Daily Archives: November 19, 2020

2020-11-19: News Headlines

Bryant Arroyo (2020-11-19). COVID-19 protocols: Recipe for disaster in Pennsylvania prisons. workers.org Bryant Arroyo (left) with Joe Piette of WWP Prisoners Solidarity Committee. Incarcerated workers across Pennsylvania are demanding that Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel reverse his disastrous decision to begin mass transfers of prisoners at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following commentary is from jailhouse organizer and environmentalist . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). New York City schools shut again due to second COVID-19 wave. peoplesdispatch.org Schools were opened up in phases in September and October, months after they were shut down in mid-March. The State's governor has warned of a tremendous spike in the coming weeks…

John P. Geyman (2020-11-19). Beyond COVID-19: the Power Struggle Over Alternatives for Health Care Reform. counterpunch.org Today we face the COVID-19 pandemic, with its resultant economic downturn and systemic racism—the triple crises that have exposed the serious problems of U. S. health care. It is now obvious to most observers that the system is broken, raising the question of how it can be put together through the political process after a hotly contested election season filled with disinformation and confusion about potential reform alternatives.

Jeff Cohen (2020-11-19). Time for Biden to Follow the Science. counterpunch.org One of the keys to Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump was his constant and accurate accusation that Trump "refuses to follow the science" on COVID-19 — that "he won't listen to the scientists." It proved to be a winning campaign theme. Indeed, it's sobering to realize that without COVID — both Trump's mishandling of

Daniel Horowitz (2020-11-19). Surgical Face Masks: No Statistically Significant Benefit Against COVID-19. Danish Study in Annals of Internal Medicine. globalresearch.ca Most Western elites are telegraphing the message that we will be forced to cover our humanity with cheap face masks indefinitely. They are mandating that even two-year-olds must wear masks. The

Dr. Annie Bukacek (2020-11-19). Video: How COVID-19 Death Certificates Are Being Manipulated. Montana Physician Dr. Annie Bukacek. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on April 8, 2020 | Dr. Annie Bukacek is a longtime Montana physician with over 30 years experience practicing medicine. Signing death certificates is a routine part of her job. | In this brief video, Dr. Bukacek blows …

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-19). Covid Vaccine, Hazardous to Human Health? Big Pharma's Rush to Cash in on Multibillion Bonanza. globalresearch.ca All vaccines are toxic and hazardous to human health. | The great covid vaccines to the rescue scheme risks widespread harm, not protection. | In cahoots with Big Government, Big Pharma prioritizes maximum profits over human health. | Drug companies are rushing to …

Editor (2020-11-19). Pandemic surges, economy sputters. workers.org It's really quite sickening. The bourgeoisie calculates profit and loss with callous disregard for the masses suffering from both the soaring COVID caseload and a collapsed job market. Now, many who became unemployed in the spring are running out of their 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. There were nearly 1 . . . |

Children's Health Defense (2020-11-19). Leading Canadian Health Expert Outraged at Government Response to COVID. globalresearch.ca

Children's Health Defense (2020-11-19). Media Hypes Moderna's COVID Vaccine, Downplays Risks. globalresearch.ca For the second time in a week, news of a "promising"

WSWS (2020-11-19). Record daily coronavirus death tolls in Italy and Spain since September. wsws.org On Tuesday, another 731 people died in Italy, and 753 on Wednesday, the highest tolls since the previous peak in March.

progressive (2020-11-19). Smoking Gun: Crisis? What Crisis? progressive.org A timeline of the pandemic warning signs ignored by the Trump Administration.

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-19). It's Time for Congress to Remember the Rest of the World. counterpunch.org The 2020 election will have enormous consequences for the pandemic, the planet, the economy, our democracy and people's lives. And that will be true even before the next Congress and administration take office. After the vote, the current Congress will have another six weeks or so in office. For some members, it will be a

Staff (2020-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 250,000; Nearly 1% of U.S. Population Currently Infectious, Pfizer to Seek Emergency Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine, Touting 95% Efficacy, Lawsuit Alleges Tyson Foods Managers Wagered on Meatpackers' Coronavirus Infection Rate, COVID-19 Surge Overwhelms Hospitals as Healthcare Workers Fall Ill, Biden Says Trump's Refusal to Concede Could Set Back Vaccine Rollout by Months, Arizona Secretary of State Faces Death Threats as Trump Promotes Election Conspiracy Theories, Democratic Congressmembers Reelect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Australian Military Apologizes to Afghan…

