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Costco Sells Out Of Emergency Food Kits Online Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak – Activist Post

Costco Sells Out Of Emergency Food Kits Online Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak – Activist Post

I visited a local Costco warehouse to stock up on Wednesday morning and didn’t see any emergency food kits, though there was plenty of 12-25 lbs bags of rice.

Only one rice variety out of 5 or so was low on stock. The shelves were mostly full. I only saw one older Asian woman wearing a face mask (they’re sold out everywhere).

The Mormon Church, which asks all their followers to always have an emergency food supply that will last their families 90 days, has a handy guide on their website for the best foods to buy or avoid, with a focus on long-term storage.

via Costco Sells Out Of Emergency Food Kits Online Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak – Activist Post

• Chart: The Coronavirus in Europe | Statista

• Chart: The Coronavirus in Europe | Statista

The COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread in Europe. In Italy, the most affected country so far, the number of coronavirus cases has risen to 453 as data from Johns Hopkins University shows. In total there are 544 confirmed cases in the region. After Italy, Germany has the most cases with 27 – 15 of which have already recovered. France has 18, including two deaths and eleven recoveries while the UK and Spain have 13, with no deaths recorded in either country so far

via • Chart: The Coronavirus in Europe | Statista

Act, Think And Feel Your Future

The universe does not work in negatives, it responds to the essence of your focus. Children work very much in this way, as well. This explains why if you tell a toddler, “Don’t hit”, they will often turn around and hit. It is not that they are naughty or defiant, it is that they only heard the essence of the sentence, hit, and responded in kind. Asking the child to be gentle will have a much more desired effect for changing behaviour because the focus is on what core energy you wish for them to shift into.

This explains why you cannot create change from a negative focus. Making choices to avoid something that is unwanted is keeping you energetically attached to what is unwanted. Further, focusing on what is unwanted naturally creates resistance and constriction within your own energetics. You cannot create from a space of contraction, only through expansion.

via Trinity Esoterics | Daily Message ~ Thursday February 27, 2020

Four Lawmakers Vote Against House Bill to Make Lynching Federal Hate Crime, Cite ‘Government Overreach’

Four Lawmakers Vote Against House Bill to Make Lynching Federal Hate Crime, Cite ‘Government Overreach’

Historic legislation that would make lynching a federal hate crime passed the House by near-unanimous consent Wednesday—with four representatives opposing it.

Three Republicans voted against the measure: GOP members Ted Yoho of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Thomas Massie of Kentucky. The chamber’s lone Independent, Justin Amash of Michigan—who famously switched from Republican to Independent over his support for impeaching President Donald Trump—also voted no.

via Newsweek Four Lawmakers Vote Against House Bill to Make Lynching Federal Hate Crime, Cite ‘Government Overreach’

‘We Are Not That Stupid’: Rev. Al Sharpton Says Black Voters Won’t Be Fooled by Red-Baiting Attacks on Sanders | Common Dreams News

Rev. Al Sharpton said Wednesday that black voters in South Carolina, which holds its Democratic presidential primary on Saturday, will not be deceived by red-baiting attacks on Sen. Bernie Sanders because “we’ve been down that road before.”

“Every major leader in the 60s they tried to call socialist or communist. Whatever you decide to do on Saturday, do not go by those that use the ‘socialist’ tag to try to separate us from what we need to do for this country.”
—Rev. Al Sharpton
“The civil rights movement always was targeted by those that would use the Red Scare,” Sharpton said at the South Carolina Ministers’ Breakfast in North Charleston as he introduced the Vermont senator.

Sanders and five other Democratic presidential hopefuls attended the event, which was hosted by the National Action Network.

“They accused Dr. King of being a communist,” Sharpton said. “Every major leader in the 60s they tried to call socialist or communist. Whatever you decide to do on Saturday, do not go by those that use the ‘socialist’ tag to try to separate us from what we need to do for this country… And we are not that stupid to allow you to tell us who is what.”

“Those of us that had to fight for the right to vote need to use that vote in a fair way, fair to those that fought for it,” added Sharpton, pointing to Sanders’ involvement in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. “One of them that came south to fight for that and was arrested was the senator from the state of Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders.”

https://youtu.be/W0AHxrVjlOk

via ‘We Are Not That Stupid’: Rev. Al Sharpton Says Black Voters Won’t Be Fooled by Red-Baiting Attacks on Sanders | Common Dreams News

Pelosi says she’d be comfortable with Sanders at top of ticket | TheHill

Pelosi says she’d be comfortable with Sanders at top of ticket | TheHill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said she would be comfortable with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as the Democratic presidential nominee in November.

The congresswoman was asked the question as she was leaving a closed-door meeting in the House basement Wednesday morning.

She replied with one word: “Yes.”

via Pelosi says she’d be comfortable with Sanders at top of ticket | TheHill

Acts of Racism, Homophobia, Islamophobia, Homophobia, And Anti-Semitism Since Trump Was Elected President

Acts of Racism, Homophobia, Islamophobia, Homophobia, And Anti-Semitism Since Trump Was Elected President

It’s only been three days since Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. But in that time, there have already been a terrifying number of reports of sickening acts of white supremacy in this country. These are just a sampling of the racist, homophobic, and disgusting things that have happened since Election Day. A larger sampling can be seen on this Twitter thread.

Immigrants receiving letters under their doors to say they will be evicted because their building is now white Americans-only.

