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APRIL 1 THROUGH 12

WEEKEND OF APRIL 10-12, 2020

'No One Independent Is Watching': Lack of Oversight Fuels Fears of Trump Effort to Corrupt Coronavirus Relief. ... "Clearly he's planning to corrupt the $2 trillion in spending Congress just approved, whether it's by steering the money to political favorites, negotiating more favorable terms with certain parties or punishing his enemies with a failure to provide aid." CommonDreams

USPS warns it might have to shutter by June as $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package provides no funding. Fortune

Suspending the Campaign, Not the Movement: Sanders Pulls Out of 2020 Race But Will Stay on Ballot. DemocracyNow Related: Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders Campaign Didn’t Fail. It Energized Millions & Shifted U.S. Politics. DemocracyNow/Chomsky

Trump Confronts a New Reality Before an Expected Wave of Disease and Death. ... Under the best-case scenario presented on Tuesday, more Americans will die from the coronavirus in the weeks and months to come than died in the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined. NYT

Americans Will Get Stimulus Paychecks Soon. Undocumented Workers Get Nothing. ... The government left out some of the most vulnerable workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. HuffPost

Trump Doubles Down on Plan to Slash Crucial Funding for Social Security. TruthOut

Biden Says He ‘Doesn’t Have Enough Information’ on Iran to Have a Vew. How Odd, He Negotiated the Nuclear Deal. CounterPunch

Pharma-Funded Group Tied to a Top Trump Donor Is Promoting Malaria Drug to the President. ... Founded by one of Trump's top donors, the Job Creators Network has been pushing Trump to approve the use of hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19. Sludge

Coronavirus Is Exposing How Foreign Crusades Bled America’s Domestic Resources Dry. Intercept


VOTING ISSUES

WASHINGTON — A showdown is taking shape in Congress over how far Washington should go in expanding voting access to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, with Democrats pressing to add new options for voters and President Trump and Republicans resisting changes they say could harm their election prospects in November. NYT

When “Moderate” Democrats Lead the Ticket and Win, Down-Ballot Candidates Soon Suffer Losses. CounterPunch

Yes, Wisconsin Republicans used the pandemic to stop people from voting. ... Residents had to choose between voting or protecting their health – proving Wisconsin has turned into a vanguard of the Republican assault on democracy Guardian

"It's Corrupt... I'm Allowed To": After Admitting He Cast Ballot by Mail, Trump Launches Bizarre Attack on Mail-In Voting.... "Trump's baseless attacks on vote-by-mail are a pathetic attempt to suppress the vote in the middle of a national crisis." CommonDreams

ournalist on Wisconsin Election: Republicans Are Letting People Die in Order to Hang On to Power. DemocracyNow

Montana Ballot Access Decision Suppresses Green Party Voters. CounterPunch

SCOTUS Just Set the Stage for Republicans to Steal the Election. ... In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court blocked Wisconsin from extending the absentee voting deadline, disenfranchising thousands and creating a terrible precedent. The Nation

After Coronavirus, Let’s Never Forget: Republicans Recklessly Put Our Lives in Danger. Intercept

"BernieSanders may not appear on the ballot in November, but the last four years have made it clear that his radical socialist ideas will be. We must continue our fight against the radical left and keep America a place of freedom, hope, and individual liberty." Texted from the family private jet by HIgh-Roller Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), poster girl for Capitalism, committed insider trading.

Bill O’Reilly says Covid-19 victims ‘were on last legs anyway’. Controversial former-Fox News host Billy O’Reilly said that criticism of his remarks was ‘left-wing propaganda’

BLM Timber Sale Increases Fire Risk, Reduces Climate Resilience and Harms Recreation. CounterPunch

Thousands of Android Apps Are Silently Accessing Your Data. ... More than 4,000 Google Play apps let developers and advertisers collect a list of the user's other installed apps, no permission needed. Wired

As Coronavirus Looms in Federal Detention, People Inside Are Being Denied Constitutional Right to Speak With Lawyers. Intercept

'I have the cure': slew of US scammers seek to capitalize on coronavirus fears. ... Police are going undercover to find fraudsters as officials receive thousand of complaints about coronavirus scams. Guardian

On JFK, Tulsi Gabbard Keeps Very Respectable Company. CounterPunch


WEEKEND APRIL 10-12, 2020 -
COVID-19 NEWS

How To Make A Coronavirus Face Mask Out Of A T-Shirt. HuffPost/CDC

No masks, no ventilators, no tests, no hospital beds, but, hell, man, we’ve got this: Raytheon has secured a new $146.08 million firm-fixed-price contract for the Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2/2A Guided Missile Round Pack and spare replacement parts for the US Navy. Ain’t America great?

Oversight Panel: Trump Admin. Didn’t Distribute Stockpile Supplies Based On States’ Needs. ... Trump health officials said that 3.5 billion N95 masks were needed to respond to this epidemic but only .33% of that number was distributed to states. HuffPost

Face masks cannot stop healthy people getting Covid-19, says WHO. ... Organisation’s evidence review shows wearing mask outside does not prevent infection. Guardian Related: Trump threatens to hold WHO funding, then backtracks, amid search for scapegoat. ... Trump's early inaction in pandemic has come under renewed scrutiny in recent days as coronavirus death toll grows. Guardian

Coronavirus: Nurse suspended for buying protective gear for co-workers with money from GoFundMe campaign. ... Olga Matievskaya disciplined for "distributing unauthorised medical supplies", hospital says. Independent

'We Can't Wait': Congress Urged to Open Medicare to Every Uninsured Laid-Off Worker. ..."Millions of workers and their families have been stripped of health insurance during a pandemic. Inaction is not an option." CommonDreams

As Coronavirus Spread, Financial Services Contractor Told Warehouse Workers They Aren’t Allowed to Get Sick. Intercept

CDC Removes Unusual Guidance From Website About Drugs Touted By Trump. ... The agency had posted information -- based on unattributed anecdotes -- for doctors on how to prescribe hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for COVID-19. HuffPost

At least 5 countries — including a small Caribbean island — are accusing the US of blocking or taking medical equipment they need to fight the coronavirus. Business Insider

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APRIL 9, 2020

Bernie Sanders Drops Out Of Presidential Race, Ceding Nomination To Biden. ... The senator had a series of poor showings in Democratic primaries around the country, ending hopes for a progressive challenger to President Donald Trump. HuffPost

Beyond Words. ... Yesterday Mark Sommers QC, the extremely erudite and bookish second counsel for Julian Assange in his extradition hearing, trembled with anger in court. Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser had just made a ruling that the names of Julian Assange’s partner and young children could be published, which she stated was in the interests of “open justice”. Craig Murray

Scathing Supercut Hails The Fox News Hosts, Republicans Who Are ‘Heroes Of The Pandumbic’ ... Donald Trump takes center stage in “The Daily Show” montage of conservatives who for weeks dismissed the threat of the coronavirus. HuffPost

The Declaration of Arbroath, and the Way Forward Now - Scottish Independence Movement. Craig Murray

Wall Street Wins, Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus. CounterPunch

Resetting the Bomb... Another era of debt-fueled profiteering is ending with a bailout. How we’re institutionalizing the unfairness economy. Substack/Taibbi  Related: Series of articles by Taibbi

Trump Call for Permanent Payroll Tax Cut Is 'Code for Gutting Social Security's Dedicated Funding,' Say Critics. "Nothing to do with helping workers and everything to do with undermining Social Security. CommonDreams

What Pandemic? Trump, Mitch McConnell Still Eager To Confirm More Judges. ... They’re ready to fill a seat on the nation’s second-most powerful court with a 37-year-old man rated “not qualified” to be a judge. HuffPost

WAR NEWS

Southcom boosts US military presence in Latin America, citing China, Russia ‘threats’. Southern Command is ramping up the US military presence in Latin America to counter China, Russia, and Venezuela, after signing a historic military agreement incorporating Bolsonaro’s Brazil into its imperial orbit. Gray Zone

The $15 Million Bounty On Maduro Is One More Attempt To Unseat Him. TRN

As the World Economy Grinds to a Halt, the U.S. War Machine Churns On. ... On April 1, a U.S. Navy official told reporters that he will protect the profit margins of defense contractors by accelerating contract awards during the COVID-19 crisis. Weapons manufacturers get a life raft while the rest of us drown. In These Times

Trump Sends Gun Boats to Venezuela While the World Partners to Fight a Deadly Pandemic. CounterPunch

The Charade of Trump’s “Deal of the Century”.... Earlier this year, Trump presented his so-called peace plan for the Middle East, a travesty of a scheme that seeks to rubber-stamp Israeli land grabs and shatter the project of Palestinian sovereignty. Jacobin

Is Building Missiles ‘Essential’? The U.S. Government Thinks So. ... Some workers in the defense industry question why they’re required to stay on the job, and many are worried about safety. In These Times

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Amid Critical Supply Shortage, FEMA Is Spending Millions to Protect Trump Properties. Intercept

Donald Trump, Capitalism, and Letting Them Die. CounterPunch

Industry Groups Ask California To Delay Pollution Rules, Citing Pandemic. ... Critics say the requests to delay air pollution rules are the equivalent of “wartime profiteering.” HuffPost

Why Jared Kushner could be the most dangerous man in the US. ... The president’s son-in-law has spent his life failing upwards. Now his position of authority on the Covid-19 task force poses a serious threat to the world. Guardian

THURSDAY APRIL 9, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

Coronavirus US live: Trump reportedly knew pandemic was likely in January. Guardian

'We Can't Wait': Congress Urged to Open Medicare to Every Uninsured Laid-Off Worker. ... "Millions of workers and their families have been stripped of health insurance during a pandemic. Inaction is not an option." CommonDreams

Trump Endangers Lives by Feuding With Governors and Withholding Health Insurance. TruthOut

Trump blocks Fauci from answering question about drug Trump is touting. SFGate

Trump Endangers Lives by Feuding With Governors and Withholding Health Insurance. TruthOut

Food Safety Groups Warn of Looming Zoonotic Pandemic, Blast USDA's New Slaughter Plant Regulation. ... "Self-regulation when it comes to animal movement, slaughter, and meat inspection is bad news." CommonDreams

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APRIL 8, 2020

Trump’s 7 Pro-Contagion Reversals Increase the Coronavirus Toll. CounterPunch/Nader

Coronavirus Hasn’t Stopped Jared Kushner’s Real Estate Empire from Hounding Tenants with Debt Collection, Eviction Lawsuits. Intercept

As Virus Spreads in Philippines, So Does Authoritarianism: Duterte Threatens Violence Amid Lockdown. DemocracyNow

COVID-19 and the Failures of Capitalism. CounterPunch  Related: Capitalism in America Has Dropped the Mask: Its Face is Cruel and Selfish. CounterPunch

FBI Opened Terrorism Investigations Into Nonviolent Palestinian Solidarity Group, Documents Reveal. Intercept

To Donald Trump, coronavirus is just one more chance for a power grab. ... Chaos in response to Covid-19 is no surprise. Nor is the unscrupulous operators’ pursuit of profit and political advantage. Guardian

Amid Critical Supply Shortage, FEMA Is Spending Millions to Protect Trump Properties. ... every year since 2017, Congress has directed FEMA to set aside $41M of its budget to offset the extraordinary costs of providing security for Trump’s properties. The “Presidential Residence Assistant Protection Grants” were most recently funded by Congress in an appropriations package in December. Intercept

