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By B.N. Frank


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect the American people by regulating the telecom industry – HOWEVER – there is still NO safe level of wireless radiation that has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women. 


Last week Robert Kennedy Jr. and Children’s Health Defense filed a lawsuit against wireless health exposure guidelines.  Environmental Health Trust and their coalition are joining in as well.


         



      

From Environmental Health Trust:



Please help support The Environmental Health Trust and a coalition of other commentators file a court appeal challenging the FCC’s order terminating its evaluation of the adequacy of FCC RF radiation limits.


Despite reams of scientific evidence showing serious biological effects at levels far below the existing FCC RF limits and evidence given by numerous individuals injured by RF, the FCC says RF limits established in the 1990’s are adequate to protect the public from today’s technologies and the new technologies being developed for widespread deployment across the nation.


The deadline for a legal challenge is February 3, 2020. 


(If you choose to support this effort, you may do so HERE – Ed.)


[…]


More Information on the FCC Item


In December 2019, the FCC released an item stating they decline to update the US radio frequency (RF) human exposure limits despite scientific public health organizations’ arguments that the existing limits are 23 years old and outdated, not protective of children, and should be tightened in light of recent US government research findings that associated radio frequency with cancer and DNA damage.  To read the over 1,000 submissions ignored by the FCC see Dockets 13-84 and  03-137.





The FCC has been “captured” since long before the Trump administration (see 1, 2).  Lawsuits continue to be filed against them regarding the forced installation of 5G technology (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) which even telecom executives won’t say is safe.




Activist Post reports regularly about FCC shenanigans and unsafe technology.  For more information visit our archives.


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22

      

By B.N. Frank


“Smart Cities” require countless transmitting devices and infrastructure operating 24/7.  All of this requires massive amounts of energy to operate.  That’s not eco-friendly.  Operating digital, electrical, and wireless devices and infrastructure also creates pollution in the form of “Electrosmog”. That’s not eco-friendly either.  Wireless transmitting devices require “conflict minerals” in order to operate.  Mining for those definitely isn’t eco-friendly.  It’s not humane either.  When these devices break or become obsolete, they become E-Waste.  Unfortunately, most E-Waste can’t be recycled and ends up in landfills (see 1, 2).  That’s definitely not eco-friendly either.


This being the case –it’s astonishing that there are environmental groups still promoting “Smart” technology of any kind as beneficial to the environment instead of turning to less toxic options.


         



      

Thanks to The Guardian for providing more information on how that can be achieved.



High-tech smart cities promise efficiency by monitoring everything from bins to bridges. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead?


[…]


Julia Watson, a lecturer in urban design at Harvard and Columbia Universities, recently launched her book Lo-Tek: Design by Radical Indigenism, with publisher Taschen. It’s the result of more than 20 years of travelling to research the original smart settlements, through an architect’s lens.


[…]


There are hundreds of nature-based technologies that have never been explored.


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According to a 2018 survey, 66% of Americans don’t want to live in “Smart Cities” because of privacy and cybersecurity concerns.  Constant surveillance still doesn’t seem to be desirable to many people (see 1, 2).  Go figure.





Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology.  For more information visit our archives and the following websites:



Center For Electrosmog Prevention
Ecological Options Network
ElectromagneticHealth
Environmental Health Trust
Physicians for Safe Technology
Scientists for Wired Tech
Whatis5G.Info
Wireless Information Network

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23

      

By Tyler Durden


As the numbers of infected and dead soar exponentially this weekend, with the deadly coronavirus spreading to multiple nations and seemingly very much not “contained,” early trading in markets suggest, as Bloomberg macro strategist Mark Cudmore details below, that this ‘black swan’ event is exposing the fragilities, and vulnerability, of financial markets that long ago de-tethered from any fundamental underpinning.



Source: Bloomberg




         



      

USDJPY is tumbling in early trading, implying a 400-point drop in Dow futures…











Source: Bloomberg



And Aussie fell to six-week lows.


Markets are driven by narratives, and the virus outbreak that has now spread in four continents is finding investors at a particularly vulnerable time, with valuations in many risk assets arguably stretched and volatility near record lows.


Without speculating how the novel coronavirus situation will evolve from here, it already has enough features to prompt severe risk aversion in the week ahead. It has now spread globally and Chinese authorities said Sunday that the transmission is increasing. With signs that the disease may be infectious long before symptoms show, the situation could deteriorate further in coming days as more cases emerge.


