Where camels store their water


This 30 June 2020 video says about itself:

Where Do Camels Store Their Water?

When camels drink, they do so at a rate that would kill most other animals. But where does all of that water go? Hint: It’s not their humps!

Hosted by: Michael Aranda.

Billionaire sexual abuser Epstein’s accomplice Maxwell arrested


This 2 July 2020 video says about itself:

Jeffrey Epstein confidante Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI

Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who was accused by many women of helping procure underage sex partners for Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in the United States on Thursday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said.

Maxwell, who lived for years with Epstein, was taken into custody at about 8:30am local time in the state of New Hampshire, said FBI spokesman Marty Feely.

Epstein killed himself

Dear Al Jazeera: it is still not certain whether Epstein committed suicide, or that he was ‘suicided’, eg, to protect the reputations of one or more of the powerful people in Epstein’s network: Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, British Prince Andrew, etc. Reputations which might have suffered if Epstein would have gone on trial.

in a federal detention centre in New York last August while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell has been accused by many women of recruiting them to give Epstein massages, during which they were pressured into sex. Those accusations, until now, never resulted in criminal charges.

Many of these accusations did not so far, indeed. However, he was convicted in 2008, though his punishment then was basically a slap on the wrist.

FOX NEWS EDITS TRUMP OUT OF EPSTEIN PHOTO Fox News on Sunday repeatedly featured a well-known photo of convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein posing with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago — but Trump was edited out of the image. However, Trump’s then-future wife, Melania Knauss, was not cropped from the photo. The segment focused on longtime Epstein associate and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell — also in the photo — who allegedly recruited and groomed teenage sex victims for Epstein. [HuffPost]

Bush babies of South Arica, video


This 22 June 2020 video says about itself:

Bush Baby Tenants | Backyard Nature

You think your upstairs neighbors are noisy? You haven’t met these cute, nocturnal creatures living in the South African home of filmmakers Adrian Bailey and Robyn Keene-Young.

Coronavirus disaster, worldwide news


This 1 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

As COVID-19 Spikes, Trump Cuts Funding for Testing Sites, Moves to Dismantle ACA

The U.S. largely wasted time bought by COVID-19 lockdowns. Now what? By Jonathan Lambert, July 1, 2020.

Chile: COVID-19 outbreak in mining regions. By Mauricio Saavedra, 1 July 2020. Three mineworkers have died in the giant state-owned mining corporation Codelco, and some 2,528 are infected, according to the official figures of the Ministry of Mining.

Britain: Lockdown in Leicester amid surge in infections throughout UK. By Robert Stevens, 1 July 2020. Outbreaks at food factories, garment plants and schools attest to the criminality of Johnson government as it ditches a national lockdown.

Amazon workers in Germany strike against lack of coronavirus protection. By Marianne Arens, 30 June 2020. More than 2,000 Amazon workers are taking part in a 48-hour strike at six locations to protest the company’s refusal to provide adequate protection from the virus.

The poor in Germany have a higher risk of falling sick from COVID-19. By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 30 June 2020. The poorest people in Germany, including the long-term unemployed and recipients of Hartz IV social welfare, have an 84 percent higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and requiring hospitalization.

Dutch government exposed by disastrous handling of COVID-19 pandemic. By Harm Zonderland and Parwini Zora, 30 June 2020. When the pandemic hit the Netherlands, the Dutch government adopted a reckless wait-and-see posture, even when it was clear that COVID-19 was potentially fatal.

Pandemic rages across South Asia as total cases near 1 million. By our correspondents, 1 July 2020. The governments of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are rushing to “reopen” their economies even as COVID-19 cases and deaths are growing exponentially.

Reopening in the Philippines causes coronavirus surge. By Owen Howell, 30 June 2020. While overseeing a woefully inadequate response to the pandemic, the Duterte administration is expanding police-state measures to suppress mounting discontent.

Australian COVID-19 surge continues in Victoria. By Martin Scott, 30 June 2020. Almost 300 coronavirus cases have been detected in the state over the past seven days.

COVID-19 cases increase across Pacific Island states. By John Braddock, 1 July 2020. The WHO warning underscores that the pandemic continues to escalate in all parts of the world.

