Canadian transit agencies seek more than $1-billion in emergency funds – The Globe and Mail

Coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate ridership, says organization that represents more than 100 Canadian transit operators — Read on http://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canadian-transit-agencies-seek-more-than-1-billion-in-emergency-funds/ Another example of how a pandemic causes serious multi-layered economic effects. Societies everywhere will have changed considerably in six months, economically, socially, and structurally.

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Ontario has overhauled the way it’s reporting information about COVID-19, but one medical expert calls it ‘very superficial’ | The Star

The changes, rolled out Monday morning, now include a daily summary and an epidemiological overview of cases reported. The province has been under fir… — Read on http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2020/03/30/sweeping-changes-made-to-how-covid-19-data-is-shared-by-ontario-government.html More data refining is necessary to inform practitioners and allay public paranoia.

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COVID-19: Closing Up and Staying Home on Spaceship Earth

Several authors recently have writen about the need for increasing medical solidarity among nations to reduce, and hopefully control or better, eliminate, the Coronavirus. Some have asked “Why does it take a potentially all-encompassing tragedy, for enemies to drop their political and military differences and unite?” This is of course, a profound question, given the … Continue reading

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‘Least deserving’ Branson roasted as Virgin Atlantic seeks massive state-sponsored bailout despite not paying staff — RT UK News

Billionaire Richard Branson is coming under fire from politicians and regular citizens alike as the tycoon sought hundreds of millions of pounds in state aid for his Virgin Atlantic airline due to the Covid-19 crunch. — Read on http://www.rt.com/uk/484367-richard-branson-blasted-virgin-bailout-staff/ So will you use Virgin again??

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Trump Campaign Threatens Lawsuit Over Coronavirus ‘Hoax’ Ad | Time

The president’s campaign is threatening legal action against local TV stations over an ad that features Trump talking about COVID-19 — Read on time.com/5810960/anti-trump-coronavirus-ad-lawsuit/ A loose cannon doesn’t shoot straight. Tarnish on the silver is a narcissist’s worst enemy. Trump’s bag of mistakes that will threaten or stop his re-election, grows now exponentially.

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U.S. weekly jobless claims surge to record 3.28 million – The Globe and Mail

The pace of layoffs is sure to accelerate as the U.S. economy sinks into a recession — Read on http://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/economy/article-us-jobless-claims-soar-to-record-33-million-as-layoffs-jump/ Very bad indicators here of a disease not under control. Where Trump fails, others, including state governors, are left to pick up the slack.

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Opinion: The plague of Donald Trump – The Globe and Mail

The U.S. President has demonstrated he is utterly apathetic to the suffering of others – and it’s time we believe him — Read on http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-plague-of-donald-trump/ Truer words were never spoken. It’s a case of half a country being sociopathic with a narcissistic fool leading them on. A public conscience he (and they) does not have. … Continue reading

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Militarization of the Police — Political Violence at a Glance

Guest post by Lindsay P. Cohn The COVID-19 pandemic raises important questions about civil liberties and the use of coercion to maintain order. In Italy, police are enforcing a nationwide lockdown, and in the US, police are involved in dispersing crowds and enforcing quarantines. So far, several states have activated their National Guard to help…

This phenomenon of merging has been around for some time, as in Canada for example there is ongoing cooperation between the RCMP and local and especially provincial police forces. Political violence is very rare in this country, so “militarization” as used in this context has little meaning.

 

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Governors and mayors in growing uproar over Trump?s lagging coronavirus response – The Washington Post

Many officials across the country complain that President Trump does not have a coherent or ready plan to confront a crisis that could soon push the nation’s health-care system to the brink of collapse. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/ The political removal of Trump from office is more necessary now than ever before.

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Madeleine Albright: Coronavirus Demands Global Cooperation | Time

COVID-19 is a reminder of a lesson we should have learned long ago: that, to thrive, people of every nationality must combine strengths. — Read on time.com/5807169/madeleine-albright-coronavirus-cooperation/ The essence of a Spaceship Earth blog I wrote last week, pointing to the imperative of collective action in putting world health above politics.

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Former intelligence chiefs: Trump’s removal of experts is deeply destructive to our nation’s safety – The Washington Post

The president is pursuing a deeply dangerous path. This rout perhaps Trump’s greatest political blunder. His lack of insight, his stubbornness and his arrogance, blind him to making effective decisions in the country’s best interests. It’s another sad day. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/

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How Training Bras Constructed American Girlhood | JSTOR Daily

In the twentieth century, advertisements for a new type of garment for preteen girls sought to define the femininity they sold. — Read on daily.jstor.org/how-training-bras-constructed-girlhood/ The cultural imprisonment of women for purposes related to profiteering and sexism, having now made natural human braless-ness an evolutionary mistake. The sexualization of the female breast is a relatively … Continue reading

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When The World Comes Together Above Politics: The Pandemic Response As A Very Long Chess Game

Spaceship Earth is grappling with the COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS pandemic in ways that have never forced international cooperation to the levels experienced in the past four months. Epidemiologists, international health associations, Presidents of countries, airlines, religious organizations, media, drug companies, customs agents, WHO members, travel companies, health practitioner specialists, international sports associations, and economic organizations – have … Continue reading

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