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[Zero Hedge] - We have been documenting the recent ratings collapse that the NFL has suffered in the midst of turning its league into a political movement over the last few months. Now, it looks like the NBA could be suffering a similar fate.
It appears that viewers are no longer interested in the political and social justice messages of the NBA but rather were tuning in for (believe it or not) actual basketball. As the balance of the league has tipped from less sport to more activism, viewers are tuning out.
Game 2 of the NBA Finals saw a major collapse in viewers, with just 4.5 million people tuning in. This is down 68% from last year's game two, which Outkick notes, "featured a team in Canada".
In fact, the ratings made Game 2 the least watched NBA Finals game on record, dropping below the 7.41 Game 1, which was the lowest viewed finals opener in history.
As long as these clowns continue to politicize the game (i.e., having to look at 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' every trip up & down the court), I will continue to not watch them. By that time ratings will be irreversibly damaged and a whole lotta shit's going to unravel.
[Townhall] Officials for the City of Cleveland said 11 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus could be traced back to the Sept. 29 presidential debate. The cases were a result of debate pre-planning and set-up, with the majority of cases impacting out-of-state travelers, particularly debate organizers and members of the media.
The news comes after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus. Out of an abundance of caution, the president was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday.
"As the cases involve people in and out of state some of whom may be continuing to travel, the City of Cleveland is working with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Cleveland Clinic," the city said in a statement. "As part of CDPH’s process regarding COVID-19, any individuals who tested positive as part of the debate were contacted, interviewed when possible, issued isolation orders and provided guidance regarding their isolation period. There were also conversations with individuals who tested positive regarding their upcoming travel."
Part of the contact tracing that's being deployed will focus on identifying Cleveland residents who may have been at the debate. They will be asked a number of questions, like who they live with, where they work, what type of work they do, if they're caring foranyone and if they've been at any other mass gatherings.
"In the event the person’s case stems from the debate, the individual will be asked: who they are employed by, who they were in contact with at the debate, how they got to the debate, how long they were there, if they did any traveling recently or attended any other mass gathering," the city explained.
[NBCNEWS] Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, marked a grim milestone Sunday as the number of acres burned during a record-setting wildfire year surpassed 4 million, officials said.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, didn’t provide an exact amount of land that had been scorched in 2020 but said in a daily statewide summary that more than 8,200 fires have burned "well over" 4 million acres.
Annual statistics from the department dating back to 1987 show that 2020 has more than doubled the previous record.
As many as 20,000 firefighters, some coming from as far as Israel, have responded to scores of major fires across the state this year. Thirty-one people have died.
The largest, most destructive blazes have occurred since mid-August, when thousands of lightning strikes in Northern California sparked dozens of fires across the region, including the largest wildfire in state history, the nearly-1 million acre August Complex fire that is burning across six counties.
Cal Fire said Sunday that the blaze has killed one person and destroyed 159 structures. It is 51 percent contained.
North of the the Socialist paradise of San Francisco ...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964... Bay Area, thousands of firefighters continued battling a blaze that roared through wine country last Sunday amid high temperatures and powerful winds. More than 36,000 people remained under mandatory evacuation orders in Sonoma and Napa counties on Sunday, said Cal Fire Deputy Chief Jonathan Cox.
Note: I lived in Fresno Ca on East Pontiac off Blackstone, in the 1970's. We occasionally had fires 1/2 this size or scale.
Note: According the WIKI this nothing knew and has been part of the natural process even before Settlers came to the area.
"....However, from a historical perspective, it has been estimated that prior to 1850, about 4.5 million acres (17,000 km²) burned yearly, in fires that lasted for months, with wildfire activity peaking roughly every 30 years, when up to 11.8 million acres (47,753 km³) of land burned."
Looking the List of fires over the last 100 years. We could just very well be seeing the 30 year peak cycle?
Or does Climate Cooling, Warming, Change happen every 30 years in California?
