Daily Archives: September 11, 2020

2020-09-11: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2020-09-11). Covid-19: The Great Reset — Revisited. Scary Threats, Rewards for Obedience… globalresearch.ca Covid-19: The Great Reset — is the title of a book by Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the WEF, and the Senior Director of the Global Risk Network at the institution, Thierry Malleret. The present analysis is based …

Michael Welch (2020-09-11). Why 9/11 Matters 19 Years Later. The Spinning of 9/11, "Political Trickery" globalresearch.ca "The execution and spinning of 9/11 were instrumental in creating the repertoire of political trickery presently being adapted in the manufacturing and exploiting of the COVID-19 hysteria." | — Anthony Hall, August 23, 2020 [1] | LISTEN TO THE SHOW |

WSWS (2020-09-11). Over 10,500 Florida children test positive for COVID-19 after schools reopen. wsws.org Cases of COVID-19 among school-aged children in Florida have increased by 34 percent since schools started to reopen on August 10.

WSWS (2020-09-11). Spanish government demands schools reopen as COVID-19 deaths surge. wsws.org The PSOE-Podemos government is deliberately implementing a reckless and criminal policy that will lead to an explosion of cases and many unnecessary deaths.

Mariah Clark (2020-09-11). A Look at Two Crises: 9/11 and COVID-19. progressive.org Why aren't we doing a better job taking care of today's frontline workers?

James Bovard (2020-09-11). The War on Terror Presaged Covid Mania. globalresearch.ca This week is the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. America never recovered politically from those attacks, and government responses to the Covid pandemic are repeating many of the same follies …

Eve Ottenberg (2020-09-11). Trump Tries to Change the Subject From Covid to Violence. counterpunch.org With over 185,000 covid corpses in the U.S., Trump needs to change the subject. What better way than promoting mayhem in American cities by routinely portraying Black Lives Matter protesters as violent, angry mobs intent on looting? Granted he gets a big assist on this from Fox News, which has screamed about black insurrection for

Editor (2020-09-11). Housing is a right for all! workers.org Even before the COVID pandemic hit, the U.S. was in a deep housing crisis. Not a stock market property crisis. The crisis of hundreds of thousands of people living in grossly inadequate housing — or actually houseless, with no access at all to permanent shelter. In recent years, homelessness in . . . |

Travis Schirmer (2020-09-11). We Need a People's Bailout as Inequality Worsens Amid COVID-19. zcomm.org The time for an emergency refund is now — all money acquired through price-gouging and loopholes needs to be returned. The choice is between collapse and giving people what is rightfully theirs…

WSWS repost (2020-09-11). How the US government and the media suppressed the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic. indybay.org Recorded conversations between Donald Trump and reporter Bob Woodward make clear that the White House made a calculated decision to suppress information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Why are these recordings being released only now after almost 200,000 people in the United States have died?>

Per Ashorn, Robert E Black, Joy E Lawn, Ulla Ashorn, Nigel Klein, Justus Hofmeyr, Marleen Temmerman, Sufia Askari (2020-09-12). [Comment] The Lancet Small Vulnerable Newborn Series: science for a healthy start. thelancet.com The Lancet 2020 Campaign1 on child and adolescent health is a welcome call for a renewed focus on children. With less than a decade remaining to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the campaign is a timely reminder about an unfinished agenda, reiterating the centrality of child survival and wellbeing in global development. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic bring more urgency to the need for increased attention to children. Although COVID-19 is usually mild in children, health-service disruptions and other indirect effects of the pandemic response are having devastating impacts on the wellbeing…

The Lancet (2020-09-12). [Editorial] Global collaboration for health: rhetoric versus reality. thelancet.com The 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opens on Sept 15, 2020. Being held remotely for the first time, the meeting will inevitably be dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but other issues on the agenda that have resonance for global health include the climate crisis, peace, disarmament, and humanitarian assistance. Underpinning this year's agenda is the UN theme of multilateralism, under the banner "The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism".

