A new Gallup poll has found that a mere 1 per cent of Americans view Russia as a major problem, with far more concern expressed about inflation, bad governance and the state of the economy.
In a revealing illustration of to what degree people have lost interest in ‘the current thing,’ whereas 9 per cent of Americans viewed relations with Russia as the most important problem facing the country back in March, that number has now plummeted.
Broadly in line with how the media has relegated the Ukraine-Russia war to an afterthought (presumably disappointed over naive predictions Russia would be swiftly defeated), Americans have also lost interest.
Shortly after Russia’s invasion, the issue was seen as a top priority, but now just 1 per cent of Americans believe it is the most important issue facing the nation.
In a new Gallup poll, only 1% of Americans mentioned Russia as a significant problem facing the U.S., down from 9% in March. pic.twitter.com/1HZhDEoLe9
The CBS News Battleground Tracker model finds Republicans start the 2022 campaign with a lead in the race for the House, with 230 seats to 205 seats for Democrats. The party with 218 seats controls the House. Control of Congress is won and lost in districts, of course, so to bring you this estimate we’ve surveyed tens […]
“Look Almost Human-Made”: NOAA Finds Mysterious Lines Of Holes On Mid-Atlantic Floor
NOAA revealed the discovery of mysterious holes punched in the ocean floor while on a dive nearly two miles deep in the Mid-Atlantic.
On Saturday, NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer, a converted naval ship turned exploratory vessel, deployed a submersible vessel to observe the summit of an underwater volcano north of the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal.
During the survey, at the depths of 1.7 miles, the remotely controlled submersible vessel piloted by the NOAA Ocean Exploration crew found “sublinear sets of holes in the sediment,” an NOAA Facebook post read.
“These holes have been previously reported from the region, but their origin remains a mystery. While they look almost human-made, the little piles of sediment around the holes make them seem like they were excavated by…something,” NOAA continued.
NOAA posted two photos of the linear holes that appear out of place on the flat sandy surface.
The agency responsible for monitoring the climate and environment asked the public to offer theories about what could’ve possibly formed the linear lines.
One of the most exciting comments besides “impact craters,” “swordfish sharpening its bill,” “water from underground springs,” “gas methane vents,” and “spine of a whale or something else that was buried,” was one commenter who said: “this is the work of an ancient civilization, what some refer to as a breakaway-civilization.”
Georgia Ends Abortion With ‘Heartbeat’ Law After Federal Court Finds It Is Constitutional
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, finding that abortion is not a constitutionally protected right and left abortion laws up to individual states, there was considerable clamor by pro-abortion activists about potentially stalling state decisions through legal wrangling. So far, their ability to stop states from representing their constituents has been limited.
Georgia’s Heartbeat bill was actually passed by the Georgia General Assembly into law 2019, but it was blocked in 2020 when the US District Court ruled that the bill was unconstitutional. Everything changed after the Supreme Court decision in June. The law makes abortions illegal after a baby forms a heartbeat, usually at six weeks (babies also form brains and synapse activity at 6-8 weeks), and it matches with similar laws in Texas, Ohio, Oklahoma and many other states.
The law was vindicated by a federal appeals court this week when a three-judge panel ruled that the Supreme Court decision on the Dobbs case negated pro-abortion arguments of constitutionality. The appeals court added that “no clear right to abortion exists within the constitution” and that the state of Georgia is free to prohibit the practice.
Three exceptions are written into the law:
First, if a pregnancy occurs due to rape or incest it can be terminated as long as a police report is filed documenting the crime.
Second, if it is determined that the pregnancy presents a serious risk to the life of the mother.
Third, if there is a medical condition which naturally renders the fetus unviable.
The law also defines a “natural person” to include unborn children, granting personhood to babies still in the womb.
After 50 years of Roe v. Wade the practice has been well ingrained into our culture in medical terms, yet, the conflict over the Supreme Court decision in 1973 has never lost any momentum and it has never been fully accepted as legitimate. Around half of Americans say that abortion should be legal, but only under limited circumstances according to polls.
This was the root argument that abortion advocates made in 1973 after the decision on Roe v. Wade – That abortion would be legal, but with numerous limitations. Planned Parenthood worked extensively to reduce such limitations from state to state through a hailstorm of lawsuits until abortion was widely held to be a primary solution to any and all pregnancy concerns
With a large number of contraception options in play today, the “stigma” of motherhood out of wedlock non-existent, as well as adoption foundations and charities in place, the notion of using abortion as a form of contraception has lost legitimacy. Now, as the Georgia case shows, the decision is once again back in state hands and voter hands.
42-Foot Tsunami Would Hit Seattle In Minutes After Quake, Study Finds
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a terrifying new simulation of a monster earthquake rocking the Seattle Fault that would produce a tsunami as high as four stories in the central business district of Seattle.
“Tsunami waves could be as high as 42 feet at the Seattle Great Wheel and will reach inland as far as Lumen Field and T-Mobile Park,” Washington State DNR tweeted.
