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Poll: 37% of unemployed Americans ran out of food in past month

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In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020, photo, residents from all walks of life line up for a food giveaway sponsored by the Greater Chicago Food Depository in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago
Kate Maehr has never seen anything like it: lines stretching for blocks as people, many with children, inch forward to get boxes of food they hope will last until the next giveaway, until the next paycheck or until they can get government food assistance.

"It's just heartbreaking," said Maehr, executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "They're finding themselves in a set of circumstances where they have no income and they also have no food, and it happened in an instant."

The number of people seeking help from her organization and affiliated food pantries has surged 60% since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down the nation's economy and thrown tens of millions of people out of work. Across the country, worries about having enough to eat are adding to the anxiety of millions of people, according to a survey that found 37% of unemployed Americans ran out of food in the past month and 46% said they worried about running out.


'Nothing can justify this destruction of people's lives'- Former director of Israel's Health Ministry

Yoram Lass

Yoram Lass former director of Israel's Health Ministry
Yoram Lass, former director of Israel's Health Ministry, on the hysteria around Covid-19.

Countries across the world have been in lockdown for months in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The costs of the policy are enormous - in terms of life, liberty and the economy. But is it worth it to save lives? Yoram Lass was once the director-general of Israel's Ministry of Health. Lass is a staunch critic of the lockdown policy adopted in his native Israel and around the world. He has described our response to Covid-19 as a form of hysteria. spiked caught up with him to find out more.

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For fellowship - Even if it means hell on Earth

© Eric Peters Auto
As Solzhenitsyn pointed out in his classic book, The Gulag Archipelago, creating a nightmare of evil is easy if you can convince people they are laboring on behalf of heaven on earth.

Then they will do unimaginable things. Like the things happening right now. And more to come.

Sickness Psychosis is being sold as a virtue - and the corollary is that it's not virtuous to question it. This will inevitably devolve into something much more ominous. After all, people are dying!

Do you want people to get sick?

Wearing a Mask
© Eric Peters Auto
People who don't wear Fear Masks and refuse to pretend these are "necessary" are already being painted as selfish and uncaring. They will be painted as evil and then criminal people.

And what happens then? Does it need elaboration?

This is all so obvious to a thinking brain. Not a genius brain. Just one capable of following the inexorable logic of things. That principles matter - and that surrendering them for expedience or any other reason is lethal.

But this ability to follow the inexorable logic of things - which must be developed - has been purposefully stifled in millions of people, as in the old Soviet Union - chiefly via "public" education and social pressure - such that we now have a Sovietized population not only ready but champing at the bit to "do good" - as they are told.


Google Drive takes down user's personal copy of Judy Mikovits' Plandemic previously flagged by Washington Post

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Google is now applying its controversial coronavirus misinformation policies to users' personal files. Ever since Big Tech platforms started cracking down on what they deem to be coronavirus misinformation, the media has been willfully flagging alleged violations to social media companies and getting content taken down.

And now the file storage and sharing service Google Drive has started to take down users' files in response to media complaints about them containing coronavirus misinformation.

In an article reporting on the takedown, The Washington Post's Silicon Valley Correspondent Elizabeth Dwoskin complains that after the coronavirus documentary Plandemic was censored on social media, some YouTube clips were telling users how to access "banned footage" from the documentary via Google Drive.

She then notes that after The Washington Post contacted Google, Google Drive took down a file featuring the trailer for the Plandemic documentary.

Comment: One more giant step towards complete thought control.


Largest rally at the Capitol yet, protestors demand California be reopened

California  coronavirus lockdown protest
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A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest calling for the reopening of California, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sacramento, California, U.S. May 7, 2020.
Memorial Day weekend brought the largest protest against the statewide shutdown at the Capitol so far.

The crowd of people gathered on 10th Street for what organizers called "Liberty Fest." The protesters want California to follow the lead of other states that have reopened businesses and ease social distancing restrictions.

Honking pickup trucks circled the Capitol as a plane flew overhead, pulling a sign with the message: 'End His Tyranny!' aimed at Gov. Gavin Newsom.



