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The Covid-19 crisis: Defending humanity against the elite coup

The Covid-19 crisis: Defending humanity against the elite coup

In a recent article I reported existing evidence on the way in which COVID-19 is being used to implement, but also divert attention from, initiatives being taken by the global elite to consolidate and expand its power in significant ways, and perhaps to make the final drive to take total control of global society. See 'Observing Elites Manipulate Our Fear: COVID-19, Propaganda and Knowledge'. Moreover, while global attention is focused on COVID-19, attention has been distracted from the many other ongoing crises - particularly including the vast range of threats that constitute an imminent danger to human existence: see 'Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth'- and no doubt other undesirable initiatives being carried out by the global elite outside our view. In addition, activism has been stymied as activists are either themselves distracted by COVID-19 or hindered by the measures (such as 'social distancing' and bans on public...

Belarus president refuses to cancel anything - and says vodka and saunas will ward off COVID-19

Belarus president refuses to cancel anything - and says vodka and saunas will ward off COVID-19

Few measures have been enforced to curb coronavirus in Belarus - instead, people are being urged to drink vodka and go to saunas. The country - specifically its president - has shrugged off concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak, starkly illustrated on Sunday with the nation's football matches continuing as normal. As most countries enforce strict measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, fans continued to shuffle into football grounds as they would any other weekend. Few social distancing measures appear to be in force, but spectators at some grounds did have their temperatures checked before being granted entry.

Police app encourages people to report neighbors who violate stay at home orders

Police app encourages people to report neighbors who violate stay at home orders

How do you encourage people to turn against each other during the COVID-19 pandemic? The answer is not that complicated, especially if you live in the City of Bellevue, Washington. Four years ago, when the city created the MyBellvue app, it was touted as being a quick and easy way to report things like downed street signs, potholes, street light issues and noise complaints. Fast forward to 2020 and public fears of COVID-19 have encouraged law enforcement to turn neighbors into government snitches. Geekwire revealed how the Bellevue Police Department has turned a public service app into a report on your neighbors app. You can report these incidents through the MyBellevue app on your electronic device or the MyBellevue portal. "Police in Bellevue, Wash., are asking residents to report violations of the state's "stay home" order online in an effort to clear up 911 lines for emergencies." A recent Associated Press article revealed that people are all to happy to report on their...

BEST OF THE WEB: Hydroxychloroquine rated 'most effective' coronavirus treatment, poll of doctors finds

BEST OF THE WEB: Hydroxychloroquine rated 'most effective' coronavirus treatment, poll of doctors finds

An international poll of thousands of doctors rated the Trump-touted anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as the best treatment for the novel coronavirus. Of the 6,227 physicians surveyed in 30 countries, 37 percent rated hydroxychloroquine as the "most effective therapy" for combating the potentially deadly illness, according to the results released Thursday. The survey, conducted by the global health care polling company Sermo, also found that 23 percent of medical professionals had prescribed the drug in the US — far less than other countries. "Outside the US, hydroxychloroquine was equally used for diagnosed patients with mild to severe symptoms whereas in the US it was most commonly used for high risk diagnosed patients," the survey found.

If the virus hadn't caused the crash, something else would have

If the virus hadn't caused the crash, something else would have

The novel coronavirus has already had a significant impact on the global economy, which will worsen if the outbreak and the shutdowns designed to contain it continue for very long. But it's only an accelerant: If not Covid-19, as the disease caused by the virus is known, something else would have started the conflagration. Shortfalls in revenue and cash flows, caused by the shutdowns, have simply exposed the vulnerabilities of a structurally unsound economic and financial system. A fall in revenue is problematic but manageable without debt. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the 2008 crash, debt levels were increased rather than reduced, encouraged in part by low policy rates and the abundant liquidity engineered by central banks globally. Global debt as a percentage of GDP rose from around 250% in 2007 to 325% in 2019. Current debt levels are triple what they were in 1999. Businesses and households, with declining or no income and high levels of borrowing, now face an existential...

Federal Prison system goes into lockdown mode to prevent virus outbreak

Federal Prison system goes into lockdown mode to prevent virus outbreak

The Bureau of Federal Prisons (BOP) issued an order this week, directing all prisons to lockdown facilities and keep inmates in cells for two weeks. The order will affect 122 federal prison facilities across the country. Bureau Director Michael Carvajal activated "Phase 5 of its COVID-19 Action Plan" on April 1. Here are the following "Phase 5" actions that BOP will conduct to "further mitigate the exposure and spread of COVID-19:"

Coronavirus crisis - Sick west goes viral

Coronavirus crisis - Sick west goes viral

The world is in a sick place. We're not just talking about the escalating coronavirus pandemic, serious though that is with global deaths doubling over the past week. What is also sick is the way gestures of solidarity are being cynically twisted. Take the arrival of Russian medical aid to the US this week. That was promptly arranged after US President Donald Trump asked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call for help in coping with the coronavirus crisis. Even before the Antonov-124 cargo plane touched down at JFK airport certain US media outlets were labelling the gesture of solidarity as a "propaganda gimmick" by the Kremlin. It was surmised that the Russian response to the US request for aid was "to push efforts for relief from sanctions" imposed by Washington. The cynical inference is that supposed Russian conniving and deceit knows no bounds in the black art of manipulation. How about just simply acknowledging the evident fact that Russia is sending vital...

