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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
‘Boxed Into a Corner,' Residents Brace for Thousands to Attend Motorcycle Rally
[DNYUZ] For most of the year, Sturgis, S.D., is a relatively quiet city of 7,000 residents tucked beside a 1.2 million-acre forest, with a motorcycle museum as its signature attraction. But each summer, Sturgis transforms as bikers descend for a massive motorcycle rally.

This year’s festival may attract about 250,000 people despite an uptick in coronavirus cases across the state, city officials say, leading to fears it could become a super-spreader event.

When the virus upended life across America in the spring, it forced the cancellation of graduation ceremonies, music festivals, marathons and other large gatherings. Sturgis, which has hosted the rally since 1938, pushed ahead with its plans anyway.

The 10-day rally, which begins Friday, may be the country’s largest public gathering since the pandemic began, and it comes amid widespread opposition. More than 60 percent of residents favored postponing the event, according to a city-sponsored survey.

"We should have postponed or canceled the rally last March," said Terry Keszler, a Sturgis City Council member, echoing the concerns that have divided his community.

City officials faced pressure from businesses, people outside the city and threats of ligation, Mr. Keszler said. Still, they cut back on advertising and canceled city-sponsored events, including the opening ceremony.

Over the past week, there has been an average of 84 coronavirus cases a day in South Dakota, a 31 percent increase over the previous two weeks. And some say the surge might grow worse: The city plans to offer coronavirus testing for its residents once the rally concludes on Aug. 16.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/07/2020 02:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  festival may attract about 250,000 people

When I last went, it was 1,000,000.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/07/2020 8:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Ready other articles at that site, headline is par for the course.

But go ahead and hype how chic cool it is your bedroom is your new cubicle and how easy it is to get to happy hour in your kitchen.

Perhaps with an appropriate number of joy joy postings your ward Karen will allow 30 minutes outside time.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/07/2020 10:30 Comments || Top||

#3  They have plenty of time to leave if they don't want to be there.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/07/2020 14:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Who moves to Sturgis and is like, "What motorcycle rally?"

It isn't a safety piece, it is an opinion piece concern trolling any readers who are thinking about going, and giving permission to the Kens and Karens and anyone who feels emasculated by motorcycles permission to sneer or even 5 minute hate.

These tourist destinations are destinations for good reason; they have a festival like Sturgis does, or is the gateway to a National Park or other attraction. People from all over the world come to see the attraction. Some love it so much, they pack up their life and move there.

Then when they get there, they get pissed there are tourists, and do everything they can to discourage tourism. Seriously Terry, you kiss your own ass with that mought?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/07/2020 17:20 Comments || Top||

#5  1,000,000, isn't that the daily NYC subway commute?

I'd take my chances five days in a cigar smoking, whiskey shooting, rode 2000 miles to get here biker bar over one cross-NYC subway commute any day of the week plus Boglesday.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/07/2020 17:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Would it be okay if everyone rode electric motorcycles? Just asking for a revolting friend.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 08/07/2020 18:30 Comments || Top||

#7  "Where are the Tesla charging stations? I need a top-off"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/07/2020 18:35 Comments || Top||

#8  @#6 - reVOLTing. Pun intended?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/07/2020 21:44 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
White Male Executives Fired First at Chevron because they're white men?
[Independent Sentinel] Change your name and pretend you’re a minority if you want a management job at Chevron or if you want to keep your job. At least, it seems that way. The company will rehire with the goal of increasing the percentages of women and minorities.

Reuters reports, Oil major Chevron Corp (CVX.N) expects to reduce the dominance of white males in company management during cost-cutting this year, upping the share of senior-level jobs held by women and ethnic minorities to 44% from 38% last year, the company said in a statement.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/07/2020 02:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Unfortunately, there's little new to be found here. Welcome to Affirmative Action.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/07/2020 2:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Time to invest in Chevron's competitors?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/07/2020 3:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Get woke go broke.
Posted by: Dale || 08/07/2020 3:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Probably a requirement to operate in California.
Posted by: boomerc || 08/07/2020 5:20 Comments || Top||

#5  The only thing left to do is remain profitable.
Posted by: gorb || 08/07/2020 5:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Gettin' out while there's still parachutes in the pension pool.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/07/2020 8:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Is Reverse Discrimination legal or not? This could be a landmark case if someone sues. I bet their are lawyers ready to go.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/07/2020 9:04 Comments || Top||

