Articles by Mark Taylor

No Greater Love Hath Trump Than To Lay Down Your Measly, Trashy Little, Unimportant Life For His Re-Election

  Our fearful leader’s latest gambit is to blame everyone else as he desperately tries to squirm his way to November’s election. By Richard Wolffe The Guardian (3/25/20) Donald Trump isn’t much of a doctor or scientist. He isn’t much of a diplomat or general. His leadership skills match his business skills. There’s a reason his companies went bankrupt so many times. But he might just be a pioneer with this idea of letting people die for the sake of the country. Only a once-in-a-century leader has the guts to say out loud what the worst among us are really thinking: everyone…


If You Know ANYONE Working In A Hospital, Forward This On: MIT Posts Free Plans Online For An Emergency Ventilator That Can Be Built for $100

The new device fits around an Ambu bag (blue), which hospitals already have on hand in abundance. Designed to be squeezed by hand, instead they are squeezed by mechanical paddles (center) driven by a small motor. This directs air through a tube which is placed in the patient’s airway. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers. By David L. Chandler Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (3/28/20) Clinical and design considerations will be published online; goal is to support rapid scale-up of device production to alleviate hospital shortages. One of the most pressing shortages facing hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency is a lack of ventilators….


California Created A Massive Medical Reserve – With Ventilators, Acute Care Beds & N95 Masks — Then Let It All Collapse

Mobile field hospitals are designed to be deployed during large-scale emergencies and natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and pandemics. CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons The false economy of government cutbacks & austerity. By Lance Williams, Will Evans & Will Carless Reveal / Center For Investigative Reporting (3/27/20) They were ready to roll whenever disaster struck California: three 200-bed mobile hospitals that could be deployed to the scene of a crisis on flatbed trucks and provide advanced medical care to the injured and sick within 72 hours. Each hospital would be the size of a football field, with a surgery ward, intensive care unit and…


Code Blue America: Citizens Dying On Trump’s Lazy Learning Curve

“The nation craves a plan, not hunches.” —  Thomas Friedman, New York Times (3/26/20)  ***** “We don’t need a backup. We need a Tom Brady.” — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) criticizing Trump’s “backup” role (3/26/20) ***** “I’ve asked repeatedly and respectfully for help. We need it. No more political attacks, just PPEs, ventilators, N95 masks, test kits.” “You said you stand with Michigan — prove it.” — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) responding to Trump questioning if the “young, a woman governor…knows what’s going on”. By Dan Peak Commoner Call (3/30/20) Dear Fellow Readers, It’s important to note that Governors…


Give To The Rich: The Bill Gates Charity Paradox

A ‘Nation’ investigation illustrates the moral hazards surrounding the Gates Foundation’s $50 billion charitable enterprise. By Tim Schwab The Nation (3/30/20) Last fall, Netflix premiered a three-part documentary that promises viewers a rare look at the inner life of one of history’s most controversial businessmen. Over three hours, Inside Bill’s Brain shows us a rare emotional side to Bill Gates as he processes the loss of his mother and the death of his estranged best friend and Microsoft cofounder, Paul Allen. Mostly, though, the film reinforces the image many of us already had of the ambitious technologist, insatiable brainiac, and heroic philanthropist. Inside Bill’s Brain falls into a…


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Declaration Of Independence: Progressives Can’t Divide A Party We Don’t Belong To

As an Independent, I’m far more interested in policy than party. Whoever presents the most Progressive candidate will get my vote. Simple stuff. By Kathy Copeland Padden The Ghion Journal (9/23/19) l don’t think I know a single Progressive and/or Independent who isn’t accused on a daily basis of “splitting the party” or “being divisive” by centrist Democrats. The self-centered assumption that anyone who’s not a member of the GOP owes the other half of the oligarchy allegiance is beyond mind-boggling. I’ve been an Independent since 1983. I’m not dividing any party, as I don’t belong to any party. That’s the whole point of being an Independent….


Why Is The Corporate Media Ignoring Sexual Assault Allegations Against Biden?

