03 April 2020

New York Times Caught Lying

On Thursday, January 30th, the Trump Administration raised its travel advisory for China to Level  to 4 , "Do Not Travel". Although the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency, they opposed restrictions on travel or trade with China. The next day, Trump announced the travel ban, along with the forced quarantine for Americans returning from China.

For some

So, which New York Times article do you believe; one of them has to be lying. 

The Committee does not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available.  

22 March 2020

36 million cases, 370,000 hospitalized and 23,000 deaths.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded 36 million flu cases in the U.S., with 370,000 hospitalizations and 23,000 deaths.

CDC also reports, "hospitalization rates in children 0-4 years old and adults 18-49 years old are now the highest on record for these age groups, surpassing the rate reported during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic."


18 March 2020


12/31/2019 China notifies the World Health Organization of a string of respiratory infections in the city of Wuhan
1/11/2020 China announces the first death from the coronavirus — a 61-year-old man, who had shopped at the Wuhan market, dies from complications with pneumonia.
1/20/2020 Virus reaches neighboring countries; Thailand and Japan
1/23/2020 Wuhan on quarantine on January 23 in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus. 
More and more cases are confirmed outside of China, including in South Korea, the US, Nepal, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan. As the number of infections rises, the World Health Organization on January 23 determines that it's "too early" to declare a global public health emergency.
1/24/2020 Death toll climbs to 26. Officials eventually extend the lockdown to 13 other cities, affecting at least 36 million people.
French authorities confirm three cases of the new coronavirus within its borders, marking the disease's first appearance in Europe. Hours later, Australia confirms four people have been infected with the respiratory virus. 
1/25/2020 Chinese Lunar New Year begins with subdued festivities on January 25. Officials cancel many major events in a bid to contain the outbreak, as millions of Chinese travel and take part in public celebrations. By late January, 17 Chinese cities, home to more than 50 million people, are in lockdown
Russia closes parts of its boarder with China to people. Cambodia confirms its first case, while Mongolia shuts its border with China for cars. The death toll rises to 41, with over 1,300 infected worldwide — 
1/27/2020 Russia closes the rest of its boarder to people from China. 
Germany begins plan to evacuate citizens from Wuhan. 
The death toll in China reaches 81.
1/28/2020 US health officials fast-track coronavirus vaccine, hope to start clinical trial in three months. The Trump administration hopes to begin an early-stage trial for a coronavirus vaccine within the next three months.
The first case of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Germany was recorded in the state of Bavaria 
Japan and the US are the first countries to evacuate some of their citizens from Wuhan. 
Australia and New Zealand say they will also send planes to bring their citizens home. Global cases mount to nearly 6,000 infections, more than the 2002-03 SARS outbreak that killed roughly 800 people.
UN's World Health Organization (WHO) declares coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern in a bid to protect countries with "weaker health systems." However, WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus does not recommend trade and travel restrictions, saying these would be "an unnecessary disruption."
1/31/2020 Trump Declares Coronavirus A Public Health Emergency And Restricts Travel From China NPR
"Foreign nationals other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have traveled in China in the last 14 days will be denied entry into United States,"
Further, U.S. citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China in the past two weeks will be subject to screening at the airport of entry and to heightened monitoring for 14 days.
Pelosi: Trump's expanded travel ban is 'outrageous, un-American' and threatens 'rule of law'
2/2/2020 First death linked to the novel coronavirus outside of China is reported in the Philippines on February 2. A 44-year-old Chinese man had traveled from Wuhan to Manila before falling ill and being taken to hospita
2/3/2020 Diamond Princess is quarantined off Yokohama in Japan after cases of the new coronavirus were found on board.
2/6/2020 President Sergio Mattarella paid a surprise visit  to a Rome school with a large number of Chinese students, looking to dispel fears in Italy over the coronavirus, which has triggered anti-China sentiment.
2/13/2020 China's Hubei province registers the highest-ever one-day total of infections, 1,700 in one day, passing more than 70,500 total cases.
2/17/2020 Diamond Princess  infected has grown to more than 450, the largest cluster of cases outside of China
2/21/2020 South Korea experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, now designated COVID-19 by the WHO, with their first death on February 21. Fingers are pointed at the "cult-like" Shincheonji Church. Half of the cases in South Korea are linked to the group. Thousands of worshipers spread the virus during services.
3/2/2020 On March 2, Korean athorities announce they would investigate the eznzbachurch’s leader.
3/3/2020 Cases in Italy rise dramatically, with 77 deaths and thousands of confirmed cases by March 3.
3/6/2020 European and US stock markets slump on March 6, leading to the worst week since the 2008 financial crisis. The effect on global business has been significant, with many companies reporting losses and the tourism industry and airlines badly hit. The EU pledge €7.5 billion ($8.4 billion)
3/7/2020 More Than 5,800 Iranians With Coronavirus, New Provinces Declare Emergency 
3/8/2020 The Italian government put the entire Lombardy region into quarantine, affecting 16 million people
3/9/2020 Greece, holds firm to its strict immigration policies and refused to open the border during Coronavirus outbreak.
3/10/2020 168 fatalities in Italy, the highest in a single day.
3/11/2020 Coronavirus: Up to 70% of Germany could become infected, Merkel warns
NBA. Suspends Season After Player Tests Positive for Coronavirus
3/12/2020 2020 NCAA tournament canceled due to coronavirus
NHL suspends season in response to COVID-19 pandemic
3/13/2020 Every Major Event Canceled or Postponed Worldwide Due to Coronavirus MSN 
Italy's COVID-19 death toll surpasses 1,000
3/14/2020 Spain joined Italy in imposing a near-total nationwide lockdown in a bid to prevent the virus spreading. The population of 46 million was told not to leave their homes unless for essential tasks. In France, cafes, restaurants and nonessential shops were closed
many countries have imposed strict travel bans or restrictions in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19. For example, New Zealand and Australia have required all international passengers to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival in the country. The US extended a European travel ban to include the United Kingdom and Ireland.
3/15/2020 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC's "This Week" that the president's decision to block travel from China early in response to the coronavirus helped the U.S. avoid the situation that Italy finds itself in.  ABC
3/16/2020 Italy COVID-19 death toll tops 2,000 
3/17/2020 New York City will not be quarantined, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, as cities and states ramp up efforts to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
3/18/2020 The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby will be postponed until September. 
White House expresses support for immediate cash payments to Americans as part of coronavirus stimulus package  Washington
3/19/2020 Italy COVID-19 death toll tops 3,000  Worldmeter.info
First member of congress test positive Yahoo News

