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the DON JONES INDEX…

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

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      7/1/24...     14,832.84

    6/24/24...     14,837.05

     6/27/13…    15,000.00

 

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  7/1/24... 39,118.46; 6/24/24... 39,150.53; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

LESSON for JULY FIRST, 2024

THE TRUMP/BIDEN DEBATE NUMBER ONE, PREVIEWS: FACE THE (Birth of a) NATION”...

 

The superlatives almost eclipsed the hyperbole... almost... in days leading up to Episode One of the Trump – Biden rematch debates last Thursday.  The contest would be “epic”; promoters, aligned with either party (or just hanging ‘round for the spectacle) promising a brawl as visious and spectacular as mating struggles between any two bull gators in a sweltering Georgia swamp (Atlanta, UnBurned) although, beneath the small print of print and social media headlines and in the winks and nods of podcasts, broadcasts and monkeycasts, Don Jones could detect the debate denigrators having their say... and having mostly to do with the facts behind the fireworks anticipated; fallings-out into the likes of children’s playground insults/

 

Even the foreigners (many depressed by the candidates) were impressed... at least with the Thursday theatrics in what the Independent U.K. called “the week that will determine the 2024 election.

“Everything else,” the Brits dismissed. “...has up until this point been child’s play.”

Childish mis- and dis-information was already on the table, spattered on the walls and floor, poignant in the air.  “Trump is already suggesting that the 81-year-old Biden, whom he dubs, “Sleepy Joe”, will be “jacked up” as Sean Hannity contended what seems like years long ago, after being “shot in the (arse)”.  Team Biden smiled smugly as the Ex, under duress, agreed to the format dictated by an alteady Trump-hostile CNN; no interruptions, no cheering crowd, mikes turned on or off at the discretion of the moderators... Democrats gaining confidence that Ol’ 45 would be unable to contain nor restrain himself from behaving like a three-year-old – the Independent noting that he had “elected not to participate in any of the Republican primary debates, despite still winning the Republican primary.”  (Attachment One)

“That says a lot,” the Independent said.

Sponsor CNN, mindful of their place in history, decided to uncoil a little history in advance of the showdown (Attachment Two, Tue June 25, 2024) and wandered back down the thorny paths of history.

Presidential debates have usually mattered more for revealing the candidates’ character and competence than for illuminating the policy disagreements between them, CNN recalled.  “That may be especially true this year as both Biden and Trump arrive on the Atlanta debate stage facing fundamental questions about their fitness for the job.

“Biden is confronting widespread doubts about whether he has the physical and mental capacity to handle the presidency today, much less through a possible second four-year term,” CNN commentator Ronald Brownstein prognosticated, simply adding that “Trump’s biggest challenge is character.”

Political insiders summoned to the stage by CNN held up examples of the importance of the “personal character and capacity of the candidates” as turns on their “strength, mastery, energy and empathy that each candidate projects.”

The 1960 debates between the “crisp and confident John F. Kennedy and the dour and sweaty Richard Nixon visually underscored Kennedy’s core argument that he could provide the nation a needed generational transition and new infusion of energy.”  Similarly, when in their sole 1980 encounter President Jimmy Carter harped on his Republican opponent, Ronald Reagan’s record as Governor and his promises to reform, if not eliminate, Medicare the “gambit” ultimately “backfired” when Reagan responded with his famous retort: “There you go again!”.  The “genial tone and easy confidence of Reagan’s response immediately punctured Carter’s portrayal of him as scary and risky.”

Now holding up a convicted felon (which the Ex and his MAGAzoids wear as a badge of honour) Republicans are eager to hear Trump himself turn the tables on Jack Smith, Fani Willis et al and assume the prosecutorial accusations against Biden’s presidential record, “particularly on inflation and immigration.”  In addition to baring his Stormysojourn once more, Democrats see “an enormous opportunity for Biden to portray Trump as a threat to women’s rights and to democracy more broadly, and to frame the former president’s economic agenda as a giveaway to the wealthy and big corporations.”

A halting or tentative performance from Biden could harden the doubts of voters who consider him too old or weak for the job. In turn, a hectoring or volatile performance from Trump – like the one he delivered in 2020’s first debate between the two men – would reinforce voter concerns that returning the former president to the Oval Office risks perpetual chaos and conflict.

If, on the other hand, the debate goes badly for the president, “Democratic anxiety about renominating Biden, which lessened after the State of the Union, may return to five-alarm levels,” according to William Galston, a senior fellow in governance at the Brookings Institution and a former aide in the Clinton White House.

“The stakes for Trump are high,” said Galston, in a view echoed by many strategists in both parties. “The stakes for Biden are much higher.”

 

And for whom will the stakes be even higher?

Democrats have railed much against the MAGA-embrace of “authoritian” (read “dictatorial”) leanings among the population, but there is one interest group to whom the 2024 election might be said to be existentially crucial to... (Time, June 25th, Attachment Three)

The capitalists!

Yes, the billionaire boys and their little tag-along brothers and sisters possession mere tens or hundreds of million dollars (which must constantly be churned by either productive or parasitical investments) are worried... the two all-but-validated candidates each possess their own carpetbags of risk and reward as nobly hated Time server Alan Green (a bona fide Perfessor of economics at Stetson University and author of “Made By History”) who asserts that no less than “the future of capitalism” will be at stake in 2024.

 “Over the past 90 years, two approaches to managing capitalism emerged in succession, each dominating politics around the globe while enabling unprecedented economic progress. The first, which some refer to as the “New Deal order” and others call social democracy, was born in the Great Depression as capitalist economies struggled with mass unemployment. It avoided the totalitarian traps of both fascism and communism by using government spending through democratic policymaking to strengthen the economy.

“The second order, dubbed neoliberalism by scholars, arose in 1979 and 1980 in response to the struggles of social democracy to rein in high inflation. This order emphasized a limited role for government intervention, led by the Federal Reserve adjusting interest rates to manage inflation rather than Congress spending to boost the economy. Neoliberalism ushered in a renewed faith in free markets, less regulation, and low taxes (as also, lower wages for working Americans and lower safety nets for the left-behinds)” as nonetheless... primarily through an expanded and expansive credit organism... occasioned what the neoliberals and Time termed: “rapid technological advances, higher standards of living across the world, and new frontiers of collective human capability.”

