年内家賃、国が一部助成 「最大3分の2」案も 自民検討

名誉挽回を目論む岸田さんが、「選挙で勝てる案を出せ」と檄を飛ばしたんでしょうね。

個人的には、高齢でそろそろ引退を考えていた世代と、稼ぐ力のない企業・店舗を一気に整理し、若い世代に活躍してもらう余地を作る良い機会だと思っていたのだが。



年内家賃、国が一部助成 「最大3分の2」案も 自民検討
5/5(火) 7:11配信
時事通信
https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200505-00000020-jij-pol

 新型コロナウイルス感染拡大の影響で家賃の支払いが困難になった事業者に対する自民党の支援策の骨格が4日、判明した。

 一定程度減収した中小・小規模事業者と個人事業主を対象に、年内いっぱいをめどに家賃の一部を国が助成する。複数の同党関係者が明らかにした。

 金融機関からの無利子・無担保融資のうち、事業者が家賃に充てた分について、国が事後に助成する。先に成立した2020年度補正予算に盛り込まれた上限200万円の「持続化給付金」と同様、前年同月比で収入半減が条件。これに加え、数カ月にわたり平均3割程度減収した事業者も対象とする方向で調整している。

 助成割合については、「3分の2」や「2分の1」とする案が浮上。上限は全国最高水準である東京都の事業者の平均家賃を参考に決める。

 自民党は4日、家賃支援策に関するプロジェクトチームを党本部で開催。この後、岸田文雄政調会長は記者団に「連休明けの7日には党としての考え方をまとめたい。その上で、公明党と調整を行っていく」と説明した。

 一方、国民民主党の玉木雄一郎代表は国会内で記者団に、「直接支援することも含めて、とにかくスピード感を持って対応したいので、与党には速やかな合意と協力をお願いしたい」と求めた。 

サウジ メッカ住民の70%がコロナのキャリア

Saudi Officials Say Whopping 70% Of Mecca's Population Likely Infected With COVID-19
Sun, 05/03/2020 - 10:15
https://www.zerohedge.com/health/saudi-officials-say-whopping-70-meccas-population-likely-infected-covid-19

According to three senior Saudi medical sources, nearly 70 percent of Mecca's more than two million residents are estimated to be carriers of the virus, according to recent random testing conducted in the holy city.

Saudi Arabia has so far recorded 21,402 cases and 157 deaths from Covid-19. These are the highest numbers in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

学校再開に反対67%、レストラン再開に反対78%,、イベント解禁反対に84% イギリス世論調査 コロナ

イギリス政府はロックダウンの段階的解除について検討し始めているが、最近行われた世論調査は、人々が恐怖におびえるあまり、「個」に分解された社会構成員が相互不審に陥っており、経済的・文化的損害を被る覚悟でいる姿を明らかにした。

学校再開に賛成17%、反対67%
レストラン再開に賛成11%、反対78%
パブ再開に賛成9%、反対81%
集客イベントに賛成7%、反対84%



UK elites’ Covid-19 PROJECT FEAR has worked, as NEARLY ALL Britons DEMAND lockdown continues despite falling cases

Norman Lewis
is a writer, speaker and consultant on innovation and technology, was most recently a Director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he set up and led their crowdsourced innovation service. Follow him on Twitter @Norm_Lewis
3 May, 2020 18:33
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/487672-covid19-britons-demand-lockdown/

Having provoked extensive existential angst and worry through a Covid-19 Project Fear, governments are now faced with societies that are petrified of normal life and are pushing back against any easing of the lockdown.

A new poll by Opinium in the UK reveals that the vast majority of Britons remain strongly opposed to lifting the coronavirus lockdown; just one in five want schools, pubs and restaurants to be reopened.

This poll found that only 17 percent of people think the conditions have been met to consider reopening schools, as opposed to the 67 percent who say they have not been met and schools should stay closed.

Opposition to reopening restaurants and pubs – and allowing mass gatherings in sports and other stadiums to resume – is even higher. Just 11 percent of people think the time is right to consider reopening restaurants, while 78 percent are against. Only nine percent believe it would be correct to consider reopening pubs, while 81 percent are against; seven percent say it would be right to allow mass gatherings at sports events or concerts to resume, with 84 percent against.

