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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States would react strongly if China follows through on plans to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong after last year’s often violent pro-democracy unrest.

The remarks, made by the President to reporters before leaving the White House, come hours after a Chinese official said the National People’s Congress is exercising its “constitutional power” to set up a new legal framework and enforcement mechanism to ensure national security in Hong Kong.

Dangerous shit man, That's openly interfering with China's domestic policy. Hong Kong is for all intents and purposes part of China. I am for Hong Kong but the US involving themselves openly is calling for straight up declaration of war on China. There's a reason why most countries do not recognize Taiwian, because it would take the piss out of China and almost certainly create a war.

We're fucked bois.
Why does every remark that man belch out have to be reported as news? Surely just playing the clip with the sound of a toilet flushing after is all the publicity it needs?
Because he is president of the most powerful country on earth.
because of this. what the article says about Iran would extend to China as well


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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington.

The tankers’ voyage came after Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolás Maduro already turned to Iran for help in flying in chemicals needed at an aging refinery amid a gasoline shortage, a symptom of the wider economic and political chaos gripping Latin America’s one-time largest oil producer.

For Iran, the tankers represent a way to bring money into its cash-starved Shiite theocracy and put its own pressure on the U.S., which under President Donald Trump has pursued maximalist campaigns against both nations.

But the strategy invites the chance of a renewed confrontation between the Islamic Republic and America both in the Persian Gulf, which saw a series of escalating incidents often involving the oil industry last year, and wider afield.

“This is like a new one for everyone,” said Capt. Ranjith Raja, an analyst who tracks oil shipments by sea at the data firm Refinitiv, of the gasoline shipments. “We haven’t seen anything like this before.”

All the vessels involved belong to Iranian state-owned or state-linked companies, flying under the Iranian flag. Since a pressure campaign on Iranian vessels began, notably with the temporary seizure of an Iranian tanker last year by Gibraltar, the country’s ships have been unable to fly flags of convenience of other nations, a common practice in international shipping.
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>Bringing Oil to Venezuela

Yeahbut, it was "real" Communism...
This is pretty fucking based.

>Tomahawk-sized holes in them.
This would be even baseder.
This. For the US anti-socialism is a religion. They'll even kill you in their crusade for being an anti-western nationalist since it doesn't suit American interests. As long as the US has hegemony, going against them is choosing death. The thing is that the hegemony is collapsing.
Based. Fuck the CIA
Isn't Venezuela the country with the most oil in soil ?

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The anti-democracy and pro-corruption party does it again!


Colorado Republican Party Chair Ken Buck, a U.S. representative from Windsor, pressured a local party official to submit incorrect election results to set the primary ballot for a state Senate seat, according to an audio recording of a conference call obtained by The Denver Post.

“You’ve got a sitting congressman, a sitting state party chair, who is trying to bully a volunteer — I’m a volunteer; I don’t get paid for this — into committing a crime,” Eli Bremer, the GOP chairman for state Senate District 10, told The Post on Wednesday, confirming the authenticity of the recording. “To say it’s damning is an understatement.”

Buck says he was merely asking Bremer to abide by a committee decision.

At issue is the Republican primary for the District 10 seat currently held by Sen. Owen Hill, who’s term-limited. State Rep. Larry Liston and GOP activist David Stiver both ran for it. To qualify for the November ballot via the caucus and assembly process, a candidate must receive 30% of the vote from Republicans within the district.

During a district assembly in March, Liston received 75% of the vote and Stiver just 24%, according to documents filed later in Denver District Court. Stiver complained the election was unfair, and the issue was taken up with the state central committee, which agreed, Buck said in an interview Wednesday.

The central committee consists of nearly 500 members, including elected officials and county officers. About 200 were on the line during an April 17 conference call in which the group voted to place Stiver on the ballot for the seat, even though he failed to receive 30% of the district’s votes. After the vote, Buck asked Bremer, the District 10 chair, whether he would comply with the committee’s decision.
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Someone didn't read the article. He got 27% of the voter.
Any Democrat shills care to weigh in now?
>Can't defend the fact that Republicans are repeat offenders at election fraud so he has to use a whataboutism.
Election fraud is bad in all cases and you should not selectively condemn based on the perpetrators political affiliation.
I'm not the one using it as excuse to mass voter suppression though.

