Global communism is Here. Will it be Forever? By James Reed

     If this is not communism, central control gone mad, then I am an monkey’s uncle. What? I did not mean to offend monkeys!
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-25-gun-stores-closed-la-county-coronavirus-pandemic.html

“Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced that gun stores would be declared as “nonessential” businesses and ordered all gun stores in the L.A. county to close down on Tuesday. “There are hundreds of businesses which, through no fault of their own, do not fall under the Governor’s definition of critical infrastructure,” Villanueva said in a press conference. “As a result, I have instructed my deputies to enforce closures of businesses which have disregarded the Governor’s order (gun stores, strip clubs, and other non-designated businesses).” Gun sales in the U.S. have skyrocketed amid the coronavirus crisis. Over the past few weeks, gun stores across the country have seen very long lines and a quick depletion of inventory as many residents turn to their Second Amendment rights for self-protection. However, Villanueva believes that keeping these gun stores open for business amid the pandemic is unnecessary. “We will be closing them, they are not an essential function,” Villanueva said. “I’m a supporter of the 2nd amendment, I’m a gun owner myself, but now you have the mixture of people that are not formerly gun owners and you have a lot more people at home and anytime you introduce a firearm in a home, from what I understand from CDC studies, it increases fourfold the chance that someone is gonna get shot.” The sheriff also plans to beef up patrols by adding 1,300 deputies to his ranks – doubling the current number of officers deployed on the streets – and claims that gun shops who ignore the order and remain open will be summoned to court. Further, Villanueva  announced the release of 1,700 non-violent inmates from county jails to mitigate the risk of the spread of infection throughout the jail system. He claimed that they will be keeping the violent suspects imprisoned no matter what and that those who believe that they won’t be going hard on felons on the streets are sorely mistaken.”

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The Joy of Panic Gun Buying By John Steele

     Oh, to have plenty of money to splash around at the end of the world, and be in a country where one still had God-given liberties to do so. Take Hungary, where people are simply buying guns like there is no tomorrow, as maybe there will not be, or at best, it will be the dawning of a violent new world:
  https://summit.news/2020/03/24/coronavirus-causes-gun-buying-panic-in-hungary/

“Fearing the potential breakdown of law and order as a result of the coronavirus, Hungarians are panic buying guns, with one store reporting a five fold increase in sales. “We are selling five times as much as in a normal March,” Gabor Vass, a gun store owner in Budapest, told Al Jazeera. “We could sell 15 times more if we had any more rubber bullet weapons, but we ran out,” he added. The store suddenly faced a rush of buyers last week despite the fact that Hungary has largely escaped the fate of other European countries, recording 167 coronavirus cases and 7 deaths. Vass said the firearm purchases were being driven by fears of civil unrest if supplies of essential products run out. “If people brawl over toilet paper now, what will they do later? Once shops run out of stock, people will take what they need. Police can hardly deal with every petty theft,” he said. 300,000 of Hungary’s 10 million population hold gun licenses, but licenses aren’t necessary for some light arms. “People have gone nuts,” said Vass. “They gobble up anything they don’t need a licence for. Gas pistols, rubber bullet guns, and even things like crossbows, which can harm you seriously.” According to the  Czech arms manufacturers association, there has also been a “double-digit rise in sales” of guns in Hungary’s neighboring country.”

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Welcome to the Great Depression 2.0: It’s Here! By James Reed

     I am not alone; there are more intelligent voices than me saying what I said days ago, that the Great Depression 2.0 is here, at least by implication:
  https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/morgan-stanley-says-30-gdp-fall-in-q2-2020-03-23

     There are sober reports on this perfect storm of misery too:
  https://usawatchdog.com/greatest-depression-already-started-gerald-celente/

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Makeshift Morgues By Charles Taylor

