A lot of smart people are growing more concerned that we are overreacting to coronavirus in a way that could create dramatically more harm, including health effects, than the virus itself.
So let’s look at the possible overreaction impact along with a method for stepping out of it. Please accept as a given, that there is a lot we don’t know. But there is more and more we do. And a much better way to go forward.
First, the virus is very contagious, and spreads more easily and rapidly than the flu. Or so it seems. But it seems to be less deadly than the flu for young people and for the entire group under 50, about the same as the flu; while for 50-60 it is somewhat more dangerous than the flu and for 70 and above it is much more dangerous than the flu.
But we have shut down everything. Everyone. Some states have issued “shelter in place” orders (we can’t just say “stay home”?) and most others are encouraging everyone to stay home. Everyone. (I won’t even go into the First Amendment implications of the government ordering people not to gather together — right of assembly.)
This is done to keep younger people from infecting older people. But since this requires all of the older people to be quarantining anyway, do we need to include all the younger people, too?
This shutdown will generate its own health care issues, such as depression in a country where there is almost an epidemic of depression among young people, almost assuredly increased smoking, drinking and drug use. The longer we stay closed, the worse these get — directly on the health care system.
So there are some immediate health implications in the shutdown, but that barely scratches the surface of the real impact.
The economic repercussions of shutting down the country for 4-8 weeks is devastating, perhaps beyond our imagination. The chart below shows the spike in unemployment claims just from 17 states. Note how it reaches the peak recession-level claims at their peak. In. One. Week. JP Morgan is predicting that GDP in the second quarter will contract by 14%. They had it at 5% a few days earlier. This is a collapse level decline [view chart here].
A recession is guaranteed at this point, but the risk is of throwing us into a full-scale Depression. The last one of those was 90 years ago and was crippling for most of a generation. Today, it would be worse because we are far more inter-reliant.
A Depression would risk crippling not just the economy, but the health care system in the long-term — the very system we are trying to keep from being overwhelmed. All those ventilators, masks, medicines and so on require companies to make them. That’s no problem right now because the demand is high.
But there are thousands and thousands of medical device needs, plus all the personnel. Do you know how that is all paid for? Hundreds of thousands of companies making a profit and paying their employees. Thriving companies and their employees send trillions of dollars in taxes to governments. If they are not thriving, or existing at much smaller levels, then a lot of that money goes away. There just isn’t money for health care.
But at the same time, people in a Depression would forgo regular doctor visits and use medical care only in an emergency, which we know is both less healthy, causes shorter lifespans, and costs more money. These health care costs physically and monetarily would not be caused by the virus, but by the reaction to it.
Have these trade-offs been weighed? Are they now?
If we go into a Depression, it’s guaranteed that the “cure” was worse than the disease. It will not have been worth it — based on what we know now. The long-term consequences of an 8-week economic nap are staggering.
But we don’t need to do it.
Right now, we should be making plans for stepping out of this national shutdown by allowing everyone under 60 to return to work as normal. Not life as normal, but work as normal.
Heather MacDonald wrote in the Spectator for us to “Consider the costs.” “We should focus our efforts on our known vulnerable populations — the elderly, the infirm, and those who care for them. The elderly should be protected from unknown contacts. Nursing homes must be immaculately maintained. But until there is clear evidence that canceling commerce is essential to preventing mass casualties, the stampede of shutdown oneupmanship should end.”
Post stay at home orders (or preferrably strong suggestions) for everyone over 60 and create financial help for that group. We can target that much, much smaller group with help that will cost our children considerably less than throwing a thousand dollars we don’t have at every American every few weeks. Because it is not necessary.
Everyone else, get back to work, wash your hands, practice social distancing, be extremely cautious with at-risk groups — as in, stay away from them like you carry the plague, because you might for them — but otherwise keep calm and carefully carry on.
This is a modified South Korean model. We crank out ventilators like crazy (although we already have more per person than most countries, including Europeans) and necessary crisis equipment and even adapt buildings while lightening-tracking treatments.
About 80 percent of workers would be back on the job, cranking on the economy. We will have a recession, that’s baked in at this point, but probably a short one. We’d pull back out pretty quickly. And we would continue on with a sound economy for moving past the virus.
Dr. David Katz, founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, said this targeted approach is best. “There may be more targeted ways to beat the pandemic.” This is the point: “The rush to impose sweeping restrictions on public and commercial life across the entire economy should be more carefully evaluated.”
We can’t wreck our economy for perhaps as long as a generation. The costs are just too high.
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http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00Rod Thomsonhttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngRod Thomson2020-03-24 08:28:252020-03-24 08:28:25The Way Out From Here Means Rethinking The Shutdown
Pandemics can temporarily set a free society on its heels; a cheerleading press can kill it for good.
Trump told governors this morning they are on their own: “Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times. https://t.co/K0sont7MBc
Gay lied in saying Trump told governors they are on their own
Gay lied in saying Trump told governors they are on their own, thus misleading readers to think he refused to provide the governors with federal funds for critical medical equipment. Below is what Trump actually said — the part in boldface is what Gay selectively quoted, everything else is what she maliciously omitted:
“We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”
After unequivocally promising to back the governors with federal help, Trump suggested that some medical supplies could be obtained more quickly if they deal directly with vendors.
What Gay did was journalistic malpractice at its most evil, a fake news political hatchet job against a president she hates in hopes of torpedoing his re-election. Mara Gay is no rookie reporter who made an innocent mistake. She’s a member of the New York Times Editorial Board. Her dissembling brand of destroy-Trump journalism has been practiced non-stop for nearly four years by virtually the entire mainstream media.
Another recent example. When the coronavirus outbreak hit the news in January, mainstream journalists routinely referred to it as the “Wuhan coronavirus” or the “Chinese coronavirus.” When they noticed Trump was using the same descriptions, and sensing a chance to cripple him politically, they abruptly stopped using those terms, and are now accusing him of being a xenophobic racist for calling the virus what they themselves called it until they sensed a chance to bleed him. Ten days after the first confirmed coronavirus case in this country, Trump took decisive action by restricting flights into the U.S. from China. Rather than applaud the decision, or merely question it, the mainstream media called him a xenophobic racist for that too.
Esteemed admiral slams Trump for complaining about biased media
Now retired, Admiral William McRaven became one of America’s most heralded military commanders for overseeing the SEAL Team Six raid that killed Osama bin Laden. As reported by the Washington Post, McRaven has harshly criticized President Trump for calling the media “the enemy of the American people.”
In opening the door for literalists to say he meant all news outlets, the words Trump used in his initial statement were not well chosen. He since has clarified the remark by saying that fake news is the enemy of the American people, which, as I’m sure Adm. McRaven would agree, it most certainly is, no matter which side propagates it.
Polls show media coverage of Trump is overwhelmingly negative. But most of the scorched earth press he receives derives from politically slanted reporting by news organizations that loathe him and the party he represents. From the time he won the Republican nomination, mainstream media outlets have savaged him with slanted, anonymously-sourced reports later found to be totally false. To the best of my knowledge, none of those outlets ever apologized for having trafficked in fake news.
An attempt to justify slanted reporting was acknowledged in August 2016, when the New York Times openly abandoned its fairness standards in covering Trump, because, in its hyper-partisan opinion, he is “so abnormal and potentially dangerous” that he doesn’t deserve fair coverage. Thus given a green light by the nation’s leading newspaper of record, other mainstream outlets followed suit by abandoning their own fairness standards in favor of slanted coverage of Trump. How else to explain the 93% negative press he receives?
As the most insidious form of journalistic corruption, politically slanted reporting is known by another name: propaganda. In this day and time it’s also called fake news. Whatever name is used to describe it, slanted reporting is an enemy of the search for Truth, and therefore an enemy of the American people. It’s also an enemy of journalism, a once-respected profession that’s seen its reputation plummet as a direct result of its most prominent members having morphed themselves into willing mouthpieces for one of America’s major political parties.
In an article published on TheHill.com, opinion contributor John Solomon argues that the greatest threat to journalism today is the non-objectivity of many of its practitioners, journalists whose personal views cause them “to stray from the neutral, factual voice their teachers in journalism school insisted they practice.” That the mainstream media have veered sharply away from neutrality is a premise that cannot be intelligently challenged.
In an address to students and faculty of the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas-Austin, Adm. McRaven said that Trump calling the media the enemy of the American people was “perhaps the greatest threat to democracy” he’s ever seen. It’s a good thing he left himself some wiggle room by saying perhaps, because there’s an infinitely greater threat to the constitutional democracy he swore to protect and defend from all enemies, foreign and domestic. That clear and present danger is domestic in nature, and can be summed up in the following nightmare scenario:
A free nation cannot long survive if its press takes sides.
Stuck pigs squeal the loudest
It doesn’t take an esteemed admiral to see the truth in that. When the German press took sides in the 1930s, the German people witnessed firsthand their country’s loss of freedom, as did all others throughout history who suffered ruthless oppression meted out by single-party authoritarian regimes, the misdeeds of which were covered up or defended by a cheerleading press that took sides.
Protect Press Freedom (PPF)is a wolf in sheep’s clothing propaganda arm of the mainstream media. The organization’s website cites this Thomas Jefferson quote: “The only security of all is a free press.” That observation by America’s third president is 100% true, but a non-objective press is not a free press, it’s the polar opposite, an open gate to tyranny, a mortal threat to Liberty. PPF’s website also says this: “Free Press, Free People.” That too is 100% accurate, and so is this: “Cheerleading Press, Enslaved People.”
In a thinly veiled broadside against President Trump, PPF’s website makes this declaration: “The government is responsible for following the First Amendment and upholding our nation’s press freedom principles, but sometimes government officials use their power and platform to intimidate members of the media and chill reporting.” Trump calling out the cheerleading mainstream media for its non-objective reporting doesn’t intimidate them, nor does it chill their reporting—his opinions have done nothing to change their transparently partisan behavior. Feigned outrage by mainstream “journalists” over being called out for their unprofessional bias is remindful of the saying that stuck pigs squeal the loudest.
http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00John Eidsonhttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngJohn Eidson2020-03-24 08:12:422020-03-24 08:21:10A Free Nation Cannot Long Survive If Its Press Takes Sides.
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The final shape of the Senate’s bill to limit the economic fallout of the coronavirus remains in doubt as Democrats, for the second straight day, blocked passage of the aid package because they want to spend more.
While President Donald Trump waited to sign some sort of “stimulus” bill into law, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed to include provisions of Democrats’ Green New Deal proposal as well as other wish-list items.
Shortly after noon Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had harsh words for Democrats’ insistence on tax credits for solar and wind energy initiatives and on tougher fuel emission standards.