Thailand hit by African Horse Sickness, killing over 100 horses

Thailand hit by African Horse Sickness, killing over 100 horses

More than 100 horses have died from African Horse Sickness (AHS) in Thailand, government data showed, in the Southeast Asian country's first instance of the illness that only affects animals. "This disease has just occurred in Thailand. We've never had it in the past," director-general of the Department of Livestock Development, Sorawit Thanito, said on Thursday. The government has quarantined sick horses to limit the spread of the disease, Sorawit said. At least 131 horses have died across four provinces, latest government data showed.

New Yorkers baffled over 'unsettling' Empire State Building siren display

New Yorkers baffled over 'unsettling' Empire State Building siren display

New Yorkers were left spooked Monday night by a glaring Empire State Building light display intended to honor emergency workers fighting coronavirus. The iconic Midtown skyscraper announced the debut of a display that began at 9 p.m. Monday, and will continue through the course of the ongoing pandemic. "Starting tonight through the COVID-19 battle, our signature white lights will be replaced by the heartbeat of America with a white and red siren in the mast for heroic emergency workers on the front line of the fight," read a tweet from the building's official Twitter account.

Never mind the pandemic, when are you dropping out? Bernie Sanders gets a raw deal on 'The View'

Never mind the pandemic, when are you dropping out? Bernie Sanders gets a raw deal on 'The View'

Democrat presidential contender Bernie Sanders got quite a hostile reception on ABC's 'The View', with the hosts more interested in pressuring him to drop out than in his proposal to deal with Covid-19 by nationalizing healthcare. Sanders should have realized the fix he was in when ABC aired the promo announcing his upcoming live appearance, literally accusing him of "politicizing this pandemic to push his agenda of Medicare for All" and implying his staying in the race could "guarantee" President Donald Trump another term.

First quarantine, now digital leper bells: How much freedom are Britons willing to surrender in a fit of Covid-19 panic?

First quarantine, now digital leper bells: How much freedom are Britons willing to surrender in a fit of Covid-19 panic?

The NHS is set to launch an opt-in contact tracking app to help stop the spread of the coronavirus at the end of the quarantine, in a first sign that the unprecedented controls could be here to stay. The NHS is planning to launch a coronavirus contact tracking app to help slow the spread of the disease through the population. It is reportedly planned for launch just before or just after the end of the lockdown, and is being modelled on TraceTogether, a Bluetooth based-app used in Singapore to curb the country's Covid-19 spread. The idea behind this very 21st century way of keeping tabs on the health of the nation is for patients to upload their diagnostic data to the app. It will then communicate via Bluetooth with other nearby phones. If someone in the vicinity has tested positive for the disease then, after a short delay, those within an as yet to be revealed radius will be notified that they have been near someone with Covid-19.

A proposed Amendment to the US Constitution

A proposed Amendment to the US Constitution

— — The U.S. President will be elected by means of a standardized physical and personally signed mail-in ballot, which, starting in the first month of the election-year, is mailed out to all registered voters, who are broken down into 100 different and all-inclusive randomly assigned daily batches of 1% of the electorate (5% of the electorate per week), and which asks each such person "Whom do you wish were America's President right now? (Name a living American.)" Each of the top two chosen named persons that is Constitutionally qualified and willing to serve as President — both of them naturally being publicly well-known — will then, within 30 days of having been publicly announced as having been selected by the voters for the second-round voting and willing to serve, post online that individual's proposed Presidential policies; and each of these two contenders will, then, after yet another 30 days, together face a town hall, with 100 randomly selected Americans, at which event...

"Shoot them dead": Duterte orders Philippines police to kill anyone 'causing problems' during quarantine

"Shoot them dead": Duterte orders Philippines police to kill anyone 'causing problems' during quarantine

Comment: Duterte appears to have been infected with this coronavirus, the main behavioral effect of which is that it's amplifying what's already within people. In his case, it's definitely making him 'more of himself'! Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday issued a "shooting-to-kill" command for police officers for anyone who violates Chinese coronavirus quarantine orders. "Shoot them dead," Duterte said in a makeshift address on national television Wednesday night. Referring to people who violated strict Philippine closing orders aimed at stopping the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, Duterte directed police, military and district (barangay) authorities to shoot quarantine violators dead at the streets, causing "problems". "I will not hesitate. My orders are to the police and the military, also to the barangay (district officials), if there is a problem or the situation that people are struggling with and your lives are online, fire them. Understand? Death. Instead of...

