Friday, January 31, 2020

Global Run On 'Virus Masks' Leaves No Supply

"It's Crazy" - Global Run On Virus Masks Leaves US And Europe With No Supply

The first human-to-human transmission of coronavirus in the U.S. was confirmed on Thursday, hitting all media outlets, which will drive fears and push consumers to purchase virus masks online and or at brick and mortar stores. There's just one big problem: virus masks are all sold out.
The run on virus masks started several weeks ago. We first documented the run seven days ago, noting how Google searches for "n95 mask" were exponentially rising across the world. 

Six days ago, we documented how the 3M N95 Medical Mask was sold out in Asia as the deadly virus spread across China and surrounding countries.
Then four days ago, we started to notice "virus mask" and "n95 mask" searches in the U.S. were continuing to rise.
While searching for 3M N95 masks at Home Depot stores across the country, we found that many of the stores from New York to California were sold out. 

Now the Financial Times has joined in the reporting on updating on the mask situation in the U.S. and Europe. 

Their report notes "online retailers, manufacturers and pharmacies in the EU and U.K. selling out of the products in the past week," which is in-line with our reporting. 
In a statement from 3M, which supplies the N95 mask, the company said it expanded production and is "working with distributors to help ensure they have inventory to meet end-user demand." 
S.P. Services, a UK-based medical supplier, said it just experienced several years' worth of demand in the last two weeks as a huge run on masks is underway thanks to coronavirus fears.
Simon Leggett, managing director of S.P. Services, told the Times that "3M brand is the hot one, the one that everybody wants at the moment."
Again, F.T.'s report is in-line with our reporting, as many in Asia have only demanded 3M N95 masks. We noted in one instance, prices of 3M N95 masks in Japan skyrocketed many folds last week as a shortage was seen.

"It's crazy — it's the first time I've seen a global scale mask event," said Chris Dobbing, CEO of Cambridge Mask Company, a UK-based group which makes masks.
Dobbing said its production facilities in Xiamen,China, and Batam, Indonesia, had been ramped up to the highest production output to meet the unprecedented demand.
China said on Thursday that is has urged domestic manufacturers to increase mask output as confirmed cases jumped to 8,200 worldwide, with 170 fatalities.

CVS, a major US pharmacy chain with 9,000 stores, said that it requested more virus masks from suppliers as they're flying off the shelves in all 50 states.
"They're sold out everywhere," said a manager at a CVS pharmacy in Manhattan's SoHo district. 

New Questions Arise About Coronavirus

Over the past few days, the mainstream press has vigorously pushed back against a theory about the origins of the coronavirus that has now infected as many as 70,000+ people in Wuhan alone (depending on whom you believe). The theory is that China obtained the coronavirus via a Canadian research program, and started molding it into a bioweapon at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan. Politifact pointed the finger at Zero Hedge, in particular, though the story was widely shared across independent-leaning media.
The theory is that the virus, which was developed by infectious disease experts to function as a bio-weapon, originated in the Wuhan-based lab of Dr. Peng Zhou, China's preeminent researcher of bat immune systems, specifically in how their immune systems adapt to the presence of viruses like coronavirus and other destructive viruses. Somehow, the virus escaped from the lab, and the Hunan fish market where the virus supposedly originated is merely a ruse.
Now, a respected epidemiologist who recently caught flack for claiming in a twitter threat that the virus appeared to be much more contagious than initially believed is pointing out irregularities in the virus's genome that suggests it might have been genetically engineered for the purposes of a weapon, and not just any weapon but the deadliest one of all. 
In "Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag", Indian researchers are baffled by segments of the virus's RNA that have no relation to other coronaviruses like SARS, and instead appear to be closer to HIV. The virus even responds to treatment by HIV medications.

A good recap of the findings was provided by Dr. Feigl-Ding, who started his explanatory thread by pointing out that the transmission rate outside China has surpassed the rate inside China.
2) Whoa- the rate of increase ***outside of China*** is steeper than inside of China or Wuhan! Figure 1A. From: @TheLancet “Nowcasting and forecasting the potential domestic and international spread of 2019-nCoV”)
— Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 31, 2020

3) “An estimated 75815 individuals have been infected in Wuhan” —> this is substantially higher than current reports or ~10k reports by China 🇨🇳 media. (75k estimate from above Lancet article)
— Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 31, 2020
4) ...”On the present trajectory, 2019-nCoV could be about to become a global epidemic in the absence of mitigation...substantial, even draconian measures that limit population mobility should be seriously and immediately considered in affected areas...” 🤢
— Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 31, 2020

