35 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-27-20

  1. So they’re dying of other illnesses, but being counted as Covid 19?

    https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-dr-birx-admits-overcounting-covid-19-deaths-heart-attacks-mysteriously-plummet/

    “Why would our governing elites be so motivated to overstate the impact of COVID-19 and scare people beyond the unprecedented levels of panic that are already pervasive in this country?

    Believe it or not, the coronavirus epidemic does not stop deaths from other causes. While the politicians are shutting down other medical care in this country, they fail to recognize that life and even death go on. Many of us have been concerned that they have been conflating deaths due to coronavirus with deaths of those who have coronavirus but ultimately succumb to other illnesses. In their quest to continue this degree of fascism, plus in the motivation of some hospitals to get more federal relief funds, there is every incentive to code as many deaths as possible as related to COVID-19.

    Yesterday, Dr. Deborah Birx finally let the secret out during the daily press conference in response to a reporter’s question. “I think in this country, we’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality,” said Dr. Birx, who along with Dr. Anthony Fauci has become the face of this push for a national lockdown.

    “There are other countries that if you had a pre-existing condition, and let’s say the virus caused you to go to the ICU [intensive care unit] and then have a heart or kidney problem. Some countries are recording that as a heart issue or a kidney issue and not a COVID-19 death.”

    “The intent is if someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,” concluded Birx.”

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  2. They’re getting a little silly now.

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  3. So several primaries will need to be rescheduled?

    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/7-cases-coronavirus-wisconsin-linked-election-activities-state-161700664.html

    “19 new cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin linked to election activities: State health officials”

    “State health officials in Wisconsin said Tuesday that 19 people who have either voted in-person or worked at a polling site on election day have so far tested positive for COVID-19 after April 9, two days after the spring election, underscoring the risks of forging ahead with an in-person voting during the height of the widespread and deadly public health crisis.

    But a department spokesperson told ABC News that several of those people “reported other possible exposures as well.” Officials are hesitant to link the new cases of the coronavirus directly to the election.

    “Since we only have data on positive cases (without a comparison group of people who were not tested or tested negative), there is no way to know with certainty if any exposures at the polls that are reported are in fact attributable to COVID-19 illness,” the spokesperson said.”

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  4. If you’re backed by billionaires, do you really need the money from taxpayers?

    This clearly needs tweaking, because it’s being misused. Harvard, Shake Shack, now these guys, and I’m sure there are numerous others that clearly don’t need taxpayer help, yet there they are at the trough.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/26/billionaire-backed-axios-receives-5-million-small-business-bailout-while-struggling-businesses-wait/

    “Billionaire-Backed Axios Receives $5 Million ‘Small Business’ Bailout While Struggling Businesses Wait

    The federal Paycheck Protection Program just received another $310 billion in funding aiming to put small businesses on life support during the coronavirus pandemic. “The program ran out of the initial $349 billion the federal government earmarked for it in just 13 days,” noted Forbes.

    In an online statement, Axios CEO and co-founder Jim VandeHei announced the website received just shy off $5 million in the first round of PPP funding.

    “We have taken a financial hit like other small businesses. Our physical event business is gone until the crisis subsides, and some ad buyers are pulling back to measure the economic fallout. The media, broadly speaking, is getting crushed by the economic fallout,” VandeHei said.

    “Along with quick moves we made early in the crisis to reduce non-personnel expenses, this loan ensures we can avoid layoffs and pay cuts for our almost 200-person staff for the rest of the year, regardless of how much the overall economy deteriorates,” he said.

    Axios’s bailout is 99 percent larger than that for other large-scale companies. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Shake Shack has more than 6,000 employees and initially received $10 million from the PPP. It later promised to return the money after criticism that the large food company can withstand the economic pressure far better than mom ‘n pop businesses the funds have been sold to the public and Congress for. Axios received $5 million from taxpayers to cover the wages of fewer than 200 employees, or more than $25,000 per employee.

    The digital news company already has a roster of billionaires generously backing it. Big name contributors include Boeing, Walmart, Pepsi, Comcast’s NBC News, and Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of the late Steve Jobs.

