Daily Archives: October 12, 2020

2020-10-12: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-10-12). French universities enforce de facto herd immunity policy on COVID-19. wsws.org Despite a nominal commitment to limited measures to contain the virus, in reality French universities are allowing the virus to rapid spread amongst students, accelerating infections and deaths in the wider population.

WSWS (2020-10-12). State and federal governments conceal COVID-19 outbreaks in US schools. wsws.org Across the US, the location of coronavirus outbreaks in schools are being deliberately hidden from the public, in order to prevent teachers and parents from drawing the conclusion that face-to-face instruction should stop.

WSWS (2020-10-12). COVID-19 devastates Native American reservations in California and across the US. wsws.org The loss of revenue from the closure of Indian casinos and other gambling operations has led to loss of jobs and social funding for indigenous communities, while premature reopening are fueling the virus' spread.

Dr Martin Kulldorff (2020-10-12). The Great Barrington Declaration. globalresearch.ca As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection. | Coming from both the left and right, …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-12). Omnibus Collisions: Coronavirus Policing and Overreach in Victoria. counterpunch.org In her September 17 speech to parliament, the Attorney General of the Australian state of Victoria, Jill Hennessy, explained various provisions of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill. Of most interest was the proposal that would dramatically inflate the scope of public health power in ostensibly preventing a spread of COVID-19.

Gavin Phillips (2020-10-12). "Where's the Challenge? Where's the Crisis? Where's this COVID?" globalresearch.ca Today's newsletter of Lockdown Sceptics features an exclusive interview with a nurse who worked in an NHS hospital throughout the pandemic and says she has never had so little to do. Now she feels compelled to speak out against the …

Kit Knightly (2020-10-12). WHO (Accidentally) Confirms Covid Is No More Dangerous than Flu. globalresearch.ca The World Health Organization has finally confirmed what we (and many experts and studies) have been saying for months — the coronavirus is no more deadly or dangerous than seasonal flu. | The WHO's top brass made this announcement

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2020-10-12). Malaysia: A Clear Direction for the Present. globalresearch.ca Malaysians at this moment are concerned about two different types of numbers. The overwhelming majority are worried about the recent spike in Covid 19 infections and the increase in the number of related deaths. There is a much smaller segment …

Thom Hartmann (2020-10-12). The GOP Is Pursuing a Public Slaughter Strategy, Known to Some as 'Herd Immunity'. counterpunch.org People are acting shocked—shocked, I tell you!—that the Trump/GOP strategy on coronavirus is essentially one of promoting herd immunity with the possible downside of as many as 2.5 million dead Americans. We shouldn't be surprised. It's simply the logical extension of conservative policies on pretty much everything for the past 90 years—policies that have killed

Steve Topple (2020-10-12). Universal Credit is now an even bigger ticking timebomb. thecanary.co A thinktank has delivered a stark analysis of the state of UK social security. It has highlighted the inadequacy of Universal Credit. And potentially, it could spell disaster for hundreds of thousands of people.Coronavirus support schemes: The Resolution Foundation has

WSWS (2020-10-12). 350,000 US education jobs slashed in September. wsws.org The mass layoffs come four months after an unprecedented 1.4 million education layoffs as a result of the pandemic, and are the tip of the iceberg with no federal aid on the horizon.

WSWS (2020-10-12). Alameda County hospital strike in California ends without contract. wsws.org Hospital workers in Oakland spoke on the systemic problems in health care and the impact of the pandemic.

Nicolas J S Davies (2020-10-12). How can Americans support peace in Nagorno-Karabakh? counterpunch.org Americans are dealing with an upcoming general election, a pandemic that has killed over 200,000 of us, and corporate news media whose business model has degenerated to selling different versions of "The Trump Show" to their advertisers. So who has time to pay attention to a new war half way round the world? But with so much of

Robert Koehler (2020-10-12). What Comes Next is Up to Us. counterpunch.org What if we stopped separating the looming national chaos into separate categories —racism, climate change, war, vote suppression, election theft, pandemic, science denial, white supremacy, police brutality, etc. — and tried looking at it all at once? This may be the legacy of Donald Trump, our first corkscrew-in-chief: He has popped the cork on who

WSWS (2020-10-12). As mental health crisis deepens, New York City hospitals leave psych units shuttered. wsws.org Even as the need for mental health services reaches new heights, psychiatric units remain closed and are unlikely to fully reopen.

Ron Ridenour (2020-10-12). The Tortured Trial of Julian Assange. counterpunch.org Most people might be excused for not knowing it, because the story is mainly ignored, or is shamelessly misreported in the corporate media when it does get any attention. A courageous Australian journalist, abandoned by his own country, is being railroaded by a British court towards extradition to the US where he could face life

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-12). Top honours awarded to Imperial academics in Queen's Birthday Honours list. imperial.ac.uk Two academics in the Department of Chemical Engineering have been awarded OBEs this year in The Queen's Birthday Honours.

