31 August 2020

Virus News: A Reading List

Virus News: A Reading List

Coronavirus Global and by State/Region Current Stats

U.S. Current Stats





As I dove into the Covid19 Pandemic mess, I did not initially collect links to web pages of interest.

But on March 20 of 2020, I had the idea to send to some friends an email with a reading list of hyper-linked web page titles. Joking, I made the subject line "Virus News." Project executed. But later in the day I decided to continue sending my daily reading list of links to my friends. Now I realize that there's no reason not to make the accumulated links available as a web page for everyone.

The last entry was on August 4, 2020. I made the decision to discontinue this project after a 3-week vacation on August 31, 2020. If you are laboring under the misconception that Washington, D.C. is going to help us out of this mess under the Trump Administration, I recommend reading the latest bad news from our nation's capitol. https://s2.washingtonpost.com/2b4d06d/5f4d5ce29d2fda2c36875497/5974281cade4e21a84959e38/9/55/a55e6ddf5f4f8d54c08d81b8f3532e18

Best regards,

Paul E. Merrell  


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Table of contents


March 2020

March 20 (Friday) 2020

'Now Make It National': Vermont and Minnesota Classify Grocery Store Staff as Emergency Personnel: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/19/now-make-it-national-vermont-and-minnesota-classify-grocery-store-staff-emergency>.

'We Cannot Test. We Cannot Test': As Coronavirus Cases in US Spike 40% in One Day, Medical Workers Plea for Key Supplies: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/19/we-cannot-test-we-cannot-test-coronavirus-cases-us-spike-40-one-day-medical-workers>

While GOP's Means-Tested Stimulus Aims to 'Screw Poor People,' Progressives Call For Universal Cash Payments: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/19/while-gops-means-tested-stimulus-aims-screw-poor-people-progressives-call-universal>

Amid Climate Crisis and Raging Pandemic, Trump Blasted for 'Morally Bankrupt' Multibillion-Dollar Big Oil Bailout: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/19/amid-climate-crisis-and-raging-pandemic-trump-blasted-morally-bankrupt-multibillion>

Trump invokes Defense Production Act as coronavirus response: <https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/488226-trump-invokes-defense-production-act-as-coronavirus-response>. (That's weeks overdue.)

Bernie's plan for corona virus response: <https://berniesanders.com/issues/emergency-response-coronavirus-pandemic/>.

Trump Seeks $500 Billion in Checks for Taxpayers: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/us/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-trump-stimulus.html>. (A round-up of virus-related news.)

Negotiations intensify on Capitol Hill over massive stimulus legislation: (Surgeon general: 15 days of social distancing ‘likely not going to be enough’ to halt coronavirusus as fallout worsens: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/03/18/trump-coronavirus-economic-plan/> (another round-up of virus-related news) ("the White House is pushing an economic plan that is 'over $2 trillion and counting'.")

US military’s role in response to virus outbreak is growing: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-militarys-role-in-response-to-virus-outbreak-is-growing/2020/03/18/b1100954-6977-11ea-b199-3a9799c54512_story.html>.

ICE to stop most immigration enforcement inside U.S., will focus on criminals during coronavirus outbreak: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ice-halting-most-immigration-enforcement/2020/03/18/d0516228-696c-11ea-abef-020f086a3fab_story.html>.

Surgeon general: 15 days of social distancing ‘likely not going to be enough’ to halt coronavirus: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/18/surgeon-general-social-distancing-not-enough-135377>.

Younger Adults Make Up Big Portion of Coronavirus Hospitalizations in U.S.: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/health/coronavirus-young-people.html>.

Iran sees biggest single-day increase in coronavirus fatalities: <https://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/488350-iran-sees-biggest-single-day-increase-in>.

China Hits a Coronavirus Milestone: No New Local Infections: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/world/asia/china-coronavirus-zero-infections.html>.

Refusal by Pelosi to Consider Universal Cash Payments in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic 'Maddening,' Say Progressives: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/18/refusal-pelosi-consider-universal-cash-payments-response-coronavirus-pandemic>

Big 3 Automakers Shut Down as Coronavirus Outbreak Grinds US Industry to a Halt: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/18/big-3-automakers-shut-down-coronavirus-outbreak-grinds-us-industry-halt>.

Esper: Pentagon to give respirator masks, ventilators to HHS: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/esper-pentagon-will-provide-respirators-ventilators-to-hhs/2020/03/17/1353b2a2-6886-11ea-b199-3a9799c54512_story.html>

As Airline Giants Beg for Taxpayer Bailout, Progressives Demand Stock Buyback Ban and Strong Worker Protections: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/18/airline-giants-beg-taxpayer-bailout-progressives-demand-stock-buyback-ban-and-strong>

As Trump Limits Guest Workers From Mexico Amid Coronavirus, Farmers Warn of Labor and Food Shortages: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/18/airline-giants-beg-taxpayer-bailout-progressives-demand-stock-buyback-ban-and-strong>

In Coronavirus Fight, Workers Are Forging an Emergency Green New Deal: <https://www.labor4sustainability.org/strike/in-coronavirus-fight-workers-are-forging-an-emergency-green-new-deal/>.



March 21 (Saturday) 2020

What More Could He Do? A Look at Trump’s Extreme Powers:
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/13/trump-extreme-powers-coronavirus-129176>

In Sweeping Power Grab, DOJ Seeks Ability To Detain People Indefinitely Without Trial: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/sweeping-power-grab-doj-seeks-ability-detain-people-indefinitely-without-trial>

As the U.S. Blames China for the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Rest of the World Asks China for Help: https://theintercept.com/2020/03/18/coronavirus-china-world-power/>

Last-Minute Coronavirus Quarantine Supplies: What to Buy (and Where to Get It) When the Stuff You Want Is Sold Out: <https://www.theorganicprepper.com/last-minute-coronavirus-quarantine-supplies/v>

The Lockdown Of America Begins: https://www.zerohedge.com/health/lockdown-america-begins>

Biden Plans 'Fireside Corona Chats' To Snipe At Trump Virus Response: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/biden-plans-fireside-corona-chats-snipe-trump-virus-response>

Watch How A Coronavirus Test Is Administered: "Awful, I Wish There Was A Better Way": <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/awful-i-wish-there-was-better-way-watch-how-coronavirus-test-administered>

It's Not Just Toilet-Paper & Hand-Sanitizer - Condoms & Pot Sales Soar Amid Global Lockdown: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/its-not-just-toilet-paper-hand-sanitizer-condoms-pot-sales-soar-amid-global-lockdown>

New Jersey Orders 9 Million Residents To 'Stay At Home'; 86 Million Americans Now On Lockdown: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/new-jersey-orders-9-million-residents-stay-home> (includes text of governor's lock-down order; violations punishable with up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 fine)

More Than 70 Million Americans Have Been Locked Down So Far, And This Is Just The Beginning...: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/more-70-million-americans-have-been-locked-down-so-far-and-just-beginning>

FDA Authorizes First 45-Minute 'Rapid Point-Of-Care' Test: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/fda-authorizes-first-45-minute-rapid-point-care-test>

China 'Inexcusably' Hid Information About Coronavirus And Should Admit Their Wrongdoing: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/china-inexcusably-hid-information-about-coronavirus-and-should-admit-their-wrongdoing> (emerging Trump election excuse).

Public Health Experts: Single-Payer Systems Coping with Coronavirus More Effectively than for-Profit Model: <https://popularresistance.org/public-health-experts-single-payer-systems-coping-with-coronavirus-more-effectively-than-for-profit-model/>

Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-outbreak.html> (very important article!)

Senate Closing in on Deal for $1.6 Trillion Rescue Package: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/21/senate-coronavirus-stimulus-negotiations-140334>

Sticking Points Force Stimulus Package Talks to Spill into Sunday: <https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/488844-sticking-points-force-stimulus-package-talks-to-spill-into-sunday.>

How to Make Your Own Mask: Hong Kong Scientists Reveal Temporary Solution for Those Unable to Get Protective Gear Because of Panic Buying and Price-Gouging: <https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3050689/how-make-your-own-mask-hong-kong-scientists>


Coronavirus - On Western Government Failures And Possible Therapies: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/03/coronavirus-on-western-government-failures-and-possible-therapies.html>

The Legally Troubling Treatment of COVID-19 Meetings as Classified: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69237/the-legally-troubling-treatment-of-covid-19-meetings-as-classified/> (Trump transparency: fuhgeddaboutit.)

Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How: <https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/03/19/coronavirus-effect-economy-life-society-analysis-covid-135579>

U.S. sees largest one-day increase in coronavirus death toll since the outbreak began; San Francisco area asked to shelter at home: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/03/16/coronavirus-latest-news/> ("President Trump told governors Monday that states should work on getting respirators and ventilators, and not wait for the federal government to provide them. ")

Governments and Companies Race to Make Masks Vital to Virus Fight: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/21/business/coronavirus-masks-hanes-trump.html>

A Surgeon's Guide to Sewing a Surgical Mask: <https://www.drstreicher.com/dr-streicher-blog/2020/3/a-surgeon-sewing-a-surgical-mask>

States Still Waiting on Coronavirus Tests as Trump Tells Them to Do More: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/20/coronavirus-tests-states-138426>

"Critical Medical Supply Shortage": The Moment US Woke Up To Disaster Of Always Outsourcing To China: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/vast-medical-supply-shortage-will-be-moment-americans-wake-danger-overreliance-chinese>

An Update on the Coronavirus Treatment: <https://archive.is/timHx#selection-1979.5-1979.43> (Meanwhile, Facebook and Twitter are deleting posts that suggest hydroxychloroquine might be a cure as misinformation. Go figure.)

March 26 (Thursday) 2020

'For Common Benefit of All,' Ireland Nationalizes Hospitals for Duration of Coronavirus Crisis, Sparking Demand for US to Follow Suit: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/26/ireland-nationalizes-hospitals-duration-coronavirus>

House Democrats Urged to Remove 'Insidious Attack' on Social Security Hidden Within Senate Coronavirus Bill: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/26/house-democrats-urged-remove-insidious-attack-social-security-hidden-within-senate>

Text of the CARES Act: <https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6819239/FINAL-FINAL-CARES-ACT.pdf> (880 pp.)

Senate COVID-19 Relief Bill Put Corporations First – Now, Let’s Take Care of People,
<https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/26/senate-covid-19-relief-bill-put-corporations-first-now-lets-take-care-people>

The Coronavirus Effect: Pandemic Exposes Structural Violence of US Ruling Class: <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/26/coronavirus-effect-pandemic-exposes-structural-violence-us-ruling-class>

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, America Terrorized: <http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176680/tomgram%3A_andrew_bacevich%2C_america_terrorized/>

Covid-19: The Panic is Worse Than the Pathogen: <https://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2020/03/covid-19-panic-is-worse-than-pathogen.html>

Bernie Petition to protect Amazon workers from virus: <https://act.berniesanders.com/signup/amazon_coronavirus_petition/>

United States could become coronavirus epicenter: WHO: <https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-who-usa/us-has-potential-of-becoming-coronavirus-epicentre-says-who-idUSKBN21B1FT>

Major National Environmental Group Calls for Public Ownership of Fossil Fuel Companies Amid Global Crisis: <https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/03/23/major-national-environmental-group-calls-public-ownership-fossil-fuel-companies>

March 27 (Friday) 2020

Slow day for virus news and for email. Looks like most of the newsies decided to take a long weekend.

The Senate’s Coronavirus Relief Package Must be Stopped!: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/senate-coronavirus-relief-package-must-stopped/5707727> (Mike Whitney lays bare the numbers being pulled in the Virus Bailout Bill.)

Trump Says He Will Label Regions by Risk of Coronavirus Threat: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-threat-labels.html>

Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive: <https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52060791>
  

March 28 (Saturday) 2020

Simulating an epidemic: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxAaO2rsdIs> (video, 23 min., *very* highly recommended).

Rhode Island police, National Guard begin stopping cars with NY plates and going door-to-door to enforce quarantine: <https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/489996-rhode-island-police-national-guard-begin-stopping-cars-with-ny-plates>

White House Calls For 14-Day Quarantine For All Leaving New York: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-24/white-house-calls-for-14-day-quarantine-for-all-leaving-new-york>

Cuomo Opposes Trump’s Proposal for Quarantine of NYC Area: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-28/cuomo-says-new-york-needs-30-000-ventilators-at-state-s-apex>

State Fire Marshal Says Oregonians Can Now Pump Their Own Gas: <https://www.opb.org/news/article/state-fire-marshal-says-oregonians-can-now-pump-their-own-gas/> (Until April 11).

Trump says he told Pence not to call governors who aren’t ‘appreciative’ of White House coronavirus efforts: <https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/27/coronavirus-trump-told-pence-not-to-call-washington-michigan-governors.html> (courtesy of Lee).

Trump Campaign’s Threat on TV Licenses May Be Mostly Bluster: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-26/trump-campaign-s-threat-on-tv-licenses-may-be-mostly-bluster

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters: <https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters> (World Health Organization).

Israeli Forces Demolish Emergency Coronavirus Clinic for Palestinians: <https://www.palestinechronicle.com/israeli-forcesdemolish-emergency-coronavirus-clinic-for-palestinians/> (I'll happily piss on the graves of those responsible.)

'Holy Crap This Is Insane': Citing Coronavirus Pandemic, EPA Indefinitely Suspends Environmental Rules: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/27/holy-crap-insane-citing-coronavirus-pandemic-epa-indefinitely-suspends-environmental>

Cell Phone Tracking Analysis Shows Where Florida Springbreakers and New Yorkers Fleeing Coronavirus Went to Next: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/27/cell-phone-tracking-analysis-shows-where-florida-springbreakers-and-new-yorkers>

Ralph Nader: Coronavirus Makes Clear: The Time for Serious Civic Reforms Is Now!: <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/28/coronavirus-makes-clear-time-serious-civic-reforms-now>

Official copy of H.R. 748, The Corporate Coronavirus Bailout Bill: <https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr748/BILLS-116hr748eas.pdf> (but not yet engrossed).

As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK: <https://turcopolier.typepad.com/files/britain_downgrades_covid_19_no_longer_hcid.pdf> (That notice wasn't published until Saturday, March 21, shortly after Parliament passed the UK's own Corporate Coronavirus Bailout Bill).

Why are COVID-19 death rates so hard to calculate? Experts weigh in: <https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/why-are-covid-19-death-rates-so-hard-to-calculate-experts-weigh-in>

The Fed's Cure Risks Being Worse Than the Disease: <https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-03-27/federal-reserve-s-financial-cure-risks-being-worse-than-disease> (Paywall, if you can't get in, delete all the bloomberg cookies from your browser and retry.)

Why Is the U.S.So Exceptionally Vulnerable to Covid-19?: <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/27/why-usso-exceptionally-vulnerable-covid-19> ("Researchers in Italy have experimentally confirmed that up to 3 out of 4 Covid-19 cases are asymptomatic and therefore undetectable by testing only people with symptoms.")

March 29 (Sunday) 2020

Testimony of Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D, Beyond Coronaviruses — Understanding the Spread of Infectious Diseases and Mobilizing Innovative Solutions" <https://science.house.gov/imo/media/doc/Hotez%20Testimony.pdf> ("But the point is that if that had investments been made previously, we potentially could have a vaccine ready to go now.") ("Potentially it could have rescued the Chinese economy saving billions of dollars, or even the US economy should SARS 2 gain a foothold in the US as predicted by Dr. Redfield the CDC Director. An investment of a few million dollars for clinical trials and stockpiling of this vaccine, could have saved ten billion or even maybe one hundred billion dollars – a 10,000 to 100,000 to 1 rate of return, and in so doing stabilize our global economy.")

Global COVID-19 total tops 600,000, US surpasses 120,000: <http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/03/global-covid-19-total-tops-600000-us-surpasses-120000> (A Corona virus news roundup from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.)

The U.S. Now Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/health/usa-coronavirus-cases.html> (Wait while I get out my flag to wave. Ok, ready, shout along with me now: "U! S! A! — Number One! … ")

Trump Says a Quarantine ‘Will Not Be Necessary’: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/28/world/coronavirus-live-news-updates.html> (Coronavirus news roundup) ("President Trump said Saturday night that he will not impose a quarantine on New York, New Jersey and Connecticut but would instead issue a “strong” travel advisory to be implemented by the governors of the three states.")

COVID-19 A Frontline Guide for Local Decision-Makers: https://covidlocal.org/

The Missing Six Weeks: How Trump Failed the Biggest Test of His Life: <https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/28/trump-coronavirus-politics-us-health-disaster>

To Develop a Covid-19 Vaccine, Pharma and the Federal Government Will Have to Break Old Patterns: <https://theintercept.com/2020/03/27/us-government-vaccines-big-pharma/>

White House Pushes U.S. Officials to Criticize China For Coronavirus ‘Cover-Up’: <https://www.thedailybeast.com/white-house-pushes-us-officials-to-criticize-china-for-coronavirus-cover-up/>

Trump Cabinet Bible Teacher Blames Coronavirus Pandemic on God’S Wrath — Somehow It Involves China, Gay People, and Environmentalists: https://theintercept.com/2020/03/24/trump-cabinet-bible-studies-coronavirus/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter (“Relative to the coronavirus pandemic crisis, this is not God’s abandonment wrath nor His cataclysmic wrath, rather it is sowing and reaping wrath,” wrote Drollinger. 'A biblically astute evaluation of the situation strongly suggests that America and other countries of the world are reaping what China has sown due to their leaders’ recklessness and lack of candor and transparency.'”).

White House Pushes U.S. Officials to Criticize China For Coronavirus ‘Cover-Up’: <https://www.thedailybeast.com/white-house-pushes-us-officials-to-criticize-china-for-coronavirus-cover-up/>

Did China Really Coverup the Virus? a Myth Debunked: <https://asia-review.com/186/did-china-really-coverup-the-virus-a-myth-debunked/>

The U.S. has currently two aircraft carrier groups in the Arab sea to threaten Iran: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/03/in-a-time-of-crisis-us-foreign-policy-gets-worse.html> ("They are 'cruise ships with guns'. Nuclear powered five billion dollar petri dishes for novel coronavirus outbreaks. Two U.S. carrier groups in the Pacific are already out of action because they have larger outbreaks on board. It is only a question of time until the other carriers follow.")

The Coronavirus Pandemic Began in China. Today, It Reported No New Local Infections for the First Time: <https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/asia/coronavirus-covid-19-update-china-intl-hnk/index.html>

The Danger We’re Facing: a Grocery Worker Speaks Out: <https://popularresistance.org/the-danger-were-facing-a-grocery-worker-speaks-out/> (government needs to get involved here).

500+ Groups Demand 'People's Bailout' to Counter Push for Wall Street-Friendly Coronavirus Response: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/24/500-groups-demand-peoples-bailout-counter-push-wall-street-friendly-coronavirus>

Green Group Urges Nationalization of Oil and Gas Industry Amid Coronavirus Outbreak and Economic Upheaval: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/23/green-group-urges-nationalization-oil-and-gas-industry-amid-coronavirus-outbreak-and>

March 30 (Monday) 2020

Bellingham physician who decried lack of coronavirus protections is removed, sparking protest: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/emergency-physicians-group-calls-on-state-attorney-general-to-investigate-bellingham-doctors-firing/>

COVID-19: The Craziest Things About America Highlighted by This Virus: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/03/27/covid-19-the-craziest-things-about-america-highlighted-by-this-virus/> (by my favorite utopia prepper from New Zealand).

DOJ Wants to Suspend Certain Constitutional Rights During Coronavirus Emergency: <https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/doj-suspend-constitutional-rights-coronavirus-970935/>

DOJ Seeks to Exploit Coronavirus Emergency to Detain People Indefinitely: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/doj-seeks-exploit-coronavirus-emergency-detain-people-indefinitely/5708011> (Marjorie Cohn).

Trump Fully Invoking The Defense Production Act Would Help, But It Won’t Fix Everything: <https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trump-fully-invoking-the-defense-production-act-would-help-but-it-wont-fix-everything/>

Putin Says 'The Rich Must Pay' for the Corona-Virus: <https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/putin-says-the-rich-must-pay-for-the-corona-virus/> (wish he were our President).

Trump blames hospitals for mask and ventilator shortages: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/03/29/trump-bizarrely-blames-hospitals-mask-ventilator-shortages/>

Warren, Van Hollen lead Senators in demanding Trump admin send aid to Palestine amid COVID-19 crisis: <https://mondoweiss.net/2020/03/warren-van-hollen-lead-senators-in-demanding-trump-admin-send-aid-to-palestine-amid-covid-19-crisis/>

As Sanders Demands End to Iran Sanctions to Save Lives Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Biden Says He Needs 'More Information': <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/30/sanders-demands-end-iran-sanctions-save-lives-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-biden-says>

The Coronavirus Crisis Led To A Record-Breaking Spike In Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims: <https://popularresistance.org/the-coronavirus-crisis-led-to-a-record-breaking-spike-in-weekly-unemployment-insurance-claims/> (lotsa stats and analysis).

Norway’S Workers Insisted They Shouldn’T Pay for Coronavirus — and They Won: <https://popularresistance.org/norways-workers-insisted-they-shouldnt-pay-for-coronavirus-and-they-won/>

As Coronavirus Exposes Deep Flaws of For-Profit System, Biden Doubles Down on Opposition to Medicare for All: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/30/coronavirus-exposes-deep-flaws-profit-system-biden-doubles-down-opposition-medicare> (at least he came out of hiding).

'Seize It': Progressives Urge Philadelphia City Govt. to Take Hahnemann Hospital After Owner Demands $1 Million a Month in Rent: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/30/seize-it-progressives-urge-philadelphia-city-govt-take-hahnemann-hospital-after

'Abolish For-Profit Health Insurance': Analysis Warns Companies Could Hike Premiums by 40% Amid Pandemic: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/30/abolish-profit-health-insurance-analysis-warns-companies-could-hike-premiums-40-amid>

After Repeatedly Downplaying Threat, Trump Now Says Keeping US Coronavirus Deaths to 100,000 Would Be a 'Good Job': <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/30/abolish-profit-health-insurance-analysis-warns-companies-could-hike-premiums-40-amid>

Corporate Media Ignores How Privatization of US Hospitals Explains Lack of Beds, Ventilators: <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/30/corporate-media-ignores-how-privatization-us-hospitals-explains-lack-beds>

Rent freeze not possible while state ban remains intact, city says as Chicagoans prepare for rent strike amid coronavirus pandemic: <https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-re-coronavirus-rent-strike-20200326-20200328-ul36wyjsofaopmxig4obi4z4pa-story.html>

10 MORE Experts Criticising the Coronavirus Panic: <https://off-guardian.org/2020/03/28/10-more-experts-criticising-the-coronavirus-panic/>

Coronavirus exposes Israel’s political secret (apartheid): <https://mondoweiss.net/2020/03/coronavirus-exposes-israels-political-secret-apartheid/comment-page-1/>

Brazil Undone: <https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2020/march/brazil-undone>

Interesting animated graph: <https://twitter.com/InterviewerAk/status/1243823950720724993>

March 31 (Tuesday) 2020

"The more I see of the moneyed classes, the more I understand the guillotine." — George Bernard Shaw

U.S. Deaths From Virus Could Be as Many as 200,000, Fauci Says: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-29/fauci-warns-100-000-200-000-coronavirus-deaths-possible-in-u-s>

Hospitalizations for novel coronavirus-like illness declined last week in Washington, offering a glimmer of hope: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/hospitalizations-for-covid-19-like-illness-declined-last-week-in-washington-offering-a-glimmer-of-hope/>

Media Silent as Poll Workers Contract Covid-19 at Primaries That DNC, Biden Campaign Claimed Were Safe: <https://popularresistance.org/media-silent-as-poll-workers-contract-covid-19-at-primaries-that-dnc-biden-campaign-claimed-were-safe/>

Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure: <https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/why-france-is-hiding-a-cheap-and-tested-virus-cure/> (Pepe Escobar exposes government corruption in France).

Cuba's Interferon Alpha 2B, Successful in Treating COVID-19: <https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Cubas-Interferon-Alpha-2B-Successful-in-Treating-COVID-19-20200317-0015.html>

National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening: <https://www.aei.org/research-products/report/national-coronavirus-response-a-road-map-to-reopening/> (from the neocon American Enterprise Institute).

Stimulus Bill: The Fed and Treasury’s Slush Fund Is Actually $4 Trillion: <https://wallstreetonparade.com/2020/03/stimulus-bill-the-fed-and-treasurys-slush-fund-is-actually-4-trillion/>

Trump Suggests He Can Gag Inspector General for Stimulus Bailout Program: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/us/trump-signing-statement-coronavirus.html>

Dead bodies are loaded into refrigerated trucks outside New York hospitals after 98 people died in seven HOURS - bringing city's death toll to 790 and cases to 36,221 - as Mayor de Blasio warns people may be fined $500 for not staying home: <https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8167283/Horrifying-moment-dead-bodies-loaded-refrigerated-truck-forklift.html> (long and horrific; not for the faint of heart; lots of videos and photos).

The US is losing its world superpower status due to its failure to lead on the Covid-19 crisis – and this time, it might not recover: <https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/us-trump-world-decline-coronavirus-brazil-bolsonaro-a9430566.html> (perceptive).

What kind of person calls 100,000-plus dead a ‘very good job’?: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/30/what-kind-person-calls-100000-plus-dead-very-good-job/ (nice collection of Trumpisms).

‘Without Us, Instacart Will Grind to a Halt’: Delivery Workers Threaten Strike over Hazard Pay, Safety Measures amid Outbreak: <https://popularresistance.org/without-us-instacart-will-grind-to-a-halt-delivery-workers-threaten-strike-over-hazard-pay-safety-measures-amid-outbreak/>

The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed.: <https://dnyuz.com/2020/03/29/the-u-s-tried-to-build-a-new-fleet-of-ventilators-the-mission-failed/>

White House, Pelosi Weigh Next Stimulus Amid Ire Over Last Bill: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-31/white-house-congress-weigh-next-stimulus-with-virus-spreading>

WHO Says Coronavirus Outbreak in Europe May Be Approaching Peak: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-30/who-says-coronavirus-outbreak-in-europe-may-be-approaching-peak>

Hospitals Tell Doctors They’ll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-31/hospitals-tell-doctors-they-ll-be-fired-if-they-talk-to-press>

'Oh, Hi, Corruption': Trump Organization Seeks Rent Relief for DC Hotel From Trump Administration: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/21/oh-hi-corruption-trump-organization-seeks-rent-relief-dc-hotel-trump-administration>

April 2020

April 1 (Wednesday) 2020

HOW COVID-19 KILLS--I'm a Surgeon--And Why We Can't Save You: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J0d59dd-qM> (35 min. video.) (Excellent.)

HOW TO KEEP THE CORONAVIRUS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE--I'm a Surgeon--Giving You Real Tips Docs Are Using: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDAvxSKu5kc> (19 min. video.)

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/health/coronavirus-restrictions-fevers.html>

CDC considering recommending general public wear face coverings in public: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/cdc-considering-recommending-general-public-wear-face-coverings-in-public/2020/03/30/6a3e495c-7280-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html>

Flood of coronavirus data overwhelms state’s disease-reporting system, leading to lag in data: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/flood-of-coronavirus-data-overwhelms-states-disease-reporting-system-leading-to-lag-in-data/>

IRS -- Economic impact payments: What you need to know: <https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know>; Coronavirus Tax Relief: <https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus>

Trump Gets Real about COVID-19: <https://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2020/Pres/Maps/Apr01.html#item-1>

Coronavirus May Kill 100,000 to 240,000 in U.S. Despite Actions, Officials Say: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/31/us/politics/coronavirus-death-toll-united-states.html> ("Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Democrat of New York, told residents of the state that things would continue to get worse — the peak was not expected there for another one to three weeks").

Federal Prisons Heighten Restrictions to Stem Spread of Coronavirus: <https://www.wsj.com/articles/federal-prisons-heighten-restrictions-to-stem-spread-of-coronavirus-11585694107> ("At least 28 inmates and 24 staffers throughout the federal prison system had tested positive for Covid-19 as of Tuesday morning, the bureau said").

‘Fanatical Cruelty’: As Pandemic Rages, Trump Refuses to Reopen Affordable Care Act Enrollment to Help Uninsured: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/trump-refuses-reopen-affordable-care-act-enrollment-help-uninsured/5708373>  

The Post-Coronavirus World Will be Far Worse Than the Pre-Coronavirus World: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/post-coronavirus-world-will-worse-than-pre-coronavirus-world/5708309>

First, Do No Harm: If Primary Healthcare Remains Shut Down, Toll on Elderly Will be Worse Than COVID-19: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/first-do-no-harm-primary-healthcare-remains-shut-down-toll-elderly-will-worse-than-covid-19/5708324>




Coronavirus – No Vaccine Is Needed to Cure It: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-no-vaccine-needed-cure/5708327>

Drugs Vital for Ventilator Patients Are Also Running Low in U.S.: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-31/drugs-vital-for-ventilator-patients-are-also-running-low-in-u-s>

Italy Calls General Strike: ‘Our Lives Are worth More than Your Profits’: <https://popularresistance.org/italy-calls-general-strike-our-lives-are-worth-more-than-your-profits/>

Coronavirus Shutdown and the Worldwide Corporate Debt Crisis: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/corporations-broke-time-cut-their-credit-cards/5708053>

Private Hospitals [in Ireland] Will Be Made Public for Duration of Coronavirus Pandemic: <https://popularresistance.org/private-hospitals-will-be-made-public-for-duration-of-coronavirus-pandemic/>

The coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to finally move past the post-WWII era: <https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/03/26/coronavirus-crisis-opportunity-move-past-post-wwii-era/>

Coronavirus Means America Is Really Broke. Trump Should Get the Hell Out of Syria.: <https://nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/coronavirus-means-america-really-broke-trump-should-get-hell-out-syria-135932>

What Social Distancing Looked Like in 1666: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/opinion/covid-plague-samuel-pepys.html>

Even After Trump Declared a National Emergency, Some Talk Radio Hosts Weren’t Convinced: <https://www.propublica.org/article/even-after-trump-declared-a-national-emergency-some-talk-radio-hosts-werent-convinced>

Government Tracking How People Move Around in Coronavirus Pandemic: <https://www.wsj.com/articles/government-tracking-how-people-move-around-in-coronavirus-pandemic-11585393202> ("The cellphone data being used by the government shows which public spaces are still drawing crowds").

