- Bad news for electric vehicle owners. Tesla is recalling more than 362,000 cars with faulty driver-assistance software and Ford’s electric F-150 pickup truck keeps catching fire because of defective batteries. Toyota is also having quality problems with its electric vehicles.
- Albertsons releases a new app that tracks not only your grocery purchases but all your pharmaceuticals.
- German grocery store giant Lidl has announced they will begin phasing out all meat products from their locations over the next several years.
- And Senator Marco Rubio is calling for the resignation of the Biden regime’s transportation secretary, citing gross incompetence.
All these stories and more when the Worldview Financial Report begins, right now!
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Tesla is voluntarily recalling 362,758 electric vehicles in the U.S. equipped with the company’s experimental driver-assistance software, which is marketed as Full Self-Driving Beta or FSD Beta, according to a recall notice out Thursday. Tesla will deliver an over-the-air software update to cars to address the issues, the recall notice said.
The FSD Beta system may cause crashes by allowing the affected vehicles to, “Act unsafe around intersections, such as traveling straight through an intersection while in a turn-only lane, entering a stop sign-controlled intersection without coming to a complete stop, or proceeding into an intersection during a steady yellow traffic signal without due caution,” according to a safety recall report on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The FSD Beta system may also have trouble responding appropriately “to changes in posted speed limits,” the notice said.
CNBC reports that a defective battery that caused a Ford F-150 Lightning in the company’s possession to catch fire earlier this month isn’t the only problem the Detroit automaker has recently experienced with its new all-electric pickup truck.
On January 27, a week before the fire, the company issued a “customer service action” for a small group of vehicles to have parts replaced to “prevent performance degradation” of the high-voltage battery. Ford Motor said the problem only affected about 100 vehicles and is not believed to be connected to the February 4 fire.
Despite the small number of vehicles impacted, it adds to a pattern of problems Ford and other automakers are having as they invest billions in rushing electric vehicles to market. Many of the industry’s issues have been minor. But when they involve the costly, and complex, batteries of the vehicles, financial problems and serious safety concerns – specifically fires – can arise.
For Ford, the F-150 Lightning problems are part of ongoing quality and operational issues, as outlined by CEO Jim Farley to investors days before the fire occurred in a Ford holding yard.
“We have deeply entrenched issues in our industrial system that have proven tough to root out,” he said Feb. 2 during a fourth-quarter earnings call. “Candidly, the strength of our products and revenue has masked this dysfunctionality for a long time. It’s not an excuse, but it’s our reality. And we’re dealing with it urgently.”
Ford, which executives have said was the most recalled automaker for the past two years, is not alone in having problems with its newest EV launches.
Toyota Motor last year had to recall its first mass-produced global EV because of a risk the wheels could come loose. General Motors two years ago recalled all of its Chevrolet Bolt EV models due to fire issues. Others such as Hyundai, BMW and Volvo also have recalled electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, due to fire risks in recent years.
The grocery-store company Albertson’s announced last week they have officially released a new digital app called Sincerely Health, a digital health and wellness platform that allows customers to store and track not only their grocery purchases, but other pharmaceuticals and vaccines.
The app will be available at 16 different Albertsons Companies brands, including Albertsons (the grocery chain), Safeway, Vons, Shaw’s, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Tom Thumb and more.
Omer Gajial, Chief Digital Officer and EVP Health at Albertsons Companies said in the press release:
“We are introducing Sincerely Health with a singular intention to improve lives. As a grocery and pharmacy retailer committed to the health and wellness of our communities, we are empowering customers to have a connected and personalized view of their health across food, nutrition, activity, mental well-being and pharmacy services, enabling them to make more informed choices.”
According to the press release the app works as follows:
The Sincerely Health experience begins with a brief questionnaire that measures a customer’s Health Score based on seven dimensions of well-being. The scores are calculated using actuarial science, considering varying lifestyle factors such as age, gender, nutrition, lifestyle choices and mental health.
The platform also enables users to link activity trackers such as Apple Health, Fitbit and Google Fit, as well as log their vitals and medication regimen to have better visibility and control over their health and well-being. Customers can then set small achievable goals to improve their Health Score, track their progress and receive actionable insights and rewards for achieving those goals.
Sincerely Health also offers an online pharmacy experience, including tools for managing prescriptions, scheduling vaccine appointments and connecting users with general practitioners via convenient telehealth services.
