Daily Archives: May 24, 2020

May 24 Life-Changing Moments With God

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Lord God, You have given me the love of Your Holy Spirit … my Helper. In all my affliction You are afflicted, and the Angel of Your Presence saves me; in Your love and in Your pity You redeem, and You bear, and carry me. But I rebel and grieve Your Holy Spirit; so You turn Yourself against me as an enemy, and You fight against me.

I know that I abide in You, Lord God, and You in me, because You have given me of Your Spirit. Believing, I was sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, the guarantee of my inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession. So I will walk in the Spirit, and not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that I do not do the things that I wish.

Your Spirit also helps in my weaknesses.

Thank You, God, for the gift of the Holy Spirit, who is my Helper, my Strength, my Guide. May He enable me to live so that I honor You.

Ephesians 4:30; Romans 15:30; John 14:26; Isaiah 63:9–10; 1 John 4:13; Ephesians 1:13–14; Galatians 5:16–17; Romans 8:26[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 159). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

May 24 Barriers

Sir, we would see Jesus.
(John 12:21)

Don’t let the disciples keep you away from Jesus! The very ones who were supposed to make Him accessible kept people away. They forbade the children to come. (See Luke 18:15.) They tried to send the crowd home hungry. (See Luke 9:12.) They even tried to silence blind Bartimaeus when he called out for help. (See Mark 10:48.) Why? Because they thought Jesus was too busy. Christian leader beware! When your “handlers” become your “controllers,” it’s easy to forget what God told you to do.

James and John, the “Sons of Thunder,” wanted to call down fire on those who disagreed with them. (See Luke 9:54.) When they found others who didn’t belong to their group casting out demons, they wanted to stop them. (See Luke 9:49.) Yet a few chapters earlier, they, themselves, couldn’t cast the spirits out of a tormented boy. Why do we always want to judge people who do what we are incapable of doing?

When the Greeks said, “Sir, we would see Jesus,” the disciples wanted to keep them away because they weren’t Jews. Imagine racism among the twelve disciples! Yet Jesus called all of them to follow Him. If you’re a disciple, make your prayer today: “Lord, let nothing I say or do keep people away from You.” On the other hand, if you’re a seeker—come in! The very fact that He loves us as we are should be a big encouragement to you.


After all, in a perfect place with perfect people, how long would you last?[1]


[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 144). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

May—24 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

A Nazarite unto God from the womb.—Judges 13:5.

And what, in the language of scripture, was a Nazarite unto God? Certainly what the very term implies; one dedicated to God, set apart, and sanctified. Both the person and character are largely described. (Numb. 6:1–21.) And was Samson such? It cannot be doubted, notwithstanding the many strange particularities in his life, which were departures from sanctity of character. But in that part of Samson’s life wherein the Nazarite was strongly marked, he was eminently proved to be one; and it is in this feature of the illustrious Danite, that we behold him as a striking type of the Lord Jesus Christ. My soul! as it hath pleased the Holy Ghost to give the Church so circumstantial an account of Samson, do thou ponder the subject well, and remark (what was evidently the only design for which it was given) how gracious the Lord the Spirit was, thus to set forth, in type, Jesus of Nazareth, so many ages before his incarnation. Was Samson a Nazarite unto God from the womb? Such was Jesus, who was so named by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And what was the object for which Samson was separated from his birth as a Nazarite to God? We are told that it was to deliver his brethren out of the hands of their enemies. (Judges 13:5.) The same was declared of Jesus: he shall be called Jesus, for “he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21.) Was holiness unto the Lord the distinguishing feature of the Nazarite? How suitably did it set forth the Lord Jesus, “who sanctified himself for his people.” (John 17:19.) The very devil himself saluted Christ with this name, when he said, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.” (Mark 1:24.) And so very important was it considered by the Holy Ghost, that the Church’s Lord and Saviour should be known by this name of “the Nazarite unto God from the womb,” that it is remarkable how many persons have given their testimony, and some of them plainly without design, to this one character of our Lord. The angel at the annunciation; the devil, as before remarked; the Jews in contempt, (John 18:5;) the Roman Governor in his inscription on the cross, (John 19:19;) the angels at the sepulchre, (Mark 16:6;) the apostles glorying in this name after his ascension, (Acts 2:22;) and Jesus himself, from heaven, at the conversion of Paul, (Acts 22:8.) Precious Nazarite to God! holy Lord Jesus! thou art indeed the true, the only one; for of thee, and by thee, can it be said, “Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire.” (Lam. 4:7.) Help me, Lord, by thy grace, to keep thee ever in remembrance. And while the cry of the infidel is still heard, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” oh! may my soul hear thy sweet voice by faith: “The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name!” (Isaiah 49:1.) Lord, thus it is fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.” (Matt. 2:23.)[1]


[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 159–160). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

May 24 A Family Focused on God

Genesis 47:11

And Joseph situated his father and his brothers, and gave them possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

There are at least three lessons we can learn from the story of Joseph and his family. First, God provided for the entire family due to the faithfulness of one member. God provided good land, met their every need, and watched Jacob’s family come back to Him, and none of it would have happened had it not been for Joseph. Christians, if we are the only godly people in our families, we can’t quit. We have the potential of redeeming our entire family.

