(FREE) PAINE IN THE MORNING: 12 things you need to know this Wednesday – September 29, 2021
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Biden Now Says He’ll Allow Country to Get Back to Normal When 98% of US Is Vaccinated – President Joe Biden confirmed what many have feared as COVID-19 restrictions drag on: The people in power never, ever want this crisis to end.
As Biden was receiving his booster shot Monday on camera, the now-thrice-vaccinated president was asked about what it would take for the country to get back to “normal,” presumably meaning without masks and other onerous restrictions that have been a mainstay for the past 19 months. – READ MORE
NY Gov Confirms National Guard Will Fill In For Fired Healthcare Workers Who Refuse Vax – As New York braces for a flood of unemployed front-line healthcare workers who refuse to get the Covid-19 vaccine (regardless of whether they have ‘natural immunity’ from a previous infection), Governor Kathy Hochul (D) made it official on Monday – that the National Guard will be deployed to fill vacancies after hundreds of hospital workers are set to be fired effective this evening.
The move comes after Hochul previously threatened to replace unvaccinated hospital workers with ‘foreign workers’. – READ MORE
Most New York Healthcare Workers Fired Over Vaccine Mandate Won’t Get Unemployment Insurance – Healthcare workers who are fired for refusal to comply with the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate likely won’t be eligible for unemployment insurance, according to state officials.
In a statement released Sept. 25, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office said the New York Department of Labor has issued guidance to clarify that terminated workers won’t be eligible for the benefits unless they have a valid physician-approved request for medical accommodation. – READ MORE
North Carolina Hospital System Fires 175 Workers over Vaccine Mandate – North Carolina’s Novant Health fired 175 workers for failing to comply with the system’s mandatory vaccine policy, it announced Monday.
In a statement in July, Novant Health bragged of being “among the first to implement this program alongside other healthcare systems in the region who agree that a mandatory vaccine program is in the best interest of public health and a necessary step to ensure the safety of our patients, team members and communities.” – READ MORE
Unvaccinated Australians Will ‘Lose Freedoms’ Even After Lockdown Ends, Deputy Premier Says – The Deputy Premier of New South Wales (NSW) said this week that those who remain unvaccinated even after the draconian lockdowns are ended will “lose freedoms.”
Deputy Premier John Barilaro made the statement after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealed a new three-step plan to ending the lockdowns that includes 70% of the population receiving both doses of a vaccine. – READ MORE
Penn State University Suspends Students Who Failed To Get Weekly COVID-19 Test – At Penn State University, 117 students have been placed on interim suspension for failure to comply with the university’s weekly COVID-19 testing requirement.
Students at University Park who are subject to required weekly COVID-19 testing and who have missed at least three weeks of testing have been notified by Penn State that they are out of compliance with the university’s health and safety policies and have been placed on interim suspension through the Office of Student Conduct, a statement from Penn State said. – READ MORE
Hundreds of School Bus Drivers Expected to Skip Work over Connecticut Vaccine Mandate – Connecticut’s vaccine mandate requiring state employees to be vaccinated for the Chinese coronavirus goes into effect Monday, and hundreds of school bus drivers are expected to not show up to work in protest.
Gov. Ned Lamont (D) announced the mandate in mid-August, which requires state workers, school employees, and childcare workers to receive at least one coronavirus shot by Monday, September 27. Those who qualify for “certain exemptions” under his order are required to undergo weekly testing, although the governor’s office made it clear that state hospital workers “will not have the option of being tested in lieu of vaccination.” – READ MORE
New York City Teachers’ Union Urges Members to ‘Document’ Student Coronavirus Violations – United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is encouraging its members to “document issues” related to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s quarantine mandate by posting photos of student violators.
“If you encounter issues in your classroom related to the mayor’s new quarantine guidelines for students, including cases where students are not able to maintain 3 feet of distance, please use this form to document them,” the union that represents the city’s teachers tweeted Sunday. – READ MORE
Harvard Business School Moves Classes Online Amid Rise in Coronavirus Breakthrough Cases – Harvard Business School is moving all first-year and some second-year MBA students to online learning amid a “steady rise” in breakthrough cases of the Chinese coronavirus, despite a high vaccination rate and frequent testing on campus, according to a report by Bloomberg.
In response to a rise in breakthrough cases, Harvard will keep the students in remote learning until at least October 3, and will increase the frequency of coronavirus testing to three times per week, the report adds. – READ MORE
Marine Officer Who Criticized Military Leadership Over Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Thrown In Brig – Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the Marine officer who went viral online recently after he called out the military leadership of the Biden administration, has been thrown in the brig, according to his family.
“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” Stu Scheller Sr. told Task & Purpose. “He was asking for accountability. In fact, I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes, but they couldn’t do that, which is mind-blowing.” – READ MORE
Cancel Christmas? Electricity Shortages in China Wreak Havoc on Supply Chains – China is an economic powerhouse, rivaling the U.S. in production, and will almost certainly supplant the United States as the world’s number one economy in a few years.
That is if they can keep the lights on.
China has an electrical power problem. This has slowed the economy and caused blackouts and brownouts across most of the country. The electric shortage has put a crimp in exports, the mainstay of the Chinese economy. Shortages of raw materials are biting as well, but factories that make consumer goods for export are suffering. – READ MORE
Despite Record Cargo Backlogs, Ports Of L.A. And Long Beach Still Don’t Operate Around The Clock – Some of the busiest U.S. ports, including many in California, are still struggling with how to deal with significant cargo backlogs.
Yet, despite the backlog, the busiest U.S. port still shuts down for hours on most days and is closed on Sundays, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Tens of thousands” of containers remain stuck at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. More than 60 ships are lined up to dock, the report says. – READ MORE
Misguided Petition Demanding Permanent Monthly $2,000 Stimulus Checks Nears Huge Milestone – The federal government has already spent an astounding $42,000+ per federal taxpayer on ostensibly-COVID-related relief and spending programs.
(Did you see that much in benefits?)
Yet millions of Americans are evidently unsatisfied – and are demanding permanent $2,000 monthly “stimulus” checks. – READ MORE