Wednesday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  Above the Fold

Trump rightfully pulls WHO funding, says organization “must be held accountable” (The Daily Signal)

Buzzkill: Trump promised a big announcement on an economic task force. Then he read off a long list of names. (Politico)

Government & Politics

President’s name to be printed on relief checks, which reportedly could delay their delivery (The Washington Post)

According to The Washington Post, two years ago, “State Department cables warned of safety issues at Wuhan lab studying bat coronaviruses.” The Washington Examiner’s Eddie Scarry quips, “Now that the Washington Post reported on it, is it finally OK to say out loud that the China-borne coronavirus may have come out of a science lab in Wuhan? ”Meanwhile, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says “weight of evidence” suggests virus arose naturally, but still inconclusive (Hot Air)

WaPo-acquired draft shows the CDC and FEMA have created a plan to reopen America (The Washington Post)

For the record: Dr. Fauci says U.S. “not there yet” on reopening economy, May 1 target a “bit” too optimistic (Fox News)

Hunter Biden still listed as board member of Chinese company he pledged to resign from in October, an apparently unfulfilled decision his father once said “represents the kind of man of integrity he is” (The Daily Caller)

Unprincipled Bloomberg News quashed a 2013 China exposé over concerns the Chinese Communist Party “will probably kick us out of the country” (National Review)

Now that all the other candidates have dropped out, scumbag/liar-nObama endorses loose lips liar-Biden for president, says he’s the right person to “guide us through one of our darkest times” (NBC News)

Culture & Heartland

Not satire: Police in North Carolina arrest peaceful protestors, declare protesting a “nonessential activity” (The Daily Wire)

That said, we must be vigilant: Virginia pastor who defiantly held church service dies of coronavirus (New York Post)

Trump’s constitutional- and religious-liberty-minded DOJ steps up to defend Christians fined $500 for drive-in church service (PJ Media)

Kentucky GOP lawmakers override veto of voter ID measure, instituting “guardrails in our voting procedures that will help cure vulnerabilities that exist” (AP)

New unsealed documents show Planned Parenthood did profit from aborted baby body parts (The Federalist)

“Believe all certain women”: Women’s groups that condemned Kavanaugh silent on loose lips liar-Biden accuser Tara Reade (The Daily Caller)

Closing Arguments

Policy: It would be wise for government to not meddle in the oil market (RealClearMarkets)

Policy: Why economic freedom matters more than ever (The Heritage Foundation)

Humor: Xenophobia on the rise as angry white blood cells target “Chinese coronavirus” (Genesius Times) 

 ~The Patriot Post    

Israel stockpiles malaria drug to treat virus, in case Trump is right about cure

By NATHAN JEFFAY{ } ~ Huge quantities of the drugs dubbed Trump’s miracle coronavirus cure have arrived in Israel… but doctors are cautious and expect that most of the pills will stay in storage for the foreseeable future. Hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that has been famously lauded by US President Donald Trump, has been brought to Israel in large quantities. “Because of excitement, government has made a decision to stockpile it,” Jacob Moran-Gilad, a member of the Health Ministry’s Epidemic Management Team, told The Times of Israel. But he said that doctors aren’t about to start widely prescribing it to coronavirus patients, expecting to see improvements. Moran-Gilad, a Ben-Gurion University of the Negev professor, said that the government is getting ahead of the game in case the drug’s effectiveness is proven and the international market melts down. The rationale behind the hydroxychloroquine acquisition, he said, is that “in a few weeks’ time if there is official data to show it is beneficial it will be very difficult to secure the drug.” As well as creating large hydroxychloroquine stores, Israel is gathering big supplies of a similar drug that Trump has also spoken about. On Saturday night, an Israeli government statement trumpeted the arrival of “enormous” shipments of supplies for fighting coronavirus, including 2.4 million pills of chloroquine, a drug normally used to prevent and treat malaria, and said that ingredients to produce more are on their way from India. Trump’s heralding of the drugs has caused unprecedented levels of frustration directed at him from American doctors and scientists…   