    On Sunday, the Treasury Department released a set of guidelines warning that large, publicly traded companies should not apply or qualify for an emergency loan from the PPP. These guidelines were released after the Trump administration advised large businesses not to apply for emergency coronavirus bailouts. Major companies — and several well-endowed universities — have faced major backlash for tapping the PPP fund.

    In a LinkedIn post, Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti announced the company would return its $10 million PPP loan.”

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  5. The facts?

    https://www.redstate.com/elizabeth-vaughn/2020/04/26/stanford-medical-center-neuroradiology-chief-gives-us-the-stats-tells-americans-to-go-back-to-work/

    “Former Neuroradiology Chief at Stanford Medical Center Gives Us the Facts; and the News Is Good”

    “Dr. Scott Atlas, the former neuroradiology chief at Stanford University Medical Center, wrote an op-ed at The Hill on Friday that every American should read. He lays out five key facts that no one is paying attention to. He calls on policymakers “to ignore the panic and rely on facts. Leaders must examine accumulated data to see what has actually happened, rather than keep emphasizing hypothetical projections; combine that empirical evidence with fundamental principles of biology established for decades; and then thoughtfully restore the country to function.” The bottom line is that the mortality rate for COVID is equivalent to the annual flu.

    Atlas makes the case that total isolation no longer makes sense and that it’s time for Americans to go back to work.

    Fact 1:

    The recent Stanford University antibody study concluded the death rate to be between 0.1 to 0.2 percent, in other words, right in line with the seasonal flu.

    Initial projected death rates from the World Health Organization “were 20 to 30 times higher.”

    Please take a look at the following statistics from New York City:

    Death Rate:
    Under 18 years old: zero and (0 per 100,000 in the population)
    18 to 45 years old: 0.01 percent (11 per 100,000 in the population)
    75 and over: 0.80 percent (death rate is 80 times that of 18 to 45 years old)
    Of all fatal cases in New York State:
    Over 70 years of age: 2/3 of all deaths
    Over 50 years of age: 95 percent
    Underlying illness: 90 percent
    Of 6,570 confirmed COVID-19 deaths fully investigated for underlying conditions to date:
    6,520, or 99.2 percent, had an underlying illness.

    Dr. Atlas concludes that “if you do not already have an underlying chronic condition, your chances of dying are small, regardless of age. And young adults and children in normal health have almost no risk of any serious illness from COVID-19.”

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  6. The censorship at YouTube continues.

    “YouTube’s Policy on COVID-19 and Climate Change Sets Dangerous Precedent”

    Can’t have that “peer reviewed” questionable science from the WHO and climate scientists challenged, now can we?

    https://townhall.com/columnists/vijayjayaraj/2020/04/26/youtubes-policy-on-covid19-and-climate-change-sets-dangerous-precedent-n2567584

    “YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki‎ has declared that they will “remove any content that goes against WHO recommendations” on the coronavirus pandemic, essentially censoring any opinion other than that of the World Health Organization.

    This is not the first time YouTube has censored information with which it disagrees. Last year, the online streaming site said it would censor videos that do not agree with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s exaggerated claims about global warming.

    This move by YouTube sets a dangerous precedent for censorship and has the potential to restrict the flow of information from competing sources—something that has been essential to the discovery of both truths and falsehoods and so to the growth of knowledge.

    If anything, YouTube should be cautious of WHO, and not the other sources. It was WHO that made big blunders.

    In January, WHO declared that COVID-19 was not transmittable from humans to humans. WHO relayed the same information on its website, YouTube, and Twitter.

    WHO tweeted, “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China.”

    Three months down the line, the world finds itself in the midst of a catastrophic pandemic driven by human-to-human transmission.

    Does YouTube care about this blatant error and how much it has cost governments and populations that were left unprepared because of it?”

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    In a word, no.

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  7. Cali’s SC says Newsome needs to defend his illegal actions.

    https://www.redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2020/04/25/newsoms-75m-giveaway-to-illegals-challenged-by-legal-immigrants/

    “Newsom Ordered by CA Supreme Court to Defend $75 Million Giveaway to Illegals”

    “Californians struggling to make ends meet during extended coronavirus shutdowns were not amused when their governor, Gavin Newsom, announced the creation of a public-private partnership to give away $125 million ($500/person) in pandemic relief grants to illegal immigrants who are ineligible to receive unemployment benefits or federal stimulus checks (because they are not here legally, duh).

