Daily Archives: June 22, 2020

Prof Joseph Stiglitz & Prof Ian Goldin in conversation: “Policies for the post-Covid world”


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THE REVOLUTIONIST, EUGENE DEBS: Join Bernie, Danny Glover and John Nichols for a screening and discussion of the documentary, “The Revolutionist: A Film on the Life & Times of Eugene V. Debs, Socialist Party Candidate for President for the United States.”

Is Florida manipulating COVID-19 data?

CGTN America

May 21, 2020

A Florida scientist who managed the state’s database says she was fired for refusing to paint a rosy picture of the COVID-19 outbreak as hundreds of more people are infected. Coronavirus-related deaths reached 2,000 in the state, and Miami Dade officials confirmed that 40% of inmates tested have contracted the virus. Despite it all, Florida continued with the re-opening of its hardest-hit areas. CGTN’s Nitza Soledad Perez has more.

Fired Scientist Launches Portal Showing More Coronavirus Deaths & Cases Than Florida Reports | MSNBC


Jun 16, 2020

Rebekah Jones who says she was fired from the Florida Department of Health for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss her efforts launching a new dashboard that shows more deaths, hospitalizations and “COVID Positive People” than Florida reports. Aired on 6/15/2020.

Why Trump Just Fired The One Prosecutor He Fears More Than Mueller | MSNBC


Jun 22, 2020

In an unusual clash stretching over the weekend, President Trump fired the top federal prosecutor in New York, U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman, who has criminal jurisdiction over Pres. Trump, his business, family and associates in New York. MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber reports on Trump’s longstanding fixation on the office, including an unusual meeting during the Presidential transition; the key office’s key cases, including some that put heat on the Trump administration; and clues to other motivations for the termination. In a Beat segment in January 2019, Melber reported U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman could be the one federal prosecutor Trump feared “more than Bob Mueller,” the Russia special counsel, and the controversial firing suggests how much the administration was concerned about Berman’s work. (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC. http://www.thebeatwithari.com). Aired on 6/22/2020.

Depressed Trump Does Walk Of Shame After Pathetic Tulsa Rally

The Ring of Fire
Jun 22, 2020

Donald Trump’s rally could not have gone worse for him. And if the optics of the half-empty stadium weren’t bad enough, the video of a dejected Trump walking off his plane are surely worse. The President looked exhausted, depressed, and haggard as he trudged along the path, and those images were widely mocked all over social media throughout the weekend. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this. Link – https://twitter.com/ifyousayso_anna/s…

Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present (The Open Yale Courses Series): Frank M. Snowden

This sweeping exploration of the impact of epidemic diseases looks at how mass infectious outbreaks have shaped society, from the Black Death to today, and in a new preface addresses the global threat of COVID-19. In a clear and accessible style, Frank M. Snowden reveals the ways that diseases have not only influenced medical science and public health, but also transformed the arts, religion, intellectual history, and warfare.

A multidisciplinary and comparative investigation of the medical and social history of the major epidemics, this volume touches on themes such as the evolution of medical therapy, plague literature, poverty, the environment, and mass hysteria. In addition to providing historical perspective on diseases such as smallpox, cholera, and tuberculosis, Snowden examines the fallout from recent epidemics such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola and the question of the world’s preparedness for the next generation of diseases.

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BBC World Service – Newshour, Brazil becomes second country to pass 50,000 coronavirus deaths

Brazil becomes the second country after the US to record more than 50,000 Covid-19 deaths. Two days ago, the country passed the one million mark for confirmed cases. President Jair Bolsonaro has been heavily criticised for his response to the outbreak of the virus. He has opposed lockdowns and openly disagreed with advice from his government’s own health ministry.

Also in the programme: Germany sees another case of hundreds testing positive for coronavirus at a slaughterhouse; and an extensive neolithic circle of deep shafts is found near Stonehenge.

(Photo: People attend an anti-racist protest and against the government of President Jair Bolsonaro amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the Esplanada dos Ministerios on 21 June 2020 in Brasilia. Brazil has over 1,000,000 confirmed positive cases of Coronavirus and has over 50,000 deaths. Credit: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)

BBC World Service – Newshour, Trump’s Tulsa rally fails to draw expected crowds


President Trump’s team said that a million people had asked for tickets, but the 19,000 seat arena was far from full. Mr Trump blamed the media for the poor attendance, saying there were ‘bad people’ outside who had scared off his supporters. Also on the programme: Spanish hotel and restaurant owners hope to have a smile on their face as the country reopens for European tourists; Serbia holds an election today – but why is the opposition not taking part ? And Sir David Attenborough on the troubles faced by London Zoo in a pandemic.

(Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump holds his first re-election campaign rally in several months in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Credit: Reuters/Leah Millis)

BBC World Service – Newshour, Trump’s Tulsa rally fails to draw expected crowds