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Thursday, April 30, 2020

RECKLESS Policies Expose SENIORS to COVID-19 Death


Raelene Critchlow, 86, receives a visit from her great-grandchild Camille Carter, 6, at Creekside Senior Living, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Bountiful, Utah. Window visits help seniors connect to families despite coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Raelene Critchlow, 86, receives a visit from her great-grandchild Camille Carter, 6, at Creekside Senior Living, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Bountiful, Utah. Window visits help seniors connect to families despite coronavirus
 restrictions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
The young of each generation like to think of themselves as freewheeling risk-takers. The real daredevils, albeit reluctant ones, are their elders who are risking life and limb in nursing homes during the era of contagion. Thanks to unwise policies crafted by public officials, thousands of seniors have lost their lives when forced into close proximity with infected cohabitants. When the deadly scourge has passed, brokenhearted survivors will be owed an explanation of why their loved ones were not better protected.
The China-originated virus called COVID-19, which since January has killed more than 217,000 worldwide and close to 60,000 Americans, has been particularly lethal to individuals advanced in years. With many already health-compromised, those 65 and older have comprised close to 80 percent of all U.S. coronavirus deaths reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In New York, the epicenter where 40 percent of all U.S. coronavirus deaths have occurred, health department officials drew up a plan early on to place infected patients in nursing homes caring for the frail elderly, purportedly to free up the state’s acute-care hospital capacity.
“During this global health emergency, all NHs must comply with the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals to [nursing homes]. Residents are deemed appropriate for return to a NH upon a determination by the hospital physician or designee that the resident is medically stable for return,” reads a March 25 advisory to nursing home administrators. Then comes the lethal kicker: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or re-admission.”
Institutions pleading an inability to cope with the virus may refuse a patient, but the policy nudges staff members to err on the side of danger. The effect is to play Russian roulette with the lives of the most vulnerable. It’s no wonder that more than 3,500 patients died from the virus in New York state nursing homes, according to The Wall Street Journal. New Jersey and California have adopted the same risky policy that has contributed to the nearly 12,000 residents who have perished in nursing homes across the nation.
Coronavirus infections and deaths amid long-term care facilities are mounting elsewhere as well, including the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. More than 2,000 patients and staff members at 255 regional nursing homes have contracted the virus, reports The Washington Post. Among the fatalities are 34 patients in nearby Prince George’s County and 15 in the District.
All told, as many as 20 percent of all U.S. COVID-19 deaths have been suffered by institutions for the aged, according to an ABC News survey. And the carnage to the elder population is not just an American phenomenon. As many as half of all coronavirus deaths in Europe have occurred in long-term care facilities, something leading World Health Organization official Hans Kluge described as “an unimaginable human tragedy.”
The shock of coronavirus carving a swath of death through Washington state’s Life Care Center of Kirkland as the outbreak took hold should have signaled the necessity of across-the-board testing in order to keep COVID-19 out of nursing homes. Instead, TV viewers have watched fellow barred from entry forced to wave to elderly loved ones through institution windows. Little do they realize that in some cases, the deadly disease is locked in with them.
Consequently, undetected virus carriers moving among the frail have proved deadly. Long-term care facilities are not equipped with isolation wards, and to pressure them to accept patients untested for the disease is the epitome of recklessness.
When the virus dissipates and emergency conditions relax, citizens who have lost loved ones can be expected to engage in a venerable post-disaster tradition: suing somebody. Legal redress is likely to prove fruitless in states, including hard-hit New York and New Jersey, where nursing homes have been immunized from liability in their handling of the contagion. Negligence that costs lives is never acceptable, but neither is punishing institutions that have been suddenly pushed out on a pandemic high wire with no safety net.
It is elected officials who should explain their policies that, in retrospect, have done more harm to vulnerable seniors than good. Then finally, Americans still seeking justice should set their sights on the root source of their ire — China.