These figures are striking. They are naturally fuelling a debate inside the government over how to strike a balance between keeping the public safe and minimising the financial catastrophe of a shutdown economy.

But they are not surprising. From the outset, most governments have adopted the Project Fear approach to dealing with the threat posed by Covid-19. We were all at risk, we were told. The virus didn’t respect borders, age, class, ethnicity or race, they said, as if the virus had a conscious plan to smite all of humanity indiscriminately. Lockdowns were necessary to flatten the curve and protect the health service.

But we now know that a lot of this was just fearmongering and exaggeration. It is clear that there are important differences in the level of threat Covid-19 represents; that it is possible to develop a strategy that can protect the vulnerable and the health service while not shutting down the economy upon which we all depend for everything in life. Flattening the curve did not require riding roughshod over basic freedoms and the critical reproduction of economic life. It required a balanced, sober strategy, with targeted support and resources for where they were really needed.

But Project-Covid-19-Fear happened because most governments thought that it was only by literally scaring people to death that compliance, rather than resistance, to a lockdown could be achieved. As Marcus Aurelius puts it at the start of the film ‘Gladiator’, they “unleashed hell.” They unleashed fear, convincing people that going outside was dangerous, that other people were a grave threat to health and even lives, and that detention in their homes was the only realistic option available.

How can anyone now be shocked when the fear-driven, excessively policed public now feels a deep trepidation and a sense of increased vulnerability, nervous that returning to work would be like putting your head above a First World War trench at the Somme? A desire to cocoon yourself in the security of locked doors with access to technology that can allow communications with work, family and friends – but steer clear of pestilence – was not irrational. It was inevitable.

But it is an existential crisis with a very destructive dynamic which will be with us for some time to come. In fact, what governments are going to learn to their cost is that unleashing existential angst is easy, but turning it off is not.

There is an irony at play in this crisis: in the UK, since the vote for Brexit, the Remainer elite have poured scorn on the British public for having dared to defy them and voting to leave the EU. Now that polls suggest a majority are in favour of maintaining the lockdown, to which Remainers have fervently subscribed, they are embracing ‘public opinion’ like never before.

This is tragically short-sighted, because what everyone seems to be missing is that there is no ‘public’ anymore – just a collection of fearful, atomised individuals, isolated from society and living in trepidation of the future. This fractured caricature of society represents a barrier to the kind of social solidarity, organisation, and vision that will be needed to get over the impact of this crisis and the future repercussions of disastrous decisions like shutting down the economy.

In fact, this fear of a return to some kind of normalcy, where we balance risk and uncertainty with life itself, now threatens to be the critical criterion governments are not considering when thinking about what conditions would allow an easing of the lockdown. Ensuring health workers have enough PPE as a criterion is a walk in the park compared to what this existential barrier could represent for the future.

コロナ初期対応を間違えたトランプ イスラエル紙の寄稿欄が批判 すぐ削除

コロナ感染拡大の初期において、トランプは選挙対策を重視するあまり、理屈をこねる感染症専門家を遠ざけ、選挙戦用に自分をヨイショする人材だけを記者会見場に侍らせた。トランプがコロナの影響を軽視する発言を繰り返しているうちに、国内のコロナ感染は手が負えなくなるほどに深刻化した。それでトランプ批判が高まると、「消毒液を注射すれば直る」と戯言を口走り、それが批判されたら、コロナのことは一切語らなくなってしまった。・・・

そもそもトランプは「徳」が評価されて選ばれた大統領ではないが、エルサレム・ポスト紙がトランプ批判の寄稿を掲載するのかぁと思ってメモしておいたが、私が席を外した僅か数時間の間に、原文が削除されてしまっていた。
Donald Trump's erroneous handling of the coronavirus outbreak
Opinion
May 2, 2020
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/donald-trumps-erroneous-handling-of-the-coronavirus-outbreak-626675

失敗した米国のベネズエラ政府転覆計画の背後にいた人たち

元米陸軍特殊部隊と、イギリスのヴァージン・エアーのリチャード・ブランソンが資金提供した。グリーンベレーの元隊員らは、その後麻薬取引で逮捕。

何やってんだか。



Ex-Green Beret Was Behind Failed Attempt At 'Armed Invasion' Of Venezuela Funded By US Billionaires
by Tyler Durden
Sat, 05/02/2020 - 19:15
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/ex-green-beret-was-behind-failed-coup-attempt-against-maduro-funded-us-billionaires

As we've recently observed, Washington's push to oust Maduro is by no means over, even if seemingly less intensified as well and central to media coverage. Currently for example, there's some level of build-up of US naval ships in the Caribbean ordered by the administration off Venezuela's coast for what the White House had described early last month as "counter-narcotics operations".

