Mar 02 07:07


A Missouri peach farmer notched a rare courtroom victory this month, defeating the former Monsanto Co. and chemical giant BASF in the first of what is expected to be a series of court fights over claims that the companies are responsible for pesticide damage that has wiped out orchards, gardens, and organic farm fields in multiple states.

On February 14, a unanimous jury awarded Bill Bader and his family-owned Bader Farms $15 million in compensatory damages. The following day, they added on another $250 million in punitive damages to be paid by Bayer AG (Monsanto’s German owner) and BASF. The jury found that Monsanto and BASF conspired in actions that created what Bader’s attorney called an “ecological disaster” designed to increase profits at the expense of farmers such as Bader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF there was ever a corporation deserving to be sued out of existence, it is Bayer/Monsanto, and right the hell now.

Mar 02 06:56

Adviser to Iran's Supreme leader dies from coronavirus, as other top officials infected

An adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died from the new coronavirus, as other top officials in the country are confirmed to be infected, according to multiple reports on Monday.

The Iranian Health Ministry recorded 523 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's known total to 1,501. They mark a 53 percent increase since the day before.

Mar 02 06:55

Worried families blast Washington nursing home where one man has died from coronavirus and 50 more are ill for 'not testing patients and ignoring phone calls' - as it emerges facility has history of failing to control the spread of illness

The Washington state nursing home where the second US man to die from coronavirus was a resident has been slammed by worried families who claim they are not being kept informed about the conditions of their loved ones.

Six coronavirus cases have been confirmed at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, including one resident in his 70s who later died at hospital, while more than 50 staff and residents have shown symptoms and will be tested.

It has also emerged that the facility has been slammed for failing to control the spread of viruses in the past.

One distraught woman has come forward blasting the facility's handling of the outbreak, telling how she has been kept in the dark over her husband’s condition and treatment at the home.

Mar 02 04:43

Authorities announce 2nd coronavirus death in US

Health officials in Washington state said Sunday night that a second person had died from the coronavirus — a man in his 70s from a nursing facility near Seattle where dozens of people were sick and had been tested for the virus.

Researchers said earlier the virus may have been circulating for weeks undetected in Washington state.

In a statement, Public Health—Seattle & King County said the man died Saturday. On Friday, health officials said a man in his 50s died of coronavirus, the first death from the virus in the U.S.. Both had underlying health conditions, and both were being treated at a hospital in Kirkland, Washington, east of Seattle.

Mar 02 04:41

A second person in U.S. — and King County — dies of novel coronavirus; more cases likely

A second death from COVID-19 struck King County and the United States on Sunday, placing the Northwest at the center of a mushrooming public-health crisis. The number of confirmed cases in the county jumped to 10, while health authorities warned it would likely rise, and new research indicated the novel coronavirus may have been spreading undetected in the region for weeks.

Mar 02 04:40

The United States badly bungled coronavirus testing—but things may soon improve

Speed is critical in the response to COVID-19. So why has the United States been so slow in its attempt to develop reliable diagnostic tests and use them widely?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has shipped testing kits to 57 countries. China had five commercial tests on the market 1 month ago and can now do up to 1.6 million tests a week; South Korea has tested 65,000 people so far. The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in contrast, has done only 459 tests since the epidemic began. The rollout of a CDC-designed test kit to state and local labs has become a fiasco because it contained a faulty reagent. Labs around the country eager to test more suspected cases—and test them faster—have been unable to do so. No commercial or state labs have the approval to use their own tests.

Mar 02 04:40

France closes the Louvre as virus spreads to new fronts

Coronavirus cases surged in Italy, and France closed the world-famous Louvre Museum as the epidemic that began in China sent fear rising across Western Europe, threatening its tourism industry.

The virus has spread to more than 60 countries, and more than 3,000 people have died from the COVID-19 illness it causes.

New battle fronts in the battle opened rapidly, deepening the sense of crisis that has already sent financial markets plummeting, emptied the streets in many cities and rewritten the routines of millions of people. More than 88,000 have been infected, on every continent but Antarctica.

Mar 02 04:38

Pope makes first public appearance following illness

Pope Francis on Sunday made his first public appearance in four days following what the Vatican has called a "slight indisposition" that forced him to cancel some audiences and activities.

Mar 02 04:35

NY State Admits First Confirmed Covid-19 Case As Global Deaths Pass 3,000: Live Updates

A woman who recently traveled to Iran is New York’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday night.

Mar 02 04:30

Watch: SpaceX's "Starship" Explodes On Launch Pad During Routine Pressurization Test

When the world first caught a glance of SpaceX's "Starship" super rocket, many joked about it looking like an abandoned grain silo wrapped in tin foil.

