Tuesday, September 21, 2021

'Online and vulnerable': Experts find nearly three dozen U.S. voting systems connected to internet By Kevin Monahan, Cynthia McFadden and Didi Martinez

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/online-vulnerable-experts-find-nearly-three-dozen-u-s-voting-n1112436

Jan. 10, 2020

A team of election security experts used a “Google for servers” to challenge claims that voting machines do not connect to the internet and found some did.

It was an assurance designed to bolster public confidence in the way America votes: Voting machines “are not connected to the internet.”

Then Acting Undersecretary for Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security Jeanette Manfra said those words in 2017, testifying before Congress while she was responsible for the security of the nation’s voting system.

So many government officials like Manfra have said the same thing over the last few years that it is commonly accepted as gospel by most Americans. Behind it is the notion that if voting systems are not online, hackers will have a harder time compromising them.

But that is an overstatement, according to a team of 10 independent cybersecurity experts who specialize in voting systems and elections. While the voting machines themselves are not designed to be online, the larger voting systems in many states end up there, putting the voting process at risk.

That team of election security experts say that last summer, they discovered some systems are, in fact, online.

“We found over 35 [voting systems] had been left online and we’re still continuing to find more,” Kevin Skoglund, a senior technical advisor at the election security advocacy group National Election Defense Coalition, told NBC News.

Kevin Skoglund, senior technical advisor at the National Election Defense Coalition. NBC News

“We kept hearing from election officials that voting machines were never on the internet,” he said. “And we knew that wasn't true. And so we set out to try and find the voting machines to see if we could find them on the internet, and especially the back-end systems that voting machines in the precinct were connecting to to report their results.”

Skoglund and his team developed a tool that scoured the internet to see if the central computers that program voting machines and run the entire election process at the precinct level were online. Once they had identified such systems, they contacted the relevant election officials and also provided the information to reporter Kim Zetter, who published the findings in Vice’s Motherboard in August.

The three largest voting manufacturing companies — Election Systems &Software, Dominion Voting Systems and Hart InterCivic — have acknowledged they all put modems in some of their tabulators and scanners. The reason? So that unofficial election results can more quickly be relayed to the public. Those modems connect to cell phone networks, which, in turn, are connected to the internet.

The largest manufacturer of voting machines, ES&S, told NBC News their systems are protected by firewalls and are not on the “public internet.” But both Skoglund and Andrew Appel, a Princeton computer science professor and expert on elections, said such firewalls can and have been breached.

“AT&T and Verizon and so on try and protect as best they can the security of their phone network from the rest of the internet, but it’s still part of the internet,” Appel explained. “There can still be security holes that allow hackers to get into the phone network.”

The 35 systems Skoglund’s team found represent a fraction of total voting systems nationwide, though he believes they only captured a portion of the systems that are or have been online. Earlier this week, Skoglund showed NBC three election systems were still online even after officials had been told they were vulnerable.

For election systems to be online, even momentarily, presents a serious problem, according to Appel.

“Once a hacker starts talking to the voting machine through the modem, the hacker cannot just change these unofficial election results, they can hack the software in the voting machine and make it cheat in future elections,” he said.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, which provides cybersecurity frameworks for state and local governments and other organizations, recommends that voting systems should not have wireless network connections.

Skoglund said that they identified only one company among the systems they detected on line, ES&S. ES&S confirmed they had sold scanners with wireless modems to at least 11 states. Skoglund says those include the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida.

While the company’s website states that “zero” of its voting tabulators are connected to the internet, ES&S told NBC News 14,000 of their DS200 tabulators with online modems are currently in use around the country.

NBC News asked the two other major manufacturers how many of their tabulators with modems were currently in use. Hart said that it has approximately 1,600 such tabulators in use in 11 counties in Michigan. Dominion did not respond to numerous requests from NBC News for their sales numbers.

'Vulnerable to hacking'

With the 2020 presidential election only ten months away, Appel and Skoglund believe all modems can and should be removed from election systems.

“Modems in voting machines are a bad idea,” said Appel. “Those modems that ES&S [and other manufacturers] are putting in their voting machines are network connections, and that leaves them vulnerable to hacking by anybody who can connect to that network.”

The state of Michigan is currently grappling with this issue. Since the 2016 election, Michigan authorized $82 million dollars to upgrade its election systems. Some of that money was spent on tabulators with wireless modems. But now, some state officials worry that the machines may pose a security risk and are pushing to have the modems removed.

Others are not so sure, and the state has set up an advisory committee.

Jake Rollow, director of communications for the Michigan Department of State, said in a statement to NBC News, “Even though the results are unofficial, if these unofficial results were disrupted or manipulated, it could still cause confusion on Election Day.”

"The department will consider the advisory commission’s recommendations to improve the security of the process," Rollow continued. "The specific steps taken would depend on the recommendation and the timeline required to make changes effectively.”

Last fall, when ES&S gave NBC News an exclusive tour at its headquarters in Omaha, Neb., Chief Executive Officer Tom Burt defended using modems when asked about the Sprint and Verizon modems seen in ES&S's testing area.

“There’s a small percentage of jurisdictions in the country -- a lot of them are in Florida -- who have decided they want to modem unofficial results to the election office,” he said. “Generally speaking, the media in those locations are kinda clamoring to get unofficial results as quickly as possible.”

When asked if the desire for speed was at odds with accuracy and security, Burt said, “it’s not my place to judge that.”

NBC News reached out to the Department of Homeland Security, which declined to comment on the topic of modem security in voting machine tabulators and scanners.

'Inviting trouble'

Critics also argue ES&S has mislead jurisdictions into thinking their DS200 tabulators with modems are certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, a claim they say is grounds for an investigation.

In a letter obtained by NBC News sent to the EAC on Tuesday, the nonprofit public interest group Free Speech for People and the National Election Defense Coalition asked the agency to look into whether ES&S violated agency regulations by implying that DS200 voting machines with modems are EAC certified.

