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  1. Footnote says:

    Edward R. Murrow, “See it Now” (CBS-TV, March 9, 1954)
    “A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy”
    (transcript) http://www.plosin.com/beatbegins/archive/Murrow540309.htm Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEvEmkMNYHY

    “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.”
    “This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s methods to keep silent, or for those who approve,” Murrow continued. “We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

  2. Prescience says:

    “There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.” Philip K. Dick (1928~1982)

  3. रामराज्य says:

    “Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India : The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies.” (The New Yorker, December 9, 2019 issue) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/09/blood-and-soil-in-narendra-modis-india
    “India moved a step closer on Tuesday to making it easier to imprison and deport some members of its 200-million strong Muslim minority, in a significant challenge to the country’s secular constitution. https://time.com/5746688/india-citizenship-amendment-bill/
    On Tuesday, Indian lawmakers passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill through the lower house of Parliament where the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has a huge majority.

  4. Pedant says:

    Animation of a rotating globe of Jupiter’s moon Io, with a geologic map superimposed over a global color mosaic. The 51-second animation begins as a global color mosaic image of the moon, then at 28 seconds, it displays the geologic map overlain on the mosaic. (USGS) https://www.usgs.gov/media/videos/rotating-globe-io-geology

    Illustration “Fantastic Adventures” (May 1940) illustration by Frank R. Paul. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/Life_on_Io_-_Back_cover_of_%22Fantastic_adventures%22_-_may_1940.jpg
    See also https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f8/e1/d9/f8e1d9b376c2c0ad3ae501585fbdc410.jpg
    In the essay “Life on Io” by Henry Gade the Galilean moon is inhabited by furry, black-and-white intelligent beings living in the city of Crystallis, built entirely of crystals http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?FANTADMAY1940

    “Moons of Jupiter”, Scruffy the Cat (1988) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhy6SZf_3Gk

  5. Mr. McGuire says:

    New study reveals Microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers : The health impacts of breathing or consuming the tiny plastic particles are unknown, and experts say urgent research is needed to assess the risks. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/27/revealed-microplastic-pollution-is-raining-down-on-city-dwellers
    “Recent research shows the whole planet appears to be contaminated with microplastic pollution. Scientists have found the particles everywhere they look, from Arctic snow and mountain soils, to many rivers and the deepest oceans. Other work indicates particles can be blown across the world.”
    See also “New study reveals higher microplastics in London air compared to other cities” https://phys.org/news/2019-12-reveals-higher-microplastics-london-air.html
    “Atmospheric microplastic deposition in an urban environment and an evaluation of transport”, Environment International (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.105411

  6. Legacy of Ashes says:

    “Suleimani killing the latest in a long, grim line of US assassination efforts : There has been no shortage of US attempts to remove foreign adversaries through highly dubious legal or ethical means” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/04/us-political-assassinations-history-iran-suleimani
    “Killing Hope : U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II” https://williamblum.org/books/killing-hope (includes links to excerpts)

  7. Invisible Hand says:

    BlackRock CEO says the climate crisis is about to trigger ‘a fundamental reshaping of finance’ https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/14/blackrock-ceo-larry-fink-says-climate-change-will-soon-reshape-markets.html
    BlackRock, the massive asset manager in charge of $7 trillion, will ditch investments that it considers a sustainability risk, including thermal coal producers — part of an effort to put sustainability at the center of its approach to investing. https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/14/investing/premarket-stocks-trading/index.html
    “Awareness is rapidly changing, and I believe we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance,” CEO Larry Fink said in his widely-read letter to other chief executives released Tuesday. https://www.blackrock.com/uk/individual/larry-fink-ceo-letter
    Fink predicted that significant changes to how capital is allocated globally are coming, and “sooner than most anticipate.”