And now the Associated Press has unearthed the stunning details of a prior failed coup attempt that seem straight out of a Hollywood script, given it involved a plot centered on about 300 “heavily armed volunteers” who unsuccessfully tried to topple Nicolas Maduro in a “private coup” allegedly funded by US billionaires.

The American overseer of the whole operation was a former Green Beret who ran secret training camps in neighboring Colombia, with the aim to infiltrate the group into Venezuela in order to fuel momentum for a broader 'armed popular uprising' à la covert CIA-style Syria regime change ops.

The details are as follows according to the AP:

The plan was simple, but perilous. Some 300 heavily armed volunteers would sneak into Venezuela from the northern tip of South America. Along the way, they would raid military bases in the socialist country and ignite a popular rebellion that would end in President Nicolás Maduro’s arrest.

What could go wrong? As it turns out, pretty much everything.

The ringleader of the plot is now jailed in the U.S. on narcotics charges. Authorities in the U.S. and Colombia are asking questions about the role of his muscular American adviser, a former Green Beret. And dozens of desperate combatants who flocked to secret training camps in Colombia said they have been left to fend for themselves amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And like other more recent disastrous failed plots to oust the socialist strongman in Caracas, such as last year's short-lived rebellion a small group of Juan Guaido loyal officers, AP reports the "The failed attempt to start an uprising collapsed under the collective weight of skimpy planning, feuding among opposition politicians and a poorly trained force that stood little chance of beating the Venezuelan military."
After leaving the Army in 2016, Goudreau worked as a private security contractor in Puerto Rico and set up Silvercorp USA in 2018. Image via SilvercorpsUSA/Daily Mail.

It's unclear the extent to which it had the official backing or coordination with US intelligence, or the degree to which it was an entirely private, 'rogue' undertaking, though Venezuelan state media has slammed the newly emerged plot as another failed CIA coup attempt.

Though at times while pitching and discussing his plan, ex-Green Beret Goudrea — who in 2018 established his private security firm Silvercorp USA — had contact with individuals linked to President Trump (such as a veteran personal bodyguard of Trump's) as well as a who's who of shady defected Venezuelan military officers, the AP report claims that any Washington officials or people of influence who caught a whiff of his bizarre plan rejected it and distanced themselves from it.

lt all began, according to the AP, after April 2019 with what's colorfully described as a “Star Wars summit of anti-Maduro goofballs”. The report details:

Planning for the incursion began after an April 30, 2019, barracks revolt by a cadre of soldiers who swore loyalty to Maduro’s would-be replacement, Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader recognized by the U.S. and some 60 other nations as Venezuela’s rightful leader. Contrary to U.S. expectations at the time, key Maduro aides never joined with the opposition and the government quickly quashed the uprising.

A few weeks later, some soldiers and politicians involved in the failed rebellion retreated to the JW Marriott in Bogota, Colombia. The hotel was a center of intrigue among Venezuelan exiles. For this occasion, conference rooms were reserved for what one participant described as the “Star Wars summit of anti-Maduro goofballs” — military deserters accused of drug trafficking, shady financiers and former Maduro officials seeking redemption.

Among those angling in the open lobby was Jordan Goudreau, an American citizen and three-time Bronze Star recipient for bravery in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as a medic in U.S. Army special forces, according to five people who met with the former soldier.

Those he interacted with in the U.S. and Colombia described him in interviews alternately as a freedom-loving patriot, a mercenary and a gifted warrior scarred by battle and in way over his head.

The 43-year old Goudreau soon landed a spot helping to organize security for the February 2019 controversial 'Live Aid freedom-type' opposition supporting concert put on by British billionaire Richard Branson, held on the Venezuelan-Colombian border.
British billionaire Richard Branson on the Venezuelan-Colombian border at his concern in support of opposition leader Juan Guaido, via Getty Images/Daily Mail.

