A Word About that Historic Bounce in US Services PMIs: No, the Service Sector Didn’t Hit New Highs. It Stopped Plunging | Wolf Street

Employment in June dropped further in the services and non-manufacturing sectors. And this is where the vast majority of Americans are employed — and many of those jobs are well-paid. These two PMIs are two more indicators that contradict the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ off-the-deep-end jobs report last Thursday. The Labor Department had already contradicted … Continue reading A Word About that Historic Bounce in US Services PMIs: No, the Service Sector Didn’t Hit New Highs. It Stopped Plunging | Wolf Street

Mall and Hotel Loans Are Blowing up Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities | Wolf Street

The delinquency rate for Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) spiked by 317 basis points to 10.3% in June, after having spiked by 481 basis points in May, which had been the largest month-to-month spike in the data going back to 2009, according to Trepp, which tracks securitized mortgages for institutional clients.Mall and Hotel Loans Are … Continue reading Mall and Hotel Loans Are Blowing up Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities | Wolf Street

Jared Kushner, Trump’s Golf Buddy and McConnell’s In-Laws Cashed In on PPP Loans

The family of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will benefit from PPP, for example, according to reporting from ProPublica. A news website called The New York Observer, once owned by Kushner and now managed by an investment firm run by his brother-in-law, received a loan somewhere in the range of $350,000 to $1 million. … Continue reading Jared Kushner, Trump’s Golf Buddy and McConnell’s In-Laws Cashed In on PPP Loans

Trump’s Niece Says He Paid a Friend to Take the SAT For Him in High School

In the book, which is titled Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, Mary Trump makes several startling allegations, including the claim that the president paid someone to sit and take the SAT collegiate entrance exam on his behalf back when he was a high school student in Queens, New … Continue reading Trump’s Niece Says He Paid a Friend to Take the SAT For Him in High School

Washington eviction moratorium extended to August 1 amid coronavirus crisis | king5.com

It prohibits, with limited exceptions, residential evictions and late fees on unpaid rent. It also requires landlords to offer residents a repayment plan to catch up on unpaid rent.The proclamation, which Inslee signed Tuesday, also bans retaliation against tenants and creates a legal defense for tenant lawsuits.Washington eviction moratorium extended to August 1 amid coronavirus … Continue reading Washington eviction moratorium extended to August 1 amid coronavirus crisis | king5.com

MA lawmakers still working to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 | WWLP

BOSTON (SHNS) – Their goal is to power Massachusetts using 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2050, and the elected officials who have signed on in support of this plan have outlined how they intend to make it happen.  Massachusetts isn’t alone in this effort. Right now, more than a dozen other states are also … Continue reading MA lawmakers still working to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 | WWLP

Tucson Electric Power plans to end use of coal-generated electricity by 2032 | Local news | tucson.com

In a dramatic policy shift, Tucson Electric Power says it will stop using coal to generate electricity by 2032 and will increase renewable energy’s share of its energy load to more than 70% by 2035.The utility already had planned to start up two New Mexico wind farms and a solar storage plant in the Tucson … Continue reading Tucson Electric Power plans to end use of coal-generated electricity by 2032 | Local news | tucson.com

Solar farm fitted with batteries to meet grid output control requirements goes online in Japan | Energy Storage News

One of the first large-scale solar farms in Japan so far to be equipped with battery storage in order to meet the requirements of a local grid operator and utility, has been completed on the island of Hokkaido. Telecoms and tech company Softbank’s clean energy subsidiary SB Energy and financing entity Mitsubishi UFJ announced on … Continue reading Solar farm fitted with batteries to meet grid output control requirements goes online in Japan | Energy Storage News

DDT: Week 180 – Failures for the Fourth | Nel’s New Day

Polling shows that more and more people see DDT as a failure:Polling shows that more and more people see DDT as a failure: 60 percent disapprove of DDT’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.65 percent think that the pandemic is getting worse.51 percent support the Black Lives Matter movement with only 32 percent in opposition.70 percent think that … Continue reading DDT: Week 180 – Failures for the Fourth | Nel’s New Day

Confederate memorials are not about Confederates

The Southern cause is, and was, only ever about slavery. And slavery was only ever about greed. Even white supremacy is just a sideshow to that cause—a salve to excuse raw cruelty, abuse, and inhumanity toward fellow humans. Slavery didn’t happen because white men thought themselves superior. It happened because slavery was profitable. The myth … Continue reading Confederate memorials are not about Confederates