Less than two weeks ago in this column, I argued that only a black swan event would see expensive stock markets correct lower, since there was no obvious negative catalyst on the horizon. This outbreak has the potential to be that kind of event.



The key reason why this catalyst will matter where geopolitical scares such as Middle East conflict or North Korea missile tests do not, is that it’s front and center with the retail investor. Films such as Outbreak and Contagion have shown that fear of a viral outbreak is something that plays deep in the general population. It’s an easily accessible and understandable phobia that can strike closer to home than conflicts playing out far away.


The shutdown of major parts of the Chinese economy China is already mulling to extend the Lunar New Year holiday to prevent the spread of the virus, while restaurants and other public spaces are closed, transport is blocked, and public events canceledat a normally prime consumption period will not only hurt domestic growth, but the knock-on impact will be felt globally. After all, China is the growth engine for many economies.






News of the virus’s spread hit as volatility across assets had dipped to fresh lows and with many markets, from equities to credit, trading at historically extreme valuations. Investors have made good money and now have a solid reason to take profit.






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The game plan for most traders won’t be sophisticated. It doesn’t need to be. It’ll be about cutting back on risk and deleveraging. Previously outperforming assets will now suffer even if the direct economic link isn’t obvious.


The signs of classic risk aversion were already evident in the markets on Friday after more cases were reported in the U.S. Stocks gave in and havens such as Treasuries, gold and the yen are suddenly in position for potential breakouts. Technicals will matter more from here until nuances return in the market. These could be in the form of a potential response from central banks to any signs of faltering economic growth.


EUR/JPY closed below its 4-month trendline on Friday; it’s likely to make fresh 3-month lows below 119.25 within days. Gold had its second-highest close in more than six years; the intraday peak over the same period at $1611.42 is the next level that could be taken out soon. After the 10-year Treasury yield Friday fell to the lowest level since early November, traders will be eyeing last September’s low near 1.40%.


While this may all sound very pessimistic, history has shown that a subsequent market recovery from such events is V-shaped and sudden. How soon that happens, though, will depend on how long the uncertainty lasts before the outbreak is contained and fears of a global pandemic subside. It’s clear we’re still at least a few days away from that upturn in sentiment, and potentially a few weeks.



Article source: Zerohedge.com


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24

      

By Sean Walton


Gun control bills and measures have been a hot topic in the state of Virginia, and with good reason.


Democrats within Richmond have been adamant in bringing forth legislation that can be contorted to strip citizens of their Second Amendment rights. As a result, citizens of the state thought it a good idea to purchase their weapons while they still could.


According to the Associated Press, December of 2019 saw an increase of 47% over the number of firearm sales when compared to December of 2018.


The tallied number of guns sold totaled out to 73,849. The outlet reported that the increase in sales was likely “due to growing fears of increased firearms restrictions backed by Democrats who control the state government.”


         



      

In the past 30 years, there was only one month that toppled the sales from this past December, and that would be December of 2012. That holiday season saw an estimated 75,120 firearm sales, which might have had something to do with then-Governor McDonnell removing the restriction of only being allowed to buy one gun a month.


Several gun store owners made mention of the notable increases in both foot traffic and purchases within their shops. Some customers mentioned that they were first-time buyers, while others were looking to acquire firearm accessories they thought might be subject to banning later on.


One of the first-time gun purchasers was a 66-year-old grandmother of eight. Ida Wright expressed concerns that the impending legislation championed by Democrats within Virginia geared her toward purchasing a weapon:


I didn’t think I would ever be buying a gun, but things are changing so drastically. If we don’t protect ourselves, who else is going to protect us?


One of the managers from Bob Moates Sports Shop, Richard Hill, noted the increase in customers filing into the store in December:


On the basis of what we would have been doing a year ago at this time, you’re looking at a 500 to 1000% increase depending on the day.






Hill mentioned that with all the bills being pushed forward that aim to restrict lawful gun owner’s rights, it’s creating an increased demand overall. He was also critical of the fact that political pundits in Richmond haven’t addressed the fact that there are criminals already in violation of existing gun laws:


I have yet to see a single law that addresses what we are going to do with the criminals we’ve already got that are violating untold numbers of laws.


Gerald Stauffer Jr., who is the manager of Southern Gun World in Chesterfield County, also stated that in the wake of everything going in the state Senate and House, business is booming.


