This interview with Kevin Lin explains how medical personnel in Wuhan, China sounded the alarm in late December as the coronavirus began to spread. After an initial period of denial and scapegoating, Chinese leaders took decisive actions to contain the virus, even as some of those actions produced unintended consequences. As Covid-19 deaths spike around the world, China faces a potential resurgence of the pandemic and a mounting ecomonic crisis that will test the Communist Party. And although civil society in mainland China and street protests in Hong Kong have been quashed, the crisis may open a path for labor, feminist, and democratic organizing to spread among the youth, even as nationalist tensions rise between the US and China.
Kevin Lin is an activist and researcher in the Chinese labor movement and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America’s International Committee. He is a contributor to Jacobin,Labor…
(UnitedVoice.com) – The coronavirus pandemic has raised a lot of questions over the past few months but none has been more absurd than: Do I have enough toilet paper to last me through this crisis? As crazy as it may seem, suppliers around the world can’t keep up with local demand as people stampede their way through store aisles panic buying up as much toilet paper as they possibly can. Most of the fear and panic comes as local, state, and federal authorities are asking folks to stay home to help stop the spread of this deadly disease. And for some people, it seems the thought of running out of toilet paper during a mandatory quarantine is just too overwhelming. Recently, a video of a Florida couple buying up all the toilet paper in the store was shared on the internet.
This is happening in stores all across the world as people fear for the worst. To help stop the “toilet paper madness of 2020,” a London-based student and software developer, Ben Sassoon, and artist Sam Harris created the site howmuchtoiletpaper.com to help calculate how long your current stash of toilet paper will last and how much toilet paper you’ll actually need to endure a mandated quarantine. The site says it’s also making a plea for people to stop panic buying saying, “Not everyone is able to get to a store and stock up on toilet roll. Don’t be selfish.” It’s never been a more important time for human beings to remain united as the nation struggles in a time of crisis. Buying up more than your fair share of essential supplies is wrong and plain selfish. Be kind, be caring, and remember…we’re all in this together. Copyright 2020, UnitedVoice.com
10 Signs You Could Have a Protein Deficiency By Chelsea Debret
Protein is an essential building block of life and plays important roles in many bodily functions, organs, building muscle mass, and even boosting energy. Simply put, you have to get that proper amount of protein in order to feel good from the inside out. The term protein deficiency actually refers to a range of protein intake — from a slight deficiency to a mild deficiency called hypoproteinemia to a severe protein deficiency referred to as kwashiorkor. While kwashiorkor is a “multifactorial syndrome” caused by severe protein deficiency and is generally seen in many “Central Africa and South Asia, where up to 30 [percent] of children get too little protein from their diet,” a mild protein deficiency “indicates a lack of body protein or a relative deficiency of one of several essential amino acids” and is “synonymous with a negative nitrogen balance.” This mild deficiency referred to as hypoproteinemia is “a condition in which a person has very low levels of protein in the blood.” As the human body “cannot store protein long term for future use” we need to “consume enough protein every day to ensure the body gets enough to work correctly.” Even though kwashiorkor is very rare in the Western world, mild protein deficiencies are commonly seen, especially with the rise of primarily plant-based eating. The plant-based world is rife with sources of protein, but for those transitioning between animal-based protein and plant-based protein, it’s important to know your sources and supplement appropriately. Protein deficiency may not be common, yet it can “affect almost all aspects of body function … [and] as a result, it is associated with many symptoms.” 10 Signs of Protein Deficiency TeroVesalainen/Pixabay While it may be easy to understand what protein deficiency is, it’s a bit harder to identify whether our bodies suffer from this deficiency or not. It’s always a good idea to take a look at your daily diet and make sure you’re consuming protein-rich foods. With that said, there are a handful of physical signs and symptoms that can also alert you to a protein deficiency.
1. Skin Issues
In severe cases of protein deficiency — such as kwashiorkor — the skin will exhibit signs of edema “characterized by swollen and puffy skin.” More moderate protein deficiencies can also be seen via skin issues including “flaky or splitting skin, [or] redness and patches of depigmented skin.”
2. Brittle Hair and Nails
When it comes to some of the physical signs of protein deficiency, pay close attention to your hair and nails! Protein is an “essential part of your hair and nails,” therefore if you protein deficient your nails may become brittle and your “hair can lose some of its luster, and may not be quite as thick as it used to be,” plus it may split much easier. On top of that, if these warning signs don’t trigger your spidey-senses, possible hair loss may do the trick. In order to “preserve protein stores” the human body “shuts down hair growth.”
