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    Daily Digest 5/23 – Layoffs Spread Despite Businesses Reopening, Cash Has Become The New Typhoid Mary

    by Daily Digest

    Saturday, May 23, 2020, 9:49 AM


U.S. labor market struggles as layoffs spread despite businesses reopening (Sparky1)

This also raises questions about the efficacy of the government’s Paycheck Protection Program. A broad lockdown of the country in mid-March to contain the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, initially led to layoffs in mostly low-wage consumer-facing businesses such as restaurants and retailers. But economists say weak demand was causing layoffs in other industries like utilities, information, finance and insurance, and education.

Free money: Amid the coronavirus, a monthly paycheck from the feds doesn’t seem crazy (Sparky1)

The federal government, with near-unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans, is sending up to $1,200 to most people to blunt unprecedented job losses. Democrats in the Senate and the House have proposed even larger monthly payments.

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Yang proposed a universal basic income, with the U.S. providing $1,000 every month to every American adult. It seemed an unlikely proposal, but now leading Democrats have warmed to the idea.

Lockdown Delays Cost at Least 36,000 Lives, Data Show (tmn)

The enormous cost of waiting to take action reflects the unforgiving dynamics of the outbreak that swept through American cities in early March. Even small differences in timing would have prevented the worst exponential growth, which by April had subsumed New York City, New Orleans and other major cities, the researchers found.

Why These Regular Moms Dumpster-Dive to Feed Their Kids (Sparky1)

“When we began dumpster diving, the goal wasn’t financial; we simply couldn’t bear the thought of perfectly good food going to waste,” Jackie explains. “Given the amount of energy it takes to grow, harvest, process, package, and ship the products we consume, having them end up in landfill — especially when so many people are food insecure — feels criminal.”

In a pandemic, no one wants to touch it. Why cash has become the new Typhoid Mary (Sparky1)

The Almighty Dollar has lost some of its might in the time of COVID-19. While most struggling businesses will take payment in any form to make ends meet during the economic downtown, a minority reject cash, fearing that it could be a transmission vehicle for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Some experts predict that the pandemic will accelerate a steady flight by American consumers away from dollars and cents.

Lululemon won’t take cash as it reopens (Sparky1)

In January, the New York City Council approved legislation that prohibited stores and restaurants from banning cash. Philadelphia, San Francisco, and the state of New Jersey previously passed similar legislation. Roughly 6.5% of American households, or about 14.1 million people, are “unbanked,” meaning that they don’t have a checking or savings account and would not be able to make a purchase at stores that don’t accept cash.

Getting Back to Normal: The Need for a SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (tmn)

In parallel to understanding both the natural history of COVID-19 disease and the correlates of immunity to this virus, research on candidate vaccines has moved forward very quickly. Following the first reported case in December 2019, the viral etiology, the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its genomic sequence were identified in record time. Soon thereafter, the structure of the SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein was solved at high resolution, highlighting a potential vaccine target.

Exclusive: A quarter of Americans are hesitant about a coronavirus vaccine – Reuters/Ipsos poll (Sparky1)

Most respondents in the survey of 4,428 U.S. adults taken between May 13 and May 19 said they would be heavily influenced by guidance from the Food and Drug Administration or results of large-scale scientific studies showing that the vaccine was safe.

Less than two-thirds of respondents said they were “very” or “somewhat” interested in a vaccine, a figure some health experts expected would be higher given the heightened awareness of COVID-19 and the more than 92,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States alone.

Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis (Christian)

We were unable to confirm a benefit of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, when used alone or with a macrolide, on in-hospital outcomes for COVID-19. Each of these drug regimens was associated with decreased in-hospital survival and an increased frequency of ventricular arrhythmias when used for treatment of COVID-19.

In silico comparison of spike protein-ACE2 binding affinities across species; significance for the possible origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Angus N.)

Here we show how computational chemistry methods from structure-based drug design can be used to determine the relative binding affinities of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein for its receptor, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)-2, a critical initiating event for SARS-CoV-2 infection, across multiple common and exotic animal species.25-27 The aim of these studies was to better understand the species-specific nature of this interaction and see if this could help elucidate the origin of SARS-CoV-2 and the mechanisms for its zoonotic transmission.

‘How Can I Be Sick?’ Woman Who Took Hydroxychloroquine For 19 Years To Treat Lupus Still Got COVID-19 (DH)

“When they gave the diagnosis, I felt like it was a death sentence. I was like, ‘I’m going to die,’” she said. “I’m like, ‘How can I be sick? How? I’m on the hydroxychloroquine.’ They were like, ‘Well, nobody’s ever said that was the cure or that was going to keep you safe’ and it definitely did not.”

Wuhan and US scientists used undetectable methods of genetic engineering on bat coronaviruses (Kevin V.)