He pointed out that while the rally was going on in Capitol Square, there was a remarkable number of sales from attendees:


About noon we saw a very steady amount of people coming in with their stickers on, most of them buying a new firearm. They were motivated.


This outcome is hardly surprising, as there have been previous studies which show when lawful gun owners think their rights are going to be infringed upon, gun sales experience an uptick.




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Maurizio Porfiri, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Tandon School at New York University, found that whenever the media or legislators attack gun rights there’s a near immediate bump in sales.


The study, which gathered data between January 1999 and December 2017, cross-examined whether gun purchases increased following mass shootings or when media attacks and reporting of oncoming gun reform happened.


The study proved there to be zero fundamental link between an actual mass shooting and gun purchases – just gun sales increasing when people try to relieve lawful gun owners of their weapons. A testament that the “fear of loss” inevitably creates demand.


Sean Walton is a researcher and journalist for The Daily Sheeple, where this article first appeared. Send tips to [email protected]


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25

      

By Tyler Durden


The global economy is faced with a synchronized slowdown as central bank ammunition to fight the next global recession is limited.


Monetary authorities across the world have slashed interest rates 80 times over the last 12 months and printed upwards of $1 trillion over four months to counter the slowdown.


The only apparent solution central bankers have offered is a liquidity-fueled massive stock market melt-up across the world that rivals the end years of the Dot Com bubble (and the liquidity-fueled melt-up around Y2K). These unelected officials have also provided forward guidance on how an epic V-shape recovery in the real economy is imminent.


         



      


The only problem today that market watchers like ourselves have noticed – is that traditional monetary policy has had a challenging time stimulating growth in developed and emerging economies. 


Data from Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) showed Friday that global trade volume continued to contract in November, marking one of the most extended stretches of negative growth since the end of the financial crisis.



According to CPB, world trade slipped 0.60% in November over the prior quarter and was down 1.1% compared to the same month a year ago.



November was the sixth month of straight of declines on a Y/Y basis, the longest stretch since right after the 2008 financial crisis. 


World trade has dropped sharply from 3.4% in November 2018.


However, there was some good news; the rate of contraction has slowed from a -2% pace seen in October, which was the quickest rate of decline since a decade ago.


And while hope is high that the so-called ‘trade deal’ will lift all boats, data shows that the global economy has continued slowing into 2020 as the Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index has crashed 70% in the last four months, the biggest down moves since 2008.



Additionally, earlier this week, the IMF downgraded its forecast for global GDP for 2020 and 2021, its sixth straight reduction, although in a sliver of optimism, global GDP in 2020 is now expected to post a modest rebound from 2.9% to 3.3%, (down from 3.4% in October) and to 3.4% in 2021 (down from 3.6%) as the IMF said, “there are now tentative signs that global growth may be stabilizing, though at subdued levels.”



Before Davos this week, the World Economic Forum (WEF) President Borge Brende warned the world is “faced with a synchronized slowdown in the global economy. And we’re also faced with a situation where the ammunition that we have to fight a potential global recession is more limited.”


Last week, the UN published its annual report that warned the global economy recorded its lowest growth in a decade in 2019, falling to 2.3% as a result of the U.S. and China trade war and sharp pullbacks in investment.


The report warns of slowbalisation will define the global economy in the early 2020s. Growth is expected to pick up slightly across the world from 2.3% last year to 2.5% in 2020, but that depends on the effectiveness of monetary policy and if all trade disputes can be resolved.



And on top of everyone warning about a decelerating global economy in 2020, the market’s most important pillars of support – buybacks – are declining.



If the global economy fails to rebound in a V-shape fashion in early 2020, asset manages and leverage funds, who’ve already priced in a massive recovery by bidding stocks to record highs, could soon see a repricing of growth that would ultimately lead to a blowoff top in stocks.



Along with a continued global slowdown, a deadly virus outbreak could derail consumer spending habits across Asia that would ultimately weigh on global trade. 


Most epidemics were a buying opportunity for bulls…



But given the level of excess-liquidity and extreme over-valuation today, this time could indeed be different.



Article source: Zerohedge.com


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26

      

By Jack Burns


Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water’s bottled parent company, CG Roxane, LLC, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful storage of hazardous waste and one count of unlawful transportation of hazardous material on January 9th. Yet, to date, not one person has spent one night in jail for releasing thousands of gallons of arsenic into California’s wastewater system.


