'CANCEL THE RENT' projected on NYC skyscraper by The Illuminator

The person or people behind 'The Illuminator' just emailed Boing Boing to say they staged a large-scale public projection in Manhattan on Saturday night to make several demands on local, state, and federal governments during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Here are images of the socially distant protest in light.

View this post on Instagram

We are in a crisis. These are not radical demands. These are a list of basic needs, needs that must be fulfilled if we are to survive both this current outbreak and the fallout that is soon to come. We cannot conduct business as usual. Business as usual is killing us. It is killing our friends, it is killing our family members, and it is killing our future. NYC has empty streets, quiet except for the ambulance sirens now. We need federal aid - help with medical supplies, testing, rent and debt relief. Be kind to one another, show up however you can. Our heroes are on the frontline and our eyes are on the people in power. #covid19

A post shared by The Illuminator (@the.illuminator) on Mar 30, 2020 at 8:16am PDT

From the collective:

The Illuminator, an art-activist collective, staged a large-scale public projection in Manhattan on Saturday night, March 28, at 8:00pm to make several demands on our local, state, and federal governments during this COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The protest was conducted with social distancing guidelines in mind, and the projection was beamed out of the window of an apartment.

As of Friday afternoon, the CDC reported 85,356 total cases and 1,246 total deaths in the US.

Read the rest

Trump says coronavirus restrictions should extend to April 30, forget the Easter thing

Trump on Sunday said he's extending COVID-19 social distancing guidelines until April 30.

Watch White House Coronavirus official Dr. Birx suck up to Dear Leader obsequiously

"[Trump is] so attentive to the scientific literature & the details & the data. I think his ability to analyze & integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real benefit.” Read the rest

Demanding coronavirus protections, Instacart workers plan to strike Monday, March 30

“They are putting us directly in harm’s way while profiting greatly. We cannot let this be considered normal.”

Mexicans want crackdown on coronavirus-carrying American border crossers

My, how the tables have turned.

Many Americans are relocating from their homes to far-flung places to escape the coronavirus outbreak.

This, public health officials tell us, only worsens the outbreak -- they can carry the virus without any symptoms.

A growing number of people in Mexico want their government to crack down on the reportedly growing number of American citizens who are fleeing south to escape Trump's colossal mismanagement of the worsening U.S. outbreak. Read the rest

Canada not okay with Trump sending ~1,000 troops to Canada border

Canada is not super cool with plans by impeached U.S. president Donald Trump to send a thousand (maybe fewer) U.S. troops to the U.S.-Canada border. Trump says militarizing the border is good because he's worried things will become so desperate in the U.S. with the pandemic, Americans will flee north to escape the oncoming coronavirus hellscape. Read the rest

Trump to rank coronavirus risk of U.S. counties, tells governors they can decide to relax COVID-19 restrictions

White House plans to label counties across America as "high-risk, medium-risk, or low-risk"

If coronavirus restrictions end prematurely, 'President Trump will have blood on his hands,' public health expert says

“You can’t just come in and say let’s close up the USA,” Trump said, again falsely stating coronavirus is no worse than flu.

Trump: 'I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter'

• Trump demands economy reopen by Easter amid pandemic • Medical experts & disaster movies tell us this would be bad

“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter," is a thing that Donald Trump just said during a Fox News virtual town hall. Read the rest

Dow jumps over 11% in largest one-day gain since 1933

Today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced its largest gain in a single day since 1933. Read the rest

After his coronavirus test, Rand Paul continued to work at U.S. Capitol for 6 days

Now he says he tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Jailed Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus, NYT confirms

• Sex criminal and former film producer, who is serving 23 years, now isolated from other prisoners and shows no symptoms

Hackers tried to break into WHO, which faces more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks

Hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, Reuters reports. Security experts blame an advanced cyber-espionage hacker group known as DarkHotel.

A senior agency official says the WHO has been facing a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks since the coronavirus pandemic began. Read the rest

After Trump touts chloroquine + hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 cure, India pharma co to get reprieve from U.S. ban over quality concerns

• Three manufacturing plants of Ipca Laboratories get exemption • Agency had cited ‘systematic data manipulation’ at one plant Read the rest

NY now has ~8,000 cases of Coronavirus, about half of all cases in the US

The number of coronavirus cases in New York sharply increased to nearly 8,000 cases on Friday, a result of increased testing and the continuing uncontrolled spread of the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19.

This is 10 times higher than what was reported earlier in the week.

New York now has half of all coronavirus cases in the US.

“The healthcare system is already getting overrun. Hospitals are running out of ventilators. Doctors are reusing masks,” says the New York Times' Brian Rosenthal.

Excerpt:

The sharp increase is thrusting the medical system toward a crisis point, officials said.

In the Bronx, doctors at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center say they have only a few remaining ventilators for patients who need them to breathe. In Brooklyn, doctors at Kings County Hospital Center say they are so low on supplies that they are reusing masks for up to a week, slathering them with hand sanitizer between shifts.

Some of the jump in New York’s cases can be traced to significantly increased testing, which the state began this week. But the escalation, and the response, could offer other states a glimpse of what might be in store if the virus continues to spread.

Read the rest

'Resign!' 2 GOP senators should lose jobs for coronavirus stock jump, say critics

They told the public everything would be okay with the virus outbreak. Then they privately dumped stocks.

Over the past 24 hours, news has spread that various U.S. lawmakers received advance private briefings about the severity of an oncoming coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic -- then, they sold stocks before the public knew how bad it would get, and how the economy would suffer. Read the rest

Trump to reporters: "We should get rid of about 75-80% of you'

Impeached United States President Donald J. Trump said something awful again today that would end any other man's presidency in any timeline but this hellscape we're in. Read the rest

More posts