Hello TNB peeps. It is I, your lovable doc filling in for Tiff for the next few days while she does parental unit adulting stuff so you will be finishing out the week with a TGIF Biden Tweet Open Thread then it’s party time for the weekend.
Because I can … Hello, Cap.
Picking up where tweets for President Biden left off in Thursday’s open thread, they finished out the day with four more tweets with the focus primarily on the American Jobs Plan proposal.
Here Ali Zaidi, the Biden’s administration’s Deputy National Climate Advisor takes on the clock to give 15 second soundbites about what the American Jobs Plan wants to do for America and Americans.
This isn’t really one 15 second clip. There are a few questions and he tries to answer them in 15 seconds or less. It’s very ambitious. It’s also long past overdue, and the longer this particular can gets kicked down the road the more expensive it’s going to be.
Part of the Jobs Plan Act wants to secure high-speed internet for tribal lands and rural areas. Thursday VP Harris announced their administration’s $1 billion commitment to get started in helping to connect Tribal lands.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the May’s unemployment report today.
Payroll employment rises by 559,000 in May; unemployment rate declines to 5.8%
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 559,000 in May, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 5.8 percent. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, in public and private education, and in health care and social assistance.
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For Friday POTUS tweets, @POTUS account has tweeted two times so far.
Again … because I can …
In other news, Dale gives us a heads up DOJ ain’t playing no more (yes, Andrew, take that!) with the fake ‘we’ll match you’ donation pushes and attorneys for political clients are alerting their clients to “stop for now” and to “quit it.”
In other news that happened to catch my eye…
Something to know for Texas, it is already one of the most restrictive states in the country in voting. We tend to be pretty adaptive to their bs, but I mention this because there was absolutely zero reason for them to do any of this other than to be punitive twats.
Oceana released a new analysis today that finds hundreds of foreign fishing vessels, primarily Chinese, pillaging the waters off Argentina and disappearing from public tracking systems. These distant-water fleets mainly fish for shortfin squid, which are vital to Argentina’s economy and the diet of numerous commercial and recreational species, such as tuna and swordfish.
Oceana analyzed the activity of fishing vessels along the border of Argentina’s national waters from January 1, 2018, to April 25, 2021, using Automatic Identification System (AIS) data from Global Fishing Watch (GFW),* an independent nonprofit founded by Oceana in partnership with Google and SkyTruth. AIS devices transmit information such as a vessel’s name, flag state, and location.
As part of this analysis, Oceana documented more than 6,000 gap events, instances where AIS transmissions are not broadcast for more than 24 hours, which can indicate where vessels potentially disable their public tracking devices. These vessels were invisible for more than 600,000 total hours, hiding fishing vessel locations and masking potentially illegal behavior, such as crossing into Argentina’s national waters to fish. The Chinese fleet was responsible for 66% of these incidents, which could be linked to illegal activity. For example, in April 2020, approximately 100 squid jiggers, mostly Chinese-flagged, were allegedly caught fishing illegally in Argentina’s national waters, each with their public tracking devices apparently turned off. Interactions between the Argentine Coast Guard and suspected illegal fishing vessels have escalated to violence, with some deeming the conflict “a literal war.”Oceana; June 2, 2021
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki is set for 1:00 pm eastern time.