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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Robert Reich On Trump - Just a Closer Walk With Thee: Law Enforcement In US Join Protesters AND European Countries Join the Protest ! US Police Officers Take The Knee With Protesters In New York !!! - Current Updates From KPBS On The Situation In San Diego

The mood across the nation as I read it, is nervous.  Will the violence reignite tonight ? Will the White House go on lock-down again ?  Will further incendiary tweets by Trump provoke more public furor? Will more people be injured or killed? Has the whole underlying concept of the protests been lost due to the violence? At this point, everything remains to be seen.  One thing is for sure, Robert Reich hits the nail on the head...we hope, (BTW, thanks to Mike for turning us on to this report).  

Prior to Robert Reich, here are the current updates on the situation in San Diego since yesterday's demonstrations with curfew information:


Courtesy KPBS


 ~ From KPBS:

Live Blog: George Floyd | San Diego


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  ~ From The Guardian:

Fire, Pestilence And A Country At War With Itself: The Trump Presidency Is Over 
By, Robert Reich 

" A pandemic unabated, an economy in meltdown, cities in chaos over police killings. All our supposed leader does is tweet.

You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t noticed. His verbal bombshells are louder than ever, but Donald J Trump is no longer president of the United States.

By having no constructive response to any of the monumental crises now convulsing America, Trump has abdicated his office.


He is not governing. He’s golfing, watching cable TV and tweeting.


How has Trump responded to the widespread unrest following the murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground?


Trump called the protesters “thugs” and threatened to have them shot. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted, parroting a former Miami police chief whose words spurred race riots in the late 1960s.


On Saturday, he gloated about “the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons” awaiting protesters outside the White House, should they ever break through Secret Service lines.

Trump’s response to the last three ghastly months of mounting disease and death has been just as heedless. Since claiming Covid-19 was a “Democratic hoax” and muzzling public health officials, he has punted management of the coronavirus to the states.


Governors have had to find ventilators to keep patients alive and protective equipment for hospital and other essential workers who lack it, often bidding against each other. They have had to decide how, when and where to reopen their economies.

Trump has claimed “no responsibility at all” for testing and contact-tracing – the keys to containing the virus. His new “plan” places responsibility on states to do their own testing and contact-tracing.


Trump is also awol in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.


More than 41 million Americans are jobless. In the coming weeks temporary eviction moratoriums are set to end in half of the states. One-fifth of Americans missed rent payments this month. Extra unemployment benefits are set to expire at the end of July.

What is Trump’s response? Like Herbert Hoover, who in 1930 said “the worst is behind us” as thousands starved, Trump says the economy will improve and does nothing about the growing hardship. The Democratic-led House passed a $3tn relief package on 15 May. Mitch McConnell has recessed the Senate without taking action and Trump calls the bill dead on arrival.

What about other pressing issues a real president would be addressing? The House has passed nearly 400 bills this term, including measures to reduce climate change, enhance election security, require background checks on gun sales, reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and reform campaign finance.

 All are languishing in McConnell’s inbox. Trump doesn’t seem to be aware of any of them.


There is nothing inherently wrong with golfing, watching television and tweeting. But if that’s pretty much all that a president does when the nation is engulfed in crises, he is not a president.
Trump’s tweets are no substitute for governing. They are mostly about getting even.

When he’s not fomenting violence against black protesters, he’s accusing a media personality of committing murder, retweeting slurs about a black female politician’s weight and the House speaker’s looks, conjuring up conspiracies against himself supposedly organized by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and encouraging his followers to “liberate” their states from lockdown restrictions.


He tweets bogus threats that he has no power to carry out – withholding funds from states that expand absentee voting, “overruling” governors who don’t allow places of worship to reopen “right away”, and punishing Twitter for factchecking him.


And he lies incessantly.

In reality, Donald Trump doesn’t run the government of the United States. He doesn’t manage anything. He doesn’t organize anyone. He doesn’t administer or oversee or supervise. He doesn’t read memos. He hates meetings. He has no patience for briefings. His White House is in perpetual chaos.

His advisers aren’t truth-tellers. They’re toadies, lackeys, sycophants and relatives.


Since moving into the Oval Office in January 2017, Trump hasn’t shown an ounce of interest in governing. He obsesses only about himself.


But it has taken the present set of crises to reveal the depths of his self-absorbed abdication – his utter contempt for his job, his total repudiation of his office.


Trump’s nonfeasance goes far beyond an absence of leadership or inattention to traditional norms and roles. In a time of national trauma, he has relinquished the core duties and responsibilities of the presidency.


He is no longer president. The sooner we stop treating him as if he were, the better."


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You Rock Sheriff




 This next report just tickled me:
  • From CNN:  
     
A Sheriff Put Down His Baton To Listen To Protestors. They chanted:'Walk with Us', So He Did
by, Jay Croft






Friday, May 29, 2020

Roll Jordan Roll - George Floyd. Update 05/30: Riots and Violence Continues And In Many Cases, Intensifies. No Local Warnings To The Mexican People Have Been Posted To Forewarn Them Of Danger In the U.S...i.e. If They Are Thinking About Crossing Over- What If They Are On Their Way To Los Angeles and Are Unawares There Is A Goddamned Curfew ? - Close to 11:00pm 5/30 Zeta Covers The Riots...Gracias ! - State Of Emergency Declared For Los Angeles



We are sick over the murder of George Floyd and the fact that three Minneapolis Police Officers just stood by, watched and did nothing as the life of George was squeezed out of him by their compadre who held his boot on Geroge's neck.  All the officers at the scene should be arrested for murder. All of them. 

