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All The Craziest Things About America Are Being Highlighted By This Virus

“Corona is a black light and America is a cum-stained hotel room,” comedian Megan Amram colorfully tweeted a couple of weeks ago. Her observation has only grown more accurate since.

The corporate cronyism of America’s political system has been highlighted with a massive kleptocratic multitrillion-dollar corporate bailout of which actual Americans are only receiving a tiny fraction. Instead of putting that money toward paying people a living wage to stay home during a global pandemic, the overwhelming majority of the money is going to corporations while actual human beings receive a paltry $1,200 (which they won’t even be getting until May at the earliest) at a time of record-smashing unemployment.

America’s capitalism worship has been highlighted with Wall Street Journal headline “Dow Soars More Than 11% In Biggest One-Day Jump Since 1933” running at the exact same time as “Record Rise in Unemployment Claims Halts Historic Run of Job Growth — More than 3 million workers file for jobless benefits as coronavirus hits the economy“. Stocks are booming, Amazon is surging, and mountains of wealth are being transferred to sprawling megacorporations, while actual human beings are terrified of what the future holds.

America’s joke of a healthcare system is being highlighted as uninsured COVID-19 patients are racking up $35,000 medical bills and even insured COVID-19 patients are looking at out-of-pocket expenses in excess of $1,300. Combine this with the millions of Americans getting thrown off of employer-provided health insurance and you’re looking at a huge number of people who will avoid getting tested and avoid treatment as much as possible. Both heads of America’s two-headed one-party system have spent decades forcefully creating this dynamic.

America’s income and wealth inequality is being highlighted in a nation suffering from all of the above problems while most Americans were already unable to afford a mere $1,000 emergency expense. A one-time $1,200 payment to a population already stretched that thin guarantees that millions will be plunged into crushing debt and destitution in a nation with a historically unprecedented billionaire class raking in even more unearned wealth.

The insanity of America’s war machine has been highlighted as awareness grows during a global health emergency that government military spending negatively impacts government healthcare spending and the US has the most bloated military budget on the planet. Now as journalist Max Blumenthal explains this war machine’s escalating hostility toward China is causing Americans to needlessly die of the virus.

America’s fake political system has been highlighted as the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee completely vanished for a week and then returned to deliver an embarrassing string of befuddled interviews upon his return, reminding the nation once again that the Democrats are running an actual, literal dementia patient for the most powerful elected office in the world. Biden will of course be running against an incoherent reality TV star who only last week decided that the virus is indeed a real problem which needs to be seriously addressed, and who now already wants to begin rolling back the inadequate measures his administration implemented far too late. The debates between two men who don’t understand what they’re doing and can’t string a sentence together between them will soon be broadcast around the world for all of civilization to behold.

America’s lying mass media are being highlighted with propagandistic lines that would make Kim Jong Un blush, like The New York Times claiming today that “the American medical system is unsurpassed and its public health system has a reputation as one of the finest in the world”. We can safely expect US media to get even more demented as they expands their hysteria-inducing new cold war propaganda campaign against Russia to China as well.

America’s murderous sanctions machine has been highlighted as the US continues ramping up its economic warfare against Iranian civilians, with thousands already dead and potentially millions to follow due to Tehran’s inability to access necessary equipment, medicine and resources during the pandemic. The Trump administration has not eased the sanctions during the outbreak, and has in fact added to them, because killing Iranian civilians has always been the goal. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has gone on record to say that the objective is to make Iranian civilians so miserable and desperate that they overthrow their own government.

So basically everything crazy about America is being amplified to absurd caricatures of its own insanity and highlighted for everyone to see. There’s a lot of ugliness coming out into the light as a result of this virus, which may end up being one of its few perks for everyone. As they say of both viruses and governments, sunlight is the best disinfectant.

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  • So whatever happened to the wonderful court decision that corporations are persons too? Why then are they receiving billions in handouts while the rest of us individuals will only get $1200, if we are lucky that is!!

  • Since we’re all watching Team Covid’s scores the way we watch the World Cup, how ‘bout we put Team Flu Bug’s scores on the TV too?!

    If Team Flu Bug’s scores are higher, can we all go back to work, and shut down the media and their nut job chicken little ‘science’ zealots?!

    Have a listen to some actual factual GOOD & real news:

    “The flu is 10X deadlier than this virus…”

    – WSJ & two Stanford Doctors

    https://youtu.be/m8OqocZeezg

  • Hew Hess Hay!! Hew Hess Hay!! USA No. 1 – and I can prove it (stats from Johns Hopkins Interactive map and UN population figures).

    We got 121227 corona cases and 2010 dead in a population of 330 million.

    What about them Russkies? With almost half our population, the best they can manage is 1264 cases and a measly 4 dead.

    And the Chinks? Four and a half times our population and only 81999 cases – we’re miles ahead; and they can’t even produce any more home grown cases. They have to import them now. 3235 dead – we’re slightly behind, but per capita we’re ahead and in a couple of days we’ll be way ahead in absolute terms too.

    We neo-global Cappies got them Commie bastards beat all to ratshit. We’re exceptional. We’re the “Shining City on the Hill”. What’s that? That bright light you see up there? I dunno. Maybe a funeral pyre.

