Monthly Archives: January 2020

Liberals Owe President Trump A Apology: Puerto Rico Residents Discover Warehouse Full Of Hurricane Maria Supplies From The U.S.

Puerto Rico emergency director fired after residents discover warehouse full of Hurricane Maria supplies.

Source: Fox61.com

POSTED 9:33 PM, JANUARY 18, 2020, BY CNN WIRE

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced fired the island’s emergency manager, hours after a warehouse filled with supplies was discovered.

The emergency aid is believed to be from when Hurricane Maria hit the island two years ago, the governor said.

Carlos Acevedo, director of Puerto Rico’s Office of Emergency Management, was dismissed Saturday. The governor appointed Maj. Gen. José J. Reyes, the adjutant general of the Puerto Rico National Guard, to replace him.

Earlier on Saturday, numerous pallets of water and other boxes with emergency supplies were found at a warehouse in the earthquake ravaged city of Ponce.

Several residents were seen opening the rolling metal doors of the building and calling for authorities to distribute the supplies. Families began lining up Saturday afternoon outside the warehouse, hoping to get bottled water, food and emergency radios, CNN affiliate WAPA reported.

Acevedo has denied allegations of mishandling, saying the agency has been actively distributing supplies, according to a statement released through the office of emergency management. No residents have been denied any supplies in the warehouse, including food, diapers, baby formula and cots, Acevedo said.

He said about 600 pallets of water were distributed when Hurricane Dorian and Hurricane Karen threatened Puerto Rico and during a drought that affected the island last year. Nearly 80 of those pallets remain in the warehouse because they expired, he said.

“There have not been orders to seize or destroy those items at any point,” Acevedo said in a statement

Vázquez Garced has directed Secretary of State Elmer Roman to investigate the allegations and share his findings within 48 hours.

“There are thousands of people who made sacrifices to bring aid to the south and it’s unforgivable that resources have been kept in a warehouse,” the governor said in a statement.

Puerto Rico has been ravaged by a series of earthquakes since December 28. In the last two weeks, tremors and aftershocks have destroyed or severely damaged hundreds of structures and forced thousands of people in the southern area of the island to flee their homes.

More than 8,000 people have been living in outdoor shelters in the cities of Yauco, Peñuelas, Guánica, Guayanilla and Ponce. Some of those displaced are residents who are too afraid to return home for fear a wall or the roof will collapse.

Amazon To Allow Shoppers To Purchase Items With A Biometric Hand Print by Linking Credit Card Details.

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Amazon To Allow Shoppers To Pay With A WAVE By Linking Credit Card Details To Your Hand Prints.

Source: TheSun.co.uk

Tariq Tahir
19 Jan 2020, 12:38
Updated: 20 Jan 2020, 18:46

AMAZON is creating checkout terminals to allow shoppers to link their credit cards to their hands, it was reported.

The tech and retail giant envisages the terminals being in physical stores and they would allow shoppers to simply show their palm, without reaching for their card or phone.

Amazon is aiming the terminals to coffee shops, fast-food restaurants and other retailers that do lots of repeat business with their customers, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The company has been at the forefront of experimenting with new payment methods and already allows customers at Amazon Go stores to walk out without stopping to pay.

The plans are in their early stages but Amazon has begun working with credit card company Visa to test transactions on the terminals and is in discussions with Mastercard.

The company is reportedly also in talks with several banks in the US which have expressed an interest in enabling customers’ cards to be linked to the terminals.

According to Amazon insiders, the company envisions customers would first use the terminals to link their debit or credit card information to their hands.
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One example cited is that customers might insert cards into a terminal and then let the terminal scan their hands.

After that they would only need to place a hand over the terminal to pay at a retailer participating in the scheme.

At the end of last year, Amazon filed a patent that allows people to be identified by characteristics associated with the palms of their hands, including wrinkles and veins, Recode reported at the time.

In September it emerged Amazon was testing technology that would allow Whole Foods customers to scan their hand to pay at checkout rather than swiping a card.

Workers at the giant’s New York offices are even testing out the biometric tech to buy snacks and drinks from company vending machines.

The New York Post reported the sensors are different from phone fingerprint scanners as they don’t require users to physically touch their hands to the scanning surface.

Instead, they use vision and depth geometry to process and identify the shape and size of each hand they scan before charging a credit card already on file.

The system – codenamed Orville – will apparently allow customers with Amazon Prime accounts to scan their hands at stores and link them to their credit or debit card.

