Doctors warn China coronavirus carriers may show no symptoms

A team of eminent doctors published a report in Friday’s edition of The Lancet medical journal which found that persons may be infected with the China coronavirus without presenting any symptoms.

Such patients were described in the report as ‘afebrile’, a medical term indicating no fever or outward signs of sickness. The authors of the report indicated such carriers may help to spread the outbreak by remaining undetected.

The findings of the study cast doubt on the effectiveness of screenings procedures implemented at airports around the world to prevent the spread of the disease.

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Shocking videos emerge of Wuhan outbreak

The fast-moving coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, dubbed 2019-nCoV by authorities, has now spread to eight countries according to ABC News.

At this stage, eight Chinese cities remain under quarantine. The total population under emergency lockdown is now greater than the population of Australia, as Chinese authorities rush to prevent the spread of the virus during Chinese New Year this weekend.

The Chinese New Year period, during which Chinese travel to their ancestral villages to be with family, is the largest annual movement of people in the world. In Beijing, officials have closed the Forbidden Palace and also cancelled New Year events in the city.… Read the rest

First direct standoff between US & Russian troops occurs in Syria

US forces have blocked Russia troops from taking control of an oil field in Syria on Saturday, according to the Moscow Times.

It is the first time US and Russian soldiers have engaged directly in the region, marking a significant escalation in tensions between the two nuclear powers.

The US has 11 bases and military outposts in northeast Syria, more than three years after President Trump promised to bring troops home from the Middle East.

In the incident, US troops stopped Russian soldiers en route to an oilfield near the town of Rmelan, sending them back to Amuda, 100 kilometres to the west.… Read the rest

Wuhan coronavirus case confirmed in US, authorities scramble to respond

The first case of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, the CDC reported Tuesday.

A Washington man in his 30s who just returned from Wuhan, China is now being treated for the illness.

Hundreds of cases have been confirmed across Asia, with six fatalities so far confirmed from the disease.

Authorities have been scrambling to respond to the new virus, although details about it are yet to be released to the public. The CDC, the peak body for the control of infectious diseases in the US, has activated its Emergency Response System after announcing the new case.… Read the rest

Newfoundland still under snow during unprecedented Canadian blizzard

The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador remains under a crippling deluge of snow after a record-breaking ‘bomb cyclone’ hit eastern Canada last week.

The Canadian Armed Forces have been sent to assist the region as locals attempt to dig out from the inundation before another storm hits, according to local news outlet 660 City News.

“Monday morning, we woke up to another load of snow on top of what we already received over the weekend, so it’s just been unlike anything we’ve ever really seen here in the St. John’s area,” said local reporter Ben Murphy from VOCM Local News Now.… Read the rest

Top Israeli Holocaust scholar says anti-Semitism caused World War II

The leading Israeli scholar on the Holocaust, Yehuda Bauer, has told the Times of Israel that anti-Semitism was “probably mainly” responsible for World War II.

“Anti-Semitism is a cancer that eats the world, and World War II is proof of that.”

Professor Bauer made the comments in response to Polish President Andrzej Duda’s decision not to attend this year’s World Holocaust Forum. The event will be held at the residence of the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and will be attended by dignitaries including the king of Spain.

Professor Bauer cited Hitler’s fear of Jewish power, expressed in a secret memorandum written by Hitler in 1936, as the trigger that led to the outbreak of the war in Europe.… Read the rest

AMERICA’S PELOPONNESIAN WAR

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War against Iran would be the wrong war at the wrong time against the wrong enemy in the wrong place for the wrong reasons.

According to some conservatives, saying that makes me a leftist. Or a Muslim. Or a Nazi. Or all of them. It’s heresy.

If we keep our eye on the big picture though and avoid getting caught up in news cycle propaganda and emotional symbolism, it’s clear to see that another war in the Middle East is the last thing America and particularly Australia need right now.

Before you scroll furiously to the comments section to call me Ilhan Omar, hear me out.… Read the rest

US SENATE REPORT: CHINA USED DIASPORA TO STEAL MILITARY TECH, FBI DID NOTHING

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A shocking report published by the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations this week has found that China has paid more 7000 ethnic Chinese scientists and other experts working in the US to hand over their research to the Chinese government.

The program, known in China as the Thousand Talents Program (TTP), led to China gaining hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of US-funded research and development. The TTP is only one of 200 such programs that has been carried out by the communist government in China over the past few decades.

Most concerning, however, was the response of US government and security officials until the Trump White House sounded the alarm on Chinese espionage.… Read the rest

It’s the Grand Solar Minimum, stupid

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“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair wasn’t right about much. He was a socialist, after all. But he was right about that.

To be fair though, Sinclair was a socialist back before the expansion of the welfare state ate the future of the West. Before Big Sister put us all under her neurotic thumb. Back then, the Leviathan state which steals your wealth and hands it to slobs and grabblers was just a harmless-looking little baby dragon that promised a utopia of perfect equality.… Read the rest

Utopian political idealism, or why the West’s gone mad

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I have fond memories of the Cold War. Probably because it coincided with my childhood.

I remember seeing engorged commie missiles trundling across Red Square on our tiny TV in the corner of the living room on the nightly news, ready to disperse their toxic payload of death on our cities. I remember reading and seeing constant reminders in the media that we were free and they were not, and because of that we were good and they were evil. I remember seeing Reagan and Gorbachev having meetings as the whole thing thawed, and then the sense of a new era dawning as the Berlin Wall came down and The Hoff did a concert for all his suddenly former commie fans.… Read the rest