Trump and Coronavirus press coverage.

On January 31, 2020 Trump declares the Coronavirus a public health emergency and restricts travel to and from China. Immediately he is attacked by the left as taking a nationalist, racist approach that was pushed for by medical professional, but was recommendation by the World Health Organization.  

Guiding Trump’s response is a hardheaded nationalism. On January 31, the administration announced strict travel bans: Most foreign nationals who’d recently been to China were barred from entering the U.S., and Americans were warned to stay clear of the country. These measures—which career public-health officials argued were needed to delay the virus’s spread—broke with guidance from the World Health Organization, which did not recommend curbs on travel or trade. The restrictions did, however, reflect the alarm coming from Trump’s base. Peter Nichols - The Atlantic 
A month and a half later, the response is, Trump failed to act in time. Even though most of the world is now implementing programs he put into place a month ago. We can see the dishonesty in the press, as no one asks the open boarder Democratic presidential candidates if allowing the flow undocumented, people into the country would still be a good idea in light of the Coronavirus. 

In January and early February, the press reported that Trump and his paranoid base is taking this too seriously. They are now trying to pick apart all the times he said this was no big deal. Forget the fact that the Administration started work on fast tracking a vaccine on January 28 (CNBC). So, don't let the reporting get you down,. those that are paying attention know the press are lying, and the rest are anti Trump, so it would not matter what you say, or what is reported; they will refuse to believe it. 
Even the following clip from the anti-Trump Governor of California, Gavin Newsom confirming that the Trump delivers on his promises has been overlooked by the rest of the anti-Left. 

15 March 2020

If this is serious, what are we going to do about Buffets?

