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Local corruption: New Orleans mayor refuses to apologize or refund $30K in first-class travel expenses

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell
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New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is refusing to reimburse the city for nearly $30,000 in travel expenses, including on first-class or business-class flights.

City travel policy requires New Orleans municipal workers select the cheapest options or compensate the city for the difference, but Cantrell has suggested that the pricey travel expenditures were necessary for her safety.

"All expenses incurred doing business on behalf of the city of New Orleans will not be reimbursed to the city of New Orleans," she said, according to WWL. "One thing is clear: I do my job, and I will continue to do it with distinction and integrity every step of the way. That's what I have to say on that."

Comment: A Fox News interview with Mama Bear Group founder Laura Rodrigue on Fox & Friends First nails it:




Brick Wall

Why I left public education for a Christian school

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A social distancing sign is posted on a fence outside of the PS 130 The Parkside School (Lower School) on November 19, 2020 in New York City after Mayor Bill de Blasio closed all New York City public schools for in-person learning.
Not because I couldn't 'handle it'.

Another school year has begun. It's another year that I'm grateful to have left public education.

From the outside, it doesn't make much sense for me to have left. I had a good reputation in my district among staff, students, and administration. The pay at public schools is markedly better. And being a private school teacher makes you something of an outcast among teacher colleagues — never quite "one of us."

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NPC

Not the Babylon Bee! Almost a quarter of Democrats believe men can get pregnant

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No, they can't.

A poll conducted by WPA Intelligence has found that almost one quarter of Democratic voters believe that "some men can become pregnant."

Twenty-two percent of Democrats overall agreed with the statement.

Comment: The palpable cultural regression is only accelerating.

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USA

Steve Bannon tells Charlie Kirk 35 MAGA allies got raided day of indictment

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Steve Bannon, former advisor to former President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media after his arrangement in NYS Supreme Court on September 08, 2022 in New York City. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Jr. and New York Attorney General Letitia A day after his arraignment, Bannon said the FBI had raided the homes of 35 allies of Trump.
Steve Bannon, former adviser to ex-President Donald Trump, says the same day he was arraigned on criminal fraud charges, the FBI carried out raids on the homes of nearly three dozen allies of the former president.

Speaking to conservative talk show host Charlie Kirk Friday, Bannon made the explosive allegation, saying law enforcement is part of a broader conspiracy to hobble opponents of President Joe Biden. Bannon's remarks come a day after he pleaded not guilty in a New York court to fraud charges and amid efforts by conservative figures to cast the FBI as being politically weaponized.

Bannon told Kirk that the FBI "rolled in on" 35 "senior members of MAGA, Republican supporters of Donald Trump." Saying the alleged searches were unnecessary because their targets have lawyers, he called the FBI the "jackbooted Gestapo," a reference to the secret police of Nazi Germany.

Comment: Attorney Harmeet Dillon tells Tucker Carlson the number may be upwards of 50:



Brain

Children fail to meet learning milestones after Covid lockdowns: expert

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A New Jersey speech therapist has reported an enormous wave of infants and toddlers "unable to communicate" due to Covid pandemic restrictions, such as masking, school closures, and social distancing.

According to the Daily Mail, speech pathologist Nancy Polow describes this concerning phenomenon as part of a trend observed in children born during or shortly before the pandemic, who are now "falling behind" on key milestones due to an abnormal lack of social interaction.

Comment: Children have been perhaps the greatest victims of the tyrannical COVID measures put in place over these last two years. What we are seeing now is likely just the tip of a very large iceberg:


NPC

Fans express Ronaldo concern after he is pictured with controversial psychologist Jordan Peterson

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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was pictured with US psychologist Jordan Peterson.

Football fans have expressed concern for out-of-form Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo after he was pictured with Jordan Peterson, the US-based psychologist who has drawn criticism for his views on transgender rights and Covid-19 vaccinations among other issues.

Peterson, who has described himself in the past as being a "professor against political correctness" has been outspoken about a number of topics but is perhaps most well known for his views on masculinity, while also being accused of misogynistic views against women after previously declaring that "masculine spirit is under assault" and that the "idea that women were oppressed throughout history is an appalling theory".

Comment: It's always nice to see celebrities stand out from their vapid peers and show that there's actually a brain between those famous ears. Perhaps it suggests they haven't been brainwashed by the insipid culture that surrounds them.

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NPC

Medical schools reject applicants who don't support "diversity, equity, and inclusion" ideology

Medical school administrators
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In recent years, ideas that were once only discussed among those in academia and advocacy groups have become more and more mainstream, perhaps none more so than those relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A new report compiled by non-profit group Do No Harm found that questions regarding DEI initiatives have been injected into many top-ranked medical schools across the nation, starting with the application process.

Comment: Those who are possessed by this ideology couldn't care less for the constitution. In fact, many of them are actively seeking to tear it down because it is perceived as a major obstacle to implementing the kind of totalitarian control system they want to install.

