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Death toll from West Coast wildfires reaches 7

At least seven people have lost their lives in the devastating wildfires that continue to rage in several Western U.S. states, with reports of victims coming from California, Oregon and Washington.

What are the details?

The first reported death was out of Washington on Wednesday, where a 1-year-old boy died and his parents were severely burned as the family fled wildfires in the northern part of the state. The mother and father were hospitalized for their injuries.

Three people have been killed by the fires in Oregon. The Oregonian reported that a 13-year-old boy, Wyatt Tofte, and his grandmother, Peggy Mosso, were the first fatalities in the state. CBS News reported that Wyatt fled as a fire approached his home on Tuesday night, and his body was later found inside a vehicle along with the remains of his dog. The boy’s mother was hospitalized and remains in critical condition.

The third victim in Oregon was found on Thursday in the southern part of the state from a fire that is now being investigated as arson. That person’s identity has not been made public.

Another three people were found dead in Butte County, California, according to Mercury News. One of them was discovered late Wednesday morning, and authorities believe the individual was overcome by flames after fleeing their vehicle. Another two victims were found together in a separate area, but they have not been identified positively according to Sheriff Kory Honea.

“Time and again we have seen how dangerous wildfires can be,” Honea said during a press conference. “So I ask that you please, please, please be prepared, maintain situational awareness and heed the warnings.”

The The New York Times noted that “California’s wildfire season is already the most severe in modern history, measured by acres burned.” The outlet reported, “More than 2.5 million acres of land have burned in the state this year, nearly 20 times what had burned at this time last year.”

The Associate Press reported that since mid-August in California, “fires have killed 12 people, destroyed more than 3,600 buildings, burned old growth redwoods, charred chaparral and forced evacuations in communities near the coast, in wine country north of San Francisco and along the Sierra Nevada.”

Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in recent days to escape the West Coast fires that have been called “unprecedented” as high winds fan the flames amid drought conditions.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) expressed some cautious optimism on Thursday, saying a “We’re encouraged that the wind activity appears to be dying down. The rest of the week looks a little more favorable.”

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“Second Wave” News Intensifies: MSM Pushes The Fear

The news of a “second wave” of coronavirus infections is making its rounds in the mainstream media once again.  Are we on the verge of becoming a totalitarian regime like Australia? Will we be facing a second draconian lockdown?

Infectious-disease experts are warning of a potential cold-weather surge of coronavirus cases — a long-feared “second wave” of infections and deaths, possibly at a catastrophic scale, according to The Washington Post. A few months ago, the mainstream media attempted to ramp up the fear of a second wave, but since not many were getting sick and the death toll began to drop astronomically there was no way that narrative was going to stick. It sure looks like they are trying it once again.

It could begin well before Election Day, Nov. 3, although researchers assume the crest would come weeks later, closer to when fall gives way to winter.

An autumn surge in COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, would not be an October surprise: It has been hypothesized since early in the pandemic because of the patterns of other respiratory viruses. –The Washington Post

“My feeling is that there is a wave coming, and it’s not so much whether it’s coming but how big is it going to be,” said Eili Klein, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Or, how big they will make it appear. It’s more than obvious by now that governments and the media have overblown this scamdemic. They are also already warning us of more election chaos and pushing off the blame onto the virus.  This is all rolling together, and as of right now, no one should expect anything to be normal for any amount of time.

It Wasn’t The “Virus” That Crashed The Economy, It Was The People Who Obeyed

Prepare now. I have written extensively on how to prepare for certain situations.  The reason I continue to bring you news is to awaken the public. Your preps will be worthless if you are still waiting for a political puppet to save you and think the government is on your side. Right now, the best preparedness you can do, is wake up to the free human being you were born to be.

If you do think now is the time to prepare for a second lockdown, I suggest you start here:

PREPPING FOR THE UPCOMING GOVERNMENT-INDUCED FOOD SHORTAGES

You should also have a way to get water that is NOT reliant on the city.

Prepping Tips: Long & Short Term Water Storage

The best tip I have: Get as far removed from the government and this current system as possible. Become as self-reliant as you can and make every day count.

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Propaganda & Fear Alert: MSM Says “Much More Aggressive Shutdowns Are Needed”

Mainstream media outlets continue to do their jobs as the ruling class pulls the strings.  The New York Times is now claiming that “much more aggressive shutdowns” are needed or COVID-19 will kill one million Americans.

Isn’t this fear-mongering getting old? It should be abundantly clear that those who are desperate to keep their power are needing the public to be afraid of everything. The article published by The New York Times cites no source, but Americans, by and large, have rejected logic and reason in exchange for horrifying levels of fear.

The editorial warns, “well over a million” Americans “may ultimately die” from COVID-19. The paper does not cite a source for that estimate, which seems highly implausible based on the death toll so far, projections for the next few months, the gap between total infections and confirmed cases, and a crude case-fatality rate that continues to fall.

According to Reason Magazine, independent data scientist Youyang Gu, who has a good track record of predicting COVID-19 fatalities, is currently projecting about 231,000 deaths in the United States by November 1. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects 295,000 deaths by December 1. Assuming those projections prove to be about right, the Times is predicting that the death toll will quadruple during the months before an effective vaccine can be deployed, which might happen early next year.

The Times wants a six to eight-week hard lockdown while noting that Americans may be already tired of obeying the commands of tyrants for something that has turned out to be statically negligent, EVEN IF you believe the numbers being reported on by the media are accurate.

This is nothing more than fear-based propaganda, and that should be obvious. However, that does not mean preparations should cease. Things are going to get more interesting before this year is over.  It’s hard to say what’s in store for us, but those with a grip around our throats won’t release it without a fight.

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Stunning Satellite Images Of Beirut Blast Epicenter

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

Close-up satellite ‘before and after’ photos have been produced by Planet Labs Inc., and republished by CNN, of Tuesday afternoon’s enormous explosion centered on the Beirut port.

The images confirm every building at the vital port, through which the majority of commerce and staples, including the nation’s grain supply comes, has been utterly destroyed.

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AFTER, via Planet Labs/CNN

A huge crater can be seen at the center of the leveled port, as CNN explains:

The diameter of the Beirut crater created by Tuesday’s explosion appears to be roughly 124 meters — or about 405 feet, according to a CNN analysis of a Planet Labs, Inc. satellite image.

That distance means the crater is well over a football field in length.

Another angle  before and after:

 

The shockwave from the blast, which Lebanese officials now estimate left between three and five billion dollars worth of damage, resulted in damage to homes up to miles away from the blast site.

Hundreds of thousands are reported to be essentially homeless, given entire walls were ripped off residential buildings up to a mile away, with windows shattered multiple miles away.

Close-up view from the port toward the downtown Beirut area:

Top Beirut city government official Marwan Abboud told AFP: “It resembles what happened in Japan, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” referencing the atomic bombs dropped during WWII.

“In my life, I haven’t seen destruction on this scale,” he said.

Thankfully, the couple was unharmed after fleeing for cover along with the cameraman. They were later able to continue the wedding, though badly shaken by the ordeal.

In another terrifying instance, a BBC interview was in progress, when the BBC Arabic corresponded appeared to be thrown from her chair amid flying debris and screams:

And watch as a Maronite Catholic priest was serving mass the minute the blast went off.

The worship event was being live-streamed, and was reported as being offered for the healing of coronavirus patients:

Chunks of the church’s roof are seen falling as the priest dashes from the altar and tries to dive for cover.

Lebanese rescue services are reportedly still digging through rubble, looking for survivors or in some cases the deceased.

The official death toll has risen to at least 135, with over 5,000 injured, but the number is expected to climb as more of the rubble is removed. Families are still searching for loved ones reported missing in the wake of the tragedy.

 

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Reopened beaches amid coronavirus should help ‘thin the ranks’ of President Trump’s supporters, Miami Herald columnist says

A Miami Herald columnist said that reopened beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic should help “thin the ranks” of President Donald Trump’s supporters in Florida — as well as those who back Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Miami’s Republican Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Fabiolia Santiago — in a now-deleted tweet — wrote: “Packed beaches should work nicely to thin the ranks of Trump/DeSantis/Gimenez supporters in #Florida who value money over health.”

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Santiago piggybacked on a tweet by colleague Adriana Brasileiro — the Herald’s environmental reporter — which highlighted a story she co-authored topped with the headline, “Packed Florida beach offers glimpse of what may come when outdoor spaces are reopened.”

Brasileiro’s story looked at partially reopened beaches in Jacksonville and elsewhere after DeSantis let some open as long as safety and social distancing were respected.

Interestingly, Brasileiro’s tweet wasn’t on her Twitter feed Monday afternoon.

Santiago gets dragged by Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr. blasted Santiago over her “thin the herd” tweet as well as the Herald:

“This tweet from a
Miami Herald columnist tells you all you need to know about her, and based on their hiring choices, likely everything you need to know about the Miami Herald as well,” Trump Jr.
tweeted. “Their flagrant bias continues to go on unchecked. Disgusting.”