The Wynn Las Vegas, just prior to closing its buffets, instituted steps to insure the safety of its guest. All visitors to the buffets were required to sanitize upon entry, and the hotel used food ambassadors to hand guest plates, and to serve the food, limiting the exchange of germs from the sharing of utensils. What step will state, and local governments take to limit the spread of the coronavirus and flu through improper sanitation at local restaurants?

13 March 2020

29 European Countries classified as Level 3 by CDC

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the specified countries listed above. There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas. Widespread, sustained spread of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported in countries in this region.

Illness with this virus has ranged from mild to severe. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and trouble breathing. 

Risk factors for severe illness:

Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness.

Austria Iceland Portugal
Belgium Italy Slovakia
Czech Republic Latvia Slovenia
Denmark Liechtenstein Spain
Estonia Lithuania Sweden
Finland Luxembourg Switzerland
France Malta Monaco
Germany Netherlands San Marino
Greece Norway Vatican City
Hungary Poland

Key Points

  • Europe is experiencing widespread sustained transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to the specified countries in Europe. See: What countries are included in this notice (below).
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease.
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Travelers returning from the specified countries in Europe must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
  • Travelers who are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should call ahead before seeking medical care.

04 March 2020

Coronavirus, Influenza and Fake News.

It seems the news about the novel coronavirus (2019nCoV) is mixed. Depending on the source, we are on the verge of a pandemic, or the virus is on the decline. 

Just to put things into perspective, the CDC estimates that the seasonal flu has caused 29 million illnesses, 280,000 hospitalization and 83,734 deaths. In comparison, the Coronavirus  has infected 93,160, killed 3,203. But something that is not covered on the news, 50,961 people have fully recovered. This is not to say we should not be conserved, just that you should read beyond the headlines and try to do your own research.

3,202Coronavirus deaths this year
Quick facts:

83,734Seasonal flu deaths this year
Quick facts:
  • Every year an estimated 290,000 to 650,000 people die in the world due to complications from seasonal influenza (flu) viruses.
  • This figure corresponds to 795 to 1,781 deaths per day due to the seasonal flu.
Sources and info:

Like the flu, older people, and people with preexisting condition are at  very young and people currently dealing with an illness are more at risk to becoming extremely ill or to die due to the Coronavirus. So follow the same common sense recommendations of hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and stay hydrated.

03 March 2020

How to protect yourself from the Coronavirus

Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This will help kill viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing
Maintain a distance of 3 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the CORONAVIRUS if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and CORONAVIRUS.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about CORONAVIRUS. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from CORONAVIRUS.

22 August 2018

Facebook's Evolving Stance on Political Speech

Officials responsible for China’s tech policy have been willing to entertain the idea of Facebook’s operating in the country. It would legitimize China’s strict style of internet governance, and if done according to official standards, would enable easy tracking of political opinions deemed problematic
As long as the left maintains supremacy online, it is a bastion of free speech; however, just a week after the 2016 elections, something needed to be done about fake news. If we take a quick look at the growing role of Facebook in politics, the first glimpse of Facebook's power was the 2008 elections. From 2008 on this became known as the Facebook election with article after article marveling at Obama's success connecting with young voters. And later, utilizing the vast store of information to push ads, and influence conversation. The following format will list the year, topic, associated article link, my comments and quotes from the article.
2008 Barack Obama and the Facebook Election - US News https://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2008/11/19/barack-obama-and-the-facebook-election
This election was the first in which all candidates—presidential and congressional—attempted to connect directly with American voters via online social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. It has even been called the "Facebook election." It is no coincidence that one of Obama's key strategists was 24-year-old Chris Hughes, a Facebook co-founder. It was Hughes who masterminded the Obama campaign's highly effective Web blitzkrieg—everything from social networking sites to podcasting and mobile messaging. There are no barriers to entry on sites like Facebook and YouTube. Power is diffused because everybody can participate.
Yes, everyone can participate, meaning, there is no need to manage or control this platform because it is freely open to all. Having a Facebook co-founder, and current Facebook leadership supporting your campaign couldn't have influenced what people saw or did not see during the 2008 campaign. Although at the time and again in 2012, remember an extreme amount of ad coverage for Obama on Facebook and next to none for any other presidential candidate. Then again, the right did not have a major presence on the platform until 2016.
Facebook 2012 Friended: How the Obama Campaign Connected with Young Voters: http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/20/friended-how-the-obama-campaign-connected-with-young-voters/ In 2012, the use of Facebook, and potential voters Facebook friends of friends was seen as a great, inexpensive, and quick last minute way to get out the:
In the final weeks before Election Day, a scary statistic emerged from the databases at Barack Obama’s Chicago headquarters: half the campaign’s targeted swing-state voters under age 29 had no listed phone number. They lived in the cellular shadows, effectively immune to traditional get-out-the-vote efforts. For a campaign dependent on a big youth turnout, this could have been a crisis. But the Obama team had a solution in place: a Facebook application that will transform the way campaigns are conducted in the future. For supporters, the app appeared to be just another way to digitally connect to the campaign.
2016 How Facebook Could Tilt the 2016 Election: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/04/how-facebook-could-tilt-the-2016-election-donald-trump/478764/ This is a very disturbing article, because it highlights how Facebook could influencing the election and details how difficult it would be for anyone to catch.

