Lift the minimum wage and employment still rises? How to anger the establishment and win a Nobel Prize – ABC News

They knew they had two very similar labour markets,
but they also realised they had a control group (Pennsylvania) where
nothing was going to change, and a treatment group (New Jersey) where nothing was going to change except for one variable: the increase in the minimum wage.

So, they surveyed 410 fast food restaurants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before and after the rise in the minimum wage.

“Our empirical findings challenge the prediction that a rise in the minimum [wage] reduces employment,” they said.

“Relative to stores in Pennsylvania, fast food restaurants in New Jersey increased employment by 13 per cent.”

China’s property sector stalked by Evergrande default fears as developer misses third deadline – ABC News

  • Evergrande faces staggering debts of roughly $400 billion
  • The firm missed its third round of bond payments on Monday as investors wait to be paid $200 million in coupon payments
  • It will be formally declared in default if it doesn’t meet its October 18-19 payment deadline…

Stock trading app Robinhood tampers with market amidst Gamestop frenzy – Challenge

… It is becoming increasingly clear that there are two separate sets of rules for capitalists and workers.

When multi-billion dollar financial institutions manipulate markets they are rewarded with cultural
idolization and praise. They are considered savvy and ingenious even if their actions are manipulative, exploitative, and contradict the common good.

As working people start to gain ground through investment, the financial and corporate establishments coalesce to stop it at any cost…


Source: Michael Snyder

Do you remember how much optimism there was last January? Many Americans were entirely convinced that really bright days were just around the corner, but instead, things have taken a dramatic turn into the dumpster over the last 9 months.

The Afghanistan debacle was the worst foreign policy embarrassment in modern American history, the Biden administration is trying to deal with an unprecedented crisis on our southern border, and the way that our politicians are handling the pandemic is causing extremely deep divisions throughout our society. In addition, our economy is starting to break down on a very basic level. On a widespread basis, goods are not getting to the places they need to be when they need to be there, and services are often not available when people need them. As time has passed, the “malfunctioning” of our economy has spread, and now the coming mandates threaten to make things a whole lot worse.

Just look at the chaos that was caused in Florida on Sunday

Southwest has canceled 1,018 Sunday flights as of 2 p.m. ET, according to flight tracker FlightAware. That’s 28% of the the airline’s scheduled flights and the highest of any U.S. airline by a wide margin.

American Airlines has canceled 63 flights, or 2% of its operation, while Spirit Airlines canceled 32 flights, or 4% of its flights, according to FlightAware.

Overall, more than 1,800 flights were canceled during the weekend, and Southwest is publicly blaming the problems on “weather challenges”

“We experienced weather challenges in our Florida airports at the beginning of the weekend, challenges that were compounded by unexpected air traffic control issues in the same region, triggering delays and prompting significant cancellations for us beginning Friday evening,” the spokesperson told FOX Business.

“We’ve continued diligent work throughout the weekend to reset our operation with a focus on getting aircraft and crews repositioned to take care of our customers,” the spokesperson added. “With fewer frequencies between cities in our current schedule, recovering during operational challenges is more difficult and prolonged. We’re working diligently to accommodate our customers as quickly as possible, and we are grateful for their patience.”

Of course, that is complete and utter nonsense.

A large number of Southwest pilots in Florida engaged in a “sickout” over the weekend to protest Southwest’s vaccine mandate, and apparently, at least some air traffic controllers joined them…

On the record, they’re denying any sort of protest — but there are reports, citing airline sources, that a massive “sickout” went down, and that ripple effects are still being felt.

Regardless of what the truth here is … it’s screwing a lot of people, and causing a lot of problems. And, IF there is merit to the sickout speculation — it could also be a bad sign of what’s to come in other industries that might try to enforce vaccines on employees.

As I write this article, there are rumblings that pilots at American Airlines are organizing similar efforts.

Good for them.

In fact, we need bold people in every industry in America to start doing this sort of thing.

Perhaps if enough people start standing up, those that are trying to impose these mandates will start backing down.

Right now, we are already facing the most epic labor shortage in U.S. history, and economic activity is badly gummed up as a result. If millions more qualified people are thrown out of work in the months ahead due to these absurd mandates, that is going to cause unprecedented chaos all across America. A weekend of canceled flights might be bad, but it is nothing compared to the complete and utter nightmare our society will be facing if all of these mandates go through.

Even the military will be deeply affected. On Sunday, it was being reported that “hundreds of thousands” of our service members have chosen to resist the mandates…

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members remain unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated against the coronavirus as the Pentagon’s first compliance deadlines near, with lopsided rates across the individual services and a spike in deaths among military reservists illustrating how political division over the shots has seeped into a nonpartisan force with unambiguous orders.

