Daily Digest 6/3 – The Long, Painful History of U.S. Police Brutality, How Does COVID Kill People?

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The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S. (TS)

A respected school nutritionist, Castile was one of 233 African-Americans shot and killed by police in 2016, a startling number when demographics are considered. African-Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population but account for 24 percent of people fatally shot by police. According to the Washington Post, blacks are “2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers.”

Today’s stories are anything but a recent phenomenon. A cardboard placard in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and on view in the new exhibition “More Than a Picture,” underscores that reality.

Live updates: As protests nationwide continue past curfew, tension eases in some cities (Sparky1)

Some cities, however, experienced another night of chaos. In New York, hundreds of protesters walking over the Manhattan Bridge were met by a blockade of police officers who had refused to let the group exit the bridge. At Lafayette Square in the District, protesters who threw water bottles and shook the fence separating them from a line of law enforcement officers near the White House were met with pepper bullets and pepper spray. And what was an hours-long peaceful protest in Portland, Ore., turned ugly after police shot off tear gas and flash bangs.

Lawmakers Begin Bipartisan Push to Cut Off Police Access to Military-Style Gear (TS)

“It is clear that many police departments are being outfitted as if they are going to war, and it is not working in terms of maintaining the peace,” Mr. Schatz said in an interview. “This is not the only thing we need to do, but as our country sees these images on television that remind us of some countries far, far away, it’s time to recalibrate this program. Just because the Department of Defense has excess weaponry doesn’t mean it will be put to good use.”

Trudeau: Canadians watching US unrest and police violence in ‘shock and horror’ (Sparky1)

“It’s a very Canadian tradition to speak in platitudes, to refer to the underground railroad and to speak about Canada as a haven and a place that acknowledges its past mistakes,” said Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives. “But we continue to see similar structural harms and structural kinds of violence as we do in places where leaders make more overtly vitriolic statements towards black communities.”

Black flight attendant’s emotional talk with white airline CEO (Sparky1)

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant had an emotional conversation about race with a passenger who later revealed he was the CEO of American Airlines.

How Does COVID Kill People? (dwatney)

This endothelial damage then triggers a widespread ‘inflammatory’ response that triggers the development of blood clots – not just in the lungs – but also everywhere else in the body. The endothelial damage is, in effect, the body attacking itself, through an immune response – the so-called ‘cytokine storm’. Some of the resulting clots that result are small, some big. This overall process is known as Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC).

DIC, by blocking and damaging a high percentage of small blood vessels in the lungs, hampers gas exchange, driving down oxygen levels, and can lead to death through oxygen desaturation.

Early Outpatient Treatment of Symptomatic, High-Risk Covid-19 Patients that Should be Ramped-Up Immediately as Key to the Pandemic Crisis (Debbie B.)

Evidence about use of hydroxychloroquine alone, or of hydroxychloroquine+azithromycin in inpatients, is irrelevant concerning efficacy of the pair in early high-risk outpatient disease. Five studies, including two controlled clinical trials, have demonstrated significant major outpatient treatment efficacy. Hydroxychloroquine+azithromycin has been used as standard-of-care in more than 300,000 older adults with multicomorbidities, with estimated proportion diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmias attributable to the medications 47/100,000 users, of which estimated mortality is

Governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company (Alex M.)

Data it claims to have legitimately obtained from more than a thousand hospitals worldwide formed the basis of scientific articles that have led to changes in Covid-19 treatment policies in Latin American countries. It was also behind a decision by the WHO and research institutes around the world to halt trials of the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine.

Two of the world’s leading medical journals – the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine – published studies based on Surgisphere data. The studies were co-authored by the firm’s chief executive, Sapan Desai.

This farmer says amateur bakers are saving his business (Sparky1)

By Davide Cannaviccio (CNN) New York mill and flour business saved by rising population of amateur bakers in the time of Covid-19.

Yangjiang Nuclear Power Station reported a 0-level deviation event (reeseclark7)

According to the international nuclear event classification table and nuclear safety regulations, the event is defined as a level 0 deviation event, which has no impact on the safe operation of the unit, the health of employees, the surrounding public and the environment.
  

Yangjiang Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. has announced the details of the operation on the website.

Video: Scientists Warn About Accelerating Extinction Rates, Civilization At Risk Of Disintegrating (Sparky1)

Scientists say that accelerating extinction rates among animals could put civilization at risk of disintegrating.

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