Richard Horton (2020-09-12). [Comment] Offline: The crisis of political language. thelancet.com George Orwell, in his 1945 essay Politics and the English Language, wrote that "to think clearly is a necessary first step towards political regeneration". The Moscow press briefing held last week on the Russian COVID-19 vaccine quickly turned into a platform for national rivalry. The research, led by scientists at the N F Gamaleya National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology, found encouraging evidence of an immune response using their prime boost strategy of a two-component, human recombinant adenovirus vector-based vaccine.

Peter Burney, André F S Amaral (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Asthma exacerbations, air pollution, and allergens — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Jordi Sunyer and Josep Antó for their comments regarding our Viewpoint.1 Their ground-breaking studies in the 1980s showed that what had been reported as an association of an outbreak of asthma with an increase in ambient levels of oxides of nitrogen,2 was in fact caused by exposure to an allergen. Without identifying the specific allergen, there would have been no way of knowing that the initial report was misleading. After the epidemics had been controlled, sporadic cases of asthma exacerbations that were associated with soybean allergy continued to occur.

Jordi Sunyer, Josep M Antó (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Asthma exacerbations, air pollution, and allergens. thelancet.com Peter Burney and André Amaral1 refer to the episodes of severe asthma epidemics in Barcelona, Spain, to suggest that aeroallergens could be more threatening for people with asthma than are urban air pollutants. The principal cause of the asthma epidemics in Barcelona was a protein from the hull of the soybean (which was dispersed from the harbour silos to the city air when the cargo was unloaded) and not urban air pollutants, such as black carbon particles or nitrogen dioxide. However, the effect of exposure to soybeans on asthma exacerbations was lower than was the effect of exposure to air pollutants in the who…

Keren Shahar-Nissan, Joseph Pardo, Orit Peled, Irit Krause, Efraim Bilavsky, Arnon Wiznitzer, Eran Hadar, Jacob Amir (2020-09-12). [Articles] Valaciclovir to prevent vertical transmission of cytomegalovirus after maternal primary infection during pregnancy: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. thelancet.com Valaciclovir is effective in reducing the rate of fetal cytomegalovirus infection after maternal primary infection acquired early in pregnancy. Early treatment of pregnant women with primary infection might prevent termination of pregnancies or delivery of infants with congenital cytomegalovirus.

Marianne Leruez-Ville, Yves Ville (2020-09-12). [Comment] Secondary prevention of congenital cytomegalovirus infection. thelancet.com The burden of congenital cytomegalovirus infection is an unmet public health issue. Congenital cytomegalovirus affects 0 ∑7% of all neonates worldwide, and 15—20% of these have long-term sequelae.1 In high-income countries, around half of infected neonates are infected after maternal primary infection, and the other half after maternal non-primary infection (reactivation or reinfection).2 Since the late 1990s, the development of IgG avidity and PCR to quantify viral DNA load have improved diagnosis of maternal primary infection and of fetal infection with positive PCR in amniotic fluid retrieved by amni…

Laurène Dufayet, Nicolas Soussy, Charlotte Gorgiard (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] French protests: why defensive bullet launchers should be banned. thelancet.com Defensive bullet launchers were introduced to the French police force in 1995, but their use was popularised after the French riots of 2005. Since 2009, defensive bullet launchers, equipped with an ammunition launcher of 40 mm in diameter and non-spherical rubber projectiles, have been used. The projectiles are designed to deform themselves, limiting the risk of penetration into the body. The use of these defensive bullet launchers is regulated by an official bulletin from the Ministry of the Interior, which recommends aiming for the trunk or the upper limbs, and an optimal shooting distance of 30 m.

Evan D Muse, Eric J Topol (2020-09-12). [Perspectives] Guiding ultrasound image capture with artificial intelligence. thelancet.com Ultrasound is one of the most widely used methods of diagnostic imaging in a broad range of subspecialties. High-quality ultrasound images provide crucial information as the foundation for expert interpretation. Artificial intelligence (AI) is starting to provide a path for automatically capturing images, even for the uninitiated.

Martina Merten (2020-09-12). [World Report] Tackling online child sexual abuse in the Philippines. thelancet.com The Philippines has high rates of online sexual abuse of children, causing many psychological harms. Martina Merten reports on the first support and therapy programmes on the island of Cebu.

