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Coronavirus Fact Check

 Need to know if the latest COVID-19 rumor is true? News Break is here to help you separate fact from fiction.  

Is the United States is the only country with lockdown protests?

Confirmed FALSE

The U.S. Isn’t the Only Country With Lockdown Protests
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Did Trump tweet Obama failed to prepare him for a pandemic?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: President Trump Did NOT Tweet Obama ‘Had 8 Years To Prepair The Next President For A Pandemic And He Failed’
leadstories.com

Was Fauci a member of Microsoft’s board?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Fauci served on Microsoft’s board with Bill Gates
Reuters

Is this list of flu shot ingredients real?

Confirmed FALSE

Misinformation on US flu shot ingredients resurfaces during pandemic
afp.com

Will flu shots make you test positive for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Flu shot will not make you test positive for COVID-19
afp.com

Did Tom Hanks and wife die from COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson died from COVID-19
Reuters

Is COVID-19 death rate of NYC 200 times higher than the world’s largest 10 cities?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: COVID-19 Death Rate In NYC Is NOT 200 Times Higher Than World’s 10 Largest Cities
leadstories.com

Is White House selling coronavirus coins?

Confirmed FALSE

The White House Isn’t Selling Coronavirus Coins
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Is the mortality rate of COVID-19 0.004%?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: The death rate of the new coronavirus is 0.004 percent
Reuters

Can these herbs and spices prevent COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: 12 herbs and spices can prevent or treat different viruses
Reuters

Did Trump urge people to inject disinfectants?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Urge People To Inject Disinfectants To Thwart Coronavirus
leadstories.com

Does this Facebook post show vaccine for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Facebook Users Wrongly Tie Dog Vaccine to Novel Coronavirus
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Did Pennsylvania House pass COVID-19 funding in June 2019?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Pennsylvania House Did NOT Pass COVID-19 Funding In June 2019; NO Evidence Pandemic Was Planned
leadstories.com

Did Ohio man who called COVID-19 a “political ploy” die from the disease?

Confirmed TRUE

Ohio man dies from coronavirus after online posts calling it ‘Bulls—‘ and ‘Political Ploy’
Fox News

Those who reported lower incomes in 2019 will receive stimulus payments first​?

Confirmed TRUE

True claim: People who reported lower incomes will receive U.S. stimulus payments first​
Reuters

Are disposable surgical masks reversible?

Confirmed FALSE

Post gives inaccurate surgical mask instructions during COVID-19 pandemic
afp.com

Was a Brazilian chloroquine study on COVID-19 patients halted after 11 deaths?

Confirmed TRUE

True claim: Brazilian chloroquine study on COVID-19 patients was halted after 11 deaths
Reuters

Is this regimen a cure for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Say goodbye to coronavirus with a daily regimen of vitamins C and E, sunlight, resting, drinking water, an egg, and an alkaline diet
Reuters

Did Amazon’s Alexa say the government released the coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Amazon’s Alexa Does NOT Say ‘The Government’ Released Coronavirus
leadstories.com

Does vitamin C cure COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Vitamin C cures the new coronavirus
Reuters

Does this photo show throat infected with COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

This photo does not show throat infected with novel coronavirus
afp.com

Did this guy “die twice” from COVID-19 on news media?

Confirmed FALSE

Reports Didn’t Misrepresent One Man’s Death as Two
Annenberg Political Fact Check

No Democrats voted for the stimulus package?

Confirmed FALSE

Democrats did vote for legislation to combat the novel coronavirus crisis
afp.com

Does this screenshot accurately list who’s NOT eligible for stimulus checks?

Confirmed TRUE

True claim: Screenshot list shows who is not eligible for U.S. stimulus checks
Reuters

Will you have to repay the coronavirus stimulus check?

Confirmed FALSE

Coronavirus relief checks won’t have to be repaid, feds say
AP

Can these 800 numbers help you track stimulus checks?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Sex Lines Do NOT Have Stimulus Checks Information
leadstories.com

Is U.S. coronavirus response “slowly introducing martial law”?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: U.S. coronavirus response “slowly introducing” martial law
Reuters

Did Kroger offer a one-hour shopping spree free of charge?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Kroger Did NOT Offer Chance For A Shopping Spree Giveaway Amid COVID-19
leadstories.com

Did Michigan Gov. ban the sale of American flags amid COVID-19 pandemic?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Michigan Gov Did NOT Ban Sale Of American Flags During Coronavirus Outbreak
leadstories.com

Did Kentucky order police to record license plates of Easter churchgoers?

