Tuesday Twitter roundup

This is a serious problem:

Not sure how many of these operations were able to secure government loans to stay afloat, but just from anecdotal evidence I've seen on social media, probably not many.

Historic SCOTUS ruling: LGBT employment discrimination illegal

The Supreme Court has ruled this morning that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates the Civil Rights Act.

The decision said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person’s sex, among other factors, also covers sexual orientation. It upheld rulings from lower courts that said sexual orientation discrimination was a form of sex discrimination.

Parsing the changes to Absentee voting by mail in NC

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It's been made easier, but it's still complex:

You can now request an absentee ballot via e-mail or fax with an electronic signature. And starting in June, you only need one witness to fill out a ballot.

"Making sure elections are safe and secure is more important than ever during this pandemic, and this funding is crucial to that effort," Cooper said in a press release Friday. The state will receive over $10 million in funding from the federal government to prepare for the effects of coronavirus on the 2020 election; $424,000 of that will be spent creating a ballot request website.

You need to e-mail or fax that request to your county board of election (as opposed to state website), and you still have to use the proper request form, and it doesn't appear that you can fill it out electronically (save document and make changes). So you'll need to print it out, fill it out, and then scan it (or fax it) as an image. That is until the above-mentioned "ballot request website" becomes operational. But I wouldn't hold your breath and wait for that this year; NC is notorious for taking a long time in developing new platforms such as this. And now to dispel the rumor of Roy Cooper signing Voter ID back into law:

Amazon is Taking Advantage of Americans’ Pandemic Reliance on E-Commerce

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Amazon is taking advantage of homebound Americans’ reliance on e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic. As small businesses struggle to stay afloat, Amazon’s monopoly keeps on growing. During the week of April 19th, 2020 alone, Amazon saw 93 percent more consumer spending than it did during the same week in 2019; meanwhile, 100,000 small American businesses are estimated to have permanently closed since the pandemic started.

Monday News: The first of many

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ACE SPEEDWAY CREW MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID 19: A crew member for one of the racing teams that participated in last week’s event at Ace Speedway has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Short Track Scene’s Matt Weaver. Weaver, the website’s founder, said CARS Tour series operator Jack McNelly gave competitors the news Saturday afternoon before this week’s series event at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton. According to Weaver, McNelly said the CARS Tour was notified of the positive coronavirus test in the days after the June 6 event in Alamance County. McNelly did not give the name of the person who tested positive, but Weaver said CARS series officials told him it was one of the racing team’s crew members. On each of the past three Saturdays (May 23rd and 30th and June 6th) Ace Speedway had racing, with the stands nearly full of spectators, few of them wearing masks. A reporter at last week’s event estimated there were at least 2,000 fans in attendance.
https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/article243521227.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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WORK TO HEAL THE PANDEMIC OF POVERTY AND CANCER OF RACISM: The pandemic has revealed how essential low-wage jobs have always been. It has revealed a backwards kind of accounting that values corporate executives and Wall Street speculators hundreds of times more than the care-giving work of nursing home aides, the public-health providing work of janitors, the life-saving work of nurse aides, or the sustenance-giving work of farmworkers, food processors and grocery store clerks. We now deem these workers “essential” even as we denigrate them with low wages, lack of sufficient PPE, and health care guarantee. Meanwhile, another of America’s pre-existing conditions has come to the fore. Racism and poverty are chronic illnesses crippling the heart of our nation. In the wake of the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, whose names we say in a list that continues to grow far too long, people of all races have risen up to proclaim that Black Lives Matter and to demand an end to police or vigilante violence targeted at African Americans.
https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/david-neal-work-to-heal-the-pandemic-of-poverty-and-cancer-of-racis...

Saturday News: Time for a change

DUKE HISTORIAN SAYS FT. BRAGG NEEDS A NEW NAME: According to the biography, Bragg received an appointment to the academy at age 16 through the political connections of his older brother and graduated fifth in the class of 1837. He served in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican-American War before resigning from the military and moving to Louisiana to buy and run a sugar plantation, which relied on the labor of at least 125 slaves. Bragg rejoined the military to serve in the Civil War, during which the Battlefield Trust says he “won partial victories — at places like Perryville, Stones River, and Chickamauga — but never delivered the finishing blow,” in part because his subordinate officers often hated him and refused to obey his battle orders. “These men were, by definition, traitors who had conducted war against the United States,” said Newcity, deputy director for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at Duke University.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article243442316.html

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