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Billionaire astronauts were not expecting to work so much on their mission to the International Space Station

Space News »  The pace put strain on private astronaut mission to ISS.

Gizmodo »

If you’re one of a few people fortunate enough to be able to afford a $55 million ticket to space, the odds are that you’re not much accustomed to hard labor. Members of the all-private crew to the International Space Station recently reflected on their journey to low Earth orbit, complaining that they had too much work to do aboard the laboratory as it circled our planet.

Big oil and gas producers made an “obscene” amount of profit in first three months of 2022

Meanwhile, middle-class families are struggling to buy groceries and buy enough fuel to drive the kids to their after-school activities.

Oliver Milman, The Guardian »

Shell made $9.1 billion in profit from January to March, almost three times what it made in the same period last year, while Exxon raked in $8.8 billion, also a near threefold increase on 2021.

Chevron upped its profits to $6.5 billion and BP reveled in its highest first-quarter profits in a decade, making $6.2 billion. Coterra Energy, a Texas-based firm, had the largest relative windfall of the 28 companies, with a 449% increase in profits on last year, to $818m.

“The greed of these companies is staggering,” said Lori Lodes, executive director of Climate Power, an advocacy group. “We’ve heard their executives bragging about how much the agony of inflation and the tragedy of the war in Ukraine has allowed them to raise prices. These profits are going right into their pockets.”

PayPal will soon start charging Canadian account owners a $20 fee for not using it in the past 12 months

If you have a PayPal account that you have not used in the past 12 months, you will probably want to know that PayPal is implementing an “inactivity fee” as of December 15, 2021.

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We’ve introduced an inactivity service fee to maintain accounts that are inactive. The applicability of the service fee is limited and intended to only impact eligible accounts that haven’t been active within the past 12 months (or are exempt for some other reason).

The User Agreement permits PayPal to assess a fee to eligible inactive accounts. Only eligible accounts with no activity in the previous 12 months will be charged an inactivity service fee. The fee will be the lesser of $20 CAD or the remaining balance in the account if less $20 CAD. Accounts with zero balance won’t be impacted and this charge won’t result in any negative balance.

Notifications to inactive accounts began on December 15, 2021 and advise simple actions to take before December 15, 2021 to avoid the fee:

Log-in to your account; or
Shop wherever PayPal is accepted; or
Send money to friends & family, or vendors for goods & services; or
Withdraw money from your account; or
Donate to a charity with your account

For more information see the Policy Updates section of the PayPal Legal Agreements page.

Note: Managed accounts and accounts held by customers in the province of Alberta, which have a balance of more than $250 CAD and which have been inactive for less than five years, are excluded.

Former Boeing 737 MAX Chief Technical Pilot indicted for fraud

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Texas returned an indictment today charging a former Chief Technical Pilot for Boeing with deceiving the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aircraft Evaluation Group in connection with their evaluation of Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane, and scheming to defraud Boeing’s U.S. based airline customers to obtain tens of millions of dollars for Boeing.

According to court documents, Mark A. Forkner, 49, formerly of Washington State and currently of Keller, Texas, allegedly deceived the FAA AEG during the agency’s evaluation and certification of Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane. As alleged in the indictment, Forkner provided the agency with materially false, inaccurate, and incomplete information about a new part of the flight controls for the Boeing 737 MAX called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

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