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17.10.2020 - 18:28 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Britain is at boiling point: JOHN HUMPHRYS rails at fear replacing reason, ministers who have lost control… and why the public is rising up against the hysterical response to Covid’s second wave

Look, I know it’s easy to find fault with officialdom.

There have always been bossy bureaucrats who justify their existence by making our lives difficult. Always will be.

And if that’s all we have to complain about in this, the nation’s greatest crisis . . . well, we can live with that. Except that it’s not all we have to complain about. And, crucially, this is not the nation’s greatest crisis. Not by a mile.

04.10.2020 - 17:38 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson says UK faces ‚bumpy‘ time till Christmas and beyond as he urges ‚common sense‘ in Covid-19 fight

Marr interrupted and said “people are exhausted, they’re furious,” and Mr Johnson replied: “They’re furious at me and they’re furious with the Government.

„But I’ve got to tell you in all candour it’s going to continue to be bumpy through to Christmas, it may even be bumpy beyond. But this is the only way to do it.”

04.10.2020 - 17:15 [ HelensburghAdvertiser.co.uk ]

Computing issue responsible for sharp Covid-19 case rise, says Johnson

The official dashboard said on Saturday that due to a technical issue, which has now been resolved, there was a delay in publishing a number of cases.

This means that the total reported over the coming days will include some additional cases from the period between September 24 and October 1.

04.10.2020 - 16:26 [ Jennifer Williams, Politics & investigations editor for the Manchester Evening News / Twitter ]

He is asked why there has been a sudden spike overnight in testing numbers. There was a problem with counting, he says. ‘It was a computing issue.’ WHAT COMPUTING ISSUE

04.10.2020 - 16:21 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson blames ‚failure in counting system‘ for daily Covid infections DOUBLING to a record 12,872 – but dodges giving fuller explanation as he hints there WERE delays tracing contacts of thousands who tested positive

But appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show this morning, Mr Johnson suggested that the issue might have gone deeper and affected crucial efforts to track down contacts of those who tested positive.

‚The reason for that is there was a failure in the testing system… It was a computing issue,‘ he said.

02.10.2020 - 17:26 [ Sky News ]

Coronavirus: Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance say numbers ‚going wrong way‘

(30.09.2020)

Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance both warn that the UK’s coronavirus epidemic has a concerning direction of travel.

24.09.2020 - 16:50 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson faces growing backbench rebellion as up to 50 Tory MPs and a MINISTER oppose plans to extend Government lockdown powers

Such a move, if they vote against the measure, would wipe out the Government’s 80-seat majority, although many could choose to abstain, which could make it a close vote and could avoid them possibly losing the party whip if it sneaks through.

24.09.2020 - 16:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The three taboos at the heart of Johnson’s coronavirus fiasco

What is wrong with Britain?

24.09.2020 - 16:38 [ Chroniclelive.co.uk ]

Piers Morgan lets rip at Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance in astonishing rant over briefing „farce“

(22.09.2020)

Piers: „I’m trying to expose the farce of what happened yesterday.

„They didn’t take questions which I thought was a bit like North Korea!

„If you’re going to drop those bombshells on people…and they deliberately used that 50,000 figure to terrify everybody.“

21.09.2020 - 10:14 [ Respectable Lawyer / Twitter ]

2020 in dystopian electronic signs

20.09.2020 - 17:43 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

What is Covid-19, SARS-2. How is it Tested? How is It Measured? The Fear Campaign Has No Scientific Basis

The data and concepts have been manipulated with a view to sustaining the fear campaign.

The estimates are meaningless. The figures have been hyped to justify the lockdown and the closure of the national economy, with devastating economic and social consequences. The Virus is held responsible for poverty and mass unemployment.

Confirmed by prominent scientists as well as by official public health bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Covid-19 is a public health concern but it is NOT a dangerous virus.

The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health “emergency” under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to trigger a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring. Social engineering is being applied. Governments are pressured into extending the lockdown, despite its devastating economic and social consequences.

