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Jilly_in_VA

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Navy brat-->University fac brat. All over-->Wisconsin-->TN-->VA. RN (ret), married, grandmother of 11. Progressive since birth. My mouth may be foul but my heart is wide open.

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The high cost of gas and food make life on the reservation even more difficult than usual

During a hot, hazy morning on Oregon's Warm Springs Indian Reservation, resident Jake Billy leans on his car and tells a story. Once a long time ago there was someone special in his life.

"I almost married that girl," he says. "It was very close. It was iffy."

Things didn't work out. But Billy stayed in touch with his ex and her family. When his ex girlfriend's sister died recently, he wanted to go to the funeral a three hour drive away. But he just didn't have the money for gas. "I said my goodbyes from here," he says.

These kinds of heart wrenching decisions illustrate the quiet assault of inflation on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, located about 100 miles southeast of Portland. Had Billy been able to go to the funeral, he would have been able to offer emotional support to the family. "Which is something that natives do," says Billy. "It's our culture."

o other single group in the country is feeling as much financial strain right now as are Native Americans. A recent poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found inflation has caused a staggering 69% of Native Americans significant financial problems.

According to census data, close to 27% of Native Americans live in poverty. That's significantly more than the rest of the country, which averages close to 15%.

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/20/1117689118/poll-69-of-native-americans-say-inflation-is-severely-affecting-their-lives

The high cost of gas and food make life on the reservation even more difficult than usual

During a hot, hazy morning on Oregon's Warm Springs Indian Reservation, resident Jake Billy leans on his car and tells a story. Once a long time ago there was someone special in his life.

"I almost married that girl," he says. "It was very close. It was iffy."

Things didn't work out. But Billy stayed in touch with his ex and her family. When his ex girlfriend's sister died recently, he wanted to go to the funeral a three hour drive away. But he just didn't have the money for gas. "I said my goodbyes from here," he says.

These kinds of heart wrenching decisions illustrate the quiet assault of inflation on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, located about 100 miles southeast of Portland. Had Billy been able to go to the funeral, he would have been able to offer emotional support to the family. "Which is something that natives do," says Billy. "It's our culture."

o other single group in the country is feeling as much financial strain right now as are Native Americans. A recent poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found inflation has caused a staggering 69% of Native Americans significant financial problems.

According to census data, close to 27% of Native Americans live in poverty. That's significantly more than the rest of the country, which averages close to 15%.

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/20/1117689118/poll-69-of-native-americans-say-inflation-is-severely-affecting-their-lives

Ex-lawyer Alex Murdaugh now faces about 90 charges after new indictment

A disbarred South Carolina attorney charged with killing his wife and son has been indicted on another round of financial crimes.

This time, prosecutors said Alex Murdaugh stole $295,000 from his brother and the law firm founded by his prominent legal family a century ago.

Murdaugh, 54, faces nine additional charges — four counts of obtaining property under false pretenses, three counts of money laundering and two counts of computer crimes — in indictments handed up by the State Grand Jury on Tuesday and released publicly Friday.

Murdaugh is in jail and set likely to stand trial in January on murder charges for the June 2021 shooting deaths of his wife Maggie, 52, and their 22-year-old son, Paul. They were killed with different guns outside one of the family's homes in Colleton County, investigators said.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/08/19/alex-murdaugh-new-financial-charges-south-carolina/7845110001/

Sounds like some of his crimes could be federal too. What a bad ole boy!

Cops Are Now Freaking Out About 'Rainbow Fentanyl'

The latest iteration of fentanyl scaremongering is about what authorities are calling “rainbow fentanyl.” They claim it’s newer, more potent, and targeting kids.

Following the recent seizures of pink, green, yellow, and blue fentanyl—in blocks as well as pills—law enforcement officials including Customs and Border Protection and a California district attorney’s office have issued statements saying the drugs are meant to prey on children.

“This could be the start of a trend with Transnational Criminal Organizations targeting younger users,” tweeted Michael Humphries, a Customs and Border Protection director for the Port of Nogales, Arizona.

