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GURPS

INGSOC
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Gavin Newsom: ‘I Worry About Ron DeSantis’






He threaten this Special Olympics with $27 million in fines. Who does that?” he said, failing to explain that the DeSantis administration did so to stand up against the vaccine mandate requirement, which would have prevented many athletes from participating. What is more, some athletes attempted to comply with the mandate so they could participate, and the results were dire.

“This June with the Special Olympics, they imposed on the athletes a COVID vaccine mandate. … If you did not submit and you did not get the COVID vax, you would be denied the ability to compete in the Special Olympics,” DeSantis said during a press conference in June, explaining that some got the vaccine “even against their judgment”:

So for example, there was a family from Kansas. They went to six different doctors to plead for a medical exemption for their son that had Down syndrome, wanted the exemption from the vax, wanted to be able to compete. They were told to just get the first dose and if he experiences any side effects, then the medical exemption will then be offered. Well, the son with Down syndrome did do that under pressure, had a seizure, was rushed to the hospital after his first dose. And so then he was granted the exemption after having to go through that, which was so unnecessary, and it was just something that was totally ridiculous. And so you’re seeing that over and over where these people are gonna have to make these decisions and it’s not necessarily some of it’s just personal choice, which is fine by me, but some of it you actually have advised against doing this. And a lot of these special olympians have also had COVID by now because I mean, most people have had it by now. And so to impose that mandate now in June of 2022, you know, it didn’t make sense.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

California Passed A New Minimum Wage Bill. Now Chipotle Is Testing A Robotic Chip Maker.



The company also revealed on Tuesday that select restaurants in California are testing a kitchen management system that will optimize ingredient use and cooking activities — a solution that will eliminate “manual tasks” for employees, according to Garner, while “ultimately enabling them to focus on an exceptional culinary and an outstanding guest experience.”

Chipotle’s rollout of automation solutions occurs weeks after Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) signed AB 257 — legislation that creates a “Fast Food Council” responsible for drafting “sectorwide minimum standards on wages, working hours, and other working conditions,” according to a summary of the bill.

Members of the Fast Food Council are permitted to raise minimum wages up to $22 per hour, representing an increase of over 40% from the $15.50 per hour minimum wage slated to take effect in 2023. Last year, Chipotle boosted hourly wages to range between $11 per hour and $18 per hour.



The day will come when a technician will manage the the robotic equipment .. no other employees maybe a manager
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Newsom Travels To Texas Even Though It’s One Of California’s Banned Travel States



The law bans entities such as “[a] state agency, department, board, authority, or commission, including an agency, department, board, authority, or commission of the University of California, the Board of Regents of the University of California, or the California State University, and the Legislature” from “[r]equir[ing] any of its employees, officers, or members to travel to a state that” following June 26, 2015, “voids or repeals, or has the effect of voiding or repealing, existing state or local protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression,” along with other clarifications.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
“It’s not just a messaging problem, but a messaging problem has persisted in our party for years and years,” Newsom told Left-leaning MSNBC host Alex Wagner, adding “we allow these culture wars to take shape, and we are constantly on the back end.”

Continuing with his claims, Newsom boldly said that Republicans control the media’s narrative and that the Right is responsible for essentially brainwashing Americans.

“The propaganda networks and the anger machine, which, of course, the Right dominates. And we have nothing, respectfully, nothing comparable," Newsom said, adding “these guys are ruthless on the other side. Ruthless on the other side. That prime-time lineup by Fox, they are ruthless.”

"They dominate the most important thing in American politics today, and that's the narrative. Facts become secondary to narrative. They dominate with illusion. We are getting crushed,” the California governor said.





 

Kyle

ULTRA-F###ING-MAGA!
PREMO Member
Continuing with his claims, Newsom boldly said that Republicans control the media’s narrative and that the Right is responsible for essentially brainwashing Americans.

