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Pandemic Recovery Gets Boost from Surprisingly Good Jobs Report

Let’s just hope the government doesn’t try to temper our grand reopening.

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Americans may very well be on the precipice of a great reopening, and the latest figures from the federal government seem to suggest that the time is nigh.

There’s nothing quite like a global pandemic to offset economic growth, particularly when that pandemic arrives in the form of a highly contagious disease that shuts down almost the entirety of the service industry, along with sports venues, concerts, and even city council meetings.  This economic impact is certainly the most obvious, but for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction:  As Americans stayed home, they saved money.  That means that, when the economy does reopen, We The People will be raring to go.

The effects of this pop could be enormous.  The end of the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic was the catalyst for the “roaring twenties” – a period of unmatched American prosperity and decadence.

Now, judging by the numbers we’re seeing this week, a new economic boom might be right around the corner.

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The number of Americans filing for first-time jobless aid last week fell to its lowest level since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in 2020, a sign layoffs are easing as the economy recovers.

Some 547,000 people applied for unemployment benefits in the week ended April 17, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s 39,000 fewer than the previous week and the lowest weekly number since March 14, 2020. About 133,000 others applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a federal program for self-employed and gig workers.

The latest jobless claims figure is far below the roughly 1 million weekly applications the nation saw in January. But it remains more than twice its pre-pandemic level of about 250,000, showing how much further the recovery has to go.

The sky’s the limit at this point, as far as recovery goes; we just need to make sure that the government doesn’t try to unnecessarily stymy our fiscal fortune.

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YouTube Jumps the Shark, Bans Fox News Host’s Personal Channel

YouTube somehow thinks that it has arbitrary authority over content and content creators that cable TV deems appropriate.

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What arrogance YouTube must have.  What absolute cojones.

The internet’s premiere video streaming site, which began life as a place for cat videos and other such nonsense, now believes themselves to be the arbiters of all that is fit for consumption, eschewing the standards and practices of the FCC-regulated world for rules all their own.

They’ve now even taken to suggesting that what’s allowed to be broadcast on television is no longer suitable for their audience, and for no reason other than the company’s political slant.

YouTube banned Fox News host Dan Bongino, forever deplatforming one of the internet’s most popular conservative commentators.

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The popular video service run by Google said Bongino tried to circumvent a one-week ban for spreading COVID-19 misinformation on one channel by posting on another channel, resulting in a permanent suspension.

“We terminated Dan Bongino’s channels for circumventing our Terms of Service by posting a video while there was an active strike and suspension associated with the account,” YouTube said in a statement to USA TODAY. “When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension.”

Bongino, whose rhetoric appears to still pass muster in the established world of cable media, has once again proven that Silicon Valley isn’t interested in what’s right so much as it is interested in how far left they can skew the overall balance of the American media picture.

 

What arrogance YouTube must have.  What absolute cojones. The internet’s premiere video streaming site, which began life as a place for cat videos and other such nonsense, now believes themselves to be the arbiters of all that is fit for consumption, eschewing the standards and practices of the FCC-regulated world for rules all their own. They’ve now even taken to suggesting that what’s allowed to be broadcast on television is no longer suitable for their audience, and for no reason other than the company’s political slant. YouTube banned Fox News host Dan Bongino, forever deplatforming one of the internet’s most popular conservative commentators. The popular video service run by Google said Bongino tried to circumvent a one-week ban for spreading COVID-19 misinformation on one channel by posting on another channel, resulting in a permanent suspension. “We terminated Dan Bongino’s channels for circumventing our Terms of Service by posting a video while there was an active strike and suspension associated with the account,” YouTube said in a statement to USA TODAY. “When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension.” Bongino, whose rhetoric appears to still pass muster in the established world of cable media, has once again proven that Silicon Valley isn’t interested in what’s right so much as it is interested in how far left they can skew the overall balance of the American media picture.  

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CRUEL: Unvaccinated Man Denied Heart Transplant by Boston Hospital

Unforgivable.

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Americans are facing a strange new pandemic of prejudice in 2022, as a number of organizations and establishments continue to discriminate against and segregate the unvaccinated from the vaccinated, and it’s beginning to get to the point where such separation could be deadly.

In restaurants and concert halls, as well as on many domestic flights, those who’ve chosen not to receive a COVID vaccination are being excluded and mistreated.  In some schools, this personal medical decision could even see you corralled around like cattle.

Now, in a stunning turn of events, choosing to remain unvaccinated could see you denied life-or-death medical help.

A Boston hospital is defending itself after a man’s family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying most transplant programs around the country set similar requirements to improve patients’ chances of survival.

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The family of D.J. Ferguson said in a crowdfunding appeal this week that officials at Brigham and Women’s Hospital told the 31-year-old father of two that he was ineligible for the procedure because he hasn’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“We are literally in a corner right now. This is extremely time sensitive,” the family said in its fundraising appeal, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars. “This is not just a political issue. People need to have a choice!”

The patient had serious, well-researched concerns.

D.J.’s mother, Tracey Ferguson, insists that her son isn’t against vaccinations, noting he’s had other immunizations in the past. But the trained nurse said Wednesday that he’s been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation — an irregular and often rapid heart rhythm — and that he has concerns about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“D.J. is an informed patient,” Tracey Ferguson said in a brief interview at her home in Mendon, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southwest of Boston. “He wants to be assured by his doctors that his condition would not be worse or fatal with this COVID vaccine.”

Sadly, D.J.’s case is not the first such discriminatory incident, and it certainly won’t be the last unless a dramatic shift in thinking was to occur within the medical establishment.

Americans are facing a strange new pandemic of prejudice in 2022, as a number of organizations and establishments continue to discriminate against and segregate the unvaccinated from the vaccinated, and it’s beginning to get to the point where such separation could be deadly. In restaurants and concert halls, as well as on many domestic flights, those who’ve chosen not to receive a COVID vaccination are being excluded and mistreated.  In some schools, this personal medical decision could even see you corralled around like cattle. Now, in a stunning turn of events, choosing to remain unvaccinated could see you denied life-or-death medical help. A Boston hospital is defending itself after a man’s family claimed he was denied a new heart for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, saying most transplant programs around the country set similar requirements to improve patients’ chances of survival. The family of D.J. Ferguson said in a crowdfunding appeal this week that officials at Brigham and Women’s Hospital told the 31-year-old father of two that he was ineligible for the procedure because he hasn’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus. “We are literally in a corner right now. This is extremely time sensitive,” the family said in its fundraising appeal, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars. “This is not just a political issue. People need to have a choice!” The patient had serious, well-researched concerns. D.J.’s mother, Tracey Ferguson, insists that her son isn’t against vaccinations, noting he’s had other immunizations in the past. But the trained nurse said Wednesday that he’s been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation — an irregular and often rapid heart rhythm — and that he has concerns about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. “D.J. is an informed patient,” Tracey Ferguson said in a brief interview at her home in Mendon,…

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