This 22 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:
The REAL Reason Elon Musk Is Threatening California
Elon Musk is really no different than any other right-wing billionaire. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss on The Young Turks. Read more here.
“The California Tesla factory that reopened this week has a long history of racking up environmental violations, government records show.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened to move the Fremont, CA, factory to Texas or Nevada, after county officials refused to let him reopen despite the state loosening its coronavirus restrictions. The county later struck a deal with Musk that allowed the factory to reopen with a slate of safety measures in place.
The battle quickly took on political overtones, as Musk reportedly downplayed the pandemic, winning President Trump’s support, and echoed right-wing rallying cries. Tesla workers protested the reopening, warning that work conditions will be unsafe.
Documents detail 42 violations as recently as February and as far back as 2017. Officials told The Young Turks this week that the violations are still pending.”
‘TRUMP LIES, PEOPLE DIE’: PROTESTORS LEAVE BODY BAGS OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE Activists laid body bags outside the White House to protest what they consider to be Trump and Republicans’ catastrophic response to the pandemic. The demonstration started with a mock 200-car funeral procession passing by the Capitol building, and ending at the White House, where demonstrators dumped body bags onto the sidewalk. “Trump Lies, People Die,” read signs affixed to the body bags, meant to symbolize the nearly 100,000 people in the U.S. who have died so far in the pandemic. [HuffPost]
EXPERTS WORRY TRUMP’S HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE CLAIMS MAY HAVE MAJOR CONSEQUENCES Trump and his administration may not be worried about the grave risks associated with taking hydroxychloroquine to ward off the coronavirus. However, experts are. Dr. Megan Ranney, a professor of emergency medicine at Brown University, told HuffPost that she would not prescribe hydroxychloroquine — sometimes called HCQ — to treat or prevent COVID-19. “First, we don’t know whether it works,” she said. “Second, although it certainly has been used for years for some diseases, it also has well-known life-threatening side effects.” [HuffPost]
TRUMP DITCHES MASK AT FORD PLANT President Donald Trump was without a mask at the Rawsonville Components Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, even though Ford’s policy requires everyone to wear PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ford officials wore facial coverings while Trump, senior adviser Hope Hicks and chief of staff Mark Meadows went without masks for the public portion of the tour. The president has been notoriously resistant to following the CDC guidelines regarding masks. Trump claimed he wore a mask privately — and at least one photo caught him wearing one adorned with the presidential seal — but he took it off before appearing in public because he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.” [HuffPost]
TRUMP SLAMMED FOR PRAISING ‘GOOD BLOODLINES’ OF HENRY FORD Trump faced backlash online after he praised Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Co., as having “good bloodlines,” following his tour of a Michigan tour plant. Henry Ford was among the most influential anti-Semitic figures in the U.S. in the early 20th century. He held deeply prejudiced personal views, and his anti-Semitic writings were admired and praised by Adolf Hitler. Through his Michigan hometown newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, Ford disseminated hundreds of articles that claimed the existence of an international Jewish conspiracy that served as a rationale for anti-Semitism. [HuffPost]
Trump likes Henry Ford’s “bloodline”. So did Charles Lindbergh, by PJ Grisar.
Twelve-hour shifts treating the sickest coronavirus patients, with nothing to protect you but a used mask.
These are the conditions that nurses and other frontline health care workers across the country face right now. In fact, some nurses are so desperate that they’ve been forced to turn to diapers, swim goggles, and trash bags to cobble together their own “protective” equipment. These terrible conditions and desperate measures are all because of corporate lobbyists.1,2
That’s right. Some of the richest corporations in the world are actively blocking production of vital supplies for hospitals like ventilators, gloves, and masks because they claim it’s bad for business.2
Donald Trump has the power under the Defense Production Act to order an increase in production of critical supplies, but he has refused because of lobbying from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, whose members include massive corporations like Walmart, Bayer, Wells Fargo, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Uber.2 Two of the biggest makers of the N95 masks that nurses need–3M and Honeywell–both have seats on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, likely playing a key role in the Chamber choosing to lobby against the Defense Production Act.3
Trump has used the Defense Production Act hundreds of thousands of times during his presidency– to build drones, missiles, and even armor for immigration agents. Yet when nearly 100,000 Americans have died so far from COVID-19, he would rather do his corporate friends a favor than use it to order the production of life-saving equipment.4
Many members of the Chamber of Commerce rely on their reputations to attract customers and earn a profit–and that’s even more important to them during an economic downturn. That means that we, as consumers and workers, have the power to push these companies to stop fighting against the Defense Production Act.
Can you support nurses by sending a message to corporate leaders demanding that they start supporting the use of the Defense Production Act for producing critical supplies like masks, gloves, and ventilators?
Facebook, Uber, Target, and other corporate leaders: Blocking production of critical supplies including masks, gloves, and ventilators is wrong.
Sign the petition
Nearly 10,000 health care workers have contracted COVID-19 so far, and experts say the numbers of health care worker deaths from COVID-19 is far higher than we can adequately track.5
And it’s worse for women and people of color–the people most impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Women and people of color are more likely to be essential workers and already experience discrimination when it comes to getting access to healthcare. A Black nurse in Detroit, Michigan died after contracting COVID-19 at work and getting turned away four times from treatment at the same hospital where she worked.6
Trump has claimed since March that these massive corporations would simply step up to fill the need but, with health care workers literally begging for protective equipment, it’s clear that hasn’t happened.
Trump even told states to buy ventilators and other medical supplies on the open market. We all know how hard it’s been to find affordable hand sanitizer or toilet paper, now imagine hospitals competing for a limited quantity of medical supplies. Medical masks that usually cost $.58 jumped to $7.50 and the price of gloves tripled.7
Corporations like Facebook, Target, and Uber are standing in the way of getting protective equipment to nurses and other frontline health care workers. Send a message to corporate leaders demanding that they support nurses.
Thanks for speaking out!
–Shaunna, Kat, Kathy, Anathea, Melody, Lindsay, Pam, Sonja, Kimberly, Maria, Elisa, and Katie, the UltraViolet team
P.S. For the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus, visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
1. Begging for Thermometers, Body Bags, and Gowns: U.S. Health Care Workers Are Dangerously Ill-Equipped to Fight COVID-19, Time, April 20, 2020
2. Trump Refused to Order Coronavirus Supplies Because Big Business Complained, New York Magazine, March 23, 2020
3. Unmasked: The Corporations Backing a Lobbying Campaign Against the Use of the Defense Production Act, Public Accountability Initiative, April 16, 2020
4. Wartime Production Law Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus, The New York Times, March 31, 2020
5. Coronavirus is killing far more US health workers than official data suggests, The Guardian, April 15, 2020
6. Black Nurse In Detroit Dies From COVID-19 After Being Turned Away From Hospital 4 Times, Blavity, April 23, 2020
7. For New York, 58-Cent Medical Masks Now Priced at $7.50 Each, Bloomberg, March 24, 2020
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