But the 'smoking gun' in this case are pieces of the virus's genetic code that Indian researchers, led by Prashant Pradhan at the Indian Institute of Technology, found may have been 'embedded' from HIV, which belongs to an entirely different family of viruses.
17. ...WHOA- the authors said the finding was “Unexpectedly” related to genes from HIV virus. Notably there were 4 gene insertions (see figure in above post #16). And so, which HIV gene proteins were found in the new #coronarvirus? Gag protein and Gp120- key HIV proteins...
— Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 31, 2020

18. Notably, in 🦠S 🧬, authors say for HIV🧬insertions: “Gag protein of HIV is involved in host membrane binding, packaging of the virus and for the formation of virus-like particles. Gp120 plays crucial role in recognizing the host cell by binding to the primary receptor CD4”
— Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 31, 2020

19. Again, these are new express published findings and not peer reviewed yet. Let’s not draw conclusions yet. But evidence suggest that 2 different HIV genes 🧬 are present in the #coronarvirus S gene region (that didn’t map to any other coronavirus, according to other studies).
— Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 31, 2020
20. Further the authors add that “This indicates that these insertions have been preferably acquired by the 2019-nCoV, providing it with additional survival and infectivity advantage. Delving deeper we found that these insertions were similar to HIV-1.” 🤔
— Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 31, 2020

21. Paper piles on: “these 🧬insertions are present at binding site of 2019-nCoV. Due to presence of gp120 motifs in 2019-nCoV spike glycoprotein at its binding domain, we propose that these motif insertions could have provided an enhanced affinity towards host cell receptors.”🤒
— Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 31, 2020

22. The authors dunked this final conclusion: “This uncanny similarity of novel inserts in the 2019- nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag is unlikely to be fortuitous”. Wow, they sure just went straight there! 😱 What a bold paper... I don’t know what to say 🤷🏻‍♂️
— Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 31, 2020

The punchline:

To be sure, Dr. Feigl-Ding insists that he's not trying to promote any 'conspiracies' about the virus being a bioweapon developed by the Chinese, although it is difficult to find a proper name for what appears to be an artificial, weaponized virus.

10. TO BE CLEAR: I am absolutely not saying it’s bioengineering, nor am I supporting any conspiracy theories with no evidence. I’m simply saying scientists need to do more research + get more data. And finding the origin of the virus is an important research priority. Goodnight😴
— Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 28, 2020
Another doctor chimed in with what he thought was a solid explanation for the virus's irregularities...

...Until he realized something disturbing.

The UN's Predictable Dismissal Of The Peace Plan

The United Nations Comes to the Palestinians’ Rescue Once Again

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov predicted that the Middle East peace plan proposed by President Trump on January 28th will not become the basis of negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinians. 

The plan “does meet every single red line that Israel has put in place for negotiations, but stops very far from addressing the concerns of the Palestinian side,” Mladenov said. A statement issued by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ spokesman on Tuesday declared that the UN “remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict on the basis of United Nations resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements and realizing the vision of two States - Israel and Palestine - living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines.”

Defining the highly insecure pre-1967 lines as the internationally recognized border between Israel and an independent Palestinian state would give the Palestinians what they have long demanded. 

Why should the Palestinians bother negotiating with Israel if the United Nations and the so-called “international community” are completely in their corner and consider anything less than agreeing to the Palestinians’ demands as illegitimate? 

No wonder Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking to address the UN Security Council shortly on the Palestinians’ rejection of the Trump Middle East peace plan. “We say 1,000 ‘no’s to this deal,” Abbas declared on the day the plan was announced.

The Palestinian UN ambassador Riyad Mansour said that the Palestinians intend to have a draft resolution submitted to the Security Council supporting their rejection of the Trump peace plan. Knowing the U.S. will certainly veto such a draft resolution, the Palestinians are once again using the UN for their propaganda purposes, hoping to isolate the U.S. and Israel diplomatically.

“Of course we would like to see a strong, large opposition to this Trump plan,” Mansour told reporters, standing alongside Tunisian Ambassador to the UN Moncef Baati, who is currently serving a two-year term on the 15-member Security Council. No doubt after the Security Council draft resolution is vetoed, the Palestinians and their friends will run to the General Assembly, where they can count on many anti-U.S., anti-Israel votes to supposedly “legitimize” the Palestinians’ rejectionism. 

