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Facebook removes Project Veritas video for violating policy against coronavirus misinformation

James O'Keefe
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In this Sept. 1, 2015, photo, James O'Keefe, President of Project Veritas Action, waits to be introduced during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.
Facebook said Wednesday that it pulled a video by right-wing activist James O'Keefe for violating the platform's rule against sharing misinformation about the novel coronavirus.

Facebook told The Washington Times that the video was removed by the company, which prohibits content about the coronavirus that could potentially lead to imminent physical harm.

Mr. O'Keefe, the founder of the hidden-camera sting group Project Veritas, had shared the video Tuesday through social media accounts including his personal Facebook page.

Comment: The fact of the matter is that the Veritas video is hardly groundbreaking. It's just run-of-the-mill journalism, interviewing people on the front lines and asking them what they think. These aren't experts, nothing in particular is being debunked. That Facebook would go so far as to censor this video says a lot about the climate surrounding the coronavirus hype. Anyone expressing any doubt about the official line, or even simply airing the comments of those who do, is eliminated.

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US alcohol sales increase 55 percent in one week amid coronavirus pandemic

liquor store alcohol booze
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Different types of Kentucky bourbon, one of the many spirits being sold during the coronavirus. Alcohol sales have increased amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In the week ending March 21, sales on alcoholic beverages have spiked by 55 percent according to market research firm Nielsen.

Hard liquors, including tequila and gin, as well as cocktails are the favorites among consumers. Sprits sales increased by 75 percent compared to the same dates in 2019. Beer is the next most popular drink, with purchases up by 66 percent, then wine, up 42 percent year-on-year.

Nielsen's vice president of beverage alcohol, Danelle Kosmal, predicted that we've probably seen the peak of consumer demand for alcohol. "I suspect that the week ending March 21st will feature the strongest growth rates that we will see during this consumer pantry-loading time," he told The Drinks Business.

Comment: Could this be one of the reasons behind another marked trend emerging from the lockdown? Hospital sees spike in severe child abuse cases; believed linked to stress from Coronavirus pandemic

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The US just signed a $450 million coronavirus vaccine contract with Johnson & Johnson

Moderna lab vaccine
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Researcher Xinhua Yan works in the lab at Moderna in Cambridge, Maryland, on February 28, 2020. Moderna has developed the first experimental coronavirus medicine, but an approved treatment is more than a year away.
The Trump administration is spending nearly half a billion dollars on one company in the race to find a coronavirus vaccine.

That's according to a $456 million order with Johnson & Johnson's Pharmaceuticals arm Janssen, which specified a "new vaccine asset for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)," Forbes found. It's the largest reported amount spent on a vaccine project to date, even though the pharma giant hasn't yet started any clinical trials as other firms have.

The deal was signed with the Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) on March 27, 2020. It followed another order, made as part of the same contract with Janssen, for $150 million on March 20, 2020, for a "new antiviral" for COVID-19.

A spokesperson from Johnson & Johnson didn't provide any more details on the specific order, but confirmed the $456 million award related to a collaboration with ASPR's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), as announced in February. That work was built on previous contracts for developing countermeasures for other influenzas. The value of the coronavirus-specific work hadn't previously been revealed and is the largest known contract for a coronavirus vaccine to date.

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Bad Guys

Russian military intelligence agent on COVID-19: 'It may turn out that the world has been deceived'

Alexander Evsin

Alexander Evsin
Ekaterina Sazhneva interviews renowned expert Alexander Evsin

Against the backdrop of the panic "We are all going to die!", Terrifying revelations of doctors and patients, quarantined states and apocalyptic news from Italy, I want to hear the voice of common sense.

Alexander Evsin - head of the situation center, deputy head of the data center (Center for Traffic Management of the Moscow Government). At the moment, the shift on duty is involved in large-scale anti-epidemiological measures in the city - in particular, it provides traffic management in the area of ​​the construction of a new infectious diseases hospital.

Snakes in Suits

Education minister writes op-ed for Washington Post decrying the 'damaging effects' of children being homeschooled

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A former education commissioner of Tennessee said in an op-ed published Friday that children who are away from their public schools during the coronavirus crisis will suffer "damaging" effects with "iPads and parents" serving as their new teachers.