NEW: A simulation of the impact of a ~7.5-magnitude earthquake on the Seattle Fault.
Tsunami waves could be as high as 42 feet at the Seattle Great Wheel and will reach inland as far as Lumen Field and T-Mobile Park. pic.twitter.com/y44PWHXQtv
— Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources (@waDNR) July 7, 2022
Washington Geological Survey division of DNR wrote in a press release that a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on the Seattle Fault would generate tsunami waves over 40 feet tall and hit the downtown district in less than three minutes.
Geologists said the last known quake on the Seattle Fault occurred more than one thousand years ago, and geologic evidence shows at least five quakes of an estimated magnitude 6.5 occurred on the fault in the last 3,500 years.
“Most often, when we think of tsunamis, we think of our outer coast and communities along the Pacific Ocean. But there’s a long history of earthquakes on faults in Puget Sound.
“While the history of earthquakes and tsunamis along the Seattle Fault is less frequent than the Cascadia subduction zone, the impacts could be massive. That’s why it’s critical these communities have the information they need to prepare and respond,” Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said in the release.
The study was “conducted to help local and state emergency managers and planners develop and refine response and preparedness plans for a tsunami in the middle of Washington’s largest population center and economic hub,” the release said.
93% Of Working Americans Have A “Side Hustle”, 51% Are Considering It Due To Inflation, New Study Finds
Believe it or not, with inflation nearing 9%, it turns out that one job simply isn’t good enough to cut it anymore.
At least that was the findings of a new study from Insuranks, that found that 93% of working Americans today have a side hustle. Popular side hustles include Uber, Etsy, DoorDash, and Depop, the report says.
The study found that 50% of people who had a side hustle were women and 49% were men. It surveyed 1,006 full-time and part-time Americans workers about their side hustles and income, and respondents were 49% female, 49% male, and 2% transgender/non-binary. The age range was 18 to 84, with an average age of 37 years old, the report said.
The study also found that just as many Americans are working two side hustles as they are one. More than 10% of people included in the study said that they had three side hustles, with some participants even disclosing 4 or 5 different side hustles.
The study found that taking online surveys and selling items online were the two most popular side hustles. It also found that most Americans are working extra “for something to do and a bit of extra cash”. 44% said they are doing it to make ends meet and cover bills.
The study found that men make about $596/month on average from their side jobs, and women make about $378 on average. 90% of those responded say they enjoy it and 41% said they like it more than their full time job.
Tellingly, 51% of people surveyed said they are considering taking up an additional side hustle due to inflation:
Working Americans are dedicating an extra 13 hours per week on average to their side hustle. That’s an average hourly wage of $37. 35% have worked a side hustle for more than three years. 20% have worked their side hustle for two years, and 16% have worked their side hustle for over one year. 26% have had their side hustle for less than a year.
New Study Finds Hawaii, Oregon, Among Least Affordable States To Live In
Careers board Lensa produced a new study this week laying out the least and most affordable states to live in in the United States. The study looked at “the affordability gap in states around the US, comparing the cost of living to the average wage to reveal the percentage difference.”
To arrive at its conclusions, it looked at grocery costs, housing prices, the cost of utilities and transportation costs.
The study found that “Hawaii was the least affordable state in the US with the national average wage being a whopping 20.32% less than the average cost of living. Hawaii also had one of the highest housing spends in the study, spending $13,864 on housing.”
In second place was Oregon, followed by Maine and Oregon. This chart shows the top 15 least affordable states to live:
As far as the most affordable places to live, the study found: “Virginia was named the most affordable state in the US with the national average wage being a whopping 49.64% higher than the average cost of living. Virginia also had one of the lowest transportation costs, spending $8,716 per year on transport.”
Illinois followed closely behind, with the national wage being 44.8% higher than the average cost of living, the study said. Texas came in third.
California and New York are also featured in the least affordable states. California’s national wage was only 4.38% higher than the average cost of living. New York’s national average wage was only 8.54% higher than the average cost of living.
The top three most affordable states all had a 40% difference between the national average wage and the cost of living, whilst the others also had a 30% difference between the national average wage and the cost of living.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents in Murrieta, California, arrested the driver of a car carrying 27 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in child booster seats, authorities announced June 17.
Border Patrol K9 team alert agents to children booster seats, and with further inspection agents found several packages of methamphetamine in Murrieta, Calif., on June 20, 2022. (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
The suspect, a U.S. citizen, was driving on Interstate 15, north of a Border Patrol station, on June 15.
“Drug smugglers will use any means necessary to get their poison onto our streets. Nothing is sacred to them, not even family,” Aaron M. Heitke, Chief Patrol Agent at the San Diego Sector said in a release.
A man was driving with his wife and four of their children when agents stopped the car. A K9 team was dispatched and located the narcotics in three booster seats inside the car. Several packages were found containing methamphetamine, U.S. Border Patrol reported.
The estimated street value is $60,000, agents said.
