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Watch: Dramatic Footage Of Bodies Piled Up In Manhattan Hospital

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Watch: Dramatic Footage Of Bodies Piled Up In Manhattan Hospital

As bodies pile up at New York City area hospitals, 45 refrigerated tractor-trailers were dispatched to the city to act as temporary morgues last month. We noted last week that morgues in the city were "nearing capacity" and would be full by the first week of April.

In a matter of weeks, the city has transformed into the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US, with 1,714 deaths and 76,049 confirmed cases (as of Wednesday, April 1).

Makeshift morgues line the streets around some area hospitals in Manhattan, are being used to relieve the stress of the hospital system that has been overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

In lower Manhattan, a large tent and tractor-trailers have been installed, which is acting as an overflow for the central morgue.

Tent morgue near Bellevue Hospital
Multiple refrigeration trucks were lined up at the makeshift morgue site along 30th Street and the FDR Drive parkway near Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan (via the Daily Mail)

Last week, a shocking video showed a forklift raising a body into a makeshift morgue outside a Brooklyn hospital.

Now there's something even more shocking. On par to what we showed readers several months ago with body bags piling up at a Wuhan hospital. This time it's allegedly happening at Lenox Hill Hospital, a member hospital of Northwell Health, located in Manhattan's Upper East Side. 

The disturbing video first shows the makeshift morgue outside of the hospital. Then transitions into a building, presumably inside the hospital, with black body bags scattered across several rooms and lining a hallway, suggesting that this hospital could have already hit full capacity. 

And just in case the Twitter police delete the video, here are some screenshots of the video below: 

We noted on Tuesday that US hospital systems had restricted doctors and nurses from sharing their accounts of how hospitals are running out of medical supplies and are being overwhelmed with the fast-spreading virus. 

America's hospital system is cracking.

Tyler Durden Thu, 04/02/2020 - 05:35
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1st video is of a drill, so the whole show (article) is suspect.
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Trump Weighs Easing Stay-At-Home Restrictions To Curb Economic Chaos

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Trump Weighs Easing Stay-At-Home Restrictions To Curb Economic Chaos

President Trump is weighing whether or not to ease restrictions on self-quarantine in order to avoid economic chaos - tweeting on Sunday about reassessing the nation's course on a lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus.

According to Bloomberg, Trump began talking privately late last week about reopening the nation after a 15-day waiting period, as coronavirus cases continue to rise - going against the advice of health professionals such as Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who says we need to continue the lockdown for a 'few more weeks.'

Trump and a contingent of his aides, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, want to ensure that the economic damage from a nationwide “social distancing” campaign doesn’t outweigh the potential toll from the virus itself, the people said. -Bloomberg

Once the 15-day period ends, discussions have centered around isolating everyone who's sick or at high risk so that healthy people can return to work. Bloomberg says that the CDC guidelines would be 'relaxed' and not scrapped altogether.

According to the report, the government's top health officials say that sustained and economically detrimental restrictions on daily life are the only way to beat the virus in lieu of a successful treatment or a vaccine.

This group is led by Deborah Birx, the State Department doctor tapped to advise Vice President Mike Penceon the government’s response to the outbreak, and Anthony Fauci, the influential director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. -Bloomberg

On Monday morning, Trump began retweeting several accounts who have promoted the idea that an economic depression caused by a collapse in productivity and consumption, and a spike in unemployment, may be worse than the virus itself.

According to St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard, the US unemployment rate may hit 30% in the second quarter, coinciding with a 50% drop in GDP.

Morgan Stanley, meanwhile, said on Sunday that it expects the US economy to crater to the tune of 30% in Q2.

There were more than 35,000 cases officially counted in the US as of Monday and over 400 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's coronavirus tracker.

On Sunday night, former Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein - a "life-long Democrat" - tweeted that "Extreme measures to flatten the virus “curve” is sensible-for a time-to stretch out the strain on health infrastructure. But crushing the economy, jobs and morale is also a health issue-and beyond."