Customers joining Sincerely Health from their preferred banner’s grocery app will receive an initial incentive of up to $25 off an upcoming grocery purchase redeemable across stores. As customers take additional actions such as set a health goal or respond to a health recommendation, they can earn additional points.
This is the carrot that corporations use to get you to digitize your healthcare and hand it over to the data miners via an app that uploads all your personal information to the internet.
They always start with the carrot, just like with the vaccines. Then after they’ve enticed all that are enticeable, they shift over to the stick approach, and threaten your job, threaten your access to healthcare and eventually to all goods and services. This is the beast system of Revelation 13 being erected before our very eyes.
The German grocery store giant Lidl recently announced that they will begin the process of removing all meat products from their locations over the next several years, claiming to help hit emissions goals to help the climate. Lidl also has a number of locations along the East coast of the United States.
Lidl’s chief buyer Christoph Graf revealed these coming changes at Berlin’s International Green Week in January. He told the German food publication Lebensmittel Zeitung that food resources need to be better managed and that includes reducing the amount of meat people consume.
Graf said, “We need a more conscious diet all over the world to feed ourselves within our planetary limits.”
He added that there is “no alternative” for the company’s meat supply because there is “no second planet.” He also noted that “Europe and the world look at us as a country,” hence why they are making changes.
“I think the younger generation is happy when we deal with the topic,” he said, and that the stores will host “special theme weeks” to promote meatless products for sale.
Graff added that, “Proportion of vegetable proteins should be continuously increased.”
The company plans to release a sustainability report later this year that will highlight key differences in meat-based foods versus those classified as vegan, and how vegan products are more sustainable for the environment. More plant-based products will be released and promoted thereafter.
However, he attempted to clarify these changes and stated that the chain is not trying to “dictate how customers live their lives.”
Germany has already been dealing with skyrocketing inflation that has not yet ceased to relax, which could inadvertently force more people to reduce their consumption of meat, German paper Bild insinuated.
Germany and other nations have already been considering a meat tax in an attempt to quell people’s desires from eating meat, in accordance with the World Economic Forum/United Nations agenda.
Fox News reports that thousands of Disney employees warned of dire consequences Thursday after leadership at Disney called for them to return to the office four days a week.
According to a letter obtained by Fox Business, Disney CEO Bob Iger declared in January that employees “currently working in a hybrid fashion will be asked to spend four days a week on-site, targeting Monday through Thursday as in-person workdays.” He defended the change by arguing “in a creative business like ours, nothing can replace the ability to connect, observe, and create with peers that comes from being physically together.”
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that many of Disney’s employees are now speaking out against the change in policy.
“More than 2,300 employees signed the petition asking CEO Bob Iger to reconsider the mandate, which ranks among the strictest for big companies in the post-pandemic era, arguing that it is ‘likely to have unintended consequences that cause long-term harm to the company,’” The Post reported.
While The Post observed that the signees “include workers across Disney’s stable of businesses, including ABC, 20th Century Studios, Marvel Studios, Hulu, Pixar, FX and others, they also noted that Disney employs more than 200,000 people in total.
Employees argued the policy change will lead to “forced resignations among some of our most hard-to-replace talent and vulnerable communities while dramatically reducing productivity, output, and efficiency.”
The state of Illinois is planning to house hundreds of illegal immigrants sent from Texas in a shuttered K-Mart store on Chicago’s south side.
Not everyone is happy about the idea.
Some activists fear that it won’t offer enough privacy for the people who will be living there. Some local residents don’t like the idea of increasing the population on the city’s south side.
ABC 7 in Chicago reports:
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So it appears that Illinois’ companies will have a lot of cheap labor to choose from, while Americans looking for jobs in that state will be competing with migrants willing to work for lower wages. And no, they never “engage the local community” before deciding to place wage-busting migrants in areas throughout the United States.
Georgia Power Co. has again delayed the projected startup for two new units at its Vogtle nuclear power plant near Augusta, saying its share of the costs will rise by an additional $200 million, the Associate Press reports.
Southern Co., the utility’s Atlanta-based parent, announced the delays and higher costs on Thursday as it announced its yearly corporate earnings for 2022.
Georgia Power says Unit 3 could now begin commercial operation in May or June, pushing back from the most recent deadline of the end of April. The company also now says Unit 4 will begin commercial operation sometime between this November and March 2024. The company previously has promised commercial operation of Unit 4 by the end of 2023 at the latest. When complete, the two units will be the first entirely new U.S. reactors in decades.
Georgia Power wrote off $201 million in additional costs on its earning statement, reflecting increased costs.
