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We'll have the good the more good and the uncertain from american public media. This is marketplace in avon colorado. I mean he scott in for kai ryssdal. It is friday the sixth of august. Good to have you along nine hundred forty three thousand. That's the number of jobs added in the month of july according to the labor department. And that's the best growth we've seen in almost a year. The unemployment rate also fell to five point four percent the lowest since the start of the pandemic here in the us joining me to talk about all that on the economic week. That was our heather. Long with the washington. Post and jordan holman with bloomberg. Good to have you both here. Thanks for having us all right heather. Let's start with the positive shall we. What did you like in this report. There was a ton to like hiring in most industries across the board. Except maybe construction and they're great wage growth. We continue to see really nice. Wage gauge especially for restaurant workers in grocery workers. Fun fact in the last few months we have finally seen the average pay for grocery workers. Restaurant workers go above fifteen dollars an hour. And lastly i was really happy to see that The number of people who've been unemployed for six months or more what we call long-term unemployed that declined by about half a million. That's really comforting. The as we all know the longer you're out of work the harder it is to get back in and there were some upward revisions of the previous two months as well right. Yes that's right. So the jew numbers in the main numbers look even better overall. It's pretty solid picture. Really a strong picture. We should probably say that america is getting back to work the one asterix. When you're an economic journalist you always have to have the asterix. Is that these delight. Numbers were done mid july so before the delta variant surge. Right and we'll talk more about that but stay with the positive for a moment jordan the biggest gains. I think forty percent of these jobs were in leisure and hospitality industries. That have of course. We're really hard. Hit by the pandemic but staffing is still a huge challenge right. it is The service industry specifically still Looking to find talent Because the economy has rubbed up so quickly that everyone needed people back right away but they're still finding issues with Filling all those positions but what we see from this jobs report is that there are some signs that if you raise wages people will actually come and fill some of these positions so there are some signs even outside of the leisure hospitality sector. We're seeing companies like mcdonalds saying yes. We raised wages an average of five percent. And we're actually seeing the applications. Go up so maybe as more companies adopt that approach will keep seeing strong reports like this. Yeah interesting how that happens right you pay people more. They're more inclined to work there. I i went out to eat here in colorado last night and right there at the door was a sign that said short-staffed it's the new pandemic. Please be patient and kind to our staff so it makes you wonder how many more jobs we have seen if there were enough people wanting to do them. Yeah i've actually seen a similar sign What one thing that has happened over the past year and a half is that workers have changed what they want out of work When it comes to flexibility when it comes to pay like we were talking about That has changed. And that's the reality that certain sectors are going to have to deal with We didn't even though. This is a positive report. For example we didn't see as much growth in the retail sector Some of that is just things have to level out because of the construction in garden supply home depots of the world but it does beg the question of for the long term. What workers will want to work in these positions. Okay now back to that big caveat. You mentioned heather. Which is that these numbers are from surveys done in the first half of july before the delta variant the sort of the elephant standing right outside the room right now. Could we see this growth. Start to slow down. That's the big concern. And i am particularly concerned about what could happen to women especially moms member last september. We saw this huge decline in mothers in the labor force because they just couldn't juggle the school from home and a work trying to work from home or work from anywhere while also doing that virtual learning and so many cases and what we're starting to see again at least anecdotally across the country is daycare closures camp closures. I've heard from so many people particularly moms. Who said you know. I thought i could just. It was getting back to normal. If i could just make it to september. Get the kids back in school. It would all be okay and now. I'm sitting at home for two weeks quarantining because my child has been exposed to covert nineteen again and i should say. Heather has a great piece in the post today about that and you talk to some women basically living reliving the early days of the pandemic when there were so many decisions to be made about school and work jordan. You cover retail You mentioned the the lack of hiring in retail. But i'm also wondering what this report bodes are how this report boats for retail spending in the coming months so a going back to the delta variant. There is a lot of uncertainty around. How consumers will react But with all of the categories like the leisure and hospitality. Those things that means people are traveling in so they're still strong signs especially when the spats school season that people are actually buying goods and In some ways sifting to services so all of those are strong signs as we move into the back half of the year but if you think about staffing if you don't have enough people working in your stores in your restaurants as we get closer to the holiday season that will become a big issue. And that's something that retailers are thinking about right now to make sure that they can meet the demand before i let you both go. I want to shift gears real quick and talk about infrastructure. It looks like that one trillion dollar bill. The senate as hammering out will not in fact pay for itself. The congressional congressional budget office says it'll add two hundred fifty six billion dollars to the deficit over the next ten years. Heather any thoughts about how that could affect its passage because how to pay for this thing has been a big sticking point it has but the truth is that in congressional terms. That's a pretty small number that's way smaller than the gop tax cuts in two thousand seventeen. It's way smaller than all of these stimulus bills. That were passed in the last two years. So and the reality is borrowing costs are very low right now. This is a good time to make this investment and the hope is that these are things that will make the economy grow stronger in the outlier. So if we don't do this we would limp along more than if we do. So i think passage still looks good. You know it's funny that this bill got held up in the last few hours. Over a crypto currency law. I think that's the hold up. We can work through it and make it happen all right heather along with the washington post jordan home in with bloomberg. Thanks both of you so much. Thanks thank you on wall street today. Kind of block. Considering we'll have details when we do the numbers as we just heard from heather and jordan. It was a good jobs report but there is something in it. That's kinda weird. On second glance remember. The economy added almost a million jobs last month but the labor force participation rate. That's the proportion of people who are either working or looking for work. Stayed pretty much the same. It's at sixty one point. Seven percent in the narrow range where it's been stuck since june of last year and still one point six percent lower than at the start of the pandemic marketplace's kimberly adams looked into how more people can be working. If there aren't more people in the labor force the labor force participation rate reflects a bit of push pull in the job market. Many people are in jobs or actively hunting versus people who've given up on the job hunt or retired for example so on aggregate labor. I district patient rate has stayed steady. Cade bond is director of labor market policy at the washington center for equitable growth. But that is made up of in one direction. Unemployed workers going back to work. That's where we see this big job growth but on the other hand we're also seeing folks were dropping off the labor force. Here's an example of how that plays out. Tiffany newin is twenty eight and has five kids including a one month old baby. She lost her job. As a host at an italian restaurant in dc at the start of the pandemic. Then what's the end of twenty twenty day reopened back up. And then i would play another time so i could go back to work. I didn't wanna get sick. So she left the labor force but now new in his vaccinated and ready to go back to work as soon as her kids. Go back to school from there. I could just work by normal shifts hours. I work so that. I don't have to stay home. Custody end because lots of working parents are in that situation. The labor force participation rate is likely to go up says oda coochie deputy chief economist at first american financial corporation. We'll see those people come back to work especially as they're less concerned about the pandemic but some of it is permanent as a lot of these older workers decided to retire. A cautionary note. These numbers were gathered before the spike in cases due to the delta variant which has workers like new in worried. I don't want to go back to work and end up getting stick. It just makes me double get my i making a good decision or should i stay home with the kids and if she decides it's not safe for her or her family she's ready to stay out of the labor force a bit longer in washington. I'm kimberly adams for marketplace about sixty five percent of american households owned their homes. That's down more than three percentage points from just a year ago and as we told you yesterday. Homeownership is less affordable from median income family today. And it's been in almost a decade but while we celebrate even romanticize homeownership as a culture. It doesn't always bring out the best in us as individuals jerusalem dempsey's wrote about this in. Vox and joins me now. Welcome to the show. Hi thanks for having me. So what do you mean when you say a home. Ownership can bring out the worst in people. Yeah i want to be specific here because It definitely is not a universal phenomenon but homeownership as it exists in the united states is built on scarcity and when you have people who live in countries like the united states where retiring is really expensive medical costs really expensive and then you tell them that the only way that they can build wealth is through owning a home Then you're going to create a lot of problems. If they feel like the value of their home be threatened and often what we're seeing. Is that people who buy their own home. Begin opposing policies that are really beneficial for the entire neighborhood. Writ large important transit that is helpful for combating climate change and helping people get around Opposing affordable housing opposing even cope in nineteen testing centers over the last year. And it's really a phenomenon that's interesting to observe when people oppose affordable housing projects or even just more density in their neighborhoods. You often hear concerns about things like traffic and parking But there's also often explicit racism and classism at work going on. Yeah certainly a lot of times. It's very explicit. You know there are several documented times where people talk about people are going to turn my area into a ghetto if you allow for more dense housing or this idea that we don't want this specific type of person living here a lot of times people are say something about like you know neighborhood character and the fact that matter is if you are restricting people from living in your neighborhood based on them earning a certain amount of money you are inherently opposing class and racial diversity in your area. What do we know about how. Affordable housing does affect property values. Are there any concerns based in reality when when people oppose these projects. It's it's a complicated topic area because it really depends how the policy is implemented if you could push button tomorrow and all of a sudden you triple the amount of housing in the bay area. You definitely see reduction in rents and you probably see reduction in property values but in reality. That's not how anything works right. What happens is perhaps someone proposes building a two hundred unit apartment building in downtown area. Where maybe they say they want. You know a ten unit multiplex in suburban area. Things like that. There's not a lot of evidence that that does anything anyone's property values and there's actually increasing evidence that when you up zone when you allow for someone to build duplexes or triplex on this land you actually can increase the property value because what you're saying to developers is that you can actually make more money off of this land but we do know right now. There's a massive economic cost to not increasing density. We know that it reduces wages by potentially up to ten thousand dollars a year for the average worker. We know that it's reduced aggregate economic growth by thirty six percent. According to one estimate these are things that really affect people's lives when you tell them that your wages are reduced by ten thousand dollars a year. That's a fourth of their income. So that's that's a really big deal. There does seem to be increasing consciousness about some of these issues with cities like charlotte. Minneapolis portland moving to ban single-family only zoning and the rise of so-called giambi's yes in my backyard. Are you hopeful at all. Yeah i mean. We're i think what we're seeing right now. Is that for a long time. America's affordability crisis was confined to folks who were lower income. But we've seen over. The last few decades is that job. Opportunities have really concentrated in a few cities. And with that we've seen that housing affordability has gone through the roof and it's not just lower income folks who are feeling the squeeze and so out of that you've seen a lot more political action coming out of this and i it is really a reflection of how bad the problem has gotten. And how organized. Some of the opposition to these laws is also grown jerusalem. Dentists is policy reporter at. Vox dot com. Thank you so much. Thanks for having me coming up. What does it mean to be an effective leader. That's changed with remote work but first let's do the numbers. The dow jones industrial average gained one hundred forty four points four tenths percent to finish at thirty five thousand two hundred eight. The nasdaq gave back fifty nine points. Four tenths percent and fourteen thousand eight thirty five and the s&p five hundred added seven points almost two tenths percent to landed forty four thirty six for the week. The dow gained almost eight tenths percent. The nasdaq added one in one tenth percent and the s&p picked up nine tenths percent in the leisure and hospitality sector that led the charge and adding jobs last month. Yum brands was up. Just shy of three tenths percent starbucks was unchanged marriott. International lost a tenth of a percent hilton worldwide picked up two tenths percent. Bonds fell the yield on the tenure. Tino rose to one point three zero percent. You're listening to marketplace this marketplace. Podcast is supported by ladder. Life is fragile and no one wants to leave behind a heavy financial burden for their loved. Ones that's why life insurance makes sense especially term coverage from ladder which is surprisingly affordable. Why not pay a bit each month to protect the ones you love. If you're asking yourself this question choose. Ladder ladder makes it impressively fast and easy to get covered. Ladder is one hundred percent digital. No doctors no needles. 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Gotcha covered we got twenty truckloads of bleach grievous vice president of liquidation at inmarsat intelligence. He buys overstock from retailers and sells it as fast as you can to the secondary market. Those are discount stores. Ross tj maxx nordstrom rack. Greed is the first stop for stores that need to get rid of inventory and right now there's a lot coming in. We're drinking out of a firehose so into a guy visit gallon. Can't who sell into. Somebody's got a cup and it's not just bleach if you're okay with a slightly older maybe cheaper appliance. He's got him. It's everything from your coffee. Makers microwaves refrigerators. Plus all kinds of home gym stuff. That now you can just use at the real jim also close back to work dressy work from home casual grief seen surges of both dale. Rogers is a business professor. At arizona state university he says with pandemic restriction flip flops and lucrative surges in demand. You can't blame retailers for not knowing what to order this is probably the worst time in the history of the world to be one of those Supply gene planning manager plus shortages of one product can mean a surplus of something else. You don't need another keyboard if you can't get the computer. Luckily the secondary market is built on. The unforeseen says curtis grieve at mar. I can't say that. I celebrate when there's a recession or a problem but the financially we do well but that being said. I wish they'd you get back to normal grief. Says he's lost his ability to predict what's coming in and what will sell. But he says he was able to find buyers for those twenty truckloads of bleach. I'm carolyn champion for marketplace. We know you can't always catch us on the radio so if you miss a day or two marketplace check out our podcast you can find it on the platform of your choice. One detail we didn't get to in the july jobs report. The percentage of americans working remotely because of the pandemic fell to thirteen point. Two percent last month down from almost fourteen and a half percent in june is true that millions of people haven't had that luxury even during the worst of the pandemic. they've been going into offices and hospitals and grocery stores all along but many who are still working from home or face now with the decision go back to the office stay remote or figure out a hybrid model aside from the health and logistical questions. There are other implications to consider like what being away from. Your boss. could mean for your career. Marketplace's kristen schwab has that story. There's a bit of a disconnect happening in corporate america right now. Early and mid career workers have enjoyed skipping out on stressful commutes stiff suits and overpriced lunch salads. But their bosses. Well managers do not really share the view of many workers. One fan is the professor of sociology at boston college and has been studying remote work during the pandemic. She says managers. They still think that as a worker. You need to walk in the office. Rizal removal is something that is incompatible with the image of what a worker is like their image of what a worker is like for many. That's still someone who comes in early and stays late tap tap tapping away at their keyboard under their bosses. Watch and so those opposing images of what a worker should be in the future. It's already causing some stress for workers now whatever Managers send on the email. They respond instantaneous stating all the to show that they are really are working really addressing their needs. They feel they could somehow lose out if they are not being seeing by their managers. This folow fear of losing out is justified. In a study published in two thousand thirteen stanford economics professor nicholas bloom tracked two groups of travel agency employees remote and in person at after twenty one months. The folks that were randomly chosen to work from home had hof the promotion rights of those comments. That is a massive guy a massive gap. Even though the remote workers were thirteen percent more productive than everyone schlepping into the office from talking to manager off to manage they who signed the same thing which is look. If you're coming in every day. I see your around i get to know you. I think if you may even volunteer yourself for promotion and you obviously can out compete somebody else. That's working from home. Say full five days a week spontaneous encounters at the office matter those working lunches happy hours and even awkward elevator rides. Bloom says those concerned about climbing the career ladder should try to work in person at least part time especially if other members of their team going in or find a job where everyone is remote. But what if that's not an option for parents and caretakers and others who may need to prioritize. Remote work over the alternative. Sarah prince leads diversity equity and inclusion at the consulting firm mckinsey she says the burden of the inequities that come with working from home shouldn't fall on employees but managers. Anybody who leads a team really has to lead into this moment. What does it mean to be an effective leader in an environment where how we work is really transforming itself. She's particularly concerned about young workers who need to engage with more experienced ones to advance. We think about mentorship sponsorship. A lot of that has fostered by us finding a personal connection in another human being where we see ourselves in them and big picture. She says this work from home. Conundrum is about much more than the careers of a few people. There is a real risk that people with diverse backgrounds and identities will be left behind the pandemic has already widened the workforce gap for women and people of color and without a careful. Look at how a remote out of sight out of mind. Workplace could increase bias against them that gap could keep growing. I'm kristen schwab for marketplace. This final note on the way out from the federal reserve americans are putting a lot of that increase spending on vacations and dining and cars on credit total. Consumer credit grew by thirty billion dollars in june the ten point six percent. Annualized increase was the fastest in a decade revolving. Credit including credit cards was up twenty. Two percent again this was before delta but before we get too worried about all that debt people are taking on. We're also still on the whole saving more than before the pandemic all right. That's it for this week but before we go. Here's your friday. Moment of economic context context. You consider when thinking about women and the workforce a new study out of ucla found that having a baby really does age you. Researchers found that one year after a birth mothers who had slept less than seven hours a night at aged biologically speaking three to seven years. I know seven hours of sleep. Try zero some nights whether the aging effect lasts has yet to be studied. Our theme music was composed by bj. Liederman marketplace's executive producer is nancy for. Golly nancy. kassebaum is the managing director of news. I'm scott we'll see a monday. This is a. pm would host of marketplace tech a show that helps you understand the digital economy. How a more of the country get access to better internet. What new jobs will artificial intelligence create or destroy and what tools will help us. Survive are already changing climate. 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Can wages still keep trending upward?