Confirmed TRUE

Kentucky State Police mark license plate numbers of churchgoers who attended in-person services
WHAS 11

Do quinine and zinc prevent COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Quinine And Zinc Do NOT Prevent Coronavirus; NO Proof Schweppes Tonic Water Helps
leadstories.com

Is a NY island being used as a burial site for unclaimed COVID-19 victims?

Confirmed TRUE

Burials On New York Island Are Not New But Are Increasing During Pandemic
NPR

Did 7 children die from the COVID-19 vaccine in Senegal?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: COVID-19 Vaccine Did NOT Kill 7 Children In Senegal
leadstories.com

Did a NY businessman pay almost $2m to rent a coronavirus hideout?

Confirmed TRUE

New York man fleeing pandemic pays almost $2m to rent Hamptons hideout
msn.com

Do UK’s new £20 notes have a secret message about 5G and coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Britain’s new £20 notes show 5G mast and coronavirus symbol
Reuters

Can face masks catch fire if microwaved?

Confirmed TRUE

True claim: Face masks catch fire if microwaved
Reuters

Is NC-VA state line closed due to COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact check: Viral Facebook post says NC closed its borders amid pandemic
WRAL

Is Nancy Pelosi’s daughter on the Kennedy Center board?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Nancy Pelosi’s daughter is on the Kennedy Center board
Reuters

Will steam from boiling orange concoction kill COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Steam From Boiling Orange Concoction Will NOT Kill COVID-19
leadstories.com

Are H-E-B stores banning shoppers under the age of 16?

Confirmed FALSE

Trust Index: Despite what you see on Facebook, H-E-B is not imposing age limits in its stores
KSAT 12

Has Walmart adopted ‘staggered shopping’ based on age?

Confirmed FALSE

Walmart Hasn’t Adopted ‘Staggered Shopping’ Based on Age
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Was this poem that went viral written in 1869?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Viral poem on social distancing was written in 1869
Reuters

This video shows Chinese people toppling 5G towers over COVID-19 fear?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Video shows Chinese people destroying a ‘5G pole’ for causing coronavirus symptoms
Reuters

Does 5G spread coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Coronavirus: Scientists brand 5G claims ‘complete rubbish’
BBC

Is NYBC collecting blood donations from recovered COVID-19 patients to help the sick?

Confirmed TRUE

New York Blood Center launches convalescent plasma donation program
NEWS10 ABC

Will hot drinks protect you from COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Coronavirus: Will hot drinks protect you from Covid-19?
BBC

Was a California paddleboarder arrested while surfing for violating the stay-at-home order?

Confirmed TRUE

Paddleboarder Arrested In Malibu For Refusing To Exit Water, Scientist Says Beaches Are Dangerous Right Now
cbslocal.com

Do photos show money thrown on streets in Italy amid the COVID-19 crisis?

Confirmed FALSE

These photos have circulated online since at least March 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic
afp.com

Does this video show corpses of COVID-19 victims on the floor of a NY hospital?

Confirmed FALSE

COVID-19 corpses video was shot in Ecuador, not New York
afp.com

Does lemon juice tea cure COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Lemon Juice Tea Does Not Cure COVID-19 in Israel, or Anywhere Else
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Has California banned alcohol sales due to COVID-19 outbreak?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: California bans alcohol sales amidst coronavirus lockdown
Reuters

Can an alkaline diet protect you from getting coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact Check: Alkaline Diet Does NOT Prevent You From Getting Coronavirus
leadstories.com

Was the 1918 influenza pandemic caused by vaccines?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: the 1918 influenza pandemic was caused by vaccines
Reuters

Did Saint Luke’s Hospital advise consuming alcohol to reduce COVID-19 risk?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Saint Luke’s Hospital notice advises consuming alcoholic beverages to reduce coronavirus risk
Reuters

Did CBS use footage from Italy in a NYC coronavirus report?