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The first alarm came from China. It was a startling discovery—likely the result of how animals were raised for human consumption—that was a global health crisis in waiting, experts warned.

But by then it was already too late to contain its spread.

Soon, the gene, known as “mcr-1,” was found in countries around the world, shocking researchers who study how bacteria and other pathogens evolve to resist the drugs prescribed to defeat them.

This phenomenon, known as antimicrobial resistance, is receiving renewed attention as the current coronavirus crisis reminds the world how destructive public health emergencies can be. Though antimicrobial resistance’s effects are unlikely to be as acute as COVID-19’s, over the long term it could be deadlier. A slow-moving pandemic, it causes about 700,000 deaths yearly, including over 200,000 people who die from tuberculosis that is resistant to at least one drug.

The discovery of mcr-1, reported in 2015, and its rapid global spread set off particularly loud alarm bells because the gene gives bacteria resistance to colistin, an antibiotic with serious side effects that is used when others have failed, and because the gene is of a type that is easily transmissible between different families of bacteria. In a worst-case scenario, it could mix with other types of resistance to create untreatable strains of bacteria known as “superbugs.”

In a world where the spread of antimicrobial resistance isn’t curbed, all doctors can do to fight what are now common ailments is treat their symptoms—a situation similar to the one they face at present with COVID-19. Procedures whose infection risks are currently mitigated with antibiotics, including chemotherapy and hip replacements, will become too risky to perform. In total, antimicrobial resistance’s yearly death toll is predicted to rise to 10 million by 2050, higher than cancer’s death toll today.
And as microbiologists warned years ago that China’s natural reservoir of SARS-like viruses and the local practice of eating wild animals made the country a probable source of a new viral outbreak, so too was it unsurprising that scientists eventually traced mcr-1’s likely origin to one of China’s many pig farms.

Misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in intensive livestock production is a major force behind the spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Farmers buy nearly three-quarters of all antibiotics worldwide, many of which contain the same compounds used to treat sick humans. The drugs keep animals healthy despite crowded living conditions and, because animals expend less energy fighting pathogens, accelerate their growth. Such practices are believed to be widespread in China, which leads the world in pork and chicken meat production. Its aquaculture industry, another large antibiotics consumer, is bigger than those of all other countries combined.

Reliable public figures to make up-to-date international comparisons on antibiotics usage are scarce, but, in 2015, a Chinese researcher put the country’s consumption of the medicines, for both animal and human use, at nearly half the global total. A paper from the same year estimated China’s share at about a quarter of the world’s and predicted its usage would increase rapidly in absolute terms. When looking at antimicrobial resistance in food animals, China and India are the world’s biggest hot spots, according to another study published last year. As such, even though antimicrobial resistance is a global issue, China’s role is crucial, says Thomas van Boeckel, a professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and a co-author of both studies.

To its credit, the Chinese government has formed an ambitious plan to tackle the issue.
Following the World Health Organization’s launch of its Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance in 2015, China has enacted a variety of “aggressive” policies to limit antibiotics consumption, said Zhou Wanqing, an associate at the environmental nongovernmental organization Brighter Green. “The government is aware of the vicious cycle: the more antibiotics used, the worse the resistance, which pushes the growers to use even more antibiotics.”

“Their reaction has been very swift,” van Boeckel told Foreign Policy. But, without a public monitoring system for antibiotics use, which has proved effective in fighting antibiotics abuse in Europe, there is no way to know whether China’s policies are having their stated effect, he said. Evasion of regulations is common in China across most sectors, from construction to medicine, and agriculture is no exception. Enforcement appears inadequate. A survey published in January found that three-quarters of sampled chicken farms continued to use antibiotics that had been placed on the country’s ban list. Against regulations, majorities of farmers were able to buy antibiotics without a prescription and neglected to keep records of their antibiotics use, it found.

