US allies denounce country’s strong-arm tactics to procure masks for coronavirus fight

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    • #298082
      Judi Lynn
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      Issued on: 04/04/2020 – 17:55
      Modified: 04/04/2020 – 17:59

      From Europe to South America, U.S. allies are complaining about the superpower’s “Wild West” tactics in outbidding or blocking shipments to buyers who have already signed deals for vital medical supplies.

      In France and Germany, senior officials said the United States was paying far above the market price for medical-grade masks from No. 1 producer China, on occasion winning contracts through higher bids even after European buyers believed a deal was done, and Brazil’s health minister reported a similar incident.

      “Money is irrelevant. They pay any price because they are desperate,” one high-level official in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU/CSU group told Reuters.

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      U.S.-listed multinational 3M Co said Friday that the White House had ordered it to stop all shipments to Canada and Latin America of respirators that it manufactures in the United States, despite what 3M called “significant humanitarian implications.”


    • #298096
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      but the YOU ESS AAA don’t care about no stinkin’ United Nations or that shit.

    • #298109
      Captain Arizona
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      Denial:  Don’t wear and they don’t work! Anger: Your wasting masks and you are being selfish. Authority needs them more!  Depression: All the masks are gone! Barginning: Use a bandana! Acceptance: Everyone use a mask all the time!

    • #298362
      retired liberal
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      It’s gonna happen, you know it will. And with our basic manufacturing having been out sourced, many decades ago, for more profit, we will no longer be having a problem with immigrants wanting to come here. Mexico and Canada will be fortifying their borders against American citizens.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      Both major political parties are special interest groups enabling each other for power and money, at the expense of the people they no longer properly serve…
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

    • #298378
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      Isn’t the highest bidder always the winner in capitalism? The magical mystery hand of the market controlling everything for profit and greed. Globalization moving vital product manufacturing to cheap labor markets controlled by foreign interest was just fine and dandy for our food, wiping out small farmers. It was fine for dairy farmers and egg producers. It was fine for clothing manufacturing, textile mills and furniture factories to be moved off shore under the control of other countries.

      It was AOK for all the necessities of life.

      But now we see what happens when you are so blinded by your failed economic system that you let it trample common sense and humanity for a little bit of profit.

      Maybe we need a different kind of economy that can respond to the needs of the majority of people.

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    • #298602
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      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

    • #299052
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      Don’t you mean “selfishness”?

      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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