Glenn talks with Daniel Silva



The Defector by Daniel Silva


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GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. As you know if you are a long time listener of this program, I read an awful lot and I read a lot of really, really excruciatingly boring books because I have to. It's like eat your broccoli. And then I will read at night usually a novel, and I go through a ton of them. And there are a few that I really, really love. One that is is this coming out today, Daniel? It is. On sale today. It is called The Defector by Daniel Silva. And it is absolutely fantastic. I think I got it, what, about a month or so ago. And I read it. One of those books you are just not going to be able to put down. There are a few books every year that I read because I have such a mass volume I have to get through that I do my own speed reading which I like to call cheating. You know, I kind of look down the page and I go, I got it, I got it. The next page, I got it, I got it. This one I read word for word. It is absolutely fantastic. And a continuation, you don't really have to understand I mean, you did a really good job of setting up the last book.

SILVA: The last book was Moscow Rules. It was my first number one best seller.

GLENN: Congratulations.

SILVA: I have you to thank for that.

GLENN: I doubt that.

SILVA: I beg to differ. And this book is truly a sequel to that book. I felt that this story had to continue. But I made certain I structured it in a way that it stood up on itself.

GLENN: Yeah, you can pick this one up and read this one and then go back and read the other one and nothing will be spoiled. But it's really a fantastic book. And the reason I wanted to talk to you a little bit is I've been looking into Russia an awful lot and I know that you are kind of a Russian guy, a Russian expert if you will and I want to spend a few minutes on talking to you about a couple of things. One, do you think we're headed towards an oligarchy. And two, you know, compare and contrast what Russia has going on right now and what we seem to be headed towards. And two and maybe we'll start here. A couple of weeks ago I was thinking that these the former Soviet Union, the dissolution, dissolving of that didn't bother me at the time but has really bothered me in the last few years because it just went away. And where were all these old communists? Where did they all go?

SILVA: They went, they melted back in, into the you know, one of the great crimes really is that no one was punished for their sins. I mean, this was a murderous, murderous regime that enslaved and imprisoned their people and, you know, the number of people who died because of Joseph Stalin, for example, we'll probably never know the true number. But really no one was ever truly called to account for it and I think that

GLENN: No. And our history books have erased it really.

SILVA: Well, they are engaged in a process right now of truly sanitizing their history and rewriting their history books to put a much more positive spin on their history.

GLENN: Stalin is becoming popular again, is he not?

SILVA: He's quite popular. Putin is extremely popular obviously, but Stalin remains a near mythical figure in Russia, and it's something that I deal with as a sub text for the novel. I truly believe that until the Russians can face their past honestly that they are doomed to repeat aspects of it. And I think they are right now. I mean, as if we needed another example of what happens in modern Russia if you oppose the Kremlin. We got another example a few days ago with this very courageous human rights worker, Natalya Estemirova was kidnapped and shot to death in Chechnya. So anyone who dares to criticize the Kremlin right now really puts a bull's eye on their own back.

GLENN: I don't think that we're not an oligarchy now. We're not a fascistic state, we're not a socialist state right now. I don't

SILVA: We're not a corporate state like they are.

GLENN: I don't think we're anything, quite honestly. We're not capitalist right now.

SILVA: I think that we are

GLENN: We're in a transition stage.

SILVA: I think our core faith in capitalism was shaken obviously by the financial crisis and the meltdown and it was very

GLENN: No, no. No, I don't think so.

SILVA: You don't think

GLENN: I don't think so. I think there are

SILVA: No, no. It was shaken temporarily and there were you know, as, after the election and that period of euphoria after Barack Obama's election, there were those wonderful magazine covers like on Newsweek and time where, are we socialist.

GLENN: Yeah, we're socialist.

SILVA: And I thought for a moment maybe I had moved to another country or that I had completely lost touch with what Americans think. And I firmly believe that we remain a center right country.

GLENN: Yes.

SILVA: And I believe that President Obama's falling poll numbers and approval ratings probably reflect the fact that he's starting to bump up against that when it comes to healthcare in particular.

GLENN: Daniel, in the book The Defector you have what's the name of the central villain? He's fantastic.

SILVA: His name is Ivan Kharkov.

