Usher’s News & Analysis for Oct. 6, 2020

Essentially what I've been advocating right from the start:

What they did: Te Pūnaha Matatini director Shaun Hendy said in an interview with Axios Friday that the cluster had been contained to Auckland because of the city's short, sharp lockdown and rigorous coronavirus testing rates.

• Ensuring workers at air borders like Auckland Airport are tested regularly means "we'll catch [cases] early and stop them turning into a bigger outbreak," Hendy said.

I'm not sure about the "short" part. It has to be long enough to outlast the incubation and contagious stages.

New Zealand "beat the virus again," PM Jacinda Ardern says


No serious and even remotely knowledgeable person on the subject believes Juan Guaido is the president of Venezuela. The idea that he is, is a false notion conjured up by neocon imperialists who couldn't care less about democracy in Venezuela.

Good ruling:

Venezuela's Maduro wins UK court appeal over $1 billion in gold reserves held by the Bank of England


If the Japanese can talk China down from China's coveting the South China Sea, then more power to the Japanese.

Personally, I think the Chinese People will have to undermine and overthrow the fake Communist Party of China and install a truly democratic national system. It would be great if that can be done without bloodshed, but Xi is capable of murdering hundreds of millions to cling to his absolute totalitarian power.

US, Australia, India, Japan to discuss China's growing power


Correct thing to do:

California prosecutor will reopen investigation into the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant


Better late (extremely late) than never.

... after months of eschewing masks in keeping with the president’s scorn for face coverings, the White House was moving to finally enforce such practices. Mr. O’Brien said National Security Council staff members working at the White House complex must now wear face masks when around others or in common areas.

“Over the past couple days as this spread through the West Wing, notwithstanding the bubble that was created here in the testing, we made mask wearing mandatory for National Security Council staff,” Mr. O’Brien, who had a mild case of the virus himself in July, told reporters at the White House.

As Trump Seeks to Project Strength, Doctors Disclose Alarming Episodes


This is a huge deal in Michigan. I don't believe the Governor is playing politics with this but rather sincerely trying to protect the people of Michigan.

When the Supreme Court issued its decision, Whitmer said her agencies retained similar emergency authority not at issue in the ruling that would allow the agencies to issue new rules.

Michigan health department issues mask mandate after high court nixes Whitmer's orders


Gov. Gavin Newsom said the amount of land scorched by the August Complex is larger than all of the recorded fires in California between 1932 and 1999.

“If that’s not proof point, testament, to climate change, then I don’t know what is," Newsom said.

Epic scale of Western wildfires grows as a single fire surpasses 1M acres


This is what I mentioned a few days ago that I most wanted to know about concerning Trump's taxes and financials.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s son Eric was questioned under oath by the New York attorney general’s office, which is probing whether the family’s real-estate company falsely reported property values to get loans or tax benefits, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal lawyer and fixer who has become a vocal critic, has said his ex-boss inflated the value of his assets “when it suited him” and deflated the same figures to reduce his tax liability.

Eric Trump Testifies in New York Probe of Asset Valuations


The USPS did not respond to CNN's inquiries as to why only first-class mail on-time delivery had decreased.

On time delivery of first-class mail, which contains ballots, plummets


Just four weeks after we celebrated our 10th annual Mercury Awareness and Mercury-Free Dentistry Week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a long-overdue safety communication on amalgam.

In an astounding about-face to its previous stance, the FDA issued a warning that mercury fillings may adversely affect pregnant women, children and other susceptible individuals, and should be avoided by these groups.

The safety communication1 was posted September 24, 2020, and with this, we have suddenly achieved an incredibly important goal that we’ve had our sights on for the last decade!

Success — FDA Finally Issues Amalgam Warning


Significantly, an insurer’s delay in providing a coverage position and the rates it agrees to pay independent counsel, forces an insured to retain counsel and commence the defense on its own without any of the benefits it paid for when it purchased the insurance policy. As a result of these negative effects caused by the insurer’s delay, the insurer loses the protections of Section 2860, including any claimed right to pay anything other than reasonable fees incurred through the insured’s chosen defense counsel.

California Corner: Insurer’s Failure to Immediately Commence Defense Waives California Civil Code Section 2860 Rate Limitations for Independent Counsel


My takeaway from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons article is that masks help but are no panacea, far from it. The better the mask, the more it blocks; however, the less it should be worn. That means the best approach to fighting the current pandemic is isolation.

Unfortunately, the best way to do as much isolation as possible that will work is for the maximum number of all the people of the world to isolate at the same time and to do so long enough for the virus to die. To do that would take all the governments of the world cooperating to provide as much to all the people of what they need as possible while also protecting those who would not be as isolated.

To minimize the time those who would be less isolated would have to wear a mask, shifts would have to be reduced in length, which means more people would have to be hired. The foregoing barely scratches the surface. Don't hold your breath waiting for the world to do the right thing. It has never happened. When it does, we'll be living in Heaven, literally.

Mask Facts


Wrong.

Ransomware will go away, Carmakal said, only if organizations that have been hacked stopped paying the ransoms, or if law enforcement caught enough of the criminals. “I don’t know how realistic that is,” he added.

