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How Long Will We Shelter In Place?
Bob Burnett: Shelter-in-Place isn’t going to end soon. Life won’t return to “normal” until there is a Covid-19 vaccine. Until there is a reliable, widely-available vaccine, most of us are going to have to live sequestered lives. Experts, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, tell us we won’t have a vaccine for at least a year. So be prepared to hunker down for an extended period. ... The United States is going to be segmented into quarantine zones. ... Prediction: There will be four quarantine zones: the northeast; the south — including Texas; the center — Nebraska to Ohio; and the west — Colorado to California... Some states will “recover” from the Coronavirus crisis before others do. ... Visit Website ]
Apr 4, 2020, 3:11pm

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A Foretaste of the Horror of Biological Warfare
Eric Margolis: The world is getting sick from the spreading COVID-19 virus ... They are also getting a grim foretaste of what biological warfare would be like. ... But surely our lily white democracies don’t stoop to making poison gas and germs? ... Back in 1990-91 --- US and Britain had pressed Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to invade Iran --- help Iraq’s military develop and deploy biological weapons --- Anthrax, botulism, Q fever and tularemia --- Feeder stocks for the germ/poison gas weapons came from the main UC chemical warfare plans at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. ... the results were nightmarish ... The moral of this terrible story, and the current worldwide epidemic, is to immediately ban all chemical and biological weapons everywhere. Destroy all chem/bio warfare plants everywhere, including the US, Russa, China, India and Israel... Visit Website ]
Mar 29, 2020, 11:30am

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Coronavirus Pandemic Reveals Just How Devastating the Greed of For-Profit Insurance Industry Has Become
Wendell Potter: A word to the wise: During this coronavirus crisis, keep an eye on every move of my old industry: health insurers. Behind the PR spin, they’ll be doing everything they can to deny care and maintain profits while making it look like they’re heroes. ... what they truly care about are profits ... Cigna and other health insurers stand to make money from testing ... because the federal government appears poised to cover all testing costs ... but (Cigna) makes no mention of waiving copays or deductibles for “treatment.” ... The strategy of moving Americans into high deductible plans has paid off beautifully for shareholders and top executives ... This pandemic will finally reveal to so many of us how devastating insurers’ greed can be... Visit Website ]
Mar 19, 2020, 12:41pm

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Cuba’s Contribution to Combatting COVID-19
Helen Yaffe: Among the 30 medicines the Chinese National Health Commission selected to fight the virus was a Cuban anti-viral drug Interferon Alpha 2b. ... Cuban Interferon Alpha 2b has proven effective for viruses with characteristics similar to those of COVID-19. Cuban biotech specialist, Dr Luis Herrera Martinez explained that ‘its use prevents aggravation and complications in patients, reaching that stage that ultimately can result in death.’ ... Cuba first developed and used interferons to arrest a deadly outbreak of the dengue virus in 1981, and the experience catalysed the development of the island’s now world-leading biotech industry... Visit Website ]
Mar 17, 2020, 3:40pm

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Coronavirus is exposing all of the weaknesses in the US health system
Dylan Scott: High health care costs and low medical capacity made the US uniquely vulnerable to the coronavirus. ... On many measures, the United States has one of the worst health systems among developed economies. A bigger share of the population lacks health insurance. We carry more medical debt. We die more often from preventable causes. The weaknesses in this system, which already puts the US behind its peers on many health outcomes, are exposed in an outbreak. ... And the biggest single problem, the one most unique to the American system, is costs. ... Americans face higher out-of-pocket costs for their medical care than citizens of almost any other country ... America has fewer hospital beds per capita than most other countries in the developed world... Visit Website ]
Mar 16, 2020, 5:17pm

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How soap absolutely annihilates the coronavirus
Brian Resnick: You’re not just washing viruses down the drain. Soap destroys the coronavirus, a chemistry professor explains. ... Soap ... is common phrase for what chemists call “amphiphiles.” These are molecules that have a dual nature. One end of the molecule is attracted to water and repelled by fats and proteins. The other side of the molecule is attracted to fats and is repelled by water. ... One side of the soap molecule (the one that’s attracted to fat and repelled by water) buries its way into the virus’s fat and protein shell. Fortunately, the chemical bonds holding the virus together aren’t very strong, so this intrusion is enough to break the virus’s coat. “You pull the virus apart, you make it soluble in water, and it disintegrates”... Visit Website ]
Mar 11, 2020, 4:39pm

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What must be done to fight the coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org: Accessible and universal testing ... Free high-quality treatment ... Paid sick leave for all workers .... Equality of care ... Protect refugees, prisoners and the homeless ... Stop price gouging ... Safe working conditions ... Support the ill and the quarantined ... For international collaboration: ... All sanctions must immediately be lifted and all restrictions on international medical collaboration ended!... Visit Website ]
Mar 9, 2020, 3:36pm

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Cancer in US Navy Nuclear Powered Ships
Chris Busby: In 2011, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan was about 100km off the coast of Japan at the time of the Tsunami and the subsequent Fukushima reactor explosions. ... directed by the US government ... to provide assistance to the victims of the floods ... no-one on board was told was that the reactors had exploded and a plume of highly radioactive material was blowing east from the site into the path of the vessel ... 2014 ... A significant number of the Ronald Reagan crew were reporting a wide range of weird illnesses including cancers, all of which they were attributing to their radiation exposures. ... to answer the accusations that the Fukushima radiation was killing those ... A big report was prepared by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)... The result showed an astonishing 9.2-fold excess of cancer in the sailors on nuclear-powered vessels. (The control group.) ... It shows that all the sailors on nuclear powered Navy ships are dying from cancer... Visit Website ]
Mar 7, 2020, 12:34pm

