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emoticons wrote

pdf. Oxfam report here

By March 2021, there were 20 new Asian 'pandemic' billionaires, whose fortunes came from equipment, pharmaceuticals and services needed for the COVID-19 response.

These are 20 of the world's 40 new billionaires that were created between March 2020 and March 2021. G. Tognini. (6 April 2021). Meet The 40 New Billionaires Who Got Rich Fighting Covid-19. Forbes.

and The news forbes has the list :)


AnarchoDoom wrote (edited )

Many corporate chain stores as well as government institutions and some other services got that nonsense requirement of surgical masks.

Aside from the issue of being harmful to health as they degrade quickly and make us breathe microplastic fabrics straight to our stomachs (they are officially single-use and hardly can be recycled), who do you think has been cashing-in from billions of people suddenly having to buy these masks?

Yes, tcha-tching.


temporary_ wrote

Yeah, I'm not sure the long term risk-benefit ratio of mask mandates has been rightly calculated. The use of plastics has seen a surge since the start of the pandemic, even outside the case of face masks.


AnarchoDoom wrote (edited )

My prefered approach with plastic waste, unless it can be properly recycled, is just to burn it. But I notice how fucking hard these masks are to burn! I don't even think it's wise to burrow them in a landfill as you never know if the plastic particles won't end up in the aquifer in some way.

What a mess... and these were never made to be used to massively in the first place. They're a man-made virus by themselves!