Isn’t it appropriate that the day preceding April Fool’s Day is "TDoV": The International Transgender Day of Visibility? It’s a magical day when people can celebrate their transcendence over biology, a day when LGBTQ folks can fool people into thinking that males can be females and females can be males.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham ran afoul of Twitter’s new Coronavirus rules, and was punished for it.
Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) tweeted: "Lenox Hill in New York among many hospitals already using Hydroxychloroquine with very promising results. One patient was described as ‘Lazarus’ who was seriously ill from Covid-19, already released."
As we reported earlier Sweden is taking a different approach in battling the coronavirus pandemic.
The country remains open for business and life goes on as usual with few restrictions.
The political leaders are placing responsibility on the individual. The government is largely leaving decisions over self-isolation and social distancing up to the citizens. BBC notes that almost half of Stockholm residents are working remotely, and that traffic is quieter than usual.
And after several weeks of their experiment it appears Sweden is doing no worse than any other advanced country.
Here are numbers on the Seasonal Flu numbers for this season – compared to the US coronavirus numbers – compared to Sweden’s coronavirus numbers.
Could the stalled economy we’ve inflicted on ourselves in our frantic efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic lead to civil disorder? History suggests that’s a real danger.
Around the world, high unemployment and stagnant economic activity tend to lead to social unrest, including demonstrations, strikes, and other forms of potentially violent disruptions. That’s a huge concern as forecasters expect the U.S. unemployment rate in the months to come to surpass that seen during the depths of the Great Depression.
"We’re putting this initial number at 30 percent; that’s a 30 percent unemployment rate" in the second quarter of this year as a result of the planned economic shutdowns, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard told Bloomberg News on March 22. Gross Domestic Product, he adds, is expected to drop by 50 percent.
Unlike most bouts of economic malaise, this is a self-inflicted wound meant to counter a serious public health crisis. But, whatever the reasons, it means businesses shuttered and people without jobs and incomes. That’s risky.
"Results from the empirical analysis indicate that economic growth and the unemployment rate are the two most important determinants of social unrest," notes the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a United Nations agency that maintains a Social Unrest Index in an attempt to predict civil disorder based, in part, on economic trends. "For example, a one standard deviation increase in unemployment raises social unrest by 0.39 standard deviations, while a one standard deviation increase in GDP growth reduces social unrest by 0.19 standard deviations."
Why would economic shutdowns lead to social unrest? Because, contrary to the airy dismissals of some members of the political class and many ivory-tower types, commerce isn’t a grubby embarrassment to be tolerated and avoided—it’s the life’s blood of a society. Jobs and businesses keep people alive. They represent the activities that meet demand for food, clothing, shelter—and that develop and distribute the medicine and medical supplies we need to battle COVID-19.
President Donald Trump may be overly optimistic when he hopes to have the country, including areas hard-hit by the virus, "opened up and just raring to go by Easter," but he’s not wrong to include the economy in his calculations.
By contrast, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s insistence that "if it’s public health versus the economy, the only choice is public health," sounds fine and noble. But it reflects an unrealistic and semi-aristocratic disdain for the activities that make fighting the pandemic possible at all—and that keep social unrest at bay.
While the ILO has tried to quantify the causes of social unrest, its researchers certainly aren’t the first to make the connection between angry, unemployed people and trouble in the streets.
At the height of the Great Depression, when U.S. unemployment hit a peak of 24.9 percent, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration saw make-work programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as a means of getting the jobless—especially young men—safely into "quasi-military camps often far from home in the nation’s publicly owned forests and parks," Joseph M. Speakman wrote for the Fall 2006 issue of Prologue Magazine, a publication of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
"Bringing an army of the unemployed into ‘healthful surroundings,’ Roosevelt argued, would help to eliminate the threats to social stability that enforced idleness had created," Speakman added.
In fact, the connection between unemployment, stagnant economies, and social unrest is so clear that an important indicator for a large underground economy is relative peace prevailing alongside a chronically high unemployment rate.
If 21 percent of the workforce "were jobless, Spain would not be as peaceful as, barring a few demonstrations, it has so far been, say economists and business leaders," the Financial Timesnoted in 2011. Sure enough, researchers found that off-the-books businesses and jobs thrived in Spain—accounting for the equivalent of a quarter of GDP at one point—keeping people employed and defusing tensions.
Bullard of the Fed doesn’t propose shipping the jobless off to the wilderness—at least, not yet—and he doesn’t seem inclined to rely on the black market to keep people fed, warm, and healthy. Instead, to defuse the impact of the social-distancing shutdowns of normal economic activity, he calls for lost income to be replaced by unemployment insurance and other payments that would make displaced workers and business owners whole.
He better be right that government checks—drawing on money from the thin air and not generated by an economy that has largely halted, I’ll note—can offset the pain of lost jobs and businesses, because the first wave of the unemployment he predicts is already here.
