• "Che il Mediterraneo sia", une chanson de #Eugenio_Bennato, dont voici un extrait...

    «Andare, andare, simme tutt’eguale
    affacciati alle sponde dello stesso mare
    e nisciuno è pirata e nisciuno è emigrante
    simme tutte naviganti

    allez, allez il n’y a pas de barrière
    nous sommes tous enfants de la même mer
    il n’y a pas de pirate il n’y a pas d’émigrant
    nous sommes tous des navigants»

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAzgANpo4d4

    ... et un nouveau mot à ajouter à la liste des #mots pour dire les migrations : les #navigants (i #naviganti) !

    https://seenthis.net/messages/414225

    #migrations #terminologie #vocabulaire

    ping @sinehebdo

  • La Californie dédommage les victimes de stérilisation forcée Katja Schaer/jfe
    https://www.rts.ch/info/monde/12353527-la-californie-dedommage-les-victimes-de-sterilisation-forcee.html

    L’Etat de Californie, aux Etats-Unis, a décidé cette semaine d’octroyer 7,5 millions de dollars de son budget aux victimes de stérilisation forcée. La pratique remonte au début du XXe siècle, portée par plusieurs scientifiques de renom favorables à l’eugénisme.

    Au moins 20’000 personnes - femmes et hommes - ont subi une stérilisation forcée en Californie. Mais ce chiffre est peut-être l’arbre qui cache la forêt, les documents et les données étant difficiles à se procurer et souvent gardés secrets.


    La stérilisation forcée trouve son origine au XIXe siècle. A l’époque, plusieurs pans de la médecine convergent vers le même objectif : l’amélioration de la race humaine.

    Jusqu’en...2014
    Cette amélioration passe notamment par la stérilisation forcées des personnes jugées « anormales ». En 1909, la Californie adopte alors sa première loi eugéniste, qui l’autorise à stériliser les personnes emprisonnées et institutionnalisées.

    La loi va connaître deux modifications qui permettront d’élargir la définition de l’anormalité. Les personnes handicapées, les malades psychiques et mentaux, les pauvres et les personnes de couleur - en particulier d’origine latine - pourront être stérilisées. De nombreuses femmes jugées « sursexuées » seront elles aussi soumises à cette procédure.

    Officiellement, la loi autorisant la stérilisation forcée a été invalidée en 1979. La pratique a toutefois été maintenue dans les prisons. Les dernières affaires remontent à 2014.

    La pratique était autorisée dans la majorité des Etats américains, mais la Californie compte pour un tiers des quelque 60’000 interventions pratiquées à l’échelle nationale.

    Basée sur l’eugénisme
    Si la stérilisation forcée a été si largement appliquée en Californie, c’est parce qu’au début du XXe siècle, l’Etat est l’épicentre de la pensée eugéniste aux Etats-Unis. L’amélioration de la race s’est imposée en science et la Californie abrite plusieurs scientifiques de renom, favorables à cette théorie.

    Ce concept est même porté par les grandes universités, comme Stanford, notamment. En 1920, le président de l’université californienne, David Starr Jordan, postule que des traits de caractères ou mêmes des conditions sociales comme le talent et la précarité, sont héréditaires.

    Le directeur s’oppose au mélange de races et déplore ce qu’il appelle le déclin de la race nordique, à laquelle il associe les Anglo-Saxons. Ces scientifiques n’auraient pas pu exister sans l’aide d’organisations comme l’institution Carnegie ou la fondation Rockefeller.

    Au début du XXe siècle, Oliver Wendell Holmes, juge à la Cour suprême américaine, soutient la pratique de la stérilisation forcée. Ses propos seront d’ailleurs repris pour défendre les pratiques nazies lors du procès de Nuremberg.

    #eugénisme #racisme #transhumanisme #stérilisation #contraception_forcée #histoire #santé #inégalités #femmes #stérilisation #Pauvres #Femmes #Hommes #nefants #Californie #USA #états_unis #Stanford #philanthropie #philanthropes #Carnegie #Rockefeller #philanthrocapitalisme #philanthropie

    • La Californie, cet état qu’on nous présente toujours comme un paradis.
      Quand aux bienfaiteurs professionnels de l’institution Carnegie ou de la fondation Rockefeller, ce sont aussi des innocents professionnels.

    • En France,le nombre de stérilisations dans la population générale, déjà peu élevé, a diminué au cours des dix dernières années, il est de 22.000environ par an.Pour les handicapés, aucune enquête n’était disponible, en matière ni de stérilisation, ni de contraception. La mission a réalisé une étude spécifique à partir des actes de stérilisation masculine et féminine effectués en1995 et1996 dans les hôpitaux publics et quelques établissements privés, selon les données du PMSI.D’après ces données déclaratives, l’ampleur du phénomène, notamment pour les personnes handicapées, apparaît faible, mais non marginal . On a ainsi repéré en 1996 environ 15 cas de stérilisation d’hommes handicapés sur les 423 actes de ligatures des canaux déférents et quand même 2% de stérilisations de femmes, handicapées ou en grandes difficultés sociales, selon le diagnostic associé, c’est à dire 211 cas sur10.453. Enfin, la tranche d’âge des femmes de moins de 25 ans qui ont eu une ligature bilatérale des trompes comprend vingt femmes, soit un quart de l’effectif.

      https://www.vie-publique.fr/sites/default/files/rapport/pdf/984001636.pdf

  • Fact check: Is sea rescue a pull factor for refugees?

    For years there have been claims that sea rescue is a pull factor in asylum-related migration. But is this theory true?

    What is the debate about?

    Some argue that more people will dare to embark on the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, for instance from Libya or Morocco to Europe, because they believe they will be rescued from boats that are often not even seaworthy.

    Conservative politicians in particular regard sea rescue as an incentive to migrate. As a result, they criticize civilian sea rescue operations including Sea-Watch and Sea-Eye, groups that rescue tens of thousands of people in the Mediterranean every year. In some cases, the rescuers have been accused of colluding with smugglers, which in turn means they support human trafficking — an accusation the NGOs reject.

    EU ships no longer patrol along the migration routes and have saved hardly any lives since the naval mission Operation Sophia ended in spring 2020. One of the reasons why state rescue at sea has been so severely restricted is that Italy and Austria, for instance, feared these missions would lead to a rise in the influx of refugees and migrants.

    So-called push and pull factors play an important role in EU policy and discussions about limiting and managing migration.

