News and notes

Tuesday June 1st 2021: Adam Parker joins JJ McCartney LIVE 3-5pm ET, news and commentary to kick off the new month!

It’s Tuesday June 1st 2021. We just celebrated Memorial Day. But we would be remiss if we didn’t lead off with a couple of sad notes from the “long weekend” as Kamala Harris called it.

On Saturday May 29th, Singer B.J. Thomas died of Lung Cancer at his home in Arlington, Texas. It is hard to put in perspective what this man meant to my generation. B.J. Thomas was a unique talent, with a distintive voice, and he was a good old boy, born in Jugo, Oklahoma and raised mostly in Texas.

B.J.’s big breakthrough moment was when he was chosen to sing the song “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head” for the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The song was a smash hit, written by Burt Bacharach.

But BJ had been around well before that happened.

Also on Saturday We bid a final Bon Voyage to Gavin McLeod, best known as Captain Steubing of The Love Boat. But before the Love Boat, McLeod played the role of a cerebral news writer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a character called Murray Slater. McLeod became a caricature after his stint as the Love Boat skipper, and it was hard fpor many to see anything else when they looked at his mostly chrome dome.

But there was plenty of other news to digest over the weekend. For example, Comatose Joe spoke with Mahmoud Abbas of the PLO, and promised thatthe United States will pay for rebuilding the areas bombed by Israel in Gaza, after HAMAS launched thousands of missiles at Jerusalem. The outrage of this is well founded. Biden is a complete embarrassment, and is proving that nothing he does or says can be relied on by our allies overseas.

PLUS: Hackers attack MEAT??

One-Fifth of U.S. Beef Capacity Wiped Out by JBS Cyberattack

(Bloomberg) — A cyberattack on JBS SA, the largest meat producer globally, has forced the shutdown of some of world’s largest slaughterhouses, and there are signs that the closures are spreading.

JBS’s five biggest beef plants in the U.S. — which altogether handle 22,500 cattle a day — have halted processing following a weekend attack on the company’s computer networks, according to JBS posts on Facebook, labor unions and employees. Those outages alone have wiped out nearly a fifth of America’s production. Slaughter operations across Australia were also down, according to a trade group. One of Canada’s largest beef plants was idled for a second day.

It’s unclear exactly how many plants globally have been affected by the attack as JBS has yet to release details that granular. The prospect of more extensive shutdowns around the world is already upending agricultural markets and raising concerns about food security as hackers increasingly target critical infrastructure. In the U.S., JBS accounts for about a quarter of all U.S. beef capacity and roughly a fifth of all pork capacity. Livestock futures slumped while pork prices rose.

JBS suspended its North American and Australian computer systems after an organized assault on Sunday on some of its servers, the Brazilian meat giant said Monday in an emailed statement. Without commenting on operations at its plants, JBS said the incident may delay certain transactions with customers and suppliers.

“Retailers and beef processors are coming from a long weekend and need to catch up with orders,” Steiner Consulting Group said in its Daily Livestock Report. “If they suddenly get a call saying that product may not deliver tomorrow or this week, it will create very significant challenges in keeping plants in operation and the retail case stocked up.”

Join us LIVE from 3 to 5pm ET for The JJ McCartney Show with our Tuesday co-host Adam Parker as we digest the news, and share our thoughts.

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