Daily Archives: November 3, 2021

2021-11-03: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-11-03). Hunger strike by New York City taxi drivers against crushing debt nearing the end of its second week. wsws.org New York City taxi drivers are suffering under horrendous debt loads due to predatory lending practices compounded by the effects of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-11-03). US-led media campaign to "open up" China—an echo of the Opium Wars. wsws.org While the US is not at this point resorting to military force, the media campaign to demand an end to China's COVID-19 public health restrictions does recall the barbaric methods employed by imperialism in the 19th Century.

Final Straw (2021-11-03). Final Straw: Asheville Survival Program. itsgoingdown.org Long-running anarchist radio and podcast show, Final Straw, presents a interview with the autonomous mutual aid project, Asheville Survival Program. Listen and Download HERE Asheville Survival Program is an autonomous mutual aid network formed in early 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in so-called Asheville, NC. They are building mutual aid with oppressed…

WSWS (2021-11-03). New studies show mood disorders heighten risk of severe COVID illness and death. wsws.org Individuals suffering from mood disorders are more likely to be poor and to have limited access to preventative healthcare.

Staff (2021-11-03). Headlines for November 3, 2021. democracynow.org Youngkin Beats McAuliffe in VA Gov. Race; India Walton Trails Write-in Primary Loser Byron Brown in Buffalo, Eric Adams Wins NYC Mayoral Race; Michelle Wu Is 1st Woman, BIPOC Elected as Boston Mayor, Ohio Special House Races Go to Republican Mike Carey and Democrat Shontel Brown, Minneapolis Rejects Police Overhaul Measure; Oregon Legalizes "Magic Mushrooms" for Medical Use, COP26: U.S. Joins 90 Nations in Pledge to Cut Methane Emissions; South Africa Coal Deal Announced, CDC Approves Pfizer COVID Vaccine for 5- to 11-Year-Olds, Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency as Tigrayan Forces Advance; U.N. Report Details…

WSWS (2021-11-03). COVID-19 must not be the "new normal" wsws.org The perspective set forth by McKinsey & Company, speaking on behalf of the corporate-financial oligarchy, is that the coronavirus pandemic should be allowed to become "endemic."

ecns.cn (2021-11-03). Wider vaccination helps China build immune barrier against coronavirus. ecns.cn China has been expanding vaccine inoculation, booster shots in particular, to combat COVID-19 and build an immune barrier as the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide.

WSWS (2021-11-03). Six hundred children have been killed by COVID-19 in the US. wsws.org Despite the growing death toll among US children, which directly coincides with the reopening of schools, masking and other mitigation policies are being curtailed or entirely scrapped.

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-11-03). Free Game: 6 Tips From 'Bitcoin & Black America' Author Isaiah Jackson. moguldom.com Crypto expert Isaiah Jackson has been very successful with bitcoin and he wants to help the Black community do the same. It's why he published "Bitcoin & Black America" in 2019 and continues to be an influential thought leader who gives free game on how best to move in the space. Through his book, his …

Mustafa Abu Sneineh (2021-11-03). Palestinian prisoner risks 'clinical death' as he enters 110th day of hunger strike. middleeasteye.net Palestinian prisoner risks 'clinical death' as he enters 110th day of hunger strike | Kayed al-Fasfous' health deteriorates as he continues to protest against his administrative detention by Israel | Wed, 11/03/2021 – 12: 37 | Palestinians with banners of Kayed al-Fasfous and Miqdad al-Qawasmi call for the release of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, 24 October 2021 (AF…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-11-03). Scranton School System forces teachers to strike. peoplesworld.org SCRANTON, Pa. —After years with no contract, and school board demands for big increases in teachers' share of health care costs, teachers and staff in the Scranton, Pa., school district, members of Teachers (AFT) Local 1147, were forced to strike Nov. 3. "See us on the picket lines. Scranton educators, parents, and students have sacrificed …

