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  1. Oh this is Rich!... TIME: WHO Will Rename Monkeypox Virus to Minimize Stigma and Racism Heavens forbid we offend a bunch of monkeys... The WHO says they are trying to move away from the past trait guidelines that named contagions after the geographic regions of origin and animal origination names, a spokesperson said. The WHO also said they are considering renaming other infectious contagions as well - like the "swine flue"... Of course it's only a matter of time before the WHO starts getting calls from angry chickens demanding they rename "chicken pox" virus something else ~
  2. It's been tried before but with the concerns about the Corona virus and variants, social distancing, etc. it could be that these guys have it timed right for the Robo-burger franchise. To be followed of course by robo-fries, robo-pizza, etc... USA Today: Would you eat a burger made in a vending machine? People in New Jersey are RoboBurger is advertised as "the world's first burger robot in a box." It is essentially a burger vending machine — or as co-founder Dan Braido puts it, “a whole kitchen shoved into 12-square feet.” The touch screen at Newport Centre Mall allows customers to order a classic burger with ketchup, mustard and cheese, or customize the burger to remove any of those ingredients if you choose. The burger is made in about six minutes and costs $6.99; the machine accepts card, Apple Pay and Google Pay. RoboBurger founders Braido, Audley Wilson and Andy Seliegl say they hope to soon open more in malls, colleges and hospitals nationwide.
  3. A lot of leftists and progressives have been saying requiring people to show ID's to effect local, state and national policy, i.e. voting, is wrong, racist and hateful to poor people and people of color... Yet since March the Biden Administration working on 'Vaccine Passport' Initiative, to develop a federal standard for private businesses and government agencies... 'No proof of vaccine - No [fill in the blank]'... CNN: Biden administration helping develop standards to prove vaccination The Biden administration is working on creating a set of standards for people to prove they've been vaccinated against Covid-19, according to an administration official. The official said they're currently working with a range of companies on the standards, including non-profits and tech companies, adding that they are likely still weeks away from being finalized, the official said. Multiple government agencies are engaged in conversations and planning, coordinated by the White House, as this kind of system will play a role in multiple aspects of life, including potentially the workforce, another senior administration official told CNN. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday there will be no federal mandate requiring every American to obtain a vaccination credential and there will be no centralized universal federal vaccinations database. President Joe Biden has predicted that life in the US could be back to normal by Christmas, and as more Americans are vaccinated each day, these vaccine credentials -- commonly called "vaccine passports" -- could be key to a return to normalcy by the end of the year. cnn.com/2021/03/28/politics/biden-administration-vaccination-passport usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-03-29/biden-administration-working-on-vaccine-passport-initiative Today I was perusing the usual news channels and read an article that announced: "Mayor Bill de Blasio announced people in New York city will be required to show 'proof of vaccination' for indoor dining, gyms, and movies theater shows and other public and historical venues, with the requirement to take effect August 24th, 2021. New York is the first city in the nation to require such proof of vaccination, with de Blasio calling the passports the "Key to NYC Pass." So saying everyone... regardless of race, skin color or income level must provide a valid ID before being allowed to cast a ballot that effects the rights, laws and policies of our cities, states and nation is discriminatory and bad - but insisting everyone must provide a valid ID before being allowed to eat, shop, travel, have a few drinks or go to a movie is OK? That the idea of a 'vaccine passport' is totally acceptable and non-discriminatory to poor people and people of color... What kind of sense does that even make to anyone with more than one functioning brain cell? How can any reasonable person even attempt to justify and defend one policy and argue against the other? Read any of the available news articles, go online and read the text of the legislation itself... Then educate yourself by reading the text of most of the Voter ID law proposals... Anyone applying for a "Key to NYC Pass" must do so in person - Same as the Voter ID requirement. Anyone applying for a "Key to NYC Pass" must present documentation proving they are eligible - Same as the Voter ID requirement. There is a cost for the "Key to NYC Pass", but can be waived in certain circumstances - Same as the Voter ID requirement. One must present the "Key to NYC Pass" to access or participate in certain events - Same as the Voter ID requirement. A document like the "Key to NYC Pass" is considered acceptable and necessary for the common good by leftists and progressives - NOT the Same as the Voter ID requirement.
