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indizombie·an hour agoQuote
Sam Stubbs, ‘Now is the time for employers to keep faith with workers’, Stuff
There’s no such thing as a company with demotivated staff delivering sustainable long term profits. That ended with slavery. My business hero, Stephen Tindall, once said that a great person with an average idea is far more likely to succeed than an average person with a great idea. So keeping quality people matters most.
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indizombie·an hour agoQuote
Chinese proverb
It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.
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‘Coronavirus: 'Nurses prepare for the worst but not this’’, BBC
My fears regarding this pandemic are specifically in New York City because I feel like we’ve been hit harder. And we’ve been hit first. And I feel like we’re setting the standard for what the rest of the country is going to do and how they’re going to respond. I am fearful that we haven’t even gotten the worst. And we’re already running out of critical items that we need. I am fearful that we are going to go to war-time medicine. And when I say that, I mean triage, being with a patient and saying ‘this person doesn’t have a good quality of life to begin with so we’re not going to take heroic measures to save them’. That’s my biggest fear. I also fear that we’re just not going to have any supplies. Are we going to be mandated to be at work for 24 hours? What else is going to happen? The fear of the unknown is what bothers all my co-workers.
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indizombie·a day agoQuote
‘Coronavirus: 'Nurses prepare for the worst but not this’’, BBC
I believe that I’m coping with it as best that I can. I’m exhausted at the end of every shift. My feet are numb, my legs are numb. I’m sore. I soak through my scrubs. Stuff like that doesn’t bother me. The things that bother me are making sure that my family and friends are okay. I’m making sure that my family knows that, hey, if you go out, know that you are not protected, that you’re being exposed to things. And if something were to happen to you, or if something were to happen to me, and God forbid, I pass away, or God forbid you get sick or you have to be intubated, we’re all going to have to do it alone. Our hospitals are no longer allowing visitors so all my patients are going out and battling this virus alone.
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indizombie·2 days agoQuote
‘Coronavirus: 'Nurses prepare for the worst but not this’’, BBC
We’ve seen an influx of patients that are coming in with the typical Covid symptom - fever, cough, sometimes sore throat, lung pain, chest pain. Other people are coming in with gastro-intestinal symptoms which are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, which have been identified as possibly an early symptom of Covid. We’re also noticing that our patients are coming in with red eyes, their eyes are red around the rim. You can look at these patients that are coming in that turn out to be Covid positive and you can see the sickness in their face, in their eyes.
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indizombie·3 days agoQuote
Sam Stubbs, ‘Now is the time for employers to keep faith with workers’, Stuff
The average time for an economic recession is 12-18 months. Given that this crash is caused by a virus, the recession may be savage, but also over faster than feared right now. Who knows. But however it pans out, in tough times companies often can’t see the recovery just round the corner. And if they fire staff, when the recovery comes (and it will) they will be understaffed, and spend time and money rebuilding teams they fired in a panic.
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indizombie·3 days agoQuote
Sam Stubbs, ‘Now is the time for employers to keep faith with workers’, Stuff
Layoffs are the surest way of exacerbating a recession. The redundant worker loses income, and so do the supermarkets, cinemas, sports clubs, cafes and bars they spent money at. And it provides a bad example for others to justify their redundancies, turning it into an unnecessary downward spiral. It’s usually bad economics. The cost of redundancies is typically 3-6 months of an employees salary. That means it’s 3-6 months before a company starts saving money from the redundancy. Most layoffs occur at the end of recession, not the beginning, so the companies often pay for the redundancy and find themselves re-hiring quite soon thereafter.
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Pepe Escobar, ‘Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure’, Asia Times
Noting how a latent state of fear has metastasized into a state of collective panic, for which Covid-19 “offers once again the ideal pretext,” Giorgio Agamben described how, “in a perverse vicious circle, the limitation of freedom imposed by governments is accepted in the name of a desire for security that was induced by the same governments that now intervene to satisfy it.” There was no state of collective panic in South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam – to mention four Asian examples outside of China. A dogged combination of mass testing and contact tracing was applied with immense professionalism. It worked. In the Chinese case, with the help of chloroquine. And in all Asian cases, without a murky profit motive to the benefit of Big Pharma.