Trump 'decapitating' intelligence leadership amid coronavirus crisis. ... President says someone should ‘sue the ass off’ whistleblower whose complaint fired official relayed. Guardian

Trump Is Preparing the Ground for a Totalitarian Dictatorship. TruthOut

CORPORATE  WELFARE  BAILOUT

Before the Coronavirus Relief Act was even inked and signed, corporations were already getting a $10 Trillion dollar bailout from the Federal Reserve. This was reported on March 23, 2020, when the Fed was already engaged in, had been for weeks, buying up corporate junk bonds....to stabilize the stock market. The Federal Reserve Moves to Buy Corporate Debt. Forbes

President Trump sidelines watchdog who was to oversee $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus spending. Chicago Tribune - NBC - CBS - MSN

Note that BBB graded bonds are near the bottom of what are considered junk bonds. In fact, many of these BBB graded bonds, couldn't even qualify as investment grade upon close examination ... and yet the Fed was hurrying, scurrying, to buy them up ... and prop up the stock market. Fidelity

‘These Devices Making the Super-Wealthy Super-Wealthier Will Have to Come Apart’ ... interview with David Cay Johnston on the 2008 bailout. FAIR

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Exposing the Plague of Neoliberalism. TruthOut

Bill Gates’s Philanthropic Giving Is a Racket. ... It’s a perfect time to remember: billionaire-funded philanthropy is a public-relations scam. Jacobin

Oil and Gas Pipelines Are Still Being Built as the Rest of the Economy Shuts Down. TruthOut

As temperatures rise, Arizona sinks. ... Climate change and unregulated wells are depleting the West’s groundwater reserves.  HCN

WEDNESDAY APRIL 8, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

New York is paying enormous markups for vital supplies (as much as 15 times the normal prices in some cases), including almost $250,000 for an X-ray machine. Laws against price gouging usually don’t apply…

Trump Endangers Lives by Feuding With Governors and Withholding Health Insurance. TruthOut

Coronavirus government response updates: White House warns of dire two weeks ahead; Trump, Navarro promote unproven drug. ... Trump and his task force told parts of the nation to prepare for peak deaths. ABC News  Related: Fauci throws cold water on Trump's declaration that malaria drug chloroquine is a 'game changer'. .. Fauci says chloroquine hasn't been studied on coronavirus. ABC News

'Dry-Rotted' Supplies and 'Severe' Shortages: HHS Inspector General Report Offers Grim Look at US Coronavirus Response. ... "It is unprecedented," HHS assistant inspector general Ann Maxwell said of the dire conditions at U.S. hospitals. CommonDreams

'I'm a social scientist': Trump's trade adviser claims he's qualified to refute Anthony Fauci's coronavirus advice. ... Peter Navarro reportedly spars with top White House health official over controversial drug that president claims can successfully treat Covid-19 patients. Independent

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APRIL 7, 2020

US far right seeks ways to exploit coronavirus and cause social collapse. ... ‘Accelerationist’ groups aim to sow chaos to hasten the collapse of society and build a white supremacist one in its place. Guardian  Related: (March 19th) Disinformation and blame: how America's far right is capitalizing on coronavirus. ... The pandemic, a situation in which people are panic-buying supplies, is ideal for a movement powered by fear and lies. Guardian

The Democratic Party Must Harness the Legitimate Rage of Americans. Otherwise, the Right Will Use It With Horrifying Results. Intercept

Ex UN anti-narcotics chief & mob expert says US Treasury running ‘mafia racket’ against Venezuela. ... Pino Arlacchi, the former Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Prevention, says US is behaving like an organized crime unit in its treatment of Venezuela. Gray Zone

Corporate Media Ignore International Cooperation as Shortcut to Coronavirus Vaccine. FAIR

Trump campaign declares war on Dems over voting rules for November. ... With coronavirus injecting enormous doubt into voter turnout, it’s a sleeper issue that both parties say could sway the election.  ... The Trump campaign and RNC are actively engaged in litigation in Wisconsin, where the parties are at loggerheads over an array of issues including voter identification, and in New Mexico, where the battle involves vote-by-mail. Politico

NYPD’s Aggressive Policing Risks Spreading the Coronavirus. ... cops arrested 3 people in Brooklyn over the weekend after they allegedly “failed to maintain social distancing,”... The 3 were put in a cell with 25 other people ... despite city officials promising that those disregarding the lockdown would face fines at mosr Intercept

Hannity Threatens to Sue Media Outlets for Criticizing Fox’s COVID-19 Coverage. TruthOut

Zoom’s Encryption Is “Not Suited for Secrets” and Has Surprising Links To China, Researchers Discover.  Intercept

Oil industry Exploits Pandemic as Excuse to Dodge Federal Regulations, Fees  CounterPunch

Trump praises Pence for skillfully dodging reporter's question.  Washington Examiner

Trump’s Chernobyl Moment: the US May Lose Its Status as World Superpower and Not Recover. CounterPunch

TUESDAY APRIL 7, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

Trump Still Pushing Malaria Drug As Fauci Says No ‘Strong’ Evidence It Treats Coronavirus. ... “I’m not acting as a doctor,” the president, contradicting doctors, said from the White House on Sunday. HuffPost Related: 'A Really Chilling Moment': Trump Refuses to Allow Dr. Fauci to Answer Question on Dangers of Hydroxychloroquine. ... "This is unacceptable. Dr. Fauci, one of the world's top infectious disease scientists, was just censored live at a White House press conference." CommonDreams

US Government's Handling of Coronavirus Crisis Has Led to Severe Undercounting of Deaths, Public Health Officials Say. ... "Data erasure and the manufacture of mass confusion have already CommonDreams

As U.S. Reels from COVID-19, Trump Backs Gilead’s Exclusive Patent on Treatment & Suspends EPA Rules. DemocracyNow

Dr. Fauci Warned In 2017 Of ‘Surprise Outbreak’ During Trump Administration. ... “There is no question that there will be a challenge to the coming administration in the arena of infectious diseases,” he said. Guardian

US Government's Handling of Coronavirus Crisis Has Likely Led to Severe Undercounting of Deaths, Public Health Officials Say. ... "Data erasure and the manufacture of mass confusion have already begun." CommonDreams

Jared Kushner and his shadow corona unit: what is Trump's son-in-law up to? ... Jared Kushner has become a key gatekeeper for help tackling Covid-19 and that’s a big problem, critics say. Guardian

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APRIL 6, 2020

The Daily Social Distancing Show - YouTube

The Democratic Party Must Harness the Legitimate Rage of Americans. Otherwise, the Right Will Use It With Horrifying Results. Intercept

'This Is Despicable': Not Even COVID-19 Pandemic Can Halt Trump's Right-Wing Takeover of Federal Courts. ... Critics warn the president's latest nominees for lifetime appellate court positions are both committed to the "deadly agenda" of overturning the entire Affordable Care Act. CommonDreams

How to weigh an allegation of assault against Joe Biden. ... Democrats who thought Brett Kavanaugh should not be on the Supreme Court are ignoring Mr Biden’s accuser.  Economist

“I Have a Plan So That We Can Remain Anonymous But Have Maximum Effect”.  Craig Murray 
Download article
 Update: Who Paid Dani Garavelli? Craig Murray

Silver Linings Amidst the Capitalist Coronavirus Crisis. CounterPunch/Street

New England Patriots Jet Brings 1.2 Million N95 Masks From China. ... “Those of us who are fortunate to make a difference have a significant responsibility to do so,” team owner Robert Kraft said. HuffPost

Andrew Cuomo Uses Budget To Cut Medicaid, Settle Political Scores. ... The New York governor’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has made him a star, but progressives say the new state budget shows his true colors. HuffPost

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy. BBC (2014) Download the report

Georgia GOP Leader: More Absentee Voting Will Help Turnout, Be ‘Devastating To Republicans’. ... “The president said it best ? this will be extremely devastating to Republicans and conservatives in Georgia,” said state House Speaker David Ralston.  HuffPost

We Are Facing a Resurgence of Sexually Transmitted Infections Amid the Pandemic. TruthOut

Trump’s Chernobyl Moment: the US May Lose Its Status as World Superpower and Not Recover. CounterPunch

'Moving to Rob Us Blind in Broad Daylight'? Trump to Hold In-Person Meeting With Big Oil CEOs to Discuss Coronavirus Relief "Right now money is needed for people's health, direct relief, and making sure we have a resilient future—not bolstering the fossil fuel industry." CommonDreams

MONDAY APRIL 6, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission.  CDC

Jared Kushner Ripped For Saying ‘Our Stockpile’ Isn’t Meant For States To Use. ... “The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states’ stockpiles that they then use. HuffPost

Protect Immigrant Communities: Fear Mounts of Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak in US Border Camps, ICE Jails  DemocracyNow

Dr. Fauci: ‘I Don’t Understand’ Why The Entire Country Isn’t Under Stay-At-Home Orders. ... “We really should be,” the nation’s top infectious disease expert told CNN. HuffPost

Report: Federal Agencies Didn’t Bulk Order Coronavirus Protection Equipment Until March. ... An AP report found agencies responding to the coronavirus pandemic waited far too late to bulk order essential medical equipment for health professionals. HuffPost

Avenger Planet: Is the COVID-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?  CounterPunch  

Behind the scenes, Kushner takes charge of coronavirus response. ... Trump’s son-in-law sets up shop at FEMA as his portfolio balloons to include manufacturing, supplies and long-term planning. Politico

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WEEKEND OF APRIL 3-5, 2020

All the President’s Lies About the Coronavirus. ... An unfinished compendium of Trump’s overwhelming dishonesty during a national emergency.  The Atlantic

Coronavirus: Fearing 'losing ground' to drug cartels during pandemic, Trump sends in military. .. White House announcement of new war on drugs comes out of the blue one day after president said 100,000 deaths likely.  Independent

As Trump Lobs Threats and Deploys Missiles, Iran Condemns 'Warmongering During Coronavirus Outbreak'  CommonDreams

Trump Throws Up 'Outrageous' Roadblock for Seniors, People With Disabilities in Need of $1,200 Checks.  CommonDreams

This is how Trump steals the election
It's time to talk about this. Now, before Trump or anyone else attempts to pull an October -- or November -- surprise  Salon

Team Trump Tried to Bully the ICC Into Dropping War Crimes Probe But Failed.  TruthOut  Related: US Drone Assassinations Continue Despite German Effort to Restrict Them. TruthOut

VENEZUELA UPDATE

3/31/20 - Beyond Chutzpah: US Charges Venezuela With Nacro-Terrorism. CounterPunch

3/31/20 - US ignores calls to suspend Venezuela and Iran sanctions amid coronavirus pandemic. ... Spread of coronavirus has not slowed drumbeat of successive layers of punitive measures imposed by the state department. Guardian

4/1/20 - US Demands Venequela Surrender. Pompeo’s ‘transition’ plan tells Venezuela to suffer into submission Declaring that “Nicolas Maduro will never again govern Venezuela,” Mike Pompeo unveils a so-called “transition” plan that tells Venezuelans to submit or starve.
Gray Zone

Trump Sent 17.8 Tons Of US Supplies To China Then Blames Obama For PPE Shortage. ... Trump is blaming Obama for lack of Personal Protective Equipment to combat the coronavirus, but his administration sent tons of vital US supplies to China. Politicus USA

Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism. TruthOut

'Fanatical Cruelty': As Pandemic Rages, Trump Refuses to Reopen Affordable Care Act Enrollment to Help Uninsured. ... "This isn't just an outrageous decision, but it's also a deadly one." CommonDreams

Some People Could Have Trouble Getting Their Coronavirus Rebate Payments. ... Most people are eligible for benefits, but not without filing a tax return first. HuffPost

Land-grab universities. ... Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system.  HCN  

WEEKEND APRIL 1-3, 2020 COVID-19 NEWS

Number of people with no health insurance:
South Korea: 0   Canada: 0   Taiwan: 0  
Japan: 0   Germany: 0  Singapore: 0   
U.S.A. 30,000,000

Trump economists published a study September 2019 -- "Mitigating the Impact of Pandemic Influenza through Vaccine Innovation Download" -- warned of a pandemic disease that could kill a half million Americans and devastate the economy. Download Report

US pushes conspiracy theory on China’s coronavirus death toll to deflect from Trump administration failures. ... A widely disseminated and highly dubious story asserting China concealed tens of thousands of deaths originated from a US government propaganda outlet and a veteran member of a right-wing anti-China cult.  Gray Zone

Exclusive: The Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming.... The Pentagon warned the White House about a shortage of ventilators, face masks, and hospital beds in 2017—but the Trump administration did nothing. The Nation

Key Medical Supplies Were Shipped From U.S. Manufacturers to Foreign Buyers, Records Show.  Intercept

Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism.  TruthOut

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APRIL 2, 2020

How It Starts. ... a recognised pattern for dictatorship to commence with emergency measures designed to combat a threat. Those emergency measures then become normalised and people exercising arbitrary power find it addictive. A new threat is then found to justify the continuation. Craig Murray

What’s the Hang Up on Releasing Adult Lobos? CounterPunch

Trump says Republicans would ‘never’ be elected again if it was easier to vote . ... President dismissed Democratic-led push for voter reforms amid coronavirus pandemic during Fox & Friends appearance.  Guardian

Trump Moves Forward On Biggest Environmental Rollback To Date Amid Pandemic Chaos. ... The administration unveiled its final rule to gut Obama-era auto emissions standards as the COVID-19 pandemic rages.  HuffPost  

Beyond Chutzpah: US Charges Venezuela With Nacro-Terrorism. CounterPunch

As Coronavirus Spreads, Poll Shows Nearly 60% in US Believe Political System Designed Solely to Serve Rich and Powerful. ... The survey was taken as Congress debated a $4.5 trillion corporate bailout amid the coronavirus pandemic. CommondDreams

Huge medical staffing company just slashed benefits for doctors and nurses battling COVID-19 outbreak. RawStory

Religious extremists are making the coronavirus pandemic even worse. ... Whether in the Iranian shrine city of Qom or the Bible Belt of the United States, the zealots are even claiming they hold the cure to the pandemic. Independent

Right-Wing Media Joined Trump in Enabling Health Disaster.  FAIR

Revealed: Monsanto predicted crop system would damage US farms   Guardian

'Pandemics Know No Borders': Democrats Call on Trump Admin to Suspend Sanctions on Iran During Coronavirus Outbreak.  Related: "We need to cancel all economic sanctions during this crisis." CommonDreams

What’s The Best Way To Boost The Economy In A Pandemic? ... As Congress debates a $1.8 trillion stimulus package, we ask what would benefit ordinary people most: a cash payment for everyone, targeted assistance for those who lose their jobs, or corporate bailouts?  T RN  

The Only Oxygen Cylinder Factory in Europe is Shut down and Macron Refuses to Nationalize It.  CounterPunch  

Trump and His Allies Have Decided to Preserve Capitalism at Any Cost.  TruthOut  

LEE CAMP: An Idea We Take For Granted Has Made The Outbreak Much Worse. ... This pandemic has been made worse and continues to be made worse by toxic nationalism, ironic considering the virus truly doesn’t give a shit about our borders. Consortium News  

APRIL 2, 2020 COVID-19 NEWS

April 1 Coronavirus Global News Roundup
DemocracyNow

How Trump Is Going to Get Away With a Pandemic. ... There are lots of ways for the Trump administration to cook the data to hide the extent of the coronavirus outbreak—in fact, it already is doing so.  The Nation

Our nativist freakout about China hides the real origin of the coronavirus. It’s political, global, and made in the USA. ... We’re facing something that’s more difficult than a medical emergency. We’re facing a political fight against the most powerful corporations in the world. Gray Zone

There Are 67,000 Pharmacies In The U.S. Only 5 Are Testing For The Coronavirus. ... The promise of testing for the coronavirus at local pharmacies, which Trump implied was at hand on a large scale, remains unrealized.  HuffPost

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APRIL 1, 2020

Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications. ...The finding by Inspector General Michael Horowitz came after an earlier inquiry found numerous errors in court submissions seeking surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser.
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TRUMP ON DISPLAY

Views of Trump's conduct. Few American Express Positive Views of Trump's Conduct in Office. ... Republicans largely agree with Trump on issues, but only about a third say they like his personal conduct...By Pew Research. Download report

This is Trump's Daily show. ... If you haven't watched Trump's daily show, here's how it works. Sometime around 5:30, when the normal American workday used to end, the president dramatically enters the briefing room, flanked by a rotating posse of career politicians and government experts. WaPo Download

Trump made us No. 1 -- in the spread of a deadly disease. ... We are only at the beginning of the deadly pandemic that President Trump once promised would "completely disappear."  WaPo Download

A bogus bump; Presidential approval ratings. ... Why Donald Trump's high ratings may be misleading.  The Economist download  

J’Accuse. ... A 22 person team from Police Scotland worked for over a year identifying and interviewing almost 400 hoped-for complainants and witnesses against Alex Salmond. This resulted in nil charges and nil witnesses. Nil. Craig Murray   Update: Daily Record Investigates My Home and Finances.  Craig Murray

DOJ Using Pandemic to Give Corporate Agriculture A Fast-Track to Lethal Mega-Mergers. ... Instead of prioritizing predatory agribusiness, agencies must block consolidation to safeguard struggling communities and small farmers.  CommonDreams

Say it ain't so, Joe

Joe Biden's Sexual Assault Accuser Wants To Be Able To Speak Out Without Fear of 'Powerful Men'.  NewsWeek    

“It Shattered My Life”: Former Joe Biden Staffer Tara Reade Says He Sexually Assaulted Her in 1993.  DemocracyNow  

Joe Biden Keeps Lying — But You Won’t Hear It From Liberal Media.  Jacobin

Undemocratic Elections Have Citizens Reinventing Self-Governance Worldwide.  TruthOut

'Poor Omen': Just 24% of Biden's Supporters 'Very Enthusiastic'—Less Than Half of Trump's 53%. ... "While Republican voters vote for what they believe, no matter how extreme, Democratic voters are perennially playing themselves, voting for what they think other people want."  CommonDreams  

Going After Maduro.  CounterPunch    Related: As the World Tackles the COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. Raises the Pressure on Venezuela. CounterPunch

The Deep State’s Demolition of Democracy.  CounterPunch

'American Oligarchs' Reveals How Trump, Kushner Families Learned To Work The System. NPR  

No greater love hath Trump than to lay down your life for his re-election. ... Only a once-in-a-century leader has the guts to say out loud what the worst among us are really thinking: everyone other than me is expendable. Guardian

The Pope is Wrong on Argentina.  CounterPunch  

Trump to Kneecap Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Standards, Hurtling Nation 'Toward a More Dangerous Climate'. ... "Of all the bad things President Trump has done to the environment, this is the worst."  CommonDreams  

APRIL 1, 2020 COVID-19 NEWS

1975 US Population was 216M with 1.465million hospital beds. In 2017 population 331M and 936,000 beds. The US has 2.8 beds per 1000 people, but S. Korea has 12.3.

Global Coronavirus News Roundup. (March 31)  DemocracyNow  

Many Texans have preexisting conditions that make them more susceptible to contracting COVID-19. This disease has not been directly linked to industrial toxins in our air and water. However, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Society, the American Cancer Society, and numerous other medical organizations and physicians line up behind the facts. The underlying conditions pervasive in our families and communities — asthma, cardio-pulmonary obstructive disorder, heart disease and various cancers that make people vulnerable — are linked to industrial pollution. Now, public health researchers point to a study done on SARS, a virus closely related to COVID-19, which found that people who breathed polluted air were about twice as likely to die from the infection. Houston Chronicle

Trump Hands Coronavirus Briefing To MyPillow Exec Who Tells Americans To Read Bible. ... The president again paraded corporate executives at the White House briefing meant to inform Americans about the COVID-19 pandemic. HuffPost

Fact check: will Covid-19 fade in the summer – then return later like the flu? ... Experts weigh in on whether coronavirus will dissipate during the summer and warn against letting up on physical distancing  Guardian

The US’s Wave of Hospital Closures Left Us Ill-Equipped for COVID-19.  Intercept

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APRIL 22, 2020

Journalists Promoted ISIS Coronavirus Propaganda. They Should Stop. Intercept

Small Restaurants Are Furious About a Loophole in the Stimulus Bill. They Should Be. MotherJones

The Stimulus Isn’t Enough. ... While the federal government is making big companies whole during the COVID-19 crisis, working families and small businesses will suffer. HuffPost

TO BIDEN OR NOT TO BIDEN

The Moral and Strategic Calculus of Voting for Joe Biden to Defeat Trump -- or Not. Intercept

Glenn Greenwald on Noam Chomsky Favouring Biden Over Trump & Voting for Lesser of Two Evils. Greenwald/Youtube

Joe Biden Is Not a Decent Man. ... Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee to face off against Donald Trump in the general election. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and many other so-called ‘progressives’ have endorsed him. Sanders has even gone so far as to call him a “decent man” -- but Joe Biden is anything but. Left Voice

Dear Joe Biden, Here’s Why You Should Pick Elizabeth Warren as Your Running Mate. Intercept

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Juan González: “Make No Mistake: This Country Is Edging Closer to Neo-Fascist Authoritarianism” DemocracyNow

(2017) U.S. Bombed Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia in 2016. ... The U.S. dropped an average of 72 bombs every day — the equivalent of three an hour — in 2016, according to an analysis of American strikes around the world. NBC

Reports Of Anti-Asian Attacks In NYC Have Skyrocketed Compared To This Time Last Year. ... Across the country, Asian Americans have reported being spat on, called racial slurs and physically assaulted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. HuffPost

'A New Roadblock': IRS Gives Social Security Recipients Until Wednesday to File for $500 Payments for Their Children. ... "It is impossible to tell from the outside if this latest outrage is the result of incompetence, mean-spiritedness, or both." CommonDreams

Trump is looking for a civil war. His followers are only too happy to oblige. ... The people who saw Trump's tweets about 'LIBERATING' Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia and went out to protest are the same people who voted against their own self-interests in 2016 — and they're going to have a rude awakening. Independent

US to have major floods on daily basis unless sea-level rise is curbed – study. ... New Orleans, Honolulu and Miami expected to be vulnerable
Research: advancing tides will ‘radically redefine the coastline’ Nature

'Heroes': Healthcare Workers Stand in Street to Block Right-Wing Protest Against Colorado Stay-at-Home Order. ... "When they're telling us not to contribute to what they're seeing in the hospital every day, listen."  CommonDreams