“ES&S has repeatedly advertised its DS200 with internal modem — a critical component to ES&S’s voting systems — as being EAC certified when, in fact, it is not,” the letter said. “We therefore again respectfully request that EAC investigate and take action to correct this serious issue.”

“Once you add that modem, you are de-certifying it,” Skoglund said. “It is no longer federally certified. And I don't know that all these jurisdictions are aware of that because ES&S is advertising otherwise.”

But Skogland points to some good news. He believes there is time to make real change before the 2020 election.

“We should be unplugging all of these machines from the internet,” Skoglund said. “Even for elections nights.”

Appel agreed. “We can not make our computers perfectly secure," he said. "What we should do is remove all of the unnecessary, hackable pathways, such as modems. We should not connect our voting machines directly to the computer networks. That is just inviting trouble.”

These two tech experts also agree on the path forward, saying they are comforted by the fact that most Americans will vote this year on hand-marked paper ballots which are counted by machine and can be recounted by hand if the situation warrants.

The machines America votes on seem to be capturing the interest of some in Congress. The House Committee on Administration held a congressional hearing yesterday which was the first time the heads of the three major vendors, representing at least 80 percent of U.S. voting machines, appeared together for questioning. While lawmakers questioned them about foreign influence in their supply chains and whether they would comply with more federal reporting requirements, the presence of modems in some of their tabulators was mentioned but not pursued.

EDITOR’S NOTE (Feb. 7, 2020, 11:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article stated that Kevin Skoglund and his team had found election systems using ES&S scanners with wireless modems connected to the internet in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The coalition says it is no longer certain that the number of states is correct, so the figure has been removed from the article.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Obituary - Koch

Brett M. Koch

Willingboro, New Jersey
September 3, 1958 - August 15, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Brett M. Koch announces his sudden passing on August 15, 2021 at the age of 62. Brett was born on September 3, 1958 in Hightstown, New Jersey and later moved to Willingboro, New Jersey where he attended John F Kennedy High School. He spent his youth surrounded by a loving family. Brett brought two daughters into the world during his marriage and made sure to fill their youth with fun vacations and wild adventures. Brett loved spoiling his children over the years and supplied a lifetime of memories. Both daughters, Joline and Michelle, remained close with Brett until his passing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Henry, and his siblings, Kevin and Carolyn, and brother-in-law Walter Read.

Brett is survived by his daughter Joline, her husband Jim, his daughter Michelle, her husband John, his only grandchild- Emelia, his brother Richard (Barbara), his brother-in-law Fred, his niece Jennifer, his nephews Steve and Paul and their children, cousins, and long-time friends.

Brett was a loving and devoted father, but also a great friend, father-in-law, and relative to so many. He never hesitated to help others in need and would be at your house in a flash when you asked him for his expertise. He was highly skilled in computers and electronics and extremely handy in all areas of home improvement. He loved spending time with his brother, Ricky, talking with friends, and taking his bird, Peaches, for drives.

Brett’s passing signifies a loss of many things: his conversations, his help and guidance, his expertise, and most importantly, his love. Fortunately for all who knew Brett, he lives on within our memories, hearts, and minds.

Memorial Visitation will be held, Saturday, August 28,2021, 9am - 11am at the Goes - Scolieri Funeral Home, 212 Levitt Parkway, Willingboro,NJ. (609)871-1000.

In Lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the American Diabetes Association in his memory.

Source: https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/22052114/brett-m-koch
Brett Koch and Peaches visiting The Kavitskys in Delran, New Jersey on Sunday, June 14, 2020.

Fighting critical race theory – here's how we stop this blatantly racist ideology By Ben Carson, M.D.

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/fighting-critical-race-theory-racist-ideology-dr-ben-carson

July 19, 2021

We cannot allow CRT to rob American children of that same hope that was instilled in me

Growing up poor in Detroit, if I had believed, as critical race theory (CRT) proponents claim, that my destiny was based on my race, I would not be where I am today. We cannot allow CRT to rob American children of that same hope that was instilled in me.

Recently, author and professor Ibram Kendi, creator of so-called antiracist doctrines that lie at the core of CRT, has claimed that CRT is an "imagined monster" concocted by conservatives as a scare tactic to deny talking about race. This is clearly false.

To start, it’s important to understand that the term "antiracism" as used by Kendi, which sounds non-threatening enough, does not mean what you think. Indeed, far from being antiracist, the ideology promoted by Kendi and fellow travelers is anything but. It redefines reality to assign guilt and blame based solely on race. Classifying persons in such a manner is literally the definition of racism.

This type of vocabulary manipulation is part of the reason this ideology has stealthily overcome our institutions. After all, who doesn’t want to be antiracist?

Contrary to Kendi’s recent claim, CRT and so-called antiracism are very much real, and are the vanguard of a radical, revolutionary movement that seeks to overthrow the established order in every area of society, including capitalism itself.

This divisive ideology seeks to replace the traditional American value of equality of opportunity with a regime that assumes all White people are racist oppressors and labels all racial minorities as victims.

While the classical Marxism from which CRT was born focuses on class conflict, CRT substitutes class for race, wholly ignoring the demonstrated failure of Marxist ideologies – unlike the people of Cuba who are protesting against Marxist failures at this very moment.

CRT and antiracism are founded on racist, conspiratorial drivel.

CRT’s focus has primarily been the classroom, but it’s also gaining momentum in board rooms, corporate trainings, and even the U.S. military – which is now suffering a lack of wartime readiness as a result of an excessive focus on CRT.

Kendi has even gone so far as to propose the creation of a Department of Antiracism that is permanently funded, accountable to no one and responsible for preclearing all local, state and federal public policies based on CRT and antiracist ideology.

Another distinguishing characteristic of antiracism and CRT proponents, besides the fact that they engage in blatant racism, is that they blame all racial disparities on racism. This is an assertion that is not supported by the evidence.

Research has shown that factors such as the presence of a stable two-parent family, educational choices and economic prosperity, among others, account for the large bulk of observed racial differences, rather than the boogeyman of racism. Thus, CRT and antiracism are founded on racist, conspiratorial drivel.

