2020-10-08: News Headlines

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-10-08). Evo Morales' Ally Has Real Chance of Winning Bolivia's Upcoming Elections. globalresearch.ca A corrupt, manipulative and indolent government in Bolivia, coupled with problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has only exacerbated the many issues the country has faced since Evo Morales was ousted from power on November 10, 2019. Interior Minister Arturo …

Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson (2020-10-08). COVID-19 Masks Are a Crime Against Humanity and Child Abuse. globalresearch.ca The following is a

Peter Koenig (2020-10-08). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-08). What is Covid-19, SARS-2. How is it Tested? How is It Measured? The Fear Campaign Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca The data and concepts have been manipulated with a view to sustaining the fear campaign. The estimates are meaningless. The figures have been hyped to justify the closure of the national economy. Covid-19 is a public health concern but it is NOT a dangerous virus.

Prof. Anthony J. Hall (2020-10-08). Assaulting Science in the Name of Science: Exploring the Coronavirus Crisis of 2020. globalresearch.ca There is a battle going on over who and what most credibly represents science. As the months pass, the contest over science is integral to the acrimony concerning the nature of COVID-19. In February of this year the UN's World …

Whitney Webb (2020-10-08). Secretive HHS AI Platform to Predict US Covid-19 Outbreaks Weeks in Advance. thealtworld.com A new AI-powered module known as HHS Vision has been added to the controversial and secretive HHS Protect system for amassing data related to Covid-19. By year's end, this opaque, yet increasingly influential, system is set to predict Covid-19 outbreaks without traditional testing. | Two weeks ago, on September 24, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Raul Diego (2020-10-08). New DARPA-Funded Tech Promises to Diagnose COVID-19 Through Implantable Biochip. mintpressnews.com The POC (point-of-care) diagnostics market stands at about $18.8 billion globally, according to recent market

_____ (2020-10-08). Over 44,000 Meatpackers Tested Positive For COVID19. popularresistance.org According to a tracker maintained by the Food & Environment Reporting Network, more than 44,000 meatpackers have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 200 have died from it. | Now, a new exposé by the New York Times shows how many meatpacking families have struggled to get compensated for their loved one's death on the job: | Workers' compensation has traditionally been used to address on-the-job injuries — not fatalities tied to a pandemic that has disrupted millions of lives and killed more than 200,000 people in the United States. Tracing the exact origins of individual infections can be diffic…

Santa Cruz News (2020-10-08). CPVAW Calls on Santa Cruz City Leaders to Assist Domestic Violence Victims as Part of COVID-19 Response. indybay.org The City of Santa Cruz Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women (CPVAW) is calling on the city to assist victims of domestic violence as part of its COVID-19 response. The issue will be discussed tonight (October 7) during the monthly CPVAW meeting, which begins online at 6: 30 pm. "Chair Simonton and Vice-Chair Burns have drafted a statement to share with the City Council requesting their support in helping share resources vital to assisting domestic violence victims with the community," the agenda for this evening's CPVAW states. View the agenda and join tonight's meeting: here. (Photo: Draft stat…

Labor Video Project (2020-10-08). SEIU1021 AHS Highland Hospital Workers Strike for PPE/To Stop Contracting Out & Privatization. indybay.org Over 3500 workers from SEIU 1021 and CNA struck the Alameda Heath System on October 7, 2020. This agency set up by the Alameda Board Of Supervisors has been attacking health and safety conditions in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, contracting out and union busting. Workers discussed the destruction of the healthcare system and demanded that this company be removed from management of public health in Alameda County.

Staff (2020-10-08). The Greatest Failure in Presidential History: Kamala Harris Slams Trump/Pence's Handling of COVID-19. democracynow.org Separated by two plates of plexiglass, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris met Wednesday in the only vice-presidential debate of the campaign season. Pence, who heads the White House Coronavirus Task Force, repeatedly defended the Trump administration's handling of the crisis as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 nears 212,000 and millions of people remain out of work. The debate also took place against the backdrop of a White House outbreak that has infected President Trump and dozens of other senior figures. "The White House has had more cases than the country of Yemen recently, than Vietnam, tha…

Staff (2020-10-08). Rev. William Barber: Millions Are Struggling. So Why Do the Debates Ignore Poverty? democracynow.org Rev. William Barber says the 2020 election debates have steadfastly ignored the subject of poverty, even though it affected almost half the United States population before the COVID-19 pandemic and millions more people are struggling since then. "We have to stop saying that things were well before COVID," Barber says. "The reality is, Wall Street was well." Barber is co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign and president of Repairers of the Breach.

