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Friday, April 3, 2020: President Donald Trump & members of the Coronavirus Task Force hold a news briefing from The White House.
Several pictures taken by photographers around the world show all types of mammals, including deer, goats and others roaming through the streets and communities, unabated.
Fox News previously reported that hordes of starving monkeys were spotted in the streets of Thailand, as fighting over food scraps, due to the pandemic.
Other cities have also seen an influx of animals infiltrating areas where humans once gathered in significant numbers, according to Yahoo:
“I’ve been running with the American flag for probably about 10 years now,” said Wauben, adding that he did his first 10K a few decades back — and wearing a Santa hat.
Then, about 10 years ago, Wauben completed a 30-mile run in Miami, this time wearing a Santa hat with a little American flag attached, and “people absolutely loved it,” he said.
Fast forward to this past Wednesday, and Wauben knew exactly what he wanted to do.
“From the second I got going, all the people [were] honking their horns, and waving,” Wauben said, adding that one woman even approached him on a bike, telling him she just wanted to meet him.
Realizing the problem stretched far beyond her family, Emily Phillips thought of a way to help.
Phillips and Haggard quickly started a Facebook group and called it “RVs 4 MDs.” “It absolutely skyrocketed,” Phillips said. “I have never in my life seen anything like this.”
The group aims to connect people who are willing to donate an RV to a family that needs one for a first responder, nurse or doctor to self-isolate.
“If you would read the stories that are posted in the group, they bring tears to your eyes,” Bender said. “One said a man was sleeping in his shed in the backyard and showering with the garden hose to protect his family, another woman was sleeping on the apartment balcony.”
To help avoid similar situations, the group connects a person with someone in their area who can donate an RV.
Allen Marshall said he’d saved $900 with plans to spend it on something special for himself, but felt this was a better use of the money.
His mother turned 97 on Tuesday and he couldn’t visit her in the nursing home because of the lockdown situation, but appreciates the work the staff is doing there to take care of her.
So he made a sign that said “Free Gas For Nurses” and stood on the corner outside the station after dropping his wife off for work at a health insurance company nearby.
On Thursday, DHS announced it was suspending the release of the planned 20,000 H-2B visas for seasonal jobs in non-agricultural industries such as landscaping, food processing and resorts, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
Another 15,000 new H-2B visas are scheduled to become available in May.
“To clear up various misreporting — DHS’s rule on the H-2B cap is on hold pending review due to present economic circumstances.
No additional H-2B visas will be released until further notice,” said the statement on the DHS Twitter account.
Goldman Sachs estimates the employement rate could hit 15%, the highest figure since the 1930s.
But economists at the St. Louis branch of the Federal Reserve fear it could be as high as 32%, which would be 47 million people out of work.
As part of their “No Time for Nonsense” campaign, Accountable for Equality issued a press release accusing Rev. Graham and his Christian outreach Samaritan’s Purse of “putting New Yorkers’ lives on the line” by recruiting Christians who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
Samaritan’s Purse has erected a 68-bed field hospital in Central Park staffed by 60 to 70 medical professionals to care for patients battling COVID-19.
LGBT groups have viciously suggested that as a Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse volunteers will “turn away” gays and lesbians infected with the virus, “leaving them on their own to find care elsewhere.”
Crozier was relieved of his duties Thursday after writing a letter begging officials to send help to the aircraft carrier, the Theodore Roosevelt, where more than 100 sailors were infected with coronavirus.
“And that’s how you send off one of the greatest captains you ever had,” an unknown person filming the crowd says in another video. “The GOAT.”
More than 66,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to “Reinstate Captain Crozier as Commanding Officer” as of 9:38 a.m. Friday. The petition was started Thursday night.
Trump targeting American brokers selling medical supplies to foreign countries Apr. 03, 2020 – 2:36 – Trump won’t tolerate hoarding, exporting necessary medical supplies.
Over the course of three weeks between March 13 and April 3, Biden was fact-checked five separate times for making false or misleading claims concerning the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic.
A Washington Post fact check on March 13 awarded Biden four Pinocchios, the fact-checker’s most severe rating, for two manipulated videos the Biden campaign circulated.
The first video claimed to show Trump at a Feb. 28 rally saying Democrats were turning the coronavirus into “their new hoax” after they failed to bring Trump down through impeachment.
Both in a television appearance and talking with reporters Friday, Pelosi said it’s clear the next tranche of relief funds should be an expansion of the massive $2 trillion package the president signed into law last week — more money to aid states, cities and small businesses, expand unemployment benefits and another round of direct cash payments for Americans.
“Let’s do the same bill we just did, make some changes to make it current,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol Friday.
