Mass transit systems around the world have taken unprecedented — and expensive — steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including New York shutting down its subways overnight and testing powerful ultraviolet lamps to disinfect seats, poles and floors.
The cleaning measures produced something commuters have not seen in a while, or possibly ever: thousands of freshly scrubbed cars that look, feel and even smell clean. But experts say those steps solve only part of the problem, and transit officials are studying more advanced methods that might someday automatically disinfect transit systems around the clock.
The Moscow Metro and a public bus company in Shanghai have experimented with germ-killing ultraviolet light. Agencies in Hungary and the Czech Republic have tried using ozone gas as a disinfectant. The public transit system in Dallas tested a “dry fogging” system, and Hong Kong used a robot that sprays a hydrogen peroxide solution, according to a survey by international engineering and professional services firm WSP.
In Chicago, rail cars are cleaned every day before starting service and are prowled at night by crews wearing backpack-style electrostatic sprayers that cover all interior surfaces with disinfectant.
WKMG is named for Katharine Meyer Graham and is the local Washington Post television station in Orlando, Florida
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away on Sept. 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus, his family said.
The Palm Beach Post reported that Stephen Cooper, an electrical engineer from New York who lived part-time in the Delray Beach, Florida area, died March 28 at Delray Medical Center due to COVID-19. He was 78.
The censor took issue with:
“Stephen Cooper, an electrical engineer from New York who lived part-time in the Delray Beach, Florida area, died March 28 at Delray Medical Center due to COVID-19. He was 78.”
Well, first of all he was 78.
Secondly, the idol of the left, The Guardian, has reported over 10,000 people (many of them firemen and police officers) became sick from exposure to the asbestos and other toxic substances that came. pouring down in Manhattan on September 11, 2001. Over 1,000 have died.
Corporate media reported Annie Glenn, widow of astronaut and Keating Five senator John Glenn, died at the age of 101 “of Corona Virus.” I mean…come on…really?
This is merely following the CDC’s own “guidelines” to report every person who dies with the Corona Virus, Influenza or Pneumonia inside their body as dying OF that disease.
A lot of people are going to be unhappy when the cops up in Minneapolis are acquitted when the medical examiner reports George Floyd died of COVID.
Orlando, Florida’s WKMG-TV (Channel 6) uses the same “moderation” service, Viafoura, as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. As such, comments will be removed not for any actual breach of WKMG’s rules, but for violating the safe space of the censor.
Letters To The Beast brings more terrible, sad, tragic news of the passing of yet another Gentle Giant. Seventeen-year-old Adrien Green was cut down in his prime on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in Sanford, Florida. Green was minding his own business, merely attempting to break into a car and retrieve articles he really, really, really wanted. The car was parked inside the gates of a home on Garrison Drive.
While most comments on Orlando’s WKMG Channel 6 were supportive of the homeowner, one commenter, Kinkyjinx took umbrage: Reply to @Jack Hammer: and you are what is wrong with this society. Applauding a childs death when you don’t even know a thing about him and just assuming he is a low-life. This kid was the HS quarterback, bet you didn’t care to even know a thing about him. He is someone’s child. And NOBODY deserves to die over something so stupid as trying to steal a car, that is not a death sentence. Hopefully, someone shoots you in the back.
Your humble correspondent’s attempt to correct Kinkyjinx was memory-holed by WKMG: Reply to @Kinkyjinkx: A 17 year old is not a child. Next thing, you’ll be telling us this Gentle Giant was only looking for a bag of Skittles.
BTW, Welcome to Florida. Messing with someone else or his property IS a death sentence. This ain’t New York.
WKMG, and its censor Viafoura, who also provide memory holing for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, took exception to your correspondent’s attempt to eulogize Mr. Green: Another Gentle Giant.
Having been unable to contact Mr. Green’s mother or father, WKMG quoted his great aunt. Lillian Wright as saying, “We just want right done, justice done, and we will seem (sic) that justice will be done. We need justice on this case because we feel it. Our family was in an uproar this morning — 17 years old,”
It is unknown whether Mr. Green may have been a recent arrival from New York, Chicago, California or some other place where criminals are encouraged to ply their trade while property owners can only watch, lest they be incarcerated instead.
It is also unclear whether the home is owned by George Zimmerman.
Letters To The Beast reminds all young members of the criminal community that committing violent crimes against people and engaging in acts of theft, or even attempting to do so (as in young Mr. Green’s case), is ill-advised in Florida. Or any other Southern state for that matter.
Letters To The Beast will supply any pictures of Mr. Green in sports garb, or of himself when he was 12, as they become available.
Gabriella Nunez, Jerry Askin, WKMG, Channel 6, Orlando, Florida
Sanford man fatally shoots 17-year-old during burglary attempt in possible stand your ground case, officials say
Case has been turned over to Seminole County State Attorney’s Office
The Sanford Police Department and Seminole County State Attorney’s Office are investigating the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old burglary suspect Tuesday.
Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith addressed members of the media Tuesday afternoon to explain the details of the early morning incident. He said the teen, identified as Adrein Green, was burglarizing cars on the driveway of a gated home on Garrison Drive around 1:12 a.m. when the homeowner opened fire from his front door.
Smith played the 911 calls during the news conference during which the homeowner explains his wife woke him up as she was feeding their infant and heard noises outside of their residence. The caller tells dispatch he believed someone was breaking into his home and grabbed his firearm when he went to investigate.
“(The) man indicated that he was in fear of his life but mostly for his newborn child and his wife who were in the home,” (Seminole County Assistant State Attorney Dan) Faggard said. “We have to find there is probable cause to believe that the individual did not act in self-defense or justifiably. That’s a very high standard. Currently, we’re not able to make that determination and therefore he was not arrested this morning.”
Smith said officers found a large rock and a car battery near the passenger side of the homeowner’s vehicle. He explained marks on windows and the side of the vehicle are indicative of someone attempting to break in. Smith says this evidence leads officers to believe Green had intended to burglarize the vehicle.
Gun-carrying protesters have been a common sight at some demonstrations calling for coronavirus-related restrictions to be lifted. But an armed militia’s involvement in an angry protest in the Michigan statehouse Thursday marked an escalation that drew condemnation and shone a spotlight on the practice of bringing weapons to protest.
The “American Patriot Rally” started on the statehouse steps, where members of the Michigan Liberty Militia stood guard with weapons and tactical gear, their faces partially covered.They later moved inside the Capitol along with several hundred protesters, who demanded to be let onto the House floor, which is prohibited. Some protesters with guns — which are allowed in the statehouse — went to the Senate gallery, where a senator said some armed men shouted at her, and some senators wore bulletproof vests.
“Their faces partially covered.” Yeah, we call those “masks.” You know the things that corporate media has been shaming, bullying and outright forcing many people into wearing? The things that “Doctor” Scarf Lady have been telling us how to make? Clicking on the link details how protesters were allowed into the capitol buildings with their guns, and screen by state police in the process. It also details how masks were required by law. So, in the process of “partially covering their faces,” the protesters were complying with Michigan law, ill-advised as it may be.
