No Live Music Until 2021?

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The Answer Varies Depending on Where You Live 

Cristal M Clark 

One of the hardest hit industries who fell victim to the Coronavirus was the live entertainment industry and it was hit quite possibly with the cruelest of blows. After Congress realized that many of the gig workers within that industry made an actual income, they needed to provide them with some type of adequate support through unemployment for the short term, no one has offered a sustainable short term solution that will work into the long term. So many of the gig workers within the entertainment industry do things other than perform live shows behind the scenes that we don’t see that make some of those live performances such a huge success. And for some they actually made a pretty decent living at it. But this covers lighting, sound, special effects, photography, etc. all of those little things you see that add that wow factor, those individuals are not seeing an end in sight. 

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Unemployment typically caps you from getting anymore than 26 weeks maximum a year. Let that sink in for a moment. 26 out of 52 weeks. It has left many wondering what they are going to do when you also take into consideration that most states have said they don’t see live entertainment other than maybe football happening until the spring of 2021. 

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I’ve had a couple of calls recently where industry leaders are in fact looking for ideas, input and suggestions as they grapple with the possibility that they might be out of an income until maybe next spring. 

Here in Denver when bars and restaurants open back up, they will only be allowed to have 25% of their capacity and the city has yet to let us know about venues that host live performances. 

The potential to hit to the industry for the long term is unfathomable. That hits everyone involved negatively. Mentally this is devastating to so many people who have poured their lives into bringing us live entertainment. A lot of these individuals travel both the US and the world doing events and shows and just because they are not a headline group or you don’t necessarily know what that individual contributes, they are not famous – we can’t just tell them “fuck you, you should have chosen a different profession.”

We have to get performers back on stage, we have to resume sporting events but the question is how do we accomplish that safely without a vaccine and without enough tests? What’s more is how do we create an atmosphere that allows for more than 25% of capacity so that folks do not lose income?

On the flip side of that you will see consumers who will be reluctant to attend any live venues until a vaccine is available.  

So what is the answer? 

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That is what the industry is trying to figure out. I am watching some local yet big time bands playing on Facebook, doing live shows but it’s not bringing in the funds they have lost and it’s heartbreaking. 

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I may not want to attend a live show until a vaccine is available. I would however pay to watch the event in more of a pay per view situation. The idea being that you open up let’s say Red Rocks for the summer, groups can play but to only 25% of the capacity, you have drones, a camera crew, the other gig workers and you televise the show. The gig workers wear PPE so as to reduce the chance of infection, the group playing practices social distancing whilst on stage as does the audience. And making that happen is not an easy task as anyone who has ever attended a concert or live show knows. That isn’t as easy in a smaller venue to accomplish, like the Gothic Theater but it is doable with the right planning, thinking and preparation. Smaller venues could charge more for the pay per view tickets to help make up for lost revenue due to lost alcohol sales, the reality is, I can drink for less at home than I can attending a show, right?

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And the same can be done for sports it’s all in how you do it then sell it.

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We are all hurting through this financially but, it isn’t just up to the government to get us back up and running, we all need to be a part of figuring out how to get things up and running safely because our government doesn’t always think of everyone, in fact the government will leave many out because they cannot act quickly enough. So anyone who appreciates a live venue or how has friends or loved ones playing these venues should be helping get idea’s going so that we can get our friends back to doing what they do best. 

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2020 – The Year That Keeps Giving 

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One Catastrophe After Another 

Cristal M Clark  

What a time to be alive right? Within the first 30 days of this year:

  1. Tension between US and Iran
  2. Australia wildfires
  3. Philippines volcanic eruption
  4. We just started hearing about Coronavirus
  5. Kobe Bryant dies.

The hits, well they just keep coming. 

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February rolls around, we hear more and more about Coronavirus, by the end of the second week of March millions of individuals worldwide lost jobs/income due to the virus. Jobless claims overwhelmed unemployment servers to the point they came crashing down.

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Coronavirus officially becomes mainstream and a threat. Hospitals run out of personal protective gear, they don’t have enough facemasks or ventilators. 

America gets shut down. 

Congress scrambled to get help to American’s but it wasn’t fast enough let alone enough and poorly handled. Gig workers in some cases are still waiting for unemployment payments to start showing up. Businesses were forced to close during statewide lockdowns in March and April. People were told to stay home for the entire month of April here in the US. 

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The Stimulus payments were held up by a deranged Nancy Pelosi, she ended up getting her way but we all know how that story played out. 