Confirmed TRUE

Fact Check: CBS DID Air Video From Italian Hospital During Coronavirus Outbreak, Claiming It Was Of Overwhelmed NYC Hospital
leadstories.com

Were checkpoints established at Florida-Georgia line in response to COVID-19?

Confirmed TRUE

True claim: Roadway checkpoints established at Florida-Georgia state line in response to coronavirus
Reuters

Has New York banned alcohol sales due to COVID-19 outbreak?

Confirmed FALSE

Don’t Be Fooled, Liquor Sales Are Not Being Stopped In NY
wyrk.com

Is Bill Gates planning to use microchip implants to fight coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Bill Gates planning to use microchip implants to fight coronavirus
Reuters

Do photos show Las Vegas homeless sleeping in ‘social distanced’ parking lot?

Confirmed TRUE

Las Vegas homeless placed in outdoor parking lot as ‘temporary shelter’
ABC News

Did Queen Elizabeth test positive for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Buckingham Palace did not say the Queen tested positive for coronavirus
afp.com

Has Illinois banned alcohol sales due to COVID-19 outbreak?

Confirmed FALSE

Fact-Check: Booze ban? No, Illinois hasn’t stopped liquor sales because of COVID-19
Chicago Sun-Times

Does Ibuprofen worsen COVID-19 symptoms?

Inconclusive

No Evidence to Back COVID-19 Ibuprofen Concerns
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Has Mississippi banned alcohol sales due to COVID-19 outbreak?

Confirmed FALSE

No, Gov. Tate Reeves is not banning the sale of alcohol
WLBT

Can inhaling steam kill coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Steam therapy kills coronavirus
Reuters

Did UNICEF recommend gargling with salt water to prevent coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: UNICEF recommends “sun exposure, gargling with salt water and stay away from ice cream” to prevent coronavirus
Reuters

Does this photo show people dying of coronavirus in the streets?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Picture shows people dying of coronavirus in the streets
Reuters

Does sunlight kill the coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Can you kill coronavirus with UV light?
BBC

Has coronavirus been found in crab legs?

Confirmed FALSE

Coronavirus Hasn’t Contaminated Crab Legs
Annenberg Political Fact Check

Do these photos show coffins of coronavirus victims in Italy?

Confirmed FALSE

These photos show the coffins of victims of a boat disaster in 2013
afp.com

Americans must fill out the census to get a stimulus check?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Americans must fill out the census to get a stimulus check during the coronavirus emergency
Reuters

Did armored military vehicles drive in NYC to enforce curfew?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Video shows armored military vehicles driving in New York City to enforce curfew due to coronavirus; those caught in the streets after curfew hours without “essential worker” letter will be arrested and fined $2000
Reuters

Film depicting pandemic outbreak scheduled for 2020?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Film depicting pandemic outbreak scheduled for 2020
Reuters

Did Canadian PM’s wife test positive for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Viral video misidentifies COVID-19 patient as Canadian PM’s wife
afp.com

An Arizona man died after taking chloroquine, fearing coronavirus?

Confirmed TRUE

Arizona man dies, wife ill after taking drug touted as virus treatment: “Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure”
CBS News

Did Trump tweet he will not send checks to anyone who tweeted #NotMyPresident?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Trump tweeted he will not send $1,000 checks to anyone who tweeted #NotMyPresident in the last 4 years
Reuters

Does drinking water every 15 minutes kill coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

No, drinking water doesn’t kill coronavirus
BBC

This photo shows rail tanker stamped with “COVID-19”?

Confirmed FALSE

Photo of ‘COVID-19’ rail tanker is not genuine
afp.com

Does hot air from saunas or hair dryers kill coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Hot air from saunas, hair dryers won’t prevent or treat COVID-19
afp.com

Do younger adults account for nearly 40% of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the U.S.?

Confirmed TRUE

Nearly 40% of those hospitalized with coronavirus are younger than 54: CDC
ABC News

Did COVID-19 exist before 2019?

Confirmed FALSE

False posts claim COVID-19 existed before 2019, use animal vaccines as proof
afp.com

Can parents get free baby formula by calling the number on the product?

Confirmed FALSE

No, you can’t get free baby formula by calling a number on the can if stores are out
CNN

Does COVID-19 have a natural origin?

