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Today’s News: August 31, 2020

World News

Tens of Thousands of Germans Rise Up Against Bill Gates and Big Pharma in Berlin

News Punch – Germans are rising up against Bill Gates, demanding humanity wake up and reject the self-styled “world health dictator“, as well as corrupt Big Pharma and the elite who are driving the world towards “global totalitarianism” and “slavery.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke to an enormous crowd in Berlin on Saturday, as tens of thousands of Germans joined forces to protest what Kennedy Jr. referred to as Bill Gates’ “bio-security agenda, the rise of the authoritarian surveillance state and the Big Pharma sponsored coup d’etat against liberal democracy.” 

“The pandemic is a crisis of convenience for the elite who are dictating these policies,” said Kennedy Jr., who praised the huge Berlin crowd for being on the frontline of the fight against global totalitarianism.

“Fifty years ago, my uncle John F. Kennedy came to this city. He came to this land, because Berlin was the frontline against global totalitarianism. And today again, Berlin is frontline against global totalitarianism,” said Kennedy Jr. to a roar of approval from the crowd.

Inside China’s drive for digital currency dominance

Fortune – In the 13th century, Kublai Khan, the Mongolian emperor who founded China’s Yuan Dynasty, upended monetary convention with a magisterial edict: Accept my money, or die.

The threat of execution was not so novel back then, of course. The Khan’s true innovation lay in his refashioning of money itself. The grandson of fearsome Genghis realized he could finance his realm untethered to finite supplies of precious metals. No longer would his geopolitical reach depend on backbreakingly mined and smelted ores hauled along the Silk Road. Instead, he could tap a boundless, lightweight resource—and make money grow on trees. 

Mulberry trees, to be exact. In a contemporary account, Marco Polo, the wandering merchant of Venice, marveled at “how the great Khan causeth the bark of trees, made into something like paper, to pass for money overall his country.” The banknotes were issued, he wrote, “with as much solemnity and authority as if they were of pure gold or silver.” 

Medieval Europeans were dumbfounded by Polo’s report. But the emperor was ahead of his time. Fiat currencies—descendants of Kublai Khan’s chao, backed by government edict rather than hard assets—are standard everywhere today. 

Fast-forward to this century, and China once again is remaking money. Except this time, it is paper currency that’s getting tossed; China is going digital. And while things didn’t end well for the Mongols—they printed themselves into hyperinflation, and lost the throne—China’s current leaders have something far more stable and enduring in mind.

In China, forced medication accompanies lockdown

AP – When police arrested the middle-aged Uighur woman at the height of China’s coronavirus outbreak, she was crammed into a cell with dozens of other women in a detention center.

There, she said, she was forced to drink a medicine that made her feel weak and nauseous, guards watching as she gulped. She and the others also had to strip naked once a week and cover their faces as guards hosed them and their cells down with disinfectant “like firemen,” she said.

“It was scalding,” recounted the woman by phone from Xinjiang, declining to be named out of fear of retribution. “My hands were ruined, my skin was peeling.”

The government in China’s far northwest Xinjiang region is resorting to draconian measures to combat the coronavirus, including physically locking residents in homes, imposing quarantines of more than 40 days and arresting those who do not comply. Furthermore, in what experts call a breach of medical ethics, some residents are being coerced into swallowing traditional Chinese medicine, according to government notices, social media posts and interviews with three people in quarantine in Xinjiang. There is a lack of rigorous clinical data showing traditional Chinese medicine works against the virus, and one of the herbal remedies used in Xinjiang, Qingfei Paidu, includes ingredients banned in Germany, Switzerland, the U.S. and other countries for high levels of toxins and carcinogens.

The latest grueling lockdown, now in its 45th day, comes in response to 826 cases reported in Xinjiang since mid-July, China’s largest caseload since the initial outbreak. But the Xinjiang lockdown is especially striking because of its severity, and because there hasn’t been a single new case of local transmission in over a week.

