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Coronavirus: US death toll passes 50,000

Source: BBC

The US virus death toll has surpassed 50,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, in what is the world's deadliest Covid-19 outbreak.

More than 3,000 deaths came in the last 24 hours, and there are now over 870,000 confirmed cases nationwide.

But the US still has a lower mortality rate than most European nations based on current case counts, as the White House task force has emphasised.

Recent rises are also partly due to the inclusion of "probable" virus deaths.

The US has by far the highest death toll and case count in the world.

However, it has a population of 330 million, much higher than other worst affected countries such as Spain and Italy.

Dr Deborah Birx, an expert on the White House Covid-19 task force, has said the country has "one of the lowest mortality rates in the entire world".

On a per capita basis, the reported US death rate of 1.4 is lower than Spain, Italy, France, Belgium and the UK.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52415579

Remember all the fuss about Muslim women wearing face coverings like burkas & niqabs?

Many in the US and overseas trying to ban them, Boris Johnson being one leader putting a stop to it. Well, now that we are all covering our faces with one thing or another, its mainstream now, don't hear much complaining going on about it. I find that ironic & really points out how racist or Islamophobic those objections truly were.

Remember this blast from the tRump past: An Episode Of a TV Show In Which He Defeats Rivals

Trump Told Aides To Think Of Each Presidential Day As ‘An Episode Of a TV Show In Which He Defeats Rivals’

In a recent New York Times’ exposé on Donald Trump in the White House, one line stood out as absolutely critical to understanding how the scandal-prone president approaches his job.

“Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals,” according to the Times.

and now we got the tRump daily show.

https://politicaldig.com/trump-told-aides-to-think-of-each-presidential-day-as-an-episode-of-a-tv-show-in-which-he-defeats-rivals/

Louisiana pastor who defied covid-19 orders is asking people to give their stimulus money to church

Source: CNN

A Louisiana pastor who defied state orders and repeatedly held large church services during the coronavirus pandemic is now asking congregants to donate their stimulus checks to the church.

Pastor Tony Spell launched what he called the #PastorSpellStimulusChallenge, asking Americans to donate their government stimulus checks to evangelists, missionaries and music ministers who he said have not received offerings in over a month. He said he, his wife and his son have all donated their checks, and added that those without a church can donate through his website.

Asked by CNN's Victor Blackwell on Sunday why he is asking "people who you know don't have much" to hand over their $1,200 stimulus checks, Spell said it was because some evangelists and missionaries don't receive stimulus money.
"We are challenging you, if you can, give your stimulus package to evangelists and missionaries, who do not get the stimulus package," he told CNN Sunday.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/19/us/louisiana-pastor-coronavirus-stimulus-checks-trnd/index.html

Where the Very Rich Fly to Hide, Wyoming's Jackson Hole has become a redoubt against the coronavirus

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A wall of jagged peaks rises nearly 14,000 feet above the valley floor of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Seeing it for the first time can literally be jaw-dropping as you fly into the valley of Jackson Hole, where private jets carrying wealthy passengers fleeing Covid-19 hot spots elsewhere have landed in recent weeks.

Some have brought their own medical equipment — even a ventilator, according to one local doctor — to this remote corner of Wyoming. With its magnificent landscape and extremely favorable state tax policies for the rich, Teton County, home to Jackson Hole, has quietly become the richest county in the United States. Its per capita income is the nation’s highest, at $251,728, nearly $58,000 more than Manhattan, its closest competitor. The county’s 1 percent earned an average of $22.5 million a year in 2015.

Christie Watts, a life coach based in Jackson Hole, said that at the height of the recent influx, “it was difficult to receive” official alerts for residents to stay home “while the airport was crammed with hundreds of people.”

Plane landings have slowed in recent weeks as wealthier arrivals have hunkered down. Yet even a slow trickle of virus interlopers can have an outsize impact on a small rural enclave.

The chasm between the rich and the rest in Teton County is bridged by an uneasy alliance between the wealthy owners of vacation homes and the lower-income residents who depend on them for their livelihoods. The county has the country’s widest disparity in income between the top 1 percent and the bottom 99. Now the pandemic is laying bare the tensions of that relationship as service workers must choose between continuing to do jobs that may expose them to the virus, or risk the loss of wages, health insurance and eviction. All three of the area’s ski resorts shut down about a month early because of the pandemic, and restaurants and the national parks are closed.

“It’s disgraceful to see people not understand the severity of the problems,” one airport worker told me. “It makes it uneasy to provide the services we do to these kinds of people. I live paycheck to paycheck and I don’t have much saved up in my account to handle” a serious illness.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/opinion/jackson-hole-coronavirus.html

US officials reportedly concerned that safety breaches at a Wuhan lab studying coronavirus in bats

could cause a pandemic

via Business insider

As questions persist over the exact origin of the novel coronavirus outbreak, newly reported diplomatic cables show that US officials sounded the alarm about possible safety breaches at a Wuhan lab studying coronaviruses in animals.

In the cables, obtained by Washington Post national security columnist Josh Rogin, US officials raised concerns about safety issues at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2018, two years before the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The lab, which holds a level four biosafety research certification, the highest possible rating, was conducting research on coronaviruses in bats.

After multiple visits to the lab from a US diplomat in Wuhan and a science diplomat at the US Embassy in Beijing in early 2018, the officials were concerned about safety issues with the lab's research, they sent two "sensitive but unclassified" cables back to Washington, DC sounding the alarm and asking for assistance to help the lab tighten its safety protocols.

