Sunday’s news links – Dec. 6, 2020

Moonanum James, co-leader of United American Indians of New England. SLL photo: Greg Butterfield

Moonanum James: ‘The Thanksgiving myth celebrates genocide’

#COVID19

The U.S. Has Passed the Hospital Breaking Point The Atlantic

A new statistic shows that health-care workers are running out of space to treat COVID-19 patients.

Working at a Nursing Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is a Daily Heartbreak Teen Vogue

Small Data, Big Implications. What we can learn from the latest indoor dining study zeynep tufekci

What can we conclude from all this? I think there are three broad lessons here. One, small data can be extremely illuminating. Two, air flow and talking seem to matter a great deal. Three, sadly, indoor dining and any activity where people are either singing or huffing and puffing (like a gym) indoors, especially with poor ventilation, clearly remains high risk. However, given these pieces of information, it also seems that both masks (which dampen the emission of droplets/aerosols from the infected person and which can also lessen the amount one breathes in) and ventilation remain crucial tools. We should follow Japan’s lead and discourage talking, especially loud talking indoors or on public transportation.

Airflows inside passenger cars and implications for airborne disease transmission Science

A better way to roll out Covid-19 vaccines: Vaccinate everyone in several hot zones STAT

Trump coup?

Pentagon blocks visits to military spy agencies by Biden transition team Washington Post

Trump calls Georgia governor to pressure him for help overturning Biden’s win in the state Washington Post

Just 27 congressional Republicans acknowledge Biden’s win, Washington Post survey finds

Google

Google Illegally Surveilled, Interrogated, and Fired Workers Who Tried to Organize, NLRB Says Common Dreams

We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says MIT Technology Review

Venezuela

Evo Morales Arrives in Venezuela to Observe Sunday’s Election teleSUR

Parliamentary Elections in Venezuela: All You Need to Know Venezuelanalysis

Adan Chavez: ‘The US has failed to beat us’ Morning Star

Morning Star editor Ben Chacko speaks to the vice-chair of Venezuela’s ruling PSUV, about the potential to diminish the right-wing bloc in the National Assembly at last and the prospects for Latin American socialism in an era of declining US influence

The Largest Yet Fleet of Iranian Tankers on its Way to Venezuela (Bloomberg)

China

“Uighurs forced to eat pork” – Horror Stories Told By Chinese Defector Seem To Evolve MoA

Al Jazeerah, the propaganda outlet of Qatar, has published a remarkable anti-China propaganda piece which echoes claims made by dubious CIA affiliated outlets

Violence erupts in new Paris protest against security law AFP

The top 1% of households own 43% of global wealth, 10% owns 81%, while the bottom 50% have just 1%. Michael Roberts

Stock Supply Glut Looming Over Market as Companies Suck In Cash Bloomberg

5 key takeaways from the November jobs report AP

Corporate culture at Chicago’s top evictor is ‘an absolute caste system’ Chicago Reader

The Imperialist Anxieties of Christopher Nolan LA Review of Books

There’s a clear tradition of [movie] directors claiming that their films don’t reflect their politics while allowing them to become vessels for regressive messaging.

 

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