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“Coronavirus Capitalism”: Naomi Klein’s Case for Transformative Change Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Author, activist and journalist Naomi Klein says the coronavirus crisis, like earlier ones, could be a catalyst to shower aid on the wealthiest interests in society, including those most responsible for our current vulnerabilities, while offering next to nothing to most workers and small businesses. In 2007, Klein wrote “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” Now she argues President Trump’s plan is a pandemic shock doctrine. In a new video for The Intercept, where she is a senior correspondent, Klein argues it’s vital for people to fight for the kind of transformative change that can not only curb the worst effects of the current crisis but also set society on a more just path.

These two moon bear friends are enjoying sharing a hammock and playing with bits of bamboo at our bear rescue centre in Vietnam. Happy #MoonBearMonday!
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: COVID-19 shows "we are as safe as the least insured person"

Democratic primary rivals former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders took to the debate stage Sunday to an empty audience in their first one-on-one face-off amid escalating tensions over the COVID-19 pandemic.


The two clashed on their solution to the COVID-19 crisis, Medicare for All, the climate emergency, Joe Biden’s voting record and whether or not the U.S. needs a political revolution. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor says that more than anything, COVID-19 provides a clear argument for the necessity of Medicare For All, and makes a strong case for a Bernie Sanders presidency.


"What Sanders said over the weekend, that we are as safe as the least insured person, has never made more sense than it does in this moment," she says. "We have to ask as a society, are we going to use this opportunity or use this moment to actually implement fundamental change, or are we going to continue to kick the can down the road and act as if there is some normal to get back to?"

Tips on hand-washing don't "lift the anxiety" for prisoners across the U.S. worried about COVID-19

Visits to federal prisons and most state prisons in the U.S. have been shut down in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which poses a growing threat to the 2.3 million people locked up in prisons and jails across the country.


In the San Francisco Bay Area, where the local government has implemented one of the most severe responses in the U.S. to halt the spread of COVID-19, the San Quentin State Prison has put two prison blocks under partial quarantine.


Juan Moreno Haines, an award-winning journalist who has been imprisoned in San Quentin since 2006, says the prison has also posted signs about proper hand-washing technique and information about how the disease is spread.


"But that doesn't lift the anxiety level," Haines says. "My personal opinion is that it's not a matter of if it's going to happen, it's when it's going to happen."

How Republicans are packing federal courts with conservative extremists

Amid headlines flooded with COVID-19 updates, The New York Times released a report detailing how Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been personally asking veteran conservative judges to retire so that President Trump can fill the vacancies before the next election.


"Two-thirds of the appellate judges that have been confirmed in the Trump administration are white men — many of them carrying very extreme views against gay marriage, trying to undermine voting protections and voting rights in this country," says Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former head of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice during the Obama years.


"They're very young. These people will serve in these positions for a lifetime. Even as we are grappling with the enormous democracy burdens that the pandemic is causing us, let's not lose sight of what's happening to our federal courts."

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The Fashion Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know These Facts About Cashmere

Do you know the effects cashmere has on the environment? It's estimated that 70% of Mongolia’s grasslands have degraded largely because of the demand for it. Desertification like this can cause dust storms reaching all the way to the U.S.


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Anyone who has ever felt or even thought of the pain of losing a loved one knows that there is nothing quite as excruciating. Every pet owner's nightmare is waking up and finding that his/her beloved one has been taken. Across Southeast Asia, this is a reality for millions of dogs and cats that get stolen and killed for the dog and cat meat trade. Please support our campaign against this horrible crime http://bit.ly/DogAndCatMeat


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PETA's mission statement is that animals are not ours to experiment on, eat, wear, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way: https://www.peta.org/about-peta/


The website the meat industry doesn't want you to see: https://www.meat.org/


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Blind kitten sits in a parking lot and wonders how will she survive in this world.

Luckily for Kenshi, Hope For Paws got a call about her, and things turned around quickly once JoAnn Wiltz and Katie McKittrick arrived.


I really hope this will help convince you to join us with a small donation: https://www.HopeForPaws.org Two days after the rescue, the mom, dad and the two siblings were captured too. The mom and dad never had human contact, so Loreta Hernandez and Jessica Holguin got them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and released. They are fed daily, and they are happy. It is important to understand that there are THREE MILLION feral cats in Los Angeles and it's a real challenge. The best we can do is to try and get as many as possible fixed. Kitten season is almost here, and it's just a nightmare to be born to these conditions and I feel so sad for the ones we never hear about.


If you would like to see a longer version that includes the surgical procedure, you can see it here: https://rumble.com/user/HopeForPaws - it's not for everybody...the surgery shows the removal of the eyes, but it really brings you closer to the things they have to deal with.


Kenshi was adopted to the most amazing home - you just have to see this kitten with the dogs at the end! Kung Lao and Raiden are still looking for a home, and if you would like to adopt them, please contact our friends at: https://www.KittyBungalow.org Thanks for sharing our videos with your friends who LOVE cats :-) Eldad




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