Mark Sidney| ‘The law of the instrument, law of the hammer, Maslow’s hammer (or gavel), or golden hammer is a cognitive bias that involves an over-reliance on a familiar tool. As Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail,’ Wikipedia explains.
Before I disclose the statements that Dr. Fauci made to a group of students at Georgetown University Medical Center back in January 2017, I want to make it clear that I am not implying that Fauci knew about the current ‘situation’ in advance or did anything nefarious to instigate it.
I, and many others, just found his warning to be very interesting, and to be frank, seemingly accurate. For this reason, and this reason alone, I thought you may want to know exactly what the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.
During his lecture to the students of Georgetown, Dr. Fauci stated:
“If there’s one message that I want to leave with you today based on my experience, is that there is no question that there will be a challenge to the coming administration in the arena of infectious diseases.”
“The history of the last 32 years that I’ve been the director of NIAID will tell the next administration that there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that they will be faced with the challenges that their predecessors were faced with.”
“We will definitely get surprised in the next few years.”
That statement struck me as odd seeing as, most of the time, the definitions of ‘definitely’ and ‘surprised’ seem to be at odds with one another.
The doctor’s comments came as part of a keynote address he delivered during a “Pandemic Preparedness in the Next U.S. Presidential Administration,” event which featured some of the world’s foremost minds in the arena of global health.
Another leader in the field, Dr. Ashish Jha, who is the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, stated “If you think about all the things that could very quickly devastate a population, devastate a country, pandemics is really near if not at the top of that list,”
If we look at history, it is not unreasonable for Fauci to expect some sort of health crisis, or hysteria surrounding a possible health crisis, to engulf the nation.
Take for instance the Zika outbreak that occurred during the Obama administration, or the Ebola scare. Then, there was also H5N1. Outbreaks are always occurring throughout the world, and some inevitably make their way into the United States.
“We need [a public health emergency fund] because of what we had to go through for Zika,” Dr. Fauci stated. Alluding to the mosquito-borne infection that had mothers worried about contracting Zika and it resulting in birth defects in their babies.
Fauci expressed his concern for how long it took to get the $1.9 BILLION in funding Obama asked for to fight Zika, explaining;
“I mean, it was very, very painful when the president asked for the $1.9 billion in February and we didn’t get it until September. That was a very painful process.”
According to CDC.gov, in 2016, the year of the Zika scare: 5,168 symptomatic Zika virus disease cases reported within the United States. However, there were 36,512 symptomatic Zika virus disease cases reported in US territories.
The, now famous Fauci, went on “There is outbreaks that are very profound, acute and dramatic — like Ebola, like what we’ve seen with Zika.”
“And then there are outbreaks that may be really subtle. They’re happening and you’re not necessarily noticing them.”
You can watch Fauci’s address in full below:
I suppose that it was not a long shot to expect that there would be some sort of biological incident during Trump’s tenure. However, I do not think anyone could have foreseen something that caused such a global and economically crippling response, do you?
California’s Orange County is the newest to consider joining the long list of counties to declare racism a public health emergency.
Eighty-three cities and counties, across nineteen states, have passed such resolutions pointing to systemic racism as a root cause of health problems that disproportionately affect minorities.
According to experts supporting these resolutions, disparities found in the health and well-being of different ethnic communities is a direct result of systemic racism.
Dr. Ravi Kavasery, a physician with AltaMed Health Services, serving the Orange County and Los Angeles communities, told the Orange County Register that patients “are scared to seek medical care because of policies such as the ‘public charge’ rule.”
The “public charge” rule is a factor the Department of Homeland Security uses to determine whether immigrants seeking permanent resident status are likely to become dependent on governmental assistance.
Dr. Kavasery asserted in his statement that the rule “actively discourages immigrants and people of color from seeking medical care. It’s an excellent example that shows the link between systemic racism and public health. You see unequal access and health outcomes.”
Paula Tran Inzeo, director of Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health with the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, explained that the “toxic stress they experience due to racism and discrimination puts their bodies in a constant state of fighting. They get sick sooner and stay sick longer.”
Milwaukee County was the first U.S. county to declare racism a public health crisis over a year ago in May of 2019 .
Both King County and Pierce County in Washington State passed resolutions back in June of this year.
