2021-06-05: Social Media Postees

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Chicago teachers vote unanimously to strike at 3 charter schools
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-06-05
Chicago, IL – On May 27, rank-and-file teachers represented by Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted by a unanimous vote to strike at three Urban Prep charter schools. They plan to set a strike date soon. Additionally, they filed an unfair labor practice charge against Urban Prep management for multiple unfair labor practices including hiding crucial financial information that would affect bargaining. | The Urban Prep teachers have been in contract negotiations for more than 30 months. They are fighting for more support for special education students and more classroom resources, among other things. The teachers at…

Georgia Board of Education Votes to Censor American History
George Chidi | zcomm.org | 2021-06-05
The state board drafted a resolution restricting classroom discussion of racism, then blocked comments from the YouTube livestream…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Dissecting COVID-19 research and putting data in perspective
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2021-06-05
The number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. continues to decline. However, cases of COVID-19 are increasing in younger populations. "It's becoming a childhood disease," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "Children have composed over 16,000 hospitalizations for COVID-19 and about 300 have died." …

Pacifica CRD & WorkWeek Covering Picketing & Block of Israeli Chartered Ship Volan At
WorkWeek | indybay.org | 2021-06-05
WorkWeek & Pacifica's Covid, Race & Democracy will be covering the picket of the Zim Ship Volan at the Port of Oakland…

The "Wuhan lab" lie and the political witch hunt against science
WSWS repost | indybay.org | 2021-06-05
Over the past week, the US media and the Biden administration have sought to legitimize the conspiracy theory that the world's leading scientists were engaged in a cover-up of the "Wuhan lab" origins of COVID-19.

Tallahassee students speak out against attacks on Palestine
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-06-05
Tallahassee, FL – On June 3, students at Florida State University gathered to demand an end to the Israeli government's attacks on Gaza. Students connected the struggles against political repression in Palestine to similar struggles facing political activists in Colombia. | The event was hosted by Students for a Democratic Society as well as the Tallahassee Community Action Committee. Attendees held signs saying, "End the Occupation" and "Stop Political Repression". | Event organizer Katherine Draken said, "We need to continue bringing attention to the struggles of the Palestinian people against Zionism and…

Friday 6/4: Palestine 101 & Naksa Community Teach-In
Angela | indybay.org | 2021-06-05
1331 S Nutwood St, Anaheim, CA…

We Hug the Trees Because the Trees Have No Voice
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-06-05
This newsletter contains a Red Alert from Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research on the environmental catastrophe that befalls us. Several key scientists have contributed to it. It can be read below and downloaded as a PDF print out here; we hope that you will circulate it widely.

Science Saturday: How regenerative medicine is advancing ALS research
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2021-06-05
May is?ALS Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the role of regenerative medicine research in advancing understanding and treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?(ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease. This neurodegenerative disorder causes nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to die, blocking signals to the muscles. That results in paralysis that robs a person …

Mayo Clinic study provides clarity on use of anticoagulants in gastrointestinal cancers
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2021-06-05
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A study by Mayo Clinic researchers provides some clarity in the use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC), such as apixaban and rivaroxaban, to treat acute venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with gastrointestinal cancers. The findings were published Wednesday, June 2, in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Among the study's findings: Rivaroxaban showed no higher risk …

Learning to Feel Collectively
Max Lill | indybay.org | 2021-06-05
The starting point of the upheavals are the anti-colonial movements that have been spreading across the globe since the end of World War II. With the Black Civil Rights Movement, they penetrate into the heart of the capitalist world system starting in the mid-1950s, where they politicize liberal students* and the existentialist beat culture of the bohemians.

Israeli ZIM Volans Blocked In Oakland As ILWU 10 Members Refuse To Cross Picket Lines
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2021-06-05
Over 500 community and labor activists rallied and picketed the Israeli ZIM chartered ship the Volans. ILWU members refused to cross the picket lines.

Further Comment: End the Pandemic of Ignorance
Bill Lueders | progressive.org | 2021-06-04
The pandemic is not COVID-19, which medicine and science are handling about as well as can be expected. It's the pandemic of ignorance that is raging out of control.

Lest we Forget: Trump's and Billionaires' Covid Profiteering, Debasing Science and Death on the scale of the Civil War
Tomdispatch | juancole.com | 2021-06-04
By Nina Burleigh | — ( Tomdispatch.com) — Now that we're all unmasking and the economy seems set to roar into the 2020s, what will we remember about how disastrously, how malignantly, the Trump administration behaved as the pandemic took hold? And will anyone be held to account for it? The instinct to forget pandemics, …

[Research Paper] Opioid use disorder and health service utilization among COVID-19 patients in the US: A nationwide cohort from the Cerner Real-World Data
Fares Qeadan, Benjamin Tingey, Rona Bern, Christina A Porucznik, Kevin English, Ali I. Saeed, Erin Fanning Madden | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
This study suggests people with OUD and COVID-19 often require higher levels of care, and OUD patients who are younger or not using medication treatment for OUDs are particularly vulnerable to death due to COVID-19.

[Research Paper] The influence of selection bias on identifying an association between allergy medication use and SARS-CoV-2 infection
Lindsay A. Thompson, Matthew J. Gurka, Stephanie L. Filipp, Desmond A. Schatz, Rebeccah E. Mercado, David A. Ostrov, Mark A. Atkinson, Sonja A. Rasmussen | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
Diphenhydramine use was associated with more SARS-CoV-2 testing and subsequent higher odds for negative tests. While EHR-based observational studies can inform a need for interventional trials, this study revealed limitations of EHR data. The finding that diphenhydramine documentation conferred a higher odds of testing negative for SARS-CoV-2 must be interpreted with caution due to probable selection bias.Abbreviations: SARS-CoV-2, ACE2, COVID-19, EHR…

[Research Paper] Convalescent plasma therapy in patients with moderate-to-severe COVID-19: A study from Indonesia for clinical research in low- and middle-income countries
Marliana S. Rejeki, Nana Sarnadi, Retno Wihastuti, Vininta Fazharyasti, Wisvici Y. Samin, Frilasita A. Yudhaputri, Edison Johar, Neni Nurainy, Novilia S. Bachtiar, David H. Muljono | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
This study highlights the safety of CP therapy. Although improvements were observed, we could not conclude that the outcomes were solely due to CP treatment. Further randomised controlled trials that cover different disease stages with pre-donation NAb measurements using locally applicable strategies are warranted.

[Research Paper] Echocardiography for latent rheumatic heart disease in first degree relatives of children with acute rheumatic fever: Implications for active case finding in family members
Nicola Culliford-Semmens, Elizabeth Tilton, Nigel Wilson, John Stirling, Robert Doughty, Thomas Gentles, Briar Peat, Eliazar Dimalapang, Rachel Webb | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
RHD prevalence in siblings and parents of ARF cases is significantly greater than in comparable background populations. The contribution of hereditary versus environmental risk factors remains uncertain. We recommend targeted echocardiographic case-finding among siblings and parents of ARF/RHD cases in order to detect previously unrecognized latent RHD.

[Research Paper] Initial observations on age, gender, BMI and hypertension in antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 BNT162b2 vaccine
Raul Pellini, Aldo Venuti, Fulvia Pimpinelli, Elva Abril, Giovanni Blandino, Flaminia Campo, Laura Conti, Armando De Virgilio, Federico De Marco, Enea Gino Di Domenico, Ornella Di Bella, Simona Di Martino, Fabrizio Ensoli, Diana Giannarelli, Chiara Mandoj, Valentina Manciocco, Paolo Marchesi, Francesco Mazzola, Silvia Moretto, Gerardo Petruzzi, Fabrizio Petrone, Barbara Pichi, Martina Pontone, Jacopo Zocchi, Antonello Vidiri, Branka Vujovic, Giulia Piaggio, Aldo Morrone, Gennaro Ciliberto | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
: Literature data suggests that age, gender and body mass index (BMI) could be associated with difference in immune responses to vaccines. The first goal of the study was to analyze the antibody titre seven days after the second dose of BNT162b2 vaccine in a group of 248 healthcare workers (HCWs). The second goal was to analyze how antibody titre changes in correlation with age, gender, BMI and hypertension.

Tiananmen: The Massacre that Wasn't
Brian Becker | liberationnews.org | 2021-06-04
The "pro-democracy" protest movement was led by privileged, well-connected students from elite universities who were explicitly calling for the replacement of socialism with capitalism.

Republican governors yank unemployment aid even as jobs shortfall continues
Mark Gruenberg, Karl Engels | peoplesworld.org | 2021-06-04
WASHINGTON–Private employers claimed to add 492,000 net new jobs in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported June 4. Governments added 67,000 more. That, and the drop in monthly joblessness from 6.1% in April to 5.8% in May, is good news. The bad news, coming virtually every day, is that Republican governors are cutting off …

[Research Paper] Systematic review and meta-analyses of suicidal outcomes following fictional portrayals of suicide and suicide attempt in entertainment media
Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Stefanie Kirchner, Benedikt Till, Mark Sinyor, Ulrich S. Tran, Jane Pirkis, Matthew J. Spittal | thelancet.com | 2021-06-04
Portrayals of suicide in entertainment media may increase suicides and attempted suicide in the population. More studies that limit the potential sources of bias are needed to fully understand the circumstances under which fictional portrayals may influence suicidal behaviour.

Christian Anarchism for Absolute Beginners
Lars Schall | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-06-04
Political Scientist Alexandre Christoyannopoulos was asked to give via interview an introduction into what is called "Christian Anarchism" in political thought — and so here's "Christian Anarchism 101." Alexandre Christoyannopoulos, PhD, teaches Politics and International Studies at Loughborough University in England. He is the author of, inter alia, Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the …

70-year-old coffee-killing fungus brought back to life to fight the disease
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-06-04
Researchers have re-animated specimens of a fungus that causes coffee wilt to discover how the disease evolved and how its spread can be prevented.

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