フランスのコロナは中国発でもイタリア発でもない パスツール研究所

自らの失政を棚に上げ、中国批判に余念のないマクロン大統領だが、自国の権威あるパスツール研究所が、フランスで広がっているコロナ・ウィルスは、中国発でもイタリア発でもないとする研究結果を発表した。

・・・やはりフランスの悲劇はマクロンの失政が原因ということで。フランス国民は、損害賠償請求する相手を中国政府からマクロン大統領に変更したほうがよろしいのではないでしょうか(笑)。



Covid-19 was already 'silently circulating' in France before virus arrived from China & Italy – study
29 Apr, 2020 19:45
https://www.rt.com/news/487294-france-coronavirus-strain-italy-china/

The outbreak of the coronavirus in France has little to do with cases imported from China or Italy, as another strain of the disease of unknown origin had already been infecting people in the country, research claims.

The virologists at the Pasteur Institute in Paris have sequenced the genomes from samples taken from 97 French and three Algerian coronavirus patients between January 24 and March 24.

What they found is that the dominant types of Covid-19 viral strains in France differed from those that arrived from China or Italy, and belonged to another group, or 'clade.'

The earliest sample in the French clade dated from February 19 and came from an infected person who hadn't traveled abroad recently and had no contacts with possible carriers of the disease.

"We can infer that the virus was silently circulating in France in February" prior to the wave of Covid-19 cases in the country, the virologists said in a paper, published on bioRxiv website but not yet peer-reviewed.

The origins of this third strain were unknown to the scientists. They also pointed out that their sampling was insufficient to reliably establish the time of its introduction in France.

The first coronavirus-related fatality was registered in the country in mid-February, with 129,859 people confirmed as infected and 23,660 dying from complications related to the highly contagious disease since then.

イギリス コロナ感染者の63%は有色人種

イギリスの医療・社会福祉就業者のうちBAME(Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity)が占める割合は16%に過ぎないのに、コロナ死亡者の63%を占めていることが統計で示された。

NHKイングランドは各病院に対し、有色人種をコロナ病棟に配置する危険性について検討するよう指示を出した。



NHS memo says BAME hospital staff could be taken off the front-line fight against coronavirus over fears they are genetically more at risk from the disease

Letter from NHS England bosses asks hospitals to 'risk-assess BAME staff'
63 per cent of NHS workers who have died of COVID-19 have been BAME
They account for 16 per cent of all hospital deaths in England until April 21
Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Lara Keay and Jack Newman For Mailonline
Published: 00:30 BST, 30 April 2020 | Updated: 01:52 BST, 30 April 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8271485/NHS-warns-hospitals-risk-assess-BAME-staff-line-vulnerable.html

Black, Asian and Minority ethnic NHS staff could be taken off the front-line over concerns they are more vulnerable to coronavirus.

New guidance sent from NHS England to hospitals nationwide asks that BAME staff are 'risk-assessed' on a 'precautionary basis'.

Figures have shown 63 per cent of all health and social care workers who have died from coronavirus are from ethnic minority backgrounds, despite only making up 16 per cent of the workforce.

BAME patients also made up 16 per cent of all virus hospital deaths in England up to April 21.

The Government has since launched an urgent inquiry into the alarming statistics.

Hospitals received a letter from NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens and its chief operating officer Amanda Pritchard, according to the Telegraph.

The letter reads: 'Emerging UK and international data suggests that people from BAME backgrounds are also being disproportionately affected by Covid-19.

'Public Health England have been asked by the Department of Health and Social Care to investigate this. In advance of their report and guidance, on a precautionary basis, we commend employers should risk-assess staff at potentially greater risk and make appropriate arrangements accordingly.'

This could mean that BAME doctors, nurses and other hospital staff are given lower risk or remote jobs away from coronavirus wards.

Earlier this week the Somerset Foundation Trust became the first in the country to prioritise BAME staff for access to facemasks.

The NHS trust is treating all its black, Asian and minority ethnic employees as 'vulnerable and at risk' of coronavirus.

The trust has now included all its BAME workers in the vulnerable and at risk group, and is asking managers to have conversations with them and discuss concerns.

In a letter to staff, the trust's chief executive Peter Lewis said: 'While we don't yet have any conclusive research or national guidance, we feel that is the right approach to take.

'We also hope that you feel comfortable sharing any concerns you have about any underlying conditions so that these can be taken into consideration when planning your work.'

The letter said BAME staff and their families will be able to access testing within the first five days of developing any symptoms, and any who require an FFP3 mask - which offers greater protection than a normal surgical mask - will be supported to be fit-tested as soon as possible.

Mr Lewis added: 'We recognise how worrying it is at the moment for our colleagues and we want to provide them with as much support as we can.

'Our BAME colleagues make a significant contribution to our trust and the care we provide to patients. We are grateful for their ongoing commitment.'

Yvonne Coghill, director of NHS England's workforce race equality standard unit, tweeted 'many should follow the lead of Somerset FT,' describing the trust as 'compassionate' with strong leadership.

The Government has launched an inquiry into the 'devastating disparity' which means BAME patients are at disproportionately high risk of becoming critically ill with coronavirus.

Scientists say the disparity may be because they are more likely to suffer from conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure.

Social and demographic factors also play a role, as BAME people are more likely to live in densely populated areas which may make social distancing harder.

The British Medical Association (BMA) also suggested that BAME doctors may feel less able to raise concerns about inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE), as they report higher levels of bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA chairman, said a survey showed doctors from ethnic minorities were three times more likely to feel pressured to treat patients without adequate PPE.

He said: 'These figures are staggering. They are worrying and disturbing. In fact these doctors have come from other parts of the world to provide vital care and save other people's lives in our health service and now they have sadly paid the ultimate sacrifice.'

The first ten doctors in the UK to die from coronavirus were all of BAME background, with many born overseas.

Dr Habib Naqvi, the NHS director for workforce race and equality, said: 'The fact that a high number of black and minority ethnic staff are dying from this pandemic is a worry for us.'

Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer, said: 'It's critical that we find out which groups are most at risk so we can help to protect them.'

A Department of Health spokesman said: 'We have commissioned work from Public Health England to understand the different factors that may influence the way someone is affected by this virus.'

現時点でコロナ感染者ゼロの34ヶ国リスト

Here Are The Last 34 Countries On Earth Yet To Report A Single COVID-19 Case
by Tyler Durden
Wed, 04/29/2020 - 17:45
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/here-are-last-34-countries-earth-yet-report-single-covid-19-case

Latin America

Bouvet Island
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Asia

North Korea
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan

Europe

Aland Islands
Channel Islands
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands

Africa

British Indian Ocean Territory
Comoros
French Southern Territories
Lesotho
Saint Helena

Oceania

American Samoa
Christmas Island
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Cook Islands
Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Nauru
Niue
Norfolk Island
Palau
Pitcairn
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tokelau
Tonga
Tuvalu
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Vanuatu
Wallis and Futuna Islands

イスラエル パレスチナ村の診療所から医療機材を強奪 コロナ

イスラエルがその支配下に置いているパレスチナ人のコロナ対策をきちんとしていない件について、表題その他の事例を挙げながら告発している記事。

ちなみに表題の情報源は、(パレスチナではなく)イスラエル人権団体であることを強調しておく。

ふうん、イスラエルが確保したと自慢している医療機材、医薬品、医療サプライには、こうしたものも含まれるんだ。ふうん。

文末で、北米、アフリカ、オーストラリアなどどこでも、侵略者は感染症で原住民を死滅させたと指摘している。

最近はこの種の記事をすっかり見かけなくなったので、上げてみた。



Israel did worst job of all in confronting COVID-19
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 4:46 PM
By Robert Inlakesh
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/04/28/624123/Israel-coronavirus-occupied-territories-West-Bank-East-Jerusalem-al-Quds-Gaza

Did Israel put up the worst performance of all, when it comes to its response to the COVID-19 pandemic? The question in itself would seem almost preposterous if one was to simply look at the numbers of confirmed cases alongside the death rate and the policies that Israel is reported to have put in place in order to deal with the virus in places like Tel Aviv. So, let’s look into why this question is actually being asked.

First and foremost, Israel is obligated under international law to ensure the health and safety of those under its ongoing occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds and Gaza. It has been confirmed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that both International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law apply to Israel when it comes to all those under its de facto control. That being said, it has to be additionally noted that over 50% of the population living in Palestine-Israel are ethnically Palestinian Muslims, Christians or Jews.

When we look at Israel’s handling of this COVID-19 Pandemic, it is easy to be fooled by looking solely at the measures taken to protect those who bear Israeli citizenship. This of course should not be how we judge Israel’s response, as this excludes around 5.5 million Palestinians under Israel’s occupation, which Israel has been continuing to persecute during the course of the COVID-19 outbreak.

So how has Israel dealt with Palestinians in the occupied territories during the pandemic?

As of this year, the Gaza Strip is officially considered by experts at the United Nations to be an uninhabitable space. Israel has been urged on a near yearly basis, by the United Nation and leading Human Rights Organizations to end its siege due to the deteriorating effect it has on the lives of the two million people living in the besieged coastal enclave. Gaza is amongst the most densely populated areas on earth and 97% of its water is unfit for human consumption. Israel has refused to ease its siege on Gaza. It has also refused to send the necessary medical goods needed for Gaza to deal with a coronavirus outbreak, of which Gaza is in short supply of.

Israel has also violated the UN’s global call for ceasefire, continuing to use lethal force against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. On the 22nd of March, Israeli forces killed a 32-year-old Palestinian from the village of Nilin, near Ramallah, and on the 27th of March, Israel bombed three different areas inside of the Gaza Strip, after reports of rocket fire into Israel. Another Palestinian died of his gunshot wounds, Islam Dweikat, suffered in the south of Nablus last month, at the hands of the Israeli military. In addition to this, Israel also targeted Homs, Syria with airstrikes launched from Lebanese airspace on the 31st of March without provocation.

Israel’s arrest and detainment campaigns in the West Bank and East al-Quds have also been ongoing, evidently not taking into consideration social distancing.

According to the Israeli Human Rights Organization BT’selem, Israeli forces accompanied by two cranes and a bulldozer raided the village of Khirbet Ibziq in order to bulldoze emergency facilities built to deal with COVID-19, as well as to confiscate equipment needed to deal with the virus’ outbreak.

On the first of April, Israeli settlers in East al-Quds were caught spitting on Palestinian cars in the vilage of Beit Iksa, which locals feared could have been an attempt to spread the virus as well as being a hate crime.

Another disturbing series of incidents were recorded, including the reported dumping and abandoning of Palestinians, who were working in Illegal settlements outside of checkpoints after they displayed signs of sickness. Israeli settlers also attacked and vandalized a Palestinian cemetery earlier this month and have been accused by local human rights groups of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reports have now also surfaced, voicing the concerns of Palestinians living in East al-Quds, who are without access to coronavirus testing, specifically those living behind checkpoints, such as the residents of Shuafat camp and Kufr Aqab, home to around 150,000 al-Quds ID-holders. Israel’s Mayor of al-Quds, Moshe Leon, has even accused Israel’s Health Ministry of neglecting Palestinian hospitals, specifically in Eastern al-Quds.

As for Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli military prisons, none have been released. However, there are some such as Iran, which have released thousands of their prisoners. As a US ally, Israel has not been urged to release its prisoners, whilst Iran and some others have been consistently called on to do more.

With Israel completely neglecting millions of Palestinians in its response to the novel coronavirus’ pandemic, one can only draw the conclusion that it has effectively done the worst job of all at dealing with the outbreak. To put it in perspective, this sort of reaction -- or lack thereof -- to the outbreak amongst Palestinians and its continued brutalization of Palestinians, could amount to its acting as accessory to genocide if the virus mutated and began to have a much higher kill rate.

Much of the genocide of the Native populations of North America and Australia was done through the spread of disease, these deaths are viewed by many as the responsibility of the settler colonial projects of those days. If Israel continued down its current trajectory in the face of much deadlier pandemics, it would surely be held accountable. Such is the severity of its current ongoing crimes against Palestinians during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Robert Inlakesh is a journalist, writer and political analyst, who has lived in and reported from the occupied Palestinian West Bank. He has written for publications such as Mint Press, Mondoweiss, MEMO, and various other outlets. He specializes in analysis of the Middle East, in particular Palestine-Israel. He also works for Press TV as a European correspondent.

突然、性的画像が画面に…Zoom爆撃、香川大でも被害

Zoomで社内会議を開いていたら、突然全画面にポルノが映し出されたとか、Zoomをインストールしたパソコンは外部サーバーに情報が筒抜けになってしまい、Zoomをアンインストールしてもその問題プログラムは削除できないとか、セキュリティー上の問題がいくつもあることは何週間も前に指摘されていて、米国政府も確か使用禁止したはずだが、香川大のシステムさんは、こんなことも勉強してないんでしょうかねぇ。まあ、よくあることだけど。



突然、性的画像が画面に…Zoom爆撃、香川大でも被害
2020年4月30日 10時39分
朝日新聞デジタル
https://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/18196042/

 香川大学がテレビ会議システム「Zoom(ズーム)」を使って遠隔で実施したガイダンスに何者かが不正に侵入して無関係の画像などが流れ、中断を余儀なくされていたことが分かった。

 同大学によると、授業のガイダンスは例年、教室などで開いている。しかし、今年は新型コロナウイルス対策として、一部の学部が大学と各学生の自宅などをウェブ会議システムで結んで実施した。

 このうち、経済学部が17日に開いた新入生向けのガイダンスで、オンラインで出欠を確認中、何者かがシステムに侵入。約2分間、画面上にフランス語で書かれた文章や性的な画像が映し出されたという。

 教職員がすぐにアカウントを削除して画像などが見られないようにしたが、200人以上の学生が閲覧していた。大学側は新しいアカウントを作成し、ガイダンスは再開されたという。

 同大学では、大型連休明けの5月7日からズームを使った遠隔授業を本格的に導入する方針を14日に発表していた。今回、不正に侵入されたのを受けてセキュリティーを強化し、遠隔授業は予定通り実施するとしている。

コロナ対策 ロックダウンを叫ぶ政府は、何をしたらいいかわからずに叫んでいる

専門家は信頼できない統計をもとに語っており、医学界も人により言うことがバラバラ。何が起きているかわかっている人はどこにもいない。

このような状況下で、政府は何をしたらいいかわからないから「全員止まれ」と叫んでいるだけ。



Governments don’t know what to do about Covid-19, but they’ll lock us down before admitting it
Simon Rite
is a writer based in London for RT, in charge of several projects including the political satire group #ICYMI. Follow him on Twitter @SiWrites
29 Apr, 2020 07:00
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/487094-governments-covid19-lock-down/

Most governments, institutions and experts don’t know the best way to deal with the coronavirus – that’s pretty obvious at this point – but they’ll never admit it publicly.

First, let’s start with some sympathy; global pandemics don’t happen every week, so it’s absolutely understandable that responding to one involves a level of improvisation for all involved.

Some nations are on lockdown, some aren’t. Some order populations to wear masks, some don’t. But honestly, they don’t even know how many people have Covid-19 or have died from it. Don’t fall for the show of confidence; it’s guesswork at this point.

The lockdowns are an obvious sign. Telling entire populations not to go anywhere is not a plan; it’s a lack of one. Think about all the times you’ve screamed “Don’t move.” Did you shout it because you had a strategy, or because you needed time to come up with one? Every time a lockdown is extended, it’s an admission that the authorities need a little more thinking time.
Also on rt.com What will the post-coronavirus world look like when we venture from self-isolation?

That’s why one characteristic of this crisis has been the array of methods used to say “We don’t know” without actually saying it. Governments deflect to the science, the science relies on the numbers, and journalists try to sound like they know what should be done while blaming the government. And on it goes.

Look, it’s the nature of politics that, whether they’re worried about re-election or avoiding uprisings and public lynchings, there is very little to be gained for governments in admitting ignorance. When trying to sell BS, it’s essential to do it with confidence.

Take the British government. The past masters of arse-covering phraseology have come up with “We’re being guided by the science.” This little motto was invaluable when the initial strategy of trying to achieve ‘herd immunity’ was slammed into reverse and replaced with legally enforced Netflix and chill.
Also on rt.com AI healthcare shouldn’t get more trust than self-driving car; it’s useful amid pandemic emergency, but speed is not always good

The U-turn happened because there is no “the science” to be guided by; there are, in fact, all kinds of science you can choose from, depending which is the most politically expedient.

This is a brand new virus, and scientists are scratching their heads about what to do just like everyone else. While one group of boffins can concoct a model showing 97% of the population will be dead by Thursday lunchtime if a bat sneezes, another will produce a table of numbers suggesting only pensioners with advanced pneumonia and intimate knowledge of pangolins are at risk.

In the UK, Imperial College London came up with a deeply pessimistic prediction for the fatality rate among those who catch Covid-19, while another group at Oxford University predicted that large parts of the population may already have had it and not really noticed. In other words, neither group really knew.
Also on rt.com The UK’s Covid-19 response is being led by a secretive, incompetent cabal. No wonder our policies have been such a shambles

The uncertainty of science can be a deeply flawed basis for guiding politicians who have to exude confidence. The scientific method involves a hypothesis (aka a wild guess) being drawn up before attempts are made to disprove it. That’s great, but once a government chooses a specific scientist’s model to guide policy, it becomes almost impossible to admit that it may not be 100% correct. And if the one they chose happens to be the most pessimistic, it becomes very hard to find a way out of lockdown after the population has been left petrified.

This is why I want to shout out to Sweden’s government, who have gone one step further in following the science and essentially put a scientist in charge. State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell is the driving force behind the Swedish refusal to close down society in the way much of the rest of the world has. He is the hero of this piece, because when he was asked how he knows it’s better not to shut restaurants and schools, he said that he didn’t know, but neither did anyone else. Honesty at last!

There is another phenomenon at play with Sweden though, as I get the impression that there’s a clamour for the strategy to fail miserably. Because at least then, other governments can say: “Sure, we didn’t know what we were doing, but at least we knew more than the Swedes!”

コロナ後の社会 男性の女性化、昆虫を食べる、核家族を禁止し個に分解

男が女よりコロナに弱いという特性があるので、男に女性ホルモンを打てば解決するという意見。

畜産業、精肉業が潰れたので、昆虫を食べる(貧困層は虫を食えという方向性だと思うが、原文にはこのようには書かれていない)。

核家族をも禁止することで、社会を完全なる「個人」の集合体にし、LGBTが喜ぶ社会を作り上げる。



Abolish family, eat bugs, inject female hormones: Covid-19 is Christmas for liberal control-freaks
Graham Dockery
is an Irish journalist, commentator, and writer at RT. Previously based in Amsterdam, he wrote for DutchNews and a scatter of local and national newspapers.
28 Apr, 2020 17:21
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/487154-coronavirus-eat-the-bugs/

The coronavirus pandemic is already triggering a massive upheaval in the way we live. But amid the chaos, extreme liberal social engineers are plotting fresh attacks, hoping to upend even the things many of us take for granted.

In little over two months, governments across the Western world have granted themselves the power to place their entire citizenry under house arrest, all in the name of fighting the coronavirus. From the British constabulary breaking up illegal picnics, to American law enforcement seeking the power to detain indefinitely without trial, civil liberties have been assaulted in every corner of the free world.

Will the trade-off be justified? Only time will tell. However, just as governments have flexed their authoritarian muscles, the media and academia have already decided how they want the post-coronavirus world to look, and it’s a hellish dystopia.
Feminize if you want to live

Relatively little is known about the virus, and some of its characteristics – like the AIDS-like attack on the immune system it causes – have baffled scientists. However, the pathogen seems to pose a greater threat to men than women. Armed with this fact, the New York Times decided on Monday that pumping men full of female sex hormones could be a cure.

To be fair, scientists are only studying this as a potential avenue of treatment, yet the Times never once questioned the idea of chemically castrating half the population to stop the bug. Men, it says, will get used to “tenderness in the breast and hot flashes.”

Me, reading Fictionmania in 2004: A plague that forces men to feminize themselves? What a preposterous premise.Me, reading the New York Times in 2020: https://t.co/Yx0GXIcPiW
— Emily VanDerWerff (@tvoti) April 27, 2020

While the idea of hormonally breaking the American male may excite a small subset of the Times’ cat-lady readership, the studies described are niche ones. But the mainstream media has some equally drastic plans to reshape your life, right down to the food you eat.
A bug, but also a feature

Tyson Foods, one of the US’ largest meat processing mega-corporations, announced on Sunday that “the food supply chain is breaking.” Sicknesses at its plants mean that “millions of pounds of meat will disappear from the supply chain,” Chairman John Tyson warned in a letter to the New York Times.

“The food supply chain is breaking,” Tyson Foods warns in a full page ad in NYT today pic.twitter.com/5cyusH6L9V
— Ana Swanson (@AnaSwanson) April 26, 2020

A simple fix for this looming crisis would be to relax USDA regulations that favor factory farmers, and allow small producers to sell to local retailers. At present, regulations essentially prohibit the slaughter of livestock in any facility that can’t afford to comply. Rep. Thomas Massie, a dissident Kentucky Republican, has already proposed a bill to resolve this, and to allow consumers to buy directly from farmers.

Here’s an interview I did a few years ago that explains how creating one small exemption to one regulation could help facilitate a revival of safe, healthy, local, and affordable beef and pork:https://t.co/cCl6CPxRcz
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 26, 2020

The media, however, have other ideas. “You should start eating bugs,” Popular Science wrote last week. “Here’s how,” it continued, before describing the “wonderful tanginess” of ants, and imploring readers to “conquer their fear” of scorpion stew. Hundreds of articles extolling the virtues of an insect-based diet are churned out every month. Insects are the “food of the future,” we hear. “Beef won’t be what’s for dinner much longer,” the bugmen proclaim. There are many such cases.

Of course, if we lusted after bugs the same way we crave red meat, they wouldn’t have to try so hard. These articles always mention Westerners’ “cultural hang ups” about eating creepy-crawlies as something to be overcome, something to be engineered out of us. In short, they’ll have to break us before we start guzzling down mealworms, and they relish the thought.

Why do these schoolmarm, micromanager types care so much? Apart from their having internalized the concept of equality so deeply that in the absence of happy meals for the world’s seven billion people they’d sooner see us all eating crickets, they care because a juicy, flame-grilled steak symbolizes the red-state, masculine independence they long to snuff out.
Nuke the family

None of the last vestiges of this independence are off limits, including your family. “This pandemic has exposed the myth of the nuclear family,” the Guardian’s Zoe Williams wrote last month, before columnist Suzanne Moore exhorted“we need to disband the nuclear family for good.” The Washington Post’s Ian Corbin joined in the chorus when he prophesized“the coronavirus might break the nuclear family. That wouldn’t be a bad thing.”

The nuclear family – with all of its patriarchal overtones – has long been the mortal enemy of feminist bloggers and the wannabe lesbian commissars who write for the Guardian. However, the societal shake-up brought about by the coronavirus has given these people fresh impetus to push their ideas into the mainstream.

Single-family dwellings, the cornerstone of American life – are “racist,” liberal think tanks have declared. Homeschooling is evil and “authoritarian,” and perpetuates “white supremacy,” a Harvard professor claimed last week. Individualism itself will fade away, as “science reigns again,” a group of “thinkers” told Politico.

Harvard's Elizabeth Bartholet "recommends a presumptive ban" on homeschooling.They are coming after your right to educate your own children at home. pic.twitter.com/mxjfyTQarC
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) April 18, 2020

A serious crisis is “an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before,” former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel famously said in 2008. More than a decade later, and with the world softened up by a rampaging virus, the social engineers have taken his words to heart.

For these spiritual Grinches, the current crisis is Christmas. It’s an opportunity to purge the last spark of vitalism and danger from the human spirit, and further domesticate us. They want us to eat the bugs, to live in filthy communal harmony, and to remain forever in thrall to the state. They’ll tell you it’s for a greater good, but the end result is the same.

Those of us who value freedom need to push back. We can’t nod along when politicians talk of the “new normal.” We can’t assume things will return to how they were. We need to look our masters and their press apparatchiks in the eye and reply: “I will not live in the pod. I will not eat the bugs.”

イギリスのアパレル業界 コロナでバングラデシュとの契約24億ポンドを一方的に破棄

低価格を売りにしているイギリスのアパレル各社は、新型コロナで経済活動が止まったことを受け、バングラデシュの縫製工場との間で締結していた契約24億ポンド(3168億円)を、補償もなしに一方的に破棄した。バングラ政府は激怒している。

低価格衣料が一般化したことで、短期で使い捨てにされる衣料ごみが増え、それらは西アフリカのガーナに中古として輸出されているが、ガーナでも処理しきれず、海や山で野積みにされたまま放置されている。



Fashion faux pas? Covid-19 exposes another fault line in globalisation as the West’s obsession with cheap clothes ends in disaster
Damian Wilson
Damian Wilson
is a UK journalist, ex-Fleet Street editor, financial industry consultant and political communications special advisor in the UK and EU.
28 Apr, 2020 18:19
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/487159-fashion-clothes-coronavirus-disaster/

British retailers, pushed to the brink of bankruptcy by the shutting down of the economy, have cancelled £2.4 billion of contracts with factories in Bangladesh, throwing already poorly-paid garment workers onto the garbage heap.

When the coronavirus hit no one had any inkling as to the tsunami of damage to the global economy that would be left in its wake or would have guessed the great British High Street would be changed forever.

The Western world is addicted to cheap, fast fashion and its retailers are a mainstay of every shopping precinct in the UK.

Things go on and off trend faster than you can say “drop-crotch jeans” and the behemoths of the fast fashion industry continue to churn out millions and millions of items, season after season as our infatuation with how we dress overwhelms us.

It’s an obsession. How we look is who we are. And who we are is key in the identity-driven world of the West.
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Our enthusiasm for fashion is largely serviced by the hardworking folk of Southeast Asia, in particular, for British consumers, the garment factories of Bangladesh.

So when British retailers such as Arcadia, Sports Direct, Frasers Group, Asda, Debenhams, New Look and Peacocks among others decided to cancel £2.4 billion worth of contracts that were held with Bangladeshi businesses, this was always going to be a massive hit to Dhaka.

Understandably, the Bangladesh government is upset. It’s trying to insist that the contracts be honoured while at the same time the British businesses are adamant they will not buy stock that they cannot shift.

You can see the issue from both sides and you can also see how it is going to end.

Globalisation and an addiction to cheap fashion are key here. British garments were once famously produced in Britain, where mills and tanneries ran round the clock to meet demand.
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The demise of the textile industry was a painful and drawn out process that dragged a nation through some very tough times over nearly 20 years during the 1960s and 1970s.

And all that work went abroad. To places like Bangladesh, India, Turkey, Vietnam.

Cheap labour made for higher profits for British companies, and the huge populations in those countries provided a plentiful and inexpensive workforce that wasn’t beholden to strident unions or to limited working hours and fussy contracts.

Once the pain and disappointment of the disappearing domestic industries had dissipated, it was back to business and bumper profits for the fashion business. Thanks to globalisation.

People began to appreciate the cheaper clothing, maybe not for the quality, but certainly for the price.

It became easier to upgrade a wardrobe throughout the year and the growing number of clothes banks and secondhand clothes markets swallowed up the unwanted and discarded items to regurgitate them in countries around the world that are not so fussy about wearing the latest “in” crop top or cargo trousers.

The result of this has been horrific. In Ghana, the destination of so many British hand-me-downs, tonnes and tonnes of clothes are left to rot in putrid toxic mountains on wasteland or on beaches because the infrastructure for dealing with the imported clothing is overwhelmed.
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Shocking estimates suggest that every day more than 50 tonnes of secondhand clothes are discarded in this way in the West African nation. Some of those cast-off items found in the street markets of Accra bear the labels of those very same companies who have just pulled the plug on their Bangladesh contracts.

So maybe, just maybe, there might be some respite to Ghana and its overwhelmed secondhand vendors thanks, in a roundabout way, to the impact of Covid-19 on the ability of people in the UK to shop for new clothes.

Not that the recently and suddenly unemployed Bangladeshi husband and wife, unable to work at their shuttered garment factory, will celebrate that. Or that the British businesses ordering, selling and dumping these clothes will even care.

The pandemible levels of stock, even selling at higher prices forced upon them by having to pay more themselves when purchasing from suppliers abroad who are no longer willing to trust them should something go wrong.

Thinking of binning that coat you were looking to replace next winter? I’d hold on to it if I were you.

厚労省、緊急性高い12症状公表してドヤ顔 「胸の痛み」「脈がとぶ」

英米で一般人が読む新聞ではずっと前から指摘されていた情報を単に一覧表にまとめただけの紙を、今更のように4月末に発表してドヤ顔されたって、一般国民は保健所に電話がつながらず、つながってもどうせ検査を受けることができないし、病院、クリニックはたらい回しにされるし、なんとか入院できることになっても電車やタクシーは使うなと言われるらしいし、一体どうしろと言うのか。

土曜午後、日曜、ゴールデン・ウィーク期間中は医療機関が一斉に外来を拒否するから、こんな紙を配布されても、できることがない。

ちなみに、コレラ症状は全て(←強調)、昔からコロナ・ウィルスの症状として報告されている症状ばかりで、新たな発見、既存の知恵では想像の付かない危険性などどこにもないのだ。全部フェイク・ニュース。



厚労省、緊急性高い12症状公表 「胸の痛み」「脈がとぶ」
4/28(火) 21:04配信
共同通信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200428-00000176-kyodonews-soci

 厚生労働省は28日、新型コロナウイルス感染症の軽症者や無症状の感染者がホテルなどの宿泊施設や自宅で療養する際、注意すべき緊急性の高い症状を公表した。「胸の痛みがある」「肩で息をしている」「脈がとぶ」といった12項目の症状。一つでも当てはまれば自治体の相談窓口か宿泊施設の看護師らにすぐに連絡するよう呼び掛けている。

 厚労省は埼玉県で50代と70代の男性2人が自宅待機中に容体が悪化して死亡したことを受け、軽症者や無症状者の療養先を原則ホテルや宿泊施設に切り替えた。ただ、施設の準備が整わないといった場合は、引き続き自宅療養を容認している。

日本ではマスクが、イギリスでは医療用手袋が問題に 手袋の片手を「1」と数え調達数量を水増し報告

日本では謎のペーパーカンパニーが政府調達に関わっていた事実が発覚して、蜂の巣を突いたような騒ぎになっているが、イギリスでは、医療用ゴム手袋の1組ではなく片手を「1」と数えることで、政府による調達数量を水増し報告したスキャンダルが発覚した。

記事のタイトルしか読んでいないが、タイトルを読んだ限りではこんな印象を受けた。もう内容はどうでもいい(笑)。



Revealed: How government 'counted single gloves rather than pairs to boast of one billion items of PPE for NHS' - as another minister has shambolic round of interviews and plane carrying vital medical equipment lands in UK

The Panorama investigation said that No10 had failed to procure enough PPE
It accused ministers of counting 547million individual gloves, instead of pairs
GMB presenter Piers Morgan accused Victoria Atkins of laughing this morning
Matt Hancock was confronted by the son of a doctor who died from COVID-19
The son accused the Health Secretary of ignoring his father's plea for more PPE
Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Joe Middleton For Mailonline and Sophie Borland for the Daily Mail
Published: 11:00 BST, 28 April 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8264143/How-government-counted-single-gloves-pairs-claim-boast-one-billion-items-PPE.html




アベノマスク疑惑のユースビオ社長を直撃40分「脱税事件で苦労…学会3世で公明党議員と付き合いあるが、関係ない」〈週刊朝日〉
4/28(火) 22:45配信
AERA dot.
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/article?a=20200428-00000085-sasahi-soci

 菅義偉官房長官は28日の会見でネットで飛び交うアベノマスクの納入業者選定疑惑について「国会議員や地方議員から個別の企業の取引を促すような口利きや紹介はなかったと聞いている」と釘を刺した。

 納入業者のうち、政府がこれまでなぜか、頑なに公表してこなかった最後の1社、福島県福島市の「ユースビオ」(樋山茂社長)の社名が明かされたのは27日。

 同社の名前が明かされて以降、樋山社長が有罪判決を過去に受けた疑惑、国会議員に政治献金をしたなど様々な噂がネット上で飛び交っている。本誌は28日夕、こうした疑問について樋山社長を直撃。約40分にわたって話を聞くことができた。

 再生可能エネルギー関連でベトナムなどで木質ペレットの輸出入に関わる仕事をしていたという「ユースビオ」社が、どんな経緯で国にマスクを納入することになったのか。樋山社長によると、偶然が重なった結果だったという。

「ベトナムの業者が『日本はマスクがなくて困っているか』と聞いてきて、送ってくれるというから待っていたら、サージカルマスクが4トン車一台分も来た。『いっぱいあったほうがいいだろ』と。どうしようかと思って福島県や同市、医師会や薬剤師会、知り合いの病院とかにあげたりしていた。そうこうするうち、県の方からマスク不足で困ったと、あんたら顔が広いから調達できないか、と言ってきた。『やってみましょう』と即答して交渉していると、そのうちに、『行政の分は国が一括で調達することになったので、経済産業省に話をシフトします』という話になった。それで経産省に行ったんです」

 樋山社長によると、ベトナムにはマスクをつくる工場が多数あり調達は容易だったという。経産省が望む布マスクについて、スペック表や検査成績表などの書類やサンプルとして作った十数種類のマスクなどを経産省、厚生労働省などで作られたマスクチームに提出したという。

「うちは輸入業者だから、マスクを作ってはいない。でも、現地で生産している業者には実績があったから、これだったら行けるでしょう、と発注をいただいたんです。随意契約という名前となっているが、うちは単価契約と聞いている。単価を決めて、どんどん入れてくれという契約でした。うちのマスクは1枚130円台と安いし、納品したものからは1枚たりとも不良品は出ていない。それでなんでこんなに騒がれなくてはいけないのか。4月の頭に不良品の問題が起きたときに、政府の担当者から名前を出していいかと聞かれ、『うちは関係ないから出していいですよ』とすぐにOKを出した。それなのに、うちの社名の公表が最後になった理由がわからない」
(以下省略)

コロナ検体採取、歯科医も可能に 歯科医の運命やいかに

コロナに感染し死亡した医師に耳鼻咽喉科と眼科が極端に多いという報告が、武漢から上がっている。

歯科医とそのすぐ周囲にいるスタッフを殺すつもりか?



検体採取、歯科医も可能に 新型コロナ、検査拡充へ 厚労省
4/26(日) 20:37配信
時事通信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200426-00000039-jij-soci

 新型コロナウイルスの感染を調べるPCR検査の体制拡充に向け、厚生労働省は26日、感染が疑われる人の検体採取を医師だけでなく歯科医も可能にすることを決めた。

 同日開かれた専門家による懇談会で方針が了承された。同省は具体的な運用を詰め、自治体に近く通知する。

 PCR検査は、鼻腔(びくう)などからの検体採取は専用外来の「帰国者・接触者外来」や地域の医師会が運営する「検査センター」などで、医師や看護師らが行う。検査は増加傾向にあり、1日最大9000件近く実施されているが、検体採取は医師法で定める医療行為に当たるとして歯科医は行えないと解釈されてきた。

 しかし、新型コロナの感染拡大が続き、検査の需要増が想定されている。懇談会は体制拡充に向け、口腔(こうくう)分野に知見がある歯科医にも担ってもらうことが急務と判断した。治療に当たる医師の負担減も期待できるとしている。

米国 肉供給が5月第1週にも止まる 

Tyson Foods Warns "Food Supply Chain Is Breaking"
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/cracking-americas-food-supply-chain-serious-problem

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供給が細り、価格が上昇している。
コロナがなくても、豚コレラだったかAfrican Swine Feverとかいう病気で豚が大量死しており、今年は豚肉が牛肉並みに高くなると言われていたので、このまま進むと、庶民は肉を諦め、昆虫を食べることになるかもしれない。

サウジTV ユダヤ人主人公のドラマ 冒頭がヘブライ語で始まる

前の記事




Saudi TV show for Ramadan sparks outrage with Hebrew opening monologue
The series covers the relations between Jews and Muslims in 1940s Kuwait, but has brought forth accusations against Saudi Arabia of normalizing ties with Israel.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
APRIL 26, 2020 03:33
https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/saudi-tv-show-for-ramadan-sparks-outrage-with-hebrew-opening-monologue-625914

A new Saudi Arabian TV series sparked a storm of controversy among Gulf states as the opening monologue of the first episode was spoken in Hebrew, N12 has reported.

The series, Umm Haroun – meaning Mother of Aaron – which deals with relations between Muslims and Jews in 1940s Kuwait, premiered during Ramadan – the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar.

Many new TV series debut during Ramadan as people are spending time fasting. This year many of the shows were canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, but Umm Haroun had already been filmed beforehand and was thus not affected by the cancellations, N12 reported.

"Before our footsteps go missing and our lives fall into memory, we will be lost to time," a Jewish character says in the opening monologue. "We are the Gulf Jews who were born in the Gulf lands," she declares.

The series was made by Saudi Arabia's state-owned channel MBC, the most popular TV channel in the Arab world, and boasts a star-studded cast of Saudi and Kuwaiti actors including the famous Kuwaiti actress Hayat al-Fahd, 71, who plays the titular mother of Aaron.

However, the show's promotional material had already provoked accusations from the Arab world that Saudi Arabia is engaging in normalization with Israel, thanks to the subject matter.

Traditionally, programs about Jews in the Arab world tend to be set primarily in Egypt and Syria. According to N12, though, the focus on the Jews of Kuwait and their relations with their Muslim neighbors is a new sight for Arab television.

A promotional video released by MBC says the series deals with the social relations that prevailed between Muslims and Jews in Kuwait during the 1940s. According to some historians, some 200 Jewish families lived in Kuwait during those years.

Several critics took to social media when some of the initial promotional materials were released to express their outrage over the series, claiming it portrays Jews as suffering from “injustices” in an Arab country.

“We have many successful and heroic women in the Gulf,” protested Hana al-Qahtan. “Why do we need to turn a Jewish woman into a hero in our dramas?”

Even Hamas weighed in on the controversy, denouncing the series as a “political and cultural attempt to introduce the Zionist project to Gulf society.”

According to N12, many believe Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is involved in the series, as the prince is interested in closer relations between the kingdom and Israel and could be signaling this intent to the Arab world through the series.

However, the backlash was not universal among the Arab world.

“Arab Jews are part of our history, whether in Egypt or in the Arab Peninsula, and this does not contradict our assertion that they were not expelled from the Gulf,” Yousef al-Mutairi, professor of modern and contemporary history at Kuwait University, told Al-Jazeera.net.

“The expulsion took place for individuals who were engaged in activities that the society was not satisfied with, such as trading in alcohol. We must differentiate between Zionism and Judaism. Israel and those living in it are Zionists. But there’s no problem with Judaism.”

ハワイ 州外旅行者にチケットを与えてご帰宅願う

コロナ規制が始まってから、米国の国際便は止まり、入国規制もあることから外国人旅行者はいなくなったが、米国内の他州から少数ながらハワイを訪れる観光客が絶えないため、ハワイ州政府は2万5千ドルの予算を付けて、州外旅行者にご帰宅を願うことにした。現時点で20人に適用された。

Hawaii to Visitors: We’ll Pay You to Leave
Visitors who break Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine rule may get an unwelcome gift: A free flight home.
By Elaine Glusac
April 24, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/24/travel/hawaii-quarantine-virus.html

In Hawaii, the spirit of aloha normally greets visitors with warmth and welcome. Now, while the state has discouraged visitors by requiring them to self-quarantine for 14 days, that culture of generosity might extend to a free return ticket home.

With a $25,000 grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the nonprofit Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH) has instituted a Covid-19 flight assistance program to return travelers who don’t have the means to follow the mandatory 14-day quarantine — including paying for lodging and food delivery — required of incoming visitors.

Since launching the program on April 6, the organization has sent 20 visitors to their airport of origin, including travelers from Guam, Los Angeles, Birmingham, Ala., and Denver.

“The majority of travelers we have sent back in my opinion have been irresponsible in traveling to Hawaii during the Covid-19 pandemic when they know we are trying to keep Hawaii safe from the spread of this disease,” said Jessica Lani Rich, the president and chief executive of VASH. The organization normally provides visitor support, including translation assistance and help with funeral arrangements.

米国海軍は麻痺してませんか?

君たち、きちんと仕事できてる?

A Navy Destroyer Is Heading To Port, Crippled By Another COVID-19 Outbreak At Sea
by Tyler Durden
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 01:05
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/navy-destroyer-heading-port-crippled-another-covid-19-outbreak-sea

Will yet another major US Navy warship be disabled by the coronavirus pandemic like the USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier fiasco?

The Navy now reports its Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the USS Kidd has at least 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases among the crew, nearly doubling in the last few days from an initial 18 cases reported last Thursday.

コロナ感染率は住民の12%、致死率0.03%、感染者の96%は後遺症なく回復 ロックダウンは直ちに解除を 米国人医師

米国カリフォルニア州で救急医療に携わる医師が、コロナ検査をすればするほど病気の危険性が低いことが証明され、「新型コロナは危険、数十万人、数百万人が死ぬ」という当初の警告が根拠のない嘘であることが明らかになった今、ロックダウンは解除すべきであると告発した。

・・・危険性は既知のインフルエンザ等と何ら変わらない。関連記事23



Open Up Society Now, Say Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi
Edward Peter Stringham
– April 26, 2020
https://www.aier.org/article/open-up-society-now-say-dr-dan-erickson-and-dr-artin-massihi/

Dr. Daniel W. Erickson of Bakersfield, California, is a former emergency-room physician who co-owns, with his partner Dr. Artin Massih, Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield. They are experienced medical professionals who have 40 years of hands-on experience in dealing with viruses and respiratory infections. Watching the news in China in January, they knew the virus was on its way. They ordered many COVID-19 tests because they knew they would need them. They tested many thousands of people, and discovered for themselves what epidemiologists around the world are saying: COVID-19 came here earlier than previously believed, is more ubiquitous, and ultimately for the general population less deadly than we thought.

While this realization is gradually dawning on people around the world, they went public with their findings, which are not generated out of a predictive model but rather the actual facts of the case. In the course of their press conference, they addressed the question of whether or not California should have shut down much of its economy. Their answer is no. They conclude with the need to open up immediately, on grounds of health and human rights.

“If you’re going to dance on someone’s constitutional rights you better have a good reason, you better have a really good reason, not just a theory,” he said. “The data is showing us it’s time to lift (the stay-at-home orders) so if we don’t lift, what is the reason?”

Here are some selected quotes from their interview with a hostile reporter. The videos are embedded below.

We’d like to look at how we’ve responded as a nation, and why you responded. Our first initial response two months ago was a little bit of fear: [the government] decided to shut down travel to and from China. These are good ideas when you don’t have any facts. [Governments] decided to keep people at home and isolate them. Typically you quarantine the sick. When someone has measles you quarantine them. We’ve never seen where we quarantine the healthy.

So that’s kind of how we started. We don’t know what’s going on, we see this new virus. How should we respond? So we did that initially, and over the last couple months we’ve gained a lot of data typically. We’re going to go over the numbers a little bit to kind of help you see how widespread COVID is, and see how we should be responding to it based on its prevalence throughout society—or the existence of the cases that we already know about….

So if you look at California—these numbers are from yesterday—we have 33,865 COVID cases, out of a total of 280,900 total tested. That’s 12% of Californians were positive for COVID. So we don’t, the initial—as you guys know, the initial models were woefully inaccurate. They predicted millions of cases of death—not of prevalence or incidence—but death. That is not materializing. What is materializing is, in the state of California is 12% positives. You have a 0.03 chance of dying from COVID in the state of California. Does that necessitate sheltering in place? Does that necessitate shutting down medical systems? Does that necessitate people being out of work? 96% of people in California who get COVID would recover, with almost no significant sequelae; or no significant continuing medical problems. Two months ago we didn’t know this. The more you test, the more positives you get. The prevalence number goes up, and the death rate stays the same. So [the death rate] gets smaller and smaller and smaller. And as we move through this data—what I want you to see is—millions of cases, small death. Millions of cases, small death.

We extrapolate data, we test people, and then we extrapolate for the entire community based on the numbers. The initial models were so inaccurate they’re not even correct. And some of them were based on social distancing and still predicted hundreds of thousands of deaths, which has been inaccurate. In New York the ones they tested they found 39% positive. So if they tested the whole state would we indeed have 7.5 million cases? We don’t know; we will never test the entire state. So we extrapolate out; we use the data we have because it’s the most we have versus a predictive model that has been nowhere in the ballpark of accurate. How many deaths do they have? 19,410 out of 19 million people, which is a 0.1% chance of dying from COVID in the state of New York. If you are indeed diagnosed with COVID-19, 92% of you will recover.

We’ve tested over 4 million… which gives us a 19.6% positive out of those who are tested for COVID-19. So if this is a typical extrapolation 328 million people times 19.6 is 64 million. That’s a significant amount of people with COVID; it’s similar to the flu. If you study the numbers in 2017 and 2018 we had 50 to 60 million with the flu. And we had a similar death rate in the deaths the United States were 43,545—similar to the flu of 2017-2018. We always have between 37,000 and 60,000 deaths in the United States, every single year. No pandemic talk. No shelter-in-place. No shutting down businesses…

We do thousands of flu tests every year. We don’t report every one, because the flu is ubiquitous and to that note we have a flu vaccine. How many people even get the flu vaccine? The flu is dangerous, it kills people. Just because you have a vaccine doesn’t mean it’s gonna be everywhere and it doesn’t mean everyone’s going to take it… I would say probably 50% of the public doesn’t even want it. Just because you have a vaccine—unless you forced it on the public—doesn’t mean they’re going to take it.

Norway has locked down; Sweden does not have lock down. What happened in those two countries? Are they vastly different? Did Sweden have a massive outbreak of cases? Did Norway have nothing? Let’s look at the numbers. Sweden has 15,322 cases of COVID—21% of all those tested came out positive for COVID. What’s the population of Sweden? About 10.4 million. So if we extrapolate out the data about 2 million cases of COVID in Sweden. They did a little bit of social distancing; they would wear masks and separate; they went to schools; stores were open. They were almost about their normal daily life with a little bit of social distancing. They had how many deaths? 1,765. California’s had 1,220 with isolation. No isolation: 1,765. We have more people. Norway: its next-door neighbor. These are two Scandinavian nations; we can compare them as they are similar. 4.9% of all COVID tests were positive in Norway. Population of Norway: 5.4 million. So if we extrapolate the data, as we’ve been doing, which is the best we can do at this point, they have about 1.3 million cases. Now their deaths as a total number, were 182. So you have a 0.003 chance of death as a citizen of Norway and a 97% recovery. Their numbers are a little bit better. Does it necessitate shutdown, loss of jobs, destruction of the oil company, furloughing doctors?

I wanted to talk about the effects of COVID-19, the secondary effects. COVID-19 is one aspect of our health sector. What has it caused to have us be involved in social isolation? What does it cause that we are seeing the community respond to? Child molestation is increasing at a severe rate. We could go over multiple cases of children who have been molested due to angry family members who are intoxicated, who are home, who have no paycheck. Spousal abuse: we are seeing people coming in here with black eyes and cuts on their face. It’s an obvious abuse of case. These are things that will affect them for a lifetime, not for a season. Alcoholism, anxiety, depression, suicide. Suicide is spiking; education is dropped off; economic collapse. Medical industry we’re all suffering because our staff isn’t here and we have no volume. We have clinics from Fresno to San Diego and these things are spiking in our community. These things will affect people for a lifetime, not for a season.

I’d like to go over some basic things about how the immune system functions so people have a good understanding. The immune system is built by exposure to antigens: viruses, bacteria. When you’re a little child crawling on the ground, putting stuff in your mouth, viruses and bacteria come in. You form an antigen antibody complex. You form IgG IgM. This is how your immune system is built. You don’t take a small child put them in bubble wrap in a room and say, “go have a healthy immune system.”

This is immunology, microbiology 101. This is the basis of what we’ve known for years. When you take human beings and you say, “go into your house, clean all your counters—Lysol them down you’re gonna kill 99% of viruses and bacteria; wear a mask; don’t go outside,” what does it do to our immune system? Our immune system is used to touching. We share bacteria. Staphylococcus, streptococcal, bacteria, viruses.

Sheltering in place decreases your immune system. And then as we all come out of shelter in place with a lower immune system and start trading viruses, bacteria—what do you think is going to happen? Disease is going to spike. And then you’ve got diseases spike—amongst a hospital system with furloughed doctors and nurses. This is not the combination we want to set up for a healthy society. It doesn’t make any sense.

…Did we respond appropriately? Initially the response, fine shut it down, but as the data comes across—and we say now, wait a second, we’ve never, ever responded like this in the history of the country why are we doing this now? Any time you have something new in the community medical community it sparks fear—and I would have done what Dr. Fauci did—so we both would have initially. Because the first thing you do is, you want to make sure you limit liability—and deaths—and I think what they did was brilliant, initially. But you know, looking at theories and models—which is what these folks use—is very different than the way the actual virus presents itself throughout communities….

Nobody talks about the fact that coronavirus lives on plastics for three days and we’re all sheltering in place. Where’d you get your water bottles from? Costco. Where did you get that plastic shovel from? Home Depot. If I swab things in your home I would likely find COVID-19. And so you think you’re protected. Do you see the lack of consistency here? Do you think you’re protected from COVID when you wear gloves that transfer disease everywhere? Those gloves have bacteria all over them. We wear masks in an acute setting to protect us. We’re not wearing masks. Why is that? Because we understand microbiology; we understand immunology; and we want strong immune systems. I don’t want to hide in my home, develop a weak immune system, and then come out and get disease.

When someone dies in this country right now they’re not talking about the high blood pressure, the diabetes, the stroke. They say they died from COVID. We’ve been to hundreds of autopsies. You don’t talk about one thing, you talk about comorbidities. COVID was part of it, it is not the reason they died folks. When I’m writing up my death report I’m being pressured to add COVID.

Why is that? Why are we being pressured to add COVID? To maybe increase the numbers, and make it look a little bit worse than it is. We’re being pressured in-house to add COVID to the diagnostic list when we think it has nothing to do with the actual cause of death. The actual cause of death was not COVID, but it’s being reported as one of the disease processes and being added to the death list. COVID didn’t kill them, 25 years of tobacco use killed.

There’s two ways to get rid of virus: either burns itself out or herd immunity. For hundreds of years we relied on herd immunity. Viruses kill people, end of story. The flu kills people. COVID kills people. But for the rest of us we develop herd immunity. We developed the ability to take this virus in and defeat it and for the vast majority 95% of those around the globe. Do you want your immune system built or do you want it not built? The building blocks of your immune system is a virus and bacteria. There’s normal bacteria in normal flora that we have to be exposed to bacteria and viruses that are not virulent are our friends. They protect us against bad bacteria and bad viruses.

Right now, if you look at Dr. Erikson’s skin or my skin we have strep, we have stuff—they protect us against opportunistic infections. That’s why for the first three to six months [babies are] extremely vulnerable to opportunistic infection. Which is why, when we see a little baby in the ER with fever who is one month old, you do a spinal tap, you do a chest x-ray, you do blood cultures, you do urine cultures. But if you had a fever I wouldn’t do that for you. Why? Because that baby does not have the normal bacteria and flora from the community, whereas you do. I guarantee when we reopen there’s going to be a huge, huge amount of illness that’s going to be rampant because our immune systems have weakened. That’s just basic immunology.

Do we need to still shelter in place? Our answer is emphatically no. Do we need businesses to be shut down? Emphatically no. Do we need to have it, do we need to test them, and get them back to work? Yes, we do. The the secondary effects that we went over—the child abuse, alcoholism, loss of revenue—all these are, in our opinion, a significantly more detrimental thing to society than a virus that has proven similar in nature to the seasonal flu we have every year.

We also need to put measures in place so economic shutdown like this does not happen again. We want to make sure we understand that quarantining the sick is what we do, not quarantine the healthy. We need to make sure if you’re gonna dance on someone’s constitutional rights you better have a good reason. You better have a really good scientific reason, and not just theory.

One of the most important things is we need our hospitals back up. We need our furloughed doctors back. We need our nurses back. Because when we lift this thing, we’re gonna need all hands on deck. I know the local hospitals have closed two floors. Folks, that’s not the situation you want. We’re essentially setting ourselves up to have minimal staff, and we’re going to have significant disease. That’s the wrong combination.

I’ve talked to our local head of the Health Department and he’s waiting… for the powers that be to lift. Because the data is showing it’s time to lift. I would start slowly [open up schools sporting events] I think we need to open up the schools start getting kids back to the immune system you know and the major events the sporting events these are non-essential let’s get back to those slowly let’s start with schools let’s start with cafe Rio and the pizza place here… Does that make sense to you guys and I think I can go into Costco and I can shop with people and there’s probably a couple hundred people but I can’t go in Cafe Rio so big businesses are open little businesses are not….