Racist graffiti scribbled on the bathroom doors of high school–Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Middle school students chanting “Build A Wall” in their cafeteria-Royal Oak, Michigan.

via Esquire Acts of Racism, Homophobia, Islamophobia, Homophobia, And Anti-Semitism Since Trump Was Elected President

It’s The Virus, Stupid – The Automatic Earth

It’s The Virus, Stupid – The Automatic Earth

Take for instance Gabriel Leung at Hong Kong University, whom I’ve quoted more than once. Leung and his team contend:

• Most experts thought that each person infected would go on to transmit the virus to around 2.5 other people. That gave an “attack rate” of 60-80%.
• Even if the general fatality rate is as low as 1%, which Leung thinks is possible once milder cases are taken into account, the death toll would be massive.
• “Is 60 to 80% of the world’s population going to get infected? Maybe not. Maybe this will come in waves. Maybe the virus is going to attenuate its lethality because it certainly doesn’t help it if it kills everybody in its path, because it will get killed as well..”

There’s Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch, who predicts that “within the coming year, some 40 to 70 percent of people around the world will be infected..” And Lancaster University epidemiologist/biostatistician Jonathan Read isn’t all that much cheerier.

via It’s The Virus, Stupid – The Automatic Earth

Coronavirus Hits the Economy

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The latest victim to fall to the coronavirus in the United States was the economy: in the past two days, the Dow Jones stock market dropped almost 2,000 points, the worst two-day point drop on record. The three biggest indexes—Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq—each averaged three-percent drops for both yesterday and today. Goldman Sachs, citing the dangerous virus, cut its growth forecast for the U.S. economy to 1.2 percent for the first quarter, well below the 2.3 percent rate in 2019 and nowhere near the 4 to 6 percent that Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) promised when he pushed through his massive tax cuts for the wealthy and big business.

DDT largely ignored the coronavirus until the drastic drop in stock markets. That’s when he considered a request from Congress for first $1 billion and then $2.5 billion to ameliorate the disease–and raise the Dow. Asha George, director of the…

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Bloomberg Brags of Buying Congress in South Carolina Debate – Rolling Stone

Bloomberg Brags of Buying Congress in South Carolina Debate – Rolling Stone

In the debate, the candidates had been arguing about the impact of the party’s presidential nominee on down-ballot races, with several on stage warning that a Bernie Sanders nomination could hurt the party’s prospects in the Senate and the House. “Let’s just go on the record,” Bloomberg cut in. He bragged that of the 40 net Democratic seats the party picked up in 2018, “21 of those were people that I spent $100 million to help elect.” Nothing controversial there, but then things got interesting: “All of the new Democrats who came in, who put Nancy Pelosi in charge and gave the Congress the ability to control this presidency,” Bloomberg added, “I bought– I, I got them.”

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Bloomberg’s momentary boast was a classic Washington gaffe, as defined by the journalist Michael Kinsey: “When a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” And it caught the attention of the billionaire’s critics on both the far left and the far right. Justice Democrats — the progressive outfit closely allied with Alexandria Ocasio Cortez — shared the clip on Twitter….

via Bloomberg Brags of Buying Congress in South Carolina Debate – Rolling Stone

Overweight? Cumin Spice Works Better Than Obesity Drugs

Overweight? Cumin Spice Works Better Than Obesity Drugs

Compared with the placebo, both cumin and orlistat resulted in similar significant decreases in weight and body mass index (BMI), but the cumin also led to a significant reduction in insulin levels that wasn’t seen with the weight loss drug or placebo.

In another study, 88 overweight or obese women ate yogurt with or without 3 grams of cumin powder added during two meals for three months. All of the women also received nutritional counseling for weight loss, but only those in the cumin group experienced weight loss and related benefits.[iii] Specifically, adding cumin powder to yogurt led to:

Reductions in cholesterol and triglycerides
Reductions in LDL cholesterol and increases in HDL cholesterol
Significantly reduced weight, BMI, waist circumference and fat mass

By GreenMedInfo Research Group
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via Overweight? Cumin Spice Works Better Than Obesity Drugs – Astute News

This oil sands project in Canada has been the works for a decade. Now the company behind it is backing out – CNN

This oil sands project in Canada has been the works for a decade. Now the company behind it is backing out – CNN

New York (CNN Business)Canadian miner Teck Resources announced it will drop plans for its controversial Frontier oil sands project in Alberta, Canada. The project gripped the Canadian public for months, sparking a heated debate about the economy and the environment.

With debate about the oil sands project consuming Canada, Teck decided to abandon its plans. The company will take a charge of 1.13 billion Canadian dollars, or $850 million, as a result.
“We are disappointed to have arrived at this point,” said a letter to the Canadian federal government from Teck CEO Don Lindsay. He said the proposal was both socially and environmentally responsible and had support of indigenous people in the region. But he said that both the debate over the project and the economics forced it to move on.

via This oil sands project in Canada has been the works for a decade. Now the company behind it is backing out – CNN

Pivot Power to rollout 100MW of UK battery storage – reNews – Renewable Energy News

Pivot Power to rollout 100MW of UK battery storage – reNews – Renewable Energy News

Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, has placed an order with Wartsila to deliver 100MW of energy storage in the UK.

The first two projects, which are 50MW apiece, are being developed in Cowley in Oxford and Kemsley in Kent.

Both are expected to be fully operational before the end of this year. Wartsila will support the projects under 10-year service agreements with flexible performance guarantees.

via Pivot Power to rollout 100MW of UK battery storage – reNews – Renewable Energy News

How Many Times Do We Have to say NO to a GDF?! Heat Generating Nuclear Wastes CANNOT be left to rot Into Eternity Deep Underground.

How Many Times Do We Have to say NO to a GDF?! Heat Generating Nuclear Wastes CANNOT be left to rot Into Eternity Deep Underground.

