2020-05-19: Social Media Postees

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The Privileged and Powerful in the Pandemic
Robert Reich | commondreams.org | 2020-05-19
Musk's thin-skinned, petulant narcissism bears an uncanny resemblance to Donald Trump, who last week tweeted, "California should let Tesla and @elonmusk open the plant, NOW."(Photo: flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/musk.jpg

VIRUS: COVID-19 registry first to track global ICU experience to shed light on trends in care of critically ill patients
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-19

COVID-19: Podemos, social-democrats prepare to send Spanish police against workers' protests
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
The "left populist" Podemos party is backing plans for Civil Guards to attack working class protests and monitor social media for signs of online dissent.

Long Island Protest Praised by Trump Featured Anti-Vaxxer Call to "Hang Fauci"
Robert Mackey | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
On Saturday morning, in a tweet that echoed his infamous praise for white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump described the protesters who had harassed the reporter as "Great people!"

Another example of social media censorship
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-18
TruePublica Editor: Regular readers of TruePublica know we have given up almost completely with social media as a way of driving traffic to the website. This is because we value organic growth. Growth that can be withdrawn or manipulated at will by others with no response to reasonable questions is not sustainable. We have asked …

National Nurses Day: Not all heroes wear capes
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
Photo and article are courtesy of Mayo Clinic News Center andMayo Clinic Employee Facebook. Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear scrubs, protective equipment and step out in difficult times to be there for others. As COVID-19 continues to spread and people heed notices to socially distance themselves and hunker down in their homes, there …

Another Bank Bailout Under Cover of a Virus
Ellen Brown | commondreams.org | 2020-05-18
The American people are therefore entitled to share in the benefits and the profits. Banking needs to be made a public utility. (Photo: Twitter/@publicbankla) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/publicbanks_0.jpeg

'Crowns of Thorns': A poetic response to the coronavirus crisis
Peter Marcus | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-18
The air is fresh but we can't breathe easier with these crowns of thorns we're unable to mask, a sick response to a disease gone viral. Gloves should come in handy, if not for hand-wringing in a soap opera, which whitewashes the rich antibody politic with bail-outs in an economic income tsunami drowning us with …

VIRUS: COVID-19 registry first to track global ICU experience to shed light on trends in care of critically ill patients
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18

Tribal Leader Red-Tagged in Philippines During COVID-19 Crisis
Billie Pierre | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
00: 21.42 Length. Hi, this is Billie Pierre with Media Coop, in so-called Canada. Today is May 17, 2020, and we'll be hearing from a tribal indigenous land defender Windel Bolinget from the Cordillera People's Alliance in the Northern Philippines. Himself and his children are currently being smeared in a dangerous disinformation campaign through social media.

Scientists dismiss claims 'mega doses' of vitamin D can protect against Covid-19
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-19
Scientists have dismissed "very misleading" social media reports that so-called "mega doses" of vitamin D can protect against coronavirus.Some articles have claimed that the vitamin can act as a protective measure

'Don't ask what happened': Ex-WWE star's wife pleads for help after wrestler VANISHES amid fears he DROWNED in beach tragedy
rt.com | 2020-05-19
The wife of actor and former WWE star Shad Gaspard, who disappeared after saving his son from rough waves on a California beach, has begged fans on social media to help find the 6ft 7in giant as rescue teams continue their search. | …

Italy warns against 'tourism corridors' between EU states in about-face, urges reopening all borders AT ONCE
rt.com | 2020-05-19
Italy urged fellow EU countries to work together to reanimate the tourism industry after the coronavirus pandemic, speaking against any bilateral deals between member states

Study Trump cited in his latest attack on WHO does NOT EXIST, says editor-in-chief of prestigious medical journal
rt.com | 2020-05-19
US President Donald Trump cited a study supposedly published in the Lancet medical journal as he once again accused the WHO of ignoring early Covid-19 warnings. Now, the Lancet chief editor says there has been no such publication. | "Dear President Trump, you cite the Lancet in your attack on WHO. Please let me correct the record," Dr. Richard Horton, the editor-in-chief of the prestigious British medical journal, wrote on Twitter on Monday. Trump referred to the outlet in his latest letter to the World Health Organization head, Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus, in which he warned that Washington would perm…

'Potential benefit outweighed the risk': Trump's doctor pens letter in defense of HCQ, Twitter still unconvinced he's taking it
rt.com | 2020-05-19
With media and online pundits going into a full-blown meltdown after US President Donald Trump said that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against coronavirus, his doctor issued a statement in support of the drug. | Trump's admission late Monday that he has been taking the experimental drug, originally designed to treat malaria and several other conditions, has caught many off-guard, spawning a torrent of reactions online. | The White House physician says he and the president "concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks." The FDA says there's no evidence hydroxy…

