Derek Chauvin - A Disgrace To The Unifo Hyattsville
Derek Chauvin - A Disgrace To The Uniform: The Embattled Officer Did More Than Kill George Floyd
Mr. Chauvin, now ironically in a jail in which he put so many others, has and always had serious issues. It is apparent that for some reason they were all but completely ignored.
The 44 year old, in his 19-year career with the Minneapolis Police Department, was the subject of 17 investigations and the respondent to 12 formal complaints against him. The documents pertaining to said are heavily redacted but still reveal pressing problems.
His most obvious display of excessive force occurred in 2007. It involved a mother and her infant (with the family's german shepherd) on their way home from a local grocery store. Officer Chauvin and an unnamed partner forced the mother to stop. Initially she was unsure of the cause. It was cited as her driving 10 miles over the speed limit. Then without another word exchanged the officers opened her door and began to pull her out of the minivan - well before she had the opportunity to unlatch her seatbelt. She was pulled through her restraints out to the street and then into the back of their squadcar. With her child crying loudly in the background she insistantly asked why she was arrested. After a long period of his refusal to answer Chauvin muttered that her vechicle "fit a description".
There were also incidents with shootings in which his use of firepower was questionable. 1 of the 3 or so reported described him as chasing and firing at a man who was already running from another (presumably non-police) shooter.
Those things coupled with the fact that he was perpetually in massive debt (which was brought into his marriage at its start) and the years-long dissatisfaction of and relational distance from his wife evidently took its toll on his mindset and the community he swore to protect and serve.
It was said by onlookers (primarily the couple's neighbors) that the Chauvins' relationship had been under visible strain for years and that Chauvin's wife had been looking for some time for the right opportunity to divorce him. Conflicting schedules and conflicting views caused further estrangement between them. Also Mrs. Chauvin bore concern for the children she had from a previous marriage. What was done to George Floyd was the last straw, finally giving her the courage to leave. She in disgust over her former husband's actions and the desire to make a clean break decided to forego spousal support and petitioned the court to change back to her previous name.
After analysis of the video that rocked the world, Mr. Chauvin's indictment was necessarily moved up from manslaughter to second-degree murder plus the previous charge. A group of bystanders are heard pleading for Mr. Floyd's life as Chauvin continues to drive his knee into his victim's neck, fatally asphyxiating him. The other three officers on the scene were taken in as co-conspirators and will share the same fate as the first. As appalling as Chauvin's example is, it seems that his presence on the force and this case are just the tip of the iceberg.
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Major Study Says Officially Misreported COVID-19 Statistics Were A False Alarm - Americans Are Scared Over Minor Risks
As reported on a podcast entitled "The Daily Daily Caller" (hosted by Derek Hunter and affliated with Daily Caller, a prominent Conservative news magazine) the jig is up on The Coronavirus. Though its impact has had a devastating effect on The American People, it has not directly impacted as much of our population as we have been led to believe.
Only 39 of the 50 US states were respondents in the said survey. The remaining eleven were reticent to report anything, with the prevailing coincidence being that their governors were Democrats. It's found that while Conservatives have been taking ordinary precautions, Liberals have demonstrated an especially stringent approach. The old maxim rightly says "it's better to be safe than to be sorry". However, it appears that the Progressives have progressed past the point of being useful in our shared crisis.
The data taken, which is touted to be a strict result of number crunching only, shows that 43% of COVID-19 fatalities come from what is merely 0.6% of the general population - i.e.; nursing home residents.
It was further stated that such controversy arose over both the detailing of the involved statistics and the handling of protocols set for the homes that Governor Cuomo of New York was forced to take down his published directives for said from the state's website. That development would suggest that there were serious issues with the collection and interpretation of Coronavirus stats all along.
It is still widely asserted by leading epidemiologists that the virus is of much greater concern to the elderly than to the younger of us - and that the status of a person's health before contracting COVID-19 is the key determining factor as to whether or not the infection becomes lethal. Also, best practices in hygiene have done their job.
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California Sues 'Criminal Minds' for Habitual Sexual Harassment
An apparent culture of endemic sexual abuse on the set of the highly-popular CBS show was brought to the attention of the state through the mass firing of a dozen production assistants. The program, which aired its last episode in February, has had a years-long issue with the alleged exploitation of its crew by its director of photography, Gregory St. Johns. It is claimed by virtually all but the accused and those named as his co-conspirators that said violations were openly committed and fully tolerated by senior executives.
The investigation by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing cites that the executive team took no measues whatsover - punitive or corrective - to stem the harassment except to dismiss its subjected employees. A bevy of indictments comes from California itself, including that of discrimination and retaliation.
When St. Johns was finally removed in light of what was uncovered, he was still given an "enhanced severance package" by ABC Studios, the Walt Disney Company subsidiary in charge. Despite St. Johns having been sued privately just prior to the state's action on the same misbehavior, he was not discharged until the initial reporting of this account was done by Variety Magazine. The Hollywood trade journal offers several exclusives on this story's developments.