OK, we admit. That was mostly us joking that it looked like an abandoned grain silo wrapped in tin foil. But look at it...

Now it turns out that had it actually been an abandoned grain silo, it may have performed better during SpaceX's pressure test of the "vehicle" that was held right before the weekend.

Instead, the product of Elon Musk innovation wound up blowing up on the launch pad at the company's South Texas facility, after being tested for pressure with inert liquid nitrogen. The photographs from the morning after show the extent of the damage on the rocket, which we're certain will not be reused.

Mar 02 04:22

Governments Will Use The Coronavirus Card To Downgrade Estimates And Increase Interventionism

The John Hopkins University Coronavirus Global Cases Monitor shows that the mortality rate of the epidemic is very low. At the close of this article, 87,470 cases, 2,990 deaths and 42,670 recovered.

Mar 02 04:20

Coronavirus Has Reached 'Community Spread' Within United States: Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dr. Anthony Fauci - the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (who Joe Biden falsely claimed was being 'muzzled'), said on Sunday that "community spread" of the new coronavirus in which cases cannot be directly traced to anyone are becoming more common throughout the United States.

Mar 02 04:19

At Stores Across The Country, The Panic Coronavirus Hoarding Begins

Increasing fear of a Covid-19 outbreak has forced many Americans out of their homes and millennials from their parents’ basements to panic buy food at Costco stores across the country this weekend:

Mar 02 04:16

Covid-19 - The Five Things We Need To Know!

What we really need to know about the coronavirus is how it will affect us as individuals. The picture presented by governments is sketchy at best. Driven by agendas such as preventing panic and spinning the ramifications to lessen their toll on financial markets has made what they say unreliable.

Mar 02 04:13

Trump And The Politics Of Coronavirus

I don’t disagree that China, assuming that the numbers they’ve published are any more real than a lot of their economic numbers, has shown remarkable power to stop the spread of the disease.

And they have done so so as to disrupt supply chains all across the world. This week the equity markets finally came to terms with the real world effects of such a disruption, even if the disease itself is, in the end, controllable and the response to it to this point, overblown.

I’m not saying it is one way or the other. I’ve heard every conspiracy theory about this virus you can imagine. It speaks directly to the power of rumor and the ability for people absent good information to make up stories that fit their personal bias.

Mar 02 04:09

Illinois Reports Another "Presumptive" Case Of Coronavirus, Bringing US Total To 24; Washington Declares State Of Emergency After 1st US Death: Live Updates

Public health officials in Illinois said Saturday night that they had a new "presumptive case" , what would be the state's third case of coronavirus since the outbreak began. If confirmed by the CDC, the case would increase the total in the US to 24 (aside from the evacuees, who are all in quarantine right now).

Mar 02 03:44

The coronavirus is making the weakest parts of the U.S. corporate debt boom wobble. Analysts say brace for things to get worse

The rapid spread of the coronavirus this week dealt a blow to investor confidence in the biggest U.S. corporate debt boom on record.

Companies have enjoyed a mostly frictionless relationship with their creditors for much of the past decade, in part because global central bank support has left the world awash in negative yielding assets. But this week that relationship has gotten rockier.

Mar 02 03:43

New York confirms first coronavirus case | 2nd Death In Washington; U.S. ramps up preparations

Cuomo said on Twitter that a woman in her 30s contracted coronavirus during a recent trip to Iran and was in quarantine in her home. He did not say where the woman lived.

“The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in New York,” Cuomo said.

At the federal level, President Donald Trump’s administration scrambled on Sunday to reassure Americans as the disease spreads and businesses cancel conferences and flights.

Mar 02 03:39

HHS investigating production of faulty coronavirus test kits

On Saturday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his state would immediately begin using its own test kit developed in-state after asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday for permission to do so.

The FDA said on Saturday it would allow some laboratories to immediately use tests they have developed and validated to achieve more rapid testing capacity for the coronavirus.

Mar 01 20:09

CORONAVIRUS: Basic Essential Preparedness Checklist

From -- a better one than they seem to have up right now:

Quarantine/Shelter-In-Place Checklist.

Mar 01 10:58

Trump and The Politics of Coronavirus

Trump’s re-election chances will rise with this coronavirus. Those who hate him will hate him more, like B. (who is German and doesn’t vote here). Those who love him will rally around him if he leads.

And on this point I agree with Pat Buchanan who also feels like this is an opportunity for Trump to rise above the petty politics of Congress and show leadership and strength, allocating resources at his disposal the same way he did for domestic natural disasters like the recent Hurricanes that pounded the Gulf Coast and Florida.

