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Teenage girls arrested after 'coronavirus-linked racial attack' in Southampton

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The two girls remain in custody after being arrested in Southampton.
Two teenage girls allegedly assaulted a group of Chinese people in a suspected coronavirus-linked incident.

The pair, aged 14 and 15, are reported to have shouted abuse at the four people, who were wearing medical face masks, before confronting them.

The alleged incident, which occurred on March 17 in Vincent's Walk, Southampton, is believed to have been racially aggravated and linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Teens held for 'coughing in face' of elderly couple

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The pair were approached by three people in Paynes Park, Hitchin
Three teenagers were arrested after an elderly couple were allegedly coughed at in the street.

The couple were approached by three people in Hitchin, one of whom is said to have coughed in their faces.

A passer-by intervened and there was "an altercation" which left a woman in her 70s with a black eye, police said.

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The Coronavirus Hobgoblin

The great H.L. Mencken, a classical liberal when such creatures still existed, once wrote, "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary." I find myself repeating this quote more and more these days.

America, and the rest of the world, is in the throes of a panic that has never been seen before, outside the fanciful scripts of Hollywood. A new "super" virus, the Coronavirus, is being hyped nonstop by our state-controlled media as the new bubonic plague. The fear porn emanating from our television sets is relentless.

Attempting to urge calm, and discuss this subject rationally is very difficult. Hysterical shoppers have wiped the shelves clean in many stores. Toilet paper, for whatever reason, is being hoarded by nearly everyone. I have done what I can, with my own limited platform. I've had guests like the veteran medical fraud expert Jon Rappoport, and Dr. Steven Hotze, on my radio show "I Protest." Most listeners, and most of my contacts on social media, seem to agree that this thing is being wildly over hyped. Some agree with my growing suspicion that it is, in fact, a hoax.


US woman gets $34,927.43 bill for coronavirus treatment

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A woman in the United States says she was billed $34,927.43 after being tested and treated for the coronavirus, Time magazine reports.

When Danni Askini first came down with the symptoms of the virus — shortness of breath, a fever, a cough and migraines — she was told by a doctor to go to the emergency room. There, she was told she had pneumonia and could go home. She visited the emergency room two more times as her symptoms persisted and worsened before she was finally tested for the coronavirus. Three days later her results showed she had COVID-19.

The tests and her treatment for the viral illness all took place while Askini was uninsured and before President Trumpsigned congressional measures ensuring free diagnostic testing. After, she got a bill totaling $34,927.43.


Julian Assange's lawyers to apply for release on bail, citing risk of Covid-19

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Lawyers for Julian Assange are to make a bail application for the WikiLeaks co-founder, arguing that he is in imminent danger of contracting the deadly novel coronavirus at the center of a global pandemic while in prison.

The Australian is currently being held in the notorious maximum-security Belmarsh prison in London on a US extradition warrant for publishing classified information about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

WikiLeaks released a statement on Monday, saying the 48-year-old's legal team would now be pushing for bail at a hearing at Westminster Magistrates court in London on Wednesday.
Julian Assange falls into a category of persons who should be released to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.


Cancel culture setback: 'Toxic pariah' and 'menace to society' Woody Allen finds a publisher for memoir

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Filmmaker Woody Allen has found another publisher for his controversial memoir, bypassing attempts to cancel him, that at one point involved employees of his previous publisher walking out in protest.

New York-based Arcade Publishing announced on Monday they are the new home for Allen's memoir, titled 'Apropos of Nothing.' Arcade calls the book a "candid and comprehensive personal account" of Allen's life.

Editor Jeannette Seaver said in a statement that her company refuses to "bow to those determined to silence" Allen.

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A plea from doctors in Italy: To avoid Covid-19 disaster, treat more patients at home

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Bodies of coronavirus victims from Bergamo, Italy, are unloaded Saturday upon arrival at a cemetery in Ferrara, where they will be cremated.
A dozen physicians at the epicenter of Italy's Covid-19 outbreak issued a plea to the rest of the world on Saturday, going beyond the heartbreaking reports of overwhelmed health care workers there and a seemingly uncontrollable death toll to warn that medical practice during a pandemic may need to be turned on its head — with care delivered to many patients at home.

