Wealthy in war with science, middle class

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRespected climate scientists, U.S. government agencies, meteorological societies and over 190 nations have all come to the conclusion that global warming is real and caused by human activity.My son evaluates climate data at a major university and I have two degrees in chemistry. We both have an in-depth understanding of the science of global warming. The recent cold weather only proves that air coming from the North Pole is cold. Nothing more.I have found that having a fact- based dialog with climate deniers is a waste of time. The deniers’ advantage is that they revert to lies and half-truths to present their case and ignore the real science.There are two groups of climate deniers. Both tend to brand themselves conservative to advance their propaganda to their target audience, a very powerful persuasion tool.  The first group knowingly lies for political and economic reasons. In reality, they are on the side of profit and greed. The second group is made up of trusting conservative pawns of the first.My message to the first group that knows the truth and the wealthy that finances this false propaganda: It will be your children and grandchildren that will be cursing you for doing nothing just to gain more profit.Warren Buffett is a billionaire and has no reason to lie when he said, “There’s class warfare, all right. But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” This fact is becoming more evident every day with legislation primarily designed to increase the wealth of the wealthy with more to come. As deficits increase, next on their list will be spending cuts that will directly affect the middle class, low-income families and elderly.John DworakRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

There’s no reason to respect this president

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 17 letter, “Respect the office of the president”: Linda Fuez apparently lives on Planet Hannity/FoxNoise. She thinks that Trump was elected because he was “a businessman who knows how to get things done.” No, he’s had six bankruptcies, not the sign of a good businessman. After only nine months in office, Trump and family had already spent on personal travel as much as President Obama and his family spent in eight years.Issues with his cabinet members and other top-level appointees? You mean Scott Pruitt (EPA), who’s in the pockets of the oil/gas industry and rolling back environmental protections on clean air, water and safety? Ryan Zinke (Interior), who proposes offshore drilling bordering every Atlantic, Pacific or Gulf state (except Florida)?  Or Betsy DeVos (Education), who wants to privatize public education? Steve Mnuchin (Treasury) rolling back bank regs? Gutting and destroying the very agencies they’ve been assigned to? Yes, I have issues with his cabinet!Accomplished women? You mean Kellyanne “alternative facts” Conway? Sarah “I-can’t-answer-that” Sanders? The erstwhile CDC head, now resigned because of conflicts of interest? Again, Betsy DeVos, who has no knowledge of public education.The list is frighteningly long. Add to that the 130 people in the White House who don’t have security clearances and handle top-secret information every day. Just another day at the scandal-ridden White House. And constantly, Russia.Respect is earned, and this chaotic messy administration is far from ever earning the respect of thinking men and women. The liar-in-chief is a bullying, bigoted thug who demeans, belittles and denigrates people, countries and entire continents with his vulgarities. Sorry, but no respect.Cynthia SwansonNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Nov. 9

