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Thanksgiving Approaches: Trump, the Virus, the Crisis

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 24/11/2020 - 10:34am in

With the virus rampant, once again schools and businesses are closing, and more workers being laid off. We now have 20 million jobless, with ten million receiving federal unemployment benefits that will end with the New Year, as will protection for 30 million who face eviction. Not a happy Thanksgiving.

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Unsanitized: Slice the Money Cannon Into Money for the People

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 13/11/2020 - 6:25am in

Eight months into this crisis, more people are filing for benefits every week than the worst week of the Great Recession. As of last week, 21 million workers are claiming meager unemployment benefits, without any federal enhancement. Continue reading

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The Hunger of Vibrant Matter: Materialism and Food in the Pandemic

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/10/2020 - 12:34am in

The fundamental contradiction between production for exchange (profit) versus production for use (need) is the source not only of intermittent food deprivation, but of chronic and acute, life-threatening hunger for hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

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Mexico’s AMLO Is No Leftist, as His Handling of Covid Demonstrates

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 23/09/2020 - 9:36pm in

Not only is AMLO’s government not socialist, it is not democratic, it is not competent, and it is not socially responsible. AMLO is a populist with a leftist image and rightist policies.

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Lysenko Comes to the CDC: Exploring the Relationship Between Science and Politics

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 13/09/2020 - 8:29am in

The specter of Lysenko is haunting the CDC and the entire Trump administration, revealing that the perversion of science is as likely in a capitalist democracy as it is in a Stalinist state, and always with dire consequences.

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Covid-19 and Resistance in Brazil: Life-Making, Memory, and Challenges in Seeding an Alternative Future

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 26/08/2020 - 4:22am in

Capitalism is a death-making system. The pandemic reveals a chain of solidarity among essential life-making workers all across the world.

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Fresh audio product

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 14/08/2020 - 6:28am in

Just added to my radio archive (click on date for link):

August 13, 2020 Elizabeth Wrigley-Field on race and mortality: years lost to police violence and how many white people would have to die of COVID-19 to equal a “normal” year of black death? (paper here, NYT article here) • Tom Philpott, author of Perilous Bounty, on the ecological crises facing US agriculture

The Seeds of Revolution Have Sprouted: What is Now to be Done?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 07/08/2020 - 10:26am in

Turning points in history are very rare. We are now living in the midst of one, with the two months of virtually continuous protests against police abuse, the criminal injustice system, and for a human society that have swept the U.S. as well other parts of the world since the police murder of George Floyd on May 25.

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Big Tech Giants are Forcing Their Way into America’s Public Health System

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 30/07/2020 - 3:30am in

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a Big Tech lobby group has just launched a “working group” called the Public Health Tech Initiative (PHTI) to explore the ways in which technology can help in future pandemics. The coalition of companies that form part of the “broad coalition” include tech giants like Facebook and Microsoft, transnational behemoths like Philips, as well as U.S. pharmaceutical retail chain CVS Health.

Rene Quashie, VP of Digital Health for CTA says that the goal of PHTI is to “accomplish what the government has been so far unable to do: develop a unified strategy for deploying technology in a public health emergency.” To this end, PHTI has placed a former CMO for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Dr. Alexander Garza as co-chair of the new organization, alongside Microsoft’s recently-appointed Global Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Rhew.

Rhew, ranked 31st in Modern Healthcare magazine’s 50 “most influential clinical executive leaders,” holds six patents” related to clinical decision support systems and the interoperability and integration of data in electronic health records (EHRs)” and was Samsung’s CMO and VP/GM of B2B Healthcare. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan and began his professional career at the RAND corporation as a Healthcare Consultant.

 

Links to the Vatican

Garza currently serves as CMO for one of the largest hospital networks in the country, SSM Health. A Catholic non-profit healthcare system with 11,000 providers based out of St. Louis, MO, SSM Health made national headlines in 2012 after siding with the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Madison, Wisconsin who decried rules contained in the Affordable Care Act compelling companies to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. A statement from SSM Health, which owns St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, expressed the institution’s disappointment “with the contraceptive mandate in the rule, as it will force organizations like ours to go against our conscience and the explicit teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.”

Rhew also has ties to the Vatican as a recurring guest speaker and panelist at the “Unite to Cure” conference, a global event that seeks to bring together “the world’s thought leaders across all disciplines to engage in a powerful conversation about the future of medicine,” organized by the Stem for Life Foundation (SFLF) – a subsidiary non-profit of the Cura Foundation – and the Fondazione Scienza e Fede – STOQ, a Vatican City organization that “oversees a pooling of resources and initiatives, lectures and academic programmes between the Pontifical universities and the scientific community.”

The cellular therapies promoted at the conference have come under fire by the broader scientific community and have resulted in lawsuits from the DoJ and the FDA calling for the shutdown of cell therapy clinics. The conference’s 2018 edition, where Rhew discussed the benefits of “virtual reality (VR) [and] implantable devices” was lambasted by the press for its less-than-credible panelists, which included quasi-medical personalities and self-help gurus like Dr. Oz, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, and Northwestern University stem cell scientist Richard K. Burt, whose work has come under intense criticism by the FDA.

 

COVID market share

In March, Dr. Alexander Garza warned St. Louis residents not to become “complacent” amid falling numbers of COVID hospitalizations, declaring that “this won’t be a return to pre-COVID times.” Garza was brought in to Obama’s DHS at “the height” of the Swine flu epidemic of 2009. In a 2012 interview, Garza foreshadowed the COVID-19 lockdowns when asked about historical precedents for pandemics that threatened national security. “You would see a lot of the same things we saw with H1N1 but to another degree,” said Garza regarding the implementation of policies to mitigate a potential scenario of that sort. “There were some folks advocating closing schools,” he continued, “canceling public events, quarantining folks who were exposed, limiting travel to unexposed areas.”

Arlington, Virginia-based CTA includes executives from AT&T, Sony, Facebook, IBM, Google among many others on its Board of Industry Leaders and is the host of the largest annual technology trade show in the world, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where the biggest tech companies reveal their upcoming products and services. The 2021 edition will be an online-only event, citing COVID-19 pandemic concerns. The organization is not disclosing many details, except to say that it will be a “highly personalized… immersive experience.”

The Public Health Tech Initiative looks to be an attempt by tech industry partners to shape the conversation surrounding the emerging pandemic-induced tech opportunities in the health sector, with a particular focus on how these relate to minorities and POC – perhaps their largest market segment considering the COVID-19 infection data in the U.S. In addition to the creation of the PHTI working group, which also includes the Health Innovation Alliance (a lobbying group pushing for industry-friendly telehealth legislation), the CTA has recently started an investment fund to provide seed money to “venture firms and funds that in turn invest in women, people of color and other underrepresented entrepreneurs.”

Feature photo | Ivanka Trump, right, smiles at the crowd after being interviewed by Gary Shapiro, left, CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, during the CES tech show, Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. Ross D. Franklin | AP

Raul Diego is a MintPress News Staff Writer, independent photojournalist, researcher, writer and documentary filmmaker.

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Trump Speak and its Discontents

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 29/07/2020 - 2:32am in

Trump understands that to be an effective boss requires not only authority but respect for authority, and to instill such respect it is necessary to speak to working people in an obsequious and patronizing way to make it easier for them to accept the reality of what is required by the law of profit.

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