The results of this extremist ideology have been devastating. The massive rioting in Portland and other parts of the country, whose damage has made them the most costly riots in U.S. history, are the fruits of a generation raised on racial grievance indoctrination.

And big city prosecutors, also steeped in CRT ideology, are often letting violent rioters go free. This does nothing more than free criminals to continue menacing their communities and victimize the very disadvantaged populations the radicals claim to be protecting.

But if there’s any silver lining in the Marxist’s aggressive zeal to force CRT on our communities, it’s that their efforts are waking up the nation like few issues in recent memory, mobilizing citizens around the country to engage school boards and local governments to remove racist conspiracy theories like CRT from schools, businesses and government.

This renewed engagement could be a promising first step in eroding the decades-long dominance of Marxism in American education.

Dr. Ben Carson was the 17th U.S. secretary of Housing & Urban Development, a member of President Trump’s Advisory 1776 Commission, and serves as chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute.

A better way than welfare by Ben Carson

Source: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/a-better-way-than-welfare

July 22, 2021

We all want a society in which we can get more work done with less.

Unlike our ancestors, who had no choice but to toil in the fields, many of us spend our working days in comfortable climate-controlled buildings. This positive development occurred primarily due to two factors: increases in productivity and the division of labor. We should continue to welcome further developments in this area so that people are able to produce more with less, leaving more time for leisure, family, education, or creating new inventions.

However, unlike the healthy process of productivity and labor improvements, a new, potentially harmful type of labor phenomenon is occurring: The government is paying people not to work. This has happened for decades through many well-meaning but largely ineffective social welfare programs. But it has significantly intensified in the aftermath of COVID-19 lockdowns. The government has passed several rounds of stimulus packages to give additional unemployment benefits to millions of people.

While few are opposed to reasonable unemployment benefits in cases of true hardship, the COVID-19 benefits go far beyond that threshold. They pay millions of people who are perfectly capable of finding a job and working to stay home and stay out of the labor market. Through this, the government has managed stealthily, or perhaps not so stealthily, to introduce a preliminary version of Universal Basic Income. This oft-touted idea proposes to pay citizens a guaranteed monthly stipend without the requirement to work. It is intended as a way to improve quality of life and reduce poverty, at least according to its proponents. The scientific literature is mixed on the efficacy of UBI, but one troubling development following the provision of generous COVID-19 benefits is that employers are having nearly unprecedented difficulty in finding workers.

Pointing to extra government payments as a cause, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently remarked, "Enhanced unemployment benefits may be a factor limiting job growth."

While many industries have been badly affected by the pandemic, the restaurant industry has been particularly hard hit. A recent Department of Labor report indicates that there are 930,000 unfilled restaurant jobs as owners struggle to compete with the enhanced unemployment benefits. Although the Federal Reserve expects labor shortages due to COVID-19 enhanced unemployment benefits to be short-term due to the September expiration date of those benefits, many voices are pushing to establish UBI permanently.

Indeed, history shows that once such benefits are initiated, they can be nearly impossible to retract; President Ronald Reagan remarked, "The closest thing on Earth to eternal life is a government program." The long-term impact of taking millions of people out of the workforce is yet unknown. But we can be confident that there will be repercussions for social stability, crime, and economic growth.

So, what’s the right path forward?

As the consolidation of resources in the hands of the few accelerates, as leaders continue to sell out our industries, and as financialization continues to strip our industrial base of productive value in return for short-term profit, there will be more calls for policies like UBI to address the economic malaise. Nevertheless, we must reject the seemingly easy answer of UBI for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that UBI might harm those it purports to help. UBI could permanently undermine the concept of meaningful work.

Instead of trying to turn citizens into permanent wards of the state, policymakers should focus on solving the root cause of our current labor problems. We should reduce the burdens on finding meaningful work and alleviate poverty by increasing productivity, spurring entrepreneurship and innovation to birth new products and new industries. We should adopt technology that helps us get more done with less work and protect American industries and intellectual property.

To do anything less will push America further down the road of dependency on China. It will push people further down the road of despair.

Ben Carson is the founder and chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute and the former 17th secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Does The Definition Of ‘Fascism’ Apply To The Biden Administration? By Ben Carson

Source: https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/20/does-the-definition-of-fascism-apply-to-the-biden-administration/

August 20, 2021

Erasing the line between government and private enterprise. Ensuring only government-approved messages are heard. Squashing dissent. Intruding government into every aspect of our lives.

Here is a challenge: Define fascism without reference to a historical event or proper noun.

It’s harder than it seems. Most people associate fascism with European dictatorships of the 1920s and ’30s. That is with good reason: those were the first fascist regimes.

The term itself originated in Italy to describe the political philosophy of Benito Mussolini, who borrowed from the Italian word fascio, literally meaning “bundle” (usually of rods or sticks). Mussolini used the term to mean a group of people who are stronger together than individually, such as how a bundle of sticks bound together is much more difficult to snap than any individual stick.

While most fascist regimes had racial or nationalist elements, it was not racism or nationalism that defined them; there have been plenty of racist or nationalist governing structures that do not merit the label “fascism.” Rather, the necessary ingredient for fascism is the state’s total domination of all aspects of life, including economic life.

Mussolini defined “fascism” as “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.” Consistent with this, the American Heritage Dictionary includes in its definition of fascism “a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls.” By hook or by crook, and many times using violence, a fascist government will brook no dissent and will enlist all of the country’s institutions to further its ends.

During the Trump administration, the left took every opportunity to falsely claim that fascism was descending upon the land. But anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear knew those claims were outlandish.

There was plenty “outside the State” and “against the State” during the Trump administration (he is still banned on all major social media platforms, for example) and plenty of dissent. There were plenty of institutions that explicitly declared themselves in opposition to the aims of the government.

Nothing Outside of or Against the Regime

Fully cognizant of George Orwell’s quip that “Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable,’” I am becoming concerned that what many claimed to be happening under the Trump administration is becoming reality under the Biden administration.

I do not make that statement lightly. But events over the past several weeks suggest that the Biden administration, in concert with powerful American institutions, is working to ensure that there is nothing outside of or against the official government line.