Eventually we treat this like we treat flu. Which is if you have the flu and you’re feeling fever and body aches you just stay home if you have coughing or shortness of breath—COVID is more of a respiratory thing—you stay home. You don’t get tested, even when people come with flu a lot of times we don’t test them. We go, “you have flu. Here’s a medication.” You have COVID, go home, let it resolve and come back negative.

If you have no symptoms you should be able to return to work. Are you an asymptomatic viral spreader? Maybe, but we can’t test all of humanity. Sure we’re gonna miss cases of coronavirus, just like we miss cases of the flu. It would be nice to capture every coronavirus patient, but is that realistic? Are we gonna keep the economy shut down for two years and vaccinate everybody? That’s an unrealistic expectation. You’re going to cause financial ruin, domestic violence, suicide, rape, violence and what are you going to get out of it? You’re still going to miss a lot of cases. So we need to treat this like the flu, which is familiar, and eventually this will mutate and become less and less virulent…

I don’t need a double-blind clinically controlled trial to tell me if sheltering in place is appropriate, that is a college-level understanding of microbiology. A lot of times in medicine you have to make you have to make educated decisions with the data that you have. I can sit up in the 47th-floor in the penthouse and say we should do this, this, and this, but I haven’t seen a patient for 20 years—that’s not realistic.

If you’re healthy and you don’t have significant comorbidities and you know you’re not immunodeficient and you’re not elderly you should be able to go out without any gloves and without a mask. If you are those things you should either shelter in place or wear a mask and gloves. I don’t think everybody needs to wear the masks and gloves because it reduces your bacterial flora… and your bacterial flora and your viruses your friends that protect you from other diseases [if they] end up going away and now you’re more likely to get opportunistic infections infections that are hoping you don’t have your good bugs fighting for you.

スマホを利用したコロナ感染者追跡に法的根拠を要求 イスラエル高等裁判所

イスラエルは、スマホの位置情報を利用したテロリスト追跡システムを、コロナ感染者の追跡に活用して成果を上げているが、これについて高等裁判所は、重大な人権侵害であり、法的根拠が存在しない状況で続けてはならないとの判断を下した。

‘Blow to privacy’: Top Israeli court to ban use of anti-terror tech on coronavirus patients, unless govt makes it law
26 Apr, 2020 23:35
https://www.rt.com/news/486943-israel-spying-coronavirus-terrorism/

イギリスのコロナ死者数 過去のほうが多かった

過去にもっと死者を出したときにロックダウンしなかったのに、なぜ今回だけロックダウンするのか?

ピーク時1週間の統計
1970年01月 20,006人
1989年12月 19,104人
2000年01月 18,646人
2020年04月 18,516人(4月10日で終わる1週間)←今ここ

(1970年以前の統計は存在せず、スペイン風邪その他の被害について数字なことは不明。)

追求されると答えられない疑惑が次々と出てきますね。関連記事

Yes, the UK’s weekly death toll during Covid-19 is high. But it’s been worse in the past and we didn’t shut down the economy then
26 Apr, 2020 06:54
By Peter Andrews, Irish science journalist and writer based in London. He has a background in the life sciences, and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in genetics
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/486859-uk-coronavirus-deaths-economy/

豚肉、鶏肉が供給不足に陥る 米国、カナダ コロナ

工場閉鎖措置や従業員の出社拒否等の影響で、北米で食肉加工が止まった。数週間後には末端のマーケットから食肉が消える。
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/hog-culling-next-meatpacking-plants-shutter-operations-stoking-food-shortage-fears-weeks
https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/farms-across-delmarva-cull-millions-chickens-amid-virus-related-staff-shortages-processing

Zoomで稼ぐ芸能人 米国 売れている芸人なら1公演1万ドルは楽勝 コロナ

テレビ、舞台が閉鎖してしまい、活躍の場を失った米国の芸能人たちが、限られたメンバーに映像を提供することができるZoomを活用し、新たなビジネスを始めた。

無名な人は50ドル稼ぐのがやっとだが、既に名が売れた人ならば、1パフォーマンスで100万円稼ぐことができる。ある人は1人1ドルでやってみたところ、1万人集まったので、1万ドル(約100万円)稼ぐことができた。彼女は2回目の視聴料を2ドルに引き上げた(笑)。
https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/clubbing-under-quarantine-people-are-paying-log-zoom-and-attend-virtual-concerts-and

松井・大阪市長の「女は買い物するな」発言に海外絶賛

「その通り」。
「よくぞ言ってくれた。100%正しい」。
「民主党の大統領候補として米国に来て欲しい。ジョー・バイデンは大阪にあげる。トランプは勝つことができない」。

批判しているのは日本のマスコミだけのようです(笑)。



松井一郎・大阪市長「女の人は買い物に時間かかる」 ⇒ 記者「違和感ある」と指摘
4月23日の記者会見の中での松井市長の発言に、ネット上で批判の声が上がっている。
湊彬子/Akiko Minato
2020年04月24日 11時51分 JST
https://www.huffingtonpost.jp/entry/coronavirus-ichiro-matsui_jp_5ea22c0ac5b6f9639811d6b6

大阪市の松井一郎市長が、新型コロナウイルス感染拡大防止に関連し、スーパーマーケットでの買い物について「女の人が行くと時間がかかる」などと発言したことに、ネット上で批判の声が上がっている。

4月23日の記者会見の中での発言だ。松井市長はこの発言について記者から、「性別関係あるのか」という趣旨の指摘をうけ、「我が家では」と補足もした。

市長「言われたもんだけ買うということになればね、男性の方が早い」

この日の会見で朝日新聞の記者から、スーパーでの感染防止策に関連する質問を受けた松井市長は、「○○君(記者の名前)が買い物行ったらいいねん。夫婦で行かずに。言われたもんだけ買って帰る、と。やっぱり、女の人が行くとね、それはもちろんなんだけど、色々商品とか見ながら『これはいい』『あれがいい』とか時間かかる。君やったら、『これ買うて来い』言われたら、そこ直接行ってぱっぱっぱって買うて帰るやんか、男のもんは。だから、男子が接触避けて買い物に行くというのが、それでもいいけどね」。

この回答に対し、時事通信の記者が「『女性は買い物に時間がかかるから、男性が行くべき』という風な(趣旨の発言だという)捉え方もできると思うが、真意をご説明いただけますか」と問うと、松井市長はこう答えた。

「言われたもんだけ買うということになればね、男性の方が早い、と。僕も含めて、あまりスーパーに出入りしていない方が、言われたもんだけ買ってこいと言われたら、とにかくとっとと行って、その商品の場所に行って、それをカゴに入れて、スーパーの中にいる時間は非常に短縮できると思いますんで。そういう人が買い物に行く方が『3密』は避けられるんじゃないかな、こう思います」

記者「ちょっと違和感」と指摘

この市長の説明に対し、時事通信の記者は「それは女性、男性に限った話じゃない気がするんですけど。『女性は時間がかかる』と言い切ってしまうのはちょっと違和感を感じるのですが」と質問を重ねた。

松井市長は「それはそうやね」と応じ、「我が家では、妻が買い物に行くと、色々商品手に取りながらやるんで、いいものかどうかってやるんで、時間かかる。僕は言われたら、そこへ直接行って、どういうもんであろうと手にとって、カゴに入れて、会計して帰ってくるんで、我が家では僕のほうが早いということですね」と、“自分の場合”の話であると補足した。

「古すぎる固定観念」とネットで批判の声も

この松井市長の発言に対しネット上では、「ど直球の性差別」、「『言われた物を』買って帰るならさっさと終わるわ。主体的に食材や日用品の要不要・献立を考えてるわけでもなく『言われた物を』買って帰るだけなら!」、「普段スーパー行かない人は言われたものでもすぐ買えないだろう」「古すぎる固定観念」などと批判の声が上がっている。



https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/japanese-mayor-men-should-do-shopping-women-are-indecisive-and-take-forever

6 minutes ago

Spot on


35 minutes ago

A cab driver in Tokyo once said to me,”if the car driver in front is a woman, change the lane “.
6 minutes ago

Even in the middle of troubling times the truth shine bright.
2020/4/25 22:35:28

Nailed it!
1 hour ago

He's right - and will be crucified for it.
47 minutes ago

I spend a good hour meal planning at home make a list for all ingredients and go through walmart with a mask on like super market sweep
1 hour ago

Men Buy, Women Shop. Yes, he is correct
53 minutes ago
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I have a modified hymn that I sing in a loud voice to move these indecisive turtles along, "Standing... Standing.... Standing in the middle of the isle sweet Jesus." It's rude and I don't win any friends but it's extremely effective. I've never had to sing more than one verse.

I have another song that begins, "Phone sluts..." to the tune of Born Free, that I use for those idiots on cell phones discussing the merits of every item on the shelves. Most of these idiots are trainable. It's just that nobody has ever tried.
2 hours ago

He's right. Women suck.
2 hours ago

some suck so well... mmmmmm
1 hour ago

"Others, perhaps those who have lived with a woman, supported the mayor."

Money quote, right there.
1 hour ago

True dat.
2 hours ago

Men are fast shoppers because they hate shopping.
1 hour ago

Mr. Mayor better give up any notion of a happy marriage. He hasn't got the right stuff for it.
1 hour ago

BS.
2 hours ago

Yes, but be very careful. Next your woman will be complimenting you on how well you do the grocery shopping, and then you will own it. Although at times maybe painfully inefficient your woman is quite capable of doing the grocery shopping all by herself.
2 hours ago

They also suck at driving
1 hour ago

That is the stereotype. There are exceptions, of course.
1 hour ago

Here in America unfortunately it's “Men do the shopping because you don't want your wife do get mugged by deranged covidiots”
1 hour ago

Gonna need a citation for that.
1 hour ago

Men hunt. Women nest. Problem?
1 hour ago

The problem is the women want their cake and eat it too in the west.
1 hour ago

Holy **** ! An honest politician.
3 hours ago

The guy hit it right on the head.... anyone saying the guy is a sexist or wrong has got their head up their rear end!
2 hours ago

the mayor is stating a fact, he is not inventing anything as men go to the store knowing exactly what they need, while women go to shop and shopping means taking your time maybe something catches your eye.

I did not shop the last 6 weeks in any store, however I was over the internet buying all kind of crap as well as dry grocery , lockdowns make you do that on top of being a very very high risk due to organ transplant.

Bought online a lot of seeds to grow, but I am not sure I want to have a garden yet, so when I showed my wife the article, she said the mayor should adjust to include online shopping.
3 hours ago

LOL As a man, there are some truths you must never utter in public .... this be one of them.
2 hours ago

And while you're at, make me a sandwich!
2 hours ago

The mayor might be on to something there!
2 hours ago

He's right, but it's far worse than that. A man will go shopping for the items on his list and come home with everything. A woman on the other hand, takes longer, browses about the shop, buys more than she intended - and the credit card balance goes crazy.
2 hours ago

because women "take a long time as they browse around and hesitate about this and that",

Amen.
3 hours ago

Nailed it!
3 hours ago
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I'd say he's right.

I'd just not say it to the easily triggered! 😂

And then there are public restrooms!!!! LMAO!!!!
3 hours ago

There is nothing more indecisive than a Fossilized salaryman
3 hours ago

Mrs. Ointment prefers the high-end overpriced grocery store, that's why I try to get stuff at the cheaper ones before she decides she wants it.
2 hours ago

How can anyone shop at Whole Paycheck? $5 for one carrot?!
3 hours ago

Send him some twitter support https://twitter.com/gogoichiro
4 hours ago
(Edited)

Tongue-in-cheek take: Where's the lie, tho?

On a more serious note: advanced Western economies (including Japan's) are 3/4 consumption, of goods (and especially services). Japanese refuse to increase spending as they're very uneasy about the future and thus focus on saving. This has been going on for a decade or two and is why the Japanese economy is always at the brink of recession despite BoJ printing yen to the tune of 200% GDP.

The U.S.: gotta get consumption back on track, post-CoVid (assuming the authorities ever let the charade actually end). What if the U.S. consumer doesn't cooperate?

Oh, wait: niggers & shiny ******-tech reign supreme here, I'm sure the black sheeple will do their part and go even further into debt serfdom; that $1200 will buy a nice 66-inch assembled-in-Vietnam UHD TV.
4 hours ago

Only Americans would be upset about his remarks.
2 hours ago

Correction:

Only American feminazis (Rosie O'Donnell, Alyssa Milano, etc) and gay men (Anderson Pooper, Fredo, etc) would be offended at his comments.
2 hours ago

WTF? I cannot imagine an American man disagreeing with his comments. Leftist beta-males like yourself might not like his words but men agree with him.
1 hour ago

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4 hours ago

He's right, but probably wants to increase sales of junk food.
4 hours ago

So true.

Shopping with the wife used to be one long excruciating drag akin to undergoing a root canal procedure.

The Japanese fellow hit the nail on the head but now he will have to deal with a social media firestorm of threats and insults hurled his way.

Real men take a lot of **** these days.
4 hours ago
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Real men can put up with any amount of **** because that's what they were born to do
4 hours ago

Fap fap fap fap....

😃
4 hours ago
(Edited)

I must agree on this one. Just went to the shop. 3 women before me. They don't have their bank-card ready, don't fill up their bags or shopping-cart as the stuff is scanned and seem to reorganize their handbags at the end. But I'm patient and observe this as a lucrative ****-show.

Edit:
I started reading the comments and to no surprise, Squid describes exactly the same situation, but in a more funny way.


4 hours ago

The Patience of Job is required.
1 hour ago

So, we won't discuss the classic "man in the toilet for hours" scenario?

Or the sports binger? Or any other "inefficient" use of time by the male element?

And men wonder why they are divorced. It's because they are both cruel and unreasonable and unable to uphold their end of the bargain.
1 hour ago
(Edited)

Try to keep your eye on the ball. The men were talking about the shopping habits of women.

But those are very worthy topics that you brought up. Perhaps you could complain about them on Facebook, or Twitter.

I know women are good at that.

Have a great day.
4 hours ago
(Edited)

Others, perhaps those who have lived with a woman, supported the mayor.

subversive as always
4 hours ago

That's why Japanese men have to screw plastic dolls.
4 hours ago

Amazon delivers.
5 hours ago

Japanese are rights about wymyn.
5 hours ago

Bearing in mind that these are not normal circumstances, Matsuisan probably has the right idea. The fly in the ointment is that most men don't: clip coupons, look for items on sale, check expiry dates, and check the actual price of items! Nor do they carry around lists of prices in their head, or have meals planned days in advance. My wife does all the shopping in our house for good reason. She's way better at it than I am...lol.
5 hours ago
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The cook should do the shopping, period.
5 hours ago

You have to throw at least one vegetable in the basket .. and that's why women go shopping.
5 hours ago

That's why Men call women ****'s... Cant Understand Normal Thinking..
6 hours ago

women "take a long time as they browse around and hesitate about this and that" - where’s the lie thou?
6 hours ago
(Edited)

**** every single one of you feminists. Feminism has destroyed the family unit and most of the civilized world.

On second thought, no. You're all 400lb, tripple-chinned land whales with a beard and severe psychiatric disorders that can't be fixed with medication.

I wouldn't even jizz in your faces.
5 hours ago
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I know why men have such animosity towards women these days, mine stems from knowing that most women are drug addicts, but a lot has to do with the entire system supporting it!

Which is why I can't stand these idiotic women with poor logic.



Cocaine snorting Miss Piggy has got to go!

Signed Kermit the Frog
4 hours ago

Feminism couldnt do it alone. They needed to frame all men for the sadistic abusers, psychos and pedophiles that normal men had lack of concern about.
6 hours ago

Yes. The lady should invest in doing 1 hour squats to please the man as he returns from the hunt.
5 hours ago

No squats, no food! :)
7 hours ago

Some of you must have more mature daughters. When your wife and your daughter decide to have a go I hide. And they go. No reason to be around that situation. Nothing good will happen.
7 hours ago

He's right you know. I still don't want to do the shopping but he's right.
7 hours ago

Humor not allowed during the planned-demic
7 hours ago
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I went shopping today and I was done in 3 stores in under 2 hours, I got everything on the list, full car, no need to go shopping for 2-3 weeks. When I go shopping with my wife it usually turns into a vacation trip.
7 hours ago

I miss the good old days when men used to tell it how it is
7 hours ago

Oh ffs...any young boy who got dragged to the supermarket with his mam and auntie knows this to be true...

"Why are you nattering with every second person....hurry up.. I've mischief to be getting on with"
5 hours ago

I personally cannot stand the agony, I'd rather wait outside in the car listening to music.
7 hours ago

I had a Chinese girlfriend in the 1990s. Shopping was her thing. She would spend hours in shopping malls examining items she was only marginally interested in. Our relationship was short-lived. I lived next to San Francisco's Chinatown for a few years. I'll not forget watching an old Chinese lady at a sidewalk market picking out individual pistachio nuts from a large sack of nuts.
7 hours ago

Any sign of Pelosi..?
6 hours ago

Lucky you dumped Corona Sharona.
8 hours ago

Shopping is a chore. Men should delegate the responsibility, if possible.

Except when buying a tractor or a firearm.
8 hours ago

Or booze.
5 hours ago

Booze will soon be gone.
8 hours ago

Well, he's not wrong...
8 hours ago

However.., you also see the same phenomenon with men at Home Depot
7 hours ago

Hah hah.
7 hours ago

I don’t go to gayish H.D., real men go to Lowe’s.
6 hours ago

Harbor Freight.


39 minutes ago
(Edited)

Rural King.

Lots of guns there.
8 hours ago

Depends. Send a man to buy a car, on the other hand...
8 hours ago

Oh, so a $50,000 purchase should be done with as little thought as buying a few items for $25? I see somebody who will end up with nothing to live on when they retire.
2 hours ago

I will end up spend less on vehicles than food over time.
9 hours ago
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YES!!!!!!!!

Women use shopping as a social exercise, men treat it is as a task to get done.

Every swinging **** reading this has the same experience, your mother sends you to the grocery store, you're back in 15 minutes with everything on the list and she is shocked. Why? Because your mother is female and they are incapable of doing that. Can't be done.

My favroite observation at the check out line is when the cashier is done. Men already have the correct money out, they've done the sums in their head, they know approximately how much it should be, they pay, get change, receipt, done, **** off.

Women....it always comes as a surprise to women that THEY HAVE TO PAY for the groceries, they're always caught off guard by this.....so then the ritual begins....fiddle with the purse, rummage around in there, locate the wallet, take out a few notes, spend the next 10 minutes trying to sort their coins to get exact change. Then the receipt comes and now would be the perfect time to reorganize their purse, which they proceed to do.



When you stand behind women in a grocery store line, you loose the will to live.



squid
7 hours ago

You nailed that one alright!


4 hours ago

This should be a standup routine.
4 hours ago

I never see that, except lonely elderly. Let them enjoy their only social life in monkey murder world.

Also I challenge you to who can shop faster. Im in great shape, walk really fast and know exactly where that **** will be. I am also first class in getting around fat ***** and loitering worthless masses of flesh, without being rude.

Somebody else writes the list for both. You'll lose.
3 hours ago

You haven't seen it because you don't want to see it.

Women can shop as fast a man, my mom used to and my wife can......on occasion. But the whole experience is traumatic, they need days to recover. Going to a grocery store, buying what's on the list and leaving WITHOUT chatting to everyone and checking every isle and display out is painful to most women.



Serious, next time you're in the checkout line, watch the women. Watch closely, it's hilarious how consistent they are. The fiddle-faddling with their purse and wallet while chatting with the cashier, it's an entire social ritual. And the mock surprise they all fein when it's time to pay, like it's a shock.



squid
8 hours ago

duh.
8 hours ago

Came straight to the comments on this one..
8 hours ago

There's a reason men hate going shopping with women. This guy gets it.
8 hours ago

Uh oh. Madison Avenue is going to send some mercs to take care of this guy.
8 hours ago

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!
love this guy he has my full support!!!!

Could you imagine the NY mayor saying this! lol..

He be like impeach before the day was over!!!!
8 hours ago

Ha ha, say it like it is. What a guy!
8 hours ago

Well, it is true. There are other things about women that are true as well such as "sneaking up on them" no matter how hard you stomp your feet as you approach they can't hear you. I swear that if I carry a bell with me and ring it they still would not know that I am approaching.
7 hours ago

I usually carry a nail gun, not a bell.
4 hours ago

Maybe if you stopped beating the woman in your life they wouldnt be so paranoid about you sneaking up on them
8 hours ago

THE MAYOR SPEAKS THE TRUTH. LOOK AT ALL THE SNOWFLAKES THAT ARE MELTING OVER IT
8 hours ago

IOW, let the guys go out and catch the virus. NO issues here.
8 hours ago

This is how food is marketed. Put the bakery near the entrance to bathe you in good smells to whet your appetite. Put "goody" food displays at the end of the aisles. Put necessity items way back in the store so you have to run the gauntlet. Then put expensive candy displays near the checkout counters so kids can beg and cry for the over-priced "action" figurines with the candy. Damn sure they will get you to buy number of things not on your list.
8 hours ago
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They also organize what items they have up front depending on the dominant socioeconomic make up of the area. I don't generally go into a store unless there's something specific I'm looking for and adopt tunnel vision. Now, a book or hobby store, I can wander aimlessly about and probably end up buying something I don't need.
8 hours ago

1 Corinthians 11:3 King James Version (KJV)

3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
8 hours ago

Genesis 3:17 King James Version (KJV)

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
8 hours ago

"Japanese Mayor: Men Should Do Shopping Since Women Are 'Indecisive And Take Forever'"

Thanks Tyler... And now in other newz, Water is Found to be Wet!
8 hours ago

Only in Japan.. you could say those discriminatory comment in political office and get away with it..
8 hours ago
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So observations that go against ideology are discriminatory?

Field data is field data regardless of your hypothesis.



squid
8 hours ago

Woman as last resort. Food. The stuff word killing for, in no or short supply. Men will turn to her, begging. Natural instincts of survival always pops up wile men kill each other for reasons they do not know. The boss said so as natural excuus.
8 hours ago

Women are at the bottom of my priorities in life. I've never met one that was a good person.
9 hours ago

Can we bring him here?
8 hours ago

Yes...Replace Joe Biden with the mayor. Trump won't stand a chance.
9 hours ago

Until the wimmins get with Operation Handle Business With a Quickness, Imma just have to agree with the man.
9 hours ago

Japanese Mayor: Men Should Do Shopping Since Women Are 'Indecisive And Take Forever'

Women were set to criticize the mayor, but couldn’t decide on what to say.
9 hours ago

Bakayaro Teme
9 hours ago

SURPRISE SURPRISE! Another ******* politician.
9 hours ago

His point checks out with all my years of observation.
9 hours ago

I would like to see a study run on this.

Some of the cashiers at Walmarts got to catch up with customer's lives in line but that is the Ozarks.

Some women rush through the store-especially now.

What bugs me is that one cannot speak the truth about people anymore.






9 hours ago

I've taken to laying the seat back and taking a nap when she goes shopping, Take your time hon, don't worry about me i will be fine, pushes cap down over my eyes and snores.
9 hours ago

True
9 hours ago

Based *** knows where it's at.
9 hours ago

Yeah, but I bought the wrong smoked oysters several times
9 hours ago

Voting for most logical man of all time award to be a given to a mista mayor Matsui.
9 hours ago

Who is either divorced or a ******.
9 hours ago

Now, I have seen men who accompany their wife. And, I think that’s really sweet. I know some men who’s wife are disabled, and they do all the shopping, and there’s much honor in that. And, I guess if I asked, my husband would go to the grocery store for me. But dang, I don’t ask.
4 hours ago

what’s wrong with being divorced or a “******?” Perhaps being married to a 300lb skank for 25 years is enough to turn a heterosexual into a fruit and beg for a divorce.
1 hour ago

It would seem that Janice is an angry old hag who was turfed by someone who wanted to be happy or couldn't be satisfied by a troglodyte.
9 hours ago

I'm sick of Amazon as well trying to push me into Prime. They gave me a repreat subscription for something I never asked for. There was nowhere to cancel it and what they said to do didn't work on my computer. I had to write to them in the end. Sharp practices. That's it for me now unless I'm really desperate for something.
10 hours ago

women in grocery stores are cunts. they sidle up ito the line faking oblivious that some have been waiting already. they have a cart loaded with all kinds of stupid branded **** that you've seen on teevee and wondered who the **** would ever buy that. and if you're right behind that same bitch with a six pack and bag of fried pork skins you know they wouldn't piss on you if you were on fire, much less let you go first. men, well they never try to cut in line afaik and they're too ******* cheap to buy famous brands of stuff
10 hours ago

YES!! Men only grocery stores!! I’m with it!
10 hours ago

Hell, I’ll even throw in men’s only shooting range!!
9 hours ago

Janice-where have you been all my adult life?
9 hours ago

Happily married!! Until death do us part, by natural or unnatural causes.
9 hours ago

There may be hope for America yet!!!

Go girl ... hope you have three sisters like you 😎
9 hours ago

That idea might just work
10 hours ago

what's japanese for shuddup bitch, and make me a sammich?
9 hours ago

Get in that hole.
10 hours ago

Wisdom and leadership. A great combo. He should run to replace Abe.
10 hours ago

I’m still laughing. Yeah, go shopping bitchez!! I’ll be at home with my indecisive ***. Lol
10 hours ago

is this another joke men can't laugh about with each other? it is all about reminding each other there are a lot of reasons why the grass isn't greener on the other side because them female things are virtually all alike but fit in different places on the scale.

i had an entire line of women at a grocery store laughing with me because i managed to buy $150 worth of groceries with 2 small kids in tow within a half an hour as my daughter was explaining to the cashier that we called it power shopping. the women agreed it was an impressive feat.
10 hours ago
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I am sure there is plenty of marketing data out there to support this (obvious) information.

I go shopping and I go for what I want and need and don't allow myself to be distracted. In and out, follow the list, half an hour max. My wife goes shopping and is away for two hours.
10 hours ago

Apparently a universal truth. Japan and America, men nodding in Agreement. Yup.
9 hours ago

It is universal indeed, Robert. As is nagging. Men everywhere complain about that too.

It deserves it own hash tag.

#indecisiveshoppers

#naggingkills
10 hours ago

Ichiro Matsui for prime minister lol
10 hours ago

Hirohito alive and well.

Still no delivery slots at Asda. New approach is opening up until 10 pm every night.
10 hours ago
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Get off your asses bitchez!! Go buy me a beer! Go buy some sugar, milk and eggs, bitchez!!
10 hours ago

says the ***** wupped..
10 hours ago

See below, that **** won’t fly with my man.
10 hours ago

Never send a woman shopping for you. Everything will be wrong.

10 hours ago

‘‘Tis the plan, my friend, ‘tis the plan.
7 hours ago

Lol... The old "do the job really shitty, so you don't get asked again" trick. I do that with laundry. Used to do it with the dishes, but the slav... er.. kids do those now.
10 hours ago

The reverse is also true

Just different ways of prioritising shopping lists, that's all.
10 hours ago

do I smell ****?
10 hours ago

Geez, take it easy pal.

No need to get all incel on my *** this early on.
10 hours ago

hehe easy target before bed
10 hours ago

Only if you’re smelling between your legs.
34 minutes ago

****
10 hours ago

And? In other news, water is wet.
10 hours ago

Why is this news? No ****, shirlock...
10 hours ago

Yes!!! I agree!! Women are indecisive and take forever!! Men should do all the shopping!
10 hours ago

Clever, Janice. Very clever...
10 hours ago

Yeah, that **** won’t fly with my man.
10 hours ago
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Bitches who worship other satanist bitches like Killary, AOC, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kesha and Lady Gaga - should just advertise on their front doors, "I am bat **** crazy, more bat **** crazy than Chinese bat soup drinking Asian bitches!"

That's the modern day version of the red X sign during the black plague, a sign for strong, ambitious men not to stick their dicks in bat **** crazy!
10 hours ago

Women are why shopping malls exist
10 hours ago

for every 1 men's ONLY store... there maybe 99 women's. Can you imagine if this was reversed.. protests would be everywhere..
10 hours ago
(Edited)

Libtard women and Chinks would agree ......



But, they both will suck some **** of a ****......



Go ahead, buy my grocery’s bitch......
10 hours ago

Even Trump doesn't have the balls to make a similar statement.

I got one better: women are a hazard to public/mental health and must be treated as such.

9 hours ago

******
10 hours ago

Let this be a lesson to the naive. Might even save your life.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-16/man-leaps-death-after-girlfriend-refuses-stop-shopping
10 hours ago

Wait just a damm minute, the man clearly stated that is how it is in his family. F*ck do you feminists know about his family? Hell he's probably right. Some of you silly basterds can 't even figure out which bathroom to use ... jeeze
10 hours ago

I already do this. I shop and she cooks.
10 hours ago

I shop and I grille... Benefits abound in return, elsewhere........
10 hours ago

The Japanese are always a sensible, practical people.
10 hours ago

First, Japan is not an "island nation" - that's Australia. Japan's an archipelago, ie lots of islands. As for the men being decisive, maybe, but not careful, that's the women. So if you want fast unripe or rotten fruit send Hubby, but if you want cheapest, best send Okasan. I lived and worked there for 3 yrs. The women run the home. Period.
10 hours ago

Woman needs to go up and slap him in the face.
8 hours ago

..and swallow a stiff left hook!

Bitches!
10 hours ago

More to consider than they know about unless they are doing all the cooking and storing as well.
10 hours ago

He will be on social distancing and it will be a good thing. Who would want to be near him,
10 hours ago

Given his stand, who would be want to be near?
10 hours ago
(Edited)

They will all have to stand at a distance now fuming as we choose which apples we want.
10 hours ago

Can we elect this man to US president? If Obongo the kenyan clown can run, than so can this guy. We already have a bunch of dual citizens in congress anyways.



Too bad the majority of voters are women, otherwise we might have had a shot at saving the west
11 hours ago

Ever see the difference between men and women when its time to pay??? Men have got their cash/credit in their hands waiting for the bill and pay instantly so they can get the **** out of there. Women only go into their purses when they are told what the tally is. They don't care how long it takes to find their cash/credit, oblivious to the people they are holding up.
10 hours ago

I have noticed.


I also note that women pushing carts don’t give a **** and expect everyone to get out their way while 2 men are able to pass each other with little fuss.
11 hours ago

and the coupon women....grrrr
10 hours ago

It's the coupons that drive me crazy. I've never seen a man with coupons. Fortunately, not that many women either.

That said, I've had more trouble with the men in the grocery these days. They look lost and confused as they peruse the shelves. It's almost like they've never done the shopping prior to the pandemic.
10 hours ago
(Edited)

the arrows on the floor change the way we've been going through the same store for 30 years...men don't take change well
10 hours ago

Often, the paychecks go into the same account and she will let him pull out the wallet to be the big spender even though it's her income being spent as well.

Sound familiar boys?
1 hour ago

Nope.
10 hours ago

Well, chalk one up for honesty! This guy should get an award. Instead, he’ll be trashed by the left, because they think men and women are exactly equal in every respect. Which is a lie told for some weird lefty purpose.

I can buy $100 worth of groceries in about 15 minutes. Because I’m decisive.
10 hours ago

well he'll never be nominated for the Supreme Court now.
10 hours ago
(Edited)

Shopping is psyops 101. All tricks M$Ms and politicians got from advertising are used by retail. The exercise is to make yourself impervious to marketing ********. On average, even when they are aware they are being manipulated, women score half as well as men. Just look at cosmetics. You can learn a lot from that racket.
10 hours ago

LMAO, he isn't wrong.

It is refreshing to see that we are returning to time-honored wisdom about men and women.
10 hours ago

Men bring home the meat, women cook it. Not rocket science. And if he bitches it isn't what he wanted, well go ******* fetch it then.
10 hours ago

men cook the meat better too
10 hours ago

edit...shhhh don't tell the women, they'll get mad about that too
10 hours ago

No they don't, they burn the crap out of it on the bbq and think they did amazing.
9 hours ago

That's the way they want it, sweetheart.

Pay attention.
10 hours ago

This headline was worth taking a photo of and sending to my buddies. I laughed out loud.
9 hours ago

I texted it to a friend of mine who bitches about his wife doing the exact same thing. He agreed.
10 hours ago

Shopping should be a surgical operation and not an all day thing.
10 hours ago
(Edited)

True dat but he's not selling it. Tell the feminazis that men should shop because they are expendable. They'll eat it up.
10 hours ago

Yeah he's right...but if we say it out loud we are always going to be wrong so don't. Just let them dillydally and we'll sit out in the truck and wait for them.


10 hours ago
(Edited)

I would agree but my wife is close by...
10 hours ago

True...
10 hours ago

{headline only] ... i needed that lol
11 hours ago
(Edited)

typical, tell the truth about women's shopping habits, and be lambasted for it.

He'd better not mention how many (western) women are overweight!
11 hours ago

I couldn't agree more with Ichiro Matsuki. When I shop it's coffee, creamo and itchi bum soup then gtf out.

I give my sweetie a list and he gets to buy what he wants me to cook. BAM!! Happy well fed husband.
10 hours ago

Down voted by a woman. LOL
10 hours ago

probably AOC
10 hours ago

Or Karen...
11 hours ago

Most of them shouldn't be allowed to vote either.
10 hours ago

I agree. Then the crap that gets elected is entirely on men.

Do you really want to abdicate someone to blame?


11 hours ago
(Edited)

If I go to the supermarket, I spend more time looking at those beautiful Japanese women than anything else. So, I don’t like this! Is that sexist? Hahaha
11 hours ago
(Edited)

I've noticed this as well

Oh, and Islam is right about women
11 hours ago

No wonder they hate Admiral Dewey so much.
11 hours ago

I feel lost in it so can anyone tell me which view is more sexist:

- Men should do grocery shopping, or

- Women should do grocery shopping.
11 hours ago
(Edited)

Rosie O'Donnell isn't indecisive.

She buys everything and eats it.
11 hours ago

Me: Come with list, in and out in half an hour or less.

Wife: Afternoon affair.

Ichiro Matsui is 100% correct.
11 hours ago

Lord help us. The mayor is absolutely right about women, and I would never shop with another one.
11 hours ago

Some shopping centres have specific "husband seats" where men can go and wait in peace for their wives to shop.
11 hours ago

The worst is when they are chatting away at the register, they finish and leave with their stuff...and then they return to contest a price.
11 hours ago

Oh man...some people with checks...I don't mind if someone wants to jot a quick note just so they don't forget. Ok. I get it. But when they start putting in all the prior receipts in while blocking the register!? I hope they rot in hell
10 hours ago
(Edited)

or the ones that can't get their freaking card to work for three items wrth 3.69 total. You stand behind them for 30 ******* minutes while the cashier is dying. I think it is a trick to get the old grey haired farmer behind her to hand her a five. I always try to get line behind older men. Men always have cash back up
10 hours ago

or the ones with the coupons...frig
10 hours ago

Some of the older ones still write checks.
11 hours ago

Invite him to the next White House House pressor.
11 hours ago
(Edited)

I'd invite him to take over the job. We need a guy like that. Get **** done
11 hours ago

#FeminismIsRape make it trend :D
11 hours ago

Tell it like it is, brother!
11 hours ago

It's a Nipponese Mike Leach!
11 hours ago

Swing your sword!
12 hours ago

There's no doubt this guy is married.


12 hours ago

That's so funny. Love this guy. Men are hunters and women are gatherers.
12 hours ago

Men are also superior gatherers
12 hours ago

Men know how to hunt, but suck at bringing it back efficiently. Now women know how to bag it up and carry it out!
11 hours ago

This dude has never seen me shop. I know what I want, I have a list, I am like a ******* whirlwind. Get in, get out, get home, be done is my motto.
11 hours ago

Please! You need to hold a work shop...or a do a youtube channel. Something!
11 hours ago

Unicorn
11 hours ago

The key is you have a list - what man has a list?
11 hours ago

Not a list per se, but I know what I/we need, I know where to get it, and it's in-out bada-boom bada-bing done.
10 hours ago

There's one.
11 hours ago

Best virus article ever.
11 hours ago

What did he say that was wrong?
11 hours ago

He's right. They also leave carts in the middle of the god damn isles.
11 hours ago

I nearly went ballistic last week over that ****. I was getting ready to push the cunts cart straight down the other isle before she came running...only took 3 or 4 minutes for her to bother, even after looking straight at me.
11 hours ago
(Edited)

What did you harvest from her purse?





only kidding
11 hours ago

Oddly enough I didn't see it. Thank god, or she would've tried to accuse me of theft. My wife suggested that I should have shoved it straight at her...I liked the idea. But I like avoiding jail time better.
11 hours ago

She’s been chipped already
11 hours ago

Anything that pisses off feminists is a good thing!
11 hours ago

Got to agree with you 100%. Nothing torques my jaws more than man hating feminists.
11 hours ago

Factual and to the point. Much respect.
11 hours ago

Feminist be like: NANI!!!???
11 hours ago

Lets line up a 1 with 34DD Hoot’s from Japan and 1 with 34DD Hoot’s from China........



Pick your car and pick your lane. Which lane would you ride ??



Press 1 upvote for Japan.



Press 2 upvote for the Chia pet.
11 hours ago

Men Should Do Shopping Since Women Are 'Indecisive And Take Forever'

Ain't that the damned truth...it takes an hour just to get through the health care products or produce sections in these places with a woman
11 hours ago

"Just grab some ******* carrots would ya! They all look the goddamned same!"
10 hours ago

LOL
11 hours ago
(Edited)

“Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui told reporters on Thursday (Apr 23) that men should be entrusted with grocery runs because women "take a long time as they browse around and hesitate about this and that", Kyodo news agency reported.

"Men can snap up things they are told (to buy) and go, so I think it's good that they go shopping, avoiding human contact," the 56-year-old added.”



Can’t argue with this...
11 hours ago

Long time back, at the time 45-year old me walked into a Babies-R-Us just after opening. I found a young lady clerk: 'Hi. I'm headed to a birthday party and should probably take a gift, although the real reaso for the party is for the adults to get together and drink".

Her: "Boy or girl?" "Girl".

"How old?" "1".

"Budget?" "20-25 bucks enough?"

She found something, and we walked to the counter to check me out. She said "I like it when men come in here. A few questions, they have what they want, and I can move on to other things. The Women take hours to decide".

So the Japanese dude has a point.


11 hours ago

Man, you should see what happens if you shop for something like tiles, or curtains. A chick can spend hours looking at four different shades of white.
11 hours ago

lol
11 hours ago

OPen the fake economy?
11 hours ago
(Edited)

That's a good one . I wonder what they have planned to " Help " this " V" recovery they promised
11 hours ago

Lol, this guy is 100% right. I HATE going for groceries with my wife. Hours of wandering around comparing ingredients in mayonnaise or some ****. When I go on my own, I take a list. Zoom around in minutes. Know where things are. Grab beer on the way out.
11 hours ago

Know your place! Shut your face!
11 hours ago
(Edited)

Yes, this is real.

Elderly women, in particular, are always chatting away, unconcerned about shopping,...

Yes, we have to talk to the people in the stores...which is hard to do now because everyone is so afraid that they're going to stroke out because they're in their 30-40s or the HIV-sequence is going to destroy all their organs.

Because this unbelievable lockdown...which just keeps going on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...has prevented all human interaction. Look, I'm a homebody, but after six weeks of "Don't go out!" and "Watch out or die from the virus!!" and the pool's not opening...what the hell?

You betcha I'll talk to you. Had a nice chat with the cashier guy at 99 cent store. He thinks everything is BS.

Oh. And do I normally take a long time to shop? Yep. The woman in the house is usually the one who will evaluate price vs quality. Hell...we're not going pay any bucks for something which is essentially worthless. We gotta look at those berries. The fresh ones will be green and look young at the stem. You want a box of strawberries which look good on top and are rotten on the bottom? Come on. Women have seen it all. We know their games. You want fresh celery when fresh celery is available (most of the time not)? You gotta look way under the pile of celery to see the greener, fresher ones.
11 hours ago

We all know he’s correct. Why the headline?
11 hours ago

To make things easier I remember what happens when my buddy and I go to the tackle shop at the beach with a nice beer buzz.
10 hours ago

Dude...don't leave us hanging...what happens?
8 hours ago

We walk in for swivels and walk out with $100 in lofty dreams and **** we will never use.

At least I talked my buddy out of a $500 shark rod setup that would be in my garage right now. So, we saved money.

Jesus, who do i sound like now?

"How much was that?"

"It was like 50% off."

"50% off of what?"

"Umm, uhh, I dont remember."
11 hours ago

LMAO!
11 hours ago

It will cost ya tree fiddy.

BTFD,
11 hours ago

Hello, based department? Yes, I'll hold.
11 hours ago

Are you applying for PPE loan?

You'll be on hold for ever...
11 hours ago

"based" is a 4Chan term

and so is BlownTheFuckOut
11 hours ago

When challenged by a reporter, he acknowledged his remarks might be viewed as out-of-touch, but said they were true in his family.

American politicians could take a lesson. Stand up for your beliefs and opinions even if they are not popular. The twits on twitter never relent so you might as well go down with your integrity intact. I really don't see what's so insulting. Men and women are different. Not the same. Each with their own strengths and abilities.
11 hours ago

how long did it take the women of Osaka to make up their minds to be outraged about this?
11 hours ago

It's not the US, or Europe.
12 hours ago

Show me on the doll where the facts hurt you.
11 hours ago

The moose knuckle.
11 hours ago

Pure Japanese wisdom.
11 hours ago
(Edited)

Your Racciiiiissssttttttt! ;)



That’s the **** we get over here..... It’s pathetic.......
11 hours ago

Osaka is the cowtown of Japan.. milk them cows women and wash them clothes
11 hours ago

But the men always come home with the wrong thing and Momma has to send them back to the store.
11 hours ago

I wish he rather found a reason for women to do grocery shopping. It doesn't change the fact that he's right.
11 hours ago

Men pretty much feel the same way about shopping as women do about tinkering with cars.
11 hours ago
(Edited)

I love Women, but he's got a point

* Matter of factually, most intelligent Women would agree with me.

The same can be said about retarded Male> I just got Nork Chinked?
11 hours ago

There's no line that can't be crossed when it comes to social distancing and lockdown... Except this one!
11 hours ago

Yes, and make sandwiches, clean and give blowjobs! Absolutely!


12 hours ago

as Twitter users called him 'full of prejudice against women,' and 'disrespectful to women and men.'

Who cares what twit feminazis think?
11 hours ago

Tell me about women backing out of a parking space.
11 hours ago

If they are illegal Mexicans, they will likely back into somebody's car.
11 hours ago

Did you hear about the woman who mistakenly walked backwards in the spinning airplane propellor?

disaster!!
11 hours ago

I concur.... Men shop surgically and women shop for pleasure.....
11 hours ago

Women.

Can't live with them...
11 hours ago

You could if you released her from the cook house.
11 hours ago

In the USA my ***** would be called all kindsa phobe, but I don't think he's the kinda guy to give a fook.
11 hours ago

I think he has only one facial expression, and that is his "no time for ********" expression.
11 hours ago

"There are indecisive men and nimble and sharp women," said one user. Let the butch do the shopping then. Who cares?
11 hours ago

Libtards grimace at the truth.
11 hours ago

If she comes in with me it's going to be the large cart.
11 hours ago

It's true. My son and I do all of our shopping. My wife's mere presence doubles the time we spend there.


11 hours ago

I can understand his point, however some decisions reqire more thought than others......
11 hours ago

Lol. The Japanese don’t give 2 hoots about the libtards political correctness!!


And it’s true.
11 hours ago

I have an enormous amount of respect for the Japanese and their culture.

And I am openly quite racist.

But their culture values hard work, gender roles, honor and respect. All positive things.
12 hours ago

I have not shopped with my wife in like 15 years...it is the ONLY thing that has preserved the marriage...
11 hours ago

My god how I wish... she still whines and bitches if I don't go, or whines and bitches the whole time if I go... it's excruciating.
11 hours ago

Comment on other attractive ladies at the store.
11 hours ago

That could get him murdered. He should act retarded, or deaf instead, and make a show of it.
11 hours ago

I do occasionally put on a show, but that just makes her double down on the hatred.
11 hours ago

I take the wife to the grocery store, park and sit in the car reading the treasonous comments on ZH
12 hours ago
(Edited)

I like this guy!



Winner!

The view never changes if you are not the lead dog!
12 hours ago

The first thing I want to do when I go to the store is GTFO of there.
12 hours ago

Next, whip out a mechanical sex doll and point out it's obvious advantages.
12 hours ago

The shopper that drives me nuts (even nutser than I already am) is the person, either sex, gender, height, whatever, that lets the entire purchase get rung up, then suddenly remembers, “Oh yeah. I’m supposed to pay”. Then they fumble through their purse or wallet to find the debit card (and it’s always a ******* debit card or, worse, a check, with these assholes). Then they insert the card upside down or sideways or in any ******* direction other than the correct direction. Then they forget their ******* PIN.....three ******* times. They finally get their $1.99 Tic Tac purchase complete after 12 people in the next lane with $300 loads of groceries have checked out.
11 hours ago
(Edited)

The worst are the ones that block lanes. You know the person; the one who gets their cart, enters the store and immediately stops, while searching in their purse or taking off their jacket while everyone else backs up outside. Or the one who parks their cart in an aisle and then stands parallel to it, causing a traffic jam. These same fuckers will look at you like they want to square off if you say, "excuse me." I have resorted to just pushing their carts out of the way. At least the look that you get is halfway justified, anyway.

I loathe these subhumans who couldn't give a damn about inconveniencing others while they selfishly let their impulsiveness run wild.




10 hours ago

That's why I try to go just ahead of rush hour, or at night. Hit it when they ain't. (Sorry Willie)
12 hours ago

1950 here we come.
12 hours ago

I really hope so!


12 hours ago

He’s not wrong. Lol.
12 hours ago

He’s not wrong so....
12 hours ago

What about the other 46 genders?
12 hours ago

I'm failing to find the lie.
12 hours ago

No. Men are dumb shoppers. They grab the first thing they see and don’t follow a list properly.

women look for discounts, sales, coupons and they comparison shop between different labels and mind the ingredients using, sometimes, a tight budget. Women can manage to fit everything on a shopping list into a the budget whereas men forget half the things on a list and still go over budget every. single. time.
12 hours ago

Right now men are reading the above, scratching their heads going, duhhhh what’s a shopping list? Derrrraaa? -_-
12 hours ago

Shut up, bitch.
11 hours ago

Piss off, incel.
1 hour ago

Who let the gash in here?
11 hours ago

And when she comes home three hours later I have to go and get the one thing she was supposed to get.
11 hours ago

No- that is exactly what men do. Men can’t manage money and shopping and a list. That’s too much multitasking.
11 hours ago

Curious way to try to refute his point...
10 hours ago

We just need mayonnaise. Not the goddamn DUKE'S mayonnaise.

Sheesh.
12 hours ago

You know it's going to be a long shopping trip when halfway through the FOYER she stops and says "Oh, look at this!".
12 hours ago

never get a woman to do a mans job .... yes lots of superflous purchases and dithering.....
12 hours ago

Political correctness will die a shrieking writhing gnashing death during this next Great Depression, but it will die. Thankfully.
11 hours ago

Although it is self defeating, as long as it appeals to human nature, and it does for many, then it will be around until the world ends.
11 hours ago

But it doesnt appeal to human nature. Maybe subhuman nature...
12 hours ago

I wish this guy was my mayor. I wholeheartedly agree with his sentiment on this subject.
12 hours ago

Japanese are considered racists and do not like immigrants, and women are expected to know their place. Great Country as they are one of the last bastions.
12 hours ago
(Edited)

Lol

could you imagine a US mayor saying that

The statement is undoubtedly true but damn you get skewered like a roasted pig

Japanese Mayor

”now after I shoppped decisively get back in the ******* kitchen and cook me dinner you ungrateful ****!”
12 hours ago

Most of them are either women or gay, so no.
12 hours ago

Hahahaha! I go to the store on Sunday night to avoid women standing in the middle of the aisle trying to decide if they should go with the 16oz or the 20oz jar of Jiff peanut butter like their life depends on the correct choice.
12 hours ago

I love the candor Asians in Asia display. They manage to send NPCs into apoplexy half a world away.
12 hours ago

Hunter Gatherers bitches!
12 hours ago

Now that the numbers are now proving that this is no more deadly than the seasonal flu, which many of us said from the beginning. All you had to do was look at the numbers and the motive.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship was a pretty reliable gauge and if hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin would have been known about, then the numbers would have been even lower. As it is it was about a 30% infectious rate and a .01% death rate. People are so gullible and so frightened that it is scary - pun intended. God have mercy on us.
12 hours ago

Good to see this **** extends to all ******* cultures.

Now we can bond and drink beer.
12 hours ago

Kansai guys are known to be very blunt and plain spoken. They like to joke about the soy bois in metrosexual Tokyo.

Dude is solid and that is his 'no ***** given' face.
12 hours ago

What a great headline. Stick the PC BS up your ***!
12 hours ago

Not to mention women drivers going to the store.
12 hours ago

He's fuckin right.
7 hours ago

This is not the weekend doomporn I expect from ZH ..

... but he's right 😒
12 hours ago

YATTA!

Now impart some sagacious yet obvious wisdom about HOW THEY DRIVE!
12 hours ago

It’s in the DNA.

Men = hunters

Women = gatherers
12 hours ago

If you say Ichiro Matsui over and over again really fast is sounds like 'I'm a dead man'.
8 hours ago

Gesundheit.
12 hours ago

All true....whats the problem here?
12 hours ago

The man isn't wrong.
12 hours ago

And he's right, my misses takes forever.
12 hours ago

here we go baby!

the REAL boogaloo just kicked off

lillith Karen's vs. Soi boi pucci...

https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/790/729/805.png
11 hours ago

money laundering scheme

cam whores meh about huge donations, because its money laundering.

https://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/254935625#p254939399
11 hours ago

H-hello Based Dept.?

https://i.4cdn.org/pol/1587771491815.jpg
12 hours ago

Word! Matsui-san.

Bitchez should be back at the crib makin' sammiches and ****.
12 hours ago

Amen
12 hours ago
(Edited)

lol don't men die at 2x the rate?! baka yarou, damarre!!
13 hours ago

Put this guy in charge of cleaning up Fukashima. TEPCO needs his leadership.
13 hours ago

Promote that man!
13 hours ago

This guy GETS it!
1 hour ago
(Edited)

I go to the store and I have a list and I buy **** on the list and I am back home in no time. My wife will take the same list change some of the items and then buy 2 to 3 times of more **** that wasn't needed and she takes a lot longer to get it and go. It's worst when I am with her, it literally fills like all day to buy a few items.




12 hours ago

And this is news? No **** Sherlock!
12 hours ago

Somebody should follow this guy when he goes shopping since he knows so much about it.
12 hours ago

karen detected
13 hours ago

Genius, this guy should be in charge of most of the **** from now on.
12 hours ago

**** that... he's just complaining cause Asian men follow their women around like a dog when shopping.

Make the bitch go do it herself... you've got better things to do..
52 minutes ago

you don't deserve to use and totally **** up the memory of the dude you ******* poser ******.
12 hours ago

Red pills from the rising sun
11 hours ago

Facts are rayciss and sexiss.
8 hours ago

let's give an Amen to that Japanese mayor
13 hours ago

taking heat for stating the obvious.
13 hours ago

No happy time for him tonight
10 hours ago

Being that it's Japan his wife probably has him by the balls anyway.

She also controls the pursestrings, so his daily allowance will be cut in half.
9 hours ago

And something that's been analyzed in detail many times over:

MEN BUY, WOMEN SHOP- The process of shopping is a mission for men. They don‟t like the process of shopping but they love having something bought. It‟s a subtle difference but an important one. The biggest misconception is that men don‟t like shopping. Women-they love shopping even when they have a deadline, men-they shop and they leave

https://www.iosrjournals.org/iosr-jbm/papers/Vol19-issue8/Version-5/E1908053336.pdf
4 hours ago

I wonder who this Japanese mayor is taking heat from on twitter?



Oh, right... white women and soy boys from Oregon.
12 hours ago

Well, let me ask my wife... lol
12 hours ago

Yes.
12 hours ago

This is news?
12 hours ago

Yes.
11 hours ago

Yes.
11 hours ago

Absolutely. But imagine if a US Republican Mayor had said this all hell would have broken out in the MSM as being sexist, misogynistic etc. They would probably find a way to work in racist also...
47 minutes ago

Somewhere there is an American feminist angry and screaming about how horrible this sexist man is and that he should be fired, and publically humiliated. Somewhere there also is an American feminist angry and screaming that men expect women to do the grocery shopping and that more men should be doing the grocery shopping.

Remember the common denominator here is that the American feminist is always angry and screaming and aggrieved. It is what they are no matter what you do.

