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Potentially Unknown Pneumonia Sweeping Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan is having an outbreak that is allegedly much more deadly than the current pandemic of CV according to reports.

South China Morning Post reports, the  Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has warned of a deadly “unknown pneumonia” after the Central Asian country reported a spike in pneumonia cases since June. Kazakhstan has recorded 1,772 pneumonia deaths since the beginning of the year – 628 in June alone, according to a statement on the Chinese embassy’s website.

“The death rate of this disease is much higher than the novel coronavirus. The country’s health departments are conducting comparative research into the pneumonia virus, but have yet to identify the virus,” the embassy said in a warning to Chinese citizens in the country, according to Newsweek.

Compared to the death rate of the pneumonia COVID-19 – has killed a total of 264 since the beginning of the pandemic in Kazakhstan.

However, Kazakhstan officials are disputing the embassy simply describing it as “pneumonia”. Kazakhstan’s health ministry also argued that the claim published by ‘Chinese media’ does not “correspond to reality”, without mentioning the embassy.

Although there is disputing confusing narratives happening since a Beijing health official has admitted that the “unknown pneumonia” may actually “likely be Covid-19′” siding with Kazakhstan’s officials, Dailymail reported.

The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan had claimed the pneumonia outbreak ‘is more deadly than the novel CV’ before the leading disease-control expert challenged the country’s own warning on state TV.

Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist of China’s CDC, said that he believed the ‘unknown pneumonia’ was “highly likely to be Covid-19 ‘from an epidemiological perspective.”

He said he had noticed the recent news and read through relevant information online.

Wu noted that it would be unlikely for a new infectious respiratory disease to break out in summer.

Wu added, that the available mortality rate of the ‘unknown pneumonia’ was similar to that of Covid-19.

Kazakhstan president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev appeared on national television to address the combined threat of pneumonia and COVID-19.

He declared July 13 a national day of mourning in recognition of those who have died from the virus, news website Euractiv reports.

“The threat of CV should not be underestimated,” he said.

“It’s wrong to keep thinking it’s a common flu, it is a much more insidious and dangerous disease.

“Due to mass non-observance of quarantine measures, systemic mistakes of the former leader of the ministry of health … we are essentially dealing with a second wave of CV coupled with a sharp increase in pneumonia infection.”

The country’s deputy health minister, Azhar Giniyat, told reporters on Tuesday that around 28,000 pneumonia patients with negative CV tests are in hospital, with 98.9 percent of them in “moderate” condition.

Health authorities announced they would begin an investigation into what was causing the spike in pneumonia cases, which had quadrupled in June alone. The Health Ministry said that there were 32,000 cases of pneumonia between June 29th and July 5th with 451 deaths in that short time frame alone. By comparison, the official number of CV cases in Kazakhstan stands at 53,021, with 296 confirmed deaths from the disease.

For further comparison June in 2019 had 7,964 cases last year. While last year’s deaths of pneumonia in Kazakhstan were only 274 in June 2019 compared to 628 deaths in the same month this year, CNN reported.

Chief sanitary officer Esmagambetova said the mortality rate from pneumonia has increased in Kazakhstan four times in June 2020 compared to the same time frame last year.

She added that many of those who have fallen ill were not diagnosed with COVID-19, reported RT News.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also thinks that the unknown pneumonia are undiagnosed CV infections. In a press briefing for the WHO, Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said that the news of this outbreak “is certainly on our radar,” and that the foundation was working with authorities in Kazakhstan to investigate it.

Ryan further said the WHO is now looking at the quality of testing conducted and if some of these unspecified pneumonia cases are due to false-negatives test results for CV, he said.

Ryan noted that clusters of atypical pneumonia can occur “anywhere in the world at any time,” and can be due to a number of causes, including Legionnaires disease (severe pneumonia caused by bacteria in the Legionella genus) or influenza.

“The upward trajectory of COVID-19 cases in the country would suggest that many of these cases are in fact undiagnosed cases of COVID-19,” Ryan said. However, he added, “we keep an open mind.”

 

 

Alex Baldridge is an activist and freelance journalist from the midwestern United States who was inspired to become a writer after watching the development of the Wikileaks story and the persecution of Julian Assange. Alex is especially interested in topics like surveillance, the rise of automation, foreign policy, prison reform, and the legal system.

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Nancy Pelosi Reelected As House Speaker In Narrow Vote

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Nancy Pelosi won another term as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Sunday, after a narrow vote.

80-year-old Pelosi will hold the position for a second consecutive two-year term and fourth overall, having previously been elected in 2007, 2009 and 2019.

Pelosi has served as a US representative from California since 1987. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the only woman in U.S. history to serve as Speaker and, until the inauguration of Kamala Harris as Vice President, is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.

As House speaker, Pelosi is second in the presidential line of succession, after the vice president.

During her first speakership, she was instrumental in the passage of many of the Obama administration’s landmark bills, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the 2010 Tax Relief Act.

Pelosi lost the speakership in 2011 after the Republican Party won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections.