Essential or Expendable? Gig Workers at Instacart & Grocery Stores Demand Safety Gear & Hazard Pay. DemocracyNow

APRIL 22, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

More deaths, no benefit from malaria drug in VA virus study. ... here were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. AP News

'A Snapshot of a System In Breakdown': States Forced to Smuggle PPE Under the Nose of the Feds. ... "The federal covid response has entered a new phase of political sadism." CommonDreams

Environmental Destruction Brought Us COVID-19. What It Brings Next Could Be Far Worse. ... A virus that originated in animals has upended life across the globe. But the next deadly pandemic could make this look like “a warmup.” HuffPost

USDA's $19 Billion in COVID-19 Relief for Farmers and Food Banks Sparks Questions About Who Will Benefit. ... The new plan, says the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, "lacks critical details to confirm whether it will actually reach all who need it." CommonDreams

NYC Healthcare Workers Exposed to COVID19 Are Denied Testing. ... Healthcare workers face known hazards to their safety and their lives in the current pandemic. Even when exposed to patients known to have coronavirus, they are being denied testing and told to continue working as long as they are asymptomatic. Left Voice

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APRIL 21, 2020

If Trump fires Dr. Fauci and installs a Barr-like Toady, what ever will become of us? OpEd News

Senate Finance Committee Democrats Tried to Strike Millionaire Tax Break from Coronavirus Stimulus -- Then Failed to Warn Others About It. Intercept

There’s No Reason to Turn Airtime Over to Trump’s Deceptive Coronavirus Campaign Rallies. FAIR

Twitter Removes Privacy Option, and Shows Why We Need Strong Privacy Laws. EFF

UNABASHED U.S. TERRORISM CONTINUES

(2013) The JFK Assassination: Defending the Gangster State. Parenti

NYT Blames Maduro for Healthcare Horror, Downplays US Role. FAIR

Trump’s Beijing Problem: Starting a New Cold War. CounterPunch

Corporate media spreads fake news claiming Nicaraguan President Ortega is dead – then he gives a fiery speech condemning US militarism. ... International media outlets spent weeks falsely implying Nicaraguan President Ortega died of coronavirus … until he gave a televised speech defending socialized healthcare, calling for world peace, and criticizing US military spending and nuclear weapons. Gray Zone

Intensifying Sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, Trump Is Weaponizing Coronavirus. TruthOut

Corporate Media Cover for US Mob Threats Against Venezuela. ... The Trump administration unveiled on March 31 a “democratic transition” plan to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office, in favor of a “council of state” composed of both opposition and ruling party loyalists. FAIR

Exactly 18 Years After US Coup Against Venezuela, Pompeo and Abrams Warn Another is Coming. ... US regime change cheerleaders Mike Pompeo and Elliot Abrams warned Venezuela’s government not to resist the upcoming implementation of a “transitional government.” MintPress

COVID-19 Is Exposing the Violence of US Foreign Policy as Virus Spreads. ... As the entire world grapples with the most devastating pandemic of the modern era, the United States is pouring kerosene on the fire in Iran and Venezuela. The U.S. Government has maintained punishing sanctions against the people of Iran and Venezuela to engineer regime change. TruthOut

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COVID-19 Was a Trigger, But Capitalism Caused the Economic Crash. TruthOut

The Media Helped Elect Trump in 2016. Are They Doing It Again? Intercept

Wealthy Countries Must Step Up to Prevent Famine in Developing World, UN Says. ... "The level of need was already extremely high," one UN official said of vulnerable countries. "The one thing they did not need was one more shock." CommonDreams

Noam Chomsky: In Response to Coronavirus, “You Can Do Something”. ... Chomsky gives his thoughts on the pandemic, the depravities of capitalism, and the urgent need for a new era of solidarity and labor struggle. Jacobin

The Last Humans…Or Why ‘Revolutionaries’ Should Drop their Millenarianism and Support Survival International. ... and Julian Assange. CounterPunch

Trump Advances Climate Doom With Massive Fracking Expansion on Federal Lands in Colorado. ... The blueprint from the Bureau of Land Management threatens to derail the state's goal for slashing carbon emissions while furthering endangering wildlife and ecosystems. CommonDreams

‘Tremendous Victory’ For Wildlife: Federal Judge Invalidates Keystone XL Pipeline Permit. ... “There’s just no getting around the fact that Keystone XL would devastate communities, wildlife, and clean drinking water,” one group said. HuffPost

Jerk or Legit Sociopath: How to Tell When It’s More Than a Crappy Personality. Greatist

“It’s Time to Engage in as Much Class Struggle as We Can” ... The United Electrical workers’ union and the Democratic Socialists of America are teaming up to help nonunion workers organize during the coronavirus crisis. The goal: find workers who are already spoiling for a fight and help them win it. Jacobin

The Trickle-Up Bailout. ... It’s early days, but the Federal Reserve “bazooka” has mostly impacted the 1% Taibbi

APRIL 21, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

Hospital Exec’s Face Mask Story: Price Gouging, Disguised Trucks, U.S. Agents. ... Buying PPE for his Massachusetts hospital shows “the unfortunate reality we face in the time of COVID-19,” he wrote in The New England Journal of Medicine. HuffPost

Animal viruses are jumping to humans. Forest loss makes it easier. Chicago Tribune

No matter how you crunch the numbers, this pandemic is only just getting started. ... People are understandably looking for good news. But the truth is, we’re nowhere near controlling coronavirus. Guardian

Coronavirus: five months on, what scientists now know about Covid-19. ... Medical researchers have been studying everything we know about coronavirus. What have they learned – and is it enough to halt the pandemic? Guardian

Coronavirus testing delayed by contamination at US government lab, report says. ... Health and Human Services launches investigation into development of contaminated testing kits. Independent

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APRIL 20, 2020

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

Covid-19: Sign the call for Global Ceasefire! The head of the UN just called for an immediate global ceasefire, and it's gaining momentum! Let’s all join him to silence the guns amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Sign the urgent call for ceasefire: AVAAZ 

Trump Campaign Secretly Paying $180,000 A Year To His Sons’ Significant Others. ... Lara Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle are each receiving $15,000 per month through the campaign manager’s private company, GOP sources said, to dodge FEC rules. HuffPost

China’s Wet Markets, America’s Factory Farming. ... They’re more alike than not in their violations of moral common sense. ... Although no government is better than China’s at making troublesome people disappear, a strange leniency has been accorded vendors at the country’s live-animal meat markets, who by most accounts gave us the pandemic and yet, reports the Daily Mail, have lately been allowed to set up shop again. National Review

'A disastrous situation': mountains of food wasted as coronavirus scrambles supply chain. Guardian

BERNIE SANDERS UPDATE

Bernie’s pathetic dog-and-pony show with Biden on Monday (here) is just the latest example of him being a “good soldier” for the very same Democratic Party he claims not to be a card-holding member of, as when he voted for Bill’s war on Serbia, Bill’s covert war in Iraq, Bill’s crime bill, Obama’s overthrow of Libya, endorsed & campaigned for HRC, etc…

The Tyranny of Decorum Hurt Bernie Sanders’s 2020 Prospects. ... a senior adviser to Bernie Sanders’s 2020 campaign, argues that a key mistake of the campaign was Sanders’s refusal to more forcefully articulate the contrasts between his record and Joe Biden’s. Jacobin

A Postmortem on Bernie Sanders and Palestine. ... Now that the Sanders campaign has ended, Palestinian Americans should reflect on why our organizations so readily abandoned anti-imperialism. Steve Salaita

Bernie Sanders Is Staying on the Ballot to Get More Delegates, but He and His Supporters Aren’t Investing Much in That Effort. Intercept

Progressive movement wary of Warren for VP. .. Her bitter fight with Bernie has left a bad taste among some left-wing leaders. Politico

A Postmortem on Bernie Sanders and Palestine. ... Now that the Sanders campaign has ended, Palestinian Americans should reflect on why our organizations so readily abandoned anti-imperialism. Steve Salaita

Bernie’s Political Funeral. CounterPunch

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The Many Times The Trump Administration Exploited The Coronavirus Crisis. ShadowProof

The Third Red Scare: Neoliberal’s Effective Framing of 21st Century Populist and Progressive Movement. CounterPunch

Mehdi Hasan and Noam Chomsky on Biden vs. Trump. Intercept

COVID-19: How Big Pharma and Big Philanthropy Consume the World. CounterPunch

Wall Street Titans Finance Democratic Primary Challenger to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Intercept

The Media Had a Formula for Reporting Sexual Misconduct. Then Joe Biden Was Accused. Jacobin

As Coronavirus Ravages New York, the NYPD Is Detaining Kids for Selling Candy. Intercept

The Liberal Center Must Be Beaten. ... The bitter defeats of Corbyn and Sanders have changed nothing about the task before us: supplanting the neoliberal center and offering ordinary people a real alternative to the neo-nationalist right. Jacobin

Incubators of Austerity. ... Having never recovered from the last recession, America’s states are now being dealt another dose of austerity from the federal government, forcing more budget cuts across welfare, education, and even health care. It’s the opposite approach of what’s needed. Unless we can fund these services, the crises will only deepen. Jacobin

APRIL 20, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

Smithsonian Covid-19 Resource Hub

Current Drug shortages. Drugs.com

Coronavirus Spurs U.S. Efforts to End China’s Chokehold on Drugs. (March 2013) MSN

Welcome to the hot spot: With less than 5% of the global population, the US now has 30.4% of the world’s COVID-19 cases.

A nation that ranks highest among rich nations in the cost of its health care system and at the bottom in health outcomes?

“Pure Baloney”: Zoologist Debunks Trump’s COVID-19 Origin Theory, Explains Animal-Human Transmission. ... “The idea that this virus escaped from a lab is just pure baloney,” says Peter Daszak, disease ecologist ... DemocracyNow

Pandemic Turning Into A ‘Child-Rights Crisis,’ United Nations Warns. ... The COVID-19 crisis “would effectively reverse the last two to three years of progress in reducing infant mortality within a single year,” a new UN report says. HuffPost

Frontline Medical Workers Protest New NYC Policy Demanding Doctor’s Notes When They Are Sick. DemocracyNow

'Thriving During a Pandemic': UnitedHealth Group Posts Surge in Profits as Millions Lose Insurance and Thousands Die. ... "The earnings were so good, the company said it still expects to make as much in total profits this year as they predicted in December... when no one could predict the massive loss of life and jobs caused by the coronavirus." CommonDreams

COVID-19: How Big Pharma and Big Philanthropy Consume the World. CounterPunch

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WEEKEND OF APRIL 17-19, 2020

Trump threatens to adjourn both chambers of congress – something no president has ever done. ... Move would buck the Senate majority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, who controls chamber's schedule. Independent

The Third Red Scare: Neoliberal’s Effective Framing of 21st Century Populist and Progressive Movement. CounterPunch

Profit over people, cost over care: America's broken healthcare exposed by virus. Healthcare at a hospital in Duluth, Minneapolis, take the temperature of every visitor. ... There were 27.9 million people without health insurance in 2018, and record-high unemployment will increase that figure by millions. Guardian

Protesters chant 'lock her up' after Michigan governor's stay-at-home order. ... Thousands demonstrate against measure to limit spread of coronavirus as governor warns of danger to protesters’ health. Guardian

ENVIRONMENT - APRIL 17, 2020

Trump administration announced companies did not have to comply with regulations against pollution during the coronavirus pandemic.

