A New World Order is being pushed through right now. It’ll all start with the monetary system. Make no mistake, they are going to do this, it’s up to us to stop it.
Central bankers are now poised to embark on their biggest power play ever. For years they have lied in wait for the opportunity to make people so desperate that they would willingly accept the chains of their own enslavement in exchange for fiat currency. Sadly, we are now on the cusp of this system rolling out.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, in coordination with the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), is preparing to roll out central bank digital currencies. There will be a universal basic income tied directly to your ability to obey and submit to the bankers’ will. Basically, if you accept this, you will be their slave. They will remove your ability to pay for or do anything if so much as say the word “freedom.”
The globalist IMF recently called for a new “Bretton Woods Moment” to address the loss of trillions of dollars in global economic output due to the world governments’ coronavirus response.
The next frontier of the Fed’s unlimited mandate could be “FedCoin” – a central bank digital currency.
Earlier this month Chairman Powell participated in an IMF panel on international payments and digital currencies. He touted electronic payments systems and raised the possibility of integrating them into a central bank digital currency regime.
Powell has so far declined to outright endorse a move toward a fully cashless system in which countries including China and Sweden are spearheading. But he is on board with the larger globalist agenda of expanding the role of monetary policy in shaping economic and social outcomes. –Activist Post
If we, as human beings, accept this new cashless digital dollar and the universal basic income designed to lure us to it, we will become slaves. This is the end game and the goal – totalitarian control over literally everything includingg people. And you and I are not going to be the ones holding the chains of humanity’s oppression. We’ll be wearing them.
“But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in response to the 5-4 decision.
Jordan questioned, “Is there a world where the Constitution says you can favor one First Amendment liberty — protesting — over another — practicing your faith?”
“I’m not favoring anybody over anybody,” Fauci responded. “I’m just making a statement that’s a broad statement, that avoid crowds of any type, no matter where you are, because that leads to the acquisition and transmission. And I don’t judge one crowd versus another crowd. When you’re in a crowd, particularly if you’re not wearing a mask, that induces the spread.”
“I haven’t seen people during a church service go out and harm police officers or burn buildings, but we know that for 63 days, nine weeks, it’s been happening in Portland,” Jordan said of nationwide protests. “One night in Chicago, 49 officers were injured. But no limit to protests, but, boy, you can’t go to church on Sunday.”
“I don’t know how many times I can answer that,” Fauci replied. “I’m not going to opine on limiting anything.”
“You’ve opined on a lot of things, Dr. Fauci,” Jordan responded. “This is something that directly impacts the spread of the virus.”
“You should stay away from crowds, no matter where the crowds are,” Fauci said during the combative parley.
“Government has stopped people from going to work,” Jordan continued. “Do you see the inconsistency though, Dr. Fauci?”
“There’s no inconsistency congressman,” Fauci retorted.
“So you’re allowed to protest — millions of people on one day, in crowds, yelling, screaming — but you try to run your business, you get arrested?” Jordan asked. “And if you stood right outside of that same business and protested you wouldn’t get arrested?”
“I don’t understand what you’re asking me, as a public health official, to opine on who should get arrested or not,” Fauci responded. “That’s not my position. You could ask me as much as you want, and I’m not going to answer it.”
When Jordan pressed Fauci on whether protests help spread coronavirus, the health official said, “I can tell you that crowds are known, particularly when you don’t have a mask, to increase the acquisition and transmission, no matter what the crowd is.”
“So the protests don’t increase the spread of the virus?” Jordan said.
“I didn’t say that,” a visibly perturbed Fauci said. “You’re putting words in my mouth.”
Can’t go to church.
Can’t go to work.
Can’t go to school.
Also during Friday’s hearing, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who chairs the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, asked Fauci why the U.S. has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than Europe.
Fauci said the U.S. did not shut down at the same level that Europe did.
Rep. Clyburn pushed Dr. Fauci to explain why Europe was able to contain the virus and the U.S. was not. His answer:… https://t.co/LSJIETvNo3
“Somebody please tell Congressman Clyburn, who doesn’t have a clue, that the chart he put up indicating more CASES for the U.S. than Europe, is because we do MUCH MORE testing than any other country in the World,” Trump wrote. “If we had no testing, or bad testing, we would show very few CASES.”
“Our massive testing capability, rather than being praised, is used by the Lamestream Media and their partner, the Do Nothing Radical Left Democrats, as a point of scorn,” the president continued. “This testing, and what we have so quickly done, is used as a Fake News weapon. Sad!”
You can watch Friday’s entire congressional hearing below.
Select Subcommittee Hearing “The Urgent Need for a National Plan to Contain the Coronavirus”
The Trump administration formally notified Congress that the United States has withdrawn from the World Health Organization on Tuesday.
The U.S. sent the official withdrawal notice to the United Nations secretary-general, but the process takes a year, so it will become official in 2021.
The president suspended U.S. payments to the WHO in April and said the administration would be reviewing further actions to be taken.
“Today I am instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization’s role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” Trump said at the time.
The president has been excoriating the WHO for its missteps in controlling and responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Critics of the WHO say it has been complicit in China’s effort to hide the country’s responsibility in spreading the virus.
