Which is Worse, Influenza or Affluenza?

By Victor Rosenthal

What do I read during an epidemic? What else but books about epidemics, like John M. Barry’s “The Great Influenza,” about the catastrophic 1918 pandemic that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide.

The 1918 disease, incorrectly called “Spanish flu,” probably first jumped from pigs to humans in the American Midwest, and then spread all over the world. It was both more contagious and more deadly than today’s Coronavirus; and medicine at that time – especially in the US – was surprisingly primitive. Some American doctors in 1918 still believed in bleeding as an effective treatment for various illnesses. Viruses had been known to cause disease – Polio for example – for some time, but most doctors and researchers believed that influenza was caused by a bacillus. There was no preventative medication and no treatment that had a significant effect on the course of the disease.

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October 25, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 194 views

Tolerism at Berkeley: The guy who had no clothes

Many liberal academics preach that violence is due to our lack of tolerance for the “root causes” of that violence, so anything goes. Op-ed.

By Howard Rotberg, INN

Berkeley, California

The late philosopher Karl Popper stated, “If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, the the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them…We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance , the right not to tolerate the intolerant.”

I call this excessive tolerance the ideology of Tolerism and my book, Tolerism: The Ideology Revealed (Mantua Books), argues that too many people think that Tolerance is a more important value than Justice.

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October 25, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 205 views

Israel expects Oman to normalize next, Mossad chief says Saudi deal soon — TV

Channel 12: Israel believes Riyadh and Muscat are both likely to await the results of the US presidential elections before deciding on next moves

By TOI STAFF

Mossad head Yossi Cohen attends a handover ceremony for the position of IDF chief of military intelligence at the Glilot military base, near Tel Aviv, on March 28, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Mossad head Yossi Cohen attends a handover ceremony for the position of IDF chief of military intelligence at the Glilot military base, near Tel Aviv, on March 28, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israeli officials believe Oman is next in line to normalize relations with Israel in the near future, following the Jewish state’s blitz of deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and most recently Sudan, according to a report Saturday.

Channel 12 said sources in the government claimed an announcement was even potentially possible before the US presidential election on November 3rd, though they stressed it could take more time, as Muscat would likely wait to see where political winds are blowing in Washington before making any major decisions.

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October 25, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 199 views

Normalization with the Saudis – at what price?

The Saudis have a good many skeletons in the closet that have to be aired and discarded for a peace process to work.

By Gerald A. Honigman, INN 

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There’s much talk now, in the wake of other Gulf area breakthroughs, that Saudi Arabia is being heavily courted on to join the normalization/peace movement regarding Israel.

While shalom/salaam is good, it’s important to realize that, as with another nation–the Sudan–Saudi Arabia comes into this with its own severe baggage And yes–it is nice for Israel to be able to cut travel time and save fuel by being able to fly over Saudi air space..

For starters, however, let’s just say that the much-touted, decades old Saudi peace (of the grave) plan must be dropped like a nuked potato.

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October 25, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 227 views

Iran, Turkey and Qatar condemn France over religious ‘desecration’

Why would small groups in Gaza, such as Islamic Jihad, suddenly care about a cartoon in France when they have more pressing issues? This is a sort of regional competition over who “defends Muslims.”

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN , JPOST

A man waves a French national flag during a silent march to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the French teacher who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, October 20, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS/LUCIEN LIBERT)

A man waves a French national flag during a silent march to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the French teacher who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, October 20, 2020

Turkey, Iran, Qatar, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have come out with statements over the weekend slamming France over alleged “insults to Islam,” in a campaign of media hype that appears designed to create a controversy over France’s reactions to the murder of a teacher. French teacher Samuel Paty was murdered on October 16 in a gruesome beheading in which a parent from the school had incited another man to come and murder him over allegations he showed cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammed.

While the murder was widely condemned and France went into national mourning, there has been a different reaction from countries whose leaders are rooted in political Islam. Muslim Brotherhood affiliated polities, such as Turkey which is run by the AK Party, and Qatar which tends to support Brotherhood politics, as well as Hamas in Gaza, have all condemned France and France’s President Emmanuel Macron, instead of condemning the murder of the teacher.

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October 25, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 195 views

Bombshell report showing Biden’s Compromised By China

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(TJVNEWS)Christopher Balding, Associate Professor at Peking University HSBC School of Business Shenzhen, China and also Bloomberg contributor, released a devastating report exposing Biden activities in China which “the press has simply refused to cover”, and which reveals “how Biden was compromised by the Communist Party of China.”

Balding said on his Global finance blog:  that he had really “not wanted to do this but roughly 2 months ago I was handed a report about Biden activities in China the press has simply refused to cover. I want to strongly emphasize I did not write the report but I know who did.”

