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Mar 07 12:48

Russia Just Told the World, “No.”

There is real power in the word “No.”

In fact, I’d argue that it is the single most powerful word in any language.

In the midst of the worst market meltdown in a dozen years which has at its source problems within global dollar-funding markets, Russia found itself in the position to exercise the Power of No.

Multiple overlapping crises are happening worldwide right now and they all interlock into a fabric of chaos.

Mar 07 12:41

Donbass and Syria – A Perfect Storm Approaching?

Suppose you were planning to start, or at least risk, a full scale multi-front war between superpowers, and you wanted to prepare your domestic situation as much as possible beforehand, without exposing or admitting your plan ahead of time.

The Capitalist Class, the Ruling Class, the Parasite Class has just about sucked the Earth dry. Humanity, the environment, the social web of the human community, the world economy, evolution itself, all are on their last legs, disintegrating before our eyes. And this criminal class would like nothing more than to overturn the table, cry “Havoc”, and go into hiding in their billion dollar super bunkers for a few generations while the Earth depopulates, and regenerates if it can.

Mar 07 08:53

Hawaii records its first case of new coronavirus

Hawaii officials on Friday said they have confirmed the state's first case of the new coronavirus in a man who had been on a cruise ship from California to Mexico that had other infected passengers.

The man fell ill after flying home to Oahu from Mexico after the Grand Princess cruise that was scheduled Feb. 11-21, Deputy State Epidemiologist Sarah Kemble said. He did not have symptoms of the disease while he was traveling home, which means he wasn't at risk for transmitting the disease to others at the time, Kemble said.

Mar 07 08:42

Flu shot has an unexpected benefit in combating the new coronavirus

Could the flu vaccine combat the coronavirus? That's the question President Donald Trump asked during a White house roundtable discussion between his coronavirus task force and pharmaceutical company executives on Monday (March 2).

His question was answered with a direct "no" from an executive.

Mar 07 06:48

15 Hollywood Celebs Spreading Fear and Fake News About Coronavirus

The left-wing Hollywood celebrities are stoking public hysteria over the coronavirus, using social media to spread fear as well as disinformation about President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly global outbreak.

Mar 07 06:45

Officials are secretly arranging for 200 mobile morgues to be sent across the country over coronavirus fears

OFFICIALS have secretly arranged for 200 mobile morgues to be sent across the country.

Local authorities were emailed about the extra capacity for 15,000 bodies to help manage “peaks in demand”.

Mar 07 06:45

As coronavirus fears mount, Russia BANS export of masks & other vital equipment

Entrepreneurial Russians looking to make a quick buck out of coronavirus fears are out of luck. Following concerns about stocks of medical supplies, the government has stepped in to thwart those trying to profit from the panic.

As the worldwide death toll now stands above 3,000, the Russian Ministry of Trade has temporarily prohibited the export of certain items, such as masks and protective suits, as the country seeks to keep the infection contained.

The ban, detailed on the website of the cabinet of ministers, covers a wide range of medical equipment ranging from bandages, to shoe covers, to disinfectant. The new rules will not affect supplies crossing the border for personal use or humanitarian aid, and will last until June 1. It comes on the same day that Germany introduced similar measures.

Mar 07 06:31

Just 20 Per Cent of Germans Confident Merkel Govt Can Handle Coronavirus Outbreak

A poll has claimed that just one in five Germans are confident that Angela Merkel’s government can handle a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus.

The survey, which was conducted by polling firm INSA for German tabloid Bild, showed that close to half (44 per cent) of the German public said they do not trust Merkel’s government to have made all the necessary preparations for an outbreak.

While confidence in the government’s preparedness is higher among men than women, only 23 per cent of men trust in the ability of the government.

Mar 07 06:05

Drinking alcohol will not protect you from COVID-19, WHO quashes rumours

With 31 individuals diagnosed with the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in India, everyone seems to be going into a state of panic. And as a fallout, people are believing just about anything and everything they are coming across on the internet. Among several pieces of information, there is one that asks people to 'drink alcohol to stay safe and kill the deadly virus', which, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is not true.

Mar 07 05:40

Two dead in Florida from coronavirus

Though Gov. Ron DeSantis announced earlier Friday that Florida had no new cases of coronavirus, the Florida Department of Health said late Friday that two people had died from the contagion.

One of the deaths involved a patient with a previously unannounced case in Lee County. That case is considered presumptive positive as it has not yet been confirmed by the CDC. The other involved a man in his 70s in Santa Rosa County, which was announced on Thursday and is confirmed. Officials say the man from Santa Rosa County traveled internationally and had underlying health conditions.

There are also two new additional presumptive positive cases in Broward County.