A change of heart?

Santiago soon apologized for her words: “I deleted the tweet commenting on people at the beach because it didn’t accurately convey my sentiment and I want to apologize for the phrase I used that offended many people. Regardless of political differences, I would never wish any harm on anyone.”

She added: “In fact, my intent was to sound an alarm about prematurely opening up the country and the state. I was trying to open eyes, minds and save lives, not create a controversy about me instead of the issue, which merits discussion.”

Well, apparently not completely

Santiago, however, left up another tweet which excoriates “stupid” people gathering in Miami Lakes and calls them “the red-hatted listening to their masters” — an apparent reference to the “Make America Great Again” hats, which were the iconic symbols of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

How did folks react?

As you might expect, a number of Twitter users had little good to say about Santiago’s mea culpa:

  • “Your intent was quite clear, and wished death on those you disagree with. We all saw it, and we all saved it. You deleted it, but you still meant it. And the internet is forever.”
  • “But you did wish harm on others and put it in writing. You denial exposes your character. Or lack thereof…”
  • “I like how she tries to steer the discussion away from herself, too. She was just trying to start a discussion about this serious issue, so please pay attention to that and not her disgusting remarks.”
  • “How about this for opening eyes. You are a fan of the climate change activists who want people to live in cities with stacked housing, common areas, government assistance lines and public transportation. All breeding grounds for contagions. I’d re-examine your choices.”
  • “FIRE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
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New Numbers: Economic Downturn Could Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Children in 2020

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Even the most authoritarian of all regimes, the U.N., is warning about the upcoming death toll due to the economic destruction by governments. The United Nations is saying hundreds of thousands of children are likely to die in the upcoming year because of the economic depression caused by the lockdowns.

Let’s be clear: the pandemic didn’t cause the economy to crash. The tyrannical and draconian commands from governments and people willing to obey those commands crashed the economy.

On Thursday, the United Nations warned that in addition to the deaths of children, tens of millions more could fall into extreme poverty as a result of the economic crisis.  That’s far more severe than the virus has proven to be. The world body also said in a risk report that nearly 369 million children across 143 countries who normally rely on school meals for a reliable source of daily nutrition have now been forced to look elsewhere.

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“We must act now on each of these threats to our children,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “Leaders must do everything in their power to cushion the impact of the pandemic. What started as a public health emergency has snowballed into a formidable test for the global promise to leave no one behind.”

Unfortunately, “leaders” have failed. “Leaders” have caused the economic depression and “leaders” cannot fix anything.  It’s up to the rest of us.

According to a report by Reuters, the U.N. report warned that “economic hardship experienced by families as a result of the global economic downturn could result in hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths in 2020, reversing the last 2 to 3 years of progress in reducing infant mortality within a single year.”

We can do something about this.  Governments have no desire to have a booming economy or see people capable of taking care of themselves.  What can we do? Disobey.  Open your business, go about your life, and live as you own yourself because you do.  Governments won’t end the shutdown and intend to drag out the misery for as long as possible to prove they have the power to do so.

We have to end the tyranny now and we have to do it ourselves.

Even evidence from tyrants is showing that the shutdown has done more harm than the virus. It is time to wake up to what’s being done and push back. We all need to let all people in government know that we know they want to use fear to control us, and we won’t be accepting that any longer by disobeying their tyrannical commands.

Exposed: Lies, Corruption, & Pay To Keep The Public In a Fear-Induced Panic For Ultimate Control

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New Numbers: Economic Downturn Could Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Children in 2020

Face masks are placed on children in Antananarivo, Madagascar (AP Photo/Alexander JOE)

Even the most authoritarian of all regimes, the U.N., is warning about the upcoming death toll due to the economic destruction by governments. The United Nations is saying hundreds of thousands of children are likely to die in the upcoming year because of the economic depression caused by the lockdowns.

Let’s be clear: the pandemic didn’t cause the economy to crash. The tyrannical and draconian commands from governments and people willing to obey those commands crashed the economy.

On Thursday, the United Nations warned that in addition to the deaths of children, tens of millions more could fall into extreme poverty as a result of the economic crisis.  That’s far more severe than the virus has proven to be. The world body also said in a risk report that nearly 369 million children across 143 countries who normally rely on school meals for a reliable source of daily nutrition have now been forced to look elsewhere.

They Don’t Want You To Know The Truth! It’s Time To End The Tyrannical Lockdown Ourselves

“We must act now on each of these threats to our children,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “Leaders must do everything in their power to cushion the impact of the pandemic. What started as a public health emergency has snowballed into a formidable test for the global promise to leave no one behind.”

Unfortunately, “leaders” have failed. “Leaders” have caused the economic depression and “leaders” cannot fix anything.  It’s up to the rest of us.

According to a report by Reuters, the U.N. report warned that “economic hardship experienced by families as a result of the global economic downturn could result in hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths in 2020, reversing the last 2 to 3 years of progress in reducing infant mortality within a single year.”

We can do something about this.  Governments have no desire to have a booming economy or see people capable of taking care of themselves.  What can we do? Disobey.  Open your business, go about your life, and live as you own yourself because you do.  Governments won’t end the shutdown and intend to drag out the misery for as long as possible to prove they have the power to do so.

We have to end the tyranny now and we have to do it ourselves.

Even evidence from tyrants is showing that the shutdown has done more harm than the virus. It is time to wake up to what’s being done and push back. We all need to let all people in government know that we know they want to use fear to control us, and we won’t be accepting that any longer by disobeying their tyrannical commands.

Exposed: Lies, Corruption, & Pay To Keep The Public In a Fear-Induced Panic For Ultimate Control

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China discloses more than 1,000 previously unreported coronavirus deaths, blames medical staff shortages

China reported more than a thousand COVID-19 deaths that the communist nation had previously not disclosed, and blamed strained hospital capacity and medical staffing shortages for the lag in reporting, according to Forbes.

The sudden change casts more doubt on COVID-19 statistics out of China that are almost certainly severely underreported due to an ongoing effort by the Chinese government to conceal the impact of the virus that originated in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province.

What was the update? China had previously reported a death toll of 2,579 in Wuhan. On Thursday, another 1,290 deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 3,869 in the city.

Overall, China claims 4,632 people died nationwide from COVID-19. In recent weeks, China has been reporting very few new cases and deaths, and claiming that many of the new cases have been imported from elsewhere.

Why the sudden change? “In the early stage, due to limited hospital capacity and the shortage of medical staff, a few medical institutions failed to connect with local disease control and prevention systems in a timely manner, which resulted in delayed reporting of confirmed cases and some failures to count patients accurately,” an unidentified Chinese official said on state TV.

Why we shouldn’t believe this, either: China attempted to hide the outbreak when it began, doctors who tried to get word out were chastised or disappeared, and there is evidence that there are actually more than 40,000 coronavirus deaths in Wuhan alone based on levels of cremation activity.

More recently, growing evidence has emerged that the virus was transmitted from bat to human in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, with that human then spreading it into the general population. That lab reportedly operates at the highest level of safety, BSL-4, but its work with bats was conducted at the lower level of BSL-2.

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Lies & Data Manipulation: NYC Adds 3,700 Who Never Tested Positive To COVID-19 Death Toll

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The lies will continue as long as the elites know we’ll sit in our homes panicked and afraid.  New York City has actually added almost 4,000 people to the coronavirus death toll even though those people never tested positive for the virus!

The entire pandemic is being manipulated.  We are being lied to and we’re allowing them to control us because of it.  We already know the government has asked all death certificates to read as COVID-19 deaths regardless of the actual cause of death, thanks to doctors who have stood up to the tyrannical lockdowns forced upon us all.

The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the United States by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.  This follows the fear-mongering the government has asked all to participate in:

BOMBSHELL: MN Senator Reveals HHS “Coaching Document” On How To OVERCOUNT Coronavirus Cases

Another COVID-19 Whistleblower: A Montana Dr. Says Government Is Drastically Overstating Deaths

Is mainstream media trying to salvage their reputation by actually reporting on what the rest of us have already known?

The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths. In order to “save lives”, if you follow de Blasio’s “logic”, deaths need to be counted incorrectly.  “In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives,” de Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told the Times.“As soon as the issue (not enough deaths were being reported to justify the tyranny we are all being asked to suffer under) was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”

New York City is not the only city in the U.S. to include presumptive coronavirus deaths in their total. Several health departments in Ohio announced last week that they were going to begin including people who they “suspected” of having the virus.  This means the death toll could be overstated by almost double!

Lying tyrant and White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci dismissed concerns last week over-inflated coronavirus death counts as a  “conspiracy theory.”  Yet it’s far from a theory considering many doctors have now leaked the government’s document that commands all deaths that might look like the patient even had contact will someone else who might have had COVID-19 are being counted int the death toll. We actually have the document Health and Human Services sent out demanding that coronavirus death be overcounted.

That’s far from a conspiracy theory, Fauci.

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Commentary: NYC is inflating official coronavirus death numbers. Here’s what that means, and why it’s a bad idea.

