Daily Archives: October 18, 2020

2020-10-18: News Headlines

Richard Gale (2020-10-18). Playing Russian Roulette with a COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca America, we need to have a conversation. It is a very serious and dire conversation that has been intentionally ignored and swept under the rug for far too long. It concerns a dialogue that our entire mainstream media, in its …

Bigots Forced to Flee (2020-10-18). Large San Francisco Counter-Protest Overwhelms Tiny Proud Boys Rally. indybay.org On Saturday, October 17, 2020, labor union members, anti-police brutality campaigners, advocates for release of prisoners affected by COVID-19, and leftists from Oakland and San Francisco came together to form a counter-demonstration against a rally by the far-right Proud Boys.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Iran registers 3,890 new COVID-19 infections, 252 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,890 COVID-19 infections and 252 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Tina Landis (2020-10-18). Remote work aids climate protection, fuels inequality under capitalism. liberationnews.org By the author of Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism.

Arjun Walia (2020-10-18). Bill Gates: 'A Second Wave of (COVID) Vaccines Will Come Next Year' After the First. globalresearch.ca What Happened: Bill Gates

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Holy Prophet (S) Shrine reopened in Medina. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — After a hiatus that Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) Shrine had been closed due to the outbreak of coronavirus global pandemic, doors of the holy shrine were reopened as limited by fully observing of health protocols.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-18). Trinta biliàµes do 'Recovery Fund' destinados aos militares. globalresearch.ca Enquanto a "crise do Coronavirus" continua a provocar consequências socio-económicas devastadoras, também em Itália, uma grande parte do "Fundo para a Recuperaàßà£o" é destinada nà£o aos sectores económicos e sociais mais atingidos, mas aos sectores mais avanàßados da indústria bélica….

Dan Bacher (2020-10-18). Newsom Administration approves 6 more fracking permits, bringing the total to 54 this year. indybay.org "Gov. Newsom sacrifices our health, food, water and climate while dodging criticism when he issues new fracking permits on a Friday night," said Alexandra Nagy, California Director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action. "Newsom's concern over climate change is a deceptive mirage as his actions reveal a strong adherence to the status quo.

Pip Hinman (2020-10-18). Nurses protest NSW wage freeze. greenleft.org.au Mental health nurses from the Waratah Mental Health Centre branch protested the NSW government's effective wage freeze outside their hospital, reports Niko Leka.

Kareem Chehayeb (2020-10-17). Beirut protests mark a year since Lebanon's mass uprising. middleeasteye.net Beirut protests mark a year since Lebanon's mass uprising | Amid the crippling economic crisis and Covid-19 pandemic, and with no functioning government, there is little optimism change in Lebanon will happen anytime soon | Sat, 10/17/2020 – 16: 55 | Protesters take to the streets of Beirut on 17 October to mark the first anniversary of the Lebanon uprising (Kareem Chehayeb) | Over a thousand…

WSWS (2020-10-17). Brazil's COVID-19 deaths pass 150,000 mark amid back-to-school campaign. wsws.org After reaching the grim milestone, state governments are following Bolsonaro's homicidal back-to-school policies with the support of the unions.

WSWS (2020-10-17). UK's local lockdown system in disarray as COVID-19 cases surge out of control. wsws.org This dispute been the local Labour authorities and central government confirms that combating the spread of this deadly disease cannot be left in the hands of any faction of the ruling elite, and their political representatives.

WSWS (2020-10-17). Mobilize the working class against the European Union's "herd immunity" policies! wsws.org As Europe emerges as an epicenter of a global resurgence of COVID-19, the EU is pursuing a policy leading to deaths on an unprecedented scale, far surpassing the 200,000 deaths this spring.

WSWS (2020-10-17). Alarming spike of COVID-19 infections in Michigan amid ruling class push for "herd immunity" wsws.org Several Republican state senators in the Michigan Senate held an online meeting last Saturday, where they discussed steps towards the lifting of mandates to wear masks indoors despite a clear resurgence of the disease.

