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Anger in Italy, Defiance in Eastern Europe – Will the Coronavirus Mean the End of the Globalist EU?

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 02:14

As countries start enforcing their borders again, the Corona pandemic threatens to spell the end of the globalist EU project. While Italians start burning EU flags, the EU court threatens to punish Eastern European states for successfully enforcing their borders and protecting their people.

by Collin McMahon

“The Vice-President of the Deputys’ Chamber Fabio Rampelli removes the European flag: A message to Europe that let Italy down in its times of need. Europe must decide whether it wants to exist or dissolve under the weight of German selfishness”, right-wing Brothers of Italy leader Georgia Meloni twittered on March 31, as many Italians started sharing viral videos burning the EU flag.

People all over Italy burning the EU flag and playing their National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/hKSCVJiEmP

— Don’tCareWhatYouThink (@DontCareWhatYo2) March 29, 2020

As Italy became the hardest-hit country in the world in the Corona outbreak, with 14.681 dead so far, many Italians felt left alone by an EU that is usually quick to exhort “solidarity” when it comes to Open Borders and illegal mass immigration. On March 12, European Central Bank head Christine Lagarde effectively tanked Italian markets, saying the ECB was “not here to close spreads” on Italian bonds, sending the Italian stock exchange plummeting 17% and Italian bonds up 60 points, the biggest crash ever.

On the same day, the European Court of Justice sentenced Italy to pay €7.5 million in fines and an additional €80 000 for every day it was not paid over alleged subsidy violations – just as the Corona crisis was overwhelming Italy and neighboring EU countries like Austria were closing the borders to their southern neighbor.

“We need to rethink the role of Europe once the health battle has been won”, said Matteo Salvini, head of the Lega party. “The EU is all words, and no action. All these European rules need to be reviewed. In recent years, Europe actually made us close hospitals and schools. Then, in our hour of need, the citizens of Italy realized we are on our own.”

While Open Borders countries with left-leaning governments like Italy, Germany, France and Spain have been hardest hit by the Corona crisis, countries with conservative or “right-wing” governments like Poland, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Russia, Greece and Israel closed their borders early and have as yet escaped the full force of the pandemic.

Ironically, the supranational European Court of Justice chose this week to condemn Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for failing “to fulfil their obligations under European Union law” by “refusing to comply with the temporary mechanism for the relocation of applicants for international protection” in the mass migration onslaught of 2015, when the EU wanted to distribute 125.000 illegal migrants “voluntarily” throughout member countries, whether they wanted them or not.

This verdict illustrates how politicized the EU Court has become,” said Petr Bystron, AfD Speaker on the Foreign Policy Committee of the German Bundestag. “A ‘temporary mechanism’, which violates the Schengen and Dublin Agreements, was elevated to the status of law to punish sovereign member states. The ECJ completely ignores the foundational constitutional principle that every nation may control its own borders and territory, seeking to replacing it by the state of complete anarchy represented by Angela Merkel’s Open Borders policy and the Pull Effect of Europe’s welfare states.”

The judicial opinion illustrated the absurdity of this verdict, Bystron said: “It speaks of ‘their territory’ in regard to each country while superseding each country’s right to control that territory. Any nation that bows to this verdict is giving up its sovereignty and control over its national borders.”

The European Court of Justice in Strasbourg played a key role in expanding the EU’s original, very specific right to asylum for a handful of political dissidents into an unlimited right for the whole world to enter Europe and enjoy the generosity of its taxpayer-funded welfare state, critics have noted. The ECJ’s continued rulings against the United Kingdom was one of the leading reasons for Britons’ vote leave the European Union.

“This new verdict shows the citizens of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the world just how little these undemocratic EU institutions care about their needs and rights, while trying to ruthlessly ram through their globalist agenda,” Bystron said. “Especially during the Corona crisis, when individual citizens’ right to independent movement is massively restricted, this stubborn insistence on a further distribution of illegal migrants throughout European countries, even against their will, is bound to further undermine the faith of European citizens in the Brussels bureaucracy.”

Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic vowed to fight back against the erosion of national sovereignty. Hungarian Minister for International Communication Zoltán Kovács called the verdict “a political witch-hunt and a coordinated media smear campaign”, saying it was “shocking that while we are seeing absolutely appalling images from Western Europe and some countries of Southern Europe about the devastating consequences of the virus, and the failures of the governments of those countries, our constant critics again manage to single out Hungary for reproach.”

In a viral video, Polish MEP Dominik Tarczynski warned March 2, “I’ve got a message for all illegals: if you don’t want to be pushed back, if you don’t want to be arrested, if you don’t want to be shot, don’t come to our borders. Do not come to the Polish border. Then you’re safe. It’s not us, it’s not our police who came to beat you up, to push you or to arrest you. It’s you who tried to break the law of our land.”

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“Someone Ought to Sue His Ass Off!” – EPIC! Trump UNLOADS on Fake News, Fired ICIG Atkinson and “Fake” Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella at White House Presser

GatewayPundit - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 02:02

President Trump fired corrupt and controversial deep state hack ICIG Michael Atkinson on Friday night.

As we reported in November, Deep State ICIG Michael Atkinson altered the whistleblower form to allow for second-hand information, which allowed suspected Schiff whistleblower Eric Ciaramella to present a bogus accusation on the President.

As we reported previously, Atkinson changed the IC whistleblower form sometime before September shortly after a CIA Agent, who was spying in the Trump White House, drafted a complaint on President Trump.

Atkinson saw to it that the whistleblower form was updated to allow for second hand information, which the ‘whistleblower’ (believed to be Eric Ciaramella) provided in his complaint. Although, the form should not have been accepted based on second-hand information and because it was about the President of the United States (who is not in the IC), Atkinson accepted the complaint.

The whistleblower later attempted to edit the form he originally provided. The original form stated that the whistleblower did not talk to Congress before filing the form but after it was discovered that he had met with Adam Schiff’s team in Congress, the whistleblower attempted to edit his form.

The fake news media was obviously very upset that one of their comrades was removed from the administration this weekend.

On Saturday the media asked President Trump about his firing of their ICIG Atkinson.

President Trump called Atkinson a “disgrace” — which he is.

President Trump UNLOADED calling the “whistleblower” complaint “fake” and “made up” — It was completely debunked before the Senate trial.

President Trump called out the media, “You all know who the whistleblower is. Everyone in this room… Somebody ought to sue his ass off!”

Trump suggested Adam Schiff was the informer — Schiff was certainly involved in the planning and was caught lying about his knowledge of the complaint.

And Trump called Adam Schiff a “corrupt politician.” — Which is widely known.

The media hates it when Trump confronts their lies!

President Trump says Michael Atkinson, who was let go from his role as the inspector general of the intelligence community, was a “disgrace” https://t.co/8ZlxGmbxV5 pic.twitter.com/Klk7lhjQQI

— POLITICO (@politico) April 5, 2020

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Larry David To Bernie Sanders: ‘Drop Out,’ We Need To ‘Support Biden’

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 01:26

In a wide-ranging quarantine interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Larry David, co-creator of “Seinfeld” and creator and star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” said that it’s time for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to drop out of the Democratic presidential primary.