ドイツがケニアで買ったマスクが行方不明になった事件についてモサドは関与を否定せず コロナ イスラエル

ドイツがケニアで調達したマスクが、輸送途中でどこかに消えてしまった事件について、報道では米国が高値で横から奪い取った可能性が指摘されたが、実のところドイツは米国政府を直接的に批判しておらず、真相は明らかでないが、モサド関係者はモサドの関与を否定しなかった。

外国政府のある機関は輸出を認めても、別の機関が禁止することはしばしばあり、今回のような非常事態時にモサドの関与は効果的である。いろんな側面があるものの、結果としてイスラエルが必要とする物資を必要な量だけ確保できたのだから、これでいいではないかという立場。

・・・一種の自慢話で、来年度予算編成を前に「存在意義は大きいのだから予算増やしてね」というメッセージ。



Spy agencies and human rights in the era of coronavirus
Can the public’s right to privacy coexist with the government’s fight to curb the pandemic?
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
APRIL 25, 2020 16:28
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/spy-agencies-and-human-rights-in-the-era-of-coronavirus-625577

The Shin Bet tells you when to go to the doctor, the Mossad brings you your medical equipment and NSO Group or some other private organization may hold on to your private information until you are coronavirus-free (and maybe even after?).

Do you recognize this world? It is a world in which government spy agencies and private organizations with alumni of those agencies are far more deeply involved in Israeli citizens’ lives and internal issues than ever before. It is a corona world where spying meets human rights.

Former Shin Bet chief Yaakov Perry told the Magazine this week that there “must be parliamentary oversight. This is problematic during this time. Yes, there are some operating Knesset committees, but there is not really fluid parliamentary oversight.”

The country “must reduce Shin Bet tracking when we are at the end [of the corona crisis] or even near the end of the crisis,” he added.

Of the three involvements of current or former Israeli intelligence agencies in handling aspects of civilian life related to the coronavirus crisis, the role of the Mossad would seem to be the most positive.

TO DATE, the Mossad has succeeded in bringing 10 million masks, hundreds of thousands of test kits (predicted to eventually reach around four million) and a variety of other medical items to the country in rapid fashion. Significant portions of the items were brought from moderate Sunni Arab countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel – at least one of the reasons the Mossad needed to be involved. Generally speaking, this is only a plus.

The government and the Health Ministry, according to numerous official reports, were inadequately prepared with enough medical equipment to cope with the crisis, and the Mossad stepped up to the plate to fill some of the holes. But some questions have been raised about involving the agency.

Some have said that the Defense Ministry could have done a better job than the Mossad as a larger organization with a larger permanent presence overseas. However, the most interesting major twist that has been raised about the Mossad’s involvement in purchasing medical equipment relates to tactics.

What happens when you move a spy agency used to bending laws, doing targeted assassinations and stealing Iranian nuclear secrets into acquiring medical equipment in a competitive environment? In an interview in late March with Channel 12 News, “H,” the Mossad’s project manager for the medical equipment acquisition efforts, seemed to admit that the agency had stolen some items from other countries trying to buy the same items.

The seeming admission was significant because there have been rampant stories in the global media of competition between countries, sometimes underhanded, to acquire scarce medical supplies to cope with the corona crisis.

In probably the most sensational storyline, six million masks purchased by Germany appeared to have disappeared into thin air at an airport in Kenya. Both Germany and France have at times accused the US of possibly intercepting purchases they had closed, though there are innumerable players in the arena to purchase medical items and no one has definitively accused a specific party of piracy. The Magazine has learned that H “misphrased” his comment.

It is absolutely true that there is a torrid competition going on between nations to buy up corona-related medical supplies anywhere they can be found before they dry up. H even described some of this competition in the Channel 12 interview. This included instances where Israel believed it had a done deal only to show up to pick up items at what it found to be an empty warehouse. In other cases, one part of a foreign government was ready to sell medical items, but the transport of the items was blocked by a different arm of the same government.

In this hazy malaise, the Mossad has used all formal and informal connections and tactics at its disposal to outcompete other countries in order to ensure that Israel not only gets into the ring, but actually ends up with the medical supplies physically in its hands for its citizens.

(以下省略)

社会的距離2メートルに医学的根拠なし 政治的決定 誰の策略?

Social distancing社会的距離2メートルを推奨したイギリス首相付けの学術諮問機関に、本来その場にいてはならない政治活動家2人が参加し、積極的に発言していたことが暴露された。この2人は、Brexit論争のときLeave(離脱派)の論客としてジョンソン首相を支えた中核人物。

学術諮問機関は、政府の政策に学問的裏付けを与える重要役割があるが、委員全員が非公表であり、どのような経歴の人物が議論に参加したか全く検証できないうえ、学術的背景を持たない人物2人が積極的に参加していたことが今回発覚したことで、政策の正当性に大きな疑問を投げかけることになった。

ある専門家の言葉。
2メートルが有効という数字は、ある目的を持って環境を整えた室内実験の結果であって、2メートルの間隔保持を屋外に適用するのは間違い。

・・・ほらほら、またボロが出てきましたよ。関連記事



‘It’s kind of a rule of thumb’: Adviser reveals UK govt’s 2-meter coronavirus distance instruction based on ‘muddy science’
25 Apr, 2020 12:54
https://www.rt.com/uk/486881-uk-guidelines-rule-thumb/

The British public cannot be expected to just do as they're told by the government for long, since the guidelines are very disruptive and not as scientifically sound as officials make them seem to be, a government adviser said.

One example would be the instruction for people to keep two meters apart from other people to reduce the risk of infection, advice which was “conjured out of nowhere,” according to professor Robert Dingwall.

“There's never been a scientific basis for two meters, it’s kind of a rule of thumb. But it's not like there is a whole kind of rigorous scientific literature that it is founded upon,” he told BBC’s Radio 4. Evidence exists that observing a one meter distance would be beneficial during an epidemic, but even that “comes out of indoor studies in clinical and experimental settings.”

Dingwall acknowledged that in this case as in many others “the science is muddy” and doesn't point “in a single direction in quite the way that it’s represented as doing.” But his concern is that it would be harder to convince the public to comply with government advice, if the scientific basis for it is questionable.

“We cannot sustain [social distancing measures] without causing serious damage to society, to the economy and to the physical and mental health of the population,” he said.

I think it will be much harder to get compliance with some of the measures that really do not have an evidence base.

The interview, aired on Saturday morning, comes as No. 10 is grappling with a scandal involving Dominic Cummings, the chief political adviser for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE). Cummings and a data scientist, who worked for him on the Vote Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum, attended a number of SAGE meetings as early as in January, a Guardian expose has revealed.

The presence of politically-affiliated figures at gatherings of a body that keeps the list of its members secret, and is supposed to provide purely scientific recommendations, raised awkward questions about how it had helped shape the nation’s response to the Covid-19 epidemic. Downing Street said Cummings and his associate, Ben Warner, did go to SAGE meetings, but were not part of it, contrary to what the newspaper implied.

Dingwall, who belongs to the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), a body that feeds into SAGE, spoke to Radio 4 before the scandal broke. But he expressed skepticism about the anonymity of SAGE members, saying it makes it hard to judge their scientific expertise.

“There may be an issue with SAGE about the range of voices that are heard there. There is a slight tendency among eminent scientists to think that they can be experts on everything,” he explained.



Bar Dominic Cummings from Sage meetings, Labour urges
Party raises concerns independence of group advising ministers on coronavirus has been compromised
Mattha Busby
Sat 25 Apr 2020 11.46 BST
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/25/bar-dominic-cummings-from-sage-coronavirus-meetings-labour-urges

Labour says Dominic Cumming can no longer participatent or attend Sage meetings ‘if the public are to have confidence’ in the group. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Labour has urged the government to stop the prime minister’s chief political adviser, Dominic Cummings, from attending meetings of the secret scientific group advising on the coronavirus pandemic over concerns that its independence has been compromised.

A leaked list revealed by the Guardian shows that both Cummings and a data scientist said to have worked on the Vote Leave campaign, Ben Warner, were among 23 attendees present at a meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) on the day Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown.

Various attendees of Sage told the Guardian that both Cummings and Warner had been taking part in meetings of the group as far back as February and had not merely observed but actively participated in discussions about the formation of advice.

Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, said there were significant questions for the government to answer over the credibility of its decision-making and how non-scientists have influenced policy, calling for minutes of meetings to be made public.

“The concern is that political advisers have influenced the debate,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “So the way to clear this up is for all the minutes to be published … People have not got full confidence that the government is being entirely clear and transparent.”

Downing Street said Cummings and Warner had attended some Sage meetings and continue to listen to others now held online.

“Occasionally they ask questions or offer help when scientists mention problems in Whitehall,” a No 10 spokesman said. “It is factually wrong and damaging to sensible public debate to imply [Sage] advice is affected by government advisers listening to discussions.”

Ashworth, however, said this claim should be substantiated with evidence and that questions remain over key government decisions.
Who's who on secret scientific group advising UK government?
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He suggested the UK was slow to go into lockdown and queried why large events such as the Liverpool v Atletico Madrid football game and the Cheltenham festival – attended by more than 250,000 people over four days from 10 March – had been allowed to go ahead.

Throughout the outbreak, ministers have reiterated that their policies have been guided by scientific advice, but the process has been shrouded in secrecy and the extent of political influence remains unclear.

In a statement, Ashworth said Cummings was “not a medical or scientific expert” and the government must make clear he can no longer participate or attend, “if the public are to have confidence in the Sage”.

The government’s former chief scientific adviser David King said party political advisers never attended Sage meetings during his tenure from 2000 to 2007 and that it was wrong for them to now do so.

If a political adviser is sitting on Sage “it’s a fair assumption that they are at least in part playing this role, one which it’s simply inappropriate and wrong for them to be playing”, he tweeted.

Prof Stephen Powis, the NHS England medical director, said he was confident that Sage had been a forum for scientific discussion among experts.

“It is the experts from a variety of backgrounds who discuss the evidence, they discuss the evidence base of the various topics, they come to conclusions around that evidence base,” he told the Today programme.

“It is then, of course, the role of Sage to advise the government. I have been confident that what happens at Sage is a scientific discussion involving the scientists and the experts who are members of Sage.”

The former head of the civil service, Bob Kerslake, however, said there was a risk “the government is leading the science when it’s supposed to be the other way round”.

It understood the chief medical officers and chief scientific advisers from the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been allowed to take part in Sage meetings as observers. Unlike Cummings, they were not allowed to ask questions, having instead to submit them in writing in advance.

The editor the Lancet said Cummings’ attendance of Sage meetings would call into question the independent scientific advice that it is mandated to provide.

“If it is true that Dominic Cummings attended meetings of Sage, then the government led by Boris Johnson has utterly corrupted independent scientific advice,” Richard Horton tweeted. “But I’m afraid to say that the scientists who sit on Sage have allowed themselves to be corrupted”, including the chief scientific officer and chief medical officer.

コロナ致死率は統計よりも低い可能性 ニューヨーク

ほらほら、科学の知見に基づかない外出規制、行動規制、統計の嘘に対する批判に耐えられず、少しずつ主張を変えてきましたよ。

世界中で数十億人を家に閉じ込めておきながら、新型コロナが天然痘より危険な病気であるとする肝心の「科学の知見」は世界のどこにもないという世紀の茶番。

「コロナはこんなに危険」というイメージで騒いでいるのは、なぜか医学会ではなくマスコミである。コロナ危険派の医師ですら誰一人「コロナは天然痘と同等かそれ以上に危険(だから、既存のマニュアルから逸脱した、健康な人に行動規制を課す政策を国民に強いなければならない)」とは決して発言しない。「感染症を防ぐにはこうすべき」という表現方法に終始している。マスコミが作り出している集団ヒステリーだろ。誰かきちんと説明して。

イギリスでは、コロナを死因とした死亡診断書の組織的な大量偽造の指摘まで浮上してきた。
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NY州の抗体検査で14%に陽性反応、公式統計上回る感染率
4/24(金) 9:35配信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200424-35152892-cnn-int

米NY州で行った新型コロナの抗体検査で約14%に陽性反応が出たことが分かった

(CNN) 米ニューヨーク州のクオモ知事は23日、住民3000人を対象に実施した新型コロナウイルスの抗体検査の結果、これまでに13.9%に陽性反応が出たと発表した。

この結果は、新型コロナウイルスの感染が当初確認されたよりも早くから広がっていて、感染者の数も公式統計より多いことを改めて裏付けている。

抗体検査は州内で新型コロナウイルスに感染して抗体をもつ人がどれくらいいるかの実態を把握する目的で、外出したことのある住民から無作為に抽出した大人3000人を対象に実施した。

その結果、抗体ができていたのは州全体では13.9%、ニューヨーク市に限ると21%だった。

ニューヨーク州の人口は1950万人、ニューヨーク市の人口は840万人。つまり州全体で約270万人、市では約180万人がウイルスを持っていることになる。これは公式統計の数倍に上る。

米ジョンズ・ホプキンス大学の専門家アメッシュ・アダルジャ氏はこの結果について、新型コロナウイルスによる死亡率が、公式統計よりも低い可能性があることをうかがわせると指摘した。

「このウイルスは、我々が考えていたよりもはるかに広く拡散している」とアダルジャ氏は述べ、「我々にある程度の抗体ができているという意味で、一種の安心感を抱かせる」と話している。



MILLIONS infected? Cuomo says NY antibody tests suggest Covid-19 less fatal than previously thought
23 Apr, 2020 17:08
https://www.rt.com/usa/486695-ny-antibodies-cuomo-virus-fatality/

コロナ致死率の実態は報道の25分の1から60分の1 過度に誇張されているという意見

ボン大学病院が、ドイツで最も感染がひどかったGangeltガンゲルトの全住民を調査。
PCR陽性 全住民の2%
感染率15%
致死率0.37%(感染者に対して)
致死率0.06%(全住民に対して)

ロベルト・コッホ研究所(感染症研究所)
コロナ死者の86%は70歳以上で、中央値は82歳。
肺炎発症は3%。

ドイツ国立科学アカデミーが声明発表
小中学校は早期再開を

その他、各国の統計について問題点を指摘。関連記事2

結論としては、新型コロナの致死率は、報道されている数値の25分の1から60分の1程度であろうと推定される、としている。



SARS-CoV-2 Mortality Is Distorted
19.04.2020
https://southfront.org/sars-cov-2-mortality-is-distorted/

SouthFront offers a scientific-based survey providing an in-depth look at the real death toll statistics and the spread of SARS-COV-2.
1. The research issued by the Bonn University Hospital

The research issued by the Bonn University Hospital and made by the group of scientists including Prof. Dr. Hendrik Streeck (Institute of Virology), Prof. Dr. Gunther Hartmann (Institute for Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Pharmacology, Spokesman for the Cluster of Excellence ImmunoSensation2), Prof. Dr. Martin Exner (Institute for Hygiene and Public Health), Prof. Dr. Matthias Schmid (Institute for Medical Biometry, Computer Science and Epidemiology).

In the framework of the research, all residents of Germany’s Gangelt were tested on the existence of SARS-CoV-2 infection and antibodies to SARS-CoV-2.

Gangelt is one of the most COVID-19-affected German municipalities. It is believed that the outbreak was caused by the carnival held on February 15, 2020. After the event, several people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

Preliminary result: the existing immunity was determined at about 14% (IgG against SARS-CoV2, method specificity>, 99%). About 2% of people had current SARS-CoV-2 infection detected by the method of polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The overal infection rate (the presence of a current infection or antibody in the body) was about 15%. The mortality (mortality rate), based on the total number of infected people in the Gangelt community, is approximately 0.37% based on the preliminary data of this study. The mortality rate based on the total population in the Gangelt is currently 0.06%.
2. A new Epidemiological bulletin from German Robert Koch Institute

A new Epidemiological bulletin from German Robert Koch Institute – “Estimation of the current development of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in Germany” issued on April 15 confirms that:

“in general, it is true that not all infected people have symptoms, not all who has symptoms go to a doctor’s office, not all who go to the doctor are tested and not all who test positive are recorded in a survey system. In addition, a certain amount of time passes between all these individual steps, so that no data collection system, however good, can make a statement about the current infection process without additional assumptions and calculations.”

Meanwhile, April 18 Daily Situation Report of the Robert Koch Institute shows that 86% of deaths, but only 18% of all cases, occurred in persons aged 70 years or older. The median age was 82 years. Pneumonia was reported in 2,764 cases (3%). COVID-19 related outbreaks continue to be reported in nursing homes and hospitals. In some of these outbreaks, the number of deaths is relatively high. The current estimate is R= 0.8 (95% confidence interval: 0.7-1.0).
3. On 13 April, the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, published its third ad hoc statement on the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany (the group of 26 Prof. Doctors)

The statement, which supplements its two predecessors, describes strategies for a stepwise lifting or modification of measures against the pandemic, taking into account psychological, social, legal, pedagogic and economic aspects. The document recommends in particular the re-opening of classroom primary and lower-level secondary education as soon as feasible, giving priority to the former, with observation of hygiene and physical distancing measures.
SARS-CoV-2 Mortality Is Distorted

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SARS-CoV-2 Mortality Is Distorted

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The National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina takes a stand with psychological, social, the legal, educational and economic aspects of the pandemic, following key recommendations:

Optimizing the basis for decision-making: The data collection, which has so far been largely symptom-based, leads to a distorted perception of the infection process. It is therefore important to collect the infection and substantially improve the immunity status of the population, in particular through representative and regional survey of infection and immunity status.
Enable a differentiated assessment of the risks both for social and individual dealings with the corona pandemic, contextual classification of the available data is important. Data to serious illnesses and deaths must be compared to those of other illnesses and related to the expected risk of death in individual age groups. A realistic one. Presentation of the individual risk must be clearly illustrated. This also applies to systemic risks such as overloading the health system and negative consequences for the economy and society.
To cushion psychological and social impacts: measures taken for implementation intrinsic motivation based on self-protection and solidarity is more important than the threats of sanctions. Providing a realistic schedule and a clear package of measures for gradual normalization increases the controllability and predictability for everyone. This helps to minimize negative psychological the physical andeffects of the current stress. Firs of all, aid and support should be provided for high-risk groups, such as children, who are particularly affected by the consequences of current restrictions in difficult family situations or people who are exposed to domestic violence must be provided become.

There are more another recommendations in the third ad hoc statement of the German National Academy of Sciences that now are being implemented by German leadership.
4. New research from the United States

Group of authors from Stanford University, Stanford University School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Health Education is Power, Inc., The Compliance Resource Group, Inc., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Bogan Associates, 8 ARL BioPharma, Inc., Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine measured the seroprevalence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in Santa Clara County and made some conclusions.

The data received and conclusions of the US team are well corresponding with the research of German Bonn University Hospital taking into account that the German research came out on April 9, and the American one on April 14, with the reasonable assumption that the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the German city of Gangelt began at least two week earlier (February 15, 2020) than in the American Santa Clara.

The US researchers estimated that under the three scenarios for test performance characteristics, the population prevalence of COVID-19 in Santa Clara ranged from 2.49% (95CI 1.80-3.17%) to 4.16% (2.58-5.70%). These prevalence estimates represent a range between 48,000 and 81,000 people infected in Santa Clara County by early April, 50-85-fold more than the number of confirmed cases. Conclusions. The population prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in Santa Clara County implies that the infection is much more widespread than indicated by the number of confirmed cases. Population prevalence estimates can now be used to calibrate epidemic and mortality projections.
5. More data from the United States

Between March 22 and April 4, 2020, a total of 215 pregnant women delivered infants at the New York–Presbyterian Allen Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center. All the women were screened on admission for symptoms of Covid-19. Four women (1.9%) had fever or other symptoms of Covid-19 on admission, and all 4 women tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (Figure 1). Of the 211 women without symptoms, all were afebrile on admission. Nasopharyngeal swabs were obtained from 210 of the 211 women (99.5%) who did not have symptoms of Covid-19; of these women, 29 (13.7%) were positive for SARS-CoV-2. Thus, 29 of the 33 patients who were positive for SARS-CoV-2 at admission (87.9%) had no symptoms of Covid-19 at presentation.

Our use of universal SARS-CoV-2 testing in all pregnant patients presenting for delivery revealed that at this point in the pandemic in New York City, most of the patients who were positive for SARS-CoV-2 at delivery were asymptomatic, and more than one of eight asymptomatic patients who were admitted to the labor and delivery unit were positive for SARS-CoV-2. Although this prevalence has limited generalizability to geographic regions with lower rates of infection, it underscores the risk of Covid-19 among asymptomatic obstetrical patients. Moreover, the true prevalence of infection may be underreported because of false negative results of tests to detect SARS-CoV-2.
6. Hypothesis and justification from a Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the Milan State University, Italy

The real number of COVID-19 cases in the country could be 5,000,0000 (compared to the 119,827 confirmed ones) according to a study which polled people with symptoms who have not been tested, and up to 10,000,000 or even 20,0000,000 after taking into account asymptomatic cases, according to Carlo La Vecchia, a Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the Milan State University.

This number would still be insufficient to reach herd immunity, which would require 2/3 of the population (about 40,000,000 people in Italy) having contracted the virus.

The number of deaths could also be underestimated by 3/4 (in Italy as well as in other countries) [source], meaning that the real number of deaths in Italy could be around 60,000.

If these estimates were true, the mortality rate from COVID-19 would be much lower (around 25 times less) than the case fatality rate based solely on laboratory-confirmed cases and deaths, since it would be underestimating cases (the denominator) by a factor of about 1/100 and deaths by a factor of 1/4.
7. SARS-CoV-2 mortality in Italy

As for now, it is a well-known publicly recognized fact that Italy labels anyone who died with a confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, regardless of the real causes of death, as the victim of the pandemic. At the same time, the objective fact is the increase of the overall mortality in Italy. According to Istat (Istituto nazionale di statistica), there is a general increase in mortality from all causes ⩾20% from March 1 to April 4, 2020 compared with the average for the same period in 2015-2019. Bergamo is at the top in the growth of mortality among municipalities, + 382.8% of deaths.

However, the mortality grew not only and not so much from the causes associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection.

A few examples:

Albino town: from February 23 to March 27, 2019 – 24 people died; from February 23 to March 27, 2020 – 145 people (SARS-CoV-2 causes – 30 dead).
Skandzoroshyate town: from January to March 2019 – 45 deaths; from January to March 2020 – 135 (SARS-CoV-2 – 20 dead).
San Pellegrino Terme town: March 2019 – 2 deaths, March 2020 – 45 (SARS-CoV-2 – 11 dead).
These numbers could be explained by the lack of SARS-CoV-2 tests in the specified period.

At the same time, the mortality from other diseases increased significantly in the comparative period of April 1-4, 2020 compared to April 1-4, 2019. The lack of transparence of the Italian system also should be noted. For example, on April 17, Istat said that at that moment it was impossible to draw any conclusions about the increase of the mortality in Italy in general (as well as in regions and provinces) from the data obtained by Istat for the first four months of 2020 and compare it with the same period in 2019. These graphs and tables show statistics:
SARS-CoV-2 Mortality Is Distorted

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8. SARS-CoV-2 mortality in Spain

Spanish Minister of Health Salvador Illa stated that every dead person, that tested positively to SARS-CoV-2, is considered as a SARS-CoV-2 death.

The mathematical model employed by the University of Carlos III in Madrid (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M) demonstrates that in the last decade in Spain, an average of 1,150 people die from all causes every day in March. According to the records of acts of civil status, from March 16 (the day quarantine began), the number of daily deaths from all causes began to increase, sometimes reaching 1,400 per day. From March 17 to March 30, 21,243 deaths were recorded in Spain. This is 5,398 more than the prediction based on the extrapolation of data from previous years. The forecasted number for the same period is 15,844 – 34.1% less. At the same time, the total number of deaths from whom SARS-CoV-2 during the period from March 17 to March 30, 2020 was 7,591 people. This is a consequence of the general recognition of SARS-CoV-2 as the cause of deaths regardless of the actual situation. In any case, there is no exponential growth of the overall mortality in Spain or Italy.

https://www.ine.es
http://www.elespiadigital.com/index.php/noticias/historico-de-noticias/29014-2020-03-31-14-54-50
https://www.hoy.es/sociedad/salud/marzo-registra-muertes-20200402124928-ntrc.html

Conclusions

In this survey, we demonstrated the researches and approaches of about 100 eminent scientists from around the world. In general, they agree that the current statistical data does not reflect the actual state of affairs, and the publicly distributed media estimates of the mortality rate are at least incorrect, and do not correspond to the actual picture.

The actual number of people with SARS-CoV-2 infection or people that already passed through COVID-19 early-stage or without symptoms is several dozen times higher than the public numbers show.

This is primarily due to the approaches and scope of testing. The public numbers have little to do with science. This is, to a greater extent, either media or politically motivated data. You should also consider the factor of a special picture of the course of the disease, which affects medical statistics (RKI Epidemiological bulletins).

Accordingly, the real mortality rate from SARS-CoV-2 is 25-60 times less than the figures presented to us by MSM and a number of governments.

The number of people with SARS-CoV-2 virus, but without the COVID-19 disease or with a mild form of the disease, according to various estimates, ranges from 85% to 95%. This group, as a rule, does not fall into official statistics, as it is not tested, not hospitalized, and does not seek medical help.

The negative consequences for life and health of people from ill-conceived social measures can at times surpass the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2. There has been a significant increase in the mortality from diseases unrelated to SARS-CoV-2 already.

Countries, whose leadership works closely with scientists, consistently and quickly responds to changes in the situation and the emergence of new data, will receive a huge advantage in the post-COVID-19 world.

The current actions of politicians in a number of countries are difficult to explain with anything other than incompetence or deliberate actions to achieve their personal/clan political ambitions or promote interests of external actors.

米国がグリーンランドへの金融支援を申し出

先にトランプ大統領が「グリーンランドを買う」と発言して猛反発を受けたが、今度はグリーンランド駐在の米国領事が、デンマーク本国の頭越しに「グリーンランドに対して金融支援をする」と発言。

「どこにあろうが原油は全て米国のもの」を地で行く、実に露骨な発言。

東シナ海の海底油田開発が本格化したら、まるごと米国に分捕られそう。



'Totally Unacceptable': Danish Parties Furious as US Pledges Financial Support for Greenland
Europe
05:23 GMT 22.04.2020
https://sputniknews.com/europe/202004221079051217-totally-unacceptable-danish-parties-furious-as-us-pledges-financial-support-for-greenland/

While US President Donald Trump's attempt last year to purchase Greenland failed, Washington appears to be determined to further boost its influence over the world's largest island and the location of the country's northernmost airbase.

The United States is preparing a “substantial package of financial support” for Greenland, US Ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, has written in an opinion piece in the newspaper Altinget.

According to Sands, this will provide a renewed impetus for growth.

“It is our wish to cooperate with the entire Danish Realm to promote entrepreneurship and innovation and thus stimulate sustainable economic growth in the Arctic”, Sands wrote.

The US has recently set up a consulate in Greenland in hopes of becoming its preferred trading partner in the Arctic. Carla Sands wrote that the consulate in the capital of Nuuk will be the starting point for increased, daily contact with the Greenlandic people. She added that over the past year, an American diplomat had travelled around Greenland to exchange views and forge contacts with all sorts of people, students, business people, and representatives from both state and local government.

“Now that our diplomatic presence becomes permanent, we hope to be able to further deepen and strengthen the relationship between the US, Greenland and Denmark”, Sands wrote.

Additionally, Sands warned about an “aggressive Russia”, which is claimed to have strengthened its military potential in the Arctic, and a “greedy and polluting China”, and instead promoted the US vision of the Arctic, which, she insisted, was based solely on “transparency, cooperation, and democratic values”.

Although this evaluation is more or less consistent with that of the Danish intelligence community, as the Defence Intelligence Service has repeatedly mentioned Russia and China in its threat assessment, and the country's mainstream media, whose analysts and journalists tend to emphasise the “Russian threat”, the US plans were not received well.

According to the Conservatives, the US is “quite openly” working to undermine the unity of the realm.

“The US is quite openly working to undermine the unity of the realm. They have always been on a long leash, but there is a limit, and in the end they may not even be present in Greenland unless they put that agenda on ice. This is totally unacceptable”, Conservative Greenland spokesman Rasmus Jarlov tweeted.

USA arbejder helt åbenlyst på at underminere Rigsfællesskabet. De har altid fået lang snor, men der er en grænse, og i sidste ende kan de slet ikke være tilstede på Grønland, hvis ikke de lægger den dagsorden på hylden. Det er helt uacceptabelt. https://t.co/0wl1gpXvXP
— Rasmus Jarlov (@RasmusJarlov) April 20, 2020

​According to Social Liberal foreign spokesman and former Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard, Greenland is geopolitically interesting because of its location in the Arctic, as well as its natural resources, a phenomenon he described as “an explosion of interest in Greenland and the Arctic”. At the same time, he cautioned Greenlanders “not to be naive”.

“If Americans decide to give financial support, it's because they expect to get something in return. Greenland must decide whether they want to accept it”, Lidegaard told Danish Radio.

He emphasises that it is still difficult to relate to the message, as it is not clear what exactly it covers.

The liberal-conservative Venstre is more positive, but its Greenland spokesman Christoffer Melson also mentioned his reservations.

“It is my impression that it is Greenland's wish to attract business investment and develop the economy, but ultimately it is up to Greenland to what extent cooperation will be made”, Melson said.

Last year, US President Trump shocked Denmark with his proposition to purchase Greenland, an offer Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederikesen politely declined, explaining it was not for sale.

Despite enjoying a broad autonomy and being home to Thule, America's northernmost airbase, Greenland remains part of the Danish Realm. As of today, Greenland is heavily dependent on an annual subsidy of DKK 3.5 billion ($510 million). Prospects of mining and tourism remain hampered by a lack of infrastructure and highly inhospitable climate.

ロシアが金輸出の上限撤廃

原油価格の急落=原油・天然ガス輸出収入の急減を受け、これまで制限してきた金輸出を解禁することで損失補塡。

よくできてる。



Russia Okays Unlimited Gold Exports Amid Corona Economic Fallout
Business
17:23 GMT 21.04.2020
https://sputniknews.com/business/202004211079045338-russia-okays-unlimited-gold-exports-amid-corona-economic-fallout/

Miners have hitherto been obliged to secure special permits for exporting gold bullion from the country, but now the procedure has been noticeably eased, as gas and oil exports have been crippled by the coronavirus crunch.

Russia will start issuing general licences to miners for free exports of gold bars, a government decree cited by the Russian media maintains, thereby easing previous restrictions that had required miners to apply for a permit for each and every bullion export.

The decision was made after months of lobbying by miners, at a time when oil and gas prices have nosedived in an unprecedented coronavirus-induced crisis.

The move enables miners to sell the precious metal directly, without turning to commercial - largely state - banks, which is understood to enforce the market infrastructure and keep up demand on the foreign market.

Until last year, all the locally produced gold was bought by the Bank Russia.

The country minted a total of 367.9 tonnes of bullion in 2019, which, given the current prices, may yield around 20.2 billion dollars for the national economy. Last week, gold prices soared to a record high since November 2012, according to data published by CME Group, the world's largest financial derivatives exchange. Gold futures traded at around $1,568.5 an ounce last week, following the US Federal Reserve’s announcement about its $2.3 trillion stimulus package aimed at containing the financial crisis.

パリ北郊外で住民が警官隊と衝突 フランス コロナ

パリ北部の郊外にある複数の町で、住民が警官隊と衝突。パトカー襲撃、花火投げつけなど。移民が多い同地区は、ロックダウン前から治安が悪く、犯罪の温床とされてきた。警察は「平時に戻った」とコメント(笑)。

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https://twitter.com/i/status/1252368226610114571
https://twitter.com/i/status/1251997358965039104
https://youtu.be/uTo7nfXkjY0
https://twitter.com/i/status/1252368055830638594

記事原文
https://www.rt.com/news/486464-paris-suburbs-riots-lockdown/

コロナ感染の9歳男児が接触者172人に感染させなかった事例 フランス

もし子供が他人に感染させる危険が少ないのであれば、全国規模で学校閉鎖を実施している政策の正当性が問われる。



Boy infected with Covid-19 ‘didn’t spread' it to any of his 172 contacts, raising questions about child transmission – study
21 Apr, 2020 13:34
https://www.rt.com/news/486458-france-coronavirus-kid-no-transmission/

A French schoolboy who contracted Covid-19 on a skiing holiday in February didn’t infect anyone else he came into contact with despite showing symptoms, a new study reports. It sheds new light on children as virus ‘vectors.’

The child had stayed in a ski chalet in Les Contamines-Montjoie, where British coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ Steve Walsh had also been vacationing. Walsh unwittingly exposed about a dozen of his fellow guests to the disease after picking it up during a business trip to Singapore in January, before traveling on to France.

A Public Health France investigation into the child’s case discovered that the nine-year-old did not pass it on to either of his siblings nor to anyone else, despite coming into contact with 172 people.

All were quarantined as a precaution after coming into contact with the boy, with only one from the group testing positive for the novel coronavirus. However, doctors ruled that the single positive case must have come from a source other than the boy, as the other 171 contacts had all tested negative.

According to the study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, the boy tested positive for influenza and the common cold as well as Covid-19 – and, though he passed the first two illnesses on to his siblings, they did not contract the coronavirus.

Epidemiologist and study lead author Dr Kostas Danis told AFP that the boy “attended three [ski] schools while symptomatic, but did not transmit the virus, suggesting potentially different transmission dynamics in children.”

France’s public health agency researchers believe the study shows that children “might not be an important source of transmissions” of coronavirus, as has been feared.

The news could point to the closure of schools not being as effective a measure in curbing the spread of the disease as had previously been thought.

However, doctors emphasized that children had just as much chance of catching the disease, but were likely to only show mild symptoms and, therefore, to be less infectious.

感染力は強いが、致死率は低い コロナは恐くない病気(その2)

その1



Real Los Angeles Covid-19 infection rate could be DOZENS of times higher than official count, study suggests
21 Apr, 2020 11:40
https://www.rt.com/usa/486434-los-angeles-covid-19-infection-rate/

The number of people infected with Covid-19 in Los Angeles County could be many times higher than official figures suggest, researchers say, warning that predictions and public health strategies need an overhaul.

Up to 442,000 adults living in Los Angeles County may have contracted the novel coronavirus, the University of Southern California has said after conducting Covid-19 antibodies tests on 863 people living in the area. These figures are “28 to 55 times higher” than the number of official confirmed cases known to the authorities at the time of the research in early April, the university’s statement says.

On Monday, the total number of confirmed cases among the population of roughly 10 million people in Los Angeles County stood at 12,300. The disease has also claimed 600 lives in the area.

Lead investigator Neeraj Sood, professor of public policy at the USC Price School for Public Policy, said that the true scope of the virus spread in Los Angeles was not known, since only people with symptoms had been tested and the tests themselves were limited. The new data suggest the authorities “might have to recalibrate disease-prediction models and rethink public health strategies,” he added.

On the bright side, the study results also might suggest that the mortality rate linked to the novel coronavirus could, in fact, be lower than estimated. “The results indicate a lower risk of death among those with infection than was previously thought,” Paul Simon, chief science officer at the LA County Department of Public Health, who co-led the study, said. He still warned that “vigorous prevention and control efforts” are still needed as Covid-19-related deaths continue to “mount.”

The results of the study have not yet been per-reviewed and a time may come when antibody tests face criticism over the high number of false positives. The researchers now plan to further test new groups of people every few weeks over the coming months to confirm the initial results and possibly to track the outbreak's progress.

米国で「ペンシルベニア民兵」が武装蜂起 ロックダウンに反対 コロナ

「ペンシルベニアを解放しろ」
「暴君が殺している」
「働かせろ」
「我々は同意していない」
などと書いたプラカードを掲げている。
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America On The Brink? Shocking Images Show "Pennsylvania Militia" Rolling Up To "Reopen America" Rally
by Tyler Durden
Tue, 04/21/2020 - 09:40
https://www.zerohedge.com/political/stunning-images-suggest-america-brink-social-unrest

America could be standing on the edge of a revolution. Seriously, well, with National Guard troops deployed across the country, any uprising would likely be squashed.

We noted late last month that a "social bomb" was set to detonate over major Western cities. It was thought that the epicenter of unrest could begin deep within inner cities, such as those in Baltimore and Detroit, but that might not be the case.

It appears tensions are soaring among anti-quarantine protesters and state governments. The lockdown backlash started last Thursday in Lansing, Michigan.

Anti-quarantine rallies sprouted up across the country over the weekend, organized by right-wing groups that held rallies in Texas, Indiana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Maryland, Utah, Wisconsin, Washington, and Colorado.

Attempting to show force, some protesters wielded rifles, handguns, and shotguns, along with American flags, Betsy Ross flags, Trump signs and "Don't Tread On Me" flags right up to the doorsteps of some state capital buildings.

The sight is absolutely stunning, but before we continue, we must understand the right-wing groups that organized the rallies are fed up with quarantine orders enforced by state governments to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While it is open for discussion if the strict lockdowns were worth it, several things are evident, and why many of these protesters are angry, is that the economy has crashed into depression, 22 million jobs lost, businesses bankrupted, and hunger crisis unfolding. Combined this all together, and a perfect storm of unrest could be nearing.

While we could show you images of the latest rallies from across the country, that would be a bit too much. So, let's focus on the "reopen" Pennsylvania demonstration on Monday (April 20). The location was Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, more specifically, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex.

The Daily Caller, citing AFP images, captured the moment when an M35 series 2½-ton 6x6 military truck, converted for civilian use, and packed with heavily armed protesters, arrived at the demonstration.

Seen within the rear of the vehicle, protesters were wielding AR-15s and shotguns.

Here's a video of the "Pennsylvania Militia" rolling up to the rally.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Militia shows up to the rally. #Harrisburg #libertarian #2A #NRA pic.twitter.com/9M441Nfr3k
— TruthRaider ‍☠️ (@TruthRaiderHQ) April 20, 2020

A dozen of heavily armed young men at the anti-#quarantine #protest today in #Harrisburg

I could see a #military-style truck picking them up in front of the #Pennsylvania #Capitol

Many #Trump supporters clapping them #coronavirus#USA 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/urBoJ43ZUy
— Emiliano Bos (@emilianobos) April 20, 2020

Another protester was carrying an AK-47 or AK-47 style rifle.

Another group with guns.

Also in Harrisburg at that rally. It’s embarrassing 😫 pic.twitter.com/A1WLV3xZDd
— rebecca (@415rebecca) April 20, 2020

More pictures show the overall crowd at the steps of the capitol building, holding signs that read: "Free PA," "Tyranny kills," "Let America Work Again," and "We Do Not Consent."

Rallies to "reopen" the American economy unfolded across the country after President Trump tweeted: "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!," "LIBERATE MINNESOTA!," and "LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!"

President Trump is eager to reopen the economy and save it from crushing depression. The danger of reviving the economy too soon is that it could spark the second wave of the coronavirus.

With warmer weather trends expected for the US, anti-quarantine rallies are only set to increase.

感染症を理由にすれば言論統制を強要できる コロナ Facebook

憲法に明記された言論の自由を封殺することは不可能だが、感染症を理由にすれば何でもできる。

強制的な外出規制で生活に困る人が続出しているのに、抗議する手段が「民間人によって」封じされている。



Facebookが外出規制反対デモを呼びかける投稿を削除
Facebook CENSORS anti-quarantine protests in US as ‘harmful misinformation’
20 Apr, 2020 18:48
https://www.rt.com/usa/486371-facebook-zuckerberg-protests-misinformation/

Americans protesting their states’ coronavirus lockdown measures won’t be able to organize protests on Facebook any longer, after the Silicon Valley firm declared them “harmful misinformation.”

Speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that anti-lockdown protests organized through his platform are considered “harmful misinformation,” and will be removed by moderators.

“I think a lot of the stuff that people are saying that is false around a health emergency like this can be classified as harmful misinformation,” Zuckerberg added.

ABC's @GStephanopoulos urges @Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to crack down on protest organizers, label them "harmful misinformation" pic.twitter.com/XWz4FmNhcP
— Kyle Drennen (@kjdrennen) April 20, 2020

President Donald Trump has left it up to governors to decide when to lift lockdown measures in their states, but only a handful have eased the coronavirus shutdown. Florida opened some of its beaches on Friday, while South Carolina intends to open some of its shoreside spots this week.

Protests have broken out in states whose governors remain committed to a full lockdown. Citizens in at least 10 states, including Texas, Washington, Michigan and New Hampshire, took to the streets over the weekend to vent their anger at the stay-at-home orders. In some of these states, a handful of gun rights activists led the charge in organizing the events on Facebook, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Shortly before Zuckerberg’s TV appearance, CNN journalist Donie O’Sullivan reported that Facebook removed anti-quarantine events in California, New Jersey and Nebraska. The protests themselves are not strictly illegal, but the social network reportedly consulted with the state governments before siding with them and removing the posts.

Numerous media outlets cited Facebook as saying that the governors themselves asked for the removal. The spokesman for Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, however, said on Monday afternoon that this was not the case.

The Nebraska Governor’s Office has made no such request. https://t.co/r3gYGhYNbb
— Taylor Gage (@gagetaylor) April 20, 2020

Facebook has already taken a firm stance on what it claims is “misinformation” about the coronavirus. The Silicon Valley company announced last week that it would fact-check all posts about the virus and push World Health Organization updates into the feeds of people who have “liked, reacted or commented on harmful misinformation about Covid-19.”

Zuckerberg also revealed on Monday that Facebook has gathered a massive set of data on users who self-reported coronavirus symptoms, and will pass this data to governments to track the spread of the deadly virus. Though Facebook insisted it will not “interpret” this data, it has partnered with two universities to do just that, by combing through the information with artificial intelligence.

With protesters facing off against their governors and lockdown supporters, Trump has taken the opposite stance to Zuckerberg. Several days after firing off a series of tweets backing demonstrators in Virginia, Michigan and Minnesota, the president declared on Sunday that “some governors have gone too far.”

As protesters gather on Capitol steps cars and bikers honking and beginning to clog streets around the building. pic.twitter.com/clUEXelKNT
— Miguel Marquez (@miguelmarquez) April 20, 2020

The protests continued as Monday wore on. In one Pennsylvania gathering, scheduled since last week, crowds of demonstrators descended on the State Capitol in Harrisburg, waving American and Gadsden flags, along with Trump campaign banners.

米国企業の大半は中国から工場移転させない

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‘No mass exodus’: Most US firms don’t want to wind down operations in China over pandemic
19 Apr, 2020 15:14
https://www.rt.com/business/486246-us-firms-keep-production-china/

Large US companies operating in China don’t want to move production and supply chains from the country in the near future, even though the coronavirus may force them to adjust their business strategies, a recent survey found.

Around 70 percent of 25 firms with global revenue of over half a billion dollars have no relocation plans, despite the effect the coronavirus outbreak has had on their business, according to a joint poll conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in China and the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. The results of the March survey, published on Friday, also show that around 40 percent of the respondents would rather keep their long-term supply chain strategy for China unchanged.

While more than half of the firms polled say it’s too early to make any decisions on relocation, only four percent of the companies are planning to shift all production outside China, while 12 percent of the respondents intend to move part of their facilities.

“Companies are considering adjustments to their business strategy, but there is no mass exodus as a result of COVID-19,” Ker Gibbs, the president of AmCham Shanghai, said.

However, one in five respondents believes the pandemic accelerated the US-China economic “decoupling.” Compared to a previous survey, less businessmen believe an economic breakup is impossible, with the number falling to 44 percent in the latest survey, from 66 percent in October.

“Still, there is no escaping the fact that the current crisis adds a new and unwelcome dimension to the conversation about decoupling. This will be part of the discussion for months to come,” Gibbs added.

Washington has long tried to encourage American firms to bring production back home from overseas. The calls to ditch China in particular were stronger in the midst of the trade war, which was halted by the ‘phase one’ trade deal at the beginning of the year. The issue was raised again last week, as the White House economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, told Fox Business that the US could “literally pay” the moving costs of every American company willing to move from China.

米国 家賃のクレジットカード払いが13%増 コロナ不況

入居者の84%は、4月1~12日の間に家賃を全額または一部支払った。

家賃をクレジットカードで支払った人は、1~3月期と比較して13%増、3月同期比で30%増。

少しでも長く現金を手元にキープするためカードを利用したのではないかと見られている。
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As Coronavirus Depression Continues, Americans Are Putting Their Rent On Credit Cards
by Tyler Durden
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 21:50
https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/coronavirus-depression-continues-americans-are-putting-their-rent-credit-cards

Despite what the stock market would have you believe, the United States is sinking further into a depression. And the unemployed are now resorting to putting their rent on credit cards.

It's a temporarily solution that may help tenants get through a month or two, but it's ultimately driving an already broke consumer deeper into debt that will cripple them in the long term. About 84% of tenants in the U.S. have paid full or partial rent through April 12, the WSJ reports, a number that has risen significantly since the first week of April.

But credit cards as a form of payment are also rising by 13%, compared to the first three months of the year. The number of tenants paying with a credit card is up 30% when compared to the same period in March.

While sometimes tenants pay rent with credit cards to boost their credit score or earn rewards, this is increasingly looking like a desperation scenario, where credit cards could be the last fallback before tenants start filing for bankruptcy and wind up out on the street.

In general, electronic payments have risen since the start of the pandemic. Building owners will sometimes accept credit cards through apartment management software or third party apps. Even with interest rates near 0%, the average interest rate on a credit card is still in the double digits. It's even higher for those taking cash advances.

While some landlords and creditors have said they would make provisions for those who have lost their jobs, the credit bureaus will be far more unforgiving. They will be offering no special treatment, according to the WSJ, because a revision to the CARE act that would have prevented them from reporting negative information due to the pandemic was left out at the last minute.

Some landlords have offered to absorb the transaction costs related to using credit cards. “Once we saw where things were going with this pandemic, a lot of our rules just kind of went out the window,” one landlord said.

But if unemployment doesn't start to arrive by the time many of these tenants have to pay May rent, they could be faced with far more dire consequences.

Bruce McClary, spokesman for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, said: “Your rent payment isn’t the only thing you owe, and chances are you have other financial commitments you’re having to keep on track as well.”

Over 22 million people have applied for unemployment over the past fourweeks.

ドクター・中松氏が工場建設、感染防止マスク増産へ

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ドクター・中松氏が工場建設、感染防止マスク増産へ
4/19(日) 5:00配信
日刊スポーツ
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200419-24180441-nksports-soci

 発明家のドクター・中松氏(91=本名・中松義郎)が、感染拡大が進む新型コロナウイルス対策の発明品を増産するため、工場を建設していることが18日、分かった。目からの飛沫(ひまつ)感染を防ぐ初のマスク「ドクター中松 スーパーメン SUPER M.E.N」に対し、医療機関や関係者からだけで1日数十件もの問い合わせが連日あり、医療関係者優先で増産を進めているが、間に合わない状況。それを受けて、都内のドクター中松創研内で、工場の建設に踏み切り、工事に着工した。

【写真】新型コロナウイルス対策用発明品の工場「ドクター・中松コロシアム」

 中松氏は「発明の日」の18日、都内のドクター中松創研で日刊スポーツの取材に応じ「工場を建設中です。生産体制を上げます」と明かした。ドクター中松創研がある「ドクター・中松ハウス」の中庭「ドクター・中松コロシアム」には足場が組まれ、着々と準備が進められていた。ドクター中松創研は発明品を製造、販売してはいるが、あくまで研究所の位置付けで、ドクター・中松ハウスが2005年(平17)2月に完成して以来、棟内に工場を作るのは初めてだ。

 中松氏に工場建設を決意させたのは「大変どう猛な威力」と評する新型コロナウイルスの症状と「22年まで続くのではないか? との予測も出ている」と指摘するように、長期戦が予想されることへの危機感だ。

 中松氏は2月3日に、アルコールより毒性が低く、洗浄力と滅菌力がある「NAKAMAGIC(なかマジック)ウォッシュ」を発表したのを皮切りに、18日に発表した「安タッチ UNTOUCH」まで5つの新型コロナウイルス対策の発明を発表した。その中で、最も反響が大きいのが「ドクター中松 スーパーメン SUPER M.E.N」だ。透明板で顔全体を覆う溶接マスクのような形状で、目からの飛沫(ひまつ)感染を防ぐ画期的な仕組みが注目され、注文が相次いだ。洗って繰り返し使用できることも好評で、関係者は「作って出し、作って出しの状況。今は3週間待ち」と語った。

 購入希望や問い合わせが多いのは「医者をはじめとした医療関係者が多いですね」(中松氏)という。新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大が進み、感染症指定医療機関だけでは重症患者の入院を受け入れきれず、厚労省は感染症指定医療機関に加え指定期間以外での一般病床で対応できるところを探すよう求め、感染症指定医療機関以外の病院も患者の入院を受け入れている。そうした状況の中、ドクター・中松創研には「来週から患者を受け入れることになったが、用意が何もないから何とかして欲しい」という、医師の切実な声も寄せられているという。

 国内で広くマスクが不足している状況の中、政府はマスクの製造を促進するため「マスク生産設備導入支援事業費補助金」を設けた。中松氏は工場建設にあたり、コネクションがある政府関係者に同制度の利用を含め補助金、助成金を出して欲しいと打診したが、否定的な回答が返ってきたという。中松氏は「マスクには補助金を出すと言うが、助成金を頼んだら『ドクター中松 スーパーメン SUPER M.E.N』はマスクじゃないと。政府はお金を出さないのでね。自腹でやるしかない」と苦笑いした。

 「ドクター中松 スーパーメン SUPER M.E.N」発表後、一部で3Dプリンターで作った模倣品も登場している。頭にはめる枠を作り、そこにクリアファイルなどを挟むようになっているものが多いが、中松氏は「模倣したものが出てきているが重く、視界も確保しにくいだろう。『ドクター中松 スーパーメン SUPER M.E.N』は非常に軽くて、医師から長時間着けても疲れないという評判があります」と強調した。

 現在、生産ラインをどの程度、拡張するかなど、工場の建設は細部の調整をしている段階だ。中松氏は「自腹です。時間もかかるが、着実にやっていく」と決意を口にした。

米国 31%が4月第1週の家賃を支払わず 5月1日に家賃不払いストライキを呼びかけ

コロナ外出禁止、失業の影響を受け、4月5日までの速報値(6日以降の振込および電子決済を含まず)によると、米国全土で31%が4月分の住居家賃を支払っていない。昨年3~4月の滞納率は28~29%であった。
https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/over-30-us-renters-didnt-pay-april-apartment-rent

5月1日に家賃不払いストライキ実行を呼びかける活動家も現れた。
https://www.housingjusticeforall.org/

商業物件については、多くの小売りチェーン、レストラン等が、アマゾンに利益を吸い取られる形で経営危機に陥り、コロナ前から米連邦破産法11条に基づく民事再生を申し立てていた。

コロナによる外出規制が、彼らのビジネスを窒息しさせた今、多くの企業が閉めた店舗の家賃減額もしくは支払い猶予を求めているし、現在は求めていない企業についても近々家主に要求するとみられている。
https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/total-halt-47000-stores-shutter-across-us-virtually-all-retailers-stop-paying-rent

米国ボストンのホームレス避難所 半数にコロナ感染、しかし全員が無症状

米国マサチューセッツ州ボストンのあるホームレス用避難所の全員にコロナ検査をしたところ、半数が陽性とされたが、その全員が全く無症状であることが判明した。
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・・・米国のホームレスといったら、一般的には栄養状態が悪く、大半が薬でイカれていると指摘されている集団。この人たちがコロナに感染して、この程度の症状。

検査環境が整い、正確なデータが取ることができるようになれば、現状ほど大騒ぎして対応しなくても済む病気であるという評価に落ち着く可能性が出てきた。




Shocking Report Shows Half The Homeless At Boston Shelter Tested Positive For COVID-19: And None Had Symptoms
by Tyler Durden
Sat, 04/18/2020 - 21:00
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/shocking-report-shows-half-homeless-boston-shelter-tested-positive-covid-19-and-none

Researchers and clinicians who have 'experimented' with random mass testing for COVID-19 have made some pretty amazing - and amazingly depressing - discoveries. Yesterday, we shared a report about one sweeping antibody testing regime set up by researchers in Santa Clara County in California.

The study found that the estimated level of novel coronavirus penetration in the county was "50-80% higher" than what had been recorded.

If that isn't enough to terrify every day trader who ratcheted up their exposure heading into the weekend, a news story about another surprising discovery - this time on the East Coast - has just come to our attention.

After a cluster of cases involving residents of a South Boston homeless shelter, Massachusetts public health officials tested every resident of the Pine Street shelter in Boston's South End.

The results have garnered the attention of the CDC, which is "actively investigating the situation," according to Boston 25 News.

The CDC is now "actively looking into" into universal COVID-19 testing at Pine Street Inn homeless shelter.

The broad-scale testing took place at the shelter in Boston’s South End a week and a half ago because of a small cluster of cases there.

Of the 397 people tested, 146 people tested positive. Not a single one had any symptoms.

"It was like a double knockout punch. The number of positives was shocking, but the fact that 100 percent of the positives had no symptoms was equally shocking," said Dr. Jim O’Connell, president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which provides medical care at the city’s shelters.

