Coffee Talk, The Boss Is On Vacay: Day 4

Coffee. Photo by Jonathan Thursfield.

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Good day, TNBers. Happy Sunday to you all.

So much to talk about, so much news going on out in the world it is hard to chose …

… Yet this is how I find my Sunday morning shaping up so far …

Here is a Sunday morning thought that caught my attention. So, civil war is coming?

Moving on …

In case you’ve missed the continuing news on China’s $305 billion in debt [equivalent to ~ ¬£225bn] real estate company Evergrande.

They have been missing their interest payments to foreign lenders since September 30.

From BBC, “The hugely indebted Chinese property giant Evergrande has missed interest payments to overseas investors for the second time in a week.”

They are selling off properties, with rumors circulating so they can pay the People’s Bank of China (PBC) interest payments. But it appears that still has not been enough.

By October 4, The Guardian reported that “shares in China property firm Evergrande suspended pending ‚Äėmajor transaction‚Äô … Trading halt sends markets Asian stocks falling amid speculation debt-laden group will sell off property management arm.”

Apparently, that halt in trading turned into a “week-long holiday.”

Update on insurrectionists, because, of course, that is a real sentence in 2021.

From Politico: Capitol Police whistleblower delivers scathing rebuke to 2 of its senior leaders Jan. 6. “The whistleblower alleges, among multiple serious allegations, that former acting chief Yogananda Pittman lied to Congress about an intelligence report Capitol Police received before that day‚Äôs riot.”

A former high-ranking Capitol Police official with knowledge of the department’s response to the Jan. 6 attack has sent congressional leaders a scathing letter accusing two of its senior leaders of mishandling intelligence and failing to respond properly during the riot.

The whistleblower, who requested anonymity for privacy reasons and left the force months after the attack, sent the 16-page letter late last month to the top members of both parties in the House and Senate. His missive makes scorching allegations against Sean Gallagher, the Capitol Police‚Äôs acting chief of uniformed operations, and Yogananda Pittman, its assistant chief of police for protective and intelligence operations ‚ÄĒ who also served as its former acting chief.

The whistleblower accuses Gallagher and Pittman of deliberately choosing not to help officers under attack on Jan. 6 and alleges that Pittman lied to Congress about an intelligence report Capitol Police received before that day’s riot. After a lengthy career in the department, the whistleblower was a senior official on duty on Jan. 6.

The whistleblower‚Äôs criticism went beyond Capitol Police leaders to Congress. Without naming specific lawmakers, his letter accuses congressional leaders of having ‚Äúpurposefully failed‚ÄĚ to tell the truth about the department‚Äôs failures.


Link to USCP letter to Congress.

Ooops, I’m out of time!! I’ll leave you with one last Sunday morning thought…

What are the 5 levels of Maslow hierarchy of needs? Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory of motivation which states that five categories of human needs dictate an individual’s behavior. Those needs are¬†physiological needs, safety needs, love and belonging needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization needs.


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