Daily Archives: October 15, 2020

2020-10-15: News Headlines

George Ochenski (2020-10-15). Trump is Toast. Will He Take the Entire GOP Down With Him? counterpunch.org With just over three weeks to Election Day, more than six million votes have already been cast in early voting in 27 states as much of the White House and Trump campaign staff are infected with Covid-19 and/or quarantined. But as a sick and increasingly delusional president goes on a rampage against almost everyone, historic

Women's March Action (2020-10-15). Sunday 10/18: Women's March Action Online: #CountOnUs Digital Action Weekend to #GOTV (Day 2). indybay.org Online/digital action options during COVID-19…

Ramona du Houx (2020-10-15). In CA, Latino farming communities hardest by COVID-19 and environmental injustice. indybay.org The California Latino community has been disproportionately infected by the coronavirus. Latinos make up 39 percent of the population in the state, but account for 56 percent of COVID-19 infections and 46 percent of deaths. That's three times the rate as Whites. State officials say, many employers have not reliably provided protective equipment to workers or implemented social distancing or mask wearing rules. This is systemic racism. Too often, they live in neighborhoods that are located near oil industry operations in California, one of America's top crude oil and gas producing states. Gov. Newsom needs to addr…

Zach Conti (2020-10-15). COVID Crisis: G20 Defers Action on Aid, Tax and Debt Cancellation. indybay.org G20 finance ministers agreed to extend debt payment relief for the 73 poorest countries and, in principle, to have a common framework to cancel debts. The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met on global COVID-19 response plans ahead of the Annual IMF and World Bank Meetings.

Women's March Action (2020-10-15). Saturday 10/17: Women's March Action Online: #CountOnUs Digital Action Weekend to #GOTV (Day 1). indybay.org Online/digital action options during COVID-19…

Pablo Guisado-Vasco, Sofia Valderas-Ortega, Maria Maravillas Carralón-González, Ana Roda-Santacruz, Lucia González-Cortijo, Gabriel Sotres-Fernández, Eva María Martí-Ballesteros, José Manuel Luque-Pinilla, Elena Almagro-Casado, Félix J. La Coma-Lanuza, Ruth Barrena-Puertas, Esteban Javier Malo-Benages, María José Monforte-Gómez, Rocío Diez-Munar, Esther Merino-Lanza, Lorena Comeche-Casanova, Margarita Remirez-de-Esparza-Otero, María Correyero-Plaza, Manuel Recio-Rodríguez, Margarita Rodríguez-López, María Dolores Sánchez-Manzano, Cristina Andreu-Vázquez, Israel John Thuissard-Vasallo, José María Echave-Sustaeta María-Tomé, Daniel Carnevali-Ruiz (2020-10-15). Clinical characteristics and outcomes among hospitalized adults with severe COVID-19 admitted to a tertiary medical center and receiving antiviral, antimalarials, glucocorticoids, or immunomodulation with tocilizumab or cyclosporine: A retrospective observational study (COQUIMA cohort). thelancet.com In a real-clinical setting, inhibition of the calcineurin inflammatory pathway, NF-Œ∫Œí, could reduce the hyperinflammatory phase in COVID-19. Our findings might entail relevant implications for the therapy of this disease and could boost the design of new clinical trials among subjects affected by severe COVID-19.

Jeff Schuhrke (2020-10-15). The Nightmare Facing the Poor and Working Class If There's Not Another Stimulus. zcomm.org With time running out and Republicans balking at more Covid relief, U.S. workers are facing a future of financial misery…

_____ (2020-10-15). CEO of NHS Trust — "Second covid wave will be '10 times harder' to deal with. truepublica.org.uk A report in the Health Service Journal paints a dire picture of the coming reality of the second Covid wave. Whilst politicians continue their poor decision making, inevitable U-turns then fight out the blame game — the national health service faces the destructive forces of not one battle — but three. The second wave of …

_____ (2020-10-15). Brexit — Ten reasons why Boris Johnson will back down and do a deal. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: The word on the ground in political circles is that Boris Johnson is facing political armageddon. The battleground of Brexit and Covid has left Johnson with his back in a corner. With a no-deal Brexit and a Joe Biden win, Britain will be the only major economy in the world with no trade …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-15). Boris Johnson at Sea: Coronavirus Confusion in the UK. counterpunch.org The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such errors of communication as committed last month, when he got into a tangle over new coronavirus