Scientists discover 6 new types of coronavirus in bats

By AARON REICH{ } ~ Researchers from the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program discovered six new types of coronavirus in bats… the same family of viruses as the one that causes COVID-19, Smithsonian Magazine  reported. The research was conducted on 759 samples as well as tests conducted on over 460 bats from at least 11 different species found in Myanmar. Forty-eight of the samples contained coronaviruses, six of which were previously undiscovered.  According to the research, which was published in the academic journal PLOS ONE, the new viruses do not seem to be harmful to humans, and while they are part of the same family as the novel coronavirus, they do not appear to be closely related to COVID-19. However, the study is still relevant as the world battles the global coronavirus pandemic, which has infected over a million people across the world and killed hundreds of thousands of victims. “The goal is to prevent the virus from getting into the humans in the first place,” said Marc Valitutto, lead author of the study and a former wildlife veterinarian with the Global Health Program, according to Smithsonian Magazine. “This is what’s required if you want to prevent 90,000 deaths, which is what we’re seeing today.” “It really makes sense to go upstream and try and identify and prevent some of this first,” said Suzan Murry, the study’s co-author and a zoo veterinarian and director of the Global Health Program. “We need to be building the wildlife resources and the capacity to do wildlife testing and wildlife surveillance ahead of the curve.” Bats are a major source of zoonotic diseases, which are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Despite hosting a wide variety of different pathogens, bats possess very strong immune systems, which allows them to carry diseases without being infected themselves. As they also are known for traveling great distances, they are capable of spreading a wide variety of different viruses. This includes coronaviruses such as COVID-19, SARS and MERS, as well as filoviruses like Ebola…  

The Coronavirus Could Crush American Small Businesses

By Charles Fain Lehman{ } ~ The novel coronavirus and concurrent nationwide lockdown could see the closure of as many as two in three of America’s small businesses, a new survey finds… Four in 10 small businesses have already temporarily closed due to coronavirus, the survey finds, with many expecting permanent closures in the coming months if the states’ lockdowns drag on. Restaurants and entertainment venues expect to be particularly hard hit, with most deeply pessimistic about their ability to come back from a shutdown of more than a few months. These results are just the latest grim news for an economy battered by SARS-CoV-2, including unemployment at levels unseen since the Great Depression. The particularly dark outlook for small businesses, however, heralds a bigger shift, as their collapse may allow larger firms to further consolidate economic influence. The survey, conducted by a group of academic economists, covered over 5,800 small businesses—those with 500 or fewer employees—across the United States. Many of those firms have already closed or are shedding workers, with respondents reporting a 40 percent average reduction in payroll as compared with Jan. 31. That shedding is likely to continue at least through the duration of the crisis, as small business owners report major concerns with both lessened demand and fears for the health of their employees. Many also do not have adequate cash reserves to weather a crisis: One in four do not have enough cash on hand to cover one month’s expenses, while one in two could only cover one to two months. “These limited levels of cash on hand readily explain why layoffs and shutdowns have been so prevalent,” the paper notes. “Absent these actions, it is hard to understand how these firms could have met payroll. Moreover, it is hard to imagine how the firms that are still open are going to survive without laying off their existing workers, at least without an infusion of more credit.”  Business owners’ optimism about the future depends a great deal on how long they expect to be shut down. Seventy percent said they could remain open if the crisis lasted only a month, but that figure drops to 38 percent if the crisis stretches on for six months. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has advised President Donald Trump on the nation’s coronavirus response, said Sunday he expected some partial reopenings in May…  

China clamping down on coronavirus research, deleted pages suggest

by ~ China is cracking down on publication of academic research about the origins of the novel coronavirus, in what is likely to be part of a wider attempt to control the narrative surrounding the pandemic… documents published online by Chinese universities appear to show. Two websites for leading Chinese universities appear to have recently published and then removed pages that reference a new policy requiring academic papers dealing with Covid-19 to undergo extra vetting before they are submitted for publication. Research on the origins of the virus is particularly sensitive and subject to checks by government officials, the notices posted on the websites of Fudan University and the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) said. Both the deleted pages were accessed from online caches. Prof Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China Institute in London, said the Chinese government had had a heavy focus on how the evolution and management of the virus is perceived since the early days of the outbreak. “In terms of priority, controlling the narrative is more important than the public health or the economic fallout,” he said. “It doesn’t mean the economy and public health aren’t important. But the narrative is paramount. ”With the virus having infected more than a million people worldwide and caused heavy casualties particularly across Europe and the US, details about its origin and the first weeks of the pandemic – when there was a cover-up by local officials – may be considered particularly sensitive. Coronavirus: “When the checks have been completed, the school should report to the Ministry of Science and Technology [MOST], and it should only be published after it has also been checked by MOST,” it said. Despite its name, the geosciences university announced elsewhere on its website that it was carrying out coronavirus research…   