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Employers added nearly two million jobs in june july and a big question looms as to whether that recent strength will be sustained as the economy continues to reopen one thing that seems likely to continue though is relatively strong. Wage growth average hourly earnings. Were up four percent year in july. That's much higher than was typical in the years. Between the great recession and the pandemic marketplace's mitchell hartman explains as service. Businesses have rushed to reopen in recent months they've been offering signing bonuses and higher starting pay to get staffed up and kate bonn at the washington center for equitable growth says that's pushed wages. Higher particularly among workers in low wage sectors that had lost the most jobs early in the pandemic hospitality and leisure and particularly restaurant workers and economist. Jay shambaugh at george washington university says many low wage service workers. Don't wanna go back to their old jobs at their old pre pandemic wages. They don't feel quite as desperate that they're just going to take anything they can get and they're looking for a better job at a better wage. He says jump seekers also have more options. Now you know maybe you used to work for eight or nine dollars an hour in a restaurant but now there's an amazon warehouse nearby where you can make eighteen. The pandemic has also thrown workers a curve ball for now sharply rising. Prices are eating away at the higher. Wages workers. Earning i'm mitchell hartman. For marketplace the availability of cova nineteen vaccines varies widely from country to country and in recent months the shortage of vaccines and the challenges of slow rollouts of sparked a trend in vaccine tourism. The us has allowed. Visitors from countries not affected by travel restrictions to get vaccines for free at airports and pharmacies. And this has lured in visitors from around the world. The bbc cindy sue who recently traveled from taiwan to san francisco has more on the number of taiwanese travelling to the west coast to get a job a lot of people did tick fates their health into their own hands by coming to the us get vaccinated especially during the summer months when their kids were off. School entire families came here some of them. You know teenage kids. Who qualify to get vaccinations a large number of people who booked these longer flight. Itineraries where they would stay in the us for one month or a little bit more to get the two-shot vaccines such as fis or moderna. And some of them also came for the one. Shot johnson and johnson vaccine. They would just fly into airports that offer. Vaccines such as the san francisco airport or lax the los angeles international airport and they will get off the flights and go straight to the medical clinic at the airports to get vaccinated and some people even on the same day. That's the bbc. Cindy sue speaking with shallow sri path ma on the global edition of marketplace morning report now through the numbers footsie in london is up two tenths percents. Dow s&p nasdaq futures are also up in the one to two percent range with the dow future up. Sixty points west. Texas intermediate and brent crude or both up today trading above seventy dollars a barrel ninety percent of oil production in the gulf coast off line as a result of hurricane ida also brought widespread fuel and power shortages to the region which has gas gasoline refinery scrambling to keep up with demand. Gas buddy is reporting that more than a third of gas stations in the region or without fuel the institute for supply management will release its latest index on supply to the service sectors. Later this morning. That's for august. In july survey workers across industries express frustration about shipping delays and already in peak holiday shipping. Season marketplace's carolyn champion has more for residence near the port of los angeles holidays shipping. Season is something you notice. Usually at the end of summer. I can see it right out my window and today we have eighteen container ships in poor. That's gene saroka executive director for the port of l. a. He recently had a peak of forty four containerships waiting outside the breakwater to get into the port. There just isn't enough space to put the stuff they're carrying or two billion square feet of warehousing for the shores of the pacific to the desert region or overflowing with cargo. Some importers anticipated backlogs and to avoid them got. The holiday. Shopping season started early in july. Oliver mccrum is a wine importer. His business started stocking up on inventory in february and they still ran into problems. There was a gap when we got almost nothing for at least about two months. And then we've just recently had a flow of merchandise coming macron works at ports in the bay area but encountered the same warehousing issues going on in l. a. and has made some compromises. We were receiving such a nice in new york and then shipping across country using refrigerated containers. So that was more expensive but it was really clearly necessary and the backlogs aren't just about wine and toys and other gifts for the holidays. Tom dairy ceo. The institute for supply management says there are materials on ships that other sectors need. We're talking about hospitality. Higher education the healthcare sector and everything. They're trying to move through dairy says. The rush for holiday goods puts pressure on those industries to the consumer goods and services owner to deliver services. Dairy says. we're now seeing the crest of the wave at the ports but those delays will keep moving through the system to rail yards warehouses and potentially to consumers. I'm caroline champion for marketplace. The national federation of independent businesses says that half of us small business owners reported unfilled job. Openings in august f as finding qualified workers remains an ongoing challenge. our digital producer is redmond carolco. Our engineers are c. Bold and jessen dealer in austin. I'm andy euler with the marketplace morning report from apm american public media.
What the G-7 deal means for digital taxes
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The world's biggest economies agreed on a new global minimum tax rate of fifteen percent to seven and the organization for economic cooperation and development. Ocd want multinational companies paying some tax. Somewhere there's not law yet national. Legislators including the us congress would have to decide another part of the agreement a deal to push for a global digital tax the host of our program. Marketplace tech is molly. Would she has this take. The agreement will create a minimum tax on profits that company's earned by selling digital services like advertising mostly but they don't have a physical presence in a country. It doesn't single out the american tech giant's but it applies to what the cd calls the largest and most profitable multi national companies. So yes facebook. Google amazon even apple on profits from its app store. These companies have been battling digital tax plans. In france. Spain italy the uk and the us has even threatened sanctions in response to countries that tax american tech giant's on their digital prophets on their turf. See in the digital economy. Anyone anywhere can be a customer and if you're buying from amazon in spain you're not buying from spanish retailer amazon profit but pays no taxes at all not even real estate. No money stays in spain. The deal does sort of throw big tech under the bus but it would also supersede any local digital taxes so it gets rid of the potential for a patchwork of tax regimes and creates a base rate for everyone to follow my colleague. Molly would host of marketplace tech new research from the retirement equity lab. At new york's new school found that nearly two million people retired early during the pandemic and in most cases. Not by choice marketplace's justin. How has that. The people were talking about are in their mid to late fifties years ahead of retirement age. They were forced out of the labor market because their employers did not hire the bag or the employers are not hiring workers. Economist gilarducci at the new school says people without college degrees were forced out at higher rates than people with college degrees. Who are working longer and for black workers. It's even worse. They have experienced. The highest increase in share retired before age. Sixty five than any other of our work groups and these groups often don't have the opportunity to save for retirement while they're employed says labor economists. Kate bond the washington center for equitable growth. So for example workers are less likely to have retirement. Savings plans offered at work. And it's really hard to save for retirement with that. The report says we're going to see an increase in retirement inequality since these involuntary retirees face a higher risk of falling into poverty. I'm justin justin how for marketplace the. Snp future is down a tenth of a percent. The dow future up slightly eighteen points this marketplace podcast is supported by personal capital. Who can help you take control of your finances no matter where you are. Download the personal capital app or start today at personal capital dot com to get free professional grade financial tools including a retirement. Planner and fi analyzer. Want to talk. Personal capital has registered advisers by phone or online for qualified users personal capital. There's no place like financial confidence. The one point nine trillion dollar stimulus the biden administration labeled the american rescue plan from march of this year includes an unprecedented twenty billion dollars for tribal governments but travel leaders are bracing themselves for challenges given what happened under pandemic stimulus passed under donald trump. And the last congress a year earlier that was called the cares act the mountain west news bureaus savannah mar reports leaders of the eastern shoshoni tribe in wyoming are used to planning for every dollar that comes their way but not last year. The money came out a quick and it was a flurry that's karen sneider. The tribes pandemic response coordinator. She says the eastern shoshoni received close to fourteen million dollars in badly needed cares. Act he'd but the tribe had just six months to spend it. I just don't think that deadline was ever realistic. Nor was it conducive to us. Doing good planning close to half. The money was paid out directly to tribal citizens and the tribe prepaid for materials in lieber contracts to whether is elders homes ahead of the deadline then just days before that deadline congress extended it by another year to the end of twenty twenty one very counterproductive for them to wait till the final hour. Biden's american rescue plan gives tribes through twenty twenty four to spend their new aid money. Eric hanson researches reservation economics at harvard. He says that timeline allows for spending on what tribal communities really need improvements to healthcare housing and water infrastructure the platform upon which you can lift yourself up going forward but it's not yet completely clear what's allowed and last year. Henson says tribes received little guidance about spending decisions. This time he says treasury should have a team of people in place who are equipped to field an inquiry like that pretty quickly and there was another problem. With last year's cares act. The allocation formula used to divide the money the tribes argued it relied on flawed federal data about each tribes population so many tribes lost out on millions in aid. Some successfully sued the federal government for their fair share. This time around. Karen snyder says she's relieved. The allocation formula will use self reported tribal population numbers. This is the biggest injection of funding into an in country. That's probably gonna ever happen in my lifetime. If the disbursement is done correctly she says the money will be transformative in albuquerque. I'm savannah mar for marketplace and treasury secretary janet yellen is saying that if the biden administration stimulus and infrastructure plans cause interest rates to rise a bit so what. Let me get your her quote to bloomberg news at the g seven meeting this weekend. If we ended up with a slightly higher interest rate environment it would actually be a plus from society's point of view and the fed's point of view unquote. Now stockholders may worry that higher rates may make bonds more attractive but many savers including people on fixed incomes would like interest rates that are not zero and bring higher returns. I'm david brancaccio. You're listening to the marketplace morning. 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The jobs available arent necessarily the ones people want
"This marketplace podcast is supported by equifax the world's digital infrastructure company looking for the choice and control of hardware with the low overhead and developer experience of the cloud deploy x. metal in minutes across eighteen global locations from silicon valley to sydney. Just add metal. At metal dot equinox dot com this marketplace podcast is by stanford graduate school of business live online executive education programs explore topics like leadership strategy. An innovation learn from stanford's most sought after faculty visit stanford programs dot com to learn more. I said this yesterday it is true again today. The big picture economic story this week once again is jobs. Jobs jobs from american public media. This is marketplace in los angeles. I'm kai ryssdal. It is wednesday today the second day of june. Good as always to have you along everybody. The story about jobs in this economy has been for weeks. Certainly maybe a month or two. It's been the story of companies getting desperate to find people and workers in no hurry at all to go back to jobs that maybe have not working conditions and definitely not great. Pay the conference board said today about eighty percent of companies look into higher mostly industry and manual services workers are having a tough time finding them twenty five states all of them led by republican governors are trying to push people back into the workforce by cutting unemployment benefits and increasingly as marketplace's kimberly adams reports by making people prove they're actively looking for work in many ways. This is just going back to the way things were pre pandemic state suspended requiring people to look for jobs to get benefits when there weren't really any jobs and people were supposed to be staying at home but now that employers are struggling to fill positions. Those rules are kicking back in. This is mostly related. I would say to people who are being called back by their former employer. Andrew statiners a senior fellow at the century foundation. In those situations. You generally job. Why benefits you have to go back to that former employer or else you lose your benefits but a lot of people may not want to go back to their old jobs or even the industry they worked in before. Kate bond is director of labour market policy at the washington center for equitable growth. She says these requirements may make businesses be able to hire workers particularly in the short term. But i don't think it encourages. A sustainable quality job matches even for those businesses. Because she says those workers probably won't stay very long in jobs they were kind of forced to take but the job. Search requirement is politically. Pretty popular has bipartisan. Support and many businesses looking to hire are demanding it katherine edwards economist for the rand corporation. Employers have a understandably single-minded view of success in this situation. They wanna hire someone at the wage that they're willing to pay but she says it's better for workers and the economy for people to spend a bit more time on unemployment so they can land a better job down the road in washington. I'm kimberly adams for marketplace. Once people get those jobs or the jobs they have get back closer to normal there is some friction you might say between workers and the bosses about the office specifically being in it. Some companies would like to have people back there. Some people would rather not marketplace's refinisher has that one. If you go into a job sites ziprecruiter about half of people looking for work say they want to work remote right now and almost half say that they would like a remote job even after. The pandemic is julia. Pollick is a labor economist with ziprecruiter which by the way is a current marketplace underwriter. Now that's where job seekers want. What they are being offered is something else only about nine or ten percent of job postings explicitly offer. The opportunity did work remotely now. That's a big increase from before the pandemic when only two percent of job postings offered remote work as an option but still there's is a big mismatch between what job seekers looking for and what's really available but a lot of employees are not playing around when they say they want to remote ops barbara holland is with the society for human resource management. They surveyed workers back in february one third of the respondents had said that they were willing to take a pay cut in order to continue working remotely and given employers have been screaming about a labor shortage. I think it's going to shift our job. Market some companies stand to gain dan scott illegal recruiter with got searched group. He says about forty percent of his clients. Mid midsize law firms are open to remote work. I am able to bring better people to those firms. It's just reality. Because they're looking at the best people. They're not looking at the best people in their market. The reality right now is less a war between employers and employees and more. Just a lot of experimenting. According to robert sutton an organizational psychologist at stanford. We're going to see what works and we're gonna make a lot of little mistakes so we we don't make big mistakes and of course. This is all connected to the tightness of the labor market when unemployment benefits run out and kids go back to school. The conversation over remote work very different in new york. I'm sabrina sure. For marketplace unemployment report comes out friday morning by the way. That is why. We're on jobs so hard this week. You heard about the ransomware attack on the world's biggest producer. I'm sure j. b. s. The company does say production is mostly getting back online today but if you needed evidence a cyber attack is coming soon to a company near you. There is this. The massachusetts steamship authority. Said today it has been hit in. Ransomware attack ferries are still running. Should you be traveling between woods hole. Martha's vineyard and nantucket cash only though the company says and you should probably expect some delays on land logged wall street today mostly status quo. We'll have don't quibble by the way on land lock wall street. Just don't details numbers. You know the drill said you're going to need way more than the fingers on one hand to count up the various shortages in this economy truck drivers talked about that one yesterday containers to move all the stuff we're buying on those trucks. And then there's all the stuff that goes into the stuff that goes into those containers. Semiconductors in lumber aluminum steel the list goes on and on all those shortages trickled down to the people trying to get stuff. They make into consumer's hands. India hines runs. A company called vinod temp. It makes refrigerated wine cabinet and imports ice makers and dishwashers and other appliances as well so we got her on the phone the other day to talk supply chain. We cannot get container. Space on the vessels Also there is a chip shortage so products are delayed And we're constantly getting price increases every day. It's a different problem we'll show there. Let's unpack that a little bit and let's start at the beginning containers coming out of. I'm assuming china is where they're coming from. How do you get container space at a time when pretty much everybody on the planet is screaming for container space. Well i don't. I think the right now so for example Last year we paid something like thirty five hundred dollars container. Now we're looking at ten thousand dollars a container and we are told if we pay a surplus fifteen hundred two thousand dollars surplus we can get some space so basically be ticking. The space to someone else so of course. I look at that as a shakedown. And then i get really mad. I'm like i'm not paying that. So the two companies that are getting space right now. So i hear our amazon and walmart and i'm a little guys so yeah line okay. So that's right. I feel your pain. okay. So that's containers talk to me about chips in semiconductors and and specifically you know we've all heard about cars and all those things that have a dozen or two chips in them. Wh how many chips do your appliances need and and is it. This is a strong word but existential problem for you because this chip shortage is going to be around for a while. So when i first heard it i was like i kinda thought. Oh it's just a moment on not like the freight problem which is really really a problem so far. There is a delay on a few models. But it's already delayed. So i think i'll know more the extent of this pain in about four months. That's not a short amount of time for months to michael but the cycle of products now east to be your order. Something get something in sixty days basically. Now you're looking. I mean i get emails saying order now because it's going to take six months to get your products in like six months so it's really difficult to try and provide proper inventory with this chain disruption. Right let's get to the third item price This is costing you money. This is costing you money. I'm sure to what extent can you pass that on or are you eating it. Or or what. The what okay. So we still to like the top retailers and the struggle. were having first to get pushback. I you're like what no one else is doing it. Okay right then you're like i don't have a choice. Have to pass it or there's just no point in selling the product you know breaking even or losing money so it. It's just kind of at that point where we raise it as much as we can't problem is is that they already raised it november. Then we got the last month or so saying raw materials. Everything's real expensive. Coppers expensive blah blah blah. Of course you know. I'm pushing back delaying pulling the trigger on some of these orders. Until i'm i'm just really trying to negotiate better pricing. Because i can't go back to my retailers they take sixty to ninety days to increase their pricing. So it's it's really nuts on the supply chain right now. She'll look what are you gonna do. Well i've had to stop a lot of products that i wanted to test. I've had to put every new kind of item on hold in just really focused on what i know. Cells luckily for me products that we were testing and that we might have stock of all are selling through so it's actually almost like a spring cleaning which that's the positive part for me so i'm not crying yet. I'm not happy with the product stock. I need it by all in all. We've managed this whole thing pretty well. India heinz companies called vetoed temp trying to manage through this pandemic hans. Thanks for your time. I appreciate my plastic moving to an entirely. Different kind of supply. Chain the supply of new workers graduating colleges and universities and work with me on the metaphor. There will you commencement. Season is well underway and there have been more impersonal ceremonies this year than last but plenty of virtual ones to derrick. Durum is one of the ten people. We've been following in our series about the american labor force. It's called the united states of work and he is the dean of the school of liberal arts and culture at minneapolis community and technical college. He sent us an update. So we just wrapped up Spring semester we had over thousand graduates. Another virtual graduation. There was a point where we didn't think that we'd ever get through this academic year. There's been a lot of a lot of work faculty of done to whether the pandemic and support students. And so hopefully they're enjoying a nice breathe right now. I'm staring at spreadsheets. Like i always. I always do so not much change here. Enrollment for summer is down. A percentage point to which is the first time. It's been down in our summer for a couple of years now. Prior to the pandemic our average student ages twenty eight. And we've seen it reduce. We're getting younger students. And so i don't know if that's a reflection of older students delaying their educational choices until they can be in person and so right now. It's kind of a guessing. Game with the cdc changing guidelines unmasking and social distancing. We're awaiting more direction from the minnesota department