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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital because of "persistent" symptoms of the coronavirus, a spokesman confirmed Sunday. Johnson tested positive for the virus 10 days ago and has been self-isolating at his official residence.

In the United States, Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams warned that the coming week could be a national catastrophe comparable to Pearl Harbor or the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, as covid-19 deaths countrywide pushed past 9,200 -- more than triple the Sept. 11 toll. Experts say the true count is certainly higher.

Here are some significant developments:

* Anthony S. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, echoed the grim predictions: "This is going to be a bad week," he said.

* In a rare broadcast, Queen Elizabeth II called on the British people to show their self-discipline and quiet resolve during the pandemic.

* Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said it is "ludicrous that we do not have a national effort" for procuring badly needed medical supplies, as Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) lamented "a global jungle that we're competing in."

* A decline in new coronavirus-related deaths in New York, the hardest-hit area in the United States, could be a sign that the state is nearing the apex or just a "blip," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.

* The declining number of cases in Italy, Spain and Australia have the countries cautiously optimistic that they are "flattening the curve."

April 5, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT

British leader Boris Johnson admitted to hospital because of 'persistent' symptoms of coronavirus

LONDON -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital on Sunday as a "precautionary step" on the advice of his doctor, a spokeswoman from 10 Downing Street said.

"This is a precautionary step, as the prime minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus," the spokeswoman said.

Johnson continues to suffer from a high temperature, which has kept him in self-isolation at his official residence since his diagnosis. Johnson's fiancee, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, also exhibited symptoms of a coronavirus infection but was not tested. Symonds said she is feeling better. She has not been staying with Johnson.

The British leader's spokeswoman, who by protocol is not named, said, "The prime minister thanks NHS [National Health Service] staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the government's advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives." For the past 10 days, Johnson has said he continues to work from his Downing Street residence, leading cabinet meetings and speaking with other world leaders.

Johnson has posted short videos via Twitter urging people to remain indoors, except to go shopping, visit a doctor or take a bit of exercise. In his last video, the prime minister looked ragged, with puffy eyes and pale skin. His aides did not offer more detail on why Johnson was admitted to the hospital -- whether it was for further tests, such as chest X-rays, or to spend the night.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Prince Charles also had tested positive for the virus. Both men finished their seven-day period of self-isolation and are back at work.

By William Booth



April 5, 2020 at 4:34 PM EDT

Coral Princess passenger has died after waiting four hours for an ambulance, family says

A passenger on the Coral Princess cruise ship died from complications from the novel coronavirus after he waited more than four hours for an ambulance to transport him from the ship to a hospital, family members said.

The passenger, Wilson Maa, 71, died late Saturday at Larkin Community Hospital in Hialeah, Fla., his family confirmed in a statement. His wife, Toyling Maa, who is in her 60s, has a cough and fever and is quarantined onboard, the San Francisco couple's children, Toyling, Nancy and Julie, wrote.

Wilson Maa had deteriorated considerably, and he was on a manual ventilator, pumped by hand by the ship's medical staff, his family told the Miami Herald. They said they were told by ship employees that an ambulance wasn't available.

Princess Cruises, which owns the Coral Princess, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The ship, which has had 12 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since Thursday, announced two people died Friday night, not long before the ship arrived in Miami, The Washington Post reported.

Of the 1,020 passengers, about 993 were expected to be declared fit to fly as of Saturday. More than 20 were still too ill to leave the ship, along with 38 crew members.

The Maa children, who wrote they were already "beyond heartbroken" about their father's death, asked for continued support as their mother recovers.

"We are so lucky to have a father that was so silly, fun, engineering minded, and thoughtful," they wrote. "There are no words for the sorrow we have experienced, but only joy for the memories we had with him."

By Meryl Kornfield



April 5, 2020 at 4:02 PM EDT

First congressman to test positive for virus is back with family

Mario Diaz-Balart, the first congressman to test positive for the coronavirus, has returned to his family and is feeling well, he announced in a tweet Sunday.

Diaz-Balart (R), who represents Florida's 25th Congressional District, also said he has applied to donate plasma to the Red Cross. The Red Cross is collecting plasma from fully recovered patients in an attempt to help those who have covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, and may be fighting for their lives.

Diaz-Balart was diagnosed March 18, just before Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) was, too. Diaz-Balart tweeted Sunday that he is "still a bit weak" but was deemed covid-19-free by doctors and able to be with family in Miami.

