News and Headlines. 4/8/2020

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In The News:

Companies Criticized for Cutting Jobs Rather Than Investor Payouts

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL), Halliburton Co. (HAL), General Motors Co. (GM) and McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) have all laid off staff, cut their hours, or slashed salaries while maintaining payouts, according to a Reuters review of regulatory filings, company announcements and company officials.

“This is the time for large companies to try to help, for systemic reasons, to keep things flowing,” said Ken Bertsch, executive director of the Council of Institutional Investors.

The council’s members include public pension funds and endowments that manage assets worth about $4 trillion.

Google Chrome hack generated fake update to compromise users’ devices

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Photo (c) 400tmax – Getty Images

If the victims fall for the trick and install the “updates,” they’ll actually be installing TeamViewer, a legitimate remote-desktop tool that gives the hackers real-time remote control of your computer,” saysPaul Wagenseil, a security expert at Tom’sGuide.

“They’ll also install a script that makes sure that the Microsoft Defender antivirus software built into Windows is unaware of what’s going on.”

As you can imagine, this new wrinkle has set antivirus developers scrambling for a fix. If you use antivirus software, you’d be smart to contact them directly and ask about Chrome Update 80.0.3987.149.

“I Swear I Hit Them”: Wisconsin Doctor and Spouse Allegedly Executed By Boyfriend of Daughter

Dr. Beth Potter, 52, and husband Robin Carre, 57,
Dr. Beth Potter, 52, and husband Robin Carre, 57, 

With business burglaries up 75 percent in New York, some crimes are merely opportunistic and predictable while others add a level of depravity that is especially shocking.

Wisconsin now has a particularly sad and bizarre murder to add to this list. A doctor and her husband were apparently dragged from their home and executed in March.

One report says that the couple moved the daughter and Sanford to an apartment because they refused to do social distancing despite the risk to the older couple.

The two victims were found in a ditch.Each was shot in the back of the head. Potter was wearing pajamas and socks while Carre was wearing only underwear.

You Vote: What should President Trump do about the World Health Organization?

The World Health Organization
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The World Health Organization
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The U.S. is the largest donor to the global health organization, which has been roundly criticized for a weak response to the current pandemic.

Here is your chance to weigh in on what Trump should do:

Poll: 65% of American believe FBI likely breaks law when spying on Americans

JTN Poll FBI Wednesday 04.08.2020
JTN Poll FBI Wednesday 04.08.2020

“It’s also important to note how widespread this belief has become,” Rasmussen said.

“The distrust comes from 66% of men and 64% of women; 72% of Republicans, 62% of Democrats; and 61% of Independents; 72% of black voters, 70% of Hispanics, and 63% of whites.”

“The question wording was very strong,” Rasmussen said. “We included the phrase ‘routinely breaks the law’ and also ‘illegally spies.’ In so doing, we made clear that we weren’t asking if mistakes were occasionally made or if some rogue agents periodically crossed the line.

That 65% of voters find such behavior is likely and routine is a stunning indictment of the FBI.”

Armed intruders force their way into home — but homeowner punches one out and shoots the other to death. Surviving suspect charged with murder.

Image source: WGN-TV video screenshot
Image source: WGN-TV video screenshot

Prosecutors said Bradley J. Finnan, 39, and Larry D. Brodacz, 58 — both armed with guns and after boxes containing $200,000 in cash that Brodacz claimed he saw in the home 20 years ago — were captured on a Ring doorbell security camera as they approached the home just before 2 p.m., the Daily Herald reported.

Finnan carried a bag containing zip ties and a blowtorch and followed inside, the Daily Herald said.

Yelling and commotion followed, the paper said, and then the homeowner was seen on video chasing Finnan from the house and punching him repeatedly.


Chicago Mayor Signs Executive Order to Ensure Illegal Immigrants Can Access Coronavirus Relief Funds

“This order is more than just an official decree, it is a statement of our values as a city and as Americans,” Lightfoot said in a statement.

“Since COVID-19 first reached our city’s doorstep, we have been working around the clock to ensure all our residents are secure and supported, including our immigrant and refugee communities, who are among the most vulnerable to the impact of this pandemic.”