North Korea has fired suspected cruise missiles, South Korea says

By David Aaro { } ~ Despite a possible coronavirus outbreak in North Korea, the country has fired missiles off its east coast from the ground as well as fighter jets on Tuesday, according to South Korea’s military… The back-to-back launches were reportedly fired as a show of force on the eve of North Korea’s late founder, Kim Il Sung’s 108th birthday, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un and parliamentary elections in the South. During the first barrage, North Korean troops in Munchonto fired what were presumed to be cruise missiles, according to a statement by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. They flew roughly 93 miles off the coast, per a South Korean defense official. North Korea has carried out short-range missile and weapons tests in recent weeks amid stalled nuclear talks with the U.S. Most of the weapons tested, however, were ballistic missiles or long-range artillery shells. The use of that type of projectile is unusual considering the country reportedly possesses just two known cruise missiles purposed for anti-ship operations, according to the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance. If confirmed, it would be the North’s first cruise missile launch since June 2017, per the defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Later on Tuesday, North Korea launched fighter jets which fired an unspecified number of air-to-surface missiles towards the same waters, the official added. Military drills had previously been scaled back in the North due to the coronavirus outbreak. A test of a missile capable of reaching the U.S. homeland would end North Korea’s self-imposed moratorium on major weapons tests and likely completely derail nuclear diplomacy with the United States. Some experts believe the tests were used to improve its position against South Korea while others said they were devoted to increasing unity within the county amid U.S. led sanctions during the virus outbreak. North Korea has repeatedly said there has been no coronavirus outbreak on its soil. But many foreign experts are skeptical of that claim and have warned that a coronavirus outbreak in the North could become a humanitarian disaster because of the country’s chronic lack of medical supplies and fragile health care infrastructure.   https://www.  /world/north-korea-fired-suspected-cruise-missiles-south-korea-says  

The LA Sheriff Who Released 4,276 Inmates Now Fears a Crime Wave

by sundance{ } ~ This story is so far beyond predictable that the light from where predictable exists wouldn’t catch up for a year…. The LA Sheriff released the inmates fearing the Wuhan virus, now he worries he may have put the public at risk….. you just can’t make this up.  Save the criminals, destroy the community.  .

Destroying Our Republic in Order to Save It?

Arnold Ahlert  

“I don’t know what they have to say — It makes no difference anyway — Whatever it is, I’m against it — No matter what it is or who commenced it — I’m against it.” —Groucho Marx, “Horse Feathers” (1932)