“Democrats won’t let us fund hospitals and save small businesses unless they get the dust off the Green New Deal,” McConnell said, adding in an apparent dig at Schumer, D-N.Y.:
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I’d like to see Senate Democrats tell NYC doctors and nurses, who are literally overrun as we speak, that they’re filibustering hospital funding and more masks because they want to argue with the airlines over their carbon footprint.
The “stimulus” legislation, which requires the votes of 60 senators to advance, mustered only votes of 49-46 Monday.
Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate, but at least three GOP senators apparently won’t be able to vote: Rand Paul of Kentucky tested positive for coronavirus and Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, both of Utah, have self-quarantined because of close contact with Paul.
Two other Senate Republicans, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Rick Scott of Florida, also reportedly self-quarantined because of potential exposure to the coronavirus.
Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday that House Democrats would come up with their own bill.
“It’s on the Senate side because that’s their deadline for a vote,” Pelosi said of Monday’s action. “We’ll be introducing our own bill, and hopefully it will be compatible.”
Pelosi unveiled a coronavirus stimulus package Monday that she said includes calling on Trump “to abandon his lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act.”
The House speaker’s attempt to use the stimulus package to secure liberals’ own priorities frustrated Republicans, many of whom took to Twitter to voice their perspectives.
Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., chairman of the Republican Study Committee, tweeted before the Senate vote that House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., had said the coronavirus package is “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”
People are scared. People are hurting. Jobs are being lost. Retirements are being destroyed.
Yet DC Democrats just killed legislation they helped write to lift up US families and small businesses. Why? Partisan bombs and gamesmanship.
Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., tweeted: “Republicans & Democrats in the Senate negotiated a bipartisan deal which includes $75 billion for hospitals & $186 billion for state & local governments. @SpeakerPelosi & @SenSchumer need to stop blocking critically needed funding that will provide relief & keep Americans WORKING.”
“Let’s be clear about what’s happening right now,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., tweeted late Sunday night. “We had a bipartisan deal to deliver critical relief to hardworking families until Nancy Pelosi blew it up so she could play politics.”
“Enough already!” Scalise said in the tweet. “We’re in the middle of a national emergency. Drop the partisan demands.”
Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., tweeted Monday: “There was no need for this to be delayed–sadly @SpeakerPelosi and @SenSchumer hijacked the bipartisan negotiations. We’re covering small business & workers with liquidity & larger businesses with loans – not bailouts or grants – so they can pay their employees. This is urgent.”
The Senate’s aid package, released Thursday by Republicans, would cost about $2 trillion and give monetary relief to airlines and other industries slammed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as send checks to many Americans.
Among other provisions, couples who make up to $150,000 a year would get checks for $2,400 in the mail and individuals earning up to $75,000 would get checks for $1,200.
Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James said in a formal statement Sunday that the Senate legislation in its current form was economically irresponsible.
“Like everyone, we are deeply concerned for our families, our neighbors, our friends, and the businesses we depend on. We also are concerned by many of the provisions in the CARES Act,” James said, adding:
Legislation to keep workers connected to employers, provide stability for businesses caught in this uncertainty, and mitigate the overall economic effects of this crisis is necessary. To best accomplish these goals, legislation must be targeted, temporary, and directed exclusively at the coronavirus. This bill does not pass those tests.
Generous bailouts for businesses and extremely broad federal assistance programs won’t best help those hit hardest or get our economy back up and running when the time comes. They’ll do what Washington programs often do: hurt the American people through unintended consequences while enriching a select few.
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I think it is time I weighed in on the coronavirus panic choking our country. Currently, we are a nation suffocating in a depressing doom and gloom; where the media seems to take delight in telling us how bad things are, all in the name of improved ratings. Frankly, they haven’t hit a bonanza like this in a long time, even in spite of their sloppy reporting. This has been exacerbated by lawyers, accountants, politicians, and a greedy media who will not be happy until the country is ground to a halt. Frankly, this is one American who has had enough.
In show business, the expression, “The Show Must Go On!”, means we must go forward even in the face of adversity. It is time for this country to do likewise in lieu of the panic. Currently, we are experiencing a domino effect whereby restaurants and businesses are closing, as are schools, the travel industry is tanking, people are working from home or are being let go, people are hoarding toilet paper (of all things), we are rationing food, etc., thereby causing the economy to tremble. The new politically correct concept of “Social Distancing” is forcing people to turn inwards to home, and avoid human contact, not just group activities such as sporting events, church meetings, schools, going to the beach, or a drink at the local tavern. Terrified of the virus, people are hiding out until the all-clear siren is sounded. There is one problem with this, we cannot afford to bring the country to a standstill as exemplified by the movie, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” Our choice is simple: We can either resign ourselves to a fate of destruction or pick up the pieces and move forward. I choose the latter.
Some claim we have never seen anything like this virus (COVID-19). This is simply not true. The 2009-2010 Swine Flu Pandemic saw upwards to 1.4 billion cases, with deaths estimated between 150,000–575,000. Today, we are nowhere near these numbers. I am not doubting the legitimacy of the coronavirus, but I am questioning the panic that has ensued. It reminds me of how we handle hurricanes in Florida. It used to be, the public was alerted about an approaching storm, we took the necessary precautions (such as replenishing supplies and boarding up homes) and then rode it out. However, when Hurricane Irma appeared in 2017, Floridians were panicked by the media, forcing the closure of restaurants and businesses, and the stoppage of water, gasoline, and electricity in some areas. Frankly, it turned out to be a rather lame storm here in Florida by comparison to other hurricanes, but the public was panicked into a frenzy by the media, not too dissimilar to what we are experiencing today. The point is, something is horribly wrong in how the media is communicating with the public these days.
What we are witnessing is an interesting social experiment. It proves people can be easily manipulated by the media and politicians. It also demonstrates people prefer operating on autopilot, and when it is switched off, they do not know how to improvise, adapt and overcome, and this is what is perhaps most disturbing about the panic.
There are, of course, some things beyond our control, such as financial markets, government regulations, etc., and I am certainly not advocating disobeying the law, but we need to challenge our politicians and hold them accountable, as well as the media. It also means we have to learn to think for ourselves and become proactive as opposed to reactive. In other words, we need to think differently, break old habits, and replace them with new ones. Remember the old maxim, “In confusion there is profits.”
We need to begin by changing our perspective to believe the glass is half full, not half empty as the media suggests. In other words, let’s think positive, not negative. Now is the time for innovation in the workplace, to think smarter, and introduce new ideas to get the job done. There are opportunities out there waiting to be exploited, we just have to find them.
So, should we place our faith in the hands of our politicians and the media? As for me, I will put my trust in common sense instead.
By the way, perhaps the biggest difference between the 2009-2010 Swine Flu Pandemic and the 2020 COVID-19 panic is that 2009-2010 was not a presidential election year. Hmm, must be nothing more than a coincidence, right?
Another stage related expression is “Break a Leg,” representing a wish for good luck to a performer. It’s an old expression reflecting an ancient superstition that wishing someone “good luck” was considered somewhat of a jinx.
http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00Tim Brycehttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngTim Bryce2020-03-24 07:25:352020-03-24 07:37:22The Show Must Go On! My take on the Wuhan Flu gloom and doom.
“A financial panic is a very bad thing, but a government panic can do far greater damage in a far shorter time.” – Tom McClintock
“Panic is highly contagious, especially in situations when nothing is known and everything is in flux.” – Stephen King
“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.” – Nazi Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels.
“No country can survive being ruled by people who hate it.” – Tucker Carlson
Like many Americans, I am sick of hearing about Covid-19. We want our normal lives back, no “sheltering in place,” no more containment or quarantine, no masks, no travel bans, no closed schools, restaurants, and stores, and an end to the media propaganda and brainwashing. The Covid-19 bio-warfare virus is dangerous to everyone, but more so to our immune compromised elderly, yet the yearly flu is still far more hazardous to life than this fast spreading and highly contagious Chinese biolab virus.
The evil trait of COVID-19 is its ability to infect others by people who appear healthy. Those infected often manifest no symptoms for up to two weeks, yet can transmit the disease to any person who comes within six feet of them for that entire incubation period, indicating the virus was most likely made in a biolab. Our healthy young people still believe they’re immortal and the virus won’t touch them. They fail to curb their activities, resulting in countless others being infected. And driven by a social media craze, teens are purposely coughing on grocery store produce.
The Sinister Reality
What has this viral respiratory illness done? It has instilled fear in large portions of our population, closed down our country’s entire economy, eliminated normal activities and probably changed our lives forever. That is the definition of bio-terrorism.
The politicians look blameless and at the same time they’ll increase their power through new laws, just as was done after 9/11. A long-time friend who has watched the government’s power grow exponentially over the years said, “What is actually happening Kelleigh, is the nationalization of all businesses. It is also happening in Europe. It is a big step toward more socialism. Trump has no choice in the matter. Keep in mind he has to do what they want or he could end up like Kennedy.”
I’ve watched the look of horror on President Trump’s face as this nightmare unfolded. He was not a happy camper, but he shouldered the burden and took control as much as he could. And thank God we have Trump, not Hillary and not Biden.
The communists in our government will do anything to sabotage this president, and I have no doubt they have gotten together with their Red Chinese friends to destroy our economy and the stock market and instill fear in Americans.
A new report from Horizon Advisory consultants details Beijing’s post-virus strategy—already operational—to leverage the pandemic to seize global market share in key industries, further global dependence on Chinese manufacturing, and reverse efforts in the United States and elsewhere to decouple from the People’s Republic.
Chicago’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” The democrats are using this virus as their last chance to oust President Trump in November. The soaring economy he created is temporarily in the tank, and 401k’s have lost 25 to 30 percent of their previous gains. Since the Democrats own the banks and the media, they are utilizing everything they can to tear down President Trump’s legacy. They are absolutely thrilled with the decimation our country is experiencing from Covid-19, and they are blaming our President just like Red China. And now the increasingly unstable media is demanding blackouts of Trump’s Covid-19 briefings.
WHO, CDC, NIH and Dr. Fauci
As for the World Health Organization, Director Tedros Adhanom is the first Director without a medical degree. He is also a member of the Marxist-Leninist Tigray People’s Liberation Front which was founded as a communist revolutionary party that came to power in 1991. It was listed as a terrorist group by America in the 90s.
Tedros was promoted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who financed many of the phony large-scale health operations in Ethiopia that Tedros had facilitated. The Director and Bill Gates should be tried for crimes against humanity. Please watch this important 13 minute video expose of Tedros.
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is married to Lisa Barsoomian. She was exposed in Marilyn Barnewell’s article, Deep State Husbands. Up until 2011, she was the attorney for WHO. She has represented the Clintons, the FBI and many other corrupt characters.
