Do Strict New Stay-At-Home Orders Violate The Constitution?

The Government of Los Angeles County has told its Ten Million residents that, as of today, “All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are prohibited.” Although there are exceptions for religious services and protests, this “Stay-At-Home” order is an extraordinary deprivation of people’s freedom. It is on top of a restrictive state-wide curfew and other major restrictions on businesses and individuals. President-Elect Joe Biden has promised various national level restrictions as well. Is all of this constitutional?

No matter how serious the COVID situation is (and there is no doubt that it is extremely serious), the Constitution still limits the power of government. There are at least three important

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Stay-at-home mom makes a fortune by flipping old furniture

  • Maggie McGaugh, 25, from Texas, began transforming old furniture just a few weeks after giving birth 
  • The stay-at-home mother quit her job when she was pregnant so she could be a full-time mom to her son
  • She began with a wooden bread box that she found in a thrift store, and discovered she had a talent for DIY 
  • Maggie began transforming larger pieces of furniture and started selling them off 
  • She earns at least four times the money that she puts into each item – often raking in hundreds per piece 
  • Her DIY projects have also earned her Instagram fame, helping her rack up more than 121,000 followers

A crafty mom who transforms old furniture into incredible works-of-art in budget DIYs has revealed she sells the pieces on for four times what she spent on them – raking in hundreds of dollars per sale.  

Maggie McGaugh, 25, from Fort Worth,

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How do you welcome home a college student amid COVID-19?

My daughter came home for the holidays. In response to COVID-19, her university had moved up the fall semester to ensure all classes and exams would end before Thanksgiving. That means we are now in winter break.

Were this a standard year, we would have celebrated her return by going out to dinner, perhaps to our favorite neighborhood sushi bar. Instead, the sushi bar was a non-starter, and my daughter marked her arrival by rapid testing for the coronavirus — the results came back negative — and retreating to her room to quarantine. After another negative test, we agreed that she could come out as long as everyone remained masked. After a third, the masks came down.

Those first days, though, when I had yet to spend any real time with her, my wife and I delivered meals and retrieved the dishes when she was done. We washed our hands.

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75 Best Cyber Monday 2020 Home Deals: Furniture, Cookware, Appliances & More

They say good things come to those who wait, and when it comes to the Cyber Monday 2020 deals on furniture and home decor, the adage holds true. For those of you who held out on big Black Friday purchases in hopes of further reduced prices, your patience is being rewarded! While some brands have kept their offerings the same throughout the weekend, others have thrown in free shipping or upped the ante with deeper discounts. We’ve rounded up the brands offering big deals and we’ll be updating this list throughout the day to make sure you don’t miss anything extra special. So, get hydrated, stretch your shopping fingers, and get ready for the best Cyber Monday deals for furniture, cookware, and all things home.

The Best Cyber Monday Furniture Deals

Floyd: $75 off the Shelf, $25 off the Shelf Expansion Unit, $25 off the Tables, Desks and Coffee Tables,
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How to handle the challenges of a makeshift home office

For many professionals, a work-from-home day was a rare, but welcome, occurrence. Sure, you traded your Aero chair and giant monitors for a kitchen table and a tiny laptop screen. But not having to commute and the comforts of home often outweighed those hassles. After all, who’d judge you for taking a catnap after a marathon conference call?

That all changed when the COVID-19 pandemic led many companies to shutter offices, sending waves of employees home to work remotely. At the time, there were questions about how employees would respond to that massive and sudden shift. Would productivity suffer? Would they feel disconnected from their coworkers?

According to Capital One’s 2020 Work Environment Survey, concerns about the transition to remote work were largely unfounded. The report found that 78% of employees agree that working from home can be as effective as working in the office, and 64% agree that remote

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How Skyline Furniture Boosted Agility and Speed to Market With 3D Virtual Showrooms

Manufacturers and retailers of products that rely on touch as a selling point (think apparel, décor and furniture) have faced some of the highest hurdles erected by COVID-19. Not being able to feel a fabric’s texture or see a sofa in three dimensions can lower a buyer’s confidence level and make it that much tougher for sellers to differentiate themselves.

