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Protective medical equipment made by US manufacturer 3M and bound for Germany was allegedly intercepted in Thailand and diverted to the US, leading a senior German official to accuse Washington of “modern piracy”.
But 3M, which has come under intense criticism from the White House for producing face masks for overseas customers, said it had“no evidence” to suggest a mask order for the city of Berlin had been seized.
According to the German newspaper Tagesspiegel, the German capital ordered 200,000 special FFP2 and FFP3 masks that are used to protect emergency staff and care workers from infection with coronavirus.
Andreas Geisel, Berlin’s interior minister, confirmed that the consignment had been “confiscated” in Bangkok and never reached Berlin.
“We consider that an act of modern piracy,” he said. “You don’t treat your transatlantic partners like that.”
3M disputed the account, saying it has“no record of any order of respirators from China for the Berlin police”. German authorities were not available on Friday evening to explain the discrepancy.
The dispute cameafter the White House tried to force 3M to export masks to the US from its hub in Singapore, part of a growing federal government effort to exert its powers to secure critical medical supplies and gear needed to treat infected patients.Google bans Alex Joneshttps://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/03/google-bans-infowars-app-over-coronavirus-claims/
>On Friday, Google removed the Infowars Android app from its Play Store, extinguishing one of the last mainstream strongholds of infamous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. The takedown came on the heels of a video, posted in the Infowars app last week and viewed by Wired, in which Jones disputed the need for social distancing, shelter in place, and quarantine efforts meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.Here's what you think of coronavirus if you watch Fox Newshttps://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/politics/coronavirus-fox-news-poll/index.html
Every cable network is covering the coronavirus wall-to-wall. And has been doing so for weeks now.
But while the coverage is constant across cable TV news, the message about coronavirus people are getting from the networks isn't the same. At all.
Take this question, asked in a recent Pew poll, as to whether the coronavirus originated in nature (it did) or whether it was built in a laboratory (it wasn't).
While 66% of MSNBC viewers and 52% of CNN watchers accurately said the coronavirus came from nature, just 37% of Fox News viewers said the same.Feds Confiscating Medical Supplies With No Explanationhttp://franklinreporter.com/feds-take-all-of-countys-35000-mask-order-targeted-for-health-care-workers/
Somerset County’s entire 35,000-mask order of N-95 and surgical masks targeted for various health care workers has been “commandeered” by the federal government, the Somerset County Freeholder Director said on April 3. Freeholder Director Shanel Robinson also said that a joint Somerset-Hunterdon county drive-through testing site could be operational soon and that Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg is “at the top of the list” of locations. Robinson said that the county had contracted to purchase 35,000 N-95 respirator masks – used by health care professionals to protect them from being contaminated by the virus if treating victims – and regular surgical face masks.
The masks were to be distributed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Somerset in Somerville and various municipalities’ first responders, as well as staff at the Somerset County Jail in Somerville, Robinson said. As of early in the afternoon of April 3, Robinson said that the county was told the surgical face masks would be delivered that day, but that the federal government had taken the N-95 masks. Later in the day, Robinson said, she was told that the government had taken the entire 35,000-mask order.
“The vendor called the county OEM purchaser,” she said. Robinson said the vendor did not say which federal agency confiscated the order. Robinson said some of the surgical masks were to be held in reserve to be used at the eventual joint Somerset-Hunterdon test site. Robinson said Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration “has gotten involved” and is trying to find out why the masks were taken. “This doesn’t even make sense,” Robinson said. “Part of the thing is, I know the government is monitoring large orders of equipment, but they had no idea where that was going.”Why black Americans are moving to AfricaMonique John wasn’t sure what to expect when she stepped off the plane in her new home: the West African nation of Liberia.
“It was very rundown looking,” the Brooklyn-born 28-year-old recalled of her first glimpse of the capital, Monrovia, nearly three years ago. “But my feeling as I was walking along the city’s main streets was a sense of excitement ... it felt almost like an out-of-body experience to finally be in Africa.”
John is one of a number of African-Americans moving to the Motherland, some inspired by the recent “Year of Return” movement initiated by Ghana, 400 years after the first Africans were brought in chains to Jamestown, Va. Last year, Ghana gave citizenship to 126 people of African descent, many of them Americans.
Meanwhile, rapper Ludacris obtained Gabonese citizenship, as did actor Samuel L. Jackson after tracing his heritage back to that nation’s Bantu Tribe. (Neither has moved there full time.)
New Jersey couple Chrystol and Jason Warde hope to make their move this year.
“We wanted to be in a place where we can bring our experiences to people who are going to appreciate it to help develop [businesses],” said Chrystol, 33, the owner of two women’s clothing stores. Her 34-year-old husband, who emigrated from Guyana at 19, is a CPA.
The couple, who have one child, plan to visit Tanzania and Kenya in April, travel restrictions permitting, to decide which country suits them best.
Should they move to Tanzania, they’ll have to forfeit their US citizenship. Several of Africa’s 54 nations forbid dual citizenship.
Many Americans who moved to Africa cherish their newfound feeling of community.
Kathryn Kishimbo left San Diego three years ago for Tanzania, which she chose for its wealth of great landmarks, Mount Kilimanjaro among them. Now married and with a young daughter, she loves how warmly she’s treated. https://nypost.com/2020/03/28/why-black-americans-are-moving-to-africa/Kids hospitalized after eating thc laced candyhttps://www.google.com/amp/s/kutv.com/amp/news/local/two-kids-hospitalized-after-utah-food-bank-gave-out-high-dosage-thc-candy
400 mg holy shitJoe Biden Has A Jewish Grandson He Can’t Meet>Why it will be ‘months’ before Joe Biden can meet Hunter’s new baby https://nypost.com/2020/04/04/joe-biden-has-a-new-grandson-he-cant-meet/ Hunter Biden’s baby boy is a week old, but it may be months before his grandfather Joe Biden gets to meet him.
Hunter’s wife, Melissa Cohen — who he wed last May, after knowing her for six days — gave birth to a “beautiful and healthy” son on March 28, according to her brother, Garyn Cohen.
But presidential candidate, Joe, 77, is currently under a state-mandated lockdown at his home in Wilmington, Del., amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Garyn told The Post it would be “phenomenal” if the politician’s new grandson got to visit him in the White House come next January.
“But with politics, one never knows what will happen; we have to wait and see,” said Garyn. “It’s been quite a shock this year with coronavirus — who knows what will happen come November?”
It’s a welcome break from the drama Hunter has been going through lately.
A recovering addict who has spoken openly about his past drug use, Hunter has also been in the headlines over his controversial position on the board of Burisma, an oil company in Ukraine.
On Friday, it was reported that the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s Republican-led inquiry is still intent on pushing ahead with their inquiry into his business dealings.
But Garyn, speaking from his home in South Africa, said that his sister is a great support for Hunter.
“They’re very, very happy,” he said. “My sister has a way of doing this, of helping people.”
Although their quickie marriage came as a shock to both sides of the family, Garyn said: “It was fate, beshert [Yiddish for destiny] ... now, thank god, all is good, they’re very happy. They have something positive to focus on.”Commissioner Brendan Carr Torches ‘Dangerous’ Petition to Weaponize FCC Against Free SpeechA BREITBART EXCLUSIVE other media outlets can't publish this shit cause they suck too much balls https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/04/exclusive-commissioner-brendan-carr-torches-dangerous-petition-to-weaponize-fcc-against-free-speech/ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Friday that Free Press has moved to “weaponize” the FCC against broadcasters and conservatives to stifle political speech.
Progressive media group Free Press has petitioned the FCC to censor broadcasters from showing President Donald Trump’s press conferences on the coronavirus pandemic. In its petition to the federal agency, the group called it a “life and death issue.”
Free Press urged the FCC to prominently disclose when broadcasters allegedly disclose information that is “false or scientifically suspect” and air disclosures prominently on television when broadcaster air allegedly false information.
“When the president tells dangerous lies about a public health emergency, broadcasters have a choice: don’t air them, or put those lies in context with disclaimers noting that they may be untrue and are unverified,” Free Press wrote. “And certainly the FCC has a duty to rein in radio broadcasters that seed confusion with lies and disinformation.”
Carr called this petition a “dangerous” attempt to weaponize the FCC against free speech. He noted that while this proposal may not pass through the Republican-controlled FCC under Trump, it may gain more traction under a future Democrat administration like how Free Press lobbied former President Barack Obama and the then Democrat-controlled FCC to pass net neutrality.Disney Executives Protest Pay Cuts as Company Furloughs Park Employeeshttps://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/04/04/report-disney-executives-protest-pay-cuts-as-company-set-to-furlough-park-employees/ Disney Executives are majority jewish https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_management_of_The_Walt_Disney_Company
Senior Disney executives are reportedly bashing plans to reduce their salaries between 20 and 30 percent amid the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, with no firm date as to when the cuts would end.
Sources who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter said that the cuts affect executives at the VP, Senior VP, and Executive VP level. The executives lament that the salary cuts were decided unilaterally, have no specified end date, and they were given just two days to sign the amended contract.
Disney VP’s typically earn between $150,000 and $200,000 in base pay, sources told the trade publication, while an executive VP’s salary can reach as high as $700,000 depending on their role. Some VP’s can also receive Disney stock.
The executives reportedly said that although Chairman Bob Iger says he will not take any salary, his final earnings will likely remain unaffected because most of it comes from bonuses. Last year, for example, Iger’s base salary was $3 million, although he ended up earning $44.5 million in additional compensation. In the case of newly elevated CEO Bob Chapek, who has agreed to forego half his salary, his annual target bonus of $7.5 million and an annual long-term incentive grant of $15 million also remain intact.Hungary Taxes Multinational Chains, Banks to Fund Worker BonusesIn patriotic USA the globohomo megacorps get massive bonuses every time theres a crisis. In Hungary the people working to correct the crisis gets the bonus pay. Orban is totally Hitler reincarnated, isn't he? https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/04/04/hungary-taxes-multinational-chains-banks-to-fund-health-worker-bonuses/ BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government says it will impose new taxes on multinational retail chains and banks to boost state budget revenues needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Retailers will pay about $106 million and banks about $162 million, while a vehicle tax totalling $100 million normally paid by car owners to municipalities will be transferred to the central budget.
Gergely Gulyas, Prime Minister Viktor Orban´s chief of staff, also said Saturday that political parties will lose 50 per cent of their state funding, saving the budget about $3.5 million.
Gulyas said health sector employees will get a bonus of about $1,500 at the start of summer.
Measures totaling 18-20 per cent of GDP to counter the economic effects of the pandemic will be announced early next week.
Hungary has reported a total of 678 confirmed virus cases and 32 deaths, one of the lowest infection rates in what remains of the EU.US blocks medical aid to CubaCUBA has blasted the continuing US economic blockade warning of a “violation of human rights” after a shipment of vital medical aid from China was stopped from reaching the country on Tuesday.
Washington was accused of acting with “Wild West brutality,” using the Covid-19 outbreak as an opportunity to “strangle the Cuban Revolution.”
“Cuba denounces the fact that medical supplies from Alibaba Foundation to help combat Covid-19 have not arrived in the country due to the criminal US blockade against the island nation,” President Miguel Canel-Diaz blasted.
More than two million masks, 400,000 rapid diagnostic kits and 104 ventilators have been donated by China’s Alibaba Foundation to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The supplies were destined for 24 countries in the region including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Peru.
But they were blocked from the socialist island because of the crippling US embargo, in particular the Helms-Burton Act, according to Cuba’s ambassador to China, Miguel Pereira Hernandez.
“Things are getting ever more difficult for Cuba. Not even in times of a pandemic are Cubans allowed to breathe easily,” he said.
He thanked Alibaba Foundation founder Jack Ma for “for having thought” about the Cuban people and “for the efforts he is still making for his foundation’s contribution to finally arrive at its destination.”
More than 15,000 US citizens have signed a petition calling on US President Donald Trump to lift the Cuban embargo, which has been in place since 1962 in a bid to strangle the economy and oust the revolutionary government.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/us-blocks-medical-aid-to-cuba-in-show-of-wild-west-brutalitySailors cheer Navy captain who was wrongly removed after pleading for help with coronavirus outbreakCommanders who are loyal to their soldiers, will in turn, be loyal to them as shown by this video. A lesson draft dodger chicken hawks like Trump and his administration will never learn. https://thehill.com/policy/defense/490979-sailors-cheer-navy-captain-who-was-removed-after-pleading-for-help-with
Sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt cheered for their departing captain Thursday night as he was removed from duty.
Videos captured on social media and sites like Stars and Stripes show sailors shouting "Captain Crozier" for Capt. Brett Crozier as he left the ship. https://twitter.com/AmichaiStein1/status/1246043872402313217
Crozier was removed from duty after a letter he wrote pleading for help for those onboard his ship who are infected with the coronavirus leaked to the media.
The Navy announced his removal on Thursday. According to acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, whether Crozier intentionally leaked the letter or not, he "did not take care" to ensure it was not leaked.
As of Thursday, 114 sailors on board the Roosevelt had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Crozier's letter to Navy officials, which leaked on Tuesday, warned that the tight quarters onboard the ship did not allow for the safety of the crew. He asked leadership to offload most of the sailors on the ship in order to allow for social distancing and sanitizing the ship.
The ship is currently docked in Guam and the crew of nearly 5,000 is being tested for the virus.
Naval operations will conduct an investigation into Crozier's actions.
More than 60,000 people have signed a Change.org petition calling for Crozier's reinstatement.
https://www.stripes.com/news/us/captain-crozier-captain-crozier-videos-show-sailors-sending-off-ousted-uss-roosevelt-commander-with-cheers-1.624732In Late February, Nancy Pelosi Encouraged Large Groups to Congregate in Chinatown…later Pelosi blamed Trump’s early “denial” for spread of coronavirus. https://summit.news/2020/03/30/in-late-february-nancy-pelosi-encouraged-large-groups-to-congregate-in-chinatown/ A video clip from late February shows Nancy Pelosi encouraging large groups of people to congregate in San Francisco’s Chinatown before she would later go on to blame President Trump’s early “denial” for the spread of coronavirus.
The footage, which was taken on February 24th, is introduced by a reporter noting how Pelosi wanted residents to understand how it’s “perfectly safe to be here” in Chinatown.
“We do want to say to people, come to Chinatown, here we are…come join us,” said Pelosi.
The reporter then explains how the stunt was a response to San Francisco’s Chinatown experiencing a drop in business since the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China.>boomer remover104 year old man recovers from coronavirus https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/491133-wwii-veteran-recovers-from-coronavirus-in-time-to-celebrate-104-birthday A 104-year-old World War II veteran living in Oregon has recovered from the novel coronavirus, making him what is believed to be the nation's oldest survivor of the pandemic.
Family of William "Bill" Lapschies told OPB that he came down with symptoms of the virus on March 5 and was isolated in his room. On March 11, a test came back positive for COVID-19. Luckily, his doctors said he only had a mild case of coronavirus and did not develop respiratory symptoms that might have required the use of a ventilator.
Lapschies, who also survived the Spanish flu, reportedly recovered from the virus this week just in time for his 104th birthday on Wednesday. Unlike his 100th birthday, which had 200 guests, his celebration this week was a bit smaller.
Family members met up outside the Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Oregon with balloons and signs to share their birthday wishes for Lapschies, with everyone remaining at least 6 feet apart to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Asked how he survived, Lapschies told OPB with a laugh: “I don’t know. ... It just went away. Sit out here and you can get rid of anything.”
The nursing home where Lapschies resides has seen 16 coronavirus cases among residents and two deaths. The virus spreading among seniors at long-term care facilities has been a major concern of health experts as the elderly are at a higher risk of facing more serious illness from the disease. In Washington state, nursing homes were at the epicenter of the outbreak.
Asked by his granddaughter how he felt to be 104, Lapschies said: “Pretty good. I made it.”
A 103-year-old grandmother in Wuhan, China, and a 101-year-old Italian person have also recovered from the illness. Lapschies is believed to be the oldest person known to recover from COVID-19 so far in the United States.ABC News reports over 750,000 Chinese fled to America at start of outbreakhttps://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/02/over-3-4-million-people-poured-into-u-s-as-coronavirus-outbreak-began/ Over 3.4 million people — including 759,493 traveling from China — poured into the United States as the coronavirus began to gain a grip on the world, according to an ABC News investigation.
Millions of travelers entered the U.S. during the early months of the coronavirus outbreak — December, January, and February — before the general public realized the threat the virus posed to the world and their local communities.
An ABC News investigation, analyzing the travel data of passengers from Commerce Department records and “additional information compiled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” found that 759,493 people entered the U.S. from China during that critical three-month period. The number includes “228,000 Americans returning home and hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationals arriving for business, academics, tourism or to visit family,” according to ABC News.
“It is difficult to estimate the portion of travelers coming from China to the U.S. with COVID-19, but fair to speculate that a large number might have been infected at the time of travel,” infectious disease specialist Dr. Simone Wildes told ABC News.
