Tensions are high in Minneapolis and other cities as the prosecution of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd goes to the jury.
Closing statements at the Derek Chauvin trial concluded Monday, and the outcome is in the hands of the jury. No one knows whether they will reach a verdict in hours or days, but take the possibility of civil unrest into account when planning your week.
Some predict that Chauvin will be found not guilty of second or third degree murder in the death of George Floyd because Floyd’s heart disease and use of Fentanyl contributed to the death. While a manslaughter conviction is possible, it or a “not guilty” verdict might cause anger and civil unrest, culminating in destructive riots and looting.
Are we witnessing the first shots fire in anger of CW2? Will it be fought with money and words, instead of guns?
When historians in the year 2072 look back and the Second Civil War (CW2) in America, they may well consider the implosion of GameStop Shorts orchestrated by the Reddit sub WallStreetBets the first killing blow struck by regular guys fighting back against the elites. The January 6 invasion of the Capitol was just a warning shot across the bow. Taking down the shorts is the first true shot fired in anger.
There has been much written about GameStop, the trading platform Robinhood, the hedge fund Melvin Capital and the roll of Citadel, so I am not going to repeat it. Instead, I will refer you to this article by Andy Serwer and Max Zahn that ran last week.
According to the media, we’re going to hell in a hand basket, but things are quiet here on the homestead as we enjoy our self-imposed quarantine.
Gun sales are up again, this time in reaction to the storming of the capitol. I have to admit, I am a little surprised at this reaction. Where were these people when they were rioting, looting and setting fire to businesses in Minneapolis? How come they didn’t buy guns when the protesters attacked the Federal buildings in Portland night after night?
Seems to me that the cavalier attitude of prosecutors who let liberal protestors off with a slap on the hand, and the pundits and talking heads on the news media who saw little or nothing wrong with the anti-police protests of the summer are suddenly seeing the opposite side of that coin. Yes, when you allow one group to misbehave, you have to expect others will follow in their footsteps.
Too all those running out and buying guns now, good luck finding ammo.
The actions on January 6 will have long-reaching, unintended consequences. We discuss what you can expect and how to prepare for what is to come.
When we were looking for our prepper property, we set a goal of moving before Election Day. We missed it by about five weeks, but am I darn sure happy that I moved before inauguration day. I’m also glad I do not live or work in Washington, DC.
In yesterday’s book review, I talked about the lead character being slow to catch on and recognize the problems they were facing. I wrote, “You’d think a military vet would be able to see the writing on the wall and make better, faster decisions.”
I recommend that you look at the world around you and ask yourself if January 6, 2021 was a day that should have motivated you to act. If you don’t, you may one day look back on it and think to yourself, “That’s when the first domino fell. If only I had acted then instead of doing nothing.”
Nine countries now are now reporting more than 1 million cases of coronavirus, with the United Kingdom the newest addition to that list. While the U.S. remains ahead of India by more than 1 million cases 9.2 to 8.2 million), European countries are surging up the list as you can see in the table below, which compares this week’s case count to the numbers a week ago:
In the past week, Spain moved up the list one spot, surpassing Argentina, while the UK climbed past Mexico and Peru. It appears the virus is receding in South American while it booms in the northern hemisphere. Italy climbed one spot while Germany is up three, surpassing Chile, Iraq and Bangladesh. The Ukraine also moved up while Belgium and Poland joined the list of countries with the most cases for the first time, knocking off Turkey and the Philippines.
While the rate of growth slowed by 3 percent in France and the UK, it grew in Italy (from 27 to 35 percent) and Germany (20 to 25 percent).
Until district attorneys and prosecutors start holding rioters responsible and making them face some serious consequences, riots will just continue.
It seems that some mayors, governors, and district attorneys – and possibly some voters — need to remember psychology 101 or child psych to figure how to deal with rioters.
Let me give you an example from child psychology:
You are going shopping and you take you four year old. Before you go, you tell your child, “If you are good while we are shopping, we will stop at McDonalds on the way home so you can get a happy meal and play.” This is a positive way to establish the kind of behavior you expect. “So you want to go to McDonalds? Yes, then you just have to be good the whole time we are shopping, even if you get tired. Can you do that?”
Then, as you drive to the shopping center, you point out the McDonalds and you say, “Remember, if you are good today, we’re going to stop by on the way home.” This reinforcement is necessary because little kids have short memories.
As bad as hurricanes and forest fires are, there are plenty of far more serious potential disaster to prep for.
Over the past couple of days, our daily report has focused on the disaster of the moment: Hurricane Laura, forest fires, riots and looting, and COVID-19.
Today, let’s look at the threats we may face in the future:
War is probably the biggest global threat right now. China could attack Taiwan, or war could break out between the U.S. and China. Possibly due to an accident or mistake. Likewise, it could be war between China and India. It could be war with India and Pakistan. It could be a new outbreak of war in the Middle East with Iran vs Israel or even Iran versus Saudi Arabia, especially after the arms embargo expires and Chinese and Russian weapons pour into Iran. If North Korea suffers a change in leadership, Kim Jong Un’s successor could strike out as a show of strength. Let’s not forget that Russia is always ready to take advantage of an opportunity to bring part of the Soviet Union (like Balrus) back under its wings.
Violence reached a new level yesterday as rioters were shot and killed, not by police, but by counter protesters. Is this what the future holds for the U.S.?
Riots continued in Kenosha, Wi., where at least three were shot last night, apparently by one or more armed counter protesters. Some reports are that one of those shot was throwing Molotov cocktails at a gas station while two others were shot after attacking a gun-wielding counter protester. Photos show that one of the rioters, who was shot in the arm, was wielding a pistol.
The best coverage I have seen is in the Daily Mail. Just be advised that some of the photos and videos on that link may be a bit graphic.
In the past, protesters confronted by armed citizens have had enough common sense to leave the area. Armed guards have successfully protected stores, buildings, and neighborhoods. Last night, rioters chose confrontation instead.
Forest fires sweep across California, hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, COVID-19 outbreaks on college campuses and looting in Kenosha. It’s been a hell of a week.
I just spent five days at our new house and I came home to find that all hell is breaking loose across the country. We have no TV up there and I didn’t spend much time online, but here are a few things that occurred while we were gone:
Riots in Kenosha
More riots broke out, this time in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Complete with wanton destruction, looting, arson, etc. Rocks and bottles were thrown at police, cars on auto dealer lots were smashed and burned, garbage trucks were set on fire, furniture stores were burned down, and windows were smashed.
You can forgive the local police for not being prepared for the flash riot sprang up after a police shooting but there’s really no excuse for being unprepared for the second day.