Efforts to rein in overuse of antibiotics in Chinese hospitals, which intensified in 2011, have been more successful, Xiao Yonghong, an infectious disease professor at Zhejiang University in eastern China, told Foreign Policy. Government figures for larger hospitals show that antibiotics use, measured per patient-days, dropped 43 percent in just three years. Though, Xiao said, “much still remains to be improved at more basic levels of care” such as at small clinics. Also, other researchers, using a different data set and looking at total usage, arrived at the opposite conclusion: a 40 percent increase between 2011 and 2018.
This divergence from official figures, they write, is hard to explain but could be due to an increase in how many people seek inpatient care at hospitals.

Even though COVID-19 is caused by a virus and thus cannot be treated with antibacterial methods, the global fight against the disease is likely speeding up the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Bacterial infections are common during viral pandemics—the majority of deaths during both the 1918-1919 Spanish flu and 2009 H1N1 pandemics were caused by bacterial pneumonia. To prevent COVID-19 patients catching such secondary infections, overburdened hospitals the world over are administering antibiotics without the usual care or moderation.

To Xiao, the pandemic has a silver lining. “Everyone is reflecting on public health, and how it can be improved,” he said. The outbreak of COVID-19, likely the result of humans getting into close contact with wild animals and disturbing their habitats, is also an argument in favor of “One Health”—the concept, popularized by WHO and other organizations following the H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in the early 2000s, that human health is inextricably linked to the health of all ecosystems. Similarly, Xiao said, the high levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genes found in Chinese rivers and lakes as a result of agricultural drug use show that solving the issue of antimicrobial resistance also goes beyond hospitals. One study found several veterinary antibiotics in the urine of Shanghainese schoolchildren.
Bacteria will inevitably continue to develop resistance. “That’s just basic Darwinian evolution,” van Boeckel said. Though pharmaceutical companies have found it hard to recover investments into finding new antibiotics, new treatments will have to be developed to replace current ones. But countries, chief among them China, getting a better grip on their antibiotics use will go a long way. “There are things you can do to reduce antimicrobial resistance level and the most obvious one is to decrease [antibiotics] consumption,” he said. As a top producer and importer of meat, China has enough clout to set the world’s standards for agricultural antibiotics use, van Boeckel said. “What would be a huge game-changer is for China to truly acknowledge and accept that they have to be the leader on this to solve the problem globally.”

The slow-rolling nature of antimicrobial resistance means we can blunt its deadly potential. “We have the time and the opportunity to do something about this,” Xiao said, referring to the global struggle against the phenomenon. “It’s just a matter of whether we will.”

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - The U.S government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, further souring already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory.

The United States, like most countries, has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is bound by law to provide the democratic island with the means to defend itself. China routinely denounces U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale to Taiwan of 18 MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology Heavy Weight Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $180 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today,” it added.

The proposed sale serves U.S. national, economic, and security interests by supporting Taiwan’s “continuing efforts to modernise its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability”, the agency said.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China had lodged “solemn representations” with Washington about the planned sale.

China urged the United States to stop all arms sales to, and military ties with, Taiwan to prevent further damage to Sino-U.S. relations, Zhao added.

The U.S. announcement came on the same day Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in for her second term in office, saying she strongly rejecting China’s sovereignty claims. China responded that “reunification” was inevitable and that it would never tolerate Taiwan’s independence.

China has stepped up its military drills near Taiwan since Tsai’s re-election, flying fighter jets into the island’s air space and sailing warships around Taiwan.

China views Tsai as a separatist bent on formal independence for Taiwan. Tsai says Taiwan is an independent state called the Republic of China, its official name, and does not want to be part of the People’s Republic of China governed by Beijing.
18 shabby low-tech torpedoes from the 1990's at 10 million USD each. I hope this is one of the US regimes 'military aid' taxpayer fraud schemes and Taiwan isn't actually paying a cent for that garbage.

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On April 23, President Donald Trump told a press conference that among other things scientists had learned about the SARS-CoV-2 virus was the fact that it could be neutralized by sunlight or bleach. During the conference's Q&A session, he went further, suggesting that knowledge could somehow be used to disinfect the lungs of COVID-19 patients, saying:

And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. So, that, you’re going to have to use medical doctors with. But it sounds—it sounds interesting to me.

So we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute, that’s—that’s pretty powerful.

The freewheeling answer led to widespread mockery and much concern that such advice, coming from so prominent a figure, could cause frightened Americans to ingest bleach as a way to ward off the disease. But on Tuesday, the American Association of Poison Control Centers published National Poison Data System data collected from around the country, and it exonerates Trump.

