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Trump economic advisor: Blue states near 'rioting in the streets' if shutdown continues

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'Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine' demonstration at State Capita, Lansing, MI
'People are not going to put up with the government keeping them in a state of impoverishment, which is what they're doing,' economist Stephen Moore told Just the News.

A key 2016 Trump campaign adviser and current member of the Trump Economic Recovery Task Force said he predicted "almost rioting in the streets," particularly in Democratic-held states, if people are kept in "state of impoverishment" through a continued economic shutdown due to coronavirus.

Stephen Moore, now an informal Trump economic adviser who served during the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, told Just the News on Thursday that the widespread coronavirus economic shutdown should not have occurred at all and that it is dragging on for too long, especially in Democratic-held states.

Comment: Some Americans remember their proud history of defiance and what was achieved by bucking the system. Perhaps not all of us have bought the 'program'.


LAPD wants to give rapid-result coronavirus tests to everyone it arrests

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Officer Nick Ferara checks the address for his next food donation drop with other officers April 29 at LAPD Harbor Station in San Pedro.
The Los Angeles Police Department wants to give a rapid-result test to everyone its officers arrest to check for the coronavirus and is pushing city officials to secure the equipment to do so.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore told the Police Department's civilian oversight body that he has asked City Hall to secure a rapid-result testing system capable of determining within 15 minutes whether people are infected with the coronavirus.

Such systems exist, though their accuracy has been questioned.

Right now, jails are testing all new arrivals, but results take days to come back, Moore said. The delayed results give the department a "backwards look" at exposure, but rapid-result testing would provide real-time data that could help the department isolate sick detainees, keep others incarcerated in local jails safe and quickly alert officers to any potential exposure, Moore said.

Comment: At this point, the issue of privacy and people's rights is not even a question. Got that? If you think this invasion will stop at 'rapid-result tests' for COVID-19, then you haven't been paying attention.


Italy to open borders with unrestricted travel after months of severe lockdown

Italy will reopen its borders next month after months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced.

Both international and regional borders will open June 3 in an attempt to revive Italy's tourism industry. The summer season is about to start, and tourism accounts for 13 percent of the country's GDP.

"We hope to work with the neighboring countries, those who can travel by car," said Gianni Serandrei, owner of the 4-star Hotel Saturnia near St. Mark's Square in Venice.

The hotel's last guests -- determined honeymooners from Argentina -- checked out around March 11, two days after Italy started its national lockdown, including border closures.


Eleven firefighters injured, building ablaze after explosion in downtown Los Angeles

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The firefighters had no option to escape other than though the ball of flames which was 30-feet wide and swirling around the ladder they were using
Shocking footage shows the moment firefighters had to crawl down a ladder through a wall of flame as they desperately tried to escape a building following an explosion in Los Angeles.

Eleven firefighters were injured in the massive blast as they tackled a blaze at a supplier of butane honey oil - also known as hash oil - in downtown LA.

The first responders had gone inside the building after an initial report of a fire and then had to run for their lives when a ball of flame shot out of the building, scorching a fire truck parked truck across the street.

Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott said the 'significant explosion' shook the neighborhood around 6:30pm.

Comment: From local news station KTLA:
All 11 firefighters were hospitalized, three of them in critical condition and one in serious condition, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said. LAFD had previously estimated that 10 firefighters were hurt.

Four firefighters will be going to the burn intensive care unit, two were placed on ventilators for swelling of their airways from inhalation of the superheated gases, and the others suffered varying burns to their upper extremities, ranging from very serious, to moderate, to minor, according to Dr. Marc Eckstein, attending physician at L.A. County USC Medical Center, where the firefighters were being treated.

"We have every anticipation the firefighters will pull through," the doctor said.

Doctors said all of the crew members were alert when they were brought in, and that it could have been even worse.

Stock Down

Some 42% of jobs lost in lockdown are gone for good

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A woman takes walk with a dog in front of the closing signs displayed in a store's window front in Niles, Ill., Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Only some of roughly 36 million jobs lost since the beginning of the lockdowns designed to protect hospitals from surging cases of COVID-19 patients are not coming back in a V-shaped or a U-shaped recover. The University of Chicago estimates that 42% of the recent layoffs will result in permanent job losses.

"We find three new hires for every 10 layoffs caused by the shock and estimate that 42% of recent layoffs will result in permanent job loss," writes Jose Maria Barrero, Nick Bloom and Steven Davis from the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago in a working paper titled "COVID-19 As A Reallocation Shock" published on May 5.

Most of those workers are now surviving on a record level of unemployment insurance. That means that some workers, including part-timers, are actually making as much or more from unemployment than if they were collecting a paycheck. But that stimulus is not permanent, unless the Democrats get away with their universal basic income policy to give people around $2,000 a month — a nice subsidy to corporate payroll.

Comment: Supply chains are being broken in industries all around the world. The small business economy is basically crushed at this point, and in this sense, all business is essential to a functional economy. Money is also being printed and handed out like candy - and that is a recipe that results in hyperinflation (crash of currency) in every country that does something like this. The dollar is stabilized through its use in global trade, but the global shutdown has affected all economies and trade. We're in a precarious position, and it's better to not have our heads buried in the sand.

Bizarro Earth

In 2020, the ACLU is fighting to end due process in America

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The ACLU is suing the Trump administration over Education Secretary Betsy Devos' new Title IX guidelines that restore due process in sexual assault cases on college campuses. No, that's not a typo. The American Civil Liberties Union is actually suing the government in an attempt to prevent access to civil liberties for Americans.

How did we get here?

