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    Pig Farmer’s Sons Become Billionaire Grocers in Virus’s Wake

    (Bloomberg) -- Lim Hock Chee and his wife used to sell chilled pork at a rented stall in a grocery store.Now, after more than 35 years, his family operates 61 supermarkets across Singapore and has joined the ranks of billionaires.Shares of their Sheng Siong Group Ltd., which competes with Amazon.com Inc. in the city-state, rose to a record Wednesday as supermarkets have become the preferred place to shop after the government imposed a partial lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The stock has rallied more than 30% since a March 19 closing low.The family’s combined fortune, based on their 57% stake in the retailer held mainly by Lim and his two brothers, has surged to $1.1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That would have been inconceivable when Lim started the pork stall to help alleviate a supply glut at his father’s pig farm. The brothers took over the supermarket where the stall was located and turned it into the first Sheng Siong store in 1985, and today is planning a foray into Singapore’s digital banking scene.The founders declined to comment on their wealth, according to a Sheng Siong spokesman. The brothers and their family were thrust into the media spotlight in 2014, when their mother was kidnapped. She was released unharmed after Lim paid ransom, and the kidnapper was sentenced to life imprisonment.Regulatory filings show that Lim bought more shares last month through an account jointly held with his wife. He may have learned a thing or two from previous outbreaks.“When people stayed away from restaurants during SARS, we enjoyed brisk business because more people started buying food to cook at home,” he said in a 2008 interview with the Straits Times.Supermarket BillionairesGrocery purchases are likely to remain robust even if social-distancing restrictions and panic-buying abates, according to Juliana Cai, an analyst at RHB Securities Singapore Pte.“Employees are likely to be encouraged to continue working from home to prevent another wave of the viral contagion,” she wrote, maintaining Sheng Siong as her top pick among consumer-focused stocks.Sheng Siong’s shares rose 4.4% Thursday, the most in nearly three weeks, bringing year-to-date gains to nearly 14%. Daiwa Capital Markets Singapore Ltd. raised the stock’s target price to S$1.48 from S$1.37, maintaining an outperform rating.The Lims aren’t the only ones benefiting from a surge in grocery spending.Amazon.com Inc., which owns Whole Foods Markets, surged to another record Wednesday, lifting the fortune of founder Jeff Bezos to $139.8 billion. Alice, Jim and Rob Walton, members of the world’s richest family, now have a combined net worth of $168.5 billion as shares of their Walmart Inc. climbed 8.4% this year.Radhakishan Damani, who controls Avenue Supermarts Ltd. in India, now has a net worth of $10.7 billion, an increase of about 10% since the start of the year.See also: Waltons Grow Richer Than Ever With Recession-Resilient WalmartSocial DistancingDBS Bank Ltd. analysts said they expect Sheng Siong to boost earnings over the next two years, citing social-distancing and stimulus measures, as well as cost cuts. The company posted 2019 net income of S$75.8 million ($53.1 million) on revenue of S$991.3 million.“Sheng Siong’s target customers are not so much of millennials who are open to online grocery shopping,” DBS’s Alfie Yeo and Andy Sim wrote in a note to clients Wednesday.The grocer, with its “decent” store network and logistics chain, eventually could be a takeover target for online players, the analysts wrote.The brothers are already considering branching out from its core business. Sheng Siong Holdings, a private entity owned by the Lims, is part of a consortium led by local gaming company Razer Inc. that has applied for a digital-banking license.In an interview last year with tax and consulting firm RSM Singapore, Lim Hock Chee said people should embrace change because “the world never stops turning.”(Updates with Thursday’s share price gains in 10th paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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    Snowden, in an interview with Vice, said that governments may take advantage of the pandemic to impose authoritarian rules on populations. 

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    China has failed to convince anyone videos of Africans being evicted is just a “misunderstanding”

    China has spent the last few days trying to manage a damaging story about how local authorities in the city of Guangzhou have been targeting black African migrants for eviction and forced coronavirus testing. The story rapidly went global after numerous videos and images of Africans being evicted, blocked from hotels or even being barred from a local McDonald's went viral on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. Beijing had tried to downplay the videos but was quickly put under diplomatic pressure by the governments of Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and the African Union in an unprecedented forceful response from African governments in China-Africa diplomacy.

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    Trump has created a task force to reopen America in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and packed it not with leading public-health officials or economic experts but a who’s who of clubby cabinet appointees.

