1470: Clubbing Center

Adam Curry & John C. Dvorak

3h 22m
July 21st, 2022
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Executive Producers: Sir Timmy-changa, drinker of margaritas and lover of bogeda breakfast tacos, Jimbabwe Baron of Schatziland, Jonathan Keskitalo, Ralf Dekker, BrendaCHAD the Diamond Hearted, Clip Custodian, rich sciortino

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McDonald's franchise owners back no-confidence vote on CEO, survey says
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 17:18
McDonald's franchisees unhappy with changes being made to ownership terms are expressing a lack of confidence in the company's CEO and U.S. president, according to a new survey of owners that was viewed by CNBC.
The National Owners Association, an independent franchisee advocacy group for McDonald's owners, recently polled its membership on changes being made to franchisee lease terms.
The results show an overwhelming majority '' 87% '' of respondents support calling a vote of "no confidence" on CEO Chris Kempczinski and the company's U.S. president, Joe Erlinger.
In addition, nearly 100% feel the company should have collaborated with and consulted owner leaders before announcing changes to the franchise system, and 95% said the company's senior corporate management does not have the best interest of owners in its approach to franchising.
The NOA has about 1,000 members, and nearly 700 responded to the poll. McDonald's had more than 2,400 owners as of the end of last year. Franchisees run some 95% of McDonald's locations and are key to the company's operations.
NOA didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the survey results.
McDonald's alerted owners in late June that beginning in 2023 it would evaluate potential new operators equally, instead of giving preferential treatment to spouses and children of current franchisees.
It is also separating the process through which it renews leases, given in 20-year terms, from assessments of whether owners can operate additional restaurants. In a message to owners about some of the changes, viewed by CNBC, the company said, "This change is in keeping with the principle that receiving a new franchise term is earned, not given."
The move sent a shock wave through the franchisee community. It came on the heels of plans to roll out a new grading system for restaurants next year that some fear will alienate workers in a time of unprecedented labor challenges. The company has been actively working to recruit new and more diverse owners, underscored in a message to franchisees from Erlinger that was viewed by CNBC.
"We've been doing a lot of thinking about how we continue to attract and retain the industry's best owner/operators '' individuals who represent the diverse communities we serve, bring a growth mindset and focus on executional excellence, while cultivating a positive work environment for restaurant teams," he said.
In December, McDonald's pledged to recruit more franchisees from diverse backgrounds, committing $250 million over the next five years to help those candidates finance a franchise. McDonald's declined to comment on the new changes or the survey.
McDonald's controls lease terms for owners, and there is speculation among some in the franchisee community that the changes are being made to bring in new owners with higher lease rates than established owners would face.
The NOA poll found 83% of respondents said the new rules were a "veiled attempt to raise rents." And 95% said they do not feel valued by corporate considering recent developments. In addition, 71% of respondents said existing or legacy owners should not be treated the same as potential new operators.
Other franchisee organizations are also frustrated with the changes.
A separate poll from the National Franchisee Leadership Alliance, also viewed by CNBC, showed nearly 100% of its over 400 respondents feel McDonald's Leadership should have collaborated with and consulted with owners before announcing changes. More than 90% said the changes are not supported, and 90% said they felt their business would be negatively impacted by proposed changes.
The National Black McDonald's Operators Association also returned a vote of no confidence in CEO Kempczinski, Restaurant Business Online reported in late June.
The tensions come at a time when McDonald's U.S. business is strong and franchisee profits have been at record highs. The company topped estimates for earnings and same-store sales last quarter. The stock is down 5% year to date.
Russia nears gas shutdown in Europe as Germany rejects claims it can't fulfill contracts
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 17:17
Russia's energy giant Gazprom has said it cannot fulfil its gas contracts with Europe.
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LONDON '-- Russia's energy giant is threatening to send less gas to Europe '-- but Germany, one of its main importers, has rejected the idea.
Majority state-owned Gazprom said Monday that due to unforeseeable circumstances it is not in a position to comply with gas contracts in Europe.
Germany's energy firm, Uniper, confirmed to CNBC that Gazprom had claimed "force majeure" on its supplies. Force majeure, a legal term, occurs when unforeseeable circumstances prevent one party from fulfilling its contractual duties, in theory absolving them from penalties.
"It is true that we have received a letter from Gazprom Export in which the company claims force majeure retroactively for past and current shortfalls in gas deliveries. We consider this as unjustified and have formally rejected the force majeure claim," Lucas Wintgens, spokesperson for Uniper, told CNBC's Annette Weisbach.
RWE, another German energy company, confirmed to CNBC that it had also received a force majeure notice from Gazprom.
Gazprom was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC on Tuesday.
Officials in Germany and elsewhere in Europe have become increasingly concerned about the possibility of a complete shutdown of gas supplies from Russia. These fears intensified after Nord Stream 1 '-- a key gas pipeline from Russia to Germany '-- was closed earlier this month for maintenance work, with some doubting that flows will be fully restored after the work is concluded on July 21.
European nations received about 40% of their gas imports from Russia before it invaded Ukraine. European officials have been scrambling to end this dependency, but it's a costly process and hard to achieve overnight.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, has announced fresh gas deals with the United States and Azerbaijan, for instance, as it seeks new suppliers of fossil fuels.
"This is clearly uncharted territory and unprecedented in this form," Andreas Schroeder, head of energy analytics at research company ICIS, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe" on Tuesday.
"Whilst the European Union has managed in reducing the volumes of imports of hydrocarbons in Russia, they didn't manage to reduce the price they pay."
European gas prices have soared as a result of lower flows from Russia. But these higher prices mean that Russia can send less gas to Europe and make the same '-- or even more '-- money than before. Schroeder called this the "offsetting effect."
The front-month gas price at the Dutch TTF hub, a European benchmark for natural gas trading, was around 1% higher at 159 euros ($163) per megawatt-hour Tuesday morning. Prices are up more 600% over the last year.
Correction: The front-month gas price at the Dutch TTF hub was around 1% higher at 159 euros ($163) per megawatt-hour Tuesday morning. An earlier version misstated the U.S. dollar figure.
The Assassination of Archduke Shinzo Abe
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 17:15
July 8 was a muggy day in the ancient capital of Japan. Shinzo Abe, the most powerful figure in Japanese politics, was delivering a stump speech for a local Liberal Democratic Party candidate in front of the Nara Kintetsu railway station when suddenly a loud bang rang out, followed by an odd cloud of smoke.
The response was incredible. Among those in the unusually large crowd gathered, not a single person ran for cover, or hit the ground in terror.
Abe's body guards, who stood unusually far away from him during the speech, looked on impassively, making no effort to shield him, or to pull him to a safe location.
A few seconds later, Abe crumpled and collapsed to the ground, lying there impassive in his standard blue jacket, white shirt, now speckled with blood, and trademark blue badge of solidarity with Japanese abductees in North Korea. Most likely he was killed instantaneously.
Only then did the body guards seize the suspect, Yamagami Toruya, who was standing behind Abe. The tussle with Yamagami took the form of a choreographed dance for the television audience, not a professional takedown.
Yamagami was immediately identified by the media as a 41-year-old former member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force who had personal grievances with Abe.
Yamagami told everything to the police without hesitation. He did not even try to run from the scene and was still holding the silly hand-made gun when the bodyguards grabbed him.
Even after Abe was lying on the pavement, not a single person in the crowd ran for shelter, or even looked around to determine where the shots came from. Everyone seemed to know, magically, that the shooting was over.
Then the comedy began. Rather than putting Abe in a limousine and whisking him away, those standing around him merely called out to passersby, asking if anyone was a doctor.
The media immediately embraced the ''lone gunman'' conclusion for this attack, repeating entertaining tale of how Yamagami was associated with Toitsu Kyokai, a new religion started by the charismatic shaman Kawase Kayo, and why he blamed Abe, who had exchanges with that group, for his mother's troubles.
Because Toitsu Kyokai has followers from the Unification Church founded by Reverend Moon Sun Myung, journalist Michael Penn jumped to the conclusion that the conspiracy leading to Abe's death was the result of his collaboration with the Moonies.
Although the mainstream media accepted this fantastic story, the Japanese police and security apparatus did not manage to squash alternative interpretations. Blogger Takashi Kitagawa posted materials on July 10 that suggested Abe was shot from the front, not from the back where Yamagami stood, and that the shots must have been fired at an angle from the top of one, or both, of the tall buildings on either side of the intersection across from the railway station plaza.
Takahashi Kitakawa's postings:
Kitagawa's analysis of the paths of the bullets was more scientific than anything offered by the media that had claimed , without basis, that Abe had only been shot once until the surgeon announced that evening that there had been two bullets.
The chances that a man holding an awkward home-made gun, standing more than five meters away in a crowd, would be able to hit Abe twice are low. The TV personality Kozono Hiromi, who is a gun expert himself, remarked on his show ''Sukkiri'' (on July 12) that such a feat would be incredible .
A careful viewing of the videos suggests that multiple shots were fired by a rifle with a silencer from atop a neighboring building.
The message to the world
For a figure like Shinzo Abe, the most powerful political player in Japan and the person to whom Japanese politicians and bureaucrats rallied in response to the unprecedented uncertainty born of the current geopolitical crisis, to be shot dead with no serious security detail nearby makes no sense.
Perhaps the message was lost on viewers at home, but it was crystal clear for other Japanese politicians. For that matter, the message was clear for Boris Johnson, who was forced out of power at almost exactly the same moment that Abe was shot, or for Emanuel Macron, who was suddenly charged with influence peddling scandal for Uber, and faces demands for his removal from office, on July 11'--after months of massive protests had failed to sway him in any way.
The message was written all over Abe's white shirt in red: buying into the globalist system and promoting the COVID-19 regime is not enough to assure safety, even for the leader of a G7 nation.
Abe was highest ranking victim so far of the hidden cancer eating away at governance in nation states around the world, an institutional sickness that moves decision making away from national governments to a network of privately-held supercomputer banks, private equity groups, for-hire intelligence firms in Tel Aviv, London and Reston, and the strategic thinkers employed by the billionaires at the World Economic Forum, NATO, the World Bank and other such awesome institutions.
The fourth industrial revolution was the excuse employed to transfer the control of all information in, and all information out, for central governments to Facebook, Amazon, Oracle, Google, SAP and others in the name of efficiency. As J. P. Morgan remarked, ''Everything has two reasons: a good reason and a real reason.''
With the assassination of Abe, these technology tyrants, and their masters, have crossed the Rubicon, declaring that those dressed in the trappings of state authority can be mowed down with impunity if they do not follow orders.
The Problem with Japan
Japan is heralded as the only Asian nation advanced enough to join the ''West,'' to be a member of the exclusive G7 club, and to be qualified to enter into collaboration with (and possible membership in) the top intelligence sharing program, the ''Five Eyes.'' Nevertheless, Japan has continued to defy the expectations, and the demands, of global financiers, and the planners within the beltway and on Wall Street for the New World Order.
Although it was South Korea in Asia that has constantly been berated in Washington as an ally not quite up to the level of Japan, the truth is that the super-rich busy taking over the Pentagon, and the entire global economy, were starting to harbor doubts about the dependability of Japan.
The globalist system at the World Bank, Goldman Sachs, or the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University has a set track for the best and the brightest from ''advanced nations.''
Elites from Australia, France, Germany, Norway or Italy, learn to speak fluent English, spend time in Washington, London, or Geneva at a think tank or university, secure a safe sinecure at a bank, a government institution, or a research institute that assures them a good income, and adopt the common sense, pro-finance, perspective offered by the Economist Magazine as the gospel.
Japan, however, although it has an advanced banking system of its own, although its command of advanced technologies makes it the sole rival of Germany in machine tools, and although it has a sophisticated educational system capable of producing numerous Nobel Prize winners, does not produce leaders who follow this model for the ''developed'' nation.
Japanese elite do not study abroad for the most part and Japan has sophisticated intellectual circles that do not rely on information brought in from overseas academic or journalistic sources.
Unlike other nations, Japanese write sophisticated journal articles entirely in Japanese, citing only Japanese experts. In fact, in fields like botany and cellular biology, Japan has world-class journals written entirely in Japanese.
Similarly, Japan has a sophisticated domestic economy that is not easily penetrated by multinational corporations'--try as they do.
The massive concentration of wealth over the last decade has allowed the super-rich to create invisible networks for secret global governance,best represented by the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders program and the Schwarzman Scholars program. These rising figures in policy infiltrate the governments, the industries, and research institutions of nations to make sure that the globalist agenda goes forth unimpeded.
Japan has been impacted by this sly form of global governance. And yet, Japanese who speak English well, or who study at Harvard, are not necessarily on the fast track in Japanese society.
There is stubborn independence in Japan's diplomacy and economics, something that raised concerns among the Davos crowd during the COVID-19 campaigns.
Although the Abe administration (and the subsequent Kishida administration) went along with the directives of the World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization for vaccines and social distancing, the Japanese government was less intrusive in the lives of citizens than most nations, and was less successful in forcing organizations to require vaccination .
The use of QR codes to block service to the unvaccinated was limited in its implementation in Japan in comparison with other ''advanced'' nations.
Moreover, the Japanese government refuses to fully implement the digitalization agenda demanded, thus denying multinational technology giants the control over Japan that they exercise elsewhere. This lag in Japan's digitalization led the Wilson Center in Washington D.C. to invite Karen Makishima , minister of Japan's Digital Agency (launched under pressure from global finance in September, 2021) so that she could explain why Japan has been so slow to digitalize (July 13).
Japanese are increasingly aware that their resistance to digitalization, to the wholescale outsourcing of the functions of government and university to multinational tech giants, and the privatization of information, is not in their interest.
Japan continues to operate Japanese-language institutions that follow old customs, including the use of written records. Japanese still read books and they are not so enamored with AI as Koreans and Chinese.
Japan's resistance can be traced back to Meiji restoration of 1867. Japan set out to create governmental system wherein Western ideas were translated into Japanese, combined with Japanese concepts, to create a complex domestic discourse. The governance system set up in Meiji restoration remains in place to a large degree, using models for governance based on pre-modern principles from Japan and China's past, and drawn from 19th century Prussia and England.
The result is feudalistic approach to governance wherein ministers oversee fiefdoms of bureaucrats who carefully guard their own budgets and who maintain their own internal chains of command.
