How Two Conflicting COVID Stories Shattered Society

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How Two Conflicting COVID Stories Shattered Society
Authored by Gabrielle Bauer via The Brownstone Institute,

The story went like this:

There is a virus going around and it’s a bad one. It’s killing people indiscriminately and will kill many more. We must fight it with everything we’ve got. Closing businesses, closing schools, canceling all public events, staying home…whatever it takes, for as long as it takes. It’s a scientific problem with a scientific solution. We can do this!

There was another story simmering under the first one.

It went like this:

There is a virus going around. It’s

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If WW3 Breaks Out, Tanks Or Fighter Jets Won’t Matter: Kremlin

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If WW3 Breaks Out, Tanks Or Fighter Jets Won’t Matter: Kremlin
Fresh off getting the West to sign off on the main battle tanks he’s long sought from the US and Germany, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is already pressing for more, and specific, advanced systems from his external backers. 

In his Saturday night address, he pleaded for deliveries of the US Army Tactical Missile System, known as ATACMS, to protect cities which are far from front line fighting. “There can be no taboo in the supply of weapons to protect against Russian terror,” he said.

On the

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Raise The Social Security Age To (At Least) 75

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Raise The Social Security Age To (At Least) 75
Authored by Ryan McMaken via The Mises Institute,

On January 10, the French government announced plans to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.

The change would mean that after 2027, workers in France would have to work 43 years to qualify for a government pension, instead of 42 years. French workers promptly took to the street in protest decrying even this very small reduction government welfare.

Like many countries in Western Europe and North America, France faces a major demographic problem in that its population is aging

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Portland Café To Sell ‘Black Jaguar Geisha’ Coffee For $150 A Cup

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Portland Café To Sell ‘Black Jaguar Geisha’ Coffee For $150 A Cup
A café shop in Portland, Oregon is one of just two locations in the United States where rich coffee snobs can imbibe a $150 cup of Australian coffee.

Just 22 cups will be available from Proud Mary Coffee Roasters, which has locations in Portland and Austin, Texas.

The coffee itself is the Black Jaguar Geisha blend, and comes from Hartmann Estate in Panama. It recently won first place in the 2022 Best of Panama competition – one of the premiere coffee competitions worldwide, KOIN reports.

The coffee

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Iranian Explosions: Implications And Impact On Oil

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Iranian Explosions: Implications And Impact On Oil
Authored by Wouter Schmit Jongbloed via ‘Money: Inside and Out’ blog,

Overnight, the sky over Iran was lit up by at least two explosions targeting military production facilities: one in Isfahan and one in Tabriz. Whether the two explosions are connected remains unclear as the Isfahan target appears to have been an “ammunitions” factory and the explosion in Tabriz occurred at a motor oil factory. Some sources (here) suggest the list of targets hit might be larger and include the Headquarters of the IRGC and some other military targets.

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Morgan Stanley: You Can Stop Worrying About Wage Inflation

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Morgan Stanley: You Can Stop Worrying About Wage Inflation
By Seth Carpenter of Morgan Stanley

Predicting with Precision Is Hard

A key concern we hear from clients is that the labor market is tight and wage inflation is high, which means that the fall in inflation witnessed so far could stall, largely because of services inflation. You can probably move that fear further down on your list of concerns.

Few things can be predicted with precision, but I will bet you have heard about wage-price spirals in the media, from colleagues, or in econ classes.

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Millions To See Food Stamp Payment Decrease After February, Federal Agency Says

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Millions To See Food Stamp Payment Decrease After February, Federal Agency Says
Authored by Allen Zhong via The Epoch Times,

Millions of Americans who are in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see decreases in payments after February, a federal agency said.

The decreases in payments are driven by two main factors, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) said in an update in early January.

FNS is an agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Firstly, the temporary increase to SNAP benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic – also known as emergency allotments – will end after

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Adani Publishes 413-Page Report Saying Hindenburg’s Short Attack Is ‘Calculated’ Fraud

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Adani Publishes 413-Page Report Saying Hindenburg’s Short Attack Is ‘Calculated’ Fraud
US short-seller Hindenburg Research and Indian billionaire Gautam Adani are locked in an epic game of ping pong as both throw barbs at each other. 

Last week, Hindenburg published a 100-page report alleging Adani’s company Adani Enterprises Ltd. is built on accounting fraud, while Adani’s legal team called the short report “maliciously mischievous and unresearched.” 

Hindenburg’s report led to a $50 billion selloff in Adani’s corporate empire. 

The next round of fighting between the short seller and India’s richest person occurred on Sunday when Adani Group

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“We Will Root Out The Deep State” – Trump Begins 2024 Campaign In New Hampshire, South Carolina

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“We Will Root Out The Deep State” – Trump Begins 2024 Campaign In New Hampshire, South Carolina
Authored by Frank Fang via The Epoch Times,

Former President Donald Trump visited two early-voting states New Hampshire and South Carolina on Jan. 28, hitting the campaign trail for the first time since announcing his 2024 bid for the White House in November last year.

“The 2024 election is our one shot to save our country, and we need a leader who is ready to do that on day one,” Trump said in a speech in Columbia, South Carolina.

“We need a

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Watch: Inexperienced Trans Figure Skater Performs At European Championship With Hilarious Results

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Watch: Inexperienced Trans Figure Skater Performs At European Championship With Hilarious Results
A 59-year-old male Finnish farmer, Markku-Pekka Antikainen, took up figure skating at age 50, declared himself trans, and has now performed under the female name “Minna-Maaria” at the opening ceremony of the European Figure Skating Championship.  Finland was proud to announce that they would be including the world’s “first trans figure skater” at the proceedings, only to discover Markku could not skate.

Previous warnings that the trans “athlete” may not be qualified for the event were present, but strangely, ignored.  Markku has competed before with similar results. 

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