PAIR – Put America in Reverse

Nel's New Day

Once upon a time, Fourth of July celebrations were redolent of picnics; people got together with friends and waited for dark for local fireworks. This year was very different and not only because of the COVID-19 threat. In the new normal, Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) gave racist, divisive speeches to bolster his small base of voters who want to keep the revisionist history of a white nation where not even the Indigenous people belong. Anyone who disagrees belongs to the “angry mob” who wants to “trample on our freedoms.”

In the past week, DDT has lied about his ignoring the Russians’ paying Talibans to kill U.S. troops while he now accuses protesters for social justice of being “un-American.” This came after he called on military police to attack lawful peaceful protesters although he has no objection to people dying of COVID-19. His biggest fight at this time, however, is to…

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‘Target Karen’ Obliterates Store’s Face Mask Display, Then Claims She’s White House Spokesperson: WATCH – Towleroad Gay News

When Target employees tried to stop her, she snapped at them, saying, “You let everybody else do it, but I can’t do it because I’m a blond white woman?” When the police arrived, “Target Karen” proclaimed that she was a spokesperson for QAnon and the White House.” “Call Donald Trump and ask him if you … Continue reading ‘Target Karen’ Obliterates Store’s Face Mask Display, Then Claims She’s White House Spokesperson: WATCH – Towleroad Gay News

China Is About to Run Out of Places to Store Crude Oil | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

China is almost out of space to hold the oil that domestic traders bought at bargain-basement prices earlier this year when the Covid-19 pandemic crushed global crude demand. As of Wednesday, China had used up 69% of its crude oil storage capacity with the 33.4 million tons it had stockpiled, up by 24% from the … Continue reading China Is About to Run Out of Places to Store Crude Oil | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

US Coal Exports Tumble To New Low – Freight News | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

US coal exports tumbled to a 3.5-year low 4.28 million mt in May, as metallurgical and bituminous coal both saw declines, while subbituminous exports rose on the month, according to US Census Bureau data released July 2. May coal exports were down 13.9% from 4.97 million mt in April and the lowest since 3.88 million … Continue reading US Coal Exports Tumble To New Low – Freight News | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Americas Tanker Quarterly Pandemic Effects Intensify Summer Doldrums Into Q3 | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Oil demand destruction, reduced refinery run rates and overall economic slowdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic have intensified the typical slow period in the Americas tanker markets and positioned the third quarter to be bearish, as barrels sold out of floating storage will increase global tonnage avails.The VLCC, or Very Large Crude Carrier, freight market has … Continue reading Americas Tanker Quarterly Pandemic Effects Intensify Summer Doldrums Into Q3 | Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Deadly Brain-Eating Amoeba Confirmed in Florida

Health officials in Florida have sounded the alarm over the discovery of a rare, brain-eating amoeba in the county that encompasses Tampa and several other cities. The Florida Department of Health announced the news Friday that a person in Hillsborough County had suffered a confirmed infection of naegleria fowleri, a single-celled living amoeba that can … Continue reading Deadly Brain-Eating Amoeba Confirmed in Florida

Ghislaine Maxwell transferred into a Brooklyn jail | © blogfactory

The girls say she procured them for Epstein then befriended them to make them feel comfortable around her, before subjecting them to sexual servitude.  On occasions, Maxwell is accused of sexually abusing the children herself by taking part in group sex with Epstein and the girls.  She is also facing two counts of perjury for … Continue reading Ghislaine Maxwell transferred into a Brooklyn jail | © blogfactory

Trump Attacks Bubba Wallace, Defends Confederate Flag

President Trump is being racist again. In a tweet Monday morning, the self-proclaimed “least racist person” on the planet attacked Bubba Wallace, the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR’s top racing series, and criticized the sport’s decision to ban the Confederate flag.The tweet appears to be part of a broader strategy borne of Trump’s apparent belief … Continue reading Trump Attacks Bubba Wallace, Defends Confederate Flag