Nancy Messonnier, MD, is the Director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the CDC. She is also Rod Rosenstein’s sister. Her initial statements about the extreme danger of Covid-19 are what the media is using as ammunition in their propaganda.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has been called “the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases.” He has increased Americans Covid-19 fear with his pessimistic statements. He actually contradicted the president on national TV and told him he shouldn’t be so hopeful. He has stated that “Trump is coming at the virus from a layperson’s standpoint, I’m coming from a scientific standpoint.”
Careful observers have noted that after the almost daily White House news conferences with President Trump and members of the Coronavirus Task Force, Fauci, a regular attendee and the task force’s chief medical spokesman, often runs to Trump-hating media like CNN to contradict — usually with a degree of nuance that gives him plausible deniability — what the president has just said. The Daily Mail of London noted this behavior in a March 20 article, “Dr Anthony Fauci caught rolling his eyes and smirking as President Trump rants about the ‘deep state’ during coronavirus press conference.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and several of her Senate colleagues reported selling off stocks worth millions of dollars in the days before the coronavirus outbreak crashed the market, according to reports. Republican senators Richard Burr, Kelly Loeffler, Ron Johnson and Jim Inhofe sold significant stock shares following a January 24th meeting on the coronavirus threat. Loeffler has claimed she is only informed of her stock transactions weeks after they occur. Really? Doesn’t sound like a good stockbroker to me!
Before the stock market tanked, these politicians saved their own bacon because they had market knowledge. Martha Stewart is probably wondering why they have not received the same punishment she received.
Jim Kouri’s latest article at NewsWithViews exposes the massive gun and ammunition sales during this pandemic. The largest sales are in states where the virus has spread.
Journalist Daniel Greenfield noted in Front Page Magazine that the CDC has focused on liberal causes du jour rather than their mandate of actually keeping Americans safe from legitimate public health crises.
Greenfield noted that one of the “social justice” causes that have been pushed by the CDC are unconstitutional gun control schemes.
Seattle’s nursing home lost a number of their patients from the virus, but one 90 year old gal survived and is doing well even though she had other health problems.
New York City cases of Covid-19 started multiplying when a 39 year old woman returned from Iran to Manhattan and tested positive for the disease on March 1st. New York now has at least 5,000 cases. Daniel Horowitz tweeted, “Nearly the entire outbreak in New York came from a traveler from Iran, a place that was supposed to have a travel ban, but thanks to lower courts continuing to militate against Scotus decision, it was rendered moot.”
A new study whose results were published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents has found early evidence that the combination of hydroxychloroquine, a popular anti-malaria drug known under the trade name Plaqenuil, and antibiotic azithromycin (aka Zithromax or Azithrocin) could be especially effective in treating the COVID-19 coronavirus and reducing the duration of the virus in patients.
Three international studies in China, Australia and France found that Chloroquine with Azithromycin shows a 100% success rate in treating coronavirus in six days! Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial drug while azithromycin is an antibiotic.
President Trump has called for these drugs to be used immediately and has even sent them to New York City where there’s an explosion of the virus. Dr. Fauci disagrees with him, but then that’s to be expected. These drugs are producing strong results in trials involving hospitalized American patients.
Managing a pandemic shouldn’t require tanking the economy. The mainstream media created a worldwide panic and they did it on purpose to see how much power they can wield. Unfortunately, as comrades of the socialist democrats, it is a huge amount. Their goal is to damage President Trump beyond repair.
Americans from coast to coast understand this is a different sort of virus, but it hasn’t the numbers that yearly flus have shown regarding those who get sick and those who die. Both federal and state governments have gone berserk destroying our civil rights, and the very rights of American business, whether small or large to keep their doors open during this so-called WHO “pandemic.”
Steve Mnuchin has now moved Tax Day from April 15th to July 15th, which is an anomaly for this country and absolutely unnecessary for the “pandemic” total of Americans affected by Covid-19. We have entered the twilight zone with how this virus is being treated.
There are 14,371 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US.
There are 217-250 deaths blamed on the coronavirus.
The current mortality rate from confirmed cases is 1.5%, and we know that’s too high.
There are no official numbers that include the number of citizens who had the virus but were not sick enough to seek medical attention.
There are an estimated 22,000 flu deaths and 36 million cases in the US each year.
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To Trump – “You cant handle the storm”. Trump replies, “I am the storm”.
Well, you got some time on your hands now. So please read this then turn on your TV. Take a look outside. This is what swamp draining and a financial reset looks like. No-one said it was going to be easy. We are at war. The operation is now live. You don’t just flick a switch and seize power from these evil monsters. They will fight for blood until their power has been seized. This far transcends politics my friends. Keep reading. And yes. Mr. Hannnity, I would be happy to appear on your show. The people need to know.
This article will cover the story behind the story. Read this article. I hope this helps. Perhaps I am preaching to the choir. If so, let us rejoice and sing our hearts out and get others to join in the band. If you are familiar with much of what has been written here, good, then pass it on to those who need to know what you know too. I shall begin with the headlines first, as we build towards revealing what is really going on here and what we can expect to unfold in the coming weeks, months and years to come. Oh and heads up! I have been informed that domestic air travel within the U.S. may be suspended any day now for perhaps a week or so. We shall see if and how this plays out.
“We are at war with an invisible enemy”, as wartime President Donald J. Trump has informed us. I cover this on “News Behind The News“, my daily program, with my co-host Kelly Ruiz and featured guests. Be sure to bookmark this show and click on notifications (that little bell on the upper right hand corner on the YouTube channel). There are many aspects to address from offense to defense and from the Coronavirus story, to the story behind the story. Let’s begin then shall we? We begin with Q.
March Madness And Ten Days Of Darkness
Q, or QANON, has told us, as previously forecast in Q drop intel, that there will be “March Madness” and “Ten days of darkness”. Well my friends and fellow patriots, this has now arrived. One can certainly agree that madness has arrived here in March and what has occurred, is occurring and yet to be seen, is in part, what this articles is about. Making sense of the madness. Something about all this just doesn’t seem right? You are right. Trust your instincts and turn off the Fake News.
The Coronavirus Crisis
Yes of course there really is a virus and it is making people sick and some are dying. Yes, the majority of those infected with this virus recover in three to six weeks, some sooner. Yes it has, to date, spread now to 138 countries that we know of. Listen to the President and his Coronavirus task force along with local and state authorities as to social distancing, staying at home, travel restrictions, lock-downs etc. Take care of your health and build your immune system. FOX NEWS does have quite a few medical doctors advising the public on an hourly basis. Having said and acknowledged this, let’s begin with the story behind the story. So just what is really going on?
(MOAFF) Mother Of All False Flags
False does not mean it isn’t real or didn’t happen. Oh this is real alright and it sure did happen. By false we mean, who did it and why. A false flag in part can simply be defined as a person, persons, or entity, creating the problem, blaming it on someone else in order to achieve a specific outcome. It’s deception at a very high level. Problem-reaction-solution, with the solution never really being a solution at all. Create the problem, the Coroanvirus. Anticipate the reaction. Fear, and in this case fear for our health and for our very life. Then offering up the “solution”, which in this context, is NEVER a solution and that being vaccines. Watch this short clip to help you understand this better.
Weaponization of the Coronavirus
Many of us have been saying for a long time that they will at some point, unleash a False Flag event to collapse Trump’s economy to derail his elect-ability. I for one, have written and spoken about this many times even as far back as June 3, 2018. Well, you may recall, they were screaming at one point, recession-recession-recession as part of a Central Bank and Fed manipulation along with the fake news, to bring Trump’s economy down and it failed.
The reason, as I see it, that the deep state unleashed the Coronavirus is as follows. They cannot have Donald Trump re-elected because he is about to expose all of their crimes and bring justice. Period, end of story. They needed to collapse Trump’s economy. The other benefits of this problem, reaction, solution event is, for people control, population control, (you do know that Bill Gates had patents on this and has just recently resigned from two Boards), and forced testing, then forced vaccinations (toxins and RFID chip). This too, like all of the other failed derailments and treasonous coup d ‘etat attempts, has now also failed and failed miserably. In fact what an opportunity it has been. Never let a good crisis go to waste cuts both ways.
Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste
This now famous quote from Rahm Emanual works, cuts, both ways. You see team Trump anticipated this type of an event to unfold but was unable to prevent it. You must know that high level Pentagon and other intel, Q and the President have war gamed out practically every conceivable attack. They, in my opinion, anticipated this but was unable to prevent it. And so how and why has it back-fired and failed? Consider this.
Trump acts swiftly, decisively and accurately by shutting travel from China. He waits until the new Coronavirus test kits come out as not to be misread with the flawed first round of testing kits they gave us. Snakes still, and very much so, surround our Commander in Chief. He then assembles a Federal and public task force. The travel bands, quarantines, social distancing, and lock-downs are now being used as a cover for the greatest military intelligence operation of our time.
We are NOT under Martial Law as the U.S. Constitution is still in force. This may change soon, time will tell. The borders are being controlled. The people are being protected from false flag shootings now with this shutdown. Repatriation of stolen money is beginning to benefit the people and not the banksters (keep reading later), and so much more. Seems Trump always gets what he wants. And what he wants is to restore power back to the people. He stated at his inauguration he is going to give us back our country. We just entered the outer bands of a massive Cat 5 hurricane. Stay the course-trust the plan. Yes, the storm is upon us.
Greatest Military Intelligence Operation Of Our Time Arrests Have Begun
Q, or QANON can be defined as the greatest military intelligence operation of our time. Besides, (and under the cover of public safety), the lock-downs, quarantines, travel restrictions, and so on serve as a cover for action as we enter into what I will call phase I of the take-down. And again, sources indicate a probable domestic air travel shutdown. Plan accordingly.
Connect The Dots
The operation is now live. We are rounding them up. Team Trump is using this false flag crisis as cover to keep people inside and to prevent collateral damage. It is now also very difficult for the deep state to unleash their typical false flags via mass shootings and or school shootings since we are not allowed to assemble in groups larger than ten and all schools, in fact much of the entire country, is in shutdown, and we are told to stay at home for the next two weeks, and probably longer than that. Fear not. Trust the plan.
Phase I Operation Is Live
The operation is live. Arrests have begun in Italy with a crime syndicate having been arrested as high level mafia assets are now under control. Hundreds of drug cartels and MS 13 gangs here in the US have also been apprehended since this operation was recently unleashed. Arrests are being made in Southern California now and is being overseen by NAVSPEC. I recently read a piece that sourced a retired Marines Special Forces Lieutenant who was just briefed for over an hour by a 3-Star General and revealed that they will arrest 160,000 people in 90 days, including members of the mainstream media, perhaps Hollywood and even maybe Barry Soetoro, (BHO).
