Armed private security forces, hired by local businesses, are now patrolling Portland, Oregon’s, downtown to keep the peace amid a crime spree, following a Portland city government decision to slash police funding by $16 million. According to local news sources, Portland, like most major cities, is suffering from a spike in crime. “Homicides in Portland increased from 28 in 2019 to 54 in 2020. Among cities similar in size to Portland, Seattle saw an increase from 34 to 53 homicides, in Minneapolis, a spike from 48 to 82, and Milwaukee saw homicides increase from 97 to 190 from 2019 to 2020, ” KGW reported earlier this summer. Portland, the outlet added, is likely on track to see around a hundred homicides this year. The city is also still reeling from an extended spate of demonstrations — a 100-day streak of protests that caused an estimated $23 million in damages, $2 million in damages to federal buildings in downtown Portland alone. In response to the protests, which demanded that Portland “defund the police,” the city slashed law enforcement’s budget by $16 million, a move “which included stripping Portland of its Central Precinct Entertainment Detail.
Our increasingly naïve and virtue-signalling obsessed approach to the energy sector does nothing except hurt our own prosperity. There are many people who have an interesting in convincing you that the era of oil & gas is over. Politicians like Justin Trudeau & Jagmeet Singh love to demonize the oil & gas sector — particularly in Alberta — in an effort to gain votes elsewhere. And many international institutions like the United Nations are regularly campaigning against the oil & gas sector, and blaming it for all the world’s problems. As a result, many are surprise to see that — contrary to claims that the industry is dead — oil and gas production is projected to continue increasing for a significant amount of time. According to the International Energy Agency, world oil demand will rise from a projected 96.5 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2021, to 104.1 mb/d by 2026. McKinsey, in a report from February 26, 2021, says “38 MMb/d of new oil drilling is needed to meet demand by 2040.” They further add, “Even in an accelerated energy-transition scenario, we see need for new oil drilling by 2040.”
A lawsuit details the efforts of Taylor Company — the firm that manufactures McDonald’s ice cream machines — to maintain its monopoly over repairs. Two years ago, a startup called Kytch created a device that circumvents the need for franchise owners to solicit help from Taylor repairmen — who, according to the lawsuit, are notoriously slow. The lawsuit alleges that after the unsuccessful attempts, Taylor solicited Tyler Gamble — a leading McDonald’s franchisee — to acquire a Kytch device. On July 30, however, Kytch was granted a temporary restraining order against Taylor by a California judge. Taylor was forced to turn over any Kytch devices in its possession and is now restricted from using information potentially gleaned from its dissection of the machines.
President Joe Biden called on a conglomerate of 23 oil-producing countries, led largely by Russia and Saudi Arabia, to increase oil production to combat rising fuel prices. The White House released a statement by national security advisor Jake Sullivan on Wednesday calling on OPEC to boost oil production. Sullivan argued that high fuel prices are stunting the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The White House statement appeared to have an immediate impact on oil prices. As The Wall Street Journal reports: “Brent crude, the international oil benchmark, fell 0.8% to $70.04 a barrel after the White House announcement. Oil prices have experienced volatility in recent days due to concerns over the Delta variant of Covid-19.” OPEC+ is an international cartel of major oil producers which includes the 13-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 10 other countries. The cartel came together in 2016 when OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia, struck an agreement with a group of non-OPEC countries led by Russia to limit oil production with the goal of influencing the global price of crude oil.
Mike Lindell, the embattled founder and CEO of My Pillow, has organized a Cyber Symposium that he claims will prove the 2020 presidential election was stolen, and he’s giving $5 million to anyone who can disprove his data. Lindell’s high-profile event runs from Tuesday, August 10 to August 12 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he plans to unveil computer data in front of politicians, cyber experts, and reporters. Lindell will broadcast the entire event on his platform Frank (frankspeech.com), as he attempts to prove Trump’s victory. Lindell told Steve Bannon on his show War Room Pandemic that Tuesday’s event will cover the election results in 25 states; Wednesday will cover the remaining 25 states, and Thursday will recap the information. Lindell claims to have the original “packet captures” that supposedly demonstrate real-time interference from a foreign source during the November election. To bring more attention to his highly anticipated event, Lindell has offered a $5 million prize to any cyber expert or interested party who can refute his information, and he sounds confident the prize will go unclaimed.
Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-2) — a Democratic Party Congressman leading his party’s so-called ‘election security reforms’ — retains six-figure investments in a Chinese Communist Party-linked tech firm flagged by the U.S. State Department for aiding the regime’s military and espionage capabilities, The National Pulse can reveal. The Biden-endorsing Congressman serves as co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security. He was tapped for the Democrat’s Congressional Task Force on Election Security in 2017. Fueled by allegations of pro-Trump Russian election interference, the task force produced a list of recommendations for the federal government to improve election infrastructure. Langevin remarked: “With the 2018 elections just months away, Congress must act now to bolster our election cybersecurity especially as intelligence leaders are confident that Russian interference will not stop. The report recommendations and corresponding legislation are important first steps in restoring the American people’s trust in our democratic system and securing our elections for years to come…”