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  • 2020 Watch: Trump’s new focus on baseless voter fraud claims

    06/29/2020 3:43:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 29, 2020 | By STEVE PEOPLES (D-AP)
    THE NARRATIVE President Donald Trump is aggressively working to undercut public confidence in the November general election by stoking baseless concerns about voter fraud as he continues to struggle through one of the lowest points of his presidency. The familiar yet startling attacks on a pillar of democracy come amid a resurgence of the coronavirus under Trump’s watch that forced Vice President Mike Pence to cancel upcoming campaign stops in Florida and Arizona and pushed several Trump-allied Republican governors to scale back reopening efforts. THE BIG QUESTIONS Is the president’s focus on (nonexistent) voter fraud already de-legitimizing the election? Trump...
  • Opinion: The data is in: Fox News may have kept millions from taking coronavirus threat seriously

    06/29/2020 3:28:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 97 replies
    The Washington Post via SF Gate ^ | June 28, 2020 | by Margaret Sullivan, The Amazon Post
    It's another one of those Trump Era realities best described as unsurprising but nevertheless shocking. Three serious research efforts have put numerical weight - yes, data-driven evidence - behind what many suspected all along: Americans who relied on Fox News, or similar right-wing sources, were duped as the coronavirus began its deadly spread. Dangerously duped. The studies "paint a picture of a media ecosystem that amplifies misinformation, entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking concrete steps to protect themselves and others," wrote my Washington Post colleague Christopher Ingraham in an analysis last week. Here's the reality, now backed by...
  • L'Oreal to remove words like 'whitening' from products

    06/27/2020 5:20:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    France24 ^ | June 27, 2020
    Paris (AFP) -- French cosmetics giant L'Oreal announced Saturday it was removing words like "whitening" from its products, against the backdrop of global anti-racism protests. "The L'Oreal Group has decided to remove the words white/whitening, fair/fairness, light/lightening from all its skin evening products," the company said in a statement. Several companies -- including L'Oreal -- have been criticised recently for skin-lightening products after the global rise of the Black Lives Matter movement following the police killing in the US of African-American George Floyd last month.
  • Oakland school board abolishes its police force with unanimous vote

    06/25/2020 7:15:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    Oakland's school board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to abolish the school district police force by January, adopting the "George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate the Oakland Schools Police Department." Citing the disproportionate arrests of Black students by Oakland's school police, as well as the district's "obligation to promote the healthy development of each one of its students" and the many alternative ways to handle discipline inside schools, the board directed the superintendent to take steps required to eliminate the department. From the 2015-2016 school year through 2019-2020, Black students have accounted for 73 percent of arrests in city schools but just...
  • This California city defunded its police force. Killings by officers soared.

    06/23/2020 12:59:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    The Washington Post via SF Gate ^ | June 23, 2020 | by Peter Jamison, The Washington Post
    Twelve years ago, officials in Vallejo, Calif., reluctantly took a step that activists are now urging in cities across the country: They defunded their police department. Unable to pay its bills after the 2008 financial crisis, Vallejo filed for bankruptcy and cut its police force nearly in half - to fewer than 80 officers, from a pre-recession high of more than 150. At the time, the working-class city of 122,000 north of San Francisco struggled with high rates of violent crime and simmering mistrust of its police department. It didn't seem like things could get much worse. And then they...
  • France must tackle ‘systemic’ discrimination, says rights watchdog

    06/22/2020 6:02:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | June 22, 2020
    France's human rights ombudsman said Monday that authorities needed to take measures to halt racial discrimination that has become a "systemic element" of French society, calling for an "ambitious" public policy response. "People with foreign origins, or perceived as having them, are disadvantaged in terms of access to jobs or housing," according to a new report from the government's Défenseur des Droits (Rights Defender) agency led by Jacques Toubon, a former justice minister. "They are more exposed to joblessness, poverty, poor housing, police ID checks, poor health and educational inequality," it said. The report came as France has seen a...
  • Public to honor Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta as family mourns after police shooting

