A doctor from California has reported that they have seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in 4 weeks. He has called for lockdown to be lifted, pointing to the growing mental health crisis it is producing.
“We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time,” Dr. Mike deBoisblanc, head of trauma at John Muir Medical Center, told local station ABC7. “I mean, we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.” He added that he thinks “it’s time” to end the state lockdown.
He argues lockdown was to flatten the curve and ensure medical facilities are able to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. DeBloisblanc says this has been achieved, and people should now be allowed to return to some degree of normality.
Tensions have been running high within the Hong Kong legislature. A fight broke out over the election of a pro-Beijing chair for the committee. Pro-democracy lawmakers were forceably removed from the legislature.
Under the “one country, two systems” framework, Hong Kong has been allowed to exist as a semi-autonomous region. However, that framework is now up for review. And Beijing are making moves to tighten control of the region.
Furthermore, Pro-democracy activists have also called Hong Kong residents to take to the streets to protest Beijing’s plans to impose new and tighter security restrictions on the region.
Activists fear this new legislation will further erode the freedom and democratic nature of Hong Kong.
China’s decision to impose the legislation hit the Hong Kong stock market and prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to condemn the move, saying, “The decision to bypass Hong Kong’s well-established legislative processes and ignore the will of the people of Hong Kong would be a death knell for the high degree of autonomy Beijing promised.”
A CIA report has stated it believes China threatened the WHO to downplay the Coronavirus outbreak. They say that in the crucial weeks, in mid-January, when the Coronavirus began to spread across the globe, China threatened the WHO, saying they would not cooperate in any investigations into Coronavirus. In the meantime China were stockpiling medical supplies, including PPE, some of which manufactured in the US.
The report has not been published. However, the contents of report, entitled ‘U.N.-China: WHO Mindful But Not Beholden to China,’ were confirmed to Newsweek by two U.S. intelligence officials.
The German intelligence agency have also accused the Chinese leader Xi Jinping of personally pressurising WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The German Federal Intelligence Service ‘Bundesnachrichtendienst’ BND said: ‘On January 21, China’s leader Xi Jinping asked WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to hold back information about a human-to-human transmission and to delay a pandemic warning.
‘The BND estimates that China’s information policy lost four to six weeks to fight the virus worldwide’.
The World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International importance on January 30th.
“Mike Pence pretending to carry empty boxes of PPEs into a hospital is the perfect metaphor for who he is and what he’s doing,” Jimmy Kimmel said while narrating the clip. “A big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing.”
However, the full clip was not shown and after it emerged Kimmel was forced to make an apology.
What the video Kimmel aired failed to show was Pence putting the boxes down and joking with an aide how the empty ones would be lighter to carry.
Sadly Kimmel’s apology was done with a jibe at the Trump administration.
it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth. https://t.co/hI9cO4lxcX
Tara Reade who has accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 has said he should drop out of the Presidential race. In an interview with Meghan Kelley she went on to say he is willing to take a lie detector test to prove what she says is accurate.
Reade is one of multiple women who have come forward since early 2019 to accuse Biden of assault. She has gone on to file a police incident report in March of this year.
The President has signed an executive order to put measures in place that will protect the electricity grid against malicious acts, including malicious cyber activities.
Protecting the electricity grid is central to the security of the nation. The federal government operates a significant portion of America’s bulk-power system – about 20 percent. To maintain the system parts need to be regularly replaced and maintained. The order prohibits federal agencies and United States persons from procuring goods, products and materials for the bulk-power system from companies situated within foreign adversaries and where the transaction poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of American citizens.
Top Republicans have called for information about claims the Chinese have infiltrated US colleges as part of their “investment in American colleges and universities to further its strategic and propaganda goals” — an initiative they claimed could be “foreign academic espionage.”
The call comes as lawmakers are increasing alarmed at Chinese attempts to influence US lawmakers and journalists in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.
In a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a number of GOP committee voiced their concerns:
“For some time, we have been concerned about the potential for the Chinese government to use its strategic investments to turn American college campuses into indoctrination platforms for American students,” the Republicans began.
“For example, a 2018 Hoover Institution report notes the presence of some 110 ‘Confucius Institutes’ on college campuses as well as over 500 ‘Confucius Classrooms’ in secondary schools,” they continued. “While the stated mission of such institutes and classrooms is to teach Chinese language and culture, the report notes, ‘faculty and other watchdogs have warned that they may present risks to intellectual freedom by using American universities as vehicles through which to advance Chinese Communist Party propaganda.'”
It is imperative that the Department of Education investigate whether institutions “receiving federal taxpayer dollars should be allowed to accept funds from China, the CCP, or other affiliated organizations,” the lawmakers went on, noting that The Higher Education Act of 1965 requires institutions of higher education to “disclose gifts from foreign sources.” Specifically, section 117 of the Act requires that “whenever any institution . . . receives a gift from or enters into a contract with a foreign source, the value of which is $250,000 or more, the institution shall file a disclosure report.”
The US Navy has sent four warships to the Barents Sea, off the coast of Russia, for the first time since the Cold War. The warships were joined by one warship from the British Navy. The Navy has said the warships are there to ‘conduct maritime security operations’.
Russia was notified to the operations on May 1st, ‘in an effort to avoid misperceptions, reduce risk, and prevent inadvertent escalation’ a US Navy spokesperson said.
The US-British naval presence in the region comes at a time when Russia is pushing ahead with a huge military build up in the Artic.
The Arctic region is rich in hydrocarbon reserves, and as the sea ice melts Russia hopes to capitalise on the opportunity.
‘In these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we maintain our steady drumbeat of operations across the European theater, while taking prudent measures to protect the health of our force,’ said Vice Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet.
‘We remain committed to promoting regional security and stability, while building trust and reinforcing a foundation of Arctic readiness.’
The Chinese have been working on a stealth bomber that could be ready by the end of the year. Xian H-20 would give the Chinese the ability to launch a nuclear attack by land, sea or air. Only America and Russia currently have this complete nuclear capability.
The new bomber would make Australia, Japan and Korea within range. And is likely to heighten tensions between the US and Beijing.
Three US universities are working on a surveillance system to track Covid-19. The technology would be similar to the surveillance system in place in China which is used to create the Chinese Social Credit system.
University of Southern California, Emory University, and the University of Texas Health Science Center received federal funding to develop the contact tracing app. The system would track users locations in real time, their symptoms and give them a virus risk score.
Apple and Google have also announced they are working on bluetooth technology that could be used in third party apps for contact tracing.