Confirmed TRUE

COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin
Science Daily

Does marijuana kill coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

False claim: Marijuana kills coronavirus
Reuters

Can silver solution cure COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Consuming silver particles will not prevent or treat novel coronavirus
afp.com

Do mosquitoes spread coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

No evidence mosquitoes can spread coronavirus
AP

Is holding your breath for 10 seconds a test for COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

Holding your breath is not an indicator of whether you have the new coronavirus, and drinking water doesn’t protect against it
fullfact.org

Was Tom Hanks gifted a volleyball during quarantine in Australia?

Confirmed FALSE

Tom Hanks is not really quarantined with Wilson, the ball from ‘Cast Away’
Mashable

Can you get a free coronavirus test by donating blood?

Confirmed FALSE

Donating blood in US does not get you a novel coronavirus test
afp.com

Can drinking bleach or snorting cocaine cure coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

Coronavirus cannot be cured by drinking bleach or snorting cocaine, despite social media rumors
CBS News

This video shows panicked shoppers storming a supermarket in Germany amidst COVID-19?

Confirmed FALSE

This video was filmed in 2011, nearly a decade before the novel coronavirus outbreak
afp.com

Did Russia release over 500 lions to enforce COVID-19 lockdown?

Confirmed FALSE

No, Russia didn’t release lions to enforce COVID-19 stay-at-home orders
PolitiFact

Can garlic protect you from coronavirus?

Confirmed FALSE

No, garlic won’t protect you from coronavirus: WHO pushes back on rampant misinformation
CNBC

Jerome

Moderna’s Israeli top medical officer: We’ve shown today that our vaccine works

DR. TAL ZAKS: LIKELY TO BE ON THE MARKET BY START OF 2021

US biotech firm’s shares soar as it claims tests of first volunteers show its vaccine candidate produces an immune response, ‘has the potential to prevent COVID-19’; Phase 3 tests in July

  • In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. The vaccine by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc., generated antibodies similar to those seen in people who have recovered from COVID-19 in a study volunteers who were given either a low or medium dose. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
  • In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. The vaccine by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc., generated antibodies similar to those seen in people who have recovered from COVID-19 in a study volunteers who were given either a low or medium dose. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
  • Moderna's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tal Zaks. (Channel 12 screenshot)
  • Moderna’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tal Zaks. (Channel 12 screenshot)
  • A sign marks an entrance to a Moderna, Inc., building, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. Moderna announced Monday, May 18, 2020, that an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers.(AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
  • A sign marks an entrance to a Moderna, Inc., building, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. Moderna announced Monday, May 18, 2020, that an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers.(AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

The Israeli chief medical officer of US biotech firm Moderna said Monday that its experimental anti-COVID-19 vaccine “actually works,” after tests on a small number of volunteers, and that it will start Phase 3 testing on thousands of people in July.

“We got the first results today… and today we are showing that it actually works… we are able to stimulate the immune system,” Dr. Tal Zaks said.

In an interview with Israeli television, Zaks said he was confident that, toward the end of the year, “we’ll be able to present first results that prove that our vaccine indeed prevents the disease.”

“By about the end of the year, the start of next year, there’s a reasonable likelihood that we’ll see this vaccine on the market, at least on the American market,” he said in the Channel 12 interview from Moderna’s headquarters in Massachusetts.

Moderna’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tal Zaks. (Channel 12 screenshot)

Zaks said the battle against COVID-19 marked the firm’s ninth bid to develop vaccines against viruses, “and we succeeded with the previous eight.” Thus, he said, “the degree of confidence within the company was always high” that it would succeed this time, too.

News of the company’s progress, revealed in a release earlier Monday, lifted shares of Moderna more than 22 percent and helped drive the broader stock market higher.

 

A sign marks an entrance to a Moderna, Inc., building, on May 18, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. Moderna announced May 18, 2020, that an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers. (AP Photo/ Bill Sikes)

The company said the vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273, appeared to produce an immune response in eight people who received it, similar to that seen in people convalescing from the virus.

At the lowest dose, Zaks elaborated in the TV interview, the vaccine candidate produced a similar response to that “naturally” produced by patients who recovered from the virus. At a medium dose, of 100 micrograms, he said, the vaccine candidate created “more antibodies” than those created naturally by recovered patients.

