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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Great Society 'succeeded' in institutionalizing hatred

Exclusive: Mychal Massie says blacks were the ones most harmed by dependence programs

Typically, when I disagree with my good friend Allen West it is over my belief in the merits of a good cigar and his stubborn belief that green tea is the elixir of angels.

So, with respect to his June 15, 2020, commentary titled: "The Great Society Has Failed," ( I submit what he and others call failure is the desired outcome. I believe that secretly the "success" of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society Program must be measured by what reasonable minds view as an unmitigated disaster vis-à-vis the destruction of the nuclear family, specifically the nuclear family of Americans who are black.

In my Sept. 6, 2011, syndicated commentary titled, "How the Great Society Harmed Blacks," I argued that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was Lyndon Johnson's stroke of Machiavellian genius that provided the implementation of the Wilsonian-Roosevelt-Kennedy template for socialism, via the "Great Society Initiatives."

The Great Society Initiatives were harmful to all, but no group was harmed more than blacks. Johnson's not so-veiled government dependency agenda cemented the decline of American civilization, specifically for blacks.

Within the Great Society construct came the abolishment of the nuclear family, accompanied by the reinvention of same to elevate and accommodate sexual sin. This now includes debaucherous sexual deviancy masquerading as a family unit.


The antidote to the Marxist poison of Black Lives Matter

Exclusive: Scott Lively recalls the Gospel impact and racial harmony of his inner-city ministry

In 2008, my wife and I moved to inner-city Springfield, Massachusetts, to start a Christian mission to serve the poor. We bought an abandoned former crack house in a really bad neighborhood to set a personal example of "redemptive living." We transformed that house into a show-piece and then sold it seven years later at cost to a charity home for troubled children next door. By then the whole neighborhood had also been transformed. All glory to God!

There was a gang shooting on our corner the day we moved in and about a dozen local murders followed that year. The neighborhood was so dangerous that residents were shocked to see us passing out Gospel tracts and praying with people in the evenings. One black gentleman gave us a stern warning when we gave him a tract and said, "God bless you," but with a tone that meant "you're crazy."

Early on I befriended Pastor Constant "Steve" Cooley, who truly was a "constant" symbol of stability and strength in the black community, and together we formedRedemption Gate Mission Society and its storefront church, "Holy Grounds Coffee House." We recruited missionary-minded Christians from the Greater Springfield area with a vision to re-Christianize that "post-Christian city." Holy Grounds became the most racially diverse and harmonious church around, and an incubator for numerous Christian ministries.

God used our tiny mission as a staging area for culture-changing ministry. Teams of evangelists roamed the streets, hundreds of inner-city families flocked to our annual Family Day in city parks, and thousands of believers from all over joined us for an annual March for Jesus that ended every year at City Hall. The high point was the 2010 March for Jesus when 22 pastors prayed one after another, in English, Spanish, Russian and Hebrew, while an airplane circled above with a banner exhorting "Trust Jesus."


The Monument-Destroying Mobs Don’t Hate The Confederacy, They Hate America

The mobs defacing and pulling down monuments across America have no limiting principle because their target is America itself.

Angry mobs are tearing down and defacing monuments across America. They make no distinction between Confederate and Union, abolitionist and pro-slavery, 15th-century figures and 20th. They don’t care when a monument was erected, who built it, or why. They have not come to debate or persuade their fellow citizens to relocate these statues to museums or private property. They believe the debate is over and that they have won.

The Confederacy Isn’t the Target

Their target is not the Confederacy. It is the United States. They mean to destroy symbols of American history writ large, because to them all of American history is racist and genocidal. Their goal is not to cleanse a nation they love of monuments to Confederate traitors who tried to secede, but to cleanse their consciences of ever having loved such an evil and irredeemably racist country in the first place.


France Will Not ‘Erase History’ by Removing Statues, Says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron promised to not remove any statue in the country, proclaiming that France will not erase its history. The pledge came amidst international Black Lives Matter campaigns to tear down tributes to historical figures deemed too controversial to remain standing by the modern left.

