Daily Archives: October 29, 2020

2020-10-29: News Headlines

_____ (2020-10-29). COVID19 Rips Through Michigan K-12 Schools. popularresistance.org The spread of COVID-19 through Michigan's K-12 schools is rapidly accelerating, with the number of new outbreaks rising for the third week in a row, according to data released by the state yesterday. Last week, there were 29 separate outbreaks affecting 107 students, teachers and school workers, making it the most infectious week in Michigan since the school year began. | The 29 new outbreaks last week are in addition to 70 other "ongoing" outbreaks, defined as outbreaks that have been reported more than a week ago, but which have at least one new associated case in the last 28 days.

Lynda Carson (2020-10-29). Trump regime falsely claims it ended coronavirus covid-19 pandemic. indybay.org White House Statement Falsely Claiming Trump Has Ended Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

news.un (2020-10-29). COVID-19 robs children in poor countries of nearly four months of school. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has robbed children in the poorest countries of nearly four months of schooling, compared to six weeks of lost education for their counterparts in high income countries, according to a report published on Thursday by the UN educational and cultural organization, UNESCO; the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-10-29). What Can Americans Learn from New York's Shrewd Governor, Andrew Cuomo? Managing Covid-19. globalresearch.ca Day 240 of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US; anxious New Yorkers are again invited to hear about changing conditions in their state and what the governor's doing to protect them. Monday's press briefing must be his 150th review …

news.un (2020-10-29). Reduce risk to avert 'era of pandemics', experts warn in new report. news.un.org Unless there is a "seismic shift" in how countries collectively deal with infectious diseases, future pandemics will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, cause greater damage to the global economy and kill more people than COVID-19, international experts warned in a UN-backed report published on Thursday.

Jeff Bryant (2020-10-29). Bad Leadership Is Plunging Public Schools Into a Crisis. progressive.org COVID-19 exposed how important teachers are to students and families—it's a shame that school leaders still won't listen to them.

Mike Walter (2020-10-29). The Heat: COVID-19 surge in the United States. america.cgtn.com A dangerous surge of coronavirus cases in the United States. What's behind the increase and why are so many hospitals being pushed to their limit?

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-29). COVID-19 deaths: Infection fatality ratio is about 1% says new report. imperial.ac.uk The COVID infection fatality ratio is around 1% in high-income countries, but substantially lower in low-income countries with younger populations.

news.un (2020-10-29). Guterres to Security Council: Women leaders 'essential to peace and progress for all'. news.un.org Women continue to be under-represented in key decision-making over the battle against COVID-19, the chief of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Thursday, addressing the Security Council, adding that the situation is even "worse for women in conflict areas".

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-29). How Venezuela has held back COVID-19 in spite of the US sanctions stranglehold on its economy. peoplesdispatch.org María Lourdes Urbaneja Durant tells Viijay Prashad that despite sabotage by the US, Venezuela has been able to curb the spread of COVID-19 through "participation of the people"

Lord Sumption (2020-10-29). Video: Government by Decree — COVID-19 and the Constitution. globalresearch.ca On 27 October 2020 Lord Sumption delivered the 2020 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture entitled "Government by decree — Covid-19 and the Constitution". | The disputes over Brexit last year saw an attempt to make the executive, not Parliament, the prime source of …

Dean Baker (2020-10-29). Red State Governors Still Flunk COVID Testing. counterpunch.org A few weeks back I did a post noting that states governed by Republicans had the highest positive test rates, while the states with the lowest positive rates were mostly governed by Democrats. I argued that positive test rates are a good measure of how serious the governors are in trying to bring the pandemic

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-29). 'It's Not Just That You're a Crook': Watch Jon Ossoff Eviscerate Sen. Perdue Over Insider Trading, Covid Lies, and Healthcare Attacks. commondreams.org "You're attacking the health of the people that you represent," the Democratic challenger said to Georgia's incumbent GOP senator. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-10-29_at_9.59.28_am.jpg

Martha Rosenberg (2020-10-29). Is Pharma Our Covid Savior? zcomm.org Pharma has already eceived $1 billion of our hard earned tax dollars to develop Covid vaccines…

Staff (2020-10-29). Pandemic Poverty: The CARES Act Kept Millions from Going Hungry. Why Won't the Senate Renew It? democracynow.org The massive $2 trillion CARES Act — which sent households one-time payments and boosted unemployment checks with an additional $600 a week through July — helped keep millions afloat, but more than 8 million people have been forced into poverty since the aid ended. "The relief was temporary, and much of it has now expired, so now we're seeing poverty rise again," says Megan Curran, a researcher at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. "We know that families can be protected again, but it does require action at the federal level."