MEE staff (2021-11-03). Turkey: Probe launched over social media posts speculating on Erdogan's health. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Probe launched over social media posts speculating on Erdogan's health | Investigation launched after hashtag 'He is dead' began trending on Turkish Twitter | Wed, 11/03/2021 – 13: 42 | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a press conference at the end of the G20 of World Leaders Summit on 31 October 2021 in Rome, Italy (AFP) | Turkish authorities have launched a probe into social media pos…

_____ (2021-11-03). Justice for Assange Is Justice for All. strategic-culture.org By John PILGER | When I first saw Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison, in 2019, shortly after he had been dragged from his refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, he said, "I think I am losing my mind." | He was gaunt and emaciated, his eyes hollow and the thinness of his arms was emphasized by a yellow identifying cloth tied around his left arm, an evocative symbol of institutional control. | For all but the two hours of my visit, he was confined to a solitary cell in a wing known as "healthcare", an Orwellian name. In the cell next to him a deeply disturbed man screamed through the night. Another occupant suffered from…

Rosalind English (2021-11-03). Regulating the Professionals: a Shakeup in Healthcare. ukhumanrightsblog.com In the latest Episode of Law Pod UK Rosalind English talks to Robert Kellar QC of 1 Crown Office row about the proposed reforms to the regulation of doctors, nurses, opticians, chiropractors and a range of other professionals in the world of healthcare. It's particularly important to allow regulators to react to unexpected challenges, as …

WSWS (2021-11-03). Rank-and-file Canadian educators discuss "How to end the pandemic" webinar, vow support for John Deere strike. wsws.org At the latest meeting of the Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, education workers drew the connection between the fight to stop the pandemic and the need to unify their struggles with other sections of workers battling low wages and punishing working conditions.

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 …

Benjamin Norton (2021-11-02). Facebook acusó falsamente a estos nicaragàºenses de ser troles y los censuró antes de las elecciones. thegrayzone.com Facebook, Instagram y Twitter suspendieron a cientos de periodistas y activistas pro sandinistas días antes de las elecciones del 7 de noviembre en Nicaragua, alegando falsamente que eran troles del gobierno. The Grayzone los entrevistó para revelar la verdad. (You can read this article in English here.) MANAGUA, NICARAGUA — Pocos días antes de las elecciones del 7 de noviembre en Nicaragua, las plataformas de redes sociales censuraron a influyentes medios de comunicación nicaragàºenses y a cientos de periodistas y …

Editor2 (2021-11-02). Documents Show How the US Government Used Social Media to Intervene in Venezuela. orinocotribune.com BY Tim Gill and Christian Lewelling — Oct 30, 2021 | Outrage over alleged Russian intervention in US elections has been widespread. But documents obtained by Jacobin reveal that the US has intervened in Venezuelan elections by training opposition forces to use Facebook against President Nicolás Maduro's party. | In recent months, US lawmakers have condemned Facebook for harming children's health, amplifying violence from Washington to India, and disseminating misinformation surrounding COVID-19 and its vaccine. The criticisms follow a leak of thousands of internal company documents known as the Facebook Pape…

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…

jamanetwork (2021-11-02). Clinical Laboratory Service for Physicians. jamanetwork.com Laboratory methods now play a large part in the daily work of physicians. Chemical, morphologic, bacteriologic and serologic methods, as well as the roentgen ray, are in daily use everywhere, and new methods, for example, the electrocardiographic determinations and tests of metabolism, are being introduced. To meet the constantly growing needs for such methods, there have come into existence laboratories of health departments and of hospitals, with more or less differentiation into separate departments; also wholly private laboratories. The latter group includes those frequently referred to as commercial, because…

jamanetwork (2021-11-02). The Magnetic Field is Not a Health Hazard. jamanetwork.com Magnetism is a word before which the untutored stand aghast and with which the faker may conjure. Among the growing number of therapeutic projects constantly being brought to the attention of the American practitioner, "magnetotherapy" has not acquired any recognition, although it has actually received mention in medical literature. There are industries in which workmen may be exposed to magnetic fields of considerable strength in the course of the operations in which they are engaged; hence the problem of possible physiologic effects cannot be lightly brushed aside. Drinker and Thomson of the Laboratory of Appli…

