Glenn: Words have real power

Well, better late than never, I guess.  60 Minutes has finally figured out that maybe, just maybe the Benghazi thing isn’t a phony scandal after all.

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Lt. Col. Andy Wood:  I made it known in a country team meeting you are going to get attacked.  You are going to get attacked in Benghazi.  It’s going to happen.  You need to change your security profile.

Lara Logan:  Shut down –

Lt. Col. Andy Wood:  Shut down operations, move out temporarily, or change locations within the city.  Do something to break up the profile, because you are being targeted.  They’re watching you.  The attack cycle is such that they’re in their final planning stages.

Lara Logan:  Wait a minute, you said they’re in the final planning stages of an attack on the American mission in Benghazi.

Lt. Col. Andy Wood:  It was apparent to me that that was the case.  Reading all these other attacks that were occurring, I could see what they were staging up to.  It was obvious.

Morgan Jones:  We’re here to kill Americans, not Libyans, so they’d give them a good beating, pistol whip them, beat them with their rifles and let them go.

Lara Logan:  We’re here to kill Americans.

Morgan Jones:  That’s what they said, yeah.

Lara Logan:  Not Libyans.

Morgan Jones:  Yeah.

Lt. Col. Andy Wood:  Coordination, planning, training, experience, personnel.  They practiced those things.  They knew what they were doing.

Wow!  It’s kind of like they knew all along it was a coordinated attack, and they knew that a coordinated attack was coming in advance, and they did nothing.  You know what would’ve been really great is if the media would’ve been nice enough to point this out as we were being told that it was a spontaneous reaction to a hateful YouTube video.

But it’s never too late for Americans to wake up and say wait a minute, they knew, and they lied, which puts this comment from Hillary Clinton when she was questioned about what happened before the attack in a whole new light now, doesn’t it?

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Hillary Clinton:  The fact is we had four dead Americans.  Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans?  What difference at this point does it make?

Of course she doesn’t want to answer that question.  I can guarantee that was rehearsed, because the honest answer to that question results in the end of her career in public service, at least it should, but I don’t know if it would.  George Soros is now helping her with finances for her run for President of the United States.

But the spin is about to come undone.  It is happening at such a dizzying rate that nobody it seems even bats an eye anymore, but people know that it doesn’t work.  People aren’t watching the news like they used to.  They know.  They know, and they know they’re getting nothing but lies.  Bob Woodward summed up what was best.  He said this is right at the heart of this administration’s scandals.  Listen:

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Bob Woodward:  I think it’s in The New York Times this morning that there is a review that Susan Rice, the national security advisor for Obama has done on Mideast policy.  They need to review this secret world and its power in their government, because you run into this rat’s nest of concealment and lies time and time again, then and now.

This is pretty amazing, a rat’s nest of concealment and lies.  Did you ever think you would see anyone on mainstream media say that?  But that’s what they’re choosing to spread.

The words that each of us choose, they have real power.  They have the power to build people up or tear them down, the power to heal or the power to destroy, the power to increase light or increase darkness.  Which will it be?

I remember when there was a time at least that the left understood the power of words, and they were really super concerned about the words, you know, that we use, and when I say “we use,” I mean Sarah Palin and me and you or the Tea Party.  They claimed that those words, hey, listen to the words.  It’s hateful.  It’s violent, and that we were causing the violence against people like Gabby Giffords.  Remember this?

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Howard Kurtz:  And then you said, and I’m quoting here, “Both are being finally held to account for recklessly playing with violent images in a way that is bound to incite the unstable.”

 

“Bound to incite the unstable.”  You’re connecting the dots between their rhetoric and violence.

Dana Milbank:  Well, between violence, but not in this case, the Loughner case.  What I – in a sense, it’s rough justice.  I think it is very important that people are held to account for this nasty rhetoric that is causing – in Glenn Beck’s case, I’ve documented a few cases in which it’s led a crazy person to snap…

Keith Olberman:  I think it’s time as a country we need to do a little soul searching, because I think that the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from the people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what we see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised, it may be free speech, but it does not come without consequences.

Bill Maher:  But it’s also clear that he was very antigovernment.  I mean, if you read some of the stuff that we have that we know he wrote, I mean, it’s sprinkled with things, antigovernment ideas, treason, tyranny, the gold, get back to the gold standard, that kind of stuff that seems like, you know, I don’t know who else but Glenn Beck talks about that.