Biden Now Up To 106 Billionaire Donors; Trump Has 93

Joe Biden extended his lead over Donald Trump in the race for the most billionaire donors in May, according to a review of documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. The former vice president, who has received donations from 106 billionaires and their spouses, added six new donors last month. President Trump, meanwhile, got just … Continue reading Biden Now Up To 106 Billionaire Donors; Trump Has 93

These Photos Show the Staggering Food Bank Lines Across America – Mother Jones

Food banks across the United States are struggling amid droves of hungry Americans in need of a meal. And images from photographers around the country show the horrifying number of Americans lining up to receive food assistance.According to the Guardian, the number of people lining up in Phoenix, Arizona has tripled. Across southern Arizona, it doubled. In … Continue reading These Photos Show the Staggering Food Bank Lines Across America – Mother Jones

Virginia Giuffre’s Lawyers Must ‘Destroy’ Jeffrey Epstein Files | Law & Crime

Preska determined that certain discovery materials covered by a years-old protective order “are not properly in possession” of Giuffre’s current legal team and “thus must be destroyed.” That means that they can’t have copies of the documents in question; it does not mean that all copies of the documents will be deleted from existence. Additionally, … Continue reading Virginia Giuffre’s Lawyers Must ‘Destroy’ Jeffrey Epstein Files | Law & Crime

How The Confederados Kept The Confederacy Alive In Brazil

Rather than accept defeat, up to 20,000 die-hard Confederates moved to the slaveholding Empire of Brazil to establish colonies of Confederados. Their descendents still honor them today.The Norrises purchased three slaves and 500 acres of land near Santa Bárbara d’Oeste. By April 1866, their families had also made the journey. William and Robert then began a letter-writing … Continue reading How The Confederados Kept The Confederacy Alive In Brazil

Who Is Bill Gates? : The Corbett Report

Who is Bill Gates? A software developer? A businessman? A philanthropist? A global health expert? This question, once merely academic, is becoming a very real question for those who are beginning to realize that Gates’ unimaginable wealth has been used to gain control over every corner of the fields of public health, medical research and … Continue reading Who Is Bill Gates? : The Corbett Report

Trump gives fascistic rant at Mount Rushmore event held in defiance of health experts – Counter Information

In his speech, Trump sought to take advantage of attacks on monuments to leaders of the American Revolution and Civil War spearheaded by promoters of racial politics linked to the Democratic Party. He sought to wrap his fascistic and racist politics in the mantle of the Declaration of Independence and the Second American Revolution led by … Continue reading Trump gives fascistic rant at Mount Rushmore event held in defiance of health experts – Counter Information

Air Pollutants, PFAS Increase Coronavirus Deaths

The link between Covid-19 and air pollution is particularly strong. A study set to publish in July linked six air pollutants in 120 Chinese cities with cases of the viral disease. Researchers in Italy have also shown that long-term exposure to air pollution is “significantly correlated with cases of Covid-19” in up to 71 provinces in … Continue reading Air Pollutants, PFAS Increase Coronavirus Deaths

July 4th: Celebrating White Supremacy on Sacred Native Land | OpEdNews

The current US President began Independence Day celebrations on July 3 with a rousing message of White Supremacy on the deeply sacred and stolen land of the Lakota Sioux, at Mount Rushmore. The festivities included an Air Force One flyover and fireworks on land so excessively dry that it has been closed to fireworks for … Continue reading July 4th: Celebrating White Supremacy on Sacred Native Land | OpEdNews

Dr Sargis, M.D. – Toxic Chemicals In OTC And Prescription Medicines Chemical Free Life

“Through the prescribing of medications and the use of medical supplies, health care providers expose patients to chemicals that can disrupt the body’s natural hormones.  In order to provide ethically sound medical care, the health care community must be made aware of these risks, manufacturers must strive to identify and eliminate endocrine-disrupting chemicals from their … Continue reading Dr Sargis, M.D. – Toxic Chemicals In OTC And Prescription Medicines Chemical Free Life

Two patients die in now-halted study of Audentes gene therapy | BioPharma Dive

While other gene therapy studies have been stopped in recent years, the deaths observed in Audentes' trial are particularly worrisome.On May 6, Audentes told the groups that a patient treated with a high dose of AT132 had died from sepsis. Two others also given the high dose had then experienced serious side effects.Six weeks later, … Continue reading Two patients die in now-halted study of Audentes gene therapy | BioPharma Dive