The Problem with Abe
Shinzo Abe was one of the most sophisticated politicians of our age, always open to make a deal with the United States, or other global institutions, but always cagy when it came to making Japan the subject of globalist dictates.
Abe harbored the dream of restoring Japan to its status as an empire, and imagined himself to be the reincarnation of the Meiji Emperor.
Abe was different than Johnson or Macron in that he was not as interested in appearing on TV as he was in controlling the actual decision making process within Japan.
There is no need to glorify Abe's reign, as some have tried to do. He was a corrupt insider who pushed for the dangerous privatization of government, the hollowing out of education, and who backed a massive shift of assets from the middle class to the wealthy.
His use of the ultra-right Nihon Kaigi forum to promote an ultranationalist agenda, and to glorify the most offensive aspects of Japan's imperial past, was deeply disturbing. Abe gave his unflinching support for all military expenditures, no matter how foolish, and he was willing to support just about any American boondoggle.
That said, as the grandson of Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, and the son of foreign minister Shintaro Abe, Shinzo Abe showed himself to be an astute politician from childhood. He was creative in his use of a wide range of political tools to advance his agenda, and he could call on corporate and government leaders from around the world with an ease that no other Asian politician could.
I remember vividly the impression I received from Abe on the two occasions that I met him in person. Whatever cynical politics he may have promoted, he radiated to his audience a purity and simplicity, what the Japanese call ''sunao,'' that was captivating. His manner suggested a receptiveness and openness that inspired loyalty among his followers and that could overwhelm those who were hostile to his policies.
In sum, Abe was sophisticated political figure who was capable of playing one side against the other within the Liberal Democratic Party, and within the international community, while appearing to be a considerate and benevolent leader.
For this reason, Japanese hostile to Abe's ethnic nationalism were still willing to support him because he was the only politician they thought capable of restoring global political leadership to Japan.
Japanese diplomats and military officers fret endlessly about the Japan's lack of vision. Although Japan has all the qualifications to be a great power, they reason, it is run by a series of unimpressive, University of Tokyo graduates; men who are good at taking tests, but are unwilling to take risks.
Japan produces noone like Putin or Xi, and not even a Macron or a Johnson.
Abe wanted to be a leader and he had the connections, the talent, and the ruthlessness required to play that role on the global stage. He was already the longest serving prime minister in Japanese history, and had plans for a third bid as prime minister, when he was struck down.
Needless to say, the powers behind the World Economic Forum do not want national leaders like Abe, even if they conform with the global agenda, because they are capable of organizing resistance within the nation state.
What went wrong?
Abe was able to handle, using the traditional tools of statecraft, the impossible dilemma faced by Japan over the last decade as its economic ties with China and Russia increased, but its political and security integration with the United States, Israel and the NATO block proceeded apace.
It was impossible for Japan to be that close to the United States and its allies while maintaining friendly relations with Russia and China. Yet Abe almost succeeded.
Abe remained focused and cool. He made use of all his skills and connections as he set out to carve a unique space for Japan. Along the way, Abe turned to the sophisticated diplomacy of his strategic thinker Shotaro Yachi of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assure that Japan found its place under the sun.
Abe and Yachi used contradictory, but effective, geopolitical strategies to engage both East and West, making ample use of secret diplomacy to seal long-term deals that put Japan back in the great powers game.
On the one hand, Abe presented to Obama and Trump a Japan that was willing to go further than South Korea, Australia or other India in backing Washington's position. Abe was willing to suffer tremendous domestic criticism for his push for a remilitarization that fit the US plans for East Asia.
At the same time that he impressed Washington politicians with his gung-ho pro-American rhetoric, matched by the purchase of weapons systems, Abe also engaged China and Russia at the highest levels. That was no small feat, and involved sophisticated lobbying within the beltway, and in Beijing and Moscow.
In the case of Russia, Abe successfully negotiated a complex peace treaty with Russia in 2019 that would have normalized relations and solved the dispute concerning the Northern Territories (the Kuril Islands in Russian). He was able to secure energy contracts for Japanese firms and to find investment opportunities in Russia even as Washington ramped up the pressure on Tokyo for sanctions.
The journalist Tanaka Sakai notes that Abe was not banned from entering Russia after the Russian government banned all other representatives of the Japanese government from entry.
Abe also engaged China seriously, solidifying long-term institutional ties, and pursuing free trade agreement negotiations that reached a breakthrough in the fifteenth round of talks (April 9-12, 2019). Abe had ready access to leading Chinese politicians and he was considered by them to be reliable and predictable, even though his rhetoric was harshly anti-Chinese.
The critical event that likely triggered the process leading to Abe's assassination was the NATO summit in Madrid (June 28-30).
The NATO summit was a moment when the hidden players behind the scenes laid down the law for the new global order. NATO is on a fast track to evolve beyond an alliance to defend Europe and to become an unaccountable military power, working with the Global Economic Forum, the billionaires and the bankers around the world, as a ''world army,'' functioning much as the British East India Company did in another era.
The decision to invite to the NATO summit the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand was a critical part of this NATO transformation.
These four nations were invited to join in an unprecedented level of integration in security, including intelligence sharing (outsourcing to big tech multinationals), the use of advanced weapons systems (that must be administrated by the personnel of multinationals like Lockheed Martin), joint exercises (that set a precedent for an oppressive decision-making process), and other ''collaborative'' approaches that undermine the chain of command within the nation state.
When Kishida returned to Tokyo on July first, there can be no doubt that one of his first meetings was with Abe. Kishida explained to Abe the impossible conditions that the Biden administration had demanded of Japan.
The White House, by the way, is now entirely the tool of globalists like Victoria Nuland (Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs) and others trained by the Bush clan.
The demands made of Japan were suicidal in nature. Japan was to increase economic sanctions on Russia, to prepare for possible war with Russia, and to prepare for a war with China. Japan's military, intelligence and diplomatic functions were to be transferred to the emerging blob of private contractors gathering for the feast around NATO.
We do not know what Abe did during the week before his death. Most likely he launched into a sophisticated political play, using of all his assets in Washington D.C., Beijing, and Moscow'--as well as in Jerusalem, Berlin, and London, to come up with a multi-tiered response that would give the world the impression that Japan was behind Biden all the way, while Japan sought out a d(C)tente with China and Russia through the back door.
The problem with this response was that since other nations had been shut down, such a sophisticated play by Japan made it the only major nation with a semi-functional executive branch.
Abe's death parallels closely that of Seoul's mayor Park Won Sun, who went missing on July 9th, 2020, exactly two years before Abe's assassination. Park took steps in Seoul City Hall to push back on the COVID-19 social distancing policies that were being imposed by the central government. His body was found the next day and the death was immediately ruled a suicide resulting from his distress over charges of sexual harassment by a colleague.
What to do now?
The danger of the current situation should not be underestimated. If an increasing number of Japanese come to perceive, as the journalist Tanaka Sakai suggests, that the United States destroyed their best hope for leadership, and that the globalists want Japan to make do with an unending series of weak-minded prime ministers who are dependent on Washington and other hidden players of the parasite class, such a development could bring about a complete break between Japan and the United States, leading to a political or military conflict.
It is telling that Michael Green, the top Japan hand in Washington D.C., did not write the initial tribute to Abe that was published on the homepage of CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies), his home institute.
Green, veteran of the Bush National Security Council and Henry A. Kissinger Chair of the Asia Program at CSIS, is the author of Line of Advantage: Japan's Grand Strategy in the Era of Abe Shinzo. Green was a close associate of Abe, perhaps the closest of any American.
The tribute to Abe was drafted by Christopher Johnstone (the Japan chair at CSIS and former CIA officer). The weird choice suggests that the assassination is so sensitive that Green instinctively wished to avoid writing the initial response, leaving it to a professional operative.
For responsible intellectuals and citizens in Washington, Tokyo, or elsewhere, there is only one viable response to this murky assassination: a demand for an international scientific investigation.
Painful as that process might be, it will force us to face the reality of how our governments have been taken over by invisible powers.
If we fail to identify the true players behind the scenes, however, we may be led into a conflict in which the blame is projected onto heads of state and countries are forced into conflicts so as to hide the crimes of global finance.
The loss of control of the Japanese government over the military the last time can be attributed in part to the assassinations of prime minister Inukai Tsuyoshi on May 15, 1932 and of prime minister Saito Makoto on February 26, 1936.
But for the international community, the more relevant case is how the manipulations of an integrated global economy by the Rothschild, Warburg, and other banking interests created an environment wherein the tensions produced by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary on June 28, 1914 were funneled towards world war.
Lesbian bar shuts down one week after opening because they weren't woke enough
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 17:15
Today's newsletter concludes with a message from our sponsor. Doc Marie's is a lesbian bar that opened on July 1st of this year with the hope of bringing more inclusivity to the city of Portland. But just one week after their grand opening they were forced to shut down because of complaints that the bar was not a ''safe space.'' Similar to the story I wrote a few weeks ago about the queer-owned cafe in Philadelphia that was shut down by employees for not being woke enough , Doc Marie's was cannibalized by the woke mob.
The crowd on opening day was huge. One woman said that the line for entry on opening night was ''wrapped around the block'' with ''literally 200 lesbians'' waiting to get in.
But the excitement about a new progressive hangout dissipated quickly. Within days, Doc Marie's found itself on the receiving end of accusations of not being inclusive enough for trans people and people of color. Despite mask mandates being lifted in Portland, patrons accused the bar of not implementing enough COVID safety measures. Patrons also claimed that Doc Marie's had ''culturally appropriative art'' on the walls.
One TikToker, who says she attended the grand opening, breaks down the accusations against the bar:
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Employees of Doc Marie's created an Instagram page to echo these concerns. They claimed that the owners weren't proactive enough in creating a safe space and accused the owners of racism. The employees also demanded that the bar host ''free opportunities for education'' for the community.
Eventually, the employees demanded the owners relinquish ownership of the bar and hand the business to them. The owners were given a ''24-hour deadline'' to adhere to the ludicrous demands.
Just five days after opening, the bar announced on July 6th that they had to close temporarily in order to address the cries from the woke mob for a ''safe and inclusive space.''
Surrendering to the woke mob doesn't appear to be working out in Doc Marie's favor, as the bar remains closed with no public plan to reopen.
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Here's how senators aim to change the Electoral Count Act : NPR
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 17:14
Proposed changes to the Electoral Count Act would clarify the vice president's role in counting states' electoral votes. Here, then-Vice President Mike Pence is seen in the House chamber early on Jan. 7, 2021, to finish the work of the Electoral College after a mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption
toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP Proposed changes to the Electoral Count Act would clarify the vice president's role in counting states' electoral votes. Here, then-Vice President Mike Pence is seen in the House chamber early on Jan. 7, 2021, to finish the work of the Electoral College after a mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday announced two proposals related to election administration, including one to reform the Electoral Count Act, a widely criticized 1887 law that governs the process of casting and counting Electoral College votes and that came under fresh scrutiny following attempts to invalidate the presidential election results on Jan. 6, 2021.
The plans were announced a day ahead of the House select committee's final scheduled prime time hearing on its investigation into the Capitol insurrection.
"From the beginning, our bipartisan group has shared a vision of drafting legislation to fix the flaws of the archaic and ambiguous Electoral Count Act of 1887," the U.S. senators said in a joint statement.
Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, led the effort to reform the law, which would need 60 votes to break a filibuster and pass the Senate. The proposal unveiled Wednesday to reform the Electoral Count Act has 16 co-sponsors, including nine Republicans. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has signaled he's open to updating the old law.
The law itself was created after a chaotic election in 1876 that saw Democrat Samuel Tilden win the popular vote but lose the presidency because of contested election results, as three Southern states sent in competing returns. A decade later, Congress enacted the Electoral Count Act to avoid a repeated fiasco by establishing a clearer process for Electoral College certification.
But as NPR's Miles Parks has reported, some legal experts argue the crafters of the law did a "terrible job."
Members of both major parties opened the door to updating the ECA nearly a year after the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which came following then-President Donald Trump's pressure campaign against his own vice president to abandon his ceremonial role in tallying the results and help overturn the election.
Advocates for reforming the ECA argue that the law isn't clear enough about the roles the vice president and Congress play in certifying election results, and that that weakness was exploited by Trump and his allies to try to keep him in power.
How would the law change?As the law exists now, only one member of the House and one member of the Senate are needed to challenge any state's set of electors. (These are the lawmakers who objected to the Electoral College count in 2021.)
The updated language would raise that threshold, shifting the requirement to 20% of the members of each chamber.
The proposal would also enact a few measures "aimed at ensuring that Congress can identify a single, conclusive slate of electors from each state," according to a fact sheet. The provisions include:
identifying "each state's Governor, unless otherwise specified in the laws or constitution of a state in effect on Election Day, as responsible for submitting the certificate of ascertainment identifying that state's electors;" and requiring "Congress to defer to slates of electors submitted by a state's executive pursuant to the judgments of state or federal courts." And the measure would "strike a provision of an archaic 1845 law that could be used by state legislatures to override the popular vote in their states by declaring a 'failed election' '-- a term that is not defined in the law."
The bill would also reaffirm that the "constitutional role of the Vice President, as the presiding officer of the joint meeting of Congress, is solely ministerial."
Some of the reforms came in part from proposals issued after the Democratic-led House Administration Committee shared a report in January, completed after months of review from legal experts.
The measure to reform the Electoral Count Act also includes a section to provide guidelines for when a new administration can receive federal resources for their transition into office.
In the shadow of Jan. 6 hearings The Electoral Count Act has come up many times during the House select committee's hearings investigating the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
During one of the panel's hearings, Greg Jacob, who served as chief counsel to Vice President Mike Pence, said that had Pence obeyed Trump's demands to block or delay the counting of electoral votes on Jan. 6, he would have broken various provisions of the Electoral Count Act.
ECA reform paired with election security proposalThe second measure released Wednesday would increase criminal penalties for individuals who threaten or intimidate election officials, poll watchers, voters or candidates; or who steal or alter election records or tamper with voting systems.
It would also aim to improve the handling of election mail by the U.S. Postal Service and reauthorize the Election Assistance Commission, an independent agency, for five years.
The proposal comes as election officials across the country have faced pressure and threats in the wake of Trump's lies about the 2020 election being stolen.
