China Did Not Deceive Us – Counting Death During An Epidemic Is Really Difficult

1 April 2020 — Moon of Alabama

The anti-China campaign, which the Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger is running, presented its first of April joke. It leaked to Bloomberg that a secret U.S. Intelligence Report claims that China concealed the real numbers of its Covid-19 cases:
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When the Invisible Hand Gives You the Finger

1 April 2020 — FAIR

Corporate media shrug as elite declare loss of profits worse than loss of lives

NYT: Restarting the Economy Is About Lives Versus Livelihoods

NYT: A N.Y. Nurse Dies. Angry Co-Workers Blame a Lack of Protective Gear.

Why the market fails to provide life-saving goods is not a question the New York Times (3/26/20) will be asking.

Since the days of Adam Smith, capitalists have been arguing that unfettered markets are the best way to organize the economy. Smith famously said that the rich are “led by an invisible hand” to, “without knowing it, advance the interest of the society.” The rise of the welfare state in the wake of the Great Depression tempered such magical thinking for a few decades, but the ascent of neoliberalism in the last half century has brought a resurgence in market fundamentalism, in both theory (very much including the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post) as well as practice.

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Israel attacks Palestinians as they fight COVID-19

31 March 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

Women pour dry beans into bagsWorkers for the United Nations agency UNRWA in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, prepare food rations to be delivered to the homes of Palestinian refugee families on 31 March, in an effort to avoid people congregating at distribution centers, as a measure to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in the densely populated territory.  – Ashraf Amra APA images

Israeli occupation forces continue to attack Palestinian communities as they struggle to hold back the threat from the coronavirus pandemic.

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How It Starts

1 April 2020 — Craig Murray

The brevity of this post is out of proportion to the enormous importance of the subject. But I want to let you know I am thinking and working on it.

It is a recognised pattern for dictatorship to commence with emergency measures designed to combat a threat. Those emergency measures then become normalised and people exercising arbitrary power find it addictive. A new threat is then found to justify the continuation.

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Could the Covid19 Response be More Deadly than the Virus?

1 April 2020 — Off Guardian

The economic, social and public health consequences of these measures could claim millions of victims

Kevin Ryan

The initial, alarming estimates of deaths from the virus COVID-19 were that as many as 2.2 million people would die in the United States. This number is comparable to the annual US death rate of around 3 million. Fortunately, correction of some simple errors in overestimation has begun to dramatically reduce the virus mortality claims.

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