It's all about Title IX, that 1972 law has come under fire since the beginning. A law that was meant to make sure girls could play sports without difficulty and with institutional support has been debated, remade, rewritten and reinterpreted to meet the shifting pressures of universities, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, advocacy groups, and legislators.

The law now comes with a lengthy bibliography of court precedents, updated guidelines, and revisions that were shot down. A letter backed by then Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in 2011 established sexual harassment and assault guidelines under Title IX that showed universities, for example, how to handle harassment that may rise to the level of criminality though evidence of crime is not present.

Comment: Here are just a few of the Title IX cases demonstrating how the law has been inverted:

Star of David

Slapping Israeli apartheid — the sentencing of Israeli peace activist Yifat Doron

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Yifat Doron in detention, 2018.
More than two years ago, the young Palestinian resistance icon Ahed Tamimi shook the world with a slap to an Israeli occupation soldier in Nabi Saleh.

During Ahed's sentencing hearing, Israeli peace activist Yifat Doron slapped the chief military prosecutor. It came out of her as a spontaneous reaction to oppression:

"The way I see it, this was in reaction to seeing my friend in distress," Doron said in an interview with +972.

On Wednesday, Doron was sentenced to eight months prison, plus a fine of 3,000 Shekels and probation entailing a potential 4 months to 3 years prison if she would be convicted of additional 'violent offenses'. The case was of course held at a civilian court - the Jerusalem Magistrates Court - not the military court in which Palestinians are tried.

Comment: More from +972:
Doron was released on her own recognizance just two days after being arrested for slapping the prosecutor in March of last year. Tamimi had been denied bail for four months while awaiting trial, also for slapping an Israeli soldier a few months earlier.

Ahed is Palestinian. Yifat is Israeli. Ahed was put into Israel's military court system. Yifat — despite slapping a military officer in the occupied West Bank, just like Ahed — was charged in a civilian court inside Israel.

When Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967, it applied military law to the territory. Technically, military law and the military court system have jurisdiction over Palestinians and Israelis alike in the occupied territory. In practice, a Palestinian and an Israeli who commit the exact same crime in the exact same territory are subject to different laws, different legal procedures, are tried in different courts, and are given different rights and protections.

Unlike Ahed's slap, which was the subject of headlines around the world, and seemingly embarrassed the Israeli military establishment and national pride, there was no video documentation of Doron's act.

Her trial, for assaulting a public servant under aggravated circumstances, began at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court last Tuesday. The prosecution is asking for prison time.

Outside the courtroom in Jerusalem last week, Doron said that she wasn't trying to make a political statement when she slapped the Israeli officer last year: "The way I see it, this was in reaction to seeing my friend in distress." Nevertheless, she added, what followed was an example of apartheid.

"We are not punished the same way the Palestinians are punished for the same actions," she explained.

Bad Guys

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's shady way of shutting down businesses: Sticking CPS on parents

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Lindsey Graham, the owner of Glamour Salon in Salem, Oregon, has been harassed by numerous government agencies for reopening her salon despite Gov. Kate Brown's (D) stay-at-home order.

During a Friday press conference, Graham said multiple government agencies, including child protective services, have investigated her for wanting to reopen her salon and make a living.

"And, if you can possibly believe this, on May 7th, Child Protective Services showed up at my home," she said, taking a deep breath while holding back tears. "They questioned my husband and I. They questioned my child, without me present. They searched our home. And I've never expected such a violent, aggressive, vindictive thing ever could have been done to me or my family because I'm trying to earn a living, because I'm trying to work."

According to the salon owner, CPS' case is still open, as far as she knows.

"They are still insisting that they want to talk to my three-year-old daughter," Graham said. "So I don't know if they're going to try to talk to my eight-week-old newborn. We'll see. But they did check his diaper."

She said the concerns the CPS listed "were completely random, unmerited, unwarranted and unprovable."

"So it was a completely false claim and if they don't pursue a false claim and there are actually children out there that are being abused by their families, then they're wasting their time investigating me because Kate Brown doesn't like me, that's pretty devastating," Graham said. "This is a false claim that wasted CPS' valuable time when there are children who are really in need."

Eye 1

Big Tech is turning hospitals into real-time surveillance centers

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Recent events have come to light about hospital surveillance that should concern everyone.

Big Tech is using the pandemic as an excuse to turn hospitals into mirror images of law enforcement's real-time crime centers.

When Google announced that they were donating 10,000 Nest cameras to hospitals, my jaw dropped.
"With these Nest Cams, nurses and doctors will be able to check in on patients, supplementing in-person checks. This means there will be a reduction of physical contact, and therefore less of a need for personal protection equipment (PPE), which has fast become a scare resource."
What makes Google's donation so jaw dropping is how Big Tech companies are using the pandemic to make them appear magnanimous.
"With both contact tracing and the Nest Cam solution, however, Google needs to rebuild a reputation as a privacy concerned company due to the sensitive nature of both projects. It's not going to be an easy task, but one that should remain at the forefront of all such efforts."

Star of David

Palestinians mark 72 years of the Nakba, with no end in sight

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A Palestinian woman holds the keys to the house her parents were driven from
At least 750,000 Palestinians, nearly half of Palestine's Arab population, became refugees in the months leading up to and following the establishment of the state of Israel

Friday marked the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba, or 'catastrophe' in Arabic, signifying the mass displacement of Palestinians from their homelands in 1948.

Every year on May 15th, the day after Israeli independence day, Palestinians commemorate the occasion, typically with massive protests and demonstrations against the continued Israeli occupation of Palestine.

This year, however, protests and demonstrations were canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, which continues to affect Israel and Palestine, the latter on a much lesser scale.