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A Quest for Well-Being
The Open-Secret To Healing — Wholeness

A Quest for Well-Being

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 40:56


— The best gift we can give our planet is working to live in a vibration of peace and love. If all humans were emitting mostly love and peaceful vibrations, we could restructure the world. If all of humanity took the time to focus on self-growth, spirituality, and mindset work, imagine the world we “could create. Perhaps contrast is only necessary to create that world. Sandie Gascon see our planet and all the beings on it as a single organism. Humans can either be pathogens, fighting each other and destroying the host along with each other; or we can be one with the planet, working to nurture it and grow. One cannot meet any of the world's issues with anger, resentment, and hate. That only brings more of it. First, we must finish the war going on in our own bodies and minds. End the violence that is there. Be in a state of allowance for what is happening within you and in the world, while believing in your ability to influence your surroundings. Raise your vibration to these higher levels of consciousness, Heal Yourself, Body, Mind, and Spirit, and help change the world. Valeria Teles interviews Sandie Gascon — the author of “Heal Yourself: Body ~ Mind ~ Spirit.” Sandie Gascon is a Health Coach who has helped guide hundreds of people from over twenty-five countries on their healing journey.  After suffering severe side effects from medications during her twenty-year battle with chronic migraines, when she was diagnosed with Lupus she committed herself to healing naturally.  Through her experiences, she developed a whole body, mind, and spirit approach that addresses the person in a truly holistic manner.  She takes the guess work out of the equation by running functional lab work to see what the body needs.  She healed herself of migraines, depression, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, and cystic acne.  Her purpose is to help educate others on the importance of shifting focus to rebuilding and rebalancing the body and removing internal and external stress so the body can heal itself. Sandie lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband Eric and son Kaiden.  She has a passion for riding horses and spends much of her free time at the barn with her horses Bee and Vala.  She loves playing with Kaiden, spending time with family and friends and hiking with her dogs. To learn more about Sandie Gascon and her work, please visit: motivated2heal.com       — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well. 

Wilson County News
PRO Act: Progressives versus independent contractors

Wilson County News

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 4:18


Despite being a politician all his life, and never having worked in a blue-collar job, President Joe Biden declared, “I'm a union man,” when he announced his presidential campaign at a Teamsters union hall in Pittsburgh in April 2019. What our president really loves is big government and political power, and there is no more reliable money trough for Democrats than unions. According to OpenSecrets, which tracks political spending, Biden's campaign received .5 million in contributions from unions, compared with 0,000 from unions that went to former President Donald Trump's campaign. So, it is no surprise that the president and...Article Link

Mueller, She Wrote
Danger is Fun (feat. Peter Strzok)

Mueller, She Wrote

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 47:42


This week: a Gaetz investigation update; Chris Steele and the pee tape are back in the news; we have a roundup of foreign straw donations to Trump and Trump PACs from Open Secrets; have federal raids on Manafort's Russian handler Oleg Deripaska - I've dusted my murder board off for that; I welcome Russian spy hunter and author of the book Compromised, Peter Strzok to the show today to discuss the implications of the Deripaska raid AND we speculate a bit together on what it could mean; plus some Sabotage and the Fantasy Indictment League. Our Guest: Peter Strzok https://twitter.com/petestrzok https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/Compromised/9780358237068 Follow AG and Dana on Twitter: Dr. Allison Gill  https://twitter.com/allisongill https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote https://twitter.com/dailybeanspod Want to support the show and get it ad-free and early? https://dailybeans.supercast.tech/ Or https://patreon.com/thedailybeans Promo Codes Protect all of your online information and devices with one simple subscription. For a limited time, Aura is offering our listeners up to 40% off plans when you visit http://aura.com/MSW. Get your first $5,000 managed for free at Wealthfront.com/MSW. It takes just minutes to start building your wealth. Visit wealthfront.com/MSW. Wild Alaskan Company delivers high quality, sustainably-sourced Wild-Caught Seafood right to your door. Right now you can get $15 off your first box of premium seafood when you visit WildAlaskanCompany.com/MSW. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Blunt Business
US Cannabis Council With Steven Hawkins

Blunt Business

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 48:36


US Cannabis Council with President & CEO Steven Hawkins today on Blunt Business with Jorge Hermida only on Cannabis Radio. In 2020, just $4 million was spent on marijuana lobbying, according to Open Secrets. That's measly compared to the $27 million that was spent by tobacco lobbyists, and roughly $30 million from the beer, wine, and liquor industry. Happy to welcome this week the President and CEO of the United States Cannabis Council, an omnibus group that includes many of the largest industry players, namely a strategic alliance of 65 companies and nonprofits working in the licensed, medical, and adult-use cannabis industry in the United States, and Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the leading national organizations advancing the legalization of cannabis for adult use and medical treatment.

Using the Whole Whale Podcast
261: (news) Volunteers kidnapped & Breast Cancer Fraud

Using the Whole Whale Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 25:29


Nonprofit news for the week of October 18th, 2021   Nonprofit Fundraising Off Of Breast Cancer Has “Deep Ties” To Scam PAC Groups In an investigative report done by OpenSecrets and The Daily Beast, the nonprofit The American Breast Cancer Coalition appears to be a “scheme to extract millions of dollars in donations, mostly from small donors.” Since the organization was launched two years ago it has brought in nearly $3.5 million, most of which gets kicked back to a telemarketing company that was fined $56 million last year for fraud. The group is not a 501(c)3 but is instead registered as a special type of PAC, which allows it to skirt the usual legal and financial transparency requirements. This particular case represents a broader trend of sketchy political groups masquerading as honest charities, according to the report. The FBI has a handy list of tips for avoiding charity scams during the holidays. Read more ➝ U.S. Missionaries & Aid Workers Kidnapped In Haiti 16 American missionaries and one Canadian were kidnapped in Haiti over the weekend, according to reports. The kidnapped included 5 children. The missionaries, associated with Christian Aid Ministries, were working as aid workers in the region when they were kidnapped by a large, heavily armed gang. The threat of violence to not only foreign aid workers but Haitians themselves indicates the fragility of a country continuously teetering on the brink of collapse following the assassination of its President and a deadly earthquake earlier this year. This story highlights the immense danger and complexity faced by aid organizations operating “in the field,” particularly those working in underdeveloped countries in response to conflict, disaster, and other humanitarian catastrophes. Read more ➝     Summary Pittsburgh nonprofit Hello Neighbor to resettle 250 refugees within next year Who Are the Quiet Leaders in Sustainer Giving? 2021 Luminate Online Benchmark Report Right-Wing Nonprofit Lavishes Millions on Top Brass Pups parade Halloween costumes for New Jersey community library fundraiser  

