Saturday’s news links – May 16, 2020

A Black delivery driver filmed himself being trapped in an Oklahoma City neighborhood as an HOA president demanded to know why he was there 

Black Hospital Patient Dies In Police Custody After ‘Use Of Force’ NewsOne

Cities Are Safe Places to Live, Even in a Pandemic Dr. Mary T. Bassett

The Sickness in Our Food Supply Michael Pollan

The problems the novel coronavirus has revealed are not limited to the way we produce and distribute food. They also show up on our plates, since the diet on offer at the end of the industrial food chain is linked to precisely the types of chronic disease that render us more vulnerable to Covid-19.

Labor

Thursday sees 7th strike by Yakima Valley farmworkers protesting conditions during COVID-19 pandemic Yakima Herald

Watch truck drivers interrupt Trump’s press conference on a coronavirus vaccine with loud honking he called a ‘sign of love’ Business Insider

Essential workers are losing their hazard pay even though the hazard isn’t over Vox

Reopening the Economy Is a Death Sentence for Workers Other Words

Coronavirus

Trump Unveils Plan That Would See Big Pharma Reap Massive Profits from COVID-19 Vaccine MPN

Inside Trump’s coronavirus meltdown FT

The Richest Neighborhoods Emptied Out Most as Coronavirus Hit New York City NYTimes

New York’s 420,000 wealthiest residents fled the city in two months, new smartphone data shows Daily Mail

Racism, Rather Than Facts, Drove U.S. Coronavirus Travel Bans The Intercept

Reviving the US CDC The Lancet

Communities With Meat-Plants Keep Seeing Virus Spread at Faster Rates Bloomberg

The next phase of America’s coronavirus problem is a massive housing crisis The Week

Indigenous Peoples

The New Smallpox Blanket: The Defective Coronavirus Test Censored News

Cuba

Connecting the Dots on the Assault of the Cuban Embassy Resumen

Vietnam

Foreign Policy Sees ‘Repression’ in Vietnam’s Fight Against Coronavirus FAIR

China

U.S. adds new sanction on Chinese tech giant Huawei AP

China to Take Measures against Apple, Cisco If US Continues Hitting Huawei With Sanctions – Report Sputnik

US cuts off semiconductor shipments to Huawei, China vows to retaliate Independent

Corporate Media Setting Stage for New Cold War With China FAIR

Trumped

“Go Ask China”: Trump’s Latest Attack on a Female Reporter Sparks Outrage Vogue

Trump Feared Testing Too Many People for Virus Would Spook Stock Markets, Says Report Daily Beast

Capitalist crisis

Another 1,000 Texas Oil & Gas Jobs Vanish OilPrice

JC Penney, century-old mainstay of US malls, declares bankruptcy amid pandemic Guardian

The Covid-19 pandemic will be a disaster for wages, even once we all go back to work Quartz

What 30 Percent Unemployment Looks Like Boston Review

Apple’s top lobbyist resigned after getting tapped to work on Joe Biden’s campaign Business Insider

The case for degrowth in a time of pandemic openDemocracy

The time is ripe for us to refocus on what really matters: not GDP, but the health and wellbeing of our people and our planet

The Pandemic Helped Topple Two Retailers. So Did Private Equity. NYTimes

The Corrupt Bargain Eric Foner

Every​ four years Americans wake up to the fact that a president can be elected despite receiving fewer votes than another candidate. Until 2000 the electorate couldn’t be blamed for being unaware of this possibility, because it hadn’t happened since 1888. But twenty years ago George W. Bush squeaked into office with a five vote majority in the electoral college even though Al Gore outpolled him by half a million votes. Then in 2016 Hillary Clinton received nearly three million more votes than Donald Trump but still lost by a substantial margin – 304 to 227 – among the electors.

Moon’s mysterious disappearance 900 years ago finally gets an explanation Live Science


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