of health on what that will play out. But i would guess by july. We'll have a better idea of demand where students want to be might have to shift at that time. I'm still at home. I'll start transitioning back to campus on a rotational basis over the summer and then more fully in fall semester. I'm an introvert. Had to be on campus for an event a couple of weeks ago a community unity events. And i ran into a faculty member who has an office two doors down for mine and we sort of walked to the office together and that was like one of the things i'm like. Oh wow i hadn't thought about how sort of valuable and important those hallway. Conversations are not to mention it. Save me like nine other emails and the process dirk lindstrom there at minneapolis community and technical college. He's part of our series. The united states of work coming up. I was like this. This isn't adding up. you know. Sometimes it never does first though. Let's do the numbers dow industrial's up twenty five points today just under a tenth percent. Thirty four thousand. Six hundred nasdaq up. Nineteen points tenth percent. Thirteen thousand seven fifty six s and p five hundred found six points also about a tenth percent forty-two and eight two hundred billion dollars is a number we are looking at today. How much corporations have committed to racial equity and social justice since may of twenty twenty that's the calculation from the kinsey institute for black economic mobility which has much of that money is ended affordable housing and support of small and medium-sized businesses. Sabrina was telling us about employees. Prefer to work remotely even in a post pandemic world companies that outfit offices are catering to the work from home customer. Odp corporation. They own office depot. And max up half percent. Herman miller he of the chairs down seven tenths percent. Hp inc down two tenths percent. You're listening to marketplace from all of us at marketplace. Thank you for. Your support has year whether you just gave for the first time or have been a loyal donor for years. Your generosity makes our work possible marketplace investors. Keep this public service going strong. If you're not an investor yet there is still time to become one give anytime at marketplace.org/donate and again thanks. This marketplace podcast is supported. By cyber reason. If you're defender fighting to protect your organization from cyber attackers you must be successful ending attacks every single time. They only need to be successful. Once cyber reverses the attackers advantage their future ready attack platform gives defenders the wisdom to uncover understand and piece together multiple threats and the precision focused and cyber attacks instantly together. We are the defenders cyber reason and cyber attacks from endpoints everywhere learn more at cyber reason dot com slash marketplace. This is marketplace. i'm kai ryssdal. We talked work and the changes. Come into it as we got going today and while there is still a whole lot. We don't know about what work is going to be like in the long term. I will bet you a paycheck. There's going to be a bunch of video conferencing involved and as the risks from the virus. Fade we're probably not gonna throw it our ring lights all of a sudden but how we use video technology is probably going to change. Marketplaces megan mccarthy carino. Has that one. That's like that fifty pound sack of flour. You bought at the beginning of lockdown. Videoconferencing has gotten kinda stale over the last fourteen months. I'm on zumra about eight. Am in the morning sometimes until seven or eight pm. at night. i felt like i was living in a screen. Kyle arteaga runs a pr firm that used to have offices in san francisco nashville and dc. He's mostly gotten rid of them and transformed into a remote first workplace. He hopes will rely a little less on video conferencing soon. We're just gonna have to make rules and set parameters over when it makes sense. The technology is going from a substitute for social interactions. To just a tool says erik. Gordon a business professor at the university of michigan. I think we all learned something about the value of physical presence. People who irritated me in my office. I can't wait to see them again but it doesn't have to replace face to face to be useful says. Sit all neely a business professor at harvard. It's additive compliments even for people who might be called located. There's convenience to say hey let's get on zoom for fifteen minutes. A figure something out video chatting has become a reflex. We won't just drop but we'll use it. More sparingly says brian crop head of hr research at gartner. What are the tasks and activities and moments where we really need you to be in the office. And what are the ones where you don't need to be video. Works for one on one meetings or presentations but jerry shen new introductions are sharing a birthday cake probably better in person. Just don't use that old flower. I'm megan mccurdy carino for marketplace. Should you miss us on the air for some reason. Got a podcast. You check it out no matter how close relationship is it can still be incredibly difficult to talk about money. Studies actually show that arguments about money or a top predictor of divorce in this country and after a divorce among many other things it can be tough to be open again with a partner about your finances kind of thing you know really know how to prepare for because not a whole lot of people like to talk about it from our podcast. This is uncomfortable. Re mcrae's brings us a conversation between a couple that actually likes to doug about money even if they don't always agree. This spring of two thousand thirteen was one of the most difficult times and lindsay galbraith's life. She was pregnant with her second kid. Her husband had lost his job and storm had just caused a tree to fall on their house. One night she was busy handling insurance claims and pouring over the bills and i was looking at bank statements and it just. I was like this. This isn't adding up. She has her husband. Why isn't this adding up. He didn't say anything he left. The room came back with a suitcase. Full of clothes. Fully expecting lindsey to kick him out for what he was about to tell her and he showed me his bank account on his phone and it was hundreds of dollars in the hole overdrawn and he said i don't have any money. She caught him in a web of lies he'd been lying about getting unemployment and also had pretended to be enrolled in school after two years of trying to mend their relationship. Lindsey filed for divorce once. She started dating again. She vowed to keep her. Love life in money separate eventually. She met a guy named chris. Their first date was at a cocktail bar. Do you happen to remember what you talked about. I think one of the things that i really like to talk about his relationships meets like talking about your ex husband or just like conceptually relationships. I don't think so. She absolutely did talk about him at length. That's chris johnson lindsay's date and she was like ex-husband tree fell on my house like it. Just all came out chris. Lindsey have been together now for four years and they're pretty much on the same page about things except for when it comes to money. Chris wants to merge their finances but the thought of that especially after her divorce freaks lindsay out very on the some of that came from trauma. She very clearly was going to need time to come around to sutton things instead. each month. A chunk of christmas paycheck automatically gets deposited into lindsey's bank account and then she buys the groceries and pays the bills. They're still figuring it out but they were willing to let me sit down with them and record a conversation about how they manage their finances. I'm very comfortable this arrangement. How do you feel about it chris. To some extent that does feel a bit like infantilized. Seems a bit too extreme. But it's it's almost like it's saying a bit of a dangerous kind of parent child dynamic which is like you know. Potentially death for many relationships lindsay admits she likes to be in control and she worries what could happen if they pool their money. Like there will be some situation in which one of us isn't happy with the way the other person is spending money and it becomes contentious. So i think that what this comes down to. Is you doing For potential exit strategy than i am you are being more mindful of if we break up. Do i come out equitably with the amount that i deserve to come out with you. I mean you're you're right than it is like really about like what happens if we break up and solo. I am mindful of that. Because i don't think this is about me. No it's not about you at all. I know that you are very responsible with money and that you are not trying to swindle me in any way lake. So many people lindsay's relationship with the money is influenced by her past and she's trying to protect herself which can make it hard to compromise. Chris off and finds himself doing this delicate dance of being mindful of lindsay's boundaries while also trying to honor his own needs in how they manage their money about an hour into their conversation. He makes a pitch for at least a shared account for groceries. That small extra step adds a level of control for me or a level of ownership over the process that makes me feel as if i have some equal level of say okay. We can get account for the groceries. That's fine. I think we should use podcast interviews to mediate financial. Trump's chris says it's a step forward and a step away from an exit strategy. I'm ready matinees for marketplace. You can catch more of the conversation between chris and lindsay by following. This is uncomfortable. Wherever you get back. I known on the way out which comes as the white house announced a bunch of new ways to get getting the needed easier today and is our bush had this morning. It's going to buy twenty one and america. A round of beer wants the biden. Administration's goal of seventy percent vaccination is reached about which two things first of all beer question mark from anheuser busch. But maybe that's just me more to the point you read the fine print and you see the company is going to get your data. It's going to get your pictures and oh by the way it's really just a five dollar virtual debit card to the first two hundred thousand people who respond all right. We gotta go. Here is your moments of economic context though staying consistent with the theme of jobs today research out of the new school and economists teresa ghilarducci who we've had on the program she among others. It shows an extra that is unexpected. One point seven million workers over the age of fifty five retired of the pandemic. Jeff retired in particular. The research shows black workers without a college degree which is to say some of the most vulnerable people in this economy just retired because they couldn't get jobs are digital and on-demand team include foot memento lou over oxman. Erica phillips brian. Rana handing tony. Wagner's turn you have is is our executive director of on demand. I'm kai ryssdal. We'll see marbot this. Apm this marketplace. Podcast is supported by geico. Do you own your home. Sure you do. 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Money Is Flowing For Big Banks. For Unemployed Americans, It's About To Be Cut Off
"Seventy, one thousand new cases of the virus that was Thursday, which was a new record high for the US suddenly. Dr Anthony vouches ominous, warning back in June would not be surprised if we go up to one hundred thousand, a day seems more of a forecast now and so I am very concerned. More people getting sick means more bad news for American workers. The unemployment rate is hovering around eleven percent down from the peak of the pandemic, but Way Up since the coronavirus landed here more than thirty million people are currently collecting unemployment benefits and added relief for many of those Americans is about to get cut off. Meanwhile for big banks, money just keeps rolling in. You're listening to consider this from NPR. Kelly mcevers off this week. I'm Elsa. Chang. It is Friday July seventeenth. Support for this podcast, and the following message come from Integrative Therapeutics Creator of Physicians Elemental Diet a medical food developed by clinicians for the dietary management of IBS, IBD, and s I, B o under the supervision of a physician. So months ago Emily Guel lost her job at a hotel in Portland. Oregon, and while she waited and waited for unemployment application to go through, she ate through most of her savings, and now she's been relying on federal unemployment benefits six hundred dollars a week on top of state unemployment. I don't really have much of a plan B. At this point. Those six hundred dollars a week. We're part of the cares. ACT passed by Congress in March the benefit expires at the end of July. Meaning state unemployment will be only money. Emily has coming in. I'm concerned about going into deep debt ruining my credit. I'm worried about not being able to pay my rent. And having a maybe facing eviction or breaking my lease. She could sell her car. She thought but that I'm worried that if I get rid of my car, what am I going to do if I can't live in my apartment anymore? So it's a lot of pretty terrible options. In New Orleans came Robinson has also been relying on those six hundred dollars plus two hundred forty seven in state unemployment, but I gives me roughly about eight forty seven a week in Louisiana. From me I was able to pay someone. My bills I live with my daughter. She worked at a staffing agency and did support services for companies like Shell. She also has no plan for how to survive on two hundred forty seven dollars a week. Six hundred and we still have bills light. Water Day rain has pain. Meanwhile in Arizona or Debating on what we're going to pay what we've been a four, oh later. Gonzales lives with her grandma and four kids. She worked at a Chick-fil-a on a college campus in Tempe. And, in terms of cases per capita, the county that Tempe is in is one of the worst places in the world right now for the virus. Is Worth going out there, but at least you news have to find work again soon. Kind of scary. Even you know, think about going back, but it's like I. Know I need to because like. I have no other choice Facing income losses of fifty sixty s seventy plus percent indeed Dutta Gupta is co Executive Director of Georgetown University's Center on poverty and inequality. He told NPR today that without more financial aid, which would have to be passed by Congress and signed by the president. The entire economy is going to feel the pain. Families are going to face high rate of Eviction Homelessness Food Insecurity Hunger. Going? Dead and the economy overall is going to see much slower progress in a recovery than otherwise data. Gupta spoke to my colleague. Sara McCamman about what could happen to the economy as a whole when those six hundred dollars go away, and why state unemployment benefits alone are not enough to get by. That statement if it can vary a lot depending on where you live in Arizona, the maximum is two hundred forty dollars a week. How well as the typical household able to live off that much? Families really need well over six hundred dollars a week and There's just no way to afford the cost of housing, potentially the cost of care giving the cost of food, which is one of the areas that families have seen costs actually rise during this pandemic and recession. So really. The six hundred dollars is just helping families stay afloat, and who will be hit the hardest. If this six hundred dollars a week goes away when you think about who's going to be hit the hardest you see that it's disproportionately going to be black and brown workers for a couple of reasons one is that they are disproportionately accessing these benefits now partly because the job losses in this recession have been heavily concentrated among those very groups of workers, so you combine that with an extraordinary racial wealth gap where Latin necks and black families have about a tenth of the wealth of white families. And you can see that very quickly. You're going to start exacerbating virtually every equity in this country if we allow the six hundred dollar benefit increase to expire, what would the impacts be on the economy more broadly? If this funding goes away, are the ripple effects we might see absolutely. economists have suggested by the end of twenty twenty that we should expect on nearly two million fewer jobs and I don't see how in a pandemic where we have voluntarily decided to shrink economic activity. To save lives, we wouldn't want to just keep money flowing by and large. Is Lots of research looking into what happens to workers and families when they receive this benefit and. Everything suggests that they're not particularly discouraged from seeking work anymore than others in anything people who receive unemployment benefits engage in more intense work search. There's lots of evidence that the spending they're doing might actually increase employment in their local economy, so the six hundred dollars is really the most critical ongoing support that Congress has enacted to date to stabilize the entire economy so a tease that. That out a little bit further. You're saying that the ripple effects could include really just sort of a vicious cycle right with the unemployment rate gets worse I think there's absolutely a vicious cycle where if families have to cut back? The entire economy will suffer. It will shrink, and if we stay the course with the six hundred dollar increase and were able to control the virus. We will see a vicious cycle turn into a virtuous one in the coming months. indie Dutta Gupta speaking to my colleague Sarah Mechanic. He's a professor at Georgetown University and he's been advising the Biden campaign on six. All right so who is not quite so worried about money right now I can tell you the answer to that big banks, even with millions of people, unemployed and swap of economy struggling some Wall Street. Investment banks are in. A huge profits. The reason. Why has to do with the stock market? Here's NPR's Jin's Rowley. This was one of the worst springs in recent memory for the American economy, so when Goldman Sachs reported its second best quarter. Ever a lot of people were surprised. Amanda Fisher is policy director at the Washington Center for equitable growth, since really been kind of a a a boon quarter for the big investment banks. Goldman is the Bluest of blue chip investment banks. Its clients are among the richest in the world. Big banks like Goldman make a lot of their money arranging deals for their clients. Clients and trading stocks stocks they either own themselves or trade on their clients. Behalf and stocks have staged a dramatic rebound recently, especially big technology shares like Amazon and Facebook, Karen Shaw. Petro is managing partner of federal financial analytics. Anybody with money in the markets is done very very well, anyone running a small business or having a job. Particularly lower income job has struggled some big banks like J. P. Morgan Chase, and Citigroup are struggling with a surge of bad loans, but those losses are. Are being offset by money. They're making on their trading desks. One big reason the markets have done so well is the Federal Reserve. It's unleashed a stunning array of lending programs. It's buying up corporate and municipal bonds. It's flooding the economy with money. This has had an impact on investors, says Amanda Fisher it just instills confidence among investors in the equity markets that the value of their investments will not go down no matter how hard hit the companies are by the pandemic. The feds promises have. have had their desired effects. Investors are pouring money into stocks, but the benefits have been pretty uneven. The Fed has also created lending facilities for small businesses but Karen. Petru says they haven't worked so well for now. The economy remains bifurcated with a sliver of wealthy investors doing much better than anyone else. Petrie says if the economy remains weak in the long run and huge numbers of people are unemployed than banks will eventually suffered to this just no escaping that, but it's a very unequal. Situation Right now because the Fed is supporting markets and banks make money in the markets, but that's just the way it is, and Petrie says there's another worry the more the Fed props up stock and bond prices. The more investors come to depend on the feds largess, and once the feds stops its bailouts. The markets could quickly lose ground, and even the rich will be affected. That was NPR's Jim Zarroli additional reporting on this episode from our colleagues at all things considered for more news, download the pure one APP or tune in to your local public radio station, supporting that station makes this podcast possible. This show is produced by Gabriella L. Devia Lee Hale and Brent Bachman. 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Biden/Harris Inaugural Commitee Formed - 12/1/2020
"The food is out there. I'm unwrapping a mcdonnell steak. Egg and cheese bagel. Look this steak and a juice running down the side. Go a little bit on rapper. Here and then a fluffy egg and real cheese folded oversaw looking just so good grilled onions unabomber bagel. two thumbs off donald steak egg and cheese bagel for breakfast. Love it more baba participating. Mcdonald's hello and welcome to the quick news daily. Podcast where i give you the facts. I no click bait stories just real news that matters to real people. Today is tuesday december. I welcome to december everyone. It seems like maybe it's a little bit of a slower news day. Or maybe i'm just not used to not having to pay attention to a crazy president. I could get used to that eventually for sure. But you know how it maybe something pops up while i'm recording and There actually isn't some big news. But i want to start out the show by showing recommendations from experts about what steps you should take if you or someone you know actually did. End up traveling for thanksgiving. I also wanna make it clear right up front. There's no judging if he did or if a close family member did or friend or something like that just make sure you or they take the proper precautions. Going forward. Dr deborah burks. Who's sort of the head of the white house. Cova task force said. She's a little kooky than dr fauci. So she actually fits in. She has several pieces of advice. I if he traveled assume that you were exposed to the virus that you are infected second. Make sure that if you develop any symptoms at all you go get tested so that doctors can count it as a confirmed case. This isn't some sort of conspiracy theory to make a positive test. Number's higher is just. The doctors can start treating you as a covid patient. Remember the treatments. We have now worked best in the disease. Not when you're about to go on oxygen. Admiral brett career is leading the federal government's testing response. And he said that you do need to be extra careful when you get home but that you may not need to do a strict quarantine. He does say that you should decrease unnecessary activities for about a week and then get tested about three to five days after you get home. I'm going to step in here and say that if you can just do the ten to fourteen day quarantine. We want to prevent as many infections as we possibly can. Dr bar corron from the brigham and women's hospital as well as the harvard medical school. Pretty much agrees with that. He said if you travel but don't have known exposure so exposure confirmed by someone testing positive. You should quarantine for ten days automatically. If you have known exposure then do the two quarantine. He also recommends getting tested when you get back from traveling as well as three to five days later this is because it might take the virus a little while to incubate and actually create enough of itself to show up on a test. Dr koran stresses that quarantining correctly is also important. You should stay in your room as much as humanly possible and wear a mask. Avoid other people when you have to leave it just a more general information about what we can expect the incubation period for the virus in your body ranges from two to fourteen days and people usually start seeing symptoms around day five or six. This means that we'll start seeing the effects of this thanksgiving period sometime between the first and third weeks of december. According to dr. Tom friedman who used to be the director of the cdc and obviously if you test positive for covid make sure to tell everyone saw at a gathering or make sure whoever tests positive tells you by the way the cdc is actually studying if they should short in the quarantine period from fourteen days down to maybe something closer to seven to ten days. Surprisingly this is supported by a lot of the leading doctors including dr fredin. And he's actually the