The entire political focus of yesterday’s news cycle was the legislative imbroglio between Republicans and Democrats over the coronavirus rescue package. Republicans believe we should presuppose and even continue encouraging an indefinite shutdown while spending trillions to treat it. Democrats believe the same thing and also want to add all their other extraneous progressive policies too. But nobody is asking: Do we really need to intensify the shutdown before we understand the data and projections of the actual virus itself? Given that the virus was discovered in Wuhan on November 17 (at the latest), when did coronavirus really begin in this country? Roughly how many cases do we think occurred before we began testing during the first week in March, and how many fatalities occurred? How many of the presumed flu deaths, and particularly the presumed pneumonia deaths during what was thought of as a bad flu season, were really due to coronavirus? These are not mere academic questions. They should determine our public policy response. Knowing when the virus began and what we think occurred in January and February (and perhaps even December) will help determine not only how severe this virus is, but how far along we are into the epidemic. If we really had hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of cases, along with several thousand more fatalities prior to testing, that would mean that the mortality rate is even lower than the 1.2% post-testing average so far.
By Guy Birchall, British journalist covering current affairs, politics and free speech issues. Recently published in The Sun and Spiked Online. With most of Europe imposing extraordinary restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus, Sweden has left its citizens surprisingly free. Are Swedes rolling the dice with their public health, or is everyone else overreacting? As most of Europe clamps down in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19, one country is bucking the trend. Sweden is taking a markedly more liberal approach to combatting the virus. Despite its closest neighbours, Denmark and Norway, shutting down all but essential services, Swedes remain free to socialise as the harsh Scandinavian winter comes to an end. Although universities and high schools have shut, pre-schools, kindergartens, bars, restaurants, ski resorts, sports clubs and hairdressers have all remained open. The streets of Stockholm and Malmo are noticeably quieter than usual, but positively bustling compared to those of Copenhagen, Oslo, London, Paris and Rome. Standing in bars is banned but as long as punters can find a seat they’re free to enjoy a night out. Other steps taken include gatherings of more than 50 people being banned and the over 70s being urged to self-isolate.
Throughout the country, bureaucrats and politicians are clamping down on the Constitution in the name of fighting a virus that thus far has not shown itself more deadly than the seasonal flu. Those numbers can change and it can be a serious disease, but as after 9/11 we are being told we must sacrifice our liberties in the name of security. Government did not deliver then and it will not deliver now. Liberty stolen will not be returned. Is there a better way? Watch today's Liberty Report:
Man in the News: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
March 20, 2020
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has lived most of his adult life as a “revolutionary” against formal, established systems. His political agenda, as is the case with contemporary Marxists, is to destabilize Western thought and Western civilization. The WHO is a hotbed for such appointed officials, clever at garnering huge funds and stealthy at undermining countries and regions which do not follow their political ideals. In appointing him, the WHO found the perfect blend of a well-trained and intelligent leader who uses his position to realign the geopolitics of the world. It is an important post. He has had major influence on the unfolding of the current Covid-19 “pandemic.” His warm relations with China may have been a factor in his response and his overestimation of the death rate. The following gives some background on Ghebreyesus, who is everywhere identified as an Ethiopian, but is actually from Eritrea. (I refer to him by his first name as Tedros in the following.) He worked in Ethiopia under various regimes, but I think his Eritrean background identifies his world view, his political background, and his politicization of health care. Hence his post in the WHO.
Re On Target the below may interest you.
There is a very old truism that states: “Tis an ill wind that blows no good.”
It may seem strange to link the world pandemic of Coronavirus with the above truism. But, it is a financial fact that Coronavirus has very clearly demonstrated, world wide, the ease and speed with which enormous sums of “money”, or credit, can be created. America? $3.4 TRILLIONS. Australia? MANY, MANY BILLIONS overnight. An engine requires petrol, or fuel in order to function properly: So, too, does Australia’s economy require “money”, or fuel, to function. The difference between the two is simple. Petrol is a liquid, [something we understand], that we can put in a container or in our fuel tank for our engine to function. However, credit, or money, we do not understand, except we all know we depend upon it for our very existence. Very few people have any idea of the source of our credit, or “fuel” needed for our National engine to run smoothly. The financial catastrophe confronting our Nation due to Coronavirus should be concentrating our “money” thinking. Where, or what, is the source of our sudden money supply? Have we forgotten the necessity of a few weeks ago to deliver a “Budget Surplus”? Have we forgotten our financially starved Economy of a few weeks ago? Have we forgotten the futile interest rate cuts of the Reserve Bank of Australia to stimulate our economy? We would do well to ask our politicians;
The UK has passed the Coronavirus Act, which gives extraordinary power to those who rule us.
