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Coronavirus survey: Rich sheltered, poor shafted amid virus lockdown

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© Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios
Data: Axios/Ipsos survey. Margin of error ±2.8 points for full sample. Margin for subgroups ranges from ±5 to ±9 points.
The coronavirus is spreading a dangerous strain of inequality. Better-off Americans are still getting paid and are free to work from home, while the poor are either forced to risk going out to work or lose their jobs.

Driving the news: This sobering reality emerges from Week 3 of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
  • The survey finds Americans with less education and lower incomes far more likely either to have to keep showing up at their workplaces — putting themselves at greater daily risk of infection — or more likely to have seen their work dry up.
Why it matters: "It's a tale of two Americas," said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs.
  • "The rich and affluent have gone virtual. They've maintained their jobs through the virtual world," he said. "The working and the poor are more exposed."

Comment: While the wealthy will be insulated from the worst of the financial and emotional effects of this hysteria, the ensuing impact on the majority will be devastating. The PTB are preparing for the time when the masses finally realize that the panic and lockdown over the virus was completely unnecessary and are setting the stage to institute martial law - among other things. The question is - are there enough people who can see what is happening and have the strength and will to resist?


Attention

Finer order of control: What's next - Mandatory coronavirus checkpoints?

New Jersey check point
© NBC News, New Jersey
At present, National Guard coronavirus testing is voluntary; however, will that still be the case in a few weeks?

It was a mere four years ago when public outrage forced police in Missouri, Ohio and Colorado to stop intrusive DNA and drug checkpoints.
Currently, there are at least thirty-three different types of police checkpoints going on at any given time across the country.

In some states, police are actually setting up firewood, agriculture and fish and game checkpoints to name a few. With the outbreak of COVID-19, Americans could be facing new type of checkpoint across the country.

In Florida, state police are setting up checkpoints on Interstate 10 looking for Louisiana residents trying to enter the state. In Rhode Island police are stopping vehicles with New York state license plates and the National Guard is going door-to-door looking for New York City residents. The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority has recently issued "travel papers" to all their employees.

My greatest fear is watching authorities use the public's fear of COVID-19 to create mandatory coronavirus checkpoints.

People

Threats, attacks, break-ins: French union chief sounds alarm over spike in violence against pharmacy staff amid Covid-19

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© Lucas Barioulet / AFP
Employees work in a hand sanitisers solution factory installed by a pharmacy in Paris, France. Paris. March 27, 2020.
Violent behavior against pharmacy workers has surged since strict quarantine was imposed in France in order to quell Covid-19, the country's pharmacist association chief has said.

"The situation has deteriorated. Isolation tends to exacerbate fear, anxiety and aggression," Carine Wolf-Thal, the head of France's National Chamber of Pharmacists told Le Parisien newspaper on Wednesday.

"Our system... shows a 50 to 60 percent increase in aggressive action [against pharmacists] since the beginning of the isolation regime compared to the same weeks last year. These actions include insults, threats, but also physical attacks and break-ins."

Comment: The government has itself to blame for whipping up the hysteria over a virus that is less harmful than the seasonal flu. And, chances are, this kind of blowback is only just beginning:


Flashlight

Empty Hospitals? Where Are All The Coronavirus Patients?

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Note the date. It's been 11 days, and people are wondering where they all are...
The hashtag #FilmYourHospital is currently trending on Twitter. With a third of the world's population currently 'on lockdown', some have begun coping with cabin fever by paying visits to their local hospitals to record some of the chaos they expected to see happening there - what with a deadly pandemic raging and all. The surprising thing, however, is that people are finding, for the most part unusually quiet, not busy, hospitals. Some even appear to be - forgive the pun - deathly quiet.

Now, it could be that the reason people are currently seeing empty or quiet hospitals is because Covid-19 cases (suspected and/or confirmed) are being directed - for now - to specific hospitals only. This would make sense from a epidemiological point of view: you'd want to 'contain' cases to as few 'hotspots' as possible because hospitals themselves quickly become strong sources of infection. Has anyone seen reports or directives issued about such an administrative move? I haven't yet. Most reports about hospital preparedness convey the impression that all medical facilities, in cities anyway, are expecting to be 'overrun any day now'.

In one of the first #FilmYourHospital videos published online, by German reporter Billy Six and titled in German 'Mediziner gegen Medien Es gibt keine gefährliche Corona Pandemie', he begins his tour of one of Berlin's busiest hospitals by claiming that he was directed there by administrators of another hospital who had told him the one he's filming from is "where they're sending the Covid-19 cases." But instead of finding medical staff frantically running about handling Covid-19 cases, as you'd expect, he found the hospital to be unusually quiet.

Bomb

UK banks not lending government backed emergency loans to small businesses, up to a million may go under

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© Mike Kemp
Nearly a fifth of all small and medium-sized businesses in the UK are unlikely to get the cash they need to survive the next four weeks, in spite of unprecedented government support.

That's according to research from a network of accountants which suggests between 800,000 and a million firms nationwide may soon have to close.

Many firms have told the BBC that banks have refused them emergency loans.

The banks say they are following the rules set out by the government.