[ Correction/edit:  @ 3:26 pm:  Here is the video from CNN posted on The Guardian showing  three officers kneeling on George Floyd while he was handcuffed:



We've been watching all night like most of you, all the coverage of the riots - which are spreading  like wildfire nationwide.

Here are some links, many with current videos.  This is America. 

 ~ From CNN: (and do not miss Trump's asinine tweets)

Live Updates: George Floyd

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More videos:

CNN 

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More images - nothing on the western U.S. & Los Angeles in yet: 

Images of Protests - CNN


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 More videos:

MSN/USA Today

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No doubt there will plenty of coverage this morning here:

Democracy Now ! 


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UPDATE: 

 ~ From CNN:(watch the video please...any thoughts out there?)

Joe Biden Says He Spoke to George Floyd's Family


Well said, Joe...and we will see; we hope for the best and for change, but many believe the empire is finally crumbling down. 



 ~ So far @ around 2:30pm, no coverage of George Floyd and the other recent murders of black people in the States or of the riots from Zeta.  Proceso had a short report and La Jornada covers Trump's outrageous and  violence provoking tweets.


 ~ UPDATE/edit 05/30/20 @ around 7:00pm: Where's the Mexican Press ?

The riots continue, last night the United States nationwide coast to coast was basically burning, with even more violence spurred on by more of Donald Trump's threatening tweets.  Still, to me it is unbelievable that there is simply no local coverage of these events.  Christ, the US is  in essence blowing up, and mum is the word down here at least on a local level. 

 You would think that maybe Zeta would warn Mexican citizens to not travel to or to stay out of the rough hot spots like Los Angeles for one, San Francisco for another, etc.  Everywhere Zeta, even Nebraska and Las Vegas. What gives????  There really is no "border closure" that is baloney  - thousands of vehicles are going through SYPOE daily, and the vast majority of these are Mexican people. Do any of these folks realize that curfews have been called for throughout the nation?

All across the country, the situation is not under control, both people rioting and police have been shot, some wounded, some killed. Some are saying that tonight will be even worse. It has become very dangerous. It is shameful that no travel warnings have been issued here to protect Mexican citizens, just downright shameful. It is irresponsible.

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UPDATE/Edit: Thank you Zeta - you did it ! Close to 11:00pm 05/30/20:

 ~ From Zeta:

Disparos, Saqueos y Protestas en EU por George Floyd

I don't know how much longer this is going to go on.  Talking tonight, Mike said this could be the end of Trump - but I pointed out that due to the widespread violence the riots could work in his favor. The 
violence is scaring a lot of  people. Matters are happening so fast all across the country, I can't keep up .  It is chaos, many are saying this is far worse than 1968. 

But what is even scarier than the violence and property damages across the nation is we were wondering when and if the far right  white supremacist groups are going to become involved if they haven't already.  Shots were fired yesterday into one group of protestors, one person was wounded. Although Trump is blaming Anti-Fa (with no evidence) for the sustained violence, how do we not know it is coming from - or at least some of it is coming from the extreme right who hate the black people ? We don't know, but I would not put it past them.

CNN Updates


The world is watching....


BBC


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Botham Jean

  ~  October 2018: Botham Jean


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Atatiana Jefferson


 - Last October:  Atatiana  Jefferson


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Ahmaud Arbery


 ~ February 2020: Ahmaud Arbery



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Breonna Taylor


 ~ March, 2020:  Breonna Taylor



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George Floyd


 




Who's next ?



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One of my most faves:

–By Brandon Ray
“Roll, Jordan, Roll” was written in the 18th century by a Methodist preacher. The song’s original intention refers to the River Jordan, which the Israelites had to cross to enter the Promised Land, thus allowing a life free of burdens. It was introduced to the southern Appalachian region in the early 19th century as part of the Second Great Awakening. Black slaves were introduced to the song as an attempt to instill Christianity and strip their previous religions. The slaves claimed and subverted the original Christian song to reflect their struggles. The song became a coded message for escape, where the River Jordan became synonymous with the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, which could carry slaves to the North and freedom. “Roll, Jordan, Roll” was published in Slave Songs of the United States in 1867. This song has become very influential to modern gospel and blues music."

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Regulate This You Fraud !!! Trump On a Rampage & Goes Haywire After He Gets His Hands Slapped !! Too Bad You Asshole Trump. UPDATE 05/28: New York Times Covers Trump's Latest Power Move...Yep The Cretan Did It - Signs Draft Executive Order Against Twitter, Facebook, Google etal

The "normal" blog with the death count is coming up I am once again running behind, but first this:


 ~ From CNN:

Trump Threatens To 'Regulate' Social Media Platforms. His Options May Be Limited 
by, Brian Fung

" President Donald Trump threatened to "regulate" or even "close" down social media platforms in a series of tweets over the last day after Twitter added a fact-check label to some of his posts. But Trump's options for cracking down on Twitter and other platforms over how they moderate their platforms are somewhat limited, legal experts say.

The options at Trump's disposal could range from pushing for new legislation to pressuring US regulators to sue the companies, none of which are guaranteed to accomplish what the president is threatening to do.

The most "obvious" course of action would be for Trump to seek changes to the Communications Decency Act, which shields tech platforms from legal liability for a wide range of online content, according to Andrew Schwartzman, senior counselor at the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society.

There has been an ongoing push, led by the Justice Department and Republicans in Congress, to do just that. But changing the law would require building broad consensus in a deadlocked Congress. The Trump administration could not go it alone. And a new law that specifies how tech companies must police their platforms could raise questions about the law's constitutionality.