#8  CA already has an unconstitutional discriminatory law requiring big corps to have a token woman (or more than one) on the Corp hoard. Forget the fact they should be qualified, and most already there are....
Posted by: Frank G || 08/07/2020 9:20 Comments || Top||

#9  Worked there for decades. This is nothing new. OTOH, at least the ones they kept were competent in the recent cycles. Not mentioned is the age discrimination component of the cyclical layoffs, which is present in all the Big Oils, probably necessary for corporate good long term, but still unfair to those purged. (Sort of like the military 'up or out' policy.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/07/2020 11:21 Comments || Top||

#10  Very much so, out of the four people with my last job in the world, they kept the 22 year old girl who was the least qualified, and the office suck up. Laid off one married white guy and me, white guy with kids, with the most time with the company.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/07/2020 12:18 Comments || Top||

#11  What's even funnier, is they laid off the two guys who had the most time in the field with this new automation software they are just bringing to market.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/07/2020 12:20 Comments || Top||

#12  Sounds like HR was making the decisions. Often they live in an ivory tower and view the employees as interchangeable production units.
Posted by: gorb || 08/07/2020 14:51 Comments || Top||

#13  Time to self-identify as a gay black Islamic woman.
Posted by: Tom || 08/07/2020 16:18 Comments || Top||

#14  HR people come out of liberal arts, not STEM.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/07/2020 16:18 Comments || Top||

#15  There is a special place in Hell for HR people.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/07/2020 20:38 Comments || Top||

#16  HR people come out of liberal arts, not STEM.

The push now is not STEM, but STEAM.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mechanics.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/07/2020 20:54 Comments || Top||

#17  And most of STEM is racist,so it should be dropped, or modified so it isn't racist.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 08/07/2020 21:03 Comments || Top||

#18  STEAM - Liberal Arts trying to tap into that sweet sweet $ dedicated to productive employable fields
Posted by: Frank G || 08/07/2020 21:22 Comments || Top||

#19  Evidently HR sneaked in "fluency in Eubonics" as a condition of employment.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 08/07/2020 21:42 Comments || Top||

The IRS could send your second stimulus check sooner than you think. What you need to know
[CNET] With less than two days remaining to reach an agreement on the next stimulus package before a self-imposed Aug. 7 deadline, White House and Democratic negotiators continue to search for common ground on the details of the bill, including if the final legislation will include a second stimulus check. How soon you could then receive that new payment depends entirely on when the two sides come together on a deal.

While negotiators are hopeful they will reach an agreement this week -- "I feel optimistic that there is a light at the end of the tunnel," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday -- President Donald Trump said he is prepared to act on his own to enact parts of the proposed bill if talks drag on.

"My administration is exploring executive actions to provide protections against eviction," Trump said Wednesday. In preparation for a deal this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his chamber will delay its planned August recess scheduled to start Aug. 10 and convene on Monday.

Once the two sides do reach an agreement, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the IRS could "start printing them the following week." This timeline would be much faster than the 19 days it took for the IRS to send out the first stimulus checks after the CARES Act was passed in March.
IRS? Doesn't the Treasury do that?
Working with the dates, we have a good idea when checks could be sent and who might receive them first, once the final bill becomes law. Read on for everything we know right now, based on the present debate. This story is updated often to reflect the latest news developments.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/07/2020 03:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I guess Trump has a phone and a pen too. Going to rain all over Pelosi's obstructionism.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 08/07/2020 8:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Does the President have the legal ability to spend money not appropriated by Congress?
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/07/2020 11:22 Comments || Top||

#3  The Democrats and the Republican legislators tucked in all kind of discretionary spending bills into law. IIRC it started in WW II and really took off after the "War Powers Act" under Johnson. " After all it hasn't been real money since they got rid of the Silver Certificates.
Posted by: Thaith Elmeresing6163 || 08/07/2020 11:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Does the President have the legal ability to spend money not appropriated by Congress?

He can reduce or suspend the intake of payroll taxes. Pref for low income earners.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/07/2020 11:50 Comments || Top||

#5  My guess is that the IRS has the database of the people who can receive the stimulus check and won't or can't share it with other agencies,
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 08/07/2020 11:51 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ Prolly right,

"won't or can't share it with other agencies" except when going after Tea Party or other Conservative groups
Posted by: Frank G || 08/07/2020 12:11 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
'I Don't Need A Cognitive Test!' Biden Screams At Pigeon
[Babylon Bee...I think] Joe Biden has been plagued with questions about his age and mental health, but he's brushed off suggestions that he needs a cognitive test and has even gotten irritable at the suggestion. This came to a head yesterday when he was seen screaming at a pigeon, "I don't need a cognitive test!"