By Jesse Dougherty



April 5, 2020 at 3:48 PM EDT

Woman assaulted in anti-Asian hate crime in New York, police say

A 51-year-old Asian woman was assaulted on a New York City bus last week in an apparent hate crime, representing one of the growing number of attacks nationwide targeting people of Asian descent because of bias and scapegoating over the novel coronavirus, which originated in China.

The woman, who was not identified, was hospitalized and received stitches after four teenage girls allegedly attacked her on a Bronx bus on March 28, hitting her on the head with an umbrella and making anti-Asian comments before exiting the bus and fleeing, according to CBS New York.

Police apprehended three 15-year-old girls shortly after the incident on hate crime assault, menacing and harassment charges. The NYPD Crime Stoppers issued an alert early Sunday seeking tips on the fourth suspect, accused of striking the woman with the umbrella.

The NYPD said it has seen a "surge" in attacks on Asians and Asian Americans lately, with nearly a dozen reported attacks since March 10.

"Since the outbreak, the Hate Crime Task Force has investigated 11 cases where all the victims were Asian and targeted due to discrimination based on the Coronavirus pandemic," the NYPD told NBC New York in a statement. "To date, investigators have apprehended the wanted subjects in seven of these cases."

New York's uptick in anti-Asian crimes follows a trend around the United States: A coalition of groups from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community said there have been more than 1,100 reported hate crimes against people of Asian heritage since the launch of the Stop AAPI Hate initiative on March 19.

An analysis by The Washington Post found people with xenophobic anti-Asian bias were also more likely to be anxious about the coronavirus.

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By Kim Bellware



April 5, 2020 at 3:19 PM EDT

In rare broadcast appearance, queen praises Britons in face of coronavirus

The British people were both extolled and scolded Sunday, as Queen Elizabeth II urged them to show their self-discipline and quiet resolve during the coronavirus pandemic and the health secretary implored them to please stop sunbathing in public parks.

In the Sunday evening broadcast, the queen lauded what she called the British "attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling" and said she hoped "in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge."

But Health Secretary Matt Hancock didn't sound so proud on the morning talk shows, on which he warned Britons that unless they all took the order to remain mostly indoors seriously, the government might ban outdoor exercise -- as governments in France, Italy and Spain have done.

By William Booth



April 5, 2020 at 2:55 PM EDT

Arkansas governor defends lack of stay-at-home order, says existing measures are working

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) defended his decision to hold off on a formal stay-at-home order to control the spread of the coronavirus, saying social distancing guidelines and closures of public gathering places in his state are working.

Arkansas is one of nine states that have held off on issuing a formal statewide stay-at-home order. Asked about the U.S. surgeon general's request that governors "give us a week" of stay-at-home orders to slow the spread, Hutchinson said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that more measures could follow.

"We'll do more as we need to," Hutchinson said.

He said existing state and local guidance -- which includes bar and restaurant closures, social distancing guidelines and limitations on social gatherings -- is part of a "targeted" response that has seen some success.

"We have had success in Arkansas comparable to other states -- in fact, beating and slowing the spread more than in some states that actually had a stay-at-home order," Hutchinson said. He argued that roughly 600,000 Arkansans would still go to work despite a stay-at-home order.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said there is a concern that his state will see another spike in infections if other states don't take the virus seriously. Washington was an early hot spot for the coronavirus, although it's seen some evidence that the outbreak there could be slowing.

"Even if Washington gets on top of this fully, if another state doesn't, it can come back and come across our borders two months from now," Inslee said. "We are a long ways away from being out of the woods. .aE .aE . We have not got down to anywhere close to where we need to be to declare victory [over] this horrendous virus."

By Aaron Gregg



April 5, 2020 at 1:54 PM EDT

'This is going to be a bad week,' Fauci says

Anthony S. Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, said Sunday that the coming week is going to be a difficult one for Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, although the rate of infections will probably go down as the month goes on.

"This is going to be a bad week," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview on CBS News's "Face the Nation." "Unfortunately, if you look at the projection of the curves, of the kinetics of the curves, we're going to continue to see an escalation."

He declined to say that the United States has the pandemic under control. But he said, "We should hope that within a week, maybe a little bit more, we'll start to see a flattening out of the curve and coming down."

Meanwhile, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb predicted that the U.S. economy is "going to be an 80 percent economy" until efforts at creating a vaccine are successful.

