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Coronavirus Senate Republicans’ $1 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes Billions for New Fighter Jets, Attack Helicopters, and Missiles

Posted by M. C. on August 4, 2020

The Trump administration only slashed the budget for the Navy’s procure P–8A Poseidon aircraft by $180 million, but is now seeing its funding increased by $1 billion, reports the Post.

In the best spirit of never letting a  good crisis go to waste we had coronavirus relief money going to diversify corporate boards in the first go around.

Now we  are helping the pentagram fight coronavirus.

I see a gap in college “studies” programs. We need coronavirus studies program to help fill the giant employment gap in professors that teach studies programs.

Still, I am relieved government is on top of this situation.

https://reason.com/2020/07/28/senate-republicans-1-trillion-covid-19-relief-bill-includes-billions-for-new-fighter-jets-attack-helicopters-and-missiles/

The $1 trillion coronavirus relief package released by Senate Republicans this week includes billions of dollars for new weapons and defense projects that appear to have little to do with fighting the pandemic.

Part of the Senate Republicans’ relief package—collectively known as the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act—is a $306 billion appropriations bill authored by Sen. Richard Shelby (R–Ala.). That legislation includes close to $30 billion in defense spending, with a good chunk of that money allocated to purchasing new aircraft, ships, and missiles.

“I believe we need to act with a sense of urgency. The American people are fighters, but the accumulated strain of this pandemic is a serious burden on folks,” said Shelby, who chairs the Senate’s Appropriations Committee, in a press release. “With the additional resources this legislation provides, I believe we can give them greater confidence that we are getting our arms around this virus.”

Speaking of arms, Shelby’s bill includes $283 million for the Army through the end of 2022 “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally” on the condition that money be spent on acquiring AH–64 Apache attack helicopters made by Boeing.

The legislation also gives the Army another $375 million for upgrading its complement of Stryker armored personnel carriers, which are made by General Dynamics. The Army reportedly awarded the company a $2.48 billion contract to build new, more mine-resistant Stryker vehicles in June. The text of the HEALS Act says that this funding will come in addition to any money that’s already been allocated.

The Air Force, meanwhile, will get $686 million to purchase more F-35As, a fighter plane made by Lockheed Martin. Its development has been plagued by cost overruns and delays. The bill will also put $720 million into funding buying more C-130J military transport aircraft, in addition to $650 million to pay for replacement wings for the Air Force’s A-10 aircraft.

The Navy will get its beak wet too, receiving $1 billion to purchase P–8A Poseidon aircraft, plus $1.4 billion for new medical ships, $260 million for a new Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, $41 million for new Naval Strike Missiles and launchers (made by Raytheon), as a well as close to $50 million for submarine-detecting “sonobuoys.”

The Washington Post reports that many of these programs had their funding repurposed to help pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. Republicans’ coronavirus legislation replaces that funding, and then some.

The Trump administration only slashed the budget for the Navy’s procure P–8A Poseidon aircraft by $180 million, but is now seeing its funding increased by $1 billion, reports the Post.

The Department of Defense is hardly the only recipient of generous line items in the Senate GOP’s relief bill. The Trump administration reportedly requested that the legislation include $1.75 billion for a new FBI headquarters building (although the Wall Street Journal reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.) has come against that particular item).

Whether all this defense pork will end up being passed by the Senate remains to be seen.

Given that the Senate just last week approved a $740 billion defense spending bill, and the federal government ran an $864 billion budget deficit last month, one could argue now is not the time to spend more money on the military.

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Corruption At All Levels: A $52 Million COVID-19 Hospital Treated 79 Patients Corruption At All Levels

Posted by M. C. on July 26, 2020

Finally…getting back to normal

This is probably not going to stop until everyone agrees to get the vaccine. And if you don’t get the “non-mandatory” vaccine, those in power will make sure your life is inconvenient as possible (no going to the grocery store or traveling) unless you have it.

https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/corruption-at-all-levels-a-52-million-covid-19-hospital-treated-79-patients_07232020

Mac Slavo

New York City spent $52 million on a hospital for patients with the coronavirus. The hospital treated only 79 patients and say unused even as nearby hospitals were overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

According to a report Tuesday by The New York Times, the temporary hospital set up at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center treated just 79 patients in the month it was in operation, while staff reported being paid to do nothing all day amid the height of the city’s coronavirus outbreak. “I basically got paid $2,000 a day to sit on my phone and look at Facebook,” Katie Capano, a nurse practitioner from Baltimore who worked at the center, told the Times. “We all felt guilty. I felt really ashamed, to be honest.”