The professor also Tweeted: ‘I will not be disclosing the individual who did write this report. They have very valid reasons to fear for both their personal safety and professional risks. Throughout the years that I have known this individual, we never discussed politics. I have never heard them criticize any political party other than the CCP. They are not a Republican’

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October 25, 2020 | 1 Comments » | 312 views

TRUMP’S Middle East’s metamorphosis

Arab leaders fear a president Biden may spurn Israel and cozy up to Turkey and Iran.

By Walter Russell Mead, WSJ

George W. Bush and Barack Obama both tried to transform the Middle East. Neither found the kind of success he sought.

But as the U.S. has reduced its regional footprint and ambitions, the Middle East has begun to change on its own. One of the most recent signs of its metamorphosis was Saudi Prince Bandar’s blistering criticism of Palestinian leaders for their decades of poor decision-making. His words are underscored by his kingdom’s decision to open its airspace to commercial flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai. Taken with the United Arab Emirates shifting from not recognizing the Jewish state to building a warm peace and economic partnerships with Israel, it’s clear the region is moving away from the predictable sterility of the past toward something genuinely new.

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October 24, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 387 views

Trump Card

Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary makes the case for capitalism and Trump.

By Mark Tapson, FPM

Mark Tapson is the Shillman Fellow on Popular Culture for the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Perhaps the most overarching choice facing American voters in the upcoming presidential election is, which vision of the future do we want to embrace for our country: capitalism or socialism? The choice is just that stark and polarized. In defense of the capitalist worldview, author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza recently released his latest film, Trump Card, “to make the moral case for capitalism and show that its rewards are just. We need to show that socialism – even democratic socialism – inevitably leads to misery and tyranny.”

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October 24, 2020 | 1 Comments » | 368 views

Fighting the new commissars

The time for a reckoning with the social media giants has arrived, and not only in the United States.

By  Caroline B. Glick, ISRAEL HAYOM

Facebook, Twitter delete hundreds of fake accounts linked to Iran propaganda

Citing “community rules,” Facebook and Twitter engage in censorship | Illustration: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

The time for a reckoning with the social media giants has arrived, and not only in the United States.

Earlier this week, Shibbolet Library, a new Israeli book publisher that specializes in conservative authors, launched a sales campaign on Facebook. The company invested approximately 100,000 shekels ($34,000) on Facebook ads to promote its book sales. Then suddenly, its account was blocked. The campaign was wrecked. The firm’s investment was lost.

Facebook, the corporate giant, replete with its anonymous work force and inscrutable algorithms scuppered the campaign with no prior warning or explanation.

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October 24, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 396 views

‘Yes, yes, yes’: Why peace with Khartoum would be true paradigm shift for Israel

The big, poor African state and the small, rich Gulf monarchies couldn’t be more different; for a start, unlike Bahrain and the UAE, Sudan actually went to war against Israel

By RAPHAEL AHREN, TOI 23 October 2020,

Sudanese demonstrate in support of their people in Sudan, in south Tel Aviv, on April 13, 2019. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Sudanese demonstrate in support of their people in Sudan, in south Tel Aviv, on April 13, 2019. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Yes to removal of Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terror. Yes to a billion-dollar aid package. And yes to normalization with Israel?

The remarkable tale of Sudan turning from a symbol of the Arab world’s rejection of the Jewish state, into its latest potential peace partner, could be summed up by referring to three no’s that, in the span of 53 years, look set to become three yes’s.

Many Israelis still associate Khartoum with the “Three No’s” — “No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel” — formulated by an Arab League summit held in the Sudanese capital shortly after the end of the Six-Day War in 1967.

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October 24, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 322 views

How frightened should we be? Very. How proud of Trump should we be? Very.

By Patricia McCarthy, AM THINKER

It is amazing that Amazon has not banned it but it is available for streaming:  The Plot  Against the President.  If only all Americans would watch it, for it tells the truly horrific story of how a treasonous group of plotters attempted to destroy President Trump because… well, he wasn’t one of them.

The film reveals to the uninitiated that the plan began with Hillary.  She commissioned Fusion GPS to develop material with which to destroy Trump, the candidate.  Fusion GPS hired all the other initial players – Christopher Steele, the Ohrs, and a host of others.  Once they had the phony dossier in their hands, they schemed with the traitorous players at the FBI, CIA, DOJ, DNI et. al. – any other alphabet agencies that wanted in on the game.  They all hated Trump, the outsider who vowed to drain the swamp.

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October 24, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 368 views

Trump’s Unedited Interview With Leslie Stahl of ’60 Minutes’

The president exposes “the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS.”

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You don’t want to miss this

for yourself at the link below.

Watch the whole unedited videoCLICK HERE.

