REPORT: Trust In Media Has Completely Collapsed Since Beginning Of Coronavirus Pandemic — American Lookout

For the sake of this article, we have used an image of CNN, but it goes far beyond just them. In recent months, public trust in the media has cratered across the board.

Trust in media wasn’t very high to begin with, but with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, and the riots the media keeps telling us are ‘mostly peaceful’ their credibility is in the toilet.

News Busters reports:

Poll: Support for Bumbling, Dishonest Media Plummets During Pandemic

Journalists think the pandemic has been bad for Donald Trump? Maybe they should look in the mirror. The coronavirus has hit the press from one coast to the other, according to a new poll released early Thursday.

The survey asked respondents: “How has your view of each of the following industries changed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic?” The approval of the media dropped five percent, second only to airlines, which shed seven percent.

According to an article written by Sara Fischer, a media reporter for the Axios website:

REPORT: Trust In Media Has Completely Collapsed Since Beginning Of Coronavirus Pandemic — American Lookout

HARROW FLATS: New apartment block given go-ahead despite locals’ objections

Pinner – VIJAY SHAH via ADAM SHAW and Harrow Times

Local authorities in the north-west Greater London borough of Harrow have given assent to a new development of flats despite local residents of a busy road objecting to the project and vetoing it three times, the Harrow Times newspaper reported today.

The Northcote development, in the Pinner area’s Rickmansworth Road, will consist of eight brand-new flats in addition to an existing estate of 24 homes now at the site. The eight apartments will be housed in a single two-storey complex, and the plans were approved by Harrow’s council, the Times reports.

Pinner locals however have rallied against the proposed development, saying that…

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Will COVID-19 Retire the World’s Policeman?

For declaring in March that the U.S. economy might be reopened by Easter, President Donald Trump was roundly mocked.

Yet, it appears his political instincts were correct. He was more in tune with his country than were his critics.

By early Easter week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the governors of six states in the New York-New Jersey region had formed a consortium to synchronize the opening of their economies. California’s Gavin Newsom and the governors of Washington and Oregon had done the same.

The governors may disagree on the timing, May 1 or May 15, but most agree with Trump. America cannot remain shut down for months without lasting damage to the livelihood and lives of millions of citizens who are about to be shoved into a new Great Depression.

Twenty-two million Americans are now unemployed.

However, something just jolted the gathering consensus over the need to reopen soon. Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S. set records for the numbers of fatalities from the virus. Tuesday it was 2,364 dead, the following day 2,371. That put the national casualty total above 30,000.

The U.S. did not record its first coronavirus fatality until Feb. 29. It took 38 days after that to reach 10,000. However, it took only nine days to vault from 10,000 fatalities to more than 30,000.

The ominous implication: If this 2,300-dead-per-day figure is near the new normal, we would surpass the 61,000 fatalities projected for the duration of the pandemic — in two weeks!

Even if we reduce the Tuesday-Wednesday average daily death toll by over half, to 1,000 deaths a day, that would mean 44,000 more dead for a total of 75,000 by June 1.

What makes COVID-19 worse than the flu?

The coronavirus is more easily transmissible. It is more savage in how it maims immune systems. It is more lethal, killing far more of the infected than the regular flu, though we do not know exactly how much more lethal. For we have no hard number of those who carry or have carried the virus asymptomatically.

Nor we do know whether having survived COVID-19 renders one immune to a new infection. Since the medical experts are predicting a second wave of the virus in late summer or fall, this is no small matter.

And seeing what happened on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt, the coronavirus could have a major impact on U.S. global commitments.

Americans were already coming home from the Middle East, drawing down our 12,000 troops in Afghanistan after a deal with the Taliban, and moving our 5,000 troops in Iraq into fewer bases.

We have disengaged from the Saudi war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen and are drawing down our forces in Syria.

In Libya’s civil war, it is Russians, Turks, Egyptians and Gulf Arabs, not Americans, who are the supporting actors.

American soft power is also in retreat from the world.

Some 10,000 Peace Corps volunteers have been brought home. Scores of thousands of U.S. citizens have been repatriated by the State Department. We have shut the door to Europe, China, the world.

What now becomes of the U.S. geostrategic “pivot,” the shift of planes, troops, ships and bases from the Middle and Near East to the Indo-Pacific theater to contain a rising China?

And contain China with what?

The Roosevelt has been ravaged by the coronavirus. As of Tuesday, 589 cases of COVID-19 were reported from a crew of 4,800. Four thousand sailors in Guam are in various stages of a 14-day isolation period in hotels and spare rooms across the island.

But it is not just the Roosevelt. Every U.S. warship — carriers, cruisers, frigates, destroyers, subs — has cramped quarters conducive to the spread of the coronavirus.