While President Trump enacted a travel ban for those traveling from China to the U.S. in early February — a move his critics eagerly deemed “racist” — thousands still traveled two months prior as the outbreak festered in China. Thousands of Americans returned home from China after the ban, and as ABC News notes, it remains “unclear how intensive, if at all, the screening was for the Americans coming home at that point”:HAS CHINA CURED CORONAVIRUS?Italy, Spain, Germany and the USA all now have more coronavirus cases than China. How did China stop the virus in it's tracks while we in the west cannot? https://google.com/covid19-map/Trump: If it's easy for people to vote, Republicans and I will never win againDonald Trump on Monday offered insight into why Republican lawmakers opposed a Democratic proposal in the coronavirus relief package that would've allowed states to shift their 2020 elections to all-mail ballots.
"If you look at before and after, the things they had in [the bill] were crazy," Trump told "Fox & Friends" on Monday morning. "They had things, levels of voting that if you ever agreed to it you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again."
Democrats have been pushing for a shift to absentee ballots in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that states could still hold elections even if the virus is still raging in November.
Already, a number of states that do not allow for no-excuse absentee voting — that is, allowing voters to vote by mail for any reason — have had to postpone their primary contests, as requiring voters to show up at polling sites, and possibly wait in crowded lines for hours, could further spread the virus.
"Without federal action, Americans might have to choose between casting a ballot and protecting their health. That’s wrong, and we must take swift action to address the problem," Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Ron Wyden of Oregon — who introduced a bill to shift states to all-mail elections — wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. "The best way to ensure that this virus doesn’t keep people from the ballot box is to bring the ballot box to them. We must allow every American the ability to vote by mail."
Democrats initially proposed $4 billion to help states expand absentee voting, increase early voting, and allow states to ensure that any in-person voting sites were safe should the pandemic still be raging in November, according to NPR.
The ‘camaraderie’ of the West was exposed once again this week as France and Germany accused the US of seizing millions of masks that were set to be shipped to West Europe in times of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report in AFP, a Berlin-based official on Friday, April 3, accused Washington of diverting a delivery of China-made face masks that were going to Germany. The official accused the US of “modern-day piracy” in a time when countries are racing against each other to obtain more masks to cater to their overgrowing domestic demand. Recently, it was revealed that China stockpiled masks and other medical gear in countries like Australia through their companies and imported them when the pandemic was slowly picking pace.
On Friday, April 3, President Donald Trump said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people wear cloth or fabric face coverings (that can be even made at home) while entering public spaces like stores and public transit stations. The US authorities started procuring the urgently needed protective kit against the pandemic late but have accelerated things now. Trump recently invoked the Defense Production Act to get his nation’s firms to divert their resources to fight the pandemic that has hit over 277,000 people in America.
But the US’ own preventive measures have now started impacting its foreign relations. Andreas Geisel, Berlin’s state minister of the interior, said in a statement that FFP2 masks numbering in 200,000 were “confiscated” in Bangkok, Thailand. Those masks were made by 3M, a China-based American firm and were to be shipped for the use of Berlin police.
>(CNN)The FBI reported a 41% surge in background checks by individuals attempting to purchase firearms in the United States last month, according to newly released data from the agency, a significant increase over the same period last year.
>The new figures indicate 3.7 million gun purchase background checks were conducted in the month of March alone, marking the greatest number of background checks conducted in a single month since the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) was launched in 1998.
>By far, the state leading in federal firearm background checks numbers for the month of March was Illinois -- with over half a million background checks conducted -- followed by Texas, Kentucky, Florida, and California.
>Under US law, federally licensed gun dealers must run checks on every buyer, whether a purchase is made in a store or at a gun show. A buyer presents his or her identification to the seller and fills out a form from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), which lists the buyer's age, address, race, and any criminal history. The seller then submits the information to the FBI and the agency checks the applicant's info against databases in order to ensure a criminal record does not preclude the purchase.
>The dramatic rise in attempted firearm purchases in the US comes as the nation grapples with the spread of the deadly coronavirus. In mid-March, President Donald Trump announced sweeping new guidelines, including a recommendation that Americans stay home and avoid public gatherings and discretionary travel.NRA suing New York for deeming gun stores non-essential businesses during coronavirus pandemicThe National Rifle Association of America sued New York state's governor and economic development arm in federal court on Thursday for closing gun stores during the coronavirus epidemic by deeming them non-essential businesses.
In the lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of New York, the NRA claimed that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has "effectively and indefinitely suspended a key component of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution" by forcing gun stores across the state to temporarily shutter their doors. As states around the country issued stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, some, like New York, didn't deem firearm and ammunition retailers to be essential, forcing those businesses to close. The federal government designated firearm and ammunition retailers as an "essential service," according to its updated guidance, but those guidelines are advisory, meaning states can "add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion." The NRA sued the Democratic governor in both his official and personal capacity, as well as New York's Empire State Development agency and its acting commissioner. A spokeswoman for Cuomo didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. "By closing federally licensed dealers, Defendants have cut off the only way of legally purchasing firearms in the State," the lawsuit says. "As a result of the government's overreach, most New Yorkers have no legal way to exercise the constitutional right to purchase arms or ammunition." In its filing, the NRA also suggested that the pandemic could be a time of heightened need for a firearm.
We cannot allow Facebook and Twitter to use Covid-19 to launch their own coup d’état
World leaders are having their social media posts deleted under the guise of the pandemic, but is this just the beginning of socially destructive subterfuge?
A few days ago, Facebook and Twitter decided to delete contributions from two world leaders. The first was Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who shared a video and aired his view that “hydroxychloroquine is working in all places” to treat Covid-19. Facebook decided it was against what the World Health Organization had decreed and trashed the video. Twitter followed up by removing two of Bolsonaro’s tweets.
They also deleted a tweet by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, in which he spoke of a “brew” that would eliminate any infectious genes.
Even former New York Mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani got his knuckles rapped. His tweet quoting someone else stating that hydroxychloroquine is 100 percent effective had the vanishing spray applied too.
Whatever the scientific truth behind what works in the fight against Covid-19 is another debate. The bigger issue here is now that Facebook and Twitter have crossed the threshold, will they ever go back?
It’s been established that they can and are willing to step in, if the mood takes them.
Bolsonaro isn’t everyone’s cup of tea due to his hardline views on race, women, and homosexuality. But he is the democratically-elected leader of South America’s largest country.
Maduro’s case is even more troubling, as he’s locked in a power battle with rival Juan Guaidó, who over 50 countries regard as the rightful leader while Maduro retains the support of the military.Robert Kraft, American Hero Patriot LeaderNew England Patriots deliver 300K face masks to NYC for coronavirus relief By Vincent BaroneApril 3, 2020 | 2
A tractor-trailer emblazoned with the New England NFL squad’s name rolled into enemy territory Friday on a mission of mercy, as it pulled up to the Javits Center to drop off a huge supply of N95 respirator masks that were purchased from China by the franchise’s owner.
“We’re all in this together. Headed to New York with hope, love and 300,000 masks for healthcare workers,” the Patriots wrote on their official Instagram page.
Team owner Robert Kraft said he would be donating 300,000 masks to the city to battle the coronavirus.
5G network - wey be di big brother to 4G - fit get hand for di Covid-19 palava wey dey worry almost every kontri for di world now?
Dis na the kweshion wey some dey ask and wey others believe say dem get answers to.
For UK, some pipo don burn telecom masts for Birmingham on Thursday and Merseyside on Friday
Na dis make UK goment on Friday, 3 April to comot reply say true-true di rumour don enta di kontri but say evidence no dey say 5G network fit cause Covid-19.
Even for Africa di mata don make pipo worry well-well: From South Africa, to Kenya to Nigeria. Social media full for how dia goments need to stop 5G because e dey bad for pipo health.
Some Nigerian politicians sef don ask di federal goment to block 5G not to enta di kontri.
And when one popular religious leader put mouth for di mata, di rumour come tie wrapper.
E say no be just for coronavirus, but say 5G na part of how some underground powers for di world want take control all human being.
While we no sabi anytin about underground powers, we know say di global joinbodi for health, WHO, don already tok if 5G dey cause coronavirus, and di answer na 'No'.
Di World Health Organisation say dem don dey do research come tey tey - because no be today dis kain rumour don comot, as pipo carry am during 4G introduction - and wetin dem see be say di radiation from 5G no reach to cause illness.
Di Nigeria Communications Commission don already tok, as far back as 2012 say telecom networks dem no fit cause human being to carry sickness, and say even base stations (mast) dey safe to live near if dem build am correctly.
E dey important to realise say no be today pipo don dey fear say mobile phone network fit cause health wahala, from di time wen 3G comot, to 4G and now 5G.ITS CAPITALISM BABY..My friend just got laid off along with 400 other employees by dialing into a pre-recorded Zoom message. Her manager never even called to say goodbye. The virus may be out of your control, but how humanely you handle it is not.
It Felt Like a Black Mirror Episode' The Inside Account of How Bird Laid off 406 People in Two Minutes via a Zoom Webinar
https://dot.la/bird-layoffs-meeting-story-2645612465.htmlLiberty University stays open, we all know where this is goinghttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/us/politics/coronavirus-liberty-university-falwell.html https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/490091-liberty-university-students-report-symptoms-that-suggest-coronavirus https://wset.com/news/coronavirus/its-false-liberty-university-asks-new-york-times-to-correct-coronavirus-story
Short version: Liberty University decided to stay open during the pandemic, and now students are showing symptoms of Covid-19. There is no confirmation that it is or isn't yet, so there is a chance that it's not. However, the university President is saying that this is not true.
“I would love to have the country opened up and raring to go by Easter,” Trump said during a Fox News interview.
Public health experts and local and state leaders have cautioned against easing restrictions too early, saying it could put an enormous strain on hospitals and lead to even more deaths and economic damage. But Trump said Tuesday that he believed the human toll would be greater should Americans continue to stay at home.
"This cure is worse than the problem," Trump said, adding that "in my opinion, more people are going to die if we allow this to continue."
A White House official said the president does not view Easter as a date that he can begin to open things up, but a date by which the economy is speeding again. That means the loosening of restrictions would, under this scenario, start much sooner. The official says the focus now remains on how to get there, in phases, to address the challenges demographically and geographically.
Trump told Fox News later Tuesday that he was targeting Easter because "you will have packed churches all over our country, I think it would be a beautiful time and it is just about the timeline that I think is right."
Trump said people can continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing even while going back to work to try to control the virus's spread.
Trump on Tuesday expressed frustration with the economic consequences of having millions of Americans staying home and compared the coronavirus to the flu, despite public experts cautioning against the comparison.
“We lose thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu, we don’t turn the country off every year," he said.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-says-he-wants-country-open-back-april-12-easter-n11677211,000 military personnel deploying to New York City“This will be probably the toughest week between this week and next week -- and there will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” the president said at a White House briefing.
Trump’s language echoed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who said earlier in the day the state has just seven days to prepare for coronavirus apex as it struggles to expand hospital capacity and access to medical equipment.
It’s unclear exactly how and where the military personnel will be utilized in New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. The president earlier in the month activated the National Guard in California, New York and Washington state.
“We’re taking people now out of our military. We’ve been doing it but now we’re doing it on a larger basis,” Trump said.
The administration will potentially send additional medical personnel to the state as cases continue to surge and hospitals become more overwhelmed.
“They’re going into war,” Trump said. “They’re going into a battle that they’ve never really trained for.”
New York City reported 305 new deaths on Friday, marking the biggest one-day jump so far and bringing the city’s death toll to at least 1,867. The city has confirmed at least 57,159 cases and makes up roughly a quarter of confirmed cases in the country. Cuomo said the state has 113,704 total cases.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/04/trump-says-1000-military-personnel-are-deploying-to-new-york-city-to-fight-coronavirus.htmlFauci says threats to his personal security 'secondary' to curbing coronavirushttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-fauci/fauci-says-threats-to-his-personal-security-secondary-to-curbing-coronavirus-idUSKBN21K1ZS?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The infectious diseases expert at the forefront of the U.S. fight against the coronavirus outbreak on Thursday downplayed reports that his personal security was being threatened, saying he felt safe and was focused on doing his job.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has faced growing threats to his safety, and the government will step up his security, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
Asked on NBC’s “Today” show if he felt safe, Fauci said, “I do.”
“I’ve chosen this life - I know what it is. There are things about it that sometimes are disturbing,” Fauci said. “But you just focus on the job you have to do and you put all that other stuff aside and try as best as possible not to pay attention to it.”
"We have a really, really very difficult situation ahead of us," he said, referring to the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic that threatens hundreds of thousands here of lives around the world. "All of that other stuff in secondary."
The Justice Department has approved a U.S. Marshals Service recommendation for more than half a dozen special agents to provide protective services to Fauci, a Justice official told ABC News.
Fauci, a strong advocate of emergency measures including stay-at-home orders to curtail the spread of the coronavirus, has become a target for criticism by the far right and online conspiracy theorists, media reports have said, after he corrected several of President Donald Trump’s statements relating to the outbreak.
President Donald Trump has fired the intelligence community’s chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, who was the first to sound the alarm to Congress last September about an “urgent” complaint he received from an intelligence official involving Trump’s communications with Ukraine’s president.
Atkinson's decision set in motion the congressional probe that culminated in Trump's impeachment and ultimate acquittal in a bruising political and legal drama that consumed Washington for months.
Trump formally notified the Senate and House Intelligence Committees of his intention to fire Atkinson, to take effect 30 days from Friday, according to two congressional officials and a copy of the letter obtained by POLITICO dated April 3.
“This is to advise that I am exercising my power as president to remove from office the inspector general of the intelligence community, effective 30 days from today,” the president wrote.
Trump said in the letter that he “no longer” has the fullest confidence in Atkinson. “As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as president, have the power of appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general,” he wrote. “That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.”
Trump added that he would be submitting a new nominee for the position to the Senate “at a later date.”China Sending 1,000 Ventilators to New YorkNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that China is facilitating the shipment of 1,000 ventilators to his state, as he continues to shop for more of the lifesaving devices ahead of a growing number of coronavirus patients who are expected to need them.
The number of people infected in the U.S. has exceeded a quarter-million, with the death toll climbing past 7,000; more than 3,500 of those deaths are in New York state. Cuomo said the ventilators from China were expected to arrive Saturday.
“This is a big deal and it's going to make a significant difference for us,” Cuomo said, adding that the state of Oregon volunteered to send 140 ventilators to New York. Cuomo has also is also looking for ventilators closer to home, and has issued an order that forces even private hospitals in the state to redistribute ventilators to the hospitals most in need. https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/coronavirus/competition-supplies-sharpening-pandemic-worsens/2215548/Monkeys and apes chain smoking cigarettes as coronavirus panic grips planetStressed-out primates have taken to chain smoking cigarettes as the coronavirus crisis rages across the globe.
Monkeys and chimps have failed to kick the habit as entertained visitors are seen to laugh as the animals spark up amid the pandemic.
In Cambodia, one man took to social media to share a video, titled ‘By 2020 even monkeys can smoke’, which shows a tiny macaque in a pen smoking a cig as another looks on.
The animal is seen to take repeated drags while looking thoughtfully into the distance, as a group of men laugh hysterically and take pictures on their phones.
It seems that as worried humans panic over the pandemic unfolding around them, their stress has rubbed off on monkeys who are reaching for the smokes.
It comes as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rocket in South East Asia, with many people in war-torn Cambodia travelling to neighbouring countries for medical treatment.
South China Morning Post report Cambodia’s coronavirus cases have spiked, forcing the government to ban travellers from countries including US and Italy.
The government has tested less than 2,000 people, of which 110 were confirmed cases, while globally the number of those infected is set to stop one million this week.
Why won't someone think of the poor bankers??Walmart - Yay!>To promote social distancing help and prevent spread of the coronavirus, Walmart announced Friday that stores nationwide will be limiting customer capacity. >Walmart said starting Saturday, stores will allow no more than five customers at a time per 1,000 square feet at any given time, or roughly 20% of store capacity, according to a news release. >Additionally, shoppers will be admitted into stores one by one and counted by store associates. >Walmart also said it would implement a one-way movement through aisles in some stores by next week. meanwhile a mob of 150 people wanting to buy 15 cases of toilet paper will be waiting outside the front doors coughing and sneezing on each other
The nation's top infectious disease expert said Sunday that based on models, the United States could eventually see 100,000 or more deaths from the novel coronavirus, which has already claimed more than 2,000 American lives as cases surge across the US. "Whenever the models come in, they give a worst-case scenario and a best-case scenario. Generally, the reality is somewhere in the middle. I've never seen a model of the diseases that I've dealt with where the worst case actually came out. They always overshoot," Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House's coronavirus task force, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."
"I mean, looking at what we're seeing now, you know, I would say between 100 and 200,000 (deaths). But I don't want to be held to that," he said, adding that the US is going to have "millions of cases."