Yes, there has been a significant rise in calls to poison control centers concerning exposure to bleach, disinfectants, and also hand sanitizer—something we reported on following Trump's remarks. But the data clearly shows that the rise in these exposures began in March—not six weeks later when Trump made his remarks.

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>Trump asks a dumb question about using disinfectants inside the body
>Unfathomably retarded leftist shill interprets that as Trump telling people to inject bleach

Consider suicide
1) UV therapy does not work.

2) Trump deserves widespread mockery for being so scientifically illiterate and yet pushing stupid shit on people.

3) This same article says, "Yes, there has been a significant rise in calls to poison control centers concerning exposure to bleach, disinfectants, and also hand sanitizer—something we reported on following Trump's remarks." That means Trump done fucked up and you're so desperate for his cock that you leapt at the chance to defend him.

I don't think Trump meant anything malicious. He's just not very intelligent outside of deal-making. The problem is how he believes anything he says is 100% true – and so do yokels like OP.
Yes, but it's mostly reflective at this point. Trump supporters will defend literally anything he does, especially if anyone calls Trump out on his bullshit.
It troubles me how dumb and inflexible he is. He is taking an ineffective drug now because he convinced himself it was magic. Then he brags about being retarded. Weird.

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A 17-year-old girl was beheaded by her ex-boyfriend after breaking up with him in Sweden, it is alleged.

Wilma Andersson vanished on November 14 last year and police found a 'body part' two weeks later - which was later revealed to be her head.

Her ex-boyfriend Tishko Ahmed Shabaz was arrested at the time and has now been charged with her murder, which he denies.

Shabaz is accused of decapitating Wilma when she went to collect her belongings before wrapping her head in foil and hiding it at his home.

Charges against the 23-year-old suspect were announced last week in a case that has shocked Sweden, which has long held a reputation as one of the world's safest countries.

According to human rights monitor HRS, the suspect was born in Iraq and took up Swedish citizenship in 2014.

Hundreds of volunteers had joined the search for Wilma after she was reported missing in Uddevalla on November 17, three days after she was last seen.

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>the fucking daily mail
y'all realize this is a middle market tabloid, right? You might as well be posting the National Enquirer.
Another fucking savage that should've been send back to his shithole country
>non-tabloid never report on minority crimes
>only tabloids do
>therefore minority crime doesn't exist
good job on confirming your own world view by having it filtered by the jew, you dumb slave.
Did I say that non-tabloids don't report minority crimes?


Is that some shit you made up?


Okay, cool. We've successfully established that you're a dumb motherfucker.
Ban men from owning weapons.
Put them in concentration camps.
Mine them for sperm.

Lot of ways a society could continue to spin in a fucked up fictional way going by the numbers.

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LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Earlier this month, Europe’s ambassador in Beijing submitted to Chinese censorship.

Seeking to mark an anniversary of the European Union’s relations with China on May 6, he and the EU’s 27 ambassadors co-wrote an opinion piece titled “EU-China ties vital amid global crisis,” for publication on embassy websites and in China Daily, an English-language newspaper controlled by the state.

“The outbreak of the coronavirus in China, and its subsequent spread to the rest of the world over the past three months,” said the carefully orchestrated piece, had “temporarily side-tracked” plans for meetings.

But in the China Daily version, the reference to the virus starting in China was deleted.

The change emerged as the article appeared on EU embassy websites, causing alarm among representatives of member states. Diplomats said the ambassador, French diplomat Nicolas Chapuis, had not consulted his bosses in Brussels or his fellow envoys about the change. He had, the EU executive said on May 7, unilaterally decided to accept it, with “considerable reluctance.”

Chapuis told a news conference the omission was “regrettable;” his boss, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, subsequently spoke out against censorship by China’s state controlled media. Borrell also said that accepting the cut “was not the right decision to take,” though Chapuis kept his job.

China Daily did not respond to requests for comment, but the paper’s bureau chief in Brussels, Chen Weihua, responded to the EU ambassador on Twitter, saying, “You did nothing wrong. I don’t think those people should make a big fuss of the editing out of such a phrase.”