While regular Americans were forced to give up their livelihoods, destroy their ability to provide for themselves and their families and be on house arrest for months, others got paid to do nothing just to push the coronavirus plandemic propaganda and official narrative. This is corruption and it’s at all levels of the government of the USSA.

Red tape and poor communication between city, state, and federal officials led to the field hospital as well as the Navy’s deployed hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, sitting largely empty while public hospitals in the city reported crowded conditions and overwhelmed staff. Workers at the Billie Jean King facility who spoke to the Times confirmed that they largely spent their time completing repetitive paperwork.

“The conditions in the emergency room during this crisis were unacceptable and dangerous,” Timothy Tan, director of clinical operations at Queens Hospital Center’s emergency department, told the Times. “Knowing what our patients had to endure in an overcrowded emergency department, it’s frustrating how few patients were treated at facilities such as Billie Jean King.” –The Hill

New York’s COVID-19 Field Hospital Dismantled After Treating ZERO Patients

Trump Pushes Mask Wearing Propaganda: It’s “Patriotic”

The constant pushing of the coronavirus narrative in spite of facts or any real evidence should be alarming to everyone.  Many people know something is wrong even if they can’t pinpoint what it is, and yet, we still have the mainstream media trying to panic the public into wearing the muzzle face mask and living in fear.

This is probably not going to stop until everyone agrees to get the vaccine. And if you don’t get the “non-mandatory” vaccine, those in power will make sure your life is inconvenient as possible (no going to the grocery store or traveling) unless you have it.

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SCIENCE FRAUD: Florida Gov. DeSantis calls for investigation into why people are testing “positive” for coronavirus tests they never received – NaturalNews.com

Posted by M. C. on July 25, 2020

https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-07-24-desantis-investigation-people-testing-positive-coronavirus-never-tested.html

(Natural News) After learning that waves of people who were never even tested for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) received mysterious “positive” results, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, decided to call for an investigation into the matter to get to the bottom of it.

According to reports, Gov. DeSantis has asked the state’s Department of Health to look into the situation further. He announced that it makes no sense whatsoever that people who were never even evaluated by a practitioner are now receiving anomalous positive test results that are being used by some to push for more lockdowns and mask-wearing.

“For that to come back positive, when there was no specimen submitted, is problematic,” DeSantis is quoted as saying. “So I’ve heard it enough to be concerned about it.”

As we recently reported, many of Florida’s testing laboratories have been submitting boatloads of false positives to the official government databases, which has majorly skewed the state’s infection statistics.

Now it appears as though people who were never even tested are being told, possibly at random, that they have the coronavirus, which further skews the official statistics and makes it seem as though “spikes” of infection are occurring when they are actually not.

“I asked the Department of Health to look at that because I heard it, too,” DeSantis added about these strange anomalies. “If you can give us, if people that have told you that are willing to provide their name, we’re interested in investigating this because it’s ridiculous.”

The official coronavirus narrative is collapsing like a house of cards

Local Florida news affiliate FOX 35 News has confirmed that many people are reporting similar occurrences in their families. People all across the Sunshine State say that they are “testing positive” for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) when they never even got tested, and now they are demanding answers.

“How does someone test positive for coronavirus if they have never been tested?” the news outlet asks. “Reports of this happening have been pouring in to FOX 35 News since we began investigating COVID-19 data.”

What appears to be happening in some instances is that people show up to get tested, fill out a form, but leave before ever getting tested because the lines are too long. Later on down the road, these same folks receive notifications by email or by phone that they tested positive, even though they never even got tested.

“If you’re somebody that this has happened to, you’re going to come forward and give us the details, because I think that that needs to be corrected,” says Gov. DeSantis.

As of this writing, Florida supposedly has some 369,834 positive cases of the coronavirus, though this number is now being called into question by these new revelations. How many people truly have the virus when some labs are reporting 100 percent positive test results, for instance, or when people who were never tested are being told that they tested positive?

The world may never know the full answer to this question, though hopefully, DeSantis’ investigation will uncover why this is all happening, and what the motive is behind it.

“We’ve seen suppressed negatives, egregious double-counting, fake positives, and conflation of dying WITH COVID as opposed to dying OF COVID,” wrote one Breitbart News commenter, highlighting the many sham elements associated with the plandemic. “Then to top it off, tortured interpretations of the data, tainted as it is, to maximize, ‘Get Trump!’”

“Lies, damned lies and statistics. Brought to you by (wait for it …) the ‘experts,’” this same commenter added.

More of the latest on the coronavirus plandemic is available at Pandemic.news.

