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Trump Signs Executive Order Prepping DOD & DHS to Call Up Reserve “Armed Forces for Active Duty” for COVID-19 Outbreak

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From the White House: By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.),  and in furtherance of Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak), which…

 

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Source: Trump Signs Executive Order Prepping DOD & DHS to Call Up Reserve “Armed Forces for Active Duty” for COVID-19 Outbreak
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Global Pandemic Response Handing Governments Sweeping Powers They May Never Relinquish

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com

Fri, 03/27/2020


While the response to the coronavirus pandemic have ranged from mocking the disease (such has Brazil’s Bolsonaro) to physically sealing people inside of apartment buildings in China, governments are deploying an array of legislative and technical measures to track and control citizens during the outbreak which has killed over 21,000 in roughly three months.



As the situation deteriorates, many fear that the current efforts to control the virus will have dire consequences for individual freedoms long after the danger of COVID-19 has passed, according to Bloomberg’s Ian Marlow – who notes “In desperate times like these, leaders on all levels are going to extraordinary lengths to do whatever possible to contain the virus.”


Like the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis of such magnitude that it threatens to change the world in which we live, with ramifications for how leaders govern. Governments are locking down cities with the help of the army, mapping population flows via smartphones and jailing or sequestering quarantine breakers using banks of CCTV and facial recognition cameras backed by artificial intelligence.


The restrictions are unprecedented in peacetime and made possible only by rapid advances in technology. And while citizens across the globe may be willing to sacrifice civil liberties temporarily, history shows that emergency powers can be hard to relinquish. -Bloomberg


“A primary concern is that if the public gives governments new surveillance powers to contain Covid-19, then governments will keep these powers after the public health crisis ends,” says Adam Schwartz, a senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation based in San Francisco. “Nearly two decades after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government still uses many of the surveillance technologies it developed in the immediate wake.”


In China, authorities have leveraged their extensive monitoring network to trace people exposed to COVID’s epicenter in Hubei, and encouraged citizens to monitor their neighbors’ health and movements. And perhaps this has worked – as the country has lifted standing travel restrictions as the rest of the world goes into lockdown (reported resurgence aside).


“China was able to control the outbreak because government was tracking people closely,” said Shanghai worker Joy Huang. “I don’t want to get tracked, but meanwhile, I don’t want infected people not getting tracked. Freedom has a price.”


Outside of China, governments are enacting strict measures to combat the pandemic.


In Hungary, a bill has been introduced to allow Prime Minister Viktor Orban to rule by decree indefinitely. It includes up to five years in prison for anyone trying to “distort facts” which might weaken the government’s “defense measures.”


In Russia, police are using Moscow’s extensive CCTV network to arrest people violating quarantine after returning from high-risk countries – deploying one of the world’s most advanced facial-recognition systems to monitor over 13,000 people required to self-isolate.


In France, President Emmanuel Macron established a committee to address the pandemic which includes a potential “mobile identification strategy” to track anyone who has come into contact with infected people. Paris, meanwhile, has been using drones to enforce quarantines.


Singapore recently launched a voluntary phone app which uses Bluetooth technology to map close contacts in case an infected person can’t remember all of their social interactions.


Israel has granted the police the ability to monitor those suspected to be in isolation, while the internal security service, the Shin Bet, can track and infected person’s mobile phone data going back two weeks.


India just enacted an unprecedented three-week lockdown across the entire country, while officials are tracking mobile phones, cross-referencing reservation data from airlines and railways, and stamping the hands of those with suspected infections.


“Given the caseload, a 21-day nationwide lockdown, implemented at such short notice and likely without thinking through all the consequences, seems incomprehensible,” said former World Bank economic development expert, Salman Anees Soz – a member of India’s opposition Congress Party who compared the move to the prime minister’s controversial 2016 cash ban. “It is either that the government knows the disease has spread far beyond the official numbers or the government wants to be seen as doing something decisively. Either way, it reminds me of demonetization. In fact, this is going to be far bigger and poses extreme risks to India’s poor and vulnerable.”


The list goes on and on.



My phone, which is satellite-tracked by the Taiwan gov to enforce quarantine, ran out of battery at 7:30 AM. By 8:15, four different units called me. By 8:20, the police were knocking at my door.