one. I trust because he was obama. Cdc pick he says the most risky time for a symptomatic people is in the four to seven day range after being exposed like its most dangerous to be around them at that time. They're looking at this change because it's easier for people to swallow one week away from their normal lives as opposed to two so in theory. They'll follow the rules. Dr fauci even said that this two week period discourages people from getting tested. Because if they come back positive they have to. Miss work and people are pretty concerned about losing that. Pay so keep an eye on this. Let's do a quick check in on the biden harris administration. And what they're working on. They announced yesterday that they formed the presidential inaugural committee which is a group as responsible for organizing inauguration-related activities delaware state university president. Tony allen was named the ceo and bein campaign chief operating officer. Modu varghese was named the executive director. Ivana can sail a state. Senator from nevada and erin wilson. The biden campaign national political director will be the deputy executive directors for the committee. This group also announced the launch of their website which is biden inaugural dot. Org they have a store with some cool merchandise in their t shirts hats. Water bottles coasters. That sort of thing and just about everything seems to be in the twenty to dollar range so it's worth checking out. The link to that website is in this episode's description. I'm actually pretty interested with how this inaugural is gonna be with covid. It's such an iconic moment to be sworn in on the steps of the capitol is where you see. Everyone who's been on video has been there except there's just reagan second inaugural that looks different since that one had to be moved indoors because it was like zero degrees outside that everyone up there could be tested and cleared but to take that chance in. Would that just be inviting crowds. To gather is. Is that a health risk in itself. It'll be interesting to see as for their actual administration. I forgot to mention yesterday. That janet yellen was officially announced as binds nominee to be the treasury secretary which was fun to see being made official. Wally idea mo was nominated to be here. Deputy after previously serving as the chief of staff of the consumer financial protection bureau as well as the deputy director of the national economic council and deputy national security adviser if he's confirmed by the senate he'll become the first black deputy secretary of the treasury just in general it's amazing to see how diverse president binds administration will be especially since we just had four years of a cabinet that could have been from nineteen sixty. I'm serious every picture of meetings of these. Top leaders of government is like ninety six percent old white guys with various stages of male pattern baldness speaking of inclusion cecilia. Rose was nominated as the chair of the council of economic advisers should be the first black chr. The fourth woman to do so. She's currently the dean at princeton. Other members of the ce that were were. Jared bernstein binds top economic advisor during the obama administration as well as heather. Boucher bucci boucher. Who's the co founder of the washington center for equitable growth as for what this council of economic advisers actually does the kind of like a think tank basically they're experts who will give biden guidance on economic policy. Something cool to watch for. Tomorrow is mark kelly getting sworn in as a senator in arizona since his race was technically a special election for john. Mccain's old senate seat not a regular election. He can get sworn in before january if we look just a bit down the road that sort of unfortunate because it means he has to run again in twenty twenty two. Which could be tricky. Terms are almost always best for the party. That doesn't control the white house and in a state that usually votes republican could get form however he is a really strong candidate. I mean. obviously he's got great thoughts and ideas on the real issues but he's an astronaut for crying out loud so maybe it'll be easy for him. Let's hope so that swearing in ceremony is at noon eastern tomorrow and i'm sure his team will streaming live on social media. But somebody out there will definitely have it live if you want to watch so full disclosure. This story sort of breaks my rule of telling you only what you absolutely need to now. But i just can't resist it. Sort a pet project for the show at this point. Of course i'm talking about the monolith from the utah desert that one is still gone but another one popped up in romania of all places. This one might be a copycat because it's located near one of the most famous mountains in romania. It just got put up recently. It's got swirling patterns on the sides and it's about two feet higher than the one from utah ground around it also looks like someone was digging their recently whereas the one in utah was undisturbed which is actually part of what made it so strange. I guess at this point is i. There's someone in. Romania said this story online in wanted to make up their own for some reason or is part of some really bizarre marketing campaign by an indie movie. Or something like that. It's obviously getting a lot of free publicity. And i feel like some other movie. Did something like this where people found something that was strange just like in public but in the director had come out and fess up to it. Does that sound familiar to anyone. Off to look that up later and see if i find anything but email me. Quick news daily and gmail.com if you can actually decipher what i'm talking about. Oh by the way the monolith was actually in the utah desert since two thousand sixteen but nobody actually cared about it until just recently oak. Dokie artichoke. that's where. I'm going to cut it off today. No announcements on my end. So if you're listening on apple podcasts. Or maybe pod chaser. Pod chaser dot com leave review. If you have the time a rating and review five stars would be preferred. But obviously i take constructive feedback as well in any case other than that. Just really make sure to stay safe out there. It's getting really bad especially in new york and california again so any listener out there Really hang tight. Hang in there. We'll get through. We'll get through. It's almost almost over. Ri folks. i'll see you right back here tomorrow. You know what this is a commercial right and you know that means time for snack raw. I want you to do some heart. Healthy exercise yes you try. Some seated like extensions right now just lift each leg up and extended straight one at a time. Six to eight times. I can do that. Yes you can remember. Every commercial is a chance to sneak. In heart healthy activity visit find exercise anywhere dot com and speak with your doctor to learn more about the risk of heart. Failure shock coal cyber deal days plus take an extra twenty percents off save on athletic shoes for the family. 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BONUS: Equal Pay Day 2020
"Truths Bresso episode Forty Bonus episode base. It we all would rather sleep in this morning. That's why God gave us Espresso to kick-start our Zombie corpses into hyper drive now. Giving your mind and soul the morning shot of truth craves this is truths Bresso with Daniel Mimic. Hello everyone this. Is Daniel Mimic your host of truths? Bresso and I thought that I would introduce a bonus episode for Tuesday March thirty first. So why would I introduce an extra bonus episode for Tuesday March thirty first well amid all of this corona virus pandemic frenzy and all the disruptions to the economy and businesses being forced to close their doors and either do online activities or restaurants needing to offer pickup and delivery? You may not realize that today. Tuesday March thirty first twenty twenty has been deemed by certain activists groups as equal pay day. Now what is equal payday? Well Equal Pay. Day is a specific date chosen every year that is represented and calculated by certain statistics by activists groups promoting the so-called gender pay gap or the gender wage gap. So what is this gender wage gaffe? Well this is the statistical calculation of how much men working full time on average may compared to women working full time on average it is an aggregate statistic and you see figures ranging from say seventy seven percent to eighty two percent that women allegedly well actually. Anyway there's no reason to dispute those statistics. The the facts of the facts. The numbers represent something about reality that women on average if you take an aggregate some of statistics representing women working a certain definition of full time and their annual salary reason you add up the total it ends up being anywhere from say seventy seven percent to eighty two percent of what the total the aggregate of what men on average make and so this is called the gender pay gap and the idea is that this is a crisis or some kind of level of a problem politically that needs to be rectified. That somehow society needs to iron out this imbalance and work toward getting those amounts to be closer to being equal with each other. And we're not seeing a whole lot about this. We you know. Because of the corona virus. You're not going to see a bunch of activists women gathering together in the streets and doing some more CH- or protest because we need to be practicing social distancing and a lot of states or municipalities. Have stay at home. Mandates and so You might see some cries about closing the gender pay gap on social media and in the news. But it's kind of drowned out by the global pandemic of the corona virus. But I WANNA give a little bit of voice to this issue and so I'm GonNa make this bonus episode for Equal Pay Day Twenty Twenty Tuesday March thirty first twenty twenty. Here's the episode about equal. Pay Day so I was looking at a column about the corona virus of course but how the corona virus pandemic relates to the gender pay gap. Because someone needs to be talking about this gender pay gap and so. There's this article that I was looking at. From the Star advertiser website STARADVERTIZER DOT COM and the column is entitled. Close gender pay gap especially now during the corona virus crisis and I will provide a link to this article in the show notes and so to quote the star adviser in this article quote. According to a U WS research on the gender pay gap the simple truth about the gender pay gap women make about eighty cents for every dollar pay to a man unquote and so. That's one of the statistics as I said earlier. It can range anywhere on the given year or the given metrics of the particular study can range from seventy seven often. Seventy eight percent to eighty two percent and a lot of Sites might round that to about eighty so on average women make about eighty cents for every dollar that a man makes and so the question of this is why does this mean that companies are actually paying women who do the exact same job as men eighty percent of what they pay the men to do the exact same work now. There are people who think that this is what the gender pay gap represents but even the ones the activists actually proposing and pushing the gender pay gap issue. They're not advocating. That's really what's going on. They're not saying that. This figure represents businesses paying women less to do the exact same work with the exact same experience as men with the same job title. That's not what they're saying and of course for obvious reasons. That would not be feasible because think about it. I mean the same people the same kind of leftist politics that would push this issue also believe that businesses are greedy that a lot of corporations lot of businesses. They like to cut costs as much as they can. If they can get away with it they can charge ext exorbitant prices for the goods or services. They sell they are greedy profiteering and so if they can get away with it they would pay their workers a penny a day but you know thanks to unions in the government and so on and so forth. They are forced to pay begrudgingly people. A little clue bit closer to what their Labor is actually worth but let's go back to the gender pay gap if businesses were actually paying women only eighty percent of what they were paying men if they were saving twenty percent as they pay women's salaries to do the exact same work as a male counterparts. Then why would they even pay men to begin with? I mean someone you'd think someone would have the brilliant idea and pitch it to the CEO of the business and say. Hey you know where we could really cut costs. Let's fire all the men and replace them with women because we could save twenty percent on wages that way and this would be a win win situation. I mean if we fired all the men and save on the cost of paying men you know the discrimination to be men and we like to pay men more but you know. Here's this bright idea. Just fire all the men and hire women to replace them and we would save a lot of money but we would also win in politics by saying that. We employ more women than any other firm. I mean how could they lose? Why has an anyone been smart enough to do that? If that were the case as I said there are some people who actually think that this is what's going on that's that women are being discriminated against and I would say that if businesses are as greedy as you they are they would give women all the jobs and save money so that's obviously not what's going on. They wouldn't be hiring men purely out of misogyny and paying them more just because they like to see men's faces so that's not what's going on. So what really is going on? Well if you take the aggregate which is what the gender wage gap is you would realize that these are quite the aggregates they. They don't really communicate a lot of specific information. I mean the whole full-time issue is working thirty five hours per week or more and that fills quite the range of work. I mean someone could be working eighty hours a week. And they're just lumped into those statistics with other people who have very flexible schedules. Were working thirty five hours a week. So how is that really a realistic figure? Even if the statistics are true they are truly mathematical statistics. You have the total here for women you have the total here for men you divide wanted to the other and you end up with eighty percent. That's the true figure. The question is what do these statistics actually mean when we aggregate them now to quote this article again close the gender pay gap especially now during the corona virus further down in the article toward the end quote. Finally the front line of the fight against Corona virus is mostly female or soon will be since twenty fifteen women have made up the majority of overall medical students across the country. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges in the nursing field women feel an overwhelming majority of the jobs at eighty seven percent in twenty eighteen according to research done by the Washington Center for equitable growth unquote. So the article correctly. Points out that there are far more female nurses than there are male nurses and nursing especially is in very high demand in these times with the corona virus and so you have a lot of women now as nurses risking their and their safety trying to care for all these people in the hospitals. Now I definitely get that believe me. I sincerely get that. There are truly more women nurses than men and I've seen some of my friends on social media talk about the situation who work as nurses and they're truly courageous and they have a a a very good heart to do what they do. My heart grieves for my friends. Who are nurses who I know from college who are in this situation? But did anyone force them to be nurses that is still the choices is still represented by the choices that they make and some of these women still desire to be nurses. They're they're fighting a battle and that's out of the heart that God gave them to be nurses. This is still the choice that these women made to become nurses so who is forcing all these women into the nursing profession or did they actually desire it and work hard to graduate and passed the exams to get these jobs now. Let's also consider another factor that goes into these jobs? Let's think of all the tools that nurses can use in their medical care. All think about all the advanced medical technology available think of all the hospital buildings and the electrical circuitry and equipment that these nurses us who designed all that who created all that think of the construction workers who built the hospital buildings. Think of the civil engineers who needed to design the plans for these buildings. Think of all the mechanical engineers needed for some of the equipment. The electrical engineers needed for the lights to work in the electricity to flow in these hospital buildings and think of the chemical engineers who designed a lot of the chemical related equipment. Now we're going to look at some statistics a little bit later in this episode. But can you guess who dominates the fields? That actually are involved in creating this so that nurses can do their jobs. Well these are mostly men who did this. So according to this article it is insisting that we close the gender pay gap and especially now during the krona virus crisis so we as citizens have an obligation to close this gap. How do we do this? Do we need to lobby our legislators to do something as it were about this injustice? Well could they do? What could we do? Do we intervene. In the choices. People make should the Government Force Lebron James to stop playing some amazing basketball and getting paid millions of dollars to work as a store clerk so we can help even the economic scales between men and women now if a wife desires the freedom that she and her husband agreed for her to be a housewife or to work part. Time to take care of kids in. Have a flexible minimized job schedule while her wealthy. Ceo Husband manages a business. Should the government force her to work a certain kind of full time? Job You know forced her to work more or a job demands more of from her and makes her less available for the kids. Should the government force that husband to resign from that company and even risk having the company shut? Its doors so that the husband can get a flexible secretarial job. Is this how we want to close the gender wage gap? I mean. That's one way to do it? But with the husband be better off with the wife the better off with the kids be better off. Would the economy be better off if we saw fewer businesses and fewer skills being allowed to work the way they've chosen to make ends meet and chosen to produce for the economy just for the sake of some kind of equality as I said? A lot of these differences are voluntary choices. Various men and women make as they view the future that they intend. What is one differentiating factor that can affect or that can contribute to this? Gender WAGE GAP. Well one of those factors is a choice of college major and career. Now this is not any kind of conspiracy. This is truth. People make choices and going to look at an article that actually loose. At lists tables of the top choices for careers of men and women and how different they are and how they are different on pay scales and you can probably figure out. Why is you look at the different career choices? So on average now of course you can always point out some of the people who are above average who are not quite average. You could say we'll that's not true. I know a woman who is a construction worker or works on an oil rig or who is an electrical engineer or things like that. Of course that's true. No one is belittling that. No one is saying. That's not a good thing. All I'm saying is let choices be choices. There's nothing suppressing or determining these choices. These are just the choices that people make choices have consequences and if you like the choice you deal with how your choice determines. The factors are now on average as I said I have to say those words. On average women are more child oriented and nurturing than men and so this personality trait often manifests itself on average in certain career choices according to an article called which majors have the highest concentrations of men verses women written by contributor Terry Williams for the website. Good Call Dot Com. I will provide a link to this one in the show notes. Terry Williams provides tables from a Georgetown University study. And we're going to look at these tables. So what are the top ten professions careers that are dominated by women so going in descending order from highest female concentration to lowest female concentration number one early childhood education ninety seven percent female and the average annual salary is thirty six thousand number two medical assisting services ninety six percent female average annual salary fifty-six six thousand number? Three's school student. Counseling Ninety FOUR PERCENT FEMALE ANNUAL SALARY. Fifty three thousand number four communication disorders sciences and Services Ninety four percent female forty thousand a year number five library science ninety three percent female fifty five thousand a year number six family and Consumer Sciences Ninety three percent female forty thousand dollars a year number seven nursing ninety two percent female sixty thousand a year number eight elementary education ninety one percent female forty thousand a year number nine nutrition sciences eighty nine percent female forty six thousand a year and number ten special needs education eighty eight percent female forty two thousand dollars a year so besides nursing nursing is the top earning of this list and I would definitely say that nursing is a very good profession that women go into that his in high demand and is highly skilled and technically skilled scientifically skilled. But you know it pays more than these other ones for good reason but notice. How many of these professions are geared toward caring for children? Now of course children need care. No one's knocking. No one is in any way saying that these professions are not needed. They are very much needed. There's a lot of need for teaching. Young children are elementary age. Children are special needs children. So why are they paid so low? Well because there are far more women who get into these careers then the demand actually require so you have a lot of women who go to college for these majors and then they struggle trying to get a job in these areas. Because there's so much competition to get employed in these professions because there are so many women vying for these jobs and when you have a huge supply of over of qualified candidates for these positions they bid down the prices. They bid down the salaries and so. I'm not saying that these professions don't involve hard work and don't involve a lot of care and don't involve a lot of heart they do. It's just a function of supply and demand and since so many women are vying for these jobs the ones who do get those jobs at get hired or the ones who are willing to work for less or work part time or or are willing to in turn finally to get a full time job in these positions. It's just a fact of economics. That is why these professions pay less they also except for nursing or different medical professions. That require you to study. A lot of medical terminology know how to care for people medically and technically a Lotta. These don't require a lot of high level math or analytical thinking in complex algorithms so now let's look at the table of male dominated professions. The top ten that are concentrated. Mostly male number one naval architecture and marine engineering ninety seven percent male. Eighty two thousand dollars a year number. Two Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies Ninety four percent male. Sixty four thousand dollars a year number. Three military technologies ninety three percent male and the salary is not listed in this table in this article number four construction services ninety two percent male seventy thousand dollars a year number five electrical and mechanical repairs and technologies ninety one percent male. Fifty seven thousand dollars a year number six nuclear engineering ninety one percent male one hundred and four thousand six hundred thirty dollars a year number seven industrial production technologies ninety one percent male sixty five thousand dollars a year number eight mechanical engineering ninety percent male eighty thousand dollars a year number nine mining and mineral engineering ninety percent male eighty thousand dollars a year and number ten electrical engineering technology ninety percent male sixty eight thousand dollars a year so there are two things that we can notice about this list of male dominated fields number one. They are highly technical and number two. They pay a lot more