'Fat shaming is cool now?' Pelosi's jab at Trump's weight sends #MorbidlyObese trending & the 'Resistance' can't get enough
rt.com | 2020-05-19
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was cheered by President Donald Trump's critics after dubbing him "morbidly obese," even making the phrase trend online, but many have condemned what they see as a double standard over "fat shaming." | Pelosi's comment came during an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, telling the pundit she was concerned about the president's health after he said he was taking hydroxychloroquine

'No time to waste': Trump gives WHO 30 days to make 'major improvements' before US PERMANENTLY freezes funding
rt.com | 2020-05-19
US President Donald Trump has threatened to halt American funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) for good, giving the agency 30 days to clean up its act while insisting it mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic. | This is the letter sent to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization. It is self-explanatory! pic.twitter.com/pF2kzPUpDv– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2020 | In a scathing letter addressed to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom on Monday night…

'Potential benefit outweighed the risk': Trump's doctor pens letter in defense of HCQ, Twitter still unconvinced he takes it
rt.com | 2020-05-19
With media and online pundits going into a full-blown meltdown after US President Donald Trump said that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against coronavirus, his doctor issued a statement in support of the drug. | Trump's admission late Monday that he has been taking the experimental drug, originally designed to treat malaria and several other conditions, has caught many off-guard, spawning a torrent of reactions online. | pic.twitter.com/o9DQrfSjJH– Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 19,…

'You first then': Prince Charles' plea to Brits to 'Pick for Britain' during Covid-19 crisis provokes anger
rt.com | 2020-05-19
Britain's Prince Charles' appeal to citizens to join a movement

'Take the red pill': Elon Musk sends Twitter into Matrix meltdown, gets Ivanka Trump's praise… & 'f*** you both' from Wachowski
rt.com | 2020-05-18
Elon Musk has yet again triggered an online storm, urging the public to "take the red pill." The Matrix reference got him showered in praise from conservatives, but the creators of the iconic movie were not amused. | The new cryptic message from the billionaire, who has been repeatedly tweeting out bizarre things lately, arrived on Sunday afternoon. Unlike the lengthy and even less coherent threads Musk produced in the past, this time he stuck to a short form worthy of a true masterpiece. | "Take the red pill," he stated, posting a red rose emoji. | Take the red pill üåπ– Elon Musk…

Only Palestinians can, should decide for Palestine: Foreign Ministry
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-19
TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA)

Only Palestinians can, should decide for Palestine: Foreign Ministry
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-19
TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA)

US policy on Iran not well-calculated: Ulyanov
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

'Not the Same Anymore': Trump Bashes Fox News Over COVID-19 Treatment, Riles Up Online Crowd
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-19
While some social media users proceeded to savage Trump online, at least one person argued that perhaps looking for a "new outlet" is not something a POTUS should be doing.

Walt Disney's Streaming Guru Kevin Mayer Named as TikTok's New CEO
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-19
The executive, who oversaw the launch of Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu, will join TikTok as the social media platform's parent company is planning to roll out its own music streaming service.

TV Shows, Cars and Make-up: Top Brands Killing It on Instagram Revealed
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-19
The coronavirus pandemic has marked a big spike in digital activity, including on social media, and brands are revamping their Instagram strategies to stand out and reach a wider audience. A new study shows who has been the most successful thus far.

'Fan of True Crime': Relative of Alleged Ahmaud Arbery Killers Shared Murder Scene Photo on Snapchat
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-19
Lindsay McMichael, a 30-year-old relative of the father-son duo charged with the February murder of Ahmaud Arbery, recently admitted that she shared an unedited photo of the jogger's lifeless body on social media moments after police arrived on the scene of the shooting.

