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FEMA enters the fight against COVID-19 with order for 100,000 body bags and 85 refrigerated trucks

Daily Kos - 11 hours 29 min ago

When it comes to ventilators, there has really been only one hoarder. Donald Trump has been sitting on a stack of the things, handing them out grudgingly to the states he favors and withholding them from the areas where COVID-19 is spiking. When it comes to protective gear, Trump has accused doctors and nurses of stealing masks, and done nothing at all about a robust and open market profiteering on death as all 50 states and the federal government bid against each other. Worse, the federal government has failed to step in as masks, gloves, and other vital equipment are shipped away from America to the highest bidder.

But there is is one item where the federal government is getting ahead of the game. An item of coronavirus gear where they know there is going to be a big national need, and they’re actually getting in the request weeks, or at least days, before that need becomes desperate. This time FEMA is on top of—a request for 100,000 body bags for American dead.

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Spotify launches Siri support for Apple Watches running watchOS 6

9to5Mac - 11 hours 29 min ago

After bringing the long-awaited feature to iOS last fall, Spotify has updated its app today to take advantage of Siri support on Apple Watch in watchOS 6.


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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support coming to select 2018 LG TVs by October

iDownloadBlog - 11 hours 31 min ago

That's a change from LG's earlier stance that it won't bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to models manufactured before 2019 as it couldn't guarantee a "seamless user experience".
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Apple’s TV show sale includes complete series, more starting at $10

9to5Mac - 11 hours 42 min ago

Following Tuesday’s big 4K movie sale, Apple is back today with a number of price drops on TV show complete seasons. Of course, all of which will become a permanent part of your library. Deals start at $10 and you can find all of our top picks below.


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How to print and export your comments in Pages, Numbers and Keynote

iDownloadBlog - 11 hours 50 min ago

Numbers Mac Print Comments

If you want to print comments in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote on Mac, this tutorial shows you how along with how to export comments in your PDF.
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Trump Still Insists Governors Kiss His Butt To Get Critical Supplies

Crooks and Liars - 12 hours 2 min ago

Welcome to the COVID-19 Games, where the tributes are governors fighting for the scraps of critical protective gear still available, and where success still depends on kissing Trump's ass.

Last week Trump was playing quid pro quo with Americans lives, telling governors "it's a two-way street. They have to treat us well." The result of not doing so is not getting help. Take New York, which requested 30,000 ventilators and got 4,400. And is being outbid by FEMA on the private market, where the state has been trying to procure more. “What sense does this make?” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters Tuesday. "The federal government, FEMA, should have been the purchasing agent. Buy everything, and then allocate it by need to the states." Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers asked for 190,000 nonsurgical masks from FEMA last week, and has struggled to find ventilators. He has no idea where the masks are.

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Shameful Neglect: 11 Veterans Died At Massachusetts VA Hospital, 5 Positive For COVID-19

Crooks and Liars - 12 hours 2 min ago

On Monday, eleven patients at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts died. Five of them tested positive for COVID-19. Five more have been tested, but results have not come back, and one's status is unknown. According to CNN:

Eleven more veterans and five staff members have also tested positive for the virus, according to Morse. Twenty-five additional residents are awaiting the results of testing to determine if they have Covid-19.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse had received complaints about conditions at the facility, where 233 veterans live, and Morse reached out to the facility's Supt. Bennett Walsh, who Morse said spoke of the deaths, and positive COVID-19 tests results with "a complete lack of urgency."

Morse said following his conversation with Walsh he immediately reached out to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. Within a half hour, he said he received a call from the state Secretary of Health and Human Services.

[Dan] Tsai {Massachusetts Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary] told CNN his department has implemented an "onsite clinical command team comprised of medical, epidemiological, and operational experts responsible for the comprehensive and rapid response to the outbreak of Covid-19."

As of March 30, Supt. Walsh has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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FCC to vote on Apple-backed plan to allow device makers to use 6GHz band

9to5Mac - 12 hours 16 min ago

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will be voting on a plan to open up the 6GHz band for general use by device makers.

The FCC positions this as a fivefold increase in the spectrum available for Wi-Fi use, but in reality, it will be used for very short-range communications, with two specific uses likely by Apple…


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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - 12 hours 20 min ago

Just An Earth-bound Misfit: Boeing is in trouble again, this time over its KC-46 aerial fuel tanker for the Air Force.

Progress Pond: Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee is a one-man public health crisis.

Juanita Jean’s: The “President as the Anti-Christ” is a bunch of malarkey. Still…

Joe.My.God.: Pastor Robert Jeffress decries the “few fanatical nutjobs among evangelicals” who refuse to cancel church services during the Coronavirus crisis.

Speaking of which, your quote of the day:
"President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist." (Pastor Robert Jeffress, November 4, 2012.)

