Friday’s news links – Sept. 18, 2020

Largest Hospital Union Victory in South Since 1975 as Asheville, NC HCA Nurses Vote ‘Yes’ to Unionize National Nurses United

UIC: Largest strike since start of the economic crisis FightBack!

Protesters, demonstration leaders arrested in connection to rallies in Aurora Denver Post

Police Operation Arrests Anti-Racist Organizers in Denver Area Liberation

Salt Lake City cop ordered a dog to bite a kneeling Black man Washington Post

Cop Killer Was Part of Right-Wing ‘Boogaloo’ Movement Political Wire

Indigenous Peoples

The Racist Removal Of Native Americans In California Is Often Missing From Wildfire Discussions, Experts Say CapRadio

All Eyes on Wet’suwet’en Red Pepper

Postal Service

Postal Service Had Planned to Distribute Face Masks Political Wire

White House Axed USPS Plan To Send 5 Masks To Every American Household: Report HuffPost

Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands. It’s One More Threat to Voting by Mail. ProPublica

The Big Ten Just Followed the Money Jemele Hill 

Pennsylvania Supreme Court strikes Green Party presidential ticket from ballot, clearing the way for mail ballots to be sent out Washington Post

How NAFTA Lost Democrats the South INET

How Boeing and the F.A.A. Created the 737 MAX Catastrophe New Yorker

The ultimate cause of the disaster was the drive to raise profits at any cost—and the cult of the stock price, to which so many venerable companies have conceded.

NYC Unemployment Pain Far Worse Than Nation’s in Lagging Pandemic Recovery The City

Wealth of US billionaires rises by nearly a third during pandemic Guardian

It’s Time for a Debt “Jubilee” Richard Vague

“Total debt” is the sum of public (government) and private-sector debt—and private-sector debt is comprised of business and household debt: for example, student loans, mortgages, auto loans, small business loans, and more. In 1951, total debt stood at 128 percent of our national GDP. By the end of 2019, total debt had doubled to 256 percent.

Palestine

The United States Was Responsible for the 1982 Massacre of Palestinians in Beirut Nation

CIA Intercepts Suggest U.S. Lied About Biological Weapon Use During Its War On Korea MoA

During the early 1950s War on Korea the U.S. used biological weapons against North Korea and China. Bombs designed to spread leaflets were filled with plague infested rats and dropped on Korean towns. Various infecting insects were released. Leaflets were contaminated with small pox and then distributed. Several local epidemics were caused by these attacks.

The Dark Truth About Perry Mason Atlantic

What Perry Mason portrays in the most dismal light, however, is law enforcement and the criminal-justice system. The cops in Perry Mason are corrupt. They are racist. They take bribes, torture suspects, intentionally arrest the wrong people, falsify evidence, and are generally indifferent to solving crimes as long as they find someone to pin them on. L.A. District Attorney Maynard Barnes, played by Stephen Root, withholds evidence, employs coercion, and attempts to prosecute cases in the media by appealing to the public’s prejudices. He also betrays at least some awareness of police using extralegal methods. “If you walk out of that door and you think for one second that you are entering into a nation of laws, you are a complete fucking idiot,” Mason declares in the fifth episode.

Flour Fixated Bee Wilson, LRB

Plain white flour has many drawbacks as a food, one of which is lack of flavour. Most mass-produced raw white flour tastes of almost nothing, although if you try very hard, you may notice a faint aroma of wallpaper paste. It’s also lacking in nutrients, even if, unlike coeliacs, you are able to tolerate gluten. As the journalist Wendell Steavenson writes, white flour is ‘a pure starch so nutritionally void’ that by law vitamins must be added back into it.

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