In the Board of Health of King County’s resolution, they stated their commitment to address “institutional and systemic racism”, to create policies “with a racial justice and equity lens” and committed themselves to continual education and involvement in antiracist work.
The King County resolution reads in part:
“racism harms every person in our society and is the root cause of poverty and economic inequality…”
“we recognize that historically and currently King County has been complicit in maintaining and perpetuating structural racism, and that as an institution the Board of Health must stand in support of dismantling oppressive systems grounded in white supremacy.”
These resolutions have seen pushback. The Inland Empire Citizens Action Committee and Foothill Taxpayers Association – located in Southern California -wrote a memorandum calling the resolutions “Collectivist/Marxist rhetoric”.
“If racism is defined as systemic or structural,” the memorandum read, “the narrative is set in stone to demand reparations from the current generation to the current generation of blacks and people of color. Defining it as systemic indicts the entire nation for the sins of past generations without a trial.”
Florida residents Jose Freire Interian and his wife, Yohana Anahi Gonzalez, were arrested on Wednesday for violating quarantine orders after being diagnosed with COVID.
They were charged with breaking quarantine during a public health emergency and violating emergency management – both considered second-degree misdemeanor charges in Key West.
Key West City Manager Greg Veliz said of the arrest, “If the law allows someone to be arrested for violating a quarantine order and they continue to thumb their nose at the law – yeah, they should be arrested.”
As reported by the Miami Herald, the couple tested positive for COVID on July 15th and were required by the Florida Department of Health to self-isolate for 14 days.
On July 20th, the couple was reported to have gone to the grocery store. The activity was reported to authorities and the couple was ordered again to stay home until July 31st.
On Wednesday, Interian took his dog for a walk. A neighbor recorded his activity on video and submitted the video to the police. Police officers showed up later that afternoon with arrest warrants for both Interian and Gonzalez.
The couple posted bail on Thursday and have a court date for August 10th. If convicted, they could face up to 60 days in jail.
While these arrests have been rare nationwide, they do raise concern about the power of the state over citizens’ activities during a health emergency.
Florida Statute 381.00315 does give the State Health Officer the power to subject any individual who “poses a danger to the public health” to isolation or quarantine, enforceable by law enforcement.
Interian and Gonzalez have not been the only ones who have faced arrest for violating quarantine.
A couple in Kentucky was placed on house arrest, complete with ankle monitors, earlier this month after the wife tested positive for COVID.
In Hawaii, out-of-state travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days. 182 people have so far been arrested for violating quarantine orders.
Republican Pat McCrory, the former Governor of North Carolina deconstructed the latest press release by current Democrat Roy Cooper, who has insisted on dragging the state through a slow and agonizing re-open after Cooper’s Pandemic concerns have put the state in disarray and depression.
“We are announcing a Statewide curfew on the sale of alcohol,” Cooper said. “Bars will remain closes, and they have not been opened for a reason, because health experts say that places, where people gather closely, are a high transmission setting for this virus,” Cooper said at the press conference.
McCory announced Cooper’s latest harassment of North Carolinians on his radio program, after months of demanding bars and work out centers must remail in total shutdown and all businesses must require their patrons to wear face masks, Cooper dug in deeper and made a further demand; No more Alcholol after 11PM.
“Cooper has started a Curfew on sale of alcohol which starts Friday, July 31st 11 PM, Bars will remain close,” McCrory said.
Reading from a transcript, McCrory repeated what Cooper said, “We want to prevent restaurants from becoming bars after hours.”
“That doesn’t include grocery stores or convenience stores, The hypocrisy and deceit in that statement is amazing. We have not opened up bars except in restraints and taverns that the Governor made an exception for, and what happens after 11:00?” McCrory said.
Actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 are starting to have an impact, but we need to double down. Stopping alcohol sales at 11 pm is a targeted strategy that can help move us in the right direction.https://t.co/dSM4zuorew
But not all establishments selling alcohol are restaurants. Cooper allowed an exemption to the demand bars stay closed by allowing wineries and breweries to open and serve alcohol.
The show host pointed out that the Breweries and Taverns the Governor made the exemptions can serve alcohol as long as they have food trucks.