    Newsom further explained that of the $125 million in funding, $75 million would come from taxpayer funds (without explaining any legislative process appropriating such funds) and that “a group of charities” had promised to chip in $50 million. An accompanying press release gave more details (emphasis added):

    California’s $75 million Disaster Relief Fund will support undocumented Californians impacted by COVID-19 who are ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits and disaster relief, including the CARES Act, due to their immigration status. Approximately 150,000 undocumented adult Californians will receive a one-time cash benefit of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household to deal with the specific needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals can apply for support beginning next month.

    The state’s Disaster Relief Fund will be dispersed through a community-based model of regional nonprofits with expertise and experience serving undocumented communities.

    There’s only one problem. California’s Constitution forbids appropriating funds “to any corporation, association, asylum, hospital, or any other institution not under the exclusive management and control of the State as a state institution.” Newsom had attempted this method of distribution since, under state and federal law, unemployment benefits cannot be extended to illegal aliens either without caring that it was prohibited under California’s constitution, or believing that no one would care enough to challenge it.

    He was wrong. On April 22 Ricardo Benitez, a legal immigrant from El Salvador, and Jessica Martinez, a Californian of Mexican/American descent, “filed an emergency petition to the California Supreme Court requesting the Court immediately stay Governor Newsom’s appropriation of $75 million to unnamed regional non-profits so they can, in turn, provide $500 checks to unemployed undocumented immigrants.” Benitez and Martinez are both Republican candidates for the California State Assembly and are represented by The Center for American Liberty in conjunction with Harmeet Dhillon and Mark Meuser of the Dhillon Law Firm.

    According to the petition, the network of unnamed charities, which are all illegal immigrant advocacy groups, will pocket 40 percent of the total funding to administer the program. This is nothing more than money laundering to keep these favored charities going through the pandemic.”

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    And that’s exactly the sort of thing Dem run states will do with a fed bailout.

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  8. See that Mexico, you can stop the illegals, when you want to.

    https://news.yahoo.com/mexico-empties-migrant-shelters-under-212153458.html

    “Mexico all but empties migrant shelters under coronavirus”

    “Mexico has almost entirely cleared out its migrant shelters over the past five weeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, returning most of the occupants to their countries of origin, official data showed on Sunday.

    In a statement, the National Migration Institute (INM) said that in order to comply with health and safety guidelines, since March 21 it had been removing migrants from Mexico’s 65 migrant facilities, which were harboring 3,759 people last month.

    In the intervening weeks, Mexico has returned 3,653 migrants to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador by road and air with the result that only 106 people remain in the shelters, it said.

    Mexico’s migrant shelters have a total capacity of 8,524 spaces, the INM said.

    Among those who remained were migrants awaiting the outcome of asylum requests or judicial hearings, and others who had expressly sought permission to stay, a migration official said.

    The vast majority of those sent back were migrants detained by authorities because they were in Mexico illegally, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”

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  9. Yet another reason to not bail out states and cities. DeBlasio’s wife has already disappeared 850 million in taxpayer dollars. And now her sugar daddy just put her in charge of a whole lot more.

    https://nypost.com/2020/04/26/de-blasio-appoints-wife-head-of-coronavirus-racial-inequality-task-force/?utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=SocialFlow

    “Mayor de Blasio isn’t letting the controversy surrounding his wife’s embattled billion-dollar mental-health initiative stop him from appointing her to head a new coronavirus recovery task force.

    Citing her work with the ThriveNYC initiative, de Blasio revealed on Sunday that First Lady Chirlane McCray, a rumored contender for Brooklyn borough president, would co-chair a Task Force on Racial Inclusion and Equity as the city plans its eventual reopening.

    “The economic and racial disparities that have been made so clear by this crisis, we knew about them before,” said de Blasio, who was elected six years ago on a pledge to make the city more equitable and eliminate its “tale of two cities.” “A powerful, painful exclamation point has been put on them by this crisis.”

    New York’s poorest ZIP codes have been hardest hit by pandemic, city data show, and minorities — many among the city’s essential workers — have died at disproportionately high rates.

    De Blasio said he formed the task force to ensure New York’s underdogs aren’t left behind in the recovery.