3. Mood Changes
Amino acids aren’t simply “building blocks of protein,” but they are also “necessary for healthy brain function.” When you suffer a deficiency in protein, you also suffer from an amino acid deficiency, which has been “linked to depression, brain fog, sluggishness, and lack of focus.” This may manifest itself in severe irritability or increased depression.
4. Loss of Muscle Mass
It’s not too difficult to jump to the conclusion that protein deficiency — the building blocks of muscle mass — will lead to a loss of said muscle mass. This is because “muscles are your body’s largest reservoir of protein” and when you’re suffering a deficiency “the body tends to take protein from skeletal muscles to preserve more important tissues and body functions.” If protein deficiency is ignored it will lead to “muscle wasting over time.”
5. Increased Risk of Bone Fractures
A symptom that you don’t necessarily see, but definitely feel are bone fractures. If protein deficiency is left untended to for long enough, “our bodies borrow from other areas, including the storage in our skeletal muscle tissue” in order to transfer the protein to more essential organs and our brain. On top of the weakened skeletal structure, if you’ve also lost muscle mass, your bones will be “more susceptible to injuries like fractures and breaks.”
6. Trouble Fighting Infections and Healing
While the immune system is essential for fighting foreign invaders, it’s also a key player in healing infections. This means if you suffer from a protein deficiency, it can also knock down your immune system a couple of pegs. An impaired immune system “may increase the risk of severity of infections, a common symptom of severe protein deficiency.” This may also lead to recurring viral or bacterial infections. Plus, when it comes to protein and your immune system, it turns out “even a marginally low protein intake may impair” its function. Therefore, this may be one of the first symptoms you experience.
7. Increased Appetite
Milder forms of protein deficiency cause an increase in appetite, while a severe deficiency — such as kwashiorkors — has the opposite effect. As your body struggles to find sources of protein, it will attempt “to restore your protein status by increasing your appetite, encouraging you to find something to eat.” With that said, you may find that you’re craving “savory, high-calorie foods” rather than sugary treats.
8. Weight Gain
As a side effect of the increased appetite, you may find a slight or not so slight fluctuation in your weight. Unfortunately, “modern society offers unlimited access to savory, high-calorie foods,” therefore instead of recognizing the protein deficiency for what it is, we simply satisfy those cravings with the boundless food options available. On top of that, many of these foods have low amounts of proteins, so you’re still not fixing the deficiency and only increasing caloric intake.
9. Immune System Disruption
As we learned in the protein 101 section, protein is an essential component of a healthy immune system. Your immune system protects the body and helps “fight off foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.” A protein deficiency can cause your immune system to be slightly compromised, which means a lot more sniffly noses and sore throats that just don’t go away.
10. Feeling Fatigued and Weak Claudio
You may think these issues are linked to the loss of muscle mass and it definitely is related, but there’s more to it. Protein is a macronutrient meaning it provides energy for the body. What happens when you don’t have enough protein? Weakness and fatigue. How does it work? Turns out protein is a “component of hemoglobin, which is present in our red blood cells and transports oxygen throughout the body” and when these oxygen levels drop it “could cause weakness or shortness of breath.”
Protein-Rich Plant-Based Recipes Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts With Quinoa Risotto/One Green Planet The best way to make sure you steer clear of a protein deficiency is to simply add lots of plant-based protein sources to your weekly regimen. And, there’s a slew of options to choose from including almonds and peanuts, oats, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, quinoa, beans, lentils, tofu, and pumpkin seeds, just to mention a few of my favorites. Get your daily dose of protein starting with one of these delightful, protein-filled recipes!
Rice and Beans Rice and Beans/One Green Planet The most important part of plant-based protein is variety! This helps ensure that you’re getting complete proteins — a protein source that has all nine essential amino acids. This Rice and Beans recipe by Nita Ragoonanan combines two sources of protein — rice and beans — offering a healthy daily dose of protein. Plus, you’ll get healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and lots of dietary fiber!
Almond Butter Tofu Stew Almond Butter Tofu Stew/One Green Planet Tofu is one of the best plant-based sources of protein available. A half a cup of firm tofu has over 19 grams of protein! This Almond Butter Tofu Stew recipe by Jackie Sobon not only provides that much-needed source of tofu-based protein, but it’s also rich in a slew of colorful vegetables meaning loads of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Chickpea & Lentil Salad Chickpea & Lentil Salad/One Green Planet Aside from tofu, lentils are an excellent source of protein. One cup of cooked lentils has over 17 grams of protein! Chickpeas are also a wonderful protein-rich food with one cup offering over 14 grams of protein. Therefore, this Chickpea & Lentil Salad recipe by Stephanie Davies is a slam dunk of plant-based protein that is easily incorporated into the day either as a small snack, a filling lunch, or a side dish at dinner!
