Discussion in 'The Signs of the Times' started by themilitantcatholic, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    Beijing to oust US reporters from NYT, WashPo, Wall St Journal from China and bar them from journalism in Hong Kong
    18 March 2020 01:06
    Tom Grundy
    3 min read

    China is to strip US journalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post of their credentials.

    The foreign ministry said on Thursday that the outlets – along with Voice of America and TIME Magazine – must submit documents detailing “staff members, financial status, operation status and property they owned in China.” Press cards which expire by the end of this year must then be returned within 10 days.

    In a further unprecedented move, the ministry also said that the US staff from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post would not be allowed to work as journalists in Hong Kong or Macau.

    — Kristine Coratti Kelly (@kriscoratti) March 17, 2020

    It is unclear how the restriction would be implemented and if it would apply to those with permanent residency in the Special Administrative Regions. Article 27 of the Basic Law guarantees the freedom of the press in Hong Kong, whilst Article 33 states residents have freedom of choice of occupation.

    Tit-for-tat action

    The action comes after Washington cut by almost half the number of Chinese citizens allowed to work for Beijing’s state-run media in the US following the ousting of three Wall Street Journal reporters from China.

    In its statement, the ministry said that China’s measures were “in response to the unreasonable oppression the Chinese media organizations experience in the US. They are legitimate and justified self-defense in every sense.”

    “What the US has done is exclusively targeting Chinese media organizations, and hence driven by a Cold War mentality and ideological bias. It has seriously tarnished the reputation and image of Chinese media organizations, seriously affected their normal operation in the US, and seriously disrupted people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries. It has therefore exposed the hypocrisy of the self-styled advocate of press freedom,” the statement said.

    Beijing is ostensibly responding to limits on the number of Chinese citizens who could work in the US for 5 Chinese state-run news organizations, but a big factor was undoubtedly reporting on China's disastrous censoring of the Wuhan doctors who tried to warn of the coronavirus.

    — Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) March 17, 2020

    Head of NGO Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth said the move could also be related to the recent coronavirus outbreak: “Beijing is ostensibly responding to limits on the number of Chinese citizens who could work in the US for 5 Chinese state-run news organizations, but a big factor was undoubtedly reporting on China’s disastrous censoring of the Wuhan doctors who tried to warn of the coronavirus,” he said on Twitter.

    It was the first thing I noticed. Two systems, anyone?

    — Victor Mallet (@VJMallet) March 17, 2020

    PEN America’s CEO Suzanne Nossel said the dispute between Beijing and Washington was misguided.

    “At a time when facts and information are a matter of life and death for billions of people worldwide, the cycle of tit-for-tat retaliation… is stunningly misguided and a grave risk to public safety.”

    Additional reporting: Rachel Wong.
  2. earthtoangels

    earthtoangels Powers

    RESET: Russian Parliament Declares National Do-Over, Allows Putin to Rule Until 2036

    It looks like the Kremlin finally found a working Reset button.

    On Monday, the Russian Federation Constitutional Court approved a package of amendments passed by the nation's parliament (or Duma) last week, officially resetting President Vladimir Putin's previous two terms and effectively neutralizing the country's two-term limit. NYT's Moscow bureau chief, Andrew Higgins, described the decision as "a dense 52-page ruling clogged with legalese" that removes the last, "albeit very flimsy potential obstacles to Mr. Putin effectively becoming president for life."

    It's kind of like a mulligan in golf, except that instead of a simple do-over for a bad shot, it's a fig leaf for nearly doubling Putin's two-decade-long authoritarian power-grab.

    AFP reminds readers that "Putin first proposed the reforms in January, in a shock to Russia's political establishment that was quickly followed by the resignation of his longtime prime minister Dmitry Medvedev."

    This isn't the first time Putin has skirted the country's constitution to maintain his grip on power. Putin first took power in 1999 as "acting president," then officially took on the role in 2000. To avoid being term-limited out of power in 2008, Putin became Prime Minister and Medvedev became president, but the power of the office of the president effectively transferred to the PM 's office with Putin. Putin became president again in 2012, but is -- or I should say "was" -- set to be term-limited out in 2024.

    ✔@BillbrowderPutin has taken advantage of the adage “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. While we are all focussed on the Corona virus pandemic, he’s quietly changed the constitution to make himself president for life. In any other time, the world would be up in arms …

    But last week the Duma unanimously approved Putin's constitutional amendment that somehow makes Putin's current two terms null and void. The Constitutional Court approved the measure, and the people will vote Da on it overwhelmingly in a totes free & fair election next month. I feel very confident about predicting the outcome, if not the actual "free & fair" part.

    What that means is, Putin will be eligible for re-re-reelection as the incumbent for an office he never held.

    I'm assured this makes more sense in the original Russian.

    With his current-yet-nonexistent term set to expire in four years, two more six-year terms would keep Putin in office until 2036, or a bit longer than Joseph Stalin ruled over the Soviet Union.

