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I disagree. It's grossly inaccurate to blame Stein, Nader or Sanders supporters for (s)election results the fascist favoring oligarchy rigged though a combination of gate keeper ballot choices, voter suppression, gamed voting machines and Supreme Court Criminality 👉 from making buying politicians "FREE SPEECH legal" in the 1980s to deciding "Bush beat Gore" in 2000, when they knew that was a bold faced fascist enabling LIE. Maybe it wouldn't have made any difference, it being that Gore was a Clintonite, but the fact is that Nader didn't have ZIP to do with the Supreme Court's FASCIST BUSH ENABLING CRIME.   

Why argue with you? You don't listen to anyone. I ask you to examine the 2016 margin of victory for Trump in Wisconsin and compare it with the number of votes cast for Stein. I will not go though this exercise again here, because I have done so several times and earned the shrieking wrath of greens and other third party devotees.
Facts. You won't like them.


I cede the floor to YOU, Surly, when you used to make sense:

http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/forum/index.php/topic,6642.msg104661/topicseen.html#msg104661

Well, that is because the real liberals were demonized and ostracized and marginalized and imprisoned through the clever pig man device of labeling them "anarchists" (and other groundless derogatory terms).


We see that same technique alive and well today in the machinations of David Brock and other Hillbots' attacks on Sanders and supporters. But then how did we get here?

I suggest we look first at the Democratic Leadership Council and the sudden lurch to the right, exemplified by class-traitor Bill Clinton who extolled the viability of Third Way politicians and as a DLC success story. Secure in power, the DLC sold off its former values and constituencies for parts, or more to the point, bundled campaign contributions.

Rahm Emanuel was a noted bagman for the DLC. Democrats who adhere to the DLC's philosophy often call themselves "New Democrats." And they have never seen a campaign contribution they didn't like.

And, as a coup de grace, you should know that the historical records of the DLC have been purchased by the Clinton Foundation.

Remember Clinton's strategy of "triangulation?" The net result has been concession after concession to the opposition and promotion of a neoliberal economic agenda favorable to corporations and banksters, including those seeking to privatize public services, while alienating traditionally-allied voters and working-class people. And utter, complete sellout of ordinary citizens.

Yeah, Rahmbo, I got yer "Third Way" right here.

Yep. Triangulation was probably code speech for isolation and strangulation of the CFS reasonable and caring voice of we-the-people on behalf of the wishes of the oligarchic assholes driving this country and our species into an evolutionary dead end.


Look at the date stamp on this magnificent piece of prose. May of 2016. Obama was President, and quite frankly we had the luxury of arguing how much of a corporate sellout he was. Those circumstances no longer exist. I appreciate your scruples, and don't really disagree; but the building is on fire and I do not believe we have the luxury of arguing about what hydrant to tap into to put it out.

I also don't believe Biden will be the nominee. Two words: brokered convention. Even the DLC has to realize that Brad Parscale will make Tara Reade a household word by November if ol' 'No Malarkey' takers the nom. Are they really that stupid?

Maybe.

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Doomstead Diner Daily 4/13
« Reply #736 on: April 13, 2020, 08:23:08 am »

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America Is Acting Like a Failed State

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Live updates: China reports highest number of new coronavirus cases in six weeks; U.S. weighs risks of May 1 restart

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Most New York Coronavirus Cases Came From Europe, Genomes Show

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‘It feels like a war zone’: As more of them die, grocery workers increasingly fear showing up at work

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Reopening U.S. economy by May 1 may be unrealistic, say experts, including some within Trump administration

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Why don't they just walk out? - PressThink

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Police Is Issuing Citations At A Packed Kentucky Church And Nails In Parking Lot

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State and local governments face budget crunch, hurting hopes for a quick economic recovery

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Herald drafted a suit seeking ALF records. DeSantis aide pressured law firm not to file it

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Why the Stock Market Is Healthy as Americans Die

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Fauci confirms NY Times report Trump rebuffed social distancing

theguardian.com - Prominent US public health adviser Dr Anthony Fauci appeared on Sunday to confirm a bombshell New York Times report which said he and other Trump administration officials recommended the implementati…

U.S. Got More Confirmed “Index Cases” of Coronavirus From Europe Than From China

theintercept.com - When pressed about his delayed response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump has repeatedly cited the U.S. travel restrictions imposed on China, which went into effect on February 1. “Somethi…

Going back to school to deal with hard times? For-profit schools could make things even harder

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Ozone hole three times the size of Greenland opens over the North Pole

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“Burials Are Cheaper Than Deportations”: Virus Unleashes Terror in ICE Detention

theintercept.com - Tensions were building inside the Alabama jail. A group of new detainees had just been dropped off at the Etowah County Detention Center in downtown Gadsden, and one of the men appeared sick. Word wa…

Nearly 3,000 Health Care System Employees In The Detroit Area Have Confirmed or Suspected Coronavirus Infections

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How Global Warming is Fueling Infectious Disease Outbreaks - Medical Bag

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False negatives in coronavirus tests ‘uncomfortably common,’ doctors say. Here’s why

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How did coronavirus start and where did it come from? Was it really Wuhan's animal market?

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31% Can’t Pay the Rent: ‘It’s Only Going to Get Worse’

nytimes.com - According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, a quarter of the nation’s 44 million renter households paid more than half their income in rent in 2018. Separate research fro…

Iceland finds that half its citizens with coronavirus have shown no symptoms

marketwatch.com - And the scariest finding: At any given time, about half of its citizens who have the coronavirus — and don’t know it — are not showing any symptoms. That’s double the CDC’s recent estimate that as ma…

He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus

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Signs missed and steps slowed in Trump's pandemic response

apnews.com - WASHINGTON (AP) — By the time President Donald Trump first spoke publicly about the coronavirus, it may already have been too late. Interviewed at Davos, a gathering of global elites in the Swiss Alp…

Nearly a third of Americans believe a conspiracy theory about the origins of the coronavirus

vox.com - As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, misinformation is spreading along with it. And one of the most common misunderstandings people have about Covid-19 is where it came from. While scientists are sti…


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Doomstead Diner Daily 4/14
« Reply #737 on: April 14, 2020, 06:58:43 am »

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Acosta on Trump Briefing: "Biggest Meltdown I Have Ever Seen From A President," "Walls Are Closing In"

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Wounded by media scrutiny, Trump turned a briefing into a presidential tantrum

theguardian.com - A toddler threw a self-pitying tantrum on live television on Monday night. Unfortunately he was 73 years old, wearing a long red tie and running the world’s most powerful country. Donald Trump, starv…

Trump says White House staff created ‘campaign-style’ montage — to keep the press ‘honest’

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Opinion | Trump’s latest rage-fest is one of his most absurd and dangerous yet

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Nearly three-in-ten Americans believe COVID-19 was made in a lab

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Governors form groups to explore lifting virus restrictions; Trump says he alone will decide

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He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus

nytimes.com - The shortcomings of Mr. Trump’s performance have played out with remarkable transparency as part of his daily effort to dominate television screens and the national conversation. But dozens of interv…

Global Covid-19 cases near 2 million as Putin warns Russia faces 'extraordinary' crisis

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Virus cases about 2M worldwide; few new hot spots

apnews.com - WASHINGTON (AP) — New York’s coronavirus death toll topped 10,000 and the worldwide number of confirmed cases hovered around 2 million on Monday, even as the lack of fresh hot spots globally yielded …

South Dakota’s governor resisted ordering people to stay home. Now it has one of the nation’s largest coronavirus hot spots.

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Trump commits ultimate TV sin with daily briefings — he's boring

pressrun.media - Forever addicted to being in front of television cameras, Trump's strategy of hosting nonstop White House briefings on the pandemic has sparked a heated media debate about whether the marathon sessio…

Why coronavirus death rates can't be summed up in one simple number

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Bodies in the Streets: IMF Imposed Measures Have Left Ecuador Unable to Cope with Coronavirus

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The Federal Reserve is ‘money washing’ billions of dollars to bail out corporations as it panics over Trump’s crashing economy

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Gov't Failure to Address Coronavirus is Sparking a Mutual Aid Revolution

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Forest fire burns 5km from Chernobyl nuclear plant

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How the Federal Reserve Is Bailing Out Big Corporations and Wall Street Banks | DCReport.org

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It’s ‘People, People, People’ as Lines Stretch Across America

nytimes.com - The scenes are especially jarring at a moment when freeways are empty and city centers are deserted, and public-health experts are urging people to slow the transmission of the coronavirus by avoidin…

These photos show the staggering food bank lines across America

motherjones.com - Food banks across the United States are struggling amid droves of hungry Americans in need of a meal. And images from photographers around the country show the horrifying number of Americans lining u…

Why the Stock Market Is Healthy as Americans Die From Coronavirus

theintercept.com - As Americans were thrown out of work and into sudden fear of hunger, our economic system encouraged farmers to intentionally destroy their crops. At least 60,000 gallons of milk were dumped into dair…

North Korea fires multiple suspected cruise missiles: Seoul

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Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic

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Solidarity in a Time of Pandemic, While the US Capitalizes on Disaster

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What went wrong with the media’s coronavirus coverage?

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The case for ending the Covid-19 pandemic with mass testing

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Climate Change Won’t Stop for the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Nature is bouncing back during the coronavirus crisis—but for how long?

