Daily Archives: November 2, 2021

2021-11-02: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2021-11-02). Meet the Nicaraguans Facebook falsely branded bots and censored days before elections. thegrayzone.com Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter suspended hundreds of influential pro-Sandinista journalists and activists days before Nicaragua's November 7 elections, falsely claiming they were government trolls. The Grayzone interviewed them to reveal the truth. Just days before Nicaragua's November 7 elections, top social media platforms censored top Nicaraguan news outlets and hundreds of journalists and activists who support their country's leftist Sandinista government. The politically motivated campaign of Silicon Valley censorship amounted to a massive purge of Sandinista supporters one week before …

Mickey Z. (2021-11-02). Covid-19 Fallout: "There is something terribly wrong with this country" dissidentvoice.org As November 5 neared, I did something cliché but nonetheless powerful. I re-watched the film, V for Vendetta. It always resonated with me in a variety of ways. During Occupy, it felt omnipresent due to the endless sea of masks. But in 2021, it plays like a documentary. Another cliché perhaps but I challenge you …

Joris Leverink (2021-11-02). Rejecting the existential futility of neoliberal life. roarmag.org This is an excerpt of Neil Vallely's " Photo: Protester in Chile during the 2019 October uprising. abriendomundo / Shutterstock.com | For centuries, economists and philosophers have theorized the value of utility: how it shapes the division of labor, influences consumer choice, and contributes to conceptions of the good life or common good. Utilitarian philosophers, from Jeremy Bentham to John Stuart Mill, told us that maximizing utility [m…

ecns.cn (2021-11-02). Expert says tough anti-virus policy not too expensive. ecns.cn China will continue to pursue a zero-transmission policy against the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19, as the global fatality rate of 2 percent is still too high, a leading Chinese respiratory disease expert said.

ecns.cn (2021-11-02). TCM helps with China's Gansu COVID-19 treatment. ecns.cn Benefitting from the combination of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western medicine, nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 have turned to moderate from severe as of Sunday in northwest China's Gansu Province, local authorities said Monday.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-02). Venezuela vaccinates 67% of its population against COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Venezuelan vice-president Delcy Rodríguez, on October 31, reported that the country had successfully vaccinated 67% of its population against COVID-19. Rodríguez further reported that in some states, the figure had exceeded 70%, the country's initial target set to be achieved by the end of the year. | "Together we are advancing in the mass immunization of the people. To date, Venezuela reaches 67% vaccination rate of the population, and 9 states, such as Táchira, Caracas and La Guaira, have exceeded the goal of 70% of immunized people. We are on track to achieve the (new) goal of vaccinating 95% of Venezuelans in…

WSWS (2021-11-02). FDA approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5-11. wsws.org Pending confirmation by the CDC and the director's approval, school children could begin receiving vaccines as soon as Wednesday.

WSWS (2021-11-02). UAW and Mack Trucks allowing COVID to spread at Macungie, Pennsylvania plant. wsws.org COVID-19 infections continue to increase at Mack Trucks in Pennsylvania, as the UAW and company keep workers on the job.

Anonymous103 (2021-11-02). Nature of the COVID Era Public Health Disaster In The USA: From All-Cause Mortality And Socio-Geo-Economic And Climatic Data. southfront.org Written by by Prof Denis Rancourt, Dr. Marine Baudin, and Dr. Jérémie Mercier. Originally published on GlobalResearch Abstract We investigate why the USA,…

ecns.cn (2021-11-02). G20 urged to provide more COVID-19 vaccines to poor nations: report. ecns.cn Group of 20 (G20) nations faces growing pressure on offering poor nations more COVID-19 vaccines, said a news report on India's Wion News' online portal Sunday.

WSWS (2021-11-02). Colorado considers emergency "crisis standards of care" in hospitals as COVID-19 spreads rapidly. wsws.org The COVID-19 infection rate has been steadily growing for months as government officials have done nothing to stop the spread of the virus. State officials are now considering emergency triage in hospitals as they reach maximum capacity…

ecns.cn (2021-11-02). Over 2.279 bln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered on Chinese mainland. ecns.cn More than 2.279 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered on the Chinese mainland as of Monday, data from the National Health Commission showed Tuesday.

ecns.cn (2021-11-02). Tanzania receives 500,000 Sinopharm vaccine doses from China. ecns.cn Tanzania on Monday received the second batch of 500,000 Sinopharm vaccine doses from China, boosting the east African nation's drive to vaccinate its people against the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-11-02). FDA approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5—11. wsws.org Pending confirmation by the CDC and the director's approval, school children could begin receiving vaccines as soon as Wednesday.