As many as 103 people have been detained during protest rally organized by the Belarusian opposition on Sunday, the Vesna human rights center reported on its website.#Belarus#Minskpic.twitter.com/BhiMeL6vZq
[RT] NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has urged Georgia to prepare to become a member of the US-led military bloc. On Tuesday, the premier of the former Soviet state Giorgi Gakharia was in Brussels to discuss closer cooperation.
Georgia’s effort to join NATO began in 2005, just six years after it left the Russian-dominated CSTO. The integration of the Caucasus nation is seen by NATO leaders as having substantial strategic benefits, including extra Black Sea ports close to Russia. Earlier this year, an agreement between Tblisi and the bloc included joint exercises in the Black Sea and the sharing of more traffic radar data.
"I urge [Georgia] to continue making full use of all the opportunities for coming closer to NATO and to prepare for membership," Stoltenberg said, in a press conference. "This is important for Georgia, and for NATO."
The secretary-general also noted that the bloc "supports Georgia’s territorial integrity," calling on northern neighbor Russia to "end its recognition of the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia." Abkhazia and South Ossetia are two de-facto states, recognized by most of the world as part of Georgia. According to Tbilisi, the two regions are actually occupied by Moscow.
Speaking to RT, veteran Russian senator Aleksey Pushkov said that the potential induction of Georgia as a member means that NATO sees Russia as its main opponent. Pushkov, a member of the pro-Putin United Russia party, is the former chairman of the Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee and is widely considered to be close to the Kremlin.
"In 2008, Paris and Berlin were against Georgia's accession. But the situation has since changed, and it might be that the advocates for Georgia inside NATO now have the upper hand," he explained. "It is also a signal to Russia: the alliance sees it as the main and actually the sole adversary."
In 2008, then-US President George W. Bush pushed for Georgia to join the Membership Action Plan, a mechanism that allows for a continuous review of aspiring members, providing feedback and advice. However, Bush was defeated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was concerned that admitting Georgia would increase tensions with Russia.
Will lead to starting a war with Russia for sure. Georgia already started shit with them and got stomped by the Bear. But if Georgia is in NATO, then it's a tripwire for a big shooting war, including a land invasion from NATO territory in Estonia going for Moscow.
I'm curious as to what exactly they have to do to prepare. Fire a third of their armed forces and halve training for the remainder? Maybe they need to pre-bounce the odd check, oh and send a delegation to Brussels.
I was hoping for hyper-tech aliens to beam Georgia and Armenia into the Southern Indian ocean as large tropical islands. Oh and a bit of Russia so the Caspian could connect to the Black Sea. A downward connection from the Caspian to the Persian Gulf would be good too as it would remove the choke point of the Bosporus .... HEH!
(Reuters) - Cineworld will close all of its UK and U.S. movie theatres this week, leaving as many as 45,000 workers unemployed for the foreseeable future as it strives to survive a coronavirus collapse in film-making and cinema-going.
The world’s second-biggest cinema chain said the reluctance of studios to push ahead with major releases such as the new James Bond film had left it no choice but to close all 536 Regal theatres in the U.S. and its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres in the UK from Oct. 8.
Confirming weekend reports on the closures by Reuters and UK media, the company’s statement on Monday spelt out the scale of the job losses, which take in thousands of ancillary staff including cleaners and security as well as its own employees. It gave no indication of when cinemas might reopen.
Shares in the company, which have plummeted more than 80% this year, dropped another 60% to an all-time low within ten minutes of the opening bell on Monday as it said it was looking at all ways of raising additional funds.
Aside from Bond flicks, I'm not exactly sprinting out to theatres to watch flicks laden with lefty messaging. With pro sports taking it in the keister this year, movie studio exec's aren't seeing an opportunity here - too bad for them and Hollywood.
In High School many of my peers' first job was in a movie theater.