     I hope you Aussies are doing ok, are all prepped up from panic buying of supplies at the last moment. Here in the US (I reside in Florida), fear rules. Everybody, even liberals are buying guns, because they can see where this is going. It is hard to find anti-gun articles in the press at the moment. Me, I have always been fully armed up, with four black rifles, legal here of course, some Glock pistols, all legal, and shotguns. And, now I am diversifying, moving to get an array of medieval weapons, buying largely swords and fighting knives from Cold Steel over in Kalifornia, being all cashed up from selling of my business and retiring three month ago. Now I am into full scale apocalypse prepping, and having the time of my life buying up big. Poor Chris back in OZ with no real weapons beyond his wives rolling pin. My wife could not have kids, so there are just the two of us, and we have all we need to last us for years. Praise the Lord we are lucky. Others are dead, and some states are setting up makeshift morgues to house the dead:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/health/after-nyc-morgues-near-capacity-states-ask-emergency-fema-help

“New York City morgues are nearing capacity and will be full as soon as next week, according to a Department of Homeland Security official which was corroborated by a Politico source. Another person familiar with the situation said that the city's hospital morgues hit capacity sometime over the past week. That said, if New York City runs out of morgue space as the number of COVID-19 deaths increase, the Trump administration will step in and assist, according to a former senior admin official - who noted that the George W. Bush administration sent mortuary assistance after Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 attacks. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that one Manhattan hospital has set up a makeshift morgue in preparation for the surge in coronavirus victims as the city's death toll approaches 200. That said, not everyone is concerned. For now, city officials do not seem especially alarmed. Aja Worthy-Davis, a spokesperson for the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), said concerns about morgue capacity may be unfounded. In Manhattan alone, she said, OCME’s morgue can store up to 900 bodies. The city has a morgue for each of the five boroughs, she said. “We have the ability to expand pretty dramatically,” she said. “If you look back at what we did during 9/11, we have the ability to create mobile stations that allow us to house bodies if we run out of space.” -Politico

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Cultural Shock: Are We All Infected? If So, It is All Too late? By Brian Simpson

     In season 1 of the zombie show, The Walking Dead, TS-19, I think the episode was called, Rick and his band of merry survivors were at the CDC and were told that they were all infected, well, at least the leader Rick was told. It was enough to make him hit the booze, as I would. However, an Oxford study that around half of the UK population is infected has been interpreted as indicating that the corona bug is not so bad after all:
  https://www.ft.com/content/5ff6469a-6dd8-11ea-89df-41bea055720b
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMu825aFauo
  https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/03/oxford-study-coronavirus-may-have-infected-half-of-u-k.html

“Because testing regimens across the world have varied tremendously, the actual mortality and hospitalization rates of COVID-19 have been hard to pin down. But modeling by researchers at the University of Oxford could provide some welcome good news, even if the initial takeaway doesn’t seem so promising. According to hypothetical modeling from Oxford’s Evolutionary Ecology of Infectious Disease lab, half of the population of the United Kingdom may have already been infected with the coronavirus. If this modeling is confirmed in follow-up studies, that a minuscule number of those infected require hospital treatment, with a majority showing very minor symptoms, or none at all. In the mathematical experiment, the researchers looked at the population who are at risk of a severe infection. While a risk rate of 0.1 percent suggested a high number of infected people — suggesting lower hospitalization and mortality rates — a higher risk rate of 1 percent implied the possibility of a more threatening virus at the population level. In the following chart, ρ represents the risk rate, with the dramatic yellow line representing the possibility of a majority of the U.K. population infected.”

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TODAY‼️ THE BILL WAS PASSED

TODAY‼️ THE BILL WAS PASSED AS THEY WERE DISTRACTING US BY SCAREMONGERING THE TRUTH ON MAIN MEDIA.... WE NEED TO RETRACT THIS BILL.... ANYONE KNOW HOW‼️‼️‼️‼️

