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Public records show that the grocery chain Publix donated $100,000 to the Governor’s Political Action Committee (PAC) called “Friends of Ron DeSantis.” The family that owns the chain has also recently donated hundreds of thousands of dollars. Shortly after those donations in December, the Governor announced that Publix would be the exclusive vaccine distribution site in Florida.
Which is alright for Publix! “60 Minutes” points out that “under federal guidelines, Publix can charge Medicare $40 per shot to administer the vaccine.” Even if it is free to recipients.
The problem is, most minority and poor communities have no Publix stores. Publix is an upscale grocer with high-end products that are largely out of reach for poor people.
When asked about this, Governor DeSantis got prickly.
“It’s wrong, it’s wrong, it’s a fake narrative. I just disabused you of that narrative. You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” he said.
Is he 7 years old?
In another wealthy community, the governor rolled out thousands of vaccines to seniors after the community developer donated $135,000 to the same PAC. When questioned about this the governor threatened to end the program.
“If Manatee County doesn’t like us doing this, we are totally fine to take this vaccine and put it in counties that want it.”
State Democratic leaders are calling for the Justice Department to investigate this pay-to-play scenario which has allowed wealthy people access to vaccines and wealthier people to profit from it while poor and minority communities are left out.
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Satellite images show that Russia is beefing up its weaponry in the Arctic with a “super-weapon,” the Poseidon 2M39 torpedo.
The Arctic weapon site used to be frozen over but climate change has led to the thawing of that land. Russia now uses this territory to build the nuclear-powered torpedo that is intended to get past defenses on the seafloor and can cause radioactive tsunamis.
We did not previously know that “radioactive tsunamis” were a thing and we’re not happy to know it now.
Stock market trading by retail investors is down 60% since last year but the stock market is trending to record highs. Who needs ‘em, huh?
“Retail investors” is a term that refers to the average person with a stock trading account. They are the opposite of “institutional investors” – people who make a career trading for themselves and others.
The institutional investors are doing just fine with the S&P 500 up 7% in 2021 alone. But retail investors were disillusioned by the GameStop fiasco when retail investors started to win over institutional investors and trading app Robinhood shut down their ability to continue to buy the stock. Now Robinhood activity is down 63%.
Will this last and has Wall Street lost some of its retail investors forever? Hard to say. Some speculate that retail investors are using their money to go live a life that they could not live during lockdowns but it will eventually come back to The Street.
500 million. That is how many Facebook accounts had their data published on a website for hackers. The data was old but it still exposed a vulnerability in Facebook accounts.
15,900. That is how many LinkedIn employees have this week off. The company gave a paid week off to all employees to avoid corporate burnout. They are calling it “RestUp!” We object to the exclamation point if the point is to get people to relax.
2017. That was the last time a town in New Zealand hosted the Great Easter Bunny Hunt where people actually go out to shoot and kill rabbits on Easter in support of local farmers who hate them. The event was held again this weekend and 11,968 bunnies were killed along with 555 stoats, possums, turkeys and other animals deemed as “pests.”
The Bank of Japan began issuing its own digital currency today. This is an early experiment where the bank will begin issuing, distributing, and redeeming a central bank digital currency, or CBDC.
Many people have thought that governments could replace paper currency with CBDC. It is not an additional currency that the government simply makes up. It is a digitized version of existing money.
CBDC is inspired by Bitcoin and blockchain technology but it is not the same. Bitcoin has no government backing or government database, by definition. CBDC runs on blockchain technology but the government controls the database.
Paper currency is incredibly inefficient. It is based on old banking infrastructure and printing money is costly to governments. But the learning curve with digital currency is steep. Many people simply don’t understand it. Many governments want to use this technology but they know they have to move slowly. The first phase of a rollout in Japan will last through March of 2022.