20 Apr 2020

COVID-19: Humanity or Hypocrisy?
The official reason for the unprecedented closure of much of the United States in response to COVID-19 is that lives matter. Indeed, they apparently matter so much that no sacrifice is too great—neither to your freedom nor to the economy—if it can save even one life from the virus. Consider the three leading causes of preventable deaths in the US: about 480,000 Americans die from smoking (some from secondhand), 300,000 die from obesity, and 88,000 die from alcohol, every single year.

CDC Chief Says 20 US States May Be Able to Re-Open Within 14 Days
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Robert Redfield said Wednesday that a number of the more mildly affected states may be in a good position to re-open come months’ end. John Hopkins data, however, however, suggested as of Thursday that (in ascending order of their case numbers) Wyoming (with 309), Alaska, North Dakota, Hawaii, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Idaho, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas, Oregon, Minnesota, Delaware, Oklahoma, Iowa and Kentucky (with 2,707) have accounted for the lowest totals in the nation.

Protesters Flock to Minnesota Governor’s Mansion, Chant ‘Open Up!’
Two days short of the 245th anniversary of the battles at Lexington and Concord that launched the Revolutionary War, defiance against what Americans believe to be unjust oppression was on display in Minnesota. More than 400 protesters gathered outside of the governor’s mansion in St. Paul on Friday to demand an end to restrictions imposed to address the threat of the coronavirus, Fox News reported.

First manned SpaceX Crew Dragon flight set for May 27 liftoff
The first manned mission to launch from American soil since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, Demo-2 will be the final test flight by SpaceX before certification for making regular flights to the International Space Station (ISS) to ferry crews back and forth. In addition to the systems of the Crew Dragon being tested in orbit, the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities will be put through their paces back on Earth.

Kansas Judge Stands by Constitution, Rules Churches Can Stay Open Under 1st Amend.
A federal judge on Saturday handed a legal victory to two churches that challenged an executive order by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s order limiting church attendance to 10 or fewer worshippers.

Man Charged with Trying to Blow Up ‘Jewish’ Nursing Home in Massachusetts
Federal agents arrested a man in western Massachusetts on Wednesday after he attempted to blow up a local Jewish-sponsored assisted-living facility. John Michael Rathbun, 36, of East Longmeadow was charged with two counts of attempted arson after local police found a plastic gas container, with burned paper in its nozzle, on April 2 outside Ruth’s House, an assisted-living home for seniors of all faiths.

Storm season 2020: Another forecast predicts active season, but this one goes even further
Storm season 2020: It was a warm winter, and that’s bad news for hurricane season. The third major forecast for the upcoming season is out, and it’s even more bullish than the previous two. A third leading forecast is calling for an active hurricane season with a torrid Gulf of Mexico helping stoke storms. The hiatus of robust winter cold fronts oozing out of the Arctic allowed Gulf water to warm as much as 4 degrees above normal,

Netanyahu-Gantz meeting ends with no agreement
No unity agreement was made between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White head Benny Gantz after a 90-minute meeting at the prime minister’s residence… Reports suggested that Gantz and Netanyahu disagreed over the Judiciary Committee. After leaving the prime minister’s residence, Gantz headed to the Knesset, where he is expected to allow the advancement of proposed legislation that aims to disqualify Netanyahu from forming a government.

US governors feel heat to reopen from protesters, president
Stores in Texas can soon begin selling merchandise with curbside service, and hospitals can resume nonessential surgeries. In Florida, people are returning to a few beaches and parks. And protesters are clamoring for more. Governors eager to rescue their economies and feeling heat from President Donald Trump are moving to ease restrictions meant to control the spread of the coronavirus…experts warn that moving too fast could prove disastrous.

Stirrings of unrest could portend turmoil as economies collapse
As more than half the people in the world hunker down under some form of enforced confinement, stirrings of political and social unrest are pointing to a new, potentially turbulent phase in the global effort to stem the coronavirus pandemic. Already, protests spurred by the collapse of economic activity have erupted in scattered locations around the world.

Novartis, U.S. drug regulator agree to malaria drug trial against COVID-19
Novartis (NOVN.S) has won the go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a randomized trial of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19 disease, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday, to see if it helps patients. The decades-old generic medicine got FDA emergency use authorization this month for its unapproved use for coronavirus disease, but so far there is no scientific proof it works.

Picking for Britain – coronavirus crisis draws workers to farms
Thousands of Britons have answered the call for backbreaking work on the country’s fruit and vegetable farms this summer as the coronavirus crisis keeps Eastern European workers away but it may still not be enough to secure the harvest. The National Farmers Union (NFU) says 70,000 to 80,000 jobs need to be filled and the clock is ticking.