Mar 07 05:32

Coronavirus outbreak: Globally more than 56 thousand recovery cases reported, death toll rises to 3,461

The deadly coronavirus has infected more than 100,000 people across 91 countries. China which is the epicentre of coronavirus has recorded 28 new deaths on Friday (March 6, 2020) bringing the nationwide toll to 3,070. Meanwhile, 56,106 recovered cases of coronavirus were also reported globally.

Mar 07 05:30

PM Narendra Modi appeals for calm, says 'don't believe rumours on Coronavirus'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (March 7, 2020) urged people to remain calm and not trust rumours about the coronavirus outbreak and emphasised the need to undertake proper protective measures.
"I request people to not believe in hearsay and rumours on what to do and what not to do on Coronavirus, whatever doubts you have please consult your doctor. Take advise from a doctor and do not be a doctor of your own," said Modi while interacting with Jan Aushadhi Yojana beneficiaries via video conference.

Mar 06 14:30

Top vet group survey: 44 percent report suicidal thoughts since joining military

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) this week released a survey showing that 44 percent of respondents said they have thought about suicide since joining the military, with only 10 percent saying they had thought about it prior to military service.

The top veteran advocacy organization’s 10th annual survey was issued over a three-week period in December and January to all IAVA member veterans and over 1,700 veterans responded.

Only 15 percent of those surveyed said the U.S. is making progress on combating military and veteran suicide. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they personally know a post-9/11 veteran who has attempted suicide, up from 65 percent in 2019 and 54 percent in 2015.

Sixty-two percent of those polled said they personally know a veteran who has died by suicide, up from 59 percent in 2019, 45 percent in 2015, and 40 percent in 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF accurate, these numbers are dismal in the extreme; every active-duty military personnel, and every Veteran need to be screened for this, and treated appropriately.

But the question wed, as concerned citizens, and people who do care about our military and our country is, why are the numbers so high, and why are they so high right now?!?

Mar 06 14:22

AMID CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, TRUMP-ALIGNED PRESSURE GROUP PUSHES TO STOP MEDICINE SALES TO IRAN

DESPITE A MASSIVE coronavirus-related public health crisis, an anti-Iran pressure group with close ties to the Trump administration is urging major pharmaceutical companies to “end their Iran business,” focusing on companies with special licenses — most often under a broadly defined “humanitarian exemption” — to conduct trade with Iran.

With a novel strain of coronavirus rapidly spreading around the world, Iran has been hit particularly hard, with 107 deaths and 3,515 infections recorded so far. Yet the pressure group, United Against Nuclear Iran, is carrying on with its campaign targeting medical trade with Iran despite the Trump administration’s special financial channels for humanitarian goods and medicine to reach the beleaguered country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; Iran has been given absolutely no reason to trust, or believe, anything the US government is saying on your watch; you have a chance to reverse this now, by offering the best science the US has to fight this disease, and right the heck now.

Please, Mr. President, take the high road here; and that would be, immediately, freeing up what can be sold to help people recover from this disease as well as possible, until a viable vaccine can be created and tested.

Mar 06 10:19

Remembering The Alamo

Also remember Goliad where 400 Texicans were massacred after surrendering by Santa Ana and the Mexican Army!

Tomorrow, March 6, marks the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo outside of San Antonio, Texas, back in 1836. This event is so significant in my mind that I always try to devote a column that honors the heroism of these men on or around the anniversary of the occasion.

For 13 days, 189 brave and determined patriots withstood Santa Anna’s seasoned army of over 4,000 troops. To a man, the defenders of that mission fort knew that they would never leave those ramparts alive. They had several opportunities to leave and live. Yet they chose to fight and die. How foolish they must look to this generation of spoiled Americans.

Mar 06 10:15

Coronavirus: Remember the “Fake” 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating the Data to Justify a Worldwide Public Health Emergency

Author’s Introduction

On January 30th 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) in relation to China’s novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) categorized as a viral pneumonia. The virus outbreak was centred in the city of Wuhan, a city in Eastern China with a population in excess of 11 million.

In the week prior to January 30th decision, the WHO Emergency Committee “expressed divergent views”. There were visible divisions within the Committee. On January 30th, a far-reaching decision was taken in an irresponsible fashion without the support of expert opinion at a time when the coronavirus outbreak was limited to Mainland China.

Mar 06 10:13

Who Made Coronavirus? Was It the U.S., Israel or China?

The most commonly reported mainstream media account of the creation of the Coronavirus suggests that it was derived from an animal borne microorganism found in a wild bat that was consumed by an ethnic Chinese resident of Wuhan. But there appears to be some evidence to dispute that in that adjacent provinces in China, where wild bats are more numerous, have not experienced major outbreaks of the disease. Because of that and other factors, there has also been considerable speculation that the Coronavirus did not occur naturally through mutation but rather was produced in a laboratory, possibly as a biological warfare agent.