Three groups of 15 patients aged 18 to 55 received three different doses of the vaccine in the Phase 1 test, the complete results of which are not yet known.

 

A pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, on March 16, 2020. The vaccine by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc., generated antibodies similar to those seen in people who have recovered from COVID-19 in a study volunteers who were given either a low or medium dose. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

The Phase 2 trial, with 600 subjects, has already received the green light from the US Food and Drug Administration and Moderna said they should begin this quarter.

A Phase 3 trial, the largest and most important to validate the efficacy of a vaccine, should begin in July.

“These interim Phase 1 data, while early, demonstrate that vaccination with mRNA-1273 elicits an immune response of the magnitude caused by natural infection,” Zaks stated in the firm’s official release. “These data substantiate our belief that mRNA-1273 has the potential to prevent COVID-19 disease and advance our ability to select a dose for pivotal trials.”

Moderna, which was founded nine years ago, said the vaccine “was generally safe and well tolerated” and that patients suffered no more than redness or soreness from the shots.

In a conference call, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said the preliminary tests inspired confidence that mRNA-1273 has “a high probability to provide protection” against the virus.

“We could not be happier about these interim data,” Bancel said of the Phase 1 test, the first of three in the development of a vaccine.

Separate tests performed on mice showed that the vaccine prevented the virus from replicating in their lungs, according to the company.

The US government has invested nearly half a billion dollars in the development of Moderna’s vaccine candidate.

It is being developed in a partnership with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease headed by Anthony Fauci and the clinical test was carried out by the National Institutes of Health.

“The Moderna team continues to focus on moving as fast as safely possible to start our pivotal Phase 3 study in July,” said Bancel, Moderna’s CEO.

Based on the Phase 1 partial results, Moderna said they would no longer study the highest dose since the lower doses appeared to provide some effect.

“The lower the dose, the more people we expect to be able to protect,” said Moderna president Stephen Hoge.

President Donald Trump has said that he wants 300 million vaccine doses by January 2021 to protect the US population, and his administration has provided funding to Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and France’s Sanofi.

The development of a vaccine usually takes years but the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused more than 315,000 deaths, has given unprecedented urgency to the search.

A dozen clinical trials are taking place around the world, half of them in China, according to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

China has said that it is carrying out tests on humans of five experimental vaccines.

The challenge is not only finding a safe and efficient vaccine, but also producing billions of doses.

Several large laboratories, including Moderna, have said that they would immediately begin production of an eventual vaccine even before the completion of all of the clinical trials.

Moderna recently announced a partnership with the giant drugmaker Lonza to boost its manufacturing capacity to up to one billion doses a year.

Worldwide, about a dozen vaccine candidates are in the first stages of testing or nearing it. Health officials have said that if all goes well, studies of a potential vaccine might wrap up by very late this year or early next year.

More than 4.7 million infections and 315,000 deaths from the coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide since it emerged in China late last year. There are no specific approved treatments, although several are being used on an emergency basis after showing some promise in preliminary testing.

Jerome

The law, “the science”, and restoring REAL America; making good use of the “crisis”; documentation of the fatality-fudging; and dealing with a virus of mass destruction

And, HEY, II! Please don’t just read what I post here (or anywhere), and nod your head sagely or approvingly and then move on to other things. I don’t post in order to affirm your sense of things. I post in order to equip you with perspectives and arguments with which to educate others, and in the expectation that you will forward my posts to other people (or direct them to those posts). PLEASE do those things.

We won’t win by YOU knowing what I present. We will win by LOTS OF OTHERS knowing what I present.

 

What REAL America Looks Like

I’m SO tired of feeling stuck on the set of a low-budget horror film… or trapped in an insane asylum…

THE PHOTO ABOVE is of the excellent Jeremy Lee’s picture window, and what a picture it is! American as apple pie, and 1000% healthier than the cramped and creepy little spider-hole that every pearl-clutching idiot victimized by panic propaganda and the opportunistic political hacks exploiting it has been pushing on this great country.