“I feel he should drop out,” David said.

Because he’s too far behind. He can’t get the nomination. And I think, you know, it’s no time to fool around here. Everybody’s got to support Biden.

David is also known to many for his uncanny impersonation of the Vermont senator on “Saturday Night Live.” David first appeared as Sanders on “SNL” during the 2016 Democratic primary between the senator and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. David was brought back to the stage after Sanders announced his candidacy for the 2020 nomination.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, “at least 15 states and one territory have postponed or otherwise extended their presidential primaries,” according to ABC News. The Democratic National Convention has also been delayed, moving from its initial mid-July date to sometime in August.

All of this has stalled what was a roaring comeback for the Joe Biden campaign, which, prior to the former vice president’s landslide victory in South Carolina in late-February, was looking bleak.

Following his win in the Palmetto State, Biden whipped up enough enthusiasm to score victories in 10 of the 14 Super Tuesday states, gaining the upper hand on rival Sanders. Biden also went on to win eight more races in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Washington, Arizona, Illinois, and Florida prior to most other primaries being postponed.

As of publication, Joe Biden has 1,217 delegates, and Sen. Bernie Sanders has 914. To clinch the Democratic nomination at the convention, a candidate must have 1,991 pledged delegates.

Despite Sanders’ increasingly narrow path to the nomination, as well as pressure from the media, the senator has refused to bow out of the race.

On Wednesday, Sen. Sanders told Whoopi Goldberg of “The View” that he wasn’t dropping out:

Last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote and they have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America, especially in this very, very difficult moment. We are assessing our campaign, as a matter of fact, where we want to go forward.

The senator went on to speak about his work on the next proposed COVID-19 stimulus legislation.

Bernie Sanders on staying in the race: “Last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote and have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America, especially in this very, very difficult moment. We are assessing our campaign.” https://t.co/XqBZIxsIGR pic.twitter.com/WPNsidZQ7f

— ABC News (@ABC) April 1, 2020

According to the RealClearPolitics national polling average, Joe Biden leads Bernie Sanders by 20.5 points (56% to 35.5%). Although the polling isn’t as fresh, Biden leads Sanders by a 22.5-point margin in Ohio, he leads Sanders by an 11.5-point margin in Pennsylvania, and he leads Sanders by an 18.3-point margin in Wisconsin.

The betting odds also give Biden a seemingly insurmountable lead with 83.9 points. Sanders actually comes in fourth place with 5.2 points behind New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (6.3 points) and Hillary Clinton (6 points), neither of whom are running for president.

Walmart, Other Stores, Announce Changes To The Shopping Experience

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 01:16

To promote public health and consumer safety, Walmart announced on Friday that it would implement two new changes to the shopping experience at over 4,000 stores across the country.

Beginning on Saturday, April 4, Walmart locations will begin limiting the amount of people inside of a given store at one time. The number of people allowed in a store will be determined by the location’s square footage, with a maximum of five people allowed per 1,000 square feet of store space.

This means that the average Walmart supercenter will be limited to 900 customers at a given time, according to calculations by Fox News. The average Walmart Neighborhood market, which is significantly smaller than a supercenter, would limit the number to about 200 shoppers at a time, according to square footage calculations performed by Business Insider in 2015.

According to a press release, Walmart will have customers wait in a line outside when the store reaches full capacity, and admit shoppers “one-by-one” as other shoppers leave the store. In addition to the new limit on customers, Walmart stores will also start directing movement throughout the store, beginning next week, to limit the amount of time shoppers interact with other people.

Similar changes have been initiated at different stores across the country.

As NBC News reports, Home Depot stores have begun providing thermometers to employees so that they can take their own temperature before shifts, and has ended its annual spring sales to prevent shoppers from crowding.

Target announced on Friday that they would begin providing gloves and masks to employees before shifts, sometime in the next two weeks, reports CBS2-Iowa. The chain store will also cap the amount of customers in a given store, but has provided leeway to individual locations to develop policies.

Costco has also announced a bevy of changes, including that locations will only allow two people inside of the store per membership card: “We’ve increased our protocols in sanitizing surfaces, including shopping cart handles, merchandise shelves, front-end belts and registers. Limits have been implemented on certain items to help ensure more members are able to access the merchandise they want and need.”

As The Daily Wire previously reported, during a press briefing on Saturday, President Trump announced that the public should prepare itself as the nation enters what could be the “toughest” weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This will be probably the toughest week, between this week and next week, and there will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” said Trump. “But a lot less death than if this wasn’t done, but there will be death.”

“Every decision we’re making is made to save lives. It’s really our sole consideration. We want to save lives. We want as few lives lost as possible,” said the president on Saturday.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said during the briefing that the New York, Detroit, and New Orleans areas will likely experience the peak of their cases in seven days. 

“They’re all on the upside of their curve of mortality, so you know when you get to the peak, you come down the other side,” said Dr. Birx. “By the predictions that are in that healthdata.org, they’re predicting those three hotspots, all of them hitting together in the next six to seven days.”

Forecasting Model Predicts When Each State Will Likely Hit Coronavirus Peak, Gives Possible Total Deaths

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 01:04

The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) created a forecasting model that projects future coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States overall, as well as in individual states.

NPR reported that IHME “produced projections very similar” to the model that White House officials were using for their projections.

IHME’s modelers said that they did not take into account President Donald Trump’s social distancing guidelines when they built their model, but they did take into account which each individual state did.

“Ultimately, these forecasts were developed to provide hospitals, health care workers, policymakers, and the public with crucial information about what demands COVID-19 may place on hospital capacity and resources, so that they could begin to plan,” IHME wrote.

The model predicts the times of peak hospital resource usage, peak number of deaths per day, and total estimated deaths by August 4, 2020 for the U.S. and for each state.

The following are the projections from the model as of April 4:

  • United States:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 15, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 2,644 deaths on April 16, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 93,531 deaths.
  • Alabama:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 17, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 303 deaths on April 19, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 5,515 deaths.
  • Alaska:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 15, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 5 deaths on April 14, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 148 deaths.
  • Arizona:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 27, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 40 deaths on April 26, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,378 deaths.
  • Arkansas
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 26, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 21 deaths on April 26, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 619 deaths.
  • California
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 26, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 119 deaths on April 26, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 5,068 deaths.
  • Colorado:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 17, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 85 deaths on April 18, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 2,154 deaths.
  • Connecticut:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 15, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 43 deaths on April 15, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,144 deaths.
  • Delaware:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 11, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 9 deaths on April 11, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 166 deaths.
  • District of Columbia:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 15, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 9 deaths on April 13, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 218 deaths.
  • Florida:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 3, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 175 deaths on May 4, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 6,897 deaths.
  • Georgia:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 24, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 96 deaths on April 25, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 3,232 deaths.
  • Hawaii:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 3, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 12 deaths on May 1, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 372 deaths.
  • Idaho:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 26, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 12 deaths on April 26, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 397 deaths.
  • Illinois:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 20, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 109 deaths on April 20, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 3,386 deaths.
  • Indiana:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 19, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 35 deaths on April 20, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,160 deaths.
  • Iowa:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 1, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 49 deaths on May 1, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,488 deaths.
  • Kansas:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 28, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 18 deaths on April 26, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 640 deaths.
  • Kentucky:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 16, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 15 deaths on May 13, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 821 deaths.
  • Louisiana:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 9, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 76 deaths on April 10, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,834
  • Maine:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 17, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 12 deaths on April 15, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 364 deaths.
  • Maryland:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 29, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 53 deaths on April 28, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,766 deaths.
  • Massachusetts:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 16, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 100 deaths on April 17, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 2,381 deaths.
  • Michigan:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 9, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 173 deaths on April 11, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 3,169 deaths.
  • Minnesota:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 22, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 36 deaths on April 21, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 932 deaths.
  • Mississippi:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 21, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 34 deaths on April 20, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 918 deaths.
  • Missouri:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 21, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 22 deaths on May 18, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,290 deaths.
  • Montana:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 26, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 9 deaths on April 25, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 266 deaths.
  • Nebraska:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 23, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 15 deaths on April 23, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 447 deaths.
  • Nevada:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 20, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 26 deaths on April 18, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 799 deaths.
  • New Hampshire:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 17, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 11 deaths on April 15, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 331 deaths.
  • New Jersey:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 8, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 104 deaths on April 9, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 2,117 deaths.
  • New Mexico:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 24, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 17 deaths on April 22, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 525 deaths.
  • New York:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 9, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 855 deaths on April 10, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 16,261 deaths.
  • North Carolina:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 26, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 51 deaths on April 27, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,534 deaths.
  • North Dakota:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 21, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 6 deaths on April 20, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 169 deaths.
  • Ohio:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 19, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 69 deaths on April 19, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,898 deaths.
  • Oklahoma:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 23, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 52 deaths on April 23, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,419 deaths.
  • Oregon:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 5, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 11 deaths on May 2, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 558 deaths.
  • Pennsylvania
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 18, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 79 deaths on April 19, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 2,023 deaths.
  • Rhode Island:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 20, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 8 deaths on April 16, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 259 deaths.
  • South Carolina:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 28, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 31 deaths on April 28, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 1,095 deaths.
  • South Dakota:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 4, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 6 deaths on April 29, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 204 deaths.
  • Tennessee:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 19, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 165 deaths on April 20, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 3,422 deaths.
  • Texas:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 6, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 161 deaths on May 6, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 6,392 deaths.
  • Utah:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 23, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 18 deaths on April 23, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 580 deaths.
  • Vermont:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 9, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 2 deaths on April 2, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 58 deaths.
  • Virginia:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 20, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 59 deaths.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 3,152 deaths.
  • Washington:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 11, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 22 deaths on April 9, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 978 deaths.
  • West Virginia:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 4, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 15 deaths on May 1, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 487 deaths.
  • Wisconsin:
    • Peak hospital resource use: April 27, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 25 deaths on April 27, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 951 deaths.
  • Wyoming:
    • Peak hospital resource use: May 4, 2020.
    • Peak deaths per day: 4 deaths on April 28, 2020.
    • Total deaths by August 4, 2020: 140 deaths.

‘An Indictment Of Joe Biden’: Leftwing Think Tank Slams Dems After Joe Rogan’s Trump Remarks

Daily Wire - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 00:03

The Gravel Institute, a progressive think tank named after former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK), slammed the Democratic establishment for coalescing around former Vice President Joe Biden, remarking that podcast host Joe Rogan openly considering voting for President Trump in November was an indictment of Biden himself.

“Bernie didn’t run a bad campaign, he got f***** over by sudden establishment consolidation and concentrated media attacks. The next step is figuring out how to overcome that next time,” tweeted the Gravel Institute.

Bernie didn’t run a bad campaign, he got fucked over by sudden establishment consolidation and concentrated media attacks. The next step is figuring out how to overcome that next time.

— The Gravel Institute (@GravelInstitute) April 4, 2020

“The fact that Joe Rogan would rather vote for Donald Trump than Joe Biden is not an indictment of Bernie Sanders. It’s an indictment of Joe Biden,” said the institute in a separate tweet.

The fact that Joe Rogan would rather vote for Donald Trump than Joe Biden is not an indictment of Bernie Sanders. It’s an indictment of Joe Biden.

— The Gravel Institute (@GravelInstitute) April 4, 2020

In response to Rogan’s earlier remarks about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), left-wing commentators blasted the Sanders campaign for openly touting the comedian’s observation that he would probably vote for the Vermont senator in the Democratic nomination.

“When we told you about Joe Rogan, we were scolded,” remarked former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers.

“Given Bernie (mistakenly, imho) elevated Joe Rogan’s endorsement of him, and given Rogan is now saying he’d rather vote for Trump than Biden… is it not time for bernie to also now disown/distance himself from Rogan, too?” said Mehdi Hasan, columnist for The Intercept.

As The Daily Wire previously reported, Joe Rogan remarked earlier this year that he would probably vote for Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the California Democratic primary, a move that resulted in Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) reportedly distancing herself from the Sanders campaign.

Rogan made the remarks about Trump on Friday during a conversation with Eric Weinstein, the managing director of Thiel Capital. However, the comedian also indicated that he would have rather seen Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) leading the country during the coronavirus pandemic than any other politician who ran in the Democratic primary.

“This is the real issue with the Democratic Party,” Rogan said, as The Daily Wire previously reported. “They’ve essentially made us all morons with this Joe Biden thing. They really have. They’ve made us all morons.”

“I can’t vote for that guy,” said Rogan. “I’d rather vote for Trump than [Biden]. I don’t think he can handle anything. You’re relying entirely on his cabinet. If you want to talk about an individual leader who can communicate, he can’t do that. And we don’t know what the f**k he’ll be like after a year in office. The pressure of being President of the United States is something than no one has ever prepared for.

“The only one who seems to be fine with it is Trump, oddly enough. He doesn’t seem to be aging at all or in any sort of decline. Obama, almost immediately, started looking older. George W. [Bush], almost immediately, started looking older,” said Rogan.

NYC crematories overwhelmed with bodies due to coronavirus deaths

LifeZette - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 00:03

COVID-19 related deaths in New York City are causing a backup at crematories and cemeteries throughout the Big Apple.

The New York Post is reporting that some funeral directors are handling over 20 bodies a day, and there is a backup at some crematories of over 10 days. New Jersey is experiencing similar problems.

John Scalia, owner of a funeral home on Staten Island was told that the soonest he could hold a burial at St. Charles Cemetary in Farmingdale was April 14. Other cemeteries have similar waiting lists. This is causing additional frustration and sadness for families grieving their loved ones who have succumbed to the virus.

Scalia said his volume is 35% higher than usual. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Scalia,  adding “we handled 50 World Trade Center funerals — but I’ve never been through anything like this.”

New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus is closing in on 2000, even though the first reported death in the city occurred just 21 days ago. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that he expects his city’s grim death toll to keep climbing, and the apex, the peak of the death rate, should occur within the next week. Cuomo warned, however, that deaths from the virus will continue for some time.

