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Feb 29 06:08

$5 TRILLION WIPED OUT FROM WORLD STOCKS AMID FASTEST COLLAPSE IN HISTORY

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
MSCI World Stocks collapsed from a record high into 'correction' in just five days.

The plunge in global equities has wiped out more than $5 trillion in value, or equivalent to nearly Japan's annual GDP.

Feb 29 06:06

MAN PARALYZED BY COPS DURING ILLEGAL RAID OVER $100 WEED GETS $11M AS LYING COPS WALK

SOURCE: THE FREE THOUGHT PROJECT
Myrtle Beach, SC — The taxpayers of South Carolina were put on notice this week that they will be the ones footing the record $8.5 million bill for the cops who dumped dozens of rounds into a Myrtle Beach man over $100 worth of pot. The victim, Julian Betton was left paralyzed by Drug Enforcement Unit officers with Myrtle Beach police hell bent on eradicating a plant that is legal in some form in most of the country.

Burton Craige, an attorney with the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Patterson Harkavy law firm, said Myrtle Beach officials agreed to an $8.5 million settlement, according to WMBF.

Betton sued the city and officer David Belue, alleging unlawful entry and the use of excessive force in the April 16, 2015 raid. The latest settlement comes after Betton already received $2.75 million from the Drug Enforcement Unit task force. The city of Myrtle Beach and Belue were the only remaining defendants, according to WMBF.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To all those thinking about hosting a company event in Myrtle Beach...DON'T, and please let the current Mayor of this city, Brenda Bethune,understand why.

If you happen to live in this city, move as immediately as possible out of it, again informing Mayor Bethune, as to why this has happened.

If you have a kid in the public school system, pull them out of there, and place them in a private school as quickly as possible, again informing Mayor Bethune, as to why this has happened.

And please clearly explain that the reason you are taking these actions, is because living, working, and just being, in Myrtle Beach, has become hazardous to the health of its citizens and visitors, as this incident has aptly demonstrated.

Feb 29 05:58

THIS ASSANGE “TRIAL” IS A SELF-CONTRADICTORY KAFKAESQUE NIGHTMARE

It’s common in British courtrooms to have something called a “dock”, a place where defendants sit separately from court proceedings. Not all UK courtrooms have docks, and not all docks are the “secure” glass cabinet type which Assange is kept in; they can also be open wooden enclosures. Because Assange is being kept without explanation in a maximum security prison normally reserved the most dangerous violent offenders and terrorism convicts, his trial is taking place in a cage that is very much the “secure” type (so much so that he’s been complaining that he can’t hear the proceedings in his own trial through the bulletproof glass), and there is an expectation that he remain there. The magistrate has ruled that this nonviolent offender shall be kept in his sound-resistant enclosure throughout the duration of his trial, bizarrely asserting that Assange poses a danger to the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; nothing ever reported at Wikileaks, has ever been proven to be wrong.

What is happening to Assange is punishment for having told the truth, and "embarrassing" certain US public officials; nothing more and nothing less.

His extradition, and ultimate guilty verdict in an alleged US "Court of Law", means that no journalist will ever be safe in this country if they tell the truth, EVER AGAIN.

Feb 29 05:51

THE TRILATERAL COMMISSION: USING CRISIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFORM

SOURCE: STEVEN GUINNESS
A couple of years ago I posted an article that gave a brief overview of the Trilateral Commission, quoting directly from numerous former members of the institution and how their overarching goal was for the integration of nation states at the expense of self determination.

As noted in the brochure, one of the purposes of creating the Trilateral Commission back in 1973 was to ‘buttress a beleaguered trading order.’ When considering the rise in political protectionism, trade is at the forefront of the discussion. As well as the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU, and the ongoing trade conflict between the U.S. and China, there is now the added element of the Coronavirus which threatens to restrict global supply chains. Taken together, it is a melting pot of developing crises.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In our world, there is only one, count them, ONE set of "Contracts with America"; they are called the Constitution and Bill of Rights, period, end of discussion.