Last month White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted the administration works closely with Facebook and other social media companies to identify posts it deems objectionable. While Psaki claimed the White House does not “take anything down” or “block anything,” there would be no reason for the White House to point out these statements if not in the hope of social media platforms taking action against posts contrary to the government’s preferred narrative.

Also, more news continues to come out about how the Biden administration is coordinating with private businesses to further its agenda. According to Politico, the White House is “back channeling” with various media organizations about COVID coverage, particularly arguing that the media’s focus on breakthrough infections of people who have already been vaccinated undermines the administration’s efforts to get more people vaccinated. Relatedly, the New York Times has reported the administration “continues to pressure private companies to introduce coronavirus vaccine mandates to help the U.S. raise its inoculation rates.”

Using Private Businesses to Implement Policy

Regardless of what anyone thinks of the wisdom of the administration’s policies, it should be concerning to all to have the White House directly involved in the operations of private companies. This is especially true when the White House’s focus is on heavily regulated companies, such as broadcast networks. Those are the companies least likely to be able to resist government requests, which always carry the implicit terms of, “Nice business you got there; it would be a shame if anything happened to it.”

It is all the more troubling that the White House is leaning on private companies to do that which the federal government cannot do itself, namely censoring individuals from expressing opinions contrary to the government’s preferred message, and mandating that everyone in America take a certain medicine. This should concern everyone because once you have endorsed the idea that the federal government can and should use private businesses as a tool to implement policy it cannot establish through legal means, there is no limiting principle. Should the government “pressure private companies” to not hire women who have had abortions? Not hire anyone who supported Trump?

It is not enough to claim the administration is doing this only in response to the COVID emergency. Washington is full of programs that were instituted in response to an “emergency” that has well since passed. This fusion of government goals and private action will just find a new problem to solve. Today it is COVID. Tomorrow it will be climate change or systemic racism.

You do not need to take my word for it: in just the past few days the administration announced “goals” for the adoption of electric vehicles in the United States (why it is the federal government’s business to set “goals” for consumer behavior was left unsaid). Standing there right behind the administration were the largest automakers in the country, cheering on the policy so long as there were sufficient government-funded “investments” and “consumer incentives” (read: subsidies). This hand-in-glove cooperation between big government and big business is exactly the kind of “corporatism” that was an essential feature of fascist states of the past.

Erasing the line between government and private enterprise. Ensuring only government-approved messages are heard. Squashing dissent. Intruding government into every aspect of our lives. The Biden administration’s actions are nothing less than creeping fascism.

I pray that the administration, and the American people, recognize this and change course before it is too late.

Dr. Ben Carson served as the 17th Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and is the Founder & Chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Documents: Dan Stock's Presentation to the Mt. Vernon School Board in Indiana Over The Futility of Mask Mandates and Covid-19 Protocols

Source: https://hancockcountypatriots.blogspot.com/2021/08/dr-dan-stocks-presentation-to-mt-vernon.html

Aug 08, 2021

On Friday, August 7th Dr. Dan Stock addressed the Mt. Vernon School Board in Indiana over the futility of mask mandates and Covid-19 protocols in most schools. 

SO, what happened after Dr. Stock spoke? Let’s just say, his speech had an impact. The school board “tabled” their plans and will “contemplate” what Dr. Stock said and make a decision by August 16th. If you would like transcripts of his speech click HERE

If you want to stay in touch with Dr. Daniel Stock and be added to his newsletter email, send an email  to medicalfreedom4all@protonmail.com requesting to be added. 

In his presentation, he references a flash drive he gave the school board members to review with all of the scientific literature he referenced. 

Click on the links to access the following studies. 

1. SARS-CoV2-Transmission Among Marine Recruits during Quarantine. 


2. Longitudinal analysis shows durable and broad immune memory after SARS-CoV-2 infection with persisting antibody responses and memory B and T cells. 


3. Vitamin D for prevention of respiratory tract infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis. 

4. Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis

5. CDC assessment of non-pharmaceutical influenza methods. 

6. Federalist cases/mortality mask comparison

7. Heritage Foundation Study – In fact, mask use during the pandemic has been recommended by The Heritage Foundation’s Coronavirus Commission guidelines. However, our findings do suggest that public health strategies relying predominantly on mask mandates are inadequate, and thus other initiatives, in addition to mask wearing, should have been a component of policies aimed to limit the spread of the disease. 

8. Declaration of Great Barrington– The Great Barrington Declaration- As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection. Over 60,000 medical experts have signed this declaration. 

9. Covid-19 Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated Health Care Workers. 


10. Calcifediol Treatment and Hospital Mortality Due to COVID-19: A Cohort Study


11. Experimental Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Content in Inhaled Air With or Without Face Masks in Healthy Children. 


12. Calcifediol treatment and COVID-19-related outcomes


13. “Effect of calcifediol treatment and best available therapy versus best available therapy on intensive care unit admission and mortality among patients hospitalized for COVID-19: A pilot randomized clinical study. 


14. Effectiveness of Adding a Mask Recommendation to Other Public Health Measures to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Danish Mask Wearers


15. Community Use Of Face Masks And COVID-19: Evidence From A Natural Experiment Of State Mandates In The US


16. Face-Masks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis

17. Infection Fatality Ratios for COVID-19 Among Non-Institutionalized Persons 12 and Older: Results of a Random-Sample Prevalence Study


18. Open Schools, COVID-19, and Child and Teacher Morbidity in Sweden. 


19. Face-Masks to prevent transmission of influenza virus: a systematic review 


20. Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections, Including COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections, Associated with Large Public Gathering- Barnstable County, Massachusetts, July 2021 


21. Short term, high-dose vitamin D supplementation for COVID-19 disease: a randomized, placebo-controlled, study


22. Rapid Expert Consultation on the Effectiveness of Fabric Masks for the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 8, 2020) 


Other Locations of this video:

You can watch his 6 minute presentation before the school board HERE on Facebook or HERE on youtube (15:20 mark) HERE on Rumble. 

