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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Library security guard is viciously attacked by pit bull after approaching passed-out owner to administer Narcan as overdoses and crimes surge out of control in San Francisco
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 00:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Little dog, big bite.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 12:36 Comments || Top||

#2  I've got a neighbor whose pitty gets loose. There's going to be a problem. Hopefully it won't involve any of the kids in the neighborhood just out being kids.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 12:38 Comments || Top||

Meat Loaf is Dead
[Deadline] Meat Loaf, the hardworking singer and actor whose Bat Out of Hell is one of the best-selling albums ever and who played Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, has died. He was 74.

The Grammy winner born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday night surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends, Meat Loaf’s longtime agent Michael Greene told Deadline on behalf of the family. A cause of death is not being released.
Paradise by the dashboard lights. Good bye Meat Loaf.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/21/2022 08:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No more leftovers.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 01/21/2022 9:04 Comments || Top||

#2  3-1/2 octave vocal range. He was a showman. RIP
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2022 9:06 Comments || Top||

#3  It was long ago
It was far away
And it was so much better
Than it is today
Posted by: Regular joe || 01/21/2022 9:26 Comments || Top||

#4  His name is Robert Paulson.
Posted by: Whanter Clese9689 || 01/21/2022 9:33 Comments || Top||

#5  He was talented, for sure. Worked with a great songwriter, Jim Steinman. Worked with some excellent producers. The critics thought it was schlock to the max, but it was entertaining as hell and sold well.

As John Hiatt said, "Today's music ain't got the same soul."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 10:06 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ Oops, Bob Seger said that.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 10:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Louie Anderson also passed today
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2022 12:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Will be missed.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/21/2022 13:19 Comments || Top||

#9  Now being blamed on the coof. By the media, anyway...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 14:22 Comments || Top||

#10  Meatloaf is Dead!
Long live Taco Meat!
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/21/2022 21:14 Comments || Top||

Bill Paxton's family CAN seek punitive damages against Cedars-Sinai after he died of a stroke 11 days after heart surgery at Los Angeles hospital in 2017, judge rules
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Twister star Bill Paxton , 61, died of a stroke on February 25 just 11 days after undergoing heart surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

  • His wife and children are suing the hospital for punitive damages, claiming its surgeon performed 'an overly aggressive surgery that he was not trained for'

  • The lawsuit also claims that Cedars lied to the actor's family about its intentions of conducting an autopsy

  • Paxton's family said the health center neglected to do so because it sought to 'could conceal their role in causing the death of Mr. Paxton'

  • It's not clear how much the family seeks in the Los Angeles Superior Court suit
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 00:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I liked Bill.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  The responsible surgeon having resigned after this incident puts Cedars-Sinai in a really bad place.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 01/21/2022 18:17 Comments || Top||

-Great Cultural Revolution
New Mexico will use National Guard and state bureaucrats to fill in for teachers calling out sick with COVID-19 infections in 'unprecedented' move: At least 800 substitute teachers and day care workers needed to cover shifts
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her plan to ask National Guard members and state employees to volunteer as substitute teachers

  • New Mexico appears to be the first state to ask National Guard members to become classroom teachers

  • The governor said that since winter break 60 schools have gone into remote learning and 75 child day care centers have partially or completely closed

  • Lujan Grisham said the state is hoping to deploy 500 new substitute teachers and day care workers as soon as possible

  • Staff shortages are due to teachers testing positive for Covid or forcing to quarantine
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [220 views] Top|| File under:

#1  While I understand a person not wanting to work conditions adverse to their personal safety. Given the "claimed" NEA support of VAX'ing, then why are teacher refusing to teach? Should they been good little union members and have alrwady taken the VAX and all the boosters that Lord F & JB have decreed?

Or, is this really a politically agenda move to force other union demands greater agenda goals?
Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/21/2022 3:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Or, is this really a politically agenda move to force other union demands greater agenda goals?
A very real possibility.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/21/2022 7:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, now we know union teachers can be replaced in event of a sickout or strike
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2022 8:49 Comments || Top||

#4  A very real possibility.