GLENN: Talk a little bit about him.

SILVA: Ivan Kharkov is what I would describe as a loyal oligarch. They were the original oligarchs remember, the men that took the old refuse of the Soviet Union and when it was put up for sale and they were able to buy things at bargain basement prices and become billionaires virtually overnight. Most of those guys were driven out by Putin because when he was elected in 1999, he wanted the old order gone because they posed a challenge to him. There are new oligarchs now and they are what is described as loyal oligarchs and my villain Ivan Kharkov would definitely be considered a loyal oligarch. Inside his financial empire is a very lucrative and dangerous arms trafficking network.

GLENN: Okay. I think that we are developing new oligarchs here in America and not necessarily with people but with industry. GE is a very loyal oligarchic, if that's a word, entity to Barack Obama. Agree or disagree?

SILVA: I'm going to be outside my expertise. I would put my foot in it. We are not like the Russian oligarchs. There is a lot of daylight between American capitalism and Russian capitalism right now.

GLENN: No, no, and I agree with that. My question to you is did not the Soviet Union we think we put it out of business, and we did, along with Margaret Thatcher and really even Osama Bin Laden, the pressure he put on them. Then we used that pressure, we spent them into oblivion with Ronald Reagan. I mean, we did a great job. But it wasn't just the United States. But we also, what we fail to understand is we didn't put them out of business overnight. Gorbachev saw the writing on the wall and he started moving towards the more open society and then it was Boris Yeltsin who came to and made a deal in the middle of the forest in the middle of the night and said, look, we're going to be the Russian federation. Then brought it to parliament or whatever it's called over there and said, I can save you.

SILVA: Put a stake in the old Soviet Union.

GLENN: Right. I can save you if we transform. And I think that's where we're headed.

SILVA: Well, the folly of what happened to the old Soviet Union is we thought that we could take almost a century of Soviet history and centuries, millennia of Russian history that we're going to snap our fingers and that a modern, normal country was going to emerge. And, you know, I have news for you. Russia is not a normal country and it's not going to be a normal country anytime soon. I laugh every time I see the G 8 and I see the Russian leaders standing there like he's a member of the club because, you know, I'm someone that thinks that they probably need to be outside the structure of the G 8, for example, until they get their act together internally. That will be the G 7 plus Russia, China and Brazil. But, you know, if they want to be a member of the club, they need to start acting like a member of the club internally.

GLENN: Isn't the United States the for anybody that wants to transform the United States, don't they face the same except the opposite direction, the same problem? When we brought down the Soviet empire, we just think people want to be free, they just want to rule themselves, they just want to be left alone, they want to be entrepreneurs, they want to just go, go, go, go, and they don't want all that structure above them. Anybody who thinks that they are going to transform the United States

SILVA: Overnight.

GLENN: Yeah, overnight, wouldn't that be the well, when you say overnight, I mean even Gorbachev to Yeltsin. What was that, 10 years?

SILVA: Yes. Not quite.

GLENN: We're the same we would face the same problem. Somebody who says I'm going to make this big oppressive state and I'm going to plan centrally everything that's going to go on, you'll never make this succeed because the American spirit is the exact opposite. The Russians went back and they are like, protect me, take care of me, help me out. You know

SILVA: Very paternal, they are used to a paternalistic state structure. The state is near religious in Russia. So they are used to a paternalistic, strong czarist government. I think that if Vladimir Putin bears a resemblance to powerful leaders of the past, it is not Joseph Stalin. It is a czar. He is a new czar. He has amassed incredible personal wealth apparently. And Russians are very comfortable with this. And let's try to walk in their shoes for a minute. The Nineties were unbelievably chaotic. They made and lost fortunes overnight. No rule of law. Very little just basic civil society in Russia. And Putin was able to come in and pose a certain amount of stability in Russia. And we can't underestimate what that means to the Russian people.

GLENN: When you went over to Russia, you've gone over to Russia for this book examines The Defector today. It's a great book.

SILVA: I have not gone over to Russia to research The Defector.

GLENN: You didn't?

SILVA: And I love Moscow. There is a vibe to that place that I love and that inspired me.

GLENN: I always wanted to go. Nobody will go with me.

