Daily Archives: April 23, 2020

2020-04-23: News Headlines

Santa Cruz News (2020-04-23). Libertarian Activist Organizes "Re-Open" Santa Cruz March, Calls Pandemic a Hoax. indybay.org Libertarian activist Sean Cutler is organizing a march to Santa Cruz City Hall on April 24 in support of re-opening the "local economy". An event listing posted to social media by Cutler promises "speeches" at City Hall, however it is unclear if the event is real or a stunt, as only one person is listed as attending. The event post for the march demands "an end to the tyrannical quarantine" and encourages participants to "bring flags, banners, posters, and the loving spirit of freedom". On March 16, Cutler posted on social media that the COVID-19 pandemic was, "overblown, childish, and insane". The pandemic is "s…

RT (2020-04-23). China to donate additional $30mn to WHO for fight against Covid-19. rt.com Beijing will donate an additional $30 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the global fight against Covid-19, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday. Hua tweeted the donation was aimed in particular at strengthening developing countries' health systems and added that China had already donated $20 million to the WHO in March. | The pledge comes about a week after US President Donald Trump suspended funding to the WHO and accused the Geneva-based organization of promoting Chinese "disinformation" about the virus, which emerged in the central city of Wuhan last yea…

Juan Cole (2020-04-23). Trump failed on Coronavirus, now wants to "shoot down" tiny Iranian Skiffs. zcomm.org I doubt that Trump's tweet will last longer than his memory of calling the coronavirus a hoax has. He's just seeing if he can get a rise from his base by … acting like a scoundrel.

Adam Hanieh (2020-04-23). When Oil Markets Go Viral. globalresearch.ca The ecological dimensions of COVID-19 have become increasingly prominent in much recent discussion, with several important

Charles Pierson (2020-04-22). We Won't Stop COVID-19 with "Chickenpox Parties" counterpunch.org Thumbing their noses at both government directives and the coronavirus, right-wing protestors have been massing at state capitols in Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia, and Texas to demand the lifting of stay-at-home orders issued by Democratic governors. President Donald Trump has responded in a way that looks a whole lot like a call to insurrection. On April 17, Trump tweeted "LIBERATE MICHIGAN," "LIBERATE MINNESOTA," and 'LIBERATE VIRGINIA," apparently mistaking those states for Paris in 1944.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-04-22). Nurses read names of 50 dead colleagues at White House protest. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—More than a dozen nurses, clothed in their scrubs and wearing N95 anti-viral masks, marched to the White House on the morning of April 21 and read the names of 50 colleagues who have died so far in the U.S. phase of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Those deaths, they said, are due to lack of …

Whitney Webb (2020-04-22). Trump's "Shoot Down And Destroy" Tweet About Boosting Oil Prices Or A Harbinger Of War With Iran? thealtworld.com Trump's recent tweet to "shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships" has sparked concern over a new war in the Middle East. However, the more immediate effect of Trump's tweet has been a big boost in oil prices and a rise in the stock market. Was that Trump's actual intention or is there another war on the way? | On Wednesday morning, President Trump

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-04-22). Covid-19: Check the Source of your Information! War against… Corruption? globalresearch.ca Introduction | I am not a conspiracy theorist. I am not a great fan of social media, blogs or controversy on the Internet; nor am I a journalist, at least not by profession. | I am a doctor: seven years at medical …

Christine E. Black (2020-04-22). Common Cruelty in Lockdown Time. Allowing Hatred, Fear and Paranoia to Cloud our Judgment. globalresearch.ca "Deer in the headlights look," wrote someone on social media about South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who was shown in an unflattering photo, after workers at a Smithfield plant in her state tested positive for the corona virus. "That …

teleSUR (2020-04-22). World's Cultural Ministers Attend UNESCO Video Conference. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, UNESCO is organizing a video conference attended by a hundred Cultural Ministers to analyze the sector's contribution to facing the impact of the COVID-19. | RELATED: | In intervals every few minutes, the ministers are sharing experiences and promoting international cooperation, the organization assures in its official Twitter account. | The virtual meeting seeks national strategies to mitigate the…

commondreams (2020-04-22). NIAC Statement on Trump's Tweet Threatening Conflict with Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2020-04-21). American dream suspended: Trump says he's signing order to halt immigration into US 'in light of attack' from coronavirus. rt.com US President Donald Trump said he will sign an executive order suspending all immigration into the United States, citing the need to protect American jobs amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. | "In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" Trump said in a tweet on Monday night. | In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to tempo…