Goudreau had later written of the event: “Controlling chaos on the Venezuela border where a dictator looks on with apprehension,” according to an Instagram post showing him working the concert, which attempted to gem up popular support for ousting Maduro.

The invasion plans involving 300 trained and armed rebel soldiers hinged on Goudreau working closely with a ringleader of the Venezuelan military deserters, Cliver Alcalá, previously a retired major general in Venezuela’s army, as AP continues:

Goudreau told Alcalá his company could prepare the men for battle, according to the three sources. The two sides discussed weapons and equipment for the volunteer army, with Goudreau estimating a budget of around $1.5 million for a rapid strike operation.

Goudreau told participants at the meeting that he had high-level contacts in the Trump administration who could assist the effort, although he offered few details, the three people said. Over time, many of the people involved in the plan to overthrow Maduro would come to doubt his word.

From the outset, the audacious plan split an opposition coalition already sharply divided by egos and strategy. There were concerns that Alcalá, with a murky past and ties to the regime through a brother who was Maduro’s ambassador to Iran, couldn’t be trusted. Others worried about going behind the backs of their Colombian allies and the U.S. government.

However, training camps along the border appeared spartan and ill-prepared, with recruits sleeping in barren conditions with lack of enough food and weaponry.
Goudreau marketing himself as a slick head of a multi-national contractor firm, via SilvercorpUSA/Daily Mail.

But documented evidence shows plans for major weapons shipments, some of which reportedly did arrive and were later recovered inside Venezuela's borders by Maduro's military:

The volunteers also shared with Mattos a three-page document listing supplies needed for a three-week operation, which he provided to AP. Items included 320 M4 assault rifles, an anti-tank rocket launcher, Zodiac boats, $1 million in cash and state-of-the-art night vision goggles. The document’s metadata indicates it was created by Goudreau on June 16.

“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of cowboys in this business who try to peddle their military credentials into a big pay day,” said Mattos.

The CIA among other US agencies would deny ever having anything to do with Goudreau and the ultimately failed plan.

However, the report emphasizes it had the support of particular American billionaire businessmen. AP describes:

When the Colombians checked with their CIA counterparts in Bogota, they were told that the former Green Beret was never an agent. Alcalá was then told by his hosts to stop talking about an invasion or face expulsion, the former Colombian official said.

It’s unclear where Alcalá and Goudreau got their backing, and whatever money was collected for the initiative appears to have been meager. One person who allegedly promised support was Roen Kraft, an eccentric descendant of the cheese-making family who — along with former Trump bodyguard Schiller — was among those meeting with opposition envoys in Miami and Washington.

At some point, Kraft started raising money among his own circle of fellow trust-fund friends for what he described as a “private coup” to be carried out by Silvercorp, according to two businessmen whom he asked for money.

Getty images

The ragtag poorly planned 'invasion' was thwarted by the Venezuelan military essentially at the border from the start:

The plot quickly crumbled in early March when one of the volunteer combatants was arrested after sneaking across the border into Venezuela from Colombia.

Shortly after, Colombian police stopped a truck transporting a cache of brand new weapons and tactical equipment worth around $150,000, including spotting scopes, night vision goggles, two-way radios and 26 American-made assault rifles with the serial numbers rubbed off. Fifteen brown-colored helmets were manufactured by High-End Defense Solutions, a Miami-based military equipment vendor owned by a Venezuelan immigrant family.

Currently, the main organizers, including Alcalá and Goudreau himself, are in prison. The ex-Green Beret is now in US federal custody reportedly on narcotic charges, but the details remain unclear.




コロンビアから武装ゲリラがベネズエラに侵入未遂

Venezuela Reports Attempted Naval Invasion by Mercenaries From Colombia – Photos, Videos
14:41 GMT 03.05.2020
https://sputniknews.com/latam/202005031079182866-venezuela-reports-attempted-naval-invasion-by-mercenaries-from-colombia--photos-videos/

Venezuela and Colombia have had strained relations for years, with Caracas accusing Bogota of financing and otherwise supporting political forces seeking to overthrow the Maduro government.

The Venezuelan armed forces and police have thwarted an attempted naval invasion by mercenaries attempting to enter the country by sea from neighbouring Colombia, Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol has announced.