It all seems very unscientific, the hosts pointed out. “The media is taking it hook line and sinker,” McCrory said. “Can you imagine when I was Governor any reporter accepting this type of crazy story,” he said. “None of them asked about the strip clubs which we know are open after 11 can serve alcohol,” McCrory said.
“The lobbyist group for one group is stronger than the lobbyist group for another group,” McCrory said.
Are strip clubs a restaurant? No media asked for any clarification.
“Strip clubs are still open after 11:00 because they have a buffet. They really are. This is a joke. The Media is a joke,” McCrory.
In the midst of all the bad news, there are uplifting stories about events that change people’s lives.
Life is a gift from God and Time, after saving faith, is a commodity most sought after. We can’t get it back, once lived, and what we do with it, will determine our eternal destiny and our legacy here on Earth.
Human life begins at conception as the cells and instructions in the baby’s DNA, starting working immediately to assemble, form, and develop each unique pre-born baby.
The goal of this article is to encourage all women to pursue LIFE and not look backward, condemning those who already made life-ending decisions, which can’t be changed but should also not be repeated moving forward. God forgives and loves those who come to Him.
As explained in God’s Word, humanity has been killing babies from almost the beginning of time. For various reasons, but none justified.
Abortion in modern times has been a point of contention. Some so-called pro-choice” activists, fight to give the mother the option to have her child killed, but in clinics, while she sleeps. Many times these clinics tell expecting mothers they are not carrying a baby, which makes it easier to allow the “procedure” to take place. Some women don’t feel like they can take care of a baby which leads some to also consider abortion, as their “only option”.
Pro-life counseling is a necessity outside of abortion businesses because abortion workers are not trained to give pro-life options to women. They are trained to sell abortions. With over 70% of post-abortive women stating they felt coerced to abort, ensuring that women have all of the facts and information before they choose to abort is vital to saving their babies’ lives and their own health as well.
Betty (not her real name) refers to the moment she found out she was pregnant as “the worst.” She felt “hopeless and helpless” and completely alone. Without a home or a stable income, she felt her only choice was abortion and made an appointment at a Marie Stopes abortion facility in the UK.
Unable to work because of extreme morning sickness, she was living in a room in an apartment. Her boyfriend didn’t have a stable job. Betty decided the best thing to do was to have an abortion so things could “go back to normal” and eventually she’d return to work. Abortion wasn’t what she wanted, but she felt as though it was what she had to do because of her situation.
“I went to my GP and I told him ‘I’m pregnant and I want to have an abortion,” she said in an essay for the group Be Here for Me. “He referred me to a clinic which they call Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing. I was 11 weeks pregnant.”
When she arrived at the facility, a pro-life woman named Lorraine was there, standing outside. From the moment Betty met Lorraine, everything changed.
“For me, it was definitely down to God that I missed a bus and was late because I may not have met Lorraine otherwise,” she explained. “I was looking really quite haggard at this point because I was throwing up so much. Lorraine smiled and gave me a big hug when I went over and I thought, ‘Ah, this person knows what I’m going through.’”
Betty told Lorraine about her concerns — her housing being number one. Lorraine immediately called The Good Counsel Network to inquire about a safe place for Betty to live. The pro-life organization helps women with pregnancy testing, moral support, medical information, legal advice, and practical assistance so that they can more readily choose life. This made Betty rethink her abortion, but she still went into the abortion business, which she said was “full of women.”
When her name was called to go back for the abortion, Betty couldn’t go through with it. Although the abortion worker was angry with her, she refused to be bullied into an abortion.
“So I went outside and spoke to Lorraine again,” she said. “She gave me another hug and told me ‘Congratulations!’ She called my boyfriend and told him the news and said that on Monday I would have a home! I couldn’t believe it!”
This story had a great ending which must encourage us to keep praying for the end of abortion and that more people would join groups like The Good Counsel Network, to make a difference in the lives of mothers needing the better option, LIFE.
Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo posted on Twitter that he was upset about a large group who had gathered in Southhampton for a concert, ending hi silence over large gatherings, seeming to favor violent uprisings and criminal acts to dancing to music played by a DJ.
In the post, which went viral with over 8 Million views, a large group of people are seen dancing. Cuomo has called for a Department of Health investigation into infractions on Mask usage and Social Distancing.