This is how it starts

This is how it starts

The brevity of this post is out of proportion to the enormous importance of the subject. But I want to let you know I am thinking and working on it. It is a recognised pattern for dictatorship to commence with emergency measures designed to combat a threat. Those emergency measures then become normalised and people exercising arbitrary power find it addictive. A new threat is then found to justify the continuation. It is by no means clear to me that it is a rational response to covid-19 to tear up all of the civil liberties which were won by the people against authority through centuries of struggle, and for which people died. To say that is not to minimise the threat of covid-19. It is also worth pointing out that a coronavirus pandemic was a widely foreseen eventuality. People keep sending me links to various TV shows or movies based on a coronavirus pandemic, generally claiming this proves it is a man-made event. No, that just proves it is a widely foreseen event. Which it is.

Trump ups military assets in Caribbean to bolster bogus Maduro indictment and offers a shift in US policy

Trump ups military assets in Caribbean to bolster bogus Maduro indictment and offers a shift in US policy

The Trump administration said on Wednesday it was deploying more U.S. Navy warships and aircraft to the Caribbean to prevent drug cartels and "corrupt actors" like Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to smuggle more narcotics. President Donald Trump said he was doubling U.S. military resources in the region, including destroyers, surveillance planes and personnel, in an anti-drug crackdown to deal with what he called a "growing threat." The beefed-up operation - quickly dismissed by the Maduro government - will also call for sending Navy ships closer to Venezuela, according to a U.S. official and two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But it was unclear how close they would get to Venezuelan shores, the sources said. Trump, joined by Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, made the announcement at the start of the White House's daily briefing on efforts to battle the...

Adam Schiff mulls a 9/11-ish 'nonpartisan commission' on coronavirus as his new vendetta against Trump

Adam Schiff mulls a 9/11-ish 'nonpartisan commission' on coronavirus as his new vendetta against Trump

House Democrat Adam Schiff has called for a 'nonpartisan' probe modeled after the 9/11 Commission to find out what went wrong with the US response to Covid-19, an inquiry that will no doubt lead to President Donald Trump. Schiff, who chairs the House intelligence committee, told the Washington Post about his plans in an interview, pledging to introduce a bill that would enact a nonpartisan commission to study "our mistakes" in dealing with the epidemic. The commission's work, he said, would have to wait until after the crisis, but he assured the outlet his committee was already reviewing "intelligence materials" pertaining to the pandemic.

What does Israel need? The Arab world ruled by dictators

What does Israel need? The Arab world ruled by dictators

In February, the chief of the Mossad, Israel's global death squad, visited Doha, the capital of Qatar; Yossi Cohen was accompanied by Major General Herzi Halevi, the head of the Israeli army's Southern Command. They went at the invitation of Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and met with national security advisor Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al-Masnad. Their meetings were effectively indirect negotiations with the Gaza Strip's ruling authorities, led by Hamas. The Israelis reportedly argued for the natural-gas-rich emirate to continue paying millions in aid to the besieged coastal enclave. Even these indirect, limited negotiations with Hamas - the Islamic Resistance Movement whose armed wing opposes Israel's military incursions - were treated as a minor scandal in Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit to Qatar was revealed by his bitter rival, the former minister (and anti-Arab psychopath) Avigdor Lieberman, who told the media about it in order to embarrass the Prime Minister...

Report: Tunisia, now the only real democracy in the Middle East, exposes Israel's false claim

Report: Tunisia, now the only real democracy in the Middle East, exposes Israel's false claim

Tunisia is the Middle East's greatest success story, according to the findings of the V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019. One of the world's most regarded annual reports on democracy and good governance, the V-Dem Report is produced by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. While Tunisians can be proud of the prospect of democracy in their country, Israelis have little to be proud of. A country that has long prided itself, however misleadingly, of being 'the only democracy in the Middle East', has lost the title to Tunisia, a small North-African Arab nation of just over 11 million people. Understandably, Tunisians might find their overall ranking ahead of well-established democracies less meaningful, considering that the politically unstable country is still undergoing a painful democratic transition. However, considering that the country has registered a sizable improvement in every democratic aspect examined by the V-Dem Report,...