  4. On November 19th, a 40-year-old woman was shoved onto the subway tracks in Manhattan's Union Square station just before a train pulled in. She escaped with minor injuries and a suspect was immediately arrested. Hours earlier on Wednesday night, a man was shoved onto the subway tracks by a panhandler after the man refused to give him money, the victim was able to get back on the platform and wasn't seriously hurt. A suspect was arrested. Also on Thursday Alex Weisman, a member of the original cast of Broadway's "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," was attacked at an Upper West Side station Tuesday afternoon. He suffered fractures around his eye that required surgery. Actor Rick Moranis was sucker-punched by a homeless man last month while walking near Central Park, according to police. The man accused in the attack is suspected in several others over the past several months. Citywide, shootings have nearly doubled -- from 698 last year to 1,359 this year as of Nov. 15, according to NYPD figures and Shooting victims have more than doubled, from 828 during all of 2019 to 1,667 this year through Nov. 15. There have been 405 homicide victims so far this year, compared to 295 last year. A 70-year-old woman was hit in the face by a stray bullet Tuesday afternoon while riding a bus in Brooklyn. Two suspects are being sought and earlier this month, a 64-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint in Queens. The suspect violently grabbed her as she was walking and put a knife to her throat but appeared to flee empty-handed after a vehicle drove by. On November 18th city councilman Robert Holden posted a Tweet thanking a man for stopping an attempted kidnapping of a baby. Earlier this week a NYPD Detective was struck by a vehicle driven on the sidewalk by a parolee attempting to evade arrest... Brooklyn rapper surrendered to police after a viral video of him standing on a NYC public bus, blasting a flamethrower into the air. More than 300,000 New Yorkers have moved out of the city in the last eight months, the NY Post reported, citing data from the U.S. Postal Service. For more than four years we've been hearing how Republicans, conservatives, white supremacists and Donald Trump are going to destroy the country... yet when we hear and see news reports of unrest, crime and destruction it isn't any of the leftist condemned groups doing those things... With the policies and politics of New York State with a 'progressive' Democrat Governor and New York City with a 'progressive' Democrat Mayor I'm hoping most of the nation can avoid what's happening in New York from spreading to the rest of the country if the president and his policies become more 'progressive'.
  5. CNN Business: (June 8, 2021) Chipotle raises its menu prices New York -- Chipotle raised its menu prices by about 3.5% to 4% to cover the cost of higher wages for employees, the company's Chief Financial Officer John Hartung said Tuesday. "You take about a 4% price increase to cover the dollar cost of the extra labor," he told an analyst during a conference. Chipotle (CMG) announced in May that it would increase restaurant worker pay to an average of $15 per hour. cnn.com/2021/06/08/business/chipotle-menu-prices/index.html reuters.com/business/retail-consumer/chipotle-raises-menu-prices-employee-costs-increase cnbc.com/2021/06/08/chipotle-hikes-prices-to-cover-the-cost-of-raising-wages Of course the Covid Pandemic and workers unavailable or refusing to go back to work is also having an effect, and not just here in America... CBS News: (JUNE 4, 2021) "Shrinkflation" is hitting the grocery aisles as companies charge the same amount for less The rising price of everything from berries to corn is placing food producers and grocery stores in a bind, pushing them to decide whether to increase the sticker price or to shrink the package and charge the same amount. Because many shoppers tend to base their purchasing decisions on price, rather than examining the weight of the package, some producers and grocers are opting for the latter. "If you are a manufacturer or retailer, you have a couple of choices — you can keep prices the same, which means you have lower margins. Second, you can run fewer promotions, and that definitely happened in the last year," said Anne-Marie Roerink, the founder of market research firm 210 Analytics. "And the third measure is to keep prices the same but have a little less in the box." cbsnews.com/news/grocery-prices-rise-supermarkets/