“There are three kinds of falsehoods: lies, damned lies and statistics.” —Arthur James Balfour (1892)Perhaps nothing better epitomizes the current state of Lockdown America — and the poisonous machinations of those with a vested political interest in keeping it that way — than the above lyric and quote. That Groucho is portraying a college professor is a poignant reminder that a closed mind is nothing new within the self-anointed “smart set,” whose contempt for dissent has reached metastatic levels.How metastatic? Our Horse Feather Leftmedia and its allies in the Democrat Party are so invested in hating the current president that any evidence of hope he espouses must be dismissed as moronic quackery. Thus, like an army of Grouchos, they are against hydroxychloroquine, despite the increasing evidence of success it has demonstrated against the virus.That a survey of 1,271 doctors revealed 65% would prescribe it for stricken family members and 67% would take it themselves? That the FDA and HHS approved it for off-label use? That Detroit Democrat State Representative Karen Whitsett credited it — and President Donald Trump’s promotion of it — with saving her life?Sen. lowlife-Kamala Harris (D-CA) called Trump a “drug pusher.” Other talkingheads insisted that Trump had a financial stake in promoting a cheap, generic, and “dangerous” drug in use for over 60 years. And the Leftmedia spiked Whitsett’s story.If these jackals were solely invested in undermining the president, that would hardly be a deviation from anything they’ve done for the last three-plus years. Tragically, the stakes are far, far higher. “For now, the media, [Nancy] liar-Pelosi, and [Joe] loose lips liar-Biden, along with the Left in general, wish to perpetuate a sense of viral Armageddon to make it politically impossible for Trump to initiate a graduated plan of returning America to work,” columnist Victor Davis Hanson explains. “Their hope is for a summer and fall of continued lockdown, a near depression rather than a mere recession, and enough public furor to end Trump in November.”It’s worse than that. Courtesy of relentless scare-mongering and a contemptible fealty for CCP propaganda, the media are making it increasingly clear they want to override elected officials’ decisions — with ample help from unelected “experts” — about when to reopen the country. Nothing speaks better to this insidious effort than their ongoing assertions that America is faced with a binary choice: either we shut down the country indefinitely, or we accept complicity in the deaths of our fellow citizens.In other words, simultaneously opening up the country and protecting the vulnerable is a nonstarter — and they have the statistics to “prove it.”What statistics? Those provided by experts often at odds with each other. Those based on largely inaccurate  computer modeling, provided by both the Imperial College in London and the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). Stats driven by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has introduced a new code whereby someone who died with COVID-19 in their body will be counted as someone who died of COVID-19 — absent complete confirmation.Dr. Annie Bukacek, MD, who has filled out death certificates for 30 years, reveals the problematic nature of such stats: “More often than we want to admit, we don’t know with certainty the cause of death when we fill out death certificates.” More important, she also insists that Americans should be concerned “when governments are making massive changes that affect our constitutional rights and those changes are based on inaccurate statistics.”Nonetheless, those who challenge the statistics — or, more accurately, the reaction to them that has precipitated the loss of more than 16 million jobs in just three weeks, enforced lockdowns, the massive expansion of government debt, and the introduction of a Stasi-like atmosphere where Americans are encouraged to turn in their neighbors for perceived infractions of constitutionally dubious measures — are considered outliers at best, or pariahs at worst.Yet a fundamental question must be asked: With regard to any attack on America, virus or otherwise, what’s the statistical threshold for imposing — and possibly  reimposing — Big Tech-abetted surveillance-state totalitarianism?The current threshold revolves around the rates of contagion and mortality, and it is quite telling that the one thing that would reveal the most about both remains very elusive: Widespread testing.Where are the tests? “The failure to implement early and wide testing, which was caused by a combination of short-sightedness, ineptitude, and bureaucratic intransigence, left politicians scrambling to avoid a hospital crisis by imposing broad business closure and stay-at-home orders,” explains  columnist Jacob Sullum. “It foreclosed the possibility of a more proactive and targeted approach, focused on identifying carriers, tracing their contacts, and protecting the public through isolation and quarantines.”Columnist John Tierney is even more blunt, writing, “Americans are dying daily because of FDA regulations that have repeatedly delayed testing for the Covid-19 virus and impeded the manufacture and deployment of masks and other protective equipment. ”What if many more Americans have or have had this virus than we currently know (there are indications  of such),  possibly with the majority exhibiting little or no symptoms? What if the final mortality rate turns out to be lower than the seasonal flu? While we were told social distancing is absolutely necessary to prevent healthcare facilities from being overwhelmed, we’re also in the midst of  furloughing healthcare workers, due to dramatic  slowdowns in emergency-room visits, and closing army field hospitals before they treat a single patient.Thus, another inconvenient question arises: What if the entire social-distancing agenda that has ostensibly mitigated the virus’s spread — an assertion challenged by immunologist Dr. Martin Dubravec and others — leads to a massive outbreak in the future, precisely because of that social distancing?“What happens after we are done hunkering down?”  asks radio host Mark Levin. “Doesn’t that mean millions of people never had the virus because they successfully hunkered down? Doesn’t that mean millions of people will be highly susceptible to getting it again or getting it the first time?”Dr. Wittkowski, former head of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design at the Rockefeller University in New York City, asserts, “[When] you flatten the curve, you also prolong, to widen it, and it takes more time. And I don’t see a good reason for a respiratory disease to stay in the population longer than necessary.”Wittkowski believes the virus can be “exterminated” by allowing most people to lead normal lives, while the vulnerable remain sheltered.Who’s right? Without widespread testing it’s impossible to know, but it is imperative to keep asking what many consider “improper” questions for the simplest of reasons: The alternative, as professor Angelo Codevilla puts it, is to “quietly accept non-legal decrees from on high,” courtesy of a Ruling Class that “savors the grip on us that it has achieved during the past three weeks.”And if three weeks becomes six months? Medical crises ultimately abate. An appetite for absolute power? Not so much.  ~The Patriot Post  


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