Mar 06 10:10

China’s Coronavirus: A Shocking Update. Did The Virus Originate in the US?

The Western media quickly took the stage and laid out the official narrative for the outbreak of the new coronavirus which appeared to have begun in China, claiming it to have originated with animals at a wet market in Wuhan.

In fact the origin was for a long time unknown but it appears likely now, according to Chinese and Japanese reports, that the virus originated elsewhere, from multiple locations, but began to spread widely only after being introduced to the market.

More to the point, it appears that the virus did not originate in China and, according to reports in Japanese and other media, may have originated in the US.

Chinese Researchers Conclude the Virus Originated Outside of China

Mar 06 10:04

Turkey Is Forcibly Transporting Migrants to the Greek Border, Pushing Them Across

Editor’s note: Has graduated from simply luring the migrants to the Greek border, and helping them reach (and penetrate) it — to at least in some cases, forcibly transporting them there and pushing them across. Apparently the Turkish border police has in some cases fired tear gas at the migrants to pressure them to attempt to breach the Greek border.

Around 300 migrants from Ankara’s Akyurt Repatriation Center were transported to the border against their will on Feb. 29, said Sad?k Onur Gelbal, the chair of the Ankara Bar Association’s Migrant Rights Center on March 4.

Mar 06 09:06

25yo Brit Who Survived Coronavirus With 'Hot Toddy' Says Case Was Worse Than Initial Reports Described

Connor Reed, the 25-year-old British man who initial media reports said cured himself with a "hot toddy," now says it took him some 24 days to recover from the virus and it was the worst illness he's ever had.

Mar 06 09:05

Won't Somebody Please Think Of The GDP?

CNBC's Rick Santelli suggests giving everyone coronavirus to spare the economy...

Mar 06 08:50

Moscow declares HIGH ALERT over coronavirus threat, imposes mandatory self-quarantines & workplace health checks

Health authorities in Russia’s capital have imposed a state of “high alert” and a series of new measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, directing anyone returning from virus-stricken locales to self-isolate.
Returnees from trips abroad – namely from China, Iran, South Korea, Germany, France, Italy and Spain – have been asked to relay details of their travel to health officials, and to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days, according to a decree published on the Moscow mayor’s website on Thursday. That means forgoing work, studies and limiting visits to public places.

“The situation with coronavirus in the city is relatively calm… but, despite the measures taken, there is information about new cases,” Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin wrote in a blog post explaining the move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that what Moscow's Mayor Sobyanin is doing, is both reasonable, and logical.

Mar 06 08:27

CORONAVIRUS: FRENCH GOVERNMENT SEIZES ALL STOCKS OF FACE MASKS, THOUSANDS STOLEN FROM HOSPITALS

SOURCE: BREITBART
French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the seizure of all stocks and future production of medical face masks in the face of a growing threat from Coronavirus, and a spate of looting of masks from medical facilities.

The China-origin Coronavirus, which has already killed a known 3,190 people worldwide is becoming more established in Europe, with worst-impacted nation Italy’s death toll standing at 79. Neighbouring France has seen a comparatively modest four deaths, but the French government hasn’t baulked at launching a series of sweeping measures under the guise of public health.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One thing you cannot accuse France's President Macron of being, is "not Draconian enough!!"

So President Macron, a word, please; when you make the possession of something illegal, you immediately create an illegal marketplace for said item; your energy would, most probably, have been better spent, in authorizing the best French manufacturers of these items, to be making these items exclusively for the French government, and paying them intelligently to do so.

By this action, you are stoking fears, and not really doing anything to alleviate the problem; right now, you need the wise counsel of a seasoned Epidemiologist, who can guide your actions to prevent as many infections as possible in France.

And I seriously doubt that this "mask seizure" would have been one of their top recommendations.

Mar 06 08:21

The old swine flu vaccine caused permanent brain damage; will the new coronavirus vaccine do the same thing?

Several years back when everyone was freaking out about the H1N1 swine flu, health authorities promised a “miracle” vaccine that, in the end, was shown to be far more dangerous than the swine flu itself because it caused permanent brain damage. Well, now this same situation is happening all over again with the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19), with promised vaccines that will more than likely come with similar damaging adverse effects.

Mar 06 08:16

HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL USE LINKED TO CHILD LANGUAGE DELAYS

SOURCE: EUREK ALERT
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Young children from low-income homes whose mothers reported frequent use of toxic chemicals such as household cleaners were more likely to show delays in language development by age 2, a new study found.