"In the week ending March 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 3,283,000, an increase of 3,001,000 from the previous week’s revised level," the United States Department of Labor announced on Thursday, March 26.
"This marks the highest level of seasonally adjusted initial claims in the history of the seasonally adjusted series."
Those disturbed by such economic collapse include public health professionals who take COVID-19 very seriously.
"I am deeply concerned that the social, economic and public health consequences of this near total meltdown of normal life—schools and businesses closed, gatherings banned—will be long lasting and calamitous, possibly graver than the direct toll of the virus itself," wrote David L. Katz, former director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, in The New York Times last week.
"The stock market will bounce back in time, but many businesses never will. The unemployment, impoverishment and despair likely to result will be public health scourges of the first order."
Unemployment, impoverishment, and despair are frightening outcomes in themselves. They’re also a recipe for social unrest that will afflict even those of us who weather both the pandemic and the accompanying economic storm.
Children’s TV Network Nickelodeon Celebrates ‘Transgender Day of Visibility’
Allmy / ShutterstockThe Nickelodeon logo i s pictured in the stock photo above. (Allmy / Shutterstock)
Prominent children’s television network Nickelodeon has made waves across the web once again this week, voicing public support for yet another LGBT day of celebration.
Tuesday marked the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility, according to The U.K. Independent, and Nickelodeon was quick to celebrate, posting to its Twitter account words of encouragement for transgender individuals attempting to “live their truth.”
“Today is International #TransDayOfVisibility,” the network tweeted. “We’re celebrating transgender people around the world and the courage it takes to live their truth.”
First celebrated in 2009, International Transgender Day of Visibility was established in an effort to “recognize the accomplishments of transgender and gender non-conforming people as well as bring attention to their continued struggles,” according to Forbes.
Nickelodeon is far from the first popular children and adolescent content producer to publicly mainstream this sort of concept.
Both Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios have received widespread media attention in the last year for announcing the addition of major LGBT characters into their critically acclaimed superhero comic books and cinematic universe.
According to The Guardian, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said last December that a transgender hero would be coming to the studio’s film universe “very soon” in a feature that had already entered production at the time. (Variety later reported that he was talking about the addition of “LGBT+ characters, and he did not mean to imply that a trans character will be coming to the MCU ‘very soon.’”
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In the world of comic books, Marvel announced on March 17 that its upcoming series “The New Warriors” would include the twin heroes Safespace and Snowflake, the latter of whom would be “non-binary” and go by “they/them” pronouns.
The announcement sparked controversy on social media, with conservative fans panning the concept as progressive pandering and pro-LGBT audiences finding the idea offensively backhanded, as the U.K.’s Evening Standard reported.
Nickelodeon is also familiar with backlash regarding its open support of the LGBT community and the increasing inclusion of LGBT themes in its content, according to The Daily Wire. The network had previously made postings in recent years for the June celebration of LGBT pride month.
Similar to the celebratory postings of other industry giants, Nickelodeon’s public support generally included pictures of the company logo adorned with the rainbow color scheme synonymous with the LGBT pride movement.
When COVID-19 first began to spread, governments across the world didn’t have much of a clue as to what the best treatment would be.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, along with his colleague Laura Ingraham, were some of the first media personalities in the U.S. to bring on guests claiming that the anti-malarial drugs hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin were helping people infected with the virus.
President Donald Trump, an avid Fox viewer, must have been watching.
During a news conference at the White House last week, Trump touted the drug combination as a possible cure despite Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, saying there was only “anecdotal” evidence to suggest that they are.
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains – Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH (H works better with A, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents)…..
Meanwhile, Twitter took down a Rudy Giuliani tweet that said hydroxychloroquine was a possible way to treat the virus.
On Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it has accepted 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate and one million doses of chloroquine phosphate from a pair of pharmaceutical companies in order to treat patients hospitalized by COVID-19.
The HHS statement explained that the Food and Drug Administration had issued an “emergency use authorization” so the drugs can be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with coronavirus when a clinical trial is not available or feasible.
Margaret Novins, a woman in her 50s from New Jersey, also improved after taking hydroxychloroquine. Her story was covered in Forbes.
Dr. Vladimir Zelenko of New York allegedly has a 100 percent cure rate with the drugs.
#coronavirus News Alert: Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family practitioner in NY, has now treated 699 Covid-19 patients with 100% success using Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate, Zinc and Z-Pak. All symptoms of shortness of breath resolved within 4-6 hr https://t.co/siCvNg845Qpic.twitter.com/lOrUvBHp0A
Earlier this month, Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted praise for hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug championed by President Trump as a potential treatment for the virus, despite little evidence to that effecthttps://t.co/k4A7Mc9Hp7
It seems as though the corporate media would rather people die than give Trump an ounce of credit for pushing hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a possible cure to the COVID-19 virus.