The number of people who had died in New York City from COVID-19 increased dramatically Tuesday, but not because the outbreak is worsening.

Instead, the sudden 3,700-death increase was the result of the city choosing to now include “presumed” coronavirus deaths in the overall total. Previously, only people who had tested positive for the virus were counted.

Counting presumed coronavirus deaths in the same category as confirmed coronavirus deaths guarantees that many deaths that were not caused by coronavirus end up being counted as if COVID-19 was the primary cause. This is statistically, politically, and psychologically harmful.

Bad Data

One of the biggest obstacles to coming up with appropriate government responses to the coronavirus pandemic is the lack of complete and reliable data. We still can’t test everyone, so we don’t have a good idea how many people really have been and are currently positive for COVID-19.

So, we don’t know how much immunity exists in the population, and we can’t yet calculate an accurate infection fatality rate (number of deaths/number of total infections). We have only a case fatality rate (number of deaths/number of lab confirmed infections). The sickest people are the ones being tested right now, creating a higher death rate.

The data problem works both ways. There is some thought that we aren’t catching all the coronavirus deaths. New York City has seen significantly more home deaths recently, some of which may have been caused by COVID-19. That realization helped lead NYC officials to start counting presumed coronavirus deaths.

Even if that’s true, it’s even more certain that we aren’t catching nearly all of the coronavirus infections in this country. A recent analysis estimated that the U.S. has a detection rate of less than 2%. So for every potentially missed coronavirus death, there are no doubt many, many more unidentified infections.

When you boost the number of deaths based on presumption, but continue tracking the number of cases based on lab confirmation, you create the appearance that COVID-19 is much more fatal than it really is — and even the low estimates still show it to be much more deadly than the flu. We certainly don’t need to be inflating that number.

Presumed coronavirus deaths should be tracked, but combining them with confirmed deaths only makes it more difficult to analyze the situation.

Bad Policy

The reasons given by officials for this counting method are alarming. Here’s what NYC Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said, according to Politico:

“Behind every death is a friend, a family member, a loved one. We are focused on ensuring that every New Yorker who died because of COVID-19 gets counted,” Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said in a statement. “As a city, it is part of the healing process to be able to grieve and mourn for all those that have passed because of COVID-19. While these data reflect the tragic impact that the virus has had on our city, they will also help us to determine the scale and scope of the epidemic and guide us in our decisions.”

It is important to remember that death tolls represent thousands of individuals lost and families broken in mourning. That said, allowing that concern to influence the data used to make public health decisions seems unwise.

After NYC reported that first responders were seeing 10 times more home deaths than usual, Mayor Bill de Blasio essentially said we should consider them all to be coronavirus:

“I am assuming the vast majority of those deaths are coronavirus-related,” de Blasio said. “We do want to know the truth about what happened in every death at home, but I think we can say at this point it’s right to assume the vast majority are coronavirus-related, and that makes it even more sobering — the sense of how many people we’re losing.”

Taking large numbers of deaths and just assuming a cause without evidence, then using those assumptions to make decisions that impact everyone — infected and healthy — could lead to incorrect decisions, such as the urgent decision about when people can get back to work and reopen their businesses.

Creating Fear

We haven’t had much time to consider the psychological consequences of this pandemic, which will likely linger after the virus has subsided.

After the president and governors call for a return to normal life, when will people feel comfortable gathering in large crowds? When will parents feel comfortable sending their children to school? When will people feel comfortable with their elderly loved ones in nursing homes? When will people feel comfortable on public transportation, or passing closely by one another on the sidewalk?

Even when the government eases social distancing restrictions, how “normal” things get will depend some on the psychological state of the people. The top doctor on President Trump’s own coronavirus task force said people may never shake hands again.

People are scared — for themselves, for their loved ones, for their country, for the world. The headlines are terrifying. Thousands of deaths every day. Comparisons to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. The reality of this pandemic is enough cause for fear. Far too many people have already died. Far too many people have lost their livelihoods.

Changing the method of tracking statistics to simply assume hundreds or thousands more deaths than we can verify will add to that fear, especially when that change comes just as some small signs appear that things might be slowly getting better.

There isn’t a quick or easy solution to the coronavirus data problem, but we should strive to emphasize verifiable facts, draw conclusions carefully based on robust research, and consider the adverse impact of disseminating potentially inaccurate information to a worried public.

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We’ve Been Lied To So They Can Control Us: COVID-19 Death Rate Much Lower Than We Were Told

Fewer people are dying from the novel coronavirus than previously estimated, according to a study from Britain published Monday in the medical journal Lancet Infectious Diseases Governments of the world lied about the severity of the virus to enact totalitarian policies while the public cowered in fear.

In the new study, the researchers did note that people who are 50 years or older have a substantially higher risk of dying or developing severe illness from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), however, the actual death rate is .1% which is near that of the flu.  The researchers gleaned their findings from a comprehensive analysis of virus cases in mainland China that they noted can be applied to other countries.

The government has been refusing to allow businesses to reopen even though it has become clear that this pandemic is not the crisis we were brainwashed into believing it was.  Newly revealed tyrant, Dr. Anthony Fauci lied to the American public and grossly overstated the severity of the coronavirus. He then destroyed people’s livelihoods and crushed small businesses because of it.

Referring to the coronavirus death rate in early March, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, predicted, “If you look at the cases that have come to the attention of the medical authorities in China, and you just do the math, the math is about two percent.” –Breitbart

The new study, however, estimated the coronavirus death rate to be as low as 0.66 percent. The government knowingly lied to force totalitarian controls on the public and panic people into giving up their natural human rights. If they didn’t, the release of this information would mean an immediate reopening of businesses.  Since that hasn’t happened, it can be deduced that they are wanting to be control of when people are allowed to make money again.

When the Lancet study researchers took into account cases that may not have been clinically confirmed —  mild or asymptomatic infections — the death rate in mainland China dropped to 0.66 percent, a figure that is still more than six times higher than the 0.1 percent of people killed by the flu in the United States.

When the researchers ignored the unconfirmed cases, they found that the coronavirus death rate in mainland China rose to 1.38 percent, a number that is still lower than Fauci’s earlier estimate. “Our estimates can be applied to any country to inform decisions around the best containment policies for COVID-19,” Azra Ghani, a Lancet study co-author from the Imperial College London, reportedly said. “There might be outlying cases that get a lot of media attention, but our analysis very clearly shows that at age 50 and over, hospitalization is much more likely than in those under 50, and a greater proportion of cases are likely to be fatal,” Ghani added according to a report by Breitbart. 

One of five individuals over 80 who caught the coronavirus required hospitalization, compared to around one percent of people under 30, the study showed.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 163,500 cases of the virus and 2,900 fatalities as of Tuesday.

Based on those figures, the death rate would be higher than predicted by the Lancet study, because those numbers only account for confirmed cases, ignoring the undiagnosed figures. –Breitbart

Not to mention the United States is grossly overstating coronavirus deaths to keep the public in a constant state of fear. Panicked people are easier to control than those who approach a problem with logic. The government has weaponized fear and the shots have landed.

Another COVID-19 Whistleblower: A Montana Dr. Says Government Is Drastically Overstating Deaths

BOMBSHELL: MN Senator Reveals HHS “Coaching Document” On How To OVERCOUNT Coronavirus Cases

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Some states have refused to issue stay-at-home orders for COVID-19. Despite media criticism, their coronavirus projections are improving, too.

Several states who have refused to completely shut down amid the coronavirus, despite mounting pressure from health experts and members of the media to do so, have seen their death toll projections revised downward in recent days.

The new information undermines the notion that a national shutdown is necessary to defeat the virus and supports a geographically flexible approach to social distancing and shutdown measures.

What are the details?

As of Wednesday (April 8), officials in eight remaining states have yet to issue full stay-at-home orders. Those states are Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Officials in three other states — Alabama, Missouri, and South Carolina — only issued stay-at-home orders within a few days after being resistant to enacting such a measure in the weeks prior.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that those states, due to their inaction, would reap the consequences in the form of higher COVID-19 death toll projections. But that has not been the case.

According to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which tracks the coronavirus outbreak in each individual state, predicting its death toll and hospital resource usage, all but one of the states in question have downgraded their death toll projections.

On March 27, the IHME published a study detailing the projected death toll for all 50 states. Listed below are charts showing the March 27 projections alongside the revised projections from Wednesday.

All of the states have had their death toll projections lowered, except one: North Dakota. But it was not immediately obvious as to why North Dakota had its projection raised. As of Wednesday, the state has only reported four deaths as a result of COVID-19.

TheBlaze reached out to IHME for comment about this, but the institute did not respond in time for publication.

In addition to downgraded death toll projections, the states also saw significant downgrades for their projected hospital resource use, which include intensive care unit beds and ventilators.

Data from the March 27 IHME release assumes full social distancing by the states, which is described by the institute as implementation of three out of the following four measures: school closures, closing nonessential services, shelter-in-place, and major travel restrictions.