Obituary - Portney

Gloria Portney, a resident of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on October 22nd, 2018 at the age of 94. Funeral services arranged by The Dorfman Chapel.

Location of Service:
The Dorfman Chapel- main chapel (map to our Chapel)
Date of Service:
Wednesday October 24th, 2018
Time of Service:
10:00 AM  
Interment at:
Adat Shalom Memorial Park Cemetery, 28500 6 Mile Rd, Livonia, Michigan
Rabbi Michael Moskowitz
Cantor Penny Steyer  
Shiva Information:
The family will be sitting through Thursday evening at the residence of Marilynn Silberman, 945 Henrietta St. Birmingham MI 48009 Phone: (248) 593-8717.

Religious services will be held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00PM

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Charitable contributions:
St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital
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Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: (800) 805-5856

or to the The National Kidney Foundation
1169 Oak Valley Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: (800) 482-1455

or to The Lupus Foundation of America
2121 K Street NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 349-1155  

Family Members:
Beloved wife of the late Raymond Portney. Dear mother of Marilynn (the late Ronald) Silberman and Laurie (Robert) Guenther. Loving grandmother of Scott (Laura) Silberman, Stacy Goodman, Megan (John) Male and Zachary Guenther. Adoring great-grandmother of Allie, Jack, Ben, Annie, Eli, Hannah and Jami. Devoted sister of Al (Phyllis) Glazer and Barry Glazer. Also survived by her dearest niece, Stephanie Glazer and many other nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.  
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Friday, July 09, 2021

From the 2021 Desk of President Donald J. Trump...

Source: https://img.ifunny.co/images/5dc86b0feff22430facba84514a6c3750850814fb2201dfac16f11ead40eba30_1.jpg and https://www.donaldjtrump.com/news/statement-by-donald-j-trump-45th-president-of-the-united-states-of-america-06.12.21-01

A Plan to Get Divisive & Radical Theories Out of Our Schools By Donald J. Trump

Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2021/06/18/a_plan_to_get_divisive__radical_theories_out_of_our_schools_145946.html

June 18, 2021

As a candidate, Joe Biden’s number one promise was to “unite” America. Yet in his first months as president, his number one priority has been to divide our country by race and gender at every turn.

There is no clearer example than the Biden administration’s new effort aimed at indoctrinating America’s schoolchildren with some of the most toxic and anti-American theories ever conceived. It is vital for Americans to understand what this initiative would do, what drives it and, most importantly, how we can stop it.

For decades, the America-blaming left has been relentlessly pushing a vision of America that casts our history, culture, traditions, and founding documents in the most negative possible light. Yet in recent years, this deeply unnatural effort has progressed from telling children that their history is evil to telling Americans that they are evil.

In classrooms across the nation, students are being subjected to a new curriculum designed to brainwash them with the ridiculous left-wing dogma known as “critical race theory.” The key fact about this twisted doctrine is that it is completely antithetical to everything that normal Americans of any color would wish to teach their children.

Instead of helping young people discover that America is the greatest, most tolerant, and most generous nation in history, it teaches them that America is systemically evil and that the hearts of our people are full of hatred and malice. Far from advancing the beautiful dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. -- that our children should “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” -- the left’s vile new theory preaches that judging people by the color of their skin is actually a good idea.

Teaching even one child these divisive messages would verge on psychological abuse. Indoctrinating generations of children with these extreme ideas is not just immoral -- it is a program for national suicide. Yet that is exactly what the Biden administration endorsed recently in a rule published in the Federal Register aimed at inflicting a critical race theory-inspired curriculum on American schoolchildren.

The rule explicitly cites the New York Times’ discredited “1619 Project” as a motivation. The Times has described the goal of its endeavor as the “re-education” of the American people, and the project even includes a lesson plan that encourages students to practice “erasing” parts of the Declaration of Independence. The Biden rule also directly cites a left-wing activist and leading proponent of critical race theory whose textbook states, “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

This is what the Biden administration wants to teach America’s children.

The Department of Education rule stems from an executive order Biden signed on his first day in office. Biden’s order abolished the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission I created to honor America’s founding principles, and reversed an executive action I took to stop these depraved theories from being imposed upon federal employees in workforce training sessions. 

Thankfully, most Americans oppose this insanity. The left has only gotten away with it until this point because not enough parents have been paying attention and speaking up. But that is quickly changing. From Loudoun County, Va., to Cupertino, Calif., parents are beginning to make their voices heard against the left-wing cultural revolution. What they need now is a plan to actually stop it.

Here are the reforms that every concerned parent in America should be demanding.

First, every state legislature should pass a ban on taxpayer dollars going to any school district or workplace that teaches critical race theory, which inherently violates existing anti-discrimination laws. Inspired by my executive order last year, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and other states have already taken steps to pass such laws. It needs to happen everywhere — and Congress should seek to institute a federal ban through legislation as well.

Second, each state should create its own 1776 Commission to examine the public school curriculum and ensure that students are receiving a patriotic, pro-American education — not being taught that the United States is an evil nation.

Third, parents have a right to know exactly what is being taught to their children. Last year, many parents had the chance to routinely listen in on classes for the first time because of remote learning. As students return to the classroom, states need to pass laws requiring that all lesson plans have to be made available to parents — every handout, article, and reading should be posted on an online portal that allows parents to see what their kids are being taught. Furthermore, in many places, there are rules preventing students from recording what teachers say in class. States and school boards should establish a “Right to Record.”

Fourth, parents need to organize locally — in every school district in America — to eliminate “Action Civics” and other versions of the effort to contort traditional civics education into a vehicle for political indoctrination. The left’s new argument is that our “divisions” stem from a lack of “civics education” — a problem they intend to “fix” with lots of new taxpayer money and a redefinition of “civics” in schools, just as they are trying to redefine the meaning of “infrastructure.” Right now, Congress is working on a $1 billion bill known as the Civics Secures Democracy Act. No Republican should trust the Biden administration with a billion dollars to spend on such programs. Even worse, the legislation threatens to establish a de facto national curriculum for history and civics, effectively bribing states into adopting the left’s anti-American curriculum. It is Common Core all over again -- but much more extreme. And like Common Core, parents must unite to stop this new federal power grab.