Congressional Dish
CD240: BIF The Infrastructure BILL

Congressional Dish

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 64:20


Jen has been all over the internet lately telling the world that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework is a dumpster fire of a bill. In this episode, she backs that up by comparing the levels of investment for different kinds of infrastructure and examining the society changing effects the bill would have if it were to become law. 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 CD218: Minerals Are the New Oil CD205: Nuclear Waste Storage Oil CD073: Amtrak Recommended Articles and Documents Benjamin J. Hulac and Joseph Morton. October 7, 2021. “With GOP sidelined, Manchin steps up to defend fossil fuels.” Roll Call. Connor Sheets, Robert J. Lopez, Rosanna Xia, and Adam Elmahrek. October 4, 2021. “Before O.C. oil spill, platform owner faced bankruptcy, history of regulatory problems.” The Los Angeles Times. Donald Shaw. October 4, 2021. “Criticizing Joe Manchin's Coal Conflicts is ‘Outrageous,' Says Heitkamp.” Sludge. Michael Gold. October 1, 2021. “Congestion Pricing Is Coming to New York. Everyone Has an Opinion.” The New York Times. Utilities Middle East Staff. September 13, 2021. “World's largest carbon capture and storage plant launched.” Utilities. Adele Peters. September 8, 2021. “The first commercial carbon removal plant just opened in Iceland.” Fast Company. Hiroko Tabuchi. August 16, 2021. “For Many, Hydrogen Is the Fuel of the Future. New Research Raises Doubts.” The New York Times. Robert W. Haworth and Mark Z. Jacobson. August 12, 2021. “How green is blue hydrogen?.” Energy Science & Engineering. Emily Cochrane. August 10, 2021. “Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Handing Biden a Bipartisan Win.” The New York Times. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. June 3, 2021. “2020 Fatality Data Show Increased Traffic Fatalities During Pandemic.” U.S. Department of Transportation. Nation Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). May 19, 2021. “What We Know—and Do Not Know—About Achieving a National-Scale 100% Renewable Electric Grid .” Michael Barnard. May 3, 2021. “Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Are Mostly Bad Policy.” CleanTechnica. Hiroko Tabuchi. April 24, 2021. “Halting the Vast Release of Methane Is Critical for Climate, U.N. Says.” The New York Times. Grist Creative. April 15, 2021. “How direct air capture works (and why it's important)” Grist. American Society of Civil Engineers. 2021. “Bridges.” 2021 Report Card for America's Infrastructure. Open Secrets. “Sen. Joe Manchin - West Virginia - Top Industries Contributing 2015-2020.” Savannah Keaton. December 30, 2020. “Can Fuel Cell Vehicles Explode Like ‘Hydrogen Bombs on Wheels'?” Motor Biscuit. Dale K. DuPont. August 6, 2020. “First all-electric ferry in U.S. reaches milestone.” WorkBoat. Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser. 2020. “CO2 and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” Our World in Data. Jeff Butler. January 27, 2019. “Norway leads an electric ferry revolution.” plugboats.com Our World in Data. Annual CO2 Emissions, 2019. Hydrogen Council. 2019. Frequently Asked Questions. Mark Z. Jacobson et al. September 6, 2017. “100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries of the World.” Joule. Kendra Pierre-Louis. August 25, 2017. “Almost every country in the world can power itself with renewable energy.” Popular Science. Chuck Squatriglia. May 12, 2008. “Hydrogen Cars Won't Make a Difference for 40 Years.” Wired. Renewable Energy World. April 22, 2004. “Schwarzenegger Unveils ‘Hydrogen Highways' Plan.” United States Department of Energy. February 2002. A National Vision of America's Transition to a Hydrogen Economy -- to 2030 and Beyond. The Bill H.R. 3684: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act August 10, 2021 Senate Vote Breakdown July 1, 2021 House Vote Breakdown Jen's Highlighted Version Bill Outline DIVISION A: SURFACE TRANSPORTATION TITLE I - FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS Subtitle A - Authorizations and Programs Sec. 11101: Authorization of Appropriations Authorizes appropriations for Federal-Aid for highways at between $52 billion and $56 billion per year through fiscal year 2026. Sec. 11117: Toll Roads, Bridges, Tunnels, and Ferries Authorizes the government to pay up to 85% of the costs of replacing or retrofitting a diesel fuel ferry vessel until the end of fiscal year 2025. Sec. 11118: Bridge Investment Program Authorizes between $600 million and $700 million per year through 2026 (from the Highway Trust Fund) for repairs to bridges If a Federal agency wants grant money to repair a Federally owned bridge, it "shall" consider selling off that asset to the State or local government. Sec. 11119: Safe Routes to School Creates a new program to improve the ability of children to walk and ride their bikes to school by funding projects including sidewalk improvements, speed reduction improvements, crosswalk improvements, bike parking, and traffic diversions away from schools. Up to 30% of the money can be used for public awareness campaigns, media relations, education, and staffing. No additional funding is provided. It will be funded with existing funds for "administrative expenses." Sec. 11121: Construction of Ferry Boats and Ferry Terminal Facilities Authorizes between $110 million and $118 million per year through 2026 (from the Highway Trust Fund) to construct ferry boats and ferry terminals. Subtitle D - Climate Change Sec. 11401: Grants for Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Creates a new grant program with $15 million maximum per grant for governments to build public charging infrastructure for vehicles fueled with electricity, hydrogen, propane, and "natural" gas. The construction of the projects can be contracted out to private companies. Sec. 11402: Reduction of Truck Emissions at Port Facilities Establishes a program to study and test projects that would reduce emissions. Sec. 11403: Carbon Reduction Program Allows, but does not require, the Transportation Secretary to use money for projects related to traffic monitoring, public transportation, trails for pedestrians and bicyclists, congestion management technologies, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications technologies, energy efficient street lighting, congestion pricing to shift transportation demand to non-peak hours, electronic toll collection, installing public chargers for electric, hydrogen, propane, and gas powered vehicles. Sec. 11404: Congestion Relief Program Creates a grant program, funded at a minimum of $10 million per grant, for projects aimed at reducing highway congestion. Eligible projects include congestion management systems, fees for entering cities, deployment of toll lanes, parking fees, and congestion pricing, operating commuter buses and vans, and carpool encouragement programs. Buses, transit, and paratransit vehicles "shall" be allowed to use toll lanes "at a discount rate or without charge." Sec. 11405: Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) Program Establishes the "PROTECT program", which provides grants for projects to protect some current infrastructure from extreme weather events and climate related changes. Types of grants include grants for "at-risk coastal infrastructure" which specifies that only "non-rail infrastructure is eligible" (such as highways, roads, pedestrian walkways, bike lanes, etc.) Sec. 11406: Healthy Streets Program Establishes a grant program to install reflective pavement and to expand tree cover in order to mitigate urban heat islands, improve air quality, and reduce stormwater run-off and flood risks. Caps each grant at $15 million TITLE III: RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY, AND EDUCATION Sec. 13001: Strategic Innovation for Revenue Collection Provides grants for pilot projects to test our acceptance of user-based fee collections and their effects on different income groups and people from urban and rural areas. They will test the use of private companies to collect the data and fees. Sec. 13002: National Motor Vehicle Per-mile User Fee Pilot Creates a pilot program to test a national motor vehicle per-mile user fee. DIVISION B - SURFACE TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT ACT OF 2021 TITLE I - MULTIMODAL AND FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION Sec. 21201: National Infrastructure Project Assistance Authorizes $2 billion total per year until 2026 on projects that cost at least $100 million that include highway, bridge, freight rail, passenger rail, and public transportation projects. Authorizes $1.5 billion total per year until 2026 (which will expire after 3 years) for grants in amount between $1 million and $25 million for projects that include highway, bridge, public transportation, passenger and freight rail, port infrastructure, surface transportation at airports, and more. TITLE II - RAIL Subtitle A - Authorization of Appropriations Sec. 22101: Grants to Amtrak Authorizes appropriations for Amtrak in the Northeast Corridor at between $1.1 billion and $1.57 billion per year through 2026. Authorizes appropriations for Amtrak in the National Network at between $2.2 billion and $3 billion per year through 2026. Subtitle B - Amtrak Reforms Sec. 22201: Amtrak Findings, Mission, and Goals Changes the goal of cooperation between Amtrak, governments, & other rail carriers from "to achieve a performance level sufficient to justify expending public money" to "in order to meet the intercity passenger rail needs of the United States" and expands the service areas beyond "urban" locations. Changes the goals of Amtrak to include "improving its contracts with rail carriers over whose tracks Amtrak operates." Sec. 22208: Passenger Experience Enhancement Food and beverage service: Amtrak will establish a working group... Sec. 22212: Enhancing Cross Border Service Amtrak must submit a report... Sec. 22213: Creating Quality Jobs Amtrak will not be allowed to privatize the jobs previously performed by laid off union workers. Sec. 22214: Amtrak Daily Long Distance Study Amtrak would study bringing back long distance rail routes that were discontinued. Subtitle C - Intercity Passenger Rail Policy Sec. 22304: Restoration and Enhancement Grants Extends the amount of time the government will pay the operating costs of Amtrak or "any rail carrier" that provides passenger rail service from 3 years to 6 years, and pays higher percentages of the the costs. Sec. 22305: Railroad Crossing Elimination Program Creates a program to eliminate highway-rail crossings where vehicles are frequently stopped by trains. Authorizes the construction on tunnels and bridges. Sec. 22306: Interstate Rail Compacts Authorizes up to 10 grants per year valued at a maximum of $ million each to plan and promote new Amtrak routes Sec. 22308: Corridor Identification and Development Program The Secretary of Transportation will create a program for public entities to plan for expanded intercity passenger rail corridors, operated by Amtrak or private companies. When developing plans for corridors, the Secretary has to "consult" with "host railroads for the proposed corridor" Subtitle D - Rail Safety Sec. 22404: Blocked Crossing Portal The Administration of the Federal Railroad Administration would establish a "3 year blocked crossing portal" which would collect information about blocked crossing by trains from the public and first responders and provide every person submitting the complaint the contact information of the "relevant railroad" and would "encourage" them to complain to them too. Information collected would NOT be allowed to be used for any regulatory or enforcement purposes. Sec. 22406: Emergency Lighting The Secretary of Transportation will have to issue a rule requiring that all carriers that transport human passengers have an emergency lighting system that turns on when there is a power failure. Sec. 22409: Positive Train Control Study The Comptroller General will conduct a study to determine the annual operation and maintenance costs for positive train control. Sec. 22423: High-Speed Train Noise Emissions Allows, but does not require, the Secretary of Transportation to create regulations governing the noise levels of trains that exceed 160 mph. Sec. 22425: Requirements for Railroad Freight Cars Placed into Service in the United States Effective 3 years after the regulations are complete (maximum 5 years after this becomes law), freight cars will be prohibited from operating within the United States if more than 15% of it is manufactured in "a country of concern" or state-owned facilities. The Secretary of Transportation can assess fines between $100,000 and $250,000 per freight car. A company that has been found in violation 3 times can be kicked out of the United State's transportation system until they are in compliance and have paid all their fines in full. Sec. 22427: Controlled Substances Testing for Mechanical Employees 180 days after this becomes law, all railroad mechanics will be subject to drug testing, which can be conducted at random. DIVISION C - TRANSIT Sec. 30017: Authorizations Authorizes between $13.3 billion and $14.7 billion per year to be appropriated for transit grants. DIVISION D - ENERGY TITLE I - GRID INFRASTRUCTURE AND RESILIENCY Sec. 40101: Preventing Outages and Enhancing The Resilience of the Electric Grid Creates a $5 billion grant distribution program to electric grid operators, electricity storage operations, electricity generators, transmission owners and operators, distribution suppliers, fuels suppliers, and other entities chosen by the Secretary of Energy. The grants need to be used to reduce the risk that power lines will cause wildfires. States have to match 15%. The company receiving the grant has to match it by 100% (small utilities only have to match 1/3 of the grant.) Grant money be used for micro-grids and battery-storage in addition to obvious power line protection measures. Grant money can not be used to construct a new electricity generating facility, a large-scale battery facility that is not used to prevent "disruptive events", or cybersecurity. The companies are allowed to charge customers for parts of their projects that are not paid for with grant money (so they have to match the grant with their customer's money). Sec. 40112: Demonstration of Electric Vehicle Battery Second-Life Applications for Grid Services Creates a demonstration project to show utility companies that electric car batteries can be used to stabilize the grid and reduce peak loads of homes and businesses. The demonstration project must include a facility that "could particularly benefit" such as a multi-family housing building, a senior care facility, or community health center. TITLE II - SUPPLY CHAINS FOR CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES Sec. 40201: Earth Mapping Resources Initiative The US Geological Survey will get $320 million and ten years to map "all of the recoverable critical minerals." Sec. 40204: USGS Energy and Minerals Research Facility Authorizes $167 million to construct a new facility for energy and minerals research. The facility can be on land leased to the government for 99 years by "an academic partner." Requires the USGS to retain ownership of the facility. Sec. 40205: Rare Earth Elements Demonstration Facility Authorizes $140 million to build a rare earth element extractions and separation facility and refinery. Does NOT require the government to retain ownership of the facility. TITLE III - FUELS AND TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS Subtitle A - Carbon Capture, Utilization, Storage, and Transportation Infrastructure Sec. 40304: Carbon Dioxide Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authorizes $600 million for 2022 and 2023 and $300 million for each year between 2024 and 2026 for grants and loan guarantees for projects for transporting captured carbon dioxide. Each project has to cost more than $100 million and the government can pay up to 80% of the costs. If the project is financed with a loan, the company will have 35 years to pay it back, with fees and interest. Loans can be issued via private banks with guarantees provided by the government. Sec. 40305: Carbon Storage Validation and Testing Creates a new program for funding new or expanded large-scale carbon sequestration projects. Authorizes $2.5 billion through 2026. Sec. 40308: Carbon Removal Creates a new program for grants or contracts for projects to that will form "4 regional direct air capture hubs" that will each be able to capture 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Authorizes $3.5 billion per year through 2026. Subtitle B - Hydrogen Research and Development Sec. 40313: Clean Hydrogen Research and Development Program Changes a goal of an existing research and development plan for hydrogen fuels (created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005) from enhancing sources of renewable fuels and biofuels for hydrogen production to enhancing those sources and fossil fuels with carbon capture and nuclear energy. Expands the activities of this program to include using hydrogen for power generation, industrial processes including steelmaking, cement, chemical feestocks, and heat production. They intend to transition natural gas pipelines to hydrogen pipelines. They intend for hydrogen to be used for all kinds of vehicles, rail transport, aviation, and maritime transportation. Sec. 40314: Additional Clean Hydrogen Programs Creates a new program to create "4 regional clean hydrogen hubs" for production, processing, delivery, storage, and end-use of "clean hydrogen." At least one regional hub is required to demonstrate the production of "clean hydrogen from fossil fuels." At least one regional hub is required to demonstrate the production of "clean hydrogen from renewable energy." At least one regional hub is required to demonstrate the production of "clean hydrogen from nuclear energy." The four hubs will each demonstrate a different use: Electric power generation, industrial sector uses, residential and commercial heating, and transportation. Requires the development of a strategy "to facilitate widespread production, processing, storage, and use of clean hydrogen", which will include a focus on production using coal. The hydrogen hubs should "leverage natural gas to the maximum extent practicable." Creates a new program to commercialize the production of hydrogen by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. The overall goal is to identify barriers, pathways, and policy needs to "transition to a clean hydrogen economy." Authorizes $9.5 billion through 2026. Sec. 40315: Clean Hydrogen Production Qualifications Develops a standard for the term "clean hydrogen" which has a carbon intensity equal to or less than 2 kilograms of carbon dioxide-equivalent produced at the site of production per kilogram of hydrogen produced." Subtitle C - Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Sec. 40323: Civil Nuclear Credit Program Creates a program, authorized to be funded with $6 billion per year through 2026, that will provide credit from the government to nuclear reactors that are projected to shut down because they are economically failing. Subtitle D - Hydropower Sec. 40331: Hydroelectric Production Incentives Authorizes a one-time appropriation of $125 million for fiscal year 2022. Sec. 40332: Hydroelectric Efficiency Improvement Incentives Authorizes a one-time appropriation of $75 million for fiscal year 2022. Sec. 40333: Maintaining and Enhancing Hydroelectricity Incentives Authorizes a one-time appropriations of $553 million for repairs and improvements to dams constructed before 1920. The government will pay a maximum of 30% of the project costs, capped at $5 million each. Sec. 40334: Pumped Storage Hydropower Wind and Solar Integration and System Reliability Initiative Authorizes $2 million per year through 2026 to pay 50% or less of the costs of a demonstration project to test the ability of a pumped storage hydropower project to facilitate the long duration storage of at least 1,000 megawatts of intermittent renewable electricity. Subtitle E - Miscellaneous Sec. 40342: Clean Energy Demonstration Program on Current and Former Mine Land Creates a new program, authorized to be funded with $500 million through 2026, to demonstrate the technical and economic viability of putting clean energy projects on former mine land. There will be a maximum of 5 projects and 2 of them have to be solar. Defines a "clean energy project" to include "fossil-fueled electricity generation with carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration." TITLE X - AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS FOR ENERGY ACT OF 2020 Sec. 41001: Energy Storage Demonstration Projects Authorizes $505 million through2025 for energy storage demonstration projects. Sec. 41002: Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program Authorizes between $281 million and $824 million per year through 2027 for advanced nuclear reactor demonstration projects. Sec. 41004: Carbon Capture Demonstration and Pilot Programs Authorizes between $700 million and $1.3 billion through2025 for advanced nuclear reactor demonstration projects. Sec. 41007: Renewable Energy Projects Authorizes $84 million through 2025 for geothermal energy projects. Authorizes $100 million through 2025 for wind energy projects. There is a clarification that this is definitely NOT in addition to amounts wind gets from another fund. Authorizes $80 million through 2025 for solar energy projects. DIVISION E - DRINKING WATER AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION F - BROADBAND DIVISION G - OTHER AUTHORIZATIONS DIVISION H - REVENUE PROVISIONS DIVISION I - OTHER MATTERS DIVISION J - APPROPRIATIONS DIVISION K - MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 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)

Adult Music
“Trios of Trios and Visionaries”

Adult Music

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 146:51


In this episode, we discuss recordings of “The Visionaries of Piano Music: Works by William Byrd & John Bull” by Kit Armstrong, “Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa” by Renaud Capuçon & the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, “Vasks: Oboe Concerto” Albrecht Mayer & the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra / Andris Poga, “The Upside of Down (Live at Birdland)” by Joe Alterman, “Open Secret” by the Olga Konkova Trio, and “Coming down Roses” by the Billy Test Trio.   The Adult Music Podcast is featured in: Feedspot's Top 25 Jazz Podcasts   Episode 32 Deezer Playlist   “The Visionaries of Piano Music: Works by William Byrd & John Bull” (Deutsche Grammophon) Kit Armstrong (piano) https://open.spotify.com/album/7vxXDYK7KufQJNvIud7XQt https://music.apple.com/us/album/william-byrd-john-bull-the-visionaries-of-piano-music/1566850095   “Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa” (Erato) Renaud Capuçon (violin), Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne https://open.spotify.com/album/1uFbf5bzNZKrVPrmGls0BY https://music.apple.com/us/album/pärt-tabula-rasa/1576174661   “Vasks: Oboe Concerto” (Ondine) Albrecht Mayer (oboe), Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Andris Poga https://open.spotify.com/album/0c1xQn0EsRnvsl2D4C8zMs https://music.apple.com/us/album/pēteris-vasks-oboe-concerto-vēstījums-lauda/1579754945   “The Upside of Down (Live at Birdland)” (Ropeadope Records) Joe Alterman     https://open.spotify.com/album/6uC9OJP41q2ITZCxaML0sB https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-upside-of-down-live-at-birdland/1574414667   “Open Secret” (Losen Records) Olga Konkova Trio https://open.spotify.com/album/5GBvyGhgkgsx1cRF2qvYRl https://music.apple.com/us/album/open-secret-feat-per-mathisen-gary-husband/1583605213   “Coming down Roses” (Aveni Test Music) Billy Test Trio https://open.spotify.com/album/4hzlshd041Kud1R6gRGFfu https://music.apple.com/us/album/coming-down-roses/1572120017

