Another indication of how Donald Trump could care less how many people die due to his malfeasance on protecting lives from the Covid-19 pandemic.” —Chuck Idelson, National Nurses United‘White House Cover-Up’: Covid-19 Task Force Reports Withheld From Public Reveal Trump Knew of Threats as He Spread Lies | Common Dreams News
Private aged care homes and private hospitals in Victoria are failing to use body bags, putting frontline workers and their families at risk. Aged care is regulated by the Federal Government and hospitals are regulated by the state. Luke Stacey reports.No Body Bags: private aged care, private hospitals expose transport workers to Covid – Michael West
The Australian Catholic Church says it will not support a potential vaccine for the coronavirus, arguing that a more effective method would be moving the virus to another location and pretending nothing had happened.Catholic Church Opposes Vaccine, Suggests Moving COVID To Another Parish Instead | The Shovel
Under pressure from the Trump White House on the eve of the Republican National Convention, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization yesterday for a potential therapeutic against COVID-19. But mainstream news coverage of the announcement largely ignored objections from public health experts that critical data needed to justify this move from the FDA is missing.Media outlets ignore objections from public health experts on FDA emergency use authorization of convalescent plasma | Media Matters for America
MAGA Leading the world like Lemmings (ODT)
From the top-down “shut up News Corp you’re being a totally irresponsible community divider”. News Corp overly eager calls to get back to work the pandemic isn’t that bad is assisting the spread of conspiracy theories encouraging irresponsible behaviour and the spread of Covid-19. Media accountability is sorely lacking. The concept of “Free Speech” totally misconstrued bullshit. (ODT)
China’s “incompetence” didn’t cause mass spread and deaths due to the disease 30% of the world’s current condition America’s and in particular is a result of DJ Trump’s personal and blind stupidity in not acting like other more responsible nation’s leaders did. Trump’s attempt at a pathetic excuse simply doesn’t hold water.(ODT)
The problem no addressed here is the involvement and irresponsible incitement by Murdoch Media to incite back to work demonstrations in the English speaking world. The demand to go back to the normal rather than progress to a very different economy. The talk of 28 years of GDP growth doesn’t begin to address the increasing income and wealth gap that helped generate it and the public austerity measures that accompanied it leaving us ill-equipped to deal with emergencies we face. Yes, Australia has fared better but I’d suggest it’s more a sake of good fortune than intent. We have always been some years behind first following the British and now the Americans last in line but nevertheless over that cliff. We aren’t our own masters we do have a level of solidarity but when the Oligarchs, LNP IPA and News Corp hold the wealth and power and are now assisted by the ALP what chance is there of a progressive peoples bailout and not just a corporate one in the future? (ODT)
Morrison government setting itself for an aggressive pro-business plan for our post-pandemic economy. Specifically, that means tax breaks for businesses and even a big swing at industrial relations. It’s the road that leads to lower wages, worse conditions and limited tax revenue. And while some of that might end up being an economic necessity, if that’s not done perfectly, it’s a road of austerity and increasing inequality that has proven so destructive elsewhere.
Obviously, all that will depend on the detail. But we should take this chance to heed the warning from those nations that are presently unravelling. Sacrifice a basic level of equality for economic growth and you risk social and political fracture. There will be much we can’t afford after this, but one of them is losing the threads of social solidarity we still have left, because we’ll need them desperately when the next crisis hits.