Kushner Firm Built Coronavirus Website Trump Promised – The Atlantic

Kushner Firm Built Coronavirus Website Trump Promised – The Atlantic

On March 13, President Donald Trump promised Americans they would soon be able to access a new website that would ask them about their symptoms and direct them to nearby coronavirus testing sites. He said Google was helping.

That wasn’t true. But in the following days, Oscar Health—a health-insurance company closely connected to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner—developed a government website with the features the president had described. A team of Oscar engineers, project managers, and executives spent about five days building a stand-alone website at the government’s request, an Oscar spokesperson told The Atlantic. The company even dispatched two employees from New York to meet in person with federal officials in Washington, D.C., the spokesperson said. Then the website was suddenly and mysteriously scrapped.

The site would not have helped many Americans even if it had launched. Today, more than two weeks after the president promised a national network of drive-through test sites, only a handful of such sites have opened, and fewer than 1 million Americans have been tested.

The full extent of Oscar’s work on the project has not been previously reported. The partnership between the administration and the firm suggests that Kushner may have mingled his family’s business interests with his political interests and his role in the administration’s coronavirus response. Kushner’s younger brother Joshua is a co-founder and major investor in Oscar, and Jared Kushner partially owned or controlled Oscar before he joined the White House. The company’s work on the coronavirus website could violate federal ethics laws, several experts said

via Kushner Firm Built Coronavirus Website Trump Promised – The Atlantic

Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus

Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus

There may be many factors at play, but experts said early on that fast and widespread testing gave Germany an edge.

“The reason why we in Germany have so few deaths at the moment compared to the number of infected can be largely explained by the fact that we are doing an extremely large number of lab diagnoses,” said virologist Dr. Christian Drosten, whose team developed the first test for the new virus at Berlin’s Charité hospital — established over 300 years ago to treat plague victims.

He estimated that Germany is now capable of conducting up to 500,000 tests a week.

Spain, meanwhile, tests between 105,000 and 140,000 people each week, about 20% to 30% what Germany is capable of. Italy did around 200,000 tests over the past week, but that reflects a significant recent ramp-up.

Early access to the test from Drosten’s team is only part of the reason for Germany’s head start. Before the country even registered its first case, authorities agreed the tests would be covered by its universal insurance system, and be available to everyone with symptoms and either recent travel to virus hotspots or close contact with a confirmed case.

via APNews Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus

Governor Andrew Cuomo; 53 Percent Of 17K Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Are Under 50 Years Old – Younger People Aged 20-54 Make Up 38 Percent Of Coronavirus Hospitalizations And 20 Percent Are Age 22-24 In US – Link Between Increased/Prolonged Exposure And More Severe Symptoms – Kinsa Thermometer Tracking CV | A Green Road Journal

Will the global high cost, high profit based predatory capitalistic medical monopoly be able to survive what is coming at it or will it collapse, because it is based on unsustainable practices, principles and scientism? Time will tell.

via Governor Andrew Cuomo; 53 Percent Of 17K Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Are Under 50 Years Old – Younger People Aged 20-54 Make Up 38 Percent Of Coronavirus Hospitalizations And 20 Percent Are Age 22-24 In US – Link Between Increased/Prolonged Exposure And More Severe Symptoms – Kinsa Thermometer Tracking CV | A Green Road Journal

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) | Smart Grid Awareness

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) | Smart Grid Awareness

The “16×9” investigative report mentioned in the above video is actually available on this website at the following webpage:

http://skyvisionsolutions.org/rf-health-effects/wi-fi-in-schools/

Also, please note an updated posting on the topic of heart rate variability due to exposure to RF radiation:

http://skyvisionsolutions.org/2013/08/10/replication-of-heart-rate-provocation-study/

Interview with Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland

Despite the numerous reports of EHS and the WHO’s commentary that the majority of individuals who claim EHS symptoms cannot detect EMF exposure, it is somewhat ironic that Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director General of the World Health Organization and Convener of the World Commission on Environment and Development, openly claimed in 2002 to be afflicted with EHS.  Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland took office as Director General of the World Health Organization on July 21, 1998.  Her term of office ended on July 21, 2003.  Brundtland, a medical doctor, also served as the prime minister of Norway for more than ten years in the 1980s and 1990s.

What follows in this section is a translation of the cover story in Norwegian newspaper “Dagbladet” of March 9, 2002:

Mobile phone radiation gives Gro Harlem Brundtland headaches.
WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland (62), gets headaches from talking on a mobile phone.  That is not enough:  People in her proximity must turn their phones off in order to prevent discomfort.

via Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS) | Smart Grid Awareness

Everything You Need to Know About General Strikes | Teen Vogue

Everything You Need to Know About General Strikes | Teen Vogue

Though the concept has its roots in ancient Rome’s secessio plebis, one of the first modern general strikes took place during the Industrial Revolution in Northern England in 1842, a time of great civil and social unrest, as modern capitalism began to take hold and hierarchical class lines began to be drawn between employers and employees. General strikes played pivotal roles in the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Spanish Civil War. And in the U.S., general strikes became almost common during the 19th and early 20th centuries, with examples taking hold in Philadelphia (1835), St. Louis (1877), Chicago (1886), New Orleans (1892), and Seattle (1919), and during the Great Railroad Strike of 1877. These large-scale actions were instrumental in securing crucial workers’ rights that many of us take for granted today, from basic safety regulations to the eight-hour workday and the end of child labor. But those wins did not come easily.

 

“Historically speaking, the general strike is incredibly successful since it completely shuts down the functions of the economy,” author and union organizer Shane Burley tells Teen Vogue. “This is really the foundation of the power workers have under capitalism, to withhold their labor and undermine capital. Because a general strike affects the economy so broadly, it gives workers a huge bargaining chip to make massive societal demands — not just in one workplace, but of capital across all sectors.”