Libya army defeats Haftar militias near Tunisian border
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-19
The Libyan army has captured two towns near Tunisian border from eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias. | The capture of the two towns was announced by the media office of the government-led Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation. | "Our heroic forces have entered the towns of Badr and Tij amid welcome from their residents," the media office said in a statement on Facebook on Tuesday. | No further details were available. | Libya-based February TV aired a video showing the deployment of Libyan military vehicles in the town of Badr after taking it from Haftar's militias. | On Monday, the Libyan army reto…

Cricket: India's Kohli credits change in stance for versatility
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-19
Virat Kohli's wide range of shots makes him one of the most versatile batsmen of his era and the India captain says it was a tweak to his stance that brought him a deluge of runs in recent years.Kohli made his India in 2008 as a flashy batsman but has since combined compact technique with elegant shotmaking.In a Facebook live chat with Bangladesh one-day captain Tamim Iqbal, he said ditching his earlier stance opened up scoring options for him."I changed because I wanted to score all over the ground. The static position was limiting my shotmaking options," said the 31-year-old, who goes back-and-across in his cur…

WHO expects to have 'more clarity' on Trump letter later in day
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the agency had no immediate comment on a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump, but expected to have "more clarity" and a reaction later in the day.Trump, in a letter posted on Twitter, threatened on Monday to permanently halt funding for the WHO if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider his country's membership of the U.N. agency."I saw the letter, for now I don't have any reaction. We are very busy trying to finalise our agenda for the World Health Assembly," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a U.N. briefing in G…

Controversy as Identities of 4 K-Pop Idols Who Visited Itaewon Week Before COVID Breakout Revealed
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-18
At the beginning of May, South Korea, which effectively contained the spread of COVID-19, reported dozens of news cases after an infected person visited a party district in Seoul.

Turkey condemns pig's-head vandalism of German mosque
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
An Islamophobic incident in which a pig's head was mounted onto the door of mosque in southern Germany drew condemnation from Turkey on Monday."Even during the holy month of Ramadan and the epidemic, racism and hostility against Islam continues in Europe. The ugly attack on our mosque in Germany is the latest example of this," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted on Monday.Denouncing the perpetrators' "sick mentality," he urged that they be caught immediately.The incident took place Saturday at the Fatih Mosque in the city of Vaihingen, run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs. The incident too…

Big Oil Takes $1.9 Billion in CARES Act Tax Breaks Intended for Small Businesses
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-17
Sen. Bernie Sanders was among critics outraged that the fossil fuel industry is using tax breaks in the CARES Act meant to help businesses keep workers employed to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes

[Commentary] Serosurveys and convalescent plasma in COVID-19
Cristina Pérez-Cameo, Juan Marín-Lahoz | thelancet.com | 2020-05-17
The current pandemic is not only overwhelming the health systems of the affected countries but also is killing thousands of other ways healthy adults. Convalescent plasma has been proposed [1] and approved to treat COVID-19 based on the experience acquired treating other viral diseases such as influenza, Ebola, and SARS [2]. It is considered a safe treatment (at least its side effects and contraindications are well known) and it has proven to be efficacious in several viral infections for more than a century.

One of the world's biggest arms companies just tried pushing its progressive credentials. It didn't end well
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2020-05-17
One of the world's largest arms companies took to Twitter to try and show how progressive it is. May 17 is the international day against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia. It's 'a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities' and this year's social media campaign used the hashtag #BreakingTheSilence. | So BAE Systems took to Twitter to s…

Grading the States' Coronavirus Control
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2020-05-17
I recently wrote a Twitter thread ( 5/12/20) about another New York Times graphic feature that was a good idea, strangely executed. | The good idea, which appears on the Times' "Coronavirus in the US" page, is to sort states in terms of how well they're controlling the coronavirus outbreak, using graphs of the daily count of new cases in each state. This seems like a good cho…

Google Play Removes Iranian App Used against Coronavirus
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2020-05-17
The anti-Iran sanctions imposed by the "Wild West" have forced Google to remove Iranian mobile application 'Mask', developed to tackle the novel coronavirus and warn people to avoid high-risk areas, from its Play Store, a health official said. Iranian Health Ministry spokesperson Kianoosh Jahanpoor said in a post on his Twitter account that the homegrown …

Missing the Context of De Blasio's 'Jewish Community' Tweet
Ari Paul | fair.org | 2020-05-16
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's tweet ( 4/28/20) to "the Jewish community." | Time for a Yiddish lesson: Shanda, meaning a shame or disgrace; a scandal. | Right-wing voices throughout the media thought they found one with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's tweet ( 4/28/20) about a Hasidic funeral that violated Covid-19 social-distancing rules. But their shoddy coverage was the real shanda. | The background is this: Some Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn, members of a strictly Ort…

Trump vows to strip 'radical left' of 'TOTAL COMMAND' over FB, IG, Twitter & Google
rt.com | 2020-05-16
President Donald Trump has vowed to break the "radical left's" apparent control of social media platforms. Earlier, the president thanked his "keyboard warriors" for their support, as they accused the tech firms of censorship. | "The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google," Trump tweeted on Saturday. "The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tuned, and send names & events." | The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google. The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tun…