Adele slammed for wearing Bantu knots, Jamaican flag bikini: ‘Stop it for good’

The British crooner was accused of cultural appropriation after donning the flag and a traditional African hairstyle

Fox – The 32-year-old singer-songwriter took to Instagram on Sunday to pay tribute to Notting Hill Carnival, which was all but canceled this year as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

The carnival is meant to celebrate Caribbean culture and has taken place since 1966, according to BBC. This year, the experience was virtual.

“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London 🇬🇧🇯🇲,” Adele wrote in the photo’s caption.

In the photo, the “Hello” singer donned a bikini top decorated with the Jamaican flag and wore her hair in Bantu knots, a traditional African hairstyle.

The British pop star was accused of cultural appropriation after donning the look.

“Dear white people, please just be yourselves and stop it for good with cultural appropriation,” someone commented, per People. “Adele the bantu knots were unnecessary. The Jamaican flag bikini top was unnecessary… Please just stop it.”

Another said that “black women are discriminated against for wearing cultural hairstyles like bantu knots and locs but white people are not, that’s not fair and that’s why people are pissed off.”

There were a handful of supporters, however.

“I’m from the Caribbean and this is why we have festivals/carnival,” said one. “For others to appreciate and celebrate our culture. Nothing inappropriate here.”

“WE LOVE SEEING OUR FLAG EVERYWHERE!!!!” another insisted. “This made me smile. It shows the impact my little island has on the whole world. How influential we truly are.”

U.S. News, Politics & Government

SHOCK REPORT: This Week CDC Quietly Updated COVID-19 Numbers – Only 9,210 Americans Died From COVID-19 Alone – Rest Had Different Other Serious Illnesses

Gateway Pundit – So let’s get this straight – based on the recommendation of doctors Fauci and Birx the US shut down the entire economy based on 9,000 American deaths due entirely to the China coronavirus?

We were first to report that the Director General of the WHO on March 3, 2020 a set off the panic with his highly flawed statement:

While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.

Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.

This statement caused a global panic.  We, however, knew it was wrong and we wrote about it on March 17, 2020. Here is the video of Dr. Ghebreyesus’s remarks.

The WHO leader’s coronavirus death rate number of 3.4% was false and we proved this in our post at the time.

The Gateway Pundit reported, that the coronavirus fatality rate reported by the liberal mainstream media was completely inaccurate and the actual rate more typical to a seasonal flu – the media was lying again.

Doctors Fauci and Birx next pushed ridiculous and highly exaggerated mortality rates related to the coronavirus:

** Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx used the Imperial College Model to persuade President Trump to lock down the ENTIRE US ECONOMY.

** The fraudulent model predicted 2.2 million American deaths from the coronavirus pandemic

** The authors of the Imperial College Model shared their findings with the White House Coronavirus task force in early March

** Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx then met with President Trump privately and urged him to shut down the US economy and destroy the record Trump economy based on this model

But the Imperial College model Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx pushed was garbage and they recommended the destruction of the US economy using this completely flawed model.

Today we now have empirical evidence that the WHO, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx were all wrong.  They were charlatans.  They lied.

The CDC silently updated their numbers this week to show that only 6% of all coronavirus deaths were completely due to the coronavirus alone.  The rest of the deaths pinned to the China coronavirus are attributed to individuals who had other serious issues going on.

Also, most of the deaths are very old Americans with co-morbidities.

Maryland state employee fired for social media posts supporting Kenosha shooting suspect: report

Fox – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration on Saturday said it fired an employee for posting “divisive images and statements” on Facebook regarding the shooting of protesters in Kenosha, Wis.

Arthur “Mac” Love IV served as deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, which “connects Marylanders to economic, volunteer, and human service opportunities” and oversees the governor’s ethnic and cultural commissions, according to the Washington Post.

Love’s social media posts were reportedly in support of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of fatally shooting two people and wounded another after traveling to Kenosha to protect businesses following the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug 23.

