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Bernie Breaks Millions of Hearts, Says NO ‘BLUE WAVE’ In November

They aren’t so certain anymore.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Democrat National Committee President Tom Perez, and other top liberals are attempting to temper expectations about the “blue wave” they thought would hit Congress come November.

They aren’t so certain anymore.

Here’s the scoop…

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“A lot of people talk about this ‘blue wave’ and stuff,” Sanders told The Hill. “I don’t believe it.”

Sanders, an independent who ran for president in 2016 as a Democrat, added: “I happen to think that on election night we’ll find a very, very close situation and maybe a handful of votes determining whether Democrats gain control of the House.”

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Top Democrats are working to manage expectations about a “blue wave” sweeping the party into power on Capitol Hill, urging caution about those predictions amid fresh signs that the midterms could be much closer than anticipated.

With just over two weeks to go before the critical elections, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Monday that he doesn’t use the term “blue wave” to talk about a possible victory for his party. Even though House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — who has her eyes on the speaker’s gavel — said just days earlier they could be looking at a Democratic “tsunami,” Perez predicted a tight race for control of Congress.

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With only 15 days to go until Election Day, Democrats are considered to have a solid shot to retake the House, if not the Senate, where they face a more difficult map. Midterm elections have historically swung against the party in control of the White House.

Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to flip the Republican-controlled House.

Voter enthusiasm is high on both sides, and Trump’s approval rating, though still under water, is enjoying a well-timed uptick.

Sanders appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper.

After being asked about Hillary Clinton saying Democrats cannot be civil while Republicans are in power, Bernie flew off into a tangent in order to attack “pathological liar” President Trump.

From Daily Caller:

“Joining me now is independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucuses with the Democrats. Senator, you just heard those comments from Holder, Clinton, and Michelle Obama,” Tapper said. “What do you think? Do you think Democrats have been too weak responding to Republicans in the past or do you subscribe to Michelle Obama’s mantra, ‘when they go low, we go high?’”

“I don’t think it’s a question of going high or going low. I think it’s a question of telling the truth. And the truth is that you have a president who lies all of the time, a pathological liar. I don’t think that’s what the American people want,” Sanders responded.

“You have a Republican leadership in the House and the Senate that tried, came within one vote of throwing 32 million people off of the health insurance they currently have,” he continued. “You have leadership there in the House and the Senate that wants to do away with pre-existing protections that people have in this country so they can get health insurance when you have cancer or heart disease.”

Sanders is calling on McDonald’s to follow in Amazon’s footsteps after they raised their minimum wage to $15 per hour:

There’s just one shocking detail that is flying under the radar.

It’s apparently not important for the media to note that hourly workers are losing their monthly bonuses and stock awards.

From Western Journal:

Amazon, with centi-billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos at its helm, has increased its minimum wage for hourly workers to $15 per hour.

CNBC reported that the company confirmed via email that they are getting rid of incentive pay and stock option awards in order to afford the hike.

Amazon believes that their new plan “more than compensates” for the loss in benefits, CNBC reported.

Continued:

“The significant increase in hourly cash wages more than compensates for the phase out of incentive pay and [restrictive stock units],” Amazon’s spokesperson said in a statement emailed to CNBC.

“We can confirm that all hourly Operations and Customer Service employees will see an increase in their total compensation as a result of this announcement. In addition, because it’s no longer incentive-based, the compensation will be more immediate and predictable.”

More from The Guardian:

Tim Roache, the GMB’s general secretary, said Amazon had not said “a dicky bird about cutting staff benefits” when the new hourly pay rates were announced.

Roache added: “This is a basically a stealth tax by the employer on its own wage increase – a clear case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.

“If Jeff Bezos – the richest man in the world – really wants to give hardworking staff a pay rise, he should let them keep their share options as well as increasing their hourly rate.”

Continued:

Amazon confirmed the incentives were being withdrawn, and on a blog post explaining the changes to staff, the company said it had made the changes because “hourly fulfilment and customer service employees [said] that they prefer the predictability and immediacy of cash [to share bonuses]”.

It said it would be phasing out share bonuses and would replace them with a sharesave scheme, which allows employees to buy shares at a discount over three or five years.

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Tiananmen Square ‘Simpsons’ Episode Goes Missing in Hong Kong

China is now exporting their cultural censorship abroad, in alarming new ways.

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When it comes to being an international superpower, perhaps the most important asset that a nation can harbor is leverage…with or without good will.

For the United States, there are plenty of factors that combine to make us the world stage’s premier actor:  Our economy, our military, and our culture, all of which are exported to other nations in one way or another.

For Russia, it’s their shamelessness and ruthlessness, combined with their willingness to exert their potent military assets in places where they know that they’ll be ostracized for it.

But for China, it’s the exploitation of their population.  Not only does the Communist regime allow for the labor force to work for pennies in dangerously under-regulated industries, but the buying power of the Chinese people has long been one of the most potent weapons in Beijing’s arsenal.

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Of course, to keep the Chinese people happy, their leaders censor and distort reality, in an effort to further hone the ability to exploit them for influence around the world. This means that those under Chinese rule may not have any idea about the atrocities that the CCP regularly commits against them.

More worrisome still is the fact that China seems to be exporting this exploitation to locales that do not pledge allegiance to Beijing.

An episode of The Simpsons in which the cartoon American family visit Tiananmen Square is missing from the Disney+ streaming service in Hong Kong, adding to concerns about mainland China-style censorship in the city.