In Phase I of the take-down, this is how I see this playing out. The lower level criminals and foot soldiers of the deep state will be, and are being, as I write, arrested. Hollywood, mainstream media, MS-13, ANTIFA, drug cartels and other Soros and Clinton funded mercenaries will be rounded up. They’re starting now by taking down Antifa, MS-13, the mafia, drug gangs and other mercenaries hired by Soros. These mercenaries were going to conduct mass riots and mayhem after the election but this is being stopped.
Phase II Coming Soon
Once the above is complete, I believe perhaps as early as late spring or early summer 2020, the shakedown and take-down ratchets up. This is where we may begin to see Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Clapper, Nadler, Schiff and the like outright arrested and hauled off to GITMO as a fast track to swift justice. How can this be done so swiftly you may ask? Because of the powers afforded to the President under the National State of Emergency and more importantly, the Stafford Act. Stafford Act provisions provides emergency powers which include Marines and National Guard to work under one set of orders by the President. The president can call forth the militia to help execute the laws – repel invasion. Felonies can be brought forth without presentment or without grand jury indictment. Yes the President said he can now use the full power of the Federal government under a National Emergency. The President said no resource will be spared in a recent tweet. Trump has stated …“We have very strong emergency powers under the Stafford Act,” Trump told reporters on Thursday. “I have it memorized, practically… And if I need to do something, I’ll do it. I have the right to do a lot of things that people don’t even know about.”
Okay so back to these tribunals. Worse case, they will not have tribunals but instead go through the civilian process, hearings, grand juries, indictments, charges and trials. I suspect GITMO for some, civilian trials for others. Time will tell. One thing I am certain of, is that the day of reckoning, the day we have all been waiting for is very close at hand and has begun under phase one as described above. The Bush’s, since GHWB’s military tribunal and funeral, are basically under control now. The latter part of Phase II takes down Soros, Clinton, Obama etc.
Remember, we have all the goods on everyone. IGI, IGII FISA, AG Barr’s data from Rudy G. on the Biden’s and many others involved in Ukraine and China. Durham’s criminal investigation may too lead to direct haul-offs to GITMO along with standard civilian due process. His report is expected out late spring, early summer. More Julian Assange intel may be forthcoming, Epstein intel forthcoming, and Harvey Weinstein was more than likely singing like a canary before his sentencing, which now has the “Hollywood Elite” panicking and running for the hills. Kimmel, Hanks, DeGeneras, Oprah and so many others. You must watch the “Great Awakening Segment” in this episode, here on my daily show “News Behind The News”.
Transitioning Economy – The Storm Is Upon Us
The Global Financial Reset has begun. Yes the storm is upon us. This is not business as usual. The libertarians and many others are up in arms about Trump shutting down the entire country, (little do they know). They are up in arms about the trillions that is about to be injected as a life raft to the American people and the American business owners. Notice I did not say to the banks and to Wall Street? That was under Bush. Old paradigm. This is the Trump era, new paradigm, restoring power back to the people. It matters not about the paying off of these trillions. Why? Because it is the Fed and the Central Banks that will be left holding the bag as Trump has accelerated the Global Financial Reset. Checkmate is coming. Trump, since day one, has been building an economy and financial system running parallel to the debt based fraudulent Central Bank, Federal Reserve system and playing them by working their own rigged system against them, trumped!
We are witnessing the overthrow of the old guard. The Global Financial Reset is upon us. This is the end of the US petrodollar. The the assets of criminal banksters, the Rothschilds, Bank of England, the Committee etc. are now being seized. An estimated $43 trillion dollars has been stolen from the people over these decades and this is not only coming to an end, but some of it being repatriated back to the people. Q has told us in the past that gold will bring down the Central Banks. With these pulled back prices today, buy gold-buy-silver-buy now, but buyer beware. Learn more here.
Consider the trillions coming our way over the next several weeks to several months as part of the debt jubilee I have been talking about. This actually began last year with the forgiveness of the veterans student loans. There will be more to come. We are beginning to be repaid. Yes of course jobs will resume along with Trump’s incredible economy despite the stock market flush out. Remember this, the fundamentals of Trump’s economy are strong and better then ever before, you must differentiate this from the stock market collapsing today. The IRS and the Fed will be abolished as we know it. A new system will be introduced to America and the world. I will be writing about this and speaking about this on my show with Economist Dr. Kirk Elliott, PHD, along with other esteemed guests as events unfold and after all of this plays out. Everything will change as the Quantum Financial system is implemented through a series of steps en route to this. The “Golden Age” is then ushered in. We may once again have the opportunity to thrive and prosper and to use our innate gifts talents and abilities as God intended. But we are, by no means, out of the woods just yet. Keep reading. Truths revealed.
Did You Know?
There have been over 1,300 CEOS’, Board Directors, and executives who have resigned, been fired and or arrested in the last two years? This is accelerating. Bill Gates, who has the patents on Coronavirus related issues, just last week stepped down from from his BOD at Microsoft and Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. We have seen in recent weeks, the following CEO’s and Chairmen, Execs. etc. step down as well. Disney’s Iger, (following the arrest of Disney Execs last year for pedophilia and child molestation). Monsanto / Bayer, Best Buy, Envision, Sales Force, Uber Eats, MGM Resort, S. Dakota Board of Regents, Chipolte, Fed Ex, UPS, Essence, AT&T, Heineken, Harley Davidson, IBM, MasterCard, Lockheed Martin, Victoria’s Secrets Lex Wessner (Tied to Epstein) and the list goes on and on. They and so many others, are running for the hills along with Ellen DeGeneras, and Tom Hanks to name a few. Yep. Stay tuned…
There are 151,002 sealed indictments in federal courts all around the US and it’s protectorates at this moment waiting to be served. These have been, and are being unsealed. This, I am told, may be mostly on voter fraud and election rigging but also by other serious criminal syndicates and much of it treasonous which will warrant military trials. Information I received from a credible source states that GITMO cost 2 million to set up to handle ‘terrorists’ in 2001. The Trump administration has spent over 2 BILLION revamping it and expanding it over the last two years. Another 3 Billion in remote infrastructure has been put in play in the last year. He didn’t do all that for optics. As of 60 days ago GITMO has been fully manned and is now at full strength with personnel and supplies. The (some) ‘quarantine centers can double as detention centers for legal processing. The overlapping ‘census’ and medical observation will provide context to speak with and vet every person – think illegals who voted. I also expect air travel to be shut down for 4-6 days at some point most likely around 3/22/20. Keep in mind the Federal Death Penalty has been reinstated by AG Barr and trials at GITMO may very well be live-streamed. Get the popcorn and enjoy the show.
Seems that google has either been hacked by a good guy or is it that perhaps the White Hats have seized control? What am I am talking about here? Check out this segment on “News Behind The News”. I often wonder, is China and Russia working with Trump to turn the globalists plan for a NWO upside down? I guess time will tell. Xi Jinping said the other day that the sun will shine after the storm. Storm, a well chosen word. Nothing is as it appears.
Over these past three years, I have many friends and some very accomplished household named people who are experts in their fields who have expressed their fears and concerns about Trump with regards to vaccines, Chemtrails, 5G, Big Pharma and so on. I have always replied by saying, he knows. Trust the plan. Timing is everything. I also have stated that come 2020 and certainly 2021 and beyond that Trump will take on Big Pharma and all that this entails as well as Big Money, the Central Bank, Fed, IRS etc. Well with this Corona Crisis, we can see the beginning of this reaching the public if you read between the lines. Watch what comes next, later in 2020 and then in 2021, just you watch.
I interrupt this article for a brief moment and I ask – What’s that green light you see on the White House? Oh, and have you noticed how the Presidential seal has disappeared a few days ago from the podium where the President speaks at the Coronvirus daily briefings? Have you noticed that the UN flag to the left on your screen of the president is now gone? All that remains is the US Flag – well, the one with the gold fringes which represents Admiralty law remains. What does all this mean? We’ll cover that next week. Change is underway. Read the closing sections here.
Paradigm Shift Is Underway – Faith Not Fear
Faith not fear. Garbage in-garbage out. Selfish agendas? There are many people who have provided excellent service for many years bravely trying to wake people up to the realities of our times. I thank them. During such years, we were stuck in the old paradigm and its ways. Those that saw some truths operated to an extent in the emotional band of fear. Sadly, many of these individuals of which you surly know of, are stuck in the old paradigm and old business models if you will, and continue to operate in the emotional band of fear. Could this be for profit in a dead and dying model? Could this be due to their own fears? Is this because perhaps they do not have reliable sources for truth of the times and what exactly is going on? I surly hope they come aboard as we need them and they, most of them, I should say, are good and are with us. There will be no place and little effect and or success coming their way in this new paradigm. Come aboard now. Enough said. You know who you are.
So, faith, not fear. Yes we are moving from dark to light. Stay the course. Trust the plan, and remember freedom, it’s up to us. Everything will change and for the better but not without chaos, crisis, uncertainty, death and destruction, I am afraid to say. But what’s on the other end for some of us and for posterity? We will come to learn about 911, JFK, school shootings, Seth Rich, Andrew Breitbart, endless wars and so many other things including invented diseases for control and profit. Pedophilia, voter fraud and election theft, entrainment, (no that is not a typo – go look it up), MK Ultra, murders, gangs, and satanic and demonic rituals. We will come to learn about cloning and why they are gathering our DNA. And we will come to hear about the raping and then torturous murders of children and infants and adrenochrome. Yes, as the President has been telling you all along, these people are sick. These are bad, bad, people doing evil, evil things. Their time is up. They know it. They are panicking. And I hope this explains the shutdown to you in a new light. This operation is live. Stay safe. And remember, God is in control.
We are all in this together. No divide and conquer here. Together as one we will prevail. Tragedy brings unity. It’s time to unite with one heart and one mind. Remember, we are on God’s side. The wrongs and true injustices will be righted. General Flynn will be free. Roger Stone may see a pardon and so many other issues that I addressed in my book “Trump and the Resurrection of America“. We will be informed of many things that have been kept secret; medical breakthroughs, cures not customers, suppressed data about alternative energy and the truth about extraterrestrial life. A new financial system will be ushered in and perhaps in stages. The evil that seized control a long, long time ago has turned this beautiful planet and amazing thing called life into what you see before you. This is now changing. Yes, this is the great change. It will go on for some years but we truly have just now entered a critical battle into the center of evil. Yes, this is a spiritual battle between good and evil. Yes a new paradigm shift in our universe is happening. What an amazing time to be alive! Let us not forget what Trump said to us as he campaigned in 2015-2016. “We must not surrender to the false song of globalism. So, I am asking everyone to join this incredible movement. I am asking you to dream big, and bold and daring things for your family and for your country. I am asking you to believe in yourself again and I am asking you to believe in America”. – Donald J. Trump. It’s time to believe.
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Bukele closed down schools, temporarily shut down the international airport, and banned flights from Mexico when he believed the Mexican government allowed corona-positive passengers to board El Salvador-bound flights.
