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Mitchellsblog 06/25/2020

1. Corona virus: Understanding necessity of the protests in London

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THIS is an inspiring and eloquent speech by Malcolm X whom I consider a hero like Martin Luther King Jr (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auWA7hMh5hc). Now I am not advocating violence because times have changed – things have become better (which may be worse in the long haul – a tolerable disease will still kill you – it takes longer and sometimes you don’t notice it until it is too late).

Had I been alive in his time I would probably have advocated violence as a response to the brutality people of colour faced on a day to day basis. Fighting for the right to live is not terrorism, it is called self-defence.

I bring this video up to show how 56 years after his speech and the election of a Black president (which was followed by the election of Trump the racist), in an age of information, we still can wake up, turn our TV on and see a person of colour casually murdered on the street by law enforcement ‘government officials or representative’.

George Floyd calls out: ‘I can’t breath’ and do the police men even consider this? Why can’t they hear him when it is so clear to hear? Why did the police officer not consider standing up whilst holding his hand so at the very least George can breath – in effect the police officer is saying what George Floyd says is irrelevant, his words mean nothing, even if listening to him could have saved his life.

America has moved on from hanging Black people on trees in the day light to killing them on the streets whilst wearing a police badge (clearly thinking the badge gives them protection from being judged as murderers). In an age of information there is no excuse as to why anyone can be a racist – we live in a globalised world and there is no excuse. Even before we lived in a globalised world, I firmly believe that only a savage in psyche would look at someone that is different from them and proceed to destroy them – it is a barbaric thing to do.

I have always known that racism is systemic in society, you just have to look around to see the evidence: the overwhelmingly high percentage of prison population being Black bearing in mind they are a minority in the population, the pay gap which affects wealth distribution, the unspoken biases and the outright discrimination (what is in a name? racism – you are less likely to be offered an interview if you have an ethnic minority name).

2. Bolton says President Donald Trump turned 'a blind eye' to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Former White House national security adviser John Bolton told CNN Wednesday that he does not have confidence in President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his former boss was "turning a blind eye" at the onset of the outbreak because he did not want to hear "bad news" about his "friend," Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"I think there is an empty chair in the Oval Office, because the President did not want to hear bad news about Xi Jinping, his friend. He did not want to hear bad news about the cover-up of the virus in China, or its potential effect on the China trade deal that he wants so much. And he didn't want to hear about the potential impact of a pandemic on the American economy and its effect on his reelection. Turning a blind eye to all these early signs I think hampered the country's ability to deal with this, and continues to do so," Bolton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room."

Asked if he had confidence in Trump's handling of the pandemic, Bolton responded: "I do not."

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"I am afraid that the erratic nature of the policies as they've evolved since January when the experts really began to sense that this problem might be out there has characterized our response throughout. And I'm worried that it continues to be the pattern that the President follows. It's not part of a comprehensive strategy. I think in a country the size of the United States, state and local authorities should have a big role, but at the federal level, the response has not been consistent," he said.

Bolton's interview with CNN follows the release of his book, titled "The Room Where it Happened." The book has been subject to a months-long legal battle between him and the Trump administration, which in a last ditch attempt last week asked a judge for emergency help to stop the book's publication.

3. Jessi Combs: US racing driver given female speed record in 2019 fatal crash

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An American racing driver has been posthumously awarded the fastest land-speed record by a female, a feat she died trying to achieve.

Jessi Combs died in a crash after attempting to break the land-speed record in the Alvord Desert, Oregon, on 27 August 2019.

Her jet-powered car clocked a record speed of 522.783 mph (841.338 km/ph).

Guinness World Records has confirmed Ms Combs, 39, was the first person to break the record in more than 40 years.

The previous record was set by American stuntwoman Kitty O'Neil, whose jet-powered, three-wheeled vehicle hit 512.7 mph in 1976 in the Alvord Desert.

US racer Jessi Combs killed in high-speed crash

Ms Comb's partner, Terry Madden, expressed mixed emotions in an Instagram post about the record confirmation.

Mr Madden wrote that "no record could ever be worth her not being here".

"But it was a goal that she really wanted - and as hard as it is for me to even look at the car without crying. I'm so proud of her," he added. "She woke up that morning to an alarm saying 'lets make history' and we had an absolutely amazing day."

He and Ms Combs had a "heart to heart" about the run, which was supposed to be her last attempt at the record, Mr Madden wrote.

"That was to be the last time she ever got in that car," Mr Madden wrote. "It has tore me apart that all I had to do was say let's go and we would have left before that run."

4. COVID-19: Qantas to axe 6,000 jobs due to pandemic

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Qantas will axe 6,000 workers in a bid to stay afloat through the coronavirus pandemic, the airline says.

The cuts equate to about a fifth of the airline's workforce prior to the Covid-19 crisis. In March, it furloughed two-thirds of its staff.

Australia's national carrier said the collapse in global air travel had devastated revenues.

Last week, the Australian government said its border would most likely remain closed into next year.

It prompted Qantas to cancel all international flights until late October, except for those to New Zealand.

On Thursday, chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline expected smaller revenues in the next three years, forcing it to become a smaller operation to survive.

"The actions we must take will have a huge impact on thousands of our people," he said in a statement.

"But the collapse in billions of dollars in revenue leaves us little choice if we are to save as many jobs as possible, long term."

He added that Qantas, and its budget subsidiary Jetstar, would continue to extend a furlough for about 15,000 workers "as we wait for the recovery we know is coming".

The airline also plans to raise A$1.9bn (£1.05bn; $1.3bn) in equity - its first such move in 10 years - to bring in new funds and help "accelerate" its recovery.

Other short-term savings will be found in grounding its A380 fleet and deferring the purchase of new planes, it said.

Mr Joyce said he estimated domestic demand for flights would fully recover by 2022, but that international demand at that time would be half of what it was.

Australia's other large carrier, Virgin Australia, has also suffered financially during the pandemic and slumped into voluntary administration in April. It has since received several buyout offers, it says.

Source: opera.com
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Top Comments
writers, why can't u be honest for ones, u all want to use Trump name to get recognition, the president of ur own black country what has he done for u or what has he offer u. just dey reason another president matter wey no concern you.
NkechiEzeudu · 06/25/2020
President Donald Trump does not turned a blind eye to Coronavirus Pandemic. what he is doing is the best. As China boost that they win war without using gun everyone was at peace with it. Truth is what you tell yourself. The World President Donald Trump has done that. God in Your mercies heal the world

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