Trapped at home? Watch the Northen Lights via live stream
Proving again the Internet is quite possibly the best (and worst) thing ever invented.
Located at the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Churchill, Manitoba, this live cam is located directly underneath the aurora oval?one of the best places on earth to watch the aurora borealis, the spectacular atmospheric phenomenon better known as the Northern Lights. Late winter and early spring are the best times for the aurora, so be sure to stop in during the months of February and March!
Nonetheless, the Covid-19 infection rates, hospitalization rates, and death rates continue to rise in Italy. While testing has increased, those testing positive have also increased.
Italy needs to serve as a warning/wakeup call of things to come in other countries. Coronavirus arrived in Italy on January 31st, and the first cluster was identified in Lombardy on February 21st – less than a month ago.
The mortality (death) rate from Coronavirus, Covid-19, was 11% as of yesterday, March 18th, for the Lombardy region. The estimate for the worldwide mortality rate from the 1918 flu is around 10%.
Since March 14th, testing in Lombardy has increased by over 30%, but cases have increased by over 50%. 67% of…
As much of the world goes into various stages of lockdown because of the Wuhan coronavirus, Mexico is in denial. The government’s response thus far has been to downplay the risks and carry on with life as normal. Mexican officialdom has taken almost no steps to contain the virus or prepare for an outbreak, despite a warning last week from the deputy health minister that a widespread outbreak is inevitable and that community transmission could begin there in a matter of weeks.
When that happens—not if, when—things are going to deteriorate very quickly in Mexico. The outbreak will almost certainly affect the entire country, cripple the economy, and threaten to bring down an already weak and corrupt government.
As of Saturday, there were only 41 confirmed cases in Mexico, where the disease was first detected at the end of February, about a month after it was…
MARCH 18, 2020
JENNIFER LEACH, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF CONSUMER & BUSINESS EDUCATION, FTC
As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll on people’s pocketbooks, there are reports that the government will soon be sending money by check or direct deposit to each of us. The details are still being worked out, but there are a few really important things to know, no matter what this looks like.
1. The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money. No fees. No charges. No nothing.
2. The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.
3. These reports of checks aren’t yet a reality. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
Look, normally we’d wait to know what the payment plan looks like before…
“Coronavirus Outbreak Spain Plans Two-week Lockdown to Fight COVID-19
By VOA News
Updated March 14, 2020 08:49 PM Spain announced Saturday that it would severely limit the movements of its 46 million people to try to contain the coronavirus pandemic spreading in Europe.
Madrid said it would employ steps similar to those Italy took in locking down its country for two weeks.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, in announcing the measures, said that starting immediately, residents would be allowed to leave their homes only to buy food or medicine, to go to work, to find medical care or to help care for the young or elderly.
Hours after the announcement, Sanchez’s office announced his wife, Begona Gomez, had tested positive for the virus.
Spanish officials said that as of Saturday, there were more than 5,700 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, an increase of 1,500 in 24 hours. The…
Since the president announced the end of “Catch and Release,” approximately 14,000 more unlawful aliens were deported or returned than arrived at the southwest border over the past 5 months. Read more: https://t.co/ml93ULI18upic.twitter.com/5mDvoe301B
Today in History: On March 9, 1997, The Notorious B.I.G. was killed in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. The legendary rapper, also known as Christopher Wallace, was 24. https://t.co/3a5119pqYS
Originally posted on AIM Truth Bits: Italian leaders actually care about the health and well-being of their citizens, Congratulations, Giulia Grillo, for standing up against the globalist agenda of maiming and destroying human life. ANTI-VACCINE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT SACKS ENTIRE HEALTH…
A comprehensively corrupt U.S. intelligence apparatus warns voters that foreign influences are attempting to support any candidate adverse to the interests of a corrupt Intelligence Community. Americans “must remain aware that foreign actors continue to try to influence public sentiment and shape voter perceptions.”
What a Deep State message. According to the interests who transmit the warning…
It’s not the demonstrably proven history of corrupt political activity by officials running U.S. intelligence agencies that has eroded public trust in these institutions. Why no, it’s foreign actors who amplify the sunlight upon proven corrupt political activity by officials running the intelligence agencies….. We swear, it’s their fault – Trust us.
At the turtle hospital in Marathon, Florida, vets are currently taking care of 42 sea turtles. “But five are coming,” adds Bette Zirkelbach. The next day, he reports that five others are doing CT scans at a normal hospital – “the human hospital”.