  8. Wonmug says:

    “Human populations survived the Toba volcanic super-eruption 74,000 years ago : New archaeological work supports the hypothesis that human populations were present in India by 80,000 years ago and that they survived one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the last two million years” (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History 2/25/20) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-02/mpif-hps022020.php
    In summarizing the wider implications of this study, Professor Michael Petraglia of the Max Planck Institute says, “The archaeological record demonstrates that although humans sometimes show a remarkable level of resilience to challenges, it is also clear that people did not necessarily always prosper over the long term.”
    Nature Communications “Human occupation of northern India spans the Toba super-eruption ~74,000 years ago” (2/25/20) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-14668-4

  9. Tweety pie says:

    Republican mega-donor buys stake in Twitter and seeks to oust Jack Dorsey – report
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/feb/29/paul-singer-elliott-management-twitter-jack-dorsey Billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott Management has taken a ‘sizable stake’ and intends to ‘push for changes’, reports Bloomberg News https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-29/singer-s-elliott-is-said-to-seek-to-replace-twitter-ceo-dorsey
    Twitter rose 0.6% to $33.20 in New York trading Friday, giving the company a market value of about $26 billion. The shares rose as much 7.9% after the close of regular trading.

  10. Warbucks says:

    Air Force abruptly ends purchases of MQ-9 Reaper drones https://warisboring.com/air-force-abruptly-ends-purchases-of-mq-9-reaper-drones/
    In response to direction in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which directs the services to accept near-term risk in exchange for long-term capability enhancements, the Air Force is shifting its investment towards improved readiness and increased lethality for operations against near-peer adversaries,” service spokesman Capt. Jake Bailey said on Wednesday.
    While the Reaper is an impressive drone for counter-insurgency (COIN) operations, it simply lacks the capability to fight threats such as China or Russia- and the Pentagon is looking at preparing for the next war rather than the last.
    See also https://www.airforcemag.com/abrupt-end-to-mq-9-production-surprises-general-atomics/

  11. Tom Nast says:

    News item: “Mike Bloomberg is suspending his presidential campaign, says he’s endorsing Biden”

    “All That Money Can Buy” by Barry Blitt, The New Yorker (cover) March 2, 2020 issue.

  12. Bad Hombre™ says:

    Pentagon sends more troops to the border ahead of SCOTUS decision (3/6/20) https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/06/pentagon-sends-troops-to-border-123031
    “…Senior officials at the agency said on Friday that the move was a response to migrants who crowded the entry points last Friday when an appeals court in California said the policy was illegal and ruled that asylum seekers must be allowed into the United States.
    The decision by the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to block the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols was stayed within hours to allow the government time to appeal the ruling. The appeals court on Wednesday granted the Trump administration’s request to keep the restrictions, more commonly known as “Remain in Mexico,” in effect until Wednesday, when the Supreme Court reviews the case.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/06/us/politics/remain-in-mexico-military.html

  13. 5th column says:

    “Trump Is Counting on the Supreme Court to Save Him : The president’s remarkable lawsuit against his own accountants and bankers can succeed only if the conservative majority intervenes on his behalf.” David Frum, The Atlantic 2/7/20 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/mazars-lawsuit/607540/

    Erik Prince, the security contractor with close ties to the Trump administration, has in recent years helped recruit former American and British spies for secretive intelligence-gathering operations that included infiltrating Democratic congressional campaigns, labor organizations and other groups considered hostile to the Trump agenda, according to interviews and documents. (NYT 2/7/20) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/07/us/politics/erik-prince-project-veritas.html “…operations were run by Project Veritas, a conservative group that has gained attention using hidden cameras and microphones for sting operations on news organizations, Democratic politicians and liberal advocacy groups.”
    Mr. Prince, the former head of Blackwater Worldwide and the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, has at times served as an informal adviser to Trump administration officials. He worked with the former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn during the presidential transition. In 2017, he met with White House and Pentagon officials to pitch a plan to privatize the Afghan war using contractors in lieu of American troops.
    …Mr. Prince is under investigation by the Justice Department over whether he lied to a congressional committee examining Russian interference in the 2016 election, and for possible violations of American export laws. Last year, the House Intelligence Committee made a criminal referral to the Justice Department about Mr. Prince, saying he lied about the circumstances of his meeting with a Russian banker in the Seychelles in January 2017.