O'Connell said that the findings have changed the future of COVID-19 screenings at Boston’s homeless shelters.

The big takeaway, if you couldn't tell, is that a pattern is developing here: When mass testing is conducting, a shocking number of new cases are being identified, and - what's even more surprising - often none of them even show any symptoms/.

As we've noted several times already today, the theme of under-counting cases and deaths in institutions like nursing homes, prisons, homeless shelters and other settings has been especially prominent lately, as officials try to compensate for missed or undercounted cases and, in some countries, the veracity of the 'official' numbers is becoming a hot potato political issue.

The discovery of so many asymptomatic cases, many of which involve individuals who are indigent and presumably at high risk, has, according to the report, changed the way public health officials in Massachusetts are testing.

O’Connell said that the findings have changed the future of COVID-19 screenings at Boston’s homeless shelters.

"All the screening we were doing before this was based on whether you had a fever above 100.4 and whether you had symptoms," said O’Connell. “How much of the COVID virus is being passed by people who don’t even know they have it?"

The 146 people who tested positive were immediately moved to two different temporary isolation facilities in Boston. According to O’Connell, only one of those patients needed hospital care, and many continue to show no symptoms.

But that's not all: It's also forces officials to confront the uncomfortable elephant in the room: what would "the curve" look like if we had the capacity for general testing?

"If we did universal testing among the general population, would these numbers be similar?" said Lyndia Downie, president and executive director at the Pine Street Inn. “I think there are no many asymptomatic people right now. We just don’t know. We don’t have enough data on universal testing to understand how many asymptomatic people are contagious."

Hundreds of tests are now set to be conducted at additional Boston homeless shelters in the coming days.

"It tells you, you don’t know who’s at risk. You don’t know what you need to do to contain the virus if you don’t actually have the details or facts,” said Marty Martinez, Boston’s chief of Health and Human Services.

What would be the takeaway here? Is the mortality rate in the US, which has lingered at a surprisingly high 5% according to the official numbers, in reality significantly lower? Or is there perhaps even more that we're missing here?

テレワークできない人たちの叫び

日本人ってこうなんだよねー。混乱する職場の様子と、苦渋に満ちた労働者の表情が目に浮かぶ。

日本人の労働者はたいした給料もらってないのに、まるで自身が経営者であるかのように思考し行動し発言する。全身全霊で会社に尽くしたのに、今年のボーナスと来年のあなたの給料は削減される。なぜ一杯働いたあなたの給料が削減されるの?あなたが資本家ではなく、所詮は労働者だからです。早い人は、失業しかけているでしょう?少し距離を置いたところから日本人を観察すると、かなりおかしいですよ。

あの集団から一抜けといて本当に良かった(爆)。



「オフィス街の人出、5~6割減 政府の目標に届かず」のヤフコメ
朝日新聞デジタル 4/18(土) 19:40配信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/cm/main?d=20200418-00000032-asahi-bus_all&s=lost_points&o=desc&t=t&p=1

米国のコロナ感染者の実態は50~85倍、致死率はたったの0.14% スタンフォード大の調査

スタンフォード大学が、カリフォルニア州サンタ・クララの住人3300人について抗体検査を実施した。

抗体保有者は、確認済み感染者数の50~85倍だった。分母が大きくなったため致死率は下がり、0.14%と算出された。

感染力は強いが、致死率は他のインフルエンザと変わらないか低い。現在広く認識されているよりも恐くない病気。

・・・こういうことであるならば、現在各国で導入されている強制的な都市封鎖政策は、その根拠を失う。地球上で何十億人もの人間が無駄なことをしているという喜劇に変わる。
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Covid-19 much more widespread than thought, and NO MORE DEADLY THAN FLU, suggests new Stanford study
17 Apr, 2020 22:36
https://www.rt.com/usa/486183-stanford-coronavirus-infection-rate-higher/

A study out of Stanford University tested California residents and found that the Covid-19 infection rate is likely far higher than has been reported, but the virus could also be far less lethal than commonly believed.

Researchers used 3,300 residents in Santa Clara County to conduct their tests, which found that the coronavirus could have infected far more people than has been reported. The study distinguishes itself from past Covid-19 research by using seroprevalence data, meaning the level of a pathogen measured in the blood streams of a specific population.

Titled ‘COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, California,’ the study was published on Friday at MedRxiv, a service that prints health studies before they have been officially peer-reviewed.

The tests found only single-digit percentages when testing for Covid-19 cases, but these “estimates represent a range between 48,000 and 81,000 people infected in Santa Clara County by early April, 50-85-fold more than the number of confirmed cases.”

While it may seem like bad news that the virus could be that much more widespread on a global level — which is what the study concludes — it presents several positive factor including the fact that the mortality rate would be much lower than it is now believed, and that many people have symptoms so mild they don’t need to seek medical treatment and recover rather quickly.

“These new data should allow for better modeling of this pandemic and its progression under various scenarios of non-pharmaceutical interventions,” the study said.

A Danish study published earlier this week using similar methods arrived at the same conclusion.

There is no officially established mortality rate for Covid-19, but World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has previously mentioned 3.4 percent. This would translate into over 300 deaths per every 10,000 infected persons. Stanford’s study would lower the mortality rate to .14 percent or less, meaning 14 deaths or less per 10,000 people infected.

The Stanford study concludes that Covid-19’s mortality rate among infected people would be on par with, or even less, than the seasonal flu.

Michael Mina, an immunologist and assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard, tweeted agreement with the study on Friday and theorized 30 million people or more could be infected with Covid-19 in the US, but further “consistent studies” could show that “population immunity is already building up.”

If shown to be consistent in additional studies, such high numbers infected would suggest 1) SARS-CoV-2 has a much lower fatality rate than we think (by an order of magnitude or more) 2) Population immunity is already building upElderly would still remain vulnerable... 2/n
— Michael Mina (@michaelmina_lab) April 17, 2020

オックスフォード大の研究 新型コロナは武漢ではない中国南部起源で自然変異 トランプの対中批判を否定

武漢の研究所で作られたコロナが外に漏れたとするトランプ説を、オックスフォードの頭脳が否定した。米軍の研究所も同じ結論に到達している。



Neither ‘lab’ nor ‘wet market’? Covid-19 outbreak started months EARLIER and NOT in Wuhan, ongoing Cambridge study indicates
18 Apr, 2020 04:36
https://www.rt.com/news/486194-study-coronavirus-southern-china/

The novel coronavirus may have first passed to humans somewhere in southern China months before the outbreak in the city of Wuhan, a new study found, cutting against widely held theories about the origins of the pandemic.

Mapping a “network” of coronavirus genomes and tracing mutations over time, a team of researchers led by a Cambridge University geneticist determined the first Covid-19 infection may have come as early as September in a region south of Wuhan, noting the pathogen could have been carried by humans well before it mutated into a more lethal form.

“The virus may have mutated into its final ‘human-efficient’ form months ago, but stayed inside a bat or other animal or even human for several months without infecting other individuals,” geneticist Peter Forster told the South China Morning Post. He leads the ongoing yet to be peer-reviewed research, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.

Then, it started infecting and spreading among humans between September 13 and December 7, generating the network we present in [the study].

Though the virus is thought to have transmitted from bats to another host animal – pangolins are a popular candidate – and finally to humans, the new findings could overturn prevailing ideas as to precisely how, when and where it made the interspecies leap. Initial theories posited the jump to humans took place at a wet market in Wuhan, but the new study has called that into question, suggesting Covid-19 might have originated south of the central-Chinese city.

If I am pressed for an answer, I would say the original spread started more likely in southern China than in Wuhan.

Any solid conclusions, however, could only be made after analyzing more bats and other potential host animals, as well as tissue samples from early patients, Forster cautioned.

“But it is the best assumption we can make at the moment, pending analysis of further patient samples stored in hospitals during 2019,” the researcher told Newsweek in a separate interview.
Also on rt.com Wuhan lab origin of Covid-19 ‘seems to make sense’, Trump says as Fauci douses cold water on ‘man-made virus’ conspiracy

As questions swirl about the origins of the pandemic, a number of controversial theories have gained prominence recently, with several major US media outlets running stories this week suggesting the virus may have escaped a maximum-security virology lab in Wuhan. Though US President Donald Trump has yet to endorse the claim outright, he said the White House is currently looking into the idea, all the while blaming Beijing for the global health crisis. Trump has repeatedly accused the country of a “cover-up” in the early stages of its outbreak, insisting the World Health Organization conspired to help Chinese officials conceal information.

ポンペイオ米国務長官 コロナ後には多くの国が中国Huawei社との5G提携を再考するだろう

ほらほら、この人が出てきた。馬鹿じゃね。21世紀の経営計画を立てるのに、企業が中国市場を無視できるはずないのに。

工場を中国から外に移転させても、その工場の生産計画は常に中国市場の動向を睨みながら決める。ペンタゴン、CIAより中国市場のほうが大事。

貿易数量も貿易額も、軍用より民生用が遙かに大きい。民生用の需給動向こそが方向を決めるのである。

「中国と関係を切れ」という声が聞こえてくるが、叫んでいる人はペンタゴン、CIAにぶる下がっているタイプの人たちばかりで、財界人でそういう人はいない。無関係の人だけが大声を出している。

トランプのWHOからの資金引き上げに、EUと日本はいち早く反対を明言した。孤立しているのは米国。今あるWHOを潰しても、より良い代替物を作る能力を米国は持っていない。自国のCDCすらコロナに対応できない無様な醜態を毎日世界にさらしているくせに。



Business as usual? Pompeo claims countries will ‘rethink’ Huawei partnerships after Covid-19
17 Apr, 2020 16:09
https://www.rt.com/usa/486140-pompeo-gloats-huawei-coronavirus/

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has predicted “many, many countries” will reconsider telecom partnerships with China’s Huawei after Covid-19, using Beijing’s supposed lack of “transparency” to take a whack at a favorite target.

Pompeo was “very confident” that the Chinese response to coronavirus would “cause many, many countries [to] rethink what they were doing with respect to their telecom architecture,” he told Fox Business Network on Friday.

“And when Huawei comes knocking to sell them equipment and hardware, they will have a different prism through which to view that decision,” he continued.
Also on rt.com Beijing won't just 'watch Huawei be slaughtered on the chopping board', company chief warns US

The diplomat denounced the Chinese Communist Party’s “fail[ure] to be transparent and open, and handle data in an appropriate way,” bolstering the narrative the Trump administration has kept up throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Washington accused China early on of hiding the spread of the disease – even as it dragged its feet preparing for the epidemic to hit US shores – and later insisted Beijing was covering up both deaths and new infections.

The government had briefly let up on hammering Huawei amid the chaos the outbreak unleashed, quietly granting the company another 45-day license extension before doing business with it becomes officially off-limits for US companies.

However, Pompeo’s comments appear to signal that Washington has refocused its diplomatic efforts on what’s really important: intimidating allies out of using Chinese equipment. The US threatened last year to cut Germany and the UK out of the loop on intelligence-sharing if they partnered with Huawei on building 5G infrastructure, insisting the equipment was backdoored and used by Beijing for spying – although failing to provide any proof of such security risks. Despite US protests, however, both countries have tentatively moved forward in their relationships with the company.

Pompeo went further toward blaming China for the coronavirus outbreak in an interview with Fox News on Thursday, hinting that “We know that there is the Wuhan Institute of Virology just a handful of miles away from where the wet market was. There’s still lots to learn.” While the ‘wet market’ in question was initially believed to be the origin site for the coronavirus epidemic that has taken the world by storm, several studies have since called that theory into question, revealing that the earliest infected patients actually had no exposure to the market.
Also on rt.com Trump says US conducting ‘very thorough’ probe into Covid-19 origins, refuses to dismiss ‘sources’ pushing Chinese lab narrative

Doubling down on his insistence that Beijing had been doomed by its failure to be “open and transparent,” Pompeo grew vague about what the State Department knew and if it had received, as reported, a set of lurid cables in 2018 from US officials describing lax security procedures at the Wuhan lab.

コロナ 米空母の乗組員の13.6%が感染、うち60%は無症状、死者1名

こういう数字を見ると、毎年のインフルと比べて何か違うのか?と思う。

入院させる必要のない人を優先的に入院させて、病床が一杯だと騒ぎ、
コロナで死んでいない人までコロナ死因に含めて水増し発表し、集団ヒステリーを引き起こし、
医療崩壊だと狼狽する。何かがおかしい。



Navy Reports Alarming 'Stealth Transmission' Rate: 60% Of Infected Carrier Crew Symptom-Free
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 04/17/2020 - 13:44
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/navy-reports-alarming-stealth-transmission-rate-60-infected-carrier-crew-symptom-free

In an extremely worrisome development signaling the coronavirus peak in the United States could last longer than expected, the US Navy has found that most COVID-19 cases aboard the virus-stricken aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt are among sailors who are asymptomatic.

"Sweeping testing of the entire crew of the coronavirus-stricken U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt may have revealed a clue about the pandemic: The majority of the positive cases so far are among sailors who are asymptomatic, officials say," Reuters reports.

This suggests the virus could be spreading more frequently by stealth mode in the broader population, with many more people than is known walking around walking around with the disease unawares.

At least 655 Roosevelt sailors have now tested positive, including one death and multiple hospitalizations, out of a total crew of a about 4,800. It's startling that the Navy has found that out of over 600 COVID-19 infected sailors, the majority have displayed no symptoms. Testing is about 95% complete on the entire crew since the ship was diverted to Guam last month amid a spiraling crisis on board.

“With regard to COVID-19, we’re learning that stealth in the form of asymptomatic transmission is this adversary’s secret power,” Rear Admiral Bruce Gillingham, surgeon general of the Navy, told reporters.

The Navy specified that 60% of the Roosevelt's positive cases "so far have not shown symptoms". Crucially, Reuters points out that the "figure is higher than the 25% to 50% range offered on April 5 by Dr. Anthony Fauci".

This is likely due the fact that enlisted military ranks tend to be already very healthy individuals in their 20's and early 30's. The carrier crew also provides a key active case study given the isolation of nearly 5,000 people apart from broader society, and the young, fit demographic.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told NBC’s Today on Thursday that the conclusions regarding asymptomatic spread aboard the ship conclusions are “disconcerting”. Esper said, “It has revealed a new dynamic of this virus: that it can be carried by normal, healthy people who have no idea whatsoever that they are carrying it,” Esper said.

While this is not a new revelation, the case of the Roosevelt carrier and its crew provides shocking and clear confirmation that this reality is likely playing out on a much broader scale than previously thought.

国民1人あたり一律10万円給付 ただし申告者のみ

うちの親は胸張って受け取っていい国民だが、本人が自己申告できないから受け取ることができない。だったら、受け取る必要のない私が申告して10万円もらっちゃえ、と思ってしまう。でもこの方法では片親の分しか受け取ることができないので、もう一人の親の分は受け取ることができない。



「10万円給付」は郵送やネットで手続き…首相が会見
4/17(金) 18:30配信
読売新聞オンライン
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200417-00050244-yom-pol

 安倍首相は17日、首相官邸で記者会見し、新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大に伴って全都道府県に緊急事態宣言を発令したことをめぐり、人と人との接触を削減するよう国民に呼びかけた。国民1人あたり一律10万円の給付を実施することも表明した。

【写真特集】新型コロナウイルス 緊急事態宣言後、まばらな人通り

 首相は現金給付について、市町村の窓口に申請者が集まって感染の危険性が高まるのを避けるため、郵送やオンラインによる手続きを実施すると説明した。

コロナ後の労働市場 求められる時給職種のランキング

求人急増中の職種:ロジスティックス倉庫(2.5倍)、小売り、運送など
求人激減した職種:派遣(-74.1%)、娯楽、ホスピタリティー(観光接遇)、オンデマンド(必要な時だけ来てもらうバイトさん)、着席するレストラン(-30.2%)など
(米国のデータ)
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Hourly jobs update— where to find jobs during COVID-19
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https://www.snagajob.com/blog/post/covid19-hourly-jobs-update

Facebook Fact Checkerでコロナ武漢研究所漏洩説を決めつけているのは同研究所出身の白人研究者(笑)

Facebook Fact Checkerが、「中国にある武漢感染症研究所が作った強毒性の新型コロン・ウィルスが漏洩した」という説を「正しい」と判定し、それ以外の意見を述べる記事に対しては片っ端から間違い判定を下しているが、本件について専門家としての立場から関与している人物には、実は武漢研究所での勤務経験があり、同研究所の中国人研究者と少なくとも9本の共著論文がある。武漢研究所の態勢について、高度に管理され、ウィルスが漏洩するなどということは考えられないとまで高評価している。

自分の業績に自分で傷を付ける変わった人物が登場しました。CIAの演技指導が足りなかったのでしょうか。

恐らく米国人だと思うが、出身地、国籍を隠している人物なので、特定できなかった。



Facebook 'Fact Checker' Worked At Wuhan Biolab; Ruled Out Virus-Leak While 'Debunking' Articles
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 04/17/2020 - 05:35
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/conflict-interest-facebook-fact-checker-worked-wuhan-biolab-ruled-out-virus-leak-while

A Facebook fact checker who has 'debunked' articles suggesting that COVID-19 may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has a giant conflict of interest; she worked at the institute - which is now suspected of accidentally leaking the hyper-virulent virus which has killed over 130,000 people and cast the global economy into chaos.

Danielle Anderson, who works at Duke University's NUS Medical School lab in Singapore, also contributes to Science Feedback - which Facebook has been using to slap "False Information" labels on articles claiming that COVID-19 may have originated at the Wuhan institute - where Anderson worked with bat coronavirus.

A quick search of Anderson's publications reveals no fewer than nine collaborations with Dr. Peng Zhou - a Wuhan scientist experimenting on bat coronavirus (the mention of whom may result in a Twitter ban).

If you follow the info, you will find the Facebook fake fact-checker on the China Wuhan lab is a scientist who works/worked at China's Wuhan lab the past two years and says it is impossible that they would be sloppy because they are very careful! 😂😡@Facebook https://t.co/Ldvu7He82v
— Sharyl Attkisson️‍♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) April 16, 2020

Anderson has been adamant that the lab adheres to the highest standards of safety, and that COVID-19 simply couldn't have accidentally been leaked by her colleagues.

"I have worked in this exact laboratory at various times for the past 2 years. I can personally attest to the strict control and containment measures implemented while working there," Anderson writes in one such 'debunking' of a New York Post article that claims "China [is having] a problem keeping dangerous pathogens in test tubes where they belong" while Science Feedback cast doubt on the Post's claim that "evidence points to SARS-CoV-2 research being carried out at the Wuhan Institute of Virology."

Except, they were carrying out SARS-CoV-2 research at that exact lab, according to new reports in the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail and Fox News.

An April 9 report in the Journal reveals that COVID-19 is genetically identical to a coronavirus found in a horseshoe bat "collected by hazmat-clad scientists from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan."

While a Wednesday report from Fox News reveals that COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and that "patient zero" was an employee who became infected before spreading it throughout the community, according to 'multiple sources who have been briefed on the details.'

And while Anderson was busy covering for her corona-labmates with Facebook debunkings implicating the WIV, she went on national television to explain that the virus could have only come from outside the lab.

Anderson further peddled the now-debunked wet-market theory in a paper she co-wrote in The Lancet, which reads: "While recognising the tremendous effort by the China CDC team in the early response to the 2019-nCoV outbreak, the small number of team members trained in animal health was probably one of the reasons for the delay in identifying an intermediate animal(s), which is likely to have caused the spread of the virus in a region of the market where wildlife animals were traded and subsequently found to be heavily contaminated. Unfortunately, what animal(s) was involved in transmission remains unknown."

Any suggestion to the contrary is now deemed 'False Information' by Facebook, thanks to the highly conflicted Danielle Anderson and crew over at Science Feedback.

中国がコロナ対策医療サプライの対米輸出を差し止め

米国が声高に中国批判を繰り返すものだから、中国政府がへそを曲げた(笑)。検査キット、マスク、防御服などなど。

面白いから、いつまでもやっててください。



Retaliation? China Suddenly Toughens Export Rules, Freezing Critical Medical Goods Destined For US
by Tyler Durden
Thu, 04/16/2020 - 14:40
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/logjams-new-china-export-restrictions-freeze-medical-goods-destined-us

Just hours after President Trump, General Milley, and now the mainstream US media, increase the rhetoric volume on the source of the "Chinese Virus", with questions about leaks from the Wuhan Lab growing louder, American firms producing medical goods in China have been slapped new export restrictions, stranding much of the supplies in warehouses across the country.

This new hurdle comes at a time when shortages of masks, test kits, and other medical equipment have materialized in many hospital systems across the US.

Suppliers, brokers, and State Department memos reveal that large sums of protective gear lay on pallets in Chinese warehouses, unable to receive necessary shipping authorizations to the US, reported The Wall Street Journal.

For example, 1.4 million COVID-19 test kits sit in a warehouse in China, unable to ship from PerkinElmer Inc.'s Suzhou factory because "it lacks certification required by the new rules," a State Department memo read, first reviewed by The Journal.

Another memo said Shanghai officials told 3M that the city is overly reliant on 3M-95 masks, and it would be up to Beijing to lift export restrictions.
Mask making factory in China

State Department memos said the new restrictions had created "bottlenecks" for the US at a time when medical supplies are urgently needed.

The export restrictions have "disrupted established supply chains for medical products just as these products were most needed for the global response to COVID-19," according to a memo this week.

"Every single day we don't have the proper protective equipment is a new health-care worker exposed, is a new hole in the ship that is our current hospital system and ICU bed structure," said Illinois Deputy Gov. Christian Mitchell, who leads the state's efforts in acquiring medical supplies.

The Journal notes how China has created fresh "logjams" for companies trying to export medical supplies to the US.

"The export restrictions then followed. Chinese customs prohibited the export of medical products without certifications from China's National Medical Products Administration, even if the goods had been registered with the US Food and Drug Administration. On Friday China added another hurdle, subjecting certain types of surgical protective gear and equipment—including ventilators and masks—to extra checks before they could be shipped overseas."

This has undoubtedly strained ties between the Communist government and the Trump administration.

There are some unanswered questions we have – first, why would Beijing suddenly delay critical medical goods that are knowingly used to combat the virus.

Second, could the new export restrictions be a punishment by Beijing? And, if so, why would Beijing want to punish the Trump administration? Unless they know that President Trump is setting the narrative to blame the Wuhan lab.

フランス空母 乗員の3分の1がコロナ感染 米国人2人も

2000人のうち668人に陽性反応が出た。うち2人は、同乗していた米国軍人。
関連記事

交代要員は控えているものの、また発生したら目も当てられなくなるから、しばらく使い物にならない。



US Sailors Among 668 Infected On French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle
by Tyler Durden
Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:10
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/us-sailors-among-668-infected-french-aircraft-carrier-charles-de-gaulle

Last week we reported that yet another aircraft carrier had been diverted from its mission due to a coronavirus outbreak among crew following the USS Theodore Roosevelt fiasco, but in the latest case it was France’s lone nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, forced to return home early from deployment in the Atlantic while en route to a routine mission in the Middle East region.

Initially some some 40 sailors had been put under medical observation for coronavirus as of a week ago, but now a whopping one-third of the entire crew have tested COVID-19 positive - 668 out of nearly 2,000 - according to the French Navy.

It was revealed at the start of the week that American sailors are also on board, likely in support of recent NATO exercises the carrier was involved in. At least two Americans are confirmed positive, after the ship docked at the port of Toulon and as testing ramped up.
French carrier Charles de Gaulle, via EPA

And two additional Americans are in quarantine and being monitored for symptoms. "Two of four U.S. Sailors assigned to the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91) tested positive for COVID19 and are receiving excellent host nation medical care at French facilities," a Navy spokesman told CNN.

Currently, at least 20 French sailors are in the hospital, including one in intensive care. It's believed the numbers of infected are further set to rise rapidly as it's been reported 30% of test results have yet to come back.

Like the USS Theodore Roosevelt docked at Guam, which also saw its cases spike to nearly 600 as of early this week, the French carrier is now in quarantine, after cutting short its deployment by ten days.

Before being diverted it was to continue France's Operation Chammal in support of anti-ISIL missions in the Middle East.
Image: AFP via Getty

No doubt enemies of the United States and Europe are taking note of the ease with which this virus took out multi-billion dollar state-of-the-art aircraft carriers, which up to now appeared unbeatable and unable to be thwarted from their missions.

As we noted before, Chinese state media is positively boastful about it, using these developments to brag that its PLA navy hasn't been impacted, supposedly.

看護師に「危険手当を」 日本看護協会、新型コロナで要望書提出

要望書の原文を見たら、端的に、この仕事を我々にやってもらいたいなら危険手当と宿泊手当をよこせと書いてある。労組の断交みたいな文書で、実にわかりやすい(笑)。女を怒らせると恐い。

ここ数十年、ずっと予算削減でやってきたこともあり、今年のコロナ騒ぎを受けた新年度予算編成では、かなり特別に優遇されることになるのでしょう。ただでさえ巨額な厚労省予算が、どれだけ膨らむんだか。

その分、文系の調査研究はこれまで以上にばっさり切り捨てられそう。今の仕事を続けて、あなたの老後は大丈夫ですか?考えよう自分の老後。



看護師に「危険手当を」 日本看護協会、新型コロナで要望書提出
4/16(木) 13:16配信
J-CASTニュース
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200416-00000003-jct-soci

 日本看護協会(東京都渋谷区)は新型コロナウイルスをめぐり、看護職への危険手当の支給などについての要望書を2020年4月15日に提出した。

■危険顧みず従事する看護職へ手当を

 提出先は加藤勝信厚生労働相と西村康稔経済再生担当相。

 要望書の中で、医療従事者は院内感染への不安や恐怖を感じながら職務にあたっているとした。中でも24時間患者に関わっている看護職は感染リスクが大きいことや、「感染するから保育を拒否される」「感染するからタクシーから乗車拒否される」といった誹謗中傷を受けていることに触れ、危険を顧みず業務に従事している看護職へ危険手当などを支給するよう求めた。

 支給対象は、新型コロナウイルスに感染もしくは疑いのある患者に対応した看護職とその補助を行った看護職で、方法として「危険手当を大幅に増額し、対象看護職個人に支給すること」としている。期間は「国内で初めて新型コロナウイルス感染が流認された日から、新型コロナウイルスの蔓延がほぼ終息したとして別に定める日」までという。

 また看護職が帰宅せずホテルなどに宿泊した場合、1泊につき1万5000円を上限とした宿泊費の補助も求めた。そのほか15日は妊娠中の看護職員の休業により代替職員を雇用した場合の医療機関への補助金支給を経済再生担当相に要請している。

安倍総理が全国に緊急事態宣言を発令、13都道府県は「特定警戒都道府県」に

日本人は結局こうなる。国民全員に月曜日に休ませるのと一緒。



安倍総理が全国に緊急事態宣言を発令、13都道府県は「特定警戒都道府県」に
4/16(木) 20:28配信
AbemaTIMES
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200416-00010027-abema-soci

 安倍総理は16日夜、新たに40道府県に対して緊急事態宣言を発令した。期間はすでに対象となっている東京都など7都府県と同じ5月6日まで。

 安倍総理は「すべての都道府県において、都道府県をまたいで人が移動することを絶対に避けるよう住民に促していただくようお願いする」とした上で、「最低7割、極力8割の削減をなんとしても実施しなければならない。行動が制約されることになる全国すべての国民を対象に、一律一人あたり10万円給付を行う方向で与党で検討していただく。国難とも言うべき事態を乗り越えるため、日本全体が一丸となって取り組んでいくしかない」と述べた。

 さらに北海道、茨城、石川、岐阜、愛知、京都の6道府県と7都府県と併せて「特定警戒都道府県」に指定、ゴールデンウィークに向けて地域の移動を極力抑えること、大規模イベントを呼び込まないようにすること、圏外への移動を控えることを呼びかけるよう要請する。(ANNニュース)

シリアal-Tanfの不法米軍基地から大量離反 阻止するため別のグループが襲撃

米国が不法に軍事占領している国際法違反のal-Tanf基地から、シリア反体制派の一部が離反を決意し、政府側に寝返った。基地内にいる別のグループが基地を離れようとする集団を襲撃したが、逃れた者たちは無事政府軍の保護下に入った。ロシアの発表。

動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xajWBV7BJY8

米国本土はコロナ対策で頭が一杯で、予算もコロナに取られたから、シリアの辺境までカネも力も行き届かなくなっているんじゃないですか?外部から積極的に食料と燃料を運ばなければ何も機能しない場所なんですから。米国も落ちぶれたねぇ。足下が崩れているじゃないですか。



Syrian militants ‘trained at US base for sabotage & terrorism’ try to surrender & get ambushed by OTHER US-backed extremists
16 Apr, 2020 03:14
https://www.rt.com/news/485943-syrian-militants-surrender-damascus/

A US-backed militant group has intercepted a convoy of ‘defectors’ seeking to lay down their arms and surrender to Damascus. The survivors told the Syrian Army that American instructors trained them for sabotage and terrorism.

After giving themselves up to the Syrian Army, the 27 militants said they had been trained and provided with weapons at an American facility, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said at a briefing on Wednesday.

American instructors trained them to carry out sabotage at oil and transport infrastructure, as well as for terrorist acts in the Syrian government-controlled territories.

The fighters said they chose to surrender themselves earlier this week in order to return to peaceful life, but as they traveled near the southern border area near Al-Tanf – where the US military keeps a garrison – they were attacked by another US-backed militant group, the self-styled “Revolutionary Commando Army,” or Jaish Maghawir al-Thawra. The group has worked under American forces for years to maintain an illegal military presence in southern Syria, at times preventing the Syrian Army and allied militias from advancing on Islamic State positions, even while vowing to fight the infamous terrorist group itself.

The 27 militants were the sole survivors of the assault, losing three vehicles and a number of men before escaping, Zhuravlev said, noting that they are now under the protection of the Syrian military in Palmyra. They handed over dozens of weapons, including Western-made heavy machine guns and grenade launchers.

Video footage was shared online by local media purporting to show the moment the fighters surrendered, in which an eight-vehicle convoy is seen arriving at a Syrian Army post near Palmyra. While details of the surrender agreement were not made public, local pro-government media deemed the move a “major blow to the United States.”

"The surrender of a group of Revolutionary Commando [Maghawir al-Thawrah] terrorists who were directly under US command. This was a major blow to the United States." - @syriantopersianpic.twitter.com/E84xOC8ge2
— SyriaInfo (@syria_map) April 14, 2020

Not long after the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies began openly supporting an array of armed factions – including radical Islamist militias – handing out billions of dollars in weapons and gear to all takers in the hope of toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad. Though US backing for so-called “moderate rebels” has waned under the presidency of Donald Trump, hundreds of US troops remain deployed in Syria in violation of international law, some of them – such as those in Al-Tanf – are still embedded alongside anti-Assad fighters.

職業別コロナ感染危険度 米国でテレワークできる人は29%だけ

各種アナリストは対人接触が少なく、中~高所得で、テレワーク可能で、感染危険度が低い。
医療の現場にいる人は低~高所得で、テレワーク不可で、感染危険度が高い。
統計はいずれも米国。
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/these-are-jobs-highest-covid-19-risk

対人接触の多さ、人との距離、ウィルスとの近さを指標にしたスコアを計算。
(左)歯科衛生士:危険度高
(中)バス運転手:危険度中
(右)エコノミスト:危険度低
covid-19-occupational-risk-examples.jpg

円の大きさは、その職種の就業者数を表す。
縦軸の下は低収入、上は高収入。
横軸の左は低リスク、右は高リスク。
covid-19-occupational-risk-scores.jpg

就業者数のうちテレワーク可能な割合
左列:収入別階層(下位25%、上位25%、その中間2段階)
右列:テレワーク可能な就業者の割合
Income-TeleWork-Ratio.jpg

アスベストを飛ばすご近所

数日前から近所のビルで足場を組んでいたので、外壁工事を始めるのだろうと思っていたが、工事の看板を見たら解体工事だった。天井部分にアスベストと書いてあった。今日は天井を壊していた。

形だけの囲いをしてあるだけで、封印しておらず、吸引などしていない。

今日は、そのビルから我が家をめがけて風が吹いていたので、発がん性物質アスベストをたっぷり浴びせられた。ばかやろう。死ねや。

コロナに感染すると、手の甲の静脈が「毛髪のように細くなる」

自身がコロナに感染した医師からの報告
「トイレで自分の手背の静脈が毛髪の様に細くなっていることに気づく」
http://blog.drnagao.com/2020/04/ny.html

コロナは肺炎ではなく酸欠になる病気」だとする報告と一致する。

コロナは全身に酸欠と栄養不足をもたらす。だから複数の臓器に大きなダメージを与え、当然にして脳も酸欠になるから機能を失う(ウィルスがBBBを通過するのではなく酸欠と栄養不足による機能不全なのでは?)。その結果、予後が悪く、長引く情報2)。

休業店舗、子供だけの家…コロナに付け込む窃盗犯に注意

報道されていないだけで、警官の間では既にコロナが蔓延していて、常勤スタッフ多数が自宅隔離されている。他署から派遣された応援要員は地元の地理と人物情報が頭に入っていない上、事件が多発すると警察の処理能力を超えるから、110番してもすぐ来ない。

これから急激に治安が悪化していくから、警戒度を上げるように。崩れる時のスピードは速い。
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休業店舗、子供だけの家…コロナに付け込む窃盗犯に注意
4/15(水) 15:19配信
産経新聞
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200415-00000529-san-soci

 新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大を受け、各地で飲食店などの営業自粛が呼びかけられる中、休業中の店舗を狙った窃盗事件が相次いでいる。休校措置のため、子供だけで留守番をしている民家に窃盗犯が侵入する事件も発生。警察当局は厳重に施錠したり、子供と定期的に連絡を取ったりして気を付けるよう呼びかけている。

【図】子供だけの留守番 注意点は…?

■休業の張り紙が“呼び水”に

 「何者かが店に侵入したようです」。10日夕、大阪・ミナミのお好み焼き屋の男性責任者(43)に、入居するビルの関係者から連絡が入った。

 大阪府は14日から事業者への休業要請に踏み切ったが、同店は6日から自主的に臨時休業中。男性が駆け付けると、店の入り口のガラスが割られ、店内で保管していた仕入れ用の現金約1万円が盗まれていた。売上金や釣銭用の現金は運び出していたので多額の被害は免れた。

 同店は休業を知らせる張り紙をしていたが、事件後に外した。男性は「張り紙はお客さんだけでなく、犯罪者にも店に誰もいないことを知らせてしまう」と言い、「今は繁華街でも人通りが少なく、近くの店でも出店荒らしがあったと聞いた。窃盗犯にとっては絶好の機会になっているのではないか」と憤った。

 大阪府警によると、大阪市内では別の飲食店でも数十万円が盗まれる被害が発生。神奈川県では3月下旬、複数の店舗を展開する整体院の臨時休業中の店舗を狙った窃盗事件が相次いだ。同県内では同月、無人の店舗に侵入して金品を盗んだり、金庫を壊したりする事件が前月比1・7倍の計44件に増加したという。

 休業要請や外出自粛要請が広がるとともに、同様の事件が増加する恐れがある。大阪府警では住民向けの防犯メール「安(あん)まちメール」などを通じ、施設の扉や窓を確実に施錠する▽施設内に現金や高価な商品などを置かない▽防犯カメラ設置などの防犯対策を行う-といった休業中の対策を呼びかけている。

■テレビ、照明をつける

 休校措置が続くため、自宅に1人で留守番をする子供が巻き込まれる事件も起きている。

 愛知県で4月9日、男子中学生(13)が1人で留守番中、インターホンが鳴った。中学生が無視したところ、1階で窓ガラスが割れる音がしたため、怖くなって2階に移動。その後、何者かが家に侵入し、バッグや財布が盗まれた。

 また3月23日には、別の家で小学生の男児(11)が1人で留守番していたところ、1階の窓ガラスを割って侵入してきた2人組の男と鉢合わせた。男らは男児に「ずっと前を向いていて」と指示し、その間に室内を物色。クレジットカードや貴金属類などを盗んで逃走した。

 同県警は、子供だけで留守番をする際は玄関や窓をしっかり施錠したうえで、家に人がいることが分かるようにテレビや照明をつけておいたり、親が頻繁に子供と連絡を取ったりするよう呼びかけている。

台所洗剤でコロナ消毒可能 経産省、来月検証試験で確認

こういうニュースを流すと、濃度の濃い溶液を指先に付けっぱなしにしたり、目や口の周りに塗りたくる人が出てくる。一般大衆に広報するときは、きちんと指示してよ。

ただウィルスを殺せばいいのであれば、レモン汁やトイレのサンポールでも死ぬんじゃない?よく知らんけど。サンポールあちこちに撒くなよ。



台所洗剤でコロナ消毒可能 経産省、来月検証試験で確認
4/15(水) 19:07配信
時事通信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200415-00000120-jij-pol

 経済産業省は15日、台所・住宅用洗剤の材料である「界面活性剤」など3品目について、文献調査の結果、新型コロナウイルスに対する消毒効果があることが分かったと発表した。

 代替ウイルスを使った検証試験を製品評価技術基盤機構(NITE)と実施し、5月中旬にも有効性が確認される見通しだ。

 同省は、市販の消毒液が品薄な場合はこれらの品目でも代用可能で、検証試験の結果判明前に使用しても問題ないと説明している。

 消毒効果が分かったのは界面活性剤のほか、塩酸や食塩水を専用機器で電気分解して作る「次亜塩素酸水」とウエットティッシュに含まれる「第4級アンモニウム塩」。いずれもドアノブなど物品の消毒に有効で、第4級アンモニウム塩は手指にも使える。洗剤を利用する場合は、ぬるま湯で薄める必要がある。

 代替ウイルスの試験結果を確認後、実際のコロナウイルスを使った試験も実施する予定だ。 

サウジ系テレビ局MBCがユダヤ女性を主人公にしたドラマを放送へ

物語の主人公は、イラン、イラク、バハレーンを渡り歩いたトルコ出身ユダヤ人女性。主人公役はクウェート人女優。監督はエジプト人、撮影場所はUAE。クウェートとサウジの俳優が多数参加。

イスラエルと湾岸アラブ諸国の国交樹立を前にした下地作り。パレスチナへのユダヤ人大量移民とイスラエル独立、その後の戦争という歴史的事実を隠すことで、何の罪もないユダヤ人をアラブ世界が暴力的に追放したストーリーに仕立て上げている。

↓たまたま出くわしたニュース動画が、このドラマを批判していた。
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4r0_i1u9qU

・・・ほらほら、自分だけ幸せなら満足なユダヤとCIAがいつもの手を使って世論操作を始めましたよ。

ところでこの手法、在日問題や慰安婦問題でも使われていますね。在日による巨悪の歴史を完全に封印した上で、悪いのはいつも日本だという話を撒き散らす手法。

コロナ騒ぎがあるから、不満があってもデモすることができない。1年間続いていたフランスの反マクロンYellow Vestsも、香港の反中国デモもきれいさっぱり消えてしまい、今や話題にする人は誰もいない。

コロナ騒ぎは、イスラエル・湾岸アラブ国交樹立の環境整備をするための下地作りだというのが本当のところかもしれない。だって、普通の世論操作では絶対に国交樹立できない政治課題だから。

となると、コロナ・ウィルスをばらまいたのは中国というより米国である可能性が高い。トランプがやたら「中国が悪い」とキャンキャン叫ぶのは、これが理由かと思えてくる。米軍の参謀総長は「中国武漢の研究所から漏れたウィルスだ」という情報に強い関心を持っていると前置きしつつ、そのような証拠は見つかっておらず、むしろ分析結果は自然界における突然変異であることを示していると発言しているんですよ。
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Arab series depicting Jewish life in Gulf sparks outrage
Hamas has also weighed in on the controversy, denouncing the series as a “political and cultural attempt to introduce the Zionist project to Gulf society.”
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
APRIL 15, 2020 18:39
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Arab-series-depicting-Jewish-life-in-Gulf-sparks-outrage-624725

A new series produced by the Saudi-owned Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) about the life of a Jews in the Gulf has sparked an outrage in the Arab world.

Critics argue the series comes in the context of attempts by some Gulf states to promote normalization with Israel.

The controversial series, expected to be broadcast during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan which begins next week, focuses on the life of a Jewish woman as a social outcast in the Gulf because of her religion.

Renowned Kuwaiti actress Hayat al-Fahad, 71, plays the role of a Jewish midwife and nurse in the series, called Umm Haroun.

The woman, of Turkish origin, moves between Iran and Iraq before settling in the Gulf state of Bahrain, where she worked for many years.

Al-Fahad (Arabic for leopard) recently caused outrage by suggesting expatriates should be deported from Kuwait amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She warned Kuwaiti hospitals could be overwhelmed by foreign nationals suffering from the deadly disease and suggested they should be “sent out” or “put in the desert.”

A promotional video released by MBC says the series deals with the social relations that prevailed between Muslims and Jews in Kuwait during the 1940s.

According to some historians, some 200 Jewish families lived in Kuwait during those years.

Directed by Egypt’s Mohammed al-Adl, the series, filmed in the United Arab Emirates, features a number of Kuwaiti and Saudi actors.

The video, titled “Life of a Leopard,” has angered many Arabs, who are demanding that MBC refrain from broadcasting the series on the pretext that it’s a “form of normalization with the Zionist entity [Israel].”

Others have launched an online campaign calling for boycotting the series.

Several critics took to social media to express their outrage over the series, claiming it portrays Jews as suffering from “injustices” in an Arab country.

“We have many successful and heroic women in the Gulf,” protested Hana al-Qahtan. “Why do we need to turn a Jewish woman into a hero in our of our dramas?”

Ahmed Madani said on Twitter that he too does not understand why an Arab television channel would broadcast a series about a Jewish woman during Ramadan.

“Would Israel ever produce a series about a Muslim woman in its prisons?” he asked. “What about the injustices done to the Palestinians? Why not produce a documentary about the suffering of Palestinians?”

Hamas has also weighed in on the controversy, denouncing the series as a “political and cultural attempt to introduce the Zionist project to Gulf society.”

The character of Umm Haroun reminds me of [former Israeli Prime Minister] Golda Meir, the head of the occupation government, who was a murderous criminal,” said senior Hamas official Ra’fat Murra.

“This is the goal of normalization: hatred, slow killing and internal destruction.

The series aims to falsify history and gradually introduce Gulf society to normalization with the Zionist occupation, at a time when some [Arab] rulers are panting to build close ties with [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to protect their thrones.”

Yousef al-Mutairi, professor of modern and contemporary history at Kuwait University, told Al-Jazeera.net that the controversy over the series was unjustified.

“Arab Jews are part of our history, whether in Egypt or in the Arab Peninsula, and this does contradict our assertion that they were not expelled from the Gulf,” he said.

“The expulsion took place for individuals who were engaged in activities that the society was not satisfied with, such as trading in alcohol.

We must differentiate between Zionism and Judaism. Israel and those living in it are Zionists. But there’s no problem with Judaism.”

テレビ朝日「報ステ」スタッフ2人がコロナ感染

複数の感染が発覚したのに、なぜテレ朝だけ3日封鎖で許されるのか。出演者の衣装や化粧を担当したスタイリストは明らかな濃厚接触者だし、下請け、孫請け、各種の出入り業者も含めた数百人に自宅隔離を指示しなければならないはず。

どうなってんだ。放送免許を剥奪しろ。



テレビ朝日「報ステ」スタッフ2人がコロナ感染
4/15(水) 23:40配信
産経新聞
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200415-00000625-san-ent

 テレビ朝日は15日、ニュース番組「報道ステーション」内で、同番組の40代のチーフプロデューサーの男性と男性スタッフの2人が新型コロナウイルスに感染したことを明らかにした。

 同番組ではメインキャスター、富川悠太アナウンサー(43)の感染が判明している。テレビ朝日によると、チーフプロデューサーは10日からせきの症状があり、12日に病院を受診。男性スタッフは11日に高熱が出て受診したところ、軽度の肺炎と診断された。2人とも15日にPCR検査で陽性と確認された。2人は富川アナの濃厚接触者で、外部の人との接触はほぼないという。

 さらなる感染拡大を防ぐため、同社は17~19日、東京・六本木の本社を封鎖して全フロアの消毒を行うことを決めた。生放送に対応する一部社員以外の出入りを原則禁止とするという。

 番組では入院中の富川アナの感染発覚までの経緯も説明され、「すぐに平熱になったことから発熱を軽視してしまい、出演をつづけたことを深く反省しています」などとする富川アナのコメントも読み上げられた。

交通事故で搬送→コロナ感染判明 警官6人も自宅待機に

今後は事故や病気で助けを求めても、「感染症なし」を自分で証明しない限り、誰からも助けてもらえない社会になる。駆けつけたら警察も救急もコロナ感染→署が封鎖ではやってられない。



交通事故で搬送→コロナ感染判明 警官6人も自宅待機に
4/15(水) 22:23配信
朝日新聞デジタル
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200415-00000088-asahi-sctch

 群馬県は15日、県内で14日に新型コロナウイルスへの感染が確認された6人のうち、年齢や居住地などを調査中としていた感染者について、交通事故の負傷をきっかけに感染が判明した20代男性だったと発表した。搬送先の病院で確認されたといい、県は職業や住所を引き続き調べている。群馬県警伊勢崎署は、感染の可能性があるとして事故の対応に当たった男性署員6人を自宅待機にした。

 署によると、感染が判明した男性は14日午後3時50分ごろ、玉村町下新田の県道を横断中、巡回中だった20代の巡査を見て逃げようとし、車にはねられたという。巡査は救急車に同乗し、診察後には応援に駆けつけた30~40代の署員4人を加えた計5人で男性に事情を聴いた。男性がはねられる直前に乗っていたとみられる車が現場付近で自損事故を起こしており、30代の巡査部長が車内を調べていたという。

 その後の病院での検査で男性の感染がわかったため、署員6人は14日中に保健所へ相談。巡査は14日間の自宅待機、他の5人も数日間の自宅待機を保健所から指導された。6人はいずれも事故対応後は署内に立ち入っておらず、男性の車は感染防止対策を講じた上で署内に保管しているという。

 吉井仁副署長は「署内での感染の心配はなく、用件のある方は安心して来てほしい」と話した。

在日米軍が全基地に公衆衛生上の緊急事態宣言 コロナ対策

USFJ commander expands public health emergency to all US bases in Japan
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, commander of U.S. Forces Japan, shown here July 8, 2019, at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, on April 15, 2020, expanded a public health emergency to include all U.S. bases in Japan.

By SETH ROBSON | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 15, 2020
https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/usfj-commander-expands-public-health-emergency-to-all-us-bases-in-japan-1.626112

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The commander of U.S. Forces Japan on Wednesday declared a public health emergency for all U.S. military installations in Japan, expanding an earlier order that covered only the area in and around Tokyo.

Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider on April 6 declared a public health emergency for U.S. bases in the Kanto Plain, near the Japanese capital. Tokyo is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Japan. City officials reported 161 new cases on Tuesday.

Schneider’s action Wednesday extends that status to all installations across the country, from Misawa Air Base in the northeast to the many bases on the southern island prefecture of Okinawa.
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The public health emergency will remain in effect through May 15 unless Schneider renews or terminates it sooner, the statement said.

“The declaration ensures commanders possess the necessary authorities to enforce compliance with health protection measures,” it said. “It is applicable to anyone with access to U.S. installations or facilities and includes military, civilians, contractors, and host-nation employees.”

Commanders of U.S. bases on the Kanto Plain have declared their own public health emergencies, which allow them to restrict the movements and activities, not only of troops, but also civilian employees, family members, retirees, contractors and local nationals with access to the facilities.

Base commanders in other parts of the country had held off on imposing stricter measures. However, that hasn’t stopped them from punishing non-service members who ignore their guidelines.

Two civilians were barred from Sasebo Naval Base after security personnel found them in an off-base bar on Friday in violation of rules set by the Navy and restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus.

USFJ, headquartered at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, “will continually assess necessary preventative measures and continues to encourage strict hygiene and social distancing to reduce the risk of transmission,” the statement added.

マクロン仏大統領「僕は過去の政権が決めた政策に対する責任は取らないからね」 医療関係者に暴言吐く

コロナでフランス全土ロックダウンを宣言する直前に、病院を訪問し、スタッフらと言い争いになったときに発した言葉。

こいつが言いそうな台詞。人間性が表れる。

↓記事原文に動画あり。


Leaked footage shows Emmanuel Macron arguing with hospital worker just days before extending France’s Covid-19 lockdown
14 Apr, 2020 17:38
https://www.rt.com/news/485813-macron-argument-hospital-worker-coronavirus/

A video has emerged of the French president having a blazing row with a medic just days before he admitted France had been under-prepared for the coronavirus outbreak.

Emmanuel Macron was filmed arguing with the hospital worker while he was on a visit to the Kremlin-Bicetre hospital in Paris on April 9.

Shortly after the clip, which was released by a medical workers union, the president was shown in footage released by his office leading a round of applause with staff at the facility.

In the footage of the argument, he can be seen telling hospital workers “we haven't made up for 15 years of hospital tariff cuts, you're right,” before ducking the blame for France’s current situation saying, “but I won't take responsibility for anything that's been done before [taking office].”

The medical worker shot back at the president saying: “We caregivers are poor, and tomorrow we could be in the beds too. And when the problem comes back to us, we wish we could help but with the lack of resources and staff, we can't.”

Macron told the assembled staff that they would “learn lessons” from the outbreak “collectively.” According to a fellow worker who spoke to local media, the exchange went on for about 10 minutes.

On Monday, Macron addressed a record national audience of more than 36.7 million people as he announced the lockdown would remain in force for another month. During the address he admitted “mistakes were made” in France’s battle against Covid-19 as the death count rose above 14,000.
Also on rt.com ‘We weren’t prepared’: Macron extends France’s lockdown till May 11

His statement was viewed by 13 million more people than watched the French football team with the World Cup in Paris in 1998.

Macron’s approval ratings have taken a hit during the outbreak, plummeting by 17 points since the start of the lockdown, with just 38 percent saying they “have confidence” in the leader.

米軍の病院船で、コロナ患者が皆無なのにコロナ発生

ロサンゼルス市内にある病院のICUをコロナ治療に当てるため、3月末にコロナ検査をし全員陰性と判定された隊員だけを乗船させ、軍の病院船は出港した。非コロナ患者に限定した受け皿であった。

これまでに受け入れた非コロナ患者は20人で、接触したスタッフは全員防御服を着用していたにもかかわらず、7人が感染してしまった。なぜ感染したのかわからないという。

・・・米軍も機能不全。



Mysterious Covid-19 outbreak forces US Navy to quarantine 116 crew on HOSPITAL ship treating handful of non-coronavirus patients
15 Apr, 2020 03:48
https://www.rt.com/usa/485833-navy-quarantine-sailors-mercy/

The US Navy has removed more than 100 sailors from a hospital ship docked in Los Angeles to aid the city’s fight against Covid-19 after seven crew members contracted the lethal virus – but exactly how remains a mystery.

The 116 medical staff members were pulled off the USNS 'Mercy' on Tuesday and brought to a nearby base where they entered quarantine, Lieutenant Rochelle Rieger of the 3rd Fleet told the Associated Press, adding that none have been hospitalized.

More puzzling, however, is how – and where – the seven infected sailors could have picked up the virus, given that the ship's entire crew of more than 1,000 were tested and cleared before it set off for Los Angeles in late March. Since then, none of the sailors have been allowed to leave the vessel.
Also on rt.com US sailor from corona-stricken aircraft carrier 'Theodore Roosevelt' dies after days in intensive care

Though the 'Mercy' was deployed to take pressure off of LA’s crowded hospitals – intending to receive non-coronavirus patients to make room in intensive care units around the city – the ship has only taken in some 20 patients to date, largely due to strict military protocols governing who can receive treatment.

The only people going on and off the ship are the actual patients we've been treating so it's very hard to trace where this came from.

Rieger said that two of the infected personnel came in close contact with a handful of patients, but only while wearing full protective gear, including goggles, gloves and N95 masks. None of the ship’s 20 patients have tested positive for the virus, however medical experts have warned that some Covid-19 test kits are unreliable and can return ‘false negative’ results, leaving some room for infected individuals to slip past screenings.

While there are now more questions than answers as to how the virus made it on board the 'Mercy,' Rieger said the relocation of the 116 crewmen won’t affect the ship’s ability to treat patients – what few of them there are – adding that the Navy will send some of the staff to work in LA’s medical facilities after completing a 14-day quarantine.

安倍首相、所得制限なしで10万円給付検討 山口公明代表の要請に 新型コロナ

えっ?私が10万円受け取るの?配ってもいいけど、「この10万円は非課税です」と宣言してね(爆)。

公明党が入ると、どうしてもこうなるよね。
世話しきれないから、これを機会にベーシック・インカムを導入したら?



