"A $750 million computer program set up by the SBA in April was supposed to flag suspicious disaster-aid applications before they were approved, but last month Bloomberg News quoted current and former SBA workers and outside fraud investigators describing widespread fraud that the computers had failed to catch. Even a person posing as President Donald Trump made off with a $5,000 grant."
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This might be the saddest thing I've heard. The notion that family / friends can no longer send books to inmates so the prison can profit is insane.
What are you going to say when your kiddos ask why Santa doesn't need to quarantine as he travels between countries?
I take Covid seriously, but I don't understand how closing restaurants early helps limit the spread of Covid.
If population density is a large part of the spread, it seems that limiting occupancy rates, and requring people to leave after an hour (or so) would do more. By closing early you're increasing congestion (people who were going to eat at the diner at 10:30 will just go sooner).
I shouldn't sing. I attended Catholic Grammar School and the nuns would encourage students to sing. "Singing is like praying 7x", they'd say, "Except Reiser, you should lip-sync". I do sing in Church, I figured if God gave me this voice, I might as well make Him listen to it.
If I knew my bible then I would've pointed out that Psalm 98 says I should make a "Joyful Noise unto the Lord" and my singing is noise.
Overheard while out for a walk last night:
I guess it technically was statutory rape but she's not going to press charges.
Came across this article proposing a 5% tax on people who work from home after the lockdowns. The only justification seems to be that it's a privilege so it should be taxed and since you're saving money though not paying transportation costs, you should give it to the gov't.
It seems to ignore that by working from home you use less resources, don't contribute to the city congestion, etc.
Where you've saved money in some ways, other things are costing you more. Paying for faster internet and possible overages in your usage. Office supplies (pens, paper, printer ink, etc) might now be coming out of your pocket. Electricity, Air condoning and heating costs are increased. Heck you're now paying for coffee and toilet paper.
You've also sacrificed parts of your home. For a while now, I've been saying I'm sick of eating on the couch and would love to have my dining room table back (it's been converted into a work space for Anne). When people selected their homes dedicating a chunk of their space for working 8-10 hours a day wasn't in the equation.
I'm not saying we don't need to help low income workers, but choosing this one segment of the population to do so seems wrong.
As the election is over and we’re coming up on holiday season where we may be spending time with families, to try and break cycle of yelling over politics while we fill our faces with turkey I’d like to suggest that people read The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Dr. Jonathan Haidt. The book was written well in advance of The Trump Presidency and doesn’t take his particular brand of populism into account but goes a long way to describe why good people who are R or D vote they way they do from a psychological point of view.
A NYTimes review is linked below. The book is available wherever you normally buy books.