 

Jeremy urges everyone to produce his or her own window sign announcing their true feelings, and I heartily second that notion. Statements like these should be everywhere– in windows, on yard signs, on vehicles, and even on T-shirts. I don’t know if Michael’s or Joann’s are open, or if they have succumbed to the Blob, but even if the latter, white T-shirts and magic markers can be gotten at any Meijer’s or Walmart…

 

THAT SAID, AND WITHOUT IN ANY WAY DIMINISHING my heartfelt “Namaste” to Jeremy and everyone else making virtuous statements like his, I have to take things a step further today. At the time of this posting, we are on the eve of the 60th day of “lockdown”. That’s 60 days during which grossly-illegal edicts from “officials” in various posts across America have been fastened upon us, and have been ferociously eating away at our substance.

 

That “eating away” is being concealed somewhat by the accompanying illegal acts of printing vast new deeply-inflationary amounts of pretend money which is being passed out to people who have been ordered to watch their businesses and jobs wither away into dust, as though they (the people, the businesses and the jobs) belonged to the state, which can, therefore, destroy them at its pleasure.

 

EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT is the eating-away at American understanding of the rule of law. During the last 60 days millions of younger Americans– who have never been taught, in the government schools to which they were delivered every day throughout their formative years, a single valid thing about where “officials” get their authority and how it is constrained– have been being conditioned to accept the notion that people and people’s businesses belong to the state, which can, therefore, destroy them at its pleasure.

 

The assault on America taking place today is as serious as a heart attack, and it is worsening in the harm it is already doing and the further harm it threatens for the future each and every day you allow it to go on.

 

WHAT’S MORE, be aware that the little bits of “easing” of the illegal oppressions that have lately taken place here and there are actually worsening the situation.

 

Such “easings” reinforce the message that what is “locked down” and what isn’t, and to what degree in each case, is the rightful decision of government officials. Further, the “easings” allow people to delude themselves into concluding that the oppressions really aren’t so bad and can be overlooked, ’cause it’ll all turn out okay in the end.

 

In short, the “easings” acclimate even those who have been chafing under the harness to usurpations by the state. They sow confusion in many minds as to what is lawful under the Constitution. They sow confusion as to what can or should be tolerated and what cannot be, and should instead excite a good American’s stern and unyielding resistance.

 

The security of our liberties (such as we have left) won’t long survive such confusion becoming ingrained in much of the population. Understanding what is and isn’t lawful, and being free from any confusion on the question, is really important for American republic health.

 

SO, HAS EVERY ONE OF YOU READ this information? Do so.

 

Do so again, even if you have already seen it, or think you have. It’s REALLY important that you know plainly and confidently that what is being done by every official who even merely threatens to arrest anyone who exercises any of his or her rights is without authority and that to submit to any of it is a violation of your duty as a good American and a good person.

 

As Thomas Jefferson said, in no way whatever meaning it as just a pithy turn of phrase, “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”

 

After you’ve done that reading or re-reading, SEND AN EMAIL OR TEXT SHARING THE LINK WITH EVERY SINGLE PERSON YOU CAN!! It’s important that you understand and are confident in your understanding of the law. But it is DOUBLY important that you SHARE THAT KNOWLEDGE AND CONFIDENCE WITH OTHERS, and encourage them to do the same.

 

Everyone whose email address or text number that you have needs to be reminded or awakened to the fact that the whole idea of Constitutions is that even if huge majorities decide that something is now a great– or even critically-important– idea, it still can’t lawfully be done if it violates any Constitutional prohibition. Each such prohibition was put in place after deep, highly-educated and sober consideration, in light of long experience with despots and demagogues, and in recognition that the principles and powers thus secured are more critical to the well-being of the people than any momentary threat which might arguably be addressed by the prohibition’s disregard.

 

OK, THAT COVERS THE LAW. Now, let’s talk about science.

 

I know you’ve all seen– to the point of vomiting– the same smarmy officials who are guilty of promoting or committing the illegal “lockdown” decrees making noises with their mouths about the importance of decision-making being driven by “the science”. Well, ok…

 

Let’s leave aside the absurdity of treating someone else’s notion (or theory or computer model) of what is or is not “wise” or “prudent” as the determinant of whether the government must respect your rights. Let’s look at what “the science”– that is, the actual factual record– shows us.