Since major travel restrictions have not been implemented by any states, that means that none of the states surveyed above have practiced full social distancing as outlined by the IHME model. Thus, full social distancing was not required in order for those states to have their projections revised downward.

It’s important, however, to note what the information is and is not suggesting.

First, it is not suggesting in any way that social distancing measures are fruitless in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. All Americans are presumably adhering to President Trump’s social distancing guidelines to avoid large groups and stay home if feeling ill. That, by all accounts, seems to be working.

But secondly, what the data is suggesting is that lesser-hit states in which officials have opted not to issue stay-at-home orders have not been negatively effected by that decision in a noticeable way.

Why does it matter?

The states have been excoriated by national health experts and the mainstream media for refusing to issue stay-at-home orders.

Last week, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper pushed for a nationwide shutdown on-air. When asked if he shared the sentiment, leading U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responded in agreement, saying, “I don’t understand why that’s not happening.”

In a White House press briefing around the same time, task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx stated: “We’re only as strong as every community, every county, every state, every American following the guidelines to a T, and I can tell by the curve, and as it is today, that not every American is following it.”

CNN analyst Joe Lockhart, pointing to the fact that many of the states that have not issued stay-at-home orders are run by Republican governors, argued that “it now is literally true [that] the Republican Party is putting all of us at risk.”

The data doesn’t suggest that social distancing as a whole is worthless, or that it isn’t having any effect. But it does raise the question of whether every single state and locality needs to institute the same exact stay-at-home-on-government-orders regime. Many commentators have suggested that such measures might well be necessary in some places, but not necessary in others. The fact that both hospital usage and fatality projections are going down even in states without stay-at-home orders indicates that these people might be right.

The president has also repeatedly maintained that a national shutdown is not the best option, even as he has opted to extend his social distancing guidelines through the month of April.

“States are different,” the president said during a White House press briefing last week. “There are some states that are different, there are some states that don’t have much of a problem.”

“So you have to give a little bit of flexibility,” he continued. “We have a state in the Midwest, or if Alaska, as an example, doesn’t have a problem, it’s awfully tough to say, ‘close it down.'”

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A key coronavirus model just drastically reduced its US death toll projections. It’s part of a growing trend.

An influential coronavirus model often cited by the White House coronavirus task force has significantly reduced its U.S. death toll and hospital resource usage projections.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at Washington University lowered its death toll projection by nearly 20,000 Wednesday, and now predicts that just over 60,000 Americans will die in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The IHME model also lowered its predictions for the number of hospital beds and ventilators that will be needed on the country’s projected peak usage date by one-third each — now at 94,249 and 16,524, respectively.

The drastic reduction is part of a growing trend among all major models predicting U.S. deaths. Generally speaking, as social distancing methods have been taken into account in later models, death toll predictions in those models have been lowered significantly.

The IHME model, however, has been forecasting with the assumption of “full social distancing through May 2020″ for some time now. As far as we know, the latest update was not based on any changes in social distancing measures. Therefore, the implications, at this point, are that the revisions are based on data coming in about the infectious disease itself.

Two weeks ago, the influential epidemiologist behind the “gold standard” Imperial College in London model, Dr. Neil Ferguson, made news when he revised his death toll predictions for the U.K. from 510,000 to 20,000 or fewer. His model also predicted 2.2 million people would die in the U.S. without intervention.

At the time, Ferguson credited the revision in part to the success of social distancing measures, but according to former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, the U.K.’s lockdown had only begun two days prior, on March 23.

Ferguson had also made his revisions after new data from around Europe suggested the virus’ infection rate was higher than initially believed, and as a result, the research team updated the virus’ reproduction number. It follows that if more people are infected or have been infected than current data shows, the virus’ lethality is diminished.

Similarly, there appears to be some confusion with the White House coronavirus task force model, in regards to how much social distancing efforts are being taken into account in the projections.

On Wednesday, a source close to the task force reportedly told CNN that the eventual death toll could be “way under” the current 100,000 to 240,000 projections. A key factor, the source said, was that the task force assumed only 50% of Americans would observe the government’s guidance about social distancing.

Yet, that is not what Dr. Deborah Birx told reporters when unveiling the projections last week.

“If we do things together well, almost perfectly, we could get in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities,” she said adding later that “the best-case scenario would be 100 percent of Americans doing what is required.”

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Predicting the coronavirus: An examination of all the national models, what they predicted, and when

Over the last several weeks, Americans have been inundated with a profusion of projected figures regarding the coronavirus pandemic in wild diversity. With just a quick internet search, one could find death toll projections ranging from tens of thousands to well over 1 million, all of which cite “models” put together by “experts.”

When looking at all the models, the question becomes: Is there a trend? In order to answer that question, TheBlaze analyzed information from several of the major models predicting the extent of the outbreak in America looking for key data such as the date the model was published, the number of U.S. deaths it predicted, and whether social distancing efforts were taken into account.

What did we learn?

After our analysis, we have concluded that, generally speaking, as later models have taken social distancing efforts into account, their projected death tolls have reduced significantly.

Early models predicted a grim outcome but often explicitly said that the numbers might be much lower if mitigation measures, including social distancing, were implemented.

Since social distancing measures have been put into place, generally speaking, the models have been revised downward and began taking into account the likelihood that social distancing would continue. The revisions since then have been relatively minor.

It makes sense that the early models would not take social distancing into account because governments didn’t start enacting intervention measures until mid-to-late March, by the time early models had already been published.

Below are the models we analyzed, listed in chronological order according to the dates they were released:

Think Global

  • Date: March 10
  • Author: Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives and the former director of the CDC during the Obama administration.
  • Total U.S. deaths: 1.64 million (worst-case scenario)
  • Hospital usage: N/A
  • Social distancing taken into account? No.

Additional information: Frieden’s model bases projections on the case fatality ratio of COVID-19 and the percentage of the population infected. In projecting the worst-case scenario of more than 1.6 million deaths, Frieden assumes the case fatality ratio to be 1% and that 50% of the population will be infected. He adds that “aggressive action [community mitigation measures] could minimize the impact of the virus in the United States.” Thus, this model was explicitly based on the assumption that no social distancing would occur.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Date: March 13
  • Author: Matthew Biggerstaff, along with other officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Total U.S. deaths: 200,000 to 1.7 million
  • Hospital usage: 2.4 million to 21 million people in the U.S. could require hospitalization.
  • Social distancing taken into account? No.

Additional information: The projections were based on four different scenarios presented by Biggerstaff on a phone call with experts from universities around the world. The scenarios were depicted in terms of percentages of the population and then translated into absolute numbers by independent experts. In regard to social distancing measures, the New York Times reported that the model’s “worst-case figures would be staggering if no actions were taken to slow transmission,” indicating that the larger death toll figures assumed no social distancing intervention.

Imperial College of London

  • Date: March 16
  • Author: Dr. Neil Ferguson, along with a team of researchers at Imperial College.
  • Total U.S. deaths: 2.2 million
  • Hospital usage: 30x the supply (with no social distancing) and 8x the supply (with social distancing).
  • Social distancing taken into account? In the report, yes, but not for the estimated 2.2 million death total. In the report, Ferguson noted that “optimal mitigation policies (combining home isolation of suspect cases,
    home quarantine of those living in the same household as suspect cases, and social distancing of the
    elderly and others at most risk of severe disease) might reduce peak healthcare demand by 2/3 and
    deaths by half.”

Additional information: The Imperial College model was the key factor that triggered a sudden shift toward stricter social distancing measures in the U.K. and the U.S. But it should be noted that on March 25, Ferguson drastically reduced his model’s expected death toll in the U.K. from 510,000 to 20,000 or fewer. He added at that time that he did not expect the country’s health care system to be overwhelmed by the pandemic. Though he did not give an update on U.S. projections, it is reasonable to assume that the projected death toll for the U.S. would be drastically reduced, as well. Ferguson said that new information about the virus’ transmissibility caused him to rework the model. He also pointed to the success of social distancing efforts, but this claim is difficult to prove as the efforts had only just been enacted.

University of Massachusetts – Amherst

  1. Date: March 18
  2. Authors: Thomas McAndrew and Nicholas Reich, who compiled estimates from 18 infectious-disease-modeling researchers.
  3. Total U.S. deaths: 195,000 by the end of the year
  4. Hospital usage: N/A
  5. Social distancing taken into account? The authors did not ask experts to account for social distancing measures, though they had the option to account for measures in their answers.

Additional information: The 18 disease-modeling experts, largely from universities in the U.S., were asked to complete a survey detailing their expert opinion on the trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. The surveys were administered over five weeks, ending with a final survey administered March 16-17. The collective results featured a broad range of projected deaths from 19,000 to 1.2 million. However, experts did generally expect “(i) the number of COVID19 cases to continue to rise, (ii) that a second wave of infections will occur in the fall, and (iii) that COVID infections could cause 200K deaths in the US by the end of 2020.”