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    Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) authoritatively declared on Wednesday night that the American people understand that the economy needs to be reopened very soon and that when that happens, the deadly coronavirus is “gonna spread faster.”Appearing on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, Kennedy—whose home state has been one of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic—insisted that social-distancing restrictions need to be quickly reversed because “very soon, the can is going to run out of road.”After asserting that the world economy would soon collapse if the United States isn’t opened up in the near future, the Louisiana lawmaker went on to claim that nationwide shutdowns “did not stop the spread of virus.”“I wish it had,” he added. “But it’s too late for that. The shutdown slowed the spread of the virus at enormous cost, but it still spread.”Because, according to Kennedy, social-distancing guidelines and widespread closures didn’t slow the expansion of the virus enough, it will spread much faster when those measures are pulled back, he said.“That’s just a fact,” he asserted. “And the American people understand that.”The conservative senator went on to say that “somebody’s got to make the call” on how the country goes about reopening, noting that it can’t be “in the middle of a hot spot” and that potentially high-risk people should be encouraged to quarantine.“But, you know, this is like choosing between cancer and a heart attack,” he continued.Kennedy also took issue with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who had preceded him on Carlson’s program and recommended that the economy stay closed until July to help stem the spread of the virus. “Do you really believe the American people are going to stand for that?” Kennedy exclaimed. “They are not. They are not. They’re going to go back to work.”The senator, meanwhile, said he didn’t want to hear any “sophomoric accusations” that he is “morally tainted” if he doesn’t “want to see the economy crash,” adding that while he values life, this is “a question of making a hard decision with cold, hard facts.”“The American people get it,” he concluded. “We’ve got to reopen, and when we do, the coronavirus is gonna spread faster, and we’ve got to be ready.”Host Tucker Carlson, who has been one of the loudest Fox News voices calling on President Donald Trump to end the shutdowns, applauded Kennedy for his stance.“Yep. You know what kills more people every year than coronavirus? A lot more. Poverty,” he reacted. “Poverty kills people in massive numbers, we should remember that. Senator, thank you for those wise words.”According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, 28,364 Americans have died from coronavirus and 637,359 have been infected. In Kennedy’s home state, there have been nearly 22,000 confirmed cases and more than 1,100 deaths.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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    An engaged Reddit user is turning heads after sharing his fiancée’s “repulsive” wedding request. On April 13, the Redditor, writing under the username GlassAlarm, shared his story on the Am I the A***** (AITA) forum. In the post, he describes his fiancé’s request and asks whether it’d be overreacting to call the whole wedding off because of it. The Redditor begins by explaining that he got engaged a few months ago. Everything was fine — but during some subsequent wedding planning, his fiancée revealed... that “it is ‘family tradition’ to put a ball and chain on the groom at the reception as [a] ‘joke”. “I am certainly not doing that, but she seems pretty firm on it. I feel like if you want to embarrass me like that. you can host your own reception without my family and friends there. and embarrass me all you want in front of your family and friends,” he said. Because of his fiancé’s request, the Reddit user is considering calling off the wedding altogether. In the comments, people have overwhelmingly come to the groom-to-be’s defense. “What a repulsive, tacky tradition,” one comment with 18,000 upvotes reads

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    Evangelical pastor Bishop Gerald Glenn had died from COVID-19. Glenn had ignored CDC guidelines for social distancing and kept his church open. He told his congregation, "I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus," and said he was not afraid to die.

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    Anonymous tip leads police to 17 bodies at a nursing home hit hard by coronavirus

    An anonymous person called the police department in Andover, New Jersey, on Monday to report that a corpse was being stored in a shed outside the largest licensed nursing home in the state. When officers arrived, they discovered the body was gone, but found 17 others inside the facility's tiny morgue.The Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center I and II has 700 beds in two buildings, The New York Times reports. There have been 68 recent deaths of residents and nurses, with at least 26 testing positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. As of Wednesday, 76 patients and 41 staffers have also tested positive for the virus. Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson told the Times the facility was "just overwhelmed by the amount of people who were expiring." He added, "I don't know if I'm shocked by any means."Most long-term care facilities in New Jersey have reported at least one case of the coronavirus to state authorities. As of Wednesday, 6,815 patients in New Jersey have been infected by the virus, and at least 45 of the day's 351 deaths related to COVID-19 took place at a nursing home."The challenge we're having with all of these nursing homes is once it spreads, it's like a wildfire," Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D) told the Times. "It's very hard to stop it." His office has been receiving calls from worried nurses and family members of residents, and "it's scary for everybody," Gottheimer said. "What is surprising to me is how many are dying in house, versus the hospital."Local health officials were told by Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation I and II staffers that sick patients were separated from other residents, and placed on the same floors or wings. Prior to the pandemic, Medicare gave the facility a one-star rating, or "much below average," based on staffing levels, patient care, and inspections. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com Michigan governor says protesters against stay-at-home order 'might have just created a need to lengthen it' Late night hosts deconstruct Trump's coronavirus 'buck-passing,' doubt its efficacy Why can't you go fishing during the pandemic?

