Friday, March 27, 2020

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s inaccurate boasts on China travel ban

TRUMP: “Everybody was against it. Almost everybody, I would say, was just absolutely against it. ... I made a decision to close off to China that was weeks early. ... And I must say, doctors — nobody wanted to make that decision at the time.” — Fox News virtual town hall Tuesday.
TRUMP: “I’ll tell you how prepared I was, I called for a ban.” — news briefing on March 19.
THE FACTS: His decision was far from solo nor was it made over opposition from health experts, as the White House coronavirus task force makes clear. His decision followed a consensus by his public health advisers that the restrictions should take place.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who was coordinator of the task force at the time and announced the travel restrictions, said Trump made the decision in late January after accepting the “uniform recommendation of the career public health officials here at HHS.”
While the World Health Organization did advise against the overuse of travel restrictions, Azar told reporters in February that his department’s career health officials had made a “considered recommendation, which I and the president adopted” in a bid to slow spread of the virus.
Most major airlines had already suspended flights to China prior to the announcement on Jan. 31, following the lead of several major international carriers that had stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak. Delta, American and United cited a sharp drop in demand for the flights, and an earlier State Department advisory told Americans not to travel to China because of the outbreak.
TRUMP: “And if we didn’t do that, thousands and thousands of people would have died.” — news briefing Wednesday.
THE FACTS: The impact hasn’t been quantified. While Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health has praised the travel restrictions on China for slowing the virus, it’s not known how big an impact they had or if “thousands and thousands” of lives were saved.

There were plenty of gaps in containment.
Trump’s order did not fully “close” the U.S. off to China, as he asserts. It temporarily barred entry by foreign nationals who had traveled in China within the previous 14 days, with exceptions for the immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Americans returning from China were allowed back after enhanced screening at select ports of entry and for 14 days afterward. But U.S. scientists say screenings can miss people who don’t yet show symptoms of COVID-19; while symptoms often appear within five or six days of exposure, the incubation period is 14 days.

Although Democratic leaders and Democratic presidential candidates have been highly critical of Trump’s response to the coronavirus, we couldn’t find any examples of them directly and clearly criticizing the travel restrictions.

Fox News Poll March 21-24, 2020
- More Democrats than Republicans are concerned about the virus spreading nationally and about personally catching it.

Approval of Trump’s overall job performance is up one point since February to 48 percent, while 51 percent disapprove. That puts him underwater by 3 points. Last month, his rating was 47 approve-52 disapprove (-5).  His best marks were in February 2017, when he had a net positive rating by one point (48-47).

Fox News Poll: Complete Mar... by Fox News on Scribd

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Defying ruthless, deadlocked politics, Gantz sacrifices everything for stability

The right is now celebrating Netanyahu’s emergence from a year-long three-election marathon as the winner. But as with the right’s premature celebrations on March 3, it may come to regret the new alliance Gantz plans to impose on their leader. The serially underestimated Gantz now seems to have made it his mission to wipe those smiles away.

Trump Campaign Threatens Legal Action Of Coronavirus Ad | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Kellyanne humiliated BY FOX NEWS as her defense of Trump backfires ON AIR

Trump questions if New York will actually need 30K ventilators

“I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be,” Trump said in a call to Fox News’ “Hannity.”
“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators,” Trump continued. “You know you go into major hospitals sometimes they’ll have two ventilators and now, all of a sudden, they’re saying, ‘Can we order 30,000 ventilators?'”

Influencer reportedly hospitalized with coronavirus after licking toilet

A California social media prankster claims he was hospitalized with the coronavirus — just days after posting a video of himself licking a toilet bowl for a nauseating online challenge.

As basic supplies run perilously short, hospitals need everyone’s help now

It’s even more alarming than charts of rising corona cases: three Mount Sinai West nurses standing in a hospital hallway, wearing black Hefty trash bags over their scrubs. “NO MORE GOWNS IN THE WHOLE HOSPITAL,” one healer captioned the Facebook photo. “NO MORE MASKS AND REUSING THE DISPOSABLE ONES. NURSES FIGURING IT OUT DURING COVID-19 CRISIS.”

The Rachel Maddow Show 3/26/20[NEW] | Rachel Maddow MSNBC News March 26, 2020

"Maitav (Army Draft Office) Corona Recklessness"


"Maitav (Army Draft Office) Corona Recklessness" 

1 Nissan, 5780 °° March 26, '20

By Binyomin Feinberg


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Below is an brief exchange with the Israeli Health Ministry. It follows eyewitness reporting on the public health hazard at the scene at the Yom Chiyul (Draft Day) last week, as briefly described in last week's post (Parshas VaYakhel-Pekudei:, and

The blatant disregard for human life exhibited by the Israeli government and the Army Draft Office, in the midst of the escalating Corona outbreak, was on full display at the Yom Chiyul in Tel HaShomer, by virtue of absence of basic distancing precautions between recruits and family members, who were witnessed congregating in large numbers, and in close proximity, that Tuesday morning.

