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To: Les H who wrote (28066)10/23/2021 12:15:16 PM
From: Les H
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REPORT: TRUMP ONCE DEFENDED THE SIZE AND SHAPE OF HIS PENIS TO A SENIOR STAFFER, BECAUSE HE CONSIDERED THAT A NORMAL THING TO DO
He apparently insisted it was “not small or toadstool-shaped,” despite a report to the contrary.

vanityfair.com

He has an enormous inferiority complex. When he's not attacking other people, he's defending himself.

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To: Les H who wrote (28074)10/23/2021 12:31:33 PM
From: Les H
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America’s monopoly problem stretches far beyond Big Tech
Feeling squeezed by corporate America? Monopolies have something to do with it.

By Emily Stewartemily.stewart@vox.com Jul 15, 2021

vox.com

Silencing the Competition: Inside the Fight Against the Hearing Aid Cartel
Why do Americans pay eight times more for hearing aids than the British? Hearing aids are big business, and a cartel controls the industry through mergers, patents, and control of audiologists.

mattstoller.substack.com

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To: Don Green who wrote (28072)10/23/2021 2:02:37 PM
From: Don Green
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The Confusing Mr. BidenThe President’s town hall performance is cause for concern.

By
Oct. 22, 2021 6:54 pm ET

White House handlers shield President Biden from the press as much as possible, and Thursday’s town hall on CNN shows why. Even with a friendly audience and softball questions, Mr. Biden’s performance revealed why so many Americans are losing confidence in his Presidency.

One big problem is that Mr. Biden often doesn’t seem to know what he’s talking about. Take rising gas prices that are a growing public concern. Mr. Biden blamed the OPEC cartel for not producing more oil, but then he said the answer is “ultimately . . . investing in renewable energy.” Most cars still run on gaso­line, not so­lar or wind power. Elec­tric cars re­main im­prac­ti­cal for most Amer­i­cans. The way to re­duce gas prices is to pro­duce more oil to in­crease the sup­ply. Mr. Biden wouldn’t have to plead with OPEC to pro­duce more if he weren’t work­ing so hard to limit U.S. oil pro­duc-tion. How about the sup­ply-chain bot­tle-necks con­tribut-ing to short­ages and in­fla­tion? Mr. Biden blamed Covid and em­ploy­ers who won’t pay enough to at-tract work­ers. But em­ploy­ers are bid­ding up wages nearly across the econ-omy and they still can’t fill the more than 10 mil­lion job open-ings na­tion-wide. Asked if he’d call in the Na-tional Guard to ad­dress the short­age of truck­ers, Mr. Biden said he would. But the de­ploy­ment of the Guard is ac­tu­ally con-trolled by Gov­er-nors, as the White House later clar­i­fied.

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To: Don Green who wrote (28076)10/23/2021 2:13:19 PM
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America’s policy toward Taiwan is one of “ strategic ambiguity.” But under President JOE BIDEN, there might be a little too much ambiguity.

At a televised town hall Thursday night, CNN’s ANDERSON COOPERasked whether the United States would come to Taiwan’s defense should China attack the contested island nation. “ Yes, we have a commitment to do that,” Biden replied, making your author’s ears perk up. But after we reached out to the White House about the remark, an official quickly responded : “The president was not announcing any change in our policy and there is no change in our policy.”

“We will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” the official added.

Fine, Biden didn’t announce a monumental shift in U.S. foreign policy off the cuff. The problem is, this isn’t the first time the president has made a supposed blunder on his posture toward Taiwan.

During an August interview with ABC News’ GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, Biden said the U.S. made a “ sacred commitment” to respond if “anyone were to invade or take action against our NATO allies. … Same with Japan, same with South Korea, same with — Taiwan.” After that episode, a senior administration official told NatSec Daily: “Our policy with regard to Taiwan has not changed.”