    But city lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were scratching their heads over the appointment of McCray in light of her signature Thrive program, criticized as a billion-dollar money pit with a dubious record of results.

    “Chirlane doesn’t have an impressive track record running task forces or agencies,” said Councilman Joe Borelli (R-SI), who has jousted with City Hall over Thrive’s alleged lack of help for the NYPD amid a spate of suicides by cops.”

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    Here’s more on the mayor’s wife and the disappearing dollars.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6760503/Bill-Blasios-wife-account-850m-given-mental-health-project.html

    “Blasio’s wife can’t account for staggering amount of taxpayer money that the NY Mayor gave her for mental health project

    Chirlane McCray was assigned a $850million budget for her ThriveNYC program

    But records show scheme has failed to keep track of what it spent the money on

    The small amount of data that was collected shows it fell far short of targets

    Despite that, organizers have expanded the budget to $1billion over five years”

    “Bill de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray cannot explain where $850million given to the mental health program she champions has gone, according to reports.

    In the three years it has been running, organizers at ThriveNYC have largely failed to keep records of the initiative’s achievements – and data that has been collected shows it lagging well behind targets.

    Despite that, the program has been granted an even bigger budget going forward and is now on track to spend $1billion over five years.”

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    NYC is in the shape it is because of her and her husband’s mismanagement. The Covid outbreak is much worse because of the mayor’s inactions as well. Don’t give these frauds more federal money to waste.

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  10. This again. Once again a gay activist takes aim at restrictive blood donation rules for gays. He could still give, if he abstained from sex for 3 months, a rule already relaxed from the 12 months it was, but why do that when you can scream homophobes! like a drama queen instead?

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/04/26/celebrity-survivor-covid-19-rejected-plasma-donor-cries-foul/

    “Once again, the mantra of Never let a crisis go to waste rears its ugly head as we all try to survive the coronavirus pandemic. This time it is in the charge of homophobia being tossed at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its blood donation guidance.

    Is it an antiquated and homophobic policy in place by the FDA which rejects blood donations (or plasma) from a gay man if that man has had sex within the last three months? This is the case that Bravo executive producer and television show host Andy Cohen makes after he tried to donate plasma last week. Cohen is a survivor of COVID-19 and was answering a call for plasma donors, specifically from coronavirus survivors, from the medical community in New York City, where he lives. Mount Sinai hospital is looking for plasma for antibody trials. He thought he found a perfect way to help.

    On Friday Cohen went on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show and told him of his experience when he tried to volunteer to donate plasma. Cohen and Cooper are friends – they co-host the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square for CNN.

    “I recovered from coronavirus and read in the paper and all over the place in New York City that Mount Sinai hospital put out an urgent call for donors who had survived coronavirus. They were looking for plasma for antibody trials. They were using the plasma from people who had recovered from coronavirus to treat people who had coronavirus and to study it,” Cohen told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Friday.

    Cohen said he responded to the call and was told that he sounded “like a perfect candidate” to give his plasma. Cohen told CNN that after he expressed his interest in donating, he mentioned to the donation program that he is a gay man. He was then told that he could not give plasma.”

    “The FDA revised its previous guidelines earlier this month because of the need for blood during the coronavirus pandemic. The rules have been relaxed to allow gay men to donate if they have not had sex with another man for three months instead of the previous rule of 12 months.

    The FDA has announced a relaxing of its restrictions on gay men being allowed to donate blood, in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Red Cross figures in March showed a drop-off of 86,000 fewer blood donations across the United States, due to almost 2700 blood drives that had to be cancelled.

    Now, instead of 1 year, if a male has had sex with another male, he need only wait 3 months to donate blood. However, controversy still surrounds the FDA’s newest guidance, as some say it is continues to be based not on fact but on prejudice. The original ban on donations was born during an era when HIV was not well understood and few men with AIDS survived.”

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  11. David French has become a hack of the highest order.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/24/david-french-needs-to-stop-slandering-trump-supporting-christians/

    “David French Needs To Stop Slandering Trump-Supporting Christians

    French has slandered his Christian brothers and sisters by writing that ‘millions of Trump-supporting white Evangelicals no longer care about character.’

    David French remains very disappointed that many of his fellow evangelicals support President Donald Trump. He has used the Wuhan virus pandemic to reiterate and expand his arguments against the president’s character and competence (spoiler: He still thinks Trump is too wicked and incompetent for Christians to vote for him).