Democrats respond angrily
Democratic leaders excoriated the president for the decision at a time when the U.S. is experiencing a surge of coronavirus cases.
“This move is reckless, short-sighted, and surrenders what was left of America’s leadership on the world stage,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
“With millions of lives at risk, the President is crippling the international effort to defeat the virus,” responded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“To call Trump’s response to COVID chaotic & incoherent doesn’t do it justice. This won’t protect American lives or interests—it leaves Americans sick & America alone,” replied Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).
Biden promises to rejoin the WHO
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden responded by promising to rejoin the controversial organization if he gets elected in November.
“Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the @WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage,” tweeted the official Biden account.
Here’s a news report about the announcement:
Trump officially moves to withdraw US from World Health Organization
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) berated Dr. Anthony Fauci over what he called the politicization of the coronavirus response, specifically in relation to the reopening of schools.
The top expert on the president’s White House coronavirus task force was testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee when Paul accosted him.
“When are we gonna tell the people the truth?” Paul asked.
“That it’s OK to take their kids back to school. Dr. Fauci, every day, virtually every day we seem to hear from you things we can’t do. But when you’re asked, ‘Can we go back to school?’ I don’t hear much certitude at all, I hear, ‘Well maybe it depends,’ ” Paul said.
“All of this body of evidence about schools around the world shows there’s no surge. All of the evidence shows it’s rare. I mean, we’re so politicized this and made it politically correct that the WHO releases that it’s rare, you have a scientist up there honestly giving her opinion. What happens to her? She’s blackballed and her report that she refers to is taken off the website!” he continued.
“When you go to that scientist’s speech and you try to click on the link, the WHO has now screened it from us because it said something that’s not politically correct. Guess what? It’s rare for kids to transmit this. But I hear nothing of that coming from you! All I hear, Dr. Fauci, is we can’t do this, we can’t do that, we can’t play baseball, even that’s not based on the science! I mean flu season peaks in February, we don’t know if COVID is gonna be like the flu season, it might, but we don’t know that!” Paul said.
“But we wouldn’t ban school in October. You might close some schools when they get the flu, we need to not be so presumptuous that we know everything!” he added.
“But my question to you is can’t you give us a little bit of more on schools, that we can get back to school, that there’s a great deal of evidence, and that it’s actually good. Good evidence that kids aren’t transmitting this, it’s rare! And that kids are staying healthy and that yes, we can open our schools?” Paul concluded.
“So very quickly, Senator Paul, I agree with a lot of what you say about you know, this idea about people having to put their opinions out without data. And sometimes you have to make extrapolations because you’re in a position where you need to at least give some sort of recommendation,” Fauci said.
“But if you were listening, and I think you were, to my opening statement and my response to one of the questions, I feel very strongly we need to do whatever we can to get the children back to school,” he explained. “So I think we are in lock agreement with that.”
Fauci then explained how the media had misreported his statements about whether or not certain sports could be played under the pandemic.
“I agree with you,” he said. “I am completely unqualified to tell you whether you can play a sport or not. The only thing that I could do, is to the best of my ability give you the facts and the evidence associated with what I know about this outbreak.”
Here’s the debate between Sen. Paul and Dr. Fauci:
Sen. Rand Paul challenges Dr. Fauci. Watch his response.
In the wake of massive George Floyd riots and protests in New York City — which far-left Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed while still outlawing other gatherings as dangers to public safety amid the coronavirus pandemic — city health officials somehow found time to update their guidance Monday on safe sex in the age of COVID-19.
‘Make it a little kinky’
“Make it a little kinky,” officials advise. “Be creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact.”
Officials also suggest wearing a face covering or mask. “Maybe it’s your thing, maybe it’s not, but during COVID-19 wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth is a good way to add a layer of … protection during sex.”
Because after all “heavy breathing and panting can spread the virus further, and if you or your partner have COVID-19 and don’t know it, a mask can help stop that spread.”
“If you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex, consider taking a break from in-person dates,” they add. “Video dates, sexting, subscription-based fan platforms, sexy ‘Zoom parties’ or chat rooms may be options for you.”
In case you’re wondering, “Rimming (mouth on anus) might spread the virus. Virus in feces may enter your mouth and could lead to infection.”
The art of being your own bestie
“You are your safest sex partner,” officials note. “Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex.”
They add that “the next safest partner is someone you live with. Having close contact — including sex — with only a small circle of people helps prevent spreading COVID-19.”
‘Large gatherings of any type are not safe during COVID-19’
Health officials also said, “Large gatherings of any type are not safe during COVID-19” — hello, protests? — and that “close contact with multiple people should be avoided.”
Officials also advised against kissing when in a large crowd and to “pick larger, more open, and well-ventilated spaces.”
An influential study in the Lancet used to attack the president for recommending the use of hydroxychloroquine against coronavirus has been retracted after overwhelming criticism.
The editors of the publication explained on Thursday that the authors of the study could not obtain the dataset in the study in order for third party reviewers to confirm the results.
The original study was published in the Lancet on March 22.