"This is just another example of Trump thinking that the Constitution makes him a king, but it doesn't," said David Vladeck, a Georgetown University law professor and former senior Federal Trade Commission official.

Trump could pressure agencies such as the FTC and the Federal Communications Commission to take action against social media companies. But the agencies have previously resisted efforts by the White House to transform them into arbiters of political speech, with officials privately voicing opposition to a draft executive order that experts at the time said tested the limits of agency jurisdiction.

The FCC regulates phone and broadband infrastructure, said Schwartzman, and lacks much jurisdiction over Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) in the first place.

" I do think although [FCC Chairman Ajit] Pai has a good relationship with the president, and they have partnered on some things, I think he is still maintaining his independence," added one telecom industry official, speaking from his experience interacting regularly with the agency.

Schwartzman said one way Trump could seek to "harass" social media companies would be to pressure the FCC to deny those companies licenses for unrelated experiments involving satellite internet or wireless spectrum. (Google and Facebook have both tinkered with beaming high-speed internet to consumers from drones, balloons or even from space.) But those types of actions would not substantially affect the companies' core businesses.

Meanwhile, the FTC is already scrutinizing the tech industry over antitrust concerns. Last year, Facebook disclosed that it is under active antitrust investigation by agency officials. But antitrust cases hinge on highly technical economic analyses, are subject to judicial review and take years to play out.

Trump could try to appoint allies to the FTC who might be willing to launch still more probes, experts said, but the laws governing independent bodies such as the FTC make them harder to politicize than a cabinet agency such as the Justice Department. The FTC is composed of five commissioners who serve staggered terms, and their decisions are also subject to judicial review.

Unlike the FTC, the Justice Department is led by one person, Attorney General William Barr, making it the most likely tool for going after the social media platforms, several experts said. The Justice Department is currently conducting a wide-ranging review of the tech industry, as well as a specific antitrust investigation of Google. The agency is widely expected to wrap up its tech review this summer.

Barr has alluded to complaints of anti-conservative bias on several occasions. In December, he told an audience of state attorneys general that the Communications Decency Act "has enabled platforms to absolve themselves completely of responsibility for policing their platforms, while blocking or removing third-party speech -- including political speech -- selectively, and with impunity."

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump has considered establishing a White House commission to study allegations of conservative bias. But that only underscores the limits of Trump's direct influence on the matter.


Despite the limitations, growing tensions with the White House could still be perceived as a threat to the companies. Twitter and Facebook saw their shares dip on Wednesday on a day when the overall market was up."

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Then, there is this:


 ~ From Politico:
By, Josh Gerstein 

"A ruling that emerged from a powerful federal appeals court in Washington on Wednesday morning is strong evidence that the courts are unlikely to be receptive to President Donald Trump’s claims that he and his political supporters are being silenced by social media platforms like Twitter.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit resoundingly rejected a lawsuit the conservative legal organization Freedom Watch and right-wing provocateur Laura Loomer filed in 2018 against four major technology companies: Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple.

Facebook, Twitter and other platforms have banned Loomer, citing anti-Muslim statements.

The unanimous court decision from a three-judge panel runs to only four pages, but is dismissive of a wide range of legal claims some conservatives and liberals have leveled at social media firms in recent months.

The appeals court judges said that, despite the companies’ power, they cannot violate the First Amendment because it regulates only governments, not the private sector. 

“Freedom Watch’s First Amendment claim fails because it does not adequately allege that the Platforms can violate the First Amendment. In general, the First Amendment ‘prohibits only governmental abridgment of speech,'” the court said.

“Freedom Watch contends that, because the Platforms provide an important forum for speech, they are engaged in state action. But … ‘a private entity who provides a forum for speech is not transformed by that fact alone into a state actor.’ ... Freedom Watch fails to point to additional facts indicating that these Platforms are engaged in state action and thus fails to state a viable First Amendment claim,” the judges added.

The court decision was released as Trump mounted an intense flurry of attacks against Twitter, after the social-media messaging firm took the unprecedented step of attaching fact-checks to some of his tweets about potential fraud in vote-by-mail programs being rolled out to address the coronavirus pandemic.

“@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect,” Trump complained Tuesday on that very platform.

He added in a tweet Wednesday: “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen."

Trump’s aides have been vague about his plans, but one option reportedly under consideration is a blue-ribbon panel to examine alleged unfair treatment of conservatives by social media platforms. 

The Justice Department is also conducting an investigation into whether social-media companies’ policies raise antitrust issues. The new D.C. Circuit ruling rejected antitrust claims raised by Freedom Watch and Loomer, but doesn’t seem to preclude others bringing similar claims with different facts.

 While the appeals court designated its new decision as an unpublished “judgment” rather than the customary full opinion, it nonetheless grappled with some thorny issues, including whether a local District of Columbia anti-discrimination law applies to online businesses based elsewhere. One provision in the law prohibits "public accommodations" from discriminating on the basis of political affiliation.

The district court judge who handled the suit, Trump appointee Trevor McFadden, held that law didn’t cover the companies’ virtual, digital platforms. The notion of excluding online businesses from anti-discrimination protections so worried the District government that D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine weighed in with a friend-of-the-court brief asking the D.C. Circuit to reject that position.

But the appeals court judges — Clinton appointee Judith Rogers, George W. Bush appointee Thomas Griffith, and George H.W. Bush appointee Raymond Randolph — said a 1981 decision from another court limited the law to businesses operating in a “particular place” somewhere in Washington.

