This 19 May 2020 parody music video from Britain is called Obesity Boys – Fight for Far Right (Tea Party!).
It says about itself:
Donald Trump‘s Beastie Boys tribute band.
You wanna go to work, make the economy grow
You say to Fauci “please?” but he still says no
Just take hydroxywhatsit and drink Lysol
And try to get some sunlight up your asshole
You gotta fight for the far-right
I told the press my cures and they’re all appalled
I probably shouldn’t mention the Adderall
Now Nancy Pelosi called me a chub
I hope Sleepy Joe gives her a shoulder rub
New analysis predicts US coronavirus deaths will triple by end of year. By Bryan Dyne, 20 May 2020.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 20 May 2020:
US trade unions to sue over failure to protect workers from Covid-19
US TRADE unionists have filed papers to sue the country’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), accusing President Donald Trump of refusing to force companies to protect workers from Covid-19.
The AFL-CIO, which represents nearly 13 million workers in the US, filed a suit with the Court of Appeals in Washington DC on Monday.
The federation insisted that the matter was urgent as states were starting to let businesses reopen and crowds of people were beginning to gather, increasing the risk of the spread of coronavirus.
The government and corporations are demanding a return to work in the midst of a pandemic, which is claiming thousands of lives every week. Their drive for profits takes priority over the health and safety of workers and their families: here.
“We need our jobs, but our lives and health are more important”. COVID-19 cases at Ford plants in Detroit, Chicago as anger grows over inadequate safety measures. By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 21 May 2020. New infections have emerged at Ford plants in Dearborn, Michigan and Chicago and also at supplier plant, just days after the reopening of the North American auto industry.
Ford Chicago Assembly worker tests positive for COVID-19 after North American auto plants reopen. By Shannon Jones, 20 May 2020.
As COVID-19 spreads throughout southern US. Florida scientist was fired for ‘refusing to manipulate’ COVID-19 data. By Bryan Dyne, 21 May 2020. The state governments of both Florida and Georgia have been charged with manipulating their coronavirus case counts and death tolls in order to prematurely reopen their economies.
Florida stalls jobless pay to force workers back to work. By Alex Johnson, 21 May 2020. The state has only paid out 22 percent of the claims for unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They can more than afford to let us keep it permanently”. Amazon workers react to elimination of pandemic hazard pay. By Douglas Lyons, 21 May 2020. Amazon has terminated its unpaid sick time policy and will roll back the $2 per hour pay raise it implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, despite the rising number of infections.
By Benjamin Mateus in the USA, 20 May 2020:
Capitalism vs. science: The lessons of the 36-hour Moderna vaccine frenzy
20 May 2020
Monday’s announcement by the Boston-based biotech company Moderna that it had positive results from the first COVID-19 vaccine test conducted on humans was greeted with a wave of media hysteria and adulation.
The evening news led with the “revolutionary” treatment, which was called a “breakthrough.” NBC News declared the finding was “generating a wave of optimism.” Everywhere, the line was the same, from Fox News to CNN to PBS.
A miracle cure had supposedly been found and Wall Street was beside itself. The markets surged on the news, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising more than 900 points. Moderna shares were up by more than $20.
But within just 36 hours, this campaign began to collapse under its own weight.
It turned out that no one had paid attention to the fact that the information provided by Moderna was highly limited, and that the manufacturer had withheld or did not have data on the outcomes for most participants in the tiny study.
When the medical publication STAT published a report raising the most elementary scientific questions about the supposed breakthrough vaccine, Moderna shares plunged by 10 percent, dragging the Dow Jones Industrial Average down with it.
But that did not matter to Moncef Slaoui, the Moderna board member tapped by US President Donald Trump to head the government’s “warp speed” vaccine development drive. Slaoui announced Friday that he would sell his stake in Moderna Monday, meaning that he became $2.4 million richer as a result of the publicity blitz, but took none of the losses when questions emerged about the study.
US prepares anti-Russian war games amid COVID-19 pandemic. By Andrea Peters, 21 May 2020. In a little over two weeks, 6,000 US and Polish troops will simulate ground and airborne attacks about 35 miles from the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.
Deaths and illness among youth raise concerns as schools plan to reopen. By Sam Wayne, 21 May 2020. Several recent deaths of youth and students due to COVID-19 demonstrate that, despite efforts by the media and politicians to downplay the danger of the virus to youth, the virus can pose a deadly threat to young people.
This photo shows 17-year-old Jameela Dirrean-Emoni Barber from Texas, killed by COVID-19.
