Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Shouldn't Have Reddit

I began aborting right from the beginning when I saw the top of its head:

Supreme court strikes down Louisiana abortion law

They obviously have something on Roberts, who has been a disappointment to pretty much everyone on the right at this point,” said Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network. She accused Roberts of “forming a pattern of decision-making that appears to be more tailored to avoiding political controversy on the court than actually coming to the correct legal result,” while "in dissent, Justice Samuel Alito, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh, wrote that the Louisiana law protects the health and safety of women seeking abortions and that the requirements for obtaining admitting privileges helps ensure the competence of doctors. The facts on the ground in the two states, he wrote, were enough to require a different conclusion. “There is ample evidence in the record showing that admitting privileges help to protect the health of women by ensuring that physicians who perform abortions meet a higher standard of competence than is shown by the mere possession of a license to practice,” Alito wrote. “In deciding whether to grant admitting privileges, hospitals typically undertake a rigorous investigative process to ensure that a doctor is responsible and competent and has the training and experience needed to perform the procedures for which the privileges are sought.”

How odd that it is the conservatives that are upholding the rights of women as the Court ostensibly protects the youth. It's also odd that churches were shutdown but not abortion clinics. What's up with that? Isn't abortion the ultimate in elective surgeries?

I'm not arguing for or against it, I'm just pointing out the inherent co0ntradictions and inconsistencies of the pre$$ presentation of the issue.

Flipping below the fold is when the fireworks begin:

"In the city, and in urban areas across the nation, complaints to police about fireworks have skyrocketed. Public officials are trying to get a handle on where people are buying them and why they’re setting them off. Theories abound. Some have speculated that they are linked to the nationwide protests for racial justice. Others believe they’re mostly a release for people cooped up for months during the COVID-19 pandemic and looking to blow a little bit of the money they would’ve spent elsewhere, and it’s all happening as Boston and other communities have canceled the huge, commercial fireworks displays people look forward to each July 4. Bruce Zoldan, chief executive of Phantom Fireworks, said he and other fireworks sellers he’s spoken with have seen a huge increase in interest nationwide — sometimes double or triple the usual business. “We’ve never seen, in the history of our industry, demand so high for consumer fireworks,” Zoldan said. “It’s hard for us to keep them on the shelves. We send truck after truck to our stores nationwide.” People trapped at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, Zoldan said, are turning to fireworks “because it’s their only avenue of entertainment right now.”

That is the absurd cover story they are coming up with for funneling fireworks to antifa types for one hell of a Fourth? 

They will be burning down cities everywhere, but at least Superman has arrived to save the day!

A Massachusetts man, who declined to identify himself, navigated a cart of fireworks past a long line Sunday in Londonderry, N.H.
A Massachusetts man, who declined to identify himself, navigated a cart of fireworks past a long line Sunday in Londonderry, N.H. (Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe/The Boston Globe).

Do you see what I don't see?

As for school this fall:

"The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the state’s flagship public campus, will hold most classes remotely this fall, but in an unusual move invited thousands of its students to live in the dormitories, as long as they abide by “strict” rules for coronavirus testing and social distancing. The university considered public health issues, the safety of older faculty and staff and the neighboring towns, along with the desire of many students to return to campus, said Kumble Subbaswamy, UMass Amherst chancellor, on Monday......"

You know what, let's come back to that later. 

Another court case leads my National docket:

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to new federal death penalty procedure

They cleared the government to begin executing people again, and I do come down with absolutism when it comes to the death penalty. Against in all cases. The state commits enough murder without attaching our name to it.

Should fire and jail them all:

"The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for the president to fire the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The justices struck down restrictions on when the president can remove the bureau’s director. “The agency may ... continue to operate, but its Director, in light of our decision, must be removable by the President at will,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. The court’s five conservative justices agreed that restrictions Congress imposed on when the president can fire the agency’s director violated the Constitution, but they disagreed on what to do as a result. Roberts and fellow conservative justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh said the restrictions could be stricken from the law. The court’s four liberals agreed, though they disagreed the restrictions were improper. The decision doesn’t have a big impact on the current head of the agency. Kathy Kraninger, who was nominated to her current post by the president in 2018, had said she believed the president could fire her at any time. Defenders of the law’s removal provision had argued the restrictions insulated the agency’s head from presidential pressure. “Today’s decision wipes out a feature of that agency its creators thought fundamental to its mission—a measure of independence from political pressure. I respectfully dissent,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote for herself and the court’s four liberals....."

You won some, you lose some, glass half empty, glass half full, read 'em and weep:

Warren says consumer protection agency is ‘here to stay’ following Supreme Court ruling

Here is what else she is up to down there as reported by the Globe:

"Amid growing concern about a wave of evictions that could hit cities nationwide this summer and fall, momentum is quickly growing to block them, perhaps for months to come. Both bills point to the coronavirus pandemic, which is surging in many parts of the country even as new cases slow in Massachusetts, and the resulting recession, which has pushed tens of millions of Americans out of work....."

Warren out there working hard for Communism!

I hate to be so harsh, but what else can you call what you are looking at there?

Keep people in their homes, not working, giving them a UBI of rubles. Looks a loot like the former Soviet Union, sorry!


If Tucker's warning wasn't enough, this should put the White House campaign operation on Red Alert:

"Reddit, acting against hate speech, bans ‘The_Donald’ subreddit" by Mike Isaac New York Times, June 30, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — Reddit, one of the largest social networking and message board websites, on Monday banned its biggest community devoted to President Trump as part of an overhaul of its hate speech policies.

Reddit wants to rub out Free Speech.

The community or “subreddit,” called “The_Donald,” is home to more than 790,000 users who post memes, viral videos, and supportive messages about Trump. Reddit executives said the group, which has been highly influential in cultivating and stoking Trump’s online base, had consistently broken its rules by allowing people to target and harass others with hate speech.

“Reddit is a place for community and belonging, not for attacking people,” Steve Huffman, the company’s chief executive, said in a call with reporters. “ ‘The_Donald’ has been in violation of that.”

What a surprise.

Reddit said it was also banning roughly 2,000 other communities from across the political spectrum, including one devoted to the leftist podcasting group “Chapo Trap House,” which has about 160,000 regular users. The vast majority of the forums that are being banned are inactive.

“The_Donald,” which has been a digital foundation for Trump’s supporters, is by far the most active and prominent community that Reddit decided to act against. Social media sites are facing a reckoning over the types of content they host and their responsibilities to moderate and police that content. While Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, and others originally positioned themselves as neutral sites that simply hosted people’s posts and videos, users are now pushing them to take steps against hateful, abusive, and false speech on their platforms.

That means taking down all Washington Composts, New York Slimes, and Bo$ton Globe bull$hit, too, right? 


Some of the sites have recently become more proactive in dealing with these issues. Twitter started adding labels last month to some of Trump’s tweets to refute their accuracy or call them out for glorifying violence. Snap also recently said it would stop promoting Trump’s Snapchat account after determining that his public comments off the site could incite violence.

No more war lies blared from the front pages of papers then, right?


"As doctors and dentists reopen their offices, patients have noticed something missing: the magazines. Medical providers have removed periodicals from waiting rooms as a precaution during the coronavirus. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommended that its 136,700 members get rid of all their publications during COVID-19. And it’s not just doctor’s offices: United and Delta removed in-flight magazines from seat-back pockets as part of new cleaning procedures For years, print media has faced an existential threat from the Internet. Now, publications are grappling with a new challenge — fears that you can get the coronavirus by touching them."

It's a virus-tainted world, and I think I finally bought my last Globe.

You know, that is so comically ironic 

On Monday, streaming website Twitch suspended Trump’s account on its service, citing the company’s policies against hateful conduct. Reddit, which was founded 15 years ago and has more than 430 million regular users, has long been one corner of the Internet that was willing to host all kinds of communities. No subject — whether it was video games or makeup or power-washing driveways — was too small to discuss. People could simply sign up, browse the site anonymously, and participate in any of the 130,000 active subreddits, yet that freewheeling position led to many issues of toxic speech and objectionable content across the site, for which Reddit has consistently faced criticism. In the past, the company hosted forums that promoted racism against Black people and openly sexualized underage children, all in the name of free speech.

Yeah, when is the ma$$ media going to tackle the rampant pedophilia and sexual abuse amongst the ruling class rather than burying their crimes amongst this slop they trot out on daily basis?

That has haltingly changed over time. In 2015, Reddit introduced anti-harassment policies. Later that year, it banned several subreddits that targeted Black or obese people. In 2016, it rolled out additional anti-harassment measures and tools. It also took down forums dedicated to openly buying and selling drugs, but the company’s executives have struggled in particular with how to handle “The_Donald” and its noxious content. Reddit said people in “The_Donald” consistently posted racist and vulgar messages that incited harassment and targeted people of different religious and ethnic groups on and off its site.

It's only a matter of time before I'm taken down, one way or the other. I'm resigned to that fact so gobble up all you can here if you want it for posterity's sake.

“The_Donald” has also heavily trafficked in conspiracy theories, including spreading the debunked “Pizzagate” conspiracy, in which Hillary Clinton and top Democrats were falsely accused of running a child sex trafficking ring from a pizza parlor in Washington.

They think you are a dumb Polack like me.

While the site had already banned many of these behaviors, the latest changes take a harder line on speech that “promotes hate based on identity or vulnerability.”

Or the truth in the above case. Gotta protect those Clintons and the rest!

Huffman said users on “The_Donald” had frequently violated its first updated rule: “Remember the human.” He said he and others at Reddit repeatedly tried to reason with moderators of “The_Donald,” who run the subreddit on a volunteer basis, to no avail. Banning the forum was a last-ditch effort to contain harassment, he said.

“We’ve given them many opportunities to be successful,” Huffman said. “The message is clear that they have no intention of working with us.”

Got the message loud and clear.



Trump retweets video of supporters pointing weapons

Is he trying to put himself in the crosshairs, or will he do an LBJ and not accept the nomination?

That would mean Pence would become the ostensible nominee, and a potential Godsend?

He would be perfectly positioned to battle the Mark of the Beast as proposed by Gates and Fauci, and would be facing God's judgement!

Until then, one must Face up to the fact that it's over:

"Facebook sales at risk as Starbucks bails, GM plans review" by Kurt Wagner Bloomberg News, June 29, 2020

Facebook Inc. fielded criticism from a growing number of consumer companies over harmful content on its sites, with Starbucks Corp. and Diageo pulling back on ad spending and General Motors Co. planning to review its social media marketing strategy.

Money f**king $creams these days.

Starbucks and Diageo followed Unilever, Coca-Cola, and several other companies in saying they will cut ad spending, part of an exodus aimed at pushing Facebook and its peers to limit hate speech and posts that divide and misinform.

On Monday, the pullback continued. Britvic, which supplies a wide range of soft drinks, said it will pause advertising on Facebook and Instagram for July.

Until after the second wave of COVID, right?

GM said it’s “reviewing and reinforcing” its marketing guidelines, and Patreon Inc. said it’s removing all ads on Facebook and Instagram. The Clorox Co. said it will stop advertising spending with Facebook through December.

If Tucker can pull through, so can you.

While a single advertiser can do little to hurt a company that generated $17.7 billion in revenue last quarter, the rising tally creates peer pressure on other brands, and civil rights groups say they expect more corporations to join a boycott. Combined with a pandemic-fueled economic slowdown, the threat to Facebook is deepening.

Gotta take a knee in $ervice to the globalist agenda. Not even Zioni$t Joory can effectively oppose the Mon$ter mafia. It's gotten so bad that I will drop to a knee in fealty if they save us from the mandatory vaccinations of the Gates/Fauci crowd and return our world to normal. Go have your wars, I won't oppose them this time. That's how low I have sunk.

