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Maine Sheriff says he will not enforce unconstitutional directives: 'This is not Nazi Germany!'

Sheriff Scott Nichols
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Sheriff Scott Nichols
Maine's Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols has a strong message for the Governor of Maine, Janet Mills, who issued "stay-at-home" orders with threats of police punishment if not followed. Sheriff Nichols issued a statement on the Franklin County Facebook page saying in no uncertain terms he will not follow the unconstitutional order.

"We will not be setting up a Police State. PERIOD," he wrote. "The Sheriff's Office will not purposefully go out and stop vehicles because they are on the road or stop and ask why people are out and about. To do so puts our officers at risk. This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!"

The sheriff's announcement comes as a welcome sign to Americans who have been arrested for inane things like praying outside, surfing, or trying to drive to work. Someone has to stand up to the unconstitutional directives that are being handed down daily by government officials and it will fall on the sheriffs to uphold what they know to be their legal and lawful duties, none of which involve trampling the rights of citizens.

Comment: At least some Americans seem to want to fight back against threats to their constitution. It looks like another Sheriff and Congressman in Idaho are saying the same. From Idaho Statesman:
North Idaho legislator, sheriff dispute governor's stay-home order amid pandemic
Rachel Roberts and Ruth Brown
April 02, 2020 03:13 PM, Updated April 03, 2020 03:34 PM

In a letter posted on the Bonner County Sheriff's Office Facebook page Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Daryl Wheeler asks Idaho Gov. Brad Little to reconsider the statewide stay-home order that was issued March 25 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

"I do not believe that suspending the Constitution was wise," Wheeler's letter reads. "Because COVID-19 is nothing like the Plague."

Wheeler references a letter written by Alfie Oakes, the founder and CEO of Florida-based Oakes Farms Seed to Table. Oakes' March 24 letter to U.S. Sen. Rick Scott argues that the long-term economic effects of a stay-home order outweigh the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Oakes also suggests that the coronavirus pandemic has been given traction by the media and "globalists" in an attempt to keep President Donald Trump from being reelected.

"With the incredible power that the Globalists yield over the World Health Organization and mainstream media, they easily created this incredible — yet completely baseless — fear around the world regarding COVID-19," Oakes' letter reads.

According to Wheeler and Oakes, the information provided by the World Health Organization regarding the global pandemic is unreliable.

"We were misled by public health officials," Wheeler's letter continues. "Now it is time to reinstate our Constitution."

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"In the spirit of liberty and the Constitution, you can request those that are sick to stay home," Wheeler writes. "But, at the same time, you must release the rest of us to go on with our normal business."

Idaho legislator asks constituents to defy order

Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, who represents Bonner County's district in the House, asked her constituents to openly defy Little's order in her official newsletter. She claimed the governor's order was " unconstitutional, unAmerican, and not the Idaho way."

"I am not sure why the Idaho governor has followed in the footsteps of, at this point, mostly liberal states and issued an order for all Idahoans to stay at home for 21 days and for all non-essential businesses to close," Scott wrote in her newsletter Thursday.

Scott's newsletter focused on local jurisdictions' right to choose if they should enforce the order and the right to assemble for church services.

"This will not end if we do not push back, and I am urging you to stand firm on your constitutional rights and exercise them often," Scott wrote. "And support others who do the same."



Chart Pie

Covid19 death figures "a substantial over-estimate"

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Bizarre guidelines from health authorities around the world are potentially including thousands of deceased patients who were never even tested

A few weeks ago we reported that, according to the Italian Institute of Health (ISS), only 12% of Italy's reported Covid19 deaths actually listed Covid19 as the cause of death.

Given that 99% of them had at least one serious co-morbidity (and that 80% of them had two such diseases) this raised serious questions as to the reliability of Italy's reported statistics.

