Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Rumors Of War:

China & US War in 3 Months?

The former Labor Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd has come out in a piece he wrote in Foreign Affairs – Beware the Guns of August—in Asia. Rudd is claiming that the US and China may go to war in three months ahead of the US elections. This is clearly the left trying to claim that Trump will start a war just to win the White House. This seems to be simply part of this entire global quest to usher in socialism and end capitalism. The left simply wants total power. Just look at Melbourne, Australia. This one beautiful city I visited often is now a prison camp using COVID to strip people of all human rights. The police may now enter anyone’s home without a warrant and they imposed a Curfew 8:00 pm.

This entire issue of rising tensions will not lead to war under Trump. Even if China were to invade Taiwan, the US is not likely to send in ground troops. China is flexing its muscles because the West is committing politic-economic suicide with COVID. China knows the agenda and it is being driven by Bill Gates. Activists have been pushing US institutions to sell all investments in China because they are not yielding to the Climate Change Agenda. This is breaking the economic link the does prevent war.

In addition, China is moving to expand its own domestic consumer economy. It has adopted a different path than Europe which clings to socialism and Germany is still a mercantilistic economy. China will become the new Financial Capital of the World because it is adopting a domestic view while the Democrats in the USA are trying to follow Europe and subjugate the productive capacity of the nation under Marxist class warfare.

The State Of Things - Lockdowns And Consequences

We Need a Principled Anti-Lockdown Movement

Shell-shocked is a good way to describe the mood in the U.S. for a good part of the Spring of 2020. Most of us never thought it could happen here. I certainly did not, even though I’ve been writing about pandemic lockdown plans for 15 years. I knew the plans were on the shelf, which is egregious, but I always thought something would stop it from happening. The courts. Public opinion. Bill of Rights. Tradition. The core rowdiness of American culture. Political squeamishness. The availability of information.
Something would prevent it. So I believed. So most of us believed.
Still it happened, all in a matter of days, March 12-16, 2020, and boom; it was over! We were locked down. Schools shut. Bars and restaurants closed. No international visitors. Theaters shuttered. Conferences forcibly ended. Sports stopped. We were told to stay home and watch movies…for two weeks to flatten the curve. Then two weeks stretched to five months. How lucky for those who lived in the states that resisted the pressure and stayed open, but even for them, they couldn’t visit relatives in other states due to quarantine restrictions and so on.
Lockdowns ended American life as we knew it just five months ago, for a virus that 99.4-6% of those who contract it shake off, for which the median age of death is 78-80 with comorbidities, for which there is not a single verified case of reinfection on the planet, for which international successesin managing this relied on herd immunity and openness.
Still the politicians who had become dictators couldn’t admit such astonishing failure so they kept the restrictions in place as a way of covering up what they had done.
That shock of Spring has now turned to a Summer of wickedness, with everyone pointing fingers at everyone else for the sorry state of life. Patience has run out and a national viciousness has taken its place. It is evident not only online but in person where strangers scream at each other for behaving in ways in which they disapprove.
What many states are calling “open” today would have been called “closed” six months ago. Sports are rare. Theaters aren’t open. In some places, you still can’t go to gyms or eat inside. Mask mandates are everywhere, and mask enforcers too. People are ratting out their neighbors, sending drones to ferret out house parties, and lashing out at each other in public places.
In a mere five months, lockdowners have manufactured a new form of social structure in which everyone is expected to treat everyone else as a deadly contagion. Even more preposterously, people have come to believe that if you come closer than six feet of another person, a disease spontaneously appears and spreads.
America has become an extremely ugly place. This is what lockdowns did.

All of this has occurred in the midst of the greatest political divide in many generations. Oddly, you almost predict a person’s politics based on their attitude toward the virus, as if sitting political figures are responsible for creating or controlling pathogens that have been part of the human experience since we first walked and talked. The politicization of this disease has been a terrible noise that has distracted from the wise disease management that characterized the American way for more than a century.
But the American people support this, right? I’m not so sure. It’s true that the TV and online media are blaring panic all day every day. If that’s where you get your information, it surely must feel like a plague. There is also the problem that people feel tremendously powerless right now. They have been locked down, silenced, humiliated, brutalized. The few attempts to get out and protest the lockdowns were greeted with jeers and derision by mainstream media. But it turned out that this was because they were protesting the wrong thing. When the protests against police brutality and racism swept the country, the media wholly approved.

The incredible frenzy of the lying media has confused vast numbers. A poll revealed that many Americans think that 9% of us have died from C-19 whereas it is really 0.04%. So yes, we have a propaganda problem, starting with the New York Times, which just today demanded “more aggressive shutdowns than have been carried out in the past. The United States has not had a true national lockdown, shuttering only about half the country, compared with 90 percent in other countries with more successful outbreak control.”