SILVA: When I looked at the new state treason laws that the Russians are putting in place, Draconian new state treason laws and I looked at all of the interviews that I conducted when I was researching Moscow Rules, without doubt virtually all of them could be considered treasonous under the interpretation of these new laws and I just didn't quite feel the same.

GLENN: In what way? In what way?

SILVA: Because in terms of Russian people talking to foreigners. The Russian the Kremlin and the FSB believe that we are trying to spy the daylights out of them. I hope we are because they are trying to spy the daylights out of us.

GLENN: Sure.

SILVA: They have great mistrust of people who go over there and talk about things like human rights and democracy. I think what they fear the most is that we're going to have one of these colored revolutions, an orange revolution inside, inside Russia. That's why they go to so much trouble to try to tamp down the effect of these revolutions in eastern Europe. And so they are very distrustful of outsiders and Americans right now.

GLENN: Did you look into the eyes of Vladimir Putin at any time and see a good friend?

SILVA: No. I did hire, when I was there, the guy, the Russian speaking guy that I kept with me at all times was a Putin double. He could have been Putin's Dopple Gang or the figure in Madame Tussauds' wax museum. It was striking. So as I was going about my research for Moscow Rules, I was accompanied by Mr. Putin everywhere, or so it seemed.

GLENN: The name of the book is The Defector by Daniel Silva. It is a fantastic new book. It's ought today. I want to show you, Pat, do you have in your audio vault, do you have the video? And we should include this in our free e mail newsletter today. This is something I asked John Bolton to comment on and he says to me and I'm going to show it to you. He says to me that Obama's not trying to shake the hands of all of the advisors of Medvedev. I can't see it that way. Are you running it? Okay, go ahead. Pat, explain what it is as he's watching it.



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PAT: Okay. Here's Obama, Medvedev, and they are walking up to a group of Russian officials and Obama extends his hand; nobody shakes it. Extends it again, puts it down, brings it back up. Nobody will shake it.

GLENN: Now, John Bolton says to me, "He's not trying to shake anybody's hands." I said, that's not John, how can you say that? Look at that. I want to include this in the free e mail newsletter today, GlennBeck.com. If you are not a subscriber, go to GlennBeck.com and see this. What are you thinking?

SILVA: I've never seen that tape before.

GLENN: This just happened when he was over in Russia.

SILVA: As we were talking during the break, one thing that you didn't see that you've seen on every other previous Obama trip abroad is people lining the streets to catch a glimpse of him, people wanting to hear the speech. And Obama did make a President Obama did make an important speech while he was in Russia at the graduation of the new economic school. Most Russians don't know about it. Why? Because Vladimir Putin made sure it was not on state run television. And, you know, we have

GLENN: Why?

SILVA: Why? Because he wanted to make sure that he controlled the content, and he was nervous about what President Obama might say. And he was mildly critical of Russia's human rights record. And we cannot underestimate how anti American Russia is right now.

GLENN: So what do you I'll send you home because you are going to be on the TV show tonight. I'll send you with this video so you can look at it again, maybe pass it by some of your friends. You tell me what you think this means. Do you think this is was he clearly trying to shake the hands of these people?

SILVA: I've never seen anyone walk like that who wasn't trying to shake the hands of someone. I've never seen this video before. It is shocking. It is obvious and it is obvious the message that these people are trying to send our president on their soil. And they did it in many other subtle ways that sort of went below the radar including not putting the speech on television.

GLENN: Okay, we'll talk about that. Daniel Silva, new book is The Defector. It's in bookstores everywhere. It's a novel. It's a thriller. It is absolutely fantastic. You will see the inner workings of Russia in a really, really exciting way. You can pick it up at bookstores everywhere. And we'll see you tonight. And I want to put we'll play this again and I want you to tell me what you think, on television. And if you would like, if you can't join us for the TV show tonight at 5:00, we'll put this in our free e mail newsletter so you can see it. It is truly shocking video.

With all the panic surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, it's important to stay calm and remember where we are as things begin to get worse in the US. We are currently around 50 days behind China in the course of this illness and you won't believe some of the stories and headlines that were out there at the time. Check back each day as we update these stories, here are a few:

February 4th — 63 days ago

The city of Taizhou and three Hangzhou districts will only allow one person per household to go outside every two days to buy necessities, city officials said. The areas between them account for more than nine million people.