"There are things that are not coming back. People are not going to crowd into conferences. They're not going to crowd into arenas and we need to accept that," Gottlieb said on "Face the Nation." "Now, what changes that equation is technology, but we need a deliberate approach to getting that technology quickly."

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By Felicia Sonmez



April 5, 2020 at 1:51 PM EDT

Italy announces 525 new deaths, lowest number in over two weeks

The government in Italy announced 525 new deaths from the coronavirus on Sunday, a figure that suggests the pace of fatalities in the country may be slowing.

The figure is the lowest new death count since March 19. The highest number was recorded March 27, when Italy's Civil Protection agency announced 919 new deaths.

Sunday's number brings Italy's cumulative death toll to 15,887. The government also announced 4,316 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 128,948.

Many in Italy hope that the outbreak may be peaking, in part because of the strict lockdown measures that have been in place across the country for five weeks. But some researchers have suggested that the government may be undercounting deaths; previous dips have been followed by new increases.

Speaking on NBC News's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urged continued caution.

"I cannot say when the lockdown will stop, because we are following the suggestions of our scientists," he said.

By Adam Taylor



April 5, 2020 at 1:38 PM EDT

Democratic and Republican governors lament interstate medical supply competition

Two governors said Sunday that they would like to see an alternative to the state-by-state competition for ventilators and personal protective equipment, noting that the fight against the coronavirus is far from over.

Trump and other federal officials have said that governors should take the lead on ensuring that needed medical supplies are available in their states and that the federal government should be a "backstop" when shortfalls become apparent.

But in a Sunday interview on NBC News's "Meet the Press," Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) and Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said the current approach to the procurement of medical supplies could be improved.

"It literally is a global jungle that we're competing in now," Hutchinson said. "I'd like to see a better way, but that's the reality in which we are."

Inslee harshly criticized Trump's insistence on a state-led response and said it is "ludicrous that we do not have a national effort" to manage the procurement of medical equipment. Commenting on Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams's statements comparing the virus to the Pearl Harbor attack, Inslee said: "Can you imagine if Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, 'I'll be right behind you, Connecticut. Good luck building those battleships.'"

Inslee said the White House needs to employ the Defense Production Act to mobilize industry to make protective gear and test kits. Trump has tapped only limited authorities under that law, holding off on more aggressive actions enlisting private companies to meet the national need.

"We governors, Republicans and Democrats, have been urging the president to do what he should. If he wants to be a wartime president, be a wartime president," Inslee said. "Show some leadership. Mobilize the industrial base of the United States."

By Aaron Gregg

April 5, 2020 at 1:21 PM EDT

New York sees slight drop in deaths -- 'blip' or sign of nearing plateau, Cuomo cautions

The number of new coronavirus-related deaths in New York has dipped slightly over the past several days, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday. But he added that it's still too soon to know whether the small decline is a "blip" or a sign that the state is nearing the apex of the outbreak and hitting a slight plateau.

"We won't know for the next few days, does it go up, does it go down," Cuomo (D) said at a news conference.

New York experienced 36 fewer deaths in the past 24 hours than in the 24-hour period before. As of Sunday, state officials had tallied more than 4,100 deaths.

The difficulty in determining exactly where New York stands on the curve is due to differing opinions on the models that project the course of the outbreak, Cuomo said. Some models identify a single point as the apex, while others identify the apex as a plateau at which the highest numbers remain consistent before they finally drop.

In other countries hit hard by the coronavirus, similar patterns emerged in which small declines were short-lived. In late March, Spain and Italy recorded slight dips in the daily death tolls before the numbers inched up days later.

Cuomo said ICU admissions and daily intubation rates in New York also were down slightly over the past day but reiterated that declines need to play out before officials can determine what they represent.

"Again, you can't do this day-to-day. You have to look at three or four days to see a pattern," he said, later adding: "We're all watching a movie. We're waiting to see what the next scene is. And as the movie unfolds, you start to understand the story better and better."

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By Kim Bellware

April 5, 2020 at 12:56 PM EDT

George W. Bush pushed for a national pandemic strategy in 2005

Government officials have worried about the threat of a pandemic like the coronavirus outbreak for many years.

