Sonny Perdue endorsed Trump in official speech, violating the law

“We’ve never seen an outpouring of compassion like that for people who matter, because people matter to you,” Perdue said, speaking directly to Trump in the audience. “And that’s what’s important to me. And that’s what’s going to continue to happen—four more years—if America gets out and votes for this man, Donald J. Trump.”

Asked by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to explain his comments, Perdue said he was describing the president’s past behavior and speculating on what he would do in the future if re-elected. Perdue said he had not encouraged anyone to vote a certain way.

The Special Counsel’s office determined that the remarks still ran afoul of the Hatch Act and directed him to reimburse the U.S. Treasury for the cost of the trip.

“Taken as a whole, Secretary Perdue’s comments during the August 24 event encouraged those present, and those watching remotely, to vote for President Trump’s reelection,” the report said. “His first words were not about USDA, but about the president’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns.”

If Perdue pays the fine, the case will be closed. However, the Special Counsel’s letter said any further violations could result in more serious action.

Source: Sonny Perdue endorsed Trump in official speech, violating the law

A Caterpillar With Vomit-Inducing Poison Fur Is Taking Over Virginia

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The West Coast is dealing with murder hornets entering a “slaughter phase.” Now the East Coast is getting in on the bad bug action, too, as furry poisonous caterpillars that can make people vomit and feel like they’re going into shock spread across Virginia. More like United States of Ahhh Get These Horror Show Bugs…

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Former Philadelphia Officer Charged With Murder in 2017 Shooting – The New York Times

According to information presented to the grand jury, Mr. Plowden, at the time of the shooting, “‘looked dazed and lost on the sidewalk’ having just stumbled from his car” after the crash, Mr. Krasner said in the statement. Mr. Ruch, who is white, fired directly at Mr. Plowden’s head “as Plowden sat on the ground with his left, empty hand raised and clearly visible.’”

Interview with the Earth

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-Kamal Shrestha, 24 July 2020; shyresk@gmail.com
(From the book, “A CRUCIAL Journey of LIFE Begins”)

Mother goddess, the Earth,
One of the members of the universe,
Our ancestors started to grow,
On this planet six million years ago.

I fixed the interview with the Earth,
At the end day of Lockdown,
And, end day of the constant showering,
That lasted for 5 days abruptly towering.

In the morning, I woke up earlier,
And aimed to space freely without fear;
From the sky-line, I have seen,
Disastrous flood along with Covid-19.
 
People and the number of animals,
Accompanied by all the plants, trees,
Woods and the houses were flooded as well as vehicles,
By their destiny, the message from Oracles.
 
The whole world is plagued by Coronavirus,
Like ravaging the city, Thebes of Oedipus Rex,
Till the date more than 15 million in hospital’s bed,
And more than…

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Don’t forget: The Trump campaign gave its most sensitive data to a Russian spy | TheHill

we do know that he used four different encrypted messaging applications, “burner” phones, coded signals and a surreptitious method of passing messages – all hallmarks of espionage tradecraft – to communicate with a Russian spy at the height of the 2016 campaign.

We also know that Manafort’s Russian handler would discuss some topics only in person and repeatedly flew to the United States just to meet with Manafort. After their meetings, they used “separate routes to avoid being seen together.” Perfectly normal behavior of the chairman of a presidential campaign at the height of election season, right?

Evidence gathered by the Republican-led Senate links Manafort’s Russian handler directly to Moscow’s sweeping pro-Trump election interference campaign.

The chairman of an American presidential campaign maintaining close, surreptitious contact with a Russian spy linked to the Kremlin’s brazen attack on the 2016 election bears repeating – and should raise no shortage of alarm bells. More importantly, it demolishes Trump’s increasingly frantic claims of a Russia “hoax.”

Source: Don’t forget: The Trump campaign gave its most sensitive data to a Russian spy | TheHill

Covid-19: Father shares antibodies after daughter’s death – BBC News

Alan Mack donating plasma Alan Mack, whose daughter Rebecca died in April, is part of a clinical trial of so-called “convalescent” plasma.

The hope is that antibodies built up by people who have had the virus will help others recover.

“I don’t want anybody, if at all possible, to go through what we had to go through,” Mr Mack said.

“There are so many people, I think, who just think it won’t happen to them – and it can.”

Source: Covid-19: Father shares antibodies after daughter’s death – BBC News

How Rhode Island Reopened Schools – The New York Times

Gov. Gina Raimondo put public and private schools on a single calendar to simplify reopening. She opened 14 rapid testing locations exclusively for students and teaching staff, and set up a statewide contact tracing system just for schools.

“Because we had those conversations, we had the protocol and the procedures in place, my team knew what to do,” said Sindy Giard, the school’s principal. “When something like this happens, you have to review your plan and tweak it a little bit.”

Dorsey, the principal in Smithfield, regularly refers to an exhaustive protocol guide that the state put out to help educators think through possible scenarios. “The protocols are awesome,” she said. “Anytime I’m like, ‘What kind of sign am I supposed to have in the bathrooms?’ I just look it up.”

Administrators and health officials say the ultimate success of Rhode Island’s plan isn’t about avoiding coronavirus cases altogether — that’s just not realistic — but about how the system handles them.

White House hosted Covid ‘superspreader’ event, Dr Fauci says | RNZ News

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 26, 2020 with few wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus, CBS News Radio White House correspondent Steven Portnoy asked what Dr Fauci, a veteran health official, thought of the White House’s reluctance to insist on mask-wearing and social distancing as virus precautions, and instead rely on regular testing.

“The data speak for themselves – we had a superspreader event in the White House, and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks.”

Source: White House hosted Covid ‘superspreader’ event, Dr Fauci says | RNZ News