Thursday’s news links – July 9, 2020

A Tyson Foods worker puts on a second protective mask outside of the company’s meat processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, on April 22, 2020.


87% of the thousands of meatpacking workers diagnosed with COVID-19 are Hispanic, Black, or Asian Business Insider

Teachers Union President: “I double dog dare Donald Trump to sit in a class of 39 sixth graders and breathe that air”

Texas Has Two Deadliest Days in a Row With Nearly 100 New Deaths Wednesday Newsweek

Trump’s Tulsa rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge MPR News

If you’re over 75, catching covid-19 can be like playing Russian roulette MIT Technology Review

Mounting Evidence Suggests Coronavirus is Airborne—but Health Advice Has Not Caught Up Scientific American

Buccaneers coach says his players will ‘all get sick’ when NFL returns Houston Chronicle

Minneapolis PD Trained Officers to Use the Neck Restraint That Killed George Floyd: Docs Daily Beast

Family Of Breonna Taylor Says She Was Alive For Six Minutes After Being Shot But Didn’t Receive Medical Aid Blavity

Sean Monterrosa: body-camera video raises fresh questions about police killing Guardian

Vauhxx Booker: black activist details ‘attempted lynching’ by group of white men in Indiana – video Guardian

New York AG: Black protesters were disproportionately charged with felonies TheHill

White Supremacist Ideas Have Historical Roots In U.S. Christianity NPR

Call It White Supremacy Charles M. Blow

Discovery of Frederick Douglass letter sheds light on contested Lincoln statue Guardian

Notes Toward a More Global History of Capitalism Spectre Journal

Reading Marx’s Capital In India And China

Nine out of 10 Americans say racism and police brutality are problems, poll finds Guardian

Democratic Candidate James Averhart Personally Oversaw Solitary Confinement of Chelsea Manning MPN


Workers fight back as hotels try to lay off staff and hire on the cheap Guardian

The Story Behind the Lee Statue in Richmond, Virginia The Progressive

It was built to help crush a biracial workers’ movement.


The Fallacy of Denouncing ‘Both Sides’ Of The U.S.-China Conflict Qiao Collective


How the Pentagon failed to sell Afghan government’s bunk ‘Bountygate’ story to US intelligence agencies Gareth Porter


The Tremendous but ‘Secret’ Success of Socialist Vietnam Andre Vltchek

Capitalist crisis

Pandemic Only Compresses Brick & Mortar Meltdown: Brooks Brothers Files for Bankruptcy, Ascena (Ann Taylor, etc.) Prepares to File, Tailored Brands (Men’s Wearhouse, etc.) Not Far Behind Wolf Street

Evictions loom large as Pa. renter relief program stumbles, lacks Spanish-language application Inquirer

Retail Apocalypse Accelerates – 8,700 Stores Closing, Number Set To Rise

I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing NYTimes

Why do American cities waste so much space on cars?

Statue of Melania Trump set on fire in Slovenia TheHill

Rookie RV Drivers Jam America’s Roads—Watch Out WSJ

First-time owners, dodging Covid restrictions, hit the highway but struggle to maneuver the large rigs; ‘that can’t be good’

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