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October 12, 2023

White House Clarifies Biden's Claim He Saw Photos of Terrorists Beheading Children in Israel-Hamas..

Source: NBC News

After the comments, the White House clarified that Biden had read news reports.

President Joe Biden painted a vivid picture of the horrors of the Israel-Hamas war in remarks to Jewish community leaders Wednesday — but the White House later had to clarify his claims.

“I never really thought that I would see and have confirmed pictures of terrorists beheading children,” Biden said in broader remarks about his administration’s support for Israel amid its war with Hamas and efforts to free American hostages.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for further details about Biden’s remarks. Two senior administration officials said Biden was referring to reports from Israel about beheaded children and cited several media reports of beheadings.

NBC News has not confirmed those reports. IDF Spokesperson Maj. Doron Spielman told NBC News: "That specific report and that number I can’t confirm."

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-deliver-remarks-roundtable-jewish-community-leaders-rcna119865

October 5, 2023

Record Chicken Prices Squeeze US Shoppers, Benefit Tyson Foods

Source: Reuters

Chicken prices at U.S. grocery stores have hit record highs and should stay elevated as Tyson Foods and other companies dial back poultry production to boost margins while inflation-weary shoppers buy chicken instead of beef and pork.

Higher chicken prices should improve earnings at top producers Tyson (TSN.N) and Pilgrim's Pride (PPC.O), but will pinch consumers' pockets as they try to save money by turning away from higher-end proteins. One index shows chicken producer profit margins at their highest in a year.

U.S. consumption of chicken is expected to exceed 100 pounds per person this year for the first time ever, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows.

Beef consumption is forecast to drop to its lowest since 2018, as prices climb due to dwindling cattle supplies. Meanwhile, consumer spending cuts have knocked pork consumption to the lowest since 2015.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/business/retail-consumer/record-chicken-prices-squeeze-us-shoppers-benefit-tyson-foods-2023-10-05/

Someone tell me about this whole "supply and demand" thing. Dead-end Capitalism strikes again.
August 4, 2023

Frackers Can Use Dangerous Chemicals Without Disclosure Due to "Halliburton Loophole"

Frackers can use dangerous chemicals without disclosure due to “Halliburton loophole”

The so-called Halliburton Loophole, named after the oil and gas services company once headed by former Vice President Dick Cheney, means that the industry can use fracking fluid containing chemicals linked to negative health effects including kidney and liver disease, fertility impairment, and reduced sperm counts without being subject to regulation under the act.

While environmentalists and public-health campaigners have long called for closing the loophole, they haven’t known how many of the regulated chemicals are used by the industry, how often the industry reports their use in its fracking disclosures, what quantities of the chemicals are used, and how often the industry chooses not to identify its chemicals on the grounds that they are proprietary.

Now, some of that data is publicly available in a study by researchers at Northeastern University and three other colleges. The paper, published in its final form in February, reports that the industry uses 28 chemicals regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act and discloses them in up to 73 percent of its reports of fracking activities to FracFocus, an industry-sponsored database.

Between 2014 and 2021, the industry used 282 million pounds of the regulated chemicals, a number dwarfed by the 7.2 billion pounds of chemicals that were reported but not identified on the grounds that they are proprietary or trade secrets, the paper said.
July 28, 2023

Scientist Reacting to the UAP Hearing in Congress with Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra

If you don't watch/listen to the WHOLE video, don't bother commenting on it.
June 28, 2023

"Not for Employee Use": Why Are US Retail Workers Being Denied Chairs?

"Not for Employee Use": Why Are US Retail Workers Being Denied Chairs?

Standing for long periods of time is part of the job description for servers, cashiers and retail employees – and managers want it that way. In the 1960s, Ray Kroc, the CEO who took McDonald’s from a small-time local chain to a global franchise, had a catchphrase: “If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean.” Today, it’s still uttered by bosses in kitchens and warehouses to deter workers from slacking off – or merely taking breaks.

It’s a uniquely American ethos. Cashiers in Europe, and notably at the German grocery store Aldi, are welcome to sit down during their shifts. Zay said a British friend who had visited the US recently was jarred by the sight of workers constantly on their feet: “Why are they all standing?”

The same rules do not apply, obviously, to people with desk jobs. (Though sedentary workers face their own share of ailments that come from a life of sitting down from 9 to 5.)

“I think it’s a very classist thing,” Zay said. “No one would dare criticize a lawyer for sitting on the job. But in retail or the service industry, when the job is deemed to be unskilled labor, people get irrationally offended when they see you sitting.”

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