For those living in NC there was no avoiding the snowfall. Records amounts, some in excess of 10 inches fell throughout the area and the studio worked fine in the midst of it. From snow to the president’s health. CNN clearly wants the president to be in far worse shape than his doctors going so far as to say the president is essentially obese and has heart disease. For that matter, it appears most of the televised and print media sources would like for the president to simply die. It’s an odd world indeed when juxtaposed against the backdrop of Reagan being shot when there was genuine empathy even from his political adversaries at the time. (http://www.theamericanmirror.com/cnn-trump-borderline-obese-predicts-heart-attack-3-5-years/)
We also discussed the amazing jobless numbers that continue to astound by dropping to their lowest level in over 40 years. More and more folks are returning to the workforce after having left during Obama’s tenure. Companies are working harder to keep workers as well. Not a lot of headlines about the good news, but it continues to happen. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-18/jobless-claims-in-u-s-plunge-to-lowest-weekly-tally-since-1973)
Next we jumped into the “Fake News Awards” and no sooner had they been released that the Washington Post had to “fact check” them. Regardless, all of them were affirmed, even the fake twitter feeds that went viral. Worth checking out here (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/01/17/fact-checking-president-trumps-fake-news-awards/?utm_term=.0fbd2a42e7d0) or here (https://www.vox.com/2018/1/17/16871430/trumps-fake-news-awards-annotated)
Worth noting that the final claim has to do with Russian Collusion, while the investigation continues, now in its eighth month, we’ll see what happens or will it end up having been a YUUUGE waste of time. Only Mueller and his intrepid team of prosecutors knows, but likely nothing on the Russian front.
Yet more interesting news at Raleigh, NC made the list of final 20 potential sites for the new Amazon campus. Odds are still stacked against Raleigh, but making the list is impressive nonetheless. We openly contemplated if Gov. Cooper would be willing to recruit companies that bring back money to the US as a result of the tax cut which leading democrat Nancy Pelosi called “crumbs”. . . Will the Gov want some of those “crumbs” here in NC? Apple is bringing back about $350B of them. . . (https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/apple/apple-bringing-mountain-cash-jobs-u-s-n838496)
The DOW Jones finished the day over 26k which is astounding. 1% growth every two trading days this year so far. How far can it go? Is it just pent up demand from companies coming out of the dark times of Obama’s presidency? Regardless, I think we’re still going to see a lot of upward growth yet! (https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/01/17/dow-jumps-323-points-closes-above-26-000-first-time-its-121-year-history/1041862001/)
Of note, the 1,000 point rise over the past week has been the fastest 1,000 point increase in DOW history.
We explored City-Journal’s piece regarding the president being able to benefit from his policies. The simple question is, “Can he?” as he continues to suffer backlash from his outbursts. ANY sitting president would be on top of the world with economic numbers like these, but the hatred from the left is seething at best. Nonetheless, citizens are benefitting more every day from the freedoms and opportunities coming their way. Is that momentum building until November? Only time and the President’s Twitter account can say. (https://www.city-journal.org/html/can-trump-economy-trump-trump-15679.html)
Heading towards the second half of the second hour, we described the horrendous realities of socialism made manifest in Venezuela. It’s terrible and words really fall short. Money has become so worthless that when people loot, they literally leave the money. In fact, having money in that horrific nation is actually a detriment. The summary only shows how badly the policies of folks like Bernie Sanders and the adamant left will eventually lead. One horrific video literally shows a family running into a field to stone a small calf to death to feed themselves. What’s next? (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2018/01/17/in-venezuela-money-has-stopped-working/?utm_term=.3cda4c6fa109)
As always we finished out the show with a few scientific notations. The first being the struggle to find a true vaccine for the always mutating flu strains. It’s a killer and we may well have another global flue epidemic as we did in 1918 that killed tens of millions. We’re lucky it hasn’t been worse because most of our flu vaccines at this point are a lot of guesswork. A truly blanket vaccine would save millions of folks in the coming years, but we’re not there yet! (https://www.usnews.com/news/news/articles/2018-01-17/century-after-pandemic-science-takes-its-best-shot-at-flu)
And finally, there may be a fungi among us eventually. . .well. . meaning a fungi that allows concrete to repair itself. Yes, amazing, not sci-fi, but could well save Americans billions of dollars in future repairs. Dorman fungi spores that grow when concrete cracks, then seals up the concrete with calcium deposits before going dormant again. Obviously this is a weak description, but the story is amazing! (https://www.binghamton.edu/news/story/938/using-fungi-to-fix-bridges)