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February 28, 2020

Feb 28 12:27

Turkey-Russia Tensions Soar After Deadly Syria Strike

The leaders of Russia and Turkey held crisis talks Friday after 33 Turkish soldiers died in a regime air strike in Syria, prompting President Donald Trump to urge an end to the Moscow-backed Syrian offensive against rebel holdouts.

The attack by Syrian forces took place late Thursday in the northwestern province of Idlib, where President Bashar al-Assad is waging a fierce campaign to oust rebels from their last stronghold.

Trump "condemned" the attack on Turkey's troops and joined his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in calling jointly on Russia and Syria to "halt" the Idlib operation, the White House said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word please, just in case your "kitchen cabinet" failed to inform you; Idlib is sovereign Syrian territory, which the Syrian and Russian governments are working to take back from foreign -sponsored terrorists, like those Turkey has been supporting, training, funding, and arming.

The country absoflippinglutely in the wrong here, is Turkey,; not Syria, and not Russia; I do not know why you have a problem keeping this fact straight, but it appears that you very much do have a problem, keeping this fact straight.

Turkey needs to leave immediately, to ratchet down tensions here.

Feb 28 12:20

Coronavirus outbreak meets another pandemic cat bond trigger condition

The spreading global outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Covid-19) has now met another of the conditions within the trigger mechanism of the World Bank’s pandemic catastrophe bond transaction, raising the chance that noteholders face losses in the coming weeks.

coronavirus-cat-bond-china: As we have explained, the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or Covid-19) outbreak that began in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province China poses a threat to the World Bank’s $320 million IBRD CAR 111-112 pandemic catastrophe bond transaction that provides a source of insurance or reinsurance capital to back the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF).

The coronavirus outbreak has the potential to become an eligible event under the terms of the World Bank’s pandemic catastrophe bond notes that provide insurance or reinsurance like capacity to back a pandemic financing facility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Next week could potentially be one of the worst week ever, for financial houses; stocks; and bonds.

Feb 28 12:14

Leaked Internal Reports Show China's Main Priorities Are Controlling Public Opinion, Social Stability

Leaked Internal Reports Show China's Main Priorities Are Controlling Public Opinion, Social Stability
Authored by Nicole Hao via The Epoch Times,

Chinese officials in Wuhan and other cities within Hubei Province, where the novel coronavirus outbreak is most severe, reported to their higher-ups in the provincial government that people are not able to secure treatment, running out of supplies amid restrictive lockdown measures, and feeling fearful and anxious about the spreading disease.

espite such observations, authorities prioritized how to “control the society” and “manipulate public opinion” to view China’s efforts to contain the virus positively, according to internal government reports that The Epoch Times obtained.

Authorities in the city of Shiyan, for example, listed their working targets as:

“monitor closely petitioners and people whose benefits have been severely damaged”—in other words, people most likely to dissent against the authorities;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder at what point the seething anger felt by a society which believes their government allowed this to happen; then made its citizens the "fall guys" for getting ill; then closed off their income; through travel restrictions, is going to wonder if in fact that government is worth the aggravation.

China may not be there yet; but a lot will depend on how loyal its military is, once infections and deaths start to decimate its ranks; but I can tell you, that I sure as hell wouldn't want to be in Chinese leadership right now, unless I had a "bullet-proof escape strategy".

And it is very definitely possible, that many of these people have just gotten comfortable with their own, very hubristic view that such a thing could NEVER happen in China.

I would like to very politely remind those people, that in 1979, the US was confident that the Shah of Iran could not be overthrown; or as thought the the Communists in Moscow that Ceaușescu would be overthrown in December of 1989.

Push groups of people to the very edge, and sometimes the world can very surprised as to the final outcome from those actions.

I would politely suggest to Chinese leadership, that they need real solutions to this pandemic, and need to reach out to the world scientific community before this virus gets completely reverse engineered, and is, very probably, shown to be not an accident, but a biological weapon.

