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PBC News & Comment: American Oligarchs Get Richer During Pandemic

Covid-19 means Ka-ching for billionaire class, adding $700 billion to their fortunes as middle class shrinks and the poor are ignored…--lightning has sparked 367 wildfires all over California, forcing evacuations and call for mutual aid from 50 states

--Speaker Pelosi slams Postmaster General for misleading statements after phone call with DeJoy, says House will proceed on legislation

--DNC ghost convention Day 2 features novel video roll call, and lots of misleading puffery about Joe Biden

--NY Times pundits offer comments, and some accurate criticism of the DNC, while unsigned Guardian report is pretty accurate

--while younger leaders were featured in script group video, AOC seconded the Sanders nomination and was slimed by inaccurate NBC tweet

--in Portland, county building was scene of protests and small fire

--Portland police identify suspect in beating of pickup truck driver

--Austin, TX offers model for smart defunding of police, leading state GOP leaders to threaten funding cuts to the capital city

--Facebook cracks down on Qanon groups, false Covid info

--at The Grayzone, Ben Norton exposes right wing Coda Story, funded by US and EU governments, for false attacks on Grayzone reporting

--Trump crony Robert Kraft, owner of NFL Patriots, beats sex charges over improper surveillance

--in petty move, Trump tweets for boycott of Goodyear after it tells employees not to wear MAGA hats while working

--some GOP senators float modest relief package

--our daily Covid-19 update, edited by Linda Lewis

LINK for LISTENERS:  COVID Testing Choke Points

https://californiahealthline.org/multimedia/covid-testing-choke-points/

LINK for LISTENERS:  Coronavirus is in the [indoor] air. Here’s how to get it out.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2020/8/19/21364031/coronavirus-air-purifiers-filter-hepa-merv-ventilation

[VOX describes how to reduce COVID-19 exposure through better ventilation.]

[California Healthline uses graphics to more clearly explain roadblocks to COVID-19 testing in the US.]

--listener Olivier de Mirleau challenges description of PCR tests, and shares report from Israeli scientists who challenge lockdowns and social distancing for healthy people

--US media barely notice Israel’s 9-day assault on Gaza, but Caitlin Johnstone does

--in surprise ruling, top Israeli court rules against home demolition for Palestinian suspected of killing IDF soldier