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSch’dy County Dems  take the low roadLike many of you, I was disgusted by several political flyers sent out by the Schenectady County Democratic Committee (SCDC) over the past few weeks.Their propaganda attacked Yasmine Syed with personal and unsubstantiated allegations and attacks.For the record, I consider myself progressive.I have marched in Washington, D.C., and participated in local protests and letter-writing campaigns.I work for immigrant justice. I have even gone door-to-door and made phone calls in support of Democratic Party candidates.I’m dismayed to see Trumpian tactics playing out in our local elections. What happened to the Democratic Party? What happened to “When they go low, we go high?”Now that the election is over, I believe we need let the SCDC know how we feel.For me, I find their conduct a betrayal of our values. I thought the Democratic Party was all about integrity and compassion. Elections should be about issues, not vile political attacks.Please join me in writing to SCDC, PO Box 9273, Schenectady, NY 12309.Jon LemelinNiskayunaLiberals should help, not hinder, TrumpIsn’t it time the liberals stop wasting taxpayers’ money on President Trump and help him with all the problems we have with our enemies? He is the only one that has the nerve to go up against North Korea, China and Iran. He is the only one to have the nerve to place tariffs on them.We are making them rich while we stood by and did nothing. The only reason they want to impeach him is because he isn’t a yes man. He stands up against the liberals.Have you noticed the unemployment rate?The liberals are like a pack of lions tracking down one animal. They can’t go one on one.James MaxfieldScotiaThreat to republic has a familiar ringRev. Jim Jones (1931-78) — civil rights’ advocate, reverend, cult leader, sex addict, drug addict, deranged at the end of his life —  took over 900 of his followers with him.One can see elements of Jim Jones-ism in the body politic today. The victims of Jim Jones’ evil were, for the most part, poor people looking for a better life. These are the same type of people supercilious politicians exploit.The Rev. Jim viewed America as racist, capitalism as bad, socialism as good, redistribution of wealth is good.He encouraged a violent end for then -President Nixon. Today it is President Trump who is under the gun. In a Broadway production, a President Trump lookalike was assassinated. Et tu, Brute?  A comedian carries a mockup of President Trump’s severed head.The violent death of Caesar heralded the demise of the Roman Republic. America the republic is about gone. President Trump’s premature removal from office would complete the process.When partisan members of alphabet sedition club (DOJ, CIA, FBI, etc.) openly subvert presidential authority, can it be long before the military steps forward?When the military comes out of the shadows, it will be “Seven Days in May.”      Brutus is lurking in the wings. Drink the Kool-Aid.Edmond DayRotterdam The U.S. House of Representatives just took important action for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.As someone whose mother died of Alzheimer’s and who has worked with several individuals under 65 with Alzheimer’s disease, I want to thank Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) for supporting the House passage of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act of 2019 (H.R. 1903 / S. 901), through the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act.According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 200,000 Americans under age 65 are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Yet currently, because of their young age, they are not eligible for support and service programs available to older Americans. The Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act would fix this and give them access to nutritional programs, respite services for family caregivers and other services to enhance quality of life.The Senate must now follow the House action and pass this important bill. To learn more about this disease and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s, visit https://alz.org/northeasternny.William HinrichsCohoesThe writer is associate director of advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association.Legislature shouldn’t ban youth footballSo the lawmakers here in the state of New York want to ban youth football because of reasons of safety and other reasons. But that is not the lawmakers’ say. That should be a talk between a mom or dad and a child and not the lawmaker.If the lawmakers of this state were to ban youth football, what will they try and ban next — any kind of youth sport? If the lawmakers ban youth football, the only thing left for the youth of this state will be to join up with the gangs and whatnot.No mom or dad would want their child to join the really bad gangs in this state.Lawmakers of this state, stop sticking your noses where they do not belong and do your job that we, the people, elected you to do. Please stop trying to ruin the youth of this state by banning youth football.Anthony CarotaSchenectadyNo good Democrat is supportive of TrumpI must take issue with Vincent Belardo’s Oct. 27 letter and his statement that he’s a “good Democrat.”No sir, there’s no way you can be a good Democrat while supporting President Trump for reelection. The Democratic Party platform is the opposite of what Trump stands for. And while you may be a registered Democrat, you cannot ever be considered a “good” one given your current views.Mr. Belardo states he was a war veteran and for that we are grateful. But his statement that he sees what Trump is trying to do is misguided.I think he and those who support Trump are anything but enlightened to the truth. The facts are out there, and his last two years in office have been nothing but chaos and divisiveness.He has broken the laws and defied the Constitution and disgraced his time in office. He’s a joke to our allies and a puppet to our enemies. He’s not out to “protect” us, as Mr. Belardo claims.Trump is a selfish, self-interested man who only protects himself and seeks only to profit off of us. He has no respect for the rule of law, as his actions and words proven.He’s a disgrace not only as a president, but just as a human being. People who continue to deny the evidence that’s right in front of them put the future of our children and grandchildren in jeopardy, and I find that inexcusable. Never mind making “America Great Again.” Let’s just make “America America Again.”Connie CartwrightScotiaSocialism is not in best interests of U.S.Regarding Norman Perazzo’s Nov. 2 letter (“How to destroy the U.S. from within“), I believe he is absolutely right. His nine points about how to destroy the United States from within are happening right now all around this country.Americans had better wake up and recognize that our future could be in jeopardy. Young people had better study history and see that socialism pushed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders is not in our best interests.Helen MartinGlenville Bill will help younger Alzheimer’s victimscenter_img Dems’ only goals are power and controlSpeaker Nancy Pelosi got one thing right. She recently declared, “What is at stake in all of this is nothing less than our democracy.”What she got wrong is that the Democrats’ obsession to regain power is the real danger to the republic. The Democrats have this insatiable quest for power by any means necessary. The Russian collusion hoax and the more recent impeachment fever are recent attempts to undermine our president and, by doing so, trying to influence elections.Getting overshadowed, and what should be even more disconcerting however, is their sheer willingness to discard our Constitution. It’s these attacks that all citizens should weigh carefully, understanding that many Democratic actions and viewpoints are usurping your fundamental rights. Examples include, but are not limited to, the Second, Fifth and 12th amendments.Most obvious is the suggestion of a governmental buyback to the unabashed outright confiscation of firearms. Another surrounds the idea of due process, which protects the rights of the accused and is the cornerstone of American jurisprudence. A recent example of this came at the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.The cultural #MeToo movement superseded proper moral and legal conscience. Our own senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, exclaimed “I believe her” before any of the facts presented themselves. Let not the facts get in the way of the preferred narrative. Lastly, some Democrats want to abolish the Electoral College, since it does not aid the coastal elites and large Democratic urban areas to control elections.Their real purpose? Power and control.John MyersSchenectadyStalin policies similar to Democrats’ plansAm I the only one who recognizes the following similarity of ideas?I will reference chapter 10 of the Soviet constitution.Article 120: Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to maintenance in old age and also in the case of sickness or loss of capacity to work.This right is ensured by the extensive development of social insurance of workers and employees at state expense, free medical service for the working people and the provision of a wide network of health resorts for the use of the working people.Article 121: Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to education.This right is ensured by universal, compulsory elementary education; by education, including higher education, being free of charge; by the system of state stipends for the overwhelming majority of students in the universities and colleges; by instruction in schools being conducted in the native language, and by the organization in the factories, state farms, machine and tractor stations and collective farms of free vocational, technical and agronomic training for the working people.In 1936, Stalin beat the Democrats to these ideas.Michael SheedySchenectadyAre we all powerless against Spectrum?Well my good friends at Spectrum have done it again. I just got my statement for November, and for no apparent reason, explanation or notification, my service went up $10. It’s the second time in one year that this has happened. They say reach out to your legislators to take action. Yeah right.It appears that they must be as powerless as everyone else when it comes to these extortionists.Daniel LindsaySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