Montgomery County Delegate Eric Luedtke reportedly took a screenshot of one of the posts, an alleged a meme of a police officer, which had the caption “DON’T BE A THUG IF YOU CAN’T TAKE A SLUG.”

Steve McAdams, executive director for the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, released the following statement, according to Baltimore’s WJZ-TV.

“These divisive images and statements are inconsistent with the mission and core values of the Office of Community Initiatives. Earlier today, I relieved this employee of his duties,” he said.

“These posts are obviously totally inappropriate,” added Shareese Churchill, a spokeswoman for Hogan, according to the station.

Another post allegedly read: “I’m grateful that conservatives are rallying behind this kid. He genuinely seems like a good person,” according to the Washington Post.

Love said that he had learned about his firing through local news on Saturday, before receiving a termination notice on Sunday morning, the paper reported.

Wisconsin governor asks Trump to “reconsider” Kenosha visit

ABC – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Sunday asked President Trump to “reconsider” his upcoming visit to Kenosha as the city continues to be roiled by protests after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot several times in the back by police last weekend. Mr. Trump’s visit will be one week after two people were shot and killed at a protest over Blake’s shooting. 

“I, along with other community leaders who have reached out, are concerned about what your presence will mean for Kenosha and our state,” Evers wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump, according to CBS Milwaukee affiliate WDJT. “I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing. I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together.”  

Mr. Trump is planning to visit Kenosha on Tuesday. An attorney for Jacob Blake’s family told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the family had not been contacted about meeting Mr. Trump.

Biden to accuse Trump of inciting violence in Pittsburgh speech

The Hill – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will accuse President Trump of inciting violence in the streets amid racial justice protests in a speech from Pittsburgh this afternoon.

“This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can’t stop the violence — because for years he has fomented it,” Biden will say, according to excerpts from his prepared remarks.

“He may believe mouthing the words law and order makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is. Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?”

Biden will point to the young man — an apparent Trump supporter — who is accused of fatally shooting two people in Kenosha, Wis., amid the unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. The alleged shooter appears to have been part of a right-wing militia who traveled to Wisconsin from Illinois.

The speech comes amid an intense partisan battle over who is to blame for the violent and destructive elements of racial justice protests that have wracked the nation since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the end of may.

NYC to do ‘virtual inspections’ of gyms set to reopen

NY Daily News – The city is giving a tech-y touch to its efforts to keep gyms safe as they begin to reopen this Wednesday.

The Health Department will conduct “virtual inspections” of gyms to ensure they are following new rules to keep customers and staff safe.

A virtual inspection will consist of a video call between a gym operator and a Health Department worker in which the operator shows their posted safety plan, the site’s supply of face coverings, social distancing markers, cleaning log, supply of soap and paper towels, designated area for pick-ups and deliveries and health screening records.

Gyms that fail inspection will have to close until any problems are fixed.

“We will always encourage New Yorkers to exercise and stay active,” Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said in a Sunday statement to the Daily News. “But indoor exercise is not without risk. We’re being as innovative as possible with virtual inspections to ensure that fitness center staff are following the safety guidelines.”

State rules require gyms to do daily COVID-19 screenings of customers and staff. While they won’t have to take actual coronavirus tests, they’ll fill out questionnaires about their symptoms, previous testing and exposure to positive cases.

Along with large swaths of city life, gyms have been closed since mid-March.

Even as non-essential workplaces, outdoor dining and other sectors earlier this summer began welcoming workers and customers as part of the city’s phased reopening plan, Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio held off on giving the green light to gyms, noting that experts consider indoor activity much riskier in terms of coronavirus transmission than happenings outdoors.

“We are certainly going to take a pretty strict stance in the name of preserving our low level of infection we have now in New York City,” Hizzoner said last Monday on NY1. “We want to see jobs come back. We want to see amenities for people. We also have to make sure it’s done safely.”