Agents turned the driver over to the Inland Crackdown Allied Taskforce for prosecution. The vehicle was seized by Border Patrol. The four children and their mother were released.
Millennials Are Responsible For More Of The “Great Resignation” Than Gen Z, New Survey Finds
When it comes to workers leaving their jobs or holding or for better terms, as they have been doing since the onset of the pandemic and since the government started issuing stimulus checks and unemployment “bonuses”, it appears that millennials are leading the charge.
About 63% of bosses have said that the millennial generation has had the highest turnover in their companies, according to 72 executives who oversee about 400,000 total staff. The report shows that only 32% of bosses said Generation Z were to blame for the turnover. Gen X was even less, posting only a 4% figure.
Mark Williams, EMEA managing director at WorkJam, told Bloomberg that the last two years have displayed “a growing disconnect between head office and their frontline”. He added: “Employees don’t feel heard and appreciated.”
Rising turnover continues to be an issue across all industries. Smaller companies like fast food chains and restaurants are still having trouble finding staff, while even Wall Street firms and lawyers are battling to retain and recruit talent, as we have noted over the last couple years.
For example, Wells Fargo just bumped junior banker pay to $110,000. Other companies are so desperate to retain talent on Wall Street, remember we wrote back in April that some interns on Wall Street were making up to $16,000 a month.
A recent study published by Oregon State University discovered that COVID-19 infected individuals have a higher chance of developing psychiatric disorders within about four months of contracting the virus.
For the study, published in World Psychiatry on May 7, researchers used data from the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C). They matched 46,610 patients infected with COVID-19, which can trigger a respiratory tract infection (RTI), with control patients diagnosed with a different RTI.
This allowed researchers to specifically look into how COVID-19 affected the mental health of infected individuals. No patients with any history of mental illness prior to 21 days after a COVID-19 diagnosis were included in the study. Those with a medical record extending a year prior to their COVID-19 diagnosis were also excluded.
Researchers looked at the rate of psychiatric diagnoses in the 46,610 COVID-19 patients for two time periods—the early post-acute phase between 21 and 120 days from the infection and the late post-acute phase between 121 and 365 days from the infection.
The study discovered that COVID-19 patients had a 3.8 percent rate of developing a psychiatric disorder in the early post-acute phase when compared to just 3 percent for other respiratory tract infections. This amounted to a nearly 25 percent higher risk for COVID-19 patients.
However, the researchers did not find such a “significant difference in risk” when they compared COVID-19 late post‐acute phase patients with individuals with other respiratory tract infections.
When researchers looked at anxiety disorders, they found the incidence proportion of a new‐onset anxiety disorder diagnosis was “significantly higher” for COVID-19 patients when compared to RTI patients. For mood disorders, such significant differences were not observed.
“For people that have had COVID, if you’re feeling anxiety, if you’re seeing some changes in how you’re going through life from a psychiatric standpoint, it’s totally appropriate for you to seek some help,” Lauren Chan, co-author of the study, said according to a June 6 news release by Eurekalert.
“And if you’re a care provider, you need to be on the proactive side and start to screen for those psychiatric conditions and then follow up with those patients.”
Chan stressed that not every COVID-19 infected individual is going to have such psychiatric problems. In the context of the health care infrastructure of the United States, an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients seeking psychiatric care could add more strain on the system, she warned.
Multiple other studies have also suggested that a segment of COVID-19 patients might end up facing psychological issues.
Research published in April 2021 found that 34 percent of the 236,379 COVID-19 survivors included in the study developed neurological and mental disorders in the six months after becoming infected, according to WebMD.
Anxiety was the most commonly found disorder, with 17 percent of subjects reporting it. This was followed by mood disorders at 14 percent, substance abuse disorders at 7 percent, and insomnia at 5 percent.
When it came to neurological problems, 0.6 percent reported brain hemorrhage, 2.1 percent reported ischemic strokes, and 0.7 percent reported dementia. Among patients diagnosed as seriously ill with COVID-19, these rates jumped. Of the patients admitted to the intensive care unit, 7 percent experienced a stroke while 2 percent were diagnosed with dementia.
In another study published on Feb. 16 at BMJ, researchers analyzed records of nearly 153,848 COVID-19 patients in the Veterans Health Administration (VHS) system, comparing them with individuals who had not contracted the virus.
Those who got infected were found to be 35 percent more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety following the infection than uninfected people, 38 percent were more likely to be diagnosed with adjustment and stress disorders, 39 percent were more likely to be diagnosed with depression, and 41 percent were more likely to be diagnosed with sleep disorders.
“There appears to be a clear excess of mental health diagnoses in the months after Covid,” Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Oxford who was not involved in the study, told The New York Times.
However, only 4.4 to 5.6 percent of individuals in the study were diagnosed with anxiety, depression, adjustment, and stress disorders.
“It’s not an epidemic of anxiety and depression, fortunately,” Harrison added. “But it’s not trivial.”