MON brief 6.1.20

Riots bad for BLM, good for gun rights

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Today's stories

RIOTS broke out across the country over the weekend, including in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston.

Initially a response to the death of George Floyd, a Houston native in police custody in Minnesota when he died, protests morphed into riots featuring radical anti-American elements.

Notably; the San Antonio protest included a group of Texans defending the Alamo, the Dallas protest featured a sword-wielding man nearly beaten to death (he lived), in Houston a horse trampled a protestor, and in Austin, I-35 was more gridlocked than usual.

The unrest lead President Trump to label the anarchist group ANTIFA a domestic terrorist organization, and Governor Abbott to declare a State of Disaster.

Liberals are in an unenviable position. Susan Rice, a former Obama administration staffer, could be seen on CNN giving CPR to the charred carcass of Russiagate, as she blamed Russia for inciting the riots.

Coronavirus your 15 minutes are up, gun control groups get ready to be irrelevant. To the extent that protests continue, both of these positions will become more firmly entrenched, and the BLM movement, if it doesn't distance from extremist elements, will be joining them.

CONTACT TRACING in Texas is off to a rocky start, one that many hope will transform into cancelation.

Last week MTX, the organization selected to conduct the project in Texas, was examined in multiple investigative articles questioning how the contract was awarded and the company's ability to perform.

On Friday afternoon, it was widely reported that the owner of MTX might have fabricated/inflated/misrepresented his educational credentials, representing a doctoral degree he did not earn.

Meanwhile, while some may agree with the use case, contact tracing is being used to track rioters after they are released in Minnesota. This proof of the slippery slope nature of contact tracing validates conservatives'' concerns.

TEXAS' REOPENING is predictably moving at a pace that does not overly strain hospital resources but, at the same time, isn't leading to a quick economic recovery.

This was predictable.

According to Bloomberg, "a month into lifting restrictions, [Texas''] coronavirus cases haven't surged, but many residents are keeping their distance, raising doubts about the speed of the economic recovery."

Politicians will claim that this "success" in slowing spread is their doing, it isn't. As has been noted before, when China opened Wuhan (entirely), citizens didn't run out and resume life at pre-lockdown levels.

Further, before ordered shutdowns, citizens were already limiting travel.

Aside: Home Depot and Walmart appear to be among big retail winners, scoring more traffic during the pandemic than over the same period the year before.

Hit the links

Team Biden on Klobuchar: ''We Need to Avoid Her''

Texas Engage is folding up shop

Court rejects bid to revive canceled US pipeline program

GOP chances of reclaiming House, toss-up

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Economic and Social Costs of Legalized Marijuana (NEW)

Asymptomatic COVID-19 patient infected ZERO of 455 contacts.

Recovery and hydroxychloroquine

Public Policy Polling: April 2020

COVID19 Links

Texas Recovered Numbers

Updated Google Creeper File

Modeling & Projections

Texas HHS Chinese Coronavirus Dashboard

Hostage-at-Home Compliance Tracker

Texas unemployment claims

Coming up

6/2: Open % update

7/15: FEC reports

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