    Whereas push factors refer to circumstances that turn people away from their countries of origin — war or environmental disasters — pull factors are those that attract people or create incentives for them to come to Europe, including political stability and prosperity as well as liberal immigration laws.
    Research status

    So far, there is not much sound research. According to Julian Wucherpfennig, professor of international affairs and security at the Berlin-based Hertie School of Governance, this is partly due to the poor data situation — and partly to the complexity of the issue. “Cause and effect are difficult to separate,” the scientist said, adding it’s like studying whether the number of lifeguards has an effect on the number of bathers.

    Some research on the issue does exist, however. The 2017 study Blaming the Rescuers by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani of the University of London looks at when and where how many people fled across the Mediterranean until 2016. The researchers juxtapose this data with the periods in which European rescue and border protection missions were active. They could not establish a correlation.
    2015: Numbers down despite a rise in the number of NGOs?

    Sea Rescue NGOs: A Pull Factor of Irregular Immigration? is a dossier that focuses on civilian sea rescue as a possible pull factor and analyzes migration from Libya to Italy from 2014 to 2019. Here too, authors #Eugenio_Cusumano of the European University Institute and #Matteo_Villa of the Italian Institute for International Political Science Studies “could not find any correlation between the presence of NGOs at sea and the number of migrants.”

    According to the dossier, the total number of departures in 2015 from Libya fell slightly compared to the previous year, although the number of migrants rescued by NGOs rose sharply. “The results of our analysis challenge the claim that non-governmental rescue operations are a pull factor of irregular migration across the Mediterranean,” the authors of the 2019 paper wrote.

    “Unintended consequences” of sea rescue

    Claudio Deiana (University of Cagliari), Vikram Maheshri (University of Houston) and Giovanni Mastrobuoni (University of Turin) came to a different conclusion in their Migrants at Sea: Unintended Consequences of Search and Rescue Operations study.

    A rise in rescue activities in the Mediterranean led smugglers to switch from seaworthy wooden boats to inflatable boats of poorer quality, they found, concluding that the fact that more people risk the journey to Europe under worse conditions could be an “unintended consequence” of sea rescue.

    However, most of their colleagues have not arrived at the same conclusion. Almost all other scientific studies assume that rescue at sea does not lead to more crossings, according to the Hertie School’s Julian Wucherpfennig.

    Consequences for smugglers

    Many researchers conclude it seems logical that rescue activities don’t have so much of an impact on the refugees as on how the smugglers react — they could, as reported by Deiana, Maheshri and Mastrobuoni, choose less seaworthy boats and send them out with less fuel.

    “The reality is that there are many other variables that play a role in departures — like weather conditions and the security situation and monitoring of the coast — that would affect departures more than anything else,” Safa Msehli, spokeswoman for theInternational Organization for Migration (IOM),told DW. Over the past years, there have been many departures even when there were no rescue boats at sea — “and accordingly, a large number of deaths,” she said.
    Push factors play a bigger role

    But push factors — war, political persecution, and extreme poverty —are much more important for migrants and refugees, other researchers argue.

    “In our opinion, the push factors are much higher than anything else alleged (...) People are stuck in a cycle of abuse,” said IOM spokesman Msehli. “They end up in detention, forced labor, abuse, in many cases, torture, disappearances. And those are the conditions that migrants are mentioning to us that permit them to take such a difficult journey.”
    Sea rescue, an incentive for migrants?

    There is no proof that sea rescue has a direct effect on the influx of migrants and refugees to Europe. Most studies suggest that rescue activities do not increase the number of departures from the North African coast.

    However, the claim that sea rescue acts as a pull factor cannot be unequivocally refuted either. Almost all researchers who have studied the issue say more data and further research are needed.
    What it means for EU policies

    The cutbacks in state rescue at sea and the hurdles for civilian rescue at sea, such as detaining ships in ports or banning them from entering, are based on assumptions that are not substantiated.

    Sea rescue as a pull factor seems so obvious to many that they hardly question the assumption, nor do they require any evidence for it, Matteo Villa wrote in an article for Germany’s Die Zeit weekly. Yet the evidence to date would suggest that more lives could be saved “without risking many more people setting off for Europe. Unfortunately, the EU is choosing a different path.”

    https://www.dw.com/en/fact-check-is-sea-rescue-a-pull-factor-for-refugees/a-57804247?maca=en-Twitter-sharing

    #pull-factor #facteur_pull #appel_d'air #sauvetage #Méditerranée

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • #eugénisme  L’histoire cachée de l’Université Stephanie Caminada et Nuria Tinnermann (Zürcher Studierendenzeitung)

    À Zurich, des recherches ont longtemps été menées sur « l’amélioration de la race blanche ». L’Université a du mal à accepter cette confrontation au passé.


    L’ancien recteur de l’Université de Zurich Alfred Ernst (avec un casque colonial) lors d’un « voyage d’études botaniques » dans l’archipel malais. Fotoalbum Studienreise Alfred Ernst, 1905-1906, Deutsche Marineexpedition 1907

    À l’Université de Zurich, des anthropologues, des médecins et des biologistes ont mené des recherches sur l’hygiène raciale et l’eugénisme. De nombreux scientifiques ont profité dans leurs recherches des structures de domination coloniales. Pascal Germann, historien de la médecine à l’Université de Berne, a concentré ses recherches en particulier sur l’Institut d’anthropologie de Zurich. « L’institut est devenu un centre de recherche raciale mondial au début du 20e siècle », déclare-t-il.

    Le recteur de l’université avait une mentalité eugénique
    L’institut s’est surtout fait connaître par ses méthodes et ses instruments de mesure, qui ont connu un succès mondial à l’exportation. Ces instruments pourraient être utilisés pour déterminer la taille du corps, la circonférence du crâne ou les angles du visage. « Ces mesures étaient souvent humiliantes, relève Pascal Germann. Les manuels d’étude, par exemple, exigeaient que les sujets d’examen soient complètement nus. » Le développement et l’essai de ces méthodes et instruments de mesure ont eu lieu dans les colonies européennes. Par exemple, en Nouvelle-Guinée allemande, où l’anthropologue zurichois Otto Schlaginhaufen était accompagné de soldats allemands lors de ses expéditions de mesure.

    Otto Schlaginhaufen a trouvé des alliés influents à l’Université de Zurich pour promouvoir la recherche en eugénisme. « Le botaniste Alfred Ernst, qui il est devenu recteur de l’université en 1928, a joué un rôle important », déclare Pascal Germann. Alfred Ernst a également mené des recherches dans les territoires coloniaux de l’Asie du Sud-Est, où il a bénéficié des infrastructures de l’impérialisme néerlandais.