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With the Looming Coronavirus Pandemic About to Hit the US, It’s Time for Us to Think Outside the Box
Dave LIndorff: Confronted with a looming epidemic, what we should want is for everyone in a society to have ready access to free testing to see if their symptoms indicate that they have the disease, and that if they do, for them to have access to prompt treatment and medication to minimize the risk that they will spread that disease to others or get a serious complication themselves. ... More than a hundred million of the poorest Americans these days, when they have employment, typically work in the service sector, where they perform jobs that put them in close contact, either directly or indirectly, with many people. Think of maids, janitors, hotel workers, theater ushers, hospital orderlies and nurse’s aides, warehouse and delivery drivers, supermarket cashiers and counter workers, restaurant staff, including waiters, busing staff and kitchen staff, etc... Visit Website ]
Mar 7, 2020, 12:01pm

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Take Drugs out of Drug Policy
Tessie Castillo: Examples of sensible drug policy initiatives include universal health care, education, affordable housing, and legally guaranteed living wages. ... “[We] punish people involved with drugs, not only through arrests and incarceration, but also deportations, evictions, loss of child custody, and barriers to jobs and education that keep entire families and communities trapped in a desperate vicious cycle.” ... True drug policy reform means societal change, which includes challenging the racial inequalities that emanate from our criminal justice system. ... “All candidates, regardless of party, should be focusing on decriminalization of personal possession of all drugs” ... The current crisis is the result of decades of inequitable economic policy, racism, and the tendency to blame complex problems on easy scapegoats... Visit Website ]
Mar 5, 2020, 4:59pm

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Our For-Profit Health Care System is Unjust — Only Medicare For All Can Fix It
Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram: There’s a big difference between what’s unfortunate and what’s unjust, especially in health care. ... It’s unfortunate to be diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager. It’s unjust that many diabetic patients ration insulin while Big Pharma corporations make exorbitant profits off a drug that’s almost a hundred years old. ... Right now, our unjust health care system helps you only after it deems you worthy or deserving of medical services. People’s eligibility for Medicaid or for assistance with purchasing private insurance largely depends on what state they live in and how much they earn. ... These hurdles are not labyrinths of misfortune. They are injustices, particularly cumbersome for low-income families and people of color who unsurprisingly make up 59 percent of the uninsured... Visit Website ]
Mar 4, 2020, 3:53pm

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Keep It Simple and Question: Propaganda, Technology, and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Edward Curtin: The important point is that the entire system of propaganda works on fear that is promulgated via the electronic media: television, cell phones, and computers. It is pumped out non-stop. ... The fear is the fear of death, the fundamental human fear that the powerful know how to manipulate to control people. ... Death that can come at the hands of fabricated enemies, disease, or state forces that will get you if you step too far out of line. ... Russia, China, Iran, corona virus, Julian Assange, and Chelsey Manning being a few prominent recent examples of what to fear and what will become of you if you resist the fear-mongering and lies, and are brave. ... The game is both obvious and subtle. Even while COVID-19 is hyped, here and there the media throw in exaggerated figures on the regular flu... Visit Website ]
Mar 3, 2020, 2:30pm

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Unpleasant US Food - Going To The UK?
Nick Dearden: It's not just chlorinated chicken: five foods a US trade deal could bring to the UK ... In place of stringent EU food regulations, the US is demanding a ‘science-based’ approach with disturbing consequences ... Nothing symbolises British fears of a standard-slashing US trade deal better than chlorinated chickens: those zombie birds, barely able to move, cluck or feed, stuffed with chemicals that force them to grow to unbelievable sizes, sitting in their own waste, covered in sores rather than feathers. ... (Also) Antibiotic meat ... GM foods ... More pus, more pesticides (Milk)... Unsafe baby food ... All-American Stilton cheese and Cornish pasties (not made to specific standards) ... (And) the US administration “view[s] the introduction of warning labels as harmful rather than as a step to public health” Visit Website ]
Mar 2, 2020, 10:45am

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Globalization and Our Precarious Medical Supply Chains
F. William Engdahl: The grave risks and dangers in the process of worldwide out-sourcing and so-called globalization of the past 30 years or so are becoming starkly clear as the ongoing health emergency across China threatens vital world supply chains from China to the rest of the world. ... 80% of present medicines consumed in the United States are produced in China ... The made in China drugs today include most antibiotics, birth control pills, blood pressure medicines such as valsartan, blood thinners such as heparin, and various cancer drugs. It includes such common medicines as penicillin, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), and aspirin. ... 97 percent of all antibiotics in the United States came from China ... The Achilles Heel of this globalization and sole dependency for vital medicines on one country now becomes alarmingly clear... Visit Website ]
Feb 27, 2020, 4:08pm

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Coronavirus – China Fights Determinately, while Others Smear!
Andre Vltchek: China has been hit by coronavirus as if by a brick over the head; heavily and mercilessly. Instead of help, Beijing has received criticism, even verbal attacks. ... In spite of doing tremendous job fighting the epidemy, China is getting almost no tributes for its performance. ... “China is now introducing the highest level of emergency. Treatment and prevention are the most important political missions.” ... “Scientists in China have reportedly developed (in just ten days) an express test which can detect the 2019-nCoV novel coronavirus in under fifteen minutes, in a major breakthrough which will hopefully help stem the tide of infection... Visit Website ]
Feb 1, 2020, 2:45pm


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