“The D.C. Court of Appeals has interpreted this statute and at minimum, its interpretation is a reasonable one. We have no basis to believe it would reach a different conclusion on reconsideration,” the D.C. Circuit judges wrote.

Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman called the decision “outrageous” and vowed to press on with the case.
“We’re going to obviously move for en banc reconsideration and go to the Supremes, if we have to,” he said.

Klayman said the timing of the decision seemed spurred by Trump lashing out against Twitter in recent days. “Obviously, it’s a very political issue. … None of those judges particularly care for Trump. It looked like they rushed the decision off their desk to make a point.”

The longtime legal gadfly blasted as “outrageous” the court’s ruling that online ventures are beyond the reach of the D.C. Human Rights Act. “D.C. law can’t just apply if you’re standing in Farragut Square,” he said.

Racine’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the appeals court decision."

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UPDATE/edit 05/28:

Trump is so desperate, his lies are increasing and his behaviour is more repulsive than ever before. He is like a wounded wild animal just scrambling in an attempt to salvage  the end of his reign of terror. He will go down in the history books as the ultimate worst and most despised holder of the office of President of the United States .  

 ~ From the New York Times (via MSN):

Trump's Proposed Order On Social Media Could GHarm One Person In Particular: Trump 
By, Peter Baker & Daisuke Wakabayashi 

"WASHINGTON — President Trump, who built his political career on the power of a flame-throwing Twitter account, has now gone to war with Twitter, angered that it would presume to fact-check his messages. But the punishment he is threatening could force social media companies to crack down even more on customers just like Mr. Trump. 

 The draft executive order that Mr. Trump signed on Thursday seeks to strip liability protection in certain cases for companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook for the content on their sites, meaning they could face legal jeopardy if they allowed false and defamatory posts. Without a liability shield, they presumably would have to be more aggressive about policing messages that press the boundaries — like the president’s.

That, of course, is not the outcome Mr. Trump wants. What he wants is to have the freedom to post anything he likes without the companies applying any judgment to his messages, as Twitter did this week when it began appending “get the facts” warnings to some of his false posts on voter fraud. Furious at what he called “censorship” — even though his messages were not in fact deleted — Mr. Trump is wielding the proposed executive order like a club to compel the company to back down.

It may not work even as intended. Plenty of lawyers quickly said on Thursday that he was claiming power to do something he does not have by essentially revising the interpretation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the main law passed by Congress in 1996 to lay out the rules of the road for online media. Legal experts predicted such a move would be challenged and possibly struck down by the courts.

But the logic of Mr. Trump’s order is intriguing because it attacks the very legal provision that has allowed him such latitude to publish with impunity a whole host of inflammatory, factually distorted messages that a media provider might feel compelled to take down if it was forced into the legal role of a publisher that faced the risk of legal liability rather than a distributor that does not.

“Ironically, Donald Trump is a big beneficiary of Section 230,” said Kate Ruane, a senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, which instantly objected to the proposed order. “If platforms were not immune under the law, then they would not risk the legal liability that could come with hosting Donald Trump’s lies, defamation and threats.”

Mr. Trump has long posted false and disparaging messages to his 80 million followers on Twitter, disregarding complaints about their accuracy or fairness. In recent weeks, he has repeatedly issued tweets that essentially falsely accused Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host, of murdering a staff member in 2001 when he was a congressman. Mr. Scarborough was 800 miles away at the time and the police found no signs of foul play. The aide’s widower asked Twitter to delete the messages, but it refused.

Mr. Trump and his allies argue that social media companies have shown bias against conservatives and need to be reined in. While they are private firms rather than the government, the president and his allies argue that they have in effect become the public square envisioned by the founders when they crafted the First Amendment and therefore should not be weighing in on one side or the other.

As a legal matter, Mr. Trump and his allies would be on stronger ground if Congress were to rewrite the law, as some Republicans like Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Marco Rubio of Florida are vowing to do.

“If @Twitter wants to editorialize & comment on users’ posts, it should be divested of its special status under federal law (Section 230) & forced to play by same rules as all other publishers,” Mr. Hawley said this week on, yes, Twitter. “Fair is fair.”

 The order that Mr. Trump is considering was not finished on Thursday morning and may yet be revised before he signs it, aides cautioned. A draft version said that an online provider that “restricts access to content” in certain cases “forfeits any protection from being deemed a ‘publisher or speaker’” under the law.

The Federal Trade Commission would be directed to consider taking action against providers that “restrict speech in ways that do not align with those entities’ public representations about those practices.”

Mr. Trump on Thursday framed his goal as combating bias. “This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!” he wrote, also on Twitter.

But even some government officials said his plan was unenforceable. “This does not work,” Jessica Rosenworcel, a member of the Federal Communications Commission who was first appointed under President Barack Obama, said in a statement. “Social media can be frustrating. But an executive order that would turn the Federal Communications Commission into the president’s speech police is not the answer. It’s time for those in Washington to speak up for the First Amendment. History won’t be kind to silence.”

The Communications Decency Act was passed during the dawn of the modern information age, intended at first to make it easier for online sites run by early pioneer companies like Prodigy and AOL to block pornography without running afoul of legal challenges.

By terming such sites as distributors rather than publishers, Section 230 gave them important immunity from lawsuits. Over time, the law became the guarantor of a rollicking, almost no-holds-barred internet by letting sites set rules for what is and is not allowed without being liable for everything posted by visitors, as opposed to a newspaper, which is responsible for whatever it publishes.

Since Section 230 was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, the courts have repeatedly shot down challenges to get around it, invoking a broad interpretation of immunity. In recent years, the court system has been flooded with litigants claiming that social media companies blocked them or their content.