Feb 28 11:56

Hyundai halts work at Korean plant after worker tests positive for coronavirus

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor shut down a factory in South Korea on Friday after a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The factory in Ulsan builds the Palisade, Tucson, Santa Fe and Genesis GV80 crossovers.

The closing dealt a fresh setback to Hyundai, which has gradually resumed production at local plants hit by a Chinese parts shortage in the wake of the virus outbreak.

South Korea has the most infected people outside China, affecting companies like Samsung and Hyundai. South Korea on Friday reported 256 new cases, bringing the total number of infected to 2,022, as the world prepared for a global recession.

"The company has also placed colleagues who came in close contact with the infected employee in self-quarantine and taken steps to have them tested for possible infection," Hyundai Motor said in a news release.

The automaker said it was disinfecting the factory. It did not say when production would resume.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To those brother and sister Americans who have not yet figured that this is going to be a world-altering event, please think again.

IF you have not prepped yet, now might not be a bad time to go to your local big box store, and stock up on essentials; potable water; water filters; medications; storable food; ways to cook if the grid goes down; disinfectant; and soaps.

No one wants to think about a pandemic of this magnitude causing world commerce to come to an horrific crawl, but crawl it will, if borders become shut, and goods stop getting shipped; and yes, now is the time to think about this, before what you want or need to buy to protect yourself and/or your family, is no longer available.

Feb 28 11:26

Coronavirus gets political: Trump, Dems exchange barbs as US prepares for potential crisis

As the coronavirus has swept around the world, sickening and killing thousands, the U.S. government's response to the crisis has become gripped by political infighting between President Trump and Democrats.

One of the highest-profile confrontations has been the fight over funding to combat the outbreak. Trump requested $2.5 billion in funding from Congress for the coronavirus response, an amount that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said was too little as he panned the Trump administration's preparedness for a disease federal officials say may cause "severe" disruption to everyday life in the U.S.

Feb 28 11:22

European ex-prime ministers condemn Trump plan as apartheid

Fifty former leaders from across Europe have condemned President Donald Trump’s recently released “peace plan” as akin to apartheid.

In a letter published by The Guardian on Thursday, they say the so-called Deal of the Century violates numerous UN resolutions and “the most fundamental principles of international law.”

“The map featured in the plan proposes Palestinian enclaves under permanent Israeli military control, which evoke chilling associations with South Africa’s bantustans,” the leaders add.

Bantustans were a series of impoverished reservations where South Africa’s white supremacist government tried to force millions of Black people to live.

Feb 28 11:21

New Windows 10 update: Microsoft tries again to fix Search bugs

Microsoft has released an optional Windows 10 update that it says fixes some lingering Search box bugs.

The update for Windows 10 versions 1903 and 1909 "updates an issue that prevents the Windows Search box from rendering properly".

Feb 28 11:20

Another Whistleblower Suicide: The Immediate and Unquestioned State Narrative of Philip Haney’s Death

It seems due to the brainwashing of the American commoner, and the almost total indoctrination machine of the state that is used to dumb down the populace at large, that apathy has become so rampant as to allow the general acceptance of fallacious state narratives. These narratives that concern the very suspicious deaths of any that challenge the ruling class or their political puppets, and almost without question, seem to be never-ending these days. There are an unbelievable number of victims of so-called “apparent suicides,” assassinations, outright murder, disappearance, strange car crashes, poisonings, and any other number of unlikely death scenarios of those that have damning information about the state, its wars, and its secrets, and have the guts to tell the truth. Coincidence is no longer a reasonable argument concerning these deaths, and actually never has been legitimate.

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Feb 28 11:19


The judge has adjourned the hearings a day earlier than planned. It will resume in Woolwich Crown Court on May 18.

The defense this week seriously undermined the prosecutors’ case that Assange had endangered lives of informants, had “solicited” classified material from Chelsea Manning, and had helped Manning crack a password to enter a government computer. The defense showed Manning had legal access to the database and did not need a user name or password. Assange was helping her download video games and movies forbidden to U.S. soldiers.

Feb 28 11:18


Defendants in the United States sit with their counsel. They are not held in a “secure dock” in a manner that physically removes them from proceedings.

