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  • Catalonia Votes to Stay With Spain

    05/19/2024 8:37:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 18 May 2024 | Trelawney Bresic
    Parties opposing Catalonia’s independence from Spain have garnered the support of a majority of voters in the region. Recent elections saw approximately 54% of the electorate elect candidates from non-separatist parties across the political spectrum, making a significant shift in Catalonia’s political landscape. This vote may have drawn a line under a tumultuous decade marked by a push for independence. The 2017 call for independence included an unofficial referendum, a unilateral declaration of independence, mass protests and arguably the country’s most severe constitutional crisis since the transition to democracy in 1975. Separatism had been waning before this vote, but this...
  • PG&E's West Coast lineman's rodeo

    05/19/2024 4:54:33 PM PDT · by thecodont · 7 replies
    KTVU FOX 2 ^ | Posted May 18, 2024 6:08pm PDT | KTVU Staff
    Pole climbing and hurtman's rescue.
  • Visa changes mean Americans will carry fewer physical credit, debit cards in their wallets

    05/19/2024 2:37:01 PM PDT · by Twotone · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2024 | Ken Sweet
    NEW YORK — Your wallet may soon be getting thinner. Visa on Wednesday announced major changes to how credit and debit cards will operate in the U.S. in the coming months and years. The new features could mean Americans will be carrying fewer physical cards in their wallets, and will make the 16-digit credit or debit card number printed on every card increasingly irrelevant. They will be some of the biggest changes to how payments operate in the U.S. since the U.S. rolled out chip-embedded cards several years ago. They also come as Americans have many more options to pay...
  • Grocery Prices Fall for the First Time in a Year

    05/19/2024 2:15:57 PM PDT · by I got the rope · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/16/2024 | Sylvan Lane
    Grocery prices fell on the whole in April for the first time in 12 months, according to data released Wednesday by the Labor Department.
  • Report: Pricey Electric Cars Driven 20 Percent Less Than Gas-Powered Vehicles

    05/19/2024 2:06:53 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/19/2024 | Amy Furr
    Drivers are apparently choosing to drive gas powered vehicles over electric ones amid President Joe Biden’s (D) push for Americans to go green on the road. A recent report from ISeeCars.com said drivers are using electric vehicles (EVs) 20 percent less than those powered by gas, the outlet reported Friday. The news comes as Biden wants a national network of 500,000 publicly available EV chargers by 2030 as he charges ahead with his “climate agenda,” Breitbart News reported April 1.
  • Whitehouse: Trump Made ‘Obvious Quid Pro Quo’ to Oil Executives

    05/19/2024 11:05:37 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/19/2024 | Pam Key
    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Velshi” that former President Donald Trump made an “obvious quid pro quo” when he allegedly asked for a $1 billion donation from oil executives during a meeting at his Mar-a-Lago resort last month. Whitehouse said, “The problem we have is a little bit like the House. If we issue subpoenas, as the Judiciary Committee did to pursue the payments made to Justice Thomas, the Republicans said they would not enforce the subpoenas and they said they don’t comply and we won’t let them enforce it. I would expect something like that to...
  • [I]nflation and immigration concerns boost Trump in Arizona and Florida

    05/19/2024 8:21:40 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/19/2024 | Anthony Salvanto, et al
    CBS New Polls conducted by YouGov May 5-16. AZ (1193 LV): Trump 52, Biden 47; FL (1181 LV): Trump 54, Biden 45
  • Conservatives are fighting guaranteed basic income programs using a surprising argument: They aren't universal

    05/19/2024 4:48:10 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 19, 2024 | Kenneth Niemeyer, Katie Balevic, and Peter Gelling
    Legal challenges by conservative lawmakers and activists against guaranteed basic income programs are heating up nationwide. And one of their arguments is surprising: Some say the programs are discriminatory because they are not universal. Numerous cities and counties are experimenting with guaranteed basic incomes to support their most vulnerable populations. They typically offer no-strings-attached monthly payments between $500 and $1,000 to specific groups, like new moms, Black women, or trans people, all of them low-income residents. Guaranteed basic income programs differ from their idealistic cousin — a universal basic income. UBI, made famous by Andrew Yang during the 2016 presidential...
  • Longtime Democrat Lawmaker Faces Prison After Being Found Guilty (Former Chicago Alderman Ed Burke)