According to Mansour, Abbas will use his visit to the UN to “put before the entire international community the reaction of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian leadership against this onslaught against the national rights of the Palestinian people by the Trump administration.”

The UN’s apparent outright dismissal of the Trump peace plan is playing right into the Palestinians’ hands. It typifies the UN’s reckless pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel bias.

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Mladenov, for example, completely ignored major concessions offered to the Palestinians in the plan, which is built around the principle of a two-state solution that incorporates a step by step pathway to an independent Palestinian state. These concessions include;

  1. Providing the Palestinians with territory reasonably comparable in size to the territory of the West Bank and Gaza pre-1967,
  2. A capital in a portion of East Jerusalem that could bear the name already used by the Palestinians, Al Quds, and
  3. Transportation links allowing efficient movement between Gaza and the West Bank, as well as throughout a future Palestine.

Even assuming, for the sake of argument, that President Trump’s peace plan is as one-sided as its critics have charged, there is still no reason to completely dismiss its relevance to direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The plan represents, at the very least, the most detailed and comprehensive description of the concessions the Israelis are willing to offer, accompanied by a map of territorial borders the Israelis believe they can live with in recognizing an independent Palestinian state. The Palestinians insist on a Palestinian state with borders based on the pre-1967 lines that Israel considers to be indefensible. Those are two negotiation positions that can serve as starting points for further discussions directly between the parties.

Terrorists Fire Barrage Of Rockets Into Southern Israel

Terrorists fire barrage of rockets on southern Israel

Elad Benari

Red Color sirens were sounded on Friday evening, around 10:40 p.m., in the Eshkol Regional Council, located near the Gaza border.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed that one rocket was fired from Gaza towards the area.

The attack was the third rocket attack in one day on southern Israel and the eighth rocket that has been fired towards the south since Thursday.

Earlier, around 8:20 p.m., sirens were sounded in the city of Sderot and other communities near the Gaza border.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit confirmed that a rocket was fired from Gaza toward the area and was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

There were no physical injuries but minor damage was reported to homes in Sderot, likely as a result of the interceptors.

On Friday afternoon, three mortar shells were fired from Gaza toward the Eshkol region in southern Israel.

One of the shells was intercepted by the Iron Dome, while the other two exploded in open areas.

On Thursday evening, Gaza terrorists fired three rockets at southern Israel. Red Color sirens were heard just after 11:25 p.m. in Sderot, Sapir College, Gevim, Ibim and Nir Am in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council.

The IDF confirmed that three launches were identified, and that the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted two of them mid-air.

A three-week-old toddler was moderately injured after falling from her mother's hands in a stairwell inside a private home in Sderot while running to a protected space.

Hours later, IDF aircraft and fighter jets attacked a wide range of Hamas terrorist targets in the southern Gaza Strip, including an underground weapons productions site.

Macron: EU Needs Deep Reform

Brexit is ‘historic alarm signal’ indicating need to deeply reform EU, says Macron

In a televised address to mark Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, French President Emmanuel Macron branded Brexit a “historic alarm signal” which should “spur” deep EU reform to build a powerful and efficient European Union.
Describing Friday as a “sad day”, Macron said the 2016 Brexit campaign was based on lies, exaggerations, and cheques that were promised but will never materialize. He said the UK leaving the bloc was a shock, but that it came about because Europe had been used as a scapegoat for difficulties “all too often”.
Macron also spoke about the historical and future relationships between Britain and France, saying that the pair’s long history is “one made of blood, freedom, courage and battles.” He said his compatriots would never forget how much they owe Britain, adding that while British people will no longer have the same rights in the EU after Brexit, UK citizens living in France will still be “at home”there. 
The French president said he wants to see a close relationship with post-Brexit Britain, but the country can’t simply be in and out of the EU at the same time, and France will continue to defend the interests of both its fishing and agriculture industries – two key areas the countries have butted heads over before. 
"And in this negotiation, we will remain united, all 27 of us," he said of the remaining EU member states.
Macron took a tough stance in the Brexit talks, particularly as the British government called for a number of extensions to its original March 29, 2019 exit date. The French president was also among the more vocal EU leaders in objecting to British PM Boris Johnson’s efforts to reopen Brexit negotiations after he took over from Theresa May.