The US government agency tasked with regulating nuclear energy moved to massively deregulate the disposal of nuclear waste, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

EPA administrator Wheeler announced it would not increase regulations of industrial soot emissions. Wheeler even went so far as to accusing a study of bias after it showed “tiny industrial particles” make certain American communities vulnerable to death from the coronavirus.

West of the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Trump administration proceeded with ConocoPhillips’ Willow project.

A proposal by the Trump administration that escalate the use of GMO crops in refuges in the SE region, including 131 refuges in 10 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Harmful pesticides would be permitted too.

Ecological collapse WikiPedia

June 2012 - Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere. Nature

The Independent calls for tighter restrictions on wildlife trade and markets. ... The sale of wild animals has devastating consequences for human health and global action must be taken to cut the risk of future pandemics. Independent

April 2020 - The projected timing of abrupt ecological disruption from climate change. Nature Related: Abrupt Ecosystem Collapse CounterPunch

April 15, 2020 - Deepwater Horizon oil spill still affecting fish in Gulf a decade later. ... Scientists have spent a decade researching the impact of the oil spill, one of the largest environmental disasters in US history, on marine life in the Gulf. Independent

May 2019 - Scientists’ warn of looming ecological collapse must prompt policy action. WWF

January 2020 - Ecological collapse.
Global Challenges

March 2020 - Regime shifts occur disproportionately faster in larger ecosystems. Nature Related: Ecosystems the size of Amazon 'can collapse within decades' ...
Large biomes can break down like Jenga bricks once tipping point reached, research finds. Guardian

2013 - Human impacts on multiple ecologicalnetworks act synergistically to driveecosystem collapse CEIC  

2012 - Scientists Fear Global Ecological Collapse Once 50% of the Natural Landscape is Gone. TreeHugger

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100+ Lawmakers Demand Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs to Ensure Access to Services 'Essential to Survive' During Coronavirus Crisis. CommonDreams

The Rich Are Having Themselves A Fine Coronavirus. ... Thank President Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress. HuffPost

Trump’s EPA Is Unleashing the Pollution That Makes Us Vulnerable to COVID-19. TruthOut

Trump's decision to cut WHO funding is an act of international vandalism. ... A lack of international cooperation in the fight against Covid-19 risks repeating the mistakes of the Great Depression. Guardian

Under Cover of Covid-19, Donald Trump Ramps Up His War on Truth-Tellers. Intercept

Hungary’s Far-Right Leader Continues A Power Grab During The Pandemic. .. Quickly moving to utilize emergency measures passed last week, critics say Prime Minister Viktor Orban is “killing democracy.” HuffPost   Related: Viktor Orbán is Using the Coronavirus Emergency to Crush Minorities. Jacobin

Trump Labor Secretary Condemned for 'Despicable' Efforts to Roll Back Unemployment Benefits, Paid Leave. ... "Trump's Labor Department has been working diligently to ensure that no U.S. worker has it too easy in the middle of a pandemic and burgeoning economic depression." CommonDreams

WEEKEND OF APRIL 17-19, 2020
COVID-19 NEWS

The Brazilian state of Maranhao had 107 respirators & 200K masks delivered from China this week to fight coronavirus. They had to send them through Ethiopia, so they wouldn't be confiscated by the U.S. nor Brazil State governor

As Virus Spreads in Federal Prisons, People Inside Describe Chaos, While Families Are Left in the Dark. Intercept

Does Extreme Heat Or Cold Kill Coronavirus? ... Here's what experts know about how COVID-19 survives or spreads in hot or freezing temperatures. HuffPost

COVID-19: How Big Pharma and Big Philanthropy Consume the World. CounterPunch

Is the Coronavirus ‘Peak’ a Mirage? FAIR

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Worldwide Double To 2 Million In 2 Weeks. ... It took four and a half months for the new coronavirus to hit 1 million confirmed cases -- and two weeks to double that. HuffPost

Coronavirus is killing far more US health workers than official data suggests. ... Challenges in collecting data, a patchwork of state tracking systems and patients who die at home mean the true toll of Covid-19 on US healthcare workers is unknown. Guardian

Despite CDC Warning of 'Significant Risk' of Lifting Stay-in-Place Orders, Right-Wingers Launch Anti-Lockdown Movement. ... "These selfish and out-of-touch fringe groups are throwing a temper tantrum at the expense of public safety and health." CommonDreams

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APRIL 16, 2020

In a presser on Wednesday, Trump close both chambers of Congress for “obstructing” his ability to appoint judges and other positions. He is legally able to do so, but it would be quite unprecedented.

The Failed State of America. Intercept

'Biggest Coronavirus Stimulus of All': Richest Man in the World Jeff Bezos Now $24 Billion Richer Amid Pandemic. CommonDreams

Taxes Paid By Billionaires Decreased 79 Percent Since 1980, as Percentage of Their Wealth. ... As we emerge from this pandemic, substantial tax increases are inevitable. Central to the program should be a tax that limits the hoarding of wealth by the billionaire class. DemocracyNow

CIA Spying on Assange’s Privileged Legal Conversations. Craig Murray  Related: CIA spy video of Julian Assange. YouTube

The Tyranny of Decorum. ... A look back on the 2020 primary. Siorta

A Pandemic May be Reported Like a War, But They’re Very Different. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Trump personalizes the coronavirus -- through a political lens. ... The president has offered rare personal reflections about how the outbreak is affecting him. Yet he has also personalized other elements, such as medical supply requests. Politico

Freedom from Fear: John Pilger Discusses Coronavirus Propaganda, Imperialism, and Human Rights. CounterPunch

Dear Joe Biden, here is how you can earn our support. ... Anti-Trump messaging won’t be enough to lead any candidate to victory. Young people need someone who will champion bold ideas. Guardian

Ocasio-Cortez says it's 'legitimate to talk about' allegation against Biden. The Hill

'Beyond Predatory': Trump Treasury Department Gives Banks Green Light to Seize $1,200 Stimulus Checks to Pay Off Debts. CommonDreams

"The Treasury Department is pointing out opportunities for banks and debt collectors to steal Americans' relief checks out from under them." ... Mega-Rich Hedge Funds Swoop Down to Grab COVID-19 Small Business Relief Funds. TruthOut

Erik Prince Offered Lethal Services to Sanctioned Russian Mercenary Firm Wagner. Intercept

(2016) Cornel West: Unlike Bernie Sanders, I’m Not Convinced the Democratic Party Can Be Reformed. DemocracyNow

There’s No Reason to Turn Airtime Over to Trump’s Deceptive Coronavirus Campaign Rallies. FAIR

Trump can't cancel the election – but he will try to stop people voting. ... Only by making participation more flexible can we ensure a fair contest in November – which is why Republicans are blocking such moves. Guardian

Trump Family Loses Huge Court Fight to Force Fraud and Deceptive Practices Lawsuit into Secret Arbitration. Law and Crime

Why it is Time to Move On from MoveOn.org and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. Black Agenda Report

APRIL 16, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

Thousands of coronavirus tests are going unused in US labs. ... US labs that underwent huge efforts to retool for COVID-19 testing still aren’t operating at full capacity. Experts say the lack of a national strategy is largely to blame. Nature

Intelligence Officials Weigh Possibility Coronavirus Escaped From A Chinese Lab. ... The intelligence community “has not come down on any one theory,” an official told Yahoo News. HuffPost

How One of Big Pharma’s Most Corrupt Companies Plans to Corner the COVID-19 Cure Market. ... One of the most politically-connected yet scandal ridden vaccine companies in the united states, with troubling ties to the 2001 anthrax attacks and opioid crisis, is set to profit handsomely from the current coronavirus crisis. MintPress

'It will disappear': the disinformation Trump spread about the coronavirus – timeline Guardian

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APRIL 15, 2020

Rejecting all oversight': is Trump purging government watchdogs? ... President recently ousted two inspectors general, including one tasked with leading oversight of coronavirus relief law. Guardian

nformation Wars Part 2. Craig Murray

Sanders Says Congress Must Stop Trump From Exploiting Covid-19 Crisis to 'Bankrupt and Privatize the Postal Service'. ... "Now, more than ever, we need a strong and vibrant postal system to deliver mail 6-days a week. Congress must act now to save it." CommonDreams

Anti-Corbyn Labour officials worked to lose general election to oust leader, leaked dossier finds Independent  Related: #BernieSanders wanted the US to fund healthcare & education for all, so the establishment tried to destroy him. ... The New York Times reported that: "dozens of Democratic Party officials, including 93 superdelegates, found overwhelming opposition to handing Sanders the nomination"

The Omnipresent Surveillance State. CounterPunch

Why We Need a New Progressive Party and How We Can Create It.... There is no room for progressives in the Democratic Party. ... No matter how many votes he or she gets, no progressive will be permitted to be the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. CounterPunch

Wounded by media scrutiny, Trump turned a briefing into a presidential tantrum. ... President lashed out at reporters, swiped at Biden and refused to accept that he had put a foot wrong in coronavirus response. Guardian

'Bullying of Marginalized Workers': Trump Moves to Slash Pay of Guest Farmworkers Amid Covid-19 Crisis ... "While farmworkers are working during a pandemic to pick the food that feeds our families during this crisis, Trump is looking to cut their pay." CommonDreams

Drug Dealers Practice Social Distancing; Police Cough On Residents. ... COVID-19 is felt differently in cities like Baltimore where police act like an occupying force. RNN

With working Americans' survival at stake, the US is bailing out the richest. ... Without significant oversight, Congress’s economic relief bill will leave millions of everyday Americans in financial peril. Guardian

Essential or Expendable? Farmworkers Condemn Lack of Protection and Economic Help During Pandemic. DemocracyNow

Hybrid War as a Domestic Political Tool
Operation War President. Can't be Happening

Rich Owners of Medical Staffing Companies Who Cut Doctor Pay Now Want a Bailout. TruthOut

US's global reputation hits rock-bottom over Trump's coronavirus response. ... International relations expert warns policy failure could do lasting damage as president insults allies and undermines alliances. Guardian

APRIL 15, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

'It will disappear': the disinformation Trump spread about the coronavirus – timeline. Guardian

Juan González: My 92-Year-Old Mother’s COVID-19 Experience Shows Me How Rotten Our Health System Is. DemocracyNow

Wash Your Hands? Despite Pandemic, Thousands Still Have No Water in Detroit, a Coronavirus Hot Spot. DemocracyNow

How long does coronavirus live on different surfaces? ... Coronavirus RNA was found on a cruise ship 17 days after passengers left. What are the risks of handling packages and groceries? Guardian

FEMA Accused Of Hijacking Protective Gear For First Responders In Massachusetts Town. ... FEMA said moving supplies to “hot spots” determined by the Trump administration is not the same as “commandeering.”. HuffPost

Surely the link between abusing animals and the world's health is now clear. ... A disregard for creature welfare is often central to disease. But politicians won’t dare make the connection. Guardian

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APRIL 14, 2020

Naomi Klein: Sanders “Broke the Spell” of Neoliberalism as Trump Pushes Coronavirus Capitalism. DemocracyNow

Four Reasons the Ruling Elite Love This Crisis. ... While monumental shocks currently pound citizens around the world, an orgiastic festival of exploitation is underway. Consortium News