Dean Baker (2020-10-15). The Reappearance of Pandemic Price Patterns. counterpunch.org Price declines in several hard-hit sectors are likely in response to a resurgence of the pandemic. The overall and core Consumer Price Index (CPI) both rose 0.2 percent in September, driven in large part by an extraordinary 6.7 percent jump in the price of used cars. The overall index is now up 1.4 percent from

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-15). Health workers across Delhi strike against unpaid wages. peoplesdispatch.org Protests have been breaking out in various hospitals in New Delhi, India. Health workers of various hospitals across the city are going on indefinite strikes because of unpaid salaries.

David Rosen (2020-10-15). How the Christian Right Won the Culture Wars. counterpunch.org The likely appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court may mark the end of this round of the culture wars. For half-a-century, the U.S. has been a battleground over "moral" and sexual values. Key issues like abortion, health care (i.e., the ADA), gay rights and the meaning of "family" have been contested. With Barrett's appointment,

news.un (2020-10-15). Social protection coverage in Asia and the Pacific 'riddled with gaps'. news.un.org More than half the population of the vast Asia and Pacific region lack any social protection coverage, leaving populations vulnerable to ill-health, poverty, inequality and social exclusion, a new UN report has found.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-15). Future Research and Innovation Leaders Awarded Research Fellowships. imperial.ac.uk Four Imperial researchers have been awarded Future Leader Fellowships from UK Research and Innovation.

WSWS (2020-10-14). UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meets as COVID-19 sweeps through student campuses. wsws.org Emma, a parent of primary school age children, said, "I could not agree more with all of you. How can anybody make schools safe? Even our primary school head said they couldn't guarantee safety.

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-14). Venezuela's ability to fight COVID-19 is hamstrung by 31 metric tons of gold stolen from its treasury. peoplesdispatch.org The Bank of England has refused to hand over 31 metric tons of gold that belongs to Venezuela. This gold worth $1.95 billion is planned to go toward the purchase of essential medical equipment and supplies…

WSWS (2020-10-14). Trump's "herd immunity" policy and right-wing terror. wsws.org On Tuesday, Newsweek reported that two Trump administration officials said the White House supports the Great Barrington Declaration, a statement advocating for the mass infection of the population with COVID-19 through a policy of "herd immunity."

WSWS (2020-10-14). Teacher death toll mounts as districts across the US push forward with school reopenings. wsws.org At least eight more educators across the US have died from COVID-19 in the past two weeks alone.

Helen Buyniski (2020-10-14). How to Kill a Thriving Metropolis in 7 Months: New York City's COVID-19 Failure. globalresearch.ca Seven months into the pandemic, as many US states inch back toward 'normal', New York is in the grips of a crime wave, reinvigorated lockdowns, and widespread fear of pretty much everything. Thank local government. | New York City has lost …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-10-14). COVID-19 Vaccine Partnership with AstraZeneca: A Threat to Public Health. globalresearch.ca A Reuters This is despite the vaccine not only not having passed clinical trials or having …

WSWS (2020-10-14). COVID-19 outbreaks erupt in Florida public schools as state demands further reopenings. wsws.org Public schools in Florida are experiencing a dangerous growth of COVID-19 infections as the state government aggressively pursues in-class instruction in locations ravaged by the pandemic.

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-14). Venezuela's ability to fight COVID-19 is badly hamstrung by the 31 metric tons of gold stolen from its treasury. mronline.org On October 5, 2020, the England and Wales Court of Appeal overturned a lower court decision from July that denied the Venezuelan government access to 31 metric tons of its gold stored in the Bank of London.

WSWS (2020-10-14). Michigan Supreme Court overturns governor's executive orders on COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The rulings coincide with the demands of the ruling elite that workers return to work under dangerous conditions so that profitability can be restored.