In addition, the children scored lower on a test of cognitive development. These developmental delays were evident even when the researchers took into account factors such as the education and income of mothers, which are also linked to their children's language and cognitive skills.

The findings provide additional evidence of the need for pediatricians and other health care providers to counsel parents of young children to restrict their use of toxic household chemicals, said Hui Jiang, lead author of the study and senior research associate at The Ohio State University.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...more studies are needed...." MY ASTROLABE!!!!!

ANYTHING which can hurt kids, in my world, particularly at key developmental phases, is a form of child abuse, period, end of discussion.

Schools, pre-schools, infant care facilities, and churches need to be at the forefront of a movement to educate young women about what chemicals should NEVER be in their homes, and what non-toxic alternatives which "do the job" well, should be substituted for them.

Commercials, and the corporations which buy them, have the luxury of being able to lie to the American people about the potential harm their products may cause; just think about the Monsanto Frankenpesticide, "Roundup", and you have a pretty good picture of how this is allowed to happen.

No mom in her right mind, no matter her income status, would deliberately buy, and use, a chemical which could cause their child developmental delays, which could lead to cognitive problems down the road: NOT ONE!!

Mar 06 08:12

Coronavirus may be a product of US ‘biological attack’ aimed at Iran & China, IRGC chief claims

The US Could be the prime culprit behind Covid-2019 outbreak that hit China and then Iran, head of its elite Revolutionary Guards claimed, threatening that the virus will eventually be turned against those who unleashed it.

“It is possible that this virus is a product of a biological attack by America which initially spread to China and then to Iran and the rest of the world," Hossein Salami said on Thursday.

He vowed that Iran would "fight" the virus and cautioned that the illness "will return" to the United States, if Washington was indeed responsible for the outbreak.

Mar 06 08:01

Who Made Coronavirus? Was It the U.S., Israel or China Itself?

The most commonly reported mainstream media account of the creation of the Coronavirus suggests that it was derived from an animal borne microorganism found in a wild bat that was consumed by an ethnic Chinese resident of Wuhan. But there appears to be some evidence to dispute that in that adjacent provinces in China, where wild bats are more numerous, have not experienced major outbreaks of the disease. Because of that and other factors, there has also been considerable speculation that the Coronavirus did not occur naturally through mutation but rather was produced in a laboratory, possibly as a biological warfare agent.

Mar 06 07:57

Iranian doctor expects 40% of Tehran population to catch coronavirus

An Iranian specialist in infectious diseases and a member of the National Committee for Influenza, Dr Masoud Mardani expected that nearly 40 per cent of Iranians living in the capital, Tehran will be infected with the coronavirus.

Dr Mardani said in an interview with Iran newspaper that an infected person could transmit the virus to four people at the same time. Therefore it is expected that 30-40 per cent of Tehran’s population will be infected with the virus by March.

Mar 06 07:56

Iran coronavirus: US sanctions could turn crisis into catastrophe

y all accounts, the outbreak of coronavirus in Iran poses a major existential threat that could overwhelm the healthcare system and other resources to combat the disease, which has been sweeping across the country like a tsunami.

At the same time, it has delivered a significant blow to the legitimacy of coercive US sanctions on Iran, giving them a new air of cruelty unsustainable by any civilisational standard. Unless the US government steps back from its “maximum pressure strategy” - at least for the duration of this epidemic - the sanctions regime is bound to be stigmatised in the world community as an art of dangerous cruelty, rather than a legitimate foreign policy tool.

Mar 06 07:54

"The Worst Is Yet To Come": Nomura Now Sees As Many As 1.5 Million Covid Cases By June

"The worst is yet to come."

That's the self-explanatory title of Nomura's latest analysis assessing the consequences from the coronavirus pandemic, and which comes just two weeks after the Japanese bank issued its first preliminary assessment on the fallout from the global pandemic, which as readers will recall we found unduly optimistic. Well, a lot has happened since then, and as the report's title suggests, the outlook has deteriorated sharply.

In the bank's new base case, it revises down further its Q1 2020 GDP growth forecast for China to 0% y-o-y, and for the world to 0.9%. While Nomura still envisages a V-shaped global recovery in Q2 in its new base case, it now has a “U” in its new "bad scenario" and a downright depressionary “L” (non) recovery in the new severe scenario.

Mar 06 07:39

Coronavirus: the definition of “cases” is producing a new level of illusion

Buckle up. We’re not riding on a smooth superhighway. These roads are extremely bumpy and rough.

Public health agencies and the press are casting out a blizzard of confusing terms:

presumptive cases, infected persons, asymptomatic persons, confirmed cases, containment measures, persons connected to persons who are infected…

It is my understanding that, now, the CDC is lumping together presumptive cases and confirmed cases, and calling them: CASES.