October 24, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 360 views

With Netanyahu on phone, euphoric Trump predicts ‘one unified family’ in Mideast

Announcing Israel-Sudan peace, US president invites reporters to hear call with Israel, Sudan leaders, says Saudis will sign up, ultimately Iran too; PM backs ‘better’ Iran deal

By TOI STAFF and JACOB MAGID

President Donald Trump talks on a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, applaud in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump talks on a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, applaud in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With the leaders of Israel and Sudan on the phone in the Oval Office, a euphoric US President Donald Trump on Friday predicted peace throughout the Middle East and wider region, including between Israel and even Iran — in a “unified family” as never before.

In extraordinary scenes in the Oval Office, Trump brought reporters into the room to hear much of the call, during which he announced that Israel and Sudan had agreed to make peace, and then set out far wider ambitions and predictions.

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October 23, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 116 views

Jaw-Dropping Report Details Chinese State-Owned Company’s Partnership With Biden, Kerry Families

By Jennifer Van Laar, RED STATE   | Oct 23, 2020 6:30 AM ET

A nearly 60-page intelligence report dated October 2 and provided to RedState late Wednesday details the relationship between multiple Chinese State-Owned Entities (SOE’s) and companies owned by Hunter Biden, Chris Heinz (stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry), Devon Archer, James Bulger, and suspected Chinese intelligence asset Michael Lin.

Despite what Hunter Biden’s attorney claimed in 2019, Hunter started traveling to China shortly before the Big Guy became Vice President and signed contracts with SOE’s while the Big Guy was Vice President.

According to Christopher Balding, Associate Professor at Peking University HSBC School of Business Shenzhen – who notes that he did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016 and will not be voting for him this year – who reviewed the report before publication:

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October 23, 2020 | 4 Comments » | 888 views

Biden’s Campaign Blew Up in a Bad Way

Like a fly blasted with insecticide, Biden and his campaign will buzz around for a few days in insouciant denial, but their levitation should finally be over.

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The fraudulent Biden campaign effectively blew up on Thursday night in Nashville.

After five days of intensive subterranean preparation, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was coherent and gaffe-free for the first hour and got to the end without any horrifying blunders, though he trailed off into grammatical chaos and jumbled articulation a couple of times. There were relatively few interruptions and no persistent interruptions and neither candidate was acoustically or behaviorally irritating.

The moderator, Kristen Welker, was fair and efficient. President Trump skillfully cast himself as an “outsider” who gets and has produced results, facing an insider who has accomplished precious little useful after 47 years paddling and wallowing in the public trough and moving steadily to the left.

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October 23, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 521 views

Sudan deal could make Israel key regional player

Apparently, when true policy shifts occur, they do so behind the smokescreen of media demagoguery and populist propaganda.

By Amnon Lord, ISRAEL HAYOM

All the signs on the board indicate it’s about to happen. That within a few days, Israel will sign a peace treaty with Sudan, one of the largest and most important countries in Africa. So say sources in Jerusalem, whose sources are currently in the heart of Sudan.

We should revisit the past again. Sudan was among “our worst enemies,” as described by those intimately familiar with the history on the ground.

Al-Qaida founder Osama Bin-Laden resided there. First and foremost, Sudan was a terrorist hub used by al-Qaida and Iran to target moderate Muslims.

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October 23, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 423 views

Saudi Arabia will soon move to normalize ties with Israel, official predicts

Senior defense official says the kingdom could be next to ‘come out of the closet,’ amid reports that Israel on verge of normalizing relations with Sudan

By TOI STAFF

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, speaks to his father, King Salman, at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, December 9, 2018. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, speaks to his father, King Salman, at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, December 9, 2018. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

A senior defense official on Thursday predicted Saudi Arabia would soon move to normalize ties with Israel.

The comments by the official, who spoke to reporters as Defense Minister Benny Gantz visited America, came amid reports that Sudan was poised to follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in normalizing diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

“Soon Sudan and later Saudi Arabia will come out of the closet,” the official was quoted saying by Hebrew media, without further elaborating.

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October 23, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 290 views

Time to call out ‘human rights’ groups for their antisemitism

The ADL slammed State Department plans to denounce popular NGOs, yet Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam are all guilty of inciting hate against Israel.

 For four years, Trump administration critics have accused it of conducting foreign policy that was devoid of the sort of moral leadership that the world was accustomed to getting from the United States. But now that it’s planning to make a seminal statement of principle, the president’s liberal detractors aren’t happy. To the contrary, they’re deeply disturbed by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s reported decision to call out three prominent international groups for their anti-Semitism.

Incredibly, defenders of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam are saying that Washington’s desire to call them to account for their prejudicial attacks and efforts to undermine the right of Israel to exist is actually proof of the administration’s lack of concern for human rights.

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October 23, 2020 | 0 Comments » | 289 views