Global Research News (2021-11-02). Selected Articles: "The Official Covid Narrative": When Doctors Attack Doctors, Who Wins? globalresearch.ca By Get off the crazy train. I know, it is scary, it …

Ann Brown (2021-11-02). Luke Campbell Compares Miami Beach Mayor To KKK Over Policies, Says Liberal Democrats Are Racists. moguldom.com Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell, the hip-hop star who shot to fame with the raunchy 2 Live Crew group in the 1990s and challenged censorship all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, is upset with the mayor of Miami Beach. Among the policies that have upset Campbell is a ballot measure put forth by Mayor …

Andy Kroll (2021-11-02). Welcome to the American Century. tomdispatch.com On February 17, 1941, less than 10 months before the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor and the U.S. found itself in a global war, Henry Luce, in an editorial in Life magazine (which he founded along with Time and Fortune), declared the years to come "the American Century." He then urged this country's leaders to "exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes as we see fit." And he wasn't wrong, was he? Eight decades later, who would deny that we've lived through something like an American century? After all, in 1945, the U.S. emerged triumphant from World War II, a rare nation remarkably unr…

Anonymous103 (2021-11-02). Anxiety And "Corona Fear": On The Significance Of Fear In Human Social Life. southfront.org Illustrative Image | Written by Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel; originally published on Anxiety disorders not only have a negative impact on a person's mental and physical health, his or her profession and love, they also impair the development of social life, since the ability of adult citizens to make decisions is severely restricted. Fears of life, in the sense of persistent feelings of diffuse anxiety for which there is no…

WSWS (2021-11-02). Scranton, Pennsylvania teachers set to strike. wsws.org Some 800 teachers and paraprofessionals in Scranton, Pennsylvania, are set to go on strike Wednesday morning to demand substantial wage increases and block the school district's plan to impose "astronomical" out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.

WSWS (2021-11-02). Chilean government slashes health staff, critical beds as Delta becomes dominant strain. wsws.org These socially criminal policies are in line with demands from international capital that the working class "learn to live"—in fact, die—with the virus for the sake of profits.

WSWS (2021-11-02). With opposition mounting to sellout deal, IATSE officials call for "unity" wsws.org The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is trying to push through a contract that would do nothing to end dangerously long work schedules, poverty pay for many workers and the undermining of health and pension benefits.

WSWS (2021-11-02). Republicans back fascist militias threatening school board members, teachers, students. wsws.org Fascist militias and billionaire-backed anti-mask groups continue to oppose public health guidelines and school curriculums as part of the Republican Party's paramilitary operations.

Fight Back (2021-11-02). FRSO condemns murder of Ka Oris, beloved spokesperson for the New People's Army. fightbacknews.org Freedom Road Socialist Organization condemns the cowardly October 29 murder of New People's Army spokesperson Ka Oris (Jorge Madlos) by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Medical aid Eighfel Dela Peña (Ka Pika) was also killed in the ambush. Both were unarmed and had no opportunity to defend themselves. The killers are now lying to the media to cover up their crimes. | Ka Oris was a communist who devoted the whole of his life to building the revolutionary movement in the Philippines. He was a committed proletarian internationalist. He worked tirelessly to build and promote the New People's Army (NPA…

WSWS (2021-11-02). Worsening economic data coming out of China. wsws.org Figures on factory production fall for the second month in a row after something of a pandemic recovery boom.

WSWS (2021-11-02). Military jury calls torture of Majid Khan "a stain on the moral fiber of America" wsws.org The condemnation by the jurors of Khan's torture underscores the utter criminality of the Bush administration's "rendition" and "enhanced interrogation" programs, for which no senior officials have been held criminally liable.

WSWS (2021-11-02). Military jury calls torture of Majid Kahn "a stain on the moral fiber of America" wsws.org The condemnation by the jurors of Kahn's torture underscores the utter criminality of the Bush administration's "rendition" and "enhanced interrogation" programs, for which no senior officials have been held criminally liable.

C.J. Hopkins (2021-11-02). (New Normal) Winter is Coming. dissidentvoice.org Winter is coming … and you know what that means. That's right, it's nearly time once again for the global-capitalist ruling classes to whip the New Normal masses into a state of mindless mass hysteria over an imaginary apocalyptic virus. the same imaginary apocalyptic virus that they have whipped the New Normal masses into a …

WSWS (2021-11-02). SEP holds online meeting to fight Australia's new anti-democratic election laws. wsws.org Speakers called on workers and youth to join and build the Socialist Equality Party in order to reject government dictates to "live with the virus" and embrace the promotion of militarism and war.