Pentagon signs $84M deal to buy 8,000 ventilators: <https://thehill.com/policy/defense/490216-pentagon-signs-84m-deal-to-buy-8000-ventilators>

Fed Economists Warn US Unemployment Rate Could Soon Reach 32%—During Great Depression It Peaked at 25%: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/31/fed-economists-warn-us-unemployment-rate-could-soon-reach-32-during-great-depression>

"Pelosi's Terrible Idea": Critics Denounce Proposal to Give Wealthy a Tax Cut in Next Stimulus Package: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/31/pelosis-terrible-idea-critics-denounce-proposal-give-wealthy-tax-cut-next-stimulus>

'Massachusetts Is Not Happy': Warren Condemns Trump for Outbidding States, Seizing Key Medical Supplies: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/31/massachusetts-not-happy-warren-condemns-trump-outbidding-states-seizing-key-medical>

'A Shameful New Low': Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Alberta Govt. Ponies Up $1 Billion for Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/31/shameful-new-low-amid-covid-19-crisis-alberta-govt-ponies-1-billion-keystone-xl-tar>

New York AG Denounces 'Immoral and Inhumane' Firing of Amazon Worker Who Led Protest Over Lack of Coronavirus Protections: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/31/new-york-ag-denounces-immoral-and-inhumane-firing-amazon-worker-who-led-protest-over>

"I Haven't Heard About Testing in Weeks": In Leaked Audio, Trump Dismisses Governors' Concerns About Lack of Coronavirus Equipment: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/31/i-havent-heard-about-testing-weeks-leaked-audio-trump-dismisses-governors-concerns>

'No More Spending': After Securing $4.5 Trillion Corporate Bailout, Trump White House and GOP Cast Doubt on New Stimulus: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/31/no-more-spending-after-securing-45-trillion-corporate-bailout-trump-white-house-and>

Is 6 feet far enough? Study suggests coronavirus can leap the social distancing gap: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/coronavirus/article241664666.html

The list of those who won’t get a $1,200 stimulus check is growing — and includes some surprising groups: <https://www.registerguard.com/news/20200401/list-of-those-who-wonrsquot-get-1200-stimulus-check-is-growing-mdash-and-includes-some-surprising-groups>

Complaints flood into Oregon’s new coronavirus-related price gouging hotline: <https://www.registerguard.com/news/20200401/complaints-flood-into-oregons-new-coronavirus-related-price-gouging-hotline>

April 2 (Thursday) 2020

Medicare for All Support Surges to 9-Month High in New Poll After Coronavirus Exposes Horrors of Private Insurance: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/01/medicare-all-support-surges-9-month-high-new-poll-after-coronavirus-exposes-horrors>

As Coronavirus Spreads, Poll Shows Nearly 60% in US Believe Political System Designed Solely to Serve Rich and Powerful: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/01/coronavirus-spreads-poll-shows-nearly-60-us-believe-political-system-designed-solely>

U.S. Virus Cases Are Off The Scale - But Its People Can Build A Movement From This: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/03/us-virus-cases-are-off-the-scale-but-its-people-can-create-a-movement-from-it.html>

With Record-Shattering Unemployment, Sanders, Schumer, and Wyden Ask Trump's Labor Dept: 'Do You Have a Plan?': <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/01/record-shattering-unemployment-sanders-schumer-and-wyden-ask-trumps-labor-dept-do>

Key Medical Supplies Were Shipped from U.S. Manufacturers to Foreign Buyers, Records Show: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-medical-supplies-export/>

Trump Lies About Cutting White House Pandemic Team to Dodge (Checks Notes) Fox News: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/01/trump-lies-cutting-white-house-pandemic-team-dodge-checks-notes-fox-news/>

Megachurch pastors defy coronavirus pandemic, insisting on right to worship: <https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-31/coronavirus-megachurches-meeting-pastors>

China Did Not Deceive Us - Counting Death During An Epidemic Is Really Difficult: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/china-did-not-deceive-us-counting-death-during-an-epidemic-is-really-difficult.html>

Polluting Industries Cash in on Covid-19, Add to Climate Crisis: <https://popularresistance.org/polluting-industries-cashing-in-on-covid-19-adding-to-climate-crisis/> (followed by a related article discussing EPA suspension of all federal environmental laws for the oil industry).

'Moving to Rob Us Blind in Broad Daylight'? Trump to Hold In-Person Meeting With Big Oil CEOs to Discuss Coronavirus Relief: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/02/moving-rob-us-blind-broad-daylight-trump-hold-person-meeting-big-oil-ceos-discuss

'Packed Churches All Over Our Country—I Think It Will Be Beautiful,' Declares Trump Despite Pandemic: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/24/packed-churches-all-over-our-country-i-think-it-will-be-beautiful-declares-trump> (history needs to record this classic Trump lie (pushing fantasy of a virus defeated by Easter).

Chinese County Back Under Lockdown After Coronavirus Cases Re-Emerge: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-02/chinese-county-back-under-lockdown-after-infection-re-emerges>

China Rejects U.S. Intelligence Claim It Hid Virus Numbers: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-02/china-accuses-u-s-of-shifting-virus-blame-after-intel-report>

Boeing weighs widebody jet cuts, plans buyouts on ‘new reality’: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-offers-voluntary-buyouts-to-its-161000-employees/>

Protective gear in national stockpile is nearly depleted, DHS officials say: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-protective-gear-stockpile-depleted/2020/04/01/44d6592a-741f-11ea-ae50-7148009252e3_story.html>

Russia sends plane with medical supplies to U.S. for coronavirus response: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/01/russia-sends-medical-supplies-coronavirus-159009> (The An-124 aircraft is the largest military transport aircraft in current service globally. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted video of the plan being loaded and taking off: <https://twitter.com/mfa_russia/status/1245237645762052101?s=20>.) See also Trump Called Russia’S Coronavirus Aid to U.S. ‘Very Nice.’ Putin May Use It as a Propaganda Coup: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-coronavirus-aid-us-putin/2020/04/01/39d52cb2-7411-11ea-ad9b-254ec99993bc_story.html>

Behind the scenes, Kushner takes charge of coronavirus response: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/01/jared-kushner-coronavirus-response-160553>. (Somehow, that news is not reassuring me.)

April 3 (Friday) 2020

Why The U.S. Will Drown In Covid-19 Cases: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/why-the-us-will-drown-in-covid-19-cases.html>

Gov. Inslee Extends Washington State’s Coronavirus Stay-Home Order through May 4: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/gov-inslee-extends-washington-states-coronavirus-stay-home-order-through-end-of-may-4/>

World Health Organization (2005) International Health Regulations: <https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/246107/9789241580496-eng.pdf>

‘Criminal Blockade’: Cuba Outraged as Delivery of Covid-19 Aid from Alibaba Chief Aborted ‘at the Last Minute’ Due to US Sanctions: <https://www.rt.com/news/484743-cuba-covid19-us-blockade/>

Trump Labor Department Accused of Quietly 'Twisting the Law' to Slash Paid Sick Leave Amid Pandemic: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/02/trump-labor-department-accused-quietly-twisting-law-slash-paid-sick-leave-amid>

'Never Seen Anything Like It': Economists Warn 6.6 Million New Jobless Claims Portend Unparalleled Crisis: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/02/never-seen-anything-it-economists-warn-66-million-new-jobless-claims-portend>

In Nation Without Medicare for All, 3.5 Million Workers May Have Lost Employer-Provided Insurance Over Last Two Weeks: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/02/nation-without-medicare-all-35-million-workers-may-have-lost-employer-provided>

'Not Enough': Trump Reversal on Coronavirus Relief Payments Still Leaves 'Unacceptable' Barrier for Millions: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/02/not-enough-trump-reversal-coronavirus-relief-payments-still-leaves-unacceptable>

As DNC Postpones Milwaukee Convention From July to August, Critics Say 'Absolutely Foolish' to Hold Wisconsin Primary Next Week: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/02/dnc-postpones-milwaukee-convention-july-august-critics-say-absolutely-foolish-hold>

Florida Issues Statewide Limits as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Mount: <https://www.wsj.com/articles/global-coronavirus-death-toll-passes-42-000-11585737353?mod=hp_lead_pos1> ("Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada and Pennsylvania on Wednesday issued statewide stay-at-home orders, leaving just a dwindling number of states without such measures.") (This article is a pretty good roundup of virus-related news.)

Trump Considering Some Domestic Air Travel Restrictions: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/01/trump-domestic-air-travel-restrictions-160612>

'This Is Unacceptable': Trump Administration Says Millions May Have to Wait 5 Months to Receive $1,200 Relief Check: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/03/unacceptable-trump-administration-says-millions-may-have-wait-5-months-receive-1200>

The Science Says #MaskUp - A Look At Two New Virus Studies: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/the-science-says-maskup-a-look-at-two-new-virus-studies.html>

April 4 (Saturday) 2020

13 Studies Reveal How Social Distancing (i.e. Social Isolation) Can Increase Mortality: <https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/13-studies-reveal-how-social-distancing-ie-social-isolation-can-increase-mortalit>

The National Security State Left Us Defenseless against Coronavirus: <https://popularresistance.org/the-national-security-state-left-us-defenseless-against-coronavirus/>

Time of Plague and Meltdown: Mass Murder by Corporate Duopoly: <https://www.blackagendareport.com/time-plague-and-meltdown-mass-murder-corporate-duopoly>

McDonald’s Workers Go on Strike over Unsafe Conditions, Lost Hours, Pay Cuts: <https://popularresistance.org/mcdonalds-workers-go-on-strike-over-unsafe-conditions-lost-hours-pay-cuts/>

Amazon, Instacart Workers Strike amid Coronavirus Pandemic: <https://www.nationofchange.org/2020/03/31/amazon-instacart-workers-strike-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/>

Netanyahu Shared Proof of An Iranian Covid-19 Cover-up to His Cabinet. It Turned Out to Be a Clip from a Hallmark Channel Mini-Series: <https://mondoweiss.net/2020/04/netanyahu-shared-proof-of-an-iranian-covid-19-cover-up-to-his-cabinet-it-turned-out-to-be-a-clip-from-a-hallmark-channel-mini-series/>

'This cannot be our final bill': Pelosi looks ahead while Republicans want to see effects of $2 trillion coronavirus package: <https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/28/house-speaker-nancy-pelosi-calls-more-action-after-congress-passes-2-trillion-coronavirus-rescue-pac/2924993001/>

COVID-19 Lays Bare the Cruelty of Neoliberalism: <https://verdict.justia.com/2020/04/03/covid-19-lays-bare-the-cruelty-of-neoliberalism>

COVID-19: Cuomo’s Bubble is Starting to Burst: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/03/covid-19-cuomos-bubble-is-starting-to-burst/>

The US’s Wave of Hospital Closures Left Us Ill-Equipped for Covid-19: <https://popularresistance.org/the-uss-wave-of-hospital-closures-left-us-ill-equipped-for-covid-19/>

More Men Dying to COVID-19 Than Women: <https://www.statista.com/chart/21345/coronavirus-deaths-by-gender/>

H. R. 1384: To establish an improved Medicare for All national health insurance program: <https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1384/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR1384%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1>

After 42 Test Positive for Covid-19, Nurses in Western Pennsylvania Walk off Job: <https://popularresistance.org/after-42-test-positive-for-covid-19-nurses-in-western-pennsylvania-walk-off-job/>

What Coronavirus Means for Online Fraud, Forced Sex, Drug Smuggling and Wildlife Trafficking: <https://www.lawfareblog.com/what-coronavirus-means-online-fraud-forced-sex-drug-smuggling-and-wildlife-trafficking>

White House expected to urge Americans to wear face coverings in public to slow spread of coronavirus: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/02/coronavirus-facemasks-policyreversal/>

New York, New Jersey Seize Ventilators Before Pandemic Crests: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-03/n-y-reports-most-deaths-in-day-coronavirus-cases-top-100-000>

Trump Acts to Head Off Key Medical Exports, Calls Out 3M Again: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-03/trump-invokes-act-to-prevent-equipment-from-being-hoarded>

Rikers Island Prisoners Are Being Offered PPE and $6 An Hour to Dig Mass Graves: <https://theintercept.com/2020/03/31/rikers-island-coronavirus-mass-graves/>

Beware of Trump Using the Coronavirus as a Cover for War With Iran: <https://theintercept.com/2020/03/30/trump-iran-war-coronavirus/>

10 Signs the U.S. Is Heading for a Depression: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/10-signs-us-heading-depression/5708499>

April 5 (Sunday 2020

Workers Walk Out, Building Momentum toward General Strike: <https://popularresistance.org/workers-walk-out-building-momentum-toward-general-strike/>

Could Covid-19 Reshape Global Leadership?  <https://popularresistance.org/could-covid-19-reshape-global-leadership/>

Trump’s Deadly Weeks Become 21st Century ‘Pearl Harbor Moment’: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-04/trump-says-to-brace-for-very-very-deadly-period-due-to-virus>

How the coronavirus overwhelmed Washington state’s early efforts to contain it: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/times-watchdog/lost-battle-how-coronavirus-overwhelmed-washington-states-efforts-to-contain-it/>

Boeing indefinitely extends production shutdown at Washington state plants due to coronavirus: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeing-indefinitely-extends-production-shutdown-at-washington-state-plants-due-to-coronavirus/>  

Washington sending over 400 ventilators for non-coronavirus patients to New York, harder hit states: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/washington-sending-over-400-ventilators-for-non-coronavirus-patients-to-new-york-harder-hit-states/>.

Scoop: Netanyahu shared fake video as proof of Iranian virus cover-up: <https://www.axios.com/netanyahu-coronavirus-iran-video-pandemic-fake-8cb168c3-99f7-4949-b3fe-bf0c1a57ae62.html>

When It's Over, Will We Be the Same America?: <https://www.cnsnews.com/index.php/commentary/patrick-j-buchanan/when-its-over-will-we-be-same-america>

The Financial Times Asks For Socialist Policies: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/the-financial-times-asks-for-socialist-policies.html>

Stop Using Toilet Paper: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/opinion/toilet-paper-hoarding-bidets.html> (I wondered why people are hoarding toilet paper; here's on explanation.)

Results from a Controlled Trial of Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19: <https://www.contagionlive.com/news/results-from-a-controlled-trial-of-hydroxychloroquine-for-covid19>

April 6 (Monday 2020)

Taxpayers Paid Millions to Design a Low-Cost Ventilator for a Pandemic: <https://popularresistance.org/taxpayers-paid-millions-to-design-a-low-cost-ventilator-for-a-pandemic/>

Did Congress Just Nationalize The Fed?: <https://popularresistance.org/was-the-fed-just-nationalized/>

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/uks-johnson-remains-in-charge-despite-hospitalization/>

Mapping How Cities Are Reclaiming Street Space: <https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2020/04/coronavirus-city-street-public-transit-bike-lanes-covid-19/609190/>

Amazon will donate 8,200 laptops to Seattle Public Schools to help families during coronavirus closures: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/amazon-will-donate-8200-laptops-to-seattle-public-schools-to-help-families-with-coronavirus-closures/> (Seattle only, eh?)

New UW analysis lowers coronavirus death projections and suggests hospitalizations may have already peaked in Washington: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/new-uw-analysis-lowers-coronavirus-death-projections-and-suggests-hospitalizations-may-have-already-peaked-in-washington/>

Trump Warns 'One Of The Toughest Weeks' Is Ahead, Says To Brace For 'A Lot Of Death': <https://www.npr.org/2020/04/04/826741317/federal-government-implements-relief-as-nation-reels-from-coronavirus-pandemic>

Coronavirus death toll: Americans are almost certainly dying of covid-19 but being left out of the official count: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/coronavirus-death-toll-americans-are-almost-certainly-dying-of-covid-19-but-being-left-out-of-the-official-count/2020/04/05/71d67982-747e-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html>

‘How we hold leaders accountable’: Esper defends firing of Navy captain who raised coronavirus alarm: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/05/esper-defends-firing-navy-captain-coronavirus-165635>

Momentum grows to change medical supply chain from China: <https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/491119-momentum-grows-to-change-medical-supply-chain-from-china>

US ‘wasted’ months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic: <https://apnews.com/090600c299a8cf07f5b44d92534856bc>

Trump's moves to hold medical supplies tip Trudeau to China: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/04/coronavirus-canada-trudeau-china-164969>

How Much Liberty Must We Give Up? A Constitutional Analysis of the Coronavirus Lockdown Proposals: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69538/how-much-liberty-should-we-give-up-the-constitution-and-coronavirus-lockdown-proposals/>

'We Are Undervalued': Target Delivery Workers to Walk Off Job in Demand for Better Treatment Amid Outbreak: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/06/we-are-undervalued-target-delivery-workers-walk-job-demand-better-treatment-amid>

'A Really Chilling Moment': Trump Refuses to Allow Dr. Fauci to Answer Question on Dangers of Hydroxychloroquine: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/06/really-chilling-moment-trump-refuses-allow-dr-fauci-answer-question-dangers>

'How Many More Nurses Have to Die?': Coalition of Nurses Unions Demand Life-Saving Supplies in Battle With Coronavirus: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/06/how-many-more-nurses-have-die-coalition-nurses-unions-demand-life-saving-supplies>

US accused of 'modern piracy' after diversion of masks meant for Europe: <https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/03/mask-wars-coronavirus-outbidding-demand> (Is this what passes for U.S. leadership in the pandemic?)

April 7 (Tuesday 2020)

Facing US Bio-Warfare: An open letter to President Trump from the people of the world: <https://www.veteranstoday.com/2020/04/02/facing-us-bio-warfare-an-open-letter-to-president-trump-from-the-people-of-the-world/>

U.S. Will Cover-up Its Own Coronavirus Death Toll: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/us-will-cover-up-its-own-coronavirus-death-toll.html>

New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/climate/air-pollution-coronavirus-covid.html> (Well, duh ...)

Acting secretary of the Navy resigns after calling ousted aircraft carrier captain 'stupid': <https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/07/politics/modly-resign-crozier-esper-trump/index.html> (Who says there is no justice?)

Trump’s Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/us/politics/coronavirus-trump-malaria-drug.html> (2 clinical trials have been completed, one with 20 patients and one with 80 patients both showing dramatic health differences. Interest was sparked initially when Chinese doctors noticed that Covid-19 patients who were receiving hydroxychloroquine for other ailments did not contract pneumonia and recovered.)

Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/us/politics/navarro-warning-trump-coronavirus.html>

President Trump has fired the Pentagon inspector general who was supposed to oversee the distribution of the $2 trillion pandemic relief effort. The EPA guy who let the air quality in cities become so bad it killed people is going to do it instead: <https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-coronavirus-corruption-glenn-fine_n_5e8caac7c5b6e1a2e0fabbf5>
  
Joe Biden Now Advocating for 'Virtual' 2020 DNC: <https://theslot.jezebel.com/joe-biden-now-advocating-for-virtual-2020-dnc-1842693582> (Acting on a no-brainer passes for leadership these days in the Democratic Party.)

COVID-19 Shows How the U.S. Got National Security Wrong: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69563/covid-19-shows-how-the-u-s-got-national-security-wrong/>

US Seizes Ventilators Destined for Barbados: <https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/US-Seizes-Ventilators-Destined-For-Barbados-20200405-0009.html>

Premier infuriated by Trump, says Canada helped US amid 9/11: <https://apnews.com/937942e71228f88efedec1689def3829/>

Hospital in Southern Arizona says it's on the brink of closure because of COVID-19 costs: <https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2020/04/04/hospital-southern-arizona-says-may-have-close-due-covid-19/5119264002/>

SC’s Largest Hospital System Lays off 327 Employees: <https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/south-carolina/articles/2020-01-17/scs-largest-hospital-system-lays-off-327-employees>

Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a New Crisis: Staffing Firms Are Cutting Their Doctors’ Hours and Pay: <https://www.propublica.org/article/overwhelmed-hospitals-face-a-new-crisis-staffing-firms-are-cutting-their-doctors-hours-and-pay>

Medical workers nationally getting laid off by the thousands: ‘It’s quite surreal for all of us,’ one says: <https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/medical-workers-nationally-getting-laid-off-by-the-thousands-its-quite-surreal-for-all-of-us-one-says.html>

Long twitter thread about hospital staff cuts: <https://twitter.com/wheelertweets/status/1245391035934670854>

N.J. pleads for more medical volunteers as coronavirus surge keeps hitting hospitals: <https://www.pennlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/nj-pleads-for-more-medical-volunteers-as-coronavirus-surge-keeps-hitting-hospitals.html>

COVID-19: New York City considers temporary mass graves as the death toll rises: <https://nationalpost.com/news/world/covid-19-new-york-city-considers-temporary-burial-sites-as-the-death-toll-rises>

World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports: <https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports>

UCL Professor Warns [Boris] Johnson Will "Very Likely" Be Placed On A Ventilator: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/uk-pm-boris-johnson-taken-icu-covid-19-symptoms-worsen-dramatically>

The Corona Travails Of Boris Johnson - A Timeline: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/the-coronavirus-travails-of-boris-johnson-a-timeline.html>

Pandemic leaves hospitals, newspapers in the same boat: <https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/brian-dickerson/2020/04/05/coronavirus-covid-19-hospitals-newspapers-layoffs/5111755002/>

China’s cases of Covid-19 are finally declining. A WHO expert explains why: <https://www.vox.com/2020/3/2/21161067/coronavirus-covid19-china>

China’s cases of Covid-19 are finally declining. A WHO expert explains why: <https://www.vox.com/2020/3/2/21161067/coronavirus-covid19-china>

How Will We Know When It’s Time to Reopen the Nation?: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/upshot/coronavirus-four-benchmarks-reopening.html>

COVID-19 projections assuming full social distancing through May 2020: <https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america/oregon> (Select your state/nation near the top center.)

Medical group endorses anti-malarial drug treatment for coronavirus patients: <https://nypost.com/2020/04/06/medical-group-backs-giving-hydroxychloroquine-to-coronavirus-patients/>

Washington has already spent 60% of $200 million budgeted to fight coronavirus; 84 million PPEs on order: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-has-already-spent-60-of-200-million-budgeted-to-fight-coronavirus-special-legislative-session-likely/>

250 Organisations Demand Red Lines for Aviation Bailouts: <https://popularresistance.org/250-organisations-demand-red-lines-for-aviation-bailouts/>

China Faces Fresh Virus Threat From Its Border With Russia: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-07/china-faces-fresh-virus-threat-from-its-border-with-russia> (One reason why we should be helping other countries instead of trying to hog all the goodies.)

Newsom orders all 40M Californians to stay home in nation's strictest state lockdown: <https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/03/19/newsom-orders-all-40m-californians-to-stay-home-in-nations-strictest-state-lockdown-1268248>

US Pushes Conspiracy Theory on China’s Coronavirus Death Toll: <https://popularresistance.org/us-pushes-conspiracy-theory-on-chinas-coronavirus-death-toll/>

Jared Kushner's Anti-Virus Priorities: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/jared-kushners-anti-virus-priorities.html> (I need an attitude readjustment. Kushner pushes too many of my buttons.)

Bernie Sanders Calls for 'Boldest Legislation in History' to Halt Spiraling Covid-19 Catastrophe: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/03/bernie-sanders-calls-boldest-legislation-history-halt-spiraling-covid-19-catastrophe> (I don't know how I missed this one back on April 3.)

April 8 (Wednesday 2020)

Tomgram: Nomi Prins, An All-American Urge to Offer Corporate Welfare: <http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176684/>
  
‘Coronavirus a gift to Netanyahu’: Activists slam Gantz, Netanyahu annexation plans: <https://mondoweiss.net/2020/04/coronavirus-a-gift-to-netanyahu-activists-slam-gantz-netanyahu-annexation-plans/>
  
Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns governor, orders Tuesday elections to proceed: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/06/wisconsin-governor-orders-stop-to-in-person-voting-on-eve-of-election-168527>
  
Global Oil Deal Gains Traction With U.S. Predicting Big Drop: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-06/global-oil-powers-grope-their-way-toward-historic-output-deal>
  
Exposing 'Folly of Tying Health Coverage to Jobs,' New Study Estimates 7.3 Million More Uninsured in US by June: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/07/exposing-folly-tying-health-coverage-jobs-new-study-estimates-73-million-more> (But look at the bright side; it may save the health insurance industry from bankruptcy.)
  
Oversight of $4.5 Trillion Corporate Bailout in 'Grave Jeopardy' as Trump Fires Independent Watchdog: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/07/oversight-45-trillion-corporate-bailout-grave-jeopardy-trump-fires-independent>
  
Top Sanders Aide David Sirota Explains Why Billionaire Class Will Support "Coronavirus Care for All" But Never "Medicare for All": <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/07/top-sanders-aide-david-sirota-explains-why-billionaire-class-will-support>
  
COVID-19: Across Globe, Domestic Violence Rises as Virus Rages: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/07/covid-19-across-globe-domestic-violence-rises-as-virus-rages/>
  
Mnuchin: Record unemployment claims 'not relevant' given coronavirus stimulus package: <https://thehill.com/policy/finance/489633-mnuchin-record-unemployment-claims-not-relevant-given-coronavirus-stimulus>
  
Oil and Gas Pipelines Are Still Being Built as the Rest of the Economy Shuts Down: <https://truthout.org/articles/pipelines-are-still-being-built-as-the-rest-of-the-economy-shuts-down/>
  
US Intelligence Warned Of "Cataclysmic" Coronavirus Crisis As Impeachment Dominated Headlines: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/us-intelligence-warned-cataclysmic-coronavirus-crisis-impeachment-dominated-headlines>
  
Global Economies Suffer "Largest Drop On Record": OECD: <https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/global-economies-suffer-largest-drop-record-oecd>
  
Graham Pledges To Cut WHO Funding After Trump Slams Coronavirus Response: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/graham-pledges-cut-who-funding-after-trump-slams-coronavirus-response> (Because they said nice things about China, you see ...)
  
Government To Decide What Items Are Essential Purchases And What Things You're Not Allowed To Buy: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/government-decide-what-items-are-essential-purchases-and-what-things-youre-not-allowed>
  
"I'd Rather Stay Unemployed Than Risk My Life" - Grocery Store Workers Strike As COVID-19 Deaths Soar: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/grocery-workers-die-coronavirus-strikes-across-country-begin-social-unrest-could-follow>
  
Prepare To Have Your Worldview Obliterated: <https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/prepare-to-have-your-worldview-obliterated-6a911dee5fc9>
  
Burglaries, Thefts Up More Than 75% In Major Cities Amid Coronavirus Lockdown: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/burglaries-thefts-more-75-major-cities-amid-coronavirus-lockdown>
  
Almost Half Of Small Businesses Will Close If They Cannot Re-Open Soon: <https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/almost-half-small-businesses-will-close-if-they-cannot-re-open-soon>
  
What did people do before toilet paper?: <https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/what-people-do-before-toilet-paper/>
  
Essential Workers Would Get up to $25,000 Boost under Senate Democrats' New 'Heroes Fund' Stimulus: <https://www.newsweek.com/essential-workers-would-get-25000-boost-under-senate-democrats-new-heroes-fund-stimulus-1496639>
  
Coronavirus Hasn’t Stopped Jared Kushner’s Real Estate Empire from Hounding Tenants with Debt Collection, Eviction Lawsuits: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/04/jared-kushner-real-estate-company-evictions/>
  
After Coronavirus, Let’s Never Forget: Republicans Recklessly Put Our Lives in Danger: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/06/coronavirus-trump-republicans-conservatives/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter> (an epic rant).
  

April 9 (Thursday 2020)

Coronavirus May ‘Reactivate’ in Cured Patients, Korean CDC Says: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-09/coronavirus-may-reactivate-in-cured-patients-korean-cdc-says> (Oh, lovverly!)

PEPE ESCOBAR: Who Profits from the Pandemic?: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/08/pepe-escobar-who-profits-from-the-pandemic/> (Pepe with a beginning look at what rises from the ashes).

International Travel Off the Table for Six Months: Coronavirus Q&A: <https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-04-08/coronavirus-q-a-expert-says-no-international-travel-for-6-months>. ("This virus is likely going to be around for two years at least, which means all the measures we have in place — vigorous hand-washing, physical distance — might need to continue for a while.")

Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word: <https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-04-07/hospitals-washington-seize-coronavirus-supplies>

Mr Bennett, don't teach us lessons about humanity: <https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200404-mr-bennett-dont-teach-us-lessons-about-humanity/> (This Israeli act is another instance of collective punishment of Palestinians, a war crime under the 4th Geneva Convention: ""No general penalty, pecuniary or otherwise, shall be inflicted upon the population on account of the acts of individuals for which they cannot be regarded as jointly and severally responsible.")

