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A proposed Amendment to the US Constitution

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The U.S. President will be elected by means of a standardized physical and personally signed mail-in ballot, which, starting in the first month of the election-year, is mailed out to all registered voters, who are broken down into 100 different and all-inclusive randomly assigned daily batches of 1% of the electorate (5% of the electorate per week), and which asks each such person "Whom do you wish were America's President right now? (Name a living American.)" Each of the top two chosen named persons that is Constitutionally qualified and willing to serve as President — both of them naturally being publicly well-known — will then, within 30 days of having been publicly announced as having been selected by the voters for the second-round voting and willing to serve, post online that individual's proposed Presidential policies; and each of these two contenders will, then, after yet another 30 days, together face a town hall, with 100 randomly selected Americans, at which event ten of them who would like to ask questions will randomly be selected, each one of these ten questioners to ask only one question (secretly held by that randomly selected individual), which they want to be answered by both of the contenders, and allowing each such questioner up to 5 successive follow-up questions on that one question, to ask that question of each one of the two contenders, but allowing no other question, and no time-limits.

Comment: A necessary addition to any nation's democratic framework would be the incorporation of the study of Political Ponerology: Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes

Also check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Introducing Political Ponerology, plus some odds and ends

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Arrow Up

Prediction: Jobless claims huge, but millions more due to the 'earthquake shaking the whole country'

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The boarded and the bored.
Economists expect 4 million to 5 million or more workers filed for unemployment claims last week, but there are still millions of claims expected, and layoffs could easily double those in the financial crisis, economists said.

There are two key employment reports Thursday and Friday. One is the government's weekly report of unemployment benefit claims, filed with states in the week ended March 28, due Thursday at 8:30 a.m. The second is March's employment report, expected before the opening bell Friday.

Economists have been ramping up their estimates for the weekly claims report. Their estimates range to as high as 9 million, but many are between 4 million to 5 million. That follows the record 3.3 million claims filed the week earlier.

Friday's monthly employment report for March is expected to show little impact from the coronavirus shutdowns and are instead penciling in job losses of as much as 10 million or more for April. Morgan Stanley expects 700,000 job losses in March, but other economists expect nonfarm payrolls at negative 100,000 and a higher unemployment rate of about 3.8%.

Comment: US jobless claims 10M and counting
New symptom? Investors on Wall Street have whiplash:
US stocks traded wildly on Thursday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 100 points at the opening, before recovering and making strong gains. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite were trading higher.

The surge in unemployment is far greater than expected by economists who have characterized it as "monstrous," "stunningly awful," and "a portrait of disaster." US jobless claims were hovering in the low 200,000s each week preceding the Covid-19 outbreak.

"The news is terrible and I'm not sure why the estimates the past two weeks have been so far off but we all know how rough things are," Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group, was cited as saying by CNBC. "The only question it seems is timing. The timing of when that freaking curve bends and when we as a society decide to shift to a life resumption plan, masks included."



NPC

#MeToo, but not this time? Hashtag champion actress Alyssa Milano slammed for hypocrisy on Biden assault claims

Alyssa Milano
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Alyssa Milano
#Resistance heroine Alyssa Milano is being raked over the coals for backing Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden despite sexual assault allegations, and she's not the only 'feminist' making an exception from #MeToo.

Milano, one of the earliest high-profile boosters of the #MeToo hashtag, has refused to drop her support for Biden, despite former Senate aide Tara Reade going public with allegations that the former vice president sexually assaulted her while she was working on Capitol Hill over two decades ago.


Instead, the liberal actress spent Wednesday retweeting demands for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders - whom she supported in 2016 - to drop out of the race, which would leave Biden, now an accused sexual predator, to run against President Donald Trump.

USA

Less than a third of America will rush to get Coronavirus vaccine

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Doctors and researchers hope to deliver a coronavirus vaccine to the American public sometime in the first half of 2021, but new poll findings indicate the bigger public health challenge may be convincing skeptical Americans to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.

A majority of U.S. adults (75%) said in a new LX/Morning Consult poll they'd likely get a coronavirus vaccine, if and when it passes clinical trials. But even as the number of confirmed cases and fatalities continue to climb in America, only 30% of respondents indicated they'd be in a rush to get an FDA-approved vaccine.

One in five respondents said they planned to be among the last Americans to get the vaccine (11%) or they wouldn't get it at all (9%).

Bad Guys

Man intentionally derails train near USNS Mercy docked in Los Angeles: Feds lay charges

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© Cpl. Alexa Hernandez / U.S. Marine Corps via AP
The USNS Mercy arrives in Los Angeles on Friday, March 27, 2020.
Authorities said the suspect told investigators he wanted to bring attention to the government's activities regarding COVID-19.