“Here in Chicago, saying ‘we are all in this together’ means that during this crisis, no one gets left out and no one gets left behind,” she said.

California eyeing coronavirus financial relief for illegal immigrants, Newsom says

“Californians care deeply about undocumented residents in this state,” the Democrat said, according to the Associated Press, adding his state is “not just waiting for the federal government to do that for us.”

Only citizens who pay taxes and social security are eligible for the funds.

Part of the legislation passed by Congress also provides additional financing for state unemployment benefits, another chunk of money unavailable to people living in the country illegally.

The plan to provide economic relief to illegal immigrants will be unveiled in May, Newsom said

‘This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted’: Trump stirs up Bernie Sanders supporters

Trump blamed Sanders’s main primary rival for liberal Democrats, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, for undermining the Vermont senator’s White House campaign shortly after he announced he was suspending his second bid for the presidency.

“Bernie Sanders is OUT! Thank you to Elizabeth Warren. If not for her, Bernie would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday!

This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco.

The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!” Trump tweeted.

Joe Biden woos Bernie Sanders’ supporters after campaign suspension: ‘You’re needed’

Sanders suspended his campaign Wednesday morning, all but handing the nomination to Biden. The presumptive Democratic nominee responded by welcoming Sanders’ supporters to join his effort to defeat President Trump in November.

“I know Bernie well. He’s a good man, a great leader, and one of the most powerful voices for change in our country. And it’s hard to sum up his contributions to our politics in one, single tweet. So I won’t try to,” Biden tweeted Wednesday.

He added: “To Bernie and Jane, as friends, from Jill and me: You haven’t just run a political campaign; you’ve created a movement. And make no mistake about it, we believe it’s a movement that is as powerful today as it was yesterday. That’s a good thing for our nation and our future.”

World News:

Britain’s Johnson ‘improving’ but remains in intensive care

The disease has struck at the heart of the British government, infected more than 60,000 people across nationwide and killed over 7,000, with another record daily toll reported on Wednesday.

“The latest from the hospital is that the prime minister remains in intensive care where his condition is improving,” finance minister Rishi Sunak said at a briefing.

“He has been sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team.”

Israeli charged with spying for Tehran; US accuses Iran of arms-smuggling – TV7 Israel News 08.04.20

1) New data revealed a slight slow-down in the number of newly diagnosed cases, of those tested for the disease in Israel.

2) Israel’s Security Agency, Shin Bet, charged a 50-year-old Israeli citizen with spying on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

3) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlighted the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to use its resources for the purpose of terror related activities, in spite of the suffering of the Iranian people during this health crisis.

Syria war: Syrian air force behind 2017 chemical attacks, OPCW finds

A rescue worker sent Human Rights Watch a photo of a deformed yellow gas cylinder that he said hit the Latamina hospital roof on 25 March 2017.
A rescue worker sent Human Rights Watch a photo of a deformed yellow gas cylinder that he said hit the Latamina hospital roof on 25 March 2017. ABD AL-MUNAF FARAJ AL-SALEH VIA HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

The latest findings were the first to be released by the new Investigation and Identification Team (IIT).

The government has denied ever using chemical weapons.

However, a joint UN-OPCW mission had also accused government forces of using Sarin in an attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which reportedly killed more than 80 people, just days after the incidents in nearby Latamina.

It also concluded that government forces had used chlorine as a weapon on other occasions during the civil war.


Revealing How The Media Fueled The Panic (Pt. 1) | Jeffrey A. Tucker | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Jeffrey A. Tucker (American Institute for Economic Research) about freedom and liberty in a time of government imposed lockdown.

Jeffrey holds the mainstream media like the New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC and their hatred for Donald Trump responsible for creating the panic that led to the lockdown we now live under.

Jeffrey also discusses how our free market economy is still performing well despite the forced closure of many industries by the government.

He describes how grocery stores are adjusting to make sure they are addressing people’s needs and keeping essentials in stock.

He believes that it is capitalism that enables us to adapt to such severe changes so quickly.