    ✔@Kasparov63The story is whatever Putin says it is, as usual. Either there has been a miracle and Russians are nearly immune and the healthcare system is suddenly fantastic, or they're lying about things. …


    I haven't heard much about #COVID19 impacting Russia. What's the story there? @Kasparov63 @SamHarrisOrg @anneapplebaum

    Meanwhile, Russia's epic mismanagement and cartoonish propaganda efforts continue unabated -- I wonder why.

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  3. Fatima

    Fatima Powers

    Communism rules the day once more. Only thinG left is for the pope to make a visit to Moscow. I look for this to happen about this time next year (2021).
  4. Andy3

    Andy3 Powers

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  5. earthtoangels

    earthtoangels Powers

    Plague Of Locusts Set To Descend Upon Middle East In Time For Passover

    A plague of locusts the likes of which have been unseen for over 30 years is about to hit Africa and the Middle East. Adding to the perfect biblical storm, the current coronavirus pandemic is affecting travel of international experts and in-country gatherings for training to combat the locust threat, said Rome-based Senior Locust Forecasting Officer Keith Cressman on Monday.

    Cressman works at Locust Watch, a division of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, which gives emergency assistance to countries facing desert locust invasions and constantly monitors the status of potential infestations. According to the organization’s most recent forecast report, there are new “extremely alarming” swarms forming in Horn of Africa.

    Cressman, who has worked with the organization for over three decades, told The Times of Israel on Monday that the previous time the region has been in such danger was during the plague of 1987-1989.

    The Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) “is the most destructive migratory pest in the world,” according to the Locust Watch website. As depicted in the Book of Exodus, when the highly mobile swarms of Desert Locust form, “they are ravenous eaters who consume their own weight per day, targeting food crops and forage.”

    While one locust may not seem a major fresser (eater, Yiddish), the swarms can grow to millions of individuals, “with the capacity to consume the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people.”

    The current widespread breeding in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia represents “an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season,” writes the Locust Watchwebsite.

    Locust Watch works in collaboration with affected countries to assess field data, information and reports in real time, said Cressman. The information, he said, “is combined with analysis of remote sensing (satellite) imagery, weather data and forecasts, and historical data in our geographic information system and database that go back to the 1930s.”

    Institutional memory, as well as Cressman’s experience, points to a very difficult year on the horizon: “Starting in early 2020, the global Desert Locust situation deteriorated, as favorable climatic conditions allowed widespread breeding of the pest in East Africa, Southwest Asia, and the area around the Red Sea,” writes the website.

    It appears that the hardest hit countries will include Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iran, Pakistan, and Sudan, the last of which will likely be affected later this summer, said Cressman.

    “It is always very difficult to find and treat all infestations, and this is the nature and challenge of managing Desert Locust,” he said in an email to The Times of Israel. The inability to travel due to coronavirus restrictions may prevent proper, timely treatment.

    Not all regions of the Middle East will be affected, however. Despite the proximity to the Jewish holiday of Passover, according to the useful forecast maps on the site — and confirmed by Cressman — it appears that the swarms will not hit Israel or the country’s crops.

  6. ellen

    ellen Ellen

    Before Its Too Late..... please
    lets try to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet for our families and the whole world
    Jesus I Trust In You.

    "As soon as you hear the clock strike the third hour immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it, invoke it's omnipotence for the whole world, and particularly for poor sinners, for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world - mercy triumphed over justice"
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  7. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    Markets continue to tumble. The price of oil has really plummeted as well. I never thought I would see it back in the 20's. I know we have older fixed income members here. I myself am on a fixed income. Please don't panic over this. If you do you are locking in losses. I won't make a habit of posting this stuff because I know it scares people to see so much volatility.

    I know this sounds completely absurd but I don't think that this will last and I believe that the recovery will be just as absurd but in the opposite direction once things shake out.

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  8. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Not absurd at all. I agree with you on all points.
  9. Sunnyveil

    Sunnyveil Principalities

    For all the people losing jobs and retirement savings, I pray that you are right.
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  10. Sunnyveil

    Sunnyveil Principalities

    Is this virus a case of the emperor who has no clothes? In the video below an experienced German pulmonologist, Dr. Wodarg, who ran a health department, believes it is. According to him, corona viruses are always a portion of flu cases. Every year there are new mutations otherwise we'd develop immunity and all viruses would die out. There is a worldwide shared database where new virus genomes (or whatever the heck they are) can be submitted and this new corona virus was submitted in Wuhan last fall. A German Dr. Drosten decided to develop a test for this new strain and amazingly the WHO accepted it very quickly, without adequate evaluation, and sent it to China. He thinks China panicked when they started testing people positive and way overreacted --- or maybe it was a plot. Now the whole world is panicking . He says that since the test is available every death where corona virus is present is being attributed to it, often wrongly. He does not see that the overall rate of flu deaths, which corona virus is a type of, are significantly higher.

