Seventh American with coronavirus confirmed as the White House declares the global outbreak a public health emergency in the US and closes its border to visitors from China as the illness spreads to more than 11,000 people worldwide

  • A man in Santa Claram California was confirmed to have coronavirus on Friday, bringing the US total case count to seven  
  • US health officials on Friday declared the outbreak of coronavirus a public health emergency in the US 
  • Foreign nationals – except the immediate family of Americans – will be blocked from entering the US if they’ve visited China in the last two weeks beginning 5pm ET on Sunday 
  • All flights from China will be funneled through seven airports: JFK, Chicago O’Hare, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Honolulu and LAX 
  • People who have been in Hubei province – where Wuhan is located – within two weeks of returning to the US  will be under mandatory quarantine for up to 14 days 
  • People coming back from any part of China will be asked to self-quarantine at home for up to 14 days 
  • CDC officials have issued a 14-day federal quarantine for all 195 passengers who were evacuated from Wuhan
  • It’s the first time in 50 years that the agency has had to issue a federal quarantine 
  • Since Thursday, cases of the new coronavirus have increased by 26%, sickening nearly 10,000 people worldwide
  • The CDC said it is possible that someone could test negative for the coronavirus before developing symptoms, but become ill later 
  • The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency on Thursday
  • The ‘public health emergency of international concern’ is the highest warning the UN health agency can give
  • Just one week ago, WHO officials said it was too early to declare the outbreak an emergency
  • It comes the same week that the sixth US case of coronavirus was confirmed in a Chicago man in his 60s
  • This marks the first case of human-to-human transmission of the virus in America, and it’s now suspected that people can infect others even if they don’t have symptoms 
  • Currently, there are 168 possible cases are under investigation in the US, 21 of which are in Illinois 
  • Worldwide, well over 11,000 people have been infected and 258 people – all in China – have died  

By NATALIE RAHHAL ACTING US HEALTH EDITOR and MARY KEKATOS SENIOR HEALTH REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and EMILY CRANE

PUBLISHED: 13:29 EST, 31 January 2020 | UPDATED: 21:30 EST, 31 January 2020 

A man in Santa Clara, California, has become the seventh American diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus sweeping the globe, local authorities announced Friday, nearly simultaneous with the White House’s declaration that the outbreak that’s sickened more than 11,000 and killed 258 people worldwide is a public health emergency in the US. 
While the outbreak is ongoing, President Trump has issued an order that will block all foreign nationals who have visited China in the prior two weeks – except for the immediate family citizens or permanent residents – from entering the US, beginning at 5pm ET on Sunday. 

At seven, the American case count remains low, but the virus has quickly spread in China and around the globe the Department of Health and Human Services and President Donald Trump are stepping up measures to contain the deadly new disease. 

Citizens returning to the US who have visited Hubei province – where Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, is located – within two weeks of of coming back to the US will be under a mandatory 14 day quarantine.  

Those who have traveled elsewhere in mainland China will be subject to a 14-day self-imposed quarantine. 

To facilitate these measures, all flights returning to the US from anywhere in China will be funneled through seven airports: John F Kennedy International Airport in New York, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Seattle, San Francisco, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Daniel K Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). 

US officials earlier Friday issued an ‘unprecedented’ federal quarantine for all 195 passengers evacuated from Wuhan, and said that their test for the new coronavirus may come back negative if someone hasn’t developed symptoms – but they could later become ill. 

Amid these concerning revelations about the test, Chicago officials said that the first American to catch the coronavirus from another without visiting China himself had also traveled to Cleveland before developing symptoms, triggering worry in the Ohio city – despite the state health department’s assurances that the man was not infectious during his visit. 

On Wednesday, an evacuation flight with 195 Americans onboard landed at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California (pictured). Those passengers are all now under federal quarantine. Anyone returning to the US after visiting the Hubei province where Wuhan is located within the prior two weeks will also face a mandatory quarantine, starting Sunday

On Wednesday, an evacuation flight with 195 Americans onboard landed at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California (pictured). Those passengers are all now under federal quarantine. Anyone returning to the US after visiting the Hubei province where Wuhan is located within the prior two weeks will also face a mandatory quarantine, starting Sunday 

During a Friday briefing, the White House's newly assembled task force for the ongoing coronavirus outbreak declared it a public health emergency in the US. HHS Secretary Alex Azar (center) announced that most foreign nationals will be barred from entry and citizens returning from China will face various grades of quarantines

During a Friday briefing, the White House’s newly assembled task force for the ongoing coronavirus outbreak declared it a public health emergency in the US. HHS Secretary Alex Azar (center) announced that most foreign nationals will be barred from entry and citizens returning from China will face various grades of quarantines 

Even as the US takes unusually drastic steps to more efficiently identify cases of coronavirus and prevent its spread, officials continued to plead with Americans to remain calm. 

HHS Secretary Azar reminded the American public that similar restrictions on entry to the US were placed on travelers coming from West Africa.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Director of National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Dr Nancy Messonnier, also revealed that worldwide cases have increased by 26 percent in just 24 hours during a press briefing. 

It comes after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on Thursday. The US also advised against all travel to China and a quarantine was ordered for the 195 passengers evacuated from Wuhan after one attempted to flee March Reserve air base in Riverside County.

It was the first time the CDC had mandated a quarantine in 50 years.   

A recent New England Journal of Medicine study documented the first case of coronavirus transmission from a patient who did not have symptoms to another person. 

This revelation is particularly concerning in light of Dr Messonnier’s Friday disclosure that a person can still develop the illness later after testing negative for coronavirus while they were symptom-free. 

The stepped-up measures underscore the seriousness of the outbreak, which has now spread between humans in the US, but officials also reminded press that the disease is not spreading actively in US communities and any given individual’s risk of infection is actually quite low. 

Officials in hazmat suits met passengers as they stepped off the plane and onto awaiting buses
Now the passengers are all under a 14-day federally mandated quarantine

Officials in hazmat suits met passengers as they stepped off the plane and onto awaiting buses (left and right). All 195 passengers are now under a federally mandated 14-day quarantine

There are now a total of seven confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, distributed across four states in addition to two cases in Canada. Cases are suspected in several additional US states

There are now a total of seven confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, distributed across four states in addition to two cases in Canada. Cases are suspected in several additional US states  

On Thursday, the World Health Organization announced in a press conference (pictured) that it was declaring the deadly coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency

On Thursday, the World Health Organization announced in a press conference (pictured) that it was declaring the deadly coronavirus outbreak to be a global health emergency

‘If we take strong measures now, we may be able to blunt the impact of the virus here in the US,’ said Dr Messonnier. 

