Daily Archives: October 4, 2020

2020-10-04: News Headlines

Newsclick (2020-10-04). What do Covid-19 studies tell us? peoplesdispatch.org In this interview with Dr. Satyajit Rath, we talk about the recent studies done on COVID-19 across the globe. We also look at the state of the vaccines under trial and the delivery mechanisms…

Peter Koenig (2020-10-04). Germany's Extra-Parliamentary Corona Investigative Commission Launching a Class Action Suit Against Corona Criminals. globalresearch.ca Germany is again in the forefront in fighting the devastating, unjustified, illegal, economy-destructive, people debilitating and outright genocidal — Corona Measures. The German COVID-19 Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee — in German — ACU — German acronym for Ausserparlamentarischer Corona Untersuchungsausschuss…

Joel P. Garduce (2020-10-04). Truth and Lies in the Time of COVID-19. globalresearch.ca These days of the COVID-19 global crisis, I'm sure you've often felt being lied to. | Tens of millions of Filipinos know the feeling. Fudged updates on COVID-19 stats, denials of corruption and treason in high places, trolls actively spreading outright …

_____ (2020-10-04). New Jobs Report Consistent With Weak Economy. popularresistance.org Weaker-than-expected job growth in September sent a signal that the sharp economic recovery off the coronavirus shutdown may be hitting a wall. | The Labor Department reported Friday that nonfarm payrolls increased by 661,000 in September, held back by declines in government employment and an exodus of workers from the labor force. | In normal times, that type of hiring pace would be considered a sign of a robust job market. The total, in fact, would have been the best month the U.S. had seen since 1983 — if these were normal times and not amid the Covid-19 era that has changed the benchmarks by which econo…

_____ (2020-10-04). Tribes Defend Themselves Against A Pandemic. popularresistance.org As COVID-19 numbers soared across the country this spring, tribal nations began closing their reservation boundaries to non-residents. The Cheyenne River Sioux and Oglala Sioux erected checkpoints on roads entering their reservations in order to protect their citizens, even as the state of South Dakota refused to require masks or mandate social distance. By early May, South Dakota Gov. Kirsti Noem, R, explicitly told the tribes to remove their checkpoints or face the consequences. | Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier declined, saying that doing so would "seriously undermine our ability to protect…

The Canary (2020-10-04). Johnson blames the chaos of his 10pm curfew on 'hobnobbers'. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has defended the controversial 10pm curfew. And he's blamed people who choose to "hobnob" outside pubs after hours for the sometimes chaotic scenes in city centres at closing time.Scientists advising the government have already warned that the measure may be doing more harm than good. It's caused long queues outside off-licences, as people rush to buy more alcohol, and revellers piling onto public transport with little or no social distancing.The prime minister also said that if the Eat Out To Help Out discount scheme had helped to spread coronavirus (Covid-19), then that needs to be counteracted wi…

The Canary (2020-10-04). A further 12,872 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. thecanary.co The government has confirmed almost 13,000 new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in the UK. | As of 9am on Saturday 3 October, there had reportedly been a further 12,872 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus. This was up from a further 6,968 lab-confirmed cases in the UK as of 9am on Friday 2 October. | The official dashboard said on 3 October that due to a technical issue, which has now been resolved, there was a delay in publishing a number of cases. | This means that the total reported over the coming days will include some additional cases from the period between 24 September and 1 October. | The figure from 3 Oct…

RT (2020-10-04). New York Governor Cuomo announces 'aggressive enforcement' of Covid-19 protocols, will close non-compliant businesses. rt.com New York's Covid-19 battle appears to be far from over, as several "hot zones" in the city will be shut down, and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced state-run "aggressive enforcement" starting this week. | Queens, Brooklyn, Orange, and Rockland counties have all seen recent increases in positive coronavirus cases, identified areas will be the target of "direct enforcement," ensuring businesses and citizens are abiding by mask mandates, social distancing orders, and other regulations in place in the state. | "Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement in these hotspot ZIP codes. [New York Stat…

RT (2020-10-04). Senate Democrats' leader Schumer slams idea of virtual hearing for SCOTUS pick – but not all the other virtual Senate hearings. rt.com "A virtual hearing is virtually no hearing at all," the New York Senator says, suggesting the decision on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett should be postponed, despite Senate already using the practice throughout pandemic. | "If it's not safe for the Senate to meet in session, it's not safe for the hearings to go forward," Chuck Schumer said at a Sunday press conference. | The Senate has already cancelled meetings this week due to several senators, including two on the judiciary committee, revealing they are positive for Covid-19. | The idea of virtual hearings has been suggested, but Democrats have bee…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-04). As Covid-Positive GOP Politicians Enjoy Healthcare They 'Would Deny Others,' Coronavirus Pandemic Again Makes Case for Medicare for All. commondreams.org The case for Medicare for All was once again made by the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, Sen. Ed Markey tweeted on Sunday, after Republican politicians including President Donald Trump were able to check themselves into hospitals shortly after announcing they had tested positive for Covid-19. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1228867411_1_0.jpg

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-04). Painter Opposes Covid "New Normal" Nonsense Without Sacrificing His Artistic Aspirations. globalresearch.ca "I believe that opposing what is wrong and furthering what is right is a moral imperative; and that it is my responsibility to do so in direct proportion to the power I posses at the time," painter

Jamie Hartmann-Boyce (2020-10-04). Trump's Biggest Advantage in Fighting Off Covid: His Wealth. commondreams.org President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on September 23, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_pharma.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-04). In Address on Inequality Amid Pandemic, Pope Calls on Global Community to Confront 'Destructive Effects of Empire of Money'. commondreams.org In his third encyclical Sunday morning, Pope Francis denounced free market capitalism and the "magic" theory of trickle-down economics, saying the coronavirus pandemic has once and for all disproven the notion that it will benefit low-income people through job creation and investments. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1278405034_1.jpg

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-10-04). ARE THEY MURDERING PRESIDENT TRUMP ? thealtworld.com It looks as if the Establishment has found a way to assassinate Trump! | Why didn't Trump call in Dr. Vladimir Zelenko from New York or Dr. Didier Raoult from France?! | Why is Trump being given experimental drugs and not the known safe HCQ cure? | To Scott Atlas, White House coronavirus advisor | from Jon Rappoport | October 3, 2020 | Scott: | If media reports are correct, the president is receiving 2 experimental drugs: the antibody cocktail, Regeneron, and the antiviral, Remdesivir. | Aside from their individual adverse effects… | THESE DRUGS HAVE NEVER BEEN STUDIED FOR THEIR COMBINED EFFECTS ON A PATIENT. A…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-04). LancetGate: "Scientific Corona Lies" and Big Pharma Corruption. Hydroxychloroquine versus Gilead's Remdesivir. globalresearch.ca The campaign against HCQ is carried out through slanderous political statements, media smears, not to mention an authoritative peer reviewed "evaluation" published on May 22nd by The Lancet, which was based on fake figures and test trials.

Alice Herman (2020-10-04). Restaurant Workers Are Building Solidarity Amid the Pandemic. zcomm.org Giv ≠en the chal ≠lenges, restau ≠rant work ≠ers are band ≠ing togeth ≠er across restau ≠rants and across cities…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-04). Combating The Virus: Mass Unemployment is Not the Solution. globalresearch.ca Image: India unemployment at record high | Millions of people around the World are victims of the fear campaign. Panic prevails. Day after day, the persistent impact of media disinformation concerning the Killer Virus is overwhelming. | Fear and panic, coupled …

30 Days to Go (2020-10-04). 11/3/20 Election: The Stakes; The Cal & S.F Propositions. indybay.org What is at stake in this election are the very existence of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, food stamps, the right to abortion and birth control pills, funding Planned Parenthood, funding the Violence Against Women Act, the existence of all environmental regulations, all consumer protection laws, all gun control laws, all civil rights laws, all labor laws, an efficient, patronage-free mail system, federally funded affordable housing, public school education, federal funds for state governments and raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Further, all progress we have made in…

_____ (2020-10-04). Preempting Progress In The South. popularresistance.org A new report from the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) at EPI and the Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) describes the ways in which state interference—in the form of preemption—is impeding local democracy and hamstringing progress on a variety of economic, social, and public health issues for communities throughout the South. The report also describes how this interference is a continuation of long-standing state-imposed policies and practices rooted in anti-Black racism and how modern-day misuse of preemption disproportionately disadvantages workers of color, women, and low-income wo…

_____ (2020-10-04). Health Justice And Black Liberation: Ugo Edu. popularresistance.org I remember always wanting to be a doctor—perhaps because my parents are Nigerian—and having a genuine concern with people's health. I soon became disillusioned with treatment and the competition that entailed pre-med education as an undergrad at UCLA. Nonetheless, I decided public health better suited my interest and desire to develop preventive interventions. Public health left out too many factors to be the only means by which I felt I could contribute to health—I decided to study medical anthropology, simultaneously exploring other disciplinary offerings. My current work draws on all these as…

Rev Dr Liz Theoharis, Nijmie Dzurinko (2020-10-04). A New Nonviolent Medicaid Army Is on the March. commondreams.org Activists rally against the Republican healthcare agenda outside of the Metropolitan Republican Club on July 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/medicaid_oklahoma.jpg

_____ (2020-10-04). FBI Seized Legally Privileged Materials From Julian Assange. popularresistance.org The FBI in the United Kingdom enlisted the Ecuador government's help in seizing legally privileged materials from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after he was arrested and expelled from their embassy in London on April 11, 2019. | According to Gareth Peirce, one of Assange's attorneys, that day she "made immediate contact with the embassy in regard to legally privileged material, an issue of huge concern." Assange wanted the material—in addition to "confidential medical data"—"identified and released to his lawyers."

Editor (2020-10-04). The 2020 Battle Lines Are Drawn—It's Time for Action. scheerpost.com risingthermals / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Alan Minsky Sometimes, maybe, when a bout of writer's block arrives it's 'cause there's nothing left to say. This morning I woke, stared into the proverbial blank page and quickly came to the conclusion that it was a waste of time to torture myself with words not forthcoming. Here's why: We know the score. The time for words is over. It's time to get in the… |

WSWS (2020-10-03). Ninth COVID-19 death reported at California poultry processor Foster Farms. wsws.org The poultry processor in Merced County, California bitterly resisted all efforts at regulation despite the unchecked spread of the deadly virus at the facility.

James Bovard (2020-10-03). Pandemic Follies: Tyranny Won't Keep Us Safe. globalresearch.ca Politicians have destroyed more than 13 million jobs this year in a deluge of edicts aimed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200,000 Americans still died from the coronavirus, but the anti-COVID government crackdowns probably did far more damage …

John Wojcik (2020-10-03). Criminal malfeasance resulted in infection of Trump and top GOP lawmakers. peoplesworld.org In the last few days, the president of the United States, his wife, three top GOP senators, and many of his inner circle at and around the White House have been infected with the novel coronavirus COVID-19. No serious person celebrates the suffering and death that have resulted from the spread of this virus, no …

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-10-03). The COVID-19 Vaccine. The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport? globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 vaccine… Is this THE final goal of this crisis, to impose a compulsory vaccination on everyone, with a biometric health passport and without it, the impossibility to move, to buy, to eat? The near future will tell.

MEE and agencies (2020-10-03). Jordan's King Abdullah accepts resignation of Prime Minister Omar al Razzaz. middleeasteye.net Jordan's King Abdullah accepts resignation of Prime Minister Omar al Razzaz | PM will stay on until monarch designates a successor to oversee parliamentary elections on 10 November, as country grapples with Covid-19 surge | Sat, 10/03/2020 – 22: 06 | The monarch told Razzaz in a letter accepting his resignation that mistakes had been made in the handling of the pandemic (AFP) | Jordan's Ki…

WSWS (2020-10-03). Two charged in Massachusetts nursing home catastrophe that left 76 veterans dead from COVID-19. wsws.org Both indictments represent the first criminal case in the country brought against administrators at nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

WSWS (2020-10-03). PSOE, Podemos propose herd immunity as COVID-19 rips through Madrid. wsws.org This week, the Spanish government reached a deal with Madrid regional authorities on policies for the working class districts hardest hit by the virus.

WSWS (2020-10-03). Detroit bus drivers stop work again over ongoing safety issues. wsws.org On Friday morning, Detroit bus drivers staged a job action, citing safety concerns over exposure to COVID-19 and tensions related to the social crisis in the city.

WSWS (2020-10-03). Health care workers stage strikes, protests in Chile and Argentina. wsws.org According to Amnesty International, of the 7,000 health professionals in the world who have died after contracting COVID-19, more than a third are from the Americas.

NIna Jackel (2020-10-03). A good way to be kinder to elephants is to stop riding them. nationofchange.org When animal tourism resumes in Bali after COVID-19, there is an opportunity to do better by the lives of animals.

teleSUR (2020-10-03). US: Donald Trump's Campaign Manager Tests Positive for COVID-19. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign manager, Bill Stepien, Friday tested positive for coronavirus, according to local outlets. | RELATED: | Stepien will undergo a second PCR test to confirm that he is a carrier of the virus. If he tests positive again, it will be a strong blow to Trump's reelection campaign. | According to White House sources, Stepien is experiencing "mild flu-like symptoms," and they a…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-03). Response To Trump Covid Diagnosis Shows His 'Opposition' Always Saw Him As Part Of The Club. thealtworld.com The Joe Biden campaign is reportedly taking down all negative ads against the US president due to his recent positive test for Covid-19. | "The VP can't say 'God Bless this family' and then trash him in ads," one Biden ally told The Hill. | "Jil…

WSWS (2020-10-03). COVID-19 in Germany: No protection for high-risk groups despite dramatic increase in infections. wsws.org As in other European countries, the number of infections in Germany is reaching dramatic highs after school reopenings, exposing schoolchildren, teachers and educators to mortal danger.

news.un (2020-10-03). First Person: 'I'm happy to be able to give back'. news.un.org Luis Jose Faife, a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) worker from Mozambique, survived the devastation of Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which killed more than 600 people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, and displaced some 2.2. million people, in March 2019. Now COVID-19 is posing a new challenge to humanitarian workers, and they people they help.

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-10-03). Why We're on a Long Road to COVID-19 Immunity Even With Vaccines. zcomm.org Giving up on containing the COVID-19 pandemic is an admission that public health systems have failed…

_____ (2020-10-03). Homeland Security Assessment Warns Of Violent Unrest. popularresistance.org In the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, potential civil unrest and worse has been predicted by multiple governmental agencies and assorted federal outfits, including the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Last week the organization published a "supplemental threat assessment" on the upcoming electoral contest subtitled "The Convergence of COVID-19, Nationwide Civil Unrest, and the Upcoming Presidential Election." | Using COVID-19 as a backdrop, the 13-page report identifies the pandemic as the "driving factor" behind "public health fears, economic instability, political dissent, an…

Yeming Wang, Xiaoying Gu, Jiuyang Xu, Bin Cao, Chen Wang (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Remdesivir and COVID-19 — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank the clinicians and researchers around the world for their comprehensive interpretation of the results of our randomised controlled trial of remdesivir for COVID-19.1 They shared valuable thoughts from different perspectives according to related evidence from in vitro and animal models, and pharmacogenomic studies. A suggestion was made for subgroup analyses by concomitant lopinavir-ritonavir use. Concerns for not reaching the predetermined sample size in our study were also expressed. These comments are appreciated and helpful for future conduct and interpretation of COVID-19 therapy studies.

Richard Lane (2020-10-03). [Perspectives] Devi Sridhar: illuminating global health governance. thelancet.com Devi Sridhar has travelled far in her fairly short career. She was the youngest Rhodes Scholar, aged just 18 years, and became Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, UK, when she was 30. But milestones are of little interest to her, especially as her role as a leader in global health governance has been accelerated by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. "This is the time for the global public health community to step up", she comments. "We have never before been required to work so intensively and as rapidly as in today's environment, where effective public health responses and global…

Karen Harrison Dening, Mari Lloyd-Williams (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Minimising long-term effect of COVID-19 in dementia care. thelancet.com We thank Huali Wang and colleagues1 for highlighting that dementia is also a pandemic in an ageing society,2 albeit the word pandemic generates a negative perspective of dementia.

Richard Horton (2020-10-03). [Comment] Offline: Science and the breakdown of trust. thelancet.com The COVID-19 syndemic is entering its most dangerous phase. There is a mounting breakdown of trust. Not only between politicians and the public. But also among politicians and publics with science and scientists. This breach of faith with science is far more threatening. For the public is slowly turning against those who have sought to guide the political response to COVID-19. As countries face a resurgence of coronavirus transmission, scientific advisers are recommending further restrictions to our liberties.

Lei-Yun Wang, Jia-Jia Cui, Qian-Ying Ouyang, Yan Zhan, Cheng-Xian Guo, Ji-Ye Yin (2020-10-03). [Correspondence] Remdesivir and COVID-19. thelancet.com In a Chinese clinical trial by Yeming Wang and colleagues,1 remdesivird did not show significant benefits for patients with severe COVID-19. Shortly after their study was published, remdesivir was authorised in the USA by the US Food & Drug Administration2 and approved in Japan3 for patients with severe COVID-19 on the basis of preliminary phase 3 trial results.4 We find it puzzling that the discrepancy of results between China and the USA is merely justified by different study designs.

The Lancet (2020-10-03). [Editorial] Building a resilient NHS, for COVID-19 and beyond. thelancet.com The UK response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been ill prepared, patchy, confused, and incompetent. From initial equivocations, to a series of policy U turns and conflicts with scientific advisers, to vague public health guidance, the UK's COVID-19 performance has fallen disastrously short and undoubtedly cost lives. It has pushed the National Health Service (NHS) to the brink. Having wasted a summer of opportunity to strengthen systems to suppress viral transmission following an easing of lockdown restrictions, the UK Government is facing a winter wave of COVID-19 with no strategy in sight.

James H McMahon, Jennifer F Hoy, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Linda-Gail Bekker, Chris Beyrer, Sharon R Lewin (2020-10-03). [Comment] Leveraging the advances in HIV for COVID-19. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has led to accelerated research efforts globally and highlighted the importance of community engagement and leadership in the COVID-19 response. To achieve these objectives, partnerships between science, government, and affected communities are crucial, but building these rapidly presents major challenges. In the past months, we have also seen how advances in confronting the global HIV epidemic have had a positive impact on the COVID-19 response.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-03). All Iran-Iraq flights cancelled due to COVID-19: CAO. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 03 (MNA) — Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) said that all flights of Iranian airlines and Al-Araqiya Airlines were cancelled until further notice from Iran to Iraq and vice versa due to spread of COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-10-03). Trump Tweets Video Saying He Feels 'Much Better', 'Will Be Back Soon'. sputniknews.com The president said that when he arrived at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, after testing positive for COVID-19, he was not feeling so well, but now he feels "much better".

The Canary (2020-10-03). University opening too soon and ministers breaking rules to blame for Northumbria outbreak, pupils and parents say. thecanary.co The blame for a sharp rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases at Northumbria University should not be given solely to students, pupils and their parents have said. | A spokesperson for the university, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, said that as of Friday 2 October it was aware of 770 students testing positive. 78 of them are symptomatic. | Responsibility: | Sara from Kent, who chose not to reveal her second name, is helping her daughter Tilly move into a studio flat amid concerns over her safety in her shared accommodation. | Sara, 53, told PA: We are lucky that we are in a position to top up her loan and can…

The Canary (2020-10-03). 'Potent' experimental drug given to Trump already being used in UK. thecanary.co A "very potent" experimental coronavirus drug being given to Donald Trump is already being used in a handful of UK hospitals, according to an Oxford University professor. | The US president was given the artificial antibody treatment at the White House on Friday 2 October after being diagnosed with coronavirus (Covid-19). This was before he was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre. | The drug is already being used in "about three hospitals in the north" as part of Oxford University's national Recovery trial, said Professor Peter Horby. | "Very promising": | Prof Horby added that the drug…