Elemental arsenic and arsenic sulfate and trioxide compounds are classified as “toxic” and “dangerous for the environment” in the European Union under directive 67/548/EEC. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recognizes arsenic and inorganic arsenic compounds as group 1 carcinogens, and the EU lists arsenic trioxide, arsenic pentoxide, and arsenate salts as category 1 carcinogens.


This extremely dangerous and potentially deadly practice of dumping the arsenic into the California ecosystem has essentially gone unpunished.


         



      

The company earns nearly $50 million per year in revenue from its spring water but was slapped on the wrist, some might say, with a $5 million penalty for discharging arsenic tainted water back into the ecosystem. The legal problems started for Crystal Geyser when it sourced spring water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains nearly two decades ago.


That water was and still is poisoned with arsenic as is much of the water in western states. The company used sand filters to remove the arsenic. But in an effort to increase the filters’ effectiveness the company washed out the sand filters with chemicals, removing the build-up of arsenic, and releasing it into an outdoor holding pond. Yes, that’s right folks. They filtered out the arsenic, and then put it right back into the ecosystem in a concentrated form.


People magazine published the news accompanied with a press release by the U.S. Attorney assigned to the case:


To maintain the effectiveness of the sand filters, CG Roxane back-flushed the filters with a sodium hydroxide solution, which generated thousands of gallons of arsenic-contaminated wastewater.






The company kept all of the arsenic in the holding pond for 15 years, at which time it was told it would have to dispose of the arsenic-filled wastewater, a hazardous material which could kill people. But it was ultimately how the company disposed of the arsenic which got the private company into trouble with the government. According to the press release by the U.S. Attorney:


The arsenic-contaminated wastewater was ultimately transported to a Southern California facility that was not authorized to receive or treat hazardous waste…As a result, more than 23,000 gallons of the wastewater from the Arsenic Pond allegedly was discharged into a sewer without appropriate treatment.


The corporate crime has largely gone unpunished as no single employee has been held criminally responsible for enriching the naturally-occurring arsenic levels in the wastewater and releasing all 23,000 gallons into the sewer. With a fine as low as $5 million – a fine which could be disputed at a later date presumably with a new trial – the company could conceivably be laughing all the way to the bank.


To put it into a different perspective, if a citizen had poisoned the Californian wastewater with arsenic, that person, if convicted, would spend the rest of his life in jail convicted of domestic terrorism, conspiracy, and a whole host of other crimes. The fact no one is going to prison serves to illustrate how corporate free passes work.




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That’s right America. A company which promises to give you the cleanest, purest, mountain spring water, took out the good stuff, sold it to you for a profit, then dumped the poisons found in the water right back into the wastewater system and no one went to jail, no one paid a high price, and the privately held company will just keep on getting wealthier at the public’s expense.



Article source: The Free Thought Project.


Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine.


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27

      

By Spiro Skouras


In this report we take an inside look at Event 201, which took place in NYC on October 18 2019. Event 201 is a high-level pandemic exercise hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


This is extremely fascinating because this pandemic simulation exercise of coronavirus took place about 6 weeks before the first illness from the coronavirus was actually reported in Wuhan, China. That is one hell of a coincidence if you believe in that sort of thing. Another fascinating connection is the fact that not only did the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation participate in and help set up the pandemic simulation of a coronavirus outbreak, but they just so happen to fund the group who owns the patent to the deadly coronavirus and are already working on a vaccine to solve the current crisis. Again, an incredible coincidence…


         



      

In this report you will see footage from inside the event from the members of the emergency epidemic board in this simulation consisting of representatives from major banks, the UN, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson and Johnson, logistical powerhouses, the media as well as officials from China and America’s CDC just to name a few. This simulation also includes news reports that were fabricated just for this exercise — please keep that in mind because they are eerily similar to reports we are currently seeing regarding this real-world coronavirus outbreak.