Trump Blasts ‘DIRTY COP’ Comey as Damning FBI Files Raise Troubling Questions About Flynn Case

Trump blasts ‘SCAM’ against Flynn as FBI files raise questions about future of case

Trump blasts ‘dirty cop’ Comey as damning FBI files raise troubling questions about Flynn case


Brooke Singman

President Trump blasted what he called the “scam” against Michael Flynn as newly released FBI files revealed agents discussing their motivations for interviewing the former national security adviser -- in turn, raising serious questions about the future of the case against him.
As speculation about a possible pardon or other scenarios ramped up, Trump also tweeted in all-caps: "DIRTY COP JAMES COMEY GOT CAUGHT!"
Comey, who has been at sharp odds with Trump ever since his 2017 firing, oversaw the bureau at the time of Flynn's fateful FBI interview.
“What happened to General Michael Flynn, a war hero, should never be allowed to happen to a citizen of the United States again!” the president tweeted Thursday morning, likening the prosecution to that against associate Roger Stone.
“Does anybody really believe that Roger Stone, a man whose house was raided early in the morning by 29 gun toting FBI agents (with Fake News @CNN closely in toe), was treated fairly . How about the jury forewoman with her unannounced hatred & bias. Same scammers as General Flynn!” he wrote.
The president also blasted CNN for their coverage, adding: “They won’t even cover the big breaking news about this scam!”
The president’s comments come as internal FBI documents were unsealed Wednesday, revealing that top bureau officials openly questioned if their “goal” was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired,” when interviewing Flynn in the White House in January 2017.
The handwritten notes—penned by the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Fox News is told—further suggested that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn “to admit to breaking the Logan Act” when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.
The Logan Act is an obscure statute that has never been used in a criminal prosecution; enacted in 1799 in an era before telephones, it was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States government abroad.
"What is our goal?" one of the notes read. "Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”
"If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ + have them decide," another note read. Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley called the document's implications “chilling."
The memo appears to weigh the pros and cons of pursuing those different paths. "I don't see how getting someone to admit their wrongdoing is going easy on him," one note reads. Flynn did not ultimately admit to wrongdoing in the interview -- and later was pursued by the FBI for making alleged false statements. He pleaded guilty, but has since tried to reverse course.
The document indicates that the agents at least discussed the merits of a by-the-book approach: "If we’re seen as playing games, WH [White House] will be furious.”
The bombshell materials suggested the agents weren't truly concerned about Flynn's intercepted contacts with Kislyak during the presidential transition period, except as a pretext.
The Justice Department turned over the documents just this week, even though a February 2018 standing order in the case from United States District Court for the District of Columbia required the government to turn over any exculpatory materials in its possession that pertained to Flynn. Such materials ordinarily do not need to be disclosed to uncharged individuals or those who have already pleaded guilty, Sullivan has ruled.
Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, told Fox News on Thursday that in light of the new documents, “this persecution will have to be thrown out entirely.”
Fox News is told even more exculpatory documents are forthcoming, as Attorney General Bill Barr continues to look over the DOJ's investigation into the handling of the Flynn case.
Fox News' Gregg Re contributed to this report. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Easing COVID-19 Restrictions: DESPERATE Citizens Dismissed as DEPLORABLE Trumpsters

The longer the economy is shut down, the harsher the consequences

Illustration easing onerous COVID19 restrictions by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times
Illustration easing onerous COVID19 restrictions by Greg Groesch