    05/19/2024 1:52:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    State of the Union ^ | 5/18/24 | Jordan Andrews
    Former Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, once a powerful Democrat, was found guilty of 13 out of 14 corruption charges, including racketeering, bribery, and extortion. The case highlighted high-level corruption in Chicago’s city government, involving political favors for money. The trial also implicated other officials and revealed widespread corruption in Illinois, leading to numerous convictions. “This case was about bribery and extortion occurring at the highest level of Chicago city government,” U.S. Attorney Morris Pasqual said. “Burke has his hand out for money. He tied the giving of official action by him to the giving of money to him.” “Alderman Burke...
  • Germany's sick man of Europe economy 'could pull the plug on the EU'

    05/18/2024 8:27:06 PM PDT · by RandFan · 19 replies
    Daily Express ^ | May 18 | Story by Jasmine Birtles
    Germany's self-inflicted economic problems have been much in the news in the last couple of years. Having eschewed cheap fossil fuels for 'green' energy sources, the manufacturing powerhouse of Europe has fallen into recession, seen a slowdown in growth, a decline in exports, and a widening trade deficit. Of course, the country's move away from fossil fuels is not the only reason for its economic problems. Other factors include a global economic slowdown affecting its exports, the Ukraine war cutting off supplies of cheap gas, trade tensions, and domestic challenges such as a decline in investment and a shortage of...
  • Now a coffee ban? The WEF is eyeing coffee ...

    05/18/2024 12:09:10 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 117 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 18 May, 2024 | Eric Utter
    Roughly 75% of Americans drink coffee every day. That won’t be the case for long, apparently, if the elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, have their way. Did anyone notice what they were talking about back in January during the 2024 World Economic Forum's Davos get-together? During a recent WEF panel discussion, a reporter for Moneywise, in an item posted on Yahoo! Finance, reported that one speaker, some banker named Hubert Keller, remarked, “The coffee that we all drink emits between 15 and 20 tons of CO2 per ton of coffee.” Ominously, he added, “so we should...
  • Fmr. Obama Econ. Adviser El-Erian: Green Energy Transition Helped Create Higher Inflation Environment

    05/18/2024 1:31:00 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/18/2024 | Ian hatchett
    On Friday’s broadcast of Bloomberg’s “Surveillance,” Bloomberg columnist, economist, President of Queens’ College, Allianz Chief Economic Adviser, and former Obama Global Development Council Chair Dr. Mohamed El-Erian stated that the “sustainable energy” transition has helped create “a world that’s subject to higher inflation” than the world we had before.
  • Houston distributes water as more than 500,000 remain without power after devastating storms

    05/18/2024 1:24:24 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 28 replies
    Nbcnews ^ | 05/18/2024 | Phil Helsel
    The city of Houston on Saturday opened new distribution centers to give out water as around 500,000 customers remained without power following severe storms blamed in the deaths of seven people in the region. Houston was forecast to reach a high of 90 degrees Saturday as the city and Harris County recovers from tornadoes and 100 mph straight-line winds that struck with little warning on Thursday. Seven deaths — four in Houston and three in unincorporated Harris County — have been blamed on effects from the weather, including from falling trees and a fire sparked by lighting.
  • NYC shoplifting soars with over 21K complaints lodged so far this year — causing CVS, Walgreens to close up shops

