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The corona virus pandemic is as bad as or worse than a homeland invasion under war.

If you don't believe there is a problem you are part of the problem and a danger to others. There may be questions, legitimate questions of how the virus originated, but now it is here and we all have to deal with it.

There are massive closing of businesses and government, putting tens of millions out of work. It is likely that the US will soon be initiating quarantine policies like those in Italy-- too late. Expect hospitals to be massively overwhelmed.

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Restaurants are either closed or allowed to do delivery or takeout only. There are over 15 million restaurant workers. In 2016 there were 2.6 million food servers. They are now out of work.

Schools are closing. There are 3.7 public and private school teachers, and then all the sanitation worker and ancillary personnel. Figure at least 4.1 million at least.

Bars are being closed: There are about 650,000 bartenders. They're going to be out of work, as well as the people delivering beer and food supplies, the people who do the cleanups. Figure at least a million total, probably more.

Casinos are closing because no-one is going. There were 173,000 casino workers in 2018. NY just ordered casinos, gyms and bars and restaurants closed, except off premises.

There were about 365,000 fitness trainers and instructors in 2018. I'm guessing with sales, management and maintenance staffs there are at least a million people employed.

Retail stores are closing. There were about 4.8 million retail store workers in 2018.

NY is directing local governments to reduce workforce by 50% minimum. Not including teachers or police, there are at least 5 million local government workers. NY just ordered local governments to halve that number, so that's 2.5 million people.

It looks like the airlines are in deep trouble and may be shut down. There are about 750,000 airline employees, Factor out Federal express, with about a quarter million employees and you have half a million employees out of work. Double that to include all airport workers.

Those numbers add up to at least 18 million people suddenly out of work, assuming that restaurants stay open for takeout business.

Courts are shutting down, including the Supreme court. Elections are, rightfully, being postponed. No, I am replying to a request, I will not help work at the polls for a special election on Tuesday.

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At 75 years old and in excellent health, I fear the panic much more than the disease. This looks like an economic war of a not before seen magnitude. The hype is unparalleled.

Humans need human contact. Spreading immunities is what kissing is about. One of the major hits our society has taken is the swap between personal connection and connection to a screen. All screens suck out your brains.

We seem to be coaxing people to isolate from other people and then endure 16 hours a day holed up, wallowing in the crap from TV, constantly overhyping monsters that are out to kill the world. Who on OEN can think of a more direct road to horrific mass psychosis? We are losing this war big time.

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I'm a year younger and feel the same way. I think we're suffering far more from what I'm calling the CostcoVid-2020 panicdemic. Here in Canada the case numbers are tiny compared to the hot spots, and yet we get reports saying things like the number of cases in Ottawa has jumped, doubling to 10. None have needed hospitalization, and yet the chief medical officer has suddenly adopted a worried tone and advised everyone who can to stay home. As a musical friend put it, it feels like we're in The Twilight Zone. I only hope enough people start to realize within a week or so that the concern is overhyped and more damaging than the disease.

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The coronavirus panic precipitating world-wide economic meltdown represents an opportunity for real change. Whether we like it or not we're going to have to decentralize everything. That means we get to disconnect from the zombie banks that have been running things for too long and begin creating local sustainable economies. A common ground established in local communities and the needs of everyday people will be our only salvation.

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I think they are trying to use it to increase their iron grip over us, seeing further centralization as their only hope against an enraged populace.

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Its closest thing have ever seen that could shut down what I call Babble-on, possibly without the violence in one, if we can start learn to live together through this. See some of working together almost happening now, except maybe the hoarding of toilet paper stuff. Hope am right that we start to learn more about mankind all being connected and we start learning to live as one.

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I think you are on to a big point. We have to learn to live together. But the push is isolate us from each other, and put us near a TV spewing gloom and doom. Do they have us in a corner?

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It is hard to stay hopeful from the gloom and doom people. The latter days I live in are about the tares at the top of this melting pot to be burned off for the wheat that have grown up with them tares, offering real solutions which are out there. I point a lot towards the rock and roll people who feel their fruits have been very beneficial to the people.

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We're not in a corner unless we retreat to the corner. Maybe holing up for a couple weeks makes some sense so we don''t endanger anyone. After that...well I have long advocated joyfully dancing in the streets with our fellow humans, holding a particular famous finger in the air ... a party for which many of us must be willing to be shot or hauled off. After that, we win. Does anyone know how to get this kind ball rolling? Maybe us old farts should choose be the first wave?

In Meryl Ann Butler's post of positive music, my favorite song is We Are Not Afraid of the Dark. That could be the party theme song.

I'm probably dreaming. We're still too comfortable.

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Yes you are dreaming:

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." "Harriet Tubman

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If that were to happen there would be hope after all...nah. Let me go get some toilet paper...I forgot. Dang it.