The comments come as the number of reported coronavirus deaths doubled to more than 2,000 nationwide in two days. The US has the most confirmed cases worldwide, with more than 121,000 as of Saturday morning. ...Georgia governor says he didn't know asymptomatic people could spread coronavirushttps://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/490758-georgia-governor-says-he-didnt-know-asymptomatic-people-could-spread
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), while announcing a statewide stay-at-home order, said Wednesday that he only recently became aware the coronavirus could be spread by asymptomatic people.
"The reason I'm taking this action, like I've continued to tell people, I'm following the data, I'm following the advice of Dr. [Kathleen] Toomey," Kemp said in response to a reporter's question at a press conference announcing the order.
"Finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs, so what we've been telling people from directives from the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] for weeks now that if you start feeling bad, stay home ... those individuals could've been infecting people before they ever felt bad,” he added. “But we didn't know that until the last 24 hours. And as Dr. Toomey told me, this is a game changer for us."
Public health officials have long warned the virus can be carried and passed on by people not displaying symptoms, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who became the first senator to test positive for the virus in March, reported that he had not experienced any symptoms before testing positive.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said earlier this week that up to a quarter of all cases do not show symptoms, telling NPR “this helps explain how rapidly this virus continues to spread across the country because we have asymptomatic transmitters and we have individuals who are transmitting 48 hours before they become symptomatic.”
Kemp announced the stay-at-home order Wednesday, saying he will sign it Thursday to be effective through April 13, and he announced all of the state’s K-12 public schools would remain closed for the rest of the school year. He said the state has reported 4,638 cases and 139 deaths statewide as of Wednesday afternoon.The Mainstream Media Is Not Covering This StoryOnly Breitbart is is bold enough the truth https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/01/u-s-intel-confirms-china-hid-severity-coronavirus-outbreak/ >U.S. Intel Confirms China Hid Severity of Coronavirus Outbreak Communist officials in China have hidden the severity of the coronavirus outbreak within their borders, under-reporting both total cases and fatalities linked to the disease, the U.S. intelligence community reportedly confirmed in a classified report to the White House.
Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, is the birthplace of the novel coronavirus illness (COVID-19).
During the early stages of the epidemic in China that was later deemed a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), Beijing hid the extent of the viral outbreak, muzzling and jailing whistleblowers and critics in a move that allowed the disease to gain a firm foothold across the world.
Citing three officials familiar with the classified report issued by the American intelligence community, Bloomberg revealed on Wednesday:
>The officials asked not to be identified because the report is secret and declined to detail its contents. But the thrust, they said, is that China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete. Two of the officials said the report concludes that China’s numbers are fake.The report was received by the White House last week, one of the officials said.
Health officials detected the first case of the coronavirus in China in mid-November 2019. Yet, the Asian giant has publicly reported fewer cases and fatalities than the United States, where officials diagnosed the first person with coronavirus in late January.
Communist China has revised its methodology for counting cases several times. For weeks, the country ignored asymptomatic cases entirely. This week, it finally added over 1,500 cases of people without symptoms to its tally.Biden: Trump White House showed 'poor judgment' in removing warship commanderhttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-navy-biden/biden-trump-administration-showed-poor-judgment-in-removing-warship-commander-idUSKBN21L07Y?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29
(Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden said on Thursday that the Trump administration showed “poor judgment” in relieving the commander of an aircraft carrier who sought stronger measures to control a coronavirus outbreak onboard.
“Donald Trump’s Acting Navy Secretary shot the messenger - a commanding officer who was faithful to both his national security mission and his duty to care for his sailors, and who rightly focused attention on a broader concern about how to maintain military readiness during this pandemic,” Biden said in a statement to Reuters.
“And the Navy sent a chilling message to the rest of the fleet about speaking truth to power. The poor judgment here belongs to the Trump Administration, not a courageous officer trying to protect his sailors.”
The commander, Captain Brett Crozier, was removed from command after writing a scathing letter to Navy leadership about conditions on the nuclear-powered carrier that leaked to the public.Two Kennedy family members perish in Chesapeake Bay boating accidentAnother transportation tragedy for the Kennedy family >Kennedy family members identified as missing boaters in Chesapeake Bay. https://thehill.com/homenews/news/491082-kennedy-family-members-identified-as-missing-boaters-in-chesapeake-bay The missing canoers last seen in Chesapeake Bay Thursday evening have been identified as Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and her 8-year-old son, Gideon.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) made the announcement Friday, saying he “expressed our most heartfelt sympathy and prayers to her and her entire family at this difficult time.”
Townsend McKean's husband, David McKean, reported his wife and son missing Thursday after the family went canoeing at their waterfront home near Annapolis, Md. He told the Washington Post that his children were playing with a ball until it went into the water, and his wife and their son “popped into a canoe to chase it down. They just got farther out than they could handle and couldn’t get back in.”
On Thursday, a concerned citizen called the Coast Guard saying they saw boaters that were “struggling to return to shore in a canoe," then not seen again. Maryland Department of Natural Resources police told the Post they found an overturned canoe that matched the description given by McKean.
McKean told the newspaper the search is still ongoing.
Townsend McKean is the executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative and the daughter of former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. She’s also the granddaughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and grandniece of former president John F. Kennedy, who's son, JFK Jr., died piloting an airplane in meteorological conditions he wasn't trained for. The subtle different between recklessness and calculated risk taking continue to elude the Kennedy family.The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his lifehttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/28/trump-coronavirus-politics-us-health-disaster
When the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature prominently. It was on that day that a 35-year-old man in Washington state, recently returned from visiting family in Wuhan in China, became the first person in the US to be diagnosed with the virus.
On the very same day, 5,000 miles away in Asia, the first confirmed case of Covid-19 was reported in South Korea. The confluence was striking, but there the similarities ended.
In the two months since that fateful day, the responses to coronavirus displayed by the US and South Korea have been polar opposites.
>On Thursday afternoon -- moments before he urged people to take politics out of the coronavirus fight -- President Donald Trump sent an absolutely unbelievable letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
>The letter, which the White House released (and my producer Alli Gordon transcribed!) reads like a sort of Mad Libs you might fill out and leave in the locker of your 7th grade enemy. It makes abundantly clear that Trump is annoyed with Schumer's push for a more robust federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and angry at the New York Democrat's push for White House trade adviser Peter Navarro to be replaced as the coordinator of the Defense Production Act.
>According to Schumer, Trump called him Thursday afternoon and said he had tried, unsuccessfully, to keep the letter from being sent.
>I went through the letter -- it's about a page and a quarter -- and pulled out the lines you need to see. They're below.
(You can read the whole thing here. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/letter-president-donald-j-trump-senator-charles-e-schumer/)National Stockpile gets a remake to save facehttps://thehill.com/homenews/administration/491037-trump-administration-changes-definition-of-national-stockpile-after
The Trump administration quietly changed an online description of the country's Strategic National Stockpile following a press briefing with White House adviser Jared Kushner.
Previously, according to the federal public health emergency website, the Strategic National Stockpile was described as "the nation’s largest supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out."
The description continued: "When state, local, tribal, and territorial responders request federal assistance to support their response efforts, the stockpile ensures that the right medicines and supplies get to those who need them most during an emergency."
That definition disappeared from the site on Friday.
The new, one-paragraph description says the stockpile is meant as a “short-term stopgap.”
"The Strategic National Stockpile's role is to supplement state and local supplies during public health emergencies. Many states have products stockpiled, as well. The supplies, medicines, and devices for life-saving care contained in the stockpile can be used as a short-term stopgap buffer when the immediate supply of adequate amounts of these materials may not be immediately available," the website now says.$2000 a monthhttps://theweek.com/speedreads/906888/bernie-sanders-calls-guaranteed-paid-medical-leave-2000-monthly-checks-new-coronavirus-relief-proposal
In addition to further invoking the Defense Production Act, Sanders says payment on all rent, mortgage payments, and forms of debt should be suspended entirely, not just deferred during the pandemic only to cause "financial ruin" once they become due. Building on the one-time $1,200 payments, Sanders calls for monthly $2,000 payments.
The entire plan fits alongside policy ideas Sanders has touted throughout his presidential bid, but are ramped up in both scale and urgency now that the COVID-19 pandemic has quickly exploded to affect millions of Americans both medically and economically. This week's jobs reports showed that likely 3.5 million Americans have lost employer-provided health insurance since the pandemic began.Joe Biden's Sexual Assault Accuser Breaks Silence With Graphic Allegations>She details an assault she says occurred in 1993.
>In April of last year, Tara Reade accused Joe Biden of inappropriate behavior when she worked at his Senate office in 1993. Now, she's accusing the Democratic presidential nominee of sexual assault, according to a graphic interview with podcaster Katie Halper.
>When Reade initially came out about her experience with Biden, she told The Union that he did uncomfortable things like "put his hand on my shoulder and run his finger up my neck." Reade also said that she cut ties with Biden's office over an early 1993 staff argument. According to Reade, Biden wanted her to serve drinks because he liked her legs. Reade says she didn't hear this directly from Biden but she learned of it during her argument with staff. Reade refused to serve the drinks, which she believes was a move that affected her career.
>"My life was hell," Reade said. "This was about power and control. I couldn't get a job on the Hill." She eventually left Biden's office in August of 1993.
>Now, Reade is speaking out even more with a sexual assault allegation against Biden. Katie Harper posted an excerpt from an interview done with Reade to Twitter around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, writing "This is a story that @ReadeAlexandra has been trying to tell since it happened in 1993. It's a story about sexual assault, retaliation and silencing. #meToo."
>In the interview excerpt, which is posted to Soundcloud, Reade described a graphic 1993 incident where a superior asked her to take a gym bag to Biden "down towards the capital." Then she recalls being called towards the "side area" where Biden greeted her.
>"We were alone and it was the strangest thing," she said. "There was no like exchange really. He just had me up against the wall."
https://newsone.com/3917043/tara-reade-joe-biden-sexual-assault-accuser-breaks-silence/Brain FreezeJoe Biden Calls CARES Act ‘Namesake, Uh, of, Uh, of, You Know, Remarkable Feat of a Bipartisanship’ >Joe Biden held another virtual Q&A on Thursday, and it did not go any better than all the others. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/03/brain-freeze-joe-biden-calls-cares-act-namesake-you-know-remarkable-feat-bipartisanship/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PEkEc1ZFBs The Democrat frontrunner lost his train of thought, stumbled while apparently reading a teleprompter, and misstated facts: “Ten million proud, hardworking Americans who need help now more than they’ve ever needed it,” he said of the new unemployment statistics. “Who are uh, who are about, uh — how, how they’re going to make — they’re worried about their rent, they’re worried about how they’re just going to get the next meal, worried about how they’re going to pay the bills to keep the food in [sic] the table,” he said. Moments later, he got lost again. “The U.S. government took important action last week,” he said, careful not to give President Trump any credit, “passing into law $2 trillion CARES Act. It was a namesake uh, of, uh, of, you know, remarkable feat of a bipartisanship that uh, Nancy and uh, Schumer, and Republican leaders put together.” A strange moment came about five minutes in, when he read the domain of his website — his own name — and it seemed foreign to him. “The White House, the White House should have the backs, their states, the backs of the states, not just taking — it’s the responsibility of the White House and the federal government to help,” he stumbled.Nigeria Lockdown: Last minute rush as Lagos and Abuja dey prepare for 'Stay at home' orderhttps://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-52091990
"We go shut down Mile-12 market".
Dis na di words wey di chairmo of di biggest food market for Lagos Nigeria, Shehu Jubril tell BBC Pidgin say even though na essential commodity dem dey sell, dem go still obey goment order to shut down di market.
E say na dia own sacrifice to fight Coronavirus.
Serious panic buying dey happun for di market on Monday sake of say goment want lockdown di state ontop Coronavirus matter.
Last month, President Donald Trump signaled that he was considering a special enrollment period that would reopen federal insurance exchanges, which shuttered in December after the end of the annual open enrollment period.
"It's something we're talking to a lot of people about. We'll see what happens," Trump said in March.
The news that the Obamacare will not be reopened was first reported by Politico.
In March, the Affordable Care Act turned 10 years old and currently enjoys its highest popularity ever, according to NBC News. When the health care law was passed in 2010, 36 percent thought it was a "good idea"; today, 42 percent do.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the individual mandate — the part of the ACA that requires that an individual purchase health insurance — which means that the court will hear its first arguments this coming October and that the ACA will continue for at least another year.
While the federal exchanges will remain shuttered, individual states like New York and California have reopened their state exchanges for special enrollment periods to address the unprecedented public health crisis.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-admin-will-not-reopen-obamacare-exchanges-during-coronavirus-pandemic-n1173871They Found A New Ape Skull>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery over the age of a landmark skull found in 1921 in Zambia - the first fossil of an extinct human species discovered in Africa - in research with big implications for deciphering the origin of our own species.
our own species
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-skull/landmark-skull-fossil-provides-surprising-human-evolution-clues-idUSKBN21J60V http://archive.is/PutpwFrance will be centre of attention soonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9LtPKvoCEo
Family friends who live in France telling us that they and the rest of the country are getting fed up after 3 weeks lockdown. They aren't those retarded british expats who live in their own little English island and don't pseak a word of french, they are proper french citizens born and bred.
They said if its extended another 3 weeks they and everyone else they know who are healthy and not classed as vulnerable are going to start ignoring it the lockdown. They want to just get on with their lives and they actually want a life to go back assuming this could go on for at least 18 months when the vaccine is finally developed and distributed.
>A British teen petrified of being isolated with the coronavirus has died following a suicide attempt, according to a report.
>Emily Owen, a 19-year-old waitress from King’s Lynn, about 100 miles north of London, died in a hospital Sunday after trying to take her own life due to fears of the “mental health impacts” of isolation amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the Sun reports.
>Days before she was found on March 18, Owen warned relatives she was unable to deal with “her world closing in, plans being canceled and being stuck inside” during the global pandemic, according to the report.
>Owen had been in critical condition since the suicide attempt and relatives later decided to remove her from life support, allowing doctors to prep her organs for donation, according to an online fundraiser posted by colleagues at the pub where she worked. https://nypost.com/2020/03/25/british-teen-dies-after-suicide-attempt-due-to-coronavirus-fears/CoronaVirus Sex I got it U got it So let's get it onhttps://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-52063221
Spread da word spread da legs
If I have sex can I catch coronavirus? You might have thought about it but been too embarrassed to ask.
>BRASILIA (Reuters) - At a tense cabinet meeting on Saturday in the Brazilian president’s official residence, Jair Bolsonaro found himself isolated.
>The far-right leader convened the emergency meeting in Brasilia’s modernist Alvorada Palace to resolve a dispute with Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who publicly opposed the president’s calls to loosen quarantine restrictions for Brazil’s 210 million people.
>But, with Mandetta unwilling to back down, Bolsonaro’s closest aides refused to support his plan to relax coronavirus rules to keep the economy going, according to two sources with knowledge of the meeting.
>Elected two years ago on a promise to revive growth, Bolsonaro has shocked health experts around the world by persistently playing down the gravity of the epidemic, calling COVID-19 “a little cold” exaggerated by the media and his opponents - even after his political idol U.S. President Donald Trump walked back his own skepticism about the outbreak. ...TRUMP LOCKS DOWN SOUTHERN BORDERhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-trump-immigration-border/2020/04/03/23cb025a-74f9-11ea-ae50-7148009252e3_story.html >By Arelis R. Hernández and Nick Miroff April 3, 2020 at 7:18 PM EDT Facing coronavirus pandemic, Trump suspends immigration laws and showcases vision for locked-down border SAN ANTONIO — President Trump has used emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic to implement the kind of strict enforcement regime at the U.S. southern border he has long wanted, suspending laws that protect minors and asylum seekers so that the U.S. government can immediately deport them or turn them away. Citing the threat of “mass, uncontrolled cross-border movement,” the president has shelved safeguards intended to protect trafficking victims and persecuted groups, implementing an expulsion order that sends migrants of all ages back to Mexico in an average of 96 minutes. U.S. Border Patrol agents do not perform medical checks when they encounter people crossing into the country. Homeland Security officials say the measures are necessary to protect U.S. agents, health-care workers and the general public from the coronavirus. Tightening controls at the border and preventing potentially infected populations from streaming into the United States minimizes the number of detainees in U.S. immigration jails and border holding cells. At a time when much of the nation is locked down, they say, strict border controls are an essential public health response, as each unmonitored crossing potentially exposes U.S. communities to what Trump has called an “invisible enemy.” “Our nation’s top health-care officials are extremely concerned about the grave public health consequences of mass uncontrolled cross-border movement,” Trump said last month in announcing new immigration restrictions.Psy-ops and disinformation campaign in Italy amid crisisA group of Russian military arrived in Italy exactly at the same moment as an active campaign was launched across social networks, calling for the country’s withdrawal from the EU.
The disinformation campaign messages are being spun on Twitter with a relevant hashtag by a swarm of accounts created this February and March. There is reason to believe that they originated beyond Italy.
A vivid example is a recent disinformation campaign with the clear participation of Russia, where Poland, and then both Poland and Ukraine, were accused of closing their airspace to Russian military cargo aircraft carrying aid and experts to Italy. However, a quick analysis of air corridors shows that the shortest route from the air base outside Moscow to the Pratica di Mare airfield in Italy passes through Belarus, not through Ukraine, so the very mention of the latter in smear reports is more likely to be due to its long-lasting conflict with Russia.