As Bloomberg notes, former senior Trump aid Steve Bannon is on the other side of the argument - and says that America needs to take even more stringent measures to halt the spread of the virus by limiting social contact, or face insurmountable economic damage.

"We’re going to have to take the pain up-front. We’re going to have to shut it all down," Bannon told Fox News on Sunday.

Tyler Durden Mon, 03/23/2020 - 08:50
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Holy shite, I find myself agreeing with Steve Bannon.
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China Deploying 'Duck Army' To Devour Pakistan's Biblical Locust Storm: Report

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China Deploying 'Duck Army' To Devour Pakistan's Biblical Locust Storm: Report

China is reportedly gathering a 100,000-strong army of ducks which they will send to Pakistan to help combat a massive locust infection, according to the Associated Press, citing local media.

The Ningbo Evening News had said the legion of lotus-eating waterfowl would be sent from the eastern province of Zhejiang following the earlier dispatch of a team of Chinese experts to Pakistan to advise on a response to the infestation, which is being called the worst in 20 years. -AP

Phoenix TV, a pro-China website in Hong Kong, said officials with the Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Agricultural Technology were hoping to discuss the mater with researcher Lu Lizhi. Other attempts to confirm the story went unanswered.

This is the second year Pakistan has been invaded by locusts, which have destroyed the country's cotton crop and is now threatening their wheat harvest.

Locusts are also infesting Saudi Arabia right now.

Tyler Durden Fri, 02/28/2020 - 02:45
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Can ducks carry Coronavirus?
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'McMillions' Is the Story of the Ex-Cop Who Scammed McDonald's Out of $24M in Monopoly Prizes

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An upcoming six-part HBO documentary is telling the absolutely bonkers story of a former police officer-turned-corporate security auditor who scammed more than $24 million worth of cash and prizes out of McDonald's—and he's almost certainly the reason why your uncle never got that one piece he needed to win big at McDonald's Monopoly. "This story has got everything," the trailer promises. "Revenge, drugs, greed… Ronald McDonald."

McMillions, which is based on a Daily Beast piece by Jeff Maysh, focuses on a mysterious figure named "Uncle Jerry," who managed to get his hands on the winning McDonald's Monopoly game pieces, and then sold them to other people who would cash them in for six-and-seven-figure checks. Uncle Jerry would take a cut of the prize money, the "winner" would make the kind of irrational decisions that people who get an unexpected pile of cash tend to make, and the world—and the Monopoly game—would go on. "From 1989 to 2001, there were almost no legitimate million dollar winners," one McMillions interviewee says.

"Uncle Jerry" was eventually outed as Jerome Jacobsen, a man whose resume was littered with false-starts and missteps, before he ended up overseeing security at Simon Marketing, the company that handled all of McDonald's promotions, which ranged from creating Happy Meal toys to printing the piece for its Monopoly game.

After a series of suspicious winners started claiming prizes, the FBI got involved. As they continued to investigate "Uncle Jerry" Jacobsen, their list of other participants in the scam expanded from eight people to 53 disparate individuals, including a self-described mob associate, a convicted drug trafficker, and a Mormon father of five, his wife, and her sister.

According to Maysh, Jacobsen also anonymously mailed a $1 million winning piece to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Despite being connected to "Uncle Jerry's" scam, McDonald's awarded the full $1 million prize to the hospital.

More than 50 people were convicted of mail fraud and conspiracy. (The trial began in a Florida courtroom on September 10, 2001, but by mid-morning the next day, the outcome didn't seem to matter as much anymore.) "All I can tell you is I made the biggest mistake of my life," Jacobsen said during his testimony.

That's probably an accurate statement—but it also makes for a hell of a story. McMillions premieres on HBO on Monday, February 3.



