Saturday, February 20, 2021

Biden Says No Normalcy ’til Christmas, Franklin Graham Says Too Much Gov’t ‘Control Over Our Lives’

 

President Joe Biden bows his head in prayer, during a virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service in the State Dining Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Life expectancy in the United States dropped an entire year in the first half of 2020 after a wave of coronavirus deaths swept the nation. It fell from 78.8 years in 2019 down to 77.8 years in 2020. It’s the biggest drop since World War II.

The study shows minorities suffered worst with black people losing nearly three years and Hispanics almost two. 

Meanwhile, extreme winter weather has either halted or delayed vaccine distribution in 34 states. President Biden is pledging most Americans can get a shot by the end of July but says it could be longer before life begins to return to normal. Related


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“By next Christmas, I think we’ll be in a very different circumstance, God willing, than we are today,” Biden said. 

“A year from now, I think that there will be significantly fewer people having to be socially distanced, having to wear a mask, but we don’t know. We don’t know for certain, but it is highly unlikely that, by the beginning of the next school year, traditional school year in September, we are not significantly better off than we are today,” he said.

Franklin Graham says Biden’s prediction is just another reason to be concerned that the U.S. government has too much power to control people’s lives in America.

“We want this president—every president—to do well, but our nation is facing serious problems. @POTUS  Biden indicated that the COVID restrictions could go on through the end of the year. It should concern all Americans that our government has this much control over our lives,” Graham tweeted.

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Dr. Fauci is taking an even longer view, predicting a “degree of normalcy”  by the start of 2022.

Graham is calling on Christians to keep praying for a return to normal in America.

New virus cases and hospitalizations are down quite a bit in the past few weeks, but COVID has still claimed the lives of nearly half a million Americans. 

And the pandemic continues to strain the economy, forcing unemployment applications to rise again in America.  The latest numbers from the Labor Department show 861,000 Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week. That’s up about 13,000 from the week prior. 
 
More than 18 million are receiving some sort of unemployment. With so many people suffering, Biden is appealing for lawmakers to support his $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. Vice President Kamala Harris would be the tie-breaking vote if needed due to Republican opposition in the Senate over the massive deficit spending in the plan. 

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Monday, February 15, 2021

The Economic Crisis Caused By This Pandemic Has Dramatically Altered How Americans Are Living Their Lives – Michael Snyder

 

Posted: 14 Feb 2021 03:18 PM PST

This seemingly endless COVID pandemic is causing immense stress for millions of ordinary Americans.  In past articles, I have discussed the fact that surveys have shown that Americans are drinking more alcohol and taking more drugs during this pandemic.  Even more alarming, we have seen suicide rates spike over the past 12 months as well.  Sadly, this isn’t just happening here in the United States.  All over the globe, more people are ending their own lives during this pandemic.  But of course most people aren’t going to go that far.  Instead, most people are just going to quietly struggle along, but in the process many of them are making huge changes to their lifestyles.

For example, this pandemic appears to be greatly affecting both marriage and divorce rates.  Here are just a couple of examples

In Oregon, divorces in the pandemic months of March through December were down about 24% from those months in 2019; marriages were down 16%. In Florida, for the same months, divorces were down 20% and marriages were down 27%.

I can understand why so many Americans are putting off marriage right now.  A wedding can be extremely expensive, and many Americans may be hesitant to permanently tie the knot with so much economic uncertainty in our future.

But why are divorce rates down by so much?

That is a very good question.  Limited access to courts during the lockdowns was certainly one factor, and many Americans are also concerned about what a divorce would mean for them financially

One reason for fewer divorces: In many states, access to courts for civil cases was severely curtailed during the pandemic’s early stages. Another reason, according to marriage counselors, is that many couples backed off from a possibly imminent divorce for fear it would only worsen pandemic-fueled financial insecurity.

Meanwhile, this pandemic has also caused more Americans than ever to put off having children.

In fact, birth rates are way down all over the country

According to a Bloomberg analysis, births decreased by 19 percent in California between December 2019 and December 2020. Data from Florida, Hawaii, Arizona, and Ohio show large declines in birth rates since the pandemic started compared to the previous year’s data, too. A survey conducted by Modern Fertility, a company that sells fertility tests directly to consumers, found that 30 percent of nearly 4,000 people surveyed stated they changed their fertility plans due to COVID-19. One in four of those respondents said they’ve become unsure about having children at all; the most commonly cited reason was uncertainty about the world.

At the beginning of this pandemic, some had suggested that we may see a “baby boom”, but it appears that we are experiencing a “baby bust” instead.

The rising cost of living is causing a tremendous amount of stress for ordinary Americans as well.

Thanks to the crazy spending that Congress has been doing and the reckless money printing that the Federal Reserve has been engaged in, the money supply is skyrocketing and prices are aggressively rising all over the country.

Just look at what has been happening to natural gas prices.  The recent cold snap has created a dramatic spike in demand, and this has pushed natural gas prices to unprecedented levels.  The following comes from Zero Hedge

… we hit the proverbial offerless market where any natgas that was available would be purchased at virtually any price, which is why midcontinent prices such as the Oneok OGT nat gas spot exploded from $3.46 one week ago, to $9 on Wednesday, $60.28 on Thursday and an insane $377.13 on Friday, up 32,000% in a few days. This is one of those places where having a limit up circuit breaker could actually be useful, even though there simply is nowhere near enough product to satisfy demand at any price hence the explosive move.

Hubs across the Midcontinent led the surge in prices again Feb. 12 as weather forecasts predicted the coldest temperatures in more than a decade would hit the region over the upcoming holiday weekend. Platts reported that at locations across Kansas, Oklahoma and Eastern Arkansas, hub prices were trading at single-day record highs around $200 to $300/MMBtu. Regional hubs, which typically service only limited local demand, saw fierce competition among shippers, utilities and end-users looking to meet weekend requirements.

