Saturday’s news links – Dec. 19, 2020

#COVID19

Because ‘It Is the American Healthcare System,’ Experts Anticipate Surprise Medical Bills for Covid-19 Vaccines Common Dreams

In Louisiana’s petrochemical corridor, COVID-19 spreads like cancer Scalawag

Pandemic Is Starting to Hit North American Meat Plants Again Bloomberg

Foreign-born workers were blamed for spreading Covid-19 in meatpacking plants. Their behavior was not the issue, new research suggests.

Stanford apologizes after doctors protest vaccine plan that put frontline workers at back of line San Francisco Chronicle

Covid Response Marred Badly  by Corruption in Health Systems Countercurrents

Cuba’s Revolution in Health Care Counterpunch

Coronavirus: China to complete vaccination of high-risk workers by February, health official says South China Morning Post

Economic crisis

Stocks Spike While People Can’t Afford Food UPFINA

Hotel Worker Employment Data Reveals Paycheck Protection Program’s Failure to Keep Workers on Payroll Hospitality.net

Who Holds the $1.65 Trillion of Apartment Building Debt amid Eviction Bans and Plunging Occupancy Rates at High Rises? Wolf Street

You guessed it: For over half of it, taxpayers are on the hook.

Amazon Has Turned a Middle-Class Warehouse Career Into a McJob Bloomberg

Every U.S. state saw personal income drop in the third quarter as stimulus wound down, according to Commerce Department data

Tax Cuts For Rich People Produce ‘No Significant Economic Effects,’ Says 50 Years Of Data Heisenberg Report

Black Kids Are Six Times More Likely To Be Shot To Death By Police, Study Finds Blavity

‘Blatant Racism’: Black Poll Workers And Voters Subjected To Discrimination In Detroit, Ex-Elections Boss Says NewsOne

Former top Postal Service official testifies Mnuchin and White House were involved in slowing mail CBS News

Transition?

Here’s who is likely to get a second stimulus check under the latest relief package CNBC

The latest $900 billion pandemic rescue package is set to include support in the form of $300 enhanced weekly unemployment benefits, small business loans, funding to help with vaccine distribution, food assistance and emergency rental relief. The legislation also is expected to include a second round of stimulus payments — up to $600 to $700 per individual, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) told reporters on Wednesday. That’s about half of the $1,200 maximum stimulus per person provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. The good news is that new stimulus payments will be available for dependents, including adult dependents such as college students, according to the Washington Post. As for who’s getting a check, as of now, lawmakers are basing eligibility on the same income standards established in the CARES Act.

Joe Biden wants racist servant of big business in charge of U.S. agriculture MR Online

Trump coup?

Trump’s former national security advisor says the president should impose martial law to force new elections in battleground states Business Insider

Pentagon halts Biden transition briefings Axios

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to cooperation with the transition of President-elect Biden, shocking officials across the Defense Department

MAGA leaders call for the troops to keep Trump in office Politico

Boeing ‘inappropriately coached’ pilots in 737 MAX testing -U.S. Senate report Reuters

A CIA Officer Has a Headache. Media Blame Russia. FAIR

Why We Need to Adopt Friedrich Engels’ Thinking on Science in These Times Prabir Purkayastha

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