Fernando M de Benedictis, Eitan Kerem, Anne B Chang, Andrew A Colin, Heather J Zar, Andrew Bush (2020-09-12). [Review] Complicated pneumonia in children. thelancet.com Complicated community-acquired pneumonia in a previously well child is a severe illness characterised by combinations of local complications (eg, parapneumonic effusion, empyema, necrotising pneumonia, and lung abscess) and systemic complications (eg, bacteraemia, metastatic infection, multiorgan failure, acute respiratory distress syndrome, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and, rarely, death). Complicated community-acquired pneumonia should be suspected in any child with pneumonia not responding to appropriate antibiotic treatment within 48—72 h.

M Teresa Galán-Puchades (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Human diphyllobothriasis. thelancet.com Hiroki Kitamoto and colleagues1 diagnosed a 23-year-old woman with Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense in Japan. If the investigators did not have the available sophisticated and expensive diagnostic methods, a simple visual examination of the expelled white strings (probably small pieces of the tapeworm strobila) under a stereomicroscope, even without staining, could have been sufficient.

Gus Gazzard, Evgenia Konstantakopoulou, Gareth Ambler, Rachael Hunter, Victoria Vickerstaff, LiGHT Trial Study Group (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Laser treatment for glaucoma — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank John Larkin for his comments on our Article.1 He expresses his interest in seeing the EQ-5D scores reported to three significant figures. Although this request is not unreasonable, we feel that it is unnecessary. We feel that there is an obvious absence of a clinically important difference between the two treatment groups. The sample size was based on detecting a difference of 0 ∑05 and three significant figures are not required to see this difference; figure 2 shows that the differences with time never reach clinical significance.

John Larkin (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Laser treatment for glaucoma. thelancet.com Gus Gazzard and colleagues1 compared initial selective laser trabeculoplasty with eye drops in patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

Hiroki Kitamoto, Satoko Inoue, Shuji Yamamoto, Koji Okamoto, Tetsuro Inokuma (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Human diphyllobothriasis — Authors' reply. thelancet.com First, we acknowledge that humans are the definitive host of the Diphyllobothrium species and apologise for mistakenly overlooking a revision error that occurred in the proofreading of the final version of our Clinical Picture.1 We appreciate M Teresa Galán-Puchades' correction.

Elizabeth C James, Iain A McNeish, Adrian D Cook, Richard Kaplan, Andrew R Clamp (2020-09-12). [Correspondence] Progression-free survival in the ICON8 trial — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Ethan B Ludmir and colleagues, and Alexandre Andre Balieiro Anastacio da Costa and colleagues for their interest and comments on progression-free survival results from our ICON8 trial.1…

Staff (2020-09-11). What Went Wrong with AstraZeneca's Vaccine Trial? CEO Only Shares Details with Investors. democracynow.org As the world races to find a COVID-19 vaccine, one of the most promising vaccine trials has hit a major roadblock. AstraZeneca paused its Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial after a woman in the trial developed severe neurological symptoms consistent with transverse myelitis, or inflammation of the spinal cord. Details were only revealed during a CEO call with investors, and "everyone was left to guess what went wrong," writes Ed Silverman, senior writer at the health news site STAT, which broke the story. Silverman says the halting of the U.K. trial raises several issues, including whether pharmaceutical companies ar…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-11). Studying coronavirus transmission in children could help cut COVID spread. imperial.ac.uk Imperial researchers are set to begin a study exploring how the virus causing COVID-19 is transmitted by children.

yenisafak (2020-09-11). For Greek camp migrants, COVID-19 quarantine was spark. yenisafak.com For asylum-seekers trapped in the overcrowded facility on Greece's island of Lesbos, Moria was hell most days. But a coronavirus quarantine was the final straw.It was just before midnight on Tuesday when eight migrants who tested positive for COVID-19 were told by authorities they would be isolated to an area just beyond the gated compound, according to witnesses and government officials.Their relatives would also be moved into the fenced unit, about 40 small wooden houses on a hill inside Greece's biggest migrant settlement set up to deal with any breakout of COVID-19, for further testing.The news did not go dow…

