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I must be living in a paradox.  Most people where I live are very compliant when it comes to wearing masks if they're going to a store that's open, yet the same people cannot stand the governor of my state for trying to do what's best for people's public health and safety.  And the governor of Illinois gets generally high marks according to polling of people in this state, but in rural areas?  Forget it.  I'm bummed out about the attitude most people in my area have against people from the Chicago area.  They want to secede and become a separate state so they can make their racism, homophobia, and xenophobia more blatant rather than subtle.  I've had people even say if McDonald's ever upped its minimum wage to $15 for its employees, they would stop patronizing the place.  When I ask them if it's worth it to lose the tax revenue that the local McDonald's generates for the community and other public taxing bodies should the place ever close, they say, 'Yes'!  It boggles my mind and distresses me to the point where I really do feel as if I'm living on the Island of Misfit Toys.  A disturbing majority of people where I live don't care about growing intellectually, spiritually, or artistically; they just want to grow old.  😞

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As Coronavirus Crushes Small Restaurants,

Big Chains See Room To Move In

“It’s corporate Darwinism on steroids,” said one analyst.
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........As the coronavirus permanently shutters some small businesses, big fast-food brands like Domino’s Pizza, Chipotle and Wendy’s that were doing well before the crisis want to grow - or continue pre-existing expansion plans - after the pandemic subsides.

David Deno, chief executive officer of Outback Steakhouse parent company Bloomin’ Brands, told Reuters in an interview that “I don’t mean to wish ill on anybody, but there’s going to be real estate opportunities,” for new stores or relocations to areas with “better visibility, better access and better parking.”.......

“Brands that are doing well in this environment should have an opportunity to expand their footprint,” said David Gibbs, Yum chief executive officer, in an earnings call in late April. “There’s no reason to think that this brand… is not going to be a growth business long term. And unit development is a big part of that.”.........

“We’re in a period of a few years where independents lose and chains gain” as much as 10% to 15% of market share, McCarthy said of the restaurant industry. The winners of that share grab will be those models centered around convenience and accessibility.

“It was a trend going 30 miles an hour, now accelerated to 100 miles an hour,” McCarthy said. “It’s corporate Darwinism on steroids.”

There is precedent for fast-food expansion in the face of crisis.................

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-small-restaurants-big-chains_n_5ec403a5c5b6c7fcf2de1f96

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Maryland is reporting 1,784 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases — the largest jump the state has seen
 
— four days after reopening retailers, hair salons and churches at 50%.
 
Gov. Larry Hogan is now allowing for tests for all residents — even without symptoms.
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States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data

 
As lockdowns ease, some states are being accused of bungling or even deliberately fudging the statistics
to make the virus appear more under control than it is.
 
"......In Virginia, Texas and Vermont, for example, officials said they have been combining the results of viral tests, which show an active infection, with antibody tests, which show a past infection. Public health experts say that can make for impressive-looking testing totals but does not give a true picture of how the virus is spreading.
 

In Florida, the data scientist who developed the state’s coronavirus dashboard, Rebekah Jones, said this week that she was fired for refusing to manipulate data “to drum up support for the plan to reopen.” Calls to health officials for comment were not immediately returned Tuesday.

In Georgia, one of the earliest states to ease up on lockdowns and assure the public it was safe to go out again, the Department of Public Health published a graph around May 11 that showed new COVID-19 cases declining over time in the most severely affected counties. The daily entries, however, were not arranged in chronological order but in descending order.....

https://apnews.com/6dbd9ad370add2ba299c7da46c25004f?utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

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With a record number of people adopting pets during the pandemic,
a Chicago shelter is offering virtual classes to help teach dogs to sit, stay and so much more.
 
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1 hour ago, mr6666 said:
 
With a record number of people adopting pets during the pandemic,
a Chicago shelter is offering virtual classes to help teach dogs to sit, stay and so much more.
 
:)
 

Hopefully these people adopting pets are able to pay their rent.

 

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Georgia, Wisconsin offer glimpses of an uneasy nation

Leaving aside politics, it’s clear the country is taking COVID-19 seriously.

"........Eight in 10 Americans say they would be unlikely to attend public gatherings even if restrictions were lifted tomorrow. And even 82% of Republicans say they see social distancing as “responsible government policies that are saving lives,” as opposed to an “over-reaction by government that is taking away people’s freedoms.”

Leaving aside politics, it’s clear that the country is taking COVID-19 as deadly serious business. That’s a critical piece of information for political entities, no matter what the scenes on television look like......

The next installment in Wisconsin's partisan split is likely to be on full display as a group of protesters plan to rally in Madison Friday to voice strong opposition to Gov. Tony Evers' stay-at-home orders.

The expected demonstration in the 2020 battleground state is happening just three days after state officials said that 19 people, who have either voted in-person or worked at a polling site on election day, have tested positive for COVID-19........

