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The national unemployment suicide continues. Biden’s virtual rally crashes. Kelly and Reade talk up creepy Biden. San Antonio goes all in for censorship and California to screen diners for coronavirus. These stories & more coming up on today’s Overnight Underground News. I’m John Ford.
The unemployment numbers are in, and they ain’t pretty. The unemployment rate is hovering under fifteen percent and twenty and one half million jobs evaporated in the month of April. All in all over one hundred million people are not in the labor force. The “real” unemployment rate, which includes workers not looking for jobs and the underemployed, surged to just under twenty three percent. All that bad news couldn’t stop the market from opening up Friday morning, surging over three hundred points. According to one alleged financial fortune teller at JP Morgan, it will take a decade for the employment numbers to return to pre-pandemic numbers. That’s JP Morgan’s Bob Michelle on Bloomberg.
Trump’s cunning plan
So what’s our glorious el’ Presidente’ going to do to help with the current economic woes the US is currently experiencing? NBC News is reporting Mister Trump is considering, among other steps, pushing the tax deadline back again. Although administration officials stress that no decision has been made, the date for taxes due might be pushed back to September fifteenth or even as late as December first. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden undoubtedly has a cunning plan too
Biden’s virtual disaster
Speaking of Biden, he had a virtual rally on-line on Thursday from Tampa Bay, and well, technically it didn’t go so well. The Stamford Advocate and other sources report that the streaming event was awkward and contained a number of glitches and blank screens. But that was just Joe, there were technical issues as well. But come one, cut the guy a break, he’s seventy seven and you expect him to know how to handle all those computerized doo dads, blinkin’ lights and such?
South Africa hacked
In South Africa, computer incontinence went a step further, when a streaming meeting of the National Assembly was hacked and attendees got an eyeful with pornographic images and insults hurled at National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise. According to EWN News, the assembly was adjourned and technicians worked to fix the hacked Zoom meeting.
Kelly talks to Biden accuser Reade
In somewhat related news, former Fox News talking head Megan Kelly interviewed Joe Biden sexual assault accuser Tara Reade on the interneterwebertubes yesterday. The former cable bimbo, ah star beat out all the network and cable big-wigs landing the interview. Reade told Kelly she thinks Biden should drop out of the race. I’ll bet she asked him to withdraw years ago.
Georgia men arrested for murder
The father and son who were caught on video allegedly hunting and then killing a man have been charged with murder. The video of the event created a social media meltdown in recent days and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation clamped the cuffs on the two at their home in Brunswick, Georgia, on Thursday. Gregory and Travis McMichael were officially booked on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
San Antonio passes hate speech law
The San Antonio City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution labeling the term “Chinese virus” and “Kung Fu Flu” as hate speech. The council is encouraging the good folks of San Antonio to report that kinda’ hateful speech to authorities for investigation. You gotta’ wonder what the council is smoking down San Antone’ way. The Supreme Court has on numerous occasions struck down any semblance of hate speech laws in the US, citing the laws as being unconstitutional. In fact just two years ago, in 2017 Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote regarding Matal v. Tam: ” A law that can be directed against speech found offensive to some portion of the public can be turned against minority and dissenting views to the detriment of all. The First Amendment does not entrust that power to the government’s benevolence. Instead, our reliance must be on the substantial safeguards of free and open discussion in a democratic society.” The San Antonio City Council are lawmakers, you would think they might have just a smattering of constitutional jurisprudence. What a bunch of morons, maybe they all have the kung fu flu.
Cali to screen restaurant patrons
California Governor Gavin Newsom says that restaurant workers will screen patrons for Covid-19. Newsom said the full guidelines for sit-down dining would be released on May eleventh. Bui it does appear that restaurant employees will have to perform a detailed risk assessment of diners, as to what exactly those assessments are, who the hell knows. The web site Eater speculates that temperature checks and maybe a checklist of questions to ask patrons. Good god, it sounds like a TSA checkpoint. I guess it’s the obvious evolution of the security checkpoint theater air travelers have been dealing with for two decades and Cali is the perfect place to start with a population of more than willing chattel. I wonder if California will start forcing waiters to get medical degrees.
Queen guitarist hospitalized
Queen guitarist Brian May is in the hospital, and it doesn’t have anything to do with coronavirus. According to the Independent, the guitar shredder is laid up for ‘ripping his buttocks to shreds’, all this happened in a gardening accident. Oh, so that’s what they’re calling it how. The 72-year-old May says he was doing some over-enthusiastic gardening when the gory gluteus maximus shedding occurred. If only if he was a girl and had a fatter bottom, he might have avoided this mess all together.