  14. Poor darling says:

    > First lady Melania Trump is defending her work on the new White House tennis pavilion after a tweet she posted was roundly criticized as tone deaf amid the coronavirus outbreak.
    “I encourage everyone who chooses to be negative (and) question my work at the ⁦‪@WhiteHouse⁩ to take time and contribute something good (and) productive in their own communities,” Trump tweeted Saturday.
    Melania Trump has been silent on coronavirus, which has spread to 28 states, though one of the three pillars of her “Be Best” initiative is “health and well-being of children.”
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/07/politics/melania-trump-defends-tennis-pavilion-coronavirus/index.html
    > Oct 12, 2018: Melania Trump tells @TomLlamasABC she wore the ‘I really don’t care’ jacket “for the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me. And I want to show them that I don’t care.” #MelaniaTrump https://abcn.ws/2INOvHT
    She also said she believes she is one of the most bullied people in the world.
    > Melania Trump’s $39 “I Really Don’t Care” Jacket Is Being Resold For $895 On eBay (7/30/19) https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/melania-trumps-39-i-really-dont-care-jacket-is-being-resold-for-895-on-ebay/ar-AAF4uaI

  15. Curiouser and curiouser says:

    “As coronavirus gains a foothold in the nation, it’s business as usual for Trump” https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/09/politics/coronavirus-reaction-donald-trump/index.html
    “Stock Markets Crash as Trump Insists Coronavirus Fears Are “Fake News”” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/03/global-markets-crash-coronavirus-oil-trump
    “How Trump’s business empire is cashing in on the 2020 campaign” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/09/how-trumps-business-empire-is-cashing-in-on-the-2020-campaign
    “New documents show Trump Organization has charged Secret Service $628,000 since 2017 [eight times more than it claimed] https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/486209-new-documents-show-trump-company-has-charged-secret-service-628000 [Trump’s son, Eric Trump, who runs the organization, has previously stated that the government is saving money on those trips because the company does not charge them for lodging].
    “Taxpayers Are Likely on the Hook for Eric Trump’s Trip to His Dad’s European Resorts” https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/03/taxpayers-are-likely-on-the-hook-for-eric-trumps-trip-to-his-dads-european-resorts/
    “Donald Trump Jr. Challenges Hunter Biden to a Nepotism Contest” https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/03/donald-trump-jr-challenges-hunter-biden-to-nepotism-contest.html

  16. Vecino says:

    “A group of women outside Mexico City’s main cathedral clashed on Sunday with men protesting abortion who made Nazi salutes, among scuffles that left dozens injured during a protest of tens of thousands of people on International Women’s Day.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-womensday-mexico-cathedral/nazi-salutes-molotov-cocktails-rock-massive-mexico-womens-march-idUSKBN20W0MH
    “The incidents reflected an undercurrent of anger throughout the day, in which the city government said 80,000 people marched through Mexico City’s historic core to the public square fronting the cathedral and National Palace.
    Wearing green bandanas symbolizing support for abortion rights, at least a dozen women ripped down banners describing abortion as femicide and set them on fire.
    The male anti-abortion proponents, some of whom had shaved heads and one of whom carried a whip, yelled vulgar slang in return. Mexico has a small ultra-nationalist movement that shares ideology with global hard-right groups.”

  17. ...uh-oh says:

    “Trump’s intel power play spooks the spooks : The CIA never welcomed its overlords in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. But now, the agency confronts its worst nightmare.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/08/john-ratcliffe-trump-intel-power-play-123452

    Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said late Monday he will not be briefing lawmakers on Tuesday about election security despite being expected on Capitol Hill by members of Congress to be on the panel of the country’s most senior national security officials.
    Grenell had been due to appear alongside the other senior officials in a pair of classified briefings to all members of the House and Senate. A list of top agency officials obtained by CNN from two congressional sources and a person familiar with the plans listed Grenell alongside National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, FBI Director Christopher Wray and others.
    As of late Monday night, the list and guidance circulated to Congress had not changed. However, Grenell and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence denied that he would be briefing.
    …Also not expected to appear is Shelby Pierson, ODNI’s election threats executive who is the intelligence community’s primary expert on election security.
    Tuesday’s briefings come almost three weeks after Grenell was controversially named to the top intel job, in the wake of an election security briefing by Pierson that angered Trump because she testified that Russia supports the President’s reelection bid.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/09/politics/grenell-election-security-briefing/index.html