 

This Jared guy’s chalkboard in his basement, I’m not sure it wouldn’t look that different than Glenn Beck’s chalkboard.

Okay, that guy was a leftist and a Communist if I remember right, but that’s what they were doing.  They were accusing me and Sarah Palin and you of violence and inciting violence.  I wrote it down.  This kind of talk appeals to the unstable.  Zero evidence – I wonder what this guy was saying that was quoted back to me.

There’s never been any violence, never, at least that I’ve ever been made aware of, never.  In fact, quite the opposite:  The people that gather are the picture of restraint and decency and love for fellow man, but that doesn’t stop the free flow of lies, right?  We know that.

Okay, the only reason why I’m dredging up the past is because I want to show you the power of words and what our government is turning into.  I want you to look at the rhetoric of this president.  Watch:

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President Obama:  I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of, you know, fat cat bankers on Wall Street.

If you are a wealthy CEO or hedge fund manager in America right now, your taxes are lower than they have ever been.  And you can afford it.  You’ll still be able to ride on your corporate jet.  You’re just going to have to pay a little more.

Everybody, including the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations, have to pay their fair share.

Tell them to stop giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans who don’t need them and aren’t asking for them.  Tell them to start asking everybody to do their fair share and play by the same rules.

And what we then do is ask for the wealthy to pay a little bit more.

Okay, you know this.  I don’t have to keep going on.  You know this.  He is preaching the gospel of two Americas, that there is a small sliver of people that do nothing.  They don’t pay their fair share, the really uber rich, and then everybody else who’s carrying all the burden, when studies show, and I mean facts show, the IRS will show you that there’s over now 50% that don’t pay any taxes at all.  And they’re the haves and the have-nots.  That’s what it is, the rich guy and then you.

Now who’s going to take the blame?  Well, he takes the blame because he takes it from you, and he keeps it away from you.  How many times have we seen from the Tides Foundation and everybody else that the rich exploit the resources of the world and keep you down?  Meanwhile, while they’re saying that, they have union mobs descending on the private homes of the evil bank CEOs – screw him, screw him and all of his money.

The president has been billed as a uniter, and I guess it’s true if he’s uniting the 99% against the 1%, which those numbers aren’t even accurate.  This is an all-out class warfare act.  The reason why I’m bringing this up to you tonight is because your words do have power.  You’re getting lies from the top, and then they are keeping things away from you and never mentioning what’s really going on.

Tonight, I want to introduce you to the first victims in this war on the wealthy.  It’s a family of five, including a one-year-old.  They were slaughtered with a meat cleaver.  The man who carried out the slaying was a 25-year-old family relative.  Now, why did he do it, and why could I possibly say this has anything to do with this administration?

Well, according to a police source, “The family had too much.  The family had better income and a better lifestyle than him.”  That’s what the crazy man is saying.  Now where are you getting that envy?  For being successful and despite being kind enough to let a 25-year-old relative stay at their home, the 37-year-old mother of four, who wasn’t Bill Gates, was butchered, along with her nine, five, seven, and one-year-old.  The one-year-old was found decapitated.

Now, this is an amazing story no matter how you slice it, but I’m wondering where the press is, because the story happened just outside of New York City, so you know they have the trucks there.  They were so paranoid that the Tea Party would act out against any government official because they heard a lot of rhetoric about shrinking the size of government.

You couldn’t even say the word “target” without scolding somebody, yet the President of the United States and his allies constantly nonstop vilify anyone with any money.  They tell people they are taking it from you.  They blame them for every sort of every problem.  It’s not Bush; it’s the rich people, and if it’s not the rich people, it’s Bush.  They even have supported unions that intimidate and use violent tactics like surrounding private homes with mobs and beating people down at town halls and blocking “scab” truckers.  Think of just even that word, scabs.

And there’s silence from the media.  I want you to know because part of my job is to inform you on what I see coming, but you’re seeing it now.  It’s here, a class war and a race war not of your doing, and don’t participate in it in any way, shape, or form.  It’s a war on anyone who stands in the way of the agenda, even, believe it or not, if you’re an 87-year-old World War II veteran.

How could you possibly say that the administration had anything to do with the killing of an 87-year-old man?  Well, can we look at the facts?  The World War II Memorial during the phony shutdown, what happened to the World War II veterans?  Were they treated with respect?  Taking on America’s finest living heroes was something previously unthinkable, even among the dirtiest of politicians.