Mar 06 07:38

Supermarkets prepare for FOOD RIOTS as part of emergency plans to feed the nation as panic buying Brits strip shelves faster than they can be refilled.. but high streets and shopping centres are deserted

British supermarkets are prepared for food riots if panic buying becomes widespread in the worst-cast scenario of a coronavirus pandemic, a retail expert has said.

Former Tesco supply chain director Bruno Monteyne said a major outbreak of the virus would result in 'panic buying, empty shelves and food riots' but that at this stage retailers would revert to 'feed the nation' status to avoid anyone going hungry.

It came as Boris Johnson tried to reassure Britons he would 'keep the country fed' and urged people to refrain from stockpiling essentials as photos circulated of empty shelves in supermarkets.

However, despite the demand on food retailers, it was a different picture elsewhere. High streets and shopping centres were today seen largely deserted as shoppers stayed at home - partly over concerns about catching the disease.

Mar 06 07:37

Coronavirus spreads to NYC, Texas, New Jersey, Tennessee and Nevada as epidemic sweeps across America

Two more coronavirus cases are now confirmed in New York City. Importantly, the origin of these cases cannot be found, meaning it’s almost certainly a local, sustained outbreak in NYC. This means NYC infections are about to explode. “Neither patient has a connection to travel nor any of the other local individuals diagnosed with COVID-19,” tweeted Mayor Bill de Blasio.

– The State of Texas has now confirmed a Houston resident as positive for the coronavirus. A secondary positive test is currently pending. The Texas DSHS says the case is “travel related” and did not originate in Texas. It’s unknown how many other people in Houston were exposed before this patient was identified as infected.

– The first case has now been identified in Nevada.

– New Jersey now has its first positive case for coronavirus. It’s a male in his 30s, demonstrating yet again that the coronavirus can strike anyone at any age, not just the elderly.

Mar 06 07:36

Pakistan is hit by its worst locust plague in 30 years: Insect swarms DECIMATE entire harvests as country declares nationwide emergency

Pakistan's farmers are struggling to combat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarms decimate entire harvests in the country's agricultural heartlands and send food prices soaring.

Heavy rains and cyclones sparked 'unprecedented' breeding and the explosive growth of locust populations on the Arabian peninsula early last year, according to the United Nations.

The insects have since fanned out and wreaked havoc on farms from East Africa to India before making their way into Pakistan from the desert on the country's southwestern border with Iran.

Mar 06 07:21

25yo Brit Who Survived Coronavirus With 'Hot Toddy' Says Case Was Worse Than Initial Reports Described

Connor Reed, the 25-year-old British man who initial media reports said cured himself with a "hot toddy," now says it took him some 24 days to recover from the virus and it was the worst illness he's ever had.

Mar 06 07:21

French DM Confirms Secretive Military Base Outside Paris Hit By Coronavirus

Several people stationed at the 110 Creil airbase outside Paris have fallen ill with coronavirus, the French military confirmed, with the base effectively being placed on lockdown. Defense Minister Florence Parly confirmed on Friday that a number of coronavirus cases have been registered at the military facility, located to the North of the French capital, RT reported.

Mar 06 07:18

Up to 100,000 Israelis in isolation as Israel expands traveler quarantine

“We have to understand, we are in the midst of a global epidemic,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a press conference, “the most dangerous of these epidemics in the last 100 years."

Mar 06 07:14

Coronavirus: school attended by Swedish royals shut after pupil tests positive

An exclusive private school in Stockholm, which counts Swedish royalty among its pupils, closed on Thursday after a pupil tested positive for the coronavirus, the royal court said.

Attended by Princess Estelle, granddaughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and second in line to the throne, the Campus Manilla school draws its pupils from Sweden’s wealthiest families.

“They have had a pupil at the school who has tested positive for the coronavirus, that’s the reason they closed the school,” the court’s press secretary Johan Tegel told Reuters.

Mar 06 07:06

ALERT: Pandemic projection model shows 2.16 million deaths in USA by July 4th if nothing done to halt nearly all domestic travel (air, rail and roads)

Today I finished tweaking the first draft of a pandemic projection model that simulates the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. The assumptions of the model are explained here, and you will find they are extremely conservative (using R0 value of just 1.82, for example).

The model’s predictions are nothing short of apocalyptic if the virus is allowed to spread without restraint across the United States. According to the model, there will be 2.16 million dead Americans by July 4th if domestic travel is not aggressively halted very soon (see the full projections below). This is not a prediction, since I believe that state governments and the federal government will intervene long before July 4th to declare, essentially, medical martial law.

That is now the only remaining option to stop the spread. It must be done soon. It may already be too late to prevent millions from getting infected.