As the new coronavirus casts its shadow over geopolitics, the episode highlights concern among European diplomats over what they see as an increasingly conflictual relationship with Beijing.

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haha funny meme bootlicker
>pro china
>not a bootlicker
bitch please at least china brings prosperity and money to the world
what had the usa ever provided besides bombs and suffer ?
>Moving the goal posts.
China builds and protects, America destroys and massacres. China values order, America worships chaos. China creates life, America brings death. It's the duality of things. Good and evil. God and Satan. It's all written in the bible. The final battle is near. Led by god, the righteous will wipe out the monsters and demons. When all the Americans are exterminated, their vile temples and palaces burned to the ground, humanity can finally turn Earth into paradise and live in peace and harmony ever after. So it stands written in the book of books.

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(Reuters) - George Engelmann, a perennial swing voter in swing-state Wisconsin, says President Donald Trump has won his vote for November’s election thanks to his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Engelmann, who voted twice for Democrat Barack Obama but switched his support to Republican Trump in 2016, believes the president is best suited to revive the virus-ravaged economy, not his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. He also trusts Trump to hold Beijing accountable for the novel coronavirus pandemic that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

“I definitely want Trump fighting against China rather than Biden, by far,” said Engelmann, 50, who works for a food distribution company in Racine County, Wisconsin.

He was highlighting two major pillars of Trump’s re-election messaging after the worst U.S. health and economic crises in generations forced his campaign to retool a message that had been built on economic prosperity under his presidency.

Several Trump aides say their 2020 campaign will now be chiefly defined by two themes: Trump is the only candidate who can resurrect the economy and that Biden will not be as tough on China, a country Trump is blaming for the pandemic.
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If you count foreign enemies and billionaires as indie, then sure I suppose
To those complicate in the media you do realize who you work for want you dead and are willing to throw you under the bus. Why are there so many shill articles if there isn’t something actually afoot?
Duane sounds like the most based grandpa in existence

My guess is he'll tout two major points: 1) China lied/downplayed about the actual impact of the coronavirus (which they did tbf) and hope people forget that he and other government officials downplayed the impact of the virus as well, and then 2) subtly pay lip to conspiracy theories that the virus was created by a Chinese lab in order to make sure the nutjobs and schizos are firmly in his pocket.

I thought you knew this board was just a
deathmatch between Russian and Chinese disinformation bots
Honestly, at this point Biden just has get dirty in the debates against Trump and just call Trump a fucking idiot for doing what he's done in the past few months.
>you fucked this country up by not making the virus priority number one
>you have killed a hundred thousand Americans
>you have ruined the economy
Then point to South Korea for a place that has handled this pandemic greatly because they actually listened to officials and put social distancing in place almost instantly. They have never even locked down, they just upped testing and vector tracing.
>They have never even locked down
The entire country, but if I remember correctly they locked down that one city with the mega church retards

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German police detained 200 people in Berlin as several parallel protests were held in the city on Saturday, with some of the protesters rallying against anti-infection measures and others decrying conspiracy theories.

Rival events were also held in Frankfurt, where about 1,500 people gathered to protest the government measures and about the same number of joining a counter-protest, police said.

In Stuttgart, 5,000 people gathered at the designated protest area where they were required to stay 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) from one another, and the authorities were forced to redirect many more to a different area in order to maintain the required distance.

One Stuttgart protester held up a sign "Coronavirus is fake" while another referenced a conspiracy theory about US tech billionaire Bill Gates, which claims Gates is manipulating the pandemic to control the world. "Don't give Bill Gates a chance," the placard read.

'Work and bread'

At a separate protest in Poland, police fired tear gas and used force to break up a rally in Warsaw. Hundreds of participants had called the government to lift restrictions on businesses, displaying signs such as "Work and bread" and "It will be normal again."

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Get a load of these tinfoilfags
Natural selection at its finest. Let the stupid die off.
US-funded antivaccer trash.
>US-funded antivaccer trash.
As an American, I actually wouldn't be surprised.
I don't see a lot of septuagenarians in the crowd.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Views of how government at all levels is handling the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. have deteriorated somewhat over the past month, as a growing minority of Americans prefer that states lift restrictions on social and economic life.