Facts have been recorded where misinformation was spread by Italian accounts, which had been earlier used in propaganda reports crafted by Russia’s defence ministry. It is important to note that as of March 26, that is, three days after the publication of the Russian video, the tweet with the link to the report was deleted.
A significant part of the accounts involved in the distribution of Russian generated narratives also take part in promoting anti-migration messages and promoting supporter Matteo Salvini. It is likely that the campaign for Italy’s withdrawal from the EU was organised and supported by the Lega Nord party and was not generated by the Kremlin. But, the fact that some of the accounts participated in disinformation efforts against Poland and in support of Russia may indicate:
– Support and promotion of Lega Nord’s leader by Russia and
https://eutoday.net/news/security-defence/2020/russia-italy https://archive.fo/uwwa8"Millionaires Don’t Need a New Tax Break"Grassley Blasts Pelosi’s Attempt to Eliminate SALT Deduction Cap https://www.nationalreview.com/news/millionaires-dont-need-a-new-tax-break-grassley-blasts-pelosis-attempt-to-eliminate-salt-deduction-cap/ The office of Senator Chuck Grassley on Tuesday panned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s push to repeal the cap on state and local tax deductions in the next coronavirus relief bill.
The SALT deduction cap, which was implemented in 2018 as part of the Republican-led tax reform bill, places a ceiling of $10,000 for deductions from federal returns of property taxes or state and local taxes. The deduction primarily benefits high-earners living in high-tax states.
Pelosi argued that “retroactively” scrapping the deduction cap would inject much-needed cash into American households struggling in an economy flagging from the restrictions placed on business, part of efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
“We could reverse that for 2018 and 2019 so that people could refile their taxes,” Pelosi told the New York Times. “They’d have more disposable income, which is the lifeblood of our economy, a consumer economy that we are.”
Grassley, who chairs the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, dismissed her reasoning on the grounds that eliminating the SALT cap would only mean more tax breaks for the wealthy.
“This is a nonstarter. Millionaires don’t need a new tax break as the federal government spends trillions of dollars to fight a pandemic,” said a spokesperson for the Iowa Republican.Joe Biden Death Rumors CirculatingIs Joe Biden Dead? Biden last seen in public or on internet almost a week ago. >Joe Biden Seen Publicly for 6 Minutes in Last 8 Days https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/22/joe-biden-seen-publicly-6-minutes-last-8-days/ Democrat presidential front runner Joe Biden has largely gone into hiding as the coronavirus crisis ballooned this week.
CBS News reporter Bo Erickson estimated Biden has been seen publicly for about six minutes since last Friday’s disastrous virtual town hall meeting. >In past week @JoeBiden has only had 1 on-camera public address as COVID escalated. (He spoke for ~6 mins on Tuesday from his home.) He also hosted a tele-town hall w/voters, answered Qs on press call & video chatted w/donors. Everything else has been statements ripping POTUS. “In past week, Joe Biden has only had 1 on-camera public address as COVID escalated. (He spoke for ~6 mins on Tuesday from his home.),” Erickson wrote on Twitter.
“He also hosted a tele-town hall w/voters, answered Qs on press call & video chatted w/donors. Everything else has been statements ripping POTUS,” he said.
The last public appearance ended awkwardly, when he concluded his remarks, seemed startled by his wife, and then stood on camera for several moments before being called off.
>Joe Biden is MIA. He has not appeared in public or in a virtual event since early last week. Joe's campaign reported to CNBC that all of his virtual events were postponed and for future events he would not take live questions. Does Joe even remember he is running for president?
“Does Joe even remember he is running for president?” “A sister for Bernie” wondered.
“…has anyone seen Joe?” journalist Glenn Greenwald asked.
A self-described “Bernie Bro” shared a “Lost” advertisement with Biden’s picture.Racist Chinese Woman Sentenced to 7 Months in French PrisonWoman Claiming to Have Virus Jailed for Spitting on Police She Called ‘Dirty Whites’ https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/03/29/dirty-whites-woman-who-spat-french-police-gets-7-months-prison/ A woman claiming to have the Chinese coronavirus and who spat on French police officers while calling them “dirty whites” was handed a seven-month prison sentence.
The incident took place in the commune of Longjumeau during a routine check. Since President Emmanuel Macron put France on lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, residents have needed travel papers to move about.
Police stopped the woman and after she failed to present the required documents, she began insulting the officers, calling them “dirty whites” and saying “I hope you will all die of Covid.”
When officers attempted to place handcuffs on the woman she resisted and began grabbing officers and spitting on them while telling the police “I have the coronavirus, you’re all going to die,” according to Le Parisien. http://www.leparisien.fr/essonne-91/essonne-elle-crache-sur-les-policiers-qui-la-controlent-en-affirmant-qu-elle-a-le-covid-19-25-03-2020-8287698.php Caroline Nisand, the public prosecutor of Evry-Courcouronnes, told the newspaper that the woman was well-known to police and criminal justice system, and that she had a long criminal record.
She was quickly brought before a local judge, who proceeded to find her guilty of several offences including an aggravated racism charge.
The officers, who expressed shock over the incident, were forced to take several days off of work to make sure they did not become infected with the virus.
The case comes after another spitting incident took place in Montpellier earlier this week in which a man was sentenced to eight months in prison for spitting on officers while also telling them he had tested positive for the coronavirus.Mayfield wrestling champ pins down suspected kidnapper at convenience storeLAS CRUCES - A Mayfield student is being lauded as a hero after helping to stop an alleged kidnapping and assault by pinning a man to the ground until authorities arrived.
Daniel Beltran Arroyo, 22, of Phoenix, was arrested by Doña Ana County Sheriff's deputies Wednesday after witnesses say he tried to kidnap three children at Chucky's Gas Station in Doña Ana. He's also accused of assaulting several patrons and employees who tried to intervene.
Arroyo is charged with four counts of battery, two counts of assault, two counts of child abuse and one count of kidnapping.
The seemingly random attack didn't end until Canaan Bower entered the affray and was able to control Arroyo, within seconds, according to witness statements.
Bower, 16, won the District 3-5A championship in the heavyweight division (285 pounds) on Feb. 16, and later competed at the state tournament.
Chucky's Gas Station is a Greyhound bus drop-off point and about 9 a.m. Wednesday, a woman told authorities she just got off the bus along with her three children, ages 9, 2 and 1, and was waiting for her Uber to arrive when she noticed Arroyo staring at her family.
The mother told authorities the man eventually approached and grabbed a hold of the 2-year-old's arm and demanded the woman give him her children.
There's no indication in police reports that Arroyo knew the mother or her children.
The mother kicked Arroyo, according to court documents, and Arroyo responded by punching her in the head. The woman told authorities she fell backward, on top of her 1-year-old son who was strapped into a carrier on her back.
Bystanders attempted to intervene, according to court documents. Arroyo is accused of punching a man and attempting to hit a woman who were trying to help outside.
https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2020/03/26/mayfield-wrestling-champ-pins-down-suspected-kidnapper-chuckys-store/5082784002/Wuhan Residents Dismiss Official Coronavirus Death Toll‘The Incinerators Have Been Working Around the Clock’ https://news.yahoo.com/wuhan-residents-dismiss-official-coronavirus-164859600.html Wuhan residents are increasingly skeptical of the Chinese Communist Party’s reported coronavirus death count of approximately 2,500 deaths in the city to date, with most people believing the actual number is at least 40,000.
“Maybe the authorities are gradually releasing the real figures, intentionally or unintentionally, so that people will gradually come to accept the reality,” a Wuhan resident, who gave only his surname Mao, told Radio Free Asia.
A city source added that, based on the aggregation of funeral and cremation numbers, authorities likely know the real number and are keeping it under wraps.
“Every funeral home reports data on cremations directly to the authorities twice daily,” the source said. “This means that each funeral home only knows how many cremations it has conducted, but not the situation at the other funeral homes.”
The city began lifting its lockdown on Saturday after two months of mandatory shutdown, with a complete lift of restrictions set for April 8. Funeral homes in Wuhan have been handing out the cremated remains to families every day, but rumors began circulating after one funeral home received two shipments of 5,000 urns over the course of two days, according to photos reported by Chinese media outlet Caixin, which were later censored.Trump White House ignored pandemic warning from White House economists: reporthttps://thehill.com/homenews/administration/490529-trump-administration-ignored-pandemic-warning-from-white-house
The Trump administration ignored a pandemic warning from White House economists who published a study estimating possible effects of a pandemic in September, according to a New York Times report.
The White House study reportedly cautioned that a pandemic, like the coronavirus outbreak the world is now facing, could cause the deaths of a half-million Americans and cost the economy as much as $3.8 trillion. The study contradicts what administration officials have repeatedly said about the coronavirus coming out of nowhere and causing unforeseen devastation to the U.S. economy, the Times noted.
The 2019 study was ordered by the National Security Council, two people familiar with the matter told the newspaper, which added that it warned officials not to conflate the risks of the annual flu with a potential pandemic.
Administration officials, including President Trump, had downplayed the coronavirus, comparing it to the flu.
“People may conflate the high expected costs of pandemic flu with the far more common, lower-cost seasonal flu,” the study said. “It is not surprising that people might underappreciate the economic and health risks posed by pandemic flu and not invest in ways to reduce these risks.”
One of the authors of the study, who has since left the White House, estimated a majority of economic activity would need to be halted for two to eight months to slow down a potential virus, according to the Times.
The study, which did not predict the coronavirus specifically, modeled a pandemic involving a virus similar to the 1918 influenza pandemic or the swine flu of 2009 hitting the country. The model flu in the study, however, was less contagious and less deadly than public health officials say the coronavirus could be.Coronavirus is sending drug users to the Dark Web and BitcoinMy pal Ben is not the only one asking where to buy drugs on the so-called dark web. On London’s empty streets, there are whispers about drug dealers shutting up shop, refusing to sell to anyone except their best customers; concerned about their next reload. Like above-board businesses, they’re wrestling with the logistics of self isolation, and the chaos wrought on supply chains by the coronavirus crisis.
That’s why, according to addiction specialist Adam Winstock, many of the UK’s 3.2 million drug users are turning to either prescription meds or the dark net markets. Dark net markets use the encrypted Tor network to disguise the location of a site’s server, and offer a way to buy almost anything anonymously. The most popular products are illicit drugs, sent through the mail in exchange for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC).
Meanwhile, Bitcoin exchanges have seen an influx of new users since the coronavirus lockdown started—with some even tripling their usual rate of new signups. But, at the same time, data suggest that these newcomers aren’t trading or accumulating cryptocurrency; instead, they’re withdrawing funds. Could some be destined for dark web marketplaces selling everything from illegal drugs to the face masks and chloroquine that are in critically short supply in the pandemic?
SAN PEDRO, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An engineer deliberately ran a train off the tracks at high speed near the Port of Los Angeles in an attempt to crash into and damage the USNS Mercy hospital ship, prosecutors say.
The Pacific Harbor Line train derailed Tuesday, running through the end of the track and crashing through barriers, finally coming to rest about 250 yards from the docked naval ship.
Federal prosecutors allege train engineer Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
The train crashed into a concrete barrier at the end of the track, smashed through a steel barrier and a chain-link fence, slid through one parking lot and then a second lot filled with gravel and hit a second chain-link fence. It came to rest after passing under a ramp leading to the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The train remained in that position Wednesday.
No one was injured in the derailment, but the train leaked fuel that required a hazmat response.Marco Rubio calls reporting on US exceeding China in coronavirus cases 'grotesque'https://www.foxnews.com/media/marco-rubio-china-us-coronavirus-reporting-grotesque Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, slammed the media for what he described was its "grotesque" coverage of the U.S. exceeding China in reported coronavirus cases.
For weeks, China and Italy had led the global count of reported coronavirus cases as the U.S. saw a drastic increase of its own numbers between the spread of the disease and the growing availability of testing kits. On Thursday, the U.S. officially had more reported cases than any nation in the world.
On Sunday, Rubio, a fierce critic of China, blasted the media's coverage, suggesting they are too trusting of China's self-provided data.
"Some in our media can’t contain their glee & delight in reporting that the U.S. has more #CoronaVirus cases than #China," Rubio tweeted. "Beyond being grotesque, it's bad journalism.
NBC'S CHUCK TODD UNDER FIRE FOR ASKING BIDEN IF TRUMP 'HAS BLOOD ON HIS HANDS' FOR DELAYED CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE
He continued, "We have NO IDEA how many cases China really has but without any doubt it's significantly more than why [sic] they admit to."
Some journalists on Twitter fired back at Rubio.
"Journalists are concentrated in cities that are being ravaged by a plague that could have been better contained with a competent president. They're lonely and scared and reporting while homeschooling their kids. No one feels glee or delight. Some of us feel white hot rage," New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg reacted.
HILLARY CLINTON UNDER FIRE FOR JOKE ABOUT US LEADING IN VIRUS CASES: TRUMP 'DID PROMISE AMERICA FIRST'
"This tweet is grotesque. Delete it," GQ political columnist Laura Bassett wrote.CHINA: U JELLY OF OUR LOW LOW VIRUS NUMBERS LMAO>China: Questioning Suspect Virus Numbers Shows ‘a Sour Grapes Mentality’ https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2020/04/01/china-questioning-suspect-virus-numbers-shows-a-sour-grapes-mentality/ China’s Global Times propaganda newspaper on Wednesday accused those in the West noting mounting evidence of the Communist Party reporting false numbers of Wuhan coronavirus cases of possessing a “sour grapes mentality.”
China, which claims without evidence that the virus originated in a Maryland U.S. Army laboratory, has documented 82,361 cases of coronavirus nationwide and 3,316 deaths. Following Wuhan officials allowing relatives to pick up urns holding the remains of their loved ones this weekend, multiple reports noted that these funeral homes handed out somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 sets of remains, putting Wuhan’s death count at between ten and 12 times the number of people China claims died in the entire country.
China dismissed these claims in multiple propaganda articles on Tuesday and Wednesday by claiming that they were the product of envious forces attempting to smear China’s success at containing the virus.
“The groundless accusations reflected a ‘sour grape’ mentality long existing in some Westerners,” the Global Times concluded. “This was amplified by the stark contrast between China’s announcement of a phased victory of the hard-fought battle and Western countries’ harrowing struggle in battling the global pandemic.”
The communist publication specifically targeted the United States, claiming that, “ever since the US undertook China as the country with most recorded COVID-19 cases, its politicians have been heaping criticism on China’s data transparency.”
As it typically does, the Global Times cited Party-approved “experts” who claimed that politicians in free countries were “poisoned by this ‘unhealthy mentality'” of “Western supremacy” that prevents them from believing good news out of China.Cardinal Pell new allegationsBernie was abandoned by his mother at birth in 1966. He was made a ward of the state and placed in a Catholic orphanage in Ballarat, run by the Sisters of Nazareth.
Bernie says he met Father George Pell at the home when he was a young boy and came to look on him as a father figure.
He remembers Pell being in the home at shower time.
"Before I know it, he's soaping my genitals … soaping me all over … rubbing his hand up my butt crack and 'wash there properly' and all this sort of stuff."
Bernie says he remembers a particular occasion when Pell touched his penis.
"He was lathering me up and he pulled my foreskin over the head of my penis and that hurt, that really hurt. … he said it's normal, it won't hurt as much as the time goes on." https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-02/george-pell-ballarat-allegations-revelation/12109952US needs more immigrants, stat!Despite record unemployment claims, the Trump administration is making it easier for immigrants to obtain work visas.
In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates as of March 20, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services.
The H-2 program is essential to the economy and food security of the United States and is a national security priority. Therefore, we intend to continue processing H-2 cases as much as possible, as permitted by post resources and local government restrictions. Secretary Pompeo, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has authorized consular officers to expand the categories of H-2 visa applicants whose applications can be adjudicated without an in-person interview. Consular officers can, if they so choose, now waive the visa interview requirement for first-time and returning H-2 applicants who have no apparent ineligibility or potential ineligibilityChinese Student Disappears After Demanding Xi Jinping Resignhttps://www.breitbart.com/asia/2020/04/01/chinese-student-disappears-after-demanding-xi-jinping-resign/
A Chinese student who called for Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping to step down in a message posted to social media on Monday has gone missing. On Tuesday, reports suggested he was in police custody for his remarks.
Zhang Wenbin, a university student in eastern Shandong province, wrote on social media on March 30 that the police had already summoned him for the post, and that he would be detained for five days. Since then, he has not made any further posts. On March 31, he was no longer accessible via social media.
Sources said Zhang had been taken in for questioning by local police, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble,” a charge reportedly used to target peaceful critics of the regime.
On Monday, Zhang posted a video of his message, which has been viewed 175,200 times so far.