None of which is true. This is pure ideological propaganda. The people who are saying true things seem to be only the 1% vs. the barrage of nonsense coming from media culture today.
We see almost no discussion in the mainstream press of the empirical evidence at home and abroad that the lockdowns make no sense from a medical and economic perspective. Medical experts for many decades have warned against disturbing social functioning in the event of disease. Preserving freedom has always been the policy priority: 1949-521957-581968-69, and 2005. The American revolution itself took place in the midst of a smallpox outbreak. Liberalism arose during centuries of pandemics.
And yet here we are.

California Court Issues Restraining Order Against Church

Calif. court issues temporary restraining order against church for holding indoor services

A California judge has granted a temporary restraining order against Godspeak Calvary Chapel and its Pastor Rob McCoy for holding in-person services in violation of COVID-19 health orders. 
Ventura County Superior Court granted the order on Friday requiring McCoy and the church to adhere to statewide and county public health orders stipulating that church services be held outdoors with masks and social distancing or online, according to officials.
On Wednesday, Ventura County officials sued McCoy and his church for holding in-person services of up to 200 people after the church decided to return to normal services. The church had adhered to all social distancing regulations since Palm Sunday but recently decided to lift its restrictions on parishioners. 
McCoy announced in a video message Friday that he will continue to hold indoor services. “I wish it didn’t have to come to this, I really do, but we will be violating the judge’s order. … We will be open this Sunday.”
He told church members, “Come to church, and if you’re one of the first thousand, you win a prize. You will get a citation. It will be a misdemeanor. It will go on your record; be mindful of that.”
McCoy named Supervisor Linda Parks instigated the legal action against the church.
"She's a remarkably resilient woman, but I don't understand why she would do this and target us," McCoy said.
In an Instagram post on Wednesday in response to the county's actions, McCoy said: "Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 today to take action against Godspeak— a day when 900 people were tested for Covid-19 and only three were positive."

He added: "77 total deaths in a county of 846,000. That means roughly .009%. The death rate in the county of the total population is less than 1/10th of 1%. Positive cases are down, no one under 30 has died in our county; and yet, our schools are shuttered, our business have been decimated, and our houses of worship closed."

"The government’s cure is proving worse than the virus itself." 

Ventura County's suit argues that the church’s actions “will cause and continue to cause great and irreparable injury to the general public ... including hospitalizations and deaths, which in turn is likely to result in continued and further restrictions on businesses and other operations and activities,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Church members have been "singing, hugging" and not wearing masks, McCoy reportedly told the LA Times.
A former councilman, the pastor said he's “willing to go to jail” and “willing for [authorities] to take [his] building” but he won’t comply with the health orders to close the church, the suit says.
“We haven’t had one case” of the coronavirus, he said. 
“Across the country, abortions are considered essential,” he added. “Is the Church going to sit back and say, ‘Well, we will be relegated to non-essential,’ though we feed people and that is essential physical food?”

Moving Towards China's Model Of 'Social Credit'

Try applying 'My Body My Choice' slogan to COVID vaccine

Flu seasons historically begin about week 40 every year. Week 40 in 2020 begins Sept. 28 and ends Oct. 4.
Election Day 2020 is Nov. 3, some five weeks into flu season. I'm sure you remember having to mail-in your ballot during the last election in 2018, and certainly the last presidential election in 2016.
And in the off-chance they allowed you to go the polls, you were required to mask up.
Oh – you don't remember any of that? Funny – neither do I, because it never happened.
Despite the average of 40,000 to 80,000 deaths per year, America has never locked down or masked up because of the flu, or SARS, or MERS, or the H1N1 swine flu.
But here we are – masked up, locked down and unemployed.
Now, many states tell us there will be no in-person voting. Despite the recent disaster of mail-in votes in New York, states have and will take away our choice to vote in-person.
If I were American royalty, like most Washington politicians believe they are, it would have been my CHOICE to attend or not attend John Lewis' funeral. I'd have been free to make that CHOICE, regardless of the potential danger to others.
Well, it is my sacred right as an American to go to a polling place and vote. It's my ballot, my choice, regardless of the potential danger to others. You could say I'm pro-choice.
Another choice we may not be able to make when the time comes, assuming it does, is whether to accept a COVID-19 vaccination.
Like pregnant women, we hope we will be able to say, "My Body, My Choice."
But I fear the double standard, that once again we won't be able to choose. Instead I fear forced vaccination is in our future.
Even it if isn't forced, and they say we have a choice to be vaccinated or not, really there will be no choice at all. Due to the hysteria coronavirus has caused, those who choose not to be vaccinated will be branded with a scarlet letter.
Authorities will make sure that if you choose not to be vaccinated you will pay a heavy penalty. Our American authorities may take a page directly from the Communist Chinese playbook and tie your social "currency" to whether or not you've been vaccinated.
The Chinese call it social credit.
Effectively you're regularly monitored and given rewards for what your overlords deem good behavior and punishment for bad behavior.
Succumb to power of the state or be ruined, in every way. As the Chinese put it, they want to reward the "trustworthy," while "making it hard for the discredited to take a single step."
Saul Alinsky knew this well. One of his tenets, No. 13 in "Rules for Radicals," is to "isolate" the target you wish to destroy, to make it easier to "demonize."
If you "choose" not to be vaccinated, you will, in some way, be isolated.
We all know the saying, "Safety in numbers." Alinsky also knew of it and designed his last rule to combat that safety:
"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people are hurt faster than institutions.
None of this stuff is new. There are no new ideas. The ideology is the same and so is the methodology. The Chinese are just the first to digitized it.
They're already taking away our right to choose how we vote. Soon, I fear, we may have to make a hard decision to choose, or not, to be vaccinated. And if we choose the latter, there will be consequences, as we move closer to the Chinese model.

