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How Much Bad Press Has President Trump Really Had So Far?

September 13th, 2017 Comments off
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Since before President Trump was elected, supporters of his believed that the press has been obsessive in their coverage of the celebrity-turned-commander-in-chief.

Now, there’s more research that backs that claim up.

After the inauguration on January 20, the media has continued to provide more coverage of Trump’s first months in office than was covered in former-President Obama’s last two years combined. Research reveals that there’s been nearly non-stop negative coverage that far outweighs the positive or neutral coverage of the last seven months.

The Media Research Center analysts have determined that there were nearly 74 hours of airtime – or 39 percent of all evening news coverage – on ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, per Newsbusters.

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The study used the following criteria to come up with that figure:

Methodology: Our measure of spin was designed to isolate the networks’ own slant, not the back-and-forth of partisan politics. Thus, our analysts ignored soundbites which merely showcased the traditional party line (Republicans supporting Trump, Democrats criticizing him), and instead tallied evaluative statements which imparted a clear positive or negative tone to the story, such as statements from experts presented as non-partisan, voters, or opinionated statements from the networks’ own reporters.”

Using these criteria, MRC analysts tallied 1,567 evaluative statements about the Trump administration in June, July and August, of which 1,422 (91%) were negative vs. a mere 145 (9%) which were positive. Since Trump took office on January 20, there have been 4,144 such evaluative statements, of which 3,712 (90%) were negative, vs. 432 (10%) which were positive.”

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Back in April, when the President gave the order to punish the Syrian regime for a chemical weapons attack, was the closest to “balanced coverage” that has been seen, with 82 percent negative and 18 percent positive news coverage.

In the early months of the Trump Administration – January to March – the rate at which White House news was being covered was 49 percent.

Over the last three months that figure has dropped considerably, currently at 32 percent. This is nearly three times as much coverage as the Obama administration received from 2015-2017, which the researchers pegged at 10 percent.

Russia, Russia…

One of four main topics related to Trump that the media focuses on is the ongoing investigation into the president and his campaigns alleged connection to Russia. During August, that topic took up 27 percent of all the Trump news coverage (415 minutes).

Several months ago, the Daily Business News posted an undercover video by Project Veritas.  It spotlighted a CNN producer who said that the Russia collusion story was “bullsh-t.”  Other research has reveals a similar trend to what this report produced.

That was followed by coverage related to the repeal and replace plan for ObamaCare, with 176 minutes, Trump and North Korea, with 136 minutes of coverage, and his response to the violent attacks in Charlottesville with 97 minutes.

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Interestingly, the topic with the least media spin regarding how Trump handled a situation is North Korea, with only 86 percent negative press. In this particular case, the study found that most of that coverage was neutral.

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources.

This study provides a look into the gap between positive and negative news coverage of the president’s time in office so far. Many of the left-of-center publications are spending far more time bashing the president than anything else – with “relentlessly hostile coverage.” ## (News, Analysis.)

Related Political/Economic Topic:

2018, 2020 Campaigns Underway, Bernie & Jane Sanders, Scandals, and Democratic Party Rebranding

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Correcting the Record, Tornadoes, Mobile and Manufactured Homes, Michigan State University Study

June 6th, 2017 Comments off
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Mark Skidmore, photo credit, MSU. Text graphics by MHProNews.com.

Over the years, one of the most persistent thorns in the side of manufactured housing is the topic of tornadoes.

In numerous meetings with dozens to 100 plus industry veterans in the room, L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach has asked industry attendees this simple question.  “How many of you believe that media reports on tornadoes, windstorms and hurricanes harms manufactured housing sales?”

Kovach reports that without any visible exception, every hand in the room is raised, every time.

While he doesn’t have time to respond to every problematic media account, Kovach picks a few to engage on.  The story below was brought to MHProNews’ attention, and this past week, the publisher of MHLivingNews.com and MHProNews.com got a rather surprising, on-the-record answer.

So for those who normally skim, this isn’t the time to miss the details.  Because the immediate response is promising.

While it isn’t the norm for the Daily Business News to reprint an entire story, in this case, our readers and researchers may find that this study by Michigan State University (MSU) worthy of the exception. As fair use guidelines provide for this, and someone could go to their original page at this link here, let’s begin with their entire story, as they published it.

