Australian intelligence knocks back US government’s Wuhan lab virus claim

Australian intelligence agencies have questioned evidence trumpeted by United States officials supposedly linking the coronavirus to a Wuhan laboratory as concerns within the government grow that the push will derail efforts to eliminate dangerous wildlife wet markets.

Senior members of the Australian intelligence community told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age a research document shared in political circles under the Five Eyes intelligence arrangement was mostly based on news reports and contained no material from intelligence gathering.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Newspaper Editor Fired, Starts “Homeless Editor” Blog

On Wednesday he was laid off. On Friday he was living in a Motel 6.

Rich Jackson, a 54-year-old journalist who worked as the top editor of The Herald-Times, a Gannett-owned newspaper in Bloomington, Ind., received the bad news in the parking lot next to the paper’s headquarters. He was also told he would have to vacate the apartment in the same building, where he had been living for 10 months.

Unable to go the newsroom, Mr. Jackson started a blog. He called it The Homeless Editor.

WaPo

[Publ. note: This is what #capitalism looks like.]

ALEC Leading Right-Wing Campaign to Reopen the Economy Despite COVID-19

Documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) show that a powerful corporate lobby front group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is playing a leading role in the right-wing movement to push for early reopening of the economy amidst the coronavirus pandemic that has cost the United States 61,680 lives to date.

ALEC is a corporate pay-to-play operation where legislators and corporate lobbyists vote behind closed doors to adopt model legislation on a broad range of public policy issues.

Common Dreams

Related:

ALECexposed.org

Nearly 900 workers at Tyson meat plant in Indiana test positive for coronavirus

The coronavirus infected 890 of the 2,200 people at the plant located in Logansport, Ind., local station WISH TV reported Wednesday. 

The updated number is more than 700 additional confirmed cases at the plant than the Cass County Health Department reported last week, according to the Indianapolis Star

Tyson announced last week that the company would voluntarily close its facility and work with county officials on a plan to reopen. 

The Hill

Reminder:

“We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” (Trump, 1/22/20)

…in a “couple of days” the number of cases in the United States “is going to be down to close to zero.” (Trump, Feb., ’20)

Related:

Government orders 100,000 new body bags as Trump minimizes death toll

The GOP Becomes the Party of Trump

Republicans adopt Trump’s mental illness manifestations as “strategy”: Lie, deny, blame others:

A new Republican strategy memo advises Senate candidates to blame China for the coronavirus outbreak, link Democrats to the Chinese government and avoid discussing President Trump’s handling of the crisis.

Washington Post