Many still have yet to receive the stimulus payment and an extra $600 a week has been added to individual unemployment payments, which really opened the eyes of the American workforce who are now finding that they are making more on unemployment than they did working. That is due to corporate greed, owners and board members feel entitled to give themselves raises and bonuses rather than pay someone an actual living wage. 

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American’s also started to understand just how much we depend on China for both the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, and Trump well he is gearing up to start bringing those back to America in an effort to get our economy fixed and fixed right. American corporations are learning a powerful lesson in that the greed they have enjoyed so that they could happily exploit the plight of the workforce they had, will no longer be tolerated. 

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Trump orders the meat packing industry to stay open despite the fact that hundreds of workers are falling ill, they don’t have the protection they need to keep them safe from the virus.

The bailout loans for small businesses was a complete disaster, both times and came too late if at all to actually save anyone’s job. We learned that some used the funds to fund their own pocket book, not the workers. 

Suicide, domestic violence and child abuse numbers start to inch up amidst the state lockdowns as some individuals became depressed during the isolation and the abused were left isolated in homes with tyrants. 

Alcohol and cannabis sales skyrocketed as folks found not much to do while states were locked down. 

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Every single Democratic nominee dropped out of the race leaving the party with the old creepy guy that has a propensity to touch people inappropriately and smell them. I should just send a box of cubans to Trump now and congratulate him on another 4 years. Seriously, he doesn’t even have to try now. 

Kim Jong un vanishes, word on the street is that he is close to death or dead, then out of nowhere he just pops back into the picture as if nothing happened. The United States Government releases video of a suspected UFO and states start to ease those stay at home restrictions before enough testing is available, the numbers aren’t even going down and we fell witness to just how divided the United States is. Protesters took to the streets to protest stay at home orders informing us all that they don’t care about themselves, but forgot about the rest of us who do care about ourselves and would prefer not to get the virus. Then the backlash over wearing masks started to take hold. People are behaving deplorably, the truth is no one is infringing on your rights, we are attempting to protect each other and you. 

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States need bailouts and some are told to just file for bankruptcy. 

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Many have been left wondering what’s next, as states started to open millions who thought they’d be going back to work learnt that simply wasn’t true for the foreseeable future. 

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May 1 shows up and nothing bad happened, people started feeling okay and by the 3rd we started hearing about Murder Hornets showing up in the United States. 

In a year that just keeps on giving disaster after disaster, the author of the Twilight Saga announced that a new Twilight book is on its way but told from the perspective of Edward.  

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No one can say what might be on tap for June at this point, but after the first 4 months of this year and the start of May, many of us are sitting on the edge of our seats.  

Today Total Cases Globally: 3,544,281

Deaths: 248,816

US Total Cases: 1,166,083

Deaths: 67,913

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IRS Inadvertently Sends Stimulus Payments to Foreign Workers

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Internal Revenue Service – Oops Our Bad 

Cristal M Clark 

While many are still waiting on those $1,200 stimulus payments the United States Government said they sent, some who aren’t even eligible for one are in fact receiving one. Turns out the IRS made a slight error and started sending payments out to Thousands of foreign workers which were meant for US workers only and to make matters worse, the IRS is scrambling to get those payments back, well truthfully they are trying to figure out how to get the payments back.

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What would you do if the IRS inadvertently sent you money you should not have received especially right now? That’s right, you’d be out spending it, just like those that are overseas. 

Those that received the stimulus funds are scrambling to spend it before the IRS can do anything to try to retrieve it. 

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How did this happen you ask? Well, due to an unforeseen glitch that funneled taxpayer dollars to other countries, according to tax consultants and the recipients themselves, that’s how that happened. 

College students who worked in the US and  who spent time in the U.S. in the last two years, some of whom returned home long before the coronavirus pandemic have been surprised to find $1,200 checks deposited into their bank accounts. College students? The IRS is not getting anything back from them but good luck trying. There were 1.1 million foreign students in the U.S. last year according to the Institute of International Education.

The error stems from a tax-filing blunder, particularly for those on F-1 student and J-1 exchange visas. These workers study at US universities and work summer jobs in the US, often turn to TurboTax and other e-filing systems without knowing that the systems are designed only for U.S. residents. So to the IRS they are US citizens, which is a problem with the software by the way, not the IRS or the students. 

To make matters worse, many temporary foreign workers each year file the wrong tax forms, something the IRS rarely catches the error because nonimmigrant workers’ Social Security numbers have the same number of digits as those of U.S. citizens, and therefore appear to be identical so they received US stimulus money.