  • The REAL Truth about America, is that it IS a “Stolen Country” from its INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.
    Stealing Anything is a CRIME folks, Remember?
    This CORPORATE version is nothing more than a FRAUD, and as all criminal is punishable, can Only expect COMPLETE FAILURE coming FAST upon her.
    Corporate America is a CORPS that the Vatican breathed Fake life into, starting way back in Ancient Greek and Roman empires…Who when invading the Ancient Birth place of ALL civilizations, STOLE that to…All real scholars Know this is TRUTH.
    They went forth to further STEALING Everything they could get their paws on worldwide…America was just one of their recent ones.
    All that is happening to this country now is DIVINE JUSTICE…NOT Their version now being called JUST-US, Masquerading as Justice.
    Those Ancient “Conquerors” that have Stolen the Most Ancient civilizations, then Falsified the records of HOW it was created, are now “Paying for it” via Divine Justice (Cosmic Justice)
    In very ancient time they use to be called “Albinoes” (Lepers)
    Their EVIL, has “Catching Up” to them, and is the REAL reason for their creation of the “Pandemic” they are using to frighten people with.
    ALL Governments are OWNED by their “Mother Corporation” the VATICAN, and IT was the Most Evil of all of them. The Vatican was created by the Roman empire (Research Caesar’s Messiah)
    Government use FEAR to keep their Sheeple in line thus this so-called Pandemic…GET-IT?
    9/11 was the MOST Horrific one to date (Watch movie: “SpotLight”)
    Most Sheeple don’t UNDERSTAND that Government are actually SCARED of their CITIZENS!
    People that are buying into ALL this “Social Separations” are buying to ANTI-Social behavior…Understand?
    STAYING HOME is just another BS Anti-social FEAR based tactic.
    Meanwhile Government are attempting take away even MORE of our rights…ALL UNDER THE GUISE OF FEAR.
    People that buy into this BS are as STUPID as a Herd of Cows.
    Just watch out for a VACCINE they may present as potrade in the movie CONTAGION…and Don’t take it.
    LEARN= That FEAR is the REAL enemy because IT Creates ILL-NESS .
    Become a “Spiritual Beings” instead of the BELIEVER crowd…One gains POWER over FEAR by attaining KNOWLEDGE. KNOWLEDGE-IS-POWER.
    The More You Learn= The Less You can be Deceived.

    • Kennyboy, if you denialists could implement your own advice without endangering so many others, I would say have at it, take your chances with the disease, emplement the Darwinian test of your poor judgment. The world will go on without you, now or later. But, alas, your reckless behavior can cause much more suffering as the people you spread the disease to, whether by contracting it initially, or finally by refusing a vaccine, also drown to death in their own COVID-19-induced pneumonia.

      • Gee Frank Thompson, YOU Must be part of the HERD…ALL the most “Knowledgeable Experts” around the planet NOW are exposing this clown show for WHAT is real is…Haven’t you heard yet???
        I hope you are not one of the Avatars, Yikes!
        You see Frank, I live by SPIRIT & KNOWLEDGE…Not Faith…That made my life DISEASE FREE.
        I LEARNED How the Universe works (Might be over your mind for now)
        For the last almost 17 years of my life “Disease Free” of Anything!
        All because of “Spirit and Knowledge” (Hope you understand)
        Therefore, The MAIN reason Why I post here is Because I hope to “Enlighten” (Hopefully) at least Some Sheeple into this FALSE “Pandemic”…UNDERSTAND???
        Once people “Awaken”…THAT IS WHAT SAVES LIVE…KNOWLEDGE, Frank.
        Understand Frank?

        • “ALL the most “Knowledgeable Experts” around the planet NOW are exposing this clown show for WHAT is real is…Haven’t you heard yet???”

          No, I haven’t heard. Show me. Otherwise, you are just another internet troll.

          • Do YOU Know the meaning RESEARCH Frank???
            Heck! it being broadcast even on LiveLeak.com right now…Not to mention DOZENS of other sites and Books!
            One of The Best books I own about exposing the Origins of ALL Religion is: The Historical Origins of Christianity; Islam (Actually 2 books) by the author Dr. Walter Wiliams
            The quest is, are YOU willing to step “Out of the Box” to learn???

            • Troll, “I made an extraordinary claim. Whenyou question it, I will tell you to find the extraordinary evidence it would take to support it.”

              Standard troll procedure. But it is possible that you are simply a crackpot. Anyway, that’s all.

      • Holly molly, Frank, what the hell have you done to yourself ????????

        • I know, right? I let myself get into an argument with an internet crackpot, or troll. Don’t worry, I’m done with him now.

  • Milo, I’ll start by telling you that I have more civil and personal freedoms here than I ever had in the US. The cost of living is very reasonable, no GMO anything, public transportation is very excellent and a cross town bus is 3 cents and a cross town taxi is $1.55. The environment is very clean and the sky is forever blue, forests grow right up to the city’s edge and parks are everywhere in this city. Shopping is way better than any that I can recall in the US. i have many 5 star restaurants,bistros and cafes. And the police DO NOT CARRY guns. Welcome to Ufa, Russia

    • Thanks for the insight Mike. I have been reading up on life in different countries for years, thinking about moving abroad in retirement and have found virtually nothing about life in Russia. The more Russia is demonized by American press the more curious I become. Would you offer any suggestions as to where one might find more information?