For some observers, the images of armed men in tactical gear at a state Capitol were an unsettling symbol of rising tensions in a nation grappling with crisis. Others saw evidence of racial bias in the way the protesters were treated by police.
Those “observers” would be the liberal corporate news media who go into a full blown panic when power is threatened or in any way challenged.
For some politicians, there was fresh evidence of the risk of aligning with a movement with clear ties to far-right groups.
Prominent Michigan Republicans on Friday criticized the showing, with the GOP leader of the state Senate referring to some protesters as “a bunch of jackasses” who “used intimidation and the threat of physical harm to stir up fear and feed rancor.”
Regardless of philosophy, nothing unites politicians more than the spectacle of their club being invaded by the peasants demanding redress of their grievances. While the “prominent Republicans” are not named, conservative Americans’ exasperation with RINOs is what got Donald Trump nominated, then elected, in the first place.
For decades, corporate media has tried to shame conservatives into going along with liberal policies by quoting support from the likes of John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Marco Rubio, John Boehner, and other completely useless RINOs masquerading as conservative Republicans.
President Donald Trump, who has been criticized in the past for condoning extremist views, called the protesters “very good people” and urged Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to “make a deal.”
A stealth attempt at race baiting here. But keep reading. It gets better.
The Centers for Disease Control Company has instructed hospitals to state “COVID-19” as cause of death even for people that died WITH the virus, not of it. A person who clearly died after suffering heart attack or a catastrophic injuries sustained in a car wreck didn’t actually die of those injuries. No. Now, he or shoe died of “COVID-19.” The hospital now gets $13,000 from the federal government and the hospital bills are covered as well.
Rally organizer Ryan Kelley said the event was intended to pressure Republicans to reject Whitmer’s plan to continue restrictions on work and travel. He called the protest a “huge win,” noting the Republican-controlled Senate refused to extend Whitmer’s coronavirus emergency declaration — though she said Friday her stay-at-home order remains in effect.
So those Republicans, whom the typist praised just a few paragraphs earlier, rejected the Governor’s efforts nonetheless. And the governor is now clearly acting outside the law.
Kelley, a 38-year-old real estate broker, said he and other organizers are not part of a formal group but represent people who have been harmed by the stay-home order. He said he invited the Michigan Liberty Militia, which is listed as an anti-government group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, to serve as “security.” He suggested anyone who had a problem with their presence should read the Constitution and “live life without fear.”
Now we’re getting to the good part. A growing mass movement of people coming together because of government tyranny. People that, unlike leftists, were too busy working at their jobs in the past. Until governmentS (plural) pulled the rug out from underneath them.
Dees, of course, was fired by the SPLC for racism and sexual harassment.
Gun-carrying protesters outside state capitols are a regular occurrence in many states, especially in Republican-leaning ones. But rarely do such protests converge at the same time around the country like they have during the coronavirus pandemic.
Let’s take this one-by-one. If “gun-carrying protesters outside state capitols are a regular occurrence…” Then, what’s the problem? And if these are a “regular occurrence in many states, especially in Republican-leaning ones..” Then there must be many states which are Republican leaning. And if protests are occurring in them, many of us must be governed against our will and our consent.”
“But rarely do such protests converge at the same time around the country like they have during the coronavirus pandemic.” It’s amazing how throwing tens of millions of people out of work based on questionable medical advice which has proved to be wrong, presuming to strip us of our God-given rights, ordering us locked down in our homes, making us endure a failed unemployment system where NOBODY is getting paid will cause some people to start having bad thoughts about our ruling masters.
In Wisconsin, about a dozen men, several wearing camouflage, carried what appeared to be assault rifles and other long guns and stood around a makeshift guillotine at a protest attended by about 1,500 people. In Arizona, a group of men armed with rifles were among hundreds of protesters who demonstrated at the Capitol last month demanding Republican Gov. Doug Ducey lift his stay-home order. Many in the crowd also carried holstered pistols.
Oooh. They were wearing scary cloths. And they, maybe, might have been carrying what sort of looks like, (SCREAM!) “ASSAULT RIFLES and other long guns…” Then again, they could have all been carrying Markmen .177s and Daisys.
“…stood around a makeshift guillotine at a protest attended by about 1,500 people” So…this wasn’t a REAL guillotine? It didn’t actually REALLY cut anybody’s head off? So if Marie Antoinette were standing nearby, perhaps eating $20-a-pint gourmet ice cream out of a $40,000 freezer, she would be safe?
How about leftist protests where they “appear to be burning” conservative public figures? Do you get as worked up about that, A.P.? How about Anti-F.A. protesters – wearing masks of course – swinging what appear to be bike locks and smashing what appear to be store windows and looting what appears to be merchandise and attacking what appear to be elderly people? What’s your take on that, Corporate Media?
Gun groups have been involved in organizing several of these protests — which drew activists from a range of conservative causes. Gun rights advocates believe the restrictions on some businesses and closure of government offices are a threat to their right to own a gun, said Michael Hammond, legislative counsel for Gun Owners of America, a group that bills itself as the “no compromise” gun lobby.
Hammond said he routinely gets messages and emails from people around the country, complaining that authorities are making it impossible to exercise their Second Amendment rights. In some cases, that has meant orders closing gun shops or gun ranges or offices shutting down that process permits.
Well, if the gun stores and pawn shops are being ordered closed, and offices where state background checks and permitting are required (which, thank heavens, doesn’t include us here in Florida), and the act of buying weapons and ammunition legally is made impossible because those stores and offices are deemed “non-essential,” that does present a problem, doesn’t it?
But Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, a gun-control group, considers these protests organized by the ultra-right and not necessarily reflective of most gun owners.
Your humble correspondent was wondering when they were going to get around to telling us what Michael Bloomberg thought. Notice how the typist refers to these protests as “ultra-right,” though an opposing label (ie “far-left,” “ultra-left” or “alt-left”) has never been applied by corporate media to the myriad of protests since Donald Trump became President.
While it’s legal to openly carry firearms inside some state capitols, Watts called it “dangerous to normalize this.
As the government crack down on us continues, get used to it honey. It’s only going to get worse (for your side) from here on in.
Armed intimidation has no place in our political debate.”
What do you call your police enforcers?
She said those carrying guns at protests are almost always white men, and are “a vocal minority of the country” that opposes the stay-at-home orders.
Ohh, not only wearing scary clothes, they were WHITE, too. And, of course, this is just a MINORITY of gun owners. The rest of you are good, reasonable, compromising people. You go along with what we say. It’s just a few of you kooks. Some of our best friends are gun owners!
Your humble correspondent was wondering when they were going to get around to telling us what Michael Bloomberg thought. Notice how the typist refers to these protests as “ultra-right,” though an opposing label (ie “far-left,” “ultra-left” or “alt-left”) has never been applied by corporate media to the myriad of protests since Donald Trump became President.