Federalization of education.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 9:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Easier said than done. I foresee many problems.
Posted by: Dale || 01/21/2022 10:18 Comments || Top||

#6  #3 Frank G, that was the first thought that crossed my mind. I doubt that a lot of the national guard or state bureaucrats have all the training and education degrees that we hear are necessary. But they can do the job just as well as the credentialed teachers? Is that what we are hearing?
Posted by: Tom || 01/21/2022 14:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Well they might actually know the subject matter for one....
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/21/2022 14:43 Comments || Top||

#8  A great mission for the "rainbow recruits."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 14:45 Comments || Top||

#9  Except in Albuquerque; NG probably has the right skill set.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2022 14:51 Comments || Top||

#10  The article said the teacher shortage was the result of COVID related quarantines and isolation of + cases, not that teachers were refusing to teach. I think any able bodied person with a 1960s or earlier class high school diploma could teach reasonably well brought up primary students, but perhaps not in New Mexico. It is our own third world state, after all.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 01/21/2022 18:14 Comments || Top||

London-bound American Airlines flight turns back to Miami an HOUR AND HALF into journey because 'disruptive' female passenger refused to wear a mask
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Happened to me on United once.
Louisville KY to Chicago IL for an Oracle CIO conference. Pilot (et. al.) forgot to refuel.
Keynote speaker was United COO claiming 'best' everything.
I was escorted from the hall.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Very simple. These people should be prohibited from ever flying anywhere again.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 0:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Take her to civil court for the cost and bankrupt her.
Posted by: Croque Fliting8030 || 01/21/2022 6:49 Comments || Top||

#4  How about ending the mask mandate?

At this point requiring a mask is useless. The main purpose is to make sure you are willing to comply.
Posted by: Javiter Dark Lord of the Faith7963 || 01/21/2022 10:16 Comments || Top||

#5  I was gonna say. Would she have calmed down if they just let her take off the f*cking mask? Could have saved everybody time, trouble and expense, yessss?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 10:18 Comments || Top||

#6  I have zero sympathy for any airline. The airline industry went all-in on this covid bullshit and this is part of the cost of playing that game.
Posted by: Crusader || 01/21/2022 10:20 Comments || Top||

#8  You can find a study to support anything. Is this the week Chinese food is the most unhealthful? Or is it Italian food this week? I lose track.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 10:26 Comments || Top||

#10  Sins of the grandfathers. Really.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 10:57 Comments || Top||

#11  Everyone knows that if you just tell a women to "calm down", she will, tout de suite
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2022 11:41 Comments || Top||

#12  ^ Good point.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 11:42 Comments || Top||

#13  #7 - Sorry Skid.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/21/2022 12:42 Comments || Top||

#14  #13 - Sorry Bobby.

Study used simulation to test how far virus-laden droplets could travel and infect

Sneezing and coughing, not airborne transmission.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/21/2022 12:43 Comments || Top||

#15  Ref #11: "Calm down"....or much of anything else. Tragically, I discovered this late in life :-(
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 12:45 Comments || Top||

#16  One day, everyone in class was asked to tell what the smartest thing was a grown-up had ever told them. When it was Jimmy's turn, he said, "My uncle told me why they call ships 'she.'" "And why is that, Jimmy?" "He said it's becaause you can try to steer them where you want to go, but they will go where they want to go instead."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 12:48 Comments || Top||

#17  #9 Amazing, Skid!
Posted by: KBK || 01/21/2022 12:48 Comments || Top||

#18  Everyone knows that if you just tell a women to "calm down", she will, tout de suite


"You're not being rational..."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2022 13:40 Comments || Top||

US taxpayers will have to submit a video selfie using facial recognition technology from a third-party company to access their IRS accounts
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] This change is NOW!
I used my dog.
Hope he outlives me.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  Absolutely NO.
Posted by: newc || 01/21/2022 3:49 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ Ditto DAT.
Posted by: Dale || 01/21/2022 4:00 Comments || Top||

#3  WTF!! Madness.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/21/2022 4:07 Comments || Top||