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    Has Trump finally met his match? The female reporters setting him straight

    During Monday’s coronavirus briefing, the president talked over reporter Paula Reid – a pattern he seems to follow when talking to female journalists * Coronavirus – live US updates * Live global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump seems to have misplaced an entire six weeks recently: he is yet to account for what he did in the first six weeks after the first coronavirus case was confirmed in the US.Yesterday, the CBS reporter Paula Reid was determined to ask him about it at a White House press conference. “How do you close down the greatest economy in the history of the world when, on January 17, you have no cases [of Covid-19 in the US] and no deaths?” he replied. “On January 21, you have one case and no deaths. Think of that, we’re supposed to close down the country?”In the exchange, the president highlights his decision to close US borders to China, and suggests that Democrats, in particular Joe Biden, accused him of xenophobia at the time.But Reid was not convinced. “The argument is that you bought yourself some time. But what did you do with that time? You didn’t use it to prepare hospitals, you didn’t use it to ramp up testing. Right now, nearly 20 million are unemployed, tens of thousands of Americans are dead,” says Reid.In the ensuing debacle, Trump talks over her, raising his voice and calling Reid disgraceful – a pattern he seems to follow when talking to female journalists, and female journalists of color particularly. Earlier this month, the PBS journalist Yamiche Alcindor had a similar interaction with Trump, during which he told her to “be nice”. Alcindor stood her ground and held her line of questioning.Trump continuously looks down during Reid’s questioning, but if it’s a script he is consulting, it doesn’t seem very versatile. “What do you do when you have no cases in the whole United States –” he begins, before Reid interjects: “You had cases in February.”Reid does what all journalists who are facing Donald Trump should do: she demands an answer, she holds him to account, and she remains steadfast and unfazed while he ignores her questions and insults her instead.“Look, look, you know you’re a fake. You know that, your whole network, the way that you cover it is fake,” responds Trump. He goes on to ask about Joe Biden apologizing for closing the borders.“There are thousands of Americans dead right now, we don’t care about why Joe Biden didn’t apologize to you,” responds Reid.Trump continues to give himself credit for closing borders in January. But still, nobody knows what happened in February.

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    This week, the IRS began direct depositing stimulus checks, and some 80 million Americans should receive their checks today. Even if you haven’t received yours yet, you can see the status of your payment on the new IRS tracking tool, though it may currently be overloaded due to high demand. But as you breathe a sigh of relief seeing the payment in your account, you may still be confused about whether it comes with strings attached, or whether you’ll have to repay it down the road. The short answer is that you don’t have to repay the stimulus money to the federal government in any way. It’s not a loan. However, after the IRS disburses the money, you may face a roadblock in banks and private debt collectors garnishing your stimulus payment. Read ahead to find out who can touch your stimulus check, and for what reason.Your stimulus payment will not be taxedWhether you receive the maximum amount or not, no one’s stimulus payment will be added to their taxable income. You will not have to worry about paying additional taxes next year. The payment itself won’t be taxed, either. If you’re an individual filer and make less than $75,000 a year, you should see the full $1,200 in your bank account. If you’re a married filer, you should see $2,400 if you and your spouse make less than $150,000. If you have children, you should see an extra $500 for each child.The federal government won’t garnish for back taxes or student loansIf you owe taxes, don’t worry. The IRS will not take any of the stimulus money for back taxes. If anyone approaches you claiming to be from the IRS saying that your stimulus payment will need to go to the taxes you owe — that’s a scam. The government is also not permitted to take your stimulus money for defaulted student loans. If you happen to owe child support, though, your check will be reduced to cover your late child support payments. But experts warn banks could take your stimulus moneyUnfortunately, the above applies only to federal and state debt. Experts have warned that banks may be able to garnish your stimulus payment for private debt collection, with a top U.S. Treasury official reportedly telling banks that “there’s nothing in the law that precludes that.” If you have outstanding loans or owe bank fees, your bank could automatically take the money to offset those debts. Because the stimulus payments are categorized as refundable tax credits and not federal benefits, they can be garnished for debt. Congress made an exemption on garnishment for federal and state debt when it passed the CARES Act, and it also gave the Treasury the authority to write additional exemptions for private debt. Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Ron Wyden of Oregon wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on April 3rd informing him that private debt collectors can garnish stimulus money. So far, the department has made no move to write an exemption protecting the checks.The American Prospect reports that it reached out to Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, and U.S. Bank about whether they would use the stimulus check to collect debts and fees. JPMorgan Chase said it would not use the money for negative balances on charged-off accounts, specifically. Wells Fargo said in a statement that it would be “pausing for 30 days the collection of negative balances existing at the time when stimulus payments are deposited.” According to The American Prospect’s report, the other three banks have not responded at time of writing.So what can you do to protect your money if you have private debt or owe other bank fees? Check if your state has laws prohibiting banks from garnishing your stimulus check. Several states, including Texas, Massachusetts, and Las Vegas, as well as Washington, D.C., have recently passed laws to protect against this. Ohio and Illinois have also announced that stimulus payments will not be taken by private debt collectors. Make sure you’re aware of which bank account your payment will be deposited to, keep a close eye on it, and move it as soon as it comes in. You could also try redirecting the payment to a credit union using the IRS tool or on your 2019 tax return, if you haven’t filed yet. “Creditors are less likely to serve garnishment orders on smaller institutions,” Lauren Saunders, an associate director at the National Consumer Law Center, said in an interview with MarketWatch.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Why Trump's Name Is Being Added To Stimulus ChecksTwitter Reacts To The StimulusDepositHow Can I Get My Stimulus Check Faster?How To Get Your Stimulus Check Via Direct Deposit