Here are some notes I received about this by email:
The globalist elite never let a good crisis go to waste, regardless of whether or not they manufactured it in the first place.
“Now is the time for global leaders to create one world government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged on Thursday.
The left-wing former Labour leader said there was a need for a taskforce involving world leaders, health experts and the heads of international organisations that would have supreme and unfettered executive powers to coordinate the response. He gave no indication of who would appoint the “leaders,” how long they would serve for or just what their powers would involve, the Guardian reports. Brown simply wants a new layer of global supra-government to force a solution to a crisis that began in Wuhan, China. “This is not something that can be dealt with in one country,” he said. “There has to be a coordinated global response.” Brown said the current crisis was different to the one he was involved in 2008 during the global financial crash. “That was an economic problem that had economic causes and had an economic solution. “This is first and foremost a medical emergency and there has to be joint action to deal with that. But the more you intervene to deal with the medical emergency, the more you put economies at risk.” Brown said his proposed global taskforce would fight the crisis on two fronts. There would need to be a coordinated effort to find a vaccine, and to organise production, purchasing and prevent profiteering.”
Here is some essential home viewing for people contemplating the coming economic collapse and the breakdown of the rule of law (police and armed forces get infected, desert their dessert in the desert, etc)
And here is the case put that this pandemic is serious and will get worse; remember this may not be true, but we need to be wise and listen to all points of view because our side is divided on this issue for the moment, but as Willy the Shake said, “the truth will out.”
Despite anarcho-tyrannical moves to restrict personal movement, and personal everything, the coronavirus continues to spread across the US, with New York receiving, what the mainstream media calls an “apocalyptic surge” in cases. Sure, some dispute this, but my view is to be cautious, this is not a time for bold denial of anything, but to carefully watch the territory, guarding one’s supply of beef and beans.
Still, this crisis has pushed the buttons putting the system into pandemic paranoia mode, with this case from Chicago being now typical of what the system is doing, and will do:
One thing that I think the coronapocalpyse should have taught normies, is that most of modern life is just bs and we can do without almost all of it, and would be better off to. Brett Stevens is smarter than me, as I am nobody, and nothing, and proud of it, and he puts it well:
“Crises tend to reveal us, just as characters in novels only come to know themselves when pushed. Our brush with the Wuhan AIDS-Flu has shown two things: first, that our society has no internal loyalty or trust; second, that we can do without most of it and are in fact better off. Did we need three hundred different types of soft drinks? Nope, we needed water, meat/veg, and toilet paper. Did we need three thousand government agencies? Nope, just basic law enforcement. We did not need the entertainment industry, most of the media, or politicians either. People are starting to notice that life without the endless activity for the sake of activity of modern society is not only more peaceful, but less ugly: Within days of the closure, Venetians were startled to see that their canals and perimeter waterways be calmed. Without the usual human tumult churning the waters, the canals were suddenly still and clear. Tourism exists because people need a substitute for the actual good life. They work all year doing little of importance at their tool jobs, taking demands seriously that amount to little more than people grandstanding to seem important so they can claim more money. This money, by the way, comes from the past, and the inventions we made from structured law through technology that enable us to get by with less work. Instead of taking time off, however, we are all in competition for importance, thanks to equality, so we all labor endlessly on make-work.
In fact, at universities I think the A. B, C, D and F system has been changed, so that there are now High Distinctions (HDs), Distinctions, Credits, Pass and Compensatory Pass and Fail. But it matters not because some academics are recommending giving all students the top grade because of the coronavirus:
“A professor at Columbia University is calling on her fellow professors to give their students an “automatic A” for the spring 2020 semester due to the Wuhan coronavirus. According to professor Jenny Davidson, “it’s time to abandon our preconceived ideas about what needs to happen in a college class for a student to get credit for it.” Columbia University professor Jenny Davidson is calling on those who work in academia to give their students A’s for the spring semester, because of the coronavirus. The professor made her case in an op-ed for the Washington Post, entitled, “Forget distance learning. Just give every college student an automatic A.” “At the very least, the coronavirus means universities should switch to pass-fail and pass everyone,” wrote Davidson, adding that “it’s time to abandon our preconceived ideas about what needs to happen in a college class for a student to get credit for it.” Davidson went on to claim that professors and students are just too “stressed,” adding that she hopes faculty and staff “won’t break under the huge additional workload entailed in moving courses online.” “We’re now scrambling to transition everyone to remote learning on short notice,” said Davidson.