Staff (2020-10-08). Headlines for October 8, 2020. democracynow.org Kamala Harris and Mike Pence Face Off in VP Debate Separated by Plexiglass Barriers, Contagious with COVID-19, President Trump Returns to Oval Office, Trump Calls COVID-19 Diagnosis a "Blessing from God", Top Security Official "Gravely Ill" with COVID-19 as White House Coronavirus Cluster Grows to 34, White House Quietly Told Gold Star Families They May Have Been Exposed to Coronavirus, Wisconsin Restricts Indoor Gatherings Amid Record Spike in Coronavirus Cases, New England Journal of Medicine Calls on Voters to Vote Against Trump in First-Ever Endorsement, Ex-CDC Director Calls on Robert Redfield to Expose "Col…

Holly Sheppard (2020-10-08). The Heat: US President Trump returns to Oval Office. america.cgtn.com A US marine posted outside the Oval office of the White House signals US President Trump is back at work while battling COVID-19.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-08). BMJ study confirms Imperial COVID-19 projections. imperial.ac.uk An Edinburgh University analysis of Imperial's Report 9 COVID-19 modelling has confirmed the group's key projections from March.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-08). Severe COVID-19 infection linked to overactive immune cells. imperial.ac.uk Samples from the lungs of patients show a runaway immune system reaction could be one mechanism behind severe COVID-19 cases.

The Canary (2020-10-08). Number of people waiting over a year for NHS treatment reaches 12-year high. thecanary.co The number of people waiting more than a year to start hospital treatment is at its highest level since 2008.Still waiting: The continuing impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on delays to operations and treatment is shown in new NHS England data. Some 111,026 people were waiting more than 52 weeks to start hospital treatment in August, the highest number for any month since September 2008. In August 2019, the figure was just 1,236.The number of people waiting more than 18 weeks to start hospital treatment also tripled in August compared to the same month last year. Some 1.96 million people had waited more tha…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-08). Students organize amid fresh pandemic outbreak in British universities. peoplesdispatch.org Over the past few weeks, there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases in universities in the United Kingdom. Student activists talk about the challenges they face and the kind of organizing that is happening…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-08). Imperial part of London Alliance offering 20,500 more COVID tests a day by March. imperial.ac.uk The Alliance, set up by life science cluster MedCity, brings together world-leading London organisations to meet a need for expanded testing capacity.

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-10-08). The Public Is So Misinformed About Covid That I Am Reposting: "The Covid Deception" thealtworld.com The Public Is So Misinformed About Covid That I Am Reposting: "The Covid Deception"

Gregg Gonsalves (2020-10-08). Focused Protection, Herd Immunity, and Other Deadly Delusions. thenation.com Focused Protection, Herd Immunity, and Other Deadly Delusions…

Eds. (2020-10-08). The case for a socialist Green New Deal. mronline.org Proposals for a Green New Deal (GND) were multiplying even before the pandemic, but the economic crisis triggered by Coronavirus has given them a new urgency.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-08). Infectious Conspiracies: Donald Trump, Coronavirus and Reality. counterpunch.org One measure of success in politics is the degree enemies imitate you, even if done insincerely and without flattery. Insincere imitation has become the preserve of a whole panoply of Donald Trump's critics stretching from the money, corporate side of the Democrats to the sandalled warriors who believe in environmental eschatology. Most importantly for Joe

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-08). Resisting Corona "New Normal" Oppression: Every Civil Rights Movement Begins with a Shunned 5%. globalresearch.ca After a TV interview on

_____ (2020-10-08). Labor Unions File UN Complaint Over 'Outrageous' Violations Of Workers' Rights. popularresistance.org United States labor leaders representing workers in several trade unions on Wednesday filed a complaint with the United Nations' labor agency, making the case that under the Trump administration, the U.S. has violated numerous international labor laws during the coronavirus pandemic. | The AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed the complaint in Geneva, home of the International Labor Organization (ILO), a U.N. institution dedicated to protecting workers' rights related to workplace safeguards and collective bargaining.

