Today is October 8 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1 – September’s jobs report badly misses expectations
CNBC reports: The U.S. economy created jobs at a much slower than expected pace in September, a pessimistic sign about the state of the economy though the total was held back substantially by a sharp drop in government employment.
Nonfarm payrolls rose by just 194,000 in the month, compared to the Dow Jones estimate of 500,000, the Labor Department reported Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 4.8%, better than the expectation for 5.1% and the lowest since February 2020.
The headline number was hurt by a 123,000 decline in government payrolls, while private payrolls increased by 317,000. The drop in the jobless rate came as labor force participation edged lower. A more encompassing number that includes discouraged workers and those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons fell to 8.5%, also a pandemic-era low.
— BLS-Labor Statistics (@BLS_gov) October 8, 2021
DML: Wait for it… next, Biden will release a statement saying this proves his plan is working.
2 – Global Food Prices Increased in September, Reached Decade High
Breitbart reports: Global food prices have reached a decade high and increased for the second month in a row in September, according to a Thursday report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI), which measures the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, averaged 130.0 points in September 2021 — that rate is 32.1 points higher than the same month last year and up 1.5 points from August. The FFPI has not reached these levels since 2011 when it hit 131.9.
The increase was largely spurred by “tightening supply conditions and robust demand for staples such as wheat and palm oil,” the FAO reported.
🔴 @FAO Food Price Index rises further in Sept led by tightening supply conditions and robust demand for staples such as wheat and palm oil.
All-time record cereal output in 2021 still below consumption needs.
— FAO Newsroom (@FAOnews) October 7, 2021
The @FAO Food Price Index in September, 📈 1⃣.2⃣% from August & 3⃣2⃣.8⃣% 📈 than in September 2⃣0⃣2⃣0⃣
— FAO Statistics (@FAOstatistics) October 7, 2021
DML: What happened to Biden’s “build back better?”
3 – 84 percent of Trump voters are worried about discrimination against whites: poll
The Hill reports: A large majority of people who voted for former President Trump say they are concerned about anti-white discrimination in the United States, according to a Project Home Fire and University of Virginia poll released on Friday.
Eighty-four percent of Trump voters who responded to the survey say they either strongly or somewhat agree that discrimination against whites will increase in the U.S. in the next few years. Of respondents who voted for President Biden, 38 percent said they felt the same way.
On discrimination against minorities, the respondents were flipped, with 87 percent of Biden voters saying they believe white people have advantages over people of color while 38 percent of Trump voters said the same. Ninety-one percent of Biden voters believe that systematic racism is an issue in America and 45 percent of Trump voters said they agree.
The poll also showed that Trump voters are concerned about Christianity in the U.S., with 84 percent saying they strongly or somewhat agree that the faith is “under attack.”
2. Biden/Trump voters feel strongly but in opposite directions on the topic of discrimination, with Biden voters expressing concern about discrimination against minorities, while Trump voters worry that discrimination against whites will increase significantly soon pic.twitter.com/RIuytvIuCV
— Kyle Kondik (@kkondik) October 7, 2021
4. These conflicted attitudes yield major policy divisions. Whereas Biden voters prioritize social justice concerns, Trump voters do not, and are primarily focused on one particular issue: immigration. pic.twitter.com/75nF0xASyA
— Kyle Kondik (@kkondik) October 7, 2021
DML: The left is dividing America.
4 – Fentanyl overtakes car crashes as top cause of death among teenagers in Arizona border county
The Washington Examiner reports: MCALLEN, Texas — More teenagers in one Arizona border county are dying from overdosing on fentanyl than from car crashes, suicide, or the coronavirus, according to the governor.
The surge in fentanyl-caused deaths in people under age 20 in Pima County, Arizona, is an indicator of how widely available fentanyl has become in the county, which includes the city of Tucson and runs along 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.
“This is our reality. Fentanyl overdoses have replaced car accidents as the leading cause of death for people 19 and younger in Pima County,” Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, said while speaking to reporters in Mission, Texas, on Wednesday. “Pima County deputy sheriffs are responding to a call involving fentanyl every 40 hours.”
Anthony Gimino, spokesman for the Pima County Health Department, confirmed to the Washington Examiner that fentanyl is the leading cause of death in people 19 years old and younger, adding that 18 people have died in 2021.
In total this year, 140 Pima County residents have died as a result of a fentanyl overdose, according to county data . That number has spiked every year from 16 deaths in 2016.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid.
Its been determined that brief skin contact with 3mg of fentanyl is enough to claim a life. 10lbs of Fentanyl were intercepted in Freer, Texas. 10 lbs.= 4,535,923 milligrams, 1.5 million deaths were prevented from this opioid.#HonorFirst pic.twitter.com/4ot95Jt94V
— Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak (@USBPChiefLRT) October 6, 2021
Latest Border Crisis Numbers:
300K “gotaways” have escaped CBP
600K illegal crossers have been released under “catch and release” policies
10K lbs of fentanyl seized (could kill 2 BILLION people or the USA population 7x over)
1.5M illegal crossings this year
Wake up, people.
— Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) October 6, 2021
Texas will have to act to secure the border w/o much help or permission from the feds. Forget the feds & act or more people will get hurt from fentanyl & crime. https://t.co/wjGzzsxsAH
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) October 5, 2021
Already this year, border officials have seized almost 2,000 pounds of fentanyl in Arizona’s border sectors alone. Lethal drugs are slipping through the cracks and into our communities. 2/https://t.co/Aw7ADaUHw6
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) October 6, 2021
10,500 lbs of fentanyl has been seized at the border this fiscal year – enough to kill the U.S. population seven times over. It’s willful ignorance to not recognize the impact of the border crisis in every state.
— Tate Mitchell (@tatemitchell220) October 7, 2021
DML: Welcome to Joe Biden’s America.
5 – U.S. Universities Control Students with Online Reporting Systems, from Protecting ‘Identities’ to Doxing Unvaccinated
Breitbart reports: Students who log on to their college or university’s website will discover more than admission forms and curriculum choices. On many campuses online portals allow school officials to keep track of student’s behavior, including responding to threats to safe spaces and students who are have not received the coronavirus vaccine.
Michigan State University’s Culturally Inclusive College Sharing System allows the university to “track and respond to behaviors and situations that work to support or detract from [its] goals of a safe and supportive environment.”
Penn State University suspended 117 students last month for not complying with a COVID-19 testing requirement. Students are not allowed to attend classes in-person or online.
Over the same week, Purdue University also suspended eight students, put 18 individuals on a diversion program, and forced on student to leave the university for missing surveillance testing required for unvaccinated students.
Surveillance on campus: Universities give students tools to report on each other’s COVID violations or ‘bias incidents’https://t.co/YPrVPL6DN1
— Campus Reform (@campusreform) October 7, 2021
DML: This is insanity!
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