Betsey Piette (2020-09-11). Solidarity with frontline workers. workers.org When Philadelphia city officials banned all large parades due to COVID-19, AFL-CIO officials cancelled their annual Labor Day parade, opting for a virtual event and telling workers to "stay home and watch it on TV." Rank-and-file workers, however, made other plans. As a result, Labor Day 2020 will go down . . . |

CounterSpin (2020-09-11). Peter Maybarduk on Covid Treatments, Kia Rahnama on the Right to Protest. fair.org Media…

William rivers Pitt (2020-09-11). It's OK to Mourn When "Back to School" Means Staying at Home. zcomm.org The experts and their statistical models are forecasting more than 410,000 COVID fatalities by the New Year…

R Nutting (2020-09-11). Trump has no concrete strategy for restoring economic growth or for defeating CoViD19. indybay.org Trump is faking it on the economy, just as he's faking it on the pandemic, just as he's faked everything his whole life…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-11). Assange's Fourth Day at the Old Bailey: COVID in the Courtroom. counterpunch.org As James Lewis QC for the prosecution, representing the US government, revealed, "I'm just saying about my charger. It's in court and I'm going to run out of battery." It was one of those moments that said much about the fourth day of proceedings at the Old Bailey regarding one Julian Assange, publisher, Australian national

Staff (2020-09-11). Headlines for September 11, 2020. democracynow.org 500,000 Evacuated Across Oregon as Record-Shattering Fires Rage in Western States, AstraZeneca CEO Warned Investors of Vaccine Recipient Who Became Ill, Trump Admin Fines Pork Processor $13,500 for Lapses at Plant Where 1,300 Contracted Coronavirus, India Records Another Record Daily Coronavirus Toll, Senate Coronavirus Relief Bill Fails as Another 857,000 File New Unemployment Claims, Amazon Accused of Price Gouging After Raising Prices Up to 1,000% During Lockdown, Philadelphia Activists Defy City Order to Vacate Encampment for Unhoused Residents, Joe Biden Says He May Further Increase Military Spending If Elec…

The Canary (2020-09-11). PM facing open revolt from Tory backbenchers over new lockdown restrictions. thecanary.co Boris Johnson is facing open revolt from some Tory backbenchers over new lockdown restrictions, with one former minister declaring: It is time for us to actually start living like a free people, not subjecting ourselves to constantly shifting legal requirements.It comes as coronavirus rates continued to increase across parts of the UK with Leeds and Birmingham among areas at risk of further lockdown measures.Revolting: Ministers are allegedly divided over new social distancing rules in England that will limit social gatherings to groups of just six people both indoors and outside from Monday.The Daily Teleg…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Trump applauds major bank for resuming work from office. yenisafak.com US President Donald Trump applauded Friday the decision of banking giant JPMorgan Chase to resume work from office for some senior employees."Congratulations to JPMorgan Chase for ordering everyone BACK TO OFFICE on September 21st. Will always be better than working from home!" he tweeted.The US bank ordered earlier in the day senior sales and trading personnel to return to offices after months of working from home due to the novel coronavirus.Senior managers in sales and trading departments of the company, who are viewed as critical for training new employees, will be returning to work in the New York and London…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Children sleeping among the graves as Moria devastation mounts on Lesbos. yenisafak.com Greece began setting up tents on Friday for thousands of increasingly desperate migrants left without shelter on the island of Lesbos after a fire destroyed Greece's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday.With more than 12,000 former occupants of the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp now camping out in fields and along roadsides without food or water and threatened by a possible spread of coronavirus infections, the need for a solution has become increasingly urgent.But the Greek government has been forced to tread warily due to growing anger among residents of an island whose location a few miles (km) off the Turkis…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Sterling bobs above $1.28 after worst week since March. yenisafak.com The pound rose against the dollar on Friday, bobbing above the $1.28 mark after a week in which new Brexit friction between Britain and the European Union put the currency on track for its worst week since March's coronavirus-led market selloff.1-month implied volatility on the pound, an options market gauge of expected future price swings in the currency, remained elevated near 5-month highs at 11.5%.Brexit has returned to dog the pound this week as Britain introduced new draft legislation that it acknowledged would be inconsistent with international law, angering the EU.Investors fear this may derail trade talk…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Woodward book: Trump's virus, Saudi leader revelations. yenisafak.com President Donald Trump intentionally played down the novel coronavirus and called it "deadly stuff," according to audio recordings from some of Bob Woodward's interviews with the president for his forthcoming book Rage.Trump said in early February that he knew coronavirus was dangerous, highly contagious, airborne, "deadly" and maybe five times "more deadly" than the flu, according to recordings obtained by CNN."This is more deadly. This is five per- you know, this is five percent versus one percent and less than one percent. You know? So, this is deadly stuff," Trump said in the audio, which is recorded 19 days…

