Justice Department (DOJ) spokesperson Kerri Kupec said on Saturday 4.11.2020 at 8:01 PM to expect action by Attorney General (AG) William Barr on issues relating to possible violations of religious rights.
The partial shutdown of wide parts of the United States, orders limiting the size of gatherings, over 16 million thrown out of work in just 3 weeks has created an unprecedented array of complex issues on this Easter Sunday. Local, state, federal and international actions have literally impacted or upended hundreds of millions of lives in the U.S., and billions globally.
The Kaiser Health News and more recently the New York Times have reported on a “bombshell” email chain dated from late February 2020 that included a range of American public and health officials. While valid arguments can be made that other preventative steps could have been taken, that must be placed in a broader context of other known facts inside the U.S., the international community and a timeline of events.
As the New York Times (NYT) framed those late February 2020 emails, “Even after Mr. Trump took his first concrete action at the end of January — limiting travel from China — public health often had to compete with economic and political considerations in internal debates.”
But that NYT statement ignores the point that Chinese public officials and the World Health Organization (WHO) – among others – issued false and misleading information weeks earlier. As will be examined in this report further below, had those international sources responded accurately and timely, there would have been no need for the “Red Dawn Breaking Bad” emails in the first place.
Around the World and here in the U.S.
Meanwhile, reports out of Iran today indicate that the numbers of deaths there are far worse than their government has admitted. The stench of death is unbearable for many in places where the dead are gathered, because they can’t be buried fast enough – per sources inside that nation to MHLivingNews.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei encouraged Iranians to pray at home during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan 2020 begins in the evening of Thursday, April 23 and ends in the evening of Saturday, May 23. There are about 1.8 billion Muslims world-wide, according to Wikipedia. Iran is to a significant degree of client state of China and Russia.
This is Passover for Jews which began on the evening of Wednesday, April 8 and ends in the evening of Thursday, April 16. Synagogues around the world have routinely been closed. There are some 14.6 million Jews on earth, per that same source.
Wikipedia estimates that there are some 2.4 billion Christians world-wide. Hundreds of millions won’t have in-person access to their places of worship, which is true for other faith groups too. There is no time in modern history since the Spanish flu pandemic that more places of worship have been closed for public health issues. Some say the Spanish flu virus is misnamed because it started in Austria as early as 1917; but is generally acknowledged to have raged from 1918 to 1920. Estimates of the total death toll of that contagion are generally thought to be 50 to 100 million people when world population was about 1.8 billion. That would be some 2.77 percent to about 5.56 percent of the world’s population died from that one disease, far more than 40 million military and civilian deaths during World War I.
The Trump Administration, Congress and other governmental entities have attempted to address some of these issues in a variety of ways. Given how slowly government often moves, in some respects the undertaking has been faster than normal. But that doesn’t mean the response by public officials was fast enough. Which begs the question, why wasn’t action taken more swiftly?
There are several lawsuits already launched in states like California, Florida and Texas that blame the Chinese Communist government for coverups of the pandemic that had they warned the world earlier could have spared our nation and others as yet untold suffering and lives lost. Those lawsuits top an estimated $25 trillion dollars in total claimed damages. Of course, such litigation could take years.
The Chinese strongly deny that they covered up and have floated the allegation from various communist government officials that the U.S. planted the virus in Wuhan, China last year. Push back on that claim caused President Trump to periodically refer to the coronavirus as the China or Chinese virus, while making it plain that he doesn’t blame the people of China – which points the finger at their government. The anti-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) internal news publication, the Epoch Times has labeled the pandemic as the CCP Virus.
ABC News and other media outlets have reported that as soon as late November, 2019 U.S. intelligence sources had indications of the outbreak in China and signs of a coverup. It wasn’t until early January, said ABC’s sources, that the reports made it into the president’s daily intelligence briefing.
If so, that means that the damage was already done, according to medical researchers in England’s Southampton University.
Despite the anti-Trump slant in the report mentioned above, President Trump’s concerns about the World Health Organization’s (WHO) role in this pandemic deserves attention. The WHO tweeted the following, which to the degree it was trusted by the Trump Administration’s medical advisors, mislead leading officials.
