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Three months into the global coronavirus pandemic, Bill Gates has displaced George Soros as the chief bogeyman of the right.  :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

In April, dozens of Texans crowded around Infowars host  Alex Jones at an anti-shutdown demonstration in Austin, Texas, chanting “arrest Bill Gates.” A New York-based tech nonprofit falsely rumored to be working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to implant vaccine microchips in people received so many death threats that it contacted the FBI. And a White House petition demanding the billionaire’s foundation be investigated for “medical malpractice and crimes against humanity” amassed half-a-million signatures in three weeks.

Gates, who has announced that his $40 billion-foundation will shift its “total attention” to fighting COVID-19, has been accused of a range of misdeeds, from scheming to profit off a vaccine to creating the virus itself. On April 8, Fox News host Laura Ingraham and Attorney General Bill Barr speculated about whether Gates would use digital certificates to monitor anyone who got vaccinated.

A Christian Right broadcaster, Brannon Howse of “Worldview Watch,” warned that Gates and the “medical globalist deep state” were using the crisis to regulate people’s fertility depending on their worldview, through “procreation tickets” and microchips. On Instagram, anti-vaccination activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., posted a video featuring a “1984”-style audience listening to Gates, with text declaring that the Microsoft Corp. co-founder “is conducting global social and medical experimentation,” via the World Health Organization. The New York Times noted that misinformation about Gates has become “the most widespread of all coronavirus falsehoods” trending online.

Another great job by agent orange!   :lmao:

Millions Of Americans Still Haven’t Received Their Stimulus Checks

If you’re one of the 20 million eligible taxpayers who has yet to receive a check, you have until Wednesday to give the IRS your bank details online.

About 20 million Americans eligible to receive stimulus payments under a federal scheme aimed at helping people hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are still awaiting their checks — and the Internal Revenue Service has warned it could take till June or later for those payments to arrive.

If you are eligible for a stimulus payment — up to $1,200 for an individual taxpayer — but haven’t yet received it, you have until 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 13, to provide your banking details via the IRS’ online Get My Payment portal.

The IRS has said that recipients who set up direct deposit should expect to receive their stimulus checks much quicker than those who don’t.

“After noon Wednesday, the IRS will begin preparing millions of files to send to [the Bureau of Fiscal Services] for paper checks that will begin arriving through late May and into June,” the IRS said last week.

The Get My Payment portal has, however, been plagued with technical problems since its launch.

California Churches Pledge To Reopen At End Of May, Regardless Of Governor’s Orders  :clap: :clap: :clap:

Several California pastors have pledged to reopen their churches on May 31 “or sooner,” regardless of whether their plan lines up with a schedule put forth by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The pastors released a letter Thursday arguing that churches are “essential” during the pandemic and that people of faith have a right to worship in person.

Dan Carroll, the senior pastor of Fontana’s 20,000-member Water of Life Community Church, said he thinks Californians of faith feel like they’ve been “kicked to the curb” and “marginalized.”

“We are feeling like we aren’t counting as critical at any level,” Carroll said earlier this month at a press conference. “We’re doing all the essential things to care for people behind the scenes but when it comes to worshipping together, we’re restricted and not allowed to do that.”

This article will help you understand some people.  :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

People With Extreme Political Views Have Trouble Thinking About Their Own Thinking

Your super liberal and super conservative relatives might all have one thing in common.

 “It’s been known for some time now that in studies of people holding radical beliefs, that they tend to… express higher confidence in their beliefs than others,” says Steve Fleming, a UCL cognitive neuroscientist and one of the paper’s authors. “But it was unknown whether this was just a general sense of confidence in everything they believe, or whether it was reflective of a change in metacognition.”

He and his colleagues set out to find the answer by removing partisanship from the equation: they presented study participants with a question that had an objective answer, rather than one rooted in personal values.

They studied two different groups of people—381 in the first sample and 417 in a second batch to try to replicate their results. They gave the first sample a survey that tested how conservative or liberal their political beliefs were. Radicalism exists on both ends of the spectrum; the people at the furthest extremes of left and right are considered “radical.”

agent orange is doing his best to get rid of people that dont support him.

10 steps to save Native Americans from Covid-19 catastrophe

The pandemic ravaging some Native American communities has echoes that go back centuries -- to the measles and smallpox epidemics that first decimated the original Americans. This time, however, rapid action can avert a catastrophe.

The stakes are high. And the human stories are already heartbreaking. For example, Andrea Circle Bear never met her daughter. The day before she delivered her baby via cesarean section on April 1, doctors placed Circle Bear on a ventilator. Less than four weeks later, the young mother succumbed to Covid-19 and passed away.

Circle Bear was only 30 years old. She had been sentenced in January for a nonviolent, drug-related offense. Pregnant and with a preexisting condition that put her at greater risk of complications, she should have been furloughed. Instead, her daughter will never meet her mom.
Valentina Blackhorse was just 28 years old when she died. Her family said she likely contracted Covid-19 caring for her companion, a detention officer in the Navajo Department of Corrections. She dreamed of one day helping to lead the Navajo Nation. Now her 1-year-old daughter will grow up without a mother.