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    There was compelling evidence by late December that the new coronavirus in Wuhan, China, was spreading from person to person, but Chinese officials didn't take the threat of a significant outbreak seriously until the coronavirus was detected in Thailand on Jan. 13, The Associated Press reports, citing internal documents and interviews with Chinese officials. Top officials in Beijing started preparing for a pandemic on Jan. 14, but secretly, keeping the public in the dark as the virus spread for six days. President Xi Jinping issued a televised warning on Jan. 20, at which point more than 3,000 people had been infected.Chinese officials spent the six days distributing test kits to trace the virus nationwide, ordering wider screening of patients, preparing hospitals for an infectious virus, and easing the stringent rules for confirming coronavirus infections, AP reports. During that week, Wuhan "hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people" and "millions began traveling through for Lunar New Year celebrations.""If they took action six days earlier, there would have been much fewer patients and medical facilities would have been sufficient," Zuo-Feng Zhang, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, told AP. "We might have avoided the collapse of Wuhan's medical system," and lives would have been saved. Researchers later estimated that if the public had been warned a week earlier and told to wear masks, forego travel, and social-distance, cases could have been cut by up to two-thirds.China denies that it hid the outbreak early on, and some outside experts argue that Beijing's actions were defensible given its private actions and the risk of provoking unnecessary hysteria. "But the early story of the pandemic in China shows missed opportunities at every step," AP reports. "Under Xi, China's most authoritarian leader in decades, increasing political repression has made officials more hesitant to report cases without a clear green light from the top." Read more at The Associated Press.More stories from theweek.com Michigan governor says protesters against stay-at-home order 'might have just created a need to lengthen it' Late night hosts deconstruct Trump's coronavirus 'buck-passing,' doubt its efficacy Why can't you go fishing during the pandemic?

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    Geraldo Rivera: ‘Very Dishonest’ for CNN and MSNBC to Cut Away From Trump Briefings

    The men and women who work at CNN and MSNBC are practically begging their bosses to stop airing President Donald Trump’s daily press briefings. Geraldo Rivera has a different idea.“To my colleagues at MSNBC & CNN,” the pundit tweeted on Wednesday. “Your decision to cut away from or not carry daily Presidential Corona Briefing not only hurts your ratings but more importantly is a disservice to your viewers. Let @realDonaldTrump & experts make their point-then fact check or bust their chops.”And if that wasn’t enough, he pressed his unpopular case further during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show later in the day.“I tweeted out today to my colleagues at MSNBC and CNN that I thought it was really amateurish of them to not carry the president’s task force briefings,” Rivera told Hannity. “That they were not only harming themselves in terms of ratings but doing a disservice to their audience.” As Rivera went on to say what he thinks the cable news networks should do if they “disagree with the president,” Hannity interrupted him.“Geraldo, with all due respect, they are not your colleagues,” the host said. “They have spent every waking minute of every day for over three years hating this man irrationally and lying!”Andrew Cuomo Slams Trump Briefings: Governors ‘Should Not Watch That’ “I’m being gracious to get to this point,” Rivera replied. “If they want to fact check him or if they want to like, you know, really give him a hard time and roast him over the coals, let the audience see what he said and then do it. Don’t preempt him and then try to categorize or define what he was saying, it’s very dishonest and it’s not doing your audience a service.”For the most part, all three of the major cable news networks have been airing Trump’s briefings in their entirety and offering commentary either through chyron captions on screen or during fact-check panels that follow. On Wednesday evening, however, MSNBC cut away a handful of times and CNN declined to start airing the briefing until Dr. Deborah Birx started speaking. Stephen Colbert Burns Down Trump’s Coronavirus Press Briefing ‘Propaganda’ VideoRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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    Suspended Nurse Denies Hospital’s Claim She Violated Patient Privacy When Posting About COVID-19

    Johnna claims she was suspended without pay by the hospital where she works as a nurse after she wrote a Facebook post in a private group for fellow nurses on her floor. She claims the floor was transitioning to a COVID-19 unit and she was worried about an alleged lack of personal protective equipment for medical staff, as well as for patient safety. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: How Has the Coronavirus Changed Your Life? “These patients were being put into rooms with the doors wide open. They’re not in negative pressure rooms, they’re not in any other special room, and some of the neighbors to these patients are patients that don’t have the virus, who are just there because they’re sick,” she claims. WATCH: ‘We Should Be Able To Stand Up For Our Rights,’ Declares Chicago Nurse Johnna claims management suspended her after they got ahold of her post, accusing her of violating HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws, which she adamantly denies. “I did not violate HIPPA by talking about COVID with my staff members,” she insists. Watch the video above for more from Johnna’s interview with Dr. Phil, then check here to find out where you can tune in to Wednesday’s episode. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Outrageous news story in your town?