#4  But no ID required to vote.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/21/2022 7:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Happening now! Received letter fm IRS explaining (sort of) third payment of covid relief money, to the tune of $1400. Wife did as well. She received in 2021 a $600 debit card and i received 0.
Went to website listed in lettter and the id.me directions there, as well as how to access all other aspects of my ‘account.’
And then letter (must have been written by Sleepy Joe) goes off in some rambling manner about claiming credit at filing time, blah, blah, blah. Haven’t called the 800 number yet but not doing the facial recognition thing.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 01/21/2022 8:11 Comments || Top||

#6  They're saying this is to cut down on all the scams involving prison inmates stealing other people's identities on the IRS site. Which is a big problem. Seems there are other ways they could fix that, but there's no opportunity to add your face to a biometrics database then.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 8:16 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm sure we are already in a biometrics database somewhere.
Posted by: Chris || 01/21/2022 8:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Like an updated Driver's License photo
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2022 8:48 Comments || Top||

#9  In true IRS fashion, they never ran this stupid fuckin' idea by CPA's first.
Posted by: Raj || 01/21/2022 9:43 Comments || Top||

#10  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Given CGI tech, handing third party contractor picked by this administration my handsome visage is certinan to created a file in Guangzhou for future fraud.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/21/2022 12:22 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ Yes. Once you have a biometric signature, you can use it instead of the real thing. From fooling iPhones with a snapshot of a face to a fingerprint lifted with Scotch tape, it's all been done. Once it's digitized and stored, it's even easier.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 12:25 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Los Angeles motorcyclist topping 130 mph dies after horrific crash caught on video
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 09:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Learning from Life’s Speed Bumps
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 9:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Going to guess, in his case, it wasn't a donorcycle.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 9:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Helmet law, no help.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 11:21 Comments || Top||

#4  I appreciate people who face life’s challenges head on.
Posted by: Airandee || 01/21/2022 11:43 Comments || Top||

#5  I like a little more metal than that between me and the other cars. Gimme some airbags while you're at it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/21/2022 11:51 Comments || Top||

#6  I appreciate the fact the thief was courteous enough to not burden the taxpayer with his incarceration.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/21/2022 11:56 Comments || Top||

#7  I like a little more metal

German government scolds millionaire influencer who drove 259mph on the Autobahn
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 12:35 Comments || Top||

#8  Helmet law, no help.

Helps in identifying the owner of the corpse.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/21/2022 12:46 Comments || Top||

#9  helps scoop up the remains if you don't have a squeegee
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2022 12:49 Comments || Top||

#10  Yes, the eyes are intact for when the EMT does that penlight to the pupils thing.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 12:50 Comments || Top||

#11  The big octopus into a tiny jar trick, eh?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2022 13:27 Comments || Top||

#12  Crotch-Rocket riders are CRAZY.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 01/21/2022 19:56 Comments || Top||

#13  There is a velocity at which mass convergence transmogrifies a somewhat protective "brain bucket" into nothing more than a (final) fashion statement.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 01/21/2022 21:00 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Supreme Court Once More Rules Against Abortion Providers in Texas Abortion Case
[Townhall] The U.S. Supreme Court has not been too kind to abortion providers seeking relief from the Texas Heartbeat Act, which bans most abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is at about six weeks. On Thursday, the Court rejected a request from providers who were asking that the case be sent to a federal district court.
Court-shopping, the Democrat's fave pastime
Abortion providers were asking that the case be sent to a federal district court, which had previously ruled against the law. As I reported in October, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman, appointed by President Barack Obama, blocked enforced of the law with the strongest condemnation against it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 00:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Upon reading the Texas Law it seems to cover all the needed situations used to save the life of the mother (tubercular pregnancies and address situations of pregnancies resulting criminal sex crimes.

But why is Planned Parenthood (PPH) having $hit fit?

Given PPH performs about 40% of abortions in the United States, it stands to see a loss of income in the High $400+ million. Since about 45+% of PPH abortions happen after week 6, when the fetal Heart beat can be heard.

