Grind for March 9th
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Boris: U.K. Lockdown Could Start Lifting Monday
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the government could begin lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions from Monday.
Mr Johnson said that he would reveal his “roadmap” on Sunday, and the slow lifting of social distancing measures would occur the following day “if we possibly can”.
Addressing the House of Commons on Wednesday, Prime Minister Johnson said that the measures will be announced on Sunday, saying: “The reason for that is we need to make sure the data is going to support our ability to do this. That data is coming in continuously over the next few days. We want, if we possibly can, to get going with some of these measures on Monday.
“I think it would be a good thing, Mr Speaker, if people had an idea of what’s coming the following day,” he said, with the government suggesting that cafes with outdoor areas may be one of the businesses that could open next week.
The Times reports that the government may relax the rules of going outside and that more than one piece of exercise will be allowed a day, as well as the reopening of other outdoor activity venues such as for golf, tennis, and fishing.
A 50-page draft plan on easing lockdown measures seen by The Mirror adds that restaurants, pubs, and bars may be open by the end of the summer, with other restrictions being lifted in stages between now and October. Read more…
Biden: Due Process Rights For Me, But Not For Thee
It’s a foregone conclusion at this point that former Vice President Joe Biden would be labeled some kind of sexual predator if he were a male college student today. Even without the sexual assault allegations from Tara Reade, Biden’s documented history of standing too close to women, sniffing their hair, and rubbing their shoulders (as they look uncomfortable) would be enough under his own campus rules to get him expelled or suspended.
Yet with Reade’s allegations that Biden pinned her to a wall, groped her, and digitally penetrated her, Biden has demanded a separate set of rules for himself than those he has advocated for college students over the past decade.
Biden wants the presumption of evidence and to be believed when he said he didn’t sexually assault Reade. He also now claims to want Reade not to simply be believed, as he has demanded of all women, but for her to be heard and for her allegations to be rigorously investigated for their truthfulness.
At the same time, Biden is pledging to rescind new Education Department rules that would provide some of these and other basic due process rights for students accused of sexual assault. On Wednesday, Biden released a statement calling the new rules – which require accused students to be presented with the specific allegations against them and to have access to evidence 10 days before a live hearing that includes cross-examination to determine their responsibility – “wrong.” Read more…
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