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in a light keeper is no longer needed. definitely it is it that i am dying proficient so to us our duty to our fellow staff members that we do educate and up skilled him to change direction, change the career direction so that they can get involved in different other projects. it may be difficult to tell how many lies have been saved by the diligence of members of this humble profession. and for one of the last generation of keepers like wayne, this is more than just a job for me, davila alta 0 cape columbine, south africa. ah, i look at the main stories. now. protests have been back on the streets of sudan calling for the military to leave power to pave the way for a transition to free and fair elections. there is security forces, fire tag acid demonstrated to try and disperse them as they marched to the
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presidential palace in defiance of warnings, to stay away from key sites and central cartoon phone and internet services will also shut down the information we have and the crowds we saw indicated, but there have been a huge numbers of protesters across cartoon. some of them were in on door man, some in body. these are the 2 other cities are creating a composing with the cartoon itself, the, the capital of sudan bought 2 authorities have taken unprecedented measures since yesterday night. they closed all the bridges leading to central cartoon. and this time around, they deployed 3 times. the number of troops and policemen, even though troops did not participate in the clocked on the number of security forces 3 times more than in the previous occasion about a week ago. well, in all the stories you've been following, christmas travel plans have been thrown into chaos with more than 4000 flights cancelled while wide. nearly 900 of them were just in the u. s. alone on saturday.
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airlines a. the only con, varying to the virus is causing mass staff shortages, are pending plans for tens of thousands of holiday travelers. over the christmas weekend decker large lift all from a tropical rain forest to the edge of time itself. james, where begins are void back to the birth of the universe. and the largest and most powerful space telescope ever built has launched from south america. scientists hope that james web telescope will help humans better on the stand stars and galaxies that are more than 13000000000 years old. final destination is one and a half 1000000 kilometers away, and will also investigate potential for life in our, my galaxies, which is what we all want to know. all hell, the lockdown is the program coming up next. m each and every one of us at the border responsible in to change our person
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with . we could do this experiment and if by diversity could increase just a little bit that wouldn't be worth doing. had any idea that it would become a magnet who is incredibly rare species. they are asking for women to get 50 percent representation in constituent assembly here and getting these people begun to collect the signature, the same, the re saying this is extremely important service that they provide to the city or we need to take america to try to bring people together and trying to deal with people who can look beyond the world economy is headed for recession. china won't be there to say that this
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time, northern islands health service at breaking point. south korea sit for one of the was growth periods in half a century. the richest person in the world just gave $98.00 and a half $1000000.00. del. why am i reading these headlines to? well, it's to prove a point. these could all of these leaving poor pandemic 2020 headlines. in reality though, they were all published in november 2019 a month before close at 19 had even been because well, before the current of ours pending to kid, much of the world was already deep in the crisis of capitalism. and now with millions out of work in the industry, suddenly stagnant and health care and scrambling for vaccine. the question is, did capitalism turn the emergency into a disaster?
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me? oh capitalism. it's an id ology and economic system. a political. but how is the system based on private ownership and profit serve the world in a ton of crisis. when the situation demands react, not the individual gain a collective benefit. stay at home and protect lives when they said test test test without preventive measures, that could be a spiking cases. all these cancellations are a way to flatten the curve cause it 19 hasn't been like any other crisis. job losses. health care struggles a critical need for relief from the state of all struct segments of society that normally don't face the kinds of grave economic stresses. ensure all of a sudden curtis pandemic, once in a century type of crisis, it's become evident to many that pre k times in for crisis. as
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entire countries went down, i spoke with a group of people whose work has been all about dissecting and analyzing capitalism . when people say they want to get back normal, who complain that they're pretty good to me right now. the thing about morality actually inc and politics yaki project a lot going to be pretty, why not, not even in other people have in there wasn't to be keep the money to come in and talk to you from one of the richest history. and yet we didn't have the money in my opinion, capitalism is the pandemic that in the root cause of so much of the suffering we're experiencing now. i mean, i want things to go back to normal. i want to be able to go to
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a cafe. i want to be able to see my friends. i don't want things to go back to the normal that we've been living with for the last 20 years. well, concentration is not working people. that's the paradigm. that's the contact page for our current calamity. this fires has intensified as spotlight on health care, what it costs, who gets access and its ability to respond in a crisis. one system that runs shockingly counter to the needs of so many it's supposed to serve is the one in the united states. american healthcare is largely privatized and lacks pricing regulation, both key traits of the capitalist system. this means not only is every element of the health care system from hospitals to drug manufacturers, owned and operated by the private sector. but those businesses are free to charge, whatever they like. this makes staying healthy in the united states. a scarily expensive proposition, there's a small percentage of the population about 18 percent. that does get some state