Still, Americans remain more likely to approve of the actions of their state government than of the federal government or Congress. At the same time, the new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows ratings of President Donald Trump’s overall performance remain remarkably steady, as they have for much of his presidency.

Among other findings in the survey of American adults, conducted May 14-18:

— Only about a third of Americans approve of how the federal government is handling the pandemic, while more — roughly half — now disapprove. The balance of opinion has shifted from one month ago, when 4 in 10 approved and about as many disapproved.

— Meanwhile, approval of how leaders in Congress have responded during the outbreak remains low, with just about a quarter expressing approval and half disapproving. Disapproval is up from roughly 4 in 10 one month ago, shortly after the passage of a well-received $2 trillion rescue plan that sent direct payments to millions of Americans and provided loans to both small businesses and large corporations.

— The bleak assessment of the federal government and Congress compares with more positive opinions of how state governments are doing dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. Currently, 51% approve of state governments’ response, while 33% disapprove. Still, approval of states has also dipped since April, when 63% approved of the response from state governments.
ns who favor COVID-19 restrictions. Among those who support stay-at-home orders, close to 7 in 10 across party lines approve of their state government’s response.

But Americans who oppose stay-at-home orders — most of whom are Republican — are far more negative in their assessments, with 56% saying they disapprove of how state governments are handling the outbreak.

— Stay-at-home orders and other virus restrictions are still supported by majorities of Americans. But there’s been a modest dip in support over the past month, concentrated particularly among Republicans. Just 45% of Republicans now say they favor stay-at-home orders, while about as many (41%) are opposed. In April, 70% of Republicans expressed support. Seventy-eight percent of Democrats are in favor, down from 91% last month.

— Partisans also diverge significantly over the necessary conditions for lifting restrictions in their area, though there is agreement that people exposed to the virus must isolate themselves if restrictions are to be lifted. Eighty-seven percent of Democrats and 68% of Republicans describe this as essential.

But while majorities of Democrats think of many other things as essential for reopening, fewer than half of Republicans describe any other condition asked about in the poll that way. That includes requiring people to wear masks when around others outside of their homes, to keep six feet apart in most places and to have their temperature checked before entering businesses or crowded places.

— There’s also a significant partisan gap over the importance of a vaccine: 56% of Democrats, but just 36% of Republicans, say a vaccine available to the public is essential before restrictions can be lifted.


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People who vehemently fight for an ideology hold the misguided belief they'll be part of the upper classes in whatever system said ideology puts in place
They think unwavering zealotry might earn them a better spot
>South Korea never even went into lockdown because they were prepared with medical infrastructure for a pandemic
>Trump ignored the previous administration's recommendations and now the country is getting fucked every which way possible
It's pottery. Now Republicans somehow find a way to make Trump blameless by saying it's a DNC conspiracy.
long live trump and the trump dynasty
It's not a conspiracy. Democrat led states have been quite open about sending infected people to nursing homes.
won't happen, too busy making Tik Tok videos and the curb is flattened

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>the widely cited COVID-19 model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), often used as a reference during White House media briefings, projected 72,433 deaths by Aug. 4, though with a maximum range up to 114,228.

>That changed Monday afternoon, when the projection nearly doubled to 134,475 by that same date. The model had never forecast more than 93,000 deaths, but now estimates the U.S. will reach 100,000 by May 21.

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"young kids today are just lazy!"
Have you tried pulling yourselves up your bootstraps?

how about hitting the streets looking for a job like I did when I was your age? Remember to go in personally to ask for a job, and call back multiple times!

Loyalty and hardwork! that's all you need to move up in the world! If you're willing to work hard, OF COURSE they'll train you and pay for it too! That's what they did when I went in, if you're loyal they'll go to the ends of the world for you!

And fuck unions, all they do is make problems and ruin things for everyone. Shutting down factories because of small shit because "this cart is 1 foot too far away!" and making you pay a WHOLE FIVE DOLLARS a week! Its bullshit!
We don't need unions, the company can decide just fine what we need
You must have shit prospects in life and be a pretty dumb/unmotivated/unintelligible human
its gonna be may 21 in less than an hour and the totals predicted by the computer model are off by a lot. familiar story. computer modeling is a pseudoscience.
the original models actually had over 2+ million US deaths. based on 2+ million we shut down the country. 100k or even 200k is better than the original predictions
dubs for yes

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With fewer planes in the sky and cars on the road, lockdown has brought many benefits to the environment. So why is it harming tropical rainforests?
Inside the world’s tropical forests, there are the agents of disease that have the power to bring our way of life to a halt. How we learn to live with these forests will determine our fate, hastening or slowing the onset of future pandemics and the climate crisis. BBC Travel and Future Planet explore two sides of our relationship with forests in two stories; this story is the second, and you can read the first here.

