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To: Don Green who wrote (28028)10/17/2021 10:47:34 AM
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Selling Cars in the Era of the Chip Shortage: Online Chats and No More Haggling Dealerships lean on fewer staff to sell used cars, handle new-car buyers online; ‘Haggling has gone out the window’
The global chip shortage has slashed vehicle inventories and left dealers with few cars to sell. It has also left car salesmen and women with less to do on the dealership lot.

Dealerships laid off thousands of salespeople at the start of the pandemic. While some have been rehired, about 70,000 people who worked at new-car dealerships have been permanently let go.

For those who remain, the job has been transformed both by pandemic restrictions and an accelerated shift to online buying. Salespeople who once spent days prowling dealership lots offering test drives now wrangle online leads and explain the chip shortage to frustrated customers

wsj.com

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To: Les H who wrote (28032)10/17/2021 11:06:55 AM
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COVID vaccines cut the risk of transmitting Delta — but not for long
People who receive two COVID-19 jabs and later contract the Delta variant are less likely to infect their close contacts than are unvaccinated people with Delta.

nature.com

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To: Les H who wrote (28034)10/17/2021 11:50:20 AM
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Clinton released from hospital after treatment for UTI/sepsis

usatoday.com

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From: Les H10/17/2021 6:08:07 PM
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Another bombing at a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan by ISIS-K

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To: Don Green who wrote (28033)10/17/2021 6:58:38 PM
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Reddit forum with stories of anti-vaxxers dying scares skeptics into getting Covid shot
cnbc.com

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To: Don Green who wrote (28037)10/17/2021 8:20:04 PM
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The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt moored at Naval Base Guam last May after being forced to port due to a COVID-19 outbreak that infected around one-quarter of the vessel's 4,800 crew. Photo: U.S. NAVY/AFP
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To: Don Green who wrote (28038)10/18/2021 8:28:20 AM
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3 Environmental Doomsday Myths, DebunkedClimate change is real, but it’s not the end of the world.
Jack ElbaumSunday, October 17, 2021

For many, thinking about the future of our planet is terrifying. According to a global survey reported by the BBC, 56 percent of young people believe that humanity is doomed because of climate change and 45 percent say that their anxiety about the climate affects their daily lives. Here in the US, the story is much the same; three-quarters of Americans believe that climate change will result in the extinction of man, and one in five millennials believe that that extinction will occur within their lifetime.

A college student recently wrote the following in a campus newspaper about her climate anxiety:

I stay up into the early hours of the morning, Googling some variation of “Is there hope for climate change,” and “Biden climate change plan good?” (...) I fret over every piece of waste I encounter, wondering whether I should trash it or wash it and hope it qualifies for the recycling bin. What if I wash the aluminum foil I heated leftover lasagna on, does it become recyclable then? The anxiety is crippling.

Many young people clearly are suffering intense climate anxiety. And who can blame them? Because so much of the information they consume on the issue — both from the news media and social media — is apocalyptic in nature, this is an inevitable outcome.

fee.org

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From: Don Green10/18/2021 8:32:39 AM
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications aged 84

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To: Don Green who wrote (28040)10/18/2021 9:47:24 AM
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The Evergrande crisis is spreading and slowing the Chinese economy sharply, UBS and Barclays warn

The Evergrande crisis is weighing on Chinese property investment and dragging the economy down, UBS and Barclays said.Both banks slashed their 2021 Chinese GDP forecasts, saying the energy crunch would also knock growth.China's economy is unusually reliant on property investment for growth, making Evergrande a big worry.The ongoing crisis at the property developer Evergrande is infecting the broader Chinese economy, according to UBS and Barclays, who warned that growth will be much lower than previously expected in 2021.

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To: Don Green who wrote (28041)10/18/2021 10:02:43 AM
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Former 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Finally Heads To Trial Over Alleged 2019 Hate Crime

Disgraced Empire actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a Chicago hate crime in 2019 but as the police investigation progressed, detectives soon discovered holes in his story. Consequently, Smollett was arrested in February 2019 for felony disorderly conduct after turning himself in to the authorities.

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett staged the attack because “he was dissatisfied with his salary.”

“I’m left hanging my head and asking why,” Johnson told reporters at the time. “Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol.

“How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city by making this false claim? Bogus police reports cause real harm.”

Smollett was hit with 16 felony charges in March 2019 in relation to the allegedly fabricated attack. All charges were inexplicably dropped just weeks later, sending shockwaves through the Chicago Police Department. In addition to all of the legal drama, Smollett wasn’t allowed to return to Empire for Season 6, which director Lee Daniels made abundantly clear while replying to a Variety article stating otherwise.

In February 2020, Smollett appeared before Judge James Linn and entered a not guilty plea on six new disorderly conduct charges following his indictment.

As the office of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb explained, “A Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Jussie Smollett with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime.”

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