    But he ignores that evangelical support for Trump, warts and all, is justified by principles French has urged on us — namely, that ours is not a Christian nation and that our political leaders do not have to be representatives for our faith.”

    “After all, French was behind “Evangelicals for Mitt” and spent years arguing that our political leaders need not be avatars for our beliefs. More recently, in his debates with Sohrab Ahmari and others, he has asserted that America is a “permanently pluralistic nation,” meaning not a covenant Christian nation, but a classical liberal one, with evangelical Christians representing only one faction among many. The coalitional nature of politics in a pluralistic nation means Christians are free to support non-Christian politicians who will advance our interests, protect our rights, and govern better than the alternatives.

    Of course, French has attempted to qualify this conclusion by arguing that Christians still have an absolute duty to vote for candidates of good character and presumed competence. Thus, he found Mitt Romney acceptable, but not Trump. But French has failed to establish, either by scripture or reason, such a duty, let alone measures by which to determine disqualifying levels of bad character and incompetence in a candidate.

    This task, of course, is impossible, for judgments regarding worldly character and competence are comparative and relative to historical contingencies. Discerning them is the task of prudence. Thus, French has slandered his Christian brothers and sisters by writing, “Many millions of Trump-supporting white Evangelicals no longer care about character.” Perhaps that is true for some, but most of us still believe character is important, just not that it is dispositive.”

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  12. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    Once again, Dems are colluding with a foreigner on another coup attempt.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/04/john-podesta-george-soros-connected-consortium-behind-russia-collusion-sham-now-pushing-democrat-coronavirus-investigation/

    “John Podesta and George Soros Connected to Consortium Behind Russia Collusion Sham Now Pushing Democrat Coronavirus Investigation”

    “Creepy John Podesta and George Soros are connected to a consortium behind the creators of the Steele dossier and the Senate report on Russia collusion – both totally bogus reports. Now they’re working on the upcoming investigation into the President’s actions with the coronavirus.”

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  13. General Flynn was framed by his own govt.

    Disgusting.

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    “Rep. Devin Nunes: There’s a lot of new information that has come out of things that were redacted or kept classified by someone, I don’t know who, in both the Horowitz report and stuff now that is finally being declassified. And the real question here is, “Why was this stuff being classified? Why were the American people being kept in the dark and still being kept in the dark?” We finally just got to see the Fisa warrant that was used against Carter Page. There are still a lot of black marks OK in the Fisa report. We need everything declassified so that we can continue this investigation. Why is General Flynn important because on Friday night, thankfully Attorney General Barr appointed a US Attorney out of Missouri to look into what was going on in some of these investigations. And we don’t know what was submitted to the court on Friday evening but we believe that’s it’s possible exculpatory evidence that the government had on General Flynn… In reality you have the former head of the DIA (General Flynn) strung up here year after year after year in what was now likely we’re going to find out he was framed! Imagine that being framed by our own government by political operatives who don’t like you? And I think that’s what we’re going to find out.”

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  14. Reckoning day is coming for Van Grack, the corrupt Mueller Team prosecutor who orchestrated the Flynn set-up.

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    The rest of the evidence against this abusive prosecutor is here, and there’s a lot. And to think some people ever thought Mueller and his “investigation” were legitimate. This is a gross abuse of power.

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  15. It was all built on lies. All of it.

    “Even The Manipulated Senate Intel Report Can’t Hide FBI Spies And Lies”

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/22/even-the-manipulated-senate-intel-report-cant-hide-fbi-spies-and-lies/

    “A close reading of the report—or at least those portions of the report that could be read—cements the reality that the FBI intentionally snowed the FISA court to spy on Donald Trump.”

    “On April 21, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on its review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) drafted for President Barack Obama on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

    Corporate media immediately touted the Republican-controlled committee’s finding that “the ICA presents a coherent and well-constructed intelligence basis for the case of unprecedented Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” including by hacking Democratic National Committee emails, as vindication of the intelligence communities’ handling of all things Russia. But a close reading of the report—or at least those portions of the report that could be read—instead cements the reality that the FBI intentionally snowed the FISA court to spy on Donald Trump.