A second lesson we learn from this story is that we are to care for the elderly. Joseph sets an example for us to follow by offering tender, loving care to his father.

Finally, we learn that God puts a priority on the family. The family is part of God’s perfect plan for the world. There are only two institutions that God ordained: the church and the family. In this day, when families are being torn apart, the story of Joseph is a clear indication of what the family can accomplish when it is intact and focused on the Lord.[1]


[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 151). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

Michael Flynn’s lawyer says Robert Mueller prosecuted her client to further Russian collusion hoax

The attorney for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn alleged that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team pursued the prosecution of her client for the sole purpose of prolonging their investigation into President Donald Trump.

Source: Michael Flynn’s lawyer says Robert Mueller prosecuted her client to further Russian collusion hoax

Will Trump Chicken Out Again, or Finish the Job and Send the Russiahoax Coup Plotters to Jail?

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 • https://russia-insider.com by Ray McGovern

Seldom mentioned among the motives behind the persistent drumming on alleged Russian interference was an over-arching need to help the Security State hide their tracks.

The need for a scapegoat to blame for Hillary Clinton’s snatching defeat out of the jaws victory also played a role; as did the need for the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex (MICIMATT) to keep front and center in the minds of Americans the alleged multifaceted threat coming from an “aggressive” Russia. (Recall that John McCain called the, now disproven, “Russian hacking” of the DNC emails an “act of war.”)

But that was then. This is now.

Though the corporate media is trying to bury it, the Russiagate narrative has in the past few weeks finally collapsed with the revelation that CrowdStrike had no evidence Russia took anything from the DNC servers and that the FBI set a perjury trap for Gen. Michael Flynn.

THE COST OF QUARANTINE: ‘We’ve Seen A Year’s Worth Of Suicide Attempts In The Last Four Weeks,’ California Doc Says — The Gateway Pundit

Trauma doctors at a northern California medical center say the hospital has seen a huge spike in suicide attempts amid the coronavirus COVID-19 lockdowns.

Dr. Mike deBoisblanc, head of the trauma at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek near San Francisco, said the loss of more than 37 million jobs across the country amid state shutdowns of businesses deemed “nonessential” and lengthy lockdowns have affected mental health.

“We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time,” he said. “I mean we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks,” deBoisblanc told ABC-7.

Kacey Hansen has worked as a trauma nurse at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for almost 33 years. She is worried because not only are they seeing more suicide attempts, she says they are not able to save as many patients as usual.

“What I have seen recently, I have never seen before,” Hansen said. “I have never seen so much intentional injury.”

DeBoisblanc said the lockdowns and quarantines must end.

“Personally I think it’s time,” deBoisblanc said. “I think, originally, this [shelter-in-place order] was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients. We have the current resources to do that and our other community health is suffering.”

Executive Director Tom Tamura said that people who are struggling need to seek help. “With help comes hope. I think that there are people and organizations out there that you can contact that can get you the information you need and resources you need to get you through this tough time.”

“Generally speaking the vast majority of people say they feel better after they call and get the resources they need,” he said.

Tamura said it’s understandable that people are having a difficult time during the lockdowns.

“I think people have found themselves disconnected from the normal supportive networks that they have, churches and schools and book clubs, you name it,” Tamura said. “And that, coupled with the closure of some counseling services, people were maybe in a little bit of shock.They were trying to weather the storm a bit but as that isolation has grown people have come to realize this isn’t a sprint it is marathon.”

The death toll from COVID-19 is approaching 100,000, according to Johns Hopkins. But the lockdowns could cause 77,000 deaths from suicides and drug overdoses, New York physician Dr. Nicole Saphier told DailyMailTV.

Dr. Saphier pointed to stark warnings from cities across the country showing rocketing overdose death rates, while a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that each 1% increase in unemployment led to a 3.3% spike in drug overdoses and 1% increase in suicides.

‘The economy should be considered a public health emergency,’ Dr. Saphier told DailyMailTV. ‘The indirect consequences of the pandemic may far outweigh those of the direct virulence of the virus.’