  • Caitlin, have you looked into the Dem primary election fraud? Exit polls are showing huge discrepancies when compared to the final results in many states. TDMS Research has compiled these by state. Sanders’ final count is always less and Biden’s is always more. The exit polls differ from the final results by between 3 and 16%, by far exceeding the margin of error. If this were happening in any other country, the US would be straight in there screaming bloody murder election fraud. But here, it is standard practice. Please check it out!

  • For a country as racist, sexist, fascist and capitalistic as the USA, there sure are a lotta people in the world that would rather be here than wherever they are?!

    I’m in awe of the way people without the deadly Trump Derangement Syndrome have handled the crisis…
    Grocery stores, delivery services, construction trades, yoga instructors on zoom – are all working their asses off, ‘cuz that’s how we roll.

    Well, some of us anyway… Then there are those rooting for death – fear mongering chicken littles who believe that this will somehow hurt Trump’s re-election prospects.

    The fact that they have time to continue their relentless hate attacks on the President tells you just how ‘deadly’ is this “PANDEMIC!!”

    • 15k new cases a day, because your healthcare system is idiotic and corrupt. but that’s how we roll.

  • Isn’t it suspicious that the result of this study happens in a time when nobody will focus on it and when the mainstream medias have a good excuse for not talking about it:

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/03/25/university-study-finds-fire-did-not-cause-building-7s-collapse-on-9-11/

    It must have been that way in the days of Noah; Noah had to doubt of everything he heard because everybody, except him, was of bad faith.

    Truly, we live in the return of the days of Noah just before the Second Coming of Jesus and I pray the Rosary to hasten the Glorious return of Jesus because I have seen more than enough of all the bullshit.

    And a good article here from Mr Larry Chin:

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/planetary-hysteria-manufactured-covid-19-health-crisis-pushes-humanity-global-society-total-shutdown/5707607

    • Good stuff, and thanks for sharing, Michel…

      But even if there was no crisis now, that report would never see the light of day. They have speed dial distractions ready to rock always.

    • Religious nutcases have for centuries derided the sciences. Religion retards the acquisition and use of natural law. Today we suffer from science denial bred into the psyche by religions, not just of the xtian faith, but from all religions.

      You pray for the “Glorious return of Jesus because … “, and join the rest of the religious nutcases hoping, praying, working toward the Rapture. You have the mindset that it matters not what trash we humans cause and spread, because mystical sky-guy will make all things right again. Well. What if you’re wrong? You’ve shat all over the world trying to convert ‘the savages’. At huge cost to those so-called ‘savages’.

      Religion is the bane of civilization. You are part of the problem.

      • And the current religion is science, with high priests like eugenicist Bill Gates. Dogma is what you oppose, not religion. Me too. Open minded exploration should infuse spirituality and scientific exploration.

      • I agree with you RGL, but Jesus is not a religion….Period

        • Yikes! Frank…You need to STAY out of the Box…Haven’t you heard that the “Creature” created by the Greeks & Romans NEVER Existed.
          Look up Video entitled: CAESARSMESSIAH!
          It available on line and at certain book stores.
          Look them up and LEARN.

      • AMEN AMEN AMEN!!! RGL…Speak-the-Truth!
        Namaste!

  • Yes, Caitlin. That is the first thing that comes to my mind when I contemplate “government military spending.” How it “negatively impacts government healthcare spending.”

    PS – The federal government of the U.S. has no constitutional authority to spend anything on health care unless it’s for health care for our armed forces. The states can. Hence our healthcare “system.” To wit, a decentralized, complex of private healthcare providers and institutions stupidly interfered with by the federal government.

    PPS – Is there such a thing as private military spending?

    PPPS – One of the crazy things being highlighted by this virus is how little otherwise insightful and clever foreigners know about our Constitution. Lots of local company, of course. More’s the pity.

    • You likely would have the same constitutional arguments against Social Security and Medicare 85 years ago and 55 years ago. But Medicare is alive and pretty well, isn’t it? even though there has been some question about the solvency of their funds into the future.

    • that decentralized system sucks. the vast swamp of corrupt military spending how dishonest the arguments against medicare for all really are, pretending that “we can’t pay for it”, and now this bailout for all the greedy pigs puts an exclamation point on that.

    • @Richard Ong:

      The federal government of the U.S. has no constitutional authority to spend anything on health care unless it’s for health care for our armed forces.

      And that’s why it’s such an outrage that Medicare for seniors hasn’t been struck down in the 54 years it’s been around, is it? Another “constitutional scholar” heard from…

  • Yes, Caitlin. That is the first thing that comes to my mind when I contemplate “government military spending.” How it “negatively impacts government healthcare spending.”

    PS – The federal government of the U.S. has no constitutional authority to spend anything on health care unless its for health care for our armed forces. The states can. Hence our healthcare “system.” To wit, a decentralized, complex of private healthcare providers and institutions stupidly interfered with by the federal government.

    PPS – Is there such a thing as private military spending?

    PPPS – One of the crazy things being highlighted by this virus is how little otherwise insightful and clever foreigners know about our Constitution. Lots of local company, of course. Mores the pity.