But now, surprise!

Green, a Professor of Economics at Stetson University (who is writing a book on the history of capitalism) has joined with the shrinking and largely impotent economic progressives (as opposed to the ubiquitous cultural “progressives” scurrying here and there, cancelling comedians, scolding enemies guilty of uttering “trigger” words in crisis sisuations and enrapturing and capturing a large swath of the more privilized millenials).

The problem... another surprise!... the neoliberal order has now run its course, “discredited by a broad contemporary crisis rooted in inequality.”

Under the slings and arrows of skyrocketing inflation and stagflation, the New Dealers expired and conservatives like Ronald Reagan (in the U.S.) and Margaret Thatcher (in the U.K) won elections with a new economic vision — one that emphasized free markets, free trade, and small government.

The anger of the unrich was co-oped by Bill Clinton, who “ran as a centrist Democrat and embraced neoliberalism in the 1990s. His success, marked by NAFTA, welfare reform, financial deregulation, and a balanced federal budget, solidified the neoliberal order.”

Capitalists, Mister Green alleges, kept the pot from bubbling over for the remainder of the Twentieth Century as neolib e-con-mystics “warned against combating inequality out of fear that the cultural power of meritocracy might be upended.”  Thus, while a typical CEO earned 20 times as much as the average worker in 1965, that ratio had climbed to 400 to one in 2021,  “The neoliberal emphasis on low taxes — the top marginal tax rate in the U.S. declined from 70% to 37% — and reduced government regulation empowered elites and undermined workers. As unions’ power waned, real wages stagnated even as productivity grew. The wealthy put their gains in elaborate financial instruments like mortgage-backed securities, which fueled a bubble rather than increasing productivity that would benefit all Americans.”

What gains the middle class reaped in the early 2000s came not from higher paychecks but, if they owned a home, higher real estate prices.  The bursting of the 2008 real estate bubble only stalled the trend – now roaring back again with a positively Trumpian vengeance.  As the impacts of inequality became “clearer and more dire”... stagnant working class wages self-medicated by an opioid epidemic (enabled by lax regulation and profit-seeking pharmaceutical companies), and spiking suicide rates (which with rising deaths caused by the high cost of healthcare,) led to “a decline in life expectancy concentrated among whites without a college education — the very base of the original neoliberal coalition.”

That created the “seething anger that produced Donald Trump’s stunning victory in 2016,” most angry Americans knowing full well that their MAGA hero was a real-estate shyster with criminal tendancies.  But they didn’t care.  Trump offered no solutions save tax cuts for the rich – instead he offered his cultists something more important... enemies.  Enemies to hunt down and deport, lock up, or kill.  Immigrants (read Latinos and, by inference, other “people of colour”... black, yellow, brown or red), gays, doctors promoting vaccines, the media, liberals (even the sad neo’s) and anybody with sufficient literacy to understand certain words and phrases in English as depicted the extent of the swindle.

Neo-neoliberal rhetoric, has “an appeal reminiscent of Hitler’s Germany and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Like those fascist leaders, Trump is promising conflict — from a vast immigration crackdown to vowing retribution against his political enemies. His scorched-earth mindset refuses to accept anything the other party does as legitimate, in stark contrast to the unifying historical moves by Eisenhower and Clinton.”

“Biden’s vision, by contrast, shows promise to address capitalism’s contemporary crisis, just as Roosevelt’s New Deal and Reagan’s neoliberalism addressed the crises of their moments,” Green concludes.  His problem is that the promises are not backed up by policy... sometimes rationalized by Congressional obstruction, sometimes by an elite contempt for the proles and their tiresome problems (inflation, crime, childcare, etc.).

“The alternative is conflict, chaos, and instability that will slow progress for humanity and accelerate America’s decline, transforming China and India into the foremost economics in the world,” Green concludes.  He is writing of Donald Trump, of course, but the decline induced under and continuing through the Biden presidency is perhaps even more pernicious – given its cloaking devices.

 

As the week began, the two candidates for the Presidency and their flunkey monkeys (“love ‘em or don’t”) retired to their basements and putting greens to suss out what they hoped might be the keys to the Kingdom – those magical denunciations of The Others and assumptions that their faction’s promises would be met – and work!

The liberal Guardian U.K. (Sunday, 23 June, Attachment Four) observed that political surrogates fanned out across the Sunday talkshows to prepare the ground for Thursday’s televised debate.

Biden hunkered down at Camp David in debate preparation, “reportedly with his personal attorney Bob Bauer (not Bob Barr!) standing in for Trump in mock exchanges.”  Trump eschewed rehearsals, focusing instead on some valid or invalid discussions with policy wonks, speaking atg public rallies where the fervor of the crowd gave him “energy” and, by night, hosting fundraisers amidst the donar class, whose fervor gave him “money.”

Biden surrogate Mitch Landrieu (of the famous, or notorious New Orleans political dynasty) predicted that Old White Joe was  really anxious to tell his story to the American people”, adding: “This race is going to be tight. Everybody knows that.”  Liberal Sen. Elizbeth Warren (D-Ma) said that if Biden is re-elected and Democrats are given a majority in Congress, her party would be able to defend and restore access to abortion, contraception and in vitro fertilization.

“We’re going to make Roe v Wade [the] law of the land again,” Warren said.

The big brothers at PBS (June 25, Attachment Five) told their subscribers how to watch the debates (by ordering the special player marched at the Attachment) and what to expect – the usual issues: inflation and immigration, crime and the climate, wars abroad, Trump’s felony convictions and (probably) Hunter Biden.

Whereas the 2020 debate, said former anchor and special correspondent Judy Woodruff: “all the civility of a children’s food fight,” the 2024 edition may be more orderly – if the participans follow CNN’s rules and regulations.

If not... well, the second debate will be sponsored by ABC on September 10th.

Time also asked and answered questions about the debate (June 24th, Attachment Six) regarding qualifications (sorry, RFK), viewership polls and ratings and, of course, scads of history and numbers.  Kennedy Junior, excluded, fired back in the right-wing New York Post and expressing a sympathy for Trump (whose handlers now feel he might steal as many or even more votes from Their Man as he will from President Joe.