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-19). McEnany tells "Fox Friends" that COVID-19 restrictions are "Orwellian" as pandemic surges across US. salon.com "We don't lose our freedom in this country," McEnany tells hosts of Trump's favorite morning show "Fox & Friends"

_____ (2020-11-19). Training Bias Out Of Teachers. popularresistance.org This summer, the Des Moines, Iowa, public schools held a series of anti-racist town hall meetings in the wake of the police-led killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on people of color in their community. But the conversation rapidly turned to inequalities within in the school system. | "I would describe it as a harsh look into the current realities of what our students and our families are saying to us around anti-racism in our schools," said Goodrell Middle School Principal Peter LeBlanc, who noted the conversations are part of the district's ongoing equity aud…

Areeb Ullah (2020-11-19). UK's Raab 'directly' intervenes on behalf of arrested Egyptian activists. middleeasteye.net UK's Raab 'directly' intervenes on behalf of arrested Egyptian activists | Three members of a prominent human rights organisation detained after meeting with western diplomats, including the British ambassador in Cairo | Thu, 11/19/2020 – 16: 17 | Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has raised the activists' case directly with his Egyptian counterpart (Reuters) | British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has per…

The Canary (2020-11-19). Local authorities 'braced for second wave of homelessness' anticipate 'absolute train wreck'. thecanary.co Local authorities are braced for an "absolute train wreck" as they anticipate a second wave of homelessness of people hit by the pandemic's economic fall out, a report warns. | Rising demand: | English councils fear they may run out of emergency accommodation over the winter months, amid concerns that government funding will not be sufficient to allow them to meet rising demand. A report by the homelessness charity Crisis said councils in England, Scotland, and Wales have seen a continued new flow of people since the pandemic started. | Services are now concerned about a newly emerging need for support as…

The Canary (2020-11-19). Africa records two million coronavirus cases amid fears of fresh surge. thecanary.co Africa has surpassed two million confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) cases as health officials warn of infections starting to creep up again into a second surge.Second wave: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that the 54-country continent has seen more than 48,000 deaths from coronavirus. The continent of 1.3bn people is being warned against "prevention fatigue" as countries loosen pandemic restrictions to ease their economies' suffering and more people travel.The Africa CDC director this week openly worried that the level of mask-wearing has gone down and called that…

Edmund Phelps (2020-11-19). The US economy needs Joe Biden. indybay.org The economic and socio-political record of US President Donald Trump is devastating. Wages stagnated even before the Corona crisis. Instead, the national debt increased because he lowered taxes for the rich – without any economic benefit. Joe Biden knows the reasons for the misery and knows what to do.

news.un (2020-11-19). Future of an entire generation at risk, as COVID-19 pandemic drags on. news.un.org While symptoms among children infected with COVID-19 mostly remain mild, infections are rising and the longer-term impact on the education, nutrition and well-being of an entire generation of young people can be life-altering, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

news.un (2020-11-19). Development funding and trade transparency needed, to stop COVID-19 dividing the world. news.un.org The pandemic has redefined the world economy in ways that will deepen inequality and can only be reversed if a global transformation in attitudes towards trade and development allows the whole world to recover together, the UN trade body UNCTAD said, in a report published on Thursday.

news.un (2020-11-19). In the face of ridicule: one woman's fight to bring sanitation to a Nepali village. news.un.org 4.2 billion people are living without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at increased risk of catching a host of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. On this year's World Toilet Day, which is marked on 19 November, we look at how Ratna Khawas has fought ridicule and tradition to improve hygiene in her Nepali village, with the help of the UN.

news.un (2020-11-19). In the face of ridicule: one woman's fight to bring sanitation to a Nepalese village. news.un.org 4.2 billion people are living without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at increased risk of catching a host of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. On this year's World Toilet Day, which is marked on 19 November, we look at how Ratna Khawas has fought ridicule and tradition to improve hygiene in her Nepalese village, with the help of the UN.