“Given the amount of noise this is drawing, this will have significant impact to Facebook’s business,” Wedbush Securities analyst Bradley Gastwirth wrote in a research note. “Facebook needs to address this issue quickly and effectively in order to stop advertising exits from potentially spiraling out of control.”

Zuckerberg announced changes Friday designed to appease critics, but the Anti-Defamation League, one of the groups calling for the boycott, called the amendments “small.”

Oh, they are EATING THEIR OWN so nothing to do but stand back and let them gorge themselves on each others innards.


Speaking of false news and misinformation, here is a huge steaming swirly served up by the New York Times:

"Lawmakers press for answers on Russian bounty offers to Taliban to kill US troops" by Nicholas Fandosand Eric Schmitt New York Times, June 29, 2020

Democrats and Republicans in Congress demanded on Monday that US intelligence agencies promptly share with lawmakers what they know about a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan, and threatened to retaliate against the Kremlin.

Well, then we have to stay and Afghanistan is a perfect launching point to invade Russia's soft underbelly!

While you are at it, open up a 3,000-mile front from the Arctic to the Caspian and show that fella with the funny mustache how a real Barbarossa is done!

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, each requested that all lawmakers be briefed on the matter and for CIA and other intelligence officials to explain how President Trump was informed of intelligence collected about the plot. Trump has said he was not made aware of an intelligence assessment about the plot; officials have said that it was briefed to the highest levels of the White House.

I saw Schumer on tape in the Senate saying Trump can't win either way, so you know this is another bunch of BS like Ukraine and all the rest. Smells like Bolton, who has magically disappeared from my news pages after the glare of last week.

According to two officials familiar with the matter, American officials had provided a written briefing in late February to Trump laying out their conclusion that a Russian military intelligence unit offered and paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants.

The new information emerged as the White House tried on Monday to play down the intelligence assessment, but that stance clashed with the disclosure by two officials that the intelligence was included months ago in Trump’s President’s Daily Brief document — a compilation of the government’s latest secrets and best insights about foreign policy and national security that is prepared for him to read. One of the officials said the item appeared in Mr. Trump’s brief in late February; the other cited Feb. 27, specifically.

This thing reeks more and more with each stinking paragraph.

Cui bono?

For all his faults, Trump wants to leave. 

Who doesn't?

The investigation into the suspected Russian covert operation has focused in part on an April 2019 car bombing that killed three Marines as one such potential attack, according to multiple officials familiar with the matter.

In the Republican-controlled Senate, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the chair of the Armed Services Committee, said he had asked for information and expected to know more on the matter “in the coming days.”

Members of Congress were caught off guard on Friday when The New York Times first reported that US intelligence had found that a Russian military intelligence unit had secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants. National Security Council officials met in March to discuss the intelligence, but the White House has taken no known action in response.

These are the same guys who swore up and down that Iraq had WMD, right?

The Times further reported on Sunday that US intelligences officers and Special Operations forces in the country had informed their superiors of the suspected Russian plot as early as January, after a large amount of US cash was seized in a raid on a Taliban outpost.

The Taliban could have gotten the cash from anywhere!


Folks, the New York Times has become an international embarrassment and laughing stock!

They are nothing but a Deep State conduit spewing out government garbage on a daily basis.

How do we know this?

We know it because according to other reports, lawmakers were told “there is an ongoing review to determine the accuracy of these reports” while the Russian response was that the "claims are lies." The whole thing is reminiscent of the unanimity of the intelligence community regarding Russian collusion, according to the criminal John Brennan, until we found out later it was 20 hand-picked Deep States cronies from three, not 17, agencies.

Now, after three years of lies emanating from Mueller, the New York Times has the chutzpah to trot out this garbage leak coming from evil, Deep State Democrats who are myopically concerned with nothing but raw, naked power and a totalitarianism beyond Stalin and Mao's dreams. 

Speaking of the Chinese:

"China will impose a visa ban on US citizens who interfere with sweeping national security legislation planned for Hong Kong, a move that comes shortly after the Trump administration imposed them on some officials in Beijing. The bans are largely symbolic as officials from both countries are unlikely to visit the other, especially now that the coronavirus pandemic has shut down most international flights. The United States has imposed strict limits on travelers from China, and most foreigners are not allowed to enter China....."


"Armed with assault rifles and hand grenades, separatist militants tried to storm Pakistan’s stock exchange in the city of Karachi on Monday, killing three people and wounding several others before security officers shot and killed the attackers, officials said. In social media posts credited to the Baluchistan Liberation Army, the separatist group claimed responsibility for the attack. The BLA is an ethnic Baluch insurgent group in Baluchistan province, the resource-rich southwestern region of Pakistan, which has been racked by violence for years. In recent years, the group has targeted Chinese interests in Baluchistan, which is a center for huge development projects that are part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Chinese investors own a 40 percent stake in the Pakistan Stock Exchange....."

Has the STENCH of the CIA all over it does that NYT piece of rubbish!

“As soon as the firing started, we closed the doors of our office. It was terrifying,” said Faisal Memon, an employee of a brokerage firm who works on the third floor. “Thank God that a smaller number of people are coming to the building these days because of coronavirus.” Efforts by the Pakistani security forces to put down the insurgency have led to disappearances and widespread accusations of abuses. The BLA and other separatist groups have often targeted civilians as well, leaving many in Baluchistan caught between ruthless forces. Security camera recordings broadcast on Pakistani TV showed gunmen driving up to a vehicle entrance of the stock exchange a little after 10 a.m., getting out of their sedan and opening fire. At one point there was an explosion near a gate; an exchange official told Pakistani media that a grenade had been detonated. Along with their rifles and grenades, the attackers also brought food, water, and a copious supply of ammunition, suggesting that they had prepared for a long standoff, Major General Omer Ahmed Bokhari, director general of the Sindh Rangers paramilitary force, said at a news conference. “These four attackers aimed to enter the building, and not only to kill but to create a hostage situation,” he said. Bokhari said that the stock exchange had symbolic value for the attackers. “The objective could be to hit the icon of Pakistan’s economy and economic activity,” he said. Pakistani officials have long accused India of supporting the BLA as a proxy group, and that accusation was leveled again after the attack on the stock exchange. “The enemy has attacked from the rear, trying to capitalize on our vulnerabilities,” Shahzad Chaudhry, a former air vice marshal of the Pakistan Air Force and a defense analyst, said in an interview. “BLA has a long history of violence and unhappiness with the Pakistani state,” he said. “They have adopted a terrorism-oriented way rather than a genuine struggle for rights.”

Like BLM, and yeah, thank God for the virus.

Readers, I don't know what to make of the situation above. It stinks of a staged and scripted fake, but it also has the stench of a false flag by the usual suspects.

"François Fillon, a former French prime minister, was found guilty Monday of embezzling public funds and sentenced to prison time in a scandal involving a no-show job for his wife that crippled his front-runner status in the 2017 presidential race and led to a broader resentment of France’s political elite. Fillon, 66, who was prime minister from 2007 to 2012, was accused mainly of paying his wife hundreds of thousands of euros from the public payroll for little or no work as his aide when he served as a representative in the lower house of the French Parliament. The case against Fillon, who was widely seen as the favorite in the 2017 presidential race, threw the election into turmoil and opened a path to victory for President Emmanuel Macron, who at the time was a centrist outsider with little political experience....."


He needed to be removed so that globalist agent with no support could come out of nowhere and be installed!

France's former prime minister François Fillon and his wife Penelope wore protective masks as they arrived at the Paris courthouse on Monday.
France's former prime minister François Fillon and his wife Penelope wore protective masks as they arrived at the Paris courthouse on Monday. (Michel Euler/Associated Press/Associated Press).

Looking like a masked thief is appropriate, but why no one else and why no distancing?

Even the South Pole is warming, and quickly, scientists say

So claims the New York Times, who ads that "while the warming could be the result of natural climate change alone, the researchers said, it is likely that the effects of human-caused warming contributed to it after analyzing weather data and using climate models."

I'll tell you one thing: in the age of COVID-19, the frauds and lies of government, authority, and the pre$$ are melting faster than the glaciers. 


Maine man arrested in Hawaii for violating coronavirus quarantine

They deported him.

Also see:

Cape Cod officials warn of white sharks ahead of July Fourth

Takes me back to the summer of 2001. 

That was the big news back then before, well, you know.

The latest is these guys were behind it:

"Iran issues arrest warrants for Trump and 35 others in Soleimani killing" by Megan Specia New York Times, June 29, 2020

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for President Trump and 35 other people it says were involved in a drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad this year and has asked for international help in detaining them, according to Iranian news reports, and while the tensions between the two nations have been out of the headlines for months, they have continued to simmer. Much of the current animosity stems from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, that has all but collapsed in the two years since Trump abruptly announced the United States’ withdrawal from the landmark agreement.

They must be working with the Democrats.

Since then, Iran has walked back several of its commitments under the initial agreement, though the other signatories have scrambled to save it. The United States in turn reintroduced sanctions and this month circulated a draft resolution to maintain a United Nations Security Council’s arms embargo on Iran, set to expire in October. Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to reimpose additional UN sanctions if the embargo was not extended indefinitely, further raising tensions.....

Trump does need a war to divert attention from COVID-19 and economic collapse, right?



Meanwhile, back on the home front:

"A largely peaceful protest in Detroit against systemic racism and police brutality turned violent on Sunday night as a police SUV plowed through a group of protesters, striking multiple people and sending a couple demonstrators who had climbed on the hood flying from the vehicle. Police accelerated the vehicle multiple times as dozens of protesters surrounded the SUV, according to videos posted to social media. After each acceleration, protesters could be heard shrieking in shock, pleading for the driver to stop putting their foot on the gas while people were in front of the vehicle and being thrown from the hood of the car. A Detroit Police Department spokeswoman told the Detroit Free Press she was awaiting further details before giving an official statement. The driver has not been publicly identified. In a statement to the Detroit News, the department said the driver was attempting to leave the scene after a rear back window had been ‘‘busted out.’’ The department told the News, ‘‘The officer tried to escape.”

A Charlottesville replay after a lady with a child was attacked by a mob, called 9/11, and was told they couldn't help?

"One man was killed and another wounded early Monday in Seattle’s “occupied” protest zone — the area’s second deadly shooting. Police said the shooting happened before dawn in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Demonstrators have occupied several blocks around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and a park for about two weeks after police abandoned the precinct following standoffs and clashes with protesters calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality. Mayor Jenny Durkan said last week that the city would wind down the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” area. Transportation crews tried to remove makeshift barriers on Friday but stopped after demonstrators objected. Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city on Wednesday for its tolerance of the zone."

Since CHOP has been falling to pieces the Globe has briefly buried it, and that is the way to go to end the tyranny.

That's if you got your schooling right:

"UMass Amherst classes will be mostly remote, but students can choose to live on campus" by Deirdre Fernandes Globe Staff, June 29, 2020

UMass Boston last week announced that all of its classes will be taught online to protect students and staff at the mostly urban commuter campus. Meanwhile, the town of Amherst braced for an economic lift from the return of students, but also a potential spike in the number of coronavirus cases as parties and other student gatherings are likely to resume.

Related: The Media is Lying About the ‘Second Wave’

Dr. Ron Paul makes the case that "for months, the Washington Post and the rest of the mainstream media kept a morbid Covid-19 “death count” on their front pages and at the top of their news broadcasts, that the coronavirus outbreak was all about the number of dead, but then all of a sudden early in June the mainstream media did a George Orwell and lectured us that it is all about “cases” and unfortunately our mainstream media is only interested in pushing the “party line,” so the good news that millions more have been exposed while the fatality rate continues to decline – meaning the virus is getting weaker – is buried under hysterical false reporting of “new cases,” and helps guide us as to how to get through this.