Executives at made-to-order furniture manufacturer Skyline Furniture were well aware of these challenges, including those created by the cancellation of trade shows where the company traditionally showcased its latest lines. Rather than bemoan the loss of in-person selling, however, Skyline Furniture went all in on 3D technology that has allowed it to create photorealistic virtual assets, which potential buyers can use for self-guided 360-degree “tours” as well as AR and VR deployments.

With the help of the self-service 3D tech platform from ALL3D, the company created four virtual apartments, complete

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U.S. pending home sales unexpectedly fall in October

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Contracts to buy U.S. previously owned homes fell for a second straight month in October as an acute shortage of properties pushed up prices, though the housing market remains supported by record low mortgage rates.

a sign on the side of a building: FILE PHOTO: Real estate signs advertise new homes for sale in multiple new developments in York County, South Carolina

FILE PHOTO: Real estate signs advertise new homes for sale in multiple new developments in York County, South Carolina

The National Association of Realtors said on Monday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, decreased 1.1% to 128.9. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast pending home contracts, which become sales after a month or two, would rebound 1.0% in October.


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Compared to a year ago, pending homes sales jumped 20.2% in October. The monthly decline in contracts suggests a moderation in sales of existing home sales after they accelerated in October to their highest level since November 2005.

The housing market is being

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The Best Cyber Monday Furniture Sales of 2020

a bedroom with a bed and desk in a room: Cyber Monday furniture deals are available at sites like Amazon, Home Depot, Pottery Barn, Walmart, Brooklinen, Serena & Lily and Wayfair. Save big on beds, mattresses, sofas, chairs and more.

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Cyber Monday furniture deals are available at sites like Amazon, Home Depot, Pottery Barn, Walmart, Brooklinen, Serena & Lily and Wayfair. Save big on beds, mattresses, sofas, chairs and more.

Cyber Monday is here! And some of these deals are even better than Black Friday’s. We’re feeling gifty — and now’s the time to get in on the very best offerings our editors found this year.

Below, we broke down the best Cyber Monday furniture deals for 2020 so you can finally make those long-awaited upgrades to your home. Must-have home products like beds, sheets, sofas, mattresses and more are already on sale at retailers like Amazon, Wayfair, Home Depot, Target, Brooklinen, Pottery Barn and Serena & Lily, among others. Here are the Cyber Monday furniture deals available this very minute:

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Our Favorite Cyber Monday Furniture Deals

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Paritzki & Liani Architects mixes architecture and geology in Grifo210 boutique

a chair sitting in front of a building: Coloured display stands in Grifo210 boutique by Paritzki & Liani Architects

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Coloured display stands in Grifo210 boutique by Paritzki & Liani Architects

Paritzki & Liani Architects has created a minimal interior for a boutique on the Italian island of Ischia, filled with references to local architecture and volcanic geology.

Located off the coast of Naples, Ischia sits over an ancient volcanic crater, which gives it an abundant landscape of verdant greenery, thermal spas and natural springs.

a bedroom with a bed in a room: The shop references the island of Ischia in terms of both architecture and geology

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The shop references the island of Ischia in terms of both architecture and geology

It also boasts many notable buildings, including an 18th century palace, circular and quadrangular watch towers, and numerous historic stone houses.

Tel Aviv-based Paritzki & Liani Architects referenced both the island’s landscape and architecture in the redesign of Grifo210, a fashion boutique on its most prominent shopping street, Corso Vittoria Colonna.

a glass shower door: Curved architectural forms are mimicked by arched openings and white curtains

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Curved architectural forms are mimicked by arched openings

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Doubts raised over rapid Covid tests in plan for English care home visits

A flagship government scheme to use rapid testing to allow care home visitors to hug loved ones before Christmas has been dealt a serious blow after a council instructed providers not to use the tests, citing fears that they lack accuracy.

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The health secretary, Matt Hancock, had promised that by Christmas rapid testing that produces results in less than an hour would be rolled out to care homes across England to end “heartbreaking” restrictions on visits.

But Sheffield city council has told operators that “when used in practice, the performance … appears to show an unacceptably high risk of not correctly detecting infected individuals”.

In an instruction that care homes predicted would upset families whose hopes of a visit had been raised by the announcement of testing, the council told them “not to use lateral flow test kits … until we

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