Mar 01 09:45

Panic grips the West Coast and coronavirus hotspot California, with anxious shoppers stocking up on canned food and Clorox wipes after first US death from the deadly disease in Seattle

Panic is setting in for residents on the West Coast as California becomes a coronavirus hotspot, Washington state reports the first US death from the virus and Oregon officials announce that an elementary school employee has tested positive for the disease.

Anxious shoppers descended on California supermarkets, stocking up on supplies like bottled water, canned food and Clorox wipes.

The state has become a coronavirus hotspot, with more than half a dozen residents diagnosed with the disease in recent days.

Late last week, two Northern California residents were revealed to be confirmed cases despite having no known contact with anyone else who was infected.

Mar 01 09:43

Yes, it is worse than the flu: busting the coronavirus myths

Wearing a face mask is not an iron clad guarantee that you won’t get sick – viruses can also transmit through the eyes and tiny viral particles, known as aerosols, can still penetrate masks. However, masks are effective at capturing droplets, which is the main transmission route of coronavirus, and some studies have estimated a roughly five-fold protection versus no barrier. If you are likely to be in close contact with someone infected, a mask cuts the chance of the disease being passed on. If you’re just walking around town and not in close contact with others, wearing a mask is unlikely to make any difference.

Mar 01 06:59

First Responders Involved With Helping The Outbreak In WA Are Wiped Out - Firefighers, Medics Quarantined

Just wanted to let you know that the Fire Station that responds to the calls to the assisted living care facility which has two confirmed and 52 with symptoms has been shut down. It has been quarantined.

There is a sign on the door written in pen saying STOP.

Mar 01 06:55

Iran's ex-ambassador to Vatican dies of coronavirus

Iran’s former ambassador to the Vatican and prominent cleric Hadi Khosrowshahi died of coronavirus, local media reported on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reports.

According to the semiofficial Tasnim News Agency, the 81-year-old cleric died at a hospital in Iran.

Mar 01 06:54

Vatican confirms Pope Francis and two aides test positive for Coronavirus

The Vatican has confirmed in a statement that Pope Francis and two of his aides have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.

The three new cases add up to the over 400 cases confirmed in Italy under a week.

Mar 01 06:53

Coronavirus death toll in Italy jumps to 29 as number of infected passes 1,000

Italy reported eight new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths in the country as a result of the disease to 29. The Italian authorities have also confirmed as many as 239 new cases of people infected with the virus, raising the number of confirmed cases in Italy to 1,128.

Italy is experiencing the worst coronavirus outbreak seen in Europe so far. The deadly disease has spread to at least 48 countries from its point of origin, China, where some 80,000 people contracted COVID-19 and almost 3,000 have died.

Mar 01 06:53

Washington state declares emergency over coronavirus as CDC warns risk is ‘increasing’

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency after three new cases of COVID-19 and one death resulting from the coronavirus were confirmed there on Saturday. Inslee said that the time had come for “proactive measures,” adding that state officials have been preparing ever since the first US coronavirus case was confirmed in Snohomish County. The measure will also allow the authorities to use the National Guard if necessary.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have so far reported that the two new coronavirus cases were linked to a Life Care Center in Kirkland, a suburb of Seattle, adding that those infected were a patient and a health care worker. Both of them are alive. However, it is still unclear how exactly they were infected.

Mar 01 06:18

New Coronavirus Cases In California, Oregon, & Washington Suggest Community Spread: Officials

New coronavirus cases confirmed in the Pacific Northwest suggest the new virus may be spreading in the community in the United States, officials said.

Washington state, Oregon, and California officials confirmed in total four new cases on Friday. Officials do not know where or how three of the patients became infected, making them “possible” instances of community spread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Community spread means that people acquire COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus, through an unknown exposure in the community.

Mar 01 06:12


If the Coronavirus is not huge and spreading rapidly, why has the Chinese government totally quarantined (i.e., locked down, sealed off) 23 major cities with a total population of 125 million people – the largest such quarantine/lock-down in world history? (And it may even be larger than that by the time you read this.) The Chinese military has surrounded these cities; has blocked all exit roads with huge truckloads of dirt and boulders, and has orders to shoot to kill anyone trying to escape. If it’s not huge, why has the Chinese government declared up to seven-year prison sentences for anyone putting non-government approved information on the coronavirus on social media or the Internet?

Mar 01 06:10

Climate Change is Not Decimating Bees

Several media outlets -- namely National Public Radio -- are touting a tall tale that climate change is decimating bee populations throughout North America. The (false) alarm is based on a February 7 study published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The study, however, is deeply flawed and does not change the very low likelihood of climate change seriously impacting bee populations.