In any event, the Pentagon issued a strong denial of the report by ABC News in these terms. “As a matter of practice the National Center for Medical Intelligence does not comment publicly on specific intelligence matters. However, in the interest of transparency during this current public health crisis, we can confirm that media reporting about the existence/release of a National Center for Medical Intelligence Coronavirus-related product/assessment in November of 2019 is not correct. No such NCMI product exists,” the statement said.
But there are other issues that domestic and international sources such as India Today have reported.
The United States is “deeply disturbed that Taiwan’s information was withheld from the global health community, as reflected in the WHO’s January 14, 2020 statement that there was no indication of human-to-human transmission,” a State Department spokesperson said.
“The WHO once again chose politics over public health,” she said, criticizing the WHO for denying Taiwan even observer status since 2016.
The WHO’s actions have “cost time and lives,” the spokesperson said.
Taiwan, which has succeeded in limiting the virus to just five deaths despite the island’s proximity and ties with China, warned the WHO on December 31 of human-to-human transmission, Vice President Chen Chien-Jen has said.
Chen, an epidemiologist, told the Financial Times that Taiwanese doctors had learned that colleagues in Wuhan were falling ill but that the WHO did not work to confirm the finding.
Put differently, informed sources in the U.S. and abroad argue that both China and the WHO have responsibility in this matter. But are there additional problematic players in this mix?
First, a report out of the U.K. Daily Mail on 4.12.2020 made these bullet-points.
- The US National Institutes of Health, a government agency, awarded a $3.7million research grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology
- The lab is the center of several conspiracy theories that suggest it is the original source of the coronavirus outbreak
- The institute experimented on bats from the source of the coronavirus
- They were captured more than 1,000 miles away in Yunnan
- Sequencing of the Covid-19 genome has traced it to bats to Yunnan’s caves
- The U.S. government funded research on coronavirus transmission in the lab over the past decade
The Daily Mail quotes Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-R) saying: “I’m disgusted to learn that for years the US government has been funding dangerous and cruel animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute, which may have contributed to the global spread of coronavirus, and research at other labs in China that have virtually no oversight from US authorities.”
The Mail cited documents in their possession Sunday that indicates that scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology experimented on bats as part of a project funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which continues to license the Wuhan laboratory to receive American money for experiments.
NIH is a key agency of the United States government for biomedical and public health research. The Wuhan Institute of Virology’s English website on 4.12.2020 lists numerous nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as partners, including the following. The lists begins with those in the U.S. and ends with a key NGO that MHLivingNews will spotlight.
University of Alabama
University of North Texas
The National Institutes of Health, the United States
National Wildlife Federation
International Development Research Center
Novo Nordisk Research Centre
University of Duisburg-Essen
Institut Pasteur, France
University of Southampton
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Campus Univ, Spain
St George’s University of London
Wagenigen Agriculture University
Lyon P4 Laboratory, France
INSERM Jean Merieux
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore
Biological Research Center, Defense Science and Technology Organization, Pakistan
National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan
Institution Novartis, Singapore
National Engineering and Scientific Commission, Islambad
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Kenya National Museum
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Food and Agriculture Organization, UN
World Health Organization
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has reportedly donated more money to the WHO than almost any group, and more than many countries.
When funding is given to an organization, a standard condition for donations would include routine reporting.
Bill Gates, until just a few weeks ago, sat on the Board of Directors of Warren Buffett led Berkshire Hathaway. The screen capture below is from Berkshire’s most recent annual report to shareholders
That begs the question, at what point did Gates, Buffett or other billionaires who have significant investments in China know about the outbreak in Wuhan?
Rev’s transcript of a Donald Trump rally in Des Moines Iowa was cited by right-of-center Breitbart as among their reason for labeling the NYTimes “Red Dawn Breaking Bad” claims “mostly false.”
Rev’s transcript dated 1.30.2020 – just a day before the president ordered travel from China to be stopped – said in part: “Hopefully it’s all going to be great. … but it’s something that we have to be very, very careful with.” The president has often followed that pattern of commenting on developing events for some years, of being hopeful on the one hand but at the same time cautioning that matters might turn out differently. That too undercuts claims by left-of-center media sources like the New York Times or CNN that has tried to frame events as presidential errors by Trump.
Soaring Health and Economic Impact in the U.S.
In the last 3 weeks, over 16 million Americans have filed for unemployment. That unemployment was routinely sparked by companies that had to lay off workers due to various local, state or federal guidance or orders. An economy that had over 7 million job openings in February 2020 suddenly has millions out of work. It is the worst reversal ever in America, far faster than was what reported during the Great Depression or the Great Recession.
