Friday’s news links – April 24, 2020

American billionaires have gotten $280 billion richer since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Fast Company

Class war

Trader Joe’s and other US firms suppress unionization efforts during pandemic Guardian

More than 5,000 U.S. meat, food-processing workers exposed to coronavirus: union Reuters

UAW says virus makes early May restart of U.S. auto plants ‘too risky’ Reuters

Coronavirus Put Her Out of Work, Then Debt Collectors Froze Her Savings Account ProPublica

Covid-19 coronavirus

Limits on coronavirus testing in Brazil are hiding the true dimensions of Latin America’s largest outbreak Washington Post

New York City antibody survey reveals more than a FIFTH residents have been infected and mortality rate is FIVE TIMES deadlier than the flu Daily Mail

Trump Admin Gives Coronavirus Tracking Contract to Peter Thiel’s Palantir: Report Gizmodo

The Agricultural Model Killing the World ROAPE

people wait in line for help with unemployment benefits at the One-Stop Career Center in Las Vegas.

Capitalist crisis

Dems Give Unanimous Consent To Trump David Sirota

Ruth’s Chris Steak House to repay $20 million SBA loan The Hill

Jobless claims still point to over 20,000,000 lost jobs in April, 15%+ unemployment rate

Treasury’s $10 billion loan to USPS could shift control Washington Post

US Coronavirus “Bailout” Is a $6 Trillion Scam Michael Hudson

The pandemic is revealing how bad our technology really is The Week

China

COVID-19: New York Times Revives its Role in Chinagate Consortium News

The paper of record is again laundering, without skepticism, U.S. intelligence meant to ratchet up tensions with China, just as it did with Russia. Wednesday’s story contains this astounding admission: “American officials in the past have selectively passed intelligence to reporters to shape the domestic political landscape; the most notable instance was under President George W. Bush in the run-up to the Iraq War.”

COVID-19: MSM China Hysteria Gets Way Crazier & Dumber Consortium News

New HHS spokesman made racist comments about Chinese people in now-deleted tweets CNN

How the Chinese Authorities and the World Health Organization Handled the Coronavirus, and Why the WHO Didn’t Declare a Pandemic Until March Independent Media Institute

Respectable Racism: The “War With China ” Edition Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon

U.S. war drive

Nuclear war still on the cards, Moscow warns, as Covid-19 only worsens battle for global dominance

Venezuela

Venezuela: Guaido to Use Funds Frozen in US to Pay Loyalists $5000 Monthly Salaries Venezuelanalysis


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