There are still just six confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US, but with an additional nearly 7,000 cases reported in the last week alone there’s ample reason to believe that many more could occur in the US if containment measures – like the federal quarantine – aren’t swift, and thorough. 

‘We understand that this may seem drastic,’ said Dr Messonnier. 

‘But we would rather be remembered for over-reacting than under-reacting.’  

Additionally, Thursday was the first time officials confirmed case of person-to-person case transmission of coronavirus in the US after a man in Illinois was infected by his wife, who had previously traveled to China. 

‘The main reason for this declaration is not for what is happening in China but because of what is happening in other countries,’ Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, said at a press conference. 

‘Our greatest concern is for the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, which are ill prepared to deal with it.’ 

He added that the declaration didn’t mean a ‘vote of no confidence in China’ and, in fact, congratulated the Chinese government for taking ‘extraordinary measures’ to contain the outbreak. 

This marks the fifth time the WHO has made such a declaration since the rule to do was  implemented in 2005: for the influenza pandemic of 2009, a resurgence of polio 2014, the Ebola crisis in 2014, the outbreak of Zika virus outbreak in 2016 and the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019.

Such a declaration does not give the WHO more money, but officials can make recommendation on travel or trade was well as mobilize public and political action.

The warning, officially known as a 'public health emergency of international concern', is the highest warning the WHO can give

The warning, officially known as a ‘public health emergency of international concern’, is the highest warning the WHO can give 

It's the first time an American has caught the case without having traveled to China. Pictured: Passengers arrive at O'Hare International Airport as they in Chicago, January 24

It’s the first time an American has caught the case without having traveled to China. Pictured: Passengers arrive at O’Hare International Airport as they in Chicago, January 24

The wife, 60, had traveled to Wuhan - where the virus originated - in late December to take care of her elderly father. Pictured: Medical staff in protective suits treat a coronavirus patient at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan, January 28

The wife, 60, had traveled to Wuhan – where the virus originated – in late December to take care of her elderly father. Pictured: Medical staff in protective suits treat a coronavirus patient at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan, January 28

She returned to Chicago on January 13, but did not show symptoms until several days later. Pictured: Medical staff in protective suits treat a coronavirus patient at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, January 27

She returned to Chicago on January 13, but did not show symptoms until several days later. Pictured: Medical staff in protective suits treat a coronavirus patient at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, January 27

More than 11,000 cases have been confirmed in 22 countries and territories around the world

More than 11,000 cases have been confirmed in 22 countries and territories around the world

It comes on the heels of news of the sixth confirmed case in the US of a man whose wife had already been infected.  

The man’s wife, who is in her 60s, became the second American after she returned from a trip to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. 

‘Given what we’ve seen in China and other countries with the novel coronavirus, CDC experts have expected some person-to-person spread in the US,’ Dr Robert Redfield, director of the CDC told reporters in a media call on Thursday.

‘We understand that this may be concerning, but based on what we know now, we still believe the immediate risk to the American public is low.’ 

The couple, who have not been identified, are now both being isolated at St Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago.

According to officials from the Illinois Department of Health, the wife is ‘doing well’ and the husband is ‘stable’.  

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The couple, who have not been identified, are now both being isolated at St Alexius Hospita (pictured) l in Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago

The couple, who have not been identified, are now both being isolated at St Alexius Hospita (pictured) l in Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago

Several countries have advised against non-essential travel to the China. Pictured: Funeral workers disinfect themselves after handling a coronavirus victim in Wuhan on Thursday

Several countries have advised against non-essential travel to the China. Pictured: Funeral workers disinfect themselves after handling a coronavirus victim in Wuhan on Thursday.

She arrived at O’Hare International Airport on January 13, but did not begin experiencing symptoms until several days later.

CDC officials say they do not believe she infected her husband until she was symptomatic. 

The husband had some pre-existing medical conditions, similar to many infected patients, but health officials would not elaborate on what those conditions were.  

Health officials say that the man was not attending mass gatherings and they are monitoring close contacts.

‘This person-to-person spread was between two very close contacts, a wife and husband,’ said Ngozi Ezike, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health in the media call on Thursday. 

‘It is not spreading in the wider community.’ 

More than 8,300 people worldwide have been infected and 210 people have died. Pictured: A doctor attends to a patient in an isolation ward at a hospital in Wuhan on Thursday

More than 8,300 people worldwide have been infected and 210 people have died. Pictured: A doctor attends to a patient in an isolation ward at a hospital in Wuhan on Thursday 

There have been cases of human-to-human transmission reported outside of China, including in Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. Pictured: A doctor puts on a protective suit and goggles at a hospital in Wuhan on Thursday

There have been cases of human-to-human transmission reported outside of China, including in Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. Pictured: A doctor puts on a protective suit and goggles at a hospital in Wuhan on Thursday 

Medical workers in protective gear help a suspected coronavirus patient get out of an ambulance in Wuhan

Medical workers in protective gear help a suspected coronavirus patient get out of an ambulance in Wuhan 

Previously, all confirmed US cases had been in patients who travel to Wuhan, where an outbreak has been ongoing since December 2019. 

However, there have been cases of human-to-human transmission reported outside of China, including in Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. 

The four other cases have been confirmed in Maricopa County, Arizona; Orange County and Los Angeles County California; and Snohomish County, Washington.

Currently, 168 cases are under investigation in at least 26 states – 21 of those alone in Illinois.

The CDC say it is likely that more cases of the virus, known as 2019-nCoV, will be reported in the next several days and weeks. 

Signs and symptoms of the illness include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, with 20 percent of cases becoming severe.

Health officials say the best steps Americans can take to stay safe is to practice basic hygiene including washing hands with warm water and soap and coughing or sneezing into an elbow. 

Meanwhile in China, the coronavirus death toll has risen to 170 as of Thursday afternoon and several countries – including the US and UK – have advised against non-essential travel to the nation. 

More than 8,300 people have been sickened by the deadly strain in at least 22 countries and territories amid an international effort to stop the spread.  

US EVACUATES 195 AMERICANS FROM WUHAN AND PLANS SECOND RESCUE FLIGHT

On Wednesday, an evacuation flight with 195 Americans onboard landed at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. 

They were greeted by in officials hazmat suits before being filed onto awaiting buses and taken to another building.

The plane, which also carried six members, departed Wuhan before dawn on Wedneday before stopping to refuel in Anchorage, Alaska.

Originally scheduled to fly to Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California, tje flight was diverted to the air base 25 miles away without explanation late on Tuesday night.

Currently, the passengers are under a voluntary 72-hour quarantine as officials check for signs and symptoms.   