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Aftermath of category 4 tornado that touched down in small town in Indiana.” The photo was on the MSU website, above the article republished in brown typeface, below. Please note the follow up, because this isn’t quite what one might think.

CLIMATE CHANGE, TORNADOES AND MOBILE HOMES: A DANGEROUS MIX

Contact(s): Mark Skidmore, Andy Henion

Tornadoes and mobile homes don’t mix to begin with, but throw in the volatility of climate change and the potential for massive property damage and deaths is even higher in coming decades, indicates a new study by Michigan State University researchers.

The number of mobile homes in the United States has risen dramatically in the past 60 years, to about 9 million currently. Meanwhile, the U.S. is the most tornado-prone country in the world, with an average of 1,200 twisters per year, and scientists predict climate change will continue fueling more unstable weather events including tornadoes.

The annual impact of tornadoes is expected to increase threefold over the next few decades due to the “twin forces of increased climate variability and growth in the human-built environment,” according to the study, which is published online in the journal Regional Science and Urban Economics.

“If the climatologists are right about the continuing effects of climate change,” said Mark Skidmore, MSU economics professor and co-author of the study, “then people living in mobile homes could be particularly vulnerable to tornadoes in the years to come.”

The researchers investigated underlying factors of tornado fatalities in the U.S. from 1980 to 2014. There were 2,447 tornado-related deaths during that period; the bulk occurred in the “tornado alley” region of the Midwest and Southeast.

On average, Texas has the most tornadoes annually (150) followed by Kansas (80), Oklahoma (64) and Florida (61). Florida also has the most mobile homes in the nation (849,304), followed by Texas (731,652), according to U.S. Census data.

The two biggest factors related to tornado fatalities were housing quality (measured by mobile homes as a proportion of housing units) and income level. When a tornado strikes, a county with double the number of mobile homes as a proportion of all homes will experience 62 percent more fatalities than a county with fewer mobile homes, according to the study data.

The number of mobile homes in the U.S. increased from just 315,218 in 1950 to 8.7 million in 2010 – a trend that has been driven largely by persistent income inequality, Skidmore said.

“Though mobile homes offer a relatively inexpensive but comfortable housing alternative, it appears that this trend has made the United States more vulnerable to tornadoes over time,” the study says. “Given this trend and our findings, it is critical that federal, state and local policymakers consider alternatives to reduce vulnerability for those living in this type of housing arrangement.”

Recommendations include requiring communal shelters in mobile home parks and eliminating the often sizable tax breaks that mobile home owners receive and directing that extra revenue toward emergency management and public safety efforts.

While tax advantages make mobile home living more attractive, they also encourage people to live in housing that is more vulnerable to tornadoes, the study notes. “The external cost of being exposed to greater tornado risks may be ignored when households choose to live in mobile homes due to affordability.” ##

Co-authors are Jungmin Lim, a doctoral student, and professors Scott Loveridge and Robert Shupp, all with MSU’s Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics.

The chart on the U.S. Census Bureau page that their report links to looks like the following, which is a screen capture of one of the two data streams on that page.

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Data from Census Bureau, linked from the MSU website. Red box and text above is by MHProNews.

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L. A. “Tony’ Kovach.

Part of Tony Kovach’s message to the MSU researchers read as follows.  Note that he clearly stated in writing that he was asking for an on-the-record reply.

Please understand that while we are obviously pro industry, we are also pro-truth. Unless your published information has details that debunk the facts presented on the links above, I’m concerned that your study may harm millions of Americans at the very time that affordable quality housing is in such great need. 

Kindly advise your thoughts, per the above and thank you.  Respectfully,

Tony

L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach
Publisher

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Mark Skidmore, MSU.

Mark Skidmore, from the MSU Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, promptly replied to Tony as follows.

Hello Tony,

Here is the copy of the full study.  For clarity, my coauthors and I are not against mobile homes.  I in fact think they offer good quality housing at an affordable price. 

My father lives in a manufacture home, and my first home was a manufactured home (though we set it on a foundation).

