Scamvangalists!

Closing Thought–02Apr20

The term is not original I found it on this website….https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/03/29/scamvangelist-declares-covid-19-finished-after-commanding-god-to-destroy-it/

These types of opportunists make me ill.

First…there was the idiot that wanted to put hands on a faith healing for those with Covid-19….

A pastor in Alabama this week invited people who have been infected with coronavirus into his church so that they could be treated with the power of prayer, despite guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid large gatherings.

Patheos reports that Chris Bartlett, pastor of the Boaz Church of God in Boaz, Alabama, wrote a now-deleted Facebook post in which he criticized other churches for temporarily closing to help slow the spread of the disease.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/alabama-pastor-invited-people-infected-with-coronavirus-into-church-for-faith-healing-treatment/

Second there is a Florida pastor packs a megachurch because he can defeat Covid-19……

While scientists and doctors are urging people to social-distance to stop the spread of the coronavirus, one Florida megachurch bucked the trend to host their own service on Sunday that packed people in with a dangerous crowd.

The River Church in Tampa was packed with people looking for hope, TMZ reported Sunday. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne has denounced the social distancing claiming that he can cure the coronavirus just like he did with the Zika virus (which still exists).

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/florida-residents-pack-into-megachurch-after-pastor-promises-he-can-cure-coronavirus/

BTW…this idiot was arrested…..

Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. According to jail records, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself in to authorities Monday in Hernando County, where he lives. He was charged with unlawful assembly and violation of a public health emergency order, the AP reports. Bail was set at $500, according to the jail’s website. Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a news conference that he negotiated with the attorney of Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne to turn himself in. His church is located in Tampa.

Chronister said his command staff met with The River at Tampa Bay Church leaders about the danger they are putting themselves—and their congregation—in by not maintaining appropriate social distancing, but Howard-Browne held the services anyway. The Sheriff’s Office also placed a digital sign near the church driveway that said to practice social distancing. “Shame on this pastor, their legal staff and the leaders of this staff for forcing us to do our job,” Chronister said, adding, “We are hopeful that this will be a wakeup call.” The church has said it sanitized the building, and the pastor said on Twitter that the church is an essential business. He also attacked the media for “religious bigotry and hate.” The county and governor’s orders require gatherings, including those held by faith-based groups, be fewer than 10 people to limit the spread of the coronavirus. A livestream of Sunday’s 3½-hour service showed scores of congregants.

Finally, A pastor is threatening Satan…….

elevangelist Kenneth Copeland, who said last week that God told him the coronavirus would “be over much sooner than you think” (but still wants you to tithe even if you’ve lost your job), offered up what I can only assume is a magic spell this morning in order to destroy COVID-19.

And that’s why the pandemic is now over.

(It’s not over.)

Copeland screamed out at Satan to “get off this nation” and “crawl on your belly,” before declaring the crisis to be “over.”

That will no doubt scare the virus into submission.

Scamvangelist Declares COVID-19 “Finished” After Commanding God to Destroy It

Bet they still want you without a job to chip to help pay their expenses….

Like I said I have NO use for these types of religious people……they are opportunist that are preying on the confusion and fear of the people.

Call these “people” (I use the term loosely)…. what they truly are……SCAMVANGELISTS.

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Covid-19 Disturbing Stories

There is lots of disturbing crap on the Tube these days…..and in the news there are those that show just how far down the gene pool some have slid.

First, is the Hobby Lobby story….I do not shop at this place because the owners are thieves of culture for dealing in stolen artifacts….but this is about Hobby Lobby disregarding orders and opening their stores…..

Although parents holed up at home with young kids during the coronavirus outbreak may consider arts and crafts supplies a necessity to keep their little ones occupied, the state of Colorado doesn’t deem stores that sell those supplies as essential businesses. That’s the gist of a cease-and-desist letter sent Wednesday by W. Eric Kuhn, the state’s senior assistant attorney general, to Hobby Lobby, ordering the chain to close its stores during the pandemic, the New York Times reports. “For the avoidance of doubt, Hobby Lobby is not a ‘critical business,'” Kuhn made clear in the letter, adding that by reopening its stores as it did this week, the chain was violating a “stay at home” March 25 executive order by Gov. Jared Polis mandating all businesses that aren’t essential to temporarily shutter.

The chain takes issue with claims it’s not essential, arguing it sells supplies for businesses still up and running in people’s homes, as well as educational materials and materials to make DIY masks, reports CBS News, which adds that Hobby Lobby stores have been opening in Texas, Wisconsin, and Indiana as well. Ohio’s attorney general, Dave Yost, recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to the retailer after stores reopened in his state. “I received a phone call within the hour from the general counsel of Hobby Lobby, informing us they were closing their stores tonight in Ohio in compliance with our … letter,” he tweeted Wednesday. The Christian Post reports that Hobby Lobby CEO David Green sent a letter to employees in mid-March noting that “while we do not know for certain what the future holds, or how long this disruption will last, we can all rest in knowing that God is in control.”