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Binoculars

Tyranny comes to Hyde Park: Middle-class busybodies and jobsworth cops are ruining this country

Hyde Park UK
'Can I ask what exercise you're doing, sir, apart from exercising your thumbs?' The copper is wearing a perfect sneer. I get the impression he has been waiting his entire jobsworth's life to be able to reprimand someone for sitting on a park bench and writing a text message. 'I've been cycling and walking and now I'm resting for a couple of minutes', I say, horrified by my own words; horrified that I am having to explain perfectly lawful, perfectly safe behaviour to an agent of the state as if I were in the Soviet Union rather than sitting by the Serpentine in the heart of London. 'Well, move on', he says, balefully and gleefully, like a character from a Kafka novel.

Like all Londoners, I love Hyde Park. It isn't even really a park, as many writers over the decades have observed: it's a chunk of countryside plonked in the middle of a mettlesome city, never changing, however much its surroundings might. It is wide and rambling and free. But today I hated it. It is swarming with police. They're whizzing round on bicycles, seeking out couples sitting under trees to tell off. They're marching around the perimeter barking 'TWO METRES' at people who are far more than two metres apart. They're driving around in vans, polluting this wonderful space with their exhaust fumes and their diktats shouted from the vans' windows. One van cop driving past the Serpentine yells 'No sitting down' at a man sitting down. I take a photo of the scene and quick as a flash the van stops in front of me. 'I thought I'd stop and say hello while you're YouTubing us simply for reminding people of the government guidelines', the policeman in the front seat says. Oh fuck off.

Comment: The speed with which the authoritarians have begun to show their true colours is shocking. It seems a good percentage of the population get a sense of giddy glee turning in their neighbors, or even their own family. And in the current environment, these people will thrive.

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Eye 2

"Unicorn Killer" Ira Einhorn dies in prison at 79, fled after slaying

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A former hippie guru who lived the high life in Europe for years after murdering his ex-girlfriend in Philadelphia in the 1970s has died in prison.

Ira Einhorn, 79, died early Friday in a state prison in western Pennsylvania of natural causes, according to Susan McNaughton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections. The death at SCI-Laurel Highlands was not related to the COVID-19 virus, she said.

Einhorn was serving life in prison after being convicted twice — once in absentia — for the murder of Holly Maddux, who disappeared in 1977. Eighteen months later, her mummified remains were found in a locked steamer trunk in the West Philadelphia apartment they shared.

Einhorn vanished just before his trial in 1981, and was convicted in absentia in 1993. He was living under assumed names across Europe before he was finally caught in 1997 in a converted windmill in France, where he lived with his Swedish-born wife.

Comment: See also:Self-described Earth Day founder Ira Einhorn murdered his girlfriend, stuffed her body in a trunk and left it in his closet


Cardboard Box

Let them eat vaccines: Foodbanks overwhelmed as America's poorest starve during lockdown

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America is crashing into a depression. In just two weeks, 10 million people have claimed unemployment benefits. This has put unprecedented stress on food bank networks across the country, a new investigation via The Guardian shows.

The US labor market is in free fall - the increasing lockdowns across major US metropolitan areas have forced millions of people out of work and into a hunger crisis.

The Guardian shows demand for food aid in some regions of the country has surged eightfold in recent weeks as RealInvestmentAdvice.com's Lance Roberts warns the unemployment rates in the US could spike to levels not seen since the "Great Depression," or about 15-20% in the second quarter.

The National Guard has been deployed for a variety of reasons: One is to support local area hospital systems, another is to maintain social order, and now soldiers in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Phoenix have supported food banks to ensure shortages do not materialize, mostly because that would trigger social unrest among the working poor.

Comment: Well ZeroHedge, maybe you should have thought about some of these things before you jumped on the CoronaHoax in January?

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Take 2

Reporters without masks grill Trump about not wearing a mask

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Reporters at the White House press briefing on Sunday repeatedly asked President Donald Trump why he chose not to wear a medical mask.

One reporter, who was not wearing a mask, noted the former Vice President Joe Biden said he would start wearing a mask outdoors, and he asked President Trump if he and the White House task force would start wearing masks.


"Are we getting to the point where we might see the members of the coronavirus task force also wear face coverings?" the reporter asked.

Trump said the advisory was voluntary and that he would have no problem with anyone wearing a mask.

Another reporter asked why the first lady recommended that Americans wear masks when they were in public.

"She feels that way," Trump said.