America's billionaires are giving to charity – but much of it is self-serving rubbish. ... Well-publicized philanthropy shows how afraid the super-rich are of a larger social safety net – and higher taxes. Guardian/Reich

JULIAN ASSANGE UPDATE

April 11, 2020 - Assange's Extradition: Incarceration in the Time of Covid-19 Threatens His Life. ... In the COVID-19 emergency, the prosecution of Julian Assange is aggressing further. CommonDreams

April 12, 2020 - Release Julian Assange, says woman who had two children with him while in embassy. ... Stella Moris, who had two sons with WikiLeaks founder while he was in Ecuadorian embassy, says he is in danger from coronavirus while in prison. Guardian  

April 13, 2020 - Julian Assange: One Year in Belmarsh. CounterPunch

The Price of Power and West Point’s Class of 1986. CounterPunch

Surely the link between abusing animals and the world's health is now clear. ... A disregard for creature welfare is often central to disease. But politicians won’t dare make the connection. Guardian

As Nicaragua confronts Covid, its US-backed opposition exploits the pandemic to create chaos. ... Nicaragua’s right-wing opposition is waging an information warfare campaign to undermine Nicaragua’s elected Sandinista government, spreading disinformation about its response. So far, the government has taken a balanced approach with close attention to the working class and poor. Gray Zone

A pandemic like coronavirus may be reported like a war but it is very different. ... Surviving boredom and isolation requires the right book and a questioning attitude towards politicians and the media. Independent/Cockburn

With Postal Service on 'Verge of Collapse' and 630,000 Jobs at Risk, Trump Slammed for Refusing to Act. ... "We've pleaded with the White House to help. Donald Trump personally directed his staff not to do so." CommonDreams   Related: We Can’t Allow Trump to Use the Coronavirus Crisis to Attack the Postal Service. TruthOut

The President and His Mob: the Autopsy of Governance. CounterPunch

Information Wars. Craig Murray

Trump v the states: how the president is remaking the government in his image ... Clashes between presidents and governors are nothing new – but Trump’s rattling of the federalist compact is unprecedented in modern times. Guardian

Why the Stock Market Is Healthy as Americans Die. Intercept

It’s a Scandal That We Don’t Know Who Supported the Coronavirus Bailout. Help Us Find Out. Intercept

New York City hires laborers to bury dead in Hart Island potter's field amid coronavirus surge. Reuters

APRIL 14, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

What Trump Knew & When He Knew It: NYT on How Trump Ignored COVID-19 Warnings Until It Was Too Late. DemocracyNow

Only 6% of COVID-19 cases have been detected worldwide, meaning that the actual number of cases is already in the 10s of millions. Science Daily

Not wearing masks to protect against coronavirus is a ‘big mistake,’ top Chinese scientist says. Science Magazine

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

We’re gonna party like it’s COVID-1999….Alton, Illinois mayor sends police to raid COVID parties, who discover the mayor’s own wife attending one of them …

Five months on, what scientists now know about the coronavirus. Guardian

Trump Lies About Cutting White House Pandemic Team to Dodge (Checks Notes) Fox News. ... Donald Trump’s latest campaign rally disguised as a coronavirus task force briefing took a remarkable turn ... when he was stunned by a tough question from, of all people, John Roberts of Fox News. Intercept

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APRIL 13, 2020

Chomsky and Pollin: To Heal From COVID-19, We Must Imagine a Different World. TruthOut

Wisconsin: the state where American democracy went to die ... The state’s holding of a primary during a pandemic is just the latest example of Republicans’ naked bid to keep power at all costs. Guardian

'Extremely Alarming': Coronavirus Stimulus Law Allows the Federal Reserve to Hold Secret Meetings on Corporate Bailouts. .. "That provision's a body blow to transparency when we need it most." CommonDreams

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Exposing the Plague of Neoliberalism. TruthOut/Giroux

The S.E.C. Rule That Destroyed The Universe
How the coronavirus is creating a political opportunity to overturn one of the worst practices of the kleptocracy era. Substack/Tabbi

Stephanie Grisham, who didn’t hold a single press briefing, is out as Trump’s press secretary replaced by Kayleigh McEnany, who said this on Feb. 25: “We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here.”

Nonvoters Are Not Privileged. They Are Disproportionately Lower-Income, Non-White and Dissatisfied With The Two Parties. Intercept

Noam Chomsky on Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Bernie Sanders & What Gives Him Hope. DemocracyNow

PHILIP CROSS AND INFORMATION WARS
All articles by Craig Murray  (Wiki)

3/15/16 - Is GCHQ Embedded in Wikipedia? Murray (GCHQ Wiki - Similar to the CIA)

5/18/18 - The Phillip Cross Affair Part 1 Murray

5/21/18 - Emma Barnett: A Classic “Philip Cross” Wikipedia Operation Part 2 Murray

5/21/18 - The “Philip Cross” MSM Promotion Operation Part 3. Murray

5/22/18 - Philip Cross Madness Part 4 Murray

6/15/18 - The Mysterious Wikipedia Editor - BBC radio

14/11/19 - Le Mesurier Gets Cross. Murray  (Ref: James Le Mesurier Wiki

4/11/20 - Information Wars Murray

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Lawsuit Aims to Stop Baltimore Police From Using War-Zone Surveillance System to Spy on Residents. Intercept

Colonialism & coronavirus: 800,000 Haitians may die of COVID-19. Gutted by US-allied, neoliberal governments which have controlled the country since 2004, Haiti’s healthcare sector braces for a potential catastrophe.
Gray Zone

Basic Economics for Economic Columnists: a Depression is a Process, Not an Event. CounterPunch/Baker

Naomi Klein: Sanders “Broke the Spell” of Neoliberalism as Trump Pushes Coronavirus Capitalism. DemocracyNow/Klein

No news or bad news? Many people choose ignorance over staying informed, study finds. Grist

Joe Biden Sexual Assault Accuser Tara Reade Files Criminal Complaint. Newsweek

The New York Times sinks below Fox. ... Its story about the opening of a criminal probe into the origins of Russiagate marks a new low in “mainstream” coverage. Substack/Taibbi

It’s Time To Say It: Trump Is Handling COVID-19 Like A Dictator. ... How a new generation of authoritarians explains the president’s coronavirus response. HuffPost

The New Normal: Cascading and Multilayered Crises. CounterPunch

APRIL 13, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

1,000 a week DOA's in New York City. Those aren't tested for Covid as yet and counted in the total deaths from the virus.

Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word. LA Times

Trump ‘Playing Politics’ With Lives As FEMA Grabs Ventilators, Lawmaker Charges. ... The president manipulated Colorado’s order of coronavirus equipment to help embattled GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette says. HuffPost

Pandumbic 2 (The Sequel) | The Daily Show. YouTube video

Just another closet case, outed by God … Israeli health minister, Yaakov Litzman, who had previously blamed homosexuals for spreading the COVID-19 virus, has now tested positive for COVID. Thoughts and prayers, eh?

How Covid-19 is Exposing Weaknesses in Our Food Systems. Sonali

As US Consigns Iranians to Death, Corporate Media Look the Other Way. FAIR

What the Pentagon Knew About the Coronavirus -- in 2017. The Nation

Billionaire-backed Human Rights Watch lobbies for lethal US sanctions on leftist governments as Covid crisis rages
Regime change-hungry HRW is proudly taking credit for crushing new US sanctions on Nicaragua while pushing to escalate Washington’s economic war on Venezuela. The Grayzone presents a deep dive into the “human rights” arm of US empire.  Gray Zone

NYC Is Taking Hundreds of Body Bags Out of Houses -- and Soon They Will Be Counted. DailyBeast

Frank Rich: Trump’s Potemkin Recovery. ... Amid reports that the federal stockpile of medical supplies is “nearly exhausted” and production of new equipment is unlikely to come soon enough, it now appears that the Trump administration may be playing favorites, distributing supplies to political allies and states important for the president’s reelection campaign. How bad will the fallout be? NY Magazine Related: Trump is playing a disgusting political game with our lives. Denver Post

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APRIL 23 THROUGH 30

APRIL 30, 2020

How Bernie & Squad Actually Support Corporate State. w/Chris Hedges. YouTube

Control in modern times requires more than force, more than law. It requires the population dangerously concentrated in cities and factories, whose lives are filled with cause for rebellion, but taught that all is right. - Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States

Uncovering the U.S. prisoner transfer system and alleviating coronavirus outbreaks in prisons: Q and A with Emma Kaufman. Journalists Resource

Beware a new wave of populism, born out of coronavirus-induced economic inequity. ...
Big businesses and governments are fast making themselves inviolable. There could be a backlash. Guardian

Ranked-Choice Voting: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. CounterPunch

LOOTING AMERICAN STYLE

'Lining Up at the Trough': Federal Reserve to Offer Corporations $500 Billion No-Strings-Attached Bailout Loophole. ... "Big corporations have shown time and again that they will put their shareholders and executives ahead of their workers if given the choice." CommonDreams

US Coronavirus ‘Bailout’ Scam Is $6 Trillion Giveaway To Wall Street. ...Facing the Covid-19 pandemic, the US Congress rammed through the CARES Act -- which economist Michael Hudson explains is not a “bailout” but a massive, $6 trillion giveaway to Wall Street, banks, large corporations, and stockholders. Popular Resistance

Coronavirus Capitalism and “Exceptional” America. CounterPunch

'Pathetic': Trump Says No to Additional Covid-19 Stimulus Checks, Backs Cutting Tax That Funds Social Security Instead. ... "Cutting payroll taxes does nothing to help seniors or the millions of people who just lost their jobs. It does, however, defund Social Security and Medicare—which is why Trump is obsessed with the idea." CommonDreams

Relief Is Funneled to the Wealthy. We Need a Financial Infrastructure Overhaul. TruthOut

On the Recovery From the COVID-19 Shutdown. CounterPunch

Tech Giants Are Using This Crisis to Colonize the Welfare System. ... In recent years, firms like Google and Facebook have used the Global South as a test bed for new and unregulated forms of data collection. Faced with coronavirus, the same mechanisms are being rolled out across the world — with for-profit data collection becoming increasingly central to states’ management of their welfare systems. Jacobin

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Saving Journalism Will Require Some New Thinking. CounterPunch

Netanyahu Confident Trump will Let Him Annex Vast Swathes of Palestinian Territory. ... Since Europe is weak and pusillanimous when it comes to dealing with Israeli aggression, or in some cases is simply perfidious, the issue has been left in the hands of the United States, where it has been decisively captured by the Israel lobbies and billionaires such as Sheldon Adelson. Scheer Post

Exclusive: OPCW insiders slam ‘compromised’ new Syria chemical weapons probe. ... Current and former staff members of the OPCW have denounced the organization’s IIT report alleging Syrian government sarin use at Ltamenah, criticizing its reliance on rumor, hearsay, “scientifically flawed” claims and the influence of unqualified, secret “experts” aligned with the Western-backed opposition. Gray Zone

US-Backed Forces Killed Twice as Many Children as Extremists Did During 1st Quarter of 2020. ... The new quarterly report on casualties comes a month after U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic. CommonDreams

Meteorologists say 2020 on course to be hottest year since records began. ... Global lockdowns have lowered emissions but longer-term changes needed, say scientists. Guardian