That said, last movie I went to had one person doing what used to be around 3 peoples' job - smart phone ticket so no ticket booth, smart phone concession stand so it was basically grab and go, smart phone ticket and seating so no ticket master. Just one gal making sure everyone navigated their way around, and handled the very occasional cash transaction.
Not the same as dealing with customers; that experience which inspires youngsters to do well in school so they aren't behind a cash register dealing with the shit, mad, stupid public their whole life.
Yet, the cost went from 'hey lets catch a flick' to 'how do I budget this evening?'
So with so many people who have been out of work, the safety dance, streaming competition, and IMHO a rather bleak outlook for big title blockbusters, probably time to get out.
[The Hill] Stock futures rose Sunday evening in overnight trading shortly after President Trump made an appearance in a motorcade outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he is recovering from the coronavirus.
Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 150 points, while S&P 500 futures and the Nasdaq 100 futures both rose about 0.5 percent.
President Trump tweeted a video earlier Sunday, saying he was "getting great reports from the doctors." He then waved to supporters outside the hospital in a brief outing in a motorcade with Secret Service.
Replying to a tweet asking why Trump, while sick with COVID-19, would leave the hospital, Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal tweeted: "Because futures start trading at 6pm East Coast time."
#4 Can't test for cancer due to COVID restrictions.
Can't excise cancerous tumors due to COVID restrictions
Can't treat heart disease due to COVID restrictions
Can't do emergency surgeries due to COVID restrictions
Can't survive due to COVID restrictions
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[NPR.ORG] Pope Francis ...Argentine liberation theologist, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He was elected pope in 2013. Rather than setting up shop in Avignon, where he belongs, the first Jesuit Pope chose to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse instead of the papal apartments. He is big on climate change, against consumerism, and in favor of throwing a blanket over homosexual activity within the clergy. He's not real sure about the Resurrection, about Christ's divinity, and a few other things that would have gotten him burned at the stake a few hundred years ago, but he's hot for a certain South American Earth Mother Goddess... has presented his blueprint for a post-COVID-19 world, covering a vast number of issues from fraternity and income inequality to immigration and social injustice. Works better than Papal rule.
The document, released Sunday, is his third encyclical — the most authoritative form of papal teaching. Tell us how well the Papal States did.
Its title is Fratelli Tutti, and it is a scathing description of laissez faire capitalism and a meditation on the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague) ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... pandemic that has swept across the globe.
Pope Francis began writing the document early this year, with the aim of focusing on interreligious dialogue following the landmark joint statement he signed in February 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and one of the highest authorities of Sunni Islam.
But, as Francis writes, the pandemic "unexpectedly erupted" and his focus widened, and the document became a treatise on the lessons that must be learned from the global health crisis.
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No fan of any tax, but if they are going to tax us and other self-respecting businesses, then the Church (in all of its manifestations/confessions) should be taxed as well. It won't happen, but still....
Isn't there an option to select "religionslos" or something on your taxes?
Yes. Though it took some arguing with HR when Mr. Wife was doing the arrival paperwork. They assumed that we both were Jewish, and so signed us up, as the expat package covered such additional costs. Jew and Christians in the early ‘90s were supposed to pay the church tax annually — most do, so their children will be able to have picturesque church weddings and funerals when the time comes, but the money goes to pay for salaries and building maintenance — I believe in recent years Muslims have finally been accorded the same privilege.
At any rate, Mr. Wife is not technically Jewish, and while I am (I know you are shocked by this revelation, dear Reader), I have the typical American discomfort informing the government of something that I consider none of their damned business. Mr. Wife had to spend some hours arguing with the otherwise nice and helpful HR lady responsible for ex-pats before she gave up. He had to argue with her just as long a year later when we wanted to send trailing daughter #1 to the local German preschool for the language immersion opportunity instead of to the very expensive international school, even though it ended up saving the company about $10,000/year in tuition and fees... We have ever been a challenge for the inflexible. ;-)
I don't have time during the week to read fifty page papal declarations but it'd be nice to see a few substantive examples of the 'failures of market capitalism' and by that I don't mean 'income inequality', by which I believe means 'yes, lazy and unproductive people do not earn as much as the non-lazy and productive' or other Marxist claims of the 'failures of capitalism'.