Italy's Mario Draghi expected to resign as prime minister | Mario Draghi | The Guardian
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 17:13
Italy's prime minister, Mario Draghi, is expected to confirm his resignation after three key parties in his broad coalition did not participate in a confidence vote on the conditions he set for his government continuing.
The former European Central Bank chief told the senate earlier on Wednesday that the survival of his unity administration hinged on ''rebuilding the pact of trust'' and spirit of cooperation of its early months, and asked for a vote on this basis.
Draghi offered his resignation last week after the Five Star Movement (M5S), a key component of his broad coalition, snubbed a vote on a '‚¬26bn cost of living package.
His resignation was rejected by the president, Sergio Mattarella, who asked him to address parliament in an attempt to avert what would be the collapse of Italy's third government in three years.
The move instead widened the rifts between the squabbling parties, with Matteo Salvini's far-right League and Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia demanding a new Draghi government without M5S.
Draghi has said several times that he would not lead a government without M5S, but would also not accept ultimatums.
As tensions mounted throughout the day, the League and Forza Italia said they were ''surprised'' when Draghi announced his government's fate would be determined with a confidence vote on a resolution requested by centrist senator, Pier Ferdinando Casini, that called for the approval of Draghi's conditions.
Both parties said they would not be present for the vote. M5S then followed suit. ''Over the past 18 months all of our measures have been dismantled,'' M5S senator Mariolina Castellone said. ''Let's remove the inconvenience.''
The vote passed in the senate on Wednesday evening but even though Draghi still has a majority, he will likely confirm his resignation.
''I think it's over,'' said Wolfango Piccoli, co-president of the London-based research company, Teneo. Draghi will address the lower house of parliament on Thursday morning, where he is expected to announce his resignation as an act of respect towards parliament, before going to Mattarella. Piccoli said: ''Barring a miracle, that's the outcome.''
He added: ''It's not a question of a majority at this point because he always had the majority '' the question here is about the politics, meaning there was no movement from the political parties to meet his conditions to create a new sense of trust, so what we've seen is three parties turning their backs on him.
''All the speeches by the League, M5S and Forza Italia today were pre-election speeches.''
Draghi's potential resignation would come despite a groundswell of public support for him to remain in the post. There have been declarations from more than 1,500 mayors from across the political spectrum and various labour unions, a signal of public support Draghi said was ''unprecedented and impossible to ignore''.
He had also urged unity so that the government could face key challenges, such as the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, social inequality and the enactment of reforms needed to obtain the next tranche of the '‚¬200bn Italy is due to receive from the EU's post-pandemic recovery fund. He also rebuked his coalition partners for infighting and point-scoring over recent months.
If Draghi confirms his resignation then Mattarella could ask him to stay on as interim prime minister. However, analysts say that Mattarella would most probably dissolve parliament and call elections for as early as the end of September.
A report this week on recent surveys said that in the event of early elections, a coalition led by the far-right Brothers of Italy and including the League and Forza Italia could easily secure a majority.
U.S. Ending Tax Treaty With Hungary
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 14:56
The Treasury Department has begun dismantling the United States' tax treaty with Hungary, (see Payroll Guide ¶21,475) whose government recently blocked the European Union from finalizing details of an international agreement to set a 15% global minimum tax on the biggest multinational corporations.
On July 8, the Treasury Department issued a statement citing Hungary's reduction of its domestic corporate income tax rate to 9.9%'--less than half of the 21% U.S. rate'--as cause for severing the bilateral tax treaty, which took effect in 1979.
A Treasury spokesperson told reporters the treaty's benefits were no longer mutual. ''There is a substantial loss in potential revenue to the United States, and very little return on investment by U.S. businesses in Hungary,'' they said.
The timing of the treaty termination suggests President Joe Biden's administration is seeking to pressure Viktor Orbn, Hungary's prime minister, to implement the 15% global minimum tax brokered by the Organization for Economic Cooperation Development. The deal, reached in October, has been signed by about 140 countries and territories.
Without mentioning Hungary's move in mid-June to block an EU directive on establishing the minimum tax, the Treasury spokesperson said the country had ''made America's long-standing concerns about the 1979 tax treaty worse.'' At the time, Hungarian Finance Minister Mihly Varga told a meeting of EU finance ministers that inflation and the Russian-led war in Ukraine would ensure harm to European economies if the minimum tax were established now.
Officials in the Biden administration and at the European Commission, the EU's executive body, have said the Orbn government's refusal to implement the tax could exacerbate Hungary's status as a tax treaty-shopping country, disadvantaging allies and trading partners.
While the EU generally requires decisions with legal force to be approved by all 27 member states, officials who have championed the bloc's participation in the tax have said they remain steadfast, with or without a Hungarian presence.
Hungary's resistance has been met with praise from some congressional Republicans. Reps. Adrian Smith of Nebraska and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, who serve on the House of Representatives' tax-legislating Ways and Means Committee, wrote to the Hungarian ambassador in the U.S. to express shared concerns over the tax deal and to encourage more dialogue.
In a statement July 8, Smith criticized the Biden administration's move, saying ''unelected bureaucrats at the Treasury Department'' were targeting countries over their tax laws.'' He called on Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to reopen the agreement to ensure they protect U.S. jobs, companies, and competitiveness.
On July 11, those calls were joined by Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, and his House Ways and Means counterpart, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas. ''Treasury's latest tactic to force implementation of the OECD agreement is to withdraw from a longstanding bilateral tax treaty approved by Congress,'' they said in a statement. ''This is a transparent attempt to bully Hungary into hasty action on a global minimum tax and interfere in an internal European Union policy-making process.''
Crapo and Brady expressed concern that ''Treasury's go-it-alone approach'' to the global deal would increase tax uncertainty, cause more disputes among countries, and lead to fewer American jobs.
Hungary nearly halved its corporate tax rate to 9.9%'--lowest in the EU'--from 19% in 2010. Since the OECD-led deal was signed in early October, Hungarian officials have insisted that its support would depend on the agreement not impinging on their country's economy or employment.
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President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 14:37
President Biden on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19, the White House said in a statement.
''This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19,'' press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
''He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms. He has begun taking Paxlovid,'' she said.
''Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.''
Biden, 79, was scheduled to make a trip Thursday to Pennsylvania to discuss his approach to crime before attending a fundraiser in Philadelphia.
The President is ''fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms,'' White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. Getty Images''Consistent with White House protocol for positive COVID cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work,'' Jean-Pierre said.
''Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the President's status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation.''
WHO declares new virus outbreak '-- RT World News
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 13:51
The World Health Organization (WHO) is sounding the alarm over a new virus outbreak after two cases of the Marburg virus disease have been reported in Ghana, marking the first time the deadly Ebola-like virus has been found in the west-African nation and only the second time it has been seen in the region.
In an article published on Sunday, the WHO says that blood samples taken from two people last month in the southern Ashanti region of Ghana suggest that they both had the Marburg virus.
Both of the patients had symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, nausea and vomiting, and died within a day of being admitted to hospital in late June. One of the patients was 26 years old, the other 51.
Now, more than 90 contacts of the two patients have been identified and are being monitored by both the WHO and regional health authorities. The global health agency says it is also assisting Ghana by providing protective equipment, bolstering disease surveillance, testing, tracing contacts and increasing public awareness of the risks and dangers of the disease.
''Health authorities have responded swiftly, getting a head start preparing for a possible outbreak. This is good because without immediate and decisive action, Marburg can easily get out of hand. WHO is on the ground supporting health authorities and now that the outbreak is declared, we are marshaling more resources for the response,'' said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.
The Marburg virus is described by the WHO as a highly infectious viral haemorrhagic fever similar to the well-known Ebola virus disease. The disease can be transmitted to people from infected animals such as fruit bats and spreads among humans through direct contact with the bodily fluids of infected people, surfaces and materials.
The onset of the illness is said to be sudden, with high fever, severe headache and malaise. It's also noted that many patients develop severe internal or external bleeding within seven days of being infected.
''The public is therefore advised to avoid caves inhabited by bat colonies and to cook all meat products thoroughly before consumption,'' Ghanaian health authorities advised.
While case fatality rates have varied from 24% to 88% in past outbreaks, depending on the strain of the virus, there are still no approved vaccine or antiviral treatments for the disease. Doctors may only use supportive care such as rehydration with oral or intravenous fluids and treatment of specific symptoms to improve survival of patients.
The first outbreak of the Marburg virus ever reported was in Germany in 1967. Since then, outbreaks and sporadic cases of the disease have been reported in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, according to the WHO.
The deadliest outbreak so far has been in Angola in 2005, where over 200 people died from the disease.
NPR launches Disinformation Reporting team | Nevada Public Radio
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 13:48
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In a note to newsroom staff, Terence Samuels, VP and Executive Editor and Nancy Barnes, SVP of News and Editorial Director announced the following update:
NPR Launches Team to Cover Disinformation Crisis
The viral spread of mis- and disinformation has emerged as one of the great civic challenges of our time. From the lies about the 2020 election to the growing influence of anti-vaccine activists, to the enduring influence of climate-change denialism, lies and conspiracy theories have seeped into nearly all aspects of modern-day life, both in the US and around the globe.
Not long after the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, we set up a small reporting team to focus on disinformation and collaborate across the newsroom on the subject. Over the past year and a half, that ad hoc team has had many successes reporting on election disinformation, the role of the tech platforms and multiple path-breaking stories about Covid disinformation.
Now, we're pleased to announce that we're making the work of this team permanent, launching with three reporters and an editor to cover this vital topic. The mandate is to seek out original, high-impact stories and to work closely with the many beat reporters in the newsroom and at member stations whose work involves disinformation.
The Team
Shannon Bond needs little introduction. Shannon is currently a tech correspondent based in the Bay Area. That beat has already given her extensive experience and sourcing in the disinformation world. Shannon joined NPR in 2019 from the Financial Times and quickly became known as an unflappable and generous colleague who's stayed on top of breaking news about Meta, Twitter and other tech platforms while also finding time to report out original stories, like the existence of computer-generated fake profiles on LinkedIn. Shannon's first day on the disinformation beat will be August 1st, though she'll continue to help the Business Desk with breaking technology news while fellow tech reporter Bobby Allyn is on a fellowship in Germany.
Lisa Hagen joins NPR from member station WABE in Atlanta. Her first day is July 18th. Working with NPR's investigations team, Lisa reported and co-hosted the No Compromise podcast about the most radical wing of the gun rights movement. That serieswon the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting. Her reporting illuminates and helps humanize the unfamiliar, which should come in useful on the disinformation beat. She's fascinated by how we arrive at our beliefs and navigate who to trust in these strange times. In Georgia, Lisa covered criminal and social justice in addition to guns for WABE. Before that she worked as a stringer for the New York Post. While Lisa is originally from Hawaii, she would like everyone to know that she does not surf.
Huo Jingnan has been with NPR since 2018, most recently as an associate producer with the investigations team. In Jingnan's new role as a data-savvy reporter focusing on disinformation, she'll work on both her own projects and with reporters on the team and around the newsroom to flesh out patterns and money trails related to the spread of false information. During her time with the investigations team, Jingnan quantified the extent of toxic silica exposure the federal government knew that coal miners had undergone and looked for lessons learned from courts that ran remote jury trials during the pandemic. Jingnan will start on the disinformation beat later this month and she'll continue to be based in the Washington, DC area.
Brett Neely has worked at the intersection of political coverage and collaborative journalism since he arrived at NPR in 2015, including leading our coverage of voting rights and election security through the 2016 and 2020 elections. When we launched the pop-up disinformation team last year, Brett took on the beat and has worked with reporters from the Washington, Science, Business and National desks as well as member stations to deepen our coverage. As the disinformation team's Supervising Editor, he'll continue to lead that coverage and work with partners across the newsroom and public radio network. Brett remains based in Colorado, where he moved after the 2020 election.
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China threatens 'strong measures' if Pelosi visits Taiwan | AP News
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 13:28
BEIJING (AP) '-- China will take ''resolute and strong measures'' should the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi proceed with reported plans to visit Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
Pelosi, who is second in line to the presidency, is due to visit the self-governing island China claims as its own territory in August, according to a report in the Financial Times.
She was originally scheduled to visit in April but had to postpone after she tested positive for COVID-19.
Pelosi would be the highest ranking American lawmaker to visit the close U.S. ally since her predecessor as speaker, Newt Gingrich, traveled there 25 years ago.
China has vowed to annex Taiwan by force if necessary, and has advertised that threat by flying warplanes near Taiwanese airspace and holding military exercises based on invasion scenarios. It says those actions are aimed at deterring advocates of the island's formal independence and foreign allies - principally the U.S. - from coming to its aid, more than 70 years after the sides split amid civil war.
A visit by Pelosi would ''severely undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, gravely impact the foundation of China-U.S. relations and send a seriously wrong signal to Taiwan independence forces,'' Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijiang said at a daily briefing.
''If the U.S. were to insist on going down the wrong path, China will take resolute and strong measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity,'' Zhao said.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment on Pelosi's expected visit to Taiwan. Jean-Pierre said the United States' support for Taiwan remained ''rock solid,'' while reiterating the U.S. longstanding commitment to the ''One China'' policy that recognizes Beijing as the government of China but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taipei.
China in recent days has also ratcheted up its rhetoric over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, demanding the cancellation of a deal worth approximately $108 million that would boost its armed forces' chances of survival against its much bigger foe. China has the world's largest standing military, with an increasingly sophisticated navy and a huge inventory of missiles pointed across the 180 kilometer (100 mile) -wide Taiwan Strait.
''The Chinese People's Liberation Army ... will resolutely thwart any form of interference by external forces and separatist plots of 'Taiwan independence,''' the Defense Ministry said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday.
While Washington maintains a policy of ''strategic ambiguity'' over whether it would defend Taiwan in a conflict with China, U.S. law requires it must ensure the island has the means to defend itself and consider threats to its security as matters of ''grave concern.''
Washington maintains only unofficial relations with Taiwan in deference to Beijing, but is the island's strongest political ally and source of defensive arms.
Zhao gave no details about what potential actions China might take in response to Pelosi's visit, but Beijing has generally used military flights and war games to indicate its discontent. Chinese pilots have also been accused of aggressive action toward surveillance aircraft from the U.S. and its allies operating in international airspace off the Chinese coast, while using lasers and other methods to harass foreign warships in the South China Sea.