The second attachment contains a forthcoming book chapter about mobile homes that illustrates this point.  For me, it is more about ways to make mobile homes more resilient to high wind events and other disasters…I am not an expert on that…perhaps some of the considerations you highlight are great suggestions. 

Also, my coauthors and I are not climatologists…we relied on the research of others regarding the potential increase in frequency and severity of intense storms.  I have taught economic modelling to graduate students and had an interest in helping students think about how to link economic models to climate models in order to evaluate how potential changes in climate might affect economic activity.  But I had difficulty understanding the distinctions between climate models the forecast increases in temperature, severity of storms, etc. resulting from human activity and research that suggested otherwise…I just didn’t have the needed background to tell the difference. 

However, I think it is fair to say that a majority of climate scientists believe the earth is warming and that storms are likely to be more severe.  Time will tell whether they are correct. 

I will also say that we stand by our research:  Controlling for a range of other factors that determine tornado fatalities, the percentage of mobile home in a county is probably the most important factor. 

I am happy to talk with you or correspond with further if that is helpful.

Best regards,

Mark Skidmore

Kovach thanked Skidmore, and part of his reply read as follows.

Mark,
One more question, if you happen to know the answer?

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The image, arrow and commentary, questions were sent by Kovach to Skidmore, and are pending a reply. The word “form” in the above was a typo by Kovach, should have said “from.”

Mark, if you have a reply to the above, that’s welcome. Again, note how the home below rolled, but was not ripped open?

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Emailed comments to MSU’s Skidmore from MHProNews’ Tony Kovach.

Mark,
One more question, if you happen to know the answer?

Feedback welcome.

Last thought for now.  I’m happy to build bridges.  That’s what the search for truth among open minded people leads to.

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Sorry, missed including the link, the full NBC video is on the page above.

Tony

The above queries have not as of publication time received a reply.  But MHProNews will gladly share the MSU follow up.

Once is Not Enough

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RC Williams.

RC Williams raised an important point in one of his recent Daily Business News articles.  There’s a steady stream of stories every day about fires, or ‘mobile home parks (sic),’ NIMBY, and a host of other issues – including windstorms. Several windstorm stories occurred in May alone, that involved mobile and manufactured homes. One answer, one time is clearly not enough.

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MHLivingNews and MHProNews have long dominated on organic Google searches on this topic, which begs the question – how does the media – or serious researchers – fail to find us? Why don’t they call for another perspective? Is it possible that some are looking for a certain outcome, and don’t want to see conflicting evidence?

In the ideal, each and every one of these problematic stories or reports that can be misconstrued ought to be publicly addressed.  Once that occurs, watch manufactured home owners’ pride rise, watch resale values go up, and watch new manufactured home sales rise.

Note that the Daily Business News respects the fact that MSU’s response was rapid, polite and open to further discussions and exploration of the evidence. That’s to be commended.  So, some of these comments should not be construed as targeting them.

Certainly, any premature or avoidable loss of life is tragic. But problematic scientific and weather reports all-too-often hype the reality. Here’s the reality, as shared” by publisher Kovach.

LATonyKovach-Louisville-2015-mhpronews-com-275x156In 2016, NOAA Reported 12 deaths in what it calls “mobile homes.” That’s a 0.00000055% chance of dying in a tornado for the year. To rephrase, the odds were 1.833,333 to 1 in your favor that you wouldn’t die in a mobile or manufactured home in 2016.

Imagine if you could go to Las Vegas and get 1.833 million to one odds on your favor.  Vegas would go broke in a day.  That’s one of the safest bets imaginable.

Should there be tornado safety promotion?  Yes.  Are there safeguards that professional and consumers should promote and practice?  Yes.  But as things stand at this very moment, you’re at greater risk of dying in your bathtub by a factor of 70 than you are in dying in a mobile or manufactured home.”

In this case, the terms mobile and manufactured homes are both used, because the data, sadly, doesn’t distinguish between the two.

Samples of Other Industry Feedback on the MSU Study, Received by MHProNews

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Mari Blaquiere. Highland Mobile Park St Petersburg, FL.

Regarding the study from MSU, I found the argument less than compelling.

In the state of Florida, it is my understanding that tie-down requirements are quite stringent for mobile homes. After 2005, tie downs had to be effective for winds of 110 mph. 

