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Walmart Recalls Aromatherapy Spray Due To Presence Of Rare And Deadly Bacteria

Walmart Recalls Aromatherapy Spray Due To Presence Of Rare And Deadly Bacteria The next time a new pandemic is needed to trigger trillions more in QE, a perfect delivery mechanism is already available. Walmart has voluntarily recalled 3,900 bottles of an aromatherapy spray sold in 55 stores across 18 states after it identified a "rare and dangerous" bacteria in the product that has now been linked to four illnesses and two deaths, abc news reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that it had identified the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei in the aromatherapy spray. The bacteria in question is a soil-dwelling bacterium endemic in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide, particularly in Thailand and northern Australia, which infects humans and other animals and causes the disease melioidosis. According to Nature, "the high associated mortality rate, wide availability in the environment in endemic areas, intrinsic resistance to many antibiotics and the potential for aerosol spread has made this organism a potential bioterror agent." The spray, “Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones," and manufactured by Flora Classique, was found Oct. 6 in the home of a Georgia resident who became ill with melioidosis in late July, according to the CDC. Walmart has recalled its Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones after two people died from a bacterial infection The CDC said it will continue to test the bacteria in the bottle to potentially match the bacteria identified in the four patients. The symptoms of melioidosis are similar to that of a cold or flu, according to the CDC. In other words, similar to those of covid. The contaminated spray was sold at about 55 Walmart stores and on Walmart’s websites between February and Oct. 21. Walmart has pulled the remaining bottles of this spray and related products from the shelves and its websites. "Our hearts go out to the families that have been impacted by this situation," Inger Damon, director of the CDC’s Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, said in a statement. "We at CDC have been very concerned to see these serious related illness spread across time and geography. That is why our scientists have continued to work tirelessly to try to find the potential source for the melioidosis infections in these patients. We hope this work can help protect other people who may have used this spray." The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Walmart issued a recall for the lavender and chamomile room spray along with five other scents in the same product line. In addition to emailing customers who purchased the product online, emailed more than 2,000 customers who purchased the product at one of its stores; sending letters to another 263 customers with no email address on record and placing calls to a number of others with no available email or physical address. The CDC will continue to investigate whether other related aromatherapy scents and brands may pose a risk. Tyler Durden Tue, 10/26/2021 - 22:45.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytOct 26th, 2021

Escobar: Fauci As Darth Vader Of The COVID Wars

Escobar: Fauci As Darth Vader Of The COVID Wars Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times, Robert F Kennedy Jr’s The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health should be front-page news in all the news media in the US. Instead, it has been met with the proverbial thundering silence. Critics seeking to have Kennedy dismissed as a kook trading on a famous name had scored a hit in February, when Instagram permanently deleted his account, allegedly for making false claims about coronavirus and vaccines. Nevertheless, the book, published only a few days ago, is already a certified pop hit on Amazon. RFK Jr., chairman of the board of and chief legal counsel for Children’s Health Defense, sets out to deconstruct a New Normal, encroaching upon all of us since early 2020. In my early 2021 book Raging Twenties I have termed this force techno-feudalism. Kennedy describes it as “rising totalitarianism,” complete with “mass propaganda and censorship, the orchestrated promotion of terror, the manipulation of science, the suppression of debate, the vilification of dissent and use of force to prevent protest.” Focusing on Dr Anthony Fauci as the fulcrum of the biggest story of the 21st century allows RFK Jr to paint a complex canvas of planned militarization and, especially, monetization of medicine, a toxic process managed by Big Pharma, Big Tech and the military/intel complex – and dutifully promoted by mainstream media. By now everyone knows that the big winners have been Big Finance, Big Pharma, Big Tech and Big Data, with a special niche for Silicon Valley behemoths. Why Fauci? RFK Jr. argues that for five decades, he has been essentially a Big Pharma agent, nurturing “a complex web of financial entanglements among pharmaceutical companies and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and its employees that has transformed NIAID into a seamless subsidiary of the pharmaceutical industry. Fauci unabashedly promotes his sweetheart relationship with Pharma as a ‘public-private partnership.’” Arguably the full contours of this very convoluted story have never before been examined along these lines, extensively documented and with a wealth of links. Fauci may not be a household name outside of the US and especially across the Global South. And yet it’s this global audience that should be particularly interested in his story. RFK Jr accuses Fauci of having pursued nefarious strategies since the onset of Covid-19 – from falsifying science to suppressing and sabotaging competitive products that bring lower profit margins. Kennedy’s verdict is stark: “Tony Fauci does not do public health; he is a businessman, who has used his office to enrich his pharmaceutical partners and expand the reach of influence that has made him the most powerful – and despotic – doctor in human history.” This is a very serious accusation. It’s up to readers to examine the facts of the case and decide whether Fauci is some kind of medical Dr Strangelove. No Vitamin D? Pride of place goes to the Fauci-privileged modeling that overestimated Covid deaths by 525%, cooked up by fabricator Neil Ferguson of the Imperial College in London, duly funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This is the model, later debunked, that justified lockdown hysteria all across the planet. Kennedy attributes to Canadian vaccine researcher Dr Jessica Rose the charge that Fauci was at the frontline of erasing the notion of natural immunity even as throughout 2020 the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) admitted that people with healthy immune systems bear minimal risk of dying from Covid. Dr Pierre Kory, president of Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance, was among those who denounced Fauci’s modus operandi of privileging the development of tech vaccines while allowing no space for repurposed medications effective against Covid: “It is absolutely shocking that he recommended no outpatient care, not even Vitamin D.” Clinical cardiologist Peter McCullough and his team of frontline doctors tested prophylactic protocols using, for instance, ivermectin – “we had terrific data from medical teams in Bangladesh” – and added other medications such as azithromycin, zinc, Vitamin D and IV Vitamin C. And all this while across Asia there was widespread use of saline nasal lavages. By July 1, 2020, McCullough and his team submitted their first, ground-breaking protocol to the American Journal of Medicine. It became the most-downloaded paper in the world helping doctors to treat Covid-19. McCullough complained last year that Fauci has never, to date, published anything on how to treat a Covid patient.” He additionally alleged: “Anyone who tries to publish a new treatment protocol will find themselves airtight blocked by the journals that are all under Fauci’s control.” It got much worse. McCullough: “The whole medical establishment was trying to shut down early treatment and silence all the doctors who talked about success. A whole generation of doctors just stopped practicing medicine.” (A contrarian view would argue that McCullough got carried away: A million US doctors – the approximate number practicing at any given time – could not all have been in on it.) The book argues that the reasons there was a lack of original research on how to fight Covid were the dependence of much-vaunted American academics on the billions of dollars granted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the fact they were terrified of contradicting Fauci. Frontline Covid specialists Kory and McCullough are quoted as charging that Fauci’s suppression of early treatment and off-patent medication was responsible for up to 80% of deaths attributed to Covid in the US. How to kill the competition The book offers a detailed outline of an alleged offensive by Big Pharma to kill hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) – with research mercenaries funded by the Gates-Fauci axis allegedly misinterpreting and misreporting negative results by employing faulty protocols. Kennedy says that Bill Gates by 2020 virtually controlled the whole WHO apparatus, as the largest funder after the US government (before Trump pulled the US out of the WHO) and used the agency to fully discredit HCQ. The book also addresses Lancetgate – when the world’s top two scientific journals, The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine published fraudulent studies from a nonexistent database owned by a previously unknown company. Only a few weeks later both journals – deeply embarrassed and with their hard-earned credibility challenged – withdrew the studies. There was never any explanation as to why they got involved in what could be interpreted as one of the most serious frauds in the history of scientific publishing. But it all served a purpose. For Big Pharma, says Kennedy, killing HCQ and, later, Ivermectin (IVM) were top priorities. Ivermectin happens to be a low-profit competitor to a Merck product, molnupiravir, which is essentially a copycat but capable of retailing at a profitable $700 per course. Fauci was quite excited by a promising study of Gilead’s remdesivir – which not only is not effective against Covid but is a de facto deadly poison, at $3,000 for each treatment. The book suggests that Fauci might have wanted to kill HCQ and IVM because under federal US rules, the FDA’s recognition of both HCQ and IVM would automatically kill remdesivir. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation happens to have a large equity stake in Gilead. A key point for Kennedy is that vaccines were Big Pharma’s Holy Grail. He details how what could be construed as a Fauci-Gates alliance put “billions of taxpayer and tax-deducted dollars into developing” an mRNA “platform for vaccines that, in theory, would allow them to quickly produce new ‘boosters’ to combat each ‘escape variant.'” Vaccines, he writes, “are one of the rare commercial products that multiply profits by failing.… The good news for Pharma was that all of humanity would be permanently dependent on biannual or even triannual booster shots.” Any similarities with our current “booster” reality are not mere coincidence. The final summary of Pfizer’s clinical trial data will raise countless eyebrows. The whole process lasted a mere six months. This is the document that Pfizer submitted to the FDA to win approval for its vaccine. It beggars belief that Pfizer won the FDA’s emergency approval despite showing that the vaccine might prevent one (italics mine) Covid death in every 22,000 vaccine recipients. Peter McCullough: “Because the clinical trial showed that vaccines reduce absolute risk less than 1 percent, those vaccines can’t possibly influence epidemic curves. It’s mathematically impossible.” The Gates matrix Bill Gates – Teflon-protected by virtually all Western mainstream media – describes the operational philosophy of his foundation as “philantrocapitalism.” It’s more like strategic self-philantropy, as both the foundation’s capital and his net worth have been ballooning in style ($23 billion just during the 2020 lockdowns). The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – “a nonprofit fighting poverty, disease and inequity around the world” – invests in multinational pharma, food, agriculture, energy, telecom and global tech companies. It exercises considerable de facto control over international health and agricultural agencies as well as mainstream media – as the Columbia Journalism Review showed in August 2020. Gates, without a graduate degree, not to mention medical school degree (like author Kennedy, it must be noted, whose training was as a lawyer), dispenses wisdom around the world as a health expert. The foundation holds corporate stocks and bonds in Pfizer, Merck, GSK, Novartis and Sanofi, among other giants, and substantial positions in Gilead, AstraZeneca and Moderna. The book delves in minute detail into how Gates controls the WHO (the largest direct donor: $604.2 million in 2018-2019, the latest available numbers). Already in 2011 Gates ordered: “All 183 member states, you must make vaccines a central focus of your health systems.” The next year, the World Health Assembly, which sets the WHO agenda, adopted a Global Vaccine Plan designed by – who else? – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation also controls the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE), the top advisory group to the WHO on vaccines, as well as the crucial GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), which is the second-largest donor to the WHO. GAVI is a Gates “public-private partnership” that essentially corrals bulk sales of vaccines from Big Pharma to poor nations. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, only three month ago, proclaimed that “GAVI is the new NATO”. GAVI’s global HQ is in Geneva. Switzerland has given Gates full diplomatic immunity. Few in East and West know that it was Gates who in 2017 handpicked the WHO’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – who brought no medical degree and a quite dodgy background. Dr Vandana Shiva, India’s leading human rights activist (routinely accused of being merely anti-vax), sums up: “Gates has hijacked the WHO and transformed it into an instrument of personal power that he wields for the cynical purpose of increasing pharmaceutical profits. He has single-handedly destroyed the infrastructure of public health globally. He has privatized our health systems and our food systems to serve his own purposes.” Gaming pandemics The book’s Chapter 12, Germ Games, may be arguably its most explosive, as it focuses on the US bioweapons and biosecurity apparatus, with a special mention to Robert Kadlec, who might claim leadership of the – contagious – logic according to which infectious disease poses a national security threat to the US, thus requiring a militarized response. The book argues that Kadlec, closely linked to spy agencies, Big Pharma, the Pentagon and assorted military contractors, is also linked to Fauci investments in “gain of function” experiments capable of engineering pandemic superbugs. Fauci strongly denies he’s promoted such experiments. Already in 1998 Kadlec had written an internal strategy paper for the Pentagon – though not for Fauci – promoting the role of pandemic pathogens as stealth weapons leaving no fingerprints. Since 2005 DARPA, which invented the internet by building the ARPANET in 1969, has funded biological weapons research. DARPA – call it the Pentagon’s angel investor – also developed the GPS, stealth bombers, weather satellites, pilotless drones, and that prodigy of combat, the M16 rifle. It’s important to remember that in 2017 DARPA funneled $6.5 million through Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance to fund “gain of function” work at the Wuhan lab, on top of gain of function experiments at Fort Detrick. EcoHealth Alliance was the organization through which Kadlec, Fauci and DARPA financed these gain of function experiments. DARPA also developed the GPS, stealth bombers, weather satellites, pilotless drones, and that prodigy of combat, the M16 rifle. In 2017 DARPA funneled $6.5 million through Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance to fund “gain of function” work at the Wuhan lab, on top of gain of function experiments at Fort Detrick. EcoHealth Alliance was the organization through which Kadlec, Fauci and DARPA financed these gain of function experiments, Few people know that DARPA also financed the key tech for the Moderna vaccine, starting way back in 2013. RFK Jr dutifully connects the Germ Games progress, starting with Dark Winter in 2001, which emphasized the Pentagon’s drive towards bioweapon vaccines (the code name was coined by Kadlec); the anthrax attack three weeks after 9/11; Atlantic Storm in 2003 and 2005, focused on the response to a terrorist attack unleashing smallpox; Global Mercury 2003; and Lockstep in 2010, which developed a scenario funded by the Rockefeller Foundation where we find this pearl: During the pandemic, national leaders around the world flexed their authority and imposed airtight rules and restrictions, from the mandatory wearing of face masks to body-temperature checks at the entries to communal spaces like train stations and supermarkets. Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified. In order to protect themselves from the spread of increasingly global problems – from pandemics and transnational terrorism to environmental crises and rising poverty – leaders around the world took a firmer grip on power. RFK Jr paints a picture in which, by mid-2017, the Rockefeller Foundation and US intel agencies had all but crowned Bill Gates as the top financier for the intel/military pandemic simulation business. Enter the MARS (Mountain Associated Respiratory Virus) simulation during the G20 in Germany in 2017. MARS was about a novel respiratory virus that spread out of busy markets in a mountainous border of an unnamed nation that looked very much like China. It gets curiouser and curiouser when one learns that MARS’s two moderators were very close to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and one of them, David Heymann, sat with the Moderna CEO on the Merieux Foundation USA Board. BioMerieux happens to be the French company that built the Wuhan lab. Big Pharma kisses Western intel Afterward came SPARS 2017 at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation happen to be major funders of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. SPARS 2017 gamed a coronavirus pandemic running from 2025 to 2028. As RFK Jr. notes, “the exercise turned out to be an eerily precise predictor of the Covid-19 pandemic.” By 2018 bioweapons expert Peter Daszak was enthroned as the key connector through whom Fauci, Kadlec, DARPA and USAID – which used to be a CIA cover and now reports to the National Security Council – moved grants to fund gain-of-function research, including at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Biosafety Lab. Crimson Contagion, overseen by Kadlec after eight months of planning, came in August 2019. Fauci was on board the self-described “functional exercise,” representing the NIH, alongside the CDC’s Robert Redfield and several members of the National Security Council. The war game was held in secret, nationwide. The After-Action Crimson Contagion Report only came out via a FOIA request. The star of the Gates pandemic show was undoubtedly Event 201 in October 2019, held only 3 weeks before US intel may – or may not – have suspected that Covid-19 was circulating in Wuhan. Event 201 was about a global coronavirus pandemic. RFK Jr. persuasively argues that Event 201 was as close as possible to a “real-time” simulation. The book’s Germ Games chapter leads the reader to acknowledge what mainstream media have simply refused to report: how the pervasive involvement of US (and UK) intel has a secretive – yet dominating – presence in the whole response to Covid-19. A very good example is the Wellcome Trust – the UK version of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – which is a spin-off of Big Pharma’s GlaxoSmith Kline. This epitomizes the marriage between Big Pharma and Western intel. The Wellcome Trust chair, from 2015 to 2020, used to be a former director general of MI5, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller. She was also chair of the Imperial College since 2001. The “English Dr. Fauci,” Neil Ferguson, of the infamous, deadly wrong models that led to all lockdowns, was an epidemiologist working for the Wellcome Trust. These are only a few of the insights and connections woven through RFK Jr’s book. As a matter of public service, the whole lot should be available for popular scrutiny worldwide. These matters concern the whole planet, especially the Global South. Nobel laureate Luc Montaigner has noted how, “tragically for humanity, there are many, many untruths emanating from Fauci and his minions.” Even more tragic is what emanates from his masters. Tyler Durden Tue, 11/30/2021 - 23:45.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeDec 1st, 2021

Judges Ordering Child Vaccinations, Denying Visitation, Perhaps Custody

Judges Ordering Child Vaccinations, Denying Visitation, Perhaps Custody; Just As Some Who Refused to Quit Smoking Lost Custody of Their Children Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more Judges Ordering Child Vaccinations WASHINGTON, D.C. 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Get the entire 10-part series on our in-depth study on activist investing in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or print it out to read anywhere! Sign up below! (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more Judges Ordering Child Vaccinations WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 29, 2021) - Parents who refuse to let a child receive the Covid vaccine are increasingly likely to have a judge order the procedure, often by giving the parent seeking to protect the child legal custody to make such decisions, notes public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who predicts that the trend is likely to increase if not accelerate because of new surges, and the discovery of a potentially even more deadly variant. For example, in a case where one parent would not give her consent under a joint custody agreement, a unanimous Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that "a family court properly exercising its jurisdiction has the inherent ability to 'break the tie' when joint custodians cannot agree." Also, once the courts are involved, "equal decision-making power is not required for joint custody, and parties or trial courts are free to vest greater authority in one parent even under a joint custody arrangement." Moreover, just as some parents lost custody of their children when they refused to stop smoking at home, or in many more cases were forced to quit or face a lost of visitation privileges, unvaccinated parents are already being denied visitation, and may soon even begin to lose custody of their children, says Banzhaf, who led the legal movement to raise smoking as an important and often decisive issue in child custody proceedings. He cites a recent case in New York City in which a matrimonial judge suspended a father's visitation rights with his 3-year-old daughter just because he refused to get vaccinated. Despite his lawyer's claim that that father isn't a danger to the child because he already had Covid, the judge terminated the father's visitation privileges unless he gets vaccinated or subjects himself to a Covid test weekly, and to an antigen test biweekly. In that case Justice Matthew Cooper ruled that “here, in-person parental access by defendant is not in the child’s best interests, and there are exceptional circumstances that support its suspension. . . . The dangers of voluntarily remaining unvaccinated during access with a child while the COVID-19 virus remains a threat to children’s health and safety cannot be understated.” Denying Visitation A judge in Illinois went even further, revoking a mother's right to visit her 11-year-old son because she refused to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, notes Banzhaf. And in still another case based upon the need to protect a child from the needless risk of exposure to Covid, a mother was granted exclusive possession of the matrimonial home; also, contact between the children and their father was limited to electronic means. All of these cases were based upon the universally recognized principle and legal standard - decisions involving child custody and care must be based on "the best interests of the child" - since it's hard to argue that it's in the best interests of a child to be unnecessarily exposed to a possible carrier of a dangerous and sometimes crippling or even fatal disease among young victims, or to be denied the protection of safe and effective vaccines which are now available to all but the youngest children. In these cases, parents who refused to be vaccinated lost only their visitation privileges - not custody - of their children; a temporary situation, and one which could easily be corrected simply by agreeing to be vaccinated. But Banzhaf pointed out that, in some situations, parents who subjected their children to the unnecessary risk of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke lost custody permanently - even after they agreed to change their behavior - because such conduct evidenced a blatant disregard for the child's health and well being. As one appellate court ruled, the failure of the mother to discontinue smoking "was strong evidence of a lack of proper concern for the welfare of a child," and a "belated cessation of smoking might evidence a desire for the custody of the child rather than concern for the welfare of the child.” Since the risk of becoming infected with Covid from an unvaccinated parent is many times higher than the risk of disease from exposure to a parent's tobacco smoke, and it's far easier for a parent to get vaccinated than to quit smoking, judges are even more likely to terminate the custody of a parent for refusing to be vaccinated than with regard to continuing to smoke, at least once vaccinated parents begin to raise this issue in divorce, visitation, and custody cases, says Banzhaf, whose legal research on how to raise the smoking issue in such cases should be equally applicable to raising the vaccination issue. Actually, the legal objection to continued visitation and/or custody can even be raised by third parties if the vaccinated spouse is reluctant to do so. Legal Complaint Against Smoking Banzhaf vividly recalls a segment of the Oprah Winfrey TV program where a grandmother was planning to file a legal complaint against her own adult daughter for refusing to quit smoking in the presence of her young child (the granddaughter). Fortunately the professor was able to help convince the mother, live on Winfrey's TV program, that subjecting her child to secondhand tobacco smoke created an unnecessary and unreasonable risk to her child's health. As a result, the mother changed her behavior, so the grandmother did not have to make the difficult choice of choosing between her adult daughter and her granddaughter's health. But, had a legal complaint been filed, Banzhaf says the court almost certainly would have issued a order designed to protect the child. Indeed, he says, judges in thousands of cases, and in the great majority of states, have issued ordered prohibiting smoking, not just in the child's presence, but sometime 24 or even 48 hours before a child is scheduled to visit a parental home. Similarly, once parents begin to effectively raise the issue of exposure to Covid, and/or refusal to vaccinate children, in divorce, custody, and/or visitation proceedings - as nonsmokers did in many cases in which the law professor assisted - Banzhaf expects that judges will be even more willing to deny in-person visitation and even child custody to parents who refuse to be vaccinated despite the ever growing evidence of deadly risk, and the overwhelming opinions of governmental and other medical authorities. Moreover, once vaccinated parents begin to follow the well trodden path established by nonsmoking parents, the legal challenges based upon their children's health - and the resulting rulings, which can be expected to occur very promptly - will provide an additional strong incentive for parents concerned about their children to finally get themselves vaccinated, and to get their children vaccinated as well, predicts Banzhaf. Updated on Nov 29, 2021, 1:43 pm (function() { var sc = document.createElement("script"); sc.type = "text/javascript"; sc.async = true;sc.src = "//mixi.media/data/js/95481.js"; sc.charset = "utf-8";var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(sc, s); }()); window._F20 = window._F20 || []; _F20.push({container: 'F20WidgetContainer', placement: '', count: 3}); _F20.push({finish: true});.....»»