You might be forgiven for thinking that the global lockdown measures keeping us all at home can only have been good for the environment. Pollution in cities has decreased, wild animals have increasingly been spotted entering urban areas, and many new cycle lanes have opened up worldwide.

But in the world’s tropical forest regions, it’s another story. Environmental agencies have reported an uptick in deforestation during lockdowns, as well as increases in poaching, animal trafficking and illegal mining worldwide. The trends are alarming, environmental experts say, and could be hard to reverse.

“This narrative of nature having been given a break during Covid, it’s not entirely accurate. It’s accurate in cities and peri-urban areas,” says Sebastian Troeng, executive vice-president of Conservation International. “But unfortunately in the rural areas, the situation is almost the inverse.”

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Forest fires

Conservationists are concerned that the increased deforestation they are seeing in lockdown will lead to even bigger forest fires during Brazil’s dry season than were seen last year. Forest fires in the Amazon generally occur during the dry season when people employ a slash and burn method to turn forest into agriculture land. In 2019, Brazil’s forest fires increased by 84% compared with 2018. Smoke from the fires led to a public health alert, causing respiratory illnesses in people living in nearby cities.

Many of Brazil’s hospitals are already overloaded as they try to cope with cases of Covid-19. In early May, the country was declared the new global epicenter of coronavirus.

“It’s already a nightmare, but it’s going to be a triple nightmare,” says Alencar.

Neighbouring Colombia has already seen an uptick in forest fires in the first months of 2020. In March, the country registered 12,953 hot points – thermal anomalies that indicate higher risk of forest fire – in Colombia’s Amazon rainforest, according to the Amazon Institute for Scientific Research, SINCHI. This is almost three times more than the 4,691 hot spots indicated last year during the same month. While hotspots don’t necessarily turn into fires, they are a close indicator; scientists say 93% of registered hot points are later confirmed as forest fires.

Miguel Pacheco, natural resources and livelihoods coordinator with WWF-Colombia, says quarantine measures have not been the cause of this increase in hotspots, but they could exacerbate the problem. Since Colombia went into lockdown in late March, monitoring flights by the armed forces that normally circle the region have significantly reduced. This could allow armed groups to take advantage of this lack of environmental control and continue to clear the area for cattle, coca plantation or other crops, as long as these quarantine measures persist, he says.
Environmental authorities also reported an increase in illegal logging, wild animal trafficking and poaching of large cats since quarantine began, says Pacheco.

In Colombia, lockdown poses the next in a long line of social changes that have fuelled deforestation. The destruction of rainforest has been a major concern since 2016, when the FARC guerrillas and the Colombian government signed a peace agreement. When the guerrillas demobilised from their holding areas in the jungle, it left the regions open to exploitation. In many areas, that meant armed groups and other organised crime cleared the forest for cattle and pasture land, particularly the Amazon states of Caqueta, Meta and Guaviare, some of the most affected.

The country’s lockdown has brought to a halt all post-conflict development and conservation programmes with communities in these remote jungle regions, most of which also lack access to schools, hospitals or other public services. This has created another vacuum of other forest monitoring bodies like NGOs and government institutions.

Deforestation does not necessarily end in the jungle. It can also happen in the centers where economic decisions are made – Carolina Gil

“Everything is kind of on standby right now, and I’m sure that this will be reflected later on when the data reveals what actually happened in these territories,” says Carolina Gil, north-west Amazon regional director with the Amazon Conservation Team in Colombia, who has been continuing her work from her home in Bogota during lockdown. Gil says even before lockdown, she received reports that park rangers in the Amazon national parks and protected areas had been receiving death threats from armed groups, warning them to leave their posts.
The way back

The solution to the ongoing deforestation and illicit activities is not so easy, says Gil. It involves better forest monitoring by governments, a crackdown on organised crime, and more programmes developed to understand and support communities in the rainforest. It also involves people in cities and overseas, helping them to understand the role they play in the deforestation of tropical forests, she says, by reflecting on how their consumer habits – from beef to cocaine – could be supporting it.