“We’ll have thousands of students coming from all over the country, if not the world, to a relatively small town — that’s a concern,” said Paul Bockelman, the Amherst town manager. “There’ll be a lot of pent up energy [from students]. It’s usually a positive thing, but in the COVID-19 world it’s a worrisome thing,” but Matt Haskins, the owner of Matt’s Barber Shop, in downtown Amherst, said he is looking forward to a return of students who make up more than half of his business in the fall and thinks it can be done safely. Even in the summer, tourists and families visiting UMass Amherst, nearby Amherst College and Hampshire College, would buoy businesses. That’s not been the case this year. “I say, bring them in and bring on business,” Haskins said.

I say NO! 

Close down the college for I do not want COVID anywhere near me!


The university has to invest in testing and safety precautions, such as barriers in cafeterias, and still pay faculty and staff the same salaries, Subbaswamy said. Very few universities have offered price reductions to students who will be learning online this upcoming fall; however, Williams College on Monday announced it would cut tuition and fees for the next academic year by 15 percent and make the same reduction to the expected family contribution for students receiving financial aid.

Williams said it was cutting student costs because it has canceled fall athletics, its January “winter study” academic period, and many student activities. The college will offer hybrid courses with both in-person and distance instruction, with many classes offered entirely remotely. Still, the decision to keep tuition the same at UMass Amherst angered some students and families.

You are fortunate they didn't raise it! 

Stop complaint about this wonderful New World Order the globalist eugenicists have devised for you!

The college should have at least offered some more classes in-person, said Jack MacKinnon, a rising junior studying political science at the public university. “I do believe opening the dorms is a money grab,” MacKinnon said. “I don’t see the point of allowing students back on campus when the majority would not be able to attend classes.”

Another worthless degree for the "rising junior(??)."

UMass Amherst officials said they expect fewer students to live in the dorms, which will include single and double-occupancy rooms, this fall. Last year the university had 14,000 students living on campus, but some students found off-campus rentals in recent weeks, because UMass Amherst had initially considered only allowing single-occupancy dormitories and giving preference to first-year students, university officials said.

Dan McGinn, a Westborough parent, has a sophomore and senior attending UMass Amherst this fall and both will be living off-campus. Neither is excited that all their classes will be remote instruction, but they want to be back learning with their friends.

“When you choose to attend a residential college, it’s not the just classes, it’s a whole package of things,” McGinn said. “There’s no perfect in this. ... It’s going to be better than living at home and zooming from the family room.”

Brian Morley, a rising junior from Pembroke, said he already has his apartment in Amherst for the fall that he plans to share with three roommates. Morley has one lab class that will be in-person.

“I’d like to try and make this semester feel as normal as possible,” Morley said. “I had a difficult time focusing on online learning when I was stuck in my own home, and I’m hoping that the new apartment will be different enough that I won’t feel quite so frustrated.”

There is tele-mental health if you need it.

UMass Amherst officials said students who do return will have to wear masks, agree to get tested when the university demands, and limit their travel away from the campus area.

So much for the FREEDOM of COLLEGE, kids! 


The university will also be canceling breaks, and teaching will occur on Labor Day and Veterans Day, so that the semester can conclude by Nov. 20, which will give students time to move out of the residence halls before the winter flu season, when the virus infections are expected to surge again.....

When we will be treated to more ma$$ media lies, kids.



College admission deans offer 5 tips

That's if you are applying to college during the pandemic.

"Harvard said Monday that it will no longer enforce a ban on single-gender social clubs, after concluding that the prohibition would likely not withstand a legal challenge from a group of fraternities and sororities who had asked a federal judge just hours earlier to halt the policy....."

Then gender segregation is okay?

Karilyn Crockett, of MIT, appointed head of city’s new equity and inclusion office

The MIT lecturer previously worked in the administration of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and she is Black!

Don't bother calling the cops, either:

MIT campus police union announces vote of no confidence in police chief and calls for independent review

Maybe you can transfer to BU:

"Boston University will have to furlough or lay off about 250 employees to help cover a $96 million estimated budget gap in the upcoming academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a message to faculty and staff, BU President Robert Brown said the university expects a total revenue shortfall of $264 million in the fiscal year starting July 1 and has tapped into some of its reserves, reduced salaries, and frozen retirement contributions to save about $168 million, but that still leaves about $96 million to make up, Brown said. “Regrettably, layoffs and furloughs (unpaid leaves of absence with benefits continuation) will be necessary in some units of the University as a consequence of the shortfalls we are predicting,” Brown said. Brown warned that the financial outlook still remains uncertain because the university isn’t sure how many students will show up this fall....."

Maybe you should transfer out of state:

"Gilead Sciences, the maker of the first COVID-19 treatment found to have worked in clinical trials, remdesivir, said Monday it will charge US hospitals $3,120 for the typical patient with private insurance. Soon after the announcement, the Trump administration said it had secured nearly all of the company’s supply of the drug for use in US hospitals through September, with a contract for 500,000 treatment courses, which it will make available to hospitals at Gilead’s price. Other developed countries will pay 25 percent less than the United States, a discount Gilead said reflects a need to make the drug as widely available as possible throughout the world. The company has licensed generic manufacturers to produce the drug for developing countries which will receive the treatment ‘‘at a substantially lower cost,’’ the company said. Gilead’s announcement settles a lingering question about a drug that has been shown to have a modest benefit but remains the only therapy authorized by the Food and Drug Administration to treat hospitalized patients with COVID-19. A clinical trial sponsored by the government showed the drug — invented by Gilead but developed largely by taxpayer-funded agencies — sped up hospital recoveries by four days. It had no statistically significant impact on survival for COVID-19 patients."

HCQ and other remedies are cheaper and more effective, but then Fauci wouldn't make a buck.

"The city of Jacksonville, Fla., where mask-averse President Trump plans to accept the Republican nomination in August, ordered the wearing of face coverings Monday, joining the list of state and local governments reversing course to try to beat back a resurgence of the coronavirus. Less than a week after Mayor Lenny Curry said there would be no mask requirement, city officials announced that coverings must be worn in “situations where individuals cannot socially distance.” White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany responded by saying the president’s advice is to “do whatever your local jurisdiction requests of you.” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has opposed a statewide mask requirement but said in response to Jacksonville’s action that he will support local authorities who are doing what they think is appropriate. Places such as Texas, Florida, and California are backtracking on reopening, closing beaches and bars in some cases. Other states, such as hard-hit Arizona, are hitting pause on their efforts to reopen. On Monday, a group of Texas bar owners sued to try to overturn Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s order closing their businesses. They contend Abbott doesn’t have the authority, and they complained that other businesses, such as nail salons and tattoo studios, remain open. “Governor Abbott continues to act like a king,” said Jared Woodfill, attorney for the bar owners. “Abbott is unilaterally destroying our economy and trampling on our constitutional rights,” but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that Abbott is on the right path, and he added that Trump should order the wearing of masks. “States that were recalcitrant . . . are doing a 180, and you have the same states now wearing masks,” Cuomo said. “Let the president have the same sense to do that as an executive order, and then let the president lead by example and let the president put a mask on it, because we know it works.”

It will be his Dukakis moment!

Beyond that, you have the lying mass-murderer Cuomo (masks work!) sticks a thumb in his eye and Abbott is acting like all the other tyrannical governors as the pre$$ applauds them.  

Good luck on the lawsuit. 

Hope it sets a precedent:

"New Jersey will not allow indoor dining in restaurants to resume on Thursday, delaying the state’s reopening plans, Governor Phil Murphy said Monday. In his coronavirus briefing, Murphy said the state had “no choice” but to hit a pause on Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plans. However, Atlantic City casinos will still reopen with limited capacity. Murphy said the coronavirus spikes in other states after they allowed indoor dining influenced his decision to postpone it indefinitely. New Jersey reported 90 new cases and 17 fatalities on Monday. The state has totaled 171,272 positive cases since the pandemic began....."

What a surprise, but Trump wasn't going to win Jersey anyway!

"Hospitalizations at Houston Methodist Hospital have almost quadrupled since Memorial Day, and younger people are becoming the ones in need of care, according to Marc Boom, its chief executive. In an interview with CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Boom said that about 60 percent of coronavirus patients in the hospital system are younger than 50 as infections in Houston continue to surge. When coronavirus was first affecting the city, about 40 percent of patients in the eight-hospital system were younger than 50. In the midst of more coronavirus patients coming through hospital doors, he said there is some positive news about how the virus is affecting hospitalization numbers. “Even though we have about 200 more patients in house, about double, we only have about three or four more people in the ICU, so that’s encouraging,” he said."

He debunked the scare fear that the hospital was overflowing with COVID, but that was minimized and distorted by the WaCompo brief!

"Broadway will remain closed for at least the rest of this year, and many shows are signaling that they do not expect a return to the stage until late winter or early spring, but given the unpredictability of the pandemic, the league said it was not yet ready to specify a date when shows will reopen. Broadway shows went dark on March 12, and already this has been the longest shutdown in history....."

I hope it stays dark forever!


Locking down overseas:

"Chinese authorities have imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in a county near Beijing in the latest effort by the government to stamp out a small but stubborn second wave of infections in and around the capital. Authorities in Anxin County, about 90 miles south of Beijing in the central province of Hebei, said Saturday that all residential areas would be sealed off immediately. In restrictions reminiscent of those that were imposed earlier this year in Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged, only one member from each family is allowed to leave the compound to buy essential items like food or medicine, officials said. Sealing off the county was a necessary preventive measure following the discovery of a cluster of 13 infections in the area, officials said. State media said that most of the cases in Anxin have been traced back to the Xinfadi wholesale market in Beijing, which is thought to be the source of an outbreak that has infected more than 300 people in recent weeks. The fresh wave of infections has been a wake-up call for China, which had earlier proclaimed victory over the virus. Before the recent outbreak, Beijing had not registered any new locally acquired cases for 56 days. Not long after the flare-up, schools in Beijing were shut down and high-risk neighborhoods sealed off, and officials embarked on an ambitious testing drive. State media reported that as of Sunday, more than 7 million people had been tested in the city. On Monday, China reported 12 new cases of the virus, seven of which were in Beijing."

So did the Globe, and we won't be opening any further than the sliver of a crack Baker allowed.

If he doesn't put a halt to reopening and order a full lockdown, he will become a BoJo:

"Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged Monday that the coronavirus pandemic has been a “disaster” for Britain, as he announced a spending splurge designed to get the country — and his faltering Conservative government — back on track. As the United Kingdom emerges from a three-month lockdown, Johnson has lined up big-money pledges on schools, housing, and infrastructure, in an attempt to move on from an outbreak that has left more than 43,000 Britons dead — the worst confirmed death toll in Europe. “This has been a disaster,” Johnson acknowledged Monday. “Let’s not mince our words. I mean, this has been an absolute nightmare for the country and the country’s gone through a profound shock, “but in those moments, you have the opportunity to change and to do things better,” he told Times Radio. “This is a moment now to give our country the skills, the infrastructure, the long-term investment that we need.” Johnson promised a “Rooseveltian approach,” invoking the New Deal policies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that helped wrench the United States out of the Great Depression. Johnson’s first announcement was $1.25 billion to build new schools. The British leader plans to unveil a series of other infrastructure projects this week. Johnson won a large majority in Parliament in December with a promise to rebalance Britain’s London-dominated economy and revive the long-neglected former industrial regions of central and northern England."

It's a disaster? 

The discredited model you used to do it said 500,000 would die. 

How is 43,000 a disaster?