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-10-14). 'We are Many, They are Few': Nonviolent Resistance to the Elite's COVID-19 Coup. globalresearch.ca On 16 August 1819, an estimated 60,000 pro-democracy and anti-poverty activists were peacefully protesting the utterly corrupt nature of the Parliament in Westminster and demanding the reform of parliamentary representation (which afforded less than 2% of people the right to …

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-10-14). California nurses declare: 'Patients over profits!'. workers.org California nurses during their Oct. 7-12 strike. This statement was released Oct.7 by the Organizing Committee of the Workers Assembly. Over 1,000 nurses in California began a five-day strike on Oct. 7 to protest hospital management's failure to protect nurses and patients in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The . . . |

Zero Hedge (2020-10-14). Facebook Bans Ads Questioning Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Mark Zuckerberg has clearly had enough of being hauled in front of Congress and hectored by a gang of senior citizens and listening to the head of the ACLU slam his company as a vessel for violent hate speech. Because …

Alan Macleod (2020-10-14). 55 Million People Face Famine as COVID-Ravaged Economies Fail To Meet Funding Goals. mintpressnews.com Nations the world over have scrambled to take emergency action in the wake of COVID-19, as businesses have been disrupted, supply lines cut and economies stunted, leaving foreign aid programs underfunded and millions without food.

Peter Koenig (2020-10-14). Covid-19: The Great Reset — Revisited. Scary Threats, Rewards for Obedience… globalresearch.ca The Great Reset book is full with predictions of things that will or may happen, and threats, like the world will never be the same again, and we are just at the beginning of the Reset, worse is to come — or the Great Transformation, as the IMF calls what is coming.

Tom Conway (2020-10-14). How Trump's politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic put every American at risk. nationofchange.org Trump continues to trivialize the virus in a pathetic ploy to shore up his sagging image before the Nov. 3 election.

Walden Bello (2020-10-14). How the IMF and World Bank Turned a Pandemic into a Public Relations Stunt. counterpunch.org The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold their annual fall meetings this week in the midst of a pandemic that has blazed a path of massive disaster through countries of the global South. COVID-19 has presented the Bretton Woods twins, on the seventy-sixth anniversary of their founding, with a grand opportunity, not to

Kenneth Surin (2020-10-14). Britain Takes a Beating…From Itself. counterpunch.org UK Covid-19 positive tests surged 56% in a week. At the same time, contact-tracing descended to a new low– 5,722 fewer people were tested. Only two-thirds of those who tested positive had their details entered into the tracing system, and a mere 68.6% of the immediate contacts of positive cases were reached. In addition, waiting times have risen again for those awaiting test results.

WSWS (2020-10-14). The Great Barrington Declaration: Capitalism's global policy of herd immunity. wsws.org Super spreading events are the primary mode of transmission for COVID-19 infections. The recent declaration at Great Barrington, Massachusetts, attempts to establish herd-immunity as a global policy that will have catastrophic consequences for the working class.

Women's March Action (2020-10-14). Saturday 10/17: Women's March Action: #CountOnUs Digital Action Weekend to #GOTV (Day 1). indybay.org Online/digital action options during COVID-19…

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-14). The Heat: China's response to COVID-19. america.cgtn.com China has made extraordinary progress in battling COVID-19 since the first major outbreak in Wuhan earlier this year. While the disease is largely contained in China, the country is now responding to a minor outbreak in the city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province. …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran COVID-19 update: 279 deaths, 4,830 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,830 COVID-19 infections and 279 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-14). England, Wales and Scotland among nations with highest death toll from pandemic. imperial.ac.uk England, Wales and Scotland had among the highest rate of deaths from all causes, including COVID-19, as a result of the first wave of the pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-10-14). US COVID-19 Cases Rising: Is Next Wave Beginning, or is Tsunami Underway? sputniknews.com On this edition of The Critical Hour, co-hosts Dr. Wilmer Leon and Garland Nixon talk to Dr. Yolandra Hancock about the future of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US.

sputniknews (2020-10-14). Russian Health Ministry Registers Another Two Drugs for COVID-19 Treatment. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Two Remdesivir drugs against the coronavirus infection were registered in Russia, according to the Russian Ministry of Health.