NOTE: Its no secret, a majority of possible unwanted pregnancies situations can quickly handled with 1 pill of Levonorgestrel (aka Plan B a <$50 OTC med). Since it stops gestation long before a fetal growth starts...
IF taken in 48hrs.

Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/21/2022 5:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Show me the money!
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/21/2022 7:39 Comments || Top||

#3  I believe, the same organization (PPH), performs the majority of sex change procedures in the US as well.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/21/2022 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  ^--- think of it as pre-emptive abortion.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/21/2022 9:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Remember the Unborn!
Posted by: Slats Lover of the Ostrogoths6701 || 01/21/2022 22:48 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Security Agents Uncover 39 Illegal Refineries, Recover Weapons In Niger Delta
Rivers State is Igbo (Biafra) country, primarily Christian with some Jews. Delta and Bayelsa States are next door.
[SaharaReporters] Troops of Operation Delta Safe have discovered and debilitated no fewer than 39 illegal refining sites, 91 cooking ovens, 24 reservoirs, 17 large dugout pits and 96 storage tanks in the Niger Delta region in the last two weeks.

During the operations, they also uncovered a total of 637,500 liters of illegally refined automotive gas oil; and 950,000 liters of stolen crude oil.

Among other things recovered were three assorted arms, 48 rounds of different caliber of ammunitions, two AK-47 rifle magazines as well as 17 pieces of galvanized pipes and 23 wooden boats.

Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Bernard Onyeuko, who made this known at a briefing on Thursday, stated that, "In addition, 10 criminals associated with pipeline vandalism, piracy, illegal oil bunkering and armed robbery were arrested.

"Also, troops recovered three assorted arms, 48 rounds of different caliber of ammunitions, two AK-47 rifle magazines as well as 17 pieces of galvanized pipes and 23 wooden boats among other items used for illegal oil bunkering activities in the course of the operations. All the arrested criminals and recovered items have been handed over to relevant security agencies for further action."

Onyeuko said troops of Delta Safe conducted these operations at different locations in villages, creeks and towns in Emohua, Ikwere, Port Harcourt and Ahoada LGAs of Rivers State.

Other locations are villages, towns and creeks in; Warri South, Warri South-West and Warri North LGAs of Delta State as well as in Ekeremor, Brass and Southern Ijaw LGAs of Bayelsa State.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 00:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [69 views] Top|| File under:

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Ukraine tension: Urgent US-Russia talks in Geneva as invasion fears grow
[BBC] US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are meeting for talks in Geneva amid mounting fears that Russia could be about to invade Ukraine.

On Thursday Mr Blinken warned Moscow of grave consequences if any of its forces crossed the border.

Russia has 100,000 troops at the border, but denies planning to invade.

President Vladimir Putin has issued demands to the West, including that Ukraine be stopped from joining Nato.

He wants the Western defensive alliance to abandon military exercises and stop sending weapons to eastern Europe, which Moscow sees as its backyard.

Russia previously seized and annexed the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine in 2014. Ever since, Ukraine's military has been locked in a war with Russian-backed rebels in areas near the border. The conflict has claimed 14,000 lives and caused at least two million people to flee their homes.

The summit between the top US and Russian diplomats follows moves by Mr Blinken to secure US allies' backing for sanctions against Moscow.

After discussions in Berlin with British, French and German officials on Thursday, Mr Blinken said that allowing a Russian incursion into Ukraine would "drag us all back to a much more dangerous and unstable time, when this continent, and this city, were divided in two... with the threat of all-out war hanging over everyone's heads".
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 06:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under:

U.S. Says Any Russian Crossing of Ukraine Border Would Trigger Response, But Not Sending Troops
[AnNahar] U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Thursday that "any" Russian troops entering Ukraine would trigger a response, after President Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S. I'm not working for you. Don't be such a horse's ass. Don't say he didn't warn us...
raised eyebrows by saying a "minor" incursion could invite a lesser response.

"We have been very clear throughout if any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border and commit new acts of aggression against Ukraine, that will be met with a swift, severe response from the United States and our allies and partners," Blinken told news hounds in Berlin.