 David Keene

Demonstrators in Michigan, Illinovis, Wisconsin, California and other states demanding that the COVID-19 restrictions on the way they live their lives so they can earn a living and avoid economic ruin have been condemned by many as short-sighted because we have not yet rid the country of the virus.
Indeed, anyone desiring a return of the rights and freedoms most Americans crave are dismissed as know-nothings or deplorable Trumpsters rather than citizens who have legitimate needs and real questions about what is and isn’t needed to overcome the health and economic challenges we face.
It should be borne in mind that these restrictions were put in place not to “defeat” the virus, but to “flatten the curve” so that the nation’s hospitals wouldn’t be overwhelmed by a crush of victims. It was assumed from the beginning that these measures might not lessen the number ultimately infected or even the total number who might die, but would spread the numbers out over a longer period of time to allow existing and emergency medical facilities to operate efficiently.
Actually “defeating” the virus would come only if private and public laboratories here or elsewhere are able to develop a “vaccine” to protect people or enough people are infected to create what the professionals call “herd immunity.” This means that the percentage of potential victims who have developed anti-bodies increases to a level that makes it difficult if not impossible for the virus to find new victims or hosts.
The lockdowns in place in many states and countries seem to have worked as the experts expected by “flattening the curve” making early panicked predictions of how many hospital beds and ventilators might be needed moot. Indeed, some of the emergency treatment facilities thrown up as the pandemic began its relentless spread are already being dismantled as unneeded. The problem with the approach taken was that it essentially shut down the economy, destroyed jobs and pushed the day when life can return to normal further into the future.
The president, economists and many governors are anxious to begin loosening the restrictions under which Americans are living to avoid an economic crash such as we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. The longer the economy is shut down, the harsher the consequences for business and for Americans who want to get back to work. If it goes on long enough, in fact, it may turn out that the “cure” will turn out to be more deadly that the disease it has been instituted to combat.
When one adds in the fact that many of the rules being imposed by government fiat make little sense to those forced to live with them has concerned civil libertarians and men and women who don’t understand — for example, why if they live in Michigan they can go to the store to buy electronic equipment or pot, but not garden seed or house paint. Or why California police would issue thousand-dollar tickets to people sitting alone in their cars to enjoy the sunset. Or why some governors are attempting to ban any protest of their actions with threats of arrest and jail sentences.
It may be that few of the governors or mayors issuing such orders have, like a few of their predecessors, little understanding of the rights Americans have enjoyed since the founding. Acting out of a sincere desire to keep people safe or using the cover of the pandemic to simply ban the sale of products they don’t like, they seem ignorant of the constitutionally protected rights they are trampling on. The more “progressive” among them may have the sort of disdain for the U.S. Constitution expressed almost proudly last week by New Jersey Gov. Philip Murphy dismissed such concerns by declaring that “The Bill of Rights is above my pay grade.” 
Others are questioning the need for the draconian measures taken by some states and the question that remains unanswered is whether all of this is really necessary. Eight states have refused to take the most stringent measures that mayors like New York’s Bill de Blasio or governors like Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer have taken. They are Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. The governors of each of these states have ordered some businesses such as restaurants closed, but relied on their citizens to act with common sense to protect themselves, their families and others by maintaining “social distancing” and the like.    
A new academic study of the cases and deaths per million residents of each state that takes population density and other factors into consideration reveals that these states are doing as well or better than those that have imposed the severest restrictions on their citizens raising the question of whether such measures have done much good. If not, there can be no logical or other rationale behind using the state police power to harass citizens exercising their constitutional rights or to order them to give up those rights by fiat in the name of public health.

COVID-19 Turning Out to be HUGE HOAX Perpetrated by MEDIA

Media hyped the virus and alarmed Americans to the point of shutting down the economy

Media Virus Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times
Media Virus Illustration by Greg Groesch



Joseph Curl

When the postmortem is done on the media’s coverage of COVID-19 (and it will be), it will be clear that the virus was no Black Plague — it’s not even the flu on a bad year.
SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, has killed 56,749 Americans as of Tuesday.
That’s not good. But it’s not as bad as the 2017-2018 flu season, when 80,000 -plus perished. And it’s a long cry from what all the experts were warning about just a few weeks ago: First, they predicted 1.7 million Americans dead; then they redid the models (this time apparently entering a few more “facts”) and said 100,000-240,000 dead.
Now, a major model relied on by the White House Coronavirus Task Force predicts about 70,000 dead by the end of August.
And for that we shut down the U.S. economy?!
As the coronavirus swept across China, then Europe — then everywhere — the U.S. media breathlessly reported every terrifying number, almost gleefully. Their ratings soared, of course, as they scared the hell out of every American, many of whom have stayed home for the last 40 days, emerging only to buy toilet paper, but even then clad in masks and tiptoeing in fear.
But here are some facts:
• Fatality Rate
A recent Stanford University antibody study estimated the fatality rate from the virus is likely 0.1% to 0.2%. The World Health Organization (WHO) had estimated that the death rate was 20 to 30 times higher and called for isolation policies. On which version do you think the media focused?
In New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, the death rate for people 18 to 45 years old is 0.01%, or 10 per 100,000 in the population. People aged 75 and older, though, have a death rate 80 times that. For children under 18, the rate of death is zero per 100,000. That’s zero.
• Health and Age
More than half of the COVID-19 deaths in Europe occurred in long-term care or nursing-home facilities. At least one-fifth of the deaths recorded in the U.S. so far have occurred there.
Nearly all the patients hospitalized for the coronavirus in New York City had underlying health conditions, according to a recent study.
“Health records from 5,700 patients hospitalized within the Northwell Health system — which housed the most patients in the country throughout the pandemic — showed that 94 percent of patients had more than one disease other than COVID-19, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association,” Fox News reported.
The study found 42% of the patients were overweight and 53% had hypertension, and the others suffered from a variety of ailments.
• Far More Widespread
Millions and millions of Americans have already been infected with the virus — even though the U.S. media continues to report the low numbers provided by Johns Hopkins, which says that 998,000 Americans have contracted the virus as of Tuesday.
An antibody study was conducted last week in New York City and found that 1 in 5 (21.2%) of residents have already been infected with the coronavirus. There are 8.5 million people in New York City, so that would mean 1.8 million New Yorkers have had the virus.
At the time of the study, there were 16,249 deaths in the city attributed to COVID-19, which means the death rate in the city was 0.89% at the time — far lower than reports in the U.S. media.
Results of antibody survey last week in Los Angeles found as many as 442,000 Los Angeles County residents might have already been infected with the coronavirus by early April, a number far higher than the 8,000 cases confirmed at the time. The survey suggested that the death rate from the virus could be as low as 0.18% of COVID-19 patients, which means the actual death rate in the city is far lower than reported.
The Daily Mail reported Monday that “coronavirus may kill 70 times fewer patients than official UK death figures suggest, studies have shown.” The Mail said a similar fatality rate — 0.19% — was found in a study of residents in Helsinki, Finland.
A study, this one by Dr. Justin Silverman, estimates that there were 8.7 million coronavirus infections in the U.S. between March 8 and March 28. And as of April 17, 10% of Americans have been infected — which is roughly 33 million Americans.
The media has been hyping COVID-19 since Day One, alarming Americans to the point where they voluntarily went along with shutting down the entire economy — a mistake that will likely reverberate for a decade or more.
Even as U.S. states begin to re-open — based on the data, which shows a far lower fatality rate than reported and a much wider spread of the virus — the media continue to report on what they deem frightening numbers over the deadly virus.
They aren’t, and it isn’t. COVID-19 is a bad flu at worst. And the media should be held accountable for telling us otherwise before they knew the facts.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