"During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory," said a cable dated from January 19, 2018, according to the Post.

https://www.businessinsider.com/us-officials-raised-alarms-about-safety-issues-in-wuhan-lab-report-2020-4

Because of the conspiracy theories out there I was hesitant to post this in breaking news but its originally being reported by the Washington post today

Tax change in virus package overwhelmingly benefits millionaires, Congressional body finds

Source: AP via pressherald

More than 80% of the benefits of a tax change tucked into the coronavirus relief package passed by Congress last month will go to those who earn more than $1 million annually, according to a report by a nonpartisan congressional body expected to be released on Tuesday.

The provision, inserted into the law by Senate Republicans, temporarily suspends a limitation on how much owners of businesses formed as “pass-through” entities can deduct in taxes from losses on other business income. The limitation was created as part of the 2017 Republican tax law to offset other tax cuts to firms in that legislation.

Suspending the limitation will cost taxpayers about $90 billion in 2020 alone, part of a set of tax changes that will add close to $170 billion over the next 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the nonpartisan congressional body.

The provision has fueled criticisms by congressional Democrats and some tax experts who have called it a giveaway to the wealthy and real estate investors, who frequently face large losses on their investments. Conservatives have said enacting the limitation was a mistake in the 2017 law and that suspending it gives badly needed liquidity during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus by reducing their tax obligations.

An analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan congressional entity, found suspending the limit overwhelmingly benefits higher-earners. About 82% of the benefits of the policy go to roughly 43,000 taxpayers who earn more than $1 million annually. Less than 3% of the benefits go to Americans earning less than $100,000 a year, the JCT analysis found. The JCT analysis included the impact of another tax change in the coronavirus legislation that allowing firms to write off 100% rather than 80% of their losses, reversing another change in the 2017 tax law.

Read more: https://www.pressherald.com/2020/04/14/the-latest-leader-of-sinn-fein-party-recovers-from-virus/#



So, the fascists slip this into the package just like they did the USPS poison pill years ago. They have people that do nothing but poison legislation like this getting their rich handlers more money.

Wall Street's Banks Could Profit by Millions on Coronavirus Deaths of Employees

If it sounds ghoulish, it’s because it is ghoulish.

Some of the biggest banks on Wall Street have been intimidating their traders to come back to work despite an executive order from the Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, ordering people to remain at home during the coronavirus outbreak unless they work for essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies and hospitals.

New York State, home to Wall Street, is now the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States with 5,489 deaths as of today or 44 percent of all deaths from coronavirus in the entire United States.

Now, it turns out, while Wall Street traders have taken on greater health risks of catching the coronavirus by traveling to work on mass transit and working in a potentially contaminated building, some of the biggest banks will collect a death benefit should the employees die from the virus.

Wall Street banks own a form of life insurance called BOLI, short for Bank-Owned Life Insurance. The death benefit pays to the corporate owner of the policy, in this case the banks, not the employee or their family. Because it’s a life insurance policy, it has a lot of nice perks for the banks’ bottom line. The cash benefit of the policy builds up tax free while the policy is in force and the paid death benefit is free of federal income taxes. The bank is supposed to get the employee’s permission before taking out the policy but there is little evidence that employees know what they’re signing when a huge stack of papers is pushed in front of them on their hire date.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/10/wall-streets-banks-could-profit-by-millions-on-coronavirus-deaths-of-employees/


And its not just banks, many corporations do this, even taking out policies on Janitors & they keep the policies even after employees leave.

Michigan Election workers needed amid pandemic


The state of Michigan is looking for people to serve as workers in the May 5 local elections.

The local elections will be conducted primarily by mail, but workers are needed to process and count ballots and staff clerk offices.

A website where people can fill out a form is at :

http://michigan.gov/DemocracyMVP

Starving, angry and cannibalistic: America's rats are getting desperate amid coronavirus pandemic

NBC: America's rats are being hit hard by the coronavirus.

As millions of Americans shelter indoors to combat the deadly virus, which has claimed over 21,000 U.S. lives, many businesses — including restaurants and grocery stores — have closed or limited operations, cutting off many rodents' main sources for food. On deserted streets across the country, rats are in dire survival mode, experts say.

"If you take rats that have been established in the area or somebody's property and they're doing well, the reason they're doing well is because they're eating well," Bobby Corrigan, an urban rodentologist, told NBC News. "Ever since coronavirus broke out, not a single thing has changed with them, because someone's doing their trash exactly the same in their yard as they've always done it — poorly."

But many other rats are not faring as well, said Corrigan, who works as a consultant for several city health departments and businesses, such as airports and shopping malls.

"A restaurant all of a sudden closes now, which has happened by the thousands in not just New York City but coast to coast and around the world, and those rats that were living by that restaurant, some place nearby, and perhaps for decades having generations of rats that depended on that restaurant food, well, life is no longer working for them, and they only have a couple of choices."

And those choices are grim. They include cannibalism, rat battles and infanticide.

"It's just like we've seen in the history of mankind, where people try to take over lands and they come in with militaries and armies and fight to the death, literally, for who's going to conquer that land. And that's what happens with rats," he said. "A new 'army' of rats come in, and whichever army has the strongest rats is going to conquer that area."

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/starving-angry-cannibalistic-america-s-rats-are-getting-desperate-amid-n1180611
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