Cuomo takes the opportunity to shame the crowd over their rebellion, and calls the dancing “Reckless endangerment of public health”:
Videos from a concert held in Southampton on Saturday show egregious social distancing violations. I am appalled.
The Department of Health will conduct an investigation.
No response or Health Department Investigation about this:
NYPD said the woman was a suspect in destroying police cameras during 5 separate incidents by City Hall. Silence from Bay Ridge officials on domestic terrorists firebombing Portland courthouse. Silence on anti-Semitic "Death to Israel" chanted in Bay Ridge, and Bay Ridge riots. pic.twitter.com/CHQ0sjTnUa
Cuomo is a radical left member of the Democrat party who, along with their allies in the Media, are claiming that peaceful Americans without masks are “intolerable”, “reckless” and “harming people with their lack of caring”, while also claiming that the violent and criminal uprisings are “peaceful”.
The Democrats are very, very serious about Masks and Social Distancing and not “holding yourself out as not caring”, about masks, as seen in this video of US House member Jerry Nadler at a House hearing Tuesday.
Of any of the US cities to use, as an example of how great a job they did fighting the “VIRUS’, New York City would NOT be one of them.
According to many, such as Gothamist, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio has a long record of missteps during their CV-19 response.
On January 24th, Mayor Bill de Blasio held his first briefing on the coronavirus crisis in New York City. At the time, there were no confirmed cases in New York City, and the focus was still on Wuhan (a week prior, it was announced that travelers from that area of China would be screened at area airports). At that first briefing, Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said, “New Yorkers should know the risk to residents of the city is low.” It’s likely the virus was already spreading here at that time, we simply weren’t testing for it.
On February 2nd, a week after that first press briefing on the virus, de Blasio said, “We understand some things about this disease… what is clear is the only way you get it is with substantial contact with someone who already has it. You don’t get it from a surface. You don’t get it from very temporary contact, based on what we know now.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said some hospitalized patients who have tested positive for the coronavirus should still return to their nursing homes — even though they risk exposing other elderly residents to the deadly bug.
“If the better care in that individual case is the hospital, of course, that’s a go-to option, but there’s going to be a time when a nursing home could be the better care if it’s set up that way,” de Blasio insisted on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday.
Well, believe it or not, the failed one, Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently praised NY for its handling of the “pandemic”. National talk show host, the Great One, Mark Levin, ripped Fauci’s appearance on PBS praising NY’S handling of the “VIRUS”.
Mark Levin ripped into White House health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who in a recent PBS interview praised New York as the model for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
“We know that when you do it properly, you bring down those cases. We have done it. We have done it in New York,” Fauci said of New York, the former COVID-19 epicenter.
More than 400,000 New Yorkers have been infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic began and at least 32,463 people have died in the state.
Levin called Fauci’s statement “shocking,” adding that Fauci’s “gift of communication” gives him an odd sort of charisma and that the mainstream media has consistently over-hyped his proficiency.
“It’s clear, he’s extremely political. He’s been in government 50 years. He’s incompetent,” Levin said of Fauci.
“He’s been in this job for 37 years. He’s been in the federal government for 50 years … that means in 2009, when they didn’t have a handle on the swine flu, when they didn’t know what they were doing, when it was pure luck, he was the infectious disease guy then, too. Remember, he’s the infectious disease guy. He’s not ‘America’s doctor‘. He’s not America’s health expert for all purposes. He’s the infectious disease guy.”
Yes, Mark, the leftists, including Fauci, have completely mishandled this virus. Why this happened, leads us to several possible options:
On accident, was a new type of virus
Due to incompetence
Was weaponized for political purposes
Of these three options, your choice would probably reveal your confidence in the morality of our government officials and might even confirm who you will be voting for on November 3rd, 2020.
Florida, the state that President Trump had to carry, the state that elected Ron DeSantis as their conservative governor, and the state that many are relocating to.
Just like CA, Florida is made up of pockets of demographics and political leanings.
In more progressive areas, like Miami-Dade, progressives are in charge and the way they operate reminds me of LA.
This means their local public officials have high regard for bigger government and less respect for the individual freedoms Americans have grown accustomed too.
The local police are setting up “Mask Traps”, just like speed traps, in which they set up where they know they can catch the most people as these areas would not typically have a need for frequent policing.