It’s accurate to within one ten-thousandth of one per cent, but Amazon’s tech experts are working to improve it to a millionth of one per cent ahead of its launch, the source said.

While a regular card transaction typically takes between three and four seconds, Amazon’s new tech can process the charge in less than 300 milliseconds, one insider said.

Communists In Tennessee State Government Want History Erased. Call For Removal Of Nathan Bedford Forrest Bust.

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General Nathan Bedford Forrest Versus the Ku Klux Klan.

By John A. Tures,

Contributor Professor of Political Science, LaGrange College

Think that if he were alive today, General Nathan Bedford Forrest would embrace Dylann Roof, the alleged killer of nine blacks in a Charleston Church who hoped to start a race war?

Think again. In fact, toward the end of his life, General Forrest would have likely sought to exterminate those who would kill blacks in his name, or for his “cause,” like Roof.

Sure General Nathan Bedford Forrest may have helped lead the Ku Klux Klan, and he’s blamed for the massacre of Ft. Pillow, but there’s a part of Forrest that needs to be told to those who continue to cheer him as a champion of the South. He eventually saw the light, softened his racism, and eventually worked to destroy the KKK. It was the best thing he ever did.

Forrest is a controversial figure today. He’s memorialized in a statue off Interstate 65 in Nashville, and I see it every time I visit my parents, who live one exit away. That statue, designed by the attorney for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin, also surrounded by Confederate flags, is the subject of debate, as is the bust of him in the Tennessee statehouse, a response to Roof’s slaughter of African Americans after a bible study.

Now I’ve never been a fan of General Forrest. I wrote a column criticizing Generals William T. Sherman and General Nathan Bedford Forrest for their actions during the Civil War a week before the shooting, and published other articles in the past calling for Mississippi not to honor Forrest on a license plate, and Memphis not to have a statue for him.

But even this Forrest critic can admit that the Klan founder did one great thing for this country. He disbanded the KKK, and even worked to fight those who wanted to keep it going.

As Ben Phelan with PBS writes:

“After only a year as Grand Wizard, in January 1869, faced with an ungovernable membership employing methods that seemed increasingly counterproductive, Forrest issued KKK General Order Number One: “It is therefore ordered and decreed, that the masks and costumes of this Order be entirely abolished and destroyed.” By the end of his life, Forrest’s racial attitudes would evolve — in 1875, he advocated for the admission of blacks into law school — and he lived to fully renounce his involvement with the all-but-vanished Klan.”

If you read Eddy W. Davison’s “Nathan Bedford Forrest: In Search of the Enigma,” on page 464 and 474-475, you can see that Forrest not only publicly disavowed the KKK and worked to terminate it, but in August 1874, Forrest “volunteered to help ‘exterminate’ those men responsible for the continued violence against the blacks.” After the murder of four blacks by a lynch mob after they were arrested for defending themselves at a BBQ, Forrest wrote to Tennessee Governor Brown, offering “to exterminate the white marauders who disgrace their race by this cowardly murder of Negroes.”

So for those who seek to kill blacks while waving a Confederate flag, or those who burn African American churches across the South, including my state of Georgia, keep this in mind: General Nathan Bedford Forrest, and the Confederate War heroes you worship, wouldn’t have approved. In fact, they might have fought you for your illegal actions.

 

Tennessee GOP Lawmaker Wants To Oust Bust Of KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest.

 

A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee is calling for the bust of a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan grand wizard to be removed from the state Capitol.

State Rep. Jeremy Faison (R) said in an interview with The Tennessean, published Tuesday, that he believes the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest should be moved to a museum and replaced with a statue honoring someone else.

“If we want to preserve history, then let’s tell it the right way,” Faison said. “Right now there are eight alcoves [in the Capitol]. Seven are filled with white men.”

The lawmaker made some suggestions for who could replace Forrest.

“How about getting a lady in there?” he said. “My daughter is 16, and I would love for her to come into the Capitol and see a lady up there. What’s wrong with Anne Dallas Dudley getting in that alcove?” (Dudley, originally from Nashville, was a prominent activist in the 19th-century suffragist movement.)

“What’s wrong with someone like Dolly Parton being put in that alcove?” Faison suggested, referring to the iconic singer from Locust Ridge. The lawmaker also said the state could erect a monument dedicated to the enslaved people who constructed the Capitol building.