According to industry insiders, normally the error doesn’t much matter, but this year it’s causing the IRS to think certain foreign workers are eligible for one-time stimulus payments. The glitch affects both workers in the U.S. and those who recently left the country.

In a year where every penny counts let’s just hope that the IRS starts looking at errors like this and starts making them matter, we wouldn’t want to continue to send out erroneous monies to foreigners who shouldn’t be receiving them moving forward would we? 

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States Seeking a Bailout

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Trump is Refusing to Play

Cristal M Clark 

This week we’ve seen a lot of coverage about states needing federal funding in an effort to continue to stay operational. At one point some members of Congress have suggested another option, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently suggested that states should file for Bankruptcy. A suggestion backed by US President Donald Trump. 

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Here’s where I see his point though, for years states, cities and municipalities have mismanaged funds, lost money and spent in a rather frivolous manner at the expense of the taxpayer. So why should they get a bailout without conditions? Which is what many are asking for, they feel the terms and conditions in some cases that Trump is touting for are simply not in line with what states want to do. Immigration being one of the terms and conditions, Trump on Tuesday suggested  he would approve money but only if states cracked down on immigration policies in sanctuary cities.   

Which leaves everyone with no real answer here. States are having to furlough or lay off employees in mass numbers which will eventually hit police and fire departments nationwide due to lack of funding coming in to states through tax revenues. State, cities and municipalities do face insolvency, it will be the result of decades of fiscal mismanagement.Yes, the federal government does have an obligation to help cover the costs of addressing the Covid-19 pandemic and Congress has already sent states unprecedented aid.

Trump’s point is simple, unforeseen circumstances is one of the reasons states should have rainy day funds.Wyoming had an entire year’s worth of revenue saved away, yet Illinois and Kansas had just minutes of revenue saved. Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy, its debt equaled about three times its annual revenues. When Detroit entered bankruptcy in 2013, the city’s debt was 13 times its annual revenues. A few months or even a few years of lower revenues won’t create bankruptcy situations for states but prolonged, systemic mismanagement does play a very large role in states going bankrupt.

The federal government has provided state and local governments with direct grants worth $150 billion to help cover COVID-19 expenses. But that is not what some states are using the funds for. Governors are asking for flexibility to use these funds for non-pandemic costs. That’s right, some have used the money for temporary pay raises and bonuses for public-sector workers. Millions of Americans have lost their paychecks and some states and local governments want to use the money for raises and bonuses, while Trump has stated rather publicly that he does not support that type of spending what-so-ever. 

So while I would not be a huge fan of seeing states go bankrupt but perhaps we should consider letting some fall for no other reason other than they can’t seem to manage funds properly in the first place. 

Right now just in the United States we have unprecedented unemployment rates, as we struggle to get economies up and running we will still face long term unemployment as businesses were forced to reduce their workforce during the shutdown or shut down completely and will either not open again or for those that do, they are looking at a large reduction in staff.   

So cities, municipalities and states will in fact see a long term loss in revenue and should be utilizing the business model of the private sector. No raises, no bonuses, cutting pay, and operating with less staff until they can stabilize and learn to manage a budget properly. 

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United States Judicial System Broken Beyond Repair 

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The Unjust Judicial System – Broomfield, Colorado Strother – 18CR165 

Cristal M Clark 

As most of my long time readers know, I have survived some really horrendous and abusive relationships in my life. I stand up for the little guy, even sometimes the injustice criminals face because for some the system is great but if you are less fortunate financially, you could find yourself to be quite fucked. 

I had word yesterday that this was coming, it really messed me up a little. This morning the email finally arrived:

 

On April 28, 2020 at 9:17 AM, “Heiny, Joel” <jheiny@da17.state.co.us> wrote:

 

Good morning,

 

Now that Mr. Strother has successfully completed his deferred judgment and sentence, he is requesting that this case be sealed. As the victim, you have the right to object to the request. I would need to know as soon as possible to get the objection in, the court can act on the request at any time. I have to be candid about something here though: even though the law gives victims the right to object to sealing, the law also says that Mr. Strother is entitled to this sealing. If you do object, please let me know and I will get the objection filed.

