Joblessness surpasses Depression record and this virus isn't going away soon

Time for a Little Truth About the Economy and the COVID-19 Pandemic

(This story is being published jointly by ThisCantBeHappening.net and Tarbell.org) The auto industry is gearing up to bring back at least half its workers and to begin producing cars again. Across the country, states and localities are attempting to restart businesses that have been shuttered for as much as two months because of the Coronavirus …

John Prine and Bernie Sanders:

Honoring Two Men Just Brought Down by the Coronavirus Pandemic

  Two hugely important people were taken down by COVID-19 this past week. Both have left a legacy, the importance of which cannot be ignored. John Prine The first struck down last week is one of the greatest modern songwriters of my lifetime, John Prine. One of my favorite musicians, Prine was a humble, funny …

Epidemic Epistle III: A COVID-19 crisis diary by Dave & Gary Lindorff:

It’s Spring and I’ve Turned 71 in a Pandemic-Induced Recession

  I’m feeling a little weird these days.  No, don’t worry! I’m not coming down with suspicious flu-like symptoms. So far fortunately, I’m managing to stay healthy despite my 71 years and a lung condition that makes me particularly at risk of any respiratory illness that comes along — much the worse if it’s a …

No helping hand from the little hands man

Americans Stranded Abroad — Another Coronavirus Crisis Scandal

Neshamah Maillard understands the necessity for ‘social distancing’ to combat the deadly health crisis from the Coronavirus Pandemic. However, Maillard never thought in her wildest imagination that the ‘social distancing’ required for Coronavirus meant her staying over 3,500-miles from her daughter. But Coronavirus chaos resulted in Maillard, a Philadelphia-area resident, being thousands of miles from …

Huge layoffs = major recession; Raging infections and deaths = major epidemic:

Neither Pandemic Nor Economic Collapse is Going to Be a Short-Lived Crisis

  On Thursday, April 2, the bottom fell out of the US economy, as the US Department of Labor reported that an unprecedented 6.6 million more workers in the US had been laid off and had filed claims for unemployment compensation payments with their state Unemployment Offices last week. That stunning news followed the already …

Could this virus and economic crisis be a revolutionary moment?

Marx on the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Ron Ridenour Copenhagen — “A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of” COVID-19. For Marx and Engels writing the Communist Manifesto, in 1848, that spectre was communism, their political system of choice. This flaring ghost they described frightened the capitalist class, which endeavored to exorcise its breath. The contemporary specter (thesis-see note) is a new …

Hundreds of billions of bucks for arms, nothing for hospital beds, medical tests, masks and ventilators:

We Have Met the Enemy and It’s a Tiny Virus

4/3 Update:  By the time the sacked captain left his ship on orders from a miffed Pentagon brass because of his leaked letter pleading with the Navy to allow his threatened 5000 crewmembers leave the ship for quarters in hotels in Guam where they could be quarantined and  separated to prevent further spread of the …

An urgent message for Bernie Sanders:

Bernie! You Need to Call for Immediate Expansion of Medicare to All Americans to Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic

  This is your moment! Nature, globalization, Trump perfidy and idiocy, Democratic gutlessness and the sheer insanity of the US health “system” have come together to present you with the perfect answer to the question: How to defeat the entrenched neoliberal Establishment controlling the Democratic Party and their figurehead candidate of choice Joe Biden, and win the …

It’s coming so stay calm but get ready!:

COVID 19 Could Kill at the Same Rate as the 1918 Flu, But There Are Ways to Protect Yourself and Others

By Kris Neuhaus, MD, MPH If you’re like me, you probably take advice from experts with the proverbial “grain of salt”. That is just part of our midwestern heritage. As often as not, the warnings turn out to be over-blown, or at least seem to be when viewed from the rear window. Think Y2K bug, …