The vigorous vaxxing-hater bashed moderators Bash and Tapper as “cheerleaders” for the lockdowns that he claimed shifted $4.3 trillion in wealth to a “new oligarchy of billionaires”, destroyed the middle class in this country, shut down 3.3 million businesses with no due process and “made us wear masks” in church.

“Jake Tapper was cheerleading for that. So do you think he’s gonna ask them any of the tough questions?” Kennedy asked.

Host Piers Morgan (uncensored!) then asked his election predictions... Junior said Trump would win because of his being “the greatest debater in modern American history, probably since Lincoln-Douglas. 

“He’s extremely entertaining to watch. He has an ability to make up facts and then believe them absolutely — and to sell them to the crowd.”

“He’s a brilliant entertainer and nothing fazes him,” Kennedy added. “I don’t think it’s possible for President Biden to beat him in that debate.”

Morgan then asked whether, in the event of a “train wreck” debate, it would be likely that Biden will be removed and another Democrat sent to “parachute” in before the party’s August nominating convention.

“I think that’s possible,” responded RFK Jr., who left the Democratic Party to run for president as an independent. “The convention would be the place to do it.”

The liberal Huffington Post, having previously contended that Fox News was “freaking out” over the debates (which went to CNN and ABC over Trump’s objections and contentions that a conservative medium such as... oh, for example... Fox should be awarded a third debate) then interviewed conservative Laura Ingraham who alleged that Trump could be “calm and presidential” while Biden was “prone to ranting.

“All Donald Trump has to do is stay calm and stay calm during the entire debate, and let Biden rant and rave, because Scranton Joe is looking and sounding meaner and more petty by the day,” Ingraham said. “And then Trump, by comparison, he easily appears presidential, cool, confident and, yeah, possessing a lot of common sense.”  (May 16th, Attachment Eight)

Fellow conservative Jesse Watters, another conspiracy theorist of the “jacked-up Joe” drug vein, also claimed President Joe had scheduled the first debate early to prevent “shadowy kingmakers” from replacing him with another presidential nominee at the Democratic National Convention.

USA Today took Bash and Tapper back along their wayback track to 2020, when they did not “mince words” in their post-debate coverage, calling it a "hot mess" and a "s---show." 

Actually, Jake the Snake called that contest “...a hot mess inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck...” while it was the potty-mouth Dana who called it “a s---show." (USA TODAY, Attachment Nine)

And she did not mean “skillful”.

CNN did not comment further on how the moderators plan to avoid the catastrophe they saw in 2020, instead saying:

"Jake Tapper and Dana Bash are well respected veteran journalists who have covered politics for more than five decades combined. They have extensive experience moderating major political debates."

“Tapper's hostile coverage of Trump and Republicans will perhaps “offer a preview of what Trump should expect going into the key political showdown.   (Fox News, Attachment Ten)

 

Time’s analytical prowess was on display as uber-opinionator Philip Elliott dug into Biden’s failed 1987 Presidential run, where he was identified as a plaigerist whose sins exuded a “stench of sloppiness”.  (Attachment Eleven)

Elliot gives the present Prez brickbats for his 2008 Veepish wipeout at the weathered hands of Sarah Palin... but with an excuse, oldest son Beau was being deployed to Iraq the following day.  Beau survived Iraq but not cancer, Joe survived in the Big O’s good graces to rebound with a performance dinging and stinging Paul Ryan and trumping Trump four years later.

Still, concerns persist regarding how a now-81 year old Biden can prove himself able to handle four more years in the White House.

“Against a rival who never lets merit or facts get in the way, a long-winded Biden might be right 95% of the time,” Elliott concluded, “but it’s the 5% that will bring him the most troubles And in that sliver of events, the 2024 race may be decided, no matter how much of his decades of self-confidence he has at the ready.”

 

A Yahoo News video, rescued from his failed first race for President in 1987 was recently brought to life.  See it as Attachment Twelve.

 

The Washington Post asked, therefore (and answered, therefrom). the question of “what does each side hopes to gain in the presidential debate?” and determined that, according to its sub-headline: “advisers” to Biden are pushing him “to show himself as a vigorous president,” while advisers to Trump hope “he will rein in his excesses.”

Simply expressed, less simply attainable.

Donald Trump’s campaign argues that Joe Biden is a feeble incompetent — disconnected from reality as his aides shuttle him around the world, in the words of one Trump adviser, like the cadaver in the 1989 comedy film “Weekend at Bernie’s.”

Nobody has ever successfully denied that Ol’ 45 (with or without some of his advisers in tow) isn’t entertaining.

Biden’s campaign describes Trump as an “unhinged” extremist with dictatorial designs who “snapped” when he lost the 2020 election, forfeiting the ability to do anything other than focus on growing his own power.

“The two caricatures — built on selective editing, blasted out by well-funded electoral machines and amplified through partisans on social media — have come to define the early months of the general election, giving voters on both sides of the spectrum punching bags for their discontent,” according to Post tosties Michael Scherer and Marianne LeVine (June 24th, Attachment Thirteen)

“But for the population of voters likely to decide the election — a group that dislikes the choice and wants neither man to return to office (in other words, the “double haters”) — the cacophony of recrimination has done little to clarify the choice.

Trump’s longtime pollster Jim McLaughlin, cultivating the Biden-only haters; motivating them out to attend his rallies, give money and vote. “It’s about a vision. He can give a lot of examples and real-life stories about how he brought peace to the Middle East, brought inflation down, secured the border and kept people safe.”  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Whatley and co-chair Lara Trump are reportedly hosting a watch party and fundraiser the night of the debate, which will include several potential vice-presidential contenders. According to an invitation obtained by The Washington Post, Trump may deliver post-debate remarks (or maledictions, should the winds favor Joe).

The Biden campaign on Sunday announced plans for 300 debate watch parties and more than 1,600 events this week across targeted states and buying television and media ads hyping the debate... spending “nearly $9.2 million, according to AdImpact, compared with almost no spending by the Trump campaign.”

