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Industry spokesman says 2 billion end users by 2024.


Not saying whether this is good or bad, although I am a bit of a Luddite, and certainly don't trust capitalists or their governmnents to properly investigate the health effects of high-frequency electromagnetic fields when the $-, ¥-, €-pressure is all for adoption of the technology.

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Merci, Thank you, for your responses. Interesting that you all seem to have gotten the post three weeks after I sent it. I think the delay might have something to do with the algorithm for sharing information between servers? Adam, I think I used @ , not ! .
Yeah only downside of this site is that its not intuitive


The Hunger Virus Does not Appear on Television

Refugee camp; hunger, illness

Le virus de la faim n’apparaît pas à la télévision car la faim ne tue pas les riches.

The hunger virus does not appear on television because hunger does not kill the rich.

El virus del hambre no aparece en la televisión porque el hambre no mata a los ricos.

فيروس الجوع لا يظهر على
شاشة التلفزيون لأن الجوع لا
يقتل الأغنياء.



Coronavirus fears used to justify unjustified overreach: Ron Paul

First we were told we had to shut down the country to “flatten the curve” so that hospitals were not overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. When most hospitals were nowhere near overwhelmed, and in fact were laying off thousands of healthcare workers because there were no patients, they moved the goalposts and said we cannot have our freedom back until a vaccine was available to force on us or the virus completely disappeared....

Many politicians clearly see the creeping totalitarianism but lack the courage to speak out.

Op/Ed by former US Senator Ron Paul


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How do I attach photos to my posts? @administrator

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Louise A. Thompson: feminist, communist, black liberationist

Louise A Thompson, an early 20th century African-American feminist and communist, was a founder of the modern feminist concept of intersectionality.

Louise in Berlin, Germany in 1960.

Born in Chicago in 1901, she spent most of her childhood with her mother in Oakland, California and several smaller towns on the West coast of the USA. It was while at the University of California that she attended a guest lecture by W.E.B. DuBois that inspired her to devote herself to the fight for racial equality.

After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. in Commerce, Louise taught briefly at the Branch Normal College for Colored People in Arkansas, and at the Hampton Institute in Virginia, but, according to writer Erik S McDuffie, "suffocated under the racial conservativism of these institutions".

Seeking freedom and a broader horizon, she visited New York city in 1927. There she became reacquainted with her future husband William L Patterson, who she had already met in California. In 1927 he had recently joined the Communist Party USA; Louise, however was not yet a communist.

Young portrait

In her early days in New York, Louise received a sociology grant from the Urban League and a stipend from the literary patron Charlotte Mason. She found Charlotte overbearing, however, and soon renounced her support. Later, Louise would write that during this period she acquired a "distaste and hatred of white philanthropy."

At the urging of William L Patterson, Louise read Karl Marx's ''Capital'' in 1927 or 1928; perhaps this was the beginning of the path that would lead her to join the Communist Party herself in the early 1930s.

After settling in New York, it did not take Louise long to become a "central figure" (according to Erik McDuffie) in the African-American cultural blossoming called the Harlem Renaissance. She associated with leading Harlem intellectuals such as Aaron Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, and Langston Hughes, who became a close friend. In 1928 she married Wallace Thurman, a novelist. The relationship did not flourish because she soon discovered that he was gay; they separated, but remained formally married until Wallace's death in 1934.

Louise, probably circa 1960s or 70s.

Louise's lifestyle in the 1920s and 1930s was "bohemian", according to Erik McDuffie; and she embraced the New Woman ideal of that era, projecting an ethos of independent Black womanhood.

Through two friends: YWCA official Sue Elvie Bailey (Thurman) and Marion Cuthbert, a poet, Louise obtained in 1930 a position as a research assistant in the Congregational Education Service, a reform organization "composed mostly of affluent white liberals". She soon became disillusioned with white liberalism, however, and resigned from the organisation within three years.

"Black and White"

In 1932, Black Communist Party USA leader James Ford returned from Russia with authorization to recruit cast members for ''Black and White'', a film to be made in the Soviet Union about US race relations. He invited Louise to organize the cast and she accepted. Louise formed a Co-Operating Committee for Production of a Soviet Film on Negro Life, corresponded with the Soviet organizers, and recruited most of the actors for the film.

As it was for many African Americans who went to the Soviet Union, living in the young Socialist country was a transformative experience for Louise. According to Erik McDuffie, from the moment she arrived in the Soviet Union, she "felt a euphoric sense of personal freedom from American racism".

Louise enroute via ship to Russia with  Langston Hughes.