He also warned that Western powers were united on Russia, adding that Moscow enjoyed no similar "strength."

Western powers are "acting together with one voice when it comes to Russia. That unity gives us strength -- a strength, I might add, that Russia does not and cannot match," Blinken said after talks in Berlin with Britannia, La Belle France and Germany.

Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They are just chomping at the bit to start a new war. They're really pissed off they had their Afghan war taken away and they want another one, pronto.

Anyone taking bets? Who thinks the same generals who couldn't win against herdsmen with AKs are going to knock over Russia, an advanced military who can actually fight?
Posted by: Sheter the Lesser9291 || 01/21/2022 1:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Antonia's threatening to deploy our invincible Pronoun Brigades
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/21/2022 1:20 Comments || Top||

#3  It is worth noting that back in 2015, Ukrainian Army officers considered their coms hopelessly compromised.

I can't imagine, even with help from NATO, that has improved.
Posted by: badanov || 01/21/2022 1:55 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ S' OK, they switched to Huawei gear
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2022 6:38 Comments || Top||

#5  If they're unwilling to send troops to stem the invasion of our southern border, why bother sending anyone to stem the invasion of some other nation's border? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/21/2022 9:44 Comments || Top||

#6  "A response."

Just WAIT till they see the nasty things the New York Times will say about them. That will show them!
Posted by: Tom || 01/21/2022 14:22 Comments || Top||

#7  I expect Alexandra Chalupa or Vicki Nuland to go critical any moment now.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 14:26 Comments || Top||

#8  It is worth noting that back in 2015, Ukrainian Army officers considered their coms hopelessly compromised.

Weren't they catching an artillery barrage 30 seconds after anyone turned their phone on?

Remember that gal who skypebooked herself purposefully avoiding reveille? That group is now leadership.

I'm not sure that discipline gap is attainable under current culture and/or training, especially when we have the girls training squads doing competitive tik-tok dance challenges.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2022 18:05 Comments || Top||

Tired of Biden, NorK considers restarting projects paused during Trump presidency

Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 01:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [52 views] Top|| File under: Commies

NBA's Enes Kanter Freedom makes China's Yao Ming an offer he can't accept

Freedom (ignoring the insult of being addressed by other than the name he goes by) replied: "Listen, Yao Ming, you or your Communist Party cannot buy me. I do not need a luxury tour of China," he says. "I want the world to see the real side of China under [the] cultish Chinese Communist Party’s brutal rule, [with] slave labor camps and millions living in fear because of inescapable government surveillance." Freedom concludes the video, saying he will certainly buy his own ticket to China if Ming will agree to show him the real China of the Uyghurs, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Shuai.

Posted by: Phereper Gragum8649 || 01/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Joke's on him, China is closed to tourists. Only legal residents can get in, and even then it's a pain in the ass with paperwork.
Posted by: Sheter the Lesser9291 || 01/21/2022 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Save a few dollars and buy a one way ticket.
Posted by: Airandee || 01/21/2022 6:26 Comments || Top||

#3  ^
Do we have a CCP lover here?
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/21/2022 9:25 Comments || Top||

#4  people go in, but they dont come out...
Posted by: 746 || 01/21/2022 12:13 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ Which makes it all the sadder that ESPN has announced it isn't sending staff to the CHiComCOVID olympics.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 12:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Why leave when you can get exclusive training at top-notch tennis camps?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2022 15:03 Comments || Top||

Target CEO Says Consumers To Shop Less, Stay Home Amid Inflationary Storm
[ZERO] Consumer prices soared the most in 40 years in December, a stunning 7% from a year earlier that is crushing real wage gains and sending President Biden's polling numbers to a new record low. The Federal Reserve is expected to embark on an inflation-crushing mission with the first-rate hike expected in March to tame inflation.

According to Target's top executive, high inflation eating into wage gains is expected to directly impact US consumers who will be forced to drive less, eat at home, and reduce their shopping habits.

Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell told attendees at a National Retail Federation event in New York on Sunday that high inflation will derail consumer spending patterns. Many will resort to cheaper generic-brand goods to save money.

