Tag: COVID-19

Amid Trump Failure to Get Pandemic Under Control, Canada Extends Border Closure With US | Common Dreams News

“The United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Amid Trump Failure to Get Pandemic Under Control, Canada Extends Border Closure With US | Common Dreams News

The Murdochs have blood on their hands | Media Matters for America

Rupert Lachlan Murdoch

Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch is reportedly “disgusted” by President Donald Trump’s failed handling of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. He and his son Lachlan Murdoch, who currently oversees the network, are also partly responsible for it. Murdoch has complained to confidants that Trump “is not listening to advice about how best to handle the pandemic” which is “creating a never-ending crisis for his administration,” according to a Thursday account from The Daily Beast.

The Murdochs have blood on their hands | Media Matters for America

Apart From Quarantine, Border Control, Aged Care, Welfare And Social Services, COVID-19 Isn’t A Federal Government Issue, Morrison Says | The Shovel

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the federal government cannot be held accountable for any failures relating to the nation’s COVID-19 response, reminding voters that apart from a constitutional requirement to control borders, air travel, quarantine policy, aged care facilities, social services and welfare, there is basically nothing it can do.

Apart From Quarantine, Border Control, Aged Care, Welfare And Social Services, COVID-19 Isn’t A Federal Government Issue, Morrison Says | The Shovel

Superspreader in Chief – THE COVID TIMELINE

On the eve of the most important election of our lifetimes, more than 200,000 Americans have died, more than 7 million have been infected, and the numbers in many states are still getting worse. And now, an outbreak centered around Trump and his White House has further exposed just how careless and callous his response to the virus has been. This timeline details how we got here.

Superspreader in Chief – Mother Jones

Right-wing politics costs lives, data shows

The risk of death is substantially higher under Right-wing regimes, according to coronavirus facts and figures. Alan Austin examines the latest outcomes. CITIZENS ARE at greater risk of dying from preventable disease in places with macho Right-wing governments than with Leftist or progressive administrations.

Right-wing politics costs lives, data shows

Trump Has Covid-19: How Fox News Infected America | Crooks and Liars

Trump Has Covid-19: How Fox News Infected America

Fox News made him sick. For months, Fox has pumped poisonous, anti-science rhetoric into the airwaves, ensuring a sizeable portion of the population, including Trump, will refuse to do its part to help America heal. Fox has worked hard to divide the country and make it impossible to have a common sense conversation in times of crisis.

Trump Has Covid-19: How Fox News Infected America | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump has COVID-19. How might this affect his chances of re-election?

With just a month left until the November 3 US presidential election, contracting the virus could have politically positive or negative consequences for President Donald Trump. These will, of course, be contingent on how severe the president’s illness becomes. But we should not count him out and Biden in just yet.

Donald Trump has COVID-19. How might this affect his chances of re-election?

Aztec Politics: Trump sacrificed 200K by Downplaying Covid-19 to save the Stock Market from Panic

When Trump says he did not what to “panic” the “country,” what he really means is that he did not want to drive down the stock market. In all the commentary I heard about the phrase in the media yesterday, I heard no one make this point. People were disgusted with Trump’s two-facedness, which certainly cost tens of thousands of American lives. But they still took his statement at face value as an expression of concern for the people.

Aztec Politics: Trump sacrificed 200K by Downplaying Covid-19 to save the Stock Market from Panic

Sturgis biker rally ‘was super-spreader event’

A biker poses for a photo on Main Street during the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

What’s odd is RTA the Russian News agency is calling the research into this a hoax. Why would that be? Is it because bikers tend to be Trumpsters

It was a 10-day celebration of big bikes and inalienable American freedom for which more than 400,000 people descended on a South Dakota town. But, three weeks on, the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is feared to have been a “super-spreader event”, with doctors recording scores of coronavirus cases linked to it.