A Topical Index of COVID-19 Articles on Just Security: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69501/a-topical-index-of-covid-19-articles-on-just-security/>

Coronavirus hospitalizations in Washington state sharply higher than earlier surveys, but officials say curve still flattening: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/coronavirus-hospitalizations-in-washington-state-sharply-higher-than-earlier-surveys-but-officials-say-curve-still-flattening/> ("The institute’s updated projection, as of Wednesday, suggested that the state hospitalizations peaked on April 2, and forecast that the coronavirus patient count would sharply decline in the weeks ahead.").

Facing 'Extinction-Level Event,' Small Businesses Urge Congress to Replace Disastrous Loan Program With Direct Payroll Grants: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/08/facing-extinction-level-event-small-businesses-urge-congress-replace-disastrous-loan>

'Catastrophic': UN Labor Agency Warns Coronavirus Crisis Could Wipe Out 195 Million Full-Time Jobs Worldwide: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/08/catastrophic-un-labor-agency-warns-coronavirus-crisis-could-wipe-out-195-million>

Did Trump give Israel 1 million face masks despite coronavirus equipment shortages in the US?: <https://english.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/4/8/did-the-pentagon-give-israel-1-million-face-masks>

Delayed coronavirus test results strain Washington’s resources and leave patients in limbo: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/delayed-coronavirus-test-results-strain-washingtons-resources-and-leave-patients-in-limbo/>

Spain is moving to establish permanent basic income in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic: <https://www.businessinsider.com/spain-universal-basic-income-coronavirus-yang-ubi-permanent-first-europe-2020-4>

France's Lone Aircraft Carrier Cuts Mission Short Due To 40 Likely COVID-19 Cases: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/frances-lone-aircraft-carrier-cuts-mission-short-over-40-likely-covid-19-cases>

Trump says he didn’t know of, still hasn’t seen Navarro memos on possible pandemic: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/07/trump-peter-navarro-coronavirus-memos-174237>

Petition: Reinstate Captain Crozier as Commanding Officer: <https://www.change.org/p/usn-istandwithcaptcrozier-captcrozier-cvn71-reinstate-captain-crozier-as-commanding-officer> (Worth signing because it will cause conniptions in the Pentagon if it gets a lot of petitioners.)

Himalayas Visible For First Time In 30 Years As India Lockdown Sparks Stunning Drop In Pollution: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/himalayas-visible-first-time-30-years-india-lockdown-sparks-stunning-drop-pollution>

Expect (At Least) Another 6.5 Million In Jobless Claims: <https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/expect-least-another-65-million-jobless-claims>

OneWeb Files for Chapter 11 Restructuring to Execute Sale Process: <https://www.oneweb.world/media-center/oneweb-files-for-chapter-11-restructuring-to-execute-sale-process> (company brought down by coronavirus financial chaos.) Southfront takes a closer look: Fall of OneWeb: Global Conspiracy Or Soaring Ambitions: <https://southfront.org/fall-of-oneweb-global-conspiracy-or-soaring-ambitions/>

Army begins testing possible coronavirus vaccines on primates at Fort Detrick: <https://thehill.com/policy/defense/army/491601-army-testing-possible-coronavirus-vaccines-at-fort-detrick> (no doubt soon to be protested by the animal rights crowd).

California Courts Temporarily Change Rules To Ease Stress On System: <https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/07/829216861/california-courts-temporarily-change-rules-to-ease-stress-on-system>

Russia reports record daily rise in new coronavirus cases, infections up to 8,672: <https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-russia/russia-reports-record-daily-rise-in-new-coronavirus-cases-infections-up-to-8672-idUSKBN21Q0VG> (Oh, no! The Russians are catching up with us!)

Tracking the Spread of the Coronavirus Outbreak in the U.S.: <https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-united-states-coronavirus-outbreak/>.

April 10 (Friday 2020)

Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since virus: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/us-unemployment-claims-likely-to-be-shockingly-high-again/> ("More than one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak.")

Brazilian President Bolsonaro Is Out of Power, Replaced by General Netto: <https://popularresistance.org/bolsonaro-out-of-power-replaced-by-general/> (first head of state toppled by virus politics; Bolsonaro was a right-wing walking disaster; hopefully his successor will be better).

COVID-19: Devastated Saudi Royal Family Seeks to End Yemen War: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/08/covid-19-devastated-saudi-royal-family-seeks-to-end-yemen-war/> ("At least 150 members of the Saudi royal family have been infected and as a result Riyadh is seeking to end its five-year disastrous assault on Yemen").

Are We about to Lose the US Postal Service?: <https://popularresistance.org/are-we-about-to-lose-the-us-postal-service/>

"Who Cares? Let 'Em Get Wiped Out": Stunning CNBC Anchor, Venture Capitalist Says Let Hedge Funds Fail and Save Main Street: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/10/who-cares-let-em-get-wiped-out-stunning-cnbc-anchor-venture-capitalist-says-let>

Americans don masks haltingly or not at all, despite CDC advice: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/americans-don-masks-haltingly-or-not-at-all-despite-cdc-advice/>

Here's how to wear a mask the right way, how to clean your face mask, and more do's and don'ts.

Police respond to disturbance involving hundreds of inmates at Monroe Correctional Complex: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/police-respond-to-disturbance-involving-hundreds-of-inmates-at-monroe-correctional-complex/>

Trump's poll numbers dip over handling of coronavirus pandemic: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200411003115/https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/10/trump-poll-numbers-dip-handling-coronavirus> ("Perhaps more worrying for Trump are his dwindling numbers in a match-up against Joe Biden. CNN found that Biden leads Trump 53% to 42% among registered voters nationwide.")

Trump preparing to unveil second coronavirus task force, officials say: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-preparing-to-unveil-second-coronavirus-task-force-officials-say/2020/04/08/e0808922-7a05-11ea-b6ff-597f170df8f8_story.html> ("The goal is to get as much of the country as possible open by April 30") (I predict a fight over this.)

Pence and Fauci have some rare positive news about the coronavirus: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/08/pence-fauci-reopen-country-plan-coronavirus-175792>

First European Countries Prepare to Ease Coronavirus Lockdown Restrictions: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200409174030/https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-european-countries-prepare-to-ease-coronavirus-lockdown-restrictions-11586356776>

As Coronavirus Spread, Financial Services Contractor Told Warehouse Workers They Aren’t Allowed to Get Sick: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/07/coronavirus-new-york-warehouse-workers-sick-leave-tmg-broadridge/>

As Coronavirus Looms in Federal Detention, People Inside Are Being Denied Constitutional Right to Speak with Lawyers: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/05/coronavirus-federal-prison-mdc-mcc-new-york/> ("Jail officials admitted last week — only because of a judge’s order — that they’re doing almost no testing.")

Fast Foods Workers at 50 Restaurants Across California Are Going on Strike: <https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7kzyxz/fast-foods-workers-at-30-restaurants-across-california-are-going-on-strike> ("The fast food strikes coincide with a growing wave of strikes, walkouts, and “sickouts” led by frontline workers across the country.")

Ocasio-Cortez Decries Trump Halt to Federal Funding of Coronavirus Testing as 'Completely Irresponsible' Amid Pandemic: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/09/ocasio-cortez-decries-trump-halt-federal-funding-coronavirus-testing-completely>

US Unemployment Claims During Coronavirus Pandemic Soar to 'Truly Shocking' 16.8 Million: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/09/us-unemployment-claims-during-coronavirus-pandemic-soar-truly-shocking-168-million> ("Given that our healthcare system ties health insurance to work, millions of workers likely lost their employer-provided health insurance at the end of March, and millions more will follow this month and in coming months.")

Trump: Postal Workers Don’t Deserve a Financial Lifeline: <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/04/09/trump-postal-workers-dont-deserve-financial-lifeline>

Pence and Fauci have some rare positive news about the coronavirus: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/08/pence-fauci-reopen-country-plan-coronavirus-175792>

First European Countries Prepare to Ease Coronavirus Lockdown Restrictions: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200410205120/https://www.wsj.com/articles/first-european-countries-prepare-to-ease-coronavirus-lockdown-restrictions-11586356776>

How the Islamic State Feeds on Coronavirus: <https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/04/08/how-the-islamic-state-feeds-on-coronavirus-175192>

Fauci: Coronavirus immunity cards for Americans are 'being discussed': <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/10/fauci-coronavirus-immunity-cards-for-americans-are-being-discussed-178784>

After tensions erupt over coronavirus fears, Inslee says he’s considering early release for some nonviolent offenders: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/gov-inslee-scolds-monroe-inmates-involved-in-disturbance-says-hes-considering-allowing-early-release-for-some-nonviolent-offenders/>

Amazon Retaliation: Workers Striking Back: <https://popularresistance.org/amazon-retaliation-workers-striking-back/> ("Instacart workers are facing similar conditions, and have gone on strike around the country for basic safety and hazard pay") (in case you were wondering why that mail order item hasn't showed up at your home ...)

A Nurse Bought Protective Supplies for Her Colleagues Using GoFundMe. The Hospital Suspended Her: <https://www.propublica.org/article/a-nurse-bought-protective-supplies-for-her-colleagues-using-gofundme-the-hospital-suspended-her>

Trump administration pushing to reopen much of the U.S. next month: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trump-reopen-us-economy/2020/04/09/10d42b4a-7a7b-11ea-9bee-c5bf9d2e3288_story.html> ("Health experts say that ending the shutdown prematurely would be disastrous because the restrictions have barely had time to work, and because U.S. leaders have not built up the capacity for alternatives to stay-at-home orders — such as the mass testing, large-scale contact tracing and targeted quarantines that have been used in other countries to suppress the virus.")

US intelligence agencies started tracking coronavirus outbreak in China as early as November: <https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/08/politics/intel-agencies-covid-november/index.html>

Sanders and Jayapal Put Forth Bill to Provide No-Cost 'Health Care for All During Pandemic': <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/10/sanders-and-jayapal-put-forth-bill-provide-no-cost-health-care-all-during-pandemic> (Definitely a camel's nose, but will it fit under the tent?)

Labor Unions and Small Business Advocates Applaud Jayapal's Paycheck Guarantee Plan to Stave Off Economic Collapse: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/10/labor-unions-and-small-business-advocates-applaud-jayapals-paycheck-guarantee-plan>

How local leaders can stave off a small business collapse from COVID-19: <https://www.brookings.edu/research/how-local-leaders-can-stave-off-a-small-business-collapse-from-covid-19/> (from Brookings, no less)/

As Small Businesses in US Face Coronavirus Doomsday, Big Insurers Say: We Can't Save You. We Won't Save You: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/10/small-businesses-us-face-coronavirus-doomsday-big-insurers-say-we-cant-save-you-we>

Progressive Caucus Demands Pelosi Unveil Bold Coronavirus Package That Includes $2,000 Monthly Cash Payments, Vote-by-Mail: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/10/progressive-caucus-demands-pelosi-unveil-bold-coronavirus-package-includes-2000>

April 11 (Saturday 2020)

No-sew face mask with bandana plus two hair ties: <https://giphy.com/gifs/mask-facemask-no-sew-XHXb2GdNeY7TkcQwhd>.

How The Coronavirus Killed The Shale Industry: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/how-the-coronavirus-killed-the-shale-industry.html> ("Alternative energy producer may also become a casualty of lower oil prices as they are no longer competitive. With low gasoline prices electric cars will lose their advantage of cheap electricity.")

Trump Dismisses Calls for Nationwide Covid-19 Testing Before Reopening Economy: "Do You Need It? No.": <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/10/trump-dismisses-calls-nationwide-covid-19-testing-reopening-economy-do-you-need-it>

World Faces "Devastating Health Consequences" As Global Condom Shortage Strikes: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/world-faces-devastating-health-consequences-global-condom-shortage-strikes>

With Postal Service on 'Verge of Collapse' and 630,000 Jobs at Risk, Trump Slammed for Refusing to Act: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/11/postal-service-verge-collapse-and-630000-jobs-risk-trump-slammed-refusing-act>

'Bullying of Marginalized Workers': Trump Moves to Slash Pay of Guest Farmworkers Amid Covid-19 Crisis: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/11/bullying-marginalized-workers-trump-moves-slash-pay-guest-farmworkers-amid-covid-19>

Trump Labor Secretary Condemned for 'Despicable' Efforts to Roll Back Unemployment Benefits, Paid Leave in Coronavirus Stimulus: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/11/trump-labor-secretary-condemned-despicable-efforts-roll-back-unemployment-benefits>

Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January: <https://www.axios.com/exclusive-navarro-deaths-coronavirus-memos-january-da3f08fb-dce1-4f69-89b5-ea048f8382a9.html> (includes extensive excerpts).

Editorial: Trump is playing a disgusting political game with our lives: <https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.denverpost.com/2020/04/09/coronavirus-editorial-trump-gardner-polis-supplies/>

Coronavirus cartoons: Millions adjusting to ‘shelter-in-place’ rules: <https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/21/coronavirus-cartoons-millions-adjusting-to-shelter-in-place-rules/>

How to Wear a Face Mask Without Fogging Up Your Glasses: <https://lifehacker.com/how-to-wear-a-face-mask-without-fogging-up-your-glasses-1842750271>

Boeing to restart some work on jets in Washington as early as Monday: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeing-to-restart-limited-local-work-on-jets-as-early-as-monday/>

The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200411075418/https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/25/coronavirus-worst-intelligence-failure-us-history-covid-19/>

Another Expensive War, Another Intelligence Failure? <https://councilforthenationalinterest.org/?p=5263> ("As a side note relating to both money and intelligence warnings, a classified briefing on the coronavirus was provided to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on January 24th. The Senators were so convinced by what they heard that a number of them proceeded to dump vulnerable shares in the stock market before it began its precipitous slide when the threat posed by the coronavirus eventually became too big a story to hide." But not Trump.)

'Absolutely brutal': At least 1,000 newspapers and other publications across US face cutbacks due to Covid-19: <https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/absolutely-brutal-at-least-1000-newspapers-and-other-publications-across-us-face-cutback-dues-to-covid-19/>

OPEC++ Or A Dead Shale Industry?: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/opec-or-a-dead-shale-industry.html> (Yesterday Brent WTI dropped to $23.)

Top Pentagon Generals Warn Enemies Not To Attack As 150 Bases Impacted By COVID-19: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/top-pentagon-generals-warn-enemies-not-attack-150-bases-impacted-covid-19>

Three National Polls Show Majority Of Americans Agree With Trump Calling Coronavirus "Chinese": <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/three-national-polls-show-majority-americans-agree-trump-calling-coronavirus-chinese>

UK Press 'Names & Shames' Prominent Professors For Promoting 'Conspiracy Theories' About COVID-19: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/uk-press-names-shames-prominent-professors-promoting-conspiracy-theories-about-covid>

Google/Apple JV's Dystopian COVID-19 Tracker Could Be Straight Out Of Orwell's 1984: <https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/googles-dystopian-covid-19-surveillance-could-be-straight-out-orwells-1984>

April 12 (Easter Sunday, 2020)

U.S. Now Has the World’s Deadliest Coronavirus Outbreak: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200412144837/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-11/u-s-now-has-the-world-s-deadliest-coronavirus-outbreak?cmpid=BBD041220_CORONAVIRUS&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=200412&utm_campaign=coronavirus> (Not just cases, now in deaths too. We're number 1!)

Biden Likely to Embrace Some of Sanders’s Foreign-Policy Ideas, Especially After the Pandemic: <https://web.archive.org/save/https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/09/biden-likely-embrace-bernie-sanders-foreign-policy-ideas-coronavirus-pandemic/?mc_cid=af171101bc&mc_eid=f1d999d644>

Weimar America, Here We Come! Virus Hysteria Adds $10 Trillion to the National Debt: <https://www.unz.com/item/weimar-america-here-we-come-virus-hysteria-adds-10-trillion-to-the-national-debt/>

Make-or-Break Moment in Virus Fight Could Happen This Week: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-11/make-or-break-moment-in-virus-fight-confronts-world-at-imf-talks?cmpid=BBD041220_CORONAVIRUS&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=200412&utm_campaign=coronavirus>

Red Lines: Amazon on Strike: <https://popularresistance.org/red-lines-amazon-on-strike/>

Striking McDonald’s Workers Say Their Lives Are More Essential Than Fast Food: <http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/22440/mcdonalds-fast-food-workers-essential-strike-labor-coronavirus> ("It seems likely that the country will see a steady, rolling procession of fast food walkouts in coming weeks, part of a nationwide strike wave that has been gathering momentum over the past month.")

A Call to Action: Towards a General Strike to End the COVID-19 Crisis and Create a New World: <https://www.blackagendareport.com/call-action-towards-general-strike-end-covid-19-crisis-and-create-new-world> ("*General Strike! No Work, No Shopping Friday, May 1st")

China’s Coronavirus: A Shocking Update. Did The Virus Originate in the US?: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200412135627/http://www.defenddemocracy.press/covid-19-further-evidence-that-the-virus-originated-in-the-us/>

COVID-19: Two Major ‘Waves’ of Global Infection, Towards Global Contamination?: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/covid-19-two-major-waves-of-global-infection-towards-global-contamination/5707588> (perplexing indeed).

Here's How U.s. Coronavirus Stimulus Package Compares to Other Countries around the World: <https://www.newsweek.com/heres-how-us-coronavirus-stimulus-package-compares-other-countries-around-world-1497360>

April 13 (Monday, 2020)

Chucklehead-in-Chief Trump Declares He Has ‘Total’ Authority to Reopen After Virus: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200414120358/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-13/trump-declares-he-has-power-to-open-up-states-not-governors?cmpid=BBD041420_CORONAVIRUS&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=200414&utm_campaign=coronavirus>. See U.S. Constitution 10th Amendment ("The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.")

West Coast States Agree Region Will Move Toward Reopening Based On Health Outcomes: <https://www.myoregon.gov/2020/04/13/california-oregon-washington-announce-western-states-pact/>

Mike Davis on pandemics, super-capitalism and the struggles of tomorrow: <https://madamasr.com/en/2020/03/30/feature/politics/mike-davis-on-pandemics-super-capitalism-and-the-struggles-of-tomorrow/?fbclid=IwAR1IpLGS0IfrxvTNSr8G0CdouC0VsMTYk-M6kvhljN_Zu7vkDFFyuC5rUIs> ("Virtually all researchers agree that the tools exist to fashion a broadband vaccine that incapacitates the invariant stalks thus conferring general immunity against all strains that might last for years. The research is out there, but Big Pharma won’t develop or manufacture such a vaccine because it is not profitable. (If given a radical design for a car that lasts for a lifetime, would GM manufacture it?)")

Exclusive: The Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming: <https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/covid-military-shortage-pandemic/>

Coronavirus stimulus checks are on the way — if you haven’t gotten one already: <https://www.vox.com/covid-19-coronavirus-us-response-trump/2020/4/12/21218210/irs-stimulus-check-deposit-coronavirus>

WHO Says 70 Vaccines in the Works, With Three Leading Candidates: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200413131008/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-13/who-says-70-vaccines-in-the-works-with-three-leading-candidates>

Total system failure will give rise to new economy: <https://thesaker.is/total-system-failure-will-give-rise-to-new-economy/> (Pepe Escobar).

Trump Lashes Out at Fauci Amid Criticism of Slow Virus Response: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/12/us/politics/trump-fauci-coronavirus.html>

Reopening U.S. economy by May 1 may be unrealistic, say experts, including some within Trump administration: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/reopening-us-economy-by-may-1-may-be-unrealistic-say-experts-including-some-within-trump-administration/2020/04/12/15c922e4-7cde-11ea-9040-68981f488eed_story.html>

Trump aides consider creating alternative to WHO: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/10/trump-aides-debate-demands-who-179291>

Boris Johnson Released From London Hospital: <https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/12/832772094/boris-johnson-released-from-london-hospital>

April 14 (Tuesday, 2020)

He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/us/politics/coronavirus-trump-response.html> (long, in-depth, but to me a highly-interesting read.)

#FireTrumpNotFauci Trends After President Goes After Trusted Infectious Disease Official: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/13/firetrumpnotfauci-trends-after-president-goes-after-trusted-infectious-disease>

Warren and Khanna's "Essential Workers Bill of Rights" Cheered as Much-Needed Protections for Those on Frontlines of Crisis: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/13/warren-and-khannas-essential-workers-bill-rights-cheered-much-needed-protections>



Next Coronavirus Relief Package Must Include Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs, 830+ Justice Groups Say: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/13/next-coronavirus-relief-package-must-include-moratorium-utility-shutoffs-830-justice>

As Trump Threatens Postal Service Amid Pandemic, #SaveUSPS Urges Bulk Stamp Purchases and Congressional Action: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/13/trump-threatens-postal-service-amid-pandemic-saveusps-urges-bulk-stamp-purchases-and>

'A disastrous situation': mountains of food wasted as coronavirus scrambles supply chain: <https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/09/us-coronavirus-outbreak-agriculture-food-supply-waste>

New signs suggest coronavirus was in California far earlier than anyone knew: <https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-04-11/bay-area-coronavirus-deaths-signs-of-earlier-spread-california>

PATRICK LAWRENCE: Our Post-Pandemic Future: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/13/patrick-lawrence-our-post-pandemic-future/>

Will EU and pandemic pave way for Israeli global surveillance? <https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/will-eu-and-pandemic-pave-way-israeli-global-surveillance>

'Beyond Predatory': Trump Treasury Department Gives Banks Green Light to Seize $1,200 Stimulus Checks to Pay Off Debts: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/14/beyond-predatory-trump-treasury-department-gives-banks-green-light-seize-1200>

Nothing But a Taxpayer 'Subsidy to Insurers': Democrats Float Plan to Backstop For-Profit Healthcare Industry During Covid-19 Pandemic: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/14/nothing-taxpayer-subsidy-insurers-democrats-float-plan-backstop-profit-healthcare>

Tax change in coronavirus package overwhelmingly benefits millionaires, congressional body finds: <https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/14/coronavirus-law-congress-tax-change/>

'A Complete Abomination': Mega-Rich Hedge Funds Swoop Down to Grab Covid-19 Small Business Relief Funds: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/14/complete-abomination-mega-rich-hedge-funds-swoop-down-grab-covid-19-small-business>

Health insurers warn of higher premiums without coronavirus funding: <https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/health-insurance/492619-health-insurers-warn-of-higher-premiums-without>

IMF Calls "Great Lockdown" Worst Economic Crisis Since the Great Depression: <https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/04/14/imf-calls-great-lockdown-worst-economic-crisis-great-depression>

The Dangerous History of Immunoprivilege: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200415011603/https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/12/opinion/coronavirus-immunity-passports.html>

April 15 (Wednesday, 2020)

Lawsuits Swell as Owners, From Gun Shops to Golf Courses, Demand to Open: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/us/corona-virus-lawsuits.html>

A Month After Emergency Declaration, Trump's Promises Largely Unfulfilled: <https://www.npr.org/2020/04/13/832797592/a-month-after-emergency-declaration-trumps-promises-largely-unfulfilled> (NPR catalogs broken Trump promises.)

Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources: <https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/news/story/intelligence-report-warned-coronavirus-crisis-early-november-sources-70031273>

Patty Murray and other Senate Democrats push White House for broad coronavirus testing: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/sen-patty-murray-and-other-senate-democrats-push-white-house-for-broad-coronavirus-testing/>

Trump announces cutoff of new funding for the World Health Organization over pandemic response: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-announces-cutoff-of-new-funding-for-the-world-health-organization-over-pandemic-response/2020/04/14/f1df101e-7e9f-11ea-a3ee-13e1ae0a3571_story.html>

Senate Republicans investigating WHO and China's coronavirus response: <https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/senate-republicans-investigating-who-china-s-coronavirus-response-n1183976> ("Trump's campaign is already calling former Vice President Joe Biden, the apparent Democratic presidential nominee, "weak on China" in fundraising emails.")

An Abuse of Presidential Authority and American Power: Halting U.S. Funding for the World Health Organization: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69694/an-abuse-of-presidential-authority-and-american-power-halting-u-s-funding-for-the-world-health-organization/>

CDC, FEMA have created a plan to reopen America. Here’s what it says: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/14/cdc-fema-have-created-plan-reopen-america-heres-what-it-says/> (Outrageous!)

Pentagon to extend troop movement freeze past May 11: <https://thehill.com/policy/defense/492823-pentagon-to-extend-troop-movement-freeze-past-may-11> (Apparently, the Pentagon didn't get the White House memo about the pandemic being over by May 1.)

Despite CDC Warning of 'Significant Risk' of Lifting Stay-in-Place Orders, Right-Wingers Launch Anti-Lockdown Movement: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/15/despite-cdc-warning-significant-risk-lifting-stay-place-orders-right-wingers-launch>

'Biggest Coronavirus Stimulus of All': Richest Man in the World Jeff Bezos Now $24 Billion Richer Amid Pandemic: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/15/biggest-coronavirus-stimulus-all-richest-man-world-jeff-bezos-now-24-billion-richer>

Trump's OSHA Rebuked for 'Sitting on Its Ass' as Covid-19 Infections and Deaths Surge Among Frontline Workers: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/15/trumps-osha-rebuked-sitting-its-ass-covid-19-infections-and-deaths-surge-among>

Amid Calls for a People's Bailout, Fed's Corporate Debt-Buying Could Mean Billion-Dollar Big Oil Bailout: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/15/amid-calls-peoples-bailout-feds-corporate-debt-buying-could-mean-billion-dollar-big>

'Disgusting': Treasury Slows Delivery of 70 Million Covid-19 Stimulus Checks to Put Trump's Name on Them: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/15/disgusting-treasury-slows-delivery-70-million-covid-19-stimulus-checks-put-trumps>

April 16 (Thursday) 2020

Harvard Researchers Say Some Social Distancing May Be Needed Into 2022: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200416003015/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-14/harvard-researchers-say-some-distancing-may-be-needed-into-2022>

Inslee says Washington’s economy will likely eventually reopen in phases, not all at once, amid coronavirus crisis: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/inslee-says-washingtons-economy-will-likely-reopen-in-phases-not-all-at-once-amid-coronavirus-crisis/> ("Meanwhile, the continuing shortage of test kits, Inslee said Wednesday, remains the biggest obstacle to reopening the economy.")

CDC, FEMA have created a plan to reopen America. Here’s what it says: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/14/cdc-fema-have-created-plan-reopen-america-heres-what-it-says/> ("The first priority, according to the CDC response document, is to “reopen community settings where children are cared for, including K-12 schools, daycares, and locally attended summer camps, to allow the workforce to return to work." Truly, we are led by idiots. That's a recipe to surge the virus cases.)

The September epidemic of asthma hospitalization: School children as disease vectors: <https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0091674905025923> ("September epidemics of asthma hospitalizations in Canada have a precise relationship to school return after the summer vacation. It may be speculated that school-age children transmit the agents responsible for the epidemic to adults." As though every parent did not know that sending your kid to school is how to make sure that they bring home every infectious disease that passes their way.)

The CDC-FEMA Guidelines are out now; ponder the foolishness: <https://popularresistance-uploads.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2020/04/cdc-fema-guidelines.pdf>

National Nurses United: New CDC Guidelines Could Worsen Virus Spread and COVID-19 Racial Disparities: <https://medium.com/@nationalnurses/new-cdc-guidelines-could-worsen-virus-spread-and-covid-19-racial-disparities-acd226224d86>

A plan to defeat coronavirus finally emerges, but it’s not from the White House: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/10/contact-tracing-coronavirus-strategy/> (Quite a bit more sense here.)

Marine barbershops abuzz with demand for high-and-tight cuts: <https://apnews.com/992c26855092cb349c5b82d5e4880f5d> ("Despite social distancing and other Defense Department policies on coronavirus prevention, Marines are still lining up for the trademark cuts, at times standing only a foot or two (0.3 or 0.6 meters) apart, with few masks in sight." Enlisted Marines are not known for their intelligence.)

Is the Coronavirus ‘Peak’ a Mirage? <https://fair.org/home/is-the-coronavirus-peak-a-mirage/> ("But we also need to think about what we’ll do if physical separation is something that needs to be sustained not for weeks, but for months—possibly even until a vaccine is developed, which optimistic estimates put at least a year away. How does one keep a population fed and sheltered while most of their economy is unable to function? And how does one maintain that economy in a state that can eventually be revived? These are questions that we may have no choice but to answer.")

Trump’s Absolute-Power Claim Runs Headlong Into Constitution: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200416125612/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-14/trump-s-absolute-power-assertion-runs-headlong-into-constitution>

April 18 (Saturday) 2020

US alerted Israel, NATO to disease outbreak in China in November — TV report: <https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-alerted-israel-nato-to-disease-outbreak-in-china-in-november-report/>

Trump’s Guidelines May Have Some States Reopening in a Month: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200417121859/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-16/trump-tells-governors-that-some-states-can-reopen-before-may-1>

President Trump’s proposed guidelines for relaxing social distancing guidance: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/president-trump-s-proposed-guidelines-for-relaxing-social-distancing-guidance/b7768600-7906-408c-89a3-06fd5a47aa26/?itid=lk_inline_manual_2>

Congressional Democrats press Trump to ramp up testing before reopening economy: <https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/congressional-democrats-press-trump-ramp-testing-reopening-economy-n1185751> ("Trump’s the-buck-stops-with-the-states posture is largely designed to shield himself from blame should there be new outbreaks after states reopen or for other problems, according to several current and former senior administration officials involved in the response who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.")

Dozens of strikes all say, ‘No safety, no work!’: <https://www.workers.org/2020/04/47644/>

Even Republican Voters Support $2,000 a Month Payments During Coronavirus Crisis: Poll: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/16/even-republican-voters-support-2000-month-payments-during-coronavirus-crisis-poll> ("A majority of Americans—including over half of Republican respondents—support a monthly $2,000 universal basic income check to help defray the effects of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak on the U.S. economy").

