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Weekly Unemployment Numbers Surge Much Higher Than Economists Were Expecting

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Facts became an unwelcome thorn amid the Biden administration’s rosy predictions of economic recovery Thursday as unemployment took an unexpected jump.

Despite hopes from the U.S. Department of Labor that initial unemployment claims would drop by a fraction of a percentage point last week, claims rose 10.2 percent instead, the department reported in a news release.

In raw numbers, initial unemployment claims had been expected to dip by 432 and instead rose by 37,174.

That marked the first time in six weeks that initial claims rose instead of declined.

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Further, 118,025 initial claims were filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which provides an extra topping of $300 per week on standard unemployment benefits. The supplement payments expire nationwide in September, although many states are already phasing them out as part of their effort to get people back to work.

Noting that one week does not make a trend, many commentators said there is no cause for alarm yet.

“What the claims information doesn’t tell us is how much faster the job market will heal or where so-called full employment will ultimately be because the latest data tells the story of more than 9 million job openings and an equal number of officially unemployed,” Bankrate senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick wrote Thursday, according to Forbes.

“The easiest part of putting people back to work occurred from May through August of last year, when more than a million jobs per month were added to payrolls,” he noted.

Some commentators said the economy remains in a transition period.

“The pace of layoffs and new [unemployment] claims is definitely starting to normalize, but the number of American workers who are receiving unemployment benefits still remains extremely high,” said Marianne Wanamaker, an associate professor of economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“Most industries are reporting acute labor shortages, but that could even out by fall as the pandemic-era unemployment benefits are phased out and schools reopen allowing parents to return to work,” said Anu Gaggar, senior global investment analyst for Commonwealth Financial Network, according to Yahoo.

On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell sounded an upbeat note on the economy.

“If you look at the demand for workers and the level of job creation and think ahead, I think it’s clear — and I am confident that we are on a path to a very strong labor market,” Powell said, according to Fox Business.

“There is still a big group of unemployed people and, you know, we’re not going to forget about them. We’re going to — we’re going to do everything we can to get people back into work and give them the chance to work,” he said.

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Deadly Earthquake Hits Greece, Shocking Footage Caught on Camera

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People on the island of Crete, Greece’s largest island, were jolted by a large earthquake that rumbled through on Monday at 9:17 a.m.

The epicenter of the earthquake was traced to 14 miles northwest of Arvi, a seaside village on the southeastern side of Crete, six miles deep.

Gerasimos Papadopoulos, a seismologist, said the area had been experiencing more activity than usual, and the quake was not wholly unexpected.



“This is not an event that occurred without warning,” Papadopoulos told Greece’s state broadcaster ERT, according to the BBC.

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“We have seen activity in this region for several months. This was a strong earthquake, it was not under sea but under land and affecting populated areas.”



The Athens Geodynamic Institute registered it at a magnitude of 5.8, though the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre first reported it coming in at 6.5 and the United States Geological Survey said it registered as a 6.0.

One man was killed and at least nine people were injured. Many buildings — especially older ones — have experienced serious structural damage, and many streets are lined with rubble.



The man who died was working on renovating the dome of a chapel in Arkalochori, south of Heraklion, according to CNN. He was found unconscious after the church collapsed and was pronounced dead.

Since the quake, many have shared videos of the moment the earthquake hit. Security cameras show the damage as it happened, and people have been sharing their accounts of the event.

“Glasses started smashing so we ran outside by the pool,” Millie Mackay, who was on vacation from Britain with her 9-year-old daughter, told the BBC.

“There the bosses guided us to a place of safety … [The manager] was then calling out room numbers and checking if everyone was out and OK.”

“Fortunately, our home was not too badly damaged,” Evangelia Christaki, a local, said. “But the authorities have told us to stay outdoors over the next hours. In any case, we are so scared.”

Officials said that schools were closed down and 2,500 tents have been set up for those displaced, and government minister Christos Stylianidis has declared a state of emergency.

