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Thursday, October 14th, 2021, Larry Conners reacts to President Biden's “major announcement,” as he discusses the massive inflation moving forward. Then, Biden on vaccine boosters and a response from Dr. Schaffner on how his team developed a pill for Covid protection. The post Major Fuel Price Increases Coming / 1PM LC-USA 10–14-21 appeared first on Larry Conners USA.
In Acts 8:1-8 we see the persecution against the Christian church really ramping up, and we also see how this works into the plan that Christ has already expressed for the Gospel to spread from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, by His witnesses!
Arrange a one-on-one call with John Sbrocco and Crystal Hoarau. Learn the Virtue Health Consortium process, and start prospecting with NO IMQs and NO CLAIMS DATA >> CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE DATE / TIME Have your prospects and clients asked you about Health Savings Accounts yet? If not, they will, soon. When implemented successfully, HSA can: ✔️ lower health insurance premiums✔️ get triple tax savings ✔️ be health insurance carrier-neutral✔️ have savings for the future Seems like a dream deal... but like many dreams, it can turn into a nightmare!Luckily, we're here to help you gain some experienced perspective so you can ask better questions from your clients and prospects. Join John Sbrocco and Craig Lack for tonight's episode on the Heads Up Adviser Show "HSA: Stepping Stone or Stumbling Block."
On this week's episode of Inside West Virginia Politics, host Mark Curtis and guests discuss various topics including education and healthcare and current issues such as the American Electric Power (AEP) price increase intended to support three coal power plants in the Mountain State.Guests on the shows this week include Erin Anderson, West Virginia Teacher of the Year 2021 and 5th-grade teacher at Tennerton Elementary School in Upshur County, Brian Casto, West Virginia Teacher of the Year 2022, 8th grade West Virginia Studies teacher at Milton Middle School in Cabell County, Dr. Dino Beckett, CEO and Physician at Williamson Health and Wellness Center and Gaylene Miller, State Director of AARP of West Virginia.
70. Gratitude - Five Practices to feel More Grateful and Refocus on the Good in your life now + Gratitude Meditation Gratitude is a practice. A practice that is good for your heart. It lifts you up when you feel low. It brings greater clarity to the greatest challenges. Helps you focus on solutions, not wallowing in the challenge. It refocuses you upon what's most important and what you want more of and Increases the Good in your Life. The more you practice gratitude, the more you are able to look past today's temporary troubles to see the big picture of growth, and resilience, and strength that is coming out of any challenge and goodness and love that is there for you if you choose it. Listen now to learn five practices to feel grateful and re-focus on the good in your life and bring more good in. True gratitude is a spiritual quality. It grows for you. Thanks for tuning in. Please consider sharing, subscribing, and giving to keep this content coming. Also visit LindsayAmbrose.com for an audio-course that goes deeper into these principles to bring more appreciation and gratitude into your life. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/life-recipes/support
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DB-Oct7,2021: Lawmakers have reached an agreement to extend the debt ceiling through early December, which allows the debt limit to increase by $480 billion. With equities' high volatility this week continuing to roil markets, economists are warning that the U.S. defaulting on its debt would lead to a recession and violent swings in financial markets. Natural gas and oil also are reaching astronomical levels, keeping investors on edge about the supply bottlenecks affecting Europe and the U.S. in the colder months to come. Steven Van Metre, president of Steven Van Metre Financial, joins the Daily Briefing to address the macro factors fueling this week's market dynamics. Interviewed by Ash Bennington. Want to submit questions? Drop them right here on the Exchange: https://rvtv.io/2ZZLiBH Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
➤ After relative stability throughout Q3, Tesla has continued raising prices ➤ Discussing Tesla's margins and material costs ➤ GM holds Investor Day to map out plan and targets for 2030 ➤ ARK Invest moves out of NYC ➤ Tesla shareholder meeting on October 7 Plaid producer Who Why Executive producer Jeremy Cooke Executive producer Troy Cherasaro Executive producer Andre/Maria Kent Executive producer Jessie Chimni Executive producer Jeffrey Yu Executive producer Michael Pastrone Executive producer Richard Del Maestro Executive producer John Beans Music by Evan Schaeffer Disclosure: Rob Maurer is long TSLA stock & derivatives
The House Ways & Means Committee recently released its proposed 2021 tax reform legislation. In this episode of the PFP Section podcast, Bob Keebler, CPA/PFS, covers the changes being considered that would impact income tax planning, including: Funding the IRS and using tax reform to improve social safety nets Additional childcare credits and other dependent care, childcare, and caregiver provisions Increases to the individual income tax rate, capital gains rate, and 3% surtax over certain thresholds Expansion of NIIT to business income when over certain thresholds Cap on the qualified business income deduction under 199A Wash sale rules applying to cryptocurrency Executive compensation deduction limited to 1M deduction and other business reforms Credits for electric vehicles Access resources related to this podcast: Note: If you're using a podcast app that does not hyperlink to the resources, visit http://pfplanning.libsyn.com/ to access show notes with direct links. Register for our year-end planning webcast that is free with CPE for PFP/PFS members. Access the Proactive Planning Toolkit audio learning to hear about other tax proposals impacting individuals. This episode is brought to you by the AICPA's Personal Financial Planning Section, the premier provider of information, tools, advocacy and guidance for professionals who specialize in providing tax, estate, retirement, risk management and investment planning advice. Also, by the CPA/PFS credential program, which allows CPAs to demonstrate competence and confidence in providing these services to their clients. Visit us online at www.aicpa.org/pfp to join our community, gain access to valuable member-only benefits or learn about our PFP certificate program. Subscribe to the PFP Podcast channel at Libsyn to find all the latest episodes or search “AICPA Personal Financial Planning” on your favorite podcast app.
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Learn which 10 states had the greatest increases in home equity. Since homes have increased in price, fewer homes are in foreclosure. Interest rates, if they stay low, will continue to help keep home prices high. Where do we go from here? The article is here. Are you investing well for financial freedom...or not? Financial freedom is a combination of money, compounding and time (my McT Formula). How well you invest, makes a huge difference to your financial future and lifestyle. If you only knew where to invest for the long-term, what a difference it would make, because the difference between investing $100k and earning 2% or 10% on your money over 30 years, is the difference between it growing to $181,136 or $1,744,940, an increase of over $1.5 million dollars. Your compounding rate, and how well you invest, matters! INTERESTED IN THE BE WEALTHY & SMART VIP EXPERIENCE? -Asset allocation model with ticker symbols and % to invest -Monthly investing webinars with Linda -Private Facebook group with daily insights -Weekly stock market commentary email -Lifetime access -US and foreign investors, no minimum $ amount required Extending the special offer, enjoy a 50% savings on the VIP Experience by using promo code "SAVE50" at checkout. More information is here or have a complimentary consultation with Linda to answer your questions. For an appointment to talk, click here. PLEASE REVIEW THE SHOW ON ITUNES If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a review. I love hearing from you! I so appreciate it! SUBSCRIBE TO BE WEALTHY & SMART Click Here to Subscribe Via iTunes Click Here to Subscribe Via Stitcher on an Android Device Click Here to Subscribe Via RSS Feed WEALTH HEIRESS TV Please subscribe to Wealth Heiress TV YouTube channel (it's not just for women, it's for men too!), here. PLEASE LEAVE A BOOK REVIEW Leave a book review on Amazon here. Get my book, “You're Already a Wealth Heiress, Now Think and Act Like One: 6 Practical Steps to Make It a Reality Now!” Men love it too! After all, you are Wealth Heirs. :) Available for purchase on Amazon. International buyers (if you live outside of the US) get my book here. WANT MORE FROM LINDA? Check out her programs. Join her on Instagram. WEALTH LIBRARY OF PODCASTS Listen to the full wealth library of podcasts from the beginning. Use the search bar in the upper right corner of the page to search topics. TODAY'S SPONSOR Get Think and Grow Rich or another book on Amazon from my recommended financial books list, and be sure to get started checking off the books you have read. Be Wealthy & Smart,™ is a personal finance show with self-made millionaire Linda P. Jones, America's Wealth Mentor.™ Learn simple steps that make a big difference to your financial freedom. (Some links are affiliate links. There is no additional cost to you.)