Category: blogSource: valuewalkNov 29th, 2021

"Vulture bees" have quit pollen to feed their babies rotting meat — a mystery to scientists

After baiting the bees with raw chicken, scientists learned that these carnivores have guts more like vultures than pollen-eating bees. Vulture bees in Costa Rica dining on raw chicken bait.Quinn McFrederick/UCR "Vulture bees" have evolved to eat meat instead of relying on pollen like other bees. Scientists hung raw chicken in Costa Rica and watched vulture bees fill their leg pouches and stomachs with it. They found acid-producing microbes in the bees' guts. Acid helps vultures and hyenas digest carrion. A group of scientists biked around Costa Rica's tropical forests, hanging chunks of raw chicken from the trees, in April 2019. They were trying to catch a rare insect: carrion-eating bees.Slowly, over the next five days, large bees with long, dangling legs flocked to the bait. They crawled over the folds of raw chicken, using special teeth to slice off bits of meat. They gathered the flesh in little baskets on their hind legs, where other bees collect pollen, or swallowed the meat to store in their stomachs.The bees were preparing to carry the chicken back to their hives, where they would enclose the meat chunks in pods, leave them there for two weeks, then feed them to their babies. Scientists aren't sure what happens inside the pods during those two weeks, or how it affects the meat. The adults don't need to eat protein. They survive on nectar.The bees with leg baskets still collect pollen for their babies, too. But three species — out of more than 20,000 known bee species — feed their larvae an entirely carrion-based diet. They're called "vulture bees."These bees are "super crazy on a bunch of different levels," Jessica Maccaro, a doctoral student in entomology at University of California, Riverside (UCR), told Insider."The easiest way to think about bees is that they are vegetarian wasps. They evolved from wasps. Literally what differentiates them from wasps has been that they're vegetarian," Maccaro said. "So this is really surprising."Even wasps eat freshly killed meat, though. Rotting flesh can be a minefield of diseases, as microbes overtake the body and wage "microbial warfare," producing powerful toxins as they compete for meat. Some of the bacteria itself, like salmonella, can be deadly."The environment on a dead body is really toxic," Maccaro said. "That's a major thing to overcome to be able to eat."That's why Maccaro's colleagues were baiting and capturing these mysterious bees — to study the microbes in their guts and learn how they're able to eat carrion. Sure enough, the researchers discovered that vulture bees' guts may be more like actual vultures or hyenas than their pollen-gathering relatives. They published their findings in mBio, the journal of the American Society of Microbiologists, on Tuesday."The weird things in the world are where a lot of interesting discoveries can be found," Quinn McFrederick, an entomologist at UCR who led the research, said in a press release. "There's a lot of insight there into the outcomes of natural selection."Gut bacteria may help vulture bees fight pathogens on rotting meatA committee of vultures gather for scavenging at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, October 3, 2020.Edwin Waita/ReutersThe chicken bait attracted an array of bees — one species that only collects meat, and several that collect both meat and pollen.Separately, the researchers also captured some bees that only feed on pollen. That allowed them to compare the guts of carnivorous, omnivorous, and vegetarian bees.The microbes in those guts were quite different. The vulture bees had lots of acid-producing bacteria like lactobacillus, probably creating a far more acidic gut than their pollen-eating cousins. That might help them fight toxins that form on rotting flesh."These bacteria are similar to ones found in actual vultures, as well as hyenas and other carrion-feeders, presumably to help protect them from pathogens that show up on carrion," McFrederick said in the press release.Vultures and hyenas produce much of their guts' acid on their own, instead of relying on microbes. But the vulture bees' dependence on bacteria is no suprise to Maccaro. Many kinds of bees use microbes to line their guts, protect them from parasites, and break down their food."We already can see that the microbiome is super important for bees for all these basic functions that we [humans] usually just kind of do ourselves," Maccaro said. "So this is another case, where they're using their microbiome to create this acidic environment rather than doing it themselves."Maccaro and her colleagues hope to collect bees in French Guiana next, where they can find two of the three bee species that only gather carrion. They want to study what happens in the pods where the vulture bees store meat before feeding it to their larvae."They store them and they seal them and they don't touch them for two weeks, and then they can eat the meat," Maccaro said. "We're really curious about what's happening."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 24th, 2021

8 things we"re looking forward to at the Dubai Airshow this week

Insider is attending the Dubai Airshow this week to get a firsthand look at the latest innovations in the aviation industry. The Dubai Airshow is the first international airshow of the pandemic. AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili Insider is attending the Dubai Airshow, which hosts some of aviation's latest and greatest innovations. Boeing is showing off its 777X, the world's largest twin-engine aircraft. Airbus is bringing its largest twin-engine jets. Private aviation, military aircraft, and cargo will also be major themes this week. DUBAI - The Dubai Airshow officially kicked off on Sunday, marking the start of the first international airshow of the pandemic.International air shows are a time for aircraft manufacturers to show off their latest innovations, while airlines and other aircraft operators display their newest purchases and often make new ones. And with nearly two years without this type of meetup, there's plenty for the industry to catch up on.In the commercial aviation realm, Boeing and Airbus are - unsurprisingly - the main attractions with support from their airline partners. But smaller players including Brazil's Embraer and Russia's Irkut Corporation are also in attendance with the hopes of winning orders for their competing products, offering airlines an alternative to the biggest in the business.Private aviation is another focus, with manufacturers like Dassault Aviation and Bombardier showing off their new flagship business aircraft. Private charter firms, including Comlux and VistaJet, will also make the case for why their high-end aircraft are worth thousands of dollars an hour to charter.And of course, the military, space, and defense industrial complexes will be present, with the US, Indian, French, Japanese, and UAE militaries bringing what amounts to a small air force in a display of military might. That's all in addition to the startups filling the convention hall that promise to revolutionize the aviation industry.Insider is on the ground at the Dubai Airshow. Here's what we're most looking forward to in the commercial, cargo, and private aviation realms.1. Boeing's latest and most controversial aircraft on display The first flight of the Boeing 777X. Stephen Brashear/Getty The Boeing 777X is making its first-ever international debut and will be welcoming select attendees onboard for a sneak peek at what's to come from the landmark aircraft. Insider is those invited onboard for a first look.The ultra-modern variant of the popular Boeing 777 family of aircraft promises increased efficiency and additional seating capacity to its previous generation sibling. And in addition to the 777X being the largest twin-engine plane slated to fly passengers, the two GE Aviation GE9X engines will be the largest commercial aircraft engines in the world.Boeing will also perform a flying display with the aircraft to demonstrate its capabilities to a crowd that's been following the aircraft's journey, through its delays and all, since its first flight in early 2020.The 777X's presence in Dubai is likely an homage to Emirates as the launch customer and soon-to-be largest operator of the aircraft. More than 100 777X will fill the Emirates fleet in the next few decades, based on its current order.Boeing would also be hoping to land additional orders for the aircraft that's already garnered interest from the world's leading carriers. But orders for the smaller 777-8 will be key as most existing orders are focused on the larger 777-9.The Boeing 737 Max is set to be a prominent feature at the Dubai Airshow with two static aircraft on display. Boeing, in partnership with Alaska Airlines, is displaying the 737 Max 9 EcoDemonstrator aircraft that is being used to test new technology aimed at reducing the aviation industry's carbon footprint.Alternatively, the UAE's own FlyDubai is set to have its 737 Max on display as the region's largest operator of the model. The budget carrier recently unveiled a new business class cabin for the aircraft including lie-flat seats, pushing the bounds of comfort on a narrow-body aircraft in a way most 737 Max operators have been unwilling to do.The Max displays come less than a year since the Federal Aviation Administration ungrounded the aircraft following two deadly crashes that resulted in the loss of 346 lives, attributable to a Boeing software issue.Boeing's newest military aerial refueler, the KC-46 Pegasus, will also be on display as part of the US Air Force delegation. The aircraft has been plagued with scandal that's benefited its rival, Airbus and the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport, the Airbus refueler which will also be at the Dubai Airshow.2. Emirates giving the world's largest passenger jet a new lease on life An Emirates Airbus A380. Soos Jozsef/Shutterstock.com The Airbus A380 hasn't fared well during the pandemic as it quickly became a symbol for the opulence and excess that airlines needed to cut. And the result was groundings en masse for the likes of Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, and more.Airbus, meanwhile, had already been drawing down production of the A380 with the final deliveries slated to All Nippon Airways and Emirates as the final two airlines still taking deliveries. The numbered days of the A380 appeared to dwindle as air travel recovered.Emirates, however, announced a new investment in A380 to see to give it a brand new passenger cabin. All classes of service will see enhancements and a new premium economy class is being added.One of the newly-refreshed A380s will be in attendance at Dubai. Insider will be on board.3. The best of private aviation with one notable exception A VistaJet Bombardier Global 7500. Dominick Gravel/VistaJet Bombardier will show off its flagship business aircraft, the Global 7500 jet, which holds the title of the largest and longest-ranged purpose-built private jet currently in service. Both Bombardier and long-time customer VistaJet will have the Global 7500 on display.Insider will be sitting down with Bombardier's new CEO, Eric Martel, to talk about the manufacturer's shift to an all-aviation product line.Dassault Aviation will have two aircraft on display including a cabin mock-up of the Falcon 10X, its soon-to-be largest private jet set to go up against leaders from Bombardier and Gulfstream. Industry experts are particularly excited about the Falcon 10X given its performance capabilities, interior design, and overall spacious cabin.Gulfstream is not attending this year's Dubai Airshow, and its absence is notable given the manufacturer has three new aircraft currently in development. Most notably, the Gulfstream G700 that made the rounds over the summer on a global tour will not be making the trek to Dubai.But even with three new aircraft in the pipeline, Gulfstream is ceding Dubai to its French, Canadian, and Brazilian rivals. Boeing is bringing one of its 737 airliner-turned-private-jets, known as Boeing Business Jets, to Dubai, but it won't be on display at the airshow. Rather, select attendees, including Insider, will be shuttled to Dubai International Airport for tours.Airbus, for its part, will show off an Airbus Corporate Jet 320neo, the private jet variant of the A320neo airliner. These flying penthouse apartments are intended for a particularly wealthy type of traveler than can afford the ultra-high expense of purchasing and maintaining an airline for private use.Embraer is showing off its Praetor 600 super-midsize aircraft that's becoming popular with major private jet firms including Flexjet.Aircraft completion specialist Citadel Completions will also bring a rare private jet to the skies, another airliner-turned-private jet based on the Airbus A340-500 airliner. The four-engine private offers a nearly unbeatable combination of living space and range, with the A340-500 a former favorite of airlines to fly ultra-long-haul routes.Other private aircraft manufacturers in attendance include Pilatus, Irkut Corporation, Textron Aviation, and Tecnam.4. A Brazilian and European rivalry on full display An Embraer E195-E2 aircraft. fifg / Shutterstock.com Airbus and Embraer will both bring their next-generation aircraft that are fighting for control in the 100-150-seat market.Embraer is bringing its Embraer E195-E2 demonstration aircraft, featuring a special paint livery with a tiger on the nose and called the "Profit Hunter." Sales have been poor when compared to Airbus despite Embraer touting better operating economics over its Airbus competitor.Airbus and Air Baltic will be showing off the Airbus A220, formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries. Airlines around the world have fallen for the A220 while Embraer has struggled to keep up commercially. It's been losing long-time customers, including JetBlue Airways and Air Canada to the Airbus jet.5. Russia's answer to the Boeing 737 Max and Airbus A320 family of aircraft An Irkut Corporation MC-21. fifg / Shutterstock.com Russia's Irkut Corporation is nearing the finish line on a new jet to compete against Boeing and Airbus' 150-to-200-seat aircraft market. The MC-21 is made with composite materials and powered by turbofan engines. It's unlikely that a Western airline will place an order but the jet could show promise in Europe and Asia. 6. Israel comes to town Israel Aerospace Industries' Boeing 777-300ER "Big Twin" cargo plane. Israel Aerospace Industries Israel is set to have a major presence at the Dubai Airshow for the first time in the event's history. The recent easing of tensions between Israel and the UAE under the Abraham Accords paved the way for Israel's attendance.Israel Aerospace Industries is one Israeli company that will make its first-ever journey to the Dubai Airshow, highlighting its experience in defense systems, passenger-to-cargo aircraft conversations, and maintenance and repair operations.7. Never-before-seen aircraft An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in July 2019. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images Etihad Airways is bringing the Airbus A350-1000 XWB to Dubai in a first-ever public display. Despite the airline taking delivery of five models from Airbus, according to Planespotters.net, not one has flown a paying passenger.If Etihad CEO Tony Douglas keeps his promise to retire the airline's A380s, the A350-1000 will become the second-largest aircraft in the Etihad fleet behind the Boeing 777-300ER. That is, until the Boeing 777X joins the fleet and makes the Airbus A350-1000 the third-largest plane in the fleet. 8. Leonardo shows off the civilian version of a popular military aircraft A Leonardo AW609 aircraft. Pier Marco Tacca/Getty The Leonardo AW609 is one of the most unique aircraft coming to the Dubai Airshow as it's one that can take off and fly like a plane or helicopter. Vertical takeoff and land aircraft are a special type of aircraft merging the best of fixed-wing aircraft with the flexibility a helicopter offers.The US Air Force is also bringing its Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey, one of the aircraft that protects the US president, to the Dubai Airshow.Are you at the Dubai Airshow and want to get in touch with Insider? Email this reporter at tpallini@Insider.com.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 14th, 2021

Mexican Tourist Mecca Is Spiraling Out Of Control As Cartels Wage War

Mexican Tourist Mecca Is Spiraling Out Of Control As Cartels Wage War In April, readers may recall, we outlined the high-end resort town of Tulum, Mexico, popular with celebrities, Instagram influencers, and millennials, descending into a chaotic hellhole as cartels waged war against each other to control the drug trade. Since then, the violence has spiraled out of control as multiple tourists were killed and several injured during a cartel gunfight.  Instagram influencers are in the business of selling the best of what Tulum has to offer and are hiding a troubling secret that the popular destinations just south of Cancun have seen a spat of cartel-related shootouts.  The latest shootout killed two female foreign tourists and injured three others last Thursday at a popular restaurant in downtown Tulum, a few miles from the beach. Of the two women who were killed, one was from Germany and the other India. Daily Beast spoke with a Mexican police commander, who agreed to talk about the situation on a condition of anonymity. He said, "they [female girls] were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got caught in an exchange of gunfire between competing drug traffickers."  "It's a sad mistake for the victims, but such cases are not rare or unusual anymore [in and around Tulum]. When a firefight breaks out, no one is safe," the commander said. Tulum is a playground for Instagram influencers who are all about flaunting their bodies. That is one of the reasons why the resort town has become so popular in recent years.  In response to the deadly shooting, Mexico will boost the presence of the National Guard and military to 450 members in the area. There are currently five cartels in the region, and they're battling each other to control the drug trade to tourists. The chaos has sparked a massive surge in violent crime, up 783% since 2019.  But none of this should come as a surprise because we outlined how Tulum was spiraling out of control in April. We even captured exclusive photos of protests that show locals marching down the street holding a sign that read "Tourist You are NOT safe in Tulum." As we've said before, "Tulum is a chaotic hellhole full of corrupt cops and daily shootings as cartels wage war against each other."  Next time you're thinking about booking a trip to Tulum, stay out of the main town and book at a resort on the beach to avoid shootings. Or all together, avoid Mexico in general.  Tyler Durden Thu, 10/28/2021 - 18:00.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytOct 28th, 2021

Police officers are collapsing after touching fentanyl, but you can"t overdose from skin contact. The likelier story? Panic attacks.

Experts say you can't overdose from touching fentanyl. So why do police officers across the country keep fainting during drug busts? San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy David Faiivae receiving aid from an officer after being exposed to fentanyl on July 3. Experts say it's unlikely that Faiivae was overdosing. San Diego County Sheriff's Department via AP Cops have collapsed after touching fentanyl, but experts say you can't overdose from skin contact. Police officers may be experiencing a disorder that converts stress into physical symptoms. Misinformation is swirling about the risk of fentanyl exposure on the job for police officers. The video is harrowing: It shows a San Diego deputy crumpling to the ground in a parking lot after accidentally touching white powder during an arrest."I got you, okay? I'm not going to let you die," a voice from off camera coaches. And then, "I need Narcan!" Later in the video, the collapsed officer-in-training, Deputy David Faiivae, recalls how his lungs locked up that day in July and wipes away a tear."I almost died of a fentanyl overdose," Faiivae, age 32, warns the camera. The San Diego County Sheriff, Bill Gore, then appears on screen with a public service message."Being exposed to just a few small grains of fentanyl could have deadly consequences," he warns, adding, "Please take the time to share this video."There's just one problem: Experts say you can't overdose from touching fentanyl. So why did the San Diego police officer collapse? If cops aren't overdosing from touching fentanyl, what is happening? A chemical specialist in a protective suit with pills seized at a clandestine fentanyl processing lab in Mexico City on December 12, 2018. Attorney General's Office/Handout via Reuters It's not that fentanyl isn't dangerous. A record 93,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl are the most common drugs involved in those deaths.But skin contact with fentanyl is different, experts say."The only way to overdose is from injecting, snorting, or some other way of ingesting it," Dr. Ryan Marino, medical director of toxicology at University Hospitals in Cleveland, told The New York Times. "You cannot overdose from secondhand contact."Moreover, the symptoms people describe after touching fentanyl vary widely, from dizziness to blurry vision to heart palpitations."Passive exposure to fentanyl does not result in clinical toxicity," Dr. Lewis Nelson, director of the medical toxicology division at Rutgers Medical School, wrote in a STAT News op-ed in 2018, adding that the reactions usually resolve on their own, and faster than the drug's effects should last."They aren't consistent with the signs and symptoms of opioid poisoning - the triad of slowed breathing, decreased consciousness, and pinpoint pupils," Nelson wrote.But the police officer in San Diego wasn't the only one to collapse. Officers in Ohio, Arkansas, Massachusetts, California, and North Carolina have all also struggled to breath or fainted after touching fentanyl. Deputy Faiivae declined to comment on the incident. The New Republic's "The Politics of Everything" podcast set out to solve this mystery last month, and concluded that officers are having panic attacks, fueled by misinformation. "People are probably familiar with what in the 19th century or early 20th century was called hysteria," Patrick Blanchfield, an associate faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research specializing in psychoanalytic theory, told "The Politics of Everything." In classic hysteria cases, symptoms present as temporary paralysis, Blanchfield added: "People's limbs would lock up. They would start screaming, wailing - no apparent reason."In modern-day terms, cops may be experiencing a conversion disorder - when intense stress is converted into physical symptoms, Blanchfield explained. It's similar to a panic attack. Blanchfield doesn't think the officers are exaggerating or collapsing on purpose; he believes they are truly scared."That suffering is real," he said.Policing is a stressful and dangerous job, so hyped-up news stories and police reports about officers who reportedly overdose during drug busts might have led to a contagion effect, in which certain behaviors or actions spread through a group. "When your whole job is maintaining boundaries, but also those boundaries are unstable and full of contradictions, it's probably not surprising that people develop conversion disorders and contagion fears specifically, that they seize up or act out," Blanchfield said.Confusing panic attacks with overdoses has real consequences The Tulare County Sheriff's Office showed evidence seized after a traffic stop led officers to a major methamphetamine- and fentanyl-trafficking operation in Pixley, California, in January 2020. Tulare County Sheriff's Office/AP Police forces are part of a larger misinformation problem, harm-reduction experts say. News articles, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the CDC have all spread hyperbolic, unvetted, or false information about the risk of overdose from touching fentanyl. According to a paper published in the International Journal of Drug Policy last year, news articles containing misinformation about fentanyl were shared at least 450,000 times on Facebook between 2015 and 2019, potentially reaching upward of 70 million users. By comparison, posts correcting false information about fentanyl were shared just 30,000 times. Leah Hill, a behavioral-health fellow with the Baltimore City Health Department, displayed a sample of Narcan nasal spray on January 23, 2018. Patrick Semansky/AP Misinformation is a threat both to law-enforcement offers and to people who use drugs, since the latter group could be less likely to be rescued during an overdose if responders or witnesses fear for their own lives. Additionally, those who possess drugs may face harsher sentencing because of this confusion. In 2017, for example, an Ohio police officer told news outlets he'd used his bare hand to brush grains of fentanyl off his uniform during a drug bust. An hour later, he said, he keeled over from an overdose.The suspect in the drug bust, a 25-year-old, was sentenced to 6.5 years for multiple charges, according to local NBC affiliate WKBN. Among those charges? Assaulting an officer with fentanyl.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 27th, 2021