An overwhelming majority of Americans support stay-at-home orders and other efforts to slow the spread of the virus, according to a recent survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
In other polling news, Hillary Clinton has a 98 per cent chance of being elected President on November 8, 2016. Liberal polling firms paid by liberal media push-polling liberal respondents are certain of it.
The visual of heavily armed protesters, mostly white men, occupying a government building to a measured response by law enforcement is a particularly jarring one for many African Americans.
As we didn’t get the point earlier, it’s those pesky white folk again. The protesters got off easy because the Michigan State Police didn’t kill everybody in sight.
But now, here comes the good part. “particularly jarring…for many African Americans.” (No mention, of course, of how it appeared to Americans born in the United States.”
It draws a stark contrast to the images that emerged from Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, when crowds of unarmed, mostly black men, women and children took to the streets in protest after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. Then, National Guardsmen mounted on military vehicles shot tear gas indiscriminately to disperse the crowds, further flaring tensions between the predominantly black community and law enforcement.
Oh, look. They brought the gentle giant who was mowed down whilst his hands were up back to life. Were the National Guard and Missouri state police before or after the locals attacked other people, burned down homes, business, cars, smashed windows and broke into homes and businesses and looted everything in sight?
“Systemically, blackness is treated like a more dangerous weapon than a white man’s gun ever will, while whiteness is the greatest shield of safety,” said Brittany Packnett, a prominent national activist who protested in Ferguson.
Had the militia protesters in Michigan behaved the way the “hands up” rioters in Missouri did, the response from the Michigan State Police likely would not have been as “measured.”
The Michigan demonstrators, she added, “are what happens when people of racial privilege confuse oppression with inconvenience. No one is treading on their rights. We’re all just trying to live.”
No, honey. The Michigan demonstrations are what happens when good people gather together peacefully to demand redress of their grievances, make their statements, and then leave and go home. Had the protesters been black, or any other race, the result would not have been any different. The A.P. typists failed to mention if any of the Michigan State Police officers were black.
Of course, it’s equally possible that the very presence of guns amongst the Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona protesters is what helped keep them safe from a police riot in the first place.
Trump, meanwhile, suggested it was Whitmer who should be moved to action.
“The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire,” the president tweeted Friday. “These are very good people, but they are angry. They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal.”
Whitmer should take the advice of another Democrat…
In reading the Associated Press’s tale of the Michigan Protests, one might almost get the idea the Michigan State Police weren’t ready to kick off a civil war with the American people, by whom police are outnumbered 300 to 1. They probably decided, since everybody was behaving themselves and acting within the law, better to save that honor for California, Illinois or New York.
Associated Press reporters David Eggert and Mike Householder in Lansing, Michigan, Lisa Marie Pane in Boise, Idaho, Aaron Morrison in New York and Thomas Beaumont in Des Moines contributed to this report.
Hey, guys. If I were you, I would have posted this story anonymously. “By A.P. Staff”
A word to our ruling masters: If we all got back to work, those of us who actually do the work wouldn’t have the time nor the inclination to go out and protest the loss of our livelihoods. Maybe government throwing millions of us out of work wasn’t exactly the wisest course of action. Especially when we own hundreds of millions of guns.
The Orlando region, as with the rest of Florida, is dependent on tourism dollars. Sea World, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, the smaller parks, the hotels, the restaurants, the tour bus companies, the bars, the restaurants, the Uber drivers have all been decimated by the Lockdown / Crackdown on the American people. The minimum wage workers upon whose backs Orlando is built upon have been wiped out.
Florida’s bare-bones unemployment compensation system was never really a problem because there was ALWAYS a job to be found somewhere.
In the past six weeks, since all levels of government, from cities and counties to the District of Criminals, conspired to shut down the economy and pull the rug out from tens of millions of workers across the country, the state of Florida’s “Re-employment Assistance” website, connect.myflorida, com has melted down and has yet to come back to life. And in a stroke of absolute genius, going on-line is the only way to apply for benefits. And once workers are in the system, they must continue going on line every two weeks to “request payment.
So, rather than give the all-clear, put millions of Floridans back to work and get things back to normal, the state’s response has been to spend over $100-million to expand its website and its call center.
Two weeks ago, the state announced it had spent $25-million to expand the number of servers. This would increase the site’s capacity from 60,000 simultaneous connections to 120,000. Apparently, nobody in Tallahassee has ever heard of Amazon Web Service.
Most applicants reported a better experience and for the first time were able to file for unemployment using the new site last week.
The recent spending is more than twice what it cost in 2013 to create the DEO’s online reemployment assistance system, known as CONNECT. It cost $63 million to create the system under former Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, records show.
As of 4pm on Monday, April 13, 2020, a user attempting to access connect.my.florida.com and entering his credentials, received a “run time error” script, after about five minutes.
While Orlando wages have remained stagnant for many workers (the minimum wage is less than $9 per hour and many workers – even skilled workers – are lucky to make $15, rents have exploded over the past three years. April 1 came and went with many workers unable to meet their rent obligations. And May 1 is just around the corner. While homeowners are being afforded the opportunity to defer their payments, at some point renters will have to make up those missed payments in short order.
Orange County, where Orlando resides, set up a program to “assist” 1,500 residents with their rental obligations. The county was overwhelmed with over 26,000 pleas for help before it pulled the plug.
Jerry Demings is the husband of Orlando congress woman Valdez “Val” Demings (D) FL-10. So far Congress woman Demings has been silent regarding the government-mandated economic devastation of her constituents.
Government at all levels, both Democrat and Republican, would do well to put a stop to this, let people get back to work and let the chips fall where they may.
Whether government is deliberately using the China Virus as a means of finding out just how much we are willing to take is unclear. However bureaucrats and politicians, particularly those in the free and non-infringed states, would be well advised to back off. Now. Before the law of unintended consequences hits them hard.
Peoples’ lives are at stake. This is NOT a cartoon.
The economy of Orlando, Florida, as the rest of the United States and much of the world, has been devastated. The hundreds of thousands of low-wage – mostly minimum-wage – workers upon whose backs this city was built upon are out of work.
We can thank, in part, Val Demings, (D-FL-10), Orlando’s congress critter who was returned to the District of Criminals by default in 2018 because the Republicans couldn’t even bother fielding a candidate.
Demings, not to be confused with her uglier, older sister Maxine Waters…
…has made a good life for herself. A former Orlando police worker, she rose through the ranks to become chief of police. While on the job, she met Jerry Demings, an Orange County sheriff’s deputy. They got hitched. Val got elected to congress. Jerry was elected sheriff, and eventually mayor of Orange County, which encompasses Orlando. Despite those middle-class roots, the Demings have managed to build up a $5-million fortune since Val went to Congress.