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Coronavirus: China reports most new infections in weeks - BBC News

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Perspective | What it really means when Trump calls a story ‘fake news’

washingtonpost.com - President Trump at the White House news briefing Friday. After the president spent Easter trashing media investigations that found his coronavirus response slow and lacking, a few things became clear…


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Doomstead Diner Daily 4/15
« Reply #738 on: April 15, 2020, 06:15:08 am »

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Banks May Have the Authority to Take Your Stimulus Check and Use It to Pay Off Loans and Fees: Report

theroot.com - It may not cover everything, but for people who have lost work or wages due to the coronavirus outbreak, the stimulus check promised to them by the federal government could mean the difference betwee…

China didn't warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days

apnews.com - In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for …

How One of Big Pharma’s Most Corrupt Companies Plans to Corner the COVID-19 Cure Market

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IMF Warns Of Steepest Recession Since The Great Depression

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No, President Trump, You Can't 'Reopen America'

rollingstone.com - If you asked Donald Trump whether the president of the United States had the general power to overrule governors and mayors, I’m sure he would say yes. Putting it in language suitable to his backgrou…

Meat Processing Plants Close as Working Conditions Encourage Spread of Coronavirus

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In unprecedented move, Treasury orders Trump’s name printed on stimulus checks

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Trump announces cutoff of new funding for the World Health Organization over pandemic response

washingtonpost.com - President Trump speaks during the daily briefing of the White House coronavirus task force in the Rose Garden at the White House on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Trump announced that he is halting funding…

'Crime against humanity': Trump condemned for WHO funding freeze

theguardian.com - Leading health experts have labelled Donald Trump’s decision to cut funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “crime against humanity” and a “damnable” act that will cost lives. The move al…

GOP congressman says letting more Americans die of coronavirus is lesser of two evils compared to economy tanking

cnn.com - Washington (CNN)An Indiana congressman said Tuesday that letting more Americans die from the novel coronavirus is the "lesser of two evils" compared with the economy cratering due to social distancin…

Bruising global recession forecast as countries mull lifting virus lockdowns

news.yahoo.com - The coronavirus is poised to spark a bruising global recession not seen in a century, the IMF warned Tuesday, as countries considered lifting sweeping lockdowns that have crippled economies and kept …

Why Are Rich Americans Getting $1.7 Million Stimulus Checks?

forbes.com - While wealthy Americans are not eligible for the comparatively measly $1,200 stimulus checks that are now being disbursed to many Americans, they are on pace to do even better. 43,000 taxpayers, who …

Ticketmaster is making it incredibly difficult to get refunds for postponed shows

mic.com - The live event industry has never seen a more immediate halt to operations, with thousands of concerts and sporting events suddenly facing cancellation or postponement. If some health experts are to …

Calls for Rent and Mortgage Freeze Outside MN Legislature

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East Coast governors create joint council to open up economy again

marketwatch.com - The governors’ appointees will form the initial council that will devise, in the next few weeks, an integrated plan for how to get the strip of the Eastern U.S. back up and running without triggering…

Covid-19 Threatens to Overwhelm India’s Health Care System

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'A Complete Abomination': Mega-Rich Hedge Funds Swoop Down to Grab Covid-19 Small Business Relief Funds

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Postal Workers Say USPS Isn’t Telling Them When Colleagues Test…

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How Health Care Workers Avoid Bringing Covid-19 Home

wired.com - Health care workers are coming unglued. Every day, they struggle to protect their patients, their communities, and themselves from the coronavirus, many working 24-hour shifts in overcrowded hospital…

Coronavirus distancing may need to continue until 2022, say experts

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Rolling Stone Timeline: Coronavirus in America

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Analysis | President Trump made 18,000 false or misleading claims in 1,170 days

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Coronavirus lockdowns are pushing mass transit systems to the brink – and low-income riders will pay the price

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N.Y. Got $12,000 Per Virus Case, by One Count. Nebraska Got $379,000.

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The Epocalypse is Different This Time, Yet Much as Predicted

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The Self Sufficiency Surge - Resilience

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Opinion | It’s the Worst Possible Time for Trump to Make False Claims of Authority

nytimes.com - Third, Mr. Trump’s claims reveal a selective impotence about his powers. It was just a little over a week ago that he was saying that he couldn’t help the states because “we have a thing called the C…

New York City secures its own supply of 100,000 coronavirus tests per week

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How President Emmanuel Macron bungled France’s coronavirus response

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'Longest animal ever' discovered in deep-sea canyon off Australian coast

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Even If You Don't Think You'll Use an Emergency Survival Bag, You Should Absolutely Have One Just In Case

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Opinion | A D.C. public defender describes terrible conditions at the city’s jail

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Liberal challenger defeats conservative incumbent in Wisconsin Supreme Court race

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Doomstead Diner Daily 4/16
« Reply #739 on: April 16, 2020, 06:36:53 am »

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Bill Gates calls Trump's decision to halt funding for WHO 'as dangerous as it sounds'

cnbc.com - Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is defending the World Health Organization, blasting President Donald Trump's decision to halt funding for the U.N. agency in the midst of the coronavirus pandem…

Worldwide coronavirus infections surge past 2 million, U.S. deaths top 28,000

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Long Breadlines Form Outside of Food Banks as America Struggles to Cope With COVID-19 Fallout

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Profit over people, cost over care: America's broken healthcare exposed by virus

theguardian.com - With over 21,00 people dead and more than a 547,000 infected with the coronavirus in the US the last question on a person’s mind should be how they will pay for life-saving treatment. But as the deat…

Trump’s Coronavirus Economic Council Was a Disaster Before It Began

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Trump’s attempt to enlist businesses in reopening push gets off to rocky start

washingtonpost.com - President Trump speaks during a coronavirus briefing in the Rose Garden at the White House on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) By Robert Costa, close Robert Costa Natio…

Nurses suspended for refusing COVID-19 care without N95 mask

apnews.com - Nurse Mike Gulick was meticulous about not bringing the coronavirus home to his wife and their 2-year-old daughter. He’d stop at a hotel after work just to take a shower. He’d wash his clothes in Lys…

Opinion | The Huge Cost of Waiting to Contain the Pandemic

nytimes.com - Many governors have argued for following the data and the science to determine when to act. Some states have already experienced partial effects of social distancing by taking intermediate steps to m…

Philly Mayor and Judges Pressured To Release Inmates From Jail

unicornriot.ninja - Philadelphia, PA – For the second time in a week, protesters have converged on city hall. They are demanding that Mayor Jim Kenney and judges in the First Judicial District move to immediately releas…

Convoy protesting stay-at-home orders targets Michigan's capital

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Trumpists Urging People to Leave Their Homes to Own the Libs

thedailybeast.com - A protest movement is taking hold targeting states that have extended social-distancing rules, closed schools, and restricted access to large religious gatherings. And it’s being fed by loyalists and…

U.S. conservatives who detest climate models add a new target: coronavirus models

sciencemag.org - Senator John Cornyn (R–TX), who has criticized the utility of climate models, is one of a number of high-profile conservative leaders now raising questions about models that attempt to forecast the c…

As One of the Largest Bailouts in History Looms, "Crisis-Ridden" Corporations Reap Record Profits

mintpressnews.com - Hospitals overflowing with sick and dying patients. Overworked staff risking their lives wearing garbage bags as makeshift protective equipment against an invisible but deadly virus. Refrigerated con…

Trump's pitiful obsession with a deadline is everything that's wrong with everything | Press Watch

presswatchers.org - Donald Trump’s fixation on setting a deadline for “reopening” the country – first it was Easter Sunday, now it appears to be May 1 – is currently the leading indicator of his complete lack of underst…

Here’s What Life Will Probably Look Like In California After The Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Order Ends

buzzfeednews.com - State health officer Sonia Angell said as people begin to spend more time in public, it will become "even more important" to wear a mask or another kind of face covering as an added precaution to pre…

“Burials Are Cheaper Than Deportations”: Virus Unleashes Terror in ICE Detention

theintercept.com - Tensions were building inside the Alabama jail. A group of new detainees had just been dropped off at the Etowah County Detention Center in downtown Gadsden, and one of the men appeared sick. Word wa…

The WHO Defunding Move Isn’t What It Seems

theatlantic.com - President Donald Trump announced yesterday evening that he will withdraw funding for the World Health Organization, on the grounds that it helped China cover up the origin and extent of its coronavir…

False Prophet

theatlantic.com - On February 28, Donald Trump stood before a crowd of supporters in South Carolina and told them to pay no attention to the growing warnings of a coronavirus outbreak in America. The press was “in hys…

Overcapacity / Oversupply Everywhere: Massive Deflation Ahead

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com - Yes, there are shortages in a few high-demand areas such as PPE (personal protective equipment), but across the entire spectrum of global supply and demand, there is nothing but a vast sea of overcap…

There are so many coronavirus myths that even Snopes can’t keep up

washingtonpost.com - (iStock) By Elahe Izadi close Elahe Izadi Pop culture writer Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow April 15, 2020 at 7:00 AM EDT The people wanted to know: Did self-described psychic Sylvia Browne predict …

No, CBD is not a miracle molecule that can cure coronavirus, just as it won't cure many other maladies its proponents claim

theconversation.com - The claims for CBD’s alleged healing powers have been so exaggerated that it’s no surprise that a CBD maker was recently warned by the New York attorney general for claiming that the molecule can fig…

Cops: Man Threatened To Shoot Up Supermarket Because Too Few Shoppers Were Wearing Masks, Gloves

thesmokinggun.com - Incensed that his fellow Floridians were not wearing masks and gloves to the pharmacy and supermarket, a 62-year-old man yesterday warned on Facebook that if he were to test positive for the coronavi…

Should We Just Open the Borders? ❧ Current Affairs

currentaffairs.org - If you wanted to pinpoint an exact date when the United States became destined to be a global superpower—a nation rich beyond its wildest dreams, able to enforce its will around the world—you could d…

This 3-D Simulation Shows Why Social Distancing Is So Important

nytimes.com - Public health experts and elected officials have emphasized again and again that social distancing is the best tool we have to slow the coronavirus outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Preve…

Coronavirus Outbreak at Virginia Nursing Home Spirals Out of Control as 45 Die

nytimes.com - “I just know my brother’s fighting for his life,” she said. “It makes you ask yourself — the disabled and the elderly, are they really getting the service that they deserve, that they need?” The Time…

Copper’s Virus-Killing Powers Were Known Even to the Ancients

smithsonianmag.com - When researchers reported last month that the novel coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic survives for days on glass and stainless steel but dies within hours after landing on copper, the only th…

Grocery delivery was supposed to be the ultimate pandemic lifeline. But it’s falling short.

washingtonpost.com - An Instacart employee delivers groceries to a residence. (Cheney Orr/Reuters) By Abha Bhattarai close Abha Bhattarai Reporter covering the retail industry Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow April 15, 20…

It’s Insane That Federal Aid to States Is a Partisan Issue

nymag.com - The U.S. federal government can print its own currency, which also happens to be the world’s reserve currency. This is a handy setup for Uncle Sam in ordinary times. But it’s especially convenient in…


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In Trump's 'LIBERATE' tweets, extremists see a call to arms

nbcnews.com - When President Donald Trump tweeted "LIBERATE MINNESOTA!" on Friday morning, some of his most fervent supporters in far-right communities — including those who have agitated for violent insurrection …

If Trump Thinks It’s Safe for His Followers to Gather at Protests, Why Won’t He Attend One?

theintercept.com - From a very safe distance on Friday, Donald Trump urged his supporters to risk infection with the deadly coronavirus by attending in-person protests to “liberate” Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia fr…