So what would it do to the state of our military if hundreds of thousands of service members are kicked out in the months ahead?

That is a question that we need to be asking because it appears that this is actually what is going to happen.

On top of everything else, now we are facing a severe global energy crisis

Energy is so hard to come by right now that some provinces in China are rationing electricity, Europeans are paying sky-high prices for liquefied natural gas, power plants in India are on the verge of running out of coal, and the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the United States stood at $3.25 on Friday — up from $1.72 in April.

Most Americans may not realize it yet, but this is a really big deal.

There are more than 1.3 billion people living in India, and coal is in such short supply there that officials are warning that there could soon be widespread blackouts

Just like Chinese authorities ordering energy firms to conserve supplies at all costs, numerous power plants across India could be forced to adopt rolling blackouts as coal supplies run low. A minister in Indian capital New Delhi warned Sunday that blackouts could rock the massive city over the next two days. But the nation’s capital city isn’t alone in suffering energy shortages: it joins two Indian states – Tamil Nadu and Odisha – which have issued warnings about the growing possibility of blackouts due to dwindling coal supplies.

Other nations are facing similar issues. In fact, Lebanon just emerged from a blackout that lasted about 24 hours

LEBANON has finally got the lights back on some 24 hours after the country was plunged into total darkness by fuel shortages.

The Mediterranean country is battling one of the planet’s worst economic crunches since the 1850s in the wake of last year’s devastating blast that levelled a huge part of the capital Beirut.

If things are this bad already, how crazy will things get in the middle of winter when demand for energy is at the highest?

People need to wake up because the times that we are moving into are going to be completely different from what we have grown accustomed to.

It isn’t just the U.S. economy that is crumbling. Literally, the economic infrastructure of the entire globe is falling to pieces, and experts are warning that things will continue to break down in the months ahead.

So many of the things that you have been warned about are starting to transpire right in front of our eyes, and this winter looks like it will be very dark indeed.

Sex workers, adult shops and gun businesses say they are being denied banking services – ABC News

  • Banks are denying services to legally operating businesses
  • A former small business ombudsman says banks should not be the “moral arbiter”
  • Changes to state and territory laws and the banking code would provide protections for businesses

Treasury confirms it knew government was paying out billions in JobKeeper to firms that ‘may not need support’ – ABC News

  • Treasury
    has defended its decision to advise the government to keep paying out
    JobKeeper after the first three months without imposing a test based on
    ‘actual’ turnover
  • Its report suggests that a different design of the scheme would have cost jobs and delayed economic recovery
  • Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the scheme saved more than 700,000 jobs

Markets Are Starting To Question The “Transitory” Narrative
Markets Are Starting To Question The “Transitory” Narrative By Ven Ram, Bloomberg Markets Live Analyst and Commentator When chess grandmasters meet, the opening moves are usually well-rehearsed. Then, when one makes a single non-standard move, the game becomes intriguing. Similarly, inflation markets were moving lock-step with the Fed’s guidance so far in the current cycle.…

The IMF Should Be Eliminated, not Expanded | International Liberty
I’m not a fan of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Since I work mostly on fiscal issues, I don’t like the factthat the bureaucracy is an avid cheerleader for ever-higher taxes (which is disgustingly hypocritical since IMF employees get lavish, tax-freesalaries). But the biggest problem with the IMF is that it promotes “moral hazard.” More specifically, it provides bailouts for irresponsible governments and for those who foolishly lend to those governments. The net result is that bad behavior is rewarded, which is a recipe for more bad behavior. All of which explains why some nations (and their foolish lenders) have received dozens of bailouts. Oh, and let’s not forget that these endless bailouts also lead to a misallocation of capital, thus reducing global growth. In an article for the New York Times, Patricia Cohen reports on discussions to expand the IMF’s powers...

APRA’s mortgage crackdown catches out hopeful home buyers – ABC News

… this week, the financial regulator announced banks would have to start
demonstrating, from next month, that new borrowers were capable of making mortgage repayments if home loan interest rates rose 3 percentage points above their current rate…

Reserve Bank warns home loan restrictions ‘may be adjusted’ if housing market doesn’t cool – ABC News

  • Reserve Bank says new home lending rules may take several months to have an effect on the property market
  • RBA says the current rules are likely to hit property investors and first home buyers slightly harder than other borrowers
  • The
    bank’s Financial Stability Review canvasses additional restrictions
    that may be introduced if the housing market and lending do not slow