Sharon Zhang (2021-11-01). Sanders Says He's Still Working to Get Drug Price Plan Into Reconciliation Bill. truthout.org On Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said that he is still fighting to incorporate his plan to expand Medicare and allow the program to negotiate drug prices into the Build Back Better Act. | "I spent all of yesterday on the telephone,"

Staff (2021-11-01). Venezuela Reports 794 New COVID-19 Cases on Saturday. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, October 30, Venezuela recorded 794 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, of them, 792 were of community transmission and 2 were imported from Panama with entry through the state of La Guaira. This was reported by Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez. | Through her Twitter account, Rodríguez, the head of the Presidential Commission for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, reported that the community cases of the day were registered in 20 states: Carabobo (184), Lara (144), Yaracuy (101), Miranda (84), La Guaira (76), Caracas (64), Zulia (55), Trujillo (22), Sucre (15), Aragua (14), Barinas (…

Clarfield A. (2021-11-01). A Tale of 2 Epidemics—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply I thank Dr Sutton very much for her kind words about my article. It is interesting that early in the COVID-19 pandemic her grandmother found COVID-19 less frightening than the polio pandemics she had lived through in that, as she pointed out, the former does not tend to attack children. In my view, she was expressing an admirable level of altruism still common among many older persons. Given her age, Dr Sutton's grandmother was herself at high risk for illness, admission to hospital, and death from COVID-19. Yet she was concerned much more for the younger generations than for her own. Furthermore, Sutton…

Tom Conway (2021-11-01). Hospitals at risk of collapse, workers pull 14 — 16 hour shifts. peoplesworld.org So many people with COVID-19 sought treatment at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in recent months that the hospital triaged patients outside the facility and set up a makeshift ward in the main lobby. Many workers put in 14 and 16-hour shifts to keep the Southern California facility operating during the crisis, with some comforting the …

_____ (2021-11-01). Dear President Biden: Release Leonard Peltier. popularresistance.org We write to request the expedited release of American Indian elder Leonard Peltier, who is 77 years old and who has served more than 44 years in federal prison, some in solitary confinement, in numerous prisons across the United States. | He suffers from severe health conditions, such as diabetes and an abdominal aortic aneurysm that can be lethal if ruptured. The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a national response to the COVID-19 pandemic authorizing the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to release elderly inmates and those with underlying health conditions from federal prisons. | Mr. Peltier is currently impri…

WSWS (2021-11-01). Australia's reckless pro-business reopening proceeding apace as international travel resumes. wsws.org In the space of less than a month, lockdowns have been overturned and most safety restrictions lifted in the two most populous states, even though they continue to be hit by COVID outbreaks.

Staff (2021-11-01). Headlines for November 1, 2021. democracynow.org World Leaders, Activists Descend on Glasgow for COP26 as Future of Humanity Hangs in the Balance, G20 Members Agree to Minimum Corporate Tax Rate, Vaccines Push, Make Little Progress on Climate, Global COVID Death Toll Tops 5 Million; FDA Approves Vaccines for 5- to 11-Year-Olds, SCOTUS Rejects Religious Objection to Vaccine for Maine Health Workers; NYC Mandate Takes Effect, Biden Admin Issues New Memo to End "Remain in Mexico" as Migrant Caravan Takes Break on Trek to U.S., Veteran Reporter Fredy López Arévalo Is at Least the Ninth Murdered Journalist in Mexico This Year, 10 People Killed in Marib Fighting as 2…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-01). Millions head to the polls amid socio-economic crisis in South Africa and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org In today's episode of the Daily Round-up we take a look at the local elections held in South Africa amid worsening conditions of poverty and unemployment; renewed protests in Thailand to demand a repeal of Section 112 or the royal defamation laws and other reforms to the monarchy; the start of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Scotland after the G20 Summit; and the 67% COVID-19 vaccination rate achieved by Venezuela despite U.S. sanctions.

teleSUR (2021-11-01). G20 Summit Ends With Emphasis On Climate, Global Corporate Tax. telesurenglish.net The Group of 20 summit drew to a close on Sunday, with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi saying that progress on key issues including climate change, COVID-19 vaccines distribution, and global tax reform made him "profoundly optimistic" about the role multilateralism can play in global affairs. | RELATED: | Leaders from the world's major economies met, virtually or in person, in Rome on Saturday and Sunday to forma…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-11-01). No Jab, No Job: Ice Cube Forced Off Popular Sony Movie For Refusing Covid Vaccine. moguldom.com "Oh Hell No" seems to be in line with the sentiments of Ice Cube, who has walked away from the film, a $9-million dollar payday and a co-starring role opposite Jack Black because Cube refuses to give in to producers who have mandated covid-19 vaccines for the cast. Ice Cube departed the upcoming Sony comedy …

teleSUR (2021-11-01). COP26 Begins As Countries Plan Future Actions On Climate Change. telesurenglish.net The 26th United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP26), delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kicked off on Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland. | RELATED: | "We postponed COP26 by a year. But during that year, climate change did not take time off… And we know that the window to keep 1.5 degrees within reach is closing… We know that our shared planet is changing for the worse. And we can o…

