This photo of a man lying dead in a Wuhan street shows the reality of the coronavirus outbreak SBS News (Kevin W). There have been lots of videos of collapsed or collapsing people on Twitter, supposedly from Wuhan, but I have been concerned that they are “Web evidence,” as in not from the press, the independent media, or individuals with something to lose reputationally. SBS is Satellite Broadcast Systems, a Murdoch-owned free to air network in Oz and they cite Agence France-Presse. Story is careful to say they don’t know how he died. Perhaps more important factoid is that there is a two day wait at hospitals to get seen for virus symptoms, irrespective of one’s condition.
NEW: The arrested Harvard prof is tip of the iceberg. When the Texas A&M system investigated how much Chinese money its faculty was getting, officials were astounded—over 100 were involved in Chinese talent recruitment plans. Only 5 disclosed. https://t.co/Js50566lQt@aviswanatha
It’s extraordinary. As if they had lost rather than won. As if they were grieving rather than celebrating. The UK is going through all this because it is what they wanted but, still, they are consumed by anger. https://t.co/UXIOrnVvtX
America Needs a Miracle Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine. Resilc: “Headed to revolution.” Moi: Stuff like this makes me want to scream. Why have ethnic/tribal splits become so acute? Because everyone outside the elites is scrambling for pieces of a shrinking economic pie. Notice how the rise in tribalism coincides with the start of the neoliberal era? That’s a feature, not a bug.
The Party’s Over: Bernie’s Last Dance With the Dems Counterpunch. Jerry B: “Grab a cup of coffee as this is long but very good. Discusses not only Bernie but the future of the Democratic party if Bernie is the ‘technical’ winner but is prevented from winning by the DNC elite.”
The corporate censorship of independent media outlets is escalating rapidly. After suspending dozens of Iranian and Venezuelan accounts, Twitter now suspended @ZeroHedge, one of the largest alternative news websites. The account had 670,000 followers and was active for 10 years