Both Sides-ing Bleach Injection. ... Media in the era of an incompetent president. FAIR

The Ruling Class Does Not Rule. ... In a capitalist society, state managers rely on business confidence to generate the economic growth on which they depend, so capitalists don’t have to mobilize politically to block radical reform. It requires exceptional circumstances to loosen these constraints. Jacobin

APRIL 30, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

Coronavirus: Trump slashes funding for research group and promotes conspiracy theory it sent money to Wuhan lab. ... National Health Institute halts all funding for research group studying how coronavirus spreads from bats to humans after unfounded claims it was funnelling money to a lab in Wuhan, China. Independent

Trump orders meat processing plants to stay open amid coronavirus pandemic. ... Despite concerns about the food supply chain, Trump reassured Americans that there is "plenty of supply." NBC

Positive Test Rates For COVID-19 Are As High As 87% At Some Michigan Prisons
A new lawsuit accuses the state Department of Corrections of allowing the rampant spread of the coronavirus. HuffPost

Women in ICE Detention Face Reprisals for Speaking Up About Fears of Covid-19. Intercept

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APRIL 29, 2020

'Democracy is Dead,' Declare Sanders Supporters After Bernie Taken Off New York Ballot. ...The decision was made by the New York Board of Elections, one of whom described holding the primary as a frivolous "beauty contest" for the Vermont lawmaker's supporters. CommonDreams

The Struggle Against Neoliberalism Intensifies: Saving Our Postal Service And Workers. Popular Resistance

New Poll Shows Nearly 90 Percent of Democratic Voters Support Medicare for All. TruthOut

Biden the Lout. CounterPunch

The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life. ... The president was aware of the danger from the coronavirus – but a lack of leadership has created an emergency of epic proportions. Guardian

An Inside View Of Venezuela’s Resistance To US Imperialism. Popular Resistance

Trump Has Sabotaged America’s Coronavirus Response. ... As it improvises its way through a public health crisis, the United States has never been less prepared for a pandemic. Foreign Policy

Capitalism Can’t Be Repaired, Coronavirus Shows Its Huge Weaknesses. CounterPunch

“Progressive Capitalism” Is Impossible. ... Progressive economist Joseph Stiglitz means well, but the dream of a “progressive capitalism” will remain just a dream, its horizons always strictly limited by capitalist private ownership. Jacobin

War is a force that gives us meaning - Chris Hedges YouTube

Reopening the Economy Now Will Send Us Deeper Into Hell. TruthOut

I’m Native and Disabled. The US Government Is Sacrificing My People. TruthOut

It’s indicative of our current predicament that the only mobs angry enough to take to the streets are the one’s who believe that Trump’s ruthless incompetence hasn’t killed enough people…

Pompeo, Gantz and the End of the Two-State Solution. CounterPunch

U.S. Unemployment Rate Could Rival Great Depression’s: Trump Adviser. ... “Make no mistake, it’s a really grave situation,” said Kevin Hassett as Secretary Mnuchin said the economy will “bounce back” this summer. HuffPost

Greta Thunberg: Climate Activists Have Not Lost Hope Amid Pandemic. We’re Changing How We Organize. DemocracyNow

Will Florida be lost forever to the climate crisis?
Guardian

APRIL 29, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

A Spoonful of Clorox. YouTube

Scientific American: As Trump Touts Dangerous Cures, Here’s What We Know About COVID-19 Drug Tests. DemocracyNow

As a Federal Halfway House Confirms Its First Covid-19 Case, Resident Who Raised Alarms Is Sent Back to Jail. Intercept

Nicolle: ‘There is no thought process’ on White House handling of briefings. ... The White House reversed course on cancelling a daily briefing, instead opting for a “news conference.” Nicolle Wallace says, “All that they have is the fiction, there is no thought process, there is no strategy session … there is Donald Trump and the reflection of himself in cable news coverage.” MSNBC

"That Doesn't Do Anything": Experts Warn Trump Plan for States to Test Just 2% of Residents Is Completely Inadequate. CommonDreams

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APRIL 28, 2020

Watch the CIA Get Away With Torture. TruthDig

Corporate Media Deny Their Own Existence, Despite Driving Biden’s Primary Victory. FAIR

Halt destruction of nature or suffer even worse pandemics, say world’s top scientists

Exclusive: only one species is responsible for coronavirus – humans – say world’s leading wildlife experts. Guardian

ECONOMY

Economic Update: Capitalism's Unemployment Problem. ... Capitalism's recurring unemployment problem was never solved and makes the system fundamentally unstable. Today's high levels of unemployment are hugely costly in both human and financial terms. Democracy At Work

Capitalism Can’t Be Repaired, Coronavirus Shows Its Huge Weaknesses. CounterPunch

Ten of the world’s largest banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, have been sued for allegedly conspiring over nearly 14 years to rig prices in the $9.6 trillion U.S. corporate bond market, costing ordinary investors billions of dollars. Reuters

“Progressive Capitalism” Is Impossible. ... Progressive economist Joseph Stiglitz means well, but the dream of a “progressive capitalism” will remain just a dream, its horizons always strictly limited by capitalist private ownership. Jacobin

Reopening the Economy Now Will Send Us Deeper Into Hell. TruthOut

Economic Reporting on Hardships of Pandemic Should Explore Market Failures ... he New York Times (4/9/20) noted that “the nation has countenanced debilitating decay in its public institutions and a concentration of economic power not seen since the 1920s. FAIR

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What if Covid-19 isn't our biggest threat? Guardian

New Evidence Supporting Credibility of Tara Reade’s Allegation Against Joe Biden Emerges. Intercept

As Poll Shows Nearly 90% Democratic Support, Biden Told Hostility to Medicare for All 'No Longer Tenable Position for You' "Hey, ?Joe Biden, ? as a Democrat running for president in a pandemic, this looks like a popular idea." CommonDreams

Corporate Media Deny Their Own Existence, Despite Driving Biden’s Primary Victory. FAIR

Corporate Totalitarianism: The End Game. With Chris Hedges YouTube

Easy Money - More than half of TX Gov. Greg Abbott’s coronavirus panel on reopening Texas are campaign donors. ... Since 2015, 25 of the 39 members of his Special Advisory Council have given Abbott’s political arm at least $5.8 million, a Dallas Morning News analysis found. Dallas News

Militarization in a Time of Pandemic Crisis. CounterPunch/Giroux

“Frightening Moment”: On Earth Day, Kumi Naidoo on Africa’s Twin Pandemics of Coronavirus & Hunger. DemocracyNow

Meet global corruption's hidden players. YouTube

Why Are They So Mad at Bernie Supporters? Jacobin

That Leaked Labour Party Report ... 851 pages of the suppressed and leaked Labour Party report on its handling of anti-semitism complaints. It is an important document, that is fundamental to understanding a major turning point in UK history, where Northern European social democracy failed to re-establish itself in the UK.  Craig Murray

The Disgusting Lies on Harry Dunn’s Death Must Stop Craig Murray

Craig Murray Defence Fund Launched Craig Murray

APRIL 28, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

Dr Brix at Trump news conference video

Coronavirus: New York sees spike in disinfectant exposure cases following Trump’s dangerous treatment musings. ... US president’s false suggestions regarding use of cleaning agent widely condemned. Independent

Covid-19 vaccines: pressure is on to ensure they go to the most needy, not the highest bidder. ... Australian chair of global coalition which aims to ensure vaccines are distributed fairly says there will be an ‘astronomical’ push to get access to successful ones. Guardian

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APRIL 27, 2020

States all over the world are ramping up surveillance, as people seemingly willingly give up whatever civil liberties they have left in the name of safety. Popular Resistance Related: Governments Are Using Covid-19 to Usher in a New Era of Mass Surveillance. ... As states all over the world ramp up surveillance, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Adam Schwartz warns against sacrificing civil liberties for safety. Scheer Post

How Bernie & Squad Actually Support Corporate State. w/Chris Hedges. YouTube Related: Et Tu, Bernie? TruthDig or Download

FEMA Reportedly Took The 5 Million Masks Ordered For Veterans To Send To Stockpile. ... “I couldn’t tell you when my next delivery was coming in,” Veterans Health Administration manager complained to The Washington Post. HuffPost

Citing 'Utter Inability to Discharge Duties of His Office,' MoveOn Demands Trump Removal Under 25th Amendment. ... "It's not just Trump's words but his actions that reveal his utter inability to discharge the duties of his office." CommonDreams

Top economist: US coronavirus response is like third world country. ... Joseph Stiglitz attacks Donald Trump, saying US on course for second Great Depression. Guardian

ENVIRONMENT

I think humanity is a thin layer of bacteria on a ball of mud hurtling through the void. I think if there was a God he would have given up on us long ago. ... He gave us a paradise and we used everything up. We dug up every ounce of energy and burned it. We consume and excrete, use and destroy. ... Then we sit here, on a neat little pile of ashes, having squeezed anything of value out of this planet, and we ask ourselves "Why are we here?" ... You wanna know what I think your purpose is? It's obvious. You're here, along with the rest of us, to speed the entropic death of this planet. To service the chaos. ... We're maggots eating a corpse."- Westworld

Chris Hedges Gives a Sermon on the environment YouTube

Climate Justice Arising --- Hidden Hope in Dark Times. ... Despite lack of federal leadership and underappreciated by most of us, key states and cities are not only getting it, they’re getting going --plowing ahead with solutions to the climate crisis grounded in social equity. CommonDreams/Lappe

Bill McKibben on Earth Day at 50: We Must Stop Subsidizing Fossil Fuel Industry Wrecking the Planet. DemocracyNow

How peer pressure can help save the planet. Download

10 noteworthy books on conservation and the environment from 2019. Download

David Wallace-Wells: 'We are on the brink of total catastrophe. Download

Amidst North Dakota’s fracking boom, people keep disappearing. .. Journalist Sierra Crane Murdoch documents Lissa Yellow Bird’s search for the missing. HCN

Ground-Breaking Study Shows Why Public Lands are Overgrazed: Case in Point, the High Uintas Wilderness. CounterPunch

How Pepsi and Coke make millions bottling tap water, as residents face shutoffs. ... The drinks giants were allowed to keep bottling in Detroit, despite substantial unpaid water bills, a Consumer Reports investigation finds. Guardian

We can't let Trump roll back 50 years of environmental progress. ... I worked for the EPA for 33 years. We can’t let this administration obliterate half a century of environmental progress. Guardian

Ground-Breaking Study Shows Why Public Lands are Overgrazed: Case in Point, the High Uintas Wilderness. CounterPunch

Environmental and Labor Groups Team Up to Demand COVID-19 Relief. TruthOut

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Small Business Owners Asked to Sign Onto PPP Loans With No Guarantee of Forgiveness. Intercept

“We Don’t Have the Capacity to Treat”: Palestinian-Canadian Doctor Says Israel Must Lift Gaza Siege. DemocracyNow

Corporations are people born without bootstraps to pull themselves up with when they fall. So they must be helped…

“Marie Antoinette of the Senate”: McConnell Draws Rare GOP Condemnation for Suggesting States Go Bankrupt. Mother Jones  Related: Mitch McConnell says cash-strapped states hit by the coronavirus should go bankrupt rather than receive emergency federal aid. Business Insider

Consoler-in-chief? Lacking empathy, Trump weighs the economic costs, not the human ones. Guardian