China's most serious threat against Taiwan came in 1995-96, when it held military exercises and lobbed missiles into waters north and south of the island in response to a visit to the U.S. by then-President Lee Teng-hui.
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EU draws up energy plan in case of Russian gas cutoff | AP News
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 13:01
BRUSSELS (AP) '-- The European Union's head office on Wednesday proposed that member states cut their gas use by 15% over the coming months as the bloc braced for a possible full Russian cutoff of natural gas supplies that could add a big chill to the upcoming winter.
While the initial cuts would be voluntary, the Commission also asked for the power to impose mandatory reductions across the bloc in the event of an EU-wide emergency caused by what Commission President Ursula von der Leyen saw as a deliberate attempt by President Vladimir Putin to weaponize gas exports.
''Russia is blackmailing us. Russia is using energy as a weapon. And therefore, in any event, whether it's a partial major cutoff of Russian gas or total cutoff of Russian gas, Europe needs to be ready,'' von der Leyen said.
EU member states will discuss the measures at an emergency meeting of energy ministers next Tuesday. For them to be approved, national capitals would have to consider yielding some of their powers over energy policy to Brussels.
''We have to be proactive. We have to prepare for a potential full disruption of Russian gas. And this is a likely scenario. That's what we've seen in the past,'' von der Leyen said, adding that Kremlin-controlled Gazprom showed scant interest in market forces and instead played a political game to choke off the EU.
Saving 15% on gas use between August and next March will not come all that easy. The European Commission signaled its proposed target would require EU countries as a whole to triple the rationing achieved to date since the Russian invasion of Ukraine started Feb. 24.
''EU-level savings so far have been equal to 5%,'' EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said. ''This is clearly not enough.''
Wednesday's proposal comes at a time when a blog post from the International Monetary Fund has warned about the weaknesses of the 27-nation bloc.
''The partial shutoff of gas deliveries is already affecting European growth, and a full shutdown could be substantially more severe,'' the IMFBlog warned. It added that gross domestic product in member nations like Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic could shrink by up to 6%.
Italy, a country already facing serious economic problems, ''would also face significant impacts.''
EU economic forecasts last week showed that Russia's war in Ukraine is expected to wreak havoc with economic recovery for the foreseeable future, with lower annual growth and record-high inflation. The disruptions in Russian energy trade threaten to trigger a recession in the bloc just as it is recovering from a pandemic-induced slump
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the EU has approved bans on Russian coal and most oil to take effect later this year, but it did not include natural gas because the 27-nation bloc depends on gas to power factories, generate electricity and heat homes. Now, von der Leyen is convinced Putin will cut off gas anyway to try to wreak economic and political havoc in Europe this winter.
''Putin is trying to push us around this winter and this he will dramatically fail if we stick together,'' said von der Leyen.
There are fears that the energy crisis will get worse if Moscow does not restart the key Nord Stream pipeline to Germany after scheduled maintenance ends Thursday. And Putin left everyone second-guessing on Wednesday.
The Russian leader questioned the quality of the repair work done on the Nord Stream 1 turbine. ''They say that they will return these machines '-- one, in any case '-- but in what capacity they will return, what are the technical parameters after leaving this scheduled repair? Maybe they will take it and turn it off at some point, and Nord Stream 1 will stop,'' he said.
The aim of von der Leyen's plans is to ensure essential industries and services like hospitals can function, while others would have to cut back. That could include lowering heat in public buildings and enticing families to use less energy at home.
EU nations and the Commission have gone on a buying spree to diversify its natural gas sources away from Russia, but they are still expected to fall far short of providing businesses and homes with enough energy in the cold months.
Russia has cut off or reduced gas to a dozen EU countries, and there are fears that the energy crisis will get worse if Moscow does not restart a key pipeline to Germany after scheduled maintenance ends Thursday.
The energy squeeze is also reviving decades-old political challenges for Europe. While the EU has gained centralized authority over monetary, trade, antitrust and farm policies, national capitals have jealously guarded their powers over energy matters.
The European Commission has spent decades chipping away at this bastion of national sovereignty, using previous supply disruptions to secure gradual gains in EU clout. The five-month-old Russian invasion of Ukraine is now the starkest test of whether member countries are willing to cede more of their energy powers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, member states did join in common action to help develop and buy vaccines in massive quantities in an unprecedented show of common resolve in the health sector.
''We have learned our lesson from the pandemic. We know that in such kind of a crisis, our worst enemy is fragmentation,'' said von der Leyen.
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Justin Trudeau's new haircut compared to Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber | Toronto Sun
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 12:35
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen as he speaks with children during an event, Friday, July 15, 2022 in Chelsea, Quebec. Photo by Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESSJustin Trudeau is channeling Jim Carrey's Dumb and Dumber hairdo as he heads into a hot boy summer.
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The 50-year-old Canadian Prime Minister was spotted out in Quebec sporting closely-cropped locks that sparked comparisons on social media to Lloyd Christmas' goofy look in the 1994 comedy.
''So a man walks into a barber shop and shows them photos of Forrest Gump, Dumb and Dumber and Pee-wee Herman. This is the result,'' one Twitter user wrote.
''Apparently, he went to his stylist and said, 'Give me the Lloyd Christmas,''' another jabbed, sharing side-by-side photos of the leader and the Canadian-born Carrey.
A third pointed to Trudeau's sagging approval ratings, writing, ''So now '... either you cut your hair yourself, or literally everyone hates you '-- even your hairdresser.''
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Many of the digs appeared on Trudeau's own Twitter feed in which he trumpeted Climate Action Incentive payments some residents in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have received.
Several creative followers Photoshopped Trudeau's face onto Carrey's body from the film, while one person noted the Liberal leader's penchant for morphing into different celebrities over the years, including ''Johnny Depp's evil twin and a '90s boy band reject.''
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Although he is semi-retired from acting and lives in the U.S. now, Carrey is a big supporter of Canada and in particular its health-care system.
During a 2018 stop on Real Time with Bill Maher, the funnyman sung the praises of our country's approach to treating the sick in a segment that was posted by former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
''I grew up in Canada, OK. We have socialized medicine. And I'm here to tell you that this bulls'-- line that you get on all of the political shows from people is that the system is a failure in Canada,'' Carrey said. ''It is not a failure and I never waited for anything in my life. I chose my own doctors, my mother never paid for a prescription, It was fantastic.
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''I keep hearing, 'Canadians are so nice' '... They can be nice because they have health care '... because they have a government that cares about them and doesn't say sink or f'--ing swim, pal, or you live in a box.''
Carrey, who had turned his attention to painting political cartoons, frequently jabbed former U.S. President Donald Trump, calling the Republican a ''used car salesman.''
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Joe Rogan joke about 'shooting homeless people' sparks outrage
Tue, 19 Jul 2022 13:13
Joe Rogan's offhand joke about "shooting homeless people" in Los Angeles sparked outrage online. YouTube / PowerfulJREJoe Rogan's offhand joke about ''shooting homeless people'' in Los Angeles sparked outrage on Twitter as the Spotify podcaster was accused of inciting violence against the unhoused.
A viral clip circulating on social media shows Rogan interviewing a guest, comedian Tom Segura, during his July 14 episode of ''The Joe Rogan Experience.''
As both men smoke cigars, they discuss the burgeoning homelessness problem in Los Angeles.
Segura mentions a recent federal court ruling that barred the city from taking possession of a homeless person's personal property.
The ruling was made in response to a lawsuit by advocates for the homeless who sued Los Angeles for a city ordinance that allowed it to immediately remove and dispose of an item stored in a public area if it did not fit into a 60-gallon container.
Segura told Rogan that the federal court ruling made it more difficult for the city to prevent homeless encampments from springing up.
''When you see stuff like that on the streets, at least in Los Angeles or California, that's protected property,'' Segura said.
Rogan interviewed comedian Tom Segura on his July 14 podcast ''The Joe Rogan Experience,'' which is streamed on Spotify. YouTube / PowerfulJRE''Like by law. That's that's person's property by law.''
Rogan responded: ''Oh, a homeless person's property is protected?''
''Absolutely. If you were to try to move that or take that'...'' Segura said, before Rogan interjected.
''You'd get arrested. Hilarious,'' Rogan said.
''But they wouldn't arrest you if you shot somebody. Maybe you should just go shoot the homeless people.''
''I like your ideas,'' Segura said.
''And if nobody claims it. I mean nobody does anything about violent crime in LA anymore,'' Rogan said.
Reaction on Twitter was scathing.
Rogan joked about ''shooting'' homeless people in Los Angeles. AFP via Getty Images''Nothing like a couple of rich f''ks setting around smoking cigars and criticizing people at their rock bottom,'' one Twitter user wrote.
Another Twitter user accused Rogan of ''advocating for the murder of people who have nothing and are at their lowest point.''
''Joe Rogan is outraged that'...the homeless are allowed to own things?'' another Twitter user wrote.
Rogan and Segura discussed a recent federal court ruling that barred the city of Los Angeles from disposing of personal items belonging to homeless people. Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag''He thinks he's entitled to steal from the homeless? The same people who base their whole political outlook on the sanctity of private property also think personal property is a crime for the poor.''
The Post has reached out to Spotify seeking comment.
Rogan has been a lightning rod of controversy since Spotify signed him to a massive, $200 million exclusive licensing deal two years ago.
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What is Newgenics? | Eugenics to Newgenics
Tue, 19 Jul 2022 12:43
Posted by eugenicsnewgenics on May 14, 2014 in Newgenics |
Newgenics describes a broad range of medical, political and social practices related to 'improving' human kind on the one hand, and erasing disability and difference on the other.
The repeal of the Sexual Sterilization Act in 1972 saw the official end of negative eugenics in Alberta. Further, the Canadian Supreme Court ruling on Eve's Law in 1986 made it illegal to involuntarily sterilize people anywhere in Canada. Passive eugenics in the form of large institutions are no longer common. However, efforts to control the sexuality and reproduction of disabled people, who are often seen as 'unfit' to parent, are now accomplished through less obvious, but far more invasive neo-eugenic and newgenic forms.
Eugenics is strongly associated with the late 19th through to the mid-20th century. However, neo-eugenics (often also called Liberal Eugenics) continues to carry the political torch for efforts to 'improve' the human race through biomedical means [ 1 ]. Neo-eugenics includes things like genetic prenatal testing and selective abortion [ 2 ], preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and posthumanist attempts to improve existing humans through biotechnologies [ 3 ]. These biomedical and biotechnological forms of neo-eugenics have often been critiqued as politically conservative and potentially harmful to disability acceptance and disability rights [ 4-6 ].
Newgenics moves beyond biological and medical interventions, to encompass systematic barriers to education, services, policy and supports for disabled people in terms of sexuality and reproduction. For example, a lack of information about sexuality, the 'preventative' use of long-term birth control [ 4, 7, 8 ], or the automatic removal of children from disabled parents who are believed to be incompetent simply because of their disabilities [ 9 ], are all forms of newgenics. A pernicious form of newgenics is reflected in the reality that when people with disabilities do become parents, they receive very little support and can face high risks of child removal through family courts, due to perceptions that they are unfit to parent [ 10, 11 ]. Finally, Canadian immigration law remains strongly opposed to permitting disabled people to enter the country [ 12 ]. These practices reflect that idea that the sexuality and reproductive capacity of intellectually disabled, mad, or physically disabled people is dangerous and therefore in need of management.
Newgenics can take overt and covert forms. Overt forms of newgenics are things like disability homecare policies that ignore disabled people's parenting roles, or group home rules that prevent disabled people from dating or having sexual partners. Covert forms of newgenics are less obvious, and include things like social stigmas, prevailing attitudes about disability and sexuality, and a lack of policy that recognizes or facilitates disabled people's sexuality and relationships.
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The Long Shadow of Eugenics in America - The New York Times
Tue, 19 Jul 2022 04:43
I keep a sepia-tone photograph of the Relf sisters folded up and tucked in my wallet. It's from a 1973 issue of Ebony magazine. The older of the two sisters, Minnie Lee, stares hard at the camera, her gaze direct and unsmiling but pleasant, almost quizzical. Her hair is freshly pressed, hot-curled and brushed into place, making her look older than 14. In a clean white dress with lacy zigzags, she seems ready for Sunday school. Her left arm is draped around her baby sister, Mary Alice, age 12, anchoring her in place. The younger Relf sister cracks a big, playful smile, her hair in braids '-- and not the usual three unruly braids from other pictures of the sisters during this time. Instead they are pinned down, neat and tidy for the Ebony shoot. The bottom of Mary Alice's schoolgirl dress is hiked up as she reaches up to rest her right arm, the one that's not fully formed, a disability she was born with, on her sister's shoulder.
That same picture lay on the passenger seat of my rental car in February 2020 as I turned into the Westport Apartments, a cluster of brick homes situated behind a strip mall near the Mobile Highway in south Montgomery, Ala. When I knocked on the door of the Relfs' home '-- a cramped single-story apartment that looks like all the others in the public-housing complex '-- Mary Alice yanked it open with a big smile, the same one in that picture from 49 years ago. She pulled me into the house and said something I didn't quite understand, though after spending time with her, I would come to better comprehend what on that day was a raspy collection of sounds, resulting from a speech impediment and an intellectual disability that make communication difficult for her.
On that afternoon, Minnie Lee sat resting her elbows on their dining-room table, which was covered with glass to keep it from getting scratched. ''I'm sorry, ma'am, I can't stand up for you,'' she said politely, pointing down to her right foot. It was in a bulky gray cast. While reaching for a can of string beans in her kitchen cabinet the week before, she lost her balance and fractured it in three places.
Mary Alice pulled a chair close to her sister, so they were nestled next to each other as in the Ebony photo and nearly every other photo of the Relf sisters. They are now 61 and 63; looking at them pressed together as though attached, I could still see the faces of the two young girls forever memorialized a half century ago beneath the headlines ''Suit Says Girls Were Sterilized'' in The New York Times; ''Sterilized, Why?'' in Time magazine; and, in Ebony, ''Sterilization: Newest Threat to the Poor.''