Prior to this, the passengers underwent four screenings: two before departure in Wuhan and another two during a refueling stop in Anchorage, Alaska.   

There are more than 1,000 Americans still in Wuhan, bu the US State Department announced on Thursday it was planning a second evacuation flight.

Thousands Of Palestinians Clash With Police In West Bank & Jordan Over Trump’s ‘Peace Plan’

by Tyler DurdenFri, 01/31/2020

Tensions in the West Bank and Jordan Valley exploded this week as angry Palestinians protesters clashed with Israeli police in the wake of President Trump unveiling his ‘deal of the century’ Mideast peace plan on Tuesday.

Thousands of Palestinians were reported in the streets Friday in the occupied West Bank and in Gaza, where Israeli security forces responded to rock throwing and burning tires with tear gas and other riot control measures. An estimated 48 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were injured in the unrest.Protests near Tayseer checkpoint, the Jordan Valley, the West Bank this week. Image via Mondoweiss. 

Some 300 also protested in front of the US Embassy in Amman, Jordan where chants of “Death to Israel” were heard. Demonstrators carried signs reading “Down with the deal of the century” and shouted further chants of “Listen, damn Trump, Palestine is not for sale,” according to The Times of Israel

There’s been similar sporadic clashes all week especially given the White House plan gives Israel ‘annexation’ rights over at least 30% of West Bank territory. This after the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas were not even privy to negotiations related to the deal, which has been rejected by both Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas. 

The deal also controversially cuts Palestinians out of control over holy sites of the Old City in Jerusalem, while claiming to offer parts of the city’s eastern sector to serve as capital of a future Palestinian state, but only if certain “conditions are met” long term. 

Other protests in neighboring Jordan, where Palestinian refugees actually far outnumber Jordanian Arabs, were said to be huge in size

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.

However, Israeli police reported being surprised that Friday prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount passed without major incident. Police were prepared with significantly heightened security as over 30,000 Palestinians attended noon prayers. 

Local media reports that “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.”

David Brody@DavidBrodyCBN

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But things could be ready to come to a head over the weekend, given that Netanyahu announced this week that Israel will move forward to vote Sunday to annex some 30% of all West Bank territory.

Netanyahu said that “Israel will apply its laws to the Jordan Valley and to the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.” 

Middle East Eye@MiddleEastEye

“We will not allow this deal to pass”

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This means a million or so Palestinian residents could come under Israeli rule, which sparked a fierce backlash both internationally and among some members of US Congress. 

If the Knesset move progresses, likely all of the West Bank and Gaza will explode in fresh popular unrest and anger.

MUSLIM ILHAN OMAR RECITES ISLAMIC PRAYER TO ALLAH AT CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ONE WORLD RELIGION CHRISLAM SERVICE ATTENDED BY OVER 25 MEMBERS OF THE 116TH CONGRESS

They held a Bipartisan Multi faith prayer service for 116th Congress at St Peter’s Catholic Church in DC back in January, as Congress was officially opened, and it serves as an excellent illustration of the coming One World Religion of Chrislam. You had Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Hindus and Buddhists, the only group  that was not represented was Bible believing Christians. Bible believers are absolutely, 100% not welcome in this burgeoning One World Religion of Chrislam, we are locked outside the door with Jesus. Chrislam is the One World Religion. 

Muslim Ilhan Omar Reads Islamic Prayer At Catholic Church Chrislam Prayer Service

by Geoffrey GriderDecember 8, 2019 NOW THE END BEGINS

Muslim Ilhan Omar recently posted a video of herself reciting am Islamic prayer at a Catholic Church in One World Religion Chrislam service attended by Congress.

Everywhere you look now, the One World Religion of Chrislam is coming together, orchestrated by some of the most-people religious figures of our day. At the top you have Pope Francis with his Chrislam covenant called the “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” document that he has already had major players from Islam and Buddhism sign off on. Beneath that you have Laodicean Christians like Joel OsteenRick WarrenKenneth Copeland and others feeding their sheep to the Vatican to get them in line. Even our elected officials in Washington, as you will see in today’s story, are all willing to “come together in unity”, the false unity of Chrislam.

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Revelation 3:20-22 (KJV)

They held a Bipartisan Multi faith prayer service for 116th Congress at St Peter’s Catholic Church in DC back in January, as the 116th United States Congress was officially opened, and it serves as an excellent illustration of the coming One World Religion of Chrislam. Chrislam being the merging of the Catholic Church with Islam to form a new entity we call Chrislam. You had Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Hindus and Buddhists, the only group that was not represented was Bible believing Christians. Bible believers are absolutely, 100% not welcome in this burgeoning One World Religion of Chrislam, we are locked outside the door with Jesus. Chrislam is the new path forward in the darkening end times.

Muslim Ilhan Omar Reads Islamic Prayer At Catholic Church Chrislam Prayer Service

On Thanksgiving, Ilhan Omar posted a video on Twitter with a video of her in the pulpit in a Catholic church. In the video, Omar is reciting a Muslim prayer. The video was recorded at an “interfaith service” at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in the Washington D.C. area.

Azhar Azeez@ISNAVI

Attended a Bipartisan Multi faith prayer service for 116th Congress at St Peter’s Catholic Church in DC with Rep Ilham Omar -MN, Raja Krishnamoorti-IL, Rep Donna Edna Shalala- FL, Speaker Nancy Pelosi- CA and over 2 dozen other members of Congress followed by celebration events.

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Ilhan Omar posted the video with the heading:

Alhamdulillah (Praise to Allah) for the opportunity to serve my constituents, to care for my children and have a wonderful love in my life.”

“This is a prayer a read on the start of Congress and feel grounded in its blessings. Thank you all for standing with me and for our progressive movement!”

“There is a prayer in Islam that says, ‘Allah, put courage into my heart, and take away all that might hinder serving you,’” starts Omar. “Free my tongue to proclaim your goodness, that all may understand me.”

“Give me friends to advise and help me, that by working together our efforts may bear abundant fruit,” she continued. “And, above all, let me constantly remember that my actions are worthless unless they are guided by your hand.”

“Allah, may everything that I do start well and finish well. Sustain me with your power. And in your power, let me drive away (all falsehood, ensuring that truth may always triumph),” Omar concluded.

Ilhan Omar@IlhanMN

Alhamdullilah for the opportunity to serve my constituents, to care for my children and have a wonderful love in my life.

This is a prayer a read on the start of Congress and feel grounded in its blessings.

