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Arbitrary bills successfully making the poor's healthcare subsidies subsidize the rich.

This is because insured with outstanding meical debt are often not allowed to access the healthcare system, while the subsidy payments and bills in their names do not stop. The money end up effectively lowering the health insurance bills of the wealthy who can afford to use their "insurance". The Obamcare system, which ironically was intended to stop "free riding" and the "collapsing" of health care related prices by subsidizing the insurance and drug companies with tax money to preserve the system (which has killed many tens of thousands of Americans each year before their time} has become a means of creating large flows of money that subsidized wealthy people by sucking up payments intended so that the poor could get healthcare.

Prosperity Undermined, by Public Citizen.

A few years ago Public Citizen published "Prosperity undermined", It is a must read for understanding how the spin on "trade deals" fails to tell the truth about them. They actually hurt trade.

Two videos about the fraudulent beginnings of the offshore finance world in the decline of the former British Empire, in the private City of London.

The British and American governments, and powerful services lobbies, with a global unelected oligarchy in charge. They decided to set up this offshore "banking secrecy" system for themselves. Supporting all sorts of illegal activities.

Video: What is Robo-Debt?

About the Austraian "robo debt", cashless debt clawback scheme,.

Why are several English-speaking countries trying to set up impossible situations to deliberately shame their poor people?

I am thinking of the epidemic of poor shaming in countries like the UK and Australia (and the US is no stranger to this, although here it often seem racialized, witness "driving while black", etc. ) Although its directed especially at the poor, as we move toward a job-sparse society, its poverty that is being newly stigmatized, not race.

WTO signalling it does not want to allow countries to use COVID-19 as an excuse to get out of their trade commitments.(which includes the offshore trading of potentially tens of millions of good jobs, to companies outside the US, a sensitive subject now)

Trade barriers as the WTO frames them, have increased 350% partly due to COVID. That means they intend to rule on the measures, and possibly overturn them.

WAS THE RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 epidemic really planned in two weeks, or was it planned in advance?

Lock Step: How the Rockefeller Foundation wants to implement its autocratic pandemic scenario Mai 27, 2020 | Ten years ago, the rich and powerful Rockefeller Foundation played through and favorably described a scenario in which a pandemic would lead to autocratic forms of government with total surveillance and control of citizens. Now it has published a pandemic plan to make this scenario a reality.

Clinton claimed NAFTA would create a million jobs in 1993, it actually *destroyed* around the same number.

One of the worst mistakes ever. GATS and TISA are coming next.

How the rich get richer – money in the world economy | DW Documentary

Exploding real estate prices, zero interest rate and a rising stock market – the rich are getting richer. What danger lies in wait for average citizens? For years, the world’s central banks have been pursuing a policy of cheap money. The first and foremost is the ECB (European Central Bank), which buys bad stocks and bonds to save banks, tries to fuel economic growth and props up states that are in debt. But what relieves state budgets to the tune of hundreds of billions annoys savers: interest rates are close to zero. The fiscal policies of the central banks are causing an uncontrolled global deluge of money. Experts are warning of new bubbles. In real estate, for example: it’s not just in German cities that prices are shooting up. In London, a one-bed apartment can easily cost more than a million Euro. More and more money is moving away from the real economy and into the speculative field. Highly complex financial bets are taking place in the global casino - gambling without checks and balances. The winners are set from the start: in Germany and around the world, the rich just get richer. Professor Max Otte says: "This flood of money has caused a dangerous redistribution. Those who have, get more." But with low interest rates, any money in savings accounts just melts away. Those with debts can be happy. But big companies that want to swallow up others are also happy: they can borrow cheap money for their acquisitions. Coupled with the liberalization of the financial markets, money deals have become detached from the real economy. But it’s not just the banks that need a constant source of new, cheap money today. So do states. They need it to keep a grip on their mountains of debt. It’s a kind of snowball system. What happens to our money? Is a new crisis looming? The film 'The Money Deluge' casts a new and surprising light on our money in these times of zero interest rates.

US Senate reconvenes tomorrow under new Biden administration - country hoping for relief from divisive and extractive policies.

Democracy is the system we've developed that steers the ship of state. We need real democracy that can change policies when it's needed, not the trade-deal nullified governmental policies we have (but don't realize we have) today.

Joe Biden's nomination of Katherine Tai to be USTR.

Make no mistake about it, given the situation we are in, this USTR appointment is likely to be a very important one.

Phytonutrients' importance in COVID-19 epidemiology and resistance.

The victims of COVID-19 are heavily skewed towards groups that have little access to healthy food, such as the poor, incarcerated, the aged warehoused in assisted living facilities, and low income people trapped in inner cities and isolated by poverty.

One year into the COVID19 epidemic many useful strategies are still being overlooked. Why?

I've been writing about this for some time. It appears quite possible that a common stilbene, a phytoalexin polyphenol, available in large chain drugstores, and known to be safe, might be a potential intervention for COVID-19 with potential to prevent or make some COVID illness far less severe.

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Therapeutic Potential of Resveratrol in COVID-19-Associated Hemostatic Disorders

New paper in Molecules..- our readers (here or at our other page) will realize that we proposed this connection months ago.

Rules of Conduct for WTO Disputes

Could glutathione depletion be the Trojan horse of COVID-19 mortality?

"This review identified this common pathway to be a low baseline of reduced glutathione (i.e., GSH) level. In particular, this review provided an in-depth discussion regarding the pathophysiology by which COVID-19 leads to GSH depletion, tissue damage, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. In addition, the current review demonstrated how GSH depletion could result in failure of the immune system and rendering the end organs vulnerable to damage from the oxidative stress. CONCLUSIONS: This preclinical study shows that GSH depletion may have a central role in COVID-19 mortality and pathophysiology. Therefore, elevating the GSH level in tissues may decrease the severity and mortality rates of COVID-19."

Molecular modelling of the antiviral action of Resveratrol derivatives against the activity of two novel SARS CoV-2 and 2019-nCoV receptors

"The molecular docking approach can provide a fast prediction of the positive influence the targets on the COVID-19 outbreak. In this work, we choose resveratrol (RV) derivatives (22 cases) and two newly released coordinate structures for COVID-19 as receptors [Papain-like Protease of SARS CoV-2 (PBD ID: 6W9C) and 2019-nCoV RNA-dependent RNA Polymerase (PBD ID: 6M71)]. The results show that conformational isomerism is significant and useful parameter for docking results. A wide spectrum of interactions such as Van der Waals, conventional hydrogen bond, Pi-donor hydrogen bond, Pi-Cation, Pi-sigma, Pi-Pi stacked, Amide-Pi stacked and Pi-Alkyl is detected via docking of RV derivatives and COVID-19 receptors. The potential inhibition effect of RV-13 (-184.99 kj/mol), and RV-12 (-173.76 kj/mol) is achieved at maximum value for 6W9C and 6M71, respectively." A. Ranjbar, M. Jamshidi, S. Torabi Molecular modelling of the antiviral action of Resveratrol derivatives against the activity of two novel SARS CoV-2 and 2019-nCoV receptors Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci Year: 2020 Vol. 24 - N. 14 Pages: 7834-7844 DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202007_22288