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Yes, and for the average bar tender or restaurant worker, a cut in the prime rate isn't going to help in the least.

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Will the diaspora bring dandelions back to the dinner table?

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I include a handful of edible weeds, always including dandelion, with my salad every morning and benefit greatly from garden fresh vegetables all year. But just weeds would be very slim pickings.

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Getting fresh vegetables with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients will be critical. Typically, snack foods are provided in emergencies. I recall the food being served the inmates of the Diamond Princess docked off Yokohama--all favorites of the nutritionally ignorant. Cake galore! And a few little sandwiches with something that might have been a protein source. What the Japanese government distributed to the earthquake/tsunami victims in 2011 was similar, if less elegantly presented.

Weeds, being excellently adapted to depleted soils, suck up all sorts of nutrients. I have dandelion and yellow dock regularly, and knotweed is considered the best source of resveratrol, and said to be helpful in the case of viral ailments. A good book on local weeds in you area would be very valuable.

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My biggest fear is trump declaring himself "Fuhrer" and "quarantining" all of his political opponents for their 'safety' and declaring endless Martial Law where the only 'information' we get is from him and his regime.

Who or what is to stop him? Nothing and no one.

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Good article, perhaps only a little overdrawn. But Rob, I've got to tell you, I've had a very frustrating time in the last few days trying to post an article or diary entry! I don't get a blinking cursor, can't paste or click to register anything. Is there maybe some new little wrinkle? For safety, I'm gonna paste here the first thing I want to put in for an article:

Nature Demands Respect!

In the film "War of the Worlds" Martians attack Earth. They kill a billion humans. They destroy a lot of our buildings. But in the end their flying saucers crash to the ground. As the saucers open, the scary aliens, weakened, crawl out and die. H.G. Wells' narrator says: " From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed, after all of man's weapons and devices had failed, by the tiniest creatures that God in his wisdom put upon this earth."

Covid-19 virions, (the third Crown-like virus, after SARS and MERS) are among the tiniest, non-visible entities and we are almost totally unprepared even to test for them! Scientists have tried to educate our politicians before. Their dangers emerged with the 1990's outbreaks of Hot Zone illnesses caused by Ebola and Marburg. Near total failure to prepare has been a thoroughly bipartisan misadventure.

Prior to emergence of Covid-19, disrespect for nature and consequent unpreparedness showed up again when Trumpublicans called climate change a "hoax." The illustrative events, macro climate change from super emitters of methane molecules, and viral, are natural, generically predictable by science, not religion or corrupted politicians. When corporate propagandists and politicians disrespect nature, this puts all of us in danger.


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It IS a "homeland war invasion" -- by politicians exploiting a drummed-up panic to impose the equivalent of an occupation.

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The best thing I've seen on TV today was Gov. Cuomo's briefing on the crisis, and what NY, NJ, and CT are doing about it. I hope the TV networks will show some common sense and stop focusing on the nit-wit in the WH. And it's time the sycophants in the Senate began to act like the leaders they're supposed to be. Get a grip, people.

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Even with the Federal Reserve slashing interest rates to nearly zero and resuming their QE (more Quantitative Easing money creation - for 'Bank Bailouts' but no 'helicopter money' for the 'unprotected' American people) on Sunday has not stopped the stock market crash with another 2,000 point drop on Monday. As the nations of the world recommend 'social distancing' and 'seclusion' to help stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus across the globe the accompanying economic downturn is crashing the economies of the nations of the world. #FeelTheBern addresses the nation #video - let me be absolutely clear - in terms of potential deaths and the impact on our economy, the crisis we face from coronavirus is on the scale of a major war and we must act accordingly. Nobody knows how many fatalities we may see but they could equal or surpass the U.S. casualties we saw in World War II. It is an absolute moral imperative that our response as a government, as a society, as business communities, and as individuals, meets the enormity of this crisis.. #debate.

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Thank you for taking the lead on this, Rob. I have been out of circulation on OEN for over a month. Partly because I am recovering from a late-Jan surgery. Partly also due to frustration with the preoccupation of most authors and commenters here with politics.

It has been surreal to glance through OEN headlines on Sanders vs. Biden, Trump vs. Media, Media vs. Masses, Russiagate, Chinagate and so on and so forth. According to today's WHO update, people across 156 countries/territories around the world are grappling with this crisis which is turning their lives upside down. Who really cares who gets to be the US president? Even Americans getting hoarse about it, do they really believe any of these dirty shirts will do anything substantially different for the unwashed mobs?

Late last night, the Malaysian PM announced a near-total lockdown of the whole country effective this midnight. The figures below summarize the lowlights of what we are about to enter. Today is panic city day, although you wouldn't know it looking through my window at the streets below which seem like any other day. How they will look a week or two from now is hard to tell. For now, it's just being called a restricted movement order. But a lockdown by any other name... There is still the final step if these measures fail to flatten the infection curve -- a Wuhan-style curfew. Am praying like hell with an eye to heaven we won't get there.