How many of these vessels will soon be doubling as hospital ships?

The same question might also be asked of the U.S. Army and Marine barracks in South Korea, Japan, Australia and Okinawa.

There are allegations that the coronavirus did not originate in the Wuhan “wet market” where bats are sold for food but instead escaped through a horrible blunder in a Chinese bioweapons laboratory a few miles away.

Whatever the truth, the Wuhan virus appears to have become the most effective means of disabling U.S. hard and soft power that we have encountered in many a decade.

Of those 10,000 Peace Corp volunteers, and scores of thousands of other Americans who have been repatriated home, how many of these “soft power” soldiers will be going back after they have been out of their host country for 18 months?
Will this pandemic prove the decisive factor in America’s retreat from global hegemony?

With the U.S. budget deficit for 2020 originally set at $1 trillion, now triple that, there is going to be a hard reckoning for the allocation of our diminished resources after the nation reopens.

And policing the planet is likely to be seen as yesterday’s priority, and a primary candidate for discard.

By Patrick J. Buchanan
Source: Creators

Will COVID-19 Retire the World’s Policeman?

Croatia: Corruption and COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis #CroatiaWar&Future

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NEWS DIGEST 17.04.2020: UK lockdown extension and new police quarantine guidelines issued #HEMNA

Today’s bulletin comes via Google News. Sky News reports that the British government has revealed the five conditions that need to occur before they lift the national lockdown put in place on March 23rd, 2020. These include seeing that health services can cope completely with the effects of the pandemic, a sustained reduction in the number of deaths, and that PPE and testing supplies are built up enough to tackle future resurgences of viruses – Coronavirus: Govt reveals five things that need to happen before lockdown is lifted (Sky News)

BBC News continues with the major announcement from Parliament yesterday that the coronavirus lockdown will continue for another three weeks, until May 7 at the earliest, as ministers feel the infection rate has not yet reduced to a satisfactory level. It comes as the UK recorded another 861 coronavirus deaths in hospital, taking the total to 13,729 – Coronavirus: UK lockdown extended for ‘at least’ three weeks (BBC News)

The Telegraph newspaper asks if the government will have a solid exit strategy for the lockdown as it worries about the impact restrictions are having on business and the economy – Does the Government have an exit plan or not? (The Telegraph)  Meanwhile, The Guardian offers its own viewpoint on the extension of the lockdown announced yesterday, saying that while safety of the nation comes first, the UK government will have to make serious decisions concerning the exit strategy, in other words, how the nation will get out of the curfew – The Guardian view on extending the lockdown: right call, but what next? (The Guardian)

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In the United States, the nation’s leader Donald Trump has agreed to defer pandemic management decisions to individual state governors, in particular when they will re-open their states and return back to normal operations. This strategy forms part of a three-part plan by the US coronavirus task force for gradually returning everyday life back to normal, such as re-opening businesses and allowing public events under social distancing guidelines – Donald Trump defers to governors in guidelines for reopening US amid pandemic (The Guardian)

Back in the UK, police forces have given more detailed guidance on what exactly the public can and cannot do while the nation is under quarantine.  The Mirror (Daily Mirror) has published a handy ‘lockdown checklist’ which gives the green light to people venturing out to buy alcohol, take brief rests while out walking, and newly, for people experiencing arguments at home to go stay at a friend’s home for a few days to ‘cool off’ – Lockdown checklist: Police list of ‘reasonable excuses’ to be outside in coronavirus crisis (Mirror)



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NEWS DIGEST 29.03.2020: Coronavirus quarantine U-turns and North Korean missile tests #HEM News Agency Report

The US President Donald Trump has backed down from imposing a statewide ‘lockdown’ on the state of New York, after yesterday insisting on the measure, called as New York became the worst affected area in the American coronavirus epidemic, reports Britain’s BBC News. The US has now the highest number of infections in the world. Its total of 100,000 cases has overtaken China, where the ‘Wuhan virus’ first originated – Coronavirus: Trump backs away from New York quarantine (BBC News) . In addition to New York, the neighbouring states of New Jersey and Connecticut are also experiencing a surge in cases of the virus, with all three states urged to cease non-essential travel to contain the epidemic in the New England region, reports The Guardian –  Coronavirus live news: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut told to halt non-essential travel (The Guardian UK Edition)

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Also in The Guardian, the Dutch-operated cruise liner MV Zaandam, currently docked off Panama and struggling with an outbreak of COVID-19 onboard, was finally given permission by the Panamanian government to travel through the Panama Canal, but it was not known whether it would be allowed to dock anywhere in the central American country. Four passengers have already perished and dozens have been taken sick – Coronavirus: Panama to allow cruise liner Zaandam through canal(The Guardian UK Edition) Meanwhile, another UK newspaper, The Telegraph, released a YouTube video of a British couple aboard the Zaandam, which belongs to Holland America Lines, expressing significant concern over the situation aboard the ship. Celia and Nick Jones, in a candid video shot from their quarantined cabin, said they urgently needed to return to Britain to care for their vulnerable son, who has autism – British couple stranded on cruise ship Zaandam ‘extremely worried’ (The Telegraph/YouTube GB)