Yet, in the United Kingdom, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces extradition to the U.S., a magistrate court judge decided he must remain isolated in a glass box at the back of the courtroom.

Feb 28 11:17

Mulvaney Predicts Schools Will Close Amid Coronavirus Fears

Mulvaney made his comments Friday morning during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and also tried to calm fears about the virus’ affect on the markets.

Feb 28 11:16

VP Pence: Trump admin is ‘defunding Planned Parenthood’

The Trump administration is “defunding” Planned Parenthood ahead of a 2020 presidential election that shapes up as a fight between freedom and socialism, Vice President Mike Pence told the nation's largest gathering of conservatives today.

Pence told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that he was proud to serve under “a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life”

Feb 28 10:18

The Great Melt-up Melt Down

Feb 28 10:12

4 Reasons Why Socialism Fails

he new “democratic socialists” want to make their followers believe that one could redistribute wealth and income and socialize a large part of the economy without harming production and productivity. They claim that a comprehensive control of the economy by the government would bring more justice and more prosperity. The democratic socialists want more planning and less market. Yet this postulate ignores that socialism does not fail by accident or circumstance. Socialism fails because it suffers from four fundamental design defects.

First, socialism eradicates private property and markets and thus eliminates rational calculation.
Second, socialism allows soft budgets, so there is no mechanism in place to discard inefficient production methods.
Third, abolishing private property and replacing it by the state distorts the incentives.

Feb 28 09:46

Netanyahu, Trump, and Kushner Named in 'War Crimes' Lawsuit Filed by Palestinians in US Court

The suit claims that the behavior of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a "violation of the Nuremberg principles."

Feb 28 09:39

Okinawa Confederate Flag

Five days ago I posted an article citing Eugene Sledge’s With the Old Breed that stated the first American flag to fly over the conquered Japanese fortress at Shuri Castle during the World War II battle of Okinawa was the Confederate battle flag. Sledge, who was present, wrote:

Earlier in the morning [of May 29, 1945] . . . Marines had attacked eastward into the rains of Shuri Castle and had raised the Confederate flag. When we learned that the flag of the Confederacy had been hoisted over the very heart and soul of Japanese resistance, all of us Southerners cheered loudly. The Yankees among us grumbled . . .

Feb 28 09:24

Israeli soldiers broke her face, skull as she was protecting her kid from detention

When the IDF faces a real combat hardened army like the Syrian Army or Hezbollah again they will get one hell of an @$$whoopin!

Israeli occupation forces harshly beaten Palestinian woman Rina Dirbas, 36, broke her face and skull as she was protecting her 14-year-old son from being detained.

About a month ago, Dirbas went back home to find a large number of the Israeli occupation forces inside her house.

She rushed inside to find them trying to detain her 14-year-old son, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Feb 28 09:15

Gowdy Calls for Intel Agencies To Stop Briefing 'Epidemic Leaker' Schiff

Picture this situation, strange though it may be.
Last week, The New York Times published a story about the Adam Schiff-led House Intelligence Committee purportedly being briefed by intelligence officials on Russia interfering on behalf of President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Feb 28 09:15

Garth Brooks wore a 'Sanders' jersey at his Detroit show and people on social media are freaking out

Country music megastar Garth Brooks donned a "Sanders" jersey during his concert in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday night.

Feb 28 09:10

Britain bought a record amount of Russian gold last year, spending over $5 BILLION

According to customs data seen by RBC business news outlet, gold exports to Britain have grown more than 12 times in terms of value, to $5.33 billion.

Supplies to the UK accounted for 93 percent of all Russian gold exports. Twelve other countries, including Kazakhstan and Switzerland, bought only $409 million-worth of Russian gold.

In physical terms, gold exports from Russia to the United Kingdom in 2019 increased 11 times, from 10.4 tons to 113.5 tons.

Almost the entire volume of deliveries to the UK is gold bullion. Taking into the account the London standard (an ingot weighing about 12.5 kg), it turns out that Russia delivered at least 9,000 ingots to the UK last year.