Flash floods hit Castellón, Spain after highest rainfall in 30 years - nearly 8 inches in 24 hours

Flash floods hit Castellón, Spain after highest rainfall in 30 years - nearly 8 inches in 24 hours

Torrential rain caused flash flooding in coastal areas of Province of Castellón in the Valencia Region of Spain on 01 April 2020. Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) said some areas recorded their highest daily rainfall totals in more than 30 years. La Pobla Tornesa recorded 197.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 01 April. On the same day, 48 mm of rain fell in 4 hours in Vilafamés. The worst affected areas were the towns of Almassora, Borriana, Oropesa and Vilafamés. The provincial government also reported some flooding in Benicàssim, Villarreal, Vinaròs, Traiguera, Benicarló and Peñíscola.

New discovery makes homo erectus much older

New discovery makes homo erectus much older

It continues to be a big week for archaeological revelations. Yesterday Cosmos reported on three new papers that provide clues to our past, including one that shed new light on the evolution of brain growth and organisation. Now an international team led by Australia's La Trobe University reports the discovery of the earliest known skull of Homo erectus, the first of our ancestors to be nearly human-like in its anatomy and aspects of its behaviour. The two-million-year-old fossil - believed to be of a child just two or three years old - was reconstructed from more than 150 fragments excavated over five years from the Drimolen cave system north of Johannesburg in South Africa. It suggests that Homo erectus existed 100,000 to 200,000 years earlier than previously thought. The researchers also uncovered the oldest known skull of the species Paranthropus, and their analysis reveals that in fact three hominin genera - Australopithecus being the third - were living as contemporaries in...

Prediction: Jobless claims huge, but millions more due to the 'earthquake shaking the whole country'

Prediction: Jobless claims huge, but millions more due to the 'earthquake shaking the whole country'

Economists expect 4 million to 5 million or more workers filed for unemployment claims last week, but there are still millions of claims expected, and layoffs could easily double those in the financial crisis, economists said. There are two key employment reports Thursday and Friday. One is the government's weekly report of unemployment benefit claims, filed with states in the week ended March 28, due Thursday at 8:30 a.m. The second is March's employment report, expected before the opening bell Friday. Economists have been ramping up their estimates for the weekly claims report. Their estimates range to as high as 9 million, but many are between 4 million to 5 million. That follows the record 3.3 million claims filed the week earlier. Friday's monthly employment report for March is expected to show little impact from the coronavirus shutdowns and are instead penciling in job losses of as much as 10 million or more for April. Morgan Stanley expects 700,000 job losses in March, but...

Earth's temperature plunged in March - Global cooling from here on out

Earth's temperature plunged in March - Global cooling from here on out

The Global Lower Atmosphere plunged 0.28C in March to 0.48C, from its (expected early-year) high of 0.76C in February. Looking at the Sun, the cycles, the past, and the graphs, it is reasonable to assume there's only one trend from here on out, and that's down... Take the previous anomalous "warming spikes" on the UAH Satellite-Based Temperature of the Global Lower Atmosphere chart (below) — they generally occur at the beginning of a year, and then are quickly followed by a sharp downward plunge: A continuation of March's sharp downward plunge (with the odd bump on the way) is highly probable over the months ahead, and we can now consider a reading below baseline by the end of the year "likely". The Grand Solar Minimum is intensifying.

New Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS)

New Comet C/2020 F2 (ATLAS)

CBET 4739 & MPEC 2020-G04, issued on 2020, April 01, announce the discovery of a comet by R. Wainscoat on CCD images obtained on Mar. 22.6 UT with the Pan-STARRS1 1.8-m Ritchey-Chretien reflector at Haleakala, which he then noticed (via posting at the Minor Planet Center's NEOCP webpage) was apparently identical with an apparently asteroidal object (magnitude ~19) discovered on CCD images taken the previous night with a 0.5-m f/2 Schmidt reflector at Haleakala, Hawaii, in the course of the "Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System" (ATLAS) search program. The new comet has been designated C/2020 F2 (ATLAS). I performed follow-up measurements of this object while it was still on the PCCP webpage. Stacking of 15 unfiltered exposures, 120-sec each, obtained remotely, from Telescope Live (El Sauce, Chile) on 2020, March 25.3, through 0.6-m f/6.5 astrograph + CCD, shows that this object appears slightly diffuse compared to the nearby field stars of similar brightness. My...

Winterlike storm dumps up to 23 inches of fresh snow in Montana and Wyoming

Winterlike storm dumps up to 23 inches of fresh snow in Montana and Wyoming

The proverb 'April showers bring May flowers' might not apply to the north-central United States this year as the start of the new month brought a far-reaching snowstorm to the region. The largest snowfall accumulations were reported in the higher elevations, with a general 10 to 20 inches of snow falling over the mountains of Wyoming and Montana. One mountain just north of Cooke City, Montana, was buried under 23 inches of fresh snow, the highest snow total reported across the region. By daybreak on Thursday, most of the snow had shifted over the Dakotas as the storm tracked eastward, covering the Black Hills with nearly a foot of snow. Rapid City, South Dakota, measured 6.5 inches on Wednesday, making it the snowiest start to April on record, according to the National Weather Service office in Rapid City. The previous snowfall record for April 1 was 3 inches set back in 1927. A few more inches of accumulation are in the forecast before the snow tapers off by the weekend.