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian currently held in detention in Iran on alleged spying charges for the past four years, may soon be released by a government amnesty as Iran is battered by the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the Daily Mirror reports. She is currently under isolation at her parents’ home in the capital Tehran (Teheran) after narrowly escaping catching the virus herself – Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe appeals for clemency as coronavirus prison leave extended (Mirror)

Staying on the trending news of the COVID-19 pandemic, military personnel in Europe have been drafted in to fly Italian and French patients to Germany for treatment, reports The German army have stepped in to assist their immediate European neighbours who are struggling with high death and illness counts brought by the outbreak. One flight from the stricken north Italian town of Bergamo has already brought six patients to Cologne – Military flies Italian and French patients to Germany for treatment (Metro) Sadly this shining example of European co-operation was overshadowed by reports Italians are becoming fed up with the European Union over its response to the continent’s coronavirus crisis, with the country threatening to quit the Union and labelling it as ‘dead’, while Portugal lashed at ‘repugnant’ fellow member states, the Telegraph reports – End of the EU? Growing fury at ‘repugnant’ response as Italy condemns Brussels as ‘dead’ (The Telegraph)

North Korea has escalated tensions in the Far East of Asia after launching a missile in the direction of regional foe Japan, heightening nuclear tensions across the globe, reports Britain’s Daily Express. The incident, reported as occurring on the 20th March, saw ‘unidentified projectiles’ fired into the Sea of Japan – Pyongyang Fury: North Korea fires fire missile towards Japan as nuclear fears rise (Express). Meanwhile, The Guardian stated that the reclusive nation also test-fired another two short-range ballistic missiles today, which was condemned as ‘inappropriately timed’ by its Korean southern neighbour – North Korea fires two missiles as Seoul condemns ‘inappropriate’ timing (The Guardian)


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The Center for Disease Control admitted in a federal lawsuit that is has no scientific studies to support its claim that vaccines given to infants don’t cause autism.

The lawsuit, filed by the non-profit Informed Consent Action Network, sought for the CDC to present evidence to back up the claim on its official website that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.” The Center for …


Roman Catholic Church ⚜️

Moral failure: Pope Francis issues new church law that sexual abuse must be reported to church officials, but not the police, not the state, not the secular authorities.

The BBC reports:

Pope Francis has made it mandatory for Roman Catholic clergy to report cases of clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups to the Church.

Many in the mainstream media are praising the new law as “groundbreaking.” And to be fair, it is a slight improvement. Previously church officials were not mandated to report sexual abuse, or suspected sexual abuse, to anyone. The new church law changes that. The BBC notes:

For the first time, clerics and other Church officials will be obliged to disclose any allegations they may have heard. Previously, this had been left to each individual’s discretion.

Yet the new law mandates that reports be made to church superiors, not the police, not the state, not the secular authorities. Reporting on the story The Guardian notes:

However, the church law does not require police to be notified. The Vatican has said that different countries’ legal systems make a universal reporting law impossible, and that imposing one could endanger the church in places where Catholics are a persecuted minority.

Writing for Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta finds that the new laws for reporting abuse “don’t go far enough” noting: 

There’s no rule requiring priests to report the allegations to law enforcement officials.

Footnote: Historical research included within this post

Footnote: Historical research included within this post by Author: Kindness It was the issue of illegal Priest conduct being tried in Ecclesiastical Courts not Common Law Court that caused Henry II to curse his Bishop, and resulted in 3 of his Knights crossing the English Channel and murdering Thomas Beckett on the steps of Canterbury Cathedral. That was late December 1170, the Catholic Church does not appear to have learned much in 900 odd years.⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️

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Pauline Hanson calls for Corona beer ban, until we know what role it played in virus //Kindness

Only in Australia 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺😁😁😁 Former fish and chip shop owner and the world’s number one source of hot-air emissions, Pauline Hanson, has today tabled a bill in parliament to ban the sale of all Corona beer, until health authorities can establish what role it is playing in the current viral outbreak in China. 

“It doesn’t take a geniush to see that this virus is called corona, and this beer is called Corona,” said Hanson today while standing in front of a giant board covered in red string. “Call me an idiot, but I know it’s all connected somehow. Do you seriously expect me to believe this is all just coincidence?”