"Western health care systems have been built around the concept of patient-centered care," physicians Mirco Nacoti, Luca Longhi, and their colleagues at Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo urge in a paper published on Saturday in NEJM Catalyst, a new peer-reviewed journal from the New England Journal of Medicine. But a pandemic requires "community-centered care."

The experience of the Bergamo doctors is crucial for U.S. physicians to understand "because some of the mistakes that happened in Italy can happen here," said Maurizio Cereda, co-director of the surgical ICU at Penn Medicine and a co-author of the paper. The U.S. medical system is centralized, hospital-focused, and patient-centered, as in most western countries, "and the virus exploits this," he told STAT.


Alex Salmond acquitted of all charges in sexual assault trial

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Alex Salmond has been acquitted of all charges of sexual assault, a decision that prompted his allies to suggest he had been the victim of a witch-hunt within the Scottish National party.

A jury of eight women and five men at the high court in Edinburgh on Monday found Salmond not guilty of 12 charges of attempted rape, sexual assault and indecent assault after about six hours of deliberations.

They came to the uniquely Scottish verdict of not proven on one charge of sexual assault with intent to rape, after hearing nearly nine days of evidence.

The outcome - greeted by Salmond with praise for the judicial system and a call for Scotland's attention to return to the threat posed by coronavirus - capped the most significant criminal trial in Scottish political history.

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NBC actually calls out Dems for playing politics with virus relief

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On Monday, NBC's Today show was surprisingly direct in blaming Democrats for the failure of a massive coronavirus relief package in Congress. The network morning show repeatedly made it clear that the "aid package was blocked by Senate Democrats" and even wondered if "this the time to have these kinds of arguments," while Americans are "desperate" for help.

"Overnight, Senate Democrats block the nearly $2 trillion coronavirus aid package, saying it has a slush fund for big business. Republicans warning their rivals are playing with fire as the economy tanks," co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed at the top of the broadcast. Minutes later, she reiterated: "As mentioned, overnight, the new $2 trillion coronavirus aid package was blocked by Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill..."

Correspondent Tom Costello informed viewers: "On Capitol Hill this morning, Republicans and Democrats remain at odds over spending. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed House Democrats after a procedural vote on the Senate measure failed Sunday evening." A soundbite followed of McConnell admonishing: "The Speaker of the House shows up and we're back to square one."

Comment: Job Creators Network also issued a statement on Sunday denouncing the Democrats for blocking the relief bill:
"The Democrats put partisan interests ahead of what's good for the nation by blocking the cloture vote this evening to proceed on the CARES Act," Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the network said in a statement. "Millions of small businesses and employees around the country need the relief that this bill offered."

"Small businesses will know who is to blame for holding up the loans and grants they require to stay operational and pay their employees," Ortiz said. "April 1st is right around the corner and in the real world that is when rent, car, and mortgage payments are due."

"Ordinary Americans need the checks that the CARES Act would provide now, not a month or two from now," Ortiz said in the statement. "Millionaires like Pelosi and Schumer obviously don't need to worry about these concerns facing their constituents."

"It's time they stop playing chicken with the livelihoods of millions of Americans just so they can stick it to Trump," Ortiz said.


Florida man with coronavirus says drug touted by Trump saved his life

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A Florida man diagnosed with coronavirus claims he was saved from certain death by an anti-malaria drug touted as a possible treatment by President Trump.

Rio Giardinieri, 52, told Los Angeles' Fox 11 that he struggled with horrendous back pain, headaches, cough and fatigue for five days after catching COVID-19, possibly at a conference in New York.

Doctors at the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in South Florida diagnosed him with the coronavirus and pneumonia and put him on oxygen in the ICU, he told the outlet.