Mar 06 06:59

Hawaii and Maryland both declare state of emergency as U.S. coronavirus infections explode to 226… air traffic lockdown coming soon

There are now 226 confirmed coronavirus infections across America, meaning my projections over the last two weeks have been overly optimistic. In truth, the coronavirus epidemic in America is exploding faster than I feared. (It seems like only yesterday that Trump was confident there were only “15 cases” in America that would fade quickly.)

Mar 05 18:53

What is Reye’s syndrome?

Reye’s syndrome is a rare disorder that causes brain and liver damage. Although it can happen at any age, it is most often seen in children.

Reye’s syndrome usually occurs in children who have had a recent viral infection, such as chickenpox or the flu. Taking aspirin to treat such an infection greatly increases the risk of Reye’s.

Mar 05 18:53

Coronavirus: Doctor tells Congress he developed vaccine years ago but 'could never get funding' to start trials

A team of scientists created a vaccine that may have been able to prevent the deadly coronavirus outbreak, but they were never able to get funding to commence clinical trials, experts told Congress on Thursday.

Dr Peter Hotez, co-director of the Centre for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital, testified before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee as health officials confirmed at least 160 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in at least 17 states across the country.

“We had the vaccine ready to go," the doctor told lawmakers about a vaccine his team developed to protect against a strain of coronavirus in 2016, but "by then nobody was interested in a coronavirus vaccine."

Mar 05 18:52

Here is the President of the United States telling the country it's okay to go to work with Coronavirus.

Mar 05 17:46

Low vitamin D levels a risk factor for pneumonia

A new study has shown that low serum vitamin D levels are a risk factor for pneumonia. The risk of contracting pneumonia was more than 2.5 times greater in subjects with the lowest vitamin D levels than in subjects with high vitamin D levels.

Mar 05 14:57

Voyager 2 is gathering science data again after recovering from a glitch in interstellar space

All five remaining instruments on NASA's venerable Voyager 2 spacecraft are back to gathering science data after power overuse in late January interrupted the probe's operations.

NASA made the announcement yesterday (March 3), over a month after the incident occurred. Troubleshooting for the spacecraft is a slow process because of its distance from Earth; it takes 17 hours for each command to reach the probe and for data indicating its efficacy to reach engineers.

Mar 05 13:14

Satellite constellations like Elon Musk's SpaceX Starlink could hamper astronomers' ability to spot dangerous asteroids and supernovae, study warns

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) study examined the impact satellites from the likes of Amazon, SpaceX and OneWeb would have on astronomy.

Companies plan to launch thousands of communications satellites into orbit in the next few years in order to provide a satellite broadband internet service.

Some of these are visible in the sky and astronomers from the ESO say the worst affected telescopes will be those doing wide-field surveys of the night sky.

These telescope arrays scan large parts of the sky very quickly and so are crucial in spotting supernovae and potentially dangerous asteroids.

ESO says a good step would be for the industry to ensure they darken the satellites before launching them into orbit - something SpaceX said it would do.

Mar 05 13:13

Life on Mars? Organic molecules discovered on the red planet by NASA Curiosity rover are 'consistent with alien life'

Organic molecules present in truffles, coal and oil on Earth have been identified on the surface of Mars and may hint at the presence of alien life on the red planet.

These chemicals, called thiophenes, are important molecules as they contain both carbon and sulphur — two ingredients essential for life.

NASA's curiosity rover has identified signs of them on the surface of Mars and astronomers think the most likely source of origin is from biological processes.

Mar 05 12:38

IRANIAN GENERAL: CORONAVIRUS IS A MANMADE BIO-WEAPON

An Iranian military leader has suggested that the coronavirus is not a naturally occurring disease, and that it is a manmade bioweapon cultivated and released against China and Iran by a ‘hostile state’.

Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, an Iranian officer in charge of the country’s Civil Defense Organization claimed Tuesday that “A study of the consequences of the virus in terms of tolls or the extent of the epidemic and the type of media propaganda over this issue that is aimed at increasing fear and panic among people strengthens the speculations that a biological attack has been launched against China and Iran with economic goals.”

Strongly hinting that the the virus is a bio-attack by the US, Jalali told Iranian Fars News Agency, state media, that he is seeking “laboratorial investigations and comparing the genome of the primary virus and the new genomes” to confirm his theory.

Mar 05 10:28

Smart helmets featuring infrared temperature detector and code-read cameras were adapted in China to spot fever people in crowds accurately as a method to control the novel #coronavirus epidemic.

Mar 05 10:21

Cannabis greenhouse retreat continues as Canopy closes two facilities, sheds 500 jobs

Another Canadian cannabis producer is slashing jobs and closing greenhouses in the wake of a years-long expansion drive that resulted in an oversupplied market and underutilized facilities.

