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Netanyahu's proof of Iranian Coronavirus cover-up was clip from TV mini-series


A poster for the 2007 Hallmark Channel miniseries, "Pandemic"
Axios reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared a video with members of his cabinet, which he believed to be proof of an Iranian coronavirus cover-up. It turns out that it was actually a clip from the 2007 Hallmark Channel mini-series Pandemic.

Two Israeli Cabinet ministers told reporter Barak Ravid that Netanyahu had informed them that he'd personally seen proof that Iran was concealing the full extent of the COVID-19 crisis in their country. He said that national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat had shown him a video of Iranian soldiers putting dead bodies in trucks and throwing them into garbage dumps.

Comment: Sputnik reports:
He showed it to illustrate his "assertions that Iran was being untruthful about the real consequences of coronavirus," Raz Zimmit, a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, told Ynet.
Netanyahu's office later realised, however, that the clip was taken from Pandemic, a mini-series about an unknown virus infecting Los Angeles, which aired on the Hallmark Channel in 2007.

The prime minister allegedly said that he had been shown the clip by the chief of the National Security Council. It appears to have been shared by users with Arab-language nicknames on social media in the days before Monday's briefing, which could explain how it came to the attention of Israeli security officials.

Notably, Netanyahu's office did not deny the story, but said that it showed the footage only to three ministers and made it clear that the clip was found on social media and its authenticity was unclear.

Iran has reported 47,593 coronavirus cases and 3,036 deaths as of Wednesday, although some officials within the country have accused the government of underreporting the real death count. Tehran has denied covering up the full extent of the outbreak.

Bizarro Earth

We cannot allow Facebook and Twitter to use Covid-19 to launch their own coup d'état

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In this photo illustration, the Twitter logo is seen on a Huawei smartphone with the word censored on a laptop monitor
World leaders are having their social media posts deleted under the guise of the pandemic, but is this just the beginning of socially destructive subterfuge?

A few days ago, Facebook and Twitter decided to delete contributions from two world leaders. The first was Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who shared a video and aired his view that "hydroxychloroquine is working in all places" to treat Covid-19. Facebook decided it was against what the World Health Organization had decreed and trashed the video. Twitter followed up by removing two of Bolsonaro's tweets.

They also deleted a tweet by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, in which he spoke of a "brew" that would eliminate any infectious genes.

Even former New York Mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani got his knuckles rapped. His tweet quoting someone else stating that hydroxychloroquine is 100 percent effective had the vanishing spray applied too.

2 + 2 = 4

How to Create a Fake Pandemic

Greetings, fellow manipulators and deceivers, and welcome to our course on how to create a fake pandemic! As you know from our previous courses, the first thing you need for an undertaking of this kind is to own some mainstream media. As experienced mass manipulators, we're sure you own a medium outlet or two, so let's get right into it!

Manufacturing a pandemic when there isn't any is much easier than you might think. As usual, we will need the right focus, repetition, some misdirection, semi-made-up numbers and your regular psychological tricks.

To start a fake pandemic, we need an appropriate virus. It should be something new that people know little to nothing about - that way you can tell them just about anything, and they'll know nothing to contradict your claims. Something with a scary or cool-sounding name is best. The media will love talking about it.


The only way to avoid a depression is a debt jubilee

erasing debt
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Even before the novel coronavirus appeared, many American families were falling behind on student loans, auto loans, credit cards and other payments. America's debt overhead was pricing its labor and industry out of world markets. A debt crisis was inevitable eventually, but covid-19 has made it immediate.

Massive social distancing, with its accompanying job losses, stock dives and huge bailouts to corporations, raises the threat of a depression. But it doesn't have to be this way. History offers us another alternative in such situations: a debt jubilee. This slate-cleaning, balance-restoring step recognizes the fundamental truth that when debts grow too large to be paid without reducing debtors to poverty, the way to hold society together and restore balance is simply to cancel the bad debts.

Comment: As a mechanism that reboots the economy, 'Jubilee' is one tried-true method - yet, over time resulted in a repetition of economic polarity that has increased poverty to alarming levels. Without a permanent solution the problem of debt accumulation is always just down the road.

Life Preserver

How the coronavirus is destroying the plan to take down Trump

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Donald Trump's reelection is likely to rise or fall on his handling of the pandemic. And there isn't much Democrats can do about it.

