Watchdog to feds: Do more to blunt COVID-19 harms | CIDRAP

Source: Watchdog to feds: Do more to blunt COVID-19 harms | CIDRAP

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) this week recommended 16 federal actions to shore up the US response to the country’s ongoing COVID-19–related “catastrophic loss of life and profound economic disruption.”

While noting that the federal government has extended more than $1.5 trillion of the $1.6 trillion earmarked for economic assistance to families, local public health systems, and private businesses, the GAO’s Sep 21 report calls for the government and Congress to take additional steps as the country—already beleaguered by the coronavirus—also faces fall’s hurricane and flu seasons.

The recommendations center on collecting reliable data to support decision making, establishing protocols for accountability and transparency, and preventing the hacking of patient information, intellectual property, public health data, and intelligence.

“If implemented, those suggestions have the potential to significantly improve the nation’s response to the current pandemic as well as strengthen preparations for future public health emergencies,” Gene Dodaro, head of the GAO, said in a GAO news release.

Patriot Coalition: Leaked Messages Show Far-Right Group’s Plans for Portland Violence – bellingcat

Source: Patriot Coalition: Leaked Messages Show Far-Right Group’s Plans for Portland Violence – bellingcat

Bellingcat has acquired several months of chat logs from the Patriot Coalition of Oregon, a network of pro-Trump, pro-police activists. These chat logs were provided by an infiltrator affiliated with the antifascist collective Eugene Antifa. We were also given login information for the infiltrator’s account on GroupMe, a secure messaging app owned by Microsoft. This allowed us to directly observe the group’s communications, to verify the information provided to us and to export a log of those chats directly from the application. (Many posts contain spelling and grammatical errors, which we have not altered.)

These logs provide an intimate look inside a growing insurgent network, and shed new light on episodes of armed conflict which are already on the public record. Topics of conversation include plans for violence in the streets of Portland, celebration of acts of thuggery and even discussions about harming elected leaders and journalists. More than anything, the chats catalog the rapid radicalization of Patriot Coalition’s membership, many of whom express a willingness to kill their perceived left-wing enemies.

Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies | World news | The Guardian

Source: Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies | World news | The Guardian

Leaked chat logs show Portland-area pro-Trump activists planning and training for violence, sourcing arms and ammunition and even suggesting political assassinations ahead of a series of contentious rallies in the Oregon city, including one scheduled for this weekend.

When Netanyahu and Gantz’s indecisiveness kills – analysis – The Jerusalem Post

Source: When Netanyahu and Gantz’s indecisiveness kills – analysis – The Jerusalem Post

they conducted two days of marathon debates in the coronavirus cabinet that were mostly devoted to the questions of whether to close down synagogues and political demonstrations.
Those who wanted to close down one and not the other dug in their heels and issued threats, while those who wanted to compromise were drowned out by their louder counterparts at the extremes.
Netanyahu’s endgame was so unclear that Blue and White ministers had to keep asking him what it was. Gantz tried to sway the conversation away from the protests unsuccessfully and apparently unconvincingly.
Instead, the ministers will continue bickering, and lives will continue to be lost.
There is a time for leadership, when indecisiveness kills. This is that time.

Jumblat Calls for Capitalizing on Hariri’s Initiative

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Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat on Wednesday called on the political parties to meet ex-PM Saad Hariri’s initiative in a positive manner.

“It is time to seize the opportunity provided by yesterday’s paper and capitalize on it in order to facilitate the government’s formation away from narrow calculations,” Jumblat tweeted.

Beware of Folks Pushing the Idea That COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Will Fail from the Start — VAXOPEDIA

That multiple COVID-19 vaccines might soon be found safe and effective and ready to be distributed to millions of people seems to have rattled more than a few people. That must be why we are starting to see some of these folks pushing the idea that these vaccines trials have already failed, even though they…

Beware of Folks Pushing the Idea That COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Will Fail from the Start — VAXOPEDIA