21 Mar 2020

Israeli ambassador to Colombia urges Israelis to fly home by Sunday
The Israeli Ambassador to Colombia, Chris Cantor, tweeted late on Friday night that Israelis currently still in the northern South American country should return home before a nationwide quarantine goes into effect at midnight on Sunday, March 22. “From Wednesday, March 24 at midnight until April 13, home isolation will be enforced throughout Colombia,” he said.

Breaking: Trump eyes two-week quarantine, only drug and grocery stores open
President Trump, moving with haste to slow the spread of the coronavirus, is preparing a plan to mobilize the National Guard to help enforce a two-week quarantine of the public if his tough-love efforts so far fail. The unprecedented action would require everyone to “stay at home,” according to a source knowledgeable of the evolving plan.

North Korea fires suspected short-range missiles, S.Korea says
North Korea fired two projectiles that appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, South Korea’s military said on Saturday, after what analysts said was a show of confidence during the coronavirus epidemic by announcing an April legislature session.

Five statewide stay-at-home orders, 31% of U.S. economy
The five U.S. states where governors have closed or have said they will soon be closing non-essential businesses account for about 31% of the world’s biggest economy…Here are some key facts about the collective economic heft of California, New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Connecticut, which individually rank No. 1, No. 3, No. 5, No. 8 and No. 23 among all 50 states by GDP.

Pakistan PM urges US to halt sanctions on coronavirus-hit Iran
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on the US to lift “unjust” sanctions on Iran so its western neighbour can focus on winning the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. “I would stress and insist to the international community to lift the sanctions on Iran,” Khan said at a press conference on Friday regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

FBI Magically Finds More Classified Emails Transmitted Over Hillary Clinton’s Private Server – Including Discussion About Benghazi
Judicial Watch announced Friday it obtained 80 pages of new emails recently found by the FBI documenting how Hillary Clinton transmitted classified material over a private server while she was the head of the Department of State. 11 new Hillary Clinton email documents were discovered which included classified information, discussions about Benghazi and detail communications with Barack Obama. The State Department previously claimed it had already turned over all of Clinton’s emails including emails recovered by the FBI that she tried to destroy with BleachBit. As usual, the “Deep State Department” was lying.

Risk of ‘deadly’ cyberattack looms amid coronavirus outbreak
“In today’s unprecedented context, a cyberattack that deprives organizations or families of access to their devices, data or the internet could be devastating and even deadly,” explained the World Economic Forum …

Top National Guard general refutes nationwide coronavirus quarantine rumors“I hear unfounded rumors about #NationalGuard troops supporting a nationwide quarantine,” tweeted Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau. “Let me be clear: There has been no such discussion.” Top Pentagon officials said there are no plans to introduce martial law and that National Guard troops are not being called up at the federal level to impose a quarantine.

China says Japanese drug for flu ‘clearly effective’ against coronavirus: report
China said that a drug used in Japan to treat seasonal flu appears to be “clearly effective” in treating COVID-19 patients, according to a Guardian report published Wednesday. The drug, favipiravir, procured encouraging results involving 340 patients in Wuhan and Shenzhen, according to the Guardian. X-rays showed improvements in lung condition in some 91% of the patients who were treated with favipiravir,…

Over 1,400 Iranians dead from coronavirus
Iran’s leaders on Friday announced 149 more fatalities from the new coronavirus, bringing its death toll to 1,433 amid nearly 20,000 confirmed cases.

US tells Americans avoid travel, ‘return to US immediately’ or prepare to stay abroad ‘indefinitely’
Americans should not travel abroad and citizens abroad are encouraged to come home as soon as possible or possibly face being abroad indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the State Department warned on Thursday.
The State Department issued a Travel Advisory 4, the highest possible level of travel advisory, …

Reports: China knew about coronavirus in Dec., covered it up and now the world has it
Chinese medical experts were concerned when they first encountered the novel coronavirus outbreak coming out of a Wuhan animal market in December 2019, but government officials put gag orders on them and destroyed early data, new reports indicate.