“For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real.”  — Joe Biden, defending Dr Christine Blasey Ford during Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. By Arwa Mahdawi The Guardian (3/28/20) Why are sexual assault allegations against Biden being ignored? Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has been accused of sexual assault by a former staffer. Tara Reade, who worked with Biden when he was a Delaware senator, alleges he inappropriately touched her and penetrated her with his fingers without…


Where Are Impeachment & The 25th Amendment When We Need Them?

By Bill Blum The Progressive (3/18/20) On March 13, in the midst of a deadly pandemic, President Donald Trump was asked if he took responsibility for the nation’s lack of preparedness. His reply: “I don’t take responsibility at all.” Where are impeachment and the Twenty-Fifth Amendment—the two mechanisms provided by the Constitution for removing an unfit President—when we need them the most, as we do right now? On February 5, Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial as a result of GOP cronyism and cowardice, so that door is shut. And the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, which requires action by the Vice President and a majority…


In The Midst Of The Trumpandemic: 10 Ways To Spot Online BS & Misinformation

By H. Colleen Sinclair The Conversation (3/27/20) Propagandists are already working to sow disinformation and social discord in the run-up to the November elections. Many of their efforts have focused on social media, where people’s limited attention spans push them to share items before even reading them – in part because people react emotionally, not logically, to information they come across. That’s especially true when the topic confirms what a person already believes. It’s tempting to blame bots and trolls for these problems. But really it’s our own fault for sharing so widely. Research has confirmed that lies spread faster than truth – mainly because lies are not bound to the…


Trump Sends Cease, Desist Letter On Ad Featuring One Giant Sound Bite Of HIS Mad Trumpandemic Musings

So, of course you just gotta’ see the ad, right? By Kerry Eleved Daily Kos (3/25/20) Donald Trump is angry. The Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA assembled an ad that features the sound bites of Trump and Trump only, and guess what? Turns out he’s an unhinged maniacal liar who’s gotten everything about the coronavirus wrong. That may not be news to you, but it is apparently news to Trump. And his dangerously factless musings on the coronavirus over the past several weeks have not worn well. So on Wednesday, a Trump campaign attorney released a cease and desist letter demanding that TV stations across the nation pull…


A Commoner Writes: It’s Not Just One Virus

Excellent reporting and coverage. Thank you. There is one important point to correct, however: the SARS-CoV-2 virus is mutating, and has mutated many  times since it was first identified and the genome was sequenced 24 Dec 2019. Data here, in this article: ‘Coronavirus: The Hammer And The Dance’ by Tomas Pueyo Also, this one gives me hope! Support one another, shop local! Link Here. Thank you. Kerry Beheler Mount Horeb WI 


Pretender ‘Pro-Life’ Republicans Okay With Killing Off Grandma & Grandpa For Wall Street

Fox’s Brit Hume Says It’s ‘entirely reasonable’ To Let Grandparents Die For The Stock Market [Editor’s Note: Republican hypocrisy of its anti-abortion policies and propaganda has always been marked by hostility to the programs and funding needed to maintain a quality life beyond the birth canal; you know, little things like housing, health care, child care and education. The hypocrisy has soared to new heights in the Trumpandemic with a ho-hum attitude about sacrificing older citizens on the Altar Of Wall Street benefits. — Mark L. Taylor] By Matthew Chapman Raw Story (3/24/20) On Fox News Tuesday, commentator Brit Hume…


Code Blue America: A Challenge To Our Values; A Political/Economic ‘guns or butter’ Battle For Lives Over Profit

  “Humanity has but three great enemies: fever, famine and war; of these by far the greatest, by far the most terrible, is fever.” — Sir William Osler MD ***** For the past few years Commoner Call contributor Dan Peak has done the twice-weekly ‘Russia Monitor’ column, doing heroic work in tenaciously following the twisting, turning, oily trail of Trump’s relationship with Russia. As egregious as his behavior has been, it looks that Trump, once again, has slipped the grasp of justice for his many — shall we say — “conflicted” behaviors. Given the explosion over the past couple weeks of…