The emergency Coronavirus Bill will be rushed through as law. Today sees the 2nd reading, if passed it will immediately proceed to 3rd and on. It contains the most draconian powers ever proposed in peace-time Britain. It will be rushed through Parliament and the powers will last two years. The powers will affect your freedom and take away your rights. Forced detention and isolation can be of anyone, including children, and for any amount of time. Authorities can FORCEABLY take biological samples from your body. There’s no clear access to legal rights from as-yet unidentified isolation facilities. Powers last up to 2.5 years. Lockdown powers could prevent protests against measures. State surveillance safeguards weakened. Protections from forced detainment and treatment under Mental Health Act lowered. Cremations can be enforced against personal and religious wishes. Changes to the court system. Registration of deaths. No inquests into suspicious deaths! No requirement for any medical certification for burials or cremations! It also indemnifies the health service should they fail for what ever reason to provide care. The most frightening part. Only one medical 'officer' is required to sign off COMPULSORY TREATMENT ORDER which means... in the real world you can be forced to accept medication. Or held down and injected with whatever is seen fit. THAT is the biggest and worst threat to your own freedoms. Schedule 8 Pt1. Local Authorities will now be exempted from compliance with their duties under The Care Act 2014. Schedule 11. The BBC wont be telling you that bit. So. If someone dies in police custody or any type of custody they can simply dispose of the body without any paperwork medical exam or certification or inquest. Forget what that box in the corner of your room is 'programming' you with. Get the facts. This is a terrible day for freedoms. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

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Corpses on Ice By Peter Ewer

     Just be glad for small mercies, my dear old mother used to say, when we faced some misery. It can always get worse, so be humble and don’t tempt fate. Was she seeing Spain, in the future, that is, Spain today in the plague years?
  https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/spain-makeshift-ice-rink-morgue-takes-delivery-corpses-200324115155671.html

“The first hearse arrived on Tuesday at Madrid's ice rink, hastily transformed into a makeshift mortuary as Spanish authorities scrambled to deal with a rising death toll from the coronavirus. Spain is Europe's second-hardest hit country after Italy, with 2,696 deaths and nearly 40,000 confirmed cases after 6,600 cases and more than 500 deaths were reported overnight, the sharpest daily increase since the start of the crisis. Approximately 14 percent of infections are among health workers. Authorities said on Monday facilities could not cope and agreed to transform the Palacio de Hielo mall, home to an Olympic-sized ice rink, into a morgue. Footage from Reuters TV showed vehicles at the building cordoned off by police officers in masks. The military disinfected 179 nursing homes on Monday and plan to clean another 96 on Tuesday, officials said.”

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The Question of Chloroquine By Mrs Vera West

     President Trump thinks that the drug chloroquine may be a game changer in the coronavirus pandemic. But the false news media said that Trump was responsible for a man who died from self-medication of the alleged drug, when in fact the man died because he ingested fish tank cleaner, a fair bit of difference, not that the mainstream liars care that much, as long as the mud sticks for a moment:
  https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/03/fake-news-hacks-claim-man-died-after-ingesting-chloroquine-because-of-trump-leaves-out-the-fact-he-actually-drank-fish-tank-cleaner/

“Late last week President Donald Trump announced a new medical treatment that includes malaria drug chloroquine and Z-pac cocktail to battle the coronavirus. There are three international studies that show the combination is very effective in treating the coronavirus and also acts as a prophylactic. We reported on the success of Chloroquine earlier today and this week. The propagandists in the media however are desperate to make President Trump look like a murdering liar so they spread one of the biggest hoaxes yet in the Coronavirus news cycle. On Monday it was reported that a 68-year-old man died after ingesting chloroquine. Only he didn’t ingest chloroquine — he drank fish tank cleaner and poisoned himself to death. But the media ran with the lie anyway, because orange man bad.”

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Coronavirus and Sober Mathematics By Brian Simpson

     There is a sober, or I would say, a grim mathematics, to the coronavirus pandemic. Take lockdowns for example. I was in town today and it was as sparse as on Good Friday, or shall we call our days, “Bad Fridays”? Businesses shut, few people working. This is less than a week …  what will things be like with a full six months or year of this? Lock downs of Western countries are hard enough, but what about locking down the vast population of India:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/health/heres-what-21-day-lockdown-indias-13bn-people-looks

“Or rather we should ask whether this is even possible, given that as of the first night following Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing in a televised address the immediate lockdown which orders some one-fifth of the world's population to 'stay indoors' it looks like the authorities will have serious enforcement issues on their hands in the coming Even his word choice left little ambiguity: “To save India and every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out,” Modi said Tuesday.days. Technically the order begins Wednesday, but it still set off a panic as anxious throngs descended on shopping markets, causing police to in some cases intervene and attempt to disperse the swelling crowds. Modi said in his speech the 'alternative' to not shutting the country down would ultimately set back the economy back 21 years, while also acknowledging India will take a big hit anyway, while pledging to inject $2 billion into country's vulnerable health care system.”

