Biden spotlights evil influence of money

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Gazette’s Nov. 20 coverage of Joe Biden’s talk at Proctors before a sold-out enthusiastic gathering hit on the notes that were of “popular interest,” mainly the question of whether he will run for president in 2020.However, the article missed the most salient point he made and one that evoked the most vociferous response from the audience.He told the audience that ever since he first ran for public office when he was almost 30 years old, he decided he never wanted to take money from big donors nor get rich off his political power, so that he could remain independent in expressing his views. He expressed disdain for the current scenario in Washington, where big-money interests determine how politicians vote and that having the Supreme Court decision in the Citizen’s United case reversed is crucial.Without mentioning Trump’s name, the audience could easily conjure the greedy tentacles of our current president and the influence that big-donor money has on the Senate and House as the right ramrods through the halls of Congress a “tax reform” bill that is nothing but a Christmas present for big donors and corporations.This bill won’t in any way benefit the poor, the working class or middle class, despite the phony advertising campaign.Good for Biden.Al SingerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Get special interest out of our politics

first_imgWhen I was much younger, there were conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans. The two parties talked to each other and there was compromise. World War II was still in the minds of the population.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The wealthy, as well as the working class, were primarily concerned for what was good for the United States. The wealthy paid an income tax rate as high as 91 percent. Most benefited and the United States prospered.Over the decades, we have become a nation of greed and self-interest. The Supreme Court approved the ability of the wealthy to spend unlimited amounts of money on attack campaign ads, deceptive propaganda and lies designed to elect their candidates. This power resulted in tax reform legislation that greatly benefited the wealthy. When the tax reform bill ran into opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s only concern was not the voters, but decreasing money contributions. Why? Money buys votes.Today, too many people expose themselves to “news” that is one sided with a specific political agenda. This kind of “news” is actually propaganda. The resulting degree of polarization and ignorance demonizes people and ideas. This isn’t compatible with the ideals of a democracy and not how a functional democracy should work. This is how dictatorial governments operate.We must elect people who bring us together, not tear us apart. We must elect people who are not bought and paid for by special interest groups.John DworakRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Talk of the towns

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Highland prelet lifts Edinburgh offices market

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The Price of progress

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GE plans mega Mayfair scheme

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Surabaya Mayor Risma admits to hoarding masks ‘since January’ in anticipation of COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgRisma did not disclose just how many masks her administration had been hoarding, saying she would only distribute them when the impacts of COVID-19 were felt in the city.”Later, when we have to, we will distribute them,” she said.The mayor added that only people who are sick — coughing, showing flu symptoms and have difficulty breathing — should wear masks but everyone should wash their hands frequently and immediately go to a hospital when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.Cities across Indonesia have had to deal with mask shortages for the past three weeks.Wahyu Handoko, the owner of a medical supplies store in Surakarta, Central Jakarta, said his store kept running out of masks and as a result, prices have spiked from Rp 20,000 (US$1.42) per box to around Rp 200,000.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has spoken out against hoarding as people across the country go on panic buying sprees, saying that the government and the private sector had enough food and non-food supplies, including around 50 million face masks, to meet public demand. The President has also instructed the National Police chief to crack down on individuals hoarding and reselling face masks. (ars)Topics : As regions across the country are hit with shortages and the rising price of face masks following Indonesia’s first confirmed COVID-19 cases, Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini has admitted that her administration had been hoarding masks to be distributed when necessary.”Truthfully, I have been hoarding masks since January,” she said at the Tropical Disease Center of Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java, on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.She said she had instructed her staff to buy masks during the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, without informing the public to avoid panic.last_img read more

