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How Do You Expect Me to Write My Book With All This Going On?

How Do You Expect Me to Write My Book With All This Going On?GARYWORDS at – Hey, you guys! You House Managers, Trump Attorney’s, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts, and you guys and gals in the United States Senate, I’m trying to write my first novel, here. Stop taking up all my time and sapping away my energy with this Senate Impeachment Trial you’ve been spending hours and […] ….. Read More.GARYTALK – Conversations & Commentary | This, That and The OtherFri, January 31, 20202 months ago

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“COVID19 Exposes the Shallowness of Our Privacy Theories”

“COVID19 Exposes the Shallowness of Our Privacy Theories”I’ve long much admired Prof. Bambauer’s work, and when I saw this forwarded to a lawprof discussion list I’m on, I asked her for permission to repost it: The importance of testing and contact tracing to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus is now pretty well understood. The difference between the communities that do it and the ones that don’t is disturbingly grim (see, e.g., South Korea versus Italy). In a large population like the U.S., contact tracing and alerts will have to be done in an automated way with the help of mobile service providers’ geolocation data. The intensive use of location data in South Korea has led many commenters to claim that the strategy that’s been so effective there cannot be replicated in western countries with strong privacy laws. Descriptively, it’s probably true that privacy law and instincts in the…

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Jair Bolsonaro, Leader of the Coronavirus-Denial Movement

Jair Bolsonaro, Leader of the Coronavirus-Denial MovementHe’s described the illness as a “little flu,” a trifling “cold.” He’s accused the media of manufacturing “hysteria”—even as confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, soar to well over half a million and deaths to roughly 25,000 worldwide. The coronavirus-denial movement officially has a leader, and it’s Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.Nicknamed the “Trump of the Tropics,” Bolsonaro has sought to emulate the American president’s right-wing populist-nationalism since launching his bid for the presidency in 2018. But compared with Bolsonaro’s position on the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump’s approach looks sober and scientifically grounded.[Read: All the president’s lies about the coronavirus]If there’s one lesson from the global responses to COVID-19, it’s this: The countries that have had the most success “flattening the curve” acted quickly and aggressively to contain the virus, rather than downplaying the threat it posed. Bolsonaro has had months…

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T-Mobile finalizes merger with Sprint, becoming nation’s third-largest carrier

T-Mobile finalizes merger with Sprint, becoming nation’s third-largest carrierThe combined company has pledged to make several changes that will benefit consumers and create jobs By Sarah D. Young of ConsumerAffairs April 2, 2020 T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that it has officially merged with Sprint. Under the $23 billion merger, the combined company will operate under the T-Mobile name. The completion of the merger follows a long period of debate between the carriers and state attorneys general, who argued that eradicating the fourth carrier would be anticompetitive. However, state officials have withdrawn their opposition to the merger in recent months. New York Attorney General Letitia James said in February that her state would not appeal the merger decision, in part because of the jobs T-Mobile promised to create. We are gratified that the process has yielded commitments from T-Mobile to create jobs in Rochester and engage in robust national diversity initiatives…

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‘We Are Like Sitting Ducks’

‘We Are Like Sitting Ducks’Before dawn one morning last week, Karlena Dawson waited in line for her medications at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, an immigrant lockup outside Seattle. Surrounded by more than 20 other detainees and guards, she began to worry that no one was practicing social distancing.“We are like sitting ducks,” Dawson told me in a phone interview later that day.Even after more than a year in detention, she has an easy laugh, her native Jamaica still audible in her voice despite her having spent most of her adult life in New York. Her daily uniform is a pair of scrubs, with a bandana covering her hair—both yellow, the facility’s color-code for low-risk detainees. Dawson is short and slight, but she’s unafraid to speak her mind and advocate for herself and others, another detainee, who is one of her friends, told me.“My fear is what happened in the…

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Hungarian journalists fear coronavirus law may be used to jail them

Hungarian journalists fear coronavirus law may be used to jail themReporters say measures are being used to deny them access to information on pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHungarian journalists say a new law supposedly aimed at fighting the coronavirus will make objective reporting of the pandemic harder and leave them open to facing court cases or even jail time for their reporting.The measures, in place since Monday, have been roundly criticised for the sweeping powers they hand to the nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, to rule by decree. Another part of the bill provides penalties of up to five years in prison for those spreading misinformation during the pandemic. Continue reading… ….. Read More.THE GUARDIAN – General | World News & EventsThu, April 2, 202051 mins ago

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