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US News The Masked Versus the Unmasked

21:52  23 may  2020
21:52  23 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

PHOTO - Brigitte Macron masked: she is back on the field

 PHOTO - Brigitte Macron masked: she is back on the field © Bestimage PHOTO - Brigitte Macron masked: she is back on the field After two months of confinement, Brigitte Macron was able to resume her role as president of the Foundation Hospitals of Paris - Hospitals of France directly on the ground this Tuesday, May 19. She was obviously masked.

  The Masked Versus the Unmasked © AP Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Back in the other world, before all was stilled, a neighbor in Colorado would tell me it was time for liberals to “gun up.” The other side was armed, he argued, and would stop at nothing. What would we tell our grandchildren when Ivanka Trump took office as the 46th president of the United States in 2025 and term limits were abolished? That we tried words, all manner of them, he scoffed, but they had the rifles.

I waved him away. American democracy was not Hungarian democracy, now dead. Its checks and balances were resilient. Too many guns are an American scourge. No, he insisted, you will see by June 2020. Civil war, or something like it, is coming. Gun up, dude, before it’s too late.

Two collar snatchers arrested and in police custody in Paris

 Two collar snatchers arrested and in police custody in Paris © DR Paris. Masked individuals stole a bag and tore off a necklace worn by this elderly lady in the 13th arrondissement. The images of the video of their misdeeds have toured social networks. And shocked more than one surfer. Fortunately, these collar pullers were in the crosshairs of the police. The officials had specific reports about them. This Tuesday morning, the two thieves woke up in their cells, at the police station in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.

Strolling through Times Square in a face mask, a standard accessory for New Yorkers. © Erin Schaff/The New York Times Strolling through Times Square in a face mask, a standard accessory for New Yorkers. My neighbor did not predict the uniforms of America’s warring factions. How masks would become normative in Democratic strongholds like Telluride or Ridgway but be scorned in Colorado Trump country as the giveaway dress of the liberal egghead terrorized by the virus. The responsible crowd, with face half-hidden, confronting the unmasked live-free-or-die crowd across the vastness and fracture of an unled country.

Once again, in this frayed Republic, there is scant middle ground. The virus is Godzilla destroying all before it. The virus is a myth, get over it. Biking onto the Manhattan Bridge I pass a new piece of graffiti: “Bezos made the virus.”

Christophe Castaner castigates Camélia Jordana's "shameful" remarks about the police

 Christophe Castaner castigates Camélia Jordana's After saying on Saturday that she did not feel safe "in front of a cop in France", Camélia Jordana provoked many reactions, including that of the minister of Interior Christophe Castaner. © Stephane Lemouton / Veeren Ramsamy-Christophe Clovis / Bestimage Christophe Castaner judged Sunday "lying and shameful" about the singer and actress Camélia Jordana , who accused the police of "massacring" men and women for their skin color, while the Alliance union announced to seize the public prosecutor.

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Never Go Back to the Office

  Never Go Back to the Office The coronavirus killed corporate culture. Get used to working from home.At least half of the American labor force is working from home, and the question now confronting bosses isn’t when their employees can come back to the office but whether they should do so at all. More than two months into the quarantine, coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and treatment protocols are still works in progress in the United States, and a vaccine is still some time away.

Nobody foresaw what a pathogen about one-thousandth the width of an eyelash could trigger in a society where truth itself has been obliterated by President Trump, day after lying day. If he could deny the visible, like the number of people at his inauguration, imagine what he could do with the invisible. Or don’t imagine it, just look around.

Trump, in a tweet last month, urges his tens of millions of followers to “LIBERATE” Virginia from the lockdown and “save your great 2nd Amendment,” which is “under siege.” Or, roughly translated, grab your guns while you can to fight the liberal virus conspiracy, just the latest attempt after climate change and all the rest to emasculate America.

His languidness, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and go-to person for every known problem on the planet, is asked by Time magazine whether he is willing to commit to the holding of the Nov. 3 election. “I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that’s the plan,” he says.

Good to know. Right now, there’s a plan to hold an election. Gun up, dude, before it’s too late.

For Trump, this disaster is no more than a deep state conspiracy like the Mueller investigation or the impeachment proceedings. All of it: the virus death toll, surely inflated by officials as a means to defeat him; the dented Dow; the highest unemployment numbers since the Great Depression; the collapse of his “spectacular” economy; the dire scientific predictions of the consequences of premature economic reopening. It’s all about him because everything is.

Merkel joins with Macron to propose shared EU debt to tackle virus

  Merkel joins with Macron to propose shared EU debt to tackle virus BRUSSELS — Faced with economic calamity and the threat of the coronavirus further fracturing the European Union, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany on Monday broke with decades of German economic orthodoxy and agreed to back the idea of collective European debt to help those countries that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.If the other member states agree to the plan, it would be a major step toward a more unified Europe and a sign that the pandemic might actually bring the bloc closer together instead of splintering it.

Followers of Qanon, a far-right conspiracy movement, provide fodder for the president’s paranoia, as reported by my colleagues Matthew Rosenberg and Jim Rutenberg. I hear that the letter Q now appears on T-shirts at far-right protests in Germany. Signs at a recent demonstration in Stuttgart listed the “worst dictators” in history: Bill Gates followed by Angela Merkel and, down the list, Hitler.

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The pro-Trump conspiracy that's becoming a religion © Getty/Atlantic composite The pro-Trump conspiracy that's becoming a religion

Some German protesters wear yellow stars. They claim that Anne Frank would have been among them, protesting the “corona dictatorship” that unnecessarily shut down Europe’s largest economy. Christian Drosten, a top German virologist with a popular podcast, receives death threats, like Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert. History, science, truth, the Enlightenment are under siege. Anything could happen in America between now and November.

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I mean, anything. This month, Trump’s Department of Justice dropped charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had twice pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators in the Russia inquiry. A more flagrant demonstration of Trump’s political cronies at the Department of Justice, led by Attorney General William Barr, bending to the president’s diktat rather than fulfilling their oath to the Constitution is hard to imagine. No wonder more than 2,000 former Department of Justice officials have called in a letter for Barr’s resignation. He is a disgrace.

So much for those resilient checks and balances I lauded to my Colorado neighbor.

Back then, in the bygone era, he wrote to me: “No wonder Republicans are laughing at us. The billionaire politicians have complete control (besides the military at this point), no oversight, and most of their constituents are armed, some heavily, and ready to defend them. Roll over and die? What the hell? Time to even things up. To save this country. Hopefully, guns will always be a deterrent, but they may be our last hope to save this country. Time to gun up, liberals!”

If you prefer, think of “gun up” as get real, get tough, get registered, get mobilized, get implacable and vote Trump out. Or you may just want to go down to the range.

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