'We're gonna lose over 100,000 perhaps,' Trump says of deaths, and 'Nobody blames me for that' on job losses

Today, in an exchange with a noted fan on Fox Business, impeached and manifestly unfit President Trump said a bunch of really dumb untrue things on live television that made no sense at all. Read the rest

Zoom sued over Bible Study that was zoom-bombed by 'Traumatizing' porn

"It is baffling, to say the least, how Zoom failed to protect Saint Paulus's Bible study class from a 'serial offender' who has been 'reported multiple times to the authorities,'" the church said.

Nearly 3 million more unemployment claims in U.S. as COVID-19 job losses total 36 million

U.S. jobless claims totaled 2.98 million last week, unemployment is close to 16% Read the rest

Coronavirus scams prove a federal anti-price gouging law is needed — Amazon's VP of public policy

'We want to avoid the $400 bottle of Purell for sale right after an emergency goes into effect'

Watch: an experiment that shows how coronavirus might spread at a buffet

What happens when someone with coronavirus coughs into their hand before eating at a buffet? Read the rest

South Dakota governor tries to crush Native American efforts to contain the coronavirus

In hopes of minimizing the spread of coronavirus in their community, the Cheyenne River Sioux have established a series of checkpoints on state highways that run through tribal reservations in South Dakota. As Truthout explains:

Commercial drivers and South Dakota residents are being allowed to travel on tribal lands, but non-state residents are only allowed entry onto the reservations if they can provide proof of tribal membership or proof that they live there. Non-state residents are also being banned from hunting or fishing on tribal lands.

These, of course, are far more active measures than anything that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has done so far in this pandemic. And this clearly made her upset, or possibly embarrassed, because she wrote a letter to tribal leaders stating:

I request the Tribe immediately cease interfering or regulating traffic on U.S. and State Highways and remove all travel checkpoints. If the checkpoints are not removed within the next 48 hours, the State will take necessary legal action.

Under normal circumstances, there may be a valid argument about what some would consider the vigilantism on display here. However, when it comes to Native American land rights and legal jurisdictions, things get complicated. But they've been putting up with this shit for a while now, and many of them have a keen understanding of how things with the US government — namely, that it won't do shit to help them, except when it wants something, which usually ends up hurting the members of the tribe. Read the rest

NYC record: 58 straight days with no pedestrian deaths

The New York City Department of Transportation reports that it's been 58 days since a pedestrian has been killed in the city, a new record that was made possible because the city is under lockdown.

I've been watching this live video camera feed of Times Square for the last week or so and it is remarkable to see how empty it looks. Read the rest

FBI and DHS's CISA warn China-backed hackers are targeting U.S. COVID-19 research

A joint advisory from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns that Chinese hackers are targeting U.S. based COVID-19 research entities. Read the rest

Jared Kushner casually talks about canceling election, then tries to walk it back

In an interview with Time magazine published yesterday, President Trump's failson-in-law and shady-assed advisor Jared Kushner suggested maybe postponing the November election.

That is not allowed, unless Congress says 'yes' to the plan.

That was Tuesday. On Wednesday, Kushner attempted to walk back his comment about how he's 'not sure' he can commit to a date for the 2020 presidential election. Read the rest

Paul Manafort released from prison 4 years early due to COVID-19, will serve rest of time on home confinement

Ankle bracelet time for Manafort

Nearly 27 million Americans lost their job-based health insurance in pandemic, study shows

IMAGE: Health Insurance Coverage Before and After Job Loss Among People in a Family Experiencing Job Loss as of May 2, 2020, courtesy kff.org

An estimated 27 million Americans may have lost employer-based health insurance because of pandemic layoffs, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report released Wednesday. Read the rest

Democrats propose making it illegal for telcos to shut off internet service in a pandemic

Democrats also propose $50 monthly discounts with low-income broadband fund

Elon Musk restarts Tesla factory, breaking coronavirus public health orders

Tesla worker: 'We’re extremely frustrated, angry, scared, that Elon is putting his cars before his workers.'

Tesla's chief executive said he reopened production at the company’s Fremont, California factory Monday, which Musk said he knew was a violation of public health orders. Read the rest

Russia: Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has Covid-19, is hospitalized

Vladimir Putin's spokesman says he is hospitalized with the coronavirus. Read the rest

'Needless suffering and death' — Dr. Anthony Fauci to testify before Senate on White House coronavirus response

Dr. Anthony Fauci is expected to warn states Tuesday in Senate testimony prematurely reopening economies will cause “needless suffering and death.”

Donald Trump is having a very anxious day. Read the rest

Elon Musk: 'Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules'

Elon Musk just said he was planning to break the law. Read the rest

Hydroxychloroquine doesn't work against COVID-19 and may cause heart problems, largest study of its kind shows

Yet another medical study says hydroxychloroquine, the drug much hyped by Donald Trump, is not effective against COVID-19 and could also cause deadly heart problems. Read the rest

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