— Milo Hsieh (@MiloHsieh) March 22, 2020



According to the ACLU’s Jennifer Granick, the US doesn’t have the ability to enact a China-style quarantine, because people’s trackable information is ‘disaggregated and mostly in the hands of private companies, not the government.”


“We’re going to have to accept, as with any law in our society, a little bit of noncompliance,” she said.


Some see the need for greater control.


Australia’s government has received criticism from some health experts for not using enough surveillance and tracking measures to halt the spread of the virus. In Japan, where the outbreak seems to have been less severe than in many other countries, parliament passed a bill that would allow Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare an emergency, but he hasn’t yet done so.


Europe has its own sensibilities, with more importance placed on data protection. In Germany, a draft coronavirus law with provisions enabling tracking by smartphone of infected patients without any time limit was amended after the justice minister expressed her opposition. Israel’s state security measures have been opposed at the country’s supreme court. -Bloomberg


According to Nanjing University philosophy professor Gu Su, governments worldwide “should be allowed to concentrate and expand their power, to some extent, to handle the crisis more efficiently,” as long as it is “strictly limited.”


The problem is that governments have issues with limits, and will push boundaries until enough pitchforks come out. Then, everyone forgets – while big brother has a new suite of toys to track, control and oppress at will.


Source: Global Pandemic Response Handing Governments Sweeping Powers They May Never Relinquish
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Coronavirus Is Not Even Close to America’s Biggest Problem…”We are on the Titanic, headed for the debt iceberg.”

By Bryce Buchanan
AmericanThinker.com

March 27, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic can be used to illustrate two problems that are both more destructive than the virus.  The problems relate to how Americans view the role of government in their lives and to the belief that government money can always fix problems.


Let’s look at the money issue first.  The immediate reaction of our government to the virus threat was to spend massive amounts of money.  The latest news is that politicians plan to “boost” the economy with nearly two trillion dollars in spending and loans.  “The package is coming in at about 10% of GDP.  It’s very large,” says Larry Kudlow.  For a plan of this size to sound like a good idea, you need to ignore some important economic facts.


Our country has unbelievable levels of debt, and our debt is rising rapidly.  The numbers are staggering.  The debt clock shows U.S. debt at $23 trillion (nearly 110% of the GDP) and unfunded liabilities of $77 trillion.  That’s a conservative estimate.  Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff, an expert on the national debt, says, “The true size of our fiscal problem is $222 trillion…20 times bigger than the official debt.”  He says, “The government has gone out of its way to run up a Ponzi scheme and keep evidence of that off the books by using language to make it appear that we have a small debt.”


We are on the Titanic, headed for the debt iceberg.  In brief moments of clear vision, we see the iceberg and know we must change course to avoid disaster.  But a self-imposed fog allows us to pretend things are fine.  Do not look away.  Look directly at this problem.  It’s real.  Things that are unsustainable cannot be sustained.  Reality always bats last.


There is also an important moral dimension to new spending programs.  The government has spent all of its income and much more, so we should think of new spending programs as simply more debt being piled onto our children and grandchildren.  The required first sentence of any new spending bill should be, “Our current consumption is more important to us than any burden we will place on future generations, therefore let’s place this much more debt on them.”


It is immoral to ignore the burden of the deficit on future generations.  We are digging a hole for them that they will never get out of.  Government debt is a government claim on future incomes.  It is an unpaid tax bill.


You can make the case that big deficit spending is warranted to protect current and future citizens in a time of war.  Some level of spending is warranted in the fight against this virus.  But look at the big picture of government expansion over the last several decades as the administrative state grew and the deficit exploded.  Does it make you a caring person if you propose “free health care” for everyone, including illegal aliens?  No, it makes you a dangerous fool.


In the socialist dream world, there will never be a day of reckoning for government debt.   Stephanie Kelton, an economic adviser to Bernie Sanders, said, “If you control your own currency and you have bills that are coming due, it means you can always afford to pay the bills on time.  You can never go broke; you can never be forced into bankruptcy.”


Governments that have tried this approach have ended up with money that looks like this 50-trillion-dollar bill from Zimbabwe.  It’s real paper money.  But this $50 trillion wouldn’t buy much.  In Venezuela, the inflation rate is around 53 million percent.  That means everything costs more every day.  And with socialist destruction of the economy, there are far fewer things to buy.  This kind of money does help with the toilet paper shortage, though.