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    NY Times Editor Says Biden Sexual-Assault Article Was Edited after His Campaign Complained

    New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said on Monday that the paper made a controversial change to its report on the sexual-assault allegation against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden after his campaign complained about the wording.In an interview with Times media columnist Ben Smith, Baquet said the Biden campaign took issue with some of the phrasing in the paper's report on former Senate staffer Tara Reade's allegation that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993."No other allegation about sexual assault surfaced in the course of reporting, nor did any former Biden staff members corroborate any details of Ms. Reade's allegation," the report read. "The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable."The Times subsequently deleted the second half of that sentence, eliminating the description of Biden's conduct to which women have previously objected."I want to ask about some edits that were made after publication, the deletion of the second half of the sentence," Smith asked Baquet. "Why did you do that?""Even though a lot of us, including me, had looked at it before the story went into the paper, I think that the campaign thought that the phrasing was awkward and made it look like there were other instances in which he had been accused of sexual misconduct, and that's not what the sentence was intended to say," Baquet answered."Why not explain that?" Smith pressed."We didn't think it was a factual mistake," Baquet said. "I thought it was an awkward phrasing issue that could be read different ways and that it wasn't something factual we were correcting. So, I didn't think that was necessary."The Times did not add a correction or an editor's note to the report after it was changed. The paper also deleted a tweet relating to the report and explained, "We've deleted a tweet in this thread that had some imprecise language that has been changed in the story."Reade went public with graphic details about her claim on March 25, and the Times report was published over two weeks later on Easter Sunday."I thought that what The New York Times could offer and should try to offer was the reporting to help people understand what to make of a fairly serious allegation against a guy who had been a vice president of the United States and was knocking on the door of being his party's nominee," Baquet said, explaining why the Times waited to report on the accusation. "Look, I get the argument. Just do a short, straightforward news story. But, I'm not sure that doing this sort of straightforward news story would have helped the reader understand. Have all the information he or she needs to think about what to make of this thing."The executive editor also defended the paper's more proactive approach to reporting on the sexual-assault allegations against then–Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying the standard for such reporting is "very subjective.""It was a live, ongoing story that had become the biggest political story in the country. It was just a different news judgment moment," Baquet said of the news cycle during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.The Biden campaign has denied Reade's allegation.

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    Trumpists Believe Bill Gates Is Using Coronavirus to Implant Brain Chips

    Billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have committed $100 million of their own money to fight the coronavirus pandemic. In return, a fevered segment of the pro-Trump internet is convinced the couple wants to kill off a good portion of humanity, then install mark-of-the-beast style tracking chips in whoever survives. On Wednesday, pro-Trump personalities and regular Trump White House guests “Diamond and Silk” became the latest to push conspiracy theories about Gates, tweeting that the Microsoft founder was operating on a secretive “agenda” to “rule the world with vaccines” and vowing not to take any coronavirus vaccine that Gates was involved with.“You're not going to make black people the guinea pigs for this here right here,” Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway said in a video. “We're not going to be your experiment or your project,” Rochelle “Silk” Richardson added.Diamond and Silk, who have visited the White House on several occasions, been featured  as campaign surrogates and been boosted by Trump, aren’t alone. Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson claimed last week that Gates wants to use “vaccines to track people,” while Fox News host Laura Ingraham—who has met with Trump to discuss the coronavirus—tweeted that Gates and other “globalists” want to use the crisis to track people. Gates’s name appeared on protest signs meant to criticize Ohio’s social distancing order, while former Trump adviser Roger Stone accused Gates of wanting to “microchip” people. Amid the confusion caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Gates has emerged in fringe right circles as a villain behind the virus’s spread.Gates has long been viewed suspiciously by vaccine skeptics, who take out-of-context remarks he made in 2011 about vaccines as proof that he wants to use inoculations to reduce the global population. In reality, Gates meant that reducing child mortality would help parents plan their families better. In the coronavirus era, though, rumors and conspiracy theories about Gates have boomed. On social media, Gates has been wrongly accused of everything from plotting out the coronavirus pandemic ahead of time to distributing plush souvenir coronavirus toys to celebrate the virus’s death toll.Gates has taken on the mastermind role in the right-wing conspiracy imagination typically reserved for billionaire Democratic donor George Soros, according to Brooke Binkowski, the managing editor of fact-checking site Truth or Fiction. “These are all just recirculated, warmed-over stories—they’re just switching the names around,” Binkowski said. “George Soros was the bogeyman, now it’s Bill Gates.” The disinformation campaign about Gates kicked off early in the spread of COVID-19, with QAnon conspiracy theorists claiming he had somehow patented the virus, with the implication that Gates was deliberately spreading the disease. More recently, conspiracy theorists have claimed that Gates is somehow developing a tracking device to pair with any coronavirus vaccine. Some right-wing figures have even claimed Gates is developing the “mark of the Beast” predicted in the Book of Revelation. In fact, Gates’ foundation funded research in 2016 into using invisible ink to track child vaccination in developing countries, long before the coronavirus pandemic. As for the coronavirus, Gates has pledged to fund the construction of seven different factories to help with production of seven potential vaccines. The investment will cost him billions because, in all likelihood, much of the money will go to waste. But he’s argued that it is worth it since it will dramatically reduce the time to scale up manufacturing as vaccine trial runs are conducted. Bill Gates Might Save the World. Or Waste Billions on Vaccine Hunt.Nevertheless, the right-wing internet’s focus on Gates has proved to be fertile ground for internet tricksters. On April 10, for example, Microsoft released a commercial featuring its work with performance artist Marina Abramovic. Coincidentally, Abramovic is also a prominent player in the heated imaginations of Pizzagate conspiracy theorists, who believe she is somehow involved with child sacrifices at a Washington pizzeria. An internet trickster quickly recut the ad, inserting a flashing “666” and images of Abramovic dancing in a satanic pentagram. The doctored ad circulated on Twitter as the genuine commercial, prompting people like one-time Pizzagate conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich to claim in a tweet that Microsoft put a “666” message in the ad.“Oh cool Microsoft did a video where ‘666’ flashes in the screen for a split second but if you point this out you’re a conspiracy theorist,” Cernovich wrote in a tweet, which he later deleted.Microsoft eventually pulled the ad from YouTube. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft—whose board Gates left in March—didn’t respond to requests for comment. The wild conspiracy theorizing around Gates isn’t just an internet phenomenon, Binkowski fears. Instead, it could end up having real world, highly damaging, impacts on the efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic by convincing people to reject getting a vaccine for fear that it’s some sort of brain chip. “It’s going to have the end effect of scaring more Americans away from vaccines,” Binkowski said.  Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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    Trump now says he'll be 'authorizing' governors to reopen their states at the 'most appropriate' time

    President Trump's incorrect assertion Monday that he has "total" authority over when states lift or relax coronavirus mitigation rules "caught his aides off guard and prompted them to study whether Trump would have such authority in a time of emergency like the ongoing pandemic," The Washington Post reports. Trump continued pushing the idea Tuesday, suggesting that disobeying his orders to reopen the economy would be akin to "mutiny."Governors from both parties noted pointedly on Tuesday that they have and will retain the authority to lift social distancing rules they put in place. By his press conference Tuesday night, Trump largely reversed course."I will be speaking to all 50 governors very shortly and I will then be authorizing each individual governor of each individual state to implement a reopening, and a very powerful reopening plan, of their state at a time and in a manner as most appropriate," Trump said. "The day will be very close," and in some states "maybe even before the date of May 1." He added that "the governors will be very, very respectful of the presidency," but they "are responsible, they have to take charge, they have to do a great job," or he might "close 'em up and start all over again.""Trump outlined a vision in which workers would be tested, perhaps on a weekly basis, and governors would test travelers arriving at their states' borders," The Associated Press reports. "But the U.S. is nowhere near having that kind of infrastructure." Atypically, Trump ended the press conference without letting federal health officials field questions.Earlier Tuesday, Trump appeared to threaten to withhold federal assistance from states that don't obey him, oddly placing himself in the role of Capt. William Bligh. Tell the Democrat Governors that "Mutiny On The Bounty" was one of my all time favorite movies. A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2020One official told the Post that "Trump is frustrated that the governors are getting so much credit and no blame while he gets all the blame and none of the credit," specifically complaining about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). Trump tweeted Tuesday that Cuomo has been "begging" for supplies but "now he seems to want Independence! That won't happen!"More stories from theweek.com Michigan governor says protesters against stay-at-home order 'might have just created a need to lengthen it' Legal scholar who defended Trump during impeachment objects to his idea of adjourning Congress Why can't you go fishing during the pandemic?

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    Angry shoppers slam new rules preventing Walmart, Target, and Costco stores from selling 'nonessential' items such as toys and clothing in certain parts of the US

    Vermont and Michigan states are among those to have enforced new regulation that prevents big-box stores from selling "nonessential" items.