The Canary (2020-10-08). A maximum wage is a really simple solution to the coronavirus economic crisis. thecanary.co Excessive salaries should be capped to raise wages for lower-paid workers and to help save jobs, according to a new report. | For the many: | Thinktanks Autonomy and the High Pay Centre called on the government to take action, suggesting that a maximum wage of £100,000 could redistribute money equivalent to more than one million jobs. | If only the top 1% of earners were targeted then nine million low and middle income workers would have their wages boosted, said their report. Mass lay-offs would not be necessary during the current virus crisis if the very rich were paid a little less, it was sugges…

Ali Harb (2020-10-08). US elections: Four Middle East moments from Harris-Pence debate. middleeasteye.net US elections: Four Middle East moments from Harris-Pence debate | Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed US policy on Iran, Israel and Palestine in the first and only vice presidential debate | Thu, 10/08/2020 – 07: 11 | Plexiglass separated the two candidates on Wednesday amid coronavirus concerns (AFP) | If political debates were a sport, US vice presidential debates would be a game between the reserve teams.

Tamara Pearson (2020-10-08). Guatemalan and Mexican Governments Use Pandemic to Turn Back Caravan of Thousands of Refugees. counterpunch.org Thousands of Honduran migrants and refugees have been beaten, arrested, threatened with prison, and deported as they tried to make their way through the closed borders of Guatemala and Mexico. Over the last few days the Mexican and Guatemalan governments collaborated to stop the migrant march or caravan, which left Honduras on 30 September, from reaching Mexico and the US.

Frida Berrigan (2020-10-08). The Long Haul: Living Through Pandemic-Plus. counterpunch.org After all these months and 210,000 deaths, you'd think I'd be used to it all, but I'm not. It doesn't seem even a little normal yet. I'm still full of absences, missing so much I used to take for granted: hugs and handshakes, rooms crowded for funerals and weddings, potluck dinners and house parties. I

WSWS (2020-10-08). Tennessee educator speaks out on unsafe conditions in schools. wsws.org While the state's governor proclaims schools are safe, the teacher reveals how her school has been unable to contain the spread of the virus and the impact this has had on educators and students alike.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-08). Bacteria-fighting cells in the airways boosts infection risk from viruses. imperial.ac.uk Having more bacteria-fighting immune cells in the nose and throat may explain why some people are more likely to be infected by respiratory viruses.

Bianca Valle (2020-10-08). 'Poder Popular' builds power with Queens, NY, working class. liberationnews.org PSL members safely provide free direct services to the people of Queens, including: dance and self- defense classes, healthy food, bags of school supplies, personal protective equipment, and also connect participants to political struggles such as the recent fight against unsafe school reopenings.

Media Lens (2020-10-08). 'None of It Reported': How Corporate Media Buried the Assange Trial. globalresearch.ca One of the most imposing features of state-corporate propaganda is its incessant, repetitive nature. Over and over again, the 'mainstream' media have to convince the public that 'our' government prioritises the health, welfare and livelihoods of the general population, rather …

WSWS (2020-10-08). Australian inquiry hears Victorian quarantine hotel program plagued by "disorganisation, lack of appropriate staffing" wsws.org Health workers reveal the "shambolic" conditions that have contributed to as many as 768 deaths and 18,000 infections in the state.

Spiro Skouras (2020-10-07). Video: Covid-19, We Are Being Lied to! Here Is How… The PCR Test. globalresearch.ca As we approach the one year anniversary of the novel coronavirus outbreak, we find ourselves facing many unanswered questions. | We find ourselves worse off in many ways, in comparison to when the outbreak just began, as we receive signals from …

WSWS (2020-10-07). With COVID-19 rates rising, Massachusetts officials push to reopen schools and businesses. wsws.org Last Thursday marked the opening of public schools in Boston, Massachusetts, for in-person learning for high need students, despite rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the city and state.

WSWS (2020-10-07). US safety agency undermines federal oversight of COVID-19 workplace spread. wsws.org The workplace safety agency revised wording on its website to state that employers must only report a hospitalization if it occurs within 24 hours of exposure, a near impossibility that effectively abolishes any requirement that companies notify OSHA of severe cases.

