Wednesday’s news links – Dec. 15, 2021

Amazon’s Deathtrap Warehouse in Edwardsville, IL: Will Bessemer, AL Be Next? Lambert Strether

There are three issues with how Amazon built its warehouse. Lack of a basement shelter, tilt-up wall construction, and bathroom storm shelters.

Candle Factory Bosses Commit Murder by Tornado Left Voice

Why tornadoes are the hardest disasters to link to climate change Grist

The tornadoes were particularly dangerous for a few reasons: Many of them struck at night, when people were more likely to be asleep or unwilling to evacuate, and they struck the southeast of the United States, where there are many mobile homes and homes without basements or tornado shelters. (Last year the Southeast experienced 83 percent of tornado-related deaths.) Many of the deaths, meanwhile, occurred in a few buildings — an Amazon warehouse and a candle factory — that were razed to the ground.

Wholesale prices measure rose 9.6% in November from a year ago, the fastest pace on record CNBC

US Wholesale Price-Spike Worst in the Data, Even Services. But Further up the Producer Price Pipeline, Inflation Rages at 28% Wolf Street

Oh, I know, bottlenecks, supply chain chaos, semiconductor shortages, ocean shipping nightmares, container pile-ups, the whole litany – those are massive problems. But they’re no longer the only factor fueling this raging inflation. Services have caught the inflation bug, and services have nothing to do with semiconductor shortages and shipping containers. But services providers too are raising prices because they can.

The union win at Starbucks may seem small, but it could be a very big deal onLabor

SF Burger King Franchisee Owes $1.9M In Wage-Theft Case San Francisco

Viral video of teachers scrambling for cash highlights abysmal teacher pay in South Dakota

Fast food workers are using 911 call logs to draw attention to a hidden “crisis of violence” The Counter

Rolling blackouts possible in New England this winter, regional grid warns Boston Globe


Chinese scientist hits back at Wuhan market coronavirus origin paper South China Morning Post

The misunderstood—and misrepresented—Zero COVID policy in China A Scientist

China’s experience through the pandemic demonstrates that with a vigorous public health response, societies can contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This may explain the repeated, seemingly irrational, attempts by outlets like the New York Times to attack China’s Zero COVID policy, as well as their simultaneous failure to explain to their readership how the policy works.

800,000 Americans Have Now Died From COVID. It Didn’t Have To Be This Way. Buzzfeed

“What makes me most uncomfortable and concerned is that the loss of this much life was preventable.”

Epidemiologist: US COVID Toll Is a ‘Terrible Tragedy’

The US passed the staggering figure of 800,000 confirmed COVID deaths Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The total, which the AP notes is equal to the populations of Atlanta and St. Louis combined, is by far the highest in the world

US Imposes Arms Embargo on Cambodia, Citing Chinese Military Ties The Diplomat

U.S. imposes sweeping human rights sanctions on China, Myanmar and North Korea CNBC

The United States on Friday imposed extensive human rights-related sanctions on dozens of people and entities tied to China, Myanmar, North Korea and Bangladesh.

The Summit for Socialist Democracy Charles McKelvey

Note: “Capitalist democracy” is an oxymoron, capital (ownership) being favored institutionally over land (environment, ecology) and labor (most of the people). Capitalism is the economic system of plutocratic oligarchy not actual democracy — government of, by and for the people. The economic system that correlates with actual democracy is socialism.


Absurd Guardian Article Declares China World’s Only Imperialist Power Caitlin Johnstone

The pseudo-Uygur tribunal CGTN

For years, U.S. and UK politicians have been making evidence-free accusations, which the mainstream media, including the BBC, have dutifully reported and magnified. A “Tribunal” like the Uygur Tribunal has a very specific purpose – not to enlighten the public but to feed into a well-orchestrated campaign. Who finances the propaganda exercise? It is public knowledge that the tribunal is financed by the “World Uygur Congress,” a “regime-change” pseudo-organization supported by the United States National Endowment for Democracy.


Edward Bernays: Propaganda and the U.S.-Backed 1954 Guatemalan Coup Covert Action Magazine


Leftist Lula maintains dominant lead in Brazilian election, poll shows Reuters

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