CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 17th

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: 2,197,161 (up from 2,094,897 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 147,512 (up from 135,569 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 557,596 (up from 520,946 yesterday)
  • US has 687,210 Confirmed Cases and 34,641 deaths, plus 13,369 Active Cases in Serious/Critical condition
  • Of all global confirmed cases that have had an outcome of either Recovered or Dead, 21% of COVID-19 victims have died
China Revises Wuhan Death Rate Upward by 50%, WHO To Praise "Transparency" https://apnews.com/599338c54097ab68a1f2eda09c2d8a3b
  • Those of us who have been calling "BS" on China's COVID-19 numbers have been 100% vindicated.
  • The Chinese Communist Party issued a revision indicating they are 90% positive their original Case Fatality Rate was off by only 50%, adding 1,300 new deaths to their official count.
  • There is also a 99% probability that the WHO will issue a statement praising the transparency of the CCP for having the bravery to admit their original numbers were about as accurate as guessing the outcome of a coin-flip.
  • The hashtag "China Lied, People Died" [#chinaliedpeopledied] has been replaced, and now the hashtag "China made stuff up and so the rest of the world finally woke up to the fact that the CCP is an enemy to all mankind so we should buy American made products instead" is now trending on Twitter [#chinamadestuffupandsotherestoftheworldfinallywokeuptothefactthattheccpisanenemytoallmakindsoweshouldbyamericanmadeproductsinstead].
Vegas Card Dealers To Wear Masks & Gloves in Bid to Reopen Casinos https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/04/16/vegas-dealers-to-wear-masks-casino-patrons-to-get-temps-checked-in-reopening-plan/
  • Under the major's new proposal, dealers would wear masks and gloves, chairs would be moved further apart at Blackjack tables, and customers would have temperatures checked via what she called "noninvasive" means.
  • "This shutdown has become one of total insanity in my opinion," said Mayor Carolyn Goodman. "For there is no backup of data as to why we are shut down from the start. It makes no sense. It's not scientific."
  • When confronted with the scientific fact that COVID-19 is contagious when carriers are pre-symptomatic (i.e. before they exhibit a temperature)...the mayor's office had no comment.
Pandemic Will LIkely Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Children Who Never Become Infected https://www.foxnews.com/world/united-nations-warning-coronavirus-lockdowns-could-kill-hundreds-thousands-children
  • UN Warns that 10s of thousands of children will likely die due to the economic impact of COVID-19 shutdowns.
  • "Economic hardship experienced by families as a result of the global economic downturn could result in hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths in 2020, reversing the last 2 to 3 years of progress in reducing infant mortality within a single year," the U.N. report said.
  • The United Nations estimated that between 42 million to 66 million children could fall into extreme poverty as a result of the crisis, adding to the 386 million already in extreme poverty in 2019.
  • The report added that 188 countries had closed schools nationwide, affecting more than 1.5 billion children, according to Reuters.
  • "The potential losses that may accrue in learning for today's young generation, and for the development of their human capital, are hard to fathom," the U.N. said.
  • The UN reiterated its call for a 10% global GDP tax that each country would pay directly to the UN to help stamp-out child-killing poverty worldwide.
Guidelines for Reducing Social Distancing Rules Released by White House Task Force https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-announces-new-coronavirus-guidelines-for-opening-up-america-again
  • The plan calls for three Phases of reduced social and economic restrictions, each with a 2-week period in between showing that COVID-19 spread was stable and not increasing.
  • The strategy would enable states or even counties to determine where they are on the curve and follow their own path to reopen schools, businesses and other events.
  • News of the plan follows orders from New York, California and numerous other states that Social Distancing and Stay At Home orders would be extended through May 15th.
  • Guidelines for all 3 phases included the recommendation that people wear face-masks while out in public.
California Governor States "Curve Arguably Flattened" https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/04/16/governor-newsom-curve-has-arguably-flattened-california-nears-900-covid-19-deaths/
  • 27,036 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in California, which represents a 47.7 percent increase from the 18,309 people who had tested positive when Newsom briefed the press last Thursday.
  • "You have successfully bent and arguably flattened the curve in the state of California," Newsom said.
  • "We continue to need to maintain our vigilance, guided not by political decision-making, guided by data, guided by facts, guided by science, guided by health professionals all throughout the state of California."
  • Officially, California's Shelter-in-Place orders are set to expire May 3rd.
  • California would review its status per the new Federal guidelines issued by President Trump to determine if it is ready to enter Phase I of re-opening its economy, Newsom indicated.
Anti-COVID-19 Paint Soon Available https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/3080294/japans-nippon-paint-develops-anti-coronavirus-coating-protect
  • Nippon Paint's Antivirus Kids Paint has been developed in partnership with US-based Corning company.
  • 5 million yuan worth of the new product has been donated to four hospitals in Hubei province, the company said.
  • It has been successfully tested in the US by Texas-based Microchem Laboratory and can render inactive almost 100 percent of Feline Calicivirus, an upper respiratory infection in cats.
  • The product has been under development since 2017, the company said.
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved Feline Calicivirus as a suitable proxy for detecting human norovirus, rhinovirus and coronavirus.
  • According to the World Health Organisation, SARS-CoV-2 might stay on surfaces for up to several days. People can catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • No word yet when the paint might be available in the US as consumer safety testing and certification was still ongoing.

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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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

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