    05/18/2024 9:07:35 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 31 replies
    Nypost ^ | 05/18/2024 | Lauren Ellie's Schram & Tina Moore
    New York City is losing drugstores as retail theft continues to surge. Gotham has logged 21,578 shoplifting complaints this year through May 12, up 5% from the 20,552 thefts during the same period last year. Manhattan has seen 8,896 incidents of retail theft alone. Crime is so rampant, national chains like Target, CVS and Walgreens are closing locations and tempering expansion plans. Target announced at the end of last year the closure of nine stores across four states, including one in Harlem, due to theft.
  • Maher: U.S. Medical Establishment Too Scared to Admit Child Gender Transitions Are Dangerous Like Other Nations Have

    05/18/2024 6:52:15 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/18/2024 | Ian hatchett
    On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher reacted to the United Kingdom and Scandinavian nations walking back transitioning children by saying that America has tried to be so progressive, it’s actually behind the rest of the world and that the American medical establishment won’t make the same corrections other nations have because “They’re afraid.” Maher stated, “Let me add one more thing to our discussion there about rolling back some of the overexcesses in 2020…this is in the U.K., they are now pronouncing the United States as way behind. This is so, to me, symbolic of so...
  • Climate Crazies Glue Themselves to Munich Airport Runway

    05/18/2024 6:09:19 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/18/2024 | BREITBART LONDON
    BERLIN (AP) – German authorities closed down Munich airport temporarily on Saturday after six climate activists broke through a security fence and glued themselves to access routes leading to runways, officials and local media reported. The activists from the group Last Generation were protesting flying, the most polluting form of transportation, said the German news agency dpa. Police have detained the six. Incoming flights had to be diverted to other airports, an airport spokesperson said. After a couple of hours, the airport’s two runways were reopened though some disruptions to flight schedules may happen, a statement on the airport´s official...
  • Biden’s tariffs will make us pay more for cars we don’t want — but are forced to buy

    05/18/2024 6:00:28 AM PDT · by bitt · 18 replies
    https://nypost.com ^ | 5/18/2024 | David Harsanyi
    Not long ago, President Biden promised to transform the American auto industry — “first with carrots, now with sticks” is the analogy The Washington Post used. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I’d trust the president to drive my car, much less dictate the future of industrial policy. Yet Biden implemented draconian emissions limits for all vehicles, ensuring that within nine years 67% of all new passenger cars and trucks will be electric. In the old days, a centralized state controlling manufacturing and commerce, production, prices, wages and conditions in our biggest sectors would be called...
  • Biden’s Climate Change Scare Tactics Aren’t Working: It's not among the top issues on the public’s list of concerns

    05/17/2024 8:48:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/17/2024 | Warren Beatty
    First, the stage must be set. The joke that currently occupies the Bully Pulpit says he’s the first climate president, says he’s making history by confronting the climate crisis, not denying it. “I’m taking the most significant action on climate ever in the history of the world.” Now to his latest tactic.Biden gave a warning on climate change in September 2021, when he surveyed damage caused by Hurricane Ida in New York and New Jersey. “We’ve got to listen to the scientists ... they all tell us this is code red. ... The nation and the world are in peril,...
  • Mercedes-Benz workers in Alabama vote against UAW union membership

    05/17/2024 1:10:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 17, 2024 | Michael Wayland
    KEY POINTS: * Mercedes-Benz workers in Alabama have voted against union representation by the United Auto Workers, the National Labor Relations Board said Friday. * The results are a blow to the UAW’s organizing efforts a month after the Detroit union won an organizing drive of roughly 4,330 Volkswagen plant workers in Tennessee. * The Mercedes-Benz vote was expected to be more challenging for the union than the Volkswagen plant, where the union had already established a presence after two failed organizing drives in the past decade. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • Massie and other Republicans push the 'Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act'

    05/17/2024 8:56:17 AM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 16, 2024 | Alex Nitzberg
    GOP Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky and more than a dozen other House Republicans are pushing a measure that targets the Federal Reserve System. The measure includes text that declares, "The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and each Federal reserve bank are hereby abolished" and "the Federal Reserve Act is hereby repealed." Massie announced the introduction of the measure on Thursday, the same day that the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock index surpassed 40,000 for the first time before ultimately giving up its gains and closing slightly down for the day. 'If we really want to reduce...