I've been very open about my body image struggles in the past, and truthfully still dip into that every now and then. The more I've learned about health, though, the more convinced I am that one of the reasons for my own and other's body image struggles is the miseducation about what healthy really is. It's something I addressed in my new book, Your Worthy Body that comes out in November, but I feel like I only scratched the surface.That's why I'm delighted to have Dr. Lisa Folden on the show today to discuss Health at Every Size. Yes, that's a thing, and it's real. Dr. Lisa is a licensed physical therapist, behavior change specialist and mom-focused health & wellness coach. As a body positive women's health expert, health at every size (HAES) ambassador, private practice owner and mom of three, Dr. Lisa understands the complex needs of the modern busy woman. Therefore, she considers helping busy moms find their ‘healthy' as one of her of top priorities.We discuss:What health at every size (HAES) isSome of the science supporting HAESWhy it's particularly important for moms to not focus on the size of their bodyThe language shift we can make with regard to clothesHer response to the statement, “are we just promoting obesity in athletic campaigns?”Some “fat phobic” comments to avoid and how to reframe themApplicable ways to check our bias and turn our thinking aroundLinks and resources mentioned:Health at Every Size by Dr. BaconMirna Valerio: @themirnavatorConnect with Dr. Lisa:https://www.healthyphit.com/Instagram: @HealthyPhitFacebook: @HealthyPhitTwitter: @HealthyPhitPTYouTubeConnect with Amy: GracedHealth.comJoin the Graced Health community on Facebook! Instagram: @GracedHealth Facebook: @Graced Health Amy.firstname.lastname@example.orgNew book! Your Worthy Body: Find Freedom in Health by Breaking All the Rules
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Today's Topics: 1) Nancy Pelosi makes TELLING slip about who's actually president https://www.theblaze.com/shows/the-rubin-report/nancy-pelosi-gaffe-obama-agenda?utm_source=theblaze-welcome&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=&utm_term= 1, 2) California's new crime math alters FBI 2020 crime data that shows murder rate increased 30% https://californiaglobe.com/articles/californias-new-crime-math-alters-fbi-2020-crime-data-showing-murder-rate-increased-30/ 3, 4) There are no space aliens https://dsdoconnor.com/2021/03/06/there-are-no-aliens/
In this 99th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.In this episode we discuss whether understanding science destroys our sense of awe. We ask how gazing out across the ocean, or into a vast and dark night sky, affect our sense of our own humanity, and what Roger Scruton had to say on the subject, in “Effing the Ineffable.” We follow this with discussions of necessity and sufficiency in scientific investigation; the fact that Tylenol is dangerous for pregnant women and children; why talking about pregnant people rather than women is disrespectful and suggestive of an anti-scientific worldview; Molnupiravir and its effects; and parenting in the modern era. Finally, we discuss the success and fate of our book, A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century, which is a best-seller despite being widely unavailable.Get your Goliath shirts right here: store.darkhorsepodcast.orgHeather's newsletter, Natural Selections (subscribe to get free weekly essays in your inbox): https://naturalselections.substack.comSupport the sponsors of this show:Allform: Get 20% off any order (of a beautiful sofa) from Allform at https://allform.com/darkhorse.Public Goods: Get $15 off your first order at Public Goods, your new everything store, at https://www.publicgoods.com/darkhorse or with code DARKHORSE at checkout.*****Our book, A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century, is now available for at amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0593086880/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_5BDTABYFKRJKZBT5GSQAHeather's newsletter, Natural Selections (subscribe to get free weekly essays in your inbox): https://naturalselections.substack.comFind more from us on Bret's website (https://bretweinstein.net) or Heather's website (http://heatherheying.com).Become a member of the DarkHorse LiveStreams, and get access to an additional Q&A livestream every month. Join at Heather's Patreon.Get your Goliath shirts right here: store.darkhorsepodcast.orgLike this content? Subscribe to the channel, like this video, follow us on twitter (@BretWeinstein, @HeatherEHeying), and consider helping us out by contributing to either of our Patreons or Bret's Paypal.Looking for clips from #DarkHorseLivestreams? Check out our other channel: @DarkHorse Podcast Clips Theme Music: Thank you to Martin Molin of Wintergatan for providing us the rights to use their excellent music.Q&A Link: https://youtu.be/oIPVUl4DWtw*****Mentioned in this episode:A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: https://huntergatherersguide.com available at Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-hunter-gatherers-guide-to-the-21st-century-heather-heying/1138713718?ean=9780593086889Vullioud et al 2021. Increases in glucocorticoids are sufficient but not necessary to increase cooperative burrowing in Damaraland mole-rats. Hormones and Behavior, 135: 105034: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0018506X21001136 Tylenol Could Be Risky for Pregnant Women – A New Review of 25 Years of Research Finds Acetaminophen May Contribute to ADHD and Other Developmental Disorders in Children: Lay-article published on “naked capitalism”: https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/10/tylenol-could-be-risky-for-pregnant-women-a-new-review-of-25-years-of-research-finds-acetaminophen-may-contribute-to-adhd-and-other-developmental-disorders-in-children.html Bauer et al 2021. Paracetamol use during pregnancy—a call for precautionary action. Nature Reviews Endocrinology, pp.1-10: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41574-021-00553-7Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/bretweinstein)
Text the word JOURNAL to 202-217-0704 to receive journal prompts & to connect 1:1 with me!! YES, that's my # and it's ME! What's Your Money Frequency? Find Out Now Come say hi over on Instagram Start to FEEL 8 week embodiment experience: Join Now In Today's Episode You Will Learn: What happens when you're not taught how to feel your feelings My journey around suppressing emotions and why I put myself into anger management The importance of learning how to feel, embody, and respond to our emotions and feelings Navigating through the lower frequency feelings such as anger, sadness, scared, etc What happened when I learned to embrace my feelings and got into alignment with them How you can start identifying where your anger stems from Ways you can start learning how to express your feelings in a healthy and aligned way The difference between giving yourself the gift of feeling into your sensuality and working on your sexuality Ways to start feeling, expressing, and embodying your wealthiest most aligned version of yourself How to open up to the idea of going deeper into your feelings and emotions What is a sacred rage practice and how it can fully shift your life, business, and relationship How learning how to feel correlates directly with learning how to receive Shownotes:Today, we are talking all about learning how to feel, embrace and express your feelings. In this episode, we talk about learning how to navigate through your emotions, how to identify where it's stemming from, and open up the idea of going in deeper. I share with you my personal journey through this, how I learned to embody and express my anger and I open up for the first time about what led me to anger management. This episode may trigger you but, if you listen in with an open heart you'll come out feeling more aligned and willing to start shifting into a more open and receiving way of expressing your emotions.
As consumer costs continue to rise, Dollar Tree has announced more of its items will sell for more than a dollar. Is this just the tip of the iceberg? A poll shows that more and more Americans are losing trust in President Biden. And something that isn't helping that case is the fact that Hunter Biden STILL owns 10% stake in a Chinese firm. And lastly, teachers in a school in Texas received training on how to help hide students' gender identities from their parents. Today's Sponsors: Try a wine that has 90% less sugar, fewer chemicals, and fewer additives. Visit https://bonnerprivatewines.com/cowgirl-wines/?utm_source=SaraGonzales&utm_medium=spon&utm_campaign=vURL today, and you'll get 50% off the wine AND 50% off shipping. If you're trying to stay fit and healthy, Built Bar is the answer. Go to https://built.com/ and use promo code NEWS15 to save 15% off your next order. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome back to TFLtalk! In this episode, Roman and Nathan discuss the top 10 used cars that have increased the most in price during August 2021, thanks to our friends at research firm iSeeCars. We also do some rapid-fire reviews of the Genesis GV70, Lexus NX, Hyundai Elantra N Line, Mercedes-AMG A35 and more!
The Texas Legislature is in the midst of its third special session, which is dedicated to redrawing political maps based on the latest census data that showed people of color fueled 95% of Texas' population growth over the past decade.