Thank you all for standing with me and for our progressive movement! Nov 28, 2019

The prayer service was attended by over two dozen members of congress. Also in attendance was Azhar Azeez , president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), who tweeted about the event

Democratic Socialist Fascist Promote Violence against White People as Party Policy

Cancel Culture’ Attacks On “White Privilege” Will Trigger Tragedy Down The Road

by Tyler DurdenFri, 01/31/2020

Authored by Robert Bridge via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Being born White these days comes with a lot of excess baggage. Instead of each human being coming into existence with a clean slate, so to speak, a Caucasian newborn (who exactly qualifies as ‘White’ is another question) is brought into the world carrying the stain of its ancestors’ transgressions, of which, we are constantly reminded, are infinite and unforgivable.

Yes, European settlers to America were, for example, responsible for killing off a large number of the Native Indian population, as well as participating in the African slave trade. And who could forget the regrettable legacy of colonialism? At this point, I will resist the temptation to construct a scorecard based on the historical crimes of other races, many of whom were guilty of the very same crimes now being attributed to the White people.

This sudden desire among the Liberal Inquisition to settle past historical scores with the White man, who ironically has become his own burden, is already revealing itself in radical new ways. Students at prestigious Yale University, for example, will no longer be able to attend an introductory course to Western Art History due to “student uneasiness over an idealized Western “canon” — a product of an overwhelmingly white, straight, European and male cadre of artists,” reported the school’s newspaper.

Perhaps the only thing surprising about Yale’s announcement is that it came so late in the day. After all, the field of mathematics, which one would think is adequately insulated from identity politics, has been accused of being built on a purely racist foundation.

According to the new woke math currently being taught in the Seattle public school system, “Western” mathematics is being foisted upon unsuspecting students as “the only legitimate expression of mathematical identity and intelligence” in some diabolical plan to “disenfranchise people and communities of color.”

Perhaps the best evidence that there is a concerted effort to cancel the White race from recognition for their achievements can be witnessed by a simple search on Google. Type in ‘White inventors’ and fasten your seat belt. While there is no doubt that minorities have contributed many inventions over the course of the centuries, the Google results make it look like the tinkering White man, where he appears at all, is still struggling to invent the wheel. If the world’s biggest search engine were relying solely on algorithms to provide its ‘answers’ (as opposed to the deliberate meddling of a human hand) then it seems utterly impossible that renowned ‘Caucasian’ inventors, like the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Tim Berners-Lee and Isaac Newton, to name a few, do not feature anywhere near the top of Google search results. This was a deliberate move by the Silicon Valley giant to deny White inventors their rightful place in the historical record.

Commercial break! Watch Gillette’s stomach-churning virtue-signaling video devoted to not removing whiskers from your face but the question of ‘toxic masculinity. Ask yourself what race is portrayed as the guiltiest of displaying undesirable behavior (making advances on females, for example) in society.

Equally shocking was the news that Goldman Sachs, of all companies, was jumping on the virtue signaling bandwagon in an apparent effort to put White executives in their rightful place, which increasingly is not at the top. Indeed, Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon has a plan to save corporate America from all-male, all-white corporate boards: The investment bank will decline to take a company public unless it has at least one woman or non-white member on board.

The CBS article where this story appeared attempted to justify the move by citing a study that argues more diverse firms make “better investment decisions and scale back on aggressive risk-taking.” Well, if that were true, then Goldman Sachs would be better off asserting its commitment to the ‘free market’ as opposed to the lunatic social justice fringe. The reason is at the core of capitalist theory: those firms that fail to diversify (if it is indeed the best business model) will ultimately falter due to the market’s law of natural selection. Instead, David Solomon would rather align himself with cultural ‘progressives’ by forcefully removing White executives, many of whom are in their positions due to hard work and merit. On top of that, there is the question regarding the very constitutionality of such efforts at ‘affirmative action’ to correct perceived wrongs in the workplace.

Curb your racism, avoid yoga and dog ownership

Now, if all that were not enough, flickering in the background of these stories are vile racist ideas that would never be attributed to other peoples without massive fallout. For example, did you happen to know that White people participating in the seemingly benign discipline of yoga, an increasingly popular group activity for relieving stress and staying fit, are in reality supporting the vile white supremacist belief system?

Shreena Gandhi, a religious studies professor at Michigan State, and Lillie Wolff, a self-described “anti-racist white Jewish organizer, facilitator, and healer,” co-authored an article entitled, ‘Yoga and the Roots of Cultural Appropriation.’ In it, the very imaginative authors argue that the “modern-day trend of cultural appropriation of yoga is a continuation of white supremacy and colonialism, maintaining the pattern of white people consuming the stuff of culture that is convenient and portable…”

The madness does not stop there. Not by a long shot.

Now if, by chance, you happen to be White, as well as a yoga enthusiast AND dog owner, you may as well just surrender to your darkest demons and sign up now for the Ku Klux Klan. I am only half joking. See, because in the minds of the social justice thought police, White people who walk their dogs around the neighborhood – pooper scooper in hand – may also signify a not so harmless breed of human. That’s because White folks tend to use dog ownership as a means to achieve “reinforced boundaries” and thus their “White privileges” in their otherwise diverse neighborhoods.

“White residents of multicultural areas tend to overlook inequality in their neighborhoods,” writes Sarah Mayorga-Gallo, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Boston, who went on to identify the surprising “vehicle of racial segregation,” which just happens to be White man’s best friend, the dog.

The academic relayed the heart-wrenching story of Jerry, a black homeowner in his sixties, who chanced upon a neighborhood bakery in the town of Creekridge Park, North Carolina. He stopped to chat with some dog-owning customers, who were white, in the outdoor seating area, but the staff asked him to leave – a scenario that is played over thousands of times every day at any restaurant that has an outdoor seating area.

As Mayorga-Gallo explains it: “Jerry is a black disabled veteran who was wearing his old army uniform that day. He figures they thought he was begging for money.”

Without providing more information on Jerry of the tattered Army uniform, like, for example, if he was in fact a panhandler, Mayorga-Gallo arrives at the White-trashing conclusion she was certainly looking for: “The dogs didn’t create the interracial boundaries at the bakery, which caters to a primarily white, middle-class clientele. In fact, the dogs presented an avenue to connect black and white neighbors. But they gave bakery staff a reason to intervene, to maintain interracial boundaries.” Now had Mayorga-Gallo taken the time to conduct her own experiment, like how a restaurant staff would react to a White beggar attempting to talk to a group of paying Black customers, I think she may have been surprised at the results. Instead, we must settle for the ‘White dog owners contribute to racial segregation’ verdict.