Circle Bear and Blackhorse have more in common than tragic lives cut short too young. They were both Native American, two of 73 confirmed dead among the Navajo Nation alone. And they were both connected to prisons, where the virus is spreading rapidly.

Hey, Mitch McConnell — Have you seen your state’s pension fund lately?

And why are subsidizing Kentucky so much anyway?

The executive director of the Kentucky state retirement plans says he tries not to get involved in politics ­— which is just as well, given his job.

But when I asked him if his state’s senior senator, Mitch McConnell, was throwing stones in glass houses with his attacks on “blue-state bailouts” — well, that’s when Eager suddenly seemed to find things pretty funny.

Two weeks ago Mitch McConnell, the senate majority leader and the most powerful Republican on Capitol Hill, sparked a furor when he said he opposed further federal aid to the states during the coronavirus crisis, and suggested they file for bankruptcy instead.

“I would certainly be in favor of allowing states to use the bankruptcy route,” he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. “There’s not going to be any desire on the Republican side to bail out state pensions by borrowing money from future generations,” he added.

Salon owner gets week in jail for refusing to close business    :clap: :clap: :clap:

A Dallas salon owner who has refused to close her shop despite multiple court orders has now been sentenced to a week in jail. A judge Tuesday called Shelley Luther's open defiance of social distancing orders "flagrant and intentional" and said she felt no "remorse or regret" for her actions.

According to court documents, Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail for violating a temporary restraining order to close her business and fined $500 each to the county's criminal and civil courts for every day the salon remained open. She openly violated the governor's stay-at-home order, an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Luther, the owner of Salon À la Mode and Hot Mess Enterprises, gained national attention for opening her salon in April after her city and county ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses in March. She has said she opposed the stay-at-home order for financial reasons and publicly ripped up one of the court orders at a protest with more than 100 others.

Judge Eric V Moyé, of the 14th Civil District Court of Dallas, told Luther on Tuesday that he would consider a lighter sentence if she admitted that she was wrong and apologized to the elected officials whose orders she violated.

Park ranger was telling a crowd to social distance. Mid-speech, someone pushed him into a lake    :no: :nono2: ::)

A man accused of shoving an Austin, Texas, park ranger into the water while the ranger was explaining to a crowd the need for social distancing is embarrassed by his actions, his lawyer said.

A video that gained attention after it was posted on social media includes the moment a young man pushes the ranger into a lake at Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park last Thursday afternoon.

Brandon Hicks, 25, faces a charge of attempted assault on a public servant, a state jail felony, said the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
According to an arrest affidavit, ranger Cassidy Stillwell was talking to a crowd of people, described as "unlawfully drinking and smoking," on a dock near Lake Austin. It's unclear from the affidavit whether Hicks was part of that group mentioned in the affidavit.

Why the Covid-19 economy is particularly devastating to millennials, in 14 charts

Millennials still recovering from the Great Recession now face a downturn that’s being compared to the Great Depression.

The economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic is immense, with tens of millions unemployed and the US economy shrinking at a rate unseen in more than a decade. Global financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund are warning that Covid-19 could trigger a global economic slowdown comparable only to the Great Depression.

One of the groups likely to suffer the most is millennials, many of whom have yet to fully recover from the Great Recession.

“One thing we know is that younger workers who were more fragile are already being more hard hit. Older folks will suffer greater wealth losses, but at least they had that wealth cushion,” the Atlantic’s Annie Lowrey told Vox’s Sean Illing recently.

Millennials, often categorized as people born between 1980 and 1997, are economically vulnerable in part because they are an incredibly diverse generation, with about 55 percent being people of color. This diversity suggests that their economic situation is more broadly affected by financial inequalities than older generations.

Politics / Covid-19 is way, way worse than the flu
« on: May 05, 2020, 03:54:37 PM »
Covid-19 is way, way worse than the flu   :read: :read: :read:

It’s more contagious, deadlier, sneakier, and more likely to cause chaos.    :popcorn:

Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, the question on many people’s minds was: “Isn’t this disease like the flu?” Covid-19 is a respiratory disease with some symptoms that resemble those of the seasonal flu, like fever and cough.

New evidence in the form of blood tests conducted in New York show that Covid-19 is at least as deadly as scientists have suspected for some weeks now. This is not like the seasonal flu. It is worse.

This is not to downplay the flu, which is an annual blight we could be even more proactive about fighting (annual flu shots are important!). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 12,000 and 61,000 people die of the flu every year. (President Trump has routinely sought to downplay the Covid-19 pandemic — particularly early on — by making comparisons to the flu.)

But also, keep in mind: That’s in a given year. Covid-19 hasn’t been around a year — or even half a year. Before January, this virus was not known to science, at all.