In the video, Zhang says he was once a young supporter of the ruling CCP, referring to himself as a former “little pink,” a term to describe youths indoctrinated by the regime. However, after bypassing the government’s internet censorship, he discovered the truth about the CCP and its “sinister” history. In his statement, Zhang referred to his enlightenment as scaling the “Great Firewall” of CCP internet censorship:
>Since I scaled the Great Firewall, I gradually came to the realization that the Chinese Communist Party has extended its dragon claws into every corner of the world, including the collective farming [1950s], the Cultural Revolution [1966-1976], the Great Famine [1958-1961], the One-Child Policy, the Tiananmen massacre , as well as the persecution of the Falun Gong [spiritual movement], and the peoples of Tibet, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.Man Exposed Self In Online Middle School ClassFlorida police are investigating how a man yesterday infiltrated an online Zoom class and exposed himself to a class of eighth grade students.
According to investigators, the suspect entered a class for pupils at Wolf Lake Middle School in Apopka, an Orlando suburb. The school has moved its classes online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a message to teachers, a school administrator noted that “an individual gained unauthorized access and exposed himself to the class” during a Zoom instructional session.
School officials reported the incident to the Apopka Police Department, which has opened an investigation.
Not every video conferencing application has been “vetted” and, as such, may not meet district standards, an administrator cautioned Orange County Public Schools teachers.
To better control access to virtual classrooms, teachers have been instructed to consider using Zoom’s “waiting room” feature, which allows online hosts to control whether a participant enters an online session.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/k-12/zoom-indecent-exposure-450921China Spreads plague to make big profit off it!You know want to die then you'd best pay up! >In China, the competition is intense. A small number of Chinese factories are certified by the Food and Drug Administration to make N95 masks, and “those are the diamonds right now,” said Lily Liu, a Chinese hospital executive turned Silicon Valley entrepreneur who now helps run Operation Masks. >“What’s happening at those factories is France shows up in the morning, and then they get Germany at breakfast, and then Italy after lunch, and then the U.S. in the afternoon,” she said. “In between they get distributors showing up at their doorstep with stacks of cash.” >That demand has fueled the spike in prices. While some factory owners are probably making handsome margins, much of the price increase is likely spread across the supply chain, from the firms that ship and inspect the masks to those that make the masks’ fabric and the machines that assemble them. >Take Zhou Hua, the owner of a factory in Xuancheng, China, that months ago made children’s clothing. In February, as the coronavirus swept across his country, he rushed to buy mask machines and spent roughly $500,000 transforming his plant. Now his staff has nearly doubled to 75 employees, and they make 1.6 million masks a day.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/profiteers-and-pool-noodles-the-mask-market-is-a-total-mess/ar-BB127OKF?ocid=spartandhpNew York City to pillage Upstate NYGovernor Cuomo to Sign Executive Order Seizing Unused Ventilators to Meet Coronavirus Patient Need New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will sign an executive order allowing the state government to seize ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) from institutions around the state and redeploy them to where they are most needed. The governor apologizes for the taking the action, but says those institutions will have their ventilators returned or will be reimbursed by the state later. "I'm not going to be in a position where people are dying and we have several hundred ventilators in our own state somewhere else," the governor says in defending his decision.
Many Americans will get government checks up to $1,200 to help them financially weather job loss, reduced work hours, and other money challenges as the country tries to stem the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
But when taxpayers will receive their checks depends on what banking information the Internal Revenue Service has on file for them and other factors.
Here’s what you need to know. When will the stimulus check arrive? It depends.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a White House briefing on Thursday, that those Americans who have signed up for direct deposit will receive their payment within two weeks.
“Social Security, you’ll get it very quickly after that,” Mnuchin said. “If we don’t have your information, you’ll have a simple web portal, you’ll upload it. If we don’t have that, we’ll send you checks in the mail.”
The payments will be deposited directly into your bank account if you received your last tax refund or expect to receive this year’s refund that way. You’ll also be able to provide your banking details online once a portal is set up, according to the IRS.
Otherwise, checks will be mailed, which could take longer to get to Americans. Adding to the complications, about 6% of U.S. adults — or 12 about 12 million Americans — do not have a checking, savings, or other bank account, according to a 2018 Federal Reserve report.
Americans who aren’t usually required to file tax returns will need to do so to receive payments, noted the guidance “will almost certainly mean longer waits for those who must file new returns to be eligible to receive a stimulus payment.” Here’s the timetable for the first checks, per IRS documents seen by the Post:
Taxpayers with income up to $10,000: April 24
Taxpayers with income up to $20,000: May 1
Taxpayers with income up to $40,000: May 15Stimulus checkhttps://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/3/23/21190955/stimulus-checks-from-government-approved
It appears the stimulus, which was denied twice now, has finally passed. All Americans will be receiving $1200 if I read it correctly.
Not turning this into a political thread. IDC if you're for, OR against our president. The bottom line is we will be receiving financial benefit checks as soon as april 6th which I don't know about you guys, but I'm beyond elated. While the amount isn't life changing, for those of us who live paycheck to paycheck and/or are on an extremely tight budget.. I could really use this. I can speak for my check if It does go through and we do end up receiving it, I'm putting it right towards debt. It's a godsend IMO.
Facing criticism for furloughing workers after it was granted $25 million in federal coronavirus relief funding, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday defended its need for the bailout and outlined its plans for the money.
The Kennedy Center in Washington, home of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera, painted a dire picture of the pandemic’s economic impact, saying in a statement that even with the extra funding, the center would run out of cash as soon as July.
The center announced Tuesday that it would need to furlough around 250 people, roughly 60 percent of its full-time administrative staff, in addition to more than 700 hourly and part-time employees.millions of n95 masks still being shipped to foreign buyers from the US despite worsening shortages"By the end of the day, roughly 280 million masks from warehouses around the U.S. had been purchased by foreign buyers and were earmarked to leave the country, according to the broker — and that was in one day."
You never know what a new day will bring. What started as an early morning call with a friend to help get N95 masks to hospitals in desperate need turned into a roller coaster of contacts in a frenzied, pandemic-driven market. For the next 10 hours, I sat in on calls between brokers selling masks and potential buyers, watching the psychology of market pressures play out in real time as millions of masks changed hands in a matter of hours.
The buyers—from state government purchasing departments and hospital systems representing facilities throughout the Northeast, Midwest and California—expressed desperation for masks to protect their healthcare workers, but in the end not a single deal was completed with any of these groups, and millions of masks were earmarked to leave the country, purchased by foreign buyers.
In the interest of brevity, I’m going to summarize what I learned below and then jump into a bit more detail.
--Millions of N95 masks have been available throughout the U.S., Canada and the UK during the pandemic, according to brokers trying to sell them.
--The high price point per mask, driven by extreme demand, has contributed to an overwhelmed reaction among potential buyers, especially in the U.S.
--Scrutiny surrounding these deals is high because of ongoing scams and claims of price-gouging, both of which are triggering emotionally charged reactions and fear of making deals.
--Millions of masks are being purchased by foreign buyers and are leaving the country, according to the brokers, while the domestic need remains alarmingly high.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2020/03/30/i-spent-a-day-in-the-coronavirus-driven-feeding-frenzy-of-n95-mask-sellers-and-buyers-and-this-is-what-i-learned/#799bf97656d45G Lesson of History Ignored"Next time someone tells you there is no evidence that something is unsafe.... remember lives of the human herd are meaningless to the misleaders of men disguised as leaders, to the unconcerned disguised as concerned!"
The Greeks and Romans were aware of the Dangers of Asbestos........
First, Greek geographer Strabo noticed a ‘sickness of the lungs’ in slaves that wove clothes and later, Pliny the Elder, a famous Roman naturalist, doctor and historian noted that slaves in mines would develop terrible respiratory problems or disease. He documented it as ‘disease of slaves’ and discouraged people from buying slaves who had worked in asbestos mines because of the high incidence of death. Pliny the Elder would also later recommend the use of respirators made of transparent bladder skins for slaves to wear in mines. Thus, despite all the knowledge and warnings given to us about asbestos by the Ancients, we still largely for around 2,000 years continued to use it......
So the Coronavirus has you all stuck like Chuck in your homes, eh? And you younger couples are fucking like hopping rodents, right? And considering most of you retards don't use contraception just like your whore mothers and grandmappies hadn't, thus to the first parasite boom, then that mistake you call, "It's me!" It's looking like those stanky vaginas you all are nailing's gonna be spurting out parasites all at once. BOOM!
"New University of Sydney research has revealed that Australia is nearing the COVID-19 pandemic peak. It also showed that 8,000 - 10,000 people are expected to fall ill with the virus over the course of the pandemic."
https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/04/03/covid-19-pandemic-set-to-peak-in-several-days-in-australia.htmlShut Up Capt. Brett C. CrozierNavy dismisses aircraft carrier captain who spoke out about coronavirus response
The Navy dismissed the captain of an aircraft carrier crippled by the coronavirus on Thursday, two days after a blunt letter that the officer wrote warning the service to get sailors off vessel more quickly created a furor. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, the commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, was relieved of command at the direction of actingTexas forcing Quarantine of people from LAhttps://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-mandates-14-day-quarantine-for-road-travelers-arriving-in-texas-from-any-location-in-louisiana
So Texas is forcing outsiders from LA to stay in one location for 14 days at their own expense? How is this legal? And how is it enforceable?Virtual meeting with black UT students cut short by "racist" Zoom bombinghttps://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/490402-virtual-meeting-with-black-university-of-texas-students-cut-off-by-racist-zoom A virtual meeting that included a group of black students at the University of Texas at Austin was cut short Monday after it was interrupted by visitors who logged on and began using racial slurs.
The incident occurred during an online meeting hosted by the Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males, a university initiative that aims to support African American male students, where Director Ryan Sutton was talking about staying focused on school amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Approximately halfway through the meeting, which was shared on Zoom, students reported that unknown users appeared in the video chat yelling "nigger", "we wuz kangz", "bix nood", "blackie", "n-word", "gibs me dat fo free muffugguh", "i don't know how to read", "coon", "ape", "spearchucker" and a number of other illegal racially charged terms and phrases, such as "porch monkey" or possibly "darkie" according to the newspaper. Jamal Dudley, a freshman studying engineering, captured some of the hilarious racial remarks in a popular youtube video.
University President Greg Fenves said in a tweet Monday that the school is investigating the incident and called it “deplorable."
The Sweatt Center condemned the actions in a tweet the same day.
“We denounce the actions of the illegal racist hackers in our call and are working to better our newly found space on Zoom,” the center said.
Appearing Monday on MSNBC, former Vice President Joe Biden erroneously referred to Wuhan — the Chinese city (of the Hubei province) in which the deadly coronavirus originated — as “Luhan province.”
A partial transcript is as follows:
YASMIN VOSSOUGHIAN: As you’ve been seeing, our healthcare system seems to be crumbling underneath this crisis. There’s not enough, there’s not enough support for the healthcare systems, there’s not enough support for the American people inside the healthcare system. Are you now reconsidering your position when it comes to single-payer healthcare?
JOE BIDEN: Single-payer will not solve that at all. The thing that is needed, for example, we have a whole number of hospitals that are being so stretched, including rural hospitals that are going to need more financing. That doesn’t come from a single-payer system, that comes from the federal government stepping up and dealing with the concerns that they have, the reimbursement that they are going to get, how they are going to be able to move forward and how her going to be able to provide all the needed help needed in their communities.
This is an opportunity to look at reconstructing the healthcare system in a way that in fact can respond more rapidly and more effectively to these kinds of crises because it is going to come again. We should be spending — and we are — spending a great deal of time and effort finding a vaccine, finding a way that we can deal with preventing these diseases further down the road. But for example, we had people when our administration, we had CDC people in other countries because we wanted to anticipate when in fact another virus would occur, when in fact a pandemic might occur as a consequence of a spreading virus in another country, to act quickly. The president withdrew those people.Jews on it: Masks destined for Canada diverted to other countries?The USA is paying to reroute Palettes of supplies waiting on tarmac from one country (Canada and France confirmed so far) to them - Even having planes change flight path.
Last month, a shipment of masks purchased for Quebec, which was transiting through Europe, reportedly arrived smaller than expected.
In recent days, the United States has bought in cash, three times the price, a stock of masks intended for France directly on the tarmac at the Chinese airport. The plane eventually flew to the United States rather than to France. The news was confirmed by two presidents of French regions.
"It happened to us too," reports a source familiar with Canadian supplies to China. It evokes a European country, but Radio-Canada was not able to confirm the identity of this state.
"There is a lot of competition on the ground in China between Europe, America, etc. The logistics are very difficult, explains this source [...] The battle is open to get the equipment."
In Ottawa, our sources evoke a tense atmosphere of international competition without confirming theft of masks, even if stories circulate.
"There is a whole saga behind the scenes of stocks that do not exist or are disappearing," said Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Health John Haggie on Wednesday. He said the subject was discussed during the teleconference of Canadian and provincial health ministers on Tuesday evening.
https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1690419/masques-canada-chine-quebec-avion-detournesOHH CAN YOU SEEE!!!! aka Shlomo working his Sheckels..Baruch Feldheim of Brooklyn was busted for hoarding personal protection gear and selling it to health care professionals at inflated prices. Baruch Feldheim Accusations
The Brooklyn man is allegedly accused of price-gouging. On March 18, according to authorties, he was caught selling around 1,000 masks for $12,000 to a New Jersey doctor.
He also faces charges of making false statements to the feds on Sunday outside his Borough Park home where he allegedly peddled and stored massive amounts of N95 respirator masks, federal officials revealed.
The 43-year-old accused is believed to have directed another doctor to an Irvington, New Jersey, auto repair shop to pick up another order. There, the doctor reported to investigators that Feldheim was allegedly hoarding enough medical supplies “to outfit an entire hospital”.
Baruch Feldheim Materials Included:
His materials included:
Hand Sanitizers Clorox Wipes Chemical Cleaning Supply Agents Surgical Supplies
Two days after operating from his Brooklyn home, offering to push surgical gowns to a nurse by last Monday, the hoarder received an enormous shipment to his home of about eight pallets of face masks.
>ST. LOUIS (AP) — With millions of people suddenly out of work and rent due at the first of the month, some tenants are vowing to go on a rent strike until the coronavirus pandemic subsides.
>New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and St. Louis are among many cities that have temporarily banned evictions, but advocates for the strike are demanding that rent payments be waived, not delayed, for those in need during the crisis. The rent strike idea has taken root in parts of North America and as far away as London.
>White sheets are being hung in apartment windows to show solidarity with the movement that is gaining steam on Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites. Fliers urging people to participate are being posted in several cities, including bus stops in St. Louis, where 27-year-old Kyle Kofron still has his job at an ice cream factory, but his three roommates have suddenly found themselves unemployed. Their property manager so far hasn’t agreed to a payment plan, Kofron said.
>“For me personally, with everyone losing their jobs and unable to pay, it’s really the only thing we can do,” Kofron said of the strike. “It’s just like we the people have to do something. We just can’t stand idly by while the system takes us for a ride.” ...Alabama disaster plan would deny treatment to those with "severe mental retardation"Some state plans make clear that people with cognitive issues are a lower priority for lifesaving treatment. For instance, Alabama’s plan says that “persons with severe mental retardation, advanced dementia or severe traumatic brain injury may be poor candidates for ventilator support.” Another part says that “persons with severe or profound mental retardation, moderate to severe dementia, or catastrophic neurological complications such as persistent vegetative state are unlikely candidates for ventilator support.” https://boingboing.net/2020/03/28/alabama-disaster-plan-would-de.htmlDefend Yourself In The UK? Five Years In Prison!Absolutely fucking insane and THIS is what the Dems want to bring to the U.S.
And the BBC (which gets over $3.7 BILLION per year from British tax payers) shows its blatant bias by using a pic of the homeowner where he's scowling and looking mean and angry, while using a pic of the ARMED FUCKING HOME INVADER where he's nicely smiling...
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-52018558 24 March 2020
A man who killed an armed robber after he turned up at his house demanding money has been jailed for five years.
Patrick Phinn, 49, stabbed Ronald Pattison 17 times at his home in Easterhouse, Glasgow, in September 2018.
The High Court in Glasgow heard that Pattison, who had a knife, had threatened to kill Phinn and his partner.
A fight broke out and Phinn grabbed a knife which he used to stab Pattison.
He was originally charged with murdering the 38-year-old, but a jury found him guilty of the reduced charge of culpable homicide.
Lord Matthews told Phinn: "It is difficult to think of circumstances where provocation is more appropriate than this.