"Some of the historical ways consumers react to inflation will play out again in 2022," Cornell said.

He noted consumers would "drive fewer miles, and you'll consolidate the number of times and locations where you shop. You'll probably spend a little more eating at home versus your favorite restaurant, and you might make some trade-offs between a national brand and an own brand."

Compared to the last two years of stimulus-fueled retail spending, Cornell expects spending patterns to change. He said a lot about the consumer would be understood in the next "60, 90, 120 days" in adapting to the high inflation environment.

As part of the rapid recovery, fueled by trillions of dollars in monetary and fiscal aid, prices for cars, gas, food, and furniture rose sharply in 2021. As consumers increased spending, supply chains became snarled, and prices increased further.

In the new year, US inflation pressures show very little easing, and some economists predict the peak could be nearing. The high inflation problem has led rate markets to price in 4 rate hikes by December, with the first live meeting expected in March.

Many consumers have never seen anything like this because they weren't around in the 1970s and early 1980s of high inflation. It only took then-Fed Chair Paul Volcker to increase interest rates to double digits to tame inflation which sent the economy into a deep recession.

High inflation has put Biden on the spot ahead of midterms. The latest polling data shows the president's popularity sunk to a new low this week.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 00:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They'll shop less because there's less stuff to buy. But they'll spend more money doing it.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/21/2022 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Many Americans won't stop shopping until their credit cards are canceled.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 01/21/2022 0:47 Comments || Top||

#3  I didn't have any problem with the 17% mutual fund rates (in the 80's). We just chose not to purchase anything we didn't need.
Posted by: The Walking Unvaxed || 01/21/2022 0:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Bread & circuses (21st c version)
...Apparel and footwear will be hit hard
...Food staples will be OK - but Starbucks and packaged foods will be hit hard (how the hell can you keep buying cereal at $5 a 12-oz box?)
...Gambling and stock trading will suffer: the 5m+ little retail moron-muppets who bought "meme stock" garbage with their stimulus checks have lost 50-90% of their savings and have nothing left to invest in 2022
... Liquor Tobacco and Video Games: biggest winners in the consumer economy, followed by Hotels and Airlines as COVID-insanity collapses over the next 6-8 weeks
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/21/2022 1:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Lets see,
Less stuff to buy, Limits, lines, stores following Government mandates, playing social issues and following politics etc, etc, etc. Yep! Sure sounds remittance of a country back in the 1960-1990's.

BTW: What I saw at WALLY WORLD and other Stores on 1-20-22

Certain Frozen Food dinners/pizza's Depending on brand and item type were OUT.

Certain brand Name Canned goods and packaged items OUT.

Milk, eggs and etc. - coolers far from fully stocked.

Bread well picked over.

Plenty of Smith Field Bacon @ $6.89+lb. available.

Other stores (Kroger, ALDI, Lidl, KJ's and Food Loin) all have similar situations. All depending on brand names and item types.

BUT ! There is plenty of TP and paper towels still on the shelves.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/21/2022 5:35 Comments || Top||

#6  But do you think for one minute corporate America might see that corporate support for dems put things where they are now, and maybe stop doing that? Nah. Too obvious.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 6:52 Comments || Top||

#7  /\ As long as the company gov't store remains open and the 'mom & pops' continue to be eradicated, support for dems and the socialist dream will continue.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 6:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Well I sure as fuck ain't shopping at your over priced store.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/21/2022 8:01 Comments || Top||

#9  It's a given in the financial media that "we spend too much," until we don't spend enough. We also "don't save enough," until we suddenly don't spend enough.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 8:13 Comments || Top||

#10  /\ Bottom line...it's all our fault !
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 9:02 Comments || Top||

#11  current price per share is about 215 (off quite a bit today)

but at the beginning of the pandemic panic in March 2000, the price per share was about 100. It was about 30 per share at the bottom of the 2008-9 recession.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 01/21/2022 10:20 Comments || Top||

#12  On the other hand, Berkshire Hathaway A class shares are $458,675 today, but on 1 Feb 1990 were just $7455. Back then I had the $ but not the nerve to invest that much. I lost well over that much in much poorer investments over the next 10 years.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 01/21/2022 17:47 Comments || Top||