“Our independent peer reviewers informed us that Surgisphere would not transfer the full dataset, client contracts, and the full ISO audit report to their serves for analysis as such transfer would violate client agreements and confidentiality requirements,” the authors said in the retraction.
“As such, our reviewers were not able to conduct and independent and private peer review and therefore notified us of their withdrawal from the peer-review process,” they added.
The study was used by many critics to claim that the recommendation from the president would lead to reckless deaths from the ingestion of hydroxychloroquine.
One such critic was Neil Cavuto of Fox News.
“If you are in a risky population here, and you are taking this as a preventative treatment to ward off the virus or in a worst-case scenario you are dealing with the virus, and you are in this vulnerable population, this will kill you,” Cavuto said in May.
“I cannot stress enough, this will kill you!” he added dramatically.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization said that they would resume international trial testing on the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine after experts began publicly questioning the Lancet study.
Here’s more about the coronavirus development:
Covid-19 pandemic: WHO restart hydroxychloroquine tests after study doubts
CNBC anchors went to battle in a full meltdown debate on Wednesday after one accused the other of abusing his position to help President Donald Trump.
The flashpoint for the anger seemed to be when Joe Kernen took Andrew Ross Sorkin to task for being so skeptical of the stock market rally during the coronavirus pandemic.
“For a while it was how can stocks be where they are because of oil prices, remember that was your take, then how can it be based on where interest rates are right now, then it could be, how can stocks be, and then it was every single discussion you have over the weekend was about how can stock prices be here when the economy is here,” said Kernen.
“Now it’s gonna be your earnings, but can you see how that probably isn’t the coincidence stuck right in your face?” he mocked.
Sorkin launched into a tirade against Kernen in his own defense.
“Look, Joe, you missed it all the way down too!” said Sorkin.
“Joe, you missed it a hundred percent on the way down, and you missed the hundred thousand deaths,” he continued, “so we can have this debate back and forth, or you can try to question, the questions I’m asking…”
“I never said it was gonna…” Kernen interrupted.
“Hold on! Hold on!” yelled Sorkin.
“You panicked about the market,” said Kernen later in the debate,” you panicked about COVID, panicked about the ventilators, panicked about the PPE (personal protective equipment), panicked about ever going out again, panicked…”
“Joseph! Joseph!” yelled Sorkin, “you didn’t panic about anything! Joseph, a hundred thousand people died!”
“I understand that,” said Kernen.
“A hundred thousand people died, Joe!” Sorkin fired back.
“And all you did was try to help your friend the president!” he yelled. “That’s what you did! Every single morning on this show! Every single on this show! You used and abused your position! You used and abused your position!”
Kernen denied trying to help the president and countered that he was trying to help investors navigate the economic downturn caused by the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s the fiery debate on CNBC:
CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin accuses co-anchor Joe Kernen of abusing position to help Trump
As shelter-in-place orders slowly expire and the coronavirus restrictions are being lifted, more Americans are venturing out in public. However, the majority in the U.S. are still staying at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new Gallup poll found that more Americans are leaving their homes, but still 65% of people are avoiding public places. This is a decrease from the survey from the week before that showed 71% were avoiding public places. The poll also discovered 63% of people are shying away from small gatherings, compared to 71% from the week before last week and 84% in mid-April.
Americans are still not taking public transportation, 76% of respondents said they are avoiding travel by planes, buses, and subways; the figure was down from 81% last week.
People are starting to frequent restaurants once again. Based on the May 11-17 poll of 4,117 U.S. adults, 21% said they had visited a restaurant in the past 24 hours, a significant increase from 13% the week before. The poll does not specify if the people dined at the restaurant or got take-out.
According to the poll, 47% visited a grocery store in the last 24 hours, and 30% have gone to their place of employment in the last day, both have been steady since late March.
When it comes to shopping at a store other than a grocery store, 25% said they visited a store in the past 24 hours, compared to 20% in the previous survey from a week earlier.
With fears of the coronavirus spreading, 79% of Americans say they wear face masks when they go out in public. There were 71% who said that healthy people should continue to stay at home, while 29% said healthy people should live their lives as normally as possible to avoid disruptions to work and business.
There were 51% of respondents who said they were worried about personally catching COVID-19, down from 57% in early April.
Gallup said that the percentage of people who are “completely” or “mostly isolating” themselves from people outside their household was at a new low of 55%.
Affiliates of abortion provider Planned Parenthood improperly applied for and received $80 million in coronavirus relief funds, and Republicans are demanding they give back the money.
The report from Fox News says that thirty-seven affiliates received the funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), despite the abortion provider being explicitly blocked from doing so.
The affiliates are being contacted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) in an attempt to warn them of possible fines and explaining why they were ineligible for the funding.
The largest allotment of coronavirus funds was $7.5 million for the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties in California.
After the report from Fox News was published, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) released a statement condemning the abortion provider and demanding the money be given back.
“There is no ambiguity in the legislation that passed or public record around its passage that organizations such as Planned Parenthood, whose parent organization has close to half a billion dollars in assets, is not eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program,” said Rubio, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
“Those funds must be returned immediately,” he added.
Rubio also called for an investigation into the violations of the PPP loan regulations.
