With tens of millions of workers facing the triple threat of the
cutoff of the $600 weekly federal supplement to their state unemployment
compensation, the resumption of evictions in most states, and a renewed
upsurge in the coronavirus pandemic, the response of the US Congress
was to go on vacation.
The Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate
adjourned July 3 without taking up an extension of the $600 weekly
supplement provided in the CARES Act, which is set to expire on July 25.
Congress will not return to work until Monday, July 20, and there is
little prospect that the full supplement will be extended, given
intransigent opposition from corporate America, which has branded the
payments a “disincentive” to forcing workers back into unsafe
The $600 supplement has been a lifeline for tens of millions of
workers thrown onto unemployment lines by the COVID-19 pandemic and the
resulting economic crisis. Large numbers of workers, particularly those
in part-time and other contingent forms of work, actually saw an
increase in income, because combined state and federal benefits brought
them up to nearly $1,000 a week--above the official poverty line.
The looming unemployment benefit cutoff coincides with the expiration
of temporary eviction moratoriums in 20 states, including Texas and
Wisconsin. Eviction bans in nine others are set to expire by the end of
the month, as well as the federal ban, which affects only properties
insured or underwritten through federal agencies. A study by the real
estate firm Amherst projects that almost 28 million households are at
risk of eviction due to job losses related to the pandemic.
The Trump administration and most congressional Republicans are
opposing renewal of the $600 unemployment supplement, proposing either a
complete cutoff, an extension at a much lower level, or the
transformation of the unemployment benefit into an incentive bonus for
going back to work—essentially paying workers to risk their lives and
the lives of their families and friends under conditions of a worsening
The same options have been embraced by sections of the Democratic
Party, with at least one prominent Democrat, Connecticut Governor Ned
Lamont, a multimillionaire, telling a local Chamber of Commerce that the
$600 benefit “discourages work.” Some Senate Democrats have proposed to
extend the supplement at lower levels indexed to the official
unemployment rate (which grossly undercounts the actual jobless toll).
The government doesn't care about We The People. How little it cares is one of the few gifts of the pandemic -- we now know they don't plan on serving us or representing us.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Looking at the global pandemic and how Iraq is suffering from it.
From her album CHALK MARKS IN A RAIN STORM, that's Joni Mitchell performing "A Bird That Whistles (Corrina, Corrina)."
in the US and with me. A blogger e-mailed noting that he was
discussing the need for masks at his site and was encouraging others to
do so as well. He doesn't want a link so I won't link to him or name
him -- if he changes his mind, I will note him.
It's not my job to tell you what to do. Presumably most of you are grown ups.
I can share what I do.
I wear a mask in public. I wear a mask in private if more than six people are present.
I'm in several at risk groups -- including medical (I'm diabetic and I'm back on chemo).
Do I think a mask is a save all?
assume the mask helps others you're around. I also take the attitude
with the masks that we had regarding condoms during the AIDS crisis.
They weren't 100% effective (they can break) but you were safer using
them when you had sex.
What about our rights?
in a pandemic. Traditionally, that means some rights get curtailed.
If the wearing a mask is an infringement on rights, it's an infringement
that I personally can go along with.
Other infringements, I probably would object to.
What should you do?
That's up to you. The numbers are increasing, in the US and in the world.
Najaf in Iraq. It's all around the world, not just the US. If you
have ideas for how to reduce the spread of coronavirus, share them.
Share them online. If you want, you can even send them here and I'll
post regardless of where you stand on the issue -- for the rest of this
week only. It could spark a conversation that we need to have.
hope was always that the summer, the warm weather, would send the virus
packing for a few months or at least the warm weather would see a
significant reduction in new cases. That has not happened.
We would all love to see a vaccine but I'm doubtful we'll have that by the fall.
We need to have a national conversation on this issue.
president hasn't helped. Congress has outright failed us (refusing to
push for $1,200 a month for every American adult was failure -- and it's
cute how Bernie wanted to lead the charge vocally but didn't do a thing
to make it come true in the Senate).
People who feel the mask is a violation of their rights should especially be discussing what's going on right now.
is about public health and public safety. It's a dialogue that, in
this country, every one needs to take part in. That's what democracy is
If you need something noted on cornavirus this week -- e-mail email@example.com and we'll note it.
According to WORLD OMETERS INFO,
Iraq has had 62,275 cases of coronavirus with 2,567 deaths. The CIA
estimates Iraq's population (no census has been done in decades) to be
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the COVID-19
pandemic provides new opportunities for the Islamic State extremist
group, al-Qaida and their affiliates as well as neo-Nazis, white
supremacists and hate groups.
The U.N. chief said it's too early to fully assess the implications of
the coronavirus pandemic on terrorism, but all these groups seek to
exploit divisions, local conflicts, failures in governing, and other
grievances to advance their aims.
Guterres told the launch of United Nations Counter-Terrorism Week that
the Islamic State group, which once controlled a vast swath of Syria and
Iraq, is trying to reassert itself in both countries, ``while thousands
of foreign terrorist fighters battle in the region.''
Notable Iraqi security analyst Hisham al-Hashimi was assassinated in Baghdad today, according to multiple reports.
On Monday, Agence France Presse reported that Hashimi was walking out of his Baghdad home when three gunmen on two motorcycles shot and killed him at close range.
Hashimi was a known and respected
commentator on Iraqi affairs who was particularly knowledgable on the
Islamic State. Just about an hour before his death, he tweeted
that division in Iraq was the result of the ethnic and religious quota
system put in place following the 2003 US invasion. The tweet, which
some shared after his death, has now been liked more than 11,500 times.
These pictures today from the funeral of Hisham Al-hashimi in the city of Najaf in central Iraq - there was no official funeral by the Iraqi state, nor a military presence , these are bad signs of the performance of the new Iraqi government.
I strongly condemn the assassination of Iraqi security expert Hisham Al-Hashimi last night in Baghdad. My heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. Authorities must find the perpetrators of this terror act and bring them to justice.
Condemn of killing 1 man, but not condemn the killing of servals Kurdish people by Turkish Airstrike. Bravo bravo you corrupt politican!
You people deserve to be overthrown and being punished by the law!
Yes, Turkey's assault on Iraq continues. TRINITY CHANNEL offers this report.