El Salvador’s actions demonstrate that borders play a key role in combating against the coronavirus.
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On Friday, the U.S. and Mexico announced a joint agreement to close their shared border for nonessential travel over the next 30 days.
This means that for the next month, the U.S. Border Patrol will immediately return illegal immigrants across the border instead of processing and holding them in immigration facilities. Points of entry across the border are operational only for trade and commerce.
Closing the border to nonessential travel while still allowing trade was the right move by President Donald Trump.
The U.S. and Mexico are each other’s largest trade partners and with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, there are safety guarantees to protect lawful cross-border trade. Americans should be confident that necessary supply chains like food and manufactured goods are well-protected.
More importantly, this travel restriction protects border agents from unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus and reduces the workload they are experiencing from the border crisis.
It is also a smart move as it allows Customs and Border Protection to redirect manpower and sanitary resources that would have gone to inadmissible migrants toward first responders and critical industries.
Border agents are at the front lines and put their lives at risk every day protecting the country. With the coronavirus, they are now unwittingly risking their family, friends, and Homeland Security co-workers. Trump was right to give them this momentary reprieve and, should the crisis continue, the travel restrictions should be extended.
A recent Politico article reported that “nearly 500 Homeland Security employees are quarantined because of the novel coronavirus, and at least 13 are confirmed or presumed COVID-19 positive.”
Despite what partisan pundits in the mainstream media want you to think, travel restrictions are not racist or xenophobic. Currently, 41 countries have implemented travel restrictions or border control policies.
It is important to note that Friday’s border action was a joint agreement with Mexico. Hopefully, the Trump administration is deepening cooperation with Mexico on their domestic efforts to counter the coronavirus.
As cases of the virus increase in Mexico, the Mexican government is seriously falling behind on developing and executing a plan.
Flight restrictions from high-risk countries are not in place and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador continues traveling around the country, hugging and kissing supporters.
Recently, around 400 Mexican businessmen chartered private planes to Vail, Colorado, for a skiing trip. Upon return, a few tested positive for COVID-19. The Jalisco government is looking for them and asking them to self-isolate.
Should Mexico’s lack of internal enforcement continue, the U.S. should also consider banning flights.
In the midst of a highly contagious global pandemic, definitions of normalcy are rewritten. Viruses do not respect borders or boundaries. What was extreme a month ago is now prudent and responsible.
This is a critical year in the history of our country. With the country polarized and divided on a number of issues and with roughly half of the country clamoring for increased government control—over health care, socialism, increased regulations, and open borders—we must turn to America’s founding for the answers on how best to proceed into the future.
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Helen Freeh on COVID-19 and us: Genesis has a beautiful line in which Joseph says to his brothers, “you meant it for evil but God has turned it to good.”
In the face of an assault, natural disaster, or act of war, humans have an overwhelming desire to do something. Here in Nebraska, we suffered historic floods last year and our citizens united to work hard in sandbagging, cleaning, donating food and water. There was something for us to do in response to the catastrophe. Tornadoes recently struck Nashville, Tennessee, and killed twenty-five people and devastated parts of their downtown. Thousands of people came out to assist in the rescue and clean up of Nashville. So many, in fact, that the FEMA authorities had to turn people away.
We are hardwired to do something in response to suffering, loss, attacks, and threats to our community.
Yet now in the greatest disruption to global life since World War II, the very thing we are called to do is – nothing. We cannot mobilize to confront the global assault of the Wuhan Coronavirus. We cannot sign up at the local recruiting office. We cannot donate our steel and rubber products to the war effort. We cannot even march in protest to or solidarity with government policy.
Our mobilization is the mobilization of isolation.
To do something now is to stay home, not go to work, school, parties, sporting events, concerts, or – most sadly for many of us – Mass. Our civic and even moral duty is to do nothing. Here in the middle of Lent, three weeks before the great Triduum and Easter celebration of the Church, we have been called by our government to enter a cloistered, monastic life within our individual homes. The spiritual significance of this cannot be overlooked.
In his book, God or Nothing, Cardinal Sarah warns against the “heresy of activism” in which we have forgotten that the heart of our life lies only in God. The activity of contemporary life creates blindness or deafness to the reality of our reliance upon God. We are wayfarers in this world and most of our life is outside of our control.
The coronavirus situation reveals a reality that always has been. This virus, like other natural disasters, is beyond our control. But, we are able to control our reactions to the situation. Our false sense of control has been stripped from us and we are laid bare. This stripping of power reveals beautiful life hidden beneath our outward trappings. Our response must be docility, trust, abandonment to Divine Providence, and most of all charity. As Colossians 3:14 and 1 Peter 4:8 declare, charity binds all the other virtues and rules as queen over them.
Our situation is full of ironies with deep symbolic spiritual significance. To do something against this contagion, we must do nothing. To strengthen our global alliance, each nation must close its borders to others. We have never been so globally connected in spirit by physically disconnecting ourselves from each other. Out of love for our neighbors, we must not visit them. To keep our communities strong, we must break them. Our very society is now made out of isolated households. And spiritually, we are drawn closer to God and his body by being kept away from his sacramental presence. Our greatest offerings at this time are our sacrifices.
The cloistered life has challenges and benefits. A benefit is we can all be discalced! Yet we’ve been thrust into our cells unwillingly and without proper preparation. Even within our cells, however, we are still able to “do” something. How we mobilize, the ways we can “do” something now are to help our own family and friends be holy monks. This includes through the encouragement of others, known and unknown, through social media channels. Build up the body of Christ now, don’t continue to rip it apart. Our first thoughts towards others should stem from charity and be seen first through charity.
One of the truths this virus emphasizes is the isolation of our older population. There are practical solutions that we can implement in response. One I am urging my own parish to begin: Healthy, young parishioners and families should be matched with older or vulnerable ones. The healthy would contact their adoptees daily to see if they need anything, even if what they need is simply the daily contact with another.
Isolation is difficult enough for a family; consider how more difficult it is for those already alone. Our parishes can help with this now by beginning “adopt-a-parishioner” programs to reach out to those most likely to be at risk, and thus most afraid right now. Such charity would itself save lives.
We are all required to experience severe fasting. Recall, we don’t fast from sinful things but good in order to draw closer to God, the source of all our life. We must fast from the good of communal life. Fasts do not last forever, though. Consider how much we will rejoice as a global community when we can end this fast?
We take our communion with our fellow human beings for granted and we take our spiritual Communion at the Mass for granted. How much this daily communion meant has been shown to us through this evil of separation. Genesis has a beautiful line in which Joseph says to his brothers, “you meant it for evil but God has turned it to good.” The coronavirus and its effects are an evil and our own response can further and worsen its effects, or we can cooperate in God’s turning evil to good.
Social isolation is everyone’s cross to take up now. But if we embrace our cross, it will lead to a fullness of life we never could have known.
We have been given a great gift within this historic experience of communal suffering – the gift of time to pray, reflect, and – if we can live it as such – leisure. Let us embrace what we cannot escape and accept that our “doing nothing” is the very something all of us must do.
Dr. Helen Freeh received her B.A. and M. A. from the University of Dallas and her Ph.D. from Baylor University. She has taught at Hillsdale College, where she met her husband, John. She is now in temporary early retirement, raising and homeschooling their children in Lincoln, Nebraska.
There are a few explanations for the run on toilet paper, but one basic economic lesson explains the shortage.
Americans have seen scarcity, bailouts, price fluctuations, and epidemics before, but one thing seems to set the coronavirus emergency apart:
The toilet paper.
Shelves where the product once was stored are bare—and not just in the US. The United Kingdom has experienced similar shortages, leading consumers to purchase toilet paper substitutes (at the risk of the sewage system), and an Australian newspaper went so far as to print eight blank pages in a recent issue to be used in case of emergency for, you guessed it, toilet paper.
The desire to hoard during a pandemic may be totally natural, but hoarding for some means scarcity for others.
What is a good solution for this problem? Many stores have instigated their own rationing devices (limits of X amount of toilet paper, hand sanitizers, etc., per customer), with others instituting hours of shopping reserved for the elderly or immunocompromised.
These are creative and compassionate ideas, and they may solve some of the problem of hoarding—but the market has another way.
The problem? It’s incredibly unpopular, and, of course, even illegal in many places.
Understanding the Price Gouging Problem
“Price gouging” has a particularly negative connotation. It refers to a phenomenon wherein customers at an especially vulnerable time are charged unusually high prices by “greedy” business owners taking advantage of their need.
But think about the incentives of business owners—do you know a single entrepreneur, business owner, or honest employee who wants to intentionally upset their customers? The incentive of business owners is always to provide great service and reasonable prices. To act otherwise is to eventually run out of business.
These incentives do not suddenly change during a crisis—business owners are still judged by the court of public opinion, and those who treat customers unfairly will not go unnoticed, at least not for long.
So why do prices rise during times of need? The answer is found in the basic economic principles of supply and demand.
When demand increases, it’s a signal that customers want to consume more of a certain product.
Basic Economics: Supply and Demand
The graph below demonstrates these changes. The demand line shifts up from D1 to D2—increasing prices, but only temporarily. Prices are a rationing device and signal of scarcity, so this higher price naturally encourages customers to make do with less while simultaneously indicating to producers to expand production.
Though buyers have to pay more for each product, it reduces the risk of shortages by making it easier for suppliers to meet the increased demand for their goods. [See chart]
What’s perhaps more relevant to our current situation is that hoarders are indirectly discouraged from hoarding. A higher price makes consumers think twice before buying a cart-full of toilet paper, leaving more product on the shelves and limiting or delaying, perhaps indefinitely, any shortage.
But that’s not all, remember that the higher price is only temporary, since higher prices will spur production.
Sellers see product flying off the shelves and note that they need to ramp up production to meet the growing demand. Potential entrepreneurs also recognize that there may be room for extra business in this particular market, so they start production.
Once supply is able to catch up, the supply line shifts from S1 to S2, and prices normalize once again. [See chart 1 and chart 2]
Sure these are merely graphs, and it is difficult to appropriately convey the nuances of human behavior and the complexity of the economy in a single graph.
However, we’ve already seen these forces at work in the past few weeks. Distilleries have taken note of hand sanitizer shortages and are helping to meet the increased demand by producing their own—some even giving their product away for free. Last week Georgia-Pacific, a toilet paper supplier, increased production capacity by 120 percent.
Amplified production by existing companies, and the entrance of new business into markets, will lower prices to pre-crisis levels.
Referring to rising prices as “price gouging” will not change the economic fact: in a free economy, prices are a vital signal to producers and consumers alike. It’s incredible that a single number can do so much.
This is the miracle inherent in free markets—no solitary, all-knowing authority is dictating the direction of prices or production in a single market (let alone an entire economy). It happens naturally, as if led by an invisible hand.