In the summer of 1973, Minnie Lee and Mary Alice were taken from their home in Montgomery, cut open and sterilized against their will and without the informed consent of their parents by a physician working in a federally funded clinic. The Relf case would change the course of history: A lawsuit filed on their behalf, Relf v. Weinberger, helped reveal that more than 100,000 mostly Black, Latina and Indigenous women were sterilized under U.S. government programs over decades. It also officially ended this practice and forced doctors to obtain informed consent before performing sterilization procedures '-- though as it would turn out, forced sterilizations by state governments would continue into the 21st century.
Image A previously unpublished photograph of Minnie Lee Relf (left) and Mary Alice Relf in 1973, from The Times's photography archives. Credit... Gary Settle/The New York Times From 1907 to 1932, 32 states passed explicit eugenics laws that allowed for the government to sterilize the ''insane,'' the ''feebleminded,'' the ''dependent'' and the ''diseased'' '-- all of whom were deemed incapable of making their own decisions about reproduction. Nearly all of these laws have been repealed (in Washington State, a version of the law still remains on the books). Indiana, Virginia and North Carolina have created historical markers to commemorate those who were sterilized through government-sanctioned programs. Eight states have issued official apologies.
''While eugenics practices and policies are no longer in existence, the impact and the legacy deeply remains today,'' Jill Krowinski, speaker of Vermont's House of Representatives, said on the Statehouse floor in Montpelier last October. Vermont state legislators apologized for using forced sterilizations and other practices to reduce populations deemed unfit to have children '-- including Indigenous and mixed-race people, people with disabilities and low-income families. ''For those that were directly impacted, for their descendants, and for all of the communities involved, we cannot undo the trauma that this moment has caused, but we can start by formally acknowledging this dark period in our state's history. Today, we publicly apologize for the Legislature's role in ever allowing this to occur.''
Some states have begun to go beyond apologies. Three so far, Virginia, North Carolina and California, have established programs to compensate victims of forced sterilization. But Alabama, where the Relf sisters were forcibly sterilized and which has been their home all their lives, is not one of those states, and the federal government has made no such moves. The Relf sisters subsist in obscurity on meager Social Security checks.
''I can show you what they did to me,'' Minnie Lee said. She lifted up her T-shirt and revealed a jagged horizontal scar that rips across her abdomen. ''That's where they cut me.'' As she lowered her shirt '-- which had the word ''courage'' printed three times on the front '-- she dropped her head. Mary Alice, sitting on a floral-patterned chair next to her, with a poster of the Last Supper displayed in an ornate plastic frame on a nearby wall, watched intently, her glasses pushed up on her face. Her half arm rested lightly on her thigh as she leaned in to listen to her sister. ''It might have happened a long time ago, but it still brings back memories,'' Minnie Lee said, looking at Mary Alice. ''We're still thinking about it.''
The history of legalized forced sterilization by the government begins in 1907, when Indiana became the first state to pass a eugenics law providing for the involuntary sterilization of ''confirmed criminals, idiots, imbeciles and rapists.'' Those affected early on were mainly men viewed as criminalistic, including those whose ''defect'' was supposedly excessive masturbation or homosexuality.
''That first law focused on vasectomizing poor white men who were identified as being sexually deviant,'' says Dr. Alexandra Minna Stern, a professor of American history and culture at the University of Michigan and co-director of the Sterilization and Social Justice Lab. Her research team studies the history of eugenic sterilization in the United States and has collected the records of more than 60,000 survivors in California, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina and Utah. ''We're talking about sterilizing populations that are being seen as hypersexualized or as sexually inappropriate, as promiscuous, as not having middle-class sexual respectability.''
By the 1930s, women became a majority of the victims, sterilized in mental hospitals and prisons and under court orders. This shifting gender pattern resulted from a rising concern about the fitness to parent, with a focus on mothering, as well as the development of a safer, standardized tubal-ligation procedure for sterilizing women. The movement was codified in 1927, when the Supreme Court upheld the right of the state of Virginia to sterilize Carrie Buck, a 20-year-old white woman. Born in 1906 to a mother living in poverty in Virginia, Buck was sent to a working-class foster home, where at age 16 she was raped by an extended-family member. Her foster parents took custody of Buck's daughter and successfully petitioned a local court to confine Buck at the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded '-- though she was neither epileptic nor intellectually disabled. There she was sterilized without her consent. Writing for the majority in the landmark Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. stated, ''It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.'' He added, ''Three generations of imbeciles are enough.''
More than 60,000 men, women and children would be sterilized under these state laws, which would also inform Nazi Germany: The Third Reich sterilized approximately 400,000 children and adults, mostly Jews and other ''undesirables,'' using a 1933 law modeled after legislation in the United States. Germany's Law for the Prevention of Offspring and Hereditary Diseases focused on people with a high probability of having a child with a serious ''defect,'' including blindness, deafness and manic depression. The last eugenics legislation in the United States was passed in Georgia in 1937, and eventually the laws would be rolled back in a series of repeals. But that didn't stop local governments from sterilizing many more people, mostly women of color. The voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was given a hysterectomy without her consent in 1961 when undergoing removal of a uterine tumor by a white physician. The practice of being sterilized, including during unrelated surgery, grew so common among poor Black women in the South that it came to be known as a ''Mississippi appendectomy.''
''You start seeing people sterilized in the '40s, '50s, '60s and beyond as a population-control measure, as a means of decreasing the dependent population, which was the same idea the eugenicists had, but now without the laws,'' says Paul A. Lombardo, a professor at the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, author of ''Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell'' and editor of ''A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era.''
''It generally came down to sex and money, which means, 'Who's having babies that I don't want my tax dollars to go to?''' Lombardo says. ''So then you start identifying people like the Relfs.'' He continues, ''Those young girls represented the perfect storm of race, poverty and alleged disability.''
Jessie Bly, a 30-year-old Black social worker, was working in Montgomery when she received a call from a local city councilman in 1972. Her employer, the City of St. Jude Catholic Church, was founded by a progressive Catholic priest in the 1930s to serve as a ''center for the religious, charitable, educational and industrial advancement of the Negro people.'' Bly was born and raised in Montgomery; her mother was a housekeeper and her father a gravedigger. They understood early that their seventh child was bright and engaged, and they sent her to private school. She was the only one of eight siblings to finish college. Her work at City of St. Jude included checking on the condition of the elderly and the poor to make sure they had necessities and basic services.
Now the councilman was asking her to take a ride with him to a poor Black community in Montgomery called Flatwood to go see a family. When she asked, ''What kind of family?'' she recalled that he replied, ''Trust me, in the day that we're living, I never thought that we would see anything like this in the United States of America.''
In Flatwood, Bly was shocked by what she witnessed. ''I was waiting to see a house,'' she said, ''but I never saw one.'' The Relfs, a husband, wife and six children, were living as squatters in a field, sheltered in a shanty built from cardboard boxes. ''They had no running water, no electricity,'' Bly, now 80, said, closing her eyes and shaking her head. ''I was really taken aback, because I just couldn't believe that anybody would be living in those conditions. But they were.''
Bly, a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and ordained minister who still lives in Montgomery, said what crushed her heart most were the girls, teenage Katie and her two younger adolescent sisters, Minnie Lee and Mary Alice. Bly couldn't shake the image of the youngest girl, who was physically and intellectually disabled. ''She was born with an automatic amputation, with the umbilical cord wrapped around her right arm,'' Bly said. ''She had no hand, and the arm was just a little stub.''
Image Jessie Bly in Montgomery, Ala. Credit... Hannah Price for The New York Times Like many Black families at the tail end of the Great Migration in the 1950s and 1960s, the children's parents, Lonnie and Minnie Relf, both illiterate, were forced out of rural Macon County, Ala., where mechanization had caused jobs in the fields to dry up. Some former field workers went North, but others crowded into Southern cities like Montgomery, the state capital. Census data shows that in 1960, for the first time, Alabama's urban population exceeded the rural population, in a state that was nearly one-third Black. This influx of rural Black residents, most unskilled and lacking education, increased poverty in the Black communities in a number of Southern cities. But even if Lonnie Relf had been able to find a job in Montgomery, he was disabled in an accident and was unable to work.
Bly arranged with the director of the Montgomery Housing Authority for the Relfs to live in a three-bedroom apartment in Smiley Court, a public-housing project on the west side of the city. Once the family moved into their new home, Bly took them to the Salvation Army and Goodwill to buy used furniture and put out a call for donations of linens, cooking utensils and other household items to the people in her church and network. She taught Minnie, who was used to preparing meals on a rudimentary oil burner in old burned pots, the basics of keeping house and how to use a stove. ''They didn't know how people really lived,'' Bly says. ''Life had passed them by.''
The girls had no idea about hygiene, so Bly showed them how to wash and care for their bodies and got the two older daughters enrolled in public school. She took Mary Alice to a pediatrician who specialized in developmental disabilities for evaluation. He declared her ''mentally incompetent,'' not teachable but trainable, and recommended the McInnis School for Retarded Children. Bly worries, years later, that visiting the government-funded diagnostic facility put the Relf girls on the radar of the family-planning clinic that would eventually arrange the sterilizations. More likely, they were flagged by the government services they were receiving: food stamps, a $156 monthly check from the Alabama Department of Pensions and Security, medical benefits and a subsidized apartment in public housing.
These services were administered through the Office of Economic Opportunity, the federal agency established in 1964 as part of the U.S. government's proclaimed war on poverty. That year, President Lyndon Johnson initiated his ambitious multibillion-dollar Great Society agenda, which would lead to Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, the distribution of food stamps and other programs in an effort to end poverty and hunger, reduce crime, abolish inequality and racial barriers and improve the environment. Also under the auspices of the O.E.O., in 1967 the U.S. government created its family-planning program, which was intended to help poor people prevent unwanted births through contraception and other reproductive-health services.
After Richard Nixon was elected president in 1968, his Republican administration set out to dismantle Great Society programs, while also increasing funding for family-planning services in an effort to target the so-called population bomb. This term, popularized by the Stanford University professor Paul Ehrlich '-- and the title of his 1968 best-selling book '-- referred to an exaggerated population explosion that he incorrectly predicted would lead to global famine in the 1970s and 1980s. Nixon championed the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act of 1970, also known as the Birth Curb Bill, a $382 million federal program to control population growth, which had ballooned into a national obsession.
Efforts like this took particular aim at poor women, arguing that poverty bred more poverty, so keeping the poor from having babies '-- particularly ''illegitimate'' children born out of wedlock '-- offered a solution. Though the initial O.E.O. regulations of 1967 stated that ''no project funds shall be expended for any surgical procedures intended to result in sterilization or to cause abortions,'' the prohibition on funding voluntary sterilization ended in 1971. ''The '70s and '80s were this kind of interesting moment where at the same time state sterilization laws were being repealed, America was creating the conditions for the sterilization of the Relf sisters,'' says Dr. Stern of the University of Michigan Sterilization and Social Justice Lab. ''The federal government funneled money into county family-planning programs, especially in the South,'' she continues. ''These facilities were twisted by racial and eugenic logics and pre-existing, longstanding racism and disempowerment of Black mothers and Black girls. Yet there were no checks on anything.''
According to the Relf v. Weinberger lawsuit, not long after the family moved into public housing, the Relf sisters were directed to the family-planning clinic of the Montgomery Community Action Committee, which was funded and controlled by the federal O.E.O. The process began with Katie, the oldest of the three girls, who was about 16 when she was first injected with the contraceptive Depo-Provera. At that time, the drug was still in the investigational phase and not yet approved by the F.D.A. for administration to adult women, let alone minor teenagers. Between 1967 and 1978, during a clinical trial of Depo-Provera, the Grady Memorial Hospital Family Planning Clinic in Atlanta administered the drug to 11,400 mostly poor Black women despite serious side effects, including heavy or interrupted menstrual bleeding and near suicidal depression.
The staff at the family-planning clinic in Montgomery never obtained permission to perform the injections or adequately explained the shots to Katie or her mother. Sometime later, Minnie Lee and Mary Alice were also injected with Depo-Provera. Bly remembers that a member of the staff would later explain the decision by saying that she was worried that ''boys are hanging around the house, and we don't want no more of their kind,'' though there was no evidence that any of the girls were sexually active. The Relf sisters were judged to be intellectually inferior, though only Mary Alice would be diagnosed with an actual disability. The other two girls lacked formal education and were struggling to catch up to their peers. In March 1973, Katie, then 17, was again taken to the family-planning clinic, this time for insertion of an IUD, after the Food and Drug Administration denied approval of Depo-Provera because of its link to cancer in animals. Though Katie was under the age of consent, her parents would later insist that they were not consulted about the IUD.
Image From left: Minnie Lee, Mary Alice, one of the girls' cousins, Katie and Minnie (the girls' mother) in 1973, in a previously unpublished photograph from The Times's archives. Credit... Gary Settle/The New York Times On June 13, 1973, at least one nurse employed by the family-planning clinic came to the Relfs' apartment and informed Minnie that her daughters would need to see a doctor for what she understood to be more shots. Minnie's two younger girls, then 14 and 12, were driven first to a doctor's office and then to the Professional Center Hospital in downtown Montgomery. Later, when she met them at the hospital, health care providers told Minnie she needed to sign a paper. It is unclear what Minnie Relf understood, but she trusted her daughters in the hands of the staff at this clinic, sponsored by the same government that had given her family a home, food, money and an education for her children. Still, it is very clear from her later Senate testimony that she had no idea that signing the piece of paper would mean that her daughters would never be able to bear children. Because she could not read or write, Minnie signed what turned out to be a surgical consent form with an X and was then escorted out to be driven home while the younger girls remained alone in the ward.
Before Minnie got back home, one of the same family-planning nurses returned to the Relfs' apartment to pick up Katie and take her to the hospital. Katie refused to go, locking herself in her room. The following day, when Jessie Bly stopped by, a frantic Katie told her what had happened. ''Where are your sisters?'' Bly asked. ''I can show you, Miss Bly,'' Katie told her, and they got in Bly's car and drove to the Professional Center Hospital.
Nearly half a century later, Bly has no trouble recalling the younger Relf girls in the hospital, huddled together, looking small and scared in cotton surgical gowns. The second they saw the social worker, they both began to cry. Clinging to Minnie Lee, Mary Alice sobbed and repeated over and over: ''I just hurt so bad. I just hurt so bad, Miss Bly, help me. Help me, Miss Bly.''