As noted by Black liberation and socialist author W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the country’s most successful general strikes happened during the Civil War, when roughly half a million enslaved Africans escaped Southern plantations and found the Union Army, and mass numbers of poor white Confederates deserted their posts — two independent collective actions that, together, helped kneecap the Confederacy.

via Everything You Need to Know About General Strikes | Teen Vogue

‘Keep This Hospital Open’: Bernie Sanders Joins Rally In Philadelphia To Protest Hahnemann University Hospital’s Closure – CBS Philly

‘Keep This Hospital Open’: Bernie Sanders Joins Rally In Philadelphia To Protest Hahnemann University Hospital’s Closure – CBS Philly

“It’s insane,” Sanders said in an exclusive interview with CBS3 prior to the rally. “If you look at this thing objectively and you say that in the midst of a health care crisis, a hospital is being converted into a real estate opportunity in order to make some wealthy guy even more money, ignoring the health care needs of thousands of people, that is pretty crazy.”

Exclusive: Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Calls Hahnemann University Hospital Pending Closure ‘Insane’

Hahnemann already shut down its maternity ward over the weekend and plans to close the entire facility by early September. However, Gov. Tom Wolf and Philadelphia city leaders announced Monday it secured $15 million in tax dollars for any new medical provider that plans to open at Hahnemann. The money would be used to fill in any gaps.

“Let’s make it clear — today the eyes of the nation are on Hahnemann Hospital right now,” Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym said.

Hahnemann’s nurses union believes that tax money is a good start but insists it is not enough. The union also wants lawmakers to push the hospital’s owners to sell the facility to a medical nonprofit.

via ‘Keep This Hospital Open’: Bernie Sanders Joins Rally In Philadelphia To Protest Hahnemann University Hospital’s Closure – CBS Philly

Biden’s Racism Is More Veiled Than Trump’s — But No Less Real

hen it comes to race, Joe Biden’s record and rhetoric reflect the broader hypocrisy of U.S. politics. While Biden rightly criticizes Donald Trump’s racism, he then praises himself for his own ability to work with overt white supremacist Dixiecrat Democrats in the 1970s. It’s important to recognize the problematic nature of Biden’s history of working with Southern Democratic racist senators. We must acknowledge the more subtle forms of racism at work in the Democratic Party even as an overt racist sits in the Oval Office.

This is what has directly led us to this point, where voters see a moderately racist centrist candidate as more acceptable than a democratic socialist, in order to remove the overt old-school white supremacist from office. The trust given to Joe Biden by the Black constituency is a direct result of spill-over “affection” from the Obama presidency (even though the former president has not endorsed Biden). This has allowed Biden to keep the fidelity of the Black vote, as he praises his ability to work with white supremacists of the past. The fate of this primary is not sealed, but Biden is currently the front-runner.

The mainstream Democratic Party has perfected the art of subtle — or at least subtler-than-Trump — racism. We must ask ourselves: How will we challenge the president’s racist actions, even if a Democrat is elected?

via Truthout Biden’s Racism Is More Veiled Than Trump’s — But No Less Real

Add your name to Bernie’s petition to protect Walmart workers from coronavirus | Friends of Bernie Sanders

Add your name to Bernie’s petition to protect Walmart workers from coronavirus | Friends of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders calling on Walmart to protect its workers during the coronavirus pandemic, including:

Prevention & safety: Provide gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, and other protective gear to all employees who interact with customers, vendors, and suppliers.
Paid leave: Provide adequate paid sick days, paid family leave, and comprehensive health coverage that they can afford.
Hazard pay: Double the regular pay for employees who decide to come to work during this health pandemic.
Add your name if you agree Walmart needs to protect its workers.

via Add your name to Bernie’s petition to protect Walmart workers from coronavirus | Friends of Bernie Sanders

Could COVID-19 Be Amazon’s kryptonite? – Big Think

Could COVID-19 Be Amazon’s kryptonite? – Big Think

It would be ironic if Amazon’s fall were to come about due to the failure of its third-party sellers, given that Amazon has received so much criticism for pushing smaller retailers and brands out of business. Yet it remains a possibility.

Over 50% of Amazon sales are made through third-party sellers, and they are the foundation of Amazon’s meteoric growth in the last few years. However, Amazon has been slowly selling them out, and COVID-19 could finally push them under.

For many vendors, Amazon is their only point of contact with customers, but now Amazon is turning away shipments of “non-essentials” to FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) warehouses, in order to support smooth flow of “essentials.” This decision has affected approximately 53% of Amazon sellers, preventing them from shipping products to their customers.

via Could COVID-19 Be Amazon’s kryptonite? – Big Think

Got fascism, within predatory capitalism?

Amazon is virulently anti union and fires anyone who dares to mention the word union.

Workers get zero benefits, no sick leave, but are exposed to the CV. Many workers have gotten sick. Amazon admits it is a brutal place to work, and many workers can last only a few months.

The supply chain is being disrupted.

Amazon is lucky to get stuff to people within a MONTH now, which means it is failing to meet it’s primary reason for being, which is 1 day delivery.

As truckers get resistance from cities and states locking down, and they are getting sick too, that disrupts things more.

People are waking up to the darkness that is Amazon, and they are switching to local sellers, suppliers and local farmers.

Coronavirus (Hell Is Coming) And Guns – Compare Ownership of Guns To Vehicle Ownership, Education, Mentally Ill, Medical Care, Renting Movies, Home Ownership And Gym Memberships – Why Is NO Insurance, Permit, Training Or Safety Laws Required Around WMD Assault Weapons? | A Green Road Journal

Italy put the entire country under lockdown 12 days ago, yet its death toll is still increasing exponentially. That’s because there is a 24 day lag between an infection and its resolution. We haven’t put our country under a lockdown yet.

Except a few educated people, no one has any idea that there are already around 2 million infected people in America today and the American death toll will exceed 15,000 in just 24 days. If we don’t take strict measures, we will be reporting 1000 deaths per day in just 3 weeks.

