Here’s How COVID-19 Is Changing Americans’ Shopping Habits

Here’s How COVID-19 Is Changing Americans’ Shopping Habits Tyler Durden Thu, 05/21/2020 – 04:55 With social distancing guidelines and shelter-in-place orders being implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the way consumers shop for their groceries is also changing. That is probably evident to every person who has tried to sign up for Peapod, or go to the grocery store. Many are finding it almost impossible to get a delivery slot for groceries without signing up for a two-week wait. And for those brave enough to risk a trip to their local supermarket, many are reporting a change in shopping habits.[…]

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“Trust Is Being Undermined” – Harvard Medical School Prof Questions Fauci’s “Shading” Vaccine Results

“Trust Is Being Undermined” – Harvard Medical School Prof Questions Fauci’s “Shading” Vaccine Results Tyler Durden Thu, 05/21/2020 – 04:45 At a moment in time when narrative-following “scientists” are lauded like unquestionably omniscient supreme beings enabling dumb-as-a-rock-partisan-politicians to play omnipotent overlords without fear of blowback, the world needs more people like William Haseltine. The last two weeks have seen markets and politicians jump exuberantly at the hope of every press release from a biotech firm that proclaims one of their pet rabbits didn’t die when they fed it their latest DNA-reshaping test material (oh that is except if anyone dares[…]

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Did The Lockdown Save Lives?

Did The Lockdown Save Lives? Tyler Durden Thu, 05/21/2020 – 04:20 Authored by Jeffrey Tucker via The American Institute for Economic Research, For two to three months, Americans have suffered the loss of liberty, security, and prosperity in the name of virus control. The psychological impact has been beyond description. We thought we could count on basic rights and freedoms. Then over a few days in March, it all ended in ways hardly anyone could believe possible.  The manner in which governments dealt with foundational principles of modernity has been shocking. They put half the country under house arrest and[…]

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Pompeo Accuses China Of Helping Iran’s ‘Gas For Gold’ Sanctions-Busting In Venezuela

Pompeo Accuses China Of Helping Iran’s ‘Gas For Gold’ Sanctions-Busting In Venezuela Tyler Durden Thu, 05/21/2020 – 03:45 We predicted earlier that the United States is headed for another ‘tanker war’ with Iran, but unlike last summer this will take place far away from Persian Gulf and Mediterranean waters, instead in the Caribbean off Venezuela’s coast, however unusual that scenario might be. Recall that Trump recently ordered a US naval build-up there to boot. Currently there are five Iranian-flagged tankers transporting fuel to Venezuela across the Atlantic Ocean, with plans to break the American blockade on the Latin American country. Iran has warned that[…]

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Sjursen: What On Earth Is The US Doing By Bombing Somalia?

Sjursen: What On Earth Is The US Doing By Bombing Somalia? Tyler Durden Thu, 05/21/2020 – 03:10 Authored by Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA (ret.) via AntiWar.com, The Trump administration has quietly ramped up a vicious bombing – and covert raiding – campaign in Somalia amid a global coronavirus pandemic. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has provided any explanation for the deadly escalation of a war that Congress hasn’t declared and the media rarely reports. At stake are many thousands of lives. The public statistics show a considerable increase in airstrikes from Obama’s presidency. From 2009 to 2016, the U.S. military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced[…]

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WTO’s Goods Trade Barometer Hits Record Low Amid COVID Disruptions 

WTO’s Goods Trade Barometer Hits Record Low Amid COVID Disruptions  Tyler Durden Thu, 05/21/2020 – 02:35 The World Trade Organization (WTO) published its Goods Trade Barometer on Wednesday morning, showing a steep decline in 1H20 as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the global economy. “The index currently stands at 87.6, far below the baseline value of 100, suggesting a sharp contraction in world trade extending into the second quarter,” the new report showed.  “This is the lowest value on record since the indicator was launched in July 2016.”  Most importantly, the WTO warned: “the current reading captures the initial phases of the COVID-19 outbreak, and[…]

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Vast Majority Of Aussies Believe China Covering Up True Scale Of COVID-19 Outbreak

Vast Majority Of Aussies Believe China Covering Up True Scale Of COVID-19 Outbreak Tyler Durden Thu, 05/21/2020 – 02:00 Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News, A poll conducted by Essential Research has found that a huge majority of Australians, 77% believe China is covering up the reality of the coronavirus outbreak. The survey also found that 40% believe the outbreak came from a Chinese lab. Despite evidence strongly suggesting these are legitimate concerns, they were grouped under the category ‘conspiracy theories’. The poll also found that over a quarter of Australians believe that to some extent the outbreak is being overhyped[…]

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Japanese Military To Receive New Assault Rifles Amid Rising Tensions With China

Japanese Military To Receive New Assault Rifles Amid Rising Tensions With China Tyler Durden Thu, 05/21/2020 – 01:00 The very last time the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) received new assault rifles, the Nikkei 225 stock index soared to nearly 40,000 in 1989, then crashed 50% nine months later. Jane’s Information Group reports JGSDF will receive a new 5.56 mm rifle and 9 mm handgun to defend the country’s southwestern islands from China.  The new rifle, designated as “Type 20,” is manufactured in Japan under the name “Howa5.56,” which was unveiled Monday at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo. Typ 20 assault rifle  JGSDF spokesperson told Janes 3,283 units were purchased,[…]

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The ‘Conman Elites’ That Want To “Save Us” From COVID-19

The ‘Conman Elites’ That Want To “Save Us” From COVID-19 Tyler Durden Thu, 05/21/2020 – 00:05 Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com, Last week the Federal Reserve released a report predicting that the next print on GDP numbers will likely show a loss 34.9% in the second quarter. This is the biggest GDP plunge since the Great Depression; even the crash of 2008 doesn’t compare.  And when we take into account the fact that the Fed artificially boosts GDP calculations by adding in many non-productive government programs, we have to ask, what are the REAL losses above and beyond what the Fed[…]

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New Zealand Uses Pandemic To Explore Four-Day Workweek

New Zealand Uses Pandemic To Explore Four-Day Workweek Tyler Durden Wed, 05/20/2020 – 23:45 As New Zealand’s economy adjusts to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has pitched a four-day workweek and other flexible working options, saying it will stimulate the economy, boost domestic tourism and encourage better work-life balance while the country’s borders remain closed to foreign nationals, according to The Guardian. The pitch comes as the NZ economy is expected to contract up to 8% this year according to the IMF, while unemployment could hit 15% – 30%. Ardern was sharing suggestions during a Facebook live session[…]

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