    After Trump’s surprise election, then-President Obama directed “CIA Director John Brennan to conduct a review of all intelligence relating to Russian involvement in the 2016 election and produce a single comprehensive assessment.” With Brennan at the helm, the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and FBI compiled a report for Obama, which the FBI insisted include the now-discredited Christopher Steele dossier.

    Other intelligence leaders objected, and as the committee report explained, the disagreement “was ultimately resolved by including the information as Annex A, a two-page summary attached only to the most classified version of the ICA.” The report explained the NSA was not involved in the discussion or the decision to include the Steele dossier in the annex, but then-FBI Director James Comey insisted that Steele’s “intel” be included, although he “was agnostic as to whether it was footnoted in the document itself, put as an annex.”

    Significantly, in tracing this history of the decision to include the Steele dossier in the intel report, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence noted that “the FBI didn’t want to stand behind” Steele’s reporting.

    But the FBI did stand behind Steele reporting to federal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court judges four times: once months earlier, and then mere weeks after the FBI opted to only summarize the dossier in the annex to the ICA report because the agents didn’t “want to stand behind” the reporting. As Inspect General Michael Horowitz found, and as the recent additional declassifications of the FISA applications prove, the Steele dossier was indispensable to the FISA surveillance applications. Yet “the FBI didn’t want to stand behind” it!”

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  16. Hate pays well, that’s why the Southern Poverty Law Center makes it up.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/24/how-the-southern-poverty-law-center-started-inventing-hate-groups/

    “How The Southern Poverty Law Center Started Inventing ‘Hate Groups’

    Journalist Tyler O’Neil’s new book, ‘Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center,’ is a long-overdue exposé of the corruption of at the undeservedly influential civil rights organization.”

    “On March 14, 2019 the Southern Poverty Law Center publicly fired its founder and long-time leader Morris Dees on accusations of racial and sexual discrimination, and announced it would bring in outside assistance to investigate the climate of the organization Dees had built and ruled over for almost half a century.

    Since its founding, the SPLC had been treated — at least in the mainstream media — as an unquestioned arbiter of what qualifies as racism and hatred. Being added to the SPLC’s “Hate List” was the death-knell for any number of organizations that ran afoul of Dees.

    In the earliest days of the SPLC, the Alabama-based civil rights law firm did target truly racist and hateful groups, most famously the United Klans of America, which the SPLC devastated in a successful lawsuit it launched in 1984. The result was financial largesse. Money flowed into the SPLC, driven by Dees’s brilliance for direct-mail campaigning and the hope of white liberals that a strong SPLC would mean the end to racism and hatred in America.

    But to keep the money flowing, the SPLC kept insisting hate groups and white supremacy were expanding. To do this, an ever-widening definition of hatred was required. The SPLC expanded its list of “hate groups” to include not just the shrinking numbers of vile KKK and neo-Nazi groups, but groups that were merely controversial and even harmless.

    Pro-life and pro-family religious groups were targeted beginning in the 1990s. Following 9/11, national security organizations concerned with Islamic terrorism (including this author’s employer) were targeted. Immigration policy groups and religious freedom organizations all fell into the SPLC’s sights at the same time those issues became increasingly a focus for conservatives.

    For its efforts the SPLC was richly rewarded, posting nearly half a billion dollars in assets, including more than $120 million in offshore accounts.”

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    “Inventing ‘Hate’
    In spite of Dees’s questionable leadership going all the way back to the SPLC’s founding, its influence only expanded. O’Neil here covers the role of the SPLC in policing online speech on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, and the major tech companies including Amazon and Google came to increasingly rely on the ever-expansive SPLC “Hate List” for their growing efforts to censor and deplatform, particularly after the tragic events of Charlottesville in 2017.

    O’Neil spends a fair amount of energy deconstructing the list, which includes any number of ludicrously mislabeled “hate groups,” such as the proprietor of a Kennesaw civil war memorabilia shop. The SPLC warns that the proprietor’s appearance in the 2002 community theater performance of “The Nutcracker” is a growing sign of acceptance of “hate.”