安倍首相、所得制限なしで10万円給付検討 山口公明代表の要請に 新型コロナ
4/15(水) 10:45配信
時事通信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200415-00000037-jij-pol

 安倍晋三首相は15日午前、首相官邸で公明党の山口那津男代表と会談した。

 山口氏は新型コロナウイルス感染拡大を受けた追加の経済対策として、所得制限なしで国民1人当たり現金10万円の給付を実現するよう要請。首相は「2020年度補正予算案を速やかに成立させた上で、その後、方向性を持ってよく検討したい」と応じた。

【写真】都心閑散、「まるでゴーストタウン」

 会談後、山口氏は記者団に「政府が緊急事態宣言を発してから広範な深い影響が社会、経済に及んでいる。国民に励ましと連帯のメッセージをしっかり伝えるべきだ」と強調。「首相に決断を促した。積極的に受け止めていただいたと理解している」と語った。 

感染予防ガウン代用に雨ガッパ 病院での医療物資不足が深刻化

これ、工夫しているつもりなんでしょうけど、駄目でしょ。

米国の病院では、きちんとした防御服がないからといって、ごみ袋や雨合羽をかぶって仕事していた医療感染者の間でコロナ感染が多発していると報告されていますよ。



感染予防ガウン代用に雨ガッパ 病院での医療物資不足が深刻化
4/15(水) 16:20配信
女性自身
東京都から補充はあるが、個人からいただいた寄付などでなんとか維持している状況と
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/article?a=20200415-00010007-jisin-soci

新型コロナウイルスから医療従事者を護る医療用マスクや防護服。しかし、これらの医療物資の不足が“院内クラスター”を招く要因になっていることが指摘されている。都内の感染症指定病院に勤務する内科医はこう話す。

「マスクやガウンが本当に足りません。とくにマスクは、数こそありますが、職員一人ひとりにフィットするものでなければ感染を防げません。ですから、患者と接する際には使えないものばかり。東京都から補充はありますが、個人からいただいた寄付などでなんとか維持している状況です」

東京都江戸川区のしんでん耳鼻咽喉科医院・田部浩生院長も言う。

「区内2カ所の感染症指定病院はコロナ患者向け病床は満床です。さらに1日で計30~40人が検査に訪れ、うち20人がすでに陽性となり、ほぼ医療崩壊状態なのです。医療用マスクやアルコール消毒液も品薄で、感染予防のガウンももうありませんから、雨ガッパで代用せざるをえないとのことです」

全国17万7千人の看護師や介護職員らでつくる日本医療労働組合連合会・副委員長の三浦宜子さんのもとには医療従事者からの切実な声が続々と届いている。

「多くの医療施設でマスクが決定的に不足しています。1週間に1枚と指示されている病院や、2日に1枚の使用で6月に在庫が尽きてしまう病院もあります」

感染の可能性がある患者が一般外来にくるケースもあり、限られた医療物資で感染予防をしているのが実情だというのは、大学病院の感染症専門医だ。

「医療用マスク、アイガード(ゴーグル)、PPE(個人防護具)、ガウンなど医療物資の不足は深刻です。うちの病院では、医療物資を調達するためだけに力を注がざるをえないメンバーがいます。それでも綱渡り状態でなんとかやりくりしている状態。医療物資の不足により、手術や検査などを減らす事態も。内視鏡検査をする際に不可欠なマスクやガウンを感染対策にまわさなければいけないからです」

米軍参謀総長 コロナ・ウィルスは自然発生したっぽい

トランプの本音は、感染爆発させた失態に対する非難の矛先を中国に向けたいだけだからね。



US military says coronavirus likely occurred naturally but not certain
The broad scientific consensus holds SARS-CoV-2, the virus' official name, originated in bats.
By REUTERS
APRIL 15, 2020 01:33
https://www.jpost.com/International/US-military-says-coronavirus-likely-occurred-naturally-but-not-certain-624680

US intelligence indicates that the coronavirus likely occurred naturally, as opposed to being created in a laboratory in China, but there is no certainty either way, the top US general said on Tuesday.

The remarks by Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, could fan speculation about the coronavirus' origins -- something China has dismissed as a conspiracy theory that is unhelpful to the fight against the pandemic.

Asked whether he had any evidence that the virus began in a Chinese laboratory and was perhaps released accidentally, Milley was non-committal at a Pentagon news briefing.

"There's a lot of rumor and speculation in a wide variety of media, the blog sites, etc. It should be no surprise to you that we've taken a keen interest in that and we've had a lot of intelligence take a hard look at that," Milley said.

"And I would just say, at this point, it's inconclusive although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural. But we don't know for certain."
Milley's comments could again stoke tension with Beijing, where Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian wrote on Twitter last month that the US Army might have "brought the epidemic to Wuhan."

The claim was denounced by the US government and angered US President Donald Trump, who cited it when he called the coronavirus "the Chinese virus" in briefings. The State Department said at the time that China was seeking to deflect criticism of its role in "starting a global pandemic and not telling the world."

As far back as February, the Chinese state-backed Wuhan Institute of Virology pushed back against rumors that the virus may have been artificially synthesized at one of its laboratories or perhaps got out from there.

The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China.

The broad scientific consensus holds SARS-CoV-2, the virus' official name, originated in bats.

A Washington Post opinion column published on Tuesday said the US State Department in 2018 warned in diplomatic cables about safety and management weaknesses at a WIV laboratory.

The Post noted that scientists largely agreed that the virus came from animals, as opposed to being synthesized. But it quoted one expert saying that did not rule out that it may have emerged from the WIV laboratory, which spent years testing bat coronaviruses in animals.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to directly address the Washington Post column in interviews on Tuesday.

"We know this is a global pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China. We know that there were wet markets there. So we're beginning to piece the facts together," Pompeo said in a radio interview.

A team of 27 scientists published a statement in the Lancet medical journal in February condemning the conspiracy theories, which "do nothing but create fear, rumors and prejudice that jeopardize our global collaboration in the fight against this virus."

They said scientists from around the world "overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife."

警察学校生1人が感染 寮の1200人は自室待機 鉄警隊警部ら2人も

日本の警察も、もう駄目だね。
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警視庁 女性巡査ら感染 警察学校1119人自室待機
4/15(水) 6:42配信
FNNプライムオンライン
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/videonews/fnn?a=20200415-00132518-fnn-soci

警視庁は、4月に警察学校に入校した女性巡査など3人が、新型コロナウイルスに感染したと発表した。

感染が確認されたのは、鉄道警察隊の男性警部(57)と、中野署の地域課に所属する女性巡査長(28)、4月1日に警察学校に入校した女性巡査(20)の3人。

警視庁は、警察学校に入校した生徒1,119人を、寮の部屋で自室待機にするなどしている。



警察学校生1人が感染 寮の1200人は自室待機 鉄警隊警部ら2人も
4/15(水) 1:40配信
産経新聞
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200415-00000504-san-hlth

 警視庁は15日、東京都府中市の警察学校に入校している女性巡査(20)が新型コロナウイルスに感染していたことを確認したと発表した。入校中の学生ら約1200人が学生寮で自室待機となっている。

 鉄道警察隊上野分駐所中隊長の男性警部(57)と、中野署地域課の女性巡査長(28)の感染も確認され、警視庁職員の感染は計13人となった。

 3人には味覚や嗅覚の異常などの症状があった。発症の前後に他の職員と接触しており、鉄警隊では12人、中野署では35人をそれぞれ自宅待機にした。発熱など症状が出ている職員はいない。鉄警隊と中野署には警視庁本部などから応援を派遣した。

米国務省の職員368人もコロナ感染

大半は現地採用だが、国内職員も。米国政府は機能不全に陥る寸前。



US State Department Reports 368 COVID-19 Cases Among Staff - Deputy Chief Medical Officer
21:31 GMT 14.04.2020
https://sputniknews.com/us/202004141078956106-us-state-department-reports-368-covid-19-cases-among-staff---deputy-chief-medical-officer/

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US State Department has 368 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases among its overseas and domestic personnel with at least four fatalities, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Operations William Walters told reporters.

"We are tracking 297 overseas cases, including 182 active with 115 recovered... holding at three overseas deaths, all within locally employed staff", Walters said during a briefing on Tuesday. "Domestic cases are 71 current cases, 67 with four recovered".

One of the domestic patients - a civil servant in Washington, DC - has succumbed to the disease.

The State Department is busy repatriating US citizens stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Ian Brownlee, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, almost 62,000 US citizens have been repatriated via more than 560 flights.

US diplomats have said they estimate around 15,000 Americans who still have some interest in coming home.

In total, the United States has registered more than 598,600 cases of COVID-19, with over 25,100 people dying, the latest count by Johns Hopkins University shows.

コロナ・ウィルスは熱に強い 殺菌するには100度で煮沸を

コロナ・ウィルスを60度のお湯で60分間で加熱試験したところ、生き残ったウィルスが増殖する能力を保持していることが判明。

92度15分間であれば、完全に不活性化された。

・・・とはいえ、何でも100度で煮沸したら、素材が傷んでしまいますね。



Experiment Shows COVID-19 Can Survive Long Exposure to High Temperatures
22:45 GMT 14.04.2020
https://sputniknews.com/science/202004141078956553-experiment-shows-covid-19-can-survive-long-exposure-to-high-temperatures/

A team of French scientists assert the COVID-19 novel coronavirus has to be exposed to temperatures almost at the boiling point of water to kill the virus and ensure no functioning virions remain.

Previous theories about warmer weather kicking the novel coronavirus to the curb have been further discredited after the Saturday publication of the French research paper “Evaluation of heating and chemical protocols for inactivating SARS-CoV-2” on bioRxiv.

Within the paper, Professor Remi Charrel and colleagues from southern France’s Aix-Marseille University detailed that the novel coronavirus can be heated to 60 degrees Celsius for an entire hour and still have some surviving strains replicate afterward.

This 60-degree, 60-minute rule has been historically used in lab settings to suppress fatal viruses, such as Ebola, according to the South China Morning Post.

However, when the virus was exposed to a temperature of 92 degrees Celsius for only 15 minutes, it was rendered completely inactive. While the 60-degree heating could result in a deactivation of a sample with a low viral load, the 92-degree test proved more effective.

The outlet highlighted that there is an understandably high demand to perform tests on the novel coronavirus, and because some tests are done in labs with lower protections, the COVID-19 samples have to be destroyed.

“The results presented in this study should help to choose the best suited protocol for inactivation in order to prevent exposure of laboratory personnel in charge of direct and indirect detection of Sars-CoV-2 for diagnostic purpose,” the authors detailed.

Just last week, the National Academies of Sciences published a report directed to the White House that explained the summer’s warmer temperatures would have little impact on the spread of the novel coronavirus in the US - the world’s leading country in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

“There is some evidence to suggest that SARS-CoV-2 may transmit less efficiently in environments with higher ambient temperature and humidity,” the report read.

“However, given the lack of host immunity globally, this reduction in transmission efficiency may not lead to a significant reduction in disease spread.”

Researchers also highlighted that this “evidence of seasonality” is also not found in other, similar respiratory illnesses, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

コロナ治療は酸素吸入を 人工呼吸器ではない

コロナは肺炎ではない。韓国のコロナ報告に、患者は低酸素症、高山病の症状を呈しており、酸素吸入が有効であるとの記述があった。ニューヨークの病院がそれを実践し成果を上げている。

コロナの統計の取り方が、コロナ原因死と、コロナ「も」感染している他疾患原因死を合計した数字を発表しており、コロナの実態に関する正しい把握の障害となっている。
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/whistleblower-covid-19-patients-need-oxygen-therapy-not-ventilator

封鎖のイギリスと規制ゼロのスウェーデンでコロナ感染に差がない

人口100万人当たりのコロナ感染者数の推移
(赤線が英国、青線がスウェーデン)
UKSwedenCovidCases.png

人口100万人当たりのコロナ死者数の推移
(赤線が英国、青線がスウェーデン)
UKSwedenCovidDeaths.png
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/comparison-lockdown-uk-non-lockdown-sweden

これでもあなたはまだロックダウンしますか?

中国企業の信頼性をAIで評価 イスラエル国防省がシステム開発 コロナ対策品調達で活躍

コロナ対策品をイスラエルが調達するにあたり、取引相手となる中国企業が信用するに値するかどうか、実在するかフェイクかの判断、過去の取引実績、納期の遅れといった諸情報をもとに、AIが瞬時に判断する。元データは別筋から入手し、随時更新。
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Defense Ministry uses Israeli start-up to streamline coronavirus fight
'We hope that by conducting due diligence on the credibility of suppliers, and speeding up the supply chain, hospitals will be better prepared to cope with the coronavirus'
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
APRIL 10, 2020 09:40
https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/defense-ministry-uses-israeli-start-up-to-streamline-coronavirus-fight-624229

Israel's Defense Ministry has recruited an Israeli start-up to screen providers as it continues to procure medical equipment from around the world in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

The start-up, Qlarium, uses a system based on artificial-intelligence (AI) to give an intelligence picture about the reliability of suppliers, with an emphasis on the Chinese market. The company gathers information from a range of different sources in Chinese and translates them to compile a report on the supplier.

Within several minutes, the technology allows decision makers in the Procurement Department to clarify the reliability of the supplier, trade records, whether the company is genuine or fake and if it is worth investing the energy in procuring supplies from them.

Qlarium analyzes information in real time without any interaction with the organization being analyzed by using information from third parties. The system retrieves and analyzes data from dozens of Chinese data banks and translates it into a complete business intelligence report.

The Defense Ministry is using Qlarium to help find relevant suppliers and manufacturers, while also avoiding middlemen, defective equipment and fake companies.

"Following the coronavirus crisis, we have identified more and more companies that have no credibility offering services that apparently they cannot fulfill, or without the ability to provide them in the short term," said Qalrium CEO Yaron Shapira. "We have mobilized ourselves on this matter, and we hope that by conducting due diligence on the credibility of suppliers, and speeding up the supply chain, hospitals will be better prepared to cope with the coronavirus and as a result of that, perhaps the economy will resume sooner to operating at full production."

The Defense Ministry coordinated the delivery of reagents for tens of thousands of coronavirus tests and 30,000 protective suits for medical staff from South Korea that arrived in Israel on Wednesday afternoon.

“I thank the Defense Ministry and El Al, who we sent to the end of the world in order to bring life-saving equipment here,” said Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday. “We continue to act in full force, and in all possible ways, both with local production and in the international arena.”
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman contributed to this report.

イスラエルのコロナ対策品調達でモサドが大活躍 保健省は役に立たず

モサドの自慢話満載。あちこちからかき集めたが、国交を結んでいない周辺の敵対国からも入手。独裁国家はトップと合意すればすぐ調達可能となるので、民主主義国より独裁国家がいい。中国とか。

単にマスクや防御服を大量調達するだけでなく、人工呼吸器の設計図を入手して国内に生産体制を整えたり、他国が発注した商品を横取りするなど、何でもやった。

モサドってどこにいるの?という質問は愚問ですよ。あなたの周りにいるユダヤの法人・自然人ぜんぶ。
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Israel’s Not-So-Secret Weapon in Coronavirus Fight: The Spies of Mossad
The Israeli intelligence agency has played an outsize role in acquiring the medical gear, and knowledge, needed in the pandemic.
By Ronen Bergman
April 12, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/12/world/middleeast/coronavirus-israel-mossad.html

TEL AVIV, Israel — When Israel’s health minister was found to be infected with the coronavirus early this month, all high-level officials in close contact with him were quarantined, including one who stood out: the director of the Mossad, the storied Israeli spy service.

Mossad officers, primarily associated with covert operations abroad in the name of protecting Israel, are not normally in the business of public health.

So Israelis were immediately intrigued.

Why would the Mossad director, Yossi Cohen, a widely respected figure in the country, have even been in the same room as the health minister, Yaakov Litzman?

Mr. Cohen’s powerful agency, it turns out, has been deeply involved in Israel’s fight against the virus, and has been one of the country’s most valuable assets in acquiring medical equipment and manufacturing technology abroad, according to Israeli medical and security officials.

As countries around the world compete ferociously for limited supplies during the pandemic, they are turning to any help available, and flexing their muscles unapologetically.

And with the Mossad having determined that Iran — struggling with its own coronavirus crisis — no longer represents an immediate security threat, the agency could afford to immerse itself in the health emergency, according to multiple people knowledgeable about its operations.

Initial predictions for the toll of the virus in Israel were dire, though so far they have proved too pessimistic. With nearly 11,000 cases of the virus now confirmed and 103 deaths, Israel does not rank among the hardest-hit countries in the world.

“The peak expansion rate has been behind us for about two weeks now, and will probably wane almost completely within two weeks,” said an article published on Sunday by Prof. Isaac Ben Israel of Tel Aviv University.

But in early February, officials at Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s biggest hospital, realized that they needed more ventilators and other gear. And around that time, Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, the director general of the hospital, met with Mr. Cohen, the Mossad chief, at a private event involving a mutual friend — not unusual in a small country where senior figures often move in the same social circles.

By then, Mr. Cohen had already begun to assess how the Mossad could help the Israeli health system. Professor Kreiss said he enumerated the most urgent equipment needs to Mr. Cohen, who obtained further lists from the Health Ministry, and the Mossad began activating its international network to find the items needed.

In early March, a command and control center was set up to handle the distribution of medical gear across the country, with Mr. Cohen at its head and headquartered at Sheba. There were representatives from the Mossad, the Ministry of Defense purchasing division, and the military intelligence’s highly secretive Unit 81, which deals with the development of advanced espionage equipment.

Professor Kreiss, a former brigadier general in the army and a former surgeon general for the military, said the Mossad had been pivotal in helping his institution secure vital medical equipment and expertise from abroad.

“It is only in Israel that the Sheba hospital could have enlisted the help of the Mossad,” he said in an interview. “Can you imagine Mount Sinai Hospital going to the C.I.A. for help?” he added, referring to the New York medical center.

Professor Kreiss declined to say precisely how Mossad officers had helped the Israeli medical establishment or where the imported equipment came from. But according to six current or former Israeli officials with knowledge of the Mossad’s operations, the agency used international contacts to avert shortages that might have overwhelmed Israel’s health system.

The six people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Mossad’s activities are classified, said the spy agency’s contacts had proved invaluable in enabling Israel to acquire ventilators and testing material that Mr. Litzman’s health ministry had been unable to secure. Despite those efforts, however, there is still a lack of testing capacity in Israel.

These people would not confirm non-Israeli media reports that some of the items were acquired from neighboring Arab nations with no official diplomatic relations with Israel.

But at least one senior Mossad official acknowledged in an interview with Ilana Dayan, host of “Uvda,” or “Fact,” Israel’s Channel 12 TV newsmagazine, that in some instances, the agency had acquired items that other countries had already ordered.

By the end of the first week of April, the people with knowledge of the operations said, Mr. Cohen was confident that Mossad operatives had ensured Israel would possess enough ventilators to cope with the worst forecasts.

If Mr. Litzman, whose initially cavalier attitude toward the virus has been sharply criticized, symbolizes for some the shortcomings of the government’s response, for many Israelis the Mossad represents the opposite. Word of its assistance in fighting the pandemic has bolstered the Mossad’s image as among the country’s most admired government institutions.

There was no time to waste, Professor Kreiss recalled, praising what he described as the single-mindedness of purpose shown by Mossad agents. “Part of their ethos is to execute their task at any price,” he said.

That ethos has helped build Mossad’s reputation.

It is best known for the capture of the Nazi fugitive Adolph Eichmann in 1960, its lethal response after the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and the 2018 theft of secret nuclear records from Iran, which Israelis regard as their most dangerous adversary.

The agency has also had some high-profile failures, among them the botched assassination attempt in 1997 on Khaled Meshal, a senior figure in Hamas.

To some extent, the Mossad’s intervention in the pandemic is an acute embarrassment for officials of the Health Ministry, who ordinarily speak freely to the media but declined to comment on any aspect of the spy service’s role.

That the country’s health system had to enlist Mossad was evidence that it had not readied itself to respond to the type of threat represented by the coronavirus, according to a high-ranking figure in the Israeli health system, who requested anonymity because he was criticizing the ministry’s directorate.

The first shipment acquired abroad by the Mossad arrived in Israel on a special flight on March 19: 100,000 coronavirus testing kits, said an official from the prime minister’s office.

Subsequent shipments included more testing kits, 1.5 million surgical masks, tens of thousands of N-95 masks, protective overalls for first-aid crews, protective goggles and a range of medications, according to a high-ranking official knowledgeable about the Mossad operation.

The Mossad also helped obtain technology from outside Israel that have enabled many Israeli laboratories to conduct coronavirus tests. Mossad operatives also secured the necessary know-how to produce ventilators in Israel.

Using technological expertise brought in by the Mossad, production lines that can produce 25 million protective masks a month are gradually being set up, a high-ranking security official said.

According to one senior Israeli official, the Mossad knew it had to act urgently, with the demand for such equipment expected to grow and with the understanding that countries would eventually refuse to export essential medical products.

The Mossad’s efforts were easier in nondemocratic countries where intelligence agencies have more influence with the rulers, this official said. The efforts were based on prior familiarity and mutual trust between the Mossad and those agencies.

In some instances, the official said, Mr. Cohen personally contacted his counterparts. Such contacts were often enough to expedite purchase of the goods. In other cases, the official said, Mr. Cohen spoke directly to the rulers of particular countries, which he declined to identify.

As other countries began to hunt for the same gear, competition intensified, and the battle was not always waged fairly. While none of the people with knowledge of the Mossad’s operations explicitly acknowledged that the agency may have played dirty, they did not rule it out.

One recipient of the Mossad’s imports said some had come from China, where Israel’s Defense Ministry also helped secure medical equipment through a network usually used to buy weapons.

The Mossad has invested heavily over the past decade in developing relations with states in the Middle East and Asia that remain hostile to Israel, at least officially.

There have been a number of reports that Mr. Cohen has met frequently with the rulers and spy bosses of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar. In 2018, Mr. Cohen set up an unusual public meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Sultan Qaboos of Oman, who died in January.

Not all the Mossad coronavirus operations were successful.

One of the people knowledgeable about the failures said Mossad emissaries had been outmaneuvered at least once in Germany, where government couriers seized goods the Israelis were about to ship home from a factory. Another time, a load of sanitizer in India was delayed by customs officers and the Mossad abandoned the shipment.

Nevertheless, the Mossad will almost certainly be remembered for coming to the country’s rescue in an unusual battle against an invisible enemy.

コロナ・ウィルスは床上で長時間生存 靴底で感染拡大している可能性

病院内ですら感染が拡大しやすいのは、靴底に付着したウィルスが原因になっているかも。



New CDC Study Shows Coronavirus Can Survive For Hours On Floors, Walls, Shoes
by Tyler Durden
Mon, 04/13/2020 - 08:41
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/new-cdc-study-shows-coronavirus-can-survive-hours-floors-walls-shoes

A preview of a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the CDC, for short - released last night offers some distressing news for health-care workers, as well as their families, partners and friends: New research suggests that nurses, doctors and others can track the virus out of the ward and into another - perhaps a more public, or less well-protected - environment, helping to spread the disease in a new way that public health officials haven't really considered.

The study, entitled "Aerosol and Surface Distribution of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 in Hospital Wards, Wuhan, China, 2020", was conducted in two wards at Wuhan’s Huoshenshan Hospital by large team of Chinese researchers back in February and March. Though the team insisted that "respiratory droplets and close contact" remain the primary vectors for the disease, the possibility for hospital workers to transmit the virus on their shoes and clothes wasn't really well understood, until now.

And unfortunately, if the data are confirmed, it would suggest that wards where coronavirus patients are treated are literally crawling with the virus, placing these health-care workers at extremely high risk for infection.

According to the research, "94% of swabs taken from the ICU floor and 100% of swabs taken from one of the general wards used to treat patients with severe symptoms tested positive for coronavirus."

Here's a summary of the research that describes how the GW and ICU were found to have the highest levels of the virus present on the floors and walls, as well as in the air. The rate of positivity was higher for the ICU than the GW, which makes sense.

Even samples taken from the floor in the nearby hospital pharmacy showed 'weak positive' for the virus. Patients are not allowed in the pharmacy, meaning there's only one way the samples could have gotten there.

From February 19 through March 2, 2020, we collected swab samples from potentially contaminated objects in the ICU and GW as described previously. The ICU housed 15 patients with severe disease and the GW housed 24 patients with milder disease. We also sampled indoor air and the air outlets to detect aerosol exposure. Air samples were collected by using a SASS 2300 Wetted Wall Cyclone Sampler at 300 L/min for of 30 min. We used sterile premoistened swabs to sample the floors, computer mice, trash cans, sickbed handrails, patient masks, personal protective equipment, and air outlets. We tested air and surface samples for the open reading frame (ORF) 1ab and nucleoprotein (N) genes of SARS-CoV-2 by quantitative real-time PCR.

Almost all positive results were concentrated in the contaminated areas (ICU 54/57, 94.7%; GW 9/9, 100%); the rate of positivity was much higher for the ICU (54/124, 43.5%) than for the GW (9/114, 7.9%) (Tables 1, 2). The rate of positivity was relatively high for floor swab samples (ICU 7/10, 70%; GW 2/13, 15.4%), perhaps because of gravity and air flow causing most virus droplets to float to the ground. In addition, as medical staff walk around the ward, the virus can be tracked all over the floor, as indicated by the 100% rate of positivity from the floor in the pharmacy, where there were no patients. Furthermore, half of the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive. Therefore, the soles of medical staff shoes might function as carriers. The 3 weak positive results from the floor of dressing room 4 might also arise from these carriers. We highly recommend that persons disinfect shoe soles before walking out of wards containing COVID-19 patients.

The authors suggested that "air flow" and the forces of gravity might be responsible for moving the samples to the floors and the walls.But this certainly doesn't bode well for anybody arguing that the subway and restaurants will be able to go quickly back to normal, since an asymptomatic diner can leave the virus at their table for the next customer to pick up even if the table sits empty for hours - or even overnight.

コロナ 肺以外の複数臓器に慢性の打撃を与える可能性

コロナから回復した患者が通常の生活に戻ることができないケースが報告されている。

中国の初期研究によると、コロナ回復患者の12%が心臓発作を発症した。

新型コロナは単なる呼吸器不全ではない。心臓、肝臓、腎臓、脳、内分泌系、血液系などにも悪影響を及ぼす。

世界中の医師は今、目の前にいる患者の治療に追われていて、予後観察まで手が回らない。情報が集まらない。

表面的な症状が治まったあともウィルスが体内に残存し、時間を置いて今度は別の形で発症する可能性も指摘されている。

SARSの場合、回復患者の3分の1に肺の機能不全が残ったが、15年後にはほぼ解消した。
MERSの場合、回復患者の3分の1に肺の瘢痕-線維症が観察された。これは恐らく永久に残る。

ある研究者によると、コロナ回復患者は肺機能が20~30%低下してしまう。
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Coronavirus infection may cause lasting damage throughout the body, doctors fear
Doctors treat a coronavirus patient
By Melissa Healy, Staff Writer
April 10, 2020
3:03 PM
https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-04-10/coronavirus-infection-can-do-lasting-damage-to-the-heart-liver

For a world grappling with the new coronavirus, it’s becoming increasingly clear that even when the pandemic is over, it won’t really be over.

Now doctors are beginning to worry that for patients who have survived COVID-19, the same may be true.

For the sickest patients, infection with the new coronavirus is proving to be a full-body assault, causing damage well beyond the lungs. And even after patients who become severely ill have recovered and cleared the virus, physicians have begun seeing evidence of the infection’s lingering effects.

In a study posted this week, scientists in China examined the blood test results of 34 COVID-19 patients over the course of their hospitalization. In those who survived mild and severe disease alike, the researchers found that many of the biological measures had “failed to return to normal.”

Chief among the worrisome test results were readings that suggested these apparently recovered patients continued to have impaired liver function. That was the case even after two tests for the live virus had come back negative and the patients were cleared to be discharged.

At the same time, as cardiologists are contending with the immediate effects of COVID-19 on the heart, they’re asking how much of the damage could be long-lasting. In an early study of COVID-19 patients in China, heart failure was seen in nearly 12% of those who survived, including in some who had shown no signs of respiratory distress.

When lungs do a poor job of delivering oxygen to the body, the heart can come under severe stress and may emerge weaker. That’s concerning enough in an illness that typically causes breathing problems. But when even those without respiratory distress sustain injury to the heart, doctors have to wonder whether they have underestimated COVID-19’s ability to wreak lasting havoc.

“COVID-19 is not just a respiratory disorder,” said Dr. Harlan Krumholtz, a cardiologist at Yale University. “It can affect the heart, the liver, the kidneys, the brain, the endocrine system and the blood system.”
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There are no long-term survivors of this wholly new disease: Even its first victims in China are little more than three months removed from their ordeal. And physicians have been too busy treating the acutely ill to closely monitor the progress of the roughly 370,000 people worldwide known to have recovered from COVID-19.

Still, doctors are worried that in its wake, some organs whose function has been knocked off kilter will not recover quickly, or completely. That could leave patients more vulnerable for months or years to come.

“I think there will be long-term sequelae,” said Yale cardiologist Dr. Joseph Brennan, using the medical term for a disease’s downstream effects.

“I don’t know that for real,” he cautioned. “But this disease is so overwhelming” that some of the recovered are likely to face ongoing health concerns, he said.

Another question that could take years to answer is whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 may lie dormant in the body for years and spring back later in different form.

It wouldn’t be the first virus to behave that way. After a chicken pox infection, for instance, the herpes virus that causes the illness hides quietly for decades and often emerges as the painful affliction shingles. The virus that causes hepatitis B can sow the seeds of liver cancer years later. And in the months after the West African Ebola epidemic subsided in 2016, the virus responsible for that illness was found to have taken up residence in the vitreous fluid of some of its victims’ eyes, causing blindness or vision impairment in 40% of those affected.

Given SARS-CoV-2’s affinity for lung tissue, doctors quickly suspected that some recovered COVID-19 patients would sustain lasting damage to their lungs. In infections involving the coronavirus that cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), about one-third of recovered patients had lung impairment after three years, but those symptoms had largely cleared 15 years later. And researchers found that one-third of patients who suffered Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) had scarring of the lungs — fibrosis — that was probably permanent.

In a mid-March review of a dozen COVID-19 patients discharged from a hospital in Hong Kong, two or three were described as having difficulty with activities they had done in the past.

Dr. Owen Tsang Tak-yin, director of infectious diseases at Princess Margaret Hospital in Hong Kong, told reporters that some patients “might have around a drop of 20 to 30% in lung function” after their recovery.
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Citing the history of lasting lung damage in SARS and MERS patients, a team led by UCLA radiologist Melina Hosseiny is recommending that patients who have recovered from COVID-19 get follow-up lung scans “to evaluate long-term or permanent lung damage including fibrosis.”

As doctors try to assess organ damage after COVID-19 recovery, there’s a key complication: Patients with disorders that affect the heart, liver, blood and lungs face a higher risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19 in the first place. That makes it difficult to distinguish COVID-19 after-effects from the problems that made patients vulnerable to begin with — especially so early in the game.

Right now, “we’re all in the middle of it,” said Dr. Kim Williams, a cardiovascular disease specialist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “We have much more information about what happens acutely, and we’re trying to manage that.”

What they do know is that when COVID-19 patients show symptoms of infection, the function of many organs is knocked off course. And when one organ begins to fail, others often follow.

Add to that chaos the force of inflammation, which flares in those with severe COVID-19. The result can do damage throughout the body, prying plaques and clots from the walls of blood vessels and causing strokes, heart attacks and venous embolisms.
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Krumholtz, who organized a meeting of cardiologists to discuss COVID-19 this week, said the infection can cause damage to the heart and the sac that encases it. Some patients develop heart failure and/or arrhythmias during the disease’s acute phase.

Heart failure weakens the organ, though it can regain much of its strength with medications and lifestyle changes. Still, former COVID-19 patients can become lifelong cardiology patients.

Muddying this picture is another potential after-effect: blood abnormalities that make clots of all sorts more likely to form.

In a case report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, Chinese doctors described a patient with severe COVID-19, clots evident in several parts of his body, and immune proteins called antiphospholipid antibodies.

A hallmark of an autoimmune disease called antiphospholipid syndrome, these antibodies sometimes occur as a passing response to an infection. But sometimes they linger, causing dangerous blood clots in the legs, kidneys, lungs and brain. In pregnant women, antiphospholipid syndrome also can result in miscarriage and stillbirth.

Brennan said that in a new disease like COVID-19, the signposts that usually guide physicians in assessing a patient’s long-term prognosis are just not there yet. “Coagulopathy,” for instance, “usually rights itself,” he said.

“But this isn’t usual.”

コロナの予兆に呼吸器症状を伴わない皮膚科、神経科症状がある

偽凍傷、じんましん、発赤といった皮膚科症状。
混乱、脳卒中、発作、ひどい四肢のうずきやしびれといった神経科症状。




Dermatological symptoms may be the latest new coronavirus symptom
Pseudo-frostbite, hives and redness may appear with or without respiratory symptoms.
By TZVI JOFFRE
APRIL 12, 2020 17:54
https://www.jpost.com/International/Dermatological-symptoms-may-be-the-latest-new-coronavirus-symptom-624418

The novel coronavirus may cause dermatological symptoms such as pseudo-frostbite, hives and persistent, sometimes painful redness, as symptoms that affect the body outside the respiratory system continue to be found that may be associated with coronavirus infections, according to the French National Union of Dermatologists-Venereologists (SNDV – skin and sexually transmitted disease doctors).

The organization received numerous reports of cases with these symptoms in COVID-19 patients. They may also appear without respiratory symptoms, according to a press release by SNDV.

A WhatsApp group of over 400 dermatologists has been organized by SNDV to discuss cases with these symptoms.

Last week, France's Director General of Health Jerome Salomon was asked whether dermatological issues such as hives could be new symptoms of the coronavirus, and responded, "not to my knowledge," according to Le Figaro. He added, however, that not everything is known about the virus, "but on this dermatological aspect I have not seen any publication."

Multiple new symptoms have been discovered over the past month that may be associated with the novel coronavirus, some appearing even without any respiratory symptoms.

In late March, the British Rhinological Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery and treatment) both reported anecdotal evidence indicating that a loss of smell and taste could be a symptom of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Reports from multiple countries have indicated that significant numbers of coronavirus patients experienced anosmia, the loss of sense of smell, and ageusia, an accompanying diminished sense of taste, according to The New York Times.

Medical professionals are unsure what is causing the loss of the senses of smell and taste. Some viruses destroy the cells or cell receptors in the nose, while others infect the brain via the olfactory sensory nerves. The ability to infect the brain may explain some of the cases of respiratory failure in COVID-19 patients; evidence shows that coronaviruses may invade the central nervous system.

Some COVID-19 patients are also experiencing neurological issues, including confusion, stroke and seizures, according to the Times. Some patients also reported acroparesthesia, a tingling or numbness in the extremities. Others have been afflicted by symptoms of a serious heart attack, but without any blocked arteries.

Studies on many of the newly realized symptoms have not been done, as physicians handling the coronavirus outbreak are overwhelmed, according to Forbes.

テレワークで政府・企業の秘密がダダ漏れになる

お隣さんから、急遽テレワークすることになったが、自宅でWi-Fiを使えるようにするやり方がわからないということで、相談を受けた。

その時は、NTT東日本のフレッツを今から申し込んでも、日本中の従業員が同時に申し込んでいるわけだから、工事の順番はずっと先になるので、テレワーク環境が全社的に整った頃にはコロナ騒ぎは終わっているかもしれないとか、

住民全体がテレワークを始めたら、住宅地のベストエフォート型のネット契約では回線スピードがかなり落ちるだろうな・・・

といった事柄が脳裏を過ぎったが、そこまでは口に出さず、聞かれたことに対してだけ、通り一辺倒の説明をして別れた。

あとになって、このレベルの利用者は恐らく必要なセキュリティー設定ができないだろうから、各種マルウェアの攻撃を受け、情報漏洩させるだろうということに気付いた。初期設定の段階から気を付けなければならないことが沢山あるから、以前から周到な準備をしてきた組織以外は対応できないと思う。

日本中で全ポート丸見え状態で一斉にテレワーク始めるんでしょうね。凄いことが起きそう。誰か指導してよ。

コロナが移るから現金のやりとりを避け、電子決済に全面的に移行するとか、
感染者を監視するという名目で、スマホの位置情報を使って全国民の動きを常時監視するとか、
他にもいろいろあるけど、

中国は、上からの強権で国民監視システムをさっさと実現し活用しているが、同じシステムが米国や日本でも出来上がるわけだ。コロナを理由にすれば何でもできる。反対の声は上がりにくく、押さえ込みやすい。

今回のコロナ騒ぎは誰得の話なのか、conspiracy theoryをあれこれ考えてしまう。

コロナは退院後も症状が長く続く

退院後2~3週間経過しても、呼吸困難その他の症状が発出する。調子の良いときと悪いときが交互に訪れる。精神的に不安定になったり、悪夢を見たりする。

シンガポールでは退院して調子の良い日が34日連続で続いたあと、コロナが再発した事例も報告されている。

WHOは軽症者は体調回復に2週間、重症者は6週間かかるとしているが、ネット上の情報交換の場の議論を見ると、もっと長くかかっているという印象。

このような状態であるから、コロナ感染者が回復したあと6ヶ月後にどうなっているか、誰も知る人はいないだろう。



We Need to Talk About What Coronavirus Recoveries Look Like
They’re a lot more complicated than most people realize.

By Fiona Lowenstein
Fiona Lowenstein is a writer, producer and yoga teacher.
April 13, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/13/opinion/coronavirus-recovery.html

In the weeks since I was hospitalized for the coronavirus, the same question has flooded my email inbox, texts and direct messages: Are you better, yet? I don’t yet know how to answer. While the widespread support from friends, family and strangers has been very heartwarming, I’ve also struggled to reconcile the genuine happiness expressed at my improving condition with my own lingering symptoms, confusion about contagion, and anxieties about relapse.

When I tested positive for coronavirus on March 17, I didn’t know what to expect. Much remains unknown about the virus, and many of the symptoms I experienced, such as gastrointestinal issues and loss of smell, were only just being identified. In the weeks since, the world has learned more about what the virus’s symptoms can look like, but we still don’t know much about the long-term health impacts, the possibility of immunity, how long infected patients remain contagious, or what recovery looks like. We need to start paying closer attention to the stories of coronavirus survivors.

When I first came home from the hospital, I felt alone in my healing process. I wanted information, and to connect with others who shared my experience, so I started an online support group for people experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or recovering from the virus.

Over the past two weeks, people from all over the world have joined. And one of the most common topics of discussion has been how complicated the recovery process has been — more complicated than is widely realized. People have shared stories of symptoms cycling on and off, and recoveries — even for mild cases — that have taken much longer than two weeks.

Sami Aviles, an otherwise healthy 31-year-old in our support group shared that on Day 21 of symptoms, while her breathing had not felt strained enough to require medical attention, she was still coughing up blood, and her fever was breaking only to come back days later “like clockwork.” Another member of our group, Charlie, 24, described his case as “relatively mild,” but said that more than 23 days into the illness, he’s still experiencing a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Sabrina Bleich, 26, is grappling with severe fatigue and “persistent breathing issues” that make it difficult to walk, a month after she first felt symptoms. Jag Singh, 55, is still dealing with a “persistent cough” four weeks after his initial symptoms.

It’s been almost four weeks since I first became sick, and three weeks since I was discharged from the hospital. While my fever and severe shortness of breath have disappeared, my road to recovery has been far from linear. My second week of illness brought worsened GI issues, loss of smell, and intense sinus pressure. In the time since, I’ve experienced fatigue, intense headaches, continued congestion, a sore throat, trouble focusing and short-term memory loss. Even more confusing than the arrival of new symptoms is the way my progress seems to stop and start. While the overall trajectory has been one of improvement, good days are often followed by bad ones, and I’m still far from my normal, active self.

The news is filled with uplifting stories of patients who have survived Covid-19 — including my own — but rarely do these narratives cover the long and jagged road to recovery that follows. The World Health Organization has stated that people with “mild” cases can expect recovery to take two weeks, while those with “severe” cases may take up to six weeks to recover, but the distinction between “mild” and “severe” cases is confusing, and many of us are experiencing symptoms for longer.

Some of the young people in my online support group are struggling to get more time off from work — they are, after all, supposedly recovered. Almost all are experiencing mental health problems, including severe anxiety, panic attacks and depression, as they struggle to understand what’s next for them. In addition to the physical symptoms that still keep me up at night, I have frequent nightmares in which I am once again gasping for breath.

The guidelines for how to keep others safe are also muddled. My discharge instructions told me I’d need to be retested before I could be determined noncontagious. But, when I reached out to the Department of Health as instructed, I was told I couldn’t be tested. Instead, they said to wait seven days from the first day of symptoms and to make sure the last three days were fever-free, but the department representative put me on hold several times to confirm these details, and neither of us seemed very confident in the instructions. I’ve since learned of a patient in Singapore who despite feeling fine continues to test positive after 34 symptom-free days in confinement. Contagion guidelines seem to vary widely across the world.

It makes sense that the details of recovery are still mostly being shared in private messages and on social media. After all, while infection rates increase, the newness of the virus means that there still isn’t anyone in the world who can report on what life is like six — or even four — months post-symptoms. But while our primary task must be devoting resources to our most endangered Covid-19 patients, we also need to begin thinking about all stages of this pandemic. More robust attention to understanding the recovery process will help survivors grapple with the inevitable physical and mental health burdens of reintegrating into society, and can aid us all in preparing for the next stage of this crisis. After all, the community of coronavirus survivors is a group that will only continue to grow.

The media can help by portraying what the months and weeks after contracting coronavirus will look like for people who are infected. Those of us not working on the front lines in hospitals can do our part by virtually connecting with friends who are recovering, educating ourselves on their needs, and sharing their stories. Employers will need to reconsider expectations of Covid-19 survivors, and we can expect disability law to be tested. A wave of chronically ill and slow-healing survivors is an inevitability we can and must prepare ourselves for.

Darkness and confusion have categorized much of the past month, and certainly define the experience of being sick with coronavirus — I can tell you that firsthand. Let’s not let misinformation and isolation define how we heal.

ポリオ・ワクチン被害でインドから追放されたビル・ゲイツ 今度はコロナ・ワクチンを狙う

ビル・ゲイツが推進したワクチン摂取事業が原因で世界中の子供に広がった深刻な副作用のリスト。Robert F Kennedy Jr.が告発。



Gates’ Globalist Vaccine Agenda: A Win-Win for Pharma and Mandatory Vaccination
By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Chairman, Children’s Health Defense
https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/government-corruption/gates-globalist-vaccine-agenda-a-win-win-for-pharma-and-mandatory-vaccination/

Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft’s ambition to control a global vaccination ID enterprise) and give him dictatorial control of global health policy.

Gates’ obsession with vaccines seems to be fueled by a conviction to save the world with technology.

Promising his share of $450 million of $1.2 billion to eradicate Polio, Gates took control of India’s National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) which mandated up to 50 doses (Table 1) of polio vaccines through overlapping immunization programs to children before the age of five. Indian doctors blame the Gates campaign for a devastating non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP) epidemic that paralyzed 490,000 children beyond expected rates between 2000 and 2017. In 2017, the Indian government dialed back Gates’ vaccine regimen and asked Gates and his vaccine policies to leave India. NPAFP rates dropped precipitously.

The most frightening [polio] epidemics in Congo, Afghanistan, and the Philippines, are all linked to vaccines.

In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) reluctantly admitted that the global explosion in polio is predominantly vaccine strain. The most frightening epidemics in Congo, Afghanistan, and the Philippines, are all linked to vaccines. In fact, by 2018, 70% of global polio cases were vaccine strain.

In 2014, the Gates Foundation funded tests of experimental HPV vaccines, developed by Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) and Merck, on 23,000 young girls in remote Indian provinces. Approximately 1,200 suffered severe side effects, including autoimmune and fertility disorders. Seven died. Indian government investigations charged that Gates-funded researchers committed pervasive ethical violations: pressuring vulnerable village girls into the trial, bullying parents, forging consent forms, and refusing medical care to the injured girls. The case is now in the country’s Supreme Court.
South African newspapers complained, ‘We are guinea pigs for the drug makers.’

In 2010, the Gates Foundation funded a phase 3 trial of GSK’s experimental malaria vaccine, killing 151 African infants and causing serious adverse effects including paralysis, seizure, and febrile convulsions to 1,048 of the 5,949 children.

During Gates’ 2002 MenAfriVac campaign in Sub-Saharan Africa, Gates’ operatives forcibly vaccinated thousands of African children against meningitis. Approximately 50 of the 500 children vaccinated developed paralysis. South African newspapers complained, “We are guinea pigs for the drug makers.” Nelson Mandela’s former Senior Economist, Professor Patrick Bond, describes Gates’ philanthropic practices as “ruthless and immoral.”

In 2010, Gates committed $10 billion to the WHO saying, “We must make this the decade of vaccines.” A month later, Gates said in a Ted Talk that new vaccines “could reduce population”. In 2014, Kenya’s Catholic Doctors Association accused the WHO of chemically sterilizing millions of unwilling Kenyan women with a “tetanus” vaccine campaign. Independent labs found a sterility formula in every vaccine tested. After denying the charges, WHO finally admitted it had been developing the sterility vaccines for over a decade. Similar accusations came from Tanzania, Nicaragua, Mexico, and the Philippines.

A 2017 study (Morgenson et. al. 2017) showed that WHO’s popular DTP vaccine is killing more African children than the diseases it prevents. DTP-vaccinated girls suffered 10x the death rate of children who had not yet received the vaccine. WHO has refused to recall the lethal vaccine which it forces upon tens of millions of African children annually.

[Global public health officials] say he has diverted agency resources to serve his personal philosophy that good health only comes in a syringe.

Global public health advocates around the world accuse Gates of steering WHO’s agenda away from the projects that are proven to curb infectious diseases: clean water, hygiene, nutrition, and economic development. The Gates Foundation only spends about $650 million of its $5 billion dollar budget on these areas. They say he has diverted agency resources to serve his personal philosophy that good health only comes in a syringe.

In addition to using his philanthropy to control WHO, UNICEF, GAVI, and PATH, Gates funds a private pharmaceutical company that manufactures vaccines, and additionally is donating $50 million to 12 pharmaceutical companies to speed up development of a coronavirus vaccine. In his recent media appearances, Gates appears confident that the Covid-19 crisis will now give him the opportunity to force his dictatorial vaccine programs on American children.

警察署長の歓迎会で感染拡大 約120人が自宅待機 神戸

閉鎖はしていないが事実上の警察署閉鎖を発生させ、混雑しているPCR検査に120人の負荷をかける不始末をしでかした。

応援部隊を派遣して穴埋めしたと言い訳するのだろうが、土地勘や人物情報が頭に入っていない人を配置しても仕事はできない。そろそろ穴埋めできなくなってきてるでしょう、日本の警察は。警察崩壊、治安崩壊。
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「居酒屋での歓迎会参加していた」“署長”と“副署長”感染…署員120人自宅待機中
4/13(月) 11:15配信
MBSニュース
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200413-00032534-mbsnews-l28

 これまでに警察官ら8人の新型コロナウイルスの感染が確認されている神戸西警察署で、新たに署長と副署長の合わせて2人の感染が確認されました。

 神戸西警察署では3月27日に居酒屋で歓迎会を開いていて、署長、副署長とも参加していましたが、副署長は当初「集会はしていない」などと説明していたということです。

 神戸西警察署は約120人を自宅待機としていて、応援の警察官の派遣を受けるなどして業務を続けています。



警察署長の歓迎会で感染拡大 約120人が自宅待機 神戸
4月10日 21時40分
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200410/k10012380421000.html

神戸市の1つの警察署で新型コロナウイルスに感染した警察官などが合わせて7人になり、このうち3人は先月末に異動してきた署長らの歓迎会に出席していたことが分かりました。

神戸西警察署では今週、
▽交通課の50代の男性警視と
▽警務課の50代の男性警部の感染が明らかになり、
10日新たに、
▽会計課の50代の女性主幹と、
▽刑事2課の30代の男性警部補、
▽地域課の50代の男性警部補、それに
▽交通課の50代の男性警部補と30代の男性巡査部長の合わせて5人の感染が確認されました。

この7人のうち、警視と警部、主幹の3人は先月27日に居酒屋で行われたこの時期に異動してきた署長らの歓迎会に出席していたことが分かりました。

兵庫県警は署長、副署長ら幹部を含むおよそ120人を自宅待機させていて、警察署の業務に支障が出ないよう本部から応援の警察官を派遣しています。

兵庫県警「職員の感染拡大防止に努めたい」

兵庫県警察本部は、署長らの歓迎会について「開催にあたって参加人数を少なくするなど配慮はしていた」としたうえで、「今後も引き続き、職員の感染の拡大防止に努めたい」とコメントしています。

UAEがイスラエル製防空システムをリビア・ハフタル派に供与

イスラエル製の装備が第三国へ渡るのをイスラエル政府が承知してないわけないだろ。見え透いた嘘付くなって話。



Is an Israeli air defense system shooting down Israeli drones in Libya?
While there is an arms embargo on the war-torn country, reports say UAE supplied an Israeli system to the Libyan warlord.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
APRIL 12, 2020 16:21
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Is-an-Israeli-air-defense-system-shooting-down-Israeli-drones-in-Libya-624413

The United Arab Emirates has reportedly supplied an Israeli air defense system to Libyan strongman Gen. Khalifa Haftar to counter Turkish drones supplied to his rival, as fighting to capture Tripoli intensifies.

According to a report in The New Arab, the system was supplied to counter Turkish drones as fighting around the capital picked up steam in recent days in an attempt to defeat the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez Sarraj.

The report alleges that the defense system was produced by an Israeli defense company and transferred to Egypt where fighters loyal to the warlord were trained on it before it was moved to Libya.

While it is unclear who had trained the Libyans, there have been multiple reports of Israelis training Haftar’s forces in street warfare, in territory under his control during August and September.

Though the UN Security Council has repeatedly renewed the arms embargo on Libya since 2011, both sides have received significant military aid by numerous countries.

Haftar, who sits in Tobruk in eastern Libya, has been heavily backed by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, France and Russia since 2014.

Russia and the UAE have been supporting Haftar’s forces with various weapons systems, including a Pantsir air defense system, which was destroyed by the GNA in November, MiG-21 fighter aircraft and Mi-24/35P helicopter gunships, as well as armored vehicles.

The Tripoli-based GNA led by Sarraj is supported by Italy, Qatar and Turkey, which has sent troops as well as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels to fight in the war-torn country.

While Israel and Libya have no relations, in December, Abd al-Hadi al-Hajj, foreign minister in Haftar's interim government, told The Jerusalem Post’s sister publication, Maariv, that he hoped Libya could establish normal relations with Israel if the Palestinian problem would be resolved.
"We support the rights of the people, including all of the rights of the Palestinian people. But we support regional peace, oppose terrorism – and fight it in Libya as well,” he told the publication while in Paris.

Last week, a Harop loitering drone produced by Israel Aerospace Industries in Azerbaijan and exported to Turkey to be used by its military crashed near the town of Dirj. The Harop is a small drone that, according to the company’s website, is a combination of the “capabilities of a UAV and a lethal missile.”

In July, two Israeli-made Orbiter-3 tactical drones were also shot down in Libya by troops allied with Haftar. The two drones manufactured by Aeronautics in Azerbaijan, which were part of a three-unit donation by Turkey, were recovered by troops 40 km. southwest of Tripoli in the small town of al-‘Aziziya while the other was recovered in the Sidra district, home to the country’s largest oil depot.

Aeronautics, which had its export license reinstated in February after a two-year suspension, denied knowing anything about the incident in Libya.