In the fall of 2005, President George W. Bush tasked Fran Townsend, his homeland security adviser, to develop a national pandemic strategy. What prompted the directive was not an imminent threat to which he had been alerted by advisers; it was because he had read "The Great Influenza," John M. Barry's book about the flu pandemic of 1918.

Townsend recalled that when she convened an interagency meeting to launch the project, she met significant resistance from Cabinet officials, who said they had far more urgent problems with which to deal. Only with prodding and presidential insistence did the pandemic strategy get put together, and it was part of the Bush team's handoff to the administration of Barack Obama during that transition.

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By Dan Balz

April 5, 2020 at 12:44 PM EDT

In a city defined by power, the virus has seized control

On Monday, The Washington Post deployed 21 journalists to chronicle life amid a pandemic in the nation's capital, a city that looked, sounded and felt nothing at all like the most powerful place on earth.

As the District's mayor joined the governors of Maryland and Virginia in ordering residents to stay home, reporters and photographers captured D.C.'s fear, sorrow and resilience with intimacy and sweep.

And one thing became clear: From first graders to friars, scientists to sanitation workers, teen models to the mayor, no one is immune from the impact of the coronavirus.

By Washington Post Staff

April 5, 2020 at 12:32 PM EDT

Comfort from a 102-year-old who has lived through a flu pandemic, the Depression and WWII

Lucille Ellson is 102 years old. She was born Dec. 30, 1917, right before the flu spread through military camps in Europe and the United States and became a global pandemic. She heard stories of how her uncle contracted the flu while serving in World War I and how her father got it so badly that he took time away from the family farm outside Laurens, Iowa.

Neither died. But it wasn't Ellson's last time living through a historic crisis. She was a teenager during the Great Depression. She was a schoolteacher and young wife during World War II. And she has reflected on that as the country faces another pandemic, this one from the novel coronavirus.

"I've been through so many things," Ellson said. "To cope with this virus, and all that's going on, I would tell people to not get stressed about planning far ahead. You can't do it. A long time ago, I started making a list every morning of what I had to do. It was the only thing I could control, and I stuck to it, you hear me?"

By Jesse Dougherty

April 5, 2020 at 12:18 PM EDT

Biden says it was 'close to criminal' for Navy to oust captain who warned of coronavirus outbreak on aircraft carrier

Former vice president Joe Biden on Sunday sharply criticized the firing of Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, who was removed from his post as commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after speaking up in a leaked letter to his superiors about the handling of a coronavirus outbreak aboard the vessel.

"I think it's close to criminal, the way they're dealing with this guy. The idea that this man stood up and said what had to be said, got it out that his troops, his Navy personnel, were in danger, in danger -- look how many have the virus," Biden said in an interview on ABC News's "This Week."

He added that Crozier "should have a commendation, rather than be fired."

By Felicia Sonmez and Mike DeBonis

April 5, 2020 at 12:05 PM EDT

Michigan governor says hospitals are full as coronavirus cases increase exponentially

After weeks of feuding with President Trump over what she has called a patchwork, lackluster federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said her state still needs more tests to get a better handle on how the virus is spreading.

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Whitmer said some hospitals are "already at capacity" and thanked the Army Corps of Engineers for setting up a field hospital. Hospitals in Michigan are considering ways to use one ventilator for every two patients, she said, trying to maximize the benefit of the about 300 ventilators received from the federal government.

Whitmer added that the state is still short on personal protective equipment for medical workers, alluding to a national scramble for medical equipment in which states are competing with one another for orders.

"We are going day-to-day-to-day in terms of having the N95 masks, gowns and gloves for our front line," she said. "That's where we're spending so much of our energy -- trying to get more out of the stockpile, trying to contract with anyone where we can get these materials. "

Whitmer also doubled down on her criticisms of Trump's response to the outbreak.

"Not having a national strategy where there is one policy for the country, as opposed to a patchwork based on whomever the governor is, is something that I think is creating a porous situation where covid-19 will go longer and more people will get sick -- and, sadly, more lives may get lost," she said, referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Asked about reports that she is on the shortlist to become former vice president Joe Biden's running mate, Whitmer downplayed the idea that her back-and-forth with Trump is political in nature.