In the last act of the dying Parliament, MPs quietly voted to dump democratic planning processes to expedite a ‘facility’ for the high level nuclear waste in geologically fractured Cumbria, writes Marianne Birkby – so over-ruling strong and highly effective local opposition. Shame on them!

On the last law-making day of Parliament, MPs voted to dump democracy along with radioactive wastes.

There was no debate or even public vote in the lobbies of the Commons – voting was done by filling in a form. Incredibly MPs ‘voted’ 277 votes to 33 to dump democracy.

And in that act the dying Parliament gave birth to a monster – the adding of the geological disposal of radioactive wastes to the list of ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects’ (NSIPs). Or as we see it in Cumbria, wiping out democracy to dump nuclear waste.

via mariannewildart How Many Times Do We Have to say NO to a GDF?! Heat Generating Nuclear Wastes CANNOT be left to rot Into Eternity Deep Underground.

Will COVID-19 lead to a gold standard?

Will COVID-19 lead to a gold standard?

The straws in the wind listed in this article point to a more rapid collapse of financial asset values and currencies than generally thought by sound money theorists who have long anticipated this outcome. Doubts about the timing have been settled to a degree by the sudden development of the coronavirus, which has already imploded China’s economy, disrupting global supply chains and the provision of consumer goods.

To the extent the coronavirus has had a hand in the forthcoming destruction of fiat currencies and Keynesian mythology, we can take some comfort that it will have brought forward the eventual reintroduction of gold and gold standards. The path is not straightforward. There will be destruction of financial asset values and the economic consequences for ordinary people will be dire. We can expect widespread civil unrest and political instability.

Western governments and their advisers are not familiar with the arguments in favour of gold, having spent half a century dismissing it. This fact favours the new economies which have not discarded gold, which include Russia, China, and many other Asian nations. Some governments, such as India, might attempt to confiscate their citizens’ gold, but in general the collapse of western economic fallacies could lead to Asia’s economic superiority.

It will be a rough ride for the rest of us.

via goldmoney Will COVID-19 lead to a gold standard?

Top health official warns coronavirus spread appears inevitable in US | TheHill

Top health official warns coronavirus spread appears inevitable in US | TheHill

A top U.S. health official said Tuesday the spread of coronavirus in the country appears to be inevitable, while warning that the disruptions could be “severe.”

Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters the agency expects to see more cases in the U.S.

“As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder,” Messonnier said.

via Top health official warns coronavirus spread appears inevitable in US | TheHill

Unicorns & Non-Unicorns Hung Out to Dry: As SoftBank Licks its Wounds, Startup Funding Fizzles, Shutdowns & Layoffs Spread | Wolf Street

Unicorns & Non-Unicorns Hung Out to Dry: As SoftBank Licks its Wounds, Startup Funding Fizzles, Shutdowns & Layoffs Spread | Wolf Street

It’s now a near daily litany: Startups, once assured to be fed endless cash to burn, are laying off people or are shutting down entirely as funding for them dries up, and as exits for investors get tough after the recent IPO fiascos, including Casper, Lyft, and Uber, and the messily scuttled IPO of WeWork that has pulled the rug out from under SoftBank.

San Francisco startup Starsky Robotics, which tried to develop autonomous-with-remote-human-control-trucking technology, and which had raised over $20 million in four rounds, has laid off the majority of its engineers and office staff after investors backed out of a funding round late last year. A potential buyer with deep pockets has not yet emerged either, senior VP Paul Schlegel, whose last day was January 31, told FreightWaves.

But it’s not the autonomous-driving industry overall that appears to be cutting back: According to Schlegel, 85% of the laid-off engineers have been hired by Google’s Waymo, GM’s Cruise, TuSimple (which has raised nearly $300 million, including from UPS), and others. It’s just that this company ran out of funds and investors refused to throw more money at it.

via Unicorns & Non-Unicorns Hung Out to Dry: As SoftBank Licks its Wounds, Startup Funding Fizzles, Shutdowns & Layoffs Spread | Wolf Street

Combine the lack of start up funding, with Coronavirus disruptions, no more QE, and lots of debt bubbles in all directions.

What could go wrong?

Uncharted territory: Carbon dioxide expected to peak at levels last seen during Pliocene Epoch

Uncharted territory: Carbon dioxide expected to peak at levels last seen during Pliocene Epoch

In May 2013, the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere hit a previously unthinkable milestone.

For the first time in human history, the concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s air reached 400 parts per million (ppm). The last time the planet experienced such high levels of the greenhouse gas was more than 3 million years ago, when conditions on Earth were unrecognizable from today and giant camels roamed a mostly ice-free High Arctic.

But what was once seen as an alarming threshold has now become business as usual.

via NBC Uncharted territory: Carbon dioxide expected to peak at levels last seen during Pliocene Epoch

Coronavirus Contains “HIV Insertions”, Stoking Fears Over Artificially Created Bioweapon | Zero Hedge

Coronavirus Contains “HIV Insertions”, Stoking Fears Over Artificially Created Bioweapon | Zero Hedge

Now, a respected epidemiologist who recently caught flack for claiming in a twitter threat that the virus appeared to be much more contagious than initially believed is pointing out irregularities in the virus’s genome that suggests it might have been genetically engineered for the purposes of a weapon, and not just any weapon but the deadliest one of all.

In “Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag”, Indian researchers are baffled by segments of the virus’s RNA that have no relation to other coronaviruses like SARS, and instead appear to be closer to HIV. The virus even responds to treatment by HIV medications.

via Coronavirus Contains “HIV Insertions”, Stoking Fears Over Artificially Created Bioweapon | Zero Hedge

It is a FACT that China is treating the Coronavirus infections with HIV drugs.