The city now has over 63,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that crematories are operating 24 hours a day to handle the surge in corpses. Federal agencies have delivered 130 refrigerated trucks to hospitals throughout the city to serve as temporary morgues.

Dennis Warner is the general manager of the St. Michael’s Cemetery in Queens. He told the NY Post that half of the cremations at the All Souls Crematory are for people who died from the coronavirus. They are scheduling as many as 24 cremations every day now, triple the normal rate.

With the increased volume of bodies and the necessary precautions required in handing infected corpses, many families are unable to attend their loved one’s funeral. Most funeral directors are only allowing ten people to attend each service, causing additional pain for the deceased’s families.

This piece originally appeared in Objectivist.co and is used by permission.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter Shares Footage of Him Kissing His Late Wife Beth After He Falls in Love Again

LifeZette - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 00:01

Nearly one year after the death of his believed wife Beth Chapman, “Dog The Bounty Hunter” himself Duane Chapman shared a video of him kissing her. This came weeks after Dog revealed to fans that he had fallen in love again with a woman who he hopes to marry someday.

The U.K. Mirror reported that Beth passed away in June of 2019 at the age of 51 after a battle with throat and lung cancer. On Friday, Dog posted a video posted an adorable video of him sharing a kiss with his wife after they left a theater on one of their date nights.

“Sadly missed,” he captioned the video, which showed him affectionately kissing Beth on the side of her head as their son “Gary Boy” Chapman cringed.

“Oh God, stop,” Gary Boy said before Beth turned to the camera to tease him.

“Gary Boy, you want a kiss? I’ll give ya kiss,” Beth said playfully. “Jesus Christ. C’mon sonny, just one kiss.”

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Dog, 67, posted this happy memory after revealing that he has fallen in love with Colorado rancher Francie Frane, who he says Beth would have approved of. Frane lost her husband Bob right around the time Dog lost Beth, and they bonded quickly over their shared grief.

“It’s going really good,” Dog told The Sun of the new relationship. “It’s a God relationship because it’s just like a miracle. It’s a miracle how we met and it’s a miracle how great we’re getting along.”

Dog went on to add that he wants to marry Francie, 51, saying that while there will “never be another Mrs Dog,” he wants her to be “the last Mrs Chapman.”

Dog’s family approves of the new relationship, with his daughter Lyssa saying that “Beth would approve” as well.

“They are both so happy together and they are good for each other. Francie has been very respectful to all the kids — and to Beth’s memory — and my dad is the same way with Bob and their children. They go to church three times a week and dad is trying to give up smoking — she is a good woman for my dad,” she told The Sun.

“He’s the happiest I’ve seen him in a long time – he’s so in love and wants to spend the rest of his life with Francie. They are both lost their spouses to cancer so they know what it’s like to go through that and they are helping each other through it,” Lyssa added. “Beth would approve – I honestly believe that Beth sent Francie for my dad – I feel like Beth and Bob are up there watching down over them.”

This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.

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Saturday Night Cinema: Room At The Top (1959)

Geller Report - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 00:00

Tonight’s Saturday night cinema classic feature is Room at the Top (1959) starring Laurence Harvey and Simone Signoret. Full disclosure: I adore Harvey and will watch anything that he’s in.

This is one of the most important films in the history of British cinema, and the best acting Harvey ever did — “in this fine examination of naked ambition, wrong choices and the price paid for them.” The intriguing and supremely talented Simone Signoret won an Academy award for her beautiful performance.

Ruthless young working-class Englishman Laurence Harvey takes a job in a North Country village controlled by millionaire Donald Wolfit. Harvey resents Wolfit’s class consciousness and vows to rise to the top by wooing the millionaire’s daughter, Heather Sears. Meanwhile he has an affair with Frenchwoman Simone Signoret. .

NY Times film review:

THE cynical, disenchanted and footloose post-war youths of England, who justifiably have been termed “angry,” never have been put into sharper focus than in “Room at the Top.” The British-made import, which was unveiled at the Fine Arts Theatre yesterday, glaringly spotlights them in a disk of illumination that reveals genuine drama and passion, truth as well as corruption. Although it takes place 3,000 miles away, it is as close to home as a shattered dream, a broken love affair or a man seeking to make life more rewarding in an uneasy world.

Unlike John Osborne, who, in “Look Back in Anger,” merely shouted the sensitive younger Britishers’ fiery protests against class distinctions and other contemporary English inequities, John Braine, out of whose brilliant first novel this careful dissection was made, is more adult and scientifically observant about a grievous malaise. Mr. Braine, Neil Paterson, the scenarist, and Jack Clayton, who did a superb job in directing an excitingly effective cast, are angry, too. But they see the picture whole. They are basically moral people who know that, come what may, a price must be paid for revolt sometimes.

As has been noted, Mr. Braine is concerned with a type of schemer, whose accent may be exotic but one who is becoming more and more symbolic of the restless young men of the world. In this case, he is Joe Lampton, born to poverty in a North Country manufacturing town but determined to catapult himself out of a world he never made or wanted. As a civil servant in another city, he meets the nubile and naive daughter of the richest tycoon who represents the prize and escape he has been waiting for. But this is a consummation not easily achieved. And, when thrown into the orbit of a married woman, ill-used, worldly wise, anxiously groping for real affection, it is fairly obvious that he will succumb first to lust and then to genuine love.

That this dual affair is doomed to tragedy is inevitable. But the artisans who fashioned this shaky triangle are neither crude nor insensitive. Joe is a calculating, shrewd and realistic campaigner, yearning for wealth and the opportunity to rid himself of low-caste stigma through marriage with the heiress to a great fortune. He is, however, also pictured as a man in whom all conscience has not been killed. He is a hero without medals and one mourning defeat when he should be enjoying victory.

The director and scenarist also have shown us a multidimensional figure in the married woman he is forced to reject, a deed that indelibly underlines the sadness, desperation and tragedy that surrounds these truly ill-fated lovers. And they have done equally well by the rich, sheltered young girl he marries at long last, an untutored youngster wholly engulfed by the sweetness, wonder and uneasiness of first love and sex.

The Cast
ROOM AT THE TOP; screen play by Neil Paterson; from the novel by John Braine; directed by Jack Clayton; produced by John and James Woolf; a Romulus Production released by Continental Distributing, Inc. At the Fine Arts, Fifty-eighth Street, west of Lexington Avenue. Running time: 115 minutes.
Joe Lampton . . . . . Laurence Harvey
Alice Aisgill . . . . . Simone Signoret
Susan Brown . . . . . Heather Sears
Mr. Brown . . . . . Sir Donald Wolfit
Mrs. Brown . . . . . Ambrosine Philpotts
Charles Soames . . . . . Donald Houston
Mr. Hoylake . . . . . Raymond Huntley
Jack Wales . . . . . John Westbrook
George Aisgill . . . . . Allan Cuthbertson
June Samson . . . . . Mary Peach
Elspeth . . . . . Hermione Baddeley
Miss Gilchrist . . . . . Avril Elgar
Aunt . . . . . Beatrice Varley
Darnley . . . . . Stephen Jack
Mayor . . . . . John Welsh
Mayoress . . . . . Everley Gregg
Mavis . . . . . April Olrich

Touching moment: Little girl dances with her grandfather while they socially distance

LifeZette - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 23:57

A touching video is going viral this week showing a little girl dancing with her beloved grandfather in Nashville, Tennessee while the two practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kira Neely is a 6 year-old girl who shares a close bond with her grandpa Marvin, which has made social distancing very hard for her, according to her mother Sherrie.

