2020-06-13: Social Media Postees

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[Editorial] Medicine and medical science: Black lives must matter more
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
Emblematic of the profound sense of outrage at the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement, hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets in the USA and across the globe. They set aside the risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2, judging that what they were marching for was more immediately urgent. Marches have been held to draw attention to the continued murder by police of Black people and to the persistent, pervasive racism that exists across societies.

Growing revolt by Black journalists
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2020-06-13
In an historic week that has witnessed demonstrations, too numerous to count, against police brutality in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, another anti-racist movement is growing. As reports surface of police intentionally targeting journalists across the U.S, especially Black and . . . | Continue reading Growing revolt by Black journalists at Workers.org…

"We Are Fighting for Our Lives Against People With Money and Power"
Doni Jones | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
Interview with a Minneapolis bus driver, who provided a model of solidarity during the George Floyd protests by refusing to transport police officers…

[Obituary] Jacob Plange-Rhule
Andrew Green | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
Physician, academic, and researcher who served as the Rector of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. Born on July 27, 1957, in Winneba, Ghana, he died from complications of COVID-19 in Accra, Ghana, on April 10, 2020, aged 62 years.

[Correspondence] NICE guideline for rectal cancer: already out of date
Robert Glynne-Jones, Mark Harrison, Drostan Cheetham | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
As members of a colorectal multidisciplinary team, some of whom have contributed to previous National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance1 and European Society of Medical Oncology guidelines in rectal cancer,2 we disagree with the current recommendations in the update to NICE guidance that was published in 2020: "offer preoperative radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy to people with rectal cancer that is cT1-T2, cN1-N2, M0, or cT3-T4, any cN, M0."3…

[Correspondence] Acute liver failure — Authors' reply
R Todd Stravitz, William M Lee | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
We appreciate the additional insights provided by Sandro Vento and Francesca Cainelli regarding the incidence and diagnosis of acute liver failure in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). Beyond the differences in known causal factors (viruses, drugs) between high-income countries and LMICs, the predominance of the indeterminate group in these regions is of concern to all. In our study,1 only 5% of patients remained indeterminate after thorough serological testing and review of history and available liver histology.

Community control Vs. defunding the police: A critical analysis
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-06-13
Defunding the police might end the armed and uniformed force as we know it, but the ruling class will then hire mercenaries to protect their wealth and enforce their will.

Long Read: The slow exodus of Palestinian Christians
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
By Jonathan Cook (25-minute read): Israel has exploited the steady decline in the numbers of Palestinian Christians to advance its claim that they are being hounded from the region by Muslim extremists. But the real blame lies with Israel and the foreign Churches. It was inevitable that when the coronavirus pandemic reached the occupied …

The govt, the Klan, cops and prisons
Ted Kelly | workers.org | 2020-06-13
The following talk was given by Ted Kelly of Philadelphia during a May 16 webinar sponsored by the Prisoner Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party. I'll begin by quoting two different passages. The first is from Workers World Party founder Sam Marcy's book, "The Klan and the Government: Foes or . . . | Continue reading The govt, the Klan, cops and prisons at Workers.org…

COVID-19 hot spot
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2020-06-13
Houston The National Black United Front in Houston toured the Harris County Jail on May 19, Malcolm X's 95th birthday, to observe the conditions facing the prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Black prisoners make up half of those incarcerated, despite being only 18 percent of the Harris County adult population. . . . | Continue reading COVID-19 hot spot at Workers.org…

Who should get COVID-19 testing?
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
Dr. Bobbi Pritt, a clinical microbiologist at Mayo Clinic, acknowledges that there seems to be a lot of confusion with the general public when it comes to COVID-19 testing. Terms like viral, molecular, serology and antibodies, and convalescent plasma have sprung up in everyday language when talking about COVID-19 — but do you really need …

The Worst Literal Hitler Ever
C. J. Hopkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-13
So, the GloboCap-Resistance Minneapolis Putsch appears to have not gone exactly to plan. Once again, Trump failed to go full-Hitler, despite their best efforts to goad him into doing so. They gave it quite a good shot, however. It was more or less a textbook regime-change op, or "color revolution," or whatever you call it. …

