

291.66

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm      1.9

 

Gasoline

2%

300

4/22/20

+10.2%

5/8/20

333.17

333.17

367.15

367.15

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    -10.2

 

Medical Costs

2%

300

4/22/20

+0.3%

5/8/20

296.41

296.41

295.52

295.52

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

 

Shelter

2%

300

4/22/20

+0.3%

5/8/20

298.50

298.50

297.60

297.60

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEALTH

 

 

 

(6%)

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

4/22/20

+5.76%

5/8/20

252.74

251.09

245.28

259.42

https://quotes.wsj.com/index/DJIA  24,345.72

 

Sales (homes)

Valuation (homes)

1%

1%

150

150

4/22/20

 -8.67%+2.13%

5/8/20

161.76

149.35

161.76

149.35

161.76

149.35

147.74

152.52

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

     Sales (M):  5.27 Valuations (K):  281.0

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

4/22/20

+0.09%

5/8/20

296.58

296.43

296.18

296.18

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    62,253

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS) 

 

 

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions)

2%

300

4/22/20

 -0.08%

5/8/20

283.21

302.06

308.20

307.94

debtclock.org/       3,561

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

4/22/20

+0.05%

5/8/20

265.73

246.38

224.32

224.21

debtclock.org/       6,068

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

4/22/20

+0.07%

5/8/20

431.62

429.50

421.30

420.99

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    24,732

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

4/22/20

+0.06%

5/8/20

437.40

437.14

436.65

436.40

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    77,161

 

 

GLOBAL

 

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

4/22/20

+2.14%

5/8/20

295.65

295.31

294.68

288.36

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   7,182

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

4/22/20

 -0.53%

5/8/20

149.56

149.56

149.56

149.56

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/  207.5

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

4/22/20

 -2.59%

5/8/20

155.32

155.32

155.32

155.32

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/  247.5

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

4/22/20

-13.53%

5/8/20

185.03

185.03

185.03

185.03

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/  39.9

 

 

SOCIAL INDEX          40%

 

ACTS of MAN

 

 

  World Peace

3%

450

4/22/20

    -0.1%

5/8/20

439.64

438.76

438.32

437.88

Iran launches military satellite – perhaps celebrating 40th anniversary of Jimmy Carter’s failed hostage rescue raid.  Wonderers wonder whether NoKo’s Kim is dead, brain-dead, hiding from the CV or just on vacation.

 

Terrorism

2%

300

4/22/20

    nc

5/8/20

301.75

302.35

301.75

301.75

And now – Terror from Space?  Navy releases video of UFO’s on Earth Surveillance mission – probably resulting in their choosing thumbs down on colonization.

 

 

Politics

3%

450

4/22/20

      +0.1%

5/8/20

457.03

457.49

457.03

457.49

Polls show that, despite protests, 70% to 80% support shelter-in-place.  Head of HHS Sec. Alex Azar said to be on chopping block.  Elon Musk joins anti-social distancing movement; gun-totinMAGAmen storm Michigan capitol building.  Spike in Wisconsin cases blamed on in-person elections.  Joe Biden denies 27 year old sex crimes charges auditions potential Vices – says the next (3rd) stimulus should be “a lot bigger” than proposes a really cold two trillion.  He then wins the mail-in Ohio primary and receives a SHOCKER endorsement… Hillary Clinton!

 

Economics

3%

450

4/22/20

     -0.7%

5/8/20

429.16

426.16

421.47

418.52

Projectors project small business losses of a cool trill.  Big Biz layoffers include Lyft and Boeing.  Realtors advocate homebuying now while interest rates are low.  Corporations use their hiatus to plan wage cuts and reconfigure floor plans so execs won’t be so close; factories don’t follow.  National debt approaching national GDP; 3.7T deficit predicted.

 

Crime

1%

150

4/22/20

   +0.2%

5/8/20

302.09

303.00

301.79

301.19

CV blamed for spike in domestic violence (see Uber, below).  Zoom teleconferencing called vulnerable to spies, hackers and perverts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTS of GOD

(6%)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

4/22/20

     -0.2%

5/8/20

453.59

455.40

457.68

 

456.76

Tornadoes trot through the South.  Optimists hope that extreme Las Vegas heat will kill the CV while Northeast suffers severe spring snowfalls and flooding.   Earliest tropical depression in history fizzles out in the Pacific.

 

Natural/Unnatural Disaster

3%

450

4/22/20

     -0.1%

5/8/20

440.59

439.71

437.51

437.95

Floods sweep away Kentucky kids.  Shortages of toilet paper and, now, Pepcid persist but manufacturers promise more toilet paper is on the way.  Reports P&G: “we are working as quickly as possible to Enjoy the Go.”  New York City rousts homeless from all-night subway ride to clean and disinfect the cars.  Harrison Ford piloting miscue… again!  (He’s OK.)

 

 

LIFESTYLE/JUSTICE INDEX   (15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science, Tech, Education

4%

600

4/22/20

    -0.2%

5/8/20

608.37

608.37

610.20

608.98

College students opting to take a “gap year” rather than pay (borrow)  full tuition for an online education.  Retailers use thermal imaging to exclude the sick, engendering… uh huh… lawyers.

 

Equality (econ./social)

4%

600

4/22/20

   -0.1%

5/8/20

605.46

604.24

603.03

602.43

NCAA allows college players to work and make money while playing.  Sick dog joins housecats, zoo cats, Chinese bats (but not six monkeys from Montana serving as vaccine guinea pigs) in CV miseries (below).

 

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