"Michigan is a hot spot. We need assistance," she said. "And I'm grateful for any partnership at the federal level or any partnership with businesses that want to help out because we desperately need PPE. "

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By Aaron Gregg

April 5, 2020 at 11:49 AM EDT

Democratic governors warn their states are on the brink

Two Democratic governors said in nationally televised interviews Sunday morning that their states are likely to need thousands of additional ventilators in the coming weeks as covid-19 patients flood into hospitals.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said models had the state exhausting its ventilator supply as soon as Thursday, with ICU beds running out two days later. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on the same program that models suggest his state will see a peak in late April -- and that he has asked the federal government for as many as 4,000 additional ventilators to handle it.

Edwards suggested Trump gave a false sense of reassurance at his news briefing Friday when he said, after a call with two hospital CEOs in New Orleans, that "they feel that they currently have enough ventilators."

"We definitely see we will exceed our ventilator capacity at some point," Edwards said.

Pritzker was more sharply critical of Trump, asserting that federal officials "seem not to have acted at all" on early warnings in January and February about the virus's effects and that Trump himself is wrong to accuse states of a lack of preparedness.

"The president does not understand the word 'federal,'" Pritzker said. "There is no way we can do what the federal government can do."

CNN host Jake Tapper pressed Edwards on whether he should have, in hindsight, canceled the annual Mardi Gras celebration, which packed thousands into New Orleans in the days leading up to Feb. 25 -- an event that some blame for the particularly acute outbreak in that city.

"You don't get a do-over like that, Jake," Edwards said, adding that "there was not a single suggestion by anyone" that the holiday celebrations ought to have been canceled.

Pritzker, meanwhile, declined to respond to a question about whether the NFL season might be able to start on time in September.

"It's not up to us," he told Tapper. "Nobody really knows."

By Mike DeBonis

April 5, 2020 at 11:38 AM EDT

U.S. Navy hospital ships may be opened to coronavirus patients, Esper says

The Navy's hospital ships, the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort, may be opened to coronavirus patients if the situations in New York City and Los Angeles warrant it, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Sunday.

Both ships have been treating non-coronavirus trauma patients, a step aimed at easing the burden of hospitals in the two cities amid the pandemic. But in an appearance on ABC News's "This Week," Esper said he has delegated authority for the ships to be opened up to coronavirus patients "as necessary."

"If the virus gets so bad in New York City or L.A. that we need to, we'll certainly be prepared to open them up to coronavirus patients," Esper said. "We just don't want trauma patients to become coronavirus patients."

Esper also said that roughly 1,000 more members of the military are being deployed to New York, including to the Javits Center, a large convention hall in New York City that was originally designated to be a makeshift hospital for patients without covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, but is now covid-only.

"In a late change, as of yesterday, we decided that a few hundred of those will be deployed in New York City hospitals to augment the hospitals there," he said. "And so, what you're going to find is the Javits Center will become the largest hospital in the United States, and it will be run by the United States military."

By Felicia Sonmez

April 5, 2020 at 11:10 AM EDT

Italy's Lombardy region orders residents to wear masks as hard-hit Spain and U.S. revise mask guidance

Residents in Lombardy, the northern Italian region that has been hit hardest by the coronavirus, are now required to wear protective masks when leaving the house, according to an order signed Saturday by Lombardy's president.

The order lasts through April 13 and is the latest effort by Italian officials to curb the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 15,000 people in the country.

Previously, only essential workers and those who deliver food were required to wear masks. The new requirement emerged after officials observed a growing number of residents walking and shopping outside amid good weather in defiance of the nation's lockdown, which remains in effect for at least two more weeks.

Although the virus's spread has slowed in Italy, nearly 5,000 new cases were reported Saturday. Officials continued to warn Italians that the country is still in a state of emergency and that the infection and death rates have yet to plateau, let alone decline.

As mask shortages worldwide continue to frustrate efforts to mitigate the virus's spread, health officials in a growing number of countries are reversing or reconsidering their earlier guidance that masks were not particularly effective unless the wearer already had symptoms and the masks could be continually replaced.

The shift to ordering all people to wear masks while outside mirrors an approach that has long been customary across Asia. This week, Spain and the United States -- which, along with Italy, make up the top three countries with the worst infection rates -- shifted to recommending masks for anyone going outside.

By Kim Bellware

April 5, 2020 at 10:59 AM EDT

Bill Gates: Life won't return to 'truly normal' until vaccine

If people continue social distancing, coronavirus cases may level off by the end of April, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates said on "Fox News Sunday." But he added that life still won't return to "truly normal" until a vaccine is distributed.