US slowdown and war hit UK growth

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Fund managers call for UK REIT rethink

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API downgrades returns forecast

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The king is dead…

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Chinese toddler in Manado tested negative for coronavirus

first_imgShe went on to say that the baby’s parents, identified only by their initials WZ and LD, also tested negative for the coronavirus.Read also: Chinese toddler’s condition improves after suspected Wuhan coronavirus infection in ManadoThe agency, however, was still waiting for the test result of a second sample from the patient before making any decision on discharging him from the hospital.“The first sample came back negative, but we still cannot discharge the baby. We are still closely observing the baby in the isolation room until we received the result of the second sample,” Prof. Kandou General Hospital medical services division head Hanry Takasenseran said.The family has been in Manado since Jan. 21. The had been experiencing fever and a cough for the past nine days.While the number of confirmed cases of the outbreak has been increasing around the globe, Indonesia has yet to have any confirmed case. However, an Indonesian domestic worker in Singapore tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. (hol)Topics : The North Sulawesi Health Agency has announced that a 2-year-old Chinese toddler under observation in an isolation room for symptoms of the novel coronavirus at Manado’s Prof. Kandou General Hospital tested negative.Agency head Debie KR Kalalo said the office had received the result of the laboratory sample on the toddler, identified only as GY, from the Health Ministry’s research and development center in Jakarta.“The result is negative [for coronavirus],” Debie said on Saturday.last_img read more