Full Spectrum - Trance, Psytrance, Progressive, Breaks, Bass, EDM - Mixed by frequenZ phaZe

"When at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter- they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long." - Sylvia Plath || 01. Adamson - New Terra [POINTZER0] || 02. Cosmic Gate - Nothing to Hide [Wake Your Mind] || 03. PPK (Pimenov Plus Khramkov) - First In Space [Uplifto] || 04. Boy Next Door & Pascale Voltaire - 1992 [Beyond Now] || 05. Yotto & Lane 8 - Buggy [Odd One Out] || 06. Sunlounger & Susie Ledge - On The Other Side (Paul Thomas & Fuenka Extended Remix) [FSOE] || 07. Fred Talaa - Moon [Horns and Hoofs] || 08. Zen aka Astral Waves - Strider (Protoculture Remix) [Altar] || 09. Hedustma & Ovnimoon - De Bionika [Altar] || 10. DT8 Project - Forever [Enhanced Progressive] Never miss an episode! Subscribe to the Full Spectrum podcast, find the latest releases at http://ffaze.com

Congressional Dish
CD238: Losing Afghanistan

Congressional Dish

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 97:18


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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文化土豆 Culture Potato

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 82:49


暑假结束了,文化土豆恢复周更。这期误读会我们阅读的是英文短篇故事作家公认的最厉害的作者,加拿大作家,2013 年诺奖获得者 Alice Munro 爱丽丝·门罗 创作生涯较晚期,2001 年的一部短篇集 Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Love, Marriage./ 「恨,友谊,追求,爱情,婚姻」节目中讨论了这个集子里的三则短篇Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Love, Marriage/恨,友谊,追求,爱情,婚姻What is Remembered /留存的记忆The Bear Came Over the Mountain / 熊从山那边来Alice Munro 现已出版的短篇集有Dance of the Happy Shades/快乐影子之舞 – 1968https://book.douban.com/subject/25747866/Lives of Girls and Women/女孩和女人们的生活 – 1971https://book.douban.com/subject/25747867/Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You/我一直想要告诉你的事 – 1974https://book.douban.com/subject/30255676/Who Do You Think You Are?/你以为你是谁 – 1978 https://book.douban.com/subject/25743884/The Moons of Jupiter/木星的卫星 – 1982https://book.douban.com/subject/30361613/The Progress of Love/爱的进程 – 1986https://book.douban.com/subject/25747868/Friend of My Youth/我年轻时的朋友 – 1990https://book.douban.com/subject/27609266/Open Secrets/公开的秘密 – 1994https://book.douban.com/subject/25746421/The Love of a Good Woman/好女人的爱情 – 1998https://book.douban.com/subject/25747869/Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage/恨,友谊,追求,爱情,婚姻 – 2001https://book.douban.com/subject/25747871/Runaway/逃离 – 2004 https://book.douban.com/subject/26863797/The View from Castle Rock/岩石堡风景 – 2006https://book.douban.com/subject/27609832/Too Much Happiness/幸福过了头 – 2009https://book.douban.com/subject/25747874/Dear Life/亲爱的生活 – 2012https://book.douban.com/subject/25870629/节目中提到的其他作品/信息门罗书店的Instagram账号https://www.instagram.com/munrobooks/文化土豆聊莱辛的「金色笔记」https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/%E6%96%87%E5%8C%96%E5%9C%9F%E8%B1%86-culture-potato/id1243945491?i=1000430389084太多值得思考的事物:索尔•贝娄散文选1940-2000https://book.douban.com/subject/35367135/根据「恨,友谊,追求,爱情,婚姻」改编的电影「爱恨一线牵」https://movie.douban.com/subject/20399859/根据「熊从山那边来」改编的电影「柳暗花明」https://movie.douban.com/subject/1874383/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Scott Horton Show - Just the Interviews
8/27/21 Grant Smith on the Open Secret of Israel's Nuclear Weapons

Scott Horton Show - Just the Interviews

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 43:52


Scott interviews Grant Smith about his recent article, which makes the case that the $3.8 billion in foreign aid given to Israel is on questionable legal grounds. It all comes back to Israel's nuclear weapons, which the U.S. government has not officially acknowledged even exist. Because Israel is not a part of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is illegal for the U.S. to give them aid without making a specific case for why it's necessary. Smith explains that to avoid this, Israel puts a lot of pressure on incoming Presidents to stay silent and not acknowledge the program. Smith also gives some background on how Israel acquired nuclear technology in the first place and how a tiny country in the middle-east has so effectively controlled American lawmakers.  Discussed on the show:  “Israel's Nukes Make US Aid Illegal” (Antiwar.com) “America Needs to Start Telling the Truth About Israel's Nukes” (New York Times) “Joe Biden should end the US pretense over Israel's ‘secret' nuclear weapons” (The Guardian) Chuck Schumer acknowledging Israel's Nuclear Weapons Documents obtained about the Israeli agent who infiltrated the NUMEC facility Grant Smith's book about NUMEC Roger Mattson's book about NUMEC Roger Mattson on CSPAN with Grant Smith Grant Smith's book Big Israel “How Trump and Three Other U.S. Presidents Protected Israel's Worst-Kept Secret: Its Nuclear Arsenal” (New Yorker) Grant Smith's book about the fight to register the Israel Lobby as foreign agents Grant F. Smith is the author of a number of books including Big Israel: How Israel's Lobby Moves America, Divert!, and most recently The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board. He is director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt; Lorenzotti Coffee and Listen and Think Audio. Shop Libertarian Institute merch or donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal or Bitcoin: 1DZBZNJrxUhQhEzgDh7k8JXHXRjYu5tZiG.

The Libertarian Institute - All Podcasts
8/27/21 Grant Smith on the Open Secret of Israel's Nuclear Weapons

The Libertarian Institute - All Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 43:52


Scott interviews Grant Smith about his recent article, which makes the case that the $3.8 billion in foreign aid given to Israel is on questionable legal grounds. It all comes back to Israel's nuclear weapons, which the U.S. government has not officially acknowledged even exist. Because Israel is not a part of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is illegal for the U.S. to give them aid without making a specific case for why it's necessary. Smith explains that to avoid this, Israel puts a lot of pressure on incoming Presidents to stay silent and not acknowledge the program. Smith also gives some background on how Israel acquired nuclear technology in the first place and how a tiny country in the middle-east has so effectively controlled American lawmakers.  Discussed on the show:  “Israel's Nukes Make US Aid Illegal” (Antiwar.com) “America Needs to Start Telling the Truth About Israel's Nukes” (New York Times) “Joe Biden should end the US pretense over Israel's ‘secret' nuclear weapons” (The Guardian) Chuck Schumer acknowledging Israel's Nuclear Weapons Documents obtained about the Israeli agent who infiltrated the NUMEC facility Grant Smith's book about NUMEC Roger Mattson's book about NUMEC Roger Mattson on CSPAN with Grant Smith Grant Smith's book Big Israel “How Trump and Three Other U.S. Presidents Protected Israel's Worst-Kept Secret: Its Nuclear Arsenal” (New Yorker) Grant Smith's book about the fight to register the Israel Lobby as foreign agents Grant F. Smith is the author of a number of books including Big Israel: How Israel's Lobby Moves America, Divert!, and most recently The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board. He is director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt; Lorenzotti Coffee and Listen and Think Audio. Shop Libertarian Institute merch or donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal or Bitcoin: 1DZBZNJrxUhQhEzgDh7k8JXHXRjYu5tZiG.

The Kim Monson Show
Current Events and Energy

The Kim Monson Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 53:45


Leslie Manookian, President and Founder of Health Freedom Defense Fund, will be speaking throughout the Colorado Front Range at the end of the week:  Thursday, 8/26/2021, at Message of Life Ministries, 605 18th St. SW, Loveland, 6-8pm (tickets: https://bit.ly/LM-Loveland); Friday, 8/27/2021, at Deep Space, 11020 S. Pikes Peak Dr., Parker, 6-8pm (https://tickets:  bit.ly/LM-Parker) and; Saturday, 8/28/2021, at Central Christian Church, 3690 East Cherry Creek South Dr., Denver, 6-8pm (tickets:  https://bit.ly/LM-Denver).  Doors open at 5:30pm each night. The FBI found no evidence of coordination between people at the Capitol on January 6th.  The officer who killed Ashli Babbit is cleared of any wrongdoing.  Kim notes that eyewitnesses reported that there were instigators for violence in the crowd and the crowd did not respond.  The founding of America is based on the principle that all men are created equal.  Lindsay Moore, candidate for School Board District #20 (northern half of Colorado Springs) wants to “conserve” this principle.  It is our duty to take control of local boards in order to stop the anti-American assault that our children experience every day.  LEAP, Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress, which would be run by an unelected, unaccountable “Authority” is another big government program to take control of our children.  LEAP is not the proper role of government and must be defeated.  We must set our children up for success by teaching them the basics of reading, writing, arithmetic, science, history and critical thinking skills.  Lindsay congratulates those who stood at Douglas County School Board headquarters protesting the mask mandate.  To learn more about Lindsay and assist in her campaign visit:  lindsaymooreford20.com.  Kimberlee Bell, owner of Kunjani Coffee, updates us with special events, including Friday night live music and Saturday lessons learning to play chess.  Thursday through Saturday, Kunjani is open until 9:00pm with happy hour from 4-7pm.  Visit Kunjani's website to learn more:  https://kunjanicoffee.com/. Bob Boswell, CEO of Laramie Energy, joins Kim to discuss current events and its influence on energy.  Bob thinks it is ironic that Biden closes the Keystone pipeline and then asks OPEC to produce more oil while at the same time giving the green light for Russia's Nord Stream 2 which provides oil for Germany.  Obtaining federal and state oil and gas leases and permits is proving difficult, including here in Colorado.  Renewable energy is a supplement, not a replacement.  California will now build natural gas plants to bring “energy stability” to the state.  Additionally, power lines have not been maintained, causing more energy chaos for California.  The state of affairs in Afghanistan will influence energy policy in the Middle East and come to the shores of America.  It has been reported that $1-3 trillion of rare earth minerals are in Afghanistan, a key ingredient for electric vehicles.  People forget that fossil fuels are affordable, efficient, abundant and reliable for our cars and for our homes.  China has the highest fossil fuel emissions in the world at 14.3% of global emissions as a result of dirty coal production.  Saudi Arabian Oil Company is ranked second with Russia coming in at number three.  China spent more than $65 million in the U.S. to influence foreign operations, per Open Secrets.  Elections matter, there are consequences.  Lincoln said:  “The ballot is more important than the bullet.”

Another Path
Episode 98: Summit: The Battle of Open Secrets

Another Path

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 113:11


Our heroes face down the forces of Mantellum. https://www.patreon.com/ghostlightmedia

Providence Christian Church (PCA) Sermon Library
“The Open Secret of Contentment” Philippians 4:10-23 -Brent Lauder

Providence Christian Church (PCA) Sermon Library

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021


Philippians 4:10-23  English Standard Version God’s Provision 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be […]

Fairways of Life with Matt Adams Golf Show
Collin+Claret Jug In ATL, Open Secrets-Fairways of Life w Matt Adams (Tues July 20)

Fairways of Life with Matt Adams Golf Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 84:11


Matt Adams is back from England and live in studio to chat about Collin Morikawa's incredible major championship. He'll talk about being on the same plane back as Colllin and his viral photo of him at the ATL airport. Plus, Adrian Rietveld from TaylorMade golf joins us to discuss Morikawa's iron switch when and why.