RT (2020-04-21). MSM sneer at grave of Covid-19 victim because he criticized Ohio lockdown measures. rt.com A man who tragically died after contracting the coronavirus has posthumously found himself at the center of a mainstream media sneer campaign because he questioned the restrictive lockdown measures in his native Ohio. | Despite thousands of people dying from the illness across the world every day, a range of news outlets have taken it upon themselves to exhaustively report on the case of John W. McDaniel — inspiring a vicious Twitter excoriation in their wake — because he voiced his opposition to the clampdown on personal freedoms that authorities have introduced in a bid to tackle the disease. | Thi…

Ed Sykes (2020-04-21). MP makes shocking PPE revelation that the government won't want you to hear. thecanary.co On 21 April, Labour MP Bill Esterson made a shocking revelation about personal protective equipment ( PPE scandal: | Esterson tweeted: | One of my constituents offe…

Tom Coburg (2020-04-21). Fake 'nurses' propaganda tweets distract from further government coronavirus shambles. thecanary.co Over 100 fake twitter accounts of 'nurses', offering support to the Cabinet's coronavirus (Covid-19) strategy, have apparently appeared, then suddenly disappeared. There has been speculation on Twitter as to their origin.This distraction comes at a time when details of government cock-ups regarding the outbreak appear almost daily.Fake accounts: A claim has emerged that someone, either an employee with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), or via a contracted "marketing agency", created 128 fake NHS twitter accounts. It's alleged that postings on those accounts came from one person and "4 assign…

teleSUR (2020-04-21). Jailed Saudi Princess Appeals for Help After Months of Silence. telesurenglish.net A Saudi princess, princess Basma bint Saud, who has been missing for almost a year, spoke publicly for the first time, asking her uncle, King Salman, and her cousin Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to review her case and release her from prison. | RELATED: | "I am currently arbitrarily held at Al-Ha'ir prison without criminal, or otherwise any charges against my person," read one of the tweets posted last Wed…

Cheston CC, Vinci RJ. (2020-04-21). Overuse of Continuous Pulse Oximetry for Bronchiolitis. jamanetwork.com Bronchiolitis, a viral infection of the lower respiratory tract, is the most common cause of hospitalization among children younger than 2 years, and generated estimated direct hospital costs of $734 million in 2016. Clinical practice recommendations from the Choosing Wisely campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) specifically target medical overuse for children with bronchiolitis in an effort to improve value of medical care for the approximately 130‚ÄØ000 infants admitted each year with this disease. Amid recommendations related to prevention, diagnosis, and management of bronchi…

Eleanor Eagan (2020-04-17). Which Bailed Out Industries Have a Shortcut to Biden World? cepr.net For the reality-based, Trump's indifference to the tragedy that COVID-19 is spreading across the country might be maddening but not surprising. Trump downplaying the severity of the crisis, tweeting nonsense, and pushing for a $500 billion corporate bailout are entirely on brand. This is to be expected of an administration full of former lobbyists and industry executives. But special interests are coming for Democrats, …

Hannah Gais (2020-04-16). Hate Groups and Racist Pundits Spew COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media Despite Companies' Pledges to Combat It. splcenter.org Hate groups and racist pundits have pushed misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic on mainstream social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube throughout the crisis, despite companies pledging to fight fake news about the virus.

Hatewatch Staff (2020-04-07). Facebook's Strategy for Taking Down Hate Groups is Spotty and Ineffective. splcenter.org Facebook continues to provide a safe haven for hate groups and extremists despite the company's attempts to "stop the most egregious and dangerous groups from using its tools." Hatewatch staff previously reported several extremist groups and pages currently active on the platform directly to Facebook in 2018.

