Mortgage rates drop amid signs that inflation may have peaked

Mortgage rates ticked lower last week, falling back toward the 5% mark following economic reports that indicated inflation might have finally peaked. …read more

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/18/homes/mortgage-rates-august-18/index.html

Finland’s leader Sanna Marin slams leaked video of her partying

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Thursday said she was upset that videos of her dancing at private parties were published online as they were meant to be seen only by friends. …read more

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20220819-finland-s-leader-sanna-marin-slams-leaked-video-of-her-partying

Streaming costs inching up? Cheapskate secrets you need to know

Tech companies don’t seem to share when you can save money using their products or services. For example, if you’re traveling or have a second home, you’re not using your home internet service. Tap or click for a money-saving trick your ISP doesn’t want you to know. 

Here’s another smart way to save: Share pricey music, file storage, and shopping subscriptions with a friend or family member. Tap or click for accounts you can share even if you don’t live together. 

Two years ago, we were all glued to our TVs. This isn’t the case anymore. Here are five things to know before you cancel streaming services. 

PRIVACY TIP: 5 WAYS YOU’RE BEING TRACKED YOU MUST STOP RIGHT NOW 

1. You’re probably spending more than you realize 

When a streaming service only costs a few bucks a month, you don’t think twice about signing up. But add them up, and before you know it, you’re shelling out way more than you ever intended. 

You’re probably not even using every streaming service regularly. My rule of thumb: If there’s a show I’m watching, I keep the service. Otherwise, I will cancel. Once there’s something new I want to watch, I’ll sign up again. 

Keep a close eye on your streaming budget and how much you’re spending each month. I bet you’ll be surprised.

While you’re at it, keep note of when each charge goes through. Here’s why. 

2. Time it right 

It’s annoying when you plan to cancel a service and then get hit with another charge before you can do it. Let’s put the list of renewal dates you made to work. 

Add those dates to your calendar and check it before you cancel. Plan accordingly, so you’re paying for one fewer month. 

Some platforms, like Netflix, tell you how much longer you have access to your account when you request to close it, but some don’t. You don’t need their help since you figured it out yourself. 

Pro tip: Companies don’t want you to cancel, so they can make it tricky. That’s especially true on your smartphone. Take care of it from a computer to make it easier. 

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4. See if there’s a discount for staying 

If you’re on the fence about canceling a streaming service, go through the process. You might be surprised that they will offer you a discounted rate or even a free month to stay. 

Keep a note of the date and set a reminder. If you haven’t watched anything at the end of the month, it’s time to say goodbye. A discount doesn’t mean much if you aren’t even using the offer. 

Pro tip: There are other ways to get streaming freebies. Check with your phone provider or credit card company to see what you can get at no cost. T-Mobile’s Netflix on …read more

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/streaming-costs-inching-up-cheapskate-secrets-you-need

Social justice has become ‘new religion,’ making politics feel ‘like we are in hell already:’ Atlantic article

Atlantic staff writer Helen Lewis observed in an article Thursday that many modern Americans have substituted traditional religions of the past with political ideology. 

“A quick question. If someone is yelling ‘repent’ at you in the street, are they more likely to be (a) a religious preacher or (b) a left-wing activist?” Lewis asked to start the piece. 

She recalled examples of outraged social justice advocates and said, “We might expect that religious concepts—repentance, hellfire, heresy, apostasy—would have become less salient as a result” of an increasingly secular populace, and cautioned “But that’s not the case.”

She explained, “For some activists, politics has usurped the role that religion used to play as a source of meaning and purpose in our lives, and a way to find a community.”

VIRGINIA CATHOLIC CHURCH TARGETED WITH FIRE, GRAFFITI AFTER SCOTUS OVERTURNS ROE

The writer speculated on how “the nonreligious are younger and more liberal” than the greater population, while simultaneously being “the group most likely to be involved in high-profile social-justice blowups, particularly the type found on college campuses.” As she summarized, “They’ve substituted one religion for another.”

Lewis noted many parallels between religions that unite people across society and social justice orthodoxy.

“Many common social-justice phrases have echoes of a catechism: announcing your pronouns or performing a land acknowledgment shows allegiance to a common belief, reassuring a group that everyone present shares the same values,” she observed. “But treating politics like a religion also makes it more emotionally volatile, more tribal (because differences of opinion become matters of good and evil) and more prone to outbreaks of moralizing and piety.”

Lewis observed that as American politics and norms have changed, the tribal lines that people divide themselves along has changed as well, noting, “In countries where racial and religious intermarriage have become commonplace, dating across political lines is the new taboo. The young British writer Tomiwa Owolade told me he often saw dating profiles that insisted on ‘no conservatives.’” 

BISHOP ROBERT BARRON SCHOOLS THE ATLANTIC FOR SUGGESTING THE ROSARY IS ‘AN EXTREMIST SYMBOL’

She brought up linguist and Atlantic contributing writer John McWhorter, who has spoken and written extensively about how wokeness has gone too far and become a new religion. Lewis explained, “He sees other parallels, suggesting that notions such as white privilege and male privilege are versions of original sin—a stain that humans are born with, no matter their individual circumstances. Problematic, he argues, is the new way to say heretic.”

Lewis quoted a statement from Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner explaining that traditional religious organizations ensure communities stick together despite internal strife. “[A person] may be so annoying and have different views, and you must still go to their family’s funeral,” Rabbi Janner-Klausner explained. “You must still take them something when they have just given birth; you must still go to their mourning prayers.”

Lewis cautioned readers that as America exchanges past religions for political tribalism, it risks going down a …read more

https://www.foxnews.com/media/social-justice-become-new-religion-making-politics-feel-like-we-hell-already-atlantic-article

Death Valley to reopen after flooding; Joshua Tree and Mojave parks still repairing damage

As experts warn of more monsoonal rains later this week, California national parks are still struggling with the flood’s aftermath.

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https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-18/death-valley-to-reopen-after-flooding-joshua-tree-and-mojave-parks-still-repairing-damage

Yellowstone National Park employee finds foot floating in hot spring

A Yellowstone National Park employee found part of a foot still in a shoe floating in a hot spring on Thursday, according to park officials. …read more

https://nypost.com/2022/08/18/yellowstone-national-park-employee-finds-foot-floating-in-hot-spring/

With 80% of workers afraid of losing jobs during a recession, business owners trim costs

As economy looms over the heads of Americans, 80% of workers are worried about losing their job in a recession. Business owners want to prevent that.

     

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Most electric cars are quiet. But Dodge says its future electric muscle car will be super loud

Dodge, famous for offering cars with big and powerful V8 engines, is phasing out some of its iconic, gas-powered muscle cars in favor of electric power. To ease fans into this new era, the company has opted to mimic some muscle car sensations — including shifting gears and a loud exhaust — in an electric concept car it unveiled on Wednesday. …read more

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/17/business/dodge-electric-muscle-car/index.html

US, Taiwan eye closer trade ties amid China tensions

The US and Taiwan seem willing to set aside bilateral trade irritants and boost commercial ties as relations with China deteriorate. …read more

https://www.dw.com/en/us-taiwan-eye-closer-trade-ties-amid-china-tensions/a-62858059?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

‘Twilight Saga: New Moon’ director regrets rejecting Taylor Swift from film

The world was denied a Taylor Swift cameo in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” The person who made that call now wishes he hadn’t. …read more

https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/18/entertainment/taylor-swift-twilight-saga/index.html