Staff (2021-11-02). Headlines for November 2, 2021. democracynow.org World Leaders Gather in Glasgow for Start of Crucial COP26 U.N. Climate Summit, Sen. Joe Manchin Won't Commit to Build Back Better Act, Imperiling Biden's Domestic Agenda, Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Texas's Near-Total Abortion Ban, Virginia Governor's Race Takes Center Stage on Election Day, Kids as Young as 5 Set to Be Vaccinated Within Days as Pediatric Doses Begin Shipping, Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Chicago Police Officers, U.N. Security Council Extends Peacekeeping Mandate in Moroccan-Occupied Western Sahara, Burmese Military Forces Accused of Torture and Attacks on Civilians, U.N. Warns Afg…

The Jimmy Dore Show (2021-11-02). Vaxxed Just as Likely to Spread Covid as Unvaxxed — New Study. dissidentvoice.org

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.

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.

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 …

Voelker R. (2021-11-02). COVID-19 Didn't Stop Millions of Youth From Continuing to Vape. jamanetwork.com Researchers from the FDA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that 2 million middle school and high school students currently use e-cigarettes, and most prefer the flavored varieties.

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,…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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.

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…

Slomski A. (2021-11-02). Giving Screen Time a Rest Speeds Concussion Recovery. jamanetwork.com Children and young adults who avoid screen time after a concussion may have a faster recovery, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. The results from the randomized trial may support clinical recommendations to limit screen time during the acute period after concussion, the authors noted.

Hahn SR. (2021-11-02). Depressive Symptom Assessment in Medically Ill Patients. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The recent article about diagnosis of depression in patients with comorbid medical conditions failed to make 3 important points. First, in their discussion of screening tools for diagnosing depression, the authors briefly mentioned the Patient Health Questionnaire 2 (PHQ-2) and Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ-9) in conjunction with the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II), and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and contrasted these with the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID). This catalog of tools does not do jus…

Wenger HC, Cifu AS, Lee CT. (2021-11-02). Home Oxygen Therapy for Adults With COPD and Interstitial Lung Disease. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Clinical Guidelines Synopsis summarizes the clinical practice guideline from the American Thoracic Society (ATS) regarding the home use of oxygen for adults with COPD and interstitial lung disease.

Jin J. (2021-11-02). Patient Information: Reading Medical Notes. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page describes how clinicians use patient medical notes, how patients can access them, and how patients may benefit from reading their medical notes.

Bielicki JA, Stà∂hr W, Barratt S, et al. (2021-11-02). Amoxicillin Dose and Treatment Duration in Children With Community-Acquired Pneumonia. jamanetwork.com This randomized clinical trial compares the need for re-treatment of respiratory infection following hospitalization for community-acquired pneumonia among children receiving amoxicillin at high doses vs low doses and at 3-days vs 7-days duration.

Voelker R. (2021-11-02). Advanced CT Technology Counts Photons to Produce Sharper Images. jamanetwork.com Fifty years after the first clinical computed tomography (CT) scan produced a pixelated image of a patient's brain, the FDA has cleared an advanced technology that generates details as minute as the individual struts on a coronary stent.

Slomski A. (2021-11-02). Antipsychotic Use During Pregnancy Isn't Harmful to Children. jamanetwork.com A large study of electronic health record data found that children born to women who used antipsychotic medications during pregnancy were not at increased risk of certain birth complications or neurodevelopmental problems.

Slomski A. (2021-11-02). Sleep Duration Tied to Adverse Outcomes for Older Adults. jamanetwork.com Older adults who slept an average 6 hours or less or 9 hours or more per night have worse cognitive function and other health outcomes than those who get a normal 7 to 8 hours nightly, a study in JAMA Neurology reported.

Sahni NR, Carrus B, Cutler DM. (2021-11-02). Administrative Simplification and the Potential for Saving a Quarter-Trillion Dollars in Health Care. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint discusses a new report that describes steps that may be taken in specific areas to simplify administrative functions, reduce administrative spending, and boost overall productivity in US health care.

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). 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.

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