Duncan Roden (2020-04-22). Would you die for Wall Street? greenleft.org.au

Zero Hedge (2020-04-21). Trump Temporarily Suspends All Immigration Into The United States. iranian.com In a stunning turn of events, late on Monday, President Trump tweeted that "In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1252418369170501639 Trump did not …

Dominique Morgan (2020-04-09). I'm Queer and I've Been in Solitary. Ellen Isn't Experiencing What I Did. aclu.org On Monday, I ended a 12-hour day returning emails to incarcerated queer folks, providing direct aid for housing to folks living with HIV & AIDS who have been incarcerated and challenging the state of Nebraska to provide humane conditions for incarcerated individuals and decided to mindlessly scroll on Twitter. , , I found the quote from the show Ellen DeGeneres filmed from her multimillion-dollar, multi-room mansion: "One thing that I've learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what it is," she said. "It's mostly because I've be…

2020-04-23: Social Media Postees

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Libertarian Activist Organizes "Re-Open" Santa Cruz March, Calls Pandemic a Hoax
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2020-04-23
Libertarian activist Sean Cutler is organizing a march to Santa Cruz City Hall on April 24 in support of re-opening the "local economy". An event listing posted to social media by Cutler promises "speeches" at City Hall, however it is unclear if the event is real or a stunt, as only one person is listed as attending. The event post for the march demands "an end to the tyrannical quarantine" and encourages participants to "bring flags, banners, posters, and the loving spirit of freedom". On March 16, Cutler posted on social media that the COVID-19 pandemic was, "overblown, childish, and insane". The pandemic is "s…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/22/18832568.php

Trump failed on Coronavirus, now wants to "shoot down" tiny Iranian Skiffs
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-04-23
I doubt that Trump's tweet will last longer than his memory of calling the coronavirus a hoax has. He's just seeing if he can get a rise from his base by … acting like a scoundrel.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trump-failed-on-coronavirus-now-wants-to-shoot-down-tiny-iranian-skiffs/

China to donate additional $30mn to WHO for fight against Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-04-23
Beijing will donate an additional $30 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the global fight against Covid-19, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday. Hua tweeted the donation was aimed in particular at strengthening developing countries' health systems and added that China had already donated $20 million to the WHO in March. | The pledge comes about a week after US President Donald Trump suspended funding to the WHO and accused the Geneva-based organization of promoting Chinese "disinformation" about the virus, which emerged in the central city of Wuhan last yea…
rt.com/newsline/486617-china-donate-who-markets/

When Oil Markets Go Viral
Adam Hanieh | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-23
The ecological dimensions of COVID-19 have become increasingly prominent in much recent discussion, with several important contributions exploring the pandemic in relation to capitalist agribusiness, widespread loss of biodiversity, and the destruction of natural ecosystems. There is, however, a further …
globalresearch.ca/when-oil-markets-go-viral/5710473

We Won't Stop COVID-19 with "Chickenpox Parties"
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-22
Thumbing their noses at both government directives and the coronavirus, right-wing protestors have been massing at state capitols in Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia, and Texas to demand the lifting of stay-at-home orders issued by Democratic governors. President Donald Trump has responded in a way that looks a whole lot like a call to insurrection. On April 17, Trump tweeted "LIBERATE MICHIGAN," "LIBERATE MINNESOTA," and 'LIBERATE VIRGINIA," apparently mistaking those states for Paris in 1944.
counterpunch.org/2020/04/22/we-wont-stop-covid-19-with-chickenpox-parties/

Nurses read names of 50 dead colleagues at White House protest
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-04-22
WASHINGTON–More than a dozen nurses, clothed in their scrubs and wearing N95 anti-viral masks, marched to the White House on the morning of April 21 and read the names of 50 colleagues who have died so far in the U.S. phase of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Those deaths, they said, are due to lack of …
peoplesworld.org/article/nurses-read-names-of-50-dead-colleagues-at-white-house-protest/

Stopping Trump's Demonic Reversals of the Long-term Benefits of the First Earth Day April 22, 1970
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2020-04-22
Dumb, disgraceful Donald still sneers at the oncoming climate catastrophe, calling it a hoax. (Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_climate_hotel_0_0.jpeg
commondreams.org/views/2020/04/22/stopping-trumps-demonic-reversals-long-term-benefits-first-earth-day-april-22-1970?cd-origin=rss

Trump's "Shoot Down And Destroy" Tweet About Boosting Oil Prices Or A Harbinger Of War With Iran?
Whitney Webb | thealtworld.com | 2020-04-22
Trump's recent tweet to "shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships" has sparked concern over a new war in the Middle East. However, the more immediate effect of Trump's tweet has been a big boost in oil prices and a rise in the stock market. Was that Trump's actual intention or is there another war on the way? | On Wednesday morning, President Trump announced on Twitter that he has "instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,"

Trump’s “Shoot Down And Destroy” Tweet About Boosting Oil Prices Or A Harbinger Of War With Iran?