The Coronavirus Task Force Model

  • Date: March 31
  • Author: The White House coronavirus task force led by health experts Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx.
  • Total U.S. deaths: 100,000 to 240,000
  • Hospital usage: N/A
  • Social distancing taken into account? Yes, Dr. Fauci stressed that even with ongoing social distancing efforts, it is possible that nearly a quarter-million Americans could die.

Additional information: Task force members announced the model during a White House press briefing on March 31, suggesting that the death toll would have been 1.5 million to 2.2 million without intervention, but with intervention the projected death toll is 100,000 to 240,000. The task force came up with its figures by “combining the Imperial College in London model with a half-dozen other models from leading epidemiology teams around the world,” according to NBC News. Also during the briefing, President Trump announced that he would extend his social distancing guidelines at least until the end of April.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

  • Date: Last updated April 5 (first edition was released March 26)
  • Author: Dr. Christopher Murray, along with team of researchers at the University of Washington.
  • Total U.S. deaths: 81,766, with a peak daily death toll of 3,130 on April 16.
  • Hospital usage: On the projected peak usage date, April 15, the U.S. will need 24,828 ventilators and 140,823 hospital beds, including 29,210 ICU beds.
  • Social Distancing taken into account? Yes, model assumes full social distancing through May.

Additional information: The IHME model is a preferred model of the White House coronavirus task force, and is often cited during task force press briefings. In addition to the national death toll projection, the IHME model also predicts peak daily death tolls for individual states as well as hospital resource information, such as how many hospital beds, intensive care unit beds, and ventilators are in supply and will be required in each state. On April 6, the IHME revised its estimates downward (to the totals displayed above), finding that “need for hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators needed to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic are less than previously estimated,” according to a news release.

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What Is America Going To Look Like With Tens Of Millions Of Unemployed Workers?

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

In all of U.S. history, we have never seen a spike in unemployment like we are witnessing right now.  Last Thursday it was announced that more than 3.2 million Americans had filed new claims for unemployment benefits during the previous week, and many believe that the number that will be announced this Thursday will be even larger.

By the way, the previous all-time record for a single week was just 695,000.  So what is happening right now is absolutely nuts.  49 percent of U.S. companies anticipate conducting layoffs within the next 3 months, and the St. Louis Fed is projecting that the unemployment rate in this country will soon rise to 32 percent.  Before the coronavirus pandemic started shutting virtually everything down, approximately 158 million Americans were employed, and so we could soon have tens of millions of unemployed workers on our hands if the St. Louis Fed’s projection is accurate.

How are we possibly going to take care of them all?

To call this a “tsunami of unemployment” would be a massive understatement.  According to California Governor Gavin Newsom, more than 1.6 million residents of his state have filed for unemployment in recent weeks

It took the coronavirus pandemic less than a month to triple California’s unemployment rolls and plunge the state’s economy into a tailspin comparable to the Great Recession.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, in his daily update on the fight against COVID-19 on Tuesday, said “well over 1.6 million Californians” have filed for unemployment. A record 150,000 Californians filed claims Monday alone, he said.

Over on the east coast, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is claiming that there are times when “hundreds of thousands of people” are trying to access his state’s unemployment website simultaneously…

New Yorkers are struggling to file claims for unemployment benefits, as applications have inundated the state’s Department of Labor. At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, acknowledged the state is having problems processing claims.

“I apologize for the pain—it must be infuriating to deal with,” he said. “The site is so deluged that it keeps crashing because you literally have hundreds of thousands of people at any time trying to get on the site.”

It is hard to imagine things “getting back to normal” in New York any time for the foreseeable future.  The number of cases in the state continues to explode, and this is starting to really affect even basic social services.  For example, more than 15 percent of all police officers in New York City “were out sick on Tuesday”

The novel coronavirus outbreak in New York City has taken a major toll on workers in health care, mass transit, and public safety, including the New York City Police Department.

The department reported on Tuesday that 1,048 uniformed members and 145 civilian employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. More than 5,600 officers (about 15.6% of its uniformed workforce) were out sick on Tuesday—more cops than serve in the entire Houston Police Department.

And the death toll is rising so rapidly in New York City that they are actually using a forklift to lift dead bodies into refrigerated trucks…

On Tuesday, a forklift was used to help lift dead bodies onto a refrigerated truck outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center. The COVID-19 death toll in the city is 1,139 and 47,439 confirmed cases and hospitals have been using bed sheets to wrap bodies because they no longer have body bags.

There is no way that America is going to “open for business again” as long as this virus continues to spread so rapidly.

The total death toll in the United States just crossed the 5,000 mark, and President Trump says that it could go as high as 240,000.  So it looks like we may have a long way to go before this pandemic is finally behind us.

Meanwhile, more Americans are losing their jobs with each passing day.  In fact, a brand new survey just discovered that 28 percent of Americans have already “lost wages or other personal income” during this crisis…

More than a quarter of Americans say they’ve already lost wages as the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic broadens, according to a new Grinnell College poll released Wednesday.

Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed said they’d already “lost wages or other personal income.” Another 16 percent said they were laid off or furloughed from work, and an additional 28 percent said they lost what they considered a “substantial amount” from a retirement account.

Without a doubt, the number that we are going to get from the Labor Department on Thursday is going to be bad.

Could it be even worse than the number that we saw last week?  Apparently that is what quite a few of the “experts” are anticipating

Economists surveyed by Bloomberg estimate a Labor Department report Thursday morning will show 3.5 million Americans filed initial applications for unemployment insurance last week, up from the record 3.3 million who sought benefits the prior week.

Some economists expect a far bigger total. Nomura forecasts 4.1 million; Morgan Stanley, 4.5 million; and Bank of America, 5.5 million. Such first-time jobless claims represent the best measure of layoffs across the country.

And it appears that we could keep getting more bad numbers for many weeks to come as vast portions of the country remain shut down.

At this point, some of our biggest corporations are bracing for a very, very long pause in operations.  This week, we learned that Ford has decided to keep its North American factories closed indefinitely

With what are sure to be ugly March sales numbers looming, Ford has now decided it is cancelling plans to re-start production in the U.S. and Mexico over the next two weeks. 

Citing risks associated with the coronavirus, the automaker has said the the suspension is “indefinite” and has not set a timeline to bring its facilities back online, according to Bloomberg. The company is currently working with the UAW to establish new guidelines for safety procedures before re-opening.

Of course, someday those factories will come back to life, and someday the entire country will try to resume normal activities.

But when that happens, it is likely that we could see another new wave of coronavirus cases.  Just look at what is happening over in China.  For a while, they have been claiming to have the virus under control, but this week they had to put an entire county in lockdown mode

A Chinese county that was largely unscathed by the novel COVID-19 coronavirus went into lockdown Wednesday, signaling fears of a possible second wave in the country where the virus originated, The South China Morning Post reports.

The county of Jia in Henan province, home to 600,000 people, is now in lockdown after infections reportedly spread at a local hospital. There were previously only 12 confirmed cases in Henan, despite it being situated just north of Hubei province, where China’s epicenter, Wuhan, is located. However, U.S. intelligence reportedly believes China under-reported the actual number of cases.

Officials all over the world are going to be balancing the need to protect life with the need to resume economic activity for a long time to come.

But even if every “shelter-in-place” order was immediately lifted all across America, a large portion of the population would still be deathly afraid of the coronavirus and economic activity would still be greatly depressed from previous levels.

Everyone needs to understand that the unsustainable debt-fueled prosperity that we were enjoying is not coming back, and our day of reckoning has finally arrived.

The “everything bubble” has finally burst, and Egon von Greyerz is warning that we are heading straight into “a collapse”…

I have for years warned about the enormous risks in the financial system that inevitably would lead to a collapse. As the bubble continued to grow for over ten years since the 2006-9 crisis, very few understood that the last crisis was just a rehearsal with none of the underlying problems resolved. By printing and lending $140 trillion since 2006, the problem and risks weren’t just kicked down the road but made exponentially greater.

So here we are in the spring of 2020 with debts, unfunded liabilities and derivatives of around $2.5 quadrillion. This is a sum that is impossible to fathom but if we say that it is almost 30x global GDP, it gives us an idea what the world and central banks will have to grapple with in the next few years.

All of the dominoes are going to be falling, and we are going to see financial chaos as we have never seen before.

We could have avoided this scenario if we had learned our lessons from the last financial crisis and had fundamentally rebuilt our financial system from the ground up using sound economic principles.

But instead, our authorities simply inflated all of the bubbles far larger than before, and now we will all have to live with the consequences.

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Is This What’s Behind Italy’s Outrageous 10% Mortality Rate From COVID-19?

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

Italy’s 10% mortality rate has been one of the most disturbing mysteries of the global pandemic. Italy’s mortality rate is roughly 20x Germany’s (a relatively benign 0.4%), and many multiples of China’s (roughly 2.5%) rate.

As scientists puzzle over the reason, researchers have proposed a theory that’s being vetted by peers: Italy’s mild flu season left a larger victim pool for COVID-19. This would suggest that the US, which has struggled with more lethal flu seasons, won’t have as large a pool of potential high-risk victims, especially as testing suggests the virus is more widespread than many had expected.

