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  1. After the Coronavirus Relief Bill was essentially a done deal, House Democrats returned to Washington with a list of add-ons they wanted included in the bill, many of which had little or nothing to do with financially assisting individuals or essential services effected by the Coronavirus. One such item was a 25 Million Dollar bail-out package to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts... Now after the Kennedy Center has been gifted millions of dollars from the Coronavirus Relief package, the Kennedy Center announces they will be furloughing more than half of the full time staff for the Kennedy Center. "In order to stretch the Center's finances as long as possible, we must take immediate action to change our expense structure and preserve cash. In addition to drawing from the $25 million stimulus funding and the Center's existing $10 million line of credit, we must furlough approximately 60% of the Kennedy Center's full-time administrative staff beginning April 6 through at least May 10, 2020," a message on the center's website read. "These measures are apart from the 725 hourly and part-time employees already impacted." Now just to clear thing up a bit, furloughed employees usually retain their health care and life insurance benefits and have the expectation (but not guarantee they will be reemployed by their employers. Employers are not required to pay furloughed employees but furloughed employees can apply for unemployment benefits but are restricted from pursuing temporary employment while they are furloughed. They are allowed to seek other full time employment which would effectively end their employment (thus their health and life insurance benefits) with their former employer. Kennedy Center employees not furloughed (roughly 40%) will retain their current pay and benefits, presumably being paid from the $25 million Coronavirus Relief Bill's largess... Newsweek: THE KENNEDY CENTER ANNOUNCES PLANS TO FURLOUGH 60 PERCENT OF STAFF DESPITE $25 MILLION STIMULUS GRANT The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced plans to furlough more than half of its full-time administrative staff due to "overwhelming financial losses" incurred during the coronavirus pandemic despite receiving $25 million in government aid from last week's economic stimulus package. Citing "overwhelming financial losses" as a result of performance cancellations amid the pandemic, the Kennedy Center insisted its federal allotment and $10 million endowment would not sufficiently cover the cost of its complete employee payroll. https://www.newsweek.com/kennedy-center-announces-plans-furlough-60-percent-staff-despite-25-million-stimulus-grant New York Post: Kennedy Center boss tells staff $25M coronavirus handout won’t save them WASHINGTON — Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts executives lobbied lawmakers for a $25 million handout in the massive coronavirus stimulus package signed into law by President Trump last week but were planning to lay-off staff regardless, leaked audio of an internal conference call reveals. In the March 26 call, KCPA President Deborah Rutter told more than 200 employees at the Washington, D.C. cultural institution to brace for lay-offs, pay cuts and furloughs despite receiving a large carve-out in the $2 trillion emergency economic bailout for Americans and businesses financially devastated by the outbreak, which made headlines last week. Rutter revealed how the organization deployed a lobbyist to push Capitol Hill lawmakers to include them but said it would not help with staff retention because they were already running out of cash, according to the audio first reported by One America News’ Jack Posobiec. https://nypost.com/2020/03/31/kennedy-center-boss-tells-staff-coronavirus-handout-wont-save-them/
  2. FOX: Geraldo Rivera: 3M reports are 'classic example' of America being addicted to Chinese manufacturing American N95 mask-maker 3M's tether to China during the coronavirus pandemic is a "classic example" of how China is holding American manufacturing hostage, Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera said Friday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends" with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, Rivera said that he had just bought stock in the company for his children's trust a few weeks ago and was "shocked" and "embarrassed" after accusations that 3M was selling their products to the highest bidder, pushing President Trump to invoke the Defense Protection Act. Although founded in Northern Minnesota in 1902, one of 3M's largest plants manufacturing these respirators is located in Shanghai, China. "China says to 3M: 'You make them here; they stay here. We want them. You cannot export them,'" Rivera said. "So, 3M is caught between a rock and a hard place -- between President Trump and President Xi. Xi is saying 'no exports.' Trump is saying: 'You're an American company, you know, sell your goods to America.'" "This is a classic example of why we've become addicted to Chinese politics, Chinese manufacture," he asserted. "They are holding us hostage. Even an American company can't export its masks from their Chinese plants to the United States." https://www.foxnews.com/media/geraldo-rivera-3m-classic-example-of-america-being-hostage-to-chinese-manufacturing I think some did as early as January 2009... New York Times: Drug Making’s Move Abroad Stirs Concerns New York Times: U.S. Solar Panel Makers Say China Violated Trade Rules Forbes: Obama Administration To Impose Tariffs On Chinese