Common Cruelty in Lockdown Time. Allowing Hatred, Fear and Paranoia to Cloud our Judgment
Christine E. Black | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-22
"Deer in the headlights look," wrote someone on social media about South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who was shown in an unflattering photo, after workers at a Smithfield plant in her state tested positive for the corona virus. "That …
globalresearch.ca/common-cruelty-lockdown/5710479

Covid-19: Check the Source of your Information! War against… Corruption?
Dr. Pascal Sacré | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-22
Introduction | I am not a conspiracy theorist. I am not a great fan of social media, blogs or controversy on the Internet; nor am I a journalist, at least not by profession. | I am a doctor: seven years at medical …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-check-the-source-of-your-information-war-against-corruption/5710511

World's Cultural Ministers Attend UNESCO Video Conference
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-22
On Thursday, UNESCO is organizing a video conference attended by a hundred Cultural Ministers to analyze the sector's contribution to facing the impact of the COVID-19. | RELATED: | UNESCO Responds to Trump's Threat To Destroy Iran Cultural Site | In intervals every few minutes, the ministers are sharing experiences and promoting international cooperation, the organization assures in its official Twitter account. | The virtual meeting seeks national strategies to mitigate the…
telesurenglish.net/news/worlds-culture-ministers-attend-unesco-videoconference-20200422-0009.html

NIAC Statement on Trump's Tweet Threatening Conflict with Iran
commondreams.org | 2020-04-22
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/04/22/niac-statement-trumps-tweet-threatening-conflict-iran?cd-origin=rss

American dream suspended: Trump says he's signing order to halt immigration into US 'in light of attack' from coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-04-21
US President Donald Trump said he will sign an executive order suspending all immigration into the United States, citing the need to protect American jobs amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. | "In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" Trump said in a tweet on Monday night. | In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to tempo…
rt.com/usa/486391-immigration-trump-suspension-us/

MSM sneer at grave of Covid-19 victim because he criticized Ohio lockdown measures
rt.com | 2020-04-21
A man who tragically died after contracting the coronavirus has posthumously found himself at the center of a mainstream media sneer campaign because he questioned the restrictive lockdown measures in his native Ohio. | Despite thousands of people dying from the illness across the world every day, a range of news outlets have taken it upon themselves to exhaustively report on the case of John W. McDaniel

Fake 'nurses' propaganda tweets distract from further government coronavirus shambles
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2020-04-21
Over 100 fake twitter accounts of 'nurses', offering support to the Cabinet's coronavirus (Covid-19) strategy, have apparently appeared, then suddenly disappeared. There has been speculation on Twitter as to their origin.This distraction comes at a time when details of government cock-ups regarding the outbreak appear almost daily.Fake accounts: A claim has emerged that someone, either an employee with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), or via a contracted "marketing agency", created 128 fake NHS twitter accounts. It's alleged that postings on those accounts came from one person and "4 assign…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/04/21/fake-nurses-propaganda-tweets-distract-from-further-government-coronavirus-shambles/

MP makes shocking PPE revelation that the government won't want you to hear
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2020-04-21
On 21 April, Labour MP Bill Esterson made a shocking revelation about personal protective equipment ( PPE). And it seems to represent one more brick in the wall of evidence showing government incompetence and inaction amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. | PPE scandal: | Esterson tweeted: | One of my constituents offe…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/04/21/mp-makes-shocking-ppe-revelation-that-the-government-wont-want-you-to-hear/