Rumors Of War: China Mobilizes Invasion Craft Near Taiwan - Invasion Imminent?

China Mobilizes Invasion Craft On Coast Near Taiwan As Top US Official Arrives In Taipei: Report

After Beijing officials have repeatedly charged Washington with violating the decades-long status quo "One China policy", and amid ratcheting tensions over Taiwan given the highest-level meeting between Washington and the self-ruled island in decades is currently taking place with Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar meeting government officials in Taipei Monday, the region is on edge after satellite images showing a significant Chinese military build-up near the island have reportedly emerged.
The New Zealand Herald reports the alarming development that "satellite images reportedly show amphibious armored vehicles and mobile missile launchers massing at military bases near the island nation."

Specifically, according to the report, the images show "the People's Liberation Army (PLA) moving the military vehicles into the Eastern Theatre Command on China's coastal cities across the strait from Taiwan, with missile launchers well within range to hit any targets in Taiwan."

It comes after threats and counter-threats of military build-up between the two, with regional analysts cited in the report saying there's currently high risk for military clash or incident.
While it's unclear where the newly published image featured in the New Zealand Herald is ultimately sourced from (the satellite images first appeared in Kanwa Defence Review - a Canadian military magazine focused on East Asian affairs and diplomacy), many are convinced that Beijing is sending a clear signal to Washington and Taipei. However, the satellite image could also simply reveal a military base vehicle storage depot, common at most any nation's military bases.

Per the NZ Herald report
The Type 05 amphibious armoured vehicles are designed to deliver troops from the sea across a beachhead battlefield.
"The PLA are also deploying the powerful Type PCL191 multiple launch rocket systems to the ground forces of the Eastern Theatre Command," Kanwa Asian magazine defence editor Andrei Chang writes. These have a range of some 350km.
"The Taiwan Strait is just 180km across. The PCL191 rocket launchers are able to destroy all military bases and government buildings on the island accurately."
Meanwhile, Taiwan has responded by sending a company of about 200 marines to reinforce the Pratas Islands national marine park in the South China Sea – 445km from Taiwan and 300km from China.

The Taiwan marine deployment appears to have kicked off previously, in anticipation of current tensions. 
Also on Monday morning, several Chinese fighter jets buzzed the island, now a fairly regular occurrence. Taiwan's defense ministry in its latest statement described that "Chinese fighters' deliberate harassment has ruined the current cross-strait status and has seriously damaged the safety of the region."

Swarm Of Quakes In California Increase Concern About San Andreas

Swarm of Salton Sea earthquakes sparks worry about the San Andreas fault

Rong-Gong Lin II

A swarm of small earthquakes in California, close to the Mexican border, is being closely monitored as to whether it might raise the chance of a much larger event on the San Andreas fault.
The largest earthquake on Monday was a magnitude 4.6, reported at 8:56 a.m. under the southeastern part of the Salton Sea, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was among a series that began at 6:33 a.m. with a magnitude 3.2 earthquake. Magnitude 4 quakes struck at 9:03 a.m. and 12:29 p.m.
It's only the fourth time in the 88 years of modern records that such a swarm has occurred in this part of California — a region that raises concern among seismologists for the chance that it can trigger a significant earthquake on the San Andreas fault.
The San Andreas fault’s southernmost stretch has not ruptured since 1680 to 1690. Big earthquakes on this section of the southern San Andreas fault rupture on average every 250 years — although there can be wide variations as to how often they actually do occur.
The last time a similar swarm happened was nearly four years ago. That series of moderate quakes — the worst of which were two at magnitude 4.3 and one at magnitude 4.1 — increased the chance of a magnitude 7 or larger quake from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 100 and prompted a rare warning by the U.S. Geological Survey.
The warning convinced San Bernardino officials to close City Hallfor two days in 2016; the building was months away from being vacated over longstanding worries about its seismic safety. No bigger quake occurred.
Monday's swarm "does increase the chance of a big earthquake on the San Andreas somewhat," said USGS research geophysicist Morgan Page. "So it's definitely something to watch."
Still, "it's not necessarily doom and gloom," given that the last three similar swarms — in 2001, 2009 and 2016 — did not result in larger, catastrophic quakes, Page said. "But every time it happens, we do worry that this could be the time that it triggers something."