Mar 01 06:09

Sen. Cotton: China Is 'Still Lying to the World' about Coronavirus | Virus Can Live Up To 9 Days Outside The Body

China has engaged in rampant malpractice, dishonesty, and deceitfulness from the very beginning. If they hadn’t concealed the outbreak of this virus in early December from the World Health Organization and from their own people. They might not have only protected their own people more effectively, but prevented it from spreading so far around the world already. They are still lying to their own people. They are still lying to the world. They are responsible for the spread of this virus outside of their own borders. That’s one reason why we need to take a new look, once again, at our entire relationship with China, in particular, the relationship we have in trade, where we have so many of our medical devices and equipment, or even basic pharmaceuticals manufactured in China.”

Mar 01 06:00

How to strengthen yourself against the virus

This information will help you to understand how viruses attack us, and it provides information that you can use to help protect yourself. It is somewhat technical, but the recommendations are clear. Click “Download here.”

Mar 01 05:59

China officials knew of coronavirus in December, ordered cover-up, report says

Chinese scientists knew about the coronavirus and its deadly effects as early as December — but were ordered by government officials to suppress the evidence, according to a report.

Mar 01 05:03

Pentagon races to counter coronavirus threat on military forces

The Pentagon is taking care to prevent a slip in national security and readiness following the steady global spread of the coronavirus that has the Department of Defense (DOD) holding off on a military exercise, quarantining fleets and curtailing troop movement.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, DOD in the last week has canceled a joint military exercise with South Korea, restricted access to public areas at Army installations in Italy and ordered all ships that have visited countries in the Pacific region to remain at sea for 14 days, essentially a self-quarantine.

U.S. Central Command has also ordered a stop to all nonessential travel in the Persian Gulf region.

Mar 01 04:59

First coronavirus death in USA, Washington declares State of Emergency as Trump administration flounders with narrative control

The first U.S. death of the coronavirus is now confirmed in Washington State, and Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a statement lamenting the “sad day in our state.”

What’s even more sad, of course, is the fact that the CDC withheld coronavirus tests from state-level public health labs, allowing the virus to spread while nearly all U.S. states conducted exactly zero tests. Now that states have suddenly been granted permission to start conducting tests, it’s no surprise that a slew of new outbreaks and infection confirmations has already begun.

Mar 01 04:58

Mainland China reports 573 new coronavirus cases on Feb. 29

The number of deaths stood at 35, down from 47 on the previous day, bringing the total death toll in mainland China to 2,870, the National Health Commission said.

Of the deaths, 34 were in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, and the others were in neighboring Henan. Hubei accounted for 570 of the new cases, of which 565 were in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated.

Mar 01 04:58

Coronavirus spreads to Ecuador and the Republic of Ireland, both from passengers who flew commercial airlines

The coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic has now spread to 60 nations around the world and is exploding by the day, having killed the first U.S. patient earlier today in the State of Washington.

Now, reports indicate the biological weapon viral agent has found its way into Ecuador and the Republic of Ireland.

In both cases, the infected individuals first flew on commercial flights before being diagnosed.

Mar 01 04:57

Panic Buying at Costco

Feb 29 11:46

Seattle's lack of housing forces families to live in their cars: "I reached a point where I didn't see any hope"

The Generals are stealing all our money for wars.10 trillion missing from the Pentagram and Americans are living on the streets. Why do we put up with these scumbags! This breaks my heart to see Americans in a bad spot like this. The District of Criminals does not give a crap about America or Americans!

Aaron, who lives with his wife Silje and their two children in a parking lot outside of Seattle, begins his day in darkness, making a two-hour commute by scooter and bus to his job at the post office.

"You do what you need to get through a given day. You get rest when you can," he said. "You just keep going through the process of trying to get into better circumstances."

Feb 29 10:41

Turkey Asks NATO to Join Its War Against Syria and Russia

Note: The events that led to this critical impasse were reported by me last night, and that report thus continues here, in order to provide context to these events.

The spokesperson for the Islamist party of Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has called upon all of NATO to go to war against Syria for Syria’s having killed dozens of Turkey’s troops in order for Syria to defeat Turkey’s invasion and military occupation of Syria’s Idlib Province, which borders on Turkey. Going to war against Syria would mean going to war also against Russia, which is in Syria to protect Syria’s sovereignty over its own territory. If the United States accepts that Turkish proposal, then World War III will consequently result.

Feb 29 09:06

Gerson Therapy

Dr Max Gerson


One of the most important creators of Natural Cancer Cures in the early 20th century was Dr Max Gerson. After suffering from excruciating migranes during his student days, he developed a unique regimen of nutritious organic foods and was finally able to cure himself completely of migraines.