Bly was shaken. She recalls being unable to sleep, haunted by the image of the young girls crying and calling her name as they stood in the hospital ward. She also feared she was somehow at fault, though she had not been informed about the contraceptive shots or the sterilizations. ''I knew I wouldn't be able to rest, knowing that this kind of an injustice had been perpetrated upon these young ladies and nobody was speaking for them,'' she says. ''It happened because of where I am, so I felt like God wanted me to be the mouthpiece for them. I was going to do what I had to do.''
Jessie Bly found her way to a law office in a small, old house on Washington Avenue in Montgomery, where the Southern Poverty Law Center was founded two years earlier by two young civil rights lawyers, Morris Dees and Joe Levin, with the civil rights leader Julian Bond as its first president. Bly shared the Relfs' story with Levin and Dees, who decided to take the case.
In early summer 1973, they filed a case in Federal District Court in Montgomery, and then weeks later refiled the case as Relf v. Weinberger in D.C. District Court, claiming that government officials ''have failed to promulgate constitutionally acceptable guidelines by which federally funded and directed agencies can determine who should or should not be sterilized. Further, there are no constitutionally acceptable guidelines to determine what persons are capable of giving knowledgeable, informed consent to the administration upon them of any birth control measures.'' Caspar Weinberger, the director of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, now the Department of Health and Human Services, from 1973 to 1975, who would later become Ronald Reagan's defense secretary, was named as a respondent in the suit. The case also named two former Nixon White House aides, John W. Dean III and John D. Ehrlichman.
Just before the official filing, Levin called Bond to brief him on the Relf case. Bond immediately saw it as ''a horrendous attack on privacy, innocence and the right of motherhood,'' he would tell The New York Times in an article published on July 2, 1973. He encouraged Levin and Dees to contact the news media, and soon articles in The Times and Time magazine and a report on NBC News revealed the plight of the Relfs and the issue of forced sterilization to a national audience. ''The suit all of a sudden attracted a great deal of attention,'' Levin, now 79, remembers. ''And it's not that we hadn't had attention, but this was actually at a scale that we hadn't seen before.''
Image Joe Levin in Montgomery. Credit... Hannah Price for The New York Times After Bly was interviewed by reporters from The Washington Post and Jet magazine, she says, the media attention became too intense for her. ''I couldn't go home; I couldn't go to work,'' she says. ''Newspaper, magazine people were following me around to get information, and I had to take my kids, and we had to go stay at my mom's for a while.''
As publicity about the case increased, Orelia Dixon, the director of the family-planning clinic in Montgomery, defended the actions of her facility. In the July 2 Times article, Dixon insisted that her nurses clearly explained to Minnie Relf that the injections for her daughters were no longer authorized and suggested sterilization as an alternative. Dixon also claimed that she and her staff believed sterilization was a proper alternative because the girls were not ''disciplined'' enough to take daily birth-control pills. ''There's no doubt in my mind that they all knew what that meant,'' Dixon told The Times, adding, ''We explain everything, and we don't use words that people can't understand.''
Levin and Dees, the Relfs' lawyers, would tell the court that the girls had been targeted for sterilization because they were Black. (Dixon was white, as was the physician who performed the operation, though clinic employees emphasized in interviews for news articles that the nurses who took the girls from their home were Black.) The lawyers also tried to demonstrate that the sisters did not comprehend that they had been sterilized, and still dreamed of bearing children someday. A Times article on July 8, 1973, included an exchange between Morris Dees and young Minnie Lee:
Q. Are you ever going to get married?A. Yes.Q. Are you going to have any children?A. Yes.Q. How many?A. One.Q. A boy or a girl?A. A little girl.
The news stories caught the eye of Senator Edward Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, then chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, and he asked Levin and the Relfs to appear at a congressional hearing and tell their story. Levin accompanied Lonnie, Minnie, Katie, Minnie Lee and Mary Alice to Washington '-- the Relfs' first and only time on an airplane '-- to testify. Levin and the Relf parents agreed that it would be too difficult for the girls to speak in an open hearing, so on the morning of July 10, 1973, Katie, Minnie Lee and Mary Alice met with Kennedy behind closed doors.
Levin recalls that the senator showed them pictures of his children, spoke to them gently and listened closely, moved by what he heard. During the Senate subcommittee hearing on sterilization abuse, Kennedy challenged Henry Simmons, H.E.W.'s deputy assistant secretary for health and scientific affairs, and other administrators about why the federal government was involved in coercive, nonconsensual sterilizations of Black and poor women. Then it was Lonnie and Minnie's turn. Speaking in the gentle tone he used earlier when meeting with the younger Relfs, Kennedy thanked the parents for appearing and asked them to describe in their own words what happened to their daughters. They told their story haltingly, Minnie explaining how she signed an X on the form given to her by the public-health-service workers. ''I did not want it done,'' Lonnie insisted. ''I am still upset about it.''
Image Lonnie and Minnie Relf at the Senate hearing in 1973. Credit... George Tames/The New York Times ''What was your feeling then that they had operated on your children?'' Kennedy asked Minnie.
''I felt very bad about it,'' she said. ''I got mad.''
''Would you have permitted it if you had known about it?'' Kennedy asked.
''No,'' she said. ''I would not have let them do that. They said that they was going to give them shots.''
Kennedy again thanked the Relf family for their testimony, complimenting their three daughters and acknowledging their courage. ''We have seen too many incidents, mothers and fathers that have been saddened by the kinds of things that have happened to their children,'' Kennedy said. ''We are going to do our very best to make sure that it does not happen again.''
Levin says that the Senate testimony and Kennedy's support for the case and the issue had an enormous effect. Though the Relfs' case would take years to resolve, it helped uncover a pattern of sterilization abuse, financed by the U.S. government and practiced for decades. At the family-planning clinic that executed the sterilizations of the Relf children, 11 adolescent girls had been sterilized, 10 of them Black. But the practice turned out to be much more widespread.
In July 1973, the same month Levin and Dees filed the Relfs' case in D.C. District Court, a Black woman from North Carolina, Nial Ruth Cox, also filed a suit against a number of people, including the doctor who had surgically sterilized her after telling her, she claimed, that the results would ''wear off.'' At the time of the sterilization in 1965, Cox was 18, unmarried and the mother of a baby girl. Cox lived with her mother, who was a recipient of government benefits. A county caseworker threatened to strike the family from the welfare rolls unless the mother agreed to have her daughter's tubes temporarily tied. Five years later, Cox would learn that the sterilization was permanent. Though Cox '-- who was represented by several lawyers, including the future Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg '-- lost in court, her suit revealed that her sterilization was part of a eugenics program, created under state law, that began decades earlier.
In North Carolina, doctors performed some 7,600 sterilizations between 1929 and 1974, justified as a way to keep welfare rolls low, reduce poverty and improve the gene pool by preventing the ''mentally deficient'' from reproducing; the victims were disproportionately Black women and Native American women. In California, more than 17,000 were sterilized between 1920 and 1945 under a state eugenics law used to prevent reproduction of those deemed ''unfit''; a disproportionate number were women of Mexican descent. In 1976, a study by the U.S. General Accounting Office found that between 1973 and 1976, four of the 12 Indian Health Service regions sterilized 3,406 Native American women without their permission, including three dozen who were under 21. Also in 1976, H.E.W. reported that over 37 percent of Puerto Rican women of childbearing age, most in their 20s, were sterilized between the 1930s and the 1970s. The U.S. government had taken an active role in population control beginning in 1898, when it assumed governance of Puerto Rico, on the supposed grounds that overpopulation would increase poverty and other social and economic conditions.
Eventually, because of the Relfs' case and others, the congressional investigations and journalists reporting on them found that thousands of poor, mostly Black women were sterilized each year in the United States under federally funded programs. Many others were coerced into sterilization when health care providers threatened to cut off their benefits unless they agreed to give up their fertility. The Relfs' suit ended these practices, and H.E.W. was forced to withdraw regulations under which the government funded forced sterilizations. The federal government also instituted a requirement that health care providers obtain informed consent before performing sterilization procedures '-- more than the X Minnie Relf had signed.
The Relf case happened almost 50 years ago, in another century, and many people would prefer to see it as a dark moment in history that could never happen now. But coerced contraception, including sterilization, has continued into the 21st century. In 2013, the Center for Investigative Reporting found that physicians under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals for the tubal ligations the women received. According to the reporting, prison staff coerced or pressured women they believed likely to return to prison. State documents and interviews pointed to some 100 more procedures dating back to the late 1990s: ''From 1997 to 2010, the state paid doctors $147,460 to perform the procedure, according to a database of contracted medical services for state prisoners,'' C.I.R. reported.
In 2017, Judge Sam Benningfield of White County, Tenn., was reprimanded for promising 30-day sentence reductions to incarcerated men and women who agreed to receive vasectomies or birth-control implants. Benningfield claimed he was trying to encourage personal responsibility and prevent incarcerated people from being burdened with children when they were released. The A.C.L.U. chapter in Tennessee said in a statement at the time that ''offering a so-called 'choice' between jail time and coerced contraception or sterilization is unconstitutional.'' In the fall of 2020, a nurse at a for-profit Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Georgia reported that unnecessary gynecological procedures '-- including hysterectomies '-- had been performed on undocumented migrant women. The women said that they had undergone the operations without fully understanding or consenting to them. The Times reported that Dr. Ada Rivera, medical director of the ICE Health Service Corps, said that the whistle-blower's claims ''raise some very serious concerns that deserve to be investigated quickly and thoroughly.''
These cases demonstrate the persistent vulnerability of incarcerated and detained women in the criminal-justice and immigration systems. But even after the Relf case led to changes in laws, regulations and guidelines regarding forced or coerced sterilization, the question of compensation for the victims has remained. The federal lawsuit was not the only one filed on behalf of the Relfs themselves: Levin and Dees recruited Melvin Belli, nicknamed the King of Torts '-- and Melvin Bellicose by insurance companies '-- to file a damages suit to compensate the family. Loud and outrageous, Belli was best known for his celebrity clients: Errol Flynn, Mae West, Lana Turner, Lenny Bruce, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Muhammad Ali and the Rolling Stones. In February 1974, Belli's firm filed a $5 million damages suit on behalf of the Relfs against the former White House aides Dean and Ehrlichman and other federal officials for blocking the distribution in 1972 of federal guidelines that would have prevented the Relf sterilizations. After that suit was dismissed, Belli followed with another suit for $15 million that July.
After two and a half more years of motions, reversals, reconsiderations and transfers, the Relfs' last suit was dismissed in September 1977; Levin says it was because an appropriate defendant could not be identified under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The family was left still penniless. ''I felt sorry for them,'' Levin says now. ''The issue was brought to light but had no beneficial consequences for the kids and the Relf family. It felt very bad.''
In 2013, North Carolina '-- where Nial Ruth Cox's 1973 lawsuit revealed the state's eugenics program '-- agreed to compensate victims of forced or coerced sterilization. Three years earlier, the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation was started to identify survivors of the state's program. The organization estimated that between 1,500 and 2,000 survivors might be alive and recommended paying $50,000 to each. In 2013, the State Legislature set aside $10 million. According to Lombardo, the Georgia State University College of Law professor, nearly 800 North Carolinians filed claims, with 220 qualifying for financial restitution. (To be eligible, the operations had to have occurred under the state's Eugenics Board, but some of the sterilizations occurred outside the auspices of the state, for example at county-run facilities.)
In 2015, the Virginia General Assembly set aside $400,000 for compensation, later adding more, and 30 survivors received $25,000 each. In 2003, California issued a formal apology to the victims of its eugenics program; last year, the state budgeted $4.5 million as compensation for its survivors. From 1909 through 1979, under state eugenics laws, thousands of people who lived in California state-run hospitals, homes and institutions were sterilized. Even after those laws were repealed in 1979, forced or coerced sterilizations continued to be performed on people in custody at state prisons or other correctional facilities. More than 20,000 people were sterilized in California, more than in any other state, and about 600 survivors are still alive today and eligible for compensation. Each will receive an equal share of the funds in two installments.
''Even as everyone recognizes that receiving a check, even for $25,000, is never going to undo the reproductive violence that was done to these people, at least it's something,'' Stern says. ''The state is making amends in some way, and it's an important material and symbolic gesture. I really hope that everyone who can receive compensation is able to find their pathway to the victim's compensation board and request it.''
The concept of reparations has long been contentious, debated in Congress and elsewhere as a question of what is owed to U.S. citizens who are descendants of those who were enslaved centuries ago. But the steps to compensate the living victims of forced sterilization can also be understood as reparations, and with three states having done so, new pressure has been placed on the remaining 29 states and the federal government itself.
In North Carolina, the first state to compensate survivors, the process began in late 2002, when The Winston-Salem Journal ran ''Against Their Will,'' a five-part series on North Carolina's eugenics program. Immediately afterward, Gov. Mike Easley issued a public apology. In April 2003, the North Carolina Senate voted to overturn the sterilization law that had been on the books since 1919. In 2009, the state placed a historical marker in Raleigh to commemorate the 7,600 victims sterilized under the state's eugenics laws between 1929 and 1974, and the media covered survivors' sharing memories of the trauma the surgery caused. In 2010, the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation was started to find survivors; the following year, Gov. Bev Perdue appointed a task force to study a potential compensation package and its cost. Finally, in 2013, North Carolina's Republican-controlled Legislature voted to spend $10 million to compensate the survivors of the state's eugenics program.
''There's a huge movement all across the country to look at historical wrongs, including forced sterilization, and to consider what needs to be done now in order to redress them,'' explains Margaret Burnham, founder and co-director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law. ''I think this is really the question of the 21st century.''
Minnie Lee Relf never finished high school, dropping out in 11th grade. Keeping up with classwork was difficult for her, given the absence of formal learning in her early childhood and the limitations of her parents. ''I was a slow reader in school,'' she says now. ''I can read, but I'm just slow. I was just slow.'' She also recalls her classmates mocking her after learning of the case through media coverage. ''People was just picking at me at school, always saying: 'You can't have no children. You can't do this and you can't ... ,''' she says, her voice trailing off. ''It hurt me. I felt so sad.''