UN General Assembly adopts Israeli resolution aimed at combating Holocaust denial
[IsraelTimes] Only 2nd time an Israeli-led measure has ever passed; initiative earns 114 cosponsors, is approved by consensus; Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites....
opposes but can’t force vote since it hasn’t paid its UN dues

In a briefing with news hounds earlier this month, Erdan acknowledged that like all GA resolutions, this latest one will not come with an enforcement mechanism. However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
he expressed hope that by setting a new "international standard" for what constitutes Holocaust denial and how social media companies are expected to act in response, the resolution will have significant ramifications on the discourse moving forward.

It was the first time a resolution introduced by Israel was adopted by the General Assembly since 2005, when the body passed an Israeli resolution declaring January 27 — the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp — as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top|| File under:

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Are scientists about to crack the secret of living to 130? Arthritis, dementia and diabetes reversed - and 50 years of good health added to your lifespan, as Jeff Bezos joins tycoons pouring billions into new anti-ageing research firms
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 00:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Metformin is a very widely used generic drug which has been shown (unintentionally) as have cancer-preventative and possibly life-extending effects. For decades it has been used as a comparison "known" when new drugs particularly against Type 2 diabetes are tested. Naturally future incidence of cancer and overall death rates from any cause are logged during the drug trials for both those taking the experimental drugs and the comparison patients on metformin. Repeatedly the lower incidence of cancer and possibly prolonged life spans have been noticed in these tests of vast numbers of patients.
See "Silicon Valley techies are turning to a cheap diabetes drug to help them live longer" or Google "metformin life extension"
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 01/21/2022 0:45 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/21/2022 4:10 Comments || Top||

#3  This obsession with immortality. It isn't the good thing these people think it is.
Posted by: no mo uro || 01/21/2022 6:51 Comments || Top||

#4  So, does this mean Hunter Bidet's head in a jar will be part of the Futurama reboot?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 7:37 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ "Abby something. Abby normal"
Posted by: Frank G || 01/21/2022 8:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Metformin: A Potential Candidate for Targeting Aging Mechanisms
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 12:44 Comments || Top||

#7  What effect would Genetic Entropy have on their findings?
Posted by: Slats Lover of the Ostrogoths6701 || 01/21/2022 22:52 Comments || Top||

Two-thirds of corona jab reactions caused by placebo effect - study
[JPost] WTF??
A third of clinical trial participants who received no vaccine reported systemic adverse advents including headache and fatigue.

More than two-thirds of the common side-effects people experience after a corona shot can be attributed to a negative version of the placebo effect rather than the vaccine itself, new research indicates.

Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston examined data from 12 clinical trials of COVID vaccines and found the "nocebo effect" accounted for 76% of all common adverse reactions after the first dose, and nearly 52% after the second dose. A third of clinical trial participants who received no vaccine reported systemic adverse events like headache and fatigue.
Once again expectations drive the experience. One year for a Christmas party I divided a cookie recipe in thirds, colouring one part green, one part red, and leaving one part plain. About half the guests tasted the green cookies as pistachio and half tasted green as mint; about half tasted the red ones as peppermint, while half tasted it as cinnamon; and about half tasted the plain ones as vanilla. I’d used vanilla for the whole batch, with no other flavours added. The interesting thing was that half the crowd were engineers and chemists who worked professionally with perfumes and shaping consumer expectations using perfumes, so should have been more attuned to what they were smelling and tasting.
The findings, published in JAMA Network Open, suggest that a large proportion of milder side-effects such as headaches, short-term fatigue and arm pain are not produced by the vaccine itself, but by other factors thought to generate the nocebo response, such as anxiety.

"Adverse events after placebo treatment are common in randomized controlled trials," said lead author Julia W. Haas, PhD, an investigator in the Program in Placebo Studies at BIDMC. "Collecting systematic evidence regarding these nocebo responses in vaccine trials is important for COVID-19 vaccination worldwide, especially because concern about side effects is reported to be a reason for vaccine hesitancy."
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#1  "The remaining one-third collapsed and died immediately of anaphylactic shock."