Computer simulations were underway Monday to calculate what the increased risk of a major quake on the San Andreas fault might be.
Monday's swarm is farther from the San Andreas fault than the 2016 swarm was, said seismologist Lucy Jones. Scientists have not seen a foreshock that has triggered a larger earthquake more than 6.2 miles away, and Monday's quake sequence so far is about 7.5 miles from the San Andreas fault, Jones said.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Gaza Border Closed After Spike In Arson Balloon Attacks

Israel closes Gaza border crossing after spike in arson balloon attacks

Following waves of explosive balloons launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory over the last few days, Israel will shut the Gaza Strip’s Kerem Shalom commercial crossing beginning Tuesday morning “until further notice,” the Israeli military liaison to the Palestinians announced.
“The decision was made following security deliberations and in light of repeated terror attacks committed by terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip against Israeli citizens, which is a violation of the Israeli sovereignty,” the Coordinator of Government Activity in the Territories (COGAT) said in a statement late Monday.
Fuel and humanitarian aid, including food, would continue to be allowed into the Strip, COGAT said.

More than a dozen blazes were reported in and around Israeli communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip on Monday as incendiary balloon attacks from the Strip continued to increase. Mayors of communities near the Palestinian enclave demanded action against the fire-causing threat.
No injuries were reported, but 400 dunams of land in the Be’eri nature reserve was burned, Channel 12 news reported Monday night.
Meanwhile, Gaza’s Hamas terrorist rulers fired rockets into the sea, after repeated exchanges of fire with Israel in recent days, Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses said. At least eight rockets were seen in the sky, heading toward the Mediterranean Sea, said AFP journalists in the coastal strip.

Throughout the day, terrorists in Gaza launched balloon-borne explosive and incendiary devices into Israel, causing mid-air blasts and a number of fires in the surrounding regions, according to Israeli officials.

Israeli Air Force planes struck a Hamas observation post in the northern Gaza Strip late Sunday, the IDF said.
“The strike was carried out in response to the launching of incendiary balloons from Gazan territory into Israel over the course of the day,” the army said.
The Hamas-linked al-Resalah news outlet confirmed the report, saying the post was located near Beit Hanoun. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The incident came amid rising tensions along the Gaza border over the past week, reportedly due to delays in the implementation of an ongoing ceasefire agreement between the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group and the Israeli government.
On Sunday morning, gunshots were fired from the southern Gaza Strip toward civilian workers building the security barrier along the Israel-Gaza border, and then at Israeli troops who arrived at the scene, the military said.

Ron Paul: The New Terrorism

Ron Paul: Coronavirus is the New ‘Terrorism’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proposed the next multi-trillion dollar “coronavirus relief” spending bill that will support testing, tracing, treatment, isolation, and mask policies that have been part of a “national strategic plan” she has been advocating. The Trump administration is not opposing Pelosi’s plan on principle. Instead, it is haggling over the price.

But, even if the strategic plan could be implemented at little or no monetary cost, it would still impose an unacceptable cost in lost liberty.

Pelosi’s plan will lead to either a federal mask mandate or federal funding of state and local mask mandate enforcement. Those who resist wearing masks could likely be reported to the authorities by government-funded mask monitors. We can label this the “Stasi” approach to health policy, after the infamous East German secret police force.

Contact tracing could lead to forcing individuals to download a tracing app. The app would record where an individual goes and alert authorities that an individual has been near someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

The strategic plan could eventually include Bill Gates’ and Anthony Fauci’s suggestion that individuals receive “digital certificates” indicating they are vaccinated for or immune to coronavirus. A certificate would be required before an individual can go to work, to school, or even to the grocery store. The need to demonstrate vaccination for or immunity to coronavirus in order to resume normal life would cause many people to “voluntarily” receive a potentially dangerous coronavirus vaccine.