Feb 28 09:08

Thousands of kids skip school for Greta’s address to a huge crowd, amid police warnings and a coronavirus risk. What can go wrong?

Up to 30,000 people were estimated to have seen Greta Thunberg’s ‘School Strike for Climate’ in Bristol. But with police warnings and the shadow of coronavirus looming over Europe, should parents be condoning their kids’ activism?

As sporting events around the world are canceled and schools across the UK weigh up the prospect of closing their doors for two months due to fears of coronavirus infection, the idea of 30,000 people, many of them schoolchildren, gathering in Bristol for a Greta Thunberg rally on Friday seems a bit irresponsible on behalf of the organizers.

Bearing in mind that most schools only finished their mid-term holidays last week and Friday of this week would mean another day skipping school, police also warned parents that the expected number of people flocking to hear the 17-year-old Swedish activist speak puts children in danger of tripping, falling or being crushed.

Feb 28 09:04

100s of DEAD voters still registered for 2020 election in Pennsylvania – lawsuit

An Indiana-based law firm is suing Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in federal court for having hundreds of dead people registered to vote in the upcoming 2020 election, among other bizarre irregularities.

The lawsuit alleges that some 1,600 dead people are registered to vote in the 2020 election, while almost 1,200 people are registered to vote without a date of birth listed, and some have even listed the 1800s as their birth years, all violations of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

“One registrant is stated as being born in ‘June 1800,’ the same year Thomas Jefferson won eight of Pennsylvania’s 15 Electoral College votes against President John Adams,” the lawsuit filed against Allegheny County, Pennsylvania by the Public Interest Legal Foundation claims.

The nonprofit law firm behind the suit is run by a former member of President Donald Trump’s now-disbanded Voter Fraud Commission.

Feb 28 09:03

'Abortion time! TAKE 2': Disturbing video shows girls gleefully celebrating getting an abortion at Planned Parenthood

A video of young women celebrating as they document a trip to Planned Parenthood for an abortion is going viral for its shock value, as the girls are seen laughing, dancing, and even fist-pumping in the waiting room of the clinic before taking the camera into the procedure room.

Feb 28 09:03

Chiefs' Travis Kelce joined in kneeling protest, but he's facing backlash over his comments about visiting the White House

Kansas City Chiefs star player Travis Kelce is facing online criticism after he explained why he would visit the White House to celebrate the team's Super Bowl victory despite his personal political objections.

Feb 28 09:00

Putin, members of Russia’s Security Council alarmed at escalation in Idlib

Putin just read Erdogan the riot act in his usual nice way.

Putin and members of the Russia’s Security Council expect that Ankara will do everything possible to ensure security of Russian missions in Turkey

Feb 28 08:27

Whistleblower: Personnel handled coronavirus evacuees without proper training or gear

A government whistleblower says the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen federal health workers to receive the first American evacuees from China amid the coronavirus outbreak without proper medical training or ample protective gear, the Washington Post first reported.

Feb 28 08:18

This 1990s LSD Lab Built Inside An Underground Missile Silo Gave Us The World's Acid

From the outside, it's just a slate gray, Cold War–era missile silo, but the inside is a different story. No one can agree on exactly what happened on there, but we know it involved the manufacture of a lot of mind-altering substances. From the late 1990s to fall 2000, Leonard Pickard and Gordon Todd Skinner used the silo as an LSD lab that supposedly produced much of the world's supply of the drug. If they'd kept their cool, Skinner and Pickard would probably still be producing LSD today.

Feb 28 08:15

Nancy Pelosi Calls For ‘Unity, Unity, Unity’ Behind Eventual Democratic Nominee While Trying To Create Distance From Bernie Sanders' Far-Left Agenda

One of the many questions hanging over the current presidential race is how having self-described democratic socialist and Democratic primary frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as the party's nominee might impact Democrats' efforts to hold on to control of the House of Representatives.

