It’s the Overnight Underground Podcast, and now the headlines:
DC and South Florida go on lockdown. New York cops bust a speakeasy. Gas now cheap as chips. Whole Foods workers walkout and Mayor Cuomo’s nipple piercings are trending. I’m John Ford and here’s today’s Overnight Underground News.
DC jail and fines for breaking lockdown
The Mayor in DC is threatening a ninety day jail sentence for breaking the city’s new coronavirus stay at home order. Needless to say, this has both civil libertarians and local residents panties all in a bunch. The DC Mayor is being a little cagey on her answer regarding jail sentences for those who break the stay at home order in the nation’s capital. My question is, and put them where? Many states are releasing prisoners from jails due to coronavirus, this mayor wants to incarcerate more non-violent criminals.
South Florida lockdown commences
South East Florida joins the crowd with stay at home orders in the US. The Florida Governor ordered residents Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties to stay home through the fifteenth of April. Nearly sixty percent of Florida’s Covid-19 cases come from these counties.
Two thirds of country on lock down
If you’re keeping count of such things, nearly three quarters, as in seventy five percent of all American’s are under stay at home orders. As of yesterday, thirty US states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico are under lock down orders, only to venture out for essential services like food and medicine. That’s over two hundred and fifty million people with nothing to do except whittle toilet paper out of old furniture in their garage.
Three-quarters of all Americans have been ordered to stay at home. This map shows which cities and states are under lockdown.
Thirty states have issued stay-at-home orders, encouraging isolation measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Some metro areas in states without such orders – including Birmingham, Alabama; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Houston and Dallas, Texas – are also under stay-at-home orders.
Cops bust speakeasy in NYC
Well, you knew this was bound to happen, New York Police have busted a speakeasy in Brooklyn. According to the cops, around a dozen people were found drinking and gambling inside the establishment. No truth to the rumor that their cover was blown from someone writing a bad review of the joint on yelp.
Cheap gas and nowhere to go
Gas sure is cheap. According to a quick search by this reporter, gas here in the capital of the Lone Star state is a buck and a half a gallon. One gas station in Ohio is selling regular for under a dollar a gallon. All this is true, but where the hell are you gonna’ go? Everyone is on lockdown. The national average for a gallon of gas is around two bucks. The Saudi price war with the Russians along with the weak demand for petrol from consumers due to coronavirus is driving and keeping the prices down. So head down to the local BP, fill up the tank, and just dream of all the places you can’t go with gas this cheap!
Power to the Pickles!
If you were thinking of heading to the local Whole Foods today, you might want to pick the Piggly Wiggly instead. Whole Foods employees are planning a strike today in protest over a lack of protections offered during the pandemic. It’s a first for the chain since its inception back in the dark ages of 1980. Of course, back then the chain wasn’t owned by the richest person on the planet. The are demanding paid leave for workers who stay home or self-quarantine during the crisis, free coronavirus testing, and a hazard pay of double the current hourly wage. Who would have ever thought that we would see the day when grocery store workers would strike for hazard pay.
As demand surges during the COVID-19 pandemic, some front-line grocery and delivery workers, increasingly concerned over their own health and safety, are holding strikes and walkouts. Whole Foods employees are calling for a nationwide “sick out” on Tuesday to protest the lack of protections low-wage workers serving the community have during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo: Nipple ring or not?
The important Internet question of the day, does New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo have pierced nipples. Well, at least it’s the important question of the day for The Standard’s ability to get more clicks. According to the Standard, Cuomo has been trending for the last twenty four hours for nipple piercings. Does the intrepid Governor have not only one but two piercings? (bite-who cares) Does this make him even more of a wild-card write in for Democratic nominee for President? Really, who the hell cares?
The hottest luxury and A List news New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has drawn praise for his decisive response to the coronavirus pandemic, but in the last 24 hours he’s been trending for a different reason. After photos of Cuomo emerged at a March 27 press conference, during which he announced that the first 1,000-bed temporary hospital had been built at Jacob K.