The Trump administration has already spent billions of dollars to support efforts of companies to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Policymakers have stated that once a vaccine is developed it will be rushed into production and onto the market. Supporters of expediting production and use of a vaccine should remember the 1976 swine flu vaccine debacle. The swine flu vaccine was rushed into production in response to political pressure to “do something.” The result was a vaccine that was more of a danger than the flu.
Unfortunately, those who raise legitimate concerns regarding the safety of vaccines are smeared as “conspiracy theorists.” This is the equivalent of stating that anyone who dares criticize our interventionist foreign policy “hates freedom” and is probably a “terrorist sympathizer.”
The coronavirus panic has given new life to the push for a unique patient identifier. The unique patient identifier was authorized in 1996, but appropriations bills since 1998 have contained a provision forbidding the federal government from developing and implementing the identifier. Unfortunately, two weeks ago, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the ban. The unique patient identifier would aid government efforts to track and vaccinate every American, as well as to infringe in other ways on liberty in the name of “health.”

Politicians and bureaucrats cannot eliminate a virus any more than they can eliminate terrorism. What they can do is use terrorism, a virus, and other real, exaggerated, or manufactured crises to expand their power at the expense of our liberty.

Politicians will never resist the temptation to use crises as excuses to gain more power. Therefore, it is up to those of us who know the truth to spread the message of liberty and grow the liberty movement, A strong liberty movement is the only thing that can force the politicians to stop stealing our liberty while promising phantom security from terrorists and viruses.

Are Terrorists Planning A 'TET Offensive' In The U.S.?

BREAKING: Antifa terrorists in Austin, Portland just received a large cache of weapons in preparation for coordinated multi-city “TET offensive” against America

BREAKING late Sunday – We’ve just learned that Antifa terrorist groups in Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon have received a large cache of weapons that are being handed to them in preparation for a coordinated, multi-city uprising. Dubbed the “TET Offensive” by Dave Hodges (The Commonsense Show), this planned multi-city attack looks likely to take place before the coming election, as anti-American forces now realize Joe Biden cannot win. So their new goal is to unleash so much chaos across America that elections must be suspended, allowing the Marxist media to roll out its “Trump is a dictator” narrative.

This new delivery of weapons to Antifa forces on or around August 9th has been confirmed by reliable sources. It is consistent with previous announcements by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) describing government seizures of full-auto weapons parts and illegal suppressors that were intercepted during shipment from communist China to several U.S. cities, including Detroit MI, Louisville KY, and Melbourne FL.

Here’s a photo of one of the recent CBP seizures of full-auto weapons parts that turn AR-15s into military-grade battle rifles:

Natural News previously reported that the corrupt government of California was storing weapons for Antifa terrorists in the East End Complex Capitol building in Sacramento, at Block 174. This is all part of a criminal scheme by treasonous Gov. Newsom to arm terrorists as part of an uprising against the United States of America, during which California plans to secede from the union and join communist China, allowing China to install nuclear weapons on U.S. soil and establish a beachhead for a land invasion of the continental USA.

In addition, Natural News has reported on U.S. government agents intercepting illegals weapons parts shipments into other U.S. cities, unveiling a massive weapons trafficking operation that combines U.S. corporation money with China-based weapons smuggling to provide military-grade weapons upgrades to radical left-wing terrorists such as Antifa and BLM. As reported on July 15, 2020:

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have seized an operation in Detroit that smuggle suppressors (silencers) into the United States from China, also for the purpose of arming Black Lives Matter militant extremists… more than 350 suppressors seized by law enforcement across the county were purchased from the website and smuggled into the United States from China as automotive parts.

Why so many battlefield weapons? Because Antifa and BLM aren’t “peaceful protesters;” they’re radical revolutionary groups that plan to carry out mass killings to achieve their political goals of overthrowing the United States of America. Matt Bracken at AmericanPartisan.org writes that Antifa and BLM are simply cover names for the real organization behind all this: The “Revolutionary Communist Party of the USA,” which has long planned a guerrilla warfare urban uprising in an attempt to overthrow the United States of America.

In fact, US Attorney General William Barr is now describing these radical left-wing terrorist forces as a new form of “urban guerrilla warfare.” Via Fox News:
“They are a revolutionary group that is interested in some form of socialism, communism. They’re essentially Bolsheviks. Their tactics are fascistic… The way the guerrilla…hides out among the people as a fish in the ocean…what they do is they are essentially shielding themselves or shrouding themselves in First Amendment activity.”

What Barr isn’t yet talking about publicly is how Antifa and BLM have standing orders to launch a massive, multi-city assault on police and innocent civilians in order to terrorize Americans and spark a shooting response from pro-America forces.
As we have previously reported, reliable intel reveals that Black Lives Matter terror cells are going to carry out “armed flash mob” killing sprees, using weapons purchased from the hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate donations that have been funneled to the terrorist group via the Black Lives Matter media propaganda. These armed flash mob killings appear to be imminent.

