The Week In Podcasts: TNI, H1-Bs, Vaccines and more…

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And now, podcasts galore! Enjoy.

Jim

Podcast – Can we trust the Trusted News Initiative?

A big thank you to my readers who keep me sending me interesting breadcrumbs to follow online because they lead to my more interesting rants. The latest curiosity presented to me was the Trusted News Initiative (TNI). Who are they? I had no idea before today, but now I wish I knew less about this radical bunch motivated by hubris. Tune in for the details of a powerful group dedicated to censorship for the greater good. | Click here to listen to this podcast.

The Retro Lounge Podcast Series

Podcast – Lies, Discouraged Workers and “H1-B Only” Jobs

Original air date: June 11, 2008 – Karen is ecstatic when she is right and Jim can only grin and bear it. Did you know that there was a minimum wage for IT Workers? (Jim didn’t know either.) Want a government spanking? Advertise a job for H1-B candidates only. (Duh! What were they thinking?) Fussing, fighting and general bickering occurs between Karen and Jim, but how is that different from all of our shows? Plus, belated birthday wishes for Jim. Hear it all now on – The Recruiters Lounge podcast. | Click here to listen to this podcast.

More great podcasts!

  • The Faucian Bargain: How cultish devotion to one man’s direction is destroying America – Dr. Anthony Fauci may be the biggest fraud in modern American history. His direction has guided American policy even when that direction changes constantly. On this episode of NOQ Report, we talked to Todd Erzen, co-author of the book “Faucian Bargain: The Most Powerful and Dangerous Bureaucrat in American History.”
  • Immigration attorney wants asylum seekers to be able to apply from their home country – When we booked attorney Renata Castro on the NOQ Report, we expected there to be plenty of arguments. What we found was disagreement on some topics but room for discussion on others. One in particular was reforming asylum laws, with which we agreed.
  • Two Mike discuss the absolute cruelty of Joseph Biden – Today The Two MIkes scratched their itch to rant on a number of issues, while throwing in a few detailed, real-life examples on which their rants were based. Politics and not-intended to be won wars wars on Islamists, drugs, and poverty were covered, as were the absolute cruelty of Biden as shown by his apparently eager willingness to let enormous amounts of fentanyl flood the country, and Colonel Mike’s dissection of that odorous, two-faced wretch named George W. Bush. A couple of old men enjoyed the conversation, you might too.
  • Bishop Robert E. Smith: If you support a ministry that’s now pushing vaccines, ask for your money back – Today, The Two Mikes had the pleasure of speaking again with Bishop Robert Smith. Colonel Mike started the discussion by asking the Bishop what could possibly cause the great breadth and depth of sinfulness, and even depravity, that seems to be engulfing the United States, and how can that trend be reversed. 
  • The danger of the war on disinformation – The new buzzword among the Left is “disinformation.” The Elites are doing everything that they can to combat this supposed evil. While we should all should care about the truth, silencing and censoring speech you don’t like is not the answer. What is the solution? More speech. Right Speech.

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Podcast – Lies, Discouraged Workers and “H1-B Only” Jobs

The Retro Lounge Podcast Series

Original air date: June 11, 2008 – Karen is ecstatic when she is right and Jim can only grin and bear it. Did you know that there was a minimum wage for IT Workers? (Jim didn’t know either.) Want a government spanking? Advertise a job for H1-B candidates only. (Duh! What were they thinking?) Fussing, fighting and general bickering occurs between Karen and Jim, but how is that different from all of our shows? Plus, belated birthday wishes for Jim. Hear it all now on – The Recruiters Lounge podcast.

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Podcast – Can we trust the Trusted News Initiative?

A big thank you to my readers who keep me sending me interesting breadcrumbs to follow online because they lead to my more interesting rants. The latest curiosity presented to me was the Trusted News Initiative (TNI). Who are they? I had no idea before today, but now I wish I knew less about this radical bunch motivated by hubris. Tune in for the details of a powerful group dedicated to censorship for the greater good. 

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Why do blue states have more unemployment than red states?

NOTE: At some point, before bed, I read through 50+ news sources and share my findings here. If you like it, share it. If you don’t, share it. Follow my blog now to support my work or to find new reasons to complain about it. My opinions are my own. All tips are welcome.

So, this bit of data in Daily Mail was very interesting to me as it is something I don’t hear in the mainstream media, with the exception of Fox News. Here is a quote.

States that voted for President Joe Biden in the 2020 election experienced significantly larger declines in total employment during the pandemic than those that went for Donald Trump, a new analysis shows.

Between February and December of last year, states that went for Biden saw the total number of people working drop an average of 6.2 percent, versus a 2.5 percent decline in those voting for the Republican, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of federal jobs data.

The 13 states that saw the lowest decline in employment all lean strongly Republican, led by Alaska and Utah which actually saw employment increase by 0.7 and 0.3 percent respectively.

On the other end of the spectrum, 13 of the 14 states with the most significant pandemic job losses went for the Democratic candidate, led by Nevada with job losses of 10.2 percent, and Hawaii at 9.3 percent.

Wow. That is certainly illuminating. If it is true, and I have no reason to think otherwise, there would be some corroborating data from other sources. So, I took a look and found the following.

Here is a quote from Reason

For Harris, the economic wreckage from this borderless virus was self-evidently a federal issue. “The American Rescue Plan addresses these urgent challenges,” she tweeted February 16. “It’s time for Congress to act.”

But a closer look at state-by-state unemployment numbers reveals not uniform damage but striking variation. And the determining factor seems to have less to do with the pathogen and more to do with politics.

From February 1, 2020, when the pandemic really started to hit the United States, through the end of December, the net number of jobs decreased in 48 out of 50 states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But when you sort the results by the drop in the percentage of employment, a startling pattern emerges.