The Turtle Hospital is a veterinary rehabilitation center that, since opening in 1986, has treated and released thousands of sea turtles. The facility hosts around 100 turtles each year, but this number can vary considerably. They hosted 81 turtles in 2016 and 175 in 2015. Of all these sea turtles, about half had a disease called fibropapilloma, or FP for short. FP is a herpes-like virus that causes benign tumors. In themselves, tumors are not lethal, but they can eventually kill turtles by compromising their ability to breathe or swim. Recently, the hospital has tested a cutting-edge electrochemotherapy technique to remove tumors. Through a technique called electroporation…
President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution making the song our national anthem.
Today is Tuesday, March 3, the 63rd day of 2020. There are 303 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 3, 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution.
On this date:
In 1791, Congress passed a measure taxing distilled spirits; it was the first internal revenue act in U.S. history.
In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a measure creating the National Academy of Sciences.
In 1894, British Prime Minister William Gladstone submitted his resignation to Queen Victoria, ending his fourth and final premiership.
In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger escaped from the Lake County Jail in Crown Point, Indiana, along with another prisoner, Herbert Youngblood.
In 1943, in London’s East End, 173 people died in a crush of bodies at the Bethnal Green tube station, which was being used as a wartime air raid shelter.
In 1974, a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris, killing all 346 people on board.
In 1985, coal miners in Britain voted to end a year-long strike that proved to be the longest and most violent walkout in British history.
In 1991, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video. Twenty-five people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs airport.
In 1996, Israel declared “total war” against the militant group Hamas after a bus bomb in Jerusalem killed 19 people, including the bomber, the third such suicide attack in eight days.
In 2001, a plane carrying members of a National Guard engineering crew crashed in heavy rain near Macon, Ga., killing all 21 people on board.
In 2002, voters in Switzerland approved joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality.
Ten years ago:
Appearing before a White House audience of invited guests, many wearing white medical coats, President Barack Obama firmly rejected calls from Republicans to draft new health care legislation from scratch. Greece announced painful new austerity measures, cutting salaries for government workers and raising sales taxes as it tried to snuff out a financial crisis threatening Europe’s economy. British politician Michael Foot died in north London at age 96.
Five years ago:
In a direct challenge to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran would pave “Iran’s path to the bomb.” President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign such a deal and that Netanyahu was offering no useful alternative.
One year ago:
A tornado roared into the small community of Beauregard, Alabama, killing 23 people; it was the nation’s deadliest tornado in nearly six years.
Singer-musician Mike Pender (The Searchers) is 79. Movie producer-director George Miller is 75. Actress Hattie Winston is 75. Singer Jennifer Warnes is 73. Actor-director Tim Kazurinsky is 70. Singer-musician Robyn Hitchcock is 67. Actor Robert Gossett is 66. Rock musician John Lilley is 66. Actress Miranda Richardson is 62. Rock musician John Bigham is 61. Radio personality Ira Glass is 61. Actress Mary Page Keller is 59. Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 58. Former NFL player and College Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker is 58. Actress Laura Harring is 56. Contemporary Christian musician Duncan Phillips (Newsboys) is 56. Rapper-actor Tone Loc is 54. Actress Julie Bowen is 50. Country singer Brett Warren (The Warren Brothers) is 49. Actor David Faustino is 46. Gospel singer Jason Crabb is 43. Singer Ronan Keating (Boyzone) is 43. Rapper Lil’ Flip is 39. Actress Jessica Biel is 38. Rock musician Blower (AKA Joe Garvey) (Hinder) is 36. Musician Brett Hite (Frenship) is 34. Pop singer Camila Cabello is 23. Actor Thomas Barbusca (TV: “The Mick”) is 17. Actress Reylynn Caster is 17.
Thought for Today:
“Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.” — Daniel J. Boorstin, educator and Librarian of Congress (1914-2004).
The definition of STEM is actually so broad that it even includes sociology 🙄. However, the screen shot from the New York Fed, found below, shows high levels of unemployment and underemployment in areas that we commonly think of as STEM, such as Math, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Information Systems and Management, and Computer Science.
As of February, Information Systems and Management graduates have unemployment rates of 5% and underemployment rates of 38.1% with 24% having graduate degrees. Thus, a total of 43.1% are either unemployed or underemployed. The NY Fed defines underemployment as working in a field that normally shouldn’t require a college degree, rather than working part-time.