Links:


Event 201http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/players/index.html


Center for health security (Videos)https://www.youtube.com/user/biosecuritycntr/videos


Leading US health experts predicted coronavirus could kill 65million people in a year – in chilling warning three months BEFORE the outbreak in Chinahttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7925475/US-health-experts-predicted-coronavirus-kill-65million-people-year-THREE-months-ago.html


The Real Umbrella Corp: Wuhan Ultra Biohazard Lab Was Studying “The World’s Most Dangerous Pathogens”https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/real-umbrella-corp-wuhan-ultra-biohazard-lab-was-studying-worlds-most-dangerous-pathogens


56 Million Chinese On Lockdown As Virus Spreads To Australia, Malaysiahttps://www.zerohedge.com/political/56-million-chinese-lockdown-virus-spreads-australia-malaysia


China Suddenly Increases Death Toll By Over 60% As Virus Jumps To Europehttps://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/please-help-us-supply-shortages-rock-wuhan-outbreak-overwhelms-chinese-healthcare


With Wuhan virus genetic code in hand, scientists begin work on a vaccinehttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-vaccines/with-wuhan-virus-genetic-code-in-hand-scientists-begin-work-on-a-vaccine-idUSKBN1ZN2J8


China built a lab to study SARS and Ebola in Wuhan – and US biosafety experts warned in 2017 that a virus could ‘escape’ the facility that’s become key in fighting the outbreakhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7922379/Chinas-lab-studying-SARS-Ebola-Wuhan-outbreaks-center.html


BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION & OTHERS PREDICTED UP TO 65 MILLION DEATHS VIA CORONAVIRUS – IN SIMULATION RAN 3 MONTHS AGO!https://www.infowars.com/bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation-others-predicted-up-to-65-million-deaths-via-coronavirus-in-simulation-ran-3-months-ago/


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By Aaron Kesel


Chinese medics are purportedly uploading videos onto social media app Weibo chat, which are being deleted and funneled out of China. Medics are claiming that the Wuhan coronavirus is much worse than what the Chinese government is stating to the public; two videos state that an estimated 90,000 – 100,000 people are infected in just Wuhan alone.


The virus has now been detected in — China, Australia, Nepal, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, France, Canada and the United States.


An unknown sobbing Chinese woman known only as Dr. Jinnhui – believed to work at the quarantined Wuhan hospital in China – claims the coronavirus is far worse than the Chinese government has said with 100,000 people infected. The woman adds a warning for everyone to stay indoors.


         



      


The woman can be heard stating the outbreak is hundreds of times worse than official figures coming out of China suggest.


The audio was shared by Chinese news outlet Global Himalaya, who claimed it was sent from a member of the medical staff in Wuhan.


In a translation verified by Anonymous Bites Back Asia team, a woman says:



I have been working all day long. Now I am off duty. I took off around 4pm, I have been crying my eyes out.


The infection is much more horrible than it’s reported on TV.


There are so many cases. Doctors have estimated about 100,000 infected.



She explains there are just over 10 doctors who have treated “more than 100 infected people in just one day”.


In a chilling prediction, the unnamed woman proclaims: “Many of them will not make it.”


“The government didn’t support us with medical supplies,” she continues.



The patients were begging us desperately but we couldn’t do anything.


They are dying right in front of our eyes.


Please take every measure to protect yourselves at home.


Don’t ever trust the government. We are on our own now.



Another short video claims much of the same, with another alleged doctor posting his message to the world.




“Wuhan in reality, it’s completely the opposite of what’s said on tv. No one, no hospitals. no particular hospital. The hospitals are fully packed, the dead bodies have been lying there for days and no one is coming to collect them,” the man says according to translation.


A third video with a Chinese conversation seen in the background seems to corroborate claims that the situation is much worse than what China is acknowledging. A voice message from medical staff alleged to be in Wuhan also mentions the 90,000 – 100,000 infected figure.




Multiple videos out of China have shown citizens falling over, and medical officials in hazmat suits removing dead bodies on a stretcher with a sheet covering them. Anons also compiled numerous videos coming out of China displaying dead being carried out, showing the death count is likely higher than what is being stated.










China is punishing everyone who posts this information to social media, and it has been hard for anyone to smuggle these videos outside of the country. On January 1, 2020, eight people were arrested in China for spreading rumors about this disease. A journalist shared a picture on Twitter allegedly showing that all staff at hospitals are forbidden to discuss any latest developments of the outbreak with family, relatives, and friends through email, phone calls, texts, WeChat, Weibo, or e-mail. This suggests that China is in fact trying to cover up something about the virus and that may just be the number infected in Wuhan.






A U.S. State Dept source who this writer has previously used before revealed that a secret meeting took place with Trump and U.S. Senators yesterday. In that meeting it was revealed that the virus is believed to be airborne and can remain on objects. Another reporter, Scott Wong, corroborated those claims.