On Sunday, President Macron made his first public statements after the death of George Floyd in America, after weeks of widespread protests and riots that have ravaged cities across France.

Mr Macron said that while he pledges to fight against “racism, antisemitism, and discrimination”, he would not be forced by the mob, which he termed as “separatists”, to remove monuments to colonial-era figures.

“The republic will not erase any trace, or any name, from its history … it will not take down any statue,” Macron said according to France24.

“We should look at all of our history together” including France’s history in Africa, in a search for the “truth” rather than “denying who we are”, Macron said.

“It is necessary to unite around Republican patriotism. We are a nation where everyone — whatever their origin and religion — can find their place,” he said in a nod to France’s lax attitude towards mass migration.


City Council approves more than $22M in cuts to BPD amid calls to defund police

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore City budget committee approved measures Monday to cut funding to some of the police department's specialized units.

The full City Council, which is meeting Monday night, has the final say over the city's $3 billion spending plan.

Line by line, the Baltimore City Budget and Appropriations Committee cut funding to the Baltimore Police Department's budget.

"These cuts are, and I'm going to say it again, responsible cuts to the police department's budget," Council President Brandon Scott said. "This is about transparency and accountability."


FDA pulls emergency approval for antimalarial drugs touted by Trump as covid-19 treatment

Critics credited the agency for changing course but said the initial decision 'put political expediency ahead of scientific expertise.’

The Food and Drug Administration withdrew its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, drugs that President Trump repeatedly promoted for treatment of covid-19, reversing a decision that led to harsh criticism it had put politics ahead of science.

The FDA said Monday the medications “were unlikely to be effective” for covid-19 and that any potential benefits were outweighed by safety risks, including heart problems. The decision was outlined in a letter from Denise Hinton, the agency’s chief scientist, to Gary Disbrow, the acting director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, who requested the revocation. The FDA said the change was prompted by new information, including clinical trial results.

The FDA had authorized the antimalarial drugs in late March for hospitalized covid-19 patients after small studies indicated they might provide a benefit. But the decision quickly became a scientific flash point, with critics, including former FDA officials, calling the evidence scant and accusing the agency of buckling to political pressure from the White House. Several argued that what was at stake was larger than just the emergency approvals, in terms of the public’s ability to trust the federal response to the pandemic was based on the best available evidence.


Today's Liberal Policing, Careful What You Wish For!

BREAKING: Piaza In Berlin/Ocean City Closing Their Doors For Good

Piaza Berlin - Ocean City
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After 5 great years, it is with deep regret that we announce that Piaza is permanently closing it's doors. The devastation caused by COVID-19 was simply too much to overcome. We wish to thank all of our wonderful guests that have visited us over the years. We will miss you. Take care and be safe!

Third Suspect Arrested in Connection to Murder of Retired Police Captain David Dorn at Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry

Retired St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn was murdered on Monday night June 1, 2020, outside of Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry in North St. Louis City.

The looters then broke in the store and looted it as dozens of cars drove by on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

David Dorn was 77-years-old when he was gunned down by looters.

He lay outside the store bleeding as his death was captured on Facebook Live.



Charles McAndrew
June 14 at 12:55 PM

If our Government cannot protect our memorials than their protection falls to us, the Veterans who fought for this country.
These memorials are there to Honor our Brothers in Arms who made the Ultimate Sacrifice. We owe them more than we can repay! The least we Veterans can do is protect these memorials.
Who is with me?

So True

WAR ON POLICE: Over 431 Police Officers Injured or Killed in Recent Far Left Black Lives Matter Protests and Riots

On Monday June 1, 2020, four police officers were shot in St. Louis City.

The 7-11 downtown was looted and torched.

Across town retired Police Captain David Dorn was shot dead while protecting a pawnshop.