  18. Alfred Jarry says:

    Leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called a Detroit factory worker “full of s—” in a testy exchange on gun policy Tuesday as voters cast ballots in Michigan’s crucial primary.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/10/joe-biden-told-an-auto-worker-youre-full-of-shit-during-a-tense-argument-over-guns.html Video shared by reporters on Biden’s tour of the Detroit auto plant shows the former vice president surrounded by workers as he argued face to face with a man in a hard hat and an orange high-visibility vest.
    The worker accused Biden of “actively trying to end our Second Amendment right.”
    The National Rifle Association quickly shared the video on Twitter. “Joe: Gun owners see through your lies,” the NRA’s official account tweeted.

  19. Herky-jerky says:

    “Government Auditor Blasts Interior for Unjustified Relocations That Did Not Consider Employee Views : The Bureau of Land Management also failed to provide key documentation supporting the decision to move its headquarters.” https://www.govexec.com/management/2020/03/government-auditor-blasts-interior-unjustified-relocations-did-not-consider-employee-views/163636/
    “BLM exodus: Agency loses half of DC staff slated for relocation” https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/486237-blm-exodus-agency-loses-half-of-dc-staff-slated-for-relocation

  20. Déjà vu says:

    “The Fed needs to bail out the real economy — not big banks” https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fed-needs-to-bail-out-the-real-economy-not-big-banks-144333573.html
    “Borrowing by non-financial companies has reached historic highs as companies have gorged on cheap credit and easy borrowing terms to goose shareholder returns. The prospect of widespread defaults in the debt-laden corporate sector is the weakest link in our fragile global economy, which is even more highly leveraged than the one which imploded during the 2008 financial crisis.”
    “Employees at Wall Street financial firms collected more than $20 billion in bonuses in 2009, the year after taxpayers bailed out the financial sector amid the economic meltdown” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wall-street-doled-20b-in-bonuses-in-2009/

    • 3Card Monte says:

      “Federal Reserve to lend additional $1 trillion a day to large banks” (NPR 3/20/20) https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/federal-reserve-to-lend-additional-1-trillion-a-day-to-large-banks
      “The New York Federal Reserve Bank said it will offer $1 trillion of overnight loans a day through the end of this month to large banks. That is in addition to $1 trillion in 14-day loans it is offering every week. Banks, so far, have not borrowed nearly as much as the New York Fed is offering, and the loans are quickly repaid. None of the funding is from taxpayer dollars. Wall Street analysts say the huge number is intended to calm markets by demonstrating that the Fed’s ability to lend short-term is nearly unlimited.
      The Fed is also buying Treasury bonds at a furious pace, and will soon run through the $500 billion in purchases it announced on Sunday. It is also accelerating its purchases of mortgage-backed securities. Most analysts expect they will buy more.”

      The U.S. government now owes over US $23.5 trillion in debt, or about $71,000 for every man, women and child living within its borders. It has risen $3 trillion since President Trump took office in 2017 and is almost double what it was just 10 years ago. https://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/debt/current

      Handy-Dandy money printing machine

  21. Mike says:

    Governor Lujan Grisham Wednesday became the first New Mexico Governor to invoke the 2003 Public Health Emergency Response Act (PHERA), issuing an executive order giving her administration broad powers to deal with the coronavirus which was has now been confirmed in four New Mexicans. https://www.abqjournal.com/1430120
    See also N.M. Stat. § 12-10A NMSA 1978 (“Public Health Emergency Response Act”)
    https://casetext.com/statute/new-mexico-statutes-1978/chapter-12-miscellaneous-public-affairs-matters/article-10a-public-health-emergency-response/section-12-10a-5-declaring-a-state-of-public-health-emergency-terminating-the-emergency