"Isn't there an option to select "religionslos" or something on your taxes?"
There is, but you can't do that if you are currently a member of the Catholic (katholisch) or Protestant (evangelisch) Church.
In Bavaria, the Kirchensteuer is 8% of your income tax. So if you pay 10000 Euro income tax, you'd pay an additional 800 Euros Kirchensteuer. There's no cap, which means that if you pay 1 million Euro income tax, Kirchensteuer would be 80000 (churches tend to accept reductions though in order to avoid people leavin the church for that reason).
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10/05/2020 10:09 Comments ||
And yes, Jüdische Kultusgemeinden can raise taxes as well, but (not yet) Islamic communities).
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Ich bedanke mich recht herzlich für die Aufklärung.
/\ #4 ..Pope Francis has spent years criticizing laissez faire capitalism..
When a Socialist (or Communist, same thing) says "laissez fair capitalism" what they really mean is any economy other than communism. Freedom is greedy and evil, right?
[Jerusalem Post] The COVID-19 virus has special protein "keys" on its surface that enable it to "unlock" Alveolar Type II cells in the lungs. These are the spikes that make the coronavirus’s "crown." Once in, these cells stop releasing a fatty substance (pulmonary surfactant) needed to keep healthy lungs from collapsing. This is why patients infected with the virus suffer lung failure and need to be intubated.
"We are so used to thinking of oxygen as a good thing, that we fail to realize it is a difficult gas to work with," NeuroRX CEO Prof. Jonathan Javitt told The Jerusalem Post. "Oxygen causes rust. In evolutionary terms, when the first life forms left the sea to begin life on land, they had to keep their lungs moist on the inside so that the gas they were breathing would not harm the delicate cells."
Javitt and his team of scientists have been able to synthesize Aviptadil, a man-made version of human Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP). This peptide is essential for the healthy operation of Type II cells. Its discovery is a complex and fascinating story involving Middle East politics, Jewish history and how drug companies work.
[France24] Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and Briton Michael Houghton won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus, the Nobel Committee announced Monday.
The three were honoured for their "decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer in people around the world," the jury said.
"The discovery of Hepatitis C virus revealed the cause of the remaining cases of chronic hepatitis and made possible blood tests and new medicines that have saved millions of lives", it added.
Thanks to their discovery, highly sensitive blood tests for the virus are now available and these have "essentially eliminated post-transfusion hepatitis in many parts of the world, greatly improving global health", the Nobel Committee said.
Their discovery also allowed the rapid development of antiviral drugs directed at Hepatitis C.
"For the first time in history, the disease can now be cured, raising hopes of eradicating Hepatitis C virus from the world population," the jury said.
"Prior to their work, the discovery of the Hepatitis A and B viruses had been critical steps forward," the Nobel Assembly at Sweden's Karolinska Institute said in a statement.
[SpaceNews] NASA and Boeing announced Aug. 28 that the OFT-2 mission would launch no earlier than December. It will be followed by a Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission, with three astronauts from NASA and Boeing on board, no earlier than June 2021. If those missions fly as scheduled and are successful, Starliner could begin regular crew rotation missions to the International Space Station at the end of 2021.
That schedule, though, is subject to resolving recommendations by a joint NASA-Boeing independent review team that investigated the problems with the OFT mission. That team provided 61 recommendations, primarily dealing with spacecraft software and “mission data loads” for Starliner. It later provided 19 additional recommendations involving a communications problem Starliner experienced during the OFT mission.
