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Pornographic Easter Eggs being delivered for free, with toilet paper & food. Sounds like a loot crate for these times to me [Florida]
Publisher:  Fark
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:12

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Universal Standard donates cozy clothes to health care workers
Publisher:  New York Post
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:10

Women’s fashion label Universal Standard is helping health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic stay comfortable. The inclusive, body-positive retailer (which offers sizes from 00 to 40) has already donated $250,000 worth of soft basics that medical staff can layer underneath scrubs. Now, the company is launching a buy-one-give-one offer to shoppers:...

Texas can enforce abortion ban during coronavirus pandemic, federal appeals court rules
Publisher:  UPI
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:10

A New Orleans-based federal appeals court will, for now, allow Texas to enforce a ban on almost all abortions as the state battles the coronavirus pandemic.

UK Plc Profits Predicted To Crash 75% As The Coronavirus Crisis Bites
Publisher:  Forbes Real Time
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:10

Link Group says that UK earnings were in “steep decline� before the coronavirus outbreak. What will the crisis mean for profits later this year?

This Could Be The Biggest Ever Month For Bitcoin And Crypto
Publisher:  Forbes Real Time
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:10

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency investors are gearing up for what could be their biggest month ever as the countdown to bitcoin's halving begins...

Acting Navy secretary resigns after carrier remarks, Esper names replacement
Publisher:  ABC
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:09

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has submitted his resignation over his faulty handling of aircraft carrier infected by coronavirus.

Zoom's legal perils mount as Democrats call for FTC probe
Publisher:  POLITICO
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:08

Virtual conferencing platform Zoom is facing the prospect of mounting legal threats in Washington after a slew of prominent Democratic lawmakers urged federal regulators Tuesday to investigate its privacy and security lapses.

In response, a spokesperson for the Federal Trade Commission declined to disclose whether the agency is probing the company, whose skyrocketing popularity amid the pandemic lockdowns has brought complaints about data leaks and online harassment. But the spokesperson noted that FTC Chairman Joe Simons has said in the past that “any time you see a press report of a significant privacy issue, a potential privacy violation of our authority, it is safe to assume that we either are investigating it already or shortly after that media release, we will investigate it.�

The push for an investigation gained at least five more prominent allies on Capitol Hill, according to statements provided to POLITICO on Tuesday, including former 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado and two leaders from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Chairman Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois.

A spokesperson for Bennet said recent revelations about the company’s practices have “raised troubling questions about whether the company has taken adequate steps to protect the millions of Americans who use the platform every day to work, learn and connect remotely.�

“Given these mounting concerns, Senator Bennet believes the Federal Trade Commission should immediately investigate whether the company’s policies have put user privacy and security needlessly at risk,� spokesperson Courtney Gidner said.

Klobuchar also “supports an FTC investigation into Zoom’s privacy and security issues and is concerned about how Zoom’s business practices appear to have put American’s data and privacy at risk,� a spokesperson told POLITICO.

A Zoom spokesperson responded to questions by saying in a statement: “We appreciate the outreach we have received on these issues from various elected officials and look forward to engaging with them.�

Zoom's chief legal officer, Aparna Bawa, told POLITICO in an interview last week that the company plans to comply with information requests from U.S. officials.

Zoom’s prominence in Americans’ daily life has soared as millions heed calls from U.S. officials to self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic. But its soaring usage has also drawn attention to reported issues such as data leaks, the exposure of private videos and a new form of online harassment known as “Zoom bombing,� in which intruders bombard conference participants with racist, pornographic or other offensive content.

Those concerns have prompted investigations by state attorneys general, including those in Connecticut and Florida, as POLITICO first reported, as well as a wave of condemnation from officials on Capitol Hill.

Zoom has also faced resistance in some school systems, many of which had started to rely on the service as they shift their lessons online. In New York City, the city Department of Education has told schools to shift away from the platform.

And while federal agencies remain authorized to use a government-specific version of Zoom for some purposes, two federal overseers said in a statement Tuesday that they need to be careful not to use the version that ordinary people or businesses would rely on. "We advise federal government users to not initiate video conferences using Zoom’s free/commercial offering, but instead to use Zoom for Government," said the two bodies, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program and DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Zoom has received at least eight federal purchase orders in the past three years, according to a POLITICO search of a government procurement website. Those include a $141,981 purchase order approved this month by the National Institutes of Health, for uses including video conferencing and webinars, and a $22,630 order in November from the State Department.

Zoom CEO Eric Yuan last week pledged in a blog post that the company will focus its resources over the next three months on addressing those issues.

But the remarks have not abated scrutiny on Capitol Hill and beyond.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) urged Simons in a letter last week to launch an investigation into Zoom. On Monday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued a statement saying that “Zoom’s pattern of security failures and privacy infringements should have drawn the FTC’s attention and scrutiny long ago.�

Pallone and Schakowsky also support a probe of Zoom, according to spokespeople.

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), a top D.C. tech policy wonk who led a letter to Zoom last week raising online privacy concerns, told POLITICO in a statement Tuesday that “I would hope the FTC is already engaging with the company."