Tornadoes are dangerous to anything in their path, and always have been, regardless of the current political discussion about the causes of climate change.  A palatial mansion in the path of a tornado will suffer damage, as will a small storage shed.”  

It should be noted that Blaquiere’s property is almost all pre-HUD Code mobile homes, so the terminology she is using is quite correct. Jay Hamilton, from the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA) shared these thoughts.

No home can withstand winds that exceed 175 miles per hour. Unfortunately, Manufactured Housing is what the media likes to capture on camera.

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA).

In January of 2017 in Albany, Georgia local media had to cut through the back yard of a brick home laying in a pile to get to the M/H Community that had two demolished homes from multiple tornadoes. The brick home that lay in a pile was never filmed once during the dozens of trips the local media made through the back yard of this home. The two demolished homes were filmed a dozen times and of course picked up by the AP. In one or more of these cases, the house was a pre-HUD Code mobile home, not a manufactured home.

The media forgets to include the fact that most of those pre-HUD Code mobile homes are not tied down. The media also forgets to inform the public when you attach a three-car garage to any home with lag bolts, and don’t anchor or secure the addition to its foundation, you can expect to have wind damage to any building.

In summary, any type of structure that has not been secured to its foundation will incur wind damage and any building that has an addition that is not secured to a foundation will incur wind damage. Unfortunately, our industry has housing units in the field that were built prior to 1976 (prior to the HUD Code) when securing the home to a foundation was not properly enforced. We have and will continue to be tireless in our efforts to replace these units with newer models of manufactured homes that are properly installed, and counties and states continue to educate the residents that remain in these homes on proper installation.

As it relates to wind speeds that exceed 150 miles per hour, any type of structure ever built can expect some damage from a direct hit.”

MHLivingNews and MHProNews will examine in more detail one of several overlooked points that researchers and media routinely miss.  Numerous industry professionals have linked up the page below, that includes the video that follows.

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Look for that report, because it has the potential for changing the entire discussion on manufactured housing and how weather reports are being done.  Until then, media and others are cautious about terminology, because as Hamilton pointed out, mobile homes were not built to the same standards as today’s manufactured homes.

Media, researchers and public officials are also cautioned because skewing the facts can harm the values of millions of home owners, and can impact manufactured housing sales at the prime time that quality affordable housing is needed. ##  (Report & Analysis)

(Update at 11:03 PM ET 6.6.2017, as promised: from Mark Skidmore to MHProNews, today, after reading the above:

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Mark Skidmore, MSU.

I don’t have a problem with what you included from me. That is fine…”

Skidmore then asked questions about how much we studied his research. MHProNews.com addressed that in follow ups to him, which we will update readers with.

Skidmore concluded with the following:

Again, I think the benefits of manufactured homes are great…I see them as filling an important niche in the housing market (as highlighted in the book chapter I forwarded).  Still, is it possible we could do better?  A high proportion of tornado fatalities are connected to mobile home living, and it isn’t just our research.  Does it make sense to look at this more carefully and see if we can do better?  Maybe it’s just the older mobile homes.  Or maybe its improper tie downs.  Or maybe is the improper additions you highlighted.  Certainly there is variability in quality of manufactured housing…I’d be quite happy to live in some but others are shoddy.  Perhaps additional analysis could help zero in on what is happening?? 

Manufactured housing has come a long way while at the same time maintaining affordability…but isn’t there room for further improvement?

Mark

MHProNews note to readers: This is a valid and promising discussion. 

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Our follow up questions to Mark Skidmore focused on areas that we believe were overlooked that contribute to fatalities, which his own response above suggests too.  Once those new questions from MHProNews are responded to in detail, they will be shared with our readers. ### 

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Matthew Silver.

 

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Trump’s Negative News Coverage Belies Public’s Positive Pesky Facts

May 23rd, 2017 Comments off
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The President and First Lady visit Saudi Arabia. 300 billion in deals were completed during the visit. Credit: The White House.

While various narratives continue from talking heads and media pundits about President Donald Trump’s lack of progress, the numbers don’t lie.

