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Louisiana Department of Health revokes COVID vaccine mandate for kids: Victory for parents and their children

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This year, parents and guardians stood together in opposition to the COVID-19 shot being required for their children to attend school. As a result of their coming together, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) decided to rescind the mandate for Louisiana students. As of yesterday, it has officially been repealed.

In light of this victory for parents and their children, Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a motion to dismiss the Crews v. Edwards case, wherein he sought to have the vaccine mandate enjoined and issued the following statement:

"Today is the culmination of hard work by so many concerned parents throughout Louisiana. This is the direct result of moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians fighting for what is right. I thank Representative Raymond Crews, Health Freedom Louisiana, the Bayou Mama Bears, Town Hall Baton Rouge, Children's Health Defense, and all those from across Louisiana that stood with us for parental choice.

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Dire winter scenario issued for EU

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The bloc will either have to continue importing gas from Russia or reduce consumption, consultancy Yakov & Partners say.

Reducing dependence on Russian natural gas supply is impossible for the European Union in the coming year without a massive production halt, RBK business daily reported on Monday, citing a study by McKinsey's former Russian division, consulting company Yakov & Partners.

Their research showed that, despite reports that EU stores are full, the bloc has not yet overcome its reliance on Russian energy and will not be able to get through the coming winter and next year "without maintaining gas supplies from Russia or a [effecting] significant reduction" in consumption.

The report outlined that, in order to meet their needs until the end of 2022, European countries will either have to maintain imports from Russia or reduce gas consumption by an additional seven to 12 billion cubic meters, "which is possible only with a complete or partial shutdown of a number of industries." The deficit may grow to 20-30 billion cubic meters if China's demand for LNG recovers or if the winter is cold and long, or in the event of disruptions in supply chains, it adds.

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Ford stock plummets as supply chain, inflation woes cost company $1B

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Bill Ford, Executive Chair of Ford Motor Company speaks to the media
The Ford Motor Company's stock plummeted Tuesday after previously announcing supply chain and inflation problems will cost the company $1 billion in the third quarter. The company's announcement raises questions about whether industry wide supply chain issues still persist.

Ford's stock (F: NYSE) on Tuesday opened at $14.11 but dropped to $13.38 an hour later. The Dearborn automaker's stock closed the day at $13.09.

Supply chain woes have resulted in Ford placing 40,000 to 45,000 high-margin and high-demand trucks and SUVs to be left in inventory at the end of the third quarter due to a supply shortage of proper parts to complete and sell the vehicles to dealers.

Ford also indicated in the earlier Monday announcement that rampant inflation has made it expensive to purchase certain parts.

The company expects the vehicles to be ready to sell to dealers in the fourth quarter.


BP refinery in Ohio that provides gasoline for Midwest 'shut down' after fire

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Fire rips through BP oil refinery in Oregon, Ohio
A BP spokesperson told Reuters the BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon, Ohio, has been "safely shut down" in response to Tuesday night's fire.

The fire's cause is still unknown, but sources told Reuters:
"Leaking fumes from a crude unit may have caused the ignition in another unit at the facility. Workers finished a maintenance turnaround at the facility in recent weeks and the plant had resumed operating."
The refinery processes up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil daily, providing the Midwest with gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane, asphalt, and other products.

There's no word if the refinery will spark fuel shortages across the Midwest.

Comment: Videos posted on social media show the fire at the BP refinery:

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PayPal demonetizes the Daily Sceptic

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If you're a regular donor to the Daily Sceptic and got an email from me in the small hours of the morning telling you that PayPal had closed our account and urging you to set up a new donation with a link to our donate page, don't panic. It wasn't a scam. PayPal really has shut down our account and the email really was from me.

I'll tell you the full story in a moment, but just to be clear - this won't affect the majority of people making regular donations, just those whose donations are processed by PayPal. So unless you've received an email from me with instructions about how to donate without using PayPal, please don't cancel your recurring donation. I repeat: Please don't cancel your donation. This just applies to people whose donations are being processed by PayPal and I've written to all of you.

The first I heard about this was on Thursday afternoon last week when I received a notification from my personal PayPal account informing me that it was being shut down because I'd violated the company's 'Acceptable Use Policy'. I looked at that policy and it covers things like fraud and money laundering so my first thought was it must be a mistake. Then, a few minutes later, I got another notification, this one from the Daily Sceptic's PayPal account. That, too, had been shut down and for the same reason. Eh? That was odd. Then, another email, this one from the Free Speech Union's PayPal account. Same story - the Acceptable Use Policy.