  6. CNN: States are so flush with funds, many are cutting taxes Nine states have passed legislation to reduce individual or corporate income tax rates that is awaiting governors' signatures or has been enacted, according to Katherine Loughead, senior policy analyst at the right-leaning Tax Foundation. In some, the reductions are retroactive to January 1, but in others, the cuts don't take effect until next year. In Ohio, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine was set to sign a two-year budget bill on Wednesday that reduces income tax rates and boosts the bottom bracket so more low-income earners will be exempted. But it also eliminates the top bracket for those earning more than $221,300. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, last month signed legislation cutting individual income tax rates by 0.25 percentage point. That reduces the top rate from 5% to 4.75%, the sixth lowest among states that levy income taxes, according to the Tax Foundation. Also, the state's corporate income tax rate will fall from 6% to 4%, tying it with Missouri's for the second lowest in the nation, behind North Carolina, among states with corporate income taxes. Meanwhile, Idaho's Republican Gov. Brad Little touted in May that state officials had enacted the largest tax cut legislation in state history -- providing more than $435 million in relief over two measures. A tax bill signed in May provides $220 million in one-time income tax rebates to residents -- providing a minimum payment of $50 per taxpayer and dependent or about 9% of the tax amount reported on residents' 2019 state income tax forms, whichever is higher. The legislation also includes $163 million in ongoing tax reductions. It trims the number of income tax brackets to five, from seven, and lowers the top individual and corporate tax rates to 6.5%, from 6.925%. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed a bill creating a state-level earned income tax credit in May, after more than a dozen years of advocacy by consumer groups. In Arizona, the state budget that GOP Gov. Doug Ducey is expected to sign collapses the state's tax brackets into two -- a 2.55% and a 2.98% rate. A flat rate of 2.5% could take effect in the future depending on the amount of general fund revenue that is raised. "We're giving a bulk of the surplus dollars back to the people who earned them -- to you," Ducey said in a video message, highlighting that the budget contains the largest tax cut in state history. "This budget puts a giant 'Open for Business' sign on the state of Arizona. We will remain competitive and continue to attract good-paying jobs," https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/30/politics/states-tax-cuts/index.html **CNN article prints; "nine states" are reducing taxes but only lists 5 states as providing reduced tax benefits for their citizens and businesses
  7. Now some will try to say timing might be part of the issue here as Staten Island Veterans organizations applied for their parade and rally permit during the height of the NY pandemic and the 'pot activists' applied for their permit more recently... However according to the article a spokesperson for Bill de Blasio's office (D Mayor NY) was asked about the status of the veterans parade application said the previous decision to decline the veterans organizations request for a permit remains claiming permit decisions are based on state, not local guidelines - yet the pot advocates were not only able to get their parade permit, but a couple of notable Democrats were invited guests speakers at the rally. Staten Island Advance: May 07, 2021 S.I. Vets see ‘double standard’ as pot proponents march down Broadway but they can’t have Memorial Day parade About a hundred weed-loving activists took to the streets of Manhattan on Saturday, May 3, 2021, for a parade from Koreatown to Union Square. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Local veterans want to know why they can’t march down Forest Avenue to celebrate Memorial Day, but just last week supporters of legal marijuana got to parade down Broadway carrying a giant joint. The Vietnam Veterans of American march at the Memorial Day Parade on Forest Avenue on Sunday, May 26, 2019 James Haynes, CEO of United Staten Island Veterans’ Organization Inc. (USIVO), said they want to be able to “honor those veterans, current and past, who have served this great nation” in the annual parade that’s more than a century old. Haynes received a denial from the NYPD in early March. The department cited executive orders Mayor Bill de Blasio gave last year that limited activity due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. That decision has remained in place. A spokesman for City Hall said the permit decisions are based on state guidelines, but the mayor’s office did not respond to a request for comment as to whether he supported the decision. After seeing the Cannabis Parade and Rally last weekend, in which Sen. Charles Schumer and Attorney General Letitia James gave speeches, and with the state and city progressing toward reopening, Staten Island’s veterans want to know why they’re being forced to reduce one of their most important events. silive.com/news/si-vets-see-double-standard-as-pot-proponents-march-down-broadway-but-they-cant-have-memorial-day-parade
