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I keep hearing Sublime....

Ted Lieu has the best words!

Ted Lieu

US House candidate, CA-33
: The First Amendment stops the government—that’s you—from interfering with free speech. That means you can’t stop
from fact checking your false tweets.

And the fact that we’re reading your excrement on Twitter shows it is not stifling your speech.
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At least 238 writers and intellectuals were detained for their work last year, advocacy group says

(Washington Post) At least 238 writers, academics and intellectuals around the world were detained in connection to their work last year, according to a report released Tuesday by PEN America, a freedom of expression advocacy group.

The imprisonments and detentions occurred in 34 countries, although the majority took place in just three — China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Those same countries are also among the top jailers of journalists worldwide, according to the 2019 Committee to Protect Journalists prison census.


PEN America, which tracks threats against writers worldwide, said it launched the index and a new Writers at Risk database to illustrate a growing trend of government leaders clamping down on creative thinkers and intellectuals in an “attempt to quash criticism, clamp down on independent voices and gain control of cultural and historical narratives.”

Through their work, writers and intellectuals often offer new perspectives and pave the way for “citizens in repressive societies to envision a different future,” the report said.

They are also often among the first to be “targeted when a country takes a more authoritarian turn,” Lopez said. “We felt this was kind of a missing piece of this advocacy work on behalf of writers and I think having that number can be very powerful.”

(read more) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/05/19/least-238-writers-intellectuals-were-detained-their-work-last-year-advocacy-group-says/

My Parents Finally Got a Dog. All It Took Was 30 Years and a Pandemic.

(Vogue via MSN) “Dad says we can get a dog!” I see these words pop up on my iPhone in mid-March and crack a wry smile. “Sure he does,” I think, knowing full well it will never happen. “I can have a husband, or a dog” has been my Mom’s party-line for their entire marriage. Five years after our last cat passed away, my dad had declared the pet-ownership phase of his life over–– after all, who can resist the golden-age unshackling of no kids, no pets, no mortgage.

When I recently told my parents (as a joke) that I’d move home if they got a kitten, I was accused of blackmail, so it’s hard to take this sudden change of heart seriously. “Great!” I text back nonchalantly before returning to yet another episode of Schitt’s Creek. “Let’s do it.”


Here in New York City where I’ve been socially distancing for the past 57 days, it’s hard to imagine what life will be like at the end of this. Which gets to the heart of my, and so many other people’s anxieties at this current moment: What comes next?

In her brilliant 2019 book, Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, Lori Gottlieb writes: "We tend to think that the future happens later, but we are creating it in our minds every day. When the present falls apart, so does the future we had associated with it. And having the future taken away is the mother of all plot twists." There are millions of presents falling apart right now, and that means a lot of futures disappearing along with them. But what if there’s a way to add something wonderful into the future that never would have been there otherwise?


I may be 30, single, and living with my parents, but I also have my first dog, which never would have happened had 2020 not been the year that hell froze over. There is so much uncertainty right now, so much we don’t and can’t know. I am still terrified of what lies of ahead–– of getting sick, my parents getting sick, losing my job, not finding another apartment I can afford, not seeing my friends for months or years, not knowing when I’ll be able to date again; a future in front of me that is a lot less filled-in than it was seven weeks ago. But that future now includes a goofy three-and-a half-year-old lab-mix who rescued us as much as we rescued her. How wonderful is that?

(Read More) https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/my-parents-finally-got-a-dog-all-it-took-was-30-years-and-a-pandemic/ar-BB13NAf4

Sinclair Broadcasting will pay $48 million civil penalty to FCC

New York (CNN Business) Sinclair Broadcasting will pay the largest civil penalty involving a broadcaster in the Federal Communications Commission's history.

The FCC said in a news release Wednesday that Sinclair agreed to pay $48 million, as well as "abide by a strict compliance plan in order to close three open investigations."

Those investigations include Sinclair's (SBGI) disclosure of information with regard to its ill-fated acquisition attempt of Tribune Media stations in 2018. That deal — valued at $3.9 billion — was scrutinized at the time by FCC commission chair Ajit Pai, and the agency formally referred the proposed acquisition to an administrative judge hearing. They also called into question whether some of Sinclair's divestments in the deal were a "sham."

Tribune Media eventually terminated its merger agreement with the conservative-leaning Sinclair, the largest owner of local television stations in the US. Had the acquisition gone through, Sinclair stations would cover a majority of the country.

On Wednesday, the FCC indicated the agreement "also closes investigations into whether the company has met its obligations to negotiate retransmission consent agreements in good faith and its failure to identify the sponsor of content it produced and supplied to both Sinclair and non-Sinclair television stations."

In the news release, the FCC said that Sinclair admitted to violating the FCC's sponsorship identification rules.

(link below to article and CNN video)


Anderson Cooper announces the birth of his son Wyatt: 'Our family continues'

*a happy story, for a change

(CNN Business) CNN's Anderson Cooper is the proud father of a newborn baby boy.

Wyatt Morgan Cooper was born on Monday weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces.
Cooper, 52, shared photos of Wyatt at the end of Thursday's televised weekly global town hall on the coronavirus pandemic.

"It has been a difficult time in all of our lives, and there are certainly many hard days ahead," Cooper said. "It is, I think, especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy and moments of happiness. Even as we mourn the loss of loved ones, we are also blessed with new life and new love."

