[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.
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?
[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.
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....
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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.)
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.
[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.
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.
[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.
[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.
[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."
[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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[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.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.