Trump’s Plan to Contain the Coronavirus by Unleashing Anarchy Seems Risky

nymag.com - President Trump has two basic modes of governing: abnegation and abuse. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has alternately — and, at times, simultaneously — claimed absolute authority and zer…

'You're all kings. You're all f#*k*g kings.'

katz.substack.com - Welcome back to The Long Version, a newsletter by Jonathan Myerson Katz. They were all there. AR-15s. Glock 9mms. A “whole ass Barrett 50. (sic) cal.” Oh, and people. A police-estimated 22,000 of the…

No plan in sight: Test troubles cloud Trump recovery effort

apnews.com - WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is struggling to test enough people to track and control the spread of the novel coronavirus, a crucial first step to reopening parts of the economy, which Preside…

As U.S. coronavirus fatality rate rises to 5 percent, experts are still trying to understand how deadly this virus is

washingtonpost.com - Funeral parlor workers move a body from a refrigeration truck serving as a temporary morgue at the Brooklyn Hospital Center to a hearse, on April 8, 2020 in New York. (Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images…

The Trickle-Up Bailout

taibbi.substack.com - Take a look at some contrasting sets of headlines. First, from planet earth: Weekly Jobless Claims Hit 5.425 Million, Raising Monthly Loss To 22 Million Due To Coronavirus (CNBC) Weekly Jobless Claim…

Asia Today: China fights new infections, Japan cases rise

apnews.com - BANGKOK (AP) — China on Saturday reported 27 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as it tries to stem an upsurge in infections in a northeastern province bordering Russia. Twenty of the new cases were in…

Africa deaths above 1,000, including Nigerian chief of staff

apnews.com - JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa now has more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday, while Nigeria said the president’s chief of staff had die…

IRS depositing some coronavirus stimulus checks into wrong bank accounts

fox5dc.com - It’s April 15 -- typically Tax Day -- but that was delayed due to the coronavirus. Instead, this is the day stimulus checks began rolling out. FOX NEWS - Some Americans expressed concern Thursday tha…

Washington Post hits the jackpot by focusing on what’s missing from Trump’s plan, not what’s in it | Press Watch

presswatchers.org - Among all of the knee-jerk habits of Washington political reporters, one of the most ingrained has got to be that when the president of the United States makes a big announcement, you write about wha…

FEMA’s Coronavir

theintercept.com - FEMA’s rumor-fighting webpage doesn’t take on the anti-Fauci fallacies or whatever reportedly convinced 44-year-old Eduardo Moreno, the train engineer, to believe that the USNS Mercy “had an alternat…

As US Shale Oil Plunges, Trump Admin Takes Aim at Venezuela

mintpressnews.com - WASHINGTON DC (The Last American Vagabond) — IPresident Trump recently praised a deal reached largely by Saudi Arabia and Russia, two of the top oil producers in the world who together dominate the O…

Millionaires to reap 80% of benefit from tax change in US coronavirus stimulus

theguardian.com - Millionaires and billionaires are set to reap more than 80% of the benefits from a change to the tax law Republicans put in the coronavirus economic relief package, according to a non-partisan congre…

How the Anti-Vaccine Community Is Responding to Covid-19

undark.org - In early March, Melissa Floyd, a self-described health freedom educator who co-hosts “The Vaccine Conversation” podcast, was forced to abruptly change plans. She and her co-host were supposed to pack…

Perspective | Trump’s ‘LIBERATE MICHIGAN!’ tweets incite insurrection. That’s illegal.

washingtonpost.com - President Trump in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room on Friday. (Oliver Contreras/Pool/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) By Mary McCord Mary McCord is a senior litigator from practice at the Institut…

Now, Trump Encouraged Rightwing a**holes Might Kill You By Rejecting Covid-19 Safety Rules

opednews.com - Now, Rightwing a**holes Might Kill You By Rejecting C-World Safety Rules Now, rightwing a**holes might kill you by rejecting C-world (my name for Corona Virus/Covid-19 world we live in today) safety …

After Fauci urged caution in reopening the economy, Fox News turned to Dr. Phil for a second opinion

washingtonpost.com - By Katie Shepherd close Katie Shepherd Morning Mix reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow April 17, 2020 at 7:40 AM EDT After Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, expla…

‘They’re Death Pits’: Virus Claims at Least 7,000 Lives in U.S. Nursing Homes

nytimes.com - “You may have just that one patient with the coronavirus that come into your facility, and you don’t know. I can go to work today, wind up feeding them. And then find out two hours later, ‘Oh, they h…

We Are Probably Only One-Tenth of the Way Through This Pandemic

nymag.com - We are, finally, beginning to see some real plans from people with the power to enact them. On Tuesday, California governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a sort of road map for a gradual “reopening” of the s…

Trump administration empowers predatory payday lenders at ‘the worst possible time’

rawstory.com - This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. New unemployment claims reached 22 million on Thursday w…

Could Trump Be Criminally Liable for His Deadly Mishandling of Coronavirus?

other-news.info - As Dr. Anthony Fauci has said, it didn’t have to be this bad in the U.S. The world’s richest country with the strongest economy and a population of 330 million people has more coronavirus cases and d…

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Record government and corporate debt risks ‘tipping point’ after pandemic passes

washingtonpost.com - Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images (Mark Wilson/Photographer: /Getty) By David J. Lynch close David J. Lynch Financial writer covering trade and globalization Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow April 18,…

Coronavirus live news: Europe fatalities approach 100,000 as China reports no daily deaths

theguardian.com - In Afghanistan, the health ministry has warned that difficult days are yet to come in the war-torn country as the number of confirmed cases reached 993, triggered by an increase of infections in the …

US governors feel heat to reopen from protesters, president

apnews.com - AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Stores in Texas can soon begin selling merchandise with curbside service, and hospitals can resume nonessential surgeries. In Florida, people are returning to a few beaches and p…

U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs

washingtonpost.com - In January and February, the United States shipped millions of masks to China from companies such as 3M. (Justin Chin/Bloomberg) By Juliet Eilperin, close Juliet Eilperin Reporter covering domestic p…

What we can learn from the "second wave" of coronavirus cases in Asia

vox.com - Right now, if you fly to Hong Kong, you’ll have to turn over your saliva. That is, if you’re already a resident. If not, you can’t come in at all. The saliva, of course, is for a coronavirus test, on…

C.D.C. Labs Were Contaminated, Delaying Coronavirus Testing, Officials Say

nytimes.com - Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the C.D.C., and other health experts have long suggested that contamination in the labs might have been the culprit. But even as several officials at the F.D.A…

Shocking new numbers reveal how much Trump’s dithering worsened the coronavirus crisis

salon.com - Thousands continue to die each day in the United States from COVID-19, and there's no sign yet that the virus will fully retreat anytime soon. But new analysis from two epidemiologists published in t…

The lost month: Trump says he took ‘strong action’ in February to stop coronavirus. Here’s the full picture.

cnn.com - February 2: CDC expanded enhanced entry screening to eight major airports across the nation. The White House said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded airport screenings, but the h…

Louisiana pastor asks followers to send their stimulus checks to churches instead of buying food

rawstory.com - … then let us make a small request. The COVID crisis has cut advertising rates in half, and we need your help. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism. Raw Story…

Hungry, jobless Americans turning to food banks to survive pandemic

news.yahoo.com - New York (AFP) - American families slammed by the coronavirus pandemic are turning more and more to food banks to get by, waiting hours for donations in lines of cars stretching as far as the eye can…

This Is How A Group Linked To Betsy DeVos Is Organizing Protests To End Social Distancing, Now With Trump's Support

buzzfeednews.com - A Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that, despite the president calling for the liberation of states, the tweets did not violate its rules. "The use of ‘liberate’ in the Tweets you referenced i…

Spanish virus lockdown prolonged as toll tops 20,000

news.yahoo.com - Madrid (AFP) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday announced the nationwide coronavirus lockdown would be extended two weeks to May 9, hours after the official death toll passed 20,000. …

Without More Tests, America Can’t Reopen

theatlantic.com - Even as Donald Trump has delineated his plan to relax social distancing, the United States remains very much in the dark about who has the coronavirus and who does not. We have a shortage of COVID-19…

“Silent Carriers” Are Helping Spread The Coronavirus. Here’s What We Know About Them.

buzzfeednews.com - It’s tough to quantify the number of asymptomatic people, because they’re unlikely to seek testing on their own. But the coronavirus outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship gave researchers a un…

Opinion | ‘Woe Is You,’ White People Keep Telling Us

nytimes.com - Today the Northside is about half black, a quarter Hmong and a quarter everything else. It’s a neighborhood challenged by low wealth and some violence, but we’re not defined by that. The Northside is…

Lower death rate estimates for coronavirus provide glimmer of hope - STAT

statnews.com - In a rare piece of good news about Covid-19, a team of infectious disease experts calculates that the fatality rate in people who have symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus is about 1…

#FloridaMorons trends after people flock to reopened Florida beaches

washingtonpost.com - Beachgoers flock to the seaside in Jacksonville, Fla., on April 17. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday that Duval County's beaches would open at 5 p.m. but only for restricted hours an…

If Trump Thinks It’s Safe for His Followers to Gather at Protests, Why Doesn’t He Attend One?

theintercept.com - From a very safe distance on Friday, Donald Trump urged his supporters to risk infection with the deadly coronavirus by attending in-person protests to “liberate” Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia fr…

Why Trump’s Threat to Adjourn Congress Is Dubious

nytimes.com - By a majority vote, Senate Republicans could first change the chamber’s rules to allow proposals to adjourn for lengthy periods to receive up-or-down votes, and then they could force approval for a r…

Seoul’s Radical Experiment in Digital Contact Tracing

newyorker.com - On the morning of March 23rd, I arrived at the Mapo District Office, a staid government building in northwestern Seoul, where I was greeted by Song In-su, the fifty-three-year-old deputy of the publi…

Studying Fascist Propaganda by Day, Watching Trump’s Coronavirus Updates by Night

newyorker.com - In 2018, Jason Stanley, a philosophy professor at Yale, published “How Fascism Works.” Although it was a slim volume, it ranged broadly, citing experimental psychology, legal theory, and neo-Nazi blo…

Sorry Hospitals, Trump’s Border Wall Is Getting Another Half-Billion Dollars

vanityfair.com - A politically connected construction firm received $569 million this week to build 17 miles of the border wall that President Donald Trump made a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign—when Mexico was supp…