The State of Florida has a less-than-minimal unemployment compensation system. It pays $275 per week for up to 12 weeks. Until now, it really wasn’t needed. There was ALWAYS a job to be had in Florida. Even if it involved working at a McDonald’s or a Stop n Rob. All that changed last month. In Orlando, there are literally NO jobs. The streets are deserted. Even Uber was dead.
Last week, your humble correspondent called Val’s office in the District of Criminals and gave the fart-catcher who answered her phone what-for. I reminded him that Demings, as a member of the impeachment committee, was part of the prosecution against President Trump. I reminded him that while she was busy with her impeachment hoax, President Trump was distracted from, among other things, the virus which was then breaking out in China.
I told him, “I don’t care if we’re living under a bridge in November, there is no way in hell my wife or I would ever vote for Democrat.”
The fart-catcher said, “I have no comment to make. I will pass that along to the congress critter woman.
Not content with that effort to make my voice known, I wrote a letter using the only means available to the average public: the web form. Congress critters do not public their e-mails or fax numbers. You can drop a letter in the mail if you want.
Dear Mrs. Demings:
While the China Flu was just breaking out in Wuhan last Fall, President Trump was being distracted by your impeachment hoax.
My wife and are as working class as they come. We own our own home on America Street. My wife works at one of the larger theme parks in town. Until two weeks ago, I drove a bus.
I want you to know that, for this among many other reason, there is no way in hell either of us would ever vote for you or any other Democrat. I don’t care if we’re both living under the 408 come next November, President Trump can count on our support NO MATTER WHAT.
This was done TO US . This is not an economic circumstance. This is economic sabotage.
And while the Republicans were trying to get a disaster relief bill through congress as quickly as possible, you people were busy loading it up with Democrats’ nocturnal emissions like same-day voter registration. You piled on crap that has nothing to do with the current emergency. Money for the Kennedy Center. Yeah, that’s what we’re really worried about right now.
We have an unprecedented, catastrophic economic emergency here in Orlando. Hundreds of thousands of people have been thrown out of work in our city ALONE. Millions across the country. And why is the Democrats top priority? Illegal aliens. Airplane emissions. The Post Office. And, of course, pork. Lots and lots and lots of pork.
Most of us don’t have millions of dollars in unexplained wealth built up over the past four years that we can fall back on. Myself, I had just left a lower paying job for a much higher paying one in January when the rug got pulled out from underneath me on March 15.
I was watching the senate vote live last week when your party voted against US. Hours later, Nancy “I want my crumbs back” Pelosi came out with her 1,400 page bill. How long does it take to write 1,400 pages anyway? I can only imagine what would have been in those hundreds of pages, but I suppose you would have had to pass it before we could find out.
My wife and I are absolutely disgusted with you and your criminal, corrupt Democrat party. For everything you have tried to do for the past four years, I can only hope that, when President Trump is re-elected in November with a landslide, and the Republicans see similarly impressive results in the House and Senate, he appoints an Attorney General with the courage to go after your party under RICO. The stench is truly that bad.
And, Biden? You’ve got to friggin’ kidding us.
In closing, you have managed to do what nobody would have thought possible. You have destroyed the economy of Central Florida. You have put hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers out of work, to the point where even McDonalds isn’t hiring.
You must be very proud of yourself.
Enjoy your millions.
Well, it would appear our congress crooks don’t give a shit what we think, because when I clicked on “submit:”
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Demings and her fellow corrupt members of congress (Democrat, Republican and Miscellaneous) may be secure in the knowledge that voters will never rise up against their criminality, theft, extortion, insider training and other on-the-job misdeeds. Unfortunately – for them – they are making a tactical error. Government has ordered tens of millions of people OFF THE JOB. People who have a lot of time on their hands.
As John F. Kennedy (R.I.P.) once observed…
You know, Val, you guys are making things pretty goddamned hard to do things the easy way.
Isn’t that impressive? They have graphs. And computers. And models. Big, pretty, colorful ones. They come out of big machines. They are held up by men wearing white coats over suits and ties. Are you gushing with admiration yet?
Graphs predict Florida is a month away from peak of COVID-19
Researchers from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics created graphs showing how COVID-19 or the coronavirus is projected to impact every U.S. state and Florida is expected to become the next epicenter, behind New York, but is not expected to peak until May 6.
The model shows the timing of deaths and what resources are available in each state.
Based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO) websites and local and national governments the graphs show Florida is expected to see 136 deaths per day between May 3 and May 6, then the fatalities will trend down to near zero by June 29.
The estimated number of deaths by August 4, 2020 is 5.568 for Florida.
Researchers estimate that the state will be short 297 ICU hospital beds at the peak of the outbreak and will possibly need more than 3,000 ventilators during that time.
Okay, so…lemme get this straight. By August 4, 2020, the crystal ball over at that bastion of higher learning, the University of Washington, says that 5,568 people will have died of the Kung Flu in Florida alone.
If true…let’s see here…population of Florida…ahh, dammit! Hey, Google! What is the population of Florida?
Twenty one point three million. Okay, thanks, Google. So, 5,568 people. Divided by 21,300,000. Now, uh, carry, the two…0.002614085.
So, you’re telling me, these bastards in the city halls, county sheriffs departments, Tallahassee and the District of Criminals have shut down the entire economy of Florida, thrown millions of people out of work – most of them being the least able to afford it – closed the bars, restaurants, stores, hotels, restaurants, buses, beaches, theme parks, schools and pretty much anywhere two people might gather and engage in commerce
Because ONE QUARTER OF ONE PER CENT OF PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA
MIGHT, MAYBE, POSSIBLY, DIE OF THE WUHAN CHINA KUNG FLU VIRUS
Perhaps the University of Washington, Cox Media or some other beacon of investigative journalism could determine how the owners of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World (respectively, the Walt Disney Company, Comcast and Anheuser-Busch) consented to simply closing down their parks, indefinitely, no questions asked.
What kind of bailout candy did a congress critter or senator sneak into those-nearly 900 pages which made the companies not only so compliant to the government, but – in the case of Disney and Universal – so generous as to continue paying their staff (part time and full time) for the duration of the closure?
Wealthy newlyweds who hold their nuptials at Walt Disney World in Orlando can expect to spend to pay over $180,000 to rent the Magic Kingdom park for four hours, after the park has closed. Yet Disney is closing EVERYTHING. All the parks. The Magic Kingdom. EPCOT Center, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, the DOZENS of hotels located within its 25,000-acre compound. Disney Springs, the commercial tourist trap.
Universal Orlando Resort isn’t quite as big as Disney, but it is a sizable operation nonetheless.
We are to believe these companies simply shut the parks down because they are good citizens? Really?
The longer this martial law lockdown (in everything but name) carries on, the closer and closer this powder keg gets to exploding.
In Florida, the only way to apply for unemployment compensation is to go to their website and jump through numerous hoops. And, yesterday, that site went down with no realistic prospects for recovery.