“Furthermore, the SBA should open an investigation into how these loans were made in clear violation of the applicable affiliation rules and if Planned Parenthood, the banks, or staff at the SBA knowingly violated the law all appropriate legal options should be pursued,” he concluded.
Whatever happens with the PPP violators, they may receive a further windfall if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) succeeds with planned legislation that would allow for additional funding available to the abortion provider.
A New York City man was arrested in Hawaii after he violated the state’s strict quarantine rules for visitors. Authorities were tipped off to the man disobeying the shelter-in-place order after they saw him post beach photos on his Instagram account.
Tarique Peters, 23, posted Instagram photos of himself outside of his hotel room shortly after arriving in O’ahu. Peters posted a photo of himself on the beach with a surfboard on Wednesday, two days after arriving in Hawaii.
Peters, who is from the Bronx, was not flown back home, but he was arrested on Friday by special agents from the Department of the Attorney General for violation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine rule and unsworn falsification to authority, according to a news release from the office of Hawaii’s governor.
Local citizens became informants as they tipped off authorities that Peters had left his hotel room. Employees of the hotel that Peters was staying at confirmed to investigators that the tourist left the premises on several occasions this week. Peters used public transportation to go to Waikiki at night.
Peters was arrested, and his bail was set at $4,000.
Attorney General Clare Connors released a statement:
We appreciate the vigilance and cooperation of the hotel staff, and staff at other hotels, in helping maintain the health and safety of visitors and residents. It is important that everyone flying into Hawaii at this time, abide by our mandatory rules. Law enforcement, in partnership with other state and county agencies and the travel industry are continuing to monitor compliance with the mandatory self-quarantine rule.
Ige has extended the 14-day mandatory quarantine for all tourists until June 30. Hawaii has the third-least confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. with 638, and there have been 17 COVID-19 deaths.
“These actions are extreme, but necessary, to flatten the curve and lay the groundwork for our recovery,” Ige said.
The New York State Department of Health acknowledged in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation that it only reported as coronavirus deaths those from long-term care patients that died while physically present at their facility.
Previous to around March 3, they were reported whether they died at their facility or at a hospital.
The change would underreport the count of “nursing home” deaths at a time when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under fire for the policy forcing nursing homes to take in coronavirus patients.
On Sunday, Cuomo rescinded the policy after scathing criticism.
New York has the highest number of nursing home deaths in the country, with 5,433 reported deaths as of reporting from Wednesday.
The revelation from the Daily Caller points to efforts from New York state officials to hide the true number of deaths from the coronavirus at nursing homes.
The report said that spokespeople from the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts confirmed that they counted nursing home deaths whether they occurred at a hospital or at their facility.
Here’s more about the botched New York response to coronavirus:
Gov. Cuomo is CLUELESS About his Own Coronavirus Recovery | Stu Does America
When did the coronavirus crisis become a partisan, political issue? Somehow, all Democrats are now supporting statewide lockdowns, while Republicans want to re-open. But what about the American citizens who just want to avoid a complete loss of civil rights? Each time somebody is arrested, or fired, or threatened for not complying with lockdown or quarantine rules, our Bill of Rights takes one step closer to being another casualty of COVID-19.
“Did I miss something here … how did this become a partisan issue?” asked Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday. “And when did we go from ‘flatten the curve’ to ‘we can’t go outside until we have a cure.’ That’s insanity! […] The idea was to make sure that our hospitals and our doctors and nurses weren’t overwhelmed. It was not to make sure no one got sick.”
Glenn gave a rundown of the latest stores of complete insanity that have become our “new normal” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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The sheriff of Fresno County said that she wouldn’t enforce California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order.
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said her department wouldn’t harass the public who are violating lockdown orders. Mims said she is busy re-arresting criminals released on California’s zero-bail policy.
Sheriff Mims appeared on “The Trevor Carey Show” on Tuesday to give an update on how she is policing Fresno County during the coronavirus pandemic. The sheriff said commercial burglaries have increased and domestic violence cases were up 72% in the first week and a half of the shelter-in-place order.
“It’s time to start easing up on the shelter-in-place. It’s time to reopen,” Mims said. “Unfortunately, the governor’s plans on what it takes on reopening are very, very strict. It’s very hard to meet the criteria.”
Mims was asked if she would enforce Newsom’s shelter-in-place order, and she responded, “We’ve asked for voluntary compliance. I’ve heard multiple sheriffs around the nation state they will not enforce their governors’ shelter-in-place orders.”
When asked if that was her position, Mims answered, “That is my position. We do not stop the public to find out what they’re doing when they’re not sheltering in place.”
“We don’t ask those questions, we don’t ask if they’re ‘essential.’ We’ve got our hands full trying to re-arrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail,” Mims said.
The California Judicial Council passed the zero-dollar bail unanimously. The statewide rule means that most misdemeanor and lower-level felonies have a bail amount of $0. Bail remains for people held for most violent crimes, including charges of sexual assault, gun crimes, domestic violence, or people under court-order restraining orders. This is an effort to lower the inmate population in jails to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“One of the offenses that is not considered violent or serious is assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury,” Mims said. “That’s not a qualifying offense; somebody like that gets out on a $0 bail.”