“We find this rainbow-colored substance is one of the many tools that dealers are using to make the poison appeal to our kids,” said Placer County, California, District Attorney Morgan Gire in a Facebook statement.

Meanwhile, on Fox & Friends First, Chris Gibson, director of the Oregon-Idaho high-intensity drug trafficking area said he was most concerned about kids overdosing on the colored fentanyl.

In the same interview, host Carley Shimkus repeated another myth about fentanyl. “When some people even touch fentanyl, it can kill them,” she said. A person can’t overdose from simply touching fentanyl.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/88q84k/what-is-rainbow-fentanyl

Latest drug panic. And you can't OD from touching the drug or being in the same room with it.

Regal Cinemas parent company plans to file for bankruptcy protection, per report

The parent company of Regal Cinemas is preparing to file for bankruptcy amid consumers' slow return to movie theaters, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

With its U.S. headquarters in Knoxville, Regal is one of East Tennessee's most prominent national brands.

The company said in a statement Friday that all Cineworld and Regal theaters are open for business as usual.

Regal closed its theaters across the country and furloughed 40,000 employees for months when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Like for all movie theater chains, attendance was slow to bounce back once theaters reopened, and the seemingly endless array of streaming options remain stiff competition.

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/2022/08/19/regal-cinemas-parent-company-cineworld-file-bankruptcy/7841613001/

I know we haven't been to a movie theater in over a year. We used to go every couple of months.

Regal Cinemas parent company plans to file for bankruptcy protection, per report

The parent company of Regal Cinemas is preparing to file for bankruptcy amid consumers' slow return to movie theaters, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

With its U.S. headquarters in Knoxville, Regal is one of East Tennessee's most prominent national brands.

The company said in a statement Friday that all Cineworld and Regal theaters are open for business as usual.

Regal closed its theaters across the country and furloughed 40,000 employees for months when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Like for all movie theater chains, attendance was slow to bounce back once theaters reopened, and the seemingly endless array of streaming options remain stiff competition.

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/money/2022/08/19/regal-cinemas-parent-company-cineworld-file-bankruptcy/7841613001/

I know we haven't been to a movie theater in over a year. We used to go every couple of months.

The identical twins who discovered their secret sibling

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Kathy Seckler was 16 years old when she made an unexpected discovery that changed her life completely – she had an identical twin sister. It was 4 September 1977 – she recalls with utmost clarity, her voice wobbling only slightly – when a friend told her that she resembled a girl she knew called Lori Pritzl, and asked if she was adopted. Seckler's birthday was the same date as Pritzl's and the two girls looked exactly the same. Seckler had known she was adopted since a young age, enjoying a happy and loved upbringing, but she then learned that Pritzl had also been adopted from the same agency as her.

The girls immediately spoke on the phone and realised their friend's suspicions must have been true – that they were twins. Seckler recalls breaking down in tears when she met her twin sister for the first time. "I saw Lori crossing the street… a big smile on her face," she says. "Then we hugged. It was quite an experience… I felt less alone. Being an adopted child, I always felt different… I felt like, 'Wow, I have a comrade there'."

They were both smokers, had similar artistic interests like dancing and drawing, and both liked music. "It was surreal," says Pritzl. "I felt like I was staring at myself in the mirror."

They could have found out earlier – their similarity to each other had been pointed out previously by acquaintances who knew both families. Pritzl had shrugged it off – doesn't everyone occasionally hear that they look like someone else? However, the girls lived about 15 miles (24km) from each other they and had family friends in common. Unbeknownst to both girls, their parents had known about the other twin for about a decade, but had been told to keep it a secret.