A report by the Italian Ministry of Health found that elderly people and those with chronic diseases who were spared death by the flu from November through January are “outsize” targets for the more lethal novel coronavirus in March.

But thanks to the fact that there were fewer flu deaths, this “led to an increase in the pool of the most vulnerable,” according to the report, which analyzed data from 19 Italian cities through March 21. In other words, when taken alongside flu season deaths, the bump in deaths would be much beyond what would normally be expected for a developed country struggling with a COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 has been spreading in some parts of Italy since early February. In the northern cities that have borne the brunt of Italy’s more than 12,000 deaths, flu mortality among people age 65 and over was 6% below a baseline from previous years. In the cities of central and southern Italy, flu deaths were 3% off the baseline.

Could this account for enough deaths? It’s possible that it could account for at least some of the discrepancy.

A chart shows how deaths among the 65-plus population during the coronavirus outbreak through March 21 has already reached the levels of the previous two flu seasons and were still below the total flu-season deaths from three seasons ago (the 2016-2017 season).

Mild temperatures were credited with the drop in flu deaths.

Understanding the history of Italy’s flu outbreaks could hold the key to explaining its outlandish mortality rate from COVID-19. Italy has reported more than 105,000 confirmed cases, along with 12,428 deaths.

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China is lying about COVID-19 death toll and confirmed cases, and the US intel community knows it

The Chinese government is underreporting the outbreak of the coronavirus in its country, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, three U.S. officials confirmed to Bloomberg News Wednesday.

The officials were not at liberty to discuss the details of the secret report, which was sent to the White House last week, but confirmed that the upshot of the report is that “China’s public reporting on cases and deaths is intentionally incomplete.”

Two officials told the news outlet that the report confirms that the communist country’s publicly reported numbers are “fake.”

As of Wednesday, China had reported about 82,000 confirmed cases of the virus resulting in around 3,300 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Those figures pale in comparison to the 190,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths already recorded in the United States.

During a press briefing Tuesday, Dr. Deborah Birx, a leading health official on the White House coronavirus task force, said that China’s public reporting, or lack thereof, greatly influenced how the officials responded to the outbreak within America.

Birx argued that any lack of preparation from U.S. officials happened due to them “missing a significant amount of the data” from China.

Since the very start pandemic in Wuhan, China, earlier this year, many have suspected that the country was misleading the international community about the extent of outbreak.

On Tuesday, a Wall Street Journal report cited a top Chinese health official who admitted that the country was not reporting cases in which an individual tested positive but did not showcase any symptoms.

Only a day earlier, Bloomberg News reported on new photos of the outbreak’s initial epicenter, Wuhan, which suggest that the death toll there is far greater — possibly by tens of thousands — than what’s being reported.

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GOP Senator: China Should “Pay Damages” For The Coronavirus

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A GOP senator is saying that the Chinese government should pay the United States government for “damages” caused by the coronavirus.

But the sad truth is, the U.S. response and the governors of individual states have already done far more damage to the country than this virus could ever have hoped. Yes, people have lost their lives because they were infected, but far more are going to lose their lives to suicide or worse as their livelihoods have now vanished in the wake of shutting down the entire economy.  The future death toll from the fallout of the shutting down the economy will dwarf whatever the actual deaths from this virus will be and that’s the real tragedy. As Thomas Sowell said, “There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.”

The text of Senator Josh Hawley’s resolution, which was introduced with a companion resolution in the House from Rep. Elise Stefanik, a New York Republican, calls for the United States and other nations to “design a mechanism for delivering compensation” for the coronavirus outbreak. The resolution does not specify how much money the Chinese government should pay.

It can also be guaranteed that the Americans who lost businesses thanks to the government’s tyrannical and authoritarian overreaction won’t see one penny of the compensation, and that’s IF the government can even force China to somehow pay. Hawley says China should pay though because they lied to the entire world about where the coronavirus came from.

“The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) was aware of the reality of the virus as early as December but ordered laboratories to destroy samples and forced doctors to keep silent. It is time for an international investigation into the role their cover-up played in the spread of this devastating pandemic. The CCP must be held to account for what the world is now suffering,” he said.

Also on Tuesday, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced the “No CHINA Act,” legislation that would ensure no money appropriated by Congress in fiscal 2020, including relief funds used to prop up American businesses reeling from quarantine orders, goes toward supporting China.

Hawley, Gaetz, and other lawmakers have criticized the Chinese Communist Party for stifling whistleblowers and for not responding more quickly and transparently when it first learned about the highly contagious, flu-like disease late last year. President Trump has repeatedly referred to the disease as the “Chinese virus,” placing blame for its spread on China, where the coronavirus is widely believed to have originated.

In recent weeks, Chinese officials have accused the U.S. military of planting the virus in Wuhan, China, which has earned stern rebukes from U.S. officials. –Washington Examiner

U.S. markets have plummeted since the start of the outbreak, and businesses have been shut down across the country to stop to spread of the virus. An official at the Federal Reserve estimated that unemployment in the U.S. could hit 30% because of the United States government’s response to the pandemic.  Some businesses that have closed will never reopen.  A large portion of our society has lost their livelihood and their standard of living is about to tank because of it. That isn’t the fault of the Chinese government, but the U.S. government.

Toilet paper is slowly showing up at online retailers, however, most areas are still reporting shortages at their local brick and mortar stores. Begin to prepare now for an economic crisis, because it’s going to be difficult to avoid one at this point. You can stock up on toilet paper to prevent from running out when the masses panic next time as well. Another good suggestion is the bidet.  Save your toilet paper to barter with.

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This article was contributed by Lior Gantz at The Wealth Research Group. 

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On Monday, the Federal Reserve took everything that free-market advocates hold NEAR AND DEAR and blasted it TO SMITHEREENS. It then had the nerve to send its most DEBT-DRUNK president, Neel Kashkari – a PRINTING JUNKY – to give an interview on 60 Minutes. I was GLUED to my seat when he said that the FED is nowhere near the boundaries of their arsenal tools, and that they have AN INFINITE amount of cash!

Think about that sort of language and what the president of the Minneapolis branch of the Federal Reserve System of banks is signaling to both investors and to everyday Americans. It’s BEYOND RECKLESS.

Instead of alerting the market participants that they need to be PERSONALLY responsible for their actions, to behave prudently and to think three times before making a financial decision, Neel promised them the world and THEN SOME.

You’re watching the largest forest fire of all time being extinguished by draining all of our SWEET WATER RESERVES. We may not be in danger of burning to death, but we’re putting ourselves in a CERTAIN DEATH scenario, by emptying our most essential element from existence, metaphorically speaking.

By now, my message should be CLEAR to you: we CANNOT and will not EVER change the system ourselves, because the masses have no idea what swap lines, direct deposit helicopter checks, bridge retention loans and QE programs are – the average American wants to know the BOTTOM LINE and nothing else.

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There’s a price to pay for NATIONALIZING losses. Unlike in 2008, when the FED simply dropped rates to zero, embarked on QE and bailed out banks and insurance giants, this time the average American is going to receive direct deposits.

As you can see above, without this sort of intervention, the stock market would have lost over 50% without AN UNDERLYING financial and economic catalyst to prompt it, aside from the virus.

President Trump was very clear that we should not lose sight of the fact that 330 million Americans can’t be REQUIRED to forego their goals, dreams, and routines, losing their retirement funds, their livelihood, their jobs, and their minds, without getting proper COMPENSATION. Even then, Trump is already thinking six steps forward and envisioning the moment when he STOPS allowing the medical experts to dictate his state of mind.

After the 2nd stimulus bill is signed, it will be ALL SHE WROTE. From that point on, all efforts will be devoted to ensuring this country is ready with an ample supply of equipment, hospital beds, and trained staff to handle a big spike in infected patients, because, by Mid-April, most Americans will be OUTDOORS, back in society.

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One of the ONLY POSITIVES of 2008 is that it happened so recently, so it’s fresh in our memories. Therefore, the Federal Reserve BLANKETED the economy with infinite QE and international swap lines. This made it possible for the world to stay afloat, as trillions of dollars were chasing cash USD and while the Treasury Department and the medical professionals were attempting to FLATTEN THE CURVE of deaths and enact restrictions on the population.

Europe and the United States are NOT LIKE China. Our democracies use far less ABUSIVE force, in contrast to what the Chinese government does. We rely on common sense and an educated populace, not on scare tactics.

Therefore, I knew that Europe and the U.S. would take longer to get the virus under control, but the United States is the best and most RESILIENT economic power to ever exist. Therefore, the risk of inflation from the Federal Reserve’s GRANDIOSE programs is IMMINENT.

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What markets want to see, as a whole, in ANTICIPATION of when the bottom of this DEPRESSIONARY spiral ends, are (1) flattening the infectiousness curve in the U.S. and Europe, to a degree. Next, (2) we want to get a clear UNDERSTANDING and measurable data of the economic impact, both short-term and longer-term. Thirdly, (3) the market DESPERATELY needed liquidity assurances and they GOT THEM!