Fight Back (2020-10-07). Technical workers strike at two Twin Cities hospitals. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Around 200 technical workers from Allina's Abbot Northwestern and Saint Francis Hospitals began a two-day strike at 6 a.m. on Monday, October 5. The workers on strike include diagnostic imaging technicians, medical lab technicians, surgical technicians and others. | The techs are demanding to be paid and receive benefits to stay home and quarantine if needed due to COVID-19 exposure. They work in medical settings where being exposed at work is a serious everyday risk and they deserve to be able to quarantine without loss of pay and benefits, especially given the nature of their jobs, but current…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-07). Coronavirus: Iran reports record high death numbers as it grapples with third wave. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Iran reports record high death numbers as it grapples with third wave | Health minister says whole country on Covid-19 red alert as cases soar | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 15: 25 | Hospital admissions have reached record levels as entire country struggles with a rise in coronavirus infections (Reuters) | Iran on Wednesday reported 239 Covid-19 deaths, a record number over 24 hours, as…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-07). COVID-19 Coronavirus: The Crisis. "You Simulate and Then You Go Live" globalresearch.ca On January 30th 2020, the WHO Director General declared a Public Health Emergency (PHEIC) in relation to China's novel coronavirus. This far-reaching decision was taken without the support of expert opinion. There were 150 confirmed cases outside China, when the decision was taken. 6 in the US, 3 in Canada, 2 in the UK, etc.

Jeff Abbott (2020-10-07). The Other Americans: Police Violence Isn't Just on the Rise in the United States. progressive.org Decades of police brutality in Guatemala have led to an all-time high in human rights violations and other forms of police violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mike Whitney (2020-10-07). Gates, Kissinger and Our Dystopian Future. The Political Side of Covid. globalresearch.ca "The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." George Orwell | Can we agree that there are two types of Covid-19? | The first type, is Covid-19 ,"The Virus", which is a fairly …

Michael T. Hertz (2020-10-07). How the COVID-19 crisis can help fight climate change. nationofchange.org "Just as we need a vaccine for COVID-19, climate change requires urgent solutions that can't wait a generation. But people are moved to modify behavior based on emotion, not on research."

news.un (2020-10-07). UN chief urges greater investment in universal health coverage, starting now. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of strong public health systems and emergency preparedness for communities and economies globally, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday, calling for greater investments in universal health coverage.

news.un (2020-10-07). Space sector works to keep societies and economies on track during COVID-19. news.un.org Decades of developments in the space sector are being utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping countries to keep their citizens safe and economies on track, the head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) said on Wednesday, in a speech to a virtual conference held by the world's richest nations.

news.un (2020-10-07). Global trade amid COVID-19: Signs of rebound, but recovery uncertain. news.un.org Global trade is showing signs of bouncing back from a deep, COVID-19-induced slump, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has said, with the caveat that any recovery could be badly disrupted by the future course of the pandemic and how societies react.

Staff (2020-10-07). Mary Trump: My Uncle Is Responsible for 210,000 Deaths and Is Now "Willfully Getting People Sick" democracynow.org As President Trump compares the deadly COVID-19 outbreak to the flu despite being hospitalized for the virus, we speak to his only niece, Mary Trump, about his increasingly erratic behavior in the final weeks of the election season and how his family views illness as a weakness. "To be treated for something is to admit that you need the treatment, and I don't see him having any self-awareness," she says. "Clearly the people closest to him don't care about his well-being. If they did, he'd still be at Walter Reed." She also warns that the "worst-case scenario" would be for President Trump to overcome his illness r…

Staff (2020-10-07). Headlines for October 7, 2020. democracynow.org Stephen Miller Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Top Pentagon Generals Quarantine, Rudy Giuliani Coughs Through TV Interview While Awaiting Coronavirus Test Result, White House Refuses Contact Tracing Help as Trump Puts Residence Staff at Risk of COVID-19, Two Presidential Valets Who Carry Nuclear Launch Codes Test Positive for Coronavirus, Six States Report Record Hospitalizations as U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 211,000, Trump Calls Off Stimulus Talks, Then Reverses Course in Erratic Series of Tweets, Facebook, Twitter Crack Down on Trump's False Claim COVID-19 Is Less Lethal Than Flu, FDA to Require Two Month Sa…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). Iran records highest COVID-19 death toll since outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Wednesday as 239 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak in the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-07). COVID-19 Children's Art Competition winners announced. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) — The Ministry of Interior and UNICEF announced the winners of the joint COVID-19 Art Competition for children called "We Are All Champions" on Children's Day and Week.