  22. Hope says:

    “Doctors Confirm That A Second Person Has Been Cured Of HIV Following Stem Cell Treatment” https://allthatsinteresting.com/adam-castillejo “Adam Castillejo was tragically diagnosed with both HIV and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In a miraculous twist, a stem cell treatment for the latter has cured him of the former.”
    The Lancet HIV journal ‘Evidence for HIV-1 cure after CCR5Δ32/Δ32 allogeneic haemopoietic stem-cell transplantation 30 months post analytical treatment interruption: a case report” published March 10, 2020.
    BBC News 3/10/20: “Second patient cured of HIV, say doctors” https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51804454

  23. Hey, Rube! says:

    “AT&T CEO pay rose to $32 million in 2019 while he cut 20,000 jobs.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/03/att-ceo-pay-rose-to-32-million-in-2019-while-he-cut-20000-jobs/ “…AT&T has been trying to reduce its debt load, which was $163.1 billion total and $151.3 billion in long-term debt at the end of 2019. Stephenson might not get another pay increase this year given the turmoil in stock markets that has sent AT&T tumbling in recent days. Stephenson is nearing retirement, but AT&T has said he will remain in the top role through all of 2020.”

  24. Heads up says:

    The mayor of Champaign, Illinois, gave herself the power to ban the sale of guns and alcohol after declaring a citywide emergency to address the coronavirus.
    Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen signed the executive order on Thursday declaring a state of emergency for the city. That executive order, which is in line with municipal code, comes with extraordinary powers for the mayor to enact over a short period of time as the city combats the spread of the coronavirus.
    Among the powers Feinen gained after signing the executive order was the power to ban the sale of guns, ammunition, alcohol, and gasoline. Feinen could also cut off access to individuals’ gas, water, or electricity. The city also has the ability to “take possession of private property” or order the temporary closing of all bars or liquor stores. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/illinois-mayor-signs-executive-order-granting-power-to-ban-sale-of-guns-and-alcohol-while-addressing-coronavirus
    “City of Champaign Addresses Concerns Regarding COVID-19 Emergency Ordinance” https://champaignil.gov/2020/03/14/city-of-champaign-addresses-concerns-regarding-covid-19-emergency-ordinance/
    “Coronavirus: Could the US do what Italy has done?” (BBC News 3/11/20) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51804664 “…”The likelihood of that happening in the United States is extremely, extremely small,” says Dr Irwin Redlener, Director of Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.
    “Essentially that amounts to martial law,” he tells BBC News. “Government ordered shutdowns” of public spaces and ability to travel would be “a very far step for Americans to manage,” he added.
    “It’s just part of our culture. It’s just the antithesis of the freedoms that we theoretically have.”

  25. Cassandra says:

    (NASA 3/16/20): “Greenland, Antarctica Melting Six Times Faster Than in the 1990s” https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/greenland-antarctica-melting-six-times-faster-than-in-the-1990s
    See also: “Arctic Ice Melt Is Changing Ocean Currents” https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/arctic-ice-melt-is-changing-ocean-currents “…Using 12 years of satellite data, scientists have measured how this circular current, called the Beaufort Gyre, has precariously balanced an influx of unprecedented amounts of cold, fresh water — a change that could alter the currents in the Atlantic Ocean and cool the climate of Western Europe.”
    “Mass Balance of the Greenland Ice Sheet From 1992 to 2018” (video)

  26. Senilicide says:

    COVID-19: Seniors in counties without hospitals are at the greatest risk. Almost one in five U.S. counties has many seniors and no hospital beds. https://headwaterseconomics.org/equity/hospital-access-seniors/ Includes interactive map – It does not include military, children’s, women’s, long term care, psychiatric, rehabilitation, or chronic disease facilities that are already being repurposed in some areas. The analysis also does not address the level of care available nearby or distance to the closest care, only whether there is any care nearby.