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Social Distancing and Racism? By Peter Ewer

     If you are worried about death and social doom in the current corona-crisis, then think again, because the real concern, as always, is racism, white racism. Yeah:
  https://www.newframe.com/far-right-uses-coronavirus-to-scapegoat-refugees/

“The global explosion of the coronavirus has dramatically brought about fresh challenges for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. With countries adopting strict measures to contain this pandemic, including rigid border controls, the outbreak will not only have a huge impact on those driven out by crisis situations but is also likely to create another refugee tragedy, worse than what has been experienced before. The global response to the spread of the virus formally known as Covid-19 amid the ongoing refugee crisis has been shaped by the complexity of national political interests, hardened immigration policies and border sovereignty. Xenophobic rhetoric about how migrants and refugees are potential carriers of the deadly virus and pose a health threat has already become a central theme for right-wing populists in Europe, who advocate for cracking down on immigration. And many far-right nationalists are making unverified assertions that African migrants brought the virus to the continent.”

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Uncle Len’s Great Coronapocalpyse Adventures By Uncle Len, Man of the Plague

     Well, there you go, all those people doing bootcamp, if they break the social distancing rules, well the police are going to swat you, and rightly so. But, why should there be bootcamps at all, forms of exercise  torture? If gyms can be shut down because some big guy can be shedding viruses like cats shed fur, all over the place, then shut them down too. And what is it, 10 people max at a funeral, and 5 for a wedding? Where did they pull these numbers from? Surely these are high risk places, since wedding involve people getting pretty close together, and funerals, well someone is dead anyway, which is hardly a good start. So, shut them down too!
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8149837/Bootcamp-trainers-face-5000-fines-clients-1000-ignore-social-distancing-rules.html?ito=push-notification&ci=11304&si=1326534

     Yes, this is truly a fantastic time for your resident shed-dwelling hobo writer, who has suffered from social coronavirus all of his life. Social distancing is what I have lived with as people avoid me like the …  plague! And soon everyone is going to be like Uncle Len because stage three social distancing is coming soon:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8149263/What-level-three-restrictions-involve.html?ito=push-notification&ci=11306&si=1326534

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No Discrimination Says Madonna By Brian Simpson

     Ageing boomer pop singer, attention-seeker and globalist, anti-Trumper, Madonna has given another diatribe in support of her world view, saying that the coronavirus makes us all equal. What, there is epidemiological evidence that the virus kills more men than women, but I guess that is not what concerns her being a hyper-feminist:
  https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/03/22/madonna-says-coronavirus-made-us-all-equal-in-nude-psa/

“Just as the city of Los Angeles announced plans to move thousands of homeless people into recreation centers, sitting nude in a bathtub full of rose peddles in her million dollar mansion, Madonna said “what’s terrible” and “what’s wonderful” about the coronavirus is that “it’s made us all equal in many ways.” “That’s the thing about COVID-19. It doesn’t care how smart you are, where you live, how old you are, what amazing stories you can tell. It’s the great equalizer and what’s terrible about is it what’s great about it,” Madonna said. “What’s terrible about it is that it’s made us all equal in many ways and what’s wonderful about is, is that it’s made us all equal in many ways.” “Like I used to say at the end of human nature every night, if the ship goes down, we’re all going down together,” the Grammy-winner said, captioning her tweet “No-Discrimination- Covid-19.” It was only a few days ago that the world was witness to a stumbling and spinning Madonna putting on a Coronavirus concert from her bathroom, reimagining her hit “Vogue” to include lyrics about eating fried fish.”