Sources for this article include:

Breitbart.com

NaturalNews.com

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The Truth About the Rich Calling For Higher Taxes to Fight COVID-19

Posted by M. C. on July 22, 2020

If the wealthy want to pay more to help fight COVID-19, they can choose to do so themselves. They don’t need government to force them.

Their real motive has nothing to do with addressing the pandemic, and everything to do with raising taxes to make government a bigger part of your life. If they succeed, the costs will fall not only on rich taxpayers but on everyone, because our liberty will be a bit more compromised.

https://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2020/07/the-truth-about-rich-calling-for-higher.html

By Randall G. Holcombe

More than 80 wealthy individuals are petitioning for higher taxes on the rich to help pay for the billions in new government programs made necessary by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is petition is disingenuous at best.

If the wealthy want to pay more to help fight COVID-19, they can choose to do so themselves. They don’t need government to force them.

Many wealthy individuals already have pledged to devote more than half their wealth to charitable activities, without government force. What this petition actually asks is that government tax other people, who don’t share the values of the petitioners.

It’s their money to allocate as they want. If they want to allocate it to others, that’s their choice, although as I document in my book Writing Off Ideas: Taxation, Foundations, and Philanthropy in America, sometimes the results are not as desirable as the intentions.

In my book, I note that Henry Ford was notoriously uncharitable during his lifetime, saying that the best thing he could do with his money was to reinvest it in the Ford Motor Company to give people good jobs and affordable automobiles. Was he wrong? Regardless, it was his money and his choice to make.

There are two other troubling aspects to this petition. One is the presumption that the best way to fight the virus pandemic is to give the government more money. On the contrary, governments may not be the best organizations to fight diseases. Moreover, COVID-19, while raging right now, is a temporary problem and there are already aggressive initiatives underway to quickly develop a vaccine. It is unlikely at this point that sending more money to government will hasten the end to the pandemic.

A second issue—the most disingenuous part—is that the petition calls for a permanent increase in taxes to address a temporary problem. The petitioners are using the current pandemic as a cover to further their pro-government agenda.

Their real motive has nothing to do with addressing the pandemic, and everything to do with raising taxes to make government a bigger part of your life. If they succeed, the costs will fall not only on rich taxpayers but on everyone, because our liberty will be a bit more compromised.

Randall G. Holcombe is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and the DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. 

The above originally appeared at the Independent Institute.

Further comment from RW:

What Holcombe says above is correct but there are two more issues that must be kept in mind.

1. That the virus is not so out of the ordinary that extraordinary measures must be taken.

2. It is not clear that more money needs to be thrown at COVID-19. The pharmaceutical companies are throwing billions at attempting to find therapies and vaccines to fight the virus. Basic medical insurance can handle the few who fall seriously ill because of the virus. And private charity could take care of the rest.

In other words, Holcombe’s warning is spot on that this a call by the rich to expand the state—a state that is controlled by the very rich.

It also should be noted that Millionaires For Humanity is a project of a bunch of big government lefty “social change” groups:  Bridging Ventures, Club of Rome, Human Act, Oxfam International, Patriotic Millionaires, and Tax Justice UK.

 

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Is History Just a Broken Record? Repeating…Repeating…Repeating – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on July 22, 2020

This was followed by the opportunists. They pounced on the economy like hyenas on a stray calf.

They are exploiters. Like OSHA’s Marthe Kent. Marthe once said, (para 13),

“I like having a very direct and very powerful impact on
worker safety and health. If you put out a reg, it matters. I think
that’s really where the thrill comes from. And it is a thrill; it’s a
high… I love it; I absolutely love it. I was born to regulate. I don’t
know why, but that’s very true. So as long asI’m regulating, I’m
happy.”

The Marthes of the world, ensconced in their state houses, county
seats and city councils, saw their chance for happiness. They ignored
the constitutions and laws they swore to uphold and proceeded to take
over the lives of their subjects.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/07/no_author/758625-2/

By Rod Peet, Jr.

“If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” [George Bernard Shaw]

Current events were unexpected. But they show precisely how incapable man is of learning from history. With modern technology we have the greatest access ever to the facts and lessons of history. Yet in 2020 we are headed down what has become a well-trod path to perdition.

Today we are witnessing the wanton destruction of our civilization, our humanity, and the takeover by power hungry despots. We have seen this movie before.

211 AD: In ancient Rome the memory of the emperor Geta was dropped down whatever they had for a memory hole by first murdering him then obliterating his image in an act of damnatio memoriae.

1789: The French Revolution saw the tearing down of religious icons and the pillaging of Notre Dame.

2001: In Afghanistan the Taliban destroyed Buddhist temples.