Sturgis biker rally ‘was super-spreader event’

 

Iowa refuses to close bars and require masks as Covid-19 cases surge in cities | US news | The Guardian

 

Owner Claudio Gianello at his temporarily closed Café Beaudelaire restaurant, on 23 June 2020 in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa City and Ames endure worst surge in the country as cases have risen sharply across the whole midwest

coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the whole midwest in recent weeks putting the region at the forefront of America’s pandemic. The region accounted for six of the eight states with the highest number of new Covid-19 cases by early September even as infections fell in other parts of the US previously among the worst hit.

North Dakota has the largest number of positive cases per capita in the country over the past 14 days. Iowa and South Dakota are enduring the highest percentage increases. Missouri has seen more than 1,300 new cases a day on average over the past week.

Iowa refuses to close bars and require masks as Covid-19 cases surge in cities | US news | The Guardian

Old Dog Thoughts- The anti- lockdown demonstrations seem as if organised by the UPF or the Proud Boys but publicised as if spontaneous

Fighting Fake News with REAL 6/9/20; The virus is real it visibly damages and invisibly scars and travels silently faster than a bushfire. News Corp denies the evidence and promotes anti COVID restrictions without charge;

JUST IN: The COVIDSafe App has identified there was an outbreak at Melbourne’s Rydges Hotel in May | The Shovel

The Government’s high-tech contact tracing app COVID-Safe has alerted officials to a potential outbreak at a quarantine hotel in Melbourne four months ago.

JUST IN: The COVIDSafe App has identified there was an outbreak at Melbourne’s Rydges Hotel in May | The Shovel

Parliament lets Scott Morrison know who his tribe is – and it isn’t the premiers and chief ministers | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison

 

Frydenberg has stepped in front and center to try to deflect all the blame onto Victoria after all if The Commonwealth is found to be responsible for the outbreak of Covid in aged-care due to poorly regulated providers then they too are to blame for the crippling of the economy and not as Frydenberg would prefer it to be Andrews work. It seems Andrews doesn’t even need to buy into what’s patently obvious. (ODT)

Morrison has accepted some accountability for what’s happened, but he’s also kept Andrews squarely in the frame as I mentioned a moment ago. I’ve said before it is reasonable to point out that states have a role in managing outbreaks during the pandemic, and there are some overlapping responsibilities in aged care – but this offensive should also be called for what it is: a patent prime ministerial effort to sidestep blame. The prime ministerial sidestep is obviously effective, though, if our Guardian Essential poll is a reliable guide. When asked in the latest survey to identify who was to blame for the outbreaks in aged care during the pandemic, slightly more respondents identified the state government (30%) than the federal government (28%) – but more people blamed the providers (42%).

Parliament lets Scott Morrison know who his tribe is – and it isn’t the premiers and chief ministers | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Coronavirus: India’s COVID-19 outbreak is now the world’s fastest-growing

A health care worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India.

Does anyone for one moment think Donald Trump wont take full advantage of this? (ODT)

New Delhi: India now has the fastest-growing coronavirus caseload of any country in the world, reporting more than 75,000 new infections per day.

Coronavirus: India’s COVID-19 outbreak is now the world’s fastest-growing

Federal Liberal MP swipes Andrews government over pandemic response

Liberal MP Tim Wilson says the Andrews government has not been scrutinised enough.

Tim Wilson LNP/IPA federal MP couldn’t give a running fuck about COVID-19 neither the cases nor the deaths concern him rather than how it all seems in the eyes of the public. Now that it’s obvious that the Immigration and the Aged-Care sectors both a responsibility of the Federal LNP were the epicenter of the spread and deaths of the virus due to their total mismanagement from Abbott to Morrison. Wilson’s complaint is that the process was and is political and somehow has gone easy on Dan Andrews. Wilson’s problem however the opposite would seem to be the case if one simply looked at the MSM media. (ODT)

Victorian Liberal MP Tim Wilson has waded into the fight over Daniel Andrews’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state government has not been scrutinised enough over its response to COVID-19.