‘Suicide, drug use, alcoholism, domestic violence have all been shown to increase during periods of strife and increased unemployment. This as depression and anxiety sets in with the uncertainty of the economic future of individuals and the country as a whole.’

via THE COST OF QUARANTINE: ‘We’ve Seen A Year’s Worth Of Suicide Attempts In The Last Four Weeks,’ California Doc Says — The Gateway Pundit

“What Does it Mean to Affirm Jesus is the ‘Christ’?” | Thinkapologetics.Com

There is no doubt that the major identity marker for a committed Christian is to say they follow Jesus Christ. But for the average Jewish person, the name “Jesus Christ” has no relationship to Judaism. And for the average Christian, there is little a very limited understanding as to what it means to even say Jesus is “The Christ.”  In my personal experience, many of my Christian friends are fully convinced Yeshua (the Jewish name for Jesus) is the Savior of the world. Millions of sermons as well as evangelistic appeals are given each year to people to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. But when it comes to thinking about whether Jesus is actually the promised Messiah of Israel and the nations, many Christians know every little about what it means to affirm Jesus is actually the Messiah. Michael Bird says it so well:

The statement that “Jesus is the Messiah” presupposes a certain way of reading Israel’s Scriptures and assumes a certain hermeneutical approach that finds in Yeshua the unifying thread and the supreme goal of Israel’s sacred literature. A messiah can only be a messiah from Israel and for Israel. The story of the Messiah can only be understood as part of the story of Israel. Paul arguably says as much to a largely Gentile audience in Rome: “For I tell you that Christ [Messiah] has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy” (Rom. 15:8–9), Michael Bird , Michael F. Bird, Are You the One Who Is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question (Grand Rapids, Baker, 2009), 163.

But if we probe deeper, the Greek word Christos, from which we get the English word “Christ” carries the same connotations as the Hebrew word — “the Anointed One” which is where the word “messiah” comes from. The word “messiah” means “anointed one” and is derived from verbs that have the general meaning of “to rub something” or, more specifically, “to anoint someone.” The Jewish Scriptures records the history of those who were anointed for a specific purpose such as priests (Exod. 28:41; 29:7, 29; 30:30; Lev. 7:36; 8:12; 16:32;), kings (Jdg. 9:8; 9:15; 1 Sam. 9:16; 10:1; 15:1, 17; 16:3, 12, 13; 2 Sam. 2:4, 7; 3:39; 5:3; 1 Chron. 11:3; 5:17; 127; 2 Sam. 19:11; 1 Kgs. 1:34, 39, 45; 5:15;19:15,16; 2 Kgs 9:3, 6,12;11:12; 23:30; 2 Chron. 22:7; 23:11; 29:22; Ps 89:21), and even prophets (1Kgs.19:16; 1 Chron.16:22; Ps.105:15)

After teaching on this topic for several years, Dr. Brant Pitre summarizes the challenge that lays before us:

“Regarding Jesus, according to the testimony of the four Gospels, who did he claim to be? Who did his first followers believe him to be? And, even more important, why did they believe in him? As soon as we ask this question, we run into a bit of a problem—a paradox of sorts. I’ve noticed this paradox over the last ten years that I’ve been teaching the Bible as a professor in the classroom. On the one hand, if I ask my students what kind of Messiah the Jewish people were waiting for in the first century AD, they all seem to be very clear about the answer. Usually, their standard response goes “At the time of Jesus, the Jewish people were waiting for an earthly, political Messiah to come and set them free from the Roman Empire.” On the other hand, if I ask students which prophecies led to this ancient Jewish hope for an earthly, political Messiah, they are often at a complete loss. The classroom quickly falls silent. They often get even quieter when I ask, “Which prophecies of the Messiah did Jesus actually fulfill?” or “What prophecies did the first Jewish Christians think he fulfilled?” Every time I pose these questions, the vast majority of the students (who are usually all Christians) can’t answer them. They often can’t name a single prophecy that Jesus fulfilled that would show that he was in fact the Messiah. Every now and then, one or two students may bring up the oracle of the virgin who bears a child (Isaiah 7) or the passage about the Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52–53). However, that’s usually as far as it goes. If my experiences are any indication, many contemporary Christians believe that Jesus was the Messiah, but they don’t necessarily know why they believe he was the Messiah, much less why his first followers thought he was the long-awaited king of Israel.”—B. Pitre, The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ (New York: Crown Publishing. 2016), 102-103.

My experience is similar to Pitre’s. So how do we respond to the question as to what it means to say Jesus is the Messiah? See our post, Six Messianic Expectations and One Messiah. Or, see our post “Are There Actually 300 Messianic Prophecies?” 

Source: “What Does it Mean to Affirm Jesus is the ‘Christ’?”