John Bachtell (2020-10-14). Biden proposes science-driven COVID plan; Trump says Americans are on their own. peoplesworld.org During the vice-presidential debate, Sen. Kamala Harris recounted the Trump administration's "historic failure" to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Vice President Mike Pence tried to defend the indefensible and, in desperation, claimed Joe Biden had "plagiarized" the Trump-Pence coronavirus plan, which he astonishingly touted as a great success. FACT CHECK: The Biden campaign has released a …

RT (2020-10-14). Idaho university threatens expulsion for students who DELIBERATELY contract coronavirus to sell plasma with antibodies. rt.com Idaho's Brigham Young University has urged students to refrain from purposely infecting themselves with the coronavirus in hopes of cashing in on payments for plasma donations, threatening expulsion for those caught doing so. | "BYU-Idaho is deeply troubled by accounts of individuals who have intentionally exposed themselves for others to Covid-19, with the hope of getting the disease and being paid for plasma that contains Covid-19 antibodies," the school said in a recent The university condemns this behavior and is active…

RT (2020-10-14). O is good to go? Blood type plays key role in vulnerability to Covid-19, new research claims. rt.com A person's blood type could play a key role in their vulnerability to Covid-19, with type O people less likely to catch the bug while types A and AB are most at risk, freshly released research has found. | Two independent studies published on Wednesday found that blood type O is something of a security blanket when it comes to coronavirus. Those with this blood type were found to be less likely to catch the disease and also had a reduced risk of suffering severe complications if they do get sick. | However, people with types A and AB were not so lucky, as scientists found that they were more likely to suffer m…

RT (2020-10-14). Public health state of emergency declared in France over Covid, as Macron confirms city curfews. rt.com France's government has declared a public health state of emergency over the growing number of Covid-19 cases as the country sees a second-wave surge of the virus. A curfew will also be imposed on several cities, including Paris. | In a statement on Wednesday, the government said that the coronavirus epidemic needed to be strictly counteracted, due to its growing scale putting the health of the population at risk. | The statement did not list any specific measures the government intends to implement, but the mere adoption of the state of emergency gives a broad range of statutory powers to the executive. | In…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-10-14). Poverty, racism, and inequality merge with COVID-19 to create 'syndemic'. peoplesworld.org The writer is a retired pediatric physician. It didn't seem to fit. The website of the Colombian Communist Party on Oct. 5 published a medical doctor's reflections on re-characterizing a disease. Félix León Martínez, MD, quoted extensively from an editorial appearing in the famous British medical journal Lancet. He and Lancet editor Richard Horton, MD, …

Sarah Anderson (2020-10-14). Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up. commondreams.org The Wisconsin initiative is not the first time farmers have joined with meatpacking workers to demand stronger COVID-19 protections. (Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/farmers_2.jpeg

Les Leopold (2020-10-14). Race, Class, and Covid-19 in the United States. commondreams.org Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workers in New York City were among those on the early frontlines of the national coronavirus pandemic when it first struck in March of 2020. (Photo: Andrew Cashin / MTA New York City Transit / flickr / cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/coronavirus_workers_0_1.jpg

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-14). Issued 'When No One Was Looking,' Critics Warn New Trump Guidance on Eviction Moratorium a Blow to Renter Protections and Public Health. commondreams.org "Public health evidence is clear: Eviction increases Covid-19 deaths and spread." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/eviction_crisis_2.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-14). 'Totally Under Control': New, Secretly-Filmed Documentary Details Trump's Colossal Covid-19 Failures. commondreams.org Several public health experts who have spent this year watching as President Donald Trump has ignored, refuted, and openly mocked their guidance on the coronavirus pandemic are among those interviewed in a new documentary titled "Totally Under Control." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-10-14_at_3.27.49_pm.jpg

Peter Geoghegan (2020-10-14). UK Government Accused of 'Cronyism' after Tory Councilor Wins £156m COVID Contract. globalresearch.ca A small, loss-making firm run by a Conservative councillor in Stroud was given a £156m contract to import PPE from China without any competition, openDemocracy has learned. | Steve Dechan's company, P14 Medical, signed the huge contract to supply medical …

Zach Conti (2020-10-14). IMF Economic Reports: Inequality and Poverty Rising Amidst COVID Crisis. indybay.org Analyzing the economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus, the International Monetary Fund released the Global Financial Stability Report and the 2020 World Economic Outlook Report, "A Long and Difficult Ascent." The economic outlook report projects global economic growth to contract 4.4%.