Monday’s news links – Oct. 5, 2020

Amazon workers march to Jeff Bezos’ mansion, calling for higher wages, protections LATimes


‘You can see the disrespect’: Workers at Amazon center in Minnesota walk out, claiming rushed work conditions, unjust firing. Sahan Journal

Trump riles up Minnesota supporters with racist attack on Somali refugees Salon

Drop in labor force participation cut unemployment rate Axios

The drop in the unemployment rate last month to 7.9% from 8.4% was more the result of people dropping out of the labor force — or giving up looking for work — than it was people finding jobs.

‘Schadenfreude’ Searches in Merriam-Webster Dictionary Up 30,500% Following Trump Covid-19 Disclosure 

Schadenfreude, a German loanword that came into English in the mid-19th century, means the experience of pleasure or or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles and failures of another.


Trump is receiving dexamethasone, a steroid usually given to patients with severe Covid-19 STAT

Trump’s Biggest Advantage in Fighting Off Covid: His Wealth

Both Photos of Donald Trump Working Amid Hospitalization Were Taken 10 Minutes Apart Pop Culture

Trump in Walter Reed Photo-Op Appears to Sign Blank Paper to Show He’s Well and ‘Relentless’

Christie Called a Hypocrite For Seeking COVID Treatment After Saying People Were ‘Gonna Have To’ Accept Deaths Newsweek

Deep clean

Three NC Establishments Close to Deep Clean After Ivanka Trump Visit Daily Beast


Super-spreading events initiated the exponential growth phase of COVID-19 with ℛ0 higher than initially estimated Royal Society Open Science

Notre Dame’s President Went Unmasked at White House, Then Tested Positive. Now He’s Under Fire. Chronicle of Higher Eduction

As cold weather arrives, U.S. states see record increases in COVID-19 cases Reuters

No Talking’ signs should be on NYC subway, disease experts say NY Daily News

Coronavirus: Paris to shut bars and raise alert to maximum BBC

Breonna Taylor

Here’s How the Attorney General Put the Fix in for the Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor Daily Beast

Grand Jury Audio in Breonna Taylor Case Proves LMPD and Witnesses Had Different Stories, but Omits Daniel Cameron’s Recommendations to Jurors The Root

A week after warning, ICE detainee dies from COVID-19 AJC

Trump fraud, not voter fraud

Mail found in Greenville ditch did not include any Wisconsin ballots Milwaukee Sentinel

Is Capitalism a Disease? Richard Levins – from Monthly Review, Sept. 1, 2000

The growing gap between rich and poor make many technical advances irrelevant to most of the world’s people. Public health authorities were caught by surprise by the emergence of new diseases and the reappearance of diseases believed to be eradicated. In the 1970s, it was common to hear that infectious disease as an area of research was dying. In principle, infection had been licked; the health problems of the future would be degenerative diseases, problems of aging and chronic diseases. We now know this was a monumental error. The public health establishment was caught short by the return of malaria, cholera, tuberculosis, dengue, and other classical diseases. But it was also surprised by the appearance of apparently new infectious diseases: the most threatening of which is AIDS, but also Legionnaire’s disease, Ebola virus, toxic shock syndrome, multiple drug resistant tuberculosi, and many others. Not only was infectious disease not on the way out, but old diseases have come back with increased virulence and totally new ones have emerged.

Letter Opposing J.K. Rowling’s Transphobia Signed by More Than 1,500 Publishing Professionals Harpers

Ex-Twitter CEO says selfish capitalists will be ‘shot in the revolution’ NYPost – note to headline writer, there are only selfish capitalists

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