Beyond that, how is $ociali$m going to help?

"BP agreed to sell its chemicals business to Ineos Group Holdings, taking a big step toward strengthening its finances while also furthering its transitioning away from being a traditional oil company. The transaction means BP hits its target of selling $15 billion of assets ahead of schedule, as the oil industry faces immense financial pressure from the coronavirus crisis. The company recently made its biggest write-off in a decade and said it would lay off 10,000 staff by the end of this year."

That's how you know nothing will stop the Great Global Re$et. Industries are actively participating in their own destruction.

Time to raise a glass to di$ea$ed carca$$ of BP:

"Brits will open their wallets and spend about 210 million pounds ($259 million) in pubs this coming weekend as they try to eat and drink their way to rescuing the beleaguered industry. Pubs will reopen on Saturday for the first time since lockdown in March and spending will be more than 70 percent higher than an average weekend as customers celebrate by knocking back about two pints of lager or glasses of wine more than they normally would, the Centre for Economics and Business Research estimates. Still, the extra spending won’t be enough to help pubs recover profitability. Capacity limits and fixed costs means profitability will be less than half of what it was before the pandemic roiled the business, the report says. Reopening costs could send that figure even lower."

Will they?

Isn't that a stupid thing to do after what has allegedly happened in Florida and Texas?

Time to get out of Jolly Ole England:

"Slovenia is slashing the number of people in public gatherings from 500 to 50 after several cases of coronavirus emerged apparently as a result of social encounters. Government spokesman Jelko Kacin said Monday the decision will be formally made later in the day. He said bigger events will need special permits and must guarantee they will meet social distancing rules with the seating arrangements and other facilities. Slovenia has confirmed 64 new cases in the past seven days after having none or one or two cases days for weeks. The European Union nation of 2 million people has had 111 deaths linked to the virus."

What's the fatality rate there?


That's about 5/1000ths of percent, and if Slovenia is sliding back what hope is there?

"Serbia’s authorities have made wearing face masks mandatory in all closed spaces in the capital, Belgrade, following a rise in coronavirus cases. The crisis team on Monday said that visitors to shopping malls, cafes, restaurants, night clubs, beauty parlors, gyms and other places must wear protective masks all the time or face fines. Throughout the Balkan country, several towns have declared emergency measures in a bid to contain the renewed surge. The country on Monday reported 242 new cases and said four people died in 24 hours. Serbia has seen a spike in the number of infections after moving from very strict lockdown rules to a near-total relaxation. Several officials also have tested positive, including the defense minister and the parliament speaker. The country held a parliamentary election on June 21."

Yeah, it was boycotted by the left so the wrong party one and now this crap.


"The House and Senate are poised this week to approve compromise early voting and vote-by-mail legislation that should pave the way for a major expansion of options ahead of the 2020 election to encourage participation during the COVID-19 pandemic....." 

Opening the door to massive fraud, so I should just tear up the ballot and throw in trash when it comes.

I wonder what is going on in Germany or Italy.

"India on Monday reported nearly 20,000 new coronavirus infections, a new record for the country, as several states reimpose partial or full lockdowns to stem the spread of the virus. India has seen a jump of nearly 100,000 cases over the past week, the health ministry said. In all, the country has confirmed 548,318 cases, making it the world’s fourth-worst affected country after the United States, Brazil, and Russia. India’s death toll has reached 16,475. The capital district of the northeastern state of Assam on the Bangladesh border has reimposed a full lockdown until July 12 following a spike in cases. Another border state, West Bengal, has extended its lockdown until July 31; however, in India’s worst-affected states — Maharashtra, which includes India’s financial capital, Mumbai, and Delhi, home to the capital, New Delhi — most lockdown restrictions have been eased, with restaurants, shopping malls, and parks reopened, and public buses and shared-ride services back on the roads."

That will weaken them in the war against China.

"South Korea has reported 42 new infections of COVID-19 as infections steadily climb in the greater capital area, forcing authorities to consider stronger social restrictions. The figures revealed by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday brought the national caseload to 12,757, including 282 deaths. Twenty-four of the new cases were reported from capital Seoul and nearby metropolitan areas, which have been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May. At least 12 of the new cases were linked to international arrivals as the virus continues to strengthen its hold in southern Asia, the United States, and beyond. South Korea was reporting hundreds of new cases a day in late February and early March following a major surge surrounding the southeast city of Daegu, where the majority of infections were linked to a single church congregation with thousands of members, but while health authorities had used aggressive testing and contact tracing to contain the outbreak in that region, they are having a much harder time tracking recent transmissions in the Seoul metropolitan area, where about half of the country’s 51 million people live."

South Korea was the reopening model Baker cited months ago, so you know where Ma$$achu$etts is headed.


The Globe says America deserves better and that the president and his White House have failed the American public in this pandemic from the very start in the same way that has the pre$$.

They are of the opinion that the problem is white supremacy (so says a militant black feminist), and if the Globe believes that they should fire the white woman (you know, the white women are  'lucky' others are not calling for revenge) and the white man.

Then, after policing, a host of other systems await reform.

One person dead, four injured in crash on I-495 in Haverhill

#MaleLivesDon'tMatter -- obviously.

Gun bill headed to Sununu for likely veto

Then why is it tying up space and ink?

Revere mayor responds to soaring unemployment in his city

Don't worry, it's Amazon to the rescue so take a leisurely stroll along the beach:

A couple walks on Revere Beach, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Revere, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A couple walks on Revere Beach, Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Revere, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

You can hit the casino at night:

"Encore furloughs 3,000 workers as COVID-19 closure takes its toll; The casino's move is a signal that the economic damage from the pandemic will not be easily reversed" by Andy Rosen Globe Staff, June 29, 2020

Encore Boston Harbor said Monday that it will furlough 3,000 more employees, taking on a major staff reduction even as the casino looks toward reopening amid a pandemic that has laid waste to the region’s hospitality industry.

With the move, effective July 1, Encore follows the other two casinos in the state, which laid off or furloughed most of their workers in April. The Everett resort, which went into the crisis with more than 4,200 people on staff, had for months kept the majority of its employees on board, though it cut part-time workers and furloughed a smaller portion of its full-time workforce earlier this month.

Encore head of public affairs Eric Kraus said Monday that about 700 employees remain on staff at the moment, and that more will return for training when casinos have a firm reopening date. Encore’s latest move is a signal that the economic damage from the pandemic will not be easily reversed. State officials have not yet said when casinos will be able to reopen, though they are slated to be included in some part of Phase 3 of Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, which could begin as soon as next week.

We will be in a PAUSE by then if not a FULL LOCKDOWN!

Even when the casinos open, they will face strict rules about sanitation and social distancing that could be costly to implement and will significantly limit their offerings — potentially making it more difficult to get guests back in the door.....

I predict they will stay dark and quiet.


Can always gamble on the weather:

"The summer of alfresco meetings" by Scott Kirsner Globe Correspondent, June 29, 2020

In more normal times, companies gather outdoors in the summer for lunchtime barbecues, or perhaps a cruise on the harbor after work, with cocktails and music, but in these times, that kind of schmooze-fest is in short supply. Instead, people who work in Boston’s startup sector are having client meetings in their backyards, investment discussions in the Public Garden, and catch-up conversations with colleagues along the Charles River.

The year 2020 is proving to be the summer of Business Alfresco. When meetings get rescheduled this July or August, it will not be due to bad traffic or T disruptions, but because of thunderstorms.

Jessica Kim tried an outdoor conclave for the first time in May, just before Memorial Day. Kim, the founder and chief executive of Ianacare, brought together two colleagues, a rolling whiteboard, and some lawn chairs in the front yard of her Newton home. One person wore a mask, and the other two had them on hand — but felt they were far enough apart not to need them during conversation.

The in-person meetings were helpful to create bonds with a new colleague who had joined the company when everyone was working from home, explains Kim — and to “break up the intensity of nonstop Zoom calls.” Ianacare has created a mobile app that helps networks of family members coordinate caregiving when someone is sick.....

I'm not feeling it with the Globe these days.


What is there left to talk about?

"Cirque du Soleil has filed for bankruptcy protection after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close shows around the world, bringing one of the best-known brands in live performance to its knees. The Montreal-based company, controlled by private equity giant TPG Capital, requested court protection through the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada. Entertainment companies that depend on large crowds were among the first business casualties of the virus. Cirque du Soleil laid off 4,679 employees — about 95 percent of its workforce — on March 19 after shutting down 44 productions to comply with government orders around the world."

Another institution forced to take a knee. 

What a circus!

"Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell stressed the importance of keeping the coronavirus contagion contained as the US economy bounces back from its deepest contraction in decades. “We have entered an important new phase and have done so sooner than expected,” Powell said in remarks prepared for testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “While this bounceback in economic activity is welcome, it also presents new challenges — notably, the need to keep the virus in check.” The Fed and Treasury have worked together to launch nine emergency lending programs aimed at providing backstop credit to everything from municipalities to medium-sized businesses. Those actions helped lower borrowing costs and keep the financial system liquid in a time of stress. The Fed chair struck an optimistic note on what he is seeing as economic activity resumes. Hiring is picking up, he noted, and spending is increasing, though 20 million Americans have lost their jobs. “The path forward for the economy is extraordinarily uncertain and will depend in large part on our success incontaining the virus,” he said. “A full recovery is unlikely until people are confident that it is safe to reengage in a broad range of activities.” As he has in recent appearances, Powell also warned against pulling back on any form of stimulus too soon."

This is the V-shaped recovery they have been squawking about:


See you at the bottom:

"Men’s makeup is going mainstream in America. CVS, the country’s largest drugstore chain, is making the biggest bet on the category in the United States yet, by adding a cosmetics line from Stryx, a brand launched last year, to 2,000 stores (about a quarter of its total). About one third of US men under 45 said they would consider trying makeup, according to a survey by Morning Consult in September. Even though Stryx is pitching a product traditionally made for women, its presentation is stereotypical male....."

The River Stryx will lead you to be an effeminate cuck!

Now beg for some food:

"Whole Foods workers prepare for more protests" by Meghan Sorensen Globe Correspondent, June 29, 2020

Whole Foods employees in Cambridge released a statement Monday outlining their demands after seven employees were told last week that their Black Lives Matter face masks did not comply with the company dress code.

Protests are being planned at several Whole Foods stores in the Boston area Tuesday.

Three weeks ago, NECN reported that two workers at Whole Foods in Bedford, N.H., were sent home after wearing face masks that displayed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. In support, Whole Foods workers across the country have been sporting Black Lives Matter masks.

To cool tensions, Whole Foods sent its employees an e-mail Monday offering them a “special one-time bonus” for the month of June. The bonus is $500 for full-time employees and $250 for part-time employees.

“We join Amazon in expressing our gratitude for the remarkable resilience and dedication you’ve shown as you’ve continued to serve our customers in the most challenging of times,” read the e-mail, which was shown to the Globe.

I wonder how many will allow themselves to be bought off.

“This is no longer about wearing masks,” the Cambridge employees’ statement read. “When we walk-out of work today, it will be demanding substantive change from the entire Whole Foods corporation.”

They got that when Amazon took over, and now it is going to get worse!


Maybe these will grab your intere$t:

"Pinterest Inc. has hired a team of outside lawyers to investigate the company’s workplace culture following public complaints from former employees who say they faced racial discrimination. The investigation will be led by Danielle Conley of the Washington-based law firm WilmerHale, according to an e-mail chief executive Ben Silbermann sent to employees Monday....."

"American Express will offer US cardmembers as much as $50 to encourage them to spend more at small businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. All cardholders will receive a $5 credit when they spend $10 or more at a small US business, with the option to receive the credit as many as 10 times. American Express has committed more than $200 million to the promotion, part of its largest-ever global campaign to “Shop Small.”