As the Daily Business News covered in a feature story yesterday, while President Trump continues to make progress, including the lowest unemployment rate in decades, and the highest consumer, business confidence, and homebuilder confidence numbers in years, along with over $300 billion in deals with Saudi Arabia, what ELS Chairman Sam Zell colorfully called a “cacophony” of Deep State resistance has moved into high gear.

And that cacophony is shown in a new study from Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, which looked at the news coverage of the President over his first 100 days in office.

The study, based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions of The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, the main newscasts of CBS, CNN, Fox News, and NBC, and three European news outlets – the Financial Times and BBC, and Germany’s ARD, show the power of media and the creation of echo chambers.

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President Trump dominated media coverage in the outlets and programs that were studied, with the President being the topic of 41 percent of all news stories.

This is three times the amount of coverage received by previous presidents. He was also the featured speaker in nearly two-thirds of his coverage.

And with that coverage, which the President has received almost non-stop for most weeks of his presidency, without a single major topic where the coverage, on balance, was more positive than negative, setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president.

 

Those Pesky Facts…

New research from Gallup shows that Americans are less worried about eight specific financial issues than they were last year, with concerns about some issues falling to their lowest levels in a decade or more.

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U.S. adults are most concerned about not having enough money for retirement and not being able to pay medical costs of a serious illness or accident, with 54 percent saying they are ‘very’ or ‘moderately’ worried about each. These two concerns have typically been the most worrisome issues for Americans since Gallup began asking about the collection of eight financial worries in 2001,” said Justin McCarthy, a Gallup analyst.

 

The Manufactured Housing Industry Speaks

With President Trump’s election in November, many in the manufactured housing industry saw tremendous value in a pro business, pro growth administration stepping into place.

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I don’t care whether you are a liberal, conservative, independent or something else – the bottom line with this year’s election was simply more of the same or something new, different or unique,” said Tim Connor, CSP.

Eddie Hicks, a long time MH industry veteran and consultant shared his take.

M/H owners are certainly one of the ‘hidden majority’ who may have felt somewhat disenfranchised in recent years,” said Hicks.

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D.J. Pendleton. Credit, MHProNews.

It’s the dawning of a new day. After the shock and elation or disappointment wash over us, and we all have taken a collective deep breath, we can begin looking to the future. And in that future I think it is safe to say that changes, well, they are a comin‘,” said Texas Manufactured Housing Association executive director DJ Pendleton.

With a personal background in business, rather than government, Mr. Trump – during the just-ended campaign – has been a consistent critic of innovation-stifling and job-killing overregulation and regulators who ignore or rationalize the far-reaching negative impacts of such regulations on the health of the economy, smaller businesses and consumers….” Said MHARR President & CEO Mark Weiss, JD.

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As well as the markets and new job creation are already responding to his initiatives, where could we be if there wasn’t a non-stop assault on our new president?” said MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

For more on President Trump’s progress, and challenges, click here. ##

 

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Markets Closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Tension Abounds

January 16th, 2017 Comments off

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In observance of the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all markets will be closed on Monday, January 16th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Tension Abounds

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On a day where Dr. King is honored for his achievements, there is no shortage of tension leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Over 20 Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives, led by Rep. John Lewis, have said they wouldn’t attend. Some are citing the president-elect’s past lewd comments about women and remarks about illegal immigrants; others, such as Mr. Lewis, cite accusations of Russian-backed hacking of political committees during the 2016 election.

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I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis told NBC. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

According to some of those lawmakers, comments that President-elect Trump made in response to the comments from Lewis prompted them to not attend.

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For me, the personal decision not to attend [the] inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis,” Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D- Calif.) said in a statement Saturday.

I Voted For Trump

Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. King, endorsed President-elect Trump in August. At the time, she told FOX Business the following:

I listened very carefully to everything Mr. Trump has said in the last 72 hours or so and I fully agree with so many of the things that he’s saying. He has taken a page from the book of my daddy, A. D. King, and my uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. looking at the climate, people and really being concerned about what’s happening in every community across America.

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Today, she revealed that she cast her vote for Trump in November.

King told the American Thinker that she’s been praying for Mr. Trump and his adversaries to unite and work together.

I pray that all polar opposites learn to Agape Love, live and work together as brothers and sisters — or perish as fools,” said King.