    06/22/2020 5:17:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 22, 2020 | by Rich McKay
    ATLANTA - A public viewing for Rayshard Brooks, the Black man shot in the back by an Atlanta police officer outside a Wendy’s restaurant, is planned for Monday at the city’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, with a private funeral to follow the next day. Brooks, 27, was the latest in a long line of unarmed African Americans whose fatal encounters with law enforcement have been documented on video. His funeral, which the family’s lawyer said would be paid for by filmmaker Tyler Perry, will also be streamed on the church’s website.
  • Amid wave of cultural change, Trump tries to stir a backlash

    06/20/2020 3:43:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 20, 2020 | by Julie Pace (D-AP)
    WASHINGTON -- It was June 2015, and Democrats felt the nation’s political and cultural winds blowing their way. The Supreme Court ruled in President Barack Obama’s favor on landmark gay marriage and health care cases. The White House was awash in rainbow light, a symbol of a liberal cultural takeover that seemed unstoppable. The following year, Donald Trump was elected president, propelled by a revolt of voters who weren’t on board. As he barrels toward the November election, Trump is again positioning himself as the spokesperson for voters resisting a new wave of cultural change, ready to ride any backlash...
  • EU parliament declares 'Black Lives Matter'

    06/20/2020 2:34:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    France24 ^ | June 20, 2020
    The European Parliament voted Friday to declare that "Black Lives Matter" and to denounce racism and white supremacism in all its forms. The resolution has no legal consequences but sends a signal of support to anti-racism protesters, and it follows a UN call for a probe into police brutality and "systemic racism." And, one day before President Donald Trump is to hold a rally in Tulsa, a city that saw one of the worst racist massacres in US history, the lawmakers condemned American police brutality. Point number one of the text of the resolution takes up the slogan US campaigners...
  • Months before election, Trump finds himself at odds with most Americans' views

    06/18/2020 5:46:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 8, 2020 | by James Oliphant, Chris Kahn, Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON - The temporary fences that separated protesters from the White House have come down. But its occupant, President Donald Trump, appears to be more isolated than ever. Recent opinion surveys, including a poll from Reuters/Ipsos this week, continue to show Trump trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden significantly with just over four months until the Nov. 3 election. But more revealingly, they show a president increasingly disconnected from the American electorate whose views have changed rapidly following the May 25 death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in Minneapolis police custody. The lightning-quick shift in public opinion has...
  • 'Perfect storm for when COVID hits': Neglected Black communities in Alabama see coronavirus surge

    06/17/2020 5:34:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    NBC "News" / Comcast ^ | June 17, 2020 | By Ellison Barber and Tim Stelloh
    LOWNDES COUNTY, Ala. -- The area known as Alabama's Black Belt has been hit hard by the coronavirus. The mostly rural region, which includes more than a dozen counties and is famous for pivotal Civil Rights-era events like the march from Selma and the Montgomery bus boycott, has some of the highest infection rates in the state. It also has high unemployment, low income levels - several counties have poverty rates north of 30 percent, according to a 2019 University of Alabama analysis - and limited access to grocery stores, sewage service and health care. Some hard-hit areas, like Lowndes...
  • Trump signs order on police reform, doesn’t mention racism

    06/17/2020 5:07:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 17, 2020 | By JILL COLVIN, LISA MASCARO and ZEKE MILLER
    WASHINGTON -- Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order he said would encourage better police practices. But he made no mention of the roiling national debate over racism spawned by police killings of black people. Trump met privately with the families of several black Americans killed in interactions with police before his Rose Garden signing ceremony and said he grieved for the lives lost and families devastated. But he quickly shifted his tone and devoted most of his public remarks to a need to respect and support “the...
  • In Tulsa, fears that Trump rally may worsen racial unrest, spread of coronavirus

    06/17/2020 3:15:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2020 | by Jarrett Renshaw, Ernest Scheyder
    TULSA, Okla. - When President Donald Trump takes the stage at his first rally in three months on Saturday night, the scene in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be familiar: A large venue filled with ardent supporters wearing “Keep America Great” hats and T-shirts. But outside the 19,199-seat arena is a country reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic, an economic collapse and a wave of protests over police brutality and racial injustice, a trio of crises that have dented his support just months before the Nov. 3 election. Trump’s campaign advisers believe the rally is a way to rejuvenate his base and display...
  • Poll: Black Americans most likely to know a COVID-19 victim