The attacks on 9/11 killed around 3000 people. We will be reporting a 9/11 every three days. That’s why we say “hell is coming”.

via Coronavirus (Hell Is Coming) And Guns – Compare Ownership of Guns To Vehicle Ownership, Education, Mentally Ill, Medical Care, Renting Movies, Home Ownership And Gym Memberships – Why Is NO Insurance, Permit, Training Or Safety Laws Required Around WMD Assault Weapons? | A Green Road Journal

Covid-19 Derangement Syndrome: A World Gone Mad

Covid-19 Derangement Syndrome: A World Gone Mad

Sun Tzu famously said in The Art of War “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

The world’s governments are fighting a battle against an “enemy” (the Covid-19 virus) they do not understand. Neither do they understand “themselves,” which in this case I will consider to be the human body. This is a battle they will not win. They rushed into it blindly with little knowledge and preparation and the results so far are not pretty. The current battle should be over in a few months but the enemy will likely be back next year and/or the year after that. Will we know our enemy and know ourselves better before the next battle? I sincerely hope so.

But is treating the Covid-19 virus like an enemy that needs to be destroyed at all costs the right approach?

War on Covid-19

The USA has been at war in one form or another since its inception. There have been countless shooting wars but there has also been The War On Drugs, The War On Cancer, The War On Poverty, The War On Terrorism, The War On Global Warming, etc. Have any of these wars resulted in the eradication of the object on which the war was declared? No. All of these “wars” are foolish and misguided attempts at eradicating something that you cannot eradicate. They will always be with us. We have wasted untold trillions of dollars on these wars and have very little to show for it. The results of the current “War On Covid-19” will not be much different. We need to take a different approach and stop blindly declaring war on something we do not understand.

via Covid-19 Derangement Syndrome: A World Gone Mad | Uprootedpalestinians’s Blog

The war on Nature cannot be won.

Violations of Natural Law will not be excused.

The Monetary Abyss Stares Back and Asks Who’s Next? — Strategic Culture

The Monetary Abyss Stares Back and Asks Who’s Next? — Strategic Culture

This system is ultimately a Ponzi scheme piling credit on top of credit until there are no more greater fools to sell the new debt to.

That’s the system we have. And it is collapsing precisely because the world is situated at the point where there is little more productive capacity to monetize and pull that capital from the future to fund the new debt.

It won’t matter if we replace this system with pure helicopter money without debt as the Modern Monetary Theory proponents argue. We’re already doing a version of this by having the central banks buy debt they never intend to sell on the open market. So, the debt itself is without value. The money printed from those bonds is as much scrip as if the bond had never been issued.

via The Monetary Abyss Stares Back and Asks Who’s Next? — Strategic Culture

The Invisible Bug That Killed an Empire | New Eastern Outlook

The Invisible Bug That Killed an Empire | New Eastern Outlook

The connective tissue of America is about to be put under coronavirus stress, whether or not every citizen comes down with the bug, every man, woman, and child will be affected. A $1200 loan from Uncle Sam is not going to help. And yes, the stimulus checks are a loan from the world central banks. The stock market rallied on the announcement of the stimulus package by the government, but the U.S. passing China in the number of cases is already pushing the Dow Jones back down as of Friday, March 27. And once the “lag” numbers start coming in, when Easter rolls over families because of the employment situation, and as more families are touched by the death toll, the situation is NOT going to get better anytime soon.

There is no happy ending to the story of the American hegemony that failed. Being a ruler can be a great thing when the sun is shining, but when catastrophe dashes hope kings usually head for asylum. It will be interesting to see where Donald Trump and the EU’s mediocre heads of state end up.

via The Invisible Bug That Killed an Empire | New Eastern Outlook

Hell is Coming: Here is the Mathematical Proof

Hell is Coming: Here is the Mathematical Proof

These calculations imply that the American death toll will be 12,800 on April 7th. To put that in perspective, yesterday, the total death toll in Italy was 3400 and 3000 in China.

I know that these are just estimates, but even if my estimates are off by 50%, we will have still twice as many coronavirus deaths as China 2.5 weeks from now.

Enter social distancing. On March 14th, various municipalities and agencies started introducing social distancing. The practice eventually began to be suggested or required in the hardest hit parts of the nation.

The good news is that we started cancelling schools and closing down restaurants around March 14th. So, the number of total US infections isn’t doubling every 3 days anymore. Unfortunately, the horse is already out of the barn. As of March 14th, one out of every 200 Americans is already infected.

Italy put the entire country under lockdown 12 days ago, yet its death toll is still increasing exponentially. That’s because there is a 24 day lag between an infection and its resolution. We haven’t put our country under a lockdown yet.

Except a few educated people, no one has any idea that there are already around 2 million infected people in America today and the American death toll will exceed 15,000 in just 24 days. If we don’t take strict measures, we will be reporting 1000 deaths per day in just 3 weeks.

The attacks on 9/11 killed around 3000 people. We will be reporting a 9/11 every three days. That’s why we say “hell is coming”.

via Hell is Coming: Here is the Mathematical Proof

No Lockdown for Nuclear Construction Projects – Trident, Sellafield, Hinkley C

No Lockdown for Nuclear Construction Projects – Trident, Sellafield, Hinkley C

Hinkley C construction still continues despite the obvious close proximity of the workforce – it should be scrapped altogether but continuing with this construction when the public and small businesses are ‘locked down’ because of Covid19 makes no sense. EDF say they have halved the workforce to 2000 “The French utility has also decided to shut its Bristol head office, put people on a work from home scheme and carry out temperature checks as a further preventive measures while keeping nuclear capability intact. The project will preserve the UK’s specialist nuclear supply chain and its skilled workers by focusing on critical work on nuclear parts of the project. Keeping this capability intact is essential for a project of critical national importance and an industry which plays a key role in helping the UK reach net zero.”

