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Posted on September 21, 2021

Trudeau’s party wins Canada vote but fails to get majority

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party secured victory in parliamentary elections but failed to get the majority he wanted in a vote that focused on the coronavirus pandemic but that many Canadians saw as unnecessary.

Trudeau entered Monday’s election leading a stable minority government that wasn’t under threat of being toppled — but he was hoping Canadians would reward him with a majority for navigating the pandemic better than many other leaders. Still, Trudeau struggled to justify why he called the election early given the virus, and the opposition was relentless in accusing him of holding the vote two years before the deadline for his own personal ambition.

In the end, the gamble did not pay off, and the results nearly mirrored those of two years ago. The Liberal Party was leading or elected in 158 seats — one more than they won 2019, and 12 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the House of Commons.

The Conservatives were leading or elected in 119 seats, two less than they won in 2019. The leftist New Democrats were leading or elected in 25, while the Bloc Québécois were leading or elected in 34 and the Greens were down to two.

“You are sending us back to work with a clear mandate to get Canada through this pandemic,” Trudeau said. “I hear you when you say you just want to get back to the things you love and not worry about this pandemic or an election.”

AP

It's nice to see that the entire globe hasn't gone Trumpy conservatard.


Trump Org Prosecutors Find New Evidence—in a Basement

Prosecutors have discovered a tranche of evidence in the basement of a co-conspirator in the Trump Organization tax fraud case, a defense lawyer for indicted chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg revealed in court on Monday, with the attorney also signaling that more shoes are yet to drop in New York’s ongoing investigation.

“We have strong reason to believe there could be other indictments coming,” Weisselberg’s lawyer, Bryan C. Skarlatos, said in Manhattan criminal court on Monday.

Skarlatos also referenced a private conversation that Weisselberg—along with his defense lawyers and prosecutors—had with the judge before proceedings were open to the public, revealing that prosecutors had discovered tax documents related to Donald Trump’s company in the basement of an unnamed co-conspirator.

It’s unclear who that co-conspirator might be, but according to two sources close to the investigation, prosecutors have been more closely scrutinizing Matthew Calamari, a Trump bodyguard who rose through the ranks to become the company’s chief operating officer. Others have theorized that it might be Jeff McConney, the company controller who has long served as Weisselberg’s deputy—and who has already testified before the grand jury.

Weisselberg and the Trump Organization were indicted on June 30 in New York State court and charged with criminal tax fraud, falsifying business records, grand larceny, and scheming to defraud the government. In the indictment, prosecutors alleged that the Trump Organization ran a 15-year scheme in which it paid high-level executives a huge chunk of their real salaries “off the books.”

The Daily Beast

The Trump lawyer dropped some bombs yesterday: Evidence found in basement of co-conspirator, more indictments coming down, MILLIONS of pages of documents for them to review…

And yet, the outcome of all of this won't be #TFG going to prison.


Is this China's Lehman Brothers moment?

In 2008, U.S. economic policymakers faced their largest policy challenge in years in the form of serious financial problems at Lehman Brothers, a midsized New York investment bank. They failed that challenge by allowing Lehman to file for bankruptcy in September 2008.

The rest, as it is said, is history. The Lehman bankruptcy triggered severe financial market contagion both at home and abroad, which in turn brought on the 2008-2009 Great Recession. 

Today, Chinese economic policymakers face their own major policy challenge in the form of serious financial trouble at Evergrande, the world’s most indebted property developer. They do so as the country is experiencing a housing and credit market bubble of epic proportions and as the government is cracking down hard on the country’s technology sector. Meanwhile, the rest of the world economy is drowning in debt, and the global economic recovery seems to be losing pace.

For the sake of both the Chinese and the global economy, let’s hope the Chinese economic authorities do not repeat the U.S. Lehman mistake. Instead, one must hope they find a way towards an expeditious and orderly restructuring of Evergrande’s debts and that they provide adequate support to the rest of the Chinese financial system in order to prevent Evergrande’s problems from having damaging financial spillover effects.

The importance to the Chinese economy of an orderly restructuring of Evergrande’s debts cannot be overstated. With its property sector accounting for as much as 28 percent of the Chinese economy, the last thing the country can afford is the loss of confidence in this sector.

The Hill

Maybe it is China's Lehman Brothers moment. But maybe not. Markets are up today. Is this the infamous “dead-cat bounce?”