Feb 29 05:43

SYRIA - DEADLY BOMB STRIKE WARNS TURKEY TO END ITS ESCAPADES

SOURCE: MOON OF ALABAMA
The last three days of the Idleb campaign were quite eventful.

The Turkey supported Jihadis threw everything they had against Saraqib where the M4 and M5 highways join. This enabled the Syrian army to take some 40 towns and cities at the southern front. The whole Ghab plain is now in liberated and the frontline has been massively shortened.

Saraqib fell to the Jihadis but they paid a very bloody price for it as the Syrian and Russian air force continued to intensively bomb the approaches to the city. A new defensive line has now been established around Saraqib and the Syrian army is preparing to recover it.

To take the large area in the south in difficult terrain and against little resistance was more important than the temporary loss of Saraqib.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope and pray that someone besides Erdogan, in Ankara, is reading the tea leaves here, and understands - fully - what has to happen, which is a total and complete withdrawal of Turkish troops from Syria, and as immediately as humanly possible.

Angering Russia in this way was one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things Erdogan could have done here, to the point where Moscow believed that the only remedy for Turkey's aggression, was a retaliation of this magnitude.

I would like to hope (and pray) that Edrogan is capable of learning from his mistakes, but am unsure how this will translate into Turkey's future policy on Syria and Russia.

Feb 29 05:34

Pelosi makes an appearance at Mardi Gras!

Feb 29 03:20

Coronavirus: Jacinda Ardern urges calm as panicked shoppers empty supermarket shelves

Panicked shoppers forced the closure of a major food wholesaler today as the Prime Minister urged New Zealanders to go about their daily lives after the country's first case of coronavirus.

Gilmours was forced to close its North Shore Cash and Carry store due to overwhelming demand from customers. The wholesaler announced on social media its North Shore and Manukau stores will be closed tomorrow and reopen on Monday.

At other supermarkets across Auckland queues were out the door and shelves were stripped of essentials like toilet paper and water. Hand sanitiser has been unavailable at supermarkets for days due to the coronavirus scare.

Feb 28 23:43

TONS OF VITAMIN C TO WUHAN China Using Vitamin C Against COVID

Loving the photo, but needing authentication, I consulted my physician correspondent in China, Richard Cheng, MD. He confirmed it, saying: "This was reported in the Chinese media about 2 weeks ago." Another translator has also independently verified the accuracy of the translation.

DSM, by the way, simply stands for Dutch State Mines, the Netherlands-based parent of DSM Jiangshan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. The Chinese division has been recognized as a "China Enterprise with Outstanding Contribution to Social Responsibility." https://www.dsm.com/countrysites/locations/jiangshan/en_us/home.html There is another DSM factory in Scotland, which also manufactures vitamin C.

Feb 28 17:57

Coronavirus: Frightened NZ customers cancelling, changing flights

New Zealanders have been cancelling and changing their flight plans as coronavirus continues to rapidly spread across the world, according to Flight Centre NZ.

Yesterday, health officials announced the first case of Covid-19 in New Zealand has been confirmed and the person is in quarantine at Auckland Hospital.

The New Zealander flew on Emirates Flight EK450 from Iran, via Bali.

According to a Flight Centre NZ spokesperson, as the virus continued to spread they had been helping passengers wanting to cancel or re-arrange their flight plans.

"We are working closely with concerned customers to rebook or rearrange travel plans where possible," they said.

Feb 28 17:50

Coronavirus: Flight passenger close to New Zealand victim closes business, furious at lack of warning

A man who was within 10 rows of a person infected with coronavirus on a flight to New Zealand is furious authorities have not contacted him - and National are now criticising the official response.

The Aucklander reopened his business after arriving home from Bali on the Wednesday flight, something that put him in contact with a number of clients throughout Friday.

He only learnt a fellow passenger had coronavirus after friends saw it on the news last night. Despite having no symptoms himself, he has now closed his business and put himself into self-isolation.

Health officials have advised any concerned travellers to contact Healthline, but will only directly contact those in the two rows ahead or behind the infected patient, who is now in an isolation room in Auckland City Hospital.