And, as financial commentator Gerald Celente often says…
This has absolutely nothing to do with a virus or public health, and everything to do with internationally co-ordinated state crackdowns USING the China virus as the premise.
The fact that we have gone along with it this far without resistance is terrifying. Just imagine how much government will tighten the screws in the near future.
The governments of Canada and the United States have jointly restricted access to each others’ country. In a journalistic level of intrepidity worthy of Pulitzer Prize, Canada’s state broadcaster has discovered that cross border traffic is…wait for it…drumroll…way…DOWN!
Yes, you heard that right! With traffic being restricted to commercial truckers, cross-border commuters, and “essential” traffic, the line-ups at the border are…DOWN!
New CBSA numbers show dramatic plunge in Canada-U.S. travel amid pandemic restrictions
You know you’re getting somewhere when the sworn enemy of you and your followers is calling you dangerous. Apparently, this never occurred to a typist at The Toronto Star.
Shree Paradkar is The Star’s resident Race and Gender Columnist. How Paradkar has managed to survive the Star’s continuing budget cuts is unclear. Perhaps that title alone, Race and Gender Columnist, is the equivalent of holding a cross in front of Dracula every time a round of layoffs is announced.
Let’s go through this one-by-one.
Who draws the line in the sand between crazy and credible and who decides who is allowed to cross it?
Simple, Honey. The voters. Not you. Not the corporate media. Not the corporations who own the media. Not the politicians. If a politician goes too far, the voters will take care of that. You still haven’t gotten over yourself with Donald Trump and are likely to suffer a psychotic episode upon his inevitable re-election and FULL SERVICE of his second term.
People with power and people with power.
You, uh, mean, yourselves?
On Monday, Toronto Star journalists learned along with our online readers that People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was, like other leaders, invited for a chat with the editorial board, and it was to take place the next day.
Oh, my God! An opposing viewpoint! Unapproved speech! Quick! Everyone to the nearest Safe Space! Red Alert!
Bernier was the man who was once the Foreign Affairs Minister who had to quit over a national security compromise after he left a secret document at the home of a girlfriend.
Yeah, the man was a dumb ass. But that was over 11 years ago. Get over it and move on. This is 2019.
Then he was the chief contender to the leadership of the Conservative Party which he lost by a razor-thin margin.
Sounds like a lot of mainstream, regular Canadians liked this guy. But you would dismiss them because they were Conservatives. As for the “man” who beat Bernier, Andrew Scheer…well, in the opinion of your humble correspondent, this kid is as dumb as a box of rocks.
Now he’s the man who heads a party linked through its supporters to far-right bigots, white supremacists, and even a neo-Nazi as a founding member (since removed).
I was wondering when she was going to get around to “the far right”, “bigots,” “white supremacists and “neo-Nazis.” She doesn’t offer a single bit of proof, just, as Rush Limbaugh calls, a “drive-by smear.” Here in the United States, anyone to the right of Alexandria Occasional Cortex qualifies as right-wing extremist, racist, white supremacist, etc.
Perhaps not wishing to get sued, Paradkar is referring to Shaun Walker. Putting aside the fact that she is merely repeating unproven allegations from her compatriots in the corporate media, the fact is Walker (the alleged “neo-Nazi”) was removed from the People’s Party. By her own acknowledgment he was removed. So what is her problem?
Bernier is open about his views on multiculturalism — it should be banned as a policy. He demands that immigrants “integrate” — with whom? The “west” (read: white). He seeks a Canadian values test for new immigrants (add ominous music and “sharia law” here). Refugees — we can’t save the world, so let’s do very little. Climate change — not an emergency. (All quotations here are mine.)
Absolutely it should be banned as official government policy. The government has no business bringing people into the country, and then encouraging them to bring their language, and eventually their problems, with them. The fact is, the former governing Liberal Party, tried allow some “communities” to enforce Sharia law. We caught them, we stared them down, and they wisely backed down.
The Ontario government delayed responding to a report recommending that Muslims in the province be allowed to use sharia tribunals to settle family disputes after its women’s caucus voiced concerns, sources say.
The 17 Liberal MPPs who make up the women’s caucus urged the government this year to go slowly in deciding whether to permit Islamic law to be used in Ontario family arbitration cases.
The government was planning to respond last spring to the report by former Attorney-General Marion Boyd, who recommended that the province let Muslim tribunals apply Islamic law — known as sharia — in marital and inheritance disputes, provided both parties go into the process voluntarily and all decisions can be appealed in the courts.
But in response to concerns expressed by the women’s caucus, Attorney-General Michael Bryant decided to take more time studying the matter, government sources said.
Bernier will also be platformed by the CBC next week.
Interesting word choice: Platforming. Paradkar would have her corporate media whorespondents give opposing viewpoints the same treatment her friends at Facebook, Twitter, Apple and YouTube give to conservatives. Here in the United States, we call it the Alex Jones treatment (and your humble correspondent is no fan of Jones, just to be clear, but I am fan of The First Amendment). Back in Canada, let’s call it the Faith Goldy treatment. And Shree, honey, you really should pat yourselves on the back for how you went to the mat to censor Faith. Now, you’re just pissed off because you can’t give Bernier the same treatment.
What exactly does Paradkar mean, anyway, when she complains Bernier will be “platformed by the CBC next week?” Are they giving him a job? Is he going to read the news? Oh, he’s going to be in a debate. Well, we can’t have that. We liberals are the natural governing party. We are correct on everything. It is not open for debate. If you disagree with us, you belong in jail. Listen, Shree, seriously. You’ve got to stop hanging out with David Suzuki.
Of course many journalists of colour — there are not that many of us in the newsroom — felt let down by our employers’ decision. It stopped us in our tracks, forcing us to change gears from the regular demands of the job. We didn’t have the luxury of shrugging or rolling our eyes. Many of us had deadlines, yet we had to take on the emotionally exhausting task of organizing and speaking up to explain to our management why this impacted us so viscerally.
Oh, you poor thing. Having to live in the real world, subjected to us peons and philistines. And I don’t know what the make-up of coloureds (hey, your word, honey) vs. whites are in your typing pool, but here in Realville, people are hired and retained based on qualifications, merit and experience. Identity politics don’t work here and you can be damned sure you and your colleagues would have been out on their asses at least 15 years ago if the Toronto Star were actually a viable, operating concern. It is only because it is backed up by a multi-billion-dollar corporation that is willing to lose millions of dollars annually just to have the power of the press that you have the luxury of telling your dozens of readers how much you hate Whitey.
When I go into work tomorrow, I’m going to “speak up” to my boss and tell him how the hedge fund who owns us and their ill-advised policies are impacting me so viscerally. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Columnists have wide latitude to express their opinions. This is my privilege. It means I don’t feel professionally compromised when I voice an opinion. Indeed, it is my job to do so. But my colleagues who spoke up are not in the same position. Would voicing their protest risk their reputations? Be seen not as a demand for justice but a lack of that much-vaunted objectivity? Their positions are made more precarious by many of them being at entry-level ranks.