 

Only days from his date with Danbury prison, Steve Bannon has made the debate his watershed (or, perhaps, Waterloo) – even consenting to an interview with the liberal Guardian U.K. (June 24th, Attachment Fourteen)

Jail, he insists, doesn’t worry him. “If I go to prison, I go to prison,” he says in an interview given before a federal judge confirmed that Bannon must turn himself in. “I was on a navy ship for four years at sea.”

He has no qualms about engaging the populist wing of the American (or British) left; scouring the daily offerings of MSNBC or GUK to take the temperature of the time; sometimes even sounding liks a Bernie Sanderista in his denunciations of the “ruling class” and support for “American citizens who work their ass off,” are denied their seat at the table and “don’t think anybody except Trump wants them at the table.”

That their hero, long before Stormy and Fani and Jack Smith, had a history of stiffing the contractors who labored on his properties whistles past the ears of MAGAteers like a foul ball.

“I don’t try to have a mass audience; I never have,” says Steve-O. We’re very focused on activists or people who will become activists because you have to build a vanguard. The old Republican party wanted a vanguard like [William F] Buckley with smart Ivy League guys writing for the National Review and going to cocktail parties; that might have worked then but we’re in a different era today.

Close to Bannon’s desk sits a copy of Project 2025, the near 900-page blueprint for a second Trump presidency – including a Bannon-esque dismantling of the administrative state – produced by the Heritage Foundation, a thinktank just a few minutes’ walk away. “I keep my bible right there,” Bannon says admiringly. “It shows you that he has a vast group of people that want to work with him. The left is in total and complete meltdown.

And angry... and even cantankerous.  “War Room”, the Bannon podcast, is an “endless stream of nonsense” according to liberal Madeline Peltz, who monitors emerging rightwing media trends at the watchdog Media Matters for America.

Even orthodox conservatives like Trump’s former AyGee Bill Barr (the Barbarian) – now a docile denialist of 2020 election denialism – and the purportedly red but reportedly purple Fox News distance themselves from looking backwards... Bannon telling GUK: “I have no problem if they win (in 2024)...” but cautions that “...We’re going to have to go through it line by line and make sure. It’s got to be certifiable, chain of custody, legitimate votes from American citizens.”

Much ink has already been spilled about how, with guardrails off and lackeys at his side, Trump’s second term would be more radical and inimical to democracy than the first. Bannon isn’t buying it. In his view, Trump is actually holding even more extreme forces at bay.

“President Trump is actually a moderate in the Maga movement,” he says, although sharing the Master’s fondness for conspiracies and protestations of being a victim, just as the “progressive left” claims to be the voice of the voiceless.

The immoderate Daily Besst... usually leftist but capable of the occasional surprise... voiced its choice of verboten questions that neither Bash nor Tapper will dare ask the candidates on Thursday.  (Monday, 24 June, Attachment Fifteen)

For Biden...

Without using the term “shrinkflation,” please offer some advice to people who can’t afford their groceries.

Do you actually have a red line on Israel, or is this a kinda “my girlfriend who lives in Canada” situation?

Did you get the most updated COVID vaccine before coming? If not, do you want to move your podium a little farther away from Trump?

What advice would you give other extremely unpopular world leaders who are seeking re-election?

Why do you think you’re not absolutely destroying Trump in the polls?

 

And for Trump, correspondent Ginny Hogan asked somewhat more questions, including...

Are you sticking to the “I didn’t sleep with Stormy Daniels” story?

Which enemies will you throw in jail first? If you have an ordered list, that might be helpful.

If Biden promised to pardon you, would you drop out?  (What if the federal government promised you a super plush jail cell, like one where you could still golf and harass people on Truth Social... then would you drop out?)

 

And a few for both...

Why are you running for president?

Why do you think RFK Jr. is so popular? I mean, he’s an anti-vaxxer who admitted a worm ate part of his brain. So I feel like his popularity says more about the two of you, right?

What do you think the American public did to deserve this election?

And, finally (and to each)...

You do know how old you are, right?

 

Foreigners, like Americans, will be watching the debate and various international media feel it is also their right, if not duty, to proselytize and prognosticate on those curious Yanks.

Al Jazeera, based in Qatar... hot and dry as in the old American West... referenced old Clint Eastwood “Make My Day!” showdowns, although the new CNN rules and regulations have made the likelihood of actual mayhem and murder on the debate floor somewhat less likely.

“Both of the candidates think that it will be advantageous having their opponent be seen by the public for an extended period of time, especially for voters that may not normally tune in,” Aaron Kall  director of the debate programme at the University of Michigan told Al Jazeera upon reciting a history of some of the more famously combatative debates

“But really, only one of them can be right.”

Enmired in election woes and crises of its own, France 24 still took the time and space to ponder the American circus... and determined that, two years post-Roe, abortion would hold center stage at the Biden-Trump debate.

Since Roe was overturned, "the abortion rights movement discovered that Americans care more about abortion rights than may have been anticipated," Mary Ziegler, a professor at the University of California, Davis law school told the French. (24/6/24, Attachment Seventeen)

Across the country, Democrats have encouraged the organization of mini-referendums on abortion in key states, so that they will coincide with the presidential vote -- and hopefully motivate unenthused voters to cast ballots.

According to a Fox News poll published Wednesday, 47 percent of voters consider abortion to be "extremely important" in how they decide between Biden and Trump.  Biden, whose approval rating is less than stellar, “will almost certainly attack Trump on the issue when the two take the stage Thursday for their first debate in 2024.”

 

Biden supporters in the mass media include the WashPost, whose Washington Correspondent Philip Elliott termed Donald Trump a “bully” who, like many cornered bullies, “may well lash out with every ounce of viciousness held in reserve, counting on the shock to overtake substance.”

Whether CNN moderators Bash and Tapper (not to mention the security agents in the hall, if enlisted) howl to the heavens for discipline and order. Trump’s behavior has veered from “playful and rakish to angry and unhinged.”  (Attachment Eighteen)

Trump’s first debate with Biden was ultimately seen through a belligerent Trump’s constant interruptions, and Biden’s now infamous plea to the President: “Will you shut up, man?”

The two oldest nominees in U.S. history are also some of the most dissimilar contenders for another four years in a job both have now done. What remains unknown is if Trump realizes just how much he has already accomplished in politics and decides to ditch the chip on his shoulder. It would be welcome, though completely disorienting, if Trump were to treat Biden like a worthy equal, but the schoolyard snarl is kind of Trump’s established default. Even so, it is never too late to grow up.