    06/15/2020 5:22:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2020 | By KAT STAFFORD and HANNAH FINGERHUT
    DETROIT -- African Americans are disproportionately likely to say a family member or close friend has died of COVID-19 or respiratory illness since March, according to a series of surveys conducted since April that lays bare how black Americans have borne the brunt of the pandemic. Eleven percent of African Americans say they were close with someone who has died from the coronavirus, compared with 5% of Americans overall and 4% of white Americans. The findings are based on data from three COVID Impact surveys conducted between April and June by NORC at the University of Chicago for the Data...
  • U.S. companies vow to fight racism but face critics on diversity

    06/10/2020 4:28:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 10, 2020 | by Ross Kerber, Helen Coster, Arriana McLymore
    In the past, U.S. corporations have largely remained silent as protests erupted over killings of African-Americans by police officers. That changed with the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has set off a flurry of corporate statements of solidarity with the black community – along with pledges of more than $1.7 billion to advance racial justice and equity. The unprecedented outpouring of support, however, has stirred up criticism along with praise. Many social justice advocates, corporate diversity experts and investors say companies also need to focus on equity in their own ranks, especially by hiring and promoting...
  • Meet the People Who Lost Their Jobs for Not Sticking to the Leftist Narrative

    06/06/2020 10:19:27 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 48 replies
    westernjournal ^ | June 4, 2020
    A writer for a “Law & Order” spin-off and the play-by-play broadcaster for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings found themselves out of jobs after making social media posts this week that their bosses found incendiary or insensitive, highlighting a surge in such firings across many lines of work. Firings over social media statements have become a common occurrence, but the tense environment of nationwide protests have made Twitter, Instagram and Facebook especially dangerous for those who want to remain employed. Craig Gore, who has worked on the shows “S.W.A.T.” and “Chicago P.D.,” was fired Tuesday from the forthcoming “Law & Order:...
  • Latinos must confront 'ingrained' anti-black racism amid George Floyd protests, some say

    06/05/2020 5:23:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 5, 2020 | Nicole Acevedo
    Ana Sanz, 26, marched for about 10 miles with a sprained ankle on Monday in Washington, D.C., to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and to demand accountability for the dehumanization of black people at the hands of law enforcement. But Sanz, an Afro-Latinx from Washington who works with women overcoming domestic and sexual violence, said it's also time for something else — for her fellow Latinos to confront the racism and anti-blackness within the community.
  • An illustrated look at the evolution of the 'inject Lysol' anti-Trump hoax: How Media Creates a False Narrative

    04/26/2020 6:39:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/26/2020 | Andrea Widburg
    On Thursday, April 23, President Donald Trump ruminated during a press conference about the possibility that, just as disinfectants can destroy the Wuhan virus outside the body, there might be a way to destroy the virus inside the body. Within hours, the mainstream media was telling people the Trump was telling Americans to inject or ingest disinfectant to treat Wuhan virus. After that, the internet was quickly inundated with “Trump said to drink bleach” memes. While there was factual pushback from conservatives, facts made no difference – the hoax was set in place. It will now be a smear...
  • As pandemic deepens, Trump cycles through targets to blame

    04/09/2020 7:02:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 9, 2020 | By JONATHAN LEMIRE (D-AP)
    NEW YORK - First, it was the media that was at fault. Then, Democratic governors came under fire. China, President Barack Obama and federal watchdogs have all had a turn in the crosshairs. And now it’s the World Health Organization that’s to blame. President Donald Trump is falling back on a familiar political strategy as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic: deflect, deny and direct blame elsewhere. As he tries to distance his White House from the mounting death toll, Trump has cycled through a long list of possible scapegoats in an attempt to distract from what critics say were...
  • Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources

    04/08/2020 2:19:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    ABC "News" / Disney ^ | April 8, 2020 | By Josh Margolin and James Gordon Meek
    As far back as late November, U.S. intelligence officials were warning that a contagion was sweeping through China’s Wuhan region, changing the patterns of life and business and posing a threat to the population, according to four sources briefed on the secret reporting. Concerns about what is now known to be the novel coronavirus pandemic were detailed in a November intelligence report by the military's National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI), according to two officials familiar with the document’s contents. The report was the result of analysis of wire and computer intercepts, coupled with satellite images. It raised alarms because...