Tag: Covid

Three strikes out! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The intention of this post is to examine three areas of concern which have arisen or have persisted in concerning the world at large. They are: the COVID-19 pandemic; Climate Change; and Donald J. Trump. The focus will be on how these topics are presented in various arenas, including Murdoch media.

Three strikes out! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

McConnell Poisons the Covid-19 Stimulus Negotiations Again with Cruelest Offering Yet | The Smirking Chimp

180,000 more deaths by February and McConnell keeps stalling

This is garbage. It comes at the absolute worst point in the pandemic with an unprecedented surge in cases nationwide and with months ahead before the vaccine helps get us out of the pandemic. Millions are going hungry. And McConnell’s focus is on letting businesses get off scot-free for endangering, even killing, their employees. Oh, and free business meals. Because he is a fucking monster.

McConnell Poisons the Covid-19 Stimulus Negotiations Again with Cruelest Offering Yet | The Smirking Chimp

Daniel Andrews is now Scott Morrison’s biggest threat

Andrews and Morrison could be crossing paths for years to come.
He spent $600,000 creating a job. giving the money to Corporations

The Victorian Premier has become the biggest challenger to Morrison’s agenda in a national debate over the pandemic. While Andrews puts a priority on shutdowns in the name of saving lives, Morrison puts a premium on opening up the economy.

Daniel Andrews is now Scott Morrison’s biggest threat

Trump said he could kill and win – Covid and cheating may prove it | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

‘Trump’s Fifth Avenue principle has kept him in power for almost four years of death and mayhem that would have doomed the presidencies of anyone else.’

I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Donald Trump boasted in 2016. He thought his almost unlimited bravado, bombast and dominance of any situation allowed him to get away with figurative murder.

Trump said he could kill and win – Covid and cheating may prove it | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

US 2020 Election: Second US Presidential debate to be virtual amid concerns of Donald Trump’s COVID-19

Trump and Biden will be participating in their second election debate from remote locations.

Soon after the US President’s refusal to attend the debate, Trump’s campaign team then issued a statement suggesting pushing back the encounter to October 22, the scheduled date of a third debate between the candidates, while using the town hall-style format planned for October 15. The Trump campaign proposed holding what would be a third debate on October 29.

US 2020 Election: Second US Presidential debate to be virtual amid concerns of Donald Trump’s COVID-19

Trump will surely use his Covid for election advantage, it also opens door for unthinkable… such as breakthrough on New START — RT Op-ed

Trump will surely use his Covid for election advantage, it also opens door for unthinkable... such as breakthrough on New START
A Russian prediction to help Trump

And, given Trump’s need for a new electoral “hook” that conforms with the new political reality surrounding his illness, the possibility of an ‘October surprise’ in the form of an arms control agreement that is widely seen as benefiting US national security interests may be the best opportunity for a sick president to appear presidential at a critical time in his bid for re-election.

Trump will surely use his Covid for election advantage, it also opens door for unthinkable… such as breakthrough on New START — RT Op-ed

Fox News systematically attacked coronavirus public health recommendations. Now its most famous viewer has it. | Media Matters for America

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Where the blame lies FOX News

Yes Trump was an amplifier trivializing Covid-19 but never forget he was amplifying Murdoch media his primary PR company. Include Sinclair Breitbart and others in the excercise

The president of the United States is one of those members of the Republican base. He learned about the virus through Fox’s dismissive coverage and refused to take steps to protect himself and those around him from it. And now he has it.

Fox News systematically attacked coronavirus public health recommendations. Now its most famous viewer has it. | Media Matters for America

Trump, Conspiracies And Occam’s Razor! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So if I were forced to pick between this being real and something Trump made up, I’d pick the scenario that he has actually been diagnosed with Covid-19 for a few simple Occam’s Razor-like reasons: 1) He’s been trying to play down Covid-19 all year, so to now tell people it’s something that can disrupt his election campaign suggests that he might have got it wrong. 2) Disappearing for a few days or weeks disrupts his narrative that he’s a strong man and nothing can stop him. 3) The fact that Hope Hicks was diagnosed first and then he and Melanie got tested indicates a level of planning that I suspect would be too difficult for Trump as it involves a two-step plan. 4) It’s been suggested that the Republicans told him to hide away so that he didn’t have to do any more debates because he lost. Trump never listens to anyone so it’s unlikely he’d believe them about either losing the debate or the necessity of hiding so that he didn’t need to do more. 5) This puts Covid-19 front and centre when Trump has been trying to shift the campaign chatter to the economy. While he could theoretically argue that the big drop in markets when he tested positive shows how much he’s needed, that’s not the sort of argument that sways many people. It’s sort of like when your partner turns up late when you’ve been trying to prepare for guests and says, “Wow, look at the mess you’re in. This just shows how important I am!” If you really wanted to impress, it would have been better to have been there.

Trump, Conspiracies And Occam’s Razor! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘White House Cover-Up’: Covid-19 Task Force Reports Withheld From Public Reveal Trump Knew of Threats as He Spread Lies | Common Dreams News

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

No Body Bags: private aged care, private hospitals expose transport workers to Covid – Michael West

 

No Body Bags: private aged care, private hospitals expose transport workers to Covid – Michael West
Aged care crisis, private hospitals

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

Catholic Church Opposes Vaccine, Suggests Moving COVID To Another Parish Instead | The Shovel

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

Media outlets ignore objections from public health experts on FDA emergency use authorization of convalescent plasma | Media Matters for America

Plasma MSM

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

Coronavirus Victoria: experts warn against blaming migrant communities for spreading misinformation | Victoria | The Guardian

Coronavirus pop-up testing facility in Broadmeadows, Melbourne.

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)

via Coronavirus Victoria: experts warn against blaming migrant communities for spreading misinformation | Victoria | The Guardian

Donald Trump says China’s ‘incompetence’ on coronavirus led to ‘mass worldwide killing’ – ABC News

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during a meeting

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)

via Donald Trump says China’s ‘incompetence’ on coronavirus led to ‘mass worldwide killing’ – ABC News

Old Dog Thoughts- The LNP& MSN doing a Trump trying to hide their $1.8 bill trade mismanagement.

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 19/5/20; China are the Victims and being called the Aggressors by wa very guilty LNP and MSN; Carbon Capture like Clean Coal a Carbon Tax is ever so simpler;

Old Dog Thoughts- Merkle is a Scientist; The hero whose definitely not Tony Abbott

Fighting Fake News with REAL; 26/4/20; The people LNP let into the country with regret and those News Corp yelled “stranger danger” at; 5 ahead of the curve Germany amazes; Workers hit hardest;

Coronavirus Australia: The US and UK response should make us heed warnings about COVID-19

Illustration: Andrew Dyson

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.

via Coronavirus Australia: The US and UK response should make us heed warnings about COVID-19

Old Dog Thoughts-The Environment has a case of the LNP and COVID has distracted us from Democracy

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Fighting Fake News with REAL,23/4/20; Enviroment ha caught a case of the LNP;Dutton Trump’s lap dog; ABC; The Covid distraction we have No Democracy;News Corp isn’t the ABC;

Old Dog Thoughts- Sam Newman and News Corp are spreading the disease of American idiocy here

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