The 9 best yoga mats of 2021, according to yoga teachers

I'm a Hatha yoga teacher and have tested dozens of mats. Here are the 9 best that have proven their worth, including JadeYoga and Manduka yoga mats. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Practicing yoga on the same mat creates a familiar, relaxing space anywhere we set it down. As a yoga teacher, I find the best yoga mats offer stability, non-slip grip, and joint cushioning. Our top pick, the Rumi Earth Sun, is eco-friendly, well-cushioned, durable, and absorbs sweat. Your yoga mat does more than just keep you from slipping and absorb your sweat during a vigorous flow. Unrolling and stepping onto it becomes a signal to our brain and body that it's time to slow down, Vinita Laroia, a 300 RYT-certified yoga and meditation teacher with over 20 years of experience, told Insider. Considering you touch your yoga mat every time you practice, choose wisely. Materials, durability, thickness, non-slip grip, and other subtle design differences between mats play into comfort and balance.Related Article Module: The 7 best yoga accessories to elevate your home practice in 2021, according to yoga instructorsAs a 200RYT Hatha yoga teacher with over 10-years-worth of practice, I have a ton of first-hand experience testing out dozens of mats over the years (in addition to those I tested specifically for this guide), as well as an endless list of input from fellow yogis about which mats they love (or regret purchasing). At the end of this guide, I've detailed how exactly we rigorously tested these yoga mats and included what is most important when you're shopping for a yoga mat.Here are our top picks for the best yoga mats:Best yoga mat overall: Rumi Earth Sun Yoga MatBest budget yoga mat: Hugger Mugger Gallery Collection Yoga MatBest eco-friendly yoga mat: Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga MatBest socially-responsible yoga mat: Kosha Yoga Co. Sanctuary PUre Couture Yoga MatBest thick yoga mat: Manduka PRO™ Yoga Mat 6mmBest travel yoga mat: Manduka Eko Superlight Travel Yoga MatBest yoga mat for sweaty yogis: JadeYoga Harmony MatBest washable yoga mat: Yogi Bare Teddy Yoga MatBest yoga mat for alignment work: Liforme Yoga Mat The best yoga mat overall Rumi Earth's Sun mat is the best yoga mat as it's eco-friendly, well-cushioned, durable, and absorbs sweat. Rumi Earth Rumi Earth's Sun Yoga Mat is made from sustainable materials from a minority-owned small business that provides adequate support for your joints — a great choice for newbies and seasoned pros alike.Pros: Plenty of padding, biodegradable, non-toxic materials, durable, multiple lengths, great for yogis of all levels, minority-owned small businessCons: NoneA minority-owned yoga and athleisure brand, Rumi Earth focuses on sustainability and conscious sourcing of non-toxic materials for its products. The Sun yoga mat is available in multiple lengths, widths, and color options. Every Rumi Earth mat is also entirely biodegradable.Made from cotton fibers and natural rubber, this mat is eco-friendly with excellent grip and durability. With its open-cell design, I had no problems with traction, even while dripping sweat all over during my cardio pilates sessions.What's more, this mat is subtly more padded than most at 4.3mm instead of the standard 3mm. Kasia Gondek, PT, DPT, CSCS, physical therapist at Fusion Wellness and Physical Therapy in California, told Insider that thicker yoga mats can also help in cushioning common pressure points for anyone, like the sacrum, heels, and greater trochanters in your hips.As someone with chondromalacia patellae in both knees, I need a thicker yoga mat for less pressure on my joints. I found Rumi Earth's Sun Yoga mat's 4.3mm to hit the sweet spot of being enough padding for me, but not so excessive that it'll bother those without any joint pain (you probably won't even notice it's thicker than standard).  The best budget yoga mat Hugger Mugger's Gallery Collection Yoga Mats are lightweight, easy to clean, and cheap. Hugger Mugger Hugger Mugger's Gallery Collection Yoga Mats are dual-sided, lightweight, and highly affordable for yogis on a budget.Pros: Lightweight, latex-free, colorful designsCons: Not as durable, can shift around during practice, slipperyA dependable, comfortable yoga mat is important to help you "create the sanctuary you need," according to Laroia, even for beginners. And that doesn't have to come with a high price tag.Hugger Mugger's Gallery Collection Yoga Mat is made from PER material, weighs just 2.2lbs, and comes in colorful choices — all for under $35. These thoughtfully-designed mats are also ideal for yogis on the go as they are incredibly lightweight and easy to roll up.Featuring a closed-cell design, the mats are non-porous to moisture and dirt; however, that of course means they become slippery the more you sweat (which was definitely my experience). This mat is best suited for less intensive flows like yin or hatha yoga, or will need a full-length yoga mat towel with non-slip grip for added absorbency over top.I also don't recommend it for fast-paced flows — especially if you practice on tile like me — as the mat tends to shift around when moving quickly from one asana to the next.This mat offers the standard 3mm of padding. If you're a yogi like me that needs more cushioning under the joints when you practice, opt for the Gallery Collection Ultra Yoga Mats. At 6mm thick, these well-cushioned mats offer double the padding and comfort as you flow through your practice. The best eco-friendly yoga mat Hugger Mugger's Para Rubber yoga mat is non-toxic and completely biodegradable. Hugger Mugger Made from 100% sustainably sourced non-Amazon rubber, Hugger Mugger's Para Rubber yoga mats are non-toxic, durable and when it's time to retire, completely biodegradable as well.Pros: Environmentally-friendly, well-cushioned, natural rubber, sturdyCons: Heavy, latex can aggravate allergies for some, expensiveMade from 100% non-Amazon sustainably sourced rubber, this eco-friendly mat is dual-sided — if you sweat a lot, pick the woven-like side, which offers excellent grip during hot yoga sessions, while the smooth side, which is still grippy, can be used for more relaxed classes.The Para Rubber mat is 24 by 70 inches but also comes in an XL version (24 by 78in) for taller yogis. At 6.4mm thick, I find the mat to be very comfortable on the knees and wrists, especially when practicing quicker-paced, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga flows. Thicker, denser mats, Laroia explained, are best for ensuring better stability during your practice.At $95, this yoga mat is undoubtedly an investment, but its sustainable manufacturing process, thick cushioning, and reversible nature justify the price. Not to mention its non-slip grip means sweaty yogis don't have to buy an additional yoga towel.The only downsides are that you have to clean it frequently thanks to its open-cell design structure (which equals more porous), and some yogis may find the initial natural rubber smell to be overpowering. However, in my experience, the smell went away after regularly wiping down and airing out my mat in the first few weeks. The best socially-responsible yoga mat PUre Couture Yoga Mats are sustainably made, well-cushioned, and purchases give back to the local community. Kosha Yoga Co. Sustainably made in India, Kosha Yoga Co.'s range of PUre Couture Yoga Mats benefit the local communities they are produced in — a percentage of each sale goes to two local non-profits, Maee Home for the Blind and the Kalote Animal Trust.Pros: Sustainable, PVC-free materials, socially-conscious, colorful floral patterns, sturdy designCons: Expensive, initial rubber smellFocused on sustainability and giving back to the community, Kosha Yoga Co.'s PUre Couture Yoga Mats are entirely biodegradable thanks to the mat's recycled-PU top layer and dense, natural rubber base.At 27 by 73 inches, the PUre Couture mat is broader and longer than a standard yoga mat, making it a great pick for taller yogis. I love that it also comes with a carrying strap, which, in a pinch, can also double as a yoga strap.With 4.5mm of cushioning, there's enough padding between your joints and the floor. And, thanks to its sturdy rubber base, the mat stays firmly in place during power yoga flows; its non-slip top layer makes this a good choice for sweaty yogis.Apart from the use of eco-friendly materials, this sustainable Mumbai-based athleisure brand gives a percentage of each sale back to the local community. In addition, Kosha Yoga Co. provides career opportunities to women in Dharavi, Asia's largest slum — its line of yoga mat bags and meditation cushions are entirely handmade there. The best thick yoga mat This Manduka yoga mat is thicker and longer than your average mat, so it's ideal for those who need a well-padded yoga mat. Manduka The Manduka PRO is thicker and longer than your average mat, making it a great choice for taller yogis and those who need extra padding.Pros: Extra dense and padded, available in two sizes (85-inch variety is ideal for taller yogis), lifetime guaranteeCons: Heavy, expensive, may need a towel for hot yoga or if you sweat a lotThe Manduka yoga mats are leaders in the yoga community and highly recommended by teachers. We love the Manduka PRO in particular because, as Laroia puts it, "This mat does everything."However, the Manduka PRO's price tag is steep at $130 ($155 for the extra long, 71x85-inch version), which means it's not a good pick for everyone. But if you need a longer mat or more padding, this Manduka yoga mat is worth the money.At 6mm thick, it has the right amount of cushioning without being soft and provides ideal support for your knees and joints, allowing practitioners such as myself extra comfort when practicing. As Gondek's preferred mat of choice for five years, she finds the PRO yoga mat "very comfortable on the knees and sacrum during quadruped and supine positions."The PVC-mat is made using an emissions-free process and has a closed-cell design, creating a non-porous surface that lengthens its life span. This prevents moisture and bacteria from being absorbed into the mat; however, closed-cell mats can get slippery and are not great on their own for hot yoga or if you sweat a lot (though this is easily solved by throwing a yoga towel on top).Perhaps best of all, Manduka's lifetime guarantee for its PRO series makes the mat a worthwhile long-term investment. If you do experience flaking or peeling of your yoga mat, which happened to my first Manduka mat, they'll send you a replacement at no cost.Best budget alternative: For a more affordable mat, I recommend the Hugger Mugger Earth Elements 5mm Yoga Mat. At 2.4 lbs, this mat is lightweight and extremely easy to carry from home to yoga studio without sacrificing on thickness. Made from non-toxic TPE, it features a closed-cell design, and is also a great latex-free pick. The best travel yoga mat Manduka's Eko SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat is lightweight with good grip, making it ideal for a travel yoga mat. Manduka Manduka's Eko SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat is slim and lightweight enough to bring with you no matter how far you roam without compromising grippiness.Pros: Lightweight, easy to maintain, thin enough to fold, signature grip, durable materialCons: ThinLightweight travel mats let you keep up with your practice on the road without borrowing a questionable yoga mat from your hotel (or worse — down-dogging directly on the carpet). The Manduka Eko SuperLite Travel Mat is the lighter, thinner version of Manduka's top-ranked Eko option.It's made of a woven scrim material that won't tear or stretch either with use or in your suitcase. "I've used this mat for over two years, and just like any other Manduka, the mat has held up very well during travel," Gondek said. "Even on camping trips with plenty of dirt and grime."It's thin enough to be foldable so that you can tuck the mat away into your backpack or your carry-on without added weight or bulk. Thanks to Manduka's signature sweat-resistant closed-cell design, this mat stays drier and cleaner for longer. But, if you end up signing up for a hot yoga class during your travels, Gondek recommends bringing a non-slip grip yoga mat towel along. — Rachael Schultz and Christabel Lobo The best yoga mat for sweaty yogis JadeYoga Harmony Mat provides great traction and minima slipping, even during sweaty yoga classes. Jade Yoga Whether you're a yogi who sweats a lot during workouts, or you enjoy the sweat-inducing practice of hot yoga, the JadeYoga Harmony Mat is what you need to avoid slipping and sliding.Pros: Non-slip surface, plenty of cushioning, multiple length options, multiple color optionsCons: Some may find the cushioning too much for their preference, expensiveIf your yoga practice works up enough of a sweat that most mats become dangerously slippery, JadeYoga's Harmony Mat will keep you safe. Made from natural rubber with tiny dots instead of a smooth, sleek surface, the Harmony Mat's design provides great traction and minimizes slipping. The texture is small enough it goes unnoticed by your hands and knees, even after a 60-minute session.The mat is incredibly comfortable, too. Featuring thick enough cushioning to protect your knees and back from getting dinged while practicing, it's not too thick to hinder movement.JadeYoga offers the Harmony Mat in two different sizes, as well as a dozen different colors and prints. It is on the spendy side at $85 for the longest option, but for sweaty yogis, that's often cheaper (and way more convenient) than purchasing a mat plus absorbent towel. — Kaitlin GatesRead our review of the JadeYoga Harmony Mat. The best washable yoga mat The Yogi Bare Teddy is machine washable, but still very durable and with great traction. Yogi Bare The Yogi Bare Teddy is machine washable without sacrificing quality or durability over time and use.Pros: Machine-washable, grippy microfiber top, natural rubber bottom stays in place, comes in a variety of fun patternsCons: Requires a washing machine, not very paddedThough most mats are easily cleaned with a simple spray and wipe down, if you use it outside or tend to heavily sweat while you practice, it's convenient to have a mat that can be thrown in the washing machine. The Teddy from Yogi Bare is actually machine washable. I was surprised to find during testing that the washer didn't compromise its integrity; its natural rubber base and microfiber top stayed as intact as when I first bought it, even after multiple washes.Even if the Teddy wasn't machine-washable, it'd still be a great yoga mat. Its microfiber surface is grippy, especially after I'd been sweating a bit on it, and it's just padded enough that it provides a soft landing whenever my feet (or wayward knees and elbows) hit the ground. It comes in fun patterns and colorways.It's cheaper than many other mats on this list. However, it's also only 2mm thick, so it's not a great choice if you have any sort of joint pain. — Rick Stella The best yoga mat for alignment work The Liforme Mat uses a printed alignment system to help you with form and alignment. Liforme The cult-favorite Liforme Mat has a signature printed alignment system on the surface, which promises symmetry, balance, and proper footing during your practice.Pros: Eco-friendly, extremely sticky, doesn't wear over time, signature alignment systemCons: One-size-fits-all alignment doesn't fit all bodies, very expensiveThe Liforme mat has discreet lines, shapes, and markers etched into its surface to help you place your limbs accurately as you move from one asana to the next. Laroia explained that these help you with hand and feet placement and improve your alignment, a key feature for beginner yogis.The mat is 27 by 73 inches, so longer and wider than most mats. This is great for taller yogis, but if you're shorter than 5'4", you may have trouble hitting the recommended alignments.That being said, I used the Liforme mat for a few weeks and definitely saw the appeal of the lines. Laroia adds, "The mats are good in quality, rivaling my trusty Manduka." Thanks to its proprietary blend of natural rubber and sustainably sourced felt to cushion your knees, hips, and hands, the Liforme mat is exceptionally grippy, preventing you from sliding around during vigorous yoga sessions. It's also PVC-free, and each layer is heat-bonded to avoid toxic glues and adhesives, making it an eco-friendly choice.  How we tested these yoga mats As a decades-long yoga practitioner and 200 RYT Hatha yoga teacher since 2017, most of the yoga mats included have been a regular part of my practice for several years. Others, such as Kosha Yoga Co.'s PUre Couture Mat, were tested daily from February to June 2021.I spent hours testing the yoga mats out in a variety of yoga disciplines, including yin yoga, invigorating vinyasa flows, and gentle, hour-long Hatha classes, in addition to sweat-inducing cardio and mat pilates-focused workouts to evaluate their grippiness and traction when wet. I practiced on several different surfaces, including tile, carpet, and concrete. I even took the mats outdoors to see how they'd fare in different climates and evaluate their portability and durability. Each yoga mat featured in this guide went through a series of on-the-mat tests to see how well they stacked up across these five categories: Performance: The key aspects include how grippy the mat is for helping you hold poses or reliably move a hand or foot (especially once you start sweating), and how comfortable or padded the mat is. Durability: Durability of a mat is what justifies their higher price tags and truly speaks to its sustainability. Be it puddles of sweat or the constant barrage of knees, elbows, heels, and shoulders, a yoga mat is under constant pressure. Yoga mats should be able to take a beating, especially if you use it often. Material: PVC or TPE, all-natural rubber or synthetic, latex — the materials used to make your yoga mat affect all the other categories listed here. PVC mats tend to be the best value; however, they aren't very eco-friendly or durable. So, while a lower price tag may seem attractive now, in the long run you may end up spending more just replacing your cheaper mats. We consider sustainability a major factor in choosing a mat, so your best bet is to seek out options made from cork, natural, non-Amazon harvested rubber, or recycled materials; some brands, such as Manduka, have its own eco-friendly lines or are OEKO-TEX certified — an European-based textile certification agency focused on sustainable manufacturing processes. Smell is another thing to consider; some new mats have a distinct rubber smell that dissipates after time but can hinder your practice initially.Support: If you don't have joint pain, the standard 3mm-thick mat should be fine for you. But extra cushioning helps take the pressure off your joints, so it's a smart consideration for anyone with knee issues, joint pain, or autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Look for a thick, dense mat, over a soft one, which can destabilize some practitioners in balancing postures, side planks and asymmetrical holds, Laroia said. Ease of cleaning: It's recommended that you clean your yoga mat after every use (especially for anyone who sweats heavily), so a mat that's easy to clean is a necessity. Closed-cell designs are easier to clean, while open-cell designs requires more meticulous disinfection to remove dirt and sweat buildup.Value: Value is the combination of every category we judged the yoga mats on, plus its actual price point. We like to think that it's better to invest more in a quality mat that lasts than to spend the money on several cheap mats in the same amount of time. So when choosing our budget pick, we also wanted to make sure it wasn't some shoddy mat but something that delivers premium quality at a more wallet-friendly price. What to look for when buying yoga mats As a decades-long yoga practitioner and 200 RYT Hatha yoga teacher since 2017, I have personally tested, researched dozens of mats and brands, and spoken to trusted experts to find the best yoga mats for a variety of practices and lifestyles.Quality, of course, comes with a higher price tag, Laroia explained. "But the quality of the mat is the foundation of your whole yoga experience."The most important factors to consider when shopping for a yoga mat are:Size and portability: You'll often tote your mat along to the studio or need to stash it somewhere in a small apartment. Plus, some mats are longer than others, which is important if you're tall.Stickiness: While certain people like sticky mats that keep their feet from sliding around, others find them annoying, providing too much hold when they want the freedom of movement.  This is a personal consideration.Thickness: Most yoga mats are 3mm thick, which will suffice for less-injured yogi. But considering every person has different abilities and a lot of people turn to yogi to mend an ailing body, mats with a thickness at 4mm and above will relish the extra protection and cushion for their joints.Firmness: Gondek explains that for beginner yogis, mats serve as important tools to help "improve your balance and joint position sense by gently challenging the vestibular system." The right yoga mat can also teach you how to focus your attention through mindful connection between body and mind. "Practicing on a firm surface allows us to connect directly with our base of support, which is beneficial for people with poor balance, and allows us to maintain presence and focus during our practice, " she says.Durability: You want a mat that's going to last, so durability and longeviety also play into price.Materials: Most of the time, either your skin is touching the mat or your face is close to it, so you want one that isn't made with harsh or harmful chemicals. It's also important to opt for materials that are easy to wipe clean after a sweaty session of hot yoga. On top of all that, if you're a conscious consumer, you want a mat made from more sustainable, recycled, or recyclable materials, rather than PVC or plastics. What else we considered What else we recommendYoGo Travel Yoga Mat ($68): This mat is lightweight, rolls up really small, and comes with durable buckles and handles. However, we prefer the Manduka Eko SuperLite as a travel mat, as it's the same thickness and made from sustainable rubber, but $20 cheaper.Liforme Travel Mat ($115): Liforme's travel mats come with a canvas carrying bag and offer the brand's signature printed alignment guide, plus an incredibly grippy surface. But the Manduka Eko SuperLite is a more universal fit for traveling yogis and significantly cheaper.PrAna E.C.O. Yoga Mat ($55): Made from 100% thermoplastic elastomer, PrAna's E.C.O. yoga mat is non-toxic, completely recyclable, and super sticky so your hands and feet won't slide. The TPE material isn't super cushy on your knees or back, but if you're on a budget, this is an excellent option as it's $39 cheaper than the Hugger Mugger Para Rubber Yoga Mat.Jade Level 1 Yoga Mat ($50): Touted as "beginner-friendly", this mat has grippy bottom so your mat will stay put and an all-natural rubber construction. Its 4mm thickness and under $50 price tag have made this my go-to mat for cross-country road trips and short-haul travels.What we don't recommendGaiam Print Premium Yoga Mat ($30): From a trusted yoga brand, this Gaiam mat is highly affordable, comes in many colorways, and has a decent non-slip grip. However,  it's not as durable as other options, so you may end up spending more money down the line replacing it.Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat ($92): Its no-slip grip surface and lighter weight make this Manduka mat an appealing choice for yogis of all levels. However, Rumi Earth's Sun Yoga Mat beat it for the Best Overall Yoga Mat since the Manduka mat is made from PVC and its closed-cell design means it's more slippery when you're sweating.What we're looking forward to tryingGurus Roots Cork Yoga Mat ($99): With an antimicrobial top — thanks to cork's natural therapeutic properties — and all-natural rubber bottom (harvested from the owner's family rubber trees in southern India), Gurus's cork yoga mats are as sustainable as they come. Cork's naturally non-slip surface means no yoga towels during your next hot yoga session. Suga Yoga Mat ($79): This innovative Southern California-based brand collects your old neoprene wetsuits and converts them into yoga mats. Suga's (rhymes with beluga) 5mm-thick recycled mats come in two sizes, regular and extra large. It also have a 3mm travel mat for yogis on the go. FAQs Manduka Why does a good yoga mat matter?The right yoga mat can actually help prevent injury by cushioning pressure points like the knees, lower back, and hip bones, Kasia Gondek, PT, DPT, CSCS, physical therapist at Fusion Wellness and Physical Therapy in California told Insider. "Less joint pain can improve your activity tolerance during your yoga practice, allowing you to spend more time improving your mobility, flexibility, and strength in the areas you need it most," she said.Even the most able-bodies person will feel a different level of comfort between an uber-minimal or cheap mat, and a quality one at standard thickness. If you have any sort of joint pain, upgrading to a thicker mat (4mm+) will give you a world of relief.Additionally, if you like heart-pumping Ashtanga or Vinyasa flows or who sweat easily during hot yoga, you'll enjoy your practice a lot more if your mat has special sweat-absorbing properties. Meanwhile, those who travel often will benefit from foldable and lightweight mat for maintaining a daily practice on the road.What is the best thickness for a yoga mat?Standard yoga mats are 3mm thick, which keeps them lightweight, foldable, but cushioned enough to support your bones and joints from hard floors. However, if you have aches and pains in general or during certain poses, like chakravakasana (cat-cow pose) or anjaneyasana (low lunge pose), a thicker mat can help cushion pressure points, says Kasia Gondek, PT, DPT, CSCS, physical therapist at Fusion Wellness and Physical Therapy in California. This can be a slightly-thicker mat, like the Rumi Earth's Sun Yoga Mat at 4.3mm thick, or significantly thicker, like the Manduka PRO at 6mm thick.What is the difference between yoga mat and exercise mat?Exercise mats are designed to provide max cushioning between your hands, knees, or spine and the floor so you can be comfortable while doing floor exercises. But too much cushioning can throw off your balance and stability.Yoga mats are typically thinner than exercise mats so that your points of stability (e.g., hands, feet) can make better contact with the floor, providing better balance. But they are still thick enough to help cushion your joints from the hard surface.A yoga mat can be used as an exercise mat, but an exercise mat doesn't work so well for yoga.How much should I spend on a yoga mat?You should spend around $50-75 to score a quality yoga mat that will keep your hands and feet from slipping and last more than a year or two. The best cheap yoga mat we've found is from Hugger Mugger and runs about $45, while nicer mats made from sustainable materials and with more cushion can cost upwards of $120.That being said, you can grab a basic yoga mat at a store like Target or Walmart for under $30. And if you're just buying one to start stretching more, that's fine. But cheaper mats will fall apart quicker and aren't designed with features like grippiness, sweat-absorption, or cushioning to make yoga a comfortable experience. Expert sources As a decades-long yoga practitioner and 200 RYT Hatha yoga teacher since 2017, I have personally tested, researched dozens of mats and brands and spoken to others in the community about their experiences. For this article, I not only leaned on that expertise, but I also spoke with trusted experts to find the best yoga mats for a variety of practices and lifestyles, including:Dr. Kasia Gondek, DPT, CSCS, a licensed pelvic floor and orthopedic physical therapist at Fusion Wellness and Physical Therapy in Southern California and instructor of a biweekly "Yoga for Pelvic Pain" donation-based Zoom class that teaches those with pelvic, low back, and hip pain to be present in the moment and find pain-free movement based in Hatha and yin yoga styles.Vinita Laroia, a first-generation Indian-American 300 RYT yoga and meditation teacher based in California's Sonoma County. Other yoga coverage from Insider Reviews PeopleImages/Getty Images The best yoga accessories to elevate your home practice in 2021, according to yoga instructorsThe best yoga blocksThe best yoga socksThe best workout clothes for women Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Unvaccinated Parents Being Denied Visitation, Perhaps Child Custody

Unvaccinated Parents being Denied Visitation, Perhaps Child Custody; Just as Some Who Refused to Quit Smoking Lost Custody of Their Children Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more Unvaccinated Parents Are Being Denied Visitation WASHINGTON, D.C. 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Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email to your colleagues. (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more Unvaccinated Parents Are Being Denied Visitation WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 21, 2021) - Just as some parents lost custody of their children when they refused to stop smoking at home, or in many more cases were forced to quit or face a lost of visitation privileges, unvaccinated parents are already being denied visitation, and may soon even begin to lose custody of their children, says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who led the legal movement to raise smoking as an important and often decisive issue in custody proceedings. He cites a very recent case in New York City in which a matrimonial judge suspended a father's visitation rights with his 3-year-old daughter just because he refused to get vaccinated. Despite his lawyer's claim that that father isn't a danger to the child because he already had Covid, the judge terminated the father's visitation privileges unless he gets vaccinated or subjects himself to a Covid test weekly, and to an antigen test biweekly. In that case Justice Matthew Cooper ruled that “Here, in-person parental access by defendant is not in the child’s best interests, and there are exceptional circumstances that support its suspension. . . . The dangers of voluntarily remaining unvaccinated during access with a child while the COVID-19 virus remains a threat to children’s health and safety cannot be underestimated.” A judge in Illinois has gone further, revoking a mother's right to visit her 11-year-old son because she refused to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, notes Banzhaf. And in still another case based upon the need to protect a child from the needless risk of exposure to Covid, a mother was granted exclusive possession of the matrimonial home; also, contact between the children and their father was limited to electronic means. All of these cases were based upon the universally recognized principle and legal standard - decisions must be based on "the best interests of the child" - since it's hard to argue that it's in the best interests of a child, particularly one too young to be vaccinated, to be unnecessarily exposed to a possible carrier of a dangerous and sometimes crippling or even fatal disease among young victims. Getting Visitation Privileges Back In these cases, parents who refused to be vaccinated lost only visitation privileges - not custody - of their children; a temporary situation, and one which could easily be corrected simply by agreeing to be vaccinated. But Banzhaf noted that, in some situations, parents who subjected their children to the unnecessary risk of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke lost custody permanently - even after they agreed to change their behavior - because such conduct evidenced a blatant disregard for the child's health and well being. As one appellate court ruled, the failure of the mother to discontinue smoking "was strong evidence of a lack of proper concern for the welfare of a child," and a "belated cessation of smoking might evidence a desire for the custody of the child rather than concern for the welfare of the child.” Since the risk of becoming infected with Covid from an unvaccinated parent is many times higher than the risk of disease from exposure to a parent's tobacco smoke, and it's far easier for a patent to get vaccinated than to quit smoking, judges are even more likely to terminate the custody of a parent for refusing to be vaccinated than with regard to smoking, at least once vaccinated parents begin to raise this issue in divorce, visitation, and custody cases, says Banzhaf, whose legal research on how to raise the smoking issue in such cases should be equally applicable to raising the vaccination issue. Actually, the legal objection to continued visitation and/or custody can even be raised by third parties if the vaccinated spouse is reluctant to do so. Legal Complaint For Refusing To Quit Smoking Banzhaf vividly recalls a segment of the Oprah Winfrey TV program where a grandmother was planning to file a legal complaint against her own adult daughter for refusing to quit smoking in the presence of her young child (the granddaughter). Fortunately the professor was able to help convince the mother, live on the TV program, that subjecting her child to secondhand tobacco smoke created an unnecessary and unreasonable risk to her child's health. As a result, the mother changed her behavior, so the grandmother did not have to make the awful choice of choosing between her adult child and her granddaughter's health. But, had a legal complaint been filed, Banzhaf says the court almost certainly would have issued a order designed to protect the child. Indeed, he says, judges in thousands of cases, and in the great majority of states, have issued ordered prohibiting smoking, not just in the child's presence, but sometime 24 or even 48 hours before a child is scheduled to visit a parental home. Similarly, once parents begin to effectively raise the issue of exposure to Covid in divorce, custody, and/or visitation proceedings - as nonsmokers did in many cases in which the law professor assisted - Banzhaf expects that judges will be even more willing to deny in-person visitation and even child custody to parents who refuse to be vaccinated despite the ever growing evidence of deadly risk, and the overwhelming opinions of governmental and other medical authorities. Moreover, once vaccinated parents begin to follow the well trodden path established by nonsmoking parents, the legal challenges based upon their children's health - and the resulting rulings, which can be expected to occur very promptly - will provide an additional strong incentive for parents concerned about their children to finally get vaccinated, predicts Banzhaf. Updated on Oct 21, 2021, 2:01 pm (function() { var sc = document.createElement("script"); sc.type = "text/javascript"; sc.async = true;sc.src = "//mixi.media/data/js/95481.js"; sc.charset = "utf-8";var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(sc, s); }()); window._F20 = window._F20 || []; _F20.push({container: 'F20WidgetContainer', placement: '', count: 3}); _F20.push({finish: true});.....»»