  8. Remember when former president Trump imposed "travel bans" from countries suffering from serious surges of the Coronavirus and poor or nonexistent health care measures needed to deal with the epidemic spread of the Coronavirus? As I recall back then many in the media, saying the travel ban was improper with Democrat presidential candidate Biden labeling the move "xenophobic" and House Speaker Pelosi along with a few other Democrats calling the former president "racist" for initiating the travel ban... Remember Speaker Pelosi and others commenting how ineffectual the ban was (after they stopped trying to demonize it) because 10's of thousands of people still came into the United States, despite the ban. That was then - This is now - NY Times: U.S. Moves to Restrict Travel From India as Virus Infections and Deaths Surge WASHINGTON — The White House, citing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced Friday that it would begin restricting travel from India to the United States next week, a major new test of the Biden administration’s pandemic response. The decision was one of the most significant steps yet taken by the White House in response to the crush of new infections in India, where over 3,000 people are dying each day as citizens gasp for air on the streets. The country recorded almost 400,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday alone. The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said the policy would go into effect on Tuesday. The travel restrictions will not apply to citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, their spouses or minor children or siblings, or to the parents of citizens or lawful permanent residents who are under 21. In retrospect, federal health officials say the decision was one of the best that Mr. Trump made in the early weeks of the crisis. But the restrictions proved porous. Tens of thousands of people still arrived in the United States on direct flights from China in the two months after Mr. Trump imposed the limits. Ron Klain, now President Biden’s chief of staff, criticized the move as an ineffectual “Band-Aid.” And the panicked flight of Americans from Europe ahead of a travel ban that Mr. Trump then imposed on the continent overwhelmed airports in the United States and most likely brought still more infections. The Biden administration has to avoid a repeat of those problems while it tries to rush humanitarian aid to a country that it counts as an ally. The India travel restrictions may prove to be as porous as the China order. Beyond Americans and lawful permanent residents, exemptions include students, some academics, journalists, fiancés and immigrants. People may also travel for humanitarian purposes, public health, national security or to support critical infrastructure. nytimes.com/biden/india-travel-ban.html President Biden has (as had former president Trump) enacted a travel ban from a country where the Covid pandemic appears to be out of control and the in place health care systems appear inadequate to deal with the spread of the virus... I thought Biden, the Democrats and especially the liberal media said travel bans were ineffectual and more so because of the exclusions applying to persons former president Trump allowed to enter the U.S. and that anyone proposing or enacting a travel ban is to be thought of as xenophobic and racist. Where is the negative commentary from those who opposed and condemned the travel bans when Trump was president? President Biden has (Again - the same as former president Trump) outlined clear exceptions to the imposed travel ban that could potentially see "tens of thousands" of people arriving from India. Why are Democrats not at their podiums or media talking heads not frowning at their cameras proclaiming the travel ban, aside from being racist and xenophobic, will be ineffectual because so many people will still be allowed come into the United States? With the pandemic also seriously effecting other countries like Brazil, I'm thinking it is very likely there may be (just like during former president Trump's presidency) additional travel bans from countries that have seen a significant increase of Coronavirus cases or inadequate health care measures to contain the spread of the virus... I wonder if we'll hear the voices of condemnation and disaffection when or if there are more travel restrictions imposed? Yeah, probably not ~