Tokyo’s infection spike after Olympic delay sparks questions
TOKYO (AP) — Before the Olympics were postponed, Japan looked like it had coronavirus infections contained, even as they spread in neighboring countries. Now that the games have been pushed to next year, Tokyo’s cases are spiking, and the city’s governor is requesting that people stay home, even hinting at a possible lockdown. The sudden rise in the number of virus cases in Tokyo and the government’s strong actions immediately after the Olympic postponement have raised questions in parliament and among citizens about whether Japan understated the extent of the outbreak and delayed enforcement of social distancing measures while clinging to hopes that the games would start on July 24 as scheduled. With the Olympics now off, many are voicing suspicion that the numbers are rising because Japan suddenly has no reason to hide them. “In order to make an impression that the city was taking control of the coronavirus, Tokyo avoided making strict requests and made the number of patients look smaller,” former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said in a tweet. “The coronavirus has spread while they waited. (For Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike) it was Olympics first, not Tokyo’s residents.” Experts have found a rise of untraceable cases mushrooming in Tokyo, Osaka and other urban areas — signs of an explosive increase in infections. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday that Japan is now on the brink of a huge jump in cases as it becomes increasingly difficult to trace and keep clusters under control. “Once infections overshoot, our strategy ... will instantly fall apart,” Abe warned. “Under the current situation, we are just barely holding up.” He said a state of emergency is not needed just yet, but that Japan could at any time face a situation as bad as in the United States or Europe.Florida church jammed for Sunday service despite pandemichttps://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-tampa-florida-church-jammed-for-sunday-service-despite-pandemic/
Florida church jammed for Sunday service despite pandemic
March 30, 2020 / 6:13 AM / CBS News
A Florida church was packed with worshippers Sunday despite a local "safer-at-home" order designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19, reports CBS Tampa affiliate WTSP-TV. A live-stream of the service at The River at Tampa Bay Church showed its crowded main sanctuary.
WTSP says the sheriff told church leaders they were in direct violation of the order, which was issued by Hillsborough County officials and went into effect Friday. It requires that businesses and organizations considered essential abide by social distancing guidelines and keep people six feet away from each other or shut down.
Attorneys for local officials and the church were working to resolve things as quickly as possible, WTSP reported. ...Counthttps://www.the-sun.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/03/RR-COMP-WORLDMAP-CORONA-USA-22-MARCH-2212.jpgDeep State Illegally Interfering With Stimulus ChecksIRS announces Americans on Social Security now have to file a tax return to receive a stimulus check, contradicting stimulus bill passed by congress and signed by the president. >The list of those who won’t get a $1,200 stimulus check is growing & includes some surprising groups >Most high school seniors and college students won’t get any money at all. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/01/bailout-checks-social-security/ The Trump administration is requiring Americans who receive Social Security to file a tax return to receive their $1,200 economic stimulus payment, an added step that is causing confusion and could prevent millions from easy access to relief. Many lawmakers and advocates for the poor say filing a tax return shouldn’t be necessary for people on Social Security because the government already knows how to send this population monthly checks. The $2.2 trillion aid legislation, passed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, said that if someone has not filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return, the U.S. Treasury should get their information from Social Security, if applicable. But, the Internal Revenue Service posted a notice on its website on Monday instructing Social Security recipients who do not normally send in a return to file a “simple” tax return, which will be available "soon". “People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment," the IRS said. “Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax.” A request to IRS and the Treasury Department for comment about the discrepancy was not returned. Democrats and some Republicans are upset that the Trump administration isn’t doing more to help ensure that as many Americans as possible get these payments during this national health emergency.Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei claims Jinn (Genies) are helping America spread coronavirusRadioFarda
Army Of Jinn, America And Coronavirus In Khamenei's Imagination
Imam Ali conquering the jinn. Illustration from Ahsan ol-Kobar, 16th Century Persian manuscript.
>@khamenei_ir, claims the country is under siege by an army comprised by both man and the Jinn. Here is an introductory to the entity called the Jinn.
https://twitter.com/MazinQudus/status/1242731317562880001 >according to this, Khamenei just revealed that what’s happening in Iran is as a result of his enemies working against Them. And his enemies are humans and jinn “demon ghosts” sharing intelligence and working together to bring down Iran. probably too much time spent on Netflix
Sweden says no to quarantine – is this the most reckless or the most proportionate Covid-19 response in the West?
With most of Europe imposing extraordinary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus, Sweden has left its citizens surprisingly free. Are Swedes rolling the dice with their public health, or is everyone else overreacting?
As most of Europe clamps down in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19, one country is bucking the trend. Sweden is taking a markedly more liberal approach to combatting the virus. Despite its closest neighbours, Denmark and Norway, shutting down all but essential services, Swedes remain free to socialise as the harsh Scandinavian winter comes to an end. Although universities and high schools have shut, pre-schools, kindergartens, bars, restaurants, ski resorts, sports clubs and hairdressers have all remained open.
The streets of Stockholm and Malmo are noticeably quieter than usual, but positively bustling compared to those of Copenhagen, Oslo, London, Paris and Rome. Standing in bars is banned but as long as punters can find a seat they’re free to enjoy a night out. Other steps taken include gatherings of more than 50 people being banned and the over 70s being urged to self-isolate.
With the exception of Belarus, which hasn’t even suspended its football league, Sweden’s restrictions amount to the most relaxed out there. This has prompted observers both in and outside the country to wonder if they are playing fast and loose with the nation’s health or taking the most proportionate response in the West. Prime minister Stefan Lofven has warned that times ahead would be tough but also put the onus on individual Swedes. He added: “We all, as individuals, have to take responsibility. We can’t legislate and ban everything.”Hillary Gleeful as Chinese Plague Terrorizes America>Hillary Clinton under fire for joke about US leading in virus cases: Trump 'did promise America First' https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hillary-clinton-joke-virus-cases-trump-promise-america-first Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was blasted on social media Friday for her swipe against President Trump amid the growing coronavirus outbreak within the U.S.
Since the availability of testing kits has broadened in recent days, the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. has skyrocketed. On Thursday, the U.S. has reportedly outpaced both China and Italy with more than 97,000 reported cases.
Clinton took the latest developments as an opportunity to knock her former 2016 rival on Twitter.
"He did promise 'America First,'" Clinton wrote, referring to one of the president's oft-repeated campaign slogans.
Her tweet was slammed by critics across Twitter.
"Delete your account. This isn’t the time. This can’t be the new normal, where American tragedy is applauded for the sake of political opportunism," Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, wrote.
"This sort of vicious celebratory tone about Americans getting sick & dying during a deadly global pandemic is just appalling," Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy reacted.
"Hillary Clinton touting figures that are a result of Chinese disinformation to dunk on America and sick Americans is a pretty good reminder why she lost in 2016," National Republican Senatorial Committee senior advisor Matt Whitlock said.
"This is beyond the pale," Human Events managing editor Ian Miles Cheong tweeted.
Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill told Fox News, "The situation we find ourselves in was demonstrably avoidable, and pointing that out with a reference to the President’s empty rhetoric is nothing more than another way of pleading for him to lead."Fuck The EnvironmentSan Francisco bans reusable grocery bags Grocery shoppers will now be forced to pay the 25 cent per bag fee every time they go to the store. https://thehill.com/homenews/news/490835-san-francisco-bans-reusable-bags-in-coronavirus-fight San Francisco is banning reusable shopping bags to prevent outside germs from entering grocery stores as the coronavirus pandemic affects cities around the country,
The new ordinance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health aims to reinforce existing social distancing protocols by restricting customers from bringing their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items to essential stores, according to a statement.
San Francisco was one of the first cities in the U.S. to ban the use of plastic shopping bags in 2007 to reduce the environmental impact caused by plastic waste, according to SFGate.com.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) on Wednesday extended stay-at-home orders for the public, running until May 3.
"I can't reiterate enough how important it is for all of us to continue to comply, for all of us to continue to be good citizens, to cooperate," Breed said. >Today we officially extended the stay at home health order through May 3. I want to thank the people of San Francisco for continuing to do their part to save lives. I know this isn’t easy but we will get through it together.
The health department added additional protocols to enhance worker safety, such as requiring no less than 6 feet of distance between working essential employees, limiting building capacities, and requiring hand sanitizer be provided to workers.
In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus.
The boy, now blind after his parents gave him toxic methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the virus, is just one of hundreds of victims of an epidemic inside the pandemic now gripping Iran.
Iranian media report nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers. An Iranian doctor helping the country’s Health Ministry told The Associated Press on Friday the problem was even greater, giving a death toll of around 480 with 2,850 people sickened.
The poisonings come as fake remedies spread across social media in Iran, where people remain deeply suspicious of the government after it downplayed the crisis for days before it overwhelmed the country.CHINA LIESEven Bloomberg is calling out their blatently false numbers. How many urns did they fill in Wuhan?
Former Vice President Joe Biden bests President Donald Trump by nine points in a 2020 ballot test, in the first Fox News Poll since Biden became the de facto Democratic nominee.
In a head-to-head presidential matchup, Biden is up by 49-40 percent over Trump, a lead that is outside the poll’s margin of sampling error. Another 11 percent would vote for someone else or are undecided. Last month, Biden was ahead by 49-41 percent.
The race remains a nine-point advantage for Biden over Trump when looking only at those voters extremely interested in the election (52-43 percent) and the former vice president has an eight-point edge in battleground states (48-40 percent).
Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis filed unemployment claims in record numbers, with the Labor Department reporting Thursday a surge to 3.28 million.
The number shatters the Great Recession peak of 665,000 in March 2009 and the all-time mark of 695,000 in October 1982. The previous week, which reflected the period before the worst of the coronavirus hit, was just 282,000.
Consensus estimates from economists surveyed by Dow Jones showed an expectation for 1.5 million new claims, though individual forecasts on Wall Street had been anticipating a much higher number. The surge comes amid a crippling slowdown brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
The 4-week moving average, which smooths out weekly distortions, was 1,731,000, an increase of 27,500 from the previous week’s revised average.
Businesses across the country have shut down amid a policy of social distancing aimed at keeping the virus’s growth in check. Individual states have reported websites crashing amid a rush to file. ...Orban handed power to rule by decree in Hungaryhttps://www.ft.com/content/4dc85972-e917-4c8d-9db1-8e72400b9e8aAssociated Press Reporter Embarrasses Biden with Facts and Logic>Watch: Reporter Embarrasses Joe Biden with Fact Check During Live Stream https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/25/joe-biden-hopes-president-trumps-approval-rating-keeps-going-up/ Joe Biden said Wednesday he hopes President Trump’s approval rating continues to increase after experiencing a humiliating live fact-check from a reporter about the most recent polls on the president’s job performance.
During a brief online press Q&A, Biden fielded a question from the Associated Press about President Trump’s approval related to his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
“The president’s numbers with the public have gone up in handling this crisis, but they haven’t gone up in terms of his presidency,” Biden said.
Several recent polls have shown Trump’s numbers have increased: CBS News/YouGov found Trump receives the approval of 53 percent of Americans, while Trump was at 49 percent in a Gallup survey.
After an awkward silence, the reporter corrected the false claim. “Gallup did show he is now at 49 percent job approval, which is a reversal from a few weeks ago,” she said. “It does suggest that the American people see him as a stronger leader than you’ve been characterizing him.”
Biden responded, “Well, I hope that he’s so strong that he’s up way above that.”Fake news coverup, MSN and CNNAccording to the shills of MSN.com, they have "alleged proof" that the Corona Virus is not a genetically altered bio weapon. So we are supposed to ignore suspicious nature on how this Genetic Genocide appeared in China? Or the very clear and political motive China had to destroy its own people due to threats of rebellion.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/health-news/sorry-conspiracy-theorists-study-concludes-covid-19-is-not-a-laboratory-construct/ar-BB11Mi5h?ocid=AMZN https://www.cnn.com/chinaCoronavirus Response: Hospitals Rated Best, News Media Worsthttps://news.gallup.com/poll/300680/coronavirus-response-hospitals-rated-best-news-media-worst.aspx >STORY HIGHLIGHTS >Hospitals' handling of disease rated best of nine institutions, leaders >All institutions and leaders receive majority approval, except news media >Republicans and Democrats tend to differ drastically in approval WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans are generally positive in their evaluations of how each of nine leaders and institutions has handled the response to the coronavirus situation. Eight of the nine receive majority positive ratings -- led by U.S. hospitals, at 88% approval. Only the news media gets a more negative than positive review.
Approval Ratings of U.S. Leaders' and Institutions' Handling of Response to Coronavirus >Do you approve or disapprove of the way each of the following is handling the response to the coronavirus in the U.S.? ...............................................Approve....Disapprove....No opinion U.S. hospitals................................88........10........2 Your child's school or daycare ........83........9........8 Your state government................82........17........1 Your employer ........................82........14........4 Gov health agencies................80........17........2 Vice President Mike Pence.......61........32........7 President Donald Trump........60........38........1 Congress................................59........37........4 The news media......................44........55........1
These data are from a March 13-22 Gallup poll, with the field period starting on the same day President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, and spanning sharp increases in the number of documented cases in the U.S., as well as the number of deaths.Trumps planning to deploy troops to Canada border, what a fucking jokehttps://globalnews.ca/news/6735064/coronavirus-militarizing-canada-us-border/ Really a great way to create new unnecessary friction between friendly countries, Trump should concentrate on helping his own by deploying troops to help population where its needed. I don't see why Canadian would cross in a country where there is a way higher risk of contagion now. I have nothing against U.S. citizen, your government is mess up tho. A waste of resource IMOWhat's the Deal With EARNIT?https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3398/text\ https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/earn-it-bill-governments-not-so-secret-plan-scan-every-message-online https://www.breezejmu.org/opinion/opinion-the-earn-it-bill-needs-to-be-stopped/article_e17841fa-6bb7-11ea-8f5f-435e44a68c5f.html https://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2020/03/earn-it-act-here-surprise-it%E2%80%99s-still-bad-news https://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2020/01/earn-it-act-how-ban-end-end-encryption-without-actually-banning-it https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2020/03/06/earn-it-is-an-attack-on-encryption/
I've been looking everywhere and I can't figure out how the government looking at your private messages is different from the NSA or CIA looking at your private messages. What's the difference?
The most popular method used is a lockdown. Here is what lockdown looks like around the world: https://4king.com/covid-19-lockdowns-around-the-world/
Is there currently a lockdown in your country?Scientists have developed a way to destroy the coronavirusMOSCOW, 1 Aprl -"RIA Novosti". Scientists from SKOLKOVO found that water treated with cold plasma can effectively fight against bacteria, fungi and viruses, including the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This is reported by the newspaper "Izvestia". Experts have designed a plant that can transform ordinary water so that it destroys small biological objects. The resulting liquid disrupts the life of pathogens due to the action of reactive oxygen species and hypochlorous acid.
This technology consists in the production of cold plasma-a gas from charged and uncharged particles that enters ordinary water, after which the atoms lose some of the electrons and as a result can no longer connect to the H2O molecule. the Result of this process is the appearance of various forms of oxygen and hydrogen, which damage the cells of viruses. Apply the liquid can be used for processing medical masks, various surfaces, as well as for spraying in the air, write "Izvestia". According to the publication, the resulting product, in contrast to alcohol solutions and chlorine, is completely safe for the body, while its cost in the case of starting production will be about one hundred rubles per thousand liters. Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergey Netesov, commenting on the development of scientists from SKOLKOVO, told Izvestia that the method of obtaining such water with disinfecting properties, in principle, is promising. However, he pointed out that the technology requires a number of improvements. According to Netesov, in addition, it is necessary to check the effect of this liquid on viruses that have a lipid envelope — this includes the coronavirus. https://ria.ru/20200401/1569425120.html?utm_source=yxnews&utm_medium=desktop&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fyandex.ru%2FnewsThere was no COVID-19 coverup in Chinahttps://asia-review.com/186/no-china-didnt-cover-up-the-covid-19-outbreak/
>2019-12-01 – a viral pneumonia patient with an unknown cause was hospitalized at Jinyintan Hospital. This patient was the earliest known case of 2019-nCoV infections. The patient did not have any exposure to Huanan Seafood Market.
2019-12-27 – Dr. Zhang Jixian, ICU doctor at Hubei Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, files report to Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on pneumonia patients with an unknown cause. Investigation opens shortly later.
2019-12-28 – three more patients arrives to the hospital, all of whom were related to Huanan Seafood Market.
2019-12-30 – Li Wenliang sent messages to private Wechat group about 7 cases of unknown virus, (wrongly) claiming it was SARS.
2019-12-30 – Notice issued and public health announcement made by Wuhan Municipal Health Committee of an unknown viral illness.
New act signed into law by Trump puts Washington on collision course with Beijing
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Donald Trump has signed into law an act obliging Washington to help bolster international support for Taiwan, putting the US on a collision course with China even as the two countries try to stabilise relations that have deteriorated over the coronavirus pandemic.
The Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, a law passed with strong bipartisan support, requires the Trump administration to reward third countries that have strengthened or upgraded relations with Taiwan.
The law also says the US must “alter its economic, security and diplomatic engagement with nations that take serious or significant actions to undermine the security or prosperity of Taiwan”, and calls on Washington to advocate for Taiwan’s participation in international organisations.
>TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday as federal and local pressure mounted on him to abandon the county-by-county approach he had implemented to combat the coronavirus pandemic, a position he had defended for weeks.
>DeSantis told reporters he decided to issue the order after consulting with President Donald Trump and White House advisers, who have said Americans need to stay home through April. His order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will last at least 30 days.