The Toilet Paper Shortage
So why was there a sudden run on toilet paper? Who knows.
Perhaps in anticipation of long periods of quarantine, shoppers are looking for any necessary household goods to stockpile. One consumer psychologist explained that it could simply be retail therapy; stressed consumers rushing for feelings of security during a pandemic. Others simply blame herd mentality—the idea that if everyone else is hoarding toilet paper, you might as well be too.
The ultimate lesson? Let prices rise and markets do their work. As long as economic freedom exists, ingenuity and innovation will never be in short supply—and neither will toilet paper.
Amanda Snell is an analytics associate at FEE. She grew up in small-town Idaho and is a recent graduate of BYU-Idaho in Economics. Prior to joining FEE, she completed the Charles Koch Internship Program and interned with The Heritage Foundation’s 2019 Index of Economic Freedom. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and is passionate about the potential for innovation in the private sector. Amanda was deeply impacted by FEE and the freedom philosophy as a high school student and is thrilled to be part of an organization committed to individual liberty and economic freedom.
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UPDATE: Due to the rapid economic changes resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic, this campaign has been modified to call on American companies to hire and rehire American workers after the crisis has passed. With so many American citizens now facing layoffs and unemployment, this is no time for companies to be hiring foreign workers. Now more than ever, corporate America must #reinvestinUS.
Despite a growing economy and a falling unemployment rate, there are still thousands of Americans looking for an opportunity to put their talents to use. Unfortunately, many well-known companies are leaving them on the sidelines as they choose to hire foreign workers through the H-1B visa program. That cannot stand, so FAIR is standing up for them with a massive digital advertising campaign.
The digital campaign will run for the next six weeks on Twitter and will target those U.S. companies who are growing reliant upon the H-1B program for their hiring needs. FAIR has highlighted some of the major companies, including Microsoft, Nike, Netflix, Uber and Starbucks, who are pushing hard to increase visa caps because it benefits their bottom line and not the American worker. For example, we reported recently that Uber fired more than 1,000 employees over a ten-week period, but simultaneously was doubling the number of H-1B visa workers it was hiring for management, marketing, and tech positions. In FY19, Uber had over 1,160 initial and continuing H-1B approvals.
Uber is not alone. In fact, Microsoft too laid off 18,000 U.S. employees in 2014 while also pushing for more H-1B visa workers. Their preference for foreign workers, however, has not impeded their ability to keep landing top government contracts. In October 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense picked Microsoft for a JEDI cloud computing contract worth $10 billion.
Many of these companies have a significant social media presence and use that presence to communicate with and influence their customers. So, what better way to get the message across to them – and millions of their followers on Twitter – that abusing the visa process to get cheap foreign labor is not okay with the American public? FAIR will not stand by while the American middle class is ignored or sold out by self-interested companies. We will continue to stand up and speak out – wherever we can – on behalf of the American worker.
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“The world owes China a thank you.” To most people, the words from the Xinhua news service, hit like a ton of bricks. With the entire planet in crisis and leaders scrambling to stop another Great Depression, the communist regime is wrong. What the world is owed is an apology.
Because China kept the world in the dark about its outbreak, tens of thousands of people are dead. National economies are on the brink. The world, as we know it, has come to a halt. Now, Chinese officials, with their already fragile reputation in the gutter, is looking for somebody to blame. “They clearly mishandled the coronavirus,” Asia expert Gordan Chang explained on “Washington Watch.” “They kept it secret for at least six months, maybe even more. And now they need to say it wasn’t us. It didn’t come from us. We are the victims.”
Now, furious at the flood of criticism world leaders are directing their way, China is responding the only way they know how: with threats and lies. “There have been a series of propaganda pieces [coming out of] Beijing which say that if the United States doesn’t do this or that, China could cut off the supply of pharmaceuticals and medical protective gear — and throw the U.S. into ‘a mighty sea of coronavirus.'”
To a lot of experts, Gordon included, the important thing isn’t whether China will go through with it, but whether they could go through with it. And given their stranglehold on American supply chains — everything from gloves, masks, gowns, and medicine — the risk is a serious one. Believe it or not, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pointed out, “up to 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients in American drugs are sourced abroad.” In places like China, that gives the community party incredible leverage over the U.S. — especially if we get to a point of widespread shortages or dire need.
And while a global pandemic isn’t how most leaders would choose to deal with this, one of the positive things about this crisis is that it’s forcing government to reevaluate its supply chains. America is “dangerously reliant,” Rubio (R-Fla.) warned, on “important lifesaving goods.” This problem isn’t new to President Trump and his team. For his entire first term, he’s tried to bring the manufacturing of American goods back home. Now, staring down a savage Chinese regime, bent on bringing disaster to America, that becomes an even more urgent priority.
Earlier this week, one of the president’s key trade advisors, Peter Navarro, said he was drafting an executive order that would limit America’s dependence on foreign manufacturers for medicine. When the president signs it (which may be this week), a big chunk of our essential pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and equipment productions would come back to U.S. soil, where it can’t be exploited by bad actors like China. “The movement of supply chains and production and essential medicines to the U.S. is not just a matter of public health and economic security, it’s a matter of national defense,” Navarro insisted.
In response to the pushback from Big Pharma, which seems to care more about keeping costs down and profits up than keeping America safe, Navarro made it clear: “Nothing in the order will prevent us from getting what we need, when we need it, and from wherever we need it.” Our country has too many vulnerabilities, Rubio argued — at a time when it can afford none. Taking back control of our own medical destiny will “help stabilize the U.S. economy, potentially help save American lives, and strengthen our ability to mitigate the effects of disease. Most importantly, it would be a high-return investment in our long-term capacity and independence from China during a moment when supply chains are up for grabs.”
Tony Perkins’s Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.
EDITORS NOTE: This FRC-Action column is republished with permission. All rights reserved.
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Now that we’re in a de facto Martial Law mode––a shutdown of entire industries and small businesses, nighttime curfews, social isolation, a run on goods, huge sports events cancelled, a “shelter-in-place” mandate in California, releasing prisoners in New York (God forbid these miscreants get a flu!), Broadway gone dark, and a craven media inciting and delighting in the panic they’re causing, it is relevant to ask:
Are the powers-that-be withholding information about a deadly germ-warfare attack on the entire world, started by an aggrieved Chinese Communist nation that was perfectly happy with the Bush1 and Clinton1&2 and Bush1&2 and Obama1&2 regimes that kowtowed to their outrageous demands and unfair trade deals but is now existentially threatened because a Patriot President expects more equitable deals?
Isn’t it both alarmist and immoral, as reported in American Thinker by Andrea Widburg, that the fake-news media have never told the American people that the scary statistics from Italy are the result of Italy’s recent Silk Road Project agreement with China, which resulted in more than 300,000 Chinese workers entering Italy?
Is it just one of those strange coincidences that one of the four richest men in the world, the uber-leftist and population-control fetishist Bill Gates––just weeks after the corona virus hit in January––stepped down from the Microsoft giant he founded in 1975, and just weeks earlier, in December, sponsored a “fictional” simulation of such a corona virus catastrophic event which spread wildly and caused 65 million deaths worldwide? Just asking.
What are the powers-that-be not telling us? The worldwide population is nearing eight billion. America has between 330-370 million people (the last 40 mil being illegals). Every day in America, 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose, 102 people from car accidents, and 2,500 from heart attacks. And yet, so far in America, 19,000 people have contracted the corona virus and 256 have died from it. Got that? Over 330-million people; 256 deaths. The swine flu of 10 years ago caused 60.8 million illnesses, and 12,469 deaths.
Or is this yet another hysterical, sky-is-falling anxiety attack by the hand-wringing left designed to convince the American public that either Communist Bernie Sanders or a clinically cognitively-diminished Joe Biden––both inveterate tax-and-spend liberals––would be just the man to help America recover from this traumatic event and revive the stock-market they both revile?
Of course, neither one of these Big Government hacks would be capable of such a feat. Thank God for the cool, calm, collected and seasoned business mogul, President Donald J. Trump, who is guiding us through the corona virus scare with decisive action and great success––with no less than 56 bold initiatives––and who not only brought us the greatest economy and employment record in the 243-year history of our country, but will revive it when this virus scare passes into history––shortly, I predict!
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
All praise to the brilliant graphic artist (above) who captured so perfectly what we are witnessing today––the last-gasp efforts of:
A crazed, out-of-ammunition Democrat Party,
A doddering presumptive Democrat presidential candidate,
A deranged leftist media, furious at their low and devolving ratings,
Huge investors in the Globalist economy,
Angry Chinese leadership,
Failed Trump saboteurs Michael Avenatti (now in jail), Michael Cohen (now in prison), Anthony Scaramucci (now in nowheresville),
The Russian-collusion hoaxers of Obama’s FBI, CIA, State, Homeland Security, et al.
The exposed liars in the Ukraine phone-call hoax,
The losers of the crashing failure known as the impeachment hoax,
The cringe-producing sore-loser Hillary Clinton, who “lost” $6-billion dollars when she was Sec. of State, and presided over the tragic loss of American lives in the Benghazi catastrophe––and then lied about it!
These are just a few of the forces who have been working overtime for the past four years to sabotage, undermine, and ultimately destroy both candidate and then President Trump, the man who single-handedly exposed:
The Left’s seditious and I believe traitorous anti-American agenda and behavior,
The criminality they’ve engaged in for decades with absolute impunity,
The gouging of the United States’ economy for their own ideological and personal benefit, extorting billions that was laundered and stuffed into their own pockets,
Their devoted allegiance to colossal hoaxes like Global Warming,
Their abject neglect of blacks in education and where ignorance leads––ta da––prison,
Their seething contempt if not downright hatred of the United States of America.
And yet, with all their impressive advanced college degrees, fancy credentials, exalted titles, tenure-for-life government jobs, social-media collaboration with leftist Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et al, and the flagrant abuse-of-power they’ve gotten away with––but not for long!––such as illegal FISA warrants, lying witnesses, shadow-banning, rigging elections, the list goes on…they still could not bring down THE. SMARTEST. GUY.IN.THE.ROOM.
TEARING THEIR HAIR OUT
Now, almost eight months from a presidential election, all of these forces are desperate, anguished, just-about suicidal with frustration. What can we do, they are asking themselves, to stop President Trump from winning a second term and then crushing for all time the remaining malignant remnants of the leftist agenda?
While none of them are smart enough to have created the corona virus threat, they secretly celebrated the fact that this crisis would prevent the president from conducting his two or three rallies a week around the country, where upwards of 50,000-75,000 people line up for days on end to applaud and support their president.
Well, they got their wish. Now he is on TV every single day, showing the entire country (and world) what genuinely strong and effective leadership is all about––which is why his approval ratings are skyrocketing!