“We would like to inform and denounce to the national and international community that early this morning, May 3, 2020, a group of terrorist mercenaries coming from Colombia attempted a sea invasion, with the objective to commit terrorist attacks in our country, assassinate leaders of the revolutionary government and to increase the spiral of violence, generate chaos and confusion among the population, and with this, to attempt a new coup d’état,” Reverol said, speaking on Venezuelan television Sunday morning.

4月29日、米国のコロナ死者数58,365人は、ベトナム戦争での戦死者58,220人を超えた

Why Vietnam won and US lost their Covid-19 wars
America's Covid-19 death toll surpasses number of Vietnam War fatalities while its ex-battlefield foe reports no virus deaths to date
by Richard S Ehrlich April 29, 2020
https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/why-vietnam-won-and-us-lost-their-covid-19-wars/

More Americans have died from Covid-19 than were killed during the Vietnam War, a grim milestone coinciding with Hanoi officially reporting zero deaths from the coronavirus.

“Fighting the epidemic is like fighting against the enemy,” the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam has declared.

As of Wednesday (April 29), at least 58,365 Americans have died from the virus, according to a Johns Hopkins University-run tracker of cases and deaths worldwide.

At least 58,220 Americans were killed in the 16-year Vietnam War, starting with two American advisors in 1959 and ending in 1975 when US forces retreated in defeat from communist forces.
ATF

The former battlefield adversaries’ current Covid-19 tolls would be proportionately equal if America’s 58,365 deaths among its 329 million population were matched by 17,166 fatalities among Vietnam’s 97 million citizens.

But Vietnam recorded zero coronavirus deaths as of Tuesday (April 28), the government’s National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control said.

The country has confirmed a minuscule 270 coronavirus cases nationwide, despite sharing a border with China, the initial viral epicenter of the pandemic.

Vietnam’s actual toll could be higher because of the relatively low number of 88,000 coronavirus tests conducted, but it still likely has one of the lowest Covid-19 mortality rates in the world.
A woman wearing face mask carries a bag of free rice at the St. Joseph’s cathedral in the old quarters of Hanoi on April 27, 2020. Photo: AFP/ Nhac Nguyen

“Our team up in Hanoi is working very, very closely with their Ministry of Health counterparts,” said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s representative in Thailand, John MacArthur.

“The communications I’ve had with my Vietnam team is that at this point in time, [they] don’t have any indication that those numbers are false,” MacArthur said, according to US National Public Radio.

Despite America’s position and resources as a superpower, compared with Vietnam’s status as a developing nation, Washington did not move as fast as Hanoi in responding to Covid-19’s potential threat in the beginning, losing valuable time which no doubt contributed to the high US death toll.

The US also did not coordinate the information in their health and safety messages to the public, or blanket the country with broadcasts, print media, street posters and other ubiquitous warnings and reminders which Hanoi did on a scale reflecting its mass mobilization efforts during the war.

Hanoi’s impressive twin successes – both against America during the war and now in containing the spread of Covid-19 – have been achieved by commanding citizens to act, manipulating media and controlling public and private enterprises.

The Communist Party’s tight hold on then-North Vietnam, and on today’s united Vietnam, have enabled Hanoi to respond with comparatively limited resources.

On April 23, some offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, tourist sites, sports venues and other places in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and elsewhere, reopened for the first time since scattered lockdowns began on April 1.

The government relaxed the nationwide lockdown because no new infections were reported since April 16, a success which continued on Tuesday (April 28).

High-risk places such as beauty parlors, festivals, zoos and other businesses where people easily mingle, remain shut. The provinces of Bac Ninh and Ha Giang and some neighborhoods in the capital Hanoi also remained under partial lockdown.

“We need to learn to adapt to live with the pandemic,” Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc announced.

“We must not let it destroy our economy or our country. We need to put our people’s lives first and continue to take drastic measures to control the disease.”

The government’s new “live together safely” strategy allows people to work, but they must maintain social distancing, frequently wash their hands, and submit to health checks when traveling between provinces.

International flights remain curbed but some air travel and public transport within Vietnam is beginning again. Schools are scheduled to restart soon.

“Passengers are requested to refrain from talking and eating, and wear face masks on public vehicles,” the Vietnam Government Portal’s news reported.