Tim Parton is a regenerative agriculture advocate and Farm Manager at Brewood Park Farm in the United Kingdom. Tim has been implementing regenerative practices on his 300-hectare estate for over 15 years. He has received several accolades for his work, such as being named the Arable Innovator of the Year by British Farming Awards and receiving the Farm Innovator of the Year award from Farmers Weekly. Throughout their conversation, Tim and John discuss: Tim's background and retreat from intensive pesticide use. How balancing plant nutrition helped Tim cultivate canola seedlings that are resistant to flea beetles. Tim's experience with Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (or BYDV) and how he manages aphids in an ecological system. Foliar application systems and their economic impacts. Increases in commodity fertilizer prices and what this means for the financial viability of regenerative agriculture. How Tim has managed to not apply any NPK fertilizers for more than a decade. The cultural management practices that have replaced fungicide applications on Tim's farm. The importance of carbon sequestration, educating consumers, and sharing information among growers.
Happy Wellness Wednesday, Today's breath is: Square breathWhich: Reduces physical stress symptoms in the body.Positively affects emotions and mental well-being.Increases mental clarity, energy, and focus.Improves future reactions to stress. So, visualize a square and pretend your nose is drawing a square on a wall while breathing. First you are going to inhale while you draw the base or bottom with your nose, hold your breath while you go up the square side, exhale the top length of the square, and hold your breath again while going down the side of the square to meet the base where you started. Let's do this three times:Inhale the base, hold going up the side, exhale slowly going across the top of your square and finally hold your breath again going down the side to the base. Again; Inhale the base, hold going up the side, exhale slowly going across the top of your square and finally hold your breath again going down the side to the base. One more: Inhale the base, hold going up the side, exhale slowly going across the top of your square and finally hold your breath again going down the side to the base. Continue to do the square breath while I give you your morning nudge Today's nudge is: I learn and growEvery day offers an opportunity to learn about yourself, improve upon it and grow to a better version of yourself. We are all a work in progress no matter our age or experiences. We can all improve ourselves if we are honest with ourselves. Think of something you know you need to work on to be a better person, friend, student, parent, sibling or worker. Maybe you need to improve your focus, responsibility, integrity, tolerance, gratitude, kindness or level of respect for others. You know this. Own it and fix it. When we make mistakes we should learn from them and grow into a better person each time. Let's say this together while tapping each finger to our thumb: I learn and growTwo more times: I learn and growLast one: I learn and grow Have a great Wellness Wednesday!
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When we talk about results, we indirectly are talking about planning. But how do you plan without all the analysis paralysis that can sometimes follow? That's why we're diving into quarterly sales planning and not just any old quarterly sales planning, because I'm sure you've been there, done that. Right? How do you plan so that your quarterly sales planning actually increases your results? There are key core elements that I want you to focus on in order to make sure it's simple. It's easy! It's straightforward! And more importantly: you'll follow through on your plans. Ready? Let's dive in! Biggest Takeaways: Quarterly planning can't be done in isolation. A quarter is a time period of three months. There are 4 quarters a year. A question to ask yourself: What is your goal for the whole year? Everything needs to connect together. There's a specific order of operations that makes life a lot more fulfilling, more productive and more effective. Business can be simple. Sales can be simple. Planning can be simple, but not if you're doing them all in a discombobulated and disconnected way. Although it feels like three months is a long time, focus on marketing, promoting and selling one offer. If you have a bigger team,consider which campaign is your main priority. Your delivery process needs to be built into your planning. The biggest and brightest companies on the planet incorporate continual learning as part of their development, culture, and expectations. If you want to be the best or one of the bests, start thinking and plan like them. There's some pieces there that we need to constantly improve. Highlights: If you need more help on this or other business areas [01:30] What I want you to know and fully understand [02:16] First of all: Always look at the big picture [04:15] Why entrepreneurs can lack motivation [06:12] Golden business tip to think about [07:23] The 7 habits for highly effective people (from Stephen Covey) [10:07] Grab my powerful mini course in case you need more help or support with this [12:41] How you can connect the dots between these things –Key mindset [15:08] Why the numbers are there [17:23] A real-life example [21:39] What you need to include if you're launching [25:28] The Last Piece of the Framework [26:11]
Inflation is upon us, now the only question is: For how long and how much will prices keep accelerating? This is a challenge for every business, especially production Agriculture, which operates on thin margins and involves the acquisition and application of a lot of expensive inputs. To successfully navigate the pricing turmoil, you need to know why prices are increasing and strategies to employ to guarantee you have the inputs you need come spring. This is a panel discussion featuring a manufacturer, retailer, and farmer — Darla Huff with Advanced Drainage Systems, Jon Gilbert with Agtegra, and Lee Lubbers of Lubbers Farms. ** This is a joint episode with XtremeAg's Cutting The Curve podcast, which I'm producing for them. Check out more farm relevant content at XtremeAg.farm! Sponsored by LandTrust landtrust.com
From the experiences I have collected over the past years in running my own Virtual Assistant Agency, I want to share with my listeners what a Virtual Assistant is and the benefits and advantages of securing one in today's digital era.What is a Virtual Assistant?A Virtual Assistant is an independent service provider who caters mostly to administrative tasks without having to be in a client's office. They are mostly operating at the comforts of their homes but can still efficiently access the necessary documents, plan calendars, and be involved in planning and strategy-making remotely.Virtual Assistants are frequently tagged and misunderstood to be just online secretaries for business owners who are in their beck and call at all times. However, Virtual Assistants are more than that, for most of the VAs, they are equipped with several years of experience from various fields in the industry, be it in social media management, blog post writing, graphic design, content management, and digital marketing. Virtual assistants do not just do what you want, they are actually trained to deliver assistance to whatever your needs so you can reach your corporate goals!How can a Virtual Assistant help in your growing business?Lowers your overhead costs - Since VAs are basically self-employed and operate remotely, business owners need not pay for the utility and other miscellaneous expenses that are required such as internet connection, devices, and other office-related supplies. Hiring a VA also cuts you some costs in terms of training as they already have the relevant experiences in various but specific fields. Nonetheless, they would still need you to provide some knowledge, information, and guidance on the tasks that they would be working on.Increases productivity - Acquiring someone to handle your day-to-day business operations significantly frees up your time and reduces your workload which in effect would allow you to focus on more necessary tasks to help your company prosper and expand. As you give more emphasis on the crucial aspects of your budding business, your virtual assistants can definitely minimize some load off your plate!Gain more freedom - Work and life balance has always been atop the list of what business owners want to achieve, but the question is, how? Worry no more as Virtual Assistants are always ready to help you achieve freedom outside your business as they can do the work for you. Having your own virtual assistant will grant you plenty of time to spend and enjoy with your family, friends, and yourself! About Kristy YoderKristy Yoder, the founder, and CEO of SmartVAs is a Filipino that is based in the United States. She rose from being a freelance virtual assistant and digital marketer to becoming an entrepreneur and a multi-faceted leader.Learn more about Kristy and SmartVAs here:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smartvirtualassistants/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yoursmartvirtualassistantsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/42716347/admin/Are you in need of any assistance? Are you tired and running out of time? It's time to start looking for a virtual assistant! Learn how to get your freedom and life back by visiting smartvirtualassistants.comIf you do like hearing our podcast episodes, we do appreciate you showing your support by buying me a coffee at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/kristyyoder
In Part 2 of Episode 57 of the Pool Nation Podcast we continue our conversation with Megan from Pool Pro Mag and Tyler from the Pool Chasers. We do a deep dive into raising you rates. Megan talks about the results of a survey Pool Pro Magazine did asking business owners if they had raised their rates. We share the recent industry rate increases and why some of the pool pros might find it hard to increase their rates. Megan from Pool Pro Mag talks about brining awareness on the increases and how to ensure that you keep it on our business radar. Zac talks about the recent rate increase letters that have been sent out and how those will affect you moving into 2022. We do a deep dive into figuring out what your rate increase should be, and the tools that are available to use and help you through that process. A must listen to episode. Sponsors The SPPA Ultimate Pool Tools Pool Invoice
In today's episode, I'm going to share with you how consent in marketing actually increases connection and conversion. I am very passionate about consent-driven and consent-based sales and marketing, so this is going to be a particularly juicy episode. Show notes in full are at: tashcorbin.com/292 Follow Tash on Facebook: facebook.com/tashcorbincoaching Join the Heart-Centred Soul-Driven Entrepreneurs: facebook.com/groups/hcsde
Inflation is almost always occurring. And, because of it, business owners don't have any other option but to increase their prices. While it can leave some of your customers frustrated, it's the only way to really cope with economic crises.If you don't increase your prices, but your suppliers do and your employees demand more money per hour, then you can't keep up. In this episode, Brandon Condrey and Brandon Schoen talk about price increases and how they've done them with their cleaning business with almost zero pushback from customers.Listen to this podcast now! And be sure to head to our website for a FREE copy of our price increase letter!aHighlights:[01:00]Understanding why you need to increase prices [02:53]Adjustments because of COVID [04:36]The 20:80 analysis with real customers [07:37]The problem with increasing prices multiple times each year [08:53]Customer communication: Emails + auto reminder texts[10:48]The magic of emails [12:00]Thinking about expanding your services safely [15:35]Keeping track of the Consumer Price Index and inflation[17:13]Should the cost increase letters you send be vague?[17:45]Reviewing letters, considering rebuttals, researching price increase data Links:profitcleaners.comTeaser:[01:10 - 01:33][06:35 - 06:44][07:21 - 07:52][08:31 - 08:52][16:17 - 16:39]Qoutes:“From an inflation stand point, the goal of the federal trust is to keep inflation at 2%. So if you're not raising your prices 2% every single year, you are losing money”“It's not that they don't expect price increases, everyone is expecting price increases . That's how the economy works..”
