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    ROME — The city of Bologna, Italy, has announced a pilot program to reward “virtuous” citizens for recycling, taking public transportation, and curbing energy usage. The program, which has been likened to China’s social credit system, is slated to go into effect in September, 2022, using a “smart citizen wallet” app for cell phones. “In September, we will start with a pilot project for the city: at the center is the virtuous citizen, the one who, for example, separates waste well or does not waste energy, or uses public transport and does not receive fines, or actively uses the Bologna Welcome Card,” announced Massimo Bugani, councilor for the city’s digital agenda and civic use of data, at a press conference late last month. “The municipality will assign such citizens a score as part of a reward system with economic benefits to individual users,” Bugani explained. Citizens will have access to their rating, which can be improved by earning points that they may then “spend” on prizes such as rebates and cultural activities as a reward for their “virtuous behavior.” Bugani...
    DENVER (CBS4)– The first social equity pot club in Denver is open for business. Social Cannabis is located on Federal Boulevard. (credit: CBS) It’s one of the first under the City of Denver’s priority to make the marijuana industry more diverse through a social equity license. Owner Dan Morgan hopes to support people who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs. (credit: CBS) “This was very, very difficult and even with 12 years of industry experience, you know, it was still an arduous program. So I think people without this experience would have a lot of trouble getting through this process, so I’m dedicated to helping them,” said Morgan. (credit: CBS) Morgan has pledged to give $10,000 annually to the Denver North High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation.
    DENVER (CBS4)– The first social pot club in Denver is open for business. Social Cannabis is located on Federal Boulevard. (credit: CBS) It’s one of the first under the City of Denver’s priority to make the marijuana industry more diverse through a social equity license. Owner Dan Morgan hopes to support people who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs. (credit: CBS) “This was very, very difficult and even with 12 years of industry experience, you know, it was still an arduous program. So I think people without this experience would have a lot of trouble getting through this process, so I’m dedicated to helping them,” said Morgan. (credit: CBS) Morgan has pledged to give $10,000 annually to the Denver North High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation.
    THESE tax credits are crucial for Social Security Supplemental Income recipients to file taxes. As the deadline for taxes quickly approaches, SSI recipients could be entitled to credits and rebates they don't usually qualify for. 1The CTC and EITC can help increase your tax return The stimulus bill of 2021 has opened up these credits and rebates to more people, including those on SSI. The first tax credit is the Child Tax Credit (CTC). As part of the stimulus relief bill, the child tax credit was expanded to $3,600 per eligible child under the age of six and $3,000 per eligible child ages six to 17. From July to December 2021 advanced payments for half the amount were sent to families, with the other half being available now during tax time. Read more in taxesIN THE MONEY New $300 tax deduction available to some workers next year – see who qualifies Those who didn't claim this credit last year can claim it now, possibly as a rebate. The CTC will not affect social security benefits. The...
    By the way, if you think this article doesn’t apply to you because you don’t live in Idaho, think again. ESG is an international phenomenon that affects every single American, regardless of the state you live in. ESG metrics are a kind of social credit scoring system, similar to the model now being used in China. Their purpose is to create a new framework for evaluating businesses, banks, investors, and governments, so that instead of just looking at profits, losses, debt, employee satisfaction, and other traditional economic metrics, an organization is evaluated for its commitment to battling climate change and devotion to social justice causes, including, for example, the racial composition of a company’s workforce. ESG systems already have awards and punishments tied to them. Companies with “good” ESG scores are often rewarded with lower lending rates, better bond ratings, and other advantages. Some companies with “bad” ESG scores are forced to pay more for loans or denied access to banking services altogether. And you don’t need to take our word for it,...