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The 3 best humidifiers we tested in 2021

Dry air can be uncomfortable, but a quality humidifier adds moisture back into your home. These are the best humidifiers we've tested in 2021. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Dyson Low humidity in your home can cause dry skin and activate asthma symptoms. A good humidifier should increase humidity levels efficiently and be easy to use and clean. Our top choice is the Honeywell Designer Series since it's simple and effective. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyA good humidifier efficiently adds moisture back into your home throughout the day or overnight (depending on your preference) to raise moisture levels to the EPA-recommended 30% to 60%. Proper home humidity levels can have serious health benefits, from improving allergy symptoms to warding off bloody noses."Dry air can make allergies and asthma worse by drying our airways and thickening mucus," said Purvi Parikh, MD, an adult and pediatric allergist and immunologist with Allergy & Asthma Network. "A humidifier keeps moisture in the air so that does not occur." Skincare enthusiasts also tout the benefits of humidifiers. "Hydration is important for general skincare because when our skin is chapped or cracked, it is not a proper protective barrier," said Jeanine Downie, MD, director, image Dermatology PC. "If our skin is not a proper barrier, then superficial skin infections can occur. If your skin is hydrated, it will not be red, itchy, and otherwise reactive." Downie noted that she personally uses a humidifier "pretty much from November 1 until May 1" every year.For more information on proper home humidity levels and what to look for when choosing a humidifier, jump to the bottom of this guide.Here are the best humidifiersBest humidifier overall: Honeywell Designer Series Cool Mist HumidifierBest humidifier on a budget: TaoTronics Space-Saving Filterless HumidifierBest humidifier with an air purifier: Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool Best humidifier overall Hannah Freedman/Insider The Honeywell Designer Series Cool Mist Humidifier is easy to use, long-lasting, and humidifies extremely quickly and efficiently. Raised humidity level by: 30% in 4 hoursRun time between refills: 24 hoursDimensions: 8.8 x 8.8 x 13.2 inches Color options: White and blackPros: Adjustable settings, extremely efficient, easy to set up and clean, lasts 24 hours on one tank, no filter to changeCons: Occasional dripping noise, no smart settings, essential oil function is so-so, doesn't disperse humidity as evenly in large rooms The Honeywell Designer Series Cool Mist Humidifier worked so quickly and efficiently on its highest setting in my smaller bedroom and office spaces that I actually worried about over-humidifying my home.In fact, it raised the humidity levels in my office by 30% in just four hours, a feat many of the other humidifiers I tested couldn't even do after eight hours. Luckily, the settings are highly adjustable via an easy-to-use scroll knob so you can set the humidifier to a lower level once your desired humidity has been reached.The Honeywell is incredibly easy to use; setup took mere minutes. It has a simple and wide removable tank that you fill up and then slip back in. Plug it in, and you're ready to go. The humidifier also alerts you with a refill light when the water levels are low, and it automatically shuts off when it's empty. On the lowest settings, it can last for a full day on one tank.    There is an occasional dripping noise, though I didn't find it too distracting, and it's quiet enough that you won't hear it over a fan or some background music. While it worked more than well enough on its own in smaller spaces, you may also want to use a fan near it for bigger rooms to help better disperse the vapor stream.  It has a small pullout tray where you can add essential oils, but this is not a diffuser. I did get a whiff of a pleasant aroma when I used that option, but if your main goal is to have your room smell nice instead of humidifying, you're better off getting an actual diffuser.There's no filter that needs changing, and it was easy and quick to clean. As a bonus, its sleek look is far more aesthetically pleasing than many other humidifiers on the market, and it can easily fit on most desks, nightstands, and shelves.Designer Series Cool Mist Humidifier (button) Best humidifier on a budget Hannah Freedman/Insider The TaoTronics Space-Saving Filterless Humidifier is an elegant, no-fuss option that gets the job done.Raised humidity level by: 28% in 8 hoursRun time between refills: 20 hoursDimensions: 10 x 10 x 3Color options: White, black, and light bluePros: Good price, 360-degree nozzle, lightweight, lasts all day or night on one tankCons: Not good for bigger rooms, doesn't humidify rooms as evenly as other picks, no extra features or settingsThe TaoTronics Space-Saving Filterless Humidifier doesn't come with any fancy features, but you don't necessarily need any. It's lightweight, easy to fill and clean, adjusts with a simple dial knob, is small enough to fit on nightstands and desks, and has a 360-degree nozzle so you can better aim the stream in specific directions.Most importantly, it raised the humidity levels next to my bed by 28% when used overnight, taking my sleeping quarters from desert-levels of dryness to a noticeably nicer climate. However, it didn't disperse the humidity as evenly as other options I tested; across my small bedroom, the humidity was about 5% less than right next to the humidifier, making this pick best for smaller spaces or for placing directly near where you sleep or sit. While it does make a low gurgling noise on the highest settings, it's overall pretty quiet. Its sleek, tapered look also means it's not an eyesore. Cleaning was relatively easy, and it comes with a little brush for scrubbing the base.TaoTronics TT-AH026 Small Humidifier (button) Best humidifier with an air purifier Hannah Freedman/Insider The Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool is a three-in-one smart humidifier, air purifier, and fan that automatically reads and adjusts levels on its own.Raised humidity level by: 16% in 2 hours and automatically held the new levelRun time between refills: 36+ hoursDimensions: 36.5 x 11 x 6 inches Color options: White/silver, black/nickelPros: Smart automatic features, works with an app, reads home and outside air levels, easy cleaning mode, three-in-one machine Cons: Takes up a lot of space, very expensive There's no getting around the fact that the Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool is expensive. But as a three-in-one machine that's also an air purifier and a fan, you can make the case that it's more convenient and potentially cheaper just to get the Dyson rather than buy those three devices separately. While the Dyson has a smaller footprint than three machines would separately, it's going to take up some floor space. That said, for those in the market for a smart humidifier and air purifier option that does all the thinking for you, the Dyson Pure Humidify + Cool is an excellent choice. You connect the Dyson to the Dyson Link app, and from there you can check your current home humidity and air quality levels. The machine can be controlled with a remote, the app, and via voice control with Alexa and Siri.Though you can change the humidity and fan levels yourself, you can also set it to auto, and it will decide the best levels for you based on local weather data and your Air Quality Index score. When I used the auto feature, it raised my humidity levels to a nice 50% and kept it there even throughout my larger open-concept kitchen and living room area.The one-gallon tank also lasts a long time. Dyson claims it lasts for 36 hours even on high settings, and though I didn't time it down to the exact hour, one tank was easily able to last me a few days.The fact that it's also a fan makes this a nice year-round option, as it can easily switch between adding extra humidity during winter months to circulating cool air on sticky summer nights. While the fan is very loud on its highest settings, it's nice and quiet on settings of four and under, and it does have a night-mode feature that will keep everything automatic but at the quietest levels possible. Additionally, for anyone who worries about potential bacteria from humidifiers, the Dyson uses UV light to kill bacteria before expelling the (invisible) water vapor into the air. It alerts you when it needs cleaning and comes with citrus powder packets for that purpose (you can also buy your own). Fill up the water tank, add a packet, and hit the self-clean button.I haven't needed to change the HEPA filter yet, but be aware those will cost you an additional $80 each time.Pure Humidify + Cool (button) What else we tested Hannah Freedman/Insider We tested nine humidifiers for this guide. These are the ones that missed the cut.What else we recommend and why:Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier: This humidifier worked perfectly fine and is another good relatively low-cost option that's easy and effective. However, the TaoTronics Space-Saving Filterless Humidifier slightly outperformed it in terms of how much it raised humidity levels. Additionally, while this has a high/low option, the TaoTronics gives you more control over the vapor output via its dial knob. Levoit Evaport Ultrasonic Top-Fill Cool Mist 2-in-1 Humidifier & Diffuser: I owned this humidifier for a year and absolutely loved it except for one huge drawback: It's extremely hard to clean. You have to take out tiny parts to give it a proper scrub, and getting them to go back in was like a puzzle that could easily take me 30 minutes or more. However, both the actual humidifier and diffuser functions worked very well. What we don't recommend and why:TaoTronics 4L Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier: While this TaoTronics machine did work well for raising humidity levels, there was some leakage around the machine when I used it. Additionally, while it has more buttons and options than the simpler TaoTronics Space-Saving Filterless Humidifier recommended above, I didn't find them particularly intuitive or useful and actually preferred the ease of the simpler model.Canopy Humidifier: Canopy is a buzzy new brand that boasts anti-mold technology, invisible vapor, an essential oil diffuser puck, and the ease of being able to clean it by running it through the dishwasher. I was probably most excited to try out this humidifier. Unfortunately, it did not perform well. It raised humidity levels by a measly 5% after a full eight hours, was extremely loud on the highest settings, and the essential oil function didn't work at all (though the Open Spaces aroma kit it came with did smell fantastic on its own).  Aishna Colorful Cool Mini Humidifier and Essential Oil Diffuser: Cheap and small, I also tested this as a potential portable option. However, it needs to be plugged in to work, which limits how portable it really is and where you can use it. It also didn't raise the humidity levels much, even around my small desk space, and I found the intermittent spray mode distracting. Our testing methodology I researched thoroughly to shortlist and test a total of nine humidifiers for this guide. What you need out of a humidifier will depend on the size of your space, how frequently you want to use it, and what your main goal for humidifying is. However, some universal factors make for a good humidifier. Here's what we looked for while testing and choosing our top picks:Raised humidity levels: This is the most obvious and most important factor. If a humidifier doesn't actually raise the humidity levels of your space to the EPA-recommended 30% to 60%, it doesn't serve its main function. I used a hygrometer to definitively test the humidity levels of my home before, during, and after using each humidifier. I tested the levels right near the humidifiers, as well as across rooms of various sizes.    Ease of set-up and use: If a humidifier is hard to figure out, a pain to fill up, or doesn't last a full day or night on one tank fill, chances are you're not going to want to use it very often. All of our top picks take five minutes or less to initially set up, are easy to fill, and last at least 10 hours on one tank. Some can even last days on a single tank.Ease of cleaning: I've personally gotten rid of a humidifier because it was such a pain to clean, so I know first-hand how important that is. Without proper cleaning, humidifiers can grow mold or bacteria that can then be dispersed into your home. I did a deep clean of every humidifier we chose and found it to be an easy process for all. Extra features: Some humidifiers come with fancy extras that range from simple night light settings to app and voice control. These extras were taken into account to discern if they actually provided additional value and ease of use.   Longevity: I've been testing most of these humidifiers for about two months and have not run into any issues with my top choices. However, I will be continuing to test to ensure they hold up over time and no serious issues arise, such as mold growth. What we look forward to testing Levoit We're always testing new humidifiers and retesting our top picks to determine the best ones. Here's what we're looking forward to testing for potential inclusion in this guide:Levoit 6L Humidifier for Large Room: The company notes that this humidifier is especially good for big rooms. It features options for both warm and cool mist, a built-in humidity sensor, timer settings, the ability to add essential oils, and a remote to control it all. Air Innovations Cool Mist Digital Humidifier: Featuring a unique and slick design, this humidifier boasts a permanent ceramic filter, antimicrobial tank, aromatherapy tray, a smart display screen, and a lengthy 96-hour run time. Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier: This humidifier stands out because of its optional night light and long 5-year warranty. We like that you can easily see into the reservoir to gauge whether it needs more water to last through the night. Humidifier FAQs What to consider when buying a humidifierThere's a wide spectrum of humidifier functions out there, not to mention a variety of design options. You'll need to consider the following when choosing the right humidifier for your needs:Room size: The first step you should always take is knowing the room's square footage you want to primarily humidify. Then read up on the humidifier you're considering and whether the brand recommends it for small, medium, or large spaces. "If you buy a model that is designed for a larger space, the room will be uncomfortably humid and create an environment that could encourage mold and mildew growth," says Sydney Rexroad of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. "If the model is too small, it won't generate adequate humidity for the space."Filter vs filter-free models: This one is a personal preference based on a few factors. "Filtered humidifiers are evaporative and use a fan to humidify the air. Filter-free models will put a mist directly into the air," says Rexroad. Additionally, filter-free models can carry a higher risk of bacteria or allergens getting in the air, so be sure you're willing to commit to cleaning it well once a week.On the other hand, filters need to be replaced and add an additional cost you may not want to pay. Filter models are also often noisier.Cold mist vs warm mist: According to all three experts we spoke with, this is entirely based on personal preference. Depending on what your main use for the humidifier is, you may want to ask your healthcare provider before making a choice.Additional features: First and foremost, humidifiers have one main function. If you want a humidifier that performs more than one service, you'll need to look for a model that states it was made to do so. With essential oils in particular, you should never add them to a machine that is not explicitly made for that dual purpose. "Essential oils, medications, or other substances can damage the humidifier's mechanical parts," says Rexroad.  How humid should your house be?According to the EPA, "Indoor relative humidity (RH) should be kept below 60% -- ideally between 30% and 50%, if possible."While low humidity can cause health issues ranging from dry skin and bloody noses to making asthma worse, over humidifying your home can come with adverse effects too, such as creating condensation that can ruin appliances and mold growth that can present health problems. A too-humid home can even attract unwanted insects. How to clean a humidifierCleaning your humidifier is vital. Purvi Parikh, MD, notes that humidifiers can be a double-edged sword if not properly taken care of. "If you are prone to dust mite or mold allergies, humidifiers can grow these allergens if not properly cleaned and thus make your symptoms worse."Jeanine Downie, MD, also notes that if not properly maintained, humidifiers can blow out mold spores. She recommends thoroughly cleaning your humidifier at least once a week. You should always refer to your specific humidifiers manual and instructions for proper cleaning. However, for a simple and effective way to clean many standard humidifiers, Downie recommends that you "place a half a cup of bleach inside of a gallon of water and add that to your humidifier." If you have a filter model, you should also be replacing the filter regularly. Read up on how often your specific model recommends changing the filter. Check out our other home heating and cooling guides Noria/YouTube The best space heatersThe best throw blanketsThe best tower fansThe best dehumidifiersThe best portable air conditionersJen Gushue contributed reporting. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytOct 18th, 2021