Feb 28 08:15

Even Self-Proclaimed Socialist Reporter Is Condemning Media Bias Against Trump

Veteran ABC News correspondent David Wright was suspended this week following the release of a Project Veritas video in which he, among other things, admits the establishment media refuses to give President Donald Trump any credit.

Feb 28 08:14

Flashback: Remember Mike Bloomberg Wanted a Mosque Near 9/11 Ground Zero to Unite City

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is desperately trying to cash in his political capital from his handling of the city after the 9/11 attacks in his bid to be the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

Feb 28 08:14

Transgender woman uses hammer to threaten UK store manager — then avoids jail time after judge can't decide between male, female prison

A transgender woman who used a hammer to threaten a store manager in the United Kingdom was spared jail time when a judge couldn't decide whether to send the attacker to a male-only or female-only prison, the Daily Mail reported.

Feb 28 08:14

Bill to ban performing transgender procedures on? minors moves forward in Alabama Legislature

A bill to prohibit doctors from performing transgender medical treatments on minor-aged children moved ahead in two committees of the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, bringing it another step closer to becoming law.

Feb 28 07:51

Khan Academy has basic explanations on taxes in the U.S. This should help you with understanding tax brackets, deductions, and other related information.

Feb 28 07:50

Study Claims Self-Deportation Of 1.1 Million Illegals To Mexico Shrank America’s Illegal Immigrant Population Over Past Decade

A new study finds that America's illegal immigrant population has actually decreased during the past decade as the result of more than 1 million people voluntarily self-deporting back to Mexico.

Feb 28 07:50

New IG Report: Sanctuary Policies Place Massive Strain On ICE Resources, Put Public At Risk; Over 17,000 Illegals Still At Large

A recent Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General report found that sanctuary jurisdictions not only put considerable strains on federal immigration enforcement resources and have also resulted in over 17,000 illegal aliens who were still at large as of last year.

Feb 28 07:50

Trump Admin Launches Agency To Strip Citizenship from Foreign-Born Terrorists

It’s not an uncommon strategy for countries to deal with foreign-born terrorists and criminals.

Feb 28 07:49

Lawyers for Lori Loughlin and husband say new evidence in college admissions scam exonerates them of wrongdoing

Lawyers for actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, argue that new evidence proves the couple did not knowingly bribe their daughters into admission to the University of Southern California.

Feb 28 07:49

Joe Biden Picked a Fight with Nikki Haley and She Cleaned His Clock

Former Vice President Joe Biden is trying to salvage his 2020 presidential campaign in the South Carolina Democratic primary after disappointing finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Feb 28 07:48

Outrageous New York Times Piece Calls for Coronavirus To Be Named After Trump

It never fails. No matter what is happening in the world, liberals are going to find a way to weaponize it against President Donald Trump.

Feb 28 07:43

Man Paralyzed by Cops During Illegal Raid Over $100 Weed Gets $11m as Lying Cops Walk

Feb 28 07:42

The American Hybrid War on China

China is already the key hub of the global economy and the leading trade partner of nearly 130 nations.

While the U.S. economy is hollowed out, and the casino financing of the U.S. government – repo markets and all – reads as a dystopian nightmare, the civilization-state steps ahead in myriad areas of technological research, not least because of Made in China 2025.

Feb 28 07:35

New Smartphone App Lets You Monitor Internet Of Things Spying Devices

By Aaron Kesel

A new app created by Carnegie Mellon researchers lets you see cameras, Bluetooth beacons and smart speakers around you and help you opt out of data collection...

Feb 28 07:30

Seized meat products from China positive for African swine fever - Customs

MANILA - Meat products from China seized at the Manila port in December tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Saturday. The shipment, consigned to Dynamic M Intl Trading Inc., contained food items such as dumplin

Feb 28 07:21

History prof gives 'trigger warning' to class before reciting historical document containing N-word. Student sit-in, hunger strike follow.

After a University of Oklahoma history professor prepared her class with a "trigger warning," she recited a "historical document" containing numerous N-word references, which she also read aloud, according to a letter to the OU community from interim President Joseph Harroz.