Growing up, we were all taught to respect our elders, especially those, the Greatest American Generation, but now, somehow or another, our teens are taught life doesn’t matter, and old people, it’s okay to use them as a political prop.  It’s even okay to hassle them.  We’re taught that old people and their stupidity is what caused today’s problems.  And if I may quote, so you’ve had your chance, grandma.  “Step aside, Grandma.  We want health care, and we want it now.”

Is it any wonder we see teens beating up and mugging World War II veterans just for giggles?  I want you to be very, very clear on what I’m saying.  While the president and his allies are leading this current race, the media and higher education have done such a great snow job on most of us and most of us have welcomed it with open arms because we wanted to believe, I mean, it’s much easier to believe that we can just take it from somebody else.

It’s much easier to believe that our kids really do deserve that trophy.  It’s really a lot easier on me as a parent.  I’m tired when I get home.  I don’t know about you.  I don’t want to teach my kids lessons.  I want somebody else to do it.  I have to teach them that life isn’t unfair?  That’s hard.  But universal law is universal law, and it doesn’t matter who uses it.

Life isn’t fair.  You’re not always going to win your way, even if you’re the good guy.  And words do have power.  I have a new and greater understanding of the power of words.  Words are like seeds, and when you scatter them all across the ground, some will take root, and some will not, depending on if it’s fertile soil or rocks.  And some will take very shallow roots, and some will take deep.  It depends not only who’s scattering them but also who’s receiving them.

The question is what seeds are you sowing?  What words will you choose?  I know their choice.  I got it.  I can’t do anything about their choice.  Let’s talk about me and you.  The answer can be found in this question:  Who is the author of your life?  I have two, God and me.  God created me, and then he gave me rights.  He gave me power, and he gave me responsibility, and I choose what I do with those.