“It’s been a really special relationship because otherwise it would just be the two of us. Having mom and dad next door, it’s been such a wonderful thing for Kira because our family is larger,” Sherrie explained, according to MSN.

Though Kira can’t get physically close to her grandfather because of social distancing guidelines, she has managed to come up unique ways to spend time with him during the COVID-19 outbreak. She has done things like kick a ball back and forth across the yard to him, and draw pictures that she then hangs in her window to show him.

A few days ago, Kira decided to have a dance-off with her grandpa in the street that separates their two homes. Sherrie posted video of the dance-off to her Facebook page, where it quickly went viral.

“Kira loves her ‘Papa’ so much and they’ve now started daily ‘dance offs’ since the virus is keeping them separated,” Sherrie wrote alongside the video. “My Dad is turning 81 years old next month and I’ve never seen him dance, but he’s really putting forth great effort and has some special moves!!!!  I’m sure the workers think we’re crazy!!!”

The video shows Marvin and Kira dancing away to “ABC” by the Jackson Five, and it’s clear that the pair are having a blast!

“She was very much up for the challenge and had her game face on and my dad of course immediately embraced it,” Sherrie said, adding that her dad would do anything for Kira.

“Dancing had not been one of those things but I was surprised at how good he was,” she said.

It may be hard to find things to smile about right now, but it’s important to remember that we are all in this together. Let’s all try to be a little more like Kira and Marvin, and figure out ways to have fun with the people who mean the most to us in our lives, even if we can’t physically be close to them right now.

This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.

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World War II made Queen Elizabeth ‘tough’ – Prepared her for coronavirus pandemic, lady-in-waiting says

LifeZette - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 23:55

A woman who was a lady-in-waiting to and close confidant of Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth, is speaking out this week to discuss how the efforts surrounding World War II has prepared the monarch to handle the coronavirus pandemic.

Anne Glenconner, 87, was an attendant for the Queen during her coronation in 1953. She wrote about that and her decades-long friendship  with Margaret, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 71, in her memoir “Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown.”

“We were brought up in the war,” Glenconner told Fox News. “This virus is very difficult. But the war helped us to be tough… This virus is very much like war except you can’t see where the enemy is. In the war, we knew it was Hitler. I think that’s what’s frightening about this enemy – you have no idea where it is.”

“But we will persevere,” she added. “We must follow the guidelines and wash our hands, stay home. I’ve also lived through the AIDS crisis. That was terrifying. My son got it in the ‘80s and in the early days, we had no idea how you contracted. We didn’t really know who got it, where it came from.”

Elizabeth was only 14 years-old when she gave her first speech publicly in 1940, when she addressed children all over the commonwealth, many of whom had been sent to live away from home during the war.

“Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers,” Elizabeth on the BBC’s “Children’s Hour.”

“My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much for you as we know from experience what it means to be away from those we love most of all,” she added. “To you, living in new surroundings, we send a message of true sympathy and at the same time we would like to thank the kind people who have welcomed you to their homes in the country.”

“Before I finish I can truthfully say to you all that we children at home are full of cheerfulness and courage,” Elizabeth said. “We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our own share of the danger and sadness of war. We know, every one of us, that in the end, all will be well; for God will care for us and give us victory and peace. And when peace comes, remember it will be for us, the children of today, to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place.”

The Queen, 93, was part of the greatest generation, and her experience of living through World War II and it’s aftermath have undoubtedly prepared her for the months and years to come. We should all be sure to listen to the advice of the Queen and other members of her generation as we continue to go through this difficult time. If anyone has the wisdom to tell us what we should be doing right now, it’s them.

This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.

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New York To Receive 1,000 Ventilators From China As COVID-19 ‘Apex’ Quickly Approaches

Daily Wire - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 23:49

On Saturday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during his daily COVID-19 press briefing that, with assistance from multiple sources, the state had acquired 1,000 new ventilators from China.

“New York has been shopping in China … we went to the Asia Society to help us navigate China, I asked the White House to help us navigate China, I spoke to the ambassador, and we got really good news today,” Cuomo said.

The Chinese government is going to facilitate a donation of 1,000 ventilators that will come into JFK today – and I want to thank Joe Tsai and Clara Tsai and Jack Ma from Alibaba … for their donation. That’s going to be very helpful, and I want to thank Ambassador Huang very much for his help in making all of this happen because this is a big deal, and it’s gonna make a significant difference for us.

The governor added that the state of Oregon will be providing New York with 140 ventilators.

Prior to mentioning the 1,000 ventilators, Cuomo criticized the fact that China manufactures many of our medical supplies.

“China is, remarkably, the repository for all of these orders,” Cuomo said. “Ventilators, PPE, it all goes back to China, which, long-term, we have to figure out why we wound up in this situation where we don’t have the manufacturing capacity in this country.”

The governor also went through the daily numbers for the state.

The daily hospitalization numbers on Friday dropped to 1,095 from the previous day’s record high of 1,427. Despite this tick downward, the overall trend of hospitalizations is still moving upward.

“Total number of hospitalized is down a blip, but we believe that’s not statistically meaningful,” Cuomo stated.

The daily Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admissions hit a record high of 395 on Friday. The previous high of 374 was set on March 26 and tied on April 1. The overall trajectory of ICU admissions is upward.

The number of daily intubations also broke the record with 351 on Friday. The previous record was 313, and it was set on April 1. The trajectory for daily intubations is upward.

Discharges are also up, with 1,592 COVID-19 patients discharged from New York hospitals on Friday. This is a record high as well, and the trajectory is moving upward.

“This is interesting. Two-thirds of the people who have been hospitalized have been discharged,” the governor said. “That’s what we’ve been saying all along. Most people won’t be hospitalized; people who are hospitalized will come in, be treated, and leave … one third of that number has a serious condition which will require continued hospitalization.”

Governor Cuomo then spoke about the apex, when “the number of infections on a daily basis is at the high point.” He stated that although New York isn’t at the apex yet, it will likely be arriving sometime in the next four to eight days based on the models being examined.

The governor also showed a slide in which case percentage numbers were shown based on area. While New York City has been very slowly declining as a share of total cases in the state since approximately March 22, cases in Long Island have been increasing. As of Friday, New York City had 65% of COVID-19 cases in the state, Long Island had 22% (up from 17% on March 26), Westchester and Rockland had 7%, and upstate had 5%.

Cuomo also lauded the fact that 85,000 volunteers have stepped up to help New York in this time of crisis.

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FDA Head Highlights New Potential Coronavirus Treatment For Which FDA Has ‘Enthusiasm’

Daily Wire - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 23:29

Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said during the White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing on Saturday that the FDA is working on blood-related therapies for the coronavirus.