‘Defund the United States military-industrial complex’


This 30 June 2020 video by Bernie Sanders from the United States Senate says about itself:

We Must Move Away from War and Weapons to Focus on Human Needs

I urge my colleagues to stop pouring billions of dollars into wars and weapons.

It’s time we listen to President Eisenhower and Dr. King. We need the courage to say NO to the military-industrial complex and start focusing on real human needs.

COVID-19 pandemic, United States update


This 1 July 2020 Reuters news agency video says about itself:

U.S. coronavirus cases hit new record

More than 47,000 new coronavirus cases were announced across the United States on Tuesday – the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic.

That was yesterday. Today, 2 July, Reuters reports:

New U.S. COVID-19 cases rose by nearly 50,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, marking the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic.

As COVID-19 infections explode in the US, Fauci warns of 100,000 new cases a day. By Barry Grey, 1 July 2020. Fauci’s testimony underscored the grim reality that the pandemic in the US is now far more widespread than it was at its previous height in late March and early April.

Pandemic surpasses 10 million COVID-19 cases and over 500,000 deaths globally. By Benjamin Mateus, 29 June 2020. COVID-19 cases in the United States have careened out of control, with health care systems in Texas, Florida and Arizona nearing collapse.

“Back to work” campaign in the US has led to surge in COVID-19 : here.

The inequality pandemic: How American capitalism puts profits over lives. 2 July 2020. The resurgence of COVID-19 is the outcome of a policy, led by the Trump administration but supported by the entire political and media establishment, of subordinating society’s needs to the interests of the financial oligarchy: here.

“The company is taking risks with the lives of 5,000 workers”. As COVID-19 cases surge, Texas General Motors workers demand closure of factory. By Jerry White, 2 July 2020. Just days after Fiat Chrysler workers in Detroit halted production, GM workers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area are demanding the closure of Arlington Assembly.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Tesla worker Branton Phillips talks about his six years working at the auto company on Fremont, California. Frontline assembly workers have a forced overtime schedule of 72 hours a week. Many of the workers also have many hours of commute time since they live in California’s Central Valley.

Branton also discusses his concern about the health and safety of Tesla workers in the time of Covid pandemic and how there are no Cal-OSHA investigators going into the plant to investigate the health and safety protocols. He reports that when he contacted Cal/OSHA they said he should go to the Alameda Department of Public Health.

He expressed concern over the possibility of contaminating his wife who is vulnerable due to health conditions.

This interview was done on 6/28/20.

Autoworkers initiate new wave of struggles in fight against COVID-19 pandemic: here.

Chrysler was telling everybody that it was safe to come back to work, and it’s not.” Autoworkers at FCA Trenton Engine call for rank-and-file safety committees to fight COVID-19. By Tim Rivers, 2 July 2020. Autoworkers at the FCA Trenton Engine Plant south of Detroit called on their co-workers to build rank-and-file safety committees to fight the spread of COVID-19 in factories and save lives.

“It’s up to workers to fight this virus”. Fiat Chrysler threatens to fire workers who stop production over COVID-19 concerns: here.

Workers in Germany express their solidarity with striking Fiat Chrysler workers. By our correspondents, 2 July 2020. The strikes at two Detroit Fiat Chrysler plants in Jefferson North and Sterling Heights against intolerable health and safety conditions for production workers have met with a powerful response from workers in Germany.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Kim Cordova, the president of UFCW Local 7 in Colorado talks about the deaths of 6 workers at the JBS meat butchering plant in Greeley, Colorado from Covid-19. A memorial for these six workers was being held on June 28, 2020 and the UFCW had placed billboards to memorialize the workers and their lives.

She also reports on the failure of OSHA to protect the workers and also the systemic racism against the Latinos and immigrant workforce at these meat butchering plants. President Trump while ordering the plants to continue production made only guidelines on the protection of the health and safety of workers that have been ignored by companies.

Cordova also talks about how the profits of the companies are being put ahead of the workers’ health and safety.

This interview was done by Steve Zeltzer on 6/28/20 for Pacifica Network.