There is no scientific basis for implementing the closing down of the global economy as a means to resolving a public health crisis.

Both the media and the governments are involved in spreading disinformation.

05.09.2020 - 11:52 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: 2 in 3 voters say it’s ‚likely‘ that people lie when taking political surveys

Sixty-six percent of registered voters in the Aug. 29-31 survey said it is either very or somewhat likely that a significant number of people lie when talking political surveys, compared to 34 percent who said it is unlikely.

24.07.2020 - 18:46 [ Haaretz ]

I’m at Risk but I Oppose Wholesale Lockdown. Stop the COVID-19 Fearmongering

For too long we haven’t heard on the main news shows the dozens of medical experts who say we are walking on shaking ground that will topple us into a yawning abyss when the state closes down. They’ve made a mockery of Profs. Yoram Lass, Eyal Shachar, Idit Matot, Dr. Amir Sachar and many, many others, hid them deep down under the layers of horror, from which the coronavirus czar sprouted. There are no piles of dead bodies, so many people on ventilators that the hospitals cannot cope, enormous numbers of patients in critical condition forming a bottleneck in the hospitals. And it’s doubtful there ever will be.

11.07.2020 - 10:41 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I keep hearing liberals and even leftists insisting that Russiagate and the blatantly exaggerated threat from Moscow is irrelevant to their politics. That couldn’t be more false. It’s not only been weaponized to ensure Endless War & imperialism but also for domestic politics:

18.06.2020 - 16:44 [ LA Times ]

Apparent nooses found hanging from trees at Oakland lake spur debate, hate-crime probe

But later on Wednesday, the Oakland Police Department issued a statement suggesting that the five apparent nooses discovered near Lake Merritt could be part of an exercise routine or equipment.

Some neighbors expressed skepticism at that suggestion, and Schaaf noted that even if they were used for that purpose, it did not “remove nor excuse their tortuous and terrorizing effects.”

16.06.2020 - 13:24 [ Haaretz ]

Health Officials Are Terrifying the Israeli Public Over Coronavirus for Nothing

That’s what happens when senior Health Ministry officials stir up a public panic without rhyme or reason: Grown men weep.

09.06.2020 - 06:46 [ Bloomberg ]

New York’s Rate of Covid Infections at Its Lowest, Cuomo Says

(08.06.2020)

On Sunday, 58,054 tests were done statewide, and 702 people were found to be positive for Covid-19, Cuomo said.

06.06.2020 - 13:23 [ New York Daily News / Twitter ]

New York City witnessed zero confirmed deaths due to coronavirus on Wednesday. It’s the first day without a COVID-19 death in months.

(04.06.2020)

06.06.2020 - 13:16 [ CNN ]

Protests could spur coronavirus outbreaks, and protesters should get tested, the CDC chief says

(05.06.2020)

If you’ve marched in any recent protests, you may want to consider getting tested for the coronavirus.
That’s the recommendation of the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who said during a House Appropriations hearing on Thursday that anyone who participated should „highly consider“ getting tested.

06.06.2020 - 09:38 [ David Zahniser, L.A. Times reporter / Twitter ]

„Eric, do you really believe that Los Angeles police officers are killers?“ LAPPL board member Jamie McBride said. „The same officers that provide you 24-hour security at your residence 365 days a year?“

06.06.2020 - 09:30 [ Emily Alpert Reyes, L.A.Times reporter / Twitter ]

During a contentious meeting between LAPD officers and @MRodCD7 , one officer says that if the city is going to cut, it should start by cutting protection details at council members‘ homes (see minute 15:30 or so)

03.06.2020 - 08:11 [ abc7.com ]

Thousands turn up in Hollywood for protest promoted by rapper YG

However, the rapper took to Twitter an hour before its scheduled start to say that he would not be present.

