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Talking Politics: Adam Tooze on the Crisis #2


OK, this has been delayed, but there are some good points here

This Episode –  19 March 2020

We catch up with Adam on the latest twists in the crisis: from the ECB’s change of heart to new threats in emerging markets. What is happening in Germany? How vulnerable is the UK? Can anything shake the hold of the almighty dollar? Much more in the weeks to come. MORE AT LINK







Talking Politics is an audio podcast hosted by British academic David Runciman, Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge. It was launched on 27 March 2016 by Runciman. It is also regularly co-hosted with other Cambridge academics, especially Helen Thompson, Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies, and also Christopher Brooke, lecturer in political theory Chris Bickerton, reader of modern European politics, and the late Aaron Rapport.

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Safe better than essential


This approach is more logical. It is ludicrous that Briscoes and Noel Leemings can open, effectively encourages people to leave home, but small locally owned businesses are penalised


The government is deciding what is an essential business or service, Act says it would be better to determine what is safe:

 . .. If the objective is to stop the spread of COVID-19, then the test should be whether something can be done safely, not whether it is essential. Moving to a test of safety rather than necessity would be a much better way of fighting the virus while salvaging businesses.

‘Essential’ Compromises ‘Safety’

The Government rightly says it is essential to have food available. Once food is available in an area, no other activity is permissible. But making people travel further to visit a smaller number of bigger and busier stores undermines our goal of reducing the spread of the virus. Supermarkets have remained open because they are essential but they have only undertaken safety mechanisms more recently. Under a safety approach, only food stores with safe processes…

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Never waste a crisis #1


A message that Green zealots have clearly taken to their hearts as we see this. As if the economic damage wreaked by Coronavirus was not enough, EU leaders now want to inflict this on their populations. Madness,absolute madness

Today’s Ardern luvvies inanity #8


You can fool some of the people all of the time


Al Jazeera – The Listening Post: Controlling the coronavirus narrative: China’s propaganda push


March 15,2020

On The Listening Post this week: As COVID-19 goes global, China’s propaganda plan is to turn the tide of negative press in their favour. Plus, the B-scheme movie of apartheid South Africa.

Controlling the coronavirus narrative: China’s propaganda push The coronavirus story took a turn last week when a government spokesman in Beijing told journalists to stop reporting that the COVID-19 virus originated in China.

Ever since last year when the first case was reported in the city of Wuhan, the origin of this outbreak has not been a point of contention, not even in China’s state media – until now.

Why the change of tack? It comes down to the numbers. More than a hundred countries are affected. The number of cases keeps climbing, so does the death toll. The cost to the global economy is already in the billions of dollars and it could reach trillions. Those are the kinds of figures no government wants to be associated with.

Contributors: Liu Xin – Host and journalist, CGTN Yaqiu Wang – China researcher, Human Rights Watch Shelley Zhang – Writer, China Uncensored Professor Steve Tsang – Director, SOAS China Institute



On our radar: Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Flo Phillips about the charges brought against the Slovak businessman on trial for the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak.

The propaganda films of apartheid-era South Africa Like many governments, South Africa’s apartheid rulers offered subsidies to the film industry. The ‘B-scheme’ was one such subsidy. In order to qualify, filmmakers – who were mostly white back then – had to produce films with black casts, for black audiences in a black South African language such as Zulu, Xhosa or Tswana. From around 1973 to 1989, as many as 1500 of those films were produced. But in many cases there was a prevailing theme; one that would explain why the apartheid government would help bankroll movies that were made – ostensibly – for the entertainment of black South Africans. The Listening Post’s Nic Muirhead reports on the B-scheme subsidy and the effect it had on film making in apartheid-era South Africa.

Contributors: Charles Mokatsane – Cinema owner Benjamin Cowley – CEO, Gravel Road Productions Gairoonisa Paleker – Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria Tonie van der Merwe – Filmmaker



MSNBC – Morning Joe: Trump claims ignorance re lack of tests


From March 31

Here’s hoping Big Pharma come up quickly with something to beat Covid-19


Point of Order

Stuff’s  headline   ran “Vaccine  hopes  push sharemarket   higher”.

An  intriguing  one,  and sure  enough  Wall St had  rallied  on  news  the   drug  giant  Johnson & Johnson had   reported it  expects to begin human clinical tests  on a  vaccine  candidate  for  Covid-19  by  September.

Point  of Order  went in search  of  other  international  developments  being reported in the battle against  the Covid-19 pandemic.

In  the  UK,  the BBC reported  a breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care has been created in under a week.  University College London engineers worked with clinicians at UCLH and Mercedes Formula One to build the device, which delivers oxygen to the lungs without needing a ventilator.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are already used in hospitals but are in short supply. China and Italy used them to help Covid-19 patients.

The  BBC   said  40 of the new devices…

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