- The Cleveland Browns disappointed their fanbase this past season with a 6-10 record.
- The Browns fired head coach Freddie Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey, but their problems go much deeper.
- Despite arriving to much fanfare, Odell Beckham Jr. could move on after only a year in Cleveland.
Everything looked to be on the up for the Cleveland Browns.
Following his impressive performance as offensive coordinator in 2018, the Browns hired Freddie Kitchens as their head coach. Superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. arrived in a blaze of positivity and media coverage.
This was supposed to be the year that the much-maligned Browns fanbase could hold their heads high again. What the hell happened?
Freddie Kitchens Was Never Head Coach Material
It didn’t take long to see that Freddie Kitchens wasn’t head coach material. He’d spent over ten years as a positional coach in the NFL.
After his brief tenure at the top ended, he’s doing something he’s more comfortable with – coaching tight ends for the New York Giants.
Luckily for the Giants, the Browns already revealed Kitchens’ weaknesses.
OBJ’s Stay in Cleveland Could Be Short -and Anything But Sweet
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam would have you believe that Odell Beckham Jr. is going nowhere this off-season. When asked if he thinks the controversial wide receiver will remain with the Cleveland Browns through 2020, he commented:
Absolutely. Odell is extremely talented. He was hampered by the groin injury. The surgery went well, he’s rehabbing, and we look forward to having him and being a big, big producer for the team this year.
New head coach Kevin Stefanski also sounds positive about keeping Beckham Jr. in Cleveland. But he doesn’t seem quite as sold as Haslam.
Here’s what Stefanski said about OBJ:
There’s a standard that we’ll set and that we’re going to ask of them to adhere to those standards.
Stefanski doesn’t seem like someone who’ll put up with Beckham Jr.’s crap the same way Freddie Kitchens did.
The Browns Claim Accountability Is Crucial – But They Need to Prove It
During his news conference, general manager Andrew Berry claimed that he was looking for players who were going to be tough, smart, and accountable on and off the field.
That sounds great in theory.
But the Browns have a track record of overlooking a player’s worrying character flaws if they can benefit the franchise. They signed Kareem Hunt right after the Kansas City Chiefs released him for shoving and kicking a woman in a hotel.
He was also questioned by police during a traffic stop and caught pleading with the officer that he would fail a drug test if hauled up.
Even the hopeful comments on Beckham Jr. come after a video surfaced of him smacking a police officer on the rear-end.
Jimmy Haslam is happy to overlook these kinds of incidents if it means success for his football team. Kevin Stefanski appears less likely to turn a blind eye.
It’s a new year for the Cleveland Browns, and with it comes new optimism. Let’s hope that they make more headlines on the field than off it this year.
But if the past is any guide, the Browns are just lying to themselves. And yes, Browns fans, they’re lying to you too.
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This article was edited by Aaron Weaver, Josiah Wilmoth.
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Uber has been hemorrhaging cash for years. The company lost $8.5 billion (with a B) in 2019 alone and has yet to finish a financial calendar anywhere close to breaking even. However Uber’s new management appears confident that 2020 will be the year that the company breaks its losing streak, as CFO Nelson Chai told reporters on last week’s Q4 earnings call.
GM’s vaunted luxury SUV, the Cadillac Escalade, is getting a 21st century makeover. The Escalade, which was once the poster child of environmentally irresponsible vehicle ownership, will new feature a slew of high tech gadgets including more than 3 feet of OLED screens, Super Cruise, and even an AR-enhanced navigation system that will show drivers a live street view of what’s directly in front of the vehicle. You know, like a windshield but fancier. The Escalade isn’t the only GM model sporting Super Cruise, the company also announced last week that 22 of its vehicles will feature the semi-autonomous highway driving system by 2023.
The widespread adoption of EV tech took another step in the right direction last week as Toyota and Panasonic announced a joint battery manufacturing venture, dubbed Prime Planet Energy and Solutions. The new company will employ more than 5,000 workers when it launches in April.
British automaker Ariel first showed off the bare bones of its upcoming hybrid supercar concept, the Hipercar (yes, that’s spelled correctly — it stands for “high-performance carbon reduction”) back in 2017 but at that time, the company didn’t have much more than a frame to show off. However after three years of design and fabrication work, the company announced last week that it will
Electric vehicle ownership remains an impossible dream for many rural Americans given the severe shortage of available public charging options available to them. However thanks to a billion dollar investment from the EV powering network, ChargePoint, drivers across the country will soon be able to venture farther than a few hundred miles from their homes.