    In the West, nearly 100,000 people over 65 years old live in counties without a hospital bed. https://www.hcn.org/articles/north-covid19-crowded-cities-and-lonely-country-see-your-countys-hospital-bed-capacity

  27. Judas Goat says:

    “A Top Republican Senator Dumped $1.6 Million in Stock After Early Coronavirus Briefings. Was It Legal?” https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/03/richard-burr-dumped-stocks-coronavirus-legal-violation-stock-act/
    “Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness : Intelligence Chair Richard Burr’s selloff came around the time he was receiving daily briefings on the health threat.” https://www.propublica.org/article/senator-dumped-up-to-1-6-million-of-stock-after-reassuring-public-about-coronavirus-preparedness
    “On Thursday, Burr came under fire after NPR obtained a secret recording from Feb. 27, in which the lawmaker gave a VIP group at an exclusive social club a much more dire preview of the economic impact of the coronavirus than what he had told the public.” https://www.npr.org/2020/03/19/818192535/burr-recording-sparks-questions-about-private-comments-on-covid-19
    “Disclosure records also show that three other senators sold major holdings around the same time, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., according to The New York Times.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/us/politics/richard-burr-stocks-sold-coronavirus.html
    In two tweets Thursday night, Loeffler, whose husband is the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, defended the stock sales and said the investment decisions are made without knowledge of her and her husband. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/aoc-calls-senate-intel-chair-richard-burr-resign-stock-selloff-n1164401
    Burr was one of just three senators who in 2012 opposed the bill that explicitly barred lawmakers and their staff from using nonpublic information for trades and required regular disclosure of those trades. In opposing the bill, Burr argued at the time that insider trading laws already applied to members of Congress. President Barack Obama signed the bill, known as the STOCK Act, that year. https://projects.propublica.org/represent/bills/112/s2038
    “Sen. Alexander & Sen. Burr: Coronavirus prevention steps the U.S. government is taking to protect you” Fox News Opinion By Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Richard Burr (2/7/20) https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/coronavirus-prevention-steps-the-u-s-government-is-taking-to-protect-you-sen-alexander-and-sen-burr

  28. Curiouser and curiouser says:

    “Conservative Fox News host Tucker Carlson called on Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to resign after reports that he sold off millions in personal stocks the week before the stock market began its steep dive amid fears of the COVID-19 outbreak. https://thehill.com/homenews/media/488576-tucker-carlson-calls-on-burr-to-resign-amid-reports-of-stock-selloff-due-to
    Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, reportedly offloaded between $582,029 and $1.56 million of stock on Feb. 13 in almost 30 different transactions days after lawmakers on the Intelligence Committee were briefed on the virus.
    “Maybe there’s an honest explanation for what he did; if there is, he should share it with the rest of us immediately,” Carlson said in a Thursday night segment on Fox News. “Otherwise, he must resign from the Senate and face prosecution for insider trading.”
    “There is no greater moral crime than betraying your country in a time of crisis, and that appears to be what happened,” he added.”

  29. McLeod says:

    “How the Coronavirus Crisis May Hinder Efforts to Fight Wildfires” (New York Times) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/climate/coronavirus-firefighters-wildfires.html
    See also: “Thinking Outside the Stratosphere” (March 19, 2020 Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center) https://wildfirelessons.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/thinking-outside-the-stratosphere/ and
    “Fighting wildfires during a pandemic” (Wildfire Today, March 19, 2020) https://wildfiretoday.com/2020/03/19/fighting-wildfires-during-a-pandemic/

  30. Joe Fission says:

    New Mexico: “Los Alamos National Laboratory set to release radioactive vapors into the atmosphere” https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/lanl-set-to-release-radioactive-vapors/article_21f606b6-6a07-11ea-9a87-3b6afbc58ef1.html
    “The lab informed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month that it would ventilate four waste containers, beginning April 17, to relieve the built-up, radioactive hydrogen in the barrels’ headspace to prevent them from rupturing while they’re being handled.
    The lab has become more cautious about containers being combustible after a crew packed a waste drum with a mixture of wheat-based cat litter and nitrate salts in 2014, causing it later to explode and leak radiation at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad.
    WIPP shut down for three years and the cleanup cost was about $2 billion.”

