The Best Links On The Net: 4-30-2020 by Jenova Project

Updated: May 20, 2020

A collection of the best links gathered around the net on a wide variety of engaging substances. I hope you all enjoy! All links are found up on The People's Party Of Planet Earth on Facebook for discussion. Feel free to join in, and submit your own articles for discussion as well:

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Economy & Sociology


As US Economy Tanks, Study Finds Unemployment Numbers Likely Double Official Figure by Mint Press News

Link: https://www.mintpressnews.com/coronvirus-us-economy-study-finds-unemployment-numbers-double-official-figure/267124/

Commentary: The way unemployment is tracked has never been even remotely close to the % of people who are actively unemployed. So when they say unemployment could reach 20%, it's probably gonna be closer to 40-50%... scary times!


Fifty days into the COVID-19 pandemic, and homeless people are still in a desperate situation by Rabble

Link: https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/cathy-crowes-blog/2020/04/fifty-days-covid-19-pandemic-and-homeless-people-are-still

Commentary: In a country where shelter is considered a right, we don't guarantee it very well or very safely.


How to fix the world by Open Democracy

Link: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/oureconomy/how-fix-world/

Commentary: We are a crux in history and we have an opportunity. We have an opportunity to stay the course and most likely collapse under our own unneeded pressure. Or we could use this as a beautiful opportunity to do something different. Realize that privatizing our essential services and allowing a small % of the population to accumulate most of the wealth, all while depriving our social safety nets through harsh austerity, is not the way to go. We can take back our Democracy and Essential Economic Services and return them to the people through a process of integrated decentralization. Our future doesn't have to be as bleak as some predict. And this doesn't mean the end of Capitalism or private ownership. It just means private ownership can't come at the expense of public and ecological safety going forward. Same thing with Globalism. It doesn't need to end. It just needs to actually be Global, instead of an extrapolation of old age colonialism. There is a plan, a series of steps to get us there. Far-reaching, sourced, and comprehensive. Read this article, it's really quite brilliant.


It's time to repurpose dying retail spaces for community housing by Rabble

Link: https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/04/its-time-repurpose-dying-retail-spaces-community-housing

Commentary: As the retail market further and further collapses, it would be in the government's best interest to tackle the increasing housing issues by providing more affordable housing. This would ultimately strengthen our economy by reducing the burden that rent puts on low-income households meaning more of their money could be spent into increasing their quality of life and putting more of their money into the economy. It would also prevent the development of slums as places are shuttered with nothing to return, which if it were to happen would reduce property values around and increase crime and homelessness.


Medication Shortages Are the Next Crisis by The Atlantic

Link: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/medication-shortages-are-next-crisis/610798/

Commentary: Things like this are glad that I'm able bodied and don't require medication to survive. Living in these times and having your life dependent on medicine would be frightening.


The condominium’s grim reapers: Coronavirus and recession by The Conversation

Link: https://theconversation.com/the-condominiums-grim-reapers-coronavirus-and-recession-135662

Commentary: The condominium model really only works with strong economies where people can afford to pay collectively. As soon as people start to foreclose the cost of the expenses they were helping cover get passed on to everyone else. In tight economic markets, and now more specifically crisis markets, it can be difficult to refill the vacancies leading to long term financial strain on the overall condominium's maintenance, and eventually lead to the complete financial destruction of the unit.


The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped Aggressive Medical-Debt Collection by Truthout

Link: https://truthout.org/articles/the-pandemic-hasnt-stopped-aggressive-medical-debt-collection/

Commentary: More proof how the medical care system is all profit, with health as a secondary consideration. During a crisis this sort of predatory activities should 100% be prohibited.


Trump Against Additional COVID-19 Relief, Backs Cuts to Social Security Instead by Truthout

Link: https://truthout.org/articles/trump-against-additional-covid-19-relief-backs-cuts-to-social-security-instead/

Commentary: Tax breaks to corporations didn't lead to job growth in most cases with his tax cuts to the rich. So doing so, instead of providing further relief to workers, during this crisis is just plain lunacy.