There you have it – Nuclear is “essential” – for what though? Trident? Certainly not to protect the public. Nuclear makes the planet burn faster and hotter.

via No Lockdown for Nuclear Construction Projects – Trident, Sellafield, Hinkley C
Workers are crowded onto buses and stand in crowded long lines at both ends of bus ride..

What could go wrong?

People Dying in U.S. from Dunning-Helzer Effect | Nel’s New Day

People Dying in U.S. from Dunning-Helzer Effect | Nel’s New Day

Epstein, DDT, and most of DDT’s appointments suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect, their illusion of superiority because they cannot assess their own lack of ability. According to social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger, people of low ability believe they are superior whereas those of high ability evaluate their abilities far lower than they are. In 2011, Dunning wrote: “In short, those who are incompetent, for lack of a better term, should have little insight into their incompetence—an assertion that has come to be known as the Dunning–Kruger effect.”

In 2014, Dunning and Helzer described how the Dunning–Kruger effect “suggests that poor performers are not in a position to recognize the shortcomings in their performance.” They call the effect a “dual burden.” People are not only incompetent, but their incompetence also takes their mental ability to realize how incompetent they are. They simply overestimate their own skill levels.

DDT is a textbook case.

via People Dying in U.S. from Dunning-Helzer Effect | Nel’s New Day

Why Does Russia, Population 146 Million, Have Fewer Coronavirus Cases Than Luxembourg?

Why Does Russia, Population 146 Million, Have Fewer Coronavirus Cases Than Luxembourg?

“The director-general of WHO said ‘test, test, test,'” Dr. Melita Vujnovic, the World Health Organization’s representative in Russia, told CNN Thursday. “Well, Russia started that literally at the end of January.”

Vujnovic said Russia also took a broader set of measures in addition to testing.

“Testing and identification of cases, tracing contacts, isolation, these are all measures that WHO proposes and recommends, and they were in place all the time,” she said. “And the social distancing is the second component that really also started relatively early.”

via Why Does Russia, Population 146 Million, Have Fewer Coronavirus Cases Than Luxembourg?

How to Find Coronavirus? Dutch Scientists See Signs in Sewage – Bloomberg

How to Find Coronavirus? Dutch Scientists See Signs in Sewage – Bloomberg

Dutch scientists were able to find the coronavirus in a city’s wastewater before Covid-19 cases were reported, demonstrating a novel early warning system for the pneumonia-causing disease.

The so-called SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is often excreted in an infected person’s stool. Although it’s unlikely that sewage will become an important route of transmission, the pathogen’s increasing circulation in communities will increase the amount of it flowing into sewer systems, Gertjan Medema and colleagues at the KWR Water Research Institute in Nieuwegein said on Monday.

via How to Find Coronavirus? Dutch Scientists See Signs in Sewage – Bloomberg

Coronavirus Doctors Threatened to Be Fired if They Talk About PPE – Bloomberg

Coronavirus Doctors Threatened to Be Fired if They Talk About PPE – Bloomberg

Doctors are a famously independent profession, where individual medical judgment on what’s best for the patient is prized over administrative dictates. That’s reared its head during the Covid-19 outbreak, with many physicians, nurses and other health-care workers taking to social media to express deep concerns about the lack of protective gear or much-needed patient-care equipment like respirators. Some posts have gone viral and are being shared hundreds of thousands of times, often tagged with #GetMePPE. Privacy laws prohibit disclosing specific patient information, but they don’t bar discussing general working conditions.

After examining a hypoxic woman in her 50s with no medical problems who likely has COVID, I had to clean my single-use face shield that I’ve worn the past three days with disinfectant used to clean hospital beds since we ran out of sanitizing wipes #GetMePPE pic.twitter.com/85xQcmc1dN

— Ayrenne Adams, MD MPH (@AyrenneAdamsMD) March 28, 2020
NYU Langone Health employees received a notice Friday from Kathy Lewis, executive vice president of communications, saying that anyone who talked to the media without authorization would be “subject to disciplinary action, including termination.”

“A lot of hospitals are lying to their workers and saying that simple masks are sufficient and nurses are getting sick and they are dying,” she said.

via Coronavirus Doctors Threatened to Be Fired if They Talk About PPE – Bloomberg

The Power of Fear – Centre for Research on Globalization

The Power of Fear – Centre for Research on Globalization

Herman Goering reportedly said:

“Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.”

“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”

Orwell understood the power of mass deception.

“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind,” he once said.

In his book The Prince, Machievelli said

“(s)ince love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”

“(F)ear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails.”

Machiavelli believed that leaders must be deceptive and cunning to maintain control, that ends justify the means.

He argued that leaders unable to force their will on subjects can never be successful.

He inverted the Golden Rule, saying

“do evil unto others as they would do evil unto you.”

He also believed that rulers should distance themselves from state-sponsored criminality – shifting blame for their wrongdoing onto others.

Influenced by Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes in his book Leviathan favored authoritarian leadership for control because the “danger of violent death, and the life of man (is) solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”

The power of mind-manipulating propaganda has entire populations believing that COVID-19 may infect and harm almost everyone.

via The Power of Fear – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

1 million military are activated for US city patrols by the White House

EO to Order the Selected Reserve and Certain Members of the Individual Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty | The White House

….authorized to order to active duty not to exceed 24 consecutive months, such units, and individual members of the Ready Reserve under the jurisdiction of the Secretary concerned, not to exceed 1,000,000 members on active duty at any one time, as the Secretary of Defense and, with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, the Secretary of Homeland Security consider necessary.  The Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of Homeland Security, as applicable, will ensure appropriate consultation is undertaken with relevant state officials with respect to the utilization of National Guard Reserve Component units activated under this authority.

via EO to Order the Selected Reserve and Certain Members of the Individual Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty | The White House

US surpasses China in official coronavirus deaths | TheHill

US surpasses China in official coronavirus deaths | TheHill

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said if the U.S. does things “well” to respond to the virus, it could have been 100,000 and 200,000 deaths. If the country did nothing to respond, deaths could climb as high as 2.2 million, she said.

