MAINSTREAM MEDIA CITES DUBIOUS ‘STUDY’ CLAIMING PROTESTS DIDN’T CONTRIBUTE TO COVID-19 REBOUND

This is almost laughable.

Zero Hedge – JULY 2, 2020

Mainstream Media Cites Dubious 'Study' Claiming Protests Didn't Contribute To COVID-19 Rebound

How mainstream media outlets report on things like studies and other “pop-science” research that always seems to confirm progressive narratives – or at least that’s how it might appear to any reader who doesn’t read past the 3rd paragraph (many don’t), or doesn’t take a closer look at the research themselves.

Such is the case with a recent report published by Time Magazine proclaiming that the protests aren’t to blame for the recent resurgence in coronavirus cases in most parts of the country. Of course, a closer look shows that a more appropriate title might be “Nationwide COVID-19 Spike Caused By Protests Not As Bad As Feared”.

Already, local news reports from Texas, to California to New York to Washington DC and Minnesota (where several national guard members tested positive) have confirmed individual case who were likely infected – along with friends and others they knew – at the protests.

Furthermore, public officials across the country – most notably Bill de Blasio – took steps to obfuscate any impact the protests might have had by instructing contact tracers not to ask.

While it’s true that several cities that some major protests haven’t seen major spikes, as Time points out, many others have. In New York, the 7-day average daily case numbers have largely plateaued, but they haven’t continued to shrink like we’ve seen in Europe. PA’s governor just ordered citizens to wear masks in public after the state reported a record daily tally on Wednesday, following an uptick in cases in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.

In what’s considered the first systematic research into the issue, a team of economists determined that only one of 13 cities involved in the earliest wave of protests after Memorial Day saw an increase that would fit the “pattern”

Several cities that saw major protests, including New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, have not experienced a new surge in cases in the days and weeks following. And in cities and states that specifically set out to test protestors, like Massachusetts, Seattle, and Minnesota, the results have shown that demonstrators were not considerably more likely to test positive compared to the general population.

Of course, as Time points out, just because the resurgence didn’t happen exactly how epidemiologists assumed it would doesn’t mean the protests didn’t contribute to the spike. It just means whatever the impact was, it apparently didn’t conform to epidemiologists’ expectations.

“Mixing in large groups increases the probability of transmission. I don’t think that’s controversial,” says Chad Cotti, a professor of economics at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. But, he adds, “how much transmission you get is clearly going to be a function of the environment and the circumstances. Are people wearing masks? Are people physically touching each other? Is it indoors, is it outdoors?”

But this presents another problem as Cliff Mass writes on his Weather Blog. The lack of a surge due to the protests shows that the safety of outdoor air is now incontestable

However, but even in the Seattle’s King County, an early hotspot that was also a hotbed for protests, cases have climbed, though many have attributed this to an increase in testing. Since testing rates have climbed since the early days of the outbreak, it’s difficult to say whether the protests might be responsible for practically all of these new cases: If health officials collected this information, they would be able to say for certain how many infected people had at least attended the protests.

As Time adds: “Mixing in large groups increases the probability of transmission. I don’t think that’s controversial,” says Chad Cotti, a professor of economics at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. But, he adds, “how much transmission you get is clearly going to be a function of the environment and the circumstances. Are people wearing masks? Are people physically touching each other? Is it indoors, is it outdoors?”

Another ‘expert’ quoted by Time says the protests “support what we know”

“What I’ve seen supports things that we already knew, which are that if you’re going to gather, being further apart is better than being stuck close together, that being is masked is better than being unmasked, and that being outside is better than being inside,” says Janet Baseman, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington.

This is almost laughable. The protesters were often packed together, and many didn’t wear masks to the events. Those that did frequently had them pulled down around their chin to shout slogans and hurl obscenities at the police.

Finally, Time finishes by noting that everything reported in this ‘study’ was apparently caveated to the point of uselessness. Though many states didn’t see the initial surge in new infections, the creep – both nationally, and in many states – of cases and hospitalizations since the protests is difficult to simply dismiss. Furthermore, the rise in cases and hospitalizations with fewer fatalities is consistent with the demographics of the marchers.

In Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., respectively, several police officers and members of the D.C. National Guard tested positive following the demonstrations; law enforcement groups nationwide have been criticized for failing to wear masks during the demonstrations. Furthermore, smaller protests have continued through June, and it will take time before any spread of the virus at these more recent events shows up in the data.