WSWS (2021-11-01). Global COVID-19 death toll surpasses 5 million: Government policies promote mass death. wsws.org Amid the ongoing wave of mass death, governments worldwide are scrapping all remaining measures to contain or slow the spread of COVID-19, with the grotesque mantra that society must "learn to live with the virus."

Staff (2021-11-01). Many Voices from Global South Shut Out of U.N. Climate Summit as Vaccine Apartheid Limits Travel to U.K. democracynow.org This year's U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow may be the whitest and most privileged one ever, with thousands from the Global South unable to attend because of lack of access to COVID-19 vaccines and travel restrictions. The global inequity in vaccine access mirrors the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis that has fallen mostly on poor countries least responsible for emissions, says climate activist Dipti Bhatnagar in Mozambique. "The people who need to be there, who need to hold people accountable, are not going to be there," says Bhatnagar, climate justice and energy coordinator at Friends of…

WSWS (2021-11-01). Papua New Guinea morgues overflow as COVID-19 cases surge. wsws.org The mass burial highlights the social catastrophe being exacerbated by the homicidal pro-business policies of the PNG ruling elite, in the face of the ongoing Delta outbreak.

Eric Nepomuceno (2021-11-01). Un Brasil espectacular, el de Jair Bolsonaro. globalizacion.ca Brasil se mostró un país modelo en el enfrentamiento de la pandemia de Covid-19. La distribución masiva de inmunizantes lo sitúa en segundo lugar entre las naciones. Existen, por cierto, problemas en la economía. El precio de los combustibles aumentó,…

WSWS (2021-11-01). SEP electoral members speak out on Australia's anti-democratic electoral laws and the socialist program to eliminate COVID-19. wsws.org "The virus has been used for the most enormous shift from the poor to the rich in the history of capitalism."

_____ (2021-11-01). Malfeasance Behind the FDA Vax OK for Children. journal-neo.org On October 27 the US Food and Drug Administration Advisory Panel on Vaccines recommended the agency allow Pfizer to amend its Emergency Use Authorization for its COVID vaccine to include children 5 through 11 years old. Two days later the FDA officially approved the rollout. Major media are treating this as a positive development to …

WSWS (2021-11-01). US and international media demand China end "zero-COVID" strategy. wsws.org The real question is not why China is the "Last 'Zero Covid' holdout," but why other governments have pursued murderous policies that continue to cause infections and deaths on a mass scale.

WSWS (2021-11-01). Ukraine's daily COVID-19 cases and deaths hit record highs. wsws.org The reckless policies of the Ukrainian ruling class have led to a health disaster that shows no signs of ending.

Moderator (2021-11-01). G20 Summit Deemed 'Abysmal and Total Failure' on Vaccine Equity, Climate Action. scheerpost.com By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams Leaders of the world's richest nations wrapped up the Group of 20 Summit in Rome on Sunday after taking virtually no concrete action to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and the intensifying climate crisis, drawing condemnation from human rights advocates who deemed the gathering's outcome an "abysmal and total failure." "G20 …

Simon J, Panzer J, Sinsky CA. (2021-11-01). Use and Misuse of Quality Indicators of Excessive Screening. jamanetwork.com In Reply We thank Dr O'Hanlon for the thoughtful commentary on our Research Letter. We agree that clinical practice guidelines are not the same as performance measures (PMs) and that there may be nuances of clinical care that influence screening practices beyond PM specifications. The literal implementation of recommended screening intervals within clinical practice guidelines into PMs, without adjustment for practical considerations, contributes to the excess screenings we identified. Our definition of excessive was not derived from the PM interval. For example, the Uniform Data System measure for tobacco use is…

Ngo S, Kim AS, Chiong W. (2021-11-01). Evidence for the Ethics of Incentivizing Clinical Trial Enrollment? jamanetwork.com In clinical research ethics, using monetary incentives for clinical trial enrollment has been controversial. Proponents argue that such incentives can accelerate recruitment in socially beneficial clinical trials, address problems of diversity and external validity in research participation, and appropriately compensate participants for trial-related burdens. However, many institutional review boards have limited the use or magnitude of such incentives out of concern that they could unduly influence prospective participants or unjustly shift the burdens of research participation to people with lower income levels…

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