Below the fold – April 7, 2021

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

  1. New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections, or nearly 197,500 new cases, in the latest available seven-day period.” https://apnews.com/…/nearly-half-us-coronavirus…
  2. Sweden’s Pandemic Experiment
    • When the coronavirus arrived, the country decided not to implement lockdowns or recommend masks. How has it fared?
    • “Over all in #Sweden 13,000 people have died from #Covid19.
    • In #Norway, where stricter lockdowns were enforced, about 700 have died. It’s likely that some simple policy changes…would have saved lives. And the…Swedish G.D.P. fell by around three per cent..” https://www.newyorker.com/…/swedens-pandemic-experiment…
  3. From NJ OAG Today: We invite you to join in the celebration of New Jersey’s landmark civil rights law – the LAD – by participating in the New Jersey Civil Rights Stop the Hate series honoring Bonnie Watson Coleman, a former investigator at DCR, and a civil rights trailblazer. https://njoag-gov.zoom.us/…/WN_oymvPD0aSVK7H2fLsvvB5w…
    • “New Jersey begins beta-testing one of the country’s most ambitious police accountability tools: an online dashboard that provides the public with details on any use-of-force incident involving NJ’s 38,000 police officers. Check it out: njoag.gov/force.
    • This is still a work in progress. We’re fine-tuning the dashboard, and we want the public’s input about how we can improve the usability and accessibility of the data. Once you’ve checked out the beta version of the dashboard, take our survey: https://bit.ly/3s3mvFv “
  4. Matt Gaetz, Loyal for Years to Trump, Is Said to Have Sought a Blanket Pardon. In the final weeks of Trump’s term, Matt Gaetz privately asked the White House for blanket pre-emptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed. https://www.nytimes.com/…/matt-gaetz-trump-pardon.html…
  5. Half of Republicans believe false accounts of deadly U.S. Capitol riot: Reuters/Ipsos poll https://www.reuters.com/…/half-of-republicans-believe…
  6. The GOP claim that only 5 to 7 percent of Biden’s plan is for ‘real infrastructure’ – False
    • The new claim from the Washington GOP is that Biden’s plan is not about infrastructure and that it’s too expensive. Their objections aren’t taking center stage right now because they’re concentrating on telling CEOs and corporations to “stay out of politics.” However, if they get back to hating the Infrastructure bill, their definition of Infrastructure is roads, bridges and tunnels.
    • “Over the traditional 10-year budget window, we estimate the net increase in the deficit would be approximately $900 billion,” according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), which published a detailed breakdown of the costs. “The plan appears deficit-neutral over 15 years and it would reduce deficits over the long-term.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/gop-claim-that-only-5…/
  7. Covid19
    • 562,005 Americans have died of Covid19
    • New Jersey: We are above the daily positives of the first wave.
    • 3382 confirmed new positives — 700 probable positives
    • Rate of Transmission 1.06
    • 53 lab confirmed Covid deaths
    • Counties with the highest positives: Middlesex 391, Bergen 386, Essex 361, Passaic 324
    • Vaccine appointments – If you are eligible and haven’t been able to get an appointment please let us know either in the comments. There are a lot of people who can help. https://youtu.be/YSSx5DXAO5I
Below the fold – April 7, 2021

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