  31. Hey, Rube! says:

    “The hedge-fund billionaire Bill Ackman turned a $27 million position into a $2.6 billion windfall as the coronavirus outbreak dragged stocks to multiyear lows and threatened deep economic recession.” https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/bill-ackman-hedge-profits-billions-coronavirus-tanks-stock-market-economy-2020-3-1029035562

    “Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate and unnecessary and humorless American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.” Kurt Vonnegut, “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” (1965)

  32. Ahoy says:

    “They used to be oil tankers. Now they’re hospital ships deployed to help during the coronavirus pandemic” https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/27/us/california-hospital-ship-trnd/index.html
    “Two US Navy hospital ships sent to ports in California and New York will help ease the burden of hospitals immersed in treatment of coronavirus patients.
    The USNS Mercy reached Los Angeles on Friday morning, while the USNS Comfort is set to arrive in New York City in a few days.
    The ships will be used for relocating shore-based patients undergoing treatments that are not coronavirus-related.
    Each ship contains 12 fully equipped operating rooms, 1,000 hospital beds, radiology services, a medical lab, pharmacy, optometry lab, a CAT-scan and two oxygen producing plants, according to the Navy.” See also https://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4625&tid=200&ct=4

  33. Théâtre du Grand-Guignol says:

    A California teenager who died last week, possibly from coronavirus, was turned away from an urgent care because he lacked health insurance. https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/489957-teen-who-may-have-died-of-coronavirus-was-turned-away-from-urgent-care-due
    Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said in a video that the 17-year-old had no previous health conditions and was healthy Friday, socializing with friends, before he passed away Wednesday.
    “Wednesday, he had gone to an urgent care,” he said. “He didn’t have insurance, so they did not treat him.”
    Meanwhile: “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.
    The temporary policy, for which the EPA has set no end date, would allow any number of industries to skirt environmental laws, with the agency saying it will not “seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations.” https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/489753-epa-suspends-enforcement-of-environmental-laws-amid-coronavirus

  34. Morrie says:

    “Trump’s new wall: The president blindsides New York by floating an ill-thought-out, likely unconstitutional ‘quarantine’” https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-edit-quarantine-ny-nj-ct-20200328-2kgsucsqtfbq3ghi576yr65bdi-story.html
    “A city map suggests what many New Yorkers already suspected: Coronavirus is hitting the poorest neighborhoods hardest.” https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-map-nyc-poor-neighborhood-20200328-rleikajgrneilinl5x3cpcxc6m-story.html
    “The hunt for fleeing New Yorkers: The Hamptons wants to ban coronavirus refugees from the Big Apple and Rhode Island is sending the National Guard to find them as wealthy residents and celebs escape virus epicenter” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8162899/Hamptons-wants-ban-New-York-virus-refugees-Rhode-Island-sends-National-Guard-them.html

  35. Pensive says:

    Mnuchin: Virus task force unanimously shunned Trump’s quarantine idea : The president “did very seriously consider” the idea of locking down the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.” But Trump was dissuaded after a meeting with the task force led by Vice President Mike Pence. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/29/trump-new-york-quarantine-mnuchin-coronavirus-153681

    White House coronavirus task force defends Trump’s NY quarantine proposal https://nypost.com/2020/03/29/white-house-coronavirus-task-force-defends-trumps-ny-quarantine-proposal/

  36. Charlie Mike says:

    During the Vietnam War, the U.S. dropped some 2.7 million tons of bombs on Cambodia, more than all the Allies combined dropped throughout the entirety of World War II. Worse yet, about 20,000 Cambodians have since died due to bombs and landmines that went unexploded after the war ended.
    But now, a team of researchers has found that nearly half of the bombs that the U.S. dropped could still be unexploded today, only putting more lives at risk. https://news.osu.edu/study-uses-ai-to-estimate-unexploded-bombs-from-vietnam-war/
    PLOS ONE: “Crater detection from commercial satellite imagery to estimate unexploded ordnance in Cambodian agricultural land” https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0229826