As a result, Mr. Trump may face an uphill road with his draft executive order. Daphne Keller, who teaches at Stanford Law School and has written extensively on internet law and regulation, said the order appeared to be “95 percent political rhetoric and theater that doesn’t have legal effect and is inconsistent with what the courts have said.”

However, Ms. Keller, who worked as an associate general counsel at Google for 10 years, said that even if the order did not carry legal weight, it may still be challenged because it was potentially an abuse of power that could violate the First Amendment rights of the companies.

Eric Goldman, a professor at Santa Clara University Law School and co-director of the High Tech Law Institute there, said that the order “doesn’t stand a chance in court” but that it could do some damage until a legal challenge reached the judicial system. “Section 230 is a magnet for controversy, and this order pours fuel on the fire,” he said.

While the courts have sided with the internet companies, Congress is a different matter. Both Republicans and Democrats have taken issue with the protections afforded to social media companies, even though they disagree on why.

Republicans have accused the companies of censoring conservative voices and violating the spirit of the law that the internet should be a forum for a diversity of political discourse. Democrats have argued that the companies have not done enough to remove problematic content or police harassment.

 Jeff Kosseff, a cybersecurity law professor at the United States Naval Academy and the author of a book about the law, “The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet,” said he believed that Section 230 would be repealed by Congress in the next few years. He believes that the internet of 1996, when the law was written to protect start-ups, is different now and that many of the tech firms protected under the statute are among the most valuable companies in the world.

Without Section 230, courts would be forced to apply the protections of the First Amendment to the modern internet. “We haven’t had a test of that yet,” Mr. Kosseff said, “because there was always Section 230.”

In the meantime, Mr. Trump’s proposed order may still have an impact. “I think what the order is trying to do is say a company like Twitter holds itself out to be a neutral platform, and when it is biased against conservatives, it is acting deceptively,” said Jeffrey Westling, a technology and innovation policy fellow at the R Street Institute, a public policy research organization.

Mr. Westling said the legal theory would probably be difficult to pursue. “The issue I have and I think a lot of people are starting to realize is the executive order doesn’t need to be legally enforceable to still be a threat to these companies,” he said. “The companies will likely win any challenge, but no one wants to go through litigation. It becomes a cost-benefit analysis of, ‘Is it worth it to put a fact check the next time the president puts a false tweet out there?’”

 Peter Baker reported from Washington, and Daisuke Wakabayashi from Oakland, Calif. Kate Conger contributed reporting from Oakland, and Maggie Haberman from New York."

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Wrong guys - Trump loves lawsuits, he thrives on them. Lawsuits drive the maniac. Money is no option for him, nor are his crooked, foul and demonic attorneys.  And yes, it is worth it to"... put up a fact check the next time the president puts a false tweet out there. " In fact, Twitter should have been putting up these fact checks from the get go. Thanks, Maggie.


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Reminder y'all  to pay attention to Juan Gonzalez & I'm not suggesting by the video of U2 to eliminate masks or social distancing, but dang I wish I could have been there and so does Paris...sorry for the delay once again in the local updates. Isn't Trump a complete piece of shit ?


 ~ From Democracy Now! (link hit title) - BTW, hoping Juan Gonzalez is okay, we haven't heard anything; both his Mom and his wife had the virus.

Juan González: “Make No Mistake: This Country Is Edging Closer to Neo-Fascist Authoritarianism”

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1987  Wow:



Tuesday, May 26, 2020

You Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet, Tijuana - Think You Have Problems? Check Out The Deniers (Los Imbeciles) - Link to William Rivers Pitt's "Florida, Georgia and Trump Are Lying. COVID Is Far From Over"

From CNN: Crowds In Indiana



Memorial Day came and went...but wait for the aftermath.  Zeta reported there were problemas with mask wearing and social distancing in our neck of the woods., however I can tell you that Rosarito gets an "A+". Mike picked up Luis to look at the old volvo, both wore masks and gloves.  The tow truck driver also wore a mask and gloves, town was clean with people adhering to the rules.  We even stopped at the Home Depot to look at more wash machines, everyone was compliant.  We're going to cancel the wash machine up in the States because it won't be here until the 6th and I cannot wait that long. Found a GE with great warranty coverage down here and I can have it in three days.

 ~ From Zeta:

Tijuanenses "Retan" al COVID-19; Salwen a Playas, Parques y Sobreruedas Sin Sana Distancia
Por, Uriel Saucedo 

"On Saturday, May 23, it was two months since the social distancing program began and preventive measures were applied to avoid raising the contagion curve in Mexico. However, the “stay at home” phrase repeated by federal and local authorities has not been effective, at least not in Tijuana, where people continue on the streets without taking preventive measures, despite being the second city in Baja California in number of infections by COVID-19 and first municipality in deaths at the state level.

Two months after the closure of beaches, shopping malls, parks, stores and non-essential companies, Tijuana is home to 1,822 COVID-19 infected patients and 451 deaths, in addition, the hospitals have 50 percent capacity, according to official information, but it is known that the lack of beds is a constant problem, so it has been necessary to open a space in a basketball stadium to attend to non-serious patients.

Non-essential companies have had to close under the health agreement and tourism has been reduced to a minimum; the health sector, for its part, has denounced shortages in the supplies received, and they were seen standing in long lines to buy the material to protect themselves from their own pocket, a situation that was not enough and has taken its toll on the health of doctors, nurses and hospital staff, who have tested positive for the pathogen.