Then, on Oct. 5, Biden told reporters he’d spoken to Chinese President XI JINPING about Beijing’s military provocations toward the island. “We agree we — we’ll abide by the Taiwan agreement. That’s who we are. And we made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement,” Biden said. However, there is no such thing as a joint U.S.-China agreement on Taiwan; Washington, D.C., has separate understandings with both Beijing and Taipei on the respective relationships.

The next day, White House press secretary JEN PSAKI had to explain away the president’s comments. “[O]ur position as it relates to — you know, which is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act and our view that we need to uphold that commitment — our commitment under the act — that is what the president reiterated to President Xi last time he talked,” she said during a news briefing.

And, well, now you can factor in Biden’s remarks from Thursday’stown hall to the list of possible Taiwan flubs.

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From: Don Green10/23/2021 2:25:48 PM
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Remembering the ‘Tireless’ Halyna Hutchins, a Rising Cinematography Star

vulture.com

pyxis.nymag.com

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To: Don Green who wrote (28078)10/24/2021 9:39:36 AM
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President Biden's job approval rating has fallen the most since the start of his term than any other president since World War II.

A new Gallup poll was released Friday, polling Americans between Oct. 1-19 shows Biden's approval rating plunged from 56% in Q1 to 44.7% in Q3, a whopping 11.3 percentage points that any president hasn't seen in over 75 years.

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"Biden began his term with relatively solid approval ratings, ranging between 54% and 57% from January through June. His approval dropped to 50% in July and 49% in August as coronavirus infections surged in the U.S. The chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in late August, which included the deaths of more than a dozen U.S. military personnel in a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport, was likely the reason Biden's September job approval rating fell further to 43%," Gallup said.

We noted in June that Gallup data showed Biden's "honeymoon period" was over and said if the president cannot "tame inflation" could result in further rating declines. And, oh boy, were we right...

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Biden also faces an increasing disillusionment among Americans that he can't fix the border crisis, snarled supply chains, high gas prices, soaring inflation, consumer goods shortages, and the coronavirus pandemic, among a whole list of other things.

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To: Les H who wrote (28075)10/24/2021 10:20:40 AM
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Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey says ‘hyperinflation’ will happen soon in the U.S. and the world

Twitter co-founder and crypto advocate Jack Dorsey weighed in Friday on escalating inflation in the U.S., saying things are going to get considerably worse.

cnbc.com

I think the US sees it as a safety valve for inflationary forces by directing flow away from commodities and toward yet another financial asset.

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From: Les H10/24/2021 3:52:33 PM
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Japan's Plummeting COVID-19 Cases Create Mysterious Success Story

time.com

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To: Les H who wrote (28075)10/24/2021 4:22:13 PM
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The probability is that the US President Joe Biden committed yet another diplomatic gaffe at a CNN town hall last Thursday that Washington had a commitment to come to Taiwan’s defence if it were attacked by China.

Yet, like Biden’s gaffes usually, this one too was not without an element of deliberateness. Biden was even insistent. Indeed, there is an ongoing debate in the US on this topic and Biden tapped into it.

Nonetheless, the very next day, the White House sought to walk back Biden’s comments, explaining he “wasn’t announcing a change in policy nor have we changed our policy. We are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act.” The Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 commits the US to providing Taiwan with arms for its self-defence but does not commit sending American troops to defend Taiwan.

Again, on Friday, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and State Department Spokesman Ned Price signalled to Beijing that the status quo hasn’t changed — and to Taipei cautioning against declaration of independence.

indianpunchline.com

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To: Les H who wrote (28064)10/24/2021 8:23:36 PM
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Australian actress fighting for life after suffering a stroke caused by AstraZeneca Covid vaccine's extremely rare blood-clotting side effect
Melle Stewart, 40, who lives in London, had her first AstraZeneca jab on May 24
Two weeks later she suffered a stroke and rushed into emergency brain surgery
She was later diagnosed with TTS, the rare side effect that causes blood clots
She spent three weeks in a coma and is now relearning how to talk and walk
A GoFundMe page has been launched to help her on her long road to recovery

dailymail.co.uk

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