Tony Botti, the Sheriff’s Office spokesman, told GVWire that 711 Fresno County suspects had received zero-dollar bail since the policy was enacted on April 6. Nearly 12.5% of those zero-dollar bail recipients have been re-arrested.
Other sheriffs in California agree with Mims. San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia also said he wouldn’t enforce lockdown orders and that the zero-bail policy is a problem for law enforcement.
“I don’t know how any police chief in this county, could look at their community in the face and say, ‘While people are being released out of jails on zero bail, serious criminals, that now we’re going to stop people from holding signs, driving around, and wishing individuals happy birthdays or happy graduations.’ I certainly can’t look at my community credibly and tell them that,” Garcia said.
“From the beginning, I told you that I would not be enforcing this stay-at-home order, partly because I trusted our residents’ ability to do the right thing without the fear of being arrested,” Bianco said. “I knew that they could be trusted to act as responsible adults, and I was correct.”
A New York Times exposé documented an email that showed why New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio botched the city’s response to the coronavirus epidemic, and how he’s staying the course despite the disastrous results.
The report published on Thursday documented emails from Mitchell Katz, the head of NYC Hospitals, that delayed the implementation of social distancing guidelines in the city.
In one email sent on March 10, Katz said there was “no proof that closures will help stop the spread,” and argued that they should simply accept that many people would be infected.
“We have to accept that unless a vaccine is rapidly developed, large numbers of people will get infected,” he said in the email. “The good thing is greater than 99 percent will recover without harm. Once people recover they will have immunity. The immunity will protect the herd.”
Research shows that the hotspot in New York City helped “seed” contagions in other parts of the United States.
Critics of de Blasio say that he put more faith in the opinion of Katz than he did in Health Department officials that disagreed with his opinion.
Staying the course
Even more alarming, de Blasio has put Katz in charge of the massive effort to oversee the contact tracing critical to managing the crisis.
Stanley Brezenoff, who temporarily lead Health and Hospitals before Katz, told the New York Times the decision was puzzling and nonsensical.
“It is a head-scratcher. I can’t figure out the rationale, and I don’t think it’s worth the risks. Just because they both have ‘health’ in the name doesn’t mean they’re in the same business,” said Brezenoff.
“I’m second to none in my admiration for Mitch’s clinical prowess,” Mr. Brezenoff continued, “but this is a job for the Health Department.”
New York City has seen more than 189,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with more than 22,000 deaths. The city accounts for nearly a quarter of all the deaths from the virus in the United States.
Actor Kevin James of “King of Queens” fame has released a darkly comedic short film that mocks coronavirus social distancing snitches as well as the police response against those who disobey governmental orders to stay at least six feet apart in public.
What are the details?
Less than two minutes long, “Out of Touch” begins with James and another man running for their lives and hiding from police cars, a helicopter’s spotlight, and vicious K-9s. Sitting behind a tree as authorities close in on them, the out-of-breath, desperate pair can barely take it anymore as hope for their fate fades away.
Image source: YouTube screenshot
Image source: YouTube screenshot
What did these guys do? Murder? Rape? Sex trafficking?
The rest of the story
Suddenly the film cuts to “Six Hours Earlier” — and we see what all the fuss was about.
James is minding his own business, sitting on a park bench, when his friend — out for a jog — stops in front of James as the pair exchange greetings.
Unfortunately, though, they shake hands.
And an intrepid, mask-wearing guy spots them and calls 911 to report the “hand shakers” as other equally concerned citizens join in and begin photographing James and his friend breaking social distancing orders.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted former President Barack Obama over his criticism against President Donald Trump and his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
McConnell made the comments in an interview with Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, on the president’s official YouTube video channel.
He said that Obama acted “classless” when ignoring the tradition set by the two Bush presidents in not critiquing an administration that follows upon their exiting the White House.
“Generally former presidents just don’t do that. I remember that President George W. Bush and his father, went right through eight years of Democratic administrations after they left office and kept their mouths shut, because they didn’t feel it was appropriate for former presidents to even critique a president of another party,” he said.
“So I think President Obama should have kept his mouth shut,” McConnell continued.
“We know he doesn’t like much this administation is doing, that’s understandable. But I think it’s a little bit classless frankly, to critique an administration that comes after you,” he added.
“You had your shot, you were there for eight years,” McConnell concluded, “I think the tradition that the Bushes set up of not critiquing the president comes after you is a good tradition.”
Democrats have criticized the president for not doing enough early at the beginning of the pandemic, but Trump has relied on his decision to restrict travel from China to argue that he was unfairly criticized by his enemies.
Here’s the video of McConnell’s comments:
WATCH: Team Trump Online with Lara Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell!
Guy Fieri is best known for his bleached blonde hair, flaming shirts, and his donkey sauce, but maybe he should be known for his philanthropy. The Mayor of Flavortown has raised $21.5 million for restaurant workers who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” host stepped up for restaurant workers in a big way. Fieri partnered with the National Restaurant Association to raise funds for unemployed restaurant workers. Fieri and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation established the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund “dedicated to supporting today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce.”
