Environment/Food/Health

Mayor Bowser lifts "Cherry Blossom Blockade"

On the 26th of March, the swarm of cops and occasional National Guard vehicles were gone from the Tidal Basin area, but the cherry blossoms were still out. With very few people present beyond some car traffic it was an utterly safe time for the few who braved reports of the Mayor calling out the Guard over the cherry blossoms and got to see them in privacy.

Some car traffic but relatively few people on foot

The Shortwave Report 03/27/20 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr200327.mp3   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)        From JAPAN- The UN has called

National Guard called out to block Cherry Blossom crowds from defying Trump and Bowser

On the 21st of March, substantial crowds defied Donald Trump's demands to stay home and took significant personal risk to see the cherry blossoms and vote NO to lockdowns and curfews. The next day, MPD was deployed to block street access to cars. The night after that, Muriel Bowser announced she was deploying the National Guard as well as MPD to block pedestrians and bikes as well as cars from the cherry blossoms.

Video-scenes near the Tidal Basin on 3-25 after cops, guard called out

Park Police at cherry blossom roadblock on March 22. National Guard to be added to these(Photo by Darcy Spencer via Twitter)

Coronavirus bungling and plays for new government power risk major unrest

In just one week the Covid-19 mess has erupted from toilet paper disappearing to sporadic food shortages, all of California being ordered to stay at home, Md Gov Hogan, closing parks (after defiant and possibly safe mass cookouts) and many businesses, and French police being deployed against wholesale defiance of beach closures. There has even been talk of declaring martial law in California.

The Shortwave Report 03/20/20 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK Japan.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr200320.mp3   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)        From GERMANY-  German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresse

Luke's observations on the "toilet paper zombies" stripping store shelves

Your favorite antifa Luke on the toilet paper crisis. "Toilet paper zombies" seem to think they will benefit from a 6 month stockpile of toilet paper against a possible 2-week quarantine. Coronavirus does NOT cause diarrhea folks!

Luke sings about "Toilet Paper Zombies" 17 sec

The Shortwave Report 03/13/20 Listen Globally!

Dear Radio Friend,     This week's show features stories from NHK Japan, Sputnik Radio, Spanish National Radio, and Radio Havana Cuba.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr200313.mp3   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)        From JAPAN-  March 11th

DC Bike Party's Gender Equality Ride takes place safely outdoors as pandemic of fear grips DC

On the 11th of March, a pandemic of fear could not stop the DC Bike Party's Gender Equality Ride from taking to the streets. Organizers warned riders to leave some distance between each other, but also reminded everyone that the ride is outdoors and thus well ventiliated. The ride was a success, and was seemingly the busiest traffic in otherwise near-empty streets

Video: Early portions of the DC Bike Party-and ugly reality on way home 2 min 28 sec

A rider pulls a wheelie early in the ride

Apache tribe members and allies rally to save Oak Flat from Rio Tinto's copper mine

On the 11th of March, members of the Apache nation and their allies rallied on Capitol Hill to support the Save Oak Flat Act. This bill would revoke the 2015 "stealth approval" of a land transfer to make possible the proposed Rio Tinto/Resolution Copper copper mine would would destroy Apache sacred land at Oak Flat.

Video: highlights of the speakers 5 min 31 sec

Coronavirus cases reported at CPAC, AIPAC

For a long time both AIPAC and CPAC have spread hate and violence. This year, it seems they may have spread something else too. The Washington Post has reported two positive test results for the COVID-19 coronavirus at last week's AIPAC convention, and a third from the Feb 26-28 CPAC convention.

Update March 9:Senators Ted Cruz and Paul Goser in self-quarantine after CPAC

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