Each and every one of the 18 states that suffered the worst job losses during that span, ranging from Hawaii’s 13.6 percent to Nevada’s 6.9 percent, voted in November for Joe Biden. In 11 of those, Democrats control the statehouse and both chambers of the legislature.

Meanwhile, the 18 states with the lowest rates of employment change, ranging from Oklahoma’s 4.4 percent loss to Utah’s 0.3 percent gain, share their own anomalous political characteristic: They each feature unified Republican executive and legislative control of government. Only two of those 18, Arizona and Georgia, voted for Biden, and by the slimmest of margins.

And here is some info from UnemploymentData.com which evaluated unemployment rates back in 2017. I looked there because I wanted to see if there was any consistency over the years. And yes, there seemed to be. The lowest unemployment was once again – Republican states.

As illuminating as that is, there is a compelling argument to be made that while Republicans do best on the state level, on a federal level, Democratic presidents take the prize when lowering unemployment. When you look at the unemployment rate by President and Party, you get the chart below.

If you want to get more granular, look at this data from HistoryInPieces. It shows the rate of USA unemployment from 1948 – 2020. In a nutshell, Lyndon Johnson (D) had the lowest average unemployment rate across his presidency at 4.2 percent. Of the presidencies that have concluded, Gerald Ford’s (R) saw the highest average unemployment rate at over 7.8 percent, followed closely by Ronald Reagan (R) at over 7.5 percent. (Also notable, check out the 2.5% unemployment rate under Trump (R) prior to Covid-19 and the 12.5% after it hit, towards the end of his presidency.)

So, what does this tell me? Perhaps if we want a great economy, Republicans should run the states and Democrats run the White House? I’m not sure. When Bill Clinton was the President, the Congress was overwhelmingly Republican. When Ronald Reagan was in charge, Republicans controlled the Senate and the Democrats the House of Representatives. However, before Reagan left office, Democrats controlled the House and Senate. Maybe the answer to low unemployment is one party in the white house and the other controlling the Congress. As to which is best where, that’s something that can be argued ad nauseum. What is clear to me though is this, if an American Eagle is to fly, you’ll need both a left wing and a right wing.

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If masks work then, why stand six feet apart?

NOTE: At some point, before bed, I read through 50+ news sources and share my findings here. If you like it, share it. If you don’t, share it. Follow my blog now to support my work or to find new reasons to complain about it. My opinions are my own. All tips are welcome.

Another big thanks to my readers who continue to send me interesting things to consider and research further. Case in point, I received a series of questions that reveal a sort of logic that is quite intriguing; agree with it or not. I will pose them here along with articles that I am reading through the lenses of the questions posed.

If masks work then, why stand six feet apart?

If standing six feet apart works then, why the mask?

If masks and six feet both work then, why the lockdown?

If masks, six feet and lockdowns work then, why the vaccine?

If the vaccine is safe then, why the no-liability clause?

But, I digress. Ponder those questions as I share quotes from articles I found especially interesting today.

World’s Most-Vaccinated Nation Activates Curbs as Cases Rise

“Seychelles, which has fully vaccinated more of its population against the coronavirus than any other country, has closed schools and canceled sporting activities for two weeks as infections surge.

The measures, which include bans on the intermingling of households and the early closure of bars, come even as the country has fully vaccinated more than 60% of its adult population with two doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The curbs are similar to those last imposed at the end of 2020.

“Despite of all the exceptional efforts we are making, the Covid-19 situation in our country is critical right now, with many daily cases reported last week,” Peggy Vidot, the nation’s health minister, said at a press conference Tuesday.”

The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown

“Lurking among the jubilant Americans venturing back out to bars and planning their summer-wedding travel is a different group: liberals who aren’t quite ready to let go of pandemic restrictions. For this subset, diligence against COVID-19 remains an expression of political identity—even when that means overestimating the disease’s risks or setting limits far more strict than what public-health guidelines permit. In surveys, Democrats express more worry about the pandemic than Republicans do. People who describe themselves as “very liberal” are distinctly anxious. This spring, after the vaccine rollout had started, a third of very liberal people were “very concerned” about becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, compared with a quarter of both liberals and moderates, according to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina political scientist Marc Hetherington. And 43 percent of very liberal respondents believed that getting the coronavirus would have a “very bad” effect on their life, compared with a third of liberals and moderates.

Last year, when the pandemic was raging and scientists and public-health officials were still trying to understand how the virus spread, extreme care was warranted. People all over the country made enormous sacrifices—rescheduling weddings, missing funerals, canceling graduations, avoiding the family members they love—to protect others. Some conservatives refused to wear masks or stay home, because of skepticism about the severity of the disease or a refusal to give up their freedoms. But this is a different story, about progressives who stressed the scientific evidence, and then veered away from it.

For many progressives, extreme vigilance was in part about opposing Donald Trump. Some of this reaction was born of deeply felt frustration with how he handled the pandemic. It could also be knee-jerk.  “If he said, ‘Keep schools open,’ then, well, we’re going to do everything in our power to keep schools closed,” Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at UC San Francisco, told me. 

WATCH: CNN host suggests SHUNNING people who don’t get vaccinated

In a clip from a segment on “struggling to get to herd immunity,” CNN host Michael Smerconish, quoting a law professor, spoke about the need for both positive and negative motivation for Americans to get their vaccination.

Smerconish went so far as to suggest shunning Americans who decide not to get vaccinated may be the answer. (Watch the video here.)

And finally, these articles…

Am I inferring that you should not take a vaccine to fight against Covid-19? No, not at all. (Consult your doctor for what is best for you.) The purpose of sharing this info, like all info I share, is to inspire your own research efforts. I am not an expert and do not claim to have the answers. I do have plenty of questions and I hope you have a few more at this point as well.

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