The looters shot Dorn and he bled out while being filmed on Facebook live.
The killers understood no police would be coming.

The video of the shootout between street thugs and police was later posted on YouTube.
This was like something out of Afghanistan except that it was St. Louis City not far from downtown St. Louis.


Alaska Stand Reopens

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The Alaska Stand will reopen tomorrow serving what has brought people back to us again and again, for generations—delicious burgers, hot dogs, fries, cold drinks, ice cream, and more, offered up with gratitude for your patronage. Society needs mending. This has been a difficult time for everyone. EMPATHY. PATIENCE. RESPECT. The Golden Rule goes a long way. Come enjoy a day at the Beach. Stop by to say hello. Come hungry. We can fix that.

Insane: Black Female Principal of Prominent Chicago High School Under Pressure to Resign for Warning Against Violence and Looting

A friend sent me this Chicago Tribune storyover the weekend, and I had to read its key passage twice to make sure I was understanding it correctly. Unfortunately, I was. Amid all manner of unhinged derangement coursing through our society in this season of tumult, this still reads as satire. Alas, satire seems to be facing cancellation at the hands of reality. In which a progressive black woman is under pressure to step down from her leadership position because she is outwardly opposed to criminal conduct:

Kenner, who previously worked for the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, has not been immune to criticism for her response to Floyd’s death and more broadly her leadership at Whitney Young, where she also spent five years as assistant principal. Now, after 25 years at the helm of Whitney Young, she finds herself the target of an online petition, posted by unnamed “disappointed alumni,” calling for her to resign, claiming she has “silenced student activists speaking against all forms of injustice. Her silence and her enabling of the systematic oppressionthat her black and low-income students face should be condemned.” So far it’s gained more than 800 signatures...

Some who signed the resignation petition cited her history at Whitney Young, claiming she has “worked to sweep the injustices ... under the rug” and “consistently puts the perception of the school by the general public over the well-being of her students.” Other critics have focused on more recent events. Several students told the Tribune they were offended by statements Kenner made in a video address about unrest sparked by George Floyd’s killing, in which she asked that if students do protest, they not participate in violence or looting, and said the way to seek change is to get a degree and get a "seat at the table.”


4th of July Fireworks Postponed But There's Still Plenty To Do

Ocean City Fireworks There will not be Ocean City fireworks to celebrate America's independence this summer, City Manager Doug Miller announced Monday night. However, he says that the fireworks, which would have taken place from 8-10 p.m., will...

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SS 2020?

Father and son who beat up and stabbed 12-year-old boy together arrested

The father immediately fled the crime scene and left his 12-year-old son behind.

A father who grabbed and beat a 12-year-old-boy and then helped his 12-year-old son attack and stab the victim has turned himself into authorities after being on the run for two days.

The incident occurred on June 10 when the police in Mill Creek, Washington, received a report of a stabbing at the Heatherwood Apartments at approximately 11:22 p.m.

“According to the victim and witnesses, the father of the 12-year-old stabbing suspect ran up to the victim, grabbed him, and began punching the victim,” the city of Mill Creek said in a press release. “The stabbing suspect then began punching and stabbing the victim while the father held the victim down.”

The 12-year-old stabbing victim was reportedly stabbed in the bicep, wrist and finger by the 12-year-old suspect during the altercation.



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Wild shootout in Northeast DC captured on home surveillance video

WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Home surveillance video obtained by FOX 5 captures the chaotic scene during a shootout Friday evening in Northeast D.C.

The video shows numerous people shooting at each other, and panic by neighbors, starting around 6:41 p.m. Friday in the 1200 block of Simms Place Northeast.

The mayhem lasts less than two minutes. Some of the gunmen assist one person who was apparently wounded in the shooting as D.C. police arrive at the scene.

A police report from the incident show six people were arrested after the shootout.

