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If an H-1b has an American accent, they are probably not an H-1b. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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Store guard confronted Buffalo suspect during March visit, online account says


Two months before Payton Gendron allegedly killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, he was confronted by a security guard at the store during a trip on which he compiled detailed plans of the location, according to a document posted online last month by a writer who identified himself as Gendron.

“I’ve seen you go in and out … What are you doing?” the guard told Gendron on March 8, according to an account in the document. Gendron replied that he was “collecting consensus data” before making excuses and leaving for his car, according to the account, adding: “In hindsight that was a close call.”

The encounter with the guard at the supermarket was described within a 589-page document posted online on April 29. The document refers to the supermarket as “attack area 1” and describes two more Buffalo locations as other attack areas to “shoot all blacks” during an apparent reconnaissance trip that spelled out the travel paths to each one, timing needed for each shootout and the estimate that more than three dozen people would be fatally shot in all.

The document contains numerous photos of Gendron and uses a handle Gendron used on other social media platforms. The messages contain many images of his activities and reference several events in his personal life, such as a speeding ticket, that The Washington Post has confirmed.

Gendron, an 18-year-old from Conklin, N.Y., has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in relation to the attack at the Tops supermarket on Saturday, in which three other people were also injured before Gendron was arrested at the grocery store.

Anyone who spends months planning and casing targets to kill is probably a terrorist. Documenting it online doesn't make it mental illness.

How Bellingcat is using TikTok to investigate the war in Ukraine

Everything is shared online these days, complete with geolocation tags.

Payton Gendron, Buffalo Mass Shooting Suspect: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


Payton Gendron is the suspect accused of killing at least 10 people at a Tops Friendly Market grocery store in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Gendron was taken into custody at the scene, Buffalo Police said. Three others were wounded. Gendron is facing first-degree murder charges in New York state court and could also face federal charges, including hate crimes, officials said. The names of the victims have not been released yet.

A racist and anti-Semitic manifesto and a Twitch livestream were attributed online to the gunman, but authorities have not verified those accounts. A graphic video emerged that shows bodies lying in the parking lot as law enforcement officers take the suspect into custody. Gendron is from Conklin, New York. He said in the manifesto he is an 18-year-old college student and a self-described white supremacist. Gendron was shot by a security guard, but was not injured because he was wearing body armor, Buffalo Police said at a press conference.

Conklin is more than 200 miles southeast of Buffalo in the Southern Tier region of New York. Gendron included his name in the manifesto and The Associated Press confirmed his identity with law enforcement sources. Gendron appeared in court Saturday night for his arraignment, officials said. He is being held without bail. He is scheduled to return to court in five days, according to authorities. A mugshot has not been released, but photos from the local media show Gendron in court:



The manifesto, which talks about the extremist far-right white or great replacement theory and includes alt-right 4chan memes and jokes, is similar to ones written by shooters who attacked a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania and an El Paso, Texas, Walmart in recent years, Yale professor Jason Stanley says.

The 5 fast facts if you don't want to click on Heavy
1. Gendron Is Accused of Wearing Military Gear & Carrying a Rifle Into the Store; a Retired Police Officer Is Among the Dead
2. A Graphic Video Emerged Showing Gendron Being Taken Into Custody, Bodies on the Ground & Another Shows Him Driving Up to the Store
3. The Racist Manifesto Rails About ‘Mass Immigration’ & Describes the Author as ‘the Sole Perpetrator of the Recent Attempted Mass Shooting’
4. Unconfirmed Reports Say the Suspect Streamed the Shooting Live on Twitch Using the Name ‘Jimboboiii’
5. The Suspect Is a New York Native & the State’s Governor Called Him a ‘White Supremacist’ Who Carried Out an ‘Act of Terrorism’

Conklin, NY is near Binghamton. So that's like a 4 hour drive to Buffalo. Lots more at the link

Thank You Governor Hochul for acknowledging white supremacist terrorism.

Russian soldiers caught on camera killing Ukrainian civilians - BBC News

There are cameras everywhere these days. Plenty of evidence of war crimes

School Board Stupidity Hits An All Time High

Posted by IronLionZion | Sun May 8, 2022, 02:20 PM (0 replies)

D.C. Releases New Roadmap For Reducing Gun Violence


D.C. released a new strategic plan to address gun violence this week, part of an ongoing effort to organize the city government’s response to a significant rise in homicides over the past several years.

The plan, commissioned by D.C.’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and authored by the National Institute for Criminal Justice reform, rests on a central critique of the D.C. government’s recent approach to reducing gun violence: that while the city has the resources to address the problem, it has lacked both the strategy and political will to be successful.

“The District is unique in that it is one of the few cities in the country that has the needed talent, ability, and resources to drastically reduce gun violence in the city,” reads the plan. “However, it is lacking the political commitment, coordination, and a coherent strategy to reduce gun violence.”

The plan aims to solve for those shortcomings by laying out a citywide strategy for reducing gun violence with 16 main recommendations. Some of the recommendations focus on the longer-term, like launching a guaranteed income pilot with the goal of reducing poverty. But the bulk of the plan’s recommendations are geared towards reducing gun violence in the short-term, and more directly intervening in the lives of those most at risk of imminently becoming shooters or victims. The plan’s framework borrows from approaches that proved successful in reducing gun violence in other cities like Boston and Oakland.