Bouygues CEO: France must postpone 5G auction to year-end because of COVID-19

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5-G and Eiffel Tower, Paris France
France should postpone its planned auction of 5G frequencies to late 2020 or early 2021 because of uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus crisis, the head of one of France's top conglomerates said on Saturday.

In February, French telecoms regulator Arcep had said it was hoping to award the 5G licences by June, but after France went into virus lockdown mid-March, Arcep postponed the sale and said a new date would depend on the progression of the health crisis.

"We need to push back the auction date simply because the economic world today is not the same as it was early March, when the terms of the auction were set," Martin Bouygues, CEO of Bouygues Telecom's parent company, said in the French daily Le Figaro.

Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR had already submitted tender package for some frequencies in February.
"It is true that telecoms operators have escaped the crisis relatively unscathed, but is it reasonable to think they can buy frequencies for which the price was set early this year, when the economy was booming, while now it looks like 2020 growth may fall 8% and the recession will no doubt last?"
He said the pandemic had shown that it is essential for everyone to have an internet connection and that citizens may find it more important to have 4G in every region of France than to have 5G in the big cities.


England: Tens of thousands of coronavirus tests double-counted

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Two samples taken from the same patient are being recorded as two separate tests in the Government's official figures.

Tens of thousands of Covid-19 tests have been double-counted in the Government's official tally, public health officials have admitted.

Diagnostic tests which involve taking saliva and nasal samples from the same patient are being counted as two tests, not one.

The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England each confirmed the double-counting.

This inflates the daily reported diagnostic test numbers by over 20 per cent, with that proportion being much higher earlier on in the crisis before home test kits were added to the daily totals.

Almost 350,000 more tests have been reported in Government data than people tested since the start of the pandemic.

The discrepancy is in large part explained by the practice of counting salvia and nasal samples for the same individual twice.


Russophobes crazed as IRS tweets Covid relief payment information in Russian - like it did for all major languages

IRS notice
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Innocuous tweet about the Economic Impact Payment unleashed conspiracy theories.
Russophobic liberals are in meltdown after the US's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tweeted information about how to get the Economic Impact Payment in Russian, just like it's done for all major world languages.

It seems the mere sight of Cyrillic is enough to send Russiagate true believers into a tailspin. The innocuous tweet from the official IRS account, which was about a new tool to help people apply for the stimulus payment, unleashed an utterly dumbfounding stream of mind-meltingly stupid conspiracy theories.

Among the deranged replies were numerous xenophobic questions asking why the message was in Russian, jokes about US President Donald Trump outsourcing the IRS to Russian mobsters, and absurd claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin is running the US government "through encrypted communications."


Michigan: Warnings ignored, AG sued to raise lake level prior to dam break to protect mussels

Wixom Lake channel
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Wixom Lake Channel, Michigan
In her ongoing audition to be Joe Biden's veep pick, Michigan Governess Gretchen Whitmer all but convicted a private dam owner for the disastrous floods that struck the middle of the state last Wednesday.

However, it wasn't the dam company that was trying to save a few clams — it was Whitmer's radical attorney general, Dana Nessel.

Nessel was suing the dam company to raise the lake level three feet in order to save mussels — both endangered and common — and in their response, the dam company cited safety as a reason for not doing so.

But to Dana Nessel, who is also suing to keep Michigan's chilly Upper Peninsula from having a reliable source of propane, citing an imaginary concern over a pipeline across the Straits of Mackinac, people come second. A distant second.

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Breaking bad? '300-person' dance party in Siberia flouts Covid-19 social distancing rules

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Scores of revellers poured on the streets of Siberia's largest city Novosibirsk at the weekend to let off some steam during the coronavirus pandemic - but the flash dance party did not go unnoticed by local media and the police.

The city of 1.6 million has restricted large gatherings as part of measures to combat Covid-19, but that didn't stop an estimated (by media) 300 people from rocking out on Saturday night.

In a video of the unsanctioned event, a crowd of largely young people is seen dancing and mingling with one another, as music pounds in the background. Judging by the photographic evidence, conga lines and other activities that don't mesh particularly well with social distancing rules dominated the evening.

Comment: People are desperate for nourishing social interaction and to get out of their homes. No matter how much the authorities and their followers shame people for what is simply a human need, these kinds of events will continue to happen.