CENSORED By YouTube!! Two Bakersfield Doctors Go Viral with COVID Test Conclusions

YouTube Issues Statement On Removal Of Controversial Video Interview With Bakersfield Doctors

Doctors are Scientists. Everyone Thought The World Was Flat. The Prevailing Concepts Regarding Social Lockdowns Make No Sense.
The Facts Are In The Data!
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By: Veronica Morley
Posted at 8:34 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 7:35 PM, Apr 28, 2020


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — YouTube issued a statement Tuesday regarding the removal of a video press briefing with Accelerated Urgent Care doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi. The video was the first of two videos playing the entire briefing from a press conference last week. Reports of the video being taken down suggest YouTube pulled it for violating community guidelines.

23ABC received an email from YouTube on April 27 giving the station notification the video had been taken down, citing YouTube’s “community guidelines.” 23ABC has appealed the ruling through YouTube.

23ABC News also reached out to YouTube regarding the notification and a company spokesperson issued a statement saying the video was pulled because the content contradicted the guidance of the local health authority.

“We quickly remove flagged content that violate our Community Guidelines, including content that explicitly disputes the efficacy of local healthy authority recommended guidance on social distancing that may lead others to act against that guidance," said the statement. "However, content that provides sufficient educational, documentary, scientific or artistic (EDSA) context is allowed -- for example, news coverage of this interview with additional context. From the very beginning of the pandemic, we’ve had clear policies against COVID-19 misinformation and are committed to continue providing timely and helpful information at this critical time.”

The video went viral, reaching over 5.46 million views, and sparked debate over recommendations to lift the shelter-in-place order. Even catching the attention of of SPaceX CEO Elon Musk.


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In response to the video being taken down, Dr. Erickson said, "Anytime you push against the grain, you are going to have people who don't like it."

The full press briefing can still be viewed here on our website, our mobile and tablet app, our streaming devices (Roku, Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV) and our Facebook.