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As evidenced, no doubt, by all the friendly and radiant praise they lavished upon Trump!


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glhs837

Power with Control
we allow these culture wars to take shape,

Wait, what? The culture wars emerge from the constant attack on normal points of view.

1. You want a grown man to decide he's a woman, and them crush born women (also, just women) in sports and everybody who disgrees is a bigot homophobe.

Yes, we will fight back on that.

2. You want the "right to choose" to literally mean killing a child up to and in some cases some time after the moment of birth, in some other cases, by "withholding care", which translates to letting the newborn starve to death....

Hell yes we will fight back on that.

3. You want to cripple our economy in the face of other nations constantly economically assaulting us by shutting down needed power generation that's still the cleanest of its kind in the world. Including nuke plants that are the cleanest reliable source available.

Yes, we will fight back.

You dont "allow them", you damn well foment them.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

Newsom Angry at Oil Companies for Obeying the Laws He Passed to Deliberately Raise Gas Prices



There is no state in the U.S. that penalizes people more for driving a gasoline-consuming car than California. It’s a feature, not a bug. The Democrats and the greens have formed an alliance to make drilling for oil, refining it, and transporting gasoline a byzantine process of rules and regulations in order to put as many roadblocks as possible to prevent the efficient transport of gas.

It’s all for our own good, of course.

Naturally, when supplies get a little tight, the price goes up. In the last few weeks, the refineries in California have been undergoing maintenance. But demand has skyrocketed, which has caused the price of gasoline to rise more than a dollar over the last month.

KTLA:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is lashing out at oil companies who he says are “fleecing” Californians with gasoline prices that are rising disproportionately in the Golden State.
“The fact is, they’re ripping you off. Their record profits are coming at your expense,” Newsom said in a scathing video posted to Twitter Friday in which the governor called for a new windfall tax on oil companies.
Newsom said the windfall tax would “ensure these profits go directly back to help millions of Californians who are paying for this oil company extortion.”


“The degree of diversions from the national prices has never happened before, and oil companies provide no explanation,” Newsom said. “We’re not going to stand by while greedy oil companies fleece Californians.”

In fact, Newsom knows well the reason for the price rise. He has given the refineries permission to sell “winter gas,” which is dirtier than “summer gas.” He’s fully aware that the refineries have plenty of “winter gas” but until now have been unable to sell it because of his idiotic environmental rules.
 

stgislander

Well-Known Member
PREMO Member
Most gas here in San Diego is back up between $6 and $7. One place I saw yesterday was $7.09/gal and people were there getting gas. A couple miles up the road it was only $6.39.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
Gavin Newsom says gas prices are skyrocketing. His solution? A new tax






In a joint statement released late Friday afternoon, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) said that they are going to work with the members of their respective caucuses to “take a hard look at any proposal to go after windfall profits that oil companies are raking in by bilking consumers.” “We know this is something Californians want action on, and we are acting,” the statement read.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

California gas prices hit record highs, with OPEC+ move sparking worsening economic threat


California is facing surging oil prices in the wake of shutdowns at several oil refineries that produce a specific grade of fuel for the state. Prices began to creep up in September after months of declines. And unlike the nationwide rise in gas prices over the summer, this most recent spike is mostly confined to California and the West Coast.


There was also debate among experts about the effect of the move by OPEC+, which amounted to the biggest reduction since 2020 and was designed to boost sagging oil prices.

It remains unclear how the reduction would affect pump prices, but experts said it poses another threat to the shaky global economy amid growing concerns about an impending recession.