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propaganda theme2 80%
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"crime" "crimes" "criminal" "fatalities" "threatened" "threat" "deaths" "death" "danger" "problems" "Depression" "disease" "Diseases" "catastrophe" "fear"43Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
No, marijuana use doesn't lower your IQ (10/2014)
propaganda_theme3 : drug war propaganda theme: survival of societysurvival of society

propaganda theme3 75%
[news] [concept]

"Democracy" "Americans" "American" "homeland" "Community" "the country" "the nation" "the nation's"24Survival of Society (propaganda theme 3)
The "Nation" as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd
propaganda_theme5 : drug war propaganda theme: children corrupted by drugschildren

propaganda theme5
[news] [concept]

"teenager" "children" "teenage" "teen" "graders"8Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5)
Think of the children
propaganda_theme6 : drug war propaganda theme: demonize; use of drugs is epidemic; wardemonize, war, epidemic

propaganda theme6 75%
[news] [concept]

"pandemic" "battleships" "assaulted" "assault" "the fight"26Demonize, War (propaganda theme 6)
List of Wars on Concepts
Perpetual war
The Failed War on Drugs (2012)
 drugs 90%
[news] [concept]
various drugs  
[news] [concept]
government prohib Prohibition
Cognitive liberty
Lobbyists Getting Rich Off Drug War (2012)
Calvina Fay halts interview, 8/2013
 infamous prohibitionist (government hireling)

government prohib
[news] [concept]

"Asa Hutchinson"3A Drug War Carol, page 22
Prohibition era political cartoons
 oft-mentioned government prohibitionist

govt prohib other
[news] [concept]

"Joe Biden"2A Drug War Carol, page 18
 various drugs 90%
[news] [concept]
[news] [concept]
propaganda theme5
[news] [concept]
 aggrandizing government

[news] [concept]

"official" "officials" "Experts" "expert" "authorities" "authority"17Statism: the Most Dangerous Religion (2014 video)
What is Statism?
Conservapedia: Statism
Wikipedia: Statolatry
Bought Priesthood
Worship of the U. S. Government (2011)
Bureaucratic Thrust
Tyranny of Experts
The Threat of Authority (2012)
The Media As Enablers of Government Lies
The Statist Mindset (Jacob Hornberger, 2011)
Thinking Critically about Experts and Authority
'Scientific' evidence for FDA-approved drugs isn't so scientific, it turns out (2014)
The Intellectual Gravy Train (2015)
 mainstream (controlled) media

[news] [concept]

mockingbird Mainstream Media
Michael Levine, Mainstream Media: The Drug War Shills
Mainstream Media: The Most Significant Threat To Freedom
 Mockingbird / Wurlitzer; US intel-controlled media

[news] [concept]

"CBS" "ABC" "NBC" "Miami Herald" "Washington Post"15Operation Mockingbird - Mighty Wurlitzer cia a...
US Media Conceals News (2013)
Two of the Largest American Newspapers Opine in Favor of Allowing States to Legalize Marijuana (2012)
Propaganda 101: Operation Mockingbird Continues (2015)

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    mockingbird concept - documented US intel controlled media: newspapers, tv, radio - various press associated with known intel ops such as, "Operation Mockingbird", "Mighty Wurlitzer", etc.
    msm concept - mainstream media - corporate, government controlled press: newspaper, tv, radio, websites; press associated with known intel ops such as, "Operation Mockingbird", "Mighty Wurlitzer", Tavistock Institute, etc.
    aggrandizement concept - terms of aggrandizement (of government)
    school concept
    youth concept
    various_drugs concept - general terms for drugs
    govt_prohib_other concept - prohibitionist who gets (or has gotten in the past) a government paycheck or money to bolster prohibition, but mentioned in many non-drug-related articles, too
    government_prohib concept - infamous prohibitionist who gets (or has gotten in the past) a government paycheck or money to buttress prohibition
    prohibitionist concept - infamous prohibitionist
    drugs concept
    propaganda_theme6 concept - drug war propaganda theme: demonize; use of drugs is epidemic; war
    propaganda_theme5 concept - drug war propaganda theme: children corrupted by drugs
    propaganda_theme3 concept - drug war propaganda theme: survival of society
    propaganda_theme2 concept - drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugs
    explicit_propaganda concept - an explicit drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, system, or program
    drugwar_propaganda concept - a drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, or theme
    drug_related concept - related to illegal drugs and prohibition