Though the FTC spokesperson said the agency cannot comment on whether it is investigating a particular comment, the person added, "we share concerns about the need to ensure the privacy and security of videoconferencing systems in light of their central importance during this crisis."

Tim Starks contributed to this report.

UK foreign secretary says Boris Johnson is 'a fighter,' remains in 'good spirits'
Publisher:  The Week
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:08

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in "good spirits" as he receives treatment for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a London hospital.

Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 last month, and was admitted to St. Thomas' Hospital on Sunday night after his symptoms worsened. He was moved to the intensive care unit on Monday, and Raab on Tuesday said the prime minister is receiving oxygen treatment, but is not on a ventilator. Later, Downing Street said Johnson's condition is "stable."

Raab has been deputized and said he is standing in for Johnson "whenever necessary." He expressed confidence that Johnson will "pull through because if there's one thing I know about this prime minister, he's a fighter. And he'll be back at the helm, leading us through this crisis in short order."

Dr. Fauci's deadly delay
Publisher:  WND
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:08

"You go to war with the army you have," said President Bush's Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "Not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

Rumsfeld's profound words have never been more important, as our nation has been called to war against an unseen enemy, the Chinese coronavirus. It's time to summon and employ the resources we have today, not wait months or years for more studies, more data and more proof that a promising medication is safe and effective.

President Trump, our commander in chief in the war against the virus, is a man of prompt and decisive action, and he takes pride in signing a "right to try" law in 2018. But he is being hamstrung by a Hillary Clinton-supporting federal bureaucrat named Anthony Fauci whose advice has stymied early, widespread use of hydroxychloroquine against the Wuhan virus.

Dr. Fauci is the George McClellan of the war on the coronavirus. Gen. McClellan, the first commander of Union forces in the Civil War, had to be removed by President Lincoln when he persistently failed to engage the enemy.

Imagine if Fauci had been in charge of the decision to use the atom bomb in 1945. Atomic energy is an unproven technology, he might have exclaimed, while the Japanese continued to slaughter our soldiers, sailors and Marines in the Pacific theater of World War II.

Or think if Fauci had been Gen. Douglas MacArthur's aide-de-camp during the Korean War, when MacArthur proposed the daring Inchon landing maneuver, which conquered the North Korean army. We need more studies, Fauci might have said, before supporting the amphibious assault behind enemy lines.

Or what if Fauci had been advising Gen. Washington about crossing the Delaware on Dec. 25, 1776. The snow, the waves, the rickety boats, the shortage of proper clothes and shoes, the lack of good intelligence about the enemy camped on the other side – all these factors needed more study before Fauci could be 100% sure that Washington would succeed.

"These are the times that try men's souls," Thomas Paine wrote in his newly published pamphlet that Washington had read aloud to his troops before they boarded the boats on Christmas night. When the survival of your country is at risk and your soldiers are dying on the battlefield, there's no more time for studies.

No medications have been thoroughly studied in time-consuming clinical trials for any new virus, including COVID-19. But we have solid evidence that a 65-year-old drug called hydroxychloroquine has helped many COVID-19 patients recover, and that it has also prevented many other people from getting the disease.

This medication is already being taken regularly by hundreds of thousands of Americans who suffer from lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. As far as anyone knows, no one has ever died from taking a recommended dose of the drug.

As America's deaths from the virus exceeded 1,000 in a single day, there is no time for methodical studies to help another thousand COVID-19 patients who may die tomorrow. They should immediately be given the best medication available, whether exhaustively tested to Fauci's satisfaction or not.

Karen Whitsett, a Michigan state representative, is one survivor who powerfully validates the benefits of hydroxychloroquine, which Dr. Fauci continues to disparage as unproven. A Democrat, she represents a predominantly African American neighborhood in Detroit that has been ravaged by COVID-19.

"I thank God the president of the United States mentioned that drug because it did save me," Whitsett said. "If President Trump had not talked about this, it wouldn't have been something that would be accessible for anyone to be able to get right now," the lawmaker said.

When Whitsett arrived at the hospital with symptoms of the virus, she found that her own governor, a fellow Democrat named Gretchen Whitmer, had issued an order prohibiting the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients. Michigan was one of a number of states that have limited the use of the drug because so-called experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci claim it is unproven.

"I did have a difficult time, even that day, obtaining the medication because of an order that was put down in my state," said Whitsett. "And it was on that day, so you can imagine how terrified I was that I had to beg and plead and go through a whole lot to try to get the medication."

Within hours of taking her first dose of hydroxychloroquine, Rep. Whitsett was already feeling much better. "It has a lot to do with the president," the lawmaker told The Detroit Free Press. "He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority."

As Bob Dylan wrote, "how many deaths will it take 'till he knows that too many people have died?" Dr. Fauci should stop blowin' in the wind.


The post Dr. Fauci's deadly delay appeared first on WND.

Private Jet Charter Prices Aren’t Cheap, But They Just Went Down
Publisher:  Forbes Real Time
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 18:08

Two factors look to make flying privately less expensive, at least through the end of the year.

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