Yet the virus is already responsible for around 69,000 recorded deaths in the US as of May 5; and this is almost certainly an undercount. Around 2,000 people are still dying of Covid-19 every day in the United States alone.

Thousands will go uninsured in the Covid-19 outbreak because Republicans rejected Medicaid expansion

 :nono2: :nono2: :nono2:

Republican-led states have for years refused to expand Medicaid eligibility to many of their poorest residents, and now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and an unprecedented economic crisis, thousands upon thousands of Americans will fall through that hole in the safety net and end up uninsured.

This was completely avoidable.

The Affordable Care Act was designed to extend Medicaid coverage to everybody living in or near poverty. But Republican resistance to the health care law, enabled by a 2012 ruling from the US Supreme Court, prevented that vision from becoming a reality. Today, 14 states have not expanded Medicaid access. Poor people — particularly black Americans living in the South — have already been paying the price for that obstruction for years.

But today, in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak, many thousands more are going to discover the harsh reality that the United States has failed to adequately protect its poorest citizens from financial ruin in a medical emergency.

New estimates from the Urban Institute provide a fuller understanding of the cost of those decisions during the Covid-19 crisis. With record unemployment upon us, the institute’s researchers anticipate that between 25 million and 43 million Americans will lose their employer-sponsored health coverage along with their job. In the 36 states (plus Washington, DC) that have expanded Medicaid through the ACA, less than a quarter of those people are expected to become uninsured. Most of them are expected to end up on Medicaid, as intended.

States with few virus cases get big share of relief aid

Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming are among the least-populated states in the U.S., and not surprisingly have the lowest numbers of residents who have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But despite their small size, they scored big this spring when Congress pumped out direct federal aid to the states.

An Associated Press analysis shows those four, along with other small states, took in an out-sized proportion of the $150 billion in federal money that was designed to address coronavirus-related expenses, when measured by the number of positive tests for the COVID-19 disease.

Their haul ranged from $2 million per positive test in Hawaii to nearly $3.4 million per test in Alaska. In Wyoming, the smallest state with less than 600 positive cases, the $1.25 billion it received from the congressional package equates to 80 percent of its annual general state budget.

By comparison, New York and New Jersey, by far the hardest-hit states, respectively received about $24,000 and $27,000 per positive coronavirus test. Other states with high numbers of coronavirus cases, including Massachusetts, Michigan and Illinois, received less than $100,000 per positive case.

A mutant coronavirus has emerged, even more contagious than the original, study says   :o :o :o

Scientists have identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The new strain appeared in February in Europe, migrated quickly to the East Coast of the United States and has been the dominant strain across the world since mid-March, the scientists wrote.

In addition to spreading faster, it may make people vulnerable to a second infection after a first bout with the disease, the report warned.

The 33-page report was posted Thursday on BioRxiv, a website that researchers use to share their work before it is peer reviewed, an effort to speed up collaborations with scientists working on COVID-19 vaccines or treatments. That research has been largely based on the genetic sequence of earlier strains and might not be effective against the new one.

Ousted vaccine director files whistleblower complaint alleging coronavirus warnings were ignored   :tiptoe: :tiptoe: :tiptoe:

 (CNN)Dr. Rick Bright, the ousted director of the office involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine, formally filed an extensive whistleblower complaint Tuesday alleging his early warnings about the coronavirus were ignored and that his caution at a treatment favored by President Donald Trump led to his removal.
Bright had led the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority since 2016 when he was reassigned last month to a narrower position at the National Institutes of Health.
In his whistleblower complaint, Bright says he raised concerns about US preparedness for coronavirus starting in January but was met with "indifference which then developed into hostility" by leaders at the Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.

His attorneys argue that Bright's removal from his post amounts to a violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act, claiming that Bright "has engaged in numerous instances of protected activity."
In the complaint, he says he is seeking reinstatement as BARDA's director and asking for a full investigation.

Politics / Coronavirus, face masks and America's new fault line
« on: May 05, 2020, 03:46:17 PM »

Coronavirus, face masks and America's new fault line

Washington (CNN)Face masks, it seems, have become a new fault line in America.
The decision to wear or avoid them in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic signals whether people have chosen to adhere to public-health guidelines -- a stress that's playing out on personal and political levels.
For some, the tension over face masks has resulted in great personal loss. On May 1, Calvin Munerlyn, a security guard at a Michigan Family Dollar store, was shot to death while reportedly enforcing the state's policy to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces.
"This is senseless. Over a mask. Over a mask?" Tina James, Munerlyn's cousin, told CNN affiliate WJRT. "This is not the way to do things right now. We need to come together."

Percolating beneath the more general pandemic stress is a political divide cleaving us over the role of government, science and even truth.
On April 30, some 400 to 700 protesters descended on the Michigan Capitol building to demonstrate against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order, which was issued in March following the declaration of a state of emergency that was set to expire at the end of the day. (She later signed executive orders that put in place a new state of emergency through May 28.)

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