Leafing through the New York Times of 09/07/2020
126.000 may lose coverage as faith-based employer wins accumulate. This decision is the latest in seven years of hard battle over the Obama government's position requiring employers to provide free insurance coverage for contraceptive means. A few days earlier, the Court (again 7-2) had decided that labor discrimination laws for religious reasons did not apply to religious schools. And the week before, he had decided (this time 5-4) that public funds to help students do not exclude religious schools. The three decisions are part of a broad review of church / state relationships during which religious groups predominated under John Roberts' 15 years as president of the court.
- New York City hesitates to reopen schools in the fall. 4 months after more than a million kids were forced to study online, Mayor de Blasio says public schools won't fully reopen in September, but classes will be limited to two or three days a week in an effort to continue to fight contagion.
- Trump threatens cuts if schools don't reopen. It puts pressure on health officials to weaken safety rules. Again, rejecting the advice of experts working for him, Trump rejected "the tough and expensive rules that require schools to do totally impractical things" and announced new recommendations for the next few days.
- "They're killing me," Floyd pleaded, according to new evidence. New footage released by the police: Floyd murmured "I can't breathe" not a couple of times but at least 20 times; cried not only the name of his mother, but also that of his children; and with the last breath: "They are killing me." And a policeman shouted '"Stop screaming, it takes a lot of oxygen to talk." It is horrible to think that all of this really happened and not in a horror movie. Whatever the court's ruling on the murderer and his accomplices will be, it will always be too little.
- Museum or Mosque? Fury breaks out in Istanbul. The Turkish leader's idea for Hagia Sophia. From the sixth century, when it was built, Hagia Sophia (today the most visited tourist attraction in Turkey) has been a Byzantine cathedral, then a mosque, then, today, a museum. Now President Erdogan wants to turn it back into a mosque, fulfilling a dream of his and his conservative Muslim supporters, but risking unleashing national and international furore.
- An investigation finds that Facebook lets hatred flourish. Inspectors chosen by Facebook said that the company is not doing enough to protect users of the platform from discriminating "posts" and advertisements and that the decision to leave Trump's incendiary "posts" is "a defeat of civil rights".
- Scarcity of protective material continues to afflict the places of care. More than 900 workers dead, many using bad material. After 5 months of epidemic, the United States has not yet solved the problem.
- Churches become hot spots. Sunday services, church meetings and youth camps have been linked to hundreds of cases of contagion.
- The end of new "pipelines" (oil pipelines, gas pipelines and the like)? These projects collide against legal obstacles, changes in the economy and growing demands to combat climate change.
- Witness of the impeachment resigns. In a typical vindictive move by Trump, Colonel Vindman, who had witnessed the impeachment, was denied a promotion at the request of the White House. He resigned.
- Layoffs in area lines. United Airlines has warned its employees that it will have to lay off 35.000 due to the dramatic drop in passenger numbers.
LOOKING AT ITALY
More than a soundtrack composer. After the beautiful obituary of the other day, a long article on Ennio Morricone written by the musician John Zorn. With photographs and admired quotes from his films, he says: "Change a note, a rhythm, a pause, and there is a drop in quality".