Guest blogging Mike's Blog Round Up this week is Jon Perr from Perrspectives. Send your tips, recommendations, comments and angst to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

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How to collaborate with your team using Spark

iDownloadBlog - 12 hours 20 min ago

Spark Create Email Together Mac

If you’re looking for a way for you and your team to discuss, share, and assign emails, check out these Spark collaboration features for your business.
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Morning Digest: Mirroring Trump, Texas GOP candidate's ad fans anti-Chinese racism over coronavirus

Daily Kos - 12 hours 21 min ago

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

TX-22: While even Donald Trump has, at least for now, stopped dog-whistling to racists by calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” self-funder Kathaleen Wall is just getting started.

Wall is out with a new TV spot ahead of the July 14 GOP runoff that opens with a narrator charging, “China poisoned our people” as an animation shows arrows labeled “Chinese Virus” flying across the Pacific and landing in the United States. After praising Trump for using this racist term, the narrator says that Wall will “cut off trade, aid, and support to China.” The ad ends by calling the world’s largest country—and America's largest trading partner—“a criminal enterprise masquerading as a sovereign nation.”

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Vegas Paints 'Social Distancing Boxes' In Parking Lot For Homeless

Crooks and Liars - 12 hours 21 min ago

After a man who had been staying at the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada tested positive for the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, Clark County and Las Vegas city officials announced they had devised a plan to move people who would otherwise be staying at the shelter to a convention center parking lot. The county referred to the parking lot as a temporary "shelter" despite the fact that people staying there will be sleeping outdoors.

Categories: Politics

Cartoon: The new New Yorker

Daily Kos - 12 hours 31 min ago

Two Tom the Dancing Bug books are coming in May from Clover Press, in celebration of the comic's upcoming 30th anniversary--> Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader. Information about the books, including how to pre-order, and special offers HERE.

You can order Into the Trumpverse on Amazon here.

"That fact that Tom the bug can keep dancing in this day and age is a testament to Ruben Bolling’s skills as a cartoonist!"
-Seth Meyers

You can Tom the Dancing Bug's INNER HIVE to see each week's comic, get exclusive extra comics, sneak peeks, insider scoops, and lots of other stuff. Join HERE.

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Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

Daily Kos - 12 hours 31 min ago

Coronavirus Response Master Class


Take note, National Book Awards.


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Abbreviated pundit round-up: Calif. justice delayed; Republicans were warned; ignore the bankers

Daily Kos - 12 hours 50 min ago

The Abbreviated Pundit Round-up is a regular feature of Daily Kos.

Noah Feldman at Bloomberg writes—Coronavirus Shouldn't Delay Justice in California:

In a little-noticed move over the weekend, California’s judicial council unanimously took some worrisome steps away from constitutional principles. Drawing on emergency powers conferred by state law and an executive order by the California governor, the council changed the deadline of 48 hours for arraigning arrestees to as much as a week. It also extended the date for a mandatory preliminary hearing in criminal cases from 10 days to 30 days; and it added an extra 30 days to the “speedy trial” deadlines for both misdemeanors and felonies.

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This tweak adds a confirmation dialogue to iOS’ AirDrop interface

iDownloadBlog - 12 hours 51 min ago

AirDrop is great for sharing files, but it’s too easy to share files accidentally. This tweak fixes that problem.
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Tile says Apple breaking promises, that anticompetitive behavior is worse

9to5Mac - 13 hours 1 min ago

Tile has made an accusation of Apple breaking promises to work toward resolving the dispute between the two companies, and says that indeed things are even worse than they were.

The dispute centers around Apple’s apparent intention to launch AirTags, which will directly compete with Tile trackers — small devices attached to gadgets and other valuables to track their location …


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Rofi is a convenient app launcher you can access from anywhere in iOS

iDownloadBlog - 13 hours 20 min ago

With Rofi, you can easily access your favorite apps from anywhere in iOS. Best of all, it’s fully configurable by the end user.
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Daily Kos - 13 hours 21 min ago
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YouTube 'Shorts' Reportedly Launching This Year To Counter TikTok

Slashdot - 14 hours 21 min ago
According to The Information, the YouTube app will soon be home to a new "Shorts" format that will counter TikTok. 9to5Google reports: Shorts will be brief videos available in a new feed. On the creation front, these videos can use YouTube's existing catalog of licensed music as a background soundtrack. YouTube reportedly plans to launch Shorts by the end of this year. Today's article describes the YouTube Shorts effort as the "most serious effort yet by a Silicon Valley tech company to combat the rise of TikTok." It speculates that YouTube will be able to leverage its existing stable of creators to generate the new type of content. By making Shorts available inside the YouTube apps, Google is guaranteeing a built-in audience. This is similar to how YouTube rolled out a Stories format to compete with Snapchat and Instagram. Used by channels to make shorter update-like content, it lives alongside full videos in the Subscriptions tab. Unlike videos, these Stories are limited to a certain subscriber count, with that possibly applying to the initial launch of Shorts.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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