„I was told today that my protest was not safe and that people could get hurt or shot, and I’m not trying to get none of people hurt or shot,“ he said in a video, adding that a protest would be held later „the right way.“

Still, plenty showed up and the group quickly grew in size.

01.06.2020 - 08:01 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME! Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests. Thank you!

(30.05.2020)

01.06.2020 - 07:18 [ Chris Jansing, msnbc / Twitter ]

NBC news has confirmed on Friday – the president was taken by secret service to the underground bunker at the WH. This is the same bunker that was used for former VP Cheney during the 9-11 attacks.

He was there for a “very short period” out of an abundance of caution.

10.05.2020 - 03:54 [ New York Times ]

Obama Warns That Dropped Charges Against Flynn Put ‘Rule of Law’ at Risk

“There is no precedent that anybody can find for somebody who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free,” Mr. Obama said on a call with thousands of supporters who worked in his administration or campaigns.

10.05.2020 - 03:51 [ NBC News ]

Defense lawyers rail about unfair prosecutions. Flynn’s case shows why.

Sometimes federal agents are criticized for „creating“ a crime instead of investigating one. Sting operations are examples of crimes that are a consequence of law enforcement actions. Agents create a fictional crime to trick a suspect into attempting to join that crime, thereby creating the crime.

Similarly, Flynn’s crime of lying to government agents was the consequence of the government agents‘ investigation of Flynn. If there was no crime before Flynn’s interview, then there’s little reason to interview Flynn as part of a criminal investigation, unless the agents were looking to create a crime.

08.05.2020 - 19:46 [ northsidesun.com ]

It’s all about the data

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been reminded of the importance of data. We see the daily number of diagnosed cases, the numbers of hospital beds, the number of ventilators and most of all — the number of deaths from the virus. We are getting a little of the pain that our parents and grandparents must have suffered when they received reports from the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific during World War II. They worried daily about their loved ones in the midst of so many dying.

08.05.2020 - 18:46 [ CNBC ]

The US just reported its deadliest day for coronavirus patients as states reopen, according to WHO

(02.05.2020)

– The U.S. saw 2,909 people die of Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the data, which was collected as of 4 a.m. ET on Friday.

– That’s the highest daily death toll in the U.S. yet based on a CNBC analysis of the WHO’s daily Covid-19 situation reports.

– The country’s deadliest day comes as state officials weigh reopening parts of the economy and easing stay-at-home orders.

08.05.2020 - 18:39 [ CNN ]

The price of reopening the economy: tens of thousands of American lives

(05.05.2020)

Depressing new death toll projections and infection data on Monday dashed the optimism stirred by more than half the country taking various steps to reopen an economy that is vital to Trump’s reelection hopes and has shed more than 30 million jobs. Stay-at-home orders slowed the virus and flattened the curve in hotspots like New York and California, but they have so far failed to halt its broader advance, leaving the nation stuck on a grim plateau of about 30,000 new cases a day for nearly a month.

02.04.2020 - 20:30 [ theHill.com ]

Glenn Greenwald warns government is expanding power amid coronavirus

Greenwald also noted that proponents of the Patriot Act in the wake of 9/11 had assured civil libertarians the law had a sunset provision. Yet, the law remains in effect nearly two decades later as a “permanent part of our political framework.”

“That is the great concern, how do you temporarily vest power in the hands of the state that might be necessary to preserve these liberties in the long term without simultaneously giving them those powers realistically even if you intend for it to be temporary in a way that becomes permanent?” he added.

23.03.2020 - 17:39 [ Haaretz ]

Psychoanalyzing the Coronavirus: This Is What Happens to Our Mind Under a Mortal Threat

On Monday I emerged from two weeks in home quarantine after having returned from a brief seminar I gave at the Psychoanalytic Institute in Berlin. As the child of second generation Holocaust survivors, associations tinged with black humor come to mind – it figures that my journey to Germany would lead to me being stuck in a “ghetto.” But it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a persecution fantasy surfacing from the depths of the unconscious and sparking a stream of thoughts about what becomes the fate of the human mind when it is under mortal threat.