Undaunted, the frantic left is spending untold billions, not to help the deserving people affected adversely by the corona virus, but, as Daniel Greenfield documents exhaustively, “to smear President Trump and undermine the administration. How patriotic of them.”
Greenfield cites the SuperPac which leftist billionaires––Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, financier George Soros, the list is long––are using to attack President Trump over the corona virus. Many if not all of them are more successful and savvy than most people in the world––but I repeat, none of them a match for THE. SMARTEST. GUY.IN.THE.ROOM!
WHERE ELSE THE OPPOSITION COMES FROM
Three years ago, I wrote an article called “The Hate-America Death Squads” in which I described the forces we are witnessing today, all of whom exult when America has trouble.
DEATH SQUAD #1 is the Cloward-Piven Strategy, begun in 1966 and flourishing to this day. In short, the founders of this plan, from Columbia Univ., loathed America and insisted that capitalism could be collapsed by overloading the government with financial demands that could not be met. They also formed voter-fraud schemes like Project Vote, ACORN, etc, still extant only with different names. And surprise, surprise – ACORN’s lawyer was none other than Barack Obama. Birds of a feather, and all that.
DEATH SQUAD #2 Saul Alinsky, a community organizer from Chicago, wrote the bible for hate-America leftists: Rules for Radicals. Hillary Clinton wrote her Wellesley thesis about Alinsky and remained close friends with him years after she graduated, and Barack Obama became a community organizer in the Alinsky mode. Both of them shared Alinsky’s real goal––to destroy capitalist America and turn it into the socialist-cum-communist regime they preferred.
DEATH SQUAD #3 is and was the leftwing media––or what Dr. Drew Pinsky calls “the corrupt, uninformed, morally reprehensible American press––notorious for skewing the “news” in a Marxist direction. Remember, most media anchors and news readers take their marching orders directly from bosses who are extremely invested in the global economy and not in President Trump’s economy, which has brought millions of jobs and manufacturing and profits back to the United States in order to Make America Great Again and Keep America Great!
DEATH SQUAD #4 is the Muslim Brotherhood which seeks the downfall of America, a phenomenon writer Linda Goudsmit explains in explicit and exquisite detail: “Islam is an expansionist socio-political movement with a religious wing created 1400 years ago.” Then and now, Islam “seeks world dominion––the establishment of a worldwide Islamic caliphate ruled by Islamic sharia law,” which is incompatible and anathema to American law and the U.S. Constitution.
DEATH SQUAD #5 is comprised of leftwing billionaires, mentioned above, who fund the hate-America groups like Occupy Wall St., Antifa, et al, as well as the politicians who have brought us Sanctuary Cities, no-bail laws, and attempts to rob Americans of their First Amendment right of Free Speech, Second Amendment right to bear arms, the power of capitalism to lift all boats, and belief in God.
THE GOOD NEWS
Medications to treat the corona virus are now being discussed, as Scott Johnson from Powerline reports, among them is the anti-malaria drug, The Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva is donating six-million doses of the medication to U.S. hospitals starting March 31st, and by the end of April 10 million will be shipped. President Trump has asked the Food and Drug Administration if it can expand the use of the drug as an experimental treatment for coronavirus patients. A related article in Gateway Pundit reported that a chloroquine study showed a 100% cure rate for patients infected with the corona virus.
And just as I’m writing this article, an explosive article is broadcast reporting that three international studies from China, Australia and France show that chloroquine with the antibiotic azithromycin shows100% success in treating corona virus in six days!
The ridiculous ban on plastic grocery bags is being temporarily lifted because, as John Tierney reports, the reusable tote bags “that politicians and environmentalists have been so eager to impose on the public…can sustain the COVID-19 and flu viruses…[a fact] that was clearly demonstrated in a 2018 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health. “
Nobel laureate Michael Levitt, an American-British-Israeli biophysicist who teaches structural biology at Stanford University…offered the public reassurance during the peak of China’s coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. “Levitt did not discover a treatment or a cure…he crunched the numbers” and predicted that the spread of the virus would come to a halt. “His forecasts turned out to be correct: the number of new cases reported each day started to fall as of February 7. A week later, the mortality rate started falling as well.”
Here is a good way to track the progress of the corona virus.
All this is devastating to Democrats, but there is a solution. Simply plaster this poster in every newspaper and all over the Internet and watch how quickly the corona virus scare vanishes into thin air!
http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00Joan Swirskyhttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngJoan Swirsky2020-03-22 07:58:252020-03-22 08:08:58Is This a PANDEMIC or a DEMPANIC?
Don’t be scared by the word Agony: I lived in Agony under the Soviet regime for years and knew the ideology was being brought to America, too. I wasn’t surprised by deadly Global Coronavirus Pandemic—I have written warnings to you about the Communists’ crimes for the last three decades. The title of this column was the title of my third book, published by Intermedia Publishing Inc. 2012. However, you were prevented from reading it. Ever since then I have been in agony, as a corrupt FBI had infiltrated the Publishing House and sabotaged my manuscript. When I repaired it, the Publishing House was forced into bankruptcy, killing my book. Making me a foreign agent in 2002, all my five books and numerous columns were banned by the FBI, to deprive you of the Truth. Actually, there is a more deadly invisible enemy than Covid-19: my books and columns educated, warned, and prepared you to prevent the deadly events by exposing the face of Soviet Fascism… Alas, that corrupt FBI has prevailed…
We are at war, in an asymmetrical ideological war waged by Soviet Fascism against Western civilization and American capitalism. The Global Covid-19 pandemic is not the first biological attack and it is not the last one against us. That is the reason, I’d like to show you how systematically I was preparing you for the criminal biological attack by Soviet Fascism to grasp what happened within our Intel and FBI. The following excerpts from my books focusing your attention on the origin of the criminal ideology of Soviet Fascism and its early components: Stalinism, the Soviet system, the Formula for Power, and the Soviet Mafia. Here are the fragments from The Russian Factor:
“For those who are interested in real historical facts, I should go back in time. After the end of WWII, Stalin’s main concern had become the unity of the USSR. As a matter of fact, the liberated West Ukraine was boiling with nationalist sentiments. Its leader Stephan Bandera had lived in the West Germany. He was recognized by the Soviets as “the legendary founder of the Ukrainian Nationalist Organization, which fought Stalin’s regime. …” Bandera was an outspoken and charismatic individual, calling for the Ukrainian independence. In so acting, he had become the Stalin’s principal target. The KGB got an assignment to assassinate him. Several subsequent attempts failed. Yet finally the KGB was successful, assassinating Bandera in 1959 with the poison that had no antidote. The name of the poison was Ricin. “…KGB assassin Boris Stashinsky used a poison gas gun to kill exiled Ukrainian nationalist leaders Lev Rebet and Stephan Bandera in the late 1950s,” (“Disinformation on Ukraine’s Freedom Fighters”).
“There was also information that the Nazis had used Ricin in the ‘’30s. You can judge for yourself the connection of times, crimes, and the essential actors of history… It was not a coincidence that Ricin had appeared in the North Iraq. Do you remember information I presented about the Soviet intelligence setting up a Marxist insurgency in Turkey? It was done in the same manner as the Soviet insurgency in the Philippines, Indonesia, and other countries in the ’60s-–’70s in the familiar design of Stalin’s Second Front. I believe that is the way Ricin got to North Iraq.
Africa: The Soviets Target
“The African continent was no exception. The infiltration of the Soviet intelligence forces into the African countries under the phony slogan “The Fight with Colonialism” since the ‘’60s brought only a disaster to those countries. Do you remember Rhodesia? Go today to Zimbabwe, a formerly Rhodesia, and see what Mr. Mugabe has done to the country. You will understand the scale of the disaster over the entire continent of Africa. It had been done, predominantly, by, the leaders of those countries, who studied in the Soviet Union. Please, go to the table I presented on the page p.255. The African leaders learned their constant excuses of the African leaders and their phony slogan “The Fight with Colonialism in the USSR.” Remember also that some of the Moscow’s ‘students’ were sent to the United States after their extensive training on the Soviet territory and later in Russian.” (I called them currently the Soviet Charlatans.)
“A few years ago, I saw a wonderful movie Out of Africa. Based on historic facts, the film told the story of the British community involved in the life of the African country Kenya. The events happened at the beginning of the ‘20s century, before Soviet infiltration into the African continent. I want you to see the film and judge for yourself the differences between the Britain’s involvement in Africa and the Soviet infiltration… In my book Baltic Winds, there is a conversation with my friend in 1980 where he told me that Africa would “‘sink in blood,’” because its leaders had been trained in Moscow in the Soviet ideology of fighting against American capitalism.
I watched Out of Africa in the twenty-first century, after the events of ‘the “killing fields’” in Burundi and Rwanda, where almost one million black people had been killed. Watching the film, the idea of showing you the historical contrast of the times came to my mind. If I remember it correctly, the British expedition in Kenya was studying monkeys and their behavior. The peaceful and beautiful landscape of the African country charmed me, especially the hardworking and decent people in its background. The humaneness of interrelation between the whites and blacks, and their mutual respect for each other was telling the real story. One scene brought me to tears. I was so depressed I by my inability to spread the truth and save lives. In the film, white and black people were watching together the behavior of monkeys, while playing the music of Beethoven. Can you imagine what I felt, watching the scene? The power of contrast was so stressful…! Now you know that the Soviet mafia was teaching people in Africa violence, brutality, and crime.
The film, however, brought to the memory a story from my personal experience. As the decade of the 60’s ‘came to a close, a client came to my office. She was a biologist or virusologist, working in the monkey’s nursery-reserve in Sukhumi, Georgia. She got an interesting offer from the Soviet government to work with monkeys on the research of viruses, somewhere in the central or south of Africa. The salary was very attractive, she needed the money and she accepted the offer, but still she was confused by the extreme secrecy of the project’s procedure and many strange requirements for her signature… Later on, I recalled my client, when the information about the AIDS was coming from Africa. The legacy of Stalinism left Africa with destruction, killings, despair, and poverty. No amount of money can revive ruined land and erase corruption in the world—only exposure of the Formula for Power will do that.” The Russian Factor: From Cold War to Global Terrorism, Xlibris, 2006, pp. 256-262.
Somewhere in the end of 1980s or beginning of 1990s the Soviet propaganda-machine unleashed the famous Soviet manipulator, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, to blame America for inventing HIV virus. I saw him on Moscow TV saying that: “CIA’s laboratory in Maryland had invented the HIV virus.” It was the standard process, observing two Stalinist postulates: “Never admit the crime committed, instead blame the opponents in that exact crime,” and “Blame America First.” Zhirinovsky, as usual, was spreading false information and this did not surprise me. What surprised me a decade later was to hear the same lies from Obama’s spiritual mentor Reverend Jeremiah Wright, of Trinity United Church in Chicago. I was stunned, he was yelling about the white Americans who invented the HIV virus to genocide the Black population. I described the scene on pp. 292-297, What is Happening to America? Xlibris, 2016. It is history, read it.