Staff (2020-10-29). More Than 8 Million Have Been Forced Into Poverty Since COVID Relief Ended in US. truthout.org The massive $2 trillion CARES Act — which sent households one-time payments and boosted unemployment checks with an additional $600 a week through July — helped keep millions afloat, but more than 8 million people have been forced into poverty since the aid ended. "The relief was temporary, and much of it has now expired, so now we're seeing poverty rise again," says Megan Curran, a researcher at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. "We know that famili…

news.un (2020-10-29). World Cities Day: Value communities, today and for the future. news.un.org Top UN officials have highlighted the "extraordinary" contributions of grassroots communities in towns and cities across the world in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and urged that their unique efforts be built on, during recovery.

Steve Champion (2020-10-29). My San Quentin Death Row Coronavirus Experience. counterpunch.org In late January 2020, President Donald Trump was fully aware of the potential danger and present threat of Coronavirus, even as it would take the WHO until March 11 to declare a pandemic. In that same month, San Quentin prisoners received an administrative notification that one of the guards tested positive. At the time, I was not overly concerned because I was healthy and in good shape, but of course viruses, pathogens with the sole aim of wreaking havoc on healthy cells, don't care about that.

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-29). Poland Wants New "Marshall Plan" to "Save" Belarus. globalresearch.ca Poland is currently experiencing one of the most difficult periods in its recent history. The effects of the new coronavirus pandemic have been devastating in the country, considering that it has effectively reduced Polish industrial production — which decreased by …

KJSKDC (2020-10-29). Policing the Pandemic: How the City of Albuquerque Criminalizes People Living on the Streets. counterpunch.org Instead of helping unsheltered people find support and housing, the City of Albuquerque's Family and Community Services Department has been working closely with Albuquerque police to break up tent encampments, to check for warrants, and to identify people for police to arrest or issue criminal citations.

Karen Conner (2020-10-29). Record 33.1 Percent Surge Still Leaves GDP 3.5 Percent Below Pre-Pandemic Level. cepr.net The trade deficit reached a record in the third quarter. GDP grew at a record 33.1 percent annual rate, as the economy bounced back from the pandemic-driven shutdowns in the second quarter. However, even with this record growth, the economy was still 3.5 percent below its pre-pandemic level. If we assume a modest 2.0 percent …

Good Law Project (2020-10-29). Exposed: Special Procurement Channels for 'VIPs' and UK Cabinet Contacts. globalresearch.ca Leaked documents seen by Good Law Project set out special pathways by which "VIP" and "Cabinet Office" contacts could be awarded lucrative PPE contracts at the height of the pandemic — and at inflated prices. | Lord Bethell, a junior …

Jon Rappoport (2020-10-29). The Virus-story: Breaking the Chains of Medical Civilization. "Mind Control par Excellence" globalresearch.ca In the same way the CIA invented foreign enemies which required us to go to war, there are people who have invented stories of fearful germs that demand medical treatment and prevention. The story tellers know that among the public, …

_____ (2020-10-29). Why Marylanders Must Test The Water Near Military Bases. popularresistance.org Last month, independent testing of oysters in the St. Mary's River and St. Inigoes Creek was performed on behalf of the St. Mary's River Watershed Association and financially supported by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. | Oysters in the St. Mary's River and in St. Inigoes Creek were found to contain more than 1,000 parts per trillion (ppt) of the highly toxic chemicals. Oysters were analyzed by Eurofins, a world leader in PFAS testing. | The Harvard School of Public Health and leading scientific institutions around the world tell us not to consume more than 1 ppt of these substances daily…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-29). Three Imperial academics win Institute of Physics awards. imperial.ac.uk Experts in particle, fundamental, and polymer physics at Imperial have all been recognised in this year's awards.