Now Dr Richard Ebright, an infectious disease expert at Rutgers University (USA), has alerted the public to evidence that WIV and US-based researchers were genetically engineering bat viruses to investigate their ability to infect humans, using commonly used methods that leave no sign or signature of human manipulation.

We Were Never Asked (thc0655)

If avoiding others, wearing masks, and social distancing are so effective, then—like refraining from smoking or skydiving—the people who feel strongly about risk have the means of protecting themselves. Perhaps vulnerable populations are well-served to follow these precautions. Just as people can choose not to get on a motorcycle, the vulnerable and cautious can engage in voluntary masking and social distancing.

The risks and benefits of living normally can be borne by those who want to live.

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  • Sat, May 23, 2020 - 10:04am



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    Surveillance for Our Protection

    A small part of an article at Unz Review

    If we don't give all control to the authorities then how can they protect us?

    In Israel, everyone has to install and use the Mossad-prepared app tracing all your contacts. The app can send you a text message saying “You passed by a corona-infected person; you have to immediately proceed to your home and stay there in seclusion for a fortnight”. You can’t argue with the app, and the app won’t pay your mortgage and your grocery bills.

    In Moscow the regime of control is also by an app. A person who visited hospital or even a doctor, has to install the app, and send a selfie whenever the app demands, even in the middle of the night. An omission to comply within one minute is punished by a 4000 roubles (US$55) fine.

    In order to convince people, the Covid enforcers say they do it “to save the old and vulnerable”. This is a pathetic lie. Actually they created an extremely uncomfortable regime for old people. In Israel, there is a plan (yet to materialise) to issue a ‘green patch’ to people over 60. Only persons displaying the green patch are allowed to go into public space. An elderly person is liable to arrest and fine if he fails to display the patch. The patch will be issued by police after a medical check-up, and will be valid for a year. Even green patch bearers will be forbidden to fly. It does not sound like protection of the elderly. Israel is not alone: in American Samoa, people over 60 must stay at home, imprisoned.

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  • Sat, May 23, 2020 - 12:24pm

    Helen Highwater

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    Daily Digest articles

    I'm curious why Peak Prosperity would includes articles in the Daily Digest that contradict much of what Chris Martenson says about how to stop the spread of the coronavirus. For instance today there is one entitled "We Were Never Asked" and it's all about why people should not have to follow health experts' advice to wear masks because it infringes on their "freedoms". Is this just so we see differing points of view, or are the articles not being vetted before they are posted?

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  • Sat, May 23, 2020 - 2:14pm



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    Wrong information leads to wrong conclusion

    As a nurse, I can confidently tell you that the article is wrong. With a person wear mask, he/she is protecting OTHERS, NOT himself/herself (unless the person is wearing N95). Eg, When I wear a mask, I am attempting to protect you (NOT ME), so in turn, I will need you to wear your mask to protect me. We protect one another this way. Thus, me alone wearing a mask is NOT going to save me.

    The article you mentioned says that we are able to protect ourselves when we wear masks while others don't. This is definitely untrue and incorrect.

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  • Sun, May 24, 2020 - 8:13am



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    HCQ Lancet Study

    Read it carefully.  Study participants were people who received HCQ within 48 hours of diagnosis, NOT within 48 hours of becoming symptomatic.  Since all participants were hospitalized, it’s likely many were symptomatic for multiple days before diagnosis.  Heck, diagnosis alone might have taken a few days, since some hospitals test for everything else first.

    Also, no mention of Zinc.

    Studies like this add no value, quite the opposite.

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  • Sun, May 24, 2020 - 9:01am



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    StevveONeal said:

    I would propose that paper and coin currency have a minor quantitative, but not a qualitative distinction from, for instance the same wallet that carries the credit cards, the shelves, counters railings, shopping carts, door handles........ everything else in the public arena.  Should we ban door knobs...?.... (frankly, making push-doors for public bathrooms, in particular, for the exit phase, is really useful).  Perhaps we can ban shelves, or even shoes......  Cash, like everything else, is easily handled on the same basis as all other public surfaces, and, has the additional huge bonus of being easily decontaminated by placing in a baggie (like the masks) for a week.  The anal retentive can of course lightly bake it for a couple of hours in aluminum foil for a quickie result.  Being cloth, it can, in the extreme, be laundered (legitimately).   With a very small effort, we can make paper a viral short-circuit that actually picks up the virus and allows it to be rendered to a neutral condition, actually having a cleansing presence.  In addition to the liver cleanse, we have the cash cleanse.  What's sorely missing from our lives is not sanitary soylent digits, but leadership.   I would go so far as to say that a number  of norms that will contribute substantially to eradication of the virus are things we should as a so-called advanced  culture be doing anyway.  The masks and HCQ+  regimens can then be a sixty day procedure that we can take comparatively in stride, with only a one-time (or rare) eighteen percent dip in GNP.

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  • Mon, May 25, 2020 - 5:41am



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    Don’t violate my rights!

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