  37. Outta' sight says:

    “The Trump administration is expected on Tuesday to announce its final rule to rollback Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards, relaxing efforts to limit climate-warming tailpipe pollution and virtually undoing the government’s biggest effort to combat climate change.
    The new rule, written by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, would allow cars on American roads to emit nearly a billion tons more carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the vehicles than they would have under the Obama standards and hundreds of millions of tons more than will be emitted under standards being implemented in Europe and Asia.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/climate/trump-fuel-economy.html

  38. Clear & Concise says:

    In a Monday morning interview on “Fox & Friends,” President Donald Trump explicitly said that congressional Republicans opposed expanding voting access in the coronavirus stimulus package because it would hurt them politically. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-falsely-claims-expanding-voting-access-would-hurt-republicans-2020-3
    Referencing proposals from Democrats in the coronavirus stimulus negotiations that would have vastly increased funding for absentee and vote-by-mail options, Trump said “The things they had in there were crazy, they had things — levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again, they had things in there about election days, and what you do…and it was totally crazy.”

    Currently 38 states have some form of early voting, 35 allow voters to request an absentee ballot without a documented excuse, and five states (Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, and Hawaii), conduct all their elections almost entirely by mail.
    All those states, however, including the ones that exclusively vote by mail, still elect Republicans in nearly every level of government. Utah especially has long been a Republican stronghold despite relying on vote by mail.

    Meanwhile: “New Mexico county clerks petition state Supreme Court for mail-in voting” https://www.krqe.com/news/politics-government/new-mexico-county-clerks-petition-state-supreme-court-for-mail-in-voting/ Includes link to the full petition

  39. 5th column says:

    “Covid-19: Europe warns on FDI, capital movement risks” https://www.janes.com/article/95221/covid-19-europe-warns-on-fdi-capital-movement-risks
    “The EU has warned member states to remain vigilant on foreign direct investment (FDI) and the movement of capital from third countries during the current coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis in an effort to protect strategic industries.
    “The Covid-19 related emergency is having pervasive effects on the economy of the E U. As part of the overall response, the European Commission also singled out the issue of foreign direct investment screening. Among the possible consequences of the current economic shock is an increased potential risk to strategic industries, in particular but by no means limited to healthcare-related industries,” the Commission said in a communication on 25 March.
    As a result, member states have been asked to make full use of FDI screening mechanisms to protect the healthcare sector, the supply of critical inputs, as well as other sectors involved in supporting efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Noting that national screening mechanisms are in place for 14 of the 27 member states, the Commission called on governments lacking such regulations to create “a full-fledged screening mechanism, and in the meantime to use all other available options to address cases where the acquisition or control of a particular business, infrastructure or technology would create a risk to security or public order in the EU, including a risk to critical health infrastructures and supply of critical inputs.”
    Of key concern to the Commission in the latest update has been the risk of the acquisition of companies involved in the manufacture of healthcare products or related industries such as research establishments.”

    COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION : Guidance to the Member States concerning foreign direct investment and free movement of capital from third countries, and the protection of Europe’s strategic assets, ahead of the application of Regulation (EU) 2019/452 (FDI Screening Regulation) https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=OJ:C:2020:099I:FULL&from=EN

  40. Spoiler says:

    A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook which claim it shows bodies of novel coronavirus victims being thrown into a ditch in Italy. The claim is false; the footage was taken from the 2007 US television program “Pandemic”. https://factcheck.afp.com/clip-scene-2007-us-television-series-pandemic
    “Pandemic is a 2007 Hallmark Channel original mini-series with an ensemble cast. It premiered on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 8:00 PM as part of Hallmark Channel’s “Uncharted Adventures” weekend.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemic_(miniseries)

  41. Just business says:

    “Kushner company stands to benefit from freeze on federal mortgage payments : With more than $800 million in federally backed properties, Kushner Companies could reduce its payments to zero under provisions of the recovery bill.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/03/jared-kushner-company-benefit-recovery-bill-162652

    ‘Why is Jared Kushner in charge of anything?’: Trump’s son-in-law sparks outcry, confusion after coronavirus briefing debut https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/04/03/jared-kushner-coronavirus-briefing/

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