Leaked data on Gilead’s remdesivir suggest drug didn’t help patients with COVID-19 | BioPharma Dive

Patients in China who received Gilead's experimental antiviral drug remdesivir did not appear to recover from COVID-19 any faster than those given a placebo, according to a summary of data posted in error Thursday on the World Health Organization's website.Leaked data on Gilead's remdesivir suggest drug didn't help patients with COVID-19 | BioPharma Dive

Trump Attacks Our Nation’s Free Press Part 1 | Full Frontal on TBS – YouTube

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/zwnoii6lzYYIf only the president were as passionate about (and we’re just spitballing here) coronavirus, police brutality, or Black lives, as he is about attacking the free press. I guess we’ll have to keep dreaming...until November 3rd.Trump Attacks Our Nation's Free Press Part 1 | Full Frontal on TBS - YouTube

Native American Woman to Trump Supporters: If Europeans Can Come Here, Why Can’t Refugees? – YouTube

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/TuDlLwsANA8Status Coup's Jenn Dize covered a dual rally in Washington, D.C. on July 6th. Here, a Native American woman challenges Trump supporters on immigration.Native American Woman to Trump Supporters: If Europeans Can Come Here, Why Can't Refugees? - YouTube

Lady Victoria Hervey Defends Prince Andrew And Epstein | Good Morning Britain – YouTube

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/KYhVIeDYjiI?t=209As you hear her talk about a 14 person dinner party she attended with Clinton, Trump, Epstein and other rich billionaires, you can tell that she is captive inside of this system of 'entitlement'. She is in denial about sex trafficked girls, and denies Epstein was guilty of anything. She is ACTIVELY defending Prince … Continue reading Lady Victoria Hervey Defends Prince Andrew And Epstein | Good Morning Britain – YouTube

Hollywood Producer (and Friend of Jeffrey Epstein) Steve Bing Dead After Falling Off a Building – The Vigilant Citizen

Share Tweet Email Steve Bing was mostly known for creating Shangri-La Entertainment, the production company behind several Hollywood movies including Kangourou Jack and The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks. Bing was also known for being a high-rolling financier who was close with several elite figures including Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein. In a 2019 Vanity Fair … Continue reading Hollywood Producer (and Friend of Jeffrey Epstein) Steve Bing Dead After Falling Off a Building – The Vigilant Citizen

Ghislaine Maxwell prepared to snitch on ‘big names’ to save herself

Steven Hoffenberg, a former business associate of Epstein’s (and who temporarily managed the New York Post in 1993), said, “She’s going to be naming some big names — not only in terms of those who abused underage girls at Epstein’s parties — but also those who made financial agreements with Epstein or benefited from his … Continue reading Ghislaine Maxwell prepared to snitch on ‘big names’ to save herself

Trump Supporters Yell ‘Go Home!’ At Native Americans Protesting Trump’s Speech In Their Land

Supporters of Donald Trump have a serious issue of entitlement. At least that was the case on Friday when they were yelling at Oglala Sioux protesters to “go home” for protesting against Trump’s Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore. The protesters argued that it is their land after the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, which … Continue reading Trump Supporters Yell ‘Go Home!’ At Native Americans Protesting Trump’s Speech In Their Land

China and New York Use Vitamin C For COVID-19!

Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai has four doctorate degrees from MIT, is a Fulbright scholar, and holds the patent on the invention of email! He is running for the US Senate from Massachusetts.In his open letter to President Trump, Dr. Shiva explained that medicine should never be based on “one size fits all”. It should recognize that people … Continue reading China and New York Use Vitamin C For COVID-19!

Dr Blaylock MD: Coronavirus Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy – U.S. Is ‘Out of Control’ Under Trump, 75 Percent of Americans Think – Dr. Brosseau – Masks-for-all for COVID-19 not based on sound data | CIDRAP – Jim Meehan, MD – Physician and Medical Journal Editor: Healthy People Should Not Wear Face Masks | A Green Road Journal