30 Facts You Need To Know: A COVID Cribsheet

30 Facts You Need To Know: A COVID Cribsheet Authored by Kit Knightly via Off-Guardian.org, You asked for it, so we made it. A collection of all the arguments you’ll ever need. We get a lot of e-mails and private messages along these lines “do you have a source for X?” or “can you point me to mask studies?” or “I know I saw a graph for mortality, but I can’t find it anymore”. And we understand, it’s been a long 18 months, and there are so many statistics and numbers to try and keep straight in your head. So, to deal with all these requests, we decided to make a bullet-pointed and sourced list for all the key points. A one-stop-shop. Here are key facts and sources about the alleged “pandemic”, that will help you get a grasp on what has happened to the world since January 2020, and help you enlighten any of your friends who might be still trapped in the New Normal fog: “Covid deaths” – Lockdowns – PCR Tests – “asymptomatic infection” – Ventilators – Masks – Vaccines – Deception & Foreknowledge *  *  * PART I: “COVID DEATHS” & MORTALITY 1. The survival rate of “Covid” is over 99%. Government medical experts went out of their way to underline, from the beginning of the pandemic, that the vast majority of the population are not in any danger from Covid. Almost all studies on the infection-fatality ratio (IFR) of Covid have returned results between 0.04% and 0.5%. Meaning Covid’s survival rate is at least 99.5%. * 2. There has been NO unusual excess mortality. The press has called 2020 the UK’s “deadliest year since world war two”, but this is misleading because it ignores the massive increase in the population since that time. A more reasonable statistical measure of mortality is Age-Standardised Mortality Rate (ASMR): By this measure, 2020 isn’t even the worst year for mortality since 2000, In fact since 1943 only 9 years have been better than 2020. Similarly, in the US the ASMR for 2020 is only at 2004 levels: For a detailed breakdown of how Covid affected mortality across Western Europe and the US click here. What increases in mortality we have seen could be attributable to non-Covid causes [facts 7, 9 & 19]. * 3. “Covid death” counts are artificially inflated. Countries around the globe have been defining a “Covid death” as a “death by any cause within 28/30/60 days of a positive test”. Healthcare officials from Italy, Germany, the UK, US, Northern Ireland and others have all admitted to this practice: Removing any distinction between dying of Covid, and dying of something else after testing positive for Covid will naturally lead to over-counting of “Covid deaths”. British pathologist Dr John Lee was warning of this “substantial over-estimate” as early as last spring. Other mainstream sources have reported it, too. Considering the huge percentage of “asymptomatic” Covid infections [14], the well-known prevalence of serious comorbidities [fact 4] and the potential for false-positive tests [fact 18], this renders the Covid death numbers an extremely unreliable statistic. * 4. The vast majority of covid deaths have serious comorbidities. In March 2020, the Italian government published statistics showing 99.2% of their “Covid deaths” had at least one serious comorbidity. These included cancer, heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s, kidney failure and diabetes (among others). Over 50% of them had three or more serious pre-existing conditions. This pattern has held up in all other countries over the course of the “pandemic”. An October 2020 FOIA request to the UK’s ONS revealed less than 10% of the official “Covid death” count at that time had Covid as the sole cause of death. * 5. Average age of “Covid death” is greater than the average life expectancy. The average age of a “Covid death” in the UK is 82.5 years. In Italy it’s 86. Germany, 83. Switzerland, 86. Canada, 86. The US, 78, Australia, 82. In almost all cases the median age of a “Covid death” is higher than the national life expectancy. As such, for most of the world, the “pandemic” has had little-to-no impact on life expectancy. Contrast this with the Spanish flu, which saw a 28% drop in life expectancy in the US in just over a year. [source] * 6. Covid mortality exactly mirrors the natural mortality curve. Statistical studies from the UK and India have shown that the curve for “Covid death” follows the curve for expected mortality almost exactly: The risk of death “from Covid” follows, almost exactly, your background risk of death in general. The small increase for some of the older age groups can be accounted for by other factors.[facts 7, 9 & 19] * 7. There has been a massive increase in the use of “unlawful” DNRs. Watchdogs and government agencies have reported huge increases in the use of Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNRs) over the last twenty months. In the US, hospitals considered “universal DNRs” for any patient who tested positive for Covid, and whistleblowing nurses have admitted the DNR system was abused in New York. In the UK there was an “unprecdented” rise in “illegal” DNRs for disabled people, GP surgeries sent out letters to non-terminal patients recommending they sign DNR orders, whilst other doctors signed “blanket DNRs” for entire nursing homes. A study done by Sheffield Univerisity found over one-third of all “suspected” Covid patients had a DNR attached to their file within 24 hours of hospital admission. Blanket use of coerced or illegal DNR orders could account for any increases in mortality in 2020/21.[Facts 2 & 6] *  *  * PART II: LOCKDOWNS 8. Lockdowns do not prevent the spread of disease. There is little to no evidence lockdowns have any impact on limiting “Covid deaths”. If you compare regions that locked down to regions that did not, you can see no pattern at all. “Covid deaths” in Florida (no lockdown) vs California (lockdown) “Covid deaths” in Sweden (no lockdown) vs UK (lockdown) * 9. Lockdowns kill people. There is strong evidence that lockdowns – through social, economic and other public health damage – are deadlier than the “virus”. Dr David Nabarro, World Health Organization special envoy for Covid-19 described lockdowns as a “global catastrophe” in October 2020: We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of the virus[…] it seems we may have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition […] This is a terrible, ghastly global catastrophe.” A UN report from April 2020 warned of 100,000s of children being killed by the economic impact of lockdowns, while tens of millions more face possible poverty and famine. Unemployment, poverty, suicide, alcoholism, drug use and other social/mental health crises are spiking all over the world. While missed and delayed surgeries and screenings are going to see increased mortality from heart disease, cancer et al. in the near future. The impact of lockdown would account for the small increases in excess mortality [Facts 2 & 6] * 10. Hospitals were never unusually over-burdened. the main argument used to defend lockdowns is that “flattening the curve” would prevent a rapid influx of cases and protect healthcare systems from collapse. But most healthcare systems were never close to collapse at all. In March 2020 it was reported that hospitals in Spain and Italy were over-flowing with patients, but this happens every flu season. In 2017 Spanish hospitals were at 200% capacity, and 2015 saw patients sleeping in corridors. A paper JAMA paper from March 2020 found that Italian hospitals “typically run at 85-90% capacity in the winter months”. In the UK, the NHS is regularly stretched to breaking point over the winter. As part of their Covid policy, the NHS announced in Spring of 2020 that they would be “re-organizing hospital capacity in new ways to treat Covid and non-Covid patients separately” and that “as result hospitals will experience capacity pressures at lower overall occupancy rates than would previously have been the case.” This means they removed thousands of beds. During an alleged deadly pandemic, they reduced the maximum occupancy of hospitals. Despite this, the NHS never felt pressure beyond your typical flu season, and at times actually had 4x more empty beds than normal. In both the UK and US millions were spent on temporary emergency hospitals that were never used. *  *  * PART III: PCR TESTS 11. PCR tests were not designed to diagnose illness. The Reverse-Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test is described in the media as the “gold standard” for Covid diagnosis. But the Nobel Prize-winning inventor of the process never intended it to be used as a diagnostic tool, and said so publicly: PCR is just a process that allows you to make a whole lot of something out of something. It doesn’t tell you that you are sick, or that the thing that you ended up with was going to hurt you or anything like that.” * 12. PCR Tests have a history of being inaccurate and unreliable. The “gold standard” PCR tests for Covid are known to produce a lot of false-positive results, by reacting to DNA material that is not specific to Sars-Cov-2. A Chinese study found the same patient could get two different results from the same test on the same day. In Germany, tests are known to have reacted to common cold viruses. A 2006 study found PCR tests for one virus responded to other viruses too. In 2007, a reliance on PCR tests resulted in an “outbreak” of Whooping Cough that never actually existed. Some tests in the US even reacted to the negative control sample. The late President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, submitted samples goat, pawpaw and motor oil for PCR testing, all came back positive for the virus. As early as February of 2020 experts were admitting the test was unreliable. Dr Wang Cheng, president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences told Chinese state television “The accuracy of the tests is only 30-50%”. The Australian government’s own website claimed “There is limited evidence available to assess the accuracy and clinical utility of available COVID-19 tests.” And a Portuguese court ruled that PCR tests were “unreliable” and should not be used for diagnosis. You can read detailed breakdowns of the failings of PCR tests here, here and here. * 13. The CT values of the PCR tests are too high. PCR tests are run in cycles, the number of cycles you use to get your result is known as your “cycle threshold” or CT value. Kary Mullis said: “If you have to go more than 40 cycles[…]there is something seriously wrong with your PCR.” The MIQE PCR guidelines agree, stating: “[CT] values higher than 40 are suspect because of the implied low efficiency and generally should not be reported,” Dr Fauci himself even admitted anything over 35 cycles is almost never culturable. Dr Juliet Morrison, virologist at the University of California, Riverside, told the New York Times: Any test with a cycle threshold above 35 is too sensitive…I’m shocked that people would think that 40 [cycles] could represent a positive…A more reasonable cutoff would be 30 to 35″. In the same article Dr Michael Mina, of the Harvard School of Public Health, said the limit should be 30, and the author goes on to point out that reducing the CT from 40 to 30 would have reduced “covid cases” in some states by as much as 90%. The CDC’s own data suggests no sample over 33 cycles could be cultured, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute says nothing over 30 cycles is likely to be infectious. Despite this, it is known almost all the labs in the US are running their tests at least 37 cycles and sometimes as high as 45. The NHS “standard operating procedure” for PCR tests rules set the limit at 40 cycles. Based on what we know about the CT values, the majority of PCR test results are at best questionable. * 14. The World Health Organization (Twice) Admitted PCR tests produced false positives. In December 2020 WHO put out a briefing memo on the PCR process instructing labs to be wary of high CT values causing false positive results: when specimens return a high Ct value, it means that many cycles were required to detect virus. In some circumstances, the distinction between background noise and actual presence of the target virus is difficult to ascertain. Then, in January 2021, the WHO released another memo, this time warning that “asymptomatic” positive PCR tests should be re-tested because they might be false positives: Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology. * 15. The scientific basis for Covid tests is questionable. The genome of the Sars-Cov-2 virus was supposedly sequenced by Chinese scientists in December 2019, then published on January 10th 2020. Less than two weeks later, German virologists (Christian Drosten et al.) had allegedly used the genome to create assays for PCR tests. They wrote a paper, Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR, which was submitted for publication on January 21st 2020, and then accepted on January 22nd. Meaning the paper was allegedly “peer-reviewed” in less than 24 hours. A process that typically takes weeks. Since then, a consortium of over forty life scientists has petitioned for the withdrawal of the paper, writing a lengthy report detailing 10 major errors in the paper’s methodology. They have also requested the release of the journal’s peer-review report, to prove the paper really did pass through the peer-review process. The journal has yet to comply. The Corman-Drosten assays are the root of every Covid PCR test in the world. If the paper is questionable, every PCR test is also questionable. *  *  * PART IV: “ASYMPTOMATIC INFECTION” 16. The majority of Covid infections are “asymptomatic”. From as early as March 2020, studies done in Italy were suggesting 50-75% of positive Covid tests had no symptoms. Another UK study from August 2020 found as much as 86% of “Covid patients” experienced no viral symptoms at all. It is literally impossible to tell the difference between an “asymptomatic case” and a false-positive test result. * 17. There is very little evidence supporting the alleged danger of “asymptomatic transmission”. In June 2020, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said: From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” A meta-analysis of Covid studies, published by Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in December 2020, found that asymptomatic carriers had a less than 1% chance of infecting people within their household. Another study, done on influenza in 2009, found: …limited evidence to suggest the importance of [asymptomatic] transmission. The role of asymptomatic or presymptomatic influenza-infected individuals in disease transmission may have been overestimated…” Given the known flaws of the PCR tests, many “asymptomatic cases” may be false positives.[fact 14] *  *  * PART V: VENTILATORS 18. Ventilation is NOT a treatment for respiratory viruses. Mechanical ventilation is not, and never has been, recommended treatment for respiratory infection of any kind. In the early days of the pandemic, many doctors came forward questioning the use of ventilators to treat “Covid”. Writing in The Spectator, Dr Matt Strauss stated: Ventilators do not cure any disease. They can fill your lungs with air when you find yourself unable to do so yourself. They are associated with lung diseases in the public’s consciousness, but this is not in fact their most common or most appropriate application. German Pulmonologist Dr Thomas Voshaar, chairman of Association of Pneumatological Clinics said: When we read the first studies and reports from China and Italy, we immediately asked ourselves why intubation was so common there. This contradicted our clinical experience with viral pneumonia. Despite this, the WHO, CDC, ECDC and NHS all “recommended” Covid patients be ventilated instead of using non-invasive methods. This was not a medical policy designed to best treat the patients, but rather to reduce the hypothetical spread of Covid by preventing patients from exhaling aerosol droplets. * 19. Ventilators killed people. Putting someone who is suffering from influenza, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or any other condition which restricts breathing or affects the lungs, will not alleviate any of those symptoms. In fact, it will almost certainly make it worse, and will kill many of them. Intubation tubes are a source of potential a infection known as “ventilator-associated pneumonia”, which studies show affects up to 28% of all people put on ventilators, and kills 20-55% of those infected. Mechanical ventilation is also damaging to the physical structure of the lungs, resulting in “ventilator-induced lung injury”, which can dramatically impact quality of life, and even result in death. Experts estimate 40-50% of ventilated patients die, regardless of their disease. Around the world, between 66 and 86% of all “Covid patients” put on ventilators died. According to the “undercover nurse”, ventilators were being used so improperly in New York, they were destroying patients’ lungs: This policy was negligence at best, and potentially deliberate murder at worst. This misuse of ventilators could account for any increase in mortality in 2020/21 [Facts 2 & 6] *  *  * PART VI: MASKS 20. Masks don’t work. At least a dozen scientific studies have shown that masks do nothing to stop the spread of respiratory viruses. One meta-analysis published by the CDC in May 2020 found “no significant reduction in influenza transmission with the use of face masks”. Another study with over 8000 subjects found masks “did not seem to be effective against laboratory-confirmed viral respiratory infections nor against clinical respiratory infection.” There are literally too many to quote them all, but you can read them: [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Or read a summary by SPR here. While some studies have been done claiming to show mask do work for Covid, they are all seriously flawed. One relied on self-reported surveys as data. Another was so badly designed a panel of experts demand it be withdrawn. A third was withdrawn after its predictions proved entirely incorrect. The WHO commissioned their own meta-analysis in the Lancet, but that study looked only at N95 masks and only in hospitals. [For full run down on the bad data in this study click here.] Aside from scientific evidence, there’s plenty of real-world evidence that masks do nothing to halt the spread of disease. For example, North Dakota and South Dakota had near-identical case figures, despite one having a mask-mandate and the other not: In Kansas, counties without mask mandates actually had fewer Covid “cases” than counties with mask mandates. And despite masks being very common in Japan, they had their worst flu outbreak in decades in 2019. * 21. Masks are bad for your health. Wearing a mask for long periods, wearing the same mask more than once, and other aspects of cloth masks can be bad for your health. A long study on the detrimental effects of mask-wearing was recently published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Dr. James Meehan reported in August 2020 he was seeing increases in bacterial pneumonia, fungal infections, facial rashes . Masks are also known to contain plastic microfibers, which damage the lungs when inhaled and may be potentially carcinogenic. Childen wearing masks encourages mouth-breathing, which results in facial deformities. People around the world have passed out due to CO2 poisoning while wearing their masks, and some children in China even suffered sudden cardiac arrest. * 22. Masks are bad for the planet. Millions upon millions of disposable masks have been used per month for over a year. A report from the UN found the Covid19 pandemic will likely result in plastic waste more than doubling in the next few years., and the vast majority of that is face masks. The report goes on to warn these masks (and other medical waste) will clog sewage and irrigation systems, which will have knock on effects on public health, irrigation and agriculture. A study from the University of Swansea found “heavy metals and plastic fibres were released when throw-away masks were submerged in water.” These materials are toxic to both people and wildlife. *  *  * PART VII: VACCINES 23. Covid “vaccines” are totally unprecedented. Before 2020 no successful vaccine against a human coronavirus had ever been developed. Since then we have allegedly made 20 of them in 18 months. Scientists have been trying to develop a SARS and MERS vaccine for years with little success. Some of the failed SARS vaccines actually caused hypersensitivity to the SARS virus. Meaning that vaccinated mice could potentially get the disease more severely than unvaccinated mice. Another attempt caused liver damage in ferrets. While traditional vaccines work by exposing the body to a weakened strain of the microorganism responsible for causing the disease, these new Covid vaccines are mRNA vaccines. mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccines theoretically work by injecting viral mRNA into the body, where it replicates inside your cells and encourages your body to recognise, and make antigens for, the “spike proteins” of the virus. They have been the subject of research since the 1990s, but before 2020 no mRNA vaccine was ever approved for use. * 24. Vaccines do not confer immunity or prevent transmission. It is readily admitted that Covid “vaccines” do not confer immunity from infection and do not prevent you from passing the disease onto others. Indeed, an article in the British Medical Journal highlighted that the vaccine studies were not designed to even try and assess if the “vaccines” limited transmission. The vaccine manufacturers themselves, upon releasing the untested mRNA gene therapies, were quite clear their product’s “efficacy” was based on “reducing the severity of symptoms”. * 25. The vaccines were rushed and have unknown longterm effects. Vaccine development is a slow, laborious process. Usually, from development through testing and finally being approved for public use takes many years. The various vaccines for Covid were all developed and approved in less than a year. Obviously there can be no long-term safety data on chemicals which are less than a year old. Pfizer even admit this is true in the leaked supply contract between the pharmaceutical giant, and the government of Albania: the long-term effects and efficacy of the Vaccine are not currently known and that there may be adverse effects of the Vaccine that are not currently known Further, none of the vaccines have been subject to proper trials. Many of them skipped early-stage trials entirely, and the late-stage human trials have either not been peer-reviewed, have not released their data, will not finish until 2023 or were abandoned after “severe adverse effects”. * 26. Vaccine manufacturers have been granted legal indemnity should they cause harm. The USA’s Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP) grants immunity until at least 2024. The EU’s product licensing law does the same, and there are reports of confidential liability clauses in the contracts the EU signed with vaccine manufacturers. The UK went even further, granting permanent legal indemnity to the government, and any employees thereof, for any harm done when a patient is being treated for Covid19 or “suspected Covid19”. Again, the leaked Albanian contract suggests that Pfizer, at least, made this indemnity a standard demand of supplying Covid vaccines: Purchaser hereby agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Pfizer […] from and against any and all suits, claims, actions, demands, losses, damages, liabilities, settlements, penalties, fines, costs and expenses *  *  * PART VIII: DECEPTION & FOREKNOWLEDGE 27. The EU was preparing “vaccine passports” at least a YEAR before the pandemic began. Proposed COVID countermeasures, presented to the public as improvised emergency measures, have existed since before the emergence of the disease. Two EU documents published in 2018, the “2018 State of Vaccine Confidence” and a technical report titled “Designing and implementing an immunisation information system” discussed the plausibility of an EU-wide vaccination monitoring system. These documents were combined into the 2019 “Vaccination Roadmap”, which (among other things) established a “feasibility study” on vaccine passports to begin in 2019 and finish in 2021: This report’s final conclusions were released to the public in September 2019, just a month before Event 201 (below). * 28. A “training exercise” predicted the pandemic just weeks before it started. In October 2019 the World Economic Forum and Johns Hopkins University held Event 201. This was a training exercise based on a zoonotic coronavirus starting a worldwide pandemic. The exercise was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and GAVI the vaccine alliance. The exercise published its findings and recommendations in November 2019 as a “call to action”. One month later, China recorded their first case of “Covid”. * 29. Since the beginning of 2020, the Flu has “disappeared”. In the United States, since Februart 2020, influenza cases have allegedly dropped by over 98%. It’s not just the US either, globally flu has apparently almost completely disappeared. Meanwhile, a new disease called “Covid”, which has identical symptoms and a similar mortality rate to influenza, is supposedly sweeping the globe. * 30. The elite have made fortunes during the pandemic. Since the beginning of lockdown the wealthiest people have become significantly wealthier. Forbes reported that 40 new billionaires have been created “fighting the coronavirus”, with 9 of them being vaccine manufacturers. Business Insider reported that “billionaires saw their net worth increase by half a trillion dollars” by October 2020. Clearly that number will be even bigger by now. *  *  * These are the vital facts of the pandemic, presented here as a resource to help formulate and support your arguments with friends or strangers. Thanks to all the researchers who have collated and collected this information over the last twenty months, especially Swiss Policy Research. Tyler Durden Sun, 09/26/2021 - 07:00.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytSep 26th, 2021

Aurinia (AUPH) Stock Up on Potential Acquisition Rumors

Aurinia (AUPH) gains on rumors of a potential acquisition yet again. Reportedly, the company is being eyed by Novartis. Shares of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. AUPH gained 13.2% on Dec 2, following fresh rumors of a potential buyout.Reportedly, Swiss pharma giant Novartis NVS is looking out for small bolt-on acquisitions, as mentioned in its R&D Day 2021 presentation. Shares of Aurinia jumped, with investors expecting the company to be on NVS’ radar.We note that Novartis recently decided to sell its stake in Roche for $20.7 billion and is looking to use this fund for acquisitions to strengthen its portfolio.Aurinia’s Lupkynis is the first FDA-approved oral therapy dedicated to treating adult patients with active lupus nephritis (LN). It was approved in January 2021. LN is a serious progression of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a chronic and complex autoimmune disease that can lead to permanent and irreversible tissue damage within the kidney.Total revenues were $14.7 million in the third quarter and $22.2 million in the first nine months of 2021.In August 2021, Aurinia added two novel assets to expand its rare autoimmune and kidney-related disease pipeline. The first program, AUR200, was acquired by way of Aurinia purchasing all of the common stock of Thunderbolt Pharma, Inc, a private company. The second program, AUR300, was secured through a global licensing and research agreement with Riptide Bioscience Inc., a private company.Aurinia has been in the news all through 2021 on speculations of a possible buyout.Shares of Aurinia have surged 45.6% in the year so far against the industry’s 21% decline.Earlier, it was rumored that biotech giant Bristol Myers BMY was interested in acquiring Aurinia, and shares surged on the same.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchBristol Myers too is looking to diversify its revenue base as key drugs will lose patent protection. It earlier boosted its top line with the acquisition of the erstwhile Celgene Corporation.Mergers & Acquisitions (M&As) are back in focus in the biotech sector as Merck MRK recently acquired Acceleron Pharma for $180 per share in cash for an approximate total equity value of $11.5 billion in a bid to build its rare diseases portfolio.The acquisition added Accelereon’s promising pipeline candidate — sotatercept — which is being evaluated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a progressive and life-threatening blood vessel disorder, to MRK’s pipeline.M&As have always taken center stage in the biotech industry as leading pharma/biotech companies constantly eye lucrative acquisitions to diversify their revenue base in the face of dwindling sales of high-profile drugs. However, the scale and pace of M&A activity have slowed down significantly of late as the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in more focus on the development of vaccines and treatments for the deadly disease. Nevertheless, as the economic situation improves, the pace is picking up, and companies like Bristol Myers are on the lookout for the same to bolster their portfolios.Aurinia currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.  Zacks' Top Picks to Cash in on Artificial Intelligence In 2021, this world-changing technology is projected to generate $327.5 billion in revenue. Now Shark Tank star and billionaire investor Mark Cuban says AI will create "the world's first trillionaires." Zacks' urgent special report reveals 3 AI picks investors need to know about today.See 3 Artificial Intelligence Stocks With Extreme Upside Potential>>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Novartis AG (NVS): Free Stock Analysis Report Bristol Myers Squibb Company (BMY): Free Stock Analysis Report Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK): Free Stock Analysis Report Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc (AUPH): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksDec 3rd, 2021

Rabobank: The IMF Warning Of "Economic Collapse" Should Get Headlines

Rabobank: The IMF Warning Of "Economic Collapse" Should Get Headlines By Michael Every of Rabobank "Economic Collapse" you say? The IMF are warning of “economic collapse”, which should get headlines. Not because the IMF have any kind of track record of being timely or right about anything, but because the Fund so rarely says anything negative for fear of being seen as precipitating the crises which the policies it imposes always end up creating anyway. Besides a total lack of surprise on first seeing the headline, my initial thought was “Yes, but where?” There are so many candidates as: Supply chain issues are being swept out to sea in lieu of having a rug large enough. (A ship outside a port is not at a port; a container dumped outside a port is not in a port – success!) Just about everyone at the Fed now says tapering needs to be accelerated and rate hikes happen far sooner than we had thought. On top of all the debt we added under Covid. The curve flattening we see speaks volumes on that. Janet Yellen says "I'm ready to retire the word transitory. I can agree that that hasn't been an apt description of what we're dealing with." What adjective is she thinking of instead as she pushes more stimulus for groups with the highest marginal propensity to consume without addressing supply-chain issues? Confusingly, Yellen also said the Fed should keep a close eye on rising wages to avoid a 70’s-style "wage-price spiral". THIS IS NOT HER JOB, and without wage gains there is no way to escape the economic paradigm she seems determined to shift…or is it OK to give people benefits, but not for them to earn that money? Oil prices The US government may see a shut down as soon as this evening, and perhaps even technical debt default, with just one senator now able to force this to happen. The Australian Financial Review plaintively asked yesterday how long the can can be kicked on the $7 trillion debt Chinese developers are carrying. Kaisa is now the new Evergrande, it seems, which I was being told repeatedly was a firm-specific “contained” issue a few months ago. It wasn’t. It isn’t. It cannot be given the scale of borrowing and the policy shift away from bubbles. But that doesn’t mean we are going to get a Chinese GFC – just a long growth slowdown, with real financial pain for some investors, and the likelihood surely being that foreign investors are near the top of that list? On which note, the race from both the US and the Chinese sides to stop offshore listings of Chinese firms continues apace – with Didi taking the lead in a move back to Hong Kong. Moreover, China is warning China-linked US businesses: you cannot ‘make a fortune in silence’, with Vice-foreign minister Xie Feng telling them to push the White House towards a ‘rational’ China policy and end ‘ideological’ conflicts over trade and tech. Many US firms of course will, and if you look at alleged Democratic attempts to drop human rights provisions on imports from Xinjiang in pending legislation, some US politicians are already receptive. However, this also risks making some other politicians warier of US business being in China, and there is an election in 2022. Or, as the WTA show, some firms may just act unilaterally. Turkey is slashing rates in the face of rising inflation – which only developed economies can, while not understanding “transitory”. As the lira collapses against the Dollar, Ankara seems to be sending the signal this FX metric does not matter. If it is wrong, the consequences will be painful: hyperinflation is mentioned in a far from unconnected economy. Yet if it is right, the message for the US ought to be clear: and Turkey is extremely important in geostrategic terms. The US warns Russia of “terrible consequences” if it moves on Ukraine, as Moscow says Ukraine’s possible move to retake Russian enclaves is a risk to it, giving both the US and Russia a casus belli - yet only one with a military force in place. Russia is also putting missiles on islands contested by Japan. The US and Iran are pessimistic about the 2015 nuclear deal, and Israel defiant, as Tehran negotiates how you should in the Middle East – as if you can walk away. By contrast, the US is negotiating like the 1980’s “Wilma, that bird stole my hairpiece!” tourists or European diplomats who think box-ticking stops deadly ticking boxes.) "I have to tell you, recent moves, recent rhetoric, don't give us a lot of cause for ... optimism," says Secretary of State Blinken, trying to keep a poker-face against Russia and Iran (and China) simultaneously, while holding a pair of 2s. (With three US aces not being used ‘because reasons’.) OPEC+ may have stuck to a looming output hike, but oil did not fall for long, and longer-term European electricity prices are back at record highs. Imagine if the Russia/Ukraine and Iran thing goes wrong. In France, Les Républicains voted for hard-right Ciotti in the first round of voting for their presidential candidate over the better-known ‘French sovereignty first’ Barnier: the victor wants a referendum ‘to stop mass immigration’, and to set up ‘a French Guantánamo bay’. If he wins, he will be competing against Le Pen, who needs no explanation, and newcomer Zemmour, who is literally running on a “they will not replace us” platform. And President Macron, who is hardly a cultural leftist of late, having just reintroduced Greek and Latin into schools. Of course, none of this has anything to do with ECB acronyms, so markets will blindly shrug it all off, (hard) right? Regardless, markets are already seeing lunatic volatility anyway, with hedge funds allegedly piling out, retail pundits piling in, and some funds almost certainly seeing year-to-date gains made via let’s-ignore-underlying-risks-and-buy-all-of-the-things strategies suddenly wiped out, leaving them only a few trading days between now and year end to ensure their books don’t close looking as ugly as the IMF’s description of the economic outlook. Expect Hail Mary trading in response? Anyway, back to the IMF. "We may see economic collapse in some countries unless G20 creditors agree to accelerate debt restructurings and suspend debt service while the restructurings are being negotiated," IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said in a blog, adding that it is critical private creditors also offer relief. Yet exhale: the Fund was ‘only’ talking about the outlook for very poor countries! Carry On Regardless while extolling the virtues of diversity and inclusion, please. Remind me again – how did these very poor countries get so much debt without servicing ability in the first place? Why wasn’t the IMF advising capital controls and Hamiltonian-style growth models to prevent it? And why aren’t these countries allowed to tell their central banks to buy all their worthless assets at par to bail everyone out? After all, that’s what developed economies get to do! On top of this we also have a US payrolls report today that may actually matter – and regular readers will know it’s rare that I say that. The expectation is 550K after 531K last month. Anything stronger or weaker and goodness knows where Powell, Yellen, curves, the Dollar, China, Turkey, Russia, and Iran, as well as Europe (and US tourists in it shouting “Wilma, that bird stole my hairpiece!”) will sit. Or slump. Hey, but Happy Friday. Tyler Durden Fri, 12/03/2021 - 08:49.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeDec 3rd, 2021

How Migrant Surge At The Border Fuels Massive American OD"s From Tiny Grains of This Killer Drug