Gyms can reopen by simply filling out online forms committing to follow rules issued by the state. Those include agreeing to operate at one-third capacity and mandatory face coverings for everyone inside.

Veteran News

Psychedelic Therapy Draws Vets to Jungle Retreats… ‘Hail Mary’

DNYUZ – There was a ghostlike quality to Rudy Gonsior, an American former Special Forces sniper, on the morning he arrived at a jungle retreat to see if a vomit-inducing psychedelic brew could undo the damage years of combat had done to his mind.

Glassy-eyed and withdrawn, he barely spoke above a whisper and was much quieter than the six other veterans who had come to dredge up painful memories of comrades fallen in battle, thoughts of suicide and the scar that taking a life leaves on the psyche.

“I have traveled across continents to come to the jungle to do psychedelics,” marveled Mr. Gonsior, who had steered clear from drugs his whole life. “I guess this is what might be considered a Hail Mary.”

They had come to western Costa Rica to try ayahuasca, a substance people in the Amazon rainforest have imbibed for centuries. Some Indigenous communities regard the brew, which contains the hallucinogen DMT, as a powerful medicine that keeps them spiritually resilient and in harmony with the natural world.

The lodge the Americans visited late last year was a far cry from that, with a gleaming swimming pool and a sprawling deck that anchors well-appointed cabanas featuring splendid ocean views. Charging from $3,050 to $7,075 per person for weeklong retreats, the lodge is among the newest and priciest additions to a booming alternative healing sector.

Until relatively recently, only a few botanists, hippies and spiritual seekers gained access to the world of Amazon shamanism, which missionaries drove underground during colonization in much of the Amazon basin as they sought to convert Indigenous groups to Christianity.

But now, thousands of people from around the world make pilgrimages each year to the more than 140 ayahuasca retreat centers in Latin American countries where the substance’s use in ceremonial settings is legal or, as in Costa Rica, not explicitly outlawed.

Hawaii mandates ‘Safe Travels’ coronavirus screening for travelers

Fox – Travelers flying into Hawaii will now be subject to a mandatory health screening.

The Aloha State on Tuesday will roll out a digital Safe Travels application that collects health and travel information during COVID-19 required by all travelers.

The multistep screening will include temperature checks for travelers upon arrival and secondary screening for individuals with symptoms or temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above.

“I am pleased to launch this digital app which will allow our travelers to provide their required health and travel information before they arrive at the airport,” Gov. David Ige said in a statement Friday. “It will also help us keep in contact with those who are required to be in quarantine. This is an important step in preparing to reopen our economy.”

Economy & Business

US to Tighten Venezuela Sanctions after Gasoline Seizure
Global Research – The Trump administration is reportedly considering ending all Venezuela oil sanctions exemptions in October.

“Whatever oil business is left has to be completed (by the deadline),” an anonymous source told Reuters, while a State Department spokesman said Washington continues to warn companies on the “risks” they face by dealing with Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.

US President Donald Trump has allegedly expressed “frustration” that sanctions have not succeeded in ousting the Maduro government. The White House’s hardening stance comes less than 90 days ahead of November presidential elections, which Trump hopes to win with the support of Latin American emigre communities in Florida.

Starting with financial sanctions against PDVSA in August 2017, the US Treasury Department has imposed successive rounds of measures targeting Caracas’ main source of income. A January 2019 oil embargo was later expanded to a blanket ban on all dealings with Venezuelan state entities. The South American nation’s oil production has plummeted, falling from 1.911 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017 to a decades-low record of 336,000 bpd in June.

The measures targeting Venezuela’s oil industry were further escalated in 2020 with the levying of secondary sanctions against two Rosneft subsidiaries. The Russian oil giant had been carrying a large proportion of Venezuelan crude before rerouting it to other destinations. Following Washington’s secondary sanctions, Rosneft transferred its assets to a Kremlin-owned company.

Most recently, the US Treasury Department looked to further choke off the Caribbean country’s oil exports by targeting vessels and shipping companies. PDVSA has attempted to assume shipping costs but its fleet has likewise been hurt by US sanctions.

