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U.S. Citizens Detained for Smuggling…Chocolate Eggs

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Justice prevails: two Seattle men were detained for a few hours by U.S. Customs when they tried to smuggle …chocolate… into the United States. That’s right. These menaces to society were trying to bring [gasp] Kinder Eggs into our fair country. Everyone knows those particular treats have little choking hazards inside them: choking hazards disguised as toys! How diabolical. And the worst part is, these confectionary terrorists were going to give these chocolates to… their… kids.
It’s a good thing  Nanny Guvment is there to save us from ourselves. Otherwise, who knows what terrible things we would do. We might smoke something other than weed in the San Francisco great outdoors. (It’s okay. It’s for my chronic hiccups.) Or try to purchase more than sixteen ounces of soda in New York.
It’s amazing the extremes the civil government goes to protect us. I feel like I’m reading The Onion anytime I see an article on the TSA (TSA agents make fun of deaf man, eat his bag of candy in front of him while he cries… yes, befuddled brain, you did just read that). I wonder how far it will go. I just got another speeding ticket recently. I was driving the speed of traffic safely, of course. I am without a doubt positive that the most dangerous things  about the whole scenario were the cop speeding recklessly to catch up with me, my rapid deceleration onto the shoulder, and my white-knuckle re-entrance into speeding traffic. The rather polite officer told me he was just doing his job… that there had been a lot of wrecks on that stretch. I wonder why.
But the real story here is not that government officials are too involved in our personal lives and choices (which they are), that their remedies are usually worse than the disease (which they are), or that we don’t seem to know what’s good for us (which we never have). The real story is the fact that we as Americans just don’t want to take responsibility for our actions, so the entity that has taken over in that capacity, the civil government, feels it has the right to take away our right to choose. You know: “Fun, fun, fun ’til her daddy takes the T-bird away” kind of stuff. They gave us the car, now they want to tell us how to drive it. (Well they didn’t give you the car… but they did take yours and give it to an Obama supporter in Roanoke.) We’re being treated more and more like nursery babies because we have allowed, and even asked, the civil government to take the responsibility for the bad things that happen to us (or that we bring on ourselves).
It’s difficult to live free. It’s not secure. In a free society, if you screw up, you have to pay for it. If you do stupid things and hurt yourself and others, you have to bear the brunt of your folly. Most people in our country say they want to be free. But they really don’t. They might shed a few tears when they have to get their diaper changed and the cold air hits their little bum-bums, but they like their security blanket. Our country is no longer well-peopled with the kind of noble souls who agree mutually to pledge life, property, and sacred honor to the cause of liberty. And until we have those kind of citizens in large supply again, Big Mother’s gonna make sure to put rubber bumpers on the sharp corners of our ornamental rights.

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China Now Says Virulent Coronavirus Started Earlier, Hit Two Areas at Once

Chinese authorities now say that the dangerous Coronavirus struck nearly a month earlier than initial estimates.

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Chinese authorities now say that the dangerous Coronavirus struck nearly a month earlier than initial estimates and that it started somewhere other than the Wuhan fish market.

For months, now, China has claimed that the Coronavirus only got into high gear in Wuhan around Chinese New Year, which is January 8. But now a government report says that it appears that there was an earlier outbreak in the first week of December in a different area than Wuhan.

The new info comes from a study published on ChinaXiv, a Chinese open repository for scientific researchers.

Per the Global Times:

[The research] reveals the new coronavirus was introduced to the seafood market from another location, and then spread rapidly from market to market. The findings were the result of analyses of genome-wide data, sources of infection and the route of spread of 93 samples of the novel coronavirus collected from 12 countries across four continents.

This study says that a worker at a biowarfare center accidentally transmitted the virus at the Huanan seafood market early in December.

According to the researchers, the new coronavirus experienced two sudden population expansions, including one on January 6, 2020, which was related to the Chinese New Year’s Day holiday.

An earlier expansion occurred on December 8, implying human-to-human transmission may have started in early December or late November, and then accelerated when it reached the Huanan seafood market.

On January 6, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a second-level emergency response, which the researchers said served as a warning against mass public activity and travel.

The report added that if the warnings had received wider public attention, the number of cases and deaths would have been many times lower.

Unlike past flu viruses, this strain of Coronavirus is still picking up speed instead of waning.

The virus is still surging and has gained a stronger foothold in Italy, and South Korea, and even Iran has now reported eight deaths from the virus.

Per Fox News:

Italian authorities announced they were shutting down carnival events in Venice as at least 133 people have been reported to have been infected with COVID-19 in the country. Nearly all of Italy’s cases are clustered in the north, including in the northeast Veneto region, which includes Venice.