It's unclear what the pigeon said (though most suspect it was some sort of pigeon coo), but it riled up the presidential candidate. "Listen, bucko!" Biden yelled, jabbing his finger at the pigeon. "I get tested every day! You hear me? Why are you just bobbing your head around? Are you some sort of junkie?"

Biden opened up a bag of Wonder Bread he had with him. "I don't know who you little jerks are, but you have to leave me alone," he told the pigeon. "I just like to come to the park and eat a loaf of bread in peace, but you're always pestering me, questioning my mental health, and calling me ‘Sally.'" Biden then began cramming slices of bread into his mouth.

That same day, Trump was seen hitting a pigeon out of the air with a baseball bat, but it seemed to be a completely unrelated matter.
Posted by: Frank G || 08/07/2020 13:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I was wondering how a pigeon got in his basement...
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/07/2020 18:02 Comments || Top||

That Creepy Old Weirdo In The Basement Will Never Debate Trump
It's Kurt
[Townhall] There are a few safe bets in life — the sun will rise in the East, the mainstream media will tongue-bathe the Dems, the Never Trump sissies of the Ahoy crew will die alone, forgotten, and unloved — but there is no safer bet than on Joe Biden not taking the debate stage with Donald Trump.

If he does debate Trump, Grandpa Badfinger is toast. And if he doesn’t debate Trump, Grandpa Badfinger is also toast. Either way, that post-moderate muppet is a breakfast entrée. Dodging the debate is merely his least bad choice, sort of like going with chlamydia over syphilis.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Frank G || 08/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That Creepy Old Weirdo In The Basement Will Never Debate Trump

He might if Trump wore a wig ....
Posted by: gorb || 08/07/2020 5:04 Comments || Top||

#2  A wig that smells like teen spirit perhaps.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/07/2020 10:43 Comments || Top||

#3  We're past the point where Trump should be calling for debates. He needs to start asking what Beijing Biden is hidin'.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/07/2020 12:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Anyone remember this episode of Star Trek?

Posted by: gorb || 08/07/2020 14:55 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Rudy Giuliani Warns of Democratic Doom Under the Influence of Black Lives Matter: They're ‘Terrorists,' ‘Killers'
[Red State] Black lives matter. That is a statement of fact. It’s undeniably true. But what happens when a political organization — touting specific beliefs with which many people (including many black people) disagree — takes that statement as their proper-noun name? The answer: a lot of confusion.

On Fox & Friends Thursday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani dropped a hammer on "Black Lives Matter."

Rudy wants people to "stop the nonsense," and to that end, he didn’t mince words:

"These are killers, and these are people who hate white people. They are people who hate white men in particular, and they want to do away with a mother/father family. They don’t think fathers are necessary. This is what we are talking about. Not the bull that you get on silly telly."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/07/2020 02:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

Beirut explosion deepens opposition to government in Lebanon
[Al Ahram] It will always be remembered as one of the world’s most shocking moments in its recent history. The blast in Beirut’s port on Tuesday was compared by the city governor to those that decimated Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II in 1945. People in Limassol, Cyprus, 240 kilometres away from Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers...
, felt the blast as if it was an earthquake.

The explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, according to Lebanon's President Michel Aoun
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Posted by: Fred || 08/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

-PC Follies
Catch-22a (Racism)
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/07/2020 09:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IOW pseudoscience.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 08/07/2020 14:13 Comments || Top||

#2  It's perfectly logical to the crowd that jumps from state to state to participate in a thin BLM/Antifa mashup.
Posted by: gorb || 08/07/2020 14:57 Comments || Top||

Tyranny in Los Angeles: No Water For You!
h/t Instapundit
[Victory Girls] ...If the LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is occurring at a property, and we see these properties reoffending time and time again, they will provide notice and initiate the process to request that [the Department of Water and Power] shut off service within the next 48 hours,"
These are the times that try men's souls.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/07/2020 03:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wait till the state plays the old '1861' and its no water for you. I believe only San Diego has a desalination plant.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/07/2020 7:32 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ Yes, and access to Colorado River water
Posted by: Frank G || 08/07/2020 8:03 Comments || Top||

#3  But only those who don't take shots at the meter workers.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/07/2020 9:38 Comments || Top||

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