Nationwide, despite China's extensive surveillance network with its facial recognition systems and high end cameras which is increasingly used to track its people, the gov has turned to familiar authoritarian techniques - such as setting up dragnets and asking neighbors to inform each other.

Victor Lam, the government's chief information officer, said the wristbands will be connected to a phone plugged into the mains at the wearer's home. If the wristband moves too far away from the phone, an alert will be sent to the authorities.

However, Lam was spotted wearing a mask on Tuesday morning when receiving petitions outside her office from protesters angered at her government's response to the outbreak, just before meeting reporters.

Viruses mutate all the time, but most changes are synonymous or "silent", having little effect on the way the virus behaves. Others, known as nonsynonymous substitutions, can alter biological traits, allowing them to adapt to different environments. Two nonsynonymous changes took place.

China says it has more than 20,000 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, representing a huge leap from the 4,400 cases reported as of last week.


February 13th — 54 days ago

Health authorities in China's Hubei province – the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic – reported on Thursday 14,840 new confirmed cases, almost 10 times the number reported a day earlier, and new deaths attributable to the contagion rose to 242, more than double on the day.

"At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the U.S. or in other countries," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "This will trigger a change in our response strategy."

The coronavirus outbreak may be peaking in China where it was first detected in the central city of Wuhan but it is just beginning in the rest of the world and likely to spread, a global expert on infectious diseases said on Feb. 12.

Global health experts are divided on whether the coronavirus outbreak has peaked or worse is to come, but a more fundamental problem for front-line hospitals and laboratories is identifying when a person carrying the virus becomes infectious to others.

Wuhan's overburdened health workers are unable to confirm many of those who died were suffering from Covid-19, so they will not show up in official figures

Hong Kong schools will remain closed until March 16 at the earliest and an important exam for primary school pupils has been cancelled, the education minister said on Thursday.


February 14th — 53 days ago

Medical personnel in Wuhan, outfitted in protective suits as they battle the coronavirus outbreak, wear diapers as they work through gruelling shifts, often until skin irritation from their masks leaves bloody marks on their faces.

The new cases bring the number of passengers and crew members infected with the virus to 218.

A Japanese health official who visited the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess in Yokohama has been diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus, Japan's health ministry reported Wednesday.

A cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard may have the coronavirus arrived in Cambodia on Thursday to the relief of passengers and the praise of global health officials.

A labeling mix-up was to blame for a San Diego hospital mistakenly releasing a patient infected with the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday.

Bats, rats and snakes are still flying off the shelves at an Indonesian market known for its wildlife offerings despite a government request to take them off the menu over coronavirus fears.

"This was a sneak attack, like a thief in the night."

"A wartime President."

"A great battle, against an invisible enemy."

"We will win and declare a great victory for our country."

All of these are direct quotes from President Donald Trump, all uttered since March 1st of this year.

And of course, all of them ring decidedly true and make perfect sense. Even Trump's most ardent opponents have referred to the current situation in which America finds itself as a once in a generation emergency, and that we should be on a wartime footing. They've called for more and more power to be handed to, no, more explicitly they've called for more power to be taken by the President to do battle against "The Invisible Enemy," everything from commandeering manufacturing plants to logistics and shipping companies to pharmaceutical manufacturing and research, to nationalizing the banking sector and all mortgages.

On the other hand, the President has preferred to form a partnership with private industries to wage the war. Turning to America's great companies to produce masks, respirators, ventilators, medicine and vaccines that will ensure our country can and will prevail.

The United States – and the entire world – is engaged in a great battle, against an unseen enemy. An enemy that threatens to kill our people and destroy our nation and our way of life. It's an enemy that we have seen and fought before, as a people. We have faced this enemy throughout human history, over and over we've had to battle it. All of us are descendants of survivors of the countless previous wars that humanity has had to fight against this hidden enemy of man.

The enemy is a disease. The enemy is a virus.

The enemy is not SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus.

No, the virus we're battling against is Slavery.

