CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 16th

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: 2,094,897 (up from 2,014,006 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 135,569 (up from 127,594 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 520,946 (up from 491,824 yesterday)
  • US has 644,348 Confirmed Cases and 28,554 deaths, up from 614,246 cases and 26,064 deaths yesterday
  • Among Active Cases in the US, 2.3% of cases require ICU, compared to 4.7% of cases requiring ICU globally
  • ICU rate among African American victims in the US is more than double the overall average at 5.1% (CDC figures) [note not all states report race of victims]
Death Rate in France Rips Higher https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-15/france-reports-1-438-new-virus-deaths-highest-toll-to-date
  • While Americans lost another 2,300+ fellow citizens yesterday for the 2nd straight day in a row, the death rate in France is 300% higher.
  • France lost 1,438 people to COVID-19 yesterday, compared to 2,371 in the US, but has only a population of 67,000 compared to over 330,000,000 in the US.
  • France has lost 263 people for every 1 Million citizens, compared to only 87 deaths per 1 million in the US.
  • US is 14th in rate of death, with all 13 countries ahead of it having some form of European/Socialized medicine.
  • Some analysts have also pointed out that the rate of death in the US is also higher because the US CDC counts 'presumptive' cases (no positive COVID-19 test), whereas most EU countries require a positive COVID-19 test to put COVID-19 on death certificates, so death rates in the EU are likely higher than official numbers.
Amazon To Cease Operations in France https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/15/business/amazon-france-covid.html
  • Move comes as a French Court rules Amazon can only provide delivery services for "essential items" such as food & medicines.
  • Amazon indicated it cannot fully comply with the order as written, so will simply suspend operations entirely.
  • French court had also ruled that Amazon must provide for testing of facilities and packages to ensure they do not contain viral infections that threaten workers or customers.
  • Amazon has provided over 4.5 Million grocery deliveries in Franch since March 1st, the company said.
  • The Company is appealing the court decision to the French Supreme Court, which is officially in recess through May 15th due to COVID-19.
Sonny Perdue Reassures Americans: There is Plenty of Food https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/markets/agriculture-secretary-says-e2-80-98plenty-of-food-e2-80-99-despite-disruptions/ar-BB12GMJm
  • Despite numerous Meat Processing plants being closed, The US Ag Secretary assured Americans "There is plenty of food. No American will go hungry."
  • "The bare store shelves that you may see in some cities in the country are a demand issue and not a supply issue," Perdue said Wednesday at a White House briefing with President Donald Trump.
  • "It has taken us a few days" for food companies to address a "misalignment" in distribution as restaurants close and more food is sold through grocery stores.
  • Shoppers at times have already experienced shortages of staples such as eggs, milk and toilet paper.
  • Recent tweets from shoppers have also shown empty shelves in butcher and meat departments in US stores.
  • Perdue assured Americans "There is plenty of meat, plenty of it. If your local store doesn't have meat today, it will by tomorrow," he said.
Canadian Meat Industry Warns of "Immediate and Drastic Cut to Supply" https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/covid-19-to-have-immediate-and-drastic-impact-on-canadian-meat-supply-industry-group-1.4894557
  • Some of North America's largest meat producers have been forced to close their plants or reduce production amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, prompting industry leaders to warn of "immediate and drastic" effects on Canada's supply chain.
  • Beef processing capabilities have been reduced at a number of facilities in Canada and the U.S., including a temporary closure at a Cargill meat plant in High River, Alta., where dozens of employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • "This single facility represents just over one-third of Canada's total processing capability, so the impacts to the Canadian beef industry are expected to be immediate and drastic," Michelle McMullen, communications manager at the Canadian Cattlemen's Association (CCA), told CTVNews.ca by email.
  • Cargill also announced the temporary closure of its largest been processing plant in the US on Wednesday.
  • With North American beef production "severely limited," CCA president Bob Lowe is calling on the Canadian government to introduce measures to support Canadian farmers and protect the country's supply chain.
  • "The Canadian beef industry is facing a period of extraordinary uncertainty," Lowe said in an emailed statement to CTVNews.ca Monday.
  • "Existing programs do not address the particular threats we are facing and in fact fall quite short. These are challenging times for all Canadians; it is together that we can implement solutions to ensure healthy and affordable food continues to be readily available."
  • The CCA cited a survey this week noting that over 58% of its members are having issues placing cattle with meat processors for slaughter. "There are plenty of cattle, but no packing plants to send them to," said Lowe.
USDA to Directly Buy/Distribute to Food Banks
  • Sonny Perdue announces USDA will directly buy Milk, Eggs and Meat to donate to food banks.
  • "No farmers should be dumping milk down the drain, the USDA will buy any excess production," he said.
  • The announcement was made on Fox Business News this morning.
  • USDA also plans to make a lending program available to farmers and ranchers, he said, although no details were released this morning. "Help is coming," he said.
  • Perdue said the US would buy over $10 Billion in foods each week to donate to charitable organizations.
Operation Gridlock Spreading to Other Cities https://www.fox2detroit.com/video/674344
  • Thousands of motorists clogged streets in Michigan in protests to Governor Whitmer's seemingly arbitrary COVID-19 related orders.
  • Similar protests are planned for today and Friday in California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Colorado.
  • Meanwhile, Governors in several states warned that "Protesting" is not considered an essential activity, and threatened that similar protests may be met with citations or arrest, according to Fox News.
  • Collectively more than 1 Million people have signed up for various Facebook groups planning Drive By or Park In type protests around the US.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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