The middle east is back in the headlines for violence and this time the US is not involved, well not directly anyway. Today we are going to be talking about what’s going on between the Palestinians and Israel as roughly 100 people have died and hundreds more have been injured or displaced.
As 2021 continues its campaign to be as memorable as 2020, it continues to build on the problems created in 2020. The issue at the heart of this show is the Gas Shortage that was started by the pandemic and worsened by a recent cyber attack, let’s get into it.
Today we are going to talk a bit about Biden's first day in office because he was busy, and the response from the republicans. We are also going to get back into the Biden - Harris Lift Every Voice Plan, today we are getting into the section on Expanding access to High-Quality Education and Tackling Racial Inequity in the Education System.
0:50 Pacts Inc
1:40 Biden's First Few Days
3:00 Ted Cruz
4:20 Republicans Mad
5:40 Mitch McConnell
7:35 Ultra Karen
10:33 Lift Every Voice Plan
We just wanted to take the moment to let you know that new content is coming but we couldn't really predict how the elections were going to unfold so we decided to wait and see. Be safe out there, things are getting hectic and people are getting violent.
Today we finish HR 748 starting with section 4116 covering employment compensation limitations, moving through title 5 covering relief funds and finishing up with title 6 covering miscellaneous provisions. We will also be getting into my thoughts overall regarding the entirety of HR 748 and its impact on the Black Community.
Today we continue HR 748 starting with section 4026 covering reports from the Department of the Treasury and continuing through to section 4115 covering protections of collective bargaining agreements with air carriers and contractors. This show finishes out Subtitle A: The Coronavirus Economic Stabilization Act of 2020 and goes into Subtitle B: Air Carrier Worker Support.
We are going to try something a bit different for this show although not different for the show in general. If you recall when we used to do the Tuesday shows, we had shows called “Trending Tuesday” where we covered the top 10 trending topics according to google. Well today we are going to talk about some of the more popular or interesting news stories over the past week. We are going to be covering the VP debate tonight, COVID situations in the White House and around the country, a concern about Facebook being broken up, health workers addicted to drugs, New York is closing, California has stipulations on opening, Drinking is on the rise, and Harvey Weinstein has not yet finished falling.
LftS 124: 2 Trillion Dollars!?! Pt 19 Inspector General and Congressional Oversight of HR 748 Cares Act
This episode of Lessons from the Screen we are into part 19 of HR 748 which covers the Office of the Special Inspector General of Pandemic Recovery and Congressional Oversight amongst other things.
LftS 123: 2 Trillion Dollars!?! Pt 18: Economic Stabilization & Which Party is Better For Black People
This episode of Lessons from the Screen we are into part 18 of the series on the largest stimulus package in US history and this week we are talking about Title 4 which focuses on economic stabilization and assistance. We are also going to be getting into political parties and which one has been better for Black People. What do you think about that, leave a comment.
This episode of Lessons from the Screen we are continuing with HR 748. This is part 17 of the series on the largest stimulus package in US history and this week we are talking about Title 4 which focuses on economic stabilization and assistance. We will also be talking a bit about President Trump's recent recording with regards to knowingly false statements that he made to the public during official government events geared towards giving information to the public. What do you think about that, leave a comment.
This episode of Lessons from the Screen takes us back to our block as we finish up title 3 of HR 748. But we are also going to spend a bit of time at the end talking about the payroll tax deferment plan that many of you have been asking me about. Tune in! Let me know what you think about the tax deferment plan presented by Trump and what’s your take on the user fees in this episode? Remember to share these episodes, like these episodes, and subscribe to this podcast! If you want to reach out to us with comments or suggestions you can email us at email@example.com
During this episode of Lessons from the Screen we are going to take another break from analyzing HR 748 to have a heartfelt conversation. I’ve been getting asked more and more by my listeners to have shows giving my take on what’s happening as a direct conversation/opinion piece, so I figure let's give it a try. Today I have boiled down the list of questions that I usually get during conversations and phone calls into 3 topics: mental health during corona, injustice and fighting for equality, and the political climate. For those of you that don’t know me personally but would like to ask questions or suggest shows, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know I said I’d be dropping a video this week, but that didn’t happen for various reasons so we are going to aim for next week. I want the video to be quality and to enhance the way the information is consumed not to just be a video. That being said, we still have a lot to get into with this show as we take on part 1 of subtitle F covering Over-The-Counter Drugs and their review. The world however is continuing to move through the pandemic and the upcoming election returned to prevalence as Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Continuing the journey we are moving into the part 3 and 4 of subtitle E of HR 748. But talks have collapsed surrounding a second round of stimulus payments from another large bailout bill that was making its way through congress. With the stop-dates for a lot of the benefits in HR 748 rapidly approaching that could spell disaster. That disaster is especially disturbing considering Covid cases are continuing to rise and children are now getting infected at a much higher clip than we saw in the earlier stages. Today we are going to continue our discussion on HR 748 while also talking about some of the other things going on in America in this episode of Lessons from the Screen.