#MeToo, but not this time? Hashtag champion actress Alyssa Milano slammed for hypocrisy on Biden assault claims

#MeToo, but not this time? Hashtag champion actress Alyssa Milano slammed for hypocrisy on Biden assault claims

#Resistance heroine Alyssa Milano is being raked over the coals for backing Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden despite sexual assault allegations, and she's not the only 'feminist' making an exception from #MeToo. Milano, one of the earliest high-profile boosters of the #MeToo hashtag, has refused to drop her support for Biden, despite former Senate aide Tara Reade going public with allegations that the former vice president sexually assaulted her while she was working on Capitol Hill over two decades ago. Comment: See: Joe Biden accused of sexual assault by former staffer. Does he #BelieveAllWomen now? Instead, the liberal actress spent Wednesday retweeting demands for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders - whom she supported in 2016 - to drop out of the race, which would leave Biden, now an accused sexual predator, to run against President Donald Trump.

Efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19: results of a randomized clinical trial - Renmin Hospital, Wuhan

Efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19: results of a randomized clinical trial - Renmin Hospital, Wuhan

Abstract Aims: Studies have indicated that chloroquine (CQ) shows antagonism against COVID-19 in vitro. However, evidence regarding its effects in patients is limited. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in the treatment of patients with COVID-19. Main methods: From February 4 to February 28, 2020, 62 patients suffering from COVID-19 were diagnosed and admitted to Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University. All participants were randomized in a parallel-group trial, 31 patients were assigned to receive an additional 5-day HCQ (400 mg/d) treatment, Time to clinical recovery (TTCR), clinical characteristics, and radiological results were assessed at baseline and 5 days after treatment to evaluate the effect of HCQ. Key findings: For the 62 COVID-19 patients, 46.8% (29 of 62) were male and 53.2% (33 of 62) were female, the mean age was 44.7 (15.3) years. No difference in the age and sex distribution between the control group and the HCQ group. But for TTCR,...

Puppet master fantasy come true: Half of humanity is self-isolating - and other Covid-19 news

Puppet master fantasy come true: Half of humanity is self-isolating - and other Covid-19 news

Over 3.9 billion people — more than half of humanity — are in confinement due to the coronavirus, according to Thursday tally conducted by French news agency AFP. Coronavirus prevention measures that include required or recommended confinement, curfews, and quarantines have been put in place in over 90 countries and territories. Thailand was the most recent country to enact a curfew, which will come into effect on Friday, pushing the tally over the halfway point.

Less than a third of America will rush to get Coronavirus vaccine

Less than a third of America will rush to get Coronavirus vaccine

Doctors and researchers hope to deliver a coronavirus vaccine to the American public sometime in the first half of 2021, but new poll findings indicate the bigger public health challenge may be convincing skeptical Americans to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine. A majority of U.S. adults (75%) said in a new LX/Morning Consult poll they'd likely get a coronavirus vaccine, if and when it passes clinical trials. But even as the number of confirmed cases and fatalities continue to climb in America, only 30% of respondents indicated they'd be in a rush to get an FDA-approved vaccine. One in five respondents said they planned to be among the last Americans to get the vaccine (11%) or they wouldn't get it at all (9%).

Russian FM slams West, US for wanting to 'exploit' Covid-19 crisis in Venezuela: 'No humanism or democracy'

Russian FM slams West, US for wanting to 'exploit' Covid-19 crisis in Venezuela: 'No humanism or democracy'

Certain political groups in the West will not hesitate to use the difficulties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic to carry out their long-lasting plans to topple the Venezuelan government, Russia's Foreign Ministry has said. "Unfortunately, we are seeing how certain countries - we should say, not the countries as a whole, but certain political forces there - are still being driven... by the desire to exploit the difficult situation in the world, the grave epidemiological situation in Venezuela to achieve their political goals," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thursday.

Kremlin says no talks with Saudi Arabia happened, after Trump's tweets claim Moscow and Riyadh will cut oil production

Kremlin says no talks with Saudi Arabia happened, after Trump's tweets claim Moscow and Riyadh will cut oil production

US President Donald Trump has said he expects that Russia and Saudi Arabia could drastically curtail their oil output after a conversation between the two nations' leaders. Moscow denies that any talks took place at all. Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to relay some "great" news for the oil and gas industry, as he expressed his hopes for some supposedly upcoming cuts in crude oil production by Saudi Arabia and Russia which could reverse the current plunge in oil prices. According to the president, oil production could be scaled back by as many as 10 million barrels in total - or even "substantially more." In his statement, Trump referred to his conversation with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who he said had spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin. This statement seems somewhat bizarre, since Moscow has confirmed that the talks never occurred, nor are there any plans to cut production. "No, there was no such conversation," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told...