Just last week, Infowars acquired a leaked Austin Police Department memo that described Antifa’s plan of placing snipers on rooftops around the city of Austin, then opening fire on police officers and innocent civilians. Antifa terrorists were also, according to the leaked memo, planning on burning down the Austin PD headquarters building, most likely with police officers trapped inside (this has become a favorite tactic of Antifa terrorists in Portland).

We are aware that both Antifa and Black Lives Matter terrorists are being heavily armed by communist China as well as hundreds of U.S. corporations that are funneling financial support into BLM-linked money laundering operations that use the funds to purchase illegal weapons. There are at least 269 U.S. corporations involved in this money laundering / weapons trafficking operation. You can see them all listed here.

If you haven’t noticed yet, our political life is rapidly descending into a series of charades with the potential for catastrophe. In case you think that a “charade” is just a parlor game, here is a dictionary definition: “an absurd pretense intended to create a pleasant or respectable appearance.” The peril created by false appearances in the current political climate is blindness in the face of the evil that threatens us.
In regard to this “peaceful protesters” charade by the Democrats, Martin Luther King led actual peaceful protests openly committed to non-violence. His marchers wore suits not Ninja outfits, helmets and flak jackets, did not loot stores, or torch buildings or blind people with lasers, or physically attack police with explosives and clubs. It is true that the nightly violent protests (about which Democrats are still in denial) were often preceded by non-violent marches in the day. But how difficult would it be for a non-violent protest leader to assert the principle of non-violence, as Martin Luther King and his supporters did, dissociate themselves from the violent protests, and select places to protest that were socially distanced from the rioters and looters, and therefore did not provide cover for the criminals? 

The fact that there have been no serious attempts by “peaceful protesters” to denounce the violence and the organizations that perpetrated it – speaks volumes to the effect that they consider themselves allies of the rioters and share their agendas. Defunding the police, leaving the most vulnerable in society without protection against criminals is the goal of rioters, arsonists, looters, and so-called “peaceful protesters.” The charade protects the criminals and their crimes.

This is not the language of politics; it’s the language of war. It’s designed to destroy you. From the moment Trump emerged as victor in 2016, Democrats declared war on the president and therefore America, whose duly elected commander-in-chief he was. They also declared war on everyone associated with the White House and supporting its agendas. Republicans need to wake up. The most important decision they can make as we approach the November elections is to end the charade, accept that it is a war we are facing...

This story is developing: 
Media reports showing widespread looting in Chicago on Sunday night. The Chicago Tribune reported that it observed people carrying shopping bags full of merchandise in the areas where the looting was happening and at least one U-Haul van was seen pulling up.
The Chicago Transit Authority also tweeted that all bus and train service going into the city’s downtown areas was “temporarily suspended at the request of public safety officials.”
“Looting continues this morning. This is the Apple Store at Clybourn/North being hit again around 4:30 a.m,” wrote in a tweet a WGN-TV reporter, showing footage from the scene.

Sinabung Volcano Erupts: Plunges Cities Into Darkness

Powerful Eruption of Sinabung Volcano Plunges Cities Into Darkness After Ash Plume Rises 5,000 Meters (16,400 Feet) In The Air in Indonesia

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia had a spectacular eruption this morning, August 10, 2020, 10:16 A.M. local.

The powerful volcanic eruption snet a thick and dense ash plume approx. 16,400 ft (5,000 m) in the air, changing day into night.

Indonesia’s rumbling Mount Sinabung erupted Monday, spewing a massive column of ash and smoke 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) above its summit and plunging towns into darkness.

This is an alert for all of us to avoid red-zone areas near Sinabung,” said Armen Putera, a local official with Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre

However, the crater’s alert status remained at its second-highest level. No one lives inside a previously announced no-go zone around the volcano.
Small communities nearby were coated in a layer of thick ash as at least one village went from day to night in a matter of minutes.
It was like magic – when the ash came it went from being very bright to dark as night. The village went dark for about 20 minutes.” said Rencana Sitepu, the head of Namanteran village, adding that some of the community’s crops were destroyed by the fallout. Volcanic ash is currently dispersing towards west.

Sweden Was Right - 'Lockdowns Never Again'

Lockdowns Never Again: Sweden Was Right, and We Were Wrong

In life, we encounter things which may work in theory, but not in practice.  Communism is famously one of those things.  Time travel is another.  With any luck, Americans will soon come to realize that strict social distancing, economic lockdowns, and mask-wearing all belong in that category of supposedly sound ideas that simply don’t work in reality.