The Wire Forever: Creator David Simon on a New Quarantine Obsession

vanityfair.com - Did the world get better? You’re absolutely right to say we seem to be struggling with a lot of the same things and not making much progress. I didn’t anticipate the complete collapse of mainstream m…

Joe Biden’s Plans for Latin America Fall Short

theintercept.com - Photo illustration: Soohee Cho/The Intercept, Getty Images With Bernie Sanders’s exit from the presidential race, Joe Biden has become the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee. The almost-octogenar…

What Happens When The Pandemic Ends? - DollarCollapse.com

dollarcollapse.com - Let’s assume that by the end of this year a combination of social distancing and some new and effective treatments convert covid-19 from existential threat to chronic nuisance and the economy starts …


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Trump says government will step up coronavirus testing efforts, after governors blast federal inaction

washingtonpost.com - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., on Friday. (AP) By Shane Harris, close Shane Harris Intelligence and national security reporter Email EmailBi…

Trump Wants to Open the Country, But Republicans Don’t Want to Pay for Testing

nymag.com - We’re committed to keeping our readers informed. We’ve removed our paywall from essential coronavirus news stories. Become a subscriber to support our journalists. Subscribe now. Vice-President Mike …

Americans at World Health Organization transmitted real-time information about coronavirus to Trump administration

washingtonpost.com - By Karen DeYoung, close Karen DeYoung Associate editor and senior national security correspondent Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Lena H. Sun and close Lena H. Sun National reporter focusing on healt…

Pro-gun activists using Facebook groups to push anti-quarantine protests

washingtonpost.com - Protesters carrying rifles near the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing Wednesday. (Paul Sancya/AP) By Isaac Stanley-Becker and close Isaac Stanley-Becker National political repor…

Opinion | Protesting for the Right to Catch the Coronavirus

nytimes.com - This response is disguised as an expression of liberty, but it’s a twisted, paranoid and racialized version. Slate editor Tom Scocca defined it recently as a political ideology where supporters are “…

The Global Struggle to Control the Coronavirus

newyorker.com - Last week, a flurry of widely shared articles noted that a number of countries deemed to be doing well in the fight against the novel coronavirus have something in common: they are led by women. Whet…

Parishioner of Louisiana Church That Defied Virus Lockdown Dies From COVID-19, But Pastor Claims It’s a Lie

thedailybeast.com - A parishioner who regularly attended services at a Louisiana mega-church that has made national headlines for defying social-distancing orders has died from coronavirus complications—but the church’s…

Workers Say Meat Giant Smithfield Concealed Coronavirus Infections

theintercept.com - One plant worker with asthma said that when he asked for a mask last month, an official at the company declined his request because if he was provided one, Smithfield would “have to do it for everyon…

Stirrings of unrest around the world could portend turmoil as economies collapse

washingtonpost.com - Several hundred Lebanese people protest in the northern city of Tripoli on April 17, despite the country’s coronavirus lockdown. (Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP/Getty Images) By Liz Sly close Liz Sly Beirut bu…

The College Fix Was Founded To Fight Culture Wars On Campus. But It's Biggest Hit Is About The Coronavirus

buzzfeednews.com - A website with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s son on its board of directors published a viral article that claims the coronavirus would be “exterminated” if lockdowns were lifted. On April 7, the …

New Zealand’s Prime Minister May Be the Most Effective Leader on the Planet

theatlantic.com - The coronavirus pandemic may be the largest test of political leadership the world has ever witnessed. Every leader on the planet is facing the same potential threat. Every leader is reacting differe…

Oil prices collapse on storage fears, Asia equities mixed

news.yahoo.com - Hong Kong (AFP) - Oil prices collapsed to more than two-decade lows Monday as traders grow concerned that storage facilities are reaching their limits, while equities were mixed, with some support co…

Brazil’s President Still Thinks The Coronavirus Is Like A Little Cold. He’s Putting People In Favelas In Mortal Danger.

buzzfeednews.com - The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak…

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, the World’s Most Powerful Coronavirus Denier, Just Fired the Health Minister Who Disagreed With Him

theintercept.com - Brazilians “don’t know if they should listen to the health minister or if they should listen to the president,” said Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta in an interview with TV Globo on Sunday, re…

Coronavirus: White House briefs nation as US deaths top 41,000 - BBC News

bbc.co.uk - Sir Tom Jones and Little Mix are among the UK artists featuring in a British version of the star-studded One World: Together At Home concert. The event, which has already been shown online and on US …

There Is A White House Blockade Stopping States From Getting Coronavirus PPE

nymag.com - Whenever you start to think that the federal government under Donald Trump has hit a moral bottom, it finds a new way to shock and horrify. Over the last few weeks, it has started to appear as though…

Trump, Fox News are trying to gin up a new Tea Party to distract you from their deadly failures | Will Bunch

inquirer.com - It’s also worth noting (and probably worthy of a separate column) that these billionaires and millionaires have zero moral qualms about working with some of the worst white-supremacists or neo-fascis…

Calling Me a Hero Only Makes You Feel Better

theatlantic.com - Working in a grocery store has earned me and my co-workers a temporary status. After years of being overlooked, we suddenly feel a sense of responsibility, solidarity, and pride. On a private Faceboo…

The Coronavirus in America: The Year Ahead

nytimes.com - No one knows exactly what percentage of Americans have been infected so far — estimates have ranged from 3 percent to 10 percent — but it is likely a safe bet that at least 300 million of us are stil…

As Africa Drowns in Garbage, the Plastic Business Keeps Booming

theintercept.com - Rosemary Nyambura spends her weekends collecting plastic with her aunt Miriam in the Dandora dump in Nairobi. Because the bottles they sell to other plastics traders are mixed in with discarded syrin…

Five improvements in the design of coronavirus coverage - PressThink

pressthink.org - One: End duplication, work together, publish at the same time. This idea comes from my friend Dan Gillmor in his March 8 Medium post. His complaint is about the division of labor in journalism. When …

How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes

sciencemag.org - The coronavirus wreaked extensive damage (yellow) on the lungs of a 59-year-old man who died at George Washington University Hospital, as seen in a 3D model based on computerized tomography scans. By…

How Big Banks Bled A Tiny Island Nation

buzzfeednews.com - In 2006, near the height of Wall Street’s disastrous speculative frenzy, some of the world’s biggest banks smelled an opportunity. They saw a way to turn the soaring price of oil into hefty profits. …

‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade

apnews.com - NEW YORK (AP) — Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to m…

U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs

washingtonpost.com - In January and February, the United States shipped millions of masks to China from companies such as 3M. (Justin Chin/Bloomberg) By Juliet Eilperin, close Juliet Eilperin Reporter covering domestic p…

The BRAD BLOG : Sunday 'COVID Darwin Winners' Toons

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Trump says he will issue order to suspend immigration during coronavirus crisis, closing off the United States to a new extreme

washingtonpost.com - U.S. Border Patrol agents patrol the San Ysidro border crossing after the border between Mexico and the United States was closed in the San Ysidro neighborhood of San Diego. (Mike Blake/Reuters) By N…

Trump says to ban immigration as US protestors demand lockdown end

news.yahoo.com - Washington (AFP) - Donald Trump said he would temporarily ban immigration to the United States because of the "Invisible Enemy" of the coronavirus, as angry Americans took to the streets to demand an…

Oil crashes, ends negative for the first time in history - Reuters

reuters.com - NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil futures turned negative on Monday for the first time in history, ending the day at a stunning minus $37.63 a barrel as traders sold heavily because of rapidly fill…

Live updates: States begin to lift coronavirus restrictions; Trump will temporarily ban immigration to U.S. as global infections near 2.5 million

washingtonpost.com - By Teo Armus, close Teo Armus Reporter on the Morning Mix team Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Antonia Noori Farzan, close Antonia Noori Farzan Reporter for the Morning Mix Email EmailBio BioFollow F…

Experts Warn: Years of US Intervention Have Set the Stage for a Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak in Haiti

mintpressnews.com - For a population of 11 million people, Haiti has only 62 ventilators and barely 100 intensive care beds. The Caribbean nation spends just $13 per capita on healthcare, less than 10 percent of what ev…

Global hunger could be next big impact of coronavirus pandemic

theguardian.com - The coronavirus crisis will push more than a quarter of a billion people to the brink of starvation unless swift action is taken to provide food and humanitarian relief to the most at-risk regions, t…

Kentucky reports highest coronavirus infection increase after a week of protests to reopen state

newsweek.com - Democratic Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced Sunday that the state had set a grim record with 273 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the highest single-day rise to date. Kentucky's increa…

Coronavirus live news: Donald Trump signals immigration ban as Italy will announce plan for easing lockdown

theguardian.com - A nine-year-old boy who contracted Covid-19 in Eastern France did not pass the virus on despite coming into contact with more than 170 people, according to research that suggests children may not be …

AP: Publicly traded firms get $300M in small-business loans

apnews.com - Companies with thousands of employees, past penalties from government investigations and risks of financial failure even before the coronavirus walloped the economy were among those receiving million…

Trump Bungles Hit on Cuomo and Shatters Own Wrongness Record on “1917” Pandemic

theintercept.com - It was amateur hour at the White House on Sunday, as the president’s effort to neutralize criticism of his failure to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic was undermined by his A/V team, and he mista…

Man Who Called Ohio's Lockdown Order 'Bullshit' Has Succumbed To COVID-19

crooksandliars.com - In March, John McDaniel called Ohio's shutdown order of non-essential businesses "madness." A few days ago he died. Now, we don't know the circumstances of how Mr. McDaniel contracted the virus, nor …

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Reportedly in ‘Grave Danger’ Following Surgery

nymag.com - On Monday night, CNN reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is in “grave danger” following a surgery, according to a U.S. intelligence source that spoke with the network. On April 15, the 36-y…

Conspiracy theorists burn 5G towers claiming link to virus

apnews.com - LONDON (AP) — The CCTV footage from a Dutch business park shows a man in a black cap pouring the contents of a white container at the base of a cellular radio tower. Flames burst out as the man jogs …

Supertankers drafted in to store glut of crude oil

theguardian.com - Giant oil tankers are being used to hold record amounts of crude at sea due to a global oversupply that threatens to overwhelm the world’s storage facilities. A record 160m barrels of oil has been st…

Mehdi Hasan and Arundhati Roy on India and the Coronavirus

theintercept.com - Wait! Before you go on about your day, ask yourself: How likely is it that the story you just read would have been produced by a different news outlet if The Intercept hadn’t done it? Consider what t…