Man intentionally derails train near USNS Mercy docked in Los Angeles: Feds lay charges

Man intentionally derails train near USNS Mercy docked in Los Angeles: Feds lay charges

Authorities said the suspect told investigators he wanted to bring attention to the government's activities regarding COVID-19. Prosecutors charged a locomotive engineer who worked at the Port of Los Angeles with intentionally derailing a train at full speed near the Navy hospital ship Mercy because of suspicions over its activities surrounding COVID-19, according to a federal criminal complaint. Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro, California, was charged with one count under a little-known train-wrecking statute that carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in the incident Tuesday, according to the 10-page criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Moreno, who was held overnight, was turned over to FBI agents Wednesday morning. He was expected to make an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

Mike Rowe rips universities' rising tuition costs as classes go online: 'What are we paying for?'

Mike Rowe rips universities' rising tuition costs as classes go online: 'What are we paying for?'

Mike Rowe took a swipe at the rising cost of college tuition during an interview Tuesday with Fox News, asking "what are we paying for?" Calling what students are paying to attend college courses "somewhere between egregious and obscene," the host of "Dirty Jobs" said that he predicts "one of the silver linings" from the coronavirus pandemic will be Americans' commitments "truly to learning" and that the crisis could "completely redefine" how people learn moving forward. "When you look at Harvard, and when you look at William and Mary and Brown and MIT and some of these schools with $40 billion endowments...you start to realize, what are we really paying for?"

Israeli gov't expanding settlements while settlers step up assaults in the Occupied Territories

Israeli gov't expanding settlements while settlers step up assaults in the Occupied Territories

The National Bureau for defending land and resisting settlements stated in its latest weekly report , that although, the entire world is working together to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Israeli occupation and its extremist settlers step up their attacks against the Palestinians, storming their cities, towns, villages and camps, and launching arrest and confiscation campaigns against them and their properties, while they are staying at homes due to protect themselves from the coronavirus pandemic. Besides, the increasing demolition of Palestinian homes and facilities in the northern Jordan Valley and other areas in the West Bank, they have also isolated about 8000 citizens in the Barta'a Sharqeia town behind the Apartheid Wall. For its part, B'Tselem organization for Human Rights condemned the continued Israeli occupation authorities' violations in the occupied territories without giving any attention for the situation in which the whole world including the...

Volcanoes, earthquakes, storms, floods and wildfires in March 2020

Volcanoes, earthquakes, storms, floods and wildfires in March 2020

The best weather videos of March 2020, including videos from: Nashville, Tennessee Mt Merapi, Indonesia Cariacica, Brazil Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Snaith, Yorkshire, England Republic of Ireland Esquel, Argentina Mann, California Charleston, South Carolina

U.S. Marshals and Coeur d'Alene police arrest fugitive, recover missing child

U.S. Marshals and Coeur d'Alene police arrest fugitive, recover missing child

Late Tuesday, the Coeur d'Alene Police Department Community Action Team and the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force arrested a fugitive and rescued a missing child in Coeur d'Alene. Ronald Whitted, 47, of Fort Worth, Texas, was arrested on charges of interference with child custody - court order. On or around March 17, Whitted allegedly fled the state with his 6-year-old son and was believed to have attempted to flee the country. Authorities also believed the child was in danger. The Hurst Police Department in Hurst, Texas, requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force to help locate Whitted and his son. Members of the task force quickly learned Whitted possibly traveled to Idaho and subsequently contacted the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force for assistance. After being on the run for almost two weeks, the Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force, comprised of members of the Community Action Team, tracked Whitted and his son to an...

90 suspects identified in major online child sexual operation

90 suspects identified in major online child sexual operation

Police around the world have taken down a global child abuse ring with links to over 40 countries through a Belgian investigation supported by Europol. 4 suspects have been convicted today by a Belgian court. This case was sparked by the Belgian East Flanders Federal Judicial Police (Federale Gerechtelijke Politie Oost-Vlaanderen) after more than 9 million pictures and videos of the abuse of thousands of children from around the world were found there during a house search. The vast majority of this footage had never been seen in circulation before by law enforcement. Suspecting they were producing their own, the Belgian investigators launched Operation GARGAMEL together with Europol across Europe and beyond . The image and video data seized during this investigation has been used for Victim Identification Task Forces hosted by Europol through which 70 children and 30 suspects have been identified. The Belgian Federal Judicial Police succeeded in identifying 60 suspects (of which...