Trump closes US-Mexico border to non-essential traffic
The Trump administration announced it will stop all non-essential traffic across the U.S.-Mexico border, starting at midnight, following concerns about the transmission of coronavirus by migrants and cross-border traffic.

Intel’s new neuron-based computer matches brain of a small mammal
And that’s the type of computing system that Intel is now experimenting with. The Loihi neuromorphic processor packs 130,000 artificial neurons and 130 million synapses, and functions like a human brain. Traditional computers process information in one area then pass it on to another for storage. But the Loihi – like the brain – performs both functions in the same spot, saving time and energy. Plus, the chip rewires its connections over time, boosting that efficiency further.

Prager Issues Warning: If We Can Shut Down America for COVID-19, Dems Can Shut It Down for Climate Change
In a Tuesday piece for American Greatness, “Why the Remedy May Be Worse Than the Disease,” Prager issues a dire warning for a country reeling from a self-imposed shutdown. “If the government can order society to cease functioning, from restaurants and other businesses to schools, due to a possible health disaster, it is highly likely that a Democratic president and Congress will similarly declare emergency and assert authoritarian rule in order to prevent what they consider the even greater ‘existential threat’ to human life posed by global warming.”

Beijing’s Claim Of No New Infections Contradicts Reality On The Ground
“Look, Look! People are lining up in front of the fever clinic at Wuhan Union Hospital.”

U.S. economy deteriorating faster than anticipated as 80 million Americans forced to stay at home
The U.S. economy is deteriorating more quickly than was expected just days ago, as extraordinary measures designed to curb the coronavirus keep 84 million Americans penned in their homes and cause the near-total shutdown of most businesses.

Goldman sees unprecedented stop in economic activity, with 2nd quarter GDP contracting 24%
Goldman Sachs economists on Friday forecast an unprecedented 24% decline in second quarter gross domestic product, following a 6% decline in the first quarter, based on the economy’s sudden and historic shutdown as the country responds to the coronavirus pandemic.

Left-Wing Media Claim Aborted Baby Parts Needed to Cure Coronavirus
CLAIM: Left-wing media are claiming a National Institutes of Health (NIH) immunologist cannot find cures for the infection caused by the coronavirus without the body parts of aborted babies.

Trump Campaign Staffers Gather for Digital Bible Study
A group of President Donald Trump’s campaign staffers conducted a Bible study online on Friday morning as the spread of the coronavirus continues in the United States.

Idaho bill barring transgender changes to birth certificates heads to governor
The Idaho legislature is asking the governor to sign a bill into law that bans transgender people from modifying their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity, despite federal court rulings that ban such a law.

Police show up at Louisiana church that was defying coronavirus state order
Police responded to a Louisiana church where hundreds had congregated despite the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 people — part of the effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

A letter from Italy’s coronavirus epicenter: ‘Coffins pile up in churches, people in their 80s die alone’
Sirens blaring, bells tolling for the dead, neighbors singing on balconies: This is our sad soundtrack. A letter from Bergamo, Italy

Massive floods hit capital Dili, destroying nearly 200 homes and affecting over 25 000 people, East Timor
Several hours of very heavy rains caused widespread flooding in capital Dili, East Timor (Timor-Leste) on March 13, 2020. Authorities are reporting at least 25 000 people or 4 000 households are affected. Even though the floods have now receded, affected communities are still in need of essential relief items such as food and drinking water.

STUNNING!… Via the CDC… As of Friday There Are 100 TIMES AS MANY Flu Deaths in US this Season than Coronavirus Deaths
As we have reported several times now — the Director of the World Health Organization created an international panic when he miscalculated the coronavirus mortality rate at 3.4%.

National Guard Deploys In Baltimore As City Enforces Restrictive Curfew: Live Updates
“Neither Pres. Trump nor VP Pence had close contact with the individual.”

Locust crisis poses a danger to millions, forecasters warn
It was Cyclone Mekunu, which struck in 2018, that allowed several generations of desert locusts the moist sand and vegetation to thrive in the desert between Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman known as the Empty Quarter, breeding and forming into crop-devouring swarms, said Keith Cressman, locust forecasting expert for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).