 

Joel Heiny

Deputy District Attorney

17th Judicial District — Broomfield

 

As all of my long time readers know, I do not tolerate allowing someone to get away with things just because they are wealthy. I find the injustice of our current legal system to be a complete joke, some men and women have the book thrown at them simply because a DA knows those individuals can’t fight back due to lack of funds, while others can so they are given all of the graces and the victims. Well we get nothing, no justice, no help, or even a second glance once a more wealthy offender is in the system. Not once prior to this has the Judge or DA listened to a word I have had to say, all because this man is wealthy. So my response to the DA today is below. I am publishing it to help other victims and to again remind all of you that I am here, I have your back. You commit a crime, you should do the time but you should be allowed the same graces the man who left me beaten and hurt had. 

 

Good Afternoon Joel, 

 

Thank you for the opportunity to have a say in Mr. Strother’s request. I am deeply saddened, disappointed and opposed such a request. Mr. Heiny I spend a lot of my spare time fighting for victims as well as for those who are less fortunate than Mr. Strother is, I spend a lot of time fighting for the little guy, and today I am the little guy.  What I can tell you from that and as Mr. Strother’s victim, the whole case was unjust as far as I am concerned, just as any other victim might find herself. The case left me completely disgusted with the Judicial system and even more dedicated to fighting injustices such as this. 

This man was given a deferred sentence, based off of his financial status, not just because he had never been in trouble before. That sentence allowed for him to have this case wiped away once he completed his probation. Is that not enough, think about it, it should be enough. 

I did not get any justice what-so-ever, I lost my home, half my belongings, a part of myself that still to this day causes me to question and not trust any man’s intentions toward me. Mr. Strother entered into a relationship with me by not being honest about his sexuality. To further complicate things, he drug me through a sexually deviant, abusive and painful path on top of the constant threat that if I did not play along he would just have affairs, throw me out, the verbal abusive behavior of his. The damage of all of that has taken a long time to get over. I am not sure that I am entirely over all of that still, I am still incapable of actually having any type of healthy sexual contact with another man because of everything Mr. Strother did to me and put me through. I no longer trust or have faith in men. 

Mr. Strother was given a very light sentence all because of his status financially within society and now he wants the record of this case sealed? This case truly exposes just how unjust our Judicial system is in this country. I have spent a lot of time meeting victims, other men who committed lesser DV offenses, talked to lawyers, police, witnesses and those men, who do not have the same financial status of Mr. Strother, these other individuals never committed a crime before they received their DV and sentence and they have had the book thrown at them. They are in the eyes of the Judicial system, lesser therefor they are not afforded the same privileges Mr. Strother has had during his time in the system. 

What I have learned from my travels the last couple of years is that men like Mr. Strother are more likely to reoffend at some point in time because by removing records, giving light sentences, slapping them on the wrist, well that sends a clear message that the behavior is acceptable when you are wealthy and please do not argue that point with me, I can put several headlines in front of you just to prove that point.

So no I am completely against this, men like Mr. Strother should never be allowed to have these records sealed, because in doing so, you send a message to all of us that his behavior is okay, once the records are sealed, you give him power and permission to reoffend. And victims, well we don’t get to forget, that record is never wiped away from us. I would strongly urge you to not remove this from his record, he committed the crime and that record should remain a part of his life for the rest of his life just as his crime is part of my life for the rest of my life. 

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Meatpacking Industry Falling To Its Knees Amid Coronavirus

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Tyson, JBS, Cargill, Smithfield Face Backlash 

Cristal M Clark 

Amid Coronavirus outbreaks, the meatpacking industry is being brought to its knees due to forced shutdowns, sick workers and horrendous working conditions. The meatpacking industry by the way already had been notorious for poor working conditions even before the coronavirus pandemic. These plants have been called out numerous times for refusing to let their employees use the bathroom, even to wash their hands. 

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Part of the problem the industry has faced as a whole are language barriers, which could have been avoided had the plants demanded that workers in this country know and understand the English language period. 

Other issues are more simple but not any less problematic, workers show up to work sick, they do not have sick time and were already so poorly paid they choose to work while sick because they need the money. The reason the workers are not paid well is because American owned businesses are for profit so they take advantage of a workforce that is less prone to fight back and demand things like better wages, sick pay and personal protective gear. 

The industry didn’t really offer that until now because some plants were forced to shut down due to worker illnesses. Tyson is now saying we are going to see food shortage issues however experts disagree with that stating that if given the choice, the industry will choose to produce rather than stop for too long. Which doesn’t solve the problem and it does not protect workers. 