For some readers, all of this may sound a bit trifling, insignificant and even humorous. That would be a mistake. This steady flow of articles, which attempt to portray White Americans as closet racists, could – at the very least – instill some level of hate aimed at the White population. In fact, that already seems to be happening. Meanwhile, by constantly eliminating the achievements of Whites, based on whatever explanation, or even removing them in the name of ‘diversity,’ this could also result in some sort of unintended backlash.

These non-stop efforts to characterize the U.S. White majority with racism and supremacism do not stand up to scrutiny. After all, the country fought a civil war that was at least partially aimed at ending the slave trade. Later, the country passed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which opened the floodgates to people of non-European descent. While there is still room for improvement, the race situation is nowhere near the crisis levels that the media regularly ascribes to it.

All things considered, it seems to be a recipe for disaster for the media to continually – in the tormented spirit of ‘social justice’ – to attribute racist tendencies to White Americans across the board. That is not only incredibly wrong, it is dangerous. It will end in disaster.

Coronavirus Contains “HIV Insertions”, Stoking Fears Over Artificially Created Bioweapon

by Tyler DurdenFri, 01/31/2020

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. 

For those pressed for time, here are the key findings from the paper, which first focuses on the unique nature of 2019-nCoV, and then observe four amino acid sequences in the Wuhan Coronavirus which are homologous to amino acid sequences in HIV1:

Our phylogentic tree of full-length coronaviruses suggests that 2019-nCoV is closely related to SARS CoV [Fig1].

In addition, other recent studies have linked the 2019-nCoV to SARS CoV. We therefore compared the spike glycoprotein sequences of the 2019-nCoV to that of the SARS CoV (NCBI Accession number: AY390556.1). On careful examination of the sequence alignment we found that the 2019- nCoV spike glycoprotein contains 4 insertions [Fig.2]. To further investigate if these inserts are present in any other corona virus, we performed a multiple sequence alignment of the spike glycoprotein amino acid sequences of all available coronaviruses (n=55) [refer Table S.File1] in NCBI refseq (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) this includes one sequence of 2019-nCoV[Fig.S1]. We found that these 4 insertions [inserts 1, 2, 3 and 4] are unique to 2019-nCoV and are not present in other coronaviruses analyzed. Another group from China had documented three insertions comparing fewer spike glycoprotein sequences of coronaviruses . Another group from China had documented three insertions comparing fewer spike glycoprotein sequences of coronaviruses (Zhou et al., 2020).

We then translated the aligned genome and found that these inserts are present in all Wuhan 2019-nCoV viruses except the 2019-nCoV virus of Bat as a host [Fig.S4]. Intrigued by the 4 highly conserved inserts unique to 2019-nCoV we wanted to understand their origin. For this purpose, we used the 2019-nCoV local alignment with each insert as query against all virus genomes and considered hits with 100% sequence coverage. Surprisingly, each of the four inserts aligned with short segments of the Human immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) proteins. The amino acid positions of the inserts in 2019-nCoV and the corresponding residues in HIV-1 gp120 and HIV-1 Gag are shown in Table 1.

The first 3 inserts (insert 1,2 and 3) aligned to short segments of amino acid residues in HIV-1 gp120. The insert 4 aligned to HIV-1 Gag. The insert 1 (6 amino acid residues) and insert 2 (6 amino acid residues) in the spike glycoprotein of 2019-nCoV are 100% identical to the residues mapped to HIV-1 gp120. The insert 3 (12 amino acid residues) in 2019- nCoV maps to HIV-1 gp120 with gaps [see Table 1]. The insert 4 (8 amino acid residues) maps to HIV-1 Gag with gaps.

Why do the authors think the virus may be man-made? Because when looking at the above insertions which are not present in any of the closest coronavirus families, “it is quite unlikely for a virus to have acquired such unique insertions naturally in a short duration of time.” Instead, they can be found in cell identification and membrane binding proteins located in the HIV genome.

Since the S protein of 2019-nCoV shares closest ancestry with SARS GZ02, the sequence coding for spike proteins of these two viruses were compared using MultiAlin software. We found four new insertions in the protein of 2019-nCoV- “GTNGTKR” (IS1), “HKNNKS” (IS2), “GDSSSG” (IS3) and “QTNSPRRA” (IS4) (Figure 2). To our surprise, these sequence insertions were not only absent in S protein of SARS but were also not observed in any other member of the Coronaviridae family (Supplementary figure). This is startling as it is quite unlikely for a virus to have acquired such unique insertions naturally in a short duration of time.

The insertions were observed to be present in all the genomic sequences of 2019-nCoV virus available from the recent clinical isolates. To know the source of these insertions in 2019-nCoV a local alignment was done with BLASTp using these insertions as query with all virus genome. Unexpectedly, all the insertions got aligned with Human immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1). Further analysis revealed that aligned sequences of HIV-1 with 2019-nCoV were derived from surface glycoprotein gp120 (amino acid sequence positions: 404-409, 462-467, 136-150) and from Gag protein (366-384 amino acid) (Table 1). 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.This binding induces structural rearrangements in GP120, creating a high affinity binding site for a chemokine co-receptor like CXCR4 and/or CCR5.

And some visuals, which lead the paper authors to conclude that “this structural change might have also increased the range of host cells that 2019-nCoV can infect”:

3D modelling of the protein structure displayed that these insertions are present at the binding site of 2019-nCoV. Due to the 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. Further, this structural change might have also increased the range of host cells that 2019-nCoV can infect. To the best of our knowledge, the function of these motifs is still not clear in HIV and need to be explored. The exchange of genetic material among the viruses is well known and such critical exchange highlights the risk and the need to investigate the relations between seemingly unrelated virus families.

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.

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDing

A graph is worth a thousand letters. #coronavirus. Source: NYTimes https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/asia/china-coronavirus-contain.html …

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Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

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 http://bit.ly/2GF6gZP ”)

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Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDing · 13hReplying to @DrEricDing

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 http://bit.ly/2GF6gZP ”)

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Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDing

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)3138:35 AM – Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

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…” 3378:37 AM – Jan 31, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy190 people are talking about this

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.

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

16. UPDATE ON GENOME : a very intriguing new paper investigating the aforementioned mystery middle segment w/ “S” spike protein: likely origin from HIV. “Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag” from https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.01.30.927871v1 …

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Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

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…

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Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

18. Notably, in S , authors say for HIVinsertions: “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”30310:18 AM – Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

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).56210:23 AM – Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

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.” 32010:42 AM – Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

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.”24610:48 AM – Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

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

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AM – Jan 31, 2020

The punchline:

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

9. BOTTOMLINE: 1) Seafood market not the source. 2) This RNA #coronavirus mutates really fast. 3) has unusual middle segment never seen before in any coronavirus. 4) Not from recent mixing. 5) That mystery middle segment encodes protein responsible for entry into host cells.2,8328:15 PM – Jan 27, 2020

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.