The Hong Kong version started streaming earlier this month and eagle-eyed customers soon noticed the conspicuous absence of The Simpsons episode 12 of season 16.

First airing in 2005, the episode features the family’s trip to China in which matriarch Marge Simpson’s sister tries to adopt a baby.

In one scene, the Simpsons are at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the site of a deadly 1989 crackdown against democracy protesters. The cartoon shows a sign there that reads “On this site, in 1989, nothing happened” — a satirical nod to China’s campaign to purge memories of what happened.

It then shows Marge’s sister standing before a tank, referencing the famous photo from the Tiananmen crackdown of a lone man standing in front of a tank.

Later in the episode, the subject of Tibet was broached as well, which is undoubtedly something that China doesn’t wish to speak about publicly.

This is far from the first time that China has used their population’s economic power as a deterrent against criticism, having briefly, (but effectively), boycotted the NBA after staff for one of the teams made a social media post in support of Hong Kong’s independence.

When it comes to being an international superpower, perhaps the most important asset that a nation can harbor is leverage…with or without good will. For the United States, there are plenty of factors that combine to make us the world stage’s premier actor:  Our economy, our military, and our culture, all of which are exported to other nations in one way or another. For Russia, it’s their shamelessness and ruthlessness, combined with their willingness to exert their potent military assets in places where they know that they’ll be ostracized for it. But for China, it’s the exploitation of their population.  Not only does the Communist regime allow for the labor force to work for pennies in dangerously under-regulated industries, but the buying power of the Chinese people has long been one of the most potent weapons in Beijing’s arsenal. Of course, to keep the Chinese people happy, their leaders censor and distort reality, in an effort to further hone the ability to exploit them for influence around the world. This means that those under Chinese rule may not have any idea about the atrocities that the CCP regularly commits against them. More worrisome still is the fact that China seems to be exporting this exploitation to locales that do not pledge allegiance to Beijing. An episode of The Simpsons in which the cartoon American family visit Tiananmen Square is missing from the Disney+ streaming service in Hong Kong, adding to concerns about mainland China-style censorship in the city. The Hong Kong version started streaming earlier this month and eagle-eyed customers soon noticed the conspicuous absence of The Simpsons episode 12 of season 16. First airing in 2005, the episode features the family’s trip to China in which matriarch Marge Simpson’s sister tries to adopt a baby. In one scene, the Simpsons…

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As Inflation Continues, New Threat to US Food Supply Emerges

This could get UGLY!

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While this particular time of year has traditionally been celebrated with gift-giving and spending time around the dinner table with loved ones, there are serious concerns about the viability of that visage in Joe Biden’s America.

The largely-ineffective President, (who appeared reluctant to run for office in the first place), has been struggling to juggle a number of compounding crises of late.  Of particular importance during these last weeks of the year is the economy – an issue that Joe Biden has been simply unable to wrangle.  Inflation continues to defy the “experts” who’ve proclaimed it to be transitory, and there are serious supply chain issues that threaten to leave plenty of empty space both under the Christmas tree and in the kitchen.

Now, to make matters worse, American farmers are growing alarmed over a new supply shortage. 

Nitrogen fertilizer is in short supply, and its cost is skyrocketing as a result. This could not only translate into higher prices in everything from bread to meat in the coming months, but the shortage is forcing farmers to make dicey gambles about the fall and upcoming spring planting season. A slew of factors are behind the shortage, including record low temperatures in Texas earlier this year and Hurricane Ida’s slamming of production facilities in Louisiana in August, per the Weather Channel. A post at Ag Week, meanwhile, blames “a rare combination of supply chain issues that have tightened supplies,” including high prices for natural gas, a key component in the fertilizer.

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The trouble could easily spill over into the new year.

“There’s going to be a lot of people who wait and see,” Daren Coppock of the Agricultural Retailers Association tells Reuters. “(But) if everybody’s scrambling in the spring to get enough, somebody’s corn isn’t going to get covered.”

Given Joe Biden’s record on easing economic burdens on America, there are many throughout rural America who are not anticipating much help from Washington.

While this particular time of year has traditionally been celebrated with gift-giving and spending time around the dinner table with loved ones, there are serious concerns about the viability of that visage in Joe Biden’s America. The largely-ineffective President, (who appeared reluctant to run for office in the first place), has been struggling to juggle a number of compounding crises of late.  Of particular importance during these last weeks of the year is the economy – an issue that Joe Biden has been simply unable to wrangle.  Inflation continues to defy the “experts” who’ve proclaimed it to be transitory, and there are serious supply chain issues that threaten to leave plenty of empty space both under the Christmas tree and in the kitchen. Now, to make matters worse, American farmers are growing alarmed over a new supply shortage.  Nitrogen fertilizer is in short supply, and its cost is skyrocketing as a result. This could not only translate into higher prices in everything from bread to meat in the coming months, but the shortage is forcing farmers to make dicey gambles about the fall and upcoming spring planting season. A slew of factors are behind the shortage, including record low temperatures in Texas earlier this year and Hurricane Ida’s slamming of production facilities in Louisiana in August, per the Weather Channel. A post at Ag Week, meanwhile, blames “a rare combination of supply chain issues that have tightened supplies,” including high prices for natural gas, a key component in the fertilizer. The trouble could easily spill over into the new year. “There’s going to be a lot of people who wait and see,” Daren Coppock of the Agricultural Retailers Association tells Reuters. “(But) if everybody’s scrambling in the spring to get enough, somebody’s corn isn’t going to get covered.” Given Joe…

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