On Earth or Mars, biohybrid can turn CO2 into new products

On Earth or Mars, biohybrid can turn CO2 into new products

If humans ever hope to colonize Mars, the settlers will need to manufacture on-planet a huge range of organic compounds, from fuels to drugs, that are too expensive to ship from Earth. University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) chemists have a plan for that. For the past eight years, the researchers have been working on a hybrid system combining bacteria and nanowires that can capture the energy of sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into building blocks for organic molecules. Nanowires are thin silicon wires about one-hundredth the width of a human hair, used as electronic components, and also as sensors and solar cells. Project leader Peidong Yang, professor of chemistry and the S. K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Chair in Energy at UC Berkeley and director of the Kavli energy Nanoscience Institute said: "On Mars, about 96% of the atmosphere is CO2. Basically, all you need is these silicon semiconductor nanowires to take...

Heavy April snowfall closes roads on Mount Hortiatis in Greece - foot of snow overnight

Heavy April snowfall closes roads on Mount Hortiatis in Greece - foot of snow overnight

Eleven snow ploughs were dispatched by municipal authorities in northern Greece to clear roads on and around Mount Hortiatis, which received more than 30 centimeters of snowfall overnight and on Thursday morning. Heavy snowfall in the highlands and strong downpours at lower altitudes continued to cause problems on the roads between the village of Hortiatis and Agios Vasilios, Oraiokastro and Melissohori, and also between Langada and Iraklio, the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) reported.

BEST OF THE WEB: When Antarctica was a rainforest

BEST OF THE WEB: When Antarctica was a rainforest

Once upon a time, there was a swampy rainforest near the bottom of the world. Buried sediment extracted from the seafloor off West Antarctica contains ancient pollen, fossilized roots and other chemical evidence of a diverse forest that flourished millions of years ago, less than a thousand kilometers from the South Pole. The sediment offers the southernmost glimpse yet into just how warm Earth was during the mid-Cretaceous Period, between 92 million and 83 million years ago. By analyzing traces of vegetation in the sediment, researchers reconstructed climate conditions at the site. Average annual temperatures in the forest were about 13° Celsius, with summertime temperatures reaching as high as 20° or 25° C, the team reports in the April 2 Nature. The mid-Cretaceous is known to have been one of the warmest periods on Earth in the last 140 million years, based on analyses of fossils and sediment collected from the seafloor closer to the equator. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels...

Lightning strike on high-voltage power line kills 20 in Congo

Lightning strike on high-voltage power line kills 20 in Congo

Twenty people were killed Wednesday when a lightning strike damaged a high-voltage power line in a suburb of the Congolese capital Brazzaville, the local mayor and witnesses said. The mayor of Kintele, Stella Mensah Sassou Nguesso, told state radio that seven bodies had been sent to a nearby morgue and another 13 to a mortuary in the capital.

"Upon information & belief": Trump warns of potential Iran 'sneak attack' on US forces in Iraq

"Upon information & belief": Trump warns of potential Iran 'sneak attack' on US forces in Iraq

President Donald Trump has warned Iran of a "heavy price" if it or its allies in Iraq attack U.S. troops or assets in Iraq. "Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq," Trump tweeted on April 1. "If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!" he added. It was not immediately clear if Trump meant the United States actually has intelligence of such a plan. Over the past year, the United States has accused Iranian-backed militias of attacks on Iraqi military bases hosting coalition forces and on foreign embassies, particularly the U.S. mission.

India's migrant exodus: Media and liberals attempt to use national crisis to destabilize Modi government amid lockdown

India's migrant exodus: Media and liberals attempt to use national crisis to destabilize Modi government amid lockdown

With India's 1.3 billion people now on Covid-19 lockdown, the country faces another urgent crisis; the sudden exodus of inter-state migrants, now out of work, desperately fleeing the capital to reach their countryside villages. Thousands of poor migrants were seen crowding a bus station in Delhi on Saturday, with little choice but to completely ignore the rules on maintaining 'social distancing' — one of the necessary steps taken across the world to 'flatten the curve' of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Similar scenes were witnessed in other provinces, too, as migrants attempted to make their way out of cities and back home. Health risks It seems this mass movement has been sparked mostly by fear. These migrants, already poor, have been left with no money in their pockets — and with work no longer readily available, it's become even harder for them to feed themselves, let alone their families.

The New York Times embarrasses itself over coronavirus misinformation, again

The New York Times embarrasses itself over coronavirus misinformation, again

'Paper of record' forced to correct same factual error twice in one week The New York Times touts itself as a tireless purveyor of facts. One installment in its latest ad campaign reads: "Truth. It's hard to find." But the Times's recent coverage of the coronavirus pandemic suggests the so-called paper of record is itself struggling to find the truth. The Times printed a correction on Tuesday to rectify its reporters' mischaracterization of a coronavirus study by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). It was the second time in four days the Times had published (and subsequently corrected) the same error. The SCCM study estimated that as many as 1 million coronavirus patients could require ventilators over the course of the entire pandemic. The New York Times, among others, reported that the United States would need 1 million ventilators to adequately care for coronavirus patients. As it turns out, that's a pretty significant difference.