 

A19 X18 FROM WASHPOST

 

Trump’s MAGAmen may be praying and hoping that President Joe will revert to chemical inducements to keep a level head on Thursday, but the WashPost’s Philip Bump.

But experts who spoke with The Washington Post, declared that no such level headed medicine exists.

Bump said Trump was using the drug testing ploy to “create a condition that allows Trump and his allies to continue to claim that any strong performance from Biden is a function of medication. The result is win-win for Trump, who can blame any loss on this wonder drug.”  (June 25th, Attachment Nineteen)

Congressman (and former White House doctor) Ronny Jackson (R-Tx) called upon his sort-of vast experience with drugs to assert that, during President Joe’s “rehearsals” at Camp David, “they” were probably “experimenting with getting doses right. Giving him medicine ahead of the debate.”

“Nothing like that exists,” Thomas Wisniewski, director of the NYU Langone Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, told The Washington Post by phone. “There are no medications or stimulants that can reverse a dementing process transiently.”

And Adam Brickman, associate professor of neuropsychology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, concurred with that assessment.

“I’m not aware of any medications that would reverse or mask cognitive decline,” Brickman said.

“Not so!” Sean Hannity responded (Fox News, 5/24/24, Attachment Twenty).

“Rest assured, hyper-caffeinated, jacked-up Joe will likely make an appearance on Thursday's debate stage,” Hannity predicted – proceeding to break down the difference for those in the media that are too ignorant to understand between Biden's “usual day to day cognitive struggles” compared to “that rare occasion at the State of the Union, during an important speech when Joe seemed, well, let's say amped up. We're being charitable.”

To which Biden would probably gain ten points in the polling should he agree to take Trump’s drug test... provided that, in order to prevent any hanky panky or even malarkey, the Ex would cup his hands to collect the urine emanating from Joe’s junk. 

The only comforting thing about Biden vs. Trump declaimed Buckley Boy emeritus George F. Will... a RINO turned double hater morally prostituting himself to write for the WashPost... is that “one of them will lose.”  (6/26/24, Attachment Twenty One)

“The one soothing certainty is that when the boil of this year’s election is lanced, politics will be cleaned of one deeply disapproved candidate,” Will declared. “Another, however, will be elected.”  Being a sort of a historian and a bona fide intellectual, George reached back into the Presidential archives, plucked out and put forward a comment by Henry Adams back in 1892 – during the rematch between presidents Benjamin Harrison and split-termer Grover Cleveland: “One of them had no friends; the other, only enemies.”

Picking polls, political decisions and other people’s brains, Will concluded that there never had been a Presidential contest between two so vigorously and rigorously despised candidates and concluding on a gastronomically absurdist parable... “Is it any wonder that the public, which is told strange things by candidates, believes strange things? Biden’s longevity and Trump’s resilience suggest that perhaps soufflés, which are mostly air, actually can rise repeatedly. Which is strange.”

Yes, it is.

With both parties more or less resigned to the reality that their November nominees are evoking little love and less respect, the donkey and elephant spin doctors are down to their last little packet of pills for what ills... ramp up the fear.

GUK predicted that Trump would bring a “ghoulish tactic” to the debate... specifically a duffel bag of severed heads and female organs and orifices of the several young, attractive (white) women raped and murdered by dirty, dark-skinned illegal aliens.  (June 25th. Attachment Twenty One)

On Friday last, Team Trump had arranged and publicized a telephone call to the mother of a young woman who had been murdered by an undocumented immigrant to express his heartfelt sympathy. That day, the former president posted three similar stories of gruesome murders on his Truth Social account. “We have a new Biden Migrant Killing – It’s only going to get worse, and it’s all Crooked Joe Biden’s fault. He’s a disgrace to the Office of President, he’s a disgrace to America. I look forward to seeing him at the Fake Debate on Thursday. Let him explain why he has allowed MILLIONS of people to come into our Country illegally!”

 

 

In the debate, GUK’s Sidney Blumenthal (a former senior advisor to Bill and Hillary Clinton) predicted, Trump “will cast the president as responsible for those who stalk, rape and kill innocent young women. He will accuse Biden and his policies on the border of being the source of vicious crimes. Biden will be the villain. He will be shown to have no empathy. He will be exposed as secretly conspiring to unleash a reign of terror. He will be unveiled as the criminal. The chivalrous Trump will ride as the white knight to rescue vulnerable women from swarthy rapists and killers.”

The original scenario of this plot, Blumenthal charges was “The Birth of a Nation” (that 1915 cinematic epic by D. W. Griffith celebrating the Ku Klux Klan).

MAGAnation, of course, sees Trump as a savior, defender of the innocent and fearless opponent of the immigrant hordes poisoning the blood of America.  According to Fox News, “he has lent hope and compassion to those who have lost family members or other loved ones in recent years due to heinous acts committed by individuals who had come to the US illegally...” what GUK calls a “gambit” since his victorious 2016 campaign which featured a cavalcade of members of stricken “angel families” up to and including the parents of Laken Riley, a Georgia nursing student allegedly murdered by an undocumented immigrant.

“This could have been my daughter. This could have been yours,” declaimed Sen. Katie Britt (R-Al) during debate over the failed border bill earlier this year.  “From fentanyl poisonings to horrific murders, there are empty chairs tonight at kitchen tables just like this one because of Biden’s senseless border policies.”

“What he’s doing to the country is criminal,” the South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham parroted on Fox News on 19 June. “His border policies are allowing people to be raped and murdered on the street.”

That Trump himself has been “adjudicated a rapist in his E Jean Carroll defamation case and has been credibly accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women,” Blumenthal charged, “only makes the stories about the murders of innocent women by undocumented immigrants that much more politically necessary.”

The Guardian’s researchers collected numerous accounts of academic studies and statistics (ranging from the conservative Cato Institute to the National Bureau of Economic Research) contending that immigrants have a lower criminality rate than native-born Americans and that crime has been falling under President Joe’s watch... Biden himself noting that: “In the first quarter of this year, murders decreased by 26%, robberies by almost 18%, and violent crime overall by 15%.”

