United States coronavirus disaster, deaths and cover-ups

This 27 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Reporter of Faith Challenges Trump Administration on Reopening Places of Worship | NowThis

Trump called on houses of worship to reopen across the country — but this reporter of faith had the perfect comeback for why that’s dangerous.

In US news and current events today, watch a reporter of faith challenge Trump’s press secretary after Pres. Trump ordered houses of worship to reopen. COVID-19 has spread through churches across the U.S. A singer with COVID-19 attended choir practice in Washington, infecting 53 others, two of whom died. In Arkansas, a pastor and his wife who had COVID-19 led services and 35 attendees were infected with the virus and three people died. In California, a person with COVID-19 attended a religious service, exposing 180 other people to COVID-19.

Dow Jones hits 25,000 as pandemic death toll reaches 100,000 [in the USA]. 27 May 2020. The Wall Street surge anticipates the shutdown of all restraints on corporate operations and capitalist profiteering: here.

Reports question accuracy of COVID-19 death counts in US and globally. By Bryan Dyne, 27 May 2020. There is increasing evidence that the actual fatalities caused by the pandemic are up to three times the numbers officially reported.

US corporations, government cover up workplace infections and deaths. By Jerry White, 27 May 2020. Recent reports on the meatpacking, logistics and other industries document a systematic effort to conceal the number of COVID-19 cases in workplaces.

Pennsylvania reopens despite gross mishandling of COVID-19 data. By Ben Collyer, 27 May 2020. Figures released this week paint a horrific picture of the suffering and despair caused by the pandemic among the elderly and infirm.

How Bayer’s pesticides kill baby bees

This September 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

Tell Bayer: Stop Killing Our Bees

America’s bees are dying at some of the highest rates ever, struggling to survive a deluge of next-generation pesticides called “neonics” unleashed by multinational chemical giants like Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer — the world’s largest manufacturer of these bee-killing chemicals. Why is this a problem? One out of every three bites of food we eat relies on bees for pollination. Tell Bayer‘s CEO to save our bees and stop selling highly toxic neonic pesticides in the U.S. Take action.

From Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany:

Honeybees: Pesticides disrupt nursing behavior and larval development

Unique long-term videos show the bee nursery in the hive

May 26, 2020

A newly developed video technique has allowed scientists at Goethe University Frankfurt at the Bee Research Institute of the Polytechnical Society to record the complete development of a honey bee in its hive for the first time. It also led to the discovery that certain pesticides — neonicotinoids — changed the behaviour of the nurse bees: researchers determined that they fed the larvae less often. Larval development took up to 10 hours longer. A longer development period in the hive can foster infestation by parasites such as the Varroa mite.

Honey bees have very complex breeding behaviour: a cleaning bee cleans an empty comb (brood cell) of the remains of the previous brood before the queen bee lays an egg inside it. Once the bee larva has hatched, a nurse bee feeds it for six days. Then the nurse bees caps the brood cell with wax. The larva spins a cocoon and goes through metamorphosis, changing the shape of its body and developing a head, wings and legs. Three weeks after the egg was laid, the fully-grown bee hatches from the cocoon and leaves the brood cell.

Using a new video technique, scientists at Goethe University Frankfurt have now succeeded for the first time in recording the complete development of a honey bee in a bee colony at the Bee Research Institute of the Polytechnical Society. The researchers built a beehive with a glass pane and were thus able to film a total of four bee colonies simultaneously over several weeks with a special camera set-up. They used deep red light so that the bees were not disturbed, and recorded all the movements of the bees in the brood cells.

This 26 May 2020 video says about itself:

A newly developed video technique has allowed scientists at Goethe University Frankfurt at the Bee Research Institute of the Polytechnical Society to record the complete development of a honey bee in its hive for the first time. After its hatch from the egg, the larva grows for up to six days within the cell while nursing bees continuously provide food. The cell is capped and the larva spins its cocoon prior to remaining motionless until the metamorphosis. The pupa continues to develop and the imago breaks the cell capping in order to hatch.

The article continues:

The researchers were particularly interested in the nursing behaviour of the nurse bees, to whose food (a sugar syrup) they added small amounts of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are highly effective insecticides that are frequently used in agriculture. In natural environments, neonicotinoids arrive in bee colonies through nectar and pollen collected by the bees. It is already known that these substances disturb the navigational abilities and learning behaviour of bees. In a measure criticised by the agricultural industry, the European Union has prohibited the use of some neonicotinoids in crop cultivation.

Using machine learning algorithms developed by the scientists together with colleagues at the Centre for Cognition and Computation at Goethe University, they were able to evaluate and quantify the nursing behaviour of the nurse bees semi-automatically. The result: even small doses of the neonicotinoids Thiacloprid or Clothianidin led to the nurse bees feeding the larva during the 6-day larval development less frequently, and consequently for a shorter daily period. Some of the bees nursed in this manner required up to 10 hours longer until the cell was capped with wax.

