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12:20 AM
Calgary mayor says anti-mask rallies are ‘thinly veiled white nationalist’ protests globalnews.ca/news/7843813/…
> “Those people at those anti-mask protests, let’s not kid ourselves. They’re not people who [are protesting because they] need to eat. They are people who are marching in thinly veiled white nationalist supremacist anti-government protests,” he said.
 
12:57 AM
@Wipqozn and now the GOP can keep saying "it's not the right time to talk about gun laws" indefinitely
 
 
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1:15 PM
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@andrybak Wrong room. I've migrated your message to The Bridge, which is our gaming chat.
 
 
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3:08 PM
South Carolina becomes the second state to cancel federal unemployment benefits money.yahoo.com/…
> South Carolina plans to stop some of its federally-funded unemployment benefits to address "ongoing workforce shortages," according to the South Carolina governor's office, leaving many out-of-work residents without any support at all.
> This labor shortage is being created in large part by the supplemental unemployment payments that the federal government provides claimants on top of their state unemployment benefits," Gov. Henry McMaster said in a statement on Thursday. "What was intended to be a short-term financial assistance for the vulnerable and displaced during the height of the pandemic has turned into a dangerous federal entitlement, incentivizing and paying workers to stay at home rather than encouraging them to return to the workplace."
> South Carolina's unemployment rate was 5.2% in March down from its 11.5% pandemic peak in April 2020, while Montana's rate was 3.8%, down from its 11.9% pandemic peak, according to data from the Labor Department.
> Several papers have established that the extra $600 in benefits distributed earlier in the pandemic had limited labor supply effects and likely didn’t disincentivize work, including one by the National Bureau of Economic Research and another by Yale University. The current supplemental benefit is worth half of what those papers reviewed.
oh golly, the GOP doing something just to hurt low income workers for no reason? How shocking!
Maybe, just maybe, if employers want folks coming back to work they should pay more?
Just a thought, I dunno
 
@Wipqozn yeh. if you live a better life off government handouts than a job, there is something fucked with the job
@Wipqozn $600 a what? fortnight? month? a one off payment?
 
4:10 PM
@Memor-X I think it may have been a one off payment...?
I'm not sure.
 
 
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6:03 PM
cancel culture what is that like a buritto of some sort
 
 
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7:48 PM
@TimStone Trump is also mad
Does he know it's a horse t.co/CB8PTzjViX
 
8:44 PM
> At the al-Aqsa mosque, Palestinian youth gathered sponge rounds, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades that Israeli forces fired at them today and created a model of the Dome of the Rock. At the top, they wrote, لن تمروا -- "You will not pass." t.co/oRbnlJG3NG
 
9:41 PM
New York City public schools cancel snow days, citing the success of remote learning during the pandemic cnn.com/2021/05/08/us/…
Apparently other states/provicnes/countries/whatever are looking into the same thing.
and uh, please no. Holy shit. This seems like a disaster
Setting aside the fact that, you know, some kids won't have access to the tools to just do remote learning on some random school day... not all parents are in a position to take a day off or work remotely themselves, so the kids still go to daycare (if they're young enough) since the parents still work. No way everyday is going to be setup to do remote learning for every kid.
so right off the bat, those kids are just going to miss the day anyway, meaning teachers can't teach anything new that day or they teach new stuff and then kids fall behind.
We get situations in nova scotia where they cancel busses, but not schools, and teachers not being able to teach new material is exactly what happens. They really only do it so parents have a place to drop their kids off for the day.
but of course there's something, uh, what if a kid loses power?
It is, you know, a snow day. Losing power due to, you know, the storm that just "closed" schools is a thing that happens.
So it just creates the exact same problem beyond just some children not being able to take advantage of this period.
Some of the challenges around lack of reliable internet/computer have been addressed by school boards for the pandemic... aka they hook kids up with computers and what not... but I highly doubt that'll wind up happening every year going forward "just in case".
Although for the record it totally should be a thing.
Heard about it via:
 
It also doesn't seem strictly necessary? Very few days are cancelled due to school anywya, and they account for it when planning the school year. Supposedly there's even a buffer week on the off chance too many snow days do happen, although I don't recall that ever happening, so not sure if it's true or just a rumour.
 
 
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11:45 PM
"'Pandemic of hate': Leaders, experts warn anti-lockdown protests linked to far right | CTV News" ctvnews.ca/mobile/politics/…
Yes, yes they are.
 

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