Although the Soviets cancelled the ''Black and White'' film project in August 1932 in response to diplomatic pressure from the US, Louise, Langston Hughes, and many of the other cast members accepted a Soviet invitation to stay in the country a while and travel. Their itinerary included Soviet Central Asia, where they came to see themselves and comrades there as part of a transnational, multiracial community struggling against capitalism and imperialism. On 5 October they released an enthusiastic public statement from Buxara, Uzbekistan, about the revolution's achievements there.

After the troupe returned to US soil, Louise said she "preferred Russia to living in America" (Mark Naison, ''Communists in Harlem During the Depression'', 1983 reprint, p 74, cited in William J Maxwell 1999, p 142).

And in a 1987 interview she recalled: "Because of what I had seen in the Soviet Union I was ready ... to make a change. A leap" (Erik M., p. 74, quoting Louise Thompson Patterson papers, interview, 14 May 1987).

The freedom that she experienced during her visit to the Soviet Union helped Louise "cultivate her public persona as a sexually liberated woman," according to Erik McDuffie.

The Scottsboro Boys

Louise was an important figure in the international capmpaign to free the Scottsboro Boys, nine Black young men falsely convicted of raping two White women aboard a train in Alabama, USA in 1931. The case became internationally notorious as an example of Southern-US jim crow misjustice, with groups around the world rallying to the cause of the unfortunate young men, eight of whom faced the death sentence. In the US, the defense effort was led by the International Labor Defense, a Communist Party legal aid auxillary which obtained top-flight legal counsel for the young men. Other CPUSA organizations, as well as the NAACP, were involved in the publicity side of the campaign.

Louise Thompson addressed one of the first large Scottsboro benefits in Harlem, which occurred in 1932 at the Rockland Palace. Sets by the Cab Calloway orchestra bookended her fiery speech. During the "Black and White" tour in the Soviet Union, she also spoke at Scottsboro rallies in that country. Back in the United States, she joined the National Conference for the Defense of Political Prisoners in 1933, and was the driving force in organizing the Free the Scottsboro Boys March on Washington, DC on 8 May 1933. Five thousand people took part in the March and it drew national media coverage. Erik S McDuffie calls it "the first major protest for racial equality in Washington," and says it "presaged future marches on the capital for civil rights."

With the Revend Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Louise also organized large Scottsboro rallies in Harlem Churches.

In 1934, campaigning in Birmingham, Alabama, Louise found herself imprisoned in the same courthouse as the Scottsboro Boys themselves, after being picked up in a police raid of a leftist friend's house. She was held for several weeks without trial and then released. Her article "My Southern Terror" in the November 1934 edition of the NAACP's magazine, ''The Crisis'', described that experience.

The Scottsboro Boys eventually went free, the last being Haywood Patterson who escaped in 1950 to the state of Michigan, where the Governor refused to extradite him.

Louise in the 1930s and '40s

Louise joined the Communist Party USA shortly after the Free the Scottsboro Boys March, and from 1933 until 1948 was employed in a CPUSA-aligned organization called the International Workers Order (ILO). Her main activities there were cultural outreach and union desegegation.

Louise at work

Due largely to her USSR travels and her role in the Scottsboro defense, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called her "the leading colored woman in the Communist movement in this country," in its magazine ''The Crisis'' in 1934.

Louise married William L Patterson in September 1940. They "forged a lifetime partnership based on gender egalitarianism," writes Erik S McDuffie.

Louise was one of the first to conceptualize and describe the ''triple exploitation'' of Afroamerican working-class women. In a 1936 essay, "Toward a Brighter Dawn", she used that term for the simultaneous racial, class, and gender discrimination that these women suffer. The idea was elaborated in Communist Party USA writings in the following decades, especially by Claudia Jones. It is the basis of the modern feminist concept of intersectionality.

Sojourners for Truth and Justice

In late 1951, Louise met a young poet Beulah Richardson, whose poem "A Black Woman Speaks of White Womanhood, of White Supremacy, of Peace" had been a "smash hit in the Communist Left" (Erik McDuffie). The two women became friends and founded that year a Black left feminist group called the Sojourners for Truth and Justice. The group was named after 19th century African American writer Sojourner Truth. Although the group lasted less than two years, it was a trail blazer in terms of the positions it took, and in being the first Communist-associated organization in the United States to be founded and led by Black women.

The Sojourners' founding manifesto, "A Call to Negro Women", was written by Beulah and Louise in New York City in 1951, and the group had its inaugural convention in Washington DC from 29 September through 1 October that year. The convention was held in the meeting hall of the Cafeteria Workers Union, a predominantly Black female, left-leaning, CIO-affiliated union. The convention was attended by 132 women from 15 States. They wasted no time before going into action. The same day their inaugural convention ended, sixty of them rushed the doors of the Civil Rights section of the Department of Justice in Washington, demanding to see Attorney General J Howard McGrath. They had a message for him deploring the treatment of racialized people in the US.

