John Prine performs on stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California on 2nd October, 2009. (Photo: Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Culture Entertainment Music

‘Ah Baby, We Gotta Go Now’: Music Legend John Prine dies at 73 after battle with coronavirus

The celebrated songwriter and performer “captured the simplicities and the complexities of the human existence in stark and stunning glory.” by Jon Queally, staff writer John Prine, one of America’s most cherished songwriters and folk artists,…

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Posted in Coconino County Coronavirus Flagstaff Navajo News

201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported by Coconino County, and 426 on the Navajo Reservation.

Flagstaff  Updated by Meteor staff Wed, April 8, 11:00 PM, MST. — CCHHS reports 15 deaths, 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 57 tests pending and 769 negative tests to date. Across Arizona there are 2,726…

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The Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center is run by The GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest private prison contractors. (CREDIT: Patrick Michels/Reveal)
Posted in Coronavirus ICE Immigration News Public Policy Reveal

Inside ICE lockdown: Face masks made of socks, no hand sanitizer and growing tensions

During his shifts in the kitchen, he and other detainees would speak about the supervisor who kept coughing. Between meals, it’s Iglesias’ job to wipe down the tables where detainees eat. He wished he had disinfectant…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus First Peoples News Hopi Navajo News Rez Life Safety Net

Navajo and Hopi grassroots group bringing food and water as coronavirus spreads

“I know these are difficult times. But let’s remember we are never alone,” said Cassandra Begay, Communications Lead with the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund, “Let’s remember the important relationships we have that are…

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Photo: Navajo President with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Arizona National Guard assessing possible sites for a Federal Medical Station. Photo Western Navajo Fairgrounds by Navajo President's Office.
Posted in Censored News Coronavirus First Peoples News Navajo News Rez Life

Navajo Nation coronavirus cases increase to 426, with 17 deaths, with curfew

42 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported for the Navajo Nation, two additional deaths By Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Censored News WINDOW ROCK – The total number of positive tests…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Facing ‘extinction-level event,’ small businesses urge Congress to replace disastrous loan program with direct payroll grants

“Without a substantial, immediate response that addresses the magnitude of this problem, our small business sector will be devastated.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer With millions of small businesses on the brink of collapse and struggling…

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Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News News Pro Publica Rez Life

Rocky Ridge Boarding School on Navajo Nation stayed open after state school closure order. Then people started showing symptoms.

The federal government has released little information about the spread of coronavirus in Navajo schools. Now, some students and school staff are sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. by Alden Woods, The Arizona Republic April 7,…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Bernie drops out, as Democrats pick pragmatism over consistency

Sanders, instead, has put forth a consistent vision that has remained more or less the same since his early days in politics as mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Rather than moving toward the electorate and shifting positions…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

Arizona unemployment filing process. Because, like what else have you got to do?

by Rudy Preston and Meteor Staff Thousands of people in Flagstaff and on the Colorado Plateau are finding themselves out of work due to their employer cutting back hours or closing entirely. Many are also intentionally…

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Posted in Coronavirus Flagstaff Health News

Tuesday evening Coconino County reports 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19; and 2,726 active AZ cases, 80 deaths

  Flagstaff  Updated by Meteor staff Wed, April 8, 11:00 PM, MST. — CCHHS reports 15 deaths, 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 57 tests pending and 769 negative tests to date. Across Arizona there are…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report world

The value of collective experience

New Orleans A couple of random comments have gotten me thinking a bit about the post-coronavirus world. One thing that stuck with me was a young man’s take on hoarding in New York City that was…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Coronavirus Hightower OtherWords

Stop the pandemic profiteers

It’s time for indignant citizens today to confront a new breed of shameful greed merchants: pandemic profiteers. By Jim Hightower | OtherWords April 8 Wartime profiteering has been as common in our country as war itself….

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Posted in Coronavirus Deportation Immigration News Pro Publica

Democratic Senators demand answers on Trump’s secretive border expulsions

After ProPublica’s report, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee ask the Department of Homeland Security to explain why it thinks emergency powers granted to the CDC allow it to bypass existing asylum laws. by Dara Lind…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation

Beyond sanitizing and social distancing – a healthy circadian rhythm may keep you sane and increase resilience to fight COVID-19

by, Satchin Panda, University of California San Diego Social distancing and washing hands have become the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, but there is another powerfully protective resource immediately available to all: your circadian rhythm….

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Posted in Accountability Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Congressional Oversight Coronavirus News

Oversight of $4.5 trillion corporate bailout in ‘grave jeopardy’ as Trump fires independent watchdog

“A direct insult to the American taxpayers—of all political stripes—who want to make sure that their tax dollars are not squandered on wasteful boondoggles, incompetence, or political favors.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, April 7…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report US Navy

Secretary “Lost” at Sea

“Acting” secretary of the Navy is right. He’s acting as if he knows what he’s doing. by Wade Rathke New Orleans   I’m way out of my lane when I start chiming in on how the…

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Ray Of Hope! Over 100,000 Covid-19 Patients Have Recovered Around The World So Far, 37 In India
Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News

After COVID-19: Doctors ponder best advice as patients recover from coronavirus

One vital piece of the recovery puzzle several doctors mentioned is figuring out when and how long people with COVID-19 are able to transmit the virus — particularly those who don’t develop symptoms at all. by…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Environment Science The Conversation

Coronaviruses and the human meat market

We’ve created a world where parasites and pathogens can run amok. Here are three steps we need to take, as a society, to protect both native species and human health. Essay by Russell A. Mittermeier April…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Coronavirus Safety Net

AZ Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order halting evictions for small businesses and nonprofits

by Meteor Staff April 6, 2020 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) today issued an Executive Order halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation War

Doctors are making life-and-death choices over coronavirus patients – it could have long-term consequences for them

by Neil Shortland, University of Massachusetts Lowell As the coronavirus spreads and demand for medical gear far outstrips the supplies, doctors in the U.S. may have to choose who among their patients lives and who dies….

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

Trump White House weighing tax cut for rich investors as workers and small businesses struggle

‘Smash-and-Grab Economics’ Critics slammed the Trump administration for considering “rewarding vulture capitalists profiting off a crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As desperate workers, the unemployed, and small businesses struggle to obtain benefits authorized under the…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report world

Food crisis growing in Honduras cities

A Sunday call with ACORN Honduras organizers brought the harrowing issue of food insecurity home to me with a vengeance. New Orleans    Central America doesn’t get the press on the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s as…

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Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica

Leaked Border Patrol memo tells agents to send migrants back immediately — ignoring asylum law

Citing little-known power given to the CDC to ban entry of people who might spread disease and ignoring the Refugee Act of 1980, an internal memo has ordered Border Patrol agents to push the overwhelming majority…

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Posted in Accountability Common Dreams Coronavirus News

US Government’s handling of coronavirus crisis has likely led to severe undercounting of deaths, public health officials say

“Data erasure and the manufacture of mass confusion have already begun.”   by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, April 5 Decision-making by the U.S. government early on during the coronavirus outbreak has likely led to the…

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