Does that sound like something a doctor would prescribe for a regular flu or cold virus to anyone with even a trace of common sense?

 

 

Coronavirus: Iran’s deputy health minister tests positive as outbreak worsens – BBC News

Coronavirus: Iran’s deputy health minister tests positive as outbreak worsens – BBC News

Iran’s deputy health minister and an MP have both tested positive for the new coronavirus, as it struggles to contain an outbreak that has killed 16.

The country is one of three hot-spots outside China causing concern that the virus could be becoming a pandemic.

The deputy minister, Iraj Harirchi, had on Monday denied covering up the scale of the outbreak. He appeared to be in discomfort as he spoke to reporters.

Iran has reported 95 cases, but the actual number is thought to be higher.

via Coronavirus: Iran’s deputy health minister tests positive as outbreak worsens – BBC News

Epidemiology Professor Marc Lipsitch Says Containment Of Coronavirus COVID 19 Is Not Possible – Live Updated Global Map of Coronavirus Pandemic – COVID-19 Symptoms May Appear After 2 Weeks Quarantine – COVID-19 Re-Infection Cases – Dr Mercola On Vitamin C Intravenous Protocol | A Green Road Journal

Considering that people who are infected can travel to or from any country outside of China with no restrictions, and no health checks, this virus has accomplished it’s goal of going global. Pretty soon it will be in EVERY country around the world.

It is estimated that at least 30 percent of active Coronavirus infected individuals are flying under the radar screen and are out of the reach of health officials or doctors because the initial body signs are just like a cold or flu and many people do not go see a doctor or a hospital for that.

via Epidemiology Professor Marc Lipsitch Says Containment Of Coronavirus COVID 19 Is Not Possible – Live Updated Global Map of Coronavirus Pandemic – COVID-19 Symptoms May Appear After 2 Weeks Quarantine – COVID-19 Re-Infection Cases – Dr Mercola On Vitamin C Intravenous Protocol | A Green Road Journal

Coronavirus Scary Update: COVID-19 Symptoms May Only Appear After 2 Weeks Quarantine Say Studies – Brinkwire

Coronavirus Scary Update: COVID-19 Symptoms May Only Appear After 2 Weeks Quarantine Say Studies – Brinkwire

A 70-year-old man that came from Hubei Province, China, visited her sister that was confirmed to have the viral disease. After this, the man did the quarantine process, and after 14 days of no diagnosis, the man had a fever and experienced the symptoms. On Feb. 20, he was diagnosed and was tested positive with Coronavirus. It was estimated that the man only experienced the Novel symptoms after 26 days since he was quarantined.

Another study published on Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) said that one of their patient’s incubation period lasted for straight 19 days and not only two weeks.

Zhong Nanshan, who discovered the SARS virus, also published research on Feb. 6Feb. 6, saying that governments around the world should apply at least 24-day quarantine to all suspected Coronavirus victims as some people only experienced the said symptoms longer than expected.

via Coronavirus Scary Update: COVID-19 Symptoms May Only Appear After 2 Weeks Quarantine Say Studies – Brinkwire

Cochrane Founder Warns Flu Vaccine Research Is Corrupted – Dr Mercola

Cochrane Founder Warns Flu Vaccine Research Is Corrupted – Dr Mercola

Professor Peter Gøtzsche is a Danish physician-researcher who co-founded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and later launched the Nordic Cochrane Centre. He has been an outspoken critic of conflicts of interest and bias in research
After Gøtzsche co-wrote a scathing review of Cochrane’s 2018 review of HPV vaccine safety, Cochrane’s governing board expelled him and, in a February 9, 2020, tweet, Gøtzsche took aim at Cochrane’s review of influenza vaccine by alleging that a “financially conflicted” individual “rearranged” vaccine trial data to make it appear as though the influenza vaccine reduces mortality, when it doesn’t
In the 15 years prior to Gøtzsche’s expulsion, Cochrane had published several meta-reviews, showing flu vaccinations are ineffective for preventing influenza and influenza-like illness, and have no appreciable effect on hospitalizations and mortality

via Dr Mercola Cochrane Founder Warns Flu Vaccine Research Is Corrupted

The “Unsinkable” Financial Markets Just Slammed Into A Massive “Iceberg” Called The Coronavirus

The “Unsinkable” Financial Markets Just Slammed Into A Massive “Iceberg” Called The Coronavirus

And at this point even Chinese President Xi Jinping is admitting that this outbreak will “have a relatively big impact on the economy and society”.

Up until now, the financial markets have been mostly overlooking the fact that the second biggest economy on the entire planet has been imploding because of this virus.

I think that many investors were assuming that this outbreak was just a temporary phenomenon, but now reality is starting to set in…

“The second-largest economy in the world is completely shut down. People aren’t totally pricing that in,” said Larry Benedict, CEO of The Opportunistic Trader, adding a 10% to 15% correction in stocks may be starting. He also said some parts of the market, particularly large-cap tech stocks, appear to be over-owned. “It seems like there’s much more to come.”

via theeconomiccollapseblog The “Unsinkable” Financial Markets Just Slammed Into A Massive “Iceberg” Called The Coronavirus

Homelessness a ‘Symptom of Greed’ by the Rich, Says Bernie Sanders, Not a Crime by the Poor | Common Dreams News

Homelessness a ‘Symptom of Greed’ by the Rich, Says Bernie Sanders, Not a Crime by the Poor | Common Dreams News

Bernie Sanders on Tuesday condemned a proposed ordinance in Las Vegas, Nevada that would effectively criminalize homelessness in the city by making it illegal for people to sleep on sidewalks and in other public areas.