Hindu group offers cow urine in a bid to ward off coronavirus

first_imgA Hindu group hosted a cow urine drinking party on Saturday as they believe it wards off the coronavirus, as many Hindus consider the cow sacred and some drink cow urine believing it has medicinal properties.Experts have repeatedly asserted that cow urine does not cure illnesses like cancer and there is no evidence that it can prevent coronavirus.The “party,” hosted by a group called the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (All India Hindu Union) at its headquarters in the country’s capital, was attended by 200 people, and the organizers hoped to host similar events elsewhere in India. “We have been drinking cow urine for 21 years, we also take bath in cow dung. We have never felt the need to consume English medicine,” said Om Prakash, a person who attended the party.Chakrapani Maharaj, the chief of the All India Hindu Union, posed for photographs as he placed a spoon filled with cow urine near the face of a caricature of the coronavirus.Leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party have advocated the use of cow urine as medicine and a cure for cancer.A leader from India’s north eastern state of Assam told state lawmakers earlier this month during an assembly session that cow urine and cow dung can be used to treat the coronavirus.The pathogen, which has infected more than 138,000 people worldwide and left over 5,000 dead, has no known scientific cure and governments across the world are struggling to control the spread of the pandemic. Topics :last_img read more

Malang university students invent disinfection chamber to prevent COVID-19 spread

first_imgThe mechanical engineering student added that the liquid disinfectant used in the chamber was made from herbal ingredients and non-flammable alcohol, which are safe for humans.Malang administration cooperated with Brawijaya University to procure 70 SiCo chambers, each valued for Rp 2 million (US$126.75), to be installed in various spots across the city.“Malang health agency would provide the liquid disinfectant. The mobile chambers would be available to be borrowed by those who need them,” Malang regional secretary Wasto said.East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa on Friday declared a state of emergency in the province in an effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Malang and Surabaya were also declared “red zones” as 175 people in Surabaya and 74 others in Malang were suspected of having contracted COVID-19.“The state of emergency is to be enforced for an indefinite period,” Khofifah said on Friday, as quoted by Antara news agency. (trn)Topics : Students of Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java invented a disinfection chamber to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the area, which authorities have declared to be vulnerable to a disease outbreak.The device, called the Sikat Corona (corona scrubber) or SiCo, is a two-meter-high, one-meter-wide chamber covered by a transparent material and equipped with a nozzle to spray disinfectant.Syahrizal Maulana, one of seven students working on the chamber, said it could be operated manually or automatically. The manual chamber, which requires a human operator, is suitable for indoor usage. Meanwhile, the automatic one is suitable for outdoor usage in public places, such as parks and markets, because the chamber would automatically spray disinfectant whenever a person enters it.“Current methods of disinfection mainly depend on the availability of human operators. This can be ineffective as it would create long queues of people waiting to be disinfected,” Syahrizal said.Read also: Regions close schools, cancel public events because of COVID-19The chamber holds seven liters of liquid disinfectant that can be used for 15 people at most. It takes five seconds to spray disinfectant on one person.last_img read more

Fitch Solutions slashes Indonesia’s economic growth projection due to pandemic

first_imgFitch Solutions has downgraded Indonesia’s economic growth projection to 2.8 percent, down from its initial projection of 4.2 percent, as consumption and investment growth are expected to slow amid weakening global economic expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic.“While the government and the central bank have made aggressive moves to stimulate the economy, we believe that these efforts will not be enough to offset the devastating effects the COVID-19 pandemic will have on employment and public health,” researchers at the Fitch Solutions country risk and industry research wrote in a research note dated April 17.They projected Indonesia’s private consumption to slow to 1.2 percent in 2020 from 5 percent in 2019 due to mounting unemployment. As many as 2.8 million people have lost their jobs as of Monday last week, according to data from the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). More than half were furloughed and placed on paid or unpaid leave.“We also expect capital formation to slow to just 1.5 percent in 2020 after posting a growth of 4.5 percent in 2019,” Fitch said, adding that this would mainly be driven by severe delays that large scale infrastructure projects were likely to face amid the crisis.The government expects the country’s economy to grow 2.3 percent this year, which would be the lowest rate in 21 years, in a baseline scenario and even contract 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest projection expected Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to reach 0.5 percent this year while the global economy was projected to contract by 3 percent.Topics :last_img read more