Monday was the first day where the United States recorded more than 500 deaths in one day.

The nation now has by far the most known cases of the virus in the world, at more than 160,000.

via US surpasses China in official coronavirus deaths | TheHill

What coronavirus has taught us about inequality | Inequality | Al Jazeera

What coronavirus has taught us about inequality | Inequality | Al Jazeera

The Global North’s response to the pandemic was in many ways similar to Europe’s xenophobic responses to the plagues of distant history. It not only rushed to close itself up to foreigners in an effort to keep the disease out, but many in these countries responded to the crisis with irrational panic, xenophobia and racism. From the US to the UK, people of Asian descent faced racist and xenophobic attacks, as people irrationally held them responsible for the outbreak.

Overall, the countries in the Global North failed to see the global nature of the crisis we are currently facing. As they rushed to protect their own, they once again succumbed to old tropes about epidemics being caused by “dirty and strange others”.

Furthermore, they failed to recognise the need for a global public health strategy to contain the current COVID-19 pandemic and similar disease outbreaks that can come in the future. Instead, they focused on themselves and themselves only. Washington, for example, has reportedly offered German scientists working on a coronavirus vaccine a lot of money to give the US exclusive access to their work.

Pandemics do not materialise in isolation. They are part and parcel of capitalism and colonisation. The countries that struggled to contain and control major epidemics in the recent past, from Haiti to Sierra Leone, had deficient public health systems prior to these crises, partially as a result of their colonial histories. Moreover, products of capitalism – from war to migration to mass production and increased travel – contribute massively to the proliferation of diseases.

via What coronavirus has taught us about inequality | Inequality | Al Jazeera

How health care inequity could make the COVID-19 crisis worse | PBS NewsHour

The National Association of Community Health Centers chief medical officer Ron Yee said that about 23 percent of health center patients nationwide are uninsured, and 91 percent are low-income. Those patients may also suffer from housing insecurity — about 1.4 million people in the United States experience homelessness each year — or chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes or obesity. Such conditions can compromise the immune system, leaving patients at greater risk of catching viruses like COVID-19.

As global warnings about COVID-19 intensify, the message is increasingly stark: If you’re sick, stay at home. A wave of cancellations and closings have tried to keep even seemingly healthy people away from big gatherings or close quarters. But if you’re one of the millions of people in the United States who don’t have paid sick leave or adequate health insurance coverage, taking time off of work while you’re sick — or seeking medical care in the first place — can feel impossible.

via How health care inequity could make the COVID-19 crisis worse | PBS NewsHour

The Coronavirus Will Be a Catastrophe for the Poor – The Atlantic

Like 102 years ago, this wave of the pandemic will almost certainly disproportionately punish the poor—not only by arresting the long recovery since the Great Recession, but also by specifically targeting industries where workers are most vulnerable and have the least protection.

“One month could wipe out 10 years of progress,” in the fight against inequality, Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said. “A huge service-sector recession is coming, and we’re talking about more than 10 million jobs at risk that are often low-wage, low-benefit, or tip-based.”

Ground zero for the pandemic’s threat to the labor force are the face-to-face services and leisure economy, much of which have been forcibly shut down by governments to prevent the spread of the virus. Online reservations for restaurants in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., have declined to zero. The largest hotel in New York City, the Hilton Midtown on Sixth Avenue, is closing its 1,878 rooms indefinitely, for the first time ever. Disneyland is empty, and the casinos that had always lit the Las Vegas strip have gone dark.

via The Coronavirus Will Be a Catastrophe for the Poor – The Atlantic

Prisons and Surrounding Communities at Huge Risk to COVID-19

Prisons and Surrounding Communities at Huge Risk to COVID-19

The virus, in fact, has already reached correctional facilities. According to reporting from The New York Times, there were more than 350 cases confirmed between New York, California, Michigan, Alabama and a dozen other states. But beyond the lack of availability of tests that may be underreporting the numbers, fear of isolation and solitary confinement has prisoners hiding their symptoms, according to the AP.

New York City, which remains the epicenter of the virus in the United States, owns the highest clip of infected prisoners and staffers, with a combined nearly 250 testing positively for COVID-19. An estimate by a group petitioning New York’s Supreme Court said that the virus’s attack rate on the state’s infamous Rikers Island is 85 percent higher than that of the average U.S.

As Samantha Michaels of Mother Jones reported, the inmates in Rikers, the second largest correctional facility in the U.S., are on edge. Inmates have inadequate access to cleaning supplies like wipes and soap and sleep in overcrowded dorm-like cells with as many as 60 other men, making it near-impossible to social distance.

“The anxiety level is extreme,” Kenny, an inmate at Rikers told Michaels. “This feels like a death sentence.”

New York City, largely behind Mayor Bill de Blasio’s directive, has released 400 people in the city jail system, most of whom were scheduled for release in the next 90 days despite the crisis. But this remains far too few if officials intend to curtail the mass spread in hot spots like Rikers.

via triplepundit. Prisons and Surrounding Communities at Huge Risk to COVID-19

FDA authorizes new two-minute test for coronavirus | TheHill

FDA authorizes new two-minute test for coronavirus | TheHill

The Food and Drug Administration issued emergency approval to a two-minute test for coronavirus, its maker, Bodysphere Inc., said Tuesday.

The move could help increase the U.S. testing capability, which has been improving but is still not where it needs to be, according to governors.