  • “We have more physicians working abroad than practically any other country in the world, not because we are exporting anything but simply because we want to participate in building a world with better health conditions and living conditions,” Cuban doctor Luis Herrera declared in an exclusive interview with TeleSur.
    Dr Herrera is credited with developing the Interferon Alpha 2B 40 years ago, which is being used to prevent medical complications that could arise from contracting the COVID-19 strand of coronavirus. Please read this eccellent article here:
    Cuba Leads by Revolutionary Example by Ramona Wadi!
    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/03/27/cuba-leads-by-revolutionary-example/

  • “Ran away from home 17 times. Got brought back 16.” — Bob Dylan
    Thank the Goddesses that he finally got free. 🙂

  • The Coronavirus Bill: An Outrageous Corporate Bailout – Interview w/Zach Carter NOTE: It should be called a corporate handout, not bailout.

    https://duedissidence.com/2020/03/27/the-coronavirus-bill-an-outrageous-corporate-bailout-an-interview-w-zach-carter/

    I just found Due Dissidence this past week, and it is proving somewhat interesting.

  • How many mortals can even pretend to understand the transactions now taking place among treasury and banking officials? On their own terms ­­­– TALFs, Special Purpose Vehicles, Commercial Paper Funding Facilities, Repo Rescue Operations, “Helicopter Money” ­– stand as increasingly empty jargon phrases that signify increasingly futile efforts to paper over the essence of the situation: the world is bankrupt. It’s that simple. Please read this article here:
    Forced Liquidation!
    https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/forced-liquidation/

  • The belated hope that a major crisis/shock would wake Americans up, and lead them to make better decisions, such as flushing their criminal “leadership”, has now disappeared into the reality that the pirates will have a field day now, and their witless victims will only slide into deeper delusion. Would that it was otherwise, but c’est la vie……….

    • Its still early yet.

  • If your government puts Profits over People, then you need a new government.
    If it wasn’t clear before, this new corona-virus has made it abundantly clear that this is a matter of Life or Death.

  • Good article, Ms Johnstone. I’ve got to give us, Canadians, some credit for putting up with our neighbour to the South. Mr. Elko John and Sigrid recognize our poets are quite astute observers of them. Mr. Cohen particularly so.

    If I may a companion piece, First we take Manhattan…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTTC_fD598A

    I don’t know if you get The Hill, but Mr. Sagaar Enjeti had a really good opinion piece on the likelihood of an uprising because of this constant overlooking of the working class. 2008 was bad in the States, he figures this further neglect of lower class homeowners worse.

  • If only the vast majority of my fellow American citizens saw the reality of what our country has become as clearly and honestly as you do, Caitlin, over there in Australia. As a complement to your incisive and witty social/political commentary, let me offer your readers what I consider to be, BY FAR, the best info out there right now about the medical aspects of this pandemic/panic.

    http://edwardcurtin.com/friends-please-listen-to-this-important-interview-of-dr-john-ioannidis-conducted-by-the-filmmaker-john-kirby/#comment-33200

  • Yeah, yeah, healthcare, shmealthcare. Today’s important new is the the great and good US has indicted Maduro as a narco-terrorist. So soon there;ll be one less crazed dictator on the planet . . . what? What do you mean we already tried that?
    Keep smiling, ‘s all good.

  • Caitlin, iI dont quibble with one thing you said. But everything you described about America is actually worldwide. This is a concerted effort by all governments to seize more power with the aid of the corporate media and complicit medical organizations and academia. Not many people people realize the CDC is a private organization similar to the now debunked Clinton Foundation and are funded largely by Michael Bloomberg. He has donated 1.6 billion to them over several years. They have an agenda and are not the supposed unbiased medical conerstone people believe. Nothing is ever what it seems.

    • Worldwide….? In countries where we have socialized medicine…? We can go to any doctor/clinic/hospital as often as we want or need to and don’t have to worry about any costs, ever. The CDC is an American organization. So, you may want to rethink that thought.

      • Lol. So if it is in America it is an American Organization. Open your mind, it is a corporate world run by oligarchies. Stop blaming the top oligarch for all the others. Your perfect socialist system is just as corrupt as anywhere else. The CDC is PRIVATE organization with their own agenda. It is fact that people with real money and power liquidated their stocks just prior to this covid 19 panic.

        • You are the brain dead one, Khatika. I moved from America in 1995 when I was 48 years old. I lived in many different countries that have socialized medicine and all of those systems were far and away better than that ‘for profit’ system in the US. I’ve lived in Russia for just over 20 years and I have a choice free or pay medical – both are very good. I have my Russian insurance document and it is free. I am now 73 years old and had to have a stent – it was free from beginning consultation till good bye and stay healthy.

          • You think this covid panic is about heslthcare. If you do you truly do not understand what is happening.

          • Zeke I would be very interested to hear more from an American living in Russia. Care to share more of your experiences?