The Sojourners didn't get to see J Howard McGrath, but were listened to politely for a few minutes by a Black justice department official, Maceo Hubbard. "Sir, we are here to speak our greivances. Our men are lynched, beaten, shot, deprived of jobs, and, on top of it all, forced to become part of a Jim Crow army and go thousands of miles [to]Korea to carry out war to other colored peoples," said tenant's rights organizer and Sojourner Angie Dickerson on behalf of the group. Maceo Hubbard promised to convey the Sojourner's message to the Attorney General but they never got a reply.

The Sojourners pressed on with their activism in the following months, campaigning for the freedom of Rosa Lee Ingram, and of W Alphaeus Hunton. And they called for an end to US government persecution of WEB DuBois and Paul Robeson. Their themes were human rights, Black equality, peace, and international solidarity.

Unity Luncheon of Sojourners for Truth and Justice and a Jewish women's organisation. Third from right, in dark outfit with large hat, is CPUSA women's leader Claudia Jones, shortly before her deportation from the U.S.

Members of the Sojourners for Truth and Justice with singer Paul Robeson in San Fransisco, 22 May 1952.

The Sojourners went well ahead of other groups of their time in linking domestic US women's and minority-rights (race) concerns to the broader international context of colonialism and imperialism, and to issues of socioeconomic class.

The feminist scholar Carole Boyce Davies has written that in addressing these intersecting issues, and in reaching out to women of other cultures in international solidarity, the Sojourners also went beyond "narrow gendered formulations" which sometimes confined the White liberal, "mainstream" US feminism of the 1970s. (See Carole Boyce Davies, ''Left of Karl Marx'', p 83.)

The Sojourners signed the ''We Charge Genocide'' petition against the US delivered to the United Nations by William L Patterson in late 1951 on behalf of the Civil Rights Congress.

And they demonstrated, alongside the Council of African Affairs, against South African apartheid, approving the CAA's declaration that "the struggle of black women in America for freedom and justice is unthinkable as many hundreds of millions of their sisters in the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia are degraded and enslaved by the same pattern of racist oppression which we strive to abolish in our own land."

They communicated with members of the African National Congress (ANC) inside South Africa, who warmly responded, thanking them for having "made it possible the link [between African American and African women] we have always wished for [on]this side of the world." (ANC Women's League official Bertha Mkize to Sojourners, 20 April 1952, in Louise Thompson Patterson Papers, 2002, box 13, folder 4; quoted in Erik S McDuffie 2011, p 179.)

Louise and Sojourner Charlotta Bass co-wrote letters to feminists in the Global South saying that Black American women's freedom was "inextricably linked" to that of their sisters in South Africa, and that freedom movements led by "colored women in Africa, Asia, and in these United States must lead to the complete emancipation of women throughout the world."

The early demise of the Sojourners for Truth and Justice was caused partly by concerns in the CPUSA that the group was not racially integrated, and therefore a manifestation of racial separatism which the Party opposed on principle. The major cause of the Sojourners' demise, though, was cold-war era domestic repression in the United States.

According to Erik S McDuffie, "Government informants riddled the group, enabling the FBI to accumulate more than 450 pages of surveillance files in little more than one year." The state also targeted members individually. In April 1951, Charlotta Bass had her passport seized by the Justice Department, and that same month Louise was forced to testify in New York State court about her political activities. At least for Louise, the harassment was familiar; she had been heavily surveilled by the FBI since the early 1930s if not before. Some of the FBI files on Louise can be viewed for free at the website

Besides direct state repression, the cold-war atmosphere also harmed the Sojourners indirectly in that formerly friendly parties were now afraid to work with them. The NAACP, for example, had frequently co-operated with CPUSA people before World War II; but now the NAACP barred Communists and this prevented the Sojourners from participating in civil rights campaigns such as those led by Ella Baker, president of the New York NAACP.

By the end of 1952, the Sojourners no longer functioned as a group.

According to FBI surveillance files, Louise was on the Central Committee of the CPUSA in 1937 and re-elected to it in 1938 at the 10th National Convention.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Louise continued to mentor young Black militants. The New York Black Panther Party leadership, and the CPUSA's Black Liberation Committee, which had many youthful members as well as old hands, met regularly in Louise and William's Harlem apartment.

Louise as an elder

Some References

Louise Thompson, 1968. "With Langston Hughes in the U.S.S.R.", ''Freedomways'' 8.2 (Spring 1968), pp 152-8.

Erik S McDuffie, 2011. ''Sojourning for Freedom: Black Women, American Communism, and the Making of Black Left Feminism.''