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Bringing On Economic Collapse; Debt Jubilee? By James Reed

     It is fast becoming mainstream that we are seeing another Great Depression, the exception being that there is now a social welfare net to break people’s fall a little bit, so that they do not die immediately from their economic fall, but perhaps from starvation waiting on the streets to get in the doors of Centrelink, which has become life itself:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8140855/Queues-people-line-stress-outside-Sydney-Centrelink-office.html?ito=push-notification&ci=11130&si=1326534

     It has been suggested that a debt jubilee is the only way of preventing this Great Depression:
  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/21/debt-jubilee-is-only-way-avoid-depression/

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Letter to the Editor - The Virus Slowdown was Successful

25 March 2020

The Virus Slowdown was Successful

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Made in China, Too By Brian Simpson

     Comparisons have been made with the present coronavirus pandemic, and the 1918 pandemic. But really the present situation does not compare to what happened then, where corpses were put out in the street, in some parts of the world much like rubbish is put out today. And, both were from China, even though the 1918 flu is called the “Spanish flu”:
  https://thehill.com/changing-america/opinion/488429-the-1918-spanish-flu-ravaged-the-world-what-can-it-teach-us-about
  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/1/140123-spanish-flu-1918-china-origins-pandemic-science-health/

“For decades, scientists have debated where in the world the pandemic started, variously pinpointing its origins in France, China, the American Midwest, and beyond. Without a clear location, scientists have lacked a complete picture of the conditions that bred the disease and factors that might lead to similar outbreaks in the future. The deadly "Spanish flu" claimed more lives than World War I, which ended the same year the pandemic struck. Now, new research is placing the flu's emergence in a forgotten episode of World War I: the shipment of Chinese laborers across Canada in sealed train cars. Historian Mark Humphries of Canada's Memorial University of Newfoundland says that newly unearthed records confirm that one of the side stories of the war—the mobilization of 96,000 Chinese laborers to work behind the British and French lines on World War I's Western Front—may have been the source of the pandemic. Writing in the January issue of the journal War in History, Humphries acknowledges that his hypothesis awaits confirmation by viral samples from flu victims. Such evidence would tie the disease's origin to one location. But some other historians already find his argument convincing. "This is about as close to a smoking gun as a historian is going to get," says historian James Higgins, who lectures at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and who has researched the 1918 spread of the pandemic in the United States. "These records answer a lot of questions about the pandemic."

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The Great Coronavirus “Hoax”? By Brian Simpson

     The position of most of us writers on the coronavirus, and we have read much of the alternative coverage, is that it is too soon to say for sure whether of not this is a manufactured crisis, a bioweapon gone rogue, or just a natural evolutionary development, with a virus species jumping. Therefore, it is wise to cover all the bases and to give voice to a much information and points of view as possible. One thing to keep in mind is that many have noted that there will be severe economic ramifications, which could be a crisis, manufactured or not, more severe than the GFC. And, the world will never be the same:
  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/after-coronavirus-things-wont-go-back-to-normal?utm_source=breaking_push&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=push_notifications

“National borders can be expected to harden where, for decades, they had become increasingly porous. Nations facing contagion from abroad sealed or semi-sealed their borders. This, I suspect, was not simply health quarantining but animated by a turning inward, a desire or instinct for national identity. Governments that recently fostered the idea that their citizens were Europeans rather than members of distinct nationalities drew a line around the people who knew they were indeed a people. Italians in lockdown didn’t sing the EU anthem on their balconies; they sang patriotic songs about Italy. For worse and for better, this pandemic will stoke suspicion of foreign peoples and lands and will give extra force to increasingly persuasive arguments that nation-states are the most effective bulwarks against arrogant encroachments on self-government. COVID-19 will also change the way we regard China, which since the Clinton presidency has been treated less as a strategic rival than as a trading partner. Now we will see it as a tyranny responsible for a scourge laying waste to our economy, jobs, wealth, and well-being. We will be less tempted to subordinate recognition of its malignancy to wishful thinking and commercial desire. Others foresee revolutionary change. It certainly seems likely that some of what is to come will be shocking. The phrase, “things will never be the same,” is usually either a truism or an exaggeration, but on rare occasions, it is apt. We may be at such a moment now. No one has ever seen an economic slowdown as quick as this, nor a behavioral volte-face as sudden as the whole world’s switch to social distancing.”