            • Milo, I’ll start by telling you that I have more civil and personal freedoms here than I ever had in the US. The cost of living is very reasonable, no GMO anything, public transportation is very excellent and a cross town bus is 3 cents and a cross town taxi is $1.55. The environment is very clean and the sky is forever blue, forests grow right up to the city’s edge and parks are everywhere in this city. Shopping is way better than any that I can recall in the US. i have many 5 star restaurants,bistros and cafes. And the police DO NOT CARRY guns. Welcome to Ufa, Russia

      • Yes you can go anytime you want to the doctor and as many times….and then, take a number go home and wait to see when you win the “lottery”, and get the call. Most of my Canadian friends come to America for Quality an Prompt medical attention. And by the way lets see who folds up first, the Socialist countries our USA. Our government establishment is crooked, at best, but at it’s worst, it still beats the heck out of a no free-agency hellhole. At least we go visit Kangaroos in our Zoos, and don’t eat Kangaroo meat and make change purses out of their scrotums.

        • In America, many people are dying before they can get their test results. If they even get tested at all. People are being told to not even try to get to the hospital unless they are in “respiratory distress”. Then they are being told that only those with “value” to society will pass the “triage” and be allowed to live.
          I wish like hell I lived anywhere else but the USA. I wish I lived in China. Then I’d stand a decent chance of seeing my next birth day. China should start taking asylum applications as humanitarian mission to the American wage-slaves.

          • The WHO rates Canada as one of the best healthcare systemd in the world. However google says it takes 11.1 weeks avg to avg. To get can MRI. In America it takes 2 or 3 days. Everyone has an agenda even WHO. Stop believing propaganda.

    • Not many people people realize the CDC is a private organization similar to the now debunked Clinton Foundation and are funded largely by Michael Bloomberg.

      The Centers for Disease Control is a taxpayer-funded US federal agency under the aegis of the Department of Health and Human Services. It’s one thing to opine that the federal government and its agencies have been captured by the Fortune 500 and the Forbes 400 — an opinion I think is amply confirmed by the Senate’s most recent handout to major corporations, notwithstanding the crumbs begrudgingly offered to the hoi polloi and small business. It’s another to just make shit up.
      On a related note, I’ve been wondering for a while whether “low-quality” comments from sock puppets and trolls are taken into account in Google Search and social-media “downranking algorithms” or whether they’re just used to drive good-faith readers from otherwise valuable dissident sites. But hey! Why not both?

  • Why do we get this notion that we ever mattered? The federal government does not care about its people. It never has.
    People comment on here that the country is beginning to collapse? It has been collapsing for many years now. It is just beginning to become more noticeable.
    All through history, any empire that has collapsed has followed all the paths that we have taken in the U.S.

    Once you start debasing the currency all kinds of mayhem follow it. It’s a miracle we have lasted this long.

    There’s only one way to go now. For us, stay out of debt, get some cash put away. Keep some supplies on hand and stay lean. It is going to get real ugly in the next ten years.

    I’m do not agree with anybody on here that thinks it still can be fixed, no way. We have basically passed the point of no return.

    • Totally agree with you.

      • It pains me to say that. I grew up in the U.S. been here my whole life. I have never lived anywhere else.
        It was a great place to grow up.

        I don’t really know what I am looking at now. It is clearly not the same country.
        I can’t pretend to be able to make a difference. Catlin can write all the blogs and point out all the problems day after day but it does no good. It won’t change anything.

        No president that we have had or can elect will change anything. It doesn’t matter who it is anymore. The machine has taken over any real logic anymore. It is basically a runaway freight train now.

        There are too many people here with a lot to lose to stand up for some political injustice or fight the system. The system made them rich.

  • We have been WuFlu PUNKED by a deep state bioweapon
    http://gov.uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-disease-hcid
    based on new (accurate) data, this flu is no more contagious, no more fatal than regular flu, HOWEVER this hysteria is FATAL FOR FREEDOM, just like the fascists have planned.

    • You may want to visit the morgues in northern Italy. They’ve run out of room. The hospitals are also overloaded. Where are all those extra bodies and patients coming from, then? In the UK, the NHS will run out of capacity in a week. Where are the extra patients coming from?

      The survivors of COVID-19 have permanently damaged lungs, typically with ~30% reduction in lung capacity, and their symptoms aren’t just like any flu. Are these cases normal flu? How anyone can think these cases are needs to tell me what hallucinogens they’re taking, because I want some.

      They say that COVID-19 mortality in the US will be like Italy’s in around two weeks. The doubling time for COVID-19 mortality worldwide is around 6.5 days. But the doubling time in the US is less than 3 days. Assuming that the US doubling time is 3 days, then the US mortality today of 1,300 will be 2,600 in 3 days, 5200 in 6 days, and 10,400 in 9 days. Today Italy has 8,200 COVID-19 deaths, so the two weeks estimate is conservative.

      If things keep going on as they are, 4.2 million will die from COVID-19 in the US (based on their case fatality rate of 1.5% — 15 times that of flu, BTW), and 225 million (that’s right) will die worldwide (based on the global case fatality rate of ~4% or 40 times normal flu).

      When the COVID-19 deaths exceed the annual upper estimate of 650,000 occurring globally for normal flu, in the space of around 30 days from now (ie, 5 doubling periods of 25,000 bringing it to 800,000), we’ll see that occur and then people might begin to understand the magnitude of this. Unfortunately, most people are innumerate and most conspiracy theorists especially so. But maybe even conspiracy theorists might realise by then, maybe by another couple of doubling times, that they’ve been silly, and dangerous for others.