Fifth, any parent who objects to the material being taught to their child in public school should get an automatic voucher, empowering them to pick another school of their choice. The government has no right to brainwash students with controversial ideologies against their parents’ will.

Sixth, states need to take back control of their schools of education and credentialing bodies to ensure they are not churning out radicalized teachers. To be clear, the overwhelming majority of our nation’s teachers are some of the most selfless and wonderful people there are — but regrettably, many have graduated from extremely biased education schools and may not even be aware of the degree to which leftist ideology has permeated their curriculum. States should set up alternative credentialing bodies that can certify great teachers who know how to instill a sense of love for America. School districts can then make it a priority to hire teachers with these certifications, especially for English, history, and social studies roles. States could even set up their own versions of Teach for America to get passionate and patriotic young people into the classroom.

Finally, states need to break the tenure monopoly in public K-12 schools. Tenure was originally supposed to protect competent teachers from being subjected to undue political influence; it has turned into a mechanism to protect incompetent teachers who themselves wield undue political influence over our children. Educators who are alienating children from their own country should not be protected with lifelong tenure; they should be liberated to pursue a career as a political activist.

Make no mistake: The motive behind all of this left-wing lunacy is to discredit and eliminate the greatest obstacles to the fundamental transformation of America. To succeed with their extreme agenda, radicals know they must abolish our attachment to the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and most of all, Americans’ very identity as a free, proud, and self-governing people. The left knows that if they can dissolve our national memory and identity, they can gain the total political control they crave.

A nation is only as strong as its spirit. For our children, we must act before it is too late.

Donald Trump was the 45th president of the United States.

I built the wall; Biden built a humanitarian catastrophe By Donald J. Trump

Source: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/jun/30/donald-trump-i-built-the-wall-biden-built-a-humani/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email

June 30, 2021

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Wellington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

When I was president, I delivered on my promise to build a border wall to protect our country. All Joe Biden had to do was paint it.

Instead, Biden has enacted the most radical open borders agenda imaginable. This is perhaps the first time in world history a nation has purposely and systematically dismantled its own defenses to invite millions of foreign migrants to enter its territory and break its laws.

No one knows who they are, presenting a dangerous threat to Americans. To say that Biden has provoked a national security disaster does not even begin to do justice to the calamity.

In May, illegal border crossings were nearly 700% higher than when I was president during the same period last year. For each of the last three months, more unaccompanied minors have arrived than in any prior month in recorded history. Seizures of ultra-lethal fentanyl are up 265% from last year — more of the drug has already been intercepted than in the entirety of 2020.

Joe Biden has restored catch-and-release, torn up our hard-earned asylum agreements with Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, and announced that anyone on the planet who lives in a crime-afflicted area now qualifies for asylum in the United States. Meanwhile, ICE is effectively shut down, senior border security officials have been fired, and criminals are being released in record numbers.

To top it all off, the Biden administration has announced a new program whereby the U.S. government will literally pay to fly illegal aliens' relatives from other countries to join them in the United States.

These policies are utterly depraved — the actions of someone who by all indications wants to completely abolish America’s southern border.

Yet of all the vindictive, shocking, and self-defeating border security actions Joe Biden has taken, none surpasses his decision to stop the final completion of the wall.

Nearly 740 miles of border wall had been fully funded and more than 660 miles were already built or undergoing construction, Customs and Border Protection confirmed on Jan. 15, five days before I left office. After more than two years of litigation and Democrat obstruction, the wall was going up at an average rate of two miles per day. We had already more than doubled the length of the physical barrier protecting our southern border. We had also replaced much of the previously existing dilapidated fencing with new impenetrable metal beams, focusing on the highest traffic areas that border patrol agents themselves had identified.

The wall was planned, approved, paid for, and virtually done. Only a few key areas remained to be completed. All Joe Biden had to do was let the contractors finish their work. The border agents wanted it, and it would make the whole country safer.

Instead, Biden sabotaged the completion of the wall, ordered an immediate halt to construction on his first day in office, impounded the funds Congress had appropriated and took steps to terminate the National Emergency declaration that had facilitated it.

By stopping construction, Joe Biden purposely and deliberately left gaps in the wall, creating unsealed channels right in the middle of the border to be exploited by human traffickers and drug smugglers. I built a wall — Biden built a humanitarian catastrophe.

This decision has also done egregious harm to our sovereignty. As my administration clearly demonstrated, walls work. After my border wall was constructed, illegal border crossings dropped by 90 percent in the Yuma area and 80 percent in the Rio Grande Valley, and parts of El Paso. Illegal drug trafficking and human smuggling also drastically decreased in those areas. Building just 12 miles of border wall in San Diego alone reduced necessary border patrol manpower by 150 agents a day, saving millions of taxpayer dollars, and freeing up those agents to provide additional border security elsewhere.

As a result of Biden’s abdication of his sworn duties, Texas now says they will "build the wall." This should not be necessary and is at best a band-aid over the gaping wound Biden created.

Border security is a core responsibility of the federal government — and my administration had already done everything required to complete the project. We secured the necessary legal authorities, acquired the land, designed, engineered, and tested the wall. With little help from Congress, my administration obtained the money, executed the contracts, and hired the personnel. For Texas to be unnecessarily forced to repeat these complicated steps will take months or years if it is even possible for them to do it at all.

Governors and state legislatures should certainly do what they can — but there is no substitute for federal action.

We handed Biden the most secure border in history. We ended asylum fraud, terminated catch and release, negotiated historic migration agreements with Mexico and other countries, and virtually stopped illegal immigration. Precisely because of these policies, we achieved an incredible 90% reduction in illegal crossings.

Our nation is being destroyed by Biden's border crisis. The United States must immediately restore the entire set of border security and immigration enforcement measures we put into place — and critically, we must finish the wall.

A nation without borders is not a nation at all. For the sake of our country, Joe Biden must finish sealing the border immediately, or the American People must elect a Congress that will.