The plan for reducing gun violence in the short-term focuses on four tenets: identifying people most at risk for committing or being the victim of violence, initiating “direct and respectful” communication with them, connecting them with services and supports, and training police resources toward serious crime and violence (and away from petty or low-level crimes).
Posted by IronLionZion | Fri May 6, 2022, 02:56 PM (0 replies)

Boeing to move headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Va.


Boeing is moving its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Va., according to two people familiar with the deal, a sign the aerospace giant is leaning into its military wing and better positioning itself to navigate the political quagmire.

The move, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, could be announced formally as soon as next week. It also comes as Boeing struggles to shrug off financial burdens from the 737 Max, the pandemic’s smothering effect on travel and the fallout from severing ties with Russia. The company reported a $1.2 billion loss in the first quarter.

The move was confirmed by two people familiar with the deal who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the company had planned to wait until next week to make the announcement. Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation from The Washington Post.

The administration of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has been working for the past couple months with Boeing to lure the company to the state, according to the two people, who said the governor, a former Carlyle Group executive, has a personal relationship with Boeing President and chief executive David L. Calhoun.

Posted by IronLionZion | Thu May 5, 2022, 02:08 PM (4 replies)

H-1B visa holders are among the highest paid workers in the United States


H-1B visa holders are among the highest paid workers in the United States, with their wages being in the 90th percentile of all wages in the country.

This means that H-1B workers receive paycheques that are in the top 10 percent of US earners, American think tank Cato Institute has found in a recent study.

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the median wage for H-1B worker in 2021 was about $108,000.

Compare this to the median wage for all US workers in 2021 - $45,760.

H-1B wage growth has exceeded the growth for all US workers. From 2003 to 2021, the nominal median H-1B wage grew 52%, while the nominal median for all US workers grew just 39%, Cato noted.

This is the first time since DHS started reporting H-1B wages in 2003 that H-1B wages have surged above the 90th percentile.

Haven't seen many H-1B articles posted here since we started having a labor shortage. Hmmm... Maybe it's not the cheap labor that people want to believe it is. There could be some other factors involved.

On the flip, this is a tremendous time to be job searching. My inbox is filled each day with recruiters who need a US citizen and won't say anything else about the job.

Has inflation reached a peak? Three signs that prices could soon come down


Analysts at UBS also said this month that they expect inflation will likely peak in March and then fall "sharply."
Detrick points to three key economic indicators for that belief: a drop in used car prices, a lack of "sticky" inflation, and a relative easing in supply chain chaos (though China's Covid-related shutdowns could put an end to that).

The chip shortage caused by supply chain kinks and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, has made getting a new car very difficult, and the prices of used cars and trucks have correspondingly soared. In February, the price of a used car was up about 45% year-over-year, according to the Manheim Used Car Value Index. But it has since come down to about 25%. Two months of declines show that the prices of used cars, which make up 4% of the consumer price index, could finally be reverting back to pre-pandemic levels.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta breaks inflation into two categories: sticky and flexible. Sticky inflation is a basket of goods that tends to change more slowly and permanently in price, things like the cost of education, public transportation and motor vehicle insurance. Flexible inflation includes items that move up and down in cost more quickly: gas, clothing, milk and cheese.

During the stagflation of the 1970s, both sticky and flexible inflation grew. But so far sticky inflation has remained relatively flat compared with flexible inflation, a good sign that this could still be temporary.

Spirit rejects JetBlue's offer, saying it wants less lucrative deal with Frontier


New York (CNN Business)Spirit Airlines said it will stick with its deal with Frontier Airlines, rejecting a more lucrative competing offer from JetBlue Airways.

The airline said it doesn't believe regulators would allow JetBlue to buy Spirit.

"We believe a combination of JetBlue and Spirit (SAVE) has a low probability of receiving antitrust clearance so long as JetBlue's Northeast Alliance with American Airlines (AAL) remains in existence," said a letter from Spirit to JetBlue released early Monday. "Given this substantial completion risk, we believe JetBlue's economic offer is illusory, and Spirit's board has not found it necessary to consider it."

JetBlue announced Monday that it was offering Spirit a $200 million break-up fee if the deal is not completed for antitrust reasons. But a spokesperson from Spirit said the company's board rejected the break-up fee offer, too.

In February, Spirit agreed to a deal with Frontier (FRNT). Despite the airlines referring to their proposed combination as a merger, it is Spirit shareholders who would be bought out, receiving a stock-and-cash deal valued at that time at $25.83 for each Spirit share. Given Friday's closing value of Frontier's stock, it is now worth a bit less — $22.42 a share.

In April JetBlue announced an all-cash offer of $33 a shares. It did not raise that offer price in what it referred to as an "enhanced" offer in its Monday statement, with the $200 million break-up fee being the primary addition.

This feels like a race to the bottom. I've been disappointed with JetBlue recently and their reviews have gotten worse this past year.
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon May 2, 2022, 11:39 AM (5 replies)
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