The OPEC+ move comes a month before crucial midterm elections in the U.S. President Biden and other Democrats hoped the decline in gas prices in recent months would help them with an electorate angry at rising inflation and concerns about an economic downturn.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

First Lawsuit Drops Against AB 2098, California’s Doctor-Muzzling, Anti-Free Speech Bill



The moment California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 2098, which effectively tells the state’s doctors that they should self-censor their opinions on COVID, you knew that this would be challenged in court. Your average 7th-grader could tell you that the bill violates the First Amendment of the Constitution, which reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Yet AB 2098 says, we don’t care—we’re going to punish you anyway if you say what we don’t like. The bill reads:

The Federation of State Medical Boards has released a statement warning that physicians who engage in the dissemination of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation or disinformation risk losing their medical license, and that physicians have a duty to provide their patients with accurate, science-based information.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

CA Refinery Exec Explains How the State's Regulations Affect Gasoline Supply and Prices So Even Gavin Newsom Can Understand







After informing the Commission that he can only be so specific in his answers without giving away trade secret information, Folwarkow confirmed that yes, Valero has planned maintenance activity underway at one of their two refineries in the state — maintenance that’s “required to keep the refinery running safely and properly and to meet the regulatory expectations of the state.” That’s pretty important.


Mr. Folwarkow educates Hochschild and, by extension, Gavin Newsom, on supply chain resiliency, and on the fact that you can’t enact cap-and-trade fees and other burdensome environmental regulations without affecting the number of refineries in your state, decreasing refining capacity, and ultimately increasing prices.

As to separation between California prices and the prices in the rest of the United States, we can offer the following information. For Valero, California is the most expensive operating environment in the country and a very hostile regulatory environment for refining. California policy makers have knowingly adopted policies with the expressed intent of eliminating the refinery sector. California requires refiners to pay very high carbon cap and trade fees and burdened gasoline with cost of the low carbon fuel standards. With the backdrop of these policies, not surprisingly, California has seen refineries completely close or shut down major units. When you shut down refinery operations, you limit the resilience of the supply chain.

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Many commentators have noted that California’s special fuel blend (mandated by the state) causes cost issues, and it does. An industry executive whose company runs two of the state’s 13 operating refineries has a bit more credibility when imparting that information and expanding upon it (emphasis mine):

From the perspective of a refiner and fuel supplier, California is the most challenging market to serve in the United States for several additional reasons. California regulators have mandated a unique blend of gasoline that is not readily available outside of the West Coast. California is largely isolated from the fuel markets of the central and eastern United States. California has imposed some of the most aggressive, and thus expensive and limiting, environmental regulatory requirements in the world. California policies have made it difficult to increase refining capacity and have prevented supply projects to lower operating costs of refineries.

The last paragraph wraps it up perfectly:

We believe the Commission experts understand that California cannot mandate a unique fuel that is not readily unavailable outside of the West Coast and then burden or eliminate California refining capacity and expect to have robust fuel supplies. Adding further costs, in the form of new taxes or regulatory constraints, will only further strain the fuel market and adversely impact refiners and ultimately those costs will pass to California consumers.


It’s written so simply that even Newsom should be able to understand it. But will he?
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

L.A. Times Admits California Leaders Have Failed for Decades


Titled: California Repeatedly Warned About Spiking Gas Prices, Fragile Supply. But Fixes Never Came, issues a stark reality that Democrat leaders don’t put their residents first.

“California officials have had repeated warnings over the last two decades that the state’s unique blend of gasoline is susceptible to supply shortages and sharp price spikes,” the Times noted, adding “but despite multiple reports and special committees, California has struggled to find solutions as it tries to rapidly reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.”

The liberal paper noted how California experienced recent outages, which pushed the supply of West Coast gasoline to its lowest level in over a decade, however, state leaders failed to come up with a solution.

“We’ve got to make longer-run plans and not just wait until the crisis is upon us,” Severin Borenstein, the director of UC Berkeley’s Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business said, adding that nothing has been done to combat the problem.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif) has blamed “greedy” gas and oil companies for the rise in prices, despite most other parts of the U.S. experiencing a decline in fuel prices.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

California to become first state to discontinue this common grocery store item


“Now that the governor has signed SB 1046, the grocery community is focused on preparing to comply with the new law by 2025,” Nate Rose, senior director of communications for the California Grocers Association, told SFGATE in an email. “There are many moving pieces to navigate, mostly concerning how to source and scale compostable and recyclable pre-checkout bags for our shoppers in a supply chain environment that has not been without its challenges in the past few years.”

