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Haitians Deal with Aftermath of Devastating Earthquake

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Recently, after a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit a port city in southwestern Haiti, the locals took to the streets in search of bodies hidden beneath the rubble and destruction. The deadly earthquake has left at least 225 deceased – according to recent estimates – and local hospitals reported nearly 87,000 people overcome with wounds, according to news reports from Haiti.

A recent video surface after being posted online on a Miami news website called “One Show Pam”. The video in question shows large numbers of locals in Les Cayes looking through what was left of homes and a nearby hotel, searching desperately through scattered debris, rocks, and rubble in an attempt to find family members, friends, and loved ones.

Reports have confirmed that the Haitian senator and mayor of Les Cayes, Gabriel Fortune, has been found among the dead. It was reported that his body was found in the ruined mess of the Le Manguier hotel, which he owned. Haitian prime minister Ariel Henry, who took office last month, has declared an indefinite state of emergency.

 

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Corrupted Infrastructure Bill Sails Through Senate Approval

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If there is one thing Congress seems to be able to find consensus on, it’s massive pork barrel spending giveaways to their donors and supporters.

Congress has just managed to grab another $1.2 trillion of taxpayer money that will ultimately amount to nothing for “We The People”.   It may be the second most genius cover to steal more taxpayer money than manufacturing a war.  This is not infrastructure, this is another boomer cash grab, and boy are they grabbing with both hands.  It also kicks the can down the road further for any real infrastructure spending to take place.  Meanwhile, the Chinese are riding across their country on brand new bullet trains and brand new highways – charging their new cars on hydroelectric & other sources of renewable energy.  America not forcing the government to do it’s job – is actively speeding up our decay against our adversaries.

 

Here are 10 reasons why taxpayers should hate this bill from an analysis by The Hill:

  1. Fewer than one of every four dollars in this bill is for what most Americans consider “infrastructure” — widening roads, filling potholes and repairing bridges. Congress should be sued for false advertising.
  2. This bill is the Green New Deal in disguise. More money goes for green corporate welfare programs — including wind and solar transmission lines — than for traditional roads, bridges and highways.
  3.  It excludes the Keystone XL pipeline. That project is FREE. It doesn’t cost the taxpayers a penny and President Biden killed it with his executive pen, but he approved a pipeline from Siberia, Russia, to Germany. This isn’t putting America first. Republican negotiators should have made Keystone a nonnegotiable demand. Instead they got bamboozled.
  4. $50 billion for Amtrak. The government takeover of our passenger rail system in America happened 50 years ago with the creation of Amtrak. We were told as taxpayers that it would soon be economically self-sufficient and that profitability was right around the corner. Today, after spending more than $100 billion, many lines on the rail system LOSE money. Rather than pouring $50 billion more in subsidies into the railroad, Amtrak should be privatized. There is no law of economics that says railroads have to lose money.
  5. The claims that anything is paid for are as phony as a $3 bill. “We’ve taken a lot of time to ensure that we were paying for this package, in a way that was responsible and defensible,” said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) What a joke. The bill claims to “pay for itself” with “dynamic scoring,” as if government spending expands the economy. The senators seem to have forgotten a basic rule of economics: The government can only spend a dollar if it takes it from someone else. The bill claims sham savings from preventing fraud in the Unemployment Insurance system. That’s rich: Fraudsters have stolen more than $87 billion from the program over the last year, according to the inspector general, and now Congress has the nerve to claim savings by trying to stop the theft. It claims savings from allowing companies to put LESS money into their pension programs. Independent sources, from the Penn Wharton Budget Model to the Heritage Foundation, refute the claim that this bill is “paid for.”
  6. Billions of Tax Dollars for Electric Charging Stations. I don’t recall the federal government building gasoline stations — yet this bill requires taxpayers to fund more than 10,000 electric vehicle charging stations so rich people with $100,000 Teslas can charge up their vehicles.
  7. More than $10 billion for mass transit projects. The previous COVID bills ALREADY poured tens of billions of dollars into urban transit subways and buses even though ridership fell by almost 90 percent in most urban areas. In many areas, Americans walk to work more than they use mass transit. Mass transit accounts for only about 5 percent of all commuter travel. Some cities have found it cheaper to have taxpayers pay for an Uber ride than to put people on trains and buses.
  8. This bill is a giveaway to the unions and will make transportation projects much more expensive. The Davis Bacon Act requirement that all federal projects pay contractors “no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits” inflates costs by 10 percent. This bill expands the union requirements. This explains why private bridges, roads and construction projects are often 30 percent less expensive than federal projects.
  9. Infrastructure should be built and paid for by the states and by the private sector — not Washington. As Chris Edwards, an economist at the Cato Institute notes, more than 80 percent of the physical infrastructure in the United States — buildings, broadband, satellites, private roads, bridges, airports — is built and financed by the private sector. Of the remaining infrastructure, most is state and local.
  10. There is NO infrastructure funding crisis that requires $1 trillion more in federal spending. Federal outlays on infrastructure adjusted for inflation over the last 20 years has nearly doubled.  Throwing federal dollars at the problem won’t fix the potholes and make bridges safer. But it will help politicians get reelected.

 

 

 

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The Fall of Afghanistan

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As the world watches the Chaos unfold in Afghanistan…one thing seems to be completely absent from the equation.  An effective plan.  The world is wondering where we go from here, as Afghani citizens overwhelm the perimeter of the airport the story brings a nation watching to tears.  The Taliban has begun to shoot into crowds protesting their theocracy.  Mothers attempt to hand infant children over fences begging American soldiers and fleeing protected Afghanis that were essential to the reconstruction effort to take them.  The scenes from the withdrawal were morbid, Afghanis hanging onto the landing gear of American planes fell to their deaths.  People begging to leave the country in the wake of the chaos of the American withdrawal.  The chaos still continues as Afghanis continue to overwhelm the airport as they face down soldiers using tear gas trying to maintain an orderly swift evacuation as the country crumbles around them.

None of this had to happen.  The utter level of government and military incompetence has not been seen on this level since the likes of Lyndon B. Johnson’s government, and Jimmy Carter.  President Biden is nowhere to be found and has reportedly returned to his Delaware home to catch up on sleep.  After 20 years of fighting the forever war seems to be coming to an end…for now.  After four presidential administrations helping defense contractors to loot the pentagon for the war conveniently with no end, all of those weapons given to the Afghani military will now end up in the hands of the Taliban, and ultimately on the black market within arm’s reach of Islamic extremists – making any future intervention against terrorism that much more dangerous for American and other Allied forces.  The thousands of American lives lost, the trillions in taxpayer dollars wasted, stolen, and misappropriated should be enough to make any voter or taxpayer furious.

The majority of Americans for years were against this war, but I think everyone can agree this is not how we wanted our engagement throughout the reconstruction period to end.  Now and an entire generation of Afghani’s grew up during this time and experienced life and privledge under democratic societies what remains for them is still unknown.

 

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg optimistic ‘over the long haul’ for US

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The decade that brought us Star Trek and Doctor Who also resurrected Cicero—or at least what used to be Cicero—in an attempt to make the days before computerized design a little less painstaking.

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Aldus Corporation, which later merged with Adobe Systems, ushered lorem ipsum into the information age with its desktop publishing software Aldus PageMaker. The program came bundled with lorem ipsum dummy text for laying out page content, and other word processors like Microsoft Word followed suit. More recently the growth of web design has helped proliferate lorem ipsum across the internet as a placeholder for future text—and in some cases the final content (this is why we proofread, kids).

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Meet Superman’s grandfather in new trailer for Krypton

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