Here is the next level of social control, being under lock down, guarded by the military:
“Every Australian arriving home from overseas will face a mandatory two-week stay in city hotels to make sure quarantine is enforced. The extraordinary measure announced by Prime Minister on Friday will come into force for overseas arrivals from 1.59pm on Saturday night. The clampdown is aimed of slowing the insidious spread of coronavirus as new data shows two-thirds of the 3,050 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia are from overseas arrivals. Mr Morrison said state and territory police would be supported by the Australian Defence Force to ensure the new arrivals stayed in the hotels. Flanked by Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy, Mr Morrison said: 'By no later than midnight tomorrow - that is 11:59pm Saturday - states and territories will be quarantining all arrivals through our airports in hotels and other accommodation facilities for the two weeks of their mandatory self-isolation before they are able to return to their home.' Return travellers will be quarantined in hotels in the city where they fly into Australia, he said. 'If their home is in South Australia or in Perth or in Tasmania and they have arrived in Melbourne, they will be quarantining in Melbourne.'
Stupid people are taking out their frustrations upon checkout staff, who should not be blamed for rationing. These people are low paid, have long work hours, and a generally terrible job, and should not be abuse. Here one can see a Woolies staff woman in tears:
Yet, thought this is sad, what worries me is the video of a fight breaking out in a supermarket. This is starting to become more common as civil society breaks down. I am concerned, and you all should be too, that if this is how some people are now, what happens when things get really bad? Like this bad, and beyond:
Even if there is a Grand Plan by the globalist ruling elite to pull down the temple at some point, at least in the short-term globalism is getting a hammering. The lower level new class are worried about borders closing, and the rise of food nationalism:
“It’s not just grocery shoppers who are hoarding pantry staples. Some governments are moving to secure domestic food supplies during the conoravirus pandemic. Kazakhstan, one of the world’s biggest shippers of wheat flour, banned exports of that product along with others, including carrots, sugar and potatoes. Serbia has stopped the flow of its sunflower oil and other goods. Russia is leaving the door open to shipment bans and said it’s assessing the situation weekly. To be perfectly clear, there have been just a handful of moves and no sure signs that much more is on the horizon. Still, what’s been happening has raised a question: Is this the start of a wave of food nationalism that will further disrupt supply chains and trade flows? “We’re starting to see this happening already -- and all we can see is that the lockdown is going to get worse,” said Tim Benton, research director in emerging risks at think tank Chatham House in London. Though food supplies are ample, logistical hurdles are making it harder to get products where they need to be as the coronavirus unleashes unprecedented measures, panic buying and the threat of labor crunches. Consumers across the globe are still loading their pantries -- and the economic fallout from the virus is just starting. The specter of more trade restrictions is stirring memories of how protectionism can often end up causing more harm than good. That adage rings especially true now as the moves would be driven by anxiety and not made in response to crop failures or other supply problems.”