Call it what you want. Socialism. Collectivism. Communism. Statism. Despotism. A one-world government. Those are all forms of the same thing: some people's individual liberty captured for the betterment and benefit of others. All of those are forms of enslaving some men to the will and needs of others.

A virus is a biological construct. It's a biological disease caused by a virus, an unliving, unthinking sliver of organic material and takes over cells to turn them into factories that produce more viral particles to take over more cells until, ultimately, the host is killed. Doing battle against a virus requires treating both the symptoms caused by infection as well as finding a vaccine that can destroy the virus itself.

But slavery is a political and moral construct. It's a social disease caused by an immoral idea, spread by unthinking, unfeeling human beings who transmit the disease to others turning them into factories that produce more unthinking, unfeeling human beings. They take over the lives of more and more people within a society or a country until that country is destroyed. Doing battle against slavery requires treating both the symptoms caused by the infection within a society as well as finding a cure that can destroy the idea itself.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war. He's also correct, we have fought this type of war before.

But this is not a war against a coronavirus. That's child's play. Terrible though it may be and despite the thousands of lives we may lose to COVID-19, it's relatively straightforward how to defeat it. Prevent the spread, find a cure. And we will. America and the world will survive this pandemic as it has survived a million others in our past. Each of us is the descendent of survivors of a thousand biological plagues.

The President rightly stated, we cannot let the cure for COVID-19 be worse than the disease itself. And he has the right idea in terms of the outcome here: we can't let our response to coronavirus destroy the American economy.

But saving the American economy isn't really the objective. A healthy, productive American economy that enables people to generate wealth and accumulate things is a consequence, an outcome, it's not a cause in itself. What has enabled the American economy to be the most robust and powerful engine for human ingenuity, productivity and wealth generation in world history is individual liberty? Men free to think and build, to seek new achievements and to be rewarded for doing so, to collaborate with each other, to challenge and compete with each other, driving each other to be smarter, to work harder, to find the better way to solve problems.

That is America. That is the battle we're in, what we're fighting to save. Beating COVID-19 is easy, it's only a matter of time. This particular virus may be new to us, but we know the formula for its defeat, much like the long-march to destroy the NAZI war machine in World War II, the writing was on the wall long before Berlin fell. Germany's defeat was inevitable once America entered the war. So too, the defeat of SARS-CoV-2 is already a foregone conclusion, the application of human ingenuity and thousands of years of human inventiveness and knowledge ensures our ultimate victory over this latest scourge.

But that is not the great threat. If the cure for COVID-19 is the slavery of some men for the benefit and betterment of others, then perhaps it would be better for COVID-19 to take us all. If the cost of defeating the biological virus is that we succumb to the political and moral disease of collectivism, then Trump's fear will have been proved right and the cure will have been worse than the disease.

Look at what's being proposed here. In the US, the government should take over every major industry, from healthcare and pharmaceutical companies to grocery and food delivery to airlines to shipping and transportation. Construction, take it over! Banking system, take it over! Stock market, take it over!

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.
Ostensibly designed to fight COVID-19, but made permanent to enable the UN to fight future pandemics, as well as the ongoing pandemic of Climate Change…oh, and Poverty and Income Inequality, and sexism and nationalism and a thousand other isms they believe are unfair.

The United States is less than 5% of the World's population, but we represent over 25% of the world's GDP. So, the UN is effectively proposing that about 4% of the population transfer 10% of our wealth each year to support the remaining 96% of the human race, including supporting countries who are our enemies and who seek our very destruction.

What is proposed here is nothing short of the permanent enslavement of the United States for the betterment and benefit of every other national on earth.

There is no doubt the human race will survive COVID-19. Human beings have survived a thousand similar pandemics with barely more than a blip in our progress as a species.

But the plague of collectivism, the idea that some men should be slaves to others, that some people have some sort of right to lay claim to the intellect and productive energy of others, that is the real battle. That is the true invisible enemy that we must yet again defeat.

Ask yourself, would you have some right to charge into Mike Lindell's My Pillow bedding factory and point a gun at him and his workers to force them to produce cotton face masks to avoid being shot? No, of course the idea sounds preposterous and all rational thinking human beings would clearly see that as an immoral, criminal act. And yet many people are proposing that we do exactly that, just the gunman wears a blue UN Helmet or carries a US Marshall's badge.