Talks of another stimulus check are gaining major steam, deaths and infections continue to surge as official began to reverse course and go back into lockdown mode, and even President Trump has reversed course when it comes to COVID restarting the white house COVID briefings. China and the USA both closed embassies as tensions continue to rise. The global recession continues with signs of getting worse. Needless to say, there continues to be a lot to talk about, but we are going to continue to talk about HR 748 the Cares Act. On this episode of Lessons from the Screen we are getting into part 1 and Part 2 of Subtitle E covering Medicare Provisions as a part of a group of HHS extensions.
Today we finish up with the section on the Finance Committee. There are several noteworthy things that have happened in the past week however. Harvard and MIT are suing the Trump administration for its guidelines regarding international students, something that will have a big impact on higher education. The CDC has come under fire for their recommendations regarding the opening of schools. Covid cases continue to rise and Trump is now flexible on his convention format. The Supreme Court has also issued several interesting decisions. One that opens the door for states to punish electoral voters that refuse to vote the direction of the popular election, another that rejects Trump’s claim of absolute immunity from criminal investigation, and another that essentially sent congresses request for enforcement of its financial subpoenas to a lower court. The news cycles have shifted away from the protest that seem to have lost focus and back onto other matters, despite a number of hangings of Black People (some of which have been deemed suicides). But we have not lost focus, that’s why in this episode of Lessons from the Screen we continue to ask, what the hell imma do with that!?!
This week we are continuing our trek, but we are past the halfway point. Hopefully, that is also true with regard to the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Not only has COVID caused an end to the ever-growing streak of economic growth, but it also has seemingly disrupted Donald Trump’s ability to be impervious to any measures of accountability. Iran has issued a warrant for his arrest regarding the drone attack months back that killed Iranian General Soleimani, something that we talked about in a show dedicated to that incident when it happened. Trump’s niece has published a book about Trump and her publishing company won the right to distribute it. John Bolton has also finally published his book after several attempts to have it blocked by the White House. His war on social media has also been taken up a notch as multiple platforms have taken down his post or issued corrections and fact-checking messages, meanwhile he has tried to repeal protections for social media and has threatened to take them down. He has also stated that he is using his power to slow the rate of testing in America amid a growing surge of new COVID cases following states reopening and protest continuing.
The single-day record for new cases was broken twice by America last week with estimates that it’s going to continue to rise. The protest themselves have turned a corner and have seemingly finished shedding their racial beginnings to now be the new version of the Occupy Movement, LGBT Rights, and Police Reform in general. Not that I have a problem with any of those things, but it does mean that Black People are once again placed on the back burner. All in all, it’s been a busy week, but let’s continue to get into our show in the 2 trillion dollar stimulus package.
We are on and into Labor Provisions this week. But before we get into that, protests are continuing however the focus seems to be shifting from racial equality to something akin to the occupy movements of the early 2010s. New threats loom as the benefits from this very COVID Package begin to end and states start opening up. Not only has there been a spike in COVID cases but there is also concern that evictions are about to be on the rise for many in low-income areas as the freeze on evictions ends. Politics continues to get even more swampy as America continues to just overall not even be interested in pretending to care about some of the various serious issues that need to be taken care of. But on a positive note, this show is almost at 150,000 for the year so make sure you are sharing and talking about how awesome the show is. For those of you that want to get me something for Father’s Day, you can go to amazon and by my book, “The Chasm” as it's a non-fiction book looking at Black Men and Women and how they have experienced America. But let's get into it ...
As the protest continues, I’m hoping everyone does their best to be safe while making their voices heard. Regardless of how you feel about the movement, this particular movement is having a bigger impact than any of the other movements in the past few decades. That is because lots of reports are starting to show the second wave of COVID that might end up causing the swell that overwhelms the American Medical System. The numbers were already creeping back up with states opening up prematurely as we now know, but these protests have potentially taken transmission to another level in a situation where people have simply not been protecting themselves. To be clear I am not speaking against the protesters, I believe you can protest and be safe at the same time. As has already been mentioned, the numbers were starting to rise before the protest began. But that’s why it’s important that in this episode we get back to the Cares Act with it’s $2 Trillion price tag. In this episode of Lessons from the Screen we are getting into part 2 of the Education Provisions.