Next, he applied his unique therapy to heal tuberculosis and later cancer. He discovered that toxicity and nutrient deficiency were the primary factors leading to cancer. Thus, the essence of his therapy was a plant based diet, avoiding meat, animal fats, excess protein and sodium while alleviating the buildup of toxins in the body. Supplements include potassium iodide, CoQ10, liver extract, pancreatic enzymes, Niacin, B12, vitamin C and flaxseed oil.

Feb 29 05:26

US Military Braces for Base Lockdowns in Germany as Coronavirus Cases Rise

The U.S. military is bracing for coronavirus cases to rise in Germany, potentially putting thousands of troops on lockdown or restricted movement, according to the head of U.S. European Command.

Feb 29 05:25

US, South Korea Postpone Wargames Over Coronavirus

The United States postponed its wargames with South Korea on Thursday as concerns continue to grow over the coronavirus. The combined command announced an upcoming “command post-training” conducted by members of the two militaries’ Combined Forces Command will be postponed “until further notice”, World News reported.

Feb 29 05:25

US Military in South Korea Registers First Soldier Coronavirus Case

The first case of the novel coronavirus among the US armed forces has been registered in South Korea, according to the United States Forces Korea (USFK).

"A USFK soldier stationed at Camp Carroll tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first time a U.S. service member has tested positive for the virus. We’re implementing all appropriate control measures to protect the force", USFK tweeted.

Feb 29 05:12

Belarus Registers Its First Coronavirus Case

The disease continues to spread across the world, with numerous European countries registering their first cases of the coronavirus infection. Outside of China, where it originated, major outbreaks of the infection are being reported in Iran, Italy, South Korea, and several other countries.

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." There is another DSM factory in Scotland, which also manufactures vitamin C.

Feb 28 17:49

Coronavirus: Long queues at supermarkets after first NZ case confirmed, experts urge calm.

People are panic-buying water, sanitiser and other essentials, causing lengthy queues at many supermarkets after confirmation of the first coronavirus case in New Zealand. But experts are urging calm, and say there is no need for panic.

Queues were out the door at at least one Pak'nSave this morning and shelves were being cleared out, following similar lengthy queues at many Auckland supermarkets last night.

One shopper said it was as if people were "stocking up for the apocalypse".

At Pak'nSave Royal Oak in Auckland there were lengthy queues out the door of the supermarket by 7.30am and many items were out of stock.

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 15:25

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 15:18

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 14:09

Boom! Scientists spot the biggest known explosion in the universe

Evidence for the biggest explosion seen in the universe comes from a combination of X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Europe’s XMM-Newton space telescope, and the Murchison Widefield Array and Giant Metrewave Telescope, as shown here. The eruption is generated by a black hole located in the cluster's central galaxy, which has blasted out jets and carved a large cavity in the surrounding hot gas. Researchers estimate this explosion released five times more energy than the previous record holder and hundreds of thousands of times more than a typical galaxy cluster.

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 13:20

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 12:26

Coronavirus gets political: Trump, Dems exchange barbs as US prepares for potential crisis

As the coronavirus has swept around the world, sickening and killing thousands, the U.S. government's response to the crisis has become gripped by political infighting between President Trump and Democrats.

One of the highest-profile confrontations has been the fight over funding to combat the outbreak. Trump requested $2.5 billion in funding from Congress for the coronavirus response, an amount that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said was too little as he panned the Trump administration's preparedness for a disease federal officials say may cause "severe" disruption to everyday life in the U.S.

Feb 28 12:17

Mulvaney Predicts Schools Will Close Amid Coronavirus Fears

Mulvaney made his comments Friday morning during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and also tried to calm fears about the virus’ affect on the markets.

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."

Feb 28 10:24

Israeli soldiers broke her face, skull as she was protecting her kid from detention

When the IDF faces a real combat hardened army like the Syrian Army or Hezbollah again they will get one hell of an @$$whoopin!

Israeli occupation forces harshly beaten Palestinian woman Rina Dirbas, 36, broke her face and skull as she was protecting her 14-year-old son from being detained.

About a month ago, Dirbas went back home to find a large number of the Israeli occupation forces inside her house.

She rushed inside to find them trying to detain her 14-year-old son, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Feb 28 10:00

Putin, members of Russia’s Security Council alarmed at escalation in Idlib

Putin just read Erdogan the riot act in his usual nice way.

Putin and members of the Russia’s Security Council expect that Ankara will do everything possible to ensure security of Russian missions in Turkey