Jesus said the son only does what he has seen the father doing, so who’s the author of your life?  Who’s your father?  For many, unfortunately, I believe it is now the father of all lies, and what they see him do, they will do.  And so we have a rat’s nest of concealment and lies.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 1,030,324 (up from 950,638 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 54,226 (up from 48,289 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 219,896 (up from 202,631 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization and lower than Spain, where 18% of patients require hospitalization.
  • US has 245,380 Confirmed Cases and 6,095 Deaths, up from 215,344 cases and 5,112 deaths yesterday
  • The US currently has 228,874 Active Cases of COVID-19, with about 1% of the US Population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
White House to Recommend All Americans Wear Face Masks in Public https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/02/coronavirus-facemasks-policyreversal/
  • The White House is poised to urge Americans to wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, in a reversal of earlier advice.
  • President Trump said Thursday at a coronavirus task force briefing that "a recommendation is coming out," but "I don't think it will be mandatory. If people want to wear them, they can."
  • Later, however, a White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to relate internal discussions, said that the guidance being considered is "narrowly targeted to areas with high community transmission" and that the matter remains under discussion.
  • A new Memo from the CDC states: "In light of new data, along with evidence of widespread transmission in communities across the country, CDC recommends the community use of cloth masks as an additional public health measure people can take to prevent the spread of the virus to those around them."
  • The recommendations represent a major change in CDC guidance that healthy people don't need masks or face coverings.
  • The news comes as Laredo, TX joins more than a dozen American cities or Counties that have mandated the use of face masks for all persons in public spaces such as grocery stores or shopping centers. Violaters without a facemask risk up to a $1000 fine. https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-city-fine-people-who-dont-cover-faces-outside-coronavirus
  • Similar provisions are being considered for the entire State of California, according to Governor Gavin Newsom's office.
Anti-body Tests Getting Accelerated Availability https://news.yahoo.com/antibody-tests-key-ending-covid-19-lockdowns-162305617.html
  • Unlike Vaccine testing and production which could take months or years, SARS-CoV-2 Antibody tests could be available in the US in a few weeks.
  • Such tests could be key in enabling the partial lifting of lockdown and shelter-in-place orders, as authorities could determine who might already have immunity to the virus and could return to work.
  • "If we can determine someone's already had the virus and now has immunity and is no longer contagious to others, that's what we're looking for here," said Anthony Fauci in Thursday's White House COVID-19 Task Force update.
  • However, it should be noted that researchers have yet to determine if anti-body production renders people permanently or only temporarily immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
  • While some Virus immunities, such as Chicken Pox, are generally permanent immunities, others, such as SARS-1 and Rhinovirus (the common cold) grant only short-term, multi-month immunity...which is why people can get a cold each year.
  • Most known Coronavirus immunities in humans are not permanent, researchers have noted. Influenza, for example, grants only seasonal immunity and can be caught again only a few months later.
Lord Have Mercy...Hospital Ships Sit Empty https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/nyregion/ny-coronavirus-usns-comfort.html
  • The much-touted Navy Hospital Ships in New York and Los Angeles sit 95% empty as of Thursday evening.
  • In New York, The USNS Comfort's 1,000 beds are largely unused, its 1,200-member crew mostly idle. "We're waiting for patients," one nurse was quoted by the New York Times.
  • Only 20 patients had been transferred to the ship, officials said, even as New York hospitals struggled to find space for the thousands infected with the coronavirus.
  • Another Navy hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, docked in Los Angeles, has had a total of 15 patients, officials said.
  • "If I'm blunt about it, it's a joke," said Michael Dowling, the head of Northwell Health, New York's largest hospital system. "Everyone can say, 'Thank you for putting up these wonderful places and opening up these cavernous halls.' But we're in a crisis here, we're in a battlefield."
  • What's the issue? In classic government style: Red Tape.
  • On top of its strict rules preventing people infected with the virus from coming on board, the Navy is also refusing to treat a host of other conditions. Guidelines disseminated to hospitals included a list of 49 medical conditions that would exclude a patient from admittance to the ship.
  • Ambulances cannot take patients directly to the Comfort; they must first deliver patients to a city hospital for a lengthy evaluation — including a test for the virus — and then pick them up again for transport to the ship. With 911 call centers already massively over-capacity, ambulances aren't available to take non-infected persons to each ship.
  • Meanwhile, across New York hospitals are overrun. Patients have died in hallways before they could even be hooked up to one of the few available ventilators in New York. Doctors and nurses, who have had to use the same protective gear, again and again, are getting sick.
  • "So many people are dying that the city is running low on body bags," Dowling said. "The Coroner's office told our administrator to start double-wrapping bodies in sheets for the time being."
In Hopeful Sign, University of Pittsburgh Researchers May Have Found COVID-19 Vaccine https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/scientists-believe-they-found-potential-coronavirus-vaccine/
  • Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine believe that they've found a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus.
  • The researchers announced their findings Thursday and believe the vaccine could be rolled out quickly enough to "significantly impact the spread of disease," according to their study published in EBioMedicine.
  • The vaccine would be delivered on a small, fingertip-sized patch. When tested on mice, the vaccine produced enough antibodies believed to successfully counteract the virus.
  • The scientists say they were able to act fast because they had already done research on the similar coronaviruses SARS and MERS.
  • The Trump Administration ordered the FDA to fast-track the next phase of Animal trials for the experimental vaccine.
  • Officials did warn that even if successful, human trials and ultimate production could still be as many as 12-18 months away.
  • "It's early, but this is a very positive result," the lead scientist said in an interview. "We're well on our way."