We Are Living in a Failed State

theatlantic.com - When the virus came here, it found a country with serious underlying conditions, and it exploited them ruthlessly. Chronic ills—a corrupt political class, a sclerotic bureaucracy, a heartless economy…

White House, GOP face heat after hotel and restaurant chains helped run small business program dry

washingtonpost.com - People gather outside Shake Shack in Madison Square Park in New York on March 27 during the coronavirus outbreak. (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images) By Jonathan O'Connell close Jonathan O'Connell Reporter cove…

There Is A White House Blockade Stopping States From Getting Coronavirus PPE

nymag.com - Whenever you start to think that the federal government under Donald Trump has hit a moral bottom, it finds a new way to shock and horrify. Over the last few weeks, it has started to appear as though…

Fringe Protests Can’t Distract from Trump’s Failures

newyorker.com - The demonstrations against the coronavirus shutdowns came to upstate New York on Monday, with a lunchtime “Gridlock Buffalo” protest, at which cars and trucks blockaded Niagara Square, in the heart o…

Why Did Democrats Nominate Donna Shalala to the Bailout Oversight Panel?

taibbi.substack.com - At roughly 6 p.m. last Thursday, Nancy Pelosi held a meeting with Democratic caucus members and explained she was still considering whom to put on the Congressional Oversight Committee (COC), one of …

Nurses protest working coronavirus conditions, say hospitals aren't protecting them

nbcnews.com - A nurse at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said she was sent home after refusing to wear a surgical mask instead of a protective respirator to treat COVID-19 patients — and that she was de…

Opinion | Protesting for the Freedom to Catch the Coronavirus

nytimes.com - This response is disguised as an expression of liberty, but it’s a twisted, paranoid and racialized version. Slate editor Tom Scocca defined it recently as a political ideology where supporters are “…

Ramsey Orta, the Man Who Filmed Police Murder of Eric Garner Says Prison Guards Deliberately Gave Him COVID-19

mintpressnews.com - Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the police murder of Eric Garner in July 2014, has been transferred to the medical wing of the Midstate Correctional Facility prison in Marcy, New York. The group WeCo…

Front-Runner for Country’s Dumbest Governor to Reopen Essential Bowling Alleys, Nail Salons Friday

vanityfair.com - Approximately two weeks ago, Georgia governor Brian Kemp made a name for himself when he announced on the steps of his state’s capitol that he was a massive imbecile. Sure, he didn’t use the exact wo…

Patients with heart attacks, strokes and even appendicitis vanish from hospitals

washingtonpost.com - A medical worker wearing protective gear enters the UMass Memorial Health Care field hospital at the DCU Center, an arena in Worcester, Mass. (Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg News) By Lenny Bernstein and clo…

Workers head home after 28 days of making COVID-19 protective gear


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Who’s Calling to ‘Liberate Minnesota’, and Why?

unicornriot.ninja - St. Paul, MN – In opposition to the state of Minnesota’s Stay At Home order, over five hundred people protested in front of the Governor’s Residence on Friday, April 17. The protest, called ‘Liberate…

The Party of the Aggrieved

theatlantic.com - The day after announcing guidelines the nation’s governors can use to carry out an orderly reopening of their states, which are in the grip of a pandemic, President Donald Trump—through his weapon of…

Trump to suspend immigration to U.S. for 60 days, citing coronavirus crisis and jobs shortage, but will allow some workers

washingtonpost.com - By Nick Miroff, close Nick Miroff Reporter covering immigration enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Maria Sacchetti and close Maria Sacchetti Reporter …

Coronavirus live news: UN warns of 'biblical' famine as Trump reveals 60-day immigration halt

theguardian.com - Deaths from Covid-19 reached 40 in Afghanistan as the number of confirmed cases continued to surge in the capital, Kabul, amid a shortage of testing kits and raging war across the country. The health…

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Doesn’t Wait on Trump, Orders 500,000 Coronavirus Test Kits From South Korea

theroot.com - What do you do if you are a governor, and the president of the United States is a liar and keeps claiming that he’s given enough testing kits to states for the coronavirus? Well, you can go on nation…

73% Of Inmates At An Ohio Prison Test Positive For Coronavirus

npr.org - Ohio's prison system accounts for more than 20% of its 12,919 confirmed coronavirus cases. Mass testing at the Marion Correctional Institution, seen here, found more than 1,800 cases. A state prison …

The Problem With Being a Hero Is You Stop Being a Human

slate.com - Health care workers stand on the street counterprotesting the people demanding that the stay-at-home order be lifted, in Denver on Sunday. The Times Can’t Stop Pretending Trump Is a Normal President …

These 4 States Are Reopening Businesses Over The Next Two Weeks As The Coronavirus Pandemic Continues

buzzfeednews.com - The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak…

Tx Republican on State Reopening: ‘There Are More Important Things Than Living’

nymag.com - We’re committed to keeping our readers informed. We’ve removed our paywall from essential coronavirus news stories. Become a subscriber to support our journalists. Subscribe now. In late March — the …

Barr Threatens to Sue States That Don’t Open When Trump Says

nymag.com - President Trump has intermittently gone to war with public-health experts, including those in his own administration, in an attempt to restart the economy fast enough to help him win reelection. His …

More deaths, no benefit from malaria drug in VA virus study

apnews.com - A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those…

These Updating Charts Show How The Coronavirus Is Spreading Across The US

buzzfeednews.com - COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus first identified in late December in Wuhan, China, is now spreading in the US. The map and charts below will update automatically with the latest d…

Pentagon chief pours cold water on theory that coronavirus was released from a Wuhan lab, despite Trump admin investigation

news.yahoo.com - Defense Secretary Mark Esper took a cautious line on the theory that the coronavirus was released from a Wuhan virology lab, after the Trump administration confirmed that it was investigating that po…

Fears of prolonged coronavirus downturn and second wave of US cases

theguardian.com - The prospect of a prolonged worldwide impact from the coronavirus pandemic has hardened after business leaders warned of a drawn-out recession and US health chiefs highlighted the prospect of a secon…

CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating

washingtonpost.com - Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies about coronavirus preparedness to the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee in March. (Joshua Roberts/…

Is It Worth It to Buy a Used Tanker and Fill It With Cheap Oil? An Investigation

vice.com - In yet another example of the world economy shell game coming to a hard stop amid the coronavirus pandemic, oil is incredibly cheap as demand plummets and speculators panic sell and even pay others t…

Why Some People Get Sicker Than Others

theatlantic.com - Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. The COVID-19 crash comes suddenly. In early March, the 37-year-old writer F…

As the US Grapples with Coronavirus, Congress Leaps into Action... On a New Military Draft

mintpressnews.com - (DavidSwanson.org) — I know it’s stiff competition, but hear me out. The threat of nuclear apocalypse is higher than ever. The threat of irreversible climate collapse is higher than ever and massivel…

This Charmin Factory Keeps Humming Even As Much Of America Is Hunkered Down

npr.org - The Procter & Gamble plant in Mehoopany, Pa., has been running nonstop during the pandemic, making essential products such as toilet paper, paper towels and disposable diapers. While the president an…

Regulators Are Cracking Down On People Trying To Sell Coronavirus Antibody Tests

buzzfeednews.com - In fact, according to the FDA, no blood antibody tests have been proven capable of telling if a person currently has the virus, unlike nasal- and throat-swab diagnostic tests. Scientists also do not …

Senate passes $484 billion bill that would expand small-business aid, boost money for hospitals and testing

washingtonpost.com - Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the new legislation “an interim measure” and “a building block,” saying Congress must soon pass another large package on the scale of the Car…

Life and Death Inside New York’s Busiest Emergency Room

theintercept.com - When interviewed about his experience of the Vietnam War, Tim O’Brien once said, “I carry joyful memories, too, friends I made and the conversations at foxholes where, for a moment or two, the war wo…

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is quietly tracking its employees with a heat map tool that ranks which stores are most at risk of unionizing

businessinsider.fr - Whole Foods is keeping an eye on stores at risk of unionizing through an interactive heat map, according to five people with knowledge of the matter and internal documents viewed by Business Insider.…

Perspective | IRS stimulus checks are going to dead people, while needy go without

washingtonpost.com - Under the Cares Act, some 150 million Americans are expected to receive stimulus checks. (iStock/Getty Images) By Michelle Singletary close Michelle Singletary Personal finance columnist Email EmailB…

How the National Security State Is Using Coronavirus to Push AI-Driven Mass Surveillance

mintpressnews.com - WASHINGTON DC (The Last American Vagabond) — Last year, a U.S. government body dedicated to examining how artificial intelligence can “address the national security and defense needs of the United St…

A look at some of the world's worst refugee crises

apnews.com - The rapid spread of the coronavirus has raised fears about the world’s refugees and internally displaced people, many of whom live in war-ravaged countries ill-equipped to test for the virus or conta…

Coronavirus Spurs Prejudice. History Suggests That's No Surprise.

undark.org - Caleb Kim made sure to follow his nurse’s orders. After catching the seasonal flu in late January, he stayed home — only leaving when his fever had broken for 24 hours without medication. Feeling bet…


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Director of key federal vaccine agency says his departure was retaliation

cnn.com - One source said the "political leadership" Bright referred to in his statement is Azar. Bright previously did not respond to repeated requests for comment on his departure by CNN. Caitlin Oakley, dep…

The Ten Weeks That Lost the War: A Timeline of How Trump Lied, Bungled and Screwed America in the COVID-19 Crisis - The Bulwark

thebulwark.com - In the social media fog of war it can be easy to lose the thread as to just how the COVID-19 crisis came to our shores and what the Trump administration did and didn’t do to respond. This timeline pr…

‘You hate to see it’: Internet laughs as Trump kneecaps GOP governor who took his advice

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A disturbing new study suggests Sean Hannity helped spread the coronavirus

vox.com - Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, media critics have warned that the decision from leading Fox News hosts to downplay the outbreak could cost lives. A new study provides statistical evidence that,…

Mitch McConnell says cash-strapped states hit by the coronavirus should go bankrupt rather than receive emergency federal aid

businessinsider.fr - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview on Hugh Hewitt's radio show on Wednesday that economically struggling states should declare bankruptcy rather than be given a federal bailo…