Trump official blames high US coronavirus death toll on the diversity that “unfortunately” exists in the population. By Jacob Crosse, 19 May 2020.
Almost no US prisoners have been released since the beginning of the pandemic. By Sam Dalton, 21 May 2020. Despite highly publicized executive orders, only a handful of inmates have been released from jails and prisons across the US even as 100,000 inmates are projected to die from COVID-19.
From the World Socialist Web Site, 19 May 2020:
St. Paul nurse fired by Allina Healthcare in dispute over lack of protective equipment
Cliff Willmeng, a registered nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, was fired May 8 over a dispute with management over the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and management’s refusal to allow nurses a voice in decision-making during the current coronavirus pandemic. Allina Healthcare, which owns United Hospital, “violated hospital policy and expectations regarding uniforms and hospital scrubs as well as his duty to follow the directions of his leader.”
“I think what the hospital is engaged in is basic and textbook retaliation. That’s what I believe,” Willmeng told WCCO. He specifically cited the need for disposable surgical booties and hospital-issued scrubs that are available, but not being distributed to protect nurses.
Willmeng is not alone. Nurse Brittany Livaccari told the Pioneer Press, “We have multiple other members who are in the process and not far behind the one who was fired. We’ll probably have at this rate a couple of other people who get fired.”
Nurses at United Hospital are planning a protest march to the St. Paul capital May 20 to highlight their concerns.
COVID-19 cases anger Minnesota Amazon workers
Minnesota Amazon workers are angry over the company’s failure to protect them in the wake of six new cases of COVID-19 at the company’s Eagan warehouse. While the company has provided masks, workers report hand sanitizer receptacles are empty and social distancing is difficult to maintain in the facility and not being enforced by management.
Workers have also complained that the company has not been alerting workers in a timely manner when co-workers contract the virus. One worker who spoke to the Sahan Journal said she had trained a worker and later found out he had tested positive for COVID-19. Her source was not the company, but the mother of the sick worker who contacted employees directly.
Amazon has implemented a points program. Each employee receives 20 attendance points for a three-month period. If they don’t come into work, including a decision to self-quarantine, they lose four-and-a-half points. If they run out of points before the three-month period expires, they get fired.
One Amazon worker said, “We have small kids. My mom has high blood pressure who lives with me. I cannot quit because I need the job. My safety is at risk.”
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Breonna Taylor was essential.
She adored her family. She dedicated her life to saving others. In the middle of this pandemic, she worked on the frontlines as an emergency room technician. On March 13, she was murdered in the middle of the night in her home in Louisville, KY by several police officers who were looking for the wrong person.1
Taylor was an award-winning EMT. She had plans to become a nurse. She actually served her community and saved lives, unlike the officers who killed her. Those responsible for taking this young Black woman’s life should be held accountable, and Louisville authorities must make the changes needed to make sure this crime by police doesn’t happen again.
There is a growing outcry in Louisville and around the country because of Taylor’s murder–but more is needed to make sure authorities allow justice for another Black life unjustly and violently taken by police. That’s why UltraViolet is joining forces with Taylor’s community and several ally organizations to demand justice for Taylor and make sure Louisville officials are held accountable. Will you sign the petition?
Demand justice for Breonna Taylor from the Louisville Metro Police, Mayor Greg Fischer, and the Louisville City Council
Sign the petition
The three police officers who murdered Taylor still have their jobs.
Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove came into Taylor’s apartment with no announcement and no warning. They were looking for a person who, it turned out, was already in LMPD’s custody.2
Taylor’s partner, Kenneth Walker, thought someone was burglarizing their home. He shot at the intruders–who, again, did not announce themselves–to defend Taylor and himself. The police officers responded by spraying the apartment with at least 20 rounds, eight of the bullets hitting Taylor while she was still in bed. To distract the public from LMPD’s inexcusable mistakes, the department is charging Walker with attempted murder for legally defending his home.3
There is absolutely no excuse for Taylor’s death. And time and time again, we’ve seen that law enforcement cannot be counted on to police themselves, unless mass outcry successfully pressures authorities to hold them accountable.
That’s why UltraViolet is joining forces with Taylor’s community. Will you help show Louisville officials that there is massive support for justice for Taylor by signing and sharing this petition?
Thanks for speaking out!
–Shaunna, Kat, Kathy, Anathea, Sonja, Melody, Lindsay, Pam, Maria, Kimberly, and Katie, the UltraViolet team
1. ‘Get your damn story straight’: What we know about Louisville woman Breonna Taylor’s death, USA Today, May 14, 2020
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