Variety.com has, of course, published extensive details which involve a group e-mail notification to tip off staffers and the dumping of a whole department as payback for whistleblowing. It seems the most "Criminal Minds" shown were those in the top ranks of Disney and / or CBS.
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25% of U.S. Restaurants Will Remain Closed... Forever
Said is the very bleak projection made by the leading online restaurant reservation booking platform, OpenTable. Through its own system-based statistical analysis it counts reservations as having gone down by 95% from where they were at this point last year. Of course, this State of Affairs is due almost entirely to the Covid-19 outbreak and local ordinances which restrict operation under its influence. (However, though dine-in is on a separate track than carry out, the situation is not helped by the fact that the consumer is getting accustomed to the convenience of delivery.)
By way of force the former diners are discovering "the joy of cooking" and even baking. There is currently a shortage of flour (in all its varieties) that is readily evidenced in any grocery store.
The Do-It-at-Home and / or Do-It-Yourself culture imposed by the Coronavirus has / have created new and possibly long-standing habits; due largely in part to the economic insufficiency caused by mass unemployment. Eating out is something that we do only with discretionary income, and as many have had none to spare lately, there has been none to give to an ailing industry that relies so heavily on the personal prosperity of its customer base.
Unfortunately so many popular spots, from Mom and Pop-run places, established 50 years ago, to the hot new bistros with their 4 star chefs, are taking a nosedive into oblivion. And patrons are just as sad as owners to see them go.
It goes without saying that many of the earliest protesters of the Coronavirus-based shutdowns were restauranteurs. They felt the impact of the virus well before most of the rest of us did. In addition to losing the primary basis of their revenue, through which to pay themselves and their employees, the owners of the now depressed businesses still face having to pay for all the overhead involved - from credit-bound purchases or rental of equipment to overdue lease payments for the commercial space occupied.
Restaurants lost more than $30 billion in sales during March and $50 billion in April, according to the National Restaurant Association. As of 2019, an estimated 9.6 million Americans worked in Food Service. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at the time reported that:
"Employment of food and beverage serving and related workers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects in most dining establishments will be excellent because many workers leave the occupation each year, resulting in numerous job openings."
There will definitely be a radical shift in what that report details. There is some hope in the fact that diners from states like Arizona and Texas (where restaurants reopened several days ago) told OpenTable that they look forward to going out again... but the associated numbers are still at a very low count as compared to last year.
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The Plan for Our Total Recovery from The Coronavirus - Vaccination Efforts Against COVID-19
The President and leading health officials are working feverishly (no pun intended) on a plan to roll out vaccines for the virus; for as soon as it is at all possible to deploy them. The selection for U.S. use has been narrowed down to four or five serums that are still in development. 2 are yielding great promise in the eyes of researchers and may see the end of investigation by July. (China is currently testing several of at least 100 formulas in existence.) Of course, caution must be used when administering a brand new drug to a mass population - but the frustration over the delay is mounting for the Trump Administration and the International Community.
In April a consortium of 16 biopharmaceutical companies and government health agencies led by the U.S. National Institutes of Health introduced Activ, or Accelerating Covid-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines, to jumpstart those efforts.
Days ago Mr. Trump announced "Operation Warp Speed", installing GlaxoSmithKline's chief executive, Moncef Slaoui, as the head of the initiative. In addition, Gustave Perna, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Material Command, is onboard as its officer of operations. The target date for conpletion of The White House's campaign, with full national distribution of dosings to the general public, is in six months from its launch - that is, January. The National Institutes of Health set up uniform guidelines on the trials for and manufacturing of the vaccines so as to aid in expediting the process as well as to safeguard it.
There are many supporters of the goal, such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and vocal critics of the plan and its timetable, especially Rick Bright, a self-proclaimed whistleblower and the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), an office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He and the Trump Administration came to blows when his claim was asserted before the Congress in regard to being ignored on 2019 warnings about Covid-19.
Dr. Bright is definitely of the belief that nothing that is both an effective and safe treatment can be created so quickly. However, when addressing Congress in 2018 he stated, "No one can rival BARDA's success in expanding capacity and pushing new products to the marketplace." Other experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, see reaching a solution in 12 - 18 months. Strategic emphasis and substantial funding are still placed on long-term virus detection testing.
As for the anti-malarial drugs some have held in high esteem - chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine - there seems to be more objecton to the purported side effects than confidence in the restorative properties of them. However, President Trump, a staunch supporter of the "Right to Try" laws, allowing terminally ill patients access to experimental therapies, will likely continue to press for whatever demonstrates a change in outcomes.
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The death of an African American at the hands of a policeman provoked massive protests in dozens of US cities
Demonstrations continue in 75 cities across the US that protest the murder of an African-American, George Floyd, by police in Minnesota. Stocks often spill over into violent clashes with the police: demonstrators set fire to cars, smash shops and throw firecrackers. President Donald Trump was forced to go down the bunker for a while.
The office building in the very center of Washington caught fire just half an hour before the curfew in the US capital. According to the decision of the mayor of the year, Muriel Bowser, it is forbidden to be on the streets from 23:00 to 6 am, and all residents have no right to leave their homes.