Comment: Meanwhile the UK's state benefit scheme, Universal Credit, has seen an unprecedented rise in claims of nearly 1 million people, and counting:


And the situation with big business benefiting and the general public suffering appears to be the same in the US:


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Dig

Authorities locate smuggling tunnel under US-Mex border, $29M in drugs seized

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© Unknown
Longest smuggling tunnel from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego, California
Federal agents in San Diego uncovered an underground smuggling tunnel last week and seized more than $29 million worth of drugs, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said Tuesday.

The tunnel extended more than 2,000 feet between a warehouse in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego and a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, according to the DEA.

Agents seized about 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than two pounds of fentanyl from the tunnel, according to the DEA. Authorities estimated the total street value of the seized drugs is $29.6 million.

The discovery of the tunnel resulted from a combined investigation from members of the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, as well as Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol, the DEA and the United States Attorney's Office.

Flashlight

Paul Craig Roberts: A light in the darkness

Circle in the Darkness
Diana Johnstone's just published book, Circle in the Darkness: Memoir of a World Watcher, is the best book I have ever read, the most revealing, the most accurate, the most truthful, the most moral and humane, the most sincere and heartfelt, and the best written. Her book is far more than a memoir. It is a history that has not previously been written. If you want the truth of the last 60 years in place of the contrived reality constructed for us by controlled explanations, it is in this book.

This book is so extraordinary in its truthfulness and conciseness that it is difficult for a less gifted writer to do it justice. It is a book without a superfluous sentence.

Herein I will provide some of the books message. In future columns I hope to present some of the history in the book.

In the Western World the legitimate national interest of people has become identified with racism and fascism. Corporate globalism requires open borders, and the left has aligned with globalism and has become the most zealous enforcer of open borders, which has come to mean the right of refugees with victim status to other peoples' countries. The leftwing has abandoned the working class and anti-war activity. Today the leftwing is pro-war in order to enforce "human rights" on alleged dictators by bombing their peoples into oblivion, thus producing refugees and tag along opportunistic immigrants that flock to the Western aggressor nations.

Self-styled moral censors, such as Antifa, denounce hate while violently hating those they denounce. Everything is settled by controlled explanations that cannot be questioned or examined in debate. Those who engage in critical free thinking are censored, shouted down, beaten up, fired, and cancelled. The cancel culture permits no debate, only enthusiastic acquiesce to explanations that have been settled in advance.

Bulb

Idaho passes law banning biological men from competing in women's sports

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Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into law Tuesday legislation that would prohibit biological males who identify as transgender women from participating in women's sports.

It was one of two transgender bills Little signed into law. Little also signed into law a bill that prohibits citizens from changing the gender on their birth certificate.

Left-wing activists reacted to the law's passage with indignation, and pledged to fight its implementation.

Family

Who's the snowflake now? Still no lockdown in Sweden, where its govt continues protecting population against infection of mass hysteria


Comment: Sweden's stance on this is very interesting. Their holding out may only prove to be temporary (especially as the overall global lockdown is likely to go on for months), but in the meantime, it is upending the core premise of the 'anti-woke' crowd who have spent the last decade ranting about the 'Swedish nanny state'...while their own 'much more free countries' voluntarily embrace the most extreme forms of martial law ever seen on Earth.


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© Jessica Gow/TT News Agency/AFP/Getty
Sweden hasn't fallen for the CoronyHoax, not yet anyway
The Øresund Bridge - yes, that bridge - is an engineering marvel linking the Swedish city of Malmö and Copenhagen that normally transports 70,000 people daily. It has fallen eerily silent. Denmark is under coronavirus lockdown, and the Danes have imposed strict border controls. On the Swedish side, the Øresund remains open, although, understandably not many are making that journey.

It feels surreal in Sweden just now. Working from my local cafe, I terror-scroll through Twitter seeing clips of deserted cities, or army trucks transporting the dead in Italy, surrounded by the usual groups of chatty teenagers, mothers with babies and the occasional freelancer.

Outdoors, couples stroll arm in arm in the spring sunshine; Malmö's cafe terraces do a brisk trade. On the beach and surrounding parkland at Sibbarp there were picnics and barbecues this weekend; the adjoining skate park and playground were rammed. No one was wearing a mask.

Comment: The former!

What's really difficult to reconcile is the 'alt-image' of Sweden as a communist-feminist-marxist nanny state of the worst kind... with its - comparative to what's going on in the rest of the West - ultra-libertarian and healthy stance on this COVID-19 madness.


Biohazard

Scientists resume efforts to create deadly flu virus, with US government's blessing

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© Getty
Cartoon of avian influenza.
For more than a decade now, two scientists-one in the U.S. and one in the Netherlands-have been trying to create a deadly human pathogen from avian influenza. That's right: they are trying to turn "bird flu," which does not normally infect people, into a human flu.

Not surprisingly, many scientists are vehemently opposed to this. In mid-2014, a group of them formed the Cambridge Working Group and issued a statement warning of the dangers of this research. The statement was signed by hundreds of scientists at virtually every major U.S. and European university. (Full disclosure: I am one of the signatories.)

In response to these and other concerns, in October 2014 the U.S. government called for a "pause" in this dangerous research. NIH Director Francis Collins said that his agency would study the risks and benefits before proceeding further.

Comment: The above makes much more sense when you consider it as just another facet of the US' bioweapons program: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Interview with Dilyana Gaytandzhieva: Pentagon Biological Warfare And Arms Trafficking to Terrorists