Why Didn’t the 1958 and 1918 Pandemics Destroy the Economy? Hint: It’s the Lockdowns | Mises Wire

Media pundits and politicians are now in the habit of claiming it was the pandemic itself that has caused unemployment to skyrocket and economic growth to plummet. The claim is that sick and dying workers, fearful consumers, and disrupted supply chains would cause economic chaos. Some have even claimed that economic shutdowns actually help the economy, because it is claimed allowing the spread of the disease will itself destroy employment and economic growth.1

Leaving aside the fact there’s no evidence lockdowns actually work, we can nonetheless look to past pandemics—where coercive government interventions were at most sporadic—we should see immense economic damage.  Specifically, we can look to the the pandemic of 1957-58, which was more deadly than the COVID-19 pandemic has been so far. We can also look to the 1918-19 pandemic. Yet, we will see that neither produced economic damage on a scale we now see as a result of the government mandated lockdowns. This thoroughly undermines the claims that the lockdowns are only a minor factor in economic destruction, and that the virus itself is the real culprit.

Economic Reactions in 1957–58, and in 1918–19

The CDC estimates that as of May 18 this year approximately ninety thousand Americans have died of COVID-19. Adjusted for population size, that comes out to a mortality rate of 272 per million.

This is (so far) less than half the mortality rate for the 1957–58 flu pandemic. In that pandemic, it is estimated that as many as 116,000 Americans died. Yet, the US population was much smaller then, totaling only 175 million. Adjusted for population size, mortality as a result of the “Asian flu” pandemic of 1957–58 was more than 660 per million.

That’s the equivalent of 220,000 deaths in the United States today.

Yet, Americans in 1957 did not respond by shutting down commerce, forcing people into “lockdown,” or driving unemployment up to Depression-era levels. In fact, reports show that Americans took little action beyond the usual measures involved in trying to slow the spread of disease: hand washing, staying home when ill, etc.

Although the virus does appear to have been a factor in the 1958 recession, the economic effects were miniscule compared to what the US now faces from the reaction to the COVID-19 virus. This suggests that most of the economic damage now being experienced by workers and households in the US is more a product of the policy reaction to the virus than to the virus itself.

The pandemic of 1957–58 was a serious and deadly problem for many. As cases of the Asian flu began to spread, it became clear to many scientists and other observers that there was something different and deadly about this flu. Indeed, according to D.A. Henderson, et al in “Public Health and Medical Responses to the 1957–58 Influenza Pandemic, “Humans under 65 possessed no immunity to this H2N2 strain.”1 This meant that the “highest attack rates were in school-age children through young adults up to 35 or 40 years of age.” Total deaths due to the flu over this period range from 70,000 to 116,000. This is cause for concern, to say the least. With younger Americans, many of them in prime working age, susceptible to the disease, one could anticipate significant costs in terms of economic growth and health.

What was the policy reaction to this? Henderson et al. continue:

The 1957–58 pandemic was such a rapidly spreading disease that it became quickly apparent to U.S. health officials that efforts to stop or slow its spread were futile. Thus, no efforts were made to quarantine individuals or groups, and a deliberate decision was made not to cancel or postpone large meetings such as conferences, church gatherings, or athletic events for the purpose of reducing transmission. No attempt was made to limit travel or to otherwise screen travelers. Emphasis was placed on providing medical care to those who were afflicted and on sustaining the continued functioning of community and health services….there were no reports that major events were canceled or postponed except for high school and college football games, which were often delayed because of the number of players afflicted.

In 1957–58, there was concern over the availability of medical services. But the emphasis then was on increasing medical services rather than state-enforced quarantines and “social distancing” measures. Nor did a vaccine offer an easy way out:

Health officers had hopes that significant supplies of vaccine might become available in due time, and special efforts were made to speed the production of vaccine, but the quantities that became available were too late to affect the impact of the epidemic.

Schools and workplaces were affected by absent students and workers, but absenteeism at schools was a larger factor, with some schools even closed for short periods as a result of so many missing students. Absenteeism did not rise to the level of causing shortages:

Available data on industrial absenteeism indicate that the rates were low and that there was no interruption of essential services or production. The overall impact on GDP was negligible and likely within the range of normal economic variation.

Overall, the economy declined by approximately 2 percent during both the first and second quarter of 1958, but this could not all be attributed to the effects of the virus. Unemployment at the time also surged, peaking at 7.5 percent during July 1958. Economic growth was positive again, however, by the fourth quarter of 1958 and had soared to over 9 percent growth in 1959. Unemployment had fallen to 5 percent by June of 1959.