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The Hybrid War By James Reed

     We are all tired of reading and writing about the coronavirus issue, but this is dominating all the news cycles, and it is our duty as journalists to deal with all of the big issues of the day. We are trying to cover all the bases as Brian puts it, and here is one possible longer-term consequence, the “hybrid war”:
  https://www.globalresearch.ca/china-locked-hybrid-war-us/5706687

“Among the myriad, earth-shattering geopolitical effects of coronavirus, one is already graphically evident. China has re-positioned itself. For the first time since the start of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in 1978, Beijing openly regards the US as a threat, as stated a month ago by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Munich Security Conference during the peak of the fight against coronavirus. Beijing is carefully, incrementally shaping the narrative that, from the beginning of the coronovirus attack, the leadership knew it was under a hybrid war attack. Xi’s terminology is a major clue. He said, on the record, that this was war. And, as a counter-attack, a “people’s war” had to be launched. Moreover, he described the virus as a demon or devil. Xi is a Confucianist. Unlike some other ancient Chinese thinkers, Confucius was loath to discuss supernatural forces and judgment in the afterlife. However, in a Chinese cultural context, devil means “white devils” or “foreign devils”: guailo in Mandarin, gweilo in Cantonese. This was Xi delivering a powerful statement in code. When Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, voiced in an incandescent tweet the possibility that “it might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan” – the first blast to this effect to come from a top official – Beijing was sending up a trial balloon signalling that the gloves were finally off. Zhao Lijian made a direct connection with the Military Games in Wuhan in October 2019, which included a delegation of 300 US military. He directly quoted US CDC director Robert Redfield who, when asked last week whether some deaths by coronavirus had been discovered posthumously in the US, replied that  “some cases have actually been diagnosed this way in the US today.”

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Boomer, Doomer, Remover, Sooner By James Reed

     I hate “my generation,” the 1960s boomer crowd who still listen to Beatles music, and think that Bob Dylan, deserved a Nobel Prize, a spoilt rotten bunch that have wasted the social capital of the West and led us into the present crisis of survival. No wonder the younger generation hates us so.
  https://theprint.in/opinion/pov/covid-19-a-boomer-remover-why-millennials-are-angry-and-done-with-older-generation/381223/

“As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the words ‘Boomer Remover’ featured prominently in Twitter trends the past couple of days. It is, of course, a mean yet on-point joke about how the majority of the COVID-19 pandemic’s death toll are the elderly. What is the reason for this pushback and anger against Boomers across the world, and in particular, against uncles in India? ‘OK Boomer’ and ‘Uncle, please sit’ are now popular catchphrases to signal that young people have had enough of the policies and politics that have got us to this point. Boomers have handed younger generations a broken economy, an ailing planet, and nuclear weapons – but won’t stop with the lectures. And as many pointed out, the Boomers’ response to the admittedly off-colour joke has been far more proactive than their response to all the actual problems for which younger generations blame them: their political choices that have now led to lack of jobs for the current generations around the world and their inability to buy a house, a growing climate crisis, rising depression and anxiety among young people, poor healthcare facilities, rampant gun violence in schools and even their ostrich-like response to coronavirus. Many Boomer-run offices can easily allow employees to work from home in the gig economy until this pandemic is over, but they simply won’t. Young people are now telling them that their time, more specifically, the time of their ideas, is over, and they should stop trying to run the world.”