Now call me a cynic, but the chances of all three accounts violating the same policy within minutes of one another struck me as a bit implausible. Was something else going on?


China doubles down on coal amidst soaring energy prices and extreme weather events

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The push to shore up coal power - which still makes up most of China's energy supply - has alarmed analysts who warn that it will make an eventual transition to a renewables-dominated energy mix more difficult.
China has stepped up spending on coal in the face of extreme weather, a domestic energy crunch and rising global fuel prices - raising concerns Beijing's policies may hinder the fight against climate change.

The country is the world's biggest emitter of the greenhouse gases driving global warming, and President Xi Jinping has vowed to reduce coal use from 2026 as part of a broad set of climate promises.

Comment: The CO2 driven 'climate crisis' where children would 'never know snow' has been well and truly debunked by this point. Further, China is the world's manufacturer, the developed world relies on it for the vast majority of its products, and so, naturally, it is the world's largest emitter of certain gases associated with manufacturing.

Beijing has committed to peaking its carbon emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.


Illegal immigrants who entered US since Biden took office to cost taxpayers $20+ billion a year: analysis

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People who've been taken into custody related to illegal entry cases into the US sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on June 17, 2017
The number of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. since President Biden took office will cost the U.S. taxpayer over $20 billion each year, according to a new analysis by a hawkish immigration group.

The study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which advocates for lower levels of immigration overall, calculates that the illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. since Jan. 2021 will add an extra $20.4 billion burden a year, in addition to the $140 billion existing illegal immigrants already cost.

The analysis is based on an estimated 1.3 million released into the U.S. by immigration officials, as well as approximately one million "gotaways" -- or illegal immigrants who have slipped past overwhelmed agents. FAIR calculates that each illegal immigrants costs $9,232 a year to support.

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Americans drowning In long-term credit card debt: Survey

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In June we reported that consumer credit - particular revolving credit - was through the roof, as tapped-out consumers relied on credit cards to make ends meet. This has only gotten worse..

Acccording to an Aug. 30 report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, credit card balances increased by $46 billion from last year, becoming the second-biggest source of overall debt last quarter.
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While both student and car loans hit all time new highs at the end of the 1st quarter.
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And so it comes as no surprise from Bloomberg that more US consumers are saddled with credit card debt for longer periods of time. According to a survey by CreditCards.com released on Monday, 60% of credit card debtors have been holding this type of debt for at least a year, up 50% from a year ago, while those holding debt for over two years is up 40%, from 32%, according to the online credit card marketplace.


"We must wake up!"

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An image widely shared on China’s internet shows the quarantine transport bus in Guizhou on the night of the fatal accident, the driver in full hazmat gear.
As anger flared across Chinese social media yesterday following the deadly crash in Guizhou of a passenger bus transferring positive Covid cases, Gao Yu (高昱), the deputy executive editor and head of investigations at Caixin Media, posted a reflection on the tragedy to his WeChat friend group that was subsequently shared outside the chat.

In his post, Gao urged an end to China's zero Covid policy, which he argued was unscientific, pursued out of unnecessary fear, and out of step with the rest of the world. "We must wake up! We must return to normalcy!" he wrote.

Comment: See also: 27 killed in China after bus taking them to Covid-19 quarantine facility crashes

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Are You Ready For Societal Winter?

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Many of you reading this are ready for winter, both literally and figuratively. Your firewood is stacked and your kindling is split. Your barn is stacked full of hay. Your larder is crammed full of food. Your fuel tanks are topped off. And your home armory is "dialed-in", with its walls comfortably stacked with ammo cans. But some of you reading this are not nearly so well prepared. Whether by lack of resolve or lack of resources, you aren't ready for the manifold challenges of the 21st Century.

Winter is coming. The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts that the winter of 2022-2023 will be harsh, for most of the country. And in Western Europe, the winter will surely be an uncomfortable one, since the Russians have embargoed natural gas.

Far worse than the predicted La Niña winter in North America, we are also entering what I term a Societal Winter: An era of rancorous discontent between political factions here in the United States that is replete with iciness, and dismissiveness, by The Powers That Be. With divisive "Woke" rhetoric and plenty of finger-pointing, people are feeling a lot less "United" these days. From my vantage point here in the rural Northern Rockies, it appeared that immediately after Joe Biden and his activist cabinet took office in D.C., the Mainstream Media (MSM) cranked the Acrimony knob all the way up to "11." (For those not familiar, the 11 is a reference to the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.)

All signs now point to the advent of a deep and long Societal Winter.