CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: March 19th

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: 225,237 (up from 202,272 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 9.276, up from 8.012 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 85,823 (up from 82,813 yesterday)
  • 176 Countries have confirmed cases (up from 167 yesterday) 7 more have suspected cases
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) down from 6% yesterday and down from 19% just 3 weeks ago
  • US has 9,464 Confirmed Cases and 155 Deaths, up from 6,524 cases and 116 deaths yesterday
Desperation (or Stupidity) Kills More People That COVID-19 - Iranians Drinking 100% Alcohol to Kill Virus https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/alcohol-poisoning-kills-100-iranians-seeking-virus-protection
  • In one province, at least 64 people died of Alcohol poisoning and hundreds more were hospitalized by drinking pure ethyl alcohol, according to Bloomberg News.
  • An Iranian website had posted an article quoting a local Cleric that implied ethyl alcohol could kill Coronavirus.
  • In that same Province, COVID-19 had killed 31 people as of yesterday.
  • In total more than 1,000 Iranians have been hospitalized and more than 100 are dead due to alcohol poisoning.
  • Officially, Iran has a total of 1,135 COVID-19 Deaths through this morning, although many analysts believe the actual number of Iranian deaths is 10 times higher.
US Company Launches At Home Test by Mail & Telehealth Video Conference https://time.com/5805953/home-covid-19-test-everlywell/, https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/everlywell-announces-monday-launch-of-solution-to-get-tested-and-diagnosed-for-covid-19-from-home-1029010306
  • Everlywell, an at-home medical testing company based in Austin, TX launches first of its kind COVID-19 home testing kit.
  • The Company specializes in at-home testing for allergies, metabolism, HIV, Thyroid function, and over 35 other conditions.
  • Home test kits include instructions as well as a video-conference based consultation with a registered-nurse to ensure proper use of the kit.
  • The kit is then mailed to LAB, results are emailed to customers.
  • The kit will be available next week for a total price of $129 including shipping and consult.
  • Initially, the company will launch 30,000 test kits, but expects to be able to test over 250,000 per week by mid-April.
Two Members of US Congress Test Positive for COVID-19 https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/politics/mario-diaz-balart-coronavirus/index.html
  • Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) and Ben McAdams (D) become first members of Congress to test positive for COVID-19
  • "On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms including a fever and headache. Just a short while ago, he was notified that he has tested positive for COVID-19," his office said in a news release Wednesday night.
  • The Florida Republican said in a statement that he is "feeling much better" but urged the public to take the virus "extremely seriously."
  • Later on Wednesday evening, Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat, said he too had been diagnosed and was Quarantined away from his family to keep them safe from being infected.
US Government Plan Leaked, Anticipates 18 Month Battle To Defeat COVID-19 https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-virus-plan-anticipates-18-month-pandemic-and-widespread-shortages/ar-BB11ktjA
  • A federal government plan to combat the coronavirus warned policymakers last week that a pandemic "will last 18 months or longer" and could include "multiple waves," resulting in widespread shortages that would strain consumers and the nation's health care system.
  • The 100-page plan, dated Friday, the same day President Trump declared a national emergency, laid out a grim prognosis for the spread of the virus.
  • The plan outlined a response that would activate agencies across the government and potentially employ special presidential powers to mobilize the private sector (those he evoked yesterday, Wednesday)
  • The plan was shared with key members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate on Friday last week as part of a briefing at the White House.
  • Key shortages would be across Medicine & Drugs as well as some shortages in food supplies (especially specific brands) as Global supply chain disruptions would prevent imports from many countries.
  • "State and local governments, as well as critical infrastructure and communications channels, will be stressed and potentially less reliable. These stresses may also increase the challenges of getting updated messages out and coordinating guidance to these local jurisdictions directly," the plan stated.
Over 200 Americans Stranded on Italian Cruise Ship With Dozens Sick https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-dozens-sick-italian-cruise-ship-carrying-over-200-americans
  • The Italian Costa Luminosa cruise ship stranded at sea with over 200 U.S. citizens onboard due to the coronavirus has recorded dozens of "sick" crewmembers and passengers, according to ship logs obtained by the Miami Herald on Wednesday.
  • At least 24 crew members are sick and are isolated.
  • More than 50 passengers are also classified as sick, or are roommates of passengers who are classified as sick, the paper reported. All passengers showing symptoms are being isolated.
  • The "sick" designation doesn't mean they have COVID-19, but the vessel has been at sea shortly after some disembarked passengers tested positive for the virus.
  • The vessel, carrying over 1500 passengers, is nearing France and hopes to dock there today.
Oil Drops to Below $20/Barrel Amid Massive Oversupply and Shrinking Demand https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/business/crude-oil-prices-coronavirus/index.html
  • $20/barrel marks the lowest price in nearly 20 years.
  • At $20/barrel, US Shale producers are taking an average net-loss of $8/barrel over production costs.
  • In oil-dependent countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, etc. the implications are far worse: those nations rely on State or Sovereign oil income to actually run the country (state-owned oil = government income).
  • According to estimates from the World Bank, Saudi Arabia's "Revenue per Barrel" needs for break-even government budgets is $82/barrel. Russia's is $68/barrel and Iran's is $64.
  • At $20/barrel, many countries risk complete government default on sovereign bond payments and may require massive bailouts from the IMF or World Bank to cover bond payments to debt holders.
Island Nation New Zealand Completely Seals Borders to Non-Kiwis https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12318284
  • Restrictions would completely close the country to non-New Zealanders.
  • Exceptions can be made to spouses or children of New Zealanders who are outside the country, but strict 14-day Quarantine would be enforced.
  • New Zealand has only had 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19, all of which were identified during Quarantines required due to overseas travelers returning to New Zealand.
  • There is no known Community Spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Big Brother Cast Told About COVID-19 On Live TV https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/big-brother-germany-cast-told-about-coronavirus-pandemic-on-live-tv/ar-BB11nGcf
  • The 14-Member cast had been in complete media isolation due to the format of the show.
  • The crew was forbidden from discussing the Virus with contestants until yesterday.
  • The 14 contestants, who have been secluded in Cologne, Germany, since February 10, were told about the widespread coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Big Brother host Jochen Schropp told the cast that "a disease called Covid-19 had spread across the world" and "reached Europe."
  • Some contestants burst into tears while others questioned the greater effects the pandemic would have on the world, including the economy.
  • The group was also allowed to receive video messages from their family and friends.
  • Producers have yet to determine if the season will be canceled or production will continue.

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.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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