Vermont, Maryland Make Buying Seeds to Grow Food Illegal https://www.eagletimes.com/covid_19/large-retailers-stop-in-person-sales-of-nonessential-items-in-vermont/article_c1d0e43c-7432-11ea-8ca9-a30ed891d9fd.htmlimage.png Canada's Farmers Warn of Food Supply Impact Due to Non-Essential Designation https://ipolitics.ca/2020/04/02/the-sprout-canadian-farmers-worry-for-food-supply/, https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/agriculture-sector-scrambling-to-offset-consequences-of-covid-19-crisis
  • Canada's government issues a list of industries and jobs it deemed essential, including food delivery, shipping & logistics, medical care, energy production & delivery.
  • One industry that was glaringly absent: agricultural production.
  • Like the US, Canada's agricultural industry relies on migrant and seasonal workers to plant and harvest foods, especially key fruits and vegetables that must be picked by hand.
  • Industry representatives have begun to petition the government to include Ag production an essential service so travel restrictions can be relaxed to allow workers to travel into Canada and use of public transportation systems to get to where planting activities must occur soon to allow for Fall food harvests.
  • Canada's Federation of Independent Grocers also extended a warning to the Government that it projects food costs in Canada could rise by as much as 90% in the coming months due to COVID-19 related disruptions. https://nationvalleynews.com/2020/04/01/grocers-group-warns-rising-food-costs-come/
Industry Expert Warns Illness Among Agricultural Workers Could Threaten US Food Supplies https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/markets/an-outbreak-among-farm-workers-would-be-catastrophic/ar-BB1257dl
  • Much of the US food supply chain is staffed by low-wage workers, many of them undocumented immigrants with limited ties to health services.
  • The Pew Research Center has estimated that about one-quarter of U.S. farmworkers are undocumented.
  • A 2019 U.S. Department of Labor survey estimated that the share of field workers who are undocumented is closer to half of all farmworkers.
  • The food processing industry also has high numbers of undocumented workers, as do many of the nation's smaller grocers and fast-food restaurants.
  • Immigrant farming communities are often close-knit, with laborers living and working in close proximity, with workers sharing hotel rooms and even make-shift Tents with cots, to save on costs.
  • As the California-based Western Growers Association states, "Social distancing is difficult or perhaps impossible in certain settings such as harvesting, transport (of workers) and housing."
  • One California grower told National Public Radio that if the coronavirus penetrates the agricultural community, "it will spread like wildfire."
  • The news comes as Mexico only recently restricted movements and travel, issuing shelter-in-place orders for 90% of the country.
  • The Trump Administration recently eased restrictions on H-2a Ag Worker visas, but industry experts warned many workers planned to stay in Mexico or other Central American countries due to travel restrictions now in effect in those countries. https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-03-27/state-department-eases-requirements-for-h2a-visa
  • The Western Growers Association currently estimates a 30% reduction in labor force this year, which may be further impacted if COVID-19 spreads among workers who live and work in tight close quarters.
LA Mayor: "Snitches Get Rewards" https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/03/31/coronavirus-los-angeles-eric-garcetti-snitches-get-rewards/
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new guidelines for construction sites that continue to operate during the coronavirus pandemic while encouraging the community to report businesses that violate the Safer at Home order.
  • Garcetti said that since the stay at home order was put in place, the city has been told about construction sites that have not been following the guidelines set out in that order.
  • "You know the old expression about snitches, well in this case snitches get rewards," Garcetti said. "We want to thank you for turning folks in and making sure we are all safe."
  • As of Tuesday afternoon, Garcetti said "business ambassadors" from the city had visited 540 businesses that had not complied with the Safer at Home order. Of those, 144 were visited by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department to ensure compliance with the order.
  • So far, Four businesses have been referred to the city attorney's office for misdemeanor filings.
  • The story comes as business owners across the US have been cited and even arrested for violating House Arrest orders, many turned in by way of anonymous calls to police departments. https://apnews.com/343ed4a8e95dfc8f8dda87b9e450ca57
In Germany, Hundreds of Citations Handed Out Based on Anonymous Reports and Emails to Police Departments https://news.trust.org/item/20200402160625-8y12u
  • (Headline Bloomberg News) Germans snitch on neighbors flouting virus rules, in an echo of the Stasi past
  • Law-abiding Germans are zealously helping police crackdown on people flouting new social distancing rules aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus by reporting on strangers, neighbors and friends.
  • In a country where denunciation was commonplace under the Communists in East Germany and Hitler's Nazis, police forces across the country are getting tip-offs on anything from "corona parties" to people driving to weekend cottages.
  • Rules introduced in March forcing restaurants, pubs and sports facilities to shut and banning gatherings of people have given police plenty of work. With the number of corona cases and deaths climbing fast, there is no sign of easing enforcement.
  • Since March 14, police in the German capital have ordered 830 pubs, shisha bars and other establishments to shut and recorded 898 crimes.
  • "We are getting tip-offs from the public about open restaurants or large gatherings of people in parks," said a spokeswoman, adding officers were, as always, ready to deal with information from the public.
  • Forces around Germany are in a similar situation. Munich police took up to 150 calls every day last week from citizens reporting alleged breaches of corona rules, according to Spiegel Online.

For weeks now, our political leaders and the media have been repeating the World Health Organization's claim that non-medical-grade face masks don't work when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19. So, why are infectious disease experts now reconsidering their guidelines?

According to the New York Times, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, said the guidance on wearing non-medical masks is "being critically re-reviewed, to see if there's potential additional value for individuals that are infected or individuals that may be asymptomatically infected."

In actuality, they didn't trust the American people to do the right thing and prioritize healthcare workers to receive masks first, opined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday. But they do work, and "if we're going to open the country up, we are going to all have to wear face masks," he said.

Listen to the clip to hear more details:

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Face Masks DO Work, US Cases Per Capita, and WHO Lies for Communist China youtu.be

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William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.