The death of one person is seldom noticed by the world, more than 150K people die each and every day. More than 7,000 of those deaths occur in America on any given day. 100s are killed each day due to gun violence. Even when it comes to the Black People losing their lives at the hands of cops we are looking at a number that some claim to be as high as 2 or 3 times per day. While the exact numbers can be disputed, what can’t be disputed is that Black People are far more likely to be killed at the hands of the police than White People in any circumstance and 99% of the time those police officers face no charges. As I said earlier, the death of one person is seldom noticed by the world, and that is still the case, but the trail of deaths in addition to the actions and rhetoric of high ranking American officials have caused the rest of the world to take notice of a glaring contradiction in America. A video of a Black Human being brutally and mercilessly murdered by a police officer that was ignoring his pleas has seemingly caught the attention of the entire world, and the protests have been ongoing and relentless. In this episode of Lessons from the Screen Patrick is going to share his thoughts and send his message of support to the protesters on the front lines.
Things keep on going, the CDC declared that covid can’t survive as well on surfaces as they once thought. Trump continues giving bad advice and doing everything he can to downplay how bad things are in America and his role in making them that way. Vaccines are well into human trials. The cold war between China and the US continues to heat up (or get colder). Hong Kong has retaking a bit of time in the global news cycle. And Lessons from the screen continues its trek through HR 748 aka 2 Trillion Damn Dollars.
This week we are going to continue our push. As the governments around the world are starting to see cases rise again after reopening, states here in America are also executing a phased reopening but thus far it’s too early to tell if it was a good idea or a bad idea. Reports continue to surface about the politics influencing (or attempting to anyway) the science as healthcare officials all over the nation are making statements about political pressure to report lower numbers. The political war between China and the US is still going as propaganda and rhetoric pick up. There is also talk of a second round of stimulus payments as the house passed a program that would give households $1500 per person up to $6000. With all that said, on this episode we are going to continue moving forward going into part 3 and 4 or title 3 finishing up Subtitle A.
Part 6 in the series on the stimulus package, we are going to be going through Part 2 of Title 3 in HR 748 the CARES act. This section covers access to Health Care for COVID-19 Patients. As the list of symptoms continue to get longer, the virus continues to mutate, and previously safe places experience a resurgence in viral cases, this section is more important than ever. It is important to note that the virus is now having an increased effect on children causing immune overdrive conditions that can and have resulted in death.
As we start into the 3rd title and the 5th show in this series, we also take note of the many things that are currently going on. Kim Jong Un has returned to the public after being missing and many suspecting he may be sick or dead. China and America continue their cold war in another display of the cyclical battle between the emergent power and the old power. Covid-19 continues its rapid spread across the globe even as many countries and states begin to re-open or talk about reopening. Disadvantaged communities in America also continue to show an over-representation in the numbers of the infected and dead. People are attacking and killing each other over minor disputes as tensions continue to be high.
One thing that I will get into with all that’s going on right now is a recent conversation I had with a couple of people who I respect immensely regarding the natural occurrence of viruses. But with all that and more happening we will move into Title 3 covering changes and support for the Health Care System as we continue to see what you can buy with 2 trillion damn dollars!
There continues to be a lot to talk about regarding the world both involving and not involving Covid-19. The situation in Hong Kong is still an ongoing situation complicated in a lot of regards by Covid-19 (we talked about that in a previous show). The president and his beef with the World Health Organization, politicians that don’t agree with him, state governors, and responsibility in general would all make individual shows on their own. The narrative shifts about the source of Covid-19 and weaponized disinformation, the spread of Covid-19 (2.5M+ world wide with nearly 1M in America and nearly 200,000 deaths with 50K in America), the nursing home issues and the effects on the Black Community would all also make for interesting shows in their own right. We could also talk about the situation brewing in the middle east concerning the military strikes the US initiated in march or the fact that the stimulus set asides for small businesses have run out without reaching those most in need. The debate over antimalarials has also taken interesting turns with new studies coming out showing that they more than double the chance of death.
Even with a second round of stimulus incoming and the effects of this stimulus starting to be shown through botched payments and failed systems, we have to continue to digest the most significant piece of legislation to come into law in recent memory and in terms of cost we could say one of the most significant ever. So we are going to be continuing the second title of HR 748, the CARES Act, covering the stimulus, retirements, charitable contributions and more.
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