Feb 28 17:32

White House GAGS government health experts from speaking about coronavirus saying they must have Mike Pence's approval for EVERYTHING they say about mounting crisis - despite VP having zero medical qualifications

The White House sought Thursday to gain control over an undisciplined communication response to the coronavirus – requiring even top government health experts to run all media appearances through Vice President Mike Pence's office.

The move comes hours after President Donald Trump put Pence in charge of the nation's coronavirus response, drawing immediate attacks from Democrats who scrutinized his record dealing with the spread of AIDS in his home state of Indiana.

Government scientists and health experts must now clear all media appearances in advance with Pence's office, the New York Times reported.

Feb 28 17:29

VIDEO: Panic buying at Costco

Feb 28 17:25

Another 15 deaths from flu in North Carolina last week

The DHHS warns that the weekly count doesn’t represent all flu-associated deaths in the state because many could go undiagnosed or unreported.

The number of reported flu cases fell for the second consecutive week, this time by 16.4% to 4,916 for the week that ended Feb. 22. The seasonal peak was 7,162 cases that occurred in the week that ended Feb. 8.

Feb 28 17:17

US could add 3rd gender option to passports under new legislation

California Rep. Ro Khanna introduced a bill this week that would add an unspecified gender-neutral option -- "X" -- on U.S. passports for individuals who identify as non-binary or intersex.

Feb 28 15:29

WATCH: Panic Buying at Costco….

Feb 28 15:29

Coronavirus 'could be 1,000 times more infectious than SARS, scientists warn as they discover it plagues the body the same way as HIV and Ebola

The coronavirus could be up to 1,000 times more infectious than SARS because it plagues the body in the same way as HIV and Ebola, scientists warn.

Experts initially presumed the spread of COVID-19 would follow the same trajectory as the SARS outbreak in 2002/3, because the viruses are almost identical genetically.

But they have discovered the way it binds to cells in the human body is akin to far more aggressive diseases like HIV and Ebola.

This makes it '100 to 1,000 times' more efficient at infecting people than SARS, according to researchers from Nankai University in Tianjin, northern China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The potential that this virus has been weaponized, may be confirmed by how much more infectious it is, relative to SARs and HIV.

Feb 28 15:26

US Losing Its Naval Supremacy

Traditionally, Russia and China are classified as land powers and the United States of America as a sea power. The American nation is a historical heir to England, which for a long time reigned sovereign over the oceans. American geopolitics, therefore, is based on tactics of expansion by the sea, allowing this country to act in areas outside its continent, influencing the whole world and thus guaranteeing its global hegemonic power.

Feb 28 15:25

Panic buying across the US strips store shelves bare amid coronavirus stockpiling as one woman turns her basement into a 'supermarket' and a man buys a YEAR's supply of food

Supermarket shelves are starting to be stripped bare as Americans prepare for the spread of coronavirus

People have been panic buying items ever since health authorities warned that Americans should start preparing for domestic acceleration of the virus

Supplies have been flying off the shelves with people posting photos on social media showing the lack of products available in some stores and pharmacies

In California, some Walgreens stores had been completely depleted of cough medicines, cold and flue medications, vaporizers, masks and thermometers
Shoppers in Hawaii were buying up flatbeds of canned goods, bottled water, toilet paper and paper towels from a local Costco

A supermarket aisle in Virginia had been stripped of non-perishables like pasta

U.S. stock indexes fell sharply again at the open on Friday as the coronavirus outbreak raised the alarm for a possible global recession

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I got down to our local Big Box store this morning, to make sure that we were getting everything we needed to survive for awhile without going out, if quarantines get put in place, or if roadblocks were put up to prevent travel to, or from, areas where the pandemic hits hard.

Feb 28 15:20

The left’s insistence on pushing drag culture on children will only create resentment towards queers

Another day, and another piece of media is circulating the web that depicts a child in an uncomfortable situation. This time a drag queen dances suggestively for a small girl.