YOU JUST GOT SCREWED AGAIN! Forget COVID-19, Democrats Hand Donald Trump The Keys To The Country

Corporations win. You get hosed. Again. And to hell with Covid-19 relief. By Zach Carter HuffPost (3/25/20) The emergency coronavirus legislation that the Senate agreed to on Tuesday can only be described as an outrage. It is not an economic rescue package, but a sentence of unprecedented economic inequality and corporate control over our politics that will resonate for a generation. It represents a transfer of wealth and power to the super rich from the rest of us, with the support of both political parties ― a damning statement about the condition of American democracy. Final text of the bill…


Coronavirus Treatment Developed By Gilead Sciences Granted ‘Rare Disease” Status, Potentially Limiting Affordability

The Orphan Drug Act has helped pharmaceutical industry profits soar. By Sharon Lerner & Lee Fang The Intercept (3/23/20) ON MONDAY AFTERNOON, the Food and Drug Administration granted Gilead Sciences “orphan” drug status for its antiviral drug, remdesivir. The designation allows the pharmaceutical company to profit exclusively for seven years from the product, which is one of dozens being tested as a possible treatment for Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Experts warn that the designation, reserved for treating “rare diseases,” could block supplies of the antiviral medication from generic drug manufacturers and provide a lucrative windfall for Gilead Sciences, which maintains…


Frank Talk You Need To Hear On The Reality Of Covid-19 Treatment From A Physician

By Dr. David Chakoin Facebook (3/22/20) The virus is here, it’s arrived in Vernon County. We don’t have any confirmed positives as of this writing but I have seen patients who have it, I am certain. There’s something more you can do to prepare: Talk with the ones you love, and do it now. Talk to them about what should be done if they, or you, get a severe case of the virus. This is pretty grim stuff, but you need to understand it. Here it goes: • Most people, about 80%, will have a mild case. They will have…


Some Of The Most Egregious Political Lies Of The Twenty-First Century

“By any rational standard, Trump’s comments qualify as either some of the most egregious political lies of the twenty-first century or as yet another indication that he suffers from a personality disorder that allows him to dissociate from reality and disclaim responsibility for any of his actions. Instead, he blames others for any harm to the public, shocks to the stock market, or damage to the wider economy.” — Bill Blum, Unequal Justice: Where Are Impeachment and the 25th Amendment When We Need Them? (Cartoon by Seth L. Taylor, 2020) ***** Trump Decimated After Admitting Keeping Country Closed Is ‘Detrimental to My Election…


Nobel Laureate Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Trump’s “Trickle-Down” Economic Plans Are Not Enough To Meet Dire Challenge Of Coronavirus Crisis

Democracy Now! (3/19/20) The coronavirus relief package signed by President Trump Wednesday provides unemployment benefits and free coronavirus testing to millions of Americans suddenly out of a job, but guarantees paid sick leave to less than 20% of American workers. Earlier this month, Trump signed into law an $8 billion coronavirus response package and has laid out the first details of a third, $1 trillion economic package and invoked the Korean War-era Defense Production Act to allow the government to direct industrial production. For more on those bailouts and who benefits, we speak with Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Columbia…


Toilet Paper Teaches You All You Need To Know About Economics & The Political Parties

    Capitalism: You have a case of toilet paper. You loan one roll to someone in exchange for regularly receiving more rolls from them. Vulture Capitalism: You buy up the world’s supply of toilet paper, and sell off the individual pieces at a steep markup. Free-market Capitalism: You have a roll of toilet paper, which you are free to use as you wish… or you could sell it, if you want to eat. You have total freedom of choice in the matter. Late Stage Capitalism: You have one roll of toilet paper. Some people have none. I have warehouses…


New Jersey Suspends Gun Background Checks, Halting Sales During Coronavirus Crisis