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Italian Covid Data (as promised a minute ago)

Report on the characteristics of the deceased patients positive COVID-19
Italy The present report is based on data updated to March 17, 2020


The present report describes the characteristics of the 2003 deceased patients positive and COVID-19 in Italy. The
geographical distribution of deaths is the following:

Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Demographic data
The average age of deceased patients and of positive COVID-19 is 79.5 years (median, 80.5, range 31-103, Range,
InterQuartile - IQR 74.3-85.9). Women are 601 (30.0%). The figure 1 shows that the median age of patients
who died of positive COVID-19 is higher over 15 years than that of patients who contract
the infection (age median: patients who died from 80.5 years – patients with infection 63 years). The figure 2 shows
the number of deaths for age group. The women died after contracting infection from COVID-19
they have a higher age than men (age median: women 83.7 – men 79.5).
Figura 1. Età mediana deceduti e diagnosticati positivi a COVID-19
Figure 2. The number of deaths for age group
Median age (years)

Pre-existing conditions
The table 1 presents the most common chronic diseases pre-existing (diagnosed before of contracting
the infection) in patients who died. This information has been obtained in 355/2003 died (17.7% of the sample
overall). The average number of diseases observed in this population is of 2.7 (median 2, Deviation from
the Standard 1.6). Overall, 3 patients (0.8% of the sample) had 0 diseases, 8 9 (25,1%)
had 1 disease, 91 had 2 diseases (25.6%) and 172 (48.5 per cent) had 3 or more diseases.
Table 1. Most common diseases observed in patients who died as a result of infection from COVID-2019
Ischemic heart disease
Atrial fibrillation
Arterial hypertension
Diabetes mellitus
Cancer active over the past 5 years
Chronic liver disease
Chronic renal failure
Number of diseases
0 diseases
1 diseases
2 diseases
3 or more diseases
The figure 3 shows the symptoms most commonly observed before admission in patients who died
COVID19 positive. As shown in the figure, dyspnea, and fever are the symptoms most common
response, less common are cough, diarrhea, and hemoptysis. 5.2% of people do not show any
symptom at the time of admission.
Figure 3. Symptoms the most common response in the patients who died COVID-19 positive
Respiratory failure was the most common complication observed in this sample (97,2%
of cases), acute kidney injury (27,8%), followed by myocardial damage acute (10.8%) and superinfection (or 10.2%).
The figure 4 shows the treatments administered in patients who died COVID-19 positive during hospitalization. The
antibiotic therapy was the most used (83% of the cases), the less used that antiviral (52%), more
rarely the steroid therapy (27%). The common use of antibiotic therapy may be explained by the
presence of sovrainfezioni or is compatible with the beginning empiric therapy in patients with pneumonia, pending
confirmation laboratoristica of COVID-19. In 25 cases (14,9%) were used in all 3 therapies.
Figure 4. Therapies administered in patients who died COVID-19 positive
The figure 5 shows, for patients who died COVID-19 positive, the median times, in days that elapse
from onset of symptoms to death (8 days) from onset of symptoms to hospitalization (4
days) and from hospitalization to death (4 days). The time elapsed from hospital admission to
death was 1 day longer in those who were transferred in an intensive care unit than those who did not
were transferred (5 days vs. 4 days).
Figure 5. Median hospitalization time (in days) in the patients who died COVID-19 positive
The onset of symptoms --> death
The onset of symptoms --> hospitalization
Hospital --> death
Hospital --> death (NO RESUSCITATION)
Hospital --> death (YOU REANIMATION)
Median number of days
Deaths of age less than 50 years
Today (17 march), 17 patients died COVID-19 positive age less than 50 years. In particular,
5 of these had less than 40, and they were all male persons with an age between 31 and
39 years of age with serious pre-existing conditions (cardiovascular, renal, psychiatric, diabetes, obesity).


Median age of death of people with covid-19 in Italy was 80.5 years.

March 17 data from this report (in Italian).

Also, 99% of those who died had a pre-existing medical condition.

These data speak to the non-seriousness of the disease, relative to how the media and governments are generally portraying it.

I will shortly post a text translation of the report into English.


Will repression become normalised under Covid?

A BBC article captures the story of a student living in Taiwan under quarantine, who reports that when his battery on his phone ran out, within an hour four different local administrative units contacted him; and a patrol was dispatched to verify his location; and a text was sent that the government had lost track of him and warned him of potential arrest for breaking quarantine.

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'But as the Taiwan government showcases its mass surveillance capability amid the crisis, it brings into question how it can be used in the wrong hands.

'Brian Hioe, who runs New Bloom, a left-leaning publication focused on Taiwan, shared this concern with me.

'His worry is that "the state may retain its expanded powers and continue with surveillance practices once the crisis has passed".'