  9. This is interesting... heritage.org interactive map: Dec. 31 Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY) New York, N.Y. Tells New Yorkers not to celebrate New Years in Times Square, then celebrates in Times Square. Dec. 27 County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D-NY) Amherst, N.Y. Caught skating and playing hockey on ice rink that his county had closed. Dec. 21 County Manager Dena Diorio (Unaffiliated) Charlotte, N.C. Urges Charlotte residents not to travel for Christmas, then says she's traveling Dec. 13 Gov. Tim Walz (D-MN) St. Paul, Minn. Hosts music group at his home despite order against gatherings Dec. 12 Mayor Mark Eckert (unknown) Belleville, Ill. Goes to St. Louis for indoor dining after banning it in his town Dec. 11 Gov. Gina Raimondo Providence, R.I. (D-RI) Attends social event at bar, takes off mask despite closing bars, mask mandates Dec. 7 Ald. Tom Tunney Chicago, Ill. (D-IL) Allows indoor dining at a restaurant he owns Dec. 7 California Lawmakers Sacramento, Calif. Observe social distancing at swearing-in ceremony, then go to dinner together Dec. 4 Judge Clay Jenkins Dallas, Texas (D-TX) Pushes mask-wearing, but officiates a wedding while taking mask off Dec. 2 Mayor Steve Adler Austin, Texas (D-TX) Tells citizens to stay home while on vacation in Cabo Dec. 2 Gov. John Bel Edwards Baton Rouge, La. (D-LA) Seen without a mask at a dinner gathering Dec. 1 County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Los Angeles D-CA) Votes to prohibit outdoor dining, then goes dining outdoors hours later Nov. 27 Dr. Deborah Birx Fenwick Island, Del. (unknown) Urges Americans to limit Thanksgiving guests, then travels to Delaware vacation home with other family households Nov. 26 Judge Glen Whitley (R-TX) Fort Worth, Texas Hosts large Thanksgiving gathering after telling others not to host parties Nov. 26 Mayor Sam Liccardo (D-TX) San Jose, Calif. Celebrates Thanksgiving with family in violation of health guidelines Nov. 25 Mayor Michael Hancock (D-CO) Denver, Colo. Travels out of state for holiday despite telling citizens not to travel Nov. 24 Judge Bill Gravell (R-TX) Austin, Texas Fined for violating his own stay-at-home order Nov. 24 Gov. Kate Brown (D-OR) Salem, Ore. Tells people to “uninvite” loved ones for holiday but encouraged protests Nov. 23 Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) Albany, N.Y. Cancels Thanksgiving plans with non-household family after backlash Nov. 20 California Lawmakers Maui, Hawaii Lawmakers attend conference in Hawaii despite travel guidelines Nov. 17 Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Washington, D.C. Doesn't wear mask in congressional halls despite calling for mask mandates Nov. 14 New York Lawmakers Brooklyn, N.Y. N.Y. lawmakers, elites party together in violation of rules Nov. 13 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Washington, D.C. Cancels dinner at Rotunda for new House members after backlash Nov. 7 Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D-IL) Chicago, Ill. Joins pro-Biden crowd celebrating election result Nov. 7 Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) Chicago, Ill. Joins pro-Biden celebration outside after being exposed to coronavirus Nov. 7 Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) New York City Seen in massive crowd, lowering mask during Biden celebration Nov. 7 Mayor London Breed (D-CA) San Francisco, Calif. Attends same fancy restaurant as Gov. Gavin Newsom despite guidance Nov. 7 Mayor Muriel Bowser (D-DC) Washington, D.C. Travels to Delaware for Biden election party Nov. 6 Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) Yountville, Calif. Attends fancy dinner party with no distancing, then lies about it Sep. 25 Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Dulles Airport, Va. Doesn't wear mask at airport despite calling for mask mandate Aug. 31 Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) Jackson, Miss. Extends mask mandate after going maskless at RNC events in North Carolina and DC Aug. 31 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) San Francisco, Calif. Gets haircut indoors with no mask, despite being prohibited in San Francisco Aug. 30 Mayor Jim Kenney (D-PA) Philadelphia, Pa. Travels to Maryland to