For many Democrats, it's the election of a lifetime. Yet the question preoccupying the party for several days this month was whether their presumptive presidential nominee, Joe Biden, could get the webcast working in his rec room.

It was a telling obsession, one that revealed the extent of the party's anxiety as it comes to a nail-biting conclusion: Despite all the arguments Democrats have crafted and all the evidence they have amassed against Donald Trump, his reelection is likely to rise or fall on his handling of the coronavirus crisis and its fallout alone.


Trump accuses Schumer as 'missing in action' regarding the senator's criticism of response to Covid-19 crisis

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US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
US President Donald Trump penned a blistering letter slamming Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) as "missing in action" during the Covid-19 pandemic, firing back after the lawmaker attacked the federal response to the crisis.

"Thank you for your Democrat public relations letter and incorrect sound bites, which are wrong in every way," the missive begins, responding to the Senate minority leader's appeal earlier on Thursday for the appointment of a coronavirus "czar" amid what he called a "federal leadership void."

Arrow Down

UN General Assembly rejects Russia's requests to stop sanctions amid coronavirus crisis

United Nations
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UN headquarters, New York City, USA
The US, UK, and EU, as well as Ukraine and Georgia, rejected a Russian draft declaration calling for unilateral sanctions to be lifted to fight Covid-19.

Moscow's permanent mission to the UN issued a statement on Thursday questioning why Ukraine, Georgia, the UK, US, and EU had shot down its proposal, arguing that these nations "refused to cast aside politicized approaches and interests," and that their decision could negatively affect "a great number of people" - especially in developing nations currently under sanctions.

The rejected motion called for broad international cooperation on combating the spread of Covid-19, as well as the "rejection of trade wars and unilateral sanctions adopted without the mandate of the UN Security Council, in order to ensure early access to food and medication." The draft also called on member states to reject "stigmatizations of states, peoples and individuals with regard to the pandemic, and the need to circulate only reliable and science-based information about it."

The declaration was co-sponsored by 28 UN member states, Russia's UN mission said. The General Assembly ultimately passed a different resolution calling for "international cooperation" and "multilateralism" to combat coronavirus.

Comment: Lead feet, closed minds and business as usual are what is important at the crossroads to the future.


Russia: Election officials postpone all votes until after June 21

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CEC Chairwoman Ella Pamfilova
Russia's election authorities have postponed all upcoming local and nationwide votes in the country until after June 21.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) decided on April 3 that all votes would be held after June 21. CEC Chairwoman Ella Pamfilova said:
"Taking into consideration the current situation in the country and for securing citizens' health and safety, we conclude that it is necessary to postpone all elections and referendums that have been planned for upcoming months until the improvement of the epidemiological situation in the country,"
Earlier, President Vladimir Putin signed legislation allowing the CEC to change dates for planned votes. About 100 votes had been scheduled to take place across Russia by June 21.

A nationwide vote on sweeping constitutional changes that opens the possibility of Putin remaining in power for a further 16 years was initially scheduled for April 22.


Is the former US proxy SDS preparing to join pro-Assad Syrian Army?

Syrian Democratic Forces
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Syrian Democratic Forces
The Syrian Democratic Forces have for some time been no longer completely controlled by Washington. Recall that it was the Kurdish formations that for many years were in Syria the main shock ground force of the international coalition led by the United States. They played the role of infantry, the Pentagon armed them and prepared them, and during the offensive operations, the US military carried out planning, artillery and air cover.

"You don't want to protect people, and you don't want another force to come to protect us. You betrayed us. It is immoral!" - said at the end of last year, the Kurdish commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazlum Abdi, to US Deputy Special Representative in the international coalition against terrorists William Robak.

About six months have passed since then, and the situation in relations between the SDS and the US military command has not fundamentally changed.

Comment: Apparently some form of the offer has already been made, though hashing out the terms may be protracted and difficult. In the meantime, ad hoc alliances have already been formed through Russia's diplomatic efforts.

Oil Well

Trump claims he brokered a Saudi-Russian oil deal, but details scant


Trump press briefing
U.S. President Donald Trump says he brokered a deal with Russia and Saudi Arabia to cut oil output and end a steep decline in oil prices amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Trump said he spoke with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on April 2, but details of how the cuts would work were unclear.

"I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry!" Trump wrote on Twitter.