Symbols are invested with power
Jonathan Cook | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
Don't dismiss the importance of toppling a statue…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Medical education during the COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
Across the world, one of the biggest changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic is in the field of education. Programs from kindergarten through postsecondary have rapidly moved to a distance learning model. Online and remote instruction has its own unique challenges, and has required students and educators to be creative to stay connected. On the …

Parallels between Minneapolis and Jerusalem are More than Skin Deep
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-13
It is hard to ignore the striking parallels between the recent scenes of police brutality in cities across the United States and decades of violence from Israel's security forces against Palestinians. A video that went viral late last month of a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, killing a black man, George Floyd, by pressing a …

Narrative Control Operations Escalate As America Burns
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-06-13
In 2017, representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were instructed in a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that it is their responsibility to "quell information rebellions" and adopt a "mission statement" expressing their commitment to "prevent the fomenting of discord." | "Civil wars don't start with gunshots, they start with words," the representatives were told by cold warrior think tank denizen Clint Watts. "America's war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media ba…

European Court upholds right to boycott Israel
Ali Abunimah | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
"Israel, an apartheid country, cannot forever prevent the truimph of justice and freedom for the Palestinian people."

Dealing with Government Repression
Ted Glick | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
Among these impacts is a willingness by some police to carelessly shoot and brutalize young black men and other men of color for no justifiable reason, which has given rise to the deeply important Movement for Black Lives.

Johnson ponders introducing a law to prevent foreign takeovers of UK firms
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
Business groups have warned that introducing a law to prevent foreign takeovers that threaten national security could have a "chilling" effect on investment in the UK. The government is said to be considering new rules that would mean directors could be jailed or companies could be fined hundreds of thousands of pounds for failing to …

Mayo researchers define type of Alzheimer's that affects people in their younger years
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Mayo Clinic researchers have defined a form of Alzheimer's disease that strikes younger people as early as their 40s, presents with atypical symptoms, and affects a different part of the brain not usually associated with Alzheimer's. In their study, the researchers describe a progressive dysexecutive syndrome which they say affects a person's …

Mayo Clinic Minute: Reversing a vasectomy
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
People change their minds. Some men who had a vasectomy to become infertile might decide for whatever reason that they want to have more children. In those cases, vasectomy reversal can be an option. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/TgfiKErAmx4 Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0: 56) is in the downloads at the end of…

The world on fire
Mumia Abu-Jamal | workers.org | 2020-06-13
Guess what? The world is on fire! I don't mean environmental degradation or global warming; no, although that too is true. I refer to protests, not just all across the United States but all around the world. Imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal Protests from London to Paris; from Berlin to Nairobi; . . . | Continue reading The world on fire at Workers.org…

Police Are the Problem, Not the Solution
Michael Hirsch | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
Review of The End of Policing, by Alex Vitale…

Antiracist protests for George Floyd circle the globe
John Catalinotto | workers.org | 2020-06-13
The massive popular and antiracist reaction to the cop murder of George Floyd in the epicenter of world imperialism has inspired an equally massive reaction worldwide. Hundreds of thousands have marched, not only in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, but also against local manifestations . . . | Continue reading Antiracist protests for George Floyd circle the globe at Workers.org…

øLas tropas USA contra lxs manifestantes estadounidenses?
John Catalinotto | workers.org | 2020-06-13
Traducción: redroja.net 5 de junio — Hace cuatro días, la Casa Blanca pidió al ejército estadounidense que se desplegara por las ciudades norteamericanas para "dominar" las calles. A lo largo de los tres días siguientes, dos antiguos integrantes de la Junta de Jefes del Estado Mayor conjunto de los ejércitos . . . | Continue reading øLas tropas USA contra lxs manifestantes estadounidenses? at Workers.org…

Video: Covid Nurse Exposes New York Hospital. People Have Been Lied To. It's Destroying Life. The Numbers are a Lie
Journeyman Pictures | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-13
Registered nurse, Erin Olszewski, spent a month at the epicenter of the epicenter, Elmhurst Hospital in NY. | After witnessing the same malpractice matching testimonies of other outspoken nurses in the U.S., she decided to wear a hidden camera to …