Fieri was able to secure donations from more than 40 major brands such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Uber Eats, Live Nation, TikTok, Wingstop, Constellation Brands, Moët Hennessy, and the Food Network. Fieri personally sent videos to the CEOs of some of the companies to ask them to donate to his cause.
Fieri helped raise $21.5 million as of Thursday, and has awarded over 40,000 grants.
“I started thinking about my brothers and sisters in the restaurant business, and a bunch of restaurants that I was closing — we gotta do something,” Fieri told TMZ. “As long as the money comes in, we’re gonna continue to give these grants.”
Restaurant workers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a grant on the RERF website. At this time, “due to an overwhelming response of more than 60,000 applicants, the Fund is not currently accepting new applications.”
The unemployment rate is 14.7%, the highest figure recorded since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started releasing the report in 1948. It is believed to be the highest figure since the Great Depression, when peak unemployment was estimated to be 24.9% in 1933.
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Several Pennsylvania elected officials are rebelling against Gov. Tom Wolf’s shelter-in-place order. Some counties will allow businesses to reopen, while others have said they will refuse to enforce any order that violates constitutional rights.
On March 19, Wolf ordered a statewide shutdown of all “non-life sustaining businesses.” On Friday, Wolf announced that 13 Pennsylvania counties could move to the yellow phase of reopening on May 15. There were 24 counties allowed to enter the yellow phase of the coronavirus reopening on May 8, all in the western part of the state.
The yellow phase allows retail, manufacturing, and offices to open, but there are strict guidelines as far as sanitation and limiting gathering to 25 people or less. The yellow phase does not allow schools, gyms, or beauty salons to reopen.
While these 37 Pennsylvania counties will be allowed to reopen partially, the other 30 counties are in the red phase until June 4. The red phase only allows essential businesses to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wolf said, “A target goal for reopening has been set at having fewer than 50 new confirmed cases per 100,000 population reported to the department in the previous 14 days.”
Many political leaders of counties in central Pennsylvania are not happy that they were not added to the yellow phase starting next week. Some of the counties plan to open up and defy Wolf’s state-mandated stay-at-home order.
Officials from Adams and York counties requested that Wolf allow them to transition to the yellow phase on May 15. On Friday night, York County District Attorney Dave Sunday announced that his office “will not prosecute any criminal citations for alleged violations of the [Governor and Secretary’s] orders and regulations … concerning the operation of non-life-sustaining businesses.”
“According to all previously identified measurables made by you and your Secretary of Health, York County falls well within all indices and metrics,” York County officials said.
In Adams County, there have been 154 confirmed COVID-19 cases and five deaths.
Perry County officials released a letter on Thursday questioning why they were not allowed to reopen with so few COVID-19 cases.
“It is beyond comprehension why Perry County, which had fewer than 40 cases of COVID-19 altogether, was not selected for reopening with the first counties May 8,” the letter read. “It is time to rectify this error and allow our business people to get back to work if they choose.”
Politicians from Pennsylvania counties told the Democratic governor that they would reopen regardless if they were in the yellow or red phase.
Jeff Haste, Chairman of the Dauphin County Board of Commissioners, said in an open letter that “enough is enough.” Haste instructed Wolf to “open the state and return our Commonwealth to the people (as prescribed by our Constitution) and not run it as a dictatorship.”
“Here in Dauphin County, 192 (25%) of the 764 cases are in nursing homes, while 24 (65%) of our coronavirus deaths are in nursing homes,” Haste wrote. “If you remove the nursing home cases from the equation, 0.2% of the county’s general population has tested positive. Not 20%, not 2%, but 0.2%.”
Dauphin County is home to the state Capitol in Harrisburg.
Lebanon County officials sent a letter to Wolf informing him that they were transitioning to the yellow phase on May 15, with or without his approval.
“As elected officials of Lebanon County, this letter serves to inform you of our intention to move from the Red Phase to the Yellow Phase of your COVID- 19 Phased Reopening Plan, effective May 15, 2020,” the letter read.
“Lebanon County has met the requirement of your original Stay-at-Home order, which was to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak and allow hospitals the time to gear up for COVID-19 patients,” the letter from Lebanon County officials read. “The residents of our county have heeded your instructions to practice social distancing and other mitigation efforts, and as a result our local healthcare facilities do not lack the capacity to effectively treat these patients going forward.”
The letter was signed by nine elected officials, all of which are Republicans. County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, who is a Democrat, did not sign the letter.
As of Friday, Lebanon County reported 797 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 16 deaths.
Cumberland County’s Sheriff Ronny Anderson said his office would not enforce any order that “violates our Constitutional rights.”
“The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will honor our solemn oath to Support, Obey and Defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth,” Anderson wrote on the office’s Facebook page. “Our Office will stand with the citizens in defense of all of our Constitutional rights! Our Office will not be enforcing any ‘order’ that violates our Constitutional rights. Sheriff Anderson has stated ‘I have no intentions in turning local business owners into criminals.'”
Wolf noted that more restrictions could be added if COVID-19 cases rise.
“Every contact between two people is a new link in the chain of potential transmission. And if the new case count begins to climb in one area, restrictions will need to be imposed to prevent local medical facilities from becoming overwhelmed,” Wolf said during a news briefing on Friday. “So, Pennsylvanians should continue to make good choices.”