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AND, he controlled the infamous grey M&M, which appeared in the wild before it was scheduled for release. Genius!
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It Would Have Been 'Utterly Irrational' For Trump To Notify Democrats Of Soleimani Strike: Dobbs

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It Would Have Been 'Utterly Irrational' For Trump To Notify Democrats Of Soleimani Strike: Dobbs

President Trump would have been 'utterly irrational' to have shared plans to strike Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the country's second-most powerful person, according to Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs.

The Friday comments come amid outrage from Congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

"I think Chuck Schumer was born complaining," Dobbs told White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on "Lou Dobbs Tonight,"...

...adding "And I wouldn’t expect any quick change in his behavior. There is also, I think, a good case to be built that it would be utterly irrational of the Trump Administration to brief the very people who are trying to unseat him, remove him from power, to overthrow his presidency and to have done everything in their power to do so."

Watch (via the Daily Caller):

Hilariously, on Saturday the White House delivered Congress notification of the Soleimani strike two days later.

The notification, required by law within 48 hours of introducing American forces into armed conflict or a situation that could lead to war, has to be signed and then sent to Congress, according to the officials with knowledge of the plan.

Lawmakers expected the document to publicly lay out the White House’s legal justification for the strike on General Suleimani, Iran’s top security commander, who officials have said has been behind hundreds of American deaths over the years. But the notification first sent to Congress late Saturday afternoon only contained classified information, according to a senior congressional aide, likely detailing the intelligence that led to the action. It is unclear whether the White House will send a separate, unclassified document. -NYT

In response, Pelosi said in a Saturday evening statement that the notification "raises more questions than it answers," such as "serious and urgent questions about the timing, manner and justification of the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran."

Tyler Durden Sat, 01/04/2020 - 20:00
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Said the utterly irrational Dobbs.
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"Happening Everywhere In Retail" - Home Depot Links Surge In Thefts To Opioid Crisis

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"Happening Everywhere In Retail" - Home Depot Links Surge In Thefts To Opioid Crisis 

The opioid crisis is evolving and is now becoming a burden on retailers, as addicts race to brick and mortar stores, hoping to steal merchandise, and if successful, sell it on the street or pawn it for cash to pay for their next fix.

An absolutely shocking account of this has come from Home Depot executives, who warn that the nation's out of control opioid crisis has sparked a massive surge in thefts in stores across the country.

Bloomberg says the thefts have been so bad in 2019, that it will likely weigh on Home Depot's operating profit margins next year.

"This is happening everywhere in retail," Chief Executive Officer Craig Menear told investors on a Wednesday morning call.

"We think this ties to the opioid crisis but we're not positive about that."

Home Depot is the first retailer to suggest that the opioid crisis has sparked a recent surge in in-store thefts.

The National Retail Federation has said retailers lose, on average, $51 billion per year, but that number is likely to climb in the years ahead due to the opioid crisis.

In one instance, Menear told investors during the call that thieves were apprehended by law enforcement after attempting to steal $16.5 million worth of goods, of which $1.4 million was headed to Home Depot's stores.

He said many Home Depot stores have been taking high-value inventory, like power tools, off sales floors to avoid thefts.

"We have to be vigilant about it," Ann-Marie Campbell, Home Depot's executive vice president of U.S. stores, said.

"We have initiated several pilots to reduce shrink across the board."

Bloomberg said the increased thefts, possibly linked to opioids, was a "significant" reason why the home improvement retailer's operating profit margins will slide to 14% in 2020.

Home Depot shares slid 2% Wednesday on the news of a weakening outlook and increased thefts.

With millions of Americans addicted to opioids and cycling in a life of poverty as income inequality is the widest in the nation's history, their only hope for the next fix is to steal merchandise from retailers for quick cash to fund their addiction. 

This is likely a widespread problem that could become a drag on retailers in the 2020s as the opioid crisis shows no signs of abating in the intermediate future.

With weather now so de rigeur as the scapegoat for weak performance, we suspect it's only a matter of time when other retailers blame opioid-related thefts for their financial woes.

Tyler Durden Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:40
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...said the retailer known for years, for taking back anything (even from other stores)
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