Mr Wilson said the federal coronavirus committee had met many more times than its Victorian equivalent and was chaired by an opposition politician whereas the Victorian inquiry is headed by a member of the governing party.

via Federal Liberal MP swipes Andrews government over pandemic response

Andrew Bolt’s views diagnosed as ‘disgraceful’ after coronavirus controversies | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Andrew Bolt

Bolt loves the attention he’d be jobless without the ABC. Murdoch Media’s loss of $1,5 billion has resulted in the wholesale sacking of journalists diminishing it’s News content but not it’s opinions and public relation activity yet it continues to falsely portray itself as selling News. Sporting and entertainment maybe but not sufficient to describe it as a News organisation selling news. Peter Foster Australia’s infamous con man was jailed for selling product under false pretences.

Murdoch is an American who has been increasingly involved in interfering with our elections with heavy editorial influence and modelling Sky News on Fox News the USA. When will this foreign interference in Australian Democracy be addressed for what it is foreign interference? After all how does a company run and what is its purpose with a $1.5 billion loss paying no taxes given subsidies but losing readers and viewers but being largest organisation in the country not selling news (ODT)

via Andrew Bolt’s views diagnosed as ‘disgraceful’ after coronavirus controversies | The Weekly Beast | Media | The Guardian

Flag, stockade or discovery: Australia’s Eureka dilemma – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When Dan Andrews said he would not put his parents into an aged care home in Melbourne, he spoke truth to tragedy.

via Flag, stockade or discovery: Australia’s Eureka dilemma – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Grattan on Friday: COVID divides the nation and isolates MPs from Victoria

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It wasn’t so long ago Morrison was warding off Australia’s crisis with the success of Victoria’s Economy he didn’t emphasize that then. Now they are ready to blame Australia’s Economy on Victoria. (LNP

But while we are living as two Australias, we are one country. That means the huge whack the virus is inflicting on Victoria is dragging down the rest of the nation, holding back recovery.

The dire turn of events is affecting political leaders’ responses. Risk averse premiers are running their states as gated communities.

Morrison maintains a level of public solidarity with Andrews but the PM may find himself under mounting pressure from those within his party and its base who want the economy given a much higher priority.

via Grattan on Friday: COVID divides the nation and isolates MPs from Victoria

How Trump broke America: Economy plummets historic 33%, Covid Deaths at 1500/ day, and 40 mn could lose Homes

Trump declares this a historic rebound by the best President ever and he’s your’s America. (ODT)

via How Trump broke America: Economy plummets historic 33%, Covid Deaths at 1500/ day, and 40 mn could lose Homes

Old Dog Thoughts- 70 Extradition hearings,12 years & Orthodoxy’s influence over Right-Wing Israel

Fighting Fake News with REAL 30/7/20; Israel and the impossible extradition case; Sweden’s Herd Immunity is dangerous; Coronavirus jobs and locations. Real News and Fake News;

Scott Morrison’s ‘deflect blame, take the credit’ shtick is wearing thin

Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on Monday.

The Morrison government’s “take the credit/deflect blame’ shtick is wearing thin. After all, the Commonwealth has ultimate responsibility for Australia’s border security – spelt out in the constitution, Quarantine Act (1908) and Biosecurity Act (2015).

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A global pandemic ought to have demanded hyper-stringent oversight of returning citizens – especially once COVID became a ‘known event’ – and a far lengthier period of quarantine. Divisive rhetoric aside, Morrison’s political hero, John Howard, was right to assert in 2001 that “we decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come”. It begs the question, however: why didn’t this rule apply to infected returnees or stopping that one, all-important boat?

COMMONWEALTH AGED-CARE RESPONSIBILITY

Then there is private aged care – unquestionably the regulatory domain of the Commonwealth. The crisis playing out in the sector is the direct result of operators prioritising profits ahead of health and safety – of elderly residents and staff. Here and across our economy the chickens of insecure employment have come home to roost. Possibly contagious casual workers are going to work because, in the absence of sick leave, they believe there is no other choice for their families. COVID is many things, yet with workplace transmissions accounting for 80 per cent of all cases, this pandemic is a workplace virus, hurting the poor, especially migrants.

