To Mask or Not to Mask. That is the question.
From January 2020 to December 2020, this is a video timeline, taking you from “You don’t need to wear a mask” to “Wear a mask, or risk being fined.” I think watching it shows why the public has such a visceral reaction to masks; so many mixed messages. (And don’t get me started on the vaccine.)
Was the Coronavirus an accident or a weapon?
Matthew Pottinger, who is President Donald Trump‘s respected Deputy National Security Adviser, told politicians from around the world that even China’s leaders now openly admit their previous claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan market are false.
Mr Pottinger said that the latest intelligence points to the virus leaking from the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology, 11 miles from the market, saying: ‘There is a growing body of evidence that the lab is likely the most credible source of the virus.’
Accident or not, the virus originated in China. Will China pay reparations to the world? If not, why not? Click here to read the full article I quoted.
Bitcoin Just Broke $600 Billion
Bitcoin, fresh from one of the wildest years in its short history, has suddenly surged higher again, breaking through the psychological $30,000 per bitcoin level and taking bitcoin’s total value past $600 billion.
The bitcoin price is up almost 10% in the first two days of 2021 alone, putting it in poll position to become one of the year’s best performing assets and helping it eclipse the market capitalization of payments giant Visa.
I’m adding Bitcoin to the list of trends I heard about early and regret not acting on once I did. Click here for the rest of the story on Bitcoin. Mental note: Don’t sleep on Miami (or you might be sorry again.)
Have you lost your mother fatherin’ mind?
I understand the desire to be inclusive and fair. However, there are times when it seems that good intentions go too far. Democratic California Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern, chairman of the Rules Committee, announced changes to the House rules that will “honor all gender identities” by modifying the pronouns and familial relations references in the rules, the Committee on Rules announced.
Among the highlights: References to fathers, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and in-laws would be changed to “parent, child, sibling, spouse, or parent-in-law,” according to the resolution. Extended family members would be referred to as “child’s parent” instead of aunt or uncle, stepparents, and siblings-in-law.
It seems a bit much to me. Read more about it here and see what you think.
At what point did this become normal?
A leader of a new political party inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement has called for a ‘race offenders‘ register’ that would see people barred from jobs based on having been accused of ‘micro-aggressions’ in the workplace.
This is not the first time a “registry of offenders” has been shopped to the public. I did a podcast on a similar idea where Yelp was tracking “racist” restaurants. This kind of thinking is BEYOND dangerous and something the world has seen before. Do we really want it again? I do not. Click here for the article I quoted above.
Because small biz has not suffered enough
The Internal Revenue Service is planning to ramp up audits of smaller businesses and their investors by about 50% next year, following years of persistently low examination rates, an agency official said Tuesday. The result could be a surge in audits of companies ranging from mom-and-pop retail stores and technology startups to investment funds that have historically faced only infrequent checks thanks to the time and effort required at the IRS.
This feels like a continuation of the biggest transfer of wealth in history since the Coronavirus pandemic began. Government mandates forced businesses to close permanently and now, those remaining may be audited into oblivion. Maybe I’m going a bit tinfoil here but, maybe not. Read the story here.
She said yes, but was it really a no?
A man’s romantic proposal atop an Austrian mountain ended in disaster Sunday moments after his new fiancée said, “Yes” — when she slipped and plunged off a 650-foot cliff, according to the Sun. The 32-year-old woman miraculously survived when snow broke her fall from the mountain at the Falkert resort in Carinthia, the outlet reported. Her 27-year-old partner tried to grab her but took a tumble himself, soaring 50 feet through the air before grabbing a ledge and holding on for dear life, the Sun reported, citing Bild.
They both survived so maybe love does conquer all.
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