All of the above has been evidenced both in the media and on social networks, and in some cases confirmed in the video conferences of Governor Jaime Bonilla in which he is accompanied by the head of the Ministry of Health, Alonso Pérez Rico.

But this climate of alert has not been enough to raise awareness in the population of Tijuana, who today went out on the streets for a walk. In a tour carried out by Semanario Zeta, in the market on wheels of the Tomás Aquino neighborhood, a significant influx of people was identified, some accompanied by their families, the elderly and minors. Not everyone covered their faces with a face mask, some did wear it, but as it has been found, most used it incorrectly.

The issue of overcrowding in crowded markets has been constant, each week the Inspection and Verification department has carried out operations to prevent them. This Saturday, its director, Adolfo García Dworak, reported that they visited 20 markets and made 29 administrative minutes to non-essential positions, in addition to removing 230 positions with turns not allowed at this stage of the pandemic.

At the Otay gate the crossing to the United States was constant, with up to 300 vehicles on the Sentri line and another 200 on the Ready Lane, the crossing to Mexico through that gate was smooth. Through San Ysidro, long lines were also present, in this area of ​​the city, 8 traveling vendors were fined for not having corresponding permits.

Although the non-essential stores were mostly closed, convenience stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and food outlets remained open. The points where there were more people gathered, were again the Coppel and Elektra stores, just outside these stores there were long lines of customers waiting to enter, not all to make payments, some came out with shopping bags.

Stores such as Dax and Waldos, maintained a constant visit of customers, in some cases without distance measures, so several people were observed inside both stores.

Although the Directorate of Inspection reported that a car wash premises in the Libertad neighborhood was closed because it was not an essential activity, it was detected that in the Buena Vista neighborhood, there are establishments of this type that continue to work regularly, without any sanction.

In Playas de Tijuana the situation is worsening, since the number of people entering the beach is more and more frequent, although the passage is prohibited; On Saturday morning, elements of the Municipal Police reported having withdrawn a group of people who were walking on the sand. This Weekly was able to verify the easy access to the boardwalk, since several areas do not have protective tape.

Whole families roam the Pacific Avenue, few of them with a face mask, they took advantage of the fact that the locals were open to buy snacks and drinks, without queuing, standing close to each other, as if there were no series of infections in the city rising. In the Parque México the scenario was similar, parents with their children sitting on benches and on the grass, couples walking, street vendors with customers gathered around them, without taking the four-meter distance recommended in public spaces.

In the Central Zone, as every day the assistance to the Teniente Guerrero Park does not end, it does not matter that there is yellow tape around prohibiting the passage, it has not been a barrier to take a few hours of rest under the trees of the emblematic park. In the Plaza Santa Cecilia all the kiosks are open, the souvenir vendors are waiting for a tourist. 

In Tijuana, unlike Mexicali, the mandatory use of mouth covers has not been determined nor has social mobility been limited."

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I know, it is bad - but look at what's happened in the U.S.:

 ~ From CNN:

Full video coverage, you have to watch these and gasp:

CNN Reporter Debunks Beachgoers' Coronavirus Theories 


Can you believe that?

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More...

Photos Show Plenty of People Flocked To Beaches, But Not a Lot Of Social Distancing or Masks
By, Hollie Silverman 

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And now, for a comparison my amigos.  A fine example of leadership vs. crapola from numbnuts:

Leadership:

Canada Wants National Sick Leave plan In Place For Second Wave of the Coronavirus Pandemic
By, Paula Newton and Madeline Holcombe 


"Ottawa, Canada (CNN)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is trying to give all workers a minimum of 10 days paid sick leave per year as Canada starts to prepare for a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

"Nobody should have to choose between taking a day off work due to illness or being able to pay their bills. Just like nobody should have to choose between staying home with Covid-19 symptoms or being able to afford rent or groceries," Trudeau said during a news conference in Ottawa Monday.
As of Monday, Canada has reported more than 85,000 cases of coronavirus and 6,545 related deaths.
For those infected, sick leave is usually a provincial jurisdiction, which complicates the national effort.

Trudeau said putting the necessary mechanisms in place for a national paid sick leave program would be challenging, but his government and the provinces are determined to try.

"When the Fall comes and flu season starts up we don't want people who develop a sniffle to suddenly worry that while they really shouldn't go into work but they can't afford to not go into work and therefore the risk of contributing to a wave significantly, could be a real problem," Trudeau said.

Canada's top doctor repeated her assertion Monday that a second wave of the virus could be worse than the first and encouraged public health officials to build up capacity for testing, hospital beds and personal protective equipment in order to prepare.

Canada's top doctor repeated her assertion Monday that a second wave of the virus could be worse than the first and encouraged public health officials to build up capacity for testing, hospital beds and personal protective equipment in order to prepare.

"I think you can never be overly prepared and we have to just keep going with some of these capacity developments and that goes for lab testing as well," said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer during a press conference Monday.

In hopes of managing the spread of the virus into the country, Trudeau announced last week that the border with the United States will continue to be closed until at least June 21. Trudeau called the border, which has been closed since March 21, a clear point of "vulnerability" for Canada.

The prohibition of international travelers and quarantine of returning Canadians is the only thing that has allowed Canada to manage its first wave of coronavirus, Tam said."



Crapola From Numbnuts, Marvelously Penned by Stephen Collinson:

By, Stephen Collinson 

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To sum it up....please don't miss this piece: (I was only finally just opening email and there this was, so I didn't have time to ask permission to republish - Pitt is fantastico !!)


By, William Rivers Pitt
 
Of course....