>The governor said it made sense to expand stay-home measures statewide now “even though there are a lot of places that have very low infection rates.” His move came the same day two other Republican governors in the South, Brian Kemp in Georgia and Tate Reeves of Mississippi, also issued stay-home orders after repeatedly refusing to do so.
>“This is what we are going to be fighting for a month,” DeSantis said. “There is not going to be any kind of return to normalcy. People thought Easter. ... That is not going to happen.”
>The order makes exceptions for buying food, medicine and gas, visiting doctors, outdoor exercise and commuting to jobs that are deemed essential. All businesses not considered essential must close their offices and stores, but can let employees work from home where feasible.
>It also permits travel to religious services, although it was not clear whether such services would be subject to previous statewide orders prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people. On Monday, police arrested a pastor in Tampa who violated the order by holding services for hundreds of people.
>The state’s confirmed cases were approaching 7,000, with 86 deaths and nearly 900 people hospitalized, and an outbreak model cited at the White House shows exponential growth in the coming weeks. More than 30 other states issued broad stay-at-home orders a week or more ago.It is better to die standing, than to live on your kneeshttps://www.rt.com/op-ed/484521-belarus-refuses-shutdown-coronavirus/
Belarus’ gamble: Lukashenko ignores Covid-19 warnings as the rest of Europe panics
With most of Europe gripped by Covid-19 panic and in lockdown mode, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko sees no cause for alarm — and life has gone on as normal. But is it a level-headed response or a risky gamble?
Belarus has been lucky so far with less than 200 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Yet, it was at this point, with the numbers of infected creeping into the hundreds, that the majority of other European nations began to take steps to mitigate the spread — and to follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO) advice to ‘flatten the curve’ of infections to prevent an explosion of cases from overwhelming healthcare systems.
The warnings appear to have fallen on deaf ears in Minsk. The Belarusian leader summed up his approach to the coronavirus crisis at a hockey match on Sunday, telling gathered reporters that it is "better to die standing, than to live on your knees." Indeed, the Covid-19 crisis has been a boon for the Belarusian Premier League. It has managed to sign 10 new TV deals with sports channels around the world after they were left with little to broadcast, as most countries cancel their football leagues.
At the hockey match on Sunday, Lukashenko added that there were "no viruses" at the game because the ice rink is like a refrigerator. Perhaps he hadn’t read the WHO’s clarification which states that there is “no reason to believe” that cold temperatures can kill Covid-19.Russia sends plane with meds to U.S. - more will follow.Russia is sending a planeload of masks and other supplies to help the United States fight the coronavirus pandemic as the number of cases threatens to top 200,000 across the country.
The plane will arrive today, after President Donald Trump accepted an offer on Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin to send personal protective equipment and other gear, a senior administration official confirmed to POLITICO.
The Russian government first announced that the plane, an An-124 Ruslan cargo aircraft filled with equipment to help America battle the pandemic, was en route early today.
"Following phone talk between Presidents #Putin & @realDonaldTrump #Russia sends largest cargo aircraft An-124 Ruslan with medical supplies (masks + equipment) to #US to help fight #COVID19 pandemic, save lives of American citizens," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted. The tweet showed video of boxes being loaded onto a cargo plane.
The U.S. will immediately put to use any needed items that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the senior administration official said.
"Likewise, the United States is sending equipment and supplies to many other countries and will continue to do more as we are able," the official said.
A Chinese doctor who was one of the first to warn others about the spread of a "SARS-like" virus has gone missing, sparking fears she has been detained by authorities.
Dr Ai Fen spoke out and later gave interviews with the media, but has since gone silent.
"Just two weeks ago the head of Emergency at Wuhan Central Hospital went public, saying authorities had stopped her and her colleagues from warning the world," Australia's investigative show 60 Minutes reported on Sunday.
"She has now disappeared, her whereabouts unknown," the show reported, also tweeting photos of Ai.
Dr Ai was earlier given a stern reprimand after sending information about the early stages of the outbreak to a group of doctors.
She wrote about her concerns in a now-deleted essay published in China's People (Renwu) magazine.
Titled 'The one who supplied the whistle', it describes how Dr Ai had been silenced by her bosses after she took a photo of a patient's test results and circled the words "SARS coronavirus " in red.
Concern over her whereabouts is now growing as the Wuhan's lockdown is gradually lifted and people are urged to return to work.
Di Ai's whereabouts are currently unknown.
Ophthalmologist Li Wenliang was among eight people who shared Dr Ai's photo.
He was reprimanded by police and accused of spreading 'fake news' for warning the public of 'SARS at a Wuhan seafood market' on social media.
The 34-year-old medic died in the early hours of Friday despite attempts to resuscitate him.
Three other doctors who worked alongside him have also died of the disease after contracting it while fighting the outbreak.
A tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of the hot coronavirus commodity crashed near Dallas early on Wednesday and caught fire, singeing thousands of rolls and spilling the rest all over an interstate, officials said.
The load of commercial toilet paper, typically used in stores, restaurants and other businesses, “burned extensively,” according to Dallas TV station WFAA.
The driver and his dog were not injured.
Traffic on Interstate 20 near Interstate 45 in Hutchins was snarled for hours because of the blaze, the Texas Department of Transportation said.
Demand for toilet paper has skyrocketed amid the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns in effect across the nation.
Producers have ramped up production and shipping to resupply stores depleted by consumers buying in bulk.
https://nypost.com/2020/04/01/massive-blaze-wipes-out-load-of-toilet-paper-in-texas/Woman Who Ingested Fish Tank Cleaner Is Prolific Donor to Democratic CausesThe Arizona woman who said that she and her 68-year-old husband ingested a substance used to clean fish tanks after hearing President Donald Trump tout chloroquine as a cure for the coronavirus has given thousands of dollars to Democratic groups and candidates over the last two years.
The woman's most recent donations, in late February, were to a Democratic PAC, the 314 Action Fund, that bills itself as the "pro-science resistance" and has vocally criticized the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic and held up her case to slam the White House.
Although local and national media outlets withheld the couple's names, the Washington Free Beacon established their identities through descriptions in local news reports, where the pair were identified by their first names and ages: Gary, 68, and Wanda, 61. The Free Beacon is withholding their identities at Wanda's request.
Federal Election Commission records show that Wanda has donated thousands of dollars to Democratic electoral groups and candidates over the past two years, including Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and EMILY's List, a group that aims to elect pro-choice female candidates.
Wanda told the Free Beacon that she and her husband were both Democrats, not Trump supporters. They heard about the potential benefits of chloroquine, an antimalarial drug, in news reports. She decided at the "spur of the moment" to try taking it, but reached for a fish tank cleaner in her pantry that contains chloroquine phosphate, a different and deadly form of the chemical. The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for the use of chloroquine to treat coronavirus on Sunday. https://freebeacon.com/latest-news/woman-who-ingested-fish-tank-cleaner-was-prolific-donor-to-democratic-causes/'Things under control': how Europe sleepwalked into the coronavirus crisisThe tender on behalf of 25 member states initially received no offers, an internal document seen by Reuters showed.
EU governments had assured Brussels their medical workers were well briefed on how to handle COVID-19 patients, according to documents seen by Reuters, though Italy only required medical staff to wear masks when handling suspected cases from Feb. 24.
Nearly 10,000 Italian health workers have been infected, or more than 9% of the cases in Italy, according to official data.
At an EU meeting on Feb. 4, national health experts said: “Diagnostic capacities are in place, and several countries have begun rolling out testing.”
Now, EU states are facing a massive shortage of testing kits and launched a joint procurement scheme on March 18.
The need to jointly acquire ventilators crucial for patients with severe breathing problems only arose for the first time at a meeting of EU health experts on March 13, according to minutes of the meeting.
A procurement scheme was launched by the European Commission on March 17.
Risks that healthcare systems might exceed their capacity were considered “low to moderate” in mid-February by the EU agency for disease control, which relies on assessments by individual member states.
Now, EU states are facing a massive shortage of testing kits and launched a joint procurement scheme on March 18.
The need to jointly acquire ventilators crucial for patients with severe breathing problems only arose for the first time at a meeting of EU health experts on March 13, according to minutes of the meeting.
Risks that healthcare systems might exceed their capacity were considered “low to moderate” in mid-February by the EU agency for disease control, which relies on assessments by individual member states.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-prevention-excl/exclusive-things-under-control-how-europe-sleepwalked-into-the-coronavirus-crisis-idUSKBN21J6FFTesticle Festival on holdOne of Lenawee County’s biggest and most-popular seasonal festivals of the year has also taken a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Deerfield American Legion hosted “Testicle Festival” will not take place Saturday, March 21 as planned, as limitations upon the number of people together in one setting, have been set by the Michigan state government in a response to combatting COVID-19.
The festival has been moved to the date of Saturday, May 9. It will take place at the legion hall, 105 W. River St., during the hours of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The festival, which is held one day of the year, is generally a sign to the start of the spring season. It draw more than 2,000 people to the Deerfield community each year and it is the legion’s biggest fundraiser.
“People come from all over the state; all over the country to take part in the festival,” said Nick Pulver of the Deerfield American Legion. “We have people who travel 300 or 400 miles just for this one-day festival.”
Funds raised from the festival — whether that be through sales of sliced and deep-fried cattle testicles and chicken gizzards, to beer sales and t-shirt sales — bring in the most funds of the year at the legion. The funds raised from the festival have allowed the members of the legion to continually make building improvements to the hall and its facilities, and to be able to give back to the Deerfield community. https://www.lenconnect.com/news/20200317/deerfield-testicle-festival-on-holdMcConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threathttps://thehill.com/homenews/senate/490335-mcconnell-impeachment-distracted-government-from-coronavirus-threat
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blamed the Democrats’ push to impeach President Trump in January for distracting the Trump administration from the threat posed by the coronavirus.
“It came up while we were tied down in the impeachment trial. And I think it diverted the attention of the government because everything every day was all about impeachment,” McConnell said in an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”
Trump has come under sharp criticism for the nation’s slow response to the spreading pandemic, especially for the shortage of coronavirus testing kits when the virus first spread to the United States.
More than 160,000 Americans have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 3,000 people have died from the virus in the country.
McConnell told Hewitt that he has not heard any new reports about senators being diagnosed with coronavirus.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) missed a vote on the $2 trillion economic relief package after being diagnosed with COVID-19, and four other Republican senators placed themselves in quarantine last week out of caution for potential exposure.
China reported its first known death due to the coronavirus on Jan. 11, after researchers in the country discovered a new, unknown disease had infected dozens of people.
By Jan. 20, countries outside of China, including Japan and South Korea, reported the virus had spread, and on Jan. 23, Chinese authorities sealed off the city of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged.
The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Jan. 30, and on Jan. 31, the Trump administration blocked foreign nationals who had traveled to China in the previous two weeks from entering the United States. However, the immediate family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents were allowed back to the U.S.CoronavirusTop 15 Covid-19 Deaths per Country Visualized in a Timelapse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9wvWqsXxec
Top 15 Covid-19 Cases per Country Visualized in a Timelapse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzmezRPoYkcNot the Onion: Trump Invites My Pillow Guy To Speak at Coronavirus BriefingPresident Donald Trump kicked off Monday’s press briefing on the coronavirus much like every other, by running through daily updates about the deadly virus and the White House efforts to eradicate it.
But unlike in typical briefings throughout the pandemic, in which various members of the administration discuss what their agencies are doing to combat the virus or help blunt its economic toll, Trump yielded the stage first to a handful of business leaders — one of them a staunch supporter who went off script in a moment of effusive praise for the president.
The Trump administration has involved business leaders in nearly every aspect of its response to the pandemic, leaning heavily on private-public partnerships to respond to the virus, which has rapidly spread and touched nearly every industry in the country, so it wasn‘t their presence alone that was unusual.
Among those he introduced Monday were the “great leader” of Honeywell, as well as the CEOs of Jockey, Procter & Gamble and United Technologies, all of whom laid out how their companies were fulfilling what Trump described as “their patriotic duty” to fight the virus.
>U.S. military command teams in charge of protecting homeland security are being isolated in the infamous Cheyenne mountain bunker where they will remain 'sealed off' until the coronavirus pandemic passes >Military teams that monitor foreign missile and warplane threats to the United States are isolated at a number of military sites, including Cheyenne Mountain >The Cold War-era bunker is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado >The command took such steps to ensure personnel can monitor the COVID-19 pandemic around the clock as the disease spreads around the world >The military are not immune from the disease and such is the nervousness, those working at the bunker have prepared to seal themselves off for months >Should the staff working at the bunker become ill, there is a third team of high-ranking military officials working another 'secret' location >The Navy revealed they saw several cases appear among the crew of its Nimitz-class aircraft carriers based in the Pacific
Yes. It's just a precaution. Nothing to see here...
Shit like this just makes me feel like there is something more going on/something that will be going on that they're not telling us to avoid a bigger panic. 30% unemployment, a situation worse than the great depression, is being caused by something that is slightly worse than the usual death toll from the seasonal flu? There is something pretty glaringly big missing from this picture.CHINAMAN BTFOIt is not a bioweapon released in the middle of chinese wyoming
https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-not-human-made-in-lab.html https://www.sciencenews.org/article/coronavirus-covid-19-not-human-made-lab-genetic-analysis-nature https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/be-careful-where-you-get-your-news-about-coronavirus-2020020118801 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/the-new-coronavirus-was-not-genetically-engineered-study-shows https://www.modernhealthcare.com/safety-quality/covid-19-not-man-made-comparative-genomic-study-finds https://www.biospace.com/article/stop-the-conspiracy-theories-novel-coronavirus-has-natural-origin/ https://www.wired.co.uk/article/china-coronavirus https://weather.com/en-IN/india/science/news/2020-03-18-coronavirus-not-man-made-has-natural-origin-scientists https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2020/03/17/covid-19-coronavirus-did-not-come-from-a-lab-study-shows-natural-origins/ https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/04/health/debunking-coronavirus-myths-trnd/index.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/03/06/coronavirus-facts-debunking-myths-covid-19/4954958002/ https://www.factcheck.org/2020/02/baseless-conspiracy-theories-claim-new-coronavirus-was-bioengineered/ https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/13/coronavirus-myths-and-misinformation-debunked/ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200317175442.htm https://www.health24.com/Medical/Infectious-diseases/Coronavirus/new-coronavirus-is-not-man-made-new-study-confirms-20200319 https://www.techtimes.com/articles/247290/20200210/fact-or-fiction-china-bioengineering-root-of-the-wuhan-coronavirus.htm https://www.newsweek.com/coronavirus-did-not-originate-labit-product-natural-evolution-scientists-say-1492912Los Angeles Supervisors Fire Sheriff From Head Of Emergency OperationsSeems the Democrats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have retaliated against the county sheriff for not violating the 2nd Amendment and closing the gun stores.
https://www.foxnews.com/us/los-angeles-supervisors-remove-sheriff-as-head-of-emergency-operations March 31, 2020
Los Angeles supervisors remove sheriff as head of emergency operations
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors removed Sheriff Alex Villanueva as head of the county's emergency operations center on Tuesday, a day after he reversed an order to close gun shops amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The supervisors said the unanimous vote was in response to the 2018 Woolsey Fire that charred nearly 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and destroyed a number of structures, and the need to centralize disaster operations, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“The new protocols bring Los Angeles County into alignment with modern best practices that recommend use of deeply-trained disaster management professionals to manage emergency functions that often span a full range of critical functions such as public health, housing and health services, in addition to public safety," a board statement said.
The change replaces Villanueva with the county CEO, who will be responsible for coordinating response activities.
Villanueva blasted the board's decision, calling it a "silent coup." In a statement, he said he is committed to the safety of Los Angeles County residents.
Shortly after Twitter removed a post about the coronavirus pandemic by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, Facebook followed suit also removing the president’s post from its platform as well.
TechCrunch reports that Facebook has appeared to stray from its general policy of not fact-checking politicians and removed a post by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro relating to the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, Bolsonaro shared a post stating that “hydroxychloroquine is working in all places,” to treat the coronavirus, Facebook removed the post to prevent the spread of “misinformation that could lead to physical harm.”
The company said in a statement to TechCrunch: “We remove content on Facebook and Instagram that violates our Community Standards, which do not allow misinformation that could lead to physical harm.” Facebook says it specifically prohibits false claims relating to cures, treatments, the availability of essential services and outbreak locations.
The removal of the post was first reported by BBC News Brazil. In the video which was removed Bolsonaro had been speaking to a street vendor and stated that “They want to work.” Bolsonaro also added that “medicine there, hydroxychloroquine, is working in all places.”
Breitbart News reporter Allum Bokhari reported this week that Twitter had also removed posts by Bolsonaro, writing:
The deleted videos consist of videos of Bolsonaro discussing the Chinese virus with Brazilian citizens, emphasizing the need to balance concern about the pandemic with economic reality. In one of the deleted videos, Bolsonaro tells a street vendor, “What I have been hearing from people is that they want to work.”