What emerged a few years later was that Seckler and Pritzl were part of a controversial study. In the 1960s, a then well-respected adoption agency – Louise Wise Services in New York, deliberately split up at least 10 sets of infant twins or triplets and placed them in separate families. Seckler and Pritzl were among six sets of newborn identical multiples separated between 1960 and 1969, including one set of triplets.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220817-the-twins-who-were-split-up-at-birth

Absolutely criminal, and the agency who did it can't be sued because it no longer exists

Judge limits privilege defense in AZ Mormon sex abuse case

An Arizona judge overseeing a high-profile lawsuit accusing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of conspiring to cover-up child sex abuse has ruled that the church may not refuse to answer questions or turn over documents under the state’s “clergy-penitent privilege.”

Clergy in Arizona, as in many other states, are required to report information about child sexual abuse or neglect to law enforcement or child welfare authorities. But an exception to that law — the privilege — allows members of the clergy who learn of the abuse through spiritual confessions to keep the information secret.

Judge Laura Cardinal ruled on Aug. 8 that the late Paul Adams waived his right to keep his confessions secret when he posted videos of himself sexually abusing his two daughters on the Internet, boasted of the abuse on social media, and confessed to federal law enforcement agents, who arrested him in 2017 with no help from the church.

“Taken together, Adams’ overt acts demonstrate a lack of repentance and a profound disregard” for the principles of the church, widely known as the Mormon church, Cardinal said in her ruling. “His acts can only be characterized as a waiver of the clergy-penitent privilege.”

https://apnews.com/article/mormon-lawsuit-arizona-sex-abuse-25231a4c668e2e69ae45df484096f7b7

BOOM!

Republicans escalate IRS rhetoric as senator warns Americans not to apply for new jobs

It is unusual for a U.S. senator to publicly warn Americans not to apply for a job and threaten to eliminate it.

But that's what Senate Republican campaign chair Rick Scott, R-Fla., did this week, publishing an open letter encouraging job seekers not to pursue new IRS positions, vowing that Republicans, who hope to take control of Congress next year, will quickly "defund" those jobs.

Scott claimed the Biden administration will use the Democrats' newly enacted Inflation Reduction Act to create "an IRS super-police force" to "audit and investigate" ordinary Americans. "The IRS is making it very clear that you not only need to be ready to audit and investigate your fellow hardworking Americans, your neighbors and friends, you need to be ready and, to use the IRS’s words, willing, to kill them," he wrote, referencing a job posting for the agency's Criminal Investigation division, which has been mischaracterized.

Scott's depiction of a new force of IRS agents targeting average Americans lacks basis in the text of the new law and has been dismissed by Democrats as a fabrication. It was debunked — indirectly — by formal guidance Wednesday by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to the IRS.

In a memo to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, obtained by NBC News, Yellen told the agency to use the law's $80 billion cash infusion to "enforce the tax laws against high net-worth individuals, large corporations, and complex partnerships who today pay far less than they owe."

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/republicans-escalate-irs-rhetoric-senator-warns-americans-not-apply-ne-rcna43411

I do believe someone's ox has been gored.

Police call for Bolsonaro to be charged for spreading Covid misinformation

Brazilian federal police have called for President Jair Bolsonaro to be charged with spreading fake information about a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 680,000 of his citizens, including bogus claims of a link between Aids and Covid vaccines.

Bolsonaro’s anti-scientific response to a disease he called “a bit of a cold” has been internationally condemned and the subject of a congressional inquiry in which the far-right populist was accused of deliberately delaying vaccine purchases and promoting quack “cures” such as hydroxychloroquine.

On Wednesday night a senior federal police investigator was reported to have written to the supreme court asking for Bolsonaro to be questioned and charged with the crime of incitement, when someone encourages another person to commit an offense.

That alleged crime, which is punishable with up to six months in prison, relates to a notorious social media broadcast in October 2021 which was subsequently removed by YouTube and Facebook.

In the deleted transmission, Bolsonaro falsely claimed face masks – the compulsory use of which he repeatedly flouted – had been responsible for many of the deaths during the 1918 influenza pandemic.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/18/jair-bolsonaro-covid-misinformation-charge-brazil-police

This is kin of a BFD, although it may or may not come to pass
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