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding@DrEricDingReplying to @DrEricDing

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. Goodnight1,5948:24 PM – Jan 27, 2020

Another doctor chimed in with what he thought was a solid explanation for the virus’s irregularities…

Shankara@fondoflinux

Dr. @ARanganathan72 might explain. https://twitter.com/MRVChennai/status/1223092872095752192 …MRV@MRVChennai I guess Corona virus is some bio synthetic weaponry that has exploded. In the alternative it is a mutant form of a deadly virus. Any one in the know can explain.3022:34 AM – Jan 31, 2020

Anand Ranganathan@ARanganathan72Replying to @fondoflinux

Sure. 2019-nCoV is a +ve strand RNA virus that enters human cell and first encodes its RNA-replicase to make -ve stranded RNA that serves a template to make +ve strand RNA that is then translated for daughter nCoV. Drugs Lopinavir and Remdesivir target its protease and replicase.1,8483:19 AM – Jan 31, 2020

…Until he realized something disturbing.

Oh my god. Indian scientists have just found HIV (AIDS) virus-like insertions in the 2019-nCov virus that are not found in any other coronavirus. They hint at the possibility that this Chinese virus was designed [“not fortuitous’]. Scary if true. https://t.co/h6xPX1gYvj pic.twitter.com/kCpd1I00uE— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) January 31, 2020

“Scary”… but relax, it’s just another ridiculous “conspiracy.”

Coronavirus declared public health emergency in US

By Alexandria Hein | Fox News

HHS Azar declares coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency in the US

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announces the coronavirus has been declared a public health emergency in the U.S.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced on Friday that the coronavirus has been declared a public health emergency in the U.S. Beginning at 5 p.m. on Feb. 2, U.S. citizens returning from Hubei province will be subject to a 14-day quarantine, while other Americans who traveled elsewhere in China will be instructed to self-monitor for possible symptoms.

Azar also said that President Trump is temporarily suspending entry into the U.S. for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the virus.

US CORONAVIRUS EVACUEES BEING KEPT UNDER 14-DAY QUARANTINE, CDC SAYS

In the same press conference, the Department of Homeland Security announced that starting on Sunday, flights coming to the U.S. from China will be funneled through seven airports that are equipped to screen passengers for symptoms of the virus.

The move comes as Delta Air Lines and American Airlines suspended flights between the U.S. and China, following several other international airlines who made similar announcements. United Airlines said that it was suspending flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, but would continue flying to Hong Kong.

Stephanie Grisham@PressSec

President @realDonaldTrump is taking measured and decisive action to protect the American people against #coronavirus. The current risk to the American public is low. As the Task Force recommended, we are pausing travel activities to keep it that way.6,5581:04 PM – Jan 31, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy2,372 people are talking about this

Officials continued to stress that the overall risk to the American public remains low, but that the measures being taken are to help “focus efforts as we are dealing with unknowns.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said that one of the unknowns is the recent development out of Germany that the virus can be transmitted from an infected person who is asymptomatic.

The announcement comes just hours after the CDC said the 195 passengers who arrived in California on a flight from China on Wednesday were being kept under a 14-day quarantine as they are continually monitored for symptoms.

As of Friday, there had been more than 9,600 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with over 200 deaths. Officials said that the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. remains at six, with the latest being an Illinois man whose wife was diagnosed with the virus after traveling to Wuhan, which is considered the epicenter of the outbreak.

IN SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT, ARAB NATIONS ACROSS MIDDLE EAST SUPPORT TRUMP PEACE PLAN TELL PALESTINIANS TO RETURN TO NEGOTIATING TABLE WITH ISRAEL

The Trump administration has wooed officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, and other nations in the region in an effort to transcend the political impasse, and to some extent they are responding. The most important regional players—Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.—both urged Palestinian leaders to accept the Trump plan as a basis for new talks with Israel, a move that would force them to make significant concessions, such as Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley.

Arab leaders back Trump peace plan tells Palestinians to negotiate with Israel

by Geoffrey GriderJanuary 29, 2020 NOW THE END BEGINS

President Trump’s Middle East peace plan has jolted regional dynamics, with Israel preparing to quickly annex West Bank land once expected to be part of a Palestinian state and key Arab leaders tentatively backing the U.S. initiative.

On Tuesday, I wrote an article where I said to “look for the wildcard” as President Trump prepared to roll out his long-awaited Peace Plan at the White House. Here we are a scant 48 hours later, and we have our wildcard, and boy, it’s a good one. Arab leaders across the Middle East in place like the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Saudi Arabia today are urging the Palestinians to accept the Trump Peace Plan, and return to the negotiating table. Let that little nugget sink in for a moment, is that “come up hither” sounding faintly in the distance?

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:1,2 (KJV)

Let me just clear up something from the other day, as well, I am not in favor of the Two-State Solution or dividing Israel for any reason. For 10 years on this site, I have been the champion of biblical Israel, warning against the Two-State Solution in all its various forms. And still am. But you know as well as I do that the Bible says that Israel will be divided, and the land parted.It cannot be stopped, it has to happen, and I believe we are watching the beginning stages of that right now.

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (KJB)

So as I began to meditate on those verses, a realization softly but firmly settled first in my mind, then in my soul, that it’s time for prophesy to be fulfilled. It is time for us, the Body of Christ, to be removed from off this earth and to be caught up in the clouds with Jesus. Brothers and sisters, it’s time for us to go. So with that, I give my full and complete support to the Trump Peace Plan, the Deal of the Century, because we are about to be caught up in the deal of eternity.

Arab Leaders Support for Trump Peace Plan Marks An Unprecedented Regional Shift Towards Israel

FROM THE WSJ: For decades, Arab and Muslim leaders have held fast to the view that any deal with Israel should include a withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian land, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with parts of East Jerusalem as its capital.

While many Middle East leaders still support those goals, officials in Arab capitals have been frustrated by Palestinian leaders’ reluctance to compromise on those points, which has prevented them from strengthening ties with Israel, officials in the region said.

The Trump administration has wooed officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, and other nations in the region in an effort to transcend the political impasse, and to some extent they are responding. The most important regional players—Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.—both urged Palestinian leaders to accept the Trump plan as a basis for new talks with Israel, a move that would force them to make significant concessions, such as Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley.

