Hunger in America, Especially for Children, Has “Skyrocketed” During Pandemic 

THE LEVEL OF hunger in U.S. households almost tripled between 2019 and August of this year, according to an analysis of new data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Agriculture. Even more alarming, the proportion of American children who sometimes do not have enough to eat is now as much as 14 times higher than it was last year.

Source: Hunger in America, Especially for Children, Has “Skyrocketed” During Pandemic | Portside

America’s Current Jobs ‘Great Depression’ 

Two well-known and highly respected mainstream economists, Carmen Reinhart, a chief economist for the World Bank, and Vincent Reinhart, chief economist for Morgan Stanley bank, have recently published an article in the widely read and influential capitalist source, Foreign Affairs, entitled ‘The Pandemic Depression’.  Arguing primarily from a global perspective, the economists have concluded the More

Source: America’s Current Jobs ‘Great Depression’ – CounterPunch.org

Only Medicare For All Can Beat Covid  

The horrible irony is that the one candidate, Sanders, who could have done the most good for pandemic victims, lost the race just when he was most needed. Since then his somewhat muted support for Medicare for All and how uniquely helpful it would be at this historic juncture, is dispiriting. The thought that this relative silence originates in a desire not to offend the candidate, Biden, whom he now supports, is downright depressing. More

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University Greed in the Midst of a Global Pandemic 

Students around the nation prepare to return to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic and are met with empty promises of safety: social distancing in the classroom, a hybrid education system with in-person and online teaching, an overwhelming feeling that the return to campus will be just as lonely as the long trek home in early More

Source: Money Becomes King: University Greed in the Midst of a Global Pandemic – CounterPunch.org

Making Billions v Making Ends Meet: How the Pandemic Has Split the US Economy in Two 

It’s only a hundred miles from Manhattan to East Hampton but as the city swelters the Long Island town can seem a world away. Cool Atlantic breezes take the heat off long summer days spent on its miles of white, soft sand beaches. High-priced farm stands provide heirloom tomatoes, peaches and arugula to summer visitors and the mansions of the financial titans and the celebrities, including Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Julianne Moore and Robert Downey Jr, who summer there.  Nor does the coronavirus pandemic seem to have dampened the 1%’s enthusiasm for the Hamptons.

Source: Making Billions v Making Ends Meet: How the Pandemic Has Split the US Economy in Two | Portside

Why Did Labor Leaders Vote Against Medicare for All in the Middle of a Pandemic? 

Earlier this week, four labor leaders voted against including Medicare for All in the Democratic Party platform — a slap in the face to millions of Americans struggling through an unprecedented pandemic. We need a union movement that fights for all workers, both organized and unorganized.  

Source: Why Did Labor Leaders Vote Against Medicare for All in the Middle of a Pandemic? | Portside

Many more people are dying than the official COVID-19 death counts say — and we aren’t sure why

by Ronald D. Fricker Jr., Virginia TechThe number of deaths in the United States through July 2020 is 8% to 12% higher than it would have been if the coronavirus pandemic had never happened. That’s at least 164,937 deaths above the number expected for the first seven months of the year – 16,183

Source: Many more people are dying than the official COVID-19 death counts say — and we aren’t sure why – Alternet.org

The Pandemic Disproves God

Vice President Mike Pence, a renowned born-again fundamentalist, takes the podium as leader of America’s task force on the Corona crisis.  Reporters should ask him: Why did God send the pandemic to kill perhaps millions of people? If Pence answers that nature alone produced the virus, follow-up questions should be: Why didn’t God prevent the tragedy?  Is More

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