  • Donald J. Trump is the 45th president of the United States.

  • Why I’m Suing Big Tech By Donald J. Trump

    Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-j-trump-why-im-suing-big-tech-11625761897

    July 8, 2021

    If Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can censor me, they can censor you— and believe me, they are.

    Trump announces his lawsuits at a Bedminster, N.J. press conference on July 7.

    One of the gravest threats to our democracy today is a powerful group of Big Tech corporations that have teamed up with government to censor the free speech of the American people. This is not only wrong— it is unconstitutional. To restore free speech for myself and for every American, I am suing Big Tech to stop it.

    Social media has become as central to free speech as town meeting halls, newspapers and television networks were in prior generations. The internet is the new public square. In recent years, however, Big Tech platforms have become increasingly brazen and shameless in censoring and discriminating against ideas, information and people on social media— banning users, deplatforming organizations, and aggressively blocking the free flow of information on which our democracy depends.

    No longer are Big Tech giants simply removing specific threats of violence. They are manipulating and controlling the political debate itself. Consider content that was censored in the past year. Big Tech companies banned users from their platforms for publishing evidence that showed the coronavirus emerged from a Chinese lab, which even the corporate media now admits may be true. In the middle of a pandemic, Big Tech censored physicians from discussing potential treatments such as hydroxychloroquine, which studies have now shown does work to relieve symptoms of Covid-19. In the weeks before a presidential election, the platforms banned the New York Post— America's oldest newspaper— for publishing a story critical of Joe Biden's family, a story the Biden campaign did not even dispute.

    Perhaps most egregious, in the weeks after the election, Big Tech blocked the social-media accounts of the sitting president. If they can do it to me, they can do it to you— and believe me, they are.

    Jennifer Horton, a Michigan schoolteacher, was banned from Facebook for sharing an article questioning whether mandatory masks for young children are healthy. Later, when her brother went missing, she was unable to use Facebook to get the word out. Colorado physician Kelly Victory was deplatformed by YouTube after she made a video for her church explaining how to hold services safely. Kiyan Michael of Florida and her husband, Bobby, lost their 21-year-old son in a fatal collision caused by a twice-deported illegal alien. Facebook censored them after they posted on border security and immigration enforcement.

    Meanwhile, Chinese propagandists and the Iranian dictator spew threats and hateful lies on these platforms with impunity.

    This flagrant attack on free speech is doing terrible damage to our country. That is why in conjunction with the America First Policy Institute, I filed class-action lawsuits to force Big Tech to stop censoring the American people. The suits seek damages to deter such behavior in the future and injunctions restoring my accounts.

    Our lawsuits argue that Big Tech companies are being used to impose illegal and unconstitutional government censorship. In 1996 Congress sought to promote the growth of the internet by extending liability protections to internet platforms, recognizing that they were exactly that— platforms, not publishers. Unlike publishers, companies such as Facebook and Twitter can’t be held legally liable for the content posted to their sites. Without this immunity, social media companies could not exist.

    Democrats in Congress are exploiting this leverage to coerce platforms into censoring their political opponents. In recent years, we have all watched Congress haul Big Tech CEOs before their committees and demand that they censor "false" stories and "disinformation"— labels determined by an army of partisan fact-checkers loyal to the Democrat Party. As the cases of fellow plaintiffs Ms. Horton, Dr. Victory and the Michael family demonstrate, in practice this amounts to suppression of speech that those in power do not like.

    Further, Big Tech and government agencies are actively coordinating to remove content from the platforms according to the guidance of agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Big Tech and traditional media entities formed the Trusted News Initiative, which essentially takes instructions from the CDC about what information they need to "combat." The tech companies are doing the government's bidding, colluding to censor unapproved ideas.

    This coercion and coordination is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has held that Congress can't use private actors to achieve what the Constitution prohibits it from doing itself. In effect, Big Tech has been illegally deputized as the censorship arm of the U.S. government. This should alarm you no matter your political persuasion. It is unacceptable, unlawful and un-American.

    Through these lawsuits, I intend to restore free speech for all Americans— Democrats, Republicans and independents. I will never stop fighting to defend the constitutional rights and sacred liberties of the American people.

    Mr. Trump was the 45th president of the United States.

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021

    Obituary - Zensen

    Jean L Zensen

    January 11, 1932 - May 25, 2021

    Jean L. Zensen of Cinnaminson passed away peacefully on May 25th, she was 89.

    Jean received a degree in microbiology from Temple University, then a teaching degree from Glassboro State (now Rowan) and went on to be a teacher for 25 years, retiring from Delran Schools.  She was a longtime member of Christ Episcopal Church, Palmyra, and a member of Beverly-Maqueda Eastern Star, Chapter 276 in Burlington.  She enjoyed theater, particularly Walnut Street Theater, she loved to travel, including trips to, Switzerland, Germany, Egypt, Norway and Sweden with her good friend, Jane Johnson.

    Jean is survived by her best friend, Ken Mantai and various cousins, extended family and friends.

    A visitation for Jean will be held on Thursday, June 3rd from 10:00am to 11:00am, with a funeral service at 11:00am, all at Christ Episcopal Church, 638 Parry Ave., Palmyra, NJ 08065.  Interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jean’s name may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, Palmyra, Shriner’s Hospital or the Philadelphia Orchestra.



    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Christ Episcopal Church Palmyra
    638 Parry Avenue
    Palmyra, NJ 08065

    Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 03, 2021
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    Christ Episcopal Church Palmyra
    638 Parry Avenue
    Palmyra, NJ 08065

    Tuesday, June 08, 2021

    Fauci emails: Here’s what we learned By Tamar Lapin

    Source: https://nypost.com/2021/06/03/fauci-emails-heres-what-we-learned/

    June 3, 2021

    July 24, 2020
    Reuters / Geoff Burke

    As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded last year, Dr. Anthony Fauci was fielding dozens of daily requests from government officials, health experts and the media.

    Now, thousands of Fauci’s emails have been released, offering a glimpse into how the nation’s leading infectious diseases specialist dealt with the crisis.