A recent study found that someone was 0.39 percent more likely to vote if they were told by Facebook that their friends had voted. Because of the social ripple effects of this, they concluded that more than 340,000 additional votes were cast in that midterm election because of the “I Voted!” button.If Facebook’s effects on voter turnout are as large as this research suggests, then Facebook could easily skew the 2016 election. By selectively presenting the “I Voted!” button to some voters, for instance, it could juice turnout among reliably Democratic demographics without increasing it among their Republican counterparts.
In this same article, Michael Nunez, a Gizmodo editor offers a step by step guide on how Facebook could silence conservative voices.
The world’s largest social network says it won’t avert a Trump presidency—but could it? In its story on the survey question, Gizmodo hypothesizes one way that the company could step in. By gradually wiping pro-Trump stories from its feed, Facebook could suffocate a campaign that has run on free media attention.Nunez goes on to state that not only would Facebook not have to disclose it actions, and, “would be protected by the First Amendment,”.
Keep in mind this article appears in April of 2016 at a time in which it was not clear if Hilary would win the DNC nominations. Granted it was before the DNC email leak in which we learn the entire primary process was rigged for a Hilary win, but it is interested to see how Facebook has followed these recommendations. Remember, It makes sense as a scenario, and it would be hard to track unless Facebook tells us they are doing it. 2016 Post Election Facebook, in Cross Hairs After Election, Is Said to Question Its Influence https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/technology/facebook-is-said-to-question-its-influence-in-election.html Its just after the 2016 election, and the finger pointing has begun. Remember the above article outline how Facebook should have been able to prevent this from happening. Nothing has changed since 2008 other than the fact that Donald Trump won the presidency. The only difference is successful in winning the Social battle on Twitter and Facebook. In the 8 years of social medias influence on presidential elections this was a first; a conservative candid managed to get the upper hand on Twitter and Facebook. Effectively bypassing a biased media filter and talking directly to the people. Because Donald Trump was successful, apparently something needs to be done. The odd thing about the article is its insistence of the claim of Fake News considering that Mark Zuckerberg claimed that:
“Of all the content on Facebook, more than 99% of what people see is authentic. Only a very small amount is fake news and hoaxes,” Mr. Zuckerberg wrote. “Overall, this makes it extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other.”
99% accuracy is better than CNN, (Left leaning PolitiFact rated CNN political commentates to be accurate 80% of the time. This is with an assessment skewed in their favor and was highest among all cable news channels. So, a 99% accuracy in news and information presented on Facebook is better than cable news. So, why do we need t do anything about the way news and information is collected and shared?
2016 Two Weeks after the election Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/technology/facebook-censorship-tool-china.html Great timing considering this is just after the 2016 election. Facebook has admitted to shadow banning conservatives. You simply turn off their influence. Funny that the New York times printed this on November 22nd 2016 yeah Alex Jones part about the very same thing it was called Fake News. The program as outlined:
The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, these people said. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added.