How Migrant Surge At The Border Fuels Massive American OD's From Tiny Grains of This Killer Drug By Vince Bielski, published originally in RealClearInvestigations.com On a September afternoon, Allyssia Solorio wondered why her energetic young brother hadn’t emerged from his bedroom in their Sacramento, Calif., home. When she opened his door, she saw 23-year-old Mikael leaning back on his bed with his legs dangling over the side. She rushed to her brother and shook him, but to no avail. He was dead. A counterfeit pharmaceutical pill laced with illicit fentanyl had killed him. Mikael Tirado was one of an estimated 93,331 overdose fatalities in the United States last year – an all-time high. Nearly five times the murder rate, the deadly overdose toll was primarily caused by fentanyl, a highly lethal synthetic opioid. It’s manufactured mostly by Mexican cartels with ingredients imported from China, and then smuggled over the southwestern U.S. border. Fentanyl has been arriving in larger quantities each year since at least 2016. The cartels are taking advantage of law enforcement weaknesses and policy failures to smuggle record amounts of the lethal drug into the United States, according to interviews with half a dozen current and former drug and immigration agents. While a lack of screening technology to find contraband at ports of entry and an inept U.S-Mexico campaign to cripple the cartels are longstanding issues, there’s also a new one: the flood of migrants across the border that the Biden administration has done little to stop. Former law enforcement officials say the cartels are orchestrating the surge, overwhelming the capacity of agents to pursue drug smugglers. They can freely enter Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California carrying fentanyl while agents are diverted to the time-consuming duty of apprehending and processing migrants. Frustrated border agents and their union have been calling on Congress to send reinforcements. But help is not on the way. The administration’s upcoming budget request doesn’t include funding for more Customs and Border Protection agents. In September, tensions boiled over after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris lashed out at agents on horseback in response to videos showing them blocking Haitians crossing the border. Harris compared the incident to the mistreatment of slaves, an inflammatory accusation that the union strongly denied, saying no migrants were hit or hurt. The administration is pivoting away from law enforcement and embracing a public health approach to the fentanyl crisis. It has proposed spending $11.2 billion – a huge increase over last year – to expand substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services. Fewer addicts would mean fewer deaths from fentanyl. But curbing opioid addiction is very challenging. The vast majority of substance abusers avoid treatment, according to researchers, and only about one-third of those receiving long-term medical care fully recover. These success stories, however, will be offset if the supply of fentanyl continues to boom and fuel more addiction. “Drug treatment is very important, but you can’t treat someone in the morgue who just died from fentanyl poisoning. It’s too late,” says Derek Maltz, the former director of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s special operations division, which primarily targets cartels. “We have to vigorously attack the production labs in Mexico and increase border security on our side.” Cartels have turned to fentanyl because the super-potent powder is cheap to produce, making it more profitable than heroin, says Eric Triana, an assistant special agent in charge at the DEA division in New York. Two of Mexico’s most powerful crime groups – the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels – manufacture the synthetic drug in rustic clandestine labs. In the U.S., the powder is mixed with heroin to stretch supplies. To boost sales, cartels have more recently increased production of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. They are made with fentanyl but labeled to look exactly like legitimate medications such as Percocet, Vicodin and Xanax. Cartels are increasing production of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Above, a seized pill press. Flickr/DEA The fake pills, which are promoted and sold on social media platforms as real pharmaceuticals, are priced to sell at a discounted rate of about $20 each. They have brought the dangers of fentanyl to mainstream America, with victims belonging to every age, class and racial group. Nationwide, DEA agents seized an unprecedented 9.5 million fake pills -- some portion of that total in every U.S. state in the first nine months of 2021, or more than the last two years combined. That prompted the agency to issue a rare public safety alert in September. Fentanyl’s potency – at 50 times the strength of heroin – is what makes it so deadly. Two milligrams, which can fit on the tip of a pencil, can kill. But cartels don’t take precautions to make sure the pills aren’t lethal. DEA analysis found that 40% of the seized pills had a potentially deadly dose. “I saw the devastation that heroin brought to Baltimore as a young police officer,” Triana says. “But fentanyl is a more potent deadly threat. It’s frightening.” Crime groups have gained complete control of the Mexican side of the 1,950-mile border, directing the flow of both migrants and drugs. The Gulf Cartel runs the region around Brownsville, Texas, and moving west to California, the Cartel of the Northeast, Juarez Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel have staked out turf, says Victor Avila, a former supervisory special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement who specialized in human and narcotics trafficking. Diversion Game at the Border They operate openly as if they were the Mexican military. Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which has recently expanded operations, even slaps a “CJNG” logo in big letters on its military-style trucks and uniforms as part of a show of force. The Jalisco cartel increasingly operates like a military force. (Above, a purported convoy.)  Twitter/@jaeson_jones The surge of migrants that began in 2019 and accelerated after Biden took office has been a boon to these violent enterprises. The migrants are coming from Eastern Europe and Africa as well as Central and South America, lured partly by the administration’s policy that allows unaccompanied children and families to stay in the states while they apply for asylum, according to border agents who have interviewed them. In addition to paying cartels between about $2,000 and $9,000 each to cross, migrants are also used as decoys in drug smuggling operations. Equipped with encrypted communications and satellite technologies, crime organizations are precisely orchestrating the timing and location of the border crossings of large migrant groups as part of a diversion tactic, several officers say. Dozens of agents are forced to leave their posts guarding many miles of the border and at checkpoints on roads to assist with apprehensions of the groups. The cartels work with spotters in the Halcon network to identify these wide security gaps along the border and send drug smugglers on foot through them undetected. A Call for More Agents “The illegal alien flows are so big that the Border Patrol has to leave hundreds of miles of border unprotected,” says Avila. “This absolutely means more fentanyl has been entering the country in the last few years.” The smugglers make their way across tough terrain to one of hundreds of stash houses located near roads in the border region. The drugs are then placed in cars and driven through often unguarded checkpoints and across the country. Rather than pursue these smugglers, many Border Patrol agents are handling the crush of migrants entering the U.S. They apprehended more than 1.7 million this fiscal year, or six times the 2017 number. (That doesn’t include the hundreds of thousands who got away, according to Border Patrol estimates.) Agents deport most of the single adults. But they have to assist in transporting, processing, housing and feeding the unaccompanied children and families who are placed in border patrol facilities for weeks before they are released into the U.S. to pursue asylum claims. In the busiest border areas, such as Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and Del Rio, as many as 30% of agents are pulled from the frontlines to deal with the migrant overflow, says Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council. Texas is trying to fill the security void by deploying hundreds of state troopers and the National Guard in Operation Lonestar, a $1.8 billion effort. They have seized 127 pounds of fentanyl this year through early September. The Trump administration was able to tamp down the number of migrants crossing the border by forcing them to remain in Mexico while they applied for asylum. Biden ended that program, calling it inhumane, and the administration is now fighting a court order to reinstate it. Judd says as long as Biden’s asylum policy is in place, the Border Patrol, which has about 14,000 field agents covering both coasts and both land borders, needs thousands more to help secure the Southwest flank. Pleas to congressional leaders for help, made by Judd’s union and former Border Patrol chiefs, have gone unheeded.   “If you are not going to change the policy, then give me more manpower to stop the drugs,” Judd says. “But Democrats control Congress, and while some of them are fairly good on border security, it isn’t a priority for a majority of them.” So far this year, CBP has redeployed 400 agents from the northern and coastal areas to the southern border – not nearly enough to fill the gaps, Judd says. In a statement to RealClearInvestigations, a CBP spokesperson said the agency continues to evaluate the need for more agents and pointed to drug busts as evidence of strong enforcement. Border and customs agents seized 10,000 pounds of fentanyl this fiscal year, according to agency data. That’s five times the catch in 2018. But agents say more seizures actually indicates that more of the deadly drug is entering the country since they have only been capturing an estimated 10% to 15% of the total. Most of the fentanyl is pouring over the Southwest border at the U.S. ports of entry, particularly in California, a favorite route for smugglers. The challenge for customs agents at the controlled inspection ports in four states is very different than the cat-and-mouse pursuits of the Border Patrol: How to find illegal contraband in vehicles without slowing trade with Mexico worth hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The San Ysidro port in California between San Diego and Tijuana is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere. The 70,000 vehicle passengers headed north every day through the port have to wait in long lines of traffic for an hour, on average. Nearby, the thousands of commercial trucks that go through the Otay Mesa port daily have even longer waits. Legal trade and travel occupy patrols at ports of entry like San Ysidro (above), which smugglers exploit. AP Photo/Gregory Bull Customs agents are in a fix. They are under pressure to efficiently clear trucks from Mexico carrying fruits, vegetables, electronics and other goods for entry into the U.S. But that priority to avoid costly commercial delays is in constant conflict with the need to stop and search the vehicles for illicit goods. More often than not, smugglers get waved through without a search. “Transnational criminal organizations take advantage of the chaos and clutter at the ports of entry that are dealing with so much legitimate trade and travel,” says Victor Manjarrez, a former Border Patrol supervisor and now a security expert at the University of Texas at El Paso. Cartels have the confidence to go big at the border. In August, a Mexican tractor-trailer driver attempted to cross at Otay Mesa with 2.8 tons of methamphetamine and fentanyl hidden among plastic household goods. Agents scanned the cargo using an X-ray-like machine and saw what they described as “anomalies” inside the trailer. Then a canine team sniffed out narcotics worth $13 million. It was the largest ever meth bust along the border. Customs agents would arrest more smugglers if they were equipped with basic scanning technology used in the huge Otay Mesa seizure. It helps them quickly make better decisions about which vehicles to inspect manually, a process that can take hours. CBP says it has been deploying more large-scale scanners at ports of entry in the last two years. Remarkably, only 15% of trucks were scanned at Southwest ports of entry in 2019, according to a CBP report. And less than half of them received any formal inspection because customs agents have to move too rapidly through the snarl of waiting traffic, says Manjarrez. Many of the 328 U.S. ports also need to be expanded and modernized to reduce wait times to allow for more inspections. The Biden administration is asking Congress for $660 million for upgrades, or enough to improve only a handful of the old ports. Otay Mesa’s $144 million expansion plan alone would absorb almost a quarter of this new funding. “It’s really only a down payment for what is needed,” Manjarrez says. ‘Hugs, Not Bullets’ in Mexico More agents and technology would “absolutely make a bigger dent” in the flow of fentanyl over the border, Manjarrez says, but not stop it. Agents say Mexico also has to begin targeting the hundreds of cartel production labs to further cut the supply. “Destroying the labs has to be a top priority because, without them, the cartels can’t continue to kill our kids,” says Maltz, the former DEA organized crime specialist. But President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ended Mexico’s military campaign against cartel leaders two years ago. Soldiers captured and killed many kingpins, but the crackdown also unleashed a reign of violence that Lopez Obrador pledged to blunt. The populist president is pushing his “hugs, not bullets” agenda to reduce poverty in the hope that it will eventually curb the appeal of drug smuggling. Meanwhile, the cartels, facing little government resistance, have continued to expand their hold on territory and corrupt lawmakers, according to Vanda Felbab-Brown, a scholar focusing on nonstate armed actors at the Brookings Institution. The clout of the cartels was made clear in 2020 when U.S. agents arrested a former Mexican defense secretary for taking bribes to protect the ultraviolent H-2 Cartel. Outraged officials pressured the U.S. to return Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda to Mexico where prosecutors promptly exonerated him. The more lasting damage to drug enforcement came when Mexico passed a law in response to Cienfuegos’ arrest. Maltz says it froze DEA’s operations in Mexico by requiring agents to pass sensitive intelligence through a central foreign affairs office that they believe is corrupt.   “The cartels control Mexico. All of it,” says Avila, the former ICE agent who survived gunshot wounds in an ambush with a cartel. “They are running a parallel government.” The U.S. Plays Nice With the U.S. drug enforcement imperiled, Felbab-Brown has called on the Biden administration to “get tough” with Mexico. In January she urged the administration to use financial support as leverage to compel Mexico to target mid-level cartel operatives and their corrupt government protectors to avoid the bloodshed that comes with taking down bosses. But the State Department is taking a conciliatory position, essentially backing Lopez Obrador’s economic development strategy in an agreement between the two countries announced in early October. The Biden administration has been conciliatory toward Mexico, but not its own mounted agents. AP Photo/Felix Marquez At a joint press conference, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the countries had relied too much on security forces to try to weaken the cartels. Over the past decade the U.S. has spent $3 billion to arm and train the Mexican military and police as part of the Merida Initiative. During that time, drug trafficking into the U.S. increased. A new agreement will replace Merida, making job creation in poor communities and drug treatment and prevention top priorities, Blinken said. The countries did agree to pursue the cartels, particularly by curtailing the illegal supply of U.S. arms into Mexico and money laundering activities. But the prosecution of cartel members isn’t the priority. Mexico Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said the success of the agreement won’t be measured by how many drug lords go to jail.   The administration’s strategy has plenty of backers in the criminal justice and public health professions. “I'm sympathetic to the argument that Mexico is on the border with the largest consumer of fentanyl and cocaine in the world,” says Bryce Pardo, a drug policy specialist at Rand Corp. “We could do more to reduce our insatiable appetite for drugs.” In the meantime, more fentanyl smuggled into the U.S. means more deaths. Triana, the DEA special agent, estimates that the number of overdose fatalities this year will either be on par with or exceed 2020’s. Allyssia Solorio, the sister of the Sacramento man who died from fentanyl, has become an activist to raise awareness of the dangers of the illicit drug. The former postal worker says law enforcement must play a larger role. “President Biden can do a lot more to shut down the smuggling of fentanyl over the Mexican border,” she says. Tyler Durden Thu, 12/02/2021 - 23:20.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytDec 3rd, 2021

34 unique and thoughtful gifts your husband will love, from stylish clothes to the latest tech

From sweet treats to items that will get him a better night's rest, these 34 gifts tell your partner how much he means to you. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Inside this curated cocktail kit, he'll find all the top-shelf spirits and ingredients he needs to bring two creative cocktail recipes to life.Saloon Box Celebrate your partner with a gift that he'll love to keep around.  Our 34 gift ideas include blue-light glasses, delicious cakes and cookies, and lounge pants. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. The holidays are a great time to splurge on a gift for your husband or partner. Whether you're looking for a gift to supplement his hobbies or something you can enjoy together, we have a wide range of ideas that he's sure to love.Whether he has a sweet tooth or needs a better night's sleep, these 34 gifts tell your partner how much he means to you. And if you have kids, some of the gifts might even benefit the whole family. The 2021 holiday shopping season is feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Many manufacturers are experiencing supply-chain issues that limit their stock. Delays in shipping are also widespread. We recommend paying close attention to shipping times when ordering products to ensure they will arrive on time.Here are the best gifts for husbands in 2021A waterproof speakerJBLGift the JBL Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $49.95Portable Bluetooth speakers are ideal for rocking out on the go. The JBL Clip 3 is great because it's affordable and waterproof so he can listen to tunes or catch up on podcasts in the shower.For more great options, check out our guide to portable Bluetooth speakers.A high-quality electric razorBraunGift the Braun Series 7 (7085cc) Electric Razor, $149.94The Braun Series 7 is tops in our guide to the best electric razors for several reasons. It senses the thickness of his beard and automatically adjusts the power for a clean one-pass shave. The shaver has a 50-minute runtime, and it's waterproof for wet use.A GPS smartwatchJames Brains/InsiderGift the Garmin Forerunner 945 GPS Smartwatch, $599.99A good GPS fitness tracker is a must for anyone who runs outdoors. The Garmin Forerunner 945 is as good as it gets. The watch supports hundreds of apps, including Spotify, so he can stream music without having to lug around his phone. I like that I can enable the watch to send my location to my wife when I run. That way, if something happens, she can find me easily.If the 945 is out of your price range, consider one of these fitness tracker watches.A fashionable leather walletBellroyGift the Bellroy Apex Slim Sleeve Wallet, $129Bellroy's Apex Slim Sleeve isn't your dad's wallet. Made of eco-friendly leather, it fits folded bills and up to eight cards. A magnet keeps the sleeve closed. And, it features RFID protection to keep personal information safe. A snack box subscriptionTokyoTreatGift a 3-month TokyoTreat subscription, $106.50Who doesn't love snacks? If your husband is an adventurous eater, he'll love a TokyoTreat subscription. Each month, he receives 17 unique snacks from Japan, including fun KitKat flavors. Check out our guide for other snack subscription box ideas.Stylish, sustainable sneakersNothing NewGift a pair of Nothing New Sneakers, from $95What's better than giving the special eco-conscious guy in your life a stylish pair of shoes? Giving him shoes that are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. With a style similar to Chuck Taylor All-Stars, Nothing New sneakers come in several colors, and each pair saves 160 gallons of water and keeps 5.6 plastic bottles out of landfills.You can read our full review of Nothing New Sneakers here.Waterproof bone-conduction sport headphonesAmazonGift the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction Sport Headphones, $129.95Any active person who likes to bring their tunes or podcasts on workouts will tell you it's hard to find comfortable headphones. This is especially true if you have unique ears. Bone conduction headphones are fabulous because they don't depend on your ear shape to provide comfortable listening. A smart-home light starter kitPhilipsGift the Philips Hue White and Color LED Smart Button Starter Kit, $275.63One of the biggest gripes many dads have around the house is, "Who left the lights on?" If your partner has a similar commitment to the environment, thrift, and complaining, a smart light kit is the way to go. If the Philips Hue Starter Kit is out of your price range, check out our guide to the best smart light bulbs for more options.A wagyu steak gift boxBlack Hawk MeatsGift a box of American Wagyu steaks, from $49Wagyu steak is prized for its high fat content, which makes it melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The gift boxes from Black Hawk Farms offer an affordable way for the meat lover in your life to experience American Wagyu. Thanks to the extensive marbling, I like that even a cheaper cut of American Wagyu comes off the grill tender, juicy, and flavorful.A portable fire pit and grillBioLiteGift the BioLite FirePit+, $187.46If your husband enjoys camping and grilling, the BioLite FirePit+ is a must-have. It features a built-in fan that allows him to adjust the heat easily and control the smoke. It's our favorite outdoor fireplace and grill because it cooks efficiently, is easy to transport, and protects you from getting a faceful of smoke.A water bottle with a built-in purification systemAmazonGift the Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier [+ Filter] Bottle, $69.95If he's a traveler or adventurer, he'll appreciate this water purifier bottle that lets him access clean drinking water no matter where he is. It doesn't just filter out sediments and chemicals like chlorine; it gets rid of 99.9% of viruses, disease-causing bacteria, and more with a purifying filter that includes positively charged ions to cling into negatively charged pathogens and activated carbon to catch chemicals.   Silicone rings that look like the real thingEnso RingsGift the Enso Rings Classic Elements Silicone Ring, $39.99Silicone rings are great alternatives to metal wedding bands for anyone with an active lifestyle, even if it's just a weekly game of golf. The silicone won't get scratched or bent out of shape, and it's sweatproof and easily washable, too. Delicious cookies and truffle ballsMilk BarGift the Milk Bar Party of Two set that includes a 6-inch B'Day Cake and 12 B'Day Cake Truffles, $75If he lives every day like it's his birthday, he'll love digging into Milk Bar's B'Day Cake Truffles and 6-inch B'Day Cake. Items are packed securely and can be shipped nationwide. There's a $15 flat rate shipping on all orders.A Disney+ subscriptionAlyssa Powell/Business InsiderSubscribe to Disney+ for $79.99/yearDisney+ gives him unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox and costs $79.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ here.And if he needs some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.A convenient way for him to discover new productsBirchbox InstagramGift a Birchbox Grooming 3-Month Subscription Gift Card, $45If he doesn't have the time and energy to hunt down new skincare and hair-care products, hand him over to Birchbox. The service will send him five samples catered to his hair, skin, and personal style every month. Breathable, supportive golf socksBombasGift the Bombas Performance Golf Ankle Sock 3-Pack, $49.50Little details, like the mesh under-toe ventilation zone, will make him appreciate these performance socks specially designed to up his golf game. Would it be extreme to attribute his birdie to Bombas? A gift card from one of our favorite activewear brandsRhoneGift a Rhone Gift Card, from $20Rhone makes some of our favorite workout gear for both inside and outside of the gym. Plus, the e-gift card is immediately sent upon purchase, so there's no need to wait for shipping. A vinyl record subscriptionVNYL InstagramGift a Vnyl subscription, from $29Vnyl's curators look at his music tastes, member profile, and Spotify playlists to send three records he'll want to dive into immediately. The included handwritten note explaining the suggestions makes the experience feel more like he's stepped into a record store. A sleek portable charger for his laptop and phoneAmazonGift the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD 45W, $159.99 If he travels often, he's probably taking along all his tech — laptop, phone, e-reader, and more. All those gadgets have their own chargers, which can be frustrating to keep track of and take up space in his luggage, too. Anker's device can help him streamline and replace a few of the major chargers. It's a portable battery pack with enough power to charge a laptop and comes with a wall charger and USB-C to C cable so it can replace most, if not all, of his other cords and cables. Silky soft lounge pants that fit like a second skinTommy JohnGift a pair of Tommy John Lounge Pants, from $58The brand's beloved lounge pants are delightfully airy, stretchy, and soft. Matching underwear in a fun printMeUndies InstagramGift a matching set of MeUndies Matching Underwear, from $42Choose your favorite underwear cuts (over 15 options), then go on to the fun part. Find a print so the two of you can match. MeUndies offers solid colors, but we love the adventurous, cartoon-splashed prints more. The actual underwear is very comfortable and soft.A mini cast iron skilletField Company InstagramGift the Field #4 Cast Iron Skillet, $95The smallest version of Field Company's lightweight and smooth vintage-style cast iron is the perfect size for cooking small sides. Cookies that look like himEtsyGift the Custom Portrait Cookie Cutters from Etsy, from $30Having his likeness recreated on these delicious cookies is a gift he'll never forget. Make sure to take a side-by-side photo before he eats them all. A protective spray that keeps his shoes shiny and newAmazonGift the Jason Markk Repel Spray, $17If he loves shoes, he should have the right products to take care of his favorite footwear. This spray protects shoes from water and oil stains, and there are multiple people on our team who swear by it for every new pair of shoes they get. Creatively sentimental cufflinksLove LetterGift Uncommon Goods' Love Letter Cufflinks, from $80The tiny envelopes open up to reveal a small and thoughtful reminder. You can replace it and surprise him with your own sweet message, too.Vitamin-infused body washNecessaire InstagramGift the Necessaire Body Wash, $25Gender-neutral personal care brand Necessaire treats the body with clean, sustainable ingredients and vitamins. He'll love using the Eucalyptus or Sandalwood body washes to nourish his skin without stripping it of moisture. Glasses to reduce eye fatigueFelix Gray InstagramGift a pair of Felix Gray Sleep Glasses, from $145The blue light that comes off our screens affects sleep, so gift him these blue-light-blocking glasses. His eyes won't feel as tired or dry, and he might have an easier time drifting off to sleep. A framed photoMintedGift the Minted Best Dad Ever Frame, from $94.50You can never go wrong with a photo of the family framed by handcrafted wood or metal. The metallic foil gives it a special touch. Dress clothes that fit him perfectlySpier and MackayGift a Spier & MacKay Gift Card, from $50He can get custom-fit suits for surprisingly affordable prices from Canadian startup Spier & Mackay. Insider Reviews reporter Amir Ismael calls it the best choice "if you're having a treat-yourself moment or you need a shirt for a special occasion."A 15-pound weighted blanketJen Gushue/InsiderGift the Brooklinen Weighted Comforter, from $211.65This heavy weighted blanket will ease him to sleep after a long day, thanks to its comforting embrace. If this option doesn't feel quite right, check out our guide to the best weighted blankets.A new electric toothbrushQuipGift the Quip Electric Toothbrush, from $25With Quip's sleek metallic styles, this toothbrush is both a pretty and thoughtful gift. Because he'll always have a new brush head on the way via its subscription, you're also taking one more chore off his plate.A curated cocktail kitInside this curated cocktail kit, he'll find all the top-shelf spirits and ingredients he needs to bring two creative cocktail recipes to life.Saloon BoxGift a SaloonBox Cocktail Kit Box, $172.99Inside he'll find all the top-shelf spirits and ingredients he needs to bring two creative cocktail recipes to life. Rather than regret all the money spent on ingredients he'll only use once, he can refocus his energy to enjoying his boozy creation. A cool phone case and phone grip accessoryAmazonGift a Scooch Wingman Phone Case, $39.99It's a multi-talented force the likes of which the phone accessory world has never seen before — a grip, stand, car mount, and phone case, all in one convenient and sturdy package. Learn more about why we love it in our Scooch Wingman review.A staycationAirbnb/FacebookBook a unique online experience at Airbnb, price variesA staycation is a good excuse to get away from the kids for the weekend and reset, all while staying in your home. It'll help him appreciate a familiar place in a new light, and he'll return to his day-to-day with renewed energy and vigor. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 1st, 2021

The pistol police said the Oxford high school shooting suspect used was one of nearly 700,000 firearms that Americans bought or tried to buy during Black Friday sales