Right-of-center Fox News Channel (FNC) cablecast “Watters’ World,” on 4.11.2020 featured National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci. Dr. Fauci said misinformation came out of China when the coronavirus outbreak began.
When Watters asked if China misled the world, Dr. Fauci said, “You know I don’t know where missteps went. Only thing I know with the end result was that early on we did not get correct information. And the incorrect information was propagated right from the beginning because you know when the first cases came out that were identified, I think on December 31st, in China, and we became aware of this, they said this was just animal to human period.”
Fauci added, “Now we know retrospectively that there was an ongoing transmission from human to human in China probably at least a few week before then. And then when we finally did get the virus here it became clear when he started looking at what was going on that that was misinformation right from the beginning. So who’s ever faults that was, you know, we’re going back to take a look at that when this is all over but clearly not right information that was given to us.”
To sum up to this point in the report, consider the following.
- ABC News claims sources that point to an outbreak date identified by U.S. intelligence in November of 2019. The Pentagon denied those claims.
- The U.K. Daily Mail points out that U.S. other nations, and NGOs have funded the Wuhan Virology lab. Evidence is mounting that Senator Tom Cotton (AR-R) could have been correct in saying that lab – not the wet market in Wuhan – was the source of the outbreak of the contagion.
- The WHO backed China’s claim that there was no human to human transmission.
- The WHO has funding from the U.S., numerous nations, the U.N. and NGOs that include the Gates Foundation.
- The experience of Taiwan, the Republic of China that is not under the control of the mainland communist regime in Beijing demonstrates that the virus could have largely been contained.
- The WHO ignored Taiwan’s warnings that the virus could be transmitted from human-to-human.
- The University of Southampton in England did research that had proper warnings occurred early enough and had they been acted upon, up to 95 percent of the contagion’s impact could have been prevented.
- The low infection rate experience of Taiwan/the Republic of China (ROC) underscores the claims made by Southampton research. The ROC is in very close proximity, just off the mainland of Communist China, which goes by their official name of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
There is more that can and should be underscored. For example, there was a report from a Congressional hearing published in July 31, 2019 by the “U.S.-China Economic And Security Review Commission.” They found that the U.S. had become dangerously dependent on China. It mentions that the passage of the Affordable Care Act during the Obama Administration played a role in causing more medical and pharmaceutical supply chains to move to China. On page 184 Commissioner Michael R. Wessel made that point.
The USCC webpage that has his profile says “Commissioner Michael R. Wessel, an original member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, was reappointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for a term expiring on December 31, 2021. Commissioner Wessel served on the staff of former House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt for more than two decades, leaving his position as general counsel in March 1998.”
Let’s briefly note that in 2019, a dozen states, certain other jurisdictions, cities and the federal government participated in a pandemic response exercise that the New York Times also reported on. Its name was “Crimson Contagion.” The Congress was briefed on that in the written testimony delivered on December 4, 2019 by Robert Kadlec, MD. Kadlec’s title is the “Assistant Secretary For Preparedness and Response.” That document is found at this link here.
The opening remarks said, “I am Dr. Bob Kadlec, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Today, I will provide background about how ASPR is partnering with the private sector to develop influenza vaccines, antivirals, and diagnostics to ensure we are as prepared for both seasonal as well as pandemic influenza. I will also provide an overview of the current challenges we face in preparedness due to dependence on active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and other raw materials manufactured in other countries.” The testimony arguably puts a different slant on the Crimson Contagion exercise than the NYTimes did. Congress was briefed by Kadlec a Republican who served both GOP and Democratic presidents. While no doubt Trump Administration officials knew of the drill and were part of it, no public leader can make decisions based on information that is either incomplete or late. If indeed ABC News is correct in saying that U.S. intelligence knew of the COVID-19 outbreak in late November 2019 – which seems plausible – then the Crimson Contagion briefing of Congress on 12.4.2019 was already too late.
As a last but not to be overlooked point on the timeline, while Democrats were busy doing an almost entirely partisan impeachment of President Trump, a pandemic was developing in Wuhan, China that spread to the U.S. and over 180 nations and territories around the world.
Rephrasing the above, if finger point is the goal, then there are a variety of errors in the U.S. – recent or that date back decades – on the issue of handling pandemics that covers Democratic and Republican party leaders.