“What I have said from the beginning is that ‘we are going to be careful, the over-65s stay at home,’” he said.Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Acthttps://www.rt.com/usa/484633-doj-fisa-application-errors/
DOJ audit prompted by FBI spying on Americans finds errors in EVERY sample FISA application
A review of 29 FBI applications to spy on US citizens or residents found mistakes in every single one, and four cases of proper documentation missing entirely, the Justice Department inspector general has revealed.
From a dataset of more than 700 applications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) submitted by eight FBI field offices, Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his team selected a sample of 29, made between October 2014 and September 2019, pertaining to US citizens or “green card” holders.
They found an average of 20 errors in each one.
The Woods Procedures mandate “compiling supporting documentation for each fact in the FISA application,” Horowitz wrote in his findings, which were made public on Tuesday. Yet his auditors found at least some of that documentation contained erroneous or mistaken information in 25 of the applications – and was entirely missing in four other cases.
“We could not review original Woods Files for 4 of the 29 selected FISA applications because the FBI has not been able to locate them and, in 3 of these instances, did not know if they ever existed,” Horowitz wrote.
The auditors “do not have confidence” the FBI actually followed procedure in any of the cases, the report concluded.
Horowitz’s findings managed to attract a considerable amount of attention on Tuesday, even as the US continued to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Attorney General Bill Barr was “appalled” at the way the FISA process was abused, resulting “in one of the greatest political travesties in American history,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.Liberal Journalist Whore calls America Shithole for having largest virus caseshttps://bigleaguepolitics.com/reporter-calls-america-a-shole-for-leading-the-world-in-wuhan-virus-cases/Greater social distancing could curb COVID-19 in 13 weeks in AustraliaIf social distancing measures were adopted by at least 80 percent of the Australian population, we could expect to see a control of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in just over three months, new research by the University of Sydney has found.
Read more: https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/03/25/greater-social-distancing-could-curb-covid-19-in-13-weeks.htmlJapan to ban entry to Americans this week.http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13252339
March 28, 2020 at 12:25 JST Japan is moving to refuse entry to all foreign nationals travelling on U.S. passports or who have been in the United States for the past two weeks.
The restriction is expected to be decided on as early as next week after coronavirus infections skyrocketed in the United States, making it the country with the highest number of cases.
Discussions are still being held to decide whether the measure would cover all of the United States or just certain parts, government sources said.
All foreign nationals who have been in the United States for the past two weeks would be denied entry unless they had pressing circumstances.
The measure would be implemented under provisions of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law.
The Foreign Ministry is expected to raise its infectious disease warning for the United States to Level 3, second from the top on a four-stage scale, and issue a recommendation to Japanese nationals to cancel plans to travel to the United States.
The government had already started moving from March 26 to restrict entry for those entering from anywhere in the United States.
The restriction applies even to Japanese nationals returning from the United States.
All new arrivals are required to self-quarantine themselves for two weeks at their homes or hotels and other accommodation under provisions laid down by the head of the local quarantine office.
Arriving passengers from the United States are also being told to avoid using public transportation in Japan.
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-29/coronavirus-choir-outbreakDutch Scientists Find a Novel Coronavirus Early-Warning SignalThere's a Dutch oven joke in here somewhere. >Dutch scientists were able to find the coronavirus in a city’s wastewater before Covid-19 cases were reported, demonstrating a novel early warning system for the pneumonia-causing disease.
>The so-called SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is often excreted in an infected person’s stool. Although it’s unlikely that sewage will become an important route of transmission, the pathogen’s increasing circulation in communities will increase the amount of it flowing into sewer systems, Gertjan Medema and colleagues at the KWR Water Research Institute in Nieuwegein said on Monday.
>They detected genetic material from the coronavirus at a wastewater treatment plant in Amersfoort on March 5, before any cases had been reported in the city, located about 50 kilometers (32 miles) southeast of Amsterdam. The Netherlands confirmed its first Covid-19 case on Feb. 27 and discovered health workers had fallen ill with the infection in a southern part of the country days later -- a sign that it was spreading in the community. https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-03-31/coronavirus-in-sewage-portended-covid-19-outbreak-in-dutch-cityJustice Department Wants Power To Jail w/o Trial IndefinitelyDont get arrested or you'll be put in the American Gulag
We wont quarantine New York, but we'll put you in a concrete box till we say so.Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus devicehttps://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/30/astrophysicist-gets-magnets-stuck-up-nose-while-inventing-coronavirus-device >Australian Dr Daniel Reardon ended up in hospital after inserting magnets in his nostrils while building a necklace that warns you when you touch your face An Australian astrophysicist has been admitted to hospital after getting four magnets stuck up his nose in an attempt to invent a device that stops people touching their faces during the coronavirus outbreak.
Dr Daniel Reardon, a research fellow at Melbourne’s Swinburne University, was building a necklace that sounds an alarm on facial contact, when the mishap occurred on Thursday night.
The 27 year-old astrophysicist, who studies pulsars and gravitational waves, said he was trying to liven up the boredom of self-isolation with the four powerful neodymium magnets.
“I have some electronic equipment but really no experience or expertise in building circuits or things,” he told Guardian Australia.
“I had a part that detects magnetic fields. I thought that if I built a circuit that could detect the magnetic field, and we wore magnets on our wrists, then it could set off an alarm if you brought it too close to your face. A bit of boredom in isolation made me think of that.”
However, the academic realised the electronic part he had did the opposite – and would only complete a circuit when there was no magnetic field present.
“I accidentally invented a necklace that buzzes continuously unless you move your hand close to your face,” he said.
“After scrapping that idea, I was still a bit bored, playing with the magnets. It’s the same logic as clipping pegs to your ears – I clipped them to my earlobes and then clipped them to my nostril and things went downhill pretty quickly when I clipped the magnets to my other nostril.” .. continuedNo, China’s Fresh Food Markets Did Not Cause Coronavirushttps://www.latimes.com/food/story/2020-03-11/coronavirus-china-wet-markets
By Christopher St. Cavish
March 11, 20206 AM
As some media outlets cover the coronavirus, journalists are mixing up wet markets and wildlife markets. But most wet markets are not wildlife markets, and confusing the two is dangerous.
“Wet” markets are what China calls its fresh food markets, the kind you see all over the developing world and in many parts of Europe, where small stalls sell fresh vegetables and butchers sell meat, primarily pork. They are the daily market for tens of millions of Chinese who prefer to talk to the people who sell them produce, meat, seafood and tofu, and in small cities, are often the only outlet for small-scale farmers who can’t meet the supplier requirements for supermarkets. (Still, it’s important to differentiate: Most wet markets, especially in big cities, may look like farmers markets but are buying from the same wholesale suppliers as supermarkets.)
They are a cornerstone of China’s food distribution system and have benefits for society both tangible and intangible, from improved nutrition for children to stronger interpersonal relationships. So-called for their open-air origins, where the ground was hosed down throughout the day, they are the traditional backbone to China’s food supply system.BREAKING: Cuomo is a HomoFag
https://nypost.com/2020/03/31/andrew-cuomos-nipples-take-our-minds-off-coronavirus/Chinamen dying in the streets21 Million Fewer Cellphone Users in China May Suggest a High CCP Virus Death Toll
After trump called it the chinese disease, the chinese government began ramped up their falsification of disease totals into overdrive
21 million less cellular subscribers in china suggest that the Wuhan Xi virus had a devastating effect on the chinese
The number of Chinese cellphone users dropped by 21 million in the past three months, Beijing authorities announced on March 19. Deaths due to the CCP virus may have contributed to the high number of account closings.
Cellphones are an indispensable part of life in China.
“The digitization level is very high in China. People can’t survive without a cellphone,” Tang Jingyuan, a U.S.-based China affairs commentator, told The Epoch Times on March 21. “Dealing with the government for pensions and social security, buying train tickets, shopping … no matter what people want to do, they are required to use cellphones.
“The Chinese regime requires all Chinese to use their cellphones to generate a health code. Only with a green health code are Chinese allowed to move in China now. It’s impossible for a person to cancel his cellphone.”
China introduced mandatory facial scans on Dec. 1, 2019, to confirm the identity of the person who registered the phone. As early as Sept. 1, 2010, China required all cellphone users to register phones with their real identification, by which the state can control people’s speech via its large-scale monitoring system.Electric car emissions myth 'busted'Not sure why anyone would think this in the first place. >Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are a damaging myth, new research shows.
>Media reports have questioned if electric cars are really "greener" once emissions from manufacture and electricity generation are counted.
>The research concludes that in most places electric cars produce fewer emissions overall - even if generation still involves fossil fuels.
>Other studies warn that driving overall must be reduced to hit climate targets.
>The new research from the universities of Exeter, Nijmegen - in The Netherlands - and Cambridge shows that in 95% of the world, driving an electric car is better for the climate than a petrol car.
>The only exceptions are places like Poland, where electricity generation is still mostly based on coal. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51977625Posting a Breitbart threadhttps://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/30/exclusive-usda-secretary-sonny-perdue-the-real-modern-day-heroes-are-farmers-ranchers-truckers-supermarket-workers/
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, a member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, told Breitbart News this weekend that the “real modern-day heroes” fighting the coronavirus crisis are those making sure food supply chains are up and running through this prolonged national shutdown.
Perdue, a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s White House Coronavirus Task Force, on Friday evening joined the team at the daily briefing in the White House Briefing Room to break down a new program that the USDA has put together to make sure kids nationwide are getting breakfast and lunch even though many schools are closed.Trump said that Russia sent medical aid to the United StatesUs President Donald trump claims that Russia sent "a large plane with medical supplies"to the US. This is reported by RIA Novosti.
He called this action very nice and added that he was pleasantly surprised by it.
Trump also added that other countries, including China, had sent aid.
He said that the US has excellent relations with many countries, but did not disclose more details.
According to the latest data, more than 150 thousand cases of coronavirus infection were detected in the United States, while more than 2.8 thousand people were killed.
On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities announced an outbreak of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan. The causative agent of the disease is a new type of coronavirus, which has been officially named COVID-19. On March 11, the world health organization (who) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus a pandemic.
https://www.gazeta.ru/politics/news/2020/03/31/n_14228599.shtml?utm_source=yxnews&utm_medium=desktop&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fyandex.ru%2FnewsWuhan Institute of Virology Job Posting Nov 2019http://archive.is/1gBUL >Post-doctoral Recruitment Notice of Zhou Peng's Discipline Group, Wuhan Institute of Virology >I. Recruiting positions: 1-2 postdoctoral fellows ( research direction: unique mechanism of bat innate immunity ) >Taking bats as the research object, I will answer the molecular mechanism that can coexist with Ebola and SARS- associated coronavirus for a long time without causing disease, and its relationship with flight and longevity. Virology, immunology, cell biology, and multiple omics are used to compare the differences between humans and other mammals.
Looks like it wasn't a bioweapon but someone in a lab didn't wash their hands. This is still an active job posting at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan with a focus on bats and corona virus. Shocking, isn't it?We're stuck like Chuck inside our homes...here's what you can do!If you have a family of 4 or more, create a communist household.
Elect yourself as Supreme Leader - the wife/girlfriend as the First Nigger Maid (applies to white/Asian women as well) - and the kid(s) as American prisoners of war (POWs). Especially the teens! They love to be incarcerated against their will.
Place POWs into a room designated as a prison cell.
Cut a hole into the door for food serving and toilet/personal hygiene bucket transfers (2-in-1).
Nail the windows shut from the outside. If you have the material, insert iron bars afterward.
Finally, make sure the First Nigger Maid understands when to shut the fuck up and when to bend over and knell down. Lay down the rules. Also, you have to explain this to her at least 10 times due to her natural lacking ability of understanding and calculating common sense versus "shut the fuck up!"
Enjoy your government power transfer to the overlord stay-at-home transition home fun plan!
(CNN)Remember the Louisiana pastor who defied the governor's order not to hold gatherings larger than 50 people?
He held services again on Sunday, and he plans to do so yet again on Tuesday night. On Sunday, Pastor Tony Spell said, his Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge drew about 1,000 people to its services, in part by busing people in from across five parishes. On Tuesday evening, the pastor plans to hold services again, despite the governor's stay-at-home orders, a petition seeking his arrest and a flood of criticism from fellow Christians. "But you can't say the retailers are essential but the church is not. That is a persecution of the faith." Spell has told CNN he believes the pandemic is "politically motivated."
Praise Jesus, even though he didn't start the church and was probably a BuddhistChinese virusThe majority of rapid test coronavirus test kits supplied by China to Spain and the Czech Republic are faulty, local news outlets reported.
Up to 80 percent of the 150,000 portable, quick coronavirus test kits China delivered to the Czech Republic earlier this month were faulty, according to local Czech news site Expats.cz. The tests can produce a result in 10 or 15 minutes but are usually less accurate than other tests. Because of the high error rate, the country will continue to rely on conventional laboratory tests, of which they perform about 900 a day.
The country’s Health Ministry paid $546,000 for 100,000 of the test kits, while the Interior Ministry paid for the other 50,000.
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Jan Hamacek downplayed the discovery that many of the tests were faulty, blaming it on a possible wrong methodology and saying the kits can still be used “when the disease has been around for some time,” or when “someone returns after quarantine after fourteen days.”
“In my opinion, this is not about some scandalous revelation that it is not working,” Hamacek said.
Meanwhile, Spain, which has more than 56,000 infected people and more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths, the second-highest number of fatalities in the world after Italy, found that the rapid coronavirus test kits it purchased from Chinese company Bioeasy only correctly identified 30 percent of virus cases, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
The director Spain’s Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, said Spain tested 9,000 of the test kits and will return them based on their high error rate.
Studies performed on the tests which discovered the high error rate caused the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology to recommend officially that the tests not be used. https://news.yahoo.com/china-supplied-faulty-coronavirus-test-162306412.htmlWall Street Journal Publishing Outright LiesPresident Donald Trump said Friday he has no plans to suspend import tariffs.
“They’re not even talking to me about it,” Trump said. “More Fake News.”
Trump was asked about suspending tariffs during the daily coronavirus briefing on Friday afternoon. A few minutes earlier the Wall Street Journal reported that a senior administration official had said that customs duties would be suspended for three months.
Trump said that China had not requested a suspension of the tariffs.
“Everybody keeps saying, ‘Are you going to suspend the tariffs?’ Well, the answer is no,” Trump said. “President Xi never even brought it up last night. It wasn’t discussed. It’s fake news. Tell the Wall Street Journal.”
The Wall Street Journal‘s report noted that it “wasn’t immediately known when the suspension would be announced, and trade experts cautioned that President Trump could still overrule the plans.”
Pressure for tariff reduction has come from big U.S. importers attempting to take advantage of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. Many of those same companies will already be receiving large aid packages from the U.S. government and trade hawks point out that there’s no reason companies that have outsourced production of items they sell to American consumers should get additional relief.
A coronavirus tariff reduction would mean companies importing goods from China would get more relief than a company sourcing from Mexico or inside the U.S. Companies that moved production out of China to avoid the tariffs would, in effect, be penalized. https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2020/03/27/trump-calls-tariff-suspension-fake-news/NY Times changes story's headline 3 times to shield Dems from blamehttps://www.theblaze.com/news/new_york_times_evolving_coronavirus_headline Within the span of an hour on Sunday night, the New York Times changed the headline on its coverage of the stalled coronavirus relief bill three times with each iteration shifting blame away from Senate Democrats.
As TheBlaze reported, the Democrats blocked a critical $2 trillion coronavirus economic relief package on Sunday, a move that sent futures markets plummeting, arguing it was a "slush fund" to wealthy corporations. President Donald Trump and congressional leaders hoped the measure would send a signal that would help stabilize the stock market and U.S. economy amid fears of recession as economic analysts estimate unemployment levels could hit up to an unprecedented 30% in April-June with GDP contracting by 50%, figures not seen since the Great Depression.Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burnerhttps://thehill.com/homenews/senate/489950-coronavirus-pushes-gops-biden-burisma-probe-to-back-burner As the fallout from the coronavirus dominates Washington and the country, one high-profile item has fallen out of the spotlight: a GOP effort to investigate Hunter Biden and Ukraine gas company Burisma Holdings.
The slide to the back burner of the controversial probe comes as coronavirus cases in the United States have surged in recent weeks — from 2,224 on March 13 to more than 100,000 now, according to New York Times data — reshaping every aspect of American life, including the priorities of Congress.
Just over two weeks ago Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) was talking about issuing his first subpoenas, but now, he acknowledged, that's been put on hold as the Senate takes an extended recess until April 20.
“There’s not much we can do for the time being, is there?” Johnson said when asked about his subpoena plans. “It is what it is.”
Even before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the change to the chamber’s schedule, any action unrelated to the coronavirus had largely ground to a halt as lawmakers focused on passing back-to-back relief bills.
The Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last held a public meeting March 11, according to the panel’s calendar, the same day that Trump would announce in an Oval Office address that he was halting travel from Europe for 30 days, among other steps.
Aides say staff-level work will continue but the limbo status for what was expected to be the investigation’s next phase underscores how quickly the virus reshaped plans on Capitol Hill.
“Our oversight team has continued their work on ongoing matters,” Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has joined with Johnson in the investigation, told The Hill.