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Here's a perspective on it:

https://mattstoller.substack.com/p/stop-the-6-trillion-coronavirus-corporate

Far from un-biased, Matt Stoller is quite liberal, but he's made waves for criticizing the Obama administration, where he worked for a time, for cow-towing to big business. His axe to grind is consolidation of monopoly power, and though I'm to the right on him on most issues, as a distributist I think he's nailed a lot of things regarding what the government should be doing to counter the growing threat of the corporate surveillance state. 

I like his weekly column, because again, though he and I differ quite a lot on ideology, he calls out democrats just as much as republicans when they screw the little guy. 

Anyway, in the article above he classifies the bill blocked as a $6-10 trillion corporate welfare bill, rather than providing relief to those in need. That's something worth considering.


That was interesting. I too am very much a Distributist, and I can see that there are definitely grounds to criticise the Republican approach, although I am not sure I'd hope for much better. Also, my Distributism is very much anti-Neoliberalism and anti-Social Democracy, so I don't necessarily consider the latter any better than the former. But if the Democrats had criticised the Republican bill on this score only, I could have got behind them. The problem is they also seem to have decided it was a great time to stick in irrelevant boondoggles, like extra NASA funding or funding for global warming research. At one point they were even talking about federal funding of abortion, both inside and outside America: because killing babies is obviously an important way to fight this disease (and anyone remember when the pro-abortion side was about choice - turns out they never meant it as a general principle!).
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The Prime Minister has now tested positive, as has the Health Secretary. For the time being both are displaying only mild symptoms and are continuing to work while maintaining isolation.
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True and Crazy!!

And at least I know it!

With Gds help;

Dear Commander in Chief.

I heard you say that depression and suicides are more harmful than a serious pandemic plague. Again I really have the cure and the proof just appeared a week ago. This time the White House will be way ahead of all the experts:

Rabbi Na Nach has just sent what is in my opinion more significant than ‘the hidden book’, one of the names Rabbi Nachman gave to a holy ‘note’(letter/hand/map...) written on that day when Nelson defeated Napoleon at a Trafalgar. You can be certain that the victory took place because of this note (Na Nach calls it a note, the first part of which he calls a letter).

The new message is a quote from 30 years ago that appeared printed on the outline of the original note. Once you read it you will understand.

Translated from Hebrew:

...this melody is out of this world! ‘Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman’, it IS “big mitsvah to be happy always”, this melody is endless. The whole world are singing it, the whole world, even non-Israel are singing it...

We see that the whole world accept this melody, people come and say:”We heard a melody that goes like this, ‘Na Nach’”, filled with this song will be all of France and all of England with ‘Na Nach’. Italy and China, and all the nations, they will ask:”What is ‘Na Nach’?” They have no questions to ask, only about ‘Na Nach’:” What is ‘Na Nach’?”

This is the melody, you know what this melody is’Na Nach’? This is a melody that has the power to cure all ills, he can do everything!

They see with their own eyes a disease that has no cure, cancer, a type of cancer. And our holy Rabbi says to the disease: “go away from here!” The the patient is made new!

“What is it, what happened, where did it go the disease?”

We are singing ‘Na Nach’.....

Admiral Nelson did not see the letter that saved him you Sir deserve to have full possession of it!

Mordecai Spiro
From Ebay Ha Nachal

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Just to wrap up that part of the thread (page 2), the stimulus bill has now been passed by both houses and signed into law. I expect each party will continue to blame the other for the hold-up, but the important thing is that the bill has got through.
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Half a million Koreans signed a petition to dissolve the Shincheonji sect:
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200224000676
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The Queen is to address the nation on Sunday, only the fourth such occasion in a reign now approaching seven decades. In other news, the Prime Minister's initial isolation period is over. However, as he continues to display symptoms, albeit not severely ill, it has been confirmed that he will continue to isolate for the time being.
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The content of Her Majesty's upcoming address has been widely reported in the Sunday newspapers, even though it will not be aired until this evening. A more speculative but nicely-written piece from the BBC's royal correspondent appears here. On another note entirely, a fascinating photo-essay on a deserted London. Where the Queen is among those absent, she is sensibly in effective isolation with the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle. Where, considering her age, if I had my way no one would be allowed anywhere near the royal presence unless wearing hazmat suits, to protect her not themselves.
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Her Majesty's address to the nation.
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The Prime Minister has been admitted to hospital, said to be a precautionary move as his high temperature continues after 10 days. He has not relinquished the reins of government and, it is hoped, will be able to return to Downing Street following tests.
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The Mail reports on the warm reception the Queen's address to the nation has received.
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Her Majesty did a stirring job as always. I must say it is much preferable to just having a political leader give announcements.
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Even the Guardian and Independent wrote admiring pieces, which I didn't link because despite the warm words for the Queen herself they each found it necessary to add a leaven of anti-monarchical sniping. In concerning news, the Prime Minister is now in intensive care, as his condition was worsening. He is said to be still conscious and has not been put on a ventilator, but obviously this development is the reverse of what was hoped. For the first time, temporary leadership of the Government has been handed to the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab.
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The address given by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was exactly what one would want coming from their head of state.  She was stately, appropriate, and inspiring.  Completely opposite to the head of state of this country who after weeks of dismissing this global crisis, now engages in a daily display of confusion, misinformation and personal promotion.  None of the politicians are covering themselves in glory these days.  The monarchs of the world and other royals have been wonderful for the most part.

Makes me what to scream Make America Great Britain Again!

New York City has become something of a Ghost Town.  Being confined to my home for the past three weeks, hearing concerning and bad news of more and more people that I know, facing the challenges of working from home, have all been a challenge.  Most of all, not being able to go to church on Sundays has been a burden, but I have been watching live-stream broadcasts of the Liturgy on Sunday from my church, and Vespers from an Ethiopian Church in San Jose California.

I hope all of you are healthy, and keeping safe, in these difficult days.

  



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The address given by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was exactly what one would want coming from their head of state.  She was stately, appropriate, and inspiring.  Completely opposite to the head of state of this country who after weeks of dismissing this global crisis, now engages in a daily display of confusion, misinformation and personal promotion.  None of the politicians are covering themselves in glory these days.  The monarchs of the world and other royals have been wonderful for the most part.


It's true that the US has a truly loathsome president, but it's hard to imagine even if we had a good one that half of the country would just hate whatever he or she said. And this is where monarchy shines; the Queen can be above mere partisan politics. I'm sure the staunchest and most rabid republicans would have something nasty to say about her speech, but I would think those are in the vast minority.
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Coronavirus may have oddly enough brought peace to Yemen.  Saudi Arabia has declared a unilateral ceasefire in Yemen where a quagmire war has dragged on now for years.  This comes as 150 members of the Saudi royal family have been struck ill with Covid-19, and the powerful senior royal, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, governor of Riyadh, reportedly in the Intensive Care Unit of King Faisal Hospital.  The King of Saudi Arabia has entered seclusion with other senior royals in an island palace in the Red Sea, and the de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed in the high-tech model city of Neom.  The Houthis, who control the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, have issued a lengthy proposal for conditions to end the war.  The Houthis' principle ally Iran has also been devastated by the virus.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/world/middleeast/saudi-yemen-ceasefire-coronavirus.html

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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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