"Homeschooling during the coronavirus will set back a generation of children," reads the headline of an op-ed at the Washington Post Friday by Kevin Huffman, now a partner at the City Fund, an education nonprofit that says it "partners with local leaders to create innovative public school systems."

Huffman wrote:
As the coronavirus pandemic closes schools, in some cases until September, American children this month met their new English, math, science and homeroom teachers: their iPads and their parents. Classes are going online, if they exist at all. The United States is embarking on a massive, months-long virtual-pedagogy experiment, and it is not likely to end well. Years of research shows that online schooling is ineffective — and that students suffer significant learning losses when they have a long break from school.

Comment: Apparently the Powers That Be are scared that their future wage slaves won't be as indoctrinated into the system as they would be if they had a traditional "education."

Arrow Down

Smart thermometer company reports fewer fevers reported nationwide

thermometer map
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Social distancing and stay-at-home orders are working to slow and blunt the ongoing coronavirus pandemic according to fever trend data aggregated by remote health monitoring company Kinsa Health. Kinsa has sold more than one million of its bluetooth-linked digital thermometers and their users upload their body temperature data to the company's centralized database. The company's stated mission is to "stop the spread of contagious illness through earlier detection and earlier response." Data from its users' thermometers have enabled the company to track the spread of flu in real time and forecast where it is headed in three to four weeks.

The company has now devised a way to track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic by focusing on atypical fevers associated with COVID-19. The company is able to generate a U.S. Health Weather Map that tracks these atypical fever trends around the country. The New York Times reports that as of Monday morning, fevers were down in three-quarters of the country from their peak levels on March 17. In hard-hit New York City, Kinsa data show that the number of fevers is trending downward, which correlates with the good news that the COVID-19 hospitalization doubling rate in that city has dropped from two days to four days.

Red Flag

Coronavirus testing kits heading to the UK found to be contaminated with Covid-19 1 day ago

covid-19 test
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Testing kits which were headed to the UK have been found to be contaminated with coronavirus.

The Government has said that it aims to boost the rate of tests to 25,000 every day by the end of April at the latest and has asked private companies to help drive up test production.

But one production firm, Luxembourg-based manufacturer Eurofins, told UK labs on Monday that deliveries would be delayed as core parts had been contaminated with coronavirus, the Telegraph reported.

People 2

Migrant protests take place in Sweden's Gothenburg despite coronavirus gathering ban

A tent for testing and receiving potential coronavirus COVID-19 patients
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A tent for testing and receiving potential coronavirus COVID-19 patients is pictured at Karolisnka Hospital in Solna, Sweden on March 31, 2020
Sweden has banned gatherings of more than 50 people in a bid to tackle the coronavirus spread. The seemingly strict ban, however, was immediately put under a stress test and apparently failed it.

The ban came into force on Sunday and those who violate it are facing fines or a jail term of up to six months.

The restriction, however, has had little to no effect on migrants and pro-migrant activists, who have been protesting in the city of Gothenburg for weeks already.


While you're terrified of Covid-19, some climate alarmists are overjoyed because, for them, fear is... an OPPORTUNITY

Climate Strike protestor
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Climate Strike protestor
Many hardline environmentalists are overjoyed at the atmosphere of fear that Covid-19 has created; for them, it is an instrument for realising the dream of a society that runs according to climate alarmists' dogma.

"Some believe the pandemic is a once-in-a-generation chance to remake society and build a better future," argues one advocate of climate alarmism.

So, in case you thought that Covid-19 is a global pandemic of catastrophic proportions, think again!


Prosecutors: Engineer deliberately ran train off tracks in attempt to smash the USNS Mercy

An engineer deliberately ran a train off the tracks at high speed near the Port of Los Angeles in an attempt to crash into and damage the USNS Mercy hospital ship, prosecutors say.

The Pacific Harbor Line train derailed Tuesday, running through the end of the track and crashing through barriers, finally coming to rest about 250 yards from the docked naval ship.

Federal prosecutors allege train engineer Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"