Health official: No new COVID-19 cases from parties at Lake of Ozarks

If you were half as worried, off my feed, sleepless in Chicago as I was when I heard about these parties, you were plenty worried, off your feed, sleepless wherever you were.

Well!!

Camden County Health Department reported Friday that a person from Boone County who had attended the parties tested positive for the virus.

Speaking at a news conference in Jefferson City on Wednesday, Dr. Randall Williams, the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, said no more cases have been uncovered since, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Well I’m glad to hear it, but I’m sure my worry, inability to eat or sleep was a darn waste of time!

via Health official: No new COVID-19 cases from parties at Lake of Ozarks

Mayor L picks her to co-chair new use-of-force committee, she cuts loose with attack on “psychopaths with guns” who “have circled the community with a shield of violence . . .

. . .  too often forcing the natural aggression of the black community inwards.”

That’s from Angela Davis,” she said, referring to the [communist] author and political activist.

She da woman!

Arewa Karen Winters, of Justice for Families, speaks during a press conference at City Hall to announce the city’s new Use of Force Working Group, designed to to review the Chicago Police Department’s policies pertaining to use of force, Monday morning, June 15, 2020. Winters will co-chair the Use of Force Working Group, alongside the police department’s Area 4 Deputy Chief Ernest Cato III.

The police union head to the mayor: “I can’t have dialogue with people who are so far to one side of the fringe that it’s just pointless.”

If you cater to that squeaky wheel, people are going to be distracted from your lack of a plan for the riots and everything else that has taken place in this city in the last month that you did nothing to stop.” 

Read it all at Police union slams co-chair of new panel reviewing CPD use-of-force policy – Chicago Sun-Times

Lockdown is good for the climate. But it’s a damn the economy, full speed ahead strategy. We could also stop eating and leave the planet to the birds and fish, who thrive during lockdown. However . . .

. . . We can also ask what about the people?

“We have to head toward the new normality because the national economy and the well-being of the people depends on it,” says Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Or as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote on Twitter, “We sought a total lockdown without thinking about the consequences for the daily wage earners, the street vendors, the laborers, all of whom face poverty and hunger. . . . May Allah forgive us.”

Indeed.

via Coronavirus and the Climate – WSJ

Lockdowns Hit Minority Businesses. More than Depression years.

Questions loom for state and city decision-makers.

If Covid-19 cases keep rising in the weeks to come, city and state leaders might reimpose a strict lockdown. They should bear in mind who’d be harmed most by the ensuing economic destruction. From February to April, the number of active black business owners fell 41%, according to an analysis last week from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

“This study provides the first estimates of the early-stage effects of COVID-19 on small business owners,” writes Robert Fairlie, an economist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Overall, he finds, “the number of working business owners plummeted from 15.0 million in February 2020 to 11.7 million in April 2020.” That’s a drop of 3.3 million, or 22%.

This shock is unprecedented. “No other one-, two- or even 12-month window of time has ever shown such a large change in business activity,” Mr. Fairlie says. “For comparison, from the start to end of the Great Recession the number of business owners decreased by 730,000 representing only a 5 percent reduction.” Judging by the number of active small businesses, the Covid lockdown was the equivalent, in only weeks, of four Great Recessions.

Four big ones. Is it worth it? Does it make a difference?

More here: WSJ

Argentine bishop accused of sexual misconduct returns to work at Vatican central bank

When will it ever end?

ROSARIO, Argentina – As the Vatican resumed its activities after the two-month COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown, Crux has confirmed an Argentinian bishop suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct with seminarians quietly went back to work.

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta was appointed by Francis to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), which functions as the Vatican’s central bank, in 2017, where he works as an “assessor,” a position created for the Argentine.

Habemus papam (We have a pope), the white smoke announces.

We do? Not a political strings-puller?

More here: Argentine bishop accused of sexual misconduct returns to work at Vatican central bank