Tucker Carlson: DHS offering 100,000 seasonal worker visas amid unemployment crisis

Tucker Carlson: DHS offering 100,000 seasonal worker visas amid unemployment crisis

As the coronavirus contagion ravages the U.S. economy and social distancing requirements force the closure of businesses and put millions out of work, the federal government is actively inviting foreign labor into the country to seek jobs, Tucker Carlson said Wednesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." According to Carlson, the Department of Homeland Security released 20,000 H-2B visas Wednesday for seasonal workers to take landscaping, food processing and tourism jobs -- while another 15,000 "bonus visas" are scheduled to be released in May. "By law, the United States only has to offer 66,000 H-2B visas per year," the host said. "But [acting] Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has used his discretionary powers to add 35,000 extra visas.

UK: Woman fined £660 for refusing to tell police why she was out

UK: Woman fined £660 for refusing to tell police why she was out

A woman arrested by police for breaking a new coronavirus law has been fined £660 by magistrates. According to police, Marie Dinou, 41, refused to explain to officers her reason for essential travel when they found her on a platform at Newcastle railway station. She was arrested for breaching the new Coronavirus Act and ticket fraud and appeared in court two days later, where she denied both offences. She was found guilty.

Facebook removes Project Veritas video for violating policy against coronavirus misinformation

Facebook removes Project Veritas video for violating policy against coronavirus misinformation

Facebook said Wednesday that it pulled a video by right-wing activist James O'Keefe for violating the platform's rule against sharing misinformation about the novel coronavirus. Facebook told The Washington Times that the video was removed by the company, which prohibits content about the coronavirus that could potentially lead to imminent physical harm. Mr. O'Keefe, the founder of the hidden-camera sting group Project Veritas, had shared the video Tuesday through social media accounts including his personal Facebook page.

What seems unnatural about COVID-19 (SARS CoV-2)?

What seems unnatural about COVID-19 (SARS CoV-2)?

An interview transcript with a medical doctor/viral genome scientist. While conducting some online research on SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19), I came across a video interview with Dr. Pekova, a Czech medical doctor, molecular biologist, and geneticist with an extensive research portfolio. In an interview with TV channel T3, Dr. Pekova states that the genome sequence of SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) is unlikely to be natural, and its characteristics suggest it was genetically engineered. Dr. Pekova is the head of the research team at Tilia Laboratories, that has developed a more efficient, faster, and less expensive test to detect SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19). The laboratory has offered the test methodology to labs around the world for free.

US alcohol sales increase 55 percent in one week amid coronavirus pandemic

US alcohol sales increase 55 percent in one week amid coronavirus pandemic

In the week ending March 21, sales on alcoholic beverages have spiked by 55 percent according to market research firm Nielsen. Hard liquors, including tequila and gin, as well as cocktails are the favorites among consumers. Sprits sales increased by 75 percent compared to the same dates in 2019. Beer is the next most popular drink, with purchases up by 66 percent, then wine, up 42 percent year-on-year. Nielsen's vice president of beverage alcohol, Danelle Kosmal, predicted that we've probably seen the peak of consumer demand for alcohol. "I suspect that the week ending March 21st will feature the strongest growth rates that we will see during this consumer pantry-loading time," he told The Drinks Business.

Another large green meteor fireball lights up Florida night sky

Another large green meteor fireball lights up Florida night sky

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 16 reports (1532-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over Florida on Wednesday 1st April. A video was uploaded to the AMS website. Credit:Joseph G.

Nancy Pelosi: Cancer on the body politic

Nancy Pelosi: Cancer on the body politic

"Nancy Pelosi is a cancer on the body politic." Those are the words of Mark Levin, and he is profoundly correct. It is actually an understatement. This woman has dedicated her entire recent term to impeaching President Trump over a phone call. She stupidly bought into Adam Schiff's lunacy that they had the evidence that the president had threatened the president of Ukraine with a quid pro quo -- either investigate the Clinton campaign's meddling in the 2016 election or else. None of that was true, any more than the Russia collusion hoax, but Pelosi still gambled that she could take out Trump with that phony ploy. It was Biden who threatened Ukraine with an actual quid pro quo -- either fire the man investigating my son or lose a billions dollars in U.S. aid. Then came the Wuhan virus. Oh my, were the Democrats thrilled. This would be the crisis they could use, manipulate to their desired end. This is how utterly stupid these Democrats are! This is how malicious they are; they are...