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Study: COVID-19 reversed progress for Ohio women, more than 1M workers displaced

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Need versus Cost
A new study from an Ohio think tank shows disproportionate lay offs for low-paid workers, gender and race inequity, and "job destruction" as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report released this week by Policy Matters Ohio, titled the State of Working Ohio 2021, showed that inconsistencies in assistance from federal and state administrations limited the effectiveness of relief plans like unemployment assistance.

While the study also showed that financial injections like supplemental unemployment, aid packages and direct stimulus payments "likely prevented the recession from dragging on months longer" in the state, the fact that they were one-time deals or deals that were taken away before the pandemic's end brought progress to an end as well.

Comment: Who's calculating the 'Cost' Virus? Any vaccine for that?

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Asleep in the tower: Behind prison escape, a farcical litany of Israeli blunders

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Israeli security forces patrol the prison security fence
Prison building plans posted online, guards blind to digging occurring under their noses, a watchtower manned by a sleeping recruit, and a fumbled report of suspicious figures.

These were just some of the blunders and oversights that helped six highly dangerous Palestinian security prisoners tunnel out of one of Israel's most secure prisons in the early hours of Monday and evade capture for a day and counting.

Hebrew media reports detailed the laundry list of missed clues and mess-ups, as authorities vowed to both collar the escapees and fix holes they exploited to break free.

A day before the breakout, the most senior prisoner of the group, Zakaria Zubeidi, requested a transfer into the cell where the five other prisoners were located, Channel 12 news reported, adding that the transfer was accepted without any red flags raised. The Israel Prisons Service typically separates prisoners based on their terror group affiliation, but Israel did not have any intelligence that an escape was being planned, the network said.

Comment: Someday it will be a movie.


Abbott says Texas will 'eliminate all rapists' in defending abortion bill

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday defended his state's controversial abortion bill by arguing that the legislation does allow for victims of rape to get an abortion and that the state will work towards eradicating all rapists.

Abbott made his comments during a press conference in which he addressed how the law applies to instances of rape, according to a local NBC News station.

He said that the new law, which bans all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, allows victims of rape up to six weeks to get an abortion, arguing that it "does not do [forcing victims to have their assaulter's child]," the news outlet reported. Abbott said, according to KXAN:
"Let's be clear: rape is a crime. And Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets."
The law has been widely criticized by pro-choice advocates. President Biden last week condemned the law, saying it will "significantly impair" women's access to health care.

Comment: Governor Greg Abbott shakes up the status quo with more legislation changes:
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law a GOP-led bill that includes some of the most comprehensive voting-reform measures in the country.

State Democratic lawmakers had for months attempted to block the passage of the bill, even leaving the state to keep their Republican counterparts from having enough Assembly members to hold a vote.

Even before Abbott's signing, several groups, largely liberal leaning, opposed the new restrictions on mail-in voting and other balloting and mounted court challenges.
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Denmark overtakes Sweden as the restriction-free Nordic nation

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The Öresund bridge linking Denmark and Sweden was closed earlier in the pandemic.
Denmark, a country whose approach earlier in the Covid pandemic was thought of as the opposite of Sweden, with early border restrictions and school closures, has now overtaken its neighbour as the most restriction-free country in Scandinavia.

An article in today's Svenska Dagbladet, a Swedish broadsheet, observes:
It seems like an upside-down world all of a sudden: that the Danes, who at the start of the pandemic gave Swedish travellers the cold shoulder on the Öresund bridge and told them to turn back because Swedish Covid restrictions were too mild, are now letting go of the reins altogether. - SVENSKA DAGBLADET

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UK fires up coal power plant as gas prices soar to record levels

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The UK fired up an old coal power plant on Monday to meet its electricity needs.

Warm, still, autumn weather has meant wind farms have not generated as much power as normal, while soaring prices have made it too costly to rely on gas.

As a result, National Grid ESO - which is responsible for balancing the UK's electricity supply - confirmed coal was providing 3% of national power.

It said it asked EDF to fire up West Burton A, which had been on standby.

On Tuesday, the use of coal returned to 2.2% of the UK's electricity generation.

Comment: Back in 2018, when record cold hit the UK and the country struggled to supply power to people's homes, Russia bailed them out with multiple shipments of desperately needed gas. Perhaps that could be at least one positive outcome from the UK's unsolved energy crisis: that UK citizens will see the advantages of friendly relations with Moscow and its ample supply of affordable and reliable gas.

Our planet needs to have reliable sources of energy because we appear to be heading into another ice age: Texas cold snap linked to 40 years of increasing snowfall in Arctic & disruptions in stratospheric polar vortex - increase in extreme cold events likely - study


AP forced to issue correction on fake news about ivermectin

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The Associated Press was forced to issue a correction after it falsely claimed that 70 per cent of calls to the Mississippi Poison Control Center were about people ingesting ivermectin to treat COVID-19.

The actual number was 2 per cent.


Comment: The rabid censorship and smearing of viable alternatives to Covid vaccination continues (and their stories get less and less believable all the time).

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Australian missing boy, AJ Elfalak, found safe and well after going missing from family's Putty property

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Anthony “AJ” Elfalak’s family react after finding out he was found alive.
A three-year-old boy who went missing from his family's property in NSW Hunter region has been found.

Anthony "AJ" Elfalak, who has autism and is non-verbal, disappeared from the Putty property before midday on Friday.

More than 130 police officers, volunteers and other authorities spent the weekend searching the property and its surrounding areas.


Migrant crisis: Record number tried to cross Channel to UK on Monday, say witnesses

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A group of migrants are brought ashore from the local lifeboat at Dungeness in Kent on Monday.
It is thought to be the highest daily number, surpassing the previous record of 828 migrants on 21 August.

A record number of migrants have attempted to cross the English Channel today, according to witnesses.

It's thought at least 1,000 men, women and children were spotted making the journey from France to the UK.

The Home Office has put the figure at lower than that but cannot yet say whether the record was broken.

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Finding loopholes: Missouri restaurant reopens as private club after shutting down over mask mandate

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The owner of a Missouri restaurant that closed after allegedly not complying with county mask requirements said Saturday that the establishment is now a private club.

Amanda Wohletz, the owner, watched Jackson County officials close her restaurant, Rae's Café, Friday after the county deemed it was an imminent health hazard. But Wohletz said she found a way to keep her kitchen open. It now reportedly has a "no masks allowed" policy.

Wohletz allegedly violated the county's COVID-19 mask mandate by refusing to require masks in the restaurant.

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Very clever! It will be interesting to see how long loophole exploits like this will be able to hold out.

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Ridiculous: National Archives places 'harmful language alert' on page hosting US constitution

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The webpage of the U.S. National Archives that hosts the nation's own Constitution has a "harmful language alert" for readers at the top of the page.

The alert now appears on many pages on the archives.org website, and links to a page entitled "NARA's Statement on Potentially Harmful Content," which they define as:
  • reflect racist, sexist, ableist, misogynistic/misogynoir, and xenophobic opinions and attitudes;
  • be discriminatory towards or exclude diverse views on sexuality, gender, religion, and more;
  • include graphic content of historical events such as violent death, medical procedures, crime, wars/terrorist acts, natural disasters and more;
  • demonstrate bias and exclusion in institutional collecting and digitization policies.

Comment: That super-lefties would be triggered by the US Constitution and need to have a 'trigger warning' provided really says everything you need to know about where things are headed.

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