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    White House Says Kellyanne Conway ‘Well Aware’ What COVID-19 Means After Inaccurately Referencing ‘COVID-1’

    Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, attempting to take a shot at the World Health Organization — and has been brutally mocked for her seemingly scientifically inaccurate comment. The White House, however, claims she did not misspeak.“This is COVID-19, not COVID-1, folks,” she declared, “and so you would think the people in charge of the World Health Organization, facts and figures, would be on top of that.”COVID-19 means, in reality, “coronavirus disease 2019,” a reference to the year the strain currently causing a global pandemic was first discovered. It has nothing to do with the number of previously-discovered strains, as Conway seemingly suggested.Also Read: Fox News Contributor Bill Bennett Inaccurately Says Coronavirus 'Is Not a Pandemic' (Video)“No wonder the WHO has lost the plot, they didn’t even bother watching the first 18 COVIDs,” sniped New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait on Twitter.“They learned nothing from the carnage of Bowling Green,” replied Slate’s Will Saletan, referencing another infamous on-air mistake from Conway.Others joked about movies with numbers in their titles, wondering how Conway could watch K-9 if she hadn’t seen the first eight and if she had seen the first 2000 Space Odysseys?Lawyer Bradley Moss, however, didn’t let her off easily and, in fact, cautioned that the jokes might be what she wanted in the first place: “Kellyanne is not dumb, folks. She’s rather intelligent. She’s simply gaslighting, depending on the fact that the president’s base either doesn’t know the facts here or doesn’t care so long as they get to mock the subsequent liberal outrage.”A White House official told TheWrap, “Kellyanne is well aware that ’19’ refers to the year.  She attends Task Force meetings daily and sits right behind Drs. Birx and Fauci.  Kellyanne never mentioned ’18 other coronaviruses’. In three different interviews today, Kellyanne made the same point: The WHO has one job, to anticipate infectious disease pandemics. They are charged with managing the information – the facts and figures –  and are paid handsomely to do so. ‘This is COVID 19, not COVID 1’ on one show addressed the sheer number of years the U.S. has given billions and billions of dollars to WHO and were failed by them when it came to the origins, severity, human-to-human transmission and such related to Coronavirus.”Kellyanne Conway: "This is COVID-19, not COVID-1 folks, and so you would think the people in charge of the World Health Organization, facts and figures, would be on top of that." pic.twitter.com/losQ3H4ZhW— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 15, 2020Read original story White House Says Kellyanne Conway ‘Well Aware’ What COVID-19 Means After Inaccurately Referencing ‘COVID-1’ At TheWrap

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    Sen. Chris Murphy: ‘The Reason We Are in This Crisis Today Is Not Because of Anything China Did’

    Senator Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) said Tuesday that the blame for coronavirus “is not because of anything that China did” and instead rests squarely with President Trump.Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Murphy laid out the case that Trump “didn’t take this virus seriously” and that he “viewed this as a hoax” — in an apparent nod to a Democratic attack ad that misrepresents Trump’s "hoax" comments.“Many of us on both sides of the aisle knew what this virus had done in China, we knew it was a matter of time before it arrived here, and it was just shocking how cavalier the administration was,” he stated, referencing a February 5 White House meeting on coronavirus that Murphy attended. “ . . . We weren’t going to be able to keep every case out of the United States, but we didn’t have to have tens of thousands of people dying.” “I walked out of that closed-door briefing just with chills running down my spine… It was just shocking how cavalier the administration was.” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy describes a WH briefing on coronavirus he attended back in February. https://t.co/kksZA8nnp3 pic.twitter.com/z2WzmrR5Zd -- Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 15, 2020China’s failures to halt the spread of the virus from its epicenter in Wuhan are well documented, with Chinese President Xi Jinping only publicly commenting on the virus six days after his officials privately warned local leaders that they “must prepare for and respond to a pandemic.”Murphy went on to criticize Trump’s Tuesday decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization, telling Cooper that “pulling money out of the WHO has nothing to do with keeping America safe, it’s all about the president’s attempt to find scapegoats.” He pointed to positive public comments the president made about China in the buildup to the pandemic, saying “there was no bigger cheerleader for China and their response to coronavirus than President Donald J. Trump.” On March 27, Trump tweeted to say he was “working closely together” with Xi on stopping the virus, after defending his calling the outbreak the "Chinese virus" and criticizing China for attempting to claim coronavirus originated in the U.S.While Vice President Mike Pence claimed earlier this month that Trump never “belittled the threat of the coronavirus,” the administration’s response, while praised at points by governors, has also drawn criticism from some Democrats and some questions from Republicans. Senator Susan Collins said Tuesday that Trump’s coronavirus response has been “very uneven.”“Let’s be honest, there is effectively no response to coronavirus from the administration. All the president does is hold press conferences, everything that has been done to effectively control this virus has been done by governors,” Murphy argued. “ . . . The president talks in these press conferences, but all the of the response has been left to governors. And so if the president had had a more effective national plan from the beginning, we would be in a very different position than we are today.”

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    Workers are dying of COVID-19 as they beg for protections. But lawyers say the coronavirus makes it almost impossible to hold bosses legally responsible.