The video, uploaded on Tiktok, opens with a scantily clad male with his rear cheeks hanging out, crawling on hands and knees towards the child sitting in a chair. Taking on the air of a scene from a strip club, patrons of the restaurant clap and cheer. He then stands up with his short shorts, leaving little to the imagination, dances a bit, and then kneels next to the girl, as he says something to her while jiggling his booty.

Feb 28 15:19

Sanctions, assassinations, threats by US... Who’s surprised by hardliners winning Iran’s elections?

Darius Shahtahmasebi is a New Zealand-based legal and political analyst who focuses on US foreign policy in the Middle East, Asia and Pacific region. He is fully qualified as a lawyer in two international jurisdictions.

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The Iranian parliamentary elections have been marred with low voter turnout and a pending victory for Iran’s conservatives. Are the media right to lay the blame squarely on the government, or does the US share some culpability?
The mainstream media has been holding back no punches in its assessment of the recent elections in Iran. According to Iran’s official Fars News Agency, only 42 percent of Iranians took to vote in the country’s parliamentary elections last Friday — the lowest ever percentage since the Islamic Republic’s inception 41 years ago. The low turnout was not surprising to Iran, or even the world, after approximately half of the 16,000 candidates were disqualified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the US government does share some major culpability for this outcome; it's attitude toward Iran, from abandoning the P5+1 deal, to making desperately needed medications, particularly for cancer patients, unavailable, is nothing short of spectacularly short sighted, and geopolitically damning.

Feb 28 15:18

Turkish military carries out massive attack against Syrian Army

Putin is a day late and a ruble short. The Man has repeatedly let the terrorists and their sponsor Turkey off the hook! Very weak!

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:25 P.M.) – The Turkish military carried out a massive attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) last night, as their drones and ground forces launched several strikes on the government’s positions in the Latakia, Hama, Aleppo, and Idlib governorates.

READ ALSO: Turkish, Syrian Forces Trade Attacks in Idlib Amid Increased Tensions

According to a military source in the Aleppo Governorate, the Turkish military heavily targeted their armored and technical vehicles, causing significant destruction to their northwestern Syria arsenal.

Feb 28 14:58

Eureka! Physicists accidentally stumble upon mind-blowing new material that could upend physics as we know it

Peter Andrews is an Irish science journalist and writer, based in London. He has a background in the life sciences, and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Genetics

American physicists believe that they have discovered a strange state of matter entirely new to science – and they did it all completely by accident.
Famously, many of the greatest scientific discoveries have been accidental. Alexander Fleming let bread go moldy and discovered penicillin. Archimedes splashing about in the bath stumbled upon how to measure the volume of a solid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congrats on these discoveries at Northeastern University, and may the applications from these discoveries to assist humankind be many, and wonderful!!

Feb 28 14:54

Even NATO is unwilling to touch Turkey’s Idlib mess with a ten-foot pole

Scott Ritter
is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer. He served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, in General Schwarzkopf’s staff during the Gulf War, and from 1991-1998 as a UN weapons inspector. Follow him on Twitter @RealScottRitter

Having been hit by the Syrian Air Force in Idlib, Turkey has called on NATO’s protection, but as much as the alliance would like a fight with Assad and his ally Russia, it’s refused to back Ankara’s questionable adventure.
Turkey engaged NATO in Article 4 consultations, seeking help regarding the crisis in Syria. The meeting produced a statement from NATO condemning the actions of Russia and Syria and advocating for humanitarian assistance, but denying Turkey the assistance it sought.

A failed gamble

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully obvious, that Erdogan did not due his "due dilligence" with NATO, of which Turkey is a member, to sound out potential support for this military misadventure, which is on track to be one of the most miserable epic fails in Turkey's contemporary history, before he decided to send in troops.

The next Turkish Parliamentary elections are scheduled in about 3 years from now. Turkish General Elections Scheduled for 2023.

IF Edrogan keeps writing geopolitical checks his military is unable to cash, this pathologically "bad behaviour" on his part may well sour the Turkish electorate on him; cause the voting public to go back to a Parliamentary system of elections; and find someone else who will care enough about the Turkish people and its military to not put them in harm's way like this.

