Wednesday’s news links – May 13, 2020

Breonna Taylor, 26, was killed by police March 13.

Family seeks answers in fatal police shooting of Louisville woman in her apartment Washington Post

Labor

Protests underway at 3 Yakima Valley fruit packing houses yakimaherald.com

Mississippi poultry worker who died of COVID-19 pushed for better pay, conditions Clarion Ledger

Indigenous Peoples

Native American Tribes Defy South Dakota Orders To Remove Checkpoints NPR

‘It’s really scary for us’: Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after COVID-19 hits reservation Indianz

Doctors Without Borders dispatches team to the Navajo Nation CBS

Native Americans make up 50% of COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico

Wearing ‘Smallpox Blankets’ Standing Rock Lakota say ‘no’ to casinos re-opening, as two coronavirus cases are reported

China

The US military is hell-bent on trying to overpower China Vijay Prashad

Capitalist crisis

Cancel the Rent Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Evictions and foreclosures in the U.S. could trigger a new wave of infection and illness—but it’s not too late to act.

Mortgage Lenders Tighten Screws on U.S. Credit in Echo of 2008 Bloomberg

Wall Street Bets Virus Meltdown Gives Landlords a Chance to Grow WSJ

Layoffs Start Turning From Temporary to Permanent Across America Bloomberg

Reserve army—pandemic edition David F. Ruccio

You know things are bad—and going to get worse—when a mainstream newspaper like the Washington Post invokes the Mohr:

What Karl Marx once called “the reserve army of the unemployed” will probably keep wage growth in check as the recovery inches forward.

More bailout the rich

‘No Excuse for This’: House Dems Unveil 1,815-Page Bill That Would Bail Out Corporate Lobbyists But Omits Key People-First Priorities Common Dreams

War Is Peace & K Street Is A Small Business David Sirota

Coronavirus

David P. Reed – It’s been interesting to read the medical science

If you read about the 1918-19 pandemic, say in the fantastic book called The Great Influenze which focuses on the science and decision-making of leaders in science and government, you can see for yourself how dangerous the idea that you “know” how to cure the disease can be. Investors, for example, will inevitably exaggerate and promote falsity. So will leaders under stress, and scientists “urgently seeking a cure”, all of which happened in 1918-1919, killing many.

How Coronavirus Spreads through the Air: What We Know So Far Scientific American

If Only the US Had That $6.4 Trillion It Wasted on Iraq and Afghanistan Wars to Fight Covid-19 Pandemic Common Dreams


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