If the Global Pandemic Doesn’t Get You then the Russians Will
Greetings to all you out there and welcome to our daily USA Really podcast for September 20. As always, we’ve got a ton of stuff for you to check out, hitting on all the good stuff today, like cyber security, Bill Gates, Presidents Trump and Obama, and don’t forget marijuana. I’m Jesse Dominick for USA Really and this is your American news.
First we’ve got the story of a real gem of a couple — an NYPD officer and his wife have been cashing in on his mother’s death, stealing her identity to sell her house and collect insurance money and over $88,000 in Social Security and pension benefits. I’d like to tell you they’re in the jailhouse now, but we haven’t gotten that far yet. But they are both facing up to 25 years in the slammer.
If there’s one thing that keeps American news busy, it’s logistical problems and hacking at the voting booth. A federal judge ruled on Monday that Georgia can continue using electronic voting machines, despite concerns raised that they could be hacked by those evil Russians, or the Chinese, or whoever else. It looks like Democrats are already setting the stage to reject results if they lose the upcoming elections.
In our piece, “’Baked’ Lobster: THC for Crustaceans Coming Soon to Maine,” you can read about one restaurant owner who gets her lobsters roasted on pot before she boils ‘em in a pot—they chill out and have a more humane death. It’s as weird as it sounds, but pretty entertaining. Check it out.
And it’s not just Georgia that has Russia and China on its mind, but not we see that the central tenet of the U.S. Defense Department’s first cybersecurity strategy under Trump is that Russia and China are an imminent cyber threat — cause, you remember, so much evidence was found for Russian hacking in 2016, right?
Then we’ve got another update for you on the continuing effects of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, where two men died on Tuesday night when their van was overtaken by flood waters.
Then there’s the piece, “Austal Receives Two of Three New LCS Contracts.” Austal USA is a global defense prime contractor and LCS stands for Littoral Combat Ships — a new generation of US Navy surface ships that can perform a wide range of combat missions, both on the high seas and in the coastal zone. These two ships are sure to be an important expansion to the Mobile, Alabama shipyard.
Those are the pieces that came out yesterday, so let’s jump into today’s opinion piece.
If we look at the numbers for the economy and the job market, American life is on the up and up. This can’t be denied. And an increasing quality of life under Trump means an increasing chance he will be reelected, and, in no surprise to anyone, that’s got Democrats on edge. That’s where our dear ex-President Obama comes in. As Pradeep Banerjee explains in his piece, “Obama is Wrong in Criticizing Trump,” to not criticize one’s successor has been the unwritten rule that all American presidents abide by. Almost all of them after leaving office bid adieu to active politics, a practice that is not an act of courtesy, rather an acknowledgment of the trials and tribulations that come along with being the president of the only post-Cold War superpower in the world. When Barack Obama assumed office as the 44th President of the United States in 2009, the outgoing president George W. Bush wished him good luck and for the next eight years that Obama governed he evaded any political limelight; never questioning or criticizing Obama’s policies. But now that Trump, a man the Left wants you to think is satan incarnate, is in office, this unwritten rule is out the window, and Obama is back in the limelight. Be sure to check out this piece and get the full scoop on Obama’s trash talking against Trump.
Today’s look at this day in history has a ton of interesting events for you to get a quick read about. The Star Spangled Banner was published as a song on this day in 1814, the slave trade was abolished in D.C. in 1850, Chase National Bank opened in NYC in 1877, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as president in 1881, following the death of James A. Garfield, which we told you about yesterday, and Jim Morrison of the Doors was found guilty this day in 1970 for supposedly whipping it out on stage. There’s a ton of other events, so go check it out!
America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and we tout our freedom of the press, but an annual report from Reporters Without Borders points to the gradual erosion of the free press in the U.S. of A. We’re now ranked at 45 out of 180 countries analyzed. Our piece, “Press Freedom Witnessing a Drastic Decline in the US” has got the story for you.
Apparently Bill Gates is more than just a computer guy. He also moonlights as a prophet of doom, warning of a global pandemic again. “We are not fully prepared for the next global pandemic,” he says. “The threat of the unknown pathogen–highly-contagious, lethal, fast-moving–is real. It could be a mutated flu strain or something else entirely. The Swine Flu and 2014 Ebola outbreaks underscored the threat.” According to Gates, the top three risks are antibiotic resistance, governmental reluctance to fund health-care solutions and the next global contagion, and hundreds of thousands or even millions are going to die. Oh, and he also expects vaccines to be used to reduce population growth. You’ll want to read the whole story for some warm and fuzzies.
Another article, “Texas Guard Charged With Assaulting Prisoner Who Later Died,” tells you about exactly that. An inmate, who had spit on the guard earlier today, was injured by the guard during a confrontation in the showers on August 30 and later died in the hospital on September 12. Maybe this is something Trump and Kim Kardashian can address.
I think it’s safe to assume that we’ve all heard that the Catholic Church is going through tough times lately. A grand jury report from the summer found that more than 1,000 children had been abused by about 300 priests in Pennsylvania. Another one of our articles from today reports that now the Diocese of Brooklyn has reached a $27.5 million settlement with four men who were abused in second through sixth grade. This time, however, the perp, or rather, the perv, was a lay teacher, not a priest, and he’s already serving a 15-year sentence after he plead guilty in 2011 to some other pedo stuff. Check out the article for the whole story.
The Sunspot solar observatory in New Mexico was evacuated on September 7 and dozens of FBI cars and agents descended upon the place. Conspiracy theorists were having a blast, but in the end, it wasn’t an alien invasion that had the feds on alert, but a nasty case of child porn. It seems someone was using the observatory’s wi-fi to pass around some sleazy entertainment. Get the whole scoop in “The Mystery of Solar Observatory Evacuation Is Solved.”
And finally: “Panic and Fear Within the ‘Deep State’”: Their crimes are coming to light. All attempts to sweep them back under the carpet are failing. The underlying mechanisms are becoming apparent and striking in their monstrosity and injustice. But worst of all for those concerned, they don't work anymore. Actions aimed at preserving their power are coming apart. Because of this, the “deep state” is panicking and drowning itself even deeper in its lies and incompetence. We’ve got a video for you from X22 Report that analyzes current stories and breaks down what’s really going on.
We congratulate you on reaching the end of our chat on the articles for September 20, and now here’s your preview for what’s coming at you tomorrow.
“What is the Best Age to Retire/Collect Social Security Benefits in the United States?” Jeffrey Silverman ponders this question in his article of the same title. Social Security's full-benefit retirement age is gradually increasing because of legislation passed by Congress in 1983. Traditionally, the full benefit age was 65, with early retirement benefits first available at age 62, taken with a permanent reduction to 80 percent of the full benefit amount. Currently, the full benefit age is 66 years and 2 months for people born in 1955, and it will gradually rise to 67 for those born in 1960 or later. But then again, we have to wonder, are we even going to be in an economic state where we can afford to retire at 65 or 67, and are we going to live long enough to cash in on these benefits coming to us? The reality is that many people in the US, especially amongst the poor and minorities, will not live long enough to collect full benefits because of health and socio-economic factors that affect the quality of their lives and how long they live. Silverman therefore argues that “Americans should not be upset that the government is raising the retirement age… They should be more concerned that the system is inherently rigged against lower income workers, the poor and those who were not dealt the best hand in terms of genetics and life expediency.” There’s a lot more to this story and Jeffrey Silverman will have it all for you tomorrow.
That’s going to do it for today’s podcast. I’m Jesse Dominick for USA Really, and, as always, thanks for reading, thanks for listening, and we look forward to having you back on our pages sometime.