  11. Sunnyveil

    Sunnyveil Principalities

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  12. Byron

    Byron Powers

    Russia is a Christian nation. Having Putin there longer does not mean it’s a communist takeover. It means Russia is not adopting a Jeffersonian democracy as a republic. It’s not in the Russian culture to adopt an American political system. And as for the Pope’s visiting Moscow, well we shall see. Although he did visit Moscow’s Russian Patriarch in the communist nation of Cuba. Maybe the interpretation was misunderstood. There is a seer in Ecuador who believes this is it for the time of the Warning. I’m hoping that’s the case.
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  13. garabandal

    garabandal Powers

    Why then were hospitlas in China and Italy overwhelmed?

    The Italian health service has virtually collapsed under the weight of cases - Doctors and nurses exhausted from treating patients --

    He might be an experience pulmonologist but I don't see any stunning insights at all.
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  14. earthtoangels

    earthtoangels Powers

    From Spirit Daily:

    Utah Earthquake Damages Mormon Temple, Knocks Trumpet From Iconic Angel Statue

    March 19, 2020 by sd

    From CNN:

    [​IMG]The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Utah Wednesday morning also dislodged a symbolic part of Salt Lake City’s iconic Mormon temple: the trumpet of an angel statue atop its highest spire.

    The temple is the spiritual focal point for the 16 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “The trumpet on the Angel Moroni statue fell off, and there is minor displacement of some of the temple’s smaller spire stones,” said Daniel Woodruff, a spokesman for the church.


    Utah earthquake damages Mormon temple and knocks trumpet from iconic angel statue

    A statue of the Angel Moroni sits atop the Salt Lake Temple in a 2015 photo. The temple was damaged Wednesday in an earthquake that also dislodged Moroni's trumpet.
    (CNN)The 5.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Utah Wednesday morning also dislodged a symbolic part of Salt Lake City's iconic Mormon temple: the trumpet of an angel statue atop its highest spire.

    The temple is the spiritual focal point for the 16 million members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    "The trumpet on the Angel Moroni statue fell off, and there is minor displacement of some of the temple's smaller spire stones," said Daniel Woodruff, a spokesman for the church.

    The earthquake didn't injure any workers, Woodruff said, adding that the Salt Lake Temple has been closed to the public while undergoing a seismic upgrade.

    In addition to Moroni's trumpet falling off, some the temple's smaller spire stones were displaced, the church said. No other damage was reported.
    Aerial photos show the fallen trumpet appeared to land on the roof of the temple near the base of its spires.

    The Salt Lake Temple, dedicated in 1893, was the first temple topped with Angel Moroni, according to the church. The 12-foot-5-inch statue, made of copper and gold leaf, stands on a stone ball atop the 210-foot central spire on the east side of the temple.
    An iconic symbol of the faith, Moroni stands atop most of the Mormon church's 134 temples worldwide.
    The church teaches that Moroni was an ancient prophet who led Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith, to the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. Moroni's horn, the church says, symbolizes spreading the message of the restoration of Christianity that Mormons believe was begun by Smith.
    The quake was centered about 10 miles west of Salt Lake City, near the city of Magna, starting at 7:09 a.m. MT, the US Geological Survey said. It's the state's most powerful quake since 1992, Utah's Division of Emergency Management said.
  15. Muzhik

    Muzhik Powers

    China was overwhelmed because they tried covering up the existence of the illness, to the extent of arresting and tormenting the doctor who tried to warn the world about this. This doctor later died while trying to treat patients.

    As for Italy, there are a number of things happening:

    1. Italy has the largest number of elderly in Europe; partly because it's been a popular retirement spot and partly because the Italian economy was so bad that many of the young left to find work.
    2. Italy has a VERY high percentage of the population that smokes. That's one of the factors that increases someone's susceptibility to the illness. Combine the smoking and elderly and you have a HUGE number of people getting sick.
    3. In America we depend on local health providers for first-level health care. Because of the socialized medicine in Italy people (especially the elderly) rely on their hospitals for their first-level health care. So when they started getting sick, the Italians started pouring into the hospitals.
    4. Italians only recently started "sheltering in place", meaning in February there were a couple of weeks when the virus was free to flourish.
    So there's VERY little chance of the American health system being similarly overwhelmed.
  16. Muzhik

    Muzhik Powers

    One other thing that just struck me: the young are not immune. It's not just tobacco smoking that damages your lungs. We have both the vaping and the marijuana users who will be in danger.
  17. garabandal

    garabandal Powers

    A very bold prediction. I hope you are right.

  18. AED

    AED Powers

    Good point.
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  19. Katfalls

    Katfalls Archangels

    I could only take the first five minutes , I think he is another one of those people looking for five minutes of fame. sri.
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  20. AED

    AED Powers

    I've stopped watching Chris Martinson. Too much doom. I know it's bad and he may well be right but at this point I find I need to avoid the dark stuff and focus on God's news. :cry:

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