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indizombie·4 days agoQuote
Sinéad O’Connor, ‘Black Boys on Mopeds’
These are dangerous days
To say what you feel is to dig your own grave
Remember what I told you:
If you were of the world they would love you
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indizombie·5 days agoQuote
Geeta Pandey, ‘Coronavirus: The woman behind India’s first testing kit’, BBC
South Korea - that’s so tiny - has 650 labs testing for the coronavirus, how many do we have?“ asks Sujatha Rao, former federal health secretary. India has only 118 government laboratories and officials say 50 private labs will also be roped in. For a population of 1.3 billion, that is far from adequate. "India will have to identify many more labs, then the testing kits have to reach there, and technicians have to be trained. And getting the infrastructure ramped up will take time,” Ms Rao says. You know the state of the healthcare facilities in the country? They are all bunched up in urban areas, there’s very little facility in rural India. That will be a big challenge,“ she says.
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Alison Tahmizian Meuse, ‘US tells Saudi crown prince to end oil price war’, Asia Times
Saudi Arabia and Russia, former OPEC+ partners, on March 6 failed to reach an agreement on production caps. While the Saudis wanted to see production cuts deepened to compensate for a drop in Chinese demand, the Russians wanted to keep the caps as they were to compete with US shale. The Saudis then decided to embark on a game of chicken, flooding the market with oil and offering steep discounts to buyers, in an apparent bid to force the Russians to return to the table. But the Russians also dug in, sending prices into a nosedive. The Saudi move was “completely stupid,” in the words of an oil analyst who spoke frankly on condition of anonymity. “The guy there is gambling the country’s future,” he said of Mohammed bin Salman.
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indizombie·6 days agoQuote
Pepe Escobar, ‘Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure’, Asia Times
When damage to the lungs is too grave, and patients arrive for reanimation, they practically do not harbor viruses in their bodies any more. It’s too late to treat them with chloroquine. Are these the only cases – the very serious cases – that will be treated with chloroquine under the new directive by [French Health Minister] Olivier Veran?” If so, he added ironically, “then they will be able to say with scientific certainty that chloroquine does not work.
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indizombie·6 days agoQuote
Pepe Escobar, ‘Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure’, Asia Times
For years, Raoult has been pleading for a drastic revision of health economic models, so the treatments, cure and therapies created mostly during the 20th century, are considered a patrimony in the service of all humanity. “That’s not the case”, he says, “because we abandon medicine that is not profitable, even if it’s effective. That’s why almost no antibiotics are manufactured in the West.”
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indizombie·7 days agoQuote
Pepe Escobar, ‘Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure’, Asia Times
The French state refuses to requisition private hospitals and clinics – which are practically empty at this stage – even as the president of their own association, Lamine Garbi, has pleaded for such a public service initiative: “I solemnly demand that we are requisitioned to help public hospitals. Our facilities are prepared. The wave that surprised the east of France must teach us a lesson.” Jurist Valerie Bugault reconfirms the health situation in France “is very serious and will become even worse due to these political decisions – absence of masks, political refusal to massively test people, refusal of free access to chloroquine – in a context of supreme distress at the hospitals. This will last and destitution will be the norm.”
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indizombie·7 days agoQuote
Pepe Escobar, ‘Why France is hiding a cheap and tested virus cure’, Asia Times
French professor Didier Raoult was part of a clinical trial that in which hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin healed 90% of Covid-19 cases if they were tested very early. (Early, massive testing is at the heart of the successful South Korean strategy.) Raoult is opposed to the total lockdown of sane individuals and possible carriers – which he considers “medieval,” in an anachronistic sense. He’s in favor of massive testing (which, besides South Korea, was successful in Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam) and a fast treatment with hydroxychloroquine. Only contaminated individuals should be confined. Chloroquine costs one euro for ten pills. And there’s the rub: Big Pharma – which, crucially, finances INSERM, and includes “national champion” Sanofi – would rather go for a way more profitable solution. Sanofi for the moment says it is “actively preparing” to produce chloroquine, but that may take “weeks,” and there’s no mention about pricing.
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indizombie·8 days agoQuote
Nia Chari and Akil Ravi, ‘‘I like the village, but there is no life left here’’, People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI)
Now, when they [people from his village] move to the city [for work], they no longer want the things that parents can afford to give them, like handmade soaps, food and oil,” he adds. “They seem to want only store-bought things. They don’t take their elders’ advice. Parents take heavy loans to pay for education, but [some of] the children use it to drink and take drugs; they lie to their parents and a lot of money goes into paying for medical care and hospitals.” Then, he adds sorrowfully, “Even if you tell the children to stay, will they stay? I like the village, but there is no life left here.
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