And now, we have a related story, from rt.com, with the following headline:
Turkey & Syria on brink of WAR in Idlib: How did it come to this?

I am hoping (and praying) that Russia's collective general level head will continue to prevail, but it all depends on how hard Erdogan, and his military, are willing to push back here.

Erdogan has been very much behaving like the human version of a loose cannon, ever since the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey; I am seriously hoping that there has got to be a point, where he has to realize what harm he is bringing to both his people, and his military; but in looking at his current behaviour, relative to Syria, I am not so certain that we are going to see a change in the behaviour which brought Turkey into Syria in the first place.

Feb 28 14:42

UK Should Be 'Scared to Death' of Assange Extradition Over Public Backlash - Politician

LONDON (Sputnik) - The UK government should be "scared to death" of a popular uproar over its treatment of the imprisoned founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, especially in the event of him being extradited to face espionage charges in the United States, Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the UK Socialist Equality Party, said.

The remarks come amid Assange's extradition hearing that started on Monday at Woolwich Crown Court in the UK capital of London. Earlier in the day, dozens of WikiLeaks supporters gathered outside the court, carrying banners with messages such as "Don’t Extradite Assange" and "The Truth Will Win."

According to Marsden, the accusations against Assange were effectively a "frame up" arguably motivated by Washington's desire to punish the whistleblower for his role in the publishing of materials implicating US forces in possible war crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; none of the Wikileaks revelations have ever been proven wrong.

Feb 28 14:19

US Defences Are Incapable of Intercepting Russian, Chinese Missiles, Navy Admiral Admits

The statement was made during a hearing devoted to the US plans to modernise American weapons and to possible ways the US can respond to the new cutting-edge weapons Russia rolled out in last two years.

US Navy Admiral Charles Richard has admitted that existing American air defences were not designed to counter modern hypersonic glide weapons, like the one recently deployed by Russia, and currently developed by China, and hence these weapons "challenge" the US, during an open hearing at the US House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. He added that the Pentagon even has trouble determining the capabilities of modern weapons, although it still can make a reliable guess on what threat these weapons pose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get my head wrapped around this; for all the money spent, the US military is still behind the proverbial 8-ball when it comes to weapons development which should be AT LEAST a step ahead of what Russia and China are producing right now?!?

For all the money US taxpayers have forked out to prevent this, it is still, apparently, happening; there should be a public hearing as to why this has happened, and the heads of those companies which have screwed US taxpayers out of the best weapons systems in the world (which we should, absolutely, have by now, with what has been spent on these systems) should be hard time in a non-club Fed prison for a form of treason against the people of the US, not to mention its military.

Draconian?!? Absolutely.

But it will possibly "cure the problem"?!?

I strongly believe that the short answer is, "HELL, yes!!"

Feb 28 14:12

Hundreds of Refugees Reportedly Move Towards European Borders Amid Escalation in Idlib

Ankara has linked a new refugee crisis with renewed hostilities in Syria’s Idlib Province, where the Syrian Army has been repelling militant attacks, some of which began under the cover of Turkish artillery fire, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.

Hundreds of refugees coming from Syria, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq are currently moving towards Turkey’s borders with Europe following reports that Ankara will no longer prevent migrants from crossing them, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported. According to the media outlet, these refugees have been moving in large groups on foot and using vehicles via the cities of Istanbul, Edirne, Izmir, and Aydin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact these reports are true (and Sputnik is not known for pulling punches), the impact on an already immigrant over-saturated Europe, may well be devastating.

Feb 28 14:05

Could the Covid-19 Pandemic Collapse the U.S. Healthcare System?

Disregard these second-order effects at your own peril.

A great many systems that are assumed to be robust are actually fragile. Exhibit #1 is the global financial system, of course, but Exhibit #2 may well be the healthcare system globally and in the U.S.

Observers have noted that the number of available beds in U.S. hospitals is modest compared to the potential demands of a pandemic, and others have wondered who will pay the astronomical bills that will be presented to those who are treated for severe cases of Covid-19, as the U.S. system routinely generates bills of $100,000 and up for a few days in a hospital. Costs of $250,000 or more per patient for weeks of intensive care treating Covid-19 cannot be dismissed as "impossible."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That last paragraph scares the stuffing out of me, and should do the same for you as well.