The notion that we can blame all of the resurgence on bars opening prematurely is specious, though we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this was, indeed, a major contributing factor as well. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

“I think indoor transmission, events that might be happening at bars, are more important for the trajectory of the virus than the protests were,” says Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease and pandemic preparedness expert at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “What the protests added wasn’t as impactful as some of the other changes that were going on in society at the same time.”

Bottom line: If pandering public officials had the will to stand up to the woke mob, we’d be collecting more data about whether people reporting new cases attended protests. While correlation and causation are two very different things, it would be a start, at least.

WATCH: OANN’s Jack Posobiec Films Inside Seattle’s ‘Autonomous’ Zone

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JOEL B. POLLAK

Jack Posobiec, the Washington, DC-based correspondent for One America News Network (OANN), broadcast live from the Seattle, Washington, “autonomous” zone Monday morning, revealing that he had been undercover there since Friday.

Posobiec streamed live on Periscope for just over 20 minutes as he appeared to be leaving the six-block region known as the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) — or, more recently, the “Capitol Hill Occupied (or Organized) Protest” (CHOP).

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The CHAZ was set up last week after the Seattle Police Department was ordered by local authorities to abandon the Eastern Precinct after days of confrontation with Black Lives Matter demonstrators, who quickly took over the area.

Posobiec walked alongside a colleague as the two described what they had seen over three days and nights. The “day crew,” he said, which was typically shown to the outside world, was completely different from the “night crew” who inhabited the zone overnight.

Posobiec called rapper Raz Simone, who has been described on social media as the zone’s unofficial leader, a “tin-pot warlord,” adding: “There’s no rule of law whatsoever.” It was “mob rule” and “mob justice.”

Posobiec said that a member of Raz’s “crew” had assaulted another journalist for filming inside the zone.

“Also, they tried to set fire to a local auto yard, earlier,” he reported, noting that someone had broken into the facility.

He added that he had spent “the entire night” with Raz, and promised more reporting to come.

On his Twitter feed, Posobiec had posted several videos showing “law enforcement” inside the zone at night:

The zone was being policed, Posobiec said, by “Raz and elements of Antifa, both of whom are armed. So the media’s somepletely lying to you when they say there’s no armed security.” He said there was no “de-escalation” policy to avoid conflict.

“The media narrative on this place has been an absolute lie — absolute, utter lie,” Posobiec said, filming large piles of trash. “This place need to be shut down.” He added that several people had been transported outside the zone by ambulance due to drug overdoses.

Posobiec said: “I’m perfectly fine with people wanting to peaceably assemble there. … But you’ve got to have some level of public safety. … Something bad is going to happen.”

“It’s the mob,” Posobiec’s associate said.

They reported no sanitation and no “social distancing,” despite the threat of renewed coronavirus infections.

“We’re done. We’re not going back,” Posobiec said, noting that he had other sources inside, as well as sources who would continue entering and leaving the zone.

He promised a documentary to come.

Over 45,000 people had watched Posobiec’s broadcast, as of 9:00 a.m. ET on Monday.

Shootings Surge, Murders up over 100 Percent as Protesters Flood NYC

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 02: Hundreds of demonstrators again take to the streets of Manhattan to show anger at the police killing of George Floyd on June 02, 2020 in New York City. The Minneapolis Police officer ,Derek Chauvin, who was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck before …

By AWR HAWKINS

Shootings surged and murders were up over 100 percent in New York City last week as protesters flooded the streets, along with rioters who shattered windows and destroyed property.

The New York Post reports there were 13 murders from Monday, June 1, 2020, to Sunday night, June 7, 2020. There were five murders during that same time period in 2019.

Moreover, there were 40 shootings in NYC from June 1 to June 7, 2020. In 2019 “there were 24 shootings.”

The Post reported, “The increase in violence came as demonstrators marched city streets to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.”

The paper described the majority of protests as “peaceful,” but noted peaceful protesters were, at times, “overshadowed by looting and the destruction of stores in several boroughs.”

On June 9, 2020, Breitbart News reported Los Angeles witnessed a 250 percent surge in murders and a 56 percent increase in shooting victims during protest week.

The surge of violence in Los Angeles was mirrored by shootings and murders in other Democrat-controlled cities around the country.