“Homelessness isn’t a crime, it’s a symptom of the greed that is destroying housing in America,” Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement.

“We are in the middle of a national housing crisis, with Nevada having the greatest shortage of affordable housing for the lowest income earners, while the wealthiest have it all.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders
The Las Vegas City Council is set to begin debating the ordinance on Wednesday amid widespread opposition from affordable housing advocates and civil liberties groups. The Sanders campaign said it plans to use its massive email list to drive turn-out to a rally outside Las Vegas City Hall as city councilmembers discuss the measure.

“We are in the middle of a national housing crisis, with Nevada having the greatest shortage of affordable housing for the lowest income earners, while the wealthiest have it all,” said Sanders. “That has got to change. When we are in the White House, we will stop the criminalization of homelessness and spend nearly $32 billion over five years to end homelessness once and for all.”

via Homelessness a ‘Symptom of Greed’ by the Rich, Says Bernie Sanders, Not a Crime by the Poor | Common Dreams News

Stocks Plunge (or Dip?), Traders Confused: This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen. Complacency Exacts its Toll | Wolf Street

Stocks Plunge (or Dip?), Traders Confused: This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen. Complacency Exacts its Toll | Wolf Street

And that shift from Big-Fat QE to No-QE too has been known since January 1 because the Fed posts these numbers daily and weekly, and I report on it regularly, but the market just brushed them off, preferring to believe the misbegotten stories in the financial media about endless trillions of dollars still being created in repo liquidity.

So here we are. The drop in the market is still just a dip in the overall scheme of things. But the evil smell of reality has caused the market to puke today. That doesn’t mean that a new bout of complacency won’t set in. It’s always surprising to rational observers how long and to what ludicrous extent this complacency can be driven.

via Stocks Plunge (or Dip?), Traders Confused: This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen. Complacency Exacts its Toll | Wolf Street

A Vaccine Won’t Stop the New Coronavirus – The Atlantic

A Vaccine Won’t Stop the New Coronavirus – The Atlantic

The Harvard epidemiology professor Marc Lipsitch is exacting in his diction, even for an epidemiologist. Twice in our conversation he started to say something, then paused and said, “Actually, let me start again.” So it’s striking when one of the points he wanted to get exactly right was this: “I think the likely outcome is that it will ultimately not be containable.”

Italy, Iran, and South Korea are now among the countries reporting quickly growing numbers of detected COVID-19 infections. Many countries have responded with containment attempts, despite the dubious efficacy and inherent harms of China’s historically unprecedented crackdown. Certain containment measures will be appropriate, but widely banning travel, closing down cities, and hoarding resources are not realistic solutions for an outbreak that lasts years. All of these measures come with risks of their own. Ultimately some pandemic responses will require opening borders, not closing them. At some point the expectation that any area will escape effects of COVID-19 must be abandoned: The disease must be seen as everyone’s problem.

via A Vaccine Won’t Stop the New Coronavirus – The Atlantic

Is Coronavirus Panic Sending Us Back to the Days of Racist Quarantines?

Is Coronavirus Panic Sending Us Back to the Days of Racist Quarantines?

Currently several hundred U.S. residents are being quarantined or have been quarantined on military bases in California and in Texas. Thousands more are voluntarily “self-quarantining.” The Trump administration has indicated that anyone who returns from a virus hotspot, currently only in China, but a designation likely to expand over the coming weeks and months, may face a mandatory government-imposed quarantine. It has already designated 11 military bases as potential quarantine sites.

Meanwhile, some states are also imposing their own wildly broad quarantines, such as the Pennsylvania Department of Health, which forced 16 students — none of whom showed any symptoms of illness — into a mandatory 14-day quarantine at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster simply because they had traveled to China during their winter break. In New York City, Barnard College has also quarantined students; and on other campuses students are being encouraged to self-quarantine if they have recently returned from a hot zone.

There is a long history of sweeping quarantines in the U.S. During the deadly Spanish flu pandemic just over a century ago, U.S. cities imposed draconian limits on public gatherings, shuttering saloons, dance halls and other places where crowds congregated. They also staggered workplace hours to limit how many people would be in a factory at any one time and discouraged the use of public transport. In many ways, these restrictions were precursors of the emergency rules that Chinese authorities have put in place in recent weeks in cities such as Wuhan — rules that may not necessarily be the most effective way to contain the epidemic.

via Is Coronavirus Panic Sending Us Back to the Days of Racist Quarantines?

The Coronavirus Is Now Tanking the Stock Markets

The Coronavirus Is Now Tanking the Stock Markets

Markets around the world have been in decline, culminating with a significant plummet in the U.S. stock market on Monday, according to The New York Times. Fears of an economic downturn emerged nearly as soon as the virus COVID-19 did, but the sudden drop appears linked to news of efforts to contain the disease not working as well as expected (or hoped).

That resulted, the NYT reported, in notable drops in the Dow Jones, the S&P 500, as well as stock prices for oil companies, airlines, and Apple, which sources materials from China. Marketplaces in Europe recorded their lowest values since 2016, with China and South Korea also sustaining economic hits.