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A Corona Storm in a Tea Cup? Or a “Corona Cyclone”? By Brian Simpson

     As I usually preface these articles, we are lacking rock solid evidence about the epidemiology of the coronavirus, and this is making it difficult for public health officials, and even Right-wing fringe dwelling conspiracy theorists like me, to get a handle on things. However, one study has presented evidence that the death rates are over-blown:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8130815/Death-rates-coronavirus-HALF-initial-estimates-world-health-chiefs.html

“The death rate of coronavirus may be half of what world health chiefs expected it to be, according to a study. International researchers compiled data on coronavirus cases in Wuhan, the Chinese city of 11million people where the deadly disease emerged in December 2019. They found that, overall, the number of people who died after getting sick with the coronavirus was 1.4 per cent. In comparison, estimations by the World Health Organization in early March said 3.4 per cent of diagnosed patients had died. And the true figure is likely to be even lower because so many people are believed to be going undiagnosed. By comparison the death rate of flu is around 0.1 per cent. Coronavirus patients often don't know they're infected – as many as eight out of 10 could have no symptoms in the early stages of an outbreak, according to one study –because they get such mild signs that they don't think anything of it. The study, which has not yet been reviewed by scientists, comes as more than 9,300 people around the world have died and more than 224,000 have been confirmed to be ill. The study, led by Professor Joseph Wu of the University of Hong Kong, was focused on the city of Wuhan, where the first cases of COVID-19 were reported. Professor Wu and colleagues from Harvard University used published data on 425 early confirmed cases and 41 fatalities in Wuhan. But they wanted to get a bigger picture of how many people in the city, which is in the Hubei province, had the disease but showed no symptoms. Hospitals had been overwhelmed in Wuhan and milder cases were unlikely to have been tested. The team used a range of global data sources to estimate the full number of cases within Wuhan by taking into account the location and timing of cases outside of the area to work out how many people could be expected to have had it. By studying real-life patients they found the average time from the start of symptoms – a fever or a cough – to death was 19 days, on average. It ranged between 16 and 24 days.”

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It’s China’s Fault it Seems: Science Says So! By Peter Ewer

     There is still no settled opinion from our side of politics about the true nature of the coronavirus pandemic, with views ranging from catastrophe, Mike Adams, right through to the bug is a type of false flag conspiracy, and may not even exist. I don’t know about the last one, but some influential tin foil hatters have proposed it, but, then again, after every disaster there are some of us to say: no, it did not happen as you thought it did. We need open minds, gathering information, just like on the issue of China’s responsibility:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/health/what-our-country-going-look-if-millions-americans-start-dying-covid-19
  https://summit.news/2020/03/19/study-global-pandemic-could-have-been-avoided-if-china-had-acted-sooner/
  https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/03/covid-19-china.page

“A scientific study has found that had China acted sooner to combat the spread of their coronavirus, then the spread could have been almost entirely avoided, and it would not have become a global pandemic. Research out of the University of Southampton in the UK, based on world population mapping funded primarily by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, discovered “that if interventions in [China] could have been conducted one week, two weeks, or three weeks earlier, cases could have been reduced by 66 percent, 86 percent and 95 percent respectively – significantly limiting the geographical spread of the disease.” Study author Dr Shengjie Lai, of the University of Southampton, comments: “Our study demonstrates how important it is for countries which are facing an imminent outbreak to proactively plan a coordinated response which swiftly tackles the spread of the disease on a number of fronts.” Director of the University of Southampton’s WorldPop group, Professor Andy Tatem, adds: “We have a narrow window of opportunity globally to respond to this disease and given effective drugs and vaccines are not expected for months, we need to be smart about how we target it using non-drug-related interventions.” “Our findings significantly contribute to an improved understanding of how best to implement measures and tailor them to conditions in different regions of the world.” Tatem continued. It has become clear that the first cases of the Chinese virus were reported in mid-late November and early December, with scientists even estimating that the first jump of the virus from animals to humans probably occurred in October in the city of Wuhan. Instead of acting immediately, the Chinese government waited until January 23rd before issuing quarantine orders to the 11 million people living in Wuhan. The communist state was also actively working to suppress and punish doctors and scientists who tried to get warnings out, and  lied to the world by claiming there was “no evidence” of human-to-human transmission.”

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