Never before in human history has an entire healthy GLOBAL population been put under house arrest and/or been forced to social distance and wear masks as a mandatory measure. For all previous pandemics or epidemics, those infected were quarantined, along with their contacts, but the rest of the world went about their business as normal. … Continue reading Dr Blaylock MD: Coronavirus Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy – U.S. Is ‘Out of Control’ Under Trump, 75 Percent of Americans Think – Dr. Brosseau – Masks-for-all for COVID-19 not based on sound data | CIDRAP – Jim Meehan, MD – Physician and Medical Journal Editor: Healthy People Should Not Wear Face Masks | A Green Road Journal

New WHO Guidelines for Face Masks Admit No Known Medical Benefits – Psychological Brain Washing

The World Health Organization released new guidelines for using masks this past week. The document is called: Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19 Some highlights: “The widespread use of masks by healthy people in the community setting is not yet supported by high quality or direct scientific evidence and there … Continue reading New WHO Guidelines for Face Masks Admit No Known Medical Benefits – Psychological Brain Washing

Dr. Brosseau – Masks-for-all for COVID-19 not based on sound data | CIDRAP

A randomized trial comparing the effect of medical and cloth masks on healthcare worker illness found that those wearing cloth masks were 13 times more likely to experience influenza-like illness than those wearing medical masks.38 In sum, very poor filter and fit performance of cloth masks described earlier and very low effectiveness for cloth masks … Continue reading Dr. Brosseau – Masks-for-all for COVID-19 not based on sound data | CIDRAP

Jim Meehan, MD – Physician and Medical Journal Editor: Healthy People Should Not Wear Face Masks

by Jim Meehan, MD During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts began telling us to follow a number of disease mitigation strategies that sounded reasonably scientific, but actually had little or no support in the scientific literature. Community wearing of masks was one of the more dangerous recommendations from our confused public health experts.The furin … Continue reading Jim Meehan, MD – Physician and Medical Journal Editor: Healthy People Should Not Wear Face Masks

Dr Blaylock MD: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy

Dr. Russell Blaylock warns that not only do face masks fail to protect the healthy from getting sick, but they also create serious health risks to the wearer. The bottom line is that if you are not sick, you should not wear a face mask. As businesses reopen, many are requiring shoppers and employees to … Continue reading Dr Blaylock MD: Face Masks Pose Serious Risks To The Healthy

Monsanto-Bayer Gets Bitten. But the Fight Is Far from Over.

In 2016, Christine Sheppard traveled to The Hague, Netherlands, to testify before the Monsanto Tribunal (which Organic Consumers Association helped organize).  Sheppard told the panel of lawyers and judges she believed Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller had caused her life-destroying non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She later joined tens of thousands of cancer victims who sued Monsanto (now owned by … Continue reading Monsanto-Bayer Gets Bitten. But the Fight Is Far from Over.

Duke Energy Florida Plans To Double Its Solar Power Capacity

You don’t have to hit the management team at Duke Energy over the head with a 2×4 to get them to wake up to the advantages of solar power, but it might help. Perhaps its executives have been spurred on by the massive investment by cross-state rival NextEra Energy, a division of Florida Power & … Continue reading Duke Energy Florida Plans To Double Its Solar Power Capacity

Watermelon Makes You Horny

In Saner Thought

The good news just keeps coming.  First, coffee puts lead in your pencil and increases the endurance factor and now there is good news about another fav of mine.  At my age, we look for all the help we can get.

Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body’s blood vessels, similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra, said scientists in Texas, one of the nation’s top producers of the seedless variety.

Found in the flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts with the body’s enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is changed into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems.

“Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it,” said Bhimu Patil, a researcher…

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Flooding below China’s Three Gorges raises questions about dam | Taiwan News

On Saturday and Sunday (June 27 and 28), multiple videos posted on social media showed the city of Yichang, which sits just below the Three Gorges Dam, experiencing extensive flooding. Residents were cited on social media as suspecting that the flooding was a result of the massive dam opening its sluice gates to relieve stress … Continue reading Flooding below China’s Three Gorges raises questions about dam | Taiwan News

China claims Three Gorges Dam in ‘elastic state’ after Google Maps shows warping | Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Images that appear to show China's Three Gorges Dam warping badly are causing concern on Chinese social media, but the Chinese government is downplaying the risk to the facility, which it declares is in an "elastic state."China claims Three Gorges Dam in 'elastic state' after Google Maps shows warping | Taiwan … Continue reading China claims Three Gorges Dam in ‘elastic state’ after Google Maps shows warping | Taiwan News