White Supremacist Groups Planned To Use Coronavirus As A Bioweapon

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A weekly intelligence brief distributed in February showed white supremacist organizations have discussed plans to weaponize coronavirus through saliva and other methods.

According to BET, federal investigators appeared to be monitoring white nationalists’ communications on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app that has become popular with neo-Nazis. The conversations pointed to white supremacists targeting law enforcement and “nonwhite” people with attacks designed to infect them with the coronavirus.

“Violent extremists continue to make bioterrorism a popular topic among themselves,” the intelligence brief written by the Federal Protective Service stated. “White Racially Motivated Violent Extremists have recently commented on the coronavirus stating that it is an ‘OBLIGATION’ to spread it should any of them contract the virus.”

An intelligence briefing marked for official use only, noted white supremacists have “suggested targeting … law enforcement and minority communities, with some mention of public places in general.”

According to the document, the extremists discussed a number of methods for coronavirus attacks. They included spending time in public with perceived enemies, leaving “saliva on door handles” at local FBI offices and spreading coronavirus germs in “nonwhite neighborhoods.”

The briefing also showed that white supremacist organizations were taking the threat of coronavirus seriously when some in government were downplaying the threat as a hoax.

“There is a big concern right now — including from people who work in counterterrorism — that it’s an opportune time for these accelerationist groups to strike,” said Nick Martin, the editor of the Informant, a newsletter focused on hate and extremist groups told Yahoo News.

Martin added a growing number of white supremacists have also expressed interest in “accelerationism,” which involves advocating for extremist attacks with the express goal of provoking a larger societal conflict.

Last year, there was a significant rise in the number of fake profiles on social media acting as African Americans in a disinformation effort to prop up Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. The coronavirus outbreak has already affected minorities as jobs and hours are being cut in response to the virus.

Republicans Are Pushing for $1,200 Coronavirus Checks. Do You Qualify?

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During his two-year presidential run, Andrew Yang warned the country about the inevitable automation evolution that would put thousands of Americans out of work. He called for a universal basic income (UBI) policy that would provide adults over 18 with a $1,000 monthly government check. His Freedom Dividend proposal, however, was dismissed by Republicans critics as radical and unrealistic.

Now, just weeks after Yang dropped out the Democratic primary race, his vision to send Americans direct cash payments will likely become a reality.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans unveiled a plan to mail checks to Americans to offset the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal, which was announced days after the White House contacted Yang to help design a plan to give Americans free cash, is part of a larger $1.2 trillion stimulus package. Under the proposal, certain individuals would receive a check of up to $1,200 in a one-time payment based on their income. However, wealthier Americans and poor people would not be as fortunate.

Here’s a breakdown of the GOP proposal:

  • Individuals earning up to $75,000 a year would be eligible for a $1,200 check from the federal government.
  • Married couples who file their taxes jointly and make less than $150,000 would receive $2,400.
  • For individuals who earn more than $75,000, the sum of their payment would fall by $5 for each $100 earned over $75,000.
  • Individuals with little or no tax liability, but at least $2,500 in qualifying income, would receive a minimum of $600 in payment.
  • Married couples with little or no income tax liability would receive a minimum of $1,200.
  • The payment would phase out entirely for individuals making more than $99,000 annually. As a result, they would not get any money from the government.
  • For married couples earning more than $150,000, the payment would also decline gradually, and it would phase out completely for couples making more than $198,000.
  • Individuals and couples with children would be eligible for an additional $500 per each child.

Decisions about who qualifies for the checks would be based on 2018 tax returns, according to the proposal.

The Trump administration aims to start distributing checks within two weeks of signing the stimulus measure into law. Qualifying Americans would likely be able to receive a check by direct deposit or in the mail.

“These recommendations would blunt the impact for most Americans and limit the damage to the U.S. economy,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement. “These recommendations won’t be the end of the congressional response to the coronavirus.”

 

 

 

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Caribbean’s First Peer-to-Peer Car Rental Service Led by Black Women Launches

The Caribbean’s first peer-to-peer car rental platform, Rent Yuh Ride (RYR), launched recently in Kingston, Jamaica—and it was created by a team of black women.

Peer-to-peer car sharing is a form of collaborative consumption in which a person who has a car they are not using can earn extra money by renting it out to someone who needs one, according to Drivemycar.com. The emerging peer-to-peer car rental sector is projected to grow at 10% annually. With the Caribbean being a popular vacation destination, getting into this market can be very lucrative for all involved.

Eventually, RYR will expand across the Caribbean–-frequented by over 22 million travelers annually.

Further boosting its new platform, RYR will partner with the Insurance Company of The West Indies (ICWI), which provides motor insurance across the Caribbean, to provide private rental insurance to car owners at a discounted rate. In addition, RYR will use Jumio for online identity verification in order to authenticate users on the platform.

The Rent Yuh Ride platform will be accessible online from any location, at any time. It’s a marketplace where car owners can sign up, upload their vehicle info and documentation to be approved and listed on the company site for free. Simultaneously, travelers can sign up, search through available vehicles in their desired destination, choose a pickup location, and then book. Once the vehicle has been picked up, the owner gets paid electronically. When it is returned, the transaction is completed and both parties can leave each other a review.

“Travelers deserve a better way to rent cars, they need options and what’s available just doesn’t cut it,” explained RYR founder and CEO Cherie Williams.

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Michael Jackson’s Son Purchases $2 Million Mansion For His 18th Birthday

Some children are lucky to get a car for their 18th birthday, but not if your father was The King of Pop.

Michael Jackson’s youngest son, Prince Michael Jackson II, celebrated a landmark birthday by purchasing a $2.62 million mansion, according to Variety.

Prince Michael, who had his name legally changed to Bigi, is affectionately known as “Blanket,” his father’s nickname for him. Blanket bought a home that measures 6,382-square-feet, has six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. He now shares a neighborhood with the likes of hip-hop producer/Beats by Dre founder, Dr. Dre; John Travolta; OJ Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark; and the Kardashian family. 

He doesn’t live too far from his old residence, which he shared with grandmother, Katherine Jackson. His sister, Paris Jackson, 21, bought a house in Topanga, California, for about $2 million in 2017, and in the same year, his 23-year old brother, Michael Jackson Jr., purchased his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, for about $2.2 million.

Prince Michael, who was raised by Katherine after his famous father died, grew up in a much larger home at the Estates at the Oaks enclave. The mansion was bought by Jackson’s estate for $10.75 million.

All three of Michael Jackson’s children are the beneficiaries of his estate, which has reportedly earned more than $1.7 billion since the start of last year. Jackson died from an apparent drug overdose on June 25, 2009. The death was ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County Coroner in August. Law enforcement officials arrested and charged Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray—who had supplied him with propofol, lorazepam, and midazolam—with involuntary manslaughter in 2010.