Governments can create money, but creating money does not create wealth.  Wealth comes from productivity.  Putting ink on small pieces of paper does not make wealth.  You can visualize this fact quite easily.  Imagine that our government officials keep businesses closed “to protect us from the virus,” but they send everyone large checks every month.  Our benevolent leaders made sure we had lots of money, so we are all taken care of, right?


Without productive people, the true engine of wealth, Atlas would shrug, and the world would fall into its natural state, which is poverty.  Anything that destroys productivity also destroys prosperity.  That is why socialism has never worked and never will.  The socialist utopian delusion is that people like Bernie and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can manage taxing and spending in such a way that everything people really need will be free.  Alarming numbers of young people have this delusion.


Unless you are new to this planet, or are blind to reality, you understand that government bureaucracies are an inefficient and expensive way to provide anything.


Politicians themselves don’t have the ability to “provide” material things.  They can only transfer money or borrow money.  Said another way, they can take the productive accomplishments of one group and give them to another group, or they can borrow from our children to pay for current consumption.  That’s it.  They buy votes in one of these two ways.


Let’s now discuss how Americans view the role of government in their lives and see how it relates to the current crisis.  When our nation was young, citizens accepted both the pleasures and the perils of liberty.  They enjoyed the right to direct their own lives and accepted the resulting responsibilities.  The government was small and far away.  The explicit goal of the Founders was to keep it small because the sphere of liberty shrinks as the size of government grows.  Self-reliance was considered an important virtue.  Children may expect others to take care of them, but adults do not.


People in need were helped by their neighbors.  Charity has always been a big part of the American spirit.  The goal of charity was to restore people to self-reliance.  The lesson in Aesop’s fable “The Grasshopper and the Ants” was an integral part of American values.  The story shows the wisdom of preparing to take care of yourself in hard times.


In 200 years, Americans have moved a long, long way from self-reliance toward government dependence.  President Franklin Roosevelt did more to move the citizens in the direction of government dependency than any other president.  Yet look at what he said in 1935, when everyone could see that Roosevelt’s big spending programs were not ending the Great Depression.  In his State of the Union speech, he said:


The burden on the Federal Government has grown with great rapidity[.] … The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon [government] relief induces a spiritual disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fiber.  To dole our relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.  It is inimical to the dictates of a sound policy.  It is in violation of the traditions of America[.] … The Federal Government must and shall quit this business of relief.


Has the “national fiber” been “fundamentally destroyed”?  Has self-reliance been replaced by acceptance of dependence?  Ask Americans these questions: whose responsibility is it to take care of people when they are old?  Whose responsibility is it to take care of children if the father doesn’t care about doing it?  Who should be responsible for educating children?  Who should pay the bills when someone loses his job?  I think a very small number of people would say family members or charities should take responsibility.  These duties have been taken over by massive, inefficient government bureaucracies.


Early Americans expected the government to leave them alone.  Many present-day Americans expect the government to take care of them.


The assumption that the government will take care of your needs is “a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.”  If you have the childlike attitude that someone (government) should take care of you, it changes how you prepare for future problems.  This attitude is why 25% of Americans do not even have a savings account, and 40% say they would have trouble paying an unexpected expense of $400.


Americans are not prepared for trouble, and trouble is here.  Americans are Aesop’s grasshopper in winter.  This will greatly magnify the economic crisis caused by the current shutdown of productive activity.  If economic activity is smothered for too long, many businesses will not survive.  “Helicopter money” dropped by the government will not fix this problem.


President Trump understands that America’s productive engine needs to be switched on as soon as possible.  That will help, but the debt explosion and the increasing dependence on government are much more dangerous to our Republic than the Wuhan virus.


Source: Coronavirus Is Not Even Close to America’s Biggest Problem…”We are on the Titanic, headed for the debt iceberg.”
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BREAKING: FOX Business Network Fired Trish Regan for Telling the Truth About How Liberal Media Was Using Coronavirus to Take Down Trump (Video)

by Jim Hoft
TheGatewayPundit.com

March 27, 2020


It’s official.

FOX Business Network fired Trish Regan for defending President Trump.

Trish Regan accused Democrats and their media of using coronavirus to impeach the president.


Trish Regan: This is just another attempt to impeach the president. And sadly they seem to care very little for any of the destruction they are leaving in their wake. Losses in the stock market, all of this unfortunately just part of the political casualties.”


Of course, Trish was right.



Trish was right.

What a huge loss for the channel and for the American public.


Mediaite reported:


“Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan is leaving the network.


In a statement provided to Mediaite Friday, the network announced, “FOX Business has parted ways with Trish Regan – we thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.”


Recently Regan came under scrutiny for her commentary calling the media coverage of coronavirus another “impeachment scam” trying to “destroy the president.”


A few days later the network announced her primetime show would be going on hiatus, citing demands of coronavirus coverage.


Source: BREAKING: FOX Business Network Fired Trish Regan for Telling the Truth About How Liberal Media Was Using Coronavirus to Take Down Trump (Video)
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Coronavirus live updates: More than 27,000 people are dead, over half a million have been infected, and the US has the world's largest outbreak

The coronavirus has affected at least 176 countries and territories. Governments are enforcing strict lockdowns and urging people to stay apart.
Source: Coronavirus live updates: More than 27,000 people are dead, over half a million have been infected, and the US has the world's largest outbreak
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‘Trump is Going to Eat Him Alive’: Comedian Joe Rogan on Biden as the Dem Presidential Candidate

The comments come as the US Democratic presidential race is dramatically coming to a close with just two candidates left. Former Vice President Joe Biden and the Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are vigorously competing to gain the nomination to face President Donald Trump in the US 2020 election.
Source: ‘Trump is Going to Eat Him Alive’: Comedian Joe Rogan on Biden as the Dem Presidential Candidate
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Today's News / General Motormouth
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General Motormouth

From renaming the COVID-19 novel coronavirus to slamming General Motors for wasting time, US President Donald Trump has been working hard at not admitting his own faults during the pandemic. Unfortunately, facts have gotten in the way, as the US has surpassed China for the highest amount of confirmed cases.
Source: General Motormouth
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New Orleans Mayor: Mardis Gras Go-Ahead Was ‘Trump’s Fault’ As Big Easy Becomes Southern Epicenter

by Tyler Durden
ZeroHedge.com

Fri, 03/27/2020


“Hot spots like Detroit, like Chicago, like New Orleans… will have a worse week next week than what they had this week,” US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams warned in a “CBS This Morning” on Friday. This as Louisiana has surpassed 2,300 confirmed cases, and New Orleans seemingly ‘out of nowhere’ emerged as a US epicenter alongside New York, given it was only two weeks ago Louisiana had 300 just coronavirus cases total, but now New Orleans alone has reached 1,000 cases.


And separately federal officials stationed in New Orleans say the city faces a drastic shortage of ventilators and protective equipment: “This is going to be the disaster that defines our generation,” Collin Arnold, director of the city’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, told CNN Thursday.


Already the blame-game has begun, as previously neglected Louisiana is thrust into the spotlight. Consider this astounding CNN appearance by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, who says it’s all Trump’s fault because she thought it was ‘safe’ to go ahead with Mardi Gras which likely infected hundreds with coronavirus:



New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell blames Trump for her not canceling Mardi Gras: "When it’s not taken seriously at the federal level. It’s very difficult to transcend down to the local level in making these decisions." pic.twitter.com/JF1VgNsJHB


— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 26, 2020



She claimed she as the mayor would have canceled Mardis Gras if only Trump had warned her! Talk about what is likely to remain the most cringe-worthy moment of passing the buck to come out of this crisis…


“Leaders on the ground, we rely on the facts to make decisions for the people that we serve,” said Cantrell, adding there were no “red flags” in February about Mardi Gras, which it should be noted sees some 1.4 million tourists descend on the Big Easy each year from January 6 to February 25, which marks Fat Tuesday.


“In hindsight, if we were given clear direction, we would not have had Mardi Gras, and I would have been the leader to cancel it,” Mayor Cantrell told CNN.



She framed her decision to move forward with events as usual as “backed up by the response of our national leader” – in a clear reference to President Trump.


“When it’s not taken seriously at the federal level. It’s very difficult to transcend down to the local level in making these decisions,” the mayor told Wolf Blitzer as she laid blame on everyone but herself.


Meanwhile a medical professional quoted in the New York Times admits, “I think it all boils down to Mardi Gras… The greatest free party in the world was a perfect incubator at the perfect time.”