“One other thing I’d like to mention is that we, on Friday, stood up a formal convalescent plasma program. We have a great deal of enthusiasm for that,” Hahn said. “There are some reports that this is a benefit to patients in other countries who have had COVID-19 virus, and what this means is taking plasma from patients who have had the virus and who have recovered, and transferring the immunity, the immunoglobulins, from that person to someone who’s sick.”

“And we’re, hopefully, expanding that across the country,” Hahn continued. “The Red Cross is involved in that program, and I think it shows great promise. It needs to be studied like other things, but just like I said before, provides hope. We don’t want to provide false hope, but definitely hope.”

Based on prior experience with respiratory viruses & on data from China, convalescent plasma – the plasma from the blood of recovered #COVID19 patients – may potentially lessen severity or shorten the illness caused by #COVID19. https://t.co/JAjUEBSy6c pic.twitter.com/HCmqGfDrYy

— Dr. Stephen M. Hahn (@SteveFDA) April 4, 2020

Later in the press conference, a reporter asked Hahn, “Can you walk us through if that’s working, and is it kind of like a case by case basis?”

“So, this is a situation where someone who has recovered from the virus, doesn’t have the virus in their system at all, you can take plasma, and this is a pretty routine procedure,” Hahn responded. “You can actually donate a couple times a week, a couple times a month frankly, and give that plasma. That plasma contains the proteins in the blood that have the antibodies against the virus. You can take that, process it, and give it to someone who is ill. And so that allows you to transfer immunity.”

“Doesn’t have to be matched by family or anything like that. Since last Tuesday, the Tuesday before last, we’ve allowed academic centers and other laboratories and hospitals around the country to do this on a compassionate use basis,” Hahn continued. “What we did was we pulled this together in what’s called an expanded access program and run it through the Red Cross because they‘ve got the greatest system and capacity for doing this. This allows us to scale up so that when people get sick we can actually have these donated plasma packs given to the patients who are sick.”

Dr. Stephen Hahn says people who've recovered from COVID-19 can donate their plasma with antibodies allowing them to transfer their immunity and help others to resist the infection. pic.twitter.com/UfCqi1W32L

— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 4, 2020

Hahn noted that the FDA made the announcement and is partnering with the Red Cross in the effort.

“Notably, the FDA has led an effort, working collaboratively with our industry, academic, and government partners to develop and implement a protocol that will provide convalescent plasma to patients in need across the country who may not have access to institutions with clinical trials in place,” the FDA said on Friday. “This will allow for a simplified process for providers that will help to ensure patient safety, while also allowing for the collection of needed information about product efficacy.”

“In this partnership, the Mayo Clinic will serve as the lead institution for the program and the American Red Cross will help collect plasma and distribute it for use in patients across the country,” the FDA continued. “The program was developed with funding from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response. The FDA anticipates that this collaborative effort will be able to move thousands of units of plasma to the patients who need them in the coming weeks.”

New England Patriots Semi-Truck Delivers 300,000 N95 Masks To New York City

Daily Wire - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 22:51

A semi-truck sporting the New England Patriots logo has delivered 300,000 N95 respirator masks to New York City, a charitable move negotiated between Jonathan Kraft, the son of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA). 

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Massachusetts government solicited the help of Jonathan Kraft, who is the president of the Patriots and chairman of the board at Massachusetts General Hospital, to obtain an order of 2 million N95 masks from China. 

The final arrangement involved sending the Patriots’ Boeing 767 airliner to China and retrieving the masks, and bringing them back to the United States. As part of the deal with Massachusetts, the Kraft family agreed to pay the $2 million cost of delivery, reports the news agency. 

“We happened to have a little plane that we use for our team that was idle,” Robert Kraft told CNN on Thursday evening, reports Boston. “This probably was the most challenging operation our organization and team ever had to do.”

“I’ve never seen so much red tape in so many ways, and obstacles that we had to overcome,” said Robert Kraft. “In today’s world, those of us who are fortunate to make a difference have a significant responsibility to do so with all the assets we have available to us.”

In response to the act of kindness, The New York Post published a remarkable front page story lauding the move, with a caption reading “Something we thought we’d never say…THANK YOU, PATS.”

It took a global pandemic to finally put Jets and Patriots fans on the same team.

A tractor-trailer emblazoned with the New England NFL squad’s name rolled into enemy territory Friday on a mission of mercy, as it pulled up to the Javits Center to drop off a huge supply of N95 respirator masks that were purchased from China by the franchise’s owner.

“We’re all in this together. Headed to New York with hope, love and 300,000 masks for healthcare workers,” the Patriots wrote on their official Instagram page.

The New England Patriots delivered 300K face masks to NYC for coronavirus relief https://t.co/s0g1ynWGmx pic.twitter.com/c8IUp0Zr8i

— New York Post (@nypost) April 4, 2020

Robert Kraft recently told NBC-TV that he actually has a fondness for New York City, despite the Patriots’ rival affiliation with the city, according to a column in the Post

“I personally have a deep affection for all the citizens of New York City,’’ said Robert Kraft. “I just thought it might be cool if the owner of the New England Patriots is doing whatever he can to help Jets and Giants. This is a gift of ours, these 300,000 masks and the transportation, to the people of New York.’’

In the column, sports writer Mark Cannizzaro wrote that the act of kindness has made Robert Kraft a member of the New York family, possibly forever. 

A lot has happened over the years between Kraft and the Jets. None of it friendly.

Today, though, rivalries be damned. No more Border War. Everyone is playing for the same team now.

Feelings of jealousy must be replaced by genuine gratitude toward a man we’ve become so accustomed to view as the enemy.

Today, until further notice — and maybe forever — Robert Kraft is family.

Trump Says ‘Toughest Week’ Ahead, May Take Hydroxychloroquine Himself

Daily Wire - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 22:12

President Trump said Saturday that the U.S. is heading into what could be its “toughest” weeks as coronavirus spikes across the country, warning that things will get worse before they get better.

“There will be a lot of death, unfortunately. There will be death,” Trump said to open his daily briefing on the pandemic.

“This will be probably the toughest week, between this week and next week, and there will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” the president said. “But a lot less death than if this wasn’t done, but there will be death. We’re looking for an obvious focus and the hardest-hit regions. Some of them are obvious and some are not so obvious. They spring up, they hit you like you got hit by a club.”

“Every decision we’re making is made to save lives. It’s really our sole consideration. We want to save lives. We want as few lives lost as possible,” Trump continued.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said the counties in and around New York, Detroit, and New Orleans are still on the rising part of the curve, and their peaks will all hit in the next seven days.

18.5% Of NYPD Out ‘Sick’ As Of Saturday; Nearly 4.5% ‘Tested Positive’ For COVID-19

Daily Wire - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 22:05

On Friday, the New York Police Department (NYPD) reported that nearly one-fifth of uniformed members were out sick, and that approximately 4.5% had tested positive for COVID-19.