Gill discusses what increases our risk of relapsing. She explains how alcohol changes the brain to make it harder to not drink, so we'll talk about changes to the reward center, how the brain communicates with itself, and how we are able to handle stress. You'll learn how hope and the way you deal with things helps you stay sober too.What to listen to next:E26: Does the brain recover?E42: Is relapse a part of recovery?E46: Neuroplasticity helps us recoverAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20. Click here to learn more or visit www.exactnature.comGruvi is giving you 10% off your first order with the code POWER10. Click here to learn more https://www.getgruvi.com/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=gilltietz Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday. Please subscribe! Key takeaways and sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it. Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
I have enjoyed getting to know Brian and am eagerly awaiting the next time I'm in Indy so that, as we did just months before the pandemic, we can enjoy great food and drinks as we banter about how to fix all of fundraising's problems. Brian, now Vice President for Research at RNL, has been an annual giving and major gift officer and hosts the Fundraising Voices podcast. Lately, he has been asking if we can build an equation that increases giving? As Brian shared with us today, the donation equation combines six factors drawn from top industry insights that have been shown to increase the chance a donor will give to your organization. Rather than getting too deep into the weeds on Brian's equation, I asked whether his equation could contribute to what I believe is the emergence of a field approach to developing fundraising expertise. Because of the nature of our work, and noting where fundraisers say they have had their most valuable learning experiences, I see evidence that many of us are tossing out the early twentieth century guide to professional development and choosing alternative paths to mastering our craft. I'm routinely hearing that, rather than being enchanted by the highly-technical wizardry that is easily taught in the classroom, many young professionals would prefer a more hands-on approach that is complemented by tools like Brian's which can facilitate learning in the field. As always, we are especially grateful to our friends at CueBack for sponsoring The Fundraising Talent Podcast. And if you'd like to download Responsive's latest edition of Carefully & Critically, just click here.
Apply for roles at Stax, Inc: APPLY NOWIn a move with major ramifications, BCG announced it will raise base salaries for junior employees by $10,000 in October 2021. Why is BCG raising salaries, and what will the response be from top competitors? Listen now to find out!This originally appeared on ManagementConsulted.com: read the article. Additional Links8 spots left in October Case Prep Cohort: JOIN NOWResume/Cover Letter Edits: START HEREOnline Skills Building (Excel/PPT): LEARN MORESponsor an episode or advertise: Management Consulted Media Kit
In this week's State of Criminal Justice we'll cover the debate over increasing crime, a settlement for a Black family attacked by police, and abolitionist protests outside the Met Gala. In our New Ground segment, we'll cover an inspiring effort to connect supportive communities with people behind bars – through literature. PushBlack exists because we saw we had to take matters into our own hands, especially when it comes to protecting our communities. As a nonprofit, we rely on small donations from subscribers like you. You make PushBlack happen with your contributions. Most people do 5 or 10 bucks a month, but everything makes a difference. Thanks for supporting the work. Donate Here: https://stateofcriminaljustice.comQuestions About ‘Increases' In CrimeStatistics about crime contradict popular beliefs.Police Lies Mean Millions For A Black MomA police union lied after a brutal attack on a Black family.Police Attacked While Celebs Enjoyed Met GalaWhile celebrities enjoyed the Met Gala, protesters were attacked outside.New Ground: A Pandemic Projected Called Liberation LitAn inspiring effort is building connections between communities and incarcerated people.
In this week's energy podcast, Senior Portfolio Manager Quinn Kiley discusses:How the new “Human Infrastructure” bill could benefit midstream energy companies by encouraging ESG investmentsEnergy transition announcements from several traditional energy companies show how existing infrastructure can and will be repurposed in a low carbon futureOPEC's refreshed oil demand outlook shows natural gas will be required long into the futureDownload Transcript
Listener personal statements have been rolling in, and Ben and Nathan are doing their best to respond to as many as possible. In what may be a new record, today's episode features ten submissions. The guys pull no punches as they critique each one and compile a list of rule violations. But first, they hear from a listener who improved his official score by 27 points using LSAT Demon, and they tackle a Reasoning question from PrepTest 73. Reminder: If you want to submit your personal statement to be read on a future episode, go to lsat.link/statement and answer the questions first. 5:45 – Major Score Increases Listener Volodymyr studied with LSAT Demon for six months and increased his score by a whopping 27 points—from a diagnostic 142 to an official 169. Way to go! That 97th percentile score and his impressive 3.86 GPA make him an excellent candidate. Nathan and Ben revel in the fact that major score increases are becoming so common among dedicated Demon students, they're almost unremarkable. The thing that sets LSAT Demon apart from other test prep companies is the emphasis on actually understanding the test—not on gimmicky shortcuts. 14:13 – Logical Reasoning Question 16 from PrepTest 73 Nathan breaks down the argument and summarizes the main point: The top award for architecture should go to the best building just as the top award for movies goes to the best picture. Why? Because creating a building is a team effort, much like creating a movie. Ben and Nathan are sympathetic to the argument but also point out its weaknesses. They then discuss their strategy for answering a Reasoning question. The right answer must accurately describe something that the argument did—nothing different, nothing extra. Ben adds that it's okay if an answer describes the argument incompletely, but it can't be inaccurate. Answer A makes perfect sense. The argument did use an analogy to reach its conclusion. Answers B, C, D, and E have a lot of the right words, but they're all inaccurate and thus wrong. Nathan reminds listeners that the most efficient way to improve your Logical Reasoning score is to dig into one question at a time. 43:12 – Z's Personal Statement The first few sentences of Z's statement are somewhat vague and fail to capture Ben's or Nathan's interest. There are some awkward sentence constructions and too many uses of the word “would” throughout the first paragraph. (Instead of saying that you would do something, just say that you did something.) Z then claims to teach students how to construct “the clearest possible prose.” Meanwhile, Z's prose is unclear and contains several grammatical errors. Nathan and Ben both say they'd stop reading at that point. 49:30 – Kamilah's Personal Statement Kamilah's first sentence can be edited down significantly. Ben and Nathan recommend losing the adjective “interesting.” If something is interesting, show the reader why it's interesting—don't force the conclusion. Kamilah follows with several more conclusions and too much detail about her attorney uncle. The reader cares only about you, the applicant. Don't talk about family members. Skimming a couple paragraphs ahead, the guys learn that Kamilah has worked in HR for 18 years and is now “responsible for the investigation of statutory complaints raised by and against Intel employees and its contractors.” They encourage her to cut the entire first paragraph and lead with the important work that she does today. Read more on our website!
In Episode 57 of the Pool Nation Podcast we talk to Megan from Pool Pro Mag and Tyler from the Pool Chasers. We do a deep dive into raising you rates. Megan talks about the results of a survey Pool Pro Magazine did asking business owners if they had raised their rates. We share the recent industry rate increases and why some of the pool pros might find it hard to increase their rates. Megan from Pool Pro Mag talks about brining awareness on the increases and how to ensure that you keep it on our business radar. Zac talks about the recent rate increase letters that have been sent out and how those will affect you moving into 2022. We do a deep dive into figuring out what your rate increase should be, and the tools that are available to use and help you through that process. A must listen to episode. Sponsors The SPPA Ultimate Pool Tools Pool Invoice
Chris discusses the Oral Arguments from the DC District Court hearing on September 13, a recently published white paper from the OIG on service standards, and the USPS proactive approach to scheduled and somewhat predictable future price increases.
