The Daily Populous

Wednesday April 1st, 2020 morning edition

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They have been told repeatedly about the risks posed by their animal markets for decades.

In 2005, we filmed secretly while being offered pangolins, rare lizards and snakes in an endangered animal restaurant in southern China.

Making matters worse, once that nightmare scenario came to pass, the Chinese appear to have tried to cover up their outbreak at first.

In Britain, there is reportedly rising anger about the Chinese government's conduct and increasing pressure for a wholesale review of relations with China.

In America, the Trump administration has wasted no time using China as a scapegoat for a crisis that threatens its re-election.

As the death toll mounts that is likely to remain the strategy in the run up to the election in November.

The world may need its two greatest powers working together to bring this pandemic under control. »

‘Dictatorships often start in the face of a threat’: UN privacy chief warns against long-lasting theft of freedoms amid coronavirus surveillance

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Strict surveillance measures adopted to monitor citizens during coronavirus lockdowns could result in the long-lasting theft of personal freedoms, the United Nations’ privacy chief has warned.

“Dictatorships and authoritarian societies often start in the face of a threat,” Joseph Cannataci, the UN special rapporteur on the right to privacy told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The coronavirus pandemic has led governments to declare themselves essentially on a war footing – with many politicians referencing an “invisible” enemy or attacker. »

Poll: 57% of voters say US political system works only for insiders with money & power

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A majority of voters believe the U.S. political system only works for insiders with money and power, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Fifty-seven percent of registered voters said the country's political system works for the elite while 32 percent said it works for everyone.

Sixty-one percent of low-income voters said the U.S. political system only works for insiders with money and power compared 55 percent of higher-income voters. »

Trump to roll back Obama-era clean car rules in huge blow to climate fight

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The Trump administration is rolling back the US government’s strongest attempt to combat the climate crisis, weakening rules which compel auto companies to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Donald Trump is expected to laud the new rule as a boost to the US economy, which has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The effects will be worse on communities near oil processing facilities and highways, often people of color and poorer Americans. »

Texas Cinema’s ‘Drive-In’ Is A Blockbuster Opening Weekend Hit

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To say the first weekend was a success was an understatement as every show of Spider-Man Homecoming since it opened on Friday has been sold out.

In fact, every ticket through Tuesday has been sold and the theater is planning on adding additional showtimes later this week.

Every evening, movie fans can park their cars in the theater parking lot and enjoy a film from the COVID-safe confines of their automobile. »