According to the latest data of the Italian National Health Institute ISS, the average age of the positively-tested deceased in Italy is currently about 81 years. 10% of the deceased are over 90 years old. 90% of the deceased are over 70 years old.

80% of the deceased had suffered from two or more chronic diseases. 50% of the deceased had suffered from three or more chronic diseases. The chronic diseases include in particular cardiovascular problems, diabetes, respiratory problems and cancer.

Less than 1% of the deceased were healthy persons, i.e. persons without pre-existing chronic diseases. Only about 30% of the deceased are women.

Source: Swiss Propaganda Research

The Trump Department of Justice has asked Congress to craft legislation allowing chief judges to indefinitely hold people without trial and suspend other constitutionally protected rights during the coronavirus and other emergencies, according to a report by Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan.

While the asks from the Department of Justice will likely not come to fruition with a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, they demonstrate how much this White House has a frightening disregard for rights enumerated in the Constitution.

The DOJ has requested that Congress allow any chief judge of a district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation,” according to draft language obtained by Politico. This would be applicable to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil processes and proceedings.” They justify this by saying currently judges can pause judicial proceedings in an emergency, but that new legislation would allow them to apply it “in a consistent manner.”

Source: Rolling Stone

Well, that didn’t take too long. In fact it came sooner than I expected.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, while the rest of the nation is focusing on staying healthy and social distancing, anti-abortion politicians and movement leaders have been doing the only thing they know — pursuing an agenda to shut down abortion clinics. Capitalizing on the mantra to never let a crisis go to waste, they are succeeding in ways they never could, absent the global public-health nightmare.

Source: Rolling Stone

Just as I said. And that’s just the beginning …

The way in which we code deaths in our country [Italy] is very generous in the sense that all the people who die in hospitals with the coronavirus are deemed to be dying of the coronavirus.

Source: Telegraph UK

Well, now that’s one of the stupidest ways to count.

By the way, the Robert-Koch-Institute in Germany counts the same way. I guess, most others do that, too.

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Authorities advise people to stay 1-2 meters apart, but researchers found that a bus passenger infected fellow travelers sitting 4.5 meters away.

The scientists behind the research said their investigation also highlighted the importance of wearing face masks because of the length of time it can linger.

Source: South China Morning Post

Old and busted: people lose their jobs due to outsourcing production into third-world countries.

New hotness: robots lose their jobs due to outsourcing production into third-world countries.

Adidas plans to close high-tech “robot” factories in Germany and the United States that it launched to bring production closer to customers, saying Monday that deploying some of the technology in Asia would be “more economic and flexible.”

The Adidas factories were part of a drive to meet demand for faster delivery of new styles to its major markets and to counter rising wages in Asia and higher shipping costs. It originally planned a global network of similar factories.

The German sportswear company did not give details on why it was closing the facilities, which have proved expensive and where the technology has been difficult to extend to different products.

Martin Shankland, Adidas’ head of global operations, said the factories had helped the company improve its expertise in innovative manufacturing, but it aimed to apply what it had learned with its suppliers.

Adidas started production of shoes largely by robots at its “Speedfactory” in the southern town of Ansbach near its Bavarian headquarters in 2016 and opened another near Atlanta in 2017.

Founded by German cobbler Adi Dassler in 1949, Adidas has shifted most of its production from Europe to Asia and now relies on more than 1 million workers in contract factories, particularly in China and Vietnam.

However, Adidas said Monday that production at the two factories would be discontinued by April 2020 at the latest as it focuses instead on using the technologies they pioneered to produce shoes at two of its suppliers in Asia.

The suppliers would use the techniques to make a broader range of products with a short production time, not just running shoes, while Adidas will keep testing manufacturing processes at its so-called adiLab site in Scheinfeld, Germany.

It said it would continue to work with Oechsler, the German company that operates the two factories, in other manufacturing areas, such as producing soles for its springy Boost shoes, as well as soles for soccer shoes and advanced 3D-printed soles.

Source: New York Post

Corruption, living standards, housing, unemployment and health rank above, or alongside, migration as key issues for European voters. Despite anti-immigration rhetoric across Europe, many voters view domestic issues as chief concerns. Voters in Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain are more concerned about people leaving their country than coming in.

European Council of Foreign Relations

Sounds like the experiment “EU” can be considered as failed.

Lawmakers are set to approve plans for an enormous new database that will collect biometric data on almost all non-EU citizens in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area. The database — merging previously separate systems tracking migration, travel and crime — will grant officials access to a person’s verified identity with a single fingerprint scan.

Source: Politico

This sounds like Mielke’s wet dream come true. I doubt there’ll be any improvements in security. Just more surveillance and possibilities to repression.

On one hand you can not serve lobby interests, especially to serve large publishers, labels and artists, and then on the other hand stand up and fight off the consequences that result from the collateral damage, by calling for meaningless and completely useless additional protocols. They are not required, they are one necessary consequence of the law.

The policy doesn’t require upload filters. But companies without extensive blocking are constantly in danger of claims for damages. That’s why they have no choice. Article 13 is a shift in the burden of proof. But in a liberal democracy everything is allowed, what’s not forbidden.

Thanks to Article 13, everything has to be blocked first, until it’s proven that it’s allowed. There’s no doubt that no culture can thrive this way. Principles of a pluralistic democracy, and also those of a liberal constitutional state get abolished by this policy.

It does not strengthen artists. On the contrary, many will find that they can not even bring their own material online without proving that it does not violate any third party rights. So everyone has to join the same large collecting societies, in order to enjoy the benefit of flat-rate licenses, which only large global players can and will do.

This disaster is applauded by journalists, who otherwise always like to demand the solidarity of the net community with their concerns of free reporting. But they themselves punch all unorganized Internet broadcasters directly in the face; according to the motto “we also want to get paid”. Have you not been paid, yet?

Is it really worthwhile to enforce 30-40 years old business models in a network that removes the role of recipient and sender? You want to turn back the Internet into consumers and professional producers, so that your dinosaur world is right again.

Don’t be surprised if the solidarity regarding your concerns suffers in the future, because you have just made yourselves real enemies of free cultural practice. And by no means I’m talking about the straw man of an “everything’s free culture” that you allegedly suffer from. You threw out the baby with the bathwater. You, as the alleged fifth pillar of democracy, have just laid your hands upon the possibilities of freedom of expression. You have made yourself part of the problem, not part of the solution; and that way one should treat you from now on. This is not a good day for freedom in Europe, it is a very bad day. A catastrophe promoted by publishers and law-abusers.


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