Blumenthal also notes the proliferation of criminal investigations, indictment and convictions of MAGAzoids on charges ranging from sexual assault to fraud to contempt of Congress – all the way up to Steve Bannon, Rudy Gee and the Man Himself (pending today’s SCOTUS ruling on Presidential immunity).

Trump, on the other hand, promises that he will pardon “violent criminals imprisoned as a result of their participation in the January 6 insurrection” - calling them “hostages” and “warriors”.

Demonstrating his piety and virtue, while showing no remorse for his felonies as he awaits sentencing, Trump endorsed the state of Louisiana’s edict to post a copy of the Ten Commandments in every schoolroom. “I LOVE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PRIVATE SCHOOLS, AND MANY OTHER PLACES, FOR THAT MATTER.” Trump did not specify those “many other places”.

As Trump said in his Access Hollywood tape, Blumenthal concludes... laying out the only commandment he has ever upheld... “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

Another of Trump’s most successful ploys, contends  Former Labor Secretary turned GUKster Robert Reich (6/26 Attachment Twenty Two) has been to frame the upcoming election as a contest between strength and weakness; “to convince many Americans that stridency and pugnacity are signs of strength while truth and humility signal weakness.

And who could be stronger than a vigorous, virile rapist – especially one birthed in a nation where effeminate American pieties are held in contempt.

Reich asks that we not overlook the force and power of television in winding behind the words said and promises uttered in the debate but, rather, pay attention to the physical quirks and aspect that, as in the 1960 Nixon-JFK debate, reveal character.

Denigrating the ex-President’s character as cynical, loathsome – even disrespectful of the Presidency, the law and the Constitution – Reich recounts a dialog with a Young Republican who admits Trump is an odious thug but that, in a world of Xi, Putin, even Netanyahu “...We need our own odious thug to stand up to them.”

He was impatient with the messiness and slowness of democracy. He wanted a dictator, Reich wrote

“I’m not sure how many Americans attracted to Trump feel this way. It’s consistent with the strength-versus-weakness framework Trump is deploying.

“Trump may be loathsome, they tell themselves, but at least he’s strong, and we need strength over weakness.

“I’m less worried that Joe Biden will suffer a mental lapse or physically stumble than I am that Biden will look weak and Donald Trump appear strong.”

 

Sky News (Attachment Twenty Three) and Fox (Attachment Twenty Four) offered extensive takeaway commentary upon debate precursorship... then Thursday arrived and the combatants entered the arena as Bash and Tapper welcomed the world-at-large to the conclave of two men, some would account writ-small.  Would the debate inspire respect, broaden views, change minds?

Tapper elucidated upon the significance of the coin toss.  Bash reiterated that the closing of microphone to extracurricular commentary would foment decorum.  By accepting our invitation to debate,” she said, “...both candidates and their campaigns agreed to accept these rules.”

“Now,” Tapper commenced, “...please welcome the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden...”

The game was on.

 

 

Our Lesson: June Twenty Third through June Thirtieth, 2024

 

Monday, June 24, 2024

Dow: 39.411.21

It’s Debate Week!

   It’s also Gunday Monday.  Thirteen are shot down in Montgomery, AL, others across the nation.  (Mass shooters on the prowl, even in Russia!)  Surgeon General Vivek Murthy calls gun violence a “public health crisis” and has become the Number One cause of death for children in America, which has five times the number of shot kids than any other country (maybe not Ukraine or Gaza).  “People are scared to go out and do their normal activities... it’s a kids’ issue, not a political issue.”  But of course it is; cite the “ghoulish” exploitation of crime and murders by politicians as noted in the Guardian U.K. (Attachment below).

   For the aforementioned Gaza and Ukraine, the problem is too few weapons.  The Republican Congress continues to hold up arms and ammo for Zelenskyy and Israeli PM Netanyahu complains that President Joe is holding back weapons gifts under pressure from both the pro-Hamas left and just plain cheap right.  The IDF promises to draw down some Gaza troops to redeploy against Hezbollah in the north, but torture videos including that of a wounded Palestinian being driven round strapped to a truck like a trophy deer sort of undercuts the appeals.

   The weather continues to be miserable... hot, dry and fiery in the West, flooding and storms in the East and the kill count rising offshore... a couple swept away by rip currents, a “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor eaten by sharks while surfing in Hawaii and a K-9 left in a hot cop car killed by heat. 

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Dow:  39,112.18

Convicted Wikileaker Julian Assange cuts a deal to get out of a British prison after five years and scoots back to Australia – a hero to some, a traitor to others. 

   Amidst Debate Week, it’s also decision week for SCOTUS with the capper being whether former President Trump has lifetime immunity for acts (crimes) committed in or out of office.  They will also be hearing appeal of lower court decisions to ban abortions even to save the mother’s life (Idaho), to block President Joe’s debt relief scheme for graduates and to honor God by posting the Ten Commandments in schools (Louisiana) and imposing mandatory Bible Studies in public schools in +.

   Biden hiding out at Camp David and rehearsing his speech (with all of the possible maguffins).  Trump calls the rehearsals a sign of weakness and, instead, holds briefing with interested monkeys and flunkeys while speculators speculate on his choice for Veep after he says he’ll reveal it during the debate.  (He doesn’t.)

   Florida, after nearly blowing a 3-0 series lead, wins its first NHL Stanley Cup after 31 years by defeating Edmonton.  In other sports news, Olympic trials continue and the NBA draft begins with Atlanta taking tall Frenchman Zaccharie Resacher as their first pick while Bronny James will join his father with the Lakers.

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Dow:  39,127.80

With a day to go, Republican turncoat Adam Kinzinger endorses President Joe as former President Trump complains about the CNN debate format, the liberal moderators (Bash and Jake), the lack of an audience to give him the applause he craves and the dictate that candidates cannot interrupt each other.  Biden touts his claim that immigration is down, of late, and promotes pardons and dishonorable discharge reversals for veterans convicted of being gay.

   SCOTUS clerks mistakenly report that the justices have voted 6-3 to send the mommy death bill back to the lower courts.  In Russian legal news, Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovitz goes on trial for spying and faces twenty years in prison after the almost certain conviction as friends, family and public officials try negotiating a spy swap.  Israeli hostage families, meanwhile, ask that they not be forgotten.