But how does that translate to the consumer? Experts say we are in no danger of getting the virus through possibly contaminated meat but how do they know right? They continually tell us they are still learning about the virus and do not yet know enough about it. 

Now the industry is pointing fingers at the government and the CDC for not issuing guidance with regards to the virus but the truth is that the industry has for years not operated in a clean safe way, has forced its workers to endure unsafe and in unclean working conditions. 

So my question is simple, why did it take a virus to expose the meatpacking industries unsafe working conditions instead of the FDA and the US Government figuring it out prior to Covid-19 and is the FDA going to step up and enforce change within the industry? 

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Public Must Wear Face Masks in Public? 

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Many Retailers and Grocers Fail at Training Employees 

Cristal M Clark 

As states begin to lift stay at home orders and ease restrictions many are asking the public to make sure that they wear face masks when in public places such as supermarkets and retail stores. While this has been happening many of my readers have noted some serious offenders over on the other side of that request. 

Walk through your local supermarket and take note of what you see employees doing, Target, Walmart is by far the worst. Here in Colorado I went to multiple WalMart locations at the request of some of my readers to view in utter amazement of just how poorly employees are being trained with regards for the proper procedures to wear a face mask and gloves. 

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I began my journey at the beginning of the week and stopped into a few King Soopers here in town, what I saw were employee’s not wearing the masks correctly, some kept pulling them up and down, touching their faces then touching consumer goods, many did not change gloves after handling cash then moving onto the next customer.  What made this even worse is that for the Kings Soopers I visited they offered no clear plastic screen in between the customer and the store clerk during checkout. At one of them I witnessed employees walking out the side door to their car presumably on break to eat, pull the mask down, eat over the mask then pull it back over their mouth and nose and head back into work. 

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Target was somewhat better, the employee’s seemed to understand the concept of once you are on shift and your mask is on, you need to leave it on. However, in the parking lot for those that were gathering the carts I witnessed the removal of masks in between pulling carts together, touching their faces with gloved hands, then off to move more carts. 

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The worst locations to visit were WalMart, I actually emailed them and offered to for free hold a training class for the majority of the Colorado locations on how to wear PPE. What I witnessed at each store both sickened me but really made me worry about whether or not WalMart cares for their customers much less their employees. At almost every store, employee after employee would fidget with the face masks, touch their faces, body, one gal was itching her armpit before moving her mask back up then went back to stocking consumer grocery items. At one of the hot food counters I saw an employee pull his mask off, stick his head into the hot food grill to pull out some chick while talking to a customer. Several employees who were stocking had the masks all the way pulled down or halfway down, one store in particular was the absolute worst, I went back just to see if the WalMart Corporate office had spoken to them after my message a couple of days ago. They in fact had not. This morning I saw an elderly man monitoring those that were leaving pull his mask down and cough into the air without properly covering his face as customers walked past. That store allows employees to keep drinks and snacks at the check out where I have watched clerks pull the mask down, take a drink, then fidget to pull the mask back up, not change gloves and go right back to handling consumer goods. 

All three stores seemed to lack training in terms of socially distancing. At Walmart this morning when I went back to check, I saw a group of WalMart employees around 6 at the least in a group outside of the exit happily screwing around, some had the mask on, some did not. A customer who was walking in behind me mentioned it loudly as we entered the store as he was in shock. While I understand in some cases due to the nature of shopping, social distancing is not feasible however, wearing the PPE at all times while on shift without touching it, pulling it halfway down, off, and changing gloves is very feasible. 

For the most part, I would not suggest in most cases with the exception of WalMart, that employees are taking this as a joke, they seem pretty serious about it, they are just lacking training. 

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Whole Foods, Sprouts and Safeway get an A+. Employees seem to be properly trained, and are not seen moving the mask on and off while on shift, they clean everything constantly, change gloves when they need to so kudos to them. 

The moral here is that if states, cities and municipalities require the general public to wear face masks, I would challenge them to go to the retail shops and grocery stores we shop at and ensure that the employees of those stores are in fact wearing their PPE correctly at all times, ensure that those employees are properly trained and start taking wearing the PPE serious, and who let’s your employee eat and drink food at the checkouts, WalMart needs to knock that shit right off. 

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Colorado Unemployment Update – Accounts Show Funds Paid 

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Bank’s Show Funds Have Not Been Released By State

Cristal M Clark 

Since yesterday I’ve received hundreds of calls and emails from concerned unemployment recipients in the state of Colorado, who have approved claims, were getting payments on time and suddenly this week, they are still waiting for payments. Additionally, although the state told the local news outlets over the weekend that the additional $600 per week payments will start being included this week and will be retroactively paid, recipients are not seeing the funds nor are they seeing that information on their MyUi accounts. 