FOX 5 has cropped the surveillance video to help protect the identity of the homeowner. Viewer discretion is advised:


New York mayor calls for end of private property

Dear fellow Democrats:

To judge from the polls and personal experience, many of you are somewhere between lukewarm and ice cold toward Mayor Bill de Blasio. You love that crime keeps falling and that murders are headed for a record low, but worry that the growing disorder on the streets smells like trouble is coming.

You have never seen so many vagrants, and so many of them looking deranged and dangerous. Why didn’t he tackle the problem in the beginning, instead of denying the obvious — that the numbers were exploding?

You also don’t like it that the subways are a mess, traffic is pretty much congested everywhere all the time and bicycle riders are treated as privileged characters even as they routinely flaunt safety laws.

You pay the nation’s highest taxes, but it’s never enough. The cost of living here is out of control, despite what looks and feels like diminished public services.

Streets are filthy, roads are rutted, yet every time you turn around, City Hall is focused on race, gender and identity politics, as if that’s what working people care about most. Is the mayor really going to take down the Christopher Columbus statue in — of all places — Columbus Circle?


Ben Carson: Society Needs To "Grow Up" And Stop Being Offended By Everything

HHS Secretary Ben Carson told "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday that calls to rename places and remove historically offensive statues "get to a point of being ridiculous."

STEPHANOPOULOS: And finally, sir, the president’s convention -- (inaudible) speeches, now it’s scheduled for Jacksonville on August 27th, which is the 60th anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday when a KKK mob attacked mostly Black Civil Rights protestors. Is it appropriate to be having a convention speech on that anniversary in that city?

BEN CARSON: You know, we’ve reached a point in our society where we dissect everything and try to ascribe some nefarious notion to it. We really need to move away from that. We need to move away from being offended by everything, of going through history and looking at everything, you know, of renaming everything -- I mean, think about the fact that some of our universities, some of our prestigious universities, have a relationship with the slave trade. Should we go and rename those universities?

It really gets to a point of being ridiculous after a while. And, you know, we’re going to have to grow up as a society.


This is When the Second Wave of Coronavirus Will Hit, Doctor Warns

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on both the health and the wealth of our country. Due to shelter-in-place orders across America, the unemployment rate skyrocketed and we are currently in the midst of an economic recession. In hopes of repairing the financial damage as quickly as possible, many states started reopening sooner than health officials would have hoped. As people across the country are flocking to beaches, restaurants, parks, shopping centers, and gyms, the numbers of infections are slowly started to pick up speed once again—something Onyema Ogbuagu, MD, a Yale Medicine Infectious disease doctor and associate professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, is extremely concerned about.

"Weeks, Possibly Months…."

According to Dr. Ogbuagu, while it's hard to predict for certain when we will experience a second wave or peak of the virus, it will likely be sooner than you think. "With the reopening of more states, recent large scale demonstrations, even where masks were used but physical distancing was harder to follow, all portend another resurgence soon," he explains to Eat This, Not That! Health. This could happen as soon as in the coming weeks or possibly months, "given the lag time between infection, development of symptoms and subsequent hospitalization rates, which is the more 'visible' indicator of widespread community incidence," he adds, pointing to the recent increased incidence of COVID 19 in more than a dozen states supporting these concerns.


So you think investing in fever screening can curb the spread of COVID-19? Think again

As lockdowns are lifted, procedures are being put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Along with physical distancing, hand sanitisation and wearing of masks, fever screening is increasingly being set up as a requirement before entry is allowed into hospitals, shops, workplaces and schools. But there are physiological and clinical reasons why fever screening simply won’t work.

Andrea Fuller and Duncan Mitchell explain why fever screening is unlikely to reduce the spread of the virus. Their arguments are based on an understanding of the physiology of fever, body temperature measurement, and fever prevalence in people who transmit COVID-19.
What happens to your body when you have a fever?

Fever is a temporary elevation of body core temperature. It is part of a defensive response to infection by a virus.