WORK PLACE DEREGULATION

Again, this is a Commonwealth responsibility. It is jarring to hear Frydenberg talk up workplace deregulation as “first cab off the rank”, while the health and economic imperative of paid pandemic leave for isolating workers sits in the too hard basket. By contrast, the Victorian government is providing payments to insecurely employed workers forced to self-quarantine after testing positive for COVID or close contacts of a confirmed case, and workers awaiting results without access to paid leave.

via Scott Morrison’s ‘deflect blame, take the credit’ shtick is wearing thin

Trump’s Authoritarianism is Ill-Suited to a Pandemic | The Smirking Chimp

Hospitals have been instructed to send COVID data to a central database in Washington, bypassing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The information will no longer be accessible to the public, raising concern that the data is being hidden for political reasons and the lack of transparency will make it easier for the administration to mislead the public.

The administration is also blocking CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield from testifying before Congress about the safety of reopening schools. They are attempting to block GOP senators from allocating billions of dollars to the CDC, Pentagon, and State Department for pandemic response. And the administration even opposes sending billions to states for testing and contact tracing.

via Trump’s Authoritarianism is Ill-Suited to a Pandemic | The Smirking Chimp

Passing the Buck: why Victoria’s Covid is raging in private aged care homes – Michael West

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The deaths of 80 elderly people are imminent as a result of COVID-19 spreading through private aged care homes. Aged care behemoths were granted an extra $200m to cope with the pandemic but refuse to provide critical paid pandemic leave to an overwhelmingly casualised workforce, claiming it’s the government’s responsibility. The government says the buck stops with aged care operators. Meanwhile, Victoria’s publicly owned homes, with mandated staffing requirements, have few reported cases of COVID-19. Dr Sarah Russell investigates.

Compare this with staffing in privately owned residential aged care homes, where a single registered nurse is often required to look after more than 100 residents.

Not surprisingly, data from the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission indicates outbreaks in Victoria are almost exclusively a private sector aged-care issue. State-owned nursing homes comprise about 200 of the 750 in Victoria, but of the 66 aged care homes that have reported a COVID case since June, just six are state-government run.

Passing the Buck: why Victoria’s Covid is raging in private aged care homes – Michael West

Intensive care nurse’s blunt warning over coronavirus risk to younger adults – ABC News

A women wearing a blue surgical mask and dark blue scrubs.

Key points:

From the start of July, a quarter of COVID-19 infections have been in Victorians aged in their 20s
Four children are in hospital and 20 per cent of the state’s coronavirus patients are under the age of 50
A senior ICU nurse manager says there is no doubt that that younger adults with coronavirus will die

Intensive care nurse’s blunt warning over coronavirus risk to younger adults – ABC News

Coronavirus: Trump to resume briefings as US COVID-19 cases surge

Donald Trump said he would resume briefings during the pandemic due to a "big flareup" in cases.

All the data will no longer go to the CDC, or Fauci’s Dept of National Health but the White House to be politically sanitized. Trump is about to disappear COVID-19 from America before November.

via Coronavirus: Trump to resume briefings as US COVID-19 cases surge

Informed Comment- Murdoch Media Misinforms

‘Should Tell You All You Need to Know’: Trump Attempting to Block Billions in New Funding for Covid-19 Testing | Common Dreams News

“One person involved in the talks said Senate Republicans were seeking to allocate $25 billion for states to conduct testing and contact tracing, but that certain administration officials want to zero out the testing and tracing money entirely,” the Post reported. The relief bill is being written in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office and formal negotiations are expected to begin next week, when senators return from recess.

According to the Post, the administration is also aiming to “zero out $10 billion in new funding for the CDC in the upcoming bill” while simultaneously seeking the inclusion of money for a new FBI building.

via ‘Should Tell You All You Need to Know’: Trump Attempting to Block Billions in New Funding for Covid-19 Testing | Common Dreams News