Antifa Domestic Terrorists Take Over 6 Square Block Section in Seattle – Set Up Security Watch – Call for Armed Volunteers

By Jim Hoft – 6/10/2020

Free Capitol Hill zone in Seattle, Washington.

This is your future with no police.

Democrats want to defund the police.
But don’t worry Antifa will defend you — for a price.

Antifa domestic terrorists set up an “autonomous zone” in six square blocks in Seattle.

The antifa terrorists are advocating for “folks with firearms” to take shifts defending the barricades.

 

Reporter Andy Ngo broke this story on Twitter today.

 

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Disabled Veteran Was Shot in the Head By Roadblocking Protestor, Now on Life Support

The despicable crime has been ignored by the media.

 

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A disabled veteran who was shot in the head by a left-wing protestor in Colorado is fighting for his life. Danny Pruitt, 49, is currently on life support at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

Pruitt was shot in an altercation with George Floyd protestors in Amalosa, Colorado last Thursday. Pruitt was confronted by a group of George Floyd protestors who were blocking a road in the city’s downtown. While proceeding down the road, a protestors retrieved a gun and shot into the passenger car window of Pruitt’s vehicle. Pruitt drove off, and his black truck was located by police about a mile down the road, with the driver being debilitated from a gunshot wound.

Police are saying there is no indication that Pruitt plowed through the crowd of protestors. Alamosa police Captain Joey Spangler confirmed that “I can say we have no evidence to show that he was driving into or through the protestors.”

The Amalosa Police Department arrested a suspect in the shooting that night, 27-year old James Marshall. In a remarkable twist, the accused has been identified as a defense attorney in the community. Marshall is being charged with several serious felonies for his role in the alleged shooting, including second degree attempted murder, first degree assault, reckless endangerment, and menacing.

The shooting was caught on video, and surveillance camera footage shows it to be a heinous, calculated act of violence.

One of Pruitt’s relatives has created a GoFundMe to pay for his medical expenses. She describes Danny as the loving single father a daughter and a disabled military veteran. The latest update on his medical condition suggests that surgeons have drained some of the fluid from his head from the shooting, but that Pruitt remains in critical condition and on life support.

The GoFundMe has raised more than $120,000, and Pruitt’s niece is hoping to recieve $150,000 to pay for her uncle’s medical expenses. The man, who appears to be a highly honorable and loved American father, has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, with no national news agencies reporting the brutal and potentially politically charged shooting.

MUST SEE! Media Is HIDING This: Look at Mass Destruction in Chicago, NYC, Minneapolis and St. Louis After Just One Week of Leftist “Peaceful Protest” (SHOCKING VIDEO)

By Jim Hoft – 6/8/2020

The mainstream media is not just biases, it is not just lying to the American public. The mainstream media is the ENEMY of the American people.

Last week was a historic wake up call for the United States.
The Democrat party took their anger out on American public.

The left rioted, looted, shot and killed, burned and destroyed.

The mainstream media DID NOT show you the aftermath of the leftist rage.
They hid this from the American people.

Here is a MUST SEE video from Chicago, New York City, St. Louis and Minneapolis of the aftermath of last week’s violence and destruction.

Via Andrew Marcus

 

Wow! Minneapolis City Council President Says Calling the Police on Burglars “Comes from a Place of Privilege” (VIDEO)

By Jim Hoft – 6/8/2020

After nearly two weeks of violence, mayhem, and rioting in Minneapolis, the City Council on Sunday voted on their intent to disband the police department.

The wild proposal would invest in “community-led public safety” instead of police officers.

“We are here today because George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police Department. We are also here because, here in Minneapolis and in cities across the United States, it is clear that our existing system of policing and public safety isn’t working for so many of our neighbors,” Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender said in a written statement Sunday, obtained by the Appeal. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed.”

The effort has a veto-proof majority in the council, and many of the members have been publicly outspoken about their disdain for the police department.

On Monday Council President Lisa Bender joined Alisyn Camerota on CNN to discuss the plan.

When asked about who people will call if their home is broken into, who to call, Lisa Bender said this:

Lisa Bender: “Yes, I mean, and I hear that loud and clear from several of my neighbors, and I know, and myself too, and I know that comes from a place of privilege.”

These people are complete lunatics.

It’s leadership like this that give you this–

 

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