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Kingston barber tests positive for COVID-19 after cutting hair in violation of NY order

https://www.dailyfreeman.com/news/local-news/kingston-barber-tests-positive-for-covid-19-after-cutting-hair-in-violation-of-ny-order/article_932aa858-9565-11ea-b86d-bf0d85310eb1.html?fbclid=IwAR16wAMiV-at2dVLHzq2bGlgo9aYJz0_XJLtat1K-PqeSBkrSdCo68ked-U

 

You know there's going to be a lot more stories like this.  They can't seem to get it though their thick skulls that just because this virus is invisible doesn't mean it's not there, cocked and loaded.  

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20 hours ago, Farmer Vincent said:

Kingston barber tests positive for COVID-19 after cutting hair in violation of NY order

https://www.dailyfreeman.com/news/local-news/kingston-barber-tests-positive-for-covid-19-after-cutting-hair-in-violation-of-ny-order/article_932aa858-9565-11ea-b86d-bf0d85310eb1.html?fbclid=IwAR16wAMiV-at2dVLHzq2bGlgo9aYJz0_XJLtat1K-PqeSBkrSdCo68ked-U

 

You know there's going to be a lot more stories like this.  They can't seem to get it though their thick skulls that just because this virus is invisible doesn't mean it's not there, cocked and loaded.  

 

Michigan protesters plan 'Operation Haircut' demonstration to push back against state's 'tyrannical' stay-at-home order

The Michigan Conservative Coalition is organizing the demonstrations that are planned for Wednesday afternoon.

The group previously organized "Operation Gridlock" last month at the Capitol, leading crowds of protesters outside the building while others stayed in their cars, honking in defiance of stay-at-home orders

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/498137-michigan-protesters-plan-operation-haircut-demonstration-to-push-back

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A Sitting President, Riling the Nation During a Crisis

By smearing his opponents, championing conspiracy theories and pursuing vendettas, President Trump has reverted to his darkest political tactics in spite of a pandemic hurting millions of Americans.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/15/us/politics/president-trump-coronavirus-pandemic-response.html

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Interestingly enough, just a quick search reveals there are protests going in in several European countries as well.

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Little sense of shared grief as virus deaths near 100,000

Noah Bierman and Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times on May 22, 2020
 
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WASHINGTON -- For months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the nation ached together in televised memorials, joining in a collective catharsis of uniformed salutes, bagpiped dirges and President George W. Bush declaring a national day of mourning and remembrance.

The space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986 turned classrooms into grieving sessions, with President Reagan directly addressing the national wounds. The Japanese attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor in 1941 was a day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt said would live in "infamy," uniting the mainland to enter a world war.

Yet as the nation nears 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 -- far more than all those tragic events combined or the entire Vietnam War -- there is little sense this Memorial Day weekend that Americans are grieving together or uniting in a sense of purpose.

While Americans have shared undeniable hardships since March -- including more than 38 million people forced to file for unemployment, and tens of millions more forced to hunker down at home to avoid the contagion -- the carnage is hitting them unevenly.

President Donald Trump, loath to dwell on those dismal figures, is both stoking the polarized response and counting on a fragmented experience to distract the nation from the almost incomprehensible death toll -- nearly triple that of any other country.

more at

https://www.arcamax.com/currentnews/newsheadlines/s-2365631?fs

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Brazil now has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world after US

Brazil has become the country with the second most coronavirus cases worldwide after the United States.

The country's health ministry reported 20,803 new cases on Friday, bringing the total to 330,890 confirmed cases.
 
Brazil's cases have surpassed the number in Russia, where health officials more recently reported 326,448 cases.
 
More than 1.5 million cases have been reported in the US, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
 
Last week, Sao Paulo's mayor warned that its health system could be overwhelmed very soon if residents don't follow social distancing guidelines. Officials in the city of 12 million have declared a five-day holiday in a bid to get residents to stay home.
 
But President Jair Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the threat of the virus, saying quarantines and lockdowns could have a worse impact on Brazil's economy
 
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the real reason for reopening

 

Most of Europe and all 50 US states are in various stages of “reopening.” But why, exactly?

The pandemic is still with us. After the first tentative steps to ease the lockdown in Germany – the most successful large European country in halting the spread of the virus, thanks to massive testing – the disease has shown signs of spreading faster.

At least Germany is opening slowly and carefully, as is the rest of the EU.

By contrast, the US – with the highest number of deaths and most haphazard response to Covid-19 of any advanced nation – is opening chaotically, each state on its own. Some are lifting restrictions overnight.

Researchers expect the reopenings to cause thousands of additional deaths.

Experts warn that Dallas, Houston, Florida’s Gold Coast, the entire state of Alabama and several other places in the south that have rapidly reopened their economies are in danger of a second wave of coronavirus infections over the next four weeks.

Last Monday, Ford reopened its large North American assembly plants. On Tuesday, it closed and reopened its Chicago Assembly plant twice in less than 24 hours, after two workers tested positive for Covid-19. On Wednesday, Ford temporarily shut its Dearborn, Michigan truck plant after an employee tested positive, then promptly resumed operations.

So why “reopen” so abruptly, when Covid-19 continues to claim lives?

The main reason given is to get the economy moving again. But this begs the question of why an economy exists in the first place, other than to promote the wellbeing of people within it.

Both Ford plants are vital to the company’s profitability, and that profitability is important to jobs in the midwest. But surely the wellbeing of Ford workers, their families, the people of Chicago and Dearborn and others are more important.

A related argument is that workers are clamoring to return to their jobs. But polls suggest otherwise. Americans whose jobs require them to leave home express trepidation about doing so: 60% fear exposing their families to Covid-19.

Many Americans must return to work because they need the money, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Rich economies can support their people for years if necessary. During the Second World War, America shut down most of its economy for nearly four years.

The obstacle right now is a lack of political will to provide such support, at least until testing and tracing provide reasonable assurance the pandemic is contained.

Although nearly half of all US households report lost employment income since mid-March, extra jobless benefits enacted by Congress are only starting to trickle out now. Trump and the Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, refuse to extend them beyond July 31st.

Meanwhile, states are denying benefits to anyone whose company has called them back.

Finally, Trump and his enablers argue that reopening is a matter of “freedom.” He has called on citizens to “liberate” their states from public-health restrictions. Fox News personalities have decried what they call denials of “basic freedoms.”

But the supposed “freedom” to work is a cruel joke when people are forced to choose between putting food on the table or risking their lives. It’s the same perverse ideology that put workers in harm’s way in the dawn of the industrial age, when robber barons demanded workers be “free” to work in dangerous factories 12 hours a day.

In truth, there is no good reason to reopen when the pandemic is still raging: not getting the economy moving again, or workers clamoring to return to work, or the cost of extended income support, or because workers should be “free” to endanger themselves.

Let’s be clear. The pressure to reopen the economy is coming from businesses that want to return to profitability, and from Trump, who wants to run for re-election in an economy that appears to be recovering.

Neither is reason enough.

 

Stay Safe,

Robert Reich 

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