ou call a friend and arrange to meet for lunch. It’s unseasonably springlike, so you choose a place with outdoor seating, which seems like it should be safer. As usual, you take all reasonable precautions: You use hand sanitizer, sit a good distance from other customers, and try to avoid touching your face, though that last part is hard. A part of you suspects that this whole thing might be overblown.
What you don’t know is that ten days ago, your friend’s father was a guest of his business partner at the University Club, where he caught the novel coronavirus from the wife of a cryptocurrency speculator. Three days after that, he coughed into his hand before opening the door of his apartment to welcome his son home. The saliva of COVID-19 patients can harbor half a trillion virus particles per teaspoon, and a cough aerosolizes it into a diffuse mist. As your friend walked through the door he took a breath and 32,456 virus particles settled onto the lining of his mouth and throat.
Viruses have been multiplying inside his body ever since. And as he talks, the passage of his breath over the moist lining of his upper throat creates tiny droplets of virus-laden mucus that waft invisibly into the air over your table. Some settle on the as-yet-uneaten food on your plate, some drift onto your fingers, others are drawn into your nasal sinus or settle into your throat. By the time you extend your hand to shake good-bye, your body is carrying 43,654 virus particles. By the time you’re done shaking hands, that number is up to 312,405.
Someone tweeted on 16 Nov. 2015 that
“A lab-made Bat Coronavirus related to SARS has been shown to infect human cells.”
This tweet was in response to a 12 Nov. 2015 article at Nature [dot com] , an international journal of science, titled ENGINEERED BAT VIRUS STIRS DEBATE OVER RISKY RESEARCH Lab Made Coronavirus Related To SARS Can Infect Human Cells
By: Declan Butler
The first paragraph states:
“An experiment that created a hybrid version of a Bat Coronavirus — one related to the virus that causes SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) — has triggered renewed debate over whether engineering lab variants of viruses with possible pandemic potential is worth the risks.”
I think that the article’s question has now been answered.
Even as the US stock market continued its free-fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, the top banker at Goldman Sachs got a pay raise of $2 million a year, a $7.65 million cash bonus, plus stock options worth $17.85 million.
His compensation package is the biggest for a Goldman Sachs CEO since Lloyd Blankfein took home $41 million in 2007, right before the mortgage collapse. It was was reported on Friday, after the US stock markets closed on yet another abysmal week, amid the economic downturn brought on by the fear of Covid-19.
Millions of US companies have shuttered, some permanently, as New York and California went into lockdowns and all mass gatherings across the US were canceled, with no end in sight.
News of Solomon’s big payday was not particularly well received by Americans quarantined across the nation. Reactions ranged from anger – that this was just “asking for riots” – to snark about hoarding wealth the way some panicked shoppers hoarded toilet paper.
America is in a haze right now. It seems like half the country is in denial of the danger while the other half is awaking from apathy and frantically trying to prepare. This is creating a fog of confusion as one side screams “it’s nothing but the flu, stop buying up the grocery store…!”, and the other side just keeps stocking goods, though in an inexperienced way that prioritizes comfort over practicality.
The other day I went by the grocery store to grab a few peripheral items while they still exist on sale, and this was the first time since the Covid-19 situation began that people in my area actually seemed…different. The usual carefree obliviousness was gone from their faces and they all had a deer-in-the-headlights look, their eyes wide as saucers as they nervously scrambled around the store. None of them were absorbed into their cell phones. All of them were alert as many people huddled over their cart, quickly snatching items from the shelves as if protecting themselves from potential thieves. It seems that reality is finally hitting the masses square in the face like a sucker punch.
In March 2013 the Cyprus bank crisis turned out to be a test run for the ‘Bail-in’ process to protect banks during a future bank run. It had been modelled earlier. My book starts with the Cyprus event. This time we have Event 201 in October 2019 and a release of the exact same postulated virus in November 2019 – coincidence? I think not.
We know that the central banks know that the global economy was due to crash – all they needed was cover – follow the money. The WHO was resisting calling a ‘pandemic’ – I wonder why? Is it because there are a great deal of the World Bank’s ‘pandemic’ bonds due July resting on it? – Follow the money:
DON’T PANIC – Stay Calm and Carry On (as normal). At a minimum, 50% of the people have no symptoms whatever. Another 25%, at least, have mild effects akin to a bad cold. Most of the rest are treated well and recover. It’s mainly the old, weak and infirm who actually die. It has all been planned to be highly infectious and persistent. Exactly what I would design if I wanted to induce short-term panic to cover for a financial crash. Never underestimate the psychopathic elite that hold the power in this world – don’t let them win this time around.
Turkey’s Islamist regime leader Recep Erdogan recently delivered a speech where he framed the Turkish border offensive against Greece as an Islamic Holy War against Europe and hinted at the possible re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire.
Erodgan begins the fiery speech with a quote from a famous poem written by the famous Turkish poet Yahya Kemal Beyatlı titled, “26 Ağustos 1922”, the day that the Great Offensive in the Turkish War of Independence which vanquished the Greeks in Anatolia and literally drove them into the Eastern Aegean Sea.
A German Leftist group has been calling for insurrection as the authorities struggle to deal with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
The website Indymedia, which has been classified by the German government as a Leftist extremist group, published a call for rebellion, looting, and attacks on the electrical grid in an attempt to disrupt German productivity while the security services are preoccupied with the effects of the outbreak, according to a report by Der Tagesspiegel.
“We are attempting to make our own revolutionary contribution to the outbreaks of rage, anger, protests, looting, and riots,” a writer using the name “Anticalypse” said in the missive, which was posted on Tuesday.
Earlier we reported that in a report titled “the lamps are going out all across the economy”, JPMorgan’s chief US economist, Michael Feroli slashed his Q2 US GDP forecast to a staggering -14%, which he optimistically expects to form the bottom of a V-shaped recovery that then lifts the US economy by +8% and +4% in Q3 and Q4, respectively (at least until the next downward revision in his forecast).
We doubt the V-shaped recovery will take place, in fact if there is any “recovery” it will be L-shaped especially if medical experts are correct that the pandemic will take 12-18 months to full clear out. That said, the Q2 prediction alone is catastrophic, and if that slowdown persists the US is facing not only a recession, but probably a second Great Depression.
However, if JPM’s forecast revision for the US was catastrophic, than its latest global outlook is downright apocalyptic.
In a separate note by JPM’s Bruce Kasman, has also taken a flamethrower to his global economic forecasts, and the bank’s head of economic policy now anticipates Europe to implode an unprecedented 22%, the UK to crater by a depressionary and with the US plunging 14%, he sees the global economy ex China contracting by a whopping -13.7%. In short, JPM now expects no less than a global depression in the second quarter. This will follow a Q1 quarter in which China is expected to collapse by -40.8%, which however will somehow surge by 57.4% in the second quarter.
Nobody in their right mind would wish for a global pandemic. Yet, such wisdom may seem less obvious in an election year as the Democrats look prepared to use the coronavirus as a weapon in their quest to unseat Trump.
Whatever one may think about the coronavirus — that it has been overblown, underestimated, or handled with impeccable care — one thing is beyond dispute: Trump’s political opponents will be hard-pressed not to use Covid-19 as yet another way of portraying the Republican leader as unworthy of the White House. After all, we are talking about the year 2020, when the American people are staring down the barrel of the most pivotal presidential elections to come along in many years. In other words, nothing should surprise us.