Virus-Test Divide Exposes Government Successes—and Failures

A health worker wearing a protective suit waits at a drive-through testing center for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Seoul, on March 7. Photographer: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images
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  • Huge variation in testing regimes from U.S. to Singapore

  • Cost, health system and past experience all determine practice

One barometer of competence for the world’s governments and health-care systems as they battle the coronavirus pandemic lies in the testing itself.

How nations handle the most basic aspect of disease detection may be as important for the trust in governments, and even the survival of some administrations, as it is for the wellbeing of the populations they serve.

In the U.S., a top medical official acknowledged on Thursday that the slow roll-out of tests to track down early carriers, and so contain the spread of Covid-19 across a nation of 330 million, was a “failing” for a medical system that’s poorly designed for the task.

PROLOGUE: Countries like Kenya, where a new China-backed plan for a coal-fired power-plant just has been stopped wisely by a court order from progressing in one of the most pristine areas of the country - the Lamu archipelago and near the world heritage site, must shelf als coal-power plans instantly; and investors must realize that they defraud their shareholders, if they proceed with plans for coal-power-plants.

Wind and solar plants will soon be cheaper than coal in all big markets around world, analysis finds

Even better than windpower generation is the future of solar-powered solutions.

Report raises fresh doubt about viability of Australia’s thermal coal export industry

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Renewable power is a cheaper option than building new coal plants in all large markets including Australia, a new report says. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Building new wind and solar plants will soon be cheaper in every major market across the globe than running existing coal-fired power stations, according to a new report that raises fresh doubt about the medium-term viability of Australia’s $26bn thermal coal export industry.

COVID-19: Further Evidence that the Virus Originated in the USA

Nature did not create COVID-19 - Image cedit: Health.mil

By Larry Romanoff - 11. March 2020

It would be useful to read this prior article for background:

That contains the earlier article by Larry Romanoff from March 04, 2020

China’s Coronavirus: A Shocking Update. Did The Virus Originate in the US?

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As readers will recall from the earlier article (above), Japanese and Taiwanese epidemiologists and pharmacologists have determined that the new coronavirus almost certainly originated in the US since that country is the only one known to have all five types – from which all others must have descended. Wuhan in China has only one of those types, rendering it in analogy as a kind of “branch” which cannot exist by itself but must have grown from a “tree”.

PROLOGUE: From the HIGHERGROUND: While the bold and the beautiful hide in their bunkers and Donald J. Trump is not doing it, WE THE PEOPLE, hereby declare all imposed U.S. sanctions as nil and void. Any bankster, factory-owner, trader, transporter etc. who still abides by these illegal sanctions and does not sell, transport, deliver etc. urgently required medical supplies and food to the people in the countries targeted by the machinations of U.S. hegemony will be held likewise accountable for crimes against humanity.

Sickening US Sanctions on Iran

Iranian man wearing rare facemask.

By  - 11. March 2020

At a time of global crisis as seen with the coronavirus epidemic, it is heartening to witness compassion and solidarity that unites all human beings.

Russia, which has so far been relatively unscathed from the disease, is reportedly sending 50,000 test kits to Iran for detecting the virus. The Islamic Republic has recorded over 300 deaths so far and there are fears of many more fatalities to come over the next few weeks as the flu-like disease spreads to all provinces.

Meanwhile, China – where the outbreak originated in December – is sending thousands of ventilators, respirators and other equipment to Italy, which has become the worst-affected country in Europe by the disease.

PROLOGUE: Socotra Island, located closer to Somalia than Yemen, is a unique place of many natural wonders and a World Heritage Site, but has become a playing ball in the sick, geopolitical games of USAmerican and Emirati interests. Where is the UN Security Council ? This illegal occupation is horrific and a blatant violation of International Law. Socotra must remain an island of peace and the warmongers must leave instantly.

US Marines Arrive on Yemen’s Socotra to Back UAE Troops: Reports

U.S. and UAE boots on the ground in Socotra is unwarranted and totally illegal.

A new batch of US Marines has arrived on Yemen's strategic Socotra Island, installing Patriot defense systems, according to local reports.

By Tasnim/VF - 10. March 2020 

Sanaa Post reported that the American soldiers were received by the occupying UAE forces at their headquarters on the island.

There is speculation that the US intends to establish its own military base amid reports that America had sent military experts to equip observation points to deploy radars and air defense points on the strategically located island overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, according to Middle East Monitor.