Please see your health care practitioner now, to determine if there is any immune-system deficiency; then, you are going to have to educate yourself about how you keep your immune system healthy, if the health care system breaks down in this country utterly.

Knowledge is power; and now may well be the time for acquiring that power for yourself.

Feb 28 13:58

A big coronavirus mystery: What about the children?

GAZETTE: You’ve been quoted you as saying you expect between 40 percent and 70 percent of humanity to be infected with this virus within a year. Is that still the case?

LIPSITCH: It is, but an important qualifier is that I expect 40 to 70 percent of adults to be infected. We just don’t understand whether children are getting infected at low rates or just not showing very strong symptoms. So I don’t want to make assumptions about children until we know more. That number also assumes that we don’t put in place effective, long-term countermeasures, like social distancing for months at a time which, I think, is a fair assumption. It may be that a few places like China can sustain it, but even China is beginning to let up.

GAZETTE: You mentioned children having been hit only lightly by this. What about other parts of the population? What do we know about the impact of this from a demographic standpoint?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would seem that if a country were engineering this virus to affect men who were of an age to fight in a war, or were too old to fight, that you would engineer this capability into the virus if possible; children can be controlled, and propagandized effectively enough, so do not need to die through primary viral transmission.

This may well be why the virus is not hitting kids anywhere near as hard as it is older adults.

Feb 28 13:48

Angry Judge Orders Hunter Biden To Appear For Deposition In Child Support Case

Circuit Judge Holly Meyer is ordering Hunter Biden to come to Arkansas next month for a deposition, rejecting claims that he’s too busy to make the trip until April.

“He needs to make himself available and unless his hair is on fire, he needs to be in Arkansas and he needs to be in a deposition,” she told lawyers in the case during an afternoon telephone conference call.

Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, is the defendant in a paternity suit brought by Lunden Alexis Roberts of Independence County. The court determined in January that Hunter Biden is the father of a toddler, initially referred to as Baby Doe. Child support still needs to be set.

Roberts’ attorney, Clint Lancaster, had tried, without success, to schedule a deposition prior to a pretrial hearing, which is set for March 13.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on this judge; however, because of Biden's familial connections (It's GOOD, to be the son of an Ex-VP, and have him being a Democratic challenger for the position of President in 2020!!), such a hearing may well not happen until after the primaries for painfully obvious reasons.

Feb 28 13:43

Massive Fire Breaks Out After Immigrant Protest Near Central Paris Train Station

A massive fire has broken out in southeastern Paris near the Gare de Lyon train station. The fire has prompted police to evacuate the area.

PM Breaking News
@PMBreakingNews
Breaking: Massive fire at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris, France. A protest against a Congolese singer who supports the current Congo President was taking place in the area.

French police said the train station was evacuated and advised people to avoid the area. They didn't elaborate on the cause of the fire.

Préfecture de Police
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@prefpolice
#GareDeLyon | Les @PompiersParis ont maîtrisé le feu qui est en cours d'extinction.
Évitez le secteur. Intervention des secours toujours en cours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the fire is proven to have been started by immigrants to France, this could be the proverbial "straw which breaks the camel's back", in terms of French nationalists screaming "Suffisant!" ("Enough!", in French).

Feb 28 13:27

Turkey-Russia Tensions Soar After Deadly Syria Strike

The leaders of Russia and Turkey held crisis talks Friday after 33 Turkish soldiers died in a regime air strike in Syria, prompting President Donald Trump to urge an end to the Moscow-backed Syrian offensive against rebel holdouts.

The attack by Syrian forces took place late Thursday in the northwestern province of Idlib, where President Bashar al-Assad is waging a fierce campaign to oust rebels from their last stronghold.

Trump "condemned" the attack on Turkey's troops and joined his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in calling jointly on Russia and Syria to "halt" the Idlib operation, the White House said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please, just in case your "kitchen cabinet" failed to inform you; Idlib is sovereign Syrian territory, which the Syrian and Russian governments are working to take back from foreign -sponsored terrorists, like those Turkey has been supporting, training, funding, and arming.