      The main problem with the COVID-19 conspiracy theories is that they can’t square the following circles:

      1. Somehow Cuba, Venezuela, China and Iran are going along with this conspiracy, presumably manufactured by their mortal imperialist enemies, US and/or UK and/or Eurozone. Why on earth would they?
      2. The capitalist class would never drive their whole global economy over the cliff on purpose and thereby commit economic suicide. Of course their system was has been in dire trouble for some time, ready to replay the GFC, but there’s no way they’d also bring production to a halt. It’s one thing to jam up the credit and financial system as in 2008-09, but to stop production everywhere is completely implausible. All corporations want to keep producing and have customers to buy their products. Yet somehow we’re being asked to believe all the capitalists around the world are in on this as well. That’s some planning and conspiring, and it’s ludicrous.

      Of course the bourgeoisie will use any crisis to tighten their malignant grip on power as much as possible and as much as they get away with. And they often use false flags for this (eg, likely 9/11, Lockerbie, etc), but true catastrophes are much better for this, as the Japanese tsunami, Katrina, etc, have also shown.

      Finally, this virus is doing and will continue to do great things to shatter the delusion that the capitalist state and its government is there to protect ‘its’ population. This shattering will be universal and global, affecting even the most backward and reactionary layers of the population. COVID-19’s silver lining is that the ruling class can no longer rule as before, and the ruled can longer be ruled as before.

      • According to what I read, the pandemic doesn’t seem to have had much effect on Trump fans, who are about 40% of the population. The absolute inability of most people to use simple reason in political life is breathtaking. I wish I knew what to do about it, but nothing seems to shake their attachment to and reliance upon tribalism.

      • Take a xanax and relax. The doom and gloom specialists are already dialing back their dire predictions. Italy has the oldest population in Europe thus increased death rate. Take a breath. This panic will blow over soon and then we will move to some other catastrophe whipped up by the MSM.

        • The panic might ‘blow over soon’ but the pandemic will take 6-9 months depending on the country and health system. I’m afraid that the numbers don’t lie.

      • It turns out that transmission in Wuhan and Lombardy, where the deaths were high, were both through hospital transmission. Therefore, the virus spread among the elderly, very ill, and already dying. Thus the average age of 81 in Italy. Both locations are industrially polluted to the max. People´s immune systems and lungs are burdened by toxins, GMO/glyphosate laden foods, and the recent introduction of 5G. 5G has many deleterious physical effects, among them speeding up viral replication, and lowering oxygen absorption. So, it probably was a confluence of stressors, which the flu tipped over into respiratory failure.
        UK has already downgraded the epidemic, as the fatality rate is on par with any flu.
        As for all of the hysterical mathematical modeling, I don’t buy it. When the swine flu happened, thousands of samples were sent to CDC labs, and only a handful tested positive for swine flu. So, the CDC announced that 22 million people had this new, horrible flu. Those who received the experimental treatment were often disabled for life. Sheryl Atkinson reported on this, and was censored.
        The stay at home has quelled dissent in Wuhan (where the citizens were demonstrating because the air was so bad it was causing respiratory diseases, failures and pneumonia). In France, the yellow vests, well, all over. And certainly to quell the protests at home and to purposefully crash a hugely inflated stock market and get rid of tons of worthless paper. The current bailout proposal will send the plebes into bankruptcies and destitution, tank asset values, and the financiers and corporados will scoop up the assets for dime on the dollar, with bailout money, and wait for reinflation. They did it in ´08, but it took 9 months, now, its a matter of days. The legislation was already prepared. This will be devastating for the average citizen, but a boon for all the corporate fraudsters. And all that worthless paper the Treasury is buying up at inflated values, we will be on the hook for. The legislation and `crisis´ also sets us up for mandatory vaccinations, is rushing to install 5G in schools across the country (despite its radiation being a cofactor for illnesses) and loss of civil liberties, perhaps a major war. Many agendas under cover of the panic.
        I´v had that flu, back in November, and it was miserable, but not a death sentence. It will run through the population and we will attain levels that confer herd immunity, and later, it will mutate again. That is what viruses do.
        I don’t doubt that there will be deaths from this flu. I appreciate your compassion. However, the flu kills the weak, the obese, the fragile and elderly every year.
        We could do a lot more to protect our water quality, food supply, and prevent the thousands of chemical toxins in products, to prevent illness and promote the health of our people. We give kids too many unproven vaccines and feed them shit and give them addictive toys and foods. We can do better.

        • A breath of sanity. It will be wasted on many who have bought into this panic of a fake pandemic. The death rate of flu worldwide each year goes right over their heads. Most react and panic, a few stop and determine the best course of action based on reality.

          • See Del Bigtree´s expose and investigation on The Highwire on youtube. He is a reputable medical journalist (as well as an entertaining fellow!). Watch and spread to counter the panic and the devious uses being made of the fake pandemic. The Truth will set you free!, as Dr John Bergman says, who also hosts a fact based medical you tube channel.

        • So you had COVID-19 flu in September? You were tested for it then? And tested positive to COVID-19 then!!?? Do you live near Fort Detrick by any chance?

          As I said, I’d like some of the hallucinogens that many appear to be taking to deny what’s going on — because when they all pass into the stage of anger (which likely will occur in about a month or so), then I’ll need them.