Carlson said it best when in a monologue last week he explained that the real reason the media is taking such a negative approach to the possible cure is quite simple — the president supports it.
“At the very least we should all be following developments in hydroxychloroquine’s use with interest and measured hope. Why wouldn’t we be?” he asked.
“Well,” he continued, “here’s why: Donald Trump is for it.”
“Several days ago, the president expressed confidence in hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the epidemic. That was it for the media. If Trump is for it, they’re against it, even if it might save American lives. What reactive children they are. And they immediately began a sustained push to discredit the drug long before the clinical results were in.”
.@DrMarcSiegel gives a “shout-out” to Tucker Carlson for bringing attention to hydroxychloroquine as a potential coronavirus treatment:
“I believe our focus on this drug has led directly to FDA emergency approval, which may save many lives.” pic.twitter.com/LBuZkgDe42
The Justice Department inspector general said it does “not have confidence” in the FBI’s FISA application process following an audit that found the Bureau was not sufficiently transparent with the court in 29 applications from 2014 to 2019, all of which included “apparent errors or inadequately supported facts.”
Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report in December which found that the FBI included “at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications and many errors in the Woods Procedures” during its Crossfire Hurricane investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign. After releasing the report, Horowitz said that he would conduct a further investigation to see if the errors identified in the Page application were widespread.
“God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools & lives, a nation had turned its back on God. I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word. Read our Bibles…” said Lindell.
The snakes in the media became triggered and attacked Mike Lindell.
Trump just called the “My Pillow” guy up to the podium in the Rose Garden. You cannot make this stuff up.
On Tuesday Mike Lindell went on with Lou Dobbs to discuss his visit to the White House, his company’s generosity to suffering Americans and his response to the wicked media.
Mike Lindell told Lou Dobbs, “I heard Jim Acosta attacked me too and he was just 10 feet from me in the Rose Garden. This is just evil, Lou… CNN what they did to me? I’m sorry, I put out a message of hope to the country that God had given us grace on November 8, 2016 for such a time… I’m appalled by the journalists that I see there. I used to think are they really that evil? Well, yes there are.”
Apparently Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has watched the classic film “The Hunt for Red October,” in which the Soviet submarine V. K. Konovalov launches a torpedo at the defecting Red October submarine but the torpedo ultimately winds up destroying the V. K. Konovalov itself.
On Tuesday, seizing upon a story in the Los Angeles Times that slammed the Trump administration for relaxing gas mileage and emissions requirements for auto manufacturers, former President Barack Obama took a shot at President Trump and his administration as Obama targeted the youth vote for 2020.
But he didn’t reckon with Cruz (R-TX) who took Obama’s words and deftly turned them into an attack on former Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Obama tweeted: “We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.”
We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall. https://t.co/K8Ucu7iVDK
Cruz turned the missile headed for Trump and the GOP and reversed its path so it wound up targeting Biden and Pelosi, tweeting: “Bold: Obama calls for the overwhelming electoral defeat of Joe Biden & Nancy Pelosi, after they opposed & demagogued Trump’s China travel ban, which helped slow the coronavirus pandemic.”
Bold: Obama calls for the overwhelming electoral defeat of Joe Biden & Nancy Pelosi, after they opposed & demagogued Trump’s China travel ban, which helped slow the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/DaRygnaMQb
In January, President Trump reacted swiftly to the WHO’s announcement that human transmission of COVID-19 was possible, issuing his travel ban on people coming from China the very next day. He was attacked for his alleged xenophobia by various quarters, including Biden, who attacked Trump at a campaign rally, saying, ““In moments like this, this is where the credibility of a president is most needed, as he explains what we should and should not do. This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia, hysterical xenophobia, to uh, and fear mongering.”
In mid-March, Biden ripped President Trump on Twitter for Trump’s actions in banning travel to the United States and Trump’s actions building a wall on the southern border, tweeting, “A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it. This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet – and we need a plan to combat it.”
A wall will not stop the coronavirus.
Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it.
This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.
Also in mid-March, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise pointed out that the No Ban Act that Pelosi supported would have made it more difficult for President Trump to issue his China travel ban in January, as The Hill reported. He stated, “I know there is one piece of legislation that’s scheduled for the floor this week that I would urge Speaker Pelosi to pull back on, and that is the No Ban Act. You saw at the very beginning of this, President Trump was able to take quick action when so many cases were coming out of China, and we still don’t know enough about the genesis of this disease in China and how it may have started there.” He continued:
Unfortunately, they didn’t share enough information with us as quickly, where we could have done more things earlier. But at the same time, the president was able to take quick action to limit the number of people coming in from China that had exposure to coronavirus, but the No Ban Act would make it more difficult for the president to keep Americans safe by addressing needs as we see other countries like Iran — you’re seeing a large, potential large outbreak in Iran — Iran is one of those countries that we currently have a travel ban on because they don’t allow us to properly vet that terrorists aren’t coming into our country.