The country absoflippinglutely in the wrong here, is Turkey,; not Syria, and not Russia; I do not know why you have a problem keeping this fact straight, but it appears that you very much do have a problem, keeping this fact straight.

Turkey needs to leave immediately, to ratchet down tensions here.

Feb 28 13:20

Coronavirus outbreak meets another pandemic cat bond trigger condition

The spreading global outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Covid-19) has now met another of the conditions within the trigger mechanism of the World Bank’s pandemic catastrophe bond transaction, raising the chance that noteholders face losses in the coming weeks.

coronavirus-cat-bond-china: As we have explained, the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Covid-19) outbreak that began in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province China poses a threat to the World Bank’s $320 million IBRD CAR 111-112 pandemic catastrophe bond transaction that provides a source of insurance or reinsurance capital to back the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF).

The coronavirus outbreak has the potential to become an eligible event under the terms of the World Bank’s pandemic catastrophe bond notes that provide insurance or reinsurance like capacity to back a pandemic financing facility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Next week could potentially be one of the worst week ever, for financial houses; stocks; and bonds.

Feb 28 13:14

Leaked Internal Reports Show China's Main Priorities Are Controlling Public Opinion, Social Stability

Leaked Internal Reports Show China's Main Priorities Are Controlling Public Opinion, Social Stability
Authored by Nicole Hao via The Epoch Times,

Chinese officials in Wuhan and other cities within Hubei Province, where the novel coronavirus outbreak is most severe, reported to their higher-ups in the provincial government that people are not able to secure treatment, running out of supplies amid restrictive lockdown measures, and feeling fearful and anxious about the spreading disease.

espite such observations, authorities prioritized how to “control the society” and “manipulate public opinion” to view China’s efforts to contain the virus positively, according to internal government reports that The Epoch Times obtained.

Authorities in the city of Shiyan, for example, listed their working targets as:

“monitor closely petitioners and people whose benefits have been severely damaged”—in other words, people most likely to dissent against the authorities;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder at what point the seething anger felt by a society which believes their government allowed this to happen; then made its citizens the "fall guys" for getting ill; then closed off their income; through travel restrictions, is going to wonder if in fact that government is worth the aggravation.

China may not be there yet; but a lot will depend on how loyal its military is, once infections and deaths start to decimate its ranks; but I can tell you, that I sure as hell wouldn't want to be in Chinese leadership right now, unless I had a "bullet-proof escape strategy".

And it is very definitely possible, that many of these people have just gotten comfortable with their own, very hubristic view that such a thing could NEVER happen in China.

I would like to very politely remind those people, that in 1979, the US was confident that the Shah of Iran could not be overthrown; or as thought the the Communists in Moscow that Ceaușescu would be overthrown in December of 1989.

Push groups of people to the very edge, and sometimes the world can very surprised as to the final outcome from those actions.

I would politely suggest to Chinese leadership, that they need real solutions to this pandemic, and need to reach out to the world scientific community before this virus gets completely reverse engineered, and is, very probably, shown to be not an accident, but a biological weapon.

Feb 28 12:56

Hyundai halts work at Korean plant after worker tests positive for coronavirus

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor shut down a factory in South Korea on Friday after a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The factory in Ulsan builds the Palisade, Tucson, Santa Fe and Genesis GV80 crossovers.

The closing dealt a fresh setback to Hyundai, which has gradually resumed production at local plants hit by a Chinese parts shortage in the wake of the virus outbreak.

South Korea has the most infected people outside China, affecting companies like Samsung and Hyundai. South Korea on Friday reported 256 new cases, bringing the total number of infected to 2,022, as the world prepared for a global recession.

"The company has also placed colleagues who came in close contact with the infected employee in self-quarantine and taken steps to have them tested for possible infection," Hyundai Motor said in a news release.

The automaker said it was disinfecting the factory. It did not say when production would resume.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To those brother and sister Americans who have not yet figured that this is going to be a world-altering event, please think again.

