Saturday’s news links – Nov. 27, 2021

Activists protest outside of Amazon’s headquarters in central London on November 26, 2021.

‘We Are Fighting Back’: Global Black Friday Strikes and Protests Seek to #MakeAmazonPay Common Dreams

Kellogg plans to permanently replace some workers as strike enters eighth week Reuters

Scranton Teachers Strike Ends with New Six-Year Contract Labor Press

Employers and Legislators Eye Child Labor as the Answer to the Labor Shortage on Labor

High-poverty neighborhoods in Twin Cities see explosion of investor-owned homes MarketWatch

“They buy cheap properties, charge relatively high rent to tenants who have few housing alternatives, and provide minimal maintenance to maximize their profits,” the report said. “Since the properties were bought cheap and there’s little prospect they’ll appreciate much in value for resale, there’s no incentive to take care of them.”


Ethiopia Conflict by US Design CounterPunch


Heavily mutated coronavirus variant puts scientists on alert Nature

Probable Vaccine-Escaping Covid Variant Sequenced in Gauteng, South Africa and Spreading Rapidly; Press Underplaying Downside Risk Yves Smith

We are collectively about to pay for the eagerness of the officialdom to declare the pandemic over at every possible turn and put all their chips on a non-sterilizing vaccine, which is very useful at preventing worst outcomes of the current variants, but does little to prevent transmission of Delta due to its very high replication rate. Yet the authorities have been bludgeoning the public to get vaccinated, not to protect themselves and keep the medical system from breaking down, but as a confidence-builder, based on the inaccurate claim that the vaccines stop spread.

In the US, the Biden administration systematically failed to support or actively denigrated all non-pharmaceutical interventions. It actively encouraged the vaccinated to abandon masks (positioning non-masking as proof of virtue). The CDC and WHO have been silent on ventilation and have actively opposing the aerosol theory of transmission. Even social distancing has been discouraged with Fauci recommending that the vaccinated carry on as if it were the old normal over Thanksgiving.

Now, when we need non-pharmaceutical interventions to hold the line until some sort of vaccine/treatment rescue arrives, they have all been systematically undermined and rendered dysfunctional by Biden’s vax only policy …

By letting business drive public health policy with its quest for a “return to normal,” the entire last year was squandered, not just NPIs, but testing, contact tracing, international infection control standards, everything. We said this amounted operational to “Let ‘er rip.” B.1.1.529 may show us the true cost of that recklessness.

And where did the recent rounds of bad variants come from? This is three times – Kent, India, now South Africa – where the Anglo incubation reservoirs that capitalism creates have spilled over into waves of world-wide infection. China would be fully justified in never “opening up,” with obvious consequences for a “return to normal” in the supply chain.

Consider GM’s cheery advice (emphasis his):

Consider yourself fully unvaccinated from now on and go back to March 2020 precautions.

Failure to share Covid vaccines ‘coming back to haunt us’, says Gordon Brown Guardian

Pandemic skyrockets in Europe; COVID is the No. 1 cause of death ars technica

Corporate Profits Hit a Record High in the Third Quarter AEIR

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