(WSJ) – The World Bank canceled its prominent “Doing Business” report, which rates countries’ business environments, after an external investigation concluded that senior management had sought to alter data affecting the ranking of China and other nations.
On Thursday, the bank released the results of that investigation, which concluded that senior bank leaders including Ms. Georgieva were involved in pressuring economists to improve China’s 2018 ranking. At the time, she and others were attempting to persuade China to support a boost in the bank’s funding.
The Doing Business report has been a flagship publication for the World Bank, which conducts economic research alongside its primary work of providing financing in poor countries. The report’s annual release drew media coverage around the world, and countries jockeyed to improve their ranking by making policy changes.
(WSJ) Close to half of new U.S. gun buyers since the start of 2019 have been women, a shift for a market long dominated by men. The preliminary results from the 2021 National Firearms Survey, designed by Deborah Azrael of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Matthew Miller of Northeastern University, show an estimated 3.5 million women became new gun owners from January 2019 through April of this year. About 4 million men became new gun owners over that period, they found.
(SNL) Missouri Republicans clash on Senate floor as Gov. Parson’s vetoes remain in place Moon, who is running for Congress, wanted to overrule Parson’s rejection of $150,000 within the annual budget for wedding venue owners, arguing that they were wrongly charged sales tax by the state and won a determination against the Department of Revenue. Because that item falls within the budget, the bill is handled by Sen. Dan Hegeman of Cosby, the appropriations chairman.
“Because of some… tradition, we’re not going to pay them back,” Moon screamed. “They need to be paid. I’m sorry … I’m just fed up with all the ‘good intents.'”
The Senate, however, only voted on one other item: $150,000 to reimburse legal expenses of owners of wedding venues who fought and won against a determination of the Department of Revenue that they owed sales tax on fees for using their facilities.
The override passed 152-2 in the House but failed 15-13 in the Senate, where Democrats joined with the conservative caucus in voting to override. (Missouri Independent).
“VIRGINITY IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT” – Yeah, OK.
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One of the biggest problems facing civilization today is the in-your-face war on truth being waged by groups across the planet, but most widely observed, in America. In order to undo the the order of society, civilization, even our own identities, some have chosen to take the most direct route, however controversial or silly it may seem at the time, and taken the position that truth does not exist. What is both fascinating and terrifying is that this war is being waged by people who believe they are deep thinkers and are taking the position that literally everything you can think of is a “social construct” – meaning that truth is whatever people say it is as a matter of “social agreement.” This is meant to make you doubt the truth and make you vulnerable to their bully tactics and force you into silence and/or comply with their agenda.
(National Review) Support for Legal Abortion Has Not Increased Since the Texas Heartbeat Act The enforcement of the Texas Heartbeat Act, which protects preborn children after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, has led to pollsters focusing more than usual on life issues in recent weeks. Earlier this week, Quinnipiac University released the results of a new survey with several questions about abortion.
Unfortunately, both Quinnipiac and media outlets have attempted to spin the results to argue that the new heartbeat bill in Texas has led to rising support for legal abortion.
But a closer look at the poll suggests that public opinion on abortion hasn’t changed much at all in recent weeks. The survey found that 62 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in “all” or “most” cases. This is nearly identical to the average of eight previous Quinnipiac polls asking this question, dating back to 2016. Similarly, the latest Quinnipiac poll found that 67 percent of Americans say they agree with the decision in Roe v. Wade. The previous eight Quinnipiac polls found that an average of 66 percent of Americans say they support Roe. In short, this poll’s results are broadly consistent with the results of earlier Quinnipiac polls and don’t reflect a substantial shift in public attitudes.
There was one interesting finding in the latest Quinnipiac poll that has gotten little attention: There’s relatively little support for congressional action to keep abortion legal. The poll found that only 43 percent of Americans say they support Congress passing a law to “protect access to abortion in the United States.” Meanwhile, 52 percent said Congress should either pass a law to “restrict [abortion] access” or “leave abortion access up to the states.” This suggests that efforts by House Democrats to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, sponsored by Congresswoman Judy Chu (D., Calif.) might actually be politically harmful to Democrats.
Constitution Day was September 17th
Interesting Facts about the US Constitution.