Prosecutors charged a locomotive engineer who worked at the Port of Los Angeles with intentionally derailing a train at full speed near the Navy hospital ship Mercy because of suspicions over its activities surrounding COVID-19, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro, California, was charged with one count under a little-known train-wrecking statute that carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in the incident Tuesday, according to the 10-page criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Moreno, who was held overnight, was turned over to FBI agents Wednesday morning. He was expected to make an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

Books

Mike Rowe rips universities' rising tuition costs as classes go online: 'What are we paying for?'

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Mike Rowe
Mike Rowe took a swipe at the rising cost of college tuition during an interview Tuesday with Fox News, asking "what are we paying for?"

Calling what students are paying to attend college courses "somewhere between egregious and obscene," the host of "Dirty Jobs" said that he predicts "one of the silver linings" from the coronavirus pandemic will be Americans' commitments "truly to learning" and that the crisis could "completely redefine" how people learn moving forward.

"When you look at Harvard, and when you look at William and Mary and Brown and MIT and some of these schools with $40 billion endowments...you start to realize, what are we really paying for?"

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Handcuffs

U.S. Marshals and Coeur d'Alene police arrest fugitive, recover missing child

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Late Tuesday, the Coeur d'Alene Police Department Community Action Team and the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force arrested a fugitive and rescued a missing child in Coeur d'Alene.

Ronald Whitted, 47, of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested on charges of interference with child custody - court order. On or around March 17, Whitted allegedly fled the state with his 6-year-old son and was believed to have attempted to flee the country. Authorities also believed the child was in danger. The Hurst Police Department in Hurst, Texas, requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force to help locate Whitted and his son. Members of the task force quickly learned Whitted possibly traveled to Idaho and subsequently contacted the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force for assistance.

After being on the run for almost two weeks, the Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force, comprised of members of the Community Action Team, tracked Whitted and his son to an apartment in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Task force members safely arrested Whitted late in the evening and safely recovered the missing boy.

Cult

90 suspects identified in major online child sexual operation

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Police around the world have taken down a global child abuse ring with links to over 40 countries through a Belgian investigation supported by Europol. 4 suspects have been convicted today by a Belgian court.

This case was sparked by the Belgian East Flanders Federal Judicial Police (Federale Gerechtelijke Politie Oost-Vlaanderen) after more than 9 million pictures and videos of the abuse of thousands of children from around the world were found there during a house search.

The vast majority of this footage had never been seen in circulation before by law enforcement. Suspecting they were producing their own, the Belgian investigators launched Operation GARGAMEL together with Europol across Europe and beyond . The image and video data seized during this investigation has been used for Victim Identification Task Forces hosted by Europol through which 70 children and 30 suspects have been identified. The Belgian Federal Judicial Police succeeded in identifying 60 suspects (of which 24 in Belgium) and 40 victims, which brings the actual total to 90 suspects and 110 victims.

Some suspects have already appeared before court in a number of other countries. In Australia, a suspect was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

More arrests and rescues are expected globally as police in over 40 countries examine the intelligence packages compiled by Europol and information from the Belgian Federal Judicial Police.

Propaganda

The New York Times embarrasses itself over coronavirus misinformation, again

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'Paper of record' forced to correct same factual error twice in one week


The New York Times touts itself as a tireless purveyor of facts. One installment in its latest ad campaign reads: "Truth. It's hard to find." But the Times's recent coverage of the coronavirus pandemic suggests the so-called paper of record is itself struggling to find the truth.

The Times printed a correction on Tuesday to rectify its reporters' mischaracterization of a coronavirus study by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). It was the second time in four days the Times had published (and subsequently corrected) the same error.

The SCCM study estimated that as many as 1 million coronavirus patients could require ventilators over the course of the entire pandemic. The New York Times, among others, reported that the United States would need 1 million ventilators to adequately care for coronavirus patients. As it turns out, that's a pretty significant difference.

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Info

Tucker Carlson: DHS offering 100,000 seasonal worker visas amid unemployment crisis

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As the coronavirus contagion ravages the U.S. economy and social distancing requirements force the closure of businesses and put millions out of work, the federal government is actively inviting foreign labor into the country to seek jobs, Tucker Carlson said Wednesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

According to Carlson, the Department of Homeland Security released 20,000 H-2B visas Wednesday for seasonal workers to take landscaping, food processing and tourism jobs -- while another 15,000 "bonus visas" are scheduled to be released in May.

"By law, the United States only has to offer 66,000 H-2B visas per year," the host said. "But [acting] Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has used his discretionary powers to add 35,000 extra visas.