Alternatively, does Mike Lindell have the right to choose to convert his factory over to making cotton face masks, at his own expense and to pay his workers to make those masks instead of making pillows? Yes, that is moral, that is a human being engaged in activity that he believes to be virtuous and right and, yes, for the love of all that is holy — profitable.

Just as with COVID-19, the defeat of all forms of slavery should be an inevitability. And yet from every corner of our country, the call is for the forced enslavement of some people for the benefit of others.

President Trump has this right. We cannot let the cure for COVID-19 come at the cost of our economy. And if that is the objective, then it is our original principles: individual liberty, freedom of movement and speech, that is what must be defended. That is how we protect and restore our economy and our country. That is how we ensure that our children's children will also be descendants of survivors of plagues and pandemics, whether they are the biological - or the moral kind.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.


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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: 1,284,805 (up over 250,000 from 1,030,324 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 70,328 (up 16,100 from 54,226 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 271,782 (up from 219,896 Friday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Friday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that about 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization but lower than Spain, where 17% of patients require hospitalization.
  • US has 336,851 Confirmed Cases and 9,620 Deaths, up from 245,380 cases and 6,095 cases Friday
  • The US currently has 309,254 Active Cases of COVID-19, with about 1% of the US Population tested
NY Times: Official US Death Toll Off a Bit...By About 100% https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICO0KwPFWcI, https://www.wsj.com/video/in-ecuador-epicenter-families-forced-to-leave-dead-outside/B35D7405-55AC-4876-821F-8B995AAEF1BD.html
  • In one Italian village, a Mayor reported he had more than 300 bodies, presumed COVID-19 deaths, which officials had not picked up or counted in Italy's official numbers. "The army told us Friday, then Sunday. We're still waiting," he said.
  • Virus Can Contaminate Facemasks up to 7 Days https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3078511/coronavirus-can-remain-face-masks-week-study-finds
    • The pathogen that causes COVID-19 is gone within three hours from surfaces like printing and tissue paper, but can last for days on banknotes, stainless steel and plastic, researchers from University of Hong Kong find.
    • The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can adhere to the outer layer of a cotton surgical face mask for a week, according to a study by researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
    • "This is exactly why it is very important if you are wearing a surgical mask you don't touch the outside of the mask," Dr. Peiris, research lead, said.
    • "Because you can contaminate your hands and if you touch your eyes you could be transferring the virus to your eyes."
    • In the instance where the public or health care workers must be forced to reuse masks due to short supply, the study recommends using surgical gloves and frequently washing hands immediately after using facemasks.
    USA Today Factcheck: Did Obama Deplete US National Stockpile of N-95 Masks? True! https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/04/03/fact-check-did-obama-administration-deplete-n-95-mask-stockpile/5114319002/
    • USA Today researchers Fact Check Daily Wire article from last week that the Obama Administration failed to replenish the National Stockpile of N-95 masks after using for Swine Flu (2009) and Hurricane & Flooding clean up operations (2012).
    • The article notes available funds were used not to replenish masks: "With limited resources, officials in charge of the stockpile tend to focus on buying lifesaving drugs from small biotechnology firms that would, in the absence of a government buyer, have no other market for their products, experts said.
    • Masks and other protective equipment are in normal times widely available and thus may not have been prioritized for purchase, they said."
    • Overall, USA today flags the Daily Wire story as True, lending credence to the Trump claim that the stockpile program was 'in a shambles' when his Administration took over.
    "Most Comprehensive Pandemic Response Plan In History" Bush Plan Based on Spanish Flu Book in 2005 https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/george-bush-2005-wait-pandemic-late-prepare/story?id=69979013
    • In the summer of 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he began flipping through an advance copy of a new book about the 1918 flu pandemic. He couldn't put it down.
    • When he returned to Washington, he called his top homeland security adviser into the Oval Office and gave her historian John M. Barry's "The Great Influenza," which told the chilling tale of the mysterious plague that "would kill more people than any other disease in human history."
    • "You've got to read this," Fran Townsend remembers the president telling her. "He said, 'Look, this happens every 100 years. We need a national strategy.'"