Gone are the days when universities promoted free and independent thinking, fostering critical analysis in students and challenging their beliefs. Instead, universities could now be likened to mass-indoctrination camps, serving only to churn out mediocre political/social activists at expense of quality education:


Eye 1

Politician's DNA found under fingernails of slain Las Vegas journalist - Robert Telles charged with brutal murder

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Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, right, talks to Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German in his Las Vegas office on May 11, 2022. Authorities served search warrants at Telles home on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in connection with the fatal stabbing of German.
Investigative reporter Jeff German was stabbed in the neck and torso in a surprise attack outside his home, according to a newly released arrest report for Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, who faces a murder charge in the slaying.

In the three-page report obtained Thursday by the USA Today Network, detectives detailed numerous "defensive wounds" on German's hands and arms, indicating he had tried to fight off his attacker, whose DNA was later found under the journalist's fingernails during an autopsy.

Stabbed at least seven times, German collapsed — "and never got back up." He was 69.

Comment: This guy seems especially bad at covering his tracks.

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Robot

University of Adelaide exposes vast pro-Ukrainian 'bot army' designed to influence Western policy makers

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Researchers at the University of Adelaide have published a landmark paper on the activities of bot accounts on Twitter related to the conflict in Ukraine. These Australian findings are truly staggering - of 5.2 million tweets on the social media network from February 23 to March 8, between 60 to 80% were shared by fake accounts. What's more, 90% of those posts were pro-Ukraine.

In particular, these accounts pushed the hashtags #IStandWithUkraine, #IStandWithZelenskyy, and #ISupportUkraine, and myths like the 'Ghost of Kiev', a fictional Ukrainian fighter pilot who is farcically alleged to have taken down 40 Russian jets within hours of the military operation commencing.

Significant spikes in activity were recorded at key points in the initial stages of the fighting, such as Russia's capture of Kherson on March 2, and the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant on March 4.

Arrow Down

Exclusive: Job Creators Network Foundation poll: Majority of small business owners believe US currently in a recession

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Small business owner
The Job Creators Network Foundation (JCNF) has released its August Small Business IQ Poll, which found a majority, 57 percent, of small business owners now believe the U.S. economy has entered a recession.

Surveying 500 small business owners, and using "The Small Business Intelligence Quotient (SBIQ), an index tracking overall small business sentiment about the economy," the pro-small business organization said in press release:
"Only 30 percent of respondents rate the condition of the U.S. economy as good or excellent. Meanwhile, a vast majority of small business owners are opposed to a major component of the recently passed 'Inflation Reduction Act'. Seventy percent of respondents oppose doubling the size of the IRS, which will trigger more audits of Mainstreet."
The JCNF highlights other key takeaways from its latest poll:
  • Small business owners are concerned about profitability. Last month, 71 percent predicted they would be profitable over the next year. That number dropped to 64 percent in August. It's the lowest number year-to-date.
  • In August there was a 10-point jump (36 percent to 46 percent) in the number of small businesses who say gas prices have affected their profitability.
  • A majority of small businesses are concerned about crime (65 percent). That jumps to 85 percent for minority-owned businesses.

Comment: Bank of America giving signals it expects a downturn next year:
Bank of America economists are no longer forecasting mild recession this year in the US, saying household spending and the labor market have both held up better than expected as the Federal Reserve raised interest rates.
"Our previous expectation for the US economy included a mild recession that began later this year. We based that view, in part, on incoming data which suggested household spending was weakening in the face of an inflation-induced shock to real income. Since that time, incoming data has suggested US households and labor markets have retained more momentum than we expected."
The bank now expects the economy will expand one percent in the third quarter, up from the previous estimate of a 0.5 contraction, and grow 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter. It previously had forecast a two percent contraction in the fourth quarter.

The prolonged economic momentum is a "double-edged sword," the bank said. The risk of recession is reduced but it brings more Fed tightening.

The analysts are still forecasting three quarters of contraction but they now see the negative growth starting in the first quarter of next year. GDP is expected to fall 0.5 percent first three months of the year and then by one percent in each of the two quarters that follow. The previous estimate was for a 0.5 percent contraction in the first quarter followed by growth of one percent in the second and 1.5 percent in the third. For the full year, the bank expects the economy will grow 1.6 percent, up from 1.2 percent in the previous estimate. Next year, the economy is now expected to shrink by 0.2 percent, matching the previous estimate. The estimate for growth in 2024 was dropped to 1.2 from 1.9 percent.

Following Powell's speech at Jackson Hole and his comments this week, Bank of America now projects a 75 basis point hike in September. The bank still expects the Fed will begin cutting rates by the end of 2023, an idea several Fed speakers have strenuously said was unlikely.

The bank now forecasts the unemployment rate to rise to five percent by the end of 2023. In the nearer term, however, it expects the rate of unemployment to fall back down to 3.6 percent by the end of this year.
"Recent employment reports do not suggest labor demand and employment growth have slowed much in response to the tightening in financial conditions that began earlier this year. With the Fed gradually pushing its policy rate higher into restrictive territory, we do look for demand for labor to moderate, but only slowly."
The bank notes that deteriorating global economic conditions could benefit the U.S. economy by lowering energy demand.
"When concerns about downside risks to global growth rise, they often lead to falling energy prices that are then transmitted into US gasoline prices fairly quickly. The intensification of downside risks to growth in China, Europe, and the UK led to an earlier decline in headline price pressures than we anticipated, opening the door to a healthier backdrop for US consumers."