18.03.2020 - 09:42 [ New York Times ]

Worst-Case Estimates for U.S. Coronavirus Deaths

Published March 13, 2020
Updated March 17, 2020

17.03.2020 - 20:55 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Exploits Coronavirus Fears to Consolidate Authoritarian Hold on Power

Fear is the tyrant’s best friend – and liberty’s worst enemy. The human instinct for survival is more powerful than any social commitment to decency, due process, separation of powers or the nuances of democracy. As philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote: “Neither a man, nor a crowd, nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.”

Fear was the instrument wielded most by 20th century tyrants, dictators and authoritarians. It provided them with pretext to remove restrictions, expand authority and to diminish, if not destroy, checks and balances.

14.03.2020 - 16:04 [ TaiwanNews,com ]

Facebook shuts down 60 Chinese accounts for fake coronavirus news in Taiwan

During the previous week, Facebook found and shut down accounts managed by Chinese netizens which were obviously trying to spread unease and panic in Taiwan in connection with the virus epidemic, according to CNA. Some of the accounts even presented forged government documents in order to try and blame Taiwan’s authorities for any consequences of the fake reports.

13.03.2020 - 12:47 [ Haaretz ]

Sowing Fear Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak, Netanyahu Is in His Element

With a flimsy tissue, video images of an inflamed nose dispersing microscopic nasal discharge and an apocalyptic tone of voice, Benjamin Netanyahu is squeezing every ounce of political and propaganda benefit out of the coronavirus at a time of uncertainty and anxiety about the future. This is his big moment.

13.03.2020 - 12:38 [ Vincent Lee, #Reuters #China Breaking News Editor / Twitter ]

Reuters: Germany has not experienced significant testing constraints, but Chancellor Angela Merkel warned her people on Wednesday that since 60% to 70% of the populace is likely to be infected, the only option is containment.

29.12.2019 - 02:45 [ teleSUR ]

Pabon: Fear and Persecution Can Hurt the Pillars of Democracy

The Prefect of Pichincha, Paola Pabon expressed, in an exclusive interview with Telesur, her concern about how hatred and political persecution in Ecuador have wounded the most important motivation of democracy: the confrontation of ideas and thoughts, and freedom to think.

02.03.2019 - 19:28 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Project Fear Latest: Hard Brexit Will Cause More Unplanned Pregnancies

Unfortunately it looks like Dr Grossman hasn’t actually bothered to read the Department of Health’s reports on no deal planning herself, which leave her lurid claims looking rather limp. The Government has already taken measures to open new shipping channels and procure freight capacity to ensure that all medical supplies can still get smoothly in and out of the UK even if there is increased friction at the border.

10.01.2019 - 21:53 [ Mary Dejevsky / Independent.co.uk ]

I witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union and Brexit Britain’s situation is just as precarious

Who would venture to forecast with any confidence that the UK will still be the UK in its current composition in the next 20 years?

10.01.2019 - 21:37 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

Project Fact: how scared should we really be of a no deal?

Food shortages, diabetics going without insulin, outbreaks of salmonella and swine flu: a no-deal Brexit has become a dystopia of the imagination that gives even the Old Testament a run for its money. To lend it extra credence, the doomsayers are not muttering men with long white beards but business leaders and figures from respectable-sounding thinktanks.

13.10.2018 - 17:28 [ teleSUR ]

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Indigenous Social Leader Milagro Sala

Sala is a renowned activist, who is seen as President Mauricio Macri’s first political prisoner. She created the Tupac Amaru Organization, which provides housing and other services to informal workers and working-class sectors.

16.05.2018 - 17:10 [ Ansa.it ]

Dialogue with EU,not subordinate-Di Maio: M5S leader ‚understands‘ new govt could scare establishment

5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Wednesday that an eventual M5S-League government would be open to dialogue with the European Union, while stressing that it would not take orders from it.