Saturday snippets: Staff concern trip consumers however want paychecks; Humpback whales are making a comeback

• Don't be fooled by the downward trend in holiday coverage of Covid-19 cases and deaths: On weekends and holidays since the pandemic started 10 months ago, doctor's offices have been closed and public health departments may be understaffed and sometimes closed. This means that fewer tests are carried out, fewer positive cases are identified, and information about fewer of the cases carried out and identified gets into the databases of those who calculate the toll of the coronavirus. This means that the reporting on the following Sunday and Monday as well as on public holidays is usually several percentage points below the number for the rest of the week. Therefore, fewer cases and deaths may be reported in the coming days and an undercount may continue for weeks. Ellie Murray, a Boston University epidemiologist, said the bulk of Thanksgiving-related COVID-19 deaths will likely come around Christmas. She pointed out that at this time of year, people who work in the systems that track these numbers usually take time off like the rest of the population. "That could possibly delay reporting even more," she said. "We may not have a full picture of what happened after Thanksgiving until January."


• Bloomberg asks 41 Severity what Joe Biden should do about climate change: While a few climate hawks like RL Miller get on the list, it's mostly those with humble goals who support mild tactics to hit them and dissemblers like the Breakthrough Institute and the American Petroleum Institute who are destroying renewable energy or the whole have idea of ​​the climate crisis in their propaganda.

• Four hundred years after the arrival of the pilgrims, the indigenous tribe who welcomed and fed them are struggling to survive:

Many Wampanoag were hoping that the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing would be an event to remind people that the Wampanoag is still around, but many of the memorial services have been canceled, postponed or put online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wampanoag, with whom TIME all spoke, expressed a feeling of "eerie" déjà vu and wondered how much has not changed in some respects in 400 years. The tribe is in the middle of a struggle for survival on two fronts: the struggle for survival during a global pandemic and the struggle for control of their country.


• Project Censored's free press status 2021 has been published: The project started 45 years ago with Its main purpose, as founder Carl Jensen said, is "to investigate and raise awareness of the level of news censorship in our society by finding stories about important issues that the public for various reasons should, but not, be aware of." Each year, Project Censored highlights stories that have received little or no coverage in traditional media and adds another one on the press series that takes a closer look at what's going on but doesn't get the attention it should have . Paul Rosenberg of The American Prospect sums up this year's top ten for the project: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; Monsanto "Intelligence Center" target journalists and activists; US military – a massive, hidden contributor to the climate crisis; Congressional Investments and Conflicts of Interest; Inequality Kills: Gap Between Richest and Poorest Americans Largest in 50 Years; Shadow Network of Conservative Outlets Emerges to Leverage Confidence in Local News; Under-reporting of missing and victims of black women and girls; The Public Banking Revolution; Increasing risks of nuclear energy due to climate change; Liven up journalism with a stimulus package and a public option.

• Humpback whales were almost threatened with extinction. They are back: It is estimated that in 1830 the humpback population was 27,000. By 1950 there were only 450 of them left. Decades of protection have brought the population to around 93% of their size from exploitation, according to a new study by the Royal Society. Here the Daily Kos employee, David Neiwert, puts us in a humpback symphony.

• Retail lobby wants stores to be open for the holidays: The National Retail Federation (NRF), the world's largest retail trade association, is pushing for retailers to be removed from the designation of "material" and "non-material" businesses. One executive told Nicole Karlis at the salon that stores are making "a significant investment" in getting ready for personal purchase during the season when most retailers are at their peak. In fact, without vacation purchases, many retailers would never make a profit. But 4.6 million retail Workers are at risk. Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Stores Union (RWDSU), published a statement on the matter earlier this week: "Workers are in public professions and interact with larger numbers of customers during the holiday season, risking their own exposure to COVID-19 and potentially bringing it home to their families." Walmart, Amazon, Kroger, and Petsmart employees want their employers to reintroduce hazard payment. It's a difficult situation: not being able to pay the rent or catch the coronavirus. An unnamed PetSmart employee related NBC News: "The (Black Friday) deals are tempting … But that's life and death for a lot of people. Having the luxury of shopping on Black Friday is great when it's not a pandemic. If so, it is important to think about people other than yourself. "As it turned out, the ranks of Black Friday shoppers were thin.

• Many now COVID-19 worker deaths not reported: The regulations give employers a wide margin of discretion when reporting deaths by workers to the occupational safety and health authorities. Many have decided against it. Kaiser Health News investigated 240 health care worker deaths on the Lost at the front Project and found that employers had reported no more than a third of them to any state or federal OSHA office. Many of these employers based their decisions on beliefs that the deaths were not work-related – conclusions reached without independent review.

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