That's how he introduced his own joyful news: "On Monday, I became a father," he said. "I've never actually said that before, out loud, and it still kind of astonishes me. I am a dad. I have a son. And I want you to meet him."

Cooper, who is gay, said in his on-air announcement that "I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I am so grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth."

"Most of all," he said, "I am eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, watched over him lovingly, tenderly, and gave birth to him."

The news came as a big surprise to CNN viewers, as Cooper had not spoken publicly about his plans to have a baby.
Cooper's father, who died when he was 10 years old, was named Wyatt. Now Cooper is passing the name to a new generation. "I hope I can be as good a dad as he was," he said during the announcement.

His son's middle name, Morgan, is a name from the family tree of his mother Gloria Vanderbilt. She died last year.
"I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter were alive to meet Wyatt," Cooper said, "but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing and watching, looking down on us. Happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt... and that our family continues. New life and new love."


I just love our local news!

I was watching the presser of Governor DeSantis as he rambled on and on about how there was nothing to fear and how wrong the journalists were in predicting how the coronavirus would hit FL - and our local news station (WPLG Local 10) just shut him down. They interrupted him and resumed local news coverage. Love it.


*not my all caps, Newsweek's

A 23-year-old in Italy being treated for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus continues to test positive, despite two months of quarantine and continual swabs.

Bianca Dobroiu arrived at the Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic hospital, a public hospital part of the University of Bologna healthcare system, on February 28. She was admitted to the hospital with a fever above 105 degrees and was diagnosed with COVID-19.

"After four days she was fine, but the swabs are still positive," infectious disease specialist Luciano Attard told local media. "As far as we know, no one else in Italy has remained positive for so long. Usually, positivity results do not last for more than four weeks." Dobroiu "had not been subjected to any therapy," Attard said.

Dobroiu was discharged from the hospital on March 6 and returned home where she remained in quarantine under the country's nationwide lockdown.

"After 57 days, here is the new result," Dobroiu, who lives, works, and studies in Bologna, wrote on Facebook. "Well, it's not new because it has never changed. ... Nothing is changing at all and it scares me a little today."

Being asymptomatic, she still tests positive and told local media she was thankful the disease has not progressed. "But doctors have told me that I am still a carrier of the virus and contagious," she said.

As the European nation, one of the block members most devastated by the coronavirus, seeks to lift its lockdown on May 4, authorities are grappling with how to safely resume daily life for the country's 60 million people.

Last week, flower shops and clothing stores for young children reopened in an attempt to slowly restart the economy as it plunges into a deep recession.


Donald Trump reportedly owes tens of millions to the Bank of China

(The Guardian) Donald Trump is reported to owe tens of millions of dollars to China, through a real estate debt which falls due in 2022, offering “astonishing leverage” to Beijing.

The debt derives from a 30% share the US president owns in a billion-dollar building on the Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, which was refinanced in 2012, with $211m of the funding coming from the state-owned Bank of China, Politico reported on Friday.

The Chinese debt complicates Trump’s emerging election strategy of portraying his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, as being soft on China. In a briefing on Saturday, Trump said that “China will own the United States” if Biden was elected in November.


“I study Beijing’s influence on America, and this is the most problematic conflict of interest I’ve seen,” Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society, wrote on Twitter. “The Bank of China is a state-owned bank, controlled by China’s State Council, the country’s major administrative body, chaired by the Premier Li Keqiang.

“The leverage this presents is astonishing. What if the Bank of China cancels the loan, or requires Trump to pay it back earlier?” Fish asked. “Is this why Trump often praises Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping? Does this cause him to temper his policies or his public remarks? This raises so many questions.”

Read More: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/24/donald-trump-bank-of-china-debt-report

Biden says he thinks Trump will try to delay the presidential election

(CNN) Washington (CNN) Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he believes President Donald Trump will try to delay November's presidential election.

"Mark my words: I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held," Biden said at a virtual fundraiser, according to a pool report. Biden has maintained the November election should not be postponed and has previously made similar comments.

Trump cannot unilaterally change the date of the election in November, as it has been set into law by federal statute and Congress would have to OK such a move. However, that has not stopped some Democrats from worrying that he will try to do so, and voters had asked the previously large field of Democratic presidential candidates if they had concerns that Trump would try to delay the election or refuse to leave office if he were defeated in November.


The former vice president also accused Trump of "already trying to undermine the election with false claims of voter fraud."
In recent weeks, Trump, who opposes expanding voting-by-mail options, has made false claims about voting-by-mail being "corrupt" and "dangerous," even while states embrace it as a safe alternative during the pandemic.

Biden referenced a report by The Washington Post that the Trump administration was considering leveraging an emergency coronavirus loan from Congress, which needs to be approved by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, to force changes at the US Postal Service. The move could allow the administration to influence how much the agency charges for delivering packages and how it manages its finances, according to the Post.

"Imagine threatening not to fund the post office," Biden said. "Now what in God's name is that about? Other than trying to let the word out that he's going to do all he can to make it very hard for people to vote. That's the only way he thinks he can possibly win."
"You can be assured between (Trump) and the Russians there is going to be an attempt to interfere" in the election, Biden said.

read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/24/politics/joe-biden-trump-delay-presidential-election/index.html
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