than most of the fields in the female dominated list. The only one that pays more from the female list is nursing than a few of these ones in the mail list. Now do you think this is just because businesses prefer to pay men more for the sake of being men? No those who work in these fields earn more because there are fewer of them and they exhibit technical skills to design products or provide services that are in high demand but low supply. Remember this is a function of supply and demand. These fields provide goods and services. That are vitally needed for our industrialized growing economy. But it's very difficult work and it requires a lot of mental strain and math skills to be able to succeed in these fields and proportionally. There are not as many people willing to go through the rigorous educational platform to graduate and practice in these fields as there are in something like early childhood education. Now what I'm saying. This is not a knock on women at all. This is not the patriarchy going on. This is simply supply and demand and market functions at work in the way things actually generate wealth and a lot of the women in the other professions. Make use of many of the things that are designed and built by mostly men in these technical professions. Think of the laptops powerpoint presentations all all the technology even that educational professions use and rely on to teach students. These are created by the technical professions. And I'm of course. I'm not cheerleading. Men here I WANNA make clear. I would love to have more women in technical professions if they're willing to do it but I mean just proportionately it's just the nature of the way a lot more women think more about family issues and nurturing children than for like studying complex math or algorithms algorithms or sitting in front of a computer typing out code. You know there are women you know. Of course these statistics show. There are women in those fields. And do you think that a woman working in nuclear engineering is going to get paid thirty thousand a year? Because she's a woman no she's GonNa get paid as much as the man is because because supply and demand dictate that so the choice of college major and career is a factor that differentiates the wages that people earn and women just happen to dominate based on their choices a lot. More lower paid professions and men based on their choices just so happen to dominate higher paying more technical professions but what is the biggest factor now in this gender wage gap? Well Marriage and children make a world of difference. According to the article by Terry Williams quote Dr Peggy Shaddock District Director of the Dallas County community. College Stem Institute adds quote. There is a complex cultural and social history associated with the roles of men and women in society that history is a major influence on our gender identities and therefore some of the decisions we make when we identify with a gender group Unquote from Shattuck. Now continuing the article according to shook these gender identification decisions are impacted by society's economic conditions religious traditions and other cultural factors quote from Peggy. Shook most of us who are in the world of higher education deal with the consequences of this and work to slowly make inroads toward changing the culture on quote she says Unquote from the article. So what is this article saying? It saying we choose to identify with a gender group and then history and culture have molded. Sir Nigel? Identity or gender groups earned those who identify with them to associate certain types of professions and so that's allegedly something that we can change just by political activism. But wait a minute shoes. Some of the decisions we make when we identify with the Gender Group you mean someone just decides to identify as a woman and then therefore by intentionally identifying that way then decides to go into early childhood education or gets pregnant is that with articles is suggesting I know this whole identity. Politics and critical theory and gender identity. Stuff has really taken off today but no one chooses to have the biology of of a woman that makes her get pregnant or the biology of a husband who works to take care of a wife who gets pregnant. This is not choosing to identify with a certain gender identity or gender group but let's consider one of the aspects of this Gender Group. How about the fact that pregnancy actually has economic impact notice from the article when we identify with Gender Group on quote yes part of quote unquote identifying with the Gender Group is when a couple decide to have kids. Let's give an example of how you know. Pregnancy effects things economically. Let me give really ridiculous. Example for example if a monster hailstorm destroys crops or a drought makes living more expensive. No one could just want a legal magic wand and make things easier for everyone. Someone will be working harder to make do with less production now. I'm not comparing pregnancy. You're caring for a baby with a drought or anything. I'm just making a point. Things can happen or even the choice to have. Children is a voluntary choice. That should recognize that you know. Pregnancy causes a break from the workforce necessarily. I mean you know no woman would should really want to give birth on the job and you know the point is obvious. Getting pregnant has its complications. Have morning sickness in easy to take care of your body to take care of the child in the womb and prepare for delivery in there's disruption to work now if women want to make as much as men on the aggregate on average then they could pursue careers in engineering and medical careers like surgery though they make a lot whether men male or female or software development and other highly scientific and technical fields and there are some who do this there are some women at even my work you do software development and I knew in college women who were in engineering and software development who were very smart and have successful careers as a result of that. It's possible but if you're willing if you want to bridge the wage gap. It's all a matter of personal choice. You shouldn't deny someone else their choice. Now so women could choose to go into these careers if they want to make as much as the typical man or you know on average that the typical man makes according to the statistics in which they dominate these careers. They could get into those fields and they could also vowed never to have children so problem solved right now. Of course we'd recognize that that would be a problem. Fewer children would mean that the next generation would suffer dramatically. And so we all recognize the need to have children and so to have children both men. Both women and men need to make the necessary sacrifices and accommodations to take care of the next generation. So consider this mere wages don't necessarily dictate individual benefit when a wife lives more at home while the husband works. It's not as if she is not earning anything all consider how this works economically. The husband is earning the money and he is essentially paying the wife with some of his earnings in this. The husband who is earning for the House has less of his own earnings at his disposal and much more of it can end up for the needs of his wife and children then even his own but that can often be y men pursue such difficult careers that can require a toll on their physical bodies. Our brains think of people who work in the trades that can have a toll on their physical body and they can work long hours but the trades make a lot of money and so a lot of men who think about having a family go for those trades and they can make a lot of money for their family and they work hard in those difficult dirty careers and then eventually they'll have enough money to save for their retirement or children's education or so that you know when the children are grown you know they and their wives can enjoy their golden years but it is in the nature of man to provide for others. So why stifle this or encourage them to provide less? So what about this? Aggregating those statistics we mention choices of careers. We mentioned the factor of marriage and family and having kids. And it's a biological fact that you can't wish away with a legal wand so here's an article by an analyst named Mark Perry entitled details in new. Bls report suggests that most of the gender earnings gap is explained by age marital status. Children hours worked. And this is from a I dot. Org will provide a link to this article in the show notes. So very quickly. This article takes apart those aggregates. Because if you don't diss aggregate the aggregate statistics provided by the gender wage gap politics. They don't really communicate the full truth. Your left coming to conclusions that you shouldn't come to so this aggregating those statistics according to Mark Perry and these statistics are provided by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. They're not by some patriarchal think tank. They're provided by the government. So is anyone going to question those. I mean you know. Critics of the government might question them. But if you want to be as least biased as you can be toward polit- leftist political activists cite statistics provided by a bureau of the government. So according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Mark Perry desegregate statistics that are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics? Report men on average work longer hours than women. So you mean if you work longer hours. And there's a certain pay rate per hour you're going to end up earning more total than if you worked fewer hours Say It isn't so but according to the statistics men on average work longer hours than women and of course there are reasons for that. Obviously one of the reasons is family children more than half. The gap is represented by the dynamics that marriage and children introduce so. That's biology not patriarchy so in conclusion. Let US consider this gender wage gap. Is this the Patriarchy at work? Am I as a critic of this gender wage gap movement a part of the patriarchy? No I believe that. Everyone has the freedom to work toward the career of their choice whether male or female and to plan for a family or no family as desired as long of course as you are not oppressing anyone or killing babies in the womb or harming children but wage gap activists act as if nature is oppression and that the government needs to intervene coercively in people's free choices and dispositions and talents just to make things equal. But what is the cost of this? So-called equality is this so-called equality even a prize to be won. Would society be better off if we forced such an equality to happen that these aggregates statistics for the total earnings of men and women working so called full-time at thirty five hours a week or more? If these statistics were equal would that make society better or would such coercion in the free choices of people by nature caused the economy to shrink living conditions to be lessened and would family? Well being sacrificed in the process and I'll let you decide that. Thank you for waking up with truths wrestle. Good Morning and God bless your day. Hey Friends Daniel Mimic year again. If you liked waking up to this episode of Truth Espresso I would really appreciate it. If you would rate it on apple podcasts stitcher or whatever application you used to listen to truths Bresso.
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Dot co and. If you're feeling generous winning get to the how did you hear about pod. Go section of the application. You could put down quick news daily so they know who censure all right. let's get on with the show. Today is monday november thirtieth which means we have one month to go in this crazy crazy year. Is anybody said to see twenty twenty. Go no nobody at all yet. Didn't think so as for this show. We have some interesting stories to catch up on after a long break. I hope you all were able to stay safe in that. Your internet connections were strong for your thanksgiving celebrations by the way but without further ado. Let's get caught up the big news from last week. Was this assassination in tehran iran. On friday the early indications are that israel carried out a military style attack on iran's top nuclear scientist in bear with me as i try to pronounce his name. Mohsen fuckers ada. Does that sound right. In any case the scientist will call him. Mohsen was referred to as the father of iran's nuclear program which started in the early two thousands. This assassination attempt actually wasn't an airstrike. I expected. I do want to stress that these are early reports and i'm sure we'll slowly learn more details but the attack was actually a combination of a truck bomb that made the car that moses was in stop in at that time five old-fashioned gunmen moved in and made sure the situation was over. If we can have a little dark humor here this just shows how iran struggles with the truth. The us has sanctioned mohsen in the past and these sanctions list him as the leader of iran's organization for defensive innovation and research which are state department says quote are potentially useful for nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons delivery systems however iran claims that mohsen was working on the development of the first indigenous covid nineteen test kit and overseeing their efforts to make covid vaccine. You know what. Actually i'm gonna have to go with iran on this one. I mean we all know that the best covid vaccine is actually just a shot of straight. Up enriched uranium. That should do the job. But like i mentioned before we're coming up on the one year anniversary of our air strike that killed. They're basically the number two person in the country with his combination of israel's attacking the anniversary. They might be a bit angry here. We're going to have to watch if any more serious trouble comes out of this. Well it sounds like the president elect teddy a tough saturday when he was playing with his dog. Major joe biden slipped and suffered a hairline fracture in his mid foot according to his personal doctor. Dr kevin o'connor he said that he expects the president elect to be in a walking boot for several weeks. Meaning there's an outside chance of still be during the inauguration. But i guess it's kind of two months away at this point so who knows honestly i'm just glad you didn't do during the campaign and all i mean. Can you imagine what fox news would've been like tucker. Carlson would have been interviewing anybody he could would say that. This means that joe biden is dying like join me here. Tonight is bob smith. We actually found at the gun section in walmart. Now bob does this. Broken foot mean. Joe biden is actually suffering from a new form of dementia. Also isn't this transparency. Kind of weird like wait a minute. The president is supposed to be open and honest with the american people. He or she serves. I mean get out of here with that crazy. Talk on another note biden. Didn't stop working over the weekend. And he actually added people to his communications team. Cape battlefield will serve as the white house communications director after she was his campaign calms director. So just shifting over there jen. Psaki will serve as press secretary. Andy might recognize that name from her time on obama's comms team as the director. According to yahoo news. This means that four of the seven top communication roles at the white house will be filled by women of color. And it's the first time that the entire senior white house. Communications team will be entirely made of women. There were also a number of people porn into his economic team as well as komo harris's communications team you can find the full listing at the yahoo source in the show notes in the description there biden also announced that near a tanned in will be his director of the office of management and budget. She was the president and ceo of the liberal. Think tank center for american progress. This is actually turning into a weirdly divisive pick so far because the folks who identify as democratic socialists seem to not like her at all and republicans are already trying to make her seem like a bad pick. I think time will tell on this one. How little turnout. But it's not like she's unqualified or anything like that. It's looking like maybe someone for old tweets in positions are a little bit controversial. So i wonder how much that will develop. However an msnbc today mike mentally had a great point about senate republicans. Let's take a listen. And secondly in case you know this better than anybody a lot of senate republicans who for some reason never seemed to manage to see. President trump and his tweets are highlighting. A lot of attendance tweets as well this morning and so this is a sign that they are ready. They are ready for a fight. If it comes to him in wisconsin we powered through the holiday weekend. Inefficiently finished the presidential recount. That trump requested it was an absolute shocker. Joe biden still one dane county where madison is located reported. A net gain of trump will please forty five votes trump the county. That's home to milwaukee milwaukee county found net gain of one hundred thirty two votes for joe biden. Meeting trump is now going to lose the state by eighty seven more votes than he was. Before in total joe biden one st by about twenty thousand six hundred volts. So what's next for these results. While the certification deadline is on tuesday the certification is performed by the chair of the wisconsin election commission who was a democrat. The group however is bipartisan. Will see how that goes tomorrow. But i think it should be pretty clear especially since wisconsin's results don't even really mean anything in the grand scheme of things anymore. Trump has pledged of course to fight these in court which he said before the recount was done because that makes sense he's fails in every case but one so far which didn't even mean anything. So i wouldn't be holding your breath in wisconsin either out of these contested states and there are big big air quotes around contested pennsylvania. Nevada georgia michigan amazonas. As of today have already certified which will put by over the to seventy mike when all the other states certify if you look up the current totals trump states have certified much faster than more democratic states like washington. New york california etcetera. So that's what trump already has about one hundred sixty electoral votes. Compared to biden's i guess with arizona. It's up to like one sixteen or one seventeen. So joe has about one. Eighty nine one ninety somewhere in that range of electoral votes to be counted for him. Donald has just seventy two for wars fans out there. We lost a familiar name this weekend. David prowse prowess was the physical actor for darth vader. In most of the original trilogy. James earl jones is of course the iconic voice of darth vader that they dubbed overprice. There's actually just a bit of footage out there that i've found proust on the set actually performing the lines. So let's take a listen to that. Finding the right voice for darth. Vader was another challenge. I should lucas. Had never intended to use the onset vocal performance of david. Prowse find the. I can still hear david. Prowse's accent in the darth vader mask muffled. Because he would do the real dialogue in trying to curse carrie fisher on the member of the imperial senate on a diplomatic. You are growing. It was hilarious and terrifying at the same time. Because we didn't know at dr sound like that was the first time we heard him. Is that it. Prowse's voice would later be replaced with a more menacing performance provided by classically trained stage and film actor james earl jones. I want to know what happened to the plans they sent. You know what you're talking about. I'm a member of the imperial senate on a diplomatic mission to alder on a lot of the lions and detroit taking away. Krause was actually a former bodybuilder. Who is six feet six inches tall. So he made darth vader a really intimidating figure. Interestingly enough he actually helped christopher reeve trained to become superman also pros would suffer from arthritis in his later life so he spent a lot of time campaign to raise money for research into the disease in nineteen ninety nine. He was made a member of the order of the british empire by queen elizabeth the second for his services to charity and road safety road safety and definitely haven't heard of that much as his relationship with star wars over the years he enjoyed. Lucas always had sort of a weird relationship. That was on again off again. But georgia was gracious over the weekend in said in a statement that quote. He made darth vader leap off the page onto the big screen with an imposing stature in movement performance to match the intensity and undercurrent of vader's presence mark hamill who played luke skywalker tweeted. That process was quote kind man and much more than darth vader in that he quotes loved his fans as much as they loved him and quote. So let's hear some appropriate transition music well as quickly as it. Mysteriously appeared that monolith in the utah desert has vanished. the utah bureau of land management. Said that it was taken away by quote in unknown party late on friday night. If you'll recall. I mentioned that the bureau wasn't giving out the official location because it was just so remote and they didn't want to spend their time fishing people out of the desert however we do still have the internet and people are really really Persistent i would say What's the other. Let's see on their term. Say like industrious are innovative. But link can problem solve really well so people found satellite images of location and determined its gps coordinates from those people. Were actually able to hike out there and see it before it was gone in some regular guy named dave server was nice enough to take some video of him inspecting it. Let's take a listen. They're all wanted to magnet test. So i didn't bring a strong enough one but not sticking those the attempts and then let's see so is it. Solid not solid sounds a little bit like a cardboard box rivets and handprints from probably from diesel days minutes. Three different panels. All the panels have separate riveted not magnetic so in summary not magnetic more like an aluminum material. It's hollow on the inside not solid which would make it easier to install. You know drive all the way out there and it has rivets in it again. I don't think this thing was ever extra terrestrial and it's definitely not if it's got rivets. I'm fairly confident that any that have traveled or i should say found how to travel light years to visit us out there still dealing with rivets well in the wise words of porky pig. That's all folks again. I hope he had to say thanksgiving in that. You able to still connect somehow with friends and or family as we do on mondays. Let's think our producer. Cathy and our executive producer gwen for helping to support the show as for quick news. I've been seeing other podcast talking about christmas themed merchandise. So maybe that'll be my next project again. If you ever have any suggestions for something like this iana shirt if you make your own designs quick news daily at gmail.com i'll look them over and You know maybe we can put out there in any case. Stay safe out there. And i'll see you right back here tomorrow. Today is tuesday december. I welcome to december everyone. It seems like maybe it's a little bit of a slower newsday or maybe just not used to not having to pay attention to a crazy president. I could get used to that eventually for sure. But you know how it goes. Maybe something pops up while. I'm recording and actually isn't big news but i want to start out the show by showing recommendations from experts about what steps he should take if you or someone you know actually did. End up traveling for thanksgiving. I also wanna make it clear right up front. There's no judging if he did or if a close family member did her friend or something like that. Just make sure you or they take the proper precautions. Going forward. Dr deborah burks. Who's sort of the head of the white house. Cova taskforce since she's a little kooky than dr fauci so she actually fits in. She has several pieces of advice. I traveled assume that you were exposed to the virus in that you are infected second. Make sure that if you develop any symptoms at all you go get tested so that doctors can count as a confirmed case. This isn't some sort of conspiracy theory to make a positive test. Numbers higher is just. The doctors can start treating you as a covert patient. Remember the treatments. We have now worked best early in the disease. Not when you're about to go on oxygen admiral. Brett career is leading the federal government's testing response. And he said that you do need to