“New York Times columnist Paul Krugman apologized Friday after he was roasted for floating a “conspiracy theory” that President Trump could have influenced the Bureau of Labor Statistics
The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 13.3 percent in May, down from a record high in April, indicating the nation’s economy is recovering faster than expected from the coronavirus lockdown.
Pompeo Slams Beijing’s ‘Laughable Propaganda’ Exploiting George Floyd Protests
President Donald Trump indicated on Wednesday afternoon that he would prefer not to use military personnel to quell the unrest that has been sparked by the death of George Floyd.
He made the remarks during an interview with Sean Spicer, his former press secretary, on Newsmax TV.
“It depends. I don’t think we will have to,” he said.
The president said he personally would prefer to use the National Guard to respond to the riots instead.
“We have very strong powers to do it. The National Guard is customary and we have a very powerful National Guard over 300,000 men and women, and we can do pretty much whatever we want,” he said.
Trump praised the National Guard for their work in Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis in protecting law and order.
He singled out New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio decided not to call in the National Guard. The city has been damaged by widespread rioting. Trump called the situation in the city a “disaster.”
Earlier in the week, Trump had urged city mayors to call in the National Guard to help: “We can help them a lot. They have to ask.”
But he added, “If they don’t get it straightened out soon, I will take care of it.”
Trump’s statement on his preferred response to the rioting nationwide comes after his announcement on Monday that he was dispatching “heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers” to contain the riots.
The Pentagon moved about 1,600 troops into the Washington area after Trump’s announcement about troop moblization.
The movement was described by Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman as “a prudent planning measure in response to ongoing support to civil authorities operations.”
“Active duty elements are postured on military bases in the National Capitol Region but are not in Washington, D.C. They are on heightened alert status but remain under Title X authority and are not participating in defense support to civil authority operations,” Hoffman said in a statement.
However, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday that he didn’t support deploying the military without first fully utilizing the National Guard to support civil authorities.
Esper said the federal government should not invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 that allows the president to deploy U.S. military and federalized National Guard troops within the United States in some instances.
“I’ve always believed and continue to believe that the National Guard is best suited for performing domestic support to civil authorities in these situations, in support of local law enforcement. I say this not only as secretary of defense, but also as a former soldier and a former member of the National Guard,” he told the reporters.
He insisted that usage of military personnel should be the last resort in “most urgent and dire of situations.”
“We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” he stated.
The death of Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest last week, has caused national uproar. But the initially peaceful protests, expressing grief and anger over police brutality, have in many cases been marred by looting, violence, and arson.
Protests continued for days in dozens of cities around the nation, including Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, and Louisville, with occasional looting, arson, and vandalism.
According to a Minneapolis Fire Department report (pdf), Floyd was unresponsive and “pulseless” when he was transported into an ambulance by paramedics from the site of his arrest to the hospital.
The police officer who was kneeling on Floyd’s neck, Derek Chauvin, was fired on May 25, along with three other arresting officers.
U.S. National Guard soldiers patrol near the 5th police precinct during a demonstration to call for justice for George Floyd, a black man who died while in custody of the Minneapolis police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 30, 2020. (CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
Demonstrators holding signs demanding their church to reopen, protest during a rally to reopen California and against stay-at-home directives San Diego, California, on May 1, 2020. (Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images)
Pro-democracy protesters gesture the slogan ‘five demands and not one less’ during a vigil outside the Pacific Place shopping mall in the Admiralty area of Hong Kong on May 15, 2020, to mark the 11 month anniversary since a man fell to his death from a scaffolding, during a protest against the Hong Kong government’s extradition bill last year. (Anthony Wallance/AFP via Getty Images)
Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attends an event about CCP virus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on May 15, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Wow – the latest documents released by the DOJ provide additional evidence that the Obama White House was running the operation to spy on candidate and then President Trump in an effort to destroy the incoming administration and have President Trump eventually removed from office!
The Gateway Pundit reported back on March 21st that based on the data at that time the coronavirus had reacted negatively to heat. This indicates the virus would behave like strains of the flu and die out in the summer months.
We added more to this yesterday and today we have additional information to support this claim.In a post on March 21st we reported that there were a number of anomalies with the data related to the China coronavirus. We listed the following observations:
1. The current charts (by entities like John Hopkins) were not helpful as they instill fear and are not relevant
2. On a per capita basis the numbers are less concerning
3. The China coronavirus is spreading but probably not accelerating
4. The coronavirus will decline no matter what the media says
5. You have a low probability of becoming severely ill with the coronavirus 6. The deadly virus will likely burn off in the summer like other viruses
7. As we have noted, children and teens are less affected
8. The fatality rate is declining (the demoninator is rising)
One key observation is that the virus will likely burn off in the summer like other viruses:
Nurses administer a COVID-19 test at a drive-through testing site in Seattle, Washington, on March 17, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
HALIFAX—Police say the man who went on a murderous rampage through five Nova Scotia communities was likely using unlicensed firearms, and investigators are trying find out how he obtained illegal weapons. That probe into firearms is occurring alongside a …
If you care about aging gracefully, you will want to learn how to protect your telomeres. Like the plastic tip on the ends of your shoelaces, telomeres keep DNA strands from unraveling—and eating walnuts is a great way to keep telomeres laced uptight.
Science has established that diet plays a role in the length and integrity of telomeres,[i] affecting their vital role in protecting the DNA information inside the nucleus of a cell.[ii]
In December 2018, a cross-functional team of researchers from Spain and California deepened this body of knowledge by publishing their research into the effects of eating walnuts on leukocyte telomere length, or LTL.[iii]
This opportunistic sub-study was conducted within a larger study called “Walnuts and Healthy Aging,” a parallel trial conducted between Barcelona, Spain and Loma Linda University in California.[iv] The study’s primary aim was to explore whether inclusion of walnuts in the diet for two years would maintain LTL in cognitively healthy elders as compared to a control group that abstained from walnuts.
