Category Archives: Rock on-Peace Out

Coronavirus: Who cares about stocks when people are dying? | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 27.03.2020

All of a sudden, it is the things you cannot buy that become worthy of envy. The old woman happily sunning herself on her balcony. The bopping shadow of a father carrying his newborn around in a sling at night. The sound of the family next door laughing over a game of Monopoly. And you never knew your neighbor could play the piano so beautifully! Domestic contentment has acquired the credentials of a currency. What other insights can we garner from this disaster? That there is a correlation between populist leaders and the time taken to accept reality. The extra days and weeks Trump, Johnson et al needed to bust the myth of their own exceptionalism have already cost lives. Meanwhile, as countries including the United States rush to introduce the biggest economic stimulus packages in their history, it is worth considering that if small government offers no cure in a pandemic, it may not be the healthiest option in ordinary times either. In the weeks and months ahead, normality will return to one country at a time. Goods will once again roll off assembly lines. Shops will reopen. The rat race will resume. But maybe, just maybe, if we take this opportunity for self-reflection, thi

Source: Coronavirus: Who cares about stocks when people are dying? | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 27.03.2020

Coronavirus in Brazil: Cuban doctors wait for their chance | Americas| North and South American news impacting on Europe | DW | 25.03.2020

Cuban doctors are renowned for their expertise with epidemics. As COVID-19 spreads, Brazil is considering giving medical licenses to thousands of Cuban physicians in the country. This one is waiting for his chance.

Source: Coronavirus in Brazil: Cuban doctors wait for their chance | Americas| North and South American news impacting on Europe | DW | 25.03.2020

Jack Ma Offers to Supply the US With Covid-19 Tests and Masks | WIRED

As the US government promises to ramp up more Covid-19 testing, an unlikely billionaire is offering to lend his help: Jack Ma, cofounder of the Chinese tech giant Alibaba. Ma’s philanthropic organization, the Jack Ma Foundation, said early Friday morning it would donate 500,000 Covid-19 testing kits and 1 million protective face masks to the US. The action comes after US health authorities have struggled for weeks to test people for the new coronavirus, falling far behind testing rates in other developed countries like Italy and South Korea.

Source: Jack Ma Offers to Supply the US With Covid-19 Tests and Masks | WIRED

In the Shadows of Men: Threat of Divorce – nadiaharhash

THREAT OF DIVORCE It was as if my divorce threatened to break apart all the marriages in society. Suddenly, I became a threat to every man and woman, and a threat to my own family—both my married and unmarried sisters. I brought disgrace when I asked for divorce. In the midst of the aggression that…
— Read on nadiaharhash.com/2020/02/11/in-the-shadows-of-men-threat-of-divorce/

Photos: Jane Fonda Saved Her Best DC Fire Drill Friday for Last

This Friday’s iteration featured Fonda alongside famous friends like Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon, and Joaquin Phoenix, as well as indigenous leaders who have recently opened a new wave of activism. Hundreds turned out on the lawn outside the Capitol to hear speeches and then take to the Capitol steps. Police encroached and issued a warning for people to vacate or risk arrest for holding an unpermitted event.

Source: Photos: Jane Fonda Saved Her Best DC Fire Drill Friday for Last

Trump’s Senate trial is rigged, but a Watergate hero has an idea for saving impeachment | Will Bunch

With Mitch McConnell setting up a sham trial, Democrats need to be creative in getting the most from impeachment. John Dean has a great idea.

Source: Trump’s Senate trial is rigged, but a Watergate hero has an idea for saving impeachment | Will Bunch

“Let’s impeach him now and NOT send it to the Senate rather keep investigating in the House, and add such supplemental articles as needed!” Dean wrote on Twitter this weekend. “Just let it hang over his head. If the worst happens and he is re-elected, send it to the Senate. But keep investigating!!”

Dean is not alone in suggesting this. There’s a growing sense among those who believe that Congress has a duty — both to the American people and to future presidents — to call out high crimes and misdemeanors that impeachment is actually the be-all-and-end-all sanction, considering that a kangaroo court awaits in McConnell’s Senate. Indeed, people with access to Trump say that — while he believes impeachment will help him in the 2020 campaign (and he may be right) — he also sees the looming vote as a huge humiliation. As it should be.