Posted by Lynda Carson (2020-10-17). Trump Admin Issues CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance to Benefit Landlords over Renters. indybay.org Change's To Coronavirus Covid-19 CDC Eviction Moratorium:…

The Lancet (2020-10-17). [Editorial] Global health: time for radical change? thelancet.com What strategies should governments adopt to improve the health of their citizens? Amid the COVID-19 syndemic it would be easy to focus attention on global health security—at a minimum, strong public health and health-care systems. WHO has based its global health strategy on three pillars: universal health coverage, health emergencies, and better health and wellbeing. The indispensable elements of robust public health and health care are well known and endlessly rehearsed—a capable health workforce; effective, safe, and high-quality service delivery; health information systems; access to essential medi…

_____ (2020-10-17). COVID-19: The Case Against Herd Immunity. strategic-culture.org Marcello Ferrada de Noli has studied Sweden's response to the virus and advises countries elsewhere to reject the neoliberal model and survive instead. | Marcello FERRADA DE NOLI | The elderly have comprised the vast majority of Covid-19 fatalities in Sweden, either dying in care homes or their own residence, often alone. | By mid-May 2020, only 13 percent of the care home victims had received treatment at Swedish hospitals. In August 2020, only five percent of the Covid-19 patients admitted for treatment at Swedish hospitals came from care home facilities. | Sweden has by far the highest proportion of deaths am…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Iran Covid-19 update: 253 deaths in past 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) —The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,103 new COVID-19 infections and 253 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

sputniknews (2020-10-17). NY Health Officials Shutdown Giant 10,000 Person Wedding Amid COVID-19. sputniknews.com Health officials in New York City announced the ban a few days before the planned wedding, which is expected to draw 10,000 guests in Brooklyn, New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The Canary (2020-10-17). Medics 'extremely worried' about coming weeks because of coronavirus second wave. thecanary.co Medics are "extremely worried" about how the next few weeks will look in hospitals as the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continues to rise, a doctor has said. | Dr Indeewar Kapila is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Manchester. He said intensive care units in the North West were getting busier. And staff were bracing themselves for a difficult second wave. | "We're extremely worried": | Asked whether he's worried about where hospitals will be in a few weeks' time, Dr Kapila told the PA news agency: We're extremely worried. | I think if if the current situation continues, i…

RT (2020-10-17). 'We are in a truly Orwellian culture': Amazon yanks Covid-19 skeptic's book for ominously vague 'content violations'. rt.com Amazon has joined its Big Tech fellows in ramping up censorship of any criticism of the "official" Covid-19 narrative, deploying obfuscatory excuses to justify removing journalist James Perloff's latest book, he told RT. | After selling a respectable 3,500 copies over the last two months, Perloff's book on the coronavirus pandemic and its weaponization by world governments, 'Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red-Pilled,' was suddenly "banned" by Amazon.com, the writer revealed on Twitter on Thursday. | BAD NEWS. After selling over 3,500 copies for Amazon since publication on August 20, Amazon has banned my boo…

RT (2020-10-17). Kansas man arrested for threatening to 'kidnap' and 'slash' the throat of Wichita mayor over Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com Wichita, Kansas Mayor Brandon Whipple has revealed a man was placed under arrest on suspicion of plotting to kidnap and kill the politician over frustrations with Covid-19 restrictions across the city. | Meredith Dowty, 59, was booked on Friday evening and could face a charge of a criminal threat over a series of text messages threatening the mayor. | "He said he was going to kidnap me and slash my throat and he needed my address because I needed to see the hangman — me and everyone who, something about tyranny," Whipple told reporters. | The mayor said the suspect expressed his outrage over "mask mandat…

RT (2020-10-17). India gives go-ahead to domestic trial of Russia's pioneering 'Sputnik V' Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com India's vaccines regulator has given the green light for a clinical study of the Russia-developed Covid-19 vaccine. Similar trials of the formulation are underway in Russia itself and in some other nations. | The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), a department in India's drug regulator that is responsible for licensing vaccines, has given its approval for a domestic clinical study of the Russian candidate vaccine dubbed "Sputnik V," Indian and Russian partners have announced in a joint statement. The "multi-center and randomized controlled study" will be conducted by Dr Reddy's Laboratories, a Hyderabad…

RT (2020-10-17). No time for 'biting around edges' on Covid-19: Senior adviser urges UK govt to impose national 'circuit-breaker' lockdown. rt.com Restrictions that were recently introduced in the UK are not enough to stop the rapid spread of coronavirus, a top government adviser has said, calling for a new nationwide lockdown. | "Things look pretty grave at the moment and the numbers are going up pretty rapidly," John Bell, a government adviser and immunologist, told BBC Radio 4. Bell, who is also a professor of medicine at Oxford University, acknowledged that people are "pretty unhappy" and tired of existing restrictions. Nonetheless, he highlighted the importance of imposing tougher measures against Covid-19. | I can see very little way of getting on…

RT (2020-10-17). 'American stupidity': Furious Italian governor imposes CURFEW on Halloween, blaming partygoers for Covid-19 spread. rt.com The governor of the south-western Campania region didn't mince his words as he lashed out at those defying social distancing rules to enjoy nightlife, and vowed to stop Halloween celebrations he called "American stupidity." | Vincenzo de Luca said he plans to "close everything at 22: 00" and impose a curfew from the last day of October — supposedly to prevent "uncivilized" Italians from throwing Halloween parties right in the middle of the Covid-19 epidemic. | And the official did not hide the fact he thinks nothing of the occasion itself. "Halloween weekend is … immense idiocy, immense American stupidit…

WSWS (2020-10-17). 7,000 new infections in 24 hours: Germany's highest COVID numbers since beginning of pandemic. wsws.org The German chancellor and leaders of the federal states are maintaining their policy of herd immunity despite the eruption of a second wave of coronavirus cases.