東京・中野の病院で87人感染確認 院内の感染計92人

院長先生が判断を間違えました。医療崩壊させてはならぬと診療継続を決めたら、逆に病院全体に感染が拡大し、医療崩壊を引き起こした。自宅隔離は数百人に達しているだろう。



東京・中野の病院で87人感染確認 院内の感染計92人
4/12(日) 20:55配信
朝日新聞デジタル
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200412-00000053-asahi-sctch

 東京都は12日、中野江古田病院(中野区)の入院患者や医師、看護師ら87人が新型コロナウイルスに感染したと発表した。重症者はいないという。同病院では4日までに患者5人の感染が確認されていたといい、感染者は計92人に上る。都は「院内感染の可能性が極めて高い」としている。

 都によると、同病院からの連絡を受け、1日に保健所が現地で調査。4日までに入院患者5人の感染が判明した。接触していた他の患者や医師らを検査した結果、12日までに87人が確認された。都によると、感染者のほとんどはいまも院内に滞在しているという。

 同病院のホームページによると、5日から外来診療や新規の入院患者の受け入れ、面会を中止している。

「深く息を吸い10秒我慢できれば…感染可能性低い」愛知県警が誤情報を投稿

脳筋じゃねーかwww



「深く息を吸い10秒我慢できれば…感染可能性低い」愛知県警が誤情報を投稿
4/12(日) 10:43配信
読売新聞オンライン
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200412-00050078-yom-soci

 愛知県警が10日、広報課の公式ツイッターで「深く息を吸って10秒我慢し、咳(せき)や息切れがなければ、新型コロナウイルス感染の可能性は低い」などと誤った内容を投稿し、その後、謝罪していたことがわかった。

 3時間半後には「不正確な情報をつぶやいてしまい、申し訳ありませんでした」などと謝罪文が掲載されたが、元の投稿は多数、転載されていた。世界保健機関(WHO)は公式サイトで10秒呼吸を止めてせきがでなくても「感染していないということを意味しない」と説明している。

 県警広報課は「県民の不安を少しでも和らげたいという思いが先走ってしまった。今後は真偽を確認し、慎重な情報提供を心がけたい」としている。

インド・パンジャブ州 外出禁止令に怒ったシーク教徒が警官の腕を切り落とす コロナ

Indian cop gets hand CHOPPED OFF amid scuffle with blade-wielding men defying Covid-19 lockdown
12 Apr, 2020 08:30
https://www.rt.com/news/485595-india-police-hand-chopped/

The coronavirus lockdown in the state of Punjab turned violent, with a team of police officers attacked and heavily injured by armed locals who defied the cops’ request to show their curfew passes.

The clash broke out at a vegetable market in Patiala, a city in eastern Punjab, after a group of Nihangs – people from a Sikh order – armed with traditional weapons tried to enter the premises but were stopped at the entrance by local staff who asked to see their curfew passes. The altercation drew the attention of police officers standing nearby, but their intervention went profoundly awry.

The men pulled their weapons out and attacked the police, chopping one officer’s hand off and injuring a few others. The culprits managed to escape but were chased down and captured a while later. The officer, identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector Harjeet Singh, had surgery performed on his left arm, local police later said, describing the scuffle as an “unfortunate incident.”

フランスの空母で50人がコロナ感染

合同演習を急遽途中で切り上げ母港に戻る途中でこの騒ぎ。もう使い物にならない。

報道されていないだけで、陸軍、空軍も麻痺しているに決まっている。



Fifty COVID-19 Cases Confirmed on Board France's Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier
10:42 GMT 10.04.2020(updated 11:06 GMT 10.04.2020)
https://sputniknews.com/europe/202004101078906514-fifty-covid-19-cases-confirmed-on-board-frances-charles-de-gaulle-aircraft-carrier/

This comes as France's death toll from the new coronavirus infection has exceeded 12,000, according to the country's health ministry.

Fifty COVID-19 cases have been registered on board France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, the country's defence ministry said.

"The tests confirm 50 COVID-19 cases on board. Three sailors have been evacuated on an aircraft, to be taken to a hospital in France," the French Defense Ministry said in a communique.

Tests have been conducted over suspicions that 40 crew members could be infected.

The aircraft carrier is on the way to its home port in Toulon, the ministry added.

On 9 April, the French health ministry confirmed that the death toll from the new coronavirus in the country stood at 12,210.

イスラエルのコロナ感染源 シナゴーグ29%、商店・飲食店26% 失業率25%

Israel's Farmers Might be Used to Rockets from Gaza but COVID-19 Poses New Threat to Their Business
11:34 GMT 09.04.2020(updated 13:21 GMT 09.04.2020) Get short URL
https://sputniknews.com/analysis/202004091078893715-israels-farmers-might-be-used-to-rockets-from-gaza-but-covid-19-poses-new-threat-to-their-business/

The spread of Coronavirus has shut down 70 percent of Israel's small and middle-size businesses, cost more than a million Israelis their jobs, and devastated the farmers of the south. Although the government had pledged assistance, it is a drop in the ocean and might not suffice to keep the economy afloat.

COVID-19 continues to claim the lives of Israelis, with more than 70 people reported dead and over 9,400 others infected with the virus.

According to official data, most of those who were infected in Israel picked up the virus in synagogues (29 percent), whereas shopping malls, grocery stores and restaurants came in second with 26 percent of registered cases.

It was for this reason that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday a series of strict measures that included a lockdown of entire cities as well as the closing down of malls and grocery stores from Wednesday afternoon (groceries were shut down yesterday but the lockdown was imposed on Tuesday) and until Friday morning, an unprecedented move that took place amid one of the busiest periods for Israel's supermarkets - the Passover that kicked off on Wednesday night.

Counting Losses

For Eran Fold, the owner of a greenhouse that grows flowers, herbs and vegetable seeds in Nativ Ha-Asara in southern Israel which supplies them to clients across the country and abroad, this period was supposed to bring profits. Instead, he is now counting his losses.

"In March alone we lost more than $500 thousand, plus I had to lay off almost half of my staff to be able to stay afloat. If it continues like that in April, it will be the end of my business."

Before the eruption of the virus, Fold's three trucks used to distribute his products to merchandisers and wholesalers across Israel on a daily basis. Half of his produce was sent to Europe. Now, however, the trucks are parked, and Europe has been facing its own problems due to the pandemic and has quit buying. Fold has decided to "close the tap" and stop watering some of the plants to minimise costs.

Handling hardships is nothing new for Fold and the other farmers of the south that have been threatened by rockets from Gaza since the early 2000s. With his greenhouse located only 300 meters away from the Gaza border, rockets emanating from the enclave would often mean a shutdown of his business.

Such was the case in November 2019, when Israel assassinated one of Gaza's top military commanders, Baha Abu Al Atta. A barrage of more than 450 rockets that followed hours after the pinpointed killing prompted Israel to close down entire towns and villages in the country's south, paralysing many of the region's businesses.

"Back then, when big part of the country was under a lockdown, we couldn't work our lands, due to proximity to the fence. Now we can do so, but nobody will be buying, and that means that produce that won't be sold right now, will need to be destroyed"

COVID-19 Devastates Israel's Economy

Fold is not the only one who has experienced the economic repercussions of COVID-19. Since the beginning of the crisis, more than a million Israelis have lost their jobs, with the unemployment rate hitting a record 25 percent, the highest since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

Most of Israel's small and middle-sized businesses that in 2018 numbered some 540 thousand had to close down, with the exception of 30 percent that were able to prove they provided "essential services".

According to estimates, Israel is set to lose some $25 billion as a result of the pandemic, the worst damage since the crisis caused by the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

In a bid to tackle the dire economic repercussions, Netanyahu has pledged some $22 billion to keep the economy afloat. Half of this sum will be invested into the support of Israel's businesses as well as the bolstering of the country's health system. The rest of the money will be distributed among those in need in the form of social benefits.

"The government invests what it can and I am not in the position to tell them what to do, but I do think they need to help businesses and private investors because if they don't, that would be the end of our economy".

Meanwhile, until the government figures out a way forward, Fold is not sitting idly by. "I, together with other farmers in the south, started advertising our products on social networks and specifically on Facebook in an attempt to attract individual buyers."

That proved to be a difficult task not only because Israelis, many of whom are now jobless, prefer to keep their money close to their chest, but also because selling the produce of greenhouses that sit on 22 acres of land to individuals needs staff and aggressive commercial campaigns, things that Fold is lacking.

"I hope that the measures that the government has taken will prove to be efficient. After all, people's lives is the most important thing but they also need to remember that if people are jobless and struggle to put food on the table, that would be devastating for the entire country."

英ユダヤ紙Jewish ChronicleとJewish Newsが廃業

長く続いている新聞業界の不況に、コロナ騒ぎがとどめを刺した。コロナ対策で発令された外出禁止令が引き金となり、人々が新聞を買いに出る習慣が残っていたイギリス社会において、新聞がぱったり売れなくなった。2紙合併の話も進捗していたが、間に合わなかった。世界で最も古いユダヤ新聞が滅んだ。

Jewish Chronicle紙は、イスラエルに批判的な政治家に対し、失脚するまで嘘八百を盛り込んだ批判キャンペーンを繰り返す悪徳新聞で、過去の裁判で何度も敗訴している。

直近ではJeremy Corbyn氏がやられて党首を退いたが、「Jewish Chronicleなんてどうせ嘘の塊なのだから、裁判所に引きずり出してやればいいのに」とあちこちでささやかれていた。



UK Newspapers Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News Set for Liquidation as Coronavirus Bites
15:45 GMT 08.04.2020Get short URL
https://sputniknews.com/uk/202004081078882527-uk-newspapers-jewish-chronicle-and-jewish-news-set-for-liquidation-as-coronavirus-bites/

In February this year, it was announced the Jewish Chronicle would merge with Jewish News - the deal hadn’t been finalised by the time the decision to liquidate the title was made.

The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News are to close, with all staff made redundant, as their parent company has run out of money due to the coronavirus pandemic devastates.

In 2019, the Jewish Chronicle, first published 1841, received a much-needed burst of new funding from 20 individuals, families and charitable trusts via its owner, the charitable Kessler Foundation.

There are suggestions management is currently in negotiation with the Kessler Foundation to secure further funding, potentially reducing the number of permanent job-losses, although it’s unclear if or when this will materialise.

— Heather Mendick (@helensclegel) April 8, 2020

​“Despite the heroic efforts of the editorial and production team at the newspaper, it has become clear that the Jewish Chronicle will not be able to survive the impact of the current coronavirus epidemic in its current form,” the Jewish Chronicle said.

On 7th April Enders Analysis forecast sizeable and enduring damage to all UK media platforms as a result of the pandemic, with as many as a third of British journalists losing their jobs. In particular, news organisations relying on print editions for revenue have suffered, as consumers avoid visiting shops to buy physical copies of their papers, and advertisers slashing budgets.

— Neil Clark (@NeilClark66) April 8, 2020

​There are widespread fears news agencies will across the country will close, with some already having furloughed staff and/or cut pay for employees. For instance, Reach, publisher of the Daily Mirror, Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers, announced 6th April it will furlough almost 1,000 workers, and its management, including the senior editorial team, will have their pay slashed by a fifth. The company has also suspended bonuses for 2020, scrapped the dividend and will no longer be publishing financial guidance.



Lawsuits, rulings and criticism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jewish_Chronicle#Lawsuits,_rulings_and_criticism

In 1968, The Jewish Chronicle accused Labour MP Christopher Mayhew of making antisemitic comments on a television programme. Mayhew sued for libel, arguing that his comments were anti-Zionist but not antisemitic. He received a public apology in the High Court.[27]

In 2009, a peace activist accepted £30,000 damages and an apology from the paper over false claims that he had harboured two suicide bombers.[28]

In May 2012, Dr Othman Moqbel, Dr Hussein Nagi and Mr Mohamad Yousef of Human Appeal International received an apology and substantial damages from The Jewish Chronicle following articles published in February of that year in the newspaper and on its website, suggesting that Human Appeal International, a British charity, had been designated as a terrorist organisation by the US government and had diverted donations to fund terror and to support the families of suicide bombers. An apology was published in the newspaper on 31 May and on its website on 30 May.[29]

In August 2015, dozens of prominent Jewish activists signed an open letter criticising the paper for what they viewed as its "character assassination" of Corbyn. They wrote: "Your assertion that your attack on Jeremy Corbyn is supported by 'the vast majority of British Jews' is without foundation. We do not accept that you speak on behalf of progressive Jews in this country. You speak only for Jews who support Israel, right or wrong." They continued, "There is something deeply unpleasant and dishonest about your McCarthyite guilt by association technique. Jeremy Corbyn's parliamentary record over 32 years has consistently opposed all racism including antisemitism." Signatories to the letter included Laurence Dreyfus, Selma James, Miriam Margolyes, Ilan Pappé, Michael Rosen and Avi Shlaim.[30]

In August 2017, The Jewish Chronicle published a ruling by The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) that an article it had published earlier that year about a court case was in breach of the Editors' Code of Practice by identifying family members of the defendant. The Judge did not accept the defences of The Jewish Chronicle that the family members were prominent members of the community or that the family had been referenced in the proceedings, albeit without identifying individual members.[31]

In February 2018, The Jewish Chronicle falsely reported that Mike Sivier, a blogger and Labour Party member, was a holocaust denier. IPSO upheld a complaint by Mr Sivier that the newspaper had misrepresented online comments he had made.[32]

In April 2019, The Jewish Chronicle published a ruling by IPSO that articles it had published on May 2017 and April 2018 about an author critical of Zionism contained inaccuracies regarding venue denial activity by Jewish organisations and the author's views on the relationship between Zionism and Nazi Germany and that it had failed to issue a timely correction. The Jewish Chronicle said that they had relied on comments made by the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.[31]

In August 2019, Interpal received an apology and damages of £50,000 after The Jewish Chronicle implied that the charity had links to terrorist activity. On 23 August, the paper published the apology in full, together with an article by Ibrahim Hewitt, chair of trustees of Interpal.[33]

In November 2019, The Jewish Chronicle published a ruling by IPSO that it had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice in relation to a number of claims over four articles about a Labour member published in February and March 2019. IPSO also expressed significant concerns about the newspaper's handling of this complaint in that it had failed repeatedly to answer questions put to it by IPSO and considered that the publication's conduct during IPSO's investigation was unacceptable.[34] In February 2020, The Jewish Chronicle acknowledged that they had made untrue and distressing allegations, for which they apologised, and agreed to pay damages and legal costs.[35]

In December 2019, The Jewish Chronicle published an article by Melanie Phillips which asserted that Islamophobia was a bogus term which provided cover for antisemites. The Board of Deputies of British Jews described its publication as an error, and editor Stephen Pollard acknowledged that "A number of people within the Jewish community, and friends of the community, have expressed their dismay – and anger – at its content."[36]

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過去17年にわたり年間保険料200万ドルを支払っていたので、このたびめでたく保険金を手にすることができた。なお大会中止による収入途絶は3億0900万ドル。




Wimbledon Just Got Paid $141 Million On "Pandemic Insurance" They've Been Paying For The Last 17 Years
by Tyler Durden
Thu, 04/09/2020 - 15:35
https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/wimbledon-just-got-paid-141-million-pandemic-insurance-theyve-been-paying-last-17-years

Somebody at Wimbledon is definitely earning their keep.

As the pandemic hit this year, the tournament was far more prepared than most organizations. For the last 17 years, Wimbledon has paid $2 million per year in "pandemic insurance" to prevent against exactly the type of scenario that prevented the tournament from happening this year.

We're not sure what type of meetings and pitches needed to happen to convince the Board at Wimbledon to continue to shell out $2 million per year in insurance for a possible catastrophe that most people would have bet would have never happened in their lifetimes.

The insurance was first highlighted by The Times back in late March.

But it probably wasn't always easy to part with the $2 million each year.

Over almost two decades, while most public companies looked for ways to stay unhedged, lever their cash flow streams, buy back at much stock as possible and cut their budgets, Wimbledon never abandoned their pandemic insurance.

Wimbledon paid into the insurance for 17 years, netting a total spend of $34 million. For 2020, that hedge returned $141 million, according to the Boston Globe.

German Tennis Federation Vice President Dick Horsdorff, told Sky Sports at the end of March: “Wimbledon was probably - as the only Grand Slam tournament many years ago predictive enough to insure itself against a worldwide pandemic, so that the financial damage should be minimized there.”

The organization's foresight and preparedness will help soften a $309 million revenue blow that the tournament will suffer this year. The event was set to run from June 29 to July 12 this year.

It is the first time Wimbledon has been cancelled since World War II.

サウジの王子様150人がコロナ感染 国王と皇太子は別々の場所に隔離疎開

サウジ王室にいる1万5千人の王子のうち150人が感染している。首都のあるリヤド州知事(王子)も感染し入院した。首都の特別病院500床はVIP専用の扱いとなり、慢性患者は全員退院させられた。

国王と皇太子は安全のため、紅海沿いの別々の場所に避難している。

殺人鬼の皇太子はこのまま世に出てこなければいいのに。
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Up to 150 members of the Saudi royal family 'are infected with coronavirus': King Salman and Mohammed bin Salman 'have both gone into isolation to avoid the outbreak'

Doctors at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh are preparing 500 beds
Staff were told that 'directives are to be ready for VIPs from around the country'
The country of about 33 million people has reported 2,932 cases and 41 deaths

By Amelia Wynne For Mailonline
Published: 11:56 BST, 9 April 2020 | Updated: 17:11 BST, 9 April 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8204099/Up-150-members-Saudi-royal-family-infected-coronavirus.html

Up to 150 members of the Saudi royal family are infected with coronavirus, it has been reported.

King Salman and Mohammed bin Salman have both gone into isolation to avoid the outbreak, reports added.

Doctors at the elite King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh that treats members of the royal family are preparing 500 more beds for an expected influx of patients.

The operators of the facility said: 'Directives are to be ready for VIPs from around the country'.

This was written in a 'high alert' sent out electronically on Tuesday to senior doctors and later obtained by the Times.

The message said they don't know how many cases they will get but that all chronic patients are to be moved out as soon as possible and only top urgent cases will be accepted.

Any infected staff members will now be treated at a less elite hospital to save room for royals.

Salman, 84, has secluded himself on an island palace near Jeddah, while the crown prince has moved to a remote site on the Red Sea coast.

The number of Saudi princes is in the thousands and many travel frequently to Europe where it has been suggested they picked up the virus before bringing it home. The Saudi royal family is estimated to have about 15,000 members.

Saudi Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud - the governor of the capital Riyadh who is in his 70s - is in intensive care after contracting the virus, according to The New York Times.

The country of about 33 million people has reported 2,932 cases and 41 deaths.

So far, mostly members of lower branches of the royal family have been infected, a source told the Times.

Saudi Arabia is expecting up to 200,000 coronavirus cases within weeks, the country's health minister said on Tuesday.

'Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000,' said minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah, according to state media.

Rabiah, who warned the kingdom faces a 'critical moment' in the fight against the virus, said the projection was based on four studies by Saudi and international experts.

Some Saudi cities including the capital Riyadh are under a 24-hour curfew imposed by the interior minister. Pictured: an empty King Fahad main street in the Saudi capital Riyadh

Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Hofuf are also under lockdown, as well as the regions of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar.

The Gulf port of Dammam is a major entry point for supplies for the country's oil industry.

The holy cities of Mecca and Medina have also been sealed off, throwing this year's hajj pilgrimage into doubt.

Authorities last week urged Muslims to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage, but have yet to say whether the hajj will go ahead.

As in many Middle East countries, Saudi Arabia's first case was a patient who had recently travelled to Iran, which was one of the early hotspots in the pandemic.

インドのイスラム系団体Tablighi Jamaatがコロナ・クラスター パキスタン、マレーシア、ガザでも感染源

Time to put India’s Covid-19 superspreader Tablighi Jamaat under the microscope along with coronavirus
9 Apr, 2020 03:47
Abhijit Majumder
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/485205-india-covid-19-tablighi-jamaat/

One in three people who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in India have contracted it at a common source: a gathering of a massive and mysterious Islamic organisation named Tablighi Jamaat (TJ).

Of the total 5,734 confirmed cases in the country, a huge 1,445 were infected during an event of the Tablighis at Delhi’s densely populated Nizamuddin area, the Indian health ministry said on Monday. The lethal virus has killed 166 people in India so far — and incredibly nearly 65 percent of new cases originate from the TJ event.

It’s not just India where the TJ has been a major source of the spread. Similar situations have been seen in Pakistan and Malaysia, too. The first two cases of Covid-19 in Gaza had been imported from an event hosted by the religious outfit in Raiwind, Pakistan. Pakistan quarantined 20,000 TJ worshippers who flouted government advice and attended a gathering in Lahore in mid-March — and is trying to track down tens of thousands more.

『緊急事態宣言』対象地域に追加指定を…愛知県が9日にも国に要望へ 大村知事が方針固める

もう日本全土でロックダウンすればいいんじゃないですか?つまらない議論をしている時間が無駄。

愛知が対象になると、東京と愛知の間にある静岡県が他県から患者が押し寄せてくると不安になるし、愛知と大阪の間にある三重県、京都府、奈良県が不安になる。

舞台裏の混乱が表出する日本は戦争できない国。



『緊急事態宣言』対象地域に追加指定を…愛知県が9日にも国に要望へ 大村知事が方針固める
4/8(水) 23:55配信
東海テレビ
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200408-00027831-tokaiv-soci

愛知県の大村知事は9日にも「緊急事態宣言」の対象地域に追加するよう国に要望する方針を固めた

 新型コロナウイルスを巡る「緊急事態宣言」の対象地域から愛知県が外れた問題で、県が国に対し追加指定を要望する方針を固めたことがわかりました。

 政府の緊急事態宣言の対象地域は、東京など7都府県で愛知県は指定から外れています。

 関係者によりますと、愛知県内の感染者数が増加傾向にあることや、感染経路不明な患者の割合が高まっていることなどから、大村知事は9日にも国に対象地域に追加で指定するよう要望する方針を固めたということです。

 この問題を巡って大村知事は8日に出演した東海テレビの『ニュースOne』で、追加の指定を視野に国と調整を進めていることを明らかにしていました。

 愛知県では8日新たに20人の感染が確認されています。

日本政府が言う「緊急」とは2週間後のこと 休業要請2週間程度の見送りを打診

末端の国民は準備を整え自粛政策を実行している最中なのに、政府自らがブレーキをかけた。

国民の間で政府に対する信用が失墜したから、明日から再び買い占め騒動が再燃しそう。

政府は自粛のかけ声だけかけておいて、あとは実行できる企業から順次実行していけばいいじゃないですか。動作が一番遅い会社に社会全体が調子を合わせていたら、日本が滅びてしまいそう。医療関係者の間に緊張が走ったのではないか。

舞台裏でのシナリオ作りと調整は、2月、3月に完了させておくべきことだろ。日頃威張り散らかしている東大法学部卒が一体何やってんだか。わざわざ首相発表扱いで緊急事態宣言を出したのは失敗だった。およそ「緊急」という言葉に相応しくない内情を世界に晒した。



休業要請2週間程度の見送りを打診
4/8(水) 22:20配信
共同通信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200408-00000193-kyodonews-pol

 新型コロナウイルス特別措置法に基づく緊急事態宣言を巡り、西村康稔経済再生担当相が対象地域となった7都府県知事とのテレビ会議で、休業要請を2週間程度見送るよう打診したことが8日、関係者への取材で分かった。



小池知事、国の外出自粛見極め2週間「都はきつい」
4/8(水) 22:04配信
日刊スポーツ
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200408-24080782-nksports-soci

東京都の小池百合子知事(67)が8日、都庁で報道陣の取材に応じ、この日、1日としては最多の144人の感染者が判明したことについて「若い方が圧倒的に多く、50代以下が81名。このところの傾向が強くなっている」と懸念を示した。

報道陣からは、国との間に隔たりがある休業要請の対象業種について質問が出た。都は業態を広げて実効性を高めたい考えだが、国は経済活動への影響を避けたい構えだ。

例えば理髪店、美容室について、都は6日に示した緊急事態宣言の措置案に含めているが、西村経済再生担当相は生活に必要な事業との認識を示している。

この日、緊急事態宣言対象の7都府県知事とのテレビ会談が行われており、小池氏は「政府から資料が送られ、いろいろ、新しい枠組みの通知があった。感染症を拡大させないための最も有効な方法の道を探す」と語った。

その上で「基本的な対処方針の中に、外出の自粛の効果を見定めてからといった文言があった。2週間と言われている」と、国が外出自粛の見定めの期間を2週間としていると説明。「東京にとって2週間という確認の時間は、ちょっときつい。スピード感を持って対処しなければいけない。速い方に歩調を合わせていきたい」と、感染拡大に歯止めが利かない東京都は、2週間も見定めていられないと苦言を呈した。

また、保育園に対する休業要請について、都は機能を維持したいが、一方で渋谷区のように認可保育園などを原則、休園にした区もあり、判断はまちまちだ。小池氏は「基本方針としては、都としてお示ししてある。地域の特性もある。医療従事者や、お仕事でどうしても出勤が伴う方が子育てと(仕事を)両立するのは重要。衛生管理をしっかりして、というのが大前提で子育て場所の確保は重要という認識です」と語った。

「献血は“外出自粛”対象ではない」輸血用血液の確保難しく…

病院に行ったらコロナを移されたという事例がいくつも報告されているので、怖がって誰も献血に行かない。

頼みの米国にはもはや余力はなく、全世界に対して医療サプライを供給しないという話まで浮上している。

近々手術できなくなることも医療崩壊の一つだ。病院内が大混乱しており、コロナ以外の患者、例えば心臓発作や盲腸の急患を断るところも出てきていると聞いている。



「献血は“外出自粛”対象ではない」輸血用血液の確保難しく…
4/8(水) 19:52配信
関西テレビ
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200408-19522009-kantelev-soci

日本赤十字社は緊急事態宣言を受けて、輸血用の血液の確保が難しくなっているとして献血を呼びかけています。

【記者リポート】
「外出自粛要請によって大阪市内では人通りが少なくなっているんですが、それによって輸血用の血液が不足する恐れが出ています」

【スタッフ呼びかけ】
「皆さまの協力で救える命があります」

日本赤十字社によると、毎日3000人の患者が輸血を必要としていますが、輸血用の血液は採血から4日間しか使えないものもあり、外出自粛の影響で必要な量の確保が難しくなっています。

【大阪府赤十字血液センター・川口広志係長】
「献血会場のキャンセルも多く、予定していた計画を達成できない日々が続いている」
「輸血用の血液は人工的に作ることも長期的に保存することもできないのでみなさんの定期的な協力がなければ医療機関に届けることができない」

【献血に来た人】
「こんなときなんで何かできることって献血しかないかなって。車で通ったら市役所の前に(献血バスが)とまっていたので」

厚生労働省は献血は外出自粛の対象ではないとしていて、献血は献血ルームや献血バスで行え、日本赤十字社では献血に協力してくれる企業や団体も募集しています。

愛知県警の剣道特練員がコロナ・クラスター認定の栄誉

(記事1本目)
剣道は相互に向き合い、大声を出すから止めろと早期に指摘されていたじゃん。何をしているのか。上から中止命令出せよ。

「業務や捜査への影響は今のところないとしている」なんて下手な言い訳しているが、ならば彼らは余剰人員なのかって話。嘘こけ。

治安を監視する係の公務員が各地で100人単位で消えていっているから、これから日本社会の治安は悪化する。

報道されていないが、消防だってどうなっているやら。

(記事2本目)
有名な医師のブログから引用。



剣道でクラスター 愛知県警で新型コロナ感染拡大 かけ声で飛沫
4/8(水) 16:50配信
毎日新聞
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200408-00000054-mai-soci

 愛知県警の剣道特別訓練員(特練員)の間で広がっている新型コロナウイルスの感染について、県は7日「クラスター(感染者集団)」と認定した。感染拡大を招いた背景には、換気が不十分な武道場に、複数の人が集まる剣道特有の「3密(密閉、密集、密接)」が影響しているとみられる。全日本剣道連盟(東京都千代田区)も緊急声明を出し、人との稽古(けいこ)の自粛を呼びかけている。

 剣道の対人稽古は、お互いが正対した状態で行われるのが基本。密閉された武道場に複数人が集まっているケースが多く、かけ声で飛沫(ひまつ)が生じ、感染のリスクが高いとされている。剣道連盟の青木孝さん(63)は「稽古中、顔と顔が30センチくらいに近づくこともある。もっとも飛沫感染しやすいスポーツ」と指摘する。

 剣道特練員とは、指導者を目指す剣道の専門集団。愛知県警では、全国大会に出場する20~30代の強化選手のほか、剣道を教える指導員も含めて22人で構成されている。稽古は「訓練」として業務で行っていた。

 県警によると、3月下旬に熱や倦怠(けんたい)感などの症状が出た特練員が相次いだが、いずれも医師からは「新型コロナの可能性は低い」「肺炎がないので風邪だろう」などと診断され、欠勤者数も通常の範囲だと判断。訓練を続けていたという。

 ところが、3月31日に体調不良による欠勤の申し出が7人と急増したため、全面的に訓練を中止した。4月1日に感染確認された20代と30代の男性機動隊員2人を皮切りに次々と陽性が判明し、7日現在で男女計18人の特練員の陽性を確認。特練員と一緒に稽古に参加していた男子大学生2人も感染したほか、特練員の家族や知人ら9人の陽性が判明しており、感染は拡大している。

 元々の感染経路は不明。特練員らと接触した可能性がある警察官100人以上が自宅待機になっている。業務や捜査への影響は今のところないとしているが、県警幹部は「剣道や柔道の訓練は警察官の日常の一部。(クラスター発生を)重く受け止め、特練員以外への感染拡大を防ぎたい」と話した。



http://blog.drnagao.com/2020/04/post-7109.html
本当のことを言おう。

・医師や看護師がドンドン感染していますよ!
・接骨院やマッサージがクラスターになっています
・感染した警察官が取り調べをしていますよ
・感染したバスやタクシー運転手が運転しています
・感染した調理人が咳をしながら料理を作っている
・感染した人がコンビニに立っていますよ
・感染した人がパチンコ店で働いていますよ


町医者だから、全部知っている。

世の中、コロナだらけ。

感染拡大のスピードを抑えるどころか、逆に加速させている。

人々が外出を
・8割抑えたら、感染拡大を抑制できる
・しかし2割なら、効果がない、と言われている。

今、2割抑制どころか、2割増加ではないのか?
ということは、2週間後はパニック状態では。

今からでも遅くない。(もう遅いかな?)

都市封鎖すべきだ。

武漢で封鎖解除→住民が集団脱出 感染拡大の恐れ

武漢では一応は封じ込めたことになっているが、その後海外から帰国した中国人がコロナを持ち込み、第2の感染爆発が起きている中国。

武漢では道路も鉄道も大混雑している。(リンク先に画像あり)
https://www.rt.com/news/485213-crowds-leave-wuhan-restrictions-lifted-photos/

イスラエル軍情報部 主敵はイランからコロナに

イランのことをちゃかして書いているけど、実際のところ、軍情報部の中にもコロナが広まってしまい、蜂の巣を突いたような騒ぎになっているんでしょ。

東京だって、警察署2ヶ所でコロナ感染が発覚し、同僚数十人を急遽検査、自宅隔離、警視庁から応援部隊100人派遣という騒ぎになっている。イスラエルだけ安泰だなどということがあるはずがない。

発表され数時間後に強制導入された都市封鎖の度合いが厳しいということは、感染拡大の勢いに上層部が慌てていることを示している。
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IDF's Military Intelligence switches focus from Iran to coronavirus
“Over the past month we have been focused on a new enemy: corona.”
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
APRIL 7, 2020 14:14
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israels-Military-Intelligence-switches-focus-from-Iran-to-coronavirus-623879

Troops in Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate have refocused their research from enemies like Iran and Hezbollah to the deadly coronavirus, which has killed 60 Israelis in the past month.

When the virus took hold in Israel, officers and troops from the Military Intelligence Directorate’s Research Division and Unit 8200 opened a national coronavirus information center at Tel Hashomer Hospital, to work with the Health Ministry in order to help stop the spread of the virus.

“We understood last month that there is a gap in the information we have on the virus and that we needed to understand it,” said Col. N, the Commander of Military Intelligence’s Technology Department that specializes in analysis of the enemy’s technology and weaponry.

According to Col. N, whose name can’t be shared due to security reasons, some 300 officers and troops from the research division – “who used to do something completely different” – have been working around the clock to gather all available data on the disease.

“Over the past month we have been focused on a new enemy: corona,” he said.

Using the military’s capabilities to gather intelligence, they gather all available information on the virus from across the globe – such as official government statistics, academic research, social media and fake news, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning – to help the government, Health Ministry and the IDF’s Home Front Command make critical decisions.

Col. N told The Jerusalem Post that between 15-20 officers are in charge of over a dozen soldiers who focus on specific questions, speak with sources around the world and look at the statistics of the virus. Within a day or two can have the answer they are looking for.

From the research compiled by the center, virus hot spots such as synagogues were discovered and led to the decision to close them.

While the majority of the troops don’t have any medical knowledge, they are working closely with doctors and researchers of the Health Ministry.

“After a month in the business, you understand the language,” Col. N said.

Israel’s military has been at the forefront of the fight against the deadly virus, with thousands of troops taking part in various aspects of this unprecedented battle.

With Iran among the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, having thousands of people dying and hundreds of thousands more sick, including several senior government officials, there has been a decrease in hostile enemy activity targeting Israel.

Speaking to reporters by phone in early March, IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. Hidai Zilberman said that the spread of the virus has affected Israel’s enemies, who have decreased their hostile activities to focus on containing it.
While he did not refer to Iran by name, he said that “there are enemy countries which have been hit much more strongly than us by corona, and therefore their activities have decreased.”

イスラエルが全土封鎖 今晩7時から即実施 コロナ

都市間交通を停止、国際便の運行全面停止など。

事態がそれだけ緊急かつ深刻であるということ。
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Gov't approves coronavirus restrictions - general closure today at 7 p.m.
153 in serious condition, 113 intubated * 60 people have died
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN
APRIL 7, 2020 15:13
https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Coronavirus-closure-could-last-past-Passover-reports-623856

The government approved a set of new restrictions on Tuesday based on those laid out the day before by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: The quarantine will begin Tuesday at 7 p.m., limiting traffic from city to city until this Friday at 7 p.m.

Specifically, from Tuesday at 7 p.m. to Friday at 6 a.m., a person is prohibited from leaving the area of his local municipality except to get food, medicine or other essential products or to obtain essential services.

Moreover, from Tuesday at 8 p.m. until April 12 at 8 a.m. there will be no public transportation, including international flights.

From Wednesday at 3 p.m. until Thursday at 7 a.m., all food stores in the Jewish sector must be closed.

Moreover, Jerusalem will be divided into seven boroughs, and traffic between them will be restricted, unless this is an essential need. Police will be allowed to enforce these regulations and can prevent vehicles from traveling, as well as asking people to supply ID and information about their comings and goings.

Children of divorced parents can be transported between homes.

The new restrictions come as the number of people infected with the novel virus continues to spike, reaching 9,003 by Tuesday morning. Some 60 people have died of COVID-19 and 153 are in serious condition, including 113 people who are intubated.

In addition to the travel restrictions, the Health Ministry has formalized that all people over the age of six must wear masks in public beginning on April 12.

All of the regulations are in effect until April 10 at 6 a.m. at which time, unless otherwise indicated, the country will return to the previous set of instructions.

Overnight, the Knesset passed in its final reading approximately NIS 16 billion of additional funding that will be available for the National Insurance Institute. A further NIS 40b. will be available to fulfill additional promises made in the government’s financial aid package published last week, including an NIS 8b. loan fund for small businesses.

To enable this, earlier Monday, the Knesset Finance Committee approved amendments to the basic law on the state economy.

Blue and White said that even though the bill passed after 2 a.m., all of its 17 MKs attended the vote except for Ram Shefa (whose wife had a baby), as did Labor MKs Amir Peretz and Itzik Shmuli, who will be joining Blue and White.

On Monday night, Netanyahu said that Purim parties were a pivotal point in the spread of the virus and asked that the public adhere to the Passover guidelines: “Every family will have their Seder alone, celebrating only with their nuclear family,” the prime minister said.

Netanyahu reported that the Health Ministry does see a slowdown in the spread of COVID-19 and that there are “positive signs on the horizon.” He said that the country is “making plans for exit strategies” but that these would only take place after the holiday.

理容室には休業を要請しておいて、美容室は通常営業でいいのか 緊急事態宣言

役所に確認した。その回答は以下の通り。

元となっている法律には理容、美容の両方が書かれているが、昨日の報道発表では「理髪」とだけ言及されていた。昨日の報道発表自体が、まだ末端の現場まで通知が降りてきておらず、報道の範囲でしか承知していない。法律と運用に差を付けている印象を受けている。現時点では通知が降りてきていないので、ご説明できることはない。詳細が今後発表されることを待っている。

・・・ということで、きれいな表現を使うならば「走りながら考えている」という状態です。

(2020/04/08 02:31追記)
国が方針を示し、都道府県が具体的な施策をそれぞれ発表するというのが基本なのだが、都が「理髪」と発表した直後に、西村経済再生担当大臣が「理容美容は規制しない」と口走ったものだから、関東都県が困惑してしまい、調整に入ってしまった。舞台裏で上へ下への大混乱が発生している様子が目に浮かぶ(笑)。現時点では、来週発表するという話になっている様子。

マスコミがなぜ管轄外の西村にしゃべらせ、わざわざ報道したのかも理解できない。報道する価値すらない人物だ。

北朝鮮はけしからん、中国と手を切れと口先だけ勇ましくても、いざ自らの身に災難が降りかかっているときに政府内の混乱を世間に露呈しているようでは、日本は戦争できませんなぁ。

慶応病院のコロナ感染、原因は屋形船ではなく、研修医40名が開いた懇親会 3次会まで楽しみカラオケ

ぷぷぷ。医師の倫理観なんてこんなもの。永寿病院から受け入れた患者のせいにして言い逃れしようとしていたが、真っ赤な嘘だった。

時期が時期、勤務先が勤務先だけに、殺人未遂で刑事告発し、医師免許剥奪するのが相応しかろう。



「許されない行為」慶応病院 研修医「お疲れ様会」でクラスター発生を謝罪
4/6(月) 22:27配信
文春オンライン
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/article?a=20200406-00037083-bunshun-soci

 慶応病院(慶應義塾大学病院)で、10名を超える新型コロナウイルスの感染者が出た問題で、 その一因が研修医約40名が開いた懇親会だったことが「週刊文春」の取材でわかった。

【画像】慶応病院が発表した「謝罪コメント」

 懇親会が開かれたのは、3月26日。小池百合子・東京都知事が緊急会見で外出自粛を要請した翌日だった。研修の修了を受けて、慶応病院の研修医約40人が都内のダイニングバーで「お疲れ様会」なる懇親会を開催。関係者によれば、会は三次会まで続き、最後はカラオケだったという。出席者の中に新型コロナウイルスの感染者がいたとみられ、クラスターが発生。 これまでに、懇親会出席者のうち少なくとも8人がコロナウイルスの陽性反応を示している。

 4月6日、「週刊文春」編集部が事実確認の取材を申し入れると、慶應義塾広報室は「新型コロナウイルス感染症に関する慶應義塾大学病院の状況につきましては、本日中に当院ウェブサイトで公表させていただく予定です」と回答。夜21時50分過ぎに、北川雄光病院長名で、事実関係を認めた上で、以下のような謝罪コメントを掲載した。

「当院では、全ての教職員に対して会食を行わないよう再三再四厳しい注意を行ってまいりました。例年行っております初期臨床研修(研修医課程)の修了式を集合する形で実施することも取りやめ、その後の懇親会も行わないよう注意喚起を行ってきました。今回の初期臨床研修医のとった行動は、患者さんを守るべき医療者として許されない行為であり、医師としての自覚が欠如していたと言わざるを得ません。初期臨床研修医の指導を行う大学病院として今回の事案を大変重く受けとめております。

 ご迷惑、ご心配をおかけした関係の皆様、社会全体に深くお詫び申し上げますとともに、初期臨床研修医には引き続き厳正な注意と指導を行ってまいります。市中感染が急速に拡大する中、医療者としての行動規範をより一層周知徹底し、再発防止に努めてまいります」

 4月9日(木)発売の「週刊文春」では、名門大学病院・慶応病院の懇親会で何が起きていたのか、流出した参加者同士の“キス写真”など、当時の模様を詳報する。

「週刊文春」編集部/週刊文春 2020年4月16日号

ドイツは中小企業に制限なしの3%ローン提供、デンマーク政府は労働者賃金の大部分を肩代わり

政府が支援策を発表しても、肝心の銀行が、将来不安な中小企業に融資をしないので、発表済みの政策を補完する形でさきほど発表。100%政府保証のローンを、従業員11~250人規模の中小企業に対し、最大80万ユーロを金利3%で即時融資する。当座の家賃支払いなど運転資金としての利用を想定している。

Germany Plans ‘Limitless’ Credit Program for Small Companies
By Birgit Jennen
and Patrick Donahue
April 6, 2020, 8:43 AM EDT
Updated on April 6, 2020, 9:53 AM EDT
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-06/germany-plans-limitless-credit-program-for-small-companies


デンマークは3ヶ月の間、労働者の賃金の8割だか9割だかを政府が肩代わりするという政策を既に実施中だとか。政府丸抱え方式。

地震や自然災害、福島の原発爆発すら地域を限定した被害であって、無傷の土地が広く残されていた。必ず逃げる場所が残されていた。

今回は日本全体が影響を受けていて、逃げる場所がない。諸外国とも相互に渡航禁止措置が敷かれているから、外国に逃げる選択肢もない。年金生活者と資産家、生活保護受給者以外は、政府が面倒みてやるしかないだろ。死ねってか?

臓器売買の闇市場を支配するユダヤ人ネットワーク 米国ニューヨーク

登場する人物はニューヨークのユダヤ人指導者ばかりで、それ以外の民族が登場しない。うち2人はシリアのアレッポ出身のラビ。

外国の生きた人間から新鮮な臓器をかき集めてくるのだが、その重要な拠点はトルコと明記してある。なぜトルコかというと、アフガン、イラク、シリア等から難民が集まる場所だからだ。臓器を摘出したあとのその人たちは生きてるのか?なわけないでしょ。そのための戦争ですよ。戦争開始に合わせてシリア・トルコ国境付近で臓器だけ奪って道に遺体を捨てる事件が発生するようになった。

この活動を支えるため、ブルックリンのユダヤ人たちは「嘘の目的を掲げた慈善団体」を設営している。

これらユダヤ人は腎臓1つにつき2000ドルから1万ドルで買い付けている。インドで最低1000ドルというケースもあった。

そしてニューヨークの臓器移植で有名な病院に、16万~18万ドルで売りつけ、差額をポケットに入れる。

マネロン行為も行っている。

手術している外科医が全員ユダヤだとまでは言わないが、ユダヤが多いだろ。この全体の構造が「ユダヤの犯罪」でなくて誰の犯罪か?



大昔に連載した記事をWebry Biglobeがユダヤにとり都合の悪い記事だけを丁寧に選んで勝手に削除していたことに私は前から気付いていた。日本国憲法第21条に明記されている表現の自由をWebry運営責任者と親会社、出資社は何と心得ているのか。責任者出てこい!の世界である。

このたび暇ができたので再掲することにした。念を押しておくが、以下は私が勝手に妄想している作文ではなく、ニューヨーク警察が捜査し、現地紙が報じた記事ですから!

ほかにも、シリア戦で米国がやらかした恥ずかしいヘマに関する記事も、まとめて全て削除されている。私は気付いているぞ。



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Sweeping federal probe nabs crooked politicians & alleged black-market kidney peddler
By MATTHEW LYSIAK and CARRIE MELAGO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS |
Jul 24, 2009
https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/sweeping-federal-probe-nabs-crooked-politicians-alleged-black-market-kidney-peddler-article-1.398289

A developer-turned-snitch brought down mayors, rabbis and dozens of others in a stunning probe of money laundering, bribery - and trafficking in black-market kidneys and fake Gucci bags.

Hundreds of federal agents on both sides of the Hudson River - in Brooklyn and Jersey - raided the homes of 44 suspects targeted in the two-year probe, collaring high-ranking politicians and trusted religious leaders.

A dozen at a time, defendants were walked in with wrist and ankle shackles for arraignment in federal court in Newark. Bail was set as high as $3 million.

Aside from the wide-ranging political ramifications of the arrests in Jersey - shocking even in the ethics-challenged Garden State - the takedowns of five rabbis left Jewish communities in Deal, N.J. and Brooklyn reeling.

Most of the Jewish leaders busted were accused of laundering the snitch's dirty money through their charities, which they also used to mask ill-gotten gains from the sale of fake Gucci and Prada bags.

The most outrageous arrest was that of Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, 58, of Brooklyn, who authorities say would buy kidneys from vulnerable people in Israel for $10,000, then turn around and sell them for $160,000.

"It is a shonda," said one Orthodox Jewish leader, using the Yiddish word for shame. "If the allegations are true, it is not the best day we ever had. ... The sordidness is an absolute disgrace."

The takedown can be traced back to one man, a confidential informant identified in published reports as developer Solomon Dwek, who was charged with defrauding a bank of millions in 2006.

Dwek apparently offered the feds to turn on rabbis - who stunningly still dealt with him even though it was well known in their community that he had been charged by the government.

Dwek told the targets he was in bankruptcy and interested in hiding his assets. He laundered $3 million since June 2007.

One of the launderers introduced Dwek to a Jersey City building inspector who, authorities say, took a $20,000 bribe and kicked off the public corruption portion of the probe.

Over and over, politicians and candidates solicited and accepted bribes to grease the wheels for Dwek, who claimed he needed building permits and other approvals, authorities said.

It was in the course of the money-laundering prong of the probe that the informant came across Rosenbaum, 58, who was purportedly in the real estate business but actually makes money trafficking kidneys, officials said.

For a decade, prosecutors said, Rosenbaum would buy kidneys from vulnerable people abroad - in Israel and elsewhere - for $10,000, then turn around and sell them for $160,000.

Dwek introduced Rosenbaum to an undercover agent posing as his secretary, who claimed her uncle needed a kidney transplant, according to the criminal complaint.

Starting in February 2008, the undercover spoke with Rosenbaum about setting up a transplant, which would involve a donor from Israel and take place at a hospital outside of the area.

"I'm doing this a long time," Rosenbaum assured an undercover agent, the complaint said. "I am what you call a matchmaker."

For months, he explained how her uncle's blood samples would be sent overseas to find a match, and how they would fabricate a story to throw off medical authorities.

Rosenbaum, who was arrested at his massive Borough Park, Brooklyn, home covered in security cameras, reminded the undercover to be discreet and repeatedly explained that the cost was so high because of the risks involved, court papers said.

He also asked for half of the money up front and repeatedly tried to meet the uncle, only to be told he had a medical setback.

Still, he bordered on arrogant at times in the complaint, saying he had a decade of experience in the field and had brokered "quite a lot" of transplants.

"I've never had a failure," he said.

Congregants at synagogues in Brooklyn and New Jersey were coming to grips with the allegations last night that their religious leaders "cloaked their extensive criminal activity behind a facade of rectitude," in the acting U.S. attorney's words.

Rabbi Saul Kassin - the son of Jacob Kassin, the onetime chief rabbi of the Syrian Sephardic community in Deal - allegedly laundered more than $200,000, stunning his community at Sharee Zion in Brooklyn.

"I couldn't believe it," said Itzik Kohen, 13, who is to have his bar mitzvah there in August. "It's going to affect the reputation of the shul. My family prays here every Sabbath."

Many worshipers stood by Kassin, including David Ben-Hooren, publisher of the Jewish Voice, who said, "I believe we will find out that these rabbis never broke the law and they will be vindicated."

Raids also went down at smaller "cash houses" run by associates of the rabbis throughout Brooklyn, such as a beeper store and a charity called Bnoth Jerusalem above a paint store in Williamsburg.

The feds say Mordchai Fish, a rabbi at Congregation Sheves Achim, and his brother, Lavel Schwartz, laundered nearly $600,000 for the informant, accepting his check and giving him cash after taking a 15% cut.

Fish's lawyer, Michael Bachner, said the informant "used his closeness and the sterling reputation of his family to manipulate my client, who trusted him."



Rogue kidney brokers resell organs from poorest nations on black market
By BRIAN KATES and WILLIAM SHERMAN
Daily News Staff Writers |
Jul 25, 2009
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/rogue-kidney-brokers-resell-organs-poorest-nations-black-market-article-1.403197

The international black market for kidneys — preying on the desperate and run by a shadowy network of greedy organ brokers — is flourishing, a Daily News probe found.

The arrest of a Brooklyn man Thursday on organ trafficking charges sheds a new spotlight on an underground business where wretchedly poor foreigners — particularly in India — are paid $2,000 to $10,000 for kidneys.

Those kidneys are ultimately sold for as much as $180,000 to transplant recipients who otherwise could die.

More than 80,000 Americans were waiting for kidney transplants as of last week, the United Network for Organ Sharing said.

The wait for a suitable legitimate donor is as long as three years, which drives many to the underground market, experts said.

Lungs for transplant are also available on the black market, but the vast majority of the organs in play are kidneys, they said.

The majority of the black market kidneys are transplanted in hospitals and clinics overseas, but some have been done in New York, apparently without the knowledge of hospital officials, medical ethicists and the leading expert in the black market say.

"In India, China, Africa and Latin America the poor are selling their kidneys to wealthy buyers through an underground set of networks," said Dr. Steven Post, professor of Bioethics at Stony Brook University.

Transplant recipients generally travel to those countries for their operations, he said.

"The donors make enough money to buy a house or put their kids through college and the doctors do the transplants overseas, in India for example, at perfectly legitimate hospitals, where nobody cares about the buying and selling of organs," he said.

A previous News investigation into organ trafficking disclosed that one link in the underground network was smuggling live donors into the United States from Moldovia, one of the poorest countries in the former Soviet Union.

The donors entered the United States — generally at Kennedy Airport — on false student or tourist visas and were whisked to hospitals, where their organs were removed and given to recipients, government sources said.

The man arrested Thursday — part of a massive FBI probe of money laundering and bribery that brought down 44 people, including prominent New Jersey politicians — is also accused of arranging for organ transplants inside the United States.

"The price with what we are asking here is $150,000," Levy Izhak Rosenbaum told an undercover federal agent, prosecutors said in a criminal complaint.
Rosenbaum was referring to the base price for a black market kidney for the agent's fictitious uncle.

Rosenbaum told the undercover agent he has been an organ broker for 10 years and that his latest deal with a successful transplant in the United States had taken place two weeks earlier.

The cost, later upped to $160,000, would cover finding a suitable kidney donor in Israel, including blood samples to insure a match, payment to the donor, and travel expenses to get the donor to the U.S.

A down payment was made, but there were no discussions as to the hospital where the transplant would take place, and Rosenbaum was arrested before things went further.

Rosenbaum was a middleman in a "kidney mafia" that includes doctors in Israel, a worldwide network of organ hunters, and brokers who match patients and donors with doctors who do the transplants, said Nancy Schepper-Hughes, founder of Organ Watch, which investigates trafficking.

She said the network is headed by criminal businessmen — "think of them as the Madoffs of kidney scams" — who use money raised through bogus charities to pay doctors to perform the transplants.

Rosenbaum worked through doctors at a major medical center outside Tel Aviv, whose patients were given a choice of where to have the operation, said Schepper-Hughes, who said she has been investigating his operation for 10 years.

She said illicit transplants are relatively rare in the U.S. but that Rosenbaum "was the man to go to in New York."

One Israeli who received a kidney transplant through Rosenbaum described the rabbi to Schepper-Hughes as "very Orthodox but jolly and very off-color. He loved to tell dirty jokes."

She said the patient told her Rosenbaum was unable to arrange a transplant for him at a New York Hospital but set one up at a Philadelphia hospital.

Schepper-Hughes described the underground organ network as a pyramid with at least three countries involved in every transaction.

"The illegal enterprise is centered in Israel," she said. "Donors are found in poor countries like Moldovia, Romania, China, all over. Operations are conducted in several countries. For a long time the main place was Turkey."

For example, last year, in Gurgaon, India, local authorities said a ring of four doctors and five nurses working at three local hospitals had performed more than 400 kidney transplants over the previous nine years.

Impoverished donors were recruited for as little as $1,000 for a kidney, said Mohinder Lal, a Gurgaon cop investigating the racket.

Typically, brokers like Rosenbaum would deal with hospital transplant coordinators, usually nurses, who would make all the arrangements.

"Some of these coordinators I suspect are corrupt, others were simply trying to do good for desperate people," Schepper-Hughes said.



Brooklyn man accused of buying, selling kidneys
By DAVID PORTER and CARLA K. JOHNSON and The Associated Press
Jul 25, 2009 | NEWARK, N.J.
https://www.nydailynews.com/sdut-us-black-market-kidneys-072409-2009jul24-story.html

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum of Brooklyn called himself a "matchmaker," but his business wasn't romance. Instead, authorities say, he brokered the sale of black-market kidneys, buying organs from vulnerable people from Israel for $10,000 and selling them to desperate patients in the U.S. for as much as $160,000.

The alleged decade-long scheme, exposed this week by an FBI sting, rocked the nation's transplant industry. If true, it would be the first documented case of organ trafficking in the U.S., transplant experts said Friday.

"There's certainly cross-national activity, but it hasn't touched the United States or we haven't known about it until now," said University of Pennsylvania medical ethicist Arthur Caplan, who is co-directing a U.N. task force on international organ trafficking.

Rosenbaum was arrested Thursday, 10 days after meeting in his basement with a government informant and an FBI agent posing as the informant's secretary. The agent claimed to be searching for a kidney for a sick uncle on dialysis who was on a transplant list at a Philadelphia hospital.

"I am what you call a matchmaker," Rosenbaum said in a secretly recorded conversation. "I bring a guy what I believe, he's suitable for your uncle." Asked how many organs he had brokered, he said: "Quite a lot," the most recent two weeks earlier.