    L’Université a proposé des cours d’études raciales jusqu’en 1979
    Alfred Ernst et Otto Schlaginhaufen ont été parmi les cofondateurs de la Fondation Julius Klaus en 1922. Lors de sa création, les actifs de la fondation étaient plus importants que le budget annuel de l’université. Les statuts stipulaient que des réformes d’hygiène raciale devaient être initiées pour « l’amélioration de la race blanche ». Selon Pascal Germann, cela illustre comment l’eugénisme universitaire était souvent lié à des « idées de racisme colonial ». Jusqu’à la modification des statuts en 1970, quatre autres recteurs de l’Université étaient membres de la Fondation Julius Klaus, qui existe encore aujourd’hui.

    L’Université de Zurich a proposé un cours d’études raciales jusqu’en 1979. « Cela m’a étonné qu’il n’y ait pratiquement pas eu de voix critiques à l’Université jusque dans les années 60 », dit Pascal Germann. Ce n’est qu’alors que l’acceptation des études raciales a commencé à s’effriter en Suisse. « Une véritable confrontation avec le sujet n’a débuté que dans les années 90. » Aujourd’hui, l’institut est très ouvert à l’idée de se confronter à sa propre histoire, mais les recherches sur l’implication coloniale des chercheurs zurichois ne font que commencer.


    Otto Schlaginhaufen (en haut à droite) lors d’une expédition de recherche scientifique. Schlaginhaufen, 1959

    Le pouvoir ne veut pas être remis en question
    Ne s’agit-il pas alors d’un oubli actif de sa propre histoire coloniale, c’est-à-dire d’une amnésie coloniale ? Pour le déterminer, il est important de comprendre comment fonctionnent les cultures de la mémoire. « Surtout parce que la mémoire a aussi beaucoup à voir avec le pouvoir », explique Ana Sobral, professeure de littérature mondiale au département d’anglais de l’Université de Zurich. Elle s’intéresse également au postcolonialisme, qui appelle à la reconstruction d’une histoire des « autres », car l’histoire enseignée en Occident est fortement déformée par les idées eurocentriques.

    D’autre part, les structures de pouvoir du colonialisme qui se perpétuent doivent être démasquées. La dissimulation de sa propre histoire coloniale est due au fait que les conditions économiques de cette époque n’ont pas simplement disparu. « Les injustices que nous voyons aujourd’hui viennent de la période coloniale et sont étroitement liées au capitalisme – il y a une énorme continuité », explique Ana Sobral. Même aujourd’hui, ce qui ne correspond pas à son récit est marginalisé. « Ceux qui sont puissants ne veulent pas être remis en question. »

    Oublier au lieu de remettre en état
    « Les universités sont en premier lieu concernées par leur propre préservation », estime Ana Sobral. C’est pourquoi les institutions ont tendance à ne pas poser certaines questions. Elles ont juste d’autres priorités, dit-elle, motivées par certaines notions de succès, comme les classements. « Quand on veut changer quelque chose, on se heurte toujours à un certain conservatisme. L’Université et l’École polytechnique fédérale de Zurich mettent l’accent sur l’innovation et l’ouverture. Mais en même temps, elles réagissent souvent avec une résistance à la critique qui ne leur convient pas pour le moment », explique Ana Sobral., qui estime que leurs fondations profondément enracinées les rendent passives et rigides.

    Mais critiquer uniquement les institutions et les tenir pour responsables serait trop réducteur. « La mémoire collective des nations tend également à mettre en valeur les moments de triomphe et à oublier les moments de honte. » C’est ainsi qu’en Suisse, par exemple, s’est enracinée l’image d’un pays neutre qui ne veut pas avoir été une puissance coloniale. « Mais la Suisse n’a jamais été neutre et elle a certainement bénéficié du colonialisme. » Pour changer, estime Ana Sobral, il faut une pression extérieure. Un exemple est le buste de l’eugéniste Auguste Forel, qui a été retiré en 2006 sous la pression des étudiants.

    Selon Ana Sobral, cependant, l’important ne se passe pas à l’Université, mais dans la société. Parce que le savoir universitaire ne se diffuse pas toujours. Le buste de Forel a disparu de l’entrée de l’université sans aucune contextualisation perçue par le public. Comme le souvenir de l’histoire de Forel, le poste d’Ana Sobral sera supprimé à la fin du semestre d’automne 2020. Cela réduira considérablement l’éventail des études post-coloniales proposées au département d’anglais également.

    Source : https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/histoire_l-histoire-cach%C3%A9e-de-l-universit%C3%A9/46377608

    #eugénisme #racisme #stérilisation #histoire #documents #sciences #technologies #races #université #Suisse #institutions #colonialisme #colonisation #néo-colonialisme#post-colonialisme

  • Le rôle des femmes pendant la Commune
    Entretien avec Michèle Audin

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Le-role-des-femmes-pendant-la-Commune-Entretien-avec-Michele-Audin

    Michèle Audin, mathématicienne et écrivaine, a écrit plusieurs ouvrages sur la Commune de Paris et anime le blog macommunedeparis. Elle répond ici à quelques questions de la revue Courant alternatif.

    Il ne faut pas limiter le rôle des femmes aux barricades et à la guerre. Beaucoup d’entre elles se sont exprimées publiquement, notamment à l’Union des femmes pour la défense de Paris et les soins aux blessés et dans plusieurs clubs, certainement elles ont parlé de leurs conditions de vie, de leurs désirs, et exprimé des revendications. J’en reparlerai… Il y a un biais dans ce que nous savons. Ce qui a été dit dans les clubs a peu (ou pas) été conservé, en particulier ce que les femmes ont dit. En effet, nous avons quelques écrits ou témoignages de femmes qui ont participé à la guerre et, surtout, nous avons les dossiers de conseils de guerre qui, forcément, concernent, pour beaucoup d’entre eux, des femmes arrêtées pendant la « semaine sanglante », donc des actrices de la guerre.

    Je vais dire quelques mots, d’elles et de la façon dont leur histoire est arrivée jusqu’à nous. Si ça ne vous ennuie pas, je vais omettre les moins inconnues, comme André Léo, Paule Minck et même Nathalie Le Mel, pour parler de quatre femmes peu connues (de trois d’entre elles, nous avons des textes).

