You're welcome, Edward.  Good questions ...

I like The Inquiry as it gets straight to the point and doesn't faff about like some other news progs. The editions on how South Korea and the US coped with the crisis are especially interesting. Well, shocking in the case of the US.

Keep safe and well!

On Mon, 1 Jun 2020 at 20:06, Edward Picot via NetBehaviour <> wrote:

Thanks for that link. I listened to it this morning before I went to work: really insightful and useful.

The vitamin D thing is very interesting - are we actually doing the wrong thing by telling people in high-risk categories to stay indoors, thereby depriving them of sunlight and Vitamin D (assuming they're not taking supplements) and thus possibly compromising their immune response?

Also of interest is the fact that BAME populations suffer more from hypertension, coronary heart disease and diabetes, and tend to get them earlier. But hypertension, coronary heart disease and diabetes are not on the government criteria for shielding - see Maybe they should be? Or maybe multi-morbidity should be a criterion for inclusion on the shielding list?

Or maybe we shouldn't be shielding at all? There's a good article about this in the Guardian - .


On 31/05/2020 12:44, Gill Davies via NetBehaviour wrote:
This is worth a listen - The Inquiry (BBC World Service) -  Why are so many ethnic minorities dying (from Covid 19) in the UK and the US?

On Sun, 31 May 2020 at 12:39, Gill Davies <> wrote:
These are both brilliant, Ruth.  Thanks for sharing.  Cornel West completely nails it.  

It's really shocking to see the level of police violence on the streets of the US. It's not new, but mobile phones and social media have made it more transparent.

I'm hearing news of a 'Black Lives Matter' demo (maintaining social distancing) in George Square in Glasgow next Sunday 7 June.

On Sun, 31 May 2020 at 12:01, Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour <> wrote:
2 powerful short videos circulating yesterday in response to the uprisings against the death of George Floyd.
1. Cornel West 5 minute interview on CNN yesterday

"It is a lynching at the highest level, and I thank God that people are out on the streets.

The system cannot reform itself. The "black faces in high places" approach doesn't work. These people become too accommodated to the capitalist economy, the militarised nation state, the market driven culture tied with celebrity, status, power, all that superficial stuff that means so much to so many fellow citizens.

Meanwhile we have a Neofascist president who doesn't care and a Neoliberal democratic party with no solutions...

The masses of black people the precious poor and working class people, they are the ones that are left out and they feel so thoroughly powerless, helpless, hopeless, then you get rebellion.

We have choice between non violent revolution, the democratic sharing of power, of wealth, resources, and respect, if we don't get that kind of sharing we are going to get more explosions."
2. Young activist speaking on the death of George Floyd.

"Arrest the cops, charge the cops, charge the all the every city across America where our people are being murdered."

Thanks for the exchange Max and Michael.
Max stay safe!

Michael I have been very struck by the power of your recent protests locally re the government's shocking handling of Covid-19 - it's obvious that their resonance comes from the political solidarity that you have been building through regular protests against racism in your hometown.


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