McErlean said of the 61 original recommendations, 27 were classified as “mandatory” to resolve before the next mission, while 13 were “highly recommended” to resolve before the next flight and the other 21 were considered a lower priority. Of the additional 19 recommendations, 15 were considered mandatory and 1 highly recommended.
However, he said, “Boeing has committed and is working towards correcting all of these items prior to OFT-2.” That requires, he said, working with the independent review team to both fully understand the recommendation and to ensure that corrective actions meet the intent of the recommendation.
That effort involves “a very intense and significant amount of work,” he said. “We continue to worry, and show a source of concern, as to whether or not their progress towards final resolution will, in fact, meet the current evolved schedule.”
In comments it becomes obvious most of the problems are software related. Most of the current solutions problems for the 737Max are software related too and Boeing has been working that problem for 2 years so NASA is a bit low on faith in their ability to deliver with older software design methodologies common at Boeing. In the comments alternate second sources are discussed. Problems with all of those are NASA's crew safety requirements and paperwork. One would think NASA could just have add one additional port at a location where something as big as StarShip could dock. Then in an emergency when they needed lots of material or people they could just contract with SpaceX for a StarShip flight or with several of the other companies with non-NASA-human certified spaceships for a flight and have the NASA passengers sign a waiver. Non-NASA-human certified for ISS include: Dream Chaser(Sierra Nevada Corp), Orion(Lockheed) and StarShip(SpaceX).
[YNet] - Israel's high schools should operate online only for weeks or months, army taskforce on coronavirus said in a report published Monday.
The report was published by the Coronavirus Information and Knowledge Center, operated by IDF Military Intelligence under the auspices of the Health Ministry, ahead of the cabinet meeting later in the day.
[LEARNINGENGLISH.VOANEWS] New measurements show that radiation levels on the moon are two to three times higher than on the International Space Station.
The measurements were taken by an instrument on China’s Chang’e-4 lunar lander. The spacecraft touched down on the far side of the moon in January of 2019.
German and Chinese scientists involved in the experiment say the Chinese lander provided the first "active" measurements of radiation levels on the surface of the moon. The findings were recently reported in a study in the publication Science Advances.
The study comes as the United States and several other countries develop plans to send astronauts to explore the moon. The American space agency NASA has a goal of landing the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024 as part of its Artemis program. It also wants to set up a long-term base on the moon by 2028.
But space radiation presents major health risks to future astronauts. Cancer is the main health concern, but radiation exposure can also lead to other diseases.
NASA has already warned that space travelers spending long periods in places like the moon or Mars will face high levels of harmful radiation.
Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic shield protect humans from the extreme radiation present in the universe. But astronauts aboard the International Space Station receive more than 10 times the radiation that we receive on Earth.
[Post-Millennial] The Mathematical Association of America released a statement Friday claiming that mathematicians should engage in “uncomfortable conversations” about race.
It also called out the fact that the Department of Education launched an investigation into Princeton University after the university publicly condemned itself of being rife with racism "embedded in structures" of the university. The group says this action "weaponized" the statement from Princeton administration. "Hey, you can't do that!! Only WE can do that!"
"As mathematicians, we notice patterns - this is something we are all trained to do. We bring these Executive actions to our community’s attention for several reasons: we see the pattern of science being ignored and the pattern of violence against our colleagues that give voice to race and racism," the statement continues. Wait a sec, I thought noticing patterns was racist?
Showing work sounds a lot like hark of slavery, you racist.
The concern would be if they, for lack of a better word or maybe right word, monetize emotion and SJW points. I believe the Chinese have their Social Credit System built along such lines.
I only halfway kid about "Pokemon, SJW!" where participants figure their D&D sheet based on race, sexual orientation, gender, alignment, and special attributes to make a score which can be compared to others. Someone (or group) scores above another, they have the conch. Score below a certain number, and well you (they) get the haatz.
This would be backed by the Science! of all those University studies and dissertations, especially those in the Peter Vankman Style.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.