Elvis Costello – Watching The Detectives

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The new deluxe album ‘Look Now’ is out now, order here: https://ElvisCostello.lnk.to/LookNow Explore more music from Elvis Costello: https://lnk.to/wWTFS Music video by Elvis Costello performing Watching The Detectives. (C) 1977 Elvis Costello under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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America is on the verge of another big mistake in the mid-term elections. Watching the Detectives is our soundtrack for this preventable error of judgment. We all know the tumult in our post-pandemic world is chaos created by our universal fear and a general longing for certainty. Do we blame pandemic supply chain economic uncertainty, climate change acceleration, political uncertainty, the uncertainty created by your elected leaders, general disarray caused by master manipulators, outside election interference, voter disenfranchisement engineered by dark money sources, 10-word response answers to complex problems? Are we simply compliant sheep or do we have the inner strength to resist manipulation?  Perhaps instead of looking backward on some Utopian, simpler time that probably never existed, we move forward together as Americans.

Let’s start with some indisputable facts about the first-year accomplishments of the Biden administration.

1) $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package

One of Biden’s flagship victories last year was the approval of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, drastically increasing investment in the national network of bridges and roads, airports, public transport, national broadband internet, waterways, and energy systems.

The House passed the bipartisan bill in November by 228 votes to 206, with 13 breaking ranks to join the Democrats supporting the bill. Biden initially released the proposed bill in March, which the Senate first approved in August.

In a White House statement, the Biden administration claimed the bill would help tackle growing inflation by easing supply chain disruptions.

Republicans and moderate Democrats feared the bill’s high budget would likely contribute to the ballooning inflation, despite a group of 15 Nobel Prize-winning economists backing the bill.

In a video Tweeted November 8, Biden said: “We’re doing so much with this legislation. It will make it easier for companies to get goods to market faster and reduce supply chain bottlenecks, now and for decades.

Fact: “The United States did finish 2021 with some 6.6 million more jobs than it started the previous January. This exceeded the previous one-year record of 4.2 million additional jobs in 1979.

2) The $1.9 trillion COVID relief deal

In March, the Biden administration passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package to help the country combat the ongoing COVID pandemic.

The package provided direct payments of up to $1,400 to many struggling U.S. citizens, temporarily extended unemployment support by $300 per week, channeled approximately $20 billion into the COVID vaccination program, as well as provided $25 billion in rental support and a further $350 billion into state, tribal and local relief efforts.

The legislation was also designed to tackle child poverty and nutritional issues across the country. The bill invested almost $30 billion in restaurants and hospitality and raised the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program support by 15 percent. Additionally, an extra $120 billion were invested into K-12 schools across the nation.

Additionally, 209 million Americans have received the full dose of the COVID vaccination, and 249 million — 74 percent of the U.S. population — have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

3) Highest appointment of federal judges since Reagan

Biden has appointed 41 federal judges in his opening year at the White House. This is more than double those set by his predecessor Donald Trump and is the most a president has appointed in their freshman year since Ronald Reagan in 1981.

The president has also been mindful of issues of representation in his appointments over the last year, as 80 percent of the new federal judges are women, and 53 percent are people of color.

In the long run, the federal judiciary’s new look could have a lasting effect, as the lower courts are believed to be the trial stage for future Supreme Court contenders.

Since sworn in last January, Biden has nominated 73 individuals to federal judgeships.

4) Halt on Federal Executions

President Biden is an opponent of the federal penalty and therefore reinstated a national freeze on federal executions, which had been in
place for 17 years until former president Donald Trump ended the pause.

In July, the Biden administration opted to restore the pre-Trump status quo and suspended federal executions while the Department of Justice assessed the existing procedures and policies.

The pause does not enable the President to halt executions at the state level, though the Biden administration has vowed to eradicate capital punishment at the federal level.

Before Biden’s pause, there had been 13 federal executions under Trump.

5) Commitment to Combating Climate Change

During his presidential campaign and since taking office, Biden has been a vocal supporter of the need for a greater effort to tackle the climate crisis.