Setting politics and government aside, not to be overlooked are the fingerprints of the Gates Foundation, which arguably knew early on what was occurring in China. That concern would be based upon the Gates Foundation’s funding of WHO and Bill Gates’ years of discussing the risks of this very type of contagion. Are prudent people going to think that Gates knew nothing as this was developing? Perhaps he or others at the Gates Foundation knew early enough to have headed off these massively harmful consequences?
Unlike a government, where there are tugs of war and conflicting pressure groups at work, a business leader often has far greater ability to act swiftly.
Why would Gates or others have allowed this outbreak in China to proceed without giving the world a proper warning? A case could be made that this is the largest transfer of wealth in human history. That transfer of wealth that is occurring is from the wealth that’s been lost in America or abroad in markets where equities are being acquired at discounted valuations by often uber-wealthy people, large corporate interests and China itself.
There will be time to explore those alleged concerns. Let’s pivot now to Easter Sunday.
Easter in a Pandemic
The high Christian holy days which culminates in Easter, along with the Jewish Passover or the upcoming Muslim season of Ramadan, are among the faiths that have been impacted by this pandemic.
While billions are finding comfort in their faiths, others wonder — where is God during this viral outbreak?
That’s an ever-timely question – not only during this crimson contagion, but on any day or time when earthly concerns weigh us down.
First, it is self-evident that billions of people have free will. We all make choices of all kinds, day-by-day.
Unless someone is coerced, forced or mislead into doing something, we therefore have a measure of responsibility for our actions. All human law is based upon that nation.
There are not only historical but more “scientific,” medical and other rational evidence for belief in God.
Once jaded and committed atheistic reporter Lee Strobel worked for a prominent Chicago newspaper. . Strobel was forced by events that caused his wife to become a Christian to attempt to disprove the truths of the claims of believers, because he desperately wanted to talk his wife out of being a Christian.
Millions who know of the life of Strobel – including those who have already seen the movie posted above – know that he took a systematic approach that included archeological, medical, psychological, historical and other arguments made by skeptics used in an attempt to disprove the Resurrection of Christ. As a fellow reporter and character in the movie said, if you can disprove the resurrection, the rest of Christian belief falls apart.
Strobel’s search included an examination of information about the world-famous so-called Shroud of Turin. That shroud is said to be the burial clout of Jesus recorded in the Biblical Gospel accounts. As the ABC News report below reflects, there is evidence that the Shroud is genuine.
Some doubt the existence of beings that they can’t see or touch. In the video clip from A&E’s series Ghost Hunters, they visited “The Most Haunted Town You Have Never Heard Of…” As a disclosure, one of those featured in this video clip is A’kos Kovach, the older brother of this writer.
A fair take of the above is that there has long been evidence and discussion that dates back centuries of beings that have no body. There are billions living today who practices a faith tradition that believes that the body is animated by an invisible “soul.”
Put differently, there are strong rationale reasons to believe what Christians – or other faiths that believe in God and the soul – profess.
Why does this matter to those living in manufactured homes? The better question is, why doesn’t it matter to everyone, including those who live in or desire their own manufactured home?
What’s wrong is that we don’t ask what’s right.
Human laws are important. Ideally, all law should be based upon the moral law, as best summed up in the Ten Commandments. Jews and Christian alike hold to those commandments. Other faith traditions have some similar beliefs.
The commandments are not socialistic, they protect private property rights. The commandments also honor the family, marriage and most obviously, God as Creator of all that exists.
God didn’t need creation, which believers say the Almighty predates. Why did God create? Out of pure love.
Human law has limitations, as those in the trenches of fighting for the rights of those who want affordable housing and manufactured homeowners already know. Drifting away from God in society has arguably contributed to the problems our society has today. Easter and all holy days are good times to reflect on how very different the world would be if more people understood, embraced and practiced the revealed teachings of God.
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By L.A. “Tony” Kovach – for MHLivingNews.com.
Tony earned a journalism scholarship and earned numerous awards in history and in manufactured housing. For example, he earned the prestigious Lottinville Award in history from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied history and business management. He’s a managing member and co-founder of LifeStyle Factory Homes, LLC, the parent company to MHProNews, and MHLivingNews.com. This article reflects the LLC’s and/or the writer’s position, and may or may not reflect the views of sponsors or supporters.
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