Minnesota Workers United labor contingent joins justice for George Floyd protest
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-13
Minneapolis, MN – On Thursday, June 11, 3200 protesters gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center demanding justice for George Floyd and real change. Protests had been going on daily, sometimes several per day, for 18 days since the police murder of George Floyd. | While a battle rages over the role of police 'unions,' members of at least seven unions organized and turned out to the protest as part of a labor contingent organized by Minnesota Workers United. The labor contingent also sent several speakers up to the stage to speak and demand justice for George Floyd and to make it clear that police have n…

How Thailand Contained COVID-19
Walden Bello | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
In politically turbulent Thailand, a public health system with popular support — not decrees from above — made all the difference…

Minnesota Workers United labor contingent joins justice for George Floyd protest
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-13
Minneapolis, MN – On Thursday, June 11, 3200 protesters gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center demanding justice for George Floyd and real change. Protests had been going on daily, sometimes several per day, for 18 days since the police murder of George Floyd. | While a battle rages over the role of police 'unions,' members of at least seven unions organized and turned out to the protest as part of a labor contingent organized by Minnesota Workers United. The labor contingent also sent several speakers up to the stage to speak and demand justice for George Floyd and to make it clear that police have n…

[Correspondence] Increasing tobacco sales under the anti-smoking policy in China
Hailong Luo, Yuan Zhao | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
China joined the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005, but tobacco control in China is still worrying.1 In the past decade, the Chinese Government has strengthened the publicity of anti-smoking campains in the media and increased the management of anti-smoking through policies. Nevertheless, paradoxically, tobacco sales have been rising.

A view of the USA from Portugal: 'Not a riot — rebellion!
Manuel Raposo | workers.org | 2020-06-13
The author is a Portuguese left communist and editor of jornalmudardevida.net. This article was translated by WW Managing Editor John Catalinotto. Hundreds of demonstrators in Brazil gathered outside the office of Rio de Janeiro's governor on May 31, protesting the deaths of Black and favela youth at the hands of . . . | Continue reading A view of the USA from Portugal: 'Not a riot — rebellion! at Workers.org…

[Perspectives] Accountability for medical participation in torture
Leonard Rubenstein | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
After revelations of the participation of US health professionals in torture of detainees in military or CIA custody in the wake of 9/11, citizens filed complaints to disciplinary and licensing boards in seven states against psychologists who had been publicly identified as having been part of the torture apparatus. All of the complaints were eventually dismissed, only one with an explanation. In light of the disciplinary bodies' resistance to investigate participation in torture, much less impose sanctions, colleagues and I, then representing Physicians for Human Rights, helped a New York legislator, Richard Got…

Stop exploiting J-1 cultural workers
| workers.org | 2020-06-13
By Aleris Villegas and Lyn Neeley Each year about 300,000 cultural exchange workers — students, scholars and professors sponsored by U.S. employers — enter the country as J-1 workers. The J-1 Visa program promises job training for students, a way to share their culture, improve their English and explore life . . . | Continue reading Stop exploiting J-1 cultural workers at Workers.org…

[Comment] Offline: COVID-19–what we can expect to come
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
The verdicts are now coming in. In Mark Honigsbaum's updated edition of The Pandemic Century, he has included a new chapter on COVID-19. As a historian of epidemics, he offers his judgments about how countries have responded to what he calls "China's Chernobyl moment". His critique is sharp. For decades, we have known that the world is intrinsically and increasingly vulnerable to pandemics–and yet, "we failed to heed the warnings about Covid-19 and act when our actions could have prevented the outbreak from spinning out of control".

UK businesses dramatically scaled back or shelved investment plans
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
Businesses have dramatically scaled back investment plans for the rest of the year in response to the uncertainty surrounding the future of the UK economy, according to a leading business survey. The Institute of Directors (IoD) said its confidence tracker revealed the Covid-19 crisis had driven down investment intentions among its members for the next 12 months by 11 …

#FluorideTrial: Scientist Says He Was Threatened Because of Fluoride Study — Week 1 In Review
Derrick Broze | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-06-13
#FluorideTrial: Experts Admit Fluoride is a Pesticide The first week of the historic water fluoridation trial wrapped up on Friday afternoon after four days of occasionally tense testimony from expert witnesses with the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One expert witness claimed he had been coerced into signing a …