According to Local 10 News, The Police Are writing a lot of tickets!
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Dean Gonzalez was wearing his face mask when he went to a supermarket in North Miami Beach, but he received a $110 citation anyway.
He said there were police officers who were not wearing their uniforms waiting for people outside. Gonzalez recorded a video of his interaction with police officers.
“It was like a trap,” Gonzalez said. “It was a mask trap.”
Gonzalez said that as he was talking to police officers the face mask he was wearing moved down “a little bit” and exposed his nose. That was enough for the officer to threaten Gonzalez with arrest.
“You have to wear it properly,” the officer said. “If you’re not wearing it properly, it’s like you’re not wearing it at all.”
Gonzalez was furious.
“Use a little more common sense than ticketing people with masks on their actual face. Why don’t you go after people who have no mask,” Gonzalez said.
David Hinds said he is convinced the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax. An officer issued him a ticket in the city of Miami.
“It’s so ridiculous,” Hinds said. “I don’t know if I can bring myself to actually participate in this insanity.”
This is so wrong I am almost speechless. Our country is so divided we can’t even figure out if masks work and if healthy people should be required to wear them.
We must say never again! Our government must get off our backs, never shut down our country again, and never require the healthy majority to wear masks so those with pre-existing conditions can leave their homes.
America will not survive under this and more extreme forms of tyranny.
You don’t have to look too hard to see why Western nations are declining. Easy answer, over self-confidence in their own piety. For 2,000 plus years, Christian churches have influenced cultures around the world. From daily to weekly gatherings the followers of Jesus Christ sing, pray and read the Bible in acts of worship for their King.
One of the main tenants of faith is the doctrine of Total Depravity. “A state of corruption due to original sin held in Calvinism to infect every part of man’s nature and to make the natural man unable to know or obey God.” WE ARE NOT SINNERS BECAUSE WE SIN. WE SIN BECAUSE WE ARE SINNERS. —R.C. SPROUL
As David declared in the Old Testament, “Oh, God, I was born in sin, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Ps. 51:5).
“as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; (Romans 3:10)
” for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
This doctrine has kept believers in the reality that they are not capable of being righteous before God, and thus should keep their eye focused on the one who took their sins, allowing them to walk freely in God’s grace.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
As wealth and standard of living has increased in many nations, and moral relativism has crept in via social media, a larger percentage of the population are putting their security and self-righteousness in their own hands, no longer “needing God” to be moral.
Global Survey Finds 51% Think They Can Be Good Without God, Especially Those in Wealthier Nations
WASHINGTON — A global survey conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center finds that 51% of participants believe that one can be good without God. The research also suggests that those in wealthier and more “educated” nations are more apt to think they are fine without the Divine.
“What is the connection between belief in God and morality? And how important are God and prayer in people’s lives? Pew Research Center posed these questions to 38,426 people in 34 countries in 2019,” the outlet announced on Monday.
Across the six continents, 45% agreed with the statement, “Belief in God is necessary to be moral and have good values.” 51% disagreed.
However, 61% of those same respondents agreed with the statement, “God plays an important role in my life” and 53% agreed that “prayer plays an important role in my life.”
The Pew Research Center highlighted the outcomes in Europe, which had notably low outcomes.
“In the eight Western European publics surveyed, a median of just 22% say belief in God is necessary to be moral, while in the six Eastern European nations studied, a median of 33% share the same view,” it advised.
Percentages varied from country to country, with Greece topping out at 53% correlating God to good morals and Bulgaria close behind at 50%, and only 9% of Swedes, 14% of Chezchs, and 15% of Frenchmen agreeing that belief in God is necessary to be moral.
However, it wasn’t only Europe that gave cause for concern. Only 26% agreed with the statement of those polled in Canada, and 44% agreed in America. 39% of those in Japan concurred while only 19% of Australian respondents agreed that one must believe in God to be good.
John The Baptist, after baptizing Jesus, the Messiah, told his followers, He (Jesus) must increase and I must decrease. This must be the mindset of all true Christ-followers too. Jesus said as he is lifted up he will draw all men unto himself. When a man lifts himself, you end up in Sodom and Gomorrah. When Crist is lifted up you see revival.
Pray for repentance to take place in the hearts of those who have put their hope in their own works, they will fail them in the end.