“Results are delivered on site in as fast as two minutes,” Bodysphere said in a press release. “This is a game changer as today in the United States, most COVID-19 testing results take between two to seven days.”

via FDA authorizes new two-minute test for coronavirus | TheHill

A Virologist and Specialist in Coronaviruses and Respiratory Diseases Explains – Centre for Research on Globalization

A Virologist and Specialist in Coronaviruses and Respiratory Diseases Explains – Centre for Research on Globalization

SARS and MERS were not very contagious for respiratory viruses, and from an epidemiological point of view we knew for example that the contagion only happened when the patient was already sick for 4-5 days, which explains that for these two epidemics the virus was spread mostly to relatives and attending medical staff.

Our public health measures are not suitable for COVID-19

By contrast, COVID-19 is transmitted before the onset of symptoms, which implies that public health measures which could control a virus like SARS and MERS (but only if they were rigorously applied, with quarantine of people returning from risk area, and mass screening), could never be sufficient to contain such a contagious virus.

This contagiousness, comparable to that of rubella or mumps before vaccination, implies that this virus can only spread like wildfire in an immunologically naive population. And a virus capable of being transmitted by aerosol can only explain this contagiousness; it is a property of practically all respiratory viruses, SARS and MERS being notable exceptions to the rule.

The WHO has in fact admitted in a press release that aerosol transmission is possible and requires more study, when we don’t have time for more study. I worked in an institute dedicated to respiratory diseases and there the work on aerosols, chemical or infectious, is done every day, it is perhaps 10% of their activities; I have absolutely no doubt that this virus is transmitted by aerosol, if I can leave my reserve as a scientist who must doubt everything. In an emergency situation, we follow the preponderance of evidence.

The recipe for successful countries is: sanitary cordon, screening of travelers, massive use of adequate masks by the population, quarantine when necessary, surveillance of respiratory diseases, massive screening, tracing of possible contacts, and early hospitalization when necessary. But you have to be organized before the pandemic to be able to apply this recipe.

via A Virologist and Specialist in Coronaviruses and Respiratory Diseases Explains – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Prevention and treatment of COVID-19: A herbalist’s perspective | Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine

Prevention and treatment of COVID-19: A herbalist’s perspective | Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine

While addressing respiratory symptoms is a big part of treating pneumonia, it’s also important to include a tactic to resolve the underlying infection and re-establish a healthy microbiome. Some of these measures include the use of herbs with antiviral, antibacterial, and anti fungal properties, as well as pre/probiotic supplements and foods.

Antiviral herbs, as a first-line treatment for COVID-19, include St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum flower), osha (Ligusticum porter/canbyi root), biscuit root (Lomatium dissectum/nudicaule root), bhunimba (Andrographis paniculata herb), ban lan gen (Isatis tinctoria root), and yu xing cao (Houttuynia cordata herb).
Antibacterial herbs, to treat secondary infection, include goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis rhizome/root), purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia root), wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria root), garlic (Allium sativum bulb), myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), neem (Azadirachta indica leaf), bhunimba (Andrographis paniculata herb), haridra (Curcuma longa rhizome), huang lian (Coptis chinense root/rhizome), lian qiao (Forsythia suspens flower), jin yin hua (Lonicera japonica flower), ban lan gen (Isatis tinctoria root), and huang qin (Scutellaria baicalensis root).
Prebiotics, e.g. FODMAP-containing foods, chicory root, beet root, fructo-oligosaccharides (e.g. inulin)
Probiotics, e.g. Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium etc., live-culture lactofermented foods

via Prevention and treatment of COVID-19: A herbalist’s perspective | Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine

COVID-19 Is Taking A Big Toll On Other Types Of Health Care

“In affluent communities there’s much greater access to the technology than we have in rural areas,” said Cheryl Vasconcellos, CEO of Hana Health and Hawaii Primary Care Association board chair. “All of the federally qualified health centers are working in low-income and vulnerable communities where the technology may just not be available.”

“The disparities between the haves and have nots are becoming very apparent during this pandemic,” Vasconcellos said. “Ideally yes, telehealth is a solution but is it a practical solution for every community? Absolutely not.”

Even though federally qualified health centers may not treat COVID-19 patients, the pandemic is already hitting their bottom line.

Vasconcellos said she expects federal medicaid reimbursements will nearly disappear, and the health center’s total revenue could fall as much as 35% as a result.

via Civilbeat COVID-19 Is Taking A Big Toll On Other Types Of Health Care

Number of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases tops 400 nationwide

Number of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases tops 400 nationwide

WASHINGTON — More than 400 long-term care facilities nationwide now have residents who are infected with the coronavirus, an increase of 172 percent from 146 on March 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Signs from multiple states point to a rapid increase in cases in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

via NBC Number of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases tops 400 nationwide

The Downgrade Massacre Has Started | Wolf Street

The Downgrade Massacre Has Started | Wolf Street

I get “Moody’s Daily Alert” in my inbox, which lists Moody’s ratings actions for the day. The Alerts are usually a mix of a few upgrades and a few downgrades. Many times, there are no downgrades. Earlier this year, it became obvious without counting that the downgrades were starting to outnumber the upgrades by a large margin. But this week, the three Alerts were a torrent of 69 downgrades and zero upgrades. This is something I haven’t seen since I started subscribing to this service years ago. Some of the downgrades were by multiple notches in one fell swoop.

via The Downgrade Massacre Has Started | Wolf Street

Post-Lockdown New Normal: Many Brick & Mortar Stores Will Not Reopen, CMBS will Default, Mess to Ensue | Wolf Street

As many brick-and-mortar stores have shut down, and as people are fearful about going to those stores that are still open (such as grocery stores), ecommerce sales have exploded. Americans have long been reluctant to buy groceries online. But that has changed overnight.

Amazon, Walmart and other online retailers have gone on a hiring binge to deal with the onslaught of online buying, including the stuff people normally bought in grocery stores. Online retail is the huge winner of COVID-19. When the Q1 and Q2 ecommerce revenues emerge, we will see a historic spike in online sales even as brick-and-mortar sales went straight to heck.