Pennsylvania has the sixth-most confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. with over 57,000, and the fifth-most deaths, 3,717.
An analysis of federal spending records found that the U.S. government spent hundreds of millions of dollars on field hospitals to combat escalating hospitalizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many of the expensive field hospitals haven’t treated a single coronavirus patient.
The report from NPR claims the federal government paid over $660 million to private companies for them to create emergency field hospitals. Many of the sites were convention centers that were already empty because of the coronavirus lockdown.
The report stated that nine emergency facilities had not serviced even one single patient as of Monday. Other facilities treated only a handful of patients. The TCF Center in Detroit had a total of 39 patients before closing this week, the 3,000-bed capacity McCormick Place field hospital in Chicago had a total of 37 patients before being phased down this week, and the Suburban Collection Showplace in Michigan has had a grand total of six patients.
The only facility that was used heavily was the field hospital at the Javitz Center in New York City that had 1,095 patients, but it closed on May 1 after it was no longer needed. Four other hospitals were constructed in the New York City metropolitan area. President Donald Trump also deployed the USNS Comfort to New York City. The U.S. Navy medical ship arrived in Manhattan on March 30 and departed on April 30 after it was no longer needed.
Months into the novel coronavirus pandemic, some of the field hospitals haven’t been completely constructed as of yet, including the East Orange General Hospital in New Jersey, The Ranch Events Complex in Colorado, the Commercial Appeal Building in Tennessee, and the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
According to NPR, the field hospitals range in cost from $9,452,813 to $155,500,000 for the facility at SUNY Stony Brook in New York.
The Army Corps of Engineers started building more than 30 field hospitals in mid-March. The Army Corps paid at least $100 million in contracts for since-canceled hospitals at a horse racing track and a city park, according to Military Times.
The U.S. Department of Defense said that the Corps of Engineers is “working on 27 mission assignments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency” that will cost $1.6 billion.
“The agency is executing construction contracts for 17 alternate care facility sites in eight states — New York, California, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, Florida, Tennessee and Illinois — which will add 15,587 beds to ease critical hospital bed shortages,” the U.S. Department of Defense said. “Contracts for 20 alternate care facilities with 5,033 beds are pending award. In addition, 17 sites are under consideration, which could add another 16,458 hospital beds.”
Many of the temporary hospitals haven’t closed yet because there could be a second wave of coronavirus cases once lockdown orders expire and businesses reopen.
Skateboarders may have drawn a line in the sand after the city of Pittsburgh shut down their neighborhood skateboard park. Only hours after Pittsburgh dumped sand on a skate park to prevent people from skating, a pile of sand was deposited at Pittsburgh’s city hall in what very well could be a dirty form of revenge.
The Polish Hill skate park was transformed into a sandbox after Pittsburghers continued to use the park despite the stay-at-home lockdown. Pittsburgh Department of Public Works Director Mike Gable said they locked up the park, but people cut the locks to gather at the park.
“We don’t take any pride or pleasure in doing this,” Gable said on Thursday. “The park is closed and we kept the gate locked, but they cut the lock or the chain or they hopped over the fence. People have to listen to what the directive is and the directive is social distancing.
“We don’t take any pride in closing facilities. They’re great assets,” Gable said. “But there is a directive out there and when it’s not being followed, it creates a problem.
“The area that the skate park is in is a very tight, confined space. The number of people using it was extraordinary and that’s why it was closed,” he added.
Hours after the Steel City shut down the skating park, a pile of sand was left at the doorway to Pittsburgh’s City-County Building, which is 2.5 miles from the Polish Hill skate park.
Public Safety spokesman Chris Togneri said police were investigating the sand dump at the revolving door of city hall, but declined to comment if the incident was revenge for the skate park getting closed. If this was retaliation for the skate park, this would be one interesting way to tell the city government to go pound sand.
With the coronavirus lockdown and social distancing restrictions, Americans have been forced to change their lifestyles dramatically. The COVID-19 quarantine means that social gatherings are now banned, and people have mostly complied with the new rules. Some people have decided to safely celebrate special events such as birthdays and graduations by organizing car parades. Now, one California county has outlawed car parades, even if the participants stay in their vehicles.
Santa Clara County, which is about 50 miles southeast of San Francisco, has banned car parades, caravans, and drive-thru graduations.
“The order prohibits all public and private gatherings with people who do not live in the same household or living unit, except for the limited purposes allowed in the order. Parades, ceremonies, and similar gatherings with people outside your household are not allowed, even if everyone stays in their cars.”
East Side Union School District Superintendent Chris Funk said the schools in his district had planned a drive-thru graduation for the class of 2020. The celebration was scheduled to take place at a flea market parking lot, but the county’s emergency center quashed the graduation.
“I get public health’s concern that we might not be able to control the crowd outside of the location,” Funk told KRON4. “We would do a drive-thru, but we can certainly control who enters the drive-thru.”
“There’s definitely a frustration on our part not being able to recognized at least having a drive-thru graduation,” Funk said.
There had been previous parades, including one for the Sakamoto Elementary School in San Jose.