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China, Iran and North Korea Stay Focused on HOSTILE AGENDAS During Pandemic

How America's Enemies are Handling the Crisis

China, Iran and North Korea stay focused during COVID-19 pandemic illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times
China, Iran and North Korea stay focused during COVID-19 pandemic illustration by Linas Garsys 


 Clifford D. May

Last week, I received a letter from the ambassador of a free and friendly country. It began:
Dear Mr. May,
It is no exaggeration to say that in the span of about eight weeks, the focus and priorities of every country in the world have been upended by the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19.
Here’s the response I wrote but haven’t sent:
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
Actually, that is an exaggeration. Countries ruled by regimes hostile to democratic societies such as yours and mine have kept their focus and priorities firmly in place.
Despite the pandemic, their conduct has been as belligerent and oppressive as ever. In fact, with much of the world distracted by the intertwined health and economic crises, some have grown bolder.
Start with China’s rulers. They’ve cracked down on Hong Kong, re-arresting more than a dozen prominent pro-democracy activists, including Jimmy Lai and Martin Lee. They’re violating “one country, two systems,” the promise they made in exchange for which Britain handed the territory over to Communist control in 1997. They’re demanding Hong Kong legislators pass laws criminalizing dissent.
In normal times, such actions would almost certainly have sparked mass demonstrations. However, given the danger of further spreading COVID-19 – a virus that originated under the noses of China’s rulers — protesters have refrained from taking to the streets. That has helped mute media attention and international outrage.
“Hong Kongers can’t fight alone,” democracy activist Catrina Po told Canada’s National Post. “We don’t stand a chance against Beijing when we’re fighting alone.”
Next, let’s look in on the Islamic Republic of Iran, whose rulers are asking for funds they claim they’ll spend to fight the pandemic, as well as to revitalize an economy they’ve debilitated through mismanagement and corruption.
Meanwhile, they continue to spend on a uranium enrichment program that David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, this week called “in equal measure uneconomic, unnecessary for Iran’s civilian nuclear program, and unusually threatening to regional and international security.”
Nor are the gunboats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps staying in port. This month they harassed U.S. Navy vessels in international waters. Also, and in violation of international agreements, Iran’s rulers last week launched a military satellite that, they proudly acknowledged, will wage “intelligence warfare” against the United States.
Peter Pry, a former CIA officer and congressional advisor, noted that the trajectory of the missile should raise alarms. Nuclear-armed and utilized for EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attacks, such missiles could cause blackouts across the United States, killing millions and dealing America an economic blow from which it might never recover.
On to North Korea, which last month tested both short-range ballistic missiles and what state media called “super large” multiple rocket launchers. 
“In a situation where the entire world is experiencing difficulties due to Covid-19, this kind of military act by North Korea is very inappropriate and we call for an immediate halt,” was the understated response from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Of course, North Korean authorities claim “not a single person” in the country has been infected with the coronavirus, so perhaps they have no reason to change their focus and priorities. In any case, the big news out of North Korea is that dynastic dictator Kim Jong-un been missing in action since April 11. Rumor has it he’s under the weather.
Russia’s military, by contrast, is apparently in fine fiddle. High above the Mediterranean Sea this month, a Russian SU-35 fighter jet intercepted and buzzed a Navy reconnaissance aircraft. Russia also tested an anti-satellite missile, according to the U.S. Space Command.
Is Russia giving the United States a stress test? “Undoubtedly, they see a window of opportunity where the United States is really struggling with COVID-19,” said Bradley Bowman, senior director of FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power. “It’s an observable fact that it has had an impact on readiness.”
You should know, too, Mr. Ambassador, that non-state terrorists are not observing social distancing. In Mozambique this month, members of what authorities believe to be a franchise of the Islamic State killed more than 50 people, according to the BBC. Police said young men who turned down invitations to join the group were beheaded.
On to Kabul, where members of a different Islamic State branch attacked a Sikh temple, killing at least 25 worshippers. And in at least a dozen Afghan provinces, the Taliban struck both soldiers and civilians, ignoring a plea by U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres to “End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.”
So, Mr. Ambassador, here’s the conclusion to which I think these developments lead: You, I, and other decent folks regard the pandemic as hugely significant — a matter of life and death.
But the world is a diverse place. Communists, revolutionary Islamists and other proponents of despotic ideologies consider life and death no big deal. After all, they kill people all the time — civilians and their own subjects very much included.
What they do see as imperative is staying focused on increasing their power at the expense of enemies whose morality and sentimentality they regard as weaknesses. Their goal is a new international order, one that will be illiberal, unfree, undemocratic and intolerant. Under the rules of this new world order, nations like yours and mine will submit — or suffer the consequences.
We find that hard to imagine. We wish it were not so. That may suggest we suffer from a lack of imagination and a surfeit of wishful thinking. In this increasingly sickened world, that’s increasingly dangerous. Stay healthy!
Sincerely,
Cliff