'An Utter Sh*t Show': Trump Effort to Enlist Private Companies to Reopen Economy Derided As a Disaster: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/16/utter-sht-show-trump-effort-enlist-private-companies-reopen-economy-derided-disaster>

Pentagon chief has 'open mind' to reinstating fired Naval commander: <https://thehill.com/policy/defense/493142-pentagon-chief-has-open-mind-to-reinstating-fired-naval-commander> (There have been a lot of petitions circulating about this.)

Is the Roberts Court Going to Let Coronavirus Kill Us?: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69724/is-the-roberts-court-going-to-let-coronavirus-kill-us/>

Ranting In A Time Of Plague: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/ranting-in-a-time-of-plague.html>

The Recovery Will Not Be V-Shaped: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/the-recovery-will-not-be-v-shaped.html>

Remdesivir looks good ...: <https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2020/04/httpswwwstatnewscom20200416early-peek-at-data-on-gilead-coronavirus-drug-suggests-patients-are-responding-to-treatme.html>

Faulty masks. Flawed tests. China’s quality control problem in leading global COVID-19 fight: <https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-04-10/china-beijing-supply-world-coronavirus-fight-quality-control>

Dems’ Health Insurer Bailout Follows Bundled Checks from the Industry’s Lobbyists: <https://readsludge.com/2020/04/15/dems-health-insurer-bailout-follows-bundled-checks-from-the-industrys-lobbyists/>

US Leads Global Wave of Nations Stealing, Seizing and Diverting Coronavirus Equipment: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/united-states-leads-nations-stealing-coronavirus-equipment/266360/>

Vital health care workers face massive layoffs: <https://www.workers.org/2020/04/47710/>

Public banking would help speed the economic recovery from COVID-19: <https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/493314-public-banking-would-help-speed-the-economic-recovery-from-covid-19#.>

April 20 (Monday) 2020

Coronavirus Antibodies May Not Make You Immune, WHO Warns: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200418101939/https://www.forbes.com/sites/marleycoyne/2020/04/17/coronavirus-antibodies-may-not-make-you-immune-who-warns/>

‘We Needed to Go’: Rich Americans Activate Pandemic Escape Plans: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200420162456/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-19/-we-needed-to-go-rich-americans-activate-pandemic-escape-plans?cmpid=BBD042020_CORONAVIRUS&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=200420&utm_campaign=coronavirus>

Wuhan Lab Denies Any Link to First Coronavirus Outbreak: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-20/wuhan-virus-lab-denies-any-link-to-first-coronavirus-outbreak>

Trump invokes DPA for testing swabs, weeks after reported shortages: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/19/trump-dpa-testing-swabs-reported-shortages-195721>

Facebook shuts down anti-quarantine protests at states' request: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/20/facebook-shuts-down-anti-quarantine-protests-at-states-request-196143?cid=covid_m>

A Universal Basic Income Is Essential and Will Work: <https://ellenbrown.com/2020/04/19/a-universal-basic-income-is-essential-and-will-work/>

Americans at World Health Organization transmitted real-time information about coronavirus to Trump administration: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/americans-at-world-health-organization-transmitted-real-time-information-about-coronavirus-to-trump-administration/2020/04/19/951c77fa-818c-11ea-9040-68981f488eed_story.html>

The New Anti-China Campaign Is Built On Lies: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/the-new-anti-china-campaign-is-built-on-lies.html>

SARS-COV-2 Mortality Is Distorted: <https://southfront.org/sars-cov-2-mortality-is-distorted/>

As Oil Prices Fall Below $0 Per Barrel, Climate Advocates Urge Against Fossil Fuel Industry Bailout: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/20/oil-prices-fall-below-0-barrel-climate-advocates-urge-against-fossil-fuel-industry>

Epic collapse in oil price is a second pandemic for the Middle East: <https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/epic-collapse-in-oil-price-is-a-second-pandemic-for-the-middle-east-625272>

There Is A White House Blockade Stopping States From Getting Coronavirus PPE: <https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/hospitals-face-a-white-house-blockade-for-coronavirus-ppe.html>

Katie Porter Pushed to Help Oversee Covid-19 Bailout Fund, But Pelosi Picks Friend With Corporate Ties for the Job Instead: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/20/katie-porter-pushed-help-oversee-covid-19-bailout-fund-pelosi-picks-friend-corporate>

The Normal Economy Is Never Coming Back: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200421062945/https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/04/09/unemployment-coronavirus-pandemic-normal-economy-is-never-coming-back/>

New York Tenants Plan a ‘Massive Wave of Rent Strikes’ Starting May 1: <https://indypendent.org/2020/04/new-york-tenants-plan-a-massive-wave-of-rent-strikes-starting-may-1/>

Phone Calls Are Now Free for More Than 225,000 People in Federal Prisons: <https://www.colorlines.com/articles/phone-calls-are-now-free-more-225000-people-federal-prisons>

April 21 (Tuesday) 2020

Schumer: Deal reached on major parts of $500B virus aid: <https://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/schumer-deal-reached-major-parts-500b-virus-aid-70262407>

Inslee’s plan for Washington’s economic recovery from coronavirus outbreak includes massive testing, resources for mental health: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/insleesplan-for-washingtons-economic-recovery-from-coronavirus-outbreak-includes-massive-testing-resources-for-mental-health/>

WHO head warns worst of virus is still ahead: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/who-head-warns-worst-of-virus-is-still-ahead/>

Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina Say Businesses Can Reopen Soon: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/20/us/coronavirus-us-hot-spots-reopening.html>

Chile’s ‘immunity passport’ will allow recovered coronavirus patients to break free from lockdown, get back to work: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/chile-coronavirus-immunity-passport-antibody-testing-card/2020/04/20/8daef326-826d-11ea-81a3-9690c9881111_story.html>

Misinformation During a Pandemic: <https://bfi.uchicago.edu/wp-content/uploads/BFI_WP_202044.pdf>. (Ahh … Science. Some fun with morbidity of Fox News viewers, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson. Maybe Trump was right after all? A Democratic Party plot to kill Trump voters?)

COVID-19: Time to Shake Up Global Sanctions Regimes, say UN Officials: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/21/covid-19-time-to-shake-up-global-sanctions-regimes-say-un-officials/>  

Coronavirus could leave a $300 million hole in Seattle's budget: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/coronavirus-crisis-could-knock-210-million-to-300-million-hole-in-seattles-budget-city-says/>

Barr says Justice Department may act against governors with strict virus limits: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/barr-says-justice-department-may-act-against-governors-with-strict-virus-limits/>. (Oh, I'd love to have a ticket to sit through that trial. A real Donnybrook.)

Sweden Is Right. The Economy Should be Left Open: <https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/sweden-is-right-the-economy-should-be-left-open/>

'Deliberately Cruel': Millions of US Citizens Blocked From Stimulus Payments Because They Married Immigrants: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/21/deliberately-cruel-millions-us-citizens-blocked-stimulus-payments-because-they>

'Democrats Cave': Senate Interim Funding Bill for Coronavirus Relief Spurns Progressive Priorities: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/21/democrats-cave-senate-interim-funding-bill-coronavirus-relief-spurns-progressive>

April 22 (Wednesday) 2020

Trump Campaign Web Ad Hits Pelosi For Snacking While People Lose Jobs: "Let Them Eat Ice Cream": <https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/04/20/trump_campaign_web_ad_hits_pelosi_for_snacking_while_people_lose_jobs_let_them_eat_ice_cream.html>

Barr Threatens Legal Action Against Governors Over Lockdowns: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-21/barr-says-doj-may-act-against-governors-with-strict-virus-limits> (More detail than in yesterday's link. Just what we need when fighting the virus; a constitutional crisis over state/federal powers!).

Missouri Sues China, Communist Party Over The Coronavirus Pandemic: <https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/21/840550059/missouri-sues-china-communist-party-over-the-coronavirus-pandemic>

Missouri’s Lawsuit Doesn’t Abrogate China’s Sovereign Immunity: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69817/missouris-lawsuit-doesnt-abrogate-chinas-sovereign-immunity/>

Small Business Rescue Earned Banks $10 Billion In Fees: <https://www.npr.org/2020/04/22/840678984/small-business-rescue-earned-banks-10-billion-in-fees>

‘I am beyond disturbed’: Internal dissent as states reopen despite virus: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/i-am-beyond-disturbed-internal-dissent-as-states-reopen-despite-virus/>

Bill Gates — Most Dangerous Philanthropist in Modern History?: <https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/04/21/bill-gates-political-power.aspx>

Republicans attack Facebook as network shuts down anti-lockdown protests: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/20/facebook-shuts-down-anti-quarantine-protests-at-states-request-196143>

House expected to vote on changing rules to allow remote voting: <https://thehill.com/homenews/house/493823-house-expected-to-vote-on-changing-rules-to-allow-remote-voting>. (But, voting by proxy, not voting directly. Why not by mailing list?)

As One of the Largest Bailouts in History Looms, “Crisis-Ridden” Corporations Reap Record Profits: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/covid-19-crisis-ridden-corporations-reap-record-profits-bailout/266665/>

COVID-19: New York Times Revives its Role in Chinagate: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/22/new-york-times-revives-role-in-chinagate/>

COVID-19: Leader of Postal Workers Union Demands USPS Funding in Next Stimulus Bill: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/22/covid-19-leader-of-postal-workers-union-demands-usps-funding-in-next-stimulus-bill/>

COVID-19: ‘Congress Must Cover Paychecks of Every US Worker,’ Says Sanders: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/22/covid-19-congress-must-cover-paychecks-of-every-us-worker-says-sanders/>

Negative Prices Mark The End Of U.S. Shale: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/negative-prices-mark-the-end-of-us-shale.html>

There is no anti-lockdown protest movement: <https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/4/22/21227928/coronavirus-social-distancing-lockdown-trump-tea-party>

Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz Warns US Barreling Toward Second 'Great Depression' Thanks to Trump-GOP Failed Covid-19 Response: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/22/nobel-economist-joseph-stiglitz-warns-us-barreling-toward-second-great-depression>

Warren Demands Investigation Into Trump's Coronavirus Response, Saying He Put 'Political Expediency' Before Public Health: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/22/warren-demands-investigation-trumps-coronavirus-response-saying-he-put-political>

Coronavirus Crisis Makes Clear Pentagon Should Get No More Money This Year for Its 'Wasteful War Machine': 60+ Groups: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/22/coronavirus-crisis-makes-clear-pentagon-should-get-no-more-money-year-its-wasteful>

After Revelations of Improper Stock Sales by Rep. Shalala, Groups Demand Pelosi's Pick for Bailout Oversight Step Down: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/22/after-revelations-improper-stock-sales-rep-shalala-groups-demand-pelosis-pick>

'Never Heard of Anything Like This': Watchdogs Sound Alarm as Trump Puts For-Profit Insurer in Charge of Covid-19 Hospital Funds: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/22/never-heard-anything-watchdogs-sound-alarm-trump-puts-profit-insurer-charge-covid-19>

April 23 (Thursday) 2020

Coronavirus V: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRFbwjwQ4VE> ("As COVID-19 continues to dominate the news cycle, John Oliver looks at the various sources of misinformation about the disease - from televangelists and the right wing media, to President Trump himself.")

CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/21/coronavirus-secondwave-cdcdirector/>

Trump Says Coronavirus ‘Might Not Come Back at All’ in Fall: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200423134645/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-23/trump-says-coronavirus-might-not-come-back-at-all-in-fall> ("He made the comment after accusing the Washington Post of mischaracterizing a warning to that effect from Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.")

How a Trump Media Dump Mainstreamed Chinese Lab Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory: <https://thegrayzone.com/2020/04/20/trump-media-chinese-lab-coronavirus-conspiracy/>

COVID-19: New York Times Revives its Role in Chinagate: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/22/new-york-times-revives-role-in-chinagate/>

Milk from Wisconsin farms to be given to people in need: <https://waow.com/2020/04/15/milk-to-be-rescued-from-wisconsin-dairy-farmers-given-to-people-in-need/>

COVID-19: Brazil’s Bolsonaro Trumps Trump: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/22/covid-19-brazils-bolsonaro-trumps-trump/>

2 cats in NY become first US pets to test positive for virus: <https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/ap-exclusive-2-cats-in-ny-state-test-positive-for-virus/?utm_source=marketingcloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morning+Brief+4-23-20_4_23_2020&utm_term=>

GOP gubernatorial candidate Joshua Freed sues Inslee over coronavirus ban on religious gatherings: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/gop-gubernatorial-candidate-joshua-freed-sues-inslee-over-coronavirus-ban-on-religious-gatherings/> (That's a losing lawsuit; the issue was settled by the Supreme Court early in the last century.)

Coronavirus: South Africa deploys 70,000 troops to enforce lockdown: <https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52387962>

Timeline of the Coronavirus Pandemic and U.S. Response: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69650/timeline-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-u-s-response/>

House set to pass $484 billion bill with money for small businesses, hospitals and testing to battle coronavirus: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/04/23/congress-coronavirus-small-business/> ("But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has expressed opposition to aiding states in such a way, telling a conservative radio host on Wednesday that perhaps some states should have the option of falling into bankruptcy. This elicited fury from some governors and House Democrats on Thursday.")

Fox News hosts go mum on the covid-19 drug they spent weeks promoting: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/fox-news-hosts-go-mum-on-hydroxychloroquine-the-covid-19-drug-they-spent-weeks-promoting/2020/04/22/eeaf90c2-84ac-11ea-ae26-989cfce1c7c7_story.html>

Trump administration considers leveraging emergency coronavirus loan to force Postal Service changes: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/23/10-billion-treasury-loan-usps/>

Pelosi scraps proxy voting plan after GOP outcry: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/22/pelosi-house-proxy-voting-200861>

Spotlighting Need for Response 'At the Scale of This Catastrophe,' US Unemployment Claims Hit 26.5 Million: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/23/spotlighting-need-response-scale-catastrophe-us-unemployment-claims-hit-265-million>

Majority of Americans Reject 'Astroturf' Anti-Lockdown Protests, Say Social Distancing Orders Must Remain in Place to Fight Pandemic: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/23/majority-americans-reject-astroturf-anti-lockdown-protests-say-social-distancing>

April 24 (Friday) 2020

Trump asked if disinfectants could be injected to kill coronavirus inside the body. Doctors answered: ‘People will die.’: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/trump-asked-if-disinfectants-could-be-injected-to-kill-coronavirus-inside-the-body-doctors-answered-people-will-die/>

Health Dept. Official Says Doubts on Hydroxychloroquine Led to His Ouster: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/22/us/politics/rick-bright-trump-hydroxychloroquine-coronavirus.html> ("The official who led the federal agency involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine said on Wednesday that he was removed from his post after he pressed for rigorous vetting of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug embraced by President Trump as a coronavirus treatment, and that the administration had put “politics and cronyism ahead of science.”)

House to Examine Ouster of Health Official Who Doubted Drugs Trump Pushed: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/us/politics/rick-bright-trump-hydroxychloroquine.html?action=click&module=Latest&pgtype=Homepage>

House creates new select coronavirus oversight committee over GOP objections: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/23/house-creates-coronavirus-oversight-committee-204316>

Trump escalates WHO fight by redirecting funds to other groups: <https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/public-global-health/494373-trump-escalates-who-fight-by-redirecting-funds-to>

Calling US Postal Service 'A Joke,' Trump Demands Four-Fold Price Hike for Customers Amid Covid-19 Pandemic: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/24/calling-us-postal-service-joke-trump-demands-four-fold-price-hike-customers-amid> (Sounds like Trump is starting to buckle on US Post Office funding.)

Trump says he will block coronavirus aid for U.S. Postal Service if it doesn’t hike prices immediately: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/04/24/trump-postal-service-loan-treasury/>

'We Need Congress to Get a Grip': Democrats Urged to End Delay, Fight Like Hell for Covid-19 Relief That Puts People First: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/24/we-need-congress-get-grip-democrats-urged-end-delay-fight-hell-covid-19-relief-puts>

Citing 'Utter Inability to Discharge Duties of His Office,' MoveOn Demands Trump Removal Under 25th Amendment: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/24/citing-utter-inability-discharge-duties-his-office-moveon-demands-trump-removal>

The anti-quarantine protests seem spontaneous. But behind the scenes, a powerful network is helping: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-the-conservative-networks-backing-anti-quarantine-protests/2020/04/22/da75c81e-83fe-11ea-a3eb-e9fc93160703_story.html>

Trump Faces Off With the WHO: Sorting Through the Allegations: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69857/trump-faces-off-with-the-who-sorting-through-the-allegations/> (detailed facts and analyses with lots of links).

April 26 (Sunday) 2020

WHO Warns You May Catch Coronavirus More Than Once: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200426134227/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-25/catching-covid-19-may-not-shield-against-new-infection-who-says>

Why a Second Wave of Covid-19 Is Already a Worry: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200426140023/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-24/why-a-second-wave-of-covid-19-is-already-a-worry-quicktake>

PBI experts: How state officials can save Main Street in the face of COVID-19 with three urgent actions: <https://www.publicbankinginstitute.org/2020/04/22/pbi-experts-how-state-officials-can-save-main-street-in-the-face-of-covid-19-with-three-urgent-actions/>

Biden Assails Stimulus, Calls U.S. Corporations ‘Greedy as Hell’: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200426135415/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-26/biden-assails-stimulus-calls-u-s-corporations-greedy-as-hell>

'SNL' Cold Open Features Brad Pitt as Dr. Anthony Fauci: <https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/snl-cold-open-features-brad-pitt-as-dr-anthony-fauci-1291897>

Small Business Rescue Money Flowing to Major Trump Donors, Disclosures Show: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/24/coronavirus-small-business-loans-trump-donors-ppp/>

Progressive Groups Are Outraged with “Pathetic” Coronavirus Deal. Congressional Democrats Are Doing Little to Improve It: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/22/coronavirus-stimulus-pelosi-phase35-democrats/>

An Anti-China Message Didn’t Work for Democrats in 2018 — and It Won’t Work for Biden Now: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/22/biden-china-campaign-ad-trump/>

Republican strategy memo advises GOP campaigns to blame China for coronavirus: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/25/senate-gop-talking-points-coronavirus-blame-china-not-trump/>

VA health chief acknowledges a shortage of protective gear for its hospital workers: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/va-health-chief-acknowledges-a-shortage-of-protective-gear-for-its-hospital-workers/2020/04/24/4c1bcd5e-84bf-11ea-ae26-989cfce1c7c7_story.html>

White House faces internal debate over ‘liability shield’ for firms seeking protection from coronavirus lawsuits: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/24/liability-shield-white-house-coronavirus/>





Democrats Are Insulting American People by Repeatedly Saying 'Next Time' on Real Covid-19 Relief: <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/04/24/democrats-are-insulting-american-people-repeatedly-saying-next-time-real-covid-19>

Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz Warns US Barreling Toward Second 'Great Depression' Thanks to Trump-GOP Failed Covid-19 Response: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/22/nobel-economist-joseph-stiglitz-warns-us-barreling-toward-second-great-depression>

On the Coronavirus and Smoking, Infection Fatality Rates and More: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/on-coronavirus-and-smoking-infection-fatality-rates-and-more.html>

April 27 (Monday) 2020

Asymptomatic Transmission, the Achilles’ Heel of Current Strategies to Control Covid-19: <https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2009758>

Coronavirus 'Effectively Eliminated' in New Zealand Following Comprehensive Approach of Jacinda Ardern's Government: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/27/coronavirus-effectively-eliminated-new-zealand-following-comprehensive-approach>

'Irresponsible and Unethical': IRS Calls 10,000 Employees Back to Work But Will Not Provide Protective Equipment: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/27/irresponsible-and-unethical-irs-calls-10000-employees-back-work-will-not-provide>

'Environmentally Just' Move Will Open 100 Miles of NYC Streets to Pedestrians as Social Distancing Enters Warmer Months: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/27/environmentally-just-move-will-open-100-miles-nyc-streets-pedestrians-social>

'Grotesque, Deadly Failure': Trump USDA Under Fire for Allowing Millions of Pounds of Produce to Rot as Food Insecurity Surges: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/27/grotesque-deadly-failure-trump-usda-under-fire-allowing-millions-pounds-produce-rot>

Large, troubled companies got bailout money in coronavirus small-business loan program: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/large-troubled-companies-got-bailout-money-in-small-business-loan-program/>

Sorry, beer fans — the coronavirus pandemic could make your drinks flat. Here’s why: <https://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/sorry-beer-fans-the-coronavirus-pandemic-could-make-your-drinks-flat-heres-why/>

Trump expands battle with WHO far beyond aid suspension: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-expands-battle-with-world-health-organization-far-beyond-aid-suspension/2020/04/25/72c754e6-856e-11ea-9728-c74380d9d410_story.html>

Israel may ask for double its usual $3.8 billion from the U.S this year: <https://israelpalestinenews.org/israel-may-ask-for-double-its-usual-3-8-billion-from-the-u-s-this-year/>

America’s Super-Rich See Their Wealth Rise by $282 Billion in Three Weeks of Pandemic: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/super-rich-see-wealth-rise-282-billion-three-weeks-coronavirus/267027/>

April 28 (Tuesday) 2020

President’s intelligence briefing book repeatedly cited virus threat: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/presidents-intelligence-briefing-book-repeatedly-cited-virus-threat/2020/04/27/ca66949a-8885-11ea-ac8a-fe9b8088e101_story.html>

How California's contact tracing army could serve as model for nation's reopening: <https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/04/27/how-californias-contact-tracing-army-could-serve-as-model-for-nations-reopening-1280023>

Special Report: Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirus <https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-spy-specialreport/special-report-cyber-intel-firms-pitch-governments-on-spy-tools-to-trace-coronavirus-idUSKCN22A2G1?il=0>

Lawmakers press for small business loans for payday lenders: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/24/lawmakers-press-for-small-business-loans-for-payday-lenders-207636> (payday loans for payday lenders).

As Trump puts partisan spin on federal aid for states, Republicans and Democrats warn of coming financial calamity: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-trump-puts-partisan-spin-on-federal-aid-for-states-republicans-and-democrats-warn-of-coming-financial-calamity/2020/04/27/a542f19e-889a-11ea-8ac1-bfb250876b7a_story.html>

The U.S. plans to lend $500 billion to large companies. It won’t require them to preserve jobs or limit executive pay: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/28/federal-reserve-bond-corporations/>

Timeline of the Coronavirus Pandemic and U.S. Response (Updated April 28): <https://www.justsecurity.org/69650/timeline-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-u-s-response/>

Virus Likely to Keep Coming Back Each Year, Say Top Chinese Scientists: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-28/virus-is-here-to-stay-and-likely-seasonal-say-china-scientists>

'Catastrophic Harm' Feared as Trump Uses Emergency Powers to Keep Meat-Packing Plants Open: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/28/catastrophic-harm-feared-trump-uses-emergency-powers-keep-meat-packing-plants-open>

'No Consequences for Negligence That Kills': McConnell Wants Corporate Immunity From Covid-19 Lawsuits: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/28/no-consequences-negligence-kills-mcconnell-wants-corporate-immunity-covid-19>

Possible extension of Washington’s coronavirus stay-home order could come later this week; officials discussing reopening by region: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/possible-extension-of-washingtons-coronavirus-stay-home-order-could-come-later-this-week-officials-discussing-reopening-by-region/>

April 29 (Wednesday) 2020

Survey Finds 50 Million Americans Have Lost Their Job In Past 6 Weeks: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/survey-finds-50-million-americans-have-lost-their-job-past-6-weeks> (20 million more than official estimate).

Shi Zhengli Provides Proof Sars COV-2 Was Not An Accidental Release from Wuhan Institute of Virology: <https://www.emptywheel.net/2020/04/27/shi-zhengli-provides-proof-sars-cov-2-was-not-an-accidental-release-from-wuhan-institute-of-virology/>

Democratic lawmakers propose bill to force Trump to invoke Defense Production Act for medical equipment: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/04/29/coronavirus-latest-news/#link-TZJTCIKPYVB5LAJFCR24FYPNWU>

Trump suggests federal bailout for states could hinge on sanctuary city policies: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/28/trump-states-bailout-sanctuary-cities-215507>

Trump Mocks Man’s Mask at White House as Pence Refuses to Wear One at Mayo Clinic: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/28/trump-mocks-mans-mask-white-house-pence-refuses-wear-one-mayo-clinic/>

Day trips. Hiking with bandanas. What you should keep in mind as Washington’s outdoors spaces reopen: <https://www.seattletimes.com/life/outdoors/gov-jay-inslee-is-slowly-reopening-parks-courses-and-more-heres-what-that-means-for-outdoor-recreation-near-seattle/>

As Amazon, Walmart, and Others Profit amid Coronavirus Crisis, Their Essential Workers Plan Unprecedented Strike: <https://theintercept.com/2020/04/28/coronavirus-may-1-strike-sickout-amazon-target-whole-foods/>

Boeing will cut more than 15% of jobs in commercial jet division, CEO Calhoun says: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeing-loses-641-million-in-first-quarter-announces-job-and-production-cuts/>

Washington hospitals might begin some elective procedures, halted by coronavirus, under new Inslee guidance: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/washington-hospitals-might-begin-some-elective-procedures-halted-by-coronavirus-under-new-inslee-guidance/>

'Pathetic': Trump Says No to Additional Covid-19 Stimulus Checks, Backs Cutting Tax That Funds Social Security Instead: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/29/pathetic-trump-says-no-additional-covid-19-stimulus-checks-backs-cutting-tax-funds>

"Only in Trump's America": Despite Covid-19, Employees in Texas and Iowa Told to Get Back to Work or Lose Unemployment Benefits: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/29/only-trumps-america-despite-covid-19-employees-texas-and-iowa-told-get-back-work-or>

April 30 (Thursday) 2020

As the U.S. Risks Reopening for Business, Technology Alone Won’t Stop the Coronavirus: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69919/as-the-u-s-risks-reopening-for-business-technology-alone-wont-stop-the-coronavirus/>

CoronaGiggle: Bill de Blasio Has Had It With Hasidic Jews: <http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2020/04/29/bill-de-blasio-has-had-it-with-hasidic-jews/>

Compare: Why it’ll still be a long time before we get a coronavirus vaccine: <https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24632804-000-why-itll-still-be-a-long-time-before-we-get-a-coronavirus-vaccine/>

with: Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine: <https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-29/trump-s-operation-warp-speed-aims-to-rush-coronavirus-vaccine>

COVID-19: The Beginning of the End for Oil? <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/04/29/covid-19-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-oil/>

Coronavirus patients can’t relapse, South Korean scientists believe: <https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-patients-cant-relapse-south-korean-scientists-believe-rkm8zm7d9> (These are new study results from the same scientists who originally raised the concern that you could repeatedly catch the virus; false alarm they say.)

Polling Shows Two-Thirds of Americans Back Funding for Postal Service in Next Coronavirus Relief Package: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/30/polling-shows-two-thirds-americans-back-funding-postal-service-next-coronavirus>

"We Need a Working People's Bailout": Unemployment Claims Hit 30 Million as Many Struggle to Afford Necessities: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/30/we-need-working-peoples-bailout-unemployment-claims-hit-30-million-many-struggle>

The Myth of V-Shape US Economic Recovery: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/myth-v-shape-us-economic-recovery/5711226>

Republican-led states signal they could strip workers’ unemployment benefits if they don’t return to work, sparking fresh safety fears: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/30/republican-states-unemployment-benefits/> (I wonder if that will backfire at the polls.)

May

May 1 (Friday) 2020

Inslee extends coronavirus stay-home order through May 31, outlines plan to reopen Washington in phases: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/inslee-announces-extended-stay-home-order-outlines-plan-to-reopen-washington-in-phases/>

Virus Likely to Keep Coming Back Each Year, Say Top Chinese Scientists: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200501231146/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-28/virus-is-here-to-stay-and-likely-seasonal-say-china-scientists>

Coronavirus Was 'Not Manmade or Genetically Modified': U.S. Spy Agency: <https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/04/30/world/asia/30reuters-health-coronavirus-usa-intelligence.html>

U.S. officials crafting retaliatory actions against China over coronavirus as President Trump fumes: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/30/trump-china-coronavirus-retaliation/>

Vaccine Leader Signs Deal for 1 Billion Covid-19 Doses a Year: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200502010825/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-01/moderna-targets-1-billion-covid-19-shots-a-year-in-lonza-pact?cmpid=BBD050120_CORONAVIRUS&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=200501&utm_campaign=coronavirus> (Killjoy Says: the record fastest time for successful development of a vaccine was 5 years, for the ebola vaccine.)

