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Naomi Klein warns of 'coronavirus capitalism.'

author of "Shock Doctrine"

>9 minute video

https://theintercept.com/2020/03/16/coronavirus-capitalism/

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This crisis — like earlier ones — could well be the catalyst to shower aid on the wealthiest interests in society, including those most responsible for our current vulnerabilities, while offering next to nothing to the most workers, wiping out small family savings and shuttering small businesses. But as this video shows, many are already pushing back — and that story hasn’t been written yet.
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Tue Mar 17, 2020, 02:30 PM (4 replies)

Has anyone else gotten their Census "invitation?"

Just got mine and had a few observations. First, the letter opens with an "invitation to respond to the 2020 Census" and then near the end it says the "the census is so important that your response is required by law." So much for this being an "invitation." Second, the census is using the internet to "securely collect your information." "Securely," I have my doubts given the general incompetence of this administration. Thirdly, the letter requires a response by April 1. April 1st, if memory serves, is April Fools' Day. And lastly, since today is March 13, you know, the harbinger of bad luck that is Friday the 13th, we are only given 2 1/2 weeks to respond. So, what can go wrong???

Anyway, I hope all of you out there stay safe and healthy.
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Fri Mar 13, 2020, 08:05 PM (38 replies)

Grotesque level of greed - Jeff Bezos

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/grotesque-level-of-greed-jeff-bezos-whole-foods-wants-workers-to-pay-colleagues-sick-leave-during-coronavirus/

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In a letter sent to employees earlier this week, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey explained that one of the options available to workers was for them to “donate” their “paid time off” (pto) days to a pool that other workers could draw from.

Journalist Lauren Kaori Gurley, who broke the story with reporting for Motherboard, notes that “as a subsidiary of Amazon, the world’s biggest company, Whole Foods could easily afford to pay its hourly employees for sick days taken during the coronavirus outbreak without breaking the bank. Instead, the company has put the onus back on workers, and they’re not happy about it.”

In Mackey’s letter reviewed by Motherboard, the executive stated: “Team Members who have a medical emergency or death in their immediate family can receive donated PTO hours, not only from Team Members in their own location, but also from Team Members across the country.”

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“Runaway capitalism is when Whole Foods suggests employees trade vacation time to address coronavirus rather than offer paid leave, all while the CEO rakes in ~$15 million a year in stocks, benefits, and more,” said Trish Zornio, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Colorado this year.
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Fri Mar 13, 2020, 06:42 PM (7 replies)

A rat (tRump) is most dangerous when it is cornered.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/presidential-emergency-powers/576418/

The moment the president declares a “national emergency”—a decision that is entirely within his discretion—he is able to set aside many of the legal limits on his authority.



Posted by alwaysinasnit | Fri Mar 13, 2020, 04:03 PM (0 replies)

All heck broke loose in the markets overnight.

This is a good global picture of what is going on.

https://wolfstreet.com/2020/03/08/good-morning-america-all-heck-broke-loose-in-the-markets-overnight/

Crude Oil Collapses 32%, US Stock Futures Plunge nearly 5%, 10-year Treasury Yield Gets Closer to 0%, Gold Jumps to $1,700, Asian Stocks Plunge, Nikkei -6%.
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Mon Mar 9, 2020, 04:36 PM (0 replies)

Medicare for All is cheaper: Multiple studies say M4A is more cost-effective than a public option

https://www.alternet.org/2020/02/medicare-for-all-is-cheaper-multiple-studies-say-m4a-is-more-cost-effective-than-a-public-option/

Two new studies found that the Medicare for All plan proposed by candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would cost less than the public option proposed by former Vice President Joe Biden and other moderates in the Democratic primary.

Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg have repeatedly argued that the Medicare for All proposal would be too expensive. They have instead proposed a public option or “Medicare for all who want it,” which they argue would be more fiscally sound.

“Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’ plan “would cost more than the entire federal budget that we spend now,” Biden claimed during a debate earlier this month, which PolitiFact rated as false.