US forces had previously arrived on Socotra in December of last year and started installing a Patriot missile system in order to protect the Saudi and Emirati forces on the island at the time.

Wikipedia: A Disinformation Operation?

A good number of Wikipedia editors have been found out and were exposed to have a hidden agenda or get paid to tweak the knowledge database.

By SwissPropagandaResearch - 10. March 2020;  Languages: DE, EN, ESFRNLRO

Wikipedia is generally thought of as an open, transparent, and mostly reliable online encyclopedia. Yet upon closer inspection, this turns out not to be the case.

In fact, the English Wikipedia with its 9 billion worldwide page views per month is governedby just 500 active administrators, whose real identity in many cases remains unknown.

Moreover, studies have shown that 80% of all Wikipedia content is written by just 1% of all Wikipedia editors, which again amounts to just a few hundred mostly unknown people.

UPDATE 11.March 2020: U.S. president Trump will block as from Friday 13th all flights from the EU to the USA for 30 days. Britain is exempted, but the British government criticises Trump's plan while the EU is angry and upset. French president Macron confiscates all facemasks to distribute them to medical personnel and bans all public gatherings, while the French protest-movement, the Yellow-Vests, vows to disobey. The exercise of these Orwellian games is set to cause major unrest and then to deal with it in order to manifest the now globalized Powers That Never Should Be.

Politicians, Community Leaders and Business Leaders: What Should You Do and When?

COVID-19 map 05. March 2020. In history the year 2020 will be the year of decisive action or doom. RightClick/View to enlarge

By Tomas Pueyo - 10.March 2020 (Updated on 11.March 2020)

With everything that’s happening about the Coronavirus, it might be very hard to make a decision of what to do today. Should you wait for more information? Do something today? What?

Here’s what I’m going to cover in this article, with lots of charts, data and models with plenty of sources:

PROLOGUE: They come in all shades and forms: USAmerican-funded NGOs, ThinkTanks, ActivistGroups and other forms of organizations operating inside the USA and abroad - even under cover of being a"local NGO" - are just a front for the real agenda: U.S. World Domination

Old Ideas in New Bottles

Former general David Petraeus - another imperial leftover - now used to sell fake fronts.

A new front group preaches restraint while embracing interventionism

By  - 10. March 2020

Numerous so-called “front groups” operate in the United States.

A front group is very simply an organization that pretends to have a certain program while at the same time using that identity as cover to promote a hidden agenda that is something quite different, often opposed to what is being said publicly.

The Global Climate Coalition is, for example, an organization funded by fossil fuel providers that works to deny climate change and other related issues.

The Groundwater Protection Council does not protect water resources at all and instead receives its money from the fracking industry, which resists any regulation of water pollution it causes.

The Sinister Agenda behind Covid-19

By Sam Parker 10. March 2020

The entire world is confused, helpless, and living in fear over the past month, as the hype over the Covid-19 virus mounts. Why is this happening? And, most importantly, WHO BENEFITS? As the author explained in a previous article, this was an engineered virus, used as a bio-weapon, for geopolitical advantage.

 Every day the world’s mainstream news reports more people in more countries diagnosed “positive” for the coronavirus illness, now called COVID-19.

As the reported numbers grow, so does widespread nervousness, often in the form of panic shopping for masks, disinfections, toilet paper and canned goods.

We are told to accept the testing results as science-based. While it is next to impossible to get a full picture of what is taking place in China, the center of the novel virus storm, there is a processbeing fed by mainstream media accounts and genuine panic in populations unclear what the real dangers are, that has alarming implications for the post-pandemic future.

Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf are killed by poachers - leaving just ONE in the world

  • The mother giraffe carrying the gene for leucism was killed as well as her only female, white calf. Only the white male calf survived the horrific attack said to have ulterior motives based on greed for ill-managed foreign conservation funding.
    Normal coloured giraffe to the right.
    The white giraffe and her calf were killed by poachers in Garissa, eastern Kenya 
  • Members of the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said only one white giraffe remains
  • The last remaining white giraffe is a male calf born to the now-slain mother 
  • Rangers said the slaughter of the two giraffes was a sad day for the area  

By AFPDarren Boyle MO, VF - 

Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists said Tuesday, in a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world.

The bodies of the two giraffes were found 'in a skeletal state after being killed by armed poachers' in Garissa in eastern Kenya, the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a statement.

Their deaths leave just one remaining white giraffe alive - a lone male, borne by the same slaughtered female, the conservancy said.