Inside Donald Trump and Jared Kushner’s Two Months of Magical Thinking: <https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/donald-trump-jared-kushners-two-months-of-magical-thinking>

As Millions Stripped of Health Coverage Amid Covid-19, House Dems Unveil Bill for Emergency Expansion of Medicare and Medicaid: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/01/millions-stripped-health-coverage-amid-covid-19-house-dems-unveil-bill-emergency>

As Covid-19 Shoots US Unemployment to Great Depression Levels, Europe's Worker Safety Net Stems Mass Layoffs: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/01/covid-19-shoots-us-unemployment-great-depression-levels-europes-worker-safety-net>

Navy Secretary Orders Deeper Inquiry Into Virus-Stricken Ship: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/us/politics/navy-coronavirus-ship.html>

Animation — China: We discovered a new virus. America: So what? China: It's Dangerous. America: It's only a Flu: <https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/1255734356728922113>

We found and tested 47 old drugs that might treat the coronavirus: Results show promising leads and a whole new way to fight COVID-19: <https://theconversation.com/we-found-and-tested-47-old-drugs-that-might-treat-the-coronavirus-results-show-promising-leads-and-a-whole-new-way-to-fight-covid-19-136789>

May 2 (Saturday) 2020

The Importance of Equity in Contact Tracing: <https://www.lawfareblog.com/importance-equity-contact-tracing>

Trump Relaxes OSHA Rules and Governors Block Unemployment Benefits for Meatpackers: <https://popularresistance.org/trump-relaxes-osha-rules-and-governors-block-unemployment-benefits-for-meatpackers/>

Civil Rights And Racial Justice Groups Ask Congress To Let Marijuana Industry Access COVID Funds: <https://www.marijuanamoment.net/civil-rights-and-racial-justice-groups-ask-congress-to-let-marijuana-industry-access-covid-funds/>

In 'Terrifying' Indictment of For-Profit System, 12.7 Million Workers Estimated to Have Lost Insurance Due to Coronavirus: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/30/terrifying-indictment-profit-system-127-million-workers-estimated-have-lost>

'Pathetic': Trump Says No to Additional Covid-19 Stimulus Checks, Backs Cutting Tax That Funds Social Security Instead: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/29/pathetic-trump-says-no-additional-covid-19-stimulus-checks-backs-cutting-tax-funds>

To Curb 'Oligarchic' Power, Warren and Ocasio-Cortez Call for Halt to Corporate Mergers During Pandemic: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/28/curb-oligarchic-power-warren-and-ocasio-cortez-call-halt-corporate-mergers-during>

Israeli-American entrepreneur got tens of millions for ventilators he never delivered: <https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/israeli-american-entrepreneur-got-tens-of-millions-for-ventilators-he-never-delivered>

Coronavirus NSW: Dossier lays out case against China bat virus program: <https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/coronavirus/bombshell-dossier-lays-out-case-against-chinese-bat-virus-program/news-story/55add857058731c9c71c0e96ad17da60>

May 3 (Sunday) 2020

The US just reported its deadliest day for coronavirus patients as states reopen, according to WHO: <https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/02/who-us-just-reported-deadliest-day-for-coronavirus.html>

Covid-19 mutations underestimated, Chinese scientists warn, as DEADLIEST strains grip Europe and US: <https://www.rt.com/news/486425-covid-19-mutations-deadlier-strains/> (Might make it difficult to discover a vaccine effective against all of them.)

Why a coronavirus vaccine may never be found: <https://www.afr.com/policy/health-and-education/why-a-coronavirus-vaccine-may-never-be-found-20200402-p54gke>

'Stay at home!': Italian mayors send emotional plea to residents — video: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxtGJsnLgSc&feature=youtu.be>

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic could have been prevented: <https://www.virology.ws/2020/04/30/the-sars-cov-2-pandemic-could-have-been-prevented/>

Best cultural experiences without leaving the house: <http://gbr.rs.gov.ru/en/news/65253>

Some Covid-19 Science: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/05/some-covid-19-science.html>

Right-Wing Think Tanks Are Using Covid-19 To Push War with Iran: <https://inthesetimes.com/article/22487/think-tanks-fdd-aei-iran-sanctions-coronavirus-war-trump-pompeo-covid>

Tomgram: Mandy Smithberger, Bailing Out the War State: <http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/176696/>

Globalization in the Widening Gyre of COVID-19: <https://zeroanthropology.net/2020/04/27/globalization-in-the-widening-gyre-of-covid-19/>

Glitches prevent $1,200 stimulus checks from reaching millions of Americans: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/glitches-prevent-1200-stimulus-checks-from-reaching-millions-of-americans/>

Trump replaces HHS watchdog who found ‘severe shortages’ at hospitals combating coronavirus: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-replaces-hhs-watchdog-who-found-severe-shortages-at-hospitals-combating-coronavirus/2020/05/02/6e274372-8c87-11ea-ac8a-fe9b8088e101_story.html>

White House and Congress clash over liability protections for businesses as firms cautiously weigh virus reopening plans: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/05/03/congress-coronavirus-legal-liability/>

May 5 (Tuesday) 2020

US government report assesses China intentionally concealed severity of coronavirus: <https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/03/politics/mike-pompeo-china-coronavirus-supplies/index.html>

Restaurants? Libraries? Sports? Here’s when things in Washington might reopen according to Inslee’s 4-phase plan: <https://www.seattletimes.com/life/what-inslees-4-phase-plan-to-reopen-washingtons-economy-means-for-your-life/>

If We Want to Return to Normal, We Have to Fix the Policy: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/if-we-want-return-normal-we-have-fix-policy/5711674>

US Government Fears China will Give Away COVID-19 Vaccine for Free: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/us-government-terrified-china-will-give-coronavirus-vaccine-away-free/267235/>

As World Joins Forces to Raise $8 Billion for Global Covid-19 Fund, US Contributes This Much: $0: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/04/world-joins-forces-raise-8-billion-global-covid-19-fund-us-contributes-much-0>

To Counter Trump Inaction, Sanders-Khanna Bill Would Unleash $75 Billion for Emergency Manufacture of PPE, Covid-19 Testing: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/04/counter-trump-inaction-sanders-khanna-bill-would-unleash-75-billion-emergency>

As Death Toll Increases Blame China Campaign Intensifies: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/05/as-death-toll-increases-blame-china-campaign-intensifies.html> (debunking recent Trump Administration claims).

Explosive Whistleblower Complaint by Ousted HHS Official Says He Was Pressured to Give Contract to Trump-Friendly Pharma Firm: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/05/explosive-whistleblower-complaint-ousted-hhs-official-says-he-was-pressured-give>

Despite CDC Prediction of Surging Death Rate to Come, Pence Confirms Trump's Coronavirus Task Force Winding Down: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/05/despite-cdc-prediction-surging-death-rate-come-pence-confirms-trumps-coronavirus> (declaring victory despite the shortage of PPE).

Coronavirus model projects 134,000 deaths in US, nearly double its last estimate: <https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/04/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html> (includes roundup of reopening news).

Masks become a flashpoint in the virus culture wars: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/masks-become-a-flashpoint-in-the-virus-culture-wars/>

COVID-19: Beware the Pentagon’s Pandemic Profiteers: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/05/04/covid-19-beware-the-pentagons-pandemic-profiteers/>

When the Coronavirus Outbreak Could Peak in Each U.S. State: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200506061803/https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-coronavirus-where-is-the-us-on-the-curve/>



May 7 (Thursday) 2020

CDC Offered Detailed Guidance on Safely Reopening Businesses. White House Said Report Would 'Never See the Light of Day': <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/07/cdc-offered-detailed-guidance-safely-reopening-businesses-white-house-said-report>

Judge Restores NY Democratic Presidential Primary on June 23: <ht  tps://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics/judge-restores-ny-democratic-presidential-primary-on-june-23/2403840/>

“Clever girl” - TTG: <https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2020/05/clever-girl-ttg.html>

Senate Subcommittee Examines Viability, Constitutionality of Conducting Senate Proceedings Remotely: <https://www.lawfareblog.com/senate-subcommittee-examines-viability-constitutionality-conducting-senate-proceedings-remotely>

Trump Says U.S. Must Reopen Even If More Americans Get Sick, Die: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200506141040/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-05/trump-says-u-s-must-reopen-even-if-more-americans-get-sick>

Children are falling ill with perplexing inflammatory syndrome thought to be linked to covid-19: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/05/06/kawasaki-disease-coronavirus/>

Justice Department investigates Blue Flame Medical after claims that it failed to provide masks to Maryland: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/justice-department-investigates-blue-flame-medical-after-claims-it-failed-to-provide-masks-ventilators-to-maryland-california/2020/05/06/e30b5224-8fa1-11ea-9e23-6914ee410a5f_story.html>

New 'Alarming' Research Shows Nearly 1 in 5 Children in US Going Without Enough Food Amid Coronavirus Crisis: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/06/new-alarming-research-shows-nearly-1-5-children-us-going-without-enough-food-amid>

Cash crunch from coronavirus crisis will force Alaska Air to shrink: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/coronavirus-crisis-costs-alaska-air-hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars-a-month/>

Contact-Tracing Apps in the United States: <https://www.lawfareblog.com/contact-tracing-apps-united-states>

Seattle will permanently close 20 miles of residential streets to most vehicle traffic: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/seattle-will-permanently-close-20-miles-of-residential-streets-to-most-vehicle-traffic/>

Schumer Says Democrats About to Go "Rooseveltian" on Covid-19 Relief. Progressives Say We Hope So: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/07/schumer-says-democrats-about-go-rooseveltian-covid-19-relief-progressives-say-we>

Oregon's reopening plan: <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JM2dwYVK4Y4IBxMT6Si5-H_LNua52tnu/view>.

May 9 (Saturday) 2020

Coronavirus Mutates Into Now-Dominant, More Contagious Form As Doctors Ponder 'East Coast vs. West Coast' Strains: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/coronavirus-mutates-now-dominant-more-contagious-form-doctors-ponder-east-coast-vs-west>

Early Lockdown Lifting Will Prolong The Greater Depression: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/05/early-lockdown-lifting-will-prolong-the-greater-depression.html>

Texas' Anti-Climactic Reopening: Malls & Restaurants Empty, Beaches & Parks Packed: <https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/texas-anti-climactic-reopening-malls-restaurants-empty-beaches-parks-packed>

Mysterious Coronavirus-Linked Syndrome Spreads From London To New York: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/mysterious-coronavirus-linked-syndrome-spreads-london-new-york>

'Most Cataclysmic' Jobs Report of Our Lifetime Shows US Unemployment Soaring to Level Not Seen Since Great Depression: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/08/most-cataclysmic-jobs-report-our-lifetime-shows-us-unemployment-soaring-level-not>

'Kind of Like Large Scale Negligent Homicide': As Trump Urges Reopenings, CDC Report Warns of Surge in Covid-19 Deaths: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/04/kind-large-scale-negligent-homicide-trump-urges-reopenings-cdc-report-warns-surge>

Soaring joblessness could shake U.S. economy, politics for years: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/08/jobs-coronavirus-unemployment-economy-politics/> ("In a working paper released this week by the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute for Economics, a trio of economists concluded that “42 percent of recent layoffs will result in permanent job loss.”)

In the early days of the pandemic, the U.S. government turned down an offer to manufacture millions of N95 masks in America: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/in-the-early-days-of-the-pandemic-the-us-government-turned-down-an-offer-to-manufacture-millions-of-n95-masks-in-america/2020/05/09/f76a821e-908a-11ea-a9c0-73b93422d691_story.html>

Whistleblower Details How Trump’S Bureaucrats Refused to Secure N95 Masks as Pandemic Loomed: <https://theintercept.com/2020/05/07/coronavirus-whistleblower-hhs-n95-ppe/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter>

As the U.S. Risks Reopening for Business, Technology Alone Won’t Stop the Coronavirus: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69919/as-the-u-s-risks-reopening-for-business-technology-alone-wont-stop-the-coronavirus/>

America": Despite Covid-19, Employees in Texas and Iowa Told to Get Back to Work or Lose Unemployment Benefits: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/29/only-trumps-america-despite-covid-19-employees-texas-and-iowa-told-get-back-work-or>

May 11 (Monday) 2020

“Recovery” of nations from Covid-19: <https://justworldnews.org/2020/05/07/recovery-of-nations-from-covid-19/> (Helena Cobban).

Debunking Trump’s China nonsense: <https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/05/10/debunking-trumps-china-nonsense/>

#WearAFuckingMask: <https://twitter.com/RHNotion/status/1259628683184259073>.

#WearAFuckingMask: <https://wearafuckingmask.com/>

COVID-19: 2020 Year of the Virus: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/05/10/covid-19-2020-year-of-the-virus/> (long, but the best explanation of the virus hazard I've seen so far).

Why Shut Down? COVID-19 Infections Would Plummet If 80% Of Americans Just Wore Masks According To Study: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/why-shut-down-covid-19-infections-would-plummet-if-80-americans-just-wore-masks-according>

May 12 (Tuesday) 2020

Americans Divided on Trump's Handling of COVID-19 Situation: <https://news.gallup.com/poll/309593/americans-divided-trump-handling-covid-situation.aspx>

Tesla’s Elon Musk receives support from Trump as he reopens factory in defiance of county order: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/05/11/musk-tesla-factory/>

Alameda County Folds, Allows "Minimum Operation" After Elon Musk Defies Coronavirus Order And Dares Authorities To Arrest Him: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/musk-cali-carnage-continues-analysts-warn-morale-risk-while-liberals-tesla-owners-berate>

House Democrats unveil coronavirus rescue bill that would direct more than $3 trillion to states, individuals, health systems: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/05/12/house-democrats-coronavirus-3-trillion/>

Many Governors win bipartisan support for handling of pandemic, but some Republicans face blowback over reopening efforts: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/many-governors-win-bipartisan-support-for-handling-of-pandemic-but-some-republicans-face-blowback-over-reopening-efforts/2020/05/11/8e98500e-93d2-11ea-9f5e-56d8239bf9ad_story.html>

Where states are reopening after America’s shutdown: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/states-reopening-coronavirus-map/>

Trump Says He's Aiming to Shield Corporations From Legal Liability for Workers Who Contract Covid-19 on the Job: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/21/trump-says-hes-aiming-shield-corporations-legal-liability-workers-who-contract-covid>

Trump Labor Department Encourages States to Help Employers Report Workers Who Stay Home Due to Covid-19 Fears: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/12/trump-labor-department-encourages-states-help-employers-report-workers-who-stay-home>

Eye-opening South Korea study on Covid-19: <https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/30/opinions/eye-opening-south-korea-study-on-covid-19-sepkowitz/?hpt=ob_blogfooterold>

Holding Healthcare Hostage: The Making of a Ventilator Crisis: <https://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2020/05/holding-healthcare-hostage-making-of.html>

A New Problem Is Brewing in the Beer Industry: One Million Kegs Are Going Stale: <https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-new-problem-is-brewing-in-the-beer-industry-one-million-kegs-are-going-stale-11587733224?shareToken=stc6c814262c9e4460919605b9a54a487d&mod=11_5cE>

Top Health Experts Paint Bleak Picture of Pandemic: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/us/coronavirus-live-news-updates.html>

6 takeaways from Anthony Fauci’s and health officials’ testimony to Senate panel: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/6-takeaways-from-anthony-faucis-and-health-officials-testimony-to-senate-panel/>

May 13 (Wednesday) 2020

The coronavirus ‘may never go away,’ a top W.H.O. official said, warning against expecting a quick vaccine: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/13/world/coronavirus-world-news-updates.html#link-5459755e>

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court blocks the governor from extending the state’s stay-at-home order: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/13/us/coronavirus-cases-deaths.html>

Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/face-masks-pose-serious-risks-healthy/5712649>

The Novel Coronavirus Went Global In November - Or Maybe Even Much Earlier?: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/05/cornonavirus-went-global-in-november-or-maybe-even-much-earlier.html> (Might the virus have originated in the U.S., and if so, what does that portend for U.S.-China relations?)

Trump is pursuing a herd immunity strategy — whether intentionally or not: <https://theweek.com/articles/912546/trump-pursuing-herd-immunity-strategy--whether-intentionally-not> ("American officials at all levels of government seem completely oblivious to the situation in civilized countries or the arguments about test, track, and isolate.")

Bernie Sanders Calls for Guarantee That Covid-19 Vaccine Be Free to All: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/13/bernie-sanders-calls-guarantee-covid-19-vaccine-be-free-all>

May 14 (Thursday) 2020

Washington halts unemployment payments for 2 days after finding $1.6 million in fraudulent claims amid coronavirus pandemic: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/economy/washington-halts-unemployment-payments-for-two-days-after-finding-1-6-million-in-fraudulent-claims-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/>

Government Watchdog Sounds Alarm Over Appointment of Former Pharma Executive to Trump's Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/14/government-watchdog-sounds-alarm-over-appointment-former-pharma-executive-trumps>

Downplaying Threat Covid-19 Poses to Children, Trump Calls Fauci's Cautions Over Reopening Schools 'Unacceptable': <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/14/downplaying-threat-covid-19-poses-children-trump-calls-faucis-cautions-over>

Fact Checker: McConnell’s claim that Obama left behind no ‘game plan’ for the coronavirus outbreak: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/14/mcconnells-claim-that-obama-left-behind-no-game-plan-coronavirus-outbreak/>

US Blocks UN Global Ceasefire Resolution, Objecting to Indirect Reference to World Health Organization: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/09/us-blocks-un-global-ceasefire-resolution-objecting-indirect-reference-world-health>

Whistleblower: US still lacks virus plan, Americans at risk: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/us-immunologist-warns-of-darkest-winter-if-virus-rebounds/>

Coronavirus Spurs Spike in Serious Blood Disorder in Children: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-14/coronavirus-spurs-spike-in-serious-blood-disorder-in-children>

New, mysterious ailment in child in Washington could be linked to coronavirus: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/new-mysterious-ailment-similar-to-rare-inflammatory-disease-could-have-links-to-virus-that-causes-covid-19/> (Another case in Portland, OR).

Me on COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/05/me_on_covad-19_.html ("This is a classic identification problem, and efficacy depends on two things: false positives and false negatives.")

Wisconsin Supreme Court Overturns The State's Stay-At-Home Orders: <https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/05/13/855782006/wisconsin-supreme-court-overturns-the-states-stay-at-home-order>

The Science Says #MaskUp - A Look At Two New Virus Studies: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/04/the-science-says-maskup-a-look-at-two-new-virus-studies.html>

A Tiny Indicator of a Big Disruption: <https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/04/15/a-tiny-indicator-of-a-big-disruption/>

May 15 (Friday) 2020

What happens if a coronavirus vaccine is never developed? It has happened before: <https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/03/health/coronavirus-vaccine-never-developed-intl/index.html>

To Re-Open Safely We Need a “Health Force” of Disease Detectives: <https://portside.org/2020-05-12/re-open-safely-we-need-health-force-disease-detectives> ("Conservative governors are now openly at odds with epidemiologists as plans move ahead for more than half the states to loosen social distancing and permit many businesses to re-open this month[.]")

RNA virus: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA_virus>

Abbott’s Virus Test Has Potential Accuracy Issues, FDA Warns: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-15/abbott-coronavirus-test-has-potential-accuracy-issues-fda-warns> ("One study released this week from researchers at New York University examining the Abbott machine indicated it may miss as many as half of positive cases.")

Ousted whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright unloads on Trump admin's coronavirus response: <https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/coronavirus-whistleblower-bright-issues-stark-vaccine-warning-we-don-t-n1207056>

Lots of talk — but so far no action — about second $1,200 stimulus check for U.S. households: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/05/14/treasury-coronavirus-second-stimulus-check-1200/> ("Republicans have declared the House Democratic bill dead on arrival, and some have voiced skepticism about the need for any more individual payments.")

The focus is shifting from trying to eliminate coronavirus to reducing the risks, a doctor says: <https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/15/health/us-coronavirus-friday/index.html>

Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-outbreak.html>

The Death of American Competence: <https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/23/death-american-competence-reputation-coronavirus/>

CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020: <https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html>

Thousands of pigs are rotting in compost as U.S. faces shortages: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/thousands-of-pigs-are-rotting-in-compost-as-u-s-faces-shortages/>

Texas Sees Record Jump In COVID-19 Deaths 2 Weeks Into Reopening: Live Update: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/disgraced-government-scientist-warns-us-faces-darkest-winter-modern-history-covid-19> (virus news roundup).

Life After Lockdown - Get Ready For "Social Bubbles": <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/life-after-lockdown-get-ready-social-bubbles>

"These Threats Will Not Be Taken Lightly": States Mull Crackdown On Intentional Corona Spreaders: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/these-threats-will-not-be-taken-lightly-states-mull-crackdown-intentional-corona-spreaders>

Buffet-Goers Beware: Shocking Video Shows Just How Easily Coronavirus Can Spread: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/shocking-video-shows-just-how-easily-coronavirus-can-spread>

How the COVID-19 Bailout Gave Wall Street a No-Lose Casino: <https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/taibbi-covid-19-bailout-wall-street-997342/> (Matt Taibbi).

The Face of Post-COVID Geo-Politics: <https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/12/the-face-of-post-covid-geo-politics/> (very interesting; comparing current pandemic to history of Black Plague and extrapolating from that pandemic's aftermath).

Why China's Move To Test 11 Million Wuhan Residents Could Set Off Firestorm In US: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/heres-why-chinas-move-test-11-million-wuhan-residents-could-set-firestorm-us>

A Third Of Americans Will Remain In Quarantine Even If Instructed To Get Back To Normal Life And Work: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/third-americans-will-remain-quarantine-even-if-instructed-get-back-normal-life-and-work>

May 16 (Saturday) 2020

Corruption at the heart of the U.S. Covid19 response: Part 1: <https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/top-news/all-roads-lead-dark-winter/>Part 2: <https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/top-news/killer-enterprise-how-big-pharmas-most-corrupt-companies-plans-corner-covid-19-cure-market/> Part 3: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/head-of-the-hydra-the-rise-of-robert-kadlec/267584/>.

Gov. Jay Inslee retracts requirement that diners provide contact info when restaurants reopen: <https://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/inslee-retracts-requirement-that-diners-provide-contact-info-to-be-able-to-dine-at-restaurants/>

Burr to step down from Senate Intel panel amid stock sale probe: <https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/497776-burr-to-step-down-from-senate-intel-panel-amid-stock-sale-probe>

What's coming when stores reopen? 'The mother of all clearance sales': <https://buffalonews.com/2020/05/15/whats-coming-when-stores-reopen-the-mother-of-all-clearance-sales/>

'Promiscuous treatment of nature' will lead to more pandemics – scientists: <https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/07/promiscuous-treatment-of-nature-will-lead-to-more-pandemics-scientists>

Trump Administration Tells States To Yank Benefits From Those Who Won’t Return To Work: <https://portside.org/2020-05-13/trump-administration-tells-states-yank-benefits-those-who-wont-return-work>

Calling on Americans to Vote Trump Out, The Lancet Eviscerates US President Over 'Incoherent' Covid-19 Response: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/15/calling-americans-vote-trump-out-lancet-eviscerates-us-president-over-incoherent> (Wow!)

US Postal Service Reportedly Considering Price Hikes as Trump's Takeover of the Beloved Agency Accelerates: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/15/us-postal-service-reportedly-considering-price-hikes-trumps-takeover-beloved-agency>

Fed shipment of Q-tip-style coronavirus swabs puzzles Washington state officials, latest wrinkle in supply woes: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/fed-shipment-of-q-tip-style-coronavirus-swabs-puzzle-washington-state-officials-latest-wrinkle-in-supply-woes/>

​​​​​​​Second COVID-19 Wave Hits USS Theodore Roosevelt: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/second-coronavirus-wave-hits-uss-roosevelt>

Peer-Reviewed Study Rejects Pangolins As Intermediary Species For COVID-19: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/peer-reviewed-study-rejects-pangolins-intermediary-species-covid-19>

UN Official Suggests Lockdowns Should Continue: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/un-official-suggests-lockdowns-should-continue>

New US "Vaccine Czar" Says January Is A "Credible Goal" For Trump's 300 Million-Dose Target: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/watch-live-president-trump-updates-press-vaccine-development-amid-latest-spat-beijing> (there may never be a vaccine).

US Oil Rig Count Crashes To 11-Year Lows: "There's A Double Risk On The Horizon": <https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/us-oil-rig-count-crashes-11-year-lows-theres-double-risk-horizon>

The Perpetual Crisis: Now The WHO Is Telling Us That COVID-19 “May Never Go Away”: <http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/the-perpetual-crisis-now-the-who-is-telling-us-that-covid-19-may-never-go-away> ("there has never been a successful vaccine for any coronavirus in all of human history").

Georgia's Reopening A 'Great Success': "In Theory, No One Is Going Too Fast," Experts Claim: <https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/georgia-reopening-great-success-expert-claims-theory-no-one-going-too-fast>

‘We need a comprehensive battle strategy’: States opening their economies lack benchmarks for reimposing restrictions: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/we-need-a-comprehensive-battle-strategy-states-opening-their-economies-lack-benchmarks-for-reimposing-restrictions/2020/05/15/babab44c-9643-11ea-91d7-cf4423d47683_story.html>

Trump Unveils Plan That Would See Big Pharma Reap Massive Profits from COVID-19 Vaccine: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/trump-plan-big-pharma-massive-profits-covid-19-vaccine/267617/>

May 17 (Sunday) 2020

Cats, Aerosols And Life Years Lost - Some New Covid-19 Science: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/05/new-covid-19-science.html>

In the Northwest, and around the nation, massive distribution of food boxes to begin with challenging timelines for delivery: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/in-the-northwest-and-around-the-nation-massive-distribution-of-food-boxes-to-begin-with-challenging-timelines-for-delivery/>

The ‘Red Dawn’ Emails: 8 Key Exchanges on the Faltering Response to the Coronavirus: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/us/politics/coronavirus-red-dawn-emails-trump.html>

Escobar: How Biosecurity Is Enabling Digital Neo-Feudalism: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/escobar-how-biosecurity-enabling-digital-neo-feudalism>

Study Points To COVID-19 Lab Creation; Lead Author Suggests 'Forced Selection' Vs. Genetic Engineering: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/study-points-covid-19-lab-creation-lead-author-suggests-forced-selection-vs-genetic>

Italian Politician Demand Bill Gates Arrest For Crimes Against Humanity: <https://greatgameindia.com/italian-politician-demand-bill-gates-arrest-for-crimes-against-humanity/>

Hundreds Of Villages Locked Down In Northeastern China As Beijing Mobilizes 'Army Of Volunteers' To Suppress Latest Outbreak: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/hundreds-villages-locked-down-northeastern-china-beijing-mobilizes-army-volunteers>

FDA Halts Bill Gates-Backed COVID-19 Testing Program: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/fda-halts-bill-gates-backed-covid-19-testing-program>

Global COVID-19 Cases Top 4.5 Million As Italy Sees Deaths Fall To 10-Week Low: Virus Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/covid-19-deaths-top-300k-cases-top-45-million-brazil-russia-now-worlds-most-dangerous>

Las Vegas airport offering PPE in vending machines: <https://thehill.com/homenews/news/498070-las-vegas-airport-offering-ppe-in-vending-machines>

Wash. Fruit Workers Strike Spreads to 13 Sites – Truckers Protest Trump in DC – Meatpacker Tries to Decertify a Union: <https://paydayreport.com/wash-fruit-workers-strike-spreads-to-13-sites-truckers-protest-trump-in-dc-meatpacker-tries-to-decertify-a-union/>

US retail sales plunged a record 16% in April as virus hit: <https://apnews.com/e95a6d2d0a721fcffb4efb9435b84f4f>

May 18 (Monday) 2020

Oregon Supreme Court Intervenes, Upholds Gov. Brown's Covid-19 Executive Orders: <https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Oregon-Supreme-Court-intervenes-upholds-Gov-Browns-COVID-19-executive-orders-570585041.html>

Bolstering Case for Nationwide Vote-by-Mail, New Study Shows Wisconsin In-Person Election Exploded New Covid-19 Infections: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/18/bolstering-case-nationwide-vote-mail-new-study-shows-wisconsin-person-election>

Democratic governors hit with flurry of legal challenges to coronavirus lockdowns: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/17/democratic-governors-coronavirus-lockdown-legal-challenges-261428>

As Invasive Covid-19 Tracing Technologies Loom, ACLU Unveils Guidelines to Guard Against Overreach: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/18/invasive-covid-19-tracing-technologies-loom-aclu-unveils-guidelines-guard-against>

UW Medicine furloughs 1,500 staffers, with more on the table; could $500 million shortfall hamper coronavirus response?: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/uw-medicine-furloughs-1500-staffers-with-more-on-the-table-500-million-shortfall-could-hamper-coronavirus-response/>

Delays hit state's $227 million PPE orders from Chinese firm: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/times-watchdog/washington-state-ordered-227-5-million-in-coronavirus-supplies-from-a-chinese-manufacturer-but-orders-have-trickled-in/>

100 Million Chinese Back Under Lockdown As Americans, Europeans Flock To Parks & Beaches: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/100-million-chinese-back-under-lockdown-millions-americans-europeans-flock-parks> (virus news roundup).

'Tidal Wave' Of Delinquent Mortgages Set To Surpass Great Recession: <https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/tidal-wave-delinquent-mortgages-set-surpass-great-recession>

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine shows encouraging early results: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/05/18/coronavirus-vaccine-first-results/>

Big Tech was first to send workers home. Now it’s in no rush to bring them back: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/05/18/facebook-google-work-from-home/>

As White House pushes firms to reopen, new report says much of bailout stimulus money remains unspent: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/05/18/treasury-coronavirus-bailout-fund-cares-act/>

Fishing boat returns with tons of tuna, but there’s no restaurant market — so they’re selling to the public: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/with-48-tons-of-tuna-and-few-restaurants-buying-local-company-is-selling-on-seattle-docks/>

The U.S. Response to Covid-19 Has Lavished Wealth on the Rich: <http://inthesetimes.com/article/22514/covid-19-coronavirus-wealthy-corporate-welfare>

Inslee announces dentists, doctors can reopen offices using guidance to prevent spread of coronavirus: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/inslee-announces-dentists-doctors-can-reopen-offices-using-guidelines-to-prevent-spread-of-coronavirus/>

May 19 (Tuesday) 2020

America's First-Ever Jury Trial By Zoom Streamed Live Today: <https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/americas-first-ever-zoom-jury-trial-streamed-live-today>

The Warp Speed Push for Coronavirus Vaccines: <https://journal-neo.org/2020/05/18/the-warp-speed-push-for-coronavirus-vaccines/> (I won't be first in line to be vaccinated.)