Is Paradkar seriously telling us the same editorializing that occurs in a piece labeled “opinion” is not found in purportedly-objective news reporting? She’s kidding, right? Editorializing from the newsroom went into overdrive the day Donald Trump came down that escalator.
If one of Paradkar’s colleagues in the newsroom REALLY wanted to get into trouble, he or she could start by writing one, some or all of the following sentences:
There was no evidence, not even a hint, of any “collusion” between Donald Trump, the Trump campaign, or the Trump family and the government of Russia.
The charges leveled by Democrats of illegal acts of Trump, his campaign and family are merely projection by the Democratic Party and the Clintons of real crimes, some bordering on treason, committed by themselves.
Hillary Clinton. Uranium One.
Hunter Biden received $50,000 per month from a Ukranian oligarch for doing absolutely nothing. His father, Joe Biden, then the vice-president, bragged of getting a Ukranian prosecutor fired for investigating Hunter.
Israel meddles in American politics.
Donald Trump is popular amongst working Americans. His derision is confined to small pockets of the coastal United States, mainly New York City, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as Chicago.
San Diego and Miami have Republican mayors.
Hillary Clinton is a liar and a fraud.
The Clinton foundation has stolen billions of dollars and, among other things, cheated the entire nation of Haiti.
Okay, Shree. Let’s see where that little expression of free-speech rebellion would get one of your colleagues. But just keep on “reporting” on President Trump that way you people have been, and you’ll do just fine. Well, until the newspaper goes out of business. But seriously, what are the odds of that happening?
“Would we do this with a flat-earther?” one of my colleagues asked our editor-in-chief in an email the evening before the chat.
This is a common Democrat talking point, apparently imported for use in Canada. They disagree with the man. So he must be a flat-earther. Or thinks the moon landing was a hoax. Usual nonsense when they have nothing of substance to offer. The global warming types are actually quite fond of this. Next….
At the Star, the newsroom is separate from the editorial board (which means the decision to invite or disinvite Bernier wasn’t the editor’s to make). From a reader perspective that’s a distinction without a difference. Stories from both the board and the newsroom appear on the same platforms and editors of both ultimately report to the same publisher.
Platforming does not defeat ideas. If there is anything U.S. President Donald Trump is a shining example of, it is the danger of free-speech arguments that validate hate speech, and the failure of the concept of “sunlight as a great disinfectant” of bad ideas.
Another Democrat talking point. “Hate Speech.” I.e. speech (read ideas or policies) the left hates. They can never point to shred of evidence that President Trump has ever said anything racist in his life. He has pointed to bad acts by citizens of other countries. And he has been correct. That’s not racist. That’s fact. Reality.
It’s actually rather funny that Paradkar should bring up the “danger” of free speech. Because the Toronto Star actually ran an op-ed piece opposing free speech and dismissing it as an American ideal which had no place in Canada.
Inciting violence is where Canadian law draws the line on free expression. As Kevin Metcalf of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression points out, absolute free speech is an American concept. Metcalf’s suggestion is not merely his private opinion: it is a legal fact. According to Section 1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, free expression in Canada, like all other Charter rights, is limited by “such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.” The question we should be asking is where those reasonable limits lie.
—Darko Prodanovic and Essa Abdool-Kareem, The Toronto Star, August 8, 2017
The only problem is that expressing any idea that runs contrary to approved liberal thought is guaranteed to incite violence. Violence on the part of the antiFA types.
So we have the irony here of a newspaper writer (three, in fact) opposing free speech. Absolutely un-flippin’-believable.
All platforming does is legitimize the speaker. And when that speaker is polished or perceived by the audience as authentic, the platform elevates their stature.
Well, yeah! And if the audience has two brain cells to rub together, that audience will instantly research what that candidate has to say. And if he makes sense to a lot of people, you know what? He’s going to get elected. Coverage of Donald Trump has and still is 98 per cent negative. Yet he was elected. And continues to serve, despite The Left’s best efforts. That, right there should demonstrate just how little corporate media has on our lives. And it should set off alarm bells for advertisers. If the corporate media can’t even tell us whom to vote for (or against), what possible hope to you think it has of convincing us to buy your hamburger? Or coffee table? Or psychoactive drug? Or pick-up truck?
In his conversation with the Star’s editorial board, Bernier denied his ideology was anti-Muslim. He said things like, “I’m not against diversity, I’m against more and more and more diversity.” He fended off in the softest terms his churlish attack on 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg in which he called her “mentally unstable,” saying on Tuesday: “First of all two days after that I tweeted and said she is a courageous girl … Other people were bringing in the discussion her health and I did that and that was a mistake.”
But she IS mentally unstable. However, despite that, she is just as polished and just as telegenic as Nayirah al-Sabah, the (then) 15-year-old-girl who sold us the tale about babies and incubators back on October 10, 1990. Millions of lives and trillions of dollars have been wasted ever since. We’re not falling for this crap any longer and if Paradkar and her liberal elitist ilk don’t like that, she can pound sand.
The event was open to anyone in the newsroom. We know how these discussions unfold. This is why many of us journalists of colour decided not to participate in any capacity — neither to question Bernier nor to work behind the scenes to produce the live video.
“Journalists of colour…” More identity politics.
“…decided not to participate in any capacity…work behind the scenes to produce the live video.” Where I come from (Canada), we call that insubordination.
You know, a thought occurs. Maybe the next time an unapproved voice comes into the newsroom, The Star should just outsource the work and cut Paradkar’s union drones out of the action. In fact, what even needs to be “produced?” Just put up a webcam or a cellphone and put it out on The Star’s corporate Facebook and YouTube feeds. Provided of course the dateless wonders down in San Jose and San Francisco don’t censor it exactly because it is unapproved.
We know that racism is instituted with or without Bernier. We work despite it. Racism exists among “mainstream” politicians — it exists in the structures and policies and institutions around us. But we didn’t want to be part of a discussion that Bernier could, and did, frame in “agree to disagree” terms. Bernier’s ideologies are not abstract level ideas for us, not mere disagreements that can be debated in a civilized fashion. “Let’s debate, then have a drink, old chap.” They have real-world consequences.
Yes, what a racists, intolerant world we live in here. The third world trash is fighting to get into the United States, Britain and – to a much lesser extent – Canada. The waiting list to immigrate to the U.S. is decades long, in some instances. But yet, we are racist. Racist Americans elected a black man as president. Twice.
Hey, Paradkar, tell us about the caste system in India. Then get back to us about racism in your little world in Canada. Tell us about liberal icon Margaret Sanger setting up Planned Parenthood so she could perfect racial purity. Tell us about millions of black babies being slaughtered in the womb every year. Tell us about abortion clinics in every black neighborhood in the United States, funded by white liberal elitists, then get back to us about racism.