One Corona virus case was found in Mexico City. The man had recently visited Italy. The other case was found in Sinaloa state, where there is already a travel warning due to high levels of crime: “Sinaloa state – Level 4: Do Not Travel – Do not travel due to crime. Violent crime is widespread. Criminal organizations are based and operating in Sinaloa state.Dec 17, 2019“https://archive.li/S1ZaD
From VOA News:
“Mexico Confirms First Coronavirus Infections
By VOA News
Updated February 28, 2020 03:53 PM
Mexican health authorities announced Friday that they had confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in Mexico.
A man in Mexico City who recently visited Italy tested positive Friday, and another patient was confirmed in the northern state of Sinaloa. Brazil is the only other country that has coronavirus in Latin America.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
Below we see the types of health coverage in OECD countries. Bernie Sanders continues to mislead people on this topic. There is great variation. Many countries do force their citizens to buy health insurance, i.e. “compulsory health insurance”. Some of this health insurance coverage only allows treatment within the local county or region. It’s not a socialist wonderland.
P. 10 http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdisplaydocumentpdf/?cote=COM/DELSA/GOV(2019)2&docLanguage=En Denmark has “government schemes” based on taxation, but is decentralized into regions and previously in counties. In the Canadian system providers are mostly private and the provinces (i.e. states) tax and administer the system. If you move to another province you have to get private insurance for several months, until you are covered. None of these have the highly centralized system that Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposes. The closest is probably France, which is a much smaller country. France and Canada put caps on fees charged, however, whereas…
Remember that the Trump administration is sitting on Bernie Sanders’ FBI file. If Bernie is the nominee, you can expect this file to drop as an October surprise 🤣: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/bernie-sanders-fbi-files-71171/ Wake up Berniecrats before it’s too late, and vote for a candidate who didn’t go to a Marxist Zionist Kibbutz in Israel when he was in his early 20s; vote for a candidate who wasn’t an elector for a Marxist-Leninist political party (SWP), when he was in his late 30s/early 40s; vote for a candidate who didn’t honey-moon in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, when he was 47. Bernie was middle-aged. This wasn’t the confused idealism of youth. And, let’s not forget that Bernie had no qualms about dumping Vermont nuclear waste in Texas. Coincidence or not, Bernie’s Marxist-Zionist kibbutz stint links him to Trump mega-donor Miriam Adelson, as well, through the Mapam party. According to the Jewish…
As of December 2019, 41% of recent graduates and 33.8% of college graduates were working in jobs that do not require a college degree. Whereas traditionally underemployed means not working full time, here the definition is people working in jobs that shouldn’t require a college degree. These include STEM workers: https://www.newyorkfed.org/research/college-labor-market/college-labor-market_compare-majors.html
“Notes: The underemployment rate is defined as the share of graduates working in jobs that typically do not require a college degree. A job is classified as a college job if 50 percent or more of the people working in that job indicate that at least a bachelor’s degree is necessary; otherwise, the job is classified as a non-college job. Rates are calculated as a twelve-month moving average. College graduates are those aged 22 to 65 with a bachelor’s degree or higher; recent college graduates are those aged 22 to 27 with a bachelor’s degree or higher. All…
Not only would Bernie Sander’s plan not pay for free four year college for everyone, it could undermine free community college programs, by shifting state funding to more costly four year colleges-universities.
Under Sanders’ plan, the Federal government would provide $47 billion per year to eliminate tuition and fees at public colleges and universities. He apparently assumes a steady-state total tuition of $70 billion per year, so that it would cover 67% and assumes that states would fund 33%. However, free college-university means that, unless entrance is restricted, the number of students attending would increase, so the amount that $47 billion covers would decrease. Additionally, not all states would be willing or able to pay the 33%.
Furthermore, it is unclear how this would impact the ability of states to provide free community college. The state funds risk being shifted from two year community colleges, where they are better used…
The extremely poor and the disabled are covered by Medicaid in the United States, and senior citizens are covered Medicare and/or Medicaid. The chart below shows the types of health coverage in OECD countries. Bernie Sanders continues to mislead people on this topic. As can be seen, there is great variation. Many countries force their citizens to buy health insurance, i.e. “compulsory health insurance“, as can be seen below. If they are forced by law to buy health insurance, of course they are covered by health insurance!Some of this health insurance coverage only allows treatment within the local county or region, so that it is cheaper. This most basic insurance is non-profit. Such is the case for Switzerland, which WHO says still spends more than the US on health. The OECD says it spends a bit less: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_total_health_expenditure_per_capita. Bernie’s brother Larry Sanders is very worried about the…
"All truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860). "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" - George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information infotainment tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and partisan activist opinion/commentary reporting - this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell