It is the weekend and I would like to offer a few tidbits for my reader’s consideration…..hence “News You Cannot Use”…..
Panic buying in Europe….
Europeans are stocking up on survival gear like sleeping bags and camping cookers, as well as canned and dried food, in part to donate to refugees arriving from Ukraine and also due to fears of supplies being disrupted and conflict spreading.
Sales of products such as plastic cans, camping gear, batteries, flashlights and cell phone solar chargers jumped as much as sixfold in the past two weeks at Swedish hardware store chain Clas Ohlsson, a spokesperson said.
“It’s clear that people want to be prepared for crises. The biggest increase is for products recommended to have at home during a crisis, for example radios,” he said.
Sales of milk powder, pasta, grains, and canned foods rose by up to 20% in the past four weeks, according to Swedish grocery retailer Ica Gruppen.
Food stuff is not the only panic buying going on…..Iodine…..
People across Europe are stocking up on iodine tablets against the backdrop of fears that the Russian invasion of Ukraine may “go nuclear.”
Following antagonistic comments from President Vladimir Putin, people living in many former Eastern Bloc states, including Poland, Bulgaria, and Czechia, have been flocking to pharmacists to stock their cupboards with iodine tablets, Reuters reports. There have been similar reports of iodine selling out in pharmacies in Finland, which shares a border with Russia.
Panic buying has also hit the US with high demand for iodine tablets seeing packets selling on eBay for upwards of $149. But can iodine tablets really protect against radiation poisoning?
The mouth of the South, Rep. Taylor-Green, has a new nemesis…..Anonymous.
The decentralized hacktivist group Anonymous does not take kindly to Marjorie Taylor Greene’s stupidity. When they call her “one of the dumbest politicians ever,” they are most likely referring to everything from her anti-vax/mask/science stance to her anti-Ukraine rhetoric to the Q-injected drivel that comes out of her mouth (or thumbs) every single day.
“Russian asset Marjorie Taylor Greene will go down in history as one of the dumbest politicians ever,” Anonymous tweeted yesterday. “History will not be kind to you, nor will we.”
About time these activist get involved with the BS that Green and her ilk spread.
I have made my thoughts on Daylight Savings time….now a couple of Senators wants to make it permanent and there are reports that Pelosi is on board with the idea…..but hopefully the Dems will fight back successfully…..
This week, the “Sunshine Protection Act” (what an adorable name) passed the Senate. The bill, which would make daylight saving time permanent, is popular with the public; people hate switching their clocks back and forth. And who doesn’t like sunlight? (I do not believe it is as popular as they claim)
Time might stand still for the legislation to make daylight saving time permanent. The bill sailed through the Senate last week, but House members are less sure about it, the Hill reports. Several lawmakers of both parties said that they’d like to see more research on the issue or that the war in Ukraine is dominating their time now. Also, some argue permanent standard time would be healthier. Rep. John Yarmouth said House members weren’t expecting the Senate to pass the bill so quickly. “I don’t know that many members have really thought through it,” he said. House leaders plan a more deliberative approach, per the Washington Post.
The Biden administration isn’t sure about the time change, either. White House officials are looking the bill over, as are the Domestic Policy Council and National Economic Council. “I don’t have a specific position from the administration at this point of time,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters last week. “We were unexpectedly sent this bill by the Senate. Now, we’re trying to absorb it,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, head of the House Democratic Caucus. A two-year trial of year-round daylight saving time wasn’t extended in the 1970s. For one thing, the promised energy savings were oversold. When the Senate rejected continuing with it, President Biden was a senator but didn’t case a vote; the White House has not said why.
Dark mornings were another issue. “Many, many people were getting up into pitch dark, going to work in the pitch dark, which they disliked,” said David Prerau, who’s written a book on the subject. “And they also disliked sending their kids to school in the dark, having to walk on dark country roads.” Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal said she has constituents opposed “because we’re in Seattle and it is so dark.” If daylight saving time becomes the norm, she said, “it’s gonna be dark until like 9 o’clock in the morning.”
Now ask yourself….who benefits from making this waste of time permanent…..here is a hint….it is not you!
Finally, we all have heard all the claims of massive voter fraud in the 2020 election….and yet most of those charged have been from the GOP….and even some of the higher ups like Mark Meadows, Trump’s man…..
Former Trump aide Mark Meadows is under criminal investigation. Following a New Yorker story earlier this month raising the question of why Meadows registered to vote in North Carolina in 2020 when he was not living there, the State Bureau of Investigation confirmed it has opened a probe into the allegations, the News & Observer reports. Meadows, who moved to North Carolina from Florida in the 1980s and represented the state in Congress until he resigned to become then-President Trump’s chief of staff, sold his residence there in 2020 and has not lived there since, according to the New Yorker.
Yet on his voter registration paperwork, he claimed his residence was a mobile home in the state that, the New Yorker reports, he does not own and may never have even visited. The previous owner of the residence says Meadows’ wife rented it out briefly sometime in the past few years, but that Mark Meadows did not spend any time there during that rental period. The couple expressed no interest in buying the property when she put it up for sale, and someone else purchased it, she says. Local news station WRAL says it confirmed many of the details in the New Yorker story.
A spokeswoman for the North Carolina Attorney General’s office says the office got a request from Macon County District Attorney Ashley Welch that the state Department of Justice’s Special Prosecutions Sections assume her role in the issue due to a conflict of interest; Meadows had appeared in campaign ads for her and contributed to her campaign. The DOJ agreed, and the AG’s office requested the SBI investigate alongside the State Board of Elections
When will the idiots on the Right admit they lost the election and the voter fraud thing is not as massive as they claim….and when will the dullards realize they are being played by the GOP?
That is the news for this Saturday…..enjoy your weekend….
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