“WHAT’S HISTORIC HERE IS THAT IT’S THE FIRST TIME, I THINK SINCE THE START OF THE CONFLICT, THAT THE ARAB POSITION HAS NOT BEEN A REPLICA OF THE PALESTINIAN POSITION,” SAID DAVID MAKOVSKY, DIRECTOR OF THE PROJECT ON ARAB-ISRAEL RELATIONS AT THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR NEAR EAST POLICY. “THAT SPEAKS TO A WIDER SENSE OF REGIONAL PRIORITIES THAT THE ARAB COUNTRIES HAVE, WHETHER IT IS IRAN, YEMEN, LIBYA OR CLOSER TIES WITH THE U.S.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved swiftly after release of Tuesday’s plan to begin the process for annexing all Israeli settlements in the West Bank and parts of the Jordan Valley. Such a step would effectively cement Israel’s hold on land that has been one of the more divisive issues in previous peace talks.

Israeli leaders indicated on Wednesday that they might slow the annexations, but they have support from the Trump administration, making them likely to move ahead.

EVEN SAUDI ARABIA, PERHAPS THE ARAB WORLD’S MOST IMPORTANT SUPPORTER OF PALESTINIAN APPEALS FOR AN INDEPENDENT STATE, URGED THE PALESTINIANS TO ACCEPT THE U.S. PLAN AS THE BASIS FOR NEW TALKS WITH ISRAEL.

The U.A.E., Bahrain and Oman all sent their U.S. ambassadors to the White House on Tuesday, where their presence offered symbolic support for a plan that tilts heavily in Israel’s favor and rejects many longstanding Palestinian demands as non-negotiable. The U.A.E. called the Trump plan a serious initiative that should be an “important starting point for a return to negotiations.

Dangerous Times as Socialist Fascist seek to destroy the United States from within. Bernie’s likely Vice President choice of AOC, to be heartbeat away from Presidency..

COMMUNIST CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT BERNIE SANDERS ENDORSES THE ‘SQUAD’ AND ALIGNS HIMSELF WITH FAR LEFT RADICAL PRO-ISLAMIST CONGRESSWOMEN

Bernie Sanders endorsed seven lawmakers on Wednesday, including the four far-left members of the ‘Squad’ — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), all of whom, minus Pressley, endorsed his presidential bid. The socialist senator also threw his weight behind Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA), who co-chairs Sanders’ campaign, and Mark Pocan (D-WI), who chairs his campaign in Wisconsin.

Bernie Sanders Endorses the ‘Squad’ as Democrats Angle to Keep House Majority

by Geoffrey GriderJanuary 30, 2020 NOW THE END BEGINS

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday endorsed seven progressive lawmakers, including the four far-left members of the ‘Squad,’ ahead of the looming general election as Democrats attempt to maintain their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

OK, I get it. You don’t like Trump, you find him “offensive”, and since you’re not a Liberal you’ve decided to “sit this one out” and not vote for anyone in “silent protest”, that’s your plan, right? Well, let me tell you what your silent protest will actually accomplish. By not voting for Trump, or by simply not voting at all, your cowardice will allow Communist Bernie Sanders to sweep into power who, aligned with his radical, pro-Islamist comrades, will turn this nation into something you won’t recognize again in your lifetime.

Bernie Sanders official campaign spokesperson is Linda Sarsour, who is 100% anti-Israel and 1,000% pro-Islam and Sharia Law. Sanders today just personally endorsed the radical Muslims in Congress Ilhan OmarRashida Tlaib, as well as the pro-Islam and pro-Socialism AOC. Your “silent protest” non-vote will help to make this Islamic Socialist Communist Sharia Law nightmare a reality, can you live with that on your conscience? This year, your vote has never been more important, don’t waste it.

Bernie Sanders Endorses the ‘Squad’ as Democrats Angle to Keep House Majority

FROM BREITBART NEWS: Bernie Sanders endorsed seven lawmakers on Wednesday, including the four far-left members of the ‘Squad’ — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), all of whom, minus Pressley, endorsed his presidential bid.

The socialist senator also threw his weight behind Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA), who co-chairs Sanders’ campaign, and Mark Pocan (D-WI), who chairs his campaign in Wisconsin.

Additionally, Sanders endorsed Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and two congressional candidates — Jessica Cisneros, vying for Texas’s 28th District and Georgette Gómez, running for California’s 53rd District.

“THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION IN OUR LIFETIME AND I’M PROUD THERE ARE SO MANY CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR CONGRESS WHO UNDERSTAND THAT REAL CHANGE COMES FROM THE BOTTOM ON UP, NOT THE TOP ON DOWN,” SANDERS SAID IN A STATEMENT, ACCORDING TO THE HILL. “THEY’RE ALL STRONG ADVOCATES FOR REAL CHANGE AND TOGETHER WE WILL BUILD A MOVEMENT TO TRANSFORM THIS NATION SO THAT IT WORKS FOR ALL OUR PEOPLE,” HE ADDED.

Sanders’ endorsement comes as Democrats angle to maintain a House majority — a political goal that has been largely compromised by vulnerable House Democrats voting to impeach the president, despite opposition from their respective constituents.

An American Action Network (AAN) survey released in January showed that voters in Trump-won, Democrat represented districts — specifically the districts of Reps. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), and Joe Cunningham (D-SC) — developed less favorable opinions of their representatives after learning that they voted to impeach the president.

As Breitbart News reported:

THEY ALL REPRESENT DISTRICTS THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WON DURING THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THAT DEMOCRATS FLIPPED DURING THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS. REPUBLICANS HOPE TO RETAKE ROUGHLY 20 CONGRESSIONAL SEATS SO THAT THEY REGAIN THE HOUSE MAJORITY.

THESE THREE DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR BOTH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP, CHARGING THAT THE PRESIDENT ABUSED THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY AND OBSTRUCTED CONGRESS.

THE AAN SURVEY FOUND THAT A MAJORITY OF LIKELY VOTERS ACROSS THESE THREE DISTRICTS OPPOSE IMPEACHMENT BY MARGINS EVEN WIDER THAN THE MARGINS BY WHICH THEY ELECTED PRESIDENT TRUMP IN 2016.

FURTHER, THE POLL REVEALED THAT LIKELY VOTERS ACROSS THESE DISTRICTS DISLIKE THEIR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AFTER THEY FIND OUT THAT THEIR REPRESENTATIVE VOTED FOR IMPEACHMENT.