          • Not tested. Possible diagnosis due to symptoms. I live in Jalisco, Mexico. As it turns out, most people, 80 to 90 percent have few or no symptoms when exposed to this virus. See medical data I referred to on the Highwire. Fear is the mindkiller. Get facts before you panic. The dangers here ate political and economic, not medical.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWFr6khY2U4

      Listen to this doctor speaking from Madrid please. You surely can walk and chew gum simultaneously, no?

      • If he could walk and chew gum at the same time, do you think he’d be working for Trump?

  • Trump does the impossible!
    Manages to screw up relations with Canada.
    You have to be really horrible at this whole foreign policy thing to screw up relations with Canada.
    I hate to say it, but even dementia will be an improvement. Just as long as he doesn’t mistake the Nuclear Red Button for the Viagra dispenser.
    “Canada Slams Trump’s Plan to Send More Troops at Shared Border”
    https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Canada-Slams-Trumps-Plan-to-Send-More-Troops-at-Shared-Border–20200326-0021.html

    • But where in the article is there proof Trump ordered a call-up. Nowhere. I think you found propaganda. Trump after all is a poster boy for anti-American propaganda.

      • The Canadian government sure seems to belief it. The article appears to be about the Canadian response with a ranking government official quoted. Of course, that’s what the Trump camp would call ‘fake news’.

    • No. Dementia will not be an improvement. The coin stays the same we just flip it over.

  • Such a good in a nutshell Caitlin. Bingo!

  • Indeed, Ms Johnstone, the ” evil that is the government of the U.S.A. ” with its owners and its masters ” is being revealed anew by the virus. May the whole charade be brought into the light of justice and shown for the cesspool that it is.

  • Seems like the only way to safely discuss the Covfefe19 virus is to comment digitally. People are already suffering cabin fever and going stir crazy and bored. The guy across the street has trimmed his hedge more than a few times already in the last week. I talked with someone up at the headland the other day and they immediately got defensive and come on very aggressive. People really believe what the television tells them. They don’t seem to see the sinister plans by the criminal cabal that makes up our Government. They seem totally hoodwinked.
    I’m even starting to doubt my own sanity. I don’t relate to any of the conversations I hear in the street. The ABC propaganda is so pathetic it turns my stomach. I just can’t watch it. The only dose of sanity comes from alternative media sites like this one..Thanks Caitlin and team.. and don’t you just love James Corbett.
    I have two rainwater tanks and a beautiful vegi and herb garden. I just hope that they don’t spray my garden with chemicals or put something in the tanks in the name of public safety. A practice usually attributed to genocide.
    People must beware that any attempt to be self sufficient will be targeted by government because it doesn’t generate taxes or stimulate the economy. If you think I’m being paranoid.. just remember what the colonists have done and are still doing to indigenous people all throughout history.
    The whole ideology is to make us totally dependent on government.

    • It is quite frightening to read & hear what the US government is doing to its people. Here in Germany, everyone is encouraged to gather rain water and use it and grow your own food if and when possible. The government even provides subsidies for property owners who want to collect and use rainwater for flushing toilets, for example. It is also a most horrifying thought that Americans don’t have socialised medicine as we do in Europe or in Canada, especially in this current situation. There is no other word for it other than „tragic“.

    • Its easy to spot those who believe the media. They are the ones running around with facemasks and gloves.

      • The good news is that this should have a Darwin effect, where the sort of people who believe every word Donald Trump says will be less likely to survive.
        An early nominee for next year’s Darwin Awards is collectively for the people who believe Donald Trump.

  • Looks like they are using the school shutdown to install 5G, which may have been a co-factor in the deaths in Wuhan and Italy. 5G speeds viral replication and interferes with oxygen absorption. They were trying to sneak an Act into the stimulus package to push 5G through on a federal level, overriding health concerns and human rights. Lets see if they did, and what other little surprises are included. Like mandatory vaccines that blow out your immune system for fear of a germ. Lots of shitty agendas being wheeled out under cover of shock.
    The pump up won’t work. This may get very ugly. Stick to your highest vision, and demand justice.

  • “Everybody Knows”

    • Thank for sharing this amazing song!

      • I tend to go for the original Leonard Cohen renditions, but yeah, its a great song. This world often gets me singing the opening verse under my breath. Everybody knows that the dice are loaded……

      • I guess we have an anthem for our times.

  • http://www.johndayblog.com/2020/03/lacking-good-information.html
    A Quarter of the 2 Trillion Dollar “Stimulus” Bill is Devoted to a Useless Accounting Gimmick
    (This kind of gimmick often turns out to actually be the whole plan.)
    https://nathantankus.substack.com/p/a-quarter-of-the-2-trillion-dollar

    Economic Historian, and current Economist, Professor Michael Hudson, says there is no way around a debt jubilee for all the people who are in debt bondage as bank fees keep piling insult onto injury. These debts are hopeless, and they make these people hopeless. That sickens the economy further.
    Critics warn of a creditor collapse and ruinous costs to government. But if the U.S. government can finance $4.5 trillion in quantitative easing, it can absorb the cost of forgoing student and other debt. And for private lenders, only bad loans need be wiped out. Much of what would be written off are accruals, late charges and penalties on loans gone bad. It actually subsidizes bad lending to leave them in place.
    In the past, the politically powerful financial sector has blocked a write-down. Until now, the basic ethic of most of us has been that debts must be repaid. But it is time to recognize that most debts now cannot be paid — through no real fault of the debtors in the face of today’s economic disaster.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/21/debt-jubilee-is-only-way-avoid-depression/