Ransomware will go away when governments ban the currencies the criminals demand, untraceable cybercurrencies. They don't ask for US Dollars because of the trail.

How Did ‘Ransomware’ Get So Bad? - The New York Times


I don't like Bill Gates' effort concerning food. He's against exactly what we need. He's either extremely ignorant or just in it for the money.

Gates Foundation investments have a significant influence on how food systems are shaped in Africa, according to a June report from the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES). The group reported that billions of dollars in Gates Foundation grants have incentivized industrial agriculture in Africa and held back investments in more sustainable, equitable food systems.
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The Gates Foundation agricultural development approach of building markets for larger-scale, high-input commodity crops puts it at odds with emerging thinking about how to best deal with the volatile conditions caused by the twin crises of climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Mariam Mayet, executive director of the African Centre for Biodiversity, sees the ramped up PR campaigns as “evidence of desperation” that they “just cannot get it right on the continent.”

Her group has for years been documenting “the efforts to spread the Green Revolution in Africa, and the dead-ends it will lead to: declining soil health, loss of agricultural biodiversity, loss of farmer sovereignty, and locking of African farmers into a system that is not designed for their benefit, but for the profits of mostly Northern multinational corporations.”

The Cornell Alliance for Science should be reigned in, Mayet said in an August webinar about the Gates Foundation’s influence in Africa, “because of the misinformation (and) the way that they are extremely disingenuous and untruthful.” She asked, “Why don’t you engage in a fair fight with us?”

Gates Foundation doubles down on misinformation campaign at Cornell as African leaders call for agroecology

In my Biology 101, we studied ecology. It was great. What did Bill study?


There isn't, and never was, any evidence whatsoever that Russia hacked Podesta or the DNC or Hillary's server in her basement.

On Dec. 22, 2016, CrowdStrike caused an international stir when it claimed to have uncovered evidence that Russians hacked into a Ukrainian artillery computer app to help pro-Russian separatists. Voice of America later determined the claim was false, and CrowdStrike retracted its finding.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense was forced to eat crow and admit that the hacking never happened.

If you wanted a computer testing firm to fabricate a Russian hack for political reasons in 2016, CrowdStrike was who you went out and hired.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: How The DNC Hired CrowdStrike to Frame Russia for the Hack


... Joe Biden's outright denial of a financial relationship between his son's company and Baturina flies directly in the face of documentary evidence, which by the way was gathered by federal agencies during the Obama-Biden era.

I'm sure Joe wasn't answering what most people think he was asked. It's up to journalists to dig and to ask specific, detailed questions designed to eliminate spin. Hunter wasn't paid all of the money. An entity he partly owned was. If you don't ask the right questions, you likely won't find out what you really want to know even from someone who's technically not lying.

Joe Biden defense of his son's overseas business deals conflicts with public evidence


Good for Massie and Gaetz, both Republicans.

Gabbard gains GOP supporters for her push for U.S. to drop charges against Assange, Snowden


"Chaos is the endgame." Eventually, if we allow things to continue, the ultra-rich will start thinking they don't even need the rest of us to buy things. We need democracy before it's too late. I think it's inevitable.

Renegade Inc | The War Hawks Come Home to Roost

Belmarsh prison’s most famous resident Julian Assange said “Nearly every war that has started in the past 50 years has been a result of media lies.”

In 1960 the writer Albert Camus said “The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.”

Both statements are correct and interwoven so when will we finally see through the spin to ensure there’s no more war? Labor rights lawyer and peace activist Dan Kovalik joins host Ross Ashcroft to discuss.


Ex-OPCW chief Jose Bustani reads Syria testimony that US, UK blocked at UN

At a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, October 5 2020, the US, UK, France and allies blocked the testimony of Jose Bustani, the first Director General of the OPCW. The Grayzone has obtained Bustani's prepared statement and is publishing it in full.

Bustani was invited to brief the Security Council on the OPCW's cover-up of an investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018. The US, UK, and France bombed Syria after accusing the Syrian government of dropping toxic gas in Douma. OPCW inspectors later found evidence that undermined the official narrative, but were censored by their superiors under US pressure.

As the OPCW's first Director General, Bustani experienced first-hand the costs of challenging pro-war narratives. In 2002, he was personally threatened by John Bolton and ousted as OPCW chief after he facilitated inspections that stood in the way of the Bush administration's drive to invade Iraq.

In his comments, Bustani voices support for the OPCW inspectors and urges the current Director General, Fernando Arias, to let them air their suppressed evidence in a transparent manner.

"At great risk to themselves, [the inspectors] have dared to speak out against possible irregular behaviour in your Organisation, and it is without doubt in your, in the Organisation’s, and in the world’s interest that you hear them out," Bustani says. “Regardless of whether or not there is substance to the concerns raised about the OPCW’s behaviour in the Douma investigation, hearing what your own inspectors have to say would be an important first step in mending the Organisation’s damaged reputation. The dissenting inspectors are not claiming to be right, but they do want to be given a fair hearing."