Instead of just filming conditions on farms, they test the animals for signs of the next zoonotic virus – viruses like COVID-19, H1N1, avian flu and others that have jumped from animal to human and killed more than 2 million people on the more all over the world since 1991.
“The reality is that these places, these unnecessary disease factories exist; This is where the risk comes from, ”Lewis Bernier, the team leader, told VICE News. “We have been warning of the threat of pathogens from animal husbandry and especially from pig farms for many years.”
Industrial-scale farming is a system of farming that produces inexpensive, evenly packaged foods like pork – as seen in most supermarkets in the country. The highly efficient and lucrative system originally came from the USA and is now used worldwide. However, this infrastructure is also an almost perfect breeding ground for novel viruses, at least 60 percent of which are zoonotic. […]
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The first modern victim of fake news was a socialist, by Greg Mitchell. A new film about Hollywood of the 1930s reminds us of the first truly modern campaign that targeted California gubernatorial candidate Upton Sinclair.
GOP admits that giving away free money creates jobsby Eric Levitz. Since I’ve been alive, Republicans have been telling America that the way to create jobs is to cut taxes on investors or give companies subsidies or accept higher levels of air pollution. Now the GOP finance minister has declared that there is an alternative to these unsavory options: we could just send everyone some free money.
TOP COMMENTS • SAVED DIARIES
“It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour week, the minimum wage, family vacations, health insurance, social security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of civil security all bear the union label. “
~~ Barack Obama, The Struggle for America’s Workers Continues (2010)
TWEET OF THE DAY
If you are appalled by the Republican belief that the Supreme Court must do whatever the President tells you to do, then I have wonderful news:
Beginning January 20th at noon, Republicans will suddenly believe that the Supreme Court does NOTHING what the President tells them to do.
– Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) December 12, 2020
BLAST FROM THE PAST
At Daily Kos that day in 2017– Trump implies Senator Gillibrand is a prostitute, adding a Twitter attack on his victims:
Donald Trump started the day with a 2-in-1 humiliation in which he wrote both the Russia investigation and the voices of the seventeen (and counting) Women who talked about his sexual harassment.
Despite wasting thousands of hours and spending millions of dollars, the Democrats were unable to make arrangements with Russia. Now they move on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women I don’t know and / or have never met. FAKE NEWS!
Yes. The Russia investigation has revealed nothing – except for the four charges and the noose that are tightening around Trump’s slack red tie. And the women are all part of fabricated stories, like the one Trump admitted during the campaign. Women he never met: including several contestants in Miss USA or Miss Universe that he definitely met, a former candidate at The Apprentice he definitely met, a worker at Trump Tower he definitely met has, a Mar-a-Lago guest he has definitely met, and his ex-wife.
But if it wasn’t clear what Trump thought of women in general, he followed his first tweet an attack on Senator Gillibrand by making his views crystal clear.
Light Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, in the ring for Chuck Schumer and someone who walked into my office not so long ago and begged for campaign contributions (and would do anything for them), who is now fighting Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!