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support for medical costs, but for the vast majority, private health insurance is the only recourse they charge, notoriously expensive premiums, making them unaffordable for many and filled with loopholes and gaps that mean even in short, americans can be left with hefty medical bills to pay. that's why. before the pandemic, it was estimated that 87000000 americans were uninsured, or underinsured, and medical bills were a leading cause of customer bankruptcy. new in the united states, people who can act as health care because they can afford health insurance even if they have insurance. they are buried in debt after the fact. what happens when someone like the crown of ours hits a population that is indebted, devastating population that has no savings, right? 40 percent of americans before the crisis were reported to not be able to handle a 4 $100.00 emergency. america's health care crisis has intensified during the pandemic. a tidal wave of layoffs have meant that as many as 27000000 americans
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have lost employer provided health insurance. and without that cover a hospital stay to treat cove. it could cost as much as $73000.00. this is despite a government plan announced in march to cover some cove related medical bills, the lack of coordination and the need for medical supplies to keep turning. profit has led hospitals into bidding war. so if a crucial supplies like p, p e masks, tests, and medical equipment, doctors and nurses warning that critical protective gear is running low. this is a hospital where the health care workers have taken to wearing garbage bag. it's like being on e bay with 50 other states bidding on a ventilator hospitals around for profit. and so they don't have adequate staff, right? because that would feed into revenue. they don't want to have extra medical supplies that languishing not being you. so what we're going to see is a lot of people who are going to perish, not because of the virus, per se,
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but because of the lack of access, the adequate health care of the lack of access to pack them. here, we're going to see people who don't seek treatment because they're afraid of not being able to pay for it. it's already been reported by emergency room doctors that you know, people, the last, their last words are literally, but who's going to pay for this? corona viruses i knew that existed in humans since 19 sixties. and they cause a range of different illnesses from the common cold to more lethal varieties, such as the outbreak of sars in 2002, and merge in 2012 in 2015 the world health organization. even mr. corona viruses as being among the top possible causes of a major epidemic. so how is it that pharmaceutical companies have been caught? so off guard by this virus, it may, this year, brussels based research center, the corporate europe observatory, published
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a detailed investigation into the effectiveness of the innovation medicine's initiative. i am i, it's the world's biggest public, private partnership in life sciences. and it directs billions of dollars worth of funds to by medical research at the world's biggest pharma companies. what the investigation uncovered was that not only did firms in 2017 turn down and e u proposal to work on vaccines for pathogens like karone of ours. but 2600000000 euro of i am ice funds were transferred into projects that represented much more commercially profitable avenues for the pharmaceutical industry. this investigation reinforced to point that big pharma insiders and whistle blowers had been making for a while. that serious matters, like pandemic preparedness, of being held hostage by commercial considerations. on march 5th, les karone, of ours cases, spread across the u. s. congressional hearings taking place. we also took on a decade ago of the interesting problem of making karone of ours vaccines. because
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we recognize these as enormous public health threats. and yet we have not seen the big pharma guys and the biotech st. rushing into the space. so dr. peter, it is one of america's leading vaccine. scientists said that a vaccine his team had created 4 years ago in response to the south outbreak, may have been able to provide patients with cross protection from the virus at the heart of this. but it simply hadn't been commercially enticing enough. the drug companies to investing the bottom line is, had we had those investments early on to carry this all the way through clinical trials. years ago, we could have had a vaccine ready to go, you know, one of the big problems of capitalism, the capitalists, direct investment. the capitalist say, you know, it's really important biograph, because that's a huge market. even though the corona virus exists, not invest in a vaccine because that market doesn't really exist and also didn't really want to vaccinate the whole world. and this preemptive measure, no,
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let's create something that we can sell now. so, you know, we like capitalists, me direct investment at or o'clock the peril whenever a vaccine is hopefully created. the next battle, at least for patients in the united states, will be over affordability. and that's when we're back to one of the fundamental point holds of the american health care system, where unlike in almost every other nation, basic pricing controls simply don't exist. and it's not even as though this is a secret and you're saying it, oh, for sure, be affordable for anyone who needs it. i'm saying we would, we would want to ensure that we work to make it affordable, but we can't control that price because we need the private sector to invest. that was donald trump's health and human services. secretary alex isn't a congressional hearing in february this year. an interesting side, before he was appointed to his rolling government, as i worked as the top lobbyist for the pharmaceutical firm, eli lilly, and company. the hunt for a corona virus vaccine has now suddenly become one of the most well funded areas of