be extra careful when you get home but that you may not need to do a strict quarantine. He does say that you should decrease unnecessary activities for about a week and then get tested about three to five days after you get home. I'm going to step in here and say that if you can just do the ten to fourteen day quarantine. We want to prevent as many infections as we possibly can. Dr brar corron from the brigham and women's hospital as well as the harvard medical school pretty much agrees with that. He said if you travel but don't have known exposure so exposure confirmed by someone testing positive. You should corn for ten days automatically. If you have known exposure then do the two week quarantine. He also recommends getting tested when you get back from traveling as well as three to five days later this is because it might take the virus. A little while to incubate and actually create enough of itself to show up on a test. Dr koran stresses that quarantining correctly is also important. You should stay in your room as much as humanly possible and wear a mask and avoid other people when you have to leave it just some more general information about what we can expect the incubation period for the virus in your body ranges from two to fourteen days and people usually start seeing symptoms around day five or six. This means that we'll start seeing the effects of this thanksgiving period sometime between the first and third weeks of december. According to dr. Tom friedman who used to be the director of the cdc and obviously if you test positive for covid make sure to tell everyone you saw at a gathering or make sure whoever test positive tells you by the way the cdc is actually studying if they should shorten the quarantine period from fourteen days down to maybe something closer to seven to ten days. Surprisingly this is supported by a lot of the leading doctors. Including that dr fredin. And he's actually the one. I trust most because he was obama. Cdc pick. He says that the most risky time for a symptomatic people is in the four to seven day reign after being exposed like its most dangerous to be around them at that time. They're looking at this change because it's easier for people to swallow one week away from their normal lives as opposed to so in theory. They'll follow the rules. Dr fauci even said that this two week period discourages people from getting tested. Because if they come back positive they have to. Miss work and people are pretty concerned about losing that. Pay so keep an eye on this. Let's do a quick check in on the biden harris administration. And what they're working on. They announced yesterday that they formed the presidential inaugural committee which is a group that is responsible for organizing inauguration-related activities delaware state university president. Tony allen was named the ceo and bind campaign chief operating officer modu. varghese was named the executive director. Ivana can sail a state. Senator from nevada and erin wilson. The bind campaigns national. Political director will be the deputy executive directors for the committee. This group also announced the launch of their website which is biden inaugural dot. Org they have a store with some cool merchandise in their t shirts hats. Water bottles coasters thing and just about everything seems to be in the twenty to thirty dollar range. So it's worth checking out. The link to that website is in this episode's description. I'm actually pretty interested with how this inaugural is gonna be with covid. It's such an iconic moment. Be sworn in on the steps of the capitol is where you see everyone. Who's been on video up there. Except there's just reagan second inaugural. That looks different since that one had removed indoors because it was like zero degrees outside. I'll guess that everyone up there could be tested and cleared. But would you wanna take that chance in without just be inviting crowds to gather. Is that a health risk in itself. It'll be interesting to see as for their actual administration. I forgot to mention yesterday. That janet yellen was officially announced as binds nominee to be the treasury secretary which was fun to see being made official. Wally idea mo was nominated to be her. Deputy after previously serving as the chief of staff of the consumer financial protection bureau as well as the deputy director of the national economic council and deputy national security adviser if he's confirmed by the senate he'll become the first black deputy secretary of the treasury just in general it's amazing to see how diverse president binds administration will be especially since we just had four years of a cabinet that could have been from nineteen sixty. I'm serious every picture of meetings of these. Top leaders of government is like ninety six percent old white guys with various stages of male pattern baldness speaking of inclusion cecilia. Rose was nominated as the chair of the council of economic advisers. She'll be the first black sea a chair as well as the fourth woman to do so. She's currently the dean at princeton. Other members of the that were announced. Were jared bernstein binds top economic advisor during the obama administration as well as heather. Boucher bucci prochet. Who's the co founder of the washington center for equitable growth as for what this council of economic advisers actually does the kind of like a think tank basically they're experts who will give biden guidance on economic policy. Something cool to watch for. Tomorrow is mark kelly getting sworn in as a senator in arizona since his race was technically a special election for john. Mccain's old senate seat not a regular season. He can get sworn in before january if we look just a bit down the road that sort of unfortunate because it means he has to run again in twenty twenty two which could be tricky. Midterms are almost always best for the party. That doesn't control the white house. And in a state that usually votes republican it could get tough form however he is a really strong candidate. I mean obviously. He's got great thoughts and ideas on the real issues but he's an astronaut for crying out loud so maybe it'll be easy for him. Let's hope so. That's wearing an ceremony is at noon eastern tomorrow and i'm sure his team will stream it live on social media but somebody out there will definitely have it live if you want to watch so full disclosure. This story sort of breaks my rule of telling you only way you absolutely need to know. But i just can't resist it sort of a pet project for the show at this point. Of course i'm talking about the monolith from the utah desert that one is still gone but another one popped up in romania of all places. This one might be a copycat because it's located near one of the most famous mountains in romania. It just got put up recently. It's got swirling patterns on the sides it's about two feet higher than the one from utah. The ground around. It also looks like someone was digging their recently whereas the one in utah was undisturbed which is actually part of what made it so strange. I guess at this point is either someone in romania saw the story online and wanted to make up their own for some reason or is part of some really bizarre marketing campaign by an indie movie. Or something like that. It's obviously getting a lot of free publicity. And i feel like some other movie. Did something like this where people found something that was strange just like in public but then director had come out and fess up to it. Does that sound familiar to anyone. Have to look that up later. And see if i find anything but email me at quick news daily and gmail.com if you can actually decipher what i'm talking about. Oh by the way the monolith was actually in the utah desert since twenty sixteen but nobody actually cared about it until just recently opened dokie artichoke. That's where i'm going to cut it off for today. No announcements on my end. So if you're listening on apple podcasts. Or maybe pod chaser pod chaser dot com lever of you. If you have the time a rating review five stars would be preferred. But obviously i take constructive feedback as well in any case other than that. Just really make sure to stay safe out there. It's getting really bad especially in new york and california again so any listener out there Really hang tight. Hang in there. We'll get through. We'll get through it. It's almost almost over all right. Folks i'll see you right back here tomorrow. Today is wednesday december second. Thanks again for joining me. I think i'll describe today's show as deceptively interesting because if you just hear the headlines of the stories you'd think a lot has happened since the last episode but because our government is corrupt and pretty much used only for trump's profit. Nothing is going to come of some of these stories. That's just my guess. Maybe that's just me being cynical. I honestly really do hope that i'm wrong. But only time will tell which is the frustrating thing. I do want mentioned quickly that there has been some great content on our website lately. If i do say so myself so stick around until the end for more details on that but first let's get caught up. Let's start with one of the flashy headlines that the news was interested in last night. Which is that. The doj department of justice is investigating the potential crime of someone close to the white house offering to give money to the white house or associated super pacs in exchange for a presidential. Pardon we learn this from the release of twenty pages of court documents in those pages where partially redacted meaning. The document does not give out names or dates of any events however it does reveal that this document was a request from prosecutors to get access to documents that were seized in a raid at the end of the summer law enforcement apparently seized over fifty digital devices including pads iphones. Laptops flash drives and computer drives et cetera. So when we say it's it doesn't necessarily mean physical documents. The prosecutors want this access because in these cases the seized material is looked over by a filter team who goes through the files to make sure that there isn't any privileged information that the prosecutors shouldn't be seen however the judge in this case granted this request because of course attorney client privilege does not apply when they discussed crimes mike committing crimes. The prosecutors argued that the seized material included evidence of quote a secret. Lobbying scheme and quote end bribery conspiracy that offered quote a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence end quote justice department clarified and said that no government official was or is currently a subject or target of the investigation disclosed in this filing the actual court documents says quote the political strategy to obtain a presidential pardon was parallel to and distinct from redacted 's role as an attorney advocate for redacted. So i'm guessing rudy giuliani. At this point. He fits the bill as an attorney advocate. And i'm sure that all of his funny business in ukraine peddling of russian conspiracy theories is making him rethink. Whether all that was legal. The justice department wanted to keep filings related to the matter confidential in court because individuals and conduct hadn't yet been charged which also narrows down the possibilities in probably eliminates. Michael cohen. was my other guests ultimately the prosecutors. Say that they still intend to continue front three people who had communications about this scheme. Whatever that means again. My best guess is rudy at this point but if it centers around contributions. I'm not really sure if rudy had money to give in like shipping beginning paid as his lawyer. I don't know either way. Whoever it is. I really don't think anything will come of this. Nothing ever seems to stick to trump since he has. Bill barr for his attorney. General which is like the fox guarding the hen house. Speaking of bill barr. Let's go over the story that all the news led with last night bar said in an interview with the associated press that the department of justice had not found any widespread fraud that would change the results of the election. The fbi has been following up on complaints but so far they found nothing. This story broke after bar spent about three hours at the white house yesterday. Which i'm sure we're not pleasant for him or maybe they were. This was just put out as a diversion so they could talk about whatever other scummy plans. They have needless to say this was a big story. Because bar has sacrificed his entire legacy to trump's bidding. However i think the news was missing the point and that this was actually released a cover up one or more things. The one i'm thinking of specifically that i haven't mentioned is the revelation that barr had appointed a special counsel to look into how the fbi its investigation into trump's campaign in two thousand sixteen. This is why trump has always whining about obama. Spying on his campaign in order from bar was leaked and in that order. Bar gave the special counsel john. Durham his instructions. The order said durham's investigation should be quote including limited to crossfire hurricane and the investigation of special counsel. Robert s mueller. the third. i should mention that crossfire. Hurricane is the name of the investigation that the fbi was doing during the campaign. If the name. John durham sounds familiar. It's because he was already investigating this exact stuff months ago but he wasn't a special counsel at the time by getting this title. It just means that. He's more protected and campfire fired his easily. By whoever becomes. Joe biden's attorney general. Special counsels are only supposed to be fired for misconduct dereliction of duty or conflicts of interest but the keyword is supposed to trump. Never did end up. Firing bob muller although there were several reports of ordering people to do so and then those people telling him he was an idiot for trying to in any case. This move by bar wasn't made because he wants justice. I think that's pretty safe to assume it's just to make it harder for joe biden because of biden's people fire germ while durham is investigating things that happened during the time of the obama administration. That obviously won't look too good some news on the covert vaccine front members of the advisory committee for immunization practices that is advising the cdc voted thirteen to one to approve the people. Who will get the vaccine. I and this is the group that makes up phase one a that. I talked about a couple of fridays ago. So the official word is at healthcare workers and residents of long term care facilities will be i as the group. Chairmen called them quote exceptionally high risk. As for who exactly counts as long term care facility residents the cdc defines them as quote adults who reside in facilities that provide a variety of services including medical and personal care to persons who are unable to live independently and quote. This group has undoubtedly been one of the hardest hit groups accounting for forty percent of the cova deaths in the united states which translates to about one hundred thousand people to go along with this. They said they'd be efficient in vaccinating. The staff members of these facilities as well for their part. Two hundred forty thousand healthcare workers have gotten covert in this country and eight hundred. Fifty eight have died for the purposes of the vaccine. This group will also include anyone at these facilities who could come into contact with residents who have covid meaning the folks delivering food housekeeping workers who are trying to the room's cleaned up and ready for the next patient etc so it's not just saying nurses and doctors in that sort of thing. After the vote passed the president and ceo of the american health care association national center for assisted living agent colson. The guy from the teacher command intervention smell justice division. New name for that. yeah. I hear that a lot said quote given the as symptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread of this virus combined with the explosion of community spread across the. Us we are extremely hopeful. This vaccine will literally be a lifesaver for thousands of residents and expedite the reopening of our facilities to family members and loved ones and quote circling back to the actual vote. The one vote against approving this recommendation wasn't made spider. Hate or anything like that. The doctor was just concerned that the vaccine hasn't been studied enough in the residents of these facilities saying quote. We hope it works and we hope it's safe that concerns me on many levels but she also said she doesn't have any concern about healthcare workers. Taking this group will meet again. If the fda's group of advisers approves the pfizer vaccine for emergency use in. That meeting is already coming up next thursday december tenth. Just as a side note. The members of this group expected five to ten million doses are going to be made each week in the early months. After the vaccines approved until these companies can start ramping up. Production there are a couple of miscellaneous kovic stories that i still want to get to the first of which is that. Two senior white house officials have told cnn that the current director of the c. informed the corona virus task force that shortly the cdc will be officially reducing the number of days. That people should be quarantining after they come into contact with someone who has covid mike. I mentioned just a couple of days ago. The new guidelines will say seven to ten days depending on if you test negative instead of the original fourteen days if you test negative after being exposed you can stop quarantining after seven days. If you don't get tested then you should wait the full ten days. This other story doesn't matter much right at the moment. But it'll be interesting to investigate. Once this thing is over. This news comes from researchers for the cdc and the red cross states that they've found evidence that the coronavirus was here in the us as early as december not january fifteenth like the story is now these researchers found this after screening blood donations from this period where they found evidence of covid antibodies. The part that seals it for me is that this wasn't just one sample or something like that. This was eighty four samples from nine different states. The thing about these. Antibodies is that they don't tell you specifically when you are infected just that you were sometime before you got tested. According to a doctor at columbia university quote you cannot distinguish between somebody being infected in december or being infected in march or april. End quote. the one caveat here is that the other corona viruses like the common cold could mistakenly fool the test into thinking their covert antibodies. So that's why it'll be more interesting once this is over and we know specifically what to look for all right folks. That's gonna do it for me here today. The content that. I wanted to tell you about on the news. Daily site and medium i guess is one is a guest post from archer meister. He's one of the founders of bootcamp rankings and career karma. So if you've heard of either of those he's one of the founders and he just reached out and asked if he could write a guest article to post on the website. I thought it was a great idea. So he wrote one called how to cope and move forward after losing your job to covid nineteen so the link to that is in this episode's description. I would definitely highly suggest checking that out and we definitely thank our tour for that. I also came out with a new article. That's called hitler failed. I two why the gop's attack on the election spells trouble. And i would highly suggest you also check that out. That link is also in this episode description it is on medium so if you run out of free articles for the month like free views you get three. I think it is then that would be a great time to sign up to be a contributor to quick news daily for the low price of three dollars a month and you get the friends and family link meaning that you can just look at it you know however often you want whenever you want so. That's the new exciting news on our end. If you would like to write article that would appear on the website. Feel free to reach out and email me at quick news daily g mail dot com and we can work something out anyhow. Stay safe out there. And i'll see you right back here tomorrow. Today is thursday december third. Welcome to the show. We actually have a busy day. Th night originally expected. But that's good news. I suppose honestly. I think we're almost already back to news. That sound came. From the obama era if we didn't have a raging deadly pandemic. I think i'd even say it's boring. Unfortunately we do have that. So let's get caught up. We have some covert news to catch up on the first of which is the news that the u k was the first western country to approve a virus vaccine. It's good timing for them. Since they have the highest death toll of any european country. But you might be asking yourself. How did britain beat the us and the rest of europe in approving the vaccine. The answer is that they did something called a rolling review of the data. That pfizer was providing this means that for each batch of data that pfizer released about their testing the uk. regulators sat down and reviewed it usually the regulators. Wait until all the data is released. Then they put it all together and review it. I can see the pros and cons of doing it each way. But i think that when you need to make a lot of progress in a very short amount of time this way seems to be the best at least in the speed of the approval process it paid off the uk. Regulators received the official paperwork and twenty third and it was already approved by december second by comparison the european union regulators received the paperwork on december first. But they've said they won't reach any decision until at least december twenty ninth. I think it's safe to describe that as super slow but at least they can be pretty much one hundred percent. Certain that it's safe. If the us approves the vaccine on december tenth than a leaked document from an warp speed shows that the vaccines will be delivered by december. Fifteenth to me. That feels like something. I went through in college here. It was announced a couple of years ago that the two year schools would become part of the four year schools as satellite campuses. The board of regions vote to approve. This was happening on like a wednesday or something and before the vote even happened. They had a committee meeting to discuss the first steps of this new plan scheduled for the morning after so they basically let everyone know that this was going to pass. That's what this warps fee. Document feels like to me. We have everything set up and ready to go for it to be delivered on december fifteenth. If it passes on the tenth wink wink going back to the uk for a second the first doses will be going next week to care home residents and staff and after that it'll be dispersed by age starting with the eighty and up category plus frontline health staff. And then go down by age group. I hadn't thought of this. But the astra zeneca pfizer vaccines attack viruses spike protein and since both requires someone to get two doses of their vaccine. They're currently studies going on to see if you can take the first dose of one and then switch brands for the second one. There will be that short supply at first so it would make sense to try to maximize capacity by letting people mix and match currently the uk. Government is saying that you should try to use the same brand for both but if a person doesn't know what they got the first time somehow that brand isn't available at the moment or the person is at immediate high risk or unlikely to return to get to the second one like they can't travel to get it at another time or something like that then. The government says it's okay to mix it up as a last resort. The next covid story is the news that the last three presidents have all separately pledged to take the covid vaccine. As soon as it's possible to prove that it's safe and that they may even do so on tv or some type of video just to increase confidence right now. About fifty eight percent of americans say that they're willing to receive the vaccine but experts say we may need as many as sixty to seventy percent of people to get vaccinated to get that mythical herd immunity which just means that a critical mass of the population has been immunized. And it's generally safe out there. Unfortunately the people who doubt the vaccine the most are people of color a majority of those folks being black americans. president obama sympathized with this saying quote. I understand historically everything dating all the way back to the tuskegee experiments and so forth. Why the african american