2020: In their irrational rage and ignorance Black Lives Matter and their ilk are tearing down statues of men who fought to end slavery. Chicago threatens to bulldoze churches because the state does not want competition from God.

Have we learned anything from history? It doesn’t look like it.

Here’s a hypothetical encyclopedia entry:

 “In March 2020 the corona virus struck the U.S.

Over the next six months, following the directives of still concealed deep state operatives, many governors and mayors shut down the American economy. The U.S. experienced the most rapid and radical social transformation in its history. Money, markets, and private property were disrupted. Schools, hospitals, shops, offices, and churches were closed. Nothing was published unless the social media, in collusion with the mainstream media, allowed it; no one could travel without permission; and everyone was ordered to wear a mask. The poorest people, mostly felons, drug addicts and illegal aliens were favored at everyone else’s expense. A handful of party leaders controlled everything in the country, but they remained hiding behind their security fences and armed guards and explained few of their decisions. Instead, they urged everyone to “flatten the curve”. “Shelter in place”. “Be afraid”. In November 2020 Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection in retribution for the deliberately trashed economy. Soon after a new constitution had renamed the country “Black MotherLand” and replaced the Star-Spangled Banner with the Black National Anthem. An addle-brained Joe Biden became Commander in Chief, and more than a year passed before observers were able to identify the Clintons as the power behind the president.

But that hypothetical is not so hypothetical after all. It’s just history repeating itself. Mark Twain supposedly said history does not repeat itself but it does rhyme. If that’s true then today’s rhyme is certainly not suitable for the nursery.

Here’s an actual entry from Britannica.com.

“In April 1975 the Lon Nol government collapsed. …

“Over the next six months, following the directives of a still-concealed Communist Party of Kampuchea, Cambodia experienced the most rapid and radical social transformation in its history. Money, markets, and private property were abolished. Schools, hospitals, shops, offices, and monasteries were closed. Nothing was published; no one could travel without permission; and everyone was ordered to wear peasant work clothes. As in Mao Zedong’s China, the poorest peasants were favored at everyone else’s expense. A handful of party leaders controlled everything in the country, but they remained in hiding and explained few of their decisions. Instead, they urged everyone to “build and defend” the country. In April 1976 Sihanouk resigned as head of state, soon after a new constitution had renamed the country Democratic Kampuchea. A soft-spoken and unknown figure named Pol Pot became prime minister, and more than a year passed before observers outside the country were able to identify him as Saloth Sar.”

What we are seeing today is but a variation on a theme: Communist usurpation and the erasing of history. We are being told we all must make sacrifices for the common good. As usual those demanding the sacrifices are exempt.

After taking over in Cambodia the Khmer Rouge proceeded to starve and slaughter millions.

And so it begins here.

People with covid 19 are forced into nursing homes resulting in the unnecessary deaths of thousands of elderly. Patients put on ventilators hastening their demise. Businesses are destroyed. We are told to comply with harmful edicts or we will not work. If we don’t work we wont eat. What work will we do? Whatever we are allowed to do.

There are estimates of up to 150,000 “deaths of despair” caused by forced unemployment. People with cancer and heart disease are not being treated resulting in more untimely deaths. Food shortages are becoming apparent due to breaks in the food supply chain. Seasonal workers that are vital to the food supply are prevented from moving around further impacting production.

Government is being urged to “do something”.  So it does. It demands masks, distancing, DNA vaccinations, tracking. In effect it is saying, “You must not look human. You must not act human. You must not be human. And we know where you are”. Of course the government solutions cause more problems. Which results in more calls for government action. Could there be a plan here?

This time it began with a virus out of China (they tell us). A virus whose trajectory appeared to be similar to that of any virus. At first the “experts” told us that it was going to be like the flu. No special precautions required. Just the usual “stay home if you are sick”, “wash your hands”, “cover your mouth when you cough”.

Then the lies and distortions began. Faulty models from a fellow named Ferguson with a track record of failed predictions estimated there would be 2.2 million deaths in the U.S.

New lies were built on old lies. Any shred of good news was suppressed or used as an excuse for more dire predictions.

This was followed by the opportunists. They pounced on the economy like hyenas on a stray calf.

They are exploiters. Like OSHA’s Marthe Kent. Marthe once said, (para 13),

“I like having a very direct and very powerful impact on worker safety and health.  If you put out a reg, it matters.  I think that’s really where the thrill comes from.  And it is a thrill; it’s a high… I love it; I absolutely love it.  I was born to regulate.  I don’t know why, but that’s very true.  So as long asI’m regulating, I’m happy.”