Jailed Saudi Princess Appeals for Help After Months of Silence
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-21
A Saudi princess, princess Basma bint Saud, who has been missing for almost a year, spoke publicly for the first time, asking her uncle, King Salman, and her cousin Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to review her case and release her from prison. | RELATED: | COVID-19 Reportedly Fast Spreading Among Saudi Royal Family | "I am currently arbitrarily held at Al-Ha'ir prison without criminal, or otherwise any charges against my person," read one of the tweets posted last Wed…
telesurenglish.net/news/Jailed-Saudi-Princess-Appeals-for-Help-After-Months-of-Silence-20200421-0022.html

Overuse of Continuous Pulse Oximetry for Bronchiolitis
Cheston CC, Vinci RJ. | jamanetwork.com | 2020-04-21
Bronchiolitis, a viral infection of the lower respiratory tract, is the most common cause of hospitalization among children younger than 2 years, and generated estimated direct hospital costs of $734 million in 2016. Clinical practice recommendations from the Choosing Wisely campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) specifically target medical overuse for children with bronchiolitis in an effort to improve value of medical care for the approximately 130‚ÄØ000 infants admitted each year with this disease. Amid recommendations related to prevention, diagnosis, and management of bronchi…
jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2764684

BJP Capitalizes on Coronavirus Fears to Take India's Fascist Creep to the Next Level
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-04-17
Last week, 22-year-old Dilshad "Mehboob" Ali was dragged into a field on the outskirts of Delhi and beaten with sticks and shoes by an enraged crowd demanding to be told, "who else is behind this conspiracy?" His attackers believed he was part of a "corona Jihad: " an evil plot by India's Muslim minority to spread the disease and kill as many Hindus as possible. Ali was dragged to a temple and told to convert to Hinduism before they would allow him to go to the hospital. Images of the incident went viral, illustrative of a nationwide assault on the country's nearly 200 million Muslims. | Ali is part of the Tabligh…
mintpressnews.com/coronavirus-takes-india-fascist-creep-next-level-bjp-alleges/266750/

Which Bailed Out Industries Have a Shortcut to Biden World?
Eleanor Eagan | cepr.net | 2020-04-17
For the reality-based, Trump's indifference to the tragedy that COVID-19 is spreading across the country might be maddening but not surprising. Trump downplaying the severity of the crisis, tweeting nonsense, and pushing for a $500 billion corporate bailout are entirely on brand. This is to be expected of an administration full of former lobbyists and industry executives. But special interests are coming for Democrats, …
cepr.net/which-bailed-out-industries-have-a-shortcut-to-biden-world/

Hate Groups and Racist Pundits Spew COVID-19 Misinformation on Social Media Despite Companies' Pledges to Combat It
Hannah Gais | splcenter.org | 2020-04-16
Hate groups and racist pundits have pushed misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic on mainstream social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube throughout the crisis, despite companies pledging to fight fake news about the virus.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/04/17/hate-groups-and-racist-pundits-spew-covid-19-misinformation-social-media-despite-companies

Facebook's Strategy for Taking Down Hate Groups is Spotty and Ineffective
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2020-04-07
Facebook continues to provide a safe haven for hate groups and extremists despite the company's attempts to "stop the most egregious and dangerous groups from using its tools." Hatewatch staff previously reported several extremist groups and pages currently active on the platform directly to Facebook in 2018.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/04/07/facebooks-strategy-taking-down-hate-groups-spotty-and-ineffective

Trump Temporarily Suspends All Immigration Into The United States
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2020-04-21
In a stunning turn of events, late on Monday, President Trump tweeted that "In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1252418369170501639 Trump did not …
iranian.com/2020/04/20/trump-temporarily-suspends-all-immigration-into-the-united-states/

I'm Queer and I've Been in Solitary. Ellen Isn't Experiencing What I Did
Dominique Morgan | aclu.org | 2020-04-09
On Monday, I ended a 12-hour day returning emails to incarcerated queer folks, providing direct aid for housing to folks living with HIV & AIDS who have been incarcerated and challenging the state of Nebraska to provide humane conditions for incarcerated individuals and decided to mindlessly scroll on Twitter. , , I found the quote from the show Ellen DeGeneres filmed from her multimillion-dollar, multi-room mansion: "One thing that I've learned from being in quarantine is that people