The dozens of newly confirmed cases have caused all schools and universities to be closed not only in Milan, but in the entire region of Lombardy, for an indefinite period of time as movie theaters, concerts and public gatherings have also been banned.

“South Korea announced 169 more cases of the new virus, bringing the country’s total to 602. The country also reported three more fatalities, raising its death toll to six,” Fox reported.

Senator Tom Cotton has voiced serious questions about how well the Chinese have handled this medical emergency.

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American Authorities Quietly Prepping for US Coronavirus Outbreak

There are serious concerns that the illness is poised for an American renaissance.

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In the Far East, a nightmare is underway.

A novel strain of the often-dangerous Coronavirus has reared its ugly head, and has been bordering on “pandemic” status for weeks now.  The epicenter is Wuhan, China, where researchers’ best guess is that the illness jumped from bats to humans, (or maybe snakes to humans), at one of the local wildlife markets.

The numbers are terrifying in China, where more than 2,300 have perished at the hands of the virus…and that’s if the numbers being released by Beijing are to be believed.

This strain of Coronavirus has also reached the US, but has been thankfully tame in the States so far.

That hasn’t stopped American authorities from preparing for the worst, however.

In coming weeks, if the virus begins to spread through U.S. communities, health authorities want to be ready to adopt school and business closures like those undertaken in Asian countries to contain the disease, Messonnier said.

“We’re not seeing community spread here in the United States yet, but it’s very possible, even likely, that it may eventually happen,” Messonnier said.

“Our goal continues to be to slow the introduction of the virus into the U.S. This buys us more time to prepare communities for more cases and possibly sustained spread.”

And what about cases here in the US?

The United States currently has 13 cases of people diagnosed with the virus within the country and 21 cases among Americans repatriated on evacuation flights from Wuhan, China, and from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, CDC said.

​Of 329 Americans evacuated from the cruise ship, 18 tested positive for the virus. Eleven of them are at University of Nebraska Medical Center, five are in medical facilities near Travis Air Force Base in California and two are near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

The passengers evacuated from the Diamond Princess were flown to America against the wishes of the CDC, further complicating American efforts to control and contain the virus.

 

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Coronavirus Vaccine Conjured in California Lab in Just Three Hours

While this is excellent news on its face, it raises new concerns regarding China’s capabilities to rein in the virus.

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The world is on edge, and rightly so:  A virulent pandemic is unfolding in the Far East, well away from the medical professional best and brightest minds, and mired in the tyranny of China’s communist regime.

This latest, novel strain of the Coronavirus is quite deadly, and is spreading at a rapid rate thanks to its 14-day incubation period.  In China, thousands are likely dead, with tens of thousands more now infected.

And these are just the numbers that we know about.  There are very serious concerns that Beijing is deflating these numbers in order to save face.

In news that further illustrates the incompetence of the Chinese government, it has taken only three hours for medical professionals in California to produce a vaccine for the virus.

An American biotech company says it created a coronavirus vaccine three hours after getting access to the virus’ genetic sequence on Jan. 9, and now scientists are racing to get the vaccine on the market in record time.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals is based in Pennsylvania, but scientists in its laboratory in San Diego made the discovery.

“We have an algorithm which we designed, and we put the DNA sequence into our algorithm and came up with the vaccine in that short amount of time,” Inovio’s research and development director Dr. Trevor Smith told KVUE.

China has reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in new daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized.

Inovio believes that the vaccine could be ready for consumer use by summer of 2020.

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North Korea’s Secretive Government ‘Clearly Lying’ When it Comes to Coronavirus

Is North Korea a secret coronavirus hot spot?

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As the recent coronavirus pandemic continues to rage in mainland China, the illness has exhibited a global footprint with cases all the way from Beijing to San Francisco Bay and back again.

For many, the outbreak’s epicenter is a major concern.  China’s communist regime is not known for their forthcomingness, leading global experts to speculate that any information that we are being provided from the far east superpower has been scrubbed, so to speak.

Even more clandestine than China, of course, is North Korea – a despotic hellhole at times, particularly when it comes to issues of modernity in medicine.  Experts are now concerned that the DPRK could be completely misleading the rest of the region as to the impact that the coronavirus has had in the hermit kingdom.

The coronavirus has infected more than 60,000 people across 26 countries after first being discovered in China’s Hubei Province, and yet North Korea, which shares a border with the country where more than 59,000 of those cases and over 1,360 deaths have been reported, claims it does not have a single illness.

Unverified reports about a quarantined person allegedly being executed by the country after visiting a public bath have emerged, as well as a potential first confirmed case, but the government remains steadfast in denying that the virus has reached its borders, which many experts have cast doubt on.