dine indoors while indoor dining is prohibited in own city Jul. 20 Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) Savannah, Ga. Engages in non-essential travel to Georgia despite strict N.Y. guidelines Jul. 20 Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) Savannah, Ga. Hugs city official without wearing a mask Jul. 20 Mayor Quinton Lucas (D-MO) Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Implements mask mandate, then takes photo without masks Jun. 8 Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ) Trenton, N.J. Blesses participation in protests while mandating lockdowns Jun. 6 Gov. Tom Wolf (D-PA) Harrisburg, Pa. Apologizes for “inconsistent” behavior in forcing lockdowns but attending protests Jun. 6 Mayor Muriel Bowser (D-DC) Washington, D.C. Attends George Floyd protest, gives speech with no mask, while gatherings of more than 10 were prohibited Jun. 4 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) Detroit, Mich. Marches with protestors with no social distancing Jun. 2 Mayor Eric Garcetti (D-CA) Los Angeles Allows, and participates in, mass protests while outlawing other gatherings May. 30 Mayor John Cooper (D-TN) Nashville, Tenn. Encourages attending protests while city remains in a partial lockdown May. 29 Mayor Jacob Frey (D-MN) Minneapolis, Minn. Says church services would be "public health disaster" but city then gives masks to protesters May. 26 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) Lansing, Mich. Governor's husband tries to get preferential treatment, as governor calls for caution May. 23 Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) Virginia Beach, Va. Mingles with people without mask despite urging mask-wearing Apr. 21 Mayor Becky Ames (R-TX) Beaumont, Texas Goes to nail salon in violation of state guidelines Apr. 5 Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) Albuquerque, N.M. Orders non-essential businesses closed, then orders jewelry and has it delivered to her Apr. 5 Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D-IL) Chicago, Ill. Gets haircut even though barbers and stylists were shut down Apr. 4 Mayor Brant Walker (D-IL) Alton, Ill. Calls on citizens to stay home, then wife is found at social gathering Mar. 16 Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY) New York City Goes to gym after cautioning others to avoid them Why do some politicians feel empowered to mandate public and private behavior to the people, so often feel they don't have to follow the same restrictions, guidelines and mandates they insist the public abide by - and how do they keep getting reelected?
  10. NBC: (October 15, 2020) Gun sales to first-time buyers skyrocket amid fears of 'bloody' election and unrest “Whichever way this election goes, it could get really scary, and it could get bloody,” said a 61-year-old woman who started taking shooting classes this summer. “I want to be armed and dangerous.” https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/gun-sales-first-time-buyers-skyrocket-amid-fears-bloody-election Of course back in April of 2020, NBC was explaining increased gun sales was because of the pandemic... NBC: (April 3, 2020) Pandemic pushes U.S. gun sales to all-time high The FBI conducted 3.7 million background checks last month, the highest total since the national instant check system was launched in 1998. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/pandemic-pushes-u-s-gun-sales-all-time-high Either way Smith & Wesson reports their gun sales have popped about 5% as record gun demand propels big Q3 and they estimate sales of S&W firearms could increase to 8% by the end of the year. The company says there were more than 19.2M background checks for gun purchases during the first 11 months of this year, the most for an 11-month period since the FBI began recording data in 1998. Pandemic - Fear of Post Election Violence - or Concern a Democrat Controlled White House and Congress could wind up gutting 2nd Amendment Rights to "Keep and Bear Arms"... One of the 2nd Amendment shooting enthusiast sites I visit occasionally sells merchandise saying: "I LOST ALL OF MY GUNS IN A BOATING ACCIDENT" The premise behind that statement... When then presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke made the infamous campaign promise: 'Hell Yes, We're Going To Take Your AR-15" someone came up with an alternate plan rather than just handing over their firearms... "If our hypothetical friend, Bob, was on record as having purchased an evil black rifle, when the ATF came knocking to confiscate his property, Bob would have to give some reasonable explanation as to why he