IF you have not prepped yet, now might not be a bad time to go to your local big box store, and stock up on essentials; potable water; water filters; medications; storable food; ways to cook if the grid goes down; disinfectant; and soaps.

No one wants to think about a pandemic of this magnitude causing world commerce to come to an horrific crawl, but crawl it will, if borders become shut, and goods stop getting shipped; and yes, now is the time to think about this, before what you want or need to buy to protect yourself and/or your family, is no longer available.

Feb 28 12:41

Piers Morgan slams gold medal-winning transgender weightlifter for destroying women's right to a fair go as she closes in on a berth at the Tokyo Olympics

Piers Morgan claims women's sport is suffering because transgender athletes are competing in female divisions.

The UK broadcaster said 'women's rights to basic fairness and equality are getting destroyed at the alter of political correctness.'

The comments were in response to reports transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, 41, is one step closer to fulfilling her 2020 Olympic dreams.

The Kiwi athlete, who transitioned from a man to a woman in her 30s, won two gold medals at the Roma World Cup, the first Olympic qualifying event of the year.

She previously competed in weightlifting as a man.

She is hoping to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in the women's super-lifting category.

But Morgan argued her admittance into the division automatically puts every other contender at a disadvantage.

Feb 28 12:19

LIVE UPDATES FROM LONDON: ASSANGE EXTRADITION HEARING ADJOURNED UNTIL MAY 18

The judge has adjourned the hearings a day earlier than planned. It will resume in Woolwich Crown Court on May 18.

The defense this week seriously undermined the prosecutors’ case that Assange had endangered lives of informants, had “solicited” classified material from Chelsea Manning, and had helped Manning crack a password to enter a government computer. The defense showed Manning had legal access to the database and did not need a user name or password. Assange was helping her download video games and movies forbidden to U.S. soldiers.

Feb 28 12:18

JUDGE: JULIAN ASSANGE MUST REMAIN IN GLASS BOX DURING EXTRADITION PROCEEDINGS

Defendants in the United States sit with their counsel. They are not held in a “secure dock” in a manner that physically removes them from proceedings.

Yet, in the United Kingdom, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces extradition to the U.S., a magistrate court judge decided he must remain isolated in a glass box at the back of the courtroom.

Feb 28 12:11

Honey supply chain COLLAPSES as China’s beekeepers locked down due to coronavirus pandemic

According to beekeepers, the travel restrictions have prevented them from carrying their hives and bee colonies to the country’s southwestern provinces where the bees usually feed during this time of the year.

As a result, beekeepers like Mo Jiakai are seeing their colonies starve. Mo noted that the recent travel bans have prevented him and his wife – as well as other beekeepers in their area – from bringing their bees to their feeding grounds.

“We would have to go into quarantine for 14 days upon our arrival, which means the hives would be left to starve and die,” said Mo, who has been in the beekeeping business for more than two decades.

Zhang Miaoyan, a beekeeper from Zhejiang Province, shares the same sentiments, adding that her bees have been starving for over 20 days.

“We beekeepers always say that we are in a bitter-sweet business. But this year, probably it is all bitterness,” Zhang said.

Feb 28 11:12

4 Reasons Why Socialism Fails

he new “democratic socialists” want to make their followers believe that one could redistribute wealth and income and socialize a large part of the economy without harming production and productivity. They claim that a comprehensive control of the economy by the government would bring more justice and more prosperity. The democratic socialists want more planning and less market. Yet this postulate ignores that socialism does not fail by accident or circumstance. Socialism fails because it suffers from four fundamental design defects.

First, socialism eradicates private property and markets and thus eliminates rational calculation.
Second, socialism allows soft budgets, so there is no mechanism in place to discard inefficient production methods.
Third, abolishing private property and replacing it by the state distorts the incentives.

Feb 28 10:46

Netanyahu, Trump, and Kushner Named in 'War Crimes' Lawsuit Filed by Palestinians in US Court

The suit claims that the behavior of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a "violation of the Nuremberg principles."

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