The US however responded with a patchwork of lockdowns with varying restrictions, with some states and major cities relatively unaffected by mandatory controls while other states and large cities implemented strict stay-at-home orders.

Those uneven responses also began on different days, allowing the coronavirus to spread from locations that eventually did lockdown and infect places which remained open.

Vietnam’s strategy and staff also benefitted from lessons learned from dealing with previous China-borne and cross-border diseases such as SARS, bird flu, and swine flu.

Vietnam’s timeline reveals its winning strategy. On January 16, the Heath Ministry alerted government officials on how to stem an expected virus outbreak.

The ministry told hundreds of Vietnam’s hospitals and clinics on January 21 to start preparing for cases.

Hanoi confirmed its first cases on January 23, when doctors treated two Chinese citizens who had traveled around the country after flying in from Wuhan on January 13.

A National Steering Committee on Epidemic Prevention was established on January 30 when the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the virus was a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.”

Early in February, Hanoi began warning the public and created an informational website in the Internet-savvy country.

Selective lockdowns cleared Hanoi’s crowded streets and some other cities and villages, while allowing people to shop for food and essentials.

Police issued fines for not wearing a mask in public, threatened imprisonment if a maskless person infected anyone, and banned gatherings of 20 or more people.
A Vietnamese policeman wearing a protective face mask in Hanoi on February 11, 2020. Photo: AFP/Nhac Nguyen

Hanoi began quarantining villages in February whenever they reported Covid-19 cases. Teams went door-to-door in neighborhoods suspected of having infections.

WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Director Takeshi Kasai said last week, “They’re really doing their part,” by quarantining about 80,000 people. “I think that’s the reason why they were able to continue to keep the number [of infections] small.”

Tens of thousands of people, including visitors and citizens arriving from abroad, were quarantined in guarded dormitory camps dotted throughout Vietnam. Soldiers left breakfast, lunch and dinner outside each room.

Vietnam quickly stopped flights and overland travel in the first week of March to and from China, which shares a border with northern Vietnam.

By March, officials were also monitoring incoming international passengers, and banned all foreign entries after March 22, except for Vietnamese citizens returning home and other individuals, who all had to undergo a two-week quarantine.

When Hanoi’s prestigious Bach Mai Hospital and, in Ho Chi Minh City, the Buddha Bar, were identified as clusters of infection, a widespread lockdown was declared on April 1.

Hanoi’s success contrasted with Washington’s fumbling comes on the 45th anniversary of America’s defeat in Vietnam, displaying again the impressive, unexpected strength of the small Southeast Asian nation which still suffers deep war scars but no Covid-19 deaths.

Richard S Ehrlich is a Bangkok-based American correspondent reporting from Asia since 1978.

CIAが資金提供した精神医学研究が軍による拷問に貢献した事実を暴いたドキュメンタリーをBBCが放映

CIA-Funded Experiments and Psychological Torture Techniques Exposed By Director of New BBC Doc
07:00 GMT 01.05.2020
by Mohamed Elmaazi
https://sputniknews.com/interviews/202005011079145357-director-of-bbc-documentary-reveals-how-cia-funded-human-experiments-led-to-psychological-torture/

UN torture expert Nils Melzer drafted a report on psychological torture after previewing a new film on its modern origins. The documentary shows how a well-respected Scottish psychiatrist was covertly funded by the CIA to experiment on his patients in Canada.

Stephen Bennett's documentary Eminent Monsters: A Manual for Modern Torture examines the history of CIA-funded human experiments as part of a "brainwashing" programme codenamed MK Ultra. The results of these experiments would later inform psychological torture techniques used by the British in Northern Ireland and US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Bennett is an award-winning freelance documentary filmmaker whose films and TV programmes include The Walking Wounded, Choose Life and Darren McGarvey’s Scotland which has been nominated for the Orwell Prize. Eminent Monsters will be broadcast on 5 May at 10PM on BBC Scotland and on BBC iPlayer. People who live outside of the UK and Canada can view it now via Vimeo on Demand.