Feb 28 07:21

Democratic former Baltimore mayor sentenced to three years in prison over children's book scandal

A federal judge sentenced Baltimore's former Democratic mayor to three years in federal prison Thursday following what became a nationwide scandal involving her self-published children's book series.

Feb 28 07:20

DC Sniper Could Walk on Life Sentence Thanks to New Virginia Law

A new law pushed through Virginia by the state’s Democratic leadership could mean that the surviving Beltway sniper will be eligible for parole within the next five years, effectively reversing his life sentence in the commonwealth.

Feb 28 07:20

Judge Turns Hunter Biden's Own Argument Against Him, Demands He Appear in Court

An Arkansas judge is using Hunter Biden’s own argument against him, demanding that the son of former Vice President Joe Biden show up for a court appearance in the Natural State.

Feb 28 07:20

Frequent MSNBC Contributor Disappears From Coverage After Saying 'Racist, Liberal Whites' Support Bernie Sanders

An MSNBC contributor has been sidelined from the network's Democratic primary coverage after espousing relentlessly anti-Bernie Sanders opinions, culminating in a characterization of Sanders supporters as "racist, liberal whites," according to The Daily Beast.

Feb 28 07:19

A Man Stabbed His Boyfriend Multiple Times With A Samurai Sword After He Failed To Buy Him Pot, Police Say

A Ypsilanti, Michigan, man stabbed his partner multiple times with a samurai sword last month after he failed to buy him marijuana, a police report on the incident said, according to MLive.com.

Feb 28 07:15

Turkey's Losing Bet in Syria

By Tony Cartalucci

Turkey has allegedly lost another 33 troops in Syria this week amid its refusal to withdraw from Syrian territory amid Syrian government gains in the northern governorate of Idlib...

The US-led proxy war against Syria is all but over. It is just a matter of time before Damascus and its allies restore control over the entire nation and begin rebuilding...

Feb 28 07:13

Trump Aced This Doctor's Cognitive Test, Now Doc Says Biden Might 'Need Some Testing Done' Too

Those of us who write about politics are now no doubt experts in the 25th Amendment, particularly as it pertains to President Donald J. Trump.

Feb 28 06:37

Ax-Wielding Man Busts Through Back Door Of Home Where Mom Is With Her Kids. Unfortunately For Him She's An Armed Off-Duty Sheriff's Deputy.

An ax-wielding man was on a bit of a rampage Tuesday afternoon in Apopka, Florida, attempting to break into multiple homes, WESH-TV reported.

Xmas w/o borders
Feb 28 06:37

Theory: Coronavirus is already all over Europe

Feb 28 06:37

Study Finds Green New Deal Could Cost American Households Over $75,000 In First Year

The Green New Deal wouldn't just saddle Americans with a hefty tax burden, it could also mean a substantial spike in their household costs, according to a recent study.

Feb 28 06:25

California: Twice-Deported Illegal Alien Arrested for Triple Homicide

A twice-deported illegal alien, accused of murdering three men in the sanctuary state of California, has been arrested by law enforcement officials.

Feb 28 06:23

Turkey to open Idlib border and allow Syrian refugees free passage to Europe

Stupidity on top of insanity or is it the other way around. Erdogan had bitten off way more than Turkey can chew and now he has no doubt aggravated the Europeans too! He may well be on his way out.

Turkey will open its southwestern border with Syria for 72 hours to allow Syrians fleeing the pro-government forces' assault free passage to Europe, Turkish official sources have told Middle East Eye.

Feb 28 06:19

Turkey Set for Lone War as US Dismisses Idea of Reentry

Turkey’s repeated escalations in Syria’s Idlib Province came at least in part with US officials endorsing them and the idea of confronting Russia. But as Turkey risks blowing this up into a whole new war, it’s a war that they’ll be fighting alone.