Joshua Citarella
Choose Your Future, 2021

Joshua Citarella

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 26:20


Choose Your Future, 2021, is part of KW Digital: Open Secret, 16 July - 31 December. joshuacitarella.com/chooseyourfuture/
 www.kw-berlin.de/en/open-secret/ In 2021, I commissioned a group of artists and memers to write short wiki-style descriptions of fantastical future scenarios. Writers were instructed to copy/paste existing wikipedia entries and “play mad libs” with the nouns and dates. Drawing on movements from the past, these short stories recombine political history to anticipate long tail ideologies and factions that may soon emerge. Choose Your Future takes the hyperbolic imaginings of young people, raised on the internet, and puts their words directly into the mouths of content creators. In this way, the project emulates the signal amplification that occurs through social media, as radical takes move from the anonymous fringe into the verified mainstream. Is this the multi-faceted analysis of the Rand Corporation? Or is it a teenage meme poster who thinks it would be cool if these political keywords combined? I'm interested in the point where those spheres overlap. This project combines the creative efforts of some of the artists, memers and content creators that have most inspired me over the past few years. Texts by: Margo Bergamini, Nick Bird, @ manletpill, David Noel, Abbey Pusz, D.Z. Rowan and Joshua Citarella. Read by: Caroline Busta, Mat Dryhurst, A.M. Gittlitz, Daniel Keller, Anna Khachiyan, Holly Herndon, Lil' Internet, Jack Wagner and Joshua Citarella. --- Open Secret is a six-month long online program exploring the role of the hidden in our apparently “open” society. Information technologies are supposed to increase our access to knowledge, making the world more legible, while undermining ignorance and superstition. But sometimes the feeling prevails that we have entered a new dark age of black boxes, projections, and paranoia. Techno-culture is obsessed with the unseen, the inaccessible, the known-unknown. Open Secret pursues things that are obscured–through artistic commissions, a suite of essays by leading thinkers, and an intensive public program dedicated to critical reappraisal of the digital infrastructures that organize civic life. With new contributions released on a monthly basis, the Open Secret website will bring together art, technology, politics, and new patterns of exchange. Curators: Nadim Samman, curator digital sphere, in collaboration with Katja Zeidler, head of education & mediation

The Good Sauce
DAVE PELLOWE - The Open Secret Ash Barty Knows But The Australian Cricket Team Doesn't

The Good Sauce

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 8:13


READ & SHARE: https://GoodSauce.news/the-open-secret-ash-barty-knows-but-the-australian-cricket-team-doesnt/

Jacob's Well
The Open Secret

Jacob's Well

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2021 39:46


Tim Keel Joined Together: Week 6, The Open Secret Proverbs 9:17, Proverbs 11:13, Proverbs 16:28, Proverbs 20:19, Proverbs 26:22, Psalm 139:14-18, 1 Corinthians 2:7, 4:11, Deuteronomy 29:29, Ephesians 3:1-5, Ephesians 3:7-13, Mark 4:11-12 website: jacobswell.church facebook: jacobswellkc twitter: @jacobswell

City Cast Denver
Denver's Jam Band Scene Has An Ugly Open Secret

City Cast Denver

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 17:23


Free love, psychedelic drugs, and the Grateful Dead: These are the tenets of Denver's thriving jam band scene. But for decades, jam musicians say they've been dealing with a gatekeeper who projects a positive image while walking all over them. After some much more serious allegations against Denver's ‘Grandfather of Jam Music' came to light in March, some of those frustrated musicians are taking a stand. Two of the organizers behind the new Colorado Musicians Union, Aidan Pagnani and Sarah Mount, are on the show today to talk about Jay Bianchi's role in the scene, their boycott campaign, and their plan for a more equitable local music community. Plus, one of the women accusing Jay Bianchi of sexual assault shares her story.  Past (and future) City Cast Denver guest John Wenzel has been covering the allegations against Jay Bianchi for the Denver Post. Click here to read Jay's response and more about the case. The Colorado Musicians Union is organizing a picket/protest outside So Many Roads Brewery at 5:30pm on July 1. More details are available on their Facebook page.  Craving a little more Denver in your day? Subscribe to the City Cast Denver newsletter here: https://denver.citycast.fm/newsletter/ And get the tweets @citycastdenver 

Swamp Stories
29. The Power of Megadonors

Swamp Stories

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 13:42


There's no denying it: big money plays a massive role in American politics. In fact, since Citizens United, just 12 megadonors contributed a combined $3.4 billion to federal candidates and political groups — accounting for about $1 of every $13 in federal elections.In episode 29, Weston is joined by an expert in the campaign finance research field to discuss the role of megadonors in today's elections and what these wealthy elites' influence could mean for our political system and democracy going forward.Guest:Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director at OpenSecrets.org To learn more about Democracy Works, another show in the Democracy Group podcast network, visit: https://www.democracygroup.org/shows/democracy-works

Congressional Dish
Thank You Variants

Congressional Dish

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 115:29


It's been a long month since the last bonus Thank You episode! In this episode, get an update on the ongoing regime change operation in Belarus and find out why the vaccine intellectual property waiver actually has a chance of becoming a reality. After those updates, Jen responds to a lot of notes from producers. Thanks for supporting the show! Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Click here to contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Click here to support Congressional Dish for each episode via Patreon 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! Recommended Congressional Dish Episodes CD229: Target Belarus CD233: Long COVID CDTY: Thank You Alcee Articles/Documents Article: World Bank opposes vaccine IP waiver The Bull, June 17, 2021 Article: Pfizer, Moderna vaccines now preferred second dose for AstraZeneca recipients: NACI by Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press, North Shore News, June 17, 2021 Article: Delta COVID-19 variant is now in more than 80 countries, WHO says By Emily Shapiro, ABC News, June 17, 2021 Article: Delta variant causes more than 90% of new Covid cases in UK By Nicola Davis, The Guardian, June 11, 2021 Statement: FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Historic Vaccine Donation: Half a Billion Pfizer Vaccines to the World's Lowest-Income Nations The Bull, June 10, 2021 Article: World Bank opposes vaccine IP waiver The Bull, June 8, 2021 Article: US contributed USD 2 billion to GAVI for COVAX facility Malaysia Sun, June 5, 2021 Article: Why Joe Biden Punched Big Pharma in the Nose Over Covid Vaccines by Matt Stoller, May 9, 2021 Article: U.S. Backs Waiver of Intellectual Property Protection for Covid-19 Vaccines By Yuka Hayashi and Jared S. Hopkins, The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2021 Article: Pharma loses vaccine IP battle despite record Q1 lobbying By Alyce McFadden, Opensecrets.org, May 4, 2021 Article: Government-Funded Scientists Laid the Groundwork for Billion-Dollar Vaccines by Arthur Allen, KHN, November 18, 2020 Sound Clip Sources Hearing: U.S. Policy on Belarus Senate Foreign Relations Committee, June 9, 2021 Watch on CSPAN Witnesses Julie Fisher: US Ambassador to Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhaouskaya: Want-to-be President of Belarus Jamie Fly: President and CEO of Radio Free Liberty/Radio Liberty Transcript: 2:45 - Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ) confirms that Senators Rob Portman (OH), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Chris Murphy (CT) all traveled to visit the people trying to change the government of Belarus in early June. 14:30 - Julie Fisher confirms that more sanctions are imminent 30:40 - Sen. Rob Portman's (OH) main takeaway from his visit is that Belarus's military partnership with Russia threatens Ukraine 1:35:00 - Julie Fisher confirms that U.S. diplomats access to Belarus will be limited 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)

The Clement Manyathela Show
SA & UAE Treaty

The Clement Manyathela Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 18:46


Hennie van Vuuren, director at Open Secrets and Minister Ronald Lamula join Clement to discuss the UAE and SA extradition treaty and what it means for the Gupta family. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

ESPN Daily
MLB's Sticky Situation: Spider Tack, Pelican Grip and Baseball's Open Secret

ESPN Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 39:28


The worst-kept secret in baseball is being brought to light. With batting averages at an all-time low and strikeouts at an all-time high, Major League Baseball is cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances to get a better grip on the ball. Buster Olney helps us understand why it took so long for MLB to enforce these rules, and why the gentleman's agreement that tolerated the practice for years no longer holds. It's an all-too-familiar story in a sport where the steroid era proved that players will always seek any available competitive edge. Then, Montreal native Ariel Helwani makes the case for why we should jump on the Montreal Canadiens bandwagon, as they're one series away from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.

Using the Whole Whale Podcast
237: (news) Direct mail price hikes & OpenSecrets.org Launches

Using the Whole Whale Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 14:53


Nonprofit news summaries for June 7th   Direct mail price hikes and a push for transparency in politics by nonprofits. USPS Price Increase May Lead To Headache For Nonprofits The United States Postal Services (USPS) has filed for an increase in prices averaging nearly 6.9% system-wide, according to the Nonprofit Times. As many nonprofit organizations still rely on direct mail strategies for reaching donors, the average increase of 7.8% for Nonprofit Marketing Mail (NMM) could prove to be disruptive for organizations seeing slim net fundraising revenue from mail outreach. A decrease in mail volume of over 28% over the last decade has put the USPS in an awkward position, forcing it to balance public service with ever-decreasing revenue. Read more ➝ Political Data Transparency Nonprofits Merge To Form OpenSecrets Two leading “money-in-politics” accountability nonprofits, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) and the National Institute on Money in Politics (NIMP), have merged to form OpenSecrets, a “state-of-the-art democratic accountability organization.” This announcement comes on the heels of a contentious 2020 election that far surpassed previous elections in terms of spending. “This merger brings together decades of expertise, massive data sets, and the kind of analysis that researchers, journalists, advocates and individuals rely on to understand the influence of spending on politics,” according to OpenSecrets Executive Director Sheila Krumholz. Nonprofits, PACs, and other advocacy organizations operating within this space should pay attention to increasing calls for (and expectation of) financial transparency. Read more ➝   Summary Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis Black-led nonprofit receives 'reparations payment' from slaveholder's descendant Charity: Water launches celebrity-funded Bitcoin Water Trust 50 brands giving back to the LGBTQ community Hackers Stole $650,000 From Nonprofit and Got Away, Showing Limits to Law Enforcement's Reach Nonprofit 'spokescat' saving the world one post at a time    

The Tao of Christ
The Meaning of Life, Nondual Style

The Tao of Christ

Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 14:29


A while back I received an email from a listener asking about the meaning of life according to nonduality. He reasoned that if we are not individual selves – if personal existence is an illusion and not real – then what is the meaning and purpose of our human lives. It all seems rather pointless, he reasoned. Those are not his exact words. In fact I cannot find the email, so I am not sure he asked the question in those exact words but that is the gist of it.I want to address the sense of meaningless of human existence if we are in fact not really individual persons and have no future existence as persons. Some teachers embrace this meaninglessness openly. Tony Parsons for example calls human life “wondrously, gloriously meaningless.” If you have heard Tony on video you can just picture him saying that and laughing. Here is another quote by him. “All that is happening is meaningless, but it is so beguiling and fascinating that the mind is absolutely sure it has meaning.”That is how Tony approaches this question. He celebrate meaninglessness. Others are not so happy about it. One Amazon reviewer of his book “The Open Secret” call his approach “meaningless nihilism.” I like Tony Parsons. He has a radical and simple approach that appeals to me, without all the religious and spiritual trappings. I like that. The strength of his message is that it is blunt and uncompromising, which is exactly what many people need to hear! But I would use different words. Nonduality is expressed in and through everyone differently. People express it differently. I would not use the word meaningless. I do not think that human life is meaningless. In fact it is very meaningful. But it not meaningful because we are persons. It is meaningful because we are not persons. And we sense that meaningfulness not as persons but as nonpersons. Yet this meaning is expressed through persons … like Jesus and like us.As a Christian I look to the teachings of Jesus. Nothing against Tony Parsons. I think he is great and I recommend his videos and books. But Tony Parsons is no Jesus Christ. I want to look at what Jesus says is the meaning of life. But first I explore where most people seek meaning in life and then compare it to what Jesus says. 

