Residents of Los Angeles have been surprised to witness an outbreak of the infectious disease known as typhus, a bacterial infection thought to be largely limited to medical history.
The problem is reportedly being accelerated by the presence of the city’s large homeless community. Los Angeles has one of the largest homeless populations for a big city in the country, in great part because of high levels of income inequality and policies that are permissive to homeless encampments.
City residents have spoken up hoping to have municipal laws enforced to remove the encampments as a threat to public health, only to be rebuked for perceived hostility to the homeless community. It appears the alternative of having the homeless, many of them drug addicts, live in squalor in public at risk of contracting the serious disease is preferred by the city government.
Rats and fleas are essential to the spread of the disease, and the complexity of some of Los Angeles’ homeless tent cities is said to provide an unsanitary environment for the pests to thrive.
While typhus is commonly spoken of in medieval history, war movies, and novels about the 19th century, it comes as more of a surprise to see the disease surface in strength in a major American city in 2018.
While the problem is centered in the city’s homeless population, the mere pervasiveness of it is meaning that wealthier people with more means for decent sanitation are being affected by the outbreak. A Los Angeles City Attorney, Elizabeth Greenwood, says she contracted the disease from the presence of typhus-infected fleas near the city’s municipal hall.
Tucker Carlson covered the tragic and shocking medieval epidemic in the Golden State’s biggest city on Friday night.
Homeless people and drug addicts need compassion. Yet it’s clear that living in a filthy and typhus-infected camp is not going to enable them to progress to a more decent quality of life.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Pays $16 Million in Fines of Black and Hispanic Felons to Enable Them to Vote
Billionaire and former New York City Mayor has raised $16 million dollars to pay off outstanding fines of Black and Hispanic felons in Florida, according to reporting from Axios on Tuesday. Florida restricts the voting rights of convicted criminals until they’ve paid off fines levied for their crimes by the criminal justice system.
It appears that Bloomberg’s fine repayment initative was only available to Black and Hispanic felons. Axios reported that to qualify for Bloomberg’s money, applicants had to have outstanding fines of less than $1,500, be already registered to vote, and to be Black or Latino.
White felons need not apply.
The program has reportedly already cleared the fines of 32,000 felons in the state, enabling them to vote in the election. It erases the punitive aspect of the court system’s fines, which were levied in the first place in order to require convicted criminals to personally make amends for their actions.
Bloomberg’s felon bailout giveaway is legally questionable, and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has requested that Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody investigate what he’s doing. If he’s paying felons to vote for any one specific candidate, Bloomberg is in violation of campaign finance rules and could be liable to serve jail time .
#BREAKING: I'm calling on the Florida Attorney General to launch an investigation into @MikeBloomberg for potentially engaging in bribery and vote buying in the state of Florida. pic.twitter.com/2pAjZlAwSh
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 22, 2020
“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” said a Bloomberg spokesperson when asked about the fine repayment initiative. But it doesn’t seem as if the failed Democratic primary candidate is willing to buy back the voting rights of individuals who might be less inclined to vote for Joe Biden in November.
Bloomberg already tried and failed to buy the nomination in the Democratic primary, and now he’s trying to buy the crucial swing state of Florida for Joe Biden. Corrupt oligarchs should not be allowed to abuse the political system with impunity.
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