The Marthes of the world, ensconced in their state houses, county seats and city councils, saw their chance for happiness. They ignored the constitutions and laws they swore to uphold and proceeded to take over the lives of their subjects.

Where will it end?

That depends on which version of this movie you are watching. None of them have a happy ending. You cannot escape by leaving the theater. You are an actor in the movie.

The good news is that the mayhem is self-limiting. Socialism is not possible without capitalism first creating, then sustaining, the wealth that the collectivists are out to seize.  Without the host the parasites cannot survive. These parasites are not far sighted enough to realize what will happen after they have killed their host.

The bad news is…we are the host. And so far, with too few exceptions, we have been a gracious host.

The time for graciousness is over. The people we invited into our homes to help run things have proven to be not only incompetent but positively destructive. They are stealing the silver, defacing the decorations and defecating in the driveway.

Now that the Janus-faced politicians have shown us their true visage you would think the sheeple would come to their senses. This November they have a chance to show that they have. They can throw the tyrants out and keep the few honorable leaders that exist. But will they?

If not our goose is cooked. The only hope is that a new life will someday emerge, phoenix-like, from the remnant.

The U.S. economy has been a goose laying golden eggs for hundreds of years. Now it appears to be slowly turning on a spit. What kind of sauce would you like on yours?

It may be your last meal as a free human being.

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New York City is lying about Chinese virus death rates

Posted by M. C. on July 14, 2020

Follow the money (COVID Cash) and I’ll wager it leads to places besides New York.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/04/new_york_city_is_lying_about_chinese_virus_death_rates.html

By Matthew Vadum

The mass hysteria over COVID-19 in the U.S. is driven in large measure by misleading statistics and bad math about the disease’s body count.

Now that New York has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, we are now regularly inundated on cable TV news with the latest pandemic statistics from the city.  The statistics grow gloomier by the hour.

These figures have frightened people into submission as state and local governments across America enact repressive measures they say are necessary to contain the virus or slow its proliferation.

After doing everything in their power to oust President Donald Trump, journalists and others are now calling him a weakling for supposedly not doing enough, while they demand an unprecedented nationwide crackdown.

The problem starts with the fact that the highly influential statistics from the Big Apple paint a false picture of what is actually happening.

In New York City, the death of anyone who dies who tests positive for COVID-19 is counted as a coronavirus death.  This is the case even if the coronavirus failed to play a significant role in the person’s passing or illness.

This calculus violates established scientific standards.

Brit Hume of Fox News read about New York City’s unscientific methods in a Twitter thread initiated by a thoughtful user named Adam Townsend (@adamscrabble).

Hume tweeted April 1:  “Very informative thread.  Explains why NY’s Covid 19 fatality numbers are inflated.  They don’t distinguish between those who die with the disease and those who die from it.”

A medical doctor once explained this critical distinction to me.

Arguing against ordering excessive tests for his patients, he said that plenty of old people die who have cancer present in their bodies.  Sometimes they don’t even know the cancer is present because the growth is tiny and slow-growing and doesn’t affect them.  As they age, they die of some other cause even though they do in fact have cancer.  When they die, it is not counted as a cancer-caused death because the cancer cannot be said to have killed them.

New York City’s government isn’t the only one worldwide doing this.

In an open letter to Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, wrote:

“[T]he mistake is being made worldwide to report virus-related deaths as soon as it is established that the virus was present at the time of death – regardless of other factors.  This violates a basic principle of infectiology:  only when it is certain that an agent has played a significant role in the disease or death may a diagnosis be made.”

Infectiology, also known as infectology, is “a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, management and treatment of various infectious or contagious diseases,” according to Medihub.

Why do the rules of infectiology not apply to the Chinese virus?

Matthew Vadum is an independent investigative reporter in Washington, D.C. and author of Team Jihad: How Sharia-Supremacists Collaborate with Leftists to Destroy the United States and Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers.

 

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Culprits Behind Covid-19 Coronavirus Epidemic Reveal Their Destructive Agenda – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on July 13, 2020

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/07/no_author/culprits-behind-covid-19-coronavirus-epidemic-reveal-their-destructive-agenda/

By Bill Sardi

The culprits behind the contrived COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have come out of hiding.  Oh, they are not going to throw up their hands and admit they have been caught, but they certainly don’t want the current COVID-19 pandemic to vanish.  They have a hidden agenda that won’t be fully revealed till January 2021.

The COVID-19 planned-demic must continue for their confabulation to unfold.  Nay on any newly discovered medicine or preventive for COVID-19.  Nix any idea of that, be it 37-cent per pill hydroxychloroquine, zinc or vitamin D, which must be squelched.  The Centers For Disease Control and the world’s news press will see to that.