    Lawyers say that it will be extremely difficult for customers and employees to hold companies responsible if they catch the coronavirus.

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    New study reveals why people have failed to comply with confinement rules

    A new US study has revealed some of the reasons why people have failed to maintain social distancing guidelines during the current COVID-19 outbreak to prevent its spread. Carried out by researchers at Stanford University, the new study surveyed 20,734 people using questionnaires posted on Twitter and Facebook, as well as the neighborhood social networking service NextDoor. The findings, which are part of a larger study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that 39.8 percent of those who responded to the survey reported not complying with social distancing recommendations.

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    India has brought charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the chief of a Muslim seminary for holding a gathering last month that authorities say led to a big jump in coronavirus infections, police said on Thursday. The headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat group in a cramped corner of Delhi were sealed and thousands of followers, including some from Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh, were taken into quarantine after it emerged they had attended meetings there in mid-March. Police initially filed a case against Muhammad Saad Kandhalvi, the chief of the centre, for violating a ban on big gatherings but had now invoked the law against culpable homicide, a police spokesman said.

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    Why can't you go fishing during the pandemic?

    Millions of Americans are doing their best to comply with the various restrictions imposed by the nation’s governors, even as we question their wisdom and, more to the point, their efficacy. Shutting down Major League Baseball is one thing. But fishing alone on a boat? What about reading books on park benches?To which the answer, in my home state of Michigan and many others throughout the country, is please, you scofflaws. Try an approved activity instead, like visiting a legal drug dealer — curbside pickup of marijuana only though — or renting another movie from Jeff Bezos.There is, not to put too fine a point on it, zero evidence in favor of the idea that adults working through their pandemic reading lists in the open air will increase the number of deaths or even infections from this disease. Nor does it make any sense to allow stores to remain open but restrict the items they sell, which is what has happened recently in my home state of Michigan, where retailers are roping off everything from seeds and garden tools to paint and infant car seats on the orders of our Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer. (Forgive me if you habitually purchase your groceries at Home Depot. I am not judging your lifestyle choices, but simply remarking on how unusual they are.)Why does anyone think this is a good idea? If painting your garage or planting hydrangeas is what helps you remain calm and hopeful while civilization is on hold, why interfere? If you own a weekend cottage and want to go there and practice "social distancing" amid more idyllic surroundings, should that really be punishable as a misdemeanor? The only thing these and other punitive measures are likely to encourage is suspicion of even the most seemingly sensible restrictions. Someone who is told that the virus is so serious that he cannot legally drive to his own cabin in the middle of nowhere, back in his old Crestliner boat, and take a few brown trout out of the lake is going to start asking how, well, serious it really is. I admit that I do not have an elaborate statistical model to back up this assertion or even so much as a single graph. Instead I am relying upon common sense, that hoariest and most unfortunately neglected of epistemological tools.Common sense is exactly what has been lacking throughout this pandemic. This has been true of nearly everyone in a position of authority. Telling people that they cannot engage in ordinary, wholesome, totally risk-free activities is not, as Whitmer recently put it, "the best science." It is not any kind of science. An approach to the virus grounded in science — as opposed to omnidirectional prophecies of doom — would consider the question of why many serious infections appear to be nosocomial, which is a fancy way of saying acquired in the hospital, not from playing tee ball. It would ask what it means that there is no meaningful statistical relationship between the speed with which states have shut down and death totals, not even when analysis is restricted to the nation's 15 most populous states. It would consider the not exactly remote possibility that serological testing could soon reveal that the virus arrived on these shores much earlier and is vastly more widespread than most people imagined. It might even involve a bit of epistemic humility about the recent (but now curiously abandoned) calls for more ventilators. Instead of considering any of these dimensions of the crisis, our leaders in the name of public health take steps that go beyond even those called for by models that have already been proven wrong (or, if you insist that scientists are always right even when they are wrong, "revised.")Why though? I am inclined to say that the only explanation for bans on motorboating and reading alone in the park is spite — the delight people in positions of power take in punching down because they can and they get their jollies from it. This is not, of course, incompatible with the notion that our politicians are foolish, unimaginative, and largely immune from the disastrous consequences of their own bad decisions.If you are not persuaded by this account, just ask yourself which is more likely: that when excitable public officials are allowed to take sweeping actions of a kind never witnessed in the entire history of common-law jurisdictions, where things like basic freedom of movement existed long before America was even an idea, they will sometimes abuse their power, or that even fish have the virus? I'll wait.More stories from theweek.com Michigan governor says protesters against stay-at-home order 'might have just created a need to lengthen it' Late night hosts deconstruct Trump's coronavirus 'buck-passing,' doubt its efficacy Trump's performance against Biden reportedly improves after voters watch 90 seconds of a coronavirus briefing

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    Rita Wilson says she was given an anti-malaria drug to treat the coronavirus and had 'extreme side effects'

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