Born in Tennessee, Forrest is known to history as a slave trader and the first grand wizard of the KKK. As a Confederate general, he led an attack in 1864 that has come to be known as the Fort Pillow Massacre. Three hundred Union soldiers, including 200 Black soldiers, are believed to have been killed, many as they were trying to surrender.

Activists and other Tennesseans have petitioned for years to remove two statues of Forrest, including the bust at the state Capitol. But many Republican politicians in the state, including Gov. Bill Lee, continue to defend Confederate monuments and Ku Klux Klan honors as “part of our history.”

Lee told The Tennessean last year that he believed it would be “a mistake to whitewash history” ― a way of framing the issue that Faison dismissed.

“I fundamentally reject any notion by someone saying that moving him [the Forrest bust] to the museum is trying to whitewash history,” Faison told The Tennessean.

He continued: “Hitler has earned his place in history, but they don’t put monuments of him in Germany anymore. There’s plenty of people who are notable characters. That doesn’t mean they deserve to be in a place of honor.”

Faison noted that he previously agreed with the governor but changed his mind after studying Forrest’s legacy at the suggestion of fellow state Rep. G.A. Hardaway (D), a Black lawmaker from Memphis.

Over the summer, Lee re-signed a proclamation declaring July 13 as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in the state. The governor later said he would look into changing the law after facing criticism from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who spoke out against the proclamation in a tweet.

Lee’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Faison’s remarks.

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The Republican politician suggested honoring Dolly Parton or the enslaved people who built the state Capitol instead.

 

Tennessee Governor Wants To Amend Day That Honors Nathan Bedford Forrest.

POSTED 9:30 AM, JANUARY 20, 2020, BY AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Lee will introduce legislation this year that would amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Lee’s office confirmed Friday that the Republican, who has previously expressed his displeasure over the honor, was working on the bill. The office did not provide further details.

According to the law in question, Tennessee governors must sign six proclamations throughout the year designating the following days of special observance: Robert E. Lee Day (January 19), Abraham Lincoln Day (February 12), Andrew Jackson Day (March 15), Confederate Decoration Day (June 3), Nathan Bedford Forrest Day (July 13) and Veterans’ Day (November 11).

The law encourages the governor to invite the public to observe each day in schools and churches. It does not, however, outline a penalty should the governor choose to not sign the proclamation.

Lee received national backlash in July when he not only signed the Nathan Bedford Forrest proclamation, but also declined to answer reporter questions over whether he thought the law should change. Lee later clarified that he didn’t like signing the proclamation and would prefer to see the law changed.

“While it is my job as governor to enforce the law, I want Tennesseans to know where my heart is on this issue,” Lee said at the time. “Our state’s history is rich, complex and in some cases painful. With this in mind, I will be working to change this law.”

As of Saturday, Tennessee’s secretary of state’s website did not show that Lee had signed the Robert E. Lee Day proclamation. His office also did not respond to questions if the governor wanted to change that day celebrating the Confederate general, which falls the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Prior proclamations have said “Robert E. Lee is widely recognized as one of the outstanding Americans of the nineteenth century.”

Forrest, a Confederate cavalry general, amassed a fortune as a plantation owner and slave trader in Memphis before the Civil War.

He was in charge during the battle of Fort Pillow, where an estimated 300 African-American soldiers were massacred by Forrest’s men after surrendering. The massacre provoked outrage in the North and was one of the most bitterly disputed incidents in the Civil War.

“I know that it’s hard to renegotiate history, but at the end of the day we need to celebrate folks that bring people together and not necessarily tear people apart. I hope that we will consider that and reexamine all of these proclamations for state holidays,” said Sen. Raumesh Akbari, a Democrat from Memphis.

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. London Lamar, also from Memphis, is sponsoring a bill this year to remove the Forrest Day designation.

Previous Democratic lawmaker attempts to change the law have been unsuccessful.

The attention to the Forrest proclamation comes as lawmakers also have debated for years on possibly moving the bust of Forrest that has sat inside the Tennessee Statehouse for decades.

A state commission is scheduled to meet in February to address the bust, just months after Lee appointed two new members to the panel.

Insurance Giant Cigna To Use AI Computers To Track Patients Medication Use. Big Brother In The Medical Field.