William rivers Pitt (2020-10-17). Trump Got the Best COVID Treatment. For the Rest of Us He Wants "Herd Immunity" zcomm.org Trump is alive because he got the best treatment science can deliver, buttressed by data gathered from the corpses he has already caused…

Public Citizen (2020-10-17). HHS Must Release Billion Dollar Coronavirus Vaccine Contracts, Public Citizen Lawsuit Says. globalresearch.ca Public Citizen today The suit, filed in the U.S. …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Envoy urges intl. community to unite against US unilateralism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — Iran's representative in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly expressed concern over the US' lack of respect to the UN's stance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canary (2020-10-17). Parent left 'shouting at the television' after PM gets coronavirus rules wrong again. thecanary.co A parent who asked the prime minister if he could still see his son under new local lockdown rules has said he was left "shouting at the television" after Boris Johnson failed to answer his question.Not happy: Chris Eldridge, from Margate, Kent, asked Johnson whether he would be able to visit his son in Essex if either area rises from the "medium" level of restrictions — as much of Essex will do from 17 October.Eldridge said he was left unhappy with Johnson's response after he advised Eldridge to check the rules on the government's website. Johnson also suggested parents who live apart from their chi…

Staff (2020-10-17). Billionaires Now Collectively Hold a Record-Breaking $10 Trillion in Wealth. truthout.org Billionaire wealth increased to $10.2 trillion through the end of July, setting a new record amid the coronavirus pandemic even as millions of unemployed people fall into poverty. | Wealth held by billionaires around the world rose to $10.2 trillion in July, up from the previous record of $8.9 trillion in 2017, according to an The number of billionaire…

Jeff Bryant (2020-10-17). How online learning companies are using the Pandemic to take over classroom teaching. mronline.org Experts warn the rush to outsource teaching to private companies is bad for students, teachers, and taxpayers.

Noam Chomsky (2020-10-17). The President, the Pandemic & the Election. zcomm.org The urgent problem of overcoming the existential crises—global warming, nuclear war, pandemics—has to be done within the general framework of existing institutions. We can improve them. But you won't be able to overcome them in the relevant time frame…

_____ (2020-10-17). Agribusiness Interests Hijack 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. popularresistance.org Oakland, CA -This World Food Day (October 16) amidst the ongoing pandemic and the devastating impact of the climate crisis, a Food Systems Summit is being planned a year from now by the United Nations, to fulfil the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. As the Summit takes shape, it is obvious that it does not intend to trigger the deep systemic changes necessary to address the massive challenges that we face. The Summit will do more of the same — green and poor wash — to preserve and perpetuate interests of agribusiness and agro-chemical corporations at the expense of people and the plane…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-17). Il virus nucleare di cui nessuno parla — intervista a Manlio Dinucci, giornalista. globalresearch.ca Trasmissione radiofonica. | Conducono in studio Mauro Caruso e Ludovica Di Chiara …

Robert Maxim (2020-10-17). Aaron Steichen Murder Inquiry. indybay.org Mandated reporters and first responders repeatedly and willfully fail to provide emergency mental health intervention for Aaron's schizophrenic brother, Jacob. The end result is the death of a loved one after a 5 week escalation spanning a speculated 8 calls to authorities.

Roland Rottenfuss (2020-10-17). Behavior and body in the sights of capital. indybay.org The proclamation of states of emergency in the spring of 2020, even if not in all countries, helped to consolidate a state crisis management system that overturned constitutions and now completely bypassed democratic decision-making processes. In the name of public health… the measures were presented as without alternative and divergent expert opinions were ignored or defamed.

GBD 2019 Risk Factors Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories, 1990—2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com Overall, the record for reducing exposure to harmful risks over the past three decades is poor. Success with reducing smoking and lead exposure through regulatory policy might point the way for a stronger role for public policy on other risks in addition to continued efforts to provide information on risk factor harm to the general public.

