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Saturday, October 03, 2020

News Factoids for Second & Third Quarter 2020


The Labor Department on Friday May 8th said that 20.5 million jobs were lost in April, and the unemployment rate climbed to 14.7 percent.

The Department of Labor released the most recent unemployment insurance (UI) claims data on May 26th, showing that another 2.2 million people filed for regular UI benefits in the week ending May 16 (not seasonally adjusted) and 1.2 million for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), the new program for workers who aren’t eligible for regular UI, such as gig workers.

The U.S. Department of labor reported on August 8th that 29.7 million American workers are either on Unemplyment Insurance benefits or have applied and are waiting a decision. The U.S. labor force reached a high of 164.6 million persons in February 2020, so that means that the official unemployment rate is really 18%, and that actual unemployment is probably at least 25% - the official unemployment rate during the Great Depression was 23%.


More than half of the COVID-19 cases in New Mexico are Native Americans even though Native Americans only make up roughly 10% of our population. -- tom udall, mid-may 2020

on Saturday August 22nd, data collected by Johns Hopkins University showed that the global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 800,000, while the number of confirmed cases across the world shot past 23 million.

A new internet distinction/meme has shown up: today's kids are part of Generation C, those whose education (K-college) was messed up by the coronavirus epidemic.


538 women are running for Congress this year, breaking 2018's record While the 2018 midterm elections saw a historic number of women run for Congress, 2020 has already broken that record. In 2018, 529 women filed to run for the House or the Senate, with 117 ultimately elected or appointed. This year, some 538 female congressional candidates have filed their paperwork so far. Among them are 490 women vying for House seats, according to data from Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), up from 476 in 2018. So far, 48 women have filed to run for Senate in 2020, just behind 2018's record of 53.


The Democrats did indeed find dirt on Trump (easy: Trump is dirty): Trump was impeached but Moscow Mitch prevented an actual trial in the Senate; as to the Mueller report and all that, Republican Senators released Volume 5 of their report in August, concluding that "the Trump campaign had regular contact with Russians and welcomed their help" in the 2016 election.

The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released its fifth and final report on Russia's 2016 election interference, concluding that the Trump campaign had regular contact with Russians and welcomed their help. The Senate panel said former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort posed a 'grave counterintelligence threat' due to his 'willingness to share information' with associates of Russian agents. The investigation supported many of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's conclusions, including that Trump associates tried to get information hacked from Democrats and released by WikiLeaks in a bid to damage then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign. Trump has called the Russia investigations a hoax, but the Senate report rejects Trump's claim that the F.B.I. had no reason to investigate his campaign's contacts with Russia.

the Bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report about Trump and his role in Russian Interference in our presidential 2016 election:

"The report ... describes how Russia launched an aggressive, wide-ranging effort to interfere in the election on Donald Trump's behalf. It says Trump associates were eager to exploit the Kremlin's aid, particularly by maximizing the impact of the disclosure of Democratic emails that were hacked by Russian military intelligence officers."

"The report from the Republican-led panel lays out significant contacts between Trump associates and Russians, describing for instance a close professional relationship between Trump campaign chairman Paul Mananfort and Konstantin Kilimnik, whom the committee describes without equivocation as a Russian intelligence officer."


PREDICTION: On or about January First, 2021 there will be T-shirts on the market reading 'I SURVIVED 2020'

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