This is the email that was sent to anyone who filed on time on Sunday:

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As of this morning, recipients of unemployment have not seen payments hitting bank accounts, when trying to phone the state, no one is getting through. Banks still show the funds have not been released.  

Not everyone has received a stimulus payment as of yet, people were already financially suffering and the State of Colorado is not answering questions. This is such a huge debacle and all people want are answers, when will they see the funds, will this continue to be a problem and when will the additional $600 start being paid? See the issue for many is simple, they have bills to pay, you cannot make payment arrangements on bills because now no one knows when they will receive the funds and the state won’t even answer the phone much less update it’s website with some oh, useful information.  

People are asking on social media about other individuals checking to see if anyone knows what is going on and it seems everyone is at a loss. The state has 72 hours to pay the funds out, business days so if you filed on Sunday, you should have seen the funds hitting your bank accounts yesterday, which is basically what the email the state sent said but folks are seeing nothing. 

This has the potential to blow in the states face should it continue to be a problem. People are already stressed, isolated, and angry. In viewing social media some folks are ready to storm the capital here in Denver because the state is not answering anyone and will not update it’s website with useful information which tends to make an already financially strained and suffering public more willing to take drastic measures because they are under a tremendous amount of stress, this type of situation can cause desperation. 

The state of Colorado needs to be transparent with unemployment recipients, especially if you do not want to be inundated with phone calls, update the website with information explaining to folks what happened, when it will be fixed and when they are actually going to see the extra $600 per week start to go out.  

In the meantime I have urged those seeking answers to hit up the local media which I normally do not do but in this case they have a louder voice than I do, if the state is not going to answer much less put useful information in it’s website perhaps the local media outlets can get some real answers instead of what has been provided just to pacify. 

It used to be if you held a city or state job it was hard to get fired from it, in this day and age I would not count on that, their is no excuse to not give the public adequate, clear and honest information.

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s Shitshow CNN Interview

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Anderson Cooper Can’t Believe What He is Hearing

Cristal M Clark

Okay, I don’t always stick up for anyone in the mainstream media but watching Anderson Cooper try to interview Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman was the most painful onair interview I have ever had the privilege to watch. I posted the CNN headline throughout a lot of my social media accounts and so many individuals responded with personal thoughts of Carolyn Goodman, several thought she was under the influence, others stated they thought that she was batshit crazy, some calling her a shitshow and a complete disgrace, while a few commented that, that is what you get when you vote to make a retired brothel girl to be the mayor of Las Vegas. 

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So here is how things went down, during the interview Mayor Goodwin called for sports arenas, casinos and hotels to be completely opened up all while having absolutely no plan to do so safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Yes you did read that right, she has no fucking plan what-so-ever. 

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It is important to note that she has recently been calling for casinos to re-open, saying the ones with the most coronavirus infections can then close. She assumes 100 percent of the population are already asymptomatic carriers and argued every single point with Anderson that she possibly could. 

Anderson informed the mayor that she is encouraging hundreds of thousands of people to come to Las Vegas, to patronize casinos and then travel back home after breathing in circulated air and touching slot machines.

“Doesn’t that sound like a virus petri dish?” Cooper stated

To which Goodman’s response was to call Anderson an “alarmist.”

Anderson attempted to show her research from Chinese scientists revealing how the virus spreads in confined spaces, Goodman interrupted to declare that “this isn’t China, this is Las Vegas.”

“Okay, that’s really ignorant,” poor Anderson shot back.

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At one point Goodman said she is willing to offer the city as a “control group” if Las Vegas is allowed to reopen. She refused to take any responsibility for anything opening stating that hotels and casinos would need to figure it out. She also went as far as to say she is okay if an establishment had a virus outbreak, and becomes a center for a viral infection, she would be all for the competition to destroy the business with the infection. Wait, TF did she say? Yes she said it. 

Luckily for all involved Goodman actually has no actual authority over the casinos so as to implore they open, still the same how did someone like this end up being the Mayor of Las Vegas? That said to be fair, Anderson did lead in by putting words into her mouth until she finally caved. 

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All in all, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s CNN interview with Anderson Cooper was a complete disgrace and I hope that Governor Steve Sisolak has more sense than Goodman. 

Cristal M Clark

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