Sylvain Mercadier (2020-10-11). Coronavirus: Iraq's heritage sites suffer renewed wave of looting amid pandemic. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Iraq's heritage sites suffer renewed wave of looting amid pandemic | Economic woes exacerbated by the Covid-19 outbreak have prompted a rise in illegal activity | Sun, 10/11/2020 – 12: 40 | The Great Ziggurat temple, which dates back to 2100 BC, in the ancient city of Ur situated in southern Iraq's Dhi Qar province 15 June 2020 (AFP) |

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-11). South African workers strike against govt corruption, COVID-19 failures, job losses. peoplesdispatch.org A historic general strike was held in numerous cities and towns across South Africa on October 7 against corruption, job losses, govt failures during the pandemic, and its refusal to honor the wage agreement it had signed with public servants.

Julian Rose (2020-10-11). Manufactured Pandemic: Testing People for Any Strain of a Coronavirus, Not Specifically for COVID-19. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on March 27, 2020 | The following is from a medical forum. The writer, who is a widely respected professional scientist in the US, prefers to stay anonymous, because presenting any narrative different than the official …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-11). The Covid-19 Roadmap: Towards Global Economic Chaos and Societal Destruction. globalresearch.ca It is now confirmed beyond doubt that the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR) used to estimate COVID-19 positive cases is meaningless. It cannot detect or identify the virus. What it detects are particles or fragments of numerous viruses including …

news.un (2020-10-11). UN in Myanmar comes together to protect people from COVID-19. news.un.org More than 20 UN agencies in Myanmar have come together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and staff are putting their lives on their line to support the Organization's efforts to protect lives and boost livelihoods.

Benjamin James Davies (2020-10-11). Solidarity and resistance: how renters are fighting against unjust evictions. zcomm.org With the second wave of COVID-19 sweeping through the UK like a tsunami, a number of emerging key battlegrounds may define the future of the left…

sputniknews (2020-10-11). Twitter Flags Trump Tweet on Being 'Immune' as 'Potentially Harmful' COVID-19 Information. sputniknews.com Earlier on Saturday, US President Donald Trump's personal physician announced in a statement that Trump no longer posed a risk of transmitting the coronavirus to others – after over a week of the president's COVID recovery process.

RT (2020-10-11). Over half of French nurses on brink of professional burn-out amid Covid-19 pandemic — survey. rt.com More than the half of French nurses are close to burning out due to the pressure the ongoing pandemic has put on the nation's medical workers, who struggle with increased work and lack of holidays, a new survey indicates. | Some 57 percent of France's nurses have described their condition as "state of professional exhaustion" since the beginning of the pandemic, the national French nursing union has said, publishing results of a

RT (2020-10-11). Covid-19 situation in UK 'at tipping point', deputy chief medical officer of England warns as London plans new restrictions. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic in the UK has reached a "tipping point" and things are likely to get even worse, the deputy chief medical officer for England warns just one day before the government is expected to reveal new curbs. | The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in the UK has almost doubled over just about a week, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam

RT (2020-10-11). UK hospitality industry reportedly plans to legally challenge Downing Street ahead of potential Covid-19 shutdown. rt.com British hospitality venues will reportedly challenge the legality of the government restrictions imposed on the sector as London is about to announce new measures that are likely to affect the industry in Northern England. | Lawyers representing more than 10 hospitality organizations, including such major associations as the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) and the British Beer and Pub Association, are expected to file a legal challenge to the latest round of anti-coronavirus restrictions with the Downing Street on Monday — the day when the government plans to outline new measures to slow down the…

RT (2020-10-11). Money laundering time? Covid-19 can survive on CASH for 28 days, study claims. rt.com Coronavirus can survive on certain surfaces, including banknotes and mobile phone screens, for nearly a month in cooler climates, new research by Australian scientists suggests. | Covid-19 is able to survive in the open for a significantly longer length of time than was previously thought, according to a study by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) "Establishing how long the virus really remains viable on surfaces en…

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan (2020-10-11). Donald Trump, Superspreader-in-Chief, Endangers White House Staff. commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump removes his mask on October 5, 2020, upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_balcony.jpg

Peter Koenig (2020-10-11). Climate Change — A Scam of Global Dimensions? globalresearch.ca In the context of the global controversies about the Western narrative on the so-called "Climate Change" — and the ever more visible merging of this narrative with the World Economic Forum's (WEF) declared post-covid "Great Reset", NTV, Moscow, aske me …

Ralph Lopez (2020-10-11). Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 24, 2020 | In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen." The "Big Pharma" insider asserts …

Ben Bramble (2020-10-11). Why You Don't Need to Feel Sad About Donald Trump Catching COVID. commondreams.org President Donald Trump looks out from the Truman Balcony as he arrives at the White House upon his return from Walter Reed Medical Center on October 5, 2020. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_38.jpg

Common Dreams staff (2020-10-11). 'Propaganda': Trump Campaign Exposed for Using Dr. Fauci Out of Context in New Ad. commondreams.org 'The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context' | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_fauci_coronavirus_0.jpg

Keith Brower Brown (2020-10-11). East Bay Health Care Workers Strike Forces County to Disband the Boss. zcomm.org On day two of their five-day strike, Alameda Health System workers in California's East Bay won a landmark victory…

