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    Default Civil Disobedience, Billionaire-Style by SAM PIZZIGATI

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05...ionaire-style/
    Last week, billionaire Elon Musk defied local public health officials and reopened his flagship Tesla auto assembly plant in Fremont, California. Public safety officials had ordered that plant shut down — over Musk’s fierce opposition — almost two months earlier.

    “Dumb” concern about the coronavirus, Musk had ragedwith that shutdown impending, had morphed into a useless “panic.” On March 19, the day he reluctantly closed his Fremont plant, Musk confidently predictednew Covid-19 cases would be running “probably close to zero” by the end of April.

    At the end of April, that zero nowhere to be seen, Musk doubled down on his bluster. He promoted a video so full of coronavirus misinformation that YouTube took it down. Musk would become even more desperate when county officials announced plans to extend their original shelter-in-place orders.

    “This is fascist. This is not democratic. This is not freedom,” Musk stormed in an April 30 conference call with business journalists and investors. “Give people back their goddamn freedom.”

    Musk would go on to sue Alameda County for the shutdown, trash the county’s top health officer as “unelected & ignorant,” and declare his intention to yank Telsa out of California.

    This past Monday, the confrontation finally climaxed. Musk announced his Fremont plant would reopen — with him in it.

    “Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules,” Musk tweeted. “I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”

    Nobody arrested Musk.

    Nobody stopped the workers streaming into his plant either. The workers, to be sure, weren’t entering in solidarity with their hyperventilating boss. Quite the opposite. They had good reason to suspect anything Musk might have to say safety-related. Within the auto industry, Musk’s Tesla has become notorious for operating in wanton disregard of safety standards. Safety violations at the Fremont plant, Forbes reportedlast year, have “dwarfed” the violation totals at other big American auto plants.
    So why, given Tesla’s sorry safety record, did workers go back to work when the company’s own Return to Work playbook offered no gameplan for testing returning employees for the coronavirus?

    The simple reason: The workers at the Fremont plant didn’t have much choice. If they didn’t return, a Tesla email informed them, they would go on “unpaid leave” status. And they also, Tesla not so subtly threatened, could find themselves losing their state unemployment benefits.
    I heard he pocket 11.5 billion dollars from the Government handout as well as John Bezos pocketing 30 billion...Shameful and guess who’s paying for it?

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    Default Re: Civil Disobedience, Billionaire-Style by SAM PIZZIGATI

    Quote Originally Posted by fedexnuno View Post
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05...ionaire-style/



    I heard he pocket 11.5 billion dollars from the Government handout as well as John Bezos pocketing 30 billion...Shameful and guess who’s paying for it?
    Those would be loans if they got them and have to be repaid,not a hand out..

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    Default Re: Civil Disobedience, Billionaire-Style by SAM PIZZIGATI

    Planned Parenthood received $80 million in loans that should have gone to the smaller businesses.. Where is the outcry?? And Queen Nancy has more money for Planned Parenthood in the house bill that was just passed..

    Planned Parenthood affiliates improperly applied for and received $80 million in coronavirus stimulus funds, feds say

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pla...ney-ppp-return


    EXCLUSIVE: Thirty-seven Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received a total of $80 million in loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" has learned -- and now the federal government wants the money back, saying the affiliates should have known they weren't eligible for the coronavirus stimulus payouts.

    The Small Business Administration (SBA) is reaching out to each involved Planned Parenthood affiliate explaining that affiliates of larger organizations with more than 500 employees aren't eligible for PPP distributions, Fox News is told. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PFFA) alone has had more than 600 employees.

    A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Metropolitan Washington (PPMW), for example, will receive a letter stating that although self-certified that it was eligible for a $1,328,000 PPP loan in accordance with the SBA's affiliation rules, it will need to return the money.

    PPMW's request for money from the Trump administration came just months after the affiliate's president and CEO, Laura Meyers, promised to turn down federal funds.

    "Planned Parenthood is never going to allow the Trump-Pence administration to bully us into withholding critical health information from our patients," Meyers said last August, after the White House banned Planned Parenthood clinics from making abortion referrals if they wanted to continue receiving federal funds. At the time, Planned Parenthood vowed to give up federal funds entirely, rather than comply with the order.

 

 

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