As part of the scheme, the organ donors were brought from Israel to this country, where they underwent surgery to remove the kidneys, authorities said. Prosecutors did not identify which hospitals in the U.S. received the donors and their kidneys.

"The allegations about an organ trafficking ring in the United States are appalling," said John Davis, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation.

Israel Medical Association spokeswoman Orna Cohen said the organization had no reports there of Israelis selling organs. "If it's true, then it's shocking," she said.

Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for Israel's national police force, said Israeli police were not involved in the investigation, and he would not comment further.

Under 1984 federal law, it is illegal for anyone to knowingly buy or sell organs for transplant. The practice is illegal just about everywhere else in the world, too.

But demand for kidneys far outstrips the supply, with 4,540 people dying in the U.S. last year while waiting for a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. As a result, there is a thriving black market for kidneys around the world.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, an anthropology professor at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of an upcoming book on human organ trafficking, said that she has been tracking the Brooklyn-connected ring for 10 years and that her contacts in Israel have called Rosenbaum "the top man" in the United States.

Scheper-Hughes said she was told Rosenbaum carried a gun, and when a potential organ seller would get cold feet, Rosenbaum would use his finger to simulate firing a gun at the person's head.

Scheper-Hughes said she was also told that some of the kidney transplants using sellers procured by Rosenbaum were performed at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

The hospital said it is aware Rosenbaum has been charged but that its transplant screening process is rigorous and that it assesses each donor's motivation.

"All donors are clearly advised that it is against the law to receive money or gifts for being an organ donor," spokeswoman Brenda Perez wrote in an e-mail. "... The pre-transplant evaluation may not detect premeditated and skillful attempts to subvert and defraud the evaluation process."

Rosenbaum was arrested in a sweeping federal case that began as an investigation into money laundering and trafficking in kidneys and fake designer bags. It mushroomed into a political corruption probe, culminating in the arrests this week of 44 people, including three New Jersey mayors, various other officials, and five rabbis. The politicians and rabbis were not accused of involvement in the organ trafficking.

Rosenbaum, 58, is a member of the Orthodox Jewish community in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, where he told neighbors he was in the construction business.

For someone who was not a surgeon, Rosenbaum seemed in his recorded conversations to have a thorough knowledge of the ins and outs of kidney donations, including how to fool hospitals into believing the donor was acting solely out of compassion for a friend or loved one.

He was recorded saying that money had to be spread around liberally, to Israeli doctors, visa preparers and those who cared for the organ donors in this country. "One of the reasons it's so expensive is because you have to shmear (pay others) all the time," he was quoted as saying.

"So far, I've never had a failure," he bragged on tape. "I'm doing this a long time."

At a 2008 meeting with the undercover agent, Rosenbaum claimed he had an associate who worked for an insurance company in Brooklyn who could take the recipient's blood samples, store them on dry ice and send them to Israel, where they would be tested to see if they matched the prospective donor, authorities said.

Four checks totaling $10,000, a down payment on the fictitious uncle's new kidney, were deposited in the bank account of a charity in Brooklyn, prosecutors said.

An after-hours phone call to Rosenbaum's lawyer, Ronald Kleinberg, was not immediately returned Friday.

Dr. Francis Delmonico, a Harvard professor, transplant surgeon and board member of the National Kidney Foundation's Board of Directors, said similar trafficking is going on elsewhere around the world. He said an estimated 10 percent of kidney transplants – 5,000 to 6,000 each year – are done illegally. Hot spots are Pakistan, the Philippines and China, where it is believed organs are obtained from executed prisoners, he said.

Caplan, the University of Pennsylvania ethicist, said he expects the U.N. task force to make recommendations in October that would hold hospitals worldwide accountable for establishing the origins of each organ they transplant and whether it was freely donated without compensation.

"There is a black market, almost exclusively in kidneys," Caplan said. "All international medical groups and governments ought to condemn any marketing in body parts. It's simply too exploitative of the poor and vulnerable. The quality of the organs is questionable. People lie to get the money. The middle men are irresponsible and often criminals. They don't care about the people who sell."

Scheper-Hughes said her research has uncovered hundreds of cases of illegal organ transactions brokered by and for Israelis in Israel, South Africa, Turkey and other countries, with sellers recruited from poor communities in Moldova, Brazil and elsewhere.

In 2003 and 2004, 17 people were arrested in Brazil and South Africa on suspicion of participating in an international human organ trafficking organization. Investigators said Brazilians who passed a medical checkup were flown to South Africa, where their kidneys were extracted.

A few transplant surgeons support changing the law to allow a system of regulated compensation to increase the pool of donor kidneys.

Arthur Matas, a transplant surgeon who directs the kidney transplant service at the University of Minnesota Medical School, said donors could be compensated with some combination of lifetime access to medical care, life insurance, a tax credit, help with college and a small direct payment.

"It would minimize the extraordinary black market and exploitation of impoverished people internationally," Matas said.

Martin Weinfeld, who lives around the corner from Rosenbaum in Brooklyn, said the allegations bring shame on the community.

"It puts a bad name on good people," he said. "Religion is supposed to be about God, helping others, not about the cash."

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Johnson reported from Chicago. Associated Press Writer Colleen Long in Brooklyn, N.Y., contributed to this story.



Brooklyn black-market kidney broker pleads guilty to selling Israeli organs to desperate Americans
By TRACY CONNOR
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER |
Oct 27, 2011
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/brooklyn-black-market-kidney-broker-pleads-guilty-selling-israeli-organs-desperate-americans-article-1.968040

A Brooklyn man became the first person in the U.S. convicted of organ-trafficking when he pleaded guilty Thursday to selling black-market kidneys at a huge markup.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, 60, admitted to brokering just three transplants, but he boasted on tape that he actually handled "quite a lot" during the decade-long scheme.

His lawyers portrayed him as an altruistic middleman who helped save lives.

And in Trenton federal court, Rosenbaum described one case like this: "The son told me the father has kidney failure ... I helped him."

Prosecutors charged he was a profiteer who paid vulnerable Israelis as little as $10,000 to give up a kidney and charged desperate Americans $120,000 and up for the organs.

"A black market in human organs is not only a grave threat to public health, it reserves lifesaving treatment for those who can best afford it at the expense of those who cannot," said New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

"We will not tolerate such an affront to human dignity."

Rosenbaum faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced Feb. 2. He also agreed to forfeit $420,000 he got in connection with the three transplants.

In court, he admitted he created cover stories for each case, inventing fictitious relationships between donors and recipients so doctors wouldn't know a kidney was being sold.

His lawyers noted that the surgeries took place in "prestigious American hospitals and were performed by experienced and expert" surgeons.

"The transplants were successful and the donors and recipients are now leading full and healthy lives," they said in a statement.

They claimed the money Rosenbaum got went to pay expenses and that the recipients would have died if they didn't get the illegal kidneys.

Rosenbaum, who owns millions of dollars worth of real estate, was arrested two years ago during a massive probe of New Jersey corruption that took down politicians and rabbis.

An FBI informant posed as a businessman looking for a new kidney for a sick uncle, and Rosenbaum fell for the ruse.

"I am what you call a matchmaker," he told the snitch. "I've never had a failure."

The case shone a light on the ghoulish world of organ-trafficking, which has been illegal since 1984, and ignited debate on whether it should be legalized.



Lawyers: Kidney broker's service was life-saving
By SAMANTHA HENRY and DAVID PORTER and Associated Press
Oct 27, 2011
| TRENTON, N.J.
https://www.nydailynews.com/sdut-lawyers-kidney-brokers-service-was-life-saving-2011oct27-story.html?outputType=amp

Lawyers for a New York man who pleaded guilty Thursday in the first ever federal conviction for illegal organ trafficking say their client performed life-saving services for severely ill people.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum admitted in a Trenton federal court to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more. He also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count for brokering an illegal kidney sale.

Attorneys Ronald Kleinberg and Richard Finkel say Rosenbaum never solicited clients but agreed to help desperately ill people by finding them kidney donors.

The lawyers claim the surgeries occurred in prestigious American hospitals and were performed by experienced transplant experts. They did not name the hospitals.

They say the recipients are leading healthy lives thanks to Rosenbaum.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A New York man pleaded guilty Thursday to brokering the sale of black-market organs in what prosecutors said was the first ever federal conviction for illegally selling human kidneys for profit.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for payments of $120,000 or more. He also pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to broker an illegal kidney sale.

Each of the four counts carries a maximum five-year prison sentence plus a fine of up to $250,000. Rosenbaum also agreed to forfeit $420,000 in real or personal property that was derived from the illegal kidney sales.

Prosecutors say Rosenbaum would buy organs from vulnerable people in Israel for $10,000 and sell them to desperate patients.

Rosenbaum, 60, of Brooklyn, was arrested in July 2009 in New Jersey's largest ever corruption sting. Though he was one of more than 40 people arrested, including politicians and rabbis in New Jersey and Brooklyn, and was not a rabbi himself, the image of rabbis illegally selling kidneys garnered international headlines and made its way into the routines of late-night comedians for weeks afterward.

Rosenbaum was arrested after he tried to set up a kidney sale to a man posing as a crooked businessman but who actually was government informant Solomon Dwek, a disgraced real estate speculator facing prison time for a $50 million bank fraud.

Dwek brought Rosenbaum an undercover FBI agent posing as his secretary, who claimed to be searching for a kidney for a sick uncle on dialysis who was on a transplant list at a Philadelphia hospital.

"I am what you call a matchmaker," Rosenbaum said in a secretly recorded conversation. "I bring a guy what (who) I believe, he's suitable for your uncle."

Asked how many organs he had brokered, he said: "Quite a lot," the most recent two weeks earlier.

Prosecutors said as part of the scheme, the organ donors were brought from Israel to the U.S., where they underwent surgery to remove the kidneys. They did not identify which hospitals in the U.S. received the donors and their kidneys.

Art Caplan, the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-chairman of a United Nations task force on organ trafficking said that internationally, about one-quarter of all kidneys appear to be trafficked, but Rosenbaum's case was the first proven instance of illegal organ trafficking in the United States.

"What this man has pleaded guilty to is one of the most ethically heinous and despicable things you can do to another person," Caplan said. "Moving desperately poor people under false pretentions from one country to another, and treating them as portable organ farms that you mine for the rich, not only compromises their health, it degrades their basic human dignity."

Under 1984 federal law, it is illegal for anyone to knowingly buy or sell organs for transplant. The practice is illegal just about everywhere else in the world, too.

But demand for kidneys far outstrips the supply, with 4,540 people dying in the U.S. last year while waiting for a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. As a result, there is a thriving black market for kidneys around the world.



Demand for kidneys worldwide sparks dramatic rise in illegal organ sales: report
By Erik Ortiz
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
May 29, 2012
https://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/demand-kidneys-worldwide-sparks-dramatic-rise-illegal-organ-sales-report-article-1.1085925

Demand for kidneys has increased so dramatically worldwide — particularly in impoverished countries — that world health officials worry a black market of organs for cash is flourishing.

An estimated 10,000 illegal organ operations take place every year — or more than one an hour, according to World Health Organization statistics.

Traffickers and the surgeons they conspire with are making out like bandits, reports state, earning a lucrative return with every operation.

"It's ever growing, it's a constant struggle," said Dr. Luc Noel, a WHO official who monitors the transplant trade. "The stakes are so big, the profit that can be made so huge, that the temptation is out there."

The Guardian reported Sunday that ill patients might pay as much as $200,000 for a kidney, travelling to countries such as China, India and Pakistan, where destitute donors are willing to have a kidney removed for as little as $5,000.

Noel said kidneys make up 75% of the illegal organ trade, booming because of growing diabetes and high blood pressure rates throughout the world, according to The Guardian.

The demand means some organ brokers aren't shy about soliciting business: The Guardian found an advertisement on China's popular Twitter-like website, Weibo, with the slogan, "Donate a kidney, buy the new iPad!" The broker was offering nearly $4,000 for an operation done within 10 days.

Meanwhile, sellers appear just as desperate. BBC News reported last year how a 17-year-old in China sold his kidney for $3,392 to buy an iPad 2 and a laptop.

Selling organs is illegal in China, and the government has tried to curb trafficking by instituting a voluntary donor program a few years ago, BBC News said.

The U.S. government made it illegal to sell or buy organs in 1984.

Last year, a Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to brokering three illegal kidney transplants worth a total $420,000. Levy Izhak Rosenbaum bought the organs from vulnerable people in Israel for $10,000, federal prosecutors said.

Rosenbaum, 60, could be sentenced Thursday in federal court and faces a five-year prison sentence per count and a fine of up to $250,000, according to reports.

He was the first person ever successfully convicted for illegal organ trafficking in the United States.



Demand for kidneys sparks rise in illegal organ sales
BY Erik Ortiz
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 9:58 AM
https://www.nydailynews.com/demand-kidneys-worldwide-sparks-dramatic-rise-illegal-organ-sales-report-article-1.1085925

Demand for kidneys has increased so dramatically worldwide — particularly in impoverished countries — that world health officials worry a black market of organs for cash is flourishing.

An estimated 10,000 illegal organ operations take place every year — or more than one an hour, according to World Health Organization statistics.

Traffickers and the surgeons they conspire with are making out like bandits, reports state, earning a lucrative return with every operation.

“It’s ever growing, it’s a constant struggle,” said Dr. Luc Noel, a WHO official who monitors the transplant trade. “The stakes are so big, the profit that can be made so huge, that the temptation is out there.”

The Guardian reported Sunday that ill patients might pay as much as $200,000 for a kidney, travelling to countries such as China, India and Pakistan, where destitute donors are willing to have a kidney removed for as little as $5,000.

Noel said kidneys make up 75% of the illegal organ trade, booming because of growing diabetes and high blood pressure rates throughout the world, according to The Guardian.

The demand means some organ brokers aren’t shy about soliciting business: The Guardian found an advertisement on China’s popular Twitter-like website, Weibo, with the slogan, “Donate a kidney, buy the new iPad!” The broker was offering nearly $4,000 for an operation done within 10 days.

Meanwhile, sellers appear just as desperate. BBC News reported last year how a 17-year-old in China sold his kidney for $3,392 to buy an iPad 2 and a laptop.

Selling organs is illegal in China, and the government has tried to curb trafficking by instituting a voluntary donor program a few years ago, BBC News said.

The U.S. government made it illegal to sell or buy organs in 1984.

Last year, a Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to brokering three illegal kidney transplants worth a total $420,000. Levy Izhak Rosenbaum bought the organs from vulnerable people in Israel for $10,000, federal prosecutors said.

Rosenbaum, 60, could be sentenced Thursday in federal court and faces a five-year prison sentence per count and a fine of up to $250,000, according to reports.

He was the first person ever successfully convicted for illegal organ trafficking in the United States.

中東のコロナ患者数 10万7千人

イラン5万8千人、トルコ2万7千人、イスラエル8600人。←上位3ヶ国

人口比でイランよりひどいし、経済水準、医療水準に照らし合わせるとイスラエルが高すぎる。やたらイランが危険とちゃかしているが、危険度はユダヤのほうが高いではないか。危険なのは国名イスラエルではなく、ユダヤだ。コロナについてユダヤ人は危険と解釈するのが正しいだろう。
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More than 100,000 coronavirus cases in the Middle East
Coronavirus came to the region in February and rapidly spread to Iran.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
APRIL 6, 2020 12:17
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/More-than-100000-Coronavirus-cases-in-Middle-East-623733

Confirmed coronavirus cases across the Middle East increased to 107,000 on Tuesday morning as the infections reached a grim milestone in the region. As recently as March 27 there were less than 50,000 cases. The largest number have been in Iran where there are now more than 58,000 cases according to officials – more than half of the region's total. Turkey has 27,000 while Israel has the third most registered cases at 8,600.

Coronavirus came to the region in February and rapidly spread to Iran. In late February, it was believed there were already 750 cases in Qom and Tehran. Authorities there covered up the outbreak, however, until they could hold March 21 elections. Since then Iran has been rocked by the virus, with military and IRGC units sent to disinfect streets and aid people in need.

The country views the virus as a “biological war” and has blamed the US. It also says the US should lift economic sanctions. Numerous officials and politicians have become sick and died. This raises questions about Iran’s ability to continue to export weapons across the region as part of its strategy to confront the US, Israel and Gulf states. So far Iran appears to have continued its policy of support for Iraqi proxy attacks on the US, and also flying in weapons to Syria as well as supporting Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia from Yemen.

Iran is not the only major center of COVID-19 today. Turkey has seen a rapid increase in the virus as well, and Istanbul has become a hot spot. This is partly due to the country also trying to pretend it was “virus-free” in early March. Now the country is expanding testing and trying to get a hold of the threat. Like in Iran, the virus may cut down on Turkey’s constant military attacks on neighbors, including invasions of northern Syria and attacks on Iraq. The spread of the virus has left Turkish-backed Syrian rebels that were sent to Libya stranded.

In the Gulf, massive testing in the UAE and a strict lockdown have been mainstays of the Gulf state. Nevertheless, the number of cases there now tops 1,700. In Qatar the number of cases is also rising past 1,600, a lot for a small country with a small population. Neighboring Saudi Arabia has more than 2,400 cases. In Jordan, a strict lockdown has been in place for weeks, enforced by the military; there are less than 400 cases. Other countries appear to not be doing anything at all to confront the virus because of other internal conflicts. Libya, Syria and Yemen cannot confront coronavirus or even test for it in most parts of the country. This leaves millions exposed in displaced persons camps.

Some areas in the region may serve as case studies in how well lockdowns have worked. The Kurdistan region of Iraq has had a strict lockdown for weeks and very few cases, but it is unclear when that region, or Jordan or the UAE will relax measures. This illustrates that most countries know how to lockdown but don’t know what the next step is or even what their goal is in terms of the number of new infections. None of them have been able to reduce the number of new cases to zero.

ベルギー・アントワープのユダヤ人社会にコロナ懸念

水曜日のユダヤ教宗教行事を前に、アントワープに集結しているユダヤ人街でコロナの感染爆発が発生するのではないかという懸念が高まっている。

ユダヤ人は子沢山であり、仲間同士の接触を好むので、一般的なベルギー人の友人家族の輪が15人だとすると、ユダヤ人1人が持つ輪は150人に達すると言われている。彼らが行事で一同に顔を合わせるので、感染症が一気に拡大する危険がある。
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科学の知見より時代遅れの宗教に固執し、反発し、諭す人を攻撃する民族集団。だから危険。

別の話題として、エジプト在住ユダヤ人については、現在エジプトとイスラエルの間の空輸が止まっているため、水曜の食事はイスラエルで調理したものをイスラエル外務省が空輸するアレンジをした。



Belgian Jews concerned about large haredi population and coronavirus
Foreign Ministry makes sure Jews in Egypt have Kosher for Passover food
By LAHAV HARKOV
APRIL 6, 2020 14:23
https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Belgian-Jews-concerned-about-large-haredi-population-and-coronavirus-623754

Jewish community leaders in Belgium have expressed concern about the coronavirus spreading in its large haredi community, ahead of Passover, which begins on Wednesday night, while in other European countries, Jewish organizations are responding to the pandemic in ways unique to their communities

KKL-JNF President in Belgium Jacquie Ben-Zino described a relatively relaxed situation in the country, until its government decided on a lockdown last week.

According to Ben-Zino, the Jewish community is “dealing with a problem identical to what Israel is dealing with.”

A quarter of the 40,000-member Jewish community in Antwerp is haredi and Ben-Zino accused them of continuing to gather in yeshivas and synagogues.

This leads to “a high rate of contagion in the haredi community and puts the rest of the population in danger,” he said.

Hassidic rabbinical authorities in Antwerp told community members to follow the rules of the lockdown, but JTA backed up Ben-Zino's report, quoting Shmulie Markowitz, head of the Hatzole community emergency unit, as saying that some are flouting the emergency regulations.

With Passover around the corner, Belgian Jews are facing the same concerns as other communities about how they will conduct their Seders. Ben-Zino said he did not invite relatives to come to his home.

Brussels Chief Rabbi Albert Guigui hosts a Seder with about 120 guests each year, but it was canceled this year.

KKL in Belgium has taken part in the community’s pre-Passover efforts, distributing special Haggadahs on members’ doorsteps.

The community’s institutions established a hotline for elderly members of the Jewish community, and many of the younger people have volunteered to do shopping for them.

Last month JTA reported that Antwerp community leaders expected an 85% COVID-19 infection rate among Jews in the Belgian city, with at least 550 deaths. There were 700 deaths from coronavirus in Belgium as of last week, but no official numbers from the Jewish community.

The higher infection rate “makes sense, because Antwerp Jews all know each other, each synagogue is an extended family,” Michael Freilich, a Modern Orthodox lawmaker from Antwerp, told JTA.

“If the average Belgian person has a circle of 15 close friends and family,” he said, “then with Antwerp Jews it’s 150 people.”

The Jewish communities in Egypt – Cairo and Alexandria - received kosher for Passover food products from Israel, thanks to efforts from the Foreign Ministry and Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

The Foreign Ministry operation took considerable efforts, since Egypt is closed to all foreign travel.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz said “even in the difficult reality of the global coronavirus crisis, we do not forget our Jewish brothers in the small Jewish community in Egypt, and I am happy that we helped them celebrate Passover this year.

“The connection with Jewish communities around the world is a central part of Israeli diplomats’ work,” Katz added.

In the Netherlands, KKL Holland CEO Vivian Rinat said there have been no deaths from coronavirus in the Jewish community, but the community has found the lockdown’s infringement of their usual liberties to be difficult.

“This situation is very difficult for Dutch people, who are used to almost total freedom, in a social and liberal country that defends individual rights,” she said.
Rinat said that the different Jewish denominations are working together to help older members of the community, about 40% of which is over age 60.

KKL organized a drive for community members to donate a Seder meal to families who cannot afford their own or elderly people who cannot leave home to buy food, and is sponsoring a virtual seder on Wednesday night, which will be broadcast on social media and hosted by a non-Orthodox rabbi.

Sweden is not under lockdown, and KKL-Sweden CEO Max Federmann said that many bars are still open.

The Swedish argument is that strict lockdown rules infringe on rights in a modern democracy, and that the negative effects of being in isolation will be worse than the disease itself. Social distancing is a recommendation in Sweden.

The Jewish community in Sweden is trying to implement the recommendations ahead of Passover, and Federmann said its members have been trying to stay distance from one another, though younger people have taken them less seriously and visit one another.

The three synagogues in Stockholm are all closed and the rabbis and community leaders have been communicating through social media, and the situation is similar in smaller communities. There have been ongoing efforts in the Jewish communities of Stockholm and Gothenberg to help older members with shopping and other Passover logistics.

Swedish media have reported that six residents of the Jewish old age home in Stockholm have contracted the coronavirus.

イスラエルがヒゲ愛好家向けマスクを企画販売へ コロナ

ヒゲが密閉式マスクの効果を低下させるため、ヒゲを反ることが推奨されているが、イスラエルがヒゲ愛好家向けのマスクを企画販売することになった。
https://www.rt.com/news/485077-israel-fitted-masks-protect-beards/
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Protective-of-religious-beards-Israel-to-produce-fitted-face-masks-623742

コロナ対策グッズで世界市場を制覇しよう!という日本の若者は出てこないのか?

スペインが中国から購入した人工呼吸器を、トルコが国内用に差し押さえ→批判されて手放す コロナ

スペインが中国から購入した人工呼吸器を、輸送の中継地であるトルコ政府が、国内使用用に差し押さえた。報道され国際的に批判を受けたら、気まずくなって手放した。

人間性が表れて面白いわ(笑)。

百田氏とか櫻井よしこ氏などの右系論客が、口を酸っぱくして中国依存は危険だから、これを機会に中国と縁を切れとあちこちで説教している。彼らのように自分で仕事に従事しない経済オンチは安直に中国と絶縁と叫ぶのだが、実際にビジネスしている人は誰もそのような発言をしない。

今年1月の米中合意は、中国に対して関税戦争を仕掛けたトランプが、自らの「力の限界を認識」せざるを得なくなり、中国に対して「折れた」ものである。今の米国に中国を封じ込める力はないことを、米国自身が示した。

コロナ対策でも、米国は中国から医療サプライを血眼になって買い漁っている。中国は大量発注に応じるだけの生産能力有している。未だに「ものづくり日本」という標語を叫んでいる人がいるが、製造業は日本ではペイしない。

コロナ対策品の輸出15億ドル 中国の関税統計
China's exports of key medical supplies rise to $1.5 BILLION amid global shortage of anti-virus gear
https://www.rt.com/business/485003-chinas-exports-medical-supplies/



Coronavirus: Turkey seizes hundreds of ventilators paid for by Spain in move ‘bordering on criminality’
Spanish officials condemn move as Ankara insists equipment will arrive in ‘a few weeks’
Tom Embury-Dennis
Saturday 4 April 2020 11:15
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-turkey-spain-ventilators-medical-equipment-seized-a9447216.html

Turkey was accused of seizing hundreds of ventilators and sanitary equipment destined for Spain amid the escalating coronavirus pandemic.

Spanish officials said Ankara was holding the ventilators for “the treatment of their own patients”, despite local governments in Spain having already paid millions for them.

In a press conference on Friday, Spain’s foreign affairs minister, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, appeared to admit defeat in her attempts to convince her Turkish counterpart to release the ventilators in the coming days.

“Turkey has imposed restrictions on the export of medical devices, motivated by the need for medical supplies,” she said, according to Spanish national media.

Late on Saturday, however, Ms Laya announced Turkey would allow the shipment to make its way to Spain.

Thanking Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Ms Laya tweeted: "We appreciate the gesture of a friendly and allied country."

Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Friday reported the ventilators were manufactured in Turkey on behalf of a Spanish firm that bought the components from China.

Three Spanish regions, Castilla-La Mancha, Navarre and Catalonia, had bought the ventilators, the newspaper reported, while the shipment also featured sanitary materials paid for by the country’s health ministry.

“unilaterally decided to requisition” 150 ventilators it had already paid €3m (£2.6m) for.

He added he expected the national government to issue a diplomatic complaint about the issue, which he said was “bordering on criminality”.
Daily coronavirus briefing

Earlier in the week, both Nato and the Spanish government praised Turkey for sending medical aid to Spain and Italy.

“Turkey sending a cargo plane with medical supplies to Italy & Spain today to support our joint fight against COVID19,” Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Twitter.

“Proud to see Nato Allies supporting each other through our disaster relief center. #StrongerTogether,” he added.

The diplomatic row between the two Nato allies came amid increasing global tensions over scarce medical resources in the battle against Covid-19.

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, on Friday warned Donald Trump his decision to stop a US manufacturing company from exporting respirators could prompt retaliatory measures.

Spain has been one of the hardest-hit countries in the world during the coronavirus pandemic. By Saturday, the number of people who had died after contracting the virus stood at 11,744.

The Turkish government has been contacted for comment.



Coronavirus: Turkey denies it seized ventilators destined for Spain amid epidemic of medical piracy
US accused of being the most egregious usurper of medical supplies
Borzou Daragahi
Sunday 5 April 2020 15:00
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-turkey-spain-ventilators-stolen-piracy-a9448086.html

Throughout Europe, in the face of a shortage of masks, gloves or ventilators, all kinds of industries are striving to adapt their production line to put it at the service of the fight against the coronavirus ( SEAT/AFP/Getty )

Turkish authorities announced the release of a shipment of crucial medical equipment to Spain within days after coming under fire by Madrid officials accusing them of holding onto the supplies.

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu dismissed as “an ugly accusation” reports that Turkey sought to confiscate the shipment of life-saving ventilators crucial for treating the most severe Covid-19 cases.

“We have authorised the export of 116 ventilators to Spain following the instructions of the health ministry, and they will be sent to Spain in the coming days,” he said, according to the official Anadolu News Agency.

The supplies are reportedly worth €3m (£2.4m).

“Thank you, Turkey, for authorising the export of Turkish respirators,” Spanish foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya wrote on Twitter late Saturday, hours after publicly criticising Ankara. “We appreciate the gesture of a friend and ally.”
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The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a global scramble for medical equipment, with governments accused of confiscating shipments of personal protective equipment and ventilators destined for other countries in what some are describing as outright piracy. Tunisia last month accused Italy of seizing a shipment of medical alcohol bound for the north African country.

The Trump administration has been accused of the most egregious offences, including swiping shipments destined for Germany, France and Canada for its own use, and withholding or even seizing supplies destined for use in American states politically hostile to him, his oligarchic allies and the agenda of his evangelical Christian supporters.
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Ventilators are crucial to keep alive patients so sickened by Covid-19 that they are unable to breathe on their own. The ones reportedly held up by Turkey were purchased by the Spanish regions of Navarra in the north and Castille-La Mancha east of Madrid to address one of the most deadly outbreaks of coronavirus in the world. Spain has recorded 12,418 deaths and 130,759 confirmed infections, second worldwide only to Italy.

Just days earlier, Turkey shipped plane loads of medical equipment to Spain and Italy, both Nato partners. But Turkey too has begun to experience the accelerating impact of Covid-19, reporting at least 425 deaths and 20,921 cases. Medical practitioners in major cities have begun describing overwhelmed emergency rooms and intensive care wards.

On Friday, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced tightened restrictions, including requiring masks at supermarkets and barring anyone under 20 years old or over 65 from leaving their homes.

相続税の申告と納付も、コロナ騒ぎが収束するまで無期限延期しろ

固定資産税とか小さな金額の措置ばかり出てくるが、大きな金額の議論が後回しになっている。困っている人は多いと思う。自分のビジネスが根底からぶっ倒れるかもしれないというこの馬鹿騒ぎの中で、どうやって書類とカネを整理するんだ。



確定申告、申し出あれば4月17日以降も受け付け
4/6(月) 12:09配信
朝日新聞デジタル
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200406-00000032-asahi-sctch

 国税庁は6日、新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大予防のため今月16日まで延長していた所得税などの確定申告の期間について、17日以降でも申し出があった場合は延長を認める、と発表した。16日までに感染拡大が収束するめどが立たないため。

【図表】緊急事態宣言で何が起きる? 影響が出るところ一覧

 2019年分の確定申告期限は当初、所得税と贈与税が3月16日、消費税が同31日だった。この期限を過ぎると延滞税が課される可能性があるが、国税庁は2月末、申告会場の混雑を緩和させて新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大を防ぐため、いずれも今月16日まで延長していた。

 ただ、期限までの申告が難しい納税者もいると予想されることから、17日以降も期限を設けずに申告を受け付けることにした。申告書の余白に「新型コロナウイルスによる申告・納付期限延長申請」などと記入すればよいという。期限後に税務署を訪れて申告の相談をする場合は、7日から受け付ける事前予約が原則として必要となる。国税庁によると、すでに昨年の約9割にあたる申告が済んでいる。

学習塾・理髪店・居酒屋も 緊急事態宣言で都「休止要請」

理髪店や(チェーンではない)街角の学習塾なんて大半が自転車操業なんだから、今すぐしっかり補償しなければ倒れてしまうだろう。明日7日発表で、8日から施行。



【速報】学習塾・理髪店・居酒屋も 緊急事態宣言で都「休止要請」
2020年4月6日 月曜 午後5:11
https://www.fnn.jp/articles/-/29128

緊急事態宣言が出された場合、東京都は、バーやカラオケなどの娯楽施設のほかに、学習塾や居酒屋などにも「基本的に休止を要請する」ことがわかった。

関係者によると、国から緊急事態宣言が出された場合、東京都は、基本的に休止を要請する施設として、カラオケ、パチンコ店、マージャン店などの娯楽施設、百貨店、ショッピングモールなどの商業施設、大学、専修学校や学習塾、体育館などの運動施設を挙げたほか、居酒屋や理髪店についても休止を要請するとしている。

一方、これまでも外出自粛の対象ではなかった病院やスーパーマーケット、交通機関、銀行などは、「感染防止対策の協力を要請したうえで、業務を継続」とするという。

CIAとペンタゴンが混乱しているとアル・カーイダとイスラム国(IS)が静かですね(爆)

米国社会でコロナがあれだけ蔓延しているのに、CIAとペンタゴンだけ誰も感染しないことなどありえない。報道されていないだけで、末端の工作員はもちろん、本部職員が何十人、何百人と感染して隔離され、セクションごと、フロアごと封鎖なんて事態が発生しているはず。

アル・カーイダ、イスラム国が米国と対立関係にあるならば、米国が弱っている今こそ、世界各地に散らばる米国利権を集中攻撃すべきなんですよね。なぜ事件が1つも発生しないのかなぁ?ぜんぜんわかんない(笑)。

BBCが韓国のライダイハン問題を放送

ようやくここまで到達した。



1968 - the year that haunts hundreds of women
By Ly Truong
Published: 27 March 2020
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/lhrjrs9z9a/vietnam-1968

When Tran Thi Ngai was raped, she did not get justice, or even sympathy.
Instead she ended up in prison.

The man had come in to buy soy sauce. Tran Thi Ngai was working as a midwife and nurse, but that morning she was looking after her parents’ shop in southern Vietnam while they were out.

He had grenades hanging from his armour, guns on his belt. It was the summer of 1967, and the Vietnam War - pitting South Vietnamese forces, the US and its allies, against the North Vietnamese Communists - was escalating.

As he approached the counter, he held out the money. As Tran reached to take it, he grabbed her arm, then her hair, and dragged her into the back room of the shop. There he raped her.

“It felt as if my life was over,” Tran says. All she could do was channel her energies into working harder than ever.

When she noticed her stomach swelling she assumed she was just putting on weight. Then one day she felt a kick and realised she was pregnant.

Her parents were horrified that she was expecting a baby out of wedlock - a major taboo. The country’s social mores were heavily influenced by Confucianism, and women were expected to remain virgins until they were married.

“My parents called me ‘chửa hoang' (pregnant out of wedlock) - they beat me up badly.

“I didn’t want to carry on living. I felt completely dead inside.”

She tried to kill herself several times but survived - “it felt as if the foetus was fighting for me”.

Her parents only stopped beating her once she gave birth - in February 1968. She was overwhelmed by how beautiful her baby girl was, but was soon overtaken by anxiety.

“I was worried about my child growing up, worried about money, worried about how I could get back to work to earn a living.”

She named the baby Oanh. But, hard as it is to comprehend, she wanted to recognise the baby’s father in some way. The middle name would be Kim. That was the soldier’s surname. Her rapist was neither Vietnamese nor American. He was South Korean.

Four years earlier his nation had joined the US in fighting the Communist Vietcong in South Vietnam.

Not long after giving birth, Tran woke one night to find that Kim had appeared again, looking for her.

“He didn’t say a word, stood there for one or two minutes, then left,” she says.
South Korean soldiers ("ROK Tigers") shooting in the region of Qui Nhon, in the South of Vietnam

South Korean soldiers ("ROK Tigers") in Qui Nhon, Vietnam

South Korean soldiers ("ROK Tigers") in Qui Nhon, Vietnam

A few days later, another South Korean soldier arrived. He had been sent by Kim to take Tran and the baby to his base - that of the 28th regiment of the South Korean White Horse Division - in a remote mountainous area south of her home town.

Ashamed and isolated, she felt she had no other choice. She got into the car and spent the next two years with her rapist. She was terrified the entire time, fearing for her life and that of the child.

“It was coercion, rape, no love was there,” she says.

Tran had another baby girl with Kim, before being abandoned when he moved to another base.

Tran Thi Ngai today

She found her way back to her parents in Phu Hiep, trying to work as many hours as possible to feed her children, until Kim once again sent a comrade to her. But this time the soldier - whose name she recalls was Park - was there, at least ostensibly, to help with the children.

“He carried them in his arms, fed them, cared for them while I was out working.”

And then one day, Park, too, assaulted her. Tran conceived another baby - a boy this time.

Her family’s social standing was now irrevocably damaged.

“It got to a point when living in the village became too difficult. Villagers shunned me, accused me of having a Korean husband, [luring the Koreans] here to kill the Vietnamese,” she says.

She and her parents fled to another part of the province, but her reputation followed her.

“If I introduced myself as ‘Ngai’, people would say ‘Oh yes, Ms Ngai. Beautiful, but she doesn’t have a husband.’”

They would ask her why she hadn’t aborted her children. She says that as a midwife she couldn’t entertain the idea.

“My job was to help other women give birth - I took care of their babies, I carried them, I embraced them, washed them, cut their cords. How could I even think of destroying my own baby?” says Tran, her voice breaking.
Shattered lives

In the same month Tran was giving birth to her first child, 11-year-old Nguyen Thi Thanh’s life was also changing forever.

On the morning of 25 February 1968 Nguyen heard screaming coming from the far side of her village of Ha My - not far from the now-popular tourist town of Hoi An - and saw smoke filling the sky. She ran down the lane to see what was happening. South Korean soldiers were pointing their guns at her.

She ran back to the house to tell her mother, Le Thi Tho, that the village was surrounded.

“As I finished my sentence they poured into our house.”

Later reports were to suggest the soldiers were members of the Blue Dragon Division, a notorious South Korean marine corps.

They ordered her entire family, along with another woman and her children, and a friend of her younger brother, into the underground shelter in their front yard.

They threw grenades in after them, killing Nguyen’s aunt and her infant cousin instantly.

She says her mother tried to shield her and her brother. “‘We are doomed, my baby,’ my mother cried out.

“My whole body was burning and then felt numb... I could see other people’s blood all over me,” Nguyen says.

Nguyen’s eight-year-old brother lost a leg and eventually died of his injuries in hospital. Only Nguyen and one of her cousins, both badly injured, survived, crawling to a neighbour’s for help.

She says that the soldiers then burned her house down.

“I could hear the popping and crackling sounds from burning bamboo. I smelt smoke, fire.”

More than 135 people in Ha My were killed that day, with just a dozen of the villagers surviving, she says.

Although she says South Korean soldiers had regularly visited Ha My before, looking for Vietcong, she has no idea why 25 February 1968 was different.

“We don’t know why they were so aggressive that day. They even killed three and four-month-old babies.”

Nguyen Thi Thanh, pictured at 16, five years after the massacre

Nguyen Thi Thanh, pictured at 16, five years after the massacre

What is known is that this period marked a turning point in the Vietnam War.

In late January of that year the North Vietnamese and Vietcong launched the infamous Tet Offensive - a bloody military campaign against the South Vietnamese, the US and their allies. The retaliations were vicious, the most notorious being the My Lai massacre - the gang rape and mass murder of Vietnamese civilians by US troops in March 1968.

Nguyen Thi Thanh today

Nguyen did not witness the immediate aftermath of the killings in Ha My - she was taken to hospital in Da Nang. But her older brother told her he watched as the soldiers returned the next day with tractors to flatten the village, destroying the bodies.
Korean soldiers bulldoze a Vietnamese village, north of Bong Sen

Korean soldiers bulldoze a Vietnamese village, north of Bong Sen

Korean soldiers bulldoze a Vietnamese village, north of Bong Sen

While there has not been an apology for the atrocities perpetrated by the US during the 20-year Vietnam war, there has been an acknowledgement in the form of reparations and a damning war crimes tribunal.

But South Korea’s government, which now has close economic ties with Vietnam, appears unwilling to engage in a review of its role in the war. Seoul sent approximately 320,000 troops in a move analysts say was rooted in a fear of a “domino effect” spread of Communism.

South Korea’s ministry of defence sent a letter to Nguyen and 102 other survivors last September saying it has no record of any civilian killings carried out by its military in Vietnam and there needs to be a joint investigation by both governments in tandem to check the facts, but that this is currently unachievable.

A group of South Korean soldiers with a blindfolded Vietcong suspect

Looking for answers

One woman who has made it her life’s mission to discover the truth is South Korean researcher Ku Su-jeong.

While doing a PhD in Vietnamese history in the 1990s, she was given a document by an official in Vietnam’s foreign ministry, describing atrocities carried out by the South Koreans.

She managed to finally secure an unauthorised copy from a Vietnamese government official for a fee, and has spent the past 20 years visiting Vietnamese villages and talking to survivors.

She believes about 9,000 South Vietnamese civilians were killed in about 80 massacres carried out by the South Koreans, although there is no way of independently verifying her research.

Ku believes there are still other deaths unaccounted for and often hears from people who want her to investigate alleged extra-judicial killings.

“I still receive calls from people who ask me to come to their village,” she says.

Her lifetime of research has come at a personal cost.

Two months after her findings were published in a South Korean newspaper article in April 1999, about 2,000 veterans in their 50s, all wearing army uniform, gathered in front of the paper’s headquarters in Seoul.

The men trashed the building and some also vandalised Ku’s home, she says. She and her mother had to move to a high security apartment.

The South Korea Veterans’ Association also attempted to sue her for defamation and fraud, although the case was dropped.

It is not possible to prove who was responsible for the massacre that killed Nguyen’s family in Ha My. But one South Korean veteran, Ryu Jin-sung, says his division was responsible for a similar massacre just two weeks before the Ha My killings.

Ryu’s company was on patrol when a bullet was fired at them from the direction of Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat, two villages a few miles from Ha My. Attacks began as retaliation - the company dividing into three units to attack the villages from three different directions.
Ryu Jin-sung

Ryu Jin-sung

Ryu Jin-sung

Ryu’s unit was the first to move out, after his comrade shot dead an unarmed elderly man. That evening he heard his comrades boasting about killing young children and women, and the next day he saw bodies of civilians laid out on the side of the road.

“There was a large crowd. When we got there, they yelled and screamed at us. It felt as if they were about to kill me, their eyes fixed on me.

“I used the barrel of my rifle to make my way through. I saw corpses, I saw bereaved families - their anger. Even today it’s still very vivid.”

Ryu says that those who deny a massacre took place in Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat are either misinformed or unwilling to admit the truth.

The BBC arranged a meeting between Ryu and Nguyen, now 63, in a restaurant in Seoul. Both say, like many Vietnamese traumatised by the war, that they are haunted by ghosts. Ryu by that of the old man he saw being shot in Phong Nhi and Phong Nhat; Nguyen by her younger brother.

Nguyen and Ryu meet

After swapping stories of the war, Ryu finally reads out a simple phrase he has prepared in advance in Vietnamese. “I am sorry,” he says. Nguyen simply nods in acknowledgement. He serves her some food, she smiles, and they continue with the meal.

As she leaves the restaurant, Nguyen says she feels a burden has been lifted, but is still holding out hope for an official apology from Seoul.

Asked for comment, the South Korean government told the BBC in a statement that since establishing formal diplomatic relations in 1992, the two countries “have made together continuous efforts to develop their bilateral relations in a future-oriented manner on the basis of the shared view that they should put their unfortunate past behind them and move forward to the future”.

South Korea is now one of Vietnam’s largest investors, with economic giants like Samsung and LG Electronics pouring billions of dollars into building factories there.

South Korean journalist Koh Kyoung-tae, who first published researcher Ku Su-jeong’s controversial findings, says the idea that South Korean soldiers may have carried out atrocities doesn’t fit with the nation’s sense of itself as a victim.

Koh Kyoung-tae

“We Koreans say that we have 5,000 years of history and we’ve always been the victim. We’ve been colonised by Japan, Mongolia, China… and we endured it. It’s kind of like we’re proud of our victim mindset.”

South Korea also spent decades lobbying Japan for a similar apology over the hundreds of thousands of South Korean women forced to work as World War Two sex slaves.

Nguyen, who is deaf in one ear and seriously scarred all over her body as a result of her injuries, blames her own country for ignoring the issue. The Vietnamese government turned down two BBC requests to film for an accompanying documentary.

“Vietnam is afraid of anything that affects the relationship between the two countries so they don’t want to clarify it,” she says.

Back in Phu Hiep, Tran Thi Ngai, now 79, is also still wrestling with the fallout of the war.

She says her children have faced a lifetime of abuse and discrimination, mocked for being “lai dai han” (the Vietnamese term for the children of Vietnamese and Korean parents).

Her father was tortured and beaten to death under house arrest in 1977 as punishment for allowing his daughter to have relations with a South Korean. Tran herself was put in detention or prison three times between 1975 and 1978.

While it has not been possible to verify her specific case, the aftermath of the Vietnam War was an intense period of retribution, the country still riven with division.

“An apology might not be worth much, but it means a lot to us”
Nguyen Thi Thanh

Vietnamese pressure group Justice for Lai Dai Han is simply pushing for an apology to the victims of rape by South Korean soldiers and those conceived as a result. There are estimated to be about 800 of the victims’ children still alive.

One prominent campaigner for the group is Tran Thi Ngai’s son, Tran Van Ty, who was beaten up regularly on his way to school for having a South Korean father.

Former UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, the international ambassador for the group, says there is no reason why an apology should adversely affect relations “if handled properly.

“Vietnam and South Korea have agreed, ‘Let’s go forward, let’s not look back,’ which I understand, but you’ve got to make exceptions to that sometimes.

“In some cases, in order to look forward you’ve got to settle things in the past.”

The group is pushing for an inquiry by the UN Human Rights Council.

Survivors of the massacres allegedly carried out by the South Korean military also filed a legal case against the South Korean government this month.

If the judge finds grounds to pursue it, the first hearing could be heard as early as this summer - though it is expected to take several years to reach a conclusion.

“An apology might not be worth much, but it means a lot to us,” says Nguyen Thi Thanh.

A bronze sculpture by British artist Rebecca Hawkins is meanwhile touring the UK, inspired by the story of Tran Thi Ngai and her son. “Mother and Child” shows two figures trapped by a strangler fig - a plant native to Vietnam which smothers the trees it wraps around.

“We need the South Koreans to acknowledge what happened,” Tran says. “They sent troops to Vietnam - it wasn’t us who went to their country.”



This story is part of the Crossing Divides season, bringing people together in a fragmented world

Credits

Author: Ly Truong
Illustration: Jilla Dastmalchi
Researcher: Hyung Eun Kim
Images: Derrick Evans, Getty Images, Alamy
Online Producer: James Percy
Editor: Sarah Buckley

米国がドイツからN95マスクを強奪 日本は米国から医薬サプライを輸入できなくなる

ドイツのベルリン検察が3Mの中国工場から購入したN95マスク20万枚が、空輸の中継地であるタイのバンコク国際空港で米国政府から介入を受け、米国に奪われた。ベルリン市は「現代の海賊行為」と非難。

3Mは、同社が工場を置いている外国ではN95マスクの供給を同社に頼っており、それを米国に仕向けることは法的、人道的に問題があり、またそういうことをしていると相手国も対米報復してくる危険があるとし、ホワイトハウスからの圧力に抵抗している。3Mは、海外にある生産拠点で製造したN95マスクを、現地と米国の両方に同数出荷している。大統領の命令に従わない3Mに対し、政権幹部はカンカン。

ナヴァッロは、次に発表する行政命令で、米国からの医療品輸出に高い関税を掛け、輸出を制限することを示唆した。

関連記事123
(↑米国内で買い占めているのは地元のユダヤ人じゃないですか?笑)

コロナ感染者数の統計は、ピーク時の中国より今の米国のほうが悪いため、トランプがおヒスを起こしている。もう大混乱です。面倒を見るから親分なのであって、面倒を見ないのであれば皆が離れていくでしょう。アメリカ・ファーストはバイバイ・アメリカ政策。さて、どうなるんでしょ。



COVID-19: German official accuses US of ‘modern piracy
200,000 face masks ordered by Germany seized at an airport in Bangkok following 'wild west' intervention by US authorities
Ayhan Şimşek | 03.04.2020
BERLIN
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/covid-19-german-official-accuses-us-of-modern-piracy/1791461

A senior German politician on Friday accused the Trump administration of “modern piracy” after nearly 200,000 face masks ordered by Germany were seized by U.S. authorities.

Andreas Geisel, the interior minister for Berlin state, confirmed media reports that about 200,000 FFP2 masks purchased for the Berlin police were seized at an airport in the Thai capital Bangkok following intervention by American authorities.

“We view this as an act of modern piracy,” he said in a written statement, stressing that such behavior between transatlantic partners is unacceptable.

"Even in times of global crisis there should be no wild west methods. I am urging the [German] federal government to demand the U.S.A. respect international rules,” he added.

According to German public broadcaster RBB, Berlin had purchased the masks from U.S. company 3M, which has factories in China.

The shipment destined for Germany was stopped at the Bangkok airport following intervention by American authorities and was diverted to the U.S., local media reported.

The Trump administration has been accused of pursuing a haphazard, “every man for himself” policy on equipment needed to deal with the pandemic.

The rapid spread of coronavirus has led to a global run on sales of face masks, while many countries are facing shortages.

Germany is the third-worst-affected country by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe after Italy and Spain.

Germany's death toll rose to 1,217 on Friday, while the total number of cases surpassed 89,500.

Data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University shows worldwide infections surging past 1 million, with more than 55,100 deaths. Over 221,200 people have recovered.



White House tried to force 3M to send masks from Singapore to US
Trump invokes wartime powers act again to deal with coronavirus equipment shortages

James Politi, Demetri Sevastopulo and Lauren Fedor in Washington and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York April 3, 2020
https://www.ft.com/content/cee34681-5f47-416b-9cbc-d824e9eec68e

The White House tried to force 3M to export masks to the US from its hub in Singapore as tensions with the Minnesota-based manufacturer spilled into the open in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

3M this week resisted demands by White House officials to send about 10m N95 respirator masks being produced in Singapore for markets in Asia to the US, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

The company was reluctant to accept the White House request on legal and humanitarian grounds, as medical workers across the region would be deprived of protection, the person said.

3M executives did commit to exporting a similar number of masks to the US from a plant in China but that did not stop the White House from publicly attacking the company. Donald Trump also invoked Korean war-era powers under the Defense Production Act for the second time since the start of the outbreak. The latest effort would compel the company to sell its products to the US government if requested.

“We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. “P Act” all the way,” the US president wrote in a tweet on Thursday night. “Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing — will have a big price to pay!”

Earlier in the day, Peter Navarro, the White House adviser on trade and manufacturing, had hinted at the rising tensions with the company.

“To be frank, over the last several days we've had some issues, making sure that all of the production that 3M does around the world, enough of it is coming back here to the right places,” he said.

White House officials have also been attempting to persuade 3M to limit exports from US facilities to nearby countries, including Canada and Mexico, according to the person familiar with the matter.

The regional sales account for only one-10th of the masks 3M produces in the US but are in jeopardy because of the White House’s invocation of the DPA. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) is now allowed to use “any and all authority” to buy “the number of N95 respirators” it “determines to be appropriate” from 3M and its subsidiaries, according to the wording of the act.

In a statement on Friday, 3M said the company was going “above and beyond” to boost production of N95 masks for the US market. It confirmed that the Trump administration had “requested that 3M increase the amount of respirators we currently import from our overseas operations into the US”, noting that it had secured the exports from China.

3M also said that the administration had requested that it “cease exporting respirators” from the US to Canadian and Latin American markets, but warned this could trigger a humanitarian crisis in those countries, where 3M is a “critical supplier”. The company also said the move could prompt retaliation against the US.

“If that were to occur, the net number of respirators being made available to the United States would actually decrease. That is the opposite of what we and the Administration, on behalf of the American people, both seek,” 3M said.

A Trump administration official with knowledge of the discussions declined to comment on specifics. But the person said there was “a tremendous amount of frustration” within the president’s coronavirus task force.

“The administration had worked very hard to ease some rules for 3M and other respirator manufacturers because those companies, 3M chief among them, had essentially promised that they would immediately be putting 35m N95s into the US marketplace. It became clear recently that wasn’t happening,” the official said.

The move against 3M came on the same day Mr Trump invoked the DPA to force other companies to make ventilators for coronavirus patients. The president said it would help companies — including General Electric, Hill-Rom, Medtronic, ResMed, Royal Philips and Vyaire Medical — secure the supplies needed to make the ventilators.

“I am grateful to these and other domestic manufacturers for ramping up their production of ventilators during this difficult time,” Mr Trump said, adding that it would “save lives by removing obstacles in the supply chain that threaten the rapid production of ventilators”.

The president invoked the DPA late last month to compel General Motors to make ventilators, after criticising the carmaker for not doing enough to produce equipment.

Mr Trump had faced intense criticism for not invoking the DPA sooner as state governors had warned that more ventilators were needed to treat the rapid rise in patients.

The Trump administration has not enacted export controls to keep products in the US. In G20 discussions, US officials have supported statements that any trade actions should be “temporary, transparent, and appropriate”.

However, Mr Navarro hinted at a forthcoming executive order from the White House that would see the US customs agency block foreign sales of medical supplies with inflated prices. “We are going to crack down unmercifully,” Mr Navarro said.