White House Vaccine Czar Sells $12 Million Slug Of Moderna Options For Massive Profit: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/white-house-vaccine-czar-sells-12-million-slug-moderna-options-massive-profit>

J.C. Penney to close over 200 stores: <https://www.linkedin.com/feed/news/jc-penney-to-close-over-200-stores-4116001/>

Lockdown Zealots Are Behaving Like Cult Members; Psychotherapist Warns: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/psychotherapist-lockdown-zealots-are-behaving-cult-members>

Walmart Hits All Time High On Blowout Earnings From Coronavirus-Linked Stockpiling: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/walmart-hits-all-time-high-blowout-earnings-coronavirus-linked-stockpiling>

The need to go is a big barrier to going out. Why public bathrooms are a stumbling block for reopening: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-reopen-bathrooms/2020/05/18/a6ed57fc-93ba-11ea-82b4-c8db161ff6e5_story.html>

Trump’s flimsy attack on vaccine official warning about hydroxychloroquine: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/19/trumps-flimsy-attack-vaccine-official-warning-about-hydroxychloroquine/>

What’s driving the shutdown protests? It’s not economic pain: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/19/whats-driving-shutdown-protests-its-not-economic-pain/>

Another Bank Bailout Under Cover of a Virus: <https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/18/another-bank-bailout-under-cover-virus>

‘Way Too Late’: Inside Amazon’s Biggest Outbreak: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/technology/amazon-coronavirus-workers.html>

May 22 (Friday) 2020

Latin America Braces for Major Spike in COVID-19 Cases: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/latin-america-massive-spike-covid-19-cases/267674/> ("the coastal city of Guayaquil [Ecuador] is likely the worst hit area in the world by COVID-19, with thousands of bodies piling up, left on the streets").

Inslee announces guidelines that could allow 10 more counties to reopen under coronavirus recovery plan: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/inslee-announces-guidelines-that-could-allow-10-more-counties-to-reopen-under-coronavirus-recovery-plan/>

The Dem’s $3 Trillion Dollar HEROES Act Can Not Brace Us for the Coming Shock: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/democrats-heroes-act-can-not-brace-us-coming-shock/267687/> ("A recent University of Chicago poll found that 37 percent of unemployed Americans ran out of food in April.")

The Warp Speed Push for Coronavirus Vaccines: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/warp-speed-push-coronavirus-vaccines/5713335> ("numerous scientists warn that once inside the cell nucleus, mRNA vaccines have a risk of permanently changing a person’s DNA in unpredictable ways").

Economists Warn 'Prolonged Depression Guaranteed' If GOP Refuse Federal Aid to State and Local Governments: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/19/economists-warn-prolonged-depression-guaranteed-if-gop-refuse-federal-aid-state-and>

‘Hundreds of millions of dollars’ lost in Washington to unemployment fraud amid coronavirus joblessness surge: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/economy/washington-adds-more-than-145000-weekly-jobless-claims-as-coronavirus-crisis-lingers/>

Coronavirus hot spots erupt across the country; experts warn of second wave in South: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/coronavirus-hot-spots-erupt-across-the-country-experts-warn-of-possible-outbreaks-in-south/2020/05/20/49bc6d10-9ab4-11ea-a282-386f56d579e6_story.html>

2.4 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, bringing nine-week total to 38.6 million: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/21/unemployment-claims-coronavirus/>

China’s new outbreak shows signs the virus could be changing: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/chinas-new-outbreak-shows-signs-the-virus-could-be-changing/>

FC Seoul faces sanctions after putting sex dolls in seats: <https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/soccer/fc-seoul-faces-sanctions-after-putting-sex-dolls-in-seats/>

Have a reusable face mask? Here’s how to wash it the right way: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/have-a-reusable-face-mask-heres-how-to-wash-it-the-right-way/>

Defense Workers, Deemed “Essential,” Protest Conditions as Overseas Weapons Sales Continue: <https://theintercept.com/2020/05/18/coronavirus-defense-workers-weapons-lockheed-boeing/>

Auto Registrations In Europe Plunge 76% In April, The Largest Drop On Record: <https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/auto-registrations-europe-plunge-76-april-largest-drop-record>

Social Distancing Revives Drive-In Movie Theaters In Post-COVID World: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/social-distancing-revives-drive-movie-theaters-post-corona-world>

Scientists Claim 'Medicinal Cannabis' Could Help Fight COVID-19: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/scientists-claim-medicinal-cannabis-could-help-fight-covid-19>

Quarter Of Americans Have No Interest In Taking COVID Vaccine: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/quarter-americans-have-no-interest-taking-covid-vaccine>

Moderna Plunges - Erases All Vaccine-Hope Gains: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/moderna-plunges-erases-all-vaccine-hope-gains>

570 Workers Test Positive For COVID At Tyson Plant In North Carolina: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/570-workers-test-positive-covid-tyson-plant-north-carolina> (But you can still buy their chicken at the store.)

New Zealand Uses Pandemic To Explore Four-Day Workweek: <https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/new-zealand-uses-pandemic-explore-four-day-workweek>

COVID-19 data sharing with law enforcement sparks concern: <https://apnews.com/ab4cbfb5575671c5630c2442bc3ca75e> (outrageous!)

May 23 (Saturday) 2020

Nearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots: <https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/05/21/1002105/covid-bot-twitter-accounts-push-to-reopen-america/>

Cross Immunity, Nicotine Patches And Other New Covid-19 Science: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/05/covid-19-links.html>

North Dakota Governor Delivers Testing Ground for Mass Tracking Tech: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/north-dakota-testing-ground-covid-19-contact-tracing-app/267833/>

'A Misbegotten, Warped Freedom Obsession Is Killing Us': Video of Trumpian Anti-Mask Jerks Goes Viral: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/22/misbegotten-warped-freedom-obsession-killing-us-video-trumpian-anti-mask-jerks-goes>

Coughing on police, merchandise may be prosecuted as terrorism in war on coronavirus: <https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/10885335-181/coughing-on-police-merchandise-may>

Leaked Pentagon memo warns coronavirus pandemic could last until summer 2021: report: <https://thehill.com/policy/defense/498637-leaked-pentagon-memo-warns-coronavirus-pandemic-could-last-until-summer-2021> (that's optimistic; public health officials warn that we may have to learn to live with the virus forever.)

In some nations, government isolation centers helped reduce coronavirus infections. The U.S. has resisted the strategy: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/in-some-nations-government-isolation-centers-helped-reduce-covid-19-infections-the-us-has-resisted-the-strategy/2020/05/19/533850d6-9616-11ea-9f5e-56d8239bf9ad_story.html>

Trump escalates campaign to discredit mail balloting, threatening federal funds to two battleground states: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-threatens-funding-for-michigan-nevada-over-absentee-mail-in-voting-plans/2020/05/20/2f86d078-9aa2-11ea-ac72-3841fcc9b35f_story.html>

CDC guidelines, released at last, offer low-key guide to reopening: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/cdc-guidelines-released-at-last-offer-low-key-guide-to-reopening/2020/05/19/c99eb63a-99f8-11ea-a282-386f56d579e6_story.html>

Fact-checking Trump’s letter blasting the World Health Organization: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/20/fact-checking-trumps-letter-blasting-world-health-organization/>

The pandemic may forever change the world’s cities: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/05/20/pandemic-may-forever-change-worlds-cities/>

Mask shortage for most health-care workers extended into May, Post-Ipsos poll shows: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/mask-shortage-for-most-health-care-workers-extended-into-may-post-ipsos-poll-shows/2020/05/20/1ddbe588-9a21-11ea-ac72-3841fcc9b35f_story.html>

Small Business Owners to McConnell: Stop Using Our Plight to Push for Covid-19 Corporate Immunity: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/20/small-business-owners-mcconnell-stop-using-our-plight-push-covid-19-corporate>

"They Don't Care for Our Lives": McDonald's Workers Strike Across US to Demand Better Protections From Covid-19: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/20/they-dont-care-our-lives-mcdonalds-workers-strike-across-us-demand-better>

Trump Gives Backdoor Bailout To Major Polluter With Shady Past: <https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/05/20/trump-gives-backdoor-bailout-major-polluter-shady-past>

No information. No way off. 100,000 crew members remain in cruise ship limbo for months: <https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article242565281.html>

No information. No way off. 100,000 crew members remain in cruise ship limbo for months: <https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article242565281.html> (sickening).

Billionaires Are the Biggest Threat to Public Schools: <https://progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/billionaires-threat-public-schools/>

The Power of Propaganda: Americans Think Trump’s COVID-19 Performance Better than China’s: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/americans-think-trumps-covid-19-performance-better-than-china/267793/>

Homeowners stopped paying mortgages in record numbers in April: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/22/mortgage-delinquencies-april/> ("Record unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic
led to the largest one-month increase in mortgage delinquencies ever recorded.")

Top White House economic adviser expresses uncertainty about recovery despite Trump’s confidence: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/21/kudlow-post-live-economy-coronavirus/>

WHO declares that South America is the new coronavirus epicenter: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/22/coronavirus-update-us/>

COVID-19: Richest Americans Added $434 Billion in Wealth Since Pandemic Hit: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/05/22/covid-19-richest-americans-added-434-billion-in-wealth-since-pandemic-hit/>

Which Side of the “Vaccine Information War” Are You on? <https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/health/which-side-vaccine-information-war-are-you-on/>

Coronavirus 'Immunity Passports' Are Not the Answer: <https://www.aclu.org/news/privacy-technology/coronavirus-immunity-passports-are-not-the-answer/> (ACLU)

Gilead’s Remdesivir Mainly Helped Healthier Covid-19 Patients: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200523173442/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-23/gilead-s-remdesivir-mainly-helped-healthier-covid-19-patients>

Did Japan Just Beat the Virus Without Lockdowns or Mass Testing? <https://web.archive.org/web/20200523175124/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-22/did-japan-just-beat-the-virus-without-lockdowns-or-mass-testing?cmpid=BBD052320_CORONAVIRUS&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_term=200523&utm_campaign=coronavirus>

Elevators Changed Cities. Will Coronavirus Change Elevators? <https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2020/05/elevator-anxiety-coronavirus-health-risks-design-history/611032/?cmpid=BBD052320_CORONAVIRUS>

Hertz Files For Bankruptcy As Lockdowns Crush Rental Car Industry: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/hertz-files-bankruptcy-lockdowns-crush-rental-car-industry>

"We've Never Seen Numbers Like This" - Trauma Doc Sees Post-Lockdown Suicide Wave Starting: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/bay-area-hospital-sees-unprecedented-spike-suicides-during-lockdowns>

The Worst Unemployment Spike In U.S. History – 1 Out Of Every 4 Workers Has Filed For Unemployment Benefits In 2020: <http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/the-worst-unemployment-spike-in-u-s-history-1-out-of-every-4-workers-has-filed-for-unemployment-benefits-in-2020>

Michigan Gov Extends 'Stay At Home' Order 2 Weeks; Brazil Overtakes Russia As World's 2nd-Largest COVID-19 Outbreak: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/india-reports-startling-jump-cases-lockdown-eases-russa-suffers-record-covid-19-deaths> (virus news roundup)

Trump Declares Houses Of Worship Essential, Says Governors Must Allow Services Or 'I Will Overrule Them': <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/watch-live-trump-announces-surprise-press-conference>

US To Launch Massive COVID Vaccine Test, Involves Over 100,000 "Volunteers": <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-launch-massive-covid-clinical-test-over-100000-people>

May 25 (Monday) 2020

Meet the Companies Poised to Build the Kushner-Backed “Coronavirus Surveillance System”: <https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/top-news/meet-companies-poised-build-kushner-backed-coronavirus-surveillance-system/> (by Whitney Webb).

Nearly All NYC-Area COVID-19 Hospitalizations Had Comorbidities: <https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/nearly-all-nyc-area-covid-19-hospitalizations-had-comorbidities-67476>

Eric Trump: Coronavirus Shutdowns Are Democratic Plot to Stop Father From Holding Rallies: <https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/05/eric-trump-coronavirus-shutdowns-democratic-plot-rallies.html> (May the fleas of a thousand camels infest his armpits and groin.)

The government has spent decades studying what a life is worth. It hasn’t made a difference in the covid-19 crisis: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/23/government-has-spent-decades-studying-what-life-is-worth-it-hasnt-made-difference-covid-19-crisis/>

Will the coronavirus pandemic open the door to a four-day workweek? <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/05/24/will-coronavirus-pandemic-open-door-four-day-workweek/>

Fate of Global Economy Rests More Than Ever on Finding Vaccine: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200524233128/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-23/fate-of-global-economy-rests-more-than-ever-on-finding-vaccine> ("Harvard University professor Carmen Reinhart, who is the incoming chief economist of the World Bank, had a similar message. “We’re not going to have something akin to full normalization unless we (a) have a vaccine and (b) -- and this is a big if -- that vaccine is accessible to the global population at large,” she told the Harvard Gazette.")

A deadly ‘checkerboard’: Covid-19’s new surge across rural America: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/24/coronavirus-rural-america-outbreaks/>

Coronavirus: Leading economist warns of 10 years of depression and debt: <https://www.bbc.com/news/business-52752172>

[Boris] Johnson Fights to Save Top Aide But Lockdown Row Deepens: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-24/u-k-s-johnson-backs-top-aide-cummings-over-lockdown-breach>

USA Plan: Militarized Control of Population. The “National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan”: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/usa-plan-militarized-control-population/5713839>; plan itself: <https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/national-covid-19-testing-action-plan/>

The “Lockdown” Has Turned America Into a Despotic, Cash-Strapped Basket-Case: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/lockdown-turned-america-despotic-cash-strapped-basket-case/5713970>

American Hubris Robust in a Cataclysmic Global Pandemic: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/american-hubris-global-pandemic/5713906> ("The economic scenario unfolding in the United States, indicates that unemployment will hit 30 percent soon, one that is broader when compared to that of the Great Depression of the 1930s. One in three will be without a means to life and needing to be saved.")

Two Fictions of Mainstream Economics. 45 Million US Workers Unemployed: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/mainstream-economics/5713962>

'Here We Go Again': Richest Hospitals Sitting on Billions in Cash Got Golden Bailouts Compared to Those Serving Poorest: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/25/here-we-go-again-richest-hospitals-sitting-billions-cash-got-golden-bailouts>

Virginia Reports Record Jump In New Cases Two Weeks After Reopening: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/media-exposes-100s-uncounted-covid-19-deaths-japan-lifts-state-emergency-us-death-toll> (virus news roundup)

"Shocking": Americans Flood Beaches, Trampling Social Distancing Rules: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/shocking-crowds-flock-ocean-city-maryland-ignoring-social-distancing>

COVID Sparks Sexbot "Revolution" As People Ditch Tinder: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/covid-sparks-sexbot-revolution-people-ditch-tinder>

Study estimates 24 states still have uncontrolled coronavirus spread: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/study-estimates-24-states-still-have-uncontrolled-coronavirus-spread/2020/05/22/d3032470-9c43-11ea-ac72-3841fcc9b35f_story.html>

What Google and Facebook Are Hiding: The American Deep State Strikes Back: <https://www.unz.com/announcement/what-google-and-facebook-are-hiding/>

May 26 (Tuesday) 2020

USDA Covid-19 Farmer Relief Will Leave Out Farmers Most Impacted: <https://popularresistance.org/usda-covid-19-farmer-relief-will-leave-out-farmers-most-impacted/>

Huge Study Throws Cold Water on Antimalarials for COVID-19: <https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/86642> (prediction: even this won't stop Donald Trump from pushing hydroxyquinone).

Among those opposed to Covid-19 "lockdowns" and social distancing orders (including wearing of masks), there has been a fairly consistent refrain that such measures violate constitutionally secured rights such as freedom of expression, assembly, and religion. Such arguments — which treat constitutionally-secured rights as absolute — were rejected by the Supreme Court over a century ago and their holdings have never been overruled by later decision.

The defendant insists that his liberty is invaded when the State subjects him to fine or imprisonment for neglecting or refusing to submit to vaccination; that a compulsory vaccination law is unreasonable, arbitrary and oppressive, and, therefore, hostile to the inherent right of every freeman to care for his own body and health in such way as to him seems best; and that the execution of such a law against one who objects to vaccination, no matter for what reason, is nothing short of an assault upon his person. But the liberty secured by the Constitution of the United States to every person within its jurisdiction does not import an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint. There are manifold restraints to which every person is necessarily subject for the common good. On any other basis organized society could not exist with safety to its members. Society based on the rule that each one is a law unto himself would soon be confronted with disorder and anarchy. Real liberty for all could not exist under the operation of a principle which recognizes the right of each individual person to use his own, whether in respect of his person or his property, regardless of the injury that may be done to others. This court has more than once recognized it as a fundamental principle that "persons and property are subjected to all kinds of restraints and burdens, in order to secure the general comfort, health, and prosperity of the State; of the perfect right of the legislature to do which no question ever was, or upon acknowledged general principles ever can be made, so far as natural persons are concerned." Railroad Co. v. Husen, 95 U.S. 465, 471; Missouri, Kansas & Texas Ry. Co. v. Haber, 169 U.S. 613, 628, 629; Thorpe v. Rutland & Burlington R.R., 27 Vermont, 140, 148. In Crowley v. Christensen, 137 U.S. 86, 89, we said: "The possession and enjoyment of all rights are subject to such reasonable conditions as may be deemed by the governing authority of the country essential to the safety, health, peace, good order and morals of the community. Even liberty itself, the greatest of all rights, is not unrestricted license to act according to one's own will. It is only freedom from restraint under conditions essential to the equal enjoyment of the same right by others. It is then liberty regulated by law.

Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11, 27-28 (1905), <https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=16169198038706839183>.

There is, of course, a sphere within which the individual may assert the supremacy of his own will and rightfully dispute the authority of any human government, especially of any free government existing under a written constitution, to interfere with the exercise of that will. But it is equally true that in every well-ordered society charged with the duty of conserving the safety of its members the rights of the individual in respect of his liberty may at times, under the pressure of great dangers, be subjected to such restraint, to be enforced by reasonable regulations, as the safety of the general public may demand. An American citizen, arriving at an American port on a vessel in which, during the voyage, there had been cases of yellow fever or Asiatic cholera, although apparently free from disease himself, may yet, in some circumstances, be held in quarantine against his will on board of such vessel or in a quarantine station, until it be ascertained by inspection, conducted with due diligence, that the danger of the spread of the disease among the community at large has disappeared. The liberty secured by the Fourteenth Amendment, this court has said, consists, in part, in the right of a person "to live and work where he will," Allgeyer v. Louisiana, 165 U.S. 578; and yet he may be compelled, by force if need be, against his will and without regard to his personal wishes or his pecuniary interests, or even his religious or political convictions, to take his place in the ranks of the army of his country and risk the chance of being shot down in its defense. It is not, therefore, true that the power of the public to guard itself against imminent danger depends in every case involving the control of one's body upon his willingness to submit to reasonable regulations established by the constituted authorities, under the sanction of the State, for the purpose of protecting the public collectively against such danger.

Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S. 11, 30-31 (1905), <https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=16169198038706839183>.

No freedom is absolute in all circumstances, particularly in the context of a pandemic infectious disease.

May 27 (Wednesday) 2020

Anti-Lockdown Protesters Could Become Violent If US Revives Quarantine Measures, DHS Warns: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/anti-quarantine-protesters-could-become-violent-if-second-lockdowns-seen-dhs-warns>

Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-threatens-to-pull-republican-convention-out-of-north-carolina/2020/05/25/ecec788a-9e98-11ea-81bb-c2f70f01034b_story.html>

China’s ‘Bat Woman’ Warns Coronavirus Is Just Tip of the Iceberg: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-25/china-s-bat-woman-warns-coronavirus-is-just-tip-of-the-iceberg>

Scared Americans, desperate to travel, are buying up ‘COVID campers’: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/scared-americans-desperate-to-travel-are-buying-up-covid-campers/> (on the other hand, you can buy a 2-person tent for under $50).

WHO pauses trial of hydroxychloroquine, once touted by Trump as a ‘game changer,’ over safety concerns: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/who-pauses-trial-of-hydroxychloroquine-once-touted-by-trump-as-a-game-changer-over-safety-concerns/>

India Expands Use Of HCQ To Prevent Coronavirus Based On Three Studies: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/india-expands-use-hcq-prevent-coronavirus-based-three-studies>

People are wearing hazmat suits on planes, but should they? <https://www.seattletimes.com/life/travel/people-are-wearing-hazmat-suits-on-planes-but-should-they/>

Coronavirus Monitoring Bracelets Flood the Market, Ready to Snitch on People Who Don’t Distance: <https://theintercept.com/2020/05/25/coronavirus-tracking-bracelets-monitors-surveillance-supercom/>

Many couples still happy together after months of coronavirus quarantine, study finds: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/many-couples-still-happy-together-after-months-of-coronavirus-quarantine-study-finds/>

Boeing Slashes 6,770 US Workers, Sees No Recovery In Air Travel For "Years": <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/boeing-job-cuts-expected-strike-week>

Coronavirus Uses Same Strategy As HIV To Evade, Cripple Immune System: Chinese Study Finds: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/coronavirus-uses-same-strategy-hiv-evade-immune-response-chinese-study-finds>

Coronavirus may never go away, even with a vaccine: Embracing that reality is crucial to the next phase of America’s pandemic response, experts say: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/05/27/coronavirus-endemic/>

COVID-19 is Laying Bare How Big Ag is Taking America’s Small Farmers to Slaughter: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/covid-19-food-supply-big-ag-taking-farmers-to-slaughter/267919/>

As US Death Toll Hits 100,000 People, Here's a Simple Guide to 12 Things Trump Did To Make Covid-19 Much Worse: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/27/us-death-toll-hits-100000-people-heres-simple-guide-12-things-trump-did-make-covid>

May 29 (Friday) 2020

MUST READ: How Cluster Cases Drive The Covid Pandemic: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/05/cluster-cases-drive-the-covid-pandemic.html>

New Virus Cases Double in S. Korea, Biggest Spike in 53 Days: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-28/new-virus-cases-double-in-south-korea-biggest-spike-in-53-days>

Sex Workers Can Get Back to Business in Switzerland, But Sports Remain Prohibited: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-28/swiss-say-sex-work-is-ok-but-not-judo-in-virus-reopening> (no wrestling unless in bed?)

Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases may be more common than suspected: <https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/asymptomatic-covid-19-cases-may-be-more-common-suspected-n1215481> (but still contagious; 81% in one study).

Bill Gates’ Web of Dark Money and Influence – Part 1: Philanthropic Narrative Shaping: <https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/top-news/bill-gates-web-dark-money-influence-part-1-philanthropic-narrative-shaping/>; Bill Gates’ Web of Dark Money and Influence – Part 2: the Covid-19 Operation: <https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/top-news/bill-gates-web-dark-money-influence-part-2-covid-19-operation/>

White House, Congress discuss ‘return to work’ bonus of $450 a week: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/29/return-to-work-bonus/>

VA says it has ‘ratcheted down’ use of hydroxychloroquine to treat veterans: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/va-says-it-has-ratcheted-down-use-of-hydroxychloroquine-to-treat-veterans/2020/05/28/4cffa104-a0e5-11ea-b5c9-570a91917d8d_story.html>

Nearly Half of Small Business Owners Expect to Close Down Permanently: <https://schiffgold.com/key-gold-news/nearly-half-of-small-business-owners-expect-to-close-down-permanently/>

At Least 9 Million US Households With Children Are 'Not At All Confident' They'll Be Able to Afford Food Next Month, Census Survey Finds: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/29/least-9-million-us-households-children-are-not-all-confident-theyll-be-able-afford>

June

June 1 (Monday) 2020

Supreme Court, in 5-4 Decision, Rejects Church’s Challenge to Shutdown Order: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/30/us/supreme-court-churches-coronavirus.html>

Young White Men Abuse George Floyd Protests For Violence And Looting: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/05/young-white-men-abuse-george-floyd-protests-for-violence-and-looting.html>

Bill Gates’ Web of Dark Money and Influence – Part 3: Health Surveillance, Event 201 and the Rockefeller Connection: <https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/top-news/bill-gates-web-dark-money-influence-part-3-health-surveillance-event-201-rockefeller-connection/>

South Korea closes schools again amid coronavirus spike, days after reopening: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/05/30/south-korea-closes-schools-again-amid-covid-19-spike-days-after-reopening/> (schools are a known vector for infectious diseases; imho, it's foolish to reopen them).

Chinese Covid-19 Vaccine Expected to Begin Mass Output This Year: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-30/chinese-covid-19-vaccine-expected-to-begin-mass-output-this-year>. Don't count your chickens before they hatch: [i] there has never been a successful vaccine for an RNA virus: and [ii] it is not yet known whether antibodies will prevent catching the disease multiple times and there are many cases in which it looks like that's what happened. I.e., it could be like the very closely related common cold corona virus.

New Zealand has no new coronavirus cases and just discharged its last hospital patient. Here are the secrets to the country's success: <https://www.businessinsider.com.au/how-new-zealand-beat-coronavirus-testing-tracing-trust-in-government-2020-5>

Social distancing strictures fall away as crowds gather to party and protest: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/social-distancing-strictures-fall-away-as-crowds-gather-to-party-and-protest/2020/05/30/42df4d9c-a2a6-11ea-81bb-c2f70f01034b_story.html> ("Two to four weeks after many states began lifting restrictions on restaurants, bars and larger gatherings, cases are rising in areas that had previously dodged the worst of the virus’s impact. Arizona, Mississippi, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin all set record highs for new cases reported Friday.")

Biden leads Trump in Post-ABC poll as president’s coronavirus rating slips: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-leads-trump-in-post-abc-poll-as-presidents-coronavirus-rating-slips/2020/05/29/37c0dac8-a1d1-11ea-9590-1858a893bd59_story.html>

Less Than Half Of Americans Plan To Get COVID Vaccine: AP Poll: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/less-half-americans-plan-get-covid-vaccine-stunning-ap-poll-results>

June 4 (Thursday) 2020

The civil unrest is crowding virus news out. The reading list will probably be coming less often until that changes.


Trump Invokes Law-and-Order to Put Protests Over Pandemic: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200601234658/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-31/trump-invokes-law-and-order-to-put-protests-over-pandemic>

7 essentials for your coronavirus-era travel kit: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/7-essentials-for-your-coronavirus-era-travel-kit/?utm_source=marketingcloud&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morning+Brief+6-1-20_6_1_2020&utm_term=>

Russia to roll out its first approved COVID-19 drug next week: <https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-russia-exclusive/exclusive-russia-after-approving-japanese-covid-19-drug-to-roll-out-game-changer-next-week-idUSKBN2381FR>

British lawmaker admits government’s widely mocked sex ban is ‘ridiculous’: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/02/coronavirus-live-updates-us/>

4 Minneapolis cops now charged in George Floyd’s death: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/family-demands-charges-against-4-officers-in-floyds-death/> (Will this slow the protests and the resulting infections?)

Kentucky Official Calls for Mail-in Voting, Limits Who Can Vote Absentee: <https://whowhatwhy.org/2020/06/03/kentucky-official-calls-for-mail-in-voting-limits-who-can-vote-absentee/>

The Real ‘Preexisting Conditions’ That Explain Black Covid Deaths: <https://whowhatwhy.org/2020/06/03/the-real-preexisting-conditions-that-explain-black-covid-deaths/>

June 8 (Monday) 2020

I predicted yesterday that there wouldn't be much virus news until the protests stopped making news. I was wrong.

The U.S. Economy Is Down By 50% - Where Are the Job Programs It Needs?: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/06/the-us-economy-is-down-by-50-where-are-the-job-programs-it-needs.html>

Nearly 2 million people applied for unemployment last week, even as economy shows signs of reopening: <  https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/04/unemployment-claims-coronavirus/>

How specific were Biden’s recommendations on the coronavirus?: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/04/how-specific-were-bidens-recommendations-coronavirus/> (2 Pinnochios)

Pentagon’s coronavirus plan includes millions for missile tubes and body armor: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/04/pentagons-coronavirus-plan-includes-millions-missile-tubes-body-armor/>

Has Sweden's COVID-19 Strategy Backfired?: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/has-swedens-covid-19-strategy-backfired> ("figures show Sweden's per capita death rate being the highest worldwide in the seven days to June 02.")

Haseltine: Human COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Are Unnecessary, Uninformative, & Unethical: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/haseltine-human-covid-19-vaccine-trials-are-unnecessary-uninformative-unethical>

NYC Finance Jobs Won't Recover Until 2026, Dashing Hopes Of V-Shaped Recovery: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/nyc-finance-jobs-wont-recover-until-2026-dashing-hopes-v-shaped-recovery>

Millions Of Higher-Paying Jobs Targeted As Next Wave Of COVID Layoffs Begins: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/millions-white-collar-jobs-jeopardy-second-wave-covid-layoffs-begins>

CDC director says protesters should consider getting tested for COVID-19: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/cdc-director-says-protesters-should-consider-getting-tested-for-covid-19/> ("Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said he was concerned the use of chemical agents, which law enforcement officials have deployed against protesters in several cities, including the District, could cause people to cough and spread the virus. 'Definitely, coughing can spread respiratory viruses, including COVID-19,' Redfield said. Pocan asked whether the CDC chief had advised President Donald Trump or worked with law enforcement to discontinue use of chemical agents. 'I think you raised an important point,' Redfield said. 'We have advocated strongly the ability to have face coverings and masks available to protesters so that they can at least have those coverings … I’d like to pass on this comment to the next [coronavirus] task force meeting.'")

Seattle-area protests: Demonstrators plan eighth day of action after George Floyd’s killing: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/seattle-area-protests-demonstrators-plan-eighth-day-of-action-after-george-floyds-killing/> ("'Public Health — Seattle & King Co opposes the use of tear gas & other respiratory irritants based on the potential to increase COVID-19 spread,' Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health wrote in a tweet Thursday evening.")