Las Vegas Mayor Embarrasses Herself During Absolutely Batshit Coronavirus CNN Interview

thedailybeast.com - Independent Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, in what can graciously be called an utterly insane performance, frustrated and flummoxed CNN anchor Anderson Cooper during a marathon Wednesday afternoon …

As Trump Urges Doctors to Lie on Live TV, Federal Official Says He Was Fired for Limiting Hydroxychloroquine Use

theintercept.com - Donald Trump tried and failed on Wednesday to coerce two of the government’s top medical experts to endorse his claim that a second wave of Covid-19 infections in the fall is unlikely, hours after a …

The Coronavirus Crusades

nymag.com - Across the nation, the protests appeared. End the lockdowns, rallygoers demanded, or big government would strangle liberty to death with its fists. In Idaho, state Representative Heather Scott captur…

China coronavirus cases might have been four times official figure, says study

theguardian.com - More than 232,000 people might have been infected in the first wave of Covid-19 in mainland China, four times the official figures, according to a study by Hong Kong researchers. Mainland China repor…

Top Coronavirus Aide’s Last Job Was Breeding Dogs: Report

nymag.com - We’re committed to keeping our readers informed. We’ve removed our paywall from essential coronavirus news stories. Become a subscriber to support our journalists. Subscribe now. American lives are f…

Jeffrey Sachs on the Catastrophic American Response to the Coronavirus

newyorker.com - Yeah. Let me explain, just to clarify. Maybe there’s some confusion about what the real debate was. I was explaining in 2005 that it was possible, for example, to treat AIDS or to control malaria. An…

‘You hate to see it’: Internet laughs as Trump kneecaps GOP governor who took his advice

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Calling Healthcare Workers War “Heroes” Sets Them Up to Be Sacrificed

gq.com - The evidence of the paucity in protection, and by extension the disposability of the lives we have failed to protect, is everywhere. The president preens, pouts, and explodes in fits of rage against …

Flu-conomics: The next pandemic could trigger global recession - Reuters

reuters.com - (Reuters) - A high body count is not the only meaningful number attached to a pandemic. The potential cost of a global outbreak of the flu or some other highly contagious disease, however ghoulish to…

Overwhelmed Morgue Workers Struggle to Give Coronavirus Victims Death With Dignity

theintercept.com - While protesters were railing against coronavirus lockdowns and Republican governors in Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee announced plans to open back up their states, Devin Speak was loading bo…

Calling Me a Hero Only Makes You Feel Better

theatlantic.com - Working in a grocery store has earned me and my co-workers a temporary status. After years of being overlooked, we suddenly feel a sense of responsibility, solidarity, and pride. On a private Faceboo…

This Is How It Actually Ends

gq.com - The climate crisis has been called “our third world war.” John Kerry’s new coalition to wage it is World War Zero. The martial language emphasizes the human culpability at play. “All these disasters …

Wuhan was on lockdown for 76 days. Now life is returning — slowly

cnn.com - For more than two months, the city of Wuhan, China, was sealed off from the outside world. Flights in and out were canceled. Train and bus routes were suspended. Highway entrances were blocked. The s…

Georgia Still Set to Reopen Friday Despite Having Increase in Coronavirus Cases, Deaths

theroot.com - On Monday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced that the state would allow some non-essential businesses to re-open this Friday. Though, considering the updated number of coronavirus cases and deaths du…

US Role in Destabilizing Yemen and Somalia Could Spark “Famine of Biblical Proportions”

mintpressnews.com - A new report from the World Food Program warns that the COVID-19 pandemic could spark a massive global famine, leading to over a quarter-billion people falling into acute food insecurity by the end o…

What Life Is Like After Being Taken Off a Ventilator

theatlantic.com - Even after Kyle Mullicane came home from the ICU, he would have nightmares about being back in the hospital, struggling to breathe. He had been on a ventilator, but his body fought so hard against th…

The US Government’s Secret History of Grisly Human Medical Experiments

mintpressnews.com - CHARLOTTESVILLE (Rutherford) –– I have never known any government to put the best interests of its people first, and this COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Now this isn’t intended to be a debate ove…

Antimalarials widely used against COVID-19 heighten risk of cardiac arrest. How can doctors minimize the danger?

sciencemag.org - Pharmaceutical manufacturers have ramped up production of chloroquine amid hopes that the antimalarial drug will prove effective against COVID-19. By Kelly ServickApr. 21, 2020 , 3:40 PM Science’s CO…

Sarah Kendzior Saw Trump Coming. Her New Book Explains Why.

bitchmedia.org - Sarah Kendzior, author of Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America (Photo credit: Kevin A. Roberts) It’s tempting to think of Sarah Kendzior as a modern-day Cas…

For Ecuador's Guayaquil, Tides of Death and Disappearance

undark.org - April brought coffins to the streets of Guayaquil — hundreds of them, many made quickly of cheap cardboard — as if the whole city was on its way to a funeral. But there would be no funerals. Private …

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Trump Suggests Injecting Disinfectant as Potential Coronavirus Treatment

nymag.com - We’re committed to keeping our readers informed. We’ve removed our paywall from essential coronavirus news stories. Become a subscriber to support our journalists. Subscribe now. The president who on…

Coronavirus: medical experts denounce Trump's latest 'dangerous' treatment suggestion

theguardian.com - Donald Trump has stunned viewers by suggesting that people could receive injections of disinfectant to cure the coronavirus, a notion one medical expert described as “jaw-dropping”. At Thursday’s Whi…

Fact check: Sunlight does not kill the new coronavirus

usatoday.com - An article on a holistic health blog that has been circulating on Facebook tells people to go outside to prevent catching the new coronavirus because sunlight kills it. “In my opinion, keeping the be…

Live updates: Trump’s comments prompt doctors to warn against injecting disinfectants; coronavirus death toll nears 50,000 in U.S.

washingtonpost.com - By Teo Armus, close Teo Armus Reporter on the Morning Mix team Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Antonia Noori Farzan, close Antonia Noori Farzan Reporter for the Morning Mix Email EmailBio BioFollow F…

House Passes Relief for Small Businesses and Aid for Hospitals and Testing

nytimes.com - WASHINGTON — The House gave resounding approval on Thursday to a $484 billion coronavirus relief package to restart a depleted loan program for distressed small businesses and to provide funds for ho…

Trump administration considers leveraging emergency coronavirus loan to force Postal Service changes

washingtonpost.com - A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier closes a vehicle door after refueling in Hawthorne, Calif., on Monday. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News) By Jacob Bogage and close Jacob Bogage National sports wri…

Coronavirus shakes the conceit of ‘American exceptionalism’

apnews.com - WASHINGTON (AP) — What if the real “invisible enemy” is the enemy from within — America’s very institutions? When the coronavirus pandemic came from distant lands to the United States, it was met wit…

Top Coronavirus Aide’s Last Job Was Breeding Dogs: Report

nymag.com - We’re committed to keeping our readers informed. We’ve removed our paywall from essential coronavirus news stories. Become a subscriber to support our journalists. Subscribe now. American lives are f…

Lockdown leaves festivalgoers stranded on beach with sewage problem

theguardian.com - It must have seemed like a dream adventure: a two-week festival on a beach in central America, camping out under the stars at night in what organisers called “paradise on Earth”. But because of the c…

Trump Promised a Full Immigration Ban. He Lied. Again.

slate.com - President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing of the coronavirus task force at the White House on Wednesday. What Mitch McConnell Really Meant When He Said He’s Going to Screw Over the Stat…

Intercepted Podcast: Coronavirus and the Right's Bumbling Messiah

theintercept.com - Donald Trump and extreme right groups are encouraging people to take to the streets during a pandemic. This week on Intercepted: Hidden behind the scenes of protests against Democratic governors is t…

Turkey releasing murderers – but not political opponents – from prison amid coronavirus pandemic

theconversation.com - Turkey has begun to release about 90,000 prison inmates, half of them temporarily and the other half permanently, to prevent COVID-19’s spread and to ease overcrowding. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan…

Has The Coronavirus Made The Ultimate Case For Medicare For All?

theintercept.com - Wait! Before you go on about your day, ask yourself: How likely is it that the story you just read would have been produced by a different news outlet if The Intercept hadn’t done it? Consider what t…

Podcast: Whitney Webb on the Rise of the Biotech Industrial Complex Under COVID-19

mintpressnews.com - Welcome to MintCast, the official MintPress News podcast hosted by Mnar Muhawesh. MintCast is an interview podcast featuring dissenting voices, independent researchers and journalists the establishme…

Starving Cities And States - PopularResistance.Org

popularresistance.org - Disaster capitalism is in high gear. The stock market plunged, so Trump, hysterical, whipped out the federal checkbook. The result? Unlimited bailouts of shoddily-run corporations, criminally managed…

Farmers Are Dumping Milk, Even as People Go Hungry. Here's Why

wired.com - Owyhee pivoted to grocery distribution more quickly than smaller operations, but it has still taken a hit. The smaller bagging machine packs only 10,000 onions an hour, slower than the bulk version. …

Forgiving The Free-Range Debt-Slave Plantation Scam (The Tax/Debt/Money/Inflation Scam)

forgivingthenews.blogspot.com - Although the news pretty much never covers this subject at all, it covers its symptoms constantly. Much of the whole world is set up as a free-range debt-slave plantation; it's basically the biggest …

We Are Living in a Failed State

theatlantic.com - When the virus came here, it found a country with serious underlying conditions, and it exploited them ruthlessly. Chronic ills—a corrupt political class, a sclerotic bureaucracy, a heartless economy…

AP FACT CHECK: Veterans Affairs chief plugs unproven drug

apnews.com - WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is taking advocacy of an unproven drug for the coronavirus even further than President Donald Trump, claiming without evidence that it has b…

Hidden Outbreaks Spread Through U.S. Cities Far Earlier Than Americans Knew, Estimates Say

nytimes.com - By the time New York City confirmed its first case of the coronavirus on March 1, thousands of infections were already silently spreading through the city, a hidden explosion of a disease that many s…

Interpreting the Covid-19 Death Rate: You Asked, We Answered

undark.org - As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, Undark readers have been sending us insightful questions, comments, and observations on the subject. We’ve asked Pulitzer Prize-winning science journa…

Brazil passes 3,000 coronavirus deaths

news.yahoo.com - A worker builds vertical graves during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic at the Caju Cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (AFP Photo/MAURO PIMENTEL) Brasília (AFP) - Brazil recorded 407 deaths from the…

With U.S. Borders Closed by Covid-19, How Will I Afford Insulin?

