US stock prices took a hit today with the three major indexes all falling more than three percent (archived). The Dow Jones Industrial Average had shown some small gains for the year until markets opened today. The day's 3.56 percent drop takes its performance down to -2.2 percent for 2020. Mainstream reports are crediting coronavirus panic for the loss, but US stock prices have been climbing rapidly the past few months as the Federal Reserve undertook a quiet campaign of "Quantitive Easing", buying questionable debts and printing new dollars.
The British National Health Service has officially permitted its staff to deny medical treatment to patients whom they have deemed to be "racist or sexist". (archived)
Presently, the decree applies only to "non-critical" medical care.
Google has been caught enforcing claims of ownership Indian TV Channel "Zee TV" is casting on the word "did", do in the simple past tense (archived). Zee TV appears to have hired a firm calling itself "RightsHero" to send DMCA takedown notices to Google targeting pages containing "did" in their title because Zee TV would like DID to consistenly serve as an acronym denoting their show titled "Dance India Dance".
Four Democratic Virginia State Senators voted in conjunction with Republicans to turn down a bill that would have banned the sale of assault weapons and mandated the surrender or destruction of magazines which hold more than 12 rounds. The bill was proposed by Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (archived). Continue reading