    Victorine Brocher est maintenant moins inconnue, mais c’est assez récent, son livre était un peu oublié jusqu’à ce qu’un éditeur désireux de le faire connaître l’ait repris il y a quelques années. Elle l’avait d’ailleurs signé Victorine B... (et Brocher n’est que le nom de son deuxième mari). C’était une piqueuse de bottines, issue d’une famille de révolutionnaires de 1848. Assez motivée politiquement, elle a été membre de l’Association internationale des travailleurs et a participé au mouvement coopératif à la fin de l’Empire. Pendant le siège de Paris, puis pendant la Commune, elle s’est engagée comme cantinière. Pendant la Commune, son bataillon est celui des « Turcos de la Commune », qui est assez actif dans la guerre, notamment au fort d’Issy, qui défend Paris, dans la direction d’où arrivent les versaillais. Pendant la « semaine sanglante », elle réussit à se cacher, mais une autre femme est exécutée qui est « reconnue » comme elle, elle est donc réputée morte, c’est pourquoi elle intitule son livre Souvenirs d’une morte vivante. (...)

    #Michèle_Audin #Commune #femmes #Victorine_Brocher #Alix_Payen #Nathalie_Le_Mel #Association_internationale #féministes #égalité #Eugène_Varlin #Louise_Michel

  • Chroniques de l’occupation de la Rhénanie

    Au lendemain de la Première Guerre mondiale, quelque 100 000 soldats français sont envoyés en #Allemagne pour occuper la Rhénanie. Environ 20 000 d’entre eux sont issus des colonies françaises, notamment de #Tunisie et du #Maroc. Rapidement, ces hommes sont la cible d’une campagne de #diffamation qui fait la une des journaux du monde entier sous le slogan « La honte noire »…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LmnuSwdlGg


    #film #documentaire #film_documentaire
    #occupation #histoire #propagande #honte_noire #WWI #première_guerre_mondiale #accord_de_Versailles #troupes_coloniales_françaises #corps #racisme #schwarze_schmach #soldats_africains #Rhénanie #Ray_Beveridge #femmes_allemandes #Luise_Zietz #haine_raciale #stérilisation #Mulatiesierung #nationalisme #enfants_afro-allemands #bâtards_de_Rhénanie #Eugen_Fischer #nazisme #stérilisations_forcées_de_masse #Wolfgang_Abel #commission_spéciale_3 #colonisation #colonialisme #soldats_coloniaux #armée

    ping @nepthys

  • La Commune de Paris, vouée aux gémonies – le chaînon méconnu d’un complotisme d’État | Yves Pagès
    http://www.archyves.net/html/Blog/?p=8244

    Il y a mille façons de se co-remémorer les 150 ans de l’éphémère Commune de Paris, du 18 mars au 28 mai 1871 : en s’efforçant de rappeler son motif initial (le refus d’un armistice « humiliant » signé par la naissante IIIe République avec le Roi de Prusse, accusant le fossé entre une bourgeoisie « capitularde » désertant la capitale et les assiégés des quartiers populaires agités par un esprit de conquêtes sociales), en restituant la chronologie de cette troisième insurrection parisienne du XIXe siècle ainsi que les 250 décrets émancipateurs promulgués en 72 jours à peine. Source : Pense-bête

  • Intervention du Président Emmanuel Macron dans le cadre de l’Agenda de Davos organisé par le World Economic Forum.
    https://www.elysee.fr/emmanuel-macron/2021/01/26/intervention-du-president-emmanuel-macron-dans-le-cadre-de-lagenda-de-davos-o

    Voici un échange qui a eu lieu le 26 janvier entre Schwab et Macron autour de la « Grande Réinitialisation ».
    C’est édifiant. Ça permet de comprendre un peu les lignes qui vont être défendues dans les années à venir sur la question du dérèglement climatique...

    Pr. Klaus SCHWAB
    Monsieur le Président, ça me donne justement une raison de vous demander : je sais votre intérêt pour toutes les nouvelles technologies, pour ce qu’on appelle la quatrième révolution industrielle, mais dans toute sa conception, disons, le numérique joue un très grand rôle.
    Comment voyez-vous l’impact de la puissance de l’écosystème numérique sur tout ce que vous avez dit ?

    Le Président de la République
    Je pense qu’il y en a plusieurs. Le premier, c’est que nous sommes en effet en train de multiplier les révolutions, quand on parle de numérique. Il y a plusieurs révolutions en une. Nous sommes au début de plusieurs révolutions technologiques qui nous font complètement changer de dimension. On a la révolution de l’intelligence artificielle, qui va totalement changer la productivité et même aller au-delà du pensable dans énormément de verticaux, de l’industrie à la santé en passant à l’espace. À côté de la révolution de l’intelligence artificielle, il y en a une deuxième qui, pour moi, est totalement fondamentale, qui est celle du quantique, qui va là aussi, par la puissance de calcul et la capacité d’innovation, profondément changer notre industrie, en changeant l’industrie des capteurs et donc ce qu’on peut faire dans l’aéronautique, ce qu’on peut faire dans le civil, changer totalement la réalité du cyber, par exemple ; et notre puissance de calcul, ce qui veut dire aussi la capacité qu’on a à résoudre des problèmes. Je prends l’épidémie que nous sommes en train de vivre, l’intelligence artificielle et le quantique sont des instruments de gestion, de transformation de gestion de l’épidémie. C’est-à-dire que vous pourrez régler des problèmes qui aujourd’hui prennent des semaines, en un jour. Vous pourrez régler des problèmes de diagnostic, peut-être en quelques secondes, grâce au croisement de l’imagerie médicale et de l’intelligence artificielle. Et donc dans la grande famille de ce qu’on appelle le numérique, on a en fait une convergence entre des innovations, celles du numérique, qui est au fond, quand on appelle ça génériquement, des réseaux sociaux et d’une hyper connectivité avec celle de l’intelligence artificielle et des technologies quantiques.

    Le mariage de tout ça fait que nous allons rentrer dans une ère d’accélération de l’innovation, de rupture très profonde d’innovation et donc de capacités à commoditiser certaines industries et créer de la valeur très vite. Par rapport à ce que j’ai dit, qu’est-ce que cela a comme impact ? Un, on va continuer à innover et à accélérer. C’est sûr. Deux, il y aura des impacts en termes d’ajustement sociaux et il nous faut les penser dès maintenant. C’est-à-dire que le sujet des inégalités sociales va être encore plus prégnant dans un monde comme celui que je viens d’évoquer parce que nous aurons des impacts, des ajustements qui seront réels et qui sont à penser dès maintenant. Trois, tout cela a des impacts en termes démocratiques qui sont massifs. Et donc si vous voulez, pour moi, ces innovations vont être des accélérateurs de nos problèmes sur le plan social et démocratique. L’expérience américaine des dernières semaines l’a montré sur le plan démocratique, si besoin était. Quatre, la bonne nouvelle c’est que je pense que sur la résilience de nos systèmes et la réponse à la crise climatique, on a sans doute sous-estimé l’apport de l’innovation et je pense aussi que toutes ces technologies vont nous permettre, beaucoup plus vite, de répondre aux défis climatiques.