The FBI conducted 687,788 background checks related to firearm purchases during the week leading up to and including Black Friday. Gun sales on Black Friday 2021 soared, ranking among the top ten highest days for gun-related background checks.Keith Srakocic/AP The FBI conducted 687,788 background checks related to firearm purchases during the week leading up to Black Friday. The bureau processed 187,585 background checks on Black Friday alone, topping the 2020 gun sales record.  Police in Oxford, Michigan said the firearm used in Tuesday's deadly high school shooting was a pistol purchased on Black Friday. As more news emerges about the Oxford High School shooting in Michigan, police have said that the suspect used a pistol purchased on Black Friday by his father. The firearm is one of the hundreds of thousands that were either purchased or Americans attempted to buy on the sales holiday.According to data by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Black Friday was one of the most productive days in gun sales to date. This year, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed a total of 687,788 background checks in the days leading up to and including Black Friday, November 26, according to FBI data. On Black Friday alone, 187,585 background checks were made, a slight increase from 186,645 in 2020.The FBI uses the NICS to process background checks when people attempt to purchase a firearm or explosive. The agency is required by law to conduct background checks on prospective firearm buyers, and the data has historically been used to measure gun sales. As a result, Black Friday 2021 now ranks among the top 10 highest days for NICS background checks dating back to 1998. A renewed debate over gun safety and policiesA researcher simulates a check done for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for Black Friday in 2014.AP Photo/Matt StroudWhile school shootings in Michigan are rare, the Oxford high school shooting that left four students dead and several people injured has renewed debate over gun laws and safety in the state. The Giffords Law Center, which collects information about gun laws nationwide, ranked Michigan 20th in the nation for states with the strictest gun laws, the Washington Post reported. A lawyer for the center told the Post that Michigan's gun laws "could be a lot stronger." Democrats in Michigan have advocated for stronger legislation on gun control, but many of those bills have stalled in the Republican-led legislature. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, on Tuesday called gun violence a "public health crisis," adding that "no one should be afraid to go to school."Meshawn Maddock, the Michigan Republican Party co-chair, tweeted Tuesday that many people "would give anything for a gun carrying teacher in Oxford today," adding, "I personally LIKE being around people with guns." Tuesday's high shooting marks the sixth mass shooting this year, according to the Mother Jones mass shooting database. There were only two mass shootings in 2020 amid a record number of gun violence deaths, as per the database. Gun control advocates nationwide have called for stricter background checks, among other initiatives, to reduce rates of gun violence. A 2018 study found that states with stricter background checks for weapon and ammunition purchases had fewer school shootings.However, support for stricter gun control has fallen, according to a recent Gallup poll. Only 52% of respondents said they wanted stricter gun laws, the lowest recording since 2014.It is not clear yet where the handgun — a 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 pistol — used by the 15-year-old shooting suspect had been purchased. The firearm was bought by the suspect's father just four days before the shooting, police said. Prosecutors said on Wednesday that they may charge the suspect's parents.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 1st, 2021

12 gift ideas that are still on sale even after Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday might be over, but there are still plenty of products on sale to help you wrap up your holiday gift shopping. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Otherland FacebookCyber Monday and Black Friday are over, but there are still plenty of deals to snag on gift ideas across all categories. However, unless you've been given a wishlist on what to get, sifting through the remaining discounts can be a chore.If you're searching for last-minute deals for gifts, don't fret. We've compiled a list of suggestions — all sourced from our gift guides, carefully picked by our team of product review journalists — from tech products like headphones and smart speakers to home goods like candles and blankets. For further inspiration, check out our extensive gift guides.Here are 12 gift ideas that are still on saleGrafomap custom mapJada Wong/Business InsiderThese customized maps make sentimental and personal gifts that you can frame and hang on a wall. From best gifts for your wife. Grafomap Custom MapCustom maps and posters$34.29 FROM GRAFOMAPOriginally $49.00 | Save 30%Pottery Barn kids personalized baby blanketPottery Barn KidsIn the midst of a new parent's busy schedule, something personal like a customized baby blanket can make their day, and keep their baby warm. From gifts for new parents. Pottery Barn Kids Cable Knit Recycled Chamois Baby BlanketThis customizable baby blanket will keep your little one warm during afternoon naps. $30.00 FROM POTTERY BARN KIDSOriginally $40.00 | Save 25%Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag+AmazonFor anyone that's always losing their keys, a Bluetooth tracker is a lifesaver. From cheap gifts for Dad under $100. Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag+The SmartTag Plus improves on its predecessor with its ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, making each tag easier to track. Typically, one of these trackers would cost you $40, but right now it’s discounted from Amazon to a rare $30.$29.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $39.99 | Save 25%Fujifilm Instax Mini 7STargetEven the best camera can't replace the novelty and instant gratification of one of these Instax Mini cameras. From best gifts for newly-engaged couples.Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant CameraThis instant camera will can help you capture life's sweetest moments, making it one of our gift picks for engaged couples. $57.49 FROM WALMARTOriginally $75.72 | Save 24%Powerbeats Pro headphonesbeats by DreThese true wireless headphones are designed for active users, making them great for sports or exercise. From our best tech gifts for men roundup.Beats by Dre Powerbeats ProDown to $150 in select colors, this is an excellent price for headphones we like for workouts. They’re sweat-resistant and offer impressive battery life. They see deals pretty regularly throughout the year, but this price is especially good. $149.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 40%$179.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$149.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.95 | Save 40%MasterClass membershipMasterClass; InsiderFor the gift recipient who is constantly looking to learn new things. From our gifts for women gift roundup.MasterClass 2-for-1 membershipGet two MasterClass subscriptions for the price of one! Each subscription gets you access to all of MasterClass, so you can watch or sample unlimited celebrity and expert-led classes across a wide range of topics.$180.00 FROM MASTERCLASSOriginally $360.00 | Save 50%AncestryDNA kitancestryDNAIf you know someone interested in tracing their roots, a DNA kit is a good start. From gifts for grandparents.AncestryDNA Genetic Ethnicity TestThe Ancestry DNA Origins + Ethnicity Test gets you access to the largest customer database, which means more detailed results and more family matches.$59.00 FROM ANCESTRYOriginally $99.00 | Save 40%$59.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $99.00 | Save 40%PlayStation Pluspicture alliance/Contributor/Getty ImagesFor PlayStation 4 owners or those lucky to score a PlayStation 5, give them a membership that lets them play games online. From tech gifts for teens.PlayStation Plus 12-Month SubscriptionPlayStation Plus allows gamers to play online, nets them special discounts in the PlayStation Network store, and subscribers get free games each month that remain available as long as the PlayStation Plus subscription is active. $39.99 FROM CDKEYSOriginally $59.99 | Save 33%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYPhoneSoap 3AmazonGive your phone a "cleanse" with the UV-sanitizing case. From unique gifts on Amazon.PhoneSoap 3 Smartphone UV SanitizerYou can't wash your phone, but you can sanitize it with PhoneSoap. PhoneSoap neutralizes the bacteria that other phone cleaners can't kill.$31.25 FROM AMAZONOriginally $79.95 | Save 61%$47.97 FROM PHONESOAPOriginally $79.95 | Save 40%Otherland CandlesOtherland/Alyssa Powell/InsiderGiving a candle may seem thoughtless, but not these candles, which are unique from what you'll find at the store. From best gifts for your wife.Otherland The ThreesomeThis newer startup's candles are some of our favorites to gift because of their beautiful packaging and whimsical scents. Expect unique notes like cantaloupe, mimosa flower, and pear water, and be on the lookout for seasonal, limited-edition collections that often sell out quickly.$89.00 FROM OTHERLANDOriginally $108.00 | Save 18%Apple Watch Series 7AppleAn Apple Watch is the epitome of luxury this gift-giving season. From luxury gifts for him.Apple Watch Series 7Much more than a timepiece, the Apple Watch can also be used for keeping track of workouts, making phone calls, sending text messages, setting timers and alarms, counting calories, and more.$379.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.00 | Save 5%$379.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.00 | Save 5%$399.00 FROM APPLE$379.00 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $399.00 | Save 5%Amazon Echo DotAmazonA smart speaker is a gateway to building a smart home or something that tells dad jokes. From Hanukkah gifts.Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) The Echo Dot may be the entry-level option on this list, but it's still just as smart as its siblings. Plus, its small size is its biggest asset. $19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $39.99 | Save 50%Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 30th, 2021

Moderna (MRNA) Rallies on Booster Hopes Amid Omicron Concerns

Demand for Moderna's (MRNA) COVID-19 vaccine booster dose might increase if the Omicron variant causes a rise in infection rates. Shares of COVID-19 vaccine maker, Moderna MRNA jumped almost 35% in the last two trading sessions, following reports of a new, highly transmissible COVID-19 variant, Omicron. The potential risk of the rapid spread of the mutant and thereby a rise in infection cases is boosting prospects of booster doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine, mRNA-1273 (Spikevax). Moderna has stated that it will be able to produce an Omicron-specific booster, if required, by early 2022.The Omicron mutant is raising concerns of high transmissibility and lower protection against infections following vaccination due to the presence of multiple mutations. The potential high risks of this latest variant prompted WHO to add it to its “Variant of Concern” list on Nov 26, two days after putting it under the list titled “Variant Under Monitoring.”Last week, Moderna announced a three-pronged strategy to provide protection against the Omicron variant. First, it is developing a 100-microgram booster dose compared to its authorized booster dose of 50-microgram of its COVID-19 vaccine, mRNA-1273. MRNA stated that the higher dose of its booster dose led to the higher neutralizing titers against the prior SARS-CoV-2 strains in an ongoing study conducted by the National Institutes of Health in the United States. Moderna is now rapidly testing sera from participants of high-dose booster studies to see if the dose provides neutralizing protection against Omicron.Secondly, MRNA is already developing two multi-valent booster candidates, designed to target mutations in the Beta variant and the Delta variant. Many mutations in the Beta and the Delta variant are also present in the Omicron variant.  MRNA is working to rapidly complete the studies to determine whether these multi-valent candidates are able to provide superior neutralizing protection against Omicron. Thirdly, MRNA is also planning to develop an Omicron-specific booster candidate.The recent surge in Moderna’s stock reflects that investors are hopeful about a rise in demand for the company’s booster doses amid rising Omicron fears. Moderna already has advance purchase agreements worth approximately $20 billion for 2022 for the vaccine. Moreover, delivery of a portion of contracted doses for 2021 has been re-scheduled to 2022 as the company faced production snags and supply chain issues during the first nine months of 2021.  The rescheduled delivery of doses contracted for 2021 will bring additional revenues. The successful development of an Omicron-specific booster dose may drive demand amid rising fear of the new mutant.The company has been ramping up its production and fill/finish capacity through collaborations and building new facilities this year. It has also addressed production issues that led to the suspension of immunization with its vaccine in Japan earlier this year. These steps are likely to boost the company’s ability to deliver its promised doses on time.The United States and Europe are already facing a high number of breakthrough infections in already vaccinated people. The cases are likely to accelerate with the presence of another deadly mutant. A potential rapid spread of the Omicron variant can also fuel infection rates in countries like India and Brazil where infection rates seem to have subsided in the last few months.We expect the positive sentiments of MRNA’s investors to continue and it will likely push the stock to its all-time high and beyond.This year so far, Moderna’s shares have gained 252.7% against a decrease of 15.8% for the industry.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchWe note that investors of other COVID-19 vaccine makers— Pfizer PFE/BioNTech BNTX and Novavax NVAX — are also encouraged about their potential to gain from the recent turn of events.Shares of Pfizer and its COVID-19 vaccine partner BioNTech were up 6.1% and 14.2%, respectively on Nov 26 while Novavax gained 9%. Pfizer and BioNTech extended their gain on Monday. However, Novavax failed to replicate the same.We note that Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine received its first authorization in the Philippines and Indonesia earlier this month but it is yet to gain authorization in large markets like the United States and Europe. Moreover, unlike Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna’s mRNA-based vaccines, Novavax is developing a protein-based COVID vaccine, which may need a longer time for modification to fight against a new variant. A faster authorization for the vaccine in the United States and Europe will certainly drive the company’s shares going forward. A regulatory application for the same was filed by Novavax in Europe earlier this month and a similar application is expected to be filed with the FDA by the end of 2021.Moderna, Inc. Price Moderna, Inc. price | Moderna, Inc. QuoteZacks RankModerna currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here. Tech IPOs With Massive Profit Potential: Last years top IPOs surged as much as 299% within the first two months. With record amounts of cash flooding into IPOs and a record-setting stock market, this year could be even more lucrative. See Zacks’ Hottest Tech IPOs Now >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Pfizer Inc. (PFE): Free Stock Analysis Report Moderna, Inc. (MRNA): Free Stock Analysis Report Novavax, Inc. (NVAX): Free Stock Analysis Report BioNTech SE Sponsored ADR (BNTX): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksNov 30th, 2021

Taibbi: Will Twitter Become An Ocean Of Suck?

Taibbi: Will Twitter Become An Ocean Of Suck? Authored by Matt Taibbi via TK News, Jack Dorsey, the extend-o-bearded CEO who co-founded Twitter and whose fame grew with that of his increasingly powerful platform during the Trump years, resigned yesterday. His departure is the latest plot point in a long-developing Internet tragicomedy, which has seen what was supposed to be a historically democratizing technological tool transformed into a dystopian force for censorship and control. The departure of Dorsey, the rare CEO who not only has a conscience but appears to consult it more than once every few years, is bad news for those who already had complaints about the company, which during his tenure came to occupy a central role in what’s left of American intellectual culture. not sure anyone has heard but, I resigned from Twitter pic.twitter.com/G5tUkSSxkl — jack⚡️ (@jack) November 29, 2021 Twitter under Dorsey suffered from working too well. Specifically, society responded to Donald Trump’s Tweet-driven 2016 presidential campaign as if it revealed a defect in the platform that needed fixing when actually Trump’s election was proof that Twitter was working much as intended. Our political establishment just wasn’t looking for that sort of functionality. The original concept of Twitter was egalitarian, flattening, and iconoclastic: “To give everyone the power to create and share ideas, instantly, without barriers.” That mantra fit with then-CEO Dick Costolo’s 2010 claim that “We’re the free speech wing of the free speech party.” Prior to 2016, elite mouthpieces bragged about acting as gatekeepers to political power. Someone like then-ABC writer Mark Halperin could write boastful pieces about how a “Gang of 500” in Washington really decided the presidency. These were “campaign consultants, strategists, pollsters, pundits, and journalists who make up the modern-day political establishment,” as the New Yorker put it. When political debates were held, a handful of analysts on television told you who won. We, reporters, told you who was “electable” and who wasn’t, and people mostly listened, even if “electability” was a crock that mostly measured levels of corporate donor approval. Then came 2016. Trump didn’t get the big Republican donor money (it went to Jeb Bush), he didn’t get the support of his party’s bureaucracy (which at various times pulled out stops to try to “derail” his candidacy for the nomination), and even conservative media locked arms against him early in the race (the National Review published an unprecedented “Conservatives Against Trump” mega-piece featuring a slew of famed mouthpieces, who aimed to forestall the “crisis for conservatism” Trump’s presence threatened). Trump throughout his political career benefited from free corporate media coverage, but by the time of his first nomination, he had universally negative editorial treatment in mainstream media and even serious detractors on stations like Fox. Once, that would have been fatal to a politician, which is why Nate Cohn could write with confidence in the New York Times that Trump had “just about no chance” to win the Republican nomination in 2016 — because, he said without embarrassment, it is “the party elites who traditionally decide nomination contests.” Such commentators didn’t figure on the power of the Internet, and especially Twitter. Trump didn’t need the news media to amplify his message. He was expressing himself in a way that defied contextualization, on a Twitter account that essentially became the country’s most-followed media network. Between January 2015 and January 2016, Trump’s number of followers doubled, but beyond that, the average number of retweets went from 79 to 2,201, which as Politico noted, meant that his power of dissemination increased by a factor of 28 in that single year. Twitter’s unique ability to exponentially increase the messaging force of a single individual had never been dealt with by institutional America before. One of the first things I wrote about Trump was about his unique knack for the platform: Trump will someday be in the Twitter Hall of Fame. His fortune-cookie mind – restless, confrontational, completely lacking the shame/fact filter, monosyllabic, and rarely asleep when it should be – is perfectly engineered for the medium. Whether he was being dumb or smart, petty or cutting, incoherent or inscrutable, Trump had a way of expressing himself that automatically gave his tweets superior reach to news stories about his tweets. This put him permanently ahead of the news cycle. Even just misspelling a basketball star’s name while stepping over a few racial decorum lines created fractal-like ripples of unpredictable headlines: With this power, a politician was now able to communicate directly with voters, and even the collective displeasure of the entire self-described political establishment could not stuff that genie back in the bottle. Moreover, Twitter itself now decided things like who won debates. Pundits were often reduced to reporting the platform’s mood, in place of the previous practice of telling populations how to feel. People will focus on the fact that it was bad bad Donald Trump who got elected that year, but that was really incidental. The real problem Trump represented for elite America had less to do with his political beliefs than the unapproved manner of his rise. Twitter, seen as a co-conspirator in this evil, became a target of establishment reprisal after Trump’s win. To read the rest of the report, click here and subscribe. 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Category: blogSource: zerohedgeNov 30th, 2021

The 120+ best Cyber Monday deals to shop right now

We're updating the best 2021 Cyber Monday deals in real-time. Save on AirPods, Amazon Echo, Breville Espresso Machines, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Kohl's; Sardel; Amazon; Apple; Nike; Alyssa Powell/InsiderCyber Monday deals are here! You can score serious savings on electronics, fitness equipment, kitchen appliances, and beauty products — but you have to grab them fast before supplies run out.We're here to help: Our full-time editors and reporters spend the year researching and personally testing hundreds of products in their areas of expertise and consult with industry professionals on what products are truly worth your money. (Read more about why you can trust us here.)And for Cyber Monday, we continually monitor what top products are going on sale and what stock is still available. That way, you don't have to waste your time with "sold outs." Below, we've gathered the best deals on products we stand behind that you can still purchase for less than normal.We'll be updating this page with the best Cyber Monday discounts and lightning deals so you don't have to scroll through pages of sales to find the true hidden gems. Check back frequently for the freshest Cyber Monday deals across all major retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, and more.The best Cyber Monday shopping deals right now25% off Dyson's TP01 Pure Cool Tower Air Purifier and FanAmazonDyson Pure Cool TP01 Air Purifier + Fan with HEPA filterAn ultra-quiet, state-of-the-art fan with a built-in air purifier, Dyson's TP01 is great for stuffy spaces and crowded indoor get-togethers.$299.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $399.99 | Save 25%$299.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $399.00 | Save 25%$299.99 FROM DYSONOriginally $399.99 | Save 25%Over 30% off iRobot RoombasAmazoniRobot Roomba 694This robot vacuum can be automated to work around your home schedule, and also works with virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Home. It's not the most powerful Roomba, but it can handle hardwood floors, pet hair and short carpets without issue.$179.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $274.00 | Save 35%$179.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $274.99 | Save 35%iRobot Roomba 675 Robot VacuumDuring Cyber Monday, several retailers dropped the iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum to a low $179 and this deal is still live. This is the lowest price we’ve seen this year and a solid discount from its usual going rate of $250.$179.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $279.99 | Save 36%$179.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $274.99 | Save 35%$199.99 FROM IROBOTOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%$174.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $279.99 | Save 38%28% off LG C1 OLED 4K TVsBest BuyLG 65-inch C1 OLED 4K TVLG’s C1 is one of the best 4K TVs you can buy. The OLED panel delivers incredible image quality with an infinite contrast ratio. This deal price matches the lowest we’ve seen so far.$1796.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $2499.98 | Save 28%$1796.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $2499.98 | Save 28%LG 77-inch C1 OLED TVLG’s C1 is one of the best 4K TVs you can buy. 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Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 29th, 2021