was no longer in possession of his evil black rifle. If Bob were to tell the ATF that he sold it to Alice, then the ATF would come knocking on Alice’s door to confiscate the evil black rifle from Alice. If Alice denied the sale, things would get uncomfortable and embarrassing to everyone involved. If Bob were to tell the ATF that his evil black rifle was stolen, then there would be a concern that the criminals would take the evil black rifle off of it’s leash, and it would go on a rampage. Bob probably doesn’t want to concern local law enforcement about a scenario that’s just not going to happen. If Bob just misplaced it, then there’s a risk that a child or someone who’s completely unfamiliar with guns will run across it, and injure themselves or someone else with it. And there’s the everpresent danger of the evil black rifle going on a rampage. Again, Bob doesn’t want to concern local law enforcement about a scenario that just won’t happen. But if Bob had lost the evil black rifle in a tragic boating accident, then it’s extremely unlikely it will be recovered, and even if it is recovered, the exposure to the watery depths will render it inert, unusable as a firearm, and incapable of spontaneously going on a rampage. Local law enforcement doesn’t have to be concerned about it, and the ATF is reassured that Bob no longer is in possession of the evil black rifle. The existence of this specific evil black rifle can be struck from the records, and everyone can rest comfortably knowing it won’t go on a rampage. This is actually a common problems for rod and gun club members, because most fishing involves boats, and so these sorts of tragic boating accidents are fairly commonplace."
  11. OK, I've heard from at least two sources now that there is a shortage of Corrugated Paper Packaging and Boxes (better get those online Christmas orders in early). Some of the reasons for the shortage seems to be attributable to several problems that began earlier this year. Corrugated Box Industry In Distress Over Rising Pulp Prices And Supply Disruptions (September 2020) Prices for pulp, the raw material of paper and corrugated boxes, have shot up 30 to 40 percent since last summer, says Nicholas Meade, senior economist for the pricing and purchasing service at IHS Market. While manufacturers and distributors have absorbed some of that increase, prices for paper products that use pulp are up 7 to 15 percent across the board and 10 to 20 percent for packaging materials. Both domestic and imported waste paper prices are up during the COVID pandemic. Lockdowns all over the globe due to COVID have dented the generation & collection of waste and raw materials used by both China and India who import vast quantities of waste paper primarily from the USA and Europe, to make corrugated boxes and other paper products. Indian Paper Mills could not import adequate volumes during COVID lockdown resulting in a lower inventory of required raw materials and China will be imposing a ban on international paper waste beginning in 2021 for "environmental reasons". Toilet Paper Shortages May Get Worse on Sawmill Slowdown in Canada. (April 2020) Supply cuts that were supposed to bolster the beleaguered lumber market are now creating an unintended effect: the wood chips required to make sought-after toilet paper and wipes during the coronavirus pandemic are becoming more scarce. Right now, about 25% of Canadian sawmill capacity is shut after producers from West Fraser Timber Co. and Canfor Corp. idled operations amid a price slump and poor outlook for spring building as the coronavirus spreads. That’s reduced the output of wood chips that pulp mills rely on to make everything from toilet paper and wipes to cardboard boxes and paper bags. Worldwide Shortage of Boxes Looming (April 2020) Industry trade experts have warned businesses could could be hit by an international cardboard shortage as governments suspend paper collection and recycling as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Increased home deliveries will lead to national cardboard shortage (April 2020) The sharp rise in home deliveries is soon set to lead to a national cardboard shortage, which will cause massive disruption in the transport of food and medicine. Increased demand Corrugated Boxes for packaging and shipping during Coronavirus pandemic - Coronavirus Pandemic shutdowns decrease wood waste used to make paper products - Decrease collection and recycling of discarded paper products - At least one Country's industry (probably more) hoarding paper waste used in making products.
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