    Et donc si je regarde, que je prends deux pas de recul par rapport à tout ce qu’on est en train de se dire, je pense que nos économies vont devoir de plus en plus investir dans ces innovations et il faut y aller à fond. Je pense que si on s’y prend bien et qu’on coopère entre nous, ces innovations vont nous permettre de créer de la valeur, de répondre aux défis économiques. Elles vont nous permettre, je l’espère, je le crois possible, de répondre plus vite aux défis climatiques. Et c’est aussi pour ça que moi je crois à ce que j’appelle l’économie du mieux, la réponse climatique par l’innovation plutôt que par l’arrêt des activités. Mais elles vont nous poser des problèmes sur lesquels nous n’avons pas assez réfléchi en termes démocratiques, en termes de libertés publiques et d’augmentation des inégalités sociales dans nos différentes nations.

    #innovation #dérèglement_climatique #Séparatisme #Apocalypse_Joyeuse #Technophilie #eugénisme

  • Fury at ‘do not resuscitate’ notices given to Covid patients with learning disabilities | Coronavirus | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/13/new-do-not-resuscitate-orders-imposed-on-covid-19-patients-with-learnin
    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/71b671d2d84530fdf87f3fb1fc86f247d8054f29/25_64_4414_2649/master/4414.jpg?width=1200&height=630&quality=85&auto=format&fit=crop&overlay-ali

    People with learning disabilities have been given do not resuscitate orders during the second wave of the pandemic, in spite of widespread condemnation of the practice last year and an urgent investigation by the care watchdog.

    Mencap said it had received reports in January from people with learning disabilities that they had been told they would not be resuscitated if they were taken ill with Covid-19.

    The Care Quality Commission said in December that inappropriate Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices had caused potentially avoidable deaths last year.

    DNACPRs are usually made for people who are too frail to benefit from CPR, but Mencap said some seem to have been issued for people simply because they had a learning disability. The CQC is due to publish a report on the practice within weeks.

    • Troubles de l’apprentissage
      https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trouble_d%27apprentissage

      People with learning disabilities are more likely to have other physical health problems such as obesity and diabetes, and certain kinds of learning disability, such as Down’s syndrome, can make people more vulnerable to respiratory infections, which can increase their risk of dying from COVID-19.

      Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England, said:

      It is deeply troubling that one of the most vulnerable groups in our society suffered so much during the first wave of the pandemic. We must do everything possible to prevent this happening again.

      There are now regular tests in care homes to make sure cases of coronavirus can be quickly identified and isolated, even if people do not recognise the symptoms themselves.

      But with cases developing across the country, it is essential to practice rigorous infection control if you are in contact with someone with a learning disability, whether or not they live in a care home.

      Wash your hands, wear a mask and keep a safe distance. The fewer people you meet, the more you’ll stop the spread.

      A learning disability is a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information and learn new skills and a reduced ability to cope independently which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development. That means that people with learning disabilities often may find it harder to manage basic everyday skills, and rely upon support for many tasks, including communicating, managing money or looking after themselves.

      People with learning disabilities are likely to have had difficulty recognising symptoms of COVID-19, or following government advice about getting tested, self-isolation, social distancing and infection prevention and control, the report says. It may also be more difficult for people caring for them to recognise the onset of symptoms if these cannot be communicated.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/news/people-with-learning-disabilities-had-higher-death-rate-from-covid-19

      Je trouve rien en français sur cette sumortalité des personnes atteintes de troubles de l’apprentissage. Je trouve ca étrange.

  • UCL (University College London) makes formal public apology for its history and legacy of eugenics
    https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2021/jan/ucl-makes-formal-public-apology-its-history-and-legacy-eugenics

    The apology is part of a range of actions by UCL to acknowledge and address its historical links with the eugenics movement, including denaming spaces on its campus named after the prominent eugenicists #Francis_Galton and #Karl_Pearson, enacted in June 2020.

    #eugénisme
    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Galton
    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Pearson

  • #Eugenio_Bennato - #questione_meridionale

    Noi, che ci hanno detto che le note sono sette
    Noi, che ci hanno vietato le altre note maledette
    Noi, che arriviamo da formule di streghe,
    Teoremi di Pitagora, principi di Archimede.
    Noi, con quella musica che nasce da una terra
    Che in tutta la sua storia non ha fatto mai la guerra
    Noi con i «fratelli» scesi giù dal settentrione
    Che ci hanno «liberato» per formare una «Nazione».
    Noi sotto lo stesso tricolore, dalle Alpi fino al mare
    Ma se diventiamo una questione?
    La Questione è Meridionale.
    Centocinquanta la gallina canta,
    Làssila cantè ca se vole maritè.
    Centocinquanta la gallina canta,
    Lasciala cantare ca si vuole maritare.
    Noi, con i sentimenti di un esercito allo sbando
    Noi, con i trafficanti di canzoni di contrabbando
    Noi, per raccontare, con la scusa di una festa,
    Le storie e le leggende di una terra di conquista
    Noi, in questa Italia, dove le città son piene
    Di piazze Cavour e corsi Vittorio Emanuele.
    Noi, che conosciamo a memoria la canzone
    «Perché cambiar la storia?» Ma restiamo meridione.
    Noi sotto lo stesso tricolore dalle Alpi fino al mare
    Ma se diventiamo una questione.
    La Questione è Meridionale.
    Centocinquanta la gallina canta,
    Làssila cantè ca se vole maritè.
    Centocinquanta la gallina canta,
    Lasciala cantare ca si vuole maritare.
    Noi, con la bugia di una storia scritta male
    Noi in fondo alla teoria della questione Meridionale
    Noi per ricordare che son 150 anni
    Che il Sud va per il mondo insieme a tutti i suoi emigranti
    Noi con la canzone dei briganti
    Che la storia ha fatto fuori,
    Ma se questa musica va avanti
    è perché i briganti siamo noi.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6zkImKJEjs


    #chanson #Italie #Italie_du_Sud #unité_d'Italie #brigands

    ... avec un peu de #toponymie_politique :

    Noi, in questa Italia, dove le città son piene
    Di piazze Cavour e corsi Vittorio Emanuele.

  • Why the Swedish Model for Fighting COVID-19 Is a Disaster | Time
    https://time.com/5899432/sweden-coronovirus-disaster

    Le fameux modèle suédois de lutte contre le #covid est une immense #imposture basée sur le précepte ultra-libéral du #laisser-faire, voire plus franchement de l’#eugénisme social.
    Non seulement ils ont imposé l’#immunité_de_troupeau à la population en lui mentant assez éfrontément, mais ils ont carrément donné un coup de pouce à la #contamination_de_masse en ouvrant massivement les #écoles pour en faire des #accélérateurs d’#épidémie.