Canopy Growth, one of the world’s biggest cannabis producers, on Wednesday announced the closure of two British Columbia greenhouses, in Aldergrove and Delta.

Mar 05 10:05

Man getting back his $82K life savings after it was seized at Pittsburgh International Airport

PITTSBURGH — A man’s life savings of more than $82,000 will be returned to him after it was seized in August at Pittsburgh International Airport, officials said.

In a letter from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Institute for Justice said it was told, “After further review, a decision has been made to return the property.”

Mar 05 10:01

Who Made Coronavirus? Was It the U.S., Israel or China Itself?

The most commonly reported mainstream media account of the creation of the Coronavirus suggests that it was derived from an animal borne microorganism found in a wild bat that was consumed by an ethnic Chinese resident of Wuhan. But there appears to be some evidence to dispute that in that adjacent provinces in China, where wild bats are more numerous, have not experienced major outbreaks of the disease. Because of that and other factors, there has also been considerable speculation that the Coronavirus did not occur naturally through mutation but rather was produced in a laboratory, possibly as a biological warfare agent.

Mar 05 09:28

IT’S OFFICIAL: Chinese Scientists Find Genetic Explanation for Coronavirus Discriminating By Race

A study by a Chinese research group has emerged that offers concrete proof of race differences in susceptibility to Corona virus are very real.

The study—a preprint that has not yet been peer-reviewed—is entitled Single-cell RNA expression profiling of ACE2, the putative receptor of Wuhan 2019-nCov, By Yu Zhao et al., bioRxiv, 2020] and is authored by a group of medical scientists based at Tongji University in Shanghai

The authors explain that “2019-nCov was reported to share the same receptor, Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2)” as the SARS disease, an outbreak of which in 2003 seemed almost exclusively to kill Northeast Asians.

Mar 05 09:04

Scientists in China detect two main coronavirus strains affecting humans

Scientists in China studying the coronavirus outbreak said they had found two main types of the disease could be causing infections.
The researchers, from Peking University`s School of Life Sciences and the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, cautioned that their analysis examined a limited range of data, and said follow-up studies of larger data sets are needed to better understand the virus`s evolution.

Mar 05 06:56

FEMA IS PREPARING FOR CORONAVIRUS “EMERGENCY DECLARATION”

SOURCE: MAC SLAVO
As Americans scramble to prepare themselves for the possibility that the coronavirus outbreak becomes a pandemic, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is also preparing. FEMA is “aware of the gravity of the situation” and ready to assist in a coronavirus response.

FEMA officials are preparing for an “infectious disease emergency declaration” by the president that would allow the agency to provide disaster relief funding to state and local governments, as well as federal assistance to support the coronavirus response, according to agency planning documents reviewed by NBC News.

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There is an accompanying story to which you also need to pay attention, by Mac Slavo, from shtfplan.com; you need to read:

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FEMA AFTER A DISASTER (SPOILER: IT’S NOT GOOD)

Mar 05 06:43

McCormick Place show canceled amid coronavirus fears

The International Housewares Association calls off a show that brings nearly 60,000 people who book more than 47,000 room nights at area hotels.

Mar 05 06:42

Biden botches famous quote on ‘the thing’ that created all men equal

'We hold these truths to be self-evident: all men and women are created, by the, you know the, you know the thing,' the gaffe-prone former vice president said.

Mar 05 06:42

Biden hails Clyburn, promises 'revival of decency and honesty and character' in victory speech

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to supporters in Los Angeles on Tuesday, following a string of early Super Tuesday victories in states including Massachusetts, Minnesota, Virginia and North Carolina.

Biden hailed House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), whose endorsement of Biden proved instrumental to the former vice president’s landslide victory in the South Carolina primary over the weekend.

His staggering victory in the Southern state could be what has given Biden the burst of momentum seen in the early Super Tuesday nominating contests.

Mar 05 06:39

Fauci Warns Outbreak Could Overwhelm US Health-Care System, Cali Declares State Of Emergency: Live Updates

Yonhap reports that South Korea has reported 438 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the national total to 5,766. Most of the new cases were identified in the southeastern Daegu, a city of 2.5 million and the epicenter of the outbreak.

As of Thursday morning in Seoul, the death toll had climbed to 35, mostly elderly patients with underlying illnesses.

So far, roughly 60% of SK cases have been linked to a branch of the Shincheonji church in Daegu.

Mar 05 06:30

A Beijing Hospital Confirms Covid-19 Attacks Central Nervous System

Beijing Ditan Hospital affiliated to the Capital Medical University said on March 4 that the first patient with novel coronavirus pneumonia complicated with encephalitis was discharged from the hospital on February 25.

