Boy Band Announces Decision to Refuse to Play in Charlotte and Raleigh
98 Degrees will not play in North Carolina, the ’90s boy band that is touring cross country said today, a result of HB2. Their My2K Tour, which features other artistsÂ as well, will play 33 concerts, but “made the difficult decision on behalf of the entire tour to not move forward with two of our planned shows in Charlotte and Raleigh,” they said in a statement.
“As a band we get no greater satisfaction than when we’re performing for our fans across the country,” the band said. “Above all else we support equality and fair treatment for all. We hope our fans in North Carolina understand the decision.”
â€” 98 Degrees (@98official) April 27, 2016
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter,Â 98 Degrees members Nick and Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre shared their decision.Â
“Like many other artists, we don’t appreciate discrimination so we decided we should take a stand and that’s that. Hopefully our fans there will understand, and hopefully they will also contact their state legislator,”Â Jeffre said.
This cancelation is just one in a long line of boycotts of North Carolina, all in response to Gov. Pat McCrory’s anti-LGBT law HB2. Many artists have announced they will not play n the state, includingÂ Blue Man Group,Â Pearl Jam,Â Boston,Â Ringo Starr,Â Cirque du Soleil, andÂ Bruce Springsteen, among others.
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Coronavirus Data Disappears From CDC Dashboard After Trump Hijacks Info
The Trump administration on Tuesday forced all hospitals and states to make a significant and immediate change in how they report coronavirus patient data, hijacking the information to be funneled into the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Experts warned the move could allow the administration to politicize the data, hide it, be less transparent, all of which interferes in the real-time usage of information to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
That appears to be what has happened.
“Previously public data has already disappeared from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website,” CNBC reports.
“Dashboards last updated as of July 14, 2020,” reads the CDC’s website where information on availability of hospital and ICU beds used to appear.
Early into the coronavirus pandemic the CDC removed information on the number of COVID-19 tests performed when it became clear the numbers were unacceptably small.
BREAKING: The CDC has stopped disclosing the number of Americans tested for coronavirus.
On the left is how the website looked last night. On the right is what it looks like now, with the testing info removed.
The lack of testing is a scandal.
This is the coverup. pic.twitter.com/za5w9dkEKq
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 2, 2020
Why Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Subsidizing Hate?
This article first appeared in Michelangelo Signorile’s Substack newsletter. To see the article in its original location or to subscribe, click here.
After the the names were released by the government last week of those who received pandemic-relief assistance under the Payroll Protection Program — transparency the Trump administration initially fought hard against — we learned of many billionaires and big, well-funded companies that received government loans, in additions to Trump family friends and allies, like billionaire governor Jim Justice of West Virginia and billionaire rapper Kanye West.
But also among those who received more than $150,000 — which are the only recipients whose names are made public — has been the Catholic Church, a multi-billion dollar tax exempt global empire that hardly qualifies as a “small business,” which is what the program was initially designed to help save. Meanwhile, thousands of desperate, hurting small businesses, per a Pro Publica investigation, didn’t receive money promised them and many were forced to shut down, their owners left penniless.
“Houses of worship and faith-based organizations that promote religious beliefs aren’t usually eligible for money from the U.S. Small Business Administration,” the Associated Press noted. “But as the economy plummeted and jobless rates soared, Congress let faith groups and other nonprofits tap into the Paycheck Protection Program, a $659 billion fund created to keep Main Street open and Americans employed.”
After heavy lobbying by the church, the virulently anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion Archdiocese of New York received $28 million, an archdiocese led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who’s called gay relationships not “natural.” Catholic entities in total — including many archdioceses that had paid out huge settlements in sex abuse cases and were facing bankruptcy — were paid at least $1.4 billion. But the AP believes the money may actually have exceeded $3.5 billion.
The list goes on and on. The American Family Association, labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — and whose spokesperson and “radio host,” Bryan Fischer, just two weeks ago called homosexuality “unnatural, unhealthy and immoral”— received a loan to keep propagating its lies and distortions.
Also on the list was the Liberty Counsel, the legal group that fights against laws protection LGBTQ people, and the ugly Concerned Women for America and Joyce Meyer Ministries, which rail against homosexuality, same-sex marriage and transgender people.
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As Putin’s Hackers Try to Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Secrets ‘Kremlin Kevin’ McCarthy Pushes Bill to ‘Protect America’s Statues’
Many Americans woke to the news Thursday morning that Russian hackers are trying to steal coronavirus vaccine secrets from the U.S., the UK, and Canada, according to officials in those three countries, CNN reports, The Russian hackers are the same group of President Vladimir Putin’s “Cozy Bear” intelligence agents accused of hacking the DNC’s servers before the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Meanwhile, House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has just announced on Twitter he has “introduced the Protect America’s Statues Act to cut funding from cities and states that refuse to restore order.”
McCarthy says he is concerned that “Leftwing mobs are trying to erase history by destroying statues of George Washington, General Grant, and Christopher Columbus. Enough is enough.”
Just now → I introduced the Protect America’s Statues Act to cut funding from cities and states that refuse to restore order.
Leftwing mobs are trying to erase history by destroying statues of George Washington, General Grant, and Christopher Columbus. Enough is enough.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 16, 2020
McCarthy’s bill would apply to “any structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States.”
Some Americans are expressing concern that the coronavirus pandemic, already by far the worst in the world and growing significantly in the vast majority of states, is not important to Republicans in Congress or the White House.
“Just completely uninterested in even thinking about addressing the colossal problems plaguing the country, a total abdication in favor of culture war pot-stirring,” Media Matters’ Senior Fellow Matthew Gertz lamented in response to Minority Leader McCarthy bragging about his new bill.
He is not alone.
— The Resistor Sister ♥️🇺🇸🦅🙏🏻 (@the_resistor) July 16, 2020
Have you guys completely lost your minds??? We have a deadly virus spreading, killing our loved ones and you are worried about f*cking statues? #GOPisKillingUS #IncompetenceKills #COVID19 #coronavirus #VoteBlueToSaveTheRepublic #NegligentHomicide #BloodOnYourHands pic.twitter.com/iR3mua6K78
— Tanja Resists @🏡 🌊 Biden 2020 🌊 ☮ ⚖ 🌊 (@TanjaMcConnor) July 16, 2020
Your proposed act is an “act” of desperation, becuase you dont have anything to offer except division.
address these issue 👇👇👇
TOTAL CASES: 3,416,428
Racism the worst for generations
Division worst since Civil War
Russian Bounty pic.twitter.com/S9zzmkOowQ
— Jamal Al-Shalabi (@JamalAlShalabi1) July 16, 2020
Are you kidding?????!
Thousands of Americans are dying every day because of this administrations reluctance to do anything to fight this pandemic and all Kremlin Kevin can do is introduce acts to protect statues!!!!
VOTE HIM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!
— charlie (@herbiechar) July 16, 2020
People are dying from the Coronavirus and you are worried about some dumb statues.
— tanyia (@tanyia) July 16, 2020
39 states are reporting an increase in new coronavirus cases this week and there is a shortage of hospital beds in 4 states. Morgues are filling up. The country is locked down. Millions out of work. Many unable to pay rent. Many without food.
But yeah, statues. Worthless ass. https://t.co/WoReetH0Ze
— furious brow (@Furious_Brow) July 16, 2020
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