    And many of the “hate groups” that aren’t just plain silly may never have existed at all. O’Neil cites long time political extremism researcher and SPLC critic Laird Wilcox:

    ‘After 1995, I had calls from police agencies trying to locate some of the SPLC’s ‘hate groups’ They couldn’t find them either. I concluded that a lot of them were vanishingly small or didn’t exist, or could even be the invention of the SPLC,’ Wilcox said. Yet he also described another phenomenon. While many racist groups publish large numbers of local post office listings, to signify many local chapters, most of those addresses were false. The PO box would have been closed after one rental, or the mail was forwarded somewhere else… ‘I also received tip-offs that some of the right-wing groups I had listed were really intelligence-gathering operations with no objective membership, some by federal or state agencies and some by groups like the SPLC…’

    While the results of much of the SPLC’s “Hate List” research may have been clownish, being smeared with the “hate group” label had deadly consequences. In 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins Jr. entered the lobby of the Family Research Council and opened fire, wounding Facilities Manager Leo Johnson, before Johnson wrestled Corkins’ gun away.

    Corkins later told the FBI he intended to kill every employee of the FRC because he found them included among an SPLC hate group list.”

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  17. I fear for the future of this country.
    I believe that it was a colossal mistake to close down the economy. Re: 7:33 & 7#%..
    I suspected so from the beginning.
    People have lost their jobs.
    Some businesses (restaurants?) have closed and won’t come back.
    We have added huge amounts to the national debt with no return.
    We may never return, even though some say the economy will come zooming back.
    I hope I am wrong about this.

    And it is a dangerous world, bad things are happening and we don’t have many resources now.

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  18. And I see on TV that states are preparing for voting given the pandemic.
    I have a suggestion.
    Have every potential voter show up at the polling place.
    Let him/her show an identification’
    Let him/her cast a single ballot.
    Anything but this will invite intervention by corrupt people.
    We don’t dare trust anyone.
    The Democrats will be furious about this.
    And the media types also.

    Trump is talking himself out of the presidency.
    And the Democrats don’t have anyone.

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  19. Like I said, don’t give these people a dime.

    Investigate their horrible actions, which clearly cost lives.

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  20. Sad.

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  21. Facebook has already censored it by yanking it.

    Better watch her story quick before YouTube does the same.

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    But if they do, and they will, some folks have prepared for that too.

    theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/04/26/an-alarming-message-about-healthcare-and-covid-19-in-new-york-city/

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  22. And we now have further proof that there is in fact a financial incentive for listing patients as Covid 19, just like I said.

    “Our ruling: True”

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/04/24/fact-check-medicare-hospitals-paid-more-covid-19-patients-coronavirus/3000638001/?fbclid=IwAR3CXYY4Uk57Y_blmyhcknYrECIS3TW3wdafZV4eI21RO8sQn8sl0TjGQzw

    “Fact check: Hospitals get paid more if patients listed as COVID-19, on ventilators”

    “The claim: Hospitals get paid more if patients are listed as COVID-19, and on ventilators

    Sen. Scott Jensen, R-Minn., a physician in Minnesota, was interviewed by “The Ingraham Angle” host Laura Ingraham on April 8 on Fox News and claimed hospitals get paid more if Medicare patients are listed as having COVID-19 and get three times as much money if they need a ventilator.

    The claim was published April 9 by The Spectator, a conservative publication. WorldNetDaily shared it April 10 and, according to Snopes, a related meme was shared on social media in mid-April.”

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    “Jensen said, “Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it’s a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for – if they’re Medicare – typically, the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000. But if it’s COVID-19 pneumonia, then it’s $13,000, and if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000.”

    Jensen clarified in the video that he doesn’t think physicians are “gaming the system” so much as other “players,” such as hospital administrators, who he said may pressure physicians to cite all diagnoses, including “probable” COVID-19, on discharge papers or death certificates to get the higher Medicare allocation allowed under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Past practice, Jensen said, did not include probabilities.”

    ———–

    “The coronavirus relief legislation created a 20% premium, or add-on, for COVID-19 Medicare patients.

    There have been no public reports that hospitals are exaggerating COVID-19 numbers to receive higher Medicare payments.

    Jensen didn’t explicitly make that claim. He simply suggested there is an “avenue” to do so now that “plausible” COVID-19, not just laboratory-confirmed, cases can be greenlighted for Medicare payment and eligible for the 20% add-on allowed under the relief act.”