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The best Sundays are for long reads and deep conversations. Earlier this week, the Let’s Talk Bitcoin! Show gathered to discuss the US tax treatment of “Virtual Currencies” and how scams find a home wherever opportunity exists, at least for a while.
During our first segment, we’ll discuss:
Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act of 2020: The proposed legislation would exempt capital gains taxes if any individual transaction results in a capital gain of $200 or less. Previous versions of the bill proposed a $600 cap. If passed, it would take effect in the 2020 tax year. Link – H.R. 5635
The IRS has a question for you: Tax filers in the U.S. are being asked if At any time during 2019, did you receive, sell, send, exchange, or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency? Link –IRS Form 1040
Yang proposes “Digital Asset Regulation”: U.S. Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang wants to Clarify the tax implications of owning, selling, and trading digital assets. Yang says clear policy will allow businesses to invest and innovate in the area without fear of a regulatory shift. Link – Yang 2020
Later on, we’ll dig into the “why” of scams as we begin a longer conversation on the topic.
Three main points on scams:
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- The official coronavirus death toll in China is a little over 800. But an exiled Chinese businessman says crematoriums are leaking the real figure.
- A billionaire whistleblower alleges Wuhan has crematoriums working 24/7. He claims they’ve cremated some 50,000 coronavirus victims.
- Guo Wengui is a Chinese billionaire living in exile in the United States.
The official coronavirus death toll is some 800 people in China. The current official death toll worldwide, outside of China, is 774. But a Chinese billionaire with a history of blowing the whistle on his former government says the real figure is much higher.
Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000. Wengui made the bombshell allegations in an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Whistleblower: 1.5 million coronavirus cases in China, 50,000 coronavirus deaths in Wuhan
He also claims to have inside information that there are 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in China. Wengui is emphatic that these are not merely quarantined or “under observation” but confirmed cases of coronavirus infection:
So I got inside information. The truth is 1.5 million people is not only [an] observation, [it] is confirmed [cases]. And the number of people who have died, as the burned bodies show, [is] more than 50,000.
China has struggled to contain the coronavirus. But it has also struggled to contain public outcry against censorship and tight control of information. Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the disease, succumbed to an infection and died this week. The Chinese government arrested him for blowing the whistle.
Then officials tried to suppress news of his death. Afterwards, millions of Chinese citizens saw the hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech on Mandarin language social media. But the Chinese government censored that too.
Are Wengui’s Crematorium Claims Credible?
Watch VICE’s 2017 profile on Guo Wengui. At the time, he published bombshell documents alleging corruption in the Chinese government. He got the attention of the media and reportedly the U.S. State Department.
Wengui is a mysterious and controversial figure. After falling into disfavor with the Communist Party of China, the real estate developer fled to the United States in 2015.
China has charged him with rape, bribery, kidnapping, money laundering, and fraud. But the U.S. has declined to extradite him. Guo has published a number of other allegations of corruption among top Chinese officials. VICE news says they’re a mixed bag. Some have been proven false, some have been neither verified nor disproved, and others have turned out to be accurate.
Crematoriums Are Working Overtime to Handle Coronavirus Death Toll
Wengui says there are 49 crematoriums in Wuhan, and they’ve been working 24/7 for 17 days. Last week, a crematorium worker identified as “Mr. Yun” told a Chinese newspaper he and co-workers have been working 24 hours a day:
Almost all staff at each funeral home in Wuhan are fully equipped, and all Wuhan cremation chambers are working 24 hours.
Mr. Yun says at his location alone, 100 body bags are required a day. The Epoch Times does have a strong anti-communist party bias, but it has not failed any fact checks in the past. And its reporting in the case of Mr. Yun was picked up by the Daily Mail.
Not all the bodies going into the Wuhan crematoriums are victims of coronavirus. There is still the usual number of deaths from other causes. But these account for a small number of the new round-the-clock pace of cremations.
One crematorium manager told a Hong Kong reporter that, in normal times, his 24 ovens were lit five days a week for four hours at a time. Now, he said, they have so many corpses to deal with that all the ovens are going around the clock.
With reports like these, and the Chinese government’s history of suppressing information to maintain its idea of order, the official coronavirus figures are very questionable.
The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.
This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo.
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