Shortly after coming to power, Biden re-joined the international Paris Climate Accord, which Trump had parted ways with, allowing the U.S. to continue to work with global players in the worldwide drive to deter the climate’s deterioration.

Last November, the President joined an additional agreement to reverse deforestation and presented a 100-country strong pledge to reduce greenhouse emissions by at least 30 percent by 2030.

Additionally, in December, Biden ordered all government agencies to immediately halt the financing of new international carbon-intensive fossil fuel projects and instead work towards clean energy use.

Despite the Biden administration’s commitment to tackling the climate crisis, the U.S. did not sign a global pledge designed to end the use of coal power that was announced at the summit.

6) Support for Transgender Service Members

Within his first week at the White House, Biden issued an executive order to overturn the Trump-era ban on openly transgender members of theU.S. military.

The original ban was first announced by Trump during his first year in power, as the former president tweeted that the U.S. military would cease to allow transgender Americans from serving in the military, claiming it imposed “tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

Trump’s ban came into effect in April 2019, and existing transgender personnel remained in service, but recruits were turned back.

According to the Department of Defence data analyzed by the non-profit group Palm Center, there were approximately 8,980 active transgender troops in service in 2019.

Biden’s repeal represents a considerable step forward in the fight for transgender rights in the U.S.. However, it has not been considered as pivotal as Barack Obama’s 2010 decision to overturn the longstanding Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

7) Reduced unemployment

The Biden administration has also been challenged to restore a semblance of normalcy to an economy burdened by the pandemic. In his freshman year, Biden managed to reduce the rate of national unemployment.

In December, the national unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent, while jobless claims sunk to their lowest levels since 1969. When Biden took office, the unemployment rate stood at 6.3 percent.

Despite the growing inflation, wages paid by private businesses increased 2.4 percent from January through October last year, while disposable income rose by 3 percent.

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Is Q From QAnon Dead? | The Search for Q

 

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How To Prepare For The GLOBAL RECESSION & Build Wealth In The Process! | Raoul Pal

 

 

 

 

Wishing your way to wealth and success, complaining about who is wealthy, and riding the wave of misplaced time, money and effort are not why you’re here. Stock markets, investment portfolios, 401Ks, and bank accounts look like the stuff global disasters are made of. You’re living through weird times and having a biological experience of unforeseen proportions when you look at the global economic sh*t storm we’re in. So the top 5 ideas and people you’re spending time with matter more than ever. Perspective is key, and you can decide if you live in a friendly or hostile world. Raoul Pal, CEO, and co-founder of Real Vision, has some ideas that can help average up how you think about getting through our current recession. Whether your money is all in crypto, in a 401k that’s reduced by half, or in none of the above, the ideas that Raoul shares in this episode maybe some of the most important ideas you’ve ever heard. Are you still living and acting based on an American Dream that died decades ago? Does the thought of buying during a market drop scare you or excite you?

Listening to these conversations between Raoul and Tom will break some of your ideas apart and allow you to put together a new and improved perspective that will allow you to thrive during this recession and maybe even get a little excited. Resources Mentioned: The Alchemy of Finance: https://www.amazon.com/Alchemy-Financ… SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction Raoul Pal 0:27 | Thrive in the Economic Collapse 41:39 | Crypto 101 Masterclass 1:11:59 | Recession 101 Masterclass 1:41:51 | The Biggest Opportunity 2:13:30 | Adapt to the Changing World Order QUOTES: “Even if it’s in the bank. It’s not your money [7:13] “Humans have a propensity to borrow to create this image of their future self. The future self was the amazing United States of America, that dream that we had in the 50s. That dream died decades ago.” [9:41] “You should be looking at the moments of extreme weakness, the blood on the streets moment, to be buying more…” [20:43] “He who has cash in a recession is king, so that’s that combination of income and opportunity. You’ve got income, some cash, and now everything is on fire sale prices; you’re the king.” [26:24] “Don’t look at your wealth loss from peak; that’s stupid. That’s the American dream fixating on something that doesn’t exist.” [28:53] “We don’t buy the S&P because we want to hang it on our wall. We buy it cause we want to sell it at a future date to realize money. So, that means our future selves are now poorer, […] that’s what currency debasement is.” [44:47] “Leverage allows you to borrow future money to use now.” [1:31:07] “What matters is your liquid net worth, the money you’ve got available to invest, and I’m 100% in crypto, and I feel like I’m underexposed.” [1:50:52] “That’s the beauty of bitcoin, […] You’re a VC investor in the future platform of the internet of value, and you’re paying nobody any fees.” [2:02:13] “Change is happening, and you can fear it, but you’re not going to stop it.” [2:21:04] Follow Raoul Pal: Website: https://www.realvision.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaoulGMI LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raoul-pal… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBH5…