All major department store chains and many shopping malls have shut down. Hundreds of thousands of employees have gotten laid off as retailers are trying to figure out where to go from here. And they’re now pushing online to the max – because for them, that’s the only thing there is.

When a CMBS loan defaults – or even when the loan hasn’t defaulted yet but when a mall backing a CMBS loses an anchor tenant, such as a department store – servicing gets switched from the master servicer to a “special servicer.” This is laid out in the pooling and servicing agreement (PSA). The special servicer’s job is to determine if the borrower can become current through a loan modification or a debt workout. Under many PSAs, a special servicer has the right to purchase the property at a discount if that same special servicer decides the loan cannot be brought current. Even under normal circumstances, this invites self-dealing.

via Post-Lockdown New Normal: Many Brick & Mortar Stores Will Not Reopen, CMBS will Default, Mess to Ensue | Wolf Street

Love

You have all heard how self love is a very important aspect for you moving forward. We would like to explain why this is so.

Loving others without loving yourself as well is an incomplete and unsustainable model. It is based on the martyred service paradigm, which is an old structure that you are now evolving beyond. It is choosing to exclude yourself from the love and support you have always deserved.

In order to move fully into who you are and the balance and authenticity that comes from it requires inclusion, and that means making yourself equally important as everyone else.

By denying yourself your love and care, you are giving a loud energetic no to receiving the love you deserve. You are, in effect, practicing separation. You cannot fully be the love and deny love at the same time.

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Thursday March 26, 2020

Toyota to temporarily stop all plants in Europe, Russia – Japan Today

Toyota to temporarily stop all plants in Europe, Russia – Japan Today

The Japanese auto giant has also halted output in the United States, Mexico and Canada through April 17 and will stop some production in Japan from Friday due to sluggish demand.

via Toyota to temporarily stop all plants in Europe, Russia – Japan Today

Coronavirus update: Job losses could total 47 million, unemployment rate of 32%, Fed says

Coronavirus update: Job losses could total 47 million, unemployment rate of 32%, Fed says

The coronavirus economic freeze could cost 47 million jobs and send the unemployment rate past 32%, according to St. Louis Fed projections.
There are nearly 67 million Americans working in jobs that are at a high risk of layoffs, according to the analysis.
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said last week that the initial estimates are grim but the plunge should be short-lived.

via CNBC Coronavirus update: Job losses could total 47 million, unemployment rate of 32%, Fed says

‘This Is a Massive Scandal’: Trump FDA Grants Drug Company Exclusive Claim on Promising Coronavirus Drug | Common Dreams News

‘This Is a Massive Scandal’: Trump FDA Grants Drug Company Exclusive Claim on Promising Coronavirus Drug | Common Dreams News

As healthcare providers across the U.S. desperately attempt to treat a rapidly growing number of patients with the coronavirus, a pharmaceutical company with ties to the Trump administration has been granted exclusive status for a drug it is developing to treat the illness—a potential windfall for the company that could put the medication out of reach for many Americans.

As The Intercept reported Monday, the Food and Drug Administration granted Gilead Sciences “orphan” drug status for remdesivir, one of several drugs being tested as potential treatments for the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. The designation is generally reserved for drugs that treat rare illnesses affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans—but companies can be eligible if the designation, as in this case of a rapidly spreading virus, is made before a disease spreads beyond that limit.

via ‘This Is a Massive Scandal’: Trump FDA Grants Drug Company Exclusive Claim on Promising Coronavirus Drug | Common Dreams News

The crackpot whose ‘scientific study’ informed the administration’s do-nothing pandemic response

The crackpot whose ‘scientific study’ informed the administration’s do-nothing pandemic response

[Chotiner]:You wrote, “The adaptive responses should reduce the exposures in the high-risk groups, given the tendency for the coronavirus to weaken over time.” What tendency are you talking about, and how do we know it will weaken over time?

[Epstein]: Well, what happens is it’s an evolutionary tendency. [“There is absolutely no evidence for that,” Ko told me. According to Kuritzkes, “There is no proof that this is the case. To the extent we see that evolution taking place it is usually over a much vaster timescale.”]

He then repeats that he assumed the coronavirus would weaken over time:  “This tendency takes time. It could be a week. It could be a month. It could be longer. But, in the end, you should expect something of this particular sort to take place.”

In fact, Epstein says he knows of “no exception” to the rule that such viruses weaken over time. Unfortunately, he’s wrong here as well:

[Epstein]: Over time, yes. And is this a hundred-per-cent tendency? No. Is there any known exception to it? No. [“We did not see SARS or Ebola weaken over time,” Kuritzkes said. “It is only appropriate public-health measures or vaccines that have helped to control those epidemics.”]

So up to this point, we’ve determined that Epstein doesn’t understand the nature of the virus, doesn’t understand what happened in Washington State (which he relied on in his model of the virus’ transmission), and doesn’t understand that the virus will not necessarily “weaken over time.”  In short, his conclusions and the methodology underlying them are sheer garbage.

via Daily Kos The crackpot whose ‘scientific study’ informed the administration’s do-nothing pandemic response

Mega-church pastor, who packed his church Sunday, arrested ‘for a reckless disregard for human life’

Mega-church pastor, who packed his church Sunday, arrested ‘for a reckless disregard for human life’

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa Bay area pastor has been arrested following two large services at his church over the weekend.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister says he has made the decision Sunday night to seek an arrest warrant against the pastor of River at Tampa Bay Church for violating social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Sheriff Chronister says Howard-Browne “repeatedly” violated social distancing orders from the president, CDC and local authorities.