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biomedical research. not only a governments and pharmaceutical giants investing in the so called super heroes of the corporate world, have all stepped into the fray. the ceo of netflix is donating $30000000.00 toward research for a koran virus vaccine. microsoft co founder bill gates has continued the fought against parent of ours, investing billions of dollars on the construction of factories working through, develop a coven 19 vaccine. some of the wealthiest people on earth found isn't ceo's of make of corporations on making headlines for donating to cove. it causes through their own philanthropic organizations. but it's not just about the money. it's the perception that it comes with all the trappings of the corporate world efficiency returns on investment, streamlining of operations. all of this is transformed. what was wants simply charitable, giving into something else. philanthropy, capitalism, lindsey maggie, has written about it extensively in a book. no such thing as a free gift. i think we have to move past the headline. sometimes mr. gates did
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talk about the need for mass testing at an earlier stage than some u. s. officials and that was a good scientific approach to take, but i really didn't question whether or not their efforts were anything more than a bad day. a solution is because there was no evidence that they were really having much of a positive effect on the sort of really deteriorated and ramshackle approach that was underway in the us. more generally. i think what we're applauding when we see a dipping into their own trousers pockets and giving annie on some cash days. we're frauding that makes the copies. and what's the every walk that anyone can beat upgrading a baby ordinary guy. i'm supposed to money, and that's not the case there. billions. all a collective creation, not their own individual question. every bringing a sign attractive and i yeah, because no one when other people are sleeping in streets oak,
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i'm about inequality is one of the defining factors of capitalism. it's meant that the world's top one percent now hold close to 50 percent of global wealth. and so when the philanthropists among them contribute to causes, it's often only a missed live up of their net worth. jeff bezos is $100000000.00 donation to us food bags, for example, amounted to 0.07 percent of his estimated well, moccasin bugs, $25000000.00 donation. again, just 0.05 percent of his net worth. the point of all these numbers isn't that 1000000000, it should be given rule. that's another discussion entirely near the point here is that philanthropy, capitalism is too often used as a distraction from meaningful possibly more expensive systemic changes ramp and corporate tax avoidance. the suppression of minimum wage levels, reliance on state subsidies, precarious working conditions. i mean, the list of what actually needs to be addressed is long. and it can often get
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obscured by flashy headlines or new segments about billionaires and the generosity . q 2 stepped up and you're providing $25000000.00. we didn't have the money to do that. and i just want to thank you to. this is not an act the right, this is the product of a political strategy that's been going on for the last 4050 years, whereby new taxes are slashed and private wealth accumulates. and what that private wealth does is it concentrates power and that threatens democracy. so we have this really negative feedback loop where the more dysfunctional the state is, right? the last it's able to provide basic services, the less is able to protect our public health, the more ammo there is for the corporate sector to say, hey, look, the state is inefficient. the state is incompetent. we with all of our resources, can save the day that big philanthropic i would, it is a point that's not last on. 1000000000 is like bill gates when asked in 2012 if he
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would ever run for president of the us. he responded, i actually think, you know, maybe i'm wrong that i can have as much impact in that role as i could in any political role. my role in the foundation, i don't have to raise political campaigns. i don't have to try and get elected. i'm not term limited to 8 years. it's a very nice office down to being involved in very long invoking the think that he's not beholden to any both. he can make his own decision money if you wish to get a crappy for that. that's not the construct to what he does, if he's not replacing the full in a complex world, looking for simple narratives, benevolent delaney is a great,
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they have name recognition, they appear heroic, and they've got the cash. however, this pandemic has also shown a lot on the other end of the economic spectrum to the key worker delivery drivers, supermarket, shelf stack. as nurses, care is the pandemic, momentarily appended the hierarchy of labor. and yet in the u. k, a set of proposed post breaks it. immigration controls in february, deemed many of these exact essential workers to low paid and court low, skilled to receive a visa to work in the country. not is a hard capitalist system. so those who were deriving the most value from these are the, not the most the central workers. because what is keeping our economy going right now? are the lowest paid workers who are really, are most indispensable. part of the workforce work is in the health care system at seeing the funds that go to work with here. one or more people will this more than one of the, one of the world,
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one of the story and people working. so she had system are often not enough to to live. what do we do it on knowledge because it wasn't just me and my wife is going out applauding the health care workers. and now mesa is also try mr. on dallas street, who had called the government that ha, the resources that were going to do. and i just felt in a there's a term that scans renewed currency during this pandemic disaster capitalism. canadian activist, an ortho, naomi klein came up with it years ago and had booked the shock doctrine and went viral during the 2008 great recession. it points to how disasters back recession war a pandemic aren't necessarily catastrophic across the board. in a capitalist system, they can also present an opportunity for the money minded. and we've seen
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a lot of profiteering during this current pandemic already. i don't think we, yes, the limits of that profiteering, but we've got an early sense of which doctors in your companies are starting to, for example, priced out when it comes to basic necessities like math that are on for example, being charged upwards of 15 times their usual cost, price gouging is $1.00 manifestation of disaster capitalism. and during this looked down, it's done everything from cause a temporary spike in the price of hand sanitizer. to effect the number of ventilate is available to the u. s. government, according to a pro public investigation in 2014, the u. s. department of health and human services signed a 13800000 dollar contract with dutch electronics conglomerate phillips to design a manufacturer cheap and portable, ventilator for use in emergencies. although ventilated was created and the government ordered $10000.00 of them, not a single one was ready at the start of the pandemic. like many countries,
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the united states faced critical ventilator shortages, while phillips was selling to higher priced commercial versions of the same ventilator around the world. so they never fulfilled this order at the cheaper level for that department of helping you advisors. instead, leverage to prioritize the more expensive overseas orders. and it's only been recently that the department of how human sciences has really negotiated the same order, but it has been forced to pay for the ventilators at a higher price. that renegotiation that lindsey mentioned, it resulted in the this government ordering $43000.00 of the commercial ventilate, is an april at 4 times eve regional price. in late august, the remainder of the order was cancelled only after a congressional committee raised questions about the expenditure. but disaster capitalism can also be less direct and more obscure from public scrutiny, like who stands to benefit from some taxpayer funded bailouts. take the u. s. airline industry, which had its request for a $50000000000.00 bailout approved by the u. s. senate in march,
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while the laurens were conditional on job protections. the sticking point for many is that over the past 5 years, the big for allied companies, american delta southwestern united have not only made record profits, but collectively spent nearly the same amount. 45000000000 on stock buybacks and dividends 2 ways in which companies can directly enrich that corporate executives and shareholders. so it's not that these bailouts aren't necessary now to avoid mass unemployment, except a substantial part of their current financial problem is arguably of their own making. billions of dollars were mobilized, basically in an incident to bail out corporate america. and this is incredibly ironic because these, these corporations were, you know, in a week financial place because of their own business models because they had over leverage themselves. because they had engaged in pushing money out to shareholders
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instead of planning for tough times. meanwhile, regular people are held to that standard, you know, if you haven't saved, then it's your fault that you're suffering in this moment. so there's, there's a double standard written into the economic response. so you have a form of calculus inch, does not need doctorates billing, because a real catalyst unit, reading tooth and told, say, well, capitalism works when the weakest companies go to the war. when, when things aren't watching a bad i, they say i will to pay these food make by what clearly hasn't happened in any society under this. and that's probably a good when we come out. i think we can certainly say that the old. busy months for all public product good work. and i think we can or thoughts and questions about why did last the socialize it and yet outside christ again, we're profit. we need to reach out to the kind of the
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assets to rethink capitalism. have been going on almost as long as capitalism itself has existed and to be fair. it's practiced in notably different ways in different parts of the world. but one of the most toxic and recurring problems is that in too many cases, the system seems designed to favor a small elite segment of the population. it's the idea we began with that way before the crisis of this corona virus. we will already grappling with the crisis of capitalism. we should have this phrase that we need to save the economy, or we need to keep businesses going. it makes sense, but i think we have that good, deeper question, which is, well, what's in the economy for look at something like g d, p, gross domestic product. all that means is that there's more affluent, but it has nothing to do with distribution that has nothing to do with the quality of people live. you can have enormously high g, p and, and have, you know, rector, rates of homelessness and unemployment. so we,
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we have to deconstruct this idea of the economy and, and put people at the center. we are living in the moment and not because of the nation could not for their own company or their own public sufficiently to prevent going to look that clearly the well, the sort of venturing have not been fair to share and they've been ordered by a few people or less or more among their mom by market and other stuff, but it's really easy to ignore the stuff that we were over it clear that actually everything mirroring the whole collection of action. individual action is also clear that there are some parts of the adjustment and should be pretty much nation. please
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collective in order to be attention, it's being given to close to getting a marching come into the country without thinking too much about weight. i think we need to really need it. we need to read the project. oh, they traveled thousands of kilometers a lawyer to pick berries. but do tie workers risk exploitation in the force of sway . 211 east. investing aids on out the area with
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