米国大使館が在日米国人に対し、早期帰国を勧奨

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (April 3, 2020)

ここ数日でコロナ感染者が急増している、医療崩壊が近い、日米間のフライト数が既に細っており、輸送が止まりつつあることを理由に、今後日本に残る覚悟を決めている人以外は、急いで米国本土に戻るよう強く勧める内容。

米国が日本を「えんがちょ」したようなもの。どうする日本。

人々が移動制限している様子がわかるCommunity Mobility ReportをGoogleが提供

Google Community Mobility Report

スマホの位置情報を利用して、過去1年の傾向と現状との差を視覚化した。

日本では社会活動が概ね5~6割削減されている印象。国全体のデータと県別のデータがあり、現時点で東京は3月29日時点の情報が公開されている。

日本より厳しい行動制限を課しているイタリア、スペイン、フランス、イギリスの数値は、8~9割低下しており、事実上止まっていることが示されている。

米国国土安全保障庁の感染防止備品の在庫が払底 コロナ

DHSが保管している医療用マスク、手袋、防御服等の在庫が、ほぼ底を突きつつある。

限られた特定箇所の問題に対処するよう設計していたので、今回のコロナ騒ぎのような全国的な危機発生に対応するには、在庫が足りなかった。

今は世界中からカネに糸目を付けず買い漁っているところ。関連記事



Protective gear in national stockpile is nearly depleted, DHS officials say
Nick Miroff
April 1, 2020 at 10:00 PM EDT
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-protective-gear-stockpile-depleted/2020/04/01/44d6592a-741f-11ea-ae50-7148009252e3_story.html

The government’s emergency stockpile of respirator masks, gloves and other medical supplies is running low and is nearly exhausted due to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving the Trump administration and the states to compete for personal protective equipment in a freewheeling global marketplace rife with profiteering and price-gouging, according to Department of Homeland Security officials involved in the frantic acquisition effort.

ニューヨーク・ブルックリンのユダヤ教保守派居住地区でコロナ多発

ニューヨークのブルックリン地区でユダヤ教保守派が多いBorough Park, Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Midwoodでは、コロナ感染者が軒並み平均を上回っていることが明らかになった。

問題は、この民族集団にとって、神の戒律こそが最上位にあり、第一に守るべきものであり、周囲から何を言われようが自分達の習慣を絶対に変えないこと。

ユダヤ教保守派に近づくなー。恐~。

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Brooklyn’s Orthodox neighborhoods have high rates of coronavirus
The record of positive COVID-19 tests in the five boroughs shows that Borough Park, Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Midwood all have above-average positive test rates.

By BEN SALES/JTA APRIL 3, 2020 07:43
https://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Brooklyns-Orthodox-neighborhoods-have-high-rates-of-coronavirus-623455

Four heavily Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn have especially high rates of the novel coronavirus, according to data released by this city’s Department of Health.

The record of positive COVID-19 tests in the five boroughs shows that Borough Park, Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Midwood all have above-average positive test rates. In Borough Park, more than 67% of coronavirus tests have come back positive — the highest rate in Brooklyn and sixth-highest of any Zip code in New York City.

In Crown Heights, 63.4% of tests are positive, while in Williamsburg the figure is 62.5% and in Midwood it is 60.3%. The average positive test rate across the city is 53%.

The five city Zip codes with the highest positive test rates are in Queens, with the Corona neighborhood topping the list at more than 77%. Many of those neighborhoods are home to working-class New Yorkers whose jobs do not allow them to stay home.

Borough Park also has the third-highest raw number of positive tests of any neighborhood in the city with 771, and total tests with 1,146. In both cases, it’s behind only Corona and Elmhurst, adjacent neighborhoods in Queens.

An analysis by The City, a local New York publication, found that testing across neighborhoods has been proportional to their populations. Social distancing has been a particularly stark shift for Hasidic Jews, who make up a significant share of the population in Borough Park, Williamsburg and Crown Heights.

Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, men are accustomed to attending communal prayers three times a day, and social lives revolve around synagogue and lifecycle celebrations like weddings. Haredi families are also larger than average and tend to live in dense neighborhoods in the city.

In some haredi neighborhoods, social distancing measures like school closings came later than in the rest of the city.

Israel is experiencing an even more extreme phenomenon, as more than a third of the total population of the haredi city of Bnei Brak is estimated to have coronavirus, according to the Times of Israel.

ロシア正教はコロナでテレワーク導入 告白を電話とスカイプで受け付け

ローマ教皇は、告白する相手の神父が見つからない場合は、自分で直接神に告白しなさいと諭した。

欧米の神学者には、電話、スカイプ、場合によっては絵文字を使うことを勧める人もいるが、高位聖職者でそのような指示を出した高位聖職者はいない。

米国では、フェイスブックでミサを執り行ったり、車でやってきた信者と数メートル離れて面会し、電話越しに告白を受け付けるドライブスルー形式の牧師も現れている。



Russian Orthodox Church allows believers to offer confession by phone or Skype during Covid-19 shutdown
2 Apr, 2020 21:08
https://www.rt.com/news/484836-russian-orthodox-church-confession-coronavirus/

A novel way to administer some traditional sacraments, including confession, has been adopted by the Russian Orthodox Church as the country takes increasingly restrictive social distancing measures to combat coronavirus.

Strict home isolation rules adopted by authorities in most Russian regions have posed a challenge for Christians wanting to continue with their spiritual lives while the pandemic rages. With more 3,500 people infected nationwide, the Church's Patriarch, Kirill, has asked worshippers to stay away from chapels for the moment.

Instead, the Church has promptly come to the aid of its flock and offered them some rather unorthodox ways of participating in traditional sacraments. Most recently, Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Synodic Department for External Church Relations, told the faithful that they can use modern technology.

“I believe that, in some extraordinary situation, one can confess by phone or by Skype,” he said, adding that a worshipper has to make an arrangement with a priest first.

Russia will celebrate Easter in about two weeks and Metropolitan Hilarion once again assured believers that they would not sin by missing the services.“You would not betray Christ if you do not visit a church but you would betray Christ if someone falls ill because of you,” he said. He also added that the Russian Orthodox Church broadcasts more of its services online now to provide believers access to them from home.

Russia is far from being the only nation where believers face various difficulties because of lockdowns and restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the dreaded disease that has already infected one million people around the world.

In late March, Pope Francis called on Catholics to forgo the practice of confessing to priests altogether if they find themselves unable to because of quarantine. “If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth,” he said, urging people to stay home.

Some theologians in the US and Europe suggested confessing by phone, Skype or even emoji as an option to continue one’s spiritual life in times of the pandemic, but there were no official recommendations from the highest church authorities. Priests in the US also resorted to leading masses on Facebook and even offered “drive-thru confessions.”

Worshippers there can now recant their sins while sitting in their cars in a church parking lot while a priest talks to them by phone sitting several meters away.

空母テオドア・ルーズベルト艦長を軍事機密漏洩で解任!!

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Shooting the messenger? US Navy SACKS captain for ‘causing alarm’ with plea to save lives of Covid-19-stricken carrier crew
2 Apr, 2020 21:09
https://www.rt.com/usa/484839-covid-19-carrier-captain-sacked/

The commander of USS Theodore Roosevelt hit by Covid-19 has been relieved of duty, with the military stating he was “overwhelmed” by the crisis, after writing a letter pleading for infected sailors to be evacuated.

The head officer aboard the carrier, Captain Brett Crozier, was removed from his post, the Navy said in a statement, taking him to task for “causing alarm” with a letter sent directly to senior officials as scores of sailors on the aircraft carrier contracted the lethal coronavirus, skipping several rungs on the chain of command.

The captain’s letter urgently requested an immediate evacuation of the ship to “prevent tragic outcomes,” striking a dire tone after more than 100 sailors became infected and the Roosevelt was forced to dock in Guam.

We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset.

Though Crozier's request was ultimately granted earlier on Thursday, the military insists his sacking was in the “best interest of the Navy and nation.”

Thousands of the ship’s crew members have now been allowed to disembark to hotels on the island to avoid further illness, but the Navy questioned Crozier's judgement, stating he was “absolutely correct” to raise concerns, but took issue with “the way in which he did it.”

“I have no doubt in my mind Captain Crozier did what he thought was best for the health and safety” of his crew, said acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, adding “unfortunately, it did the opposite,” potentially emboldening “adversaries” into taking advantage of the Roosevelt’s vulnerable state.

The Navy faced fierce criticism after Crozier’s firing, some insisting he was “punished for his integrity,” while others suggested he would have faced less retaliation had he violated the laws of war “instead of trying to save his sailors.”

As a veteran said to me just now, if Capt. Crozier had committed a war crime instead of trying to save his sailors, his command would be assured. https://t.co/6sRYkLVZPD
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) April 2, 2020

Others noted the captain knew what would happen if he sent the letter but still hailed his “sacrifice,” however a handful were less sympathetic, arguing Crozier “deserved” to be sacked for breaking the chain of command.

"The fact that he wrote the letter to his chain of command to express his concerns would absolutely not result in any time of retaliation."-- Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, literally yesterdayThis is absurd. Capt. Brett Crozier is being punished for his integrity. https://t.co/thpdIEgEbQ
— Charlotte Clymer ️‍🌈 (@cmclymer) April 2, 2020

Not long after the captain’s letter was sent, appearing prominently in a flurry of press reports, the Pentagon locked down information regarding infected soldiers, refusing to share data beyond “aggregated numbers” as it could reveal weak points in US forces.

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the US military, forcing the Pentagon to recall 20,000 troops from NATO’s massive Defender Europe 2020 drill, set to be the alliance’s largest exercise in 25 years. Outbreaks have been reported on at least four Navy warships – including the Roosevelt – while airbases across the US have gone on high alert after airmen contracted the illness. In hopes of stemming the spread of the disease, the military has also halted all major troop movements worldwide, excluding only the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

米国 3月20~26日の興行売り上げ 昨年2億400万ドル→今年5179ドルに激減

ショービズ関係者は全員破産ですな。



US Box Office Sales Collapse To Just $5,179; Was $204 Million During Same Period Last Year
by Tyler Durden
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 15:15
https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/us-box-office-sales-collapse-just-5179-was-204-million-during-same-period-last-year

As millions of Americans spend quality time with their families to avoid the global pandemic, box office sales across the US have predictably cratered - falling to just $5,179 from March 20 through March 26 as movie theaters across the country remain shuttered.

During the same week in 2019, ticket sales were over $204 million - thanks to "Captain Marvel" and "Us."

The Domestic Box office (movie theaters) brought in a whopping $5,179 for the week of Mar 20-26. Down 100% from $204,193,406 the same week a year ago... These numbers are just incredible.
— Strider Elass (@StriderElass) March 31, 2020

So far this year, domestic box office sales are down $600 million year-over-year according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Domestic ticket sales turned in a combined $1.81 billion from Jan. 1 through March 19, the day when Comscore stopped reporting theater grosses. That compares to $2.41 billion for the first full three months of 2019, according to Comscore.

In March of this year, revenue came in at a mere $255.7 million as new product underwhelmed at the beginning of the month before moviegoing started slowing and then came to a standstill. That compares to $612.8 million for the March 1-19 stretch last year, making for a decline of 58 percent. When counting all of March 2019 ($967.8 million), the year-over-year dip for the month was 74 percent. -The Hollywood Reporter

Earlier in the week, AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron predicted that it might take until mid-June before they're back in business.

We're not so sure.

ドイツの感染症専門家 人々に行動規制を強いる政府の政策に科学的根拠がない

German Infectologist Decimates COVID Doomsday Cult in Open Letter to Merkel
A medical expert with integrity asks the German Chancellor five devastating questions about her mindless coronavirus lockdown
Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi
31 Mar 20
https://www.anti-empire.com/german-infectologist-decimates-covid-doomsday-cult-in-open-letter-to-merkel/

Editor’s note: Dr. Bhakdi released a now-viral video in which he calmly explained why nationwide lockdowns are “collective suicide”. Now he has written an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel and it is fantastic

An Open Letter from Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Professor Emeritus of Medical Microbiology at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, to the German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. Professor Bhakdi calls for an urgent reassessment of the response to Covid-19 and asks the Chancellor five crucial questions. The let­ter is dated March 26. This is an inofficial translation; see the original letter in German as a PDF.

Open Letter

Dear Chancellor,

As Emeritus of the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz and longtime director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology, I feel obliged to critically question the far-reaching restrictions on public life that we are currently taking on ourselves in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

It is expressly not my intention to play down the dangers of the virus or to spread a political message. However, I feel it is my duty to make a scientific contribution to putting the current data and facts into perspective – and, in addition, to ask questions that are in danger of being lost in the heated debate.

The reason for my concern lies above all in the truly unforeseeable socio-economic consequences of the drastic containment measures which are currently being applied in large parts of Europe and which are also already being practiced on a large scale in Germany.

My wish is to discuss critically – and with the necessary foresight – the advantages and disadvantages of restricting public life and the resulting long-term effects.

To this end, I am confronted with five questions which have not been answered sufficiently so far, but which are indispensable for a balanced analysis.

I would like to ask you to comment quickly and, at the same time, appeal to the Federal Government to develop strategies that effectively protect risk groups without restricting public life across the board and sow the seeds for an even more intensive polarization of society than is already taking place.

With the utmost respect,

Prof. em. Dr. med. Sucharit Bhakdi
1. Statistics

In infectiology – founded by Robert Koch himself – a traditional distinction is made between infection and disease. An illness requires a clinical manifestation. [1] Therefore, only patients with symptoms such as fever or cough should be included in the statistics as new cases.

In other words, a new infection – as measured by the COVID-19 test – does not necessarily mean that we are dealing with a newly ill patient who needs a hospital bed. However, it is currently assumed that five percent of all infected people become seriously ill and require ventilation. Projections based on this estimate suggest that the healthcare system could be overburdened.

My question: Did the projections make a distinction between symptom-free infected people and actual, sick patients – i.e. people who develop symptoms?
2. Dangerousness

A number of coronaviruses have been circulating for a long time – largely unnoticed by the media. [2] If it should turn out that the COVID-19 virus should not be ascribed a significantly higher risk potential than the already circulating corona viruses, all countermeasures would obviously become unnecessary.

The internationally recognized International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents will soon publish a paper that addresses exactly this question. Preliminary results of the study can already be seen today and lead to the conclusion that the new virus is NOT different from traditional corona viruses in terms of dangerousness. The authors express this in the title of their paper „SARS-CoV-2: Fear versus Data“. [3]

My question: How does the current workload of intensive care units with patients with diagnosed COVID-19 compare to other coronavirus infections, and to what extent will this data be taken into account in further decision-making by the federal government? In addition: Has the above study been taken into account in the planning so far? Here too, of course, „diagnosed“ means that the virus plays a decisive role in the patient’s state of illness, and not that previous illnesses play a greater role.
3. Dissemination

According to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, not even the much-cited Robert Koch Institute knows exactly how much is tested for COVID-19. It is a fact, however, that a rapid increase in the number of cases has recently been observed in Germany as the volume of tests increases. [4]

It is therefore reasonable to suspect that the virus has already spread unnoticed in the healthy population. This would have two consequences: firstly, it would mean that the official death rate – on 26 March 2020, for example, there were 206 deaths from around 37,300 infections, or 0.55 percent [5] – is too high; and secondly, it would mean that it would hardly be possible to prevent the virus from spreading in the healthy population.

My question: Has there already been a random sample of the healthy general population to validate the real spread of the virus, or is this planned in the near future?
4. Mortality

The fear of a rise in the death rate in Germany (currently 0.55 percent) is currently the subject of particularly intense media attention. Many people are worried that it could shoot up like in Italy (10 percent) and Spain (7 percent) if action is not taken in time.

At the same time, the mistake is being made worldwide to report virus-related deaths as soon as it is established that the virus was present at the time of death – regardless of other factors. This violates a basic principle of infectiology: only when it is certain that an agent has played a significant role in the disease or death may a diagnosis be made. The Association of the Scientific Medical Societies of Germany expressly writes in its guidelines: „In addition to the cause of death, a causal chain must be stated, with the corresponding underlying disease in third place on the death certificate. Occasionally, four-linked causal chains must also be stated.“ [6]

At present there is no official information on whether, at least in retrospect, more critical analyses of medical records have been undertaken to determine how many deaths were actually caused by the virus.

My question: Has Germany simply followed this trend of a COVID-19 general suspicion? And: is it intended to continue this categorisation uncritically as in other countries? How, then, is a distinction to be made between genuine corona-related deaths and accidental virus presence at the time of death?
5. Comparability

The appalling situation in Italy is repeatedly used as a reference scenario. However, the true role of the virus in that country is completely unclear for many reasons – not only because points 3 and 4 above also apply here, but also because exceptional external factors exist which make these regions particularly vulnerable.

One of these factors is the increased air pollution in the north of Italy. According to WHO estimates, this situation, even without the virus, led to over 8,000 additional deaths per year in 2006 in the 13 largest cities in Italy alone. [7] The situation has not changed significantly since then. [8] Finally, it has also been shown that air pollution greatly increases the risk of viral lung diseases in very young and elderly people. [9]

Moreover, 27.4 percent of the particularly vulnerable population in this country live with young people, and in Spain as many as 33.5 percent. In Germany, the figure is only seven percent [10]. In addition, according to Prof. Dr. Reinhard Busse, head of the Department of Management in Health Care at the TU Berlin, Germany is significantly better equipped than Italy in terms of intensive care units – by a factor of about 2.5 [11].

My question: What efforts are being made to make the population aware of these elementary differences and to make people understand that scenarios like those in Italy or Spain are not realistic here?

References:

[1] Fachwörterbuch Infektionsschutz und Infektionsepidemiologie. Fachwörter – Definitionen – Interpretationen. Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin 2015. (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[2] Killerby et al., Human Coronavirus Circulation in the United States 2014–2017. J Clin Virol. 2018, 101, 52-56

[3] Roussel et al. SARS-CoV-2: Fear Versus Data. Int. J. Antimicrob. Agents 2020, 105947

[4] Charisius, H. Covid-19: Wie gut testet Deutschland? Süddeutsche Zeitung. (abgerufen am 27.3.2020)

[5] Johns Hopkins University, Coronavirus Resource Center. 2020. (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[6] S1-Leitlinie 054-001, Regeln zur Durchführung der ärztlichen Leichenschau. AWMF Online (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[7] Martuzzi et al. Health Impact of PM10 and Ozone in 13 Italian Cities. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. WHOLIS number E88700 2006

[8] European Environment Agency, Air Pollution Country Fact Sheets 2019, (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

[9] Croft et al. The Association between Respiratory Infection and Air Pollution in the Setting of Air Quality Policy and Economic Change. Ann. Am. Thorac. Soc. 2019, 16, 321–330.

[10] United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Living Arrange­ments of Older Persons: A Report on an Expanded International Dataset (ST/ESA/SER.A/407). 2017

[11] Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Überlastung deutscher Krankenhäuser durch COVID-19 laut Experten unwahrscheinlich, (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

Translation generously provided by SPR

コロナ イスラエル首相とモサド長官が自主隔離 保健相は感染

イスラエルでユダヤ教の超保守派が、政府による宗教施設の閉鎖・行事や習慣の中止政策に猛反発しているが、保健大臣を務める超保守派のおじいさんがコロナに感染し、ほら見たことかという批判が沸き上がっている。

政府としては様々な禁止を決定したが、超保守派については「政府の政策」ではなく「政府の推奨」として受け止めることが許されている。

シナゴーグ閉鎖等の措置に反発し、超保守派が路上で抗議活動。10人以上の集会を禁止する措置を徹底するため出動した機動隊に対し、超保守派のじいさんが隊員にわざと咳を吐きかけ、「ナチ!」と罵倒した。

あちこちで火を付けたり、石を投げたりと、まるでパレスチナ人とイスラエル占領軍との間の闘争のような様子を呈している。
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/watch-riots-jewish-neighborhoods-israeli-police-move-close-synagogues-amid-outbreak
https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Coronavirus-Israels-ultra-Orthodox-endanger-the-public-opinion-623249

感染した保健大臣と同席していたネタンヤフ首相、モサド長官、国家安全保障会議議長らも、自主隔離を余儀なくされた(笑)。
https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Health-Minister-Yaacvov-Litzman-diagnosed-with-coronavirus-623267

先にネタンヤフ首相が、外国からイスラエルに入国する全ての外国人を隔離する方針を発表したが、その業務を担当する国防大臣は発表直後に、そんなことは物理的に無理と反応。また、国内法上、そのような措置は違法である。
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Bennett-Netanyahus-quarantine-policy-for-arrivals-is-impractical-costly-623179

コロナ タイ国王がドイツに避難

国難の時に国外逃亡する国王って、存在価値あるの?



タイ国王、ドイツのホテルで20人の女性と自主隔離
© REUTERS / Sukree Sukplan
2020年04月02日 16:44
https://jp.sputniknews.com/life/202004027322976/

タイのワチラロンコン国王は、新型コロナウイルス感染防止の自主隔離のため、20人の女性とドイツへ避難し、南部バイエルンにある4星ホテル「グランド・ホテル・ゾネンビッ匕ル」を貸し切った。独タブロイド紙ビルトが報じた。

ドイツでは検疫が行われ、国境が封鎖されているが、ドイツ当局は国王の入国及び滞在を正式に許可したという。

国王の4人の妻が同伴しているかは不明。

国王「逃亡」のニュースがSNSで広まると、タイの人々は、君主制への侮辱が法律で禁止されているものの、「なぜ我々に国王は必要なのか」を意味するタイ語のハッシュタグを作成した。ニューヨーク・ポストによると、このハッシュタグ付きの投稿はすでに100万件を超えているという。

韓国・釜山 日本総領事館乱入「国民が共感」 事実上の“無罪”に

このような思考をする韓国朝鮮人(いわゆる在日)が、密入国という重犯罪の責任を一切問われることなく、私たちの社会に奥深く浸透している現実は、背筋が寒くなるほど恐ろしいことです。現行法では、日本人を1人殺してもビザ剥奪、国外追放することすらできない。

教室や職場で、草野球や趣味の会などあらゆる場所で、国籍と本性を隠して私たちの隣りに常に存在している。

公務員には自国民しかなれないのが世界標準なのに、日本ではいつのまにかこの人たちが役所のカウンターの内側に座っていて、私たちの公文書と公金に触れ、操作している。役所内の会話を聞き、各種回覧にも目を通している。



【速報】韓国・釜山 日本総領事館乱入「国民が共感」 事実上の“無罪”に
2020年4月2日 木曜 午後12:09
https://www.fnn.jp/articles/-/27757

2019年7月に、韓国・釜山(プサン)の日本総領事館に不法侵入した韓国人学生7人に対し、韓国の裁判所は「国民が共感した」として、罰金支払いを猶予する極めて軽い判決を言い渡した。

韓国人学生7人は2019年7月、日本政府が韓国向け輸出管理の強化措置をとったことに反発し、釜山の日本総領事館に不法侵入して抗議デモを行ったとして、住居侵入の罪に問われている。

釜山地方裁判所は2日、「被告人たちの行動に国民も共感したが手続きの違反があった」などとして、罰金支払いを命じる判決の言い渡しを猶予した。

7人が、2年間違法行為をしなければ、判決自体がなかったことになる。

クラスター対策班代表の西浦博教授が敗北宣言か 「戦争状態になっても冷静でいられる気持ちの準備を」「見たくない未来が」

じゃあ、オリンピックは中止ということで。両立しないのだから、オリンピックは潰せ。

コロナについて「国民一人ひとりが大人の対応をするよう」求め、いかなる行動規制も導入してこなかったスウェーデン政府は、方針転換を決めた。



2020.04.01 21:00
クラスター対策班代表の西浦博教授が敗北宣言か 「戦争状態になっても冷静でいられる気持ちの準備を」「見たくない未来が」
https://johosokuhou.com/2020/04/01/28572/?fbclid=IwAR3nClg4vzh_KKIkiEgezqodqgMCCoIVeoAmXAqA8RLqgaHv768YAGCMcmo

厚生労働省のクラスター対策班代表・西浦博教授が新型コロナウイルスの感染爆発阻止は厳しいとして、国民全員に戦争状態となっても冷静な対応をするように呼び掛けました。

西浦教授は自身のツイッターで、「戦争状態になっても冷静でいられる気持ちの準備をして下さい。見たくない未来が待っているかも知れません。僕と僕の好きな若手たちが今までできたことは結果論として可能な限りの時間稼ぎ、というだけになるかも知れません。これまで日本で見られなかったレベルの流行に成り得ます」と述べ、日本でも欧米のような感染爆発が起きる恐れがあると指摘。

これからの感染爆発によって事実上の戦争状態に突入する可能性があるとして、「皆さん、たとえ流行があっても冷静に受け止めて乗り越えましょう。皆さんとならできると信じてます。僕は最後まで流行抑止をあきらめませんが、皆と一緒に頑張りたい。乗り越えよう」と呼び掛けていました。

西浦教授の話だと、数ヶ月間に及ぶ厳しい外出自粛が出される可能性もあり、今までのライフスタイル全般が変わることを考えて動く必要があるとしています。

新型コロナウイルスの驚異についても「助けてほしいのに病院が溢れる。助けたい医師や看護師も数多く感染する。近しい親族や好きな人の安全が守れない。そんな事態が十分に想定されます」と触れ、ネット上では事実上の敗北宣言だとして注目を集めているところです。

Twitterの深さ、ちょうど半徹夜の日だったので休憩がてらに楽しませていただきました。ここまでTwitterの民のレベルが高いことに気付いたので、いまから仕事に戻る06:33、皆さんにお願いです。さっしーにあんなインスタをさせてしまって専門家として反省しつつ、いま、これを書く時と思います。1/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

この流行はWar-like(戦争のよう)と表現され、皆さん既に実感されつつあると思います。過去に自身でTweetしたのですが、この流行では、都会での密な接触や屋内活動、国際移動を伴う私たちのライフスタイルの見直しが迫られています。それに対峙する心構えをお伝えしたいです。2/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

僕への応援メッセージをいただき感謝しますが、いつも僕はジミー大西さんみたいに「お前もがんばれよ」って思って皆さんの声を受け取ってます。外出自粛と言っても2か月以上続く場合も有り得ます。それに備えて、皆と「たたかうぞ」という闘争心を一緒にもってもらいたいと思っています。3/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

戦争状態になっても冷静でいられる気持ちの準備をして下さい。見たくない未来が待っているかも知れません。僕と僕の好きな若手たちが今までできたことは結果論として可能な限りの時間稼ぎ、というだけになるかも知れません。これまで日本で見られなかったレベルの流行に成り得ます。 4/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

呼吸が苦しいのに助けられず死んでいく人が出る。助けてほしいのに病院が溢れる。助けたい医師や看護師も数多く感染する。近しい親族や好きな人の安全が守れない。そんな事態が十分に想定されます。そんな事態でも、僕と押谷先生でクラスター対策でやったように、僕は日本人を信じてます。5/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

地震とか台風で自然災害にあっても暴動を起こさない日本。お粗末すぎる非難所で靴を揃えて大人しく我慢できる日本人。そんなとこ、他にないですよ。みんな、すっげー公徳心の高さ。海外生活が長い自分には強い実感があり。。小遣いはたいてマスク作る小学生やセンバツなくて泣く野球人 6/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

僕はその国民性の強さはハンパでないと思ってます。そんな若手だらけの日本には希望しかありません。だから、皆さん、たとえ流行があっても冷静に受け止めて乗り越えましょう。皆さんとならできると信じてます。僕は最後まで流行抑止をあきらめませんが、皆と一緒に頑張りたい。乗り越えよう。 7/7

— Hiroshi Nishiura (@nishiurah) 2020年3月31日

麻生副総理 WHOは中国保健機関と名称変更すべき 国会で答弁

Japanese VP: The WHO Should be Renamed the ‘Chinese Health Organization’
For its role in helping Beijing cover up coronavirus.
1 April, 2020
Paul Joseph Watson
https://summit.news/2020/04/01/japanese-vp-the-who-should-be-renamed-the-chinese-health-organization/

(リンク先に英訳動画あり)

The deputy prime minister of Japan says that the WHO should be renamed the ‘Chinese Health Organization’ for its role in helping Beijing cover-up the severity of the coronavirus outbreak.

Referring to a petition which now has almost 700,000 signatures calling on WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom to resign, Taro Aso tore into the organization for conspiring with China and failing to stop a global pandemic that could have been prevented.

“People think the World Health Organization should change its name. It shouldn’t be called the WHO, it should be renamed the Chinese Health Organization (CHO). This appeal is truly resonating with the people,” said Aso.

“Early on, if the WHO had not insisted to the world that China had no pneumonia epidemic, then everybody would have taken precautions,” he added, noting that Taiwan had to face coronavirus on its own because it was excluded from the WHO.

Indeed, as we have highlighted, the World Health Organization repeatedly amplified Chinese propaganda that the coronavirus outbreak was under control, including a January 14th tweet which falsely claimed there was no human to human transmission of the disease, despite this having occurred in December.

Throughout January, the WHO praised China for its open and “speedy” response to COVID-19, even as Beijing authorities were silencing and disappearing doctors like Ai Fen who tried to warn the world that China was engaged in a cover-up.

The global health body also repeatedly told countries not to enforce border controls that could have stopped the spread of the virus, instead placing more importance on avoiding the “stigmatization” of Chinese people.

コロナ外出規制で離婚が増加 中国

「もうこれ以上一緒にいるのは嫌!」(笑)。



China Reports Surge In Divorces As Marriages Crumbled Under Lockdown, Dashing Hopes For 'Baby Boom'
by Tyler Durden
Wed, 04/01/2020 - 23:05
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-reports-surge-divorces-marriages-crumbled-under-lockdown-dashing-hopes-baby-boom

As China lifts its lockdown rules and the country gradually gets 'back to normal' following the outbreak of novel coronavirus and COVID-19, Bloomberg News reports that divorce rates have suddenly jumped as the quarantines caused unprecedented levels of interpersonal strike that was more than many marriages could withstand.

Arguments over money, children, household duties and suspicions of infidelity festered in many homes, driving many couples apart.

One Shanghai divorce lawyer said cases started climbing shortly after the lockdowns ended. The outbreak, combined with the Lunar New Year holiday, was just too much for some couples, forced to spend weeks trapped together, sometimes along with extended family, was just too much.

Shanghai divorce lawyer Steve Li at Gentle & Trust Law Firm says his caseload has increased 25% since the city’s lockdown eased in mid-March. Infidelity used to be the No. 1 reason clients showed up at his office door, he says, adding that “people have time to have love affairs when they’re not at home.” Like Christmas in the West, China’s multiday Lunar New Year holiday can strain familial bonds. When the virus hit in late January, on the eve of the festivities, couples in many cities had to endure an additional two months trapped under the same roof, sometimes with extended family. For many it was too much. “The more time they spent together, the more they hate each other,” Li says of his new cases. “People need space. Not just for couples—this applies to everybody.”

China only publishes data on divorce rates once a year, but there's been a wealth of anecdotal and preliminary indicators suggesting that the lockdowns led to a surge, as well as a wealth of data reports from individual cities backing this up. At this point, it's safe to say it's a nation-wide trend (or at least for the half of the population - 760 million - who were impacted by the lockdowns and restrictions on movement).

But more alarming, is that the situation on Greenland, where a "surge" in domestic violence cases led to a ban on alcohol sales, isn't isolated to Greenland, apparently. Across China, incidents of domestic violence also multiplied. The trend may be an ominous warning for couples in the US and Europe who are still in the relatively early stages of isolation.

Hopefully, we don't see too many couples re-enacting those scenes from "the Shining" in their living rooms. But it seems likely incidents will rise in the US and elsewhere.

Two provinces that reported sharp rises in divorce filings told BBG that simple trivial matters ended up becoming deal-breakers for many companies. In many cases, poor communication skills were to blame. It's just a lesson for individuals: Communication truly is critical for a healthy marriage.

The city of Xian, in central China, and Dazhou, in Sichuan province, both reported record-high numbers of divorce filings in early March, leading to long backlogs at government offices. In Hunan province’s Miluo, “staff members didn’t even have time to drink water” because so many couples lined up to file, according to a report in mid-March on the city government website. Clerks struggled to keep up, processing a record number in a single day, it said. “Trivial matters in life led to the escalation of conflicts, and poor communication has caused everyone to be disappointed in marriage and make the decision to divorce,” the city registration center’s director, Yi Xiaoyan, was quoted as saying.

As China's economy as grown, divorce rates have climbed, much as they did in the US during the 60s, 70s and 80s.

China’s divorce rate has been ticking up steadily since 2003, when laws were liberalized. More than 1.3 million couples divorced that year, and the numbers rose gradually for 15 years, peaking at 4.5 million in 2018, according to statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs. Last year, 4.15 million Chinese couples untied the knot.

Ironically, Chinese officials had hoped that locking up couples with nothing else to do for two months would lead to a mini 'baby boom' - of course, we've seen no shortage of speculation about a similar boom in the US. But these divorces are the first sign that the effect might indeed be the opposite: Instead of a jump in birth rates, divorces will skyrocket.

Unless that shortage in condoms lasts longer than we expect.

フランスが購入した中国製マスクを、米国が横から奪い取った(笑)

フランスの複数地方が購入した6000万枚の中国製マスクを積んだ飛行機が、中国の飛行場で離陸を前に待機していたが、米国が2倍、3倍の現金を支払って横から奪い取った。飛行機は米国に向けて飛び去った。

フランスは大手輸送会社に対し、飛行機の行き先を変更したり、契約が決まり搬送作業場にある商品を販売に出さないよう保証を強く求めていくとしている。

中国を連日批判している米国が、マスクの供給を中国に全面依存している点が、もう一つ笑えるところ。「中国と関係を切れ」と叫んでいる張本人が、ズブズブの関係に陥っている。



US bought France-bound face masks for CASH from China – French official to RT
1 Apr, 2020 20:29
https://www.rt.com/news/484723-us-france-face-masks/

The US bought out a planeload of Chinese-made face masks right on the tarmac just as the haul of the much needed protective gear was about to set off for France, the head of a French region told RT.

Facing shortages of protective equipment amid the coronavirus outbreak, France has turned to China to procure the much-needed face masks.

After French legislature adopted a law on the emergent medical situation, local authorities were able to place an order on the equipment in China, paying for it upfront. All in all, his and other regions ordered some 60 million masks, the head of the south-eastern Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region Renaud Muselier told RT France on Wednesday.

“The masks have been already produced and are currently in China. There are troubles with their delivery, though,” Muselier said, adding that the haul was set to arrive in France on Thursday evening.

The country, however, ran into unexpected logistics troubles and not-that-friendly competition from the US, Muselier revealed.

Today in the morning in China, the Americans bought out the French order for cash right on the tarmac. The France-bound plane departed to the US afterwards.

The local authorities will now have to stick to major logistics companies, Muselier said, to ensure that the haul is not outbid or bought out in the loading area again. He added that the delivery is now expected later this week.

The Americans are trying to procure any masks already available, disrupting deliveries to other nations, another report by French daily Liberation indicated.

“They pay double and cash, even before seeing the goods,” an anonymous source told the newspaper.
Also on rt.com Threats, attacks, break-ins: French union chief sounds alarm on spike in violence against pharmacy staff amid Covid-19

The US is by far the worst pandemic-affected country in the world as its coronavirus tally is rapidly approaching the 200,000 mark and its death toll surpasses 4,100. France is badly hit by the outbreak as well, with over 50,000 cases registered and some 4,000 dead (all numbers updated for the time of publication).

アブドゥル・ハリーム・ハッダームが死亡

シリアで外務大臣、外務担当副大統領を長年務め、晩年は体制から追放されたアブドゥル・ハリーム・ハッダームが3月31日、パリで心臓発作で死亡した。88歳。
https://middle-east-online.com/en/syrian-ex-vice-president-khaddam-dies-france

一時は彼が父アサドの後継者になるかに見えた時期もあったが、土壇場で彼が追い出された背景には、「スンニー派は信用できない」とするロシアの判断があった。

原油価格暴落 米国産重質油を買うと現金がもらえる

4月1日に入りサウジが原油増産を開始したことで、原油市場が崩壊した。

基準原油WTIこそ22ドル前後で推移しているが、米国産原油の一部は10ドルを割ってしまった。重質油であるワイオミング・サワーはマイナス0.47ドルとなり、同油種を1バレル購入する契約を結ぶと石油会社が顧客に0.47ドル支払うことになった。

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https://www.rt.com/business/484657-us-drillers-face-doomsday-scenario/

患者の声からコロナ感染を感知するシステム開発、臨床試験へ イスラエル

患者の発声から肺に体液が溜まっていく過程を感知し、突然の呼吸困難が発生する前に医師に異常を知らせるシステムが開発され、臨床試験に入ることになった。



Israeli start-up tests speech analysis monitoring of coronavirus patients
By EYTAN HALON
APRIL 1, 2020 13:54
https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-start-up-tests-speech-analysis-monitoring-of-coronavirus-patients-623153

Israeli start-up Cordio Medical will begin a clinical trial at Haifa's Rambam Hospital next week to evaluate its speech pattern analysis technology for remotely monitoring coronavirus patients.
The HearO technology developed by the Or Yehuda-based start-up, initially designed to monitor and diagnose patients suffering from heart failure, is based on analyzing recordings of a patient's speech recorded via a mobile device. The system is now quickly being adapted for the needs of patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
The system, successfully evaluated in clinical trials at 10 medical institutions in Israel, can accurately identify gradual fluid accumulation and warn of expected worsening heart failure, likely to lead to hospitalization. Cordio is currently seeking FDA approval to remotely monitor patients in the community.

コロナで株価半減→※△さん担保を入れて下さい 銀行が要求

以下は、株価が半減したら債務返済義務が生じるイスラエルの石油会社の事例だが、こんなことが経済界のあちこちで起きているんだろうなー。



More foreign banks demand Delek immediately repay debt
Yitzhak Tshuva
23 Mar, 2020 13:58
Guy Ben Simon
https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-more-foreign-banks-demand-delek-immediately-repay-debt-1001322979

Two banks that lent Delek Group $200 million and €50 million are demanding immediate repayment.

Following the market upheaval that has driven down the share price of Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: DLEKG) and put its bond yield into the junk bond category, and the demand by Citibank for repayment of Delek Group's debts, other banks are now making the same demand of Delek Group, controlled by Yitzhak Tshuva.

The company reported today that other banks were demanding immediate repayment of the debt to them because of the financial conditions in the loan agreements. Delek Group has so far repaid $43 million of a $200 million loan from a foreign bank. Under the loan agreement, the bank is entitled to demand immediate repayment of the debt if the value of a basket of companies similar to Ithaca, a Delek Group subsidiary, falls by over 50%, and the Delek Group's share price and the FTSE index also each fall by more than 50%.



A painful compromise with Citibank and the Dayan family will cost Delek Group NIS 120 million.
26 Mar, 2020 12:20
Omri Cohen
https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-delek-loses-5-of-delek-drilling-1001323459

Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: DLEKG), controlled by Yitzhak Tshuva, has been forced to reach a painful compromise in its dispute with Citibank concerning participation units in its energy exploration and production unit Delek Drilling LP (TASE: DEDR.L) attached in Citibank's favor. Figures published by Delek Group indicate that the compromise reached by the group with Citibank and the Dayan family, which signed an agreement to buy the attached participation units, will cost Delek Group NIS 120 million in terms of market cap.

Up until now, Delek Group held 60% of the participation units in Delek Drilling, with a market value of NIS 2.38 billion. Early last week, Delek Group revealed that participation units constituted 15% of the partnership's capital were attached in favor of Citibank in order to secure a loan, the outstanding balance of which totals $57 million.

In the weeks preceding the announcement, the balance of the loan was reduced by $100 million. Citibank nevertheless asserted a right to immediate repayment of the loan balance, citing the recent steep drop in the market value of participation units in Delek Drilling on the stock market. Delek Group decided not to comply with Citibank's demand because of the sharp decline in its cash reserves, and Citibank quickly signed an agreement to sell 12% of Delek Drilling's capital to the Dayan family in return for the $57 million (NIS 205 million) outstanding balance of the loan.

全世帯に布マスク2枚配布へ 人生最大の脱力www

N95を300枚持っている私にも、布マスク2枚を配布するのかね。

ユニクロに作らせていたマスクなのかな?誰にプレゼントしようかな?(苦笑)

1ヶ月以上会議を重ねて出てきた日本政府初の対策がこれ。しかも首相発表扱い。末席の報道官にでも発表させとけばいい内容だろ。

世の中に日銭を稼いで生きている人口は結構多く、彼らは2ヶ月も3ヶ月も持ちこたえることはできない。10兆円単位の経済対策を期待していたのに。

人生最大の脱力でした。世界に対して恥ずかしい。エイプリル・フールであってほしい(苦笑)。

最初から生粋の日本人を助けるつもりがない民主党政権だったら、一体どんなことになっていたやら。



全世帯に布マスク2枚配布へ 首相が公表
4/1(水) 18:49配信
日テレNEWS24
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/pickup/6355891

安倍首相は1日午後、新型コロナウイルス感染症対策本部で、全国すべての世帯に対し、布マスク2枚を配布することを明らかにしました。

日本郵政のシステムを使い、1つの住所あたり2枚を、感染者の多い地域から順次配布するという事で、安倍首相は速やかに取り組みたいと話しています。

コロナ 国立感染研の予算を10年前より3分の1削減

斜陽の日本。こういうのを「貧すれば鈍する」と言う。



虐げられた国立感染研、リストラ強要
3/30(月) 18:05配信
ニュースソクラ
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200330-00010003-socra-soci

【医療の裏側】開祖は北里、東大医学部閥から疎まれた

 3月19日夜、新型コロナウイルスの対策について政府の専門家会議が見解を示した。

 前回9日の見解と同じく、感染は一定程度持ちこたえられているものの、一部地域で拡大が続いており、全国にひろがれば「オーバーシュート」という大流行につながりかねないと指摘。感染拡大地域での緊急事態宣言に触れつつ、感染が確認されていない地域は、学校活動や屋外スポーツ観戦、文化施設利用などリスクの低い活動から自粛を解除してもよい、と方向性を示した。

 自粛による経済への大打撃と、新型肺炎の危険度を天秤にかければ、概ねこのような方向になるのだろう。全世界的に人の移動が制限されているなか、日本は日本のペースで収束を目指さざるを得ない。政治主導で、対策が遅れたが、専門家会議の役割が日に日に高まっている。

 その専門家会議の座長は、脇田隆宇・国立感染症研究所所長が務める。副座長は尾身茂・独立行政法人地域医療機能推進機構理事長で、十名の構成員のなかに鈴木基・国立感染症研究所感染疫学センター長が入っている。感染症の研究、臨床のプロが顔をそろえる会議でも、感染症研究所(以下、感染研)のウェイトが大きい。感染症の制御が感染研に託されている。

 所長、副所長のもとに25部署、職員300余名が働く感染研とは、どのような組織なのだろうか。じつは、昨年4月9日の参議院内閣委員会で、感染研にスポットが当たっている。

 その「弱体化」が取り上げられたのだ。安倍内閣は、2015年度から自衛官などを除いた約30万人の国家公務員について、毎年2%、5年で10%の定員削減目標を各省に課してきた。役割が重いとして独法化されず、国の直轄研究所である感染研にも一律の定員削減が強いられる。特定の専門家が定年退職しても新規採用が見送られ、研究の継続性の危機、弱体化が生じているのだ。

 質問に立った共産党の田村智子議員は、こう説き起こした。

 「(感染研は)実際に感染症が発生すれば、地方衛生研究所と一緒に実動部隊としても行動いたします。致死性の感染症のパンデミックが起きた場合は、職員や研究者は国家公務員として危機対応に当たるわけです。これはアメリカでいいますと、CDC、疾病予防管理センター、NIH、国立衛生研究所、FDA、食品医薬品局の三つの機関の役割をわが国では国立感染研が一手に担っているということになります」

 「2016年2月に作成された、国際的に脅威となる感染症対策の強化に関する基本計画でも機能強化がうたわれています」

 ところが、感染研の研究者は毎年減っている。

 「当時(2013年)の研究者は312人です。今年度の定員は306人です。これはどういうことなんでしょうか。必要な業務が減ったとでもいうのかどうか」

 政府参考人、佐原康之・厚生労働省大臣官房総括審議官は、「国立感染症研究所においても、業務の効率化等を通じて、この合理化目標の範囲内で定員管理をしてまいりました」と答える。さらに田村議員が「感染研の予算、10年前の水準から比べると、約20億円、3分の1減っている」と指摘すると、宮腰光寛・内閣府特命担当大臣(当時)は「厳しい財政事情の中、引き続き計画的な定員の合理化に取り組む」と型どおりの回答でお茶を濁した。

 感染症対策は、国民の生命をまもる「安全保障」の一環だ。効果も不明なイージスアショア2基6000億円の予算は、そっくり感染症対策に回してもいいのではないか、と言いたくもなる。感染研は、与えられた重い役目の割に政府内で軽んじられているようだ。

 そもそも感染研は、どのようにして誕生したのだろうか。

 その母体は、1892(明治25)年11月に「日本の細菌学の父」と呼ばれる北里柴三郎(1853―1931)が福沢諭吉の援助で創設した「大日本私立衛生会附属伝染病研究所」にさかのぼる。

 東京大学医学部を卒業して内務省衛生局に入職した北里は、ドイツに留学し、「近代細菌学の開祖」ロベルト・コッホに師事した。コッホのもとで破傷風免疫体(抗毒素)を発見し、血清療法を確立して世界を驚かせる。同僚と連名で「動物におけるジフテリア免疫と破傷風免疫の成立について」という論文を発表し、第1回ノーベル生理学・医学賞の候補となった。残念ながら、ノーベル賞は同僚だけが受賞したが、北里の名声は世界にとどろいた。

 わが道をゆくタイプの北里は、ドイツ留学中、東大時代に細菌学を教わった緒方正規が「脚気病原菌説」を発表すると、これを厳しく批判した。すると東大閥の陸軍軍医、森林太郎(おう外)が緒方に加勢して北里を攻撃する。脚気菌説は誤りで、医学上は北里に軍配が上がるも、東大との間に亀裂が入る。北里と東大の反目が始まった。

 帰国した北里は、1892年6月、内務省の同僚だった後藤新平らが設立した大日本私立衛生会(日本公衆衛生協会の前身)で「伝染病研究所設立の必要」と題した講演を行い、世のなかに訴えた。しかし、医学界は動こうとしなかった。

 伝染病の予防や治療を担う内務省衛生局と、東大医学部を中心に医師教育を司る文部省、ふたつの流れは容易に交わらない。そこに北里個人と東大閥の対立が加わり、伝染病研究所設立の見込みは立たなかった。

 手をさしのべたのは慶應義塾の創立者、福沢諭吉である。旧知の内務省関係者に、伝染病研究所をつくりたくても先立つものがない、政府が設立するには2年以上かかる、米国や英国のように研究所をつくりたくても人がいないならともかく、日本には北里がいるのに情けない、と泣きつかれた。

 「仕事してから後に金を集めたほうがよろしい。とるに足りない俗論に拘泥して、国家の面目を毀損することがあってはすまぬ」

 と、福沢は答え、芝区芝公園、現在の御成門交差点の南東角に借りていた土地に、2階建て建坪10数坪、上下6室の建物をこしらえ、北里に提供した。これが大日本私立衛生会附属伝染病研究所の始まりである。北里は研究所に転居し、毎日朝8時から9時まで結核患者に限って診療した。治療法を切りひらくためでもあった。

 2年後、政府も北里の研究の大切さを認めて補助金を交付。私立伝染病研究所は、芝区愛宕町、いまの芝郵便局のあたりに新築移転した。北里の研究はいよいよ磨きがかかり、香港でのペスト菌発見へとつながる。一方で、母校、東大との溝も深まってゆくのだった。

■山岡淳一郎(作家)
1959年愛媛県生まれ。作家。

コロナ:ロシアが米国に医療支援(笑)

トランプがプーチンに電話をし、何を協議したのかと思ったら、ロシアが米国にマスク、防御服、医療器具などを大量に支援することになり、早速軍用輸送機で搬送した。

私たちは米軍に頼っていて大丈夫なんでしょうか?不安になってきました。

それとも、これが、ロシアが持つ生物戦対応能力を削減するための陰謀なのではないかと勘ぐってしまうのは、私だけだろうか?



WATCH Russian military plane with masks & other Covid-19 medical aid depart for US
1 Apr, 2020 01:53
https://www.rt.com/russia/484639-russian-coronavirus-aid-usa/

A military cargo plane carrying medical supplies to help the US combat the coronavirus outbreak has taken off from an airbase in Russia, after President Trump accepted an offer of assistance from Vladimir Putin.

“The plane with masks and medical equipment on board left for the United States,” the Russian Defense Ministry announced in a brief statement early Wednesday.

(以下省略)

コロナに高濃度ビタミンC点滴が有効

武漢で中国人医師が試し、効果があった。1500mgを1日3~4回。現在、ニューヨークの医師も同じ処置をしている。

感染症にビタミンC。ありがちな対応。



IV Vitamin C “Widely Used” to Treat COVID-19 in NY Hospitals
March 30, 2020
By Cassius K
https://www.theorganicprepper.com/iv-vitamin-c-covid-19-nyc-hospitals/

For years regulatory agencies like the FDA have subtly targeted the use of such things as intravenous vitamins.

One method they use to target the fabric of culture in which people utilize simple, naturopathic remedies is the stringent enforcement of any regulation they can think of. It seems that the FDA targets regulatory violations supposedly committed by those who deal in naturopathic medicine far more than violations from Big Pharma.

Almost 10 years ago, in 2011 it was reported that the FDA sent out a warning letter to a small pharmacy, urging them not to stock intravenous vitamin C. In Australia, the mainstream media has consistently inundated the discussion surrounding health with propaganda over the last 10 years, and vitamin C has been specifically scoffed at.

Despite an observable urge for the regulatory agencies to crush the culture of vitamins and erase their history, it’s leaking out into the mainstream that intravenous (IV) vitamin C in high doses is effective against COVID-19.
Now New York’s largest hospital system is using Vitamin C for Covid-19

In New York’s largest hospital system, urgently ill COVID-19 patients are now being given large doses of IV vitamin C, an article from the New York Post reported a couple of days ago.

Dr. Andrew G. Weber, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities on Long Island, said his intensive-care patients with the coronavirus immediately receive 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C.

Identical amounts of the powerful antioxidant are then readministered three or four times a day, he said.

Each dose is more than 16 times the National Institutes of Health’s daily recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C, which is just 90 milligrams for adult men and 75 milligrams for adult women.

The regimen is based on experimental treatments administered to people with the coronavirus in Shanghai, China, Weber said.

“The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” he said.

“It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.” (source)

They say the decision to use IV C in New York was based on reports of its effectiveness in China, but vitamin C’s reputation in America far predates that info, although not specifically in response to this virus.

Intensive-care patients who tested positive for the virus immediately receive a dose of intravenous vitamin C measuring 1,500 milligrams, says pulmonologist Dr. Andrew G. Weber, a Long Island, New York critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities in the area.

Up to 4 times a day, the same dose is re-administered. It was not specified what form of IV C was used, but it is likely to be either Ascorbic Acid (what you typically buy at the store) or Sodium Ascorbate (a popular form intended to be easier on the stomach or the body’s acidity).

Some vitamins, originally derived from the phrase “vital amines,” have different, beneficial effects at much higher doses. At the same time, some minerals or vitamins can throw bodily processes into a state of imbalance with doses too high.

Vitamin C seems to be one of those vitamins that is potent and extremely beneficial at high doses.

Vitamin C is being “widely used” to treat this virus “throughout the system,” a spokesman for Northwell confirmed, the institution that operates 23 hospitals including Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.
This may be a better choice than the more pharmaceutical option.

On a different note, a pharmaceutical combination consisting of malaria drugs known for horrific side-effects, mixed with antibiotics that are known to have no ability to kill viruses (hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin) was promoted by Donald Trump recently.

Nevada recently banned the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat the virus. For someone who believes in freedom, any sort of ban would seem like a step in the wrong direction, but the side effects of hydroxychloroquine and related compounds are well documented.

This 2018 paper published in the Journal of Thoracic Disease examined “HCQ-induced cardiotoxicity,” and heart failure in twins born to a mother who took the drug.

Another paper published in the European Heart Journal of Acute Cardiovascular Care said cardiotoxicity is a “rare but serious complication of hydroxychloroquine.”

Not only that but as of March 24, some kind of federal permission was granted to New York hospitals to dose patients with a “cocktail” of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to patients who were considered desperately ill, “on a ‘compassionate care’ basis.”

Hopefully, this compassionate care mentality can be directed toward the firm belief in voluntary treatment, of whatever a hospital has, wherever in the world the person is, rather than involuntary treatment with whatever a hospital chooses to give.
NY is ahead of the curve

In contrast to what is happening in other places, the NY Post reported the Vitamin C is being “administered in addition to such medicines as the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin, various biologics, and blood thinners.”

So why Vitamin C?

Weber, 34, said vitamin C levels in coronavirus patients drop dramatically when they suffer sepsis, an inflammatory response that occurs when their bodies overreact to the infection.

“It makes all the sense in the world to try and maintain this level of vitamin C,” he said.

A clinical trial on the effectiveness of intravenous vitamin C on coronavirus patients began Feb. 14 at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the pandemic. (source)

Let’s hope we see more hospitals using IV Vitamin C in the fight against Covid-19.
About Cassius

Cassius K. is a writer from North Highlands, California.