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NEWS IN 2020: THE HALFWAY POINT

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Okay, so last time I did this, I was covering news articles that I had posted up on social media earlier in the year. This was in early April. Well, 3 months have gone by, so lets take a look at the news articles I’ve been looking at since then.

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Election workers in the city expected more than 50,000 voters on Tuesday, but the number of polling locations was drastically reduced, from more than 180 to just five. Some voters waited in line for more than two hours, spread out over blocks as they tried to practice social distancing to guard against the coronavirus.

In Waukesha, a suburb just outside of Milwaukee, only one polling location was open for a city of 70,000. A similarly long line wrapped around a parking lot, as cones denoting a safe distance between voters helped break up the line.

Hannah Gleeson is a health care worker who lives in Milwaukee, is 17 weeks pregnant and recently tested positive for the coronavirus.
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...she requested an absentee ballot a week ago, well within the deadlines set by the state. But she never received one. When she saw that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down an extension of the deadlines, she called the state elections commission.
“They kind of said, yeah, that really sucks, hopefully you’ll have better luck with the next election,” Ms. Gleeson said.

...Dean Knudson, a Republican former state legislator who is chairman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said late Monday that voters who wished to participate in Tuesday’s contest would have no recourse but to venture to the polls — even if they had requested but had not yet received an absentee ballot.
“If they haven’t got their ballot in the mail,’ he said, ‘they are going to have to go to the polling place tomorrow.”

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Why are people still downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19?
How can any of this be viewed as fair, democratic, safe, or American?


This is nothing more than a blatant attempt at passing the buck, one of this president’s favorite pastimes, in order to protect his oversized yet snowflake-like ego. This is deflection more than it is justified criticism of the WHO.

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I wouldn’t want to socialize with those anti-social-distancing fools. They probably wouldn’t have anything interesting or intelligent to say anyway, seeing as they’re all mindless zombies.


“Even if the virus were 10 times as dangerous as it is, I still wouldn’t stay inside my home. I’d rather take the risk and be a free person,” said one of the protesters, talk show host Ian Freeman.

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This is why we can’t have good things.


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Whatever his criticisms are, he has no business saying anything considering how he butchered Florida’s unemployment benefits system.
Run the government like a business? Yeah, at the expense of the typical citizen and the environment, as evidenced by Florida’s current state.


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[Note: For some reason, this is the only version of this article from AP News I was able to find online. The original version seems to have been removed from the Internet.]

For all this country’s faults, I’ve always admired its checks and balances.
But with Trump’s greasy tendrils slithering their way into every facet of our government, it no longer seems like our country is checked or balanced anymore.
Leave it to Trump and his cronies to make America feel less like America every day.

You don’t have to give presidential pardons if you have cronies running the Justice Department.

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Yet another example of Trump attempting to dissolve our country’s checks and balances, at least while he’s in power.
It’s hard to cover up your own corruption if you have pesky watchdogs doing their jobs.


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Nice words.
Important words.

I still can’t forgive him for killing Toys’R’Us, though.


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Florida Man finally found a way to one-up his arch-nemesis, Florida Scientist!


Warning: Lots of really loud swearing, right off the bat. Lower your volume.

Why would two big businesses not continue a profitable relationship? What, because the entries are low-quality, low-effort affairs riddled with predatory monetization? No way, they’re continuing BECAUSE of all of that.

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Trump is a disgusting human being, threatening the citizens of his own country with gunfire from the military.
I know what the Trump supporters are thinking. “He meant the shooting will come from the looters.”
No, he didn’t. He meant this to be taken as a threat.


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Keep in mind they are not obligated to remain indoors during curfew.

https://dps.mn.gov/macc/Pages/faq.aspx

“Can I be outside my house (on my property) after 8 p.m. and before 6 a.m.?
Yes.”
At least that is what it used to say until just recently.
“Can I be outside my house (on my property) after 8 p.m. and before 6 a.m.?
Yes. You can be on your porch, yard, patio, etc., but if a law enforcement officer or other public safety official asks you to go inside, or take any other action, you must follow the instruction.”
So it looks like it has been edited to protect these “peace officers.”

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[Sorry for the disturbing imagery here.]

I don’t know how anyone can think this behavior is in any way justifiable or helpful.
I felt terrible when I saw the elderly man fall.

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I’ve said it before: officers don’t know how to de-escalate. Some are firing at protestors who are doing nothing more than standing there and yelling, sometimes with rubber bullets that can do serious damage. Some of the victims of this brand of “de-escalation” are journalists who are simply trying to do their jobs.
I’m not a fan of the looting and rioting but I can see why people might feel the need to fight back.


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[Sorry, more disturbing imagery.]

Who is commanding these officers to say “I don’t care” when dealing with journalists, then arresting or assaulting them? The one in this video was pepper sprayed. Others have been shot in the face. Where is the leadership here? Who is in charge here? Journalists have a right to cover these events. It’s bad enough they have to contend with violent rioters. Now they must also contend with violent officers.

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Looks like the ACLU is going to be suing Minneapolis Police for beating, shooting, gassing, and arresting journalists.
Throughout these protests, journalists have been punched, pepper sprayed, and one had their eye damaged permanently.

Remember, the protests, and by extension the rioting, are taking place because of police brutality, particularly towards black individuals, but this is evidence of police brutality just being a general problem that everyone must deal with, even the journalists who are supposed to be protected by the 1st, 4th, and 14th Amendments. Of course, in Trump’s America, the constitution isn’t worth squat anymore.


Department of Safety Commissioner John Harrington said they are contact-tracing the arrested and added that an investigation is underway about white nationalist groups posting online to encourage their members to use the protests as a cover to create chaos.
He said some of the 40 arrests made in the Twin Cities Friday night were of people linked to white supremacist groups and organized crime.

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Keep in mind that when it comes to domestic terrorism and extremist behavior, white supremacists are the most dangerous offenders in this country, as reported by the FBI, the DHS, and the ADL. Yet conman-in-chief Trump wants to label Antifa, a non-organization, as a terrorist organization. Also keep in mind the single white supremacy group this country has ever labeled as a terrorist organization was a Russian group. Not one of our many white supremacy organizations has ever been labeled as a domestic terrorist organization, even if their members have engaged in acts of violence and murder.


http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/audiences/2020/documents/papa-francesco_20200603_udienza-generale.html

My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that “the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost”.

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Meanwhile, Trump, or one of his underlings, ordered peaceful protesters be tear gassed to make room for some ridiculous photo op in front of a church. Trump had no idea what the heck was in his hand when that photo was taken.


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[Again, more disturbing imagery.]

It doesn’t take much to topple over an elderly person. They’re physically weak, they’re slow, and their balance is often not great. It’s even more difficult for an elderly person to remain standing when they’re pushed backwards. These officers don’t know what they’re doing.

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How far we’ve fallen. Other countries telling US, LAND OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT, to protect our reporters.


Just a reminder to you Floridians that the Florida Department of Health is lying to you by misrepresenting the data.

Here’s the Florida DoH’s COVID-19 Dashboard:
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429

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The “total people tested” include duplicates, specifically those who were tested more than once and got negative each time. The graphs are inflating the negative data, while the positive result data is left untouched. So the test results are showing a far lower positive percentage.


Here’s the dashboard from the scientist who was fired from the DoH for not wanting to deceive Floridians:
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/7572b118dc3c48d885d1c643c195314e

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This page presents the data responsibly. It doesn’t include duplicates to inflate any numbers. The positive percentage is much greater here.


Okay, I think that’s enough. The past few months have been quite terrible, to say the least.

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