The subject of Soviet Fascism is a new and complicated topic for a reader. It is impossible to grasp and understand the nefarious evil of the ideology from one column: I will continue the explanation in the second segment of the column. However, I gave you those stories of the past purposely—they are inextricably connected. The Chinese Communist State is a totalitarian State like the Soviet Union and both are identical in their defense of themselves via Stalinist postulates. As in the case of the HIV virus, China blames America for Wuhan-virus, Covid-19—China called it an ideological bias against China. This is not a coincident in resemblance of behavior—it took Stalin twenty-nine years to establish Chinese Communist State, the KGB and Russian military delivered that result by 1949…
Though, I will write the part two of this column, for you to be ready for the next column, I’ll ask you to find on computer and read the Black Liberation Army Coordinating Committee’s Message to the Black Movement, A Political Statement from the Black Underground. This document was composed by the KGB under the Chairman Yuri Andropov and spread among the Black community in America at the end of 1960s. I have learned it from the KGB members in 1970s. Reading even the first page, will open your eyes and mind to see the actual Soviet propaganda. To grasp the ideology of Soviet Fascism, please also read my book Socialist Lies: From Stalin to the Clintons, Obamas, and Sanders, Xlibris, 2016.
We are at war. The pandemic Agony is now in economic activities of America, in supermarkets’ empty shelves, the DJI is down, and the minds of Americans threatened for their future. To overcome current Agony, knowledge of Russia, her Security Services, and the ideology of Soviet Fascism is a Must! Without this knowledge we will have another virus—Tsar-virus to kill as many people as possible to end Western civilization and the political system of the Constitutional American Republic left to us by our Founding Fathers…
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Is Bahgat Saber’s activity in New York under investigation? Why not? Would that be “Islamophobic”?
In any case, his call is completely Islamic: “Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. Those who follow him are ruthless to unbelievers, merciful to one another.” (Qur’an 48:29)
“NY-Based Muslim Brotherhood Activist Bahgat Saber Urges Egyptians to Deliberately Infect Government Officials and Employees at Egypt’s Consulates and Embassies with Coronavirus, MEMRI, March 1, 2020:
Bahgat Saber, a New York-based Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood activist, said in a video he uploaded to his Facebook page on March 1, 2020 that any Egyptian who has flu-like symptoms or coronavirus should deliberately go to Egyptian police stations, public prosecution offices, courthouses, embassies, and consulates and shake hands with government officials in order to exact revenge against President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s government, which he said is deeply corrupt, and avenge the people Sisi has oppressed. He added that if he gets coronavirus, he plans to go to the Egyptian consulate in New York and infect the people working there.
Bahgat Saber: “Whoever has flu-like symptoms – cold, fever, sneezing – should pay a visit to his ‘friends’ who work for Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s government. The moment you get flu-like symptoms like a cold or a fever, go to the public prosecution office that is closest to your house. Go to any building where they might illegally incarcerate people. If you can, go to a building of the Security Investigations Service, and if you can’t, just wait for them and sneeze on their cars when they pass by.
“If you want the state to care about coronavirus and start dealing with this disease, whoever among you suffers from influenza, fever, or cold, should just casually walk into a police station, or go to an office of the public prosecution, or to a courthouse. If you are a soldier, you can go into the defense ministry, and shake hands with all the generals of the military and the police. The same is true with the justice system. [People should target] the businessmen and actors who support Sisi. He should go to Media Production City. If there are people who oppose the military coup and work in Media Production City, and who have contracted anything – cold, fever, anything… They should go there and shake hands with everybody.
“If you have contracted coronavirus, you should exact revenge! Avenge yourself, avenge the honor of your women, avenge the people who are in prison, and avenge the oppressed people. Go there. Why die alone? When you die, why die alone?
“Perhaps coronavirus will topple Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Our Lord is capable of doing anything. But you have to make proper use of this.
“People who are outside of Egypt should go to any consulate or embassy. They are all licentious villains and sons of bitches.
“Exact revenge! This is legal and constitutional revenge. No law or constitution prohibits you from paying them a visit. If you know someone [sick], send him on a visit. You’ll be doing him a favor.
“When you talk to people, they say to you: ‘We don’t have machine guns, we don’t have F-16 plans, we don’t have this and that…’ But now you have the coronavirus culture.
“If I am infected, I will go to the Egyptian consulate here. They are all corrupt sons of bitches. I’ve been dealing with them for years.”
http://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.png00Robert Spencerhttp://drrich.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/logo_264x69.pngRobert Spencer2020-03-22 07:26:102020-03-22 07:29:15New York: Muslim Brotherhood activist, 'If you have contracted coronavirus, you should exact revenge!' [Video]
Let’s take the novel coronavirus seriously, but let’s not throw reason, prudence, or the Constitution out the window.
Anyone who’s seen the John Hughes movie Ferris Beuller’s Day Off probably remembers the scene where Ferris’s economics teacher (Ben Stein) explains the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act to a roomful of bored, sleeping students. The scene is brilliant for many reasons, perhaps most so because it perfectly demonstrated how some of the most boring things in history are also the most important.
Smoot-Hawley was, of course, one of the great blunders in history.
Passed in 1930 over the objection of more than a thousand economists, the legislation increased tariffs (which were already high) on imports to protect US industries and farmers, sparking a trade war that deepened the Great Depression. It’s a perfect example of authorities taking decisive action to alleviate a crisis—and making things much worse.
What many forget is that Smoot-Hawley didn’t cause the Depression. It was a response to the Depression. Indeed, it may never have passed at all without the catalyst—the Stock Market Crash of 1929—that sent the nation into a frenzy. Senate Republicans had defeated the legislation the previous year, but trade restrictionists found a convenient crisis in Black Tuesday, which triggered widespread hysteria, allowing the law to squeak through.
Designed to protect Americans during the economic crisis, Smoot-Hawley proved disastrous. Imports fell from $1,334M in 1929 to just $390M in 1932. Global trade fell by roughly 66 percent, government data show. By 1933 unemployment was 25 percent, the highest in US history.
To “correct” things, Americans elected Franklin D. Roosevelt, who launched a series of federal programs—which made the crisis even worse. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Government Has a History of Making Panics Worse
Smoot-Hawley and the New Deal are hardly the only examples of government actions making a panic worse.
In his book Basic Economics, the economist Thomas Sowell recounts several instances in which governments turned small problems into major ones by using blunt force—often price controls—to respond to public panic about rising costs of a given commodity.
One of the more famous examples of this is the gasoline crisis of the 1970s, which started when the federal government took a small problem (temporary high costs of gasoline) and turned it into a big one (a national shortage).
It began when OPEC (the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), a newly formed oil cartel, cut oil production, causing fuel prices to rise. To address the rise, the Nixon administration (and later the Ford and Carter administrations) resorted to price controls to keep fuel prices low for consumers.
The result? Mass fuel shortages across the country that led to long lines and many Americans unable to buy fuel. This “energy crisis,” as it was dubbed at the time, in turn wreaked havoc on the automotive industry.
As Sowell explains, however, there was not an actual scarcity of gasoline. There was nearly as much gas sold in 1972 as the previous year (95 percent, to be precise). Similarly, Americans in 1978 consumed more gasoline than in any other previous year in history. The problem was the resources were not being allocated efficiently because of state-imposed price controls.
The energy crisis was entirely predictable, two Soviet economists (who had vast experience in the arena central planning-induced shortages) later observed.
In an economy with rigidly planned proportions, such situations are not the exception but the rule—an everyday reality, a governing law. The absolute majority of goods is either in short supply or in surplus. Quite often the same product is in both categories—there is a shortage in one region and a surplus in another.
No one likes high gas prices, but the energy crisis of the 1970s wasn’t truly a crisis until the government created it. Nor was the result unique. Similar examples kind be found throughout history, from the grain shortages in Ancient Rome brought about by Diocletian’s “Edict on Maximum Prices” to the mortgage crisis in 2007 and the financial crisis that ensued.
This might seem obvious in hindsight, yet similar mistakes are made today during crises, just on a smaller scale. To address alleged crises in housing, California and Oregon recently passed rent control laws that will surely have a devastating impact on residents in those states. Similarly, anti-price gouging laws (and social pressure) regularly lead to mass shortages during national emergencies.
COVID-19: Time to Panic?
As America endures the most frightening pandemic in a century, the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important that decisions affecting the lives, liberties, and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people are being reached through reason, not collective fear.
Pandemics are clearly different from economic depressions and fuel shortages, but some of the same lessons apply. Like an economic panic, pandemics incite mass fear, which can lead to flawed and irrational decision making.
COVID-19 may very well prove to be every bit as dangerous as we’ve been led to believe. Epidemiologists, vaccine researchers, and other medical experts agree it’s highly contagious and deadly, especially for certain at-risk demographics (the elderly and people with compromised immune systems and lung damage, for example). Yet many of the same experts disagree on the scope of the COVID-19 threat.
One of the problems medical professionals are encountering is they simply don’t have a lot of reliable data to work with.
“The data collected so far on how many people are infected and how the epidemic is evolving are utterly unreliable,” John P.A. Ioannidis, an epidemiologist and professor of medicine at Stanford University who co-directs the university’s Meta-Research Innovation Center, recently wrote in Stat.
Let’s face it: pandemics are scary. This is probably doubly true in the age of social media, when the scariest models tend to be the ones most shared, which fuels even more panic. Because of the heightened level of fear, it’s not unreasonable to think public officials could “follow the crowd,” which is a bad idea even when the crowd isn’t totally petrified.
“Crowds do not reason….they tolerate neither discussion nor contradiction, and the suggestions brought to bear on them invade the entire field of their understanding and tend at once to transform themselves into acts,” wrote Gustave Le Bon in his seminal 1895 work The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind.
It’s no secret or coincidence that crises—foreign wars, terrorist attacks, and economic depressions—have often resulted in vast encroachments of freedom and even given rise to tyrants (from Napoleon to Lenin and beyond). In his book Crisis and Leviathan, the historian and economist Robert Higgs explains how throughout history, crises have been used to expand the administrative state, often by allowing “temporary” measures to be left in place after a crisis has abated (think federal tax withholding during World War II).
“When [crises occur] … governments almost certainly will gain new powers over economic and social affairs,” wrote Higgs. “For those who cherish individual liberty and a free society, the prospect is deeply disheartening.”
Let’s take the novel coronavirus deadly seriously, but let’s not throw reason, prudence, or the Constitution out the window while doing so.
If we do, we may find the government’s “cure” for the coronavirus cure is even worse than the disease.
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