Since the January 2019 oil embargo, foreign companies have gradually ceased to deal directly with PDVSA, while those who did requested special permission from US authorities. The Treasury Department has also issued temporary waivers to allow corporations to wind down their Venezuela activities. These have included California-based oil giant Chevron, which operates several joint ventures with PDVSA.

Washington’s threat to further tighten its sanctions regime comes days after the seizure of Venezuela-bound gasoline shipments.

According to the Wall Street Journal, threats of legal action and sanctions forced the Greek owner of four fuel tankers to surrender the Iranian fuel to US authorities in international waters. While the current location of the ships is unknown, they reportedly transferred the fuel cargo to other tankers bound for Houston.

Tehran reacted to the first reports through its ambassador to Venezuela Hojjatollah Soltani, who denied that the tankers were Iranian. The country’s oil minister, Biyan Namdar Zangane, later confirmed that the fuel had indeed been shipped from Iran and it had already been paid for by Venezuela.

Venezuelan authorities have yet to comment on the seizure.

AMAZON Drone Delivery Fleet Hits Milestone With FAA Clearance

Inticweb – Retail behemoth Amazon.com Inc. took an enormous leap towards delivering items from the sky by turning into one in all solely a handful of corporations licensed by the U.S. authorities to function as a drone airline.

The Federal Aviation Administration designated Amazon Prime Air an “air provider,” the corporate stated Monday. That permits Amazon to start its first industrial deliveries within the U.S. below a trial program, utilizing the high-tech gadgets it unveiled for that objective final yr.

Science & Technology

Breakthrough For Spinal Cord Injuries and Dementia as Protein Builds ‘Striking’ Repairs

Good News Network – A drug that repairs damage to the brain and spinal cord has been created by British scientists offering hope for new therapies that address a range of devastating conditions—from Alzheimer’s to epilepsy to paralysis.

It restores lost connections between nerves—improving memory, coordination and movement. Results in mice and cells grown in the lab were described as “striking”.

The synthetic protein acts as a “molecular bridge”, re-establishing neuronal links destroyed by accident or illness. It worked in all animals models, including dementia.

Health

Oops: It Looks Like the Vast Majority of Positive COVID Results Should Have Been Negative

Town Hall – Testing, testing, testing — that’s how Pelosi and the Democrats say we’ll defeat the coronavirus. Meanwhile, President Trump and his administration are conducting “operation warp speed” at breakneck pace to develop therapeutics, diagnostics, and a vaccine for the Wuhan flu. Unlike testing, treatments will actually do something for you when you come down sick with the disease. But now we’re learning the overwhelming majority of those who have tested positive for the coronavirus should really have been found negative after all. 

According to The New York Times, potentially 90 percent of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 have such insignificant amounts of the virus present in their bodies that such individuals do not need to isolate nor are they candidates for contact tracing. Leading public health experts are now concerned that overtesting is responsible for misdiagnosing a huge number of people with harmless amounts of the virus in their systems.

“Most of these people are not likely to be contagious, and identifying them may contribute to bottlenecks that prevent those who are contagious from being found in time,” warns The Times.

So, if overtesting is causing “bottlenecks” that keep us from identifying contagious people in time, what does The New York Times believe the solution should be? More testing!

It helps to understand The Times’ religious devotion to testing if one understands that Democrats have long-since committed to taking the polar opposite position of whatever President Trump believes. It’s a symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome. If Trump is hopeful about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, then Democrats believe the drug will kill you. If Trump believes we should focus less on testing and more on treatments, Democrats and the media will insist we do nothing but testing and forget about treatments altogether.

This is the state of reference through which The Times can publish an article admitting that overtesting is creating deadly delays while continuing their demand for increased testing. The Times has now modified its call for more testing by saying everyone should specifically get a rapid test, which has a higher threshold for the quantity of the virus needed in order to render a positive result.