   Heavy seas and technical glitches impede the American-built Gaza pier, so fewer supplies are getting to the starving Palestinians.  The Israeli government provokes riots by ordering a military draft of ultra-Orthodox Jews, previously left alone.

 

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Dow:  39,164.06

And it’s D-Day.  See above for all of the utterances from the mouths of the talking heads – the predictions (right and wrong), the posturing, the paranoia.

   No ruling on Trump immunity nor abortion, God or One Six protesters yet, and the nearly completed deal between prosecutors and Big Pharma over opiate addiction crashes.  The parties will now go to trial – months or years in the future – while the victims’ families twist in the wind.

   The news just keeps getting worse and worse for Boeing... the NTSD finds its proposed repairs to its repair policies unsatisfactory while space glitches keep the Starliner stuck out there in orbit; the astronauts enduring cramped quarters and monotonous meals.  But the view is great.

   The Midwest flooding eases slightly after bridges collapse and people drown, but the heat dome shows no signs of moving for weeks, even months.  Cropland has been so ravaged by wind and water and wildfires that crops are failing and food prices are expected to rise by Election Day.

   Animals are getting ornery.  A bear shits in a van in the woods, leaving the family of campers to say: “It stinks!”  Declining consumer interest leading Walgreens to close stores because people aren’t buying enough stuff and Hooters to close venues because people aren’t... you know...

 

Friday, June 28, 2024

Dow:  39,118.46

THE DAY AFTER finds pundits and pollsters all agog.  Democrats are still professing their loyalty to President Joe in public but, in private, are whispering and scheming.  The problem is that the polls show Vice President Harris is even more unpopular than Biden!  (See more previews above and reviews next Lesson.)

   No ruling yet on the increasingly important Trump immunity case, but SCOTUS does manage to overturn “obstruction” provision of One Six arrests while greenlighting a law enabling the government to fine and/or jail homeless people who try to sleep out in the open... even where there are no shelters available.  Out of prison go the rioters, in come the income-less.  (And on Monday, Steve Bannon!)

   There’s some good news for Biden – mortgage rates are starting to come down and gas prices are down 8¢ over May.  Batboy for the Dodgers makes a sensational catch of a line drive foul ball that would have beaned $7 million superstar Ohtani.  And for those needing more stuff to fear... fear beach umbrellas blown from their moorings and soaring across the sand to impale innocents.

   Corporations appeal for more consumption, less partisanship.  “Sausage and bacon are things that bring us together,” say spokesmen.

 

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Dow:  Closed

President Joe glides and bounces through a rally in North Carolina as if the debate never happened, telling the adoring throng that “I know what I do know,” and resuscitating the old campaign slogan (via Chumbawama) about getting knocked down and then getting up again.  Democratic insiders and influencers remain positive in public, conspiratorial in dark rooms.

   In what may be an ominous forecast, international elections show a trend towards disgruntlement and/or dictatorship.  India’s Modi survives, but with reduced mandate.  The U.K.’s Sunak is in trouble.  And France turns sharply right with Marie LePen predicted next premier.

   No respite from sticky weather in the East, nor drought and wildfires in the West (latest target is Fresno, CA and its raisen).  Floods easing in Florida, but, as Alberto disappears into Mexico, Beryl follws as a Cat. Four hurricane and Chris also forming.

   Storm tossed trees fall all over Pennsylvania, one of which topples and crushes the town’s beloved Jack the Pony.  “It didn’t really do a whole lot of damage to the house or the barn, just our hearts,” owner Darla Cynkar commented.

 

Sunday, June 30, 2024

Dow: Closed

The final day of the month is also the final day of the Gay Pride celebrations with parades and speeches and... uh... un-Biblical acts.  Despite a manic weekend of gun violence, the celebrations in major cities conclude with much love, little violence and gatherings to prepare to deal with more SCOTUS assaults in the culture wars.

   Again, the Supremes fail to confront their “watershed” Trump immunity case and go home, but extend the term for at least another day, disrupting their vacations and gratuities from the gilded gangsters.  One turn they do take is overturning President Joe’s forgiveness of student debtors, agreeing with most Jonese who paid their bills or had to skip college in the first place that the handouts were unfair.  (They’ll be back, but perhaps with some restrictions (to overstressed, lower-paid necessary workers like teachers, first responders, childcare providers and the military) and provisions (perhaps tradeoffs, like community service that keeps minor criminals out of prison).

   No community service for Steve Bannon, who passes his final day of freedom by arguing with ABC’s Jonathan Karl on the Sunday turkeytalk – touting “Project 2025”... a perhaps serious, perhaps aspirational plan for President Djonald, after his landslide win, to purge Federal bureaucrats, dissolve NATO and let Putin have Ukraine, cut more taxes for the rich and fill out SCOTUS with judges who’ll support a full-blown theocracy.  Most other talking birds check in for or against replacing Biden (which some Republican now oppose, fearing a new, younger, more “enthusiastic” nominee), to which Gov. Wes Moore (D-Md) opines: “All of us have different thoughts.”

  Another wise old owl (or cranky buzzard, to Banno) Dr. Fauci defends his vaxxing on “The Week” while other happy doctors report: “Pasteurization kills bird flu in milk.”  (But maybe not in McNuggets!)

 

The Dow and the Don both bumbled and stumbled like drunken turtles, finally retreating just a little bit like an endangered crab as Don Jones, America and the world waited to see if the debates would offer any clues as to the direction of the election and the next four years.  Note: we stopped recording responses and comments Thursday afternoon before the debate; the results and takeaways reserved for next week’a Lwaaon (although a transcript of the transpiring is included as Attachment “A” so that those as want to read it, think it over and decide without being told by experts what to think may do so.

 

 

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)

 

Gains in indices as improved are noted in GREEN.  Negative/harmful indices in RED as are their designation.  (Note – some of the indices where the total went up created a realm where their value went down... and vice versa.) See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES 

 

(60%)

CATEGORY

VALUE

BASE

RESULTS by PERCENTAGE

SCORE

OUR SOURCES and COMMENTS

INCOME

(24%)

6/17/13 revised 1/1/22

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

LAST WEEK

THIS WEEK

THE WEEK’S CLOSING STATS...