WSWS (2020-10-28). Eighteen-year-old University of Dayton freshman, Michael Lang, dies of COVID-19. wsws.org Lang, a healthy first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the university in western Ohio, died Thursday after weeks of battling the virus.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-28). For 1st time COVID-19 daily death toll surpasses 400 in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Wednesday as 415 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak reported in the country.

teleSUR (2020-10-28). China Is Tackling New COVID-19 Outbreak in Xinjiang Region. telesurenglish.net China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is dealing with a new COVID-19 outbreak in its Kashgar prefecture, where authorities have confirmed 22 cases and 161 asymptomatic patients so far. | RELATED: | The alarm was sounded on Saturday when one asymptomatic case was reported in Kashgar. A 17-year-old female villager from Shufu County, tested positive for the virus during the county's routine nucleic acid testing, a measure introduced in August to improve…

WSWS (2020-10-28). Peru's political crisis deepens with second motion to impeach President Vizcarra. wsws.org The political conflict reflects the crisis of the entire Peruvian ruling class as it confronts the country's worst recession in decades along with the rising death toll from COVID-19.

RT (2020-10-28). Mexican president blasts European leaders for 'authoritarian urge' over harsh Covid-19 lockdowns. rt.com By imposing lockdowns to stem the second wave of the coronavirus, EU leaders are showing a lack of faith in their citizens and putting themselves above the people, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said. | During a press conference on Wednesday, Lopez Obrador was asked if Mexico was planning to introduce restrictions to tackle the spread of the virus similar to those already in place in some European countries, including France, Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic. | "No to using coercive measures," the president responded. "This is not resolved with that." | The introduction of tough restric…

WSWS (2020-10-28). Second worker at Nashville's AT&T office building dies from COVID-19. wsws.org Workers at the landmark office building, who have been confronted with the inhuman choice between their lives and their livelihoods, speak out following the death of another coworker.

_____ (2020-10-28). Mutual Aid Is Essential To Our Survival. popularresistance.org When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged as a crisis in the U.S. in early 2020, people all over the country started coordinating to deliver groceries and prescriptions to vulnerable people, making and distributing masks and hand sanitizer, and raising money for people who were losing jobs and ineligible for unemployment benefits. By the time the uprising against anti-Black racism and police violence brought people into the streets in early summer, the concept of "mutual aid" had gained significant traction in the media, and it was visible on the streets as people…

RT (2020-10-28). Macron announces 2nd national lockdown in France, says country 'overrun' by Covid-19. rt.com France will go into a new nationwide lockdown on Friday for at least a month as the spread of the coronavirus has exceeded even the most pessimistic forecasts, President Emmanuel Macron has announced. | "I've decided that we need to return to the lockdown which halted the virus," Macron said in an address to the nation, while urging unity in the face of the challenge. | The measures will again restrict people to their homes, except for buying essential goods, seeking medical treatment or one-hour of daily exercise. Anyone going outside will have to carry a special document justifying their movements, which pol…

Staff (2020-10-28). Headlines for October 28, 2020. democracynow.org White House Credits Trump with "Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic" as U.S. Cases Hit Record Highs, As 54 Million U.S. Residents Struggle for Food, Senate Adjourns Without Passing Relief Bill, Family of Walter Wallace Jr. Demands Justice After Fatal Police Shooting, Grand Jurors Call Actions of Louisville Police Officers Who Killed Breonna Taylor "Criminal", Trump Mocks Media Coverage of Coronavirus Crisis, Trump on Counting Votes Beyond Election Day: "I Don't Believe That's by Our Laws", Muslims Denounce French President for Defending Caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, Yemen's Humanitarian Workers Plead for Internationa…

WSWS (2020-10-28). Faceboook moderators forced to return to offices as COVID-19 continues to spread. wsws.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, Facebook and its contractors are forcing content moderators to return to offices and risk their lives.