And here’s another great idea. Paradkar, please tell us how beautifully women are treated in Muslim countries. Tell us about how highly educated women are in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia. Tell us about all the female doctors and even the female politicians. Tell us what happens to a woman who “gets out of line” in Saudi Arabia.
I’m not afraid to say it. Thank CHRIST I live in the United States. Thank CHRIST I live in a civilized WESTERN country. What happened to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when the “whites” were kicked out? What’s happening to South Africa now? Why are all the illegal aliens coming north to the United States when there is a whole, Spanish-speaking continent to their south? We must be doing something right. And, last but not least, thank CHRIST I live in a country where I won’t be hunted down by some low-life Canadian “human rights” tribunal for saying what I just said.
Just for the record, I happen to live in an almost-exclusively black neighborhood in Orlando, Florida. My wife and I get along just fine with our neighbors and we sure as hell don’t need troublemakers coming in and screwing things up for us. Our neighborhood has nice, well kept lawns with newer-model cars. As the houses are being remodeled and re-built – and most now have – the bars are coming down. And I can guaran-damn-tee you none of us will let social agitators come in to cause trouble.
This is us, our children, our fathers and mothers and sisters and brothers being threatened by people who feel emboldened by Bernier’s rhetoric, whether or not he intends it. The non-Muslims among us may not be the primary targets — but there is no scope for complacence; the laser pointer swings fast.
Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers. Ooooh, boy. Ooops. Oooh, mxxxxx. Your friends in the “trans” community aren’t going to like that one. But good on you for employing the emotional family symbolism, even if you are vehemently opposed to the very concept.
The laser pointer swings fast.” What the hell are you talking about?
We’ve seen time and again individual white supremacists attacking Sikhs and Hindus, mistaking them for being Muslim. We have seen hate crimes against Black people. We know what Bernier followers — the Soldiers of Odin and PEGIDA, for instance — say about our skin colours, our cultures. We know that while he says he isn’t racist (and touts the meaningless idea of having people of colour in his party as proof), his words continue to be a clarion call to those seeking to bridge the far-right and the “mainstream.” (And if he truly believes they don’t represent his views, he might find it worth reflecting upon why they’re so attracted to his party.)
“…white supremacists attacking Sikhs and Hindus, mistaking them for being Muslim.” Perhaps she could cite a single instance. There isn’t one.
“Hate crimes against Black (capital ‘B’ of course) people.” What sort of crimes is she referring to? Back in 2001…well, I can’t top the CBC for coverage, so here goes…
Hedy Fry has apologized to the people of Prince George, B.C. The Minister of State for Multiculturalism caused a storm in the House of Commons on Wednesday when she said racist cross burnings take place on lawns in the city.
Opposition MPs demanded a retraction, an apology even a resignation from Fry. On Thursday, they got a retraction and an apology but no resignation.
On Wednesday, Fry said, “Mr. Speaker, we can just go to British Columbia, in Prince George, where crosses are being burned on lawns as we speak.”
MP Richard Harris represents the riding of Prince George-Bulkley Valley. He’s lived in Prince George for 40 years. He was astonished at the reference.
“I believe that it is revolting that this minister would cast such vicious and mean-spirited aspersions on the people of Prince George, British Columbia,” said Harris.
Jay Hill’s B.C. riding also includes part of Prince George. “It can’t be substantiated. There were no crosses being burned and certainly not as she spoke in the House of Commons.”
Fry originally stuck to her guns. She returned to the House later Wednesday afternoon to amend her comments to say “recently” rather than “as we speak.”
—CBC, March 22, 2001
Listen, Shree, just a word of advice. Hate crime hoaxes don’t count as hate crimes. A Muslim girl who cuts off her own hair and says a dirty, rotten honky did it because he hates Muslims doesn’t count as a hate crime. Rabbis spraypainting swastikas on their synagoges don’t count as hate crimes. Jewish kids knocking over headstones of Jewish deceased don’t count as hate crimes.
And you know what else doesn’t count as a hate crime? Pointing out the criminal element in “minority” communities.
Even among those of us who want to “integrate” (in other words, adhere to standards of whiteness, not Indigeneity), we can change our clothes, we can change our lifestyles, we can change our accents.
We cannot peel off our skins.
Here in the United States, immigrants were expected to integrate into American society for over two hundred years. The world sent its best workers to Ellis Island. They may have been poor, but as long as the men had strong backs that could earn him enough to support his family, he was in. And was his family. So long as they were all healthy. And contrary to popular belief, immigrants were rarely held for more than a day at Ellis Island. The place just wasn’t big enough.
Okay. Enough history. America was the melting pot. Canada promoted multiculturalism and “diversity” apparently for no better reason that it gave Pierre Trudeau another means of distinguishing “Canadian culture” from American culture. That really plays big in Liberal circles.
With regards to the purported demand that Paradkar “peel off (her skin).”
And this is just a minor example. But recent past governors of Louisiana and South Carolina – two southern states that Canadians love to ridicule as redneck backwaters – were both Indian American. Indian. As in, uh, India. And…you’re really going to hate this, Shree…they are both Republicans.
By platforming Bernier, all the Star and other media do is further bridge the gap between the far-right and the mainstream. Are these the Canadian values we are proud of?
Ah, yes. Canadian values. What are “Canadian values?” Well, basically look up any Liberal Party of Canada policy manual. You’ve got to love paying taxes. You’ve got to hate Americans. That’s a big one. You have to enjoy paying four times as much for your poultry and dairy products as your American friends. And twice as much for your gas. If a Republican is president, you have to absolutely HATE him. And if that Republican president is named Trump, then that irrational hatred should consume your every waking – and sleeping – day.
What else? Let’s see. You have to enjoy being disarmed because only those dastardly Americans would even think about defending their own homes. If someone breaks into your home, merely smile at the intruder, walk out into the street and dutifully wait for the police. They’ll be along eventually.
Another big Canadian value is you have to not only be opposed to free speech, as Paradkar is, but must be a proponent of compelled speech. For example, our friends in the disoriented community demand your show your reverence for them by your supporting the homosexual education of your five year old. And if your little boy thinks he’s a little girl (or vice versa), then you are to encourage it. And demand medical funding to make it official.
And speaking of medical, that’s another big Canadian value. Canada’s endless free health care system. Not like those Americans who die in the streets.
And Let’s not forget. As part of our Canadian values, we must worship the CBC and cherish the stories it tells us of one another, from coast to coast to coast. And Peter Mansbridge truly is a national treasure.
Canada! We’re Number Two! We’re Number Two!
Did I get ’em all?
Ooops, forgot one. Toronto sucks. Hatred of Toronto is Canadian Value Number One.
Shree Paradkar, a columnist covering issues around race and gender, is the 2018-2019 recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy. She is based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @ShreeParadkar
Even her description at the end deserves comment. Years ago, The Star, in addition to identifying a particular writer as a recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship, would describe the fellowship’s aim to “advance traditional liberal journalism.”
In 1995, when called upon to review the first years of the Atkinson Fellowship, John Honderich (then Toronto Star publisher) specifically addressed the fellowship’s aims in relation to the “Atkinson Principles.” “While the fellowship selection committee was charged with looking for proposals that fit within the tradition of liberal journalism, the committee was not limited to only those subjects dealt with by Atkinson,” he wrote in a report. “In other words, we felt we had to be relevant in our choice. Consequently, most of the winning entries reflect modern-day concerns rather than traditional ‘liberal’ topics.”
It kills your humble correspondent to admit this, but in the Honderich days, Liberal as it was – it was and is known as The Red Star – it had credible journalism and at least put on the pretense of offering objectivity. Those days are long past.
I don’t know what Shree Paradkar and the rest of her fellow whorespondents and presstitutes in the corporate media – and the liberal universe in general – are going to do when President Trump is re-elected.
I know what I would like to see happen.
I wonder if hundreds of millions of liberal heads around the world exploding all at once on the evening of Tuesday, November 3, 2020, would have any effect on global warming?
Your humble correspondent’s absentee-ballot vote for Alex Taylor, the People’s Party of Canada candidate in Niagara Falls, Ontario
The tale took on a life of its own. It was repeated by other Kuwaiti officials. All of whom claimed to have personally witnessed exactly what this girl Nayirah witnessed.
The American public was outraged. As were people around the world. The brutality of the Saddam Hussein regime must be stopped at all cost. And the only way to accomplish that was for all free countries around the world (conveniently named “the allies” or “the coalition”), led by the United States, of course, to storm into Kuwait and re-take the place.
It was all a lie. “Nayirah” was, in fact, Nayirah al-Sabah, whose dad was the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States and Canada. Her entire story was concocted by public relations firm Hill and Knowlton and its creation, “Citizens for a Free Kuwait.” Citizens for a Free Kuwait was a rather strange-sounding name as Kuwait was not free before the then-sanctioned U.S. occupation (see April Glaspie), was not free during the occupation, and there was certainly no suggestion it would be free after a successful “liberation.”
The lead-up to al-Sabah’s testimony on October 10, 1990 goes back at least one-and-a-half months. On September 2, 1990, Kuwait’s U.N. Representative, Mohammad A. Abulhasan, wrote to Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, alleging brutality on the part of Iraqi troops as well as theft of state assets and hospital equipment, including incubators.
On September 5, the Kuwaiti health minister, Abdul Wahab Al-Fowzan, made similar allegations.
On September 9, National Public Radio claimed Iraqi solders had stormed a ward for premature infants, turned off the oxygen and removed the incubators.
On September 17, Edward Gnelm, the United States ambassador-designate to Kuwait (keep in mind, April Glaspie had been fired by this time) claimed 22 babies had died when Iraqi solders stole their incubators.
The Washington Post, which had previously reported it was unable to verify such claims, published a story on September 25 which accused Iraqi soldiers of removing babies and “stripping hospitals of incubators.”
Kuwait’s Emir, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah, complained to President George Herbert Walker Daddy Bush about stolen incubators, murders of babies and other Iraqi atrocities on September 29, 1990,
In its September 30, 1990 edition, U.S. News and World Report reported on the shocking brutality of Iraqi troops in Kuwait, including the removal of babies from incubators, leaving those babies to die of exposure (again, Kuwait), and the relocation of those incubators to Iraq.
On October 9, 1990, the day before Nayirah’s Big Day, President Bush stated at a news conference, “I thought General Scowcroft put it very well after the Amir left here. And I am very much concerned, not just about the physical dismantling but of the brutality that has now been written on by Amnesty International confirming some of the tales told us by the Amir of brutality. It’s just unbelievable, some of the things at least he reflected. I mean, people on a dialysis machine cut off, the machine sent to Baghdad; babies in incubators heaved out of the incubators and the incubators themselves sent to Baghdad. Now, I don’t know how many of these tales can be authenticated, but I do know that when the Amir was here he was speaking from the heart. And after that came Amnesty International, who were debriefing many of the people at the border. And it’s sickening.“
To his credit, at least Bush referred to those claims as “tales.”
Of course, we have been lied to many, many times since then. “Saddam’s Nukular Bombs” probably ranks even higher in notoriety than Nayirah’s tale for one basic reason: the claims were related to us by people who ought to have known better. Governments (chiefly the one located in the District of Criminals) are still lying to us. But the success rates of their various acts of deception are questionable. In 1990, we didn’t have a commercially-available internet. We didn’t have the means of independently verifying every single fact presented before us. We didn’t have a YouTube, which allowed public officials making outlandish claims to be exposed as habitual liars.
Newspapers and broadcast media organizations didn’t have comment sections. And now, they probably wish they didn’t. As commenters often use their own websites to call out Big Media lies.
Even in the lead up to Iraq II in 2003, the internet was still a relatively new novelty. Many of us had it, but we were mostly on dial-up. And most of those dial-up portals were controlled by America-On-Line. If you could get past the busy signal in the first place. So of course, in 2003, we bought “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Hook. Line. And sinker.
Millions of people around the world have died because of Big Lies since Nayirah told her sorrowful tale 25 years ago. Bosnia. Serbia. Somalia. Sudan. Yemen. Afghanistan. Mali (yes, they even invaded Timbuktu). Libya. Syria. And occupied Palestine, whenever israel throws a temper tantrum. Thankfully, the brakes have been put on any thought of invading Iran. And the good people of Iran probably have their neighbours in Iraq to thank for their double-sacrifice in 1990 and 2003.
As our good israeli friends are fond of saying. “Never forget.” And “never again.”
Updated October 2, 2019
On October 21, 2019 a general election will be taking place in Canada. LettersToTheBeast is pleased to announce our good friend, Rob Nicholson, who served as Minister of the Police State in the Harper regime, has decided to spend more time with his family. Running to replace Rob as the Conservative (In Name Only- LTB) is some guy named Tony Baldinelli. As your humble correspondent is an absentee voter in this district, his bio was of some interest to me. It reads as the usual never-had-a-job, political fart catcher looking to hit the big time nonsense.
But it turns out Tony did have a job. He worked for Hill and Knowlton.
So, congratulations, Tony. I’m sure nearly three decades later, your colleagues are still doing high fives in the hallways when they gloat about how those guys pulled this one off way back in 1990.
So, just for the record, Tony, I voted for Alex Taylor, the People’s Party of Canada candidate. I encourage all of my former denizens in The Falls to do the same. If you weren’t so close to Nicholson, and if you weren’t a Hill and Knowlton hack, you would have had my vote. I don’t know anything about this Alex Taylor guy, but with a bio like yours, I’d sooner vote for Paul Bernardo. At least he only killed three people. Millions of people have died thanks Hill and Knowlton.