'Time Is Running Out': MoveOn Demands Congress Stay in Session as McConnell Balks at Swift Next Step on Relief. ... "We are in a national health and economic emergency and we need Congress to start acting like it." CommonDreams

Ecuador wants military base in Miami. ... Ecuador’s leftist President Rafael Correa said Washington must let him open a military base in Miami if the United States wants to keep using an air base on Ecuador’s Pacific coast. Reuters

How Trump’s Foreign Policy Puts Troops at Risk of Covid-19. ... A leaked intelligence brief reveals US sanctions have “left Iran bereft of financial resources to mount an effective public health response.” The Nation

Don’t Worry, Everything Will Get Back to “Normal”. CounterPunch

The End of Public Education with Noliwe Rooks and Chris Hedges. YouTube (26min)

The Day Petroleum Was Less Than Worthless. TruthOut

APRIL 27, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

(2004) Expert: Flu Pandemic Coming. CBS

(2017) The big one is coming, and it's going to be a flu pandemic. CNN

(2017) How Ready Are We for a Pandemic? We Asked an Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Gerald A. Evans foresees a pandemic occurring within the next 50 years. Futuriswm

(2018) The Coming Pandemic. ... The Real Story. BBC

(Feb 2020) - 10 Reasons The Next Pandemic Is On The Horizon. Listverse

These Health Care Workers Spoke Out. Their Hospitals Fired Them. ... Doctors and nurses say drawing attention to urgent needs and hospital conditions is the only way to force change and save lives. But it could cost them their jobs. HuffPost

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

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WEEKEND OF APRIL 24-26, 2020

“Gangster in the White House”: Noam Chomsky on COVID-19, WHO, China, Gaza and Global Capitalism. DemocracyNow

The Coronavirus Bailout Should Not Be A License To Steal. ... The Federal Reserve could oversee an economic recovery or a once-in-a-century heist. It has the power to choose. HuffPost

GOP Quietly Rams Through Long-Sought Priorities As Pandemic Rages... Rolling back environmental regulations, imposing voter ID, banning abortion — it’s all happening while the public is focused on the coronavirus. HuffPost

Watchdogs sound alarm as Trump puts for-profit insurer in charge of COVID-19 hospital funds: ‘Yet another way to profit off the pandemic’ RawStory

Fox News promotes stay-at-home protests while staying at home. ... Fox News has had 87 individual segments in the past week discussing, advocating, and promoting the protests for stay-at-home orders. But the Fox News hosts themselves are staying home. MSNBC

TODAYS SHORT LIST OF LOW-LIFES


Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin - He wants us to survive on $1,200 for 10 weeks. America disagrees. "It's one banana Michael, what could it cost, $10?" Mary Sue


Betsy Devos - Head of Dept of Education - 'Cruel and Outrageous': DeVos Blocks Undocumented Students From Receiving Coronavirus Emergency Aid. ... "This is what [it's] like to be an immigrant under Trump." CommonDreams

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Trump Is Back to Waging War on Science, at the Worst Possible Moment. NY Magazine

Bannon, Traditionalism, Dugin, and Olavo
Traditionalists Blog

Trump administration challenged to reveal troop levels in war zones. ... Freedom of information request filed after Pentagon stopped publishing figures for Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Guardian

The Intercept's weekly show, host Glenn Greenwald focuses on the case and prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Glenn talks to human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson, who represents Assange, and Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan, who is an outspoken and consistent defender of press freedom YouTube

U.S. Airstrikes Hit All-Time High as Coronavirus Spreads in Somalia. ... In the first four months of this year, U.S. Africa Command has conducted more airstrikes in Somalia than it did during all of Barack Obama’s eight years in office. Intercept

'Nancy Pelosi and Shalalalala - Unsanitized: Donna Shalala Selection Makes a Mockery of Bailout Oversight Panel. ... American Prospect

Operation Dolphin: A Preview of Iraq Documentary ‘Meatgrinder’ ... A Preview of Iraq Documentary ‘Meatgrinder’. .. Maj Danny Sjursen describes Operation Dolphin, which took place in Iraq on January 25, 2007. Scheer Post

Opinion: How COVID-19 Has Already Changed Everything (in the aviation Industry). Aviation Week

The GOP Has Every Reason to Want the US Postal Service to Fail. TruthOut

The global pandemic has spawned new forms of activism – and they’re flourishing. ... We’ve identified nearly 100 distinct methods of non-violent action that include physical, virtual and hybrid actions. Guardian

DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY

Chris Hedges Interview: America’s Broken Political System And How We Rise Up To Overthrow It. YouTube  Related: The Collapse of the American Empire? YouTube

On Contact: Death of the US Constitution. (30min) YourTube/Hedges   

How Mitch McConnell Became Trump’s Enabler-in-Chief. ... The Senate Majority Leader’s refusal to rein in the President is looking riskier than ever.
The New Yorker

Noam Chomsky: America Has Built a Global Dystopia. ... Danny Sjursen, Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson, Chris Hedges, Keagan Miller. Scheer Post

There’s No Real Oversight Of The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Law. ... Billions of dollars are being spent. There are no active watchdogs.  HuffPost

Interview With Chris Hedges From ‘America: The Farewell Tour’ ScheerPost

Senate Finance Committee Democrats Tried to Strike Millionaire Tax Break from Coronavirus Stimulus — Then Failed to Warn Others About It. Intercept

Sens. Whitehouse, Doggett Release New Analysis Showing GOP Tax Provisions in CARES Act Overwhelmingly Benefit Million-Dollar-Plus Earners. Insurance News Net

A Zionist State at Any Cost.... The foundation of Israel is tied up with David Ben-Gurion, its first prime minister. Through examining his life, we see how Israel’s creation was from its beginnings doomed to create an apartheid-like state maintained by an oppressor nation. Jacobin

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

Richard D. Wolff Interview: How the COVID-19 Crisis Is Reshaping Our Economy. YouTube

WEEKEND OF APRIL 24-26, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE

Study Raises Questions About False Negatives From Quick COVID-19 Test. ... the ID Now only detected the virus in 85.2% of the samples, meaning it had a false-negative rate of 14.8 percent. NPR

COVID-19: What’s New for April 21, 2020. ... Main updates on IHME COVID-19 predictions since April 17, 2020. IHME - Current NM projected May 11-17.

Dr Antony Fauci: “We will have coronavirus in the fall. I am convinced of that.” ... Whether or not the outbreak in the fall will be “big or small is going to depend on our response... Nobody can predict what’s going to happen with an outbreak.”

CDC Director Warns Americans Of Potential Second Wave Of Coronavirus This Winter
Robert Redfield told The Washington Post that a second wave could be harsher than the current one because it may overlap with the beginning of flu season. HuffPost

Coronavirus: Computer modellers push back estimates for when it could be safe for each state to reopen. ... ‘The main driver of these later predictions is the increase in reported deaths since the last release’ Independent Related: IHME projections

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APRIL 23, 2020

Cowardly Congress Chooses to be AWOL: Shouldn’t Our Elected Representatives be on the Job Providing Essential Services? CounterPunch/Nader

Vice: Ex-Michigan Gov. Snyder Knew About Flint Water Crisis as Early as 2014 & Lied About It to Congress. DemocracyNow

Oklahoma City bombing: 25 years on and right wing extremists just as dangerous, with violence likely if Trump loses election, experts warn. ... ‘The ideology that once put Timothy McVeigh on violent fringe of American political thinking is now much closer to Republican Party mainstream’ Independent

'Democrats Cave': Senate Interim Funding Bill for Coronavirus Relief Spurns Progressive Priorities. ... "This isn't good." CommonDreams

CEOs, not the unemployed, are America's real 'moral hazard' ... Many Republicans believe economic relief for those without jobs encourages slacking off. But it is corporations that are bailed out again and again. Guardian

Bold Criticism of a Sociopath—but Serious Alternatives? Let’s Not Get Carried Away. FAIR

Declaring War on a Virus Ignores the Neoliberal Policies That Put Us Here. TruthOut

WEAPONIZED COVID-19

“Gangster in the White House”: Noam Chomsky on COVID-19, WHO, China, Gaza and Global Capitalism. DemocracyNow

Spreading the Virus of Occupation: Spitting as a Weapon in the Hand of Colonial Israel. CounterPunch

Trump’s Inaction on the COVID-19 Crisis Seems More Deliberate Each Day. TruthOut

Pandemic Lays Bare Israel’s Systemic Racism. Popular Resistance

Trumpian Nationalists Have Met Their Match in COVID-19. CounterPunch

Trump’s “Maximum Pressure” on Iran Is Making COVID-19 Worse. ... Iran’s virus death toll nears 5,000, US sanctions continue to bear down... The regime’s geopolitical rivalry with the West is getting in the way of the emergency response -- and once again, it’s the people of Iran who are suffering. Jacobin

Spreading the Virus of Occupation: Spitting as a Weapon in the Hand of Colonial Israel. CounterPunch

The NYPD Is Making Things Worse. ... One in six New York City police officers is out sick. Those who are still working have refused to perform emergency duties, like assisting overstressed mortuary workers, while continuing to make unnecessary arrests. It’s time to send New York cops home. Jacobin

Danger Clown and the Return to American Normalcy. CounterPunch

President threatens Iran after being accused of coronavirus ‘distractions’ as CDC director warns second wave of disease could be worse. Independent

'Mother of All Distractions': Amid Covid-19 Failures, Trump Threatens War With Order to 'Shoot Down' Iranian Boats. ... 'Never Heard of Anything Like This': Watchdogs Sound Alarm as Trump Puts For-Profit Insurer in Charge of Covid-19 Hospital Funds. CommonDreams

Threatening Military Intervention in Venezuela During a Pandemic? CounterPunch

If Coronavirus Overwhelms Gaza, Israel Alone is to Blame. CounterPunch

Corona and the Rise of the German Police State. CounterPunch

As Pandemic Rages, US Economic Sanctions Against Cuba are Deadly. CounterPunch

The Self-Centered Rich Country Response to Pandemics and Crises is Wrecking Poor Countries. CounterPunch

How Ecuador Descended into COVID-19 Chaos. CEPR

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Does the Theoretical Arrow Fired by Jane Goodall End at the Feet of Jair Bolsonaro?. CounterPunch

The Plague of Jared Kushner. ... Kushner has gotten yet another nepotistic gig leading the Trump administration’s coronavirus “shadow task force.” The problem is, he doesn’t know anything about COVID-19, just like he doesn’t know anything about immigration reform or Middle East peace.  Jacobin

APRIL 23, 2020 - COVID-19

'Deliberately Cruel': Millions of US Citizens Blocked From Stimulus Payments Because They Married Immigrants. ... "We're flat broke. We don't know what's gonna happen." CommonDreams

Epidemics and the end of humankind | Rosalind Eggo | TEDxThessaloniki. YouTube

First Thing: a second coronavirus wave could be worse than the first. ... The CDC director Robert Redfield says a new surge of infections in the winter months would coincide with the annual flu season. Plus, how Muslims are marking Ramadan in isolation. Guardian

Environmental Destruction Brought Us COVID-19. What It Brings Next Could Be Far Worse. ... A virus that originated in animals has upended life across the globe. But the next deadly pandemic could make this look like “a warmup.” HuffPost

Fact check: Herd immunity would not fully stop the spread of coronavirus. USA Today

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