Quotes From The Weekend

On how she would address the destruction of property and monuments:

“People will do what they do.”

–Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

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‪“I think we’re missing the point. We need police reform, we need prison reform. … My concern is turning this into a circus instead of trying to do some good stuff.

What the country really needs is “good cops out there policing the bad cops.”

Pointing out that while the US is a divided country, people don’t want to turn on sports and hear a bunch of arguments…”sports used to be a place where fans could go get away from reality.”

–Charles Barkley, former NBA star and TV commentator

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“Don’t overlook things that need to be fixed. But don’t overlook blessings either. Don’t think that everything is terrible. I promise you that if you visited some other countries it would make you thankful for what we have. It’s not all good. But it’s not all bad either.”

–Tony Dungy, first black head coach to win a Super Bowl

(sharing a little late, as he posted this on Twitter on July 4)

 

Weekend Quick Takes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Can’t Do Math

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week criticized several fellow governors for how they have handled the coronavirus pandemic. He specifically called out governors who he thought opened their economies too early such as in Florida.
The statistics:
• New York has roughly one-quarter of all the deaths in the country.
• New York has roughly one-fifth of all the confirmed cases in the country.
• New York has almost ten times the number of deaths as Florida, although      Florida has a population about 10% higher
• New York has more than three times the total number of cases as Florida.
• New York’s case death rate is also three times higher than Florida
• Though Florida’s population is the oldest in the country, New York has had    more nursing home deaths.

So tell me again why Gov. Cuomo’s opinion on how to handle a pandemic matters? He should probably look in the mirror if he is trying to find where the problems have been.

The US Government and Accurate Records

The US Treasury Dept. announced this week that well over a million stimulus checks, for $1.4 billion, where sent to people who were dead. THAT shows us why voting by mail is a really bad idea.

Facebook and Censorship

Mark Zuckerburg, founder and owner of Facebook has testified before Congress to account for several confirmed and alleged misdeeds. Facebook has had to pay fines more than once for sharing private data without authorization or contrary to their own guidelines. Among the other instances was a charge that it was disproportionately censoring conservative posts and comments. Zuckerburg denied the widespread charges and said there were strict guidelines used to monitor conversation on his platform.

In a recent undercover investigation, it seems that may not actually be the case. In the most blatant case, Facebook ‘content monitor’ Lara Kontakos is quoted on cell phone video saying that when she sees symbols backing certain political candidates she “deletes them for terrorism” She then turns to look at her co-workers and says “I think we are all doing that.”

International Quick Takes

In international news this week…

Iran Just Outlawed child abuse. No, Really.

Iran just passed a law making child abuse illegal after the country was shocked by news of a father who beheaded his 14-year old daughter. Reza Ashrafi was beheaded by her own father, who had reportedly consulted a lawyer before killing her and was told that he could only be prosecuted under a much lesser law and that there was no law specifically protecting children from abuse by their parents.

“It’s the first time in Iran’s legal framework that harming a child is defined as a crime,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, an independent organization based in New York.

It’s as important to remember, that the United Nations has previously appointed Iran to the Human Rights Commission.  So child abuse was not illegal but they were appointed to help monitor human rights around the world? And THAT is one more example of why we should never allow our decisions to be made by international organizations.

WHO Can’t Figure Out What to Say

The World Health Organization (WHO) just can’t get out of its own way, it seems.  So in the last two weeks, it has changed its guidelines on wearing masks. But, they apparently decided that they can do even better than that and have changed their stance on how Covid-19 is spread twice in 24 hours.

In what seemed to be a significant step in understanding how the virus can be spread, WHO announced yesterday that there is very low risk of asymptomatic people spreading the disease to others. This morning, they ‘walked that back’ which is PR-speak for “yeah, we should never have said that”.

A WHO spokesperson said that there are cases of transmission by asymptomatic people and WHO did not mean to change its recommendations on policy.

Do they check with each other before they decide to issue a statement or do they just spin a wheel and someone makes a major announcement?

Weekend Quick Takes-Start Of The NBA Political Season And More

In this week’s quick takes, we take a look at the hypocrisy of the NBA (and other celebrities) and other news of note.

China Ain’t So Bad

The NBA showed its hypocrisy this week. The General Manager of the Houston Rockets tweeted sympathy for protests in Hong Kong against increasing totalitarianism by the Chinese government. As with any dictatorship, China did not approve of criticism of its authority and cancelled the broadcast of an NBA pre-season game.

The NBA, seeing the potential to lose money, quickly backtracked and tried to downplay any criticism of the Chinese government. Continue reading “Weekend Quick Takes-Start Of The NBA Political Season And More”