Thursday, April 30, 2020

U.S. officials crafting retaliatory actions against China | The Seattle Times

WASHINGTON – Senior U.S. officials are beginning to explore proposals for punishing or demanding financial compensation from China for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to four senior administration officials with knowledge of internal planning.

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U.S. officials crafting retaliatory actions against China | The Seattle Times

WASHINGTON – Senior U.S. officials are beginning to explore proposals for punishing or demanding financial compensation from China for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to four senior administration officials with knowledge of internal planning.

The move could splinter already strained relations between the two superpowers at a perilous moment for the global economy.

Senior officials across multiple government agencies are expected to meet Thursday to begin mapping out a strategy for seeking retaliatory measures against China, two people with knowledge of the meeting said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to disclose the planning. Officials in American intelligence agencies are also involved in the effort.

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Workers brawl with alleged shoplifters in Yonkers supermarket

Two suspected shoplifters were caught in a wild brawl with staffers at a besieged Yonkers supermarket that says it has already lost $34,000 to thieves this year.

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University of Miami professor resigns after reportedly sharing porn bookmark on Zoom

In a now-viral video, a University of Miami professor appeared to accidentally reveal a porn bookmark on the browser he was sharing with students during a Zoom class — and the school confirmed Wednesday that he's out of a job.

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Michigan politicians wear bulletproof vests as armed protesters storm Capitol to protest stay-at-home orders | The Independent

Michigan politicians have decided to don bulletproof vests when going to work as armed protesters defy lockdown orders.

State Senator Dayna Polehanki, a Democrat, revealed the protective decision some of her colleagues were making when sharing a picture of protesters on Twitter on Thursday.

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California releases detailed list of outdoor activities allowed during shutdown - SFGate

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is encouraging residents to go outdoors during the shelter-in-place order as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.

"We want you to see sunsets," he said. "We want you to enjoy activities outdoors. What they don't want is people congregating outside in large groups."

The governor noted the state has released a new list of activities allowed on its COVID19.ca.gov website, and we've posted it below. All of these activities are allowed as long as they're done only with members of your household and if you maintain a distance of six feet from others.

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Coronavirus: Trump intelligence chief says COVID-19 not man-made

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Thursday he has seen evidence suggesting the novel coronavirus originated in a virology lab in Wuhan, China.

Trump did not provide any evidence to support that assertion, and he seemed to hedge a bit by saying there were many "theories" about the origin of the virus. He has repeatedly called for an investigation into the origin of the virus, part of what critics say is an effort to shift blame to China amid growing criticism of Trump's missteps in response to the crisis.  

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Our Dress Rehearsal for a Police State | RealClearPolitics

All my life, I have dismissed paranoids on the right ("America is headed to communism") and the left ("It can happen here" -- referring to fascism). It's not that I've ever believed liberty was guaranteed. Being familiar with history and a pessimist regarding the human condition, I never believed that.

But the ease with which police state tactics have been employed and the equal ease with which most Americans have accepted them have been breathtaking.

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The Man Who Thought Too Fast | The New Yorker

There was also the problem of Wittgenstein, whose looming example and cultlike following distracted attention from Ramsey’s ideas for decades. But Ramsey rose again. Economists now study Ramsey pricing; mathematicians ponder Ramsey numbers. Philosophers talk about Ramsey sentences, Ramseyfication, and the Ramsey test. Not a few scholars believe that there are Ramseyan seams still to mine.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

High school seniors are in coronavirus 'limbo' with college deposits due

“We were extremely proud. No one from his high school had gotten into Vanderbilt in several years, so we were also shocked,” dad Matt, 50, tells The Post. The New Rochelle family sent a $500 deposit to the Nashville, Tennessee institution, confirming Jack’s intent to join its engineering program in the fall.

A few weeks later, the coronavirus shut down society, replacing campus life with remote learning programs for the foreseeable future. And while students and educators pray for a normal fall semester — Brown University president Christina Paxson recently stated that she is “cautiously optimistic” that campuses can reopen — it’s very possible that Jack Zimmerman and his fellow members of the class of 2024 will begin the “best four years of the lives” on a laptop in their childhood bedrooms.

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