Coronavirus exposes Britain's bogus self-employment problem
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
Millions of Britain's self-employed workers can now apply for financial aid to help them through the coronavirus crisis. The government has announced support of 80% of their average monthly earnings up to a cap of £7,500. It comes as a relief for many — there are 5.2 million registered self-employed people in the UK. But a …

"Indian racism towards Black people is almost worse than white peoples' racism" An Interview with Arundhati Roy
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-06-13
We ourselves live in a pretty sick society that seems incapable of feelings of sisterhood, brotherhood, solidarity.

UK Stock Exchange considers cutting market trading hours, says LSE
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
A public consultation has found strong support for cutting stock market trading hours in the UK to help improve gender diversity and mental health across the financial sector. Feedback from the LSE's public consultation found that a "significant majority" were sympathetic to arguments that the move would increase employee wellbeing and broaden the appeal of a high-pressure career in …

The Coronavirus Reversal
Glenn Greenwald | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
The Abrupt, Radical Reversal in How Public Health Experts Now Speak About the Coronavirus and Mass Gatherings…

Mayo Clinic launches neutralizing antibody test to advance COVID-19 therapies
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic has launched a new SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody test in support of the national Expanded Access Program for Convalescent Plasma and other critical research efforts to establish effective therapies and vaccines for COVID-19. The test will be available through Mayo Clinic Laboratories to select labs, blood banks, and biopharma clients in …

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 restrictions leave migrant workers stranded
news.un.org | 2020-06-13
In countries across the world, tens of thousands of migrant workers are finding themselves stranded through travel restrictions, in the hope of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

[Viewpoint] Clinical endpoint adjudication
Mohammed N Meah, Martin A Denvir, Nicholas L Mills, John Norrie, David E Newby | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
In pivotal clinical effectiveness trials, the primary endpoint needs to be precisely defined and quantified because any misclassification could introduce noise and possible bias, potentially leading to incorrect trial conclusions. This misclassification is commonly addressed by having an independent clinical endpoint adjudication committee where all relevant clinical information is provided and a panel of clinical experts categorises the primary endpoint, blind to treatment allocation. This strategy has been established as a basic cornerstone of modern robust trial methodology.

PDF of June 11 issue
A. Majumdar | workers.org | 2020-06-13
Download 12-page PDF here. Tear down the walls: Prisons and class war; Texas jail is COVID hotspot. Special issue dedicated to George Floyd: Step one, movement demands 'DEFUND POLICE!' No Pride without justice!; Calif. Labor condemns murder; Racist monuments down; Why generals rebuked Trump; Police brutality in Buffalo; Journalists under . . . | Continue reading PDF of June 11 issue at Workers.org…

Seattle Protesters Declare Autonomous Zone Around Police Precinct
Omari Salisbury | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
In Seattle, protesters have barricaded a six-block autonomous zone, after protests were met with a violent police response…

A mass uprising is here, protect if from the ruling class
Kevin Zeese | mronline.org | 2020-06-13
The media described the uprising as a "riot" involved in violence and property destruction but the movement responded by using videos to show black organizers trying to stop people, some of whom seemed to be undercover police or white supremacists.

[World Report] COVID-19 vaccines for all?
Ann Danaiya Usher | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
If an effective COVID-19 vaccine is developed, how will it get to everyone in need? Ann Danaiya Usher reports on the initiatives being planned to ensure equitable access, and their shortcomings.

American Teens and the Insurrection of 2020
Jonah Raskin | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
Caught Between Passion and Cool…

Health care leaders urge patients to seek necessary care
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, joined Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., chief executive and president of the Cleveland Clinic, in a public call for patients not to delay needed health care or screenings. In a New York Times Opinion piece, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, and Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., chief executive and president …

Will there be another stock market crash in 2020?
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
The coronavirus restrictions have led to an unprecedented drop in economic activity. Because the UK's economy relies heavily on the services sector, it has suffered more than many European countries. However, the contraction is certainly global. Furthermore, the second Covid-19 wave has started too. For example, the US is seeing a rise in coronavirus hospitalisations, in …