US: Avoid Covid-19 Catastrophe in Jails, Prisons by Human Rights Watch

Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/04/29/us-avoid-covid-19-catastrophe-jails-prisons

Commentary: The overcrowded unsanitary conditions on American prisons are prime ripe areas for mass infection. Providing a safe environment isn't only essential to the prisoners, many of them minor offenders, but also the extensive working staff kept in there with them (And all of their family and friends they could potentially expose!)


Environmental


As Covid-19 Forces Emission Reductions, Media Offer Oil Industry Elegies by FAIR

Link: https://fair.org/home/as-covid-19-forces-emission-reductions-media-offer-oil-industry-elegies/

Commentary: Imagine if we took air pollution as seriously as COVID. Based around the #s we really should be.


COVID-19 Lights Up Biological Annihilation by Species In Peril

Link: https://speciesinperil.unm.edu/wp/covid-19-lights-up-biological-annihilation/

Commentary: Until we treat our wildlife like a sanctuary, our human health like a right, we will continue along a pathway of biological annihilation.


Deadly Leaps by Grist

Link: https://grist.org/climate/these-scientists-saw-a-pandemic-coming-now-theyre-trying-to-stop-the-next-one/

Commentary: Minimizing our continual encroachment into nature, and banning our exotic wildlife trade (for food or otherwise), could go a long way to minimizing the impact of viruses, around 60% of new ones which comes from exotic animals.


Facing a Health Crisis, Cities Implore Courts to Limit Pollution by EcoWatch

Link: https://www.ecowatch.com/cities-pollution-sue-epa-2645871452.html?rebelltitem=3#rebelltitem3

Commentary: Given how linked air pollution and infection is you think the world would have taken it more seriously if we really cared about a public health crisis...


Health


Experts: People Probably Aren't Actually Catching COVID Again by Futurism

Link: https://futurism.com/neoscope/experts-probably-not-catching-covid-again

Commentary: Combined with the news that the mutations currently exhibited by COVID have been minor and mostly insignificant in regard to people who have been infected's ability to continue to fight off the virus with developed antibodies, this is positive news for hopes that a vaccine, or even herd immunity, may actually help.


Heart disease more likely for adults with dysfunctional childhoods by Northwestern Now

Link: https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2020/04/heart-disease-more-likely-for-adults-with-dysfunctional-childhoods/

Commentary: Another proof to show how much of an impact our nurture really has upon us. So much of the blueprint for our adult life gets set up in our childhood.


Opinion: Stress Not Only Destroys Your Health But Also “Makes You Addicted” by TruthTheory

Link: https://truththeory.com/2020/04/29/opinion-stress-not-only-destroys-your-health-but-also-makes-you-addicted/

Commentary: Stress makes us more susceptible to looking for quick and easy dopamine responses, aka addictive substances and activities. Totally makes sense!


Politics


“Believe Science” Is a Bad Response to Denialism by The New Republic

Link: https://newrepublic.com/article/157442/believe-science-bad-response-denialism

Commentary: If you really put together the timeline between the pre-response of COVID to the current activities, ranging from politicians to so-called experts, it's actually rather tragic what you see in the US. Shit show really doesn't do it justice.


COVID-19 poses an existential threat to human rights activists worldwide by Open Democracy

Link: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/5050/covid-19-poses-existential-threat-human-rights-activists-worldwide/

Commentary: We can't wait for governments to act in open brazen Tyranny. They'll target the minorities and critics first, using crisis as an excuse. But once they have the minorities and critics under control, your rights are next!


Disaster capitalism: Coronavirus crisis brings bailouts, tax breaks and lax environmental rules to oilsands by The Conversation

Link: https://theconversation.com/disaster-capitalism-coronavirus-crisis-brings-bailouts-tax-breaks-and-lax-environmental-rules-to-oilsands-135996

Commentary: Reading this absolutely boils my bones. This is disaster fascism, not disaster capitalism. Making such sweeping changes to the way business is regulated, all in line with your agenda prior to the crisis, is messed up beyond belief. This needs to be opposed by every Canadian who cares about our environment and/or economy. Oil is a dying industry and letting them destroy the Province further to prop up a corpse is non-sensical. Especially when it's gonna come at the cost of essential workers like teachers and health care professionals who are needed more than ever during these tough times.


'No Consequences for Negligence That Kills': McConnell Wants Corporate Immunity From Covid-19 Lawsuits by Common Dreams