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As Job Losses Cruise Past 39 Million, Likelihood Of New Relief Package Increases

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The coronavirus pandemic seems to be shifting gears away from causing mass hospitalizations and deaths to pure economic destruction on an unprecedented level. That’s not to say the disease isn’t hurting people or killing folks. It is. However, there are other aspects of this horrific disease and the drastic steps we’ve taken to try and slow its spread.

A new report from the Labor Department seems to indicate that the soaring unemployment numbers are ultimately leading to the necessity of another relief package.

Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:

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The Labor Department reported Thursday that 2.4 million people in the United States filed for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total during the pandemic to 39 million.

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Meanwhile, senators left the Hill Thursday for a weeklong recess without extending the small-business Paycheck Protection Program, despite hopes that they might quickly pass the legislation, a relatively minor extension of existing aid, before leaving.

High-ranking members of the GOP, who previously were hoping to avoid having to pass another relief package have started to shift their attitudes, noting that another bill is likely necessary and that it will be much larger than the first.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Fox News that there’s a “high likelihood” that Congress will need to pass another significant fiscal measure.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stated that there is a “strong likelihood we will need another bill” in order to stimulate the faltering economy.

The original legislation, the Paycheck Protection Program was originally passed back in March toward the beginning of the massive lockdowns that popped up all over the country. The bill was part of a $2.2 trillion CARES Act that provided forgivable loans to small businesses that would maintain payrolls, which was a measure designed to help fend off business closures. These closures, if they were allowed to occur, would have caused a major depression.

We really need to be focused on getting back to work and being productive again. The economy simply cannot be sustained during a lockdown. Shuttering production has a ripple effect, like tossing a rock in a pond. Multiple industries will be hit hard when a company stops producing.

Let’s get this going so we don’t have to keep racking up debt.

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Social Media Giant Permanently Banishes Pro-Life News Outlet

So much for free speech.

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Our nation appears destined to fall into the clutches of a technological oligarchy, headed by the likes of Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg, and there is very little that can be done about it. These two men, who run Twitter and Facebook, respectively, have been ruling their public forums with an iron fist, hiding behind the concept that their private status is a workaround for the First Amendment.  Their gargantuan reach and influence has made it possible for them to act with impunity, steering the narrative on any number of subjects, from Donald Trump to the wonder of maternity. The latest affront to free speech comes to us from Facebook, where a pro-life news organization has been completely banished. Facebook permanently banned LifeSiteNews, a popular pro-life news outlet, for publishing “false information about COVID-19 that could contribute to physical harm.” As justification for unpublishing LifeSiteNews, Facebook cited an article posted on April 10, 2021, titled “COVID vaccines can be deadly for some.” Facebook said they erase Facebook pages that publish “vaccine discouraging information on the platform.” The site’s staff was livid. “This all comes down to another case of Big Tech silencing free speech on their platform,” said LifeSiteNews Marketing Director Rebekah Roberts. “Facebook has been silencing any voice that goes against their beliefs and agenda,” Roberts said. “Our LifeSiteNews Facebook page has been removed simply because we have shared reports of doctors, nurses, expert researchers, and even the former Pfizer VP speaking out against the COVID shots.” This is just the latest in a long line of Orwellian moves by these social media mavens, and may in fact be just another harbinger of something far more sinister to come.

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CDC Readies Cruises, Complete with Human Guinea Pigs

Fingers crossed!

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As the world prepares for its grand reopening, there are a number of high value industries that are eagerly awaiting permission from medical authorities to resume operations. First and foremost, there are the service industries:  Places like restaurants, bars, music venues, and sports arenas whose entire livelihood depends on whether or not people are being allowed to gather in public.  While many of these venues are now beginning to ramp up their capacity, there are issues bringing some of these workers back into the fold thanks to the enhanced unemployment benefits provided by the federal government. And then there’s the tourism industry, whose regulatory structure is far more susceptible to interference by government agencies. Now, after over a year of stagnation, it appears as though at least one facet of this wide-ranging corporate amalgam will be given a chance to sail on. Cruise lines can soon begin trial voyages in U.S. waters with volunteer passengers helping test whether the ships can sail safely during a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave ship operators final technical guidelines Wednesday for the trial runs. The CDC action is a step toward resuming cruises in U.S. waters, possibly by July, for the first time since March 2020. A spokeswoman for the cruise industry’s trade group said the group was reviewing the CDC instructions. So, how will this work? Each practice cruise — they’ll run two to seven days — must have enough passengers to meet at least 10% of the ship’s capacity. Volunteers must be 18 or older and either fully vaccinated or free of medical conditions that would put them at high risk for severe COVID-19. The ship operator must tell passengers that they are simulating untested safety measures “and that sailing during a pandemic is an inherently risky activity,” the…

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