Biden has repeatedly demanded to know how Sanders plans to pay for the proposal. Sanders has repeatedly said it would be paid for by tax increases that would cost far less than the premiums, deductibles, copayments and other costs that Americans already pay. The United States spends more than $10,000 per year for every man, woman and child’s health care, far more than any other nation.

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Posted by alwaysinasnit | Tue Feb 25, 2020, 10:49 PM (4 replies)

'An affront to the Constitution': More than 1,000 veterans denounce Trump's attacks on LTC Vindman.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ndVhRw0utMyLayMaMaPvGakVaUCMJxAe_-nvls9BgiQ/edit#

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President Trump believes that he can assail LTC Vindman with impunity, knowing that the latter is, by law, barred from speaking out. The President should know, however, that, despite taking aim at one Army officer, he has targeted anyone who currently wears — or has worn — the uniform. Our service members and veterans deserve the confidence of knowing that our elected leaders will come to their defense, just as they remain vigilant for ours.

LTC Vindman and all of his colleagues should know that we stand with them even when their Commander-in-Chief does not. For all of us, right still matters, just as we know it does for them, too.
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Tue Feb 18, 2020, 09:00 PM (25 replies)

Yale Study of Medicare for All

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)33019-3/fulltext

Summary

Although health care expenditure per capita is higher in the USA than in any other country, more than 37 million Americans do not have health insurance, and 41 million more have inadequate access to care. Efforts are ongoing to repeal the Affordable Care Act which would exacerbate health-care inequities. By contrast, a universal system, such as that proposed in the Medicare for All Act, has the potential to transform the availability and efficiency of American health-care services. Taking into account both the costs of coverage expansion and the savings that would be achieved through the Medicare for All Act, we calculate that a single-payer, universal health-care system is likely to lead to a 13% savings in national health-care expenditure, equivalent to more than US$450 billion annually (based on the value of the US$ in 2017). The entire system could be funded with less financial outlay than is incurred by employers and households paying for health-care premiums combined with existing government allocations. This shift to single-payer health care would provide the greatest relief to lower-income households. Furthermore, we estimate that ensuring health-care access for all Americans would save more than 68 000 lives and 1·73 million life-years every year compared with the status quo.

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Posted by alwaysinasnit | Tue Feb 18, 2020, 12:23 AM (12 replies)

Border Patrol as 45's Secret Police?

https://stoehr.substack.com/p/a0eb8dbf-d44a-499b-a88e-a56bd0916f4d

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Under Donald Trump, the militarization of civil society is enmeshed with the over-criminalization of illegal entry. The administration decided to confiscate babies as a deterrent to unlawful border crossing. It created apparent “concentration camps” for immigrants and their families. Now, according to the Times, US Customs and Border Protection, or Border Patrol, is deploying 100 officers to so-called “sanctuary cities.”

The official goal is increasing deportations by 35 percent. But intimidation appears to be the real goal. Among agents, the Times said, are “members of the elite tactical unit known as BORTAC, which acts essentially as the SWAT team … With additional gear such as stun grenades and enhanced Special Forces-type training, including sniper certification, the officers typically conduct high-risk operations targeting individuals who are known to be violent, many of them with extensive criminal records.”

Before the Times broke the news, Jenn Budd, a former Border Patrol agent turned civil rights activist, reported a conversation she had with a former senior agency official:

"Border Patrol does not believe they are a civilian law enforcement agency. They believe they are kin to the Marine Corps. They do not believe they are accountable to Congress, which is why they have no issues lying to them even while under oath.

They believe they are only accountable to … presidents like Trump. Border Patrol believes it is not required to answer to local police, FBI, CIA or any other law enforcement agency. They claim to be the “premiere” law enforcement agency, superior to all others. They say they will become a “national police force” to be used by a president to enforce laws even among citizens. (Italics are emphatically mine.)"
Posted by alwaysinasnit | Mon Feb 17, 2020, 06:58 PM (5 replies)

Another wonderful person has given me a heart. My sincere thanks to you.

Posted by alwaysinasnit | Wed Feb 12, 2020, 09:07 PM (0 replies)
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