Friday’s news links – Oct. 23, 2020

Second grand juror in Breonna Taylor case says jury only allowed to consider wanton endangerment charges TheHill

Players are terrified of COVID, but don’t want to speak up for fear of angering the NFL Deadspin

Appeals Court Says Uber and Lyft Must Treat California Drivers as Employees NYTimes

Indigenous Peoples

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Files Request to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline Native News Online

RCMP spent more than $13M on policing Coastal GasLink conflict on Wet’suwet’en territory CBC

Possible mass grave of Tulsa massacre victims found Washington Post

Hundreds of Bags of Asbestos From MTA Sites Found in Trailers in Long Island Backyard NBC News

Trump issues sweeping order for many career federal employees to lose civil service protections Washington Post

Iowa Never Locked Down. Its Economy Is Struggling Anyway. NYTimes

President Trump has blamed Democratic officials’ rules for impeding the recovery. But even where restrictions are few, business is far from normal.

Labor chiefs called ’emergency’ session over Trump’s election threats NBC


The false promise of herd immunity for COVID-19 Nature

Why proposals to largely let the virus run its course — embraced by Donald Trump’s administration and others — could bring “untold death and suffering”.

COVID Has Caused Millions to Lose their Sense of Smell—One Writer’s Journey to a Scentless Life and Back Vogue

“Herd Immunity” Was Originally About Vaccination. Now It Is Neoliberal Violence. TruthOut

Ventilation and air filtration play a key role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 indoors USA Today

President Trump is benefiting from single-payer, single-provider health care. We all should STAT [it’s better than Medicare for all]

The Defense Health Agency, which operates Walter Reed, is one of a handful of single-payer, single-provider health systems in the United States. These are fully socialized health systems.

China, N.Korea stand together ‘for self-protection against US hegemony’ like 70 years ago Global Times

Xi Jinping says China ‘determined to defeat invaders’ in Korean war anniversary speech South China Morning Post

U.S. Broadens Sanctions to Thwart Completion of Russian Gas Pipeline WSJ

New US Command for NATO Naval Battle in Europe Manlio Dinucci

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