Mar 05 06:28

Scientists Discover More Aggressive Strain Of Coronavirus Responsible For 70% Of Current Infections

Chinese scientists studying the new coronavirus have found two new primary strains of the disease - one of which appears to be far more aggressive.

The researchers, from Peking University's School of Life Sciences, discovered a milder "S-type" strain, and an "L-type" which is highly infectious and currently accounts for around 70% of cases, according to The Telegraph. The researchers cautioned that their preliminary findings looked at a limited number of cases (103), and that follow-up studies with larger data sets are needed to better understand the virus's evolution.

A genetic analysis of the coronavirus found in a man who tested positive in the United States on January 21 also showed that it's possible to be infected with both strains.

Mar 05 06:28

Wuhan Seafood Market, Ground-Zero For Coronavirus Outbreak, Demolished

A seafood market at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak has been demolished two months after it was closed down, according to journalist Jennfer Zeng.

Mar 05 06:27

How The Pandemic Crisis Will Probably Develop Over The Next Year

For a while now I have been hearing it said that Americans are “in a panic” over the coronavirus outbreak in the US, and that mainstream media outlets are “feeding the fear”. This is an odd conclusion to come to and something worth noting, because the truth is mostly the opposite. For the past couple of months the WHO, the CDC and even Donald Trump have been dismissing Covid 19 as nothing much to worry about. The WHO actually still refuses to call it a pandemic even though the virus meets all of their own criteria.

Mar 05 06:25

Have We Brewed a Whirlwind?

In the United States and throughout the Western World there is public distrust of public authorities and distrust among the public of one another. Public authorities who do not like “conspiracy theories” do a lot to generate them.

We can see the public’s distrust of public authorities in the negligent response to the coronavirus. The refusal of public authorities to stop incoming flights from infected countries has brought the dangerous virus into the Western World where inaction has so far prevailed.

Many virologists and other experts have criticized the inaction for seriously endangering the public. I recently posted some of the expert statements made to public health authorities. See:

Mar 05 06:24

Washington county with 39 coronavirus cases advises ALL its 2.2million residents to work from home and tells everyone over 60 to stay indoors - while state officials urge primary voters not to lick their ballots

Residents of a Washington county where 31 people have tested positive for coronavirus and nine people have died are being advised to work from home to avoid possible exposure to the killer strain.

Public health officials in King County, which includes Seattle and is home to over 2.2 million people, have urged local businesses to allow employees to telecommute for the next three weeks in an effort to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

They are also recommending that higher-risk groups - including people over the age of 60, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems - stay home and away from large social gatherings.

Mar 05 06:23

DHS office in Washington state shutters after employee catches the coronaviru

An office of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the state of Washington has been closed for two weeks after an employee fell ill with COVID-19. The employee had apparently contracted the virus after visiting a relative at a nursing facility which is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf made the announcement at the beginning of his congressional testimony on Tuesday. Wolf revealed that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in Tukwila in King County, Washington will be closed for 14 days after an employee had contracted the virus. The employee had previously visited the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington where a number of cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported.

Mar 05 06:17

Venezuela Responds with Principled Conviction to the US’ Desperate Attempts at Regime Change

The continued effort to overthrow President Maduro does not seem to produce the intended results for the perpetrators, but rather sends signals of desperation. The regime change plotters may be wishing to achieve what they did in Bolivia. But that is not likely to happen anytime soon. That must cause some political frustration in Washington and of course more resistance in Caracas.

Mar 05 06:16

Iran's first vice president 'has coronavirus', it is claimed, as illness affects 8% of MPs and 54,000 prisoners are released to stop it spreading

Iran's First Vice President has reportedly contracted coronavirus as the death toll soared to 92 today, exceeding Italy's, with the worsening contagion prompting the regime to cancel Friday prayers.

Tehran announced total infections rose to 2,922 on Wednesday and it was said the country's most senior VP, Eshaq Jahangiri, was the latest high-profile figure to contract the disease.

Iranians were told Friday prayers - deeply significant in the Islamic Republic - were to be cancelled in the capital and in other areas after the death toll became the highest from the virus outside mainland China.

Mar 05 06:15

Microsoft asks employees in Seattle area to work from home

Microsoft Corp on Wednesday joined the growing number of US companies asking employees to work from home in order to limit exposure to the spreading coronavirus outbreak, as it responded to cases near its Seattle headquarters and in California.

Microsoft asked many of its employees in the Seattle region near its headquarters and the San Francisco Bay Area to work from home if possible until March 25.

"Taking these measures will ensure your safety and also make the workplace safer for those that need to be onsite," Executive Vice President Kurt DelBene told employees in a blog post.

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