Gun-rights advocates are criticizing the Garden State for the unprecedented move. By Champe Barton The Trace (3/23/20) On March 21, New Jersey joined a growing number of states to mandate the closure of nonessential businesses, including gun stores, to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But instead of just telling stores to close and hoping for the best, officials in the Garden State shut down the gun background check system, rendering firearm sales virtually impossible. The decision comes amid a nationwide spike in gun sales as fears of social unrest proliferate. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s trade…


Michel Moore: Episode 53: EMERGENCY PODCAST SYSTEM — The First Million Dead

  By Michael Moore Rumble Podcast (3/20/20) Michael Moore sounds the alarm like never before. We don’t have days — we have HOURS left to act. Trump’s weeks of inaction and leading the public to believe this virus is “a hoax” will now cost millions of people their lives. Perhaps we can save some of them — but only if everyone who hears this podcast takes action today. Michael exposes the facts that have been kept from the public. He reveals what he’s been told by several public health experts, doctors, government officials and one source who is in frequent…


At A Time Of Great Threat: Tom Waits Presents “Bella Ciao” (Goodbye Beautiful)

  Bella Ciao! (“Goodbye Beautiful”) originated in the north of Italy in the late 19th century. It was sung by the mondina women, seasonal rice paddy workers, to protest against the harsh working conditions. It was adopted as an anthem by the Italian Resistance, fighting again the Fascists, in World War II. It is sung in many versions around the world as a hymn of freedom. ***** This is the flower of the partisan bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao This is the flower of the partisan who died for freedom This is the flower of the partisan who died…


Notably Quotable: “This pandemic, and the accompanying economic downturn, are a turning point…”

“This pandemic, and the accompanying economic downturn, are a turning point. Just as Americans have done in other crises in our history, we are rediscovering that our greatest strength is not in how rich and powerful we can make a few, but rather in all of us, working together. It strikes me as no accident that it is at this moment a report has surfaced that Attorney General William Barr, a leading member of this administration, has asked for the ability to arrest and imprison people without trial, for to preserve a hierarchy under these conditions will require an extraordinary…


REPORT: Trump Shrugged Off Repeated Intelligence Warnings About Threat That Is Now The Trumpandemic

Trump disbanded the White House Security Council Pandemic Task Force in January of 2018. ***** “The system was blinking red,” an intelligence official told The Washington Post, but no one could get Trump to “do anything about it.” By Mary Papenfuss HuffPost (3/20/20) After China reported the outbreak of a new coronavirus in December, U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the Trump administration in classified messages about the potentially devastating threat, The Washington Post reported Friday. Yet President Donald Trump largely ignored the warnings and delayed action that might have slowed the spread of the COVID-19 disease, according to the newspaper. Intelligence reports warned…


Blood Money: Bankers Pressure Health Care Firms To Jack Up Prices On Critical Medical Supplies To Treat Coronavirus Patients

By Lee Fang The Intercept (3/19/20) IN RECENT WEEKS, investment bankers have pressed health care companies on the front lines of fighting the novel coronavirus, including drug firms developing experimental treatments and medical supply firms, to consider ways that they can profit from the crisis. The media has mostly focused on individuals who have taken advantage of the market for now-scarce medical and hygiene supplies to hoard masks and hand sanitizer and resell them at higher prices. But the largest voices in the health care industry stand to gain from billions of dollars in emergency spending on the pandemic, as do the bankers and investors…


US Senators Accused Of Coronavirus Insider Trading Embody The Moral Bankruptcy Of The Establishment

[Cartoon Note: Inspiration was drawn from one of many online comments seen throughout the past five days. The idea stuck with me, but I do not recall who wrote the original comment. — Mark L. Taylor] By Nathan Robinson The Guardin (3/21/20) There’s something deeply disturbing about seeing someone profit from a disaster, and we’ve already seen a few examples in the present crisis. First it was the guys who bought up over 17,000 bottles of hand sanitizer in the hopes of selling them at a high markup. (After Amazon put a stop to their sales, the pair of hoarders donated the sanitizer.)…