But the overall economic impact of the virus itself was hardly disastrous. Henderson, et al conclude:

Despite the large numbers of cases, the 1957 outbreak did not appear to have a significant impact on the U.S. economy. For example, a Congressional Budget Office estimate found that a pandemic the scale of which occurred in 1957 would reduce real GDP by approximately 1% ‘‘but probably would not cause a recession and might not be distinguishable from the normal variation in economic activity.’’

The 1918–19 pandemic, which caused an astounding ten times as many deaths per million as the 1957–58 pandemic, also failed to produce economic disaster. Although the US entered the 1918–19 pandemic in poor economic shape thanks to the Great War, according to economists Efraim Benmelech and Carola Frydman,

The Spanish flu left almost no discernible mark on the aggregate US economy….According to some estimates, real gross national product actually grew in 1919, albeit by a modest 1% (Romer 1988). In new work, Velde (2020) shows that most indicators of aggregate economic activity suffered modestly, and those that did decline more significantly right after the influenza outbreak, like industrial output, recovered within months.

Nor can the pandemic be blamed for the 1921 recession, because “by then the decline in output had all to do with a collapse in commodity prices when post-war European production finally recovered.”

How Do Pandemics Affect Economic Growth?

Not surprisingly, then, we find relatively mild estimates in a 2009 World Bank report estimating the economic consequences of new pandemics. The authors concluded that moderate and severe pandemics would lead to GDP declines of 2–5 percent. Or, as a 2009 Reuters report summarized it:

If we get hit with something like the 1957 Asian flu, say goodbye to 2 percent of GDP. Something as bad as the 1918–19 Spanish flu would cut the world’s economic output by 4.8 percent and cost more than $3 trillion.

Not even a 1918-sized pandemic was expected to produce the sort of economic carnage we now see from COVID-19.

The Reaction in 2020

Needless to say, the economy today appears to be in far worse shape in the wake of the 2020 pandemic than in the days following the 1957–58 outbreak, or even in 1919.

As of April 2020, the unemployment rate has ballooned to 14.4 percent, the highest rate recorded since the Great Depression. The Atlanta Federal Reserve, meanwhile, forecasts a drop in GDP of more than 40 percent. More mild estimates suggest drops of 8 to 15 percent. If the milder predictions prove true, then the current downtown is “only” the worst since the Great Depression. If the Atlanta Fed is right, then we’re in an unprecedented economic disaster.

The World Bank’s estimates of even a “severe” pandemic, which predicted a GDP drop of around 5 percent, don’t even come close to the estimates for the 2020 collapse. And why should they? The World Bank report didn’t anticipate the global economic shutdown imposed on billions of human beings by the world’s regimes. Thus, the bank’s estimates assumed that economic losses would be limited to absenteeism, disrupted trade and travel, and declining demand due directly to disease or fear of disease.

So why the enormous difference in economic effects? The answer almost certainly lies in the fact that governments in 2020—unlike in any other period in American history—engaged in widespread business closures, “stay-at-home” orders, and other state-mandated and state-enforced actions that led to widespread layoffs and plummeting economic output.

Defenders of government-coerced “lockdowns” have insisted that fear of the virus would have destroyed the economy even without lockdowns, but there is no historical precedent for this claim, and no current evidence to support it. Although some survey data has been proffered to suggest that more than 60 percent of Americans say they plan to comply with stay-at-home orders, this merely tells us how people make plans when threatened with fines, police harassment, and other coercive measures.

In reality, the experience of the 1957–58 pandemic—or even the 1918–19 pandemic—gives us no reason to believe that joblessness should be increasing at unprecedented rates and that GDP would collapse by catastrophic levels. In a modern industrialized economy, that sort of economic damage is only achievable through government intervention, such as socialist coups, wars, and forced economic shutdowns in the name of combating disease.

The cost in terms of human life will be significant. One study contends that the current economic downturn could lead to seventy-five thousand “deaths of despair.” This is not shocking, however, since the fatal effects of unemployment and economic decline have been known for decades.

Defenders of lockdowns will likely continue to claim that “we have no choice” but to continue lockdowns for long periods of time. At the very least, many claim that the lockdowns until now have been “worth it.” Yet the efficacy of lockdowns remains an open question, and has hardly been proven. Meanwhile, the world faces the worst economic disaster experienced in centuries. It didn’t have to be this way.

  • 1. a. b. For example, Politico this week quotes an economist who says  the disease itself is the cause of the economic downturn. “The economic story really isn’t about lockdowns, and we’re going to make mistakes by pursuing that narrative. It really is about the disease.”
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  • 200 Lawmakers From 23 Countries Unite To Resist China’s Latest “Comprehensive Assault” On Hong Kong’s Autonomy | ZeroHedge News

    As the Politburo Standing Committee prepares to weave a new “National Security” law banning all “subversive” activities linked to “foreign” influences or “terrorism” – a popular byword for the pro-democracy movement on the mainland – into Hong Kong’s Basic Law, 200 lawmakers from nearly two dozen countries have spoken up to condemn the decision, which was set in motion during China’s two-day National Party Congress, which was held in Beijing this past week 2 months after it was initially scheduled to take place.