Mary Alice was placed in McInnis, the special-needs school that Jessie Bly sought out for her. But she didn't graduate, either. Their mother died in 1980, just as they reached adulthood, and their father in 2009. Katie, their older sister, lives in an apartment in the same complex. They are still bound tightly together, walking to the store for groceries, attending church, sitting side by side watching TV. ''Some days I feel sad, but other times just tired,'' says Minnie Lee, who explains that she and her sister struggle with hypertension and asthma, and that Mary Alice also suffers from seizures. ''Not long ago, I was crying and felt like doing something to myself, like I wanted to go with my mom and dad,'' Minnie Lee adds, looking over at her sister, who doesn't seem to understand.
Image Mary Alice (left) and Minnie Lee at home in May. Credit... Hannah Price for The New York Times Minnie Lee says she recalls the lawsuit; Levin, Dees and of course Miss Jessie Bly; the airplane trip to Washington and Senator Kennedy. But when I describe the impact of their case, how their story stopped the government from harming more girls and women like them, Minnie Lee looks confused. It is too much to comprehend. Mary Alice holds on to my arm and smiles.
I met Katie in April. Now 66, she never finished high school. She and her husband, Michael, had one child, Jerome, who died shortly after he was born. Katie says she can barely remember anything about what happened to her and her sisters 50 years ago; she doesn't understand why her family didn't receive any compensation for what was done to them. ''But I think about it every day, really,'' she said.
As I described the way her family's case made history, she moved closer to listen. I then explained that apologies have been made to survivors in other places. An apology, she said, ''would mean the world to us, and I would forgive them.'' She looked away and began to weep.
''Sterilization involves two forms of harm, the physical harm to one's reproductive autonomy and the moral stigma associated with sterilization, including the suggestion that you are unworthy to reproduce, in the Relfs' case because they are Black women,'' Burnham says. ''These women bear a mark of being deemed less than a full person. That moral harm has to be addressed by an apology, and it must come from the state. But they are also owed material redress, some sort of financial repair. That's what is clearly acknowledged in the Virginia, North Carolina and California initiatives: that practices of truth telling, repair and reparation must come into play when formal law fails.''
Minnie Lee may not understand what the nation gained because of her case. But it is hauntingly, painfully clear that she understands what she and Mary Alice lost. When I visited, I saw that each woman slept with a brown baby doll, Mary Alice's nestled in a tangle of sheets, Minnie Lee's laid across her pillow. ''I know I can't have kids, and it gets to me sometimes,'' Minnie Lee says. ''Every time I see somebody like my cousin or my niece Debbie with their child, I think about it. Seeing these little pretty babies, I wish that was me.''
Linda Villarosa is a contributing writer for the magazine, focusing on race and health. She is an associate professor at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and also teaches at the City College of New York in Harlem. Hannah Price is a photographic artist and filmmaker based in Philadelphia, with a focus on documenting relationships, race politics and misperception.This article is adapted from ''Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation,'' published this month by Doubleday.
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When Stephanie caught COVID-19 just before Thanksgiving of last year, her daughter Laurie suggested that she get help.
"She was really not feeling well, and I was like, 'Just go to the doctor,'" Laurie recalls.
But Stephanie, who was 75 at the time, didn't go. A few years before, she had been sucked into a world of online conspiracy theories '-- far-fetched ideas like one claiming John F. Kennedy Jr. is still alive. With the pandemic, it got worse. She became deeply distrustful of the medical system.
Laurie remembers what her mother used to tell her about the COVID vaccines: "Everybody who got vaccinated is going to die." (NPR is only using family members' first names to protect them from online harassment.)
COVID cases and hospitalizations are once again on the rise, thanks to a new omicron subvariant. Vaccines and certain proven treatments can help prevent the worst outcomes. But for Americans like Stephanie who don't trust the medical establishment, there's a network of fringe medical doctors, natural healers and internet personalities ready to push unproven cures for COVID. And a shady black market where you can buy them. Stephanie was plugged into that alternative medical network, and doctors say it ultimately cost her life.
Ivermectin has developed an enormous following over the course of the pandemic '' in part because of a small cadre of fringe doctors who promote it as an alternative to COVID vaccines, despite early studies which didn't support it as a treatment. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption
toggle caption Meredith Rizzo/NPR Ivermectin has developed an enormous following over the course of the pandemic '' in part because of a small cadre of fringe doctors who promote it as an alternative to COVID vaccines, despite early studies which didn't support it as a treatment.
Meredith Rizzo/NPR Ivermectin hasn't panned out The array of alternative COVID treatments is vast. Some offer kosher multivitamins, others suggest more radical interventions, such as drinking your own urine.
But one drug in particular has become the center of many alternative therapies: ivermectin. Originally used to treat parasitic worms, ivermectin has developed an enormous following over the course of the pandemic '-- especially in politically conservative circles. That's, in part, because of a small cadre of licensed doctors who promote it as an alternative to vaccination against COVID. Among the most prominent is Dr. Pierre Kory, whose group, the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, has become a major force promoting ivermectin.
"Ivermectin is effectively a 'miracle drug' against COVID-19," Kory told a Senate committee in December of 2020.
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toggle caption Meredith Rizzo/NPR When Laurie's mother, Stephanie, fell sick with COVID-19 last fall, she refused to get tested. Instead, Stephanie got swept up in a world of conspiracy theories online that touted alternatives to proven treatments. "I don't believe she was supposed to die," Laurie says. "I blame the misinformation."
Meredith Rizzo/NPR "The non-fraudulent non-messed up clinical trials are all pretty uniformly negative," says David Gorski, a cancer surgeon and researcher at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan.
For years before COVID, Gorski tracked doctors who offered alternative cures for cancers. And he sees plenty of parallels between those physicians and doctors like Pierre Kory.
"A lot of these doctors fit the mold of what I used to call back in the day 'the brave maverick doctor,'" he says.
Gorski says that they play up their persecution by the system, offer scant evidence for their treatments, and deride effective therapies while promoting their own cures. In Kory's case, he offers personal consultations to sick COVID patients '-- for $400.
"COVID is no different than quackery going back centuries," Gorski says.
Kory did not answer NPR's emailed questions in time for our deadline, but he's been everywhere on right-wing media promoting ivermectin '-- and his bravery for prescribing it: "People who've used ivermectin, their license have been threatened," he said on a recent conservative podcast. "I have eight complaints to my medical board; I don't know what's going to happen to my license."
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Timothy Mackey is a professor at the University of California, San Diego who studies online pharmacies. He says ivermectin promoters have spent months hyping the drug.
"They're creating demand and this demand is being circulated in all these different online groups," he says.
Mackey says there's a whole range of entities trying to make a buck off the underground demand for ivermectin. It's difficult to track how many people are seeking it out on the black market, but Mackey believes many Americans are affected.
"There's probably thousands of people, tens of thousands of people that have looked for drugs, tried to buy something...maybe been defrauded and at worst maybe even harmed from these products," he says.
After she fell ill with COVID, Stephanie went looking for ivermectin. A friend gave her the name of a woman in Jacksonville, Fla., who was willing to sell it to her along with some other unproven COVID drugs. Stephanie's order totaled $390.
"She was just waiting for the pills and really did not want to do anything else," Laurie remembers.
Her mom was getting sicker and sicker and refusing to go to the hospital. Laurie was worried that she had invested so much in the mail-order pills.
"I was like, 'Who'd you buy it from?' because I had read a lot of stuff about people getting it illegally, and she was like, 'I got it from a doctor,' and I said, 'Are you sure it's a doctor?' and she was like, 'Yeah it's definitely a doctor.'"
Except it wasn't a doctor. The woman's name was Elizabeth Starr Miller. According to her LinkedIn profile, she's a "quantum healer" who also works as a loan officer. In text messages shared with NPR by Stephanie's family, Miller repeatedly told Stephanie to be wary of the hospital.
Meanwhile, the drugs weren't arriving. After a few days, Stephanie worried she might be getting conned.
Stephanie became so ill she had to be rushed to the local hospital. That same day the drugs arrived, stuffed inside a plain brown envelope with Miller's home address on the return label.
Not licensed for use in the U.S. and possibly counterfeitWhen her daughter, Laurie, looked at them, she found ivermectin pills that aren't licensed for use in the U.S. They appeared to be made by Indian pharmaceutical companies. Except, when NPR shared the photos of the packets with Mackey, the pharmaceutical researcher, he wasn't even sure that the Indian company had made them.
"It looks highly suspect the way this pill pack is set up to begin with," Mackey says. Mackey points to one stamp on the pack that reads "WHO GMP Certified." It's a real certification in one Indian state, but he's also seen it before, on fake pills from overseas.
"Once you see this mark here, you're pretty much going to throw out this sample," he says.
The pack of pills that Stephanie received in the mail included blister packs that were labeled as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption
toggle caption Meredith Rizzo/NPR The pack of pills that Stephanie received in the mail included blister packs that were labeled as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
Meredith Rizzo/NPR When reached by phone, Elizabeth Starr Miller, the woman who sold Stephanie the suspicious drugs, initially told NPR she had nothing to do with the drugs.
"I don't prescribe the medicine, someone else does," she said. When pressed about text messages she sent Stephanie that, among other things, included a tracking number for the ivermectin, Miller says she and Stephanie had consulted a licensed doctor. An NPR review of the entire text thread between Stephanie and Miller did not show any evidence of such a meeting, and her family says they are unaware of any appointment taking place. Miller says the doctor has since died of cancer and she has no notes from the consultation.
Miller says she was one of well over a hundred doctors, homeopathic healers and online pharmacists offering ivermectin. She says she believed the drugs would help and that she can't be blamed for Stephanie's death.
"This was a grown woman who had made her choice," she says. "I was just trying to help her, I wasn't trying to hurt her. I would never hurt anybody."
Stephanie's faith in the drugs cost her valuable time. Doctors who treated her at the hospital told NPR they believe she wasted critical days waiting for them. Stephanie grew weaker and eventually succumbed to COVID just a few days after Christmas.
Stephanie's best chance would have been to be vaccinated before she got sick, says Jai Ballani, a physician with Northwell Health who treated Stephanie at the hospital last year. But even without vaccination, had she quickly sought scientifically tested therapies, she would have fared better. "There might have been a chance that this story might have had a different outcome," Ballani says.
Laurie and the rest of Stephanie's family have begun to heal in the months following her death. But Laurie remains angry that both misinformers and profiteers continue to operate, promoting their treatments to the public. "It's so abusive," she says. "It's so bad."
This story was edited by Brett Neely, Meredith Rizzo and Carmel Wroth of NPR. Design and development by Connie Hanzhang Jin of NPR.
VIDEO - Texas Bussing Migrants: NYC Mayor Says City Being Overwhelmed '' NBC New York
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 16:27
New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday demanded the federal government help pay for what he said was a wave of asylum seekers pouring into the city, claiming its safety net was being strained by busloads of people coming from border states and elsewhere.
Adams' comments echo those of Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who took to national TV Sunday morning to say her city's homeless shelters were filling up because of buses being sent en masse to the city from Texas and Arizona.
But as opposed to D.C., the problem in New York City is exacerbated by its "right to shelter" mandate, which means any homeless asylum seeker who comes to town, by any means, has to be put in a bed somewhere.
"Currently, New York City is experiencing a marked increase in the number of asylum seekers who are arriving from Latin America and other regions. In some instances, families are arriving on buses sent by the Texas and Arizona governments, while in other cases, it appears that individuals are being sent by the federal government," Adams said in a statement, adding that more than 2,800 asylum seekers had entered the shelter system in recent weeks.
But the offices of both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey denied Adams' claim, saying in separate statements that they were in fact sending asylum seekers to Washington - but not to New York City.
In turn, a spokesperson for Adams responded to those pushback claims, saying that the governors "should have more compassion for those seeking asylum in this country," and repeated the city's request for federal assistance.
"If they need financial help, they should ask for it instead of heartlessly sending asylum seekers on their way with a one-way ticket," the spokesperson said of the governors. "In New York City, we have a legal and moral mandate to provide shelter to everyone who needs it, and will continue to fulfill that mandate, but, as we have said, we urgently need federal support to help us do so."
According to the New York City Department of Homeless Services, there were 28,885 individuals classed as a member of a "family with children" in the shelter system as of Sunday. That's about 12% higher than the daily average in March, the last month for which such data are available, and also about 12% higher than this time last year.
Adams said the city "needs additional federal resources immediately" and that it may struggle to provide basic services if they're not received.
To be sure, the issue may not be as simple as just asylum seekers filling the shelters, though. Local service providers say there are definitely more migrants in shelters, but the shelter bottlenecks may also be attributable in part to staffing issues and higher local demand in the face of rising evictions.
The Legal Aid Society slammed Adams for blaming the shelter crisis on asylum seekers, saying the real problems were bureaucracy and a lack of affordable housing. Meanwhile, Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, who recently won the Republican primary in the race for New York governor, pinned the blame on the Biden administration.
"Their weak border policy is then made worse by what amounts to a travel agency flying the illegal immigrants to destinations all across the country, including New York," he said. "The obvious consequence is that New Yorkers are now stuck dealing with the consequences. The solution is that the surge of illegal entry across our southern border needs to be shut down, the Remain in Mexico policy must be enforced."
At a White House press briefing, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the administration has been in touch both with Mayor Adams and Mayor Bowser, and that they are looking into the requests. When asked if Biden had called the governors of Texas and Arizona to ask them to stop sending migrants east, Jean-Pierre didn't have specifics, but said FEMA is the lead on those issues.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has said its agents had more than 200,000 "encounters" along the southern borders with attempted migrants during the month of June alone.
VIDEO - (1418) Sec. Pete Buttigieg: We need to act to reverse the worst effects of climate change - YouTube
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 16:20
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Thu, 21 Jul 2022 16:19
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VIDEO - Independent California truckers scramble after Supreme Court refuses to hear AB5 case - CBS San Francisco
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 16:08
OAKLAND '' A law designed to force gig-economy companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash to accept workers as employees is also having a profound impact on the trucking industry. AB5 was intended to give transport workers more workplace protections, but for truckers who own and operate their own rigs, they said it may be the end of the road.
On Thursday, June 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court made news again, this time by refusing to hear a challenge by California truckers to the new law that requires truck drivers to be employees of the trucking companies they do business with.
