Below the fold – April 13, 2021

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Below The Fold: The news that do not make the headlines but is important. By PL Hade

  1. CEOs gather to speak out against voting law changes
    • “A number of top executives and corporate leaders gathered online this weekend to discuss what to do in response to changes to some state voting laws, according to multiple news reports.”
    • “The Washington Post reported that more than 100 leaders, including executives from major airlines, retailers and manufacturers — plus at least one NFL owner — talked about potential ways to show they opposed the legislation,…” https://apnews.com/…/nfl-legislation-football-voting…
    • CEOs plan $$$ threats to lawmakers over voting laws“CEOs are threatening to withhold campaign contributions — and to punish states by yanking investments in factories, stadiums and other lucrative projects.”
    • “The call included a long list of business luminaries, including James Murdoch, Ken Chenault, Ken Frazier, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, and executives of Delta, United and American Airlines.” https://www.axios.com/…/axios-am-acaf8e0a-8fb0-4488…
    • Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith will move production on their big-budget, runaway slave thriller “Emancipation” out of Georgia in protest over the state’s controversial new voting restrictions. https://www.nbcnews.com/…/will-smith-movie-emancipation…
  2. The Biden administration has been pressed by Representative Slotkin to designate over a dozen white supremacist extremist groups Foreign Terrorist Organizations. “If these groups do not meet the more stringent FTO criteria, I ask that you designate these groups as SDGTs,” she wrote. https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2BW1KQ
  3. McCormick petitions are fraudulent, maybe criminal, N.J. Democrats sayShadowy perennial candidate accused of submitting false signatures in bid for governor https://newjerseyglobe.com/…/mccormick-petitions-are…/ (She didn’t show for her court hearing yesterday. It continues this morning.)
  4. Despite saying they wouldn’t, Jet Blue and Toyota have contributed to Congressmen who voted to overturn the election.
  5. LD37 (Northvale) An Oath Keeper Worked Security for the Capitol Rally on Jan. 6. Now, He’s a Republican Candidate for N.J. Assembly. Durfee was backed by the Bergen County GOP. NJ Assembly candidate Ed Durfee, an Oath Keeper, was just outside the Capitol on 1/6. https://www.wnyc.org/…/oath-keeper-did-security…/
  6. From Media Matters“Right now, Fox News is in midst of renegotiating more than 65% of all their cable provider contracts. Try to increase as much as 75%. That would mean Fox goes up to more than $3/month.
    • News & info channels’ subscriber fees are normally small. MSNBC gets ~$0.33, CNN gets between $0.70-0.90 per month (and includes CNN and CNN Headline News). In contrast, Fox News charges near or over $2 a month.”
    • “Advertisers — Continue to push on advertisers.Cable Fees — Tell cable providers to stop forcing all of us to pay Fox News such a wildly inflated amount fee, let even consider jacking that up as much as they are trying. Make Fox News actually rely on ads for revenue, watch how fast they change.”https://unfoxmycablebox.com
  7. Got Cicadas? Take a Picture and Help Entomologists Map Their Arrival – Brian Thompson of NBC News @brian4ny would also like you to let him know. If you’re not on Twitter put a picture in the comments and your location and we’ll get it to him. https://entomologytoday.org/…/cicadas-picture-app-map…/
  8. Welcome to the vaccine version of the Hunger Games! Next Monday everyone 16 and older is eligible for the vaccine. The situation is much better than it was a month ago but it’s still necessary to have patience and to persist. Be aware that if you see an announcement that vaccine appointments are available they may be gone by the time you try to schedule one. Keep at it.
Below the fold – April 13, 2021

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