Essential?  What an arrogant packs of douche bags.

Then there is the story that Trump will refuse to let people sign up for Obamacare in this time of need….

As millions of people across the United States lose their jobs—and their employer-provided health insurance—amid the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has reportedly decided against reopening Affordable Care Act enrollment to ease the economic pain of the uninsured and help protect them from devastating medical costs.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/01/fanatical-cruelty-pandemic-rages-trump-refuses-reopen-affordable-care-act-enrollment

Then there is the mental midget that carries Trump’s balls for him, Deven Nunes….a veritable “piss boy” (History of the World Part 1 reference)……

Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) stated that it is “overkill” for schools in his home state of Califonia to be closed in light of the coronavirus pandemic on Laura Ingraham‘s Fox News program late Tuesday night – further downplaying the severity of COVID-19.

Ingraham, citing one official who said we can’t go back to normal life until there’s a vaccine, began by saying, “That would not be going back to normal life, Congressman Nunes, for 12 months. Which if parents across the country are hearing that, and workers, they are going to be showing up in Washington, even if you all aren’t here.”

The Fox News host added, “They’re going to be coming to Washington to send you a message.”

Nunes fired back, “That’s not going to work. The schools were canceled here in California, which is way overkill.”

“Its possible kids could’ve went back to school in two weeks to four weeks, but they just canceled the rest of the schools. So, I’m optimistic here.”

Devin Nunes Says Closed Schools Are ‘Overkill’ During Coronavirus Pandemic

I knew Nunes was a worthless lump of manure but this just puts icing on the pile.

Finally,  a train engineer tries to ram his train into the Hospital ship Mercy…..

A Port of Los Angeles locomotive engineer has admitted trying to crash a train into a hospital ship, federal prosecutors say. According to a court affidavit, 44-year-old Eduardo Moreno told investigators that he intentionally derailed the train at full speed on Tuesday because he thought the USNS Mercy might be there as part of a government takeover, not to help with the coronavirus crisis, ABC reports. He said he wanted to “wake people up” and knew the crash would attract media attention. Prosecutors say the train smashed through several barriers before coming to a halt around 250 yards from the Mercy. Authorities say there were no injuries and the ship wasn’t damaged, but the derailment caused a substantial fuel leak.

 

“You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will,” Moreno told investigators, per the Los Angeles Times. The Mercy, which has around 800 staffers and 1,000 hospital beds, is docked in Los Angeles to treat non-coronavirus patients, freeing up space in area hospitals. An FBI affidavit states that Moreno told agents “he thought that the USNS Mercy was suspicious and did not believe ‘the ship is what they say it’s for.'” He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years under a federal train-wrecking statute, NBC reports.

Seriously?  Another “Covid Truther”…..just how ignorant can people be?

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Virus–Local News

Not often do I post on the doings in my region……but during this time of crisis because of Covid-19 I think that a little local news could help people understand what would be coming for their neighborhood.

My state, Mississippi, now has the highest rate of hospitalizations due to Covid-19…….

Mississippi currently has the highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the nation, at 31 percent, according to states’ health department data gathered by The COVID Tracking Project

Based on numbers the state health department released Wednesday, 333 patients have been hospitalized so far and 22 people have died. Since the state started regularly updating hospitalization rates, Mississippi has consistently remained among the top three states of about 40 states consistently reporting hospitalization data. As of Wednesday, Oklahoma and South Carolina rank just behind Mississippi, at 30 and 27 percent, respectively.

Mississippi has nation’s highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate

And yet the idiot that Mississippians elected, Tate Reeves or as most of us call him  Tater Tot, downplayed the effects of the virus and we see where that got the state….apparently Tater Tot was waiting for Donald the Orange to tell him what to do….

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued a shelter-in-place order for the entire state on Wednesday as new COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to mount in the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The declaration will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday and last until 8 a.m. on April 20.

“Every day, for the last several weeks, I have asked our health experts whether it is time for the ultimate action of a shelter-in-place order statewide,” Reeves said. “Yesterday, for the first time, we got the answer we had been anticipating. They told me we are now at the point in Mississippi’s cycle where such drastic restrictions are required. Today is the day. We are announcing a shelter-in-place order.”

We have finally got our local shelter in place order and it came with a curfew as well….

One by one coastal cities throughout Harrison County are issuing orders to help keep communities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Words from Coastal city leadership as the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout the world.