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Locally the numbers are steadily increasing in virus and drug war related deaths, I don't have to cook tomorrow, so I'll be back with those grim reports .

And, you are welcome to request any music you want, just drop a line - how about that ?

Take care everyone and stay safe.



Friday, May 22, 2020

Excellent News On Hydroxychloroquine From Animal Politico ! - Love In The Time Of Cholera ? - P.S. Rosarito Is Blocked Off




Sorry, I've been jumping through hoops here so I am just breezin through. Paris had her 38 stitches removed and there is no indication of cancer, Lila ( one of the baby eight sleepy kittens) vanished for four days, then returned with a horrible swollen and infected eye.  She was rushed into Rosarito, Saul took care of her and removed a huge foxtail and gave her a shot.  Now, she is receiving drops twice a day. 

 The old volvo sort of died, we're trying to get it in to Luis in town and an oil change for Mike's car.  Today is our 37th Anniversary, but we're postponing it till Sunday when we can relax a little bit.  Oh haha does this remind anyone of "Love In The Time Of Cholera"? Except that I am not in a boat on the river unfortunately.

 Meanwhile, Paris needs a cytopoint shot which was recommended last year (and she received one then) by  Dr. Griffin of the Animal Dermatology Clinic in San Diego.  Dr. Silva in Rosarito is ordering it so we don't have to head up to Kearny Mesa. Plus, I need to give Paris a bath, and I finally did make the Hummingbird Cake plus put in some late bulbs ! Later, I'll post a picture of baby Lila. Regarding the cytopoint, I've been reading that doggies have been scheduled to receive a follow up shot in eight weeks after the initial shot.  Not according to Dr. Griffin or Dr. Silva - so I'm unsure what this eight weeks thing is all about.  Paris' shot lasted almost one year, and there were no problems with it - unlike apoquel which I have used on other doggies here.

Still no wash machine, so I'm babying the old one trying to get through and it is a hassle - water all over the laundry room floor and the present wash machine sounds like it's going to blow up, ringing out the soaked rugs and towels by hand like I was down on the farm.  Ours should be here on the 6th, but of course we have to pay IVA on it. Oh, and the ants are back, everywhere. I mean everywhere. In China they believe when the ants come out it is an indication of  an earthquake - well I hope not.

_P.S. You may already be aware of this, but Rosarito is blocked off at the north entrances.  You can enter southwards by the La Paloma, we have done so three times now  since last Thursday, papers (er...legal residence cards) in hand - and yet there have been no health checks down there at least when we were there.  Also, Zeta noted this past weekend the long lines backed up to where the Scenic Highway collapsed and mentioned the license plates were mostly from the States.  I'm not sure what that means, because the license plates of lined up vehicles entering the States at SYPOE in the early mornings are all from California.  These are the Mexican people who are on their way to their jobs in the States. So, it could be the folks going down to Ensenada were not all necessarily gringos, right?  In normal times, on Fridays the traffic is very heavy going back into Mexico - 98% of this traffic are the Mexican people returning from work to Mexico a majority of whom stay the week in the States and then return for the weekend.  Anyways, I would not go down to Ensenada period - the violence is ridiculous.

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 This Is Important !

After the last blog, I have not been able to shake feeling low and badly over the use of Hydroxychloroquine here to treat COVID-19 patients. What could I do ? No one is going to listen to an old (radical) surfer from the 60's, and besides that being a foreigner I'm not supposed to comment on Mexican articles or reports. 

Here's the good news: today Animal Politico posted a report on Hydroxychloroquine with full information from latest studies on the danger of treating COVID-19 patients with the drug. I jumped for joy - Animal Politico is a powerhouse of really, really intensely brilliant people, so obviously, the word is out there and I am sure the Mexican Doctors and Nurses have or are being informed, thank god. 

I wanted to send a comment saying "thank you" but I couldn't subscribe, probably because I'm in VPN. );

 ~ From Animal Politico: Note reference to the Beloved Robert Mackey !

Cienficos Descartan que La Hidroxicloroquina Combatan El COVID Como Promocionan Trump y Bolsonaro - 05/22/20


" In recent weeks, several studies have questioned the efficacy of this drug in the treatment of COVID-19, generating disinformation. 

A large study of almost 100,000 COVID-19 patients ruled out that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are effective against the new coronavirus. He even notes that both drugs increase the risk of dying.

Hydroxychloroquine is normally used to treat conditions such as arthritis, while chloroquine is an antimalarial.

What does the new study say?

The authors of the study published Friday in the scientific journal The Lancet stressed that both drugs had no effect in patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Based on data from 96,000 patients in hundreds of hospitals, they concluded that administering them increased the risk of dying.

To do this, they compared the results of four groups: those who were treated only with hydroxychloroquine, only with chloroquine, and two groups that received one of the two combined with antibiotics.

There was also a control group of patients who did not receive any of these treatments. At the end of the study, 9% of these died.

Among those who were treated only with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, 18% and 16.4% died respectively.

With antibiotics, 22.8% of those who received chloroquine and 23.8% of those who took hydroxychloroquine died.

Based on these data, the study authors estimated that with these medications, patients had a 45% higher risk of dying than those who already suffered from some pathologies.

"Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine treatment does not benefit COVID-19 patients," said Mandeep Mehra, lead author of the study and executive director of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Advanced Heart Disease, in Boston.

"On the contrary, our finding suggests that it may be associated with an increased risk of serious heart problems and an increased risk of death," he said.

Other Clues to Hydroxychloroquine Failures

Several previous studies have already highlighted the lack of benefits of hydroxychloroquine and its possible risks.

On May 14, the results of two studies that also ruled out hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 were released.