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    USA Today is wrong about the no instances thing. There have been several folks questioning administrators at some facilities who decided to change death certs to C19 to push the funds up. Just because they haven’t nailed anyone yet doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

    https://www.rt.com/usa/485821-nyc-reports-probable-coronavirus-deaths/

    “‘Presumed Covid-19’: NYC corona deaths suddenly soar past 10,000 after more than 3,700 victims added to list on PROBABLE grounds”

    ——

    “New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had initially declined to include the “probables” as coronavirus deaths but reportedly changed his mind after a weekend briefing, the sources said, adding that most of the presumed deaths took place in hospitals. While New York has tested more people per capita for coronavirus than anywhere else in the US, it joins several other sites – city health commissioner Oxiris Barbot named Connecticut, Ohio, Maryland, and Delaware – that began reporting “probable” cases as coronavirus deaths this week. Other sites, including California and Seattle, have limited their casualty counts to those that can be confirmed by testing.

    Disagreements between local and regional health authorities over the number of coronavirus deaths have also been blamed on the use of “different data systems.” New York City authorities have complained that the state has dragged its feet sharing data from hospitals and nursing homes.

    A similar decision to classify cases that haven’t tested positive as coronavirus was reported by the Times earlier this month. The oddly-worded piece claimed “experts said” that “a vast majority of people visiting emergency rooms with flu-like symptoms probably have the coronavirus.” Some city hospitals were no longer even bothering to test for influenza, instead assuming that everyone with flu-like symptoms was a coronavirus patient, an infectious disease specialist told the outlet.

    The classification has raised more than a few eyebrows among medical professionals and laypeople alike. Minnesota state senator and physician Dr Scott Jensen slammed as “ridiculous” the Centers for Disease Control guidelines advising doctors to list cause of death as coronavirus even in the absence of a test. “We are going to undermine the public trust,” he told Fox News last week, warning that the public’s “trust in politicians is already wearing thin.”

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    Note this isn’t the doctors and caregivers, it’s the politicians and administrators.

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  23. Even if it turns out in the end that the COVID-19 death rate is indeed about the same as the flu, COVID-19 is much more infectious than the flu, and for a longer period of time. Not to mention that asymptomatic folks can pass it on to a lot of others before showing any symptoms (or maybe not ever having any symptoms). So even if the death rate is the same, the numbers will be higher for COVID-19.

    We need politicians and other leaders with the wisdom of Solomon to know how long this social isolation should last, and how soon it should be phased out. We want to save lives by not letting the virus run rampant, but there is also much damage a broken economy can inflict on people, including death by starvation, suicide, lack of medical care (due to lack of finances), etc. 😦

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  24. Monkeyshines.

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  27. Numbers and data is important but most of the errors go both ways — over counting and under counting. What is of interest in this particular virus is the transmission rate and the mortality rate once symptoms are shown. World wide the death rate of symptomatic cases is about 20%. I know cancers with better recovery odds. In the US, the death rate is currently 29% (down from 40%). I imagine the death rate is higher because many with mild symptoms do not seek care — for profit health care sometimes leads to under reporting.

    However, sometimes for profit healthcare results in over reporting as your link notes; since Covid care receives more money, many agencies report Covid instead of other illnesses. To improve US data perhaps you need to remove the profit motive.

    Also note, deaths are usually report by their immediate cause not the underlying condition. Thus its a Covid death not a diabetes death.

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  28. The ban on sexually active gay men donating blood and plasma is weird and counter productive. It may not be homophobic but its definitely based on misinformation and outdated stereotypes. Gay men don’t engage in more sexually dangerous activities than most other men and women. In a world of Tinder etc, heterosexuals are just as likely to have engage in health threatening behavior. In Ontario, orientation questions have been removed and replaced by behavior questions.

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  29. HRW,

    I actually agree with you at 6:30, except for the opinion on AOC, who’s still a left wing loon. But she’s actually right in this case, as are you. They have incentivized banks to “loan” to the bigger companies since they pull a %. It’s being abused, and places like the Kennedy Center and Harvard are getting money that could save many smaller businesses. It’s clearly flawed and needs tweaking as I said above. They could start with a flat fee per loan. No percentage. Make it even across the board and remove the incentive for banks to move large loans to the top of the list and stop bank rolling big, rich corps that don’t need it.

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