Japan national park facilities upgraded with "workation" in mind
National parks across Japan have improved internet access and taken other steps to attract teleworkers as the coronavirus pandemic has increased interest in "workation" -- a vacation that combines business and leisure in which people work remotely at their destinations.Lodging facilities and camping grounds at national parks have upgraded Wi-Fi access points with financial support from the Environment Ministry, but it is unclear how soon remote workers will be welcomed with open arms amid the ongoing virus spread."We would like people to start visiting national parks in their vicinity first," ...
Michigan ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 must be counted in election, judge rules
LANSING, Mich. — Ballots postmarked as late as the day before Election Day must be counted, even if they arrive after the polls close, a Michigan judge ruled Friday.The ruling from Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens has huge ramifications for Nov. 3, when 3 million or more absentee ballots are expected to be cast in Michigan, smashing previous records.If the ruling stands, it should help ensure every Michigan ballot is counted, but also increase the likelihood that results might not be known on Election Day, or soon after. Under Stephens’ ruling, late-arriving mail-in ballots coul...
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CDC Published COVID-19 Guidelines Written By Trump Officials Over Objections Of Scientists
On Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spoke at a CNN event where he called President Donald Trump a “callous leader.” He also poked fun at Attorney General William Barr for saying that stay-at-home orders are the greatest threats to freedom during a pandemic.Biden commented, “What takes away your freedom is not being able to see your kid, not being able to go to the football game or baseball game, not being able to see your mom or dad sick in the hospital, not being able to do the things, that’s what is costing us our freedom.”“And it’s been the failure of this president to de...
Whistleblower Says Doctor Performed Medical Questionable Hysterectomies On Migrants At ICE Detainee Facility
According to nurse Dawn Wooten, who worked at an immigration detention center in Georgia, there was a lack of medical care and safety precautions that encouraged the spread of COVID-19 among the migrants detained there. Disturbingly, Wooten alleges in a whistleblower complaint that medically questionable hysterectomies were performed repeatedly on immigrant women. Now, a group of Democratic congressional members, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, are calling on the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, Joseph Cafarri, for an investigation.The group of 168 Congress mem...
Naked Rochester Protesters May Claim 1st Amendment Right
Naked Rochester Protesters May Claim First Amendment Right, Nudity Can Be Constitutionally Protected If Related to Free Speech MessageQ2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreRochester Protesters Briefly Appearing NakedWASHINGTON, D.C. (September 7, 2020) - In an effort to expose alleged policy brutality, about half a dozen protesters in Rochester staged a stark protest by briefly appearing naked, except for spit hoods, to dramatize the situation under which Daniel Prude was arrested.Although there appears to be no general constitutional or other right to be nude in public places, these...
Will a new US TV series on the ‘Macedonian teens who helped elect Trump’ perpetuate a tired cliché?
The book “How we elected an American president” was sold at Skopje Book Fair in September 2020. Photo by Filip Stojanovski, CC BY.The so-called “Macedonian teenagers” who set up networks of fake news sites in the lead-up to the 2016 United States election continue to turn a profit — not so much for themselves anymore, but for producers looking to capitalize on the exaggerated trope.To recap: In 2016, a group of Macedonians from the city of Veles set up various sensationalist websites that peddled disinformation catering to the tastes of Donald Trump voters, including baseless conspiracy theori...
Trump Says His COVID-19 Record Would Be Better If ‘You Take The Blue States Out’
At a White House news conference Wednesday, President Donald Trump slapped down “blue states – pointing out that the coronavirus caused the economic downturn, even arguing that eliminating them from U.S. death tolls would give the country “better” totals.Trump decided to zero-in on the nationwide death toll. “If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at. We’re really at a very low level, but some of the states — they were blue states, and blue-state management,” the president said.Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn, Trump started of...
You could have gotten second and possibly third coronavirus stimulus checks, but…
After Congress approved the first stimulus checks in March, people have been eagerly waiting for the second checks. However, Democrats and Republicans have been unable to strike a deal due to political reasons. But, had the two sides approved the proposal put forward by the bipartisan group earlier this week, you could have gotten not just the second coronavirus stimulus check, but a third one as well.Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreThird coronavirus stimulus checks: will you get one?On Tuesday, members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus proposed a relief bill costing $1.52 tr...
Biden says Trump 'only cares about the stock market'
PHILADELPHIA — Joe Biden railed against President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and framed the 2020 election as a choice between Main Street and Wall Street during an outdoor town hall meeting Thursday just outside his childhood hometown of Scranton.The former vice president, taking questions from voters for a little more than an hour in an open-air parking lot in Moosic, said Trump’s failure to be honest with Americans about the severity of the virus cost thousands of lives. Trump admitted to downplaying the threat in a recently released recorded interview from March wit...
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Pompeo makes history with visit to Suriname and Guyana
While the 15-nation Caribbean Community bloc known as CARICOM remains divided on the issue of Venezuela, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit two of its member states this week as the Trump administration seeks to turn up the pressure on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.“It’s not just that Venezuela produces refugees, they are producing security problems for all of these countries by harboring terrorists, harboring narcotraffickers,” a senior State Department official said Wednesday. “We’re trying to interdict drugs and we’ve put a lot of our assets into that and working closely with...