On September 13th, the House Ways & Means Committee released long anticipated draft legislation which could lead to major tax changes effective January 1, 2022. In this episode of the PFP Section podcast, Bob Keebler, CPA/PFS, walks you through the key areas of interest so that you can plan ahead with your clients in the event these proposals become law. Bob discusses: Increases in tax rates over certain thresholds, expansion of the NIIT, a new high-income surcharge, and modifications to 199A Return of the estate and gift tax exemptions to pre-2017 levels and drastic changes in taxation of grantor trusts New IRA rules, including mega IRA contribution limits and RMDs, elimination of the backdoor Roth, and more What this means for clients and the future of planning strategies if the proposals become law Access resources related to this podcast: Note: If you're using a podcast app that does not hyperlink to the resources, visit http://pfplanning.libsyn.com/ to access show notes with direct links. Article: Ways and Means releases list of tax provisions for budget bill Legislative text to be incorporated in the budget reconciliation bill known as the “Build America Back Better” Act This episode is brought to you by the AICPA's Personal Financial Planning Section, the premier provider of information, tools, advocacy and guidance for professionals who specialize in providing tax, estate, retirement, risk management and investment planning advice. Also, by the CPA/PFS credential program, which allows CPAs to demonstrate competence and confidence in providing these services to their clients. Visit us online at www.aicpa.org/pfp to join our community, gain access to valuable member-only benefits or learn about our PFP certificate program. Subscribe to the PFP Podcast channel at Libsyn to find all the latest episodes or search “AICPA Personal Financial Planning” on your favorite podcast app.
This is Coronavirus 411, the latest COVID-19 info and new hotspots for September 17th, 2021.Idaho public health leaders yesterday expanded health care rationing statewide. Individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have also implemented rationing policies. Increases in COVID-19 patients are exhausting medical resources so those resources are allocated to those most likely to survive.A government watchdog says the Department of Homeland Security must improve its COVID-19 response at the U.S.-Mexico border. Customs and Border Patrol says they don't have the resources to test symptomatic migrants and has been relying on local public health systems and nongovernmental organizations to handle things. No, vaccine refusal is not just an American conservative thing. France's health minister said 3,000 health care workers across the country have been suspended without pay for refusing to get vaccinated. The deadline was September 15. France has recently seen mass demonstrations opposing the government's vaccine policies.We'll see if that also happens in Italy. A measure was approved yesterday that applies to all public and private-sector workers and will come into force Oct. 15 that deploys Green Pass requirements. Workers face fines of up to $1,700 and employers who don't check their workers will also be fined. The new Green Pass mandate will affect about 18 million people. But Italy's full vaccination rate is already a very high 75%.It's one health condition causing another. A new study ties the pandemic to an “alarming” increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers. That speeds up a problem that was already happening, but now the increase is called profound. The sad irony being the pandemic seems to be increasing obesity, and in turn obesity puts people at risk for more severe cases of COVID.In the United States cases were down 9%, deaths are up 29%, and hospitalizations are down 5% over 14 days. The 7-day average of new cases has been trending down since September 13. There are 9,597,842 active cases in the United States.With not all states reporting daily numbers, the five states with the greatest increase in hospitalizations over 14 days are Montana up 47%, Ohio 39%, West Virginia 31%, And Idaho and Alaska 29%. The top 10 counties with the highest number of recent cases per capita according to The New York Times: Knox, KY. Monroe, KY. Powell, KY. Perry, KY. Rockcastle, KY. Russell, KY. Humboldt, NV. Wyoming, WV. Whitley, KY. And Lincoln, MT. There have been at least 669,996 deaths in the U.S. recorded as Covid-related.The top 3 vaccinating states by percentage of population that's been fully vaccinated: Vermont again unchanged at 68.7%, Connecticut unchanged at 67.3%, and Maine at 67.1%. The bottom 3 vaccinating states are West Virginia unchanged at 40%, Wyoming at 40.3%, and Idaho at 40.4%. The percentage of the U.S. that's been fully vaccinated is 54.1%.The 5 countries with the largest recent 24-hour increase in the number of fully vaccinated people: Taiwan up 16%. Kosovo and Thailand 4%. And Africa and Nepal 3%. Globally, cases were down 17% and deaths were down 9% over 14 days, with the 7-day average trending down since August 27. There are 18,671,978 active cases around the world.The five countries with the most new cases: The United States 151,142. India 34,649. Brazil 34,407. Turkey 28,118. And the U.K. 26,911. There have now been at least 4,669,300 deaths reported as Covid-related worldwide. For the latest updates, subscribe for free to Coronavirus 411 on your podcast app or ask your smart speaker to play the Coronavirus 411 podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
P.M. Edition for Sept. 14. Inflation eased slightly in August. But price pressures are still weighing on Americans, especially low-wage workers. For some, the raise they got from their employers is being eaten up by higher costs. Economics reporter Sarah Chaney Cambon joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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In Episode 56 of the Pool Nation Podcast we talk to Jared Schwab from Alpha West Marketing Group about the recently released price increases of up to 35% on Cal-Hypo, 50% increase on Tri-Chlor Tabs & dry chlorine and the 10% increase on plastic. We also talk about the current conditions of the swimming pool industry with the continued supply issues and we talk about the current market conditions and if there is any change in sight. We also talk about the current labor market how to be able to find talent in these tough times. We also talk about what the pool pros strategy should be for 2022 with the current conditions not showing that they are going to change over the next year. Sponsors The SPPA Ultimate Pool Tools Pool Invoice
Mental exercises is nothing new here, but a new study found that picturing yourself doing strength and power exercise actually increase performance, even if you dont do any of those. Then we talk about our favorite mobility exercises.