Trial Of Alleged "Vault 7" CIA Leaker Ends In Hung Jury

Since the Vault 7 leak the public at least knows which criminal cyber-warfare methods the U.S. agencies use against innocent people the world over. 

By Tyler Durden - 09.March 2020

The trial of a former CIA computer engineer accused of the largest leak of classified information in the spy agency's history has ended with a hung jury.

On Monday, a federal jury in Manhattan could not agree on whether to convict 31-year-old Joshua Schulte on eight counts, including illegal gathering and transmission of national defense information, according to the New York Times.

Schulte was convicted on two other counts; contempt of court and making false statements to the FBI.

Brazil Refuses To Drop Bullshit Charges Against Glenn Greenwald; Appeal Judge's Ruling Throwing Out The Case

Bolsonaro's rogue regime in Brazil targets now also international journalists.

By Mike Masnick - 09. March 2020

Earlier this year, we wrote about the bogus "cybercrimes" charges brought against Glenn Greenwald in Brazil for his reporting on government corruption.

As has been noted, a court and law enforcement had already said that Greenwald did not break any laws in his reporting, and had followed ethical journalistic guidelines. And yet, he was still charged with a crime for reporting on leaked documents, with prosecutors claiming that Greenwald's suggestions to the whistleblower on how not to get caught constituted a "clear role in facilitating the commission of a crime." This was clearly a charade, as the Bolsonairo government in Brazil seemed mostly to just want to intimidate Greenwald and the press away from reporting on what now appears to be an extremely corrupt government.

UPDATE 17. May 2020: Where is the missing princess of Dubai? + Where are the missing Princesses?

PROLOGUE: For us it is actually International Human Equality Day - without fear or favour!

It’s time for women refugees to have a seat at the table

Governments, universities, corporations, media outlets, civil society organisations and families are actively discussing measures to improve gender equality, especially when it comes to leadership and decision-making positions, where the gender gapexternal link is particularly acute. Social norms are changing quickly; for instance, it is now considered bad form to host a conference in which all the speakers or panellists are male. 

UPDATE 24. March 2020: Groundbreaking UN Torture Report Shunned by Mainstream. USA complained about Cuba and China, but what is with their own cyber-terror?

UN starts investigation to ban cyber torture

The electronic skeletons come out of the closets and the dark shadows..

(see your invitation to 'Online Meeting' below)

By Magnus Olsson - 08. March, 2020

Geneva, Switzerland - The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Special Rapporteur on torture revealed during the 43rd HRC that Cyber technology is not only used for internet and 5G. It is also used to target individuals remotely – through intimidation and harassment.

On the 28th of February in Geneva, Professor Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel Inhuman Degrading Treatment and Punishment, has officially confirmed that cyber torture exists and investigation is now underway on how to tackle it legally.

Somalia: The Pentagon’s new (old) ‘endless war’?

USAmerican warmongering in Somalia has to stop - the U.S. policy "If we can not have it - nobody else shall!" has to end.

By AFP - 08. 

Washington – The Pentagon has been issuing near daily announcements of new strikes against Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, seemingly without affecting the Al-Qaeda affiliate’s ability to destabilize the country, in what is looking like a new “endless war” for the United States.

The Trump administration’s plans to reduce its military presence in Africa while re-centering its efforts toward two key strategic competitors — China and Russia — are coming at the expense of French-led operations against jihadists in the Sahel region.

So far, however, the war of attrition against the Al-Shabaab has continued unabated.

“Al-Shabaab is one of the biggest threats on the continent; they have aspirations to attack the (US) homeland,” General Roger Cloutier, commander of US land forces in Africa, recently declared.

Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 3.4 million early deaths each year

What is more deadly? The air we breathe or the virus we catch?

By VF/ET - 07.March 2020

In China every year around 10% of the untimely deaths are caused by outdoor air pollution - the official figure for 2017 in China is 1.03 million deaths due to outside pollution.

To maintain the coronavirus-hype, however, officials try now desperately to up the numbers for this flu event and today around 107,490 cases worldwide with 60,914 patients having recovered and around 3,652 death are reported as total since 31. December 2019, when the Orwellian exercise was started. This despite the fact that proper test-kits are lacking everywhere and even where they are available notallasesare tested properly.

The Chinese coronavirus outbreak must also be seen as far less deadly than e.g. 'normal' influenza, where e.g. in the United States a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report states that 19 million people were infected and at least 10,000 died of the common flu virus in the USA in 2019 and the first part of 2020.