Additionally, markets across the globe wanted to see that the credit facility, debt, and bonds markets aren’t going to end up DEFAULTING, and that’s been achieved and avoided, thus far. Fifthly, investors like BARGAINS and love seeing blood – well, it’s here for all to see.

Lastly, we all want to know that THE WORST IS BEHIND us and I don’t think we’re there yet, but it won’t take long to reach that point.

The sentiment towards commodities is the lousiest I’ve ever seen it.

If we’re able to prove that the global economy can withstand a pandemic and bounce back in less than a few months, the euphoric reaction will be that of EXTREME CONFIDENCE.

Silver will be a HUGE winner, in that scenario; it’s already up $1 in a day, which using my options strategy translates to a 21% ONE-DAY gain. By many accounts and from sources high up in the echelons, I’m telling you that SILVER SCARCITY is putting pressure on the price and we could be on our way to $25/ounce within 12-18 months.

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The Coronavirus, Fear, and Elitist Driven Market Insanity

This article was originally published by William Murray at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

Fear is contagious: Fear is more contagious than any virus could ever be, and the media has really fed the fear factor when it comes to the coronavirus.

I am by no means playing down the deadly Covid-19 coronavirus. It is a killer. Depending on the reporting nation, it appears that on average 3.4 percent of every 100 who catch the coronavirus die. Those are not good odds.

Adding to the problem, the Center for Disease Control allowed the virus to spread in the United States out of an act of pure stupidity. The CDC refused to allow testing of those with coronavirus symptoms unless they had visited certain areas of China. And what about those who were exposed at airports, restaurants, and stores? People died of the coronavirus in the United States before the CDC diagnosed a single case.

Because most of those infected are asymptomatic the scope of the spread of Covid-19 could only have been accurately measured by random testing. But months after the first actual warning from China there were not even enough test kits produced in the United States to test those with symptoms. Random testing still is impossible. Even citizens returning from hotspots in the first half of March were not tested at airports.

The headlines about seven dead in Seattle the first week of March emptied out stores and brought commerce to a standstill in that city. Shops and restaurants emptied out. With no guidance from federal, state or local officials the panic buying spread throughout the United States endangering the lives of millions of people as they coughed, sneezed and fought each other over toilet paper in Costco stores nationwide.

When the CDC began to test those with symptoms who had not been to China, the numbers exploded. As President Trump pointed out in his announcement most of those coronavirus cases came from Europe. But the CDC did not test anyone coming from Europe with the symptoms of the coronavirus despite the headline news of the virus outbreak there. Why?

Elitism: The problem at every level of the federal, state and local governments is elitism. All the bureaucrats think they are far smarter and superior to those they serve, and as a result, they come to very intellectually stupid conclusions. Romans 1:22 describes the government, business, and academic elites well: “Professing to be wise, they became fools.” (KJV)

Stock market reactions were bizarre even for that fantasy world. The DOW was down over 1,000 one day, back up over 1,000 the next, and then on Monday, March 16th down 12 percent, the worst day since 1987. The White House and the Federal Reserve announced the coronavirus would be fought with interest rate cuts.

Interest rates went to zero and the Federal Reserve pumped in $1.5 trillion before March 16th and then another $700 billion the day after.

WHAT? Using interest rate cuts and QE (Quantitative Easing) from the Fed to fight a killer virus?    NO … an interest rate hike to save the stock market from the coronavirus fear factor. The Federal Reserve also doubled down on overnight loans to help banks cover cash shortfall. The markets crashed anyway.

The bank liquidity problem predated the coronavirus. The bank bailout has been going on since last September. The Federal Reserve printed half a trillion dollars to save banks over the last six months. Does that make sense? Most of that money went to cover loans for more stock buybacks and operations of big corporations. The market plunge now requires even more Federal Reserve money printing to cover losses.

The Fed money could not bring the Markets back up because corporations had stopped “buybacks.” It was the buyback of their own stocks by corporations that drove the market up over the last decade or so, not value. Corporations like Exxon – all the big ones – bought back hundreds of billions a dollars a year of their own stock to drive up the share price for investors, and I might add, to increase the bonuses by millions of dollars a year of the CEOs of those companies.

The collective corporations in the S&P bought back more than 100 percent of their total free cash flow in 2019 and for many years before that. Some companies, even in the DOW, paid out more to buy back stock than they made in profit. They borrowed money to buy back stock and drive up the markets.

Total buybacks in 2018 were $806 billion and in 2019 an estimated $710 billion. All down the tubes now, lost in a few days of panic selling. Not enough left of it to buy a coffee at 7-11.

Remember Boeing Aircraft and the 737 Max problem of two crashes that grounded the planes worldwide? Over a period of six years (2013-2019) Boeing paid out $17 billion in dividends and bought back $43 billion of its own stock to drive up the stock price. That $60 billion came to 140 percent of profit for those years.

The CEO of Boeing received tens of millions of dollars for raising Boeing stock value! When he was finally forced out because of the 737 Max crashes he was given $18 million to leave as a reward for cutting production corners and artificially driving up the cost of the stock.

Corporations, like Netflix, that have never made a profit had shares trading at hundreds of dollars.

The markets are so important to the elites that President Trump along with the House Democrats and Republican Senate will do anything to get people buying and cash flowing so the big corporations can restart the buybacks they had to stop because of Covid-19 loss of business.

United Airlines used over 80 percent of its free cash flow in 2019 to buy back stock and now has gone begging for money from President Trump and the Congress to continue operations.

The elites who run the businesses and the bureaucracies are worried about their status and will do anything to keep the markets flying high. Their wealth is based on a fantasy bubble that something like the coronavirus could pop. The elites were so fearful they pretended there was no problem until the problem was too big to hide. Now the public must suffer.

Some final numbers: As of March 17th, the Fed has tossed $2.2 trillion into the whirlpool sewer of the American stock markets. The money could have gone to rebuild the entire rail network in the United States or to relieve the roads of congestion. The money could have been used to repair and replace the thousands of bridges in the United States that are deficient.

OR … That $2.2 trillion could have been used to increase the number of hospital beds per 1,000 persons in the United States up to Chinese or Russian numbers. Yes, the United States has just 2.5 or so hospital beds per 1,000 population in the United States, less than even Turkey. The United States ranks 32nd and for the Covid-19 pandemic, the tents are starting to go up.

“Greatest nation in the world.” Agreed. We have an unequaled military that can go anywhere and do anything. It should be able to — the government prints nearly a trillion dollars a year to pay for it. “Greatest nation in the world” starts to sound flat when the roads, bridges, rail systems and patched together hospital systems are examined under strain.

The Elites, the top 10 percent that own or control 80 percent of the wealth of the nation, have failed us. That includes not just the billionaires, but the Donald Trumps, Joe Bidens, Nancy Pelosis, Mitch McConnells along with the bankers, brokers, CEOs and academic leaders who have produced so many college graduates who now work at convenience stores.

They built the system to do what it does … Create false value in stocks because capital gain is taxed at a far lower rate than dividend income. The tax system was designed to do what the CEOs did to raise the value of their stock at the expense of quality, safety, and jobs.

The political, financial and educational systems have been broken by blood-sucking elites and the time for true populism is now. The nation belongs to the people, not to the elites, and now is the time for the people to take back their nation.

Libertarian populism, the fundamentals as taught by Frederick Hayek in the Constitution of Liberty must finally be turned to for the true freedom the people want and deserve.

William J Murray is the president of Washington DC-based Religious Freedom Coalition and author of several books, his last, Utopian Road to Hell, details the historic pitfalls of collectivism.

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Florida Governor Keeps Beaches Open Bringing Back Freedom of Choice During a Pandemic

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There is no excuse for mandates and tyranny, even during a pandemic. People in Florida are still able to go to the beach even with the coronavirus still spreading.

Freedom of choice is important.  Most people have chosen to self-quarantine as a means to slow the spread of the coronavirus and prevent from getting infected.  While the mainstream media is berating Governor Ron DeSantis for not closing the beaches, we applaud him for not adding to the already increasing totalitarianism being forced on us in the wake of this pandemic.

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The governor said that local governments can make their own decisions but that his order would follow the latest guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He did, however, sign an order preventing the gathering of groups of more than ten people.  “What we’re going to be doing for the statewide floor for beaches, we’re going to be applying the CDC guidance of no group on a beach more than 10 and you have to have distance apart if you’re going to be out there,” DeSantis said, according to NBC News.  “So that applies statewide.”

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There is only so far freedom-loving and liberty-minded people will be pushed, even in the event of a pandemic. This whole outbreak is likely being used as an excuse to remove what few freedoms we have left and centralize power in the hands of establishment elitists so we can all be permanently enslaved.  How much we allow, is really up to us.

Just like there’s nothing the government can do to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we must take responsibility and practice social distancing.  We should be doing this willingly to protect those who may end up getting severely ill or dying as a result of us spreading it to them. But personal responsibility is not popular in the United States right now.  People whine to be told what to do.