    Et cette #forfaiture #criminelle est à présent à l’œuvre chez nous

    The Swedish COVID-19 experiment of not implementing early and strong measures to safeguard the population has been hotly debated around the world, but at this point we can predict it is almost certain to result in a net failure in terms of death and suffering. As of Oct. 13, Sweden’s per capita death rate is 58.4 per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University data, 12th highest in the world (not including tiny Andorra and San Marino). But perhaps more striking are the findings of a study published Oct. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which pointed out that, of the countries the researchers investigated, Sweden and the U.S. essentially make up a category of two: they are the only countries with high overall mortality rates that have failed to rapidly reduce those numbers as the pandemic has progressed.

    Yet the architects of the Swedish plan are selling it as a success to the rest of the world. And officials in other countries, including at the top level of the U.S. government, are discussing the strategy as one to emulate—despite the reality that doing so will almost certainly increase the rates of death and misery.

    Countries that locked down early and/or used extensive test and tracing—including Denmark, Finland, Norway, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and New Zealand—saved lives and limited damage to their economies. Countries that locked down late, came out of lock down too early, did not effectively test and quarantine, or only used a partial lockdown—including Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Sweden, the U.S. and the U.K.—have almost uniformly done worse in rates of infection and death.

    Despite this, Sweden’s Public Health Agency director Johan Carlson has claimed that “the Swedish situation remains favorable,” and that the country’s response has been “consistent and sustainable.” The data, however, show that the case rate in Sweden, as elsewhere in Europe, is currently increasing.

    Average daily cases rose 173% nationwide from Sept. 2-8 to Sept. 30-Oct. 6 and in Stockholm that number increased 405% for the same period. Though some have argued that rising case numbers can be attributed to increased testing, a recent study of Stockholm’s wastewater published Oct. 5 by the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) argues otherwise. An increased concentration of the virus in wastewater, the KTH researchers write, shows a rise of the virus in the population of the greater Stockholm area (where a large proportion of the country’s population live) in a way that is entirely independent of testing. Yet even with this rise in cases, the government is easing the few restrictions it had in place.

    From early on, the Swedish government seemed to treat it as a foregone conclusion that many people would die. The country’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter on April 3, “We will have to count the dead in thousands. It is just as well that we prepare for it.” In July, as the death count reached 5,500, Löfven said that the “strategy is right, I am completely convinced of that.” In September, Dr. Anders Tegnell, the Public Health Agency epidemiologist in charge of the country’s COVID-19 response reiterated the party line that a growing death count did “not mean that the strategy itself has gone wrong.” There has been a lack of written communication between the Prime Minister and the Public Health Authority: when the authors requested all emails and documents between the Prime Minister’s office and the Public Health Authority for the period Jan. 1—Sept. 14, the Prime Minister’s Registrar replied on Sept. 17 that none existed.

    Despite the Public Health Agency’s insistence to the contrary, the core of this strategy is widely understood to have been about building natural “herd immunity”—essentially, letting enough members of a population (the herd) get infected, recover, and then develop an immune system response to the virus that it would ultimately stop spreading. Both the agency and Prime Minister Löfven have characterized the approach as “common sense“ trust-based recommendations rather than strict measures, such as lockdowns, which they say are unsustainable over an extended period of time—and that herd immunity was just a desirable side effect. However, internal government communications suggest otherwise.

    Emails obtained by one of the authors through Freedom of Information laws (called offentlighetsprincipen, or “Openness Principle,” in Swedish) between national and regional government agencies, including the Swedish Public Health Authority, as well as those obtained by other journalists, suggest that the goal was all along in fact to develop herd immunity. We have also received information through sources who made similar requests or who corresponded directly with government agencies that back up this conclusion. For the sake of transparency, we created a website where we’ve posted some of these documents.

    One example showing clearly that government officials had been thinking about herd immunity from early on is a March 15 email sent from a retired doctor to Tegnell, the epidemiologist and architect of the Swedish plan, which he forwarded to his Finnish counterpart, Mika Salminen. In it, the retired doctor recommended allowing healthy people to be infected in controlled settings as a way to fight the epidemic. “ One point would be to keep schools open to reach herd immunity faster ,” Tegnell noted at the top of the forwarded email.

    Salminen responded that the Finnish Health Agency had considered this but decided against it, because “over time, the children are still going to spread the infection to other age groups.” Furthermore, the Finnish model showed that closing schools would reduce “the attack rate of the disease on the elderly” by 10%. Tegnell responded: “10 percent might be worth it?”

    The majority of the rest of Sweden’s policymakers seemed to have agreed: the country never closed daycare or schools for children under the age of 16, and school attendance is mandatory under Swedish law, with no option for distance learning or home schooling, even for family members in high risk groups. Policymakers essentially decided to use children and schools as participants in an experiment to see if herd immunity to a deadly disease could be reached. Multiple outbreaks at schools occurred in both the spring and autumn.

    At this point, whether herd immunity was the “goal” or a “byproduct” of the Swedish plan is semantics, because it simply hasn’t worked. In April, the Public Health Agency predicted that 40% of the Stockholm population would have the disease and acquire protective antibodies by May. According to the agency’s own antibody studies published Sept. 3 for samples collected up until late June, the actual figure for random testing of antibodies is only 11.4% for Stockholm, 6.3% for Gothenburg and 7.1% across Sweden. As of mid-August, herd immunity was still “nowhere in sight,” according to a Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine study. That shouldn’t have been a surprise. After all, herd immunity to an infectious disease has never been achieved without a vaccine.

    Löfven, his government, and the Public Health Agency all say that the high COVID-19 death rate in Sweden can be attributed to the fact that a large portion of these deaths occurred in nursing homes, due to shortcomings in elderly care.

    However, the high infection rate across the country was the underlying factor that led to a high number of those becoming infected in care homes. Many sick elderly were not seen by a doctor because the country’s hospitals were implementing a triage system that, according to a study published July 1 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, appeared to have factored in age and predicted prognosis. “This likely reduced [intensive care unit] load at the cost of more high-risk patients”—like elderly people with confirmed infection—dying outside the ICU.” Only 13% of the elderly residents who died with COVID-19 during the spring received hospital care, according to preliminary statistics from the National Board of Health and Welfare released Aug.

    In one case which seems representative of how seniors were treated, patient Reza Sedghi was not seen by a doctor the day he died from COVID-19 at a care home in Stockholm. A nurse told Sedghi’s daughter Lili Perspolisi that her father was given a shot of morphine before he passed away, that no oxygen was administered and staff did not call an ambulance. “No one was there and he died alone,” Perspolisi says.

