Sweden Challenges Trump by Refusing to Lock Down ; Lawsuit Aims to Stop Baltimore Police From Using War-Zone Surveillance System ; and More Picks 4/10

Sweden Challenges Trump — and Scientific Mainstream — by Refusing to Lock Down (Russ)

The authors write, “Much of Europe is still on coronavirus lockdown, with severe restrictions on movement and penalties for those who transgress. But not Sweden. Restaurants and bars are open in the Nordic country, playgrounds and schools too, and the government is relying on voluntary action to stem the spread of Covid-19.”

Trump Administration, Citing Coronavirus, Expels 10,000 Migrants in Less Than 3 Weeks  (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “The Trump administration has quickly expelled roughly 10,000 migrants to Mexico and other countries in less than three weeks since imposing its most severe immigration restrictions yet in response to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Thursday.”

Lawsuit Aims to Stop Baltimore Police From Using War-Zone Surveillance System to Spy on Residents (Chris)

The author writes, “The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday to stop the Baltimore Police Department from testing one of the most expansive surveillance regimes in any American city, an aerial photography system capable of tracking the outdoor movement of every one of its 600,000 residents.”

Trump Administration Tells Some Small Business Owners ‘Do Not Apply’ for Coronavirus Loans (Dana)

From The Marshall Project,It’s a little noticed frustration compared to the logistical problems of the Trump administration’s rollout of the CARES Act. A set of new regulations for implementing the law, issued by the Small Business Administration, prohibits small-business owners with criminal records from accessing the desperately needed loans.”

Lights Out? Fireflies Face Extinction Threats of Habitat Loss, Light Pollution, Pesticides (Mili)

From TuftsNow, “Habitat loss, pesticide use and, surprisingly, artificial light are the three most serious threats endangering fireflies across the globe, raising the spectre of extinction for certain species and related impacts on biodiversity and ecotourism, according to a Tufts University-led team of biologists associated with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

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