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Independence Day in the Midst of Dictatorship – James Bovard

Posted by M. C. on July 4, 2020

Attorney General Ramsey Clark warned in 1967, “Nothing so diminishes
democracy as secrecy.” But the pandemic response by federal, state, and
local officials remains shrouded in secrecy. We may have seen only the
tip of the iceberg of boondoggles and blunders in government responses
to the pandemic.

https://jimbovard.com/blog/2020/07/02/independence-day-in-the-midst-of-dictatorship/

James Bovard

How many Americans will greet July 4th Day with gratitude that their governor is no longer compelling them to “shelter in place” or “stay at home” so they can celebrate their freedom? Most of the media is ignoring the fact that this Independence Day is occurring under the most dictatorial restrictions of the modern era. But anyone who values their liberty must recognize the Great Political Unleashing that has occurred this year makes a mockery of the Founding Fathers’ intentions.

Earlier this year, more than 300 million Americans were constrained by “stay-at-home” decrees by governors and mayors. These restrictions were justified by mortality predictions from COVID-19 that turned out to be wildly exaggerated. But most of the media has presumed that the dictates were legitimate because they were supposedly based on “science and data” – regardless of pervasive wrongheaded forecasts.

The Centers for Disease Control estimated last week that 24 million Americans may have been infected with COVID – making a mockery of lockdowns designed to force citizens to pay any price for the slightest potential reduction in infections.

Do America’s politicians and media have any special suggestions on how the tens of millions of people who lost their jobs due to the shutdowns should celebrate Independence Day? How should small business owners who have been bankrupted mark July 4th?

Governors across the nation earlier this year proved that the Bill of Rights is a parchment barrier that can be easily shredded by invoking their emergency powers. Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer prohibited “all public and private gatherings of any size” (prohibiting people from visiting friends) and also prohibited purchasing seeds for spring planting in stores after she decreed that a “nonessential” activity.

Many Michigan counties have less than a handful of COVID cases and few if any fatalities. But their economies have been obliterated by Whitmer’s statewide decrees, which have driven unemployment up to 24 percent. Two weeks ago, Whitmer railed that legislators’ “attempts to take away my authority” were “irresponsible, dangerous and foolish.”

Maryland politicians’ COVID crackdown destroyed more than 400,000 jobs, leading almost one-fifth of the state’s workforce to file for unemployment. Even the Washington Post recognized that Maryland’s COVID “restrictions have crippled the economy and paralyzed daily life since mid-March.” At the time that Gov. Larry Hogan imposed a mandatory “stay-at-home” order for all Marylanders, roughly a thousand Marylanders had tested positive for COVID and eighteen had died from the virus.

Despite the shutdown, the number of people testing positive soared to 68,000 along with more than 3,100 deaths. Ravaging Maryland’s economy failed to stop COVID’s spread but inflicted collateral damage that will hobble the state for many years and probably permanently blight thousands of lives.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown banned the state’s four million residents from leaving their homes except for essential work, buying food, and other narrow exemptions, and also banned all recreational travel. Six Oregon counties had only one confirmed COVID case as of last month, and most of the state has minimal infections. But schools, businesses, and other activities were slammed shut by government edict. Almost 400,000 Oregonians have lost their jobs after Brown’s shutdown.

In May, a circuit judge ruled that Brown’s pervasive restrictions were “not required for public safety when plaintiffs can continue to utilize social distancing and safety protocols.” But the Oregon Supreme Court, stacked with the governor’s appointees, quickly overturned that ruling.

The media and many politicians heaped derision on people who publicly protested against the lockdowns that were destroying their livelihoods. But after a Minneapolis policeman brutally killed George Floyd, politicians cheered as mass protests exploded in cities across the nation. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sent police to disperse attendees at an Orthodox Jewish funeral for violating his restrictions on public gatherings but endorsed mass protests against police brutality.

Twelve hundred health professionals signed a letter declaring, “We do not condemn these gatherings as risky for covid-19 transmission. We support them as vital to the national public health.” Any tattered remnant of credibility retained by public health officialdom was shattered when they declared that supporting protests against police brutality “should not be confused with a permissive stance on all gatherings, particularly protests against stay-home orders.”

Who knew that COVID-19 only infects “deplorables” and reactionaries?

At the same time that politicians joined and cheered mass protests against the police, many states continue effectively outlawing religious services. Would church services be permitted to resume if parishioners promised to cuss the police? The “experts” might also permit a vast rally to confer sainthood upon Anthony Fauci, the media’s favorite lockdown hysteria monger.