    GARY NEVILLE has been reminded of a particularly boozy night during his playing career, by golfer Lee Westwood. Neville, 47, slammed United's owners, manager and players for going on a "global tour" following their Champions League exit to Atletico Madrid. 4Lee Westwood reminded the former Man Utd full-back of a night in the 90's when they were "on it"Credit: Getty 4Neville's original tweet accused the current crop of United players and staff as being "tone deaf"Credit: Getty After crashing out of Europe's elite competition, interim boss Ralf Rangnick headed to Barbados to watch cricket, while Marcus Rashford flew to Dubai and met pro boxer Regis Prograis. Co-owner Avram Glazer was also spotted queuing for a kebab at Sunday's Grand Prix after going to Dubai to launch a new cricket competition. 2020 European Tour winner Westwood responded to Neville, reminding the former right-back that he wasn't exactly an angel back in his day. The 48-year-old said: "Late 90s. Living Room. Manchester. Wednesday night. You, Me, Darren Clarke....
    "Third ... the Department of Homeland Security has now defined 'misinformation' about COVID or the election to be a contributor to the terrorist threat levels. In other words, misinformation in their view contributes to terrorism," Sacks continued. "So, we have now all the ingredients … politicians invoking fake state of emergencies. You've got big tech companies shutting people out through the political system, and you've got this very scary and dangerous redefinition of terrorism to effectively apply to domestic political descent." Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here. The 3 INGREDIENTS for a social credit system are ALREADY HERE youtu.be Want more from Glenn Beck?To enjoy more of Glenn’s masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution, and live the American dream.
    A DESPERATE Leeds fan had to use a BANK CARD to eat his matchday grub - because Anfield ran out of forks. The travelling supporters had a miserable time on Merseyside on Wednesday night. Leeds fan last night after Liverpool ran out of forks… ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/FkSNBXOifu— Footy Scran (@FootyScran) February 24, 2022 They saw their defenders ship six goals against Jurgen Klopp's rampant Reds. And one even had to take creative measures to finish off his football scran, digging back into his wallet. A picture shared on social media showed the bloke holding the tray of Scouse Pie in one hand... and the makeshift fork in the other. It is understood the catering facilities in the concourse had no plastic cutlery leaving the genius Leeds supporter to take things into his own hands. There was, unsurprisingly, a load of reaction on social media with plenty of bemused users. One joked: "Straight for the credit card, no old membership cards or hotel room passes." Most read in SportTAKING THE MICK Phil Mickelson's comments on the Saudi Golf LeagueFREE...
    MILLIONS of young workers can claim a tax credit worth an average of $820 this month. It comes as young US adults face the highest poverty rates of any age group, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP). 1The enhanced earned income tax credit is set to help 17million AmericansCredit: Getty To help, the Biden Administration temporarily enhanced the earned income tax credit (EITC) for the 2021 tax year. EITC helps low- to moderate-income workers and families, but the expansion made it available to younger and older workers without dependent children for the first time. It means workers aged 19 through 24 and 65 and older can get it too. For the 37% of young workers who are now eligible to receive the credit, the expansion will mean an average boost of $820, according to ITEP. Overall, the changes are estimated to help 17million more Americans. The maximum credit for workers is $1,502 for the 2021 tax year - up from $538 - while families can get up to $6,728. Most read in MoneyCHECK YOUR CALENDAR Exact...
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4) — Colorado entrepreneur David Lesh gained notoriety by showing himself behaving badly in beautiful outdoor settings. Those actions led him to appear in a much different environment – the inside of a courtroom. A U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday sentenced Lesh to a $10,000 fine, 160 hours of community service, and a year of probation. Judge Gordon Gallagher refused to order a jail term despite pleas he received from the public to put Lesh behind bars. “I am loath to incarcerate somebody for a petty offense of this nature,” Gallagher said during Wednesday’s hearing, according to a report from the Aspen Times. “That just would not appear to be a just sentence to me. I do believe that there needs to be a deterrent.” David Lesh in an 2014 booking photo. (credit: Boulder County Sheriff) At the end of a one-day trial last October, Lesh was convicted of taking a snowmobile off-route on federal land and using federal land to the benefit of his outdoor clothing company, Virtika. Lesh, 36, of Denver, was found guilty...
    LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Lyndon McCleod, the apparent shooter in a killing spree in Denver and Lakewood Monday, left behind books, videos, podcasts and social media posts that provide insight into the kind of life he lived — and may have foretold the tragic crime spree. Police believe McLeod was targeting most of his victims. (credit: CBS) What is raising concerns for many is how he seemingly projected his coming shooting spree in a book series he wrote years ago under the pen name of “Roman McClay” McCleod published three books via the company entitled ‘Sanction’, ‘Sanction II’ and ‘Sanction III’. He wrote about a successful businessman based in Colorado who shared his real name, Lyndon McLeod. In the book, he wrote about that character one day snapping and going on a shooting spree through Denver — attacking people who were former business partners and friends who he felt betrayed him. (credit: CBS) McLeod posted videos online of himself living an isolated life in the mountains, living out of a storage container and frequently shooting guns. On an Instagram page,...
    AN Illinois woman is trying to prove she's alive and well so she can reclaim all her retirement benefits. Judy Milleville of Altamont, Illinois, was on vacation when she checked her online bank account and learned the Social Security Administration (SSA) took back her monthly benefits she had been receiving. 1Approximately 2.9million deaths are reported to the Social Security Administration each year (stock picture) Her Social Security payment was deposited on November 17, but two days later it was withdrawn from her account by the SSA, reports Effingham Daily News. Judy also realized her medicare insurance credit was missing. She contacted her bank who told her it would investigate. The bank learned it was contacted by the SSA on November 11 and was told Judy was deceased. To make matters worse, Judy was told it was now up to her to reach out to Social Security to get things straightened out. That's when she started the process of proving she's indeed alive. Most read in moneyPAYDAY 'Surprise' $6,300 stimulus checks' being sent as calls for 2022 payments growBIG BOOST $1,104...
    Holiday shoppers, prepare to be bombarded with social media ads — and scams. Highly targeted advertising on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook makes it easier than ever for brands to get in front of their target market. But these ads also make it easier for shady brands to dupe eager scrollers and shoppers with glossy images, only to deliver low-quality goods or nothing at all. Scams originating on social media have skyrocketed in recent years. According to data from the Federal Trade Commission, complaints of fraud that started on social media jumped from nearly 28,900 in 2019 to more than 71,500 in 2020. And that figure is on pace to double again in 2021, with nearly 76,000 reports of social media fraud filed in the first half of this year, resulting in $292 million lost by consumers. “While these advertising platforms try to weed out obvious bad actors via their automated algorithms, it is literally impossible for them to fully protect end consumers from sketchy companies,” says Oleg Donets, co-founder and chief marketing officer for Real Estate...
    (CNN)Democrats are still negotiating the final details of their sweeping $1.9 trillion budget reconciliation package so the House can vote on it soon. The bill would transform the nation's social safety net despite being whittled down to roughly half its original size amid infighting between the party's moderate and progressive wings. It would create a universal pre-K program, assist families with child care and send them the enhanced child tax credit for another year. It would also provide beefed-up subsidies on the Affordable Care Act exchanges through 2025 and offer federal help to those who fall below the poverty line.It would funnel nearly $570 billion into climate measures, attempt to address affordable housing shortfalls and provide money to parents to buy their kids food over the summer.Once it gets through the House, the legislation would still have to be approved in the Senate, where Democrats can't afford to lose a single vote in the reconciliation process.Here's what's in:Read MoreUniversal pre-K: The bill would provide free pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds. It would expand access to 6 million children a year....
    THERE are several factors which go into whether or not you'll receive Social Security benefits and how much you'll get. Senior citizens who qualify for Social Security have earned enough money in their lifetime and are paying taxes on those earnings. 1You need to earn enough credits to qualify for Social Security Who qualifies for Social Security? You must earn at least 40 credits to qualify for Social Security, which you earn when you work and pay Social Security taxes. The number of credits does not affect the amount of benefits you receive. It only determines whether you are eligible or not. You do not get extra benefits for earning more than the minimum number of credits. Social Security will not pay you benefits if you don't have enough credit. The agency uses the amount of credits you've earned to determine your eligibility for retirement or disability benefits, as well as your family's eligibility for survivors benefits when you die Most read in moneyDOWN DAY Shiba Inu coin and Bitcoin down as Kraken crypto exchange 'promises to list coin'CASH...
