- Flashback to 2013: Scientists warned that bats and Chinese wet markets could foster the next pandemic
The Daily Caller uses a 27 March 2020 article to point us back to a previous warning provided through the journal Science.
Scientists warned that Chinese wet markets like the one in Wuhan could be a breeding ground for the next SARS-like pandemic — in 2013.
“Researchers say they have for the first time isolated a closely related virus from bats in China that can infect human cells,” Kai Kupferschmidt wrote in October of 2013.
The warning came just over a decade after 2002’s deadly SARS outbreak, and Kupferschmidt cited a number of researchers and scientists who saw the potential for those viruses to not only infect humans but to spread globally once they had done so.
Coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS had long been linked to bats, although in most cases, scientists believed that there was an intermediate step or host animal that was infected before the virus made the jump to humans.
But the data collected in 2013 suggested that an intermediate host animal might not actually be necessary.
(Read more at the Daily Caller)
As for myself, I did not expect this. However, it does not surprise me.
After the things that I have recently read about the possible beginnings of the current coronavirus, it would not surprise me to find that people more familiar with Chinese markets and virology. That is, although I am no expert in cardiovascular topics, I am no more surprised at this report of an earlier warning than I was at the announcement by the government in the 1960’s that cigarette smoking harmed your lungs.
- Devin Nunes: Majority of Americans Believe the Opposite of What News Media Says
Breitbart relays the words of Representative Nunes taken from an interview made during The Trevor Carey Show.
Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, joined The Trevor Carey Show recently, where he discussed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) efforts to include non-essential measures into a bill to assist Americans during the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
One of the measures Pelosi and her party attempted to include in the bill was retirement plans for community newspaper employees. Nunes said:
If you don’t think that 90 percent of the media, including many of the local media, if you don’t think they’re working for the Democrats, you are fooling yourself. Why would they put that in there? They put that in there because they want these retirement plans, they want to socialize the news media.
Nunes said the Democrats’ efforts are a way to “promote their party to stay in power,” which he said is “not surprising.”
“I really think it was a misstep,” Nunes continued. “What they don’t understand now is that we’re approaching now half of America that when they see stuff in the fake news, they actually believe the opposite. They don’t realize that they’re having that effect.”
What was maybe 25 percent of people three years ago, or before Trump was elected, just disregarded what the media said. I bet we’re approaching 50 percent of Americans: if the mainstream news media says something, they just think it’s not true and must be the opposite.
“It’s starting to backfire on them, not nearly fast enough,” Nunes concluded. “They’re causing panic, they’re really hurting the economy, meaning the press and their Democratic allies.
(Read more at Breitbart)
Maybe this statement comes from the confirmation bias of Representative Nunes
Still, it rings true with me. Certainly, I rarely believe things reported through main stream media outlets unless I double-check those reports through other sources.
Mind you, I do regularly cite liberal sources like the New York Times in either:
- An effort to show what liberals think or
- An effort to convince liberals of a point by using a source that they accept.
Therefore, I fully understand how Devin Nunes can divorce main stream media from the truth. Main stream media ran out on the truth long ago.
- New York City wants taxpayer bailout for low wage migrant economy
Breitbart reports in a 27 March 2020 article that New York City has called for US taxpayer baillout of illegal aliens.
Taxpayers should bail out the low-wage migrant workers who support the city’s elite economy during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the city’s comptroller, Scott Stringer.
Legal immigrants and illegal migrants are part of the city’s one million population who are “too often ignored, underpaid, and overworked … [and] very often lack healthcare, have to travel long distances to get to work, and struggle with childcare,” said Stringer’s March 26 report.
But Stringer’s plea for a taxpayer bailout of city’s cheap labor economy ignores the reality that Americans are impoverished by the elite’s support for mass migration, said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
The report cites impoverished “Nurses, janitors, grocery clerks, childcare staff, bus and truck drivers … those in our social service, cleaning, delivery and warehouse, grocery, healthcare, and public transit industries.”
“Back in the day when these workers were Americans and unionized, they were making more than a living wage,” she said. Before elites encouraged millions of legal and illegal migrants to flood Americans’ workplaces, she said:
People raised their families on those jobs — they were good jobs … They were jobs that people were glad to have, where they could support their families [and homes] on them. They had [medical] benefits. If that was still the system …. they would have good healthcare plans, and they would have sick leave.
Stringer is asking for “taxpayers to subsidize the city’s cheap labor economy,” and to preserve the city’s policy of “corporate welfare through illegal immigration,” Vaughan said.
The disguised plea for the illegal immigration bailout is spotlighted by Stringer’s back-handed admission that “many in New York City are also undocumented, meaning they do all of the above while living in fear of deportation under the current federal administration.”
(Read more at Breitbart)
When have liberals not wanted a taxpayer bailout for illegal aliens?
Wasn’t it just four months ago that New York was handing out drivers licenses to illegal aliens? If I remember correctly, it was explained to me that this was done in an effort to blur the lines between those who had entered the US illegally and those who had either been born into citizenship or had followed the rules. Thence, it was an effort to defeat the law through this blurring of the lines, New York asked the US taxpayer to pick up expenses that would normally only go to deserving US citizens.
Similarly, wasn’t it early in 2019 that New York gave free college to illegal aliens as a slap to President Trump?
- China temporarily bars entry from foreign visitors amid coronavirus pandemic
As reported by Fox News on 27 March 2020, China has decided to temporarily bar entry from foreign visitors amid coronavirus pandemic.
China will temporarily close its borders to foreign nationals, effective midnight Saturday, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
“The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement Thursday. “China will stay in close touch with all sides and properly handle personnel exchanges with the rest of the world under the special circumstances.”