“It’s back to the way it was before I made things public,” says whistleblower. As flights increase, airline workers face more COVID-19 dangers. By Steve Filips, 2 July 2020. Even as the pandemic continues to surge, airlines continue to push for increased flights. American Airlines has resumed booking its flights to capacity on July 1. United Airlines, which never blocked out seats or limited capacity, will be adding 25,000 flights in August.

Pandemic profiteering: Gilead Sciences cashes in on COVID-19. 1 July 2020. Gilead’s declaration that it will charge over $3,000 per patient for the drug remdesivir sends a clear message that pharmaceutical companies plan to use the COVID-19 crisis to make billions of dollars: here.

From the World Socialist Web Site, 30 July 2020:

Disneyland workers protest unsafe conditions for reopening theme park in virus-ridden California counties

A caravan of Disneyland Resort workers in cars drove around the company’s Anaheim, California complex June 27 to protest conditions under which the facility is to be reopened. Originally, the entertainment resort, owned by the Walt Disney Company, was slated to open July 17, but the date has been delayed while six of the 26 unions representing 17,000 workers are still in negotiations with the company.

Disney, which was already hurting financially from its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, has been further impacted by the shuttering of its facilities three months ago due to coronavirus. Overall, the company has seen a 37 percent drop in income from $3.8 billion last year to $2.4 billion in the current year. In addition, the company was forced to cancel a $1.6 billion semiannual dividend, due in July, and this no doubt is compelling it to reopen operations to recover profitability without concern to workers’ health.

According to press reports, the company has not agreed to minimal conditions requested by labor unions before opening, those being testing guidelines for COVID-19, higher staffing levels aimed at deep cleaning standards, electrostatic cleaning of rooms and acceptance of guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. Further, the state of California will not be unveiling its guidelines for the reopening of theme parks until after the 4th of July holiday.

Disney’s Anaheim complex is located within one hour of Los Angeles County, which currently has a mass of COVID-19 cases. Anaheim, located in Orange County, has the most cases in that county. Unemployment benefits for workers will run out in July, creating an economic cudgel to force workers to return to work under unsafe conditions.

Florida nursing home that denied cases of coronavirus despite workers’ warnings, now faces outbreak

The Florida Department of Health reported 34 cases of COVID-19 last week at a Fort Myers, Florida nursing home, giving it the highest total in Southwest Florida. Heritage Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare, which is owned by Consulate Healthcare, has not commented on the increase in coronavirus cases, but the outbreak is not surprising after nursing assistants reported in May their fears about coming to work after discovering management was concealing cases of COVID-19.

The United Healthcare Workers union filed complaints the same month with the state’s Healthcare Administration and the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration about workers’ concerns and a story published in Wink News brought the public’s attention to the outbreak, leading management to provide additional personal protective equipment.

According to a worker who spoke to Wink News, the nursing home’s executive director told staff there were no cases of coronavirus in the facility, but on April 22, workers found online data that revealed two residents and two staff members tested positive.

At the time, nursing assistants were requested to attend to patients in isolated rooms, but were not informed why residents were being isolated. While attending these patients, workers were not provided face shields or goggles to avoid infection.

COVID-19 cases surging rapidly in Florida. By Alex Johnson, 29 June 2020. The swelling of cases demonstrates the disastrous and homicidal nature of the back-to-work campaign and lifting of social distancing measures.

Arkansas continues to be ravaged by COVID-19. By Cordell Gascoigne, 29 June 2020. The state government has been pressing forward with reopening the economy at the expense of worker safety even as confirmed infections and deaths have been rising.

Arizona Department of Health Services activates plan to ration healthcare for COVID-19 patients. By Benjamin Mateus, 2 July 2020. As the pandemic surges throughout Arizona, the governor is seeking emergency support from the federal government to supplement the beleaguered hospital staff in hard-hit counties.

Respiratory therapist at New York’s Elmhurst Hospital describes horrors during COVID pandemic:. “The patients in March didn’t have to die like this, if we would have had more staff and better equipment to work with”. By Clara Weiss, 2 July 2020. At poor community hospitals like Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, patients were up to three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than they were in facilities in the richest parts of Manhattan.