"I would wear one," he said. "Would you like me to wear one right now? That would be a little awkward, I guess. But again, I would wear one if I thought it was important."

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Star of David

Illegal Israeli settlements turn Palestinian family's house into a cage

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© screen grab from Geomolg
The Gharibs' house in Beit Ijza, caged by a fence and surrounded by the Israeli settlement of Givon Hahadasha, as seen here in a 2018 satellite image, west of Jerusalem
"If you give me all of Israel's money, I would never concede an inch of my land."

Palestinian Saadat Sabri Gharib, 38, had never imagined that his house, which was built by his father in 1979, would be turned into a very narrow cage surrounded by barbed wire and surveillance cameras.

Gharib's house is located in the Biet Ijza neighbourhood, west of occupied Jerusalem. It was surrounded by about 100 dunams of land owned by Gharib's father. However, the Israeli settlers stole all of this land and kept the house, which is only 500-metres square.

Gharib told Anadolu Agency, that since 2008, his house has been turned into a very small cage surrounded with concrete walls and located in the middle of an Israeli settlement. It has only a very narrow passage with 12 cameras monitoring it.

Gharib, his mother, his wife and three children live in this house. "Our house is a real prison," he explains, adding:

Roses

Tragic: An Illinois man allegedly shot his wife then himself over coronavirus fears

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Coronavirus test.
A man in Chicago suburb Lockport Township killed his wife and then himself this week, police say. On Thursday evening, police responded to a wellbeing check at the couple's home, where they found Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, dead, NBC Chicago reported. An autopsy found that each died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

The couple's family told police that Jesernik was afraid that they both had COVID-19, the coronavirus disease. Schriefer was reportedly tested for the virus two days earlier after having trouble breathing but hadn't yet gotten results.

When they arrived, police found Jesernik and Schriefer in separate rooms, with a loaded revolver near Jesernik's body. Jesernik's death was ruled a suicide, and Schrieffer's death had been ruled a homicide. Authorities have said that both tested negative for COVID-19. Illinois has more than 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 243 deaths as of reporting.

Comment: The fear pandemic is slowly spreading, and tragically encroaching, on the minds and souls of individuals; those who are at the mercy of information provided by the corporate media and the bought and paid for "authorities" - who work for the government and other corrupt bodies.


Magic Wand

COVID-19 and the disappearance of SJWs

Social justice warriors
During 2019 BC (Before Coronavirus), every morning brought at least one or two headlines of some person or group newly offended in the culture wars. Some sportscaster would make an innocuous comment, be labeled a misogynist, and find himself packing his bags. A speaker would arrive at a college campus where an angry mob would shout her down as a racist and drive her from the stage. Parents protesting a sex education program promoting masturbation for elementary school students were attacked as homophobes.

These were just some of the burning issues of 2019 BC.

In 2020 AC, not even crickets.

Oh sure, some have called President Trump a racist for using the term "the Chinese Virus" to describe COVID-19. I would quarrel with this term not as racist, but as inaccurate. As some others have noted, we should call it the "CCP Virus," or the Chinese Communist Party Virus, to remind readers who was responsible for this pandemic.

No - like an 18-wheeler loaded with toilet paper roaring down the freeway - may it arrive soon! - the coronavirus has run over and flattened almost all other news, including stories of micro-aggressions, hidden racism, and whether a man can become a woman. Those days are gone, at least for now.

Bullseye

Coronavirus lockdown: We are so afraid of death, no one even asks whether this 'cure' is actually worse

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"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyses needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." The words are Franklin D Roosevelt's. His challenge was recession, not disease, but his words have a wider resonance.

Fear is dangerous. It is the enemy of reason. It suppresses balance and judgment. And it is infectious. Roosevelt thought government was doing too little. But today fear is more likely to push governments into doing too much, as democratic politicians run for cover in the face of public panic. Is the coronavirus the latest and most damaging example?

Epidemics are not new. Bubonic plague, smallpox, cholera, typhoid, meningitis, Spanish flu all took a heavy toll in their time. An earlier generation would not have understood the current hysteria over Covid-19, whose symptoms are milder and whose case mortality is lower than any of these.