undark.org - If you look in the crisper drawer of my fridge, you won’t find much in the way of salad. Instead, the drawer is jam packed with something even more important to my health: insulin. I am one of more t…

A Machiavellian Fiasco: How a So-Called ‘Centrist’ Resurrected Israel’s Far Right

mintpressnews.com - It was intended to be a Machiavellian move, but the decision by Benny Gantz, leader of Israel’s Kahol Lavan (Blue and White) coalition, to join a Benjamin Netanyahu-led government is likely to destab…

Harmful Tweets From High Places: Why is Twitter Acting Now?

undark.org - Last month, Twitter did something striking and almost unprecedented: It deleted two tweets from a world leader. The social media platform removed the posts — both from Brazilian President Jair Bolson…

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« Reply #747 on: April 25, 2020, 07:47:26 am »

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Fifty Thousand Americans Dead from the Coronavirus, and a President Who Refuses to Mourn Them

newyorker.com - In just the past few days, President Trump has blamed immigrants, China, the “fake news” and, of course, “the invisible enemy” of the coronavirus for America’s present troubles. He has opined extempo…

US coronavirus virus death toll passes 50,000

bbc.co.uk - Number of US coronavirus deaths rises above 50,000 in world's deadliest outbreak of the disease This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh th…

Aides and allies making concerted effort to get Trump to stop doing daily briefings

cnn.com - "I see the disinfectant -- where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?" Trump asked White House coronav…

San Francisco mayor says city's PPE orders have been diverted, confiscated: It 'blows my mind'

thehill.com - San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said Friday that her city’s orders for personal protection equipment (PPE) have been diverted to other U.S. cities and foreign countries. “We’ve had issues of our…

American billionaires have gotten $280 billion richer since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

fastcompany.com - Though the coronavirus itself may not discriminate in terms of who can be infected, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from a great equalizer. In the same month that 22 million Americans lost their jobs, t…

America today suffers more than 20% unemployment — the Trump administration just hasn’t told you that yet

rawstory.com - This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. Here’s an awful truth our government will tell you but n…

Las Vegas Mayor Offers Up Her City to See How Many Die Without Social Distancing

nymag.com - We’re committed to keeping our readers informed. We’ve removed our paywall from essential coronavirus news stories. Become a subscriber to support our journalists. Subscribe now. In an appearance on …

US stays away as world leaders agree action on Covid-19 vaccine

theguardian.com - Global leaders have pledged to accelerate cooperation on a coronavirus vaccine and to share research, treatment and medicines across the globe. But the United States did not take part in the World He…

Revealed: leader of group peddling bleach as coronavirus 'cure' wrote to Trump this week

theguardian.com - The leader of the most prominent group in the US peddling potentially lethal industrial bleach as a “miracle cure” for coronavirus wrote to Donald Trump at the White House this week. In his letter, M…

The Trump Depression: 32,000,000 Unemployed Americans! | DCReport.org

dcreport.org - Here’s an awful truth our government will tell you but not for some weeks to come: as of today more than 20% of American workers are unemployed. That means more than 32 million Americans in the labor…

The silent, deadly spread of coronavirus in California began far earlier than first reported

latimes.com - New information emerging in the last week in California paints a very different picture of the spread of the novel coronavirus than the one suggested by the first, official version. Postmortem testin…

In Sweden, Will Voluntary Self-Isolation Work Better Than State-Enforced Lockdowns in the Long Run?

reason.com - "Sweden's suffering very, very badly" according to President Donald Trump. Nope, says Denmark's former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, who suggested April 7 that Denmark should have followed the…

No, This Is Not Another 1929, 1973, 1987, 2000, or 2008

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com - Does anyone really believe the correlations of the past decade or two are high-probability predictors of the future as the entire brittle construct of fictional capital and extremes of globalization …

Young and middle-aged people, barely sick with covid-19, are dying from strokes

washingtonpost.com - People walk around Times Square as screens are illuminated as part of the “Light It Blue” initiative to honor health care workers, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in New York City on A…

Trump floats another bogus coronavirus cure — and his administration scrambles to stop people from injecting disinfectants

washingtonpost.com - President Trump addresses Thursday’s coronavirus news conference at the White House. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) By Philip Rucker, close Philip Rucker White House Bureau Chief Email EmailBio…

Instead of Providing Masks or Allowing Unions, Whole Foods Unveils New "Hero" Uniform

mintpressnews.com - In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, premium supermarket chain Whole Foods has redesigned its uniform, giving employees shirts that designate them as “heroes” and “hard core.” Th…

Trump's Derangement Threatens the Entire World | DCReport.org

dcreport.org - As the most eminent mental health experts warned would happen since Donald Trump’s election, the office of the U.S. presidency has become a locus of grave psychological dysfunction. Seldom do we see …

Brazilian chloroquine study halted after high dose proved lethal for some patients

theguardian.com - A Brazilian study investigating whether the anti-malaria drug chloroquine was effective in treating patients with Covid-19 has been halted on safety concerns, after a high dose of the drug proved let…

Trump Is Personally Indebted To China’s State-Owned Bank

vanityfair.com - Donald Trump has attempted to portray his presumptive opponent, Joe Biden, as weak on China. “Biden stands up for China,” claimed a recent Trump campaign ad, which also falsely suggested former Washi…

Shiny, Happy, People in Quarantine

medium.com - Like so many of the other happy, well-adjusted, quarantining families you’ve been seeing on Facebook, mine has been busy learning new skills, in between hyper-productive Zoom school sessions, sociall…

All the things COVID-19 will change forever, according to 30 top experts

fastcompany.com - We’re four weeks into the massive time-out forced on us by coronavirus. Many of us have spent much of that time trying to get used to the radical lifestyle change the virus has brought. But we’re als…

After The Coronavirus Passes, Your World Will Not Go Back To Normal

buzzfeednews.com - The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak…

New COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in monkeys. Next step: humans.

livescience.com - An experimental COVID-19 vaccine protected monkeys from catching the viral infection, according to an unreviewed report. The new vaccine has now entered clinical trials in China to test the drug in h…

Meet the Economist Behind the One Percent’s Stealth Takeover of America

ineteconomics.org - Ask people to name the key minds that have shaped America’s burst of radical right-wing attacks on working conditions, consumer rights and public services, and they will typically mention figures lik…

Trump mum on hydroxychloroquine as early trials falter, but sick Americans still taking 'desperate measures' to fill prescriptions

cnn.com - Trump has since shifted his rhetoric toward reopening the country, but vulnerable Americans who rely on hydroxychloroquine are still dealing with the fallout and they're taking increasingly dangerous…

Giuliani Calls COVID-19 Tracing 'Ridiculous': 'We Should Trace Everybody for Cancer' (Video)

thewrap.com - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared on “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News Thursday night to talk about how New York governor Andrew Cuomo has handled the state’s coronavirus response. But…

Could State Legislatures Hijack the 2020 Presidential Election?

nymag.com - Joe Biden issued a warning to the country Thursday night about the lengths Donald Trump might go to in order to hang onto the presidency, as Katie Gleuck reported: “Mark my words, I think he is going…

Food Supply Chain Not Yet in Danger — But Its Workers Are

theintercept.com - Are we going to run out of food? That primal question seemed to be on the minds of many Americans when the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic first became clear. As society went into lockdown, milli…

During Coronvrius: Cuba to the Rescue, But Don’t Tell the American people

mintpressnews.com - While Bernie Sanders paid a political price for uttering something positive about Cuba’s literacy program, the current pandemic has shown the whole world the heroic side of Cuba’s health care system.…

A Respected Science Watchdog Raises Eyebrows

undark.org - Over the past two decades, John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and population health at Stanford University, has gained a reputation as a widely respected gadfly of global science.…

Opinion | Why Georgia Isn’t Ready to Reopen, in Charts

nytimes.com - On Tuesday, Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia announced plans to begin reopening businesses across his state. By Monday, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and hair salons will have permission to welcome the…

Earth's insect population shrinks 27% in 30 years

nzherald.co.nz - The world has lost more than a quarter of its land-dwelling insects in the past 30 years, according to researchers whose big picture study of global bug decline paints a disturbing but more nuanced p…

New study shows how the coronavirus moves around an office

treehugger.com - We are definitely not going back to the way we were. There are some people who are itching to get back to the office, tired of being trapped at home. But things won't be the same when they return. Ac…

Apple iPhone at risk of hacking through email app

bbc.co.uk - A flaw in Apple's mobile operating system may have left millions of iPhone and iPad users vulnerable to hackers. Research published by ZecOps, a mobile security firm, said a bug in the Mail app made …

Rice University political expert on coronavirus voting: 'Democracy is at issue here.'

houstonchronicle.com - Houstonians, like Americans everywhere, are yearning for our elected leaders to chart a clear path forward, to deal with the coronavirus and its fallout. But what we often see instead is in-fighting,…

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« Reply #748 on: April 26, 2020, 07:11:30 am »

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Trump ripped in the NYT as a ‘tone-deaf showman’ whose stage is a ‘mountain of corpses’

rawstory.com - … then let us make a small request. The COVID crisis has cut advertising rates in half, and we need your help. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism. Raw Story…

WHO warns against coronavirus "immunity passports" due to reinfection concerns

vox.com - The World Health Organization (WHO) released a scientific brief on Saturday recommending countries refrain from issuing certificates of immunity to people who have been infected with the novel corona…

“Really Want to Flood NY and NJ”: Internal Documents Reveal Team Trump’s Chloroquine Master Plan

vanityfair.com - Giroir’s rationale for ignoring FDA limitations appeared to hinge on a technicality: Because chloroquine is FDA-approved for conditions including malaria and lupus, doctors could technically prescrib…

A Country Quarantined, Coronavirus in Greece Part 1

unicornriot.ninja - Athens, Greece – While their regional neighbor Italy is throttled by the coronavirus pandemic, the country of Greece has been enduring strict quarantine measures, resulting in relatively low numbers …

Trump Is Building a Dystopia in Real Time

theatlantic.com - Yesterday, as part of the White House briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, William Bryan, the undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, shared preliminary gov…

Perfect storm: Lombardy's virus disaster is lesson for world

apnews.com - ROME (AP) — As Italy prepares to emerge from the West’s first and most extensive coronavirus lockdown, it is increasingly clear that something went terribly wrong in Lombardy, the hardest-hit region …