RT (2020-10-28). Russia's Covid-19 vaccines will NOT be given to tourists & won't be offered for sale until domestic demand is met: Health ministry. rt.com Russia's coronavirus vaccines will not be offered commercially and won't be given to tourists, the health ministry pledged on Wednesday after reports emerged in foreign media that "vaccination tours" are now on sale abroad. | Speaking to TASS, Alexey Kuznetsov, an assistant to the country's health minister, explained that any foreign visits being organised to Russia for vaccination against Covid-19 are entirely fraudulent. According to Kuznetsov, Russia's domestically produced vaccines won't be commercially available for quite some time. | "Vaccination is already underway, and it is free for citizens. Russians…

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Colombia: Ex-President Samper Criticizes Right-Wing Governments. telesurenglish.net Colombia's former President Ernesto Samper (1994-1998) Tuesday criticized the policies applied by Latin American right-wing governments amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | He pointed out that Colombia and Brazil implemented authoritarian measures, restricted mobility, and even restarted the economy without worrying about the citizens's health. | Instead of applying policies to develop his country's public…

WSWS (2020-10-28). Hunger and social misery soar in Washington D.C. during the pandemic. wsws.org Local charities reported a nearly 300 percent increase in demand in the months following the COVID-19 pandemic.

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Peru: First Diphtheria Case Amid Vaccination Deficit. telesurenglish.net Peru's Health Ministry confirmed on Wednesday the first diphtheria case in 20 years, as local media outlets report that in 2020 the children's vaccination program only covered 40 percent of minors due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | According to the World Health Organization, diphtheria is an infectious disease that primarily infects the throat and upper airways and produces toxins affecting other…

teleSUR (2020-10-28). In-Person Meetings Suspended at UN Headquarters Due To COVID-19. telesurenglish.net All in-person meetings at the United Nations headquarters in New York were suspended on Tuesday after five diplomats from Niger tested positive for COVID-19. | RELATED: | On Monday evening, Volkan Bozkir, president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, wrote a letter to all member states, saying that the organization's medical unit had suggested the cancellation of in-person conferences on the headquarter…

WSWS (2020-10-28). UK teacher describes disastrous lack of safety at reopened schools: "Teachers are at high risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19" wsws.org Lucia tried to share a petition calling for PPE for teachers, with 200,000 signatures, with national media organisations but was ignored, including by the pseudo-left Socialist Workers Party.

WSWS (2020-10-28). As COVID-19 floods hospitals, Macron debates second lockdown in France. wsws.org Europe is recording over 200,000 new cases each day, with France among the continent's worst-hit countries, regularly reporting 30,000 to 50,000 new cases daily.

Donald J. Boudreaux (2020-10-28). Why So Gullible About Government in the Face of COVID-19? globalresearch.ca At my blog, Café Hayek, I recently posted

Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson (2020-10-28). COVID-19 Masks Are a Crime Against Humanity and Child Abuse. globalresearch.ca The following is a

teleSUR (2020-10-28). France Back to Nationwide Lockdown as Second COVID Wave Hits. telesurenglish.net "We need everyone's sense of responsibility. Stay at home as much as possible. Respect the rules. Success depends on the good citizenship of each and every one of us. Every hour counts," stressed President Emmanuel Macron. | France will go into national lockdown starting from Friday to stem the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday evening. | RELATED: | "The virus is circulati…

Molly Bolick (2020-10-28). 'Why Tell Me That We're Safer Here?'. thenation.com 'Why Tell Me That We're Safer Here?'

John Bachtell (2020-10-28). Texas voter turnout hotter than any Texas BBQ. peoplesworld.org Across the country, neither the resurgent COVID 19 pandemic nor GOP voter suppression is deterring millions of voters from casting their ballots. Early voter turnout is shattering records (as of this writing, 71 million, or over half of total turnout in 2016, have already voted), and at this pace, the U.S. will experience the highest …

David Rosen (2020-10-28). After Covid: Will the Recession Become a Depression? counterpunch.org In April 2020, Jamie Dimond, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, noted in the company's 2019 annual report: "As a nation, we were clearly not equipped for this global pandemic, and the consequences have been devastating." Like a Wall Street preacher, he added, "But it is forcing us to work together, and it is improving civility and reminding us that we all live on one planet."

Dave Zirin (2020-10-28). Covid Takes Center Stage at the World Series. thenation.com Covid Takes Center Stage at the World Series…

A Guest Author (2020-10-28). Ableism and voter suppression: struggles are intertwined. workers.org Kristin Turgeon By Kristin Turgeon This is a lightly edited version of a talk given on the Oct. 22 Workers World Party webinar, "Voter suppression and COVID and their impact on disabled people." Voting has always been a hot topic, and in the 2020 election many people see it as . . . |