When you develop a fever, you feel cold, heat generation in your body increases (achieved by shivering) and heat loss decreases (achieved by seeking warmth, covering up and reducing the flow of warm blood to the skin). When a fever breaks, either naturally or because you have taken an antipyretic like paracetamol, you feel warm. Your reactions include increasing the flow of warm blood to the skin and sweating, which helps to bring the body’s core temperature back to normal.

What are the limitations to infrared thermometers or thermal cameras detecting fevers?

‘You’re Not a Journalist Brian, You’re an Activist!” – WOW! – Trump Senior Legal Advisor Destroys CNN’s Brian Stelter after Nasty Insult (VIDEO)

Brilliant and talented Senior Legal Advisor to the Trump Campaign, Jenna Ellis, joined CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday Morning on Reliable Sources.

Poor Brian was completely outmatched with the brilliant and talented Trump associate.

During their discussion Stelter complained about the term “fake news” and then got personal when he told Ellis that she would regret using “slurs” when her kids and grandkids see this one day.
What a jerk!

That’s when Jenna fired back: “Oh, now you’re going for the personal attacks. That’s when you know you’ve lost the debate… C’mon, that’s really low, Brian. You’re not trying to do your job. You’re not a journalist, Brian, you’re an activist!”


PORTLAND: Antifa Terrorists Protected by Allied Democrat Politicians Shut Down Traffic For 17th Straight Day, Violently Mob Driver (VIDEO)

Antifa domestic terrorists in Portland have shut down traffic for 17 straight days and as usual, the police are no where to be found.

On Saturday, Antifa rioters violently mobbed a driver on SE Powell Blvd in Portland.

There is no law and order in Portland thanks to Democrat politicians.

These Antifa rioters are protected by the Democrats who are refusing to enforce the law.


Virginia Beach also Having problems

Atlantic Avenue business owner: Oceanfront needs more police on patrol at night

In the grainy security surveillance video from the Oceanfront, you can see at least one person in a hooded sweatshirt — possibly two — who is in the middle of a scattering crowd, firing a gun while in full retreat.

The time of the video is early Sunday morning, near 19th Street, after a violent night at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Three people were injured.

Bella Pizza and Pasta owner Ahmed Harmache tells 10 On Your Side business has never been worse. The video is grim — and certainly not what Virginia Beach business owners want to promote.

Omar defends calls to dismantle Minneapolis Police Department, 'rotten to the root'

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Sunday doubled down on her calls to dismantle theMinneapolis Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death, calling it “rotten to the root.”

Omar made the comments during a Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“A new way forward can’t be put in place if we have a department that is having a crisis of credibility, if we have a department that’s led by a chief who’s suited for racism, if we have a department that hasn’t solved half of the homicides,” Omar said. “And so, you can’t really form a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild.”


Bull On The Beach Closing Early Due To Unruly Behavior

Total hospitalizations for COVID-19 cases have fallen to 10-week low in Maryland

MARYLAND — The COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline, and total hospitalizations have fallen to a 10-week low in Maryland.

Maryland has now completed 492,305 COVID-19 tests, and the statewide positivity rate has dropped to 6.72%.

Total current hospitalizations have fallen by more than 200 over the last four days, and are now at their lowest level in 10 weeks.

Currently, Maryland has 61,701 confirmed cases of COVID-19.


Sgt. Rob Pride on Rayshard Brooks shooting: Atlanta officer appears justified in using force

After looking at the video of the attempted arrest of Rayshard Brooks in Georgia, Colorado Police Sgt. Rob Pride told “Fox & Friends” on Monday the use of force appears to have been justified.

“I don't see how this would not meet a deadly force encounter by most agency standards," said Pride, who serves in the Loveland, Colo., Police Department.

Pride, who is also the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) National Trustees chair, weighed in on the police-involved shooting death of Brooks outside a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant in Atlanta, which led to protests and destruction over the weekend. The incident was captured on video.