Solar Panels But it isn't only China who prospectively hold the effectiveness of the nation's Health industry and well being of Americans in nations other than the U.S. ... CNN: IV bags in short supply across US after Hurricane Maria This is "globalism", this is American industries moving manufacturing out of the United States to foreign countries because America has been perceived as taxing American manufacturers at a much higher rate and imposing many more restrictive regulations on American businesses than other nations and after years of this we find that our countries health and well being is now dependent on those other countries not all of them friendly to our national interests or our citizens. For some, they are only now are they beginning to see the implications and the hazards. ABC: China Threatens To Throw America Into ‘Mighty Sea Of Coronavirus’ In a short article in China’s Communist government operated Xinhua news service, China threatened to impose restrictions on medical exports so the United States saying America will be “plunged into the mighty sea of coronavirus.” https://abc14news.com/2020/03/14/china-threatens-to-throw-america-into-mighty-sea-of-coronavirus/
  3. NJ.com: Cops break up 47-person apartment party. ‘This is not a game,’ Murphy says Police in Ewing broke up a party in an apartment Friday night that violated a lockdown imposed a week ago by Gov. Phil Murphy to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Officers responded to an anonymous call at 11:44 p.m. and found 47 people and a DJ crammed into a 550-square-foot apartment, according to a Tweet Saturday by Murphy and a statement from Ewing Police. “The organizer was charged, as they should have been and deserved to be,” Murphy tweeted. “This is not a game. Stay home. Be smart,” he continued. https://www.nj.com/news/2020/03/cops-break-up-another-party-this-is-not-a-game-murphy-says "Can’t believe I have to say this at all, let alone for the second time. But here we are. NO CORONA PARTIES. They’re illegal, dangerous, and stupid. We will crash your party. You will pay a big fine. And we will name & shame you until EVERYONE gets this message into their heads," Murphy tweeted." https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/illegal-house-party-violated-n-j-s-stay-home-order https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/people-are-having-coronavirus-parties-how-stupid-can-you-be Is this our society now that some are so unconcerned not only about their own health, but the health and well being of those they may later come into contact with that they intentionally defy recommended personal distancing and gathering restrictions in the face of a national and international pandemic that so far has lead to the death of more than 30,000 people world wide - more than 2,000 in this country alone? Throwing parties in a crowded space, when people have been dying for months because they became exposed to a sick person, likely in crowded places...
  4. CNN: US stocks plummet on coronavirus fears: March 9, 2020... And in response, CNN: Trump pushes payroll tax cut and assistance for hourly workers in coronavirus economic response "President Donald Trump said Monday he would press lawmakers to enact a payroll tax cut and ensure assistance is available to hourly workers amid a roiling coronavirus pandemic that's caused deep economic concerns and stock market shock. >>> "We are going to be asking tomorrow, we're seeing the Senate. We're going to be meeting with House Republicans, Mitch McConnell, everybody discussing a possible payroll tax cut or relief, substantial relief," Trump said, surrounded by officials he'd tasked to respond to the issue. "We're also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so that they can be in a position where they're not going to ever miss a paycheck," he added. The White House has also weighed an expansion of paid sick leave — a major focus for some White House officials, who fear the virus could spread further if service workers go to work sick. The president and his advisers have put it on the table and now it's Congresses turn to act - or not. Will the Democrats attempt to rebuff the administration's plan just because Trump proposed it? We shall see ~
  5. Bloomberg: Walmart to Cut Store Hours to Give Workers Time to Restock Walmart Inc., the biggest U.S. retailer, will cut its store operating hours starting Sunday to give its workers time to restock shelves as the coronavirus outbreak intensifies. The pandemic is prompting Americans to buy more groceries and other daily necessities including cleaning products, often emptying shelves... Stores and neighborhood markets -- some operating as long as 24 hours a day -- will open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., while those with shorter hours will retain their existing schedules, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company said. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-14/walmart-to-temporarily-reduce-operating-hours-amid-coronavirus This makes little sense to me... Instead of shoppers being able to go to a 24 hour Walmart during their less busy times, now many will be crowding at the doors at 6 AM and more people will be forced to be in the store with other shoppers at the same time. The article states the limited hours is to give associates time to "restock"... Since they're going to be closed overnight they better be doing a lot more, and more thorough cleaning as well with all that extra time devoid of customers. Time to seriously consider the available on site "store pick-up" if you ask me.