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textUS billionaires got $1 trillion richer during Corona by Jakob Reimann and Bernd Hontschik
A recent study by the Institute for Policy Studies determined that the 647 billionaires in the USA have been able to increase their assets by $960 billion since the beginning of the corona crisis in mid-March by the cut-off date of November 17. A few hundred super-rich Americans* have thus increased their private wealth in eight months by the same amount as 93 countries together generate in a whole year....
Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:58PM
textReview: Dispatches Against Displacement by Max Crosby
A work by a prominent San Francisco housing activist in a context of ongoing defeat for San Francisco renters...
Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:34PM
textCorona containment could cause more suffering than it prevents by Ralf Wurzbacker
In Sept 2020, UNICEF calculated that an additional 150 million children were pushed into poverty as a result of the economic collapse provoked by the quasi-global lockdown in spring. Already in July, experts from the World Food Program (WFP) warned that the Corona crisis could threaten an additional 130 million people with starvation this year....
Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:38AM
textVienna: The Most Livable City of the World by Thomas Madreiter
As early as the zero hour, about ten years ago, we developed the vision of the Smart City with the involvement of civil society. There were countless workshops with politicians, scientists, business people and, of course, the city's residents. They all dealt with the question: What kind of Vienna do we want to live in by 2050? Citizens have said quite clearly: cars out, public transport and pedestrians in....
Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:57AM
textDemocracy beyond Corona by Roland Roth
Diverse democracy immunizes against authoritarian impositions. Whether the experiences of the lockdown will result in lasting damage in the sense of a democratically consumptive "new normality" depends not least on whether it is possible to take up and strengthen the very existing democracy-building impulses and initiatives - from "Black Lives Matter" to "Fridays for Future"....
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 6:04AM
textDemocracy and COVID19 by N Dimmel, C Brendt. W Kubicki & U Bauereithel
Lockdown and curfews, state of emergency and tracing apps, compulsory testing and quarantines, serial stops, compulsory masks, short-time work and mass unemployment, waves of bankruptcies and extended poverty traps: the COVID-19 disaster has escalated the chronic crisis of capital utilization with falling profit and mediocre growth rates. The public space was emptied....
Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 4:03AM
textDebts are not a problem by Ulrike Herrmann
Rich states can easily get into debt-and the financial markets expect this. Modern Money Theory states that our economic system cannot function at all without national debt. Deficits are good, not bad. Democrats want a big stimulus package. Keynesians like Paul Krugman have always called for government investments when the economy is paralyzed....
Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:25PM
textBig Pharma profits at any price by Monique Ryser
There is no shortage of money: the EU is at the same time providing immense sums of money to prevent further people fleeing from the theaters of war, including European states, from entering the country. The budget for the refugee defense agency Frontex alone has more than tripled between 2015 and 2020 - from 140 million to 460 million euros. Wars since 2001 have produced 37 mill refugees...
Posted: Mon Nov 9, 2020 12:05PM
textNew corona measures. We need "Sweden light," instead of "lockdown light" by Stephan-Andreas Casdorff & Sebastian Rushwort
COVID-19 is currently responsible for 1,2% of deaths in Sweden, but probably gets 99% of the attention. We need to maintain some perspective. Sebastian Rushworth, MD...
Posted: Sun Nov 8, 2020 4:33AM
textRealities: Vol. I by Robert Maxim
Academic Article on Disability Discrimination and Stephen Hawking, with verified soures. Joy Division reference included....
Posted: Sat Nov 7, 2020 7:57PM
textSan Francisco Empty and Abandoned Buildings (3rd Quarter, 2020) by San Francisco Food Not Bombs
SF Food Not Bombs has updated the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection’s list of empty and abandoned buildings through September, 2020 on this webpage:
Posted: Wed Nov 4, 2020 9:42AM
textIMD Path and Quick Test Now Launch Antioch COVID Testing Site by QuickTestNow
IMD Path and Quick Test Now launch a COVID testing site in Antioch, California....
Posted: Tue Nov 3, 2020 10:41PM
textIs Trump failing in the fight against the pandemic and the shattered economy? by Joachim Bischoff
The politically triggered lockdown to combat the pandemic caused 22 million people to lose their jobs abruptly in spring. The subsequent easing of restrictions during the summer months brought back a large part of these jobs, but by no means all of them. The recovery in the USA is clearly losing momentum. Employment growth is slowing down....
Posted: Mon Nov 2, 2020 10:29AM
textBerkeley Cops Arrest Protestor, Squelch 5G Opposition at AT&T's Bidding by Phoebe Sorgen
After holding educational forums, protesting, and lobbying for three years for stronger local telecom laws, Berkeleyans are engaging in non-violent direct action to stop 4th and 5th Generation cell antennas that are being rolled out throughout Berkeley. An all-night vigil near Berkeley Natural Grocery began at 12:30 AM on October 28, but antennas were installed later that day on the corner of Nielsen as well as at Monterey Market....
Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:46AM
textBuilding Bridges by Gisela Glaser and Lynn Parramore
The new normality is characterized by fear, social distancing and increasing state control. Many fear that the current situation could become permanent and that our liberal democratic legal system could be transformed into a dictatorial system of injustice....
Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:23AM
textWelcome to the new normality! by Tobias Riegel
Contradiction is demonized in general. A state of emergency becomes the new normality. Corona criticism creates "strange bedfellows."...
Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:37AM
textAaron Steichen Murder Inquiry by Robert Maxim
Mandated reporters and first responders repeatedly and willfully fail to provide emergency mental health intervention for Aaron's schizophrenic brother, Jacob. The end result is the death of a loved one after a 5 week escalation spanning a speculated 8 calls to authorities....
Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:46AM
textIn CA, Latino farming communities hardest by COVID-19 and environmental injustice by Ramona du Houx
The California Latino community has been disproportionately infected by the coronavirus. Latinos make up 39 percent of the population in the state, but account for 56 percent of COVID-19 infections and 46 percent of deaths. That’s three times the rate as Whites. State officials say, many employers have not reliably provided protective equipment to workers or implemented social distancing or mask wearing rules. This is systemic racism. Too often, they live in neighborhoods that are located ne...
Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:23PM
textFalling into the Spokes of the Wheel. Critique of the New Right by Saskia Wendel, U Schmiedel & H Strommen
Why theology needs to be political again. Defunding the post office and threatening critics with jail time are perverse, signs of the security state or the authoritarian state....
Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:05AM
textMore pragmatism in dealing with Corona by Hendrik Stroeck
Pragmatic approaches are needed to find solutions to allow life without breaks. Scientists must make their contribution. It is more important than ever that we are not only stubbornly clinging to concepts, but that we are prepared to break new ground. Also new ways of communication. A Corona traffic light would make both possible as a first step....
Posted: Fri Oct 9, 2020 11:28AM