The city of Clearwater said Tuesday that it was shutting down Pier 60 and its spring break camps “out of an abundance of caution” but that its shores remain open to the public.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday reiterated details from DeSantis’ order on Twitter, but he did not mention plans to close the beach.

 

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Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 100 in the U.S.

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This is far from the pictures painted in China, which was full of mobile incinerators and overflowing morgues. But the death toll has reached 100 within the United States, and it’s sure to be a huge concern for the government and the panicked masses.

This virus is very rarely deadly unless you are over the age of 60 or have compromised health already (autoimmune disease, obesity, diabetes, etc.) Those statistics are holding factual in the Amerian death rate. The deadliest cluster of this outbreak so far has been linked to a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, according to a report by CNN. More than 20 people who lived there and someone who visited the facility have died. People who lived in other long-term care facilities in Washington, Florida, and Kansas contracted the virus and died.

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Even though some claim the virus isn’t being tested for enough, when simple logic is applied to that, the deadliness of COVID-19 will decrease.  If 100,000 have it and only 100 have died, that’s less deadly than the flu. Because we know, if someone dies of COVID-19 the media and government will make sure it’s used to strike fear into the minds of the masses. Maybe we should be testing more people just to get the public to calm down and stop buying out the toilet paper.

As one doctor said: “Stay alert, not anxious.”

Many people (myself included) have been avoiding public places, not out of fear of getting COVID-19, but because they simply don’t want to be around other people who are losing their minds right now.

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Truthstream Media‘s Melissa Dykes has a great video about the recent panic titled “Fear is the Mind Killer.”

Please remember, Dykes and others are not saying you shouldn’t be prepared.  We are saying that most people and the media and the government is overreacting. Living a life in fear is not a good way to live, but being prepared and ready for others who panic at media reports should be a lesson we’ve now all learned. You have more to fear about the government’s response to this outbreak and humanity’s panic than you do the actual virus, and that’s all evidenced by the statistics.

Do your part, however, and if you know someone who is older, avoid spreading the virus to them.  Help your elderly neighbors. Clean up their yard or go get groceries for them. Help them order groceries online if you don’t want to go into public. We can all help by voluntarily NOT spreading this around, which will alleviate a lot of fear and make our world a better place.

Exercise precaution and prevent from getting infected if you can. Boost your immune system and stay informed and take the time to enhance your other prepping supplies. Get them in order and start a list of what you’ll need in the coming months to get through a stock market crash.

Preppers don’t have to be negative doomsayers all the time.  The reason we are is that, as we’ve seen, fear is a powerful motivator.  Nothing else has yet worked to get the masses prepping.

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RESPIRATORY DISTRESS: Gold Nosedives – MOTHER BAILOUT DISCHARGED!

This article was contributed by Lior Gantz at The Wealth Research Group. 

Coronavirus is now, QUITE HONESTLY, one of the worst disasters to come upon the human race since WW2. The quantity of casualties worldwide is about 7,000 – which, compared with the 50,000 deaths a day caused by malnutrition, the 400,000 deaths a year caused by smoking, and the hundreds of thousands of deaths every year caused by car accidents and alcoholism, is NOTHING, but the prevention of further spread comes at an unbearable cost to economies.

The real ISSUE in this matter is not that the virus has brought about untold tragedies, but that the LACK OF proper ways of containing the virus do not exist, without MASS-SCALE quarantines and OUTLAWING INTERACTIONS.

The trade-off to eradicating the virus and of limiting the death toll, when it comes to the price paid by the global economy, is that all of our major industries have FLICKED THEIR SWITCHES OFF.

Collectively, as societies, we are SUBJECTING OURSELVES to this crisis, in a financial sense, in order to potentially save many lives. The combination of public fear and of the medical professionals, who DO NOT wish to UNDERSTATE the lethality of Covid-19, has painted us into a corner, along with governors, U.S.-bound, and heads of state, globally, who just WILL NOT risk taking responsibility for this contagious outbreak happening under their watch.

As a global society, we have decided that in the field of pandemics, we hold authorities accountable for coming up with SOLUTIONS and the eyes of the world are on WASHINGTON.

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The U.S. economy is, without a doubt, ENTERING an earnings recession with each passing hour. What the Federal Reserve has done, by cutting interest rates to ZERO in a full-on EMERGENCY manner, is to allow credit markets to FUNCTION, since they were PUSHING THE ENVELOPE.

Literally, had the central bank not done this, yesterday we would have seen dollar shortages worldwide. We could have experienced market closures, a bank holiday, lines at the ATMs and curfews, with police patrolling the streets.

The Federal Reserve threw itself on a live grenade to save credit facilitation and bond liquidity but TOOK ITSELF out of the game completely.

They will now be buying bonds and Mortgage-Backed-Securities, an OFFICIAL QE5 program launch, but they will not INTRODUCE negative rates.

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Before the FED intervention, the bond markets were close to SHOUTING MAYDAY. The entire planet wanted dollars and there weren’t enough to go around.

The same goes for physical gold. While the price of paper ETFs is falling, in a couple of days, you will not be able to EASILY get your hands on the real thing. Due to OUTRAGEOUSLY high demand and supply chain constraints, both gold and silver, which have dropped like a rock to the bottom of the ocean on the TOTALLY MANIPULATED paper exchanges, are UNATTAINABLE in material form.

Because the Federal Reserve is wounded and left on the sidelines, I expect the MOTHER OF ALL BAILOUTS to start being deployed by the government and by international organization, which are U.S.-centric, such as the IMF and the World Bank.

This is a global pandemic and, as many have feared, the response will be globally-coordinated, opening the DANGEROUS doors to a one-world currency and global governance STRUCTURE.

Don’t think for a second that power-starved globalist key players aren’t looking to FULLY capitalize on the suffering of others and become their heroes in this time of crisis.

Make no mistake about it: the levels of FEAR on the street are HUMUNGOUS. I surveyed several mentors of mine, who were so bearish that I nearly used it as a CONTRARIAN indicator that the worst is behind us.

What you want to see before making a large allocation is the indication of higher highs. For now, we’ve broken below the December 2018 lows, so the floor is that 1,800-2,200 for the S&P 500, the level it traded when Donald Trump made an upset and won the 2016 presidential elections.

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At this point, as you can see, the fear of the public, especially with the PROSPECT of a lawful house curfew, mandated by the federal authorities, is SIGNALING DISTRESS.

Obviously, ZERO interest rates and QE programs are not enough to make investors BELIEVE the crisis has been contained.

In a few days, companies will begin releasing their emergency measures, mostly in the fields of manpower, coupled with the publication of FRESH unemployment numbers and we will need a BILL, signed by the SENATE, which assists the misfortunate.

Nothing else will suffice.

The markets are UTTERLY CONCERNED that after nearly one full term of VERBAL VIOLENCE between the Democrats and the Republicans, they will drag their feet, rather than be one step ahead of the economy, IN UNISON.

By this Friday, we will have an ADEQUATE amount of data and we could, with higher certainty, form a decision on BUYING THE DIP or staying in cash even longer.

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Coronavirus Alert: Massachusetts May Soon Look Like Italy

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The state of Massachusetts may soon resemble the current crisis in Italy. The coronavirus pandemic continues to haunt the Italians, and those living in Massachusetts could be next.

Boston is one of the major coronavirus outbreak clusters in the United States, along with Westchester County, New York, and Seattle, Washington. In Boston, it all began with a February 26 meeting at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel, near the tourist mecca of Faneuil Hall and overlooking Boston Harbor, according to Boston.com. 

There, about 175 executives met from around the country, then unwittingly spread contamination across the city and, likely, around the world. Ironically, they were from Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Biogen, whose very mission is to develop drugs. Since then, COVID-19 disease has been spreading.  It’s infecting people from that conference through the Boston metropolitan area of 4.9 million people and beyond. The city now reminds modelers of how matters unfolded in hard-hit Italy, whose hospitals have been overwhelmed.

“Massachusetts is smaller than Italy,” said Sam Scarpino, an assistant professor of network science who heads the epidemics lab at Northeastern. “It has about 100 cases. There were 159 cases in Italy two weeks ago. That’s where we’re headed. We’ve got to move now and decisively prepare hospitals, work remotely and ramp up testing.”

Of course, testing doesn’t stop the virus’ spread, it only lets health officials and the patient know what they have contracted.

The virus has led to fatalities primarily of older people or those with other health problems.

Prevention is the best way to prepare for this virus.  If you do happen to get it, self-quarantine for as long as possible.  Governments and health officials cannot stop the spread of this virus.  It’s up to us to take care of ourselves.

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Face masks are selling out everywhere, especially the ones that are known to be effective against viruses. Do your best to get the highest rates respirator (N100) and make sure it fits snugly to your face.  Wear it in public if you live in an area experiencing an outbreak. The incubation period for this virus can be quite long (5 days, according to recent research) which means those already infected can spread this disease for almost a week before they even show symptoms.

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