Violent Protests In West Bank: Also Protests In Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon And Turkey

Palestinians, troops clash in West Bank; thousands protest Trump plan in Jordan

Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Friday in protests over US President Donald Trump’s newly released peace plan, but Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the flashpoint Temple Mount passed peacefully.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society said that 48 Palestinians were wounded Friday during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank, while an IDF soldier was lightly hurt by a rock thrown amid rioting near the Vered Yericho settlement.
Palestinians burned tires and threw rocks at troops who responded with tear gas and other riot control means.
Protests were also held in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The plan released on Tuesday was angrily rejected by Palestinians as heavily biased toward Israel, with one of the key bones of contention being its classification of Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided capital.”
Palestinians have long seen the city’s eastern sector, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War, as the capital of their future state. Trump’s plan envisions a number of outlying East Jerusalem neighborhoods as the capital of a Palestinian state, but none of the holy sites or the Old City.
Fears of violence were raised Friday morning when a group of Palestinians protested at the Temple Mount after dawn prayers.
Israeli police “responded and dispersed the gathering,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, saying the protesters had chanted “nationalist” slogans.
But noon prayers, when more than 30,000 Palestinians attended services at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, passed off without incident, religious officials and AFP journalists said.
Rosenfeld said “heightened security” measures would be in place across the Old City of Jerusalem and “police units will respond if necessary.”
The site is the holiest in Judaism as the site of the biblical Temples, and the third holiest for Muslims, who refer to it as the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound or the Noble Sanctuary.

A Palestinian carries a ladder past a fire by the Israeli security barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah on January 31, 2020, during clashes with Israeli security forces over the US-brokered proposal for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Abbas Momani/AFP)

Besides the increased police presence around the Temple Mount, the IDF this week deployed extra troops to the West Bank and along the Gaza border out of concerns of increased violence over the US peace plan.

In neighboring Jordan, thousands of people took to the streets after Friday prayers to protest the plan. Jordan, a close US ally and key player in previous peace efforts, has warned Israel against annexing territory in the West Bank under the plan. Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab countries to have signed peace agreements with Israel.

Chanting “Death to Israel”, about 3,000 people took part in the demonstration, which started in front of the city’s Al-Husseini Mosque, amid a heavy security presence, an AFP photographer said.

Protesters carried Jordanian and Palestinian flags and held up signs that read “Jordan rejects the deal of the century” and “Down with the deal of the century”.

Protesters chanted, “Listen, damn Trump, Palestine is not for sale” and “The Jordanian and Palestinian people are one, not two.”

48 Hours Of Earthquakes: An Emerging Story No One Is Noticing

Seismic Monitor - Recent earthquakes on a world map and much more.

[The emerging earthquake story is being buried in the news due to the coronavirus story and the middle-east peace plan, but quakes have been steadily increasing over the last several weeks and no one seems to be noticing. Its yet another sign that we should be watching]

4.8 Romania
4.7 Greece
4.6 China
4.5 China-Myanmar Border
5.2 Indonesia
5.2 Philippines
4.6 Taiwan
5.0 Kuril Islands
4.7 Mariana Islands
5.1 New Britain Region
5.7 Bismarck Sea
5.3 Soloman Islands
6.0 Soloman Islands
5.0 Soloman Islands
4.8 Soloman Islands
4.8 Tonga Islands
5.2 Tonga Islands
4.8 Kermadec Islands
4.6 Aleutian Islands
5.1 Gulf Of Alaska 
4.7 North of Honduras
5.1 Peru

And these are just the ones > 4.5...All in 48 hours. Its a story no doubt. 

JordanWarns Of New Reality On Temple Mount: 'Muslims Only'

The Jordanian Ministry Of Awqaf And Islamic Affairs reacted negatively to President Trump’s proposal for peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians by saying that ‘Deal of the Century’ imposed a “new reality on the Temple Mount.
“The Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Ministry cautions against the imposition of a ‘new reality’ at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,” the ministry said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
“Non-Muslims have no right in the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” it added
It should be noted that the statement mistakenly identified the Temple Mount as “Al-Aqsa Mosque,” which is the silver domed Muslim prayer structure located on the southern edge of the Temple Mount. 

The Temple Mount, referred to in Arabic as Haram esh Sharif (the holy sanctuary) which was the only Muslim worship site on the Temple Mount when it was conquered by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel granted administration of the site back to the Waqf under Jordanian custodianship while maintaining Israeli security control. 

In addition to the Israeli police restricting non-Muslims from praying on the entire Temple Mount, non-Muslims are restricted from entering any of the structures and entry hours are very limited. Currently, eleven gates are open to the Muslim public. Non-Muslims are only permitted to enter through the Mughrabi gate and Jews must undergo strict security checks.