29

      

By Aaron Kesel


Chinese medics are purportedly uploading videos onto social media app Weibo chat, which are being deleted and funneled out of China. Medics are claiming that the Wuhan coronavirus is much worse than what the Chinese government is stating to the public; one video states that an estimated 90,000 – 100,000 people are infected in just Wuhan alone.


The virus has now been detected in — Australia, Nepal, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, France and the United States.


An unknown sobbing Chinese woman known only as Dr. Jinnhui – believed to work at the quarantined Wuhan hospital in China – claims the coronavirus is far worse than the Chinese government has said with 100,000 people infected. The woman adds a warning for everyone to stay indoors.


         



      


The woman can be heard stating the outbreak is hundreds of times worse than official figures coming out of China suggest.


The audio was shared by Chinese news outlet Global Himalaya, who claimed it was sent from a member of the medical staff in Wuhan.


In a translation verified by Anonymous Bites Back Asia team, a woman says:



I have been working all day long. Now I am off duty. I took off around 4pm, I have been crying my eyes out.


The infection is much more horrible than it’s reported on TV.


There are so many cases. Doctors have estimated about 100,000 infected.



She explains there are just over 10 doctors who have treated “more than 100 infected people in just one day”.


In a chilling prediction, the unnamed woman proclaims: “Many of them will not make it.”


“The government didn’t support us with medical supplies,” she continues.



The patients were begging us desperately but we couldn’t do anything.


They are dying right in front of our eyes.


Please take every measure to protect yourselves at home.


Don’t ever trust the government. We are on our own now.



Another short video claims much of the same, with another alleged doctor posting his message to the world.




“Wuhan in reality, it’s completely the opposite of what’s said on tv. No one, no hospitals. no particular hospital. The hospitals are fully packed, the dead bodies have been lying there for days and no one is coming to collect them,” the man says according to translation.


A third video with a Chinese conversation seen in the background seems to corroborate claims that the situation is much worse than what China is acknowledging. A voice message from medical staff alleged to be in Wuhan also mentions the 90,000 – 100,000 infected figure.




Multiple videos out of China have shown citizens falling over, and medical officials in hazmat suits removing dead bodies on a stretcher with a sheet covering them. Anons also compiled numerous videos coming out of China showing the death count is likely higher than what is being stated.






China is punishing everyone who posts this information to social media, and it has been hard for anyone to smuggle these videos outside of the country. On January 1, 2020, eight people were arrested in China for spreading rumors about this disease. A journalist shared a picture on Twitter allegedly showing that all staff at hospitals are forbidden to discuss any latest developments of the outbreak with family, relatives, and friends through email, phone calls, texts, WeChat, Weibo, or e-mail. This suggests that China is in fact trying to cover up something about the virus and that may just be the number infected in Wuhan.






A U.S. State Dept source who this writer has previously used before revealed that a secret meeting took place with Trump and U.S. Senators yesterday. In that meeting it was revealed that the virus is believed to be airborne and can remain on objects. Another reporter, Scott Wong, corroborated those claims.


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By Pamela Ephraim


Lawyer Gloria M. Ballason was granted an interim court order by Kaduna State High Court in Kaduna, Nigeria, on January 15, 2020, that prohibits the government from arresting her. This order came after Ballason filed a motion for her “fundamental rights,” — including freedom of expression and human dignity — under Order IV, Rule 4 of the constitution.


This interim order is the second of its kind issued against her arrest.




Photo of Gloria M. Ballason, human rights lawyer, courtesy of Gloria M. Ballason.



Ballason is a principal partner at Mive Legals in Kaduna State with a focus on human rights. She is also a columnist and chief executive officer of the “House of Justice,” a human rights call-in radio program, who has written articles critical of the Kaduna State government.


Ballason has experienced ongoing intimidation and harassment by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and his administration, amid a growing crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent in Nigeria.


Between November and December 2019, officers from the Nigerian police force in Kaduna State visited her office in Barnawa, Kaduna. According to her detailed Facebook post, she was harassed, threatened and intimidated since November 28, 2019, when the visits began:


Since 28 November, 2019, the police have laid siege on the office of House of Justice, in Barnawa, Kaduna, reportedly in search of me. House of Justice is a public interest advocacy and legal service centre in Kaduna, Nigeria. I lead its advocacy work. Over the past decade, I have established and practised Law from Kaduna. On that day, three hefty men, claiming to be from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Kaduna reportedly showed up on Thursday, 28 November, 2019 and requested for me. My colleagues in chambers informed them that I had gone out.