The war in Afghanistan is over. In this episode, we document how and why the Biden administration finally admitted defeat in our 20 year attempt to create a new government in Afghanistan and we take a hard look at the lessons we need to learn. Afghanistan is a country in a far away land, but there are disturbing similarities between the Afghanistan government that just collapsed and our own. We'd be wise not to ignore them. Executive Producer: Rachel Passer Executive Producer: Anonymous Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Support Congressional Dish via Patreon (donations per episode) Send Zelle payments to: Donation@congressionaldish.com Send Venmo payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send Cash App payments to: $CongressionalDish or Donation@congressionaldish.com Use your bank's online bill pay function to mail contributions to: 5753 Hwy 85 North, Number 4576, Crestview, FL 32536. Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Background Sources Recommended Congressional Dish Episodes CD236: January 6: The Capitol Riot CD218: Minerals are the New Oil CD210: The Afghanistan War CD124: The Costs of For-Profit War How We Got Here Craig Whitlock. The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War. Simon and Schuster, 2021. Patrick Tucker. August 18, 2021. “Trump's Pledge to Exit Afghanistan Was a Ruse, His Final SecDef Says.” Defense One. Eugene Kiely and Robert Farley. August 17, 2021. “Timeline of U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan.” FactCheck.org. Eric Schmitt and Jennifer Steinhauer. July 30, 2021. “Afghan Visa Applicants Arrive in U.S. After Years of Waiting.” The New York Times. Craig Whitlock, Leslie Shapiro and Armand Emamdjomeh. December 9, 2019. “The Afghanistan Papers: A secret history of the war.” The Washington Post. Mark Landler and James Risen. July 25, 2017. “Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals.” The New York Times. John F. Harris. October 15, 2001. “Bush Rejects Taliban Offer On Bin Laden ” Washington Post. The Evacuation: Those Left Behind William Mauldin. September 2, 2021. “Afghanistan Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Staff Left Behind.” Wall Street Journal. Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Annie Karni. August 29, 2021. “Series of U.S. Actions Left Afghan Allies Frantic, Stranded and Eager to Get Out.” The York Times. Sami Sadat. August 25, 2021. “I Commanded Afghan Troops This Year. We Were Betrayed.” The New York Times. Marjorie Censer. August 18, 2021. “US contractors rush to get former employees out of Afghanistan.” Defense News. Siobhan Hughes. August 18, 2021. “Afghanistan Veterans in Congress Trying to Prevent ‘a Death Warrant' for Helping America.” Wall Street Journal. Alex Sanz and Tammy Webber. August 18, 2021. “US friends try to rescue brother in arms in Afghanistan.” AP News. Seth Moulton. June 04, 2021. "Moulton, Bipartisan Honoring Our Promises Working Group to White House: Evacuate our Afghan Partners.” Contractors in Afghanistan Matt Taibbi. August 18, 2021. “We Failed Afghanistan, Not the Other Way Around.” TK News by Matt Taibbi on Substack. Jack Detsch. August 16, 2021. “Departure of Private Contractors Was a Turning Point in Afghan Military's Collapse.” Foreign Policy. Matt Stoller. July 15, 2021. “‘A Real S*** Show': Soldiers Angrily Speak Out about Being Blocked from Repairing Equipment by Contractors.” BIG by Matt Stoller. Lynzy Billing. May 12, 2021. “The U.S. Is Leaving Afghanistan? Tell That to the Contractors.” New York Magazine. Oren Liebermann. March 29, 2021. “Pentagon could open itself to costly litigation from contractors if US pulls out of Afghanistan this year.” CNN. Lucas Kunce and Elle Ekman. September 15, 2019. “Comment Submitted by Major Lucas Kunce and Captain Elle Ekman.” [Regulations.gov(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulations.gov). Aaron Mehta. Oct 25, 2016. “30 Years: William Perry — Reshaping the Industry.” Defense News. Jared Serbu. August 22, 2016. “DoD now awarding more than half its contract spending without competitive bids.” Federal News Network. 41 U.S. Code § 3307 - Preference for commercial products and commercial services. Money: Lost and Gained David Moore. August 23, 2021. “Lawmakers Benefit From Booming Defense Stocks.” Sludge. Lee Fang. August 20, 2021. “Congressman Seeking to Relaunch Afghan War Made Millions in Defense Contracting.” The Intercept. Anna Massoglia and Julia Forrest. August 20, 2021. “Defense contractors spent big in Afghanistan before the U.S. left and the Taliban took control.” OpenSecrets.org. Stephen Losey. April 16, 2021. “The Bill for the Afghanistan War Is $2.26 Trillion, and Still Rising.” Military.com. Eli Clifton. February 16, 2021. “Weapons Biz Bankrolls Experts Pushing to Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan.” Daily Beast. Open Secrets. 2021. Defense: Lobbying, 2021. Open Secrets. 2021. Defense: Money to Congress. Laws S.1790 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 Sponsor: Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) Status: Became Public Law No: 116-92 on December 20, 2019 H.R. 3237: Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 Sponsor: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) Status: Signed into law, 2021 May 20 House Vote Breakdown Congressional Budget Office Score Law Outline TITLE IV: BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE GENERAL PROVISIONS EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF THE AFGHAN SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM Sec. 401: Amends the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 to expand eligibility to include Afghans who worked not only for the US Government for more than 1 year but also our allies as an off-base interpreter or if they performed "activities for United States military stationed at International Security Assistance Force (or any successor name for such Force). Increases the number of Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) to Afghan partners by 8,000, for a total of 34,500 allocated since December 19, 2014. Sec. 402: Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of state to jointly waive for 1 year (maximum 2 years with an extension) the requirement that Afghan partners eligible for SIVs get a medical exam before they can receive their visa. The Secretary of Homeland Security has to create a process to make sure Afghan SIV holders get a medical exam within 30 days of entry into the United States. Sec. 403: Allows the surviving spouse or child or employee of the United States Government abroad to be eligible for immigration into the United States if the employee worked for our government for at least 15 years or was killed in the line of duty. It also expands entry permissions for Afghan SIV applicants in addition to those who have already been approved. This is retroactive to June 30, 2021. Policies for Visa Processing: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Policy Manual, Chapter 9: Certain Afghan Nationals U.S Department of State -- Bureau of Consular Affairs. “Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans - Who Were Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government.” Audio Sources Gen. Mark Milley: "There was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days." August 18, 2021 General Mark Milley: The time frame of rapid collapse that was widely estimated and ranged from weeks to months, and even years following our departure, there was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days. Central Command submitted a variety of plans that were briefed and approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense and the President. These plans were coordinated, synchronized and rehearsed to deal with these various scenarios. One of those contingencies is what we are executing right now. As I said before, there's plenty of time to do AARs(After Action Reviews) and key lessons learned and to delve into these questions with great detail. But right now is not that time. Right now, we have to focus on this mission, because we have soldiers at risk. And we also have American citizens and Afghans who supported us for 20 years also at risk. This is personal and we're going to get them out. President Biden on Afghanistan Withdrawal Transcript July 8, 2021 Sound Clips 01:30 President Biden: When I announced our drawdown in April, I said we would be out by September, and we're on track to meet that target. Our military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on August 31. The drawdown is proceeding in a secure and orderly way, prioritizing the safety of our troops as they depart 3:40 President Biden: Together with our NATO allies and partners, we have trained and equipped nearly 300,000 current serving members of the military, the Afghan national security force, and many beyond that are no longer serving. Add to that hundreds of thousands more Afghan national defense and security forces trained over the last two decades. 04:04 President Biden: We provided our Afghan partners with all the tools, let me emphasize, all the tools -- training, equipment -- of any modern military. We provided advanced weaponry, and we're going to continue to provide funding and equipment and we'll ensure they have the capacity to maintain their Air Force. 5:54 President Biden: We're also going to continue to make sure that we take on Afghan nationals who worked side by side with US forces, including interpreters and translators. Since we're no longer going to have military there after this, we're not going to need them and they'll have no jobs. We're [sic] also going to be vital to our efforts. they've been very vital, and so their families are not exposed to danger as well. We've already dramatically accelerated the procedure time for Special Immigrant Visas to bring them to the United States. Since I was inaugurated on January 20, we've already approved 2,500 Special Immigrant Visas to come to the United States. Up to now, fewer than half have exercised the right to do that. Half have gotten on aircraft and come commercial flights and come and other half believe they want to stay, at least thus far. We're working closely with Congress to change the authorization legislation so that we can streamline the process of approving those visas. And those who have stood up for the operation to physically relocate 1000s of Afghans and their families before the US military mission concludes so that, if they choose, they can wait safely outside of Afghanistan, while their US visas are being processed. 8:13 President Biden: For those who have argued that we should stay just six more months, or just one more year, I asked them to consider the lessons of recent history. In 2011, the NATO allies and partners agreed that we would end our combat mission in 2014. In 2014, some argued one more year. So we kept fighting. We kept taking casualties. In 2015, the same, and on and on. Nearly 20 years of experience has shown us that the current security situation only confirms that just one more year of fighting in Afghanistan is not a solution, but a recipe for being there indefinitely. It's up to the Afghans to make the decision about the future of their country. Others are more direct. Their argument is that we should stay with the Afghans and Afghanistan indefinitely. In doing so they point to the fact that we we have not taken losses in this last year. So they claim that the cost of just maintaining the status quo is minimal. 9:19 President Biden: But that ignores the reality, and the facts that already presented on the ground in Afghanistan when I took office. The Taliban is at its strongest militarily since 2001. The number of US forces in Afghanistan had been reduced to a bare minimum. And the United States and the last administration made an agreement that they have to with the Taliban remove all our forces by May 1 of this year. That's what I inherited. That agreement was the reason the Taliban had ceased major attacks against US forces. 