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Source: HealthCareitnews.com
Jeff Rowe | Dec 13, 2019 11:23 am
INSURANCE GIANT CIGNA UNVEILS AI TOOL TO MONITOR MEDICATION ADHERENCE
The new tool can alert doctors their patients may not be taking their prescribed drugs, but patients who follow their care plans could be spared needless trips to the hospital.

Ensuring that patients are taking their meds correctly has long been a challenge for providers, as it can often be the difference between a prescription’s success or failure when it comes to addressing the targeted condition or disease.

But while a new AI-driven monitoring system from US health plan Cigna aims to take big steps toward resolving that challenge, some experts fear that the new technology could also work against the interest of millions of patients.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “(t)he product, called Health Connect 360, integrates data from a combination of sources and analytical tools and was originally developed for treatment of chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, as well as for pain management. The system aggregates medical, pharmacy, lab and biometric data—such as information from glucometers, which measure blood-sugar levels—into a dashboard that is accessible through an online interface.”

Via that interface, doctors and nurses will be able to constantly keep an eye on patients’ health and step in when they have cause for concern. For example, an alert may be triggered if patients forget to pick up their prescription or miss an appointment.

The tool also combines algorithms “with predictive models to generate recommendations and ways to best engage a patient, whether through an app or in person.”

That’s the positive potential, but in what might be the perfect example of how advances in health IT can cut more than one way at once, patient privacy advocates have expressed reservations about the uses to which an insurance company such as Cigna might put the new tool.

For example, Sam Smith, from the UK medical data campaign group MedConfidential, recently observed to the UK DailyMailOnline an insurer’s interests are not necessarily the same as those of doctors or patients.

“Reducing payouts and increasing premiums is what insurance companies do, and they’ve always tried to use new technologies to do more of both,” Smith argued, adding, “As monitoring from this app is used for one thing, it will be attractive to employers to monitor their staff even more – a digital dystopia masquerading as healthcare.”

Still, in the WSJ article, Matthew Josefowicz, chief executive of research and advisory firm Novarica Inc., noted managing chronic conditions is much less expensive than engaging in some kind of corrective procedure.

“Across the health-care industry, as with every industry, the incredible growth in data availability and ability to communicate enables new kinds of interventions that were just too cost-prohibitive to even consider before,” Mr. Josefowicz said.

One Million Moms Launches Boycott of Hallmark Channel. CantonTruth: LGBT Movement Will Always Be A Minority Loser.

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One Million Moms Launches Boycott of Hallmark Channel: LGBT, Do Not Have My Support.

Source: TeaPartyOrg.Ning.com

Posted by Mrs.Tif Morgan on December 24, 2019 at 11:05am in Indoctrination

When you build your multimillion-dollar organization upon sentiment, relationships and romance, expect some complications. Especially when you fall in line with those who want to redefine sentiment, relationships and romance.

After the Hallmark Channel pulled an ad for zola.com showing lesbians kissing at a same-sex wedding ceremony, then flip-flopped and reinstated the ad after activist pressure, then announced a partnership with LGBTQ organizations that were critical of Hallmark, conservative women’s group One Million Moms struck back.

“One Million Moms has just launched an official boycott of Hallmark, and we’re asking our supporters and your listeners to go to OneMillionMoms.com to sign the boycott Hallmark pledge,” One Million Moms Director Monica Cole said on The Todd Starnes Show. “Simply put, we’re asking Hallmark to reconsider airing commercials with same-sex relationships.”

The same goes for Hallmark movies with same-sex relationships that you might not want in your living room.

“As long as they are airing controversial topics and content that is no longer family friendly, we have no choice but to change the channel and to boycott the Hallmark channel,” said Cole.

Cole believes it should be left to parents to decide when and how to bring up the subjects of same sex marriage and homosexuality to children. The ad for Zola.com forces the issue.

“We have seen this play out over the past decade from the Boy Scouts to what happened with Chick-fil-A and Salvation Army,” said Todd Starnes. “Here we are facing the Hallmark Channel backing down in the face of this horrible bullying at the hands of the LGBT movement.”

“We don’t boycott often, so, we’re extremely serious about this,” Cole explained. “Hallmark is one of the very few family-friendly networks still available for family entertainment.”

When One Million Moms caught wind of the ad from Zola.com, Cole said her organization contacted Hallmark and was thanked for bringing it to the network’s attention.

“They know many of their viewers are traditional, conservative families,” said Cole. “We gave them an opportunity to do the right thing, and the pledge to boycott the channel is the result of their change of heart over the weekend.”