“There is no way that North Korea is not being impacted by the coronavirus — they are clearly lying as they don’t want to show any weakness or that there is any threat to the regime,” Harry Kazianis, director of Korean Studies at the Center for National Interest, told Fox News. “Considering how there are many porous sections of the North Korea-China border — and how the Kim regime depends on illegal trade to survive — it is clear the virus has come to North Korea.”

North Korea has spent decades in a self-imposed exile from the rest of the world, largely in order to keep their citizens properly docile.  Should North Koreans learn of the outside world, it is unlikely that the spell of their dynastic rule would last much longer.

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American Universities Cancel Study Abroad Programs Amid Coronavirus Fears

There appears to be no end in sight for this coronavirus outbreak, and academia is taking extra precautions on account of it.

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There are growing concerns that the recent outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus in in the Far East is far worse than authorities abroad are letting on.

The illness, which begins with somewhat benign respiratory issues after a two-week incubation period before evolving into a severe and pneumonia-like sickness, is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China after possible transmission from snakes to humans at one of the city’s wildlife markets.  As it stands today, no cure or preventative vaccine has been identified, and the spread of the virus is simply outpacing the efforts to contain it.

Quarantine seems to be the only effective method to slowing the coronavirus down, and global universities are now taking extra precautions on account of this reality.

From Europe to Australia and the United States, universities in countries that host Chinese students have reconsidered academic-related travel to and from China. In the U.S., the cancellations add to the tension between two governments whose relations were already sour.

The scare threatens to cause lasting damage to growing academic exchange programs that reached new heights over the last decade and a half, experts say.

The travel restrictions also complicate planning for conferences and campus events in the U.S. that scholars from China might attend.

“That door has been, if not slammed shut, certainly closed for the immediate future,” said Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University’s vice president for public affairs and government relations.

The death toll in China is now in the hundreds, but many fear that this number has been artificially deflated in order for the communist regime in Beijing to save face.

In the United States, nearly a dozen cases of the virus have been positively identified, some in major cities such as Chicago and San Francisco.

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Coronavirus Approaching Pandemic Status as China Continues to Lie About Conditions

Medical experts are worried that the Coronavirus is not approaching pandemic status as bodies mount in China and cases grow across the world.

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Medical experts are worried that the Coronavirus is not approaching pandemic status as bodies mount in China and cases grow across the world.

Researchers are becoming alarmed at how quickly the cases are growing across the globe.

A “pandemic” is a viral outbreak occurring on at least two continents at the same time. They are dangerous because the world’s healthcare resources become strained by having to confront medical emergencies in so many locations all at once.

The virus appears to spread quicker than both SARS and MERS, making it much harder to contain.

“It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. “But will it be catastrophic? I don’t know.”

As the New York Times reported:

In the last three weeks, the number of lab-confirmed cases has soared from about 50 in China to more than 17,000 in at least 23 countries; there have been more than 360 deaths.

But various epidemiological models estimate that the real number of cases is 100,000 or even more. While that expansion is not as rapid as that of flu or measles, it is an enormous leap beyond what virologists saw when SARS and MERS emerged.

When SARS was vanquished in July 2003 after spreading for nine months, only 8,098 cases had been confirmed. MERS has been circulating since 2012, but there have been only about 2,500 known cases.

But a Chinese nurse who is speaking anonymously because China is arresting anyone who talks to foreigners about what is happening inside the red nation, is warning that China is running out of resources even as the death toll grows.

“I think there are many more infections and deaths from coronavirus than have been officially reported. When preliminary tests determine that a patient has a lung sickness, the nucleic acid test (NAT), which detects viruses, cannot always be carried out because the waiting list is too long. The patient is therefore not diagnosed,” the nurse told DW.com.

“Furthermore, if someone dies from the lung sickness, and has not taken the NAT test, the fatality is not statistically registered as having been caused by the coronavirus,” the nurse added.

So, literally thousands of cases are going unrecorded. And many are dying without their death being added to the statistics.

The nurse also said that building more facilities is not as helpful as one might think because there aren’t enough medical personnel to staff them. So, people are still going untreated because they aren’t being seen even if they are in a hospital!

This is a grave emergency in China, but China is simply lying about how badly they are bing hit.

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Rush Limbaugh Has Advanced Lung Cancer

Prayers for Rush and his family.

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Conservative icon Rush Limbaugh confirmed Monday that he was recently diagnosed with “advanced stage lung cancer,” announcing his medical condition during his live broadcast.

“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.”

“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today,” he said. “I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”

“I thought about not telling anybody,” he added. “It is what it is. You know me, I’m the Mayor of Realville, so, this has happened and my intention is to come here every day I can, and do this program as normally and competently and expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally.”

Read the full report at Fox News.

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