Be sure to buy something from Kim Kardashian West’s beauty business, okay?

Then watch her $tock ri$e:

"Stocks shrugged off a wobbly start Monday to finish solidly higher on Wall Street, as the market clawed back half its losses from last week. The market rallied after a much healthier-than-expected report on the housing market put investors in a buying mood. Technology, industrial and communications stocks accounted for much of the market’s broad gains as an increase in confirmed new coronavirus cases forces some businesses to close their doors again. Boeing jumped 14.4%, its best day in more than two months. The company’s troubled 737 Max jet looks set to begin test flights soon. Apple added 2.3% as customers keep buying its products regardless of whether or not they’ve been quarantined....."

The obituaries tell me they say killed a vampire this morning after he returned to his coffin.

Monday, June 29, 2020

A Virus-Tainted World

The Bo$ton Globe is Braying that you better keep your hands off:

"It’s time to go touchless; The pandemic has accelerated contact-less technologies in offices and stores" by Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff, June 28, 2020

During the COVID-19 lockdown, I’ve almost forgotten what it feels like to pay for something with cash, or to press an elevator button. For many of us, these routine acts aren’t coming back. In the name of cleanliness and convenience, we’re migrating toward a hands-off world.

Makes you want to grab 'em and shake 'em, doesn't it?

Looks like no more runs to Cumbies to get a Globe.

Consumers are coming to depend on contactless payment methods such as Apple Pay and “tap-and-go” credit cards. The credit card company Visa says US usage is up by 150 percent since last year, while rival Mastercard says 51 percent of its US users have gone touchless.

It's the whole global reset, World Economic Forum crowd and their dystopian plan for the future, one they had developed long before the COVID cover under which they are forcing this down our throats.

Fear of COVID-19 infection is driving the rapid US uptake, according to Richard Crone, a mobile payments analyst. “What would have taken five years to achieve . . . has been compressed into two months,” he said.

Yeah, COVID helped advance a lot of agendas. Some are exploiting it, according to the Bo$ton Globe, and others not.

Contactless credit cards, sometimes called tap-and-go cards, are also on the rise. Because you can lightly tap them on the terminal or even hover them above it, the transaction is a lot cleaner than sliding a card into a slot ― ”a viral Petri dish,” as Crone calls them ― or punching a grubby PIN pad.

These cards are hugely popular worldwide, but only last year did US banks began pushing them hardjust in time for the coronavirus.

Oh, what a coincidence there, and to who$e benefit?

Of course, we still expect to touch things in our workplaces — the desk, for instance, or the computer keyboard, but must we touch anything else in the building?

Let's let the germaphobes rule us all. Then we can fall on them and infect them!

Engineers have been trying to create the hands-off office for years, but not for reasons of health. For some, it’s all about efficiency, by eliminating the need to push elevator buttons or even flip light switches.

“Everything that impedes your flow through a space is considered noise,” said Lee Billington, director of connected experiences for the architectural firm Gensler. “It costs time.”

For Robert Hemmerdinger, chief sales and marketing officer for Delta Controls, which makes smart-building technology, it’s about beauty. His company’s clients want to get rid of “wall acne,”he said — that is, the switches, dials, and buttons that deface their nice, clean walls.

These $ick, anti$eptic, control freaks are calling the shots. They want EVERYTHING CLEANSED!

Touchless buildings controlled through smartphones can solve both problems and prevent COVID infection as well. Billington is working with clients on systems that would track the unique Bluetooth radio signal from each worker’s phone. That signal would automatically unlock the proper doors and call up an elevator to take the worker to the correct floor. No contaminated keypads in sight.

I will get to the elevator ride up into wherever you are allowed momentarily.

Delta Controls has already sold thousands of its O3 Sensor Hub systems, which automatically manage temperature and lighting in offices and conference rooms. There’s no need for dirty wall switches; everything is controlled through a smartphone app, and if you’re thirsty, you won’t have to touch the drinks machine. Boston water cooler company Bevi now offers a hands-free dispenser. You use a smartphone camera to scan a bar code on the machine, and your phone displays all the available drink options. Tap the screen to fill ‘er up, and all you ever touch is the drinking cup.

Just wondering what happens during the inevitable hacking or power outage concerning this total surveillance grid with smartphone as the digital ID of which Gates, et al, dream. Rather disingenuous way to delivery it, via extortion through employment, but that's where we are going. No phone, no access to anything.

So will you be locked into a space with no escape during a power outage? 

That could get tricky were it any length of time. 

It has taken a deadly pandemic to get our attention, but the move toward touchless tech is decades old. Self-opening doors became popular in the 1950s, and automatic faucets and toilets made their debut in the ’80s. Both concepts rely on sensors that detect a person’s movements, but body motions can take you only so far. Remember Microsoft Kinect, the next big thing of 2010? Kinect used an array of cameras to track body movements and let people play games by making hand gestures. The company sold millions of them, before users realized how hard it is for a computer to understand a raised finger or a clenched fist.

Those things are nothing near what is being proposed now by this whoreporate pre$$titute, and can you figure out what this means?

Speech is better; you can tell the machine exactly what you want. Today, one out of four US households has a voice-controlled smart speaker, capable of playing music on command or remotely starting the car, but speech control doesn’t work well in noisy environments, or where privacy is needed.

He has the gall to mention privacy when needed!

Often, the best hands-off solutions aren’t totally hands-off. Instead, we rely on objects that nobody touches but us — smartphones and smart cards. They’re becoming the digital equivalent of gloves and face masks, a final line of defense against a virus-tainted world......

What is tainted it is the bu$ine$$ for which he is corn holing and its endless spew of garbage.


Going down now:

"Going up? Not so fast: Strict new rules to govern elevator culture" by Matt Richtel New York Times ,June 27, 2020

Change is coming to the daily vertical commute, as workers begin to return to tall office buildings in New York and other cities. The elevator ride, a previously unremarkable 90 or so seconds, has become a daunting puzzler in the calculus of how to bring people back to work safely after the coronavirus pandemic kept them home for months.

Employers and building managers are drafting strict rules for going up: severe limits on the number of riders (four seems to be the new magic number), designated standing spots to maximize social distance, mandatory masks, required forward-facing positions — and no talking.

This sick fucking bastards do not want us socializing at all!! 

That is what is behind the ABSURD SOCIAL DISTANCING and MASKS! 

They are UNHEALTHY for YOU but GOOD for THEM!


Well, believe me, there are some people I would not want to talk to: those I read from and about every day. Their very presence soils and stains this Earth.

On the good side, the elevator is no longer fart-free so blast away.

Some companies are hiring “elevator consultants” to figure how best to get thousands of people to their desks, balancing risk of elevator density against a potential logjam as riders wait — at least 6 feet apart — for their turns.

They will let you out at lunch to participate in a pre-approved protest for whatever agenda-advancing group is in flavor at the moment.

Reflecting the widespread interest and concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to weigh in as early as next week with guidance for elevators and escalators. For escalators, it will advise one rider every other step and hand sanitizer at the top. For elevators, it will recommend limiting the number of riders but won’t specify a number; arrows showing different paths to get on and get off; masks; and signs urging people to “not talk unless you have to,” said Nancy Clark Burton, a senior industrial hygienist at the CDC who is part of the group developing the new guidance.

Why don't shut your f**king yap then?

The changes are the result of clear science. COVID-19 is most transmittable when people are in tight confines, particularly indoor settings, where invisible droplets can travel from one person to the next, collateral damage of a seemingly innocuous conversation.


Given all the unknowns with the virus — like how much is needed to cause illness and how much of the aerosol would spread to another rider’s lungs — Richard Corsi, dean of engineering and computer science at Portland State University, couldn’t determine the likelihood of transmission, but he said that the excretion from an infected person not wearing a mask would make an elevator far riskier than, say, standing in much less confined space, for the same amount of time, even indoors.


What ya' say?

His counsel? “Standing as far away as you can diagonally in an elevator would be good, and do not speak,” he said. “That needs to be part of new etiquette,” he added.....

And that is “you have a mask on and you’re not speaking to each other.”

I gue$$ that is the END of UNIONS!



Somebody got taken for a ride, American, and wow, my floor already?

I think I will stop going into the office period, especially after COVID-19 has taken a very swift and very dangerous turn in Texas over just the past few weeks.”

"California Governor Gavin Newsom rolled back reopenings of bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles. He ordered them to close immediately and urged eight other counties to issue local health orders mandating the same. More Florida beaches will be closing again to avoid further spread of the coronavirus as officials try to tamp down on large gatherings amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said interactions among young people are driving the surge. South Africa’s health minister warned that the country’s current surge of cases is expected to rapidly increase in the coming weeks and push hospitals to the limit. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize said the current rise in infections has come from people who “moved back into the workplace.’’ New clusters of cases at a Swiss nightclub and in the central English city of Leicester showed that the virus was still circulating widely in Europe, though not with the rapidly growing infection rate seen in parts of the United States, Latin America, and India. Poland and France, meanwhile, attempted a step toward normalcy as they held elections that had been delayed by the virus. The World Health Organization announced another daily record in the number of confirmed cases across the world...."

Yeah, don't go to the bars but do this:

"In NYC, marking 50th anniversary of Pride, no matter what" By Deepti Hajela and Brian Mahoney Associated Press, June 28, 2020

NEW YORK — There were protests, rainbow flags and performances — it was LGBTQ Pride, after all, but what was normally an outpouring on the streets of New York City looked a little different this year, thanks to social distancing rules required by the coronavirus.

With the city’s massive Pride parade canceled, Sunday’s performances were virtual, the flags flew in emptier than normal spaces, and the protesters were masked.

The disruption caused by the virus would be an aggravation in any year, but particularly in this one, the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in New York City.

Awwwwww, the gay continent was aggravated about something again. 

Awwwwwww! Poor victims yet again!

“It’s a great thing to see because the original Pride started with the civil rights movement,” Matthew Fischer said as he passed out hand sanitizer Sunday at Foley Square. “So we’re really going back to the roots of that and making sure we encompass everything that empowers people to be who they are.”

I resent that because it has nothing to do with civil rights. Gay people can retreat to a closet and hide; a Black man can not hide his skin.

Fischer said it was important this year to show cooperation between the Black and LGBTQ communities, given the recent deaths of George Floyd and others that have sparked demonstrations against police brutality.

Oh, I see. Comingle every agenda and roll it up into COVID-19 chaos for advancement. Of course, one of the most anti-gay populations in the US are Blacks, but set that aside for pre$$ narrative purposes. Thank you.

A number of people in the crowd at Foley Square held signs reading “All Black Lives Matter,” with a black fist surrounded by rainbow colors. Most wore masks, though some scrapped social distancing in favor of hugging friends. One man held a sign advertising free hugs.

I'm wondering, what lives do not matter?

The first Pride march, on June 28, 1970, was a marker of the Stonewall uprisings of the year before in New York City’s West Village that helped propel a global LGBTQ movement. The historic Stonewall Inn, known as the birthplace of the gay rights movement, furloughed its employees and has been shuttered more than three months amid the pandemic, but it announced Sunday it will receive a $250,000 contribution from the Gill Foundation, money that will go toward several months of rent and utilities.

Well, here they are and here is where the funding comes from. It $houldn't be a $urpri$e to anyone.

“I don’t think things will really be back to normal for us until there’s a vaccine, so this is a much-needed lifeline,” co-owner Stacy Lentz said. Organizers of this year’s event in New York City were determined to showcase some of that spirit, with a TV broadcast honoring the front-line workers who have been so necessary in the fight against the virus as well as people and institutions of the LGBTQ community.