Biloxi issued a shelter in place order, D’Iberville issued a stay-at-home order and Long Beach issued a stay-at-home order, and Gulfport issued a safer at home order. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said, “It’s gotten to the point where even with the measures we put in place a couple weeks ago that they are not having the effect we’d hoped for. We’re continuing see the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Each order carries a nightly curfew from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. “Most businesses can still remain active to a limited fashion. They have to make sure they limit things to ten people or less and don’t allow people inside their store greater than ten. They have to have the social distances, six feet apart, in place. If you are in a line of work and it’s articulated in this order that, if you’re a workout gym facility, a barbershop, a salon, places where you have to be in close proximity to people, those businesses we told need to shut down.”

Stay home orders issued throughout Harrison County

Come Thursday at 11 p.m., a curfew will be in place nightly from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., applying to all but few who travel roads within Biloxi city limits until further notice. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said, “There are just a lot of people who are maintaining their jobs at night, so those people we are certainly going to let go to and from work at night without any problems-anybody in the medical field, military, all those folks will be able to go to work and go home without a problem.”

It’s all part of an emergency order issued and signed off on by Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo Gilch this week, an order that also requires businesses with close contact among customers to also shut down until further notice come early Thursday morning at 12:01 a.m. “The tattoo businesses, the spas, the hair salons, nail salons, all those things right now are going to be asked to shut down. It’s a mandatory shut down.”

It will be inconvenient for me for I walk MoMo at 0400 hrs to avoid people and traffic…..I will adjust to 0500 hrs and avoid people and traffic instead off the usual time.

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Beware of the “Zoombomb”

This virus problem only applies to those people working from home and employ a video conference as part of their job.

There are new “hackers” at work in these times of sheltering in place……

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, people stuck at home have taken to using videoconferencing apps to hold work meetings and chat with family and friends. One such app that’s become ubiquitous: Zoom, founded by Cisco engineer Eric Yuan. But be careful before you log in for that virtual happy hour: The FBI is now warning users of the app that hackers are “hijacking” it, citing two recent incidents in Massachusetts. And the interruptions aren’t merely annoying disruptions: Brad Garrett, an ex-FBI agent, says that Zoom has also become a ripe target for cybercriminals, who often want to steal corporate proprietary data, as well as personal info on individuals. “As more schools and businesses work remotely, this creates an ideal environment for cyber thieves,” he tells ABC News. More on “Zoombombing” and other related issues from around the internet:

  • Recode details the “lax security” that’s led to Zoom’s current dilemma, including a workaround that allowed hackers to generate ID numbers to allow them to join meetings they weren’t invited to. “The fact that it is so easy for anyone to join and then disrupt a public Zoom meeting at all indicates that Zoom’s developers didn’t anticipate the ways those meetings could be disrupted in the first place—something that anyone who has used the internet before really should have foreseen,” the site notes.
  • Zoom hacking took an especially ugly turn at the University of Texas at Austin on Monday, where a group meeting hosted by an initiative that supports African American male students was taking place. The Austin American-Statesman notes that about halfway through the event, “unknown users” showed up and started yelling racial slurs, including the n-word. “Reprehensible,” Greg Fenves, the university’s president, said of the incident in a tweet.
  • At the University of Florida, another racist hack: WCJB reports that an online student government meeting on Tuesday was invaded by “racist messages, swastikas, pornography, and death threats,” per a tweet by university President Kent Fuchs. “COVID-19 and hate will be defeated,” Fuchs added, saying he has called for an investigation.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous hasn’t escaped the trolling, either. Per Business Insider, hackers are busting into group meetings and harassing members, hurling misogynistic and anti-Semitic slurs, as well as taking jabs at recovering alcoholics’ struggles. “Alcohol is soooo good,” one intruder recently proclaimed.
  • New York’s attorney general isn’t messing around when it comes to Zoom. The New York Times reports that Letitia James’ office sent a letter to the company Monday on its data privacy and security protocols, noting that there exists particular concern over vulnerabilities “that could enable malicious third parties to, among other things, gain surreptitious access to consumer webcams.”
  • ho may be the biggest loser in this newfound obsession with Zoom and Houseparty, a similar video social network that’s taking off: Microsoft’s Skype, which the Verge notes is “missing out on this key mindshare moment.”

If you work from home and use a video conferencing beware of intruders…..I am fortunate all my calls are one on one and seldom use a multi person format……

Be calm……avoid crowds…..wash hands often……Be prepared….stay aware

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Virus–Who’s To Blame?

As long as some of us are sheltering in place I thought that IST should help spread information to as many as I can….there is lots of info flying around the web…..

I have read and heard a lot about the origins of Covid-19 as that of animals….most notably the Pangolins of Asia……but is that true or just another wild conspiracy?

Maybe not so fast on that conspiracy…….