“The immediate impact of a large China demand and supply shock will be substantial,” JPMorgan analyst told the NYT.

via Futurism The Coronavirus Is Now Tanking the Stock Markets

This Coronavirus Outbreak Just Took Some Bizarre New Turns

This Coronavirus Outbreak Just Took Some Bizarre New Turns

Many were hoping that this coronavirus outbreak would begin to subside, but instead we witnessed an explosion of newly confirmed cases over the weekend.  In fact, the number of confirmed cases outside of China has doubled over the past five days.  If that number continues to double very rapidly, authorities will be talking about a full-blown “global pandemic” in no time.  When I watched a victim suddenly collapse and start to twitch on a subway in Hong Kong, I thought about the sort of panic that would set off if that happened in New York.  When I saw a video of Chinese authorities using butterfly nets to capture sick people, it made me wonder what U.S. authorities might do to round up those that are ill.  The level of fear that a full-blown pandemic would cause would transform our society overnight.  Even now, Chinese restaurants in Canada are completely empty due to concerns about catching this virus.  But once this virus is being spread in virtually every city in North America, many of us won’t want to go anywhere at all, and that would bring economic activity to a complete and utter standstill.

For a while, it seemed like this outbreak was almost entirely a Chinese problem, and most Americans were not too alarmed about it.  But over the weekend the rapid spread of the virus in South Korea, Italy and Iran spooked financial markets and mainstream news outlets in the U.S. started publishing stories about this outbreak with very alarming headlines.

And those alarming headlines are justified, because experts are telling us that we could very well be on the verge of a horrifying global pandemic

via theeconomiccollapseblog This Coronavirus Outbreak Just Took Some Bizarre New Turns

More Vitamin C Studies Approved in China to Fight Coronavirus: Therapy Censored in U.S.

More Vitamin C Studies Approved in China to Fight Coronavirus: Therapy Censored in U.S.

Anyone saying that vitamin therapy can stop coronavirus is already being labeled as “promoting false information” and promulgating “fake news.” Even the sharing of verifiable news, and direct quotes from credentialed medical professionals, is being restricted or blocked on social media. You can see sequential examples of this phenomenon at my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/themegavitaminman

Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) has, literally, met with Google and Facebook and other media giants to stop the spread of what they declare to be wrong information. https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/02/14/facebook-google-amazon-met-with-who-to-talk-coronavirus-misinformation.html?__twitter_impression=true

Physician-directed, hospital-based administration of intravenous vitamin C has been marginalized or discredited. Scientific debate over COVID-19 appears to not be allowed.

Ironically, Facebook, blocking any significant users’ sharing of the news of approved vitamin therapy research, is itself blocked in China by the Chinese government. As for the internet, yes, China has it. And yes, it is censored. But, significantly, the Chinese government has not blocked this real news on how intravenous vitamin C will save lives in the COVID-19 epidemic. Here is the protocol as published in Chinese: http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v16n11-chi.shtml

via vaccineimpact More Vitamin C Studies Approved in China to Fight Coronavirus: Therapy Censored in U.S.

Chinese Workers Refuse To Go Back To Work Despite Beijing’s Demands

Chinese Workers Refuse To Go Back To Work Despite Beijing’s Demands

Well, “pick up” may be a bit of an exageration but here it is: the smallest possible increment, yet still more than 50% below where it was on previous years, suggesting China’s economy is running at half of its capacity, which in GDP terms means an epic collapse, a lifetime away from the traditional 6%-7% Y/Y increase.

Ultimately, the core problem China is facing as we explained earlier today, is one of trust: trust by workers that their employers, and certainly the government, has their best interest in mind when it is urging everyone to get back to work. Or lack thereof.

“Our factory is still missing quite a lot of workers, so we can only resume limited production,” said Dong Liu, vice president of a textile manufacturer in Fujian, southeastern China, that employs more than 400 workers. Dong said he applied to the government on Feb. 17 to restart and the inspector came the next day and gave permission. “More and more factories are allowed to reopen this week,” he said, although as they reopen, they find the problem mentioned before: nobody is gullible enough to go back to work. After all why risk it if a return to the place of work with the pandemic still raging means a material chance of a death sentence?

via Chinese Workers Refuse To Go Back To Work Despite Beijing’s Demands | Zero Hedge

Nasdaq, oil drop more than 3% as coronavirus spreads – Seeking Alpha

Nasdaq, oil drop more than 3% as coronavirus spreads – Seeking Alpha

Global equities are in selloff mode as the number of new coronavirus cases flares outside China, with the disease now spreading to at least 28 countries.

Italy confirmed 150 cases of the virus over the weekend, with officials verifying at least four deaths nationwide, while those diagnosed in South Korea are nearing 800.

via Nasdaq, oil drop more than 3% as coronavirus spreads – SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) | Seeking Alpha

The Rise of Pete Buttigieg: The Man Who Isn’t There, by Martin Sieff

The Rise of Pete Buttigieg: The Man Who Isn’t There, by Martin Sieff

Instead, Buttigieg is the latest classic example of what in these columns a year ago (March 29, 2019) I described as the phenomenon of the “Boy Toys” apparently cloned by the CIA as supposedly harmless puppets to (pretend to) run the West.

As I wrote at the time, there is an astonishing element of similarity to all these figures. They are all in their forties or late 30s (Buttigieg is 38). They could all pass as teenagers. They all project an attempted air of wholesomeness and earnest idealism which their records reveal as utterly fraudulent. And none of them has any record of distinction in either domestic or international affairs.

“Little Pete” Buttigieg fits this profile eerily: Like the rest of them, he was plucked from nowhere on the basis of nothing more profound than his willingness to swallow the same old internationalist, liberal, free trade party line to cover endless aggressions, fostered coups, civil wars and other crimes against humanity.

via The Rise of Pete Buttigieg: The Man Who Isn’t There, by Martin Sieff | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

Of Two Minds – When Will We Admit Covid-19 Is Unstoppable and Global Depression Is Inevitable?

Of Two Minds – When Will We Admit Covid-19 Is Unstoppable and Global Depression Is Inevitable?

