Oh....I was all into taking pants off and wearing the pajama pants at home since last August when I broke my leg.
I mean literally underwear....
At least I wear boxer briefs, so like short shorts.....
Commissioner Resigns After He Threw a Cat During Zoom Meeting
“OK, first, I’d like to introduce my cat,” said a planning commissioner in Vallejo, Calif., lifting it close to the camera and then, with two hands, tossing it off screen.
Chris Platzer, a planning commissioner in Vallejo, Calif., at lower left, threw his cat off screen during a videoconference last week.
The city Planning Commission meeting in Vallejo, Calif., last week followed the same humdrum pattern of so many municipal meetings: There was the Pledge of Allegiance and a roll call, followed by various reports.
The commission, like many other businesses and government agencies observing social distancing and stay-at-home rules during the coronavirus pandemic, met on April 20 via a Zoom videoconference.
That posed the usual challenges: Commissioners with microphones muted when they were trying to be heard, some of them appearing half offscreen at times or talking over one another.
But things took an unexpected turn about two hours and 24 minutes into the session after one of the commissioners, Chris Platzer, was asked if he had any comments after reviewing a project application.
“Yes, if I’m allowed to make them,” he said, just after a cat could be heard loudly meowing offscreen, according to a video of the meeting.
“Yes, this is the section where you can, Commissioner Platzer,” the commission’s chairman said.
The cat meowed loudly again. “OK, first, I’d like to introduce my cat,” Mr. Platzer said, lifting it close to the camera and then, with two hands, tossing it off screen.
The cat squeaked as it was being thrown, and a thud could be heard.
One commissioner on the videoconference is seen putting his hands to his forehead and covering his eyes in response.
The meeting concluded 26 minutes later, but that was hardly the end of it.
On Monday, Mr. Platzer resigned from the commission, acquiescing to calls for his ouster by several city leaders, including the Vallejo mayor, Bob Sampayan. Robert McConnell, a City Council member and the liaison to the planning commission, also sought Mr. Platzer’s removal.
In a resignation email that a city spokeswoman provided to the news media, Mr. Platzer wrote that he no longer had the trust and backing of the City Council.
“We are all living in uncertain times and I certainly, like many of you, am adjusting to a new normalcy,” Mr. Platzer wrote. “I did not conduct myself in the Zoom meeting in a manner befitting of a planning commissioner and apologize for any harm I may have inflicted.”
Christina Lee, the spokeswoman for the city, which is about 30 miles north of San Francisco, condemned Mr. Platzer’s actions on Monday before receiving his resignation.
“The city does not condone the behavior that Vallejo planning commissioner, Chris Platzer, exhibited during the April 20 planning commission meeting,” Ms. Lee said. “This type of behavior does not model the core values of the city of Vallejo.”
After the planning meeting adjourned, Mr. Platzer was heard using expletives, Ms. Lee said, adding that the mayor and Mr. McConnell discussed his behavior immediately after the episode and called for his removal within 48 hours.
Stephanie Bell, senior director of cruelty casework for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said the group was prepared to place the cat “in an understanding, loving home” if Mr. Platzer’s “lack of patience or understanding” made cat guardianship inappropriate.
“The cats in our care rely on us for everything, including food, respect and affection, and no one should ever punish them for seeking our attention,” she said. “While cats are known for agility, this cat was thrown and could have slammed into furniture, the wall or the ground.”
Mr. Platzer, who could not be reached on Monday, was appointed to the volunteer position in August 2016, and his term was set to expire in June.
The Zoom episode was one of the latest to surface as officials adjust to remote working. In Florida, a judge this month admonished lawyers for getting too lax in their dress during their videoconference court appearances.
Where did this come from? I’m not shitting on Americans. It’s your psychotic asshat of a president that has utterly failed to deal with things even remotely adequately. The Greater Toronto and Greater Montreal areas are as populated as much of NY/NJ, so obviously their numbers are going to be high. What does this even have to do with anything? Ontario’s idiotic premier is a wannabe-Trump type... the only thing that has differentiated him at all in this is that he has mostly listened to experts.
Another 3.8 million file unemployment claims, overwhelming the states.
The figures announced Thursday by the Labor Department bring the number of workers joining the official jobless ranks in the last six weeks to more than 30 million, and underscore just how dire economic conditions remain.
Many state agencies still find themselves overwhelmed by the flood of claims, leaving perhaps millions with dwindling resources to pay the rent or put food on the table.
If anything, according to many economists, the job losses may be far worse than government figures indicate. A study by the Economic Policy Institute found that roughly 50 percent more people than counted as filing claims in a recent four-week period may have qualified for benefits but were stymied in applying or did not even try because they found the process too formidable.
“The problem is even bigger than the data suggest,” said Elise Gould, a senior economist with the institute, a left-leaning research group. “We’re undercounting the economic pain.”
Consumer spending plunged in March but April could be worse.
Consumer spending collapsed in March as the coronavirus pandemic put millions of Americans out of work and forced tens of millions more to stay home instead of going out and spending.
Spending fell 7.5 percent from February, by far the biggest drop in the six decades that records have been kept, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The biggest previous decline was 2.1 percent in 1987. (Adjusted for inflation, spending fell 7.3 percent, also a record.)
Figures for April could be even worse. Layoffs and business closures did not hit until late March in many places, whereas nearly the whole country has been under some form of lockdown for most of April. Many forecasters think spending could fall at an annualized rate of 40 percent or more in the second quarter, even if some businesses begin to reopen in May and June.
With consumer activity responsible for more than two-thirds of the country’s economic performance, that would probably lead to the worst drop in economic output since World War II.
Incomes, too, fell in March, though not as sharply as spending. Overall personal income declined by 2 percent. Wage and salary income fell by 3.1 percent as layoffs and cuts in hours rippled through the economy. Business owners fared even worse; so-called proprietor’s income, derived from partnerships and other mostly small businesses, fell by 8.2 percent.
Crashing Economy, Rising Stocks: What’s Going On?
What’s bad for America is sometimes good for the market.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/30/opin ... e=Homepage