    The letter reads:

    We, the co-signed, write to express grave concerns about the unilateral introduction of national security legislation by Beijing in Hong Kong.

    This is a comprehensive assault on the city’s autonomy, rule of law, and fundamental freedoms. The integrity of one-country, two systems hangs by a thread.

    It is the genuine grievances of ordinary Hong Kongers that are driving protests. Draconian laws will only escalate the situation further, jeopardizing Hong Kong’s future as an open Chinese international city.

    If the international community cannot trust Beijing to keep its word when It comes to Hong Kong, people will be reluctant to take its word on other matters. Sympathetic governments must unite to say that this flagrant breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration cannot be tolerated.

    The list includes several prominent members of the Senate from both parties, including Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Sen Bob Menendez and others. As we noted in our initial coverage, the party congress voted to approve a resolution calling for the Standing Committee to make the necessary constitutional changes just a day after the Senate voted unanimously to approve a new bill threatening to de-list Chinese companies from American securities exchanges if they don’t comply with US auditing standards, which Chinese companies have heretofore refused, creating tremendous opportunities for people like Carson Block to get tremendously rich, while the retail bagholders who invest in companies like Luckin Coffee.

    Last week, the US added more than 30 new Chinese companies to a blacklist over human rights abuses, then an ‘independent’ security firm leaked a report revealing how many of America’s largest tech companies were providing services for these firms (despite Google employees qualms about the company’s work for the Defense Department being “amoral”).

    But we digress.

    China’s crackdown, coming in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak that Beijing (either wittingly or unwittingly) unleashed upon the world, is a brazen gesture that President Xi has no intentions of “playing nice” with the West – at least, not anymore. While some might blame President Trump for opening “Pandora’s Box” by starting the bilateral trade war, others, including the last British governor of Hong Kong – who was present when the British flag was lowered for the last time over the city-state’s seat of government back in 1997 – insist that the West has been chasing a “pot of gold” – unfettered access to Chinese markets – that never really existed.

    Chris Patten, the former HK governor, claimed during a recent interview that he has believed for years that Beijing never had any intention of “liberalizing” its economy, or its political system, as the British hoped when they initially decided to hand Hong Kong back to the CCP.

    Now, with President Trump cancelling arms control treaties and plotting the first US nuclear test in 30 years, investors like David Tepper now see an armed conflict between the US and China as a tail risk that – however remote – may be worth hedging against.

    In Hong Kong, hundreds of pro-democracy protesters hit the streets on Sunday, though their numbers were much smaller than the crowds that battled with police last fall.

    We suspect there’s more to blame than just the coronavirus for that.

    Source: 200 Lawmakers From 23 Countries Unite To Resist China’s Latest “Comprehensive Assault” On Hong Kong’s Autonomy

    THEY DID IT AGAIN! CBS Caught Using Photo from Ukraine in 2016 in Their ‘Panic Porn’ on Coronavirus in Children — The Gateway Pundit

    In April CBS News was caught using footage from an Italian hospital to describe conditions in New York City.

    Emergency Room Footage on CBS Matched Footage from Italian Hospital!

    CBS wanted the pandemic to look as horrible as possible so they used Italian footage to describe New York City at the time.

    This weekend they did it again!

    CBS News was caught using photo from 2016 in Ukraine to describe a baby suffering from Kawasaki disease linked to coronavirus.

    Here is the 2016 photo describing an infant suffering from Coxsackie virus.

    And here is the same image used by CBS to describe a rare condition in children linked to the coronavirus.

    They had to find a good scary picture to promote their ongoing “panic porn” on coronavirus.

    It should be noted that, despite the comments by Dr. Fauci, this skin condition linked to the coronavirus is seen every year in 13 of 100,000 children in a Canadian study.
    Dr. Fauci is not being completely honest with the American public again.

    via THEY DID IT AGAIN! CBS Caught Using Photo from Ukraine in 2016 in Their ‘Panic Porn’ on Coronavirus in Children — The Gateway Pundit

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    DINO PORRAZZO at Right Wing Tribune FLASHBACK!

    Hunter Biden move over.

    Now Nancy Pelosi’s son may be looking to take center stage with the Ukraine controversy.

    Paul Pelosi, Jr. spent time in Ukraine in 2017.

