Weekly jobless claims plunged by 200,000 applications to the lowest level since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic more than a year ago, the Labor Department reported Thursday In the week ending April 10, roughly 576,000 Americans filed initial claims for unemployment benefits, plummeting from a revised total of 769,000 in the previous week. Last week’s total was the lowest since the week ending March 14, 2020, when Americans filed 256,000 initial claims for jobless benefits as entire swaths of the economy began to shut down. ADVERTISEMENT While weekly jobless claims data can be thrown off by fraud and backlogs — two significant issues during the pandemic — last week’s sharp decline is another encouraging sign of the U.S. economy beginning to rapidly recover. Weekly claims skyrocketed to a peak of 3.3 million during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which wiped out 22 million jobs and forced thousands of businesses to shutter. The economy has since recovered more … [Read more...] about Weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level since lockdowns
In his dialogue, Phaedrus , the Greek philosopher Plato’s King Thamus argued that rather than aiding human memory, the Egyptian god Theuth’s gift of writing offered only the appearance of wisdom; 2,400 years later, Plato’s debate has resurfaced to blame Google and Facebook for our current misfortunes. The struggle to understand the effects of digitization on the news media, politics, commerce, and the very concept of truth itself remains in its infancy, so far without an heir to Plato. For centuries, it was the role of the press, the so-called Fourth Estate, to speak truth to power and hold the powerful accountable. The internet has changed that, and the costs of this information free-for-all become more evident every day — malignant conspiracy theories; foreign efforts to influence democratic elections; emboldened political, racial, religious, and ethnic extremism, literally ad nauseam. “ Disinformation is infecting our democratic discourse at rates that threaten the long-term … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau?
Father James Moreno sexually assaulted a teenage boy dozens of times over two years after they met at a Denver Catholic school — including in the rectory of the city’s most prominent church. Moreno assaulted the boy more than 60 times between 1978 and 1980. He groomed him, gave him alcohol and marijuana, and raped him, according to a report released Tuesday by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. The abuse happened all over Denver: in the rooms of St. Andrew’s Preparatory Seminary High School, in Moreno’s car, in the boy’s home, in the rectory of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the heart of Denver, one block from the state Capitol. The teen, now grown, reported the abuse to authorities last year after the publication of a state-led investigation into child sex abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests in Colorado. Additional investigation into Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses found nine more priests who sexually abused children, including Moreno and a Denver … [Read more...] about Further investigation into Colorado Catholic Church IDs 46 more victims, 9 more abusive priests — including Denver’s Father Woody
close Video Terrell slams Minnesota mayor's remark about cops not carrying guns at traffic stops Civil Rights Attorney Leo Terrell slams Brooklyn Center, Minnesota mayor for claiming police do not need weapons for traffic stops. BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Buffalo, New York, police officer who was fired for trying to stop another officer from using a chokehold on a handcuffed suspect has won a yearslong legal fight to overturn her dismissal and collect her pension. A state Supreme Court judge cited the changing landscape around the use of force by police and a new "duty to intervene" statute that the fired officer, Cariol Horne, championed following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "Quoting the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 'the time is always right to do right,'" Judge Dennis Ward wrote in his decision. Horne on Wednesday called it a bittersweet victory, coming during the murder trial of former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin … [Read more...] about Fired Buffalo police officer who stopped fellow cop’s chokehold on Black suspect wins pension