“In what may be a step in this direction, the Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would purchase 150 million rapid tests,” The Times admitted. 

A step? 150 million rapid tests — enough to test nearly half of all Americans — and that’s just “a step” in The Times’ estimation. 

It looks like the CDC was right, and not The Times, when the CDC issued guidance saying not everybody and their mother should get tested for COVID-19. 

If the coronavirus has made one thing clear, it’s that so-called “scientists” and “experts” are wrong all the time. They can’t accurately forecast a virus, they tell us different things about the effectiveness of a face mask, they insist the virus can’t spread at leftwing protests, and there’s a myriad of other examples too long to document here showing us the “experts” are really just making it all up as they go along, with their political biases on display for everyone with eyes to see.

Grandmother shows off 24-year-old McDonald’s burger kept in closet that she says has not rotted

Fox – It’s probably a good idea to throw food away after several years have passed.

A TikTok user recently shared a video showing off a McDonald’s hamburger and French fries that apparently have been sitting in a box inside a closet since 1996. While the food doesn’t exactly look fresh, it also doesn’t look like it’s over 20 years old.

TikTok user Aly Sherb shared a video of her grandmother showing off the contents of a box that she says she keeps in her closet, which is labeled “hamburger.” According to her, it contains a McDonald’s hamburger and fries that were originally purchased in 1996.

The grandmother starts off by showing off the bag’s advertisement for Nascar races in 1996. She then takes out the fries, which she says look like they could have fallen into a seat “a month or so ago” and says that they “never rotted or decayed.”

She then pulls out the burger. It’s unclear which burger she originally ordered, but all that’s left in the bag is the bun and burger, neither of which appear to be rotted or decayed.

The video closes out with her saying, “24-year-old hamburger, not sure what would happen if you ate it though.”

The video has been viewed over 3 million times.

Yogurt: When bacteria is good

NaturalNews- Yogurt is the result of bacterial fermentation of milk. This bacteria is called yogurt cultures. The fermentation of lactose produces lactic acid which is a milk protein. This milk protein gives yogurt both its taste and texture. Cow’s milk is the most popular dairy source used for yogurt production since it the most readily available. However, yogurt can also be produced from the milk of a goat, buffalo, camel, ewe, or yak. Each type of milk produces different results and it also depends if the milk is pasteurized, raw, or homogenized. Most people eat yogurt as a dairy snack, with breakfast, dessert, of anytime of the day because they like the taste. There are many good reasons to like yogurt.

Yogurt is filled with vitamins. It contains potassium, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin A, and vitamin E. it also contains vitamin C which could help induce weight loss. Vitamin C tells fat cells to create less cortisol which is the hormone related to belly fat. This means that yogurt can help the body burn fat versus store fat. Yogurt is also filled with the good bacteria our digestive system needs. It contains active live cultures and probiotics. Low fat dairy products can also help lower blood pressure. Yogurt contains protein which helps a person feel satiated and fuller longer. Greek yogurt is especially high in protein. Specifically, for those who exercise, protein is important because it contains amino acids which can help muscles recover post-workout. The calcium in yogurt is great for bone health and strong teeth. Some yogurt types contain more than half of the daily requirement amount. The combination of calcium and Vitamin D can also help ward off osteoporosis.

All of these incredible health benefits certainly depend on the type of yogurt being consumed. Adding yogurt to one’s regular diet can be great, but reading labels is always necessary. One should consider the calories, fat, and sugar content. There are brands that add different fruits and preservatives that can almost make yogurt more of a dessert than healthy option. Many reduced fat and low fat options are packed with artificial sweeteners. Yogurt can also be used as an alternative to mayonnaise, to add thickness to salad dressings, or to replace sour cream. There are so many flavors and plain flavor can be used for many purposes. One has to of course be able to handle dairy. Yogurt is a great tool for someone making healthy lifestyle choices. Find the type right for your body, waistline, and taste buds and see how much it can help you.