(以下省略)

ロックダウンでコロナ封印できない 2年間集団感染を覚悟せよ ミネソタ大学専門家

ミネソタ大学の感染症研究所は、ロックダウンしたところで、感染しても無症状のことが多い新型コロナの封印を確認することは困難である。2年ほど集団感染を受け入れたほうがいいとする報告書を公表した。

・・・平たく言うと、今政府がやっていることは間違いだということですね。



New Coronavirus Study Claims Outbreak Will Last Longer Than 2 Years As 2/3rds Of Humanity Infected
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 23:00
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/new-coronavirus-study-claims-outbreak-will-last-longer-2-years-23rds-humanity-infected
(報告書原文)
https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/downloads/cidrap-covid19-viewpoint-part1.pdf

It's been a while since we saw a study projecting an extremely dire endgame for the coronavirus outbreak.

Yet, as the battle over whether to reopen immediately or wait a few more weeks becomes almost universally-partisan, a non-peer-reviewed study out of the midwest projected that the virus could kick around for another 2 years, and that the outbreak won't subside until more than 60% of the global population is immune, Bloomberg reports.

According to the research from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last as long as two years and won’t be controlled until about two-thirds of the world’s population is immune.

The report was written by CIDRAP director Michael Osterholm and medical director Kristen Moore, Tulane University public health historian John Barry, and Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch, whose name has appeared on other important coronavirus research and commentary.

Furthermore, because so many of those infected by the virus are asymptomatic or mostly asymptomatic, lockdowns and other aggressive measures might not be enough to stamp it out completely. This 'invisibility' is what makes SARS-CoV-2 such a challenging virus to contain.

This might help explain why Sweden's approach has been so popular, while offering perhaps the best argument yet for why states might as well reopen. According to the researchers, the virus will likely keep on coming in waves perhaps until the end of 2022, or even longer, as drug companies scramble to develop a vaccine, or a cure.

コロナに汚染されていない米空母トルーマンは無期限出動中

明らかになっているだけで空母4隻がコロナ汚染で出動できない状態にある米国海軍。いまだ汚染されていないトルーマンは貴重な存在で、母港に戻る予定を延期させ、無期限に出動させている状態。関連記事



"The Last Ship": US Navy Keeping COVID-19 "Clean" Carrier Out At Sea Indefinitely
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 05/01/2020 - 20:20
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/last-ship-us-navy-keeping-covid-19-clean-ships-out-sea-indefinitely

The US Navy is keeping warships with crew deemed "clean" — that is, completely free of coronavirus cases — deployed for an additional length of time with no port calls and no deployment end date amid a worsening crisis aboard other ships, as Reuters reports:

On any given day, the U.S. aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman can be found off the Atlantic coast of the United States, probably somewhere between Virginia and Florida. Its crew would love to come home to their families. But they can’t. They’re just too valuable right now.

That’s because the Truman is a “clean” ship, free from the coronavirus thanks to a longer-than-expected deployment at sea that started in November. The deployment has kept its battle-ready 4,500 crew out of reach of a pandemic that is wreaking havoc elsewhere in the Navy.

コロナ 間違ったモデルに基づく間違った対策に、政府はまだ固執している

新型コロナ対策として、複数の専門家が様々なモデルをもとにそれぞれ異なる政策を政府に提言してきた。それらのうち、死者を極端に多く見積もったモデルを政府が採用したことが世界的なロックダウンにつながったが、今日までに、死者がそこまで多く発生した事実はどこにもなく、いわゆる専門家が提示したモデルが大きな間違いの第一歩であったことが判明した。少な目に見積もった専門家の試算も、現実から大きく外れていた。間違ったモデルに基づく間違った対策に、政府はまだ固執している



A Protest from France
04/30/2020
Jörg Guido Hülsmann
https://mises.org/wire/protest-france

After WWI, the distinguished British economist Edwin Cannan was asked, somewhat reproachfully, what he did during the terrible war years. He replied: “I protested.” The present article is a similar protest against the current lockdown policies put into place in most countries of the Western world to confront the current coronavirus pandemic.

Here in France, where I live and work, President Macron announced on Thursday, March 12, that all schools and universities would be shut down on the following Monday. On that Monday, then, he appeared on TV again and announced that the entire population would be confined starting the very next day. The only exceptions would be “necessary” activities, especially medical services, energy production, security, and food production and distribution. This policy response was apparently coordinated with other European governments. Italy, Germany, and Spain have applied essentially the same measures.