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Noel Casler Podcast – Episode 78

 

Noel discusses Trump’s treason, Mar a Lago affidavit, and Jared Kushner’s complicity in selling-out US Intelligence agencies and our foreign assets. GOP’s subterfuge, Biden’s big win for student loan relief, shares a backstage John Prine story and some thoughts on nature. 2022 NAC Productions INC.

Noel talks about NY AG Leticia James bringing the hammer down on Trump Org. Bill Barr’s Fox News subterfuge, Ron DeSantis’ Martha Vineyard stunt and fascism rise across the globe, climate change, and a backstage Leonard Cohen story. 2022 NAC Productions INC.

Noel Casler Podcast – Episode 81

Noel talks about Italy’s PM Meloni and fascism, Putin, and how Trump’s corruption has emboldened Authoritarianism and the ongoing GOP/MAGA extremism and how it ties in with anti-environmentalist forces. Noel shares a behind-the-scenes Prince story at the Super Bowl Halftime show in 2007. 2022 NAC Productions INC.

 

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Comedian Noel Casler tells the Celebrity Apprentice Trump tales before his Ramshead Annapolis gig

 

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Andrew Yang On UBI, Redefining Progress & Human-Centered Capitalism

 

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Beto FLIPS Trump voters in STUNNING town hall appearance

 

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Searching For Light with Radhanath Swami | Rich Roll Podcast

 

Thanks for watching! Read all about Radhanath Swami here 👉🏼 https://bit.ly/richroll543A

Radhanath Swami is a spiritual guru, mystic, author & humanitarian. A monk in the Bhakti tradition for nearly 50 years, Radhanath has dedicated his life to helping people find meaning while leading social initiatives which feed, house, and heal millions of those in need. Today His Holiness Radhanath Swami shares his thoughts with Rich Roll on compassion, unity, and the importance of having a spiritual practice.

0:00 – Introduction 1:44 – Making Connection in Disconnected Times 11:09 – Unity is Strength 16:06 – How Today Compares to the Civil Rights Era 19:07 – The Beginning of a Spiritual Quest 25:46 – Responding to a Call from Within 29:10 – Searching for Direction 32:27 – The Journey to India 37:49 – Finding Transformation 39:33 – Radhanath Swami on Religion 46:40 – What was the Calling to Bhakti Yoga? 54:24 – Harmonizing the Heart and the Head 58:16 – Finding Your Life’s Compass 1:01:09 – 4 Practices to Follow 1:05:55 – The Meditative Practice of Japa 1:12:26 – Getting Past Barriers to New Spiritual Expression 1:19:49 – Being a Monk in the Modern Age 1:21:58 – Govardhan Eco Village 1:29:57 – Meeting Barack Obama 1:31:58 – Some Practical Spiritual Advice 1:34:43 – The Two Egos 1:35:44 – Closing Remarks
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Oil companies swam in record profits over the last few months at a time when many Americans struggled to pay for gasoline, food, and other basic necessities. On Friday, Exxon Mobil booked an unprecedented $17.85 billion profit for the second quarter and Chevron made a record $11.62 billion. In Aggregate, oil companies including aforementioned netted 60Billion in profits over the last 3 months.  What are they doing with these record profits: buying back company stock-thus increasing share value for the company.  

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