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Capitalism, Ecology and the Corinavirus outbreak

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wojtek
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Mar 18 2020 22:07
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For it’s not necessarily the oft-mentioned African-China extraction connections that will facilitate its spread, but the relatively easy access that Europeans often have to African countries. Today, many of the “African” cases of COVID-19 are visitors from Italy and France. UK, US and EU citizens often purchase automatic access at the border, while these same countries have extensive application processes for African citizens and frequently reject African visa applicants and asylees. Border promiscuity, the widespread idea that viruses move indiscriminately across borders, is therefore, a naïve expression of the outbreak narrative; viruses move in bodies, and the freedom of certain bodies, certain people, to move across borders needs to be acknowledged.

http://somatosphere.net/forumpost/border-promiscuity-racialized-blame/

COVID-19: Korean consulate issues warning after violent attack in Montreal

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Mar 20 2020 23:32

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Mar 21 2020 00:51

Don't normally watch the news but seeing hospitals filled past their capacity and staff forced to decide who can and can't be saved is a bit enraging to say the least. The idea this is just a "natural disaster" definitely needs to be pushed back against, pointing out how capitalism's at fault every step of the way (from the origin of viruses, their spread and resulting deaths) as some groups/organizations have done. Hopefully this radicalizes people against capitalism and more develops out of these next weeks than just rent strikes (if there is a rent freeze or landlords agree to temporarily suspend payments then that's not really challenging anything), mutual aid type stuff (shifting the burden onto regular people because meeting needs/ensuring people's survival isn't how capitalism operates; nothing against mutual aid), or ubi-type payments, some of which have the full or partial support of leftists and right-wingers in gov.

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Mar 22 2020 10:37

https://twitter.com/allyjung/status/1241364037839052800

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Mar 23 2020 03:03

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=43&v=sGvNiIqQWZk&feature=emb...
https://www.helpthemhelpus.co.uk/

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We are currently looking at donating to research, setting up a 24/7 national psychological support service, and ways to boost personal protective equipment for NHS workers during the pandemic.

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Mar 23 2020 12:05

By the way, I think it's worth keeping a record of the official gov.uk advice to employers - I have screencaps but unfortunately not a full archive of the old version, which explicitly talked about if employees were confirmed with coronavirus. As of today, March 23rd, they seem to have removed all references to testing and confirmed cases, but it still says:

official government advice wrote:
What to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) on site

...It is not necessary to close the business or workplace or send any staff home

For reference, here's what they were saying last week (please don't judge my 49 tabs):

wojtek
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Mar 25 2020 00:45

The NHS are hiring seemingly especially. Are they testing healthy successful applicants to see whether they are carriers since being asymptomatic is a possibility? Or does one have to demonstrate their footballing/acting proficiency?

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Mar 25 2020 11:08
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The NHS are hiring seemingly especially. Are they testing healthy successful applicants to see whether they are carriers since being asymptomatic is a possibility? Or does one have to demonstrate their footballing/acting proficiency?

I saw the NHS is trying to recruit basically an army of volunteers for delivery of food/basics to self-isolating people.
My response was that it ought to be met with demands for decommodification of necessities and rent cancellation, or basically any demands that benefit everybody irrespective of employment or legal status. As opposed to proposals for UBI for the duration of the break in society's "regular programming", which have quickly become quite mainstream.

Here's a good piece by Max Haiven:

No return to normal: for a post-pandemic liberation
https://roarmag.org/essays/no-return-to-normal-for-a-post-pandemic-liber...

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Mar 25 2020 15:11

BBC: Why coronavirus is a class issue in the UK

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Mar 26 2020 17:18

Two potentially useful posts from IWW Scotland:

How to set up a stairwell/neighbourhood Covid-19 Whatsapp support group

CORONAVIRUS: YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK

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Mar 27 2020 06:03

https://itsgoingdown.org/autonomous-groups-are-mobilizing-mutual-aid-ini...

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Mar 27 2020 07:39

Great piece by Bue Rübner about the viral pandemic and the economic downturn:

Pandemic Insolvency: Why This Economic Crisis Will Be Different
https://novaramedia.com/2020/03/26/pandemic-insolvency-why-this-economic...

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Mar 27 2020 17:08

Dunno if it's worth setting up a separate thread for neighbourhood-mutual-aid-group posts or keeping them all here, but today I got a leaflet through the door from the council recommending I look up my local group on fb, and also suggesting that I have a look at Acorn(!) Interesting times.

wojtek
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Mar 28 2020 00:42

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/masks4nhsheroes

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Mar 28 2020 07:23

Bill Ackman made 2.7bn betting against the markets. Business leaders and senators (just fter a briefing) have been selling off stock before the collapse. I am assuming it is pension funds (for those who have them, that have been buying at the top of the market)

Nothing like that is happening where I live, as far as I know.

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Mar 29 2020 19:30

Air pollution is right down here now. It took a few days but the roadside monitoring graph is pretty clear.

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Mar 29 2020 21:21

Although the temperature is also dropping so that could be the cause, personally I doubt it though.