An NYPD press release states in part:

6,695 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick report which accounts for 18.5% of the Department’s uniformed workforce. Currently, 1,619 uniformed members and 220 civilian members tested positive for the coronavirus.

During a recent virtual question and answer session, Commissioner Dermot Shea stated:

Please do everything that you can to stay inside. Just look what’s happening around us with nurses, doctors, literally working around-the-clock, and men and women of the New York City Police Department are right there with them.

Not only are we enforcing social distancing, we’re still making gun arrests, we’re still closing out homicides. In our spare time, we’re delivering babies – and what else are we doing? We’re looking out for each other, and we’re looking out for the community. Think of what we’re doing with elderly people that can’t get out, most at risk during this pandemic. We have cops around the city, detectives, pitching in and bringing them groceries so they don’t have to come out and do things that get themselves in harm’s way.

At the worst times, you really see the best in people, and this is no surprise to you, and it’s certainly no surprise to me, that this is when the NYPD really shines.

Shea also spoke about supplies.

”We have a system set in place with our quartermaster,” the commissioner said. “Emails can be sent right to the quartermaster and we’re either delivering supplies to commands or we’re asking the commands to come and pick them up … when you talk about the different types of masks, again, we have those on hand. When you talk about cleaning supplies, we have those on hand, and hopefully it’s being used generously.”

The commissioner noted that Tyvek suits are being requested, and those suits are available to detectives who need them for crime scenes.

As for the mental health of members, the commissioner stated:

It’s a stressful job at the best of times. Right now, I don’t think you could imagine a worse point of time, and we’re carrying on, but you’ve got to take care of yourself … whether that means talking, whether that means making a phone call.

Shea added that there are “counselors,” “medical professionals,” and “clergy” who are ready to engage with members who need help.

When asked if the NYPD will institute “12-hour tours,” the commissioner said that the department isn’t at that point yet, but added that if such measures become necessary, they will be enacted. “We’re not close to 12-hour tours yet, but if we have to, we’ll do it obviously,” Shea stated.

The commissioner went on to say that the department has hired cleaners, and they are adapting to the fluid situation.

“We hired 100 cleaners in the last week, so we’re in a much better position than we would have been if we hadn’t done that. We also have these clean teams going out,” Commissioner Shea said. “Is it perfect? There is no perfection in this world, but we know that when we get a location where a positive test has come back, we’re sending out these clean teams to … do that extra cleaning in that particular area to put people at ease, to do everything humanly possible that we can in a particular area to make sure the working environment … [is] the best it can be.”

Q&A with Shea https://t.co/pHUEHTYTcJ

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) March 31, 2020

According to a Tuesday press release from the NYPD, the department recently bought supplies for police officers “thanks to generous donors.”

“The NYPD and New York City Police Foundation today announced the purchase of 150,000 masks, 150,000 gloves and 150,000 packets of hand sanitizer for police officers on the front lines of protecting the public during the coronavirus pandemic,” the release reads.

Friday’s sick numbers are up by roughly 3.5% from Tuesday, when Police Commissioner Shea said that “over 5,600,” or approximately 15% of the “uniformed force,” was out sick. The previous Friday, March 27, Commissioner Shea said in a video broadcast that “over 4,100” uniformed members, or roughly 11.3%, were out sick.

The NYPD has also lost 11 of its members to COVID-related complications as of Saturday.

KLAVAN: On Computer Models, Socialism, And Other Garbage

Daily Wire - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 22:00

It is going to be some time before we learn the big lessons of the current pandemic: what we could have done earlier, whether we over-reacted, whether Nancy Pelosi needs to be caged or merely sedated. But there’s one thing that’s clear already: anyone who panics over a computer model is an idiot or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But I repeat myself.

Britain was reacting cautiously to this virus until a computer model from the Imperial College London predicted the ChiCom Flu would kill up to half a million Brits and up to more than two million Americans. Lockdowns ensued in both countries.

Soon after, Professor Neil Ferguson, the scientist behind the Imperial model, issued a stunning Emily Litella-style Never Mind, reducing his British estimate to up to 20-thousand fatalities, most of whom were going to die this year anyway.

Now, I’m an older guy with a bum lung and have even older friends with even bummer lungs, so please don’t think I’m being unduly blithe when I say: What the hell?

Computer models are guesses. They are not made by computers. They are made by people. People put in the numbers. People put in the assumptions about what’s going to happen next. And as things change, the people change the input to reflect what really happened instead of what they said was going to happen. By the time the crisis is over, they have adjusted the input to reflect the final result. Then they say: “Look, we got it right.”

The key to understanding who these modelers are came in a phrase uttered by Dr. Anthony Fauci after he announced the latest guess. “I know my modeling colleagues are not going to be happy with me,” Fauci said, “but models are only as good as the assumptions you put into them.”

Stop and ponder the psychology of that for a minute. Why wouldn’t his colleagues be happy with him for saying what is so obviously true? Well, it’s because these guys live off the authority their guesses derive from having the word “computer” attached to them and by saying “Look, we got it right,” after they’ve adjusted their models to reflect the final outcome.

According to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Benny Peiser and Andrew Montford — two men who do battle against climate hysteria — “Several researchers have apparently asked to see Imperial’s calculations,” but Ferguson “has said that the computer code is 13 years old and thousands of lines of it ‘undocumented,’ making it hard for anyone to work with.” Shouldn’t Ferguson have thought of this before he predicted millions would die?

Then there’s the process by which these guesses are translated into psychic terrorism by journalists, the most incompetent and corrupt people in the country not currently in prison or government.

Here’s Fauci talking about a new model with a worst case scenario of 200-thousand deaths: “Looking at what we’re seeing now, I would say between 100 and 200-thousand [deaths] but I don’t want to be held to that… I don’t think we really need to make a projection when it’s such a moving target that you could so easily be wrong.”

Here is Geoff Bennett on NBC Nightly News reporting the estimates: “The White House is now projecting that the country could see between 100,000 to 240,000 deaths resulting from this pandemic. That’s a best-case scenario. Underscoring the stark reality of this crisis.”

Can you spot the difference?

I am not someone who has screamed and yelled about the loss of civil rights during quarantine. Even in a free country, municipalities and states have extraordinary powers in a health emergency. Nor am I going on Twitter declaring that the government has over-reacted because I know I don’t know.

But I do think we should remember what is happening now. I think we should remember how easy it is for us to lose our freedom in an emergency. I think we should remember how easy it is for the government to spend our grandchildren’s money like water when everyone’s afraid. I think we should remember the virus of socialism that has infected the minds of our chattering classes, who are always so eager to manufacture a crisis like this in which they can, in the words of Democrat House Whip Jim Clyburn, “restructure things to fit our vision.”

And the next time some AOC-type knucklehead starts screaming about their computer models on the climate and how we need to destroy our way of life and our freedoms to accommodate their Green New Schemes and Dreams, and then tells us that we’re denying “science” if we refuse to panic and instead stand fast and defend our Constitution, I think we need to show them our model, which looks remarkably like a great big middle finger and comes with a caption: “Model this.”