No mention of the number of participants or what the non-common side effects were. Warning lights are flashing...
Posted by: SteveS || 01/21/2022 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Walter Cannon MD wrote about "voodoo" deaths in 1942 and his term has gone down in history. Corona jab "deaths" as placebo effects would then be a type of "voodoo" death according to the thinking behind this article. But even Dr. Cannon in his original article warned:
Obviously, the possible use of poisons must be excluded before “voodoo” death can be accepted as an actual consequence of sorcery or witchcraft.

or negative placebo effects of corona jabs.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 01/21/2022 0:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Finally admitting there are adverse events. That’s something. Now we just have to believe the brand new meds just happen to be the safest ones ever developed. Seems legit.
Posted by: Ebbaise Brown5939 || 01/21/2022 7:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Not just admitting; JPost admitting.

2/3 are so skeptical of what they are being told, they imagine symptoms.

Headline kind of poo-poos "scared bugwit shitless."

Heckuva job everyone. Heckuva job.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/21/2022 17:33 Comments || Top||

Klingon interim report says Havana syndrome not from hostile power campaign, but critics disagree
[FOX] A new CIA document reportedly states that bizarre illnesses being attributed to "Havana Syndrome" are not the results of an attack by a foreign power, but those findings are being challenged by a whistleblower who claims the agency is hiding something.

An NBC News report late Wednesday night citing "six people briefed on the matter" said that, according to an interim report by the CIA, hundreds of supposed Havana Syndrome cases could plausibly be attributed to other things, even though roughly two dozen remain unexplained.


"CIA interim report is disinformation," countered national security attorney Mark Zaid. "Other agencies furious no coordination occurred & they disagree."
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Go ahead, tell me they don't read the Burg.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 0:05 Comments || Top||

#2  I suspect the syndrome is the result of some CIA driven technology gone horribly wrong. Not that the CIA would ever do such a thing, or that it is indeed a "hostile power" with respect to the USA.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 01/21/2022 18:06 Comments || Top||

Surgeons successfully transplant two PIG KIDNEYS into a brain dead human, marking a 'significant step' in the decades-long quest to use animal organs for life-saving transplants
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under:

#1  a brain dead human

Biden has kidney problems?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 0:04 Comments || Top||

#3  New expanded term for transgender.
Posted by: Dale || 01/21/2022 4:02 Comments || Top||

#4  I could transplant anything into a brain dead human. It's not like he's getting up to tell me he feels ill.

Call me when you transplant a clever pig's brain into a liberal brain dead human.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/21/2022 4:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Will his diet now be limited to corn ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 6:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Acorns, B. Think Iberico ham.
Posted by: no mo uro || 01/21/2022 6:54 Comments || Top||

#7  A spiraling sprout near the caudal (coccygeal) vertebrae above the coccyx should impress researchers and surgeons alike.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/21/2022 7:04 Comments || Top||

#8  Wow, exactly what did the next-of-kin sign to permit that? Imagine how useful future brain dead people can be for experimentation, and what future definitions of "brain dead" might be!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/21/2022 12:29 Comments || Top||

#9  Well, it's ethically fraught, but I have less trouble with it than with fetal stem cells derived from abortions. YMMV.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/21/2022 12:31 Comments || Top||

#10  I have less trouble with it

Or organ harvesting.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/21/2022 17:56 Comments || Top||

#11  Call me when you transplant a clever pig's brain into a liberal

Su-eeee! Get'em, boy porcine-person! Them thar truffles is white supremacists!

Under that oak tree yonder: domestic terrorists! Git!
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/21/2022 22:32 Comments || Top||

#12  Why isn't this considered torture? The left tries to hijack the meaning of way too many words already, such as gay, hate, love, marriage, racism, bullying, etc. Now they want to redefine death to suit their needs -- the Culture of Death indeed.
Posted by: Slats Lover of the Ostrogoths6701 || 01/21/2022 22:57 Comments || Top||

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