FIFTY-THREE PERCENT OF REP. BRINDISI’S CONSTITUENTS’ IMPRESSION OF HIM BECOME LESS FAVORABLE AFTER THEY LEARN HE VOTED FOR IMPEACHMENT. IN CONTRAST, ONLY 34 PERCENT HAVE A MORE FAVORABLE OPINION OF THE CONGRESSMAN AFTER HIS VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT. FORTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF REP. CUNNINGHAM’S CONSTITUENCY HAS A MORE NEGATIVE IMPRESSION OF HIM AFTER HE BACKED IMPEACHMENT, COMPARED TO 38 PERCENT WHO HAVE A MORE FAVORABLE VIEW OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEMOCRAT. FIFTY-TWO PERCENT OF NEW MEXICO’S SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT VOTERS HAVE A LESS FAVORABLE VIEW OF REP. TORRES SMALL AFTER LEARNING SHE VOTED FOR IMPEACHMENT, WHILE ONLY 36 PERCENT OF HER CONSTITUENTS VIEWED HER IN A MORE POSITIVE LIGHT AFTER SHE SUPPORTED IMPEACHMENT.

US Boosts ‘Glide Breaker’ Program To Shoot Down Putin’s “Invincible” Hypersonic Missiles

by Tyler DurdenThu, 01/30/2020

Hypersonic weapons have been the big talk at the Pentagon of late. Early this week US defense officials unveiled that America’s classified hypersonics program will undergo a “very aggressive” expansion over the course of the next year. This is to include expanded testing, including at least “four initial flight tests of prototypes for glide bombs that can fly five times the speed of sound and maneuver en route,” according Bloomberg.

But after over the past two years both Russia and China have hyped their own advancing programs (Putin has touted that his Avangard hypersonic missile as “invincible”), which many analysts believe could be further along than the US program, the more pressing worry is how to defend against the nearly impossible to stop high-tech weapon. Hypersonic missiles, such as the kind Russia has lately tested, “are hard to stop, they can maneuver, they’re unpredictable” and “hard to detect” so “you don’t have a lot of time” to respond — Mike White, the Defense Department’s assistant director for hypersonics was quoted this week as saying.

Toward this end, the Pentagon is pursuing experimental interceptor technology designed to take out possible incoming hypersonics.Artist’s concept of a hypersonic vehicle. DARPA Image.

The military analysis site Defense One explains of the developing program, still in its infancy:

On Tuesday, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced that it had awarded $13 million to defense contractor Northrop Grumman for its Glide Breaker programan experimental effort to develop interceptors to take out highly advanced and highly maneuverable hypersonic missiles.

Details of the nascent Glide Breaker program remain classified, and it’s as yet likely not far along, though we profiled the new program in 2018.

DARPA indicated that it “Intends to advance the United States’ (U.S.) means to counter hypersonic vehicles” by developing “enabling an advanced interceptor capable of engaging maneuvering hypersonic threats in the upper atmosphere.”

Illustrating the problem that enemy hypersonics poses for US homeland defense, former Vice Chief of Staff Paul Selva explained while addressing a Strategic Deterrent Coalition conference last year:

If you’re going Mach 13 at the very northern edge of Hudson Bay, you have enough residual velocity to hit all 48 of the continental United States and all of Alaska. You can choose [to] point it left or right, and hit Maine or Alaska, or you can hit San Diego or Key West. That’s a monstrous problem.

Among options listed for defending against the ultra-fast hypersonics includes “exploding warheads” as well as electronic warfare.

One missile defense analyst quoted in the Defense One report had this to say:

It’s important to remember that these things, traveling at high speeds under a lot of thermal pressure, are far from invincible. They have a lot of vulnerabilities. You might be able to bring together a mix of different approaches, including cyber or electronic warfare effects, to take one down. 

The Pentagon is clearly reacting to the advancing programs of China and Russia. Defense Secretary Mark Esper a week ago referenced a developing “great-power competition” with China.

A 2018 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned that the current ballistic missile defense system in the US is powerless against hypersonic missiles from China and Russia.

More Reports On F-35 Problems. Vision from behind the cockpit to Faulty Gatling guns. Lockheed Martin’s 428 Billion dollar Fiasco continues.

Pentagon reveals F-35 Lightning’s guns don’t shoot straight and are cracking in scathing report that demands Lockheed Martin fix 873 flaws on $100million stealth fighter jet

  • Report due this week lists flaws that need to be resolved with F-35 Lightning
  • More than 800 software bugs were found in the Lockheed Martin jet
  • Air Force model’s 25mm gun doesn’t shoot straight and mounts are cracking
  • The $428 billion program has produced 491 jets so far that must be fixed 
  • Top customers for the Joint Strike Fighter include US, UK, Italy and Australia

By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 09:40 EST, 30 January 2020 | UPDATED: 10:04 EST, 30 January 2020 

The F-35 Lightning II’s problems include hundreds of software vulnerabilities and guns that don’t shoot straight, according to a new Pentagon report on issues with Lockheed Martin’s $428 billion program. 

Air Force models of the F-35 use an internally mounted 25mm Gatling gun that has ‘unacceptable’ accuracy due to ‘misalignments,’ according to an upcoming report from the Pentagon’s test office obtained by Bloomberg.

The mounts on the guns are also cracking, forcing the Air Force to restrict use of the gun, the report says. 

The Marine and Navy versions of the Joint Strike Fighter use an externally mounted version of the gun that does not have the same issues, according to the report.

Air Force models of the F-35 (like the one above) use an internally mounted 25mm Gatling gun that has 'unacceptable' accuracy due to 'misalignments'

Air Force models of the F-35 (like the one above) use an internally mounted 25mm Gatling gun that has ‘unacceptable’ accuracy due to ‘misalignments’

The report from the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation, which could be publicly released as soon as Friday, identifies 13 ‘must-fix’ problems that affect safety or combat capability.

It does not reveal any major new failings in the plane’s flying capabilities, however.

The number of software deficiencies totaled 873 as of November, according to the report, down from 917 a year earlier.  

The report also identifies a number of cybersecurity vulnerabilities that were identified in previous reports but have not yet been resolved.

The F-35 Lightning II's issues include hundreds of software vulnerabilities and guns that don't shoot straight, according to a new Pentagon report

The F-35 Lightning II’s issues include hundreds of software vulnerabilities and guns that don’t shoot straight, according to a new Pentagon report

Brett Ashworth, a spokesman for Bethesda, Lockheed Martin, told Bloomberg that ‘although we have not seen the report, the F-35 continues to mature and is the most lethal, survivable and connected fighter in the world.’ 

He said ‘reliability continues to improve, with the global fleet averaging greater than 65% mission capable rates and operational units consistently performing near 75%.’ 

So far, at least 491 F-35s have been delivered to customers including the US, UK, Australia and Netherlands at a cost of roughly $100 million apiece.

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