Well, China likes the idea of Facebook giving global legitimacy to their internet policy, and allow the government to easily track political speech, and subsequently do something about it. According to the article, this system is live, and can be seen/controlled by Facebook programmers, it just needs to be turned on.
It may seem odd that the New York times would print such an article. I have a feeling that this article was waiting in the wings long before the 2016 election. If Hillary wins, the revelation that Facebook can influence the election and silence the voices of conservatives could cause problems. This article has the feeling of a CYA for the New York times. Yeah, we told everyone about this issue, now let's quickly move on to Russian collusion. Facebook 2018 Months before the Mid-Term Elections Facebook is judging how trustworthy you are: What you need to know https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/08/21/facebook-trust-reputation-score/1052839002/ Although accuracy of information posted and shared on Facebook is 19 percent better than the higher than the heist rated news channel, the social media company is elected to do something to halt the success of conservative and libertarian voices. In the referenced USA Today article:
Facebook has started evaluating the trustworthiness of its users by assigning them with reputation scores from zero to one when they report news articles as being false.Why? The idea is to root out people who routinely make false claims about news articles. This is a new weapon Facebook is using in the online information wars to thwart Facebook users who band together to flag a piece of content or a news publisher they disagree with to reduce the visibility of that content or publisher, Facebook says. It's part of a broader effort by the social media giant to go after malicious actors. "The Washington Post" first reported on the trust scores.
So, after looking at 10 years of Facebook in politics, there is no issue with users or the information users share. This is just an attempt to silence conservative voices, but you knew that. The scary part is the level involvement of tech companies in our every day life. Just think of the possibilities. Based on your social accuracy score, you may or may not be eligible for employment, a loan, to shop or even travel. From Revelations, to all manner of science fiction novels and shows, this has been a vision of our future. Please be sure to post links to any similar articles below.

06 August 2018

Where can you find Alex Jones or Infowars online?

Alex Jones is still available through the following channel and those that follow him are still able to get their fix:

The issue for Alex Jones is the casual fan that drops in for the 'show' and looks at Prison Planet as entertainment and may not go through extra steps to catch his show. 

So why would any of this matter?

As long as you control the message, you control the public. So, who controls the message? The center of the tech world is south of San Francisco, in the heart of California, so yes, the tech companies are skewed young, and lean left. The issue for me is not the coordinated banning of Alex Jones and Infowars. These are private companies and can do what they like. The problem is the justification given. These were not blanket rules that equally applied to all users. But again, they can do what they want, or can they? 

To be clear, this is not censorship; that only applies to government involvement; however, we are in a gray area. Big Tech controls what we see, how we see it, how we pay for it, how we receive it, and in turn, how we think.  Yeah, just think, in 10 years, we may not own a car. Just use an app to summon a self-driving car, to take us to a self-serve grocery store that automatically deducts the cost of our purchases as we place them in the cart. All controlled by the same companies that banned a user because they did not like his political speech. In the future, if banned from YouTube, would you also be blocked from Lift, or unable to use Apple Pay?  Just an example of where we are with Big Tech and where we are quickly going. 

Links to examples of the power and influence of social media:

  1. Peter Beaumont's The truth about Twitter, Facebook and the uprising in the Arab world
  2. Sam Gustin's Social Media Sparked, Accelerated Egypt's Revolutionary Fire 
  3. The Daily Caller: Snopes caught twitting the facts: Example 1 | Example 2

22 May 2018

Does Gun Control Work? Lets look at Chicago.

It seems that any call for gun control should have Chicago as a focus, but no one will touch it. If anyone claims that Chicago has restrictive gun laws and very high incidents of gun violence, they are immediately challenged by Democrats and the mainstream media, but each news article will have a version of the following disclaimer buried in the report:
Chicago is still viewed as having very restrictive gun laws. Police and prosecutors agree that the city’s black market for illegal guns has thrived.
The city has average 34 shootings a week through the first 10 weeks of 2018 per the Chicago PD, From 1955 - 2017 39,137 people have been killed in Chicago. The reports will also claim that the city at one time had the strictest gun laws in the country from 1983 to 2010. But they will neglect to tell that the 27-year period of heightening gun control accounts for 57% of the homicides tracked over a 62 year period.
Richard J. Daley
Michael Bilandic
Jane Byrne
Harold Washington
Eugene Sawyer
Richard M. Daley
Rahm Emanuel