All supportive of the agenda, and thus the Globe's National lead with fawning pre$$ that has no concern of COVID at this moment.

The show featured several performers including Janelle Monáe, Deborah Cox, and Billy Porter, and appearances from a number of other celebrities.

That is supposed to make it appealing or.... ?

The Queer Liberation March for Black Lives and Against Police Brutality, meanwhile, marched from Lower Manhattan toward Washington Square Park. The organizers are activists who held a protest march last year as an alternative to the main Pride parade, saying it had become too corporate.

Even the $hakedown pay-offs are not even, but corporate doesn't seem to care. They will when they are put out of business while wondering what they did like a Jerry Springer guest.

Joseph Engargeau feared there might be no event this year because of the coronavirus restrictions. Instead, he felt this scaled-down version better resembled the first Pride than the massive event the parade became. Other celebrations of the day were visual. At Rockefeller Center, more than 100 rainbow flags were placed around the center rink, and the plaza was lit up in rainbow colors.....

Ah, the gays in Lock Step with the Rockefellers, yeah!

All the color$ bleed into one!



"A court ordered the release of a former air force general and leading critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from jail on Sunday, a day after hundreds of people protested outside the Israeli leader’s residence calling for him to be freed. The arrest of Retired Brigadier General Amir Haskel, a former top Israeli general and leader of the protest movement against Netanyahu, has turned him into a symbol of the protest movement that opposes Netanyahu’s continued rule. Demonstrations have been held regularly around the country, with protesters waving signs reading “crime minister’’ and calling for Netanyahu to resign. “A line was crossed that must not be crossed. The reason for my arrest was a desire to silence the protest against the person accused of a crime, Benjamin Netanyahu,” Haskel told a news conference Sunday evening. “In the moral state of Israel, there is no way a person accused of a crime should be prime minister.” The arrests drew angry denunciations from prominent Israelis and sent hundreds out to protest outside Netanyahu’s residence on Saturday, with many slamming the police for making what they viewed as politically motivated arrests. Netanyahu is on trial for a series of scandals in which he allegedly received lavish gifts from billionaire friends and traded regulatory favors with media moguls for more favorable coverage of himself and his family. The trial is set to resume next month....."

The report is by Tia Goldenberg Associated Press, and talk about controlled opposition! 

A former general for God's sakes!

Protesters demonstrating against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held flags and banners outside his residence in Jerusalem last month.
Protesters demonstrating against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held flags and banners outside his residence in Jerusalem last month.Ariel Schalit/Associated Press/File 2020/Associated Press

I always look for social distancing and mask observances and, well, you can see for yourself.

As for whatever demonic and blood-soaked party or cretin leads Israel, I couldn't care less.

Meanwhile, right next door:

"Lebanon’s foreign minister summoned the US ambassador to Beirut over comments she made recently in which she criticized the militant Hezbollah group, state-run National News Agency reported Sunday. The agency gave no further details other than saying that the meeting between Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti and Ambassador Dorothy Shea is scheduled for Monday afternoon. Local media said the minister will tell the ambassador that according to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, an ambassador has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of another country and should not incite the Lebanese people against one another. On Saturday, a Lebanese judge banned local and foreign media outlets in the country from interviewing the US ambassador for a year saying that her criticism of Hezbollah was seditious and a threat to social peace. The judge’s ruling came a day after Shea told Saudi-owned TV station Al-Hadath that Washington has “great concerns” over Hezbollah’s role in the government. The move was harshly criticized by many in Lebanon, which enjoyed one of the more freer media landscapes in the Arab world. Others, however, criticized Shea for comments deemed an interference in Lebanon’s internal affairs Since the ban by the judge was imposed on Saturday, several local TV stations aired fresh comments from Shea in which she described the judge’s decision as “unfortunate.” She added that a senior Lebanese government official, whom she did not name, apologized to her. The court decision reflected the rising tension between the United States and Hezbollah. It also revealed a widening rift among groups in Lebanon, which is facing the worst economic crisis in its modern history....."

Seems to be a PANDEMIC that is SWEEPING the GLOBE, huh?

Also see:

"Lebanon is gripped by a deepening financial crisis and talks with the International Monetary Fund for assistance has been complicated by political infighting. Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Shi’ite group, and its allies are dominant in parliament and back the current government. It is designated by Washington as a terrorist group and the United States has continued to expand sanctions against the group; however, Washington is one of the largest donors to the Lebanese army, making for one of the more complicated diplomatic balancing acts in the region....."

That is new$peak for hypocrisy, and speaking of balancing acts:

"Local protests continue in support of Black Lives Matter movement" by Lucas Phillips Globe Correspondent, June 28, 2020

Every.... single.... day.

During a day that threatened ― and in places poured rain, events in support of a movement in support of racial justice continued, although it marked the first time in weeks no large-scale rallies were held.

In Cambridge, a controversy over Whole Foods employees wearing “Black Lives Matter” masks continued to simmer as a dozen workers were sent home, and a small group of supporters stood out in front of the River Street location.

“We’re its paying customers and it makes no sense to us” Vibha Pingle, 53, said about Whole Foods not allowing employees to wear the masks. “We’re not fighting for anything other than basic human rights here — and this is Cambridge,” said Pingle, who lives in the city.

And the right to wear a mask of their own! That's the new independence! Which muzzle will I wear?

Pingle and a group of friends have been leading groups of about 50 protesters for at least an hour a day since Friday to show support for employees wearing the masks and put pressure on the store by encouraging would-be customers to shop elsewhere.

I hope the store closes. Then they will be complaining about that saying they can't do that!

Savanah Kinzer, 23, of Boston, has been leading the protest among the store’s employees, who were sent home without pay and could eventually face other discipline as a result of their protest, she said. Kinzer said a dozen employees were sent home Sunday and the company confirmed that.

Is it one N or two?

A spokeswoman for Whole Foods said the company “strongly supports the Black community,” but employees are not allowed to work until they comply with the dress code, which “prohibits clothing with visible slogans, messages, logos or advertising that are not company-related.” She said this policy includes masks. Other masks are offered to employees, she said.

Otherwise, it opens up a whole can of worms about which masks are allowable and which aren't for the lawyers, which is where this is going.

Kinzer said the employees were sent home Sunday after declining to swap out their masks, and she called on other Whole Foods locations to join them in a statewide protest on Tuesday.

More protests! Statewide!

Other events supporting the Black Lives Matter movement were planned during the day and evening in Cambridge, Hyde Park, Newton, Worcester (virtually), Abington, and Hingham, from forums on socialism to voting to old-fashioned sign-holding.

No COVID concern, huh?

At least two of the events were hosted by first-time organizers.

“Hey if we want change to happen, we can’t wait around for it,” said Crystal Neake, 21, a South Boston resident with the group “Voices of Boston” who helped organize an event in Hyde Park designed to promote voting. Heavy rains eventually forced the event to shut down, she said. Still, the newly formed group hopes to “be more constructive in the way we’re being activists,” she said in a phone interview, and voting is “. . . another avenue you can use your voice as well.”

Not pwogwe$$ive?


"Much of the state is considered to be in a “significant drought,” a result of recent warmer-than-usual temperatures and little precipitation since May, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced Friday. Residents in the Connecticut River Valley, and Western, Central, and Northeast regions — the areas where the drought has officially been declared — were advised to minimize overall water use. The state also warned of increased wildfire risk Friday, with 110 wildfires reported in the past 30 days. The declaration came amid dry conditions throughout New England, according to the United States Drought Monitor, a collaboration of University of Nebraska-Lincoln with government agencies to track droughts nationwide. A National Weather Service meteorologist, Torry Gaucher, who noted the agency does not track longer-term trends like droughts, said dry conditions are likely to continue in the near term despite a smattering of pop-up storms Sunday and throughout the upcoming week. “They’ll help out people’s lawns that are turning brown right now, but won’t do much to relieve us of drought status,” he said. “It’s like putting a Band-Aid on at this point.” Still, the spots of heavy rain, along with cooler temperatures expected for much of the coming week, could have positive impacts in some places, according to Gaucher. “Just for individual communities that will get that helping hand,” he said....."

That was after a cooler-than-average spring, and what is in that rain anyway?

Could it be an accelerant to cause a fire to breaks out before being doused?

Enough splashing around, back to the protests:

Nicole Schick, 32, was also organizing her first event, a rally in Abington, where she lives. The social worker said the event came from the needs of her own household, where she lives with two Black men, including her fiancee. “We needed that sense of safety and security and support,” she said in a phone interview. She said she moved into the predominantly white town from Orlando, Fla., and “it wasn’t clear this was a town to support [the movement] or not.”

Oddly enough, the Globe flew me down to Orlando in the bu$ine$$ section today, but I will save that for the Shicksha's trip back.

What started as a plan to hold signs a few weeks ago grew into the expectation of a rally Sunday evening, said Schick, who is white. “This is what we needed in our home, but there are a lot of people that need this in their homes.”

For Jennifer Ofayande, 18, a Boston resident who was among the Whole Foods employees who were sent home Sunday, she is going to keep on protesting. Her next scheduled shift is Monday and she said she will wear the “Black Lives Matter” mask again.

“It’s honestly going to be the same thing. We’re going to keep putting on the masks. We’re going to keep doing it and see what they say,” she said.

“I just feel like as a Black person it’s my right to do this because it’s showing that I’m here having a voice and that I should be heard,” Ofayande said. “I am also showing that hey, my life matters. It’s not politics: We all have to start leading for a change.”

Think of the absurdity that she is arguing there. 

Masking up is a way for her voice to be heard!

What is wrong with the youth these days? 

Why are they so dumb and blind?

Are they that easy to manipulate and control? 

Apparently so.


Notice what they are NOT PROTESTING?

Not protesting wealth inequality, Bezos getting rich short selling his stock, Amazon treating workers like crap, not protesting war policy and all the black and brown corpses that have been stacked like firewood, Palestinian lives don't matter, Haitian lives don't matter (until now!), all that matters is the relentless agenda-pushing garbage promoted by the pre$$ that the kids have glommed onto.

Of course, the bar is now closed anyway:

"It was a truly great Irish pub, a precious thing indeed, so when I heard the news last week that O’Leary’s had permanently closed, I felt a wistful sense of loss, crestfallen that such a fixture in my life was suddenly gone. It was the first pub I loved in the city I had wanted to call home since I first laid eyes on Fenway. It was the scene of some of my fondest memories, reunions, and celebrations that brought rare combinations of family and friends together. And like an old friend, it had seen me through different stages of my life, from the first heady years in Boston past the various milestones of adulthood — career, marriage, family. I hadn’t been there since September, after one of the last Red Sox games of the year. If I had known I wouldn’t be back, that the world was going to spin off its axis, and Fenway Park would stand empty still, it’s safe to say I would have stayed for a few more pints. As it was, I simply made my way home, believing I’d surely return before too long — like always. Since we heard the news, my friends and I have reminisced over all the great times there. Ringing in the year 2000 with a sprawling crowd, spanning generations, that included my sister and the woman my oldest friend, Steve, would marry. They concluded their wedding ceremony by stomping on an O’Leary’s pint glass....."

Do you kids know you are being played or has the educational $y$tem left you too stupid to see it?

Enjoy the future in your $tate-$anctioned care (her latest up and over there is a video from Boston, and I couldn't more dejectedly agree. I see it all around me. It's literally right in front of my face every day. Some are saying the second round of lockdowns won't be as easy as the first, but I see no resistance amongst my fellow citizens. They have let themselves be raped and tortured with barely a whimper, and are now a heap of flesh ripe for sticking).

