Thoughts And Prayers

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Mike Luckovich)

In other news, an unreleased, internal report from the White House's coronavirus task force dated July 14th says 18 states are in the "red zone" for virus infections and may need to shut down to contain it. This is obviously contradictory to the Trump White House's public message that everything is fine.

Meanwhile, a review conducted by Reuters found that 14 corporations that recently declared bankruptcy paid out bonuses to their executives just before filing to avoid a ban on bonuses during bankruptcy. That includes the likes of J.C. Penney and Hertz rent-a-car, among others.

Finally, the European Union's top court has struck down the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield that's suppose to protect the privacy of EU citizens because the United States can't be trusted.

The decision promises to have major repercussions for the more than 5,300 companies covered by the framework, ranging from banks to social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter. Under the Privacy Shield, implemented in 2016, self-certified companies that comply with the agreement's requirements are considered to have met the EU's higher standard for data privacy.

The ECJ disagreed with that conclusion, however. In its ruling, the court found that surveillance laws in the U.S. "are not circumscribed in a way that satisfies requirements that are essentially equivalent to those required" under EU law.

In other words, the deal's principal flaws rest not so much with its member companies' practices, as with the U.S. government itself. Justices found that federal laws such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act "cannot be regarded as limited to what is strictly necessary" and fail to meet "minimum safeguards" guaranteed by the EU.

It's amusing in a bad way that while the Trump and Johnson regimes claim Huawei has a secret backdoor built into their equipment, the EU's top court just ruled that the United States has an obvious, not-secret frontdoor built into our software.

Programming note... I'm having my father over for dinner tonight so I have to sign off earlier than usual to prepare for that. Have a good weekend.

  • Aynwrong

    I honestly don’t know what could possibly break the hypnotic “Children of the Damned” style mind lock that the Tangerine Nightmare holds them in. They are literally enthralled. But the red state governors I presume know better than this and understand fully the danger they have placed their constituency in. Venality doesn’t feel like it’s anywhere near a strong enough word.

    I’ve never favored a formal end to capitalism but reading about CEOs that behave that way is enough to make give it a flyer.

    Enjoy your time with your Dad Ashby.

    Safe weekend everyone.

  • muselet

    • That 18 states may need to shut down to control Covid-19 spread is no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention. At some point, maybe the White House’s happy talk will stop being effective, even with the stupids.

    • Paying executives bonuses just before their company declares bankruptcy is The Murcan Way! and isn’t scandalous in the slightest. In fact, those bonuses are necessary to keep unqualified people from becoming executives and driving their companies into bankruptcy!

    • The European Court of Justice takes data privacy very seriously. Good to see that someone does.

    • Enjoy dinner with your father. Feel free to break out the not-so-cheap wine.

    • Believe it or not, James Hunter is from Colchester, Essex, England.

    Have a safe weekend, all


    • KanaW

      I was talking to my OANN watching brother about a month ago, and he actually said flat out that the President’s job in this crisis is to be a cheerleader. I thought I was going to bruise my jaw when it hit the floor!

      • muselet

        What’s galling about that attitude is that those saying stuff like that are largely the same people who insist at the top of their lungs that Barack Obama DID NOTHING! about the terrible, horrible Ebola virus that sickened eleven people in the US and killed two. ALL HE DID, they howl, WAS GIVE PRETTY SPEECHES WHILE MURCANS DIED!