US officials are making clear they aren’t considering joining the war in any real way

Feb 28 06:17

33 KIA in Airstrike on Turkish HQ in Syria. Russia Denies Ankara’s Request to Evacuate the Wounded by Air

In any case, the strike was possible because Russia keeps Idlib skies closed to Turkey, and Russia’s attitude was demonstrated sufficiently with the refusal of the Turkish request to allow speedy medical evacuation of the wounded with helicopters, which doubtlessly contributed to more agony and possibly deaths of Turkish soldiers. (An aerial evacuation was allowed earlier this month when Turks were hit by Syrian counter-artillery fire but since then a video emerged of Turkish soldiers firing an anti-aircraft missile at a Russian plane.)

Feb 28 06:10

Big war in Idlib will have grim consequences for everyone, including Turkey – Russian senator 28 Feb, 2020 08:58

Turkey should take into account that it will suffer too if it starts a large-scale operation in Syria’s Idlib, a Russian senator has warned. If Ankara hopes to get NATO backing for it, it will be disappointed, he added.

Feb 28 06:07

The threat of a Russia-Turkey-NATO hot war over Idlib is a godsend for US foreign policy

Turkey is calling for NATO’s protection after 33 of its soldiers were killed in an apparent Syrian airstrike in Idlib, allegedly while fighting in terrorist ranks. In the regional chaos that ensues, only one player stands to gain.

Speculation over what’s to come next has seen #article 5 trending on Twitter in the hours following the attacks, after Omer Celik, spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AKP party, indicated to reporters in Ankara that he was looking at requesting formal NATO protection against Damascus and, by proxy, the Russian air force.

“We call on NATO to [start] consultations. This is not [an attack] on Turkey only, it is an attack on the international community. A common reaction is needed. The attack was also against NATO,” Celik told Turkish media.

Article 5 of the NATO treaty says an attack on one member is an attack on them all.

Feb 28 05:42

Hyundai halts work at Korean plant after worker tests positive for coronavirus

SEOUL -- Hyundai Motor shut down a factory in South Korea on Friday after a worker tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The factory in Ulsan builds the Palisade, Tucson, Santa Fe and Genesis GV80 crossovers.

The closing dealt a fresh setback to Hyundai, which has gradually resumed production at local plants hit by a Chinese parts shortage in the wake of the virus outbreak.

South Korea has the most infected people outside China, affecting companies like Samsung and Hyundai. South Korea on Friday reported 256 new cases, bringing the total number of infected to 2,022, as the world prepared for a global recession.

"The company has also placed colleagues who came in close contact with the infected employee in self-quarantine and taken steps to have them tested for possible infection," Hyundai Motor said in a news release.

The automaker said it was disinfecting the factory. It did not say when production would resume.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To those who have not, yet, been to a local "big box retailer", to pick up some essentials, for when the global economy grinds to a crawl, or complete halt, and before those big box retailers are out of essentials, I would politely suggest carving out some time to do this, and right the hell now.

Feb 28 05:37

Stock market live updates: Dow drops 1190 points amid coronavirus fears, S&P 500 sees fastest correction in history

Global financial markets plunged for the sixth consecutive day on Thursday, with coronavirus fears shaving over 1,100 points off the Dow (^DJI) — its biggest in history — and sending the S&P 500 (^GSPC) swooning to its fastest-ever correction.

“Global markets were down $1.83 trillion today, with the U.S. down $1.33 trillion,“ S&P Dow Jones’ Howard Silverblatt said in an email. He added that over the past six days, global markets erased $6 trillion in wealth with U.S. markets losing $4 trillion.

Investors took fright amid the first coronavirus case in the U.S. involving a person who didn’t travel to an infected country and didn’t knowingly interact with someone who did. Meanwhile, California’s governor said the state is monitoring more than 8,400 people who could possibly have the virus.

Feb 28 05:35

Germany quarantines 1,000, stocks tumble: Virus update

- Confirmed cases worldwide pass 83,000; deaths top 2,800
- JPMorgan joins rush to curb global travel as virus spreads
- China is making progress in the battle to get back to work
- South Korea reveals 571 more cases
- Limited virus testing in Japan masks true scale of infection
- Hong Kong dog found to have ‘low level’ of virus

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This pandemic appears to be headed toward new heights of infections, with no vaccine in sight yet.