While I voted for Mr. Trump, my confidence remains in God, for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Prayers for President-elect Trump, Congressman Lewis, and everyone including leaders.

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Crowds to Descend on Washington D.C.

According to the Associated Press, officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people are expected in the nation’s capital for Donald Trump’s inauguration, and a major demonstration is scheduled for the day after.

City planners say that they are betting the Trump inauguration is similar to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration in 2013, which drew more than 800,000, rather than Obama’s first in 2009, which drew 1.8 million people. ##

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Article on Manufactured Homes and High Winds Gets it Wrong

April 1st, 2015 Comments off

hurricane   corbis photos creditAccording to what newsobserver reports from North Carolina regarding deadly tornadoes, “While the perception might be that tornadoes target trailers, the reality is that manufactured housing is the least safe place to be in severe weather, second only to an automobile. It’s just that simple.” In fact, it is not that simple.

A video sponsored by the American Modern Insurance Group on NBC’s Today Show, July 23, 2014, clearly documents a high wind-rated HUD Code home installed on a permanent foundation resisting wind storms better than surrounding site-built homes, seen here on MHLivingNews.

NBC‘s Kerry Sanders explained that 80 percent of severe damage to manufactured homes is caused by carports or patio covers that have been improperly installed. If the homes’ roof and that of an add-on are connected inadequately, winds may rip both off of the home.

Manufactured homes are frequently in rural areas, and in some cases are damaged or destroyed when a tree falls on the home, or other debris smashes into the home..

The article continues: “So, why are mobile homes so unsafe? They are not considered sturdy shelters because of the materials used in their manufacture and the fact that they roll easily. Straight line winds of around 75-80 miles per hour can roll a trailer just as easily as rotating winds in a tornado.

If it is truly a mobile home produced before June 15, 1976 when the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) set standards for the construction of manufactured homes, and the home is not anchored to the ground, there might be some truth here. But it would be comparable to being involved in an auto accident and not wearing a seat belt.

As MHProNews knows, interchangeably using “trailers,” “mobile homes,” and “manufactured homes” to describe the same thing is totally incorrect. ##

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NBC News Today Show report shows Manufactured Home did as well as Conventional On-site Construction in hurricane high winds test

July 23rd, 2014 Comments off

homes-vs-hurricane12-winds-test-credit=nbc-today-show-posted-mastheadblog-mhpronews-com-Regarding this previous portion of the test, IBHS indicated: “When one of these high wind-rated HUD-Code homes is installed on a permanent foundation, in most of the country, it would end up resisting wind storms better than surrounding site-built homes.”

So stated a MHI President and CEO, Richard “Dick” Jennison in a longer report to MHProNews. While part of the test was to show how superior a Wind Zone III home is to a standard HUD Code manufactured home in durability, Jennison said: the director of the IBHS (Julie Rochman, President) told the crowd how impressed she was at the performance of the Zone I home itself.”

MHProNews has been told that we will have additional information in the days ahead. More information on the specifics including stills and the video are found at this link, and a pre-broadcast report that provides more information and a related video is linked here. ##

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Insurance Industry Sponsoring a Manufactured Home Wind Test

July 17th, 2014 Comments off

Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) President and CEO Dick Jennison reports the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a not-for-profit safety education and risk mitigation organization, supported by the property insurance industry, will conduct wind tests on the attached structures of two HUD-code homes at their testing facility in South Carolina. He emphasizes this is not a test administered or controlled in any way by MHI, but IBHS has consented to allow MHI staff members Jenny Hodge and Rick Robinson to attend, as well as an MHI-member engineer to inspect the anchoring of the two manufactured homes (MH) to be tested. To be conducted Tue., July 22, the test is centered on structures attached to the MH, such as awnings and carports, and is being sponsored by American Modern. MHProNews reports Jennison cautions industry members be prepared for possible questions from the media after the broadcast, set for NBC News on Wed., July 23. NBC also owns the Weather Channel and it is likely the test results will air on both channels. To see a video of the difference between a traditional site-built home and one “fortified” by IBHS in the face of strong winds, click here.

To see a previous wind test of a manufactured home that also survived a tornado, click here. ##

(Image credit: Manufactured Housing Institute)