    In order to be admitted for hospital care, patients needed to have breathing problems and even then, many were reportedly denied care. Regional healthcare managers in each of Sweden’s 21 regions, who are responsible for care at hospitals as well as implementing Public Health Agency guidelines, have claimed that no patients were denied care during the pandemic. But internal local government documents from April from some of Sweden’s regions—including those covering the biggest cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö—also show directives for how some patients including those receiving home care, those living at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and those with special needs could not receive oxygen or hospitalization in some situations. Dagens Nyheter published an investigation on Oct. 13 showing that patients in Stockholm were denied care as a result of these guidelines. Further, a September investigation by Sveriges Radio, Sweden’s national public broadcaster, found that more than 100 people reported to the Swedish Health and Care Inspectorate that their relatives with COVID-19 either did not receive oxygen or nutrient drops or that they were not allowed to come to hospital.

    These issues do not only affect the elderly or those who had COVID-19. The National Board of Health and Welfare’s guidelines for intensive care in extraordinary circumstances throughout Sweden state that priority should be given to patients based on biological, not chronological, age. Sörmlands Media, in an investigation published May 13, cited a number of sources saying that, in many parts of the country, the health care system was already operating in a way such that people were being denied the type of inpatient care they would have received in normal times. Regional health agencies were using a Clinical Frailty Scale, an assessment tool designed to predict the need for care in a nursing home or hospital, and the life expectancy of older people by estimating their fragility, to determine whether someone should receive hospital care and was applied to decisions regarding all sorts of treatment, not only for COVID-19. These guidelines led to many people with health care needs unrelated to COVID-19 not getting the care they need, with some even dying as a result—collateral damage of Sweden’s COVID-19 strategy.

    Dr. Michael Broomé, the chief physician at Stockholm’s Karolinska Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, says his department’s patient load tripled during the spring. His staff, he says, “have often felt powerless and inadequate. We have lost several young, previously healthy, patients with particularly serious disease courses. We have also repeatedly been forced to say no to patients we would normally have accepted due to a lack of experienced staff, suitable facilities and equipment.”

    In June, Dagens Nyheter reported a story of one case showing how disastrous such a scenario can be. Yanina Lucero had been ill for several weeks in March with severe breathing problems, fever and diarrhea, yet COVID-19 tests were not available at the time except for those returning from high risk areas who displayed symptoms, those admitted to the hospital, and those working in health care. Yanina was only 39 years old and had no underlying illnesses. Her husband Cristian brought her to an unnamed hospital in Stockholm, but were told it was full and sent home, where Lucero’s health deteriorated. After several days when she could barely walk, an ambulance arrived and Lucero was taken to Huddinge hospital, where she was sedated and put on a ventilator. She died on April 15 without receiving a COVID-19 test in hospital.

    Sweden did try some things to protect citizens from the pandemic. On March 12 the government restricted public gatherings to 500 people and the next day the Public Health Agency issued a press release telling people with possible COVID-19 symptoms to stay home. On March 17, the Public Health Agency asked employers in the Stockholm area to let employees work from home if they could. The government further limited public gatherings to 50 people on March 29. Yet there were no recommendations on private events and the 50-person limit doesn’t apply to schools, libraries, corporate events, swimming pools, shopping malls or many other situations. Starting April 1, the government restricted visits to retirement homes (which reopened to visitors on Oct. 1 without masks recommended for visitors or staff). But all these recommendations came later than in the other Nordic countries. In the interim, institutions were forced to make their own decisions; some high schools and universities changed to on-line teaching and restaurants and bars went to table seating with distance, and some companies instituted rules about wearing masks on site and encouraging employees to work from home.

    Meanwhile Sweden built neither the testing nor the contact-tracing capacity that other wealthy European countries did. Until the end of May (and again in August), Sweden tested 20% the number of people per capita compared with Denmark, and less than both Norway and Finland; Sweden has often had among the lowest test rates in Europe. Even with increased testing in the fall, Sweden still only tests only about one-fourth that of Denmark.

    Sweden never quarantined those arriving from high-risk areas abroad nor did it close most businesses, including restaurants and bars. Family members of those who test positive for COVID-19 must attend school in person, unlike in many other countries where if one person in a household tests positive the entire family quarantines, usually for 14 days. Employees must also report to work as usual unless they also have symptoms of COVID-19, an agreement with their employer for a leave of absence or a doctor recommends that they isolate at home.

    On Oct. 1, the Public Health Authority issued non-binding “rules of conduct” that open the possibility for doctors to be able to recommend that certain individuals stay home for seven days if a household member tests positive for COVID-19. But there are major holes in these rules: they do not apply to children (of all ages, from birth to age 16, the year one starts high school), people in the household who previously have a positive PCR or antibody test or, people with socially important professions, such as health care staff (under certain circumstances).

    There is also no date for when the rule would go into effect. “It may not happen right away, Stockholm will start quickly but some regions may need more time to get it all in place,” Tegnell said at a Oct. 1 press conference. Meanwhile, according to current Public Health Agency guidelines issued May 15 and still in place, those who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to attend work and school with mild symptoms so long as they are seven days post-onset of symptoms and fever free for 48 hours.

    Sweden actually recommends against masks everywhere except in places where health care workers are treating COVID-19 patients (some regions expand that to health care workers treating suspected patients as well). Autumn corona outbreaks in Dalarna, Jönköping, Luleå, Malmö, Stockholm and Uppsala hospitals are affecting both hospital staff and patients. In an email on April 5, Tegnell wrote to Mike Catchpole, the chief scientist at the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC): “We are quite worried about the statement ECDC has been preparing about masks.” Tegnell attached a document in which he expresses concern that ECDC recommending facemasks would “imply that the spread is airborne which would seriously harm further communication and trust among the population and health care workers” and concludes “we would like to warn against the publication of this advice.” Despite this, on April 8 ECDC recommended masks and on June 8 the World Health Organization updated its stance to recommend masks.

    Sweden’s government officials stuck to their party line. Karin Tegmark Wisell of the Public Health Agency said at a press conference on July 14 that “we see around the world that masks are used in a way so that you rather increase the spread of infection.” Two weeks later, Lena Hallengren, the Minister of Health and Social Affairs, spoke about masks at a press conference on July 29 and said, “We don’t have that tradition or culture” and that the government “would not review the Public Health Agency’s decision not to recommend masks.”

    All of this creates a situation which leaves teachers, bus drivers, medical workers and care home staff more exposed, without face masks at a time when the rest of the world is clearly endorsing widespread mask wearing.