BTFDers Unleashed: Futures, Yields, Oil Jump As Omicron Panic Eases

BTFDers Unleashed: Futures, Yields, Oil Jump As Omicron Panic Eases As expected over the weekend, and as we first noted shortly after electronic markets reopened for trading on Sunday, S&P futures have maintained their overnight gains and have rebounded 0.7% while Nasdaq contracts jumped as much as 1.3% after risk sentiment stabilized following Friday’s carnage and as investors settled in for a few weeks of uncertainty on whether the Omicron variant would derail economic recoveries and the tightening plans of some central banks. Japan led declines in the Asian equity session (which was catching down to Friday's US losses) after the government shut borders to visitors. The region’s reopening stocks such as restaurants, department stores, train operators and travel shares also suffered some losses.  Oil prices bounced $3 a barrel to recoup some of Friday's rout, while the safe haven yen, Swiss franc and 10Y Treasury took a breather after its run higher. Moderna shares jumped as much as 12% in pre-market trading after Chief Medical Officer Paul Burton said he suspects the new omicron coronavirus variant may elude current vaccines, and if so, a reformulated shot could be available early in the new year. Which he would obviously say as his company makes money from making vaccines, even if they are not very efficient. Here are some of the other notable premarket movers today: BioNTech (BNTX US) advanced 5% after it said it’s starting with the first steps of developing a new adapted vaccine, according to statement sent by text. Merck & Co. (MRK US) declined 1.6% after it was downgraded to neutral from buy at Citi, which also opens a negative catalyst watch, with “high probability” the drugmaker will abandon development of its HIV treatment. A selection of small biotechs rise again in U.S. premarket trading amid discussion of the companies in StockTwits and after these names outperformed during Friday’s market rout. Palatin Tech (PTN US) +37%, Biofrontera (BFRI US) +22%, 180 Life Sciences (ATNF US) +19%. Bonds gave back some of their gains, with Treasury futures were down 11 ticks. Like other safe havens, the market had rallied sharply as investors priced in the risk of a slower start to rate hikes from the U.S. Federal Reserve, and less tightening by some other central banks. Needless to say, Omicron is all anyone can talk about: on one hand, authorities have already orchestrated a lot of global panic: Britain called an urgent meeting of G7 health ministers on Monday to discuss developments on the virus, even though the South African doctor who discovered the strain and treated cases said symptoms of Omicron were so far mild. The new variant of concern was found as far afield as Canada and Australia as more countries such as Japan imposed travel restriction to try to seal themselves off. Summarizing the fearmongering dynamic observed, overnight South African health experts - including those who discovered the Omicron variant, said it appears to cause mild symptoms, while the Chinese lapdog organization, WHO, said the variant’s risk is “extremely high”. Investors are trying to work out if the omicron flareup will a relatively brief scare that markets rebound from, or a bigger blow to the global economic recovery. Much remains unanswered about the new strain: South African scientists suggested it’s presenting with mild symptoms so far, though it appears to be more transmissible, but the World Health Organization warned it could fuel future surges of Covid-19 with severe consequences. "There is a lot we don't know about Omicron, but markets have been forced to reassess the global growth outlook until we know more," said Rodrigo Catril, a market strategist at NAB. "Pfizer expects to know within two weeks if Omicron is resistant to its current vaccine, others suggest it may take several weeks. Until then markets are likely to remain jittery." "Despite the irresistible pull of buying-the-dip on tenuous early information on omicron, we are just one negative omicron headline away from going back to where we started,” Jeffrey Halley, a senior market analyst at Oanda, wrote in a note. “Expect plenty of headline-driven whipsaw price action this week.” The emergence of the omicron strain is also complicating monetary policy. Traders have already pushed back the expected timing of a first 25-basis-point rate hike by the Federal Reserve to July from June. Fed Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic played down economic risks from a new variant, saying he’s open to a quicker paring of asset purchases to curb inflation. Fed Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speak before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday. “We know that central banks can quickly switch to dovish if they need to,” Mahjabeen Zaman, Citigroup senior investment specialist, said on Bloomberg Television. “The liquidity playbook that we have in play right now will continue to support the market.” European stocks rallied their worst drop in more than a year on Friday, with travel and energy stocks leading the advance. The Stoxx 600 rose 0.9% while FTSE 100 futures gain more than 1%, aided by a report that Reliance may bid for BT Group which jumped as much as 9.5% following a report that India’s Reliance Industries may offer to buy U.K. phone company, though it pared the gain after Reliance denied it’s considering a bid. European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde put a brave face on the latest virus scare, saying the euro zone was better equipped to face the economic impact of a new wave of COVID-19 infections or the Omicron variant Japanese shares lead Asian indexes lower after Premier Kishida announces entry ban of all new foreign visitors. Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng Index closed down 0.9% at the lowest level since October 2020, led by Galaxy Entertainment and Meituan. The index followed regional peers lower amid worries about the new Covid variant Omicron. Amid the big movers, Galaxy Entertainment was down 5.4% after police arrested Macau’s junket king, while Meituan falls 7.1% after reporting earnings. In FX, currency markets are stabilizing as the week kicks off yet investors are betting on the possibility of further volatility. The South African rand climbed against the greenback though most emerging-market peers declined along with developing-nation stocks. Turkey’s lira slumped more than 2% after a report at the weekend that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered a probe into foreign currency trades. The Swiss franc, euro and yen retreat while loonie and Aussie top G-10 leaderboard after WTI crude futures rally more than 4%. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index hovered after Friday’s drop, and the greenback traded mixed against its Group-of-10 peers; commodity currencies led gains. The euro slipped back below $1.13 and Bunds sold off, yet outperformed Treasuries. The pound was steady against the dollar and rallied against the euro. Australian sovereign bonds pared an opening jump as Treasuries trimmed Friday’s spike amid continuing uncertainty over the fallout from the omicron variant. The Aussie rallied with oil and iron ore. The yen erased an earlier decline as a government announcement on planned border closures starting Tuesday spurred a drop in local equities. The rand strengthens as South African health experts call omicron variant “mild.” In rates, Treasuries were cheaper by 4bp-7bp across the curve in belly-led losses, reversing a portion of Friday’s sharp safe-haven rally as potential economic impact of omicron coronavirus strain continues to be assessed. The Treasury curve bear- steepened and the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield jumped as much as 7 basis points to 1.54%; that unwound some of Friday’s 16 basis-point plunge -- the steepest since March 2020.  Focal points include month-end on Tuesday, November jobs report Friday, and Fed Chair Powell is scheduled to speak Monday afternoon. Treasuries broadly steady since yields gapped higher when Asia session began, leaving 10-year around 1.54%, cheaper by almost 7bp on the day; front-end outperformance steepens 2s10s by ~3bp. Long-end may draw support from potential for month-end buying; Bloomberg Treasury index rebalancing was projected to extend duration by 0.11yr as of Nov. 22 In commodities, oil prices bounced after suffering their largest one-day drop since April 2020 on Friday. "The move all but guarantees the OPEC+ alliance will suspend its scheduled increase for January at its meeting on 2 December," wrote analyst at ANZ in a note. "Such headwinds are the reason it's been only gradually raising output in recent months, despite demand rebounding strongly." Brent rebounded 3.9% to $75.57 a barrel, while U.S. crude rose 4.5% to $71.24. Gold has so far found little in the way of safe haven demand, leaving it stuck at $1,791 an ounce . SGX iron ore rises almost 8% to recoup Friday’s losses. Bitcoin rallied after falling below $54,000 on Friday. Looking at today's calendar, we get October pending home sales, and November Dallas Fed manufacturing activity. We also get a bunch of Fed speakers including Williams, Powell making remarks at the New York Fed innovation event, Fed’s Hassan moderating a panel and Fed’s Bowman discussing central bank and indigenous economies. Market Snapshot S&P 500 futures up 0.6% to 4,625.00 MXAP down 0.9% to 191.79 MXAPJ down 0.4% to 625.06 Nikkei down 1.6% to 28,283.92 Topix down 1.8% to 1,948.48 Hang Seng Index down 0.9% to 23,852.24 Shanghai Composite little changed at 3,562.70 Sensex up 0.4% to 57,307.46 Australia S&P/ASX 200 down 0.5% to 7,239.82 Kospi down 0.9% to 2,909.32 STOXX Europe 600 up 0.7% to 467.47 German 10Y yield little changed at -0.31% Euro down 0.3% to $1.1283 Brent Futures up 3.8% to $75.49/bbl Gold spot up 0.3% to $1,797.11 U.S. Dollar Index up 0.13% to 96.22 Top Overnight News from Bloomberg The omicron variant of Covid-19, first identified in South Africa, has been detected in locations from Australia to the U.K. and Canada, showing the difficulties of curtailing new strains While health experts in South Africa, where omicron was first detected, said it appeared to cause only mild symptoms, the Geneva-based WHO assessed the variant’s risk as “extremely high” and called on member states to test widely. Understanding the new strain will take several days or weeks, the agency said All travelers arriving in the U.K. starting at 4 a.m. on Nov. 30 must take a PCR coronavirus test on or before the second day of their stay and isolate until they receive a negative result. Face coverings will again be mandatory in shops and other indoor settings and on public transport. Booster shots may also be approved for more age groups within days, according to Health Secretary Sajid Javid The economic effects of the successive waves of the Covid pandemic have been less and less damaging, Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau says Italian bonds advance for a third day, as investors shrug off new coronavirus developments over the weekend and stock futures advance, while bunds are little changed ahead of German inflation numbers and a raft of ECB speakers including President Christine Lagarde A European Commission sentiment index fell to 117.5 in November from 118.6 the previous month, data released Monday showed Spanish inflation accelerated to the fastest in nearly three decades in November on rising food prices, underscoring the lingering consequences of supply-chain bottlenecks across Europe. Consumer prices jumped 5.6% Energy prices in Europe surged on Monday after weather forecasts showed colder temperatures for the next two weeks that will lift demand for heating ECB Executive Board member Isabel Schnabel took to the airwaves to reassure her fellow Germans that inflation will slow again, hours before data set to show the fastest pace of price increases since the early 1990s Russia’s ambassador to Washington said more than 50 diplomats and their family members will have to leave the U.S. by mid-2022, in the latest sign of tensions between the former Cold War enemies China sent the biggest sortie of warplanes toward Taiwan in more than seven weeks after a U.S. lawmaker defied a Chinese demand that she abandon a trip to the island A more detailed look at global markets courtesy of Newsquawk Asia-Pac stocks traded cautiously and US equity futures rebounded from Friday’s hefty selling (S&P 500 -2.3%) as all focus remained on the Omicron variant after several countries announced restrictions and their first cases of the new variant, although markets took solace from reports that all cases so far from South Africa have been mild. Furthermore, NIH Director Collins was optimistic that current vaccines are likely to protect against the Omicron variant but also noted it was too early to know the answers, while Goldman Sachs doesn’t think the new variant is a sufficient reason to adjust its portfolio citing comments from South Africa’s NICD that the mutation is unlikely to be more malicious and existing vaccines will most likely remain effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths. ASX 200 (-0.5%) is subdued after Australia registered its first cases of the Omicron variant which involved two people that arrived in Sydney from southern Africa and with the government reviewing its border reopening plans. Nikkei 225 (-1.6%) whipsawed whereby it initially slumped at the open due to the virus fears and currency-related headwinds but then recouped its losses and briefly returned flat as the mood gradually improved, before succumbing to a bout of late selling, and with mixed Retail Sales data adding to the indecision. Hang Seng (-1.0%) and Shanghai Comp. (Unch) weakened with Meituan the worst performer in Hong Kong after posting a quarterly loss and with casino names pressured by a crackdown in which police detained Suncity Group CEO and others after admitting to accusations including illegal cross border gambling. However, the losses in the mainland were cushioned after firm Industrial Profits data over the weekend and with local press noting expectations for China to adopt a more proactive macro policy next year. Finally, 10yr JGBs shrugged off the pullback seen in T-note and Bund futures, with price action kept afloat amid the cautious mood in stocks and the BoJ’s presence in the market for over JPY 900bln of JGBs mostly concentrated in 3yr-10yr maturities. Top Asian News Hong Kong Stocks Slide to 13-Month Low on Fresh Virus Woes Li Auto Loss Narrows as EV Maker Rides Out Supply-Chain Snarls Singapore Adds to Its Gold Pile for the First Time in Decades China Growth Stocks Look Like Havens as Markets Confront Omicron Bourses in Europe are experiencing a mild broad-based rebound (Euro Stoxx 50 +1.0%; Stoxx 600 +0.9%) following Friday's hefty COVID-induced losses. Desks over the weekend have been framing Friday's losses as somewhat overstretched in holiday-thinned liquidity, given how little is known about the Omicron variant itself. The strain will likely remain the market theme as scientists and policymakers factor in this new variant, whilst data from this point forth – including Friday's US labour market report - will likely be passed off as somewhat stale, and headline risk will likely be abundant. Thus far, symptoms from Omicron are seemingly milder than some of its predecessors, although governments and central banks will likely continue to express caution in this period of uncertainty. Back to price action, the momentum of the rebound has lost steam; US equity futures have also been drifting lower since the European cash open – with the RTY (+0.9%) was the laggard in early European trade vs the ES (+0.8%), NQ (+1.0%) and YM (+0.7%). European cash bourses have also been waning off best levels but remain in positive territory. Sectors are mostly in the green, but the breadth of the market has narrowed since the cash open. Travel & Leisure retains the top spot in what seems to be more a reversal of Friday's exaggerated underperformance as opposed to a fundamentally driven rebound – with more nations announcing travel restrictions to stem the spread of the variant. Oil & Gas has also trimmed some of Friday's losses as oil prices see a modest rebound relative to Friday's slump. On the other end of the spectrum, Healthcare sees mild losses as COVID-related names take a mild breather, although Moderna (+9.1% pre-market) gains ahead of the US open after its Chief Medical Officer suggested a new vaccine for the variant could be ready early next year. Meanwhile, Autos & Parts reside as the current laggard amid several bearish updates, including a Y/Y drop in German car exports - due to the chip shortage and supply bottlenecks – factors which the Daimler Truck CEO suggested will lead to billions of Euros in losses. Furthermore, auto supbt.aplier provider Faurecia (-5.9%) trades at the foot of the Stoxx 600 after slashing guidance – again a function of the chip shortage. In terms of Monday M&A, BT (+4.7%) shares opened higher by almost 10% following source reports in Indian press suggesting Reliance Industries is gearing up for a takeover approach of BT – reports that were subsequently rebuffed. Top European News U.K. Mortgage Approvals Fall to 67,199 in Oct. Vs. Est. 70,000 Johnson Matthey Rises on Report of Battery Talks With Tata Gazprom Reports Record Third-Quarter Profit Amid Gas Surge Omicron’s Spread Fuels Search for Answers as WHO Sounds Warning In FX, the Buck has bounced from Friday’s pullback lows on a mixture of short covering, consolidation and a somewhat more hopeful prognosis of SA’s new coronavirus strand compared to very early perceptions prompted by reports that the latest mutation would be even worse than the Delta variant. In DXY terms, a base above 96.000 is forming within a 93.366-144 band amidst a rebound in US Treasury yields and re-steepening along the curve following comments from Fed’s Bostic indicating a willingness to back faster QE tapering. Ahead, pending home sales and Dallas Fed business manufacturing along with more Fed rhetoric from Williams and chair Powell on the eve of month end. AUD/CAD/NZD - No surprise to see the high beta and risk sensitive currencies take advantage of the somewhat calmer conditions plus a recovery in crude and other commodities that were decimated by the prospect of depressed demand due to the aforementioned Omicron outbreak. The Aussie is back over 0.7150 vs its US counterpart, the Loonie has pared back losses from sub-1.2750 with assistance from WTI’s recovery to top Usd 72/brl vs a Usd 67.40 trough on November 26 and the Kiwi is hovering above 0.6800 even though RBNZ chief economist Ha has warned that a pause in OCR tightening could occur if the fresh COVID-19 wave proves to be a ‘game-changer’. JPY/EUR - The major laggards as sentiment stabilses, with the Yen midway between 112.99-113.88 parameters and hardly helped by mixed Japanese retail sales data, while the Euro has retreated below 1.1300 where 1.7 bn option expiry interest resides and a key Fib level just under the round number irrespective of strong German state inflation reports and encouraging pan Eurozone sentiment indicators, as more nations batten down the hatches to stem the spread of SA’s virus that has shown up in parts of the bloc. GBP/CHF - Both narrowly divergent vs the Dollar, as Cable retains 1.3300+ status against the backdrop of retreating Gilt and Short Sterling futures even though UK consumer credit, mortgage lending and approvals are rather conflicting, while the Franc pivots 0.9250 and meanders from 1.0426 to 1.0453 against the Euro after the latest weekly update on Swiss bank sight deposits showing no sign of official intervention. However, Usd/Chf may veer towards 1.1 bn option expiries at the 0.9275 strike if risk appetite continues to improve ahead of KoF on Tuesday and monthly reserves data. SCANDI/EM - Although Brent has bounced to the benefit of the Nok, Sek outperformance has ensued in wake of an upgrade to final Swedish Q3 GDP, while the Cnh and Cny are deriving support via a rise in Chinese industrial profits on a y/y basis and the Zar is breathing a sigh of relief on the aforementioned ‘better’ virus updates/assessments from SA on balance. Conversely, the Try is back under pressure post-a deterioration in Turkish economic sentiment vs smaller trade deficit as investors look forward to CPI at the end of the week. Meanwhile, Turkish President Erdogan provides no reprieve for the Lira as he once again defending his unorthodox view that higher interest rates lead to higher inflation. In commodities, WTI and Brent front-month futures consolidate following an overnight rebound – with WTI Jan back on a USD 71/bbl handle and Brent Feb just under USD 75/bbl – albeit still some way off from Friday's best levels which saw the former's high above USD 78/bbl and the latter's best north of USD 81/bbl. The week is packed with risks to the oil complex, including the resumption of Iranian nuclear talks (slated at 13:00GMT/08:00EST today) and the OPEC+ monthly confab. In terms of the former, little is expected in terms of progress unless the US agrees to adhere to Tehran's demand – which at this point seems unlikely. Tehran continues to seek the removal of US sanctions alongside assurances that the US will not withdraw from the deal. "The assertion that the US must 'change its approach if it wants progress' sets a challenging tone", Citi's analysts said, and the bank also expects parties to demand full access to Iranian nuclear facilities for verification of compliance. Further, the IAEA Chief met with Iranian officials last week; although concrete progress was sparse, the overall tone of the meeting was one of progress. "We remain of the opinion that additional Iranian supplies are unlikely to reach the market before the second half of 2022 at the earliest," Citi said. Meanwhile, reports suggested the US and allies have been debating a "Plan B" if talks were to collapse. NBC News – citing European diplomats, former US officials and experts – suggested that options included: 1) a skinny nuclear deal, 2) ramp up sanctions, 3) Launching operations to sabotage Iranian nuclear advances, 4) Military strikes, 5) persuading China to halt Iranian oil imports, albeit Iran and China recently signed a 25yr deal. Over to OPEC+, a rescheduling (in light of the Omicron variant) sees the OPEC and JTC meeting now on the 1st December, followed by the JMMC and OPEC+ on the 2nd. Sources on Friday suggested that members are leaning towards a pause in the planned monthly output, although Russian Deputy PM Novak hit the wires today and suggested there is no need for urgent measures in the oil market. Markets will likely be tested, and expectations massaged with several sources heading into the meeting later this week. Elsewhere, spot gold trades sideways just under the USD 1,800/oz and above a cluster of DMAs, including the 50 (1,790.60/oz), 200 (1,791.30/oz) and 100 (1,792.80/oz) awaiting the next catalyst. Over to base metals, LME copper recoups some of Friday's lost ground, with traders also citing the underlying demand emanating from the EV revolution. US Event Calendar 10am: Oct. Pending Home Sales YoY, prior -7.2% 10am: Oct. Pending Home Sales (MoM), est. 0.8%, prior -2.3% 10:30am: Nov. Dallas Fed Manf. Activity, est. 17.0, prior 14.6 Central Bank speakers: 3pm: Fed’s Williams gives opening remarks at NY Innovation Center 3:05pm: Powell Makes Opening Remarks at New York Fed Innovation Event 3:15pm: Fed’s Hassan moderates panel introducing NY Innovation Center 5:05pm: Fed’s Bowman Discusses Central bank and Indigenous Economies DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap Last night Henry in my team put out a Q&A looking at what we know about Omicron (link here) as many risk assets put in their worst performance of the year on Friday after it exploded into view. The main reason for the widespread concern is the incredibly high number of mutations, with 32 on the spike protein specifically, which is the part of the virus that allows it to enter human cells. That’s much more than we’ve seen for previous variants, and raises the prospect it could be a more transmissible version of the virus, although scientists are still assessing this. South Africa is clearly where it has been discovered (not necessarily originated from) and where it has been spreading most. The fact that’s it’s become the dominant strain there in just two weeks hints at its higher level of contagiousness. However the read through to elsewhere is tough as the country has only fully vaccinated 24% of its population, relative to at least 68% in most of the larger developed countries bar the US which languishes at 58%. It could still prove less deadly (as virus variants over time mostly are) but if it is more contagious that could offset this and it could still cause similar healthcare issues, especially if vaccines are less protective. On the other hand the South African doctor who first alerted authorities to the unusual symptoms that have now been found to have been caused by Omicron, was on numerous media platforms over the weekend suggesting that the patients she has seen with it were exhausted but generally had mild symptoms. However she also said her patients were from a healthy cohort so we can’t relax too much on this. However as South African cases rise we will get a lot of clues from hospitalisation data even if only 6% of the country is over 65s. My personal view is that we’ll get a lot of information quite quickly around how bad this variant is. The reports over the weekend that numerous cases of Omicron have already been discovered around the world, suggests it’s probably more widespread than people think already. So we will likely soon learn whether these patients present with more severe illness and we’ll also learn of their vaccination status before any official study is out. The only caveat would be that until elderly patients have been exposed in enough scale we won’t be able to rule out the more negative scenarios. Before all that the level of restrictions have been significantly ramped up over the weekend in many countries. Henry discusses this in his note but one very significant one is that ALL travellers coming into (or back to) the UK will have to self isolate until they get a negative PCR test. This sort of thing will dramatically reduce travel, especially short business trips. Overnight Japan have effectively banned ALL foreign visitors. I appreciate its dangerous to be positive on covid at the moment but you only have to look at the UK for signs that boosters are doing a great job. Cases in the elderly population continue to collapse as the roll out progresses well and overall deaths have dropped nearly 20% over the last week to 121 (7-day average) - a tenth of where they were at the peak even though cases have recently been 80-90% of their peak levels. If Europe are just lagging the UK on boosters rather than anything more structural, most countries should be able to control the current wave all things being equal. However Omicron could make things less equal but it would be a huge surprise if vaccines made no impact. Stocks in Asia are trading cautiously but remember that the US and Europe sold off more aggressively after Asia closed on Friday. So the lack of major damage is insightful. The Nikkei (-0.02%), Shanghai Composite (-0.14%), CSI (-0.22%), KOSPI (-0.47%) and Hang Seng (-0.68%) are only slightly lower. Treasury yields, oil, and equity futures are all rising in Asia. US treasury yields are up 4-6bps across the curve, Oil is c.+4.5% higher, while the ZAR is +1.31%. Equity futures are trading higher with the S&P 500 (+0.71%) and DAX (+0.84%) futures in the green. In terms of looking ahead, we may be heading into December this week but there’s still an incredibly eventful period ahead on the market calendar even outside of Omicron. We have payrolls on Friday which could still have a big impact on what the Fed do at their important December 15 FOMC and especially on whether they accelerate the taper. Wednesday (Manufacturing) and Friday (Services) see the latest global PMIs which will as ever be closely watched even if people will suggest that the latest virus surge and now Omicron variant may make it backward looking. Elsewhere in the Euro Area, we’ll get the flash CPI estimate for November tomorrow (France and Italy on the same day with Germany today), and we’ll hear from Fed Chair Powell as he testifies (with Mrs Yellen) before congressional committees tomorrow and Wednesday. There’s lots of other Fed speakers this week (ahead of their blackout from this coming weekend) and last week there was a definite shift towards a faster taper bias, even amongst the doves on the committee with Daly being the most important potential convert. Fed speakers this week might though have to balance the emergence of the new variant with the obvious point that without it the Fed is a fair bit behind the curve. Importantly but lurking in the background, Friday is also the US funding deadline before another government shutdown. History would suggest a tense last minute deal but it’s tough to predict. Recapping last week now and the emergence of the new variant reshaped the whole week even if ahead of this, continued case growth across Europe prompted renewed lockdown measures and travel bans across the continent. Risk sentiment clearly plummeted on Friday. The S&P 500 fell -2.27%, the biggest drop since October 2020, while the Stoxx 600 fell -3.67%, the biggest one-day decline since the original Covid-induced risk off in March 2020. The S&P 500 was -2.20% lower last week, while the Stoxx 600 was down -4.53% on the week. 10yr treasury, bund, and gilt yields declined -16.1bps, -8.7bps, and -14.5bps, undoing the inflation and policy response-driven selloff from earlier in the week. The drop in 10yr treasury and gilt yields were the biggest one-day declines since the original Covid-driven rally in March 2020, while the drop in bund yields was the largest since April 2020. 10yr treasury, bund, and gilt yields ended the week -7.3bps lower, +0.7bps higher, and -5.4bps lower, respectively. Measures of inflation compensation declined due to the anticipated hit to global demand, with 10yr breakevens in the US and Germany -6.8bps and -8.8bps lower Friday, along with Brent and WTI futures declining -11.55% and -13.06%, respectively. Investors pushed back the anticipated timing of rate hikes. As it stands, the first full Fed hike is just about priced for July, and 2 hikes are priced for 2022. This follows a hawkish tone from even the most dovish FOMC members and the November FOMC minutes last week. The prevailing sentiment was the FOMC was preparing to accelerate their asset purchase taper at the December meeting to enable inflation-fighting rate hikes earlier in 2022. Understanding the impact of the new variant will be crucial for interpreting the Fed’s reaction function, though. The impact may not be so obvious; while a new variant would certainly hurt global demand and portend more policy accommodation, it will also likely prompt more virus-avoiding behaviour in the labour market, preventing workers from returning to pre-Covid levels. Whether the Fed decides to accommodate these sidelined workers for longer, or to re-think what constitutes full employment in a Covid world should inform your view on whether they accelerate tapering in December. It feels like a lifetime ago but last week also saw President Biden nominate Chair Powell to head the Fed for another term, and for Governor Brainard to serve as Vice Chair. The announcement led to a selloff in rates as the more dovish Brainard did not land the head job. In Germany, the center-left SPD, Greens, and liberal FDP agreed to a full coalition deal. The traffic-light coalition agreed to restore the debt break in 2023, after being suspended during the pandemic, and to raise the minimum wage to €12 per hour. The SPD’s Olaf Scholz will assume the Chancellorship. The US, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and UK announced releases of strategic petroleum reserves. Oil prices were higher following the announcement, in part because releases were smaller than anticipated but, as mentioned, prices dropped precipitously on Friday on the global demand impact of the new Covid variant. The ECB released the minutes of the October Governing Council meeting, where officials stressed the need to maintain optionality in their policy setting. They acknowledged growing upside risks to inflation but stressed the importance of not overreacting in setting policy as they see how inflation scenarios might unfold. Tyler Durden Mon, 11/29/2021 - 08:01.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytNov 29th, 2021