Pride said he watched the video “several times” and has spoken with officers from around the country, including experts on "use of force" by officers.

“With the current training that we have, and I can say for across the country, most agencies, this would be a deadly force encounter because of the incapacitating capabilities of the Taser," he said.


Dozens of Maryland nursing homes fined over COVID-19 reports

Maryland has reportedly fined at least 24 nursing homes in the state for failure to disclose information on coronavirus deaths and infections in their facilities. Letters and reports dating back to the beginning of March indicate the state’s Office of Health Care Quality fined 24 Medicare-certified facilities between $250 and $750 in early May for violating an executive order by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) that required them to provide the state with data daily, according to The Washington Post.

Letters and reports dating back to the beginning of March indicate the state’s Office of Health Care Quality fined 24 Medicare-certified facilities between $250 and $750 in early May for violating an executive order by Gov. Larry Hogan (R) that required them to provide the state with data daily, according to The Washington Post.

Fran Phillips, the state’s deputy secretary for public health, said that the fines have been associated with a nearly 100 percent increase in compliance with reporting, the Post noted, saying it went from 50 percent to about 98 percent after the fines were levied.


Ocean City Police Charge Robbery Suspect

OCEAN CITY, MD – (June 16, 2020): On June 9, 2020, at 4:06 a.m. Ocean City police officers responded to an assault and robbery which occurred near 7th Street and Philadelphia Ave. The victim, a 21-year-old male, told police that he had just been robbed and assaulted.

Ocean City police officers and detectives completed an extensive investigation and were able to identify the suspect as Isaiah Foster, 20, of Cambridge, MD. An arrest warrant was issued for Foster.

On June 14, 2020, officers were monitoring a disorderly group near 9th Street and the boardwalk. While watching the group, an officer observed Foster in the area. As several officer’s approached Foster, he attempted to run, however, he was quickly taken into custody without incident.

Foster has been charged with robbery, theft of $100 to $1500, and second-degree assault. Foster was seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and transferred to the Worcester County Jail where he is being held without bond.

Fast smartphone self-test for COVID-19 developed

By depositing a saliva sample on a tiny device attached to your smartphone, you could find out in five minutes if you're infected, say pharmacists at Université de Montréal. The researchers are working on a technique to screen for COVID-19 using a smartphone.

"The person would simply put a saliva sample on a device attached to the phone and get the result in a few minutes," said Xavier Banquy, a professor in UdeM's Faculty of Pharmacy whose team came up with the idea.

The device, which has proven its effectiveness in the laboratory but has not yet been tested in a natural setting, would reduce the normal wait time for COVID-19 tests results and also free up public-health resources by identifying asymptomatic carriers early on.

"Take a hospital staff member who has to go to work, for example," Banquy said. "If he or she tests positive, they could stay home and avoid unintentionally spreading the virus in a high-risk environment."

Working with Plasmetrix, a Montreal-based company specializing in biomedical detection, Banquy's team has come up with a prototype of the device. It's small—about five square centimeters, no bigger than a card reader that connects to a phone.

Technically, it's a miniature spectrometer that uses an imaging technique to detect the presence of a viral load in saliva. In a sample from an infected person, there are between 100,000 and one million particles that can be seen by the eye of the device's camera.

"A different path"

Joe Biden Wages War On Election-Year Misinformation. Here Are 7 Times He Misinformed His Supporters

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden wants Facebook to target what he says is President Trump’s misinformation ahead of the 2020 election, but Biden has repeatedly misled his supporters on the campaign trail. 
  • Biden’s false claims include suggesting that Trump owed China millions of dollars and suggesting that Trump called the pandemic a “hoax.” Biden also falsely claimed that he was arrested in South Africa in the 1970s. 
  • Biden’s demands are coming as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces widespread criticism for not doing enough to censor the president’s comments about protests on the platform. 
Former Vice President Joe Biden is pushing Facebook to strengthen rules regarding election-year misinformation on the platform even as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee distributes misinformation about COVID-19 and President Donald Trump.
Facebook’s inability to police political misinformation and disinformation “corrodes our democracy” and allows the president “to say anything,” Biden wrote in a letter to the Silicon Valley giant Thursday. The former vice president asked his Twitter followers to sign the letter in an attempt to pressure Facebook into acting before the November election.