She retained her role as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and returned to the role of House minority leader. In the 2018 midterm elections, the Democrats regained control of the House.

When the 116th Congress convened on January 3, 2019, Pelosi was again elected speaker, becoming the first former speaker to return to the post since Sam Rayburn in 1955.

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Under Pelosi’s leadership, the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on December 18, 2019.

Despite supporting the $2000 checks for struggling Americans, Pelosi, along with everyone in congress have provoked anger from citizens who see them as being out of touch with the average people.

The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) estimated in 2009 that Pelosi’s average net worth was $58 million which ranks her 13th among 25 wealthiest members of Congress.

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Roll Call said Pelosi’s earnings are connected to her husband’s heavy investments in stocks that include Apple, Disney, Comcast, and Facebook. Roll Call reported that the Pelosis have $13.46 million in liabilities including mortgages on seven properties.

According to Roll Call, Pelosi and her husband hold properties “worth at least $14.65 million, including a St. Helena vineyard in Napa Valley worth at least $5 million, and commercial real estate in San Francisco”.

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FAA Responds To Numerous Reports Of A UFO Over Hawaii

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The FAA was notified after multiple people reported seeing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) in the sky over Leeward Oahu on Tuesday evening. Witnesses all over the region called into 911 at around 8:30 p.m.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said that there were no aircraft incidents or accidents in this area at the time of the reports, but multiple witnesses reported seeing a large blue object fall out of the sky and into the ocean.

Some of the witnesses managed to get video or photos of the incident.

Witness Misitina Sape told Hawaii News Now she captured a photo of the object at 8:26 p.m. near Haleakala Avenue in Nanakuli.

Another witness named Moriah said she had never been a believer in UFOs until she saw the object fall from the sky.

“I started calling my husband and them because they were all in the garage. I was like hey. Come look up there. See if you see what I see. They all said yea!” Moriah said.

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They jumped in the car to follow the object and see what it was.

“I don’t know what it was,” she said. “This one was going so fast.”

About three miles down the road, they saw the object fall into the water.

She said that it was larger than a telephone pole but didn’t make any sound when it hit the ground.

“We called 911,” Moriah said, “For have like one cop or somebody for come out and come check em out.

She also says that they saw another light in the sky after the blue object fell into the water. She says that police saw the second light as well.

“My husband went look up and he seen the white one coming,” she said. “The white one was smaller. Was coming in the same direction as the blue one.”

FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor said the agency received a report from police Tuesday night about a possible plane down in the area “but had no aircraft disappear off radars. And no reports of overdue or missing aircraft.”

Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced the formation of a new task force that will be studying UFOs or “Unidentified Flying Objects.”

The formation of this new task force was revealed last year when the Pentagon acknowledged that military pilots were encountering aircraft that might not have been made by humans.

The new task force was officially revealed to the public after the Pentagon released declassified videos that appeared to show government aircraft interacting with UFOs in the sky.

One of the videos, taken from US Navy aircraft, seems to show the pilots chasing a UFO off the east coast of the United States.

Navy pilots reported spotting the objects flying around 30,000 feet in the air at hypersonic speeds and showing no visible engines or exhaust plumes typical of any known aircraft currently on Earth.

The new agency has been called, The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).

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Mitch McConnell’s House Vandalized Over $2,000 Checks

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had his home vandalized this week, after blocking the vote to increase stimulus payments to $2,000.

Messages like ‘WERES MY MONEY’ and ‘MITCH K1LLS THE POOR.’ were spray-painted on the building.

Police said that they don’t have any suspects.

On Saturday, McConnell released a statement to the Louisville Courier Journal which read: “Vandalism and the politics of fear have no place in our society. My wife and I have never been intimidated by this toxic playbook. We just hope our neighbors in Louisville aren’t too inconvenienced by this radical tantrum.”

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In 2015, Time listed McConnell as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. McConnell is the longest-serving U.S. senator for Kentucky in history, and the longest-serving leader of U.S. Senate Republicans in history.

During the Trump administration, Senate Republicans, under McConnell’s leadership, broke records on the number of judicial nominees confirmed. Among those nominees were Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh who were recently confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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McConnell’s critics have called him by a variety of different nicknames, including “Moscow Mitch”, “Cocaine Mitch”, the “Grim Reaper”, “Darth Vader”, “Rich Mitch”, “Nuclear Mitch”, and “Midnight Mitch.” On some occasions, he has even embraced these nicknames, although he was apparently unhappy with the more recent “Moscow Mitch.”

McConnell has a net worth of $35 million dollars, and many Americans feel that he is out of touch. He isn’t the only US politician that was a target for vandalism this week.

 

According to a report from TMZ this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her house vandalized with a pig’s head and fake blood.

Spray painted in black on the white garage door were the messages “$2K,”  an apparent reference to the $2,000 COVID stimulus checks that have been held up in the U.S. Senate, as well as “CANCEL RENT!” and “WE WANT EVERYTHING!”

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