9:55 President Biden: If in April, I had instead announced that the United States was going to go back on that agreement, made by the last administration, the United States and allied forces will remain in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future, the Taliban would have again begun to target our forces. The status quo was not an option. Staying would have meant US troops taking casualties, American men and women back in the middle of a civil war, and we would run the risk of having to send more troops back in Afghanistan to defend our remaining troops. Once that agreement with the Taliban had been made, staying with a bare minimum force was no longer possible. 10:34 President Biden: So let me ask those who want us to stay: how many more? How many 1000s more Americans' daughters and sons are you willing to risk? How long would you have them stay? Already we have members of our military whose parents fought in Afghanistan 20 years ago. Would you send their children and their grandchildren as well? Would you send your own son or daughter? After 20 years, a trillion dollars spent training and equipping hundreds of 1000s of Afghan National Security and Defence Forces. 2,448 Americans killed, 20,722 more wounded, and untold 1000s coming home with unseen trauma to their mental health. I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome. 11:51 President Biden: Today the terrorist threat has metastasized beyond Afghanistan. So, we are repositioning our resources and adapting our counterterrorism posture to meet the threats where they are now: significantly higher in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. 12:07 President Biden: But make no mistake, our military and intelligence leaders are confident they have the capabilities to protect the homeland and our interests from any resurgent terrorist challenge emerging or emanating from Afghanistan. We're developing a counterterrorism over-the-horizon capability that will allow us to keep our eyes firmly fixed at any direct threat to the United States in the region and act quickly and decisively if needed. 12:38 President Biden: We also need to focus on shoring up America's core strengths to meet the strategic competition competition with China and other nations that is really going to determine our future. 14:58 Reporter: Is the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable? President Biden: No. It is not. Because you have the Afghan troops, 300,000. Well equipped, as well equipped as any army in the world, and an air force against something like 75,000 Taliban. It is not inevitable. 15:45 President Biden: Do I trust the Taliban? No, but I trust the capacity of the Afghan military who is better trained, better equipped, and more competent in terms of conducting war. 18:07 Reporter: Your own intelligence community has assessed that the Afghan government will likely collapse President Biden: That is not true 18:53 President Biden: And I want to make clear what I made clear to Ghani, that we are not going to walk away and not sustain their ability to maintain that force. We are. We're going to also work to make sure we help them in terms of everything from food necessities and other things in the region. But there is not a conclusion that in fact, they cannot defeat the Taliban. I believe the only way there's going to be -- this is now Joe Biden, not the intelligence community -- the only way there's only going to be peace and secure in Afghanistan, is that they work out a modus vivendi with the Taliban, and they make a judgement as to how they can make peace. And the likelihood there's going to be one unified government in Afghanistan, controlling the whole country is highly unlikely. 21:30 Reporter: Mr. President, how serious was the corruption among the Afghanistan government to this mission failing there? President Biden: First of all, the mission hasn't failed yet. 22:00 President Biden: There were going to be negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan national security forces, and the Afghan government that didn't come to fruition. So the question now is where do they go from here? The jury is still out, but the likelihood there's going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely. 23:20 Reporter: Mr. President, "speed is safety," as you just said in your remarks. Are you satisfied with the timeline of relocating Afghan nationals? Is it happening quickly enough to your satisfaction if it may not happen until next month at the end? President Biden: It has already happened, there have already been people, about 1000 people have gotten on aircraft and come to the United States already on commercial aircraft. So as I said, there's over 2500 people, that as from January to now, have have gotten those visas and only half decided that they wanted to leave. The point is that I think the whole process has to be speeded up -- period -- in terms of being able to get these visas. Reporter: Why can't the US evacuate these Afghan translators to the United States to await their visa processing as some immigrants of the southern border have been allowed to? President Biden: Because the law doesn't allow that to happen. And that's why we're asking the Congress to consider changing the law. President Biden Remarks on Afghanistan Strategy Transcript April 14, 2021 Sound Clips 00:38 President Biden: I'm speaking to you today from the Roosevelt -- the Treaty room in the White House -- the same spot where in October of 2001, President George W. Bush informed our nation that the United States military had begun strikes on terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. It was just weeks, just weeks after the terrorist attack on our nation that killed 2,977 innocent souls, that turned Lower Manhattan into a disaster area, destroyed parts of the Pentagon and made hallowed ground in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and sparked an American promise that we would never forget. We went to Afghanistan in 2001, to root out al Qaeda to prevent future terrorist attacks against the United States planned from Afghanistan. Our objective was clear, the cause was just, our NATO allies and partners rallied beside us. And I supported that military action along with the overwhelming majority of the members of Congress. More than seven years later, in 2008 weeks before we swore the oath of office -- President Obama and I were about to swear -- President Obama asked me to travel to Afghanistan and report back on the state of the war in Afghanistan. I flew to Afghanistan to the Kunar Valley, a rugged, mountainous region on the border of Pakistan. What I saw on that trip reinforced my conviction that only the Afghans have the right and responsibility to lead their country. And that more and endless American military force could not create or sustain a durable Afghan Government. I believed that our presence in Afghanistan should be focused on the reason we went in the first place: to ensure Afghanistan would not be used as a base from which to attack our homeland again. We did that, we accomplished that objective. I said, along with others, we would follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell if need be. That's exactly what we did. And we got him. It took us close to 10 years to put President Obama's commitment into form. And that's exactly what happened Osama bin Laden was gone. That was 10 years ago. Think about that. We delivered justice to Bin Laden a decade ago. And we've stayed in Afghanistan for a decade since. Since then, our reasons for remaining in Afghanistan have become increasingly unclear, even as the terrorist threat that we went to fight evolved. Over the past 20 years, the threat has become more dispersed, metastasizing around the globe. Al Shabaab in Somalia, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, on Al Nusra in Syria, ISIS attempting to create a caliphate in Syria and Iraq and establishing affiliates in multiple countries in Africa and Asia. With the terror threat now in many places, keeping 1000s of troops grounded and concentrated in just one country at a cost of billions each year makes little sense to me and our leaders. We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan, hoping to create ideal conditions for the withdraw and expecting a different result. I'm now the fourth United States President to preside over American troop presence in Afghanistan: two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth. After consulting closely with our allies and partners, with our military leaders and intelligence personnel, with our diplomats and our development experts, with the Congress and the Vice President, as well as with Mr. Ghani and many others around the world. I concluded that it's time to end America's longest war. It's time for American troops to come home. 5:01 President Biden: When I came to office, I inherited a diplomatic agreement, duly negotiated between the government of the United States and the Taliban, that all US forces would be out of Afghanistan by May 1 2021, just three months after my inauguration. That's what we inherited. That commitment is perhaps not what I would have negotiated myself, but it was an agreement made by the United States government. And that means something. So in keeping with that agreement, and with our national interest, the United States will begin our final withdrawal beginning on May 1 of this year. 8:11 President Biden: You all know that less than 1% of Americans serve in our Armed Forces. The remaining 99%, we owe them. We owe them. They've never backed down from a single mission that we've asked of them. I've witnessed their bravery firsthand during my visits to Afghanistan. They've never wavered in their resolve. They paid a tremendous price on our behalf and they have the thanks of a grateful nation. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) High-Risk List Center for Strategic and International Studies Transcript March 10, 2021 Speaker: John Sopko - Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Sound Clips 7:40 John Sopko: But right now, that state is under threat. In the wake of the February 2020 withdrawal agreement, all is not well. Compromise appears in short supply on either side. Taliban attacks have actually increased since the agreement was signed. Assassination of prominent officials, activists, journalists, aid workers and others have also increased, including an unsuccessful attack on one of the female members of the peace negotiating team. And the Taliban offensive on Kandahar city last October, as peace negotiations were ongoing, may well have succeeded, were it not for U.S. air support. Peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have achieved little for Afghanistan so far, and only time will tell as to whether the new Biden administration initiative will bear fruit. And the Afghan people's fears for its own government survival are exacerbated by the knowledge of how dependent their country is on foreign military and financial support. 12:56 John Sopko: Another equally serious threat to Afghanistan's stability has also largely been ignored as we focus on the boots on the ground in Afghanistan. And that is the provision of last year's U.S.-Taliban agreement that stipulates that in addition to the departure of U.S. and coalition troops, or non-diplomatic civilian personnel: private security contractors, trainers, advisors, and supporting service personnel also must leave the country by May 1. Should this come to passSIGAR and many others believe this may be more devastating to the effectiveness of the Afghan security forces than the withdrawal of our remaining troops. Why is that? Because the Afghan government relies heavily on these foreign contractors and trainers to function. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 there are over 18,000 Defense Department contractors in Afghanistan, including 6000 Americans, and 7,000 3rd country nationals, 40% of whom are responsible for logistics, maintenance, or training tasks. Now, it is well known that the Afghan security forces need these contractors to maintain their equipment, manage supply chains, and train their military and police to operate the advanced equipment that we have purchased for them. For example, as of December, the Afghan National Army was completing just under 20% of its own maintenance work orders, well below the goal of 80% that was set and the 51% that they did in 2018. So that's actually going down. The Afghan National Police were just as bad if not worse, undertaking only 12% of their own maintenance work against a target of 35% and less than the 16% that we reported in our 2019 high risk list. Additionally, and more troubling. The Department of Defense does train, advise and assist command air, or commonly called TAC air recently reported that since late 2019, they have reduced their personnel in Afghanistan by 94%, and that the military drawdown now requires near total use of contract support to maintain the Afghan Air fleet. They assess that quote “further drawdown in the associated closure basis will effectively end all in country aviation training contracts in Afghanistan.” Again, why is this significant? Why do we view this as a high risk? Namely because contractors currently provide 100% of the maintenance for the Afghan Air Force, UAE 60 helicopters and CE 130 cargo aircraft and a significant portion of Afghans Light Combat Support aircraft. TAC air this January gave a bleak assessment, namely, that no Afghan airframe can be sustained as combat effective for more than a few months in the absence of contractor support. 17:51 John Sopko: Continued funding for U.S. reconstruction programs aimed at promoting economic development, rule of law, respect for human rights, good governance and security for the Afghan people may be more significant, because it may be the primary lever left for the US and other donors to influence that country. It appears that even the Taliban understand Afghanistan's dire need for foreign assistance. Because, as one of the few commitments that the US had to make last year was, “to seek economic cooperation for reconstruction, with the new post settlement, Afghan Islamic government.” Now how much the donor community wishes to stay involved will of course depend on what that government looks like and how it behaves. Numerous officials, including then Secretary of State Pompeo and Ambassador Halley, have stated that the US will be able to advance its human rights goals, including the rights of women and girls with the Taliban by leveraging or conditioning this much needed financial assistance. But unfortunately, as SIGAR has long reported, even when conditionality involved only dealing with the Afghan government, donors do not have a stellar record of successfully utilizing that conditionality to influence Afghan behavior. 27:19 John Sopko: Today our report suggests the donor community should realize the Afghan government is focused on a single goal, its survival. Afghanistan is more dependent on international support than ever before. It may not be an overstatement that if foreign assistance is withdrawn and peace negotiations fail, Taliban forces could be at the gates of Kabul in short order. Hearing: A PATHWAY FOR PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN: EXAMINING THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE AFGHANISTAN STUDY GROUP House Committee on Oversight and Reform: Subcommittee on National Security February 19, 2021 Testimony was heard from the following Afghanistan Study Group officials: Kelly A. Ayotte, Co-Chair; News Corp Board of Directors since April 2017 BAE Systems Board of Directors since June 2017 Blackstone Board of Directors Boston Properties Board of Directors Caterpillar Board of Directors Board of Advisors at Cirtronics General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (Retired), Co-Chair Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Obama and Trump presidencies. Lockheed Martin Board of Directors since February 2020 Nancy Lindborg, Co-Chair President and CEO of the David Lucile Packard Foundation Former President and CEO of the US Institute for Peace Former Assistant Administrator for the bureau for democracy conflict and humanitarian assistance at USAID During the mid-Obama years. Sound Clips 3:13 Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA): I'd also like to take a moment to thank the nonpartisan US Institute of Peace for the support and expertise they provided to the study group during the course of its work. 3:23 Rep. Stephen Lynch (MA): In the fiscal year 2020 omnibus bill Congress led by Senator Graham Senator Patrick Leahy and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee of state foreign ops and related programs. They tasked the independent and bipartisan Afghanistan study group to quote, consider the implications of a peace settlement or the failure to reach a settlement on US policy, resources and commitments in Afghanistan. After nearly nine months of review and consultation with current and former US and Afghan government officials, allies and partners and other key stakeholders, the Afghanistan study group issued its final report earlier this month. 15:12 Kelly Ayotte: We recommend that US troops remain beyond may 1. We believe a precipitous withdrawal of US and international troops in May, would be catastrophic for Afghanistan, leading to civil war, and allow the reconstitution of terror groups which threaten the United States within an 18 to 36 month period. 15:41 Kelly Ayotte: Let me be clear, although we recommend that our troops remain beyond may 1, we propose a new approach toward Afghanistan, which aligns our policies, practices and messaging across the United States government to support the Afghan peace process, rather than prosecute a war. Our troops would remain not to fight a forever war, but to guarantee the conditions for a successful peace process and to protect our national security interests to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven again, for terrorists who threaten the United States of America. 37:15 General Joseph F. Dunford: Do we need to increase forces if the Taliban don't accept an extension past the first of May, and if they then would re initiate attacks against US forces? and Chairman, we heard exactly what you heard. In the fall. What we were told by commanders on the ground in the department of fence was that 4500 US forces, in addition to the NATO forces that are there was the minimum level to address both the mission as well as protection of our forces in the context of the conditions that existed in the fall in as you've highlighted, those conditions have only gotten worse since the fall so in in our judgment 2500 would not be adequate. Should the Taliban re initiate attacks against the United States Hearing: Examining the Trump Administration's Afghanistan Strategy House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on National Security January 28, 2020 Witness: John Sopko - Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) Sound Clips 48:54 John Sopko: We've almost created a system that forces people in the government to give happy talk success stories because they're over there on very short rotations. They want to show success. The whole system is almost geared to give you, and it goes up the chain of command, all the way to the President sometimes. He gets bad information from people out in the field because somebody on a nine month rotation, he has to show success, and that goes up. 54:24 John Sopko: Maybe incentivize honesty. And one of the proposals I gave at that time,be cause I was asked by the staff to come up with proposals, is put the same requirement on the government that we impose on publicly traded corporations. Publicly traded corporations have to tell the truth. Otherwise the SEC will indict the people involved. They have to report when there's a significant event. So put that onus, call it The Truth in Government Act if you want, that you in the administration are duty bound by statute to alert Congress to significant events that could directly negatively impact a program or process. So incentivize honesty. 1:10:25 John Sopko: Over 70% of the Afghan budget comes from the United States and the donors. If that money ended, I have said before and I will stand by it, then the Afghan government will probably collapse. Wartime Contracting Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs September 21, 2011 Witnesses: Charles Tiefer: Commissioner on the Commission on Wartime Contracting Clark Kent Ervin: Commissioner on the Commission on Wartime Contracting Sound Clips 1:11:30 Charles Tiefer: Our private security in Afghanistan appears to be a major source of payoffs to the Taliban. Our report has the first official statement that it's the second-largest source of money for the Taliban. Sen. Carl Levin: After drugs. Charles Tiefer: After drugs, that's right. 1:25:18 Clark Kent Ervin: It's critical that the government have a choice, and that means that there needs to be at least a small and expandable, organic capacity on the part of these three agencies to perform missions themselves, so the next time there's a contingency, the government has a choice between going with contractors and going in-house and the determination can be made whether it's more effective to do it either way, whether it's cheaper to do it either way. As we said at the inception, right now the government doesn't have an option. Contractors are the default option because they're the only option. President George W. Bush announces U.S. Military Strikes on Afghanistan October 7, 2001 President George W. Bush: Good afternoon. On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against Al-Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. These carefully targeted actions are designed to disrupt the use of Afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations and to attack the military capability of the Taliban regime. More than two weeks ago, I gave Taliban leaders a series of clear and specific demands: close terrorist training camps, hand over leaders of the Al-Qaeda network, and return all foreign nationals including American citizens unjustly detained in your country. None of these demands were met and now the Taliban will pay a price by destroying camps and disrupting communications. We will make it more difficult for the terror network to train new recruits and coordinate their evil plans. ** International Campaign Against Terrorism Senate Foreign Relations Committee October 25, 2001 Witness: Colin Powell: Secretary of State Sound Clip 27:00 Colin Powell: Our work in Afghanistan though, is not just of a military nature. We recognize that when the Al Qaeda organization has been destroyed in Afghanistan, and as we continue to try to destroy it in all the nations in which it exists around the world, and when the Taliban regime has gone to its final reward, we need to put in place a new government in Afghanistan, one that represents all the people of Afghanistan and one that is not dominated by any single powerful neighbor, but instead is dominated by the will of the people of Afghanistan. Executive Producer Recommendations Elect Stephanie Gallardo 2022 Krystal Kyle and Friends. August 21, 2021. “Episode 35 Audio with Matthew Hoh.” Cover Art Design by Only Child Imaginations Music Presented in This Episode Intro & Exit: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)
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