community would have some skepticism but the fact of the matter is is that vaccines are why we don't have polio anymore. And the reason why we don't have a whole bunch of kids dying. From measles and smallpox diseases that used to decimate entire populations and communities and quote a truly. Hope that this helps. People trust it more providing that it is actually safe especially because the groups of people that doubt it most are also the most hard hit group by covid. Lastly dr fauci supposed to be meeting with joe biden's full covert response team for the first time. Today he has already met with. Biden's future chief of staff. Ron clean advancing better late than never a lot in the past couple of months but this is definitely a big one new york listeners. You're going to have to tell me if you had a personal experience with this next story. Yesterday there was a very loud explosive sound. That was heard by a large number of people in central new york specifically onondaga county. Or however you might pronounce that. It sounded a little bit something like this. There were also reports from maryland in parts of canada. In addition to new york of people seeing a fireball in the sky well according to folks from the american meteor society whose slogan i imagine is probably yes we exist that was probably most likely a meteor. It's registered them during the day but these sonic booms occur when an meteor rips through the atmosphere so one scientist said this must have been a pretty big one if it survived like this one did. I'm actually kind of jealous of anyone who got to hear or see this. That sounds pretty neat. Actually i'm not sure how closely have all been following. The news around the new wonder woman movie. It's been hard to since the release date. Kepting pushback for obvious reasons. At this point the movie was filmed like two years ago. Which is pretty crazy but anyhow it releases everywhere. On christmas day in the us it will mainly be available on hbo. Max an internationally or where. It's safer movie theaters to be open. It'll be available in the actual theater. I'm happy they went this route because they really were just waiting on the us to get our act together and stop covid just enough so that people felt safe enough going to theaters. Obviously that never happened in the you know they were just sitting on this movie. So here we are. It was just announced that the official runtime will be two hours and thirty one minutes which people are making a semi big deal about. Because that's on the longer end of the movies. However i'm hoping that the people at warner bros. Finally learned their lesson from justice league. That shorter doesn't mean better. The executive in suits all like movies to be around two hours so that theaters can have more showtimes. During the day and more showtimes more tickets equals more money as just a fan. Who doesn't have to make those decisions. I've always felt like you should let the creative people make the best movie that they possibly can and that people come to see a good movie no matter how long it is. I think avengers endgame really proved that sense. It was like three hours long in any case. I don't have a problem with this at all so go out. Wonder woman nineteen eighty-four on christmas day. Either in a theater near you or streaming on hbo. Max this is kind of fun. We learned from a court filing that vodka trump sat for a deposition with the washington d. c. district attorney on tuesday. This deposition was related to the ongoing lawsuit. Filed by the dc district attorney in january. The allegation is that the trump organization and the presidential inaugural committee charged double the regular rate to the trump hotel in dc to rent it out for four days for the inauguration. Ivanka tom barrack the committee chairman. Melania trump and rick gates have already had record subpoenaed today. Ivanka tweeted a picture of an email that she says shows her. Asking the hotel charge the committee and the government fair market rate however gates has records showing that. The committee's event planner stephanie. Winston wole cough was uncomfortable with a high rate that they were charging and advise both gates and ivanka against it by the way. It's good to see that. She's keeping up. The tradition of rich white folks having names that sound like they're from eight hundred's woolcock herself will be deposed next week. Boy i can tell you the number one person who i'd guest will be getting a pardon. Before daddy leaves the oval office. Yup the daughter he wants to date that if art my daughter. Perhaps i'd be dating her. We have to end with this story by one of my favorite comedians in the game right now john mullany. I use this clip of his. Pretty often. Unpack all of that. He shared a pretty crazy story on. Jimmy kimmel live last night. That's so fitting for twenty twenty. He said that after he hosted. Snl on february twenty ninth of this year leap day. He actually got visited by the secret service. Why is that well. He made a joke. Saying quote leakier began in forty five bc. Julius caesar he started leap day in order to correct the calendar. And we still do it to this day. Another thing that happened under. Julius caesar was he was such a powerful maniac that all the senators grabbed knives and they stabbed him to death. That'd be an interesting thing if we brought that back now and he said that shortly after that the secret service opened a file on him and even interviewed him probably because donald trump hate watches. Snl and was mad about it. Thankfully i think the secret service got that. It was a joke in. Didn't mention trump specifically by name. But they probably still have to follow up on everything. Mullany said quote. They were very nice in the interview. In terms of risk assessment. No one who's ever looked at me. Thought i registered above a one. So they said there anything else we should know about malini then turned that he told them no but later realized that his wife was actually working on a project for the smithsonian institution so he at least department in dc for a year and that department was across the street from the secret service building so he was glad that they didn't do any more checking up on him since. That would've looked shasta. Little bit suspicious. I guess the moral of the story is really watch. What you say everywhere. Well folks. That's all i have for us today. I wanna give everyone a heads up. That i won't be doing a show for tomorrow partly because there's some more school stuff going on and partly because it's just sort of a stretch to find news these days. I don't even like it's important to report on all the crazy stuff. The trump might or could do in the end here. Because he's pretty irrelevant at this point so it all ends up to taking a long weekend however i would encourage you to listen to the weekly recap show on saturday. Quick news to go. And i also wanna remind everyone to check on my newest article on medium called hitler failed for as to why the gop's attack on the election spells trouble and our guest article from the founder of career karma titled how to cope and move forward after losing your job to covid. Nineteen those links are right in the description in this episode so go check him out right now otherwise. Stay safe out there. And i will see you back on monday. The summer come lamborghinis remaining hamas buddies at everybody's component. And they want to me off though which is just ourselves. Good news this conversation style. This is my favorite become beautiful. Talk disaster didn't we move sue hours last night and we made it It is dead. 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'Subpar Parks' Turns Bad Reviews Into Art; 'Vesper Flights' Essays
"Support for this podcast and the following message come from the new wells fargo active cash credit card. It's ready for your every move with no caps or categories to track just unlimited two percent cash rewards on purchases terms apply learn more at wellsfargo dot com slash active cash from npr and wbz. You are i'm calendar. Shire's i'm robin young. It's here and now. The american academy of pediatrics is now recommending that all students over the age of to wear masks in school regardless vaccination status and the academy says all staff should also wear masks as well because many children aren't eligible for vaccines dr. Kristen moffitt is a pediatrician. And infectious disease specialist at boston children's hospital doctor. The kids over to going to school. That's preschool but as you know earlier this month the cdc vaccinated children don't have to wear masks in schools. Now the academy of pediatrics. Saying they do. Who's right in your opinion. So i tend to think of these guidelines that have been set forth i in terms of their similarities. And what they have in common is that both are prioritizing. Having children of all ages returned to full in school in the fall so they both start there and then where they differ the cdc guidance calling the possibility of vaccinated students and staff not masking in schools really left open the option for modifying that recommendation depending on local transmission rates and covert nineteen vaccine coverage rates amongst eligible populations and certain geographies in these are two measurements. Who's trajectories we know are very closely linked so where they differ. Next is that the. Aarp really just takes that additional step of recommending that added layer of precautions masking for everyone in our schools regardless of vaccination status to offset the variability in those factors that we see nationwide okay so places in mississippi arkansas. Where they're seeing a surge. In infections they could decide. You know what. The cd said masks just for unvaccinated. We're gonna also require for vaccinated in other words. You can always adjust that recommendation. That's right in the cdc guidelines. Really leave it open for places locally to look at. What's going on in their region. And i i don't think that the ap guidance is is wrong at all. The guidance is really taking what we learned from in-person school settings last year. which was that universal. Masking in schools was a very critical component of the layered measures that kept transmission in our schools at a minimum and that's when no one was vaccinated so they are adding back that layer of precaution considering the huge variability in transmission rates and vaccine coverage that we're seeing across our nation and we wanna talk about transmission in a second but when it comes to vaccines where are we on kids because right now children over the age of twelve are eligible. Clinical trials are underway for younger. Kids tells more so both medina. An pfizer began clinical trials and those under the age of twelve last march or april. And the pfizer. Studies are what we've heard a bit more about recently. They have a couple of cohorts in their trials. They have five to eleven year olds. Two to five year olds and then the really young six months to two year olds. What we've heard from pfizer is that we might expect results. In the five to eleven year old cohort by september. Maybe october of this year and if that all looks safe and effective in terms of immune responses they'd file for emergency use authorization. I think realistically given the safety parameters that the fda is going to be looking so closely at realistically vaccines would not likely be available for those five to eleven More likely late fall early winter of this year And then probably even more like winter. Two thousand twenty two for those five under well in. Could you help parents with this. Because as you just mentioned these are still under review by the fda which is being very cautious but that doesn't mean our experimental they're not experimental at all. They are under review. It's a huge difference but speak to parents worried about this. Obviously people consult with their own doctors. But what is your sense of wants. These are cleared there already. Cleared for children over twelve possibly going to be cleared for younger kids. Speak to apparent about how they should consider vaccinations. So i think what parents need to understand. Is that not only are these vaccines not experimental but these vaccines are being required to me. The same safety standards that every vaccine every medication. That's gone forward for licensure from the fda has had to meet. The fda is requesting four to six months of safety data for follow up in the vaccine trials that are occurring in those under the age of twelve. And i think the other thing parents should understand is that safety. Data continue accumulate even after these vaccines are authorized. And that's much of what we've been experiencing as we have been hearing about some of the rare side effects that are being recognized. In people of different ages once you begin vaccinating millions and millions of people what about vaccinated parents worried about infecting their unvaccinated. Kids should the parents still wear masks. So i think parents need to be thinking about what kinds of exposures they may still be having if they live in a part of the country where transmission is on the rise rapidly where hospitalizations are on the rise. And where vaccine coverage is very low. Parents should still strongly consider masking when they're going to be indoors particularly indoors with large numbers of people. Dr kristen moffitt pediatrician and infectious disease specialist at boston children's hospital. Thank you tour. Thanks for having me a major opioid. Settlement appears close to finalize ation. It's worth twenty. Six billion dollars and resolve a pile of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies including johnson and johnson cardinal health and others state and local governments sued. These companies for their alleged roles in fueling the opioid crisis. Hundreds of thousands of americans have died since nineteen ninety nine. And this news comes. As the department of justice is condemning a separate proposed bankruptcy settlement involving purdue form the maker of oxycontin. Let's untangle these threads with npr addiction correspondent. Brian man brian. Let's start with the settlement involving. Johnson and johnson mckesson cardinal health in bergen. These are companies that make and distribute opioids twenty. Six billion dollars would go to state and local governments. That's the top line. What else do we know about this deal. Yeah calendar it's a super complicated deal and it's not completely finalized yet so there was a press conference earlier today with joe rice with motley rice. He's one of the litigators. Suing big pharma over opioids. And he said there are a few details yet to be worked out. He sounded like he thinks. This is very close to the finish line but as this negotiation goes forward what this is gonna mean. Is that over time about seventeen years. Billions of dollars will flow to communities. All across the country remember These are firms distributed tens of millions of prescription. Painkillers often to places that were hit very hard by the opioid epidemic And so That's the hope. Is that once this gets out. There states will approve this deal Local communities will approve the deal. There are a lot of legal steps still to be followed here But eventually that money could could get places where people are still hurting. I see and then. How would the money be used brian. Because we know that some big tobacco settlement money was sort of in the general fund and in some cases. Is this going to be more. Precise and what else might be included in the settlement. Yeah so this is interesting There's a lot of reaction here to the tobacco settlement whereas you say a lot of the money that came from that deal in the nineteen ninety was siphoned away. Just into the general fund here State and local officials say the lion share about twenty three billion dollars of this is earmarked for things like therapy treatment and the social programs that are desperately needed in these places where addiction rates and overdose deaths rates remain really really high and so That's gonna be an interesting part of this to see if it can start to bend those devastating curves downward. We saw another record level of overdose. Deaths ninety three thousand again last year and so this is the question. Can these resources really start to to push this epidemic back okay. So that's one major development and then we have this other proposed settlement in bankruptcy court. Brian that involves purdue pharma and members of the sackler family who were among the companies owners. Now the justice department said yesterday that this plane is unconstitutional and illegal. Why such a strong reaction well. This is really interesting. Provisions of this bankruptcy and interesting means controversial in this case what it does is it gives members of the family who own this company and a long list of their associates immunity from opioid lawsuits. Even though they haven't filed for bankruptcy and even though many of the people on this list aren't actually contributing cash to the settlement. And so what. The doj came forward and said in very strong language. Yesterday was that this is an overreach by the bankruptcy court that it denies people Due process to bring their claims against all of these individuals who may allegedly had some role in the opioid epidemic So this was was really startling. We strong language from from the justice department. And what's purdue pharma saying. They're saying that they believe that. This deal has precedent that there have been other complicated bankruptcy cases where individuals have been released from liability. Even though they themselves aren't bankrupt and they also say that the billions of dollars that will be contributed by the sackler and by purdue pharma will help people go just like that other big national settlement. We were talking about. It will go to help communities respond and recover to these high rates down and so they. They think it should go forward. This is such a huge piece of the context. Right brian that the overdoses continued to be a scourging. So there's this real urgency. I think among states to get some money to people who need it in the number of states supporting this purdue pharma deal is growing so in the moment we have left. What are the prospects. Now just the doj complaint with the brakes on it or is it going to go forward to the everyone. I talked to said they think this will be finalized. There's a hearing confirmation hearing august ninth and the judge in this case. Robert drain is expected to move it forward He'll have to address. Doj's concerns But this looks like a deal where the soccer's will walk away admitting no wrongdoing and remaining one of the wealthiest families in the us that's npr. Addiction correspondent brian man. Brian thanks. thank you In northern california there's a movement to educate people about climate change and rising sea levels and organizers want to hear from residents as they develop their climate strategies as ezra david romero of member station k. q. Report their primary tool has been listening. Ever rodriguez an i. Are driving in his white pick-up in just crossed the border from menlo park into the community of north fair oaks in san mateo county on the other side of melpar. More offline area. You saw a lot of beautiful alcs but here on this side. There aren't any trees really. Just all asphalt the unincorporated city of roughly fifteen thousand is smaller than two square miles. Rodriguez moved here from mexico city twenty five years ago and serves on the volunteer. North fair oaks community council the main drag in this predominantly latino areas line with becca diaz popsicle shops and jewelry stores. That so happens that. I find the food that i eat here. I find the culture that i've been interacting with here feel more at home in twenty eighteen san mateo county awarded the community. A grant to deal with sea level rise but community advocates stanford. Students were surprised with what residents like linda. Lopez told them. I just wasn't thinking about it because we've never had any degree of flooding. We think we live far enough from the bait. That if it did rise is not gonna affect us. Lopez moved to north fair oaks in nineteen fifty nine when she was nine. She says there are many elderly people here with respiratory problems. The two main environmental issues in this area is the heat and smoke. This is where that fundamental part of conversation comes in the organizers. Going door to door realize they had to listen. Ever rodriguez says instead of just continuing with a sea level rise project. The team pivoted. We started planting trees in the community. Partnering with a nonprofit called canopy that plants free trees in people's yards. I think all public servants need to be guided by listening. But what does listening. Actually do brit. Ray studies the mental health impacts of climate change at stanford and the london school of hygiene and tropical medicine. She says listening replaces the mindset but the government or scientists know. What's best for communities domination is the predominant force in this crisis as compared with true partnership that centers around human values. Reciprocity and trust in dignity. Respect ray says listening empowers people that come up with climate solutions that better life on earth we can actually start moving towards the world. That isn't the one we've been living in but the one that we wanna live in and we can't do that without listening deeply to the people who are most affected the kind of thing. I'm especially learning by. Listening is the blind spots that you have in your conception of problems are derrick. Oh yang is the north fair oaks project partner with stanford one of those blind spots was a tree equals maintenance costs sort of became. Clear that if that's going to be a barrier no matter what that there's going to be a monetary challenge then. Let's tackle that head on. They found a county grant program and now residents get one hundred dollars gift cards to garden stores when they agreed to a tree still some renters and landlords say no. That is maybe harder for me to understand if i were able to get a tree without question heavily. Take it but that's the kind of broadening of our understanding of the different factors that affect people's lives o yang is working with violent wolf's. No with a nonprofit climate resilient communities this idea of listening is wolfson enna's when she was samoa's first climate change officer. She met with village leaders whose ancestral burial grounds worth threatened by flooding. It's really about being in the shoes. The conflicts the barriers that. They're facing with senna. An owing are expanding this concept of listening in neighboring communities their goals to recruit and listen to five hundred families over five years. What do you think you'll have learned about these communities by listening to them. It's likely the case that will find that. The social and psychological affects of climate exposure. I'm going to be so much deeper than we liked to admit right now. And that look like trauma that will look increasingly foregoing healthy food and the kinds of care. You want to provide for your children. Oh yang thinks they'll learn how vulnerable these communities are. The hope is that listening to community members will lead to solutions that help them thrive amidst the ongoing climate crisis for here and now. I'm dave romero. Are you planning to visit a national park. The summer they're popular destinations because many folks are itching to get outdoors after more than a year being cooped amid the pandemic but if you enter with unrealistic expectations you could wind up disappointed so to help. Visitors get the most out of their experience. We're bringing in artist and national park enthusiast amber share. She knows all about the risk of disappointment because she collect one star reviews of national parks on yelp another websites and shares them on instagram. She's paired some of the crankiest with her own beautiful illustrations of the parks and compiled them in a new book called subpar parks. America's most extraordinary national parks and their least impressed visitors amber. Welcome all right. Thanks so much for having me the complaints. That folks have about national parks if they show up intern to be disappointed. Kind of fall into like several common buckets which you outlined at the start of your book. Could you run through a few of those for us. What is it that people are griping about when they go to these majestic venues. Yeah so the reviews that i focus on all kind of have to do with the scenery and the experience in nature. So within that you'll find a lot of people who complain about the exact feature. The park is known for which i kind of call. That's a feature not a bug. Those kind of reviews are people upset. That joshua tree is a desert or that they saw one humpback whale at kenai fjords which many people who visited