Today on Cory Doctorow’s Pluralistic

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Cuomo is legalizing nursing-home murders. He signed a bill granting immunity for execs who cut corners, even when it kills someone.

The New York law is “one of the most expansive immunity rules in the country…. It’s a license to commit negligent homicide, and it was buried deep in Cuomo’s budget.”

Lobbyists claim that the rule was needed to shield frontline workers from liability for circumstances beyond their control – but there are plenty of states that have that rule, _without_ protecting the execs who _do_ have control over those circumstances.

The Greater New York Hospital Association claimed credit for the bill. The association donated $1.25 million to the Cuomo campaign. All told, the health industry spent $98 million lobbying state politicians across America.


Local “news” broadcasters ran a video press release from Amazon.

[The] “news report” was an unpaid scripted ad that Amazon distributed to local stations across America via Businesswire, which the newscasters then picked up and ran, verbatim, as if it was an independent investigation.

“Some stations’ news directors said they weren’t told the story came from Amazon.” That’s just plain bullshit. The video came from Businesswire, which does nothing but run corporate press releases.

Also, it reads like a corporate blog post. Anybody could spot it as a puff job billions of miles away.

The video compilation is striking: youtu.be/x6U2Un5kE…

Bezos runs The Washington Post, which we’re supposed to trust.


Gun nuts are running photos of themselves pointing their guns at their dicks, unsafetied, with their fingers on the triggers. It’s being done to ridicule responsible gun owners. The people doing the gun-dick-pointing are called “Fudds,” while the responsible gun owners are “normies.”

”Pointing a gun at your own dick” is normie shorthand for the kind of idiotic thing a Fudd might do, so the Fudds concretized the metaphor, by pointing their guns at their own dicks.

But, as [journalist Matthew] Gault points out: “When you ironically point a gun at your dick, you’re still pointing a gun at your dick.”


“California is setting itself up for a brutal second wave”

The second wave of the 1918 flu was far worse than the first. People, buoyed up by the apparent success of their quarantines, flooded into public spaces, triggering a wave that hit a world whose medical staff and resources were in tatters.

Sound familiar?


Teardown of a USB stick that supposedly protects you from that evil 5G

As a fan of science fiction technobabble, I admire this bullshit even as I deplore the ripoff:

The manufacturer claims it “provides protection for your home and family, thanks to the wearable holographic nano-layer catalyser, which can be worn or placed near to a smartphone or any other electrical, radiation or EMF emitting device”.

But wait, it gets better!

”Through a process of quantum oscillation, the 5GBioShield USB key balances and re-harmonises the disturbing frequencies arising from the electric fog induced by devices, such as laptops, cordless phones, wi-fi, tablets, et cetera.”

According to [the vendor’s] website, Klotho Formula’s competitive edge is a “proprietary procedure that leads to relativistic time dilation and biological quantum entanglement at the DNA level.”

Wow!


Corporate Dems include military contractors in the bailout.

The HEROES Act, drafted by Congressional Democrats will never make it through the GOP-controlled Senate, but it’s not useless. It is a symbolic gesture, meant to explain to us what Pelosi’s Democratic Party stands for.

That’s why it bails out corporate lobbyists….

And it’s why the bill has a clause that bails out US military contractors for lost federal contracting revenue, executive salaries, and marketing and sales expenses.


Also: “Wisconsin cases surge after voting day”

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Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner