2020-10-05: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2020-10-05). Germany's Extra-Parliamentary Corona Investigative Commission Launching a Class Action Suit Against Corona Criminals. dissidentvoice.org 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 — (see diagram from ACU2020.org website, on the left) is planning to launch a Class Action Suit against not …

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-10-05). Why We're on a Long Road to COVID-19 Immunity Even With Vaccines. counterpunch.org As the pandemic continues to spread throughout the world, many countries seem to have given up the fight against COVID-19 and are now waiting for a vaccine to protect against the virus. With cases exceeding 32 million, and more than a million dead, the world economy has taken a bigger hit than at any other

WSWS (2020-10-05). Almost half of UK coronavirus infections in schools, colleges and universities. wsws.org Figures from the latest Public Health England's COVID-19 epidemiology surveillance summary show that educational settings now account for 45 percent of all positive cases in the UK.

Jeff Deist (2020-10-05). The Absurdity of COVID "Cases" globalresearch.ca Today's headlines announced Donald and Melania Trump "tested positive" for covid-19. Another claims nineteen thousand Amazon workers "got" covid-19 on the job. Both of these pseudostories are sure to ignite another absurd media frenzy. | As always, the story keeps changing: …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-10-05). Why is Trump Not Facing Impeachment Over COVID-19? counterpunch.org President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania have both tested positive for the coronavirus in what is perhaps the most shocking "October surprise" in the history of presidential races. If he recovers with only mild symptoms, he will undoubtedly make the case that he was right all along in downplaying the virus. If he suffers,

news.un (2020-10-05). Learning lessons from COVID-19 in Myanmar. news.un.org School closures in Myanmar resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have affected millions of students. The UN is working with the country's authorities to ensure that the education system is made more resilient, and children's schooling is protected as much as possible.

Tim Schwab (2020-10-05). While the Poor Get Sick, Bill Gates Just Gets Richer. thenation.com While the Poor Get Sick, Bill Gates Just Gets Richer…

Eric Alterman (2020-10-05). How Do You Cover an Administration That Has Lost Touch With Reality? thenation.com How Do You Cover an Administration That Has Lost Touch With Reality?

Colectiva Sembrar (2020-10-05). The future of pandemic solidarity. zcomm.org The pandemic has channelled our collective rage and constructed new visions of what is possible…

Ann Rudman, Lotta Arborelius, Anna Dahlgren, Anna Finnes, Petter Gustavsson (2020-10-05). [Research Paper] Consequences of early career nurse burnout: A prospective long-term follow-up on cognitive functions, depressive symptoms, and insomnia. thelancet.com The results of this study show that the detrimental processes caused by overwhelming or chronic stress start early on in nurses' careers and thus preventive efforts should preferably be introduced early on (e.g. as part of nursing education and onboarding programs).

Ulla Arthur Hvidtfeldt, Friederike Erdmann, Stine Kjà¶r Urhà∏j, Jà∏rgen Brandt, Camilla Geels, Mattias Ketzel, Lise M. Frohn, Jesper Heile Christensen, Mette Sà∏rensen, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen (2020-10-05). [Original Research Paper] Air pollution exposure at the residence and risk of childhood cancers in Denmark: A nationwide register-based case-control study. thelancet.com The etiology of childhood cancer is poorly understood. The role of environmental factors, including air pollution (AP) exposure, has been addressed previously, but results so far have been inconclusive. In this study, we investigate the association between long-term AP exposures in relation to childhood cancer subtypes in Denmark (1981—2013).

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-05). One million primary school children signed up to run The Daily Mile. imperial.ac.uk One in five primary schools in England have registered for The Daily Mile, an initiative that encourages children to run or jog for 15 minutes daily.

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…

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 …

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-04). All Russiagate Did Was Advance Pre-Existing Agendas Of The Same Spy Agencies Who Started It. thealtworld.com One of the many interesting stories that has gotten lost in the shuffle over the controversy over the horrible Trump-Biden debate and the president's recent Covid-19 diagnosis is the recent

_____ (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…

sputniknews (2020-10-04). Senate Minority Leader Schumer Urges Delay of Supreme Court Hearing Over COVID-19 Outbreak Among GOP. sputniknews.com Politicians close to the White House have been infected or fear being infected with coronavirus after attending meetings held by President Donald Trump, who, among other officials, has also tested positive for COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-10-04). Trump Waves at Supporters From Motorcade SUV Outside Walter Reed Hospital – Videos. sputniknews.com Trump is currently being treated at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which he departed for after testing positive for COVID-19, but medics say he could be discharged as early as Monday.

sputniknews (2020-10-04). Paris Placed on Top Coronavirus Alert, Prime Minister's Office Says. sputniknews.com The government will announce additional COVID-19 measures in Paris on Monday, the office said, adding that they will be in force for 15 days.

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). 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…

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…

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…

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

MEE and agencies (2020-10-04). Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia allows 'limited' number of pilgrims to perform Umrah. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia allows 'limited' number of pilgrims to perform Umrah | Riyadh says it will allow 6,000 pilgrims per day before the next stage, when it will double the number of worshippers | Sun, 10/04/2020 – 11: 24 | Saudi Arabia says it will monitor the situation and vet which countries will be permitted to send pilgrims for Umrah (AFP) | Wearing masks and walking along sociall…

sputniknews (2020-10-04). Trump Failed to Disclose Early Positive Result From Rapid Coronavirus Test – Reports. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump received a positive result from a rapid test for the coronavirus on Thursday but decided not to disclose the result while waiting for a more thorough screening, The Wall Street Journal reports citing anonymous sources.

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). 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…

_____ (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). 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… |

Yousof Omeish, Samantha Kiernan (2020-10-04). [Commentary] Targeting bias to improve maternal care and outcomes for Black women in the USA. thelancet.com Black women in the USA face significant inequities in maternal mortality and morbidity. They die from pregnancy-related deaths at a rate three to four times higher than white women, [1] and are more likely to experience severe maternal morbidity (SMM), life-threatening complications caused or exacerbated by pregnancy, in the antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum periods. [2] These inequities not only stem from socioeconomic factors affecting access to and quality of care, but are also linked to the stresses of racism—individual and institutional—and their long-term physiological implications.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 …

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…

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 …

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.