The Norfolk Southern chemical catastrophe currently transpiring in East Palestine, Ohio, and other nearby states including Pennsylvania, New York, and Kentucky appears to have been ‘coincidently’ predicted ahead of time by a newly released movie.
On February 3rd, a long train was derailed and caused massive fires and explosions that released tons of highly toxic chemicals in substances into the air. Several days later Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and state officials ordered a “controlled chemical release” instead of carefully and meticulously extracting the chemicals. The chemicals have spread all throughout the airspace of Ohio and neighboring states. The Governor claimed the burn was a “success,” but people living in the affected areas are reporting that pets and animals are sick and dying, along with fish turning up dead in streams and rivers. People are also getting sick as are babies. The corporate-owned, mainstream media has totally downplayed the incident, offering almost no coverage until more than a week after it occurred.
The effects of the release are so bad one man who is working on the cleanup called this like dropping a “nuke” on the city.
According to Sil Caggiano, a hazardous materials specialist:
“We basically nuked a town with chemicals so we could get a railroad open. I was surprised when they quickly told the people they can go back home, but then said if they feel like they want their homes tested they can have them tested. I would’ve far rather they did all the testing. There’s a lot of what ifs, and we’re going to be looking at this thing 5, 10, 15, 20 years down the line and wondering, ‘Gee, cancer clusters could pop up, you know, well water could go bad.’”
Senator Marco Rubio is demanding the resignation of Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg over his handling of the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment.
A Norfolk Southern train with 50 rail cars, at least 10 of which were carrying highly toxic vinyl chloride, derailed in East Palestine. The derailment caused hazardous chemicals to spill onto the ground and sent a plume of thick black, chemical-infused smoke into the air.
Officials conducted a controlled release of chemicals to avoid the risk of an explosion, but that just caused another explosion. Residents were evacuated before officials conducted the release, but were allowed back into their homes after just three days.
While Buttigieg hasn't been to East Palestine, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation told Fox News Digital that “[Federal Railroad Administration] and [Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration] staff were on the ground within hours of the derailment and the EPA Regional Administrator and EPA Administrator are visiting. [National Transportation Safety Board] is the lead investigator and DOT is in a supporting role.”
Rubio said in a letter sent to Biden that “Secretary Buttigieg downplayed and ignored crisis after crisis” and prioritized “topics of little relevance to our nation's transportation system.”
He added that:
“At no time has that been more apparent than the past two weeks. Secretary Buttigieg refused to acknowledge the disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, until his intentional ignorance was no longer tenable. Even after acknowledging the tragedy, he continues to deflect any accountability for the safety of our nation's rail system. The circumstances leading up to the derailment point to a clear lack of oversight and demand engagement by our nation's top transportation official.”
Rubio says this has been “part of a two-year long pattern” of Buttigieg’s incompetence.
Time now for our Worldview Financial Report commentary.
Less than two weeks after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, some residents are being asked to sign contracts they fear could prevent them from suing Norfolk Southern later on.
One resident, Catlyn Schwarzwelder, said Norfolk Southern came by to test for toxins in her home but before doing so, she was approached and asked to sign what appeared to be a legally binding document. It states that the landowner agrees to “hold harmless” for “any and all legal claims, personal injury or property damage.”
Here is a report on this issue from News Nation.
There you have it. Norfolk Southern is the worst of the worst when it comes to safety records among the major rail lines.
It was also a Norfolk Southern train that derailed in Van Buren Township on February 16 in Michigan.
And who are the largest owners of Norfolk Southern stock?
As of December 30, 2022, the top four institutional owners of Norfolk Southern stock are Vanguard Group, BlackRock, JP Morgan and State Street Global Advisers. All of the mega asset management firms are into ESG scores.
Vanguard owns 8.1 percent of Norfolk Southern. In the number-two position is BlackRock, which owns 6.9 percent of the railway company.
BlackRock is run by globalist Larry Fink, who also sits on the board of trustees at the World Economic Forum and is notorious for forcing the companies he invests in to comply with his woke environmental, social and governance standards, also known as ESG scores.
Perhaps if Norfolk Southern had been more concerned about safety and less concerned about its ESG score, tragedies like what we’ve seen go down in East Palestine, Ohio, could be avoided.
That does it for this edition of the Worldview Financial Report. Thanks for watching, and for supporting this viewer-supported broadcast…
Until next time, I’m Brannon Howse. May God save America. Take care.
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