Pangolins can harbor coronaviruses related to the new coronavirus, a study finds.

Scientists studied viruses in pangolins (Manis javanica) captured in anti-smuggling activities in southern China. The identified coronaviruses, however, are different enough from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to hint that pangolins were not directly responsible for transmitting the virus to people, which had been suggested.

One of the pangolin viruses does have a structure that closely resembles the new coronavirus’ spike protein, which allows the pathogen to get into cells, infectious disease researcher Tommy Tsan-Yuk Lam of the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong and colleagues report March 26 in Nature

The closest relative of SARS-CoV-2 is still from a bat, the only other known mammal found to be infected with similar coronaviruses. 

There’s no evidence the coronavirus jumped from pangolins to people

In another story I have heard it is a bat’s fault that viruses are spread…if so why is that?

While people across the world were celebrating the holidays with loved ones at the end of last year, somewhere in China the coronavirus pandemic began with a virus moving from bats to pigs and, ultimately, to the first human. 

The rest, as they say, is history. Or at least it will be when the final chapter of the great COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is written. 

But why are bats so often behind viruses that sweep across the globe and kill so many of us?

Why Do Pandemics Often Start With Bats?

There is a report that this virus may have been around for years…..

Scientists studying the origins of the coronavirus have found similar strains in bats and pangolins, leading to speculation that it jumped from one or perhaps both of those animals to humans earlier this year. But a new study floats a different idea: that the virus was spreading in humans for years, undetected and growing ever more dangerous, reports Science Alert. Under this scenario, the virus would have passed from animals to humans a while back, but it would have been harmless to us at the time. “Then, as a result of gradual evolutionary changes over years or perhaps decades, the virus eventually gained the ability to spread from human to human and cause serious, often life-threatening disease,” writes National Institutes of Health chief Francis Collins at his blog. Collins was not involved with the study by US, UK, and Australian researchers in Nature Medicine.

The scientists found that while strains found in bats and pangolins were indeed similar to SARS-CoV-2, the strain causing the current pandemic, the gap between the animal and humans versions remains too large, per the South China Morning Post. (The human strain has a genetic mutation that makes it particularly lethal for us, and the SCMP goes into detail on that.) It’s possible that a closer version in animals exists and just hasn’t been found yet, but the researchers suggest it’s more likely that the strain mutated within humans as it slowly spread. Among other things, that raises the possibility the disease did not originate in Wuhan, China, where the first cases were detected. Another key component of the study: The researchers say it’s all but impossible that the coronavirus originated in a lab—it has all the hallmarks of a natural origin.

Just a little more information for my readers…….I like to be FYI as often as I can especially now when we are all become hermits and a bit of a recluse.

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Those Damn Oligarchs!

We are living in the Age of the Oligarch…..and now with this virus rampaging it is more obvious than in more normal times…..

But first let’s define an oligarch…….

An oligarchy is a power structure that allows a few businesses, families, or individuals to rule. Those few ruling members have enough power to create policies that benefit them to the exclusion of the rest of society.

They maintain their power through their relationships with each other. The term “oligarchy” comes from the Greek word oligarkhia, and it means “few governing.”

The “iron law of oligarchy” states that any organization or society will eventually become an oligarchy. That’s because the people who learn how to succeed in the organization gain a competitive advantage. The larger and more complicated the organization becomes, the more advantages the elite gain.

Oligarchs only associate with others who share those same traits. They become an organized minority, while average citizens remain an unorganized majority. The oligarchs groom protégés who share their values and goals. It becomes more difficult for the average person to break into the group of elites. The following pros and cons summarize some of the benefits and issues:

https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-an-oligarchy-pros-cons-examples-3305591

Now that we have that out of the way……the one subject that seems to be off limits these days in the Age of the Oligarch is class…..

The oligarchs are happy to talk about race. They are happy to talk about sexual identity and gender. They are happy to talk about patriotism. They are happy to talk about religion. They are happy to talk about immigration. They are happy to talk about abortion. They are happy to talk about gun control. They are happy to talk about cultural degeneracy or cultural freedom. They are not happy to talk about class. Race, gender, religion, abortion, immigration, gun control, culture and patriotism are issues used to divide the public, to turn neighbor against neighbor, to fuel virulent hatreds and antagonisms. The culture wars give the oligarchs, both Democrats and Republicans, the cover to continue the pillage. There are few substantial differences between the two ruling political parties in the United States. This is why oligarchs like Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg can switch effortlessly from one party to the other. Once oligarchs seize power, Aristotle wrote, a society must either accept tyranny or choose revolution.

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/2575244/posts/2625640591

The oligarchy is here……we can deny it all we like but just a quick look at who will profit from the Covid-19 should explain it all for you……

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