“While I’m very much in favor of doing some things we need to do to meet the needs — clean water, more broadband, the rest of that — that may have to be for a bill beyond that right now,” she added during an appearance on CNBC.
Environmental Racism Is An ‘Underlying Health Condition’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants Reparations For Coronavirus
“COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities,” Ocasio-Cortez began, explaining that the reason for that was related to decades of racial and income inequality.
Ocasio-Cortez then argued that long-term policies had created a different kind of “underlying health condition,” adding, “Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions.”
“Inequality is a comorbidity,” Ocasio-Cortez concluded by calling for reparations to those hardest hit. “COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.”
Haley wants to know why that claim was echoed by the global health body.
“This was posted by the WHO on January 14th. The WHO owes an explanation to the world of why they took China’s word for it,” she tweeted. “So much suffering has been caused by the mishandling of information and lack of accountability by the Chinese.”
WHO officials have come under increased scrutiny for their alleged closeness to the Chinese government, and U.S. lawmakers are asking to what extent they have echoed Chinese propaganda.
Most critically, Beijing succeeded from the start in steering the World Health Organization (WHO), which both receives funding from China and is dependent on the regime of the Communist Party on many levels.
Its international experts didn’t get access to the country until Director-General Tedros Adhanom visited President Xi Jinping at the end of January.
Before then, WHO was uncritically repeating information from the Chinese authorities, ignoring warnings from Taiwanese doctors—unrepresented in WHO, which is a United Nations body—and reluctant to declare a “public health emergency of international concern,” denying after a meeting Jan. 22 that there was any need to do so.
While the rising number of cases elsewhere shows that China isn’t alone in failing in the initial stages of an outbreak, the full story of the Chinese loss will probably never be known—and certainly not recognized by WHO or other bodies.
Jiang Duan, a minister at China’s mission to the U.N., was selected to serve on the U.N. Human Rights Council’s Consultative Group, a five-nation body that plays a key role in selecting human rights investigators who will oversee abuses across the globe.
With a spot on the committee, China will be in a prime position to thwart investigations into its own human rights abuses.
“It’s absurd and immoral for the U.N. to allow China’s oppressive government a key role in selecting officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide,” Neuer said.
The position will increase China’s influence at the U.N., where it has been a constant critic of U.S. actions, including its sanctions on Iran and push to hold human rights violators accountable.
In January, China’s President Xi Jinping allowed 5 million people to leave Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus, spreading COVID-19 around the world.
But even as China tries to rewrite history of the pandemic, there is a final nail in the coffin of their lie.
Just two weeks ago, the head of Emergency at Wuhan Central hospital went public, saying authorities had stopped her and her colleagues from warning the world.
She has now disappeared, her whereabouts unknown.
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who goes by Dr. Tedros—though he is not a medical doctor—has repeatedly lauded China’s measures to contain the virus despite mounting evidence the communist regime has been less than forthcoming with the international community.
A classified U.S. intelligence report recently concluded China lied about its internal spread and death toll.
The United States is the largest contributor to the United Nations agency, giving $893 million in 2018-19, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Despite contributing far less to the WHO budget (only $86 million in 2019), China has stepped up its influence efforts at the United Nations while the Trump administration has scaled them back.
Communist China wants to be the dominant economic, cultural, and military power in the world.
Their goal is to unseat the United States and relegate our country, our culture, and our values to the trash heap of history, They are no longer satisfied with a piece of the pie, they want to own the pie. They are working tirelessly to be a power bloc unprecedented in the history of mankind. To that end, nothing else is sacred.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative, announced in 2013 is a massive international infrastructure building program, linking itself to more than 100 countries, that Beijing says is aimed at promoting global trade and economic growth.
In reality, it is to expand their political influence and military presence. How better to militarily overwhelm any nation in the program than to utilize the railroad, highway, and airport infrastructure they built?
The biggest impediment to their goal is the United States under Donald Trump.President Trump has leaned on them pretty hard these last few years and the Chinese communists don’t like it.
Whether by intent or accident, did the Communist Chinese spread a virus around the globe to manipulate the economies of the United States and its allies? Did they hope to damage these nations and prevent Trump from being reelected, and used Chinese deaths as a cover?
Could it be that China was attempting to quell the rioting in Wuhan? This is a story not well told in the West. Wuhan was in the middle of protests rivaling Hong Kong against rising prices, a disintegrating environment, and non-existent medical standards.
Aren’t all of our jobs essential to the health of our economy? And our families? And ourselves?
We can’t let the cure be worse than the disease.
Here’s the Simple Truth.