After months of pleading for social distancing, health officials support Seattle protests. Black Lives Matter calls them ‘too dangerous.’: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/after-months-of-pleading-for-coronavirus-social-distancing-health-officials-supportive-of-protests-black-lives-matter-calls-them-too-dangerous/>

COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months: <https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/06/covid-19-coronavirus-longterm-symptoms-months/612679/>

A ‘misclassification error’ made the May unemployment rate look better than it is. Here’s what happened.: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/05/may-2020-jobs-report-misclassification-error/>

With no active cases, New Zealand lifts all social distancing requirements: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/08/coronavirus-live-updates-us/>

The pandemic led to ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history: <http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/55191.htm>

June 10 (Wednesday) 2020

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising faster than ever [globally]: <https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/05/world/coronavirus-cases-rising-faster-intl/index.html>

'Work-From-Home'-Epidemic Set To Bankrupt Suit-Sellers, "I Guarantee It": <https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/work-home-epidemic-set-bankrupt-suit-sellers-i-guarantee-it> (They oughta' be outlawed anyway.)

23andMe Provides More Evidence That Blood Type Plays Role in Virus: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-08/23andme-provides-more-evidence-that-blood-type-plays-role-in-virus> (Good news for me, if true; I'm O-positive.)

As more Americans head out, 22 states are seeing jumps in new coronavirus cases: <https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/08/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html>

WHO says pandemic 'far from over' as daily cases hit record high: <https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-who/who-says-pandemic-far-from-over-as-daily-cases-hit-record-high-idUKKBN23F2US>

Are asymptomatic people spreading the coronavirus? A WHO official’s words spark confusion, debate: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/06/09/asymptomatic-coronavirus-spread-who/>

14 states and Puerto Rico hit highest seven-day average of new coronavirus infections: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/06/08/14-states-puerto-rico-hit-their-highest-seven-day-average-new-covid-19-infections-since-june/>

To survive the pandemic, Alaska Air prepares to shrink and shed thousands of jobs: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/to-survive-the-pandemic-alaska-air-prepares-to-shrink-and-shed-thousands-of-jobs/>

States are wrestling on their own with how to expand testing, with little guidance from the Trump administration: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/states-are-wrestling-on-their-own-with-how-to-expand-testing-with-little-guidance-from-the-trump-administration/2020/06/09/d02672f4-9bab-11ea-ad09-8da7ec214672_story.html>

Coronavirus hospitalizations rise sharply in several states following Memorial Day: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/06/09/coronavirus-hospitalizations-rising/> ("Data from states that are reporting some of their highest seven-day averages of new cases is disproving the notion that the country is seeing such a spike in cases solely because of the continued increase in testing").

United will require passengers to complete health assessments before they fly: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2020/06/10/united-will-require-passengers-complete-health-assessments-before-they-fly/>

A Tragic Record: For The First Time Ever, More Than Half Of The US Population Is Not Working: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/tragic-record-first-time-ever-more-half-us-population-not-working>

June 12 (Friday) 2020

Coronavirus - How A German City Proved That Wearing Masks Works: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/06/coronavirus-how-a-german-city-proved-that-wearing-masks-works.html> (should be mandatory reading for all mask skeptics).

100,000 more Americans will die from coronavirus before September - double the current number - Harvard expert warns, as the number of US cases surpasses two million: <https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8410159/100-000-people-die-coronavirus-September.html>

Houston on ‘Precipice of Disaster’ With Virus Cases Spreading: <https://web.archive.org/web/20200612143225/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-11/houston-may-reopen-virus-hospital-at-stadium-as-cases-expand> ("Houston-area officials are “getting close” to reimposing stay-at-home orders and are prepared to reopen a Covid-19 hospital established but never used at a football stadium as virus cases expand in the fourth-largest U.S. city.")

Bye-bye buffets, hello Plexiglas: How COVID is changing hotels: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/bye-bye-buffets-hello-plexiglas-how-covid-is-changing-hotels/>

Dow slides more than 1,800 points on fears of coronavirus resurgence, more economic pain: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/11/markets-today-fed-coronavirus/>; Trump, economic team launch quick counternarrative amid market dive, grim Fed outlook: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/11/trump-economy-coronavirus-mnuchin-kudlow/>

Ohio GOP lawmaker fired from ER job over remarks about ‘colored population’ and covid-19: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/11/black-coronavirus-ohio-gop/> Actually, it's white males who fail the handwashing test: <https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ792781.pdf>

Background Checks on Buyers Can’t Keep up with Surge in Gun Sales: <https://whowhatwhy.org/2020/06/11/background-checks-on-buyers-cant-keep-up-with-surge-in-gun-sales/>

1.5 million more laid-off workers seek unemployment benefits: <https://apnews.com/6e10697a9bd10531e3a4b8b72f1c10e3>

June 16 (Tuesday) 2020

Oregon Supreme Court Overturns Court Order That Blocked Stay-At-Home Executive Orders: press release: <https://www.courts.oregon.gov/news/Lists/ArticleNews/Attachments/1263/9023fc25635e634fa888c1763bbb745d-06-12-2020%20-Opinion%20Media%20Release%20Final.pdf>; opinion: <https://law.justia.com/cases/oregon/supreme-court/2020/s067736.html>

It Won’t Be Protests That Bring On the Next Big Wave of Covid Infections: <https://fair.org/home/it-wont-be-protests-that-bring-on-the-next-big-wave-of-covid-infections/>

Identifying airborne transmission as the dominant route for the spread of COVID-19: <https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/10/2009637117> ("Our analysis reveals that the difference with and without mandated face covering represents the determinant in shaping the trends of the pandemic. This protective measure significantly reduces the number of infections. Other mitigation measures, such as social distancing implemented in the United States, are insufficient by themselves in protecting the public.")

South Carolina Reports 4th Straight Record Jump As COVID-19 Cases Surge Across The South: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/another-57-covid-19-cases-uncovered-beijing-us-reports-jump-new-infections-live> Summary:

  Cuomo threatens to shut down areas if social distancing violations continue
  SC reports 3rd straight spike
  Florida reports another alarming jump in new cases as Miami beach reopens
  Texas reports another record jump in hospitalizations
  NY reports just 23 deaths - a record low
  Kudlow says numbers across US still trending lower
  Authorities cover another 8 cases tied to Xinfadi market Sunday morning
  China confirms 57 cases from June 13
  Tokyo sees another spike
  23 US states see cases climb
  US reports 25k+ cases, largest daily increase in 2 weeks
  Several states reporting record jumps
  Iran sees deaths rebound
  Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico see troubling climb continue
  UK officials review lockdown conditions

  
Florida Reports Pullback In New COVID-19 Cases After Record-Breaking Streak, WHO Says 100+ Cases Confirmd In Beijing: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/brazilian-covid-19-death-toll-surpasses-uk-china-blames-latest-outbreak-imported> Summary:

  Disney Hong Kong to reopen Thursday
  UK sees deaths tick slightly higher, though daily rate remains <50
  WHO says more than 100 cases discovered in Beijing
  Florida breaks streak of 2k+ new COVID cases a day as new cases slows
  Chennai announced Monday that it's returning to lockdown amid a resurgence of infections
  China blames outbreak on imported salmon
  Chilean health minister resigns
  Security checkpoints and other measures return to parts of Beijing
  90k Chinese undergo mandatory testing
  China uncovers biggest cluster since February
  Official warns risk of resurgence is high
  World nears 8 million case mark
  Brazil surpasses UK death toll; now second only to US
  23 US cases see new infections climb
  UK allows many retailers to reopen for first time in 3 months

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Caused A Global Bicycle Shortage: <https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/covid-19-pandemic-has-caused-global-bicycle-shortage>

Despite Trump’s claim, the increase in new coronavirus cases isn’t just a function of testing: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/15/despite-trumps-claim-increase-new-coronavirus-cases-isnt-just-function-testing/>

June 18 (Thursday) 2020

Drug Proven to Reduce Virus Deaths, Scientists Say: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/16/world/coronavirus-live-updates.html

‘Covid baby bust’ could lead to half a million fewer births next year: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/17/covid-baby-bust-could-lead-half-million-fewer-births-next-year/>

Trump signals a move past coronavirus with rallies, even as cases spike in many states: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-signals-a-move-past-coronavirus-with-rallies-even-as-cases-spike-in-many-states/2020/06/15/51c05930-af23-11ea-856d-5054296735e5_story.html>

Coronavirus: India to use 500 train carriages as wards in Delhi: <https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-india-500-train-carriages-114526711.html>

The ‘’Second Wave’’ Of COVID-19 Could Crush Oil Markets: <https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/The-Second-Wave-Of-COVID-19-Could-Crush-Oil-Markets.html>

Pence Urges Governors to Parrot Trump's Lie That Spikes in Covid-19 Cases Largely Caused by Increase in Testing: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/16/pence-urges-governors-parrot-trumps-lie-spikes-covid-19-cases-largely-caused>

Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Shut It Down 2020 (Official Music Video): <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeLdjvH57z4> (I suppose a song about the virus' effects was inevitable.)

Oregon sees record daily number of COVID-19 cases: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/oregon-sees-record-daily-number-of-covid-19-cases/>; see also <https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa/record-spike-in-new-coronavirus-cases-reported-in-six-u-s-states-as-reopening-accelerates-idUSKBN23N32O>

Amtrak blames coronavirus for ending daily service to hundreds of stations; two Seattle routes cut sharply: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation/amtrak-blames-coronavirus-for-ending-daily-service-to-hundreds-of-stations-two-seattle-routes-cut-sharply/>

Judge denies Oklahoma residents’ bid to block Trump’s rally because of coronavirus fears: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/oklahoma-lawsuit-tries-to-block-trumps-rally-because-of-coronavirus-fears/2020/06/16/175bbf30-b01f-11ea-a567-6172530208bd_story.html>

The outbreak that didn’t happen: Masks credited with preventing coronavirus spread inside Missouri hair salon: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/17/masks-salons-missouri/>

Putin Has Three 'Disinfection Tunnels' To Shield Him From COVID: <https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/putin-has-three-disinfection-tunnels-shield-him-covid>

Big Mac & Paperwork: Businesses Making Patrons Waive Right To Sue If They Get Sick: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/businesses-are-making-patrons-waive-right-sue-if-they-get-sick>

Poll: Americans are the unhappiest they’ve been in 50 years: <https://apnews.com/0f6b9be04fa0d3194401821a72665a50>

Covid-19 Surge Fuels Impending ICU Crisis in 3 States That Opened Early: <https://whowhatwhy.org/2020/06/17/exclusive-covid-19-surge-fuels-impending-icu-crisis-in-3-states-that-opened-early/>

California Reports Another Record Jump In New COVID-19 Cases: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/world-sees-record-jump-new-covid-19-cases-deaths-fatalities-near-450k-live-updates>

  Fauci to testify before Senate later this month
  California Gov Newsom signs EO making mask wearing mandatory
  Cali sets another record high with 4,233 new cases
  13 Texas longhorns football players test positive as Fauci says 2020 football might not happen
  Italy reports uptick in deaths
  Cuomo mulls quarantine on Fla.
  NY reports 29 deaths
  Texas reports 7th straight record hospitalizations; Arizona reports record jump in cases
  23 US states seeing rising case numbers
  Florida "has the makings of the next epicenter"
  NYC Mayor says city to enter 'phase 2' Monday
  Global case total tops 8.3 million
  Deaths top 447,000
  Tokyo reports 41 infections
  World reports record jump in new cases, deaths
  Beijing top epidemiologist says outbreak in the city has been contained
  New study shows many infected don't develop long term antibodies
  India reports record jump in new cases (12k+) as Fitch cuts outlook
  Cali reports record 4k jump in new cases
  Indonesia reports record jump, surpassing Singapore's case total

June 19 (Friday) 2020

‘Getting sick has gotten political’: One Yakima woman’s struggle to say the coronavirus’ hurt is real: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/westneat-17/> ("Reeves, 37, lives in Yakima, which right now is one of the hottest zones for America’s patchwork coronavirus pandemic. How hot? At the current rate of disease spread, within about a week Yakima County is due to pass New York City for the percentage of its people known to have contracted COVID-19.")

California orders people to wear masks in most indoor spaces: <https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/california-orders-people-to-wear-masks-in-most-indoor-spaces/ar-BB15GbXP> ("States including Michigan, New York, Maine, Delaware and Maryland already have statewide mask orders in place.")

Why a small town in Washington is printing its own currency during the pandemic: <https://thehustle.co/covid19-local-currency-tenino-washington/>

US workers file 1.5 million jobless claims as coronavirus total tops 45 million: <https://nypost.com/2020/06/18/us-jobless-claims-1-5-million-workers-seek-unemployment-benefits/> (No V-shaped recovery in sight.)

A Big Oops in the Government Unemployment Numbers: <https://schiffgold.com/key-gold-news/a-big-oops-in-the-government-unemployment-numbers/>

How Safe Is Flying in the Age of Coronavirus?: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-19/how-safe-is-flying-in-the-age-of-coronavirus-quicktake>

June 20 (Saturday) 2020

As coronavirus surges across South and West, Texas mayors plead with residents to wear masks: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/19/coronavirus-live-updates-us/> ("The world recorded about 150,000 new cases on Thursday, the largest rise yet in a single day, according to the WHO.")

People probably caught coronavirus from minks. That’s a wake-up call to study infections in animals, researchers say: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/06/19/humans-may-have-caught-coronavirus-mink-thats-wake-up-call-study-infections-animals-researchers-say/>

In countries keeping the coronavirus at bay, experts watch U.S. case numbers with alarm: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/06/19/countries-keeping-coronavirus-bay-experts-watch-us-case-numbers-with-alarm/>

Coronavirus - The U.S. Has Given Up: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/06/coronavirus-the-us-has-given-up.html>

US Reports Biggest Jump In COVID-19 Cases Since May 1 As Florida Sees 3rd-Straight Record: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-reports-biggest-jump-covid-19-cases-may-1-florida-sees-3rd-straight-record-live>

Americans Have Already Skipped Payments On More Than 100 Million Loans, And Job Losses Continue To Escalate: <http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/americans-have-already-skipped-payments-on-more-than-100-million-loans-and-job-losses-continue-to-escalate>

Inslee to order masks to be worn in Yakima County, where coronavirus is on runaway trajectory: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/inslee-to-order-masks-worn-in-yakima-county-where-coronavirus-is-on-runaway-trajectory/> ("Inslee said the proclamation will be issued in the next several days and be a legal requirement that will order businesses not to sell to customers who don’t wear face coverings.")

West Virginia sees coronavirus outbreaks in churches: <https://news.yahoo.com/west-virginia-sees-coronavirus-outbreaks-in-churches-200854506.html>

June 21 (Sunday) 2020

US Lawmakers, Top Official Clash on China’s Involvement in Covid-19 Vaccine: <https://popularresistance.org/us-lawmakers-top-official-clash-on-chinas-involvement-in-covid-19-vaccine/>

In countries keeping the coronavirus at bay, experts watch U.S. case numbers with alarm: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/06/19/countries-keeping-coronavirus-bay-experts-watch-us-case-numbers-with-alarm/

'The Pandemic Is Accelerating,' Says WHO Chief, Warning of 'New and Dangerous Phase' of Coronavirus Crisis: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/19/pandemic-accelerating-says-who-chief-warning-new-and-dangerous-phase-coronavirus>

Trump Claims Covid-19 Testing Is 'Overrated' as Cases and Hospitalizations Surge Across US: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/19/trump-claims-covid-19-testing-overrated-cases-and-hospitalizations-surge-across-us>

Coronavirus tracked: Americans are unhappiest they’ve been in nearly 50 years, poll says: <https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/oronavirus-happiness-lockdown-data-mental-health-us-a9572736.html>

White House adviser says Trump's call for less coronavirus testing was 'tongue in cheek': <https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/21/trump-adviser-navarro-says-call-slow-testing-tongue-cheek/3232683001/>

6 Trump Campaign Staffers Test Positive For COVID-19 Hours Before Tulsa Rally: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-reports-biggest-jump-covid-19-cases-may-1-florida-sees-3rd-straight-record-live>

Summary:

  6 Trump campaign staffers test positive hours before Tulsa rally
  US reports 30k new cases
  India now 4th largest outbreak with ~400k cases
  India reports another record jump
  Florida reports 3rd straight record jump
  Russia reports fewer than 8k new cases
  South Korea reports 67 new cases, largest jump since May
  China reports just 27 new cases

  

June 22 (Monday) 2020

Coronavirus: recovered Chinese patients may be defenceless against foreign mutation, study says: <https://www.scmp.com/coronavirus/greater-china/article/3089983/coronavirus-recovered-chinese-patients-may-be-defenceless> (But mutating is a favorite RNA virus pasttime.)

Coronavirus: Chinese officials say latest outbreak in Beijing 'is a European strain': <https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-chinese-officials-say-latest-outbreak-in-beijing-is-a-european-strain-12010192>

Meet BlackRock, the New Great Vampire Squid: <https://www.unz.com/article/meet-blackrock-the-new-great-vampire-squid/> ("In March 2020, it was awarded a no-bid contract under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to deploy a $454 billion slush fund established by the Treasury in partnership with the Federal Reserve. This fund in turn could be leveraged to provide over $4 trillion in Federal Reserve credit.")

The New Weapon in the Covid-19 War: <https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-opinion-chan-zuckerberg-biohub-covid-tracing/>

Young people in the US South and West are increasingly getting coronavirus: <https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/22/health/us-coronavirus-monday/index.html>

Live updates: Citing coronavirus, Trump extends immigration order and limits foreign workers: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/22/coronavirus-live-updates-us/> ("Twenty-nine states and U.S. territories logged an increase in their seven-day average of new reported cases on Monday, with nine states reporting record average highs. While Monday numbers are generally the lowest of the week, the number of new cases is nearly 7,000 higher than last Monday, according to tracking by The Washington Post.")

In the nation’s biggest states, a spike in coronavirus comes with the economic reopening: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-the-nations-biggest-states-a-spike-in-coronavirus-comes-with-the-economic-reopening/2020/06/21/e08457e4-af4f-11ea-b1e7-33e88fa24c71_story.html>

Senators Find $14 Billion in Unspent Funds After Trump Admits to Ordering Slowdown in Covid-19 Testing: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/22/senators-find-14-billion-unspent-funds-after-trump-admits-ordering-slowdown-covid-19>

When Will Life Return to Normal?: <https://www.visualcapitalist.com/life-return-to-normal-covid-19/>

Seattle police will return to East Precinct, where CHOP has reigned, Durkan says: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/seattle-police-will-return-to-east-precinct-where-chop-has-reigned-durkan-says/>

Study: COVID-19 Exacerbating America’s Massive Wealth Inequality and Racial Divide: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/study-covid-19-exacerbating-americas-massive-wealth-inequality-and-racial-divide/268833/>

The Magnitude Of The 2nd Round Of Job Losses Won't Be Apparent Until After The Election: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/magnitude-2nd-round-job-losses-wont-be-apparent-until-after-election>

Texas COVID-19 Hospitalizations See Biggest Jump In More Than 2 Weeks: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/nearly-9-million-infected-who-says-outbreak-still-accelerating-following-largest-daily>

Summary:

  * Texas hospitalizations hit 2.5 week high
  * Louisiana extends 'Phase 2' for another four weeks
  * 2 more Trump Campaign staffers test positive
  * Texas Gov says virus spreading at "unacceptable" rate
  * Cali reports another DoD jump in covid cases
  * WHO warns minks have spread virus to humans
  * US deaths pass 120k according to Reuters
  * Boston Fed chief says reopening to early threatens the economic recovery
  * Arizona reports latest covid numbers
  * Florida passes 100k cases
  * Kudlow talks up small biz plan
  * WHO says yesterday saw biggest jump in new cases
  * NYC enters 'phase 2' reopening
  * More evidence emerges showing virus hit earlier than previously thought
  * 24 states have "R" above 1
  * Spain welcomes back tourists
  * UK PM unveils latest step in reopening plan

  

June 23 (Tuesday) 2020

Trump tells aides he supports second round of stimulus checks, but White House divisions remain: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/06/23/trump-stimulus-checks-second-round/>

Russia's COVID-19 Vaccine to Provide Long-Term Protection: <https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/russias-covid19-vaccine-to-provide-a-long-term-protection-20200622-0005.html>

Senate Democrats ask HHS watchdog to investigate Trump's call to 'slow the testing down': <https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/22/politics/senate-democrats-hhs-investigate-trump-testing/index.html>

‘I don’t kid’: Trump says he wasn’t joking about slowing coronavirus testing: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/23/trump-joking-slowing-coronavirus-testing-335459>

Inslee orders face coverings to be worn in public to help stem spread of coronavirus: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/inslee-orders-face-coverings-to-be-worn-in-public-to-help-stem-spread-of-coronavirus/>

A Topical Index of COVID-19 Articles on Just Security: <https://www.justsecurity.org/69501/a-topical-index-of-covid-19-articles-on-just-security/>

E.U. May Bar American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/world/europe/coronavirus-EU-American-travel-ban.html> ("That prospect, which would lump American visitors in with Russians and Brazilians as unwelcome, is a stinging blow to American prestige in the world and a repudiation of President Trump’s handling of the virus in the United States, which has more than 2.3 million cases and upward of 120,000 deaths, more than any other country.")

Lessons on Coronavirus Testing From the Adult Film Industry: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/18/well/live/coronavirus-testing-travel-covid-database-porn-adult-film.html>

Live updates: Spikes in coronavirus cases continue in Arizona and California: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/23/coronavirus-live-updates-us/> ("The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to use hand sanitizer from a Mexican manufacturer, Eskbiochem, after finding a potentially fatal toxic substance in some of its products. The agency said that methanol is “not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers,” the use of which has risen dramatically curing the coronavirus pandemic.")

June 26 (Friday) 2020

Heading to these 3 states? Quarantine might be in the cards: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/travelers-to-ny-new-jersey-connecticut-are-told-to-isolate/> ("New York, Connecticut and New Jersey asked Wednesday for travelers from states with high coronavirus infection rates to go into quarantine for 14 days … .
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon that he’d learned Washington state was 'erroneously included' on the list and 'we were told that we can expect that to be corrected shortly.'”) Later report: Washington has been removed from the list.

Gov. Inslee orders masks to be worn in public to help stem spread of coronavirus: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/inslee-orders-face-coverings-to-be-worn-in-public-to-help-stem-spread-of-coronavirus/> ("The statewide mandate — to be formally issued by Wiesman — requires people over the age of 5 to wear face coverings generally while they are in any indoor or outdoor public space. Masks will not be required outdoors when people can stay more than 6 feet apart from each other, while indoors at home with others, or while alone in a vehicle.")

Airline policies differ a lot on coronavirus safety measures: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/airline-policies-differ-a-lot-on-coronavirus-safety-measures/>

The High-Tech Profiling of Native Americans Under COVID-19 Could Be Headed Your Way: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/high-tech-profiling-native-americans-covid-19-soon-headed-way/268922/>

Dozens of Secret Service officers and agents told to self-quarantine after Trump’s Tulsa rally: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/dozens-of-secret-service-officers-and-agents-told-to-self-quarantine-after-trumps-tulsa-rally/2020/06/24/22c08b36-b55f-11ea-aca5-ebb63d27e1ff_story.html> ("The order came in the wake of the discovery — hours before the president’s Saturday evening rally — that at least six advance staffers who helped organize the trip had tested positive for the virus, including two Secret Service employees. Another two advance staffers tested positive after Trump returned to Washington on Sunday.")

U.S. sets another single-day record for new coronavirus cases: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/25/coronavirus-live-updates-us/>

CDC chief says coronavirus cases may be 10 times higher than reported: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/06/25/coronavirus-cases-10-times-larger/>

Trump health officials say they are not ‘pulling the rug’ out from testing sites: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/trump-health-officials-say-they-are-not-pulling-the-rug-out-from-testing-sites/2020/06/24/dcc26086-b64f-11ea-a8da-693df3d7674a_story.html>

'Free Handout to Insurance Industry': Trump Administration Tells Insurers They Don't Have to Cover Covid-19 Tests for Workers: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/25/free-handout-insurance-industry-trump-administration-tells-insurers-they-dont-have>

After Attacking Medicare for All as 'Unrealistic' During Primary, Biden Says Healthcare a 'Right for All' Amid Pandemic: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/25/after-attacking-medicare-all-unrealistic-during-primary-biden-says-healthcare-right>  

The IRS thought it wasn't allowed to withhold stimulus checks from the dead. So it paid more than 1 million of them: <https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/25/irs-stimulus-checks-dead-people-339530> ("Treasury officials said that upon learning that payments had been made to decedents, Treasury and IRS, in consultation with counsel, determined that a person is not entitled to receive a payment if he or she is deceased as of the date the payment is to be paid.” Duh!)

White House ordered NIH to cancel coronavirus research funding, Fauci says: <https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/white-house-ordered-nih-to-cancel-coronavirus-research-funding-fauci-says/>

The coronavirus could cut your Social Security benefits for life, unless Congress acts: <https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-06-24/coronavirus-social-security>

June 27 (Saturday) 2020

Record Virus Cases in U.S. Defy States’ Efforts at Control: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-25/texas-governor-halts-new-phases-of-reopening-state-s-economy> ("U.S. governors are reversing plans to reopen their states as the country registered the biggest-ever jump in coronavirus cases.")

Democrats Tell Convention Delegates to Stay Home During Pandemic: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-24/democrats-tell-convention-delegates-to-stay-home-during-pandemic> ("Joe Biden, the party’s nominee, will still officially accept the nomination in Milwaukee, but the thousands of delegates who usually pack a convention hall for the week-long festivities will not be there. The committee said it is working to ensure all delegates can cast their votes remotely during the convention.")

"A Mask Is Not A Political Statement. It's An IQ Test.": <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/06/a-mask-is-not-a-political-statement-its-an-iq-test.html>

Any Hope For A "V-Shaped Recovery" Has Been Completely Crushed: <https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/any-hope-v-shaped-recovery-has-been-completely-crushed> ("The mainstream media is increasingly starting to use the word “depression” to describe what is happening to the U.S. economy, and the raw numbers definitely support the use of that label.")

Biden Says He Would Force Americans To Wear Face Masks In Public If Elected: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/biden-says-he-would-force-americans-wear-face-masks-public-if-elected>

Miami Shuts Beaches After Governor Scoffs at Virus Tactics: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-27/miami-dade-mayor-to-close-beaches-july-3-over-covid-19-surge>

Citing spike in coronavirus cases, Inslee puts pause on counties moving to Phase 4 of reopening plan: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/citing-spike-in-coronavirus-cases-inslee-puts-pause-on-counties-moving-to-phase-4-of-reopening-plan/>

NYU Prof: "Hundreds, If Not Thousands" Of Universities Will Soon Be "Walking-Dead": <https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/nyu-prof-hundreds-if-not-thousands-universities-will-soon-be-walking-dead>

June 29 (Monday) 2020

History of mask use in San Francisco during the 1918 influenza pandemic: <https://www.influenzaarchive.org/cities/city-sanfrancisco.html>

SARS-CoV-2 T-cell epitopes define heterologous and COVID-19-induced T-cell recognition: <https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-35331/v1> (Common cold provides some immunity to Covid-19.)

Arizona Closes Bars, Gyms & Movie Theaters For 30 Days As COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Climb: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/former-fda-chief-warns-half-population-could-catch-coronavirus-year-end-live-updates>

SUMMARY:

43% of US virus deaths tied to nursing homes

Arizona Gov shuts bars, movie theaters etc for 30 days

Texas hospitalizations continue to climb

LA issues "dire" warning about "deteriorating" conditions

Kudlow says states closing bars are doing the right thing

NJ cancels plans to resume indoor dining

WHO plans to launch investigation into China next week

India reports new daily record with almost 20k new cases

Cali reports 5,307 new cases, up 2.5%

Cuomo releases latest NY figures, says he's mulling indoor dining delay

Decision on indoor dining will come by Wednesday

Bangladesh reports record daily case jump

WHO warns outbreak "not even close" to being over

Deaths in NY drop to just 8

NYC mulls plan to delay indoor dining reopening

Florida reports latest COVID-19 cases

Unconfirmed Texas hospitalization data hits

Global deaths passed 500k last night

Victoria reports another ~75 cases

China reports another handful of new cases

July

July 1 (Wednesday) 2020

New evidence that Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is pushing his support lower: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/30/new-evidence-that-trumps-handling-coronavirus-pandemic-is-pushing-his-support-lower/>

Republicans are practically begging Trump to tell people to wear a mask. He still won’t listen: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/30/republicans-are-practically-begging-trump-tell-people-wear-mask-he-still-wont-listen/>

Gilead Chooses Middle Ground in Pricing of Its Coronavirus Drug: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-29/gilead-says-remdesivir-will-cost-2-340-for-five-day-treatment> ("Gilead Sciences Inc. said that it will charge U.S. hospitals roughly $3,120 for most patients who need remdesivir.")

Fed Hopes for Recovery While Preparing for a Second Virus Wave: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-30/fed-hopes-for-recovery-while-preparing-for-a-second-virus-wave>

WHO Chief On COVID-19 Pandemic: 'The Worst Is Yet To Come': <https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/06/29/885049691/who-chief-on-covid-19-pandemic-the-worst-is-yet-to-come?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=nprblogscoronavirusliveupdates>

Coronavirus-hit Arizona reverses course on reopening: <https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53229560> ("At least 16 US states have paused or rolled back reopenings as their infection caseloads balloon.")

