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Bezos, Musk, Zuckerberg fortunes grow by nearly $1 TRILLION during pandemic…

As millions battle poverty and turn to foodbanks for their next meal, a group of American financial elites have seen their personal fortunes rocket to unimaginable new heights…

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Bezos, Musk, Zuckerberg fortunes grow by nearly  TRILLION during pandemic…

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As lockdowns plunged struggling Brits into poverty and has them relying on food banks, a handful of billionaires saw their personal fortunes rocket.

Coronavirus has ravaged the world and families across the globe are living on the breadline.

But for 614 billionaires in America, their bank balances have increased by a mega $931 billion since the virus first took hold.

The economy has tanked so far this year with millions of jobs on the line and budgets for many tighter than ever.

In the UK, food banks are being used more than ever – with figures showing a 61% increase in food parcels being given out.

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ANOTHER In-N-Out Burger Shut Down For Refusing To Be ‘Vaccine Police’

The Burger chains are being punished for refusing to ‘segregate’ their customers

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ANOTHER In-N-Out Burger Shut Down For Refusing To Be ‘Vaccine Police’

A second chain of In-N-Out Burger has been closed down by county authorities in California after it refused to go along with enforcing proof of vaccination orders.

The Washington Times reports that the restaurant in Pleasant Hill has been indefinitely closed by Contra Costa County health officials after ignoring orders to verify vaccine status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test among diners.

The report notes that the restaurant did display mandated signage detailing the requirements, but has refused to enforce the mandate.

Other chains of the restaurant in the area have also received warnings and fines, according to the Times.

As we previously reported, In-N-Out Burger is rebelling against what it calls the “clear overreach” of COVID-19 mandates by insisting “we refuse to be the vaccination police.”

A San Francisco branch of the burger chain was shut down on October 14 before being reopened but only for takeout and outdoor service.

In-N-Out Burger’s chief legal and business officer Arnie Wensinger said in a statement that “As a Company, In-N-Out Burger strongly believes in the highest form of customer service and to us that means serving all Customers who visit us and making all Customers feel welcome.”

Further describing the proof of vaccine mandate as a “clear governmental overreach,” as well as “intrusive, improper, and offensive,” Wensinger urged that “We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” and “It is unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe to force our restaurant associates to segregate customers into those who may be served and those who may not, whether based on the documentation they carry, or any other reason.”

Source: Summit News

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Cigarette Sales Rise First Time in 20 Years

New FTC report confirms people were lighting up more during the pandemic

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Cigarette Sales Rise First Time in 20 Years

Americans purchased more cigarettes last year, the first uptick in two decades, according to a new report released by the Federal Trade Commission.

The number of cigarettes purchased by wholesalers and retailers rose slightly, 0.4%, to 203.7 billion from 202.9 billion in 2019.

The FTC’s Cigarette Report didn’t offer reasons for the increase in sales among the major tobacco companies, Altria Group Inc., MO -1.27% ITG Brands LLC, Reynolds American Inc. and Vector Group Ltd. VGR -1.66%

The FTC didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Altria Group, maker of Marlboro cigarettes, previously pointed to the pandemic as a reason people are lighting up more. Chief Executive Billy Gifford said Americans spent less money on travel, gas and entertainment last year and that fewer social engagements led to more “tobacco-use occasions.”

Tobacco companies spent more on marketing last year, $7.84 billion, compared with $7.62 billion in 2019. However, price discounts accounted for 88.5% of industry spending, according to the report.

People who once vaped may also have returned to regular cigarettes because of health concerns over vaping prompted by a mysterious lung illness in 2019 that was ultimately linked to vitamin E oil in marijuana vaping products. Bans on flavored vaping and increased e-cigarette taxes may have also contributed to the increase, consumers and industry officials said.

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Raytheon warns of worker losses as companies impose vaccine mandate

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Raytheon Technologies’ top boss warned on Tuesday the U.S. aerospace and defense firm will lose ‘several thousand’ employees who refused to take COVID-19 vaccines, as it prepares to meet the Biden administration’s Dec. 8 deadline for immunization.

“We will lose several thousand people,” Raytheon Chief Executive Greg Hayes said in a CNBC interview on Tuesday, adding that staff hiring was underway. The company has a total of 125,000 U.S. employees.

Raytheon, the maker of Tomahawk missiles, last month said it will require all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated, after the Biden administration mandated immunization for nearly all federal employees and contractors, to widen vaccination coverage in the country.

Many federal contractors, such as Boeing Co, 3M, and American Airlines have announced vaccination mandates since. European planemaker Airbus, which supplies helicopters to the U.S. Army, also joined the list on Tuesday.

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