    On Aug. 13, Tegnell said that to recommend masks to the public “quite a lot of resources are required. There is quite a lot of money that would be spent if you are going to have masks.” Indeed, emails between Tegnell and colleagues at the Public Health Agency and Andreas Johansson of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs show that the policy concerns of the health authority were influenced by financial interests, including the commercial concerns of Sweden’s airports.

    Swedavia, the owner of the country’s largest airport, Stockholm Arlanda, told employees during the spring and early summer they could not wear masks or gloves to work. One employee told Upsala Nya Tidning newspaper on Aug. 24 “Many of us were sick during the beginning of the pandemic and two colleagues have died due to the virus. I would estimate that 60%-80% of the staff at the security checks have had the infection.”

    “Our union representatives fought for us to have masks at work,” the employee said, “but the airport’s response was that we were an authority that would not spread fear, but we would show that the virus was not so dangerous.” Swedavia’s reply was that they had introduced the infection control measures recommended by the authorities. On July 1, the company changed its policy, recommending masks for everyone who comes to Arlanda—that, according to a Swedavia spokesperson, was not as a result of “an infection control measure advocated by Swedish authorities,” but rather, due to a joint European Union Aviation Safety Agency and ECDC recommendation for all of Europe.

    As early as January, the Public Health Agency was warning the government about costs. In a Jan. 31 communique, Public Health Agency Director Johan Carlsson (appointed by Löfven) and General Counsel Bitte Bråstad wrote to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, cautioning the government about costs associated with classifying COVID-19 as a socially dangerous disease: “After a decision on quarantine, costs for it [include] compensation which according to the Act, must be paid to those who, due to the quarantine decision, must refrain from gainful employment. The uncertainty factors are many even when calculating these costs. Society can also suffer a loss of production due to being quarantined [and] prevented from performing gainful employment which they would otherwise have performed.” Sweden never implemented quarantine in society, not even for those returning from travel abroad or family members of those who test positive for COVID-19.

    Not only did these lack of measures likely result in more infections and deaths, but it didn’t even help the economy: Sweden has fared worse economically than other Nordic countries throughout the pandemic.

    The Swedish way has yielded little but death and misery. And, this situation has not been honestly portrayed to the Swedish people or to the rest of the world.

    A Public Health Agency report published July 7 included data for teachers in primary schools working on-site as well as for secondary school teachers who switched to distance instruction online. In the report, they combined the two data sources and compared the result to the general population, stating that teachers were not at greater risk and implying that schools were safe. But in fact, the infection rate of those teaching in classrooms was 60% higher than those teaching online—completely undermining the conclusion of the report.

    The report also compares Sweden to Finland for March through the end of May and wrongly concludes that the ”closing of schools had no measurable effect on the number of cases of COVID-19 among children.” As testing among children in Sweden was almost non-existent at that time compared to Finland, these data were misrepresented; a better way to look at it would be to consider the fact that Sweden had seven times as many children per capita treated in the ICU during that time period.

    When pressed about discrepancies in the report, Public Health Agency epidemiologist Jerker Jonsson replied on Aug. 21 via email: “The title is a bit misleading. It is not a direct comparison of the situation in Finland to the situation in Sweden. This is just a report and not a peer-reviewed scientific study. This was just a quick situation report and nothing more.” However the Public Health Agency and Minister of Education continue to reference this report as justification to keep schools open, and other countries cite it as an example.

    This is not the only case where Swedish officials have misrepresented data in an effort to make the situation seem more under control than it really is. In April, a group of 22 scientists and physicians criticized Sweden’s government for the 105 deaths per day the country was seeing at the time, and Tegnell and the Public Health Agency responded by saying the true number was just 60 deaths per day. Revised government figures now show Tegnell was incorrect and the critics were right. The Public Health Agency says the discrepancy was due to a backlog in accounting for deaths, but they have backlogged deaths throughout the pandemic, making it difficult to track and gauge the actual death toll in real time.

    Sweden never went into an official lockdown but an estimated 1.5 million have self-isolated, largely the elderly and those in risk groups. This was probably the largest factor in slowing the spread of the virus in the country in the summer. However, recent data suggest that cases are yet again spiking in the country, and there’s no indication that government policies will adapt.

    Health care workers, scientists and private citizens have all voiced concerns about the Swedish approach. But Sweden is a small country, proud of its humanitarian image—so much so that we cannot seem to understand when we have violated it. There is simply no way to justify the magnitude of lost lives, poorer health and putting risk groups into long-term isolation, especially not in an effort to reach an unachievable herd immunity. Countries need to take care before adopting the “Swedish way.” It could have tragic consequences for this pandemic or the next.

    • Ça rappelle la formule « on n’additionne pas des choux et des carottes » (sauf pour confectionner un plat), toute distinctivité abolie en moins marrant :

      ... l’immunité collective contre une maladie infectieuse n’a jamais été obtenue sans vaccin.

      Sinon, on retrouve là bas ce que Epicov a mis en lumière, les plus âgés (plus de 50 ans), à la vie sociale moins foisonnante, en moyenne (?), et plus prudents, prennent des mesures de distanciation qui les préserve pour partie des contaminations.
      La non généralisation des #masques (découragée par le gvt) facilité le maintien et l’expansion de l’épidémie (à l’inverse de ce qui se passe ici, où la seconde vague se distingue pour l’instant nettement de la première avec cette modification du comportement).

      #Suède

  • [07] Varlin conspirateur
    https://www.partage-noir.fr/07-varlin-conspirateur

    Nous voici arrivés à l’insurrection du 18 mars et la Commune. Je n’ai pas à raconter les événements de ces deux mois : je veux seulement donner une indication qui fera toucher du doigt, une fois de plus, la manière dont fonctionnait, internationalement, l’organisation secrète à laquelle nous appartenions, Varlin et moi. #Varlin_conspirateur_-_James_Guillaume

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  • [05] Varlin conspirateur
    https://www.partage-noir.fr/05-varlin-conspirateur

    Pour la période qui va de la déclaration de guerre (15 juillet 1870) à la fin de la Commune, je donnerai également quelques indications. La plupart des militants de l’Internationale, en France, étaient sous les verrous ; quelques-uns avaient pu néanmoins se soustraire à l’arrestation : plusieurs Lyonnais s’étaient sauvés en Suisse, et, à Paris, trois ou quatre des condamnés du 5 juillet se cachaient. Puisque la guerre n’avait pu être évitée, malgré les véhémentes protestations du prolétariat socialiste en (...) #Varlin_conspirateur_-_James_Guillaume

    / #Eugène_Varlin