Six years ago, voters approved Proposition 67, which banned plastic bags from checkout lines at grocery stores. Now, plastic bags will no longer be seen at any grocery store in California by the start of 2025.

According to the Mercury News, the number of plastic bags picked up at California beaches during the state’s annual Coast Clean Up day dropped by 61% from 65,736 to 25,768 by 2019.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

California makes it illegal for doctors to disagree with politicians




The statute instructs that, “It shall constitute unprofessional conduct for a physician and surgeon to disseminate misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19, including false or misleading information regarding the nature and risks of the virus, its prevention and treatment; and the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.”

California law requires the Medical Board of California to take action — up to and including license revocation — against any licensed physician charged with unprofessional conduct. But under the First Amendment, content-based speech regulation by government entities is presumptively unconstitutional and may be justified only if the government proves that it is narrowly tailored to serve compelling state interests.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member

How a Case Before the Supreme Court Could Raise the Cost of Bacon




The Supreme Court on Tuesday will take up a challenge to California’s Proposition 12, which sets animal welfare standards two industry groups are fighting.

At issue is whether voters in The Golden State can set rules for farmers in the Midwest and North Carolina, and thus regulate the pork industry nationwide.


Proposition 12 bars the sale in California of uncooked pork products when the seller knows or should know that the meat came from the offspring of a sow – a breeding pig – that was confined “in a cruel manner.” Among other things, this means that breeding pigs must have at least 24 square feet of living space, which is roughly the size of two bath towels and 10 square feet more than the “gestation crates” used by the vast majority of commercial operations. Violators face fines and the possibility of a 180-day prison sentence for each sale of pork in California that does not meet the state’s standards.
The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation went to federal court in California in December 2019 to challenge the law. They argued that Proposition 12 violates what is known as the “dormant commerce clause” – the theory that, even if the Constitution does not explicitly say anything about state law, the Constitution’s grant of power over interstate commerce to Congress also means that states cannot pass laws that discriminate against interstate commerce.
A federal district court rejected the challengers’ argument, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the lower court’s decision. The challengers then came to the Supreme Court, which in March of this year agreed to weigh in.
The challengers argue that Proposition 12 violates the dormant commerce clause because, as a practical matter, it will not only regulate the pork industry outside of California, but in fact virtually all of its impact will fall outside of California. California, the challengers note, has only one-tenth of 1% of the country’s breeding pigs, so virtually all of the pork consumed in California originates outside the state. Moreover, the challengers add, because one pig can be processed into several different cuts, and there is no way to know where a particular cut of meat will eventually be sold, all pork producers will effectively be required to comply with Proposition 12. (SCOTUSblog)
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
On November 16th, 2021 the State Board adopted Resolution No. 2021-0050 “Condemning Racism, Xenophobia, Bigotry, and Racial Injustice and Strengthening Commitment to Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Access, and Anti-Racism.” The resolution cites Black Lives Matter as inspiration and is packed with language like this: “California’s water rights system has been built on racism perpetuated by White Supremacy.”

The resolution goes on: “White supremacy is a systemically and institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of nations and peoples of color by white people for the purpose of maintaining and defending a system of wealth, power and privilege.” Citing murders of non-whites by whites, the resolution calls for development of a Racial Equity Action Plan.

This raises questions. Should the State Water Board be drawing inspiration from the largely discredited and openly Marxist Black Lives Matter as a source of policy?

We’re in a drought. The State Board just got slapped by the 6th District Court for overreaching its authority on water rights. The California Auditor has a scathing report on the board’s handling of grant fund accountability. Is racial equity really the critical challenge facing the board?



 
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