GOP tucks $8 billion for military weaponry in virus bill

The Republican measure includes billions for F-35 fighters, Apache helicopters and infantry carriers sought by Washington’s powerful defense lobby. Overall, the proposal stuffs $8 billion into Pentagon weapons systems built by defense contractors like Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics — corporate titans that sit atop the Washington influence industry.

Source: GOP tucks $8 billion for military weaponry in virus bill

Trump seen voting by mail in newly re-surfaced Access Hollywood video | The Independent

An Access Hollywood video clip from 2004 has reemerged showing President Donald Trump voting by mail, despite recently claiming it leads to fraud. In the segment that was filmed the day of the 2004 presidential election, Mr Trump was driven around New York City with host Billy Bush, while he attempted to cast his ballot.

Source: Trump seen voting by mail in newly re-surfaced Access Hollywood video | The Independent

Is Donald Trump playing politics with the Portland protests?

Is he playing politics? Is the Pope from Argentina? Does the sun rise in the east?

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The anti-racism protests in Portland appeared to be dwindling in size until Donald Trump sent in federal officers to confront them, reports the Guardian’s Chris McGreal

Anti-racism protesters have repeatedly clashed with federal officers in the US city of Portland, Oregon in recent days. They have continued nightly protests ever since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in May.

The Guardian’s Chris McGreal is in Portland and tells Anushka Asthana that to understand what is happening in the city you have to look back at Oregon’s history – and at the politics of the present. Portland is one of the least diverse cities in the US and has a history of segregation and racially divisive policies. But it is also home to thousands of young people incensed by racial inequality and the politics of Donald Trump.

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78% of COVID-19 patients show signs of heart damage after recovery

Overall, the team found that 78 patients had abnormal imaging findings. Findings included raised myocardial native T1 (73 patients), raised myocardial native T2 (60 patients), myocardial late gadolinium enhancement (32 patients) and pericardial enhancement (22 patients). Three patients underwent a biopsy after severe abnormalities were detected; “active lymphocytic inflammation” was present in these patients, but “no evidence of any viral genome.”

Source: 78% of COVID-19 patients show signs of heart damage after recovery

“F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”: GOP Under Fire for Slipping $30 Billion Pentagon Gift Into Coronavirus Plan | Common Dreams News

a look at the legislative text (pdf) released by Senate Republicans shows the HEALS Act is replete with massive gifts to the Pentagon and defense contractors that would do nothing to aid the unemployed, provide nutrition assistance to hungry children, prevent an avalanche of evictions, or stop the spread of coronavirus.

“Last time I checked F-35s don’t help families pay their bills,” Rep. Chuy García (D-Ill.) tweeted in response to the GOP’s proposal of $686 million in spending on new fighter jets.

The legislation also includes hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for surveillance planes, Apache helicopters, and armored vehicles.

 

Source: “F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”: GOP Under Fire for Slipping $30 Billion Pentagon Gift Into Coronavirus Plan | Common Dreams News

Hong Kong warns city on verge of large coronavirus outbreak, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned the city is on the brink of a large-scale outbreak of the coronavirus and urged people to stay indoors as much as possible as strict new measures to curb the disease’s spread take effect on Wednesday (July 29).

The new regulations ban gatherings of more than two people, close dining in restaurants and make the wearing of face masks mandatory in public places, including outdoors.

These are the toughest measures introduced in the city since the outbreak.

 

Source: Hong Kong warns city on verge of large coronavirus outbreak, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

The money raised for Palestinian hospital : Banksy altered sea view triptych sells for £1.8 m at auction

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Banksy three paintings sold for £ 1.8m Tuesday evening at a charitable auction where Banksy donated the price of the three paintings to a Palestinian hospital in the city of Bethlehem that lives under the Israeli occupation.

A Banksy triptych, which aims to make a powerful political statement on the global migrant crisis, sold for £ 1.8m at a charitable auction in London.

The three paintings were offered by Banksy to raise money for Bethlehem Arab Rehabilitation Hospital “BASR“.

Entitled Mediterranean Sea View 2017, the three traditionally framed paintings appear to be Romantic-era seascapes but the lifebuoys and orange life jackets washed on to the shore tell a different story. Banksy made the additions to the three found paintings.

The paintings were originally created for Banksy’s Walled Off hotel in Bethlehem, which boasts “the worst view of any hotel in the world” – a reference to the barrier it looks out on to that separates Israel from the Palestinian territories.

The piece hung in the lobby of the hotel since 2017 but is now being sold to raise money for a new acute stroke unit and buying children’s rehabilitation equipment for the BASR hospital in Bethlehem.

The hotel, which overlooks the West Bank wall dividing Bethlehem, bills itself as having “the worst view of any hotel in the world” and is filled with original Banksy artwork.

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