Walnuts and Telomeres: Partners in Healthy Aging
In this trial, walnuts comprised 15 percent of total caloric intake, equating 30 to 60 grams per day, based on the energy requirements of individuals in the experimental group.
The final participant pool was comprised of 169 cognitively healthy men and women between 63 and 79 years who were living independently and had met eligibility requirements after a clinical visit, physical examination and other exclusionary criteria were applied.
The final 169 subjects were randomized to the two diet groups and 162 completed the trial. There were two dropouts due to severe indigestion attributed to walnuts, while six participants had milder indigestion that was alleviated by reducing the walnut doses.
By the end of the trial, complete data on LTL, dietary anthropometrics and fatty acids were available for 149 participants: 80 in the experimental group consuming walnuts and 69 in the control or abstaining group.
Researchers assessed LTL at baseline and after two years on the experimental dietary protocols via blood samples drawn after an overnight fast. Serum lipid and glucose concentrations were determined by standard enzymatic methods in the hospital clinical laboratory. Telomere length quantification was carried out using high-throughput quantitative fluorescence microscopy.
After assessing the cumulative data, researchers concluded that there was a trend indicating that walnut consumption did preserve leukocyte telomere length in test subjects.[v] Researchers called for a further study involving larger test groups and longer time periods, noting that positive dietary impact on health is cumulative over time.
Telomeres: The Forward Edge of Anti-Aging Science
With nearly 72 million baby boomers worldwide,[vi] the needs of the geriatric population are at the forefront of modern health care. The standard approach in anti-aging medicine is to replace diminishing hormones with synthetic or “bioidentical” versions.
Natural health devotees look to a nutrient-dense diet and supplementation to stimulate rapid cell turnover. Scientists on the fringes are developing even more controversial therapies involving genetic manipulation of DNA to try and stop the biological clock.[vii] With so much investment into the science of staying young, the discovery of telomeres may be the most valuable finding to date in the race to slow down the way your body ages.
Telomeres get shortened each time a cell replicates, eventually becoming too short to function properly, which correlates with declining health experienced as aging. Telomeres can also become damaged by poor lifestyle habits, such as smoking, obesity, unhealthy diet, and lack of exercise.[viii]
Walnuts Protect and Preserve Telomere Length
DNA information essentially writes the code for health or disease into every cell of your body, making the length and integrity of telomeres vital to healthy cell replication. Leukocytes are white blood cells that are found throughout your body and are a major part of your immune system response.[ix]
In humans, leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is positively correlated with lifespan, while shorter LTL is associated with an increased risk of age-related disease.[x] Telomere length, or LTL, is therefore considered a reliable biomarker of aging.
Walnuts are an excellent source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), a type of essential fatty acid that is known to have beneficial effects on the heart.[xi] Prior studies have been conducted on the effects of PUFA consumption on telomere length, however, the fatty acids were derived from fish oils, a source that is less sustainable than tree nuts.[xii]
Walnuts are a vegan source of PUFA containing the highest amount of alpha-linolenic acid[xiii] and a rich matrix of antioxidants, namely polyphenols and vitamin E, which have also been related to maintained leukocyte telomere length when included in the diet.[xiv]
Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels sail close to U.S. military ships in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait on April 15, 2020.
Trump Instructs Navy to Shoot Down Iranian Gunships ‘If They Harass Our Ships’
President Donald Trump said he has instructed the Navy to shoot down Iranian gunboats if they harass U.S. ships.
The order follows an incident last week in which 11 Iranian boats were filmed buzzing six U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf, coming as close as 10 yards in an hour-long encounter.
“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” wrote Trump on Twitter on April 22, adding no further details.
Yesterday, the Iranian military claimed to have added new longer-range anti-ship missiles to their arsenal, and today to have successfully launched their first military satellite after several failed attempts.
The developments come following several months of heightened military tensions between the two countries.
APRIL 21, 2020
Progressive Democrat admits on video to blocking money for workers in order to gain political ‘leverage.’ It didn’t work.
Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) admitted that she and her progressive colleagues have been blocking legislation aimed at providing relief to small business workers in order to hold on to political leverage.
The congresswoman made the comments during a virtual news conference Monday with fellow progressive lawmakers and activists, in which they pushed for illegal immigrants to be included in the next round of coronavirus relief, among other Congressional Progressive Caucus priorities.
“We don’t know what’s in the package yet, we only know what’s been reported,” Jayapal said during the #PutPeopleFirst conference. “But I think what you’re hearing from all of us on the call is that we have real concerns about giving away leverage now without getting some of the priorities we need.”
The Senate Republican Communications Center posted a video of her remarks on Twitter, writing: “Think about that: Democrats would rather use workers as partisan leverage than actually help them.”
Along with Jayapal, the #PutPeopleFirst conference included progressive activists, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and “squad” members Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Jayapal’s comments came as Congress was in the middle of negotiations over “Phase 3.5” of the coronavirus relief package designed to aid small businesses impacted by the coronavirus-related shutdowns. Then news broke on Tuesday afternoon that the White House and congressional leaders had reached a deal on the core components of the relief bill.
In a statement regarding the deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that Democratic leaders finally abandoned a number of their “unrelated demands” during the final stages of negotiations, but lamented that they took 12 days to do so and at the expense of so many American workers.
The legislation is expected to get a vote in the coming days, and at this juncture, it appears that Jayapal and her progressive colleagues’ push for leverage was a failure…..