Asked what in god’s name she was talking about, Ms Hanson explained that it was basic science. “When two things are called the same thing its because that’s what causes them!” said Hanson. “Like with birds cause bird flu, salmon causes salmonella, and hungry bees cause diet-beeties.”

Mrs Hanson was also careful to cancel all breakfast TV appearances until the source of the virus was found. “I’m told it’s being spread by a host of some kind, so I’m being careful,” explained Hanson. “I don’t know which one yet, but my money’s on Kochie. Or maybe Mel. It’s hard to tell, they all look so pale on that show. Makes you wonder how anyone hosting a show in Australia could catch the disease considering there’s not a single Chinese person to be seen.”

“You know it’s a problem when even the white supremacists think TV’s a bit white.”

Only in Australia 🇦🇺 🇦🇺🇦🇺😁😁😁

Pauline Hanson calls for Corona beer ban, until we know what role it played in virus

Recollections ~ Australia 🇦🇺 //Kindness

Ten years ago, Australia had five car manufacturers, Ford, GMH, Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi. Now we have none.  All gone overseas and the reason given? Costs were too high. Funny that the cars we are now importing (Malaysia etc.) are no cheaper. 

I remember back in 1968 living in Brisbane when the three major cities were Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, and Adelaide was the Industrial  City. Adelaide – South Australia, was where you went to work in the Iron Ore Industry, or where you could get a job making railway tracks for B.H.P. You could get a job building ships, submarines, cars, washing machines, fridges, TV’s, Hills hoists, Victa Lawn Mowers or make tyres at Bridgestone tyres. Lightburn Washing Machine Company even made a car called a Zeta. It was not much of a car and we built it. I worked at Stanvac where we made our own Petrol, Diesel, Kerosene and Oil. We had Oil Rigs in Bass Straight, North West Shelf and the Timor Sea. We even had Australian owned Service Stations like (H.C. Sleigh) Golden Fleece and many of us young wanna-be mechanics back then worked as a driveway attendant. (Just like Stanley). 

I remember catching a train from the city to Gawler and then on to Freeling, Hamley Bridge, Stockport, Riverton, up to Clare, Gladstone, Laura etc. And all these towns were bustling with activity, and on the weekends they were all open for business. Our shops were filled on every shelf with food and products all proudly made or grown, in Australia. Our fridge was full of Lamb Chops and Steaks because it was cheap as we were a huge Lamb and Beef growing Nation. And once a month Mum would make us all a delicacy! It was called a Sunday Roast Chicken. 

I remember when we all had trade skills and high-quality tools that would last and last. 

But most of all we had Mates. We as Australians watched each other’s backs even if we had not met yet, and we all said ‘G’Day’ to everyone with a smile. Our kids could go anywhere they liked on their bikes, just as long as they were home before dark. Australia was pretty safe back then. Yes, Australia was once a self-supporting nation that had it all. It had Farms that produced our dairy, fruit & vegies and meats etc. 

And Politicians back then were known as Statesmen and they were voted by the people, for the people, on behalf of the people and did what the people wanted. We had public utilities owned by us the people, that guaranteed our Electricity, Water and Sewage forever. No one knew how much the Snowy Mountain Scheme cost, we just built it. No one knew how much the Sydney Harbour Bridge or the Indian-Pacific railway cost! WE JUST BUILT IT! 

Then came CORPORATE GREED. Now everything above has GONE. Now we don’t watch each other’s backs anymore but watch each other through security bars, burglar alarms and security screens. Now we dob each other in. Now we import poor quality processed food. Now we import cheap tools that break just taking them out of the packet they come in. Now we rely on ships to bring in our fuels. Now we can’t afford our own Lamb or Beef anymore. Now we eat steroid pumped chicken just about every day. Now we import trade skill workers on 457 Visa’s. Now we have high unemployment as nearly all of our Industry and Manufacturing has gone offshore. Now we have that many Laws that we have just about outlawed ourselves. 

But I guess we need even more laws, soon now we will have Sharia Law as well. We now pay for water that falls out of the sky at $3.80 a litre. Now we have taxes for everything. Taxes for carbon, fees for the sake of having charges, (They call them Levies). And don’t forget the newest tax is the ISLAMIC TAX (Halal Certification). 

Now here in South Australia in our towns, we have Railway Stations and railway tracks, but no trains. We have Public Bus Stops in our Towns but no buses. We have Hospitals and Clinics but very few Doctors or Nurses. We all have Mobile Phones and have little to no reception. We have Digital TV’s with Bugger all Signal in the country. And the worst of all is our once great nation is being sold off, piece by piece to every other country on earth, except us. 

‘Tis very sad but very true! Enjoy what’s left while you can? The Australia we knew when growing up is now STUFFED!!!

Don’t come to Australia 🇦🇺

Recollections ~ Australia 🇦🇺