    “BOOM: Nancy Pelosi’s son Paul Pelosi Jr. (who went to Ukraine in 2017) was a board member of Viscoil and executive at its related company NRGLab, which DID ENERGY Business in UKRAINE!

    And Nancy Pelosi appeared in a promotional video for the company!”

    What in the hell?

    BOTH Biden’s and Pelosi’s sons have strong ties to Ukraine?

    Who goes to Ukraine?

    I’m sure most people reading this have sent their sons to Ukraine at some point.

    I’m probably just being paranoid.

    (Washington Free Beacon) The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged a company co-founded by Paul Pelosi Jr. with fraud on Wednesday after learning that two convicted criminals were running the business.

    Paul Pelosi Jr., the son of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), was the president and chief operating officer of Natural Blue Resources Inc., an investment company he cofounded that focuses on “environmentally-friendly” ventures.

    The SEC charged four individuals with fraud, including former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya, and suspended trading in the company’s stock. Pelosi owned over 10 million shares in the company in 2009.

    The SEC said Wednesday the company was “secretly controlled” by James E. Cohen and Joseph Corazzi, both of whom had previous fraud convictions.


    The SEC suspended trading in Natural Blue stock. A notice filed in the Federal Register on Wednesday by Jill M. Peterson, assistant secretary of the SEC, revealed that the company has not filed any periodic reports, which are required by law, with the SEC in four years.

    “It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of Natural Blue Resources, Inc. because it has not filed any periodic reports since the period ended September 30, 2010,” Peterson said, in the order announcing suspension of trading.

    The Free Beacon reported that Pelosi was still listed with The New Mexico Office of the Secretary of State Business Service Division as the president of Natural Blue at the time it filed the report.

    The New Mexico Office of the Secretary of State Business Service Division had designated Natural Blue as a company “not in good standing.”

    From Patrick Howley at National File:

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s son Paul Pelosi Jr. visited Ukraine in 2017 to meet with government officials in connection to a business initiative. Now, unearthed records reveal that Paul Pelosi Jr. was an executive of a gas industry company that did business in Ukraine – and his mother Nancy Pelosi was featured in one of the company’s promotional videos.

    Paul Pelosi Jr. travelled to Kiev, Ukraine in July 2017 in his capacity as executive director of the Corporate Governance Initiative, a position that he accepted months earlier in February 2017. Pelosi Jr. said that he was in Ukraine to discuss a youth soccer partnership with the government.

    The American Mirror, which flagged Pelosi Jr.’s appearance in 2017, preserved a clip of Pelosi Jr. on the Ukrainian station following the video’s removal from YouTube.

    On March 5, 2013, NRGLab New Technology posted two videos on Youtube. One video opened with a clip of Nancy Pelosi discussing energy-efficient technology, followed by a direct-to-camera statement from her son Paul Pelosi Jr., filmed in Washington, D.C. in 2010.

    “My name’s Paul Pelosi. Of course I’m on the board of Viscoil. And Viscoil is here today to talk about accelerating the future. It’s about using cars in a more efficient manner. It’s about utilizing natural resources, whether it be electricity, or gas, or fossil fuels in a more efficient way. And Viscoil is a part of that solution,” Paul Pelosi Jr. said in the video.

    Big Name Dems (and their offspring) are really piling up now with this Ukraine controversy.

    Paul Pelosi Jr. co-founded the company Natural Blue Resources, which the SEC charged with securities fraud in 2014.

    Portions of this article originally appeared at DC Clothesline and was republished with permission from  Dean Garrison.

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    Source: Democrat Party in Shambles — Pelosi’s Son Now Involved In Ukraine Scandal

    Sunday’s Hymn: I Will Sing the Wondrous Story — Rebecca Writes



    I’ve sung these words to all three of these tunes. This hymn is associated with Ira Sankey because he published it in his Sacred Songs and Solos. He did not, however, write it.

    I will sing the wondrous story
    Of the Christ who died for me,
    How he left the realms of glory
    For the cross on Calvary.

    Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
    Of the Christ who died for me,
    Sing it with the saints in glory,
    Gathered by the crystal sea.

    I was lost: but Jesus found me,
    Found the sheep that went astray,
    Raised me up and gently led me
    Back into the narrow way.

    Faint was I, and fears possessed me,
    Bruised was I from many a fall;
    Hope was gone, and shame distressed me:
    But his love has pardoned all.

    Days of darkness still may meet me,
    Sorrow’s path I oft may tread;
    But his presence still is with me,
    By his guiding hand I’m led.

    He will keep me till the river
    Rolls its waters at my feet:
    Then he’ll bear me safely over,
    Made by grace for glory meet.