Indonesia to use COVID-19 rapid tests to expedite detection of virus

first_imgThe government is mulling the possibility of conducting rapid tests for COVID-19 in laboratories across the country to speed up efforts to detect the spread of the coronavirus.“During a meeting with the Health Ministry this morning, we agreed to study the possibility of performing rapid tests across the country as they could provide faster results,” Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said on Wednesday.Authorities are looking at the plan after other countries also changed their testing methods from regular COVID-19 tests to rapid tests, he said. However, it is still unclear when the rapid testing kits will be available in the country.He explained that rapid tests only required blood serum as a sample, meaning the tests could be performed at all health laboratories across the country. Everyone, whether they have shown COVID-19 symptoms or not, could undergo the test. Yurianto also said on Wednesday that the government had authorized three private clinical laboratory chains that could be used for COVID-19 tests: Siloam, Kalbe Farma and Bunda Group.“This is a good news for us, so we can promptly detect any confirmed cases of the disease in the country,” he said.Previously, the Jakarta-based Health Research and Development Agency was the only laboratory authorized by the government to conduct COVID-19 tests.As of Tuesday, 12 laboratories were permitted to conduct the tests, as stipulated in Health Ministerial Decree No. 01/2020. (glh)Topics : The testing method is easier to implement, as the regular tests had to be performed in level two biosafety laboratories, as nasal fluids or larynx substances were used as as the main specimens.However, a major drawback to the rapid tests is that they can only be performed if immunoglobulin samples from COVID-19 patients are available. The substances, he said, were needed as a comparison.“We also need immunoglobulin samples from people who have been infected with the virus for at least a week,” Yurianto said. “Without them, the rapid tests would be useless.”Indonesia confirmed 55 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 227. The government also announced there had been 19 fatalities from the disease, higher than the number of recovered patients to date at 11.last_img read more

US Senate to seek deal on $1 trillion coronavirus economic aid package

first_imgA vote could still be days away, said senior Republican lawmaker Lamar Alexander.Read also: World leaders rush in to shore up panic-hit global financial systemMcConnell also said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow would be on Capitol Hill on Friday to work with lawmakers from both parties toward an agreement.Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats were ready. US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced emergency legislation to stem the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, and Republicans and Democrats agreed to meet Friday to seek an agreement.The US$1 trillion-plus package will include direct financial help for Americans, relief for small businesses and their employees, steps to stabilize the economy, and new support for healthcare professionals and coronavirus patients, McConnell said.“We are ready to act as soon as agreement with our colleagues across the aisle can be reached,” he said on the Senate floor. “The Senate is not going anywhere until we take action.” Topics :center_img “We look forward to working with them to come up with a bipartisan product,” he said. But he stressed any “bailout” of industries must be aimed at helping workers, not executives or shareholders.The package is the third taken up by Congress since the coronavirus erupted in the United States, killing more than 150 people, shutting schools, businesses and wide swaths of American life, and sending the stock market into a tailspin.A key plank is direct payments of up to $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for couples below a certain income threshold, along with $500 for each child in the family, a Senate Finance Committee statement said.The maximum payments would be for those individuals earning no more than $75,000, and $150,000 for a couple, it said. Above those levels, payments would be reduced, and totally phased out at $99,000 for an individual and $198,000 for couples.The bill also includes $208 billion for industries. This breaks down to $58 billion for airlines, and $150 billion for “other eligible entities,” a Republican statement said. All of this money would be in the form of loans and loan guarantees.For small businesses, a key Republican constituency, the bill includes $299.4 billion for loan guarantees and loan subsidies.Under the legislation taxpayers would be given more time to file their 2019 tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. The traditional April 15 filing deadline would be moved to July 15, the Finance Committee said.Healthcare provisions of the bill include expanding testing for the virus, hiring more healthcare workers and speeding the development of new vaccines and treatments. The measure would also allow students to defer payments on student loans, Alexander said in a statement.Trump sharply changed his tone on the risks posed by the virus this week, after long downplaying them, and started talking about sending Americans $1,000 checks.Read also: Trump ‘going big’ with $1 trillion stimulus as US coronavirus deaths top 100Not all Republicans were keen on the idea.“Just a blanket cash check to everybody in America that’s making up to $75,000? I don’t know the logic of that,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby said before the bill was announced.Leaders in the House of Representatives, meanwhile, are trying to work out new voting procedures that would allow them to reconvene without endangering members after Utah Democrat Ben McAdams and Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart tested positive for the virus.Several other House lawmakers, including Republican whip Steve Scalise, were in self-quarantine after having been in contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had asked the Rules committee chairman, Representative Jim McGovern, to review how members vote in the chamber.Congress passed an $8.3 billion measure earlier this month to combat the coronavirus outbreak and develop vaccines for the highly contagious disease.On Wednesday, lawmakers approved and Trump signed another $105 billion-plus plan to limit the damage through free testing, paid sick leave and expanded safety-net spending.last_img read more