Closing polling places is the 21st century’s version of a poll tax The Conversation
Delays and long lines at polling places during recent presidential primary elections – such as voters in Texas experienced – represent the latest version of decades-long policies that have sought to reduce the political power of African Americans in the U.S.
China takes direct aim at rumormongering US media Global Times
China’s measures to combat the coronavirus aren’t authoritarian; they are the kind of total social mobilization that happens during war.
This morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the “Kung-Flu” to my face. Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) March 17, 2020
A Life Without Sports Dave Zirin
Dr. Hillel Cohen – a Doctor of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. On WBAI (starts about 16 minutes into the show, great assessment of the coronavirus crisis and what needs to be done)
These findings explain the rapid geographic spread of SARS-CoV2 and indicate containment of this virus will be particularly challenging.
Both the masks made for medical personnel and for consumer purchase require a once-obscure material called melt-blown fabric. It’s an extremely fine mesh of synthetic polymer fibers that forms the critical inner filtration layer of a mask, allowing the wearer to breath while reducing the inflow of possible infectious particles.
‘We’re talking about fibers where one filament has a diameter of less than one micron, so we are in the nano area,’ said Markus Müller, the sales director at German company Reicofil, a major provider of melt-blown machine lines. And there’s now a global shortage of melt-blown fabric due to the increased demand for masks — and the difficulty in producing this material.
Unions Urge Lawmakers to Put Restrictions on Airline Bailout The Motely Fool
They’d like to see employees supported directly instead of funds for companies.
The government should provide direct wage subsidies to airline workers while restricting CEO pay to no more than 50 times median wages.
The Democrat-led House of Representatives on Monday quietly weakened paid leave provisions in a coronavirus relief bill that was already facing criticism from progressives for excluding 80 percent of the U.S. private-sector workforce. The changes were negotiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
The first U.S. layoffs from the coronavirus are here Washington Post
Job losses have begun in ports, bakeries and travel agencies. Economists worry more layoffs are coming as businesses see plummeting sales.
Wall Street crash
The Trump administration is putting together a rumored $850-billion stimulus package that will include taxpayer funded bailouts of Corporate America
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