    • Damn, and silly old, frugal me doesn’t owe anyone any money! Quick, give me that million dollar small business recovery loan …. then do your debt jubilee. I

  • I think we are beginning to see the US empire starting its collapse, still desperately trying to pretend everything is ok, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
    This virus is going to ravage the country, causing not only huge numbers of deaths but economic havoc. With a dangerous fool as president, and a cabal of rich politicians and oligarchs running the country, it can only mean more suffering for the remaining 99% who will be sacrificed and bled dry.
    The USA will become a wasteland, reverting to its wild west origins and behaviours. But for the rest of us, it still poses an increasing danger as like a cornered & desperate animal, it lashes out.
    With so much of its military scattered over the world, and with so much firepower, not to mention its nuclear arsenal, the USA may well become far more dangerous than the virus.

    • I think you are being too optimistic. America will not become Westworld. With the idiots we have America will become a Sahara desert.

    • The flu is 10X more deadly that your ‘ravaging virus.’

      Shut down your media and stop rooting for death…

      • You are one of those who want the herd immunity to go up so you don’t get it. Safe in your bunker you wait for it to burn out. It won’t work. You can encourage bad behavior but other dogs also bark.

      • There’s something really sick about getting onto the internet and taking actions that could lead to the deaths of many.
        There are people out there who want the readers of this blog to die. That’s sick. And hopefully they won’t be successful.

  • Your supposed NYT link leads to the Seattle Times. Thanks.

    • Yes, at the end the Seattle Times story says it was originally from the NYT – which is lifting its usual paywall for coronavirus stories.

  • What most don’t understand is that those deadly sanctions are called for and enforced by banksters. Iran is one of 4 that still has a publicly owned central bank. The Bank of International Settlements handles almost all international transactions
    It is privately owned and controles by banksters. Banksters’ greatest nightmare is that the 99% will awaken.

  • Caitlin, do you really believe that governments can become “disinfected”?
    I think that the politicians are just as bad as their capitalist masters.

    • Governments are how people come together and get stuff done that needs to be done.
      The answer is not to abandon the notion of government, but to develop better controls to keep them in line.
      No government or weak government is the Wild West. Oligarchs want that. But I don’t want to live there. I’m not real fond of the idea that I’d have to fight a gunfighter every time I need to go to town to go to the hardware store. Get rid of governments, and that’s what you’ve got.
      I suspect that old revolutionary Jefferson got it about right when he thought governments needed a revolution about every 20 years. But that’s not an argument against needing a government, but that its more likely that you need to go through and throw the corrupt into jail and start over on a regular basis. Best if you can do that in some sort of peaceful way where people don’t get killed, because revolutions are really nasty things to try to live through. That’s where ideas like democracy and elections come into play…. trying to have a way to change peacefully when the people demand change. America is a lesson in how letting Reaganism grow wealth and inequality in turn broke the barely functioning democracy that was there and this has now prevented change. It was an American President who once said “Those who make peaceful change impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” But, even then, the goal is better government and finding a way to keep the politicians responsible to the people and not letting the capitalists be their masters.

      • One potentially non-violent way to encourage better behavior could be for citizens to requisition a small space in front of their legislatures where they can set up a guillotine with a sign on it that reads, “Remember Who You Work For. Signed The People”.

      • Governments are how sociopaths come together and satisfy their insanity. True, those in the US are less skillful at hiding their desires than many others. Some parasites do indeed kill the host. Only governments gather up the resources of their neighbors at gun point and use them to engage in acts of war. Oligarchs can only thrive with the assistance of governments. Without central bank cartels and fiat currency, they would shrivel up and blow away. You watch too many Westerns. Any such bully that attacked people without cause would be quickly disposed of by the local community. Governments typically prevent such action by claiming a monopoly on the use of force. With sociopaths in charge of governments, there is no method of peacefully changing their behavior. Democracy is no less tyrannical than any other form. 51% holding a gun to the head of 49% and forcing them to submit. Gang rape is democracy in action. In the US, election is a fraud, with two wings of the same banking cartel oligarch infested party being the only choice. When you give a sociopath the power to hold a gun to the head of any and all who oppose them, its delusional to expect just government. The only interest the Sociopaths In Charge have in the welfare of their tax slaves, is to the degree required to continue their exploitation. In some cases, such as currently in the US, they fail to even consider that. As I said before, some parasites do kill their host.

        • Okay, but how do we deal with the psychopaths? Part of the problem is that many people seem to enjoy the vicarious expression of psychopathic desire.

  • As an American, and someone who volunteered to serve during the Vietnam war, I can honestly say I hate this fucking country, especially the idiots who keep voting in warmongering corporate tools every election cycle.

  • “Corona is a black light and America is a cum-stained hotel room,”

    That says it. And it isn’t pretty. A porn movie from hell.

    • Caitlin, writing like that puts you right up there with Hunter S. Thompson.
      🙂 — and yes that is a huge compliment from a HST fan. 🙂

    • If only it were a c.s.h.r. Things in general seem far worse.

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