Protests don’t appear to be driving coronavirus surge in Seattle area or elsewhere, researchers say: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/protests-in-seattle-and-elsewhere-dont-appear-to-be-driving-virus-surge-researchers-say/> (Probably because they were in open air.)

Swine flu infecting humans raises fears of pandemic potential: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/swine-flu-infecting-humans-raises-fears-of-pandemic-potential/>

The COVID Crisis Supercharged The War On Cash, Part 1: <https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/covid-crisis-supercharged-war-cash-part-1>, part 2: <https://www.zerohedge.com/?page=1>

LA Orders Closure Of Beaches For July 4th Weekend, Sheriff Refuses To Enforce Ban: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/la-orders-closure-beaches-july-4th-weekend-sheriff-refuses-enforce-ban> (Fireworks banned too.)

Inside the body, the coronavirus is even more sinister than scientists had realized: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/inside-the-body-the-coronavirus-is-even-more-sinister-than-scientists-had-realized/>

July 2 (Thursday) 2020

‘It’s frightening’: Doctors say half of ‘cured’ COVID patients still suffer: <https://www.timesofisrael.com/its-frightening-doctors-say-half-of-cured-covid-patients-still-suffer/>

Florida Reports Record 10,000 COVID-19 Cases; White House Backs Reopening Rollback: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-confirms-record-50k-jump-covid-19-infections-total-nears-3-million-live-updates>

Summary:

  Texas whisper number tops 7k
  
  Florida positivity rate at record 16.7%
  
  UK sees infections finally level off
  
  Fla sees highest daily death toll in a month
  
  Pence says Trump supports some economy closures
  
  NYC to open streets nightly to accommodate restaurants
  
  Refuses to support mandatory mask wearing
  
  US reports ~50k deaths largest daily total yet
  
  Texas hospitalizations pass California's for 1st time
  
  Dr. Gottlieb: 'Outbreak will peter out by January, one way or another'
  
  Russia sees daily cases slowing modestly
  
  Brazilian death toll tops 60k
  
  India cases top 600k
  
  Mexico passes Spain for world's 6th-biggest death toll
  
  Tokyo reports another 100 cases

The COVID Crisis Supercharged The War On Cash, Part 2: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/covid-crisis-supercharged-war-cash-part-2> (See July 1 for link to part 1.)

Gov. Inslee will require Washington businesses to turn away customers without coronavirus facial coverings: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/inslee-will-require-businesses-to-turn-away-customers-who-enter-without-coronavirus-facial-coverings/>

July 3 (Friday) 2020

Trump Says Covid-19 Is 'Going to Sort of Just Disappear, I Hope' on Same Day New US Cases Topped 50,000 for First Time: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/02/trump-says-covid-19-going-sort-just-disappear-i-hope-same-day-new-us-cases-topped>

Record 47.2 percent of working-age Americans without jobs: <https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/01/jobs-j01.html>

Official U.S. coronavirus death toll is ‘a substantial undercount’ of actual tally, Yale study finds: <https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/01/official-us-coronavirus-death-toll-is-a-substantial-undercount-of-actual-tally-new-yale-study-finds.html>

Unemployment taxes could nearly triple by 2022 in Washington due to COVID: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/economy/unemployment-taxes-could-nearly-triple-by-2022-in-washington-due-to-covid/>

ACLU: How Nursing Homes Got Away With Hiding Bodies During the COVID-19 Outbreak: <https://www.aclu.org/news/disability-rights/how-nursing-homes-got-away-with-hiding-bodies-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/>

In Major Reversal, Texas Gov Makes Mask-Wearing Mandatory: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-confirms-record-50k-jump-covid-19-infections-total-nears-3-million-live-updates>

Summary:

  Texas Gov makes mask wearing mandatory in public
  
  Herman Cain test positive
  
  Moderna reportedly delays start to major vaccine trial
  
  Houston hospitals open up more surge capacity
  
  9 more NBA players test positive
  
  Arizona reports 3,333 new cases, down from yesterday
  
  NY reports 800+ cases
  
  Alabama sees biggest jump in hospitalizations
  
  Texas whisper number tops 7k
  
  Florida positivity rate at record 16.7%
  
  UK sees infections finally level off
  
  Fla sees highest daily death toll in a month
  
  Pence says Trump supports some economy closures
  
  NYC to open streets nightly to accommodate restaurants
  
  Refuses to support mandatory mask wearing
  
  US reports ~50k deaths largest daily total yet
  
  Texas hospitalizations pass California's for 1st time
  
  Dr. Gottlieb: 'Outbreak will peter out by January, one way or another'
  
  Russia sees daily cases slowing modestly
  
  Brazilian death toll tops 60k
  
  India cases top 600k
  
  Mexico passes Spain for world's 6th-biggest death toll
  
  Tokyo reports another 100 cases

July 5 (Sunday) 2020

"You Are On Stolen land" - Protests Intensify At Mount Rushmore Ahead Of Trump's Arrival: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/trump-visits-mount-rushmore-1st-fireworks-decade-cancel-mob-homes>

How cartoons are chronicling the battle between mask wearers and Trump: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2020/07/02/cartoons-mask-trump-political-statement/>

The Economic "Bounce" Is In: What's Next?: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/economic-bounce-whats-next> ("The equity market is priced for a "pandemic-free" economy. But pandemics are not solved by equity market recoveries but instead by medical science ability to find a cure.")

College Students Busted Throwing "COVID-19 Parties" To Infect All Their Friends: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/college-students-busted-throwing-covid-19-parties-infect-all-their-friends>

Analysis Warns 11% of Those Unemployed Due to Pandemic Have 'Zero Chance' of Getting Job Back: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/29/analysis-warns-11-those-unemployed-due-pandemic-have-zero-chance-getting-job-back>

Israel Defense Ministry Launches COVID-19 Voice Test for Americans: <https://www.mintpressnews.com/israel-defense-ministry-launches-covid-19-voice-biomarker-test-americans/269120/>

Release the Prisoners: Ohio Jail 100 Percent Positive for Covid: <https://popularresistance.org/release-the-prisoners-ohio-jail-100-percent-positive-for-covid/>

Yale Study Suggests COVID Death Toll In US Has Been "Substantially Undercounted": <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/yale-study-suggests-covid-death-toll-us-has-been-substantially-undercounted>

July 8 (Wednesday) 2020

New Bubonic Plague Cases Send Mongolian Region Along Russian Border On Lockdown: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/confirmed-bubonic-plague-cases-sends-mongolian-region-near-russian-border-lockdown>

World Economy That Took Elevator Down Faces Steep Stairs Back Up: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-05/world-economy-that-took-elevator-down-faces-steep-stairs-back-up> ("hopes for a V-shaped rebound have been shattered as the reopening of businesses looks shaky at best and job losses risk turning from temporary to permanent").

Scientists urge WHO to address airborne spread of coronavirus: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/coronavirus-airborne-spread-world-health-organization/2020/07/05/9de19c38-bed8-11ea-b4f6-cb39cd8940fb_story.html>

Trump and Biden campaigns shift focus to coronavirus as pandemic surges: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-and-biden-campaigns-shift-focus-to-coronavirus-as-pandemic-surges/2020/07/06/53a4ec50-bd62-11ea-80b9-40ece9a701dc_story.html> ("'They’re of the belief that people will get over it or if we stop highlighting it, the base will move on and the public will learn to accept 50,000 to 100,000 new cases a day,' said a former administration official in touch with the campaign.")

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro Confirms Positive Test For COVID-19: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/president-jair-bolsonaro-tests-positive-covid-19-brazilian-media> (Karma can be a bitch.)

Meet the Israeli Intelligence-Linked Firm Using AI to Profile Americans and Guide US Lockdown Policy: <https://www.thelastamericanvagabond.com/top-news/meet-israeli-intelligence-linked-firm-using-ai-profile-americans-guide-us-lockdown-policy/>; see also <https://www.mintpressnews.com/merging-us-israel-national-security-state-accelerating-amid-covid-19/269224/>.

Months Into Virus Crisis, U.S. Cities Still Lack Testing Capacity: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/us/coronavirus-test-shortage.html>

Behind the walls: a summary: <https://www.workers.org/2020/07/49825/> (Covid 19 stats in prisons.)

July 9 (Thursday) 2020

Can Salad Bars Be Saved?: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-07-07/are-salad-bars-healthy-during-coronavirus-robots-may-help>

The Fight Over a Coronavirus Vaccine Will Get Ugly: <https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-07-08/the-global-fight-over-covid-19-vaccines-will-get-very-ugly> (I volunteer not to be the first one vaccinated.)

Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are a Major Source of Coronavirus Cases.: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/churches-were-eager-to-reopen-now-they-are-a-major-source-of-coronavirus-cases/>

Harvard, MIT sue Trump administration to protect student visas, escalating fight over online learning: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/07/08/harvard-mit-international-students-ice/> ("On Monday, the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced that visas would not be issued to students enrolled in schools that are fully online this fall. Under the rule, those students would be barred from entering the country. And to keep their visas, students already in the United States would need to leave the country or transfer to a school with in-person instruction.")

CDC will issue new guidance on school openings, Pence says, after criticism from Trump: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-officials-downplay-guidance-from-health-experts-as-they-push-to-reopen-schools/2020/07/08/236a6c5e-c13b-11ea-b178-bb7b05b94af1_story.html>

Trump threatens funding cuts if schools do not fully reopen: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/trump-threatens-funding-cuts-if-schools-do-not-fully-reopen/>

Nation & World PoliticsRetail
Retail workers are being pulled into the latest culture war: Getting customers to wear masks: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/retail-workers-are-being-pulled-into-the-latest-culture-war-getting-customers-to-wear-masks/>

Coronavirus: Why Everyone Was Wrong. It is Not a “New Virus”. “The Fairy Tale of No Immunity”: <https://www.globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-why-everyone-wrong/5718049>

The Pandemic Reveals The Real Disease Of Our Societies: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/07/the-pandemic-reveals-the-real-disease-of-our-societies.html>

July 11 (Saturday) 2020

Warning of serious brain disorders in people with mild coronavirus symptoms: <https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/08/warning-of-serious-brain-disorders-in-people-with-mild-covid-symptoms>

WHO Acknowledges Evidence on Airborne Covid-19 Spreading: <https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/WHO-Acknowledges-Evidence-on-Airborne-COVID-19-Spreading-20200707-0019.html> (Summary: don't go indoors unless it's your home.)

Prof Richard Wolff: US Prepares For War, Not For COVID-19: <https://www.youtube.com/watch> (Great short video.)

Fauci says hard-hit states should be 'pausing' the reopening process: <https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/public-global-health/506566-fauci-says-hard-hit-states-should-be-pausing-the>

Time to shut down again? As coronavirus cases surge, a growing chorus makes the case: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/time-to-shut-down-again-as-coronavirus-cases-surge-a-growing-chorus-makes-the-case/2020/07/09/f0f0a950-c21b-11ea-9fdd-b7ac6b051dc8_story.html> (“Stay-at-home is a blunt instrument,” said Farshad Fani Marvasti, director of public health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix. “But when you’re leading the world in new cases and things don’t seem to be getting better, you may have to use that blunt instrument.”)

CDC feels pressure from Trump as rift grows over coronavirus response: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/trump-sidelines-public-health-advisers-in-growing-rift-over-coronavirus-response/2020/07/09/ad803218-c12a-11ea-9fdd-b7ac6b051dc8_story.html>

With coronavirus science still iffy, U.S. schools hope to reopen for 56.6 million K-12 students: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/with-coronavirus-science-still-iffy-us-schools-hope-to-reopen-for-566-million-k-12-students/2020/07/09/10cba7d4-c203-11ea-b4f6-cb39cd8940fb_story.html>

Trump the victim: President complains in private about the pandemic hurting him: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-the-victim-president-complains-in-private-about-the-pandemic-hurting-himself/2020/07/09/187142c6-c089-11ea-864a-0dd31b9d6917_story.html>

US Reports Another Record Single-Day Jump In COVID-19 Infections: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/hong-kong-tokyo-report-new-single-day-coronavirus-records-global-cases-top-12-million>

Summary:

US reports 60k+ new cases for first time, per JHU & BBG

DeSantis says schools will reopen safely in August

NYC mayor cancels all big public events

Texas reports 3rd straight record death

Wisconsin sees biggest daily jump

South Africa sees another record jump

California reports record jump in deaths

Cali Gov holds press briefing

WHO begins 'independent' review of COVID-19 response

Italy bars travelers from 13 countries as cases creep higher

Arizona reports new cases

NYT names Arizona "world's worst COVID-19 hotspot"

Florida reports record jump in deaths, hospitalizations

Goldman: 40% of US population lives in states where reopening has been rolled back or delayed

US single-day tally tops 60k again

At least 5 states reported record single-day cases on Wednesday

Global total tops 12 million

7-day average death rate creeps higher

Tokyo, Hong Kong report single-day highs of new cases

India reported 22.7k new cases

Victoria reports another 165 new cases

Beijing slams US over WHO pullout

July 14 (Tuesday) 2020




Trump Health Secretary Says US Healthcare Workers 'Don't Get Infected' With Covid-19 (94,000 Have Contracted the Virus): <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/08/trump-health-secretary-says-us-healthcare-workers-dont-get-infected-covid-19-94000>


"... Covid-19 may not have originated in China, Oxford University expert believes.": <https://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2020/07/httpswwwtelegraphcouknews20200705covid-19-may-not-have-originated-china-elsewhere-emerged-asiawtmc_idtmgliveap.html>

Scientists Discover That One Big Assumption That Everyone Has Been Making About COVID-19 May Be Dead Wrong: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/scientists-discover-one-big-assumption-everyone-has-been-making-about-covid-19-may-be>

American Passports Are Worthless Now (Map): <https://medium.com/@indica/the-plague-states-of-america-53b20678a80e>

Covid-19 - New Quick Tests Are Coming, Cootiestan, A Lack Of Lockdown Death: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/07/covid-19-new-quick-tests-are-coming-cootiestan-a-lack-of-lockdown-death.html>

A Visual Guide to the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus: <https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-visual-guide-to-the-sars-cov-2-coronavirus/>

What to do if COVID-19 is here to stay: <https://voxeu.org/article/what-do-if-covid-19-here-stay>

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/judge-to-hear-arguments-in-challenge-to-foreign-student-rule/>

July 15 (Wednesday) 2020

Coronavirus Hastens the Rise of the Cashless Economy: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-14/the-costs-of-an-increasingly-cashless-economy>

Squirrel Tests Positive For Bubonic Plague In Small Colorado Town: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/squirrel-tests-positive-bubonic-plague-small-colorado-town>

Israeli Data Show School Openings Were a Disaster That Wiped Out Lockdown Gains: <https://www.thedailybeast.com/israeli-data-show-school-openings-were-a-disaster-that-wiped-out-lockdown-gains> ("Of 1,400 Israelis diagnosed with COVID-19 last month, 657 (47 percent) were infected in schools. Now 2,026 students, teachers, and staff have it, and 28,147 are quarantined.")

German study finds no evidence coronavirus spreads in schools: <https://news.yahoo.com/german-study-finds-no-evidence-164704005.html>

In Reopening U.S. Schools, Science Is Offering Few Clear Answers: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-14/in-reopening-u-s-schools-science-is-offering-few-clear-answers>

Police: Mask confrontation leads to stabbing, suspect fatally shot by Eaton County deputy: <https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/2020/07/14/police-two-crime-scenes-following-stabbing-windsor-township/5433647002/>

Trump Administration Strips C.D.C. of Control of Coronavirus Data: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/us/politics/trump-cdc-coronavirus.html>

Global surge in coronavirus cases is being fed by the developing world — and the U.S.: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/global-surge-in-coronavirus-cases-is-being-fed-by-the-developing-world--and-the-us/2020/07/14/1e9ca48e-c605-11ea-8ffe-372be8d82298_story.html> ("Nearly all the countries struggling with a surge share something in common: After weeks or months of trying to suppress the virus, they reopened their economies, only to find that the virus came roaring back.")

As the coronavirus crisis spins out of control, Trump issues directives — but still no clear plan: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-coronavirus-pandemic-no-plan/2020/07/15/7581bea4-c5df-11ea-a99f-3bbdffb1af38_story.html>

National Academy of Sciences Emphasizes Need for 'Significant' Government Investment as Trump and DeVos Push to Reopen Schools: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/15/national-academy-sciences-emphasizes-need-significant-government-investment-trump>



July 16 (Thursday) 2020

Looming evictions may soon make 28 million homeless in U.S., expert says: <https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/10/looming-evictions-may-soon-make-28-million-homeless-expert-says.html>

Republican convention in Jacksonville will be scaled back next month: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republican-convention-in-jacksonville-will-be-scaled-back-next-month/2020/07/15/14297da8-c711-11ea-8ffe-372be8d82298_story.html>

'The Science Should Not Stand in the Way' of Reopening US Schools, Says White House Press Secretary: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/16/science-should-not-stand-way-reopening-us-schools-says-white-house-press-secretary> ("Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday argued that schools should ignore Centers for Disease Control guidance on reopening.")

More than 150 countries sign up for global vaccine plan: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/more-than-150-countries-sign-up-for-global-vaccine-plan/2020/07/15/e6e7fb8a-c6b1-11ea-a825-8722004e4150_story.html> ("Critics say offering rich countries the chance to buy even more vaccines through Gavi essentially allows them to hoard limited COVID-19 vaccines without consequences.")

"Death Yard" - Where Rental Cars Go To Die: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/death-yard-where-rental-cars-go-die>

28 Million More Americans Could Wind Up Homeless Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic: <https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/28-million-more-americans-could-wind-homeless-due-covid-19-pandemic>

There Are Already Nationwide Shortages Of Aluminum Cans, Soda, Flour, Canned Soup, Pasta, & Rice: <https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/there-are-already-nationwide-shortages-aluminum-cans-soda-flour-canned-soup-pasta-rice>

July 17 (Friday) 2020

New Studies Add to Evidence that Children May Transmit the Coronavirus: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/health/coronavirus-children-transmission-school.html> (But what the hell; send 'em back to school.)

Georgia gov sues to end cities’ defiance on mask rules: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/defiance-deepens-as-georgia-governor-blocks-local-mask-rules/>

Security State Using Coronavirus To Implement Orwellian Nightmare: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGMkSNj_-7Q&feature=youtu.be&t=0s> (Jimmy Dore interviews the incomparable Whitney Webb).

Lawsuit Claims Contractor Faked Thermometer Readings to Keep Sick Employees Working During COVID-19: <https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2020/07/16/28645781/lawsuit-claims-contractor-faked-thermometer-readings-to-keep-sick-employees-working-during-covid-19>

COVID-19: ‘Putin Hacked Our Vaccine’ Is Dumbest Story Yet: <https://consortiumnews.com/2020/07/17/covid-19-putin-hacked-our-vaccine-is-dumbest-story-yet/>

Democratic Officials Tell Members of Congress to Skip the Convention: <https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/16/us/politics/democratic-convention-milwaukee.html>

Unpublished White House report recommends stricter coronavirus measures in hard-hit states: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/16/coronavirus-live-updates-us/>

Canada's First 'Mask Murder'? Ontario Police Kill 73-Year-Old Man After He Refused To Comply With Local Mandate: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/canadas-first-mask-murder-ontario-police-kill-73-year-old-man-after-he-refused-comply>

Paranoid Travelers Are Buying These Hazmat Suits For Planes: <https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/paranoid-travelers-are-buying-these-hazmat-suits-planes> (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean the virus isn't out to get you.)

Georgia Gov Kemp Sues Atlanta Mayor Over "Illegal" Mandatory Mask Order: Live Updates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/hong-kong-suffers-3rd-record-jump-new-covid-19-cases-global-total-tops-135-million>

Summary:

  Brian Kemp sues Keisha Bottoms

  Texas suffers record COVID-19 deaths

  Brazil passes 2MN cases

  Puerto Rico closes bars, beaches

  Rumor about impending Texas shutdown surfaces

  Colorado expected to issue statewide mask mandate

  Russia denies vaccine hacking

  New restrictions imposed Pennsylvania

  California deaths climb

  # of patients on ventilators hits new record

  New York reports latest numbers

  Arizona sees another decline in new cases

  Florida reports 156 deaths, new daily record

  Global cases top 13.5 mil

  HK reports 63 new cases for 3rd record in a week

  US reports 65k+ cases; 2nd highest daily tally

  Indonesia orders social distancing violators punished

  Tokyo suffers record jump

  Victoria reports more than 300 new cases Thursday

  ICU deaths moving lower around the world

  Texas reports daily record yesterday

July 21 (Tuesday) 2020

Warnings of Possible Cover-Up in Progress as Trump Orders Hospitals to Stop Sending Coronavirus Data to CDC: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/15/warnings-possible-cover-progress-trump-orders-hospitals-stop-sending-coronavirus>

Trump Accused of Suppressing CDC Warning That Full School Reopenings Pose 'Highest Risk' of Covid-19 Spread: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/13/trump-accused-suppressing-cdc-warning-full-school-reopenings-pose-highest-risk-covid>

White House blocks CDC director from testifying before House panel on reopening schools: <https://thehill.com/homenews/house/507876-white-house-blocks-cdc-director-from-testifying-before-house-panel-on>

Goldman: States Containing 80% Of The US Population Have Paused Or Taken Steps To Reverse Reopening: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/goldman-states-containing-80-us-population-have-paused-or-taken-targeted-steps-reverse>

Face Mask Usage By Demographic: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/face-mask-usage-demographic>

Florida Virus ‘Out of Control,’ Los Angeles Is on the Brink: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-19/florida-virus-out-of-control-lockdown-needed-ex-hhs-chief>

Trump Reverses Course on Masks, Calling Them ‘Patriotic’ After Allies Split With Him: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-21/trump-s-sudden-push-for-mask-wearing-follows-allies-defections>

July 23 (Thursday) 2020

Even where Trump is popular, some school leaders reject his push to reopen schools: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/07/21/even-where-trump-is-popular-some-school-leaders-reject-his-push-reopen-schools/>

Most people in the United States are still highly susceptible to the coronavirus, CDC study finds: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/07/21/coronavirus-immunity-us-cdc-study/> ("The agency also reported the number of actual coronavirus infections is probably far higher — by two to 13 times — than reported cases. The higher estimate is based on the study on antibodies, which indicates who has had the virus in the past.")

Is Trump Finally Getting It?: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/07/is-trump-finally-getting-it.html>

Can you get coronavirus twice? Doctors are unsure even as anecdotal reports mount: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/07/22/can-you-get-coronavirus-twice/>

5 takeaways from Trump’s return to the coronavirus briefing stage: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/07/21/takeaways-trump-coronavirus-briefing-return/>

The 7 major flash points on Congress’s coronavirus relief package: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/07/21/7-major-flashpoints-congresss-coronavirus-relief-package/>

'This Is a Pandemic. You Cannot Hide It': Experts Denounce White House Secrecy in Private Warning to Cities to Take 'Aggressive' Covid Action: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/23/pandemic-you-cannot-hide-it-experts-denounce-white-house-secrecy-private-warning>

California Orders Millions More Masks With Virus Cases at Record: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-22/california-orders-millions-more-masks-with-virus-cases-at-record>

July 25 (Saturday) 2020

Canada Approves "Glory Holes" For Safe Sex During Pandemic: <https://www.zerohedge.com/political/canada-approves-glory-holes-safe-sex-during-pandemic>

Trump calls off Florida segment of GOP National Convention: <https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/trump-calls-off-florida-segment-of-gop-national-convention-2/>

'Shut It Down, Start Over, Do It Right': Medical Experts Urge US Lockdown to Stop Covid-19 Spike: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/24/shut-it-down-start-over-do-it-right-medical-experts-urge-us-lockdown-stop-covid-19>

Stories Dooming Vaccine Hopes Overlook Immunity’s Complexity in Search of Easy Clicks: <https://fair.org/home/stories-dooming-vaccine-hopes-overlook-immunitys-complexity-in-search-of-easy-clicks/>

FDA says at least 77 hand sanitizer products may be toxic: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/07/24/hand-sanitizer-recall/>

Virus Can Travel 26 Feet at Cold Meat Plants With Stale Air: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-23/virus-can-jump-26-feet-at-cold-meat-plants-filled-with-stale-air>

On coronavirus, Trump insists the U.S. has the world's 'No. 1 low mortality rate.' He's wrong — and it's the wrong way to measure success: <https://news.yahoo.com/on-coronavirus-trump-insists-the-us-has-the-worlds-number-one-low-mortality-rate-hes-wrong-001356960.html>

The Numbers Tell Us The "Economic Recovery" Is Dead And Businesses Are Failing At A Staggering Pace: <https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/numbers-tell-us-economic-recovery-dead-and-businesses-are-failing-staggering-pace>

Supreme Court Rejects Nevada Church Challenge on Virus Rules: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-24/supreme-court-rejects-nevada-church-challenge-on-virus-rules>

July 30 (Thursday) 2020

GOP Reach Agreement On COVID-19 Relief; $600 Unemployment Boost Becomes 70% 'Wage Replacement'; Pelosi Pops Fuse: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/gop-reach-agreement-covid-19-relief-600-unemployment-boost-becomes-70-wage-replacement>

Some Colleges Will Require Students To Take COVID-19 Test Twice A Week: <https://www.zerohedge.com/health/time-gap-year-some-colleges-will-require-students-take-covid-19-test-twice-week>; see also <https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/college-campus-fall-covid-testing/2020/07/17/614f7160-c5f3-11ea-a99f-3bbdffb1af38_story.html>. (And what happens to her/him if a student tests positive? Not addressed in those articles.)

6 months since we had the nation’s first diagnosis, here’s how Washington’s COVID-19 fight is going: <https://projects.seattletimes.com/2020/coronavirus-covid-19-washington-state-virus-pandemic-fight-six-months-july-charts/>

‘Stay away.’ ‘Biggest petri dish in the world.’ The view from Canada, of us, isn’t so nice: <https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/stay-away-biggest-petri-dish-in-the-world-the-view-from-canada-of-us-isnt-so-nice/>

Which party will lose the political fight if Congress lets unemployment benefits expire?: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/07/27/which-party-will-lose-political-fight-if-congress-lets-unemployment-benefits-expire/>

Dogs can sniff out coronavirus infections, German study shows: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/dogs-can-sniff-out-coronavirus-infections-german-study-shows/>

Tesla quietly revealed it got a government coronavirus bailout after Elon Musk opposed another stimulus package: <https://news.yahoo.com/tesla-quietly-revealed-got-government-153229399.html>

August

August 2 (Sunday) 2020

Winter Virus Surge Down Under Shows U.S., Europe What May Come: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-30/melbourne-is-living-the-cold-weather-virus-surge-experts-fear> ("The surge epitomizes a disturbing pattern: that subsequent Covid-19 waves can be worse than the first, particularly when the conditions -- like people sheltering from colder weather in enclosed spaces -- are ripe for transmission.")

Covid-19 Update - Heart Damage And Aerosols: <https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/07/covid-19-update-heart-damage-and-aerosols.html>

We Thought It Was Just a Respiratory Virus: We were wrong: <https://www.ucsf.edu/magazine/covid-body>

Demands for Kushner to Resign Over 'Staggering' Level of 'Depravity' That Put Politics Before Public Health: <https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/31/demands-kushner-resign-over-staggering-level-depravity-put-politics-public-health> (Is this the ultimate Trump administration scandal?) See also more detailed original article: <https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/07/how-jared-kushners-secret-testing-plan-went-poof-into-thin-air>.

Virus Relief Talks in Congress Stalemated as Time Runs Short: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-29/mnuchin-says-republicans-democrats-far-apart-in-stimulus-talks> ("Congress is scheduled to leave Washington for an August break at the end of next week, leaving little time to strike an agreement on broad stimulus legislation. Some lawmakers said they were open to delaying the break if it seemed like a deal was possible.")

Covid-19 infections leave an impact on the heart, raising concerns about lasting damage: <https://www.statnews.com/2020/07/27/covid19-concerns-about-lasting-heart-damage/> (Two new studies from Germany paint a sobering picture of the toll that Covid-19 takes on the heart, raising the specter of long-term damage after people recover, even if their illness was not severe enough to require hospitalization.")

Covid-19 Clinical Trials Aren’t Very Diverse and That’s a Problem: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-30/covid-19-clinical-trials-aren-t-very-diverse-and-that-s-a-problem> (FDA reportedly allowed them to skip animal tests as well, which is beyond foolish.)

EU ombudsman launches inquiry into Covid-19 failings: <https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2020-07-31/eu-ombudsman-launches-inquiry-into-covid-19-failings>

Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit: <https://www.seattletimes.com/business/stakes-rise-for-virus-talks-as-jobless-aid-lapses-gdp-drops/> (roundup on legislation progress).

The Real Unemployment Rate Is 21% - And Heading Higher: <https://seekingalpha.com/article/4359594-real-unemployment-rate-is-21-and-heading-higher>

Pfizer Says Covid Could Endure, Sees Long-Term Need for Shot: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-28/pfizer-says-covid-could-endure-sees-long-term-need-for-shot>

Russia Plans to Roll Out Mass Covid-19 Vaccinations From October: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-01/russia-plans-to-roll-out-mass-covid-19-vaccinations-from-october> ("... health workers and teachers first in line to get the inoculation against the disease ...").



August 4 (Tuesday) 2020

A Vaccine May Not Be The "Magical Cure" Everyone Anticipates: <https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/vaccine-may-not-be-magical-cure-everyone-anticipates>

New York and New Jersey, Onetime Virus Hot Spots, Crack Down Again: <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-04/original-hot-spots-crack-down-on-parties-as-virus-makes-a-return>

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