    A Philadelphia business owner is facing a lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro accusing her of using her social media presence to steal thousands of dollars from consumers. The suit alleges that Dana Chanel, whose real name is Casey Olivera, and co-owners of the four businesses named "misled consumers and failed to deliver goods and services as promised." “Dana Chanel built a following online by presenting herself as a black woman-owned small business success story,” Shaprio said. “She advertised the products of her companies as a way for other black small business owners to achieve what she did. Then, she ripped off the same community she claimed to care about.” Chanel uses her sizable platform on social media to promote many products, including credit repair services offered by Credit Exterminators Inc., later rebranded as Earn Company, LLC, and mobile app development services through Alakazam Apps, LLC, Shapiro said in a news release. She apparently co-owns and operates Credit Exterminators/Earn Company with her sister, Cassandra April Olivera, and runs Alakazam Apps with her father, Nakia Rattray. The suit alleges...
    A Philadelphia business owner is facing a lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro accusing her of using her social media presence to steal thousands of dollars from consumers. The suit alleges that Dana Chanel, whose real name is Casey Olivera, and co-owners of the four businesses named "misled consumers and failed to deliver goods and services as promised." “Dana Chanel built a following online by presenting herself as a black woman-owned small business success story,” Shaprio said. “She advertised the products of her companies as a way for other black small business owners to achieve what she did. Then, she ripped off the same community she claimed to care about.” Chanel uses her sizable platform on social media to promote many products, including credit repair services offered by Credit Exterminators Inc., later rebranded as Earn Company, LLC, and mobile app development services through Alakazam Apps, LLC, Shapiro said in a news release. She apparently co-owns and operates Credit Exterminators/Earn Company with her sister, Cassandra April Olivera, and runs Alakazam Apps with her father, Nakia Rattray. The suit alleges...
    Democrat plans to surveil Americans’ bank accounts using the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are part of a broader framework to install government controls resembling China’s “social credit score” system, Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) observed on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with special guest host Jerome Hudson. Treasury Secretary Jessica Yellen recently said bank transactions valued at $600 or more should be automatically reported to the IRS for surveillance to combat “tax fraud and cheating.” In September, the Biden administration called for Congress to enact legislation forcing banks to report such transactions to the IRS Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (C) listens to President Joe Biden during a meeting on October 06, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) “What they’re trying to do is to control every part of your life,” Ferguson said. “They are looking at your social media posts. They are looking at your finances. They’re going to tie all of this stuff together, and it ultimately feels and sounds a lot like the Chinese social score with the government being in control of every part of...
    Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer asked a Democratic congressman if he considers himself a capitalist or a socialist because of the lawmaker's vocal support for President BidenJoe BidenWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE's domestic agenda.   "Do you consider yourself a capitalist or a socialist?" Hemmer asked Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanProgressives say go big and make life hard for GOP Left doubles down on aggressive strategy Attacks on Sinema turn increasingly personal MORE (D-Wisc.) when he appeared on Fox's "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday.  "I’ve been a small business owner for 33 years, so you tell me," Pocan responded. "I know a little bit about capitalism." Hemmer pressed Pocan, asking again "So you're saying you're a capitalist, correct?" "Yeah I think I'm pretty good an understanding capitalism," Pocan said.  Hemmer then said Biden's tax plan, which Pocan has voiced support for, would "go after some Americans and tax more than 60 percent of their gross income depending on where they live in...
    A PLANNED child tax credit extension could be cut to just one year and free community college axed under a smaller social spending bill. President Joe Biden has told lawmakers that the bill may shrink to between $1.75trillion and $1.9trillion, according to sources cited by NBC News. 1A planned child tax credit extension could be cut to just one year under a smaller social spending billCredit: Alamy Although the latest is yet to be confirmed, the Democrats' budget plan was originally set to be worth $3.5trillion. According to the sources, Mr Biden said he expected to drop tuition-free community college and to curtail the child tax credit program. It comes after reports last month that Senate Democrats were aiming to extend the monthly child tax credits until 2024. The House Committee on Ways and Means, the chief tax-writing committee of the House of Representatives, then revealed an extension until 2025. If these changes were to go into effect, eligible taxpayers would continue to get the monthly credits until the end of 2025. In August, the Democrats also revealed it planned...