For evidence, let’s look to Sweden.  As Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, an ER doctor at a hospital in Stockholm, writes on his blog, “COVID is over in Sweden.  People have gone back to their normal lives and barely anyone is getting infected anymore.”

Unlike so many other countries, “Sweden never went into complete lockdown,” Dr. Kendrick writes.  Non-essential businesses remained open, people continued frequenting restaurants, the kids stayed in school, and “very few people have bothered with face masks.”
Basically, Sweden did the exact opposite of what most Americans tragically still believe are the necessary requirements to reach the outcome that Sweden has achieved.
He argues what should now be obvious to any rational, thinking person, which is that “the size of the response in most of the world (not including Sweden) has been totally disproportionate to the threat.”

Naysayers may point to Sweden’s mortality rate to discount its success.  But the virus has taken nearly 6,000 people in a country of 10 million, and one which tallies about 100,000 annual deaths each year.  Given that 70 percent of those who died with COVID were over the age of 80 and very unhealthy, he argues, “quite a few of those 6,000 would have died this year anyway,” making COVID a “mere blip in terms of its effect on mortality.”  And, while Sweden will likely continue to see deaths from COVID, it will likely never see anything close to those numbers again.  The large number of deaths can be clearly attributed to a “complete lack of any immunity” to this novel coronavirus. 
A few months ago, Dr. Kendrick says that “practically everyone who was tested had COVID,” even if the presenting symptom was a “nose bleed” or “stomach pain.”  Today, he reports that he hasn’t seen a COVID patient in over a month, and even when he tests patients with fever or cough, the “tests invariably come back as negative.” 
To be clear, Sweden’s economy is wide open.  No one is social distancing or wearing a ridiculous mask.  Life is back to normal, and the infection rate is still falling.  It’s pretty safe to say the population in Sweden has now built some level of immunity to the virus, and all signs indeed point to the pandemic being over in Sweden.
What is the obvious takeaway from this?  Perhaps Dr. Kendrick sums it up best, saying that he is “willing to bet that the countries that have shut down completely will see rates spike when they open up. If that is the case, then there won’t have been any point in shutting down in the first place.”
In other words, all of the lockdowns will have been meaningless.
But we were assured that the lockdowns, the distancing, the masks, all of it, would absolutely work, because science (Science!) suggested that these are the only things that could work. 

But how strong was the scientific evidence to support our government making us lab rats in its experimental and unprecedentedly oppressive response to this virus?
To answer that, we’ll look to Alex Berenson, who, in my opinion, is nothing short of a national hero for his honest reporting throughout the pandemic. It often serves as a counterbalance to the panic porn preferred by the media, and I could not more highly recommend following his wonderful Twitter feed.  In Part 2 of his book series, Unreported Truths About COVID-19 and Lockdowns, he reminds his leaders that lockdowns, complete with the economic disruption and social distancing required, aren’t some tried and true means of slowing the spread of a virus in a pandemic.  “The idea of using lockdowns to slow epidemics took off in 2006,” Berenson writes.  In the aftermath of an avian flu scare in 2005, President Bush “asked for research on slowing epidemics.” 
I wish what follows was a joke or some conspiracy theory, but it’s not.  The idea was the brainchild of the 14-year-old daughter of a computer scientist named Robert Glass.  She “created a model of the way social distancing might slow the spread of the flu,” and this was expanded upon by her father in a “simulation “proving” lockdowns could reduce an influenza epidemic in a hypothetical town of 10,000 people by 90 percent.”
In 2007, predicated upon the strength of the simulated results, the CDC issued new guidance to “reduce transmission, from “voluntary isolation of ill adults” to “reducing density in public transit.”
This was the moment, according to the New York Times, when Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions, or NPIs, became “official US policy,” thus presenting the 2020 lockdowns as just an example of long-standing procedures, and totally understandable policymaking.
Berenson explodes that absurd contention:

Crucially, [the 2007 CDC paper] also contained a “Pandemic Severity Index” that included five categories.  On the low end, Category 1 represented a normal flu season, which might kill up to 90,000 Americans.  On the high end, a Category 5 pandemic, like the Spanish flu, would kill at least 1.8 million Americans.
Based on the CDC’s scall, Sars-Cov-2 almost certainly should be classified as a Category 2 epidemic, meaning it will cause between 90,000 and 450,000 deaths.  For an epidemic like that, the CDC merely said governments should consider school closures of less than four weeks, along with moderate efforts to reduce contacts among adults, such as telecommuting.
The prospect of closing all retail stores or offices is not even mentioned in the paper, not even for the most severe epidemics. (emphasis added)

In short, it was a high school sophomore who initially dreamt up the modern notion of lockdowns and social distancing.  Her computer scientist father then created a compelling simulation involving 10,000 hypothetical people enduring a pandemic, and the CDC applied the hypothesis by creating some new interventions, though even those interventions certainly did not include recommendations for an economic lockdown, stay-at-home orders, or mask mandates.

