Catch the federal masked cops. Americans are now required to wear masks on planes, trains, buses, subways, taxis, auto services, ships and transportation hubs, by a new order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which took effect today. Masks must be of a federally approved style and must fit snugly. Failure to comply with this instruction will result in the travel ban, the departure of the transit in question and possible criminal penalties.

The order will be enforced by agents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and “other federal authorities”, as well as state and local authorities. “To the extent permitted by law … federal agencies are required to implement additional measures to enforce the provisions of this ordinance,” says the CDC.

“The CDC reserves the right to apply criminal sanctions,” the agency adds, although it claims do not intend “to rely primarily on these criminal sanctions”. The federal government may also implement “additional civil measures to enforce the provisions” of the ordinance (which “is not a rule within the meaning of the Administrative Procedure Act,” notes the CDC, “but constitutes rather emergency action “).

The creation of a vast network of law enforcement officials empowered to enforce these mask rules will of course provide a practical new excuse to watch and keep watch on citizens.

Meanwhile, deputizing for federal agents, state authorities and local cops to enforce transit mask rules will open up all kinds of new opportunities for police harassment and abuse.

Targeting only people without a mask may not appear to leave much room for discriminatory application. But the CDC’s order doesn’t just stop at people not wearing masks. In fact, that leaves a lot to the discretion of the officials.

For example, travelers may remove masks while eating, drinking, or taking medication, leaving room for many individual judgments about how long it is reasonable or appropriate to remove a mask during these activities, as well as misinterpretations as to whether if anyone is allowed. to have a mask on or off at any given time.

The CDC order also says it’s not enough to just wear a must be a certain kind mask. It cannot be a bandana, scarf, ski mask or balaclava. It can’t be too loose or too tight. It cannot contain an exhalation valve or be made from knitted fabrics, leather, plastic or vinyl.

Again, this leaves a lot of latitude for authorities to choose who to target for law enforcement.

“The CDC rule came just over a week after Biden’s decree, which already imposed masks on certain modes of public transport, including planes and trains, and he made masks mandatory on property federal “, Remarks the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The new CDC rules apply to all passengers, operators or staff of any “aircraft, train, road vehicle, boat … or other means of transport”, including “carpooling, that is to say arrangements where passengers travel in a private road vehicle driven by its owner in connection with a charge or service. ”The ordinance also applies“ on the premises of a transport hub ”, defined as“ any airport , bus station, marina, seaport or other port, subway station, terminal (including any fixed facility in which passengers are picked up or unloaded), railway station, point of entry into the United States, or any other place providing transportation under the jurisdiction of the United States. “

Children under two years of age, people with disabilities who forbid them to wear masks and people for whom “wearing a mask would create a risk to health, safety or professional obligations” are exempt.


Trump PAC, attorneys, and the impeachment defense raise eyebrows. A Political Action Committee (PAC) launched by former President Donald Trump “raised $ 31.5 million in the weeks following election day,” reports The Washington Post. But as of Jan. 1, “Trump had kept the majority of that money in the coffers of Save America, his new leadership PAC, which has few restrictions on how the money can be spent and can now be used to fund.” his position. presidential political career. “

As his second impeachment trial approaches, Trump “abruptly separated himself from five attorneys dealing with his impeachment defense.” The New York Times‘Maggie Haberman reported during the weekend.

Mr Trump had been pushing his defense team to focus on his baseless claim that the election was stolen from him, a person familiar with the situation said. A person close to Mr Trump disputed that this was the case, but admitted that there were differences of opinion on defense strategy. However, Mr Trump insisted the case was “straightforward” and told advisers he could defend it himself and save money on lawyers. (Aides maintains that he is not seriously considering doing so.)


EU threatens nut milks and vegan ice cream. The latest in Big Dairy protectionism: The European Union is considering a law that “would prohibit producers of plant-based milk from using words or pictures on their food labels that could also be used to describe or refer to to dairy products of animal origin “, Baylen Linnekin reports.

Worse yet, the rules could go beyond simply censoring words and pictures on food packaging. It could even ban the use of certain common food packaging.

“They would also be unable to use packaging designs that are reminiscent of dairy products, like yogurt. [containers] or cartons of milk, ”says The Conversation. Simply showing the climate impact by comparing the carbon footprint of their products with dairy equivalents could become illegal. “


• The sordid history of the doctrine of equity.

• Images released by the Rochester Police Department in New York show cops pepper spraying 9 year old girl.

• “Urban collapse is a modern take on an apocalypse prophecy: it’s always lurking around the corner, alluring and terrifying, but it never quite happens.” written Annalee Newitz, author of Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, in a new Atlantic article disputing the idea that the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the existence of major cities like New York and San Francisco. “The anxieties of lost cities, like those sparked by the pandemic, are the result of a misunderstanding about the causes of the decline of cities.”

• A new Justice Department memo “quashed a 2017 memo that ordered federal prosecutors to seek the harshest charges and maximum possible sentences on the books,” Remarks ReasonCJ Ciaramella.

• Two members of the Proud Boys who took part in the January 6 riot at the Capitol have been charged with federal conspiracy.

• Have your photos been used help create facial recognition databases?

• Department of relaxed rules which must be permanent:

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