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'Acting' Navy Sec. Modly resigns after insulting ousted coronavirus ship commander Crozier as 'stupid'

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Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly submitted his resignation late Tuesday, after calling the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid" in an address to the ship's coronavirus-stricken crew.


(At the time of this blog post, is not yet clear whether his resignation has been accepted.)

This news comes hours after Modly finally apologized for ridiculing USS Theodore Roosevelt captain Brett Crozier, whose crew considered him a hero.

Speaking to those men, some of whom have since become sickened with coronavirus and COVID-19, Modly mocked their fired commander as "stupid or naive."

Modly submitted his letter of resignation late Tuesday to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and told staff he was quitting.

James McPherson, acting undersecretary of the U.S. Army, will reportedly take his place——again, 'acting,' at Trump's behest.

Meanwhile, congress calls for investigations, and we today learned the Trump administration just fired an experienced inspector general at the Defense Department who would be precisely the official tasked with conducting such an investigation.

Nothing matters.

Sources: CNN, AP.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court rules governor can't postpone Tuesday presidential primary

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Coronavirus outbreak fears are not sufficient reason for the governor of Wisconsin to postpone the state's Tuesday primary election, a state supreme court ruled late Monday.
Gov. Tony Evers said the risk to the health and lives of Wisconsinites was too great, and this is why he wanted to postpone the election.

The GOP-led state court denied his authority, public health concerns be damned.

Further court challenges are likely.

Good luck and stay safe, Wisconsin voters.

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Somewhere I read that the Supreme Court met virtually to make this decision. Ironic (?).
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The internet is having a field day with the Queen's "green screen" dress

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In a live broadcast Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II spoke about the coronavirus situation. It was a serious and reassuring speech. But, she wore a green dress, a green-screen-green dress. The internet, starting with Peter Chiykowski, took it from there.

One commenter quipped that the dress was the Queen's "'Easter egg' to provide entertainment to the quarantined masses." Unlikely, but fun to think about.

THIS ONE:

green-screen-screengrab via Peter Chiykowski/Twitter Read the rest

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Resources for free e-books and entertainment stuffs

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Here are two lists of e-books being made freely available on-line. Please add more in the comments!

PublicBooks.org's Public Books Database

This is a list of academic presses making their books and research freely available.

Jim C. Hines' list of Free and Legal Science Fiction and Fantasy

Hines has collected a list of authors providing their work online for free.

Naturally, your public library is a great resource and the Libby app is my best friend for e-books. We will also find that the public library gives incredible access to movies, music, and periodicals via the series of tubes we all know and love. Read the rest

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Medical professionals and Healthcare providers are getting their pay cut while dealing with COVID-19

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From ProPublica:

Most ER providers in the U.S. work for staffing companies that have contracts with hospitals. Those staffing companies are losing revenue as hospitals postpone elective procedures and non-coronavirus patients avoid emergency rooms. Health insurers are processing claims more slowly as they adapt to a remote workforce.

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[A memo from Alteon Health, a major hospital staffing company] announced that the company would be reducing hours for clinicians, cutting pay for administrative employees by 20%, and suspending 401(k) matches, bonuses and paid time off. Holtzclaw indicated that the measures were temporary but didn’t know how long they would last.

From The Boston Globe:

Emergency room doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have been told some of their accrued pay is being held back. More than 1,100 Atrius Health physicians and staffers are facing reduced paychecks or unpaid furloughs, while pay raises for medical staff at South Shore Health, set for April, are being delayed.

From Twitter, which is what lead me down this wormhole in the first place:

Good thing we paid billions in bailouts to airlines and other corporations. Granted, the coronavirus stimulus bill did provide $100 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers, but it seems that none of that is trickling down to the people on the front lines keeping us alive. Once again, it all gets kept by the bullshit jobs of bureaucratic administrators.

A Major Medical Staffing Company Just Slashed Benefits for Doctors and Nurses Fighting Coronavirus [Isaac Aarnsdorf / ProPublica]

Cutbacks for some doctors and nurses as they battle on the front line [Rebecca Ostriker / The Boston Globe]

Image: Public Domain via Pixnio

 

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Nice to see Jamie Hyneman still getting TV gigs.

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Mythbusters reference FTW! :D
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