This is a reminder of what can happen when things get crazy.

If a short-term cold spell can cause this much chaos, what would happen during a long-term national emergency?

That is something to think about.

Other Americans don’t need to worry about heating their homes, because this pandemic has forced them to live in their vehicles

Americans are being driven into their vehicles by pandemic-fueled woes. And their ranks are likely to grow as the government safety net frays and evictions and foreclosures rise.

“It’s in times of crisis that the fragility of our systems are laid bare,” said Graham Pruss, a postdoctoral scholar with the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative at the UC San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations.

Particularly on the west coast, government officials have been setting up huge parking lots where those that live in their vehicles can sleep safely at night.

Many of those that are now sleeping in their vehicles were once living comfortable middle class lifestyles, but now this crisis has changed everything.  Nicholas Atencio and Heather Surovik are two examples

For months, Nicholas Atencio and girlfriend Heather Surovik spent nearly every minute of their lives together in a 2000 Cadillac Escalade.

After Atencio, 33, lost his job as a plumber in May, he and Surovik, 36, delivered for Grubhub by day and at night curled up with their puppy on an air bed in the back of their car parked in a lot in Longmont, Colorado, dreaming of being reunited under one roof with Surovik’s teenage son who was living with his grandmother.

Have you ever spent a night in a vehicle?

If you have, then you already know that it isn’t pleasant.

Unfortunately, once eviction moratoriums are finally lifted all over the country we are going to see the largest tsunami of evictions in American history.

So that means that a lot more people are going to end up sleeping in their vehicles.

These are very troubled times, and they are about to get even more troubled…

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

New Israeli Drug Could Hold a Key to Stopping the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

New Israeli Drug Could Hold a Key to Stopping the COVID-19 Pandemic

Feb. 14, 2021 CBN News Jerusalem Julie Stahl

TEL AVIV, Israel – An Israeli drug that has been successful in initial trials, could hold a key in blunting the COVID-19 pandemic. Thirty patients in serious condition participated in the trial and all recovered, most of them in less than a week. 

Sonya Cohen was one of them and she could one day be seen as a walking miracle.

Coming to the hospital with COVID-19, she was unable to breathe. She was placed in intensive care and needed oxygen.Related


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That’s when professor Nadir Arber, head of the Preventive Medicine Division at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center, came to her and asked if she would be part of a clinical trial for a new drug. Sonya said yes.

“From the first [dose of the drug], it’s possible to say I felt a lot better. After two days I got off the oxygen in stages and I could breathe,” Sonya told CBN News. “I could really breathe. I felt that I was between life and death. Thanks to God and of course thanks to the doctors.”


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CBN News was at the hospital recently when Sonya returned with gifts in hand to thank Dr Arber in person.

“I want to say thank you for everything. You saved my life. I was in a poor condition and now I’m better,” Sonya told Arber.  

Now researchers are eager to take the treatment on to the next steps toward approval. 

“This is a drug. It is very simple. We give it to patients with severe disease before they are going to deteriorate to very severe disease that mandate[s] ventilations and even [leads to] mortality,” Arber told CBN News.

Arber is directing the research on developing the anti-corona-virus drug, EXO-CD24, a treatment derived from a cell line established from a child aborted decades ago.

“We had a lot of experience on the CD24. We also had started to work on exosomes. Exosomes [are] something exciting. This is how a cell talks to each other. Cell-[to]-cell interaction. It’s amazing cells in our body speak to each other, exchange information,” Arber explained.

He says for most people COVID-19 is like a regular flu. But for about five to seven percent of those who get it, it gets much worse.

“We don’t really treat the corona, we treated the endpoint,” he said. “There [are] over-reactions of the immune system. The immune system is acting furiously and mainly in the lung releasing a lot of cytokines and chemokines that usually fight infections but now they are destroying the lung tissue, which is very friable,” Arber said. 


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That’s the point they intervene and administer their treatment, which Arber says interrupts this cytokine storm.

“And we give it by inhalation. It’s very simple. It’s like 2-3 minutes per day and you do it for five days. So, we enrolled 30 patients in phase one,” he said. “We checked for safety and the drug was very safe. No side effects whatsoever.”  

All 30 patients in that phase one trial recovered. 

According to Arber, most of the patients went home in three to five days. Since the first patient in the trial was involved on September 26, they’ve had almost 150 days to follow-up.  They have found the drug to be very safe and effective without side-effects. 

While Arber believes the vaccination push is important, he also feels this drug could have an even bigger impact if the remaining two phases of important human trials are successful.  

“The biggest advantage of my drug, if it’s effective of course, is that I can produce it fast, efficient, and cheap.  Within a few months, I can supply the entire world’s needs. So, this is exciting,” he said. 

Arber recently briefed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the treatment’s progress.   Netanyahu said if the EXO-CD24 succeeds the results would have “global significance.” 

Later, at a press conference with the visiting Greek prime minister, Netanyahu praised the results and reported that Greek hospitals would join in the clinical trials.

“If you’re infected by corona and you’re seriously ill and you have a lung problem, you take this, you inhale this, with a saline solution and you come out, feeling good,” Netanyahu said holding up the tiny bottle that contains the drug.

Arber says many more countries want to participate and he believes this could just be the beginning.  

“And then it’s going to be the platform for many other disease[s], which overreact, like auto-immune disease in the lung[s] and in the entire body.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Why Wasn’t Trump Inaugurated January 20th, 2021? – Pastor Steve Cioccolanti Christian Prophecy News

 

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