If we asked a panel of business executives to imagine a global system optimized for vulnerability to external shocks, they’d likely include these characteristics:

1. Long global suppy chains, four, five and six layers deep, so those in the top layers have no idea where parts and components actually come from.

2. Just-in-time deliveries and limited inventories dependent on complex logistics, so any shock quickly disrupts the entire network as key nodes fail.

3. A global supply chain dependent on hundreds of financially marginal factories and suppliers who do not have the means to pay employees for weeks or months while the factory is idle.

4. A global supply chain dependent on hundreds of financially marginal factories with high debts and expenses that will close down and never re-open.

These are precisely the characteristics of our precarious global economy, dependent on rising debt, vast speculative bubbles, vulnerable supply chains and marginal consumers and producers.

When debt and speculative excesses collapse, it’s a depression, not a recession. If we can’t call things by their real name then we guarantee a wider, deeper cataclysm.

via Of Two Minds – When Will We Admit Covid-19 Is Unstoppable and Global Depression Is Inevitable?

Researchers Find 61.5% Of Coronavirus Patients With Severe Pneumonia Won’t Survive | Zero Hedge

Researchers Find 61.5% Of Coronavirus Patients With Severe Pneumonia Won’t Survive | Zero Hedge

According to a study published in the Lancet on Friday, patients who are especially vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infections – a group that includes the very old, very young and those with co-occurring conditions – die at a higher rate from COVID-19 than they did from SARS and MERS.

A study of 52 critically ill adults at Wuhan Jin Yin-tan hospital found that 61.5% of patients requiring hospitalization and intense monitoring ended up becoming “non-survivors”, to borrow some of the researchers’ terminology.

The researchers concluded that COVID-19 – or SARS-CoV-2, as they call it – is more lethal for vulnerable patients than SARS or MERS was.

via Researchers Find 61.5% Of Coronavirus Patients With Severe Pneumonia Won’t Survive | Zero Hedge

Virus Kills Chinese Film Director and Family in Wuhan

Virus Kills Chinese Film Director and Family in Wuhan

But Chang’s death was not the first in his family—the Chinese media reported that Chang’s father and mother were infected and died one after the other. Chang and his sister, who looked after their parents at home, were both infected with the virus as a result. His sister died just hours later. Chang’s wife is also infected, still alive, and is still battling the virus in an intensive care unit.

A note written by Chang, said to be his last words, has gone viral on the Chinese Internet. Chang wrote that his father succumbed to the illness on the first day of the Lunar New Year (January 25). “My father had a fever, cough and trouble breathing. [We] tried to send him to the hospital but none of the hospitals we visited took him, because they had no more beds,” he wrote.

Instead, Chang brought his father home where ha died a few days later, having passed on the virus to the other family members. Chang’s note said that he and his wife were denied the opportunity to be treated early. Wuhan built a new hospital in six days, but capacity to handle the virus remains strained. Chang bade farewell to his family, friends and his son, who is reportedly studying in the U.K.

via Yahoo Virus Kills Chinese Film Director and Family in Wuhan

Most Patients In South Korean Psychiatric Ward Infected With Coronavirus | Zero Hedge

Most Patients In South Korean Psychiatric Ward Infected With Coronavirus | Zero Hedge

It gets worse: more than 1,250 members of the sect, the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, have reported potential symptoms, and officials are still trying to locate 700 members so they can be screened. “In accordance with law and principles, the government will sternly deal with acts that interfere with quarantine efforts, illegal hoarding of medical goods and acts that spark uneasiness through massive rallies,” Chung said, pointing out just how convenient the coronavirus will be when government seek to squash all future protests.

It gets even worse: Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, shut down a factory after a worker tested positive. The factory, located in the city of Gumi, about an hour north of Cheongdo, is expected to resume operations on Monday morning, Samsung said. But the floor of the factory where the patient has worked will be closed until Tuesday morning, it said. We wonder how long until it truly reopens.

But the scariest development in the past 24 hours is that almost all patients at a psychiatric ward of a South Korean hospital tested positive for the coronavirus, with local reports saying members of the abovementioned Shincheonji Church of Jesus sect which has rapidly emerged as the single biggest cluster of new S. Korean cases, had attended a funeral in the same complex.

via Most Patients In South Korean Psychiatric Ward Infected With Coronavirus | Zero Hedge

China Faces Financial Armageddon With 85% Of Businesses Set To Run Out Of Cash In 3 Months

China Faces Financial Armageddon With 85% Of Businesses Set To Run Out Of Cash In 3 Months

Alas, it is not that simple: as we explained two weeks ago in “China’s Banks Face $6 Trillion Coronavirus Cataclysm If Epidemic Is Not Contained Soon“, China’s banks are rapidly retrenching well-aware that they face an explosion in bad debt as the bulk of Chinese companies face collapse. As such, it makes little sense for them to throw good money after bad, and instead most are hunkering down in anticipation of the coming shock.

The bottom line is that for both companies and their bank lenders (and sources of potential rescue financing), there is one commodity in very short supply: trust. Trust that the counterparty will do the right thing; trust that the government will treat everyone fairly instead of just bailing out a handful of connected politicians. Trust, which in China in general has been lacking for years, as the formerly communist country succumbed to crony hypercapitalism with Chinese characteristics, one in which knowing who to bribe and who to lie to meant the difference between success and failure. Trust was never cultivated. And now that lack of trust is about to cost China dearly.

