More Massive Passive Resistance Among the Unvaccinated
This article reports that nearly half of employees in some critical industries remain unvaccinated, daring their employer to fire them. In a twist, the head of the local union says he will never vote for a Democrat again because of this, and is telling his members to follow in his footsteps.
It’s not just private organizations. Between 20 and 40 percent of the personnel working at U.S. intelligence agencies are unvaccinated as of late October, as are up to 40 percent of TSA employees. Expect flying the “friendly” skies to be even less friendly.
Where have all the Truck Drivers Gone?
The Wall Street Journal looks at why there is a shortage of truck drivers. One conclusion: Most drivers are not paid for waiting time, so as waits and delays go up, more and more drivers throw in the towel. This leads to a disparity of pay, as drivers for private fleets or big brands can make $100,000 or more a year. Since the biggest wait times are at ports, fewer truckers go to ports, contributing to the supply chain crisis.
COVID Bounces Back in Europe
Around the U.S., COVID has dropped out of the news, with coverage of mandates overtaking news about the disease itself. In Europe, a new wave has struck, with Germany setting its highest record for new cases, with the daily count rising to 34,000. (Germany has a population of about 83 million people.) With 67 percent of its population “fully inoculated,” this is yet another example of a country where the outbreak is worse now than it was before the vaccine was developed. Rt’s hitting hard in Russia, Ukraine and Romania.
Global Food Prices Rise 3 Percent in October
The UN report tracking global food prices shows a 3 percent jump in October, which would be 36 percent on an annualized basis. The report blames bad weather, rising freight costs, and labor shortages, which are among the reason food prices in the U.S. are also climbing. Prices for rice remain “subdued,” which is good news for billions of people as well as preppers.
Inflation Right in Front of your Eyes