🌞 Merry Christmas – September 23 2021

Happy Thursday.

Kelly Clarkson released a Christmas single today. Christmas. We’re doing that right now? 

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In Case You Missed It. 

🍼 Experts say that pandemic boredom will have new parents turning to more “fun” baby names like Dovie, Bear and Birdie. Please don’t. 

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡³ The Taliban would like to address the United Nations on behalf of its new government in Afghanistan but the United Nations has not figured out how to recognize the regime yet. 

🍎 Apple CEO Tim Cook says that employees who leak company memos should not work at Apple, according to a new leaked company memo

πŸ”« An appeals court has reversed a ruling that allows gun sales to people under 21. 

🐍 A team of cavers entered a well that was believed to be a prison for genies but only found snakes. 

πŸ”­ Scientists have discovered a void in space that extends for nearly 500 light-years.

Coronavirus Update: πŸ—£ Total confirmed U.S. cases as of noon ET on Wednesday: 42,425,566— Total deaths: 678,815

  • A group of University of Georgia professors will require masks in their classrooms, against the school’s policy forbidding mask requirements. 
  • Alaska has resorted to “crises-care standards” due to high numbers of Covid. Idaho did the same in recent weeks. 
  • The Pan American Health Organization estimates that Covid outbreaks will continue “well into 2022.” 
  • The FDA has approved a third booster shot for people who are more vulnerable to Covid. 
  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonary is in isolation after his health minister tested positive for Covid during their trip to the United Nations in New York. The President is proudly unvaccinated. 
  • West Virginia's low vaccination rates turned out to be a reporting error. It turns out the rates are even lower. 
  • An asthma group is warning people not to inhale hydrogen peroxide through a nebulizer as a Covid treatment. This is dangerous and ineffective. 














*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 5:00pm AM. 

  • Markets: The S&P and Dow snapped their four-day losing streaks and crypto markets regained some ground. 


Program Rate Change APR Change
30 year 2.72%      0.00% 2.77%     0.00%
15 year 1.97%  0.04% 2.04%  0.05%


The Lead: The Refugee Crisis

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Something truly upsetting is going on with Haitian refugees and it is worth our attention. 

Haiti is on the brink of collapse after the recent Presidential assassination and catastrophic earthquake. Even before this, the country was imploding and had mass exodus but the United States has proven to be an unfriendly ally. Thousands of migrants have gathered under a bridge in Texas near the border but Border Agents have been photographed whipping them or rounding them up to be flown back to Haiti. These are human beings who hardly have a country to return to.

The Biden administration has appealed a court ruling that reversed the Trump administration policies to expel asylum seekers. This means that, despite President Biden’s promise to be a more friendly immigration president, he has instead worked to support President Trump’s policies. 

In fact, the U.S. is on pace to accept a record low number of refugees this year. According to the State Department, only 7,637 refugees have been accepted as of August 31, even though the number allowed is 62,500. Why is this when other countries have stepped up to admit Afghan and Haitian refugees at a faster pace? A State Department spokesperson told HuffPost that they are working to increase these numbers but have been “constrained by the global pandemic.” 

Science By Press Release

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Pharmaceutical companies are riding the wave of stock jumps based on their own data. Some are calling this “science by press release.” 

For example, Pfizer has announced that its Covid vaccine is effective in children between the ages of 5 and 11 in a second trial but the FDA has not signed off on that. Johnson & Johnson announced that a booster shot provides 94% protection against Covid but the FDA has not signed off on that either. Both companies rode a stock boost on these announcements. 

“These company press releases are not intended for you or for me. They are meant for current and potential shareholders to jack up the stock. That’s the job of the company CEO,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told The Washington Post. “The problem is they are written in ways that are oblivious or tone-deaf to how the public might respond in a raging pandemic.”

It is not in our best interest to rush these studies or approvals. It is, however, in the pharma companies’ best interest and that is worth noting. 

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Hold Your Breath

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The World Health Organization has revised 15-year-old guidelines for air quality because they now estimate that deaths from air pollution is “on par with other major global health risks such as unhealthy diets and tobacco smoking.” They are now saying that air pollution is the “biggest environmental threat to human health.” 

An estimated 7 million people die prematurely from air pollution-related deaths and others lose years of their lives from it. The new study found that particulate matter “equal or smaller than 10 and 2.5 microns in diameter” is dangerous and can travel into the lungs and bloodstream. 

What can be done about this? We can make industrial policies to stop air pollution but based on the United Nations meetings with global leaders this week, it’s easy to see why a lot of talk hasn’t seemed to equate to much action. 

News By The Numbers

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107. That is how old the world’s oldest twins are, according to the Guinness World Records. The Japanese sisters were given this certification on Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday in Japan.

$210 billion. That is how much the automotive industry will lose in 2021 due to the chip shortage, which is expected to continue into 2022.

$230. That is how much the new Billie Eilish Limited Edition Echo Studio costs. It is an Amazon Echo speaker with the singer’s photo printed on it from her new album “Happier Than Ever.”  

100. That is how many homicides have been recorded in Oakland, California in 2021 alone. The 100th was recorded on Monday. This is a record pace and most of these deaths can be attributed to guns. 

AMC Is Pulling Out All The Stops

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AMC movie theaters may soon accept Dogecoin as payment for movie tickets. The company already has plans to accept other cryptocurrencies by the end of the year. 

On Tuesday of this week, CEO Adam Aron posted a Twitter poll asking if AMC should add Dogecoin to its list of currencies that it plans to accept, including Bitcoin, Etherum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash. The Tweet was viewed over by over 4 million people and of the 140,000 people who voted, 77% voted “Yes, for sure do it!” 

Aron has a reputation for being a forward-thinking leader and this has put AMC in the same bucket as GameStop as a beloved meme-stock, bolstered by the Reddit crowd. Even though many theaters are still suffering from the pandemic, the stock is up over 1,800% this year. 

Paid Family Pet Leave

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proposed law in Colombia would give workers time off to mourn their pets when they pass. 

“Some people do not have children but they do have a much-loved pet with which they develop a deep brotherly bond,” politician Alejandro Carlos Chacon said, the politician who introduced the bill. His party estimates that six out of every 10 Colombians own a pet and that this legislation would help honor the pets as important members of the family. 

The law would only apply to traditional animals like cats and dogs. Exotic pet owners need not apply. 

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