Andrew Moss (2020-11-19). Fighting Covid by Empowering Workers. zcomm.org This winter, worker committees, the first in the nation, will come on line in Los Angeles County…

David L. McCollum (2020-11-19). Coronavirus relief funds could easily pay to stop the worst of climate change while rebooting economies. zcomm.org Like with so many things, the question seems to be one of political will — are governments and companies willing and able to turn toward a cleaner, more prosperous future to the benefit of all?>

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-19). With the Election Over, Congress Needs to Focus on Burning Issues. zcomm.org It's bad enough that our federal government has refused to take responsibility for a national response to the pandemic here in the United States. Even worse, it's refused to even acknowledge the necessity of international coordination…

Elise Swain (2020-11-19). Anti-Nuclear Pacifists Get Federal Prison Terms for Nonviolent Protest. zcomm.org The most dedicated peace activists you've never heard of are headed to federal prison amid a deadly pandemic…

Andrea Germanos (2020-11-19). Greenpeace releases far-reaching 'just recovery agenda' to tackle interlocking crises of inequality, racial injustice, Covid-19, and climate chaos. nationofchange.org We must "shift from an economy that is extractive and exploitative to one that regenerates and repairs," the new report says.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-19). Arthritis drug effective in treating sickest COVID-19 patients. imperial.ac.uk Critically ill COVID-19 patients treated with an arthritis drug are significantly more likely to have improved outcomes, a study has found.

Editor (2020-11-19). We'll Never Have Gender Equality Without This Crucial Reform. scheerpost.com Neil Moralee / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Jill Richardson / OtherWords This week my students turned in papers relating news articles to what they learned in class about parenting. Every single student's paper is about how the pandemic is exacerbating pre-existing inequalities. I'm a teaching assistant in a family sociology course, and inequality is one of the most important things we study. |

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-11-19). Senate proposes almost $700 billion for the Pentagon while millions of Americans remain unemployed amid the pandemic. nationofchange.org With the current unemployment rate reaching roughly 6.8 million and nearly 8 million Americans facing eviction, the government should be focusing on its citizens and not a defense budget.

Peter Koenig (2020-11-19). Bill Gates and the Depopulation Agenda. Robert F. Kennedy Junior Calls for an Investigation. globalresearch.ca Robert F Kennedy Jr, an avid Defender of Children's Rights and anti-vaccination activist, has launched a petition sent to the White House, calling for "Investigations into the 'Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation' for Medical Malpractice & Crimes Against Humanity"

Kfir Oved, Liraz Olmer, Yonat Shemer-Avni, Tamar Wolf, Lia Supino-Rosin, George Prajgrod, Yotam Shenhar, Irina Payorsky, Yuval Cohen, Yishai Kohn, Victoria Indenbaum, Rachel Lazar, Valeria Geylis, Michal Tepperberg Oikawa, Eilat Shinar, Evgeniy Stoyanov, Lital Keinan-Boker, Ravit Bassal, Shay Reichar, Ruti Yishai, Adina Bar-Chaim, Ram Doolman, Yoram Reiter, Ella Mendelson, Zvi Livneh, Laurence S. Freedman, Yaniv Lustig (2020-11-19). Multi-center nationwide comparison of seven serology assays reveals a SARS-CoV-2 non-responding seronegative subpopulation. thelancet.com wThe commercially available automated immunoassays exhibit significant differences in performance and expected PPV in low prevalence scenarios. The low false-positivity rate in under 20‚Ä≤s suggests that cross-reactive immunity from previous CoV strains is unlikely to explain the milder disease course in children. Finding no decrease in antibody titers in the first 8 weeks is in contrast to some reports of short half-life for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The ~5% who were seronegative non-responders, using multiple assays in a population-wide manner, represents the proportion of patients that may be at ris…

Gloria Rubac (2020-11-19). Ramsey Prison terrorizes Texas incarcerated. workers.org Just like in this 1970s Houston Chronicle photo, Texas prisoners still pick cotton with armed guards on horseback overseeing them. Prisoners earn $0.00 an hour. "We're already stressed out because of the virus. We've all had it, and now there are new threats that it's returning. On top of that, . . . |

Eran Bornstein, Yael Eliner, Frank A. Chervenak, Amos Gràºnebaum (2020-11-19). Concerning trends in maternal risk factors in the United States: 1989—2018. thelancet.com Our study shows a marked increase in the prevalence of five pregnancy risk factors/complications over the past three decades (1989—2018). This may point to a significant deterioration in the health of US pregnant women, which potentially contributes to both maternal morbidity and mortality.

Marc Chadeau-Hyam, Barbara Bodinier, Roel Vermeulen, Maryam Karimi, Verena Zuber, Raphaà´le Castagné, Joshua Elliott, David Muller, Dusan Petrovic, Matthew Whitaker, Silvia Stringhini, Ioanna Tzoulaki, Mika Kivimà§ki, Paolo Vineis, Paul Elliott, Michelle Kelly-Irving, Cyrille Delpierre (2020-11-19). Education, biological ageing, all-cause and cause-specific mortality and morbidity: UK biobank cohort study. thelancet.com The BHS captures features of the embodiment of education, health behaviours, and more proximal unknown factors which all complementarily contribute to all-cause, cancer and CVD morbidity and premature death.