The Trump Doomsday Scenario: Like W. After Katrina

nymag.com - As signs proliferate that the coronavirus is spreading to nonurban Trump country, the odds of the president being able to seek reelection as the vengeful tribune of red America infuriated by a blue A…

5G, coronavirus and contagious superstition

theguardian.com - There have not been too many encouraging graph lines in recent weeks. One that does offer a breath of optimism, however, is the slight downward curve that implies one of the most toxic trends of our …

'We did it to ourselves': scientist says intrusion into nature led to pandemic

theguardian.com - The vast illegal wildlife trade and humanity’s excessive intrusion into nature is to blame for the coronavirus pandemic, according to a leading US scientist who says “this is not nature’s revenge, we…

Coronavirus live news: Trump steps back from briefings as global deaths pass 200,000

theguardian.com - The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has reached 1,531 in Afghanistan as the number of transmission continued to surge in Kandahar amid an intensified war across the country, my colleague Akhtar Mo…

The pandemic at sea: How cruise ships exposed thousands on board and helped spread the virus around the world

washingtonpost.com - Photo by Sandy Huffaker for The Washington Post Politics The pandemic at sea The cruise industry’s decision to keep sailing for weeks after the coronavirus was first detected on a ship helped carry t…

France registers 369 more COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours

news.yahoo.com - People gather on a residence rooftop in Paris on April 24 while the country remains under lockdown to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic (AFP Photo/JOEL SAGET) Paris (AFP) - France reported 369…

As they rushed to maintain U.S. meat supply, big processors saw plants become covid-19 hot spots, worker illnesses spike

washingtonpost.com - Relatives of Saul Sanchez attend his burial in Greeley, Colo., on April 15. The employee of a JBS USA meat packing plant died of coronavirus disease. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters) By Taylor Telford and clos…

Opinion | Injections of Bleach? Beams of Light? Trump Is Self-Destructing Before Our Eyes

nytimes.com - Not a day goes by without several friends — Republicans as well as Democrats — saying that to me. It’s the blunt coda to a b

North Pole may be clear water by mid-century | Climate News Network

climatenewsnetwork.net - This story is a part of Covering Climate Now’s week of coverage focused on Climate Solutions, to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Covering Climate Now is a global journalism collaboration comm…

Study: 71 percent of jobless Americans did not receive their March unemployment benefits

vox.com - The majority of unemployed Americans did not receive unemployment benefits in March — a month that shattered US records for job loss claims — according to a new study. The Pew Research Center has fou…

Let's Stop Pretending Billionaires Are in the Same Boat As Us During This Pandemic

portside.org - In this pandemic, we are unfortunately not in the same boat. Most Americans don’t even have a canoe. But some billionaires have taken to the high seas in their yachts – literally – to ride out the pa…

Here's why you can't find frozen fries, while U.S. farmers are sitting on tons of potatoes

finance.yahoo.com - (Reuters) - Shopper Lexie Mayewski is having a hard time finding frozen french fries in Washington, D.C.-area supermarkets in the wake of coronavirus-fueled stockpiling. On the other side of the coun…

Covid-19 exposes a fragile food system, and the power of immigrants

qz.com - The monolithic global food system is a feat of humanity. The world has built for itself an interconnected system that can supply dragonfruit from South America to cities as rural and far-flung as Lan…

A Russian Lawyer Involved In A US Prosecution Mysteriously Plunged From His Apartment Window

buzzfeednews.com - The Russian authorities claimed Magnitsky died of heart failure and enacted a smear campaign against him, saying he and Browder had stolen the $230 million themselves. However, it was later revealed …

Hotel conglomerate owned by a Trump mega-donor that scooped up the most coronavirus bailout loans says it has no plans to return the money

businessinsider.com - A conglomerate controlled by Dallas billionaire Monty Bennett, whose hotel chain is the single largest recipient of funds from the small business bailout program, announced Saturday that it doesn't p…

Intercepted Podcast: Coronavirus and the Right's Bumbling Messiah

theintercept.com - Donald J. Trump: Now with that, I have a couple of interesting — we have a few clips that we’re just going to put up. We could turn the lights a little bit lower. I think you’ll find them interesting…

Deaths and desperation mount in Ecuador, epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in Latin America

theconversation.com - Dead bodies are lying at home and in the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador, a city so hard-hit by coronavirus that overfilled hospitals are turning away even very ill patients and funeral homes are unava…

The MH17 Trial Part 1: New Material From The Four Defendants - bellingcat

bellingcat.com - As Dutch prosecutors at The Hague court read out their case against four individuals — Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko and Russian citizens Oleg Pulatov, Sergey Dubinsky, and Igor Girkin — being …

Coronavirus Cases Are Spiking In Places Where Trump Supporters Protested Stay-At-Home Orders

politicususa.com - While there is some light at the end of the tunnel in states where strict stay-at-home measures have been implemented, there has been an apparent rise in coronavirus cases in places where Donald Trum…

Mass graves for coronavirus victims shouldn't come as a shock – it's how the poor have been buried for centuries

theconversation.com - The coronavirus is not only controlling how we live, but increasingly what happens after we die. In early April, New York City’s Council Health Committee chair Mark Levine generated buzz after tweeti…

Most years, the Postal Service is a moneymaker

intrepidreport.com - One public service that people really like and count on is the post office, which literally delivers for us. Anti-government ideologues and privatization dogmatists, however, hate the very word “publ…

Trump's Self-Serving Immigration Ban

dcreport.org - Donald Trump’s new ban on new immigration is designed to make sure he can continue to hire foreign workers a

Trump’s death march to November: If they’re not his voters, let ’em die

rawstory.com - If you listen to Donald Trump, before him there was nothing. According to Trump, before he was elected, the United States military, which was fighting wars in two countries, confronting foreign navie…

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Doomstead Diner Daily 4/27
« Reply #749 on: April 27, 2020, 06:25:30 am »

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Coronavirus pandemic 'will cause famine of biblical proportions'

theguardian.com - The world is facing widespread famine “of biblical proportions” because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chief of the UN’s food relief agency has warned, with a short time to act before hundreds of m…

Social distancing could last months, White House coronavirus coordinator says

washingtonpost.com - Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks at a news briefing at the White House on Thursday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) By Felicia Sonmez, close Felicia Sonmez Nati…

Some countries and US states move to ease virus lockdowns

apnews.com - WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some countries and U.S. states are starting to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions and focus on fixing their battered economies. In Spain, the streets echoed again w…

Many failures combined to unleash death on Italy's Lombardy

apnews.com - ROME (AP) — As Italy prepares to emerge from the West’s first and most extensive coronavirus lockdown, it is increasingly clear that something went terribly wrong in Lombardy, the hardest-hit region …

Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson returns to work as New Zealand says it has 'avoided the worst'

theguardian.com - Germany’s economy minister has urged the country’s 16 federal states to go slowly in lifting coronavirus restrictions to avoid the outbreak spreading further and being forced to backtrack later, Reut…

Trump Is Building a Dystopia in Real Time

theatlantic.com - Yesterday, as part of the White House briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, William Bryan, the undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, shared preliminary gov…

USDA let millions of pounds of food rot while food-bank demand soared

politico.com - Tom Vilsack, who served as agriculture secretary during the Obama administration, put it this way: “It’s not a lack of food, it’s that the food is in one place and the demand is somewhere else and th…

Trump Is Making Cadets Return To

vanityfair.com - Campus life has been upended across the United States and West Point is no different, with cadets now home and its commencement speech, from President Donald Trump, postponed. That is, until Trump de…

Trump says briefings not worth his time after disinfectant gaffe

news.yahoo.com - Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that his daily coronavirus briefings were not worth his time, two days after sparking a furor by suggesting patients might be injected with …

The Trump Depression: 32,000,000 Unemployed Americans! | DCReport.org

dcreport.org - Here’s an awful truth our government will tell you but not for some weeks to come: as of today more than 20% of American workers are unemployed. That means more than 32 million Americans in the labor…

Back to school in China as lockdowns start to ease

news.yahoo.com - Children in China's two most important cities went back to school Monday after more than three months at home, as coronavirus restrictions eased and governments around the world began charting a path…

Did John Bolton Outfox Himself on His Own Tell-All Book?

newyorker.com - During the impeachment investigation, John Bolton, President Trump’s onetime national-security adviser, played a cagey game with Congress. He dropped hints suggesting that he knew a great deal about …

We Still Don’t Know How the Coronavirus Is Killing Us

nymag.com - We’re committed to keeping our readers informed. We’ve removed our paywall from essential coronavirus news stories. Become a subscriber to support our journalists. Subscribe now. Over the last few we…

The Malaysia Scandal Is Starting to Look Dire for Goldman Sachs

rollingstone.com - Goldman Sachs, which has survived and thrived despite countless scandals over the years, may have finally stepped in a pile of trouble too deep to escape. There’s even a Donald Trump angle to this la…

Analysis | McConnell’s rejection of federal aid for states risks causing a depression, analysts say

washingtonpost.com - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks with reporters after the Senate approved a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid bill on April 21 in Washington. (Patrick Semansky/AP) By Robert Mc…

Why do reporters put up with Trump's daily attacks? - CNN Video

cnn.com - Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: Copyright 2018 Mornings…

Identifying FSB's Elusive "Elbrus": From MH17 To Assassinations In Europe - bellingcat

bellingcat.com - On 14 April 2020, Ukraine’s security service (SBU) announced the arrest of Lt. General Valeriy Shaytanov, deputy chief of the SBU’s own anti-terrorist division who had played a prominent role in nego…

Donald Trump wimps out of press briefing for the second day in a row

rawstory.com - … then let us make a small request. The COVID crisis has cut advertising rates in half, and we need your help. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism. Raw Story…

Looks Like Mitch McConnell Is Finally On The Verge Of A Self-Created Downfall

deepleftfield.info - Mitch McConnell made a Faustian bargain when Donald Trump was elected: In exchange for Trump nominating ultraconservative federal judges (some of whom were not even qualified to serve on the bench), …

Diary of Samuel Pepys shows how life under the bubonic plague mirrored today's pandemic

theconversation.com - In early April, writer Jen Miller urged New York Times readers to start a coronavirus diary. “Who knows,” she wrote, “maybe one day your diary will provide a valuable window into this period.” During…

Warmest Oceans on Record Adds to Hurricanes, Wildfires Risks

bloomberg.com - The world’s seas are simmering, with record high temperatures spurring worry among forecasters that the global warming effect may generate a chaotic year of extreme weather ahead. Parts of the Atlant…

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