    As the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci became a prominent face of the nation’s response to the pandemic, appearing at White House COVID-19 briefings and doing a slew of interviews.

    Here’s some of what we learned from Fauci’s correspondence:

    Were Fauci’s emails leaked?

    No. The trove of emails was obtained by the Washington Post and BuzzFeed News through the Freedom of Information Act, which allows journalists to request internal government correspondence.

    BuzzFeed posted its entire batch of more than 3,200 pages for the public to peruse. The Washington Post received more than 800 pages and published a story about them Monday.

    Screenshot of Dr. Anthony Fauci emails obtained through a BuzzFeed FOIA request.

    Was Fauci silenced by President Donald Trump?

    According to his emails, Fauci had little patience for claims that his statements in the early days of the pandemic were being restricted by the Trump administration.

    In a March 2020 email, Fauci denied being silenced by Trump, writing: “Please stay silent since I have not been muzzled. I will be on multiple TV shows tomorrow and was on FOX this AM. No one is censoring me.”

    “I am not being muzzled or censored,” he wrote in another email that same month.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci answers questions at a press briefing in front of President Donald Trump last year.
    AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File

    Was Fauci fired over the emails?

    No. But several GOP lawmakers have called for Fauci to be fired.

    Republicans lashed out at Fauci after the email dump, focusing their ire on the fact that he received warnings that the virus may have been “engineered.”

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has clashed with Fauci on a number of pandemic-related issues this year, tweeted the hashtag #FireFauci on Wednesday. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) also wrote that Fauci “needs to be fired.”

    However, White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday called Fauci “an undeniable asset” and said President Biden has full confidence in his health adviser.

    What was Fauci told about the origins of COVID-19?

    The emails show that Fauci was warned early in the outbreak that the coronavirus had possibly been “engineered.” Still, he and other experts dismissed the controversial claim at the time.

    Screenshot of Dr. Anthony Fauci emails obtained through a BuzzFeed FOIA request.

    In January 2020, he received an email from a top US virus researcher, who wrote that “unusual features” of the virus may indicate it was “engineered.” Fauci replied that he would respond by phone.

    Then, in April, the director of the National Institute of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, sent Fauci an email with the subject line “conspiracy gains momentum” with a link to a Mediaite report about a discussion on Fox News’ “Hannity” program. Both the rest of the contents of the email and Fauci’s answer were redacted.

    Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, where some believe COVID-19 may have originated.
    Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images

    The theory gained traction last month after the Wall Street Journal reported that three researchers at a lab in Wuhan, China, became so ill in November 2019 that they sought hospital treatment.

    Last month, Fauci — who initially backed the idea that the coronavirus originated naturally — said he was now “not convinced” and expressed support support for an investigation.

    Has Fauci addressed the controversy?

    On Wednesday, Fauci blamed criticism of his shifting position on “people out there who, for one reason or another, resent me for what I did in the last administration, which was not anything that was anti-Trump at all.”

    “It was just trying to get the right information, to try and get the right data. What they didn’t seem to understand, I guess that it is understandable that they didn’t understand it, is that science is a dynamic process,” he told MSNBC.

    But on Thursday, Fauci repeatedly defended China, telling CNN that it’s “quite far-fetched that the Chinese deliberately engineered something so that they could kill themselves, as well as other people.”

    “I think that’s a bit far out,” he added.

    Fauci also told MSNBC that Americans shouldn’t “be accusatory” or be “pointing fingers” at the Chinese Communist Party. 

    “It’s obviously in China’s interests to find out exactly what it is. And the ‘is’ of the natural theory would be to find that link. So you have to keep looking for it,” he said.

    Dr. Anthony Fauci at a hearing on Capitol Hill on May 26, 2021.
    Stefani Reynolds/Pool via Reuters

    Did Fauci lie about masks?

    No. Some critics have seized upon Fauci, 80, changing his advice on mask-wearing to protect against the virus as proof that he wasn’t honest with the public.

    In a February 2020 email, Fauci told a former Health and Human Services official: “Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection.”

    He stuck to that advice until the CDC updated its guidance on the use of face coverings in April, saying they should be worn “in public settings when around people outside their household, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”

    Thousands of emails from Dr. Anthony Fauci have been released through Freedom of Information Act requests.
    Sarah Silbiger/Pool via Reuters

    But Fauci, now White House chief medical adviser, has previously explained his apparent flip-flopping on the issue, saying that at the time, he and others believed people would buy up masks and deprive medical professionals of the much-needed supplies.

    Anthony Fauci has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on: Peter Navarro

    Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/todaysdebate/2020/07/14/anthony-fauci-wrong-with-me-peter-navarro-editorials-debates/5439374002/

    Jul. 14, 2020

    When you ask me whether I listen to his advice, my answer is only with skepticism and caution: Opposing view

    Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.

    In late January, when I was making the case on behalf of the president to take down the flights from China, Fauci fought against the president’s courageous decision — which might well have saved hundreds of thousands of American lives.

    When I warned in late January in a memo of a possibly deadly pandemic, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was telling the news media not to worry.

    When I was working feverishly on behalf of the president in February to help engineer the fastest industrial mobilization of the health care sector in our history, Fauci was still telling the public the China virus was low risk.

    When we were building new mask capacity in record time, Fauci was flip-flopping on the use of masks.

    Peter Navarro, an assistant to President Trump, is the director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.
    Saul Loeb/AFP Via Getty Images

    And when Fauci was telling the White House Coronavirus Task Force that there was only anecdotal evidence in support of hydroxychloroquine to fight the virus, I confronted him with scientific studies providing evidence of safety and efficacy. A recent Detroit hospital study showed a 50% reduction in the mortality rate when the medicine is used in early treatment.

    Now Fauci says a falling mortality rate doesn’t matter when it is the single most important statistic to help guide the pace of our economic reopening. The lower the mortality rate, the faster and more we can open.

    So when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and caution.

    Peter Navarro, an assistant to the president, is the director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy. (Parts of this statement were shared with other news organizations. The Food and Drug Administration has revoked its approval for treating COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine.)