Been $uch a difficult year for $ome:

"For Boston Scientific, a ‘most difficult year’; Postponed elective surgeries cost the medical device maker half its business, and George Floyd's death in Minneapolis hit close to home" by Jonathan Saltzman Globe Staff, June 28, 2020

When Mike Mahoney first heard about the new coronavirus, in January, it struck him as a scientific curiosity confined to China. By early March, the chief executive of Boston Scientific knew it was a global tsunami that threatened to upend the US economy and crush his Marlborough company.


That is what it should have been then, if it exists at all. If not, it points to a bioweapon.

A homegrown Fortune 500 firm, Boston Scientific sells medical devices used primarily in elective surgeries. Those procedures were halted almost overnight when hospitals pivoted to treating COVID-19 patients. The effect on the company’s core business was swift and staggering: Sales plunged 50 percent.

Who decides what is an "elective" surgery?

The company had to slash costs, and do it quickly, but Mahoney wanted to avoid layoffs. So on April 2, Boston Scientific made an extraordinary announcement. It was reducing the wages of many of its 36,000 global employees by 20 percent for three months and halving the base salaries of five key executives for six months. Mahoney would forgo most of his base salary until October.

Next month, with elective surgeries resuming in most of the country and sales rebounding, despite coronavirus cases surging in the South and West, Boston Scientific will end the four-day workweek and the corresponding pay cut. Mahoney and other top-ranking employees will continue to receive their smaller paychecks until October. His base salary totaled almost $1.28 million in 2019, although his overall compensation exceeded $15.7 million, including stock and other payments.

Oh, what a difficult year for him!

Mahoney, in his most detailed public remarks about how he is steering Boston Scientific through its biggest crisis since he became CEO in 2011, said the pandemic hasn’t been the only extraordinary challenge.

With a market value of more than $48 billion and operations on six continents, Boston Scientific has about 9,000 employees in Minnesota. That’s about three times the number it has in Massachusetts. Most Minnesota employees work at two campuses in the Minneapolis suburbs.

Time to move out of there, pronto!

In late May, when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck in a harrowing scene captured on video, Floyd’s death and the ensuing riots literally hit close to home. Some workers, he said, live near where Floyd was killed or where fires erupted in the days that followed.

They called the police but the phone rang and rang and rang..... until a computer-generated voice came on and said the number you have dialed is not in service at this time, please check the number and dial again.

Boston Scientific temporarily put five employees and their families up in hotels and provided grief counseling to workers, a spokeswoman said. Mahoney and other members of the executive committee attended an hour-long Zoom meeting with 350 employees from around the world. Many of the workers belong to an employee resource group called Bridge that seeks to advance the careers of Black staffers. Some said they identified with George Floyd because they or their relatives had been mistreated by police over the years.

Boston Scientific, which has drawn praise for its commitment to diversity, took other steps, as well. The company promised to donate $2.5 million to anti-racism programs and contributed at least $250,000 to the Greater Twin Cities United Way, and it released a statement that not only condemned discrimination but also urged employees to confront such behavior if they see it at work.

“Speak up when you experience or witness intolerance, mistreatment or bias in action,” the executive committee wrote. “No matter what the issue, say something . . . Saying nothing when such instances arise condones the discrimination or micro-aggression.”

Precious Morton, a quality manager at Boston Scientific’s site in Alpharetta, Ga., said the commitment to diversity is genuine. “It’s definitely more than just talk,” said Morton, 33, who is Black and oversees seven Bridge chapters for employees across the United States.

Either of the challenges — a pandemic-related business meltdown and unrest in a city where many of its employees live ― would have tested a chief executive. Together, said Mahoney, a Chicago native who speaks in measured tones, they created what has “clearly been the most difficult year” since he took the helm almost nine years ago.

Boston Scientific was hardly the only medical device company staggered by the postponement or cancellation of elective procedures. Medtronic, Abbott, and Stryker were also among those whose revenue took a dive.

“This was Armageddon,” Wall Street analyst Vijay Kumar, managing director of Evercore ISI’s health care and technology team, said. “Hospitals stopping procedures was a scenario none of us could have ever fathomed.”


Even after Event 201?

Founded in Watertown in 1979, Boston Scientific makes dozens of products, from coronary stents to endoscopic devices, used by a wide range of medical specialists. About 70 percent of its products, Mahoney said, are for procedures considered “deferrable,” or elective. Because of the pandemic, just about everything that wasn’t an emergency was put on hold at hospitals and clinics across the country.

I don't know; coronary and endoscopic sound more than "elective" to me.

Mahoney arrived at Boston Scientific from the health care products giant Johnson & Johnson, where he headed the New Jersey company’s medical device and diagnostics group. Boston Scientific had struggled for years, losing business to rivals and facing thousands of lawsuits that alleged it had marketed unsafe surgical mesh used in pelvic repair surgeries. Many of the problems stemmed from the company’s $27.3 billion purchase of a rival device maker, Guidant Corp., a 2006 deal widely derided on Wall Street.


That's the same company that lied about talc powder causing ovarian cancer for decades, and one that has been awarded a ro$e by the Trump administration to roll out whatever toxic poison is going to be ion the COVID vaccine vial.

The ince$tuou$ne$$ of the bu$ine$$ knows no bounds!

Mahoney earned praise for revitalizing Boston Scientific through savvy corporate acquisitions and the roll-out of new products. The company also publicly set goals for workforce diversity and shared data about whether it was meeting those benchmarks.

In January, when Boston Scientific began tracking the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, where the company has operations, “nobody expected it to leave” that country, Mahoney recalled during a telephone interview last week. “We said to ourselves, if this ever comes to the US or Europe, it’s going to be very difficult.”

Oh, yeah?

By early March, after cases began spreading in the United States, there was no doubt that the mushrooming health crisis was also a business crisis for Boston Scientific. On March 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that all elective surgeries and nonessential medical procedures should be postponed to preserve hospital beds and equipment for coronavirus patients.

For the rest of us, too -- almo$t.

Around the same time, Boston Scientific canceled all travel by employees and then directed most of them to work from home. Some, including hundreds of employees who ship products from a distribution center in Quincy, continued to work onsite, but shifts were staggered to limit the number of people in the building.

Then came the pay cuts. Boston Scientific put most of its full-time US workers who aren’t involved in sales or manufacturing on a four-day workweek. Hours for part-time employees were maintained at a level to preserve benefits. The company enacted similar cost-cutting measures abroad. Boston Scientific has about 17,000 workers in the United States and 19,000 overseas.

The board of directors also decided that each director’s annual cash retainer would be halved for the year, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Kumar, the Wall Street analyst, said Mahoney made the right move by cutting pay rather than eliminating jobs. “If I was a Boston [Scientific] employee and I was told I was going to get a 20 percent pay cut, I might be breathing a sigh of relief,” he said. “Look at the unemployment right now. And by the way, I have a CEO who says he’s going to forgo his salary. That’s management saying, ‘We feel your pain.‘ ”

Yeah, $ure.

As coronavirus cases have fallen in recent weeks in much of the country and elective surgeries have resumed, Boston Scientific has begun to slowly let employees ― particularly lab scientists ― return to work sites. Nonetheless, company executives know that cases are on the rise in parts of the country and that the crisis is hardly over.

Have they really?

I gue$$ it is whatever $hit you are shoveling on a given day, huh?

At its sprawling headquarters in Marlborough, about 10 percent of the workforce is back, but the cafeteria remains dark, and water fountains are taped over. Employees and visitors must have their temperatures taken by a heat-sensing camera in the lobby. If it’s below 100.4 degrees, they can proceed.

Where is my ball bat?

Mahoney, who spent 90 days working from his home in a Providence suburb, said he’s delighted that employees are returning. Sales have rebounded, and — with many patients who postponed surgeries rescheduling them for later this year ― he expects the company to make more money in the fourth quarter than it did in the last quarter of 2019.

“We knew the business would eventually come back,” he said.....

Not what was reported on Friday, and maybe he could use some tele-mental health for the state of delusion in which he appears to be living. 



"Forty years after a sadistic suburban rapist terrorized California in what investigators later realized were a series of linked assaults and slayings, a 74-year-old former police officer is expected to plead guilty Monday to being the elusive Golden State Killer. The deal will spare Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. any chance of the death penalty for 13 murders and 13 kidnapping-related charges spanning six counties. In partial return, survivors of the assaults that spanned the 1970s and 1980s expect him to admit to up to 62 rapes with which he could not be criminally charged because too much time has passed, yet nothing is certain until he actually speaks in a Sacramento State University ballroom pressed into use as a courtroom to provide for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Investigators early on connected certain crimes to an armed and masked rapist who would break into sleeping couples’ suburban homes at night, binding the man and piling dishes on his back. He would threaten to kill both victims if he heard the plates fall while he raped the woman. A guilty plea and life sentence avoids a trial or even the planned weekslong preliminary hearing. The victims expect to confront him at his sentencing in August, where it’s expected to take several days to tell DeAngelo and Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman what they have suffered. The killer racked up a series of monikers for his crimes over the decades, including the original Night Stalker, but it wasn’t until years later that investigators connected a series of assaults in central and Northern California to later slayings in Southern California and settled on the umbrella Golden State Killer nickname for the mysterious assailant whose crimes spanned 11 counties from 1974 through mid-1986....."

If any ever deserved death (a former cop to boot), but what's with the sour puss?

"The mystery sparked worldwide interest, a best-selling book, and a six-part HBO documentary, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” that premiered Sunday. It was only the pioneering use of new DNA techniques that two years ago led investigators to DeAngelo, who was fired from the Auburn Police Department northeast of Sacramento in 1979 after he was caught shoplifting dog repellent and a hammer. He previously had worked as a police officer in the Central Valley town of Exeter from 1973 to 1976, near where the Visalia Ransacker struck more than 100 homes south of Fresno. Investigators painstakingly built a family tree by linking decades-old crime scene DNA to a distant relative through a popular online DNA database. They eventually narrowed in on DeAngelo with a process that has since been used in other cases nationwide, but said they confirmed the link only after surreptitiously collecting his DNA from his car door and a discarded tissue. His defense attorneys have publicly lobbied since then for a deal that would spare him the death penalty, though they did not respond to repeated requests for comment before Monday’s hearing. Prosecutors who had sought the death penalty cited the massively complicated case and the advancing age of many of the victims and witnesses in agreeing to consider the plea bargain....."

It is just a ‘‘relief for all of us to move on with our lives,” and I won't be watching HBO or anything that comes out of Hollywood these days. Time to boycott that filth.

The year is going to keep getting worse for this guy:

Trump’s attacks seen undercutting confidence in 2020 vote

That is assuming we had any.

Trump takes down tweet approving racist chant

Too late.

Rolling Stones threaten suit over Trump’s use of songs 

F**king has-beens. 

Retire already, you greedy f**ks, or did you waste all the loot?

Of course, if the Democraps lose they will blame Russia!

Minneapolis officials press new police body-cam rules

Just abolish them already.

Mississippi lawmakers OK measure to change state flag

Another fixture of life gone. 

Now raise your glass!!

Suspect in Ky. rally shooting had been asked to leave

He stood his ground and is a case a study in privilege.

"Group calls for urgent nursing home reforms amid COVID-19" by John Hilliard Globe Staff, June 28, 2020

This after the Globe minimized the huge hole in the $afety net (that's how we all got rich, though) and washed clean the hands of the governor.

As the coronavirus pandemic moved through the state’s nursing homes leaving thousands dead, longstanding practices in those facilities and in state government contributed to the number of deaths, a watchdog group calling for reforms said Sunday in a report to state leaders.

The Pioneer Institute called for a series of measures in its report, including tighter oversight and transparency in the care of some of the state’s most vulnerable residents, as well as regular testing and the appointment of a top official to oversee nursing homes’ responses to COVID-19.