    • Thus was born the nation's most comprehensive pandemic plan -- a playbook that included diagrams for a global early warning system, funding to develop new, rapid vaccine technology, and a robust national stockpile of critical supplies, such as face masks and ventilators, Townsend said.
    • The effort was intense over the ensuing three years, including exercises where cabinet officials gamed out their responses, but it was not sustained.
    • Large swaths of the ambitious plan were either not fully realized due to lack of funding from Congress, or were entirely shelved as the 2008 financial crisis took hold.
    The Latest Casualty: Corona Beer Officially Stops Production https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/03/business/corona-beer-production/index.html
    • Production of Corona beer is being temporarily suspended in Mexico because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Grupo Modelo, the company that makes the beer, posted the announcement on Twitter, stating that it's halting production and marketing of its beer because the Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses.
    • This week, the Mexican government announced the suspension of non-essential activities in the public and private sectors until April 30 in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The country has more than 1,500 cases and 50 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins, but researchers fear the actual number of infected and dead could be much higher than reported as almost no testing has occurred in Mexico.
    • Grupo Modelo stated it is ready to enact a plan to "guarantee the supply of beer" if the Mexican government decides to include breweries as essential, according to a statement.
    Japan, Hong Kong May Declare States of Emergency After Virus Researgance https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3078542/coronavirus-japan-set-declare-state-emergency-amid-surge, https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3078491/coronavirus-hong-kong-may-have-impose-wider-lockdown
    • Both Japan & Hong Kong saw new waves of COVID-19 cases as travel and work restrictions were lifted about 10 days ago.
    • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, a government official said on Monday, as a recent surge in infections sweeps Tokyo and other major cities.
    • The news comes after Japan officially moved the 2020 Olympics to 2021.
    • In Japan, An Emergency eclaration, the first of its kind in that Nation, would restrict individual rights and allowing prefectural governors to call for specific limitations on people's activities.
    • It has been made necessary by a rapid nationwide spike in cases that poses significant risks to lives and the economy, an official said.
    • In Hong Kong, officials report they may have to impose strict lockdown with people told to stay home, government adviser says, amid warnings of third wave of infections swamped hospitals over the weekend.
    • The Government put Hong Kong residents on notice for hardline approach to coronavirus seen in countries including Italy and Britain.
    • Epidemiologist Dr. Kwok-yung of The Hong Kong Medical University warns of a third wave of infections as mainland Chinese had resumed work with some traveling to Hong Kong last week.
    • Dr. Kwok-yung recommends reinstating the travel restrictions from Mainland China.
    Dark Days Ahead https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/05/politics/jerome-adams-coronavirus/index.html
    • The US Surgeon General said this week is going to be the "hardest and the saddest" for "most Americans' lives," describing the upcoming grim period of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States.
    • "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized, it's going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that," Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said on "Fox News Sunday."
    • Adams continued: "I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel."
    • Doctors are expecting peaks in Death Rates to occur in some of the hardest-hit areas, including New York, Louisianna, and Chicago.
    • Washington State, one of the earliest hit states, experienced a peak in cases and deaths nearly two weeks ago, and now new cases and deaths have declined for 2 weeks straight.

    Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to talk about how he thinks President Donald Trump will fair in the 2020 election given the current struggling economy due to the coronavirus crisis.

    O'Reilly said he believes President Trump will win in November if the coronavirus pandemic is under control by this summer, but if schools and businesses are still closed by September, it may be trouble for Trump -- even with former vice president Joe Biden's seemingly declining health.

    "What I've said from the very beginning of this whole ordeal, is that if Donald Trump can get the pandemic under control this summer, he wins. If by September, it's not under control, the kids cannot go back to school in many places, people are not opening up businesses again, he loses," O'Reilly said.

    However, the Democrats have a major problem because Joe Biden ... is tottering. His mental acute is not what it used to be and everyone around him knows that. That's why Andrew Cuomo is warming up in the bullpen," he added. "But Trump knows that his whole future in politics depends on getting this pandemic to subside."

    Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

    BILL O'REILLY: Trump 2020 Election Based on Controlling Coronavirus Pandemic by Summer youtu.be


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