KHAN: Review Of ‘The Outsider’ On HBO

Daily Wire - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 21:00

Alongside an incredible cast, plenty of twists and turns make HBO’s “The Outsider” binge-worthy, particularly now that many of us find ourselves with plenty of time on our hands. It may not feature murderous wives, methamphetamines, or polygamous zookeepers, but it’s still quite entertaining nonetheless.

Based on Stephen King’s 2018 novel, the show combines elements of mystery and horror at an almost maddening pace. Particularly in the first half of the series, “The Outsider” unfolds into a labyrinth of dead ends and ominous clues echoing King’s better works as well as a dash of Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler.

Though I’d already read the novel, I found the show far more compelling than the book itself. Sure, the book is a page-turner with strong elements of mystery and pulp. Richard Price’s adaptation for television, however, manages to smooth out a lot of the rough edges and unsteady plot points that King’s works are sometimes notorious for.

In fact, King is famous for his aversion to plot in his works and even states as such in “On Writing”:

I won’t try to convince you that I’ve never plotted any more than I’d try to convince you that I’ve never told a lie, but I do both as infrequently as possible. I distrust plot for two reasons: first, because our lives are largely plotless, even when you add in all our reasonable precautions and careful planning; and second, because I believe plotting and the spontaneity of real creation aren’t compatible.

Unfortunately, “The Outsider” is no exception. Thankfully, Price manages to function as a de facto editor in his rendition of King’s story with solid results.

WARNING: Spoilers Ahead!

For the most part, the show functions largely as a crime thriller punctuated with brief but fantastical moments of supernatural fright. Ralph Anderson, a gnarled small town detective, played exceptionally well by Ben Mendelsohn, arrests Terry Maitland, a popular little league coach, for the brutal murder of a young boy. Amid the uproar and outrage, paradoxical and contradictory evidence emerges.

At loggerheads with his own guilt and misgivings, Anderson begrudgingly recruits Holly Gibney, a quirky private investigator, played by Cynthia Erivo. Fans of King will recall the character of Holly Gibney in other novels as well.

Erivo manages to channel a clinically introverted Sherlock Holmes in playing Holly Gibney though, at odd moments, her portrayal seems to inadvertently hint toward ‘Rain Man.’ Regardless, she does a fine job.

Gibney discovers the otherworldly origins of the murderer in the form of a demonic presence she dubs El Cuco that feeds off grief and anguish. King’s creature draws from various myths including doppelgangers and, more importantly, the Hispanic folklore of Coco, the eater of children, that dates back to the 17th century.

As fantastical as it all sounds, “The Outsider” succeeds in not giving too much of the mysterious creature away while keeping the show grounded as a gritty whodunit. We only get to see the creature in fleeting, peripheral moments that only add to the tension.

Visually, the most terrifying aspects of the show evoke the Uncanny Valley. El Cuco is just barely human enough to give one, at least, a bit of shiver. It’s drooping face and blackened eyes are reminiscent of some of the great costume designs in classic shows like “The Outer Limits” and “The Twilight Zone.” I actually wish they showed a bit more of it.

Now from a digressive vantage point of faith, the otherworldly elements in “The Outsider” are what draw me toward the genre of horror more than anything else, and what make the show such a fun watch. Too often, we are confronted with a very reductive and, dare I say, limited view of reality each and every day. I mean, right now, avalanches of information accost on an hourly basis. A good horror story reminds us that there is far more to this world then what we often have to reckon with to exhaustion.

Amid all the current pandemonium, HBO’s “The Outsider” is not only a worthy distraction, it offers some food for spiritual thought or, at the very least, a reasonable snack of sorts. For fans of mystery and horror, you will not be disappointed.

Chinese President Xi Allowed 5 Million Out Of Wuhan

Geller Report - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 21:00

China knew. And they deliberately unleashed it on the world.

60 Minutes Australia: Chinese President Xi Allowed 5 Million Out Of Wuhan

By Tim Hains, Real Clear Politics March 29, 2020:

In January President Xi Jinping made a decision that would ultimately condemn the world: allowing 5 million people to leave the epicentre of the virus without being screened. #60Mins pic.twitter.com/sGFGtnSww8

— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) March 29, 2020

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Bloomberg Publishes Gushing Article About China’s ‘Wet Markets,’ Compares Appeal To Farmers Markets

Daily Wire - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 20:41

Despite growing evidence that the coronavirus pandemic originated from the so-called Huanan “Wet Market” in Wuhan, China, Bloomberg News has published an astounding article titled, “China Is Reopening Its Wet Markets. That’s Good.”

As the article’s title suggests, the author, David Fickling, argues that the country’s Wet Markets should remain open, despite his acknowledgment that they “are often less than hygienic” and that they “may seem a fertile breeding ground for the virulent novel diseases that cross the species barrier to humans and occasionally become pandemics.”

In fact, the author suggests that the markets continue to survive because “consumers regard them as a healthier and more sustainable alternative” to supermarkets.

If they’re showing resilience as suppliers of fresh goods, it’s precisely because consumers regard them as a healthier and more sustainable alternative.

That perception isn’t inaccurate. The prevalence of food-borne microbial illness in developing East Asia suggests that far from being cesspits of disease, wet markets do a good job of providing households with clean, fresh produce. And while the origins of coronavirus remain obscure, they may have at least as much to do with more worldwide activities such as intensive farming as practices specific to Asia.

Later in the piece, the author likens the attraction of “Wet Markets” to the draw of American farmers markets, and suggests that the health problems associated with the markets can be addressed through “better building design.”

The attraction of wet markets isn’t so different from that of farmers’ markets in Western countries. In contrast to a supermarket model where multiple layers of retailers, wholesalers and logistics companies stand in between the consumer and the grower, wet markets offer a personal and direct connection between shopper, stallholder and farmer.

Consumers know the food is fresh because there’s generally little refrigeration, so everything must be sold on the day. If in doubt, they can ask the stallholder what’s in season and which produce is best at the moment. If they think one market looks unsanitary, they can choose to shop at another….

To the extent that the mix of the raw and the cooked in Asia’s wet markets is a health problem, it can easily be mitigated by better building design (such as separating meat, vegetable and livestock areas and keeping markets fully enclosed), plus the sort of mandated cleaning regulations found in places like Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea.

A key distinction, of course, is that you’d be hard-pressed to find a farmers market in America where living wild animals are stacked in cages on top of domesticated farm animals, and where animal entrails are washed onto the floor of the market and allowed to mix with urine, feces, and diseases.

On Friday, Senator Linsdey Graham (R-SC) blasted China for allowing the country’s wet markets to re-open, despite the unsanitary conditions being linked to the coronavirus pandemic and the SARS outbreak of 2003.

“These wet markets in China, people eat bats and they eat monkeys, and bats and monkeys — at least bats for sure — carry this kind of virus,” Graham said Friday on Fox News. “This is where ebola came from, this is where SARS came from.”

As The Washington Post has previously reported, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House coronavirus expert, has called for the world to pressure China, and other nations that hold wet markets, to shut them down. 

“It just boggles my mind how, when we have so many diseases that emanate out of that unusual human-animal interface, that we don’t just shut it down,” said Dr. Fauci, reports the news agency. 

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