…Until now, there were countries that avoided lockdown altogether (Japan, Sweden, Belarus), but there wasn’t a country where people demanded and then obtained their freedom. Serbia is the first one. This small (pop. 7 million) country in the Balkans has a long history of resistance – they fought the Turks for centuries; they resisted Nazi Germany longer than France; they had the strongest guerrilla movement outside of Belarus, and yes, they fought mighty NATO for quite a long time.
UCLA Anderson Forecast senior economist David the UCLA Anderson Forecast revised its outlook for the U.S. economy downward because of the expected impact of COVID-19, which was then still being referred to as an epidemic. Two weeks later, as the economy began shutting down because of the pandemic, the Forecast released the first revision in its 68-year history to assert that the U.S. economy was already in recession.
Now, in its second quarterly forecast of 2020, the Forecast team states that the global health crisis has “morphed into a Depression-like crisis” and that it does not expect the national economy to return to its 2019 fourth-quarter peak until 2023.… U.S. employment will not recover until “well past 2022…. “Simply put, despite the Paycheck Protection Program, too many small businesses will fail and millions of jobs in restaurants and personal service firms will disappear in the short run. We believe that even with the availability of a vaccine, it will take time for consumers to return to normal.…”
Militants of the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics reported that the Ukrainian troops advanced 3 km into the territory of the Donbas near Stanitsya Siphonna and Donetsky settlment.
Military correspondent of the militants Marina Kharkova reports that the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces advanced 3 km. The fighters of the Ukrainian army took up new positions and entrenched on new frontiers.
The court agreed with the industry body and has ruled Tesla cannot say “full potential for autonomous driving” and “Autopilot inclusive” in its advertising materials in Germany. The court ruled those statements amounted to “misleading business practices” and that the average buyer could be led to believe the car could drive without human intervention which, of course, is not the truth.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., highway safety regulators have allowed one accident after the next involving Tesla’s Autopilot to take place without taking any type of decisive action to correct the record and inform consumers that Tesla’s description of its autonomous driving features may differ vastly from reality. The examples pile up (literally) almost daily.
Here are three steps we can take to avoid being fooled by fake news.
1. Beware of bias.
Everyone comes to a news report with a set of prior beliefs or opinions.
2. Read with reasonable skepticism.
There are two extremes to avoid: extreme gullibility and extreme skepticism.
3. Dig for truth.
We ought to be concerned with truth—wherever it leads.Sadly, many people are more concerned with being right than believing right
things. Sometimes the truth can be uncomfortable because it bucks up
against our tightly held beliefs.
China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is currently staging a military exercise across from the Taiwan Strait that looks as if it plans to culminate in an amphibious assault on an island in the South China Sea. Taiwan’s military — evidently fearing, with good reason, that the exercise may be a cover for an actual Chinese plan to seize another island in the region, Pratas (Dongsha),
claimed by both the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan — has declared a state of emergency. The PLA exercise also looks as if it is
preparing China’s air, naval and marine assets required for an invasion of Taiwan.
In 1996, China initiated a similar crisis in the Taiwan Strait by staging an amphibious assault military exercise. After President Bill
Clinton deployed two powerful US aircraft carrier-led battle groups, China discontinued its aggressive posture toward Taiwan. Strategic analysts judged that the Chinese decision was the fruit of a realistic assessment that it could not overcome the US ability to defend Taiwan.
The timeline of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe is close to completion, according to U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr. Problem is, how many times have we heard this? First, Durham was supposed to wrap up the probe in spring of 2019, then the following summer and fall, and into spring of this year. Now, Barr says we should have some results this summer. Well, says Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, “Summer is here.” The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan tells Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that the No. 1 question he gets when traveling the country is: “When is somebody going to jail?” Says Jordan, “And the reason they say that is because they’re sick of the double standard. This idea that there is one set of rules for the politically connected in Washington, D.C., and a different set for our regular folks.” Jordan elaborates further and gives his take on fired New York U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, censorship and the upcoming presidential election.
… In sum, institutions that had failed collapsed and were replaced, first by
Napoleon’s centralized bureaucracies and later by
political reforms, a process that took much of the 19th
century to play out.
I think the parallels to America in 2020 are
obvious, if inexact.
Most importantly, America’s core institutions
have failed: the financial system, healthcare,
higher education, the political process and the national defense/intelligence complex.
In every case, a class of insiders has come to dominate each centralized hierarchy for its own benefit. Blinded by their greed and hubris, they cannot recognize or understand the systemic failure they inhabit because their attachment to their position, privilege and power is blindingly strong.
Reform is impossible, for as with the French Monarchy, the existing system is the wrong structur and unit size, to borrow a phrase from
Peter Drucker. Reforms profound enough to actually
repair what’s broken would require the insiders
surrender much of their position, privilege and power, which they will never do.
As I have taken pains to explain, finance capitalism has fatally distorted the
American economy in ways that few understand (or want to understand, since it’s so disturbing).
The airline is cancelling routes to New Zealand until September 1 and flights to other international destinations have been cancelled until March 28, 2021 – nearly another year away – according to the Daily Mail.
“All international and sale flights have been removed from the website until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic,” a spokesperson for the airline said. “There are some international flights in the system but they are not currently operating.”
Flights are still available through the airline’s partner airlines like Emirates, British Airways and Cathay Pacific. But Qantas wants to prevent new bookings from being made on its own airline. Flights that have already been booked will proceed as planned.
…There are now 21 cases linked to the JBS Abattoir in Brooklyn, Professor Sutton said.
A total of nine cases have been linked to Embracia Moonee Valley aged care, and two are linked to St Basil’s aged care in Fawkner.
Five cases have been liked to Steel Mains, a steel fabrication business in
Somerton, and four cases have been linked to Waste Equipment and Hiab
Services in Ardeer.