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People on the island of Crete, Greece’s largest island, were jolted by a large earthquake that rumbled through on Monday at 9:17 a.m. The epicenter of the earthquake was traced to 14 miles northwest of Arvi, a seaside village on the southeastern side of Crete, six miles deep. Gerasimos Papadopoulos, a seismologist, said the area had been experiencing more activity than usual, and the quake was not wholly unexpected. https://youtu.be/O70iUM-FXZ0 “This is not an event that occurred without warning,” Papadopoulos told Greece’s state broadcaster ERT, according to the BBC. “We have seen activity in this region for several months. This was a strong earthquake, it was not under sea but under land and affecting populated areas.” https://youtu.be/tJuT4HmDWC8 The Athens Geodynamic Institute registered it at a magnitude of 5.8, though the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre first reported it coming in at 6.5 and the United States Geological Survey said it registered as a 6.0. One man was killed and at least nine people were injured. Many buildings — especially older ones — have experienced serious structural damage, and many streets are lined with rubble. The man who died was working on renovating the dome of a chapel in Arkalochori, south of Heraklion, according to CNN. He was found unconscious after the church collapsed and was pronounced dead. Since the quake, many have shared videos of the moment the earthquake hit. Security cameras show the damage as it happened, and people have been sharing their accounts of the event. Συνεχείς μετασεισμοί στο Ηράκλειο ο κόσμος είναι στους δρόμους και τα παρκα , η ανησυχία και ο φόβος είναι τα μόνα συναισθήματα που κυριαρχούν Δείτε πως κουνιέται η προσοψη του μαγαζιού μου Αυτός ήταν ο φοβερός #σεισμος 5,8 που κράτησε 25 δευτερόλεπτα pic.twitter.com/ybofqZmcRT — Μανόλης della Creta (@baxebanis)…

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'SNL' Embraces Far Left, Hires Avowed Socialist Who Aggressively Campaigns to 'Abolish the Police'

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Season 47 of the popular comedy and satire show “Saturday Night Live” will feature some new faces, including an avowed socialist.

As the show’s producers prepare for the Oct. 2 premiere of its next season, SNL’s official Twitter account announced Monday that three new faces will be joining the cast: Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman.

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Among the trio, Sherman is known to be an active socialist. Known on the internet by the pseudonym “Sarah Squirm,” she is an artist and comedian who was featured in Vulture magazine’s “2018 list of Comedians You Should and Will Know.”

In a July report by The Hollywood Reporter discussing the democratic socialists in the film industry, Sherman was cited as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

According to its website, the organization believes in “Bringing Socialism from the Margins to the Mainstream.” As of 2017, according to Philadelphia Magazine, DSA is the “largest socialist group in the nation.”

The group has chapters across the country and backs Democratic policies such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, according to its website. The DSA also has a youth wing called Young Democratic Socialists of America.

The organization is not a political party in itself. However, some of its members have held office, such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

In addition to being part of an openly socialist organization, Sherman has expressed radical leftist opinions on her social media and has carried out activism on her profile, such as sharing information about fundraisers and calling for defunding the police.

“DEFUND THE POLICE @MayorOfLA!! put your money where your snout is,” she tweeted last year.

“[I’m] high on weed for the first time in two years and all i can say is …. abolish the police, my b****,” she wrote in another tweet.

The addition of Sherman to SNL is one new addition to a growing number of leftists in influential places in Hollywood.

The TV show allows radical leftists to join its cast while it has fired a comedian in the past for making politically incorrect jokes.

Shane Gillis was hired and then fired in 2019 after clippings of him making what was considered to be politically incorrect comments came to light.

“Chinatown’s f***ing nuts” Gillis was heard saying, followed by “let the f***ing ch**ks live there,” CNN reported.

“We want ‘SNL’ to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for ‘SNL.’ We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard,” SNL said in a statement.

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Season 47 of the popular comedy and satire show “Saturday Night Live” will feature some new faces, including an avowed socialist. As the show’s producers prepare for the Oct. 2 premiere of its next season, SNL’s official Twitter account announced Monday that three new faces will be joining the cast: Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman. Welcome to the cast! Aristotle Athari James Austin Johnson Sarah Sherman pic.twitter.com/n36tKsxhRE — SNL is back October 2! (@nbcsnl) September 27, 2021 Among the trio, Sherman is known to be an active socialist. Known on the internet by the pseudonym “Sarah Squirm,” she is an artist and comedian who was featured in Vulture magazine’s “2018 list of Comedians You Should and Will Know.” Chatted comedy, art, #HelltrapNightmare & gross rebellion w/ the great Sarah Sherman 4 @RebelliousMag! Check it out> https://t.co/GK86RQkRnT pic.twitter.com/riiA08IgrM — Laurie (@Lauriefanelli) August 7, 2017 In a July report by The Hollywood Reporter discussing the democratic socialists in the film industry, Sherman was cited as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. According to its website, the organization believes in “Bringing Socialism from the Margins to the Mainstream.” As of 2017, according to Philadelphia Magazine, DSA is the “largest socialist group in the nation.” The group has chapters across the country and backs Democratic policies such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, according to its website. The DSA also has a youth wing called Young Democratic Socialists of America. The organization is not a political party in itself. However, some of its members have held office, such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. In addition to being part of an openly socialist organization, Sherman has expressed radical leftist opinions on her social media and has carried out activism on her profile, such as…

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