Covid is officially America's deadliest pandemic as U.S. fatalities surpass 1918 flu estimates

Covid-19 is officially the most deadly outbreak in recent American history, surpassing the estimated U.S. fatalities from the 1918 influenza pandemic, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Reported U.S. deaths due to Covid crossed 675,000 on Monday, and are rising at an average of more than 1,900 fatalities per day, Johns Hopkins data shows. The nation is currently experiencing yet another wave of new infections, fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant.

The 1918 flu – which came in three waves, occurring in the spring of 1918, the fall of 1918; and the winter and spring of 1919 – killed an estimated 675,000 Americans, according to the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention. It was considered America's most lethal pandemic in recent history up until now.

“I think we are now pretty well done with historical comparisons,” said Dr. Howard Markel, a physician and medical historian at the University of Michigan. He added it is time to stop looking back to 1918 as a guide for how to act in the present and to start thinking forward from 2021.

“This is the pandemic I will be studying and teaching to the next generation of doctors and public-health students,” he said.

To be sure, a direct side-by-side comparison of raw numbers for each pandemic doesn't provide all of the contexts, considering the vast technological, medical, social and cultural advances over the past century, Markel and other health experts say.

It's important to consider population when talking about outbreaks or disasters, health experts and statisticians say.

In 1918, for example, the U.S. population was less than a third of today's with an estimated 103 million people living in America just before the roaring 1920s. Today, there are nearly 330 million people living in the U.S. That means the 1918 flu killed about 1 in every 150 Americans, compared with 1 in 500 who have died from Covid so far.

The 1918 virus also tended to kill differently than Covid, experts say. With World War I, there was a massive movement of men across all of America and Europe. While the coronavirus can be especially severe for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, the 1918 virus was unusual in that it killed many young adults.

Globally, the 1918 flu killed more people, an estimated 20 million to 50 million, according to the World Health Organization. Covid has taken the lives of approximately 4.7 million people worldwide so far, according to Johns Hopkins data.

CNBC

It took long enough. I mean, the world's population is MUCH HIGHER than it was over 100 years ago and we're nowhere near the global death numbers.

This is a GOOD THING. The bad thing? The US surpassed the 1918 flu pretty quickly.

And it ain't over yet. Prediction: 4 million dead in the US before COVID-19 is a memory.


FBI searches home of Gabby Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie a day after body found

The FBI on Monday searched the Florida home of Brian Laundrie, weeks after his fiancé Gabby Petito was reported missing. Police believe they discovered Petito's remains in Wyoming over the weekend.

Federal agents searched Laundrie's home Monday for nearly eight hours, questioning his parents and collecting evidence that could tell them what happened to Petito. The manhunt led them to a nearby nature preserve, but investigators found nothing.

Laundrie has been named a person of interest in the Petito case, but investigators have not been able to speak with him. Search warrant documents obtained by CBS News authorized authorities to seize computers, flash drives and other electronics.

The couple embarked on a cross-country road trip in July, documenting their travels in a blog called “Van Life” — but then, this 911 call came in August.

Caller: “I'd like to report a domestic dispute. We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl.”

Dispatcher: “He was slapping her?”

Caller: “Yes, and then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off.”

Police arrived at the scene and spoke with the couple, and there were no arrests. A responding officer wrote in a police report that Petito, Laundrie and a witness all said it was Petito who slapped Laundrie after an argument, and Laundrie then “grabbed her face and pushed her back.” The officer said neither Petito nor Laundrie wanted to press charges.

CBS News

This, sadly, is a typical story between two couples that went very very wrong.


George Holliday, Who Filmed Rodney King Video, Dies Of COVID-19

The Los Angeles plumber, who shot video of white police officers beating the Black motorist in 1991, was not vaccinated and had been on a ventilator with pneumonia.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Holliday, the Los Angeles plumber who shot grainy video of four white police officers beating Black motorist Rodney King in 1991, has died of complications of COVID-19, a friend said Monday.

Holliday, 61, died Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital, where he had been for more than a month, according to Robert Wollenweber, a longtime friend and former coworker. Holliday was not vaccinated and was on a ventilator in recent days after contracting pneumonia, Wollenweber said.

Holliday was awakened by a traffic stop outside his San Fernando Valley home on the night of March 3, 1991. He went outside to film it with his new video camera, catching the Los Angeles officers punching, kicking and using a stun gun on King, even after he was on the ground.

A year later, Holliday’s out-of-focus footage — about 9 minutes worth — was a key piece of evidence at the four officers’ criminal trial for assault and excessive use of force.

HuffPo

This story makes me feel weird. Like, the guy who kind of started “reality TV” (think about that) became a reality TV star himself. Again. For not getting vaccinated and dying of COVID-19. On the one hand, this is tragic. On the other, it's just…weird.


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