told me they'd be over the moon to have even gotten to see. I like the complaints about the tall grass at tall grass prairie in kansas. What did you think exactly. I'm not sure what else you were expecting. But that is what it's intended to be and then somewhat related to that which is another one of my favorite kind of categories. That emerged is people who say something that is technically true but it's also kind of the most reductive way you could ever some up that park. So for example calling the grand canyon just very large hole would fall into that category. That mean takes us special level of of unimpressed to just see something so grand and so huge and just reduce it to the absolute minimal description. You could find most been real head scratcher for you. Because you're right. The the grand canyon was really the birth of your fascination with national parks back when you were just ten years old. You've been collecting these complaints about parks for a while and this is actually not entirely new phenomenon. These bad national park reviews of captured the fascination of folks for for several years but your instagram account collecting them has really taken off. Why do you think that is. I think it's pretty hard to separate the project from the pandemic at this point just because i started it just a few months before that all began and so i think a lot of us were kind of trapped in our houses unable to have the trips that we were dreaming of having and so being able to kind of laugh at the people who hated exactly what you wish you were getting to do right now was a little bit of a salve for that sadness but also i think all of us have that curmudgeon in us. That wants to complain about things. So it gives you a kind of way to even laugh at yourself a little bit. Because i've even noticed since i started the project times. We're just really wanna complain about something. And then i just laugh at myself for how ridiculous it is well. Let's talk about how we can get over. That may be impulse to complain and really get the most out of the experience particularly because there may be folks who wouldn't normally go to a national park but that's what they're doing this summer because they're not ready to hop on a plane and go to some far flung place yet and i'm thinking of actually that very first trip to the grand canyon that you write about where you and your family spent several days there and that seems to me an important detail. It's sort of like. I'm a sports fan so if i went to a baseball game to see my favorite slugger hit a home run. We'll even the best baseball players. Don't hit a home run every game that they might go a few games without hitting a home run and so if i go in with unrealistic expectations. I'm going to be disappointed. Is that one of the keys. Maybe i would have to go to several baseball games to see what maybe somebody should spend more than a few hours at a national park. Absolutely i think that's one of the bigger issues at play here I actually spoke with arranger. She answered some questions for me. Who had worked at everglades and she spoke soviet about this park and said that it's a park. That kind of whispers at you. It doesn't yell the way. That some of the grander parks. You know are more obvious about why they're a park. And so it's a place that you really need to be willing to sit and spend some time and really let it seep in. And i think that's true for a lot of parks I think people might think they're gonna just drive. In the yellowstone and immediately checkoff seeing grizzly in the distance and some vice in an all of the sort of iconic things that people have come to know yellowstone four but really to experience those kinds of things and to really understand what a place like yellowstone is requires more than just a few hours driving through it and if you do happen to potty grizzly by the way you may not be able to post it on social media right away because hey the cell signal over or the wifi service may not be so great. That's another thing that you're cautioning people against thinking that you're going to be instantly connected and there's actually value in unplugging when you do you have a new favorite amber after this project or does it all come back to the original grand canyon. You the grand canyon will definitely still always have a place in my heart but after this project. I think i am converted on going to alaska which i always thought was not for me because i'm not at all cold weather person but now done this project. I absolutely have to go. That's artist and illustrator amber share. She's national park. Enthusiasts enter new book is called subpar parks america's most extraordinary national bark. There least impressed visitors. Ambra thank you. thanks to see some amber illustrations. Good here in now dot org. There is no denying that there is a lot going on in the economy right now so far in two thousand twenty one about three thousand. Six hundred retail stores have closed you know. China has been point many times before. But this time it's looking pretty serious understanding this stuff it is kind of our thing here at the indicator. It's how we like to spend our free time every day. We explain something that is going on in the economy. Listen and follow the indicator from planet money on npr democratic senate majority leader. Charles schumer says there will be a vote tomorrow on whether to proceed with debate over the bipartisan infrastructure legislation. That plan hit a new stacks. Sunday when a lead negotiator. The republican senator rob portman took an idea off the table. That would have helped pay for it. Increasing irs tax collection he acknowledged republicans balked at helping the irs go after moore unpaid taxes. Space news business analyst. Jill schlesinger hosted jill on money is here jill. What would have been in this plan because collecting taxes. Isn't that what the irs is supposed to do. Well the deal would have provided a forty billion dollar budget increase for the irs. And why is this important because that funding was essential because it would allow the irs to collect taxes that are due like saying. I build the person for the work and the person won't pay me. We'll explain that part of it because this is a lot of tax money that's being hidden. I can hear a listener saying wait a second. I got you know reviewed. I got audited for my little tiny tax payment. This would have been going after big bucks. Yeah absolutely in fact This was basically Going after centrally about seven hundred billion dollars over the next ten years according to the white house. But let's just talk about like this gap that there is a call it that the official tax gap and the irs report and this is the most recent information we have from two thousand eleven to two thousand thirteen that gap meaning. Here's your tax. That's do tax payers. What they didn't collect was four hundred forty one billion dollars. That is massive so again. If you kind of wind the clock forward what the government has done and what a lot of the folks in dc have done as well if we could just capture that money. We don't have to raise taxes on people and people don't wanna pay more taxes There is a paper that published by the washington center for equitable growth in march. And it showed that the bottom fifty percent of of earners underreport about seven percent of their income. The top one percent under report twenty one percent. So that means if we just go. After the wealthiest we might collect a lot of that unclaimed money well and senator portman and others. You know acknowledged that part of the republican pushback is that this would have gone after that money money from corporations from wealthy families. And it's interesting because as you say you think that republicans in particular would be in favor of a more enhanced. Irs because then they wouldn't have to raise taxes but we're getting the whiff that this would have gone after wealthy people who might have been donors. A lot of the top earners are using perfectly legal mechanisms to minimize their taxes. That's not what we're talking about. We're talking about taxes that are owed when you slash the budget of your tax collecting agency and the total budget at the irs is down by about fifty five zero percent since one thousand nine hundred ninety three. You can't do your job without enough money to go out and collect the money. That's due and i think that this would have been a very smart idea simply from the premise of fairness. That's all this is. It's not rich versus poor. it's not big versus little. It's fairness well. We'll continue to follow this story You know the biden administration promised to increase funding. We'll see where that goes. And now how does the infrastructure bill get at least partially funded will follow. That is well jill schlesinger. Cbs news business. Alice host of zilin looney. Thanks as always. It's great to be with you. Are you looking for a summer. Read that immerses you in the beauty of the natural world will maybe recommend helen. Mcdonald's essay collection vesper flights. Just out in paperback. I look field. I see and i love that field. Helen sees below the field the nesting and burrowing inhabitants. You might have read essays in the new york times or her beautiful thousand fourteen. Memoir h is for hawk about how she dealt with grief over the death of her father by training goshawk. It turns out though. Well i see her completely connected to the natural world helen. Mcdonald's still sees a divide and it's an appropriate one and she sees those fields and meadows were. None of us would say at the top of the empire. State building again helen. Mcdonald's book is vesper. Flights we spoke when it was first published. Welcome back it's so great to be here. Thank you so much for having me. This book is is lovely. It's filled with short essays but together they form a memoir and it turns out the thing that i admired in you. This intense connection with the natural world we find out it was a problem. When you were child you'd wander away from team sport when you kid to hear a bird call and that upset kids and you were bullied. Yeah i was bullied. I was a strange child. I don't think i fit it in toll. I was a very serious child and i and i love animals and yeah there was a there was a i was on a school sports day core tonight. I wanted off because i heard this birdsong when everyone is like what are you doing. You're in goal. So i think i just didn't really understand people back then and One of the great things that's happened you know growing up was i've i've lent to love people as well as animals. So i feel a triumph. You also say in your very last essay that while you love those animals so much you've come to realize they don't exist for us. Yeah i think it's one of the big I guess themes of this book. We're living in a world as all your listeners. Know win in which empathy seems to be an shorter and shorter supply. And we look at animals what we're seeing when we see them as it's very hard to see the real creature what we sing is all the meaning. We put on them all the thing. We've learned from from books and magazine articles and things. We've heard about them in photographs. And i think it's important to think about what we bring to that moment of contact with a creature. If you're very lucky you can think about what you've brought to that encounter but and you can look past it and you can see the real animal. This strain on human alien creature that possesses the world just as we possess the world. And you know it's a real lesson about the fact that the world doesn't belong to us as a kind of radical empathy. And i think it's really important now. They don't exist to teach us even if they do. They have their own exactly You mentioned growing up and your childhood home was in a home that your parents bought on this fifty acre state that was owned by the theo. Sophomore society. Your parents weren't theo sophists. But your neighbors were. These are refugees from nazi germany. How did that impact you. It was a grand crowd of mostly older ladies And they were very eccentric and they just live their lives according to their own you know what they thought was right. They were not sticking convention at all and they were real Inspiration to me. I think you know. I was a strange child. I'm possibly strange person. But i've never felt i needed to fit in with the the stories. Society tells you about what you're supposed to do and i think those ladies i bless them for that and they had wonderful names. There was kate batty smith. You had a great organ drawer and another person had a whole bunch of jewelry that coward caught had given her from his excavations in egypt. I mean they were really a grand old crew. Well this is interesting. Yes it does sound like you fit right in you. Start the book and the introduction by describing a woundr vendor calmer avondale comma a cabinet of wonders imagining that something you learned their and this these are cabinets people would put things into touch kind of marvel over them preserved specimens feathers by the way the book has been described as a winder. Calmer to you know a collection of just one year. It's a metaphor. I came up with because you know. I think we see the natural world so often these days is something. That's behind almost like gets behind plate glass. We're not supposed to touch you to interact with it. And it reminds me of how we we walk around museums all the exhibit certain cases and they all arranged according to a particular categories. We stare at them seriously. And we amuse on their meaning. But these wounded comedies sixteenth century cases of curiosities. The whole point of them was that you could reach out and pick things up and examined them and glory in their weight and the differences from each other and they want to range like museum specimens. There were all sorts of things all pushed together like shells and cloaks and weapons and and paintings. I wanted my book to be a little bit like that To have all these different things that will wondrous hopefully all pushed into the same place in readers felt that they could kind of reaching and kind of be part of that story. Talk about the empire. State building new hooked up with someone from the cornell. Ornithology lab who also is a part of a movement to document bird migration through radar and all these modern technologies twice a year. If you climb to the top of the empire state building which shoots a light up which is how you see these birds and you bring your binoculars. What did you see. It was the most sublime experience It shook me and it completely changed the way we think. Not only about new york city place that i really love but but also about the you know i just i guess. I assumed that the air was this place that was pretty much empty and You know it was dynamic but there was nothing there. I climbed up the empire state building and met andrew funds worth and it was a big migration night. All these tiny birds were being pulled north by instinct You know in may and there were hundreds of thousands of birds going across new york and they were so high that you can't see them from the ground but you know we high up enough to see them and i was watching them through. You know through with the naked eye as well and these tiny little frames. These tiny song birds that were illuminated from beneath by the lights of the building And there were many looked almost like tracer fire all sort of stars passing overhead. And they're so frail and it was really emotional to sort of thing curve how that building operate a little bit like a deep sea submersible only rather than taking me down to the depths of the ocean to see creatures there it was lifting me up into the sky and was marvelous but you remind us to how dangerous the city can be bird as they hit windows in buildings and andrew as part of a group. I remember when this happened. there's the tribute to the lives. Lost on september. Eleventh lights are shot four miles into the air and on peak migration nights the songbirds were brought down to the lights and so they flick around them you right like glittering rolling specs of paper and he along with members of the audubon society get them to turn the lights off several times so that they won't pull the birds in. Yeah it's it's a really. Poignant thought these tiny souls being brought in trapped in these columns that are there to commemorate the terrible loss of life on on that day and so he he said yes he steps in and he turns them off every so often so the birds freed from these columns of light nick and continue their journey. It's really a strong kind of image to to conjure with you. Describe seeing night herons flying over you when you're up in the empire stable. I will never look at the nice guy the same way again after reading that. But stay with birds swift's are especially compelling to you. Say that the closest things to aliens on earth y orbit like angels to all over swift just magical so they're incredibly aerial birds. They very ready land. European swift's wants the youngsters leave the nest. They don't touch down a toll for maybe two or three years. They live in the air as a fish would live in the ocean and because they're so inaccessible to you know to you can't really see them up close. I was always astounded by them. And i have an essay about this phenomenon. Cold a vespa flight. And it's something that science has Discovered quite recently one of the things. I try and do in this book. We so often think science subtracts beauty from the well. But actually i think it just shows us more and more how astonishing everything is. So what these twits do they discovered is every morning. And every evening at the birds will climb up higher and higher into the sky and they'll reach these impossible heights thousands and thousands of feet up and they reach the apex of these flights at nautical twilight and it turns out that one of the reasons they might be doing. This is to find out exactly where they are. So they use the stars. They use polarization patterns in the sky. They can look out across the horizon. They can see oncoming weather systems and they can feel the wind from those clouds coming towards them and then they decide what they're going to do next where they're going to go and they do that calmly and this image of swift commonly deciding where they are. What they're going to do next is a really important thing for me in the sense that it. It seems that they're kind of fable of community now. We are all with the pandemic with what's happening. It's a year where we you know. We haven't been looking out to see our futures. And i know this just seemed like a really important symbol for me about how we can do that. Better and this for is the title of the essay helen. Mcdonald's written on swift's it's also the title of her new collection of essays. Vesper flights you will take wing. Helen thank you so much thank you. It's been such a pleasure. Thank you our conversation for. Last september vests for flights is out in paperback representative marjorie taylor. Greens twitter account is backup after a brief suspension last night for sharing misleading information about in nineteen. The georgia republican had posted that the disease was not dangerous for people unless they're obese or old which is false and said vaccines should not be required. It's not the first time taylor. Green has been kicked off the platform. But it comes as the white house is calling out social media giants for facilitating the spread of conspiracy theories about corona virus. Vaccines president biden said last week. That bad info on facebook is quote killing people cassock rescues technology reporter for the washington post and joins us now for more cat. Hey thanks so much for having me on the show. Glad to have you in. The president did kind of walk back that comment about facebook killing people with misinformation yesterday. He said that he had read an article about how the majority of misinformation on facebook came from. Just twelve account. Syria's facebook is in killing people. These twelve people out there giving misinformation anyone listening to it is getting hurt by his killing people. It's bad information. My hope is that facebook instead of taking the person that some harm saint. Facebook is killing people that they would do something about the misinformation the outrageous misinformation about the vaccine so ca. What precisely is the president talking about what what does he want facebook and other platforms to do to suppress misinformation that. They're not doing already. So the president is talking about this report on the so-called disinformation dozen which came out Earlier this year from the center for countering digital hate and this report looked at some of the top people across social media who have repeatedly spread information that cast doubt on vaccines or promotes unsubstantiated cures for corona virus and these people even with this research out there have continued to maintain a strong presence on social media As we saw in the example of twitter that you reference a lot of times the companies will take action against an individual post or temporarily suspend an account. But what we're seeing is often the same political figures the same people who are part of the alternative health move men or so-called wellness movement online. Coming back again and again and spreading this misinformation so the white house last week. Put out a major advisory and one of the things they called on the platforms to do was to take greater action against repeat offenders they also want to see the platforms do a better job of elevating verified information from authoritative sources like the cdc and other health officials. I see and we're talking about facebook. I should point out that the company is a financial supporter of npr. Can't what is facebook. Saying in response to the white house so facebook is trying to make the case that they have been investing in this work Since the early days of the pandemic facebook has recognized that this would be a major issue it started initially around Information about false cures for corona virus spreading on facebook and as the pandemic has evolved. Vaccines have come out. The bigger concern has been you know misinformation that could deter people from going out and actually getting their shot and so throughout this time the company has been making investments in in taking content. Down you know. According to the company they've taken down more than eighteen million pieces of misinformation about the virus. But what we're seeing is. That's not everything and really. Facebook has made it difficult for researchers for journalist even the white house to understand the scope of the problem because You know so much of this is happening. Enclosed aspects of the platform on private groups messaging one on one on facebook. And so it's really hard right now. on the first outsiders to really get a handle on. What's actually happening on the platform when it comes to vaccine misinformation and how bad this is No facebook says you know. We're we're focused on this and and we're taking a lot of steps on this effort but it's part of a broader pattern where we've seen misinformation about the election process about the twenty sixteen elections etc spread on facebook and so there's a lot of skepticism when the company says. Hey this is something we're working on. Yeah it's a good point that you bring up the disclosures because the eighteen million pieces of misinformation is is one data point to a more telling data point might be the number of people who were exposed to that misleading information and facebook is not disclosing that figure. They just not know. Or do they know and they're not telling us so there's new reporting In the new york times out last night that facebook itself didn't make investments when its own employees asked for resources to do work measuring the spread of misinformation on the platform. They asked for the company to make some key. Hires to help with that and the company just didn't do it so Obviously we know that. Facebook has access to vast amount of data. This is something that they certainly could look into if they wanted to. It's just unclear right now if if this is something that they've dedicated people time and resources to and a lot of the companies critics are saying if they haven't dedicated people to measuring this problem. That really shows you know an abdication of responsibility When the company has been publicly saying all along that it would take medical misinformation seriously and be more aggressive in combatting it than it has been some other types of harmful content that we continually see circulating on the service. Sure kachuck rescue is technology policy reporter for the washington post cat. Thank you thank you here. Now a production of npr and wb. You are boston. I'm callum robin young. It's here now support for this. 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