The pandemic pried open authoritarian Pandora’s Boxes at all levels of government. Trump’s Justice Department asked Congress to approve suspending habeas corpus for the duration of the pandemic. Norman Reimer, executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, warned, “You could be arrested and never brought before a judge until they decide that the emergency or the civil disobedience is over.” The same type of pre-arrest power could be exercised to detain anyone suspected of being infected or failing to obey lockdown orders. Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee, one of the most principled members of the Senate, tweeted in response to the news of the power grab: “OVER MY DEAD BODY.”

Attorney General Ramsey Clark warned in 1967, “Nothing so diminishes democracy as secrecy.” But the pandemic response by federal, state, and local officials remains shrouded in secrecy. We may have seen only the tip of the iceberg of boondoggles and blunders in government responses to the pandemic.

What did federal, state, and local politicians and health officials know, and when did they know that many of the restrictions they imposed were unnecessary, if not counterproductive? How many states covertly adjusted their formulas or data standards to justify perpetuating lockdowns? How many states have lied or covered up their policies on sending COVID patients to nursing homes, a catastrophe that killed thousands of elderly?

Many locales have canceled their fireworks in order to avoid tempting people from gathering to enjoy the show. The Maryland Office of Tourism offered residents consolation prizes – the opportunity to tune in online and watch a “virtual pet parade” or see a “virtual Independence Day Tour” of the National Museum of Health and Medicine. Maybe the National Endowment for Humanities could supplement those performances by posting on YouTube some videos of 1960s children celebrating the Fourth of July by waving sparklers in the air – behavior which might provoke a SWAT raid nowadays.

All that was necessary to raze limits on political power was wild-eyed extrapolations of potential infection rates. The last few months have established the prerogative of governors and other officials to slap on a tourniquet and cut off the economic blood supply for as long as they claim necessary. The ease with which politicians have captured boundless power should be chilling to anyone who is not a fan of Mussolini. And many governors appear itching to reimpose restrictions based on any uptick in infections elsewhere in the nation.

The Great Pandemic Follies of 2020 have been based on the illusion that government could make life risk-free. But the advocates of shutdowns, lockdowns, and endless prohibitions ignore the risk of dictatorship. That was what our forefathers fought against almost 250 years ago, and their sacrifices and courage should inspire today’s Americans to take far less guff from their rulers.

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The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity : The Media is Lying About the ‘Second Wave’

Posted by M. C. on June 30, 2020

In Texas the “second wave” propaganda has gotten so bad that the leaders of the four major hospitals in Houston took the extraordinary step late last week of holding a joint press conference to clarify that the scare stories of Houston hospitals being overwhelmed with Covid cases are simply untrue.

In fact, there has been much reporting that the “spike” in Texas cases is not due to a resurgence of the virus but to hospital practices of Covid-testing every patient coming in for any procedure at all. If it’s a positive, well that counts as a “Covid hospitalization.” Why would hospitals be so dishonest in their diagnoses? Billions of appropriated Federal dollars are being funneled to facilities based on the number of “Covid cases” they can produce.

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2020/june/29/the-media-is-lying-about-the-second-wave/

Written by Ron Paul

For months, the Washington Post and the rest of the mainstream media kept a morbid Covid-19 “death count” on their front pages and at the top of their news broadcasts. The coronavirus outbreak was all about the number of dead. The narrative was intended to boost governors like Cuomo in New York and Whitmer in Michigan, who turned their states authoritarian under the false notion that destroying people’s jobs, freedom, and lives would somehow keep a virus from doing what viruses always do: spread through a population until eventually losing strength and dying out.

The “death count” was always the headline.

But then all of a sudden early in June the mainstream media did a George Orwell and lectured us that it is all about “cases” and has always been all about “cases.” Death, and especially infection fatality rate, were irrelevant. Why? Because from the peak in April, deaths had decreased by 90 percent and were continuing to crash. That was not terrifying enough so the media pretended this good news did not exist.

With massive increases in testing, the “case” numbers climbed. This is not rocket science: the more people you test the more “cases” you discover.

Unfortunately our mainstream media is only interested in pushing the “party line.” So the good news that millions more have been exposed while the fatality rate continues to decline – meaning the virus is getting weaker – is buried under hysterical false reporting of “new cases.”

Unfortunately many governors, including our own here in Texas, are incapable of resisting the endless lies of the mainstream media. They are putting Americans again through the nightmare of forced business closures, mandated face masks, and restrictions of Constitutional liberties based on false propaganda.