Congressional Dish
CD232: American Rescue Plan

Congressional Dish

Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 83:13


In March 2021, a year after the official beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fully Democratic Party controlled Congress sent President Joe Biden their version of a COVID relief bill to sign, a bill that was rejected by the entire Republican Party. In this episode, examine the new law in detail to learn how it could help you and to judge whether this new law was something you would have liked your representatives in Congress to support. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Click here to contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Click here to 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! Recommended Episodes CD213: CARES Act - The Trillions for COVID-19 Law CD161: Veterans Choice Program American Rescue Plan Outline House vote 1 House vote 2 Senate vote Text The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 TITLE I - COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION, AND FORESTRY Subtitle A - Agriculture Sec. 1001: Food Supply Chain and Agriculture Pandemic Response Appropriates $4 billion for food purchases and grants for food suppliers to protect their workers from COVID Sec. 1002: Emergency Rural Development Grants For Rural Health Care Appropriates $500 million for "emergency pilot program" grants to impoverished rural communities to help them distribute vaccines with infrastructure and staffing, give them medical supplies, reimburse them for lost revenue. The program has to be in operation by mid-August 2021. Sec. 1005: Farm Loan Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Provides "such sums as may be necessary" for the Secretary of Agriculture (Tom Vilsack) to give "socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers" payments covering "up to 120% of the outstanding indebtedness" as of January 1, 2021, which will pay off loans they received from the Farm Service Agency or Commodity Credit Corporation and loans guaranteed by the Department of Agriculture. "Socially disadvantaged farmers" are farmers or ranchers who "have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities." Subtitle B - Nutrition Sec. 1101: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Extends food assistance benefits provided by the Coronabus from June 30, 2021 to September 30, 2021 and appropriates an additional $1.15 billion. Sec. 1103: Additional Funding For Nutrition Assistance Programs Provides $1 billion in food assistance benefits to be split among the territories, which they will have until September 30, 2027 to use. Sec. 1105: Improvements to WIC Benefits Allows, but does not require, the Secretary of Agriculture to increase the amount of WIC benefits by $35 until July 11, 2021, if requested by the states. Appropriates $490 million. Sec. 1108: Pandemic EBT Program The Family's First Coronavirus Response Act said that during 2020 and 2021, if a school is closed for more than 5 consecutive days under a public health emergency designation, families of children who are eligible for free or discounted school lunches will be able to get benefits valued at least as much as the school meals, to be distributed via the food stamp program, with money on EBT cards. This changes the dates so that it's valid "in any school year in which there is a public health emergency declaration" or "in a covered summer period following a school session" which will allow the state to continue the benefits for 90 days so that kids can continue to receive the meal credits during the emergency summers. TITLE II - COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, LABOR, AND PENSIONS Subtitle A - Education Matters Part 1 - Department of Education Sec. 2001: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund Appropriates over $122.7 billion, which can be used through September 30, 2023, for grants to the states. 90% of the money has to be given to local education agencies, including charter schools. 20% of the money needs to be used to address learning loss, via summer programs and extended school days and school years. The rest of the money can be spent at the local agencies discretion for activities they're already authorized to use Federal tax money for and to fund measures needed to protect students and staff from COVID. Any money not used must be returned to the Secretary of Education after one year. Sec. 2002: Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools Appropriates $2.75 billion, which can be used through September 30, 2023, for private schools that "enroll a significant percentage of low-income students and are most impacted by the qualifying emergency." Sec. 2003: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Appropriates $39.5 billion, which can be used through September 30, 2023, for colleges and universities. Part 2 - Miscellaneous Sec. 2021: National Endowment for the Arts Appropriates $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts Sec. 2022: National Endowment for the Humanities Appropriates $135 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities Sec. 2023: Institute of Museum and Library Services Appropriates $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services Subtitle B - Labor Matters Sec. 2101: Funding for Department of Labor Worker Protection Activities Appropriates $200 million, with half of that going to OSHA. Only $5 million is required to be spent on "enforcement activities related to COVID-19 at high risk workplaces" Subtitle C - Human Services and Community Supports Sec. 2201: Child Care and Development Block Grant Program Appropriates almost $15 billion, which has to be used before September 30, 2021, for the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program, which gives money to states for child care for low income families with children under the age of 13. States are authorized to provide child care funding to health care employees, emergency responders, and "other workers deemed essential" regardless of their income levels during the emergency period. Sec. 2202: Child Care Stabilization Appropriates almost $24 billion for states to give to child care providers, regardless of any other federal money they have received. The grant will be determined by the child care provider's operating expenses and can be used to pay for employee salaries, benefits, and recruitment; rent or mortages; PPE and training; and mental health support for children or employees. Subtitle D - Public Health Sec. 2301: Funding for COVID-19 Vaccine Activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Appropriates $7.5 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to plan, prepare for, promote, distribute, administer, monitor, and track COVID-19 vaccines. Sec. 2302: Funding for Vaccine Confidence Activities Appropriates $1 billion, that does not expire, for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for activities "to strengthen vaccine confidence in the United States" in order to "improve rates of vaccination throughout the United States" Sec. 2303: Funding for Supply Chain for COVID-19 Vaccines, Therapeutics, and Medical Supplies Appropriates a little over $6 billion, which does not expire, "for necessary expenses with respect to research, development, manufacturing, production, and the purchase of vaccines, therapeutics, and ancillary medical products" to prevent and respond to COVID and "any disease with potential for creating a pandemic." Sec. 2305: Reduced Cost-Sharing Expands subsidies for health insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act to anyone who has been approved for unemployment insurance in 2021, and their subsidy level will be determined as if they didn't make more than 133% above the poverty level, regardless of actual income. This makes them eligible for the most general subsidy levels, which reduces their out-of-pocket limit by two-thirds and the insurance provider must pay 90% of health care costs. Subtitle E - Testing Sec. 2401: Funding for COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, and Mitigation Activities Appropriates $47.8 billion, which does not expire, to "detect, diagnose, trace, and monitor SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 infections". This money must be used to implement a national testing and contract tracing strategy, provide technical assistance to states, "support the development, manufacturing, procurement, distribution, and administration of tests", which includes the supplies needed for those tests, PPE, and "the acquisition, construction, alteration, or renovation of non-federally owned facilities." Sec. 2402: Funding for Sara-COV-2 Genomic Sequencing and Surveillance Appropriates $1.75 billion for genomic sequencing, analytics, and disease surveillance, which will identify mutations and survey their transmission in our communities. This money can be used to "award grants for the construction, alteration, or renovation of facilities to improve genomic sequencing and surveillance capabilities at the State and local level." Sec. 2403: Funding for Global Health Appropriates $750 million to combat COVID "and other emerging infectious disease threats globally" Subtitle F - Public Health Workforce Sec. 2501: Funding for Public Health Workplace Appropriates $7.66 billion, which does not expire, to fund the creation and expansion of local public health workforces. The money will be granted to states who will then fund the wages and benefits for individuals hired to be contract tracers, community health workers, epidemiologists, laboratory personnel, communications and policy experts who are employed by the government or a non-profit, which can be public or private. Subtitle G - Public Health Investments Sec. 2601: Funding for Community Health Centers and Community Care Appropriates $7.6 billion, which does not expire, for grants for community health centers, which can be used for vaccine distribution, testing and contact tracing, to hire health care workers, and for community outreach. This money can be used to reimburse community health centers that they provided for COVID response sine January 31, 2020. Subtitle H - Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Sec. 2701: Funding for Block Grants For Community Mental Health Services Appropriates $1.5 billion, that must be spent by September 30, 2025, for states to give to mental health service providers. Sec. 2702: Funding For Block Grants For Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Appropriates $1.5 billion, that must be spent by September 30, 2025, for states to give to substance abuse treatment providers. Subtitle K - Ratepayer Protection Sec. 2911: Funding for LIHEAP Appropriates $4.5 billion, that expires on September 30, 2022, for payment for energy expenses of low income families. Subtitle L - Assistance for Older Americans, Grandfamilies, and Kinship Families Sec. 2921: Supporting Older Americans and Their Families Appropriates over $1.4 billion for COVID related expenses of senior citizens. TITLE III - COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS Subtitle A - Defense Production Act of 1950 Sec. 3101: COVID-19 Emergency Medical Supplies Enhancement Appropriates $10 billion, available until September 30, 2025, to use the Defense Production Act for "the purchase, production (including the construction, repair, and retrofitting of government-owned or private facilities as necessary)" for distributing medical supplies and equipment to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting on September 30, 2022, the money left over can be used for any activity "necessary to meet critical public health needs of the United States, as determined by the President. Subtitle B - Housing Provisions Sec. 3201: Emergency Rental Assistance Appropriates over $21.5 billion (on top of the $25 billion provided by the Coronabus), available until September 30, 2027, for grants to states that will be used to pay rent, utilities and "other expenses related to housing incurred due, directly or indirectly," to COVID for up to 18 months. People who qualify for unemployment benefits, had their income reduced, are low income, or can demonstrate that they are at risk of homelessness. The payments will be made directly to the landlord until the landlord does not agree to accept the payment, in which case the household can receive the money. All eligible grantees (states and territories) must be given at least 40% of their payments by May 11 States and territories can use up to 15% of the money for administration Unused money will begin to be returned and redistributed starting on March 31, 2022 Sec. 3202: Emergency Housing Vouchers Appropriates $5 billion, available until September 30, 2030, for emergency housing vouchers (Section 8) to people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or escaping a domestic violence or human trafficking situation. Prohibits families from getting another voucher after their voucher expires starting on September 30, 2023. Sec. 3205: Homelessness Assistance and Supportive Services Program Appropriates $5 billion, available until September 30, 2025, for "tenant-based rental assistance", development of affordable housing, housing counseling, and individual shelters than may be converted to permanent housing. Eligible people include people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, escaping a domestic violence or human trafficking situation, or veterans and their families if the veteran meets one of the other criteria. These services can be contracted out and the government "shall" enter into contracts "that cover the actual total program costs and administrative overhead" Sec. 3206: Homeowner Assistance Fund Appropriates over $9.9 billion, available until September 30, 2025, for a new Homeowner Assistance Fund. The fund will make payments "for the purpose of preventing homeowner mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities... of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after January 21, 2020." Assistance will include payments of mortgages, payments to take a loan out of forbearance, principal reduction, facilitating interest rate reductions, payments for utilities and internet service, insurance, and homeowner association fees. 60% of the money given to states has to be used to help homeowners at or below the median income level for their household size or the median income level for the United States, whichever is greater. The rest of the money has to go to "socially disadvantaged individuals". The states must receive their payments by April 25. If a state does not request payments by that date, that state will become ineligible for payments and the money will be divided among the other states. Subtitle C - Small Business (SSBCI) Sec. 3301: State Small Business Credit Initiative Appropriates $10 billion to bring back a program last used after the 2008 global recession to support small businesses recovering from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. $1.5 billion must be spent on businesses owned and controlled by "socially and economically disadvantaged individuals" This includes privately owned businesses owned 50% or more by "socially and economically disadvantaged individuals" Publicly owned businesses with 51% or more of the stock owned by "socially and economically disadvantaged individuals" Institutions where a majority of the board, account holders and the community are "socially and economically disadvantaged individuals". "Socially and economically disadvantaged individuals" are two different legal categories, but the "economically" disadvantaged group comes from the "socially" disadvantaged group. "Socially disadvantaged individuals" are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identity as a member of a group without regard to their individual qualities. $500 million must be spent on businesses with fewer than 10 employees, which "may" include independent contractors and sole proprietors. Subtitle D - Public Transportation Sec. 3401: Federal Transit Administration Grants Appropriates almost $30.4 billion, available until September 30, 2024, for... Over $26 billion: Urbanized area formula grants For capital projects, planning, job access and reverse commute projects and operating costs for public transportation facilities and equipment in cities with fewer than 200,000 people. Over $1.6 billion: Fixed guideway capital investment grants, For rail, ferry, and bus public transportation systems that increase the capacity of the route by at least 10%. Over $417 million: Formula grants for rural areas. For planning for rural areas, public transportation capital costs, public transportation facilities and equipment, joe access and reverse commute projects, and private providers of public transportation services. The grants cover 80% of the net project cost. $50 million: Grants for enhancing the mobility of seniors, "For public transportation projects designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable." The money is allowed to be used for operating expenses beginning on January 20, 2020, including payroll, operating costs due to lost revenue, purchase of PPE, and the administrative leave of personnel due to service restrictions. Increases the government's share of the costs from 80% to 100%. Prohibits money paying for route planning to be used to privatize a public transportation service. TITLE IV - COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS Sec. 4001: Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund Appropriates $570 million, available through September 30, 2022, for up to 600 hours of paid leave for full time employees, capped at $2,800 for each bi-weekly paycheck, for employees that have to quarantine, who have COVID, is caring for a family member with COVID, or is getting vaccinated or is sick from getting the