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March 27, 2020

Nurses in Australia Plea To Stop The Violence for Stealing Masks and Sanitizers

Nurses and midwives in Australia say they've had to take extraordinary measures to stop people from stealing personal protective equipment, such as sanitizer and masks, and that some of them have even become targets of violence.
In a statement on its website, the New South Wales Nurses & Midwives' Association issued a plea to the community as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country exceeded 2,800, with eight deaths, as of Thursday morning. 
"Please do not treat nurses, midwives and other health workers like they are infectious," the union said, adding bold text for emphasis. "These trained professionals should be respected and must not be abused, spat on or assaulted as they move through our communities, to and from their workplaces."
The message comes Thursday as police in New South Wales issued an appeal for information in an incident in which a woman wearing a nursing uniform was approached by another woman, who allegedly coughed on her, verbally abused her and then punched her in the face, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
In addition, the union said, there had been many instances "where community members have been stealing bottles of hand sanitiser, face masks and other vital resources from hospital wards, leaving nurses and other hospital staff exposed." 
Most hospitals in the state "have had to start cable-tying or using chains so the bottles [of hand sanitizer] aren't going missing from wards," a spokeswoman for the union was quoted by the Herald as saying, "but we are hearing some instances of pallets going missing from deliveries."
The newspaper reports that these incidents include the theft of an entire cart of personal protective equipment at Westmead Hospital in a suburb of Sydney and another in which a pallet of hand sanitizer was intercepted as it was being delivered to a hospital.
Earlier this week, as cases began to spike, Australia's government orderednonessential services and businesses — including pubs, clubs, gyms, movie houses and places of worship — to shut down.

February 27, 2020

Being Gay Does Not Make You Good} Trump's Gay Intelligence Appointee Has Hidden$$ from Government


Richard Grenell — the out gay U.S. ambassador to Germany who Donald Trump recently named as acting director of National Intelligence — has failed to report his past work on behalf of a corrupt and mega-wealthy Moldovan politician named Vladimir Plahotniuc.
As such, Grenell’s actions may have possibly broken a law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a federal law that requires government employees to disclose their work on behalf of foreign politicians. 
Concurrently, former National Security Adviser and U.N. ambassador Susan Rice called Grenell a “hack and a shill” and “one of the nastiest, dishonest people I’ve ever encountered.”
According to the investigative journalism website Pro Publica, Grenell ran a public affairs consulting firm called Capitol Media Partners (CMP) which received more than $5,000 to work as a media consultant for Plahotniuc. Plahotniuc is a mega-wealthy and once influential Moldovan politician who Grenell defended against corruption claims in several August 2016 op-eds for the Washington Examiner and the Washington Times.
Grenell’s op-eds called the corruption allegations against Plahotniuc an anti-Western plot by Russia, a stance that aligned with Plahotniuc’s goals to rehabilitate his public image and gain access to U.S. politicians. Plahotniuc was later barred from the U.S. for widespread corruption charges and has since gone into hiding to evade prosecution by European authorities.

Vladimir Plahotniuc of Moldova, wanted for corruption.
Vladimir Plahotniuc Shutterstock

Grenell denies that he was paid for his op-eds and says he merely wrote them to support Plahotniuc’s “pro-western political party.” Nevertheless, Grenell’s non-disclosure of his op-eds may have violated FARA, a law that exists to prevent high-level government employees from being influenced or blackmailed by foreign government agents.
The law is especially important considering that Grenell has recently been named by Trump as the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI), a job which even a Republican senator says Grenell is unqualified for.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said, “As one of the four authors of the law that created the DNI back in 2004, I care deeply about that position and believe the person needs experience in the intelligence community, which regrettably Ambassador Grenell does not have.”
Rice agreed, saying Grenell has “absolutely no background, no preparation, and no knowledge” to be the DNI, adding, “He is a hack and a shill and that’s all he’s ever been.” She said Grenell has been named as DNI for one reason: to use government intelligence for Trump’s personal benefit.

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