In other words, the effectiveness of economic and social lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, or mask mandates had all only worked in theory before 2020, but had never been shown to be effective in practice.
But based on the foundation of that little girl and her father’s hypothetical experiment and the theory that followed, more than 300 million real Americans in 2020 have endured the economic hardship, social unrest, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and increased substance abuse, suicide, and crime that the lockdowns have produced in reality
And in terms of the national morale, it couldn’t be more obvious that the social fabric is being torn apart. 
The very-likely useless rags that people are wearing over their faces serve as a constant reminder to Americans that their neighbors are little more than vectors for disease transmission. 
Teachers in America, who often have endured no pay interruption, incredible job security, and inflation-proof pensions, are now telling their communities that they shouldn’t be expected to return to their workplace, even as many members of their own communities are praying that they can return to work soon and pay their bills. 
Families who have lost loved ones have had to forego funerary services due to social distancing protocol and churches are closed by government decree, obviously liberty-infringing rules that didn’t seem to apply when throngs of mourners gathered in churches to honor deceased Democrat John Lewis.
How could we expect this do anything other than sow animus and resentment in our communities across America?    
And we are enduring all of this because of a belief that it is theoretically possible to achieve what Sweden has achieved by enduring none of it in reality. 
Very likely, America will join Sweden in building immunities and being past COVID-19 sometime in the coming months, though we will have paid a much, much higher price to have achieved that goal.  We should all hope and pray that Americans will look back to the public policy reaction to this pandemic and recognize it as the colossal mistake that it has been.  And, if we are wise, we will commit to never, ever doing anything like it again.

Seemingly a lifetime ago, the Democrat political class announced a never-before-tried approach to deal with a new infectious disease: America should briefly lock itself down, or as much of America as possible, to spare us the horrors of the next plague. At the same time, the Swedes looked at the same disease, said "meh," and proceeded to act normally. The difference in outcomes is striking.

In March, we first heard the concept of "bending the curve" for the Wuhan virus. The Democrat scientific and political classes had a novel proposal: Because there was a risk that hospitals could be overrun, we would shut America down for two weeks so that hospitals could line up their resources.

That was half a year ago.  Once the lockdown was in place, blue-state governors abandoned the concept of "bending the curve" and, instead, embraced the illusory idea of zero cases.  Everything they've done since then has been with the unstated premise that they could bring infections down to zero.

That's not what's happened.  The moment these states lift the lockdown even slightly, the infections rise again as people who haven't already had the virus catch it for the first time.  The governors (and the various local governments within the blue states) then panic and re-lock their states.  Their economies are cratering, their education systems are collapsing, and people are getting deeply depressed.

The only exception to this lockdown dance in the blue states has been Black Lives Matter and Antifa.  Those groups are free to protest, riot, and roam at will.  Thus, even as blue-state governors have locked down constitutionally protected religious services, they won't say a word against tens, hundreds, and thousands of people gathering together in orgies of unconstitutional violence.

In contrast to America, there is a place in which the infection rate is zero, and that's not because it sealed its borders and locked everyone in his home.  That place is Sweden.
To its credit, Sweden decided to ignore the experts and aim for herd immunity.  Britain had initially intended to go this route.  However, when Neil Ferguson, the man who has been wrong about every new infectious disease for decades, predicted millions dying, Britain backed off the idea and embraced lockdowns, too.  Even though Ferguson eventually admitted that his Wuhan virus estimates were wrong, by then, governments at home and abroad were locked into their lockdowns.
But not little Sweden.  Sebastian Rushworth, a doctor who works in a Stockholm emergency room, has written about the Swedish experiment:

Unlike other countries, Sweden never went in to complete lockdown. Non-essential businesses have remained open, people have continued to go to caf├ęs and restaurants, children have remained in school, and very few people have bothered with face masks in public.

Essentially, Sweden looked at its choices: shut down the whole country and hope for a vaccination that may never come or may not be effective.  Meanwhile, the economy will collapse, and people's lives will be destroyed.  Alternatively, recognize that the Wuhan virus is not the Black Death, and get on with life.
There's still time for the crazy blue states to make that choice, but they don't want to.  The fact is, all this craziness was never about the disease.  Once the initial two-week period for a temporary lockdown passed, the blue panic was always about making Trump unelectable for a second term.  (This is also true for the Democrats' rigid refusal to accept that we have a mostly effective cure in hydroxychloroquine.)  For that crude calculation alone, Democrats deserve to lose every single election in America.