Tag Archives: USA

This morning.

Via ABC:

Speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Biden said any effort by China to use force against Taiwan would “just not be appropriate,” adding that it “will dislocate the entire region and be another action similar to what happened in Ukraine.”

China has stepped up its military provocations against democratic Taiwan in recent years aimed at intimidating it into accepting Beijing’s demands to unify with the communist mainland.

“They’re already flirting with danger right now by flying so close and all the maneuvers that are undertaken,” Biden said of China.

Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan (ABC)


Ah here.


The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) did not have the legal authority to impose a mask mandate for airline, bus and train passengers, and that the government broke the law by doing it without first seeking public comment, a federal judge has ruled

Last night/this morning.

Via The Guardian:

A federal judge in Florida has struck down Joe Biden’s national mask mandate covering airplanes, airports and other public transportation, prompting the White House to announce the rule would not be enforced while federal agencies decide how to respond to the judge’s order.

The ruling appeared to free operators to make their own decisions about mask requirements, with several airlines announcing they would drop mandates, but other transport networks including the New York City subway planning to keep them in place.

The mandate was overturned on Monday by the US district judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, who judged the rule as exceeding the authority of US health officials in the coronavirus pandemic.

She added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had failed to justify its decision and did not follow proper rule-making procedures.

US judge strikes down Biden mask mandate for planes and trains (The Guardian)




In fairness.



The Ambassador Bridge between Canada and Detroit, USA yesterday

This morning.

Via Reuters

The busiest land crossing from the United States to Canada remained shut after Canadian truckers blocked lanes on Monday to protest their government’s pandemic control measures.

While traffic in both directions was initially blocked, U.S.-bound lanes have since reopened, Windsor Police tweeted. Canadian police also said late on Tuesday another border crossing at Coutts, Alberta, had been shut down by protesters for inbound and outbound traffic.

Key U.S.-Canada border crossing blocked by truckers fighting Trudeau’s COVID curbs (Reuters)

Pic: Reuters


Wellington, New Zealand yesterday

This morning.

Via BBC:

New Zealand has seen a second day of demonstrations against pandemic restrictions with protesters camping outside the nation’s parliament.

Inspired by large anti- vaccine rallies in Canada, hundreds of Kiwis arrived on Tuesday to stage new protests against vaccine mandates and other Covid rules.

Protesters adopted the name “Convoy for Freedom” and blocked streets in the capital Wellington.

New Zealand anti-vax protesters inspired by Canada truckers camp outside parliament (BBC)

Pic: BBC

This afternoon.

Sleepy man bad.

U.S. races to find bed space for migrant children as number of unaccompanied minors in government custody hits 15,500 (CBS)



Outside It’s America.

A podcast covering 50 states in 50 days.

Journalist and broadcaster Philip O’Connor writes:

I was in the Hilton Hotel in New York where Donald Trump’s campaign was based on election day 2016, and the result shocked everyone – that shouldn’t happen if the media and journalism had done its job.

But it didn’t.

A major part of the reason for that was that nobody listened to ordinary American voters whose ballots decided the election.

So this time around, instead of sitting at a desk rewriting press releases or talking to academics and other journalists and regurgitating opinion polls that turn out to be wrong, I’m going to hit the road through all 50 states for 50 days and see what they have to say.

I’m going to visit diners and laundromats, gyms and gas stations, main streets and city halls to find out exactly what they are thinking and what will influence how they cast their votes.

To do this I need support, so I’ve started a Kickstarter campaign (see below), and there are sponsorship opportunities available.

For €10 (or a measly 20c per episode) you’ll get 50 podcasts, plus an e-postcard from the road every week, and €35 will get you a daily email. For €500 you can sponsor a whole episode, and if you have a big brand and want to sponsor the whole series, then I’m all ears.

The media business is broken, and this is me trying out a new way of making it viable while bringing you something unique that nobody else can or will do.

On November 3, I’ll be in New York, on the ground as the votes are tallied.

Join me.

Outside It’s America – 50 podcasts, 50 states, 50 days (Kickstarter)

Stop packing!

This afternoon.


The 27-member bloc is expected to give outline approval to leisure or business travel from tomorrow to 14 countries beyond its borders when they vote on the list, the diplomats said.

The countries are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, they said.

Russia and Brazil, along with the United States, are among countries that do not make the initial “safe list”.

The vote is aimed at supporting the EU travel industry and tourist destinations, particularly countries in southern Europe hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Russia, Brazil and USA.

Not political at all.

US reported not on EU ‘safe’ travel list (RTÉ)


This morning.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

A citizen journalist livestream from the end of a second night of rioting following the death  of George Floyd during a police arrest.

More as we get it.

Over 500 National Guard soldiers arrive in the Minneapolis area as protests grow over George Floyd’s death (CNN)

Pic: Julio Cortez/The Associated Press