vaccination. Eligible employees include executive branch employees, USPS employees, and working people in the DC court system. Eligibility ends on September 30, 2021. Sec. 4005: Federal Emergency Management Agency Appropriation Appropriates $50 billion, available until September 30, 2025 for FEMA for "major disaster declarations" Sec. 4006: Funeral Assistance For the COVID emergency declared on March 13, 2020 "and for any subsequent major disaster declarations that supercedes such emergency declaration", FEMA funds "shall" be paid for 100% of disaster-related funeral expenses. Sec. 4007: Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funding Appropriates $400 million, available until September 30, 2025 for FEMA's emergency food and sh TITLE V - COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP Sec. 5001: Modifications to Paycheck Protection Program Adds non-profit organizations with fewer then 500 employees per location to the eligibility list for forgivable PPP loans. They can be eligible if they receive up to 15% of their money from lobbying activities and that amount was less than $1 million during the tax year that ended prior to February 15, 2020. Adds "internet only periodical publishers" who are "assigned a North American Industry Classification System code of 519130" to be eligible for forgivable PPP loans if they have fewer than 500 employees per physical location. Appropriates an additional $7.25 billion to the PPP program Sec. 5002: Targeted EIDL Advance Appropriates $15 billion, which does not expire, for the Small Business Administration to make loans to businesses with fewer than 300 employees in low income communities. Sec. 5003: Support for Restaurants Appropriates $28.6 billion for restaurants, food stands, food trucks, caterers, bars, tasting rooms, including locations inside of airports. Does not include chains that had more than 20 locations on March 13, 2020, or publicly traded companies. $5 billion of that is reserved for businesses that made less than $500,000 in 2019. The maximum amount of each grant is $10 million, and no more than $5 million per physical location. The amount up to those caps of the grants is the amount of the business's pandemic related revenue loss. Valid for expenses from February 15, 2020 through at least December 31, 2021. The Administrator of the Small Business Administration can extend that until no later than March 11, 2023. Sec. 5005: Shuttered Venue Operators Appropriates an additional $1.25 billion, that doesn't expire, to the Coronabus grant program for live performance venues. Reduces the grant amounts by any amount of PPP money that was received on or after December 27, 2020. TITLE VII - COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION Subtitle A - Transportation and Infrastructure Sec. 7101: Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation Appropriates almost $1 billion to Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and $730 million to Amtrak's national network, available until September 30, 2024 for coronavirus related expenses. Sec. 7102: Relief for Airports Appropriates $8 billion, available until September 30, 2024 for airports. No more than $800 million can be used to pay the rent and required minimum payments of airport concessions operators. To qualify for the funding, airports have to retain 90% of the number of employees they had on March 27, 2020 until September 30, 2021, unless granted a waiver due to environmental hardship. Subtitle B - Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Sec. 7202: Payroll Support Program Appropriates $3 billion, available until September 30, 2023 for a new program that pays airplane manufacturers for some payroll expenses if they have "significant operations in, and a majority of its employees" in the United States, if they have laid off at least 10% of their workforce or experienced a 15% or more loss of revenue. Businesses that got money from the CARES Act or PPP program are ineligible. Subtitle C - Airlines Sec. 7301: Air Transportation Payroll Support Program Extension Appropriates $14 billion for airlines and $1 billion for contractors conditioned on their agreement not to furlough anyone or reduce pay for workers before September 30, 2021, not buy back their own stock or pay out dividends before September 30, 2022, and limit executive pay. Subtitle D - Consumer Protection and Commerce Oversight Sec. 7402: Funding for E-Rate Support for Emergency Educational Connections and Devices Appropriates over $7.1 billion, available through September 30, 2030 to reimburse elementary and high schools and libraries for new telecommunications equipment and services including wi-fi hotspots, modems, routers, and connection devices. TITLE VIII - COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS Sec. 8002: Funding Availability for Medical Care and Health Needs Appropriates $14 billion in additional funding, available until September 30, 2023 for the "Veterans Community Care program" Sec. 8007: Prohibition on Copayments and Cost Sharing for Veterans During Emergency Relation to COVID-19 Prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from charging any co-pay or cost sharing for health care received by a veteran, and any co-pays and cost sharing already charged must be reimbursed, for the period between April 6, 2020 and September 30, 2021. Appropriates an additional $1 billion, available until spent. TITLE IX - COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Subtitle A - Crisis Support for Unemployed Workers Part 1 - Extension of CARES Act Unemployment Provisions Sec. 9011: Extension of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Extends unemployment benefits through September 6, 2021 and extends the total number of eligible weeks from 50 to 79. Part 3 - Department of Labor Funding for Timely, Accurate, and Equitable Payment Sec. 9032: Funding for Fraud Prevention, Equitable Access, and Timely Payment to Eligible Workers Appropriates an additional $2 billion, available until fully spent, to the Secretary of Labor to detect and prevent fraud and ensure the timely payment of unemployment benefits. Part 4 - Other Provisions Sec. 9042: Suspension of Tax on Portion of Unemployment Compensation For taxpayers whose gross income for "any taxable year beginning in 2020" is less than $150,000 and whose unemployment payments were less than $10,200, that income will not be taxable. Subtitle F - Preserving Health Benefits for Workers Sec. 9501: Preserving Health Benefits for Workers People who lose their employer paid health insurance due to being laid off or having their hours reduced can elect to have COBRA (a continuation of their health insurance) paid for by the government, which will provide tax credits to the employer who will pay the premiums. This applies between April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. Subtitle G - Promoting Economic Security Part 1 - 2021 Recovery Rebates to Individuals Sec. 9601: 2021 Recovery Rebates to Individuals Provides $1,400 per person stimulus checks to people making less than $75,000 per year, with a phase out up to $100,000 per year. No checks are allowed to be issued after December 31, 2021. They check amounts will be determined based on either 2019 or 2020 tax filings, whatever the government has on file. Appropriates over $1.4 billion. Part 2 - Child Tax Credit Sec. 9611: Child Tax Credit Improvements for 2021 For 2021, for taxpayers living in the United States will get a $3,000 payment for each child ages 6-18 and $3,600 for each child under the age of 6. The payments will be reduced for individuals who make more than $75,000 and couples who make more than $150,000. Payments will be made between July 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Part 3 - Earned Income Tax Credit Sec. 9621: Strengthening the Earned Income Tax Credit for Individuals with No Qualifying Children Doubles the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit for qualified taxpayers for 2021 who don't have children, increasing the maximum credit from $538 to $1,500. To qualify, you have to live in the United States at least half the year and have investment income below $10,000. People who make more than $21,430 as a single person or $27,830 jointly are not eligible. Part 4 - Dependent Care Assistance Sec. 9631: Refundability and Enhancement of Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit For 2021, eligible taxpayers can get up to 50% of up to $8,000 in childcare costs (capped at $16,000 for multiple children under the age of 12) reimbursed via a refundable tax credit. The credit phases out for families with income higher than $400,000 per year. Part 5 - Credits for Paid Sick and Family Leave Sec. 9641: Payroll Credits Provides a 100% refundable tax credit for employers that provide paid sick leave, capped at $511 and 10 days per quarter. Provides a 100% refundable tax credit for employers who provide family leave, capped at $200 per day and $12,000 total. Sec. 9642: Credit for Sick Leave For Certain Self-Employed Individuals Allows self employed individuals to receive a tax credit for sick day related to COVID-19 from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021, including getting tested, quarantining, illness, and getting the vaccine. The number of days is capped at 10 and its capped at $200 per day. Sec. 9643: Credit For Family Leave For Certain Self-Employed Individuals Allows self employed individuals to receive a refundable tax credit for family leave for COVID-19 testing, illness, or vaccines. It's capped at 60 days and $200 per day. Part 6 - Employee Retention Credit Sec. 9651: Extension of Employee Retention Credit Provides employers who had to partially or fully close during 2021 with a refundable tax credit up to 70% of the wages they pay to their employees capped at $10,000 per employee per quarter. Part 7 - Premium Tax Credit Sec. 9661: Improving Affordability by Expanding Premium Assistance for Consumers Increases the amount of money the government will pay towards the health insurance premium of low income individuals. People with incomes at or below 150% of the poverty level ($19,320 for individuals) can get coverage with no monthly premiums. Lifts the cap on the income level of individuals eligible for subsides, so now everyone is eligible and no one will pay more than 8.5% of their income towards health insurance premiums. This is only applicable for 2021 and 2022. Part 8 - Miscellaneous Provisions Sec. 9671: Repeal of Election to Allocate Interest, Etc. on Worldwide Basis Repeals a tax benefit for corporations that would have become effective in 2021. Sec. 9672: Tax Treatment of Targeted EIDL Advances COVID relief money provided via the Small Business Administration's program for restaurants will not count as gross income for tax purposes. Sec. 9673: Tax Treatment of Restaurant Revitalization Grants COVID relief money provided via the Small Business Administration's program for small businesses, nonprofits, and venues will not count as gross income for tax purposes. Sec. 9675: Modification of Treatment of Student Loan Forgiveness Student loan forgiveness amounts will not be included in gross income from 2021 through 2025. Subtitle H - Pensions Subtitle I - Child Care for Workers Sec. 9801: Child Care Assistance Appropriates over $3.5 billion for grants to states and territories for child care assistance. Subtitle J - Medicaid Sec. 9811: Mandatory Coverage of COVID-19 Vaccines and Administration and Treatment Under Medicaid From March 11, 2021 until one year after the COVID emergency is declared over, Medicaid must pay for COVID testing, treatment, and vaccines free of out of pocket charges. Subtitle K - Children's Health Insurance Program Sec. 9821: Mandatory Coverage of COVID-19 Vaccines and Administration and Treatment Under CHIP From March 11, 2021 until the first day of the quarter after the one year anniversary of the COVID emergency being declared over, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) must cover COVID testing, treatment, and vaccines with no cost sharing requirements. The Federal government will pay 100% of the costs to the states. Subtitle M - Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Sec. 9901: Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Appropriates $219.8 billion, available through the end of 2024, for states, territories, and tribal governments to "mitigate the fiscal effects stemming from the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)". The money can be spent on "assistance to households, small businesses, and nonprofits, or aid to impacted industries such as tourism, travel, and hospitality" and "premium pay (up to $13/hour, capped at $25,000) to eligible workers... performing such essential work" and "for the provision of government services to the extent of the reduction of revenue... due to the COVID-19 public health emergency" and "to make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure." The money can NOT be used to offset a reduction in revenue caused by a tax cut or to deposit into pension funds. Appropriates over $130 billion, available through the end of 2024 for metropolitan cities ($45.5 billion), nonentitlement units of local government ($19.5 billin), and counties ($65 billion) to "mitigate the fiscal effects stemming from the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)" for the same purposes with the same conditions placed upon the states (see above). Appropriates $10 billion, available until fully spent, for states, territories, and tribal governments to "carry out critical capital projects directly enabling work, education, and health monitoring, including remote options." Each state will get at least $100 million. Appropriates $2 billion, available until September 30, 2023, for counties and tribal governments for "any governmental purpose other than a lobbying activity." Subtitle N - Other Provisions Sec. 9911: Funding For Providers Relating to COVID-19 Appropriates $8.5 billion, available until fully spent, for health care providers for "health care related expenses and lost revenues that are attributable to COVID-19. Health care providers must apply and can't double dip for the same expenses that have already been reimbursed or are supposed to be reimbursed some other way (for example, via insurance.) The money can be used for expenses derived from new construction of temporary structures, leasing property, purchasing medical supplies, hiring new workers and their training, and others. TITLE X - COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS Sec. 10003: Global Response Appropriates over $8.6 billion, available until September 30, 2022, for international health programs "to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus". $3.75 billion will go to the State Department for "the prevention, treatment, and control of HIV/AIDS" in order to mitigate the impact on these programs from impacts of the coronavirus and support recovery from them. The vast majority of this money will be for "a United States contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria" $3.09 billion will go to USAID for COVID-19 relief that "shall include support for international disaster relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction, for health activities, and to meet emergency food security needs." $930 million will be for "activities to address economic and stabilization requirements resulting from" coronavirus. $905 million will go to USAID and "shall include a contribution to a multilateral vaccine development partnership to support epidemic preparedness." Sec. 10004: Humanitarian Response Appropriates $500 million, available until September 30, 2022, to carry out the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act, but the money can't be used to resettle refugees in the United States. Sec. 10005: Multilateral Assistance Appropriates $580 billion, available until September 30, 2022, which "shall include support for the priorities and objectives of the United Nations Global Humanitarian Response Plan to COVID-19 through voluntary contributions to international organization and programs administered by such organizations." TITLE XI - COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS Sec. 11001: Indian Health Service Appropriates over $6 billion for the Indian Health Service for COVID-19 related expenses. Sec. 11002: Bureau of Indian Affairs Appropriates $900 million for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for tribal housing improvements, welfare services and water deliveries. Sec. 11003: Housing Assistance and Supportive Services Programs for Native Americans Appropriates $750 million for housing assistance for native American communities. Sec. 11005: Bureau of Indian Education Appropriates $850 million for the Bureau of Indian Education, available until fully spent. 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Sort Of., By Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, July 11, 2016 Additional Resources Poll @JenBriney Twitter Allocation for States Allocation for Metropolitan Cities Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers, U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG), First Five Years Fund The American Rescue Plan, The White House Federal Poverty Level (FPL), Healthcare.gov New, lower costs on health insurance! Enroll now, Healthcare.gov US Chamber of Commerce, OpenSecrets.org Lobbyist Profile: Robert L Livingston, OpenSecrets.org Lobbyist Profile: Michael Mukasey, OpenSecrets.org Client Profile: US Chamber of Commerce, OpenSecrets.org Industry Profile: Food & Beverage, OpenSecrets.org Sound Clip Sources McConnell: I hope EVERY REPUBLICAN votes against American Rescue Plan, Forbes, YouTube, March 3, 2021 Rep. 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Investing In The U.S.
RG 261 - The Open Secret to Scaling Your Business – w/ Mike Simmons