Turkey blocks Saudi and Emirati state news websites
Turkish authorities blocked Saudi and United Arab Emirates state news websites on Sunday, days after the sites of Turkey’s state broadcaster and news agency were blocked in Saudi Arabia. The apparently reciprocal moves come four weeks after Turkish prosecutors indicted 20 Saudis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a killing that soured relations between Ankara and Riyadh.

‘Worse than the war’: Hunger grows in Lebanon along with anger
“We have never seen days this dark,” says Souzan, a 50-year-old mother of two. Speaking by phone from her small home in Beirut’s southern suburbs, nearly a month into the country’s lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19, Souzan summed up the dire conditions confronting her and thousands of Lebanese. “It’s worse than the war,” she told Al Jazeera.

Experts: Coronvirus brings spike in anti-Semitic sentiments
Israeli researchers reported Monday that the global coronavirus outbreak has sparked a rise in anti-Semitic expression blaming Jews for the spread of the disease and the economic recession it has caused. The findings, which came in an annual report by Tel Aviv University researchers on anti-Semitism, show an 18% spike in attacks against Jews last year.

17 killed in deadliest shooting of Canadian history
RCMP say 17 people are dead, including one of their officers, after a man who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser went on a rampage across northern Nova Scotia in one of the deadliest killing sprees in Canadian history. Police said Sunday night the suspected shooter, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, was killed after being intercepted by officers in Enfield, N.S.

China Outraged After Largest German Newspaper Accuses Beijing Of “Exporting” Coronavirus Pandemic, Demands €149 Billion In Damages
“China’s greatest export hit (that nobody wanted to have, but which has nevertheless gone around the world) is coronavirus.”

Could anti-lockdown protests be new Tea Party movement?
Growing discontent with stringent state-level restrictions imposed to mitigate the coronavirus is pouring out into the streets near state capitols in ways reminiscent of the last decade’s conservative activism. “They have a very Tea Party feel,” said Tea Party Express co-founder Sal Russo of the demonstrations.

Are globalists using coronavirus crisis as battering ram to destroy, remake world order?
..The globalists have since done everything possible, with the full cooperation of their vicious allies in the fake news mainstream media, to try to convince the public that Trump is an evil, incompetent and corrupt man who has to be removed from the U.S. presidency. They need that to happen in order to carry on plans to permanently change America, destroy the capitalist system and replace it with a new globalist-controlled economy and radically changed world.

Trump and the COVID-19 Team Have Successfully Carried Out the Most Successful Coup In World History
I cannot legally go to a Christian Church with common sense restrictions in place,  such as social distancing and perhaps even wearing a face mask. However, I can go to a Walmart, with no real social distancing and virtually nobody is wearing a mask. Meanwhile, Christians are fined $500 apiece for worshipping Jesus, as well as risking jail time, and Walmart, as a corporation, has more rights than every citizen in the United States.

Anthony Fauci sets stage for mandatory — lucrative! — vaccine
Police agencies in 22 states have accepted drones to help enforce social distancing rules from a Chinese company accused of sending information to China.

Police in 22 States Accept Drones from Company Allegedly Funneling Data to China
Police agencies in 22 states have accepted drones to help enforce social distancing rules from a Chinese company accused of sending information to China.

Spain “Authorizes” Military Planes To Spray Disinfectants Over Cities
The Spanish government has just “authorized” the military to prepare planes for aerial spraying of disinfectants across major metro areas as confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, reported La Razón News.

China Billionaire Undermines US Food Supply – Shuts Down Pork Plants in Multiple States – But Beef Packers Not Affected for Some Strange Reason?
China owned US pork producer, Smithfield Foods, shut down its operations in South Dakota recently due to the coronavirus.

Nigeria’s ‘genocide’: Who is helping the thousands of displaced Christians?
Just like hundreds of thousands of Christians today in Nigeria, pastor Jeremiah Okudo Elaigwu is no stranger to leaving all of his possessions behind and fleeing for his life.

“I’ve Never Encountered Anything Like This”: China Stock Index Suffers Record Crash And Nobody Knows Why
“It’s definitely a bad mistake, especially as it impacts various ETF trades — what will happen to those trades placed at misleading prices? No one knows as it’s never happened before.”

Atheist Group Wins $450,000 in Legal Fees after Ending Graduation Prayer
A federal judge this week awarded an atheist group more than $450,000 in attorney’s fees and expenses after the organization successfully fought against high school graduation prayer as part of a 2013 lawsuit.