With increasingly draconian measures being imposed upon the otherwise docile population of subjects, or is it patients (?), with civil liberties evaporating, private property rights no longer respected, it is good to see some criticism of these policies which have gone over the top, and down the other side into anarcho-tyranny. Don’t like guns? Just classify gun shops as non-essential and close them down. If people do not comply, why either arrest them and/or turn off the water and power of businesses. Lights out folks! But, criminals are being given an easy ride, perhaps right to our doors:
“Local governments are announcing they will coddle criminals during the pandemic. Activists want the whole country to follow suit, and many want criminals treated this way all the time. Los Angeles County, America’s largest county prison system, released over 600 inmates. Most had fewer than 30 days left in their sentences. “Our population within our jails is a vulnerable population just by who they are, where they are located,” Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, “so we’re protecting that population from potential exposure.” Los Angeles police have stopped arresting criminals who would be held on less than $50,000 bail. Arrests dropped from 300 to 60 a day. The county may also release pregnant women and older inmates. The Bail Project’s chief executive Robin Steinberg is delighted: “Policing has to radically change in response to this crisis that we’re facing and the police should refrain from arresting people on the kinds of offenses that they have all too easily arrested people on over the last few decades.” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a notorious, Soros-backed “progressive,” urged police to cut arrests for non-violent crimes. His office also wants to turn loose most non-violent inmates; burglars, prostitutes, and others will be released after filling out some paperwork. High-crime Baltimore is also leaving criminals on the streets. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she would dismiss all charges for drug possession and distribution, trespassing, minor traffic offenses, open-container laws, and public urination. She said this would help prevent a coronavirus outbreak in city jails. Baltimore public defender Kirsten Gettys Downs is pleased: “We are grateful that our criminal justice partners recognized these concerns and collaborated to reduce the jail population and save the lives of our most vulnerable clients,” she wrote. Since when do public defenders call the prosecution “our partners”? Many prosecutors, including Miss Mosby, see the virus as an excuse cut back permanently. “We put far too many people behind bars for far too long, and fail to provide adequate care to those we incarcerate,” she wrote in a letter released by 30 “progressive” prosecutors. “That’s a humanitarian crisis with or without COVID-19.”
I have been wondering why Italy and Iran had been heavily hit by the coronavirus. An article by Helen Raleigh, herself an immigrant from China, at The Federalist explains it. Call me research incompetent, but don’t call me late for dinner, but I could not find the URL for the article, I got it sent by an email.
“The reason these two countries are suffering the most outside China is mainly due to their close ties with Beijing, primarily through the “One Belt and One Road” (OBOR) initiative. OBOR is Beijing’s foreign policy play disguised as infrastructure investment.
Germany is putting up stiff competition to Sweden as the cuck of Europe, where it has closed its borders to fellow Europeans, but not refugees, because that would be “racist.” Somehow diversity must give refugees immunity to the coronavirus:
“Germany has officially closed its borders to all visiting Europeans due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), save for those providing essential services from France, Luxembourg, and Switzerland – oh, and migrants from Africa and the Middle East. That’s right: If you’re a white European person who’s not a citizen of Germany, you can no longer visit Germany. But if you’re some random migrant from a Third World country, then come on in: Germany is open to you! According to the German Ministry of the Interior, so-called “asylum seekers,” many of whom could be carrying deadly viruses, are fully exempt from Germany’s lockdown measures, which only apply to Europeans who are being told that they have to self-isolate and social-distance in order to “flatten the curve.” “At Germany’s E.U. external borders [airports and seaports], there has been no change in the [asylum] procedure,” a representative from Germany’s Ministry of the Interior told Junge Freiheit. In other words, Europeans who previously had a right to enter Germany have now been relegated to second-class status, while illegal “migrants” from the Third World are having the red carpet rolled out for them, even when they blatantly violate the law to try to get into Germany outside the legal process. “In practice, this means that if a migrant were to illegally enter the European Union’s Schengen Zone via Italy or Greece and make it to France or Switzerland, he can still demand asylum in Germany, and thus must be allowed to traverse these countries so that he can formally request it on German territory,” reports Voice of Europe.
Maybe, just, maybe, after the globalists have fully exploited the present biocrisis, there may be a tiny residue of nationalism still left, and at least some important drugs will be once again made in the West, and not China. I have heard nothing about this issue in passive Australia, but in the US, there is some movement at the front:
“Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) called on the United States to rebuild its domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity in order to end China’s monopoly on the drugs Americans rely on. “I encourage my colleagues to support the bipartisan Securing America’s Medicine Cabinet Act,” Blackburn said in a floor speech on Wednesday, as the Senate discussed the coronavirus relief bill. Blackburn opened her remarks by acknowledging the “gross malfeasance” of China’s communist regime in handling the coronavirus pandemic. “After we acknowledge Beijing’s gross malfeasance,” Blackburn said, “we’re going to adjust the way we think about China in the context of the economy, of our national defense, technology, human rights, and pharmaceutical manufacturing.”
If this is not communism, central control gone mad, then I am an monkey’s uncle. What? I did not mean to offend monkeys!
“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.”
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:
“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.”