 

What we see in the actual fact record– shown herehere and especially here, for instance– is that C19 is just a particularly mild version of the seasonal flu. The actual death rate, corrected for the officially-encouraged rampant figure-padding by which it is plagued (pun intended), is very low and is far-and-away concentrated exclusively in an elderly demographic which is at all times in a state of vulnerability whether C19 is about or not.

 

What we see in the actual fact record is a disease we are well-accustomed to handling as a matter of routine, without “lockdowns”, “social distancing”, “mandatory masking” or “contact tracing”, and without massive money-printing or bailouts.

 

We see in the actual fact record a minor disease for which there is no imperative for the development of a vaccine. This is true both because the disease is not a threat of any kind to 90% of the population, and in light of the fact that even when coronavirus vaccines have been developed and encouraged for other variants, few people consider them worth taking and they have proven to be only marginally-to-somewhat effective even in those who get them, as admitted even by the CDC:

To sum up, “the science”– never a proper metric by which government’s obligation of respect for Americans’ rights can be measured even if it plausibly predicted we all would die unless we do as we’re told in any event– says that everything that has been done by hobgoblin-flogging “officials” has been irrational and unjustified and even bat-shit crazy anyway, even without consideration of the fact that those “officials” lacked valid authority for doing any of it.

 

NOW, TO RETURN TO MY MAIN POINT from those needed debunks of the lame and lying pretenses by which the bad actors in this drama attempt to justify themselves: What is going on in America today has passed the point of forbearance. Being vocal and otherwise expressive (as in Jeremy Lee’s excellent signage, above) is good and proper. But it is no longer enough.

 

It is time for Americans to stop playing along with the idea that what is going on is a benign and acceptable usurpation that either is meant to be for our own good or is accomplishing anything which is, on balance good at all. It is certainly NOT accomplishing anything good, on balance– rather, it is doing HUGE HARM each and every moment. And there is plenty of evidence that it is not even really intended to do anything but serve certain narrow agendas against the contrary interests of most Americans, if not simply to set up pretexts for huge handovers of public money to favored clients of Leviathan.

 

It is time for Americans to stop putting up with this.

 

Sadly, Americans with brains in their heads have been cowed into ruinous quiescence, waiting endlessly for the personal abuses and the economic and legal destruction to end of their own accord. But the record of world history tells us that they will not. As Frederick Douglass wisely observed many years ago:

 

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them, and these will continue till they have been resisted with either words or blows or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.”

 

The quiescence must end.

 

I CAN’T SAY WHAT ANYONE SHOULD DO (other than really, really, really spread the word on how each weary-of-tyranny American can act to shrink the Leviathans that have imposed these harms upon us all). But I can point out the wrongness of snowflake accusations that people who don’t “social distance” or mask themselves are “selfish” when it is those who support throwing others out of work and out of their businesses in hope of protecting themselves from getting sick that are really the selfish ones.

 

Such selfishness should be called out, in my opinion.

 

I can point out that businesses impose “mask” requirements and “social distancing” nonsense on their own call, at least in many places. Even here in Michigan, which has become a poster-child for how deep and broad oppressive and irrational government decrees can get, a refusal to abide by these demands merely gives the store owner the state’s permission to throw out a noncompliant customer.

 

It might accomplish a lot for such store owners to be told in no uncertain terms that the first of their category to no longer make such demands will be the new shopping destination of the aggrieved customer, who will never return thereafter.

 

I can point out that one of the most heartwarming things I have seen over the last few weeks has been a video of perhaps 150 Californians milling about in discontent on the boardwalk of a closed beach swarm onto the shingle (and in many cases into the forbidden water, too) as soon as one brave woman defied the considerable police presence on the scene, took her protest sign out onto the sand, and began to be arrested by three cops.

 

THIS COMMENTARY HAS BECOME LONG, and though I could go on and on, thanks to the subject matter and my passion for it, I will bring it to a close. But I will do so with an invitation to everyone to read just a little more.

 

What I offer now are the words of the great 20th Century thinker C.S. Lewis (to which I have added a few at the end related to the subject of the tax but which are in their essence just as apt to the currently raging C19 scam). I think you will enjoy it and I think that perhaps you will find much of value to be taken from it.

 

Click on the image below to access the document, and bless you all:

 

 

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