This 25 May 2020 video says about itself:
Trump White House advisor Kevin Hassett Calls Workers “Human Capital Stock”
Earlier today, Donald Trump White House advisor Kevin Hassett called workers “Human Capital Stock”, as he talked about the plan to reopen America in the midst of this global crisis. This shows how Donald Trump and the Republican Party (as well as some corporate Democrats) think of working-class people: Not as human beings with hopes and dreams, but as livestock to be deployed to help billionaires make even more money.
They are saying that workers only have value insofar as they can put their lives at risk.
DOJ DROPS PROBES OF SENATE VIRUS TRADERS The Justice Department is dropping investigations into three senators who made large stock trades after attending closed-door briefings about the coronavirus threat. Officials informed attorneys for Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that they would not pursue the investigations into transactions that potentially saved lawmakers from substantial financial losses. The probe into North Carolina GOP Sen. Richard Burr’s transactions appears to be continuing. [HuffPost]
Some coronavirus patients are developing dangerous blood clots.
INSIDE A FEDERAL PRISON WITH A DEADLY OUTBREAK Nine inmates incarcerated at Butner, North Carolina, have died since the pandemic began. The latest was Eric Spiwak, a 73-year-old man … Like most other Butner inmates who died, Spiwak was not brought to the hospital until after he had experienced respiratory failure. “The situation inside Butner is dire,” a new class-action lawsuit filed on inmates’ behalf states. [HuffPost]
WHO SUSPENDS TRIAL OF DRUG TOUTED BY TRUMP OVER SAFETY FEARS The World Health Organization is suspending its international trial of hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug repeatedly touted by Trump as a coronavirus treatment, because of concerns that it’s not safe to use on people with COVID-19. “The Executive Group has implemented a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm within the Solidarity Trial while the safety data is reviewed,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news briefing. Three other drugs in the trial involving 17 countries will continue to be tested. [HuffPost]
The FDA has canceled emergency use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19. The malaria drug is unlikely to work as an antiviral and its risks don’t outweigh benefits in use against the coronavirus, the agency rules. By Tina Hesman Saey, June 15, 2020.
TRUMP TAUNTS REPORTER FOR WEARING MASK Trump told a reporter to take off his mask during a White House news conference. Trump said he had a hard time hearing Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason. Mason said he would just speak louder instead ― and Trump retorted: “Oh, OK, because you want to be politically correct.” “No, sir, I just want to wear the mask,” Mason replied. Mason later tweeted a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Trump’s own task force has recommended face coverings while in public. [HuffPost]
Many Americans would like to keep working from home.