    —Fran­cis H. Row­ley

    via Sunday’s Hymn: I Will Sing the Wondrous Story — Rebecca Writes

    The world’s biggest investors are notoriously skeptical of the stock market’s bet for a quick economic recovery — and warning that the ‘fantasy’ rally will soon come crashing down | Business Insider

    • Stanley Druckenmiller, Howard Marks, and other investing legends have recently voiced concern about the pace of the stock market’s rally during a devastating economic crisis.
    • Mutual-fund managers are also expressing this view in surveys and through their demand for companies with lots of cash.
    • Experts worry the economy will recover slower than is being priced in, and are alarmed at the expectation that markets will perpetually gain from the Fed’s support.
    • Click here for more BI Prime stories.

    Some of the biggest heavyweights on Wall Street are worried that the fastest stock-market crash of their lifetimes is fading at an unsustainable pace.

    The gradual reopening of shuttered businesses by states — including all 50 as of last week — is boosting investors’ confidence that the coronavirus-driven recession will be sharp but brief. Multiple reports of progress on a vaccine have also brightened expectations for a recovery and helped lift the S&P 500 more than 25% from its March 23 low.

    Perhaps most importantly, the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department have led a massive effort to provide main street with the cash it forwent by going into lockdown, and Wall Street with the liquidity it needs to keep credit markets functioning.

    The unprecedented scale of this support, particularly from the Fed, is at the heart of why several top investors doubt the longevity of the rally.

    A V-shaped recovery ‘fantasy’

    The roll call of skeptics begins with legendary investor Stanley Druckenmiller, chairman and CEO of the Duquesne Family Office. He was fairly bullish before the pandemic. But these days, he is speaking in bearish superlatives.

    “The risk-reward for equity is maybe as bad as I’ve seen it in my career,” Druckenmiller recently told the Economic Club of New York during a virtual event. He worries too many investors expect that new liquidity from the Fed will flow into the markets indefinitely following a few strong months.

    He is also concerned that the distributed stimulus money may not be sufficient to quickly recover the economy.

    “I pray I’m wrong on this, but I just think that the V-out is a fantasy,” he said, referring to a V-shaped recovery.

    Add Marc Lasry, the CEO of Avenue Capital, to the camp of those who anticipate a recovery that looks more like a U than a V.

    The billionaire investor told CNBC he expected the US to be in a recession “for a while” due to the extent of damage on the scene.

    “If you’re going to have all these people unemployed, it’s hard to end up coming out of a recession until that changes,” Lasry said. “It’s going to be a difficult couple years.”

    Oaktree Capital, one of the world’s largest credit investors, is already positioning itself to profit from the wreckage. The firm reportedly plans to raise $15 billion for the largest distressed-debt fund in history, built to swoop in on struggling companies and assume controlling stakes in some, according to Bloomberg.

    Its billionaire founder Howard Marks is also wary of the extent to which the market is propped up by the Fed.

    “Those of us in the markets believe that stocks and bonds are selling at prices they wouldn’t sell at if the Fed were not the dominant force,” he told Bloomberg TV. “So if the Fed were to recede, we would all take over as buyers, but I don’t think at these levels.”

    Mutual fund managers are also skeptical

    The mistrust of a quick recovery — and of this rally that is pricing one in — extends beyond the punditry of cable television.

    A recent Bank of America survey of 194 fund managers who collectively oversee $591 billion in assets found that more than two-thirds of them think this is a bear-market rally. Only 10% of managers expect a V-shaped recovery.

    A Goldman Sachs report on mutual fund holdings further exposed how some of these managers are expressing their views in portfolios. The net result of their allocation shifts is a reluctance to price in a brisk comeback.

    “Shifts in mutual fund sector and factor exposures suggest that managers expect a U-shaped recovery,” said David Kostin, the chief US equity strategist.

    He found that in the first quarter, the average fund reduced its allotments to strategies that stand to benefit from an economic recovery, including cyclicals and value stocks. Fund managers also reduced their exposure to bond proxies that would be protective during another severe downturn.

    Instead of these characteristics, mutual funds prized stocks with balance sheets that are strong enough to weather a widespread solvency crisis.

    Their sectoral allocation is also instructive. During the past month, fund managers have rotated from defensive sectors like utilities to secular growth sectors like tech and healthcare.

    But Kostin is not quick to characterize this shift away from defensives as a bullish signal. After all, tech and healthcare are the best-performing sectors year-to-date, and managers who are tasked with beating the market do not want to miss out.

    Kostin says their sector rotation simply shows a shift from “pessimism to skepticism around the economic restart.” And that quote captures why several investing legends are not calling the outright end of the crisis just yet.

    Source: The world’s biggest investors are notoriously skeptical of the stock market’s bet for a quick economic recovery — and warning that the ‘fantasy’ rally will soon come crashing down