GBD 2019 Diseases and Injuries Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 369 diseases and injuries in 204 countries and territories, 1990—2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com As disability becomes an increasingly large component of disease burden and a larger component of health expenditure, greater research and development investment is needed to identify new, more effective intervention strategies. With a rapidly ageing global population, the demands on health services to deal with disabling outcomes, which increase with age, will require policy makers to anticipate these changes. The mix of universal and more geographically specific influences on health reinforces the need for regular reporting on population health in detail and by underlying cause to help decision makers to identi…

GBD 2019 Viewpoint Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Viewpoint] Five insights from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2019 provides a rules-based synthesis of the available evidence on levels and trends in health outcomes, a diverse set of risk factors, and health system responses. GBD 2019 covered 204 countries and territories, as well as first administrative level disaggregations for 22 countries, from 1990 to 2019. Because GBD is highly standardised and comprehensive, spanning both fatal and non-fatal outcomes, and uses a mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive list of hierarchical disease and injury causes, the study provides a powerful basis for de…

GBD 2019 Demographics Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global age-sex-specific fertility, mortality, healthy life expectancy (HALE), and population estimates in 204 countries and territories, 1950—2019: a comprehensive demographic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com Over the past 20 years, fertility rates have been dropping steadily and life expectancy has been increasing, with few exceptions. Much of this change follows historical patterns linking social and economic determinants, such as those captured by the GBD Socio-demographic Index, with demographic outcomes. More recently, several countries have experienced a combination of low fertility and stagnating improvement in mortality rates, pushing more populations into the late stages of the demographic transition.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-17). Despite Warnings of Otherwise 'Preventable Deaths,' Trump Heads to Wisconsin for Super-Spreader Rally. commondreams.org As the Trump campaign continues to make attendees sign liability waivers in case they become infected, one public health expert said that "indicates they know the reality because if they weren't worried about it then they wouldn't bother." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_death_rally_wisconsin.jpg

_____ (2020-10-17). Persecuting Assange Is A Blow To Reporting And Human Rights Advocacy. popularresistance.org If it were not for a tiny handful of journalists—ShadowProof's Kevin Gosztola preeminent among them—Americans might be utterly unaware that a London magistrate, for the last month, has been considering nothing less than whether journalists have a right to publish information the US government doesn't want them to. Not whether outlets can leak classified information, but whether they can publish that information on, as in the case of Wikileaks, US war crimes and torture and assorted malfeasance to do with, for instance, the war on Afghanistan, which just entered its 19th year, with zero US corporate me…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-17). Imperial Athletes: a new sports hub for clubs at Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Move Imperial and Imperial College Union (ICU) have launched Imperial Athletes, a new collaborative hub for the College's almost 100 sports clubs.

WSWS (2020-10-16). New cluster of COVID-19 hits Faurecia Gladstone factory in Columbus, Indiana. wsws.org In spite of stonewalling by management, auto parts workers have been able to verify the infections of at least five individuals, including equipment drivers who move throughout the plant.

WSWS (2020-10-16). San Diego educators force delay in school reopenings as COVID-19 spreads in the region. wsws.org The delay to school reopenings stems directly from the actions of rank-and-file educators and parents, who have organized car caravan protests and have been increasingly outspoken on social media.

People's World (2020-10-16). People's World Oct. 25 Voter Town Hall: 'The People Have the Power'. peoplesworld.org Join us Sunday, Oct. 25, for a People's World event: The People Have the Power: A Voter Town Hall We're now in the home stretch, the last big push before the election, but we can't let up for a minute. Issues like COVID-19, the Heroes Act, aid for the unemployed climate change, the fight for …

Paul Street (2020-10-16). The Coup Already Underway. counterpunch.org This might be a good time for Americans to stop masochistically worshipping at the feet of their nation's authoritarian Constitution. A proto-fascistic genocidal racist maniac and anti-science eco-exterminist determined to kill two million more Americans with COVID-19 sits in the White House thanks in no small part due to the absurdly venerated 1788 United States

Urooj Alavi (2020-10-16). ICE is Trying to Deport My Husband While I Treat COVID Patients. aclu.org I work as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit in Southern California. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I've been working alongside my colleagues as we try to save the lives of the sickest patients and comfort their families. The hours have been long, and we have all seen more than our share of sorrow., , Fortunately, for most of the pandemic I had my husband to lean on. It was comforting to know that while I was in the unit, he was at home caring for our two young children and that when I came home he would be there to support me., , That changed in July, when ICE detained him during a routine check…

Karen Dolan (2020-10-16). Congress Must Deliver COVID-19 Relief. progressive.org Where is the concern for the families of the more than 215,000 Americans who have lost their lives to the coronavirus?