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said the ban on street parades is “incredibly frustrating,” and the “goalposts are moving for law enforcement.”
“Since day one, these orders have been ridiculously difficult to enforce,” Garcia told reporters.
“I don’t know how any police chief in this county, could look at their community in the face and say, ‘While people are being released out of jails on zero bail, serious criminals, that now we’re going to stop people from holding signs, driving around, and wishing individuals happy birthdays or happy graduations.’ I certainly can’t look at my community credibly and tell them that,” Garcia said.
Garcia said he refuses to enforce the ban on car parades.
“Unless there’s a blatant violation, we’ll continue with warnings,” he said.
Garcia tweeted: “I should’ve probably toned it down as I discussed enforcement on the new imminent threat to San Jose, not felons with guns, not armed robbers, burglars, or criminal street gangs, but the new scourge… CAR PARADES!”
“I need someone to explain to us how driving in a vehicle with your family to wish someone a happy birthday increases the chances of the COVID-19,” Garcia said. “We can go to supermarkets every day, yet you can’t drive around to wish someone a happy birthday.”
According to Santa Clara County’s Public Health website, there are over 2,200 confirmed coronavirus cases in the county and 127 deaths. Santa Clara County has a population of over 1.9 million.
Earlier this week, another California sheriff proclaimed that he would not enforce the state-mandated shelter-in-place order because he won’t “make criminals out of business owners, single moms, and otherwise healthy individuals for exercising their constitutional rights.”
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco delivered a stirring speech during a board of supervisors meeting where he announced that he will refuse to enforce lockdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“From the beginning, I told you that I would not be enforcing this stay-at-home order, partly because I trusted our residents’ ability to do the right thing without the fear of being arrested,” Bianco on Wednesday. “I knew that they could be trusted to act as responsible adults, and I was correct.”
Salon owner Shelley Luther explained why she chose to protest the lockdown order in Texas and keep her Dallas business open even after she was fined and sentenced to jail.
Luther spoke to Sean Hannity on his show on Fox News on Thursday after she was freed from jail after a decree from the Texas governor. Hannity asked her why she didn’t simply apologize when the judge asked her to admit she was wrong.
“I just couldn’t, I couldn’t bring myself to apologize,” she replied.
Luther said that officials kept pushing back the date for re-opening businesses, which forced her to re-open for the sake of her stylists.
“When he finally pushed it back a final time, I just said, I just woke up one day and I said, ‘I have to open. My stylists are calling me, they’re not making their mortgage.’ I was, at, right now, I still am not caught up, I’m two months behind on my mortgage,” she explained.
“My stylists were telling me that they want to, you know, ‘what do you think if I go underground and go to people’s houses?'” Luther continued.
“And I just said, you know that’s not a good idea, because we can’t control the environment there. We don’t know if it’s been disinfected or anything like that, and I just decided that I would reopen to create a safe space for the stylists,” she added. “And to make sure I wasn’t the reason that they weren’t making money.”
Luther went on to explain what measures she took at her salon to keep the social distancing rules and disinfect her work spaces, despite her refusal to maintain the lockdown order.
Hannity said that he would make a donation to her salon in order to help keep the business afloat for the 19 stylists who work there.
Shelley’s sentence outraged many across the country and led to the governor removing jail time as a punishment for violating the lockdown order. Texas will begin a partial reopening of businesses on Friday.
Here’s the full interview with Luther:
Recently freed salon owner speaks out in exclusive ‘Hannity’ interview
A Southern California sheriff delivered a rousing speech where he proclaimed that he refuses to enforce the state-mandated stay-at-home order because he won’t “make criminals out of business owners, single moms, and otherwise healthy individuals for exercising their constitutional rights.”
During a board of supervisors meeting Wednesday, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco made it clear that he will not enforce lockdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“From the beginning, I told you that I would not be enforcing this stay-at-home order, partly because I trusted our residents’ ability to do the right thing without the fear of being arrested,” Bianco said. “I knew that they could be trusted to act as responsible adults, and I was correct.
“Not only do we not have the resources to enforce unreasonable orders, I refuse to make criminals out of business owners, single moms, and otherwise healthy individuals for exercising their constitutional rights,” Bianco continued. “I believe Riverside County residents are responsible enough to proceed cautiously.”
Bianco said the lockdown orders“eliminated constitutional freedoms put in place over 200 years ago.”
“In the name of a public health crisis, our civil liberties and constitutional protections were placed on hold,” Bianco said.
Bianco pointed out that 2,000 of the county’s 4,300 people who tested positive for the coronavirus have recovered and returned to work in the county that has a population of 2.5 million and is located between Los Angeles and San Diego counties.
“Unfortunately, we have lost 181 of our residents to this virus, but keep in mind that that is only seven-thousandths of 1 percent,” Bianco noted. “While the loss of any life is tragic, we must also be cognizant of the future and well-being of our county’s fiscal health and the ability to perform necessary functions.
“The original projections and fears that caused these orders to be put into place have been proven wrong,” the sheriff said. “As leaders, we must adjust our decisions to better serve the county as a whole.”
After Bianco delivered his speech, many of the people at the board of supervisors meeting clapped and cheered in agreement.