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-11). Bob Woodward: Trump Saved Saudi Crown Prince after Khashoggi Murder. dissidentvoice.org Besides the admission that Trump knew coronavirus was deadly yet he deliberately downplayed the outbreak, Bob Woodward has made several other startling revelations in his book Rage set to be released on September 15. President Donald Trump boasted that he protected Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from congressional scrutiny after the brutal assassination …

Kathleen Wallace (2020-09-11). Banana Strings and the Military-Industrial Complex. counterpunch.org How did we ever arrive at this unfamiliar destination with a strangely morphing reality—writhing and shifting at an ever-accelerating pace? 8 months ago, the notion that a pandemic could alter our social interactions to this extent was not really considered to be a possibility. Now it feels as if life was always this way. Added

Jack Rasmus (2020-09-11). America's Current Jobs 'Great Depression'. counterpunch.org Two well-known and highly respected mainstream economists, Carmen Reinhart, a chief economist for the World Bank, and Vincent Reinhart, chief economist for Morgan Stanley bank, have recently published an article in the widely read and influential capitalist source, Foreign Affairs, entitled 'The Pandemic Depression'. Arguing primarily from a global perspective, the economists have concluded the

WSWS (2020-09-11). Colombian security forces massacre 10 youth protesting police murder. wsws.org The massacre in Bogotá signals the willingness of the Colombian ruling elite to turn to authoritarian rule to crush social opposition in the midst of the uncontrolled pandemic.

Staff (2020-09-11). Universities Should Learn Lessons of 9/11 and Transform in the Face of Pandemic. truthout.org Nineteen years ago, I (Sepehr Vakil) was wrapping up my last summer before college visiting my dad in South Carolina. I was getting ready to enter the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a freshman to study engineering. I was the stereotype, the "American dream" realized, the successful culmination of an Iranian family's journey to the United States. We had immigrated from Iran when I was a small child, in the midst of the deadly Iraq-Iran War. | The summer of 2001 was an excit…

Staff (2020-09-11). Crucial Testing for Child Lead Poisoning Has Plummeted During Pandemic. truthout.org Families skipping or delaying pediatric appointments for their young children because of the pandemic are missing out on more than vaccines. Critical testing for lead poisoning has plummeted in many parts of the country. | In the Upper Midwest, Northeast and parts of the West Coast — areas with historically high rates of lead poisoning — the slide has been the most dramatic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In states such as Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota, test…

Who Are the 42%? (2020-09-11). Still 42% Support for Nazi Trump. indybay.org 42% support for Nazi Trump despite admissions on tape that he knew at the beginning of February 2020 that the virus was 5 times worse than the flu but said nothing.

news.un (2020-09-11). WHO warns against potential Ebola spread in DR Congo and beyond. news.un.org Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Memorial Committee (2020-09-11). Postponed: Memorial for People Killed by Police/Vigilantes since the George Floyd Uprising. indybay.org Due to unhealthy air quality, this memorial event is postponed until next Thursday.

Pacifica (2020-09-11). New Orleans Sanitation Workers Strike, Union Busting, Convict Labor & Labor Solidarity. indybay.org A panel was held on the strike of New Orleans striking sanitation workers who went out in May for PPE, health and safety and $15.00 an hour. Included on the panel were strikers and also supporters in Seattle and Tacoma who have been picketing the corporate owner of the contractor Metro which employed the workers. This company brought in convict labor to bust the strike.