Investing In The U.S.

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 56:46


From making career switches to scaling a business, Mike Simmons shares some of the best and worst moments of his journey in this week’s episode. Join us as we provide some valuable insight into letting go of irrational fears, paving your way into the world of entrepreneurship, and scaling a business to where it needs to be. Mike Simmons is a real estate investor, public speaker, co-owner of the company Return on Investments, and the producer and host of the podcast Just Real Estate. Like many other late bloomer entrepreneurs, Mike didn’t get into real estate until he was in his mid 30s. Despite having a good income in his 20s, he realized that he couldn’t retire unless he put his money into investments, which eventually lead him to the world of real estate investing. But in spite of making the leap, Mike held onto this irrational fear of being judged by his friends and family for investing in real estate—until he and his wife started gaining success. A lot of us can relate to this; having irrational fears, being hesitant to start because of those fears, and ultimately letting those fears get to our heads. Mike has first-hand experience dealing with that, and his story may be just the thing to help you get started. Mike is also a best-selling author, having written the book Level Jumping wherein he educates others on how to scale their business. In this episode, Mike gives us a rundown on the most important steps or strategies in successful scaling, including documenting your processes, knowing your numbers, and building a team sooner rather than later. KEY TAKEAWAYS 1. Surround yourself with people who can motivate you to raise your game. 2. Don’t let irrational fears hold you back from starting your path to success. 3. Being an operator is very different from being a leader. 4. Other people won’t care as much for your business as you do. 5. Chances are, you have to start building a team sooner than later. 6. The first person you hire is for the job you suck at the most. LINKS https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikessimmons/ https://mikesimmons.com/juststartrealestate/ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/just-start-real-estate-with-mike-simmons/id732855311

Grace Bible Church - Killeen, TX
The Open Secret [Philippians 4:10-23]

Grace Bible Church - Killeen, TX

Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 46:24


A sermon by Pastor Dave McMurry from Philippians 4:10-23 More about Grace Bible Church: http://begrace.org --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/gbctx/message

The INDUStry Show
The INDUStry Show w Ahana Gautam

The INDUStry Show

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2021 24:24


Ahana Gautam is the CEO and co-founder at Open Secret - one of the fastest growing food and beverage (F&B) brands in India. Previously she held leadership positions at Procter & Gamble and General Mills, and launched natural and organic products. Ahana holds a BTech from IIT Bombay, and MBA from Harvard Business School. #theindustryshow #Olll #Onelinelifelessons #foodandbeverage #foodandbeverageindustry #foodandbev #womenfounders #womenceos #womenchangemakers #innovation #healthyeating #healthandnutrition #healthyfood #IITBombay #harvardbusinessschool #procterandgamble #femaleentrepreneur #femalefounders #femaleceos --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theindustryshow/support

Kevin McCullough Radio
20210427 - Undermining National Security One Open Secret At A Time

Kevin McCullough Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 54:27


Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer details how much of a threat to the United States National Security and foreign policy it is to have John Kerry revealing Israel's secrets openly with Iran. Karol Markowicz of the NY Post gives her thoughts on Amazon vs. Mom & Pop stores. Jack Ciattarelli opens up about how much havoc Phil Murphy is causing on the state of New Jersey. Ari Zoldan highlights which companies are on the upswing following the 1st quarter results.

Kevin McCullough Radio
20210427 - Masterful Mind Of Markowicz - Following Kerry's Trail Of Open Secrets

Kevin McCullough Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 8:10


20210427 - Masterful Mind Of Markowicz - Following Kerry's Trail Of Open Secrets by Kevin McCullough Radio

Kevin McCullough Radio
20210427 - KMC's Final Thought - CDC Blessings And Open Secrets

Kevin McCullough Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 4:40


20210427 - KMC's Final Thought - CDC Blessings And Open Secrets by Kevin McCullough Radio

Keith Knight - Don't Tread on Anyone
Open Secrets of the Scientific Community!

Keith Knight - Don't Tread on Anyone

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 19:23


https://www.history.com/news/cigarette-ads-doctors-smoking-endorsement https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/flu-deaths-reality-check-1.1127442 https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/22/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-america.html https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2548255 https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/13/493739074/50-years-ago-sugar-industry-quietly-paid-scientists-to-point-blame-at-fat ------------------------------------- If you find value in the content, please consider donating to my PayPal KeithKnight590@gmail.com LBRY: https://lbry.tv/@KeithKnightDontTreadOnAnyone:b BitChute: KeithKnightDontTreadOnAnyone https://www.bitchute.com/channel/keithknightdonttreadonanyone/ Minds: https://www.minds.com/KeithKnightDontTreadOnAnyone/ MeWe: mewe.com/i/keithknight25 Flote: https://flote.app/VoluntaryistKeith Gab: https://gab.com/Voluntarykeith Twitter: @an_capitalist The Libertarian Institute: https://libertarianinstitute.org/dont-tread-on-anyone/ One Great Work Network: https://www.onegreatworknetwork.com/keith-knight

Words of Hope
The Open Secret

Words of Hope

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 4:42


Today's scripture is Ephesians 3: 1-13.

In-Between Calls
Shift 38 | Open Secrets You May Not Know About

In-Between Calls

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 47:37


During this shift, we discuss some of the open secrets in our profession that folks on the outside may not necessarily know about.    Learn more about us at transformativemg.com.

The Critical Hour
US Planning Cyber Attacks Against Russia and Possibly China

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 14:06


The New York Times is reporting that the Biden administration is planning massive cyberattacks against Russia in retaliation for unsubstantiated claims related to the "Solar Winds" hack.Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss a report that the Biden administration is planning a cyber-attack against Russia. The New York Times is reporting that the Biden administration is planning new sanctions and massive cyber attacks against Russia. The same groups that blamed Russia for the Solar Winds hack are now blaming China for another recent cyber intrusion. The Biden foreign-policy team is reportedly looking into cyber attacks against China as well, as they transform into an online warfare regime.Niko House, political activist, independent journalist and podcaster, joins us to discuss COVID relief. Congressional Democrats are taking heat as they renege on the promise to deliver $2,000 checks to voters. The Biden team has also given in to "blue dog" Democrats by introducing means testing for COVID-relief checks, resulting in 17 million fewer citizens being eligible for the help. Additionally, the fight for a 15-dollar minimum wage has died, as several millionaire democrats doomed the effort in the Senate.Ted Rall, a political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss the plight of Andrew Cuomo. Governor Andrew Cuomo is signaling that he plans to hold onto his position as calls for a resignation grow. New York Senate-Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has joined the chorus of politicians calling for Cuomo's resignation on Sunday arguing that Cuomo should resign "for the good of the state." Also, the state legislature has voted to strip the embattled governor of his emergency powers.Alexander Mercouris, editor-in-chief at TheDuran.com and host of "The Duran" on YouTube, joins us to discuss international censorship. Facebook has censored Russian media outlets. A recent investigation has unearthed that the censorship has come at the behest of a shadowy group called "Stopfake" which is related to both Ukraine and the NATO-funded group "The Atlantic Council." Also, the shadowy group "Stopfake," which is being used by Facebook to identify posts for censorship, has ties to one of the most dubious attacks on alternative media in years, the infamous Washington Post "Propornot" article. Greg Palast, investigative reporter, joins us to discuss voting. President Biden has signed an executive order instructing his subordinates to develop a strategic plan for promoting voter registration and participation, including potentially applying to be a state-designated voter registration agency and providing recommendations on leave for federal employees to vote or to serve as poll workers. This comes on the anniversary of the infamous "Bloody Sunday" in which hundreds of civil rights activists were severely beaten while marching for voting rights.John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss criminal justice. The trial of the officer accused in the death of George Floyd is set to begin. Also, the subject of the death penalty in America is at the forefront, as the Julius Jones execution date hangs in legal limbo. The parole and probation boards in Oklahoma are reviewing the application for commutation for Mr. Jones, and both the Attorney General and defense team have weighed in.William J Astore, retired lieutenant USAF colonel and a senior fellow at the Eisenhower Media Network, joins us to discuss Pentagon spending. Open Secrets has an article about the methods used by foreign governments and arms-industry representatives to influence government contracts for arms sales. The article reveals that defense companies have directed $285 million in campaign contributions and $2.5 billion in lobbying-spending to influence defense policy.Miko Peled, an author and activist, joins us to talk about Israel. Pro-Palestinian organizations are lambasting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for his recent comments about the International Criminal Court. Blinken has joined the Israeli government in opposing the ICC investigation into potential Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

The Opperman Report
My Twitter Experience With Gabe Hoffman "An Open Secret"

The Opperman Report

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 58:22


The Opperman Report'
My Twitter Experience With Gabe Hoffman "An Open Secret"

The Opperman Report'

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 58:22


The Opperman Report
My Twitter Experience With Gabe Hoffman "An Open Secret"

The Opperman Report

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 58:22


Lolita Podcast
9: The Four Lolitas

Lolita Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 88:10


On the next to last episode of Lolita Podcast, Jamie takes a look at the lives and careers of the four women who played Dolores Haze in the four major adaptations to date. Natalie Portman Women's March Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXWHO14c88c&t=84s Mara Wilson on Millie Bobby Brown: https://www.indiewire.com/2017/11/matilda-mara-wilson-millie-bobby-brown-stranger-things-1201897682/ An Open Secret documentary: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/nov/01/an-open-secret-hollywood-child-abuse-documentary Q Anon's negative affect on reporting child abuse: https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/28/politics/qanon-child-welfare/index.html Refinery29 on the Millie Bobby Brown blowback: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/01/189107/media-sexualization-young-girls-millie-bobby-brown-backlash Bridgette Bardot and the Lolita Complex: https://classic.esquire.com/article/1959/8/1/brigitte-bardot-and-the-lolita-syndrome Sue Lyon's NYT obituary: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/movies/sue-lyon-dead.html Sue Lyon 1980s interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOLtXhPYxoM The Dark Side of Lolita by Sarah Weinman: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7843491/Cursed-Lolita.html Nona Harrison Gomez's website: http://www.nonatruthseeker.com/truth-seeker Yes, They Tried to Make a Broadway Musical of Lolita: https://www.vulture.com/2018/09/yes-they-tried-to-make-a-broadway-musical-out-of-lolita.html You're a Dum Dum by Annette Ferra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ksh_DyW6Mw The "Baby Doll" marquee: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/412572015835952732/ Protests around the Edward Albee Lolita: https://www.csmonitor.com/1981/0303/030320.html Dominique Swain in Face/Off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XKYc7OirQk Dominique Swain Interview 2001: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT6ibVvQ_VA&t=5s Dominique Swain Interview 2002: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHFpYsd9VYk Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Unlocking the Bible: Daily Broadcast
The Open Secret of a Godly Life, Part 2

Unlocking the Bible: Daily Broadcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020


To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/458/29 Godliness is not about having the right technique, or program, or discipline. Pastor Colin talks about how godliness is possible for you.

Unlocking the Bible: Daily Broadcast
The Open Secret of a Godly Life, Part 1

Unlocking the Bible: Daily Broadcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2020 24:59


To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/458/29 How can you become the godly man or woman that God has called you to be? Pastor Colin talks about the mystery of godliness.

Mother Honestly Podcast
Mom Guilt? Try Mom Rage. Katherine Goldstein, Journalist, Creator & Podcast Host Explains How We All Are Feeling

Mother Honestly Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 31:02


An award-winning journalist and media entrepreneur, Katherine Goldstein has been extensively quoted as an expert in issues facing working mothers in the NYTimes, Washington Post, The Atlantic, and on WNYC and NPR. She has a track record for conversation-setting work, such as the viral New York Times op-ed, “The Open Secret of Anti-Mom Bias in the Workplace,” “American Moms: Let’s Stop Feeling Guilty and Start Getting Mad” and “The Mothers of America Need a Bailout. This Could be the Answer.” Katherine joins Blessing Adesiyan, Founder and CEO of Mother Honestly and Villo, to discuss how moms (and themselves) are feeling currently and where things need to change for working mothers. Katherine also shares her "CareCorps" strategy directed as a large public policy solution to provide the nation with better child care strategies and learning opportunities which have arisen from the pandemic. Follow Katherine @katherinegoldstein and be sure to check out The Double Shift Podcast The Mother Honestly Podcast is brought to you in partnership with Pacira and Lincoln Fleet.       

Marketplace All-in-One
Here’s how presidential transitions are supposed to work

Marketplace All-in-One

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2020 22:00


The 2000 election isn’t a particularly great analogue to the Trump campaign’s legal challenges here in 2020, but it can help us better understand presidential transitions — because George W. Bush had the shortest one ever. We discussed the transfer of power on yesterday’s show, and a listener asked about it, so today we’re going to get into some presidential history. Plus: your questions about campaign finance, conservative social media and California’s new rules for gig workers, all on this super-sized Whadda Ya Wanna Know Wednesday. Here’s a list of everything we talked about today (if these links don’t work, try our episode page at makemesmart.org): “Campaign spending could continue long after Election Day” from “Marketplace Morning Report” “2020 election to cost $14 billion, blowing away spending records” from Open Secrets, the Center for Responsive Politics website “A Twitter for conservatives? Parler surges amid election misinformation crackdown” from NBC News “Foreign election interference is finding plenty of places online to spread” from “Marketplace Tech” “Fact-Checked on Facebook and Twitter, Conservatives Switch Their Apps” from The New York Times “Why it’s ‘critical’ for presidential transition to move forward” from PBS NewsHour “What’s ascertainment? The green light to launch transition” from the Associated Press “What Uber, Lyft Prop 22 win could mean for the future of all freelance work” from NBC News

Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly
Here’s how presidential transitions are supposed to work

Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2020 22:00


The 2000 election isn’t a particularly great analogue to the Trump campaign’s legal challenges here in 2020, but it can help us better understand presidential transitions — because George W. Bush had the shortest one ever. We discussed the transfer of power on yesterday’s show, and a listener asked about it, so today we’re going to get into some presidential history. Plus: your questions about campaign finance, conservative social media and California’s new rules for gig workers, all on this super-sized Whadda Ya Wanna Know Wednesday. Here’s a list of everything we talked about today (if these links don’t work, try our episode page at makemesmart.org): “Campaign spending could continue long after Election Day” from “Marketplace Morning Report” “2020 election to cost $14 billion, blowing away spending records” from Open Secrets, the Center for Responsive Politics website “A Twitter for conservatives? Parler surges amid election misinformation crackdown” from NBC News “Foreign election interference is finding plenty of places online to spread” from “Marketplace Tech” “Fact-Checked on Facebook and Twitter, Conservatives Switch Their Apps” from The New York Times “Why it’s ‘critical’ for presidential transition to move forward” from PBS NewsHour “What’s ascertainment? The green light to launch transition” from the Associated Press “What Uber, Lyft Prop 22 win could mean for the future of all freelance work” from NBC News

Dunktown
S3E3 -What We’ve Learned So Far

Dunktown

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2020 63:59


Classic Clip Show! Agata and Anastasia listen to their previously-unheard pilot episodes and see how far they've come. The gang discusses Emperor Trudeau's invasion, ghost stories, changing Agata's diaper, the original Dunktown logo, fingering LeBron, swapping beds, Doris Burke love, the birth of sound drops, NBA porn parodies, and stop hating yourself! Will the gang ever figure out what a pick and roll is? You really have to listen to find out!

Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly
How much productivity are we losing to the election?

Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2020 17:30


Making Election Day a holiday would surely benefit democracy, but what about the economy? A listener wants to know, so for this Whadda Ya Wanna Know Wednesday, we’re looking at the cost to businesses when Election Day stretches to Election Week and beyond. Plus: questions about jobs data, tax filing in the pandemic and all the money thrown away on Senate races this year. Here’s a list of everything we talked about today (if you can’t click the links, check out our episode page at makemesmart.org): “The case for making Election Day an official holiday” from the Marketplace Morning Report Pew data on Election Day as a holiday “Election Day likely cost billions in lost productivity” from Marketplace “GOP retains Senate seats despite record-breaking Democratic fundraising” from Axios “GOP House candidates overcome fundraising deficits in toss-up races” from Open Secrets “Working from home? You might owe income tax to two states” from CNN

Marketplace All-in-One
How much productivity are we losing to the election?

Marketplace All-in-One

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2020 17:30


Making Election Day a holiday would surely benefit democracy, but what about the economy? A listener wants to know, so for this Whadda Ya Wanna Know Wednesday, we’re looking at the cost to businesses when Election Day stretches to Election Week and beyond. Plus: questions about jobs data, tax filing in the pandemic and all the money thrown away on Senate races this year. Here’s a list of everything we talked about today (if you can’t click the links, check out our episode page at makemesmart.org): “The case for making Election Day an official holiday” from the Marketplace Morning Report Pew data on Election Day as a holiday “Election Day likely cost billions in lost productivity” from Marketplace “GOP retains Senate seats despite record-breaking Democratic fundraising” from Axios “GOP House candidates overcome fundraising deficits in toss-up races” from Open Secrets “Working from home? You might owe income tax to two states” from CNN

Congressional Dish
CD221: Kicking the Funding Can

Congressional Dish

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2020 71:39


Surprise, surprise! Congress failed to fund the government on time again. In this episode, discover the hidden secrets in the bill that temporarily funds the government and the politics behind the dingleberries that hitched a ride into law. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Click here to contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Click here to 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! Recommended Episodes VP Debate preview. A genuine sex scandal! Trump COVID timeline! Deciphering congress with Jen Briney Politics Politics Politics CD213: CARES Act - The Trillions for COVID-19 Law, Listen on Spotify CD168: Nuclear Desperation, Listen on Spotify Bills H.R. 8337: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act Passed House: September 22, 359-17-1 Passed Senate: September 30, 84-10 Text Outline Division A: Continuing Appropriations Act Extends government funding from 2020 at the same levels until December 11, 2021 Section 125: Gives permission to the Secretary of the Navy to spend over $1.6 billion to enter into a contract for who Columbia class submarines Section 140: Amends the CARES Act to extend the expiration date of Section 3610, which allows any government agency to to change their contracts to allow the government to pay for up to 40 Horus per week of paid leave that contractors pay for their employees. This only applies to contractors who can’t work because their facilities are closed and can’t do their work remotely. The expiration is shifted from September 30 to December 11. Section 159: Extends the authority from the CARES Act, which expired on September 30, for the Library of Congress to reimburse the Little Scholars Child Development Center and Tiny Findings Development Center for salaries for employees who can’t work due to COVID-19 closures in the capitol. It also extends the authority for the government to pay the salaries of contractors that work on the capitol until the end of the public emergency. The authorities are extended until the end of the public emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Section 170: Adds $728 billion to the $550 billion appropriated in the 2020 funding law for loan guarantees for mortgage backed securities Section 173: Extends the borrowing limit for the Commodity Credit Corporation to reimburse it for net realized losses as of September 17, 2020. Division B: Surface Transportation Program Extension Section 1104: Allows Federal funds to be used to cover operating losses for food and beverage service on Amtrak Division D : Other Matters Section 4102: Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish fees ranging between $1,500 and $2,500 for applications for employment based immigration. Section 4303: Permanently reauthorizes antitrust provisions that encourages corporations to cooperate in antirust civil cases by limiting the fines that can be imposed upon cooperating companies. Section 4601: Expands eligibility for food stamps for children who usually get meals provided at school to include children in hybrid model schools and day cares. Section 4602: Extends the states’ authority to apply for waivers for school meal requirements in order to provide meals in a COVID-safe way until September 30, 2021 Section 4603: Gives the states the ability to extend certification periods for households receiving food assistance to December 31, 2021, and to adjust interview requirements through June 30, 2021, if they want to, without getting permission from the Secretary of Agriculture Section 4604: Prohibits the Secretary of Agriculture from using funding, facilities, or authorities of the Commodity Credit Corporation to provide payments to refiners or importers of fossil fuels unless the payments are for biofuels and prohibits the Commodity Credit Corporation from exchanging fossil fuel products for agricultural products until the end of March 2021. Articles/Documents Article: Senate GOP, setting aside Covid-19 fears, on track for quick Barrett confirmation this month By Manu Raju and Ted Barrett, CNN, October 8, 2020 Article: Lindsey Graham refuses to take COVID test for Senate debate in SC By Jacob Knutson, Axios, October 8, 2020 Article: Top White House aide hosted lavish Atlanta wedding in May despite virus restrictions By Patricia Murphy and Greg Bluestein, AJC, October 8, 2020 Article: Grassley won’t be tested for Covid, Ernst tests negative By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa, October 5, 2020 Article: How Mark Meadows Became the White House’s Unreliable Source By Tim Alberta, Politico, October 4, 2020 Article: Department Of Justice Applauds President Trump’s Authorization Of The Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement And Reform Permanent Extension Act By IVN, Imperial Valley News, October 4, 2020 Article: Sen. Thom Tillis spokesperson says he has mild symptoms of COVID-19, no fever and is in great spirits, Eyewitness 11 News, October 3, 2020 Article: Concerns Mount Over US Capitol's Lack of COVID-19 Requirements as President Tests Positive By Scott MacFarlane and Sophia Barnes, 4 Washington, October 2, 2020 Article: MBS Performance at Five-Year Low By Phil Hall, DSNews, October 2, 2020 Article: Judge blocks big hike in application fees for citizenship and other immigration benefits By Daniel Gonzalez, Arizona Republic, azcentral., September 30, 2020 Article: Trump Signs Shutdown-Averting Stopgap Spending Bill By Eric Katz, Government Executive, September 30, 2020 Article: Trump signs stopgap spending measure to avert a shutdown By Caitlin Emma, Politico, September 30, 2020 Article: Trump Signs Stopgap Spending Bill to Keep Government Funded By Emily Cochrane, The New York Times, September 30, 2020 Article: House stopgap spending bill includes $1.6B for Columbia-class subs By Rebecca Kheel, The Hill, September 21, 2020 Article: House Republican introduces amendment to include farm aid in stopgap funding bill By Juliegrace Brufke, The Hill, September 21, 2020 Article: Democrats and Republicans Clash Over Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown By Emily Cochrane, The New York Times, September 21, 2020 Article: Trump vows to give billions more in farm aid as he looks for support from rural voters. By Alan Rappeport, The New York Times, September 18, 2020 Article: Mortgage Securities Are Flooding the Market. Thank the Fed. By Orla McCaffrey, The Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2020 Article: Trump administration eyes at least $300 million aid to refiners denied biofuel waivers: sources By Stephanie Kelly, Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters, September 16, 2020 Article: Independent Watchdog Report Finds Inequity in Farm Aid Payments By Alan Rappeport, The New York Times, September 14, 2020 Report: Report to Congress on Columbia-class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine Program By Congressional Research Service, USNI News, September 11, 2020 Article: White House asks for flexibility in Space Force funding in stopgap spending measure By Rebecca Kheel, The Hill, September 8, 2020 Document: Navy Columbia (SSBN-826) Class Ballistic Missile Submarine Program: Background and Issues for Congress By Congressional Research Service, September 8, 2020 Article: Budget dysfunction threatens delays to US Navy’s Columbia program By David B. Larter and Joe Gould, Defense News, September 3, 2020 Article: Geurts: Early Contract Awards During Pandemic Giving Navy Bandwidth to Plan for Possible Continuing Resolution By Megan Eckstein, USNI News, September 1, 2020 Article: Bad blood between Pelosi, Meadows complicates coronavirus talks By Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, The Hill, August 31, 2020 Article: USDA MARKET FACILITATION PROGRAM: Information on Payments for 2019 By Steve Morris , Government Accountability Office, August 21, 2020 Article: There’s about $130 billion left in the PPP pot. Why small businesses are slow to claim cash, By Darla Mercado, CNBC, June 11, 2020 Article: Breaking Down the US Federal Budget | Charts and Graphs, Up to Us, June 3, 2020 Article: COVID Pandemic a Barrier to Navy’s Oversight of Columbia Submarine Industrial Base; PEO Working on Virtual Oversight By Megan Eckstein, USNI News, June 2, 2020 Article: 'Astonishing': Trump EPA backs down on biofuel waivers in blow to U.S. refiners By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters, March 25, 2020 Article: The Commodity Credit Corporation: In Brief By Megan Stubbs, Congressional Research Service, September 4, 2019 Article: Ted Cruz and the Death of Conservatism By Jonathan Chait, New York Intelligencer, September 18, 2018 Additional Resources Appropriations Status Table: FY2021, Congressional Research Service Book: Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power, By David Dayen, July, 2020 Bill: H.R. 7794: Emergency SNAP Flexibilities Extension Act, govtrack, July 27, 2020 Blog: Allowing Ourselves Grace in these Troubling Times, CLASP: The Center for Law and Social Policy, 2020 Homepage: Priority Enrollment Categories, Tiny Findings, 2020 Report: Frequently Asked Questions about the Federal Budget, House Committee on the Budget, Chairman John Yarmuth, December 3, 2019 2017 Summary Statement and Initiatives: GOVERNMENT NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITIES PROGRAM, HUD, 2017 Library of Congress New Employee Orientation Guide, Library of Congress, 2015 Board of Directors, General Dynamics Reelection Rates Over the Years, OpenSecrets.org General Dynamics, OpenSecrets.org Client Profile: General Dynamics, OpenSecrets.org Appropriations: Rep. Norm Dicks - Washington District 06, OpenSecrets.org Appropriations: Rep. Jim Moran - Virginia District 08, OpenSecrets.org 48 CFR § 16.306 - Cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts. Origins & Development: From the Constitution to the Modern House Funding Gaps and Shutdowns in the Federal Government, History, Art & Archives, United States House of Representatives Sound Clip Sources Hearing: Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government, U.S. House of Representatives, House Appropriations Committee, September 22, 2020 Transcript: 9:00 Steny Hoyer: Briefly want to say to the Appropriations Committee, congratulations for doing your work. I know there was controversy, everybody didn't support it. But we passed 10 of the 12 appropriation bills almost two months ago. Clearly sufficient time to reach agreement and pass the appropriation bills, not a CR. CR is a recognition of failure. Failure of to get our work done in a timely fashion. And I regret that I take some credit for passing 10 bills last year, in June, and 10 bills this year in July. I pushed the Appropriations Committee pretty hard. Staff worked hard, members worked hard. And we got our bills done.The Senate has not introduced - has not marked up - a single bill in committee. There's no bill out of committee, there's no bills on the floor, which means that the Senate has essentially abandoned the appropriations process. Madam Speaker, that's not the way the Congress the United States ought to work. 11:00 Steny Hoyer: From now, until hopefully before December 11, that's a Friday - we're scheduled to break for Christmas and the holidays - I'm hopeful that everyone will put their heads together to get the appropriation process done. And we'll probably do it in an omnibus, not single appropriation bills, which is not a good way to do it either. When I joined the Appropriations Committee, and we passed one bill at a time, the Senate passed one bill at a time, and we came to conference and sat down together, the members of the Defense Committee, the members of the Treasury, postal committee and labor health committees, we came together individually, and we worked out agreements between the two bodies. That is the way it ought to work. It's not working that way. And a world of alternatives, this is the best we have. So we need to take it. 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)