         



      

Ballason wrote that according to the Kaduna State police command, they made visits to her office after they received a petition by Engr E.K Gaiya, a private citizen, that listed Ballason as a “notorious criminal.”


Gaiya originally sent the petition to the office of the executive governor of Kaduna State on October 20, 2019, cataloging 40 years of “criminal attacks on life and property,” and asked for investigations into 20 listed persons and organizations, including “Barr. Gloria,” listed Number 13.


Ballason denies any knowledge of Gaiya. Her lawyers obtained a copy of the petition that was also reviewed with Global Voices for verification.


Balllason told Global Voices via Whatsapp on January 20, 2020:



The petition was written to the governor’s office and copied to the [All Progressives Congress Party] APC ruling chairman and police. The petition was not addressed to the police. How do they act on an allegation they were merely copied into? The petition [cites complaints that I am] 40 years old and I am in my mid-30s. How spurious and laughable does it get. Yet I, my colleagues and family was subjected to incalculable psychological torture. I couldn’t work. I had to leave the state until I obtained the court interim order.



When Ballason’s lawyer made further inquiries into the petition and the reason for the visits, the police then delivered Ballason an interrogation request letter citing “criminal breach of trust and cheating” on December 18.


Ballason told Global Voices in the Whatsapp interview that this letter did not clarify who made the complaints or establish any facts. A photo of the letter obtained by Ballason’s lawyers was viewed by Global Voices for verification.


Fearing for her safety and security, the ordeal prompted Ballason to file a motion ex parte against the inspector general of police, commissioner of police and government of Kaduna State, on January 7, 2020.


On January 15, 2020, Kaduna State High Court granted an interim order preventing Governor El-Rufai from arresting her.


Ongoing harassment and intimidation


In 2016, Ballason was first threatened with arrest and persecution by Governor El-Rufai, for a November 28 article titled, “Kaduna: When government kills,” that Ballason wrote for her weekly law column in Blueprint Newspaper (which has since been removed).


“Villages live in misery. Communities have become lands of despair as they are subdued by treachery and brutal violence,” wrote Ballason of the deteriorating security situation in Kaduna, as republished in Signal.


Ballason sued the governor for infringing on her fundamental human rights to express her opinion and won the case. Kaduna State High Court fined Governor El-Rufai 50,000 nairas ($138 United States dollars) for breaching the lawyer’s “right to life,” according to a Daily Post report in May 2017. The governor was also restrained from arresting, prosecuting and jailing the young lawyer for expressing her published opinion.


Since then, Ballason has represented several prominent clients whose rights were also violated by the governor — most notably media entrepreneur Audu Maikori..The Federal High Court in Abuja awarded Maikori 40 million nairas ($110,650 USD) as compensation for his unlawful arrest and detention between February and March 2017, according to a Punch newspaper statement in October 2017.


Netizens lament lack of free speech


Many Nigerians speculate that Ballason’s most recent ordeal with law enforcement was triggered as a result of her position as lead counsel to Chidi Odinkalu, a prominent human rights activist, in ongoing suits against the government of Kaduna State.






Odinkalu accuses the Kaduna State government of “multiple violations of his fundamental rights under the 1999 constitution, including free speech, due process, fair hearing and human dignity,” according to The Guardian, Nigeria.


Journalist and author Ohimai Godwin Amaize linked Ballason’s harassment with her position as Chidi Odinkalu’s lead counsel:




Edetaen Ojo, a digital rights and freedom of expression activist stated that “the basic tenets of democracy and rule of law are now under attack in Nigeria:”




Jeff Nnaka voices similarities between Ballason’s case and other lawyers:




Amnesty International in Nigeria raised concerns over the increasing harassment and intimidation by the Nigerian police toward Ballason and urged the police command in Kaduna State to respect, protect and uphold human rights without discrimination:





Article source: Global Voices


Pamela Ephraim is a journalist covering West Africa. Her interests lie between international affairs, arts and media. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in law and diplomacy.


Top image: Gloria M. Ballason is a human rights lawyer and host of the law radio show, “House of Justice,” based in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Photo screenshot via Bridgewater State University/IREX/DC.


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