The restriction will apply to foreigners holding visas or resident permits, and those with APEC Business Travel Cards.
Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will still be allowed, as well as entry for economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or those entering for emergency humanitarian needs.
President Trump banned travel from China in late January to slow the spread of the virus, and other European countries followed suit.
Hong Kong, too, effected a ban Wednesday on all non-residents from entering the island.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Communist Party have recently touted a dip in new coronavirus cases, claiming that any pop-ups of the virus have been “imported.”
Analysts like foreign affairs expert Gordon Chang say not to give much weight to the word of Chinese leadership.
“For China, the truth has always been a casualty,” Chang told Fox News.
He added that Beijing has been pushing to send China back to work and show the world that China, under Xi’s leadership, has beaten coronavirus.
(Read more at Fox News)
Of course, this might mean that China has experienced a resurgence of the virus
As much as I want to return to work, this bit of news suggests three things:
- First, it suggests that we cannot depend on the Chinese (who told us weeks ago that their cases of Covid-19 were in decline)
- Second, as much as we may want to return to work, we must affirm life at all stages by figuring out ways all of us can work safely and quarantining those who have fallen under this coronavirus.
- Finally, we must open ourselves to messages from our ideological advisaries while retaining enough sense to discern idiocy from a workable idea.
- Surprise! Democrats shut down cities in coronavirus scare and US unemployment claims reach record 3.28M this week
After watching Democrat leaders in California, New York, Houston, and Dallas shut down businesses (and, therefore, with over half of the nation’s population on lockdown) — we find that a main stream media outlet obsessing on the record unemployment created by the Democrats (but not drawing a single reference to the Democrats).
Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week – almost five times the previous record set in 1982 – amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of the damage the viral outbreak is inflicting on the economy. Filings for unemployment aid generally reflect the pace of layoffs.
Layoffs are sure to accelerate as the U.S. economy sinks into a recession. Revenue has collapsed at restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, gyms and airlines. Auto sales are plummeting, and car makers have closed factories. Most such employers face loan payments and other fixed costs, so they’re cutting jobs to save money.
As job losses mount, some economists say the nation’s unemployment rate could approach 13% by May. By comparison, the highest jobless rate during the Great Recession, which ended in 2009, was 10%.
“What seemed impossible just two weeks ago is now reality,” said Nancy Vanden Houten, an economist at Oxford Economics, a consulting firm. “The US economy will experience the largest economic contraction on record with the most severe surge in unemployment ever.”
The economic deterioration has been swift. As recently as February, the unemployment rate was at a 50-year low of 3.5%. And the economy was growing steadily if modestly. Yet by the April-June quarter of the year, some economists think the economy will shrink at its steepest annual pace ever – a contraction that could reach 30%.
In its report Thursday, the Labor Department said 3.283 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week, up from 282,000 during the previous week. Many people who have lost jobs in recent weeks, though, have been unable to file for unemployment aid because state websites and phone systems have been overwhelmed by a crush of applicants and have frozen up.
That logjam suggests that Thursday’s report actually understates the magnitude of job cuts last week. So does the fact that workers who are not on company payrolls – gig workers, free-lancers, the self-employed – aren’t currently eligible for unemployment benefits even though in many cases they’re no longer able to earn money.
(Read more at ABC13)
Based on this, it looks like Democrats have had even worse of an impact on the economy
It looks like the hidden economy of musicians, waiters, and other workers who work for tips have been devastated. Likewise, weekend disk jockeys, the party clowns, and other small-time performers had their lives put on hold. In the same way, a number of jobs that I cannot as much as call to mind have been put on hold.
Somehow, there needs to be a way to balance safety and work — and that balance needs to be located now.
- Project 21: Dems’ identity politics quite apparent amidst pandemic
OneNewsNow reported through a 25 March 2020 article how Project 21 (an alliance of conservative, young Blacks) has pointed out the identity politics being used by Democrats in the coronavirus scare.
A conservative black leader says it’s sad that Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats are playing “identity politics” with the much-needed coronavirus relief package being debated in Congress.
While the White House and the Senate have apparently agreed on a $2 trillion emergency bill to resuscitate an economy that’s been slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, it appears the Democrat-led House could be a stumbling block to its passage. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has drawn a great deal of criticism from President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers for using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to push the Democrats’ radical political agenda.
The version of an aid package she proposed on Monday required that any company getting coronavirus-related aid disclose its diversity stats, including its employees’ race, gender, and pay, its corporate board “diversity,” and the structure of its offices that deal with diversity and inclusion.
OneNewsNow spoke with Horace Cooper, who is co-chairman of the >Project 21 Black Leadership Network.
“You would think that we could come together at this point and come up with solutions. It is a sad, sad thing to observe,” he laments. “Racial discrimination is not the problem that is facing America. Coming together and developing solutions so that we can address this pandemic – that’s where our effort ought to be.
“So shame, shame on those who can’t get around their identity politics,” he continues. “The only thing I can say is: it’s something that the American people can see with both eyes now.”
According to Fox News, >Pelosi may be warming to the Senate bill, signaling “tepid support” for the bipartisan bill – and expressing gratitude only to her fellow Democrats for their role in putting together legislation she said “does not go as far” as she and House Democrats proposed earlier this week.
(Read more at OneNewsNow)
Luckily for those out of work due to Democrat governors, mayors, and judges — this changed, because Americans need help
Luckily, Nancy Pelosi went from insisting that Americans pay millions to Planned Parenthood to just insisting that American pay millions to the Kennedy Center, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and many other liberal projects before they American people get help.