Wages (hrly. Per cap)

9%

1350 points

6/10/24

  +0.13%

6/24

1,503.91

1,503.91

https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages   29.79  .83

Median Inc. (yearly)

4%

600

6/10/24

  +0.028%

6/24/24

671.15

671.34

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   39,557 566 577

Unempl. (BLS – in mi)

4%

600

6/10/24

 +2.56%

6/24

570.30

570.30

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000   4.0

Official (DC – in mi)

2%

300

6/10/24

+0.23%

6/24/24

241.61

241.06

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      6,581 594 609

Unofficl. (DC – in mi)

2%

300

6/10/24

+0.095%

6/24/24

273.59

273.33

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      11,658 668 679

Workforce Participation

   Number

   Percent

2%

300

6/10/24

 

 +0.009%

 +0.0018%

6/24/24

302.03517

302.0354

In 161,567 578 591 Out 100,119  124 131 Total: 261,686 702

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   61.74.12

WP %  (ycharts)*

1%

150

6/10/24

  -0.32%

6/24

150.95

150.95

https://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  62.70 .50

OUTGO

(15%)

Total Inflation

7%

1050

4/24

   nc

6/24

959.58

959.58

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.3 0

Food

2%

300

4/24

 +0.1%

6/24

273.53

273.53

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.0 +0.1

Gasoline

2%

300

4/24

 -3.6%

6/24

228.86

228.86

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +2.8 -3.6

Medical Costs

2%

300

4/24

+0.3%

6/24

288.46

288.46

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.4 0.3

Shelter

2%

300

4/24

+0.4%

6/24

262.61

262.61

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

WEALTH

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

6/10/24

  -0.082%

6/24/24

320.00

319.74

https://www.wsj.com/market-data/quotes/index/   38,941.70 787.41 150.53 118.46

Home (Sales)

(Valuation)

1%

1%

150

150

6/10/24

  -1.19%

 +3.58%

6/24

134.34

291.29

134.34

291.29

https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics

Sales (M):  4.14 Valuations (K):  407.6

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

6/10/24

 +0.037%

6/24/24

264.23

264.13

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    75,909 933 961

GOVERNMENT

(10%)

Revenue (trilns.)

2%

300

6/10/24

  +0.245%

6/24/24

416.59

417.61

debtclock.org/       4,879 890 902

Expenditures (tr.)

2%

300

6/10/24

  +0.24%

6/24/24

306.20

305.47

debtclock.org/       6,717 731  747

National Debt tr.)

3%

450

6/10/24

 +0.055%

6/24/24

386.02

385.81

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    34,811 828 847

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

6/10/24

 +0.35%

6/24/24

394.20

392.83

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    100,548 640 749

TRADE

(5%)

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

6/10/24

  +0.12%

6/24/24

292.68

292.33

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    8,415 424 434

Exports (in billions)

1%

150

6/10/24

  +2.37%

6/24

163.78

163.78

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/current/index.html  263.7

Imports (in billions))

1%

150

6/10/24

  +3.31% 

6/24

161.97

161.97

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/current/index.html  338.2

Trade Surplus/Deficit (blns.)

1%

150

6/10/24

  +6.97% 

6/24

281.27

281.27

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/current/index.html    74.6

 

SOCIAL INDICES 

 

(40%)

ACTS of MAN

(12%)

 

World Affairs

3%

450

6/10/24

 -0.1%

6/24/24

448.96

448.51

Tax increases on commodities like eggs and diapers spur deadly protest riots in Kenya and finally pressure the government into cancelling collections.  Elections will proclaim a new President of Iran, having already weakened India’s Modi, France’s Macron and perhaps evicting England’s Sunak.  Bolivia coup led by a Prigozhin wannabee fails.

War and terrorism

2%

300

6/10/24

    -0.1%

6/24/24

286.51

286.22

Israeli hostage families release videos of Hamas celebrating and torturning Jews as American students join neo-Nazis in protests, pressuring Biden to cut back on military aid to Israel.  Battered Blinken proposes another Gaza deal that Hamas rejects, leading to comparisons of civilian sufferings to forgotten places like Somalia.  Or Sudan.  More terrorism in Russia as bad bears (or maybe foreign wolves with grudges against God) shoot up churches and synagogues.

Politics

3%

450

6/10/24

      nc

6/24/24

477.56

477.56

D-day Thursday in Atlanta.  (See above)

Economics

3%

450

6/10/24

       -0.2%

6/24/24

445.91

445.02

More iconomic bankruptcies include Redbox DVD rental kiosks and, for the kids, Lincoln Logs.  (Republicans turning to Trump prison logs?)  Walgreen’s and Hooters still alive, but closing “underperforming” outlets. 

Crime

1%

150

6/10/24

   -0.3%

6/24/24

232.86

232.16

A weekend of mayhem and murder finds Nebraska “patriot” shooting seven Hispanics, then himself, thirteen gunned down in Montgomery, AL.     Carjacker throws 3 year old stowaway into a busy highway in Florida.  Police in Utica, NY kill 13 year old with a toy gun.  Unlucky thief electrocuted while stealing coppe wire.  KC Chiefs’ Isaiah Buggs released and arrested for domestic violence.

ACTS of GOD

(6%)

Environment/Weather

3%

450

6/10/24

   -0.2%

6/24/24

380.53

379.77

Grim new records include two feet of rain in two days in Florida, heat indices of 118° in New Orleans, and mass heatstroke deaths during Mecca’s outdoor religious processions.  One K-9 dies in hot cop car, another on the job busting a perp.  At least firefighters get a handle on Western wildfires.

Disasters

3%

450

6/10/24

   +0.1%

6/24/24

416.33

416.75

Off-duty lifeguard saves seven from New York rip currents.  Hiker lost ten days in Santa Cruz (Ca) mountains also rescued.  Heavy rains collapse bridge in Sioux Citt, SD, overflow dam in Mankato, MN.  Four killed, nine injured when car crashes into NY nail salon, “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor eaten by sharks.

LIFESTYLE/JUSTICE INDEX

(15%)

 

Science, Tech, Education

4%

600

6/10/24

      +0.2%