In Texas the “second wave” propaganda has gotten so bad that the leaders of the four major hospitals in Houston took the extraordinary step late last week of holding a joint press conference to clarify that the scare stories of Houston hospitals being overwhelmed with Covid cases are simply untrue. Dr. Marc Boom of Houston Methodist said the reporting on hospital capacity is misleading. He said, “quite frankly, we’re concerned that there is a level of alarm in the community that is unwarranted right now.”

In fact, there has been much reporting that the “spike” in Texas cases is not due to a resurgence of the virus but to hospital practices of Covid-testing every patient coming in for any procedure at all. If it’s a positive, well that counts as a “Covid hospitalization.” Why would hospitals be so dishonest in their diagnoses? Billions of appropriated Federal dollars are being funneled to facilities based on the number of “Covid cases” they can produce. As I’ve always said, if you subsidize something you get more of it. And that’s why we are getting more Covid cases.

Let’s go back to the original measurements used to scare Americans into giving up their Constitutional liberties: the daily death numbers. Even though we know hospitals have falsely attributed countless deaths to “Covid-19” that were deaths WITH instead of FROM the virus, we are seeing actual deaths steadily declining over the past month and a half. Declining deaths are not a great way to push the “second wave” propaganda, so the media and politicians have moved the goal posts and decided that only “cases” are important. It’s another big lie.

Resist propaganda and defend your liberty. That is the only way we’ll get through this.


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The press continues to lie about COVID-19 to generate fear | Behind The Black

Posted by M. C. on June 27, 2020

Oh my! We are all gonna die!

Not. What the CNN article completely failed
to mention is the number of deaths from COVID-19 taking place during
this rise in new cases. Are you curious why? Could it be because, though
the number of people now infected with the virus has skyrocketed, the
number of deaths has remained largely flat, as shown by the graph above (data source here)

https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/the-press-continues-to-lie-about-covid-19-to-generate-fear/

Daily U.S. Wuhan flu deaths as of June 24, 2020

They just won’t stop lying: If you have been reading the mainstream leftist press, you are probably now under the impression that the COVID-19 epidemic is once again raging across the land, destroying whole communities while spreading out-of-control everywhere because some Republican governors thought it was now okay to come out of hiding.

The CNN article at the link above is typical, reporting in lurid detail how multiple states across the country are now experiencing record levels of new coronavirus cases.

Oh my! We are all gonna die!

Not. What the CNN article completely failed to mention is the number of deaths from COVID-19 taking place during this rise in new cases. Are you curious why? Could it be because, though the number of people now infected with the virus has skyrocketed, the number of deaths has remained largely flat, as shown by the graph above (data source here). The past two days has seen a slight uptick, but that is entirely within the range of the weekly ups and downs caused apparently by low numbers recorded over the weekends.

I am not the only one to notice this strange dishonest reporting, Nor is CNN the only culprit. This article at Just News noticed the same thing in a Washington Post report.

On Wednesday evening, the Washington Post issued a breaking news email alert headlined “New coronavirus cases in the U.S. soar to highest single-day total.”

“Across the United States,” reported the Post, “more than 36,000 new infections were reported by state health departments on Wednesday — surpassing the previous single-day record of 34,203 set on April 25.”

Yet the article failed to mention that even while new infections are on the rise, new COVID-19 deaths are not.

This vital information gap in the media is causing some health policy experts to worry that fear about the coronavirus — evidenced, for example, by Wednesday’s sharp stock market drop — is not founded in facts, particularly about how the virus disparately impacts different age groups. The spreading of unfounded alarm, the experts fear, could risk deep harm to Americans’ livelihoods and mental health due to a prolonged, widespread shutdown. [emphasis mine]

This dishonest reporting however is par for the course from mainstream leftist outlets like CNN and the Washington Post. Having failed to overthrow Trump with the Russian collusion hoax and the Ukraine phonecall hoax, they are now working hard to gin up more panic and fear about COVID-19, thus allowing their partners in the fascist Democratic Party to use that fear to justify further power grabs, such as in Oregon, where Democratic governor Kate Brown has convened her Democratically-controlled legislature into emergency session for the sole purpose of suspending due process for up to sixty days.

It is all despicable and evil. That the number of actual cases is not rising in any significant way should be a sign of relief and hope. Not only are lots of people easily throwing off the virus with no problems, these flat death numbers combined with the rising new cases strongly proves once again that the virus is simply not that lethal to the general population, and it likely very comparable to the flu.

Relief and hope cannot be allowed however. That might mean that things can go back to normal, that freedom will once again ring out across the land, and that Trump might actually win in November. Heaven forbid. Better to destroy the country with lies and fascist dictatorships then let things unfold as they should, in a free nation.

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