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Thanks for all the good wishes. A wellness check was done several days ago My next door neighbor of 43 years is looking out for me

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City Pages Shutting Down, Effectively Ending Era Of Alternative Weeklies (ad revenue way down)

City Pages, which has been an alternative news and entertainment source for the Twin Cities for more than four decades, is shutting down for good, according to a statement posted from the Star Tribune ownership.

The weekly paper, which is currently owned by the Star Tribune and has been since 2015, is shutting down immediately. The last issue will be distributed this week.

The paper began under the moniker Sweet Potato in 1979 before rechristening as City Pages two years later. It was, along with the Reader, considered the preeminent free alternative newspaper in the metro area for most of the ’80s and ’90s. The Reader was shut down in the late ’90s.

The move was made as a result of the disruption the COVID-19 pandemic has had on restaurants, clubs, theaters and other venues that “form the core of City Pages’ revenue.”

Coronavirus: Germany announces second lockdown for month of November

Source: Yahoo Finance UK

Europe's largest economy is going back into partial lockdown for the entire month of November in an attempt to get control of its spiralling coronavirus infections.


She [Angela Merkel] said that the amount of people in intensive care with COVID-19 had doubled in the past 10 days -- and the health system would be at its limit within weeks if infections were not brought under control.

New restrictions include shutting down restaurants, bars, cinemas, gyms, theatres, and other public and leisure spaces.

Only two households are allowed meet, up to a maximum of 10 people, and only outdoors. Travel within Germany on non-essential trips is also forbidden, including to visit relatives.

Read more: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/germany-announces-second-lockdown-for-the-month-of-november-171217232.html

Shops, schools and kindergartens will remain open, and old people in nursing homes can have visitors.


For some perspective:

Daily new cases, 7 day moving average, per 100,000 people

12   Germany
22   U.S.A.
31   Italy
33   U.K.
39   Spain
57   France
117 Belgium

The STOXX Europe 600 closed at its lowest level since May

Radicalism in New Hope, MN - someone holding a sign - "Veterans, you are not losers or suckers ...

42nd Ave. N. just east of Winnetka Ave., New Hope.

Around 420 pm Wednesday 10/21/20

Yes, that's snow on the ground, for you out-of-staters

Unfortunately I cut off the "Vote Vote" orange mini-placard at the top left.

Coincidentally I'm a veteran and had voted just 4 hours before spotting him and taking the photo. I wish I had told him that, but it didn't come to mind until later.

Just a quick update on Covid in Minnesota



But WTH, with people feeling down about the bad news, let's ease up on restrictions

Live Music Now Allowed Inside Minnesota Bars And Restaurants, But No Dancing, CBS, 10/8/20

Live music will now be allowed inside Minnesota bars and restaurants large enough to accommodate social distancing, but dancing and karaoke will still be off the table.

That’s according to updated guidelines released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health, which also boosted the occupancy for bars and restaurants and laid out more COVID-19 safety protocols.

... Expect to see tables on the dance floor. Dancing won’t be allowed if the establishment is still serving food or drinks. Additionally, the guidelines say all indoor guests must be seated.

Still, music-lovers will be able to see more people inside venues, as the new guidelines boosted indoor occupancy to 50%, with a maximum of 250 individuals. Maximum outdoor seating was also increased to 250 people.

At bars, tables will be able to accommodate parties up to four people. In dining rooms, parties as big as 10 will be able to be seated together. ((previously the limit was 6 at a table if from the same household, otherwise 4 at a table -Progree))

More: https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/10/08/live-music-now-allowed-inside-minnesota-bars-and-restaurants-but-no-dancing/

Survey: 52% of local restaurants, bars will close in 4-6 months if restrictions aren't eased, KSTP (ABC), 10/9/20

Looks like a matter of survival of bars and restaurants vs. survival of people, and people come in second.

Florida man who tried to get ballot for dead wife charged

Source: AP

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Florida authorities say they've filed a voter fraud charge against a man who said he said he "wanted to test the system" when he tried to obtain a mail-in ballot for his deceased wife.

Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett said he contacted the sheriff's office after a review of voter rolls showed that Larry Wiggins' wife had been dead for two years. Staffers determined that Wiggins forged his late wife's name on the ballot request, according to the Bradenton Herald.

Wiggins, who was arrested last Thursday on a voter fraud charge, told deputies that he was "testing the system to see if worked."

Bennett said such attempts are unusual in Manatee County. Researchers say that voter fraud in general is rare in the U.S.

Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/florida-man-tried-ballot-dead-143948761.html

Emphasis added by Progree. Bennett made clear that any attempt at voter fraud will be prosecuted.

The back story, where he appears to be encouraging people in North Carolina to vote twice -- once by mail and once in person --

Trump appears to encourage North Carolinians to vote twice to test the system, CNN 9/3/20

When Trump was asked by local news station WECT in Wilmington, North Carolina, whether he was confident in the state's absentee voting system, the President launched into a somewhat rambling answer.

"Well, they'll go out and they'll go vote, and they're going to have to go and check their vote by going to the poll and voting that way, because if it tabulates, then they won't be able to do that," Trump said on the tarmac in front of Air Force One. "So, let them send it in, and let them go vote, and if the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won't be able to vote. If it isn't tabulated, they won't be able to vote. So that's the way it is. And that's what they should do."

The President later told people to send in their ballots, saying, "Send them in strong, whether it's solicited or unsolicited. The absentees are fine. You have to work to get them, you know."

"And you send them in, but you go to vote. And if they haven't counted it, you can vote. So that's the way I feel," he said.

More: https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/02/politics/donald-trump-north-carolina-voter-fraud/index.html

So the fuckwad-in-chief is not only infecting people, he's getting them in trouble.

According to North Carolina law, it's a felony "for any person with intent to commit a fraud to register or vote at more than one precinct or more than one time, or to induce another to do so, in the same primary or election, or to vote illegally at any primary or election."

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