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Mitch McConnell Wants to Let Corporations Kill You

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/12/16/mitch-mcconnell-wants-let-corporations-kill-you

Meanwhile we’ve seen companies firing people for refusing to take their lives in their hands, executives organizing real-life betting pools on which employees are going to die first, and companies lying openly to their workers and customers about the dangers of COVID-19.

In addition to corporate malfeasance such as we see in meat-processing plants, the most consequential recurrent crimes – genocidal crimes against humanity, imho – are in federal and state management of criminal and migrant detention, all but deliberately, methodically exposing the confined to Covid, over and over and over again. Additionally: wherever you have plenty of prisons or detention centers, you’ll inevitably find the scourge leaking out into barracks of their keepers – into their homes, families, and towns.

Nobody has explained why California, in particular, is taking it in the teeth so hard this time. Our outbreak explodes faster than that of any other state – number one out of 50. Our state prison system (venerable San Quentin in particular) has been deployed like a genocidal weapon, handy for disposing of human garbage. That might have something to do with why my golden state has ascended to 11th worst. Texas jumped into line just ahead of us, probably for much the same reason.

STATE COVID-19 OUTBREAKS

Ranking is momentum-based on Johns Hopkins’ test-positivity factored with “per-capita newcases” & “immediate mortality” – the ratio of totals on hand for deaths and cases.

>                        JH       per-capita     immed
>                    positivity    newcases    mortality
>                        %            %            %
>  1. Idaho             53.4         78.5         1.15
>  2. Pennsylvania      35.8         67.2         1.50
>  3. Alabama           33.6         59.9         0.97
>  4. Kansas            37.8         85.1         1.21
>  5. South Dakota      43.7         94.6         2.48
> --- ---------------------- ------------ ------------
>  6. Tennessee         16.7         87.0         1.01
>  7. Ohio              16.6         81.1         0.71
>  8. Mississippi       20.8         58.5         1.47
>  9. Nevada            16.7         79.0         1.02
> 10. Texas             17.9         46.4         1.16
> 11. California         9.8         57.6         0.52
> 12. Iowa              38.0         70.4         2.38
> 13. New Mexico        14.2         91.5         1.47
> 14. Utah              18.5         85.8         0.46
> 15. Arkansas          15.8         63.6         1.54
> 16. Indiana           12.4         90.3         1.16
> 17. Kentucky          14.2         68.0         0.64
> 18. Oklahoma          15.7         74.6         0.66
> 19. Rhode Island       7.5        106.8         0.99
> 20. Wyoming           13.4         94.1         1.11
> 21. Delaware           8.8         66.7         0.47
> 22. New Hampshire      9.3         47.3         0.60
> 23. Arizona           14.1         72.5         0.80
> 24. Missouri          17.7         60.7         1.35
> 25. Montana           14.9         79.8         1.17
> 26. South Carolina    10.0         43.1         0.99
> --- ---------------------- ------------ ------------
> 27. West Virginia      8.4         61.4         1.41
> 28. North Carolina    10.0         45.6         0.76
> 29. Wisconsin         13.2         80.2         1.16
> 30. Georgia           12.0         43.5         0.87
> 31. Connecticut        6.2         63.7         1.13
> 32. Virginia          11.3         35.4         0.79
> 33. Minnesota          9.9         88.9         1.10
> 34. Massachusetts      5.1         56.2         1.02
> 35. Alaska             5.7         80.5         0.52
> 36. Colorado           9.2         72.6         1.46
> 37. Louisiana          8.8         49.7         1.18
> 38. Nebraska          10.7         85.2         1.35
> 39. Washington        10.5         32.9         0.81
> 40. Michigan          10.5         64.3         1.68
> 41. North Dakota       9.1        105.1         1.94
> 42. Illinois           9.3         74.5         1.61
> 43. Florida            8.7         41.4         0.99
> 44. New Jersey         7.4         49.4         1.08
> 45. New York           4.7         42.6         0.80
> 46. Maryland           6.0         41.5         1.29
> --- ---------------------- ------------ ------------
> 47. D.C.               3.5         31.1         0.97
> 48. Maine              3.9         21.2         1.20
> 49. Vermont            2.0         16.4         1.48
> --- ---------------------- ------------ ------------
> 50. Oregon             6.2         30.9         1.21
> 51. Hawaii             2.3          7.5         1.63

It will take some time for US Americans to realize that people in cages are still human beings, biologically – capable of hosting viruses, but most ineffective containers, with respect to other human beings (in particular: their jailers). If we ever do learn. Teachable moments aplenty abound – should any teachers or students show up.

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