“His reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk and thousands of residents who may interact with them this week in danger,” the sheriff said.

via DailyKos Mega-church pastor, who packed his church Sunday, arrested ‘for a reckless disregard for human life’

Philadelphia in 1918 has a warning for Trump in 2020

Philadelphia in 1918 has a warning for Trump in 2020

The so-called Spanish Flu (which actually originated in the United States) first hit in the spring of 1918. It went away over the summer, only to come back in the fall, more deadly than before. One of the cities hardest hit was Philadelphia, which saw up to 759 people die in a single day in October. And one of the big factors in the city’s death toll was a massive World War I parade held on September 28 that drew around 200,000 people.

“Within 72 hours of the parade, every bed in Philadelphia’s 31 hospitals was filled,” Kenneth Davis wrote in Smithsonian in 2018. “In the week ending October 5, some 2,600 people in Philadelphia had died from the flu or its complications. A week later, that number rose to more than 4,500.”

via Daily Kos Philadelphia in 1918 has a warning for Trump in 2020

How Will COVID-19 Impact US Manufacturing? First Indications Are Ugly. Exacerbated by Underlying Conditions | Wolf Street

How Will COVID-19 Impact US Manufacturing? First Indications Are Ugly. Exacerbated by Underlying Conditions | Wolf Street

The Texas manufacturing production index, for which data was collected between March 17 to 25 from 110 Texas-based unnamed manufacturers, plunged from +16.4 in February to -35.3 in March, the largest month-to-month drop in the history of the index going back to 2004, the Dallas Fed reported this morning:

via How Will COVID-19 Impact US Manufacturing? First Indications Are Ugly. Exacerbated by Underlying Conditions | Wolf Street

Two Hundred and Thirty Years of Rights and Liberties Shredded: Why I Oppose The Lockdown, by Brandon Turbeville

Two Hundred and Thirty Years of Rights and Liberties Shredded: Why I Oppose The Lockdown, by Brandon Turbeville

I spoke out after 9/11 and was largely alone with a few notable exceptions. I was forced to watch the majority of my fellow Americans give away the most precious thing they had, the things which no other country could lay claim to, and the thing that they claimed they were supporting war to protect. America gave away a huge chunk of its rights in the wake of 9/11 and, though they were promised the measures were only temporary, twenty years on we have never received them back.

Now, here we are close to twenty years later. Americans once again have a shadowy nemesis for which our government has once again failed to provide adequate information. Once again, the governmental response is not a robust rethinking of how we got to be where we are, (in this case how medical care is provided, who has access to it, or the overarching philosophy behind it), but a massive police state, quasi martial law, and the evisceration of what is left of the liberties and rights they didn’t give away twenty years ago or give away gradually in the time between.

This time, it is not so much the President leading the charge to burn the Constitution, but Governors all across the country, acting in concert with one another. But they aren’t acting alone. Because of the massive propaganda mouthpiece of the mainstream media blasting hysteria and panic as well as the desired conclusions they intend for their audiences to reach, many Americans are demanding that their rights be taken away and that they and their fellow citizens be forced off the streets and into their homes at gunpoint.

via Two Hundred and Thirty Years of Rights and Liberties Shredded: Why I Oppose The Lockdown, by Brandon Turbeville | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Cop Out: Will Coronavirus Hysteria Open Door to Full-Blown Martial Law in America? – Astute News

Cop Out: Will Coronavirus Hysteria Open Door to Full-Blown Martial Law in America? – Astute News

In Philadelphia, for example, the Police Department has been instructed its offices to temporarily stop making arrests for certain nonviolent crimes – including drug offenses, burglary, economic theft and vandalism – until next month amid the coronavirus outbreak. According to the memo, obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer, arresting officers would detain the offender, process the paperwork, and then release the offender back into the general population. The announcement came 24 hours after Philadelphia courts closed until April 1 to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, across the country in Fort Worth, Texas, the police will cease arresting people for “low-level crimes” – Class C misdemeanors such as thefts involving less than $100 and vandalism – if a citation can be issued in its place, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Now let’s be clear. One hundred dollars may seem like chump’s change to the powers-that-be, but for people struggling on the front lines against not only a deadly virus, but unemployment as well, that type of money can mean the difference between eating and going hungry. And if criminals know they will only be slapped with an order to appear in court there is little to deter crimes from happening.

None of this bodes well for the future of Main Street, USA, which on the one hand faces the loss of basic police protection, and on the other full-blown, boots on the road martial law. America is now at a crossroads with regards to how it addresses the coronavirus pandemic, and although the majority of Americans will probably never get sick from the disease, they may very well lose a large chuck of their civil liberties in the coming fallout.

via Cop Out: Will Coronavirus Hysteria Open Door to Full-Blown Martial Law in America? – Astute News

What is Propaganda? – Organisation for Propaganda Studies

What is Propaganda? – Organisation for Propaganda Studies

Propaganda – the coordinated attempt to influence large or small numbers of people to some idea and/or action – is among the most ancient genres of human activity, and has been integral to religion, social control, commerce, education, and conquest for millennia. The term ‘propaganda’ originated in 1622 from a Christian commission for the ‘propagation of the faith.’ The Roman Catholic ‘Propaganda Fide’ emerged as a key institution, missionary ministry, and center for specialized ideological and administrative training in response to the threat of the Reformation.

Propaganda is not usually understood as a consensual, two-way, process of persuasion among equals. However, it also involves far more than lying. Rather, it is a complex and frequently subtle manipulative process in which a power centre of one sort or another leads an individual or a group of people to believe something, or, perhaps without believing, to act in a particular way, that goes against free will or genuinely informed consent. Propaganda techniques frequently involve linguistic and visual communication (e.g. advertising campaigns) that make emotional and/or rational appeals in order to manipulate beliefs and behaviour. Fears and desires may are typically exploited and, importantly, both incentives and threats can become part of propaganda campaigns. Meanwhile, forms of deception involving lying, omission, distortion and misdirection are also frequently found in propaganda campaigns.

For more information we recommend:-

Short video discussing propaganda with Professors David Miller and Piers Robinson.

via What is Propaganda? – Organisation for Propaganda Studies

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