“Neonicotinoids affect the bees’ nervous systems by blocking the receptors for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine,” explains Dr Paul Siefert, who carried out the experiments in Professor Bernd Grünewald’s workgroup at the Bee Research Institute Oberursel. Siefert: “For the first time, we were able to demonstrate that neonicotinoids also change the social behaviour of bees. This could point to the disruptions in nursing behaviour due to neonicotinoids described by other scientists.” Furthermore, parasites such as the feared Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) profit from an extended development period, since the mites lay their eggs in the brood cells shortly before they are capped: if they remain closed for a longer period, the young mites can develop and multiply without interruption.

However, according to Siefert, it still remains to be clarified whether the delay in the larval development is caused by the behavioural disturbance of the nurse bee, or whether the larvae develop more slowly because of the altered jelly. The nurse bees produce the jelly and feed it to the larvae. “From other studies in our workgroup, we know that the concentration of acetylcholine in the jelly is reduced by neonicotinoids,” says Siefert. “On the other hand, we have observed that with higher dosages, the early embryonal development in the egg is also extended — during a period in which feeding does not yet occur.” Additional studies are needed to determine which factors are working together in these instances.

In any case, the new video technique and the evaluation algorithms offer great potential for future research projects. In addition to feeding, behaviours for heating and construction were also able to be reliably identified. Siefert: “Our innovative technology makes it possible to gain fundamental scientific insights into social interactions in bee colonies, the biology of parasites, and the safety of pesticides.”

Saudi and Trump regimes, COVID-19 kill Yemenis

This 17 May 2020 video says about itself:

Coronavirus intensifies the world’s worst humanitarian disaster in Yemen

A lack of international funding is forcing the United Nations to cut aid programmes in war-torn Yemen, where the population is now facing COVID-19 alongside famine, cholera and other diseases.

Sky News has filmed across the country, from the capital Sanaa to the divided city of Taiz, where hundreds of people are thought to have died in the last few days.

From daily News Line in Britain, 27 May 2020:

68 Yemen Covid-19 deaths ‘tip of iceberg’ says MSF

THE DOCTORS Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres – MSF) main Covid-19 treatment centre in Aden in southern Yemen has recorded at least 68 deaths in just two weeks.

‘What we are seeing in our treatment centre is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the number of people infected and dying here,’ the MSF operations manager for Yemen, Caroline Seguin, said last weekend.

Since March 2015, Yemen has been heavily invaded by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, trying to restore power to ex-Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Who had resigned and gone to Saudi Arabia. Where the Saudi regime gave him house arrest and uses him as window dressing for a Saudi puppet ‘government of Yemen’.

Ceaseless Saudi airstrikes and the destruction wrought by the kingdom’s mercenaries and armed militia loyal to Hadi have wiped out much of Yemen’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools and factories.

The Covid-19 disease has further deteriorated the humanitarian situation in the impoverished country, where 80 per cent of the population are reliant on international aid for survival.

Yemen is asking the international community to pressure the Saudi-led coalition, which has been attacking the impoverished country for five years now, into letting in medical supplies.

Last week, the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned that Yemen’s health system is already under heavy stress and will be overwhelmed ‘if Covid-19 continues to spread.’

The so-called regime led by Hadi has, since April 10, announced only 180 infections and 30 deaths from the coronavirus.

But the MSF said last Thursday that its centre in Aden had admitted 173 patients from April 30 to May 17 alone, at least 68 of whom had died, suggesting ‘a wider catastrophe unfolding in the city.’

Even so, inadequate testing capacity makes it hard to pin down exact numbers but dying patients ‘clearly have the symptoms of Covid-19’, it said.

The MSF said endemic diseases like malaria and dengue ‘never produced so many deaths in such a short amount of time’ in the country.

‘People are coming to us too late to save, and we know that many more people are not coming at all: they are just dying at home,’ the medical charity added.

The United States-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), described as a nonprofit conflict-research organisation, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past five years.

In Yemen, MSF doctor Ghazali Mohammed Babiker and his team are fighting back against a double crisis – the arrival of the Covid-19 in a country where years of brutal conflict have left a healthcare system already in crisis.

He said: ‘We at MSF have seen many things while working in Aden: we kept our hospital open during the darkest days of fighting in 2015, and are used to receiving hundreds of wounded in just a few hours, like we did last August.

‘There is something uniquely sad about the outbreak of Covid-19 in the city, however: the catastrophe we all feared was coming is now here.

‘The crisis is real … we see its effects every day in our hospital, with people struggling to stay alive and many not making it.

‘We are running Aden’s only Covid-19 treatment centre at al-Amal hospital, where we have a team of Yemeni and international staff working around the clock to provide the best level of care that they can.

‘Like in all other countries afflicted with this virus, however, we are seeing just how deadly it can be.