“We have to have a bit more judicious and rigorous reflections about deforestation, which does not necessarily end in the jungle. It can also happen in the centers where economic decisions are made,” says Gil.

In the long term, conservationists agree that the solution to saving the world’s tropical forests involves working closely with local communities, empowering them to be active conservationists in their own territories.

In some cases, this includes supporting traditional indigenous lifestyles of living with nature. In others, it involves developing sustainable alternative revenue streams that go beyond ecotourism projects. The latter has become a popular conservation strategy over the years, but, as the current global health and economic crisis indicates, is not always reliable, says Troeng. One option, he says, is for governments to pay local communities to work as forest rangers, take on reforestation projects, or work with them to develop sustainable forest products, like honey or bamboo harvesting.
In Colombia, Pachecho says deforestation hot spots reduced by up to 70% in 2018, and have stayed low, in areas where local communities have been involved in forest and landscape management programmes in the Amazon states of Guaviare and Caqueta.

But in the short term, it’s important that governments make tropical forest areas a priority, and remain focused on enforcement activities, says Troeng. He cites two examples where this is happening. In the Philippines, after learning about increased illegal logging, wildlife trade and fishing in the country, the government stated publicly that it would not tolerate such activities and began to crack down on these crimes. In Peru, the agency that monitors protected areas is still in the field, and conducting patrols and enforcing environmental regulations when necessary, despite Covid-19, which is “encouraging”, Troeng says.

It’s also important for decision makers globally to be aware of these dynamics moving forward, as they begin to think about investing resources to kickstart the economy again. “I think there’s definitely an opportunity,” he says. “Let’s figure out how we can reverse these negative trends because we’re going to need it in the battle against climate change.”

This ramped-up deforestation is not likely to go away when lockdown is lifted; the same economic pressures will still be there, as well as the opportunities to exploit the rainforest. Illegal economies often work faster than governments’ and NGOs’ ability to formalise and implement conservation strategies, says Gil. Of course, the longer these illegal activities are left to expand in tropical forest areas, the harder it will be to reverse the damages to these ecosystems and rainforest communities. This increases the urgency to think about new ways to tackle deforestation, both in the tropics and abroad.
>See lockdown
>Rush to illegal activities
>Nobody sees

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It has been a bad year for Chinese businesses working around the globe. Tariffs and the trade war between China and the US forced many companies to rethink supply chains and where they make and sell goods. Many other companies have been looking for alternatives because of the increased labor costs and more strict environmental laws. But that was just the beginning of China's problems.

The COVID-19 pandemic started in the country, led to shutdowns and forced people to stay at home. As it spread, factories, shops, restaurants and schools around the world were closed. Millions lost their jobs and economies went into tailspins. Though some countries are again open for business, recovery will be slow and painful. Talk of recession is everywhere.

China has come under scrutiny as the source of the virus and as a place to do business. The US has been most vocal, but they are not alone. Other countries are looking to shore up their own manufacturing and businesses are looking for the path of least resistance.

Big plans

For India this could be a big opportunity despite its own lockdowns and economic troubles.

On May 12, the prime minister, Narendra Modi, announced that his government would provide 20 trillion rupees (€242 billion, $266 billion) in help to stabilize the economy. Part of the plan is around $60 billion of loan guarantees for small businesses, lenders and power companies.

Overall the plan will "focus on land, labor, liquidity and laws," said Modi. Besides stabilizing the economy, he hopes this will also make India a more attractive partner. "These reforms will promote business, attract investment and further strengthen 'Make in India'," he said.

A technological solution

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>rethink supply chains and where they make and sell goods
Can we just fix the ludicrous employment laws here already?
The upside is that India probably won't be the source of a pandemic anytime soon because people who are susceptible to illness (or rats) die as infants, but the downside is that any product that is exported from India is guaranteed to contain at least 15% human feces by volume.
This but unironically.
Isn't this just an advertisement for fiverr?

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