In accordance with international law, the Israeli High Court ruled that all holy sites in Israel must be available equally to all religions for worship. 

Palestinian violence has prevented the Israeli police from implement this law, however. The Palestinians have also illegally usurped four more areas for exclusive Muslim worship, using heavy machinery for renovations that destroyed archaeological artifacts.

Trump’s deal called to end the racist apartheid policy currently being held in place by Palestinian threats of terrorism.

“Jerusalem’s holy sites should remain open and available for peaceful worshippers and tourists of all faiths. People of every faith should be permitted to pray on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, in a manner that is fully respectful to their religion, taking into account the times of each religion’s prayers and holidays, as well as other religious factors.”

True to their threats,  prayers for Muslims turned into riots on Friday morning, with crowds chanting nationalist and racist slogans.

This is the third Friday in a row in which Muslim prayers on the Temple Mount have been used as a pretext for Palestinian violence. On Thursday, two Palestinians were arrested after they were discovered with knives.
Israelis do not seem to be intimidated. Elishama Sanderman, head of the Yera’eh Temple Mount advocacy group, noted a rise in 20 percent of the Jews who ascended to the Temple Mount this week.

“There was a clear call on the Palestinian social media to prevent Jews from ascending to the Temple Mount but, to be honest, no one seemed to pay it any mind,” Sanderman told Breaking Israel News. “Many people saw Trump’s declaration as a call to sanity, a call for an end to the Dark Age attempt by Muslims to dominate modern and open society. 

In a normal and healthy culture, people are permitted to worship and are not forced to bow in subservience to another religion. I feel like we are returning to normalcy.”

Avelet Shaked: 'Applying Sovereignty Will Prevent A Palestinian State'

Ayelet Shaked: 'Applying sovereignty will prevent a Palestinian state'

Orly Harari,

Former Justice Minister MK Ayelet Shaked (Yamina) on Friday morning said that applying Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria will prevent the creation of a future Palestinian state.

"The choice is between Yamina and applying sovereignty, and voting for any other party and a Palestinian terror state," Shaked said. "In the 'deal of the century' if we begin by applying sovereignty, we won't reach the point of a Palestinian state."

"If we begin by negotiating a Palestinian state, we'll reach Oslo C, with eastern Jerusalem in the hands of terrorists and buses exploding," she warned.

Shaked's warning echoes her Thursday statement that Israel "must not delay" applying sovereignty.

"This is an opportunity that comes once in 52 years," she said then. "If we delay it now, who knows when there will be another opportunity? We will do everything we can to make sure the decision is brought for government approval next week."

Also on Thursday, a senior Israeli official and confidant of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu downplayed the apparent split between the US and Israel regarding the timetable for the application of Israeli sovereignty over large swaths of Judea and Samaria.

"What has been agreed upon is a huge thing, recognition by an American president of the Israeli right to sovereignty in the Jordan Valley, northern Dead Sea, and the Jewish towns" in Judea and Samaria, he said. "That's been achieved, there's no argument about it, and it's going to happen."

Turkey Demonstrations Protest Peace Plan: 'Jerusalem Belongs To Islam'

Turkey: Demonstrators protest Trump peace plan, hold signs saying “Jerusalem belongs to Islam”

Once again, supporters of the “Palestinians” invoke Islam. Yet mainstream Western analysts continue to ignore Islam in examining the Israeli/ “Palestinian” conflict. This is to the severe detriment of their peace plans, as The Palestinian Delusion shows in detail.

Turkish demonstrators poured onto streets across the country on Tuesday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan, which imposes strict conditions for Palestinians but grants broad control to the Israeli government.
Dozens of protesters and members of non-governmental organizations gathered in front of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, holding placards and shouting slogans decrying the proposal that designates Jerusalem as “Israel’s undivided capital.”
Many protesters at the rally held placards bearing slogans reading, “Jerusalem belongs to Islam.”
On Tuesday, Trump announced his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace at a White House event with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing at his side.
Although Trump’s stated aim was to end decades of conflict, the plan he advanced favored Israel, underscored by the absence of Palestinians from Trump’s announcement.
Jerusalem is sacred to both Muslims and Jews, as it includes sites known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (The Noble Sanctuary), al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the rock, as well as an ancient Jewish temple.
“Trump’s so-called peace plan dubbed the ‘Deal of the Century’ is in Israel’s favour and against the Palestinian people,”a protester said….