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We have become a police state, and none of us should be okay with that

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On Saturday, police in Kansas City "intervened" to shut down a parade of elementary school teachers. The staff of John Fiske Elementary School decided to organize the parade as a way to boost the morale of their students and encourage them in their new distance learning adventure. All of the teachers and administrators were in their own cars. There was literally no chance whatsoever of any virus being transmitted from car to car. But a spokeswoman for the police later explained, after the elicit gathering was descended upon by law enforcement, that the celebration of learning was not "necessary" or "essential."

Two days before the Kansas City community was saved from the threat of cheerful elementary school teachers waving to children from their sedans, police in Malibu arrested a man who was caught paddle boarding in the ocean. Two boats and three additional deputies in vehicles were called to the scene of the non-essential joyride. How could a man out by himself in the Pacific possibly contract or spread the coronavirus? Nobody knows. But orders are orders, after all. And so the man was pulled out of the ocean and hauled away in handcuffs.

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Truck driver stabbed and killed 3 women at Tennessee truck stop before being shot, killed by law enforcement

Idris Abdus-Salaam
A Durham truck driver was shot and killed by law enforcement after stabbing four women at a Tennessee truck stop, killing three of them.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Idris Abdus-Salaam, 33, is the man responsible for the violence that happened before 7 a.m. Tuesday at a Pilot truck stop in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Investigators said Abdus-Salaam was in the parking lot holding a knife when officers arrived.

Info

Texas allowed to halt abortions to conserve masks, gloves

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Texas struck a blow against abortion rights when a federal appeals court ruled the state can ban most procedures as long as the governor's emergency health decree to save medical supplies for fighting the pandemic is in effect.

A three-judge panel in New Orleans said in a 2-1 ruling Tuesday that some women's constitutional right to abortion can be temporarily set aside during a national health emergency.

US Supreme Court precedent says "all constitutional rights may be reasonably restricted to combat a public health emergency," Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, wrote in the majority opinion.

Comment: "All constitutional rights may be reasonably restricted to combat a public health emergency". Regardless of where you stand on the abortion issue, these words should send chills down your spine. While the partisan career politicians squabble over the same things they've always squabbled over, abortion in this case, the real issue is that the fundamental rights of the people are being eroded.

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World is "sleepwalking into surveillance state" as COVID-19 crackdowns escalate

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All across the world, starting with China, the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed for the proliferation of the surveillance state.

More than 100 rights groups are warning that governments and corporations are partnering as a collaborative force to employ big data and increase widespread surveillance that threatens freedoms and privacy, reported Reuters.

At the moment, the surveillance tools are being used to mitigate the spread of the virus, tracing infections back to patient zero, monitoring social distancing, and enforcing lockdowns. However, the virus is likely a cover for pervasive snooping.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Privacy International said without appropriate safeguards, surveillance tools could remain in place even after the virus has been eradicated, which would erode people's freedoms on a long enough timeline.

"An increase in state digital surveillance powers, such as obtaining access to mobile phone location data, threatens privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of association," the groups said.

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Assange's life in grave danger as first Covid-19 death confirmed in Belmarsh prison — Wikileaks editor-in-chief

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Conditions in Belmarsh prison, where Julian Assange is held, might be worse than London is willing to admit, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson told RT, adding that Covid-19 could swiftly tear through the facility.

A prison environment is "like a Petri dish" for a virus, Hrafnsson explained, particularly such a highly infectious one as the novel coronavirus, which has already struck more than 1 million people around the world. The max security Belmarsh prison, where the WikiLeaks founder is being kept pending extradition to the US, has just reported its first death from the disease. According to Hrafnsson, there are other worrying signs too.

"We have prison guards going in and out. A third of them at least are not showing up to work either because they have the virus or because they are in isolation."

Comment: The PTB would be overjoyed if Assange died behind bars, something it seems like they appear to have been attempting to bring about ever since he was locked up. While the average healthy person has little to worry about contracting COVID-19, people with compromised health are indeed quite vulnerable. Considering the worries about the health of Assange that have been expressed by those who have seen him first-hand over the last year, he is likely extremely vulnerable.

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Group wants anti-trust probe against Amazon and Flipkart to be reopened

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The current year began on a rough note for e-commerce giants Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart even before the coronavirus pandemic engulfed India. The online marketplaces were accused of indulging in unethical business practices that resulted in an anti-trust probe against them.

Now, amid an existing economic and delivery crisis these platforms are facing when India is under a strict lockdown until 14 April, a fresh request for an investigation into their business ethics have reached legal authorities, the media reported on Tuesday.

A group of traders from the national capital called "Delhi Vyapar Mahasangh" has reached out to a court to re-visit the anti-trust probe on Amazon and Flipkart. The trader group believes that a flawed judgment followed after India's anti-trust watchdog called the Competition Commission of India (CCI) reviewed the first evidence in January.

Red Flag

As a GP, I fear our Covid-19 lockdown will result in significantly more deaths than we are trying to prevent

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We are paying too high a price to try to combat Covid-19. Not just in terms of the £350 billion ($430 billion) bill, but also in the health costs our actions are causing.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a very thorny issue to the forefront. How much money can we, as a society, spend on keeping people healthy or alive? No one has ever fully got to grips with this question, but it has never been more important than now.

America has set aside $2 trillion to deal with the crisis, and Britain £350 billion - which is almost three times the current yearly budget for the entire NHS. Is this a price worth paying?

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10 Signs the US is heading for an economic depression

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1- Unemployment is off-the-charts

Thursday's jobless claims leave no doubt that the country is in the grips of another severe recession. More than 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance in the last week. That number exceeds the gloomiest prediction of more than 40 economists and pushes the two-week total to an eye-watering 10 million claims.

According to CNBC:
"Those at the lower end of the wage scale have been especially hard-hit during a crisis that has seen businesses either cut staff outright or at best freeze any new hiring until there's more visibility about how efforts to contain the coronavirus will work.

"We've lived through the recession and 9/11. What we're seeing with this decline is actually worse than both of those events," said Irina Novoselsky, CEO of online jobs marketplace CareerBuilder." (CNBC)

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EMS crews won't take flatlining cardiac patients to hospital under new NYC coronavirus rules

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© Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News
Cardiac patients who flatline will not be taken to area hospitals for further care, according to a new directive handed down as the city battles the rise in coronavirus cases.

The new orders from the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council of New York City say that "no adult non-traumatic or blunt traumatic cardiac arrest is to be transported to a hospital with manual or mechanical compressions in progress" unless the person's heart restarts at the scene.

The council — which sets policies followed by private and government EMS crews in the five boroughs — issued the order to free up emergency room space for the continuing onslaught of COVID-19 cases.


Comment: Isn't there some medical negligence involved here? Not to mention the fact that there are empty hospitals all across the country.


"In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD," the directive notes.

Propaganda

Govt. models overestimated hospitalizations by 8 times; ICU beds by 6.4 times; ventilators needed by 40.5 times

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This is quite stunning.

The government models used to predict the extent of the coronavirus pandemic are off by huge margins in the latest coronavirus tracking numbers.

The current government predictions reported by Covid Tracking (https://covidtracking.com/data/ ) for Apr 5th show:

- All beds needed: 179,267
- ICU beds needed: 33,176
- Invasive ventilators: 26,544

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