(以下省略)

民族別コロナ病院死亡率 イギリスの場合

インパキ系と中国人は独立の項目が立ててあり、
日本人は「Other Asians」に分類される。Covid-BAME-death-rate.jpg
(注)入院患者の死亡率の統計であり、コロナ死亡者全員に関する統計ではない。

Death rate among black and Asian Brits is more than 2.5 TIMES higher than that of the white population, according to stark analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies

Covid death rate in Black African Britons three times white British population
Deaths in Pakistanis 2.7 times higher, for Black Caribbeans it is 1.8 times greater
IFS report is the first to strip out age, geography and gender as risk factors

By Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline
Published: 00:05 BST, 1 May 2020
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8276097/Clear-disparity-ethnic-groups-Covid-19-deaths-IFS-study.html

関連記事

トランプ「コロナは中国から来た」 ← 全てのウィルスはよそ者です

How to think post-Planet Lockdown
The times call for acting as poets instead of politicians
by Pepe Escobar April 28, 2020
https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/how-to-think-post-planet-lockdown/

Between unaccountability of elites and total fragmentation of civil society, Covid-19 as a circuit breaker is showing how the king – systemic design – is naked.

We are being sucked into a danse macabre of multiple complex systems “colliding into one another,” producing all kinds of mostly negative feedback loops.

What we already know for sure, as Shoshana Zuboff detailed in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, is that “industrial capitalism followed its own logic of shock and awe” to conquer nature. But now surveillance capitalism “has human nature in its sights.”

(中略)

I have a cold. The virus is a rhizome.

Remember when Trump said this was a “foreign virus”?

All viruses are foreign – by definition.

But Trump, of course, never read Naked Lunch Grandmaster William Burroughs.

Burroughs: “The word is a virus.”

ドイツ コロナ抗体保持者だけに行動の自由を認める案を検討中

新型コロナが、あの「ペスト」より危険度の高い感染症であるという学問的裏付けがないので、この議論を進める理由がないと思う。
‘Immunity’ with benefits? Germans worried as govt mulls IDs ‘making life easier’ for Covid-19 survivors
30 Apr, 2020 13:52
https://www.rt.com/news/487356-germany-coronavirus-immunity-passports/

イスラエル最大の銀行が米国で76億ドルの脱税指南、罰金874百万支払い

あれだけ米国のお世話になっているイスラエルが、米国で脱税指南しているんだから、ユダヤ人がどんな民族集団かわかるというもの。



Israel’s largest bank agrees to $874mn fine for conspiring to help US citizens hide $7.6 BILLION in assets overseas
1 May, 2020 05:04
https://www.rt.com/business/487484-israeli-bank-874-million-fine/

The top bank in Israel will hand over just shy of $900 million to the US Treasury after it was implicated in a tax evasion scheme, helping Americans to hide billions of dollars in wealth in thousands of foreign accounts.

Bank Hapoalim BM, as well as its Swiss subsidiary, agreed to pay the damages after submitting a guilty plea over allegations that it concealed some $7.6 billion in over 5,500 secret Swiss and Israeli bank accounts, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday. The $874 million sum is the second-largest recovered by the Treasury in an offshore tax evasion case since 2008, the DOJ added.

“Today, Bank Hapoalim is being held accountable for its conduct – it has admitted to its crimes and will surrender all fees it earned, repay the United States for lost tax revenue, and pay a substantial fine,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman.

At least four senior bank executives, including two former board members, were “directly involved” in the tax avoidance scheme, according to US officials. They were implicated in the conspiracy in a years-long joint investigation by the DOJ, the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal division and US attorneys.
Also on rt.com Tax evasion helps US corporations steal $180bn from the rest of the world every year

“Today’s resolutions and payment of $874 million make clear that tax evasion cannot be taken lightly,” deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said, adding that “a fair tax system requires even-handed compliance, and honest conduct by all participants in the system.”

In a separate case brought by the US government, Hapoalim was accused of murky dealings with FIFA and laundering over $20 million in kickbacks and bribes to the international football organization’s officials. The bank will pay $30 million for its role in that plot, which was merely one facet of its broader money-hiding operation.

Primarily a retail bank, Hapoalim has some 250 branches in Israel and manages more than 2.5 million accounts in total, the DOJ said, while the Swiss subsidiary is based in Zurich and at various times during the US investigation kept branches in Geneva, Luxembourg and Singapore.

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.
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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)