Michael Snyder (2020-11-19). Why Did Hundreds Of CEOs Resign Just Before The World Started Going Absolutely Crazy? globalresearch.ca This article was first published by GR in July 2020. | In the months prior to the most ferocious stock market crash in history and the eruption of the biggest public health crisis of our generation, we witnessed the biggest exodus …

Nicole Karlis (2020-11-19). CDC adjusts its public health messaging to appeal to Americans' individualism. salon.com Reflecting American culture, CDC is now emphasizing personal benefits of mask-wearing instead of collective ones…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). Bill to tax large fortunes in Argentina advances to the Senate. peoplesdispatch.org The Argentine Chamber of Deputies passed the bill which seeks to collect 307 billion pesos to finance public health and productive projects by taxing large fortunes…

Dean Baker (2020-11-19). Consumer Price Index: "There is Zero Basis for any Concerns About Inflation" counterpunch.org + US CPI overall and core CPI were both flat in October, up 1.2 percent and 1.6 percent year over year, respectively. A sharp drop in energy prices lowered overall US CPI, with the core being held down by a drop in medical care prices by 0.4 percent. + Rental inflation remains low; rent proper

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-19). New membrane could pave way for cheap, efficiently made biofuels. imperial.ac.uk Scientists have developed a cost-effective method of biofuel extraction which could make them viable alternatives to fossil fuels in transport.

sputniknews (2020-11-18). Offer Me Alternatives and I Decline. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, such as New York City Schools closing due to a 2.5% rise in COVID-19 cases, Minnesota readying to set new COVID-19 restrictions, and Alex Jones and a number of citizens storming the Georgia capital to ensure a valid recount.

Graham Peebles (2020-11-18). The Tide is Turning: Change and the Coming of Maitreya. dissidentvoice.org For most of 2020 Covid-19 has dominated mainstream media, and whilst serious, the pandemic is but the latest in a series of dark clouds gathering upon our collective horizon: interconnected crises, from the environmental emergency to war, poverty, inequality, and social division among others. All flow from the same root — a misguided set of …

Staff (2020-11-18). As COVID Deaths Soar, El Paso at Breaking Point with Hospitals & Mobile Morgues Filling Up. 18.224.45.15 Some Republican governors are dropping their resistance to mask mandates, as public health officials in the United States brace for a COVID-19 surge from the Thanksgiving holiday amid already record-high infection rates. However, Republican resistance to other public health safety measures continues as coronavirus cases in Texas reach record highs for a second time during the pandemic. El Paso County, an area along the U.S.-Mexico border where 80% of residents are Latinx, is also facing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S. and now has 10 mobile morgues to hold bodies. Some prisoners are being paid just…

WSWS (2020-11-18). Faurecia auto parts workers join calls for national shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. wsws.org Workers at the Faurecia plant in Saline, Michigan, southwest of Detroit, contacted the World Socialist Web Site over the weekend to expose the way in which their company suppresses information about the spread of disease.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-11-18). 'No Vaccine for Climate Change': Coronavirus Has Been Disastrous, Says Red Cross, But Global Warming Poses Greater Threat. commondreams.org "The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerable the world is to a truly global catastrophe. But another, bigger, catastrophe has been building for many decades, and humanity is still lagging far behind in efforts to address it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ca_wildfire_2020b.jpg

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-18). Business School launches new app to help measure personal COVID-19 risk. imperial.ac.uk Academics from the Business School have created a research tool to calculate personal risk from coronavirus based on everyday activities.

Staff (2020-11-18). Hunger Strikers Caged in the Second Wave Are "Just Trying to Survive the Winter" truthout.org "Our society created the framework for this atrocity just like the trenches of World War I created perfect incubation zones for the 1918 flu," Truthout's Kelly Hayes talks with Eric, an organizer with Oakland Abolition and Solidarity about the escalating COVID-19 outbreak at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, where some imprisoned people have launched a hunger strike over unsafe, unlivable conditions. | TRANSCRIPT: | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edi…

RT (2020-11-18). EU warns rapid Covid tests are less accurate for detecting virus in asymptomatic cases. rt.com The European Commission has recommended that rapid Covid-19 antigen tests should be used primarily on individuals who are already showing symptoms of the virus, as they have been found to be less effective in asymptomatic cases. | In new recommendations for its 27 member states on the use of different coronavirus tests, the Commission