And another, Dr. Rebekah Gee, former Health Secretary for Louisiana and now chief of Louisiana State University’s health care services division, put it like this:


“New Orleans had its normal level of celebration, which involved people congregating in large crowds and some 1.4 million tourists,” Gee said. “We shared drink cups. We shared each other’s space in the crowds. People were in close contact catching beads. It is now clear that people also caught coronavirus.”



The pandemic threat has now dramatically increased not just in Louisiana but across the entire south of the country.


Local authorities knew full well what was coming:



🚔 “Your actions are jeopardizing public health.” – New Orleans Police as they clear crowds from Bourbon Street. #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/Q2T0M5WrcC


— Brantly Keiek (@BrantlyWx) March 16, 2020



As Reuters observes alarmingly: “The plight of New Orleans – with the world’s highest growth rate in coronavirus cases – also raises fears that the city may become a powerful catalyst in spreading the virus across the south of the country.”


“Authorities have warned the number of cases in New Orleans could overwhelm its hospitals by April 4,” the report warns.


Source: New Orleans Mayor: Mardis Gras Go-Ahead Was ‘Trump’s Fault’ As Big Easy Becomes Southern Epicenter
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US coronavirus death toll increases to 1,300 and experts warn of 12 American hotspots that could spread the epidemic across the entire nation

Data shows other cities in U.S. – including New Orleans, Miami and Chicago – are seeing cases surge

A total of 12 states have already surpassed 1,500 cases each – no area outside Hubei in China reached that

Figures suggest the pandemic will reach all corners of the nation as Trump suggested an Easter lockdown lift

As hotspots emerge across the country, epidemiologists at the University of Washington predict more than 80,000 Americans will die in the next four months if medics do not get the resources they need.

The United States now has the most coronavirus cases in the world with 86,038 infections and 1,300 deaths

Figures released Thursday show the US has overtaken China and Italy with the number of confirmed cases

Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?


By LAUREN FRUEN
DAILYMAIL.COM

27 March 2020


The United States now has the world’s biggest coronavirus outbreak with more than 86,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in America and a death toll of 1,300.


America is now recording more new coronavirus cases per day than anywhere else in the world, although Italy has a higher fatality rate and has recorded far more deaths at 9,134. China has recorded 81,340 coronavirus cases and Italy 80,589.


Data shows a surge of coronavirus hotspots in America where cases are outstripping the origin of the pandemic, Wuhan. New York City recorded 365 deaths Thursday, up from 280 Wednesday.


Cities including New Orleans, Miami and Chicago each have more than 1,500 cases – unlike China where no area outside Hubei ever reached that. A total of 12 states have already surpassed 1,500 cases each.


The figures suggest the pandemic will reach all corners of the nation as Donald Trump repeated his calls to see the lockdown lifted by Easter. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump developed the Easter date as a goal to give people ‘hope.’


As hotspots emerge across the country, epidemiologists at the University of Washington predict more than 80,000 Americans will die in the next four months if medics do not get the resources they need.   


New figures released on Thursday show that the US has overtaken China and Italy with the number of confirmed cases in the global pandemic. Forecasts show there could be thousands of deaths a day.


Figures show that a week after the tenth death New York’s toll doubled nearly every 1.5 days; the worst-hit region of Italy, Lombardy, saw a doubling every three days. Cases have also accelerated at a faster rate in the US, than in Italy, Newsweek reports. 


The Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned: ‘We could be worse than Italy if we don’t participate in these 15 days to stop the spread.’


Jeremy Konyndyk, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, said: ‘China had a bonfire in Hubei but was stamping out sparks everywhere else. We’ve now got a bonfire in NYC and campfires almost everywhere else — and all still shooting out sparks.’



The Rest…HERE


Source: US coronavirus death toll increases to 1,300 and experts warn of 12 American hotspots that could spread the epidemic across the entire nation
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YoNews Portal / ‘Law & Order’ Actor Mark Blum Dead from Coronavirus
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‘Law & Order’ Actor Mark Blum Dead from Coronavirus

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Mark Blum, a film and television actor known for his work on “Law & Order” and “Succession,” has died, multiple outlets reported Thursday. He was 69. According to NBC News, Blum, who rose to fame in the mid-1980s, died of complications from COVID-19. The actor’s most famous roles include playing Gary Glass in “Desperately Seeking…

 

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