In Today’s Issue 💬
- Mask mandates removed for everyone except children
- The People's Convoy arrives in D.C.
- Gas hits highest prices since 2008, breaking down the cause and solution
- Some headlines to keep you in the loop
Mask mandates removed for everyone except children
- Some have stated that children are more susceptible to the Omicron variant, but there’s not enough evidence to support that claim.
The Policies: Despite this science, children are the last ones still required to wear masks. Last week, many blue states finally lifted their school mask mandates. But, specific cities disregard CDC guidelines: D.C. public schools, and some CA School Districts require all students to wear masks indoors, and NYC requires masks in “all settings” for children under five.
The People's Convoy arrives in D.C.
Last week: After a slow start to the American version of the Freedom Convoy, media outlets rushed to proclaim the protest a failure.
Now: Hundreds of trucks, R.V.s, and cars, initially departing from California last week, are planning to shut down traffic in the nation’s capitol to protest vaccine mandates.
- On Sunday, the caravan stretched two miles.
- Convoy leader Brian Brase expressed hesitancy to enter D.C. proper and the capitol area.
“I am fearful of them trying to do to us what they did to those involved in Jan 6. It is our belief that they WILL try to do that….that means at this time, meaning today, tomorrow, we are not and will not go into DC proper.”
Mandates already being removed: Canada’s Freedom Convoy erupted in the heat of vaccine mandates as governments were adding mandates weekly. The current atmosphere in the United States is different.
- Major cities like Washington D.C., NYC, and Boston have already rescinded most of their newly-enacted vaccine mandates. Los Angeles still has its mandate intact.
While mandates are slowly removed, for now, the People’s Convoy is gearing up to be a feel-good movement of patriotism and solidarity against crushing lockdowns and dehumanizing mandates. Thousands of Americans have made their way to support the convoy, waving flags and spreading cheer.
Gas hits highest prices since 2008, breaking down the cause and solution
The numbers: Yesterday, the national average price for regular gasoline hit $4 a gallon, the highest since July 2008.
What’s causing the spike: Traders, shippers, and financiers are moving away from Russian oil, 7.5% of the world’s supply. The global oil market was already in a serious supply crunch, and without Russia’s oil, it’s even worse.
- Note: only around 3% of America’s oil is imported from Russia.
- Germany expressed hesitancy about the gas embargo on Russia, citing the burden on their people.
What the U.S. can do about it: Although Biden just released 40 million barrels from reserves to lessen the impact on gas prices, his actions are ineffective. America has enough resources to increase its oil production and curb the low global supply.
- Elon Musk said that “we need to increase oil & gas output immediately... Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.”
- During the pandemic era of high gas prices, oil companies raked in record profits.
🔥 In Other News
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Russian banks are planning a switch to China's card payment system after Mastercard and Visa halted operations.
Police in Russia arrested as many as 4,500 people Sunday in nationwide protests over President Vladimir Putin's invasion.
Texas abortion law preventing fewer procedures than expected.