The first of these, carried out by French researchers, concluded that this chloroquine derivative does not significantly reduce the risk of admission to resuscitation or death in hospitalized patients with pneumonia caused by COVID-19.

According to the second study, conducted by a Chinese team, hydroxychloroquine does not clear the virus faster than standard treatments in hospitalized patients with a "light" or "moderate" form of the disease. Also the side effects are more important.


The authors of the study published Friday in the scientific journal The Lancet stressed that both drugs had no effect in patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Based on data from 96,000 patients in hundreds of hospitals, they concluded that administering them increased the risk of dying.

To do this, they compared the results of four groups: those who were treated only with hydroxychloroquine, only with chloroquine, and two groups that received one of the two combined with antibiotics.

There was also a control group of patients who did not receive any of these treatments. At the end of the study, 9% of these died.

Among those who were treated only with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, 18% and 16.4% died respectively.

With antibiotics, 22.8% of those who received chloroquine and 23.8% of those who took hydroxychloroquine died.

Based on these data, the study authors estimated that with these medications, patients had a 45% higher risk of dying than those who already suffered from some pathologies.

"Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine treatment does not benefit COVID-19 patients," said Mandeep Mehra, lead author of the study and executive director of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Advanced Heart Disease, in Boston.

"On the contrary, our finding suggests that it may be associated with an increased risk of serious heart problems and an increased risk of death," he said.

Other Clues to Hydroxychloroquine Failures

Several previous studies have already highlighted the lack of benefits of hydroxychloroquine and its possible risks.

On May 14, the results of two studies that also ruled out hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 were released.

The first of these, carried out by French researchers, concluded that this chloroquine derivative does not significantly reduce the risk of admission to resuscitation or death in hospitalized patients with pneumonia caused by COVID-19.

According to the second study, conducted by a Chinese team, hydroxychloroquine does not clear the virus faster than standard treatments in hospitalized patients with a "light" or "moderate" form of the disease. Also the side effects are more important.

Taken together, these results do not support the use of hydroxychloroquine as a routine treatment for patients with COVID-19, "the British medical journal BMJ, which publishes both studies, said in a statement.


The first was based on 181 hospitalized adult patients with pneumonia caused by COVID-19, which forced them to administer oxygen. A total of 84 received hydroxychloroquine daily less than two days after being hospitalized, unlike the other 97.


Receiving this treatment did not change anything, either for transfer to resuscitation (76% of patients treated with hydroxychloroquine were on resuscitation after 21 days, compared to 75% in the other group) or in mortality (the Survival rate on day 21 was 89% and 91% respectively).


The second study was based on 150 adults hospitalized in China with mainly "mild" or "moderate" forms of COVID-19. Half received hydroxychloroquine, the other did not.


In this case, whether or not receiving this treatment has changed nothing in the way in which the patients overcome the coronavirus after four weeks. Furthermore, 30% of those who received hydroxychloroquine suffered side effects (usually diarrhea) compared to 9% in patients who had not taken it.

The dangers of Trump and Bolsonaro's statements

US President Donald Trump claimed that he used hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against COVID-19.


But already an older couple ended up in the hospital, and one of them died after following Trump's advice, who said last March that chloroquine had been approved, that it was safe and effective. And consequently, they believed they could use chloroquine phosphate, which was used to clean aquariums, as a preventative measure for COVID-19, according to a report by The Intercept .


The man, who was 68 years old, and his wife of 61, drank the substance. In less than 30 minutes they were rushed to a Phoenix area hospital, where the man died and his wife remained in critical care.
While the Brazilian government of Jair Bolsonaro has recommended the two substances to treat patients with mild symptoms of the new coronavirus.


And Britain for its part passed an order for this drug worth $ 42 million.


The controversial French scientist Didier Raoult promotes the use of this medicine in patients at the beginning of the disease, along with an antibiotic, azithromycin.

But on April 3, the International Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ISAC) noted that this study "does not meet the expected standard of the Society, especially in relation to the lack of better explanations of the inclusion and classification criteria for patients to guarantee patient safety. "

They were not the only ones to promote that this drug helped coronavirus patients. In social networks, publications have been shared hundreds of times in which they indicated that this drug cures COVID-19. In several of our verifications we noted that hydroxycolloquine was not approved as a treatment against coronavirus.

But until this May 21, there is no specific drug or treatment to treat or prevent COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

On Sunday, March 23, a couple in Arizona heard President Donald Trump say that chloroquine had been approved, that it was safe and effective. And consequently, they believed they could use chloroquine phosphate, which was used to clean aquariums, as a preventative measure for COVID-19, according to a report by The Intercept .

The man, who was 68 years old, and his wife of 61, drank the substance. In less than 30 minutes they were rushed to a Phoenix area hospital, where the man died and his wife remained in critical care.

In interviews for Vaughn Hillyard of NBC News , the surviving woman stated that "they kept saying he was approved for other things and, you know, Trump kept saying it was basically a cure."

"Don't believe anything the president and his people say, because they don't know what they are talking about. And don't take anything, be very careful, and call your doctor. I mean, this is a pain in the heart that I will never get over, "said the woman.

With information from AFP."

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And same day, today from .....  MSN.....

 ~ From The Washington Post:

Antimalarial Drug Touted By President Trump Is Linked To Increased risk of Death In Coronavirus Patients, Study Says 

by, Ariana Eunjung Cha & Laurie McGinley


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I'll be back manana with the stats, in between giving Paris a bathers,etc. More on Trump's lies coming up.....

Y'all stay healthy and take care...




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