Pipeline Shakedown

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Cyber-hackers, known as DarkSide, broke into the Colonial Pipeline’s computer system. Once inside they encrypted the operating system and held the company hostage. That was a big deal because Colonial pumps refined fuel from the Gulf to the eastern United States. Gas prices immediately skyrocketed and people lined up 1970s style. Some stations even had to shut down. Joe Biden put on a cardigan sweater and told people to turn down their thermostats. Ok, it didn’t get that bad. But it was bad enough that Colonial paid DarkSide a $4.4 million ransom to get back on line.

Thousands of trucks had tried to carry the load for Colonial but Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat and former governor of Michigan, said pipelines are the best way to move oil and gas. That was a big deal too because Green New Dealers love to shut down pipelines. In fact, one of President Cardigan’s first acts in office was to kill the Keystone XL pipeline.

The current Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, also a Democrat, didn’t get her predecessor’s message either. She’s demanding that the Enbridge pipeline which passes underwater from the UP to the lower peninsula shut down immediately. And she’s threatening to take all the pipeline’s revenue if the company doesn’t obey her.

Gas Hoarding: Latest Craze Since Pandemic

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I get why people would stock up on gas after the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline. But the toilet paper thing during the pandemic I never quite figured out.

Palestinians Restore Middle East Conventional Wisdom

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Conventional wisdom said there could be no peace in the Middle East until there’s peace with the Palestinians. The Trump Administration did an end run around conventional wisdom and brought peace by signing the Abraham Accords . However, Iranian proxy Hamas had other ideas and fired over 3,300 rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from Gaza.

Employment Numbers Short as Economy Booms

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Friday’s employment numbers came in 800,000 short of expectations. Meanwhile, job openings go begging, proving this is still a capitalist country. If you pay Americans not to work that’s what they’ll do.

CDC Works Well with Teachers Union

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The CDC decided it was safe for kids to go back to school. But the teachers union had other ideas. And the New York Post obtained emails that show it. The American Federation of Teachers successfully lobbied the CDC to change guidelines for returning to school.