ALSO READ: Deadline looms for new emissions regulations impacting trucking in California "This ruling really took everybody off-guard, especially at the speed that they kicked this back and essentially made it law," said Paul Brashier, Vice President of ITS Logistics, a commercial transport company.
The problem is, nearly all of the state's goods are transported by truck, many of which are owned and operated by individual drivers.
That's especially the case at the Port of Oakland.
"There's 9,000 trucks that serve the port on a daily basis, and 90% of them are independent contractors. So, this is a big, big impact," said Bill Aboudi, owner of AB Trucking in Oakland.
Aboudi employs his own drivers, but also uses independent contractors to handle overflow business, which he just said became illegal. Aboudi says he won't be able to use trucks owned by the drivers anymore.
"It just doesn't work. You own your own truck, it's your truck. I can't take possession of it and start using it," he said. "In a case like my company, we just eliminate owner/operators and just reduce the workload."
That's a disaster for Hedayatullah Abrahami, who just bought his own truck a month ago.
Independent trucker Hedayatullah Abrahami climbs into his truck near the Port of Oakland on July 5, 2022. CBS He, like other owner/operators, spent tens of thousands of dollars to not be someone's employee, and feels a sense of pride in owning his own truck.
"Oh, yeah, why not?" said Abrahami. "Yeah. That's my own truck, working for myself, that's really good. I'm happy for that."
Now his truck will be useless unless he wants to become his own trucking company, booking his own loads and dealing with the port bureaucracy. That kind of paperwork was always done for him by AB Trucking.
"They arrange everything," he said. "They talk to the big companies, to the port and everything. They pick all the loads for us."
Abrahami's dream of being a truck driver just got a lot more complicated.
Brashier predicts many won't stay in California, which, he said, will only make the supply chain problems worse and the cost of everything in the state even more expensive.
"It's going to adversely affect everybody," he told KPIX 5. "And at the end of the day, with where we are with inflation being as high as it is, this is going to put inflationary pressure on the consumer, right?"
Ironically, companies like Uber and Lyft were exempted from AB5 with the subsequent passage of Proposition 22. But Brashier said he believes AB5 was always intended to force independent truckers into trucking companies, making them easier to unionize.
Now that it is law, no one seems to know how it will be enforced or who will enforce it. But there isn't much time to figure that out. By court order, it is supposed to go into effect seven days from last Thursday.
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VIDEO - (16) Disclose.tv on Twitter: "NOW - UK halts all flights at largest Royal Air Force base because "the runway has melted." https://t.co/olRipdfn9B" / Twitter
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 16:01
Disclose.tv : NOW - UK halts all flights at largest Royal Air Force base because "the runway has melted."https://t.co/olRipdfn9B
Mon Jul 18 14:34:37 +0000 2022
VIDEO - (9) Keean Bexte ðŸ‡"🇱 on Twitter: "Kooky Jane Goodall suggesting at the WEF that all our problems would be solved if the population of Earth was reduced by 90%. https://t.co/4l0AAgQTXG" / Twitter
Thu, 21 Jul 2022 15:20
Keean Bexte ðŸ‡"🇱 : Kooky Jane Goodall suggesting at the WEF that all our problems would be solved if the population of Earth was reduc'... https://t.co/7EK0vlthd6
Wed Jul 20 20:36:37 +0000 2022
Tinkerer : @TheRealKeean She is still alive?
Thu Jul 21 15:20:22 +0000 2022
#gogopengouin : @TheRealKeean C'est qui exactement ?
Thu Jul 21 15:20:17 +0000 2022
Eric Campbell : @TheRealKeean People who use this rhetoric should start with themselves and show their commitment. ''Do their part for the greater good''
Thu Jul 21 15:20:05 +0000 2022
Pissant210 : @TheRealKeean Looks like Brandon after a sex change
Thu Jul 21 15:20:00 +0000 2022
Ron Rook : @TheRealKeean We can start with her.
Thu Jul 21 15:19:55 +0000 2022
The Vigilante : @TheRealKeean Agree'...if 90% of the elites and her kind were gone our world would be so much better off.
Thu Jul 21 15:19:48 +0000 2022
Ramsey Perry : @TheRealKeean I wonder if she realizes that most likely includes her too. The old and infirmed will be the first to go.
Thu Jul 21 15:19:46 +0000 2022
Nunnyabiz33 : @TheRealKeean What if we just reduced 90 percent of the simian population?
Thu Jul 21 15:19:13 +0000 2022
GracklesRuleTX : @TheRealKeean Good grief'-- They've killed off 63 MILLION in the last 50 years. What more does she want?
Thu Jul 21 15:19:02 +0000 2022
Ultrah🇺🇸 : @TheRealKeean She can go first
Thu Jul 21 15:18:55 +0000 2022
Dave Davidson : @TheRealKeean She's right. But not a practical solution.
Thu Jul 21 15:18:54 +0000 2022
Nesha St®ðŸðŸ¾ðŸŒ : @TheRealKeean In a room of 2 where 1 is oppressor, the room is overpopulated.It's not about statistics and overpop'... https://t.co/YtM7Z8HyPM
Thu Jul 21 15:18:20 +0000 2022
Jewels : @TheRealKeean Ok lets start with those affiliated with the WEFðŸ¤--
Thu Jul 21 15:18:13 +0000 2022
peanutbutter : @TheRealKeean @kgkiser2015 Depopulation should start at the WEF
Thu Jul 21 15:18:01 +0000 2022
Dave Hume : @TheRealKeean Maybe they should start with themselves.
Thu Jul 21 15:18:01 +0000 2022
Richard Stern : @TheRealKeean So save the chimps but kill the people????
Thu Jul 21 15:17:36 +0000 2022
Richiemax.net : @TheRealKeean "A global restart"Saddly comment! From the new world order manual.
Thu Jul 21 15:17:34 +0000 2022
Duane Albright : @TheRealKeean She should volunteer to be the first to go then.
Thu Jul 21 15:16:57 +0000 2022
Joe Lanza : @TheRealKeean Eugenics is the policy of Communists
Thu Jul 21 15:16:29 +0000 2022
don lesh : @TheRealKeean Madam Hitler!?!?
Thu Jul 21 15:16:24 +0000 2022
Manya Gustafson : @TheRealKeean If population had remained what it was 500 years ago, we wouldn't have the civilization upon which sh'... https://t.co/iZuVjWZtoZ
Thu Jul 21 15:16:03 +0000 2022
Susanneross : @TheRealKeean You go first Jane
Thu Jul 21 15:16:03 +0000 2022
Helen :Pure Blood '­¸ : @TheRealKeean Huh. How old is she? Lived her life then.
Thu Jul 21 15:15:43 +0000 2022
don lesh : @TheRealKeean They want to become mass murderers!?
Thu Jul 21 15:15:35 +0000 2022
Stiles Bitchley II : @TheRealKeean So why isn't she doing her part?
Thu Jul 21 15:15:22 +0000 2022
Professor Doctor Theory, PhD : @TheRealKeean Like most similar nonsense, whether it's overpopulation or cars or air conditioners, I always ask thi'... https://t.co/uMgfgPlW55
Thu Jul 21 15:15:21 +0000 2022
Dave : @TheRealKeean Solved by removing people like Shwab in my humble opinion!
Thu Jul 21 15:15:16 +0000 2022
RobertLeeBeers : @TheRealKeean Tell us Jane, how would that reduction in human population change human nature. A point, the earth's'... https://t.co/ZRIVzsOzti
Thu Jul 21 15:14:54 +0000 2022
Mercaptans say it Best : @TheRealKeean Volunteers to save earth accepted. Be a leader Jane.
Thu Jul 21 15:14:50 +0000 2022
Jon Adams : @TheRealKeean How do we reduce the population by 90 per cent without murdering people?
Thu Jul 21 15:14:19 +0000 2022
UnacceptableKingstonlocal : @TheRealKeean and what do you suggest we do about this Jane? @JaneGoodallInst Cull the humans, save the chimps??
Thu Jul 21 15:14:06 +0000 2022
leigh stock : @TheRealKeean Well ain't like her and her ilks don't know where the door is, to get theirselves off this mortal coil
Thu Jul 21 15:13:22 +0000 2022
Herve : @TheRealKeean @Kerri83171612 Show us how it's dobe Jane.
Thu Jul 21 15:13:15 +0000 2022
Alexander : @TheRealKeean Old people starting with her should be willing to sacrifice themselves for young people like me.
Thu Jul 21 15:12:19 +0000 2022
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    nation. For the longest tail. Why was it again? Okay, so your
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    point is well made. Our president of the United States
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    is demented.
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    is totally out of
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    the horse thing was people that I don't know how they put up
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    with it. Oh, a dead Biden's I was listening to one of these
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    talk radio guys on a cage. Do they have the left wingers?
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    Yeah. And this guy's going on and on about how wonderful Biden
  • 6:46
    is. And oh, my God, if a Republican got in, we'd all be
  • 6:49
    dead. It's Biden is the best president we've had for decades.
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    It goes on like that I'm taking the seat pay any attention to
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    anything? Hey, you know, Joe is pretty honest, though. He went
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    when he's all messed up. And he told us how he got COVID. He
  • 7:06
    actually set it I mean, he was out distributing it to respond
  • 7:09
    to the pandemic, including donating more than 1 million
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    doses of COVID-19. To the West Bank and Gaza. Just
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    how many doses do you need?
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    They had to pull them off the field. John, they had to. They
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    had to, it's just no, no stop, get them off to get them up.
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    Week. They couldn't even get him. He couldn't even dope him
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    up enough to sign the executive order for the climate crisis. Or
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    they're so worried about what's going to come when that thing is
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    I don't know if this just felt the timing felt. right for me
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    that this was done on purpose. You know, I don't think he has
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    I don't think he knows if he has COVID. The question is, will
  • 8:04
    they keep them off? Or will they put them back in and who slips
  • 8:07
    in? Who slips and
  • 8:12
    Dick Morris wasn't a big Clinton adviser, Dick Morris. It would
  • 8:19
    be a Dick decware Dick Morris on the silicon spin show once Is he
  • 8:23
    a nice guy seems like he's pretty funny, even though he's
  • 8:25
    dopey. Ah, well, I you know, he was he's remote, unfortunately.
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    So I couldn't really hang out with him. But he, he really
  • 8:36
    pissed off one of the other guests. Oh, it's very
  • 8:41
    well known woman. I can't remember if you're well known.
  • 8:43
    Well known. We can't remember her name. But that's me. But she
  • 8:47
    was sitting there grumbling as he because she was saying into
  • 8:51
    the mic. She said Can this guy ever stop talking? Wow. Morris
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    was a real mic hog.
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    And it was very noticeable. Well,
  • 9:02
    he's he seems to be a mercenary when it comes to politics.
  • 9:06
    Right. But but he did work for Bill Clinton did Yes, he did. He
  • 9:09
    worked for Clinton for a while. And then when Clinton got rid of
  • 9:11
    him, he was hated Clinton. So he's the one of those types of
  • 9:15
  • 9:17
    almost like, where's my so he was
  • 9:22
    he was on. I forget what show he was on. But he just up and comes
  • 9:26
    out and says, Oh, no, no, this is what's going to happen. This
  • 9:28
    is how it's going to work. And he actually has a full on
  • 9:31
    explanation. And this is what we can look forward to in 2024.
  • 9:35
    He'll be the Republican nominee. They'll probably get it by
  • 9:38
    acclamation. I don't think there'll be a primary and to win
  • 9:42
    the election, and his opponent is going to be here.
  • 9:46
    He's talking about Trump obviously in the election, and
  • 9:49
    his opponent is going to be Hillary Clinton. Let me explain
  • 9:53
    that. Already. The Democrats are pressuring Biden not to run
  • 9:58
    because they see what is disaster
  • 10:00
    So he will be Harris is no better. And the line of possible
  • 10:05
    alternatives is queuing up. You have Gavin Newsom, Governor flow
  • 10:09
    of California, the governor of Colorado, Pete Buttigieg
  • 10:13
    transportation secretary. But ultimately the left is going to
  • 10:17
    have their candidates and they'll probably run Sanders or
  • 10:21
    maybe AOC. And that will trigger Hillary into the race in order
  • 10:27
    to save the Democratic Party from the left to rerun of the
  • 10:30
    Hillary Sanders race of 16. And I think Hillary will win that
  • 10:35
    contest. I think she and Trump will face it off, and I think
  • 10:39
    Trump is going to win handily. This is all spelled out in
  • 10:42
    detail in my book, the return and Donald Trump's come back in
  • 10:46
    2024. And you can read it in the book and then watch it unfold in
  • 10:51
    the in the media and in reality, okay, so it's always interesting
  • 10:56
    when someone first of all brings Hillary in which I've been a
  • 11:00
    believer of off for a long time that she will run she will run
  • 11:03
    one more time. She's a big fan, big fan, Hillary.
  • 11:07
    But Dick Morris is no no, this is not what's gonna happen,
  • 11:09
    Trump's gonna run and the Hillary will be running against
  • 11:12
    them because the Democratic Party will need saving. And how
  • 11:15
    does he know this? Well, because Trump basically co wrote his
  • 11:18
    book with him. Trump gave me the inside story of what he's
  • 11:22
    planning to do in 2024. And we developed it together and phone
  • 11:28
    calls, meetings. And and it's it's Trump is not once all this
  • 11:34
    cards close to his chest. He can't announce now because the
  • 11:37
    countless tell him he can't let the money come out of his
  • 11:40
    campaign kitty for these rallies. But he he's definitely
  • 11:45
    running in his mind is running. And we're going to do things
  • 11:48
    totally differently in 24 than we do,
  • 11:51
    for example, is a quick decision coming up. In the case of Moore
  • 11:55
    versus Harper Supreme Court, we move on to next term that
  • 12:00
    completely cuts the governor's out of the process, and the
  • 12:03
    state courts out of the process of running elections for House
  • 12:07
    and Senate president. It's entirely the legislature's of
  • 12:11
    states. And in the five key swing states, Republicans
  • 12:15
    control the legislature, but the Democrats control the governor.
  • 12:20
    So we've passed all these great bills prohibiting dropboxes
  • 12:23
    photo ID no boundaries are obvious thing. And the
  • 12:26
    Democratic governors have veto them. But when the court rules
  • 12:30
    in this case, which they will next term, it will completely
  • 12:34
    cut the governance out of the process. And those bills will be