‘From 30 April to 17 May we admitted 173 patients, at least 68 of whom have died.

‘This is a very high level of mortality, but it compares to what we have seen in Europe and the US: studies have shown that around half of patients admitted to intensive care units with Covid-19 are dying. Covid-19 is a horrible and deadly disease.

‘In Aden, patients are coming to the hospital very late. If they arrive when they are already having severe difficulties breathing then it becomes more and more difficult to save them.

‘While staying at home is the right thing to do if you have mild symptoms, if you start to have difficulty breathing then it is really important to go to the hospital.

‘It is very difficult for our staff to see patients arriving, gasping for breath like a fish out of water, and to know that it is too late to help them, no matter how hard they work.

‘We also know that many people are dying at home: the statistics for burials in the city show that around 80 per day took place in the last week, as opposed to ten in normal times. This shows us that in the centre we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg in terms of how many people are infected and dying of the virus in the city.

‘We are also seeing that medical staff in the city are getting sick, which is another way we can tell just how widely the virus is circulating.

‘While it is true that there are other illnesses endemic to Aden, we are sure that what we are seeing is Covid-19, even if the authorities do not have the capacity to test everyone and confirm it.

‘Dengue, malaria, chikungunya: these diseases can be deadly, but they do not kill the number of people in the short space of time that we are seeing.

‘That is why it is so important for people in Aden to take this disease seriously. With an invisible virus it is sometimes difficult to feel that this crisis is real. It is not like the war, when we could all hear the shooting and see the bombs going off.

‘The crisis is real, however, and we see its effects every day in our hospital, with people struggling to stay alive, and many not making it.

‘Everyone must play their part in limiting the spread of this virus, therefore.

‘We need to avoid going out as much as possible, but if we have no choice then we should stay at least one metre distant from people when we do, avoiding physical contact.

‘If you have a fever or a cough then you need to stay at home to avoid spreading it to other people.

‘Most cases of Covid-19 will be mild, but if you start to have difficulty breathing, you need to seek medical help.

‘It has been a real challenge to open up the treatment centre at al-Amal.

‘Everyone all over the world is learning how to deal with this virus, but countries like Italy and France have the advantage of a good healthcare system. In Yemen, by contrast, years of war have left the healthcare system destroyed.

‘The team have put in so much effort since taking over the centre in early May, but the pride in that work is tempered by the sadness of what we see.

‘We are doing the best we can to help Aden through these dark days, but we cannot respond alone. The United Nations and other donor states must to do more to help Aden, and the rest of Yemen.

‘The country needs money to pay health staff, the healthcare staff need more personal protective equipment to keep them safe, and patients need more oxygen concentrators to help them breathe.

‘The world must not leave Aden and the rest of Yemen to face this crisis by themselves.’

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered officials at the department under his watch to find a way to justify the use of an emergency declaration meant to expedite the $8 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia, CNN reported last week.

Four sources in the US State Department told the TV channel last Friday that they were stunned by the request to justify the emergency declared in May 2019 by Pompeo that enabled him to sidestep a congressional ban on arms exports to the Riyadh regime amid the war on Yemen.

Under Pompeo’s order, the sources said, State Department officials had to ‘reverse engineer the situation to provide the justification for a decision which was made in an aggressive and unconventional manner.’

‘They seemed to have a game plan and it had to be justified,’ said a State Department official.

‘The attitude was very Trumpian,’ he added, referring to US President Donald Trump.

Pompeo’s demand sent offices at the US State Department, with the regional office, the political-military bureau and the legal office all set into motion to figure out how the emergency could be justified, according to the sources.

Riyadh is the largest buyer of American-made weaponry. Trump signed an arms deal worth $110 billion with Saudi Arabia in May 2017 on his first foreign trip since becoming president.

Before his presidency, he described the kingdom as ‘a milk cow’ which would be slaughtered when its milk runs out.

Chimpanzees, new research

This 2015 video from Africa says about itself:

This amazing video documents the story of Wounda, one of the more than 160 chimpanzees living at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo.

Thanks to the expert care provided at Tchimpounga, Wounda overcame significant adversity and illness and was recently relocated to Tchindzoulou Island, one of three islands that are part of the newly expanded sanctuary. Dr. Jane Goodall was on hand to witness Wounda’s emotional release, and now you can too.

Disclaimer: Please note, that Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute do not endorse handling or interfering with wild chimpanzees.

Termite fishing by chimpanzees was thought to occur in only two forms with one or multiple tools, from either above-ground or underground termite nests. By carefully observing the techniques required to termite fish at ten different sites, researchers have created a catalog of behaviors for each chimpanzee in the study: here.

Researchers have systematically investigated developmental milestones in wild chimpanzees of the Taï National Park (Ivory Coast) and found that they develop slowly, requiring more than five years to reach key motor, communication and social milestones. This timeframe is similar to humans, suggesting slow maturation of the brain: here.