The report also called for prioritizing access to any future vaccine for nursing home residents and workers.

“The conditions that led to this tragic outcome appear to have been in place for years,‘‘ said the report. “Such conditions, combined with failure to prioritize the needs of nursing home populations, resulted in the unacceptable lethality of the virus in the state’s long-term care facilities.”

Jab, jab, jab, and how did it get in there?

As of Sunday, the state has reported 23,399 cases of the disease in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, along with 5,086 deaths. Coronavirus cases have been reported in 369 facilities, according to state data.

Barbara Anthony, Pioneer’s senior health care fellow who co-wrote the report, said the state must take immediate steps to control the infection and prepare nursing homes for the duration of the pandemic.

“This is a matter of the utmost urgency,” Anthony said in an interview Sunday. “We’re not through with this virus [because] it’s not through with us.”

Maybe, but I'm through with you and the damn Globe. You are polluting the world with your noxious spew.

Deaths in nursing homes and long-term care facilities account for nearly two-thirds of the statewide death toll due to the virus, according to state data. That’s a rate much higher than the national average of under 40 percent for nursing home deaths, according to the report.

The number of nursing home deaths locally due to COVID-19 “is a severe blot on the public health history of Massachusetts,” the report said.

Just a blot, not a crime!

On Sunday, the state reported 19 new deaths in the general population due to the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 8,060. The number of new cases ticked up by 224, reaching a total of 108,667, an increase from 108,443 cases reported a day earlier.

There they go again, tossing numbers at you with no context, no veracity, no transparency.

In a statement, Jim Stergios, Pioneer’s executive director, said there was a glaring contrast between the state’s “hypervigilant” closure of schools and its preparations for hospitals, versus steps taken to ready senior care facilities for the coronavirus.

“Given the risk profile of eldercare residents, we hope that lessons learned in the first wave of the pandemic translate to permanent reforms in Massachusetts nursing homes,” Stergios said.


By the time Governor Charlie Baker closed nursing homes to visitors in mid-March, according to the report, it was too late. The virus had already infiltrated most homes through staff or visitors.

OMFG, they are blaming staff and families for the outbreak when it was the government's policy of placing alleged COVID-19 cases in the nursing homes that caused this.

Many of those staff or visitors were probably asymptomatic, the Pioneer report said, and community transmission accelerated the spread of the disease.

Yeah, you were sick and didn't even know it. 

Has that WORN AS THIN WITH YOU as it has with ME?

A lack of testing and personal protective equipment along with shortages of staff who had appropriate infection-control training created dangerous conditions that spiraled out of control, the report said.

Whatever. That's just cover for criminal politicians.

“While residents and staff at most homes have now been tested once, there is no publicly available plan for how to ensure sufficient testing and adequate PPE going forward,” the report said.

The Pioneer report said many practices by the state heightened nursing home residents’ vulnerability, including a program offering the facilities additional funding if they admitted COVID-19 patients from hospitals.


Yup, more $$$ for a COVID diagnosis, more money to put on a murderous ventilator, and more money to infect the nursing homes and kill our beloved useless eaters.

We are talking MAJOR EVIL HERE, folks!

Pioneer quoted research from the Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform that suggested half of the facilities that participated had signs of “severe operational deficiencies,” according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.

“It is not clear how facilities with low CMS grades became COVID checklist-compliant so quickly,” Pioneer said in the report. “This incentive structure needs reform to prioritize quality of resident care over monetary gains, with ongoing transparent oversight from state officials prior to placement of COVID patients.”

Time to nur$e this blog home.

Another issue was whether nursing homes were being held to state standards for emergency preparedness, according to the Pioneer report. Those plans, which include pandemic flus and diseases, require isolation and protective personal equipment measures.

The report said there was “no clear evidence” that state and federal surveys have applied these standards in a thorough and consistent manner.

Neglect is still murder!

The state’s most recent infection control audits revealed that more than one-third of these facilities failed to comply with measures intended to stem the disease’s spread as of May 21, according to the report. The audits were ordered amid public scrutiny of COVID-19′s impact on nursing homes.

Requests for comment from the Baker administration were not immediately returned Sunday evening.

I wonder why!

They hope this will blow over. 

I hope the families hire lawyers and sue!

The Pioneer report also called for regular testing of residents and staff; requiring nursing homes to report test results directly to the state Department of Public Health; and preventing employees at a facility with an outbreak from working at other nursing homes.

Nursing homes should also subject workers and visitors to temperature checks, and collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of anyone who enters, to help facilitate contact tracing, the group said.

They are of no help then! 

This whitewash of a report is more agenda-pushing garbage!

Anthony, who oversaw the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation under former Governor Deval Patrick, said the scope of deaths among nursing home residents due to the disease shows disrespect for the well-being of the state’s seniors.

“We have been denigrating, or devaluing, the lives of older people throughout this pandemic,” Anthony said.

“This is going to happen again, unless those steps are taken immediately, and with vigor,” she said.

Time to put her in a home before it is too late.



Police find Old Port businesses in compliance after complaints

They are enforcing the COVID restrictions in Maine as the state reports 37 new cases and no deaths from coronavirus, while in Vermont there were 2 new cases for a statewide total of 1,202.

Also see:

Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell
Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

I see sly evil there.

It's never enough!

Time for your flight back to Orlando:

"Tourists absent, Orlando area’s workers struggle" by Eve Edelheit and Brooks Barnes New York Times, June 28, 2020

ORLANDO — While most people have received one-time stimulus payments from the federal government, UNITE HERE, a union representing 30,000 hospitality workers in the Orlando area, recently said that at least 1,500 of its members had yet to receive any unemployment payments from the state. Florida has been one of the slowest states to process jobless claims, in part because its system was designed to be arduous.

Few areas of the country rely on tourism more than Central Florida, which is home to Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal, Gatorland, Legoland, and a plethora of smaller attractions. An estimated 250,000 people work in the leisure and hospitality industries, accounting for 25 percent of jobs in the area, according to the trade organization Visit Orlando.

Most workers whose livelihoods depend on Orlando’s ability to attract tourists in large numbers have managed to get by as the amusement economy shut down around them — though for some it has been a struggle.

Recent weeks have brought a new kind of purgatory for tourism workers in the region. Will spiking coronavirus cases in Florida halt the reopening that was beginning to happen? Disney, for instance, has been calling back employees ahead of a limited return to operations on July 11.

Not only that, a second shutdown is underway, one that is going to last for an ENTIRE YEAR!

“To Disney’s credit, they have done everything in their power to mitigate our safety concerns about returning to work,” said Paul Cox, who also serves as president of Disney World’s stagehand union. “People are mostly terrified that the company is going to stop the recalls. That would be a disaster. People are barely hanging on as it is, and unemployment benefits will end soon.”

So will the job.

Others are worried that going back to work will lead to infection. With the coronavirus now rampaging in Florida, one Disney employee started an online petition asking the company and government officials to reconsider their reopening timelines. It had about 16,200 signatures on Sunday.

I suggest no one go there. Let Disney close.

Disney World employs roughly 77,000 people. A Disney spokeswoman on Friday reiterated that the resort would begin opening on July 11 and that “several thousand” employees (“cast members” in Disney parlance) had already been called back in preparation.

“Cast members are incredibly eager to return to their jobs at our theme parks,” Disney said in a statement.

“The new protocols we have put into place for our phased reopening will help guide our cast and guests to enjoy the parks experience in a responsible way.”


I don't think so. COVID-19 has made it no fun anymore.

Before the coronavirus halted travel in March, Orlando was booming. The convention center, the second-largest in North America, had announced a $605 million addition; billions of dollars’ worth of new theme park attractions and hotels were on the way; and Orlando International Airport was working on a $3 billion expansion.

Yeah, before the BIG LIE of COVID came along, bu$ine$$ was booming and people were having fun. Now they are in a blind rage.

In any event, f**k your indu$try. You threw in with this. Now live with it.

With local officials estimating it could take five years for visitation to rebound from the pandemic, many of those growth projects are being scaled back or postponed. Unemployment in the Orlando metropolitan area was 22.6 percent in May, the highest level since Florida began its current estimating process in 1976. Universal Orlando made sweeping layoffs last week.


Who cares about Mickey Mouse and his band of perverts anyway?

Here is what some Orlando-area workers had to say about the limbo that has decimated Central Florida’s tourism industry:

Sorry, couldn't hear 'em through the mask.


At least the NBA is starting up

That should save their sorry a$$es!


"Boeing has Federal Aviation Administration approval to test its 737 Max to demonstrate it can fly safely with new flight-control software. Flights could begin as soon as Monday, a major step in the company’s effort to get its best-selling plane flying again. The Max was grounded in March 2019 after two fatal crashes, in Indonesia and Ethiopia, killed 346 people. The resulting crisis cost Boeing billions, including compensation to victims and airlines. It also led to the ouster of the chief executive, set off government inquiries, and raised questions about the rushed effort to build and approve the Max. Certification flights conducted by FAA pilots will probably take place in the Seattle area, where the plane is made. A top Boeing test pilot will also be on the flights. If the flights are successful, it could still be months before the planes are deemed ready to fly. If the FAA identifies further problems, Boeing may need to make additional changes. The crashes were caused in part by anti-stall software that automatically pushed the nose of the plane downward. Boeing developed a fix, though regulators late identified other problems."

Thank God it is time for the drink service:

"Starbucks is the latest company to say it will pause social media ads after a campaign led by civil rights organizations called for a boycott of Facebook, saying it doesn’t do enough to stop racist and violent content. Starbucks said its actions were not part of the #StopHateforProfit campaign, but that it is pausing its ads while talking with civil rights organizations and its media partners about how to stop hate speech online. The announcement follows statements from Unilever, Coca-Cola, Verizon, Patagonia, REI; Magnolia Pictures; Levi’s and others. Some will pause ads just on Facebook; others will refrain from advertising more broadly on social media. Facebook executive Carolyn Everson has said that the platform is committed to purging hateful content. “Our conversations with marketers and civil rights organizations are about how, together, we can be a force for good,” said Everson."

Too bitter, and here is how you have to pay for it:

"Gold futures edged closer to $1,800 an ounce — a level last seen at the end of 2011 — as demand for safe-haven assets surged amid concerns over rising coronavirus infections. Bullion rose as deaths surpassed 500,000 worldwide and confirmed cases exceeded 10 million — a chilling reminder that the deadliest pandemic of the modern era is stronger than ever. The precious metal rallied 17 percent this year as governments and central banks implemented stimulus measures to aid economies battered by the pandemic. Investors are increasingly turning to gold as a store of wealth, and banks including Goldman Sachs Group forecast it will hit a record $2,000 an ounce in 12 months."

Oil is like ca$h now:

"Chesapeake Energy, a shale drilling pioneer that helped turn the United States into a global energy powerhouse, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Oklahoma company said Sunday that it was necessary, given its debt of nearly $9 billion. It has entered a plan with lenders to cut $7 billion of debt and said it will continue to operate. The oil and gas company was a leader in the fracking boom, using unconventional techniques to extract oil and gas from the ground, a method that has come under scrutiny because of its environmental impact. Other wildcatters followed, racking up debt to find oil and gas in New Mexico, Texas, the Dakotas, and Pennsylvania. More than 200 oil producers have filed for bankruptcy protection in the past five years, and that’s expected to continue as the pandemic saps demand for energy and depresses prices. Chesapeake became a colossus, reaching a market value of more than $37 billion. Then the 2007-2009 Great Recession sent energy prices into the basement. The company on Friday was valued at around $115 million."

The crash was suspicious, but if so, why are gas price up?