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For the benefit of my American friends here, am reproducing this slightly modified comment I made earlier on another thread:

Setting aside politics, China deserves to be commended for its success in battling this crisis. It was the first responder to an unknown and particularly vicious strain of the coronavirus family. I shall not get into the bioweapon conjecture at this point, although I have my suspicions.

China's initial missteps, medical and political, should be viewed against this context. Once the government realized what it was confronting, it swung into action with a singular purpose that democracies -- all democracies, not just Western -- are simply incapable of. It went all out on containment, regardless of the high price it paid in criticism over human rights, freedom of expression and so forth. The kind of extensive measures China took so fast and so decisively have eluded more open societies so far.

China took the brunt of the shock and it bought time for the rest of world. Time that most democracies have squandered. Knowing how the situation escalated in China, these countries should have been ahead of the curve. They wasted one or more months, facing up to the tough choices only when they ran out of others. They should have been more clear-eyed about the medical crisis and taken advantage of China's pathbreaking efforts. Instead, they dithered over the politics of the crisis until the curve caught up with them. UK's bizarre herd immunity approach seems an idea inspired by Satan.

American politicians are playing the blame game against China even today, exhibiting a shameless schadenfreude towards the one country that has suffered the most. They should be thanking it for the hard lessons. A sorry trait of politicians who see themselves as rulers of a world empire is they act like a person with a fish bone caught in his throat when it comes to owning up to mistakes. It sticks in their craws, in this case perhaps lethally so for their ordinary citizens.

The safety of you and your families is ultimately the only thing that matters. Your guts should tell you every single one of the political elite will run you under the bus and hightail it to their pre-prepared bunkers if/when push comes to shove. When you have done all you could to protect yourselves, then you can indulge in politics. Or whatever. I prefer whatever. Because the world we wake up in after this could be one in which politics will be the least of my worries.

Stay safe, my friends.

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Yes, let's stop the preoccupation with politics. It's just a dead end street.

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My wife and I are taking the corona virus deadly seriously on advice of very knowledgeable people. We are on self-imposed lock down.

The future of humanity is threatened by two plagues.

1. Corona virus. Called novel b/c it is novel. It will end eventually if massive precautions are take worldwide along with developing and providing worldwide vaccinations.

2. The power elite virus. It started when the power elite landed on "our" shore over 240 years ago and is still going strong. I predict it will kill humanity later this century if their power is not ended. It can be ended but the cost would be in the millions of dollars. See the kindle-e book FREE today and 3/18. Go to

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For over 240 years America's power elite have been responsible for the deaths of untold millions of people at home and away.

President Trump ought to cut the 1.3 trillion dollar US war in half and use the money to 1. launch a full-scale "war" on novel corona, and 2. start rebuilding America so that all Americans can benefit from the UN's Universal Declaration of Rights. Millions of Americans barely have any of those rights.

But Trump probably doesn't have the nerve to buck the deep state and the war mongers in Congress.

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I think that is good advice for getting through this panic in one piece.

One more thing I think is important is to reach out to others in your physical community, with all due precautions, especially your family. We have been lured away from them like the children of Hamelin, into a lovely cyberworld (me too, just look at me typing), which, to mix metaphors, is a Trojan horse. Everything we say here is being analyzed, and people our rulers find too independent in thought are being deplatformed.

They intend to keep part of the Internet up and running, according to Senator Bennet from Colorado whose e-mail this morning attempted to allay any concerns about that. The government will keep what parts of it alive serve its purposes and shut down alternative voices, especially in medicine, as "a danger to society by promoting confusion."

Remember the "confusion" engendered about GMO foods by independent scientists? This is going to be much much worse. Our only hope is to focus on maintaining important relationships and helping each other in our physical environment. I hope most of you have prepared for this kind of situation--it was inevitable.

Signing off for a walk around the neighborhood.

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The Coronavirus (or should I call it the EliteVirus since it has supposedly targeted the Elites at a much higher rate) is Deep State bioweapon attack on the world and Trump economy. They are losing the war against Trump and the US military patriots and are trying to use this crisis to turn the tables back in their favor. It won't work. Despite the Mockingbird MSM hype the CV will go away just as H1N1, Ebola, and all the other pandemics have. The patriots will use the crisis landscape to round up the first set of traitors (think Hollywood and Vatican pedophile/child traffickers plus paid DS mercenaries). Its time for my good brothers and sisters to wake up from the MSM OrangeManBad lies. Trump a flawed character. But he is not the monster that the they would have you believe. And he is just the right kind person to do the job of taking on a DS that is responsible for so much of the misery in this world. God bless President Trump in these epic times.

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