Moreover, the very fact that the Army Draft Offices insists on remaining open and summoning recruits in the midst of the outbreak constitutes a public health hazard. How many lives have already been endangered by recruits who picked up Corona at the Draft Offices and went home to spread it around, including exposing vulnerable family members? Is that the price to be paid for being summoned for military service?

After a former IDF general (res.) publicly critiqued the Army Corona protocols, it was noticed that the Tel HaShomer Draft Office closed this week. However, the Jerusalem Draft Offices remained open for business, summoning recruits as if they were merrily oblivious to the looming collapse of the healthcare system, R"L, and to the broader societal threat, about which Netanyahu so eloquently grandstands.

The question here is really not so much on the Israeli military and draft authorities, whose policies are most unconnected to Jewish Law, and are not at all representative of the desires, concerns, and attitudes of the Jewish community. Their anti-Torah disregard for the wellbeing and rights of Israeli citizens is not new, and has, in modest measure, been repeatedly covered in previous posts and published articles, primarily regarding their female draft policies.  [Just one recent example: For the Army brass, drafting women clearly takes precedence over national security, even to the extent of leaving southern border security partially contingent of all-female tank* crews, as recently reported by JNS.]

(* that's not a typographical error)

We also don't have much to wonder about Netanyahu, whose inspirational deliveries about national preparedness against Corona are exposed in light of his own military's recklessness. He's sold his soul to the Draft Agenda long ago. It's his faux "rightwing" government that pioneered the escalating draft of even religious girls in recent years, with all of the scandalous denial of human rights that goes along with that, as we've covered for over a year now.

The question we have here is more on the Ministry of Health, which is apparently taking Corona very seriously: why do they allow this nonsense to go on unabated?

1.  My original query to the Ministry of Health was as follows:

"From: Binyomin Feinberg <>
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 7:54 AM
To: דובר‏ <DOVER@MOH.GOV.IL>
Cc: ...
Subject: Question re Corona & IDF


March 19, '20

Spokesman office

Ministry of Health

P.O.B 1176

Jerusalem 91010

Tel: 02-5081220/5

Fax: 02-5655965

Dear Spokesman,

Hello, I frequently do contributing to The Jewish Press. I am curious as to why recruitment into the IDF has been continuing despite the Corona epidemic, especially given the primacy of the IDF in maintaining national security in an increasingly unstable world. Do you perhaps have any statement answering that question I could please quote? Thank you in advance,

Binyomin Feinberg"

2.  Their first reply was:

-------- Original message --------
From: רויטל מימרן
Date:03/19/2020 4:38 AM (GMT-05:00)
Cc: ...
Subject: FW: Question re Corona & IDF

Dear Binyomin Feinberg,

Thank you for your e.mail.
The Ministry of Health is working hand to hand with the IDF.
Questions concerning recruitment into the IDF are under the IDF spokesman's office. Please send your request to them.
Thank you.


3.  My follow up to their reply was:

From: Binyomin Feinberg <>
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:39 PM
To: רויטל מימרן
Cc: ...
Subject: RE: FW: Question re Corona & IDF



Thank you kindly for your email.  Whom specifically in the IDF would I contact to get that type of information?

More to the point, my question really is what is the Health Ministry ITSELF doing to ensure that those Israeli recruits - expected to lay down their lives to defend fellow Jews from those who seek to exterminate us all - are adequately protected from contracting and spreading Corona -- in the midst of what PM Netanyahu described as a global pandemic, one over which he's poised to shutdown the country?

Thank you again, in advance, for providing genuine information.


4. Their brief March 22nd reply was:

"Dear Binyomin Feinberg,

As mentioned in my previous e.mail – we are not allowed to answer questions concerning the IDF.

You should reach the IDF spokesman's office.

Best regards,



° To reiterate what was posted last week, we encourage all to employ all due caution to avoid contracting or spreading Corona, or spreading misinformation about it.

בכירי הרופאים במכתב לציבור החרדי: "הישמעו להנחיות – מדובר בפיקוח נפש"

עשרות רופאים פנו הערב במכתב פתוח לציבור החרדי בו קראו להם להישמע להנחיות משרד הבריאות על רקע התפשטות נגיף הקורונה: "כל יציאה מהבית שלא לצורך חיוני כמוגדר בחוק, מהווה סכנה מיידית וברורה. בהתאם לצו של ונשמרתם מאד לנפשותיכם"

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Copper Destroys Viruses and Bacteria. Why Isn’t It Everywhere?

It could destroy norovirus, MRSA, virulent strains of E. coli, and coronaviruses—including the novel strain currently causing the COVID-19 pandemic.


Blue and White splits as unity deal with Likud approaches

In a dramatic turn of events, the Blue and White Party, which served as the alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the March 2 election, broke up on Thursday after party head Benny Gantz decided to enter Netanyahu's government.
The three parties that made up Blue and White - Gantz's Israel Resilience, Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid and Moshe Ya'alon's Telem – all went in different directions. Israel Resilience is joining the government, Lapid will head the opposition and Telem will split up, with Ya'alon on the outside and divided.