COVID-19 vaccine in warp speed

As COVID-19 rages to its highest level in more than a dozen states, it is still killing as many as 1,000 Americans every single day. This isn’t going to stop until we have a vaccine.

A COVID-19 vaccine would save tens of thousands of American lives and help rescue the economy, but the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed plan is underfunded and inadequate. Yes, we need to move at warp speed for a vaccine that gets people healthy and back to work. But Trump’s plan leaves out the key steps the nation must take to pave the way for a COVID-19 vaccine without risking the outbreak of other diseases. If we don’t match this unprecedented pandemic with an equally unprecedented but methodical response, the virus will outrun our efforts.

As we race to find a vaccine, Americans need to know that our current vaccine production infrastructure is already strained and that building new infrastructure is both expensive and complicated. It costs anywhere from $50 to $700 million to build a new facility and takes years to complete. Existing production facilities are highly specialized for making a single, specific type of vaccine, like polio or measles, and they are currently reserved to make those vaccines. If those facilities are repurposed to make a new COVID-19 vaccine, it will put the supply of other critical vaccines at risk.


China is reporting the biggest coronavirus outbreak it has seen in two months

A huge market in Beijing is the source of a cluster of new infections.

China reported on Sunday that the country had 57 new confirmed cases of coronavirus as of midnight on Saturday — the highest number of infections it has reported in two months.

The spike in cases — which appear to have originated in a wholesale food market in Beijing — has caused Chinese authorities to selectively lock down at-risk areas, highlighting how countries seeking a return to normalcy after reducing transmission of the virus are still at risk of new outbreaks.

For nearly two months, there had been almost no new cases of coronavirus reported in Beijing. But on Friday, one new case was reported, a number that rose dramatically on Saturday.

Contact tracing suggests that the cases originated at Xinfadi, one of the largest food markets in Asia. How the coronavirus arrived at Xinfadi is unclear; however, government officials have begun to attribute the new infections to foreign travelers.

“Our preliminary assessment is the virus came from overseas,” Yang Peng, a government epidemiologist, told state media, according to Reuters. “We still can’t determine how it got here. It might’ve been on contaminated seafood or meat, or spread from the feces of people inside the market.”


Officers Injured, Arrest Made During Violent Demonstration outside RPD HQ

The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a new wave of fraud

Criminals are getting busy — and creative — with an onslaught of new frauds preying on people's fears and anxieties about the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: Desperate people are finding their unemployment checks and stimulus payments stolen. They're also being bombarded with offers for fake cures, fake work-at-home offers and messages asking for personal financial information.

In perhaps the most widespread scam, criminals are filing fake unemployment claims on behalf of real people who haven't lost their jobs, hitting one state after another.
The rush to get relief money in people's hands has introduced new vulnerabilities to unemployment systems — state agencies and corporate human-resources departments alike are quick to approve claims without requiring much proof.
A Nigerian crime ring called "Scattered Canary" may be responsible for a lot of this fraud, which is made more attractive by the extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits Congress enacted.
Washington state — an early locus of coronavirus in the U.S. — seems to have been hit hardest, with hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits siphoned off, per the Seattle Times.

Where it stands: The Federal Trade Commission says consumers have reported about $50 million in losses to the agency.
TransUnion, the credit bureau, runs a weekly survey that shows that 29% of consumers say they've been targets of digital fraud related to COVID-19.

"Some of the really pernicious stuff that we were seeing were about people ordering P.P.E.-type materials — face masks, hand sanitizer — and then it never arrives," Monica Vaca of the FTC tells Axios.


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