In any case, the lack of far more funding means that China’s smaller businesses whose revenue have suddenly collapsed, have just weeks if not days of liquidity left. Brigita, whose firm owes money to dozens of banks, said she has so far only reached an agreement with a handful to extend payment deadlines by two months. For now, the company is still paying salaries. But those will stop too.

via China Faces Financial Armageddon With 85% Of Businesses Set To Run Out Of Cash In 3 Months – Activist Post

Covid-19 Triggers Global Luxury Bust – Activist Post

Covid-19 Triggers Global Luxury Bust – Activist Post

Fashion brands from Hennes & Mauritz, Next of the UK, and Tory Burch, have built factories in China to take advantage of inexpensive silk, fabrics, and cotton, along with lower labor costs, are now experiencing supply chain disruptions that could lead to product shortages in the months ahead.

The National Chamber for Italian Fashion warned earlier this week that the virus impact in China would lead to a $108 million drop in Italian exports in the first quarter because Chinese demand has fallen. If consumption remains depressed, then luxury exports to China could drop by a whopping $250 million in 1H20.

A top executive at Shanghai’s luxury shopping mall Plaza 66 said the mall had been deserted this month. Stores such as Cartier and Tiffany’s have been shuttered.

via Covid-19 Triggers Global Luxury Bust – Activist Post

$250,000 Awarded To Parents After Their Healthy Infant Is Killed By Vaccines

$250,000 Awarded To Parents After Their Healthy Infant Is Killed By Vaccines

Three and a half days after Alexander’s first set of vaccines he suffered a debilitating seizure that caused cardiorespiratory arrest and irreversible brain damage – with no possible treatment, or ability to survive. The outcome? An innocent and HEALTHY infant tragically died as a direct result of vaccination. Yet, his doctor denied that vaccines could possibly be the cause of seizures, brain damage and cardiorespiratory arrest – an all too common story told to parents by pediatricians who inject poisonous vaccines into babies for a living. The parents were emotionally crushed and heartbroken, which led them onto their quest for deeper answers. Through an independent autopsy, expert medical and legal testimonies, and years battling the infamous “Vaccine Injury Court” system, their case was proven true and they were awarded $250,000.

Since the corporate-owned media fail to provide any news coverage to raise public awareness of the slaughtering and maiming of our nation’s children by vaccination, heartbroken mothers like Jennifer Johnson has despairingly come forward to fill the gaping hole by telling her child’s story and calamitous loss here on this website. Hopefully other parents will learn the horrid truth about the dismal efficacy of vaccination and the common harshness of adverse reactions, so more informed decisions can be made.

Read Jennifer Johnson’s painful account of her 2-month-old’s tragedy and her experience battling in court in her own words:

“My son, Alexander, suffered a seizure and cardiac arrest on April 29, 2005, three and a half days after receiving his first set of vaccines. The vaccines he received were the DTaP, HiB and Hepatitis B combo (Comvax), inactivated polio, and Prevnar. He coded, but was revived and placed on life support, however, the damage to his brain was catastrophic. After 12 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and two independent determinations of brain death, we removed life support on May 11, 2005. He was only 12 weeks old. He was born on February 17, 2005 and was a healthy little boy. Despite that, he died as a result of seizure and encephalopathy that resulted from his two-month vaccinations on April 25, 2005.

via stopmandatoryvaccination $250,000 Awarded To Parents After Their Healthy Infant Is Killed By Vaccines

Vitamin C Works for Sepsis. Will It Work for Coronavirus? Dr Mercola

Vitamin C Works for Sepsis. Will It Work for Coronavirus? Dr Mercola

Sepsis is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide each year, killing 11 million out of 56 million people in 2017 alone. Sepsis is also one of the leading causes for influenza deaths
An IV protocol has been shown to dramatically improve chances of survival in septic patients. Giving adult patients 200 mg of thiamine every 12 hours, 1,500 mg of ascorbic acid every six hours, and 50 mg of hydrocortisone every six hours for two days reduced mortality from 40% to 8.5%
Recent research has demonstrated the vitamin C-hydrocortisone-thiamine protocol lowers mortality in pediatric patients as well, from 28% to 9% in the first 30 days
In 2009, IV vitamin C was shown to be a potentially lifesaving treatment against severe swine flu. Even before that, many studies had demonstrated the usefulness of vitamin C against infections of various kinds
A randomized double-blind study published in 1994 found elderly patients given 200 milligrams of vitamin C per day while hospitalized for acute respiratory infection fared significantly better than those receiving a placebo

via Dr Mercola Vitamin C Works for Sepsis. Will It Work for Coronavirus?

Report from WHO disease modeling team estimates two-thirds of global coronavirus cases have gone undetected

Report from WHO disease modeling team estimates two-thirds of global coronavirus cases have gone undetected

A new report from a WHO infectious disease modeling team based at Imperial College London is estimating about two-thirds of Covid-19 cases worldwide have gone undetected. The analysis suggests the global spread of the novel coronavirus is significantly greater than the current volume of confirmed cases. “We are starting to see more cases reported from countries and regions outside mainland China with no known travel history or link to Wuhan City,” explains Natsuko Imai, one of the authors on the new report. “Our analysis, which extends and confirms previously released analysis by other groups using flight volumes from Wuhan City and the reported number of COVID-19 cases, demonstrates the importance of surveillance and case detection if countries are to successfully contain the epidemic.”

As of February 23, 2020, there are over 78,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19, the vast majority of which are concentrated in China. Prior studies have suggested most cases present with mild symptoms. Only a small minority of confirmed cases seem to progress into serious pneumonia-like disease, leading some researchers to suggest the virus may have spread wider than current numbers indicate. This new report set out to explore how accurate current country-based surveillance of the disease may be, in relation to the average volume of travelers flying out of the epidemic epicenter in Wuhan, China.

via Report from WHO disease modeling team estimates two-thirds of global coronavirus cases have gone undetected | The Extinction Protocol