F. Douglas Stephenson (2020-10-11). America's New Peculiar Institution: Health Care only for those who Can Afford it. zcomm.org We must immediately end our moral crime of having the greatest health system in the world, but only for those who can afford it…

CDPH, Santa Clara DPH, & Alameda DPH (2020-10-11). Monday 10/12: Virtual Townhall on Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Food Access & Health Program. indybay.org Online via Zoom or FB livestream, or join by phone…

_____ (2020-10-11). Treat Your Smartphone Like Hannibal Lecter. strategic-culture.org Bill BLUNDEN | Psychopaths are a dangerous lot. They lie as easily as they breathe and when they're not busy gaslighting people they're hunting for bits of sensitive information to exploit later on. Clinical therapists recommend that the best way to deal with psychopaths is to avoid them. | Yet most people are loath to abandon the little monster that is the smartphone. Particularly denizens of the Beltway. These users would be well advised take a sober look at their mobile devices and acknowledge the true nature of what they're dealing with. | The Mighty Wurlitzer Reborn | In the years leading up to World War II…

WSWS (2020-10-10). US imposes draconian new sanctions against Iran amid spiraling COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The sweeping sanctions announced on Thursday are aimed at denying Iran all access to the financial markets, thus cutting off the country's access to desperately needed food and medicine.

teleSUR (2020-10-10). Tourism Authority Gives El Salvador Thumbs Up Amid COVID. telesurenglish.net The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has granted El Salvador the condition of safe tourism destination in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Tourism Ministry of the Central American nation. | RELATED: | "El Salvador is among the first countries in the region to obtain this seal of compliance with global protocols for the safe reactivation of tourism and the recovery of travelers' confidence," the Tour…

WSWS (2020-10-10). With more than 1 million dead, who have been the victims of the coronavirus pandemic? wsws.org More than 1 million people globally have succumbed to COVID-19. The working class has faced the brunt of this pandemic, with all indications that the worst is still to come.

WSWS (2020-10-10). University and College Union moves to prevent strikes as COVID-19 cases surge on UK campuses. wsws.org Northumbria University's decision to move online prompted the University and College Union (UCU) leadership to call off strike action, while claiming a victory.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Dutch government's malign neglect accelerates resurgence of COVID-19. wsws.org The Netherlands has become a major hot-spot in western Europe for COVID-19 infections, with record numbers of confirmed infections each day.

teleSUR (2020-10-10). Russia Will Take Its COVID-19 Vaccine to Another LATAM Country. telesurenglish.net As a measure to counteract Bolivia's sanitary crisis, Sigma laboratory Friday sealed an alliance with Russia to produce and export to other Latin American countries a medicine for patients with COVID-19 and to distribute the new Russian vaccine 'Sputnik V'. | RELATED: | The Bolivian company Sigma Corp. will import the new Russian COVID-19 vaccine, which was announced to the world in August by President Vladimir Putin. | Sigma will also begin to produce in Bolivia the anti…

WSWS (2020-10-10). North and South Dakota record fastest growing COVID-19 outbreak in US. wsws.org As President Donald Trump returned from his Walter Reed Army Medical Center suite to tell Americans not to worry about the coronavirus, both North Dakota and South Dakota reported the highest per capita infection rates in the country this week.

Steve Horn (2020-10-10). Trump getting COVID is his Hurricane Sandy October Surprise for science denial. nationofchange.org From COVID-19 to the hurricanes of the climate crisis, even "moderate" Republicans have continually displayed a willingness to ignore and malign science.

WSWS (2020-10-10). Reopening of German schools leads to explosion of COVID-19 infections. wsws.org The ruling class knows that it is preparing a catastrophe with its ruthless policy of opening up the economy and its refusal to take serious measures to contain the virus.

MEE and agencies (2020-10-10). Coronavirus pandemic hits Tunisians with 165,000 job losses. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus pandemic hits Tunisians with 165,000 job losses | Key tourism industry has collapsed, with curfew latest step in bid to contain rise in Covid-19 cases | Sat, 10/10/2020 – 14: 15 | Tunisia is struggling with high unemployment amid record economic contraction (AFP) | The coronavirus pandemic has plunged Tunisia into an economic crisis that has cost tens of thousands of jobs and c…

WSWS (2020-10-10). State of emergency declared in Madrid as COVID-19 resurgence sweeps Europe. wsws.org New daily infections in Europe Friday surpassed the 100,000 mark for the second day running.

Ashley Curtin (2020-10-10). Horseshoe crab blood key to COVID-19 vaccine despite negative impact it could have on ecosystem. nationofchange.org "An estimated 50,000 of them die in the [vaccine] process and human interference also means that the species is now vulnerable to extinction."

teleSUR (2020-10-10). Mexico Pays Covax ~160 Million to Ensure a COVID Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Mexico's government announced on Saturday that it paid about 160 million dollars in advance to the World Health Organization (WHO) to secure 51 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX initiative. | RELATED: | "With this payment, Mexico ensures having options to acquire doses of a successful vaccine against COVID-19 within the Covax portfolio", Mexico's Foreign Ministry said. | Mexico officially joined C…