Happy Friday. Next Friday is National Donut Day and DiGiorno has launched a pizza donut in advance of the occasion, which is exactly what it sounds like. They will give a box away on Twitter. We will not be competing.
President Biden will release his budget proposal for 2022 today and it is expected to total $6 trillion. This is an increase from $5.7 trillion spent in 2021.
The plan will include the President’s infrastructure bill, which is not a sure thing as lawmakers continue to negotiate the plan. It also accounts for the President’s tax increases, which are also still in negotiation stages.
Next year’s budget could be considered a spending spree, which the administration sees as a necessary investment. According to the Wall Street Journal, it “would put the nation on a path to spend $8.2 trillion annually by the end of 2031.” By this time, “debt would exceed the record level seen at the end of World War II within a few years and reach 117% of economic output by the end of 2031, up from about 100% this year.”
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that all of this spending is temporary and necessary. She called it “a fiscally responsible program.” The plan is for the country to borrow what it intends to spend in order to foster growth over the long term.
Don’t expect Congress to pave the way for the President’s plan. Congress will likely put up their own plan and they have to pass it with bipartisan support.
If you’re taking a road trip this holiday weekend, expect to pay at the pump. Gas prices are the highest they have been on a Memorial Day Weekend since 2014.
The average price per gallon is $3.04, which is 16 cents higher than last month and $1.08 higher than the same time last year. High prices are still partly due to the Colonial Pipeline shutdown when the supply chain was disrupted. They are also due to a sudden increase in demand. More than 60% more people will travel this holiday than last year when the world was still shut down. That is 37 million Americans on the roads.
Experts think gas prices will remain high all summer hovering above $3 per gallon for the foreseeable future.
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The planet may push right past the temperature goal for the Paris Climate Agreement in the next five years. Scientists say that there is a 90% chance that the world will heat up faster than anticipated due to the climate emergency.
The 2015 global agreement set a goal of keeping the increase in global temperatures to a few tenths of a degree warmer. The World Meteorological Organization predicts that the Northern Hemisphere will be 1.8 degrees hotter than that in just five years. The same report says that the drought in the Southwest will also continue. Experts say that the Colorado River has hit its lowest water level and is not expected to recover through next year.
Last year, the same group put this grim forecast at a 20% chance of happening. So what has made this so much worse in just a year? The group said that new technology shows that the planet is already warmer than we had previously thought.
A lawmaker in Oklahoma has teamed up with a wealthy donor to offer $3 million to anyone who brings in Bigfoot alive. State Representative Justin Humphrey announced this project on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
Humphrey is calling this the “biggest promotion in the state of Oklahoma ever.” In addition to the bounty, the representative will participate in a six-month documentary that will catalog the attempts to capture the mythical creature.
“It's not hunt by the way,” Humphrey clarified. “We don't hunt Bigfoot, nobody wants to harm Bigfoot, we want to do a live humane capture of Bigfoot.”
86 points. That is how many points Kim Kardashian failed the California Bar Exam by. She used her lockdown time to study to become a lawyer but came in just shy of passing her first exam.
$17,768. That is how much a Kickstarter campaign has raised to make a documentary about Jim Varney who played Ernest P. Worrell. Did you know that Ernest was originally created as an advertisement character? You learn something new every day! You know what I mean, Vern?
$43 million. That is how much actor Leonardo DiCaprio has donated to conservation efforts in the Galápagos Islands.
$25,000. That is the prize money offered by Heinz for someone to become the company’s “Head Burger Artist.” That person will travel around the country in search of the best burger. They will also win a lifetime supply of condiments and a chance to consult on all future innovations.
Twitter now has a paid subscription service called Twitter Blue. It will cost $2.99 per month but Twitter has not confirmed what it will do exactly.
One user confirmed that she had been given an early signup and it seems that the paid feature allows users to Undo Tweets. Unpaid users can currently do that by deleting Tweets. It also allows users to create collections and folders of Tweets so that you can refer back to them later like emails.
Twitter has also been working on a “tip jar” feature that lets people give money to other users. This is not made to split the restaurant bill with friends like other payment services. It is meant to support the voices and brands of “creators” such as journalists, experts and other non-profits. Most major news organizations will probably disallow it for their reporters.
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