 

Amid the state-wide political tangles, at least one Wisconsin Republican sought to bring attention to how the nation might view the demonstration.

“Ok folks, I implore you, please leave Confederate flags and/or AR15s, AK47s, or any other long guns at home. Let's not give the MSM the opportunity to paint us as racists or extremists, ”.......

 

"........An overwhelming majority of Americans favor restrictions related to containing the coronavirus and fear moving too quickly to reopen the economy – concerns that breakthrough party lines amid a national unease about the pandemic,.......

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/note-georgia-wisconsin-offer-glimpses-uneasy-nation/story?id=70311251&cid=social_twitter_abcn

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Apologies for not knowing this, but are other countries
seeing similar cases of gleeful defiance of stay at home/public safety orders,
with people showing up at stores videotaping their refusal to enter with masks on?
 
Or is this a predominantly US thing?
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Hundreds of McDonald's workers plan Wednesday strike over COVID-19 protections

"Hundreds of McDonald’s workers in 20 cities plan to strike Wednesday on the day before the company’s annual shareholders meeting — part of an effort to pressure the fast-food chain into improving what they say are inadequate protections for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Labor organizers say there have been scores of McDonald's workers with COVID-19 in at least 17 states. They also cite a survey of more than 800 McDonald's workers from March 31 to April 6 in which 42% reported being told not to wear masks and gloves by management.  The survey also said 46% came to work feeling sick because they were afraid they would be disciplined or penalized.

The strike is supported by the Service Employees International Union........

“We are aware of scores of cases of COVID-19 positive workers in at least 16 states across the country. Time and time again, McDonald’s has failed to swiftly close and disinfect stores following confirmed reports of COVID-19 among employees. To make matters worse, your restaurants have also failed to promptly inform workers of exposure to the virus and to provide pay during quarantine,” the letter continues...........

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2020/05/19/coronavirus-mcdonalds-employees-national-strike-over-safety/5218729002/

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On 5/19/2020 at 4:02 PM, mr6666 said:
@AP
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States accused of fudging or bungling COVID-19 testing data

 
As lockdowns ease, some states are being accused of bungling or even deliberately fudging the statistics
to make the virus appear more under control than it is.
 
"......In Virginia, Texas and Vermont, for example, officials said they have been combining the results of viral tests, which show an active infection, with antibody tests, which show a past infection. Public health experts say that can make for impressive-looking testing totals but does not give a true picture of how the virus is spreading.
 

The CDC is doing it also:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/05/cdc-and-states-are-misreporting-covid-19-test-data-pennsylvania-georgia-texas/611935/

I believe these types of deceptions are why more and more people are losing their faith in the: 'experts' and are more willing to believe whatever their friends are saying.

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As Minnesota Catholic bishops announce that they will defy public health orders and hold congregate mass... https://catholicnewsagency.com/news/minnesota-bishops-will-reopen-public-masses-defy-state-order-19583

 

priests in Maple Lake MN announce that multiple parishioners, priests, and the monsignor have all contracted the virus: https://facebook.com/churchofsttimo

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Restaurants rebel against delivery apps as cities crack down on fees

One restaurateur gives each bag a personal touch, printing out a small note with a simple message:
Grubhub orders are killing his business.
 
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"Small businesses like us need your support in this time of crisis," Stamos writes in each note. "Online apps such as GRUBHUB ARE CHARGING US 30% of each order and $9 or more on orders made using phone numbers on their app or website … please help save the restaurant industry by ordering directly with us."

 

Restaurateurs like Stamos are mounting guerrilla campaigns to persuade customers to skip the delivery platforms they say are squeezing their businesses at a particularly difficult time.........

Restaurants use apps like Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats to streamline payment processing, customer support and various marketing services. The delivery companies also have their own fleets of insured drivers and deliverers, eliminating the need for restaurants to hire their own couriers.

For users, the apps offer a convenient way to find, order and pay for delivery food that might not otherwise be available.

That worked for many restaurants when it was a small part of their businesses. Now, it's a problem, leaving restaurants to try to persuade their customers to cut out the app-based convenience.........

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/restaurants-rebel-against-delivery-apps-cities-crack-down-fees-n1211456?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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In the end, everyone will have a dog.
 
After the pandemic, if you meet someone without a dog, you'll become suspicious.
 
"How did you survive without a dog?" you'll ask,
your hand moving slowly toward the wooden stake in your pocket.
 
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20 hours ago, mr6666 said:

American Billionaires Got $434 Billion Richer During the Pandemic

According to the report, the net worth of America’s billionaires grew 15% during the two-month period, to $3.382 trillion from $2.948 trillion

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/american-billionaires-got-434-billion-richer-during-the-pandemic/2276119/?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_CHBrand

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Well, we have those Republican tax cuts for billionaires to thank for the trickle down we are all now enjoying.

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