Multiple Failures Of Corrupt American Capitalism Are Stripped Bare By Trumpandemic Emergency

This is what happens when you organize every aspect of your society to promote wealth accumulation and nothing else. By Bob Hennelly Salon (3/22/20) As it turns out, American capitalism doesn’t hold up all that well under the stresses and strains of a virulent pandemic. In the face of the coronavirus, that stingy “real time delivery” dictum taught in business school to guide how we deploy labor and distribute stuff can be a recipe for needlessly high body counts and wealth destruction on the scale of the Great Depression. Currently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is fashioning a coronavirus pandemic stimulus package…


Russia Monitor: The Entire Nation Is ‘Blinking Red’ Due To Trump’s Callous Ineptitude

“Trump knew and did nothing: “Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were — they just couldn’t get him to do anything about it. The system was blinking red.”” — US official as reported by Washington Post (3/20/20) ***** “It’s the second goal that could succeed. By revving up hate among their supporters against China, Trump and Fox can redirect those supporters’ rage from the dangerous target it might otherwise find: the trusted political and media figures who lied and lied and lied to them, exposing those supporters to disease…


‘RUMBLE With MICHAEL MOORE’ Podcast Ep. 54: Don’t Panic. PANIC

“You need to be in serious smart panic mode.” — Rumble (3/21/20) By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (3/23/20) Medical sources are telling Michael Moore that the situation in New York City is far worse than and spinning out of control. In the complete absence of any kind of national leadership such basics as protective gloves, gowns, masks, tests, ventilators or mobilization of the military into setting up field hospitals remain scarce. Moore notes his front line sources report patients will have to be turned away from city hospitals this week. The death rate is about to escalate. In…


Letters From America: Trump’s Justice Dept. Using Crisis To Target Citizen Rights

This pandemic, and the accompanying economic downturn, are a turning point. By Heather Cox Richardson Letters From America (3/21/20) Today’s big news came from Politico writer Betsy Woodruff Swan, who broke the story that the Department of Justice has quietly asked Congress for dramatic new powers during emergencies… emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. She has reviewed documents from the DOJ asking Congress to give top judges the power to pause court proceedings during emergencies. This would include “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil process and…


‘This system is doomed’: Doctors, Nurses Sound Off In NBC News Coronavirus Survey

“I don’t feel like my hospital is failing us. It’s the whole system that’s failing us.” By Hannah Rappleye, Andrew W. Lehren, Laura Strickler & Sarah Fitzpatrick NBC News (4/20/20) A hospital nurse in Michigan says she and her colleagues have discussed bringing in bleach to make their own disinfectant wipes. A pregnant nurse in Ohio says she has no choice but to tend to critically ill patients without a specialized N95 mask. And a health care worker in Georgia has resorted to scouring local hardware stores in an effort to secure the protective masks. These are just some of the…


Gov. Evers Suspends Utility Rules & Allows For Additional Consumer Protections At Time Of Crisis

  Office of the Governor of the State of Wisconsin (3/22/20) MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today issued Emergency Order #11, suspending several utility-related administrative rules, paving the way for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) to temporarily order further consumer protections amid the COVID-19 public health emergency. The order can be found here. “It is critically important to give people flexibility during this emergency, when paychecks might be disrupted, to keep the lights and heat on and water flowing,” said Gov. Evers. “We’re making sure that folks don’t have to make the critical choice between keeping their utilities on and…


Silicon Valley Megadonor Karla Jurvetson Pumped $14 Million Into Elizabeth Warren’s Super PAC

By Lee Fang The Intercept (3/20/0) IN A CAMPAIGN finance filing late on Friday [3/20], Persist PAC, the super PAC that attempted to revive Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign finally disclosed its donors. Karla Jurvetson, a Silicon Valley megadonor, who made over 500 donations over the last year alone, provided 96 percent of the super PAC’s financing through a $14.6 million donation. Barbara Lee, a prominent Democratic donor in Massachusetts, and Women Vote! — the super PAC affiliate of EMILY’s List, a pro-choice group previously financed by Michael Bloomberg, among other wealthy donors — also provided significant funding for Persist PAC. Jurvetson is a physician and philanthropist. A…



Chino Valley USD Students Spread Hope During School Closures Due to COVID-19

  Chino Valley Unified School District (3/17/20) School closures throughout the nation have halted highly-anticipated campus events and activities with hundreds of thousands of students practicing social distancing at home. While the annual Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) Choral Festival—originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 18—has been cancelled, our Chino Hills HS Chamber Singers demonstrated resilience by recording their individual a cappella portion of Over the Rainbow in their separate homes, and through technology were able to appear together as a family again. Their harmonious performance was shared online for the CVUSD community with the goal of spreading hope and…


With Lobbyists Comfortably In Place, Big Pharma Ready To Cash In BIG On Trump Pandemic Tragedy

In 2019, the pharmaceutical industry spent $295 million on lobbying, far more than any other sector in the U.S. [Editor’s Note: Keep in mind while American citizens pay the highest medication prices in the world, much of Big Pharma profits derive from taxpayer-funded research at universities and national labs. We pay for the research and the corporations price gouge the sick and disabled and hand out huge bonuses to their executives. It’s as perverted, pernicious and sick form of American capitalism as you can find. — Mark L. Taylor] By Sharon Lerner The Intercept (3/13/20) AS THE NEW CORONAVIRUS spreads illness, death, and catastrophe…


A Case Of Pure Corporate Evil — Italians Found Way To 3-D Print Key Ventilator Piece For $1 To Help Battle Coronavirus—So The Company With The Patent Is Threatening To Sue

“There were people whose lives were in danger, and we acted. Period.” By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams (3/18/20) After two Italian volunteers used a 3-D printer to manufacture a desperately needed ventilator component for those stricken by the coronavirus, the medical company with the patent for the device threatened to sue—even as the printed valves saved at least 10 people’s lives in a hospital in the northern Italian city of Brescia. “There were people whose lives were in danger, and we acted,” Cristian Fracassi, who along with fellow volunteer Alessandro Ramaioli made the valves, said in a Facebook post on Sunday. “Period.”…


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‘They Are Saving Our Lives’: Demand Grows For Grocery Store Employees, Other Frontline Workers to Receive Hazard Pay Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

  Supermarket jobs are overwhelmingly low-wage and often don’t come with decent benefit packages—or the luxury of working from home until the COVID-19 outbreak subsides. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (3/16/20) Grocery stores and other U.S. businesses remaining open amid the coronavirus pandemic are facing pressure from unions and activists to provide hazard pay for employees whose jobs involve tasks that put them at direct risk of exposure to the infectious disease. “Trader Joe’s needs to provide workers hazard pay starting right now,” tweeted Trader Joe’s Union, an account formed by a group of workers pushing for the store’s employees to unionize. “Crewmembers…


EMERGENCY PODCAST SYSTEM — Michael Moore Reveals The Awful Truth

  By Michael Moore Rumble (3/16/20) Michael Moore reveals conversations he’s had with public health and security experts, foreign journalists and government officials (plus one source directly in contact with President Trump) to share the awful truth: we may lose multiple times more Americans to coronavirus than the total number of American troops killed in World War II; this is the most serious pandemic since the 1918 flu; President Trump is actively and purposefully holding up the federal government response and putting millions of lives at risk. Link To 57-Minute Audio


Russia Monitor — Trumps Owns The Pandemic: “He alone” Brought Us